My son Benjamin (6 years old next month) is allergic to all tree nuts - almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachio, cashew, etc. We've had accidental ingestion in the past where he ended up in the emergency so we are very careful with his food but alas, sometimes even I fail. The last incident was a year and … Continue reading Dealing with food allergies while eating out or travelling
We were invited to the Speedo Swim Squads event last weekend and aside from the beautiful venue at The Palace Downtown Dubai (one of my favorite places in Dubai), I know I needed to take Benjamin there for a more important reason. The invite says, "bring little ones to join Speedo for a morning of … Continue reading Learning to swim with Speedo
I was talking to my friend this morning who wanted another baby. She has one who just turned five years old so at this point in her life, everything is fine and dandy. Most of the time, at least. The thing is, though she really wants to have another baby, there's this pressing thought at … Continue reading What happened to kindergarten?
This is a follow up post about our challenge in searching for a school to enroll Benjamin. We are facing difficulties with how the schools are assessing the student's kindergarten readiness. We cancelled our admission to one school which he passed a strict assessment that included a session with the school's resident speech and behavior … Continue reading Update on Benjamin’s school 2
My kids - they don't look anything like me. I've been mistaken for their carer instead of their mother so many times I've lost count nor care any more. Some won't believe till one of my kids blurt out, "mama" to call me in public. Most of their behavior are from their father too...well except one: … Continue reading Benjamin and his love for maps
So we went for the 2nd assessment for Benjamin. We were greeted at the school entrance by a lady at the registration office who called him by his name. She knows his name! I was surprised by this. Then they asked us to wait for a few minutes. A middle aged man came holding a … Continue reading Update on Benjamin’s school
The boy in red shirt is Benjamin. He is my 4 year old son. Does he look normal to you? Yes, he looks normal because YES, he is normal. Except for lingering longer during the breastfeeding period, not knowing how to use the bottle and difficulty in potty training, I see nothing wrong with him. … Continue reading It’s time we rethink about “kindergarten readiness”
At the home front, we're into this un-glorious phase of POTTY TRAINING. And it is not going so well. I'm telling myself over and over again, "It may take time but it won't last forever." I pride myself for having the bigger bucket of patience in between my husband and I. I can bear difficult … Continue reading Potty Training could send me to therapy
What are your plans for Benjamin's birthday? my husband asked. Wait, what? It's that time of the year again?! Benjamin, our not so little boy at home, my forever baby will be celebrating his birthday, turning 4 in a couple of weeks! I suddenly remember the time I was in Austria last month. I stayed … Continue reading Benjamin is turning 4!
It was Mother's Day last weekend here in Dubai (we celebrate Mother's Day here twice - one for the UAE/UK Mother's day in March and one for the global Mother's Day as we know it, in May). We went for an out of town trip to Fujairah, one the UAE's seven Emirates and a couple … Continue reading Travel bump: Toddler motion sickness