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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a….?

Another long overdue post.

So the other day I went for my detailed scan. I had been eager and anxious for this one because I could not wait to find out the gender of the little fella inside, besides being assured that little fella is growing just fine.

Appointment was at 10.15 am. Reached KKH ADC at about 9.45 am. Half an hour early! So I figured I should go to the washroom first, just to make sure my hair was in place. LOL. But Tatek told me to register first so that my appointment would be on time. I did as I was told before proceeding to the ladies. When I was done, Tatek told me to go to the register counter because my name was already called out. SO FAST?

I was pleasantly gobsmacked.

The sonographer then led me to the room where the detailed scan would be carried out.

So it was the usual – sonographer did the scan and told us the various body parts and organs of the little fella.

Little fella could not keep still as usual. At one point, little fella was in the kneeling down position. The sonographer laughed before shaking my tummy continuously (and rather profusely too) to make little fella change position. However, little fella refused to barge. HAHA. So I had to turn my body to the left and right.

Still no luck.

“Your baby is very cheeky ley!” exclaimed the sonographer.

When she wanted to check on little fella’s heart, little fella covered the chest part with one hand. So again, the sonographer had to shake my tummy.

When she wanted to check on the facial features, little fella covered the entire face with both hands. What happened next? Yes, shake shake my tummy once again.

LOL.

The moment the sonographer started showing us little fella’s thigh bones, I knew what was next!

“Do you want to know your baby’s gender?”

DUH.

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“There, do you see that thing sticking out in between the thighs? That’s the penis!”

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I chuckled. Tatek was like repeatedly exclaiming “YES! YES! Beckham boy!”

We are expecting a baby boy. Insya’allah.

When we broke the news to our girls, they were like “Really Mummy? I knew it! YAY!”

Of course they were exhilarated to finally know the gender of their baby sibling. Prior to that, it had been an endless guessing game. Quite torturous for them. HAHA.

When I showed them the above photo of the ultrasound scan, Myreen squealed and said,

“Oh my god, so cute! The penis looks like a little cupcake!”

Seriously, Myreen? LOL.

My mum asked Sharleez whether she was happy and she said,

“It’s okay Nana. I am okay with either a baby brother or sister. It’s still a baby. I will still do my best to take care of the baby even though it will be tiring!”

So I can imagine how chaotic it would be once their baby brother is out, but I also know that my girls will be such great big sisters and helpers!

In fact, they have really started doing their part. Every week, we will go to the library to borrow new baby books for the girls to read to their baby brother every night before bedtime. Everyone will have a turn each night, and the storyteller will never fail to read with gusto.

“We want our baby brother to be entertained when we read the story, Mummy. If we do not put in effort to read, he will fall asleep.”

Such darlings. <3

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I am just hoping for a smooth pregnancy, and that my little fella will continue to grow well. That’s all I want. Insya’allah.

Preparation wise?
How are we coping so far in this department?

Well, we went to look around for strollers after the detailed scan was done since we still had quite a bit of time to spare before fetching the girls from school. I saw a couple of strollers I liked but I told myself to refrain from being so impulsive. Unlike the previous pregnancies, I think I am more relaxed this time round. (Please stay that way, Diah.) So we will continue to look around some more before deciding on THE STROLLER.

But oh my god, I am just so in love with THE BUGABOO BEE3 STROLLER!bug1

And just look at the Diesel Rock edition! Arghhhhhhhh.

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Let’s just hope it’s infatuation, and not love. Infatuation will come and go, right? LOL.

BUT IT MATCHES MY BAG! HOW LIKE THAT??

 

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Along the way, we also saw some other cute strollers.

Like this MacLaren The Beatles Yellow Submarine stroller, just because “We all live in a yellow submarine.”

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Unfortunately, the stroller is not suitable for newborn babies.

BUMMER.

I also like this denim stroller, also by MacLaren. (Have always had a soft spot for MacLaren strollers.)

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This Mini Cooper stroller is kind of cute too.

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DECISIONS, DECISIONS.

The shopping list is going to be pretty extensive, I suddenly realised. I do not have anything babyish (or boyish, even) at home. I have gotten rid of all their baby stuff like decades ago! Hellooooo? My girls are all already in primary school!

So yes, it is really like being a first time mummy because hey, I am expecting a baby BOY.

For now, I must get myself used to the idea of looking at everything blue instead of pink when we go shopping for baby stuff.

Must not look at those cute little dresses.

Must not look at fluffy tutus.

Must not look at colourful leggings.

Must not look at pretty headbands.

Must be allergic to the colour pink.

BUT IF IT’S ANY CONSOLATION, MY FAVOURITE COLOUR HAS ALWAYS BEEN NAVY BLUE.

Hehe.

I am at my 23rd week right now. That’s almost 6 months of pregnancy, and about 4 more months to go.

Please, pray that everything will go smoothly for baby and me okay? <3

Insya’allah.

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My life, My All: Etiqa Term Life Insurance

I am too sure whether I overthink most of the time, but I do worry about so many things in life every single day. My kids are my everything.

When I first found out that I was pregnant with Sharleez, needless to say, I was ecstatic. I told myself that I would be the best mother for my daughter. I did a lot of readings, research, and I wanted to get only the best for her while waiting for her arrival. It was no longer about me. It was no longer about how much money I had. As long as I could give the best for her, I did not mind it at all. Funny how the priority shifted almost instantly to Sharleez the moment I conceived her.

And a year later, I got pregnant with the twins. Likewise, I told myself that I would not want to deprive my twins of anything, and they would also get the same attention from me. It was not easy though when I first gave birth to my twins because Mysha and Myreen are twins, and obviously I had to divide myself into two most of the time just so that I could give both of them the same amount of attention. Really not easy. Initially, I had a breakdown on most nights when Tatek was working and I had to handle both of the twins on my own. The feeding part was really, really challenging. Fortunately my mum came to my rescue. Never be afraid to ask for all the help you can get if you know that will help you be a better mother to your kids.

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My focus has been on my girls ever since. It’s like I breathe them and want to do everything for them.

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I dare not imagine how life would be like for them if I were no longer around. What would happen to my kids if something happened to my husband or me? Would they be cared for? Would they be loved the same way I love them? Would they be lost without me?

As it is, it’s always “Mummy, I want you!” or “Mummy, I want a hug!” or “It’s my turn to sleep next to Mummy tonight!”

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Now, we usually do not think about insurance because human nature is such that we will only start to worry and panic when something happens to us. Death for instance, is not a topic that we will readily discuss or prepare for.

But we cannot have this mentality if we really care for our kids’ future, which is why I have insurance for my kids and myself.

Now let me take a breather while we enjoy this video.

 “Small Actions. Big Returns.”

 Indeed.

Watching the video made me and Tatek rethink about what could happen to our kids and their lives if we could no longer be around for them.

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“Purchasing insurance is a small act, but when you need to be covered in the event of an unfortunate circumstance, you will receive a ‘big return.”

Agree? 

Etiqa is currently offering free Term Life insurance to newly-weds and to Singaporean and PR parents with children under the age of 1 year.

What can Etiqa Term Life insurance do?

Say, if death occurs to you or your spouse (the insured person) within the policy duration, with Etiqa’s free term life insurance, your loved ones will received a guaranteed pay out of $25k in the event of death of the Insured Person only

Term life insurance is often the most affordable coverage because it offers protection for a specific number of years.

Say, how does the insurance work? 

  1. The cover lasts for 12 months.
  2. The plan pays out $25,000 if the life insured (either you or your spouse) dies during the policy term.
  3. For eligible Singaporean and PR couples, it means a total of $50,000 free coverage at $25,000 each.
  4. This promotion aims to encourage young couples and parents to think about how important it is to cover their families with insurance in the event of unexpected death.
  5. Application must be made online via Etiqa’s website.

Click on this website link to learn more about the T&Cs

Here’s the best part! 

Etiqa’s Term Life insurance promotion is free!

No payment is required for the first 12 months

To apply for Free Term Life Insurance promotion, click on the link!

Thank you Etiqa for being so thoughtful to provide free term life insurance to help newlyweds and new parents kick-start their financial planning!

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Empty threats.

Being a parent is not an easy job.

DON’T WE ALL KNOW THAT?

Yes, I lost my temper on my twins yesterday.

Yes, these cuties.

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Like, I totally lost it, you know?

You know how it’s like when you have specifically told your kids what they are required to do at home during your absence and then when you reach home, they have not even done a single thing?

TO SAY I WAS DISAPPOINTED IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT.

Sure, it is very easy for outsiders to cast judgment on the parent who lose control over their child. It is easy for them to tell the parent what to do or not do because well…

 “I was a parent even before you became one.”

RIGHT.

To those who know me personally, I am not really the super strict mother whose yes is always a yes, and her no is always a no. Sometimes my no can be a yes, depending on the severity of the situation. Like for example, if I say no to ice-cream after 7 pm, I might just say yes for a day if girls are exceptionally well-behaved or know how to persuade me. And then I would have to reason out with the husband as to why I have a sudden change of mind.

I have this really open, loving and fun relationship with my girls on normal days. I do not like to nag at them unnecessarily because based on experience, nagging only causes noise pollution and nothing else. It does not have any positive impact on the child.

But I also have my rules and expectations. I strongly believe in a good discipline and being consistent about it. The main reason why most parents fail to discipline their kids effectively is because of the lack of consistency. I am guilty of that too sometimes.

And yesterday was one such example.

See, my girls were required to complete their set of written work that I had assigned them before I went out to run my last minute errands for Studiofrost. They totally understood what was required of them. After all, it was not their first time.

Just a little recap.

  • I fetched them home from school at 12.45 pm today.
  • When they reached home, they cleaned up and had a bit of playtime till about 2 pm.
  • Fed them their lunch.
  • They started doing their written work at 3 pm.
  • They were supposed to finish their work at 4.30 pm

 

I specifically told them these before I left home at about 4 pm:

  • Please make sure you finish your work by 4.30 pm.
  • Put your clock right in front of you so that you can time yourself.
  • Start working on Aan’s birthday card at 4.30 pm
  • Complete the card by 5.45 pm, and get ready for your swimming lesson

 

When I reached home, it was about 5.45 pm. And this was the bizarre sight that greeted me:

  1. Myreen was still doing her written work while watching OkTo
  2. Mysha was lying on the bed and shaking her legs while watching OkTo
  3. I see papers all over the room
  4. Birthday cards were still not completed
  5. They were still not ready for swimming

 

Pray tell me how I felt there and then.

I WANTED TO EXPLODE!

 

Now, up to this point, there has been no mention of Sharleez, right?

Well, that’s because she has completed all the tasks on time. So I had no issues with her.

She saw me and exclaimed,

“Mummy, I tried so many times to tell them to finish their work but they just ignored me.”

So yeah.

I shouted at the twins until I could shout no more. I was raging. My blood was boiling. It is really no fun to be the bad guy, but for every wrong action, there needs to be a consequence.

 

The mistake I made yesterday was to keep threatening them (in particular, Myreen) without acting.

“If you do not finish your work by 4.30 pm, you will not get to celebrate Aan’s birthday later.”

And then when 4.30 pm came, I called home to check on them. Apparently, Myreen was still not done.

“If you do not finish by 5 pm, you really cannot join the celebration later. I MEAN IT.”

And then when it was 5 pm and she was not done yet, I told her to finish by 5.30 pm or she would really get it from me.

“MYREEN, THAT’S IT. NO PARTY FOR YOU LATER.”

5.45 pm and she was still doing her work.

Threats after threats.

Apparently, it had no impact or effect on her.

Hey, I gave her so many chances and kept extending the time.

I gave her the ultimatum, and it did not work either.

Might as well I plant the big “L” on my forehead.

 

MY MISTAKE.

See, when we repeatedly tell our kids the consequences for their bad actions without actually giving the immediate consequences, all they hear is,

“I can keep doing this a few more times before Mummy finally gets angry. So might as well enjoy it while it lasts.”

 

Kids are way smarter than we give them credit for.

It is no fun at all when we see our discipline efforts backfire on certain days.

When emotions escalate, us parents often make the mistake of responding by communicating threat. Let us not forget the super frustrated look on our face, the mad tone of our voice, our intimidating posture and our finger repeatedly wagging at them.

WOW. WE ARE SO SCARY.

Realistically speaking, parents need a break too sometimes. We can get exceptionally tired and just feel like giving up on some days. And then there will be days that we just feel too exhausted to discipline our kids.

But I keep reminding myself that it is so important to muster up the energy to offer consistent discipline. Otherwise, it can make behaviour problems worse, which will result in me feeling even more tired than before.

Makes sense?

I will always feel bad minutes after scolding my girls. Always. I cry even at times.

I will blame myself for not being patient enough or good enough a mother for them.

Do you feel that way too?

I guess it is okay for us to feel that way?

Only through remorse will we tell ourselves to do better next time for our kids.

But we should never feel guilty for disciplining them.

Allowing misbehavior to slide is never the solution.

It really takes time to undo a pattern of bad or undesirable behavior. But if we are consistent as parents, the kids will eventually catch on. Parenting and disciplining would be quite a breeze thereafter.

And most importantly, parents must show a united front, so that the parent who always does the punishing (because that parent is always with the kids while the other is working) will not feel like the bad guy all the time

I can never reiterate enough the importance of discipline. I have been consistent with Sharleez ever since she was young, and I can see how much easier it is to handle her as compared to her twin sisters. I admit that I am not so strict with Mysha and Myreen as far as discipline is concerned because well, I see them as the babies in the family. And really, I expect them to learn by example. Their example is their big sister, in this case. They really look up to Sharleez.

And perhaps, the reason why Myreen was behaving that way yesterday was because she just wanted my attention and time. I know for sure that if I had been there, Myreen would have completed her work on time. Why would she take more than 3 hours to complete something that will just take about 1 hour on other days?

But then it goes back to this question –

When then will Myreen ever practise self-discipline if she needs me beside her all the time?

Not easy.

But as I am typing this now and reflecting on my actions yesterday, I count my blessings for these twins, no matter how mischievous they can be at times.

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Anyway, we kissed and we made up.

They completed their work.

They made their Aan (Lulu Aini) a very nice birthday card. Not the lazy and minimal effort kind of card.

I gave them time to settle down and all, and had a talk with them after the celebration. I wanted them to explain their actions and my actions.

Both of them cried as they explained to me why they did what they did.

What was Myreen’s reason?

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Myreen:

“I wanted to watch TV because I like that show. But I think I am a bit lazy today also. I am so sorry Mummy.”

Me:

“It is okay, at least you are honest. But what I have I told you time and time again?”

Myreen:

“SUFFER FIRST, ENJOY LATER MUMMY.”

Me:

“Right. But today, you obviously enjoyed first and suffered a big deal later. And that was really the choice that you made.”

Myreen:

“I do not want to enjoy first next time. I must finish my work first. I promise, Mummy.”

Me:

“Okay Myreen. And I am so sorry for being a monster mummy today. You know I am not like that if you don’t make me. “

We hugged oh so tightly. And they asked for another hug once we were done.

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Never stop believing in happy endings. <3

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Jell-o!

I have always enjoyed drinking Ribena ever since I was a kid.

I am not so sure about you, but Ribena with lots of ice? Definitely the perfect thirst quencher!

So now that I have my own kids, it is not a surprise to have them fall in love with Ribena too.

Ribena is rich in Vitamin C, made from 100% New Zealand Blackcurrants, and contains no artificial colour, flavor or sweetener.

Did you also know that…

Each Ribena pack meets 100% of Children’s Daily Requirement of Vitamin C?

So how would you know if your kid is drinking more than enough of Ribena/Vitamin C?

Well, Vitamin C is waster soluble in nature. 75% of consumption is excreted within 24 hours Hence, there is no worry for over consumption of Vitamin C because it will be passed out of human bodies within a day

Little did I know that I could actually be more creative and create my own recipes with Ribena. Yes, Ribena can also be used for cooking and baking, other than as a drink.

So just the other day, I decided to make surprise my girls after their class and I made…

RIBENA BLACKCURRANT & LEMON JELL-O!

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SO EASY TO MAKE, AND RICH IN VITAMIN C TOO!

And right now, I am going to be a sweetheart and share the recipe with you!

You can thank me later.

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RIBENA BLACKCURRANT & LEMON JELL-O!

Makes 12-15 Jellies

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

 

Ingredients:

10g Konnyaku Jelly powder

30g sugar

700ml Ribena Blackcurrant & Lemon Fruit Drink

200ml hot water

120g fresh blueberries (you can substitute with fruit cocktail or any fruit of your choice)

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Directions:

Wash and rinse blueberries. Pat dry and set aside.

Prepare Ribena jelly molds or any jelly molds.

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Arrange equal portion of blueberries in the molds. Set aside in the fridge.

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Mix sugar and Konnyaku powder in a small bowl.

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Pour hot water and Ribena Blackcurrant & Lemon Fruit Drink in a saucepan and turn on the heat. Slowly add in Konnyaku sugar mixture and stir to dissolve sugar and Konnyaku powder.

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Bring it to a boil and continue to boil for another 5 minutes.

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Remove from the heat and stir until the bubbles disappear. Transfer to a pouring jug.

Fill chilled molds with Konnyaku mixture by starting with 1/3 full.

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Then follow by another 2/3.

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Let them cool down to room temperature before storing into fridge for chilling. Turn Jelly mold upside down, lightly press the mold to  push the jelly out.

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Serve chilled to cute, happy and definitely hungry kids.

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And Sharleez said this.

“THANK YOU MUMMY, ANYTHING YOU MAKE IS ALWAYS DELICIOUS BECAUSE IT IS MADE WITH LOVE.”

 

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I have got to be the luckiest mummy alive because I have these sweet as jell-o daughters. <3 

HAVE FUN TRYING OUT THIS RECIPE WITH YOUR KIDS!

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Save it!

“Good morning Mummy, we want to shower!” 

exclaimed my twins Mysha and Myreen.

Time check: 9 am

So while the girls were showering, I cleared some of my pending chores. Like packing of orders. Like making the bed. Like cleaning the room.

Time check: 10.15 am

I suddenly remembered that the twins were still in the bathroom.

ONE HOUR AND FIFTEEN MINUTES OF SHOWER?? SERIOUSLY, KIDDOS???

I went to the bathroom and checked on them. They were still in the shower, giggling away and chitchatting about their classmates. When they saw me, they chuckled and continued chitchatting.

“Excuse me, you can continue chitchatting later! How can you take this long to shower? You need to help me and daddy save water so that we do not have pay a lot for the water bill.”

And they disappeared from the bathroom almost immediately.

WATER CONSERVATION (click, click, click!) is something that kids need more exposure to. I do not exactly blame them for not realizing how precious water is. And to nag at them for not saving water is not exactly a good idea either.

Good habits do not form overnight. One thing for sure, you need to set a good example for them. You cannot possibly expect them to shower for less than 5 minutes every time while you take your own sweet time in the shower, for instance.

One good way is to make them realize the importance of water conservation is by listening to Ah Gong.

AH GONG WHO?

Not my Ah Gong.

Not yours also.

JUST WATCH THIS VIDEO WITH YOUR CHILD RIGHT NOW.

 

Thank you Ah Gong. When I was a child, I thought that the water that came out from the tap and shower was free, just like water from the lakes and sea. The only difference was, the water from homes was clean. Yah.

I did not know that small adjustments could have a big impact.

What are some water saving tips that you can think of?

I can think of a few!

  1. Wash vegetables and salads in a bowl rather than under a running tap.

 

  1. Run the washing machine only on a full load.

 

  1. Wash your car with a bucket and sponge.

 

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  1. Collect rinse water from the washing machine and use it to flush the toilet or mop the floor.

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  1. Turn off taps tightly to ensure they do not drip.

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  1. Do not leave the tap running when you are brushing your teeth.

 

  1. Insert thimbles or water saving devices at taps with high flow rate.

 

  1. Monitor your water bill to monitor your family’s water consumption. If your consumption is more than average, re-look your family’s water usage habits.

 

  1. If you nominated for the ice bucket challenge, accept it, video yourself and then make the decision to save all the water inside the bucket instead of torturing yourself with it. You will be labeled as a hero thereafter. You can thank me later once you make it big.

 

Lastly, according to Mysha,

“Do not cry all the time, Myreen Nadya! Must save water.”

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HAHAHAH SO CUTE.

Small adjustments can have a big impact.

Here are some ways you can challenge yourself and make that drastic change in your water bill! 

WHO IS UP FOR THE CHALLENGE?!!

CHALLENGE 1:

Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes.

You will save up to 1,000 gallons a month!

CHALLENGE 2:

Put a barrel outdoor to catch rain water, then use that water for things like watering plants or flushing toilets.

You will save hundreds of gallons of water a year.

 

CHALLENGE 3:

Shower together with your spouse all the time!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

This one, I am sure you all can do easily, right?

You cheeky monkeys.

 

Even if you do just one thing each day to contribute to your home’s water conservation, you’re doing the right thing!

Come visit PUB’s Water Conservation Showroom on Wheels from 7 – 26 March 2015!

You will be able to get useful tips on how to save water as well as have your picture taken at our photobooth. You may even get a chance to catch PUB’s mascot, Water Wally!

Dates and venues below!

(Fri) 20 Mar

Icon@IBP 3A International Business Park, 609935(In front of foodcourt)

(Sun) 22 Mar

Century Square 2 Tampines Central 5, Singapore 529509

Beside taxi stand (opposite the UOB Bank )

(Tue) 24 Mar

Cathay Cineleisure 8 Grange Road

(Main entrance beside Starbucks)

(Wed) 25 Mar

Cathay Cineleisure 8 Grange Road

(Main entrance beside Starbucks)

(Thu) 26 Mar

Cathay Cineleisure 8 Grange Road

(Main entrance beside Starbucks)

See more details HERE HERE HERE!!!!! 

 

I say it will be a perfect ending to the March holidays, don’t you think?  

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