Hi my dearies, it’s 830am on Sunday — the hubs and the bubs are asleep and I’m sipping on a cup of chamomile tea. Apologies for the lack of beauty posts lately but life has been pretty intense so I thought a fun, easy post is in order. I love blogging and it relaxes me when I find the time to do it.
I read Tine’s version of it and thought it would be nice to share my mid-year update with you all. Here goes!
Making: More textured food for baby Charles. I think it’s time he learns to chew a little bit.
Cooking: Chicken satay for dinner tonight. Thanks to a Prima box, of course.
Drinking: Herbal tea 24/7 — from fruit blends to chai to rooibos. I usually make a big jug the night before so I would have chilled tea to sip on through these sweltering July days.
Reading: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work by Alain de Botton — “reading” is a bit of a loose term as I’m barely 3-4 chapters in but when I do have a moment of spare time or need to wind down, I would read a few pages. I am loving it so far and he’s one of my favourite authors.
Wanting: To have Charles sleep through the night so we can get a good night’s rest, too.
Looking: At the cute mess in our living room that is littered with toys, bibs, burp cloths, baby futons, and the Toy & High Chair Cleaner by Babyganics.
Playing: Stacking toys and peek-a-boo with Charles. I love that his hand-eye coordination is getting better and he just bursts into giggles when I spring out from behind a door.
Deciding: On what to get for my birthday next month for myself. Yes, I’m one of those people who buy themselves birthday gifts LOL! I would love some accessories and a bag from Shopbop.com.
Wishing: For more personal time. As a harried stay-at-home mum who has a business, I’m seriously so time-poor that I cannot seem to find the time to cut my hair. The last time I did so was before I gave birth last August.
Enjoying: Getting ready for the day. When the hubs is in the living room playing with the bub mid-morning or later, I would grab the chance to get dressed and put on makeup. I usually have about 30 minutes or so and if I have more time, I like to slap on a simple manicure. If I have more kitcheny stuff to do, just my toe nails will get done. I just enjoy looking as best as I can which makes me feel productive and ready to face the day.
Waiting: To have more routine and stability in my life. I wonder if I ever would because our lives are so full of things to achieve for the future and we tend to have that carpe diem spirit so we make spontaneous disruptive decisions all the time.
Liking: My latest makeup haul. I just love playing with new products.
Wondering: If I would ever return to my pre-pregnancy weight.
Loving: My little family of three. Despite all the exhaustion and ups and downs, I adore the times when the three of us are chilling on the couch watching a movie (and playing with the baby) or taking a leisurely stroll together at the nearby park. These fleeting moments of bliss are worth all the pain.
Pondering: What kind of relationship Charles and I would have when he becomes older? I want him to see me as an authority figure but also someone he can turn to when he really needs advice or a shoulder to cry on. I shudder when I read about stories of children who hide what is going on in their lives from their parents and they are found murdered or kill themselves in anguish.
Considering: Changing the name of this beloved blog. I’m so over it, especially since beauty box subscriptions are so commonplace, and thus what next?
Watching: Justified. Yes, very strange TV show to be watching for myself (not quite the genre I would normally choose) but the hubs and I take turns choosing TV series to watch and this modern Western-style shoot-em-up show about US marshals chasing fugitives was his choice to be our after-dinner entertainment. We are at Season 4 so two more to go!
Hoping: To expand our family of three with dogs, cats, and more babies.
Marvelling: At how my baby is changing and developing from a baby to a boy.
Needing: More sleep. Do you sense an on-going theme in my life?
Smelling: Roses. When the weather gets hot, I tend to gravitate to light rose scents. I’m back to digging all my rose fragrances from Jo Malone’s Red Roses to Serge Luten’s Sa Majeste la Rose.
Wearing: A floral Levi’s tank top and a pair of striped Gap shorts.
Following: My instincts more. I tend to over-think things but when I try to follow my gut – it has never let me down.
Noticing: My skin gets stressed when I am less rested. To combat that, I am soaking in hot baths more (we draw a bath for the bubba’s bathtime almost nightly so I sit in the tub since there’s already warm water prepared) and putting on facial masks. I always see a difference the next morning.
Knowing: That friendships come and go, they morph into something different, become better or worse — and it’s all okay. People change through their lives and I have as well.
Thinking: Whether I should have another diet cheat day for the weekend because it has been tough on the sleep front! Yes, I cannot help but use food as comfort. I love ice-cream too much haha!
Feeling: A moment of peace when the house is slient and I’m just tapping away on my lap top.
Admiring: How other mums are braver, stricter, and more organized than me.
Sorting: Laundry. You will be amazed how much laundry you will do with the addition of just one baby to your household. Even though we have a cleaner who comes in once a week, we still struggle with our mountain of laundry.
Buying: Less. Or rather I’m trying to cut down on stuff I think I need. I go through cycles of purchasing tons of things on sale and then I go through periods of trying to use stuff up and helping my wallet heal.
Getting: The fact that good things never come easy. Or rather great things are always hard to achieve, but you should always strive to be great. #yolo
Bookmarking: Annabel Karmel’s baby food recipes. I don’t know if I have the skills to make such gorgeous food but it’s nice to have some inspiration. Thanks, Trishie!
Disliking: My negative moods. I need to choose positivity more. It’s the harder choice but always the better one.
Opening: Packages from online shopping. I hardly buy anything in person anymore because it’s so much easier to get them from websites. I can shop at night when the bub is asleep! Fave stores are Dadway, Gap, The Body Shop, Shopbop, Amazon Japan to name a few.
Giggling: At this video. I just love silliness on Youtube. It reminds me of the time I was in my 20s falling in love with the wrong guys.
Snacking: Cheese, nuts, olives, and whole wheat crackers when I am really famished on this darn diet I put myself on.
Coveting: A more laser-like mental focus. I find it hard to switch from taking care of baby to putting on my lady boss chops. To know I only have 3-4 hours without Charles is a huge relief but also enormous pressure to make full use of the time I have away from him. Sometimes the work I produce is not as good as I like it to be.
Helping: Drinking a glass of lemon water in the morning really helps me stave off early morning hunger pangs and aids digestion. My elder sister introduced this simple habit to me and I picked it up again when I started my diet plan of attack two weeks ago.
Hearing: Music Together tunes in my mind as it’s the bub’s favourite music. It is a music program for babies which has a lovely set of songs each term. We put it on when he gets too clingy and angsty in the late afternoon.
Hope you enjoyed getting to know more about me and where I’m at this mid-year. It was really fun typing this up and I’ll love it if you could let me know if you are blogging this as well. Or if you don’t have a blog, just let me know in the comments below what you are thinking about at this time of the year.
Love ya all – big muaaah!