Daily Life

Life Lately

OMG, it feels like forever since I updated this blog.  In fact, let me just check… yep, it’s been over 7 months… oops!  I still remember when I used to blog every day and when I didn’t update my beauty blog for one weekend, I would frantically worry about a drop in blog stats.  LOL *rolls my eyes*

So what has been happening in my life lately?

1.  My husband

Lately, I’ve been going through periods where I am really mad at him because he has annoyed me in some way or another.  But then, he’ll do something and I’ll be like, OMG I love this guy so much right now.

2.  Bunty, my almost 4 year old

Lately, she has been an absolute gem.  The crazy tantrum phases have disappeared and I think it’s probably due to the fact that she can express herself better these days.  We have almost-proper conversations and she occasionally reminisces with me about the events in the past year.

“Mama, remember when we were on a plane to Hong Kong and I vomited over Auntie Y’s hair?”

“Mama, remember when I had my birthday party at McDonald’s?”

She is also the most gorgeous overprotective big sister to her little sister who she fondly calls “Darling Girl”.  It is so wonderful to see them bond so well and I hope it stays like this forever!

3.  Dainty, my almost 1 year old

Lately, her strong, fearless and determined personality has been shining through.  She is a tiny 10-month-old at 7.5kgs but she loves climbing things and pulling herself to stand.  She falls over a lot but nothing seems to faze her.  She already knows how to get her own way and quickly pulls a face and pretend cries when she doesn’t.

She has 3 baby teeth right now and it really hurts when she bites me when I’m breastfeeding.  I will tell her off but then she will look at me with her innocent big eyes and all is forgiven.  She’s just gorgeous!

I also cannot believe she is turning one soon.

I said I wasn’t going to have any more kids after her, but she has been super amazing so I feel like I can handle having more children, haha.

4.  Work

Yes, my maternity leave ended a few weeks ago and initially, I was sad about it.  But actually, work has been great.  I love my job and I love the people I work with.  And thanks to the help of some family members, juggling work with two kiddos has been easier than I expected.

But ask me again in a few months when I return to work full-time….that may be a different story…uh oh!

5.  Fitness (or lack of!)

Ugh.  I am so highly unfit.  I wanted to jump back on the fitness bandwagon by doing Kayla Itsines’ BBG workout but after doing 1 day of light pre-training, my PGP { pelvic girdle pain from pregnancy } returned and I had to hobble about with my walking stick again.

I better stick to low impact exercise for now…

6.  Diet

Did someone say dumplings and doughnuts?  I’ve been eating too many of them!

I need to start watching what I eat because I had diabetes in my last pregnancy so it means I have a 1 in 2 chance of getting it later in life – EEKS!!!!

My diet is definitely something I need to work on…

7.  Hobbies

Now that I am bored of binge-watching tv { yes, I am well and truly bored! }, I am in search of new hobbies and/or reigniting my passion for hobbies I used to enjoy.

I had a go at crafting and { badly } made a cuddly toy dog for Bunty.  She named it Milia, played with it for 5 minutes and then left it with the zillion other cuddly toys she has.

I bought a planner, coloured pens and stickers to try and be a planner-kinda-gal.  Did not get past the third day.

After umming and aahing for ages about whether to kill off all my blogs, I finally took the plunge to fork out more $$$ to keep two of my blogs up and running.  This one { obvs! } and my beauty blog.  I attended a couple of blogging events this week to get me back on the blogging bandwagon and yeah, after 13 years, blogging remains one of my favourite hobbies.

Fill me in with your goss.  What’s been happening in your life lately?

Monthly Goals : January 2017 & Recap of December 2016

Happy 2017 you guys!

Time flies when you’re having fun…especially Christmas holidays!!!

My sister Yvonne, who is based in Hong Kong, came for a surprise one week visit at the end of November a few days before Dainty was born…

…so when there was a knock on the door at 9.30am on Thursday 22nd December, I did not expect to see her again!  SURPRISE!!!

It was a lovely surprise but it meant that my vague plans for the Christmas break went out of whack and I didn’t cross off as many goals for last month.

Anyway, whatevs.

Let’s see what goals I am hoping to tick off this month and what goals I achieved last month…

January 2017 Goals

1.  Do my tax return for 2015/16  { this is one thing I REALLY hate about being an adult…ugh! }

2.  Get Dainty’s passport sorted

3.  Indulge in some “me” time

4.  Get a haircut

5.  Get eyebrows and the ‘tache threaded

6.  Do my online stuff – reply emails, blog, blah blah

7.  Start doing light exercises

8.  Start reading a book

9.  Bake a chiffon cake

10.  Write down Dainty’s birth story { before mummy brain takes over and I forgettttt! }

Dainty is already 5 weeks old now!  Where has time gone?!!!!

Recap of December 2016 Goals

1.  Take it easy on myself and stop comparing myself to other mothers with newborns who seem to be able to do it all

DONE!  Every time I feel under pressure, I remind myself that it’s not a competition.  

2.  Sleep whenever I can

Welllllll…kinda failed at that because Mum, sis and I stayed up till 1am onwards every night to play mahjong and watch CSI Miami.  Pure exhaustion especially when I have to nurse a newborn who feeds every 2-3 hours, but pure and utter fun!

3.  Read a book

Hahahaha…NO WAY!

4.  Learn to make bread

Again, NO WAY!!!

5.  Go on a toddler and baby free date with the hubs

YES!  Thanks mum for babysitting!  We had our first kid-free date when Dainty was 5 days old…we went to eat burgers and chips!  So good to be able to eat carbs again after my gestational diabetes diet.

6.  Start a monthly budget plan for 2017

Not yet unfortunately…

7.  Take my daily supplements DAILY – iron tablets, vitamin D, calcium, probiotics

DONE!  

8.  Spend more time offline than online

YES!!!  I definitely achieved that last month!

9.  Tick off any goals that were not achieved last month

Kinda done.  So I STILL haven’t found a nice scrapbook journal for Dainty…the hunt continues.  And I didn’t have any girls’ night OUT but we had plenty of girls’ night IN.

10.  Enjoy the Christmas holiday break with family and friends

BIG TICK!!!!

How were your Christmas holidays?  What goals do you have for this year?

Monthly Goals : December 2016 & Recap of November 2016

You know what?

I am super duper glad that I started blogging about my monthly goals because it makes it more “real” and I have a great sense of achievement when I tick them off one by one.

Here are my December 2016 goals :-

1.  Take it easy on myself and stop comparing myself to other mothers with newborns who seem to be able to do it all

2.  Sleep whenever I can

3.  Read a book

4.  Learn to make bread

5.  Go on a toddler and baby free date with the hubs

6.  Start a monthly budget plan for 2017

7.  Take my daily supplements DAILY – iron tablets, vitamin D, calcium, probiotics

8.  Spend more time offline than online

9.  Tick off any goals that were not achieved last month

10.  Enjoy the Christmas holiday break with family and friends

Recap of November 2016 Goals

1.  Batch cook plenty of meals, label them and freeze them.

BIG TICK!  I’m so glad we invested in a chest freezer!  Not only do we have plenty of ready homecooked meals but there’s also plenty of ice cream too!

2.  Buy a scrapbook journal for Bub #2 and start writing in it ASAP before bubba arrives!  And don’t forget to update Bunty’s scrapbook journal too!

I’ve been looking and looking but not found a nice scrapbook journal…yet!!!  ARGHHH!!!

3.  Dig out all the newborn baby clothes which were carefully packed away a few years ago, select what is needed and wash and dry them.  Donate all the other unwanted items.

DONE!  And I actually learnt how to operate our washing machine with step by step instructions from the husband on the phone, LOL!

5.  Decide on a Bumpa Mat design and order it!

DOUBLE TICK because I ordered not one, but TWO Bumpa Mats!  But they’re taking foreverrrrrr to arrive *sad face*

6.  Sort out the Parental Leave Pay paperwork.

NOOOOOO!!!!  I hate paperwork…hence…this is why I haven’t done it yet still….arghhhh!!!!   My husband is a SUPERSTAR and he did all the paperwork for me YAY!

7.  Book a pampering session – get brows and moustache threaded, facial, foot massage, full body massage, manicure

SEMI-DONE!  Got treated to a facial courtesy of Ultraceuticals, hubs booked me a body massage, I treated myself to a pedicure and I gave myself a DIY mani.  Didn’t get any threading done because I haven’t been able to stroke my ‘tache yet so it’s not long enough to get it done.

8.  Trim fringe – Bunty’s and my own!

DONE and DONE!  I need a fringe to cover my forehead wrinkles ugh!!!!

9.  Pack hospital bag.

YUP!  And I think I packed everything but the kitchen sink!

10.  Bake this luscious lemon slice recipe.

FIRST THING THAT GOT DONE!!!  I finished work on my very last day at 2pm and I got home and immediately started baking this!  I cut it in half and then delivered it to my colleagues haha!  They were super impressed!  And the husband LOVED this!  Will be adding this to my recipe collection!

11.  Go on a toddler-free date with the husband.

TICK!  We had a lunch date at St Kilda’s where there was glorious sunshine that day…which hasn’t returned since #ihatemelbourneweather

12.  Send out invitations for Bunty’s 3rd birthday party { OMG, she is turning THREE! }

TICK!  She’s having it at Maccas!

13.  Pelvic floor exercises – DO THEM!

UMMM…I DID THEM…but not as often as I should have!

14.  Have a girls’ night out.

Sadly no.  But I did manage to meet up with a lot of friends who wanted to catch up with me before I popped my sprog.

15.  Buy / beg / borrow / steal a baby capsule!!!

YES!  Borrowed one thanks to my wonderful colleague!

16.  Get back into learning about photography and take more creative shots

Didn’t manage to do much learning…but I did take the camera out more often and used it instead of using my iPhone.

17.  Take lonnnnggggg showers daily

Oh yeaaahhhhh!!!!

18.  Introduce Bunty to a new hobby – gymnastics / musical instrument / crafting / something

We have started to do a lot more baking and I’ve started to teach her how to write her name.

19.  Successfully sell 3 things on Facebook Buy Sell Swap page

YAY!  Managed to sell 5 things lying around the house.

20.  Take photos and videos of the bump

YASSSSSS!

Alrighty, so what are your goals for December?  What have you got planned for Christmas break?

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