March 29th, 2017 by juznuts

I find thunderstorms kinda therapeutic. The rumblings and the pitter patter of the rain drops. 

But now with D having developed a fear of thunder, whenever there’s a thunderstorm, I wonder if D is ok at school, if he’s freaked out. 

Hopefully he outgrows that fear with age. Then we can enjoy watching the thunderstorms together. 

The Verbal Toddler

January 2nd, 2017 by juznuts

It’s fun to see toddlers actually start holding conversations with you that show that actual thought is involved. 

And it also makes us mindful of what we say around him and how we react to different situations as he tends to mirror us when he talks. We usually ask him to “see my mouth” when he mispronounces  new words, and on occasions he likewise tells us to do the same thing!

Just today alone, these happened. 

Gong gong was asking Uncle to hurry up, and decided to carry D up with him to hasten the process. Grandma told D not to go up if not he’ll have to come down again, to which he replied, “Don’t worry Nana, it’s okay”. 

Then he was in the room watching TV. He stood right in front of the TV and yelled at him not to stand so close. So he went and stood at the side of the bed instead. 

Later that afternoon, he was trying to give Grandpa instructions on what to do outside. It involves cutting the branches of our tree. Lol. 

The funniest one has to be the incident involving peanuts. My mum forgot to buy chopped peanuts for her popiah party that evening, and was going around saying “I forgot peanuts! We don’t have peanut! Lemme call X and see if she has peanut!” And then she walked into her room. D ran after her shouting “Nana don’t call! Peanut (our dog) is outside! Peanut is here!” I guess that’s what we get for naming our dog after a food item. 

7 more weeks till N arrives. D has shown to be a pretty good big brother so far to his cousin, being gentle with her, and actually being interested in seeing her. Hopefully he will accept his role as big brother to N without too much jealousy or fussing. 

Not sure how being a mum of 2 will be like. I’m going to miss being a mum of 1, but at the same time look forward to more adventures as a mum of 2. 

Toddler ramblings

November 14th, 2016 by juznuts

Recently, my little toddler has taken to having long conversations on the phone, while pacing up and down the dining room. It’s mostly gibberish though, but it’s cute cause he’s actually imitating his grandma. 

His vocal vocab has gotten a lot more extensive, and it’s cute to see him practicing words on his own when he wakes up in the morning. He repeats words, including words introduced to him the day before, in that cute little voice of his. One of them was “sock shoe” as his attipas shoes are actually a sock-shoe hybrid. 

It’s amazing how kids pick up language without formal lessons. I’m thinking repeating words is part of the language learning process!


Toddler Musings

November 14th, 2016 by juznuts

Today …

S: Do you want me to teach you how to read?

D: Yes. 

S: The fire station is open. Say after me.

D: After me. 



Last week …

Me: Are you a boy or a girl?

D: Boy. 

Me: Is daddy a boy or a girl? Daddy is a?

D: … Daddy

Me: Then how about mummy? Mummy is a?

D: Mummy. 



Some time back … 

S: Do you love mummy?

D: Yes. 

S: Do you love daddy 

D: No … 

S: Why?

D: Because Daddy is so … Daddy. 



July 1st, 2016 by juznuts

When my toddler wakes up, he doesn’t linger in bed or snooze saying “5 minutes more” – when he’s up, he’s up because he’s looking forward to play. 

If u dread getting out of bed, it’s most probably because you dread what’s ahead in the day. Maybe then it’s time for a reflection. 

When we reach the stage where we are happy to jump out of bed each morning, perhaps then we’ve found our dream thing. 


June 24th, 2016 by juznuts

Wow, I’m watching History in the making – looks like the divorce is really happening. It’s not a unanimous one though. They would leave, but as a country divided, hopefully just temporarily.

If it were Singapore we would probably remain as status quo.

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Separately, also my first day back at work after 2 week break. Exciting times.


It happened. Britain votes to leave the European Union.

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Call of the Wild

May 14th, 2016 by juznuts

I think I scarred my almost 2yr old toddler a tact bit today – I let him witness a lizard hunting a giant flying ant. 

Before this, a lizard to him was just this thing that scrambled across walls and made really loud noises. 

Now, as he was sitting on my lap a bit afraid to move, a lizard is the thing that “umm the ant”. 


Neighbors 2

March 2nd, 2016 by juznuts

Today I met one of my elderly neighbors on the way to school. She told us the names of her neighbors dogs, the 3 dogs we say hi to every morning – coco, toffee and oreo. Then she also said she had 8 (I think) grandkids – the oldest is 16 and the youngest 5!