May 2013 was a fun month for JJ. We don’t usually have time to bring him out for full day outings, so we would be very lucky if he can have half a day out doing something different.
JJ’s Fun Time
JJ finally got to visit a place that holds a special place in my childhood years – The Singapore Science Centre (SSC). I shall not ramble on about how crazy I was with that place, that I was even a member (can you believe it). Anyway, back to the topic. JJ was certainly very impressed with the SSC. First, he went wild over the water fountains in the gardens. On a less sunny day, it would have been a great outdoors adventure for him. The weather was too terrible warm to let him run amok outside, so we had to quickly whisk him in.
The first thing that made his eyes buldged was the baby buggies. He was ecstatic. Hubby wanted to rent it for him, but I was adamant that he should be interacting with the exhibits so walking is the way to go. How wrong I was.
After going through the first section of the SSC, while we were entering the central area, I decided to let JJ walk by himself. Wrong move. Upon his feet touching the ground, he zipped. He ran all the way, non-stop, towards the entrance of the SSC where we had came from. That was, he backtracked all the way to where the buggies were parked. And once he reached those lovelies, he stuck his foot into one of them. Hubby was delighted and quickly paid for the rental. I grouchily let them went around in the buggy, one boy happily sitting in it, the other happily pushing it along. So much for learning more about science.
We also checked out the Megabugs exhibition. It was alright, just some gigantic fake bugs moving in their electronically wired limbs, looking a tad eerie. I had some reservations initially as I thought JJ would be scared as the exhibition area was super dark, but he wasn’t.
There was a funny exhibit on illusions and I propped JJ’s head out of a box. See the photo below. In fact, I was startled by another visitor when her head popped up through the “plate of fruits”. I thought it would be hilarious for JJ to do the same. As usual, I was somewhat apprehensive of whether he would make a fuss if he didn’t like that. To my surprise, JJ was in such a good mood that day, he was in fact very happy to see the fruits around his head and kept saying “apple”. Just see his excited expression.
Not all was smooth though. The awful part of the outing was when we decided to have teabreak and had to return the rental buggy since we would be leaving soon. JJ was sooooo angry at being forced to leave (his) buggy that he had the biggest meltdown he ever had in his life. He literally went wild, screaming, sobbing, and chasing after his papa pushing the buggy off (who by then was already out of sight) and dashing in top speed around the SSC. I couldn’t keep up with him as he was really running very fast despite his short legs. Amazing right. Eventually he ran into the mirrored area and knocked his head on one of the mirrors and fell. Poor JJ, being robbed of his buggy and then bumped his forehead. I had to forcefully carry him under by arms and marched him off. Eventually the poor kid fell asleep due to exhaustion.
The problem with getting him outside is such meltdowns – once something he enjoys is being taken away or an activity ceased, he would get awfully mad. I guess it will take a while for him to learn to regulate his feelings and frustration, as well as learn about rules. Meanwhile, I have to use whatever distraction tactics I could conjure, in the worse scenario, just carry him away. The latter action is not an easy feat, considering he is rather strong. Aside from the meltdown, I think JJ enjoyed the outing.
Another first for us was when I took JJ out shopping at the Robinson Members’ Sale. It was early in the morning, and I grabbed a latte from Starbucks before going into Robinsons. JJ was quite obedient and was obsessing over the huge ceiling fan while I down my drink. I only had a baby carrier so shopping was down with JJ sitting in the pouch. It was a little challenging but manageable. He only started fussing when we were about to leave. I might do this again when I have the energy to complete another shopping-with-baby-in-tow feat.
We went to Festive Hotel, for a second time this year. This time round, it was with my mom, brother and SIL.
Can’t get enough of the vibrant colours of the family room, which comes with a loft bed.
Here’s JJ checking out the ladder to the loft bed. He couldn’t get enough of it. The baby cot that he had slept in before in Jan during our staycation with hubby now looked small for him. His feet were almost touching the railings.
And my cheery pie enjoyed himself thoroughly!
Ever since I got onto the Candy Crush bandwagon, there is no turning back. I’m addicted to the silly game. LOL. But I am making an effort not to reach for the game at every interval when I have a break time. My strategy? Try not to ask friends for lives. It helps to some extent. It is frustrating as well if I’m on a frenzy to clear the level though. Well, I do need time to rest my poor eyes.
There are so many things that I wanted to accomplish, which are all very time-consuming. For one, I need to organise my photos and identify those that I want to print. It is a major project. I’m not even halfway through. And having my newfound determination to continue blogging more actively, I am trying not to be obsessed with photoshopping the pictures. I’m refraining from even the most basic editing because I do spend too much time on it. Plus I have not use the programme for a long time and is currently out of touch with the functions.
The new VK Crochet mag looks darn good, especially the bags and accessories. I know there are so many projects that I have identified and the list just keeps growing. Still thinking about whether to buy it on iPad.
And oh, I have been knitting. Just a wee bit. Not good enough. Time, why do you keep slipping by?