Different looks

IMG_7146Instead of grabbing a quick nap while Sophie is sleeping, I’m off to edit photos hoping that it will be able to meet the stringent checks for her passport. But the more I edit, the more I feel that these photos will not make the mark. Editing them is also a pain for the online editing tool on the ICA site doesn’t quite seem to be compatible with my Mac software. Argh! Is it just me?

In any case, I thought these photos of the little one are really cute. She actually looks all so serious with her boyish hair peeking out (yup, people have mistaken her as a boy now).

Any tips to share on how to take a decent photo that the authorities would approve of?

Letter to Sophie x 1

IMG_7083Dear Sophie,

My dearest baby girl.. 4 weeks have just flown by us. I have to admit the first two weeks and then week 4 and 5 were the toughest.. your wails would sometimes completely tear me apart especially when I couldn’t do anything within my power to calm you down. I wanted to get results immediately and it was hard with me wondering most of the time what I did wrong. Well, just by thinking that way, I was already on a different track. Babies are all wired differently and each baby has its own personality and character. The books of course tell us what’s the perfect baby and pigeon-hole each baby with a different name..but you, my girl. Well, I simply now learn not to pigeon-hole you and give you the ‘name’ as per what the books say.

You are simply just different. I will simply learn how to do the Tango with you.

One day when you wore me down, I what’s apped your aunt who gave me the advice. In a moment of despair, I went ‘How is it that one day is good and then the next day, we are 2 steps where we started?’ She simply said, ‘That’s how it works! But trust me, it will get better.‘ So, yes, we will do this Tango dance, where on a good day, I will be over-the-moon but on a not-so-good-day which you throw at me, I will simply bear with it and know that tomorrow, it may just get better.

We’ve passed 4 weeks because this letter was meant to be written much earlier but I haven’t gotten the time to sit down proper to compose this note. Caring for you has become 24/7 and sometimes it wears me out. I often wonder how much time can it take to care for a tiny human. Well, now I know. I gobble down my meals in a hurry just so that I can watch over you. Showers are taken hastily and when we go out (if we do), I hardly even have time to put on any form of make-up. But that’s ok.. these small sacrifices are nothing compared to having you grow up happy and healthy. Like what many other mommies have shared.. it’s a phase and it will get better.

IMG_7082So when the going really gets tough, all I need to do is to simply look into your face and watch out for those sweet smiles and laughter that you dish out when you are asleep or awake. My, you even chuckled in your sleep just the other day and it was pure music to our ears for it meant that you had a sweet dream. Despite the sleep deprivation, these are the little things that you do that keeps me going. I believe that also applies to your dad. We marvel at your presence and at times, just can’t stop staring at you. Yup, crazy parents, we are.

Even though this entry is slightly over a week late, the pictures were taken on your actual day where you turned one month. And boy, was it tough just trying to take decent pictures to be accompanied with this post. I’ll just make do with these for now and wait till when you are little older to pose for the posts.

IMG_7084Watcha doing Mummy?

IMG_7085Seriously, I’m not in the mood!

IMG_7086Okay…now I’m bored!

Love you loads with all of my heart! Mummy

Baby shower celebrations with Jara Petit Cheesecups

IMG_6860Let’s get the party started…

We recently celebrated Sophie’s full month and I wanted to do something different when distributing the cakes to a couple of our friends who have been generous with their well-wishes and blessings unto our family.  So the Man tasked me with the job. Fine by me for I enjoyed researching on different ideas (just wished I had more time on hand) so I searched online for ideas for cakes and stumbled upon Jara Petite Cheesecups. I recalled reading about them on 8 Days and went on their site to see if they offered Full Month Celebratory cakes and they did. I contacted Jara Petite Cheesecups and Jia Hui (one of the owners) was really prompt in her replies. We sorted out the orders via a couple of emails, I made payment and the rest as you can say was history.

These were delivered on the day of Sophie’s celebrations and I was so pleased with how it turned out.

IMG_6856About Jara  Petit Cheesecups:

Jara Petit Cheesecups was founded in 2009 by best friends Jia Hui and Cara who share a common love for cheesecakes. Jara Petit Cheesecups started off as a hobby, with Jia Hui and Cara devoting much time in the kitchen experimenting the different ways of baking cheesecakes in their favourite flavours. They created their first Cheesecups together and shared them with friends and family. The Cheesecups received positive feedback which encouraged Jia Hui and Cara to further develop their hobby into a business. However, having just graduated from university, they decided to work for a few years before starting up their own business.

What is a ‘Cheesecup’?

A Cheesecup is a unique dessert created by Jara Petit, a hybrid between a cheesecake and a cupcake. There is a lack of cheesecake choices in Singapore and they are typically available in large slices that are often too much for one. This prompted Jia Hui and Xinyi to bake cheesecakes in a variety of flavours but smaller sizes, in muffin cups. Similar to cupcakes in concept, Cheesecups are of the ideal size to satisfy one’s craving without guilt. They are also convenient, portable, and offer a wide selection of flavours at celebrations. Cheesecups are excellent as gifts, and perfect as desserts to have at any occasion. They can be consumed straight from the cups or served on plates at more formal functions. The Cheesecups are hand-baked daily using premium cream cheese and fresh ingredients, without any added preservatives or artificial flavouring. Cheesecups are suitable for vegetarians and Muslims as they contain no gelatine or pork derived ingredients. Jara Petit Cheesecups are rich in flavour and light in texture, specially catered to Singaporeans’ preferences. A Cheesecup is made up of three layers – the crust, cheesecake and toppings. The Cheesecups currently come in nine signature flavours, with more exciting flavours coming up.

For Sophie’s First Month Celebrations, I chose 2 different packages meant as gifts primarily for the Man’s friends and my colleagues. IMG_6857For the colleagues at work, Package E (S$29) which consisted of 9 cheesecups was ideal for it gave the team a taste of Jara Petit’s signature flavours. The feedback from the team was positive and everyone loved the idea. I also received a complimentary box from the kind owners at Jara Petit and kept the box for myself to be enjoyed at home to celebrate both Sophie’s First Month plus the end of my confinement!  Woo hoo… cue for cold drinks and ice-cream now! The assorted flavours in this box was perfect because I get to try all of Jara Petit’s signature flavours. My fave of the lot were the Durian Cheesecup which packed a flavourful punch of durian plus the Lemon Cheesecup. The Original Cheesecup and the Oreo one came in second for me. The Man loved the Strawberry Cheesecup being a strawberry fan while the rest of the flavours were all extremely enjoyable, light and not overly sweet. So glad that I got to sample it all while sharing with the rest of the family. IMG_6858As for the gifts, I ordered Package B (S$15) which consisted of 3 Cheesecups with 3 gift favours which consisted of the traditional red eggs, ang ku kueh and marshmallows. The set came with 3 gift toppers which you can select from their list. Personalised baby cards can also be done with a fee of S$1 each. I did not select that option as I ended up writing a small message to the friends and attached it to the box.

IMG_6859I was torn between which flavours to choose from so went with the Original Cheesecup, the Oreo one and split my orders between the Lemon and the Matcha (for both sounded really good)!

Friends really enjoyed the Cheesecups and they thought the Baby Shower box was different from the usual run-of-the-mill types (that I would have to agree). :) So pleased with how the entire process and the positive feedback from friends went. Happy mummy!

If you would like to check out unique gift ideas or similar gift boxes like what I did, I would recommend heading over to Jara Petit to check their offerings such as Cheesecake Jars, Mini Cheesecakes and Fruit Presse.

Thank you Jara Petit for the complimentary box of C and you’ve made me a fan of your goodies.

Jara Petit Cheesecups
Address: #B1-35 Dhoby Ghaut Xchange, Singapore
Tel: 6338 9335

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Note: Lady J’s musings received a box of Cheesecups worth S$29. All other purchases mentioned were entirely paid for by Lady J and no additional monetary rewards were given.  All views expressed are purely of my own and written according to my experience in using the service.

Dunstan baby language

IMG_6800Mummy, I’m not a happy camper! Milk.. NOW!

Sophie can be quite the screamer when she wails and for a new mom, it can be quite bewildering trying to decipher what she wants. I mean at this point in time, it should be really simple fulfilling her needs for it’s either hunger, diaper change and/or sleep. But honestly, when you have done all of the above checks and she’s still screaming murder, that’s when your confidence as a mom crumbles and crushes.

The sis shared that it’s a phase that she will outgrow for she’s still a baby and in this great big world of ours, she just finding her footing and her voice. Since she’s not able to talk yet, the only way she can really communicate is really through crying. She also asked me to look up the Dustan baby language which provides insights on the different cries that newborns make.

This was what I found online which I thought was really helpful. I ain’t no baby whisperer overnight but at least, I’m perking up my ears and trying my darnest to make out the little tones in her cries so that I can meet her needs faster before it turns into inconsolable wails.

The party favours…

This is what cabin fever does to me… I ended up shopping for party favours even though the party that we threw for Sophie’s first month was only for family. Even then, there were only 4 kids at the event. Haha… Well, I wanted to make a nice memory out of the little one’s first month and I thought what better way then to give out cute party favours to the kiddos and friends.

In came DivineFavourz Mall (thanks to a rec by Jieying) with these personalised party packs. I was seriously bored one day and with like 5 days to put together the family-do, I turned the FB page of DivineFavourz Mall to get some inspiration. Because Sophie is born in the year of the horse, so the characters from My Little Pony were perfect! I ordered the party pack with customised sack and some goodies to be put inside. The service from DivineFavourz Mall was pretty awesome! Quick turnaround and everything was communicated using Facebook Messenger to sort out the design and the wording to be printed on the goodies.

IMG_6819So pleased with the final product which will make a great keepsake for Sophie and all of Sophie’s related items. Haha!

IMG_6824If you are wondering what’s in the bag, these are the simple goodies that are placed within the goody bag. :)

So for Sophie’s party, I simply dressed up the goody packs by placing the packs in a pink gift box (recycled) and placed the pony toppers that I had stocked up previously. Makes for a nice decorative piece on the table and I’m pleased with how they fit into her theme. :)

 

Newborn shoot

There’s something precious about newborn shoots, one I wasn’t sure we were going to do for a friend mentioned that it can be quite challenging trying to manage a newborn plus some of the poses can be quite traumatizing for the infant and may cause added stress to the parents present at the shoot. With those thoughts in mind, I kinda hesitated signing up for a newborn shoot with Sophie. I thought perhaps a month later might be better, she will be a bit bigger and perhaps easier to manage.

Well, turned out I was wrong. The Man’s friend got us a newborn shoot with Hart at Tomato Photo as a gift. Ideally, the newborn shoot should take place between 5-10 days of the newborn’s life. I’ve seen the amazing work that Hart has done for newborn, I was beyond thrilled with the gift. So on day 7, we gamely brought Sophie out for her very first shoot.

It was all very professionally done. Hart emailed us a list of things we should do prior to the shoot. As photography for newborns can be quite tricky, we were told to give Sophie a full feed before the shoot so as to ensure that things move smoothly. Well, we tried. On the morning of the shoot, I nursed Sophie and managed to express some breast-milk which we happily brought along thinking it would be sufficient. We also prayed that Sophie would be on her best behaviour and the photo-shoot would go on without a hitch so we can be home within 1 hour.

Well, the best laid plans never go along as planned. When we arrived, Hart carried Sophie and within minutes, he told us that Sophie isn’t full and that she probably needs to be fed. The Man and I looked at each other and went ‘But we just fed her!’  The expressed breast milk wasn’t sufficient and lil Miss Sophie was just fussing at this point in time. Thankfully, Hart was super patient and he showed me to his studio where I could nurse Sophie till she was a little more full.

Then the cameras started rolling. The props came out with Hart taking over Sophie from then on while the Man and I just sat back to admire the work that he had done. Of course, we’ve been warned that the baby would be in the weirdest and somewhat contorted pose that might frighten/stress the parents. But seeing how Hart managed Sophie from the onset, we were put completely at ease. In the end, Hart dished out useful parenting times to first-time fumbling parents like us which we totally appreciated.

During the entire shoot, Hart was also very patient and allowed us to feed Sophie on demand. The shoot took longer than 2 hours but we were never pressured by the time. In fact, Hart stressed that in order for the best shots to be captured, he is willing to let the shoot go over 4 hours if needed. Thankfully for us, we managed to wrap things up in about 3 hours, because by then Sophie was getting tired and us, frazzled. There were also 2 incidents when Sophie did some naughty business on the props and the Man, but Hart just shrugged it off and told us, this happens a lot with newborns. Phew!

Here are some of the shots that were taken by the masterful photographer:

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IMG_6504My fave shots of Sophie with her sweet smile

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IMG_6513And this is the winning shot for us! Hart really captured Sophie’s smile at the right moment! We couldn’t help but purchase this shot on a canvas and now this is the picture that has replaced the painting in our room. :)

If you are ever contemplating on doing a newborn shoot, I would definitely recommend Hart at Tomato Photo for his professionalism plus the amazing photos he managed to capture of the newborn.

As we look back on these pictures, Sophie has really changed in terms of her features from a newborn so I’m really glad we did this to capture her babyness as an infant in her first few days of life.