Zara’s first experience with sand

Ayra was 17 months young when we first brought her to a sand pit. I will never forget the reaction Ayra gave when she felt sand on her feet for the first time. We still watch the video some times together and Ayra would say proudly she’s no longer afraid of sand.

One weekend we brought the girls to Changi Beach for some sand play, and I was all ready to capture the reaction by Zara when she first touched sand, this little one is too cool lah. She just walked steadily across the sand pit with no issue at all. She was very eager to get her hands into the sand too.

And the big sister, Ayra, was no longer afraid of getting dirty in the sand pit. She even poured an entire bucket of sand onto her own lap!

Ayra had sand on her face, all over the hair, in her pants and everywhere. I was more disturbed than she was, and I kept trying to help dust the sand away for her.

Just when we thought Zara was loving the sand, she started crying when she accidentally spilled sand onto her feet! She was fast to stop her cry when we cleaned it off, and very fast starting another cry when she did it again. We couldn’t help but laugh at the funny things these girls do to themselves without knowing what or why things are happening like that. It was quite an enjoyable evening at the beach, except the part when we forgot the time and Zara was too hungry she started screaming for milk.

Next time must bring timer or set alarm when we are out enjoying time together.

Zara at 9 months

Learned to clap her hands

Learned to wave her hands, bounce on her bottom and moves with rhythms

And her latest “trick” is to do the hand-kiss!

She also had her first joy ride at 9 months!

With her fast forward development (according to the Kid’s health booklet development progress), she will be running around the house soon!

This little girl is crawling and zooming around the house whenever she has the opportunity!

This girl is growing up so so fast. Seeing her few times a week only makes it even faster in perspective. Every week when we bring her home, she show us new skills and what she’ve got up her sleeves. Approaching the 10 months mark, she is already learning to verbalize and repeat what we are telling her. Sometimes I can make up words like JieJie, MaMa, Milk, MumMum (referring to food) and she even tried mimic our expressions.

Zara dear, Mummy misses you every day. We will have a lot more time together soon ok. Love you!

Lela the Baby Gum Soother

At 5 months, Zara is starting to grab everything within her reach. And no matter what she grab, it is stuffed straight into her mouth. She loves pulling in and out her pacifier and teether to rub her gums. When Ayra was little, she got Sophie the giraffe, and now for Zara, she’s got Lela the deer.

Comparing the two teethers, personally I find Lela the deer more suitable for babies.

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  • Lela is smaller and easier for tiny hands to hold.
  • Lela’s neck is shorter and so baby is able to hold the legs and still able to bite on the head with ease.
  • Zara could bite the ears and tails of Lela, instead of just the legs of Sophia for Ayra.
  • Also uses 100% natural rubber and food grade dye, she is also BPA and phthalate-free.

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Zara loves chewing on Lela and by the time she’s done with her, Lela the deer will be covered with saliva! *ewwwwww*

Note: The Sophie Ayra was using may not be the one available in stores now. They seemed to have changed the design and is now smaller. Above comparison is based on the experiences between the two teethers which we had.

Baby Zara from 1 to 5 months

Our second precious girl has grown so much over 5 months, from a tiny baby who grew almost double in size from birth in 3 months. She can hardly fit into her elder sister’s clothes from the 6 to 12 months range! She needs lose pants and t-shirts as Zara has got chunky arms and thighs. Not sure if its due to the breast milk (still drinking now) or the formulae milk (Nan Pro 1 which we started rotating with BM since birth). Her elder sister was on S26 and then Mamil Gold during the first 6 months, with only slightly more than a month supply of breast milk.

Here’s Baby Zara from 1 month to 5 months…

So so so so love this baby girl. I wish I had more time to spend with her. Due to work, I only get to see her few times a week and on some weekends we get to share the same bed. As compared to her elder sister, I’m spending so so much lesser time with her at this stage of her life. Saddens me I have to miss her milestones and not see how much she learn and grow everyday. Grow well and strong Zara! Mummy loves you very much!

When Ayra meets Zara – Bonding two children in the family

Getting the elder child to learn and accept a younger sibling is a tricky thing especially when they are two years apart. Zara, our second girl arrived slightly less than a month before our first child, Ayra, turned two. Every parents know the challenges ahead when a child turns two (they don’t name it “terrible two” for nothing).

The elder child’s need for more attention, learning to control and express more emotions, learning how to get what’s on her mind across to adults and so much more new (and sometime frustrating) things to explore and experience. With so much on hand I must be crazy to think that a two year difference in age is a good thing for my girls. I told myself a 2 year gap is great course they will both be able to share the same stuff, play together and learn together. This ideal dream was brought down soon after baby Zara was born, when my mum warned that 2 years difference is going to be a huge challenge ahead. According to her “philosophy”, when the gap is less than two the, elder may still be unaware of the changes and if its a gap of 3 years, the elder child will be more mature to accept a younger sibling. No matter what lies ahead, I am up for the challenge!

It has been more than month now and to me, I am happy and grateful for how my girls have grown and bonded. Elder sister, Ayra has grown to love and show her affection to the little one. When she’s at Grandma’s place, she’ll often ask where is Meimei (younger sister), and when she’s at home with us she will often ask to carry Zara. In her words, “Ayra toyie. Ayra toyie Meimei.” Yes, her carry sounds like toyie.

There are times when I have to carry the little one and Ayra will cry for my attention. And there are times when the little one is feeding and Ayra will demand for milk at the very moment. All these will past. And soon both girls will be sharing giggles, love and stories of their own; leaving me out in little parts of their lives.

I’m thankful for my two girls, my husband and my family’s support. I salute all the mummies out there who are able to look after more than 1 child alone. Till Zara turns 1 (at least), I doubt I’ll be able to handle both of them together alone for more than a week without any help from my family.

I love you my precious babies. I promise to love you, hold you, cherish you and be there for you always.