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Babysitting tag team

Watching the kids interact is one of the warmest and fuzziest parts of being a parent. Ok, maybe not the kind of interaction where they’re clawing each other’s eyes out. I mean the other kind, where nobody’s screaming or bleeding or mortally wounded.

Truett and Kirsten are already pretty tight. They’ve been each other’s person the past 3 years, having spent almost every waking moment together. They get each other’s jokes, are crazy over the same shows, play toys together, watch out for each other and generally enjoy the other person’s company.

I put them at about 78% chummy, 17% you’re-mildly-annoying and 5% apocalyptic-showdown.

It was interesting to see how their dynamics with Finn would be like.

From their interaction so far, Truett is affectionate, but in a quiet, no frills sort of way. He absolutely has to hug and kiss Finn before he leaves for school every morning. Sometimes, he forgets his goodbye kiss when he leaves the house and he’ll have to run back to do it. He does get bored with the baby quite quickly but every time he hugs Finn, he’ll close his eyes and look so blissful it makes me want to cry.

Kirsten, on the other hand, is really relishing her new status as a big sister. She fusses over her baby brother. A lot. She babytalks him, takes toys for him, squashes his head in her arms and is all “I’M GOING TO LOVE YOU WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT!”

I figured that I should milk the attention and make the most of it while it lasts. So the other day, she got her first babysitting assignment while I attempted to have a quick breakfast.

Kirsten: Hey baby Finn…Look! jie jie is here.

Finn: Eh…eh…eh…reowwwww

Kirsten: It’s ok, it’s ok. *pats him on the head*

Finn: Reowww…REOWWWWWW

Kirsten: Are you crying? You want jie jie is it?


Kirsten: You see, jie jie is here, no need to cry.


Kirsten: Um, guys?? I need some help here…

Me: Hang in there, mommy’s just going to finish up my coffee.

Kirsten: Ah never mind, I think maybe he wants kor kor, I will go call him.

Me: Sure, you guys sort it out, I’m going to have a croissant as well then.

*They didn’t actually sort it out and I didn’t get to have my croissant but I did manage to have a cup of coffee so I’d say it was a decent first attempt. They’re going to need some practice. 

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  • Reply Eunice October 11, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Haha this made me smile & luff… Good job Kirsten!! You’re definitely Mummy’s handy helper!

    • Reply Daphne October 12, 2012 at 10:03 am

      This girl is born to be a big sister. Every time we ask her if she prefers being a mei mei or jie jie, her answer is always JIE JIE!!

      • Reply alexis October 12, 2012 at 10:29 am

        i had to comment that this is so sweet la!

        • Reply Daphne October 12, 2012 at 10:35 am

          Haha in fact, she’s been bugging me to give her another baby, and to make sure it’s a mei mei this time.

          Ideally, she wants 2 mei meis and 2 di dis but that’s never going to happen.

          • alexis October 12, 2012 at 11:05 am

            HAHAHAHAHAHA funniest thing i have heard this morning. she is too cute. AIYO

  • Reply Eveeleva October 11, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Awwwwww…uv made me feel like I should have another one. Just to see how my twin boys will be witha baby in the house!

    • Reply Daphne October 12, 2012 at 10:04 am

      Hahaha you should!! It’ll be so cute

  • Reply Serenely October 11, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Such a funny and heartwarming episode. Looks like Kirsten is totally in her element in this new role. But I also like the little anecdote you shared about Truett’s simple affection for little Finn. Must totally melt your heart every single time to witness all these moments.
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    • Reply Daphne October 12, 2012 at 10:10 am

      Yeah!! Truett is really really sweet but in a typical boyish, matter of fact kind of way. He doesn’t do long hugs a lot, but when he gives them, he really means it.

  • Reply mico October 12, 2012 at 8:31 am

    breastfeeding and coffee.. r u sure?

    • Reply Daphne October 12, 2012 at 10:13 am

      Actually most doctors agree that 300mg of caffeine a day is ok because less than 1% gets into the milk.

      That’s the equivalent of 1 cup of regular brewed coffee, 4 lattes, and 10 cans of coke. And if you do a decaf, you’ll need 20 cups before you even get near the daily limit.

  • Reply Abby October 12, 2012 at 11:28 am

    So sweet are such moments. You make me can’t help imagining how ‘s gonna like in our house when I have no. 2 or 3. :-)
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    • Reply Daphne October 12, 2012 at 11:36 am

      Haha it’ll be lots of fun but also lots of crazy!

      But seriously, I think that siblings are something special and if they grow up still being best friends, that’s extra special.

  • Reply Elaine October 12, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Haha.. that’s so cute. I like Kirsten’s new hairstyle, she suddenly looks very grown up, like a true jie jie.

  • Reply Sara October 16, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Super random but where did you get Finn’s cot from? It’s quite an adorable size.

    • Reply Daphne October 18, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      It’s called the BabyBjorn Bassinet Harmony. Can check it out at Mothercare. :)

      • Reply Sara October 18, 2012 at 5:35 pm

        Thanks! :)

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