Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Carina's 1st birthday

Today our little sweetheart turns one. I can still remember the first time we laid eyes on her, exactly at this time, one year ago. How fast time flies. It's been an amazing one year and we wouldn't have it any other way.

Happy 1st birthday, Carina sweetheart.
Thank you for making parenting such a joy this past one year, for bearing with us as we learn each day to be better parents. You are everything that we've dreamt of and hoped for. May your special day and every other day bring you as much happiness as you are bringing to all of us. We pray you'll grow to be a brilliant and beautiful child, filled with love, kindness and patience for those around you, both young and old. May the good Lord continue to bless you and keep you and may His face shine upon you, for all the days of your life.


 
With many many hugs and kisses and love,
Dada and Mami






I'm not a baker but I wanted to make an effort for this special occasion. The biscuit base was too hard and the cream cheese didn't form well cos I had too little gelatine added. It didn't taste too bad though!



The actual product - so far from what I planned and imagined it to be.



Ready to pop the "champagne"!
Family picture @ Ichiban Boshi on 08.08.18
My cute little zoologist @ Cameron Highlands on 11.08.2018


 




 



 


Friday, June 8, 2018

A bathing ape

Bumped into a bathing ape while loitering in a mall in Shanghai.
I remember it being your favourite.
Sometimes remembering hurts too much but remembering is the only way to keep the memories alive; my only return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Milestones

24 May 2018
Carina's first flight + first international trip + first passport stamp + first trip to Shanghai/China

 
 
To many more travel adventures together!
 

Friday, December 15, 2017

So thrilled that Carina can now recognize me as her mummy, not just in person but in video calls as well! The smart genes are strong in her ;p
Time to get her started on the next assignment now - alphabets, numbers and shapes! :)


Friday, October 13, 2017

Carina Mae

A gift she is from heaven above
A perfect example of God's precious love
I'm filled with love beyond measure
For our sweet little treasure.

Meet the newest member of our family - baby Carina Mae Raj; born 8th August 2017 at 5.46pm; weighing 3.45kg and 51cm in length; safely delivered naturally after 9 hours of active labour with no epidural. What an experience and what a joy to finally meet my little sweetie in person, to finally hold her in my arms. Words alone do no justice in describing the intense feeling and impact she has had in our lives, then and now.

@ 28weeks
@39weeks (fresh out from mommy's oven!)
So full of hair and cuteness
My favourite picture of us - she may hold my hand for a while now, but she holds my heart forever
Chubby cheeks


Mesmerizing eyes 
Curled up like a little worm
My sleeping beauty @ 1 month old
@ 2months - future boxing/kickboxing champ in the making!
Keep smiling, keep shining 

Mae & May

Friday, August 4, 2017

R.I.P. Russell

You were always closest to me. I miss our walks together so much. It was so hard not being able to hold you when you needed me most to. I didn't even get to say goodbye, to see you in your last moments. It still breaks my heart and brings me to tears whenever I think of the pain and suffering you had to endure in those last few weeks - the way you looked at me before you lost sight, your frail, scarred and bony body as your limbs and internal organs give way. Thank you for trying to stay alive as long as you could for me.
 
Thank you for 8 great years of companionship. I will never forget you. Enjoy doggie heaven, my dear Russell. I love you.
 
 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Unconventional affection

Sometimes, affection comes in unconventional forms and deliberately when you are least aware - but that is probably what makes it all the more special and memorable.

In case my memory fails, may this post remind me of how lucky and privileged I am to have been the recipient of your unconventional (+ occasionally deliberately secretive) affection.

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#1    I struggled to paint my own toe nails because of my bump and you came to my rescue without me asking. You were patient and did such a great job at it!

#2    I fell asleep on the couch while watching a movie. I must have looked completely asleep but I was actually only half asleep. You covered me with a blanket and kissed my forehead.

#3    On our babymoon, for the first few nights, you got up in the middle of the night and watched me sleep. I knew because I felt you stroking my head and face.

#4    For the last 4 months, you've diligently made me breakfast and fed me my vitamins every morning.
 

G for Grateful and more....


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

It's been in the past for a while
I get a flash and I smile
Am I crazy?
Still miss you baby

In a dream you appeared
For a while you were here
So I keep sleeping
Just to keep you with me

It was real, it was right
But it burned too hot to survive
All that's left is
All these memories

I'll draw a map
Connect the dots
With all the memories that I've got
What I'm missing
I'll keep re-living

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Baby Shower - 31052017

A celebration that someone special, someone dear, someone new to love is coming soon!
It wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for my two lovely and loving sisters/aunty-to-be. 

The games were the best part of the night and unfortunately there were no pictures or videos to remind me of them. :(

Anyway, the 2 games I made everyone play was "guess Ally's bump size" and "guess the baby's birthday." Sam won the guess-Ally's-bump-size challenge which came as a big surprise to me because his answer was so near accurate! Mom was in denial the whole night as she couldn't believe her waist size was as big as my bump! ;p 


Twas' a great night. Couldn't have felt more blessed to have such loving family and amazing close friends to celebrate together.