Parenthood, Weeks 10-11

Parenthood, Weeks 10-11

Among my favourite pieces of useful parenting advice is this gem, shared by a few different friends: “Each time you think you’ve figured out a pattern, it’s going to change almost immediately.” I thought we were so close to getting…

The New Place: Katy’s Room

The New Place: Katy’s Room

This is the room I’m most pleased with right now. Not only is everything put away in its place, its main occupant just looks so cute and happy whenever she’s in it. It was a little girl’s room before and…

Crafting While Katy Sleeps, Part 1

Crafting While Katy Sleeps, Part 1

I bought these wooden block letters from Typo a few weeks ago, and told myself I’d find time to do something fun with them after we’d finished moving and unpacking. That opportunity came up a couple of nights ago… I…

Counting My Blessings

Counting My Blessings

After a morning of fighting with product warranties, proofs of purchase and dingbat customer service staff, I have decided to stop feeling frustrated and start being grateful instead. – For my daughter, who is amazingly cute even when she’s throwing…

Parenthood, Week 8

Parenthood, Week 8

Of all the milestones Katy will achieve in her life, I never expected her first cold to happen quite so soon. Cue the self-recrimination: did I keep her warm enough, did we take her out and about too often, should…

Childhood Canings Cast Long Shadows

If you grew up in the 80s in a middle-class home in Singapore, you probably experienced the kind of childhood punishments that would make your Western friends clutch their pearls and gasp that no one called Child Protective Services. Getting…

Parenthood, Week 4

Parenthood, Week 4

My tiny newborn is a month old. How did that happen?! The first two weeks passed in such a haze – I only realised Katy had nearly outgrown her newborn togs when a visiting friend observed that Katy’s feet were…