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Back from the green

Posted by daddy leon On November - 30 - 2008

Have you seen the latest army advertisements? There is one that looks like a trailer of a war movie ( a little like Black Hawk Down with its washed colours).  It oozes patriotism as much as it oozes testosterone and I must admit that I am very impressed by the quality and scale of the advertisement.

“hmm..you mean I am part of this impressive force?”

I have just returned from my 3 weeks long ICT where I traded home comfort for a camouflaged discomfort, and whilst I am thankful that I do not have to rough it out in the wilderness, it is still a challenge to leave my life for 3 weeks to fulfil my obligations as a Singaporean.  It is amazing how the army can make you appreciate simple things in life we often take for granted.

And so Yes, the blogging daddy is back in action.  After 3 weeks of no action, we wasted no time in bringing Nathaniel out this weekend for some gym fun at this place called Fidgets.  I was visibly tired from my sleepless nights but it was like making up for lost time.. haha. 

Fidgets was loads of fun for us as we can witness Nathaniel demonstrating his motor skills without breaking out in cold sweat or heart attacks.  It had a nice play area for young babies and an even more elaborate play area for the older children (even I wanted to go play!).  Parents could sit at the cafe and have a cuppa while the young ones go do their thing.

We went home from Fidgets and as expected, a totally spent Nathaniel konked out on the way home (almost immediately after we put him in the car seat).  But the day has not ended for him as we rushed him out in the evening for another baby gathering to celebrate a wonderful first birthdays for 4 babies who were born in November 2007 (yes, that includes Nathaniel).

Watching Nathaniel’s reactions when surrounded by other babies is quite interesting.  He can be very friendly one moment, and feeling insecure the next, smiling one moment and crying the next..  We have noticed that Nathaniel tends to be a little shy with strangers and other babies, and as a result, we will definitely be bringing Nathaniel out a little more on baby outings to encourage him to socialise.  I certainly hope he takes on mummy’s talkative and outgoing character as opposed to my slightly more introverted nature.  Can’t imagine when its time for him to attend school!

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Hmm, how come no one is stopping me?

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Papa, I want more balls at home too!

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He actually learnt to stack cushions so he could climb!

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Flinstone car (must use legs).

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Babies from left: Ardelle, Nathaniel, Collette and Ean Shaw.

Inevitability

Posted by daddy leon On November - 12 - 2008

In spite of the fact that I have to wear green for this 3 weeks, I am thankful that I am able to come home each night to see my boy as my unit works on a shift system. 

Its been 4 days since his birthday and almost magically, he has become our BIG boy!  We are letting him walk in the shopping centres on his own (today he walked United Square and selected the rides he wanted to take, and the books he wanted daddy to read to him).  And finally he has also begun nodding his head instead of shaking it all the time.  He roams the house freely now and is the busiest person at home.  At the end of each day, he is usually drenched with perspiration before he takes a bath and is drenched with perspiration again soon after the bath.  There is simply no stopping this boy exploring from room to room and from remote control to remote control.

Try spotting the inevitable bruises on his face in the 2 photos below..

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Daddy had to get this pyjamas.

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Erm…

I love the second photo so much that I did a large print of it..

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Larger than Life!

The First Incredible Year

Posted by daddy leon On November - 8 - 2008

As we look back on the first year of Nathaniel’s life, we are full of thanksgiving to our Lord who has blessed us with this wonderful boy.  As I was preparing the slideshow that I wanted to show at his birthday party, I recounted the past 12 months of his life.. I found myself smiling from ear to ear (and sometimes even laughing heartily) as I recall the milestones and events I captured on camera/video.  It has been an incredible journey that no amount of books or websites could prepare us for.  It was an unadulterated parenting experience which we thoroughly enjoyed. 

And the best thing is, it had only just begun.

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I also want to say a big thanks to everyone who came to his party and showered him with gifts.
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Soccer buddy Edgar! Cadence looked like she was cheering them on!
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Decked out in Papa’s favourite team colours!
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Will be posting more photos as soon as I have them. :)

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