Small Tidbits

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…

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22 Responses to Small Tidbits

  1. Dawn says:

    I am so glad to hear that you found a medication that was compatible with breast feeding! I look forward to hearing how that goes. I think it’s wonderful that you gave yourself the opportunity to transition to formula slowly while trying another option, so that you’ll feel that you truly explored all the possibilities. And, if it turns out that the nursing-compatible medication isn’t good enough and you have to wean completely, Rhi will be used to formula and you can feel secure in that you’ve made an informed decision to do what’s truly best for your whole family. 🙂 Also, I agree that pumping sucks. With I going to daycare 2 consecutive days/wk, I’m going to need to melt frozen milk for the first day, pump fresh milk on the first day for the second day, and then pump and freeze on the second day (as I is fussy enough not to take 6-day-old fresh milk). It’s going to be a nightmare!!! (But I don’t want my supply to wane so that I have to use formula during the other 5 days since that seems like even more of a pain, plus as soon as I transitioned F from breast milk to whole milk at daycare, she weaned completely, and that made me sad.)

    Also, Ellie is adorable in her CNY dress!

    • Crystal says:

      I was relieved too. In the end, sheer laziness makes breastfeeding more desirable. I tried to give Rhi a bottle at night, and she hated the room temp water. I was not in the mood to go heat some water to make it the ideal temp. I sucked (pardon the pun) at quitting breastfeeding because it really is just easier. Which is not to say that I don’t like the option of formula at times, too. And like you said, knowing that she’ll take the occasional bottle means that I can make the choice that’s right for me, whatever that may be.

      Good luck with I’s daycare…I know you that F has a positive experience there, so I’m sure he’ll be fine! The pumping will be a PITA, though…but I fully understand your motivation/logic.

  2. Maria says:

    Rhi has always been a beautiful baby, but when she smiles she’s capital A Adorable.

  3. Flora says:

    Glad to hear everything is going well!

  4. Michelle says:

    Such a sweet photo of baby Rhi. I am glad you are getting things sorted out and love that you have such a great community of people around to support you. I am taking notes! I would like some of that “village” stuff too 🙂

    • Crystal says:

      It’s been a long time forming, and I often forget that it exists because a lot of the support *is* virtual. But it’s really important not to discount that virtual support!

  5. Laura says:

    So glad to read that things are getting back together again for you now!

    • Crystal says:

      It’s amazing how much difference getting sleep (as opposed to being super jetlagged) can affect your outlook. Thanks for the support!

  6. Claire says:

    Delighted that you are feeling more positive, and that things are working out. Beautiful photo of Rhi, and looking forward to meeting her again very soon!

  7. notabilia says:

    My pleasure! I look forward to your review. We, at some point, may need a babysitter–I’m on maternity leave now, but will be back in the saddle soonish–and I’d love to know what you think of the agency and/or your hired help. (The agency itself was recommended by a friend with two young children. She raved about it!)

    • Crystal says:

      Short version is that I was really impressed with the variety of choices I had, and I really like the person we’ve been paired with. The billing seems logical and fairly priced. If you want to ask anything specific before I post the review, I’d be happy to share!

  8. Amelia says:

    Don’t you love it when things start to feel sorted again? If you’re happy with your part-timer cleaner, would love to get her details… we moved here recently, and are just going to go with a part-timer – many thanks!

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  11. Daina says:

    Just wondered if you’d be so kind as to recommend me the part time cleaning company and babysitting agency you have used. I really relate to your post and would be most appreciative of any good companies I could use.

    • Crystal says:

      Our sitting agency is called Just Us

      We hired a pre-k teacher to be the girl’s sitter and are very happy with her.

      My cleaner is an auntie who does part time cleaning for extra money. Email me at expatbostonians at gmail dot com if you’d like her name and #.

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