Fruity Goodness for the Kids

Ayra is a very picky eater. She prefers the unhealthy snacks like chips, cookies, fried crispy stuff and sweet drinks. I blame us adults for giving in to her requests for food, also because she doesn’t want to eat the proper meals we’ve been trying every day since she was 6 months young. When we received a set of fruity treats from Zespri, I tried to encourage Ayra to try some kiwis with Zespri cute stickers and plushies.

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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.

Ayra turns two!

It was a cosy celebration for Ayra’s second birthday. As Mummy was still doing her confinement, we gathered at home and spent loving time together as a family. We had the cake you picked from Swensen’s and ordered pizzas for dinner. You had fun opening your presents, and we had fun watching you getting excited about them.

Baby you’ve grown so much and everyday you matured a little bit more, understands life a little more, grows to love, forgive and give. There is nothing more to ask for in a daughter than who you already are.

Ayra, Mummy loves you very much.

Ayra meets Mr Men and Little Miss at FOX

Before Baby No. 2 arrives, we managed to sneak some time together with Ayra for a fun shopping trip to meet Mr Men and Little Miss at FOX Kids & Baby. These adorable characters come just at the right time as I just started introducing Ayra to their books. She has so far met Little Miss Stubborn, Little Miss Busy, Mr Forgetful and Little Miss Princess.

And that day at Mr. Men and Little Miss collection launch at FOX Kids & Baby, she got to meet a brand new character…

She was delighted to score her first Little Miss plush, the Little Miss Cawaii! How cute is she!

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Ayra the Fashionista X FOX Kids & Baby

We love shopping! And FOX Kids & Baby is in our top 3 favorite fashion store for Ayra since she was a little baby. Now that she has a full length mirror at home and at Grandparent’s place, she insists on picking her own clothes after bath every day! It is a challenge keeping up with her fashion needs but now, for the rest of the year, Ayra and her soon-arriving little sister will have new fashion apparels every month! We are SUPER thrilled to be collaborating with FOX Fashion for their Kids and Baby collection!

Ayra was excited to see their new Fall Winter 2013 collection over the long weekend at FOX Kids & Baby (City Square Mall) and she had a blast trying out new clothes and hogging both the fitting rooms! Good thing we went pretty early in the day and the crowd hasn’t quite fill up the store yet.

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The mini bluetooth speaker that got Ayra excited

One day I brought home a little red cylinder and showed it to Ayra. I turned it on, linked it to my mobile phone and started streaming music out from this little red cylinder. Ayra was shocked at first and ran away from it when music came blasting out of it. When I adjusted the volume down and played her favorite music, she got excited again and held up the red cylinder to see what it was.

Makes me happy every time she get curious with new objects. I like seeing how she examine them, how she try to press any available buttons and poke every hole she sees just to find out more about it.

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