Sunday, December 24, 2006

Evan's First Christmas

Ah... our Christmas Tree... and all the loot!

Evan, this Christmas is the first of many to come. As you can see... we've got so many presents under the Christmas tree. And a lot of them belonged to you!

We had our celebrations on Christmas eve this year. Many relatives came for dinner. What a pity you are too young to join in the yummy food we had. Perhaps next year you will be able to join us in tucking in the turkey, ham, cakes, bread (made by Uncle Sin Tien) and many more food... I know, I know.. I'm making you drool.

I'd say the best part if this day were the gifts that you got. See:

Daddy helping you with your "loot"

Aha... these are most of your presents

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Fever Scare

Scare was the right thing to describe what you gave mummy and daddy. Daddy had gone out for dinner with his visitors and I thought you had felt warm that night when you went to sleep. But you seemed fine: cheerful as ever and you fell asleep on your usual time.

See? Looking perfectly fine, playing in the cot.

But when you woke up at 3am and refused to sleep and was crying, the panic alarm started to sound. In the end, we woke up your Ah Kong and Ah Mah to determine if you were feverish. And of all days, our thermometer ran out of batteries! So in the end, we put the mercury thermometer under your armpits and got a shock of our lives. You were more than 38 degrees! Yikes..

In a mad rush we drove directly to Adventist Hospital's Emergency Room. Amazingly through out the drive you were cheerful as ever, chatting away, saying "babaaa ba aa bba". There they took your temperature and gave you paracetamol while waiting for Dr Mary to come in. After all was done, we went home.

I guess there was so much excitement early in the morning, that you could not sleep after that. It took us quite a while before we managed to get you to go back to sleep. Even though you only slept for another 2 hours.

Thankfully, you recovered quickly and had a few more high temperatures before it all disappeared... only to continue with a cough and flu!

And followed by this great big bite on your face! Sigh.. when it rains, it pours!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Choosing a name

Dear Evan,

Ever wondered how long it took mummy and daddy to choose a name for you? Well.. for us it took us a couple of months to zero in on the perfect name for our baby. Of course, first we need to know the gender of the baby.

Well, on our 16th weeks check-up, Dr Ng asked if we wanted to know your gender. Of course we wanted to know. That doesn't mean that we will be able to select a name for you: you would no longer be referred to as "baby" when mummy talks to you. Best of all... we could start shopping for you. Of course that didn't meant that we hadn't started buying things for you before that!

Anyway, as mummy and daddy are not able to read a single word of Chinese, we got you Ah Kong to help with your Chinese name. That certainly took him a long time, as we needed to screen through the long list and also we needed to ensure that no one can come up with something funny from your name on top of making sure that the name is not similar as any of our relatives. When Ah Kong and daddy finally came up with a name for you, we needed to decide how to spell the name too.

On the other hand, we took only a short while to narrow down the choices of English names for you. Of course we had a lot of helpful (not) inputs from friends and family too. Such as Sardine Ban, Kaya Ban.. and the list goes on you name all types of buns, they've been suggested! Thus, the name of this blog: myrotiban.

Anyway, finally mummy and daddy agreed on Evan Ban Khai Siong. Um.. it took me a long time to remember how to spell your Chinese name. Sadly, I still don't know how to write it in Chinese. But I promise you, I will learn how to write it.. after I have learnt how to write mine and daddy's properly... hopefully soon...