The little mouse

It had been a slightly more challenging week of high fever, cough, breathlessness, wheezing & “merlioning” for Xi En.

We try to see the tiny streak of light beneath the dark clouds & it help that my mischievous boy never fail to make the going a little more light-hearted.

Aside from Xi en’s own issues, his grandaunt fell down over the weekend & broke her leg (ouch…)

I explained to Xi En that “Lao yi” fell down at the supermarket & broke her leg; had an op to fix it. He asked why, where, how.
I explained.

He asked again. I explained again.

He asked again. I explained again.

He asked again. I explained again.

@_@ – the questioning toddler. Often, I just want to throw the spanner to his Daddy but unfortunately he’s not always at home!

Few days later, he woke up & immediately said Lao yi is like “a little mouse” 小老鼠。I asked why? (my turn with WHY!). Haa..

He replied/sang the Chinese nursery rhyme “小老鼠”:

小老鼠 上灯台
(The little mouse went up the lamp stand)

偷吃油 下不来
(Stole some oil; couldn’t come down)

喵喵喵 猫来了
(Meow meow meow; the cat is here)

(Ji li gu lu, the mouse tumbled down)

For the mandarin speakers who heard this nursery rhyme before, you will get it. Interesting how his brains are wired up!

Loving my boy’s funny antics always. 🙂

Praying for his immunity to be stronger & get those nasty viruses down soon.

Happy healthy weekend to come everyone!

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What’s in a name

Naming no. 2 proved to be slightly more challenging than no. 1 this round.
I meant – you probably already chose your favorite name for no. 1… So if no. 2 is of the same gender; it’s slightly tougher isn’t it?

But of course, no. 2 is no less loved than no. 1. So Kim & I cracked our brain juices & came up with the following.

We wanted to keep the first alphabet “E” since it’s already running in the family. But nice boys’ names with “E” seemed so hard to locate. Or rather I can’t find any which sparked my interest.

I always liked “Isaac”. The sound & meaning of it just resonates with me. “Isaac” = “Laughter”
Good to have a smiling, laughing & cheerful baby. 🙂

Kim had a brilliant idea while we were brain storming :

“Eizac” – pronounced the same way as “Isaac”.
Haaa… I know- It’s a little cheesy but the name grew on us.

As for the Chinese name: we decided to keep the 恩 which is in his older brother’s name: 希恩 。
We wanted a name which tells a story & inspires baby in the future.
We came up with 凯 (kai3) as in “凯旋归来”。meaning: “returning with victory”

& so baby no. 2 will be known as
“Eizac Chen Kai En” "曾凯恩".

Darling no. 2 – we pray for good health, wisdom, laughter, & victory in your life! 🙂

N.b: seemed like Eizac can’t wait to see the world. Updating this in the delivery suite now. Looks like we will be meeting our baby boy earlier than expected! Now… what’s new? It seemed to run in the family.


The first few weeks

The start of 2013 marked the first few weeks of full day childcare for Xi En.

As many parents were; I was more anxious than him. Prior to this preschool; last year, we sent him to a 1/2 day preschool which he didn’t last very long. He was not exactly that happy in the school and the separation anxiety was much more pronounced then. After a full bout of bronchiolitis and a week+ stay in the hospital, we withdrew him from school and kept him at home. Shortly after, his never-ending energy got the better of us; and we packed him off to a 2 hourly weekly neighbourhood toddlers’ class. Xi En was very happy with the arrangements and settled down really well. Perhaps the short hours helped him coped better with germs and familiarity of going home real fast. Smile

Quick as a wink, he graduated! The class does not take in kids beyond 3 years old! He had a mini-graduation in class and fell in love with the graduation song “Auld Lang Syne”. He loved the tune and hummed the song till today; remembering the days of care-free play.


This year, it’s serious business. The decision to place him in a full day childcare was deliberated many times over before we took the plunge. The key consideration is – his health. We or rather I was worried about the cleanliness of the school/teachers/children and if he could ever take an afternoon nap in school above many other worries. After visiting almost 20 preschools in our area and my mum’s; we decided on the one I felt had the cleanest toilets and environment. Understandably, there is no prefect school; but we took pains to visit every school to minimise the transition anxiety and maximise the potential benefits both to us and him.

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Given that I do have a very flexible job schedule, we could have enrolled him in a 1/2 day program instead. But the thought of a hyper-energised boy with a crying-for-milk new born freaked me out. The impending delivery of No.2 sealed the decision. I need some sanity too….

I am very proud of Xi En. After much mental preparation and visits to the new school, he was all prepped to go to school on the first day. New uniforms; favourite school bag and all-things-new helped to keep away the tears. He walked into school without any tears and was whisked into the assembly room swift and quick by the teachers. I probably needed a tissue more than him. He did fairly well in the first week; save a crying session because the teachers forgotten not to wash his hair. He’s paranoid about the shower head and refused to allow water trickling down his face (even at home). We picked him up at mid day on the first week to allow slow transition and to help with my separation anxiety. Without a bouncing bunny around at home; I was turning into a couch potato.

The 2nd week ended earlier with a bout of low grade fever; cough and flu. We went full force into traditional chinese medicine coupled with western medicine to ensure that we supress the viruses as fast as possible. He had a successful first nap in school on the 3rd week of school & seemed much more settled down into the weekday routines. Well.. he still refused food which is not to his liking; can’t sleep on certain hyper days and kept asking why he has to go to school. But otherwise, he seemed so grown-up and understood that he has to go to school so that Daddy can go to work, Mummy can nest at home and Po Po can do housework. One of the days, I caught him fighting off tears which had swelled up at the corner of his eyes when we dropped him off. But without any complaints; he waved goodbye to us and followed his teacher.

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I fully agree that letting go is helping him. But it’s oh-so-heartaching to see him trying to be mature and growing up sensibly. I wished I could still hold him in my arms; cradle him like a little baby and protect him from this real world. But of course, this is part and parcel of growing up. My little baby had grown up so much; to protect him is to let go. And I know he will do beyond just fine. Smile

Love you, mummy’s darling boy! Jia you!

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