Archives for April 2008

Countdown to the end of being FTWM

Woke up with an eye infection and had to excuse myself from work. Taking this day off was really worthwhile as I got to experience how life will be after June 17 2008.

Managed to spend some quality time with Kyle and got thoroughly amused by his antics, he is one funny little guy. Belle, our domestic help seems to have a way to get Kyle to take his routined naps in the morning and then in late afternoon. This has been rather challenging for me, as Kyle does not seem to want to take any naps when he is with Keith and I, all he wants to do is to just play and play…

Another problem that Kyle has is that he is not able to self-soothe himself to sleep, as he has got rather used to Belle carrying him to sleep, does not really help when he is getting rather heavy. Really hope that he will get out of this stage soon and when the time comes for me to take over, I will be able train him to self-soothe himself to sleep . Not proud to admit that I am rather dependent on my domestic help at this point when it comes to putting Kyle to bed :( Alas, the agony of a working mother…

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High on Hi-5

Anything given in moderation will be fine, even if it means exposing to a toddler to TV for half an hour a day. It is not possible to prevent Kyle from watching TV daily, as he spends most of his time in the weekdays at my mom’s place.

I suppose this is a common dilemma that most working mothers experience when their child is left to another care-giver in the day. For any caregiver, it is easy to leave a kid in front of the TV every once in a while to give yourself a breather.

There is nothing inherently wrong with a child watching TV, but it matters how much time is spent in front of the TV and the kind of programmes that the child watches. Just as long you limit TV watching time and choose your programmes for your child carefully.

Kiddy Programmes like Hi-5, Sesame Street, Barney (although the purple dinosaur sure is annoying), Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (Mickey is a classic) are entertaining and educational at the same time.

I am amazed by the attention that Kyle gives when Hi-5 is on TV. He usually signals that he wants to be seated on the coach, and nothing seems to be able to distract him for a full 15 minutes.

Nothing seems to unfaze him, not even when dad comes along and plants a kiss on his cheek!

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Goofy Flash

It’s always hard to get a proper shot of Kyle when he is always on the move. Have not been using flash from the start and it seems that auto focus don’t work too well without the flash. See the kind of pictures that I always get…

Tried using flash this time round, and Kyle being all curious and fascinated by the flash of light from the camera, produced these looks…

After a few shots, while at the same time being really tickled by the way he looked, Keith told me to stop torturing him with the flash.

Tried to take more pictures later in the day, and notice those little hands of his? Took some more pictures with the flash and see what I got again…

In the end, I finally managed to get this shot with flash…

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