Today features a different kind of blog post; I’ve written about a day in our lives, and what TT and myself get up to during the week. Just a little background about this post – I’m part of a group called Singapore Mom Bloggers, which interacts on Facebook. We share posts, ideas and opinions and this is a wonderful avenue for support and help, especially for a new blogger like me. Sometimes, a member organises a blog train around a specific topic and this post is part of one created by a fellow mum, the lovely Justina, a mother of three young boys, who blogs at Mum in the Making.
This is a weekday that I documented. While this may not be the usual quiet day that we have, we rarely have usual days anymore. The past few weeks have been filled choc-a-block with different appointments and errands. Since August last year, we’ve relocated three times with the repeated packing and unpacking of our belongings. Right now, we’re about to embark on a three-year posting to Abu Dhabi. Yup, our days are definitely unusual!
Well, here’s what we did this particular Tuesday!
7.15am: I’m up a little earlier this morning, as it’s an important day. My brother-in-law, the baby of my husband’s family, is enlisting today! Feels a little strange knowing that he’s all grown up, considering that when I met him, he was a 5 year-old toddler running around and holding my hand.
7.45am: I was going to wake TT up at 8am but I heard her talking to herself in her cot. These days, she’s more chatty and will call out for us “mummy, daddy” when she’s awake. One morning, I heard barking and was wondering where this puppy was when I realised, in my sleepiness that TT was the little puppy, woof!
8am: The little one is changed and has her bottle. Been wondering when or if I should stop the bottles but she seems so content with them. Anyone wants to chime in with their opinion?
8.30am: We are off to Jalan Bahar, where the Civil Defence Academy is situated. As we drive there, I spot the turning to NTU/NIE and recall the year I spent training to be a teacher. I’m amazed I travelled ALL THE WAY there, to the middle of nowhere, yikes!
9.30am: My brother-in-law, J, looks so different with a crew cut! He joins a group of fellow enlistees in a line as we are herded off for a tour of the grounds and facilities. This is where J will be spending the next 5 five weeks as part of his training. We are led through various presentations and demonstrations by other civil defence NS men. We get a glimpse of the sleeping quarters as well as the recreational room, before stopping by the canteen for a quick snack.
The young men in charge of the tour and proceedings of the day have to be commended. I was very impressed by their professionalism. From the moment we drove past the gates of the Academy, there was always a recruit nearby, first to direct us to the exact point to park our car, then to show us where to assemble for our tour. They were efficient, helpful and very polite. Surely this must mean that J is in good company!
11am: We make our way to the multi-purpose hall for the ceremony. TT is restless by now and will not sit quietly with me, so her Daddy has to follow her as she decides to roam around the hall. She climbs onto the stage, where she’s not supposed to be and Daddy has to contend with her struggling when he carries her away. TT is not happy and I can hear her crying somewhere in the back. Now, they both have to leave the hall because she’s making too much of a disturbance. I suppose this might be the first of many times that we’ll get thrown out of a venue, haha!
11.30am: After the oath-taking ceremony, we get a chance to say our goodbyes to J. Hugs abound before he has to file back into line and march off. A new journey begins for our young man!
2.30pm: Lunch out and now back at home. TT has had a chance to play with her new Lego toys before we cosy up in bed for a story and some songs before her nap. I jump into bed and take the chance to read and doze while it’s quiet.
4pm: TT is up for playtime. After raining nearly everyday since we’ve returned, it’s finally a dry afternoon. So, off to the playground we go. There are two playgrounds downstairs and TT has been having so much fun there since we got back. She loves climbing around and sliding down on the multiple slides, wheeee!
5.30pm: Dinner, then bath-time for TT. While she occupies herself with some toys and plays with Daddy, I manage to sneak in a shower.
8pm: We snuggle in the bed for some stories and songs, and let her roll around for a bit. Then we put the music on, and all have a dance together before it’s time for TT to go to bed. Night, night, little one!
8.30pm: It’s our turn to relax and wind down, Dinner these days are mostly bought. With only a few weeks left here and a million errands to run, it’s been more convenient to get take-outs. I’m certainly not complaining, as I’m getting to enjoy the local foods we’ve missed the past 8 months. We usually curl up on the couch to watch an episode or two of a tv series, right now we’ve just finished Walking Dead. Otherwise, we’ll rent a movie from iTunes. We used to go to the movies a lot before TT was born, but it seems like we no longer have that luxury, or time! So Apple TV and iTunes are a great alternative, and I don’t mind waiting a little longer past box-office openings to catch the latest movies in the comfort of my home. Tonight, we settle down to watch Birdman, which I’ve been eagerly awaiting.
Midnight: After an excellent movie, I relax under the covers of my comfy bed and read on my Kindle before I turn in. After some shut-eye, it’s rewind and then hit play all over again!
So, I’m just one of the many mums who are sharing about their days on the “Day in a Life” blog train. If you would like to find out what other mums get up to, or compare your days with ours, head on to Justina’s page for a very interesting read!
For tomorrow’s post, we continue on the DIAL blog train and head to Pauline’s blog, Journey to the Bump. Pauline is a SAHM to a 2-year-old boy and is expecting her #2 in July. She initially blogged about her frustrations of trying to conceive baby #1, and eventually the joy when she was finally expecting, and then the journey from then on, from pregnancy to giving birth to breastfeeding woes. Now she blogs mainly on the challenges of caring for an active toddler, and his various milestones and developmental changes.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my ride! It was lovely joining up with the other mums
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