Things that happened

Here’s what we’ve been up to lately.

Baby Theo learnt to sit up unassisted. He’s been practising with his bumbo but he ditched it in favour of sitting on the couch like a big boy. At first, he was a bit tentative, like “is this how this sitting thing is done? Don’t fall over, don’t fall over, don’t fall over…”

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And then he got more comfy and confident.

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And then he really got into it. “Is this what big people do all day? Sitting around watching stuff and eating stuff? I could totally be into that.”

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And then he was all like “okay…this sitting around thing is so overrated.”

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What’s up, Theo?

Nothin’, I’m just sitting here chillin’.

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We finally attempted a meal out in public with 4 kids, and by we, I mean me and the husband – the only person in the world who is crazy enough to attempt something like that with me. He made his scrunchy eyebrow face when I suggested “hey, let’s bring all the kids to the airport for dinner”, which is basically husbandspeak for “what, are you crazy?” But then he immediately followed it with words along the lines of “okay, let’s do it. I’ll do the crazy with you.”

The husband is my voice of reason but he knows that these crazy ideas in my head don’t go away quietly by themselves. And talking them out doesn’t really work either so he lets me try them to realise on my own how insane the idea was in the first place and I’d be all “ok that was a bad idea, let’s not do it again.” The best part is that he actually does it with me even though he knows it’s going to be a total disaster and then he gets the satisfaction of watching me eat my words.

Verdict?

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Why? Let’s see. There’s Finn, a human hurricane who needs one dedicated adult eyeballing him at all times. This kid has no regard for danger and for someone with tiny legs, he is ridiculously fast. There’s also Theo, who lacks mobility but he has to be carried all the time and he is starting to weigh as much as a small bear holding a bowling ball. When I’m carrying him these days, my brain stops working because all that energy is going into making sure he doesn’t fall out of my arms. Tru and Kirsten are like wild cards. They sometimes double up as Finn-catchers when he starts bolting but they have the awareness of a squirrel and usually when they start chasing after Finn, they forget that their mission is to subdue him so midway through the running, they’re all like “This is a fun game! Let’s run faster and split up in different directions so dad and mom can’t catch us.”

It’s fun, attempting to eat while running after crazy kids and holding a fat baby. Let’s not do that again.

Listening to my body

Moms are basically ninjas with 8 hands who can also teleport. It’s like we always have to do a thousand things and be everywhere at the same time.

Sometimes, I feel like my body is trying to tell me stuff like “take it easy”, “can’t keep up!” or “NEED. MORE. SLEEP!!!” but I just don’t have the time to stop and listen because I’ve got 4 little humans talking to me all day and night. On top of that, I’ve also got a job, a small but very fun label business, plus this little blog where I pen down my thoughts about being a wife and a mother. And right now, a ridiculously cute tiny baby who is also a tyrant. So um, what? My body needs me to slow down and recharge? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

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And you know the crazy thing with moms is that we think placing ourselves at the bottom of a very long list makes us extra awesome. We wear it like a badge of honor, to see how much of a beating our bodies can take before we collapse. It’s insane. Then we sit down and ask ourselves: “Why did we do that?”

Like “Hey, I slept a total of 30 hours this week. Take that, all you weaklings who operate on 56 hours of sleep. Sleep is for the weak!” as if it will somehow makes us a better mom if we wear our bodies down and sacrifice more for the kids.

People say that age is only a number but lately, I’ve realized that age is actually catching up with me and the best thing I could do for my kids is to listen and take good care of my body. A fitter, stronger, sharper me will be able to do a better mommy job than a battered, exhausted, drained version of me. The kids don’t need a mom who’s barely able to keep it together – fatigued, aching everywhere, distracted, absent-minded, and dealing with a pounding headache. That mom is just sad.

What I need to do is start paying attention to the signals that my body is sending. That’s where BRAND’S® comes in, to remind me that help is only a bottle away. With BRAND’S® Essence of Chicken, it provides regular restoration to help keep me sharp, focused and alert all day, so I’m able to be on top of my game. It’s pretty much that extra boost I need to restore my mental and physical focus, and a bottle a day is all it takes help me be at my best.

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BRAND’S® Essence of Chicken is now also available in convenient, easy-to-swallow tablets, which contain Vitamin B Complex, Iron and Vitamin E that provides a dual-action formula to boost mental alertness and protect against free radical damage.

It’s an easier and more convenient way to obtain the benefits of essence of chicken. Vitamin B Complex promotes energy production to support brain function and a healthy nervous system, Vitamin E helps to protect brain cells against free radical damage produced during heavy mental workload, while Iron assists in the formation of haemoglobin in red blood cells which transports oxygen to organs. The convenient pill form (60 tablets/bottle) is perfect for our busy mummy schedules.

All you need is two tablets a day, which contain the following:

  • Essence of chicken powder – 800 mg
  • Sodium ferrous citrate (10 mg iron) – 100 mg
  • Vitamin B2 – 1.3 mg
  • Vitamin B6 – 1.6 mg
  • Vitamin B12 – 2 mcg
  • Folic acid – 0.2 mg

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I’m still in the process of learning to listen to my body more and ideally, I’d also like to take a break and go hibernate for a week straight but with the kids all growing up so quickly, I guess that will have to wait. Although the truth is that parenting doesn’t get any easier as the kids get older and it’s important to remember that we need to make time to take care of ourselves along the way. Being a good parent becomes easier once we start looking after our own physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

It’s a good thing I have BRAND’S® Essence of Chicken for my daily boost to ensure that I am always bringing my A-game.

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Stand a chance to win over $15,000 worth of Banyan Tree Resort & Spa packages and BRAND’S® hampers with a minimum of $25 worth of BRAND’S® Essence of Chicken products purchased.

SMS your entry to 90102322 in the following format: BRANDS <space>Name<space> NRIC<space>Receipt No<space>Gender E.g. BRANDS Ben Huang S1231234A 345678 M

//Ok, more great news – The team over at BRAND’S® has been really nice to come in with gifts for you guys! (:

Giveaway Time!

3 lucky winners will stand a chance to win a set of BRAND’S® products containing: 1 Pack of 6 BRAND’S® Essence of Chicken and 1 Bottle of BRAND’S® Essence of Chicken with Vitamin B complex+ Iron (60 Tablets) (worth $48.45). There are a total of 3 sets to be given away!

To Participate:

  1. Be a fan of both my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/motherinc.org) and BRAND’S® SG Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BrandsSG)
  2. Like and share this blog post on your Facebook wall with the comment: “BRAND’S® #Listentomybody Giveaway!” and remember to tag my Facebook page so that I can track the participation.

Contest will end 25th October, Saturday 6pm.

Conditions:

  1. All criteria must be fulfilled to be eligible for the giveaway.
  2. Organizer reserves the right to decide the winner.
  3. Prizes cannot be redeemable for cash or exchangeable for other products.
  4. Prizes must be self-collected from Organizer’s office.

Psst…POSB Baby Bonus Account? Do it now.

As a parent in Singapore, the 3 letters I like most are C, D and A. Well, at this point, I also like S, L, E, E, P very much, but I think if I really had to choose, I’d go with CDA for sure.

What’s this CDA I speak of? I’m glad you asked.

If you are a parent who hasn’t heard about the CDA account, it’s time to pay attention, you’re going to want to sign up for it like right now. Because did anyone say free money? Yes, that’s exactly what the CDA gives you.

The CDA, or Child Development Account, is a special awesomesauce savings account for your child. It’s awesomeness lies in the co-matching savings that will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Government up to the cap of $6,000 each for the first and second child, $12,000 each for the third and fourth child and $18,000 each for the fifth and subsequent child.

So with my 4 kids, I’m eligible for up to $30G’s in Government contribution – that’s a pretty sweet deal. (It’s $30,000 instead of $36,000 because Truett wasn’t eligible for the CDA account when he was born).

With all this money in the CDA account, what can it be used for?

The short answer is pretty much all their medical and educational expenses, which can add up to be pretty astronomical.

For a more detailed answer, the savings in the CDA may be used to pay approved expenses for all your children at Approved Institutions registered with the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) under the Baby Bonus Scheme. These include child care centres licensed by MSF, kindergartens and special education schools registered with the Ministry of Education (MOE), and healthcare institutions licensed under the Private Hospitals and Medical Clinics (PHMC) Act. It can even be used to purchase MediShield or Medisave-approved private integrated plans for all your children.

Trust me, you NEED this.

For our family, it’s been a massive financial boost to help with the costs of raising kids in Singapore. We use it to pay for the their school fees and medical bills like vaccinations and doctor’s visits. Sometimes, looking at the cost of sending 4 kids to preschool makes me panic a little (or A LOT!) but with the co-matching savings from the CDA account, we’re effectively paying for only half the costs, which is like just sending 2 kids to preschool. Okay, still panic territory but much more manageable.

We were previously with OCBC’s CDA account but I recently heard some fab news: POSB has just been appointed as a Baby Bonus Bank and is launching an attractive offer of a 6-month Early Bird Bonus Interest of 1% p.a. on top of the POSB CDA Interest Rate.

I immediately registered for a switch over to POSB’s CDA account for all my kids because extra money on top of my free money? Why, yes please! That’s a no brainer. Besides, there’s also the convenience of banking with POSB. I used to have to hike to the nearest OCBC ATM machine 15 minutes away if I needed to make any transactions but with POSB, it’ll be so much easier to check balances and make deposits from my personal POSB savings account online.

If you’re an existing CDA Holder with other banks, switching to POSB can be easily done by registering here.

*Finally, from now till 31 October, you can also stand to win S$5,000, credited into your child’s CDA account simply by submitting a cute photo of your child with an interesting caption and #POSBBabyBonus on POSB’s Facebook page.

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Register now at http://www.posb.com.sg/cda and submit your photos to http://www.facebook.com/posb.

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