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the happiest boy in school :)

My boy is 28 months old!

Pics taken at Safra Yishun :)

you probably can't tell but they were holding hands underwater :>

Been letting the boy swim regulary since he loves it so much. But we've been venturing out of our place as the pool water at our condo is usually freezing cold and sometimes, Aidan gets the sniffles a day or 2 after a swim. So, to make our weekends more interesting,,we'll try to bring him to different swimming places. Last weekend, it was at the Singapore Yacht Club and yesterday, we tried out the pool at Safra Yishun..

Was our first time there and I gotta admit, I'm quite impressed by the club's amenities . They have 3 large-size kids pools and what's even better is that the water is heated! We'll probably go check out the other Safra Clubs at Mt Faber and Tampines in the next few weeks. Good too least Hubby's Safra membership can come to good use since he's been lamenting before that it was a useless membership (oh btw, the food at the chinese restaurant - Imperial Gardens is good too. For the month of April, they are having a food promotion where you will get a 50% discount on your bill if you spend above $100)

I ♥ the weekends as it is our family time together and we get to be with Aidan the entire day. Have been working later than usual lately and by the time I get home, he'll be preparing for bedtime already. Sometimes, I do regret not being able to spend as much time with him as I used to..


Aidan knows the difference between weekdays and weekends. He's our alarm clock during the weekdays. Every weekday morning after he has finished his bottle of milk, he'll hop out of bed and head straight towards our room door, and start banging on it hard, calling out "mummy mummy, daddy daddy..wake up..!" and won't stop till one of us opens the door (most of the time, it's Daddy!). And then he'll pounce on whoever is on the bed still (usually moi :P ) and won't budge till I get out of bed. But during the weekends, he'll let us sleep till abt 10.30/11am and then he'll start pounding on the door. Maybe, he just wants to let us have some good rest so that we can bring him out later :)


Aidan was finally promoted to Playgroup 1 last week...

He's been in Playgroup 1 since he joined the school abt 10 months ago and most of the kids who are abt the same age as him has moved on to Playgroup 2 when they turned 2.

He had to stay on in Playgroup 1 even after his 2nd birthday (@4 months ago) as he was still quite behind in his speech then and wasn't able to articulate himself well. The teachings in Playgroup 2 is more advanced and the teachers fear that Aidan won't be able to understand or catch up. Also, Aidan couldn't properly control his bowels then and all the kids at Playgroup 2 had to be successfully toilet-trained.

I gotta admit, it was a little upsetting to know that your kid is slower in learning compared to his peers. We also heard from his teachers during the 'Meet the Parents session' that ever since his good friend, Branson was 'promoted' to Playgroup 2 a few months back, Aidan has been rather forlorn as Branson had been his partner-in-play since he joined the school. Most of the kids in Playgroup 1 are younger than him and like most chilren, he would rather play with kids his age or those older than him. Even though he probably wasn't too happy, he didn't show it to us. He still looks forward to going to school everyday. In fact, the teachers dubbed him the 'Happiest boy in School'..He's always so cheerful and chirpy in the morning and will greet everyone when we drop him off in school. Most of the time, the other kids are either still sleeping, crying or looking extremely grouchy. And he'll stay his happy and playful self throughout the morning and even when his ah-gong comes by to pick him up, he'll be so reluctant to leave his pals and teachers.

Anyway, when we heard that he was finally gonna be joining Playgroup 2, you can imagine how happy (& relieved) I was. (Man, I wonder what my nerves are gonna be like when he goes to Primary School!). His teacher and principal has informed us that he's adapting well so far and is glad that he's back with his usual kakis from Playgroup 1. He's vocalising more now too..Even though his vocabulory is not as prolific as his peers and that he isn't that capable of stringing many words together to form sentences, he does try to communicate to us with words, instead of grunting or his body language.

We are trying to toilet train him at home too. We adopt the same method as what the teachers have done in school..bringing him to the loo every 30 minutes or so to empty his bladder and so far, he's been very co-operative - no major water-spills yet *cross fingers*. In fact, he now prefers to go without diapers and will sometimes fuss when we make him wear one before he sleeps or when we go out. However, he doesn't let us know when he needs to go even though we are encouraging him to tell us whenever he needs to pee or poo. But he is able to hold his pee 'coz he's diaperless when we bring him down to the playground to play.

For those moms who are toilet-training ur kids, do you also let your kid sleep without diapers? How do you deal with it when they pee in their sleep? Do you have to wake up constantly to check? *blur*. I probably should go buy some books on toilet-training..
****************************** a question!. I think my laptop is going bonkers soon coz of all the photos and videos in it. What would be the most efficient, quickest and safest way to store my pics and videos elsewhere so that I won't lose them all when my laptop dies on me..
And I'm so tempted to get an iMac G5 although the last time I'd used a Mac was during my uni-days. Ive also been eyeing this bag for a while....temptations~

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Apr. 24th, 2005 07:42 am (UTC)
aidan is so cute...*pinch pinch*
jon's toilet trained for the day...i am clueless for the night too! he refuses to put on diapers at night, but he would pee on the mattress if he is been letting him wear the diapers for night at the moment still! let me know if you have a "method" too! :P
Apr. 24th, 2005 07:47 am (UTC)
heh..the userpic of jon has his usual look whenever he's looking at the cam :D so cute!!

Actually, im afraid of letting him go diaperless at night becoz we only got one mattress for his bed and if he wets it, it takes a while for it to dry..It's a selfish reason i admit. Someone told me that i should simply let him do diaperless at night so that when he wets himself and is uncomfortable, it will reinforce the idea that he should try not to pee at night. But im thinking that since he always drinks his milk and some water before he sleeps, it is inevitable that he'll pee in the night right?

No method for now..still relying on diapers..Hopefully, some kind soul will let us know how to do it or probably, it just takes time for our kids to learn to better to control their bowels at night.
Apr. 24th, 2005 08:16 am (UTC)
This is how my parents toilet train my siblings:

Give drinks/milk 1 hr before bedtime. Just before tucking in, chuck them in the toilet and force them to leak or else no sleeping :P sounds harsh but it works!
Apr. 24th, 2005 08:33 am (UTC)
hmm..that's a good idea. Currently, Aidan drinks his milk right before he sleeps. The milk makes him drowsy. If i use ur method, i would probably have to let him drink his milk before we put him to bed.

Not sure whether i make him learn the 'tough' way though..he could be a li' too young now..How early did ur parents try this on ur sibs?
(no subject) - rollybolly - Apr. 24th, 2005 10:34 am (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 24th, 2005 08:16 am (UTC)
mymy aiden's getting SO big!
Apr. 24th, 2005 08:47 am (UTC)
yes he is..and he's turning into a replica of his daddy too..:)

wait till u have one of ur own..u'll be surprised how fast they grow!!

heh..saw thearticle of the Boss Men in Urban..hah! Ur hub is the only one who mentioned a special significant other and the fact that he was married. Definitely killed his chances of nabbing the first prize but im sure he didn't mind.
(no subject) - ickleoriental - Apr. 24th, 2005 08:50 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - angeliatay - Apr. 25th, 2005 12:51 am (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 24th, 2005 08:23 am (UTC)
Aidan looks so grown up now! Gosh! You've gotta future national swimmer there! ;)

Hrmzzz... My mum also made me go pee before I sleep every night and even now at the age of 22, I'll still go pee before I sleep even if I don't feel like pee-ing! LOL
Apr. 24th, 2005 08:48 am (UTC) has been ingrained in you to pee before u zz!Hmm..i wonder whether i will be that strict with aidan *grin*
(no subject) - meowmeowfelicia - Apr. 24th, 2005 08:56 am (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 24th, 2005 08:25 am (UTC)
You wear makeup when you go swimming? Heh.
Apr. 24th, 2005 08:26 am (UTC)
heh..i think i told u before..i wear makeup almost everyone (well, except when i go to the neighbourhood mall). i look like a ghost w/out it :P
Apr. 24th, 2005 08:25 am (UTC)
Aidan is so cute. He reminds me of another friend's son. So double cute! :)

Good luck on the toilet training. We have made little progress so far. I think a lot of kids wear nighttime diapers long after they're day-trained. I thought that eventually they'll learn to wake up to go? I'm about as clueless as you and much lazier! :P
Apr. 24th, 2005 08:40 am (UTC)
we were sorta 'forced' into toilet-training Aidan by the school..which is good coz we probably would have taken our time to do it if it was up to us :P

But i won't be overly strict with him on this..I think they will learn to pee on their own sooner or later..I think im fortunate coz i got a helper at home to do so..
Apr. 24th, 2005 09:05 am (UTC)
Toilet training really differs from child to child, and also depends alot on the caregiver.

Megan was totally toilet trained at 22 mths... thanks to my mum who is ever so patient. But Macy, being under my care more often and me being more lazy.... is still dependant on diapers and some nights, her diapers are so wet that it will soak her pants as well!

So far, she has been responding well. Been bringing her to the toilet every 1/2 hour lor...
Apr. 25th, 2005 12:57 am (UTC)
yeah, me lazy caregiver lah..but at least I have Nenita at home to help toilet train him in the days.

Actually, Aidan's the same. His diapers are usually soaked to the brim when he wakes up in the morn. We let him drink too much before he zzs lah.
Apr. 24th, 2005 10:27 am (UTC)
Aidan is a true water baby aye... Haven't seen him in a while liao... Wonder if he still remember me heh...

There are those blankets that have an alarm when it's wet or something right? But dunno whether suitable for someone so young...

Anyway for storing photos and videos, you can either opt for an additional external harddisk, a specific photo/video storage device, buying a DVD writer and keeping it on DVDs, or getting an iPod photo (that will complement your iMac G5 nicely) :P
Apr. 25th, 2005 01:00 am (UTC)
heh so far whenever you visit, he remembers you so i dont think u need to worry. Anyway, he's such a friendly bugger..

wah got such blankets meh? I never knew..

Hmm..mebbe i should just get an external harddisk..any brands in mind? DVD writer..hmm, but saving stuff on it takes quite a while rite.. G5 yet hor..still thinking abt it..
(no subject) - e_rambler - Apr. 28th, 2005 12:22 am (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 24th, 2005 11:14 am (UTC)
We usually toilet train completely (i.e. no accident) during the day first. Then, progress to night training. For Tim, night training was easy cos he "self trained" by waking himself as asked me to bring him to the toilet, but for Royce...*sigh* he's still wetting himself at night if DH or myself did not wake up early morning at about 5 ot 6 am to bring him to the toilet. I am so so so tired from changing bedsheets becos of his pee "accidents" at night.
Apr. 25th, 2005 01:37 am (UTC)
yeah..that's why i havent started on night-training coz of the possiblity of bed-wetting. I can always get my helper to change the bedsheets but the poor woman would probably not have enough zz coz Aidan pees q alot at night judging from his heavy diaper in the morning...

How early did u start on the night-training?
(no subject) - timroy - Apr. 25th, 2005 01:28 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 24th, 2005 01:48 pm (UTC)
backup and stuffs
Indeed Aidan is very cute but the pretty mummy is snatching some lime light from him ;)
And I could relate to the guilt of not being able to spend enough time with the kids due to work.
OKIE go get a external hard drive (40gig for approx $150 with 1 yer gurantee) Thats where i saved all my photoes and backup..

Apr. 25th, 2005 07:41 am (UTC)
Re: backup and stuffs
150 bucks for 40gig of space seems q good. Any brands i shuold look for?

Your li' one all recovered already?
Apr. 24th, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC)
Aidan is growing up to be a handsome boy !!!He looks so happy and chirpy.

Well as for your laptop issue, y dont u get a portable harddisk and transfer those files to the portable harddisk. Its a rather cheap option

Apr. 25th, 2005 07:39 am (UTC)
was good meeting u today :)

Yeah, probably will get the portable/external harddisk..must go Sim Lim soon liao!
Apr. 24th, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC)
SAFRA Mt Faber is a nice place, pool is HUGE & has jacuzzi like stream @ the side of the pool. You should bring your little one there. Tampines's kids' pool is pathetically tiny & it's soooooo crowded on weekends. The other pool they have is the lap pool, olympic sized but lots of people swim lanes so it's not quite safe to be hanging around edge of the pools. I did my laps there this morning & I had to do quite a bit of manouevring just so I don't get hit by the crowd of men who swim either blindly or not caring if they hit others! A lot of men who are bad navigators swim there unfortunately.
Apr. 25th, 2005 02:36 am (UTC)
ooh..then MT Faber Safra it shall be then! My friend told me that Tampines and Mt Faber Safra's amenities are just as good as Yishun so I thought of going there..Thanks for the headsup.

Apr. 24th, 2005 02:32 pm (UTC)
Aidan really loves water a lot!!! Ever taught of letting him learn swimming?

For toilet-training at night, it really depends on your own child. For Caleb, I realised that he can control his bladder until the next morning, so I let him wear training pants at night, for just in case. There was a few times that accidents did happen at night, and it's quite tiring for both of us to clean, change, and wash bedsheets, then head back to sleep. So you must be prepared for such things to happen too. HTH.
Apr. 25th, 2005 02:41 am (UTC)
I was contemplating sending him to swim classes but i wasnt sure whether its the right time yet. That's why i was asking Angeline longlongbus whether the trial lesson at Aquaducks was any use and she said the only good they learnt from it was how to hold the child while underwater.

Hmm..not bad eh Caleb..being able to control his bladder. Aidan cant still at night coz his diapers is always so heavy in the mornings!
(no subject) - clari_2004 - Apr. 25th, 2005 02:09 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 24th, 2005 04:17 pm (UTC)
Wah Aidan must have enjoyed so much for the swimming on every weekend :)

I just fully toilet train Sarah. She was toilet trained in the train by my mum mths ago and i started letting her go diaperless in the day since Feb. Tried night training her for the night in feb but not successful cos Sarah refused to wakes up in the night to pee. I give up and wait. So few weeks ago, she decided that she dont need any diaper at night so we let her. But we got ourselves prepared by putting those disposable mat underneath her mattress sheet so that if she pee we only need to wash the sheets. We also limit her water in take before sleep and make sure she clear her bowels before sleep. So tata she's now diaperless day and night. Hope Aidan will be like Sarah, easily trained when he is ready ;) Good luck.

I'm using my company notebook now but all picts are stored in my personal notebook. Will be getting a external hard disk soon to store all the pict as backup too. :)
Apr. 25th, 2005 07:36 am (UTC)
congratz on successfully toilet-training Sarah..It think its a great achievement *truly*..I think our kids are the one who will finally decide whether they want to be 'trained' or not..:)

Heh..i have pics from when Aidan was born till now in my notebook and pc + the videoclips. Really dun think my notebook can tahan any longer esp if you know the amt of photos i have!
(no subject) - clari_2004 - Apr. 25th, 2005 02:03 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 24th, 2005 04:23 pm (UTC)
Aidan is growing up! Can see he looks different now. As for toilet training, I'm one lazy ass and I still put dipes on Alison for night time cos I don't want to stay up just to wake HER up to go pee at night. But I know exactly when she does get up to do it. See how bad I am? She's dry during the day but still insists on pooing into a diaper and not on the potty.

Should meet up soon, before I start work again!
Apr. 25th, 2005 02:32 am (UTC) just as lazy. If the school hasnt urged us to toilet-train him, we won't have started. Well, aidan sleeps in his own room so i cant be there to change him when he wets the bed tho Nenita can help to do it but it may mean she gotta wake up many times in the night..

Hm..still no luck with the potty? I remember Laura tried to make Caleb stay on the potty by letting him play his toys and read while sitting there..did u try that yet?

Congratz to ur new job! When are u starting? Wanna lunch this week? Let me know when is okay for u.
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