Water Fun

Children love to play with water. Ted calls it swimming, but it’s really just monkeying around in water.

We bought him a water gun from Giant, and it was fun teaching him to use it. He struggled with the concept of pulling back the “trigger” with the nozzle in the water and then pushing it out to shoot the water out.

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We think he hasn’t yet associated the speed of closing the trigger with the projectile of the water, but once he does, each trip to the pool will be quite the water battle.

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We also bought a little lifesaver and are looking forward to the day he picks up swimming.

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A Bad Hair Day

Some days, Ted decides to go all punk on me.

He may decide to spit out his food, and smear it on every surface he can access, be it chair or human.

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He may then decide to adjust his hairstyle and set it with rice.

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And then he may decide to give a loud Tarzan war cry.

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He will then give another loud roar to let you know that he is the man of men.

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And then he will dig his nose calmly as you prepare his bath.

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Remembering the Cast

 

It’s been a while since we removed the cast, but it still scares me sometimes to think about it.

That night, he was complaining of pain and crying about it. He laid on the bed and refused to lift his right arm no matter how we coaxed him. He eventually fell asleep crying. We made the decision not to take him to the doctor that night because we 1) suspected it might be pins and needles 2) the complain of pain came about an hour after his fall so we did not immediately associate it with the fall 3) since we did not suspect a fracture, we thought it might be something that would go away with sleep.

The next morning, however, he continued to complain of pain although he wasn’t wailing like the night before. He refused to move until we had put together a makeshift sling to support his arm.

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At the hospital, he was able to move his arm but with a lot of effort and cries of pain. It seemed that the pain was on his forearm.

We had an x-ray taken but the doctor was not able to observe any fractures. She mentioned, however, that because of the presence of plenty of cartilage in children, it is sometimes hard to detect fractures. She decided to put his arm in a cast just to be on the safe side.

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Ted was very cooperative throughout the whole process of getting the cast in place. The trouble really came as we started walking out of the clinic.

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He started crying and complaining that he wanted the cast removed and we had to spend a great deal of effort to pacify him.

In any case, we are just glad that the cast was eventually removed with no issues.

 

Pocky

Sometimes, I beat myself up over the type of nonsense I let Ted eat. We eat out not infrequently, and some of the things we’ve been feeding him recently include *gasp* processed foods such as fries and sausages.

But on this day, I saw a little girl who looks a little younger than 2, holding a box of strawberry-flavoured Pocky sticks and munching on them.

I felt a little better about myself. I mean, I let Ted have biscuits and all (processed food!) but whoa, sugared cream – that’s a whole new level altogether. *笑*

A Birthday Celebration at the River Safari

This is actually a super outdated post because Ted turned 2 a few months back but I haven’t had time to consolidate the photos and get them uploaded.

Ted was really excited because he loves being outdoors and he loves balloons. I decided to invite my family along together with the Great-Grandmother as they had never been to the River Safari.

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We bought him a balloon just for the day. We thought it would be fun if he could take the balloon all around the River Safari.

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Unfortunately, balloons are NOT allowed in the River Safari park. We had to deposit our balloon with the staff at the counter. 😦 Ted was disappointed but he didn’t kick up a fuss.

The River Safari is a pleasantly family friendly place. Most of the exhibits are housed in large tanks and there is plenty of shelter, including sheltered walkways built around them. This means that if we want to stop for a rest or in the event of rain, it is easy to find a nice shady spot to settle in.

This is rather different from the zoo in which visitors are almost always out in the open, and the hot afternoon sun or an unfortunate rain shower could really spoil the visitors’ mood.

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We learnt about the difference between the various types of crocs.

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Ted taking a rest to have a munch on some bread.

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We saw some really large fishes and river animals.

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Ted was curious about almost everything.

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We made our way to the Yangtze River where the pandas were housed. There is a large air-conditioned enclosure where the pandas live in comfort and have plenty to eat. Unfortunately for us, the pandas were not very active when we were there and were hiding out in an obscure, far corner of their enclosure.

We tried pointing out the faint black and white figure hiding behind the rocks in the background, but it didn’t seem like Ted could make out the pandas.

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It was a weekday morning, so there weren’t too many visitors.

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A couple of us adults queued up for the boat ride they call the “Amazon River Quest”. I was rather intrigued by the way they designed the beginning of the journey, in which our entire boat was lifted up via a very large lift.

The ride itself was, however, disappointing. Not only did we have to endure the hot midday sun throughout the 10-minute journey, we hardly saw any animals. There were many signs indicating the name of the animals we were supposed to see, but most of them were probably napping somewhere in the shade, and away from the sweltering heat outside. It was essentially a boat ride to see animal names (and their sponsors).

It was a rather disappointing trip for the adults but I think it was enjoyable the the toddler who basically just enjoyed the running and the walking. I probably won’t be back here anytime soon.

Toddler in a Restaurant: Mouth Restaurant 地茂馆

We had a date with Papa’s extended family, and we decided to visit Mouth Restaurant(地茂馆)at China Square.

Aunt C placed the orders since she was the connoisseur of the family. In general, the food was really tasty, especially the fried fish and the spring rolls in the centre of the table. My only gripe was that there wasn’t a good enough selection for little toddlers, as the food, being mainly dim sum, tends to be oily, and most of the dishes contain prawn, which kids commonly have allergic reaction to.

We ordered a sliced fish porridge for Ted, but porridge isn’t the type of food that will keep a toddler interested for long.

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The fried tofu was good and Ted had several pieces of it.

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He even had some meat from this sweet and sour pig’s trotter dish and said he liked it.

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He was intrigued by the rainbow har gao and although he picked out the yellow (pumpkin-flavoured) one, it seemed that he didn’t like the taste of it.

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I think what really mattered at the end of the day, was that Ted enjoyed time with his extended family.

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~ * ~ * ~ Toddler Experience Rating ~ * ~ * ~

2|4
Ambience: Noisy, many big families chattering away
Food: Tasty for adults, a little too oily and heavy for children
Recommended order for toddlers: Tofu dishes, porridge
Children’s set menu: None. They’re going to have to eat what the adults eat