There are a multitude of things I want to mention but none of which really merit a blog post on their own. So let’s call this one “small tidbits”
QPX Hair Removal Update
I tried QPX back in early December and I promised to update you guys once enough time had passed that I felt I could really evaluate how it went… 5 weeks out was the first time I felt like I had to shave my underarms after getting it done. Once my routine settles a bit, I’m going to spend one of Elanor’s pre-school sessions getting QPX for my underarms again and for my full legs. I’m sold!
I want to publicly thank my friends who have been instrumental in helping me figure out my post-B existence…while some are friends in real life, many are people I’ve never met in person, who made an effort to reach out and lend a helping hand or a kind suggestion.
Laura from Expat Adventures in Singapore suggested the part time cleaning lady we’ve hired.
Notabilia suggested the service we found our new baby sitter through (which I will review at a later date)
Kelly from Our Big Expat Adventure hooked me up with our potential car leasing company, and offering to cat sit the next time we’re out of country
Claire from The Dot Diaries is helping to keep me company on Wednesday when my dishwasher is getting delivered (“some time between 10-6”) not only to catch up on our lives, but to make sure someone is home in case it’s delivered whilst I’m doing a pre-k run.
My friends EK and MP for babysitting the girls so Ravi and I could go and see Wicked this past Sunday night with the tickets we’d purchased months ago as a mutual Christmas present.
My friend EM for offering to try out being a mother’s helper
Kirsten from Funny Little World for offering up her babysitting services once she’s back in Singapore.
Thank you also to the readers who have reached out via email as well, or offered a virtual hug.
You are all appreciated and I am more grateful to you than I can say. It is not an exaggeration to say that I don’t know that I could have gotten on the plane to come back to Singapore without you.
I have chosen to go with a new medication that will allow me to keep breastfeeding for the time being. I never started the medication that was hostile to it, and while formula is going to be part of our life (I just don’t have the time to pump regularly, and I don’t want to, honestly) I am hopeful that we can continue breastfeeding as Rhiannon’s primary method of feeding for the next bit of time. I don’t want to pressure myself into putting a clock on the wall, but if I can be mentally healthy and breastfeed, I would like to do that. If the new drug doesn’t work out, then we will revisit what decision is right for the family.
We’ve now had the cats for a year! I don’t blog about them much, but Gandalf and Kerowyn are doing well. I can’t bring myself to throw out the broken baby swing because they’ve taken to using it as a bed, and seeing them curled up in it together is just sweet. I’d show you a picture, but they haven’t been there whenever I’ve gone to get my camera.
I finally got a smile from Rhi on camera
Ellie’s school had a CNY party last year. It marks the first class party that the parents weren’t invited to. Which is not to say that every parent didn’t whip out a camera and get a shot of the kids in their CNY finest.
I am LOVING our household of just Ravi, myself and the girls.
YA books I’ve read and enjoyed recently—
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
- Scored by Lauren Mclaughlin
Don’t skip them just because they’re marketed as “young adult” books. I really discovered the YA genre when I taught middle school, and I have to say that some of the best writing I’m coming across in fiction these days is in this genre.
If you like American politics, are on Twitter, and are a West Wing Fan, you really need to be following @Pres_Bartlet @joshualyman @donnatella_moss especially during the GOP debates. You’ll laugh so hard you’ll cry. If you’re me, you’ll just keep hitting RT
Using the down escalator at Shaw Center on Saturday night took a chunk out of my stroller’s wheel. I hate using escalators with strollers, but sometimes Singapore gives you no choices. As a PSA, be careful that your wheels are in the middle of the stair if you must use the escalator. Secondary PSA-Motherwork at Great World City can replace a Bugaboo Bee wheel when/if needed for a small fee (it is not covered by warranty–damn)
Okay, enough rambling from me…