a Mother in Search of the Unbearable Lightness of Being

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Monday Mourning

Mourning for the man I have immense respect and gratitude for. Because of him, I am always proud to say that I am a Singaporean, and to call Singapore my home.

Singapore may be small but we are mighty, all thanks to Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. I cannot wait for Olive to learn just how badass and legendary he was (and ever will be), when she grows up.

Thank you. #SingaporelovesYew #NoYewnoUS


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Breastfeeding & Intelligence

This just in from BBC news: Breastfeeding ‘linked to higher IQ’.

The article basically explained how breastfeeding is beneficial and that there is a possible link between breastfeeding and intelligence (though results from many studies including this featured long-term study in Brazil offer some insight but are still inconclusive).

Whatever the case is, I have definitely been brainwashed enough by lactation consultants, paediatricians, research articles, breastfeeding support groups etc. that breast is best.

So I have been asked many times how long I intend to breastfeed for and my answer had always been, “WHO (The World Health Organization) recommends for babies to be breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months, and even with the introduction of solids, to be breastfed up to 2 years and beyond.”

Every time I begin my response with ‘WHO’, the non-mamas look at me as though I have crazy eyes and probably regretted asking me the question. The mamas though, reflect their crazy eyes right back at me. Amazing how these mums have the determination to breastfeed for more than a year, and some did 3 years and more.

I’d be happy to do the minimum 6 months. And I say to all mamas, breastfeeding or formula feeding, fret not as long as your kid is healthy and happy! Many of us weren’t breastfed back in those times anyway, and we still turn out well. Also, not all of us are able to or have the luxury of time to breastfeed but we can still be supermoms in our own ways.

Here’s Olive trying to look all intelligent with her first book of 123.

Tee from Whistle & Flute; Shorts from Baby Gap; Shoes from Potatofeet.

Tee from Whistle & Flute; Shorts from Baby Gap; Shoes from Potatofeet.

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Apparently, I am in love with this kid.

#Apparentlykid, Noah Ritter, got on The Ellen Show, shot his first ever commercial, and it doesn’t seem like the interviews are going end. Seriously, this kid is super funny.

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And the expected ruckus erupts

Read this article on the Straits Times by Jeremy Lee and in my head I was thinking “Somebody gonna get a hurt real bad.”: Some parents’ overuse of prams is a truly distressing social ill

I’m surprised to see the article on our local printed news as it seemed more like a blog/forum rant than anything else.

Mix ranting, bigoted and snide remarks, and poor choice of many negative words in an article targeted at stressed and fatigued parents or just parents in general who use prams, publish it on the widely-read newspaper in Singapore with circulation via its online platform and this is what you get:

Reactions to Jeremy Lee's rantand more…Reactions to Jeremy Lee rant II