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A month or so back, our little family of three went for a Singapore staycation at Oasia Hotel Downtown. I think I'm pretty much out of touch with Singapore Staycations now, there's so many new hotels that popped up and the packages are amazing!

Skai and I used to go for romantic / couple staycations back in the past and now with our lil family of three (and expanding soon), we tend to opt for staycations with more facilities such as pools or family friendly places.

I first saw Oasia Hotel Downtown as it was located very close to Teppei, one of my favourite Japanese Omakase restaurants!

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The hotel is located in the downtown Tanjong Pagar area which is conveniently located close to Tanjong Pagar MRT Station. Lots of eateries from restaurants, local delights in hawker centres and cafes are located very close by.

We checked in a Club Room which came with access to the Club Floor, Club Lounge and Infinity Pool on Level 21. Do take note that kids are not permitted to enter the Club Lounge. Luckily that day, Aidan was due to spend time with my in-laws for dinner, so we managed to steal away a few hours for a date night!

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Pregnancy the second time, makes me feel even more tired than the first time. Maybe the fact that I'm older plus having to chase Aidan is the reason why. HAHHAA. Sorry for the tardy updates, here's Aidan's milestones from 20 - 22 months old!

  • Aidan started childcare at 20 months old as there was a childcare slot FINALLY. Initially, Skai and I had plans to only send Aidan to childcare at 2 years old but since a slot finally opened in Punggol, we leapt at it!
  • He loves school and hardly cried. He loves socialising with his friends and have lots of fun. I think childcare is fun for him and we think that it's good that he socialises.
  • Unfortunately, he also fell sick pretty often in childcare. Cough, cold etc. He was even hospitalised for a bit.
  • I started dabbling into essential oils to help both Aidan and myself. Since I'm pregnant, I can't take much medicine. Also, I didn't want Aidan to take too much medicines too.
  • I still latch but I have stopped pumping. Latching was a bit difficult at this stage as I suffered from nursing aversion. More on this, soon!

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  • With childcare, Aidan tend to sleep a bit earlier. While he is still energetic, he gets tired easily now.
  • He has started to be a bit more vocal these days. Saying more, milk, papa, mama, meimei, Aaaaa (as in referring to himself), sit in mandarin etc
  • He is still so manja which I love. He kisses our face all the time. LOVE IT. He is so cute when he does that! Though recently he started giving wet sloppy kisses hahhaha
  • He is still very very sociable.
  • Unfortunately after his bout at the hospital, he has been introduced to the land of YouTube. ADDICTION MAXIMUS.

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Can't wait to see how he reacts when Davina is here 😀

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Hit 34 last week! As per my yearly tradition, it’s time to summarise my life into one post to see where I’ve failed and where I’ve succeeded.

How has turning 34 changed for me?

Work: Am in the same place as per last year. Have a good bunch of colleagues who I really enjoy working with! <3

Family: Same old, same old. A few scares and operations but all is good.

Love: We really enjoyed having a lil gremlin so much that we decided to upgrade our family! Am blessed with a lil girl, am baking her right now and she'll join our lil family soon! We planned for a second kiddo with a 2 years age gap between #2 and Aidan. I also didn't want to have #2 too late as I wanted to close shop by 35. heh.

Health: Pregnancy this time is tougher. Am feeling more aches and pains. Morning sickness was such a bitch! Didn't have it with Aidan but with Davina, it was SO BAD! Am glad to have continued breastfeeding, so gonna tandem latch once Davina is out!

Friends: No change here. Kept those who matter close and distanced myself from those who I felt were toxic. Nothing changed here. ?

Blogging: Hello! I've pretty much evolved into a parenting blog! Am open to more parenting topics, so do get in touch if you have any opportunities for me!

Thanks to everyone and anyone who has wished me a very happy birthday. As mentioned every year: birthdays just symbolises another year closer to the grave (to me). So love like you have never loved before, eat like you have never eaten before, live life like every day is your last.

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As mentioned in my pregnancy announcement post, my good friend Elaine back then suggested I do a gender reveal photoshoot / party.

I was toying with both ideas for a while and finally decided on a gender reveal photoshoot! Party sounds fun but there's so much stuff to prepare plus I really wanted Skai and Aidan be part of my photoshoot! If it was a party, I would think all girls would be better!

So, we set the date, chope-d Withminn, who took my pregnancy announcement pictures, Fidelis to do my makeup again and also to get my #mysterymakangirls to join in!

As our luck would have it, things did not go as well as we had planned. The weather didn't seem as ideal, weather forecast showed that it would rain, Aidan was unwell and I was starting to feel under the weather.

Thankfully the stars were finally aligned and we managed to pull through. Aidan wasn't as energetic as his usual self but I think we did fine. He loves looking back at the pictures and always points at them.

What to wear for the Gender Reveal Photoshoot?

I wanted to wear something white. Nothing blue or pink as I had asked my girls to wear the colours that they thought baby #2 would be!

I think I looked through all the blogshops and maternity shops with BFF Jacelyn and couldn't find what I wanted. I had ordered a few from some blogshops in preparation (like 3 different outfits) and in the end decided on this cream dress that I had bought in November for CNY. HAHAHAHA.

One of the blogshop dresses was so pretty but unfortunately I couldn't even button up past my belly. SAD. Hopefully I will be able to fit into it post delivery.

So.... I actually did not needed to buy any dresses cos I already have this dress. LOL. Time to shop for another dress for CNY then! I wore it with my comfy Melissa flats!

What sort of makeup and hairstyle did I wanted for my shoot?

I pretty much left it up to Fidelis who I trusted. I told her I wanted something brown, like a more light hearted smokey look (oxymoron I know! But I didn't want black black black smokey ya know?)

For hairstyles, I told her as long as my hair was down and there is some braids, I'm good. I LOVE all of her braided looks so I was pretty easygoing. Prior to the shoot, I visited Caely at Leekaja and she gave me some highlights heh.

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Fidelis braided one side of my hair and curled the ends. Something different from the previous shoot where she braided both sides.

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Official pics from Withminn below. The wind was a bit strong so hair was hair was slightly messy oops! I should have taken pics at the beginning. Sorry Fidel!

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Deciding on a location

While deciding on a location, Withminn and I discussed on places to go. I wanted somewhere with lots of greenery. We thought of locations such as Coney Island which was beautiful but was not ideal. Being pregnant and going to Coney Island with the long walk / cycle was one thing but bringing a toddler was another. Plus having to cart around huge balloons was gonna be a pain in the ass.

We decided to stick to my hood, being the northeast areas, Sengkang and Punggol instead!

Props

Withminn asked what sort of props I wanted and I kinda over prepared. HAHHAHAHAHAA. We had props such as:

Letterboards - I already have the black one and borrowed the pink one from Jacelyn. Previously wanted the blue one but couldn't find anyone who has it! And I didn't wanna buy another since I had the black one already lol!

The words on the pink one doesn't seem so clear in pictures but it says 'Or a girl'.

So basically together it says.... "Is it a boy or a girl" HEH

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Rompers - We wanted a contrast so we prepared a blue stripes one and a pink polka dots one!

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Diaper cakeTiny T Diaper cakes together with Absorba Nateen Diapers sent over a diaper cake in the colour of the gender alongside #2's name.

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BalloonsBeen looking at Pinterest and there were so many different gender reveal balloon styles! There was the classic pop the balloon where confetti would fall out and the recent trend of revealing the balloon in the box.

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In the end I decided on the classic pop as I thought it was cuter! Btw I'm scared of balloons popping but I still chose that. HAHAHA.

I had also ordered side bunches of pink and blue balloons from Celebloons and got my girlfriends to wear the colours that they thought #2 was. Only Jace chose pink! HAHAHAHA. Both Fidel and Esther (together with their spouses) chose blue!

Alrighty, this entry is getting a tad long.... so let's reveal #2's gender!

We are having a.....

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A girl!!!!!

I was pretty surprised as my gut feel was that #2 would be a boy. But of course, I was extremely happy. It's nice to not be outnumbered anymore. HAHAHAHA.

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Unveiling the diaper cake! I hadn't seen the design nor made any specifications so I was really surprised looking at it.

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Unicorn, pink with her name! #2's name is Davina! It's actually a combination of Skai's english name David and my name. I LOVE the diaper cake

I'm HUGE on names as you can tell... with Aidan being the opposite of my name and Davina being a combo of our names.

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Now... just to anticipate Davina's arrival in April 😀 And soon... Aidan will no longer be an only child heh.

Listing down all the services and vendors that I worked with here for this shoot!

Hair colour and highlights
Caely from Leekaja located at Mandarin Gallery.
Website: http://leekaja.sg
Instagram: @leekaja.sg
Location: 333A Orchard Rd. #03-13 Mandarin Gallery, 238897
Contact: 65 8133 0818
Promo code: 'nadia' for a discount

Hair and makeup
Website: https://www.theluckiestchickmakeup.com
Instagram: @fidelistoh
Email: fidelistoh@gmail.com
Contact: 65 81212296

Photography
Website: http://www.withminn.com
Instagram: @withminn
Email: contact@withminn.com
Contact: 65 88080521

Diaper cake
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tinytdiapercakes/
Instagram: @tinytdiapercakes
Contact: 8484 8549
Promo code: 'nadia' for a discount

Clothes
Model's own. HAHAHAHA. I got my dress from Temt and my shoes from Melissa Shoes. Ages ago though! TIME TO GET TWINNING SHOES FROM MELISSA SHOES. hahahhahaa.

Letterboards
Bought the black one from Amazon ages ago before any Singapore shops brought them in LOL, Pink borrowed from Jacelyn!

Rompers
Our own personal stash. HAHHAA. Pink one is from Carters. 😀

Balloons
Website: http://www.celebloons.com
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/celebloons/
Instagram: @celebloons

Awesome friends
Team blue: @theiceangel and @fidelistoh
Team pink: @daintyflair

And of course, the fam.
@skaichuan
@babyaidansim

Thankful for the support from my talented friends <3

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