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Have been trying to find out how many teeth Aidan has now but it's been such a trial getting him to open his mouth for us to check..He seems to know when we want to peer into his mouth and will just shut his gap tightly. I've gotten bitten countless times when I tried to feel around his mouth instead..As far as I can see, all his central (4) and lateral incisors (4) are there, so are cusipids (4) and 3 of his first molars have all sprouted and I can see the crown of the 4th 1st molar too..So that means he has about 15 1/2 li' whites in his mouth..which means on the average, he had one teeth growth per month hehe..So that's why he's been teething nonstop~~

Laura laurapoon was over during the weekends with her hubby and cute li' Caleb..We let the boys hang out together while they fought over toys and durian cakes and even let them bathe together :) Was fun!

As usual, will let the pics tell the story. Laura has most of the pics and details of the day in her journal so I'll just 'steal' some of her pics :)

(above pics courtesy of laurapoon

Aidan was in makan-heaven. He had food from every angle..durian cake from his mommy, he turns to his left, his daddy offers him chocolate cake but his favourite person seems to be Laura' hubby, Han Kim..who probably shared half his cake with that greedy bugger. And Caleb thus had to turn to me for his cake since Aidan was always eating his share.


Seems like most people I know seem to be getting a tad tired of seeing so many blatant messages especially from the media to have more babies. The big spread on Sunday Life devoted to that subject was the latest and it was good to see Rachel & Ryan's pic in it together with her interview. My only gripe about it was that ST chose to interview 2 stay-at-home mothers instead of having a mix of SAHM and working mothers..It would have been a better feature and more representative of moms in Singapore. I understand that they were trying to find interviewees who suited their 'definition' of a younger and older mom and the journalist was probably relieved that she was able to find 2 moms (both who happened to be SAHM) in time to be featured.

But I digress.back to what i wanted to write about..all this constant reminders from the govt and press really isn't helping much....Some married couples I know are actually pretty turned off by it. The decision whether to have kids is eventually a personal one and there are many considerations usually before one thinks of having a family or expanding it.

I know several suggestions have been bandied around..eg. the lengthening of the maternity leave. I personally think that 6 months [which was suggested by many] is too much..productivity (at the workplace) wise, it really doesn't make sense [am sure i'll get slimed for this). If u ask me. I'll say ...don't raise levies for foreign maids and consider decreasing it. Increase the childcare subsidies while they are at it too. It doesn't make sense that the government is encouraging us to have more kids but makes it tougher financially especially in terms of help and childcare. This won't make people rush to have kids but at least it'll be less stressful for many parents especially amongst the lower and middle income group. Having more kids won't be such a burden then.

Heh..maybe the govt better 'promote' the less favourable animals of the Chinese astrological horoscope instead..especially since they are having trouble getting us chinese to breed :P..

Work plans....
Remember what I wrote previously about going back to work with my ex-company. Apparently, the plan to start a new business development unit has been shelved indefinitely and thus I'm back to square one again :( Honestly, I really do wanna start working again. Yes..I do enjoy being a sahm and Aidan's been a joy but the sense of ennui has been overwhelming of late. I've applied for several jobs and gone for interviews..Had been confident of getting offers especially for those I'd gone for more than 1 interview but yet *sigh*.. Am getting a li' demoralised and disheartenedand my ego's all bashed too. I used to have no problems gettings call backs for interviews and clinching jobs (and was so proud of it too). Can't be so complacent anymore. I guess having been out of the workforce for more than a year plus that the job market ain't very good isn't making my jobhunt easy.

Oh well...just have to try even harder than *sigh*

Haven't been posting much videos of late so I shall make up for it here in this ultra long and lor-sor entry :)

Video 1 : Aidan playing ball with us. Can tell from this video how untidy my living room is...
Video 2 :Playing peekaboo with Aidan in the midst of feeding him..he was growling for his food at times..:P
Video 3 :Having his dessert :)
Video 4 :Caleb & Aidan's bathtime

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Apr. 5th, 2004 05:00 am (UTC)
erhhh...ni hao 粗暴 ar... (the pic showing his teeth)

*continue reading*
Apr. 5th, 2004 08:13 am (UTC)
i guess u meant rough hehe..

tough to get him to show his teeth lah..heh but dont worry. He wasnt hurt :P..he could even smile at me after that.
Apr. 5th, 2004 06:16 am (UTC)
hehe...the only ppl who benefits from the additional benefits are the people who oredi have plans to have more kids becos the help being offered by government is too little to attract, so can only "enhance" the existing benefits..;)
Haven;t seen Aidan's videos for quite awhile, just realise Aidan is a big boy oredi!
Apr. 5th, 2004 08:22 am (UTC)
Well, look at it this way..not everyone's not breeding. I'm sure statistics will show that some race procreates more than others in Singapore. It's more of our mentality now..I think most pple do think 2 kids is the max and unless one has the resources, most won't think of having more. Some even prefer to have dogs/cats instead of kid.

Yeah..Aidan has grown alot..same as Dayne eh :)
Apr. 5th, 2004 06:19 am (UTC)
Don't be disheartened lor, try harder, I'm sure the right job will just pops in at the right time.

Same thing came into my mind when i read the ST article, what about working mums? I'm concerned not bcos' I'm one, but should have a well-rounded sides of stories, but of course, they are focusing on older and younger mums.

Your LJ entry is not lor-sor lah, i was expecting even longer entry...

I noticed you managed to remove the red-eye at the last photo, very nicely done!!!

My lor-sor comments...
Apr. 5th, 2004 08:33 am (UTC)
yeah..that's what i feel..the story's kinda one-sided becuz both interviewees are sahm. Should have included at least one working mom..

Yeah..i used the pen-brush to paint on the black on the eye :)
Apr. 5th, 2004 07:13 am (UTC)
After watching all your videos, I want to get that software too!!

Don't fret, the right job will come at the right time.
Apr. 5th, 2004 08:31 am (UTC)
am sure u can find it ard in HK..if not, I can pass u mine tru Wei Chi and ask her to pass it to u in HK..
Apr. 5th, 2004 07:19 am (UTC)
wow. Aidan has more teeth than Ryan !!!
Apr. 5th, 2004 08:28 am (UTC)
ya..he has quite alot of teeth for his age I think...Ryan has about 12-13 right? Oh well, wait till the 2nd/3rd molars come out..im sure they're gonna fuss like crazy!
Apr. 5th, 2004 07:32 am (UTC)
wow! i am really impressed at how fast aidan gobbles up the grapes! *impressed*
Apr. 5th, 2004 08:39 am (UTC)
heh..u have seen the one where he gobbles up a banana right? That's even faster..I think he's slowed down his eating a li'~
(no subject) - beanbeanz - Apr. 5th, 2004 09:02 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 5th, 2004 07:35 am (UTC)
wow!!! your little prince really concentrates when he eats huh!!!
Apr. 5th, 2004 08:40 am (UTC)
heh..food is everything to him! but he does get distracted by tv at times.

U'll get to see him again when we do the QE marathon eh :)
Apr. 5th, 2004 07:59 am (UTC)
dear aidan,

me tired from work,

reached home not too long ago.

saw yr pics.

liven up my nite

Apr. 5th, 2004 08:38 am (UTC)
heh..u are so sweet :)
try to have more rest eh!

Aidan *mooch mooch* u~~
Apr. 5th, 2004 07:22 pm (UTC)
Aidan looks like he was abused when his cheeks and mouth are pushed up to get a peek at his pearly whites.. Poor fella.

I've gotta agree with you on job hunt. currently looking out to job hop but no avail after sending numerous applications...

Apr. 6th, 2004 12:35 am (UTC)
waliao why everyone say i abuse aidan hehe..no lah..he was fine. Wasnt v 'hard' on him keke

*sigh* lets hope the job market picks up then
Apr. 5th, 2004 08:54 pm (UTC)
in the first few pixs, Aidan looks very bak-bak.....:)) and as usual, can't see the videos...is there a special software to load videos on lj?

well, the market is just picking up only, so it might take a while to get a job. hope something pops up for you soon.
Apr. 6th, 2004 12:33 am (UTC)
yeah..he is still chubby coz he eats a lot i guess..his cheeks esp and his tummy. But he doesnt look as babyish as before. When i saw the (first few) pics, I thought he looked like a charsiewbao :P

There isnt any special software needed to load ur videos..u basically just need a software to edit ur videos and if possible, make the ratio size smaller (eg. less than 5mb preferably) so that it;s easier to load. What u need more is to have your own webspace (abt 100mb at least) to host ur videos. Lemme know if u wanna upload some videos. I helped a few mommies do it but i always tell them if i dun have enough space, i will have to delete the video later (but by then, most pple would have seen it already).
(no subject) - joeiira_yoong - Apr. 6th, 2004 05:55 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 5th, 2004 09:32 pm (UTC)
ahahah.. hai yo.. b gentle..!
& so many pics..! hehe.. i like.
btw.. mama must remb 2 pluck those li teethy on time when he grow up nxt x ya.. dun 1 ugly pearlies when he grows up nxt x.. hehe.. & then spend $$ on braces..

juz got back memories when i was young.. love it when my teeth gets shaky.. i'll run 2 my gramps.. & she'll tie it with a string 2 e door & SLAM IT..!! hehe..
Apr. 6th, 2004 12:35 am (UTC)
hehe dun worry. He wasnt abused in the process. Thats y i showed the smiling Aidan pic mah :P

These are milk teeth so they will fall off eventually..but yeah, will have to make sure that his set of teeth grow well :) thanks.

Ouch..yeah i remember abt the 'door slamming' technique too. Pain leh!!
(no subject) - jaz_aug - Apr. 6th, 2004 02:10 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - angeliatay - Apr. 6th, 2004 02:51 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - jaz_aug - Apr. 6th, 2004 04:32 am (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 6th, 2004 01:22 am (UTC)
so sweet to see the two kiddos playing together. They seem to look a bit alike :) Caleb seems to enjoy Aidan's company.

On the baby issue, I can't agree more. Personally, having longer maternity leave only benefit a certain group, iykwim. I find that having children or not is a personal issue.

Main issue is that they shd cut the focus of having a good education and the paper chase thing. Which may be a bit difficult since we dun have natural resources to rely on, we need to have the brains to compete, which is if the kids we cultivate do have brains and not exam-brains. there are so many so-called smart youngster whom I met who had good grades but lack initiative.

Sometimes I find it too overwhelming to look after two kids and looking for enrichment classes for them and the cost of looking after my husband's three old folks.
Apr. 6th, 2004 02:50 am (UTC)
Caleb is chubbier and more babylooking imo :D and he's such an easygoing n sweet kid.

Hmm..the paper chase and forcus on education part is kinda hard to do away with..The need to excel is something quite ingrained in our culture esp amongst the chinese race already and i think it's tough to eradicate it..And like what u've pointed out, human resource is one of the few things spore have to offer so they need to have 'brainy' pple is there. I guess it's the way our education is structured that makes most less spontaneous and have the ability to think out of the box..Our education seems to be pure regurgitation style so i hope it's changing.

Oh..im sure it's not easy for u. I always think that i probably wont be able to cope if i do have more than 1 kid (and i dun even have anyone else to look after). Gotta 'peifu' u. Do u have a maid to help u out?
(no subject) - rexkids - Apr. 6th, 2004 05:21 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - angeliatay - Apr. 6th, 2004 08:25 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 8th, 2004 08:33 am (UTC)
Don't take this the wrong way but that first pic where you're stretching Aidan's mouth open makes him look more like you. hahaha ;)

Don't worry too much about the job situation. I'm sure a good one will come along in due time. :)
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