Our Playrooms at Home

Since we moved into our new home in 2012, we’ve done well, nothing much to it. Just that the amount of things increase almost too quickly, and we did some reconfiguration a few times since. What used to be a playroom for one, has now extended to become playrooms for two. And because we wanted to do more things together as a family on weekends, we moved the girls play area into our living room.

The hub was rather against the thought of having toys in the living room cos he cannot tolerate mess. But I tried my best to keep everything as proper as I can and occasionally update the toys (means discard tattered and no longer playable ones) and rearrange them so that it’ll be easy for us to maintain the play area.

We are fortunate to have found this house. By keeping bulky items to the minimum, the space allows for lots of running around for the girls. And each of them get their own space to play if the decide to play different things.

All toys and books are stored in an Expedit shelve and see through boxes. Only toys that are commonly played by the girls are kept in the living room. All other stuff are stored away from their sight (as much as possible) in the other play room.

Here’s a closer look at how things are sorted out on the shelve.

On warmer days (like the recent crazy weather), we prefer to play in the room which is less humid and is cooled with air-con. This room, which used to be Ayra’s playroom before it transformed a guest room for my parents when Zara arrived, and then later into Zara’s changing room, and now a room just for storing toys and clothes. When the girls are big enough to sleep in their own room, this will be their wonderland. (Can’t wait to transform the room!)

The girls love playing and there is really no reason why we should stop them from creating a mess. As long as we have a proper system of maintaining order in the chaos, no play is not allowed. Okay, except for Play Doh! I totally cannot tolerate the tiny little pieces and the cleaning up after each play. All Play Doh and accessories are stored out of sight from Ayra until she learns how to better play with them.

For now, there’s the cooking role playing which she loves, LEGO and duplo, playing dress up with her gang of Barbies, role play as doctor or mummy or a teacher with her dolls and there’s of course the many variety of books for her to pick up and flip through.

As for little Zara, anything in her hands are new to her. And when she’s done shaking, swinging and trying to poke it into your face, most of the things in her hands will end up one place – her mouth!

What have you got in your kids’ play room? Share with us in the comments below!

Tips to Buying Clothes for Newborn

Do you recall the excitement when you discover the gender of your baby? When I learned about the gender for my first child, I was super hyped! My mind filled with hundred and one ways to dress up my baby girl when she arrives. Beautiful dresses, bright tees, cute onesies and so much more fun ways to dress the baby up! And what happened?

Before the baby even arrived, your new wardrobe is filled with newborn clothes! When the baby arrive, she starts to grow in super speed and mummy can’t finish dressing her up in newborn clothes before she grow too big to fit.

Baby Zara in a 3 to 6 months onesie when she’s barely 2 months young

This happen to not just myself I’m sure. I’ve seen new parents shopping for newborn stuff in boxes, including clothes! I’ve often wanted to go up to them and tell them to stop wasting money, but I just can’t do it! I hate myself for not stepping up, guess I’m still very much a conservative mum.

Before you head down for your next shopping spree for clothes, here are some tips for you.

[box type=”1″]Buy just enough for twice a week of washing. Newborns grow very fast and some newborn may even be too big to fit into newborn (0-3month) clothes at birth. So buy just enough of newborn clothes before the baby is born. Shopping for clothes is never ending, and you’ll have a lot of opportunities to shop after giving birth. So don’t need to be too kiasu.[/box]

I love T-shirts for babies, as they can last longer as compared to onesie, I love that the FOX baby tees come with buttons on the shoulder line for easy wearing for baby

[box type=”1″]A personal guide when preparing for newborn:
This guide is for those who plan to wash baby’s clothes every two days.

  1. Sleepwears (at least 6 sets)

    Get comfortable sleeping wears, long sleeves and pants if baby is going to be sleeping in air-conditioned rooms. I love one piece sleep wears that covers their hands and feet.

  2. Onesies (6 pcs)

    Onesies are no brainer. They wear easily and is easy for diaper changing. But get the 3 to 6 months instead of newborns so they can be worn for a longer time.

  3. T-shirts (3 to 5 pcs)

    For the occasion outings.

  4. Pants (2 pcs)

    Love those that has got the feet covered cos it is a challenge to keep baby’s socks on all the time. Socks that are too tight leaves marks on the skin, socks too loose fall off easily.

  5. Shorts (2 pcs)

    For the warmer days, shorts is good, even with onesies so that the baby’s thigh is covered in case they catch a cold from too much wind from the fan.

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When buying onesies, get a size bigger than the baby so they get to wear for longer time

Shorts or pants should also be at least one size bigger as we need to fit in the diaper. When these are too tight, the skin may not be able to breathe properly hence causing rashes to grow

Now that you’ve got tips on what you can get for your baby, head down to shop soon! It’s the year end sale and many places are giving great discounts. From our favorite shopping place for clothes, FOX is having their end season sale with up to 70% off! This offer too hard to miss and I’m heading to shop later today! 😛

Experience with my Gynecologist, A/Prof John Tee of KKH

Having gone through two pregnancies each with a different way of birth, I personally felt that one is more preferred than the other. Sharing my personal experience with natural birth (induced) for my first child and an elected cesarean section due to placenta praevia for my second. I’ll be sharing more about my experiences on the birth processes in another post.

For both my pregnancies, I had A/Prof John Tee Chee Seng from KKH as my gynecologist. He is a senior consultant and the charges is higher for all consultations and procedures right from the first visit. My routine checkups were done at the KKH Satellite Clinic at Blk 721 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8. A/Prof John Tee is very professional and I believe many who are under his care will agree that he is a man of few words. Continue reading “Experience with my Gynecologist, A/Prof John Tee of KKH”

First visit to Gynae

Being the anxious Mum-to-be, I made an appointment with a Gynae immediately, not knowing when should be the right time to go. The first visit to the Satellite Clinic of KK Women’s Clinic at Ang Mo Kio was quite an exciting one.

I made an appointment through their Central Appointments line and was scheduled to meet A/Prof John Tee CS, a senior consultant at the clinic. Upon arriving at the clinic on my appointment time, things just happened in a flash, I did what I was told and then waited an hour and half for the gynae to arrive.

The process went something like this: Continue reading “First visit to Gynae”