Em’s First Playdate

EM’S BEEN WANTING to invite friends over for a playdate ever since we identified the home back in April… mind you, it was a time when she didn’t even have many friends, other than the children of Papa’s colleagues and the two children of Mommy’s friend.

When we finally moved into the house in July and she started school in August, the desire to invite friends over grew stronger… mind you, her room was still in a mess, unpacked boxes still scattered around, and some toys were still in them!

The week that we finally agreed to her earnest request, she fell ill and was absent from school for three days. When she finally recovered and returned to school on a Thursday, I went with her and hastily made contact with the parents of her classmates whom she wanted to invite.

And that’s how her first playdate came about on this date, Saturday, 6 September 2014.

(Top, left) Little Em hosting her first playdate, queued up last allowing her friends to have a go at the food first.

Little Em hosting her first playdate, queued up last allowing her friends to have a go at the food first.

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Bored of playing toys in her room, they came downstairs… (L) Nafisa played the piano; (R) Playdate or play dead?

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Big M had her share of playdates back in HK with two of her closest friends then, both of whom were in Netball Club with her.

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Little Em got a tiny teeny taste of playdate back then when she was included by Big M’s friends, at home on 9 April 2010. 

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Playtime in HK

ON THIS DATE five years ago, the girls had a great time out in Hong Kong.

Playtime at AMC (25 Jun 2009).

Playtime at AMC (25 Jun 2009).

Big M attended her friend’s birthday party while Little Em easily made friends in strangers.

Big M attended her friend’s birthday party while Little Em easily made friends in strangers.

Lovely view of the swimming pool on the ground level.

Lovely view of the swimming pool on the ground level.

Another great view, overlooking the Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant.

Another great view, overlooking the Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant.

Em’s First Haircut

LITTLE EM HAD her hair – or what little of it – shaved on 3rd Feb 2009.

(Left) At the barber’s shop; (Top, right) A clean shave indeed! (Bottom, right) Thank god for caps!

(Left) At the barber’s shop; (Top, right) A clean shave indeed! (Bottom, right) Thank god for caps!

(L) On the other hand, she looks pretty good bald! (R) She’s all smiles the next day (4 Feb 2009)

(L) On the other hand, she looks pretty good bald! (R) She’s all smiles the next day (4 Feb 2009)

Little Em had her “customary haircut” a month after her birth in HK, courtesy of both her grandmothers.

Little Em had her “customary haircut” a month after her birth in HK, courtesy of both her grandmothers.

Big M also had her “customary haircut” when in Washington DC… Papa used the shaver while Mommy preferred a simple pair of scissors.

Big M also had her “customary haircut” when in Washington DC… Papa used the shaver while Mommy preferred a simple pair of scissors.

Sisters sporting the same bonnet right after their haircuts.

Sisters sporting the same bonnet right after their haircuts.

Teething Issues

SPEAKING OF DENTIST, I think I kept a pretty good record of M’s primary teeth when they fell off. And being sentimental me (or mad, one might say), I even kept them – all 20 of them!!!

At a glance, this looks like custom-confiscated items of the white stuff! In reality, each of these packets contains M’s baby teeth (18 of the total 20) that fell off / were extracted, between 2005-2010.

At a glance, this looks like custom-confiscated items of the white stuff! In reality, each of these packets contains M’s baby teeth (18 of the total 20) that fell off / were extracted, between 2005-2010.

The first tooth to fall off was the central incisors on 5 Dec 2005; which grew back by the time her third tooth fell off on 2 July 2006; she’s seen here smiling in a photo taken on 7 July 2006.

The first tooth to fall off was the central incisors on 5 Dec 2005; which grew back by the time her third tooth fell off on 2 July 2006; she’s seen here smiling in a photo taken on 7 July 2006.

A bloodied sight, yet M wasn’t the slightest afraid at all, in fact she pulled out the wobbly tooth herself – the 5th – on 13 Aug 2006; followed by the 6th tooth a week later on 22 Aug 2006. (In fact, she also pulled out herself the 14th tooth on 30 May 2009).

A bloodied sight, yet M wasn’t the slightest afraid at all, in fact she pulled out the wobbly tooth herself – the 5th – on 13 Aug 2006; followed by the 6th tooth a week later on 22 Aug 2006. (In fact, she also pulled out herself the 14th tooth on 30 May 2009).

The “souvenir” tooth #5 and tooth #6!

The “souvenir” tooth #5 and tooth #6!

The teeth chart will be useful soon when Little Em’s teeth start falling off! She’s already anxious to meet the Tooth Fairy!

The teeth chart will be useful soon when Little Em’s teeth start falling off! She’s already anxious to meet the Tooth Fairy!

Clinic Visits

WE HAD A number of visits to the clinic this month, all in preparations for our next destination.

Our 3rd January visit was for a compulsory vaccination required by the country we are headed to. This was Little Em’s first injection since she last completed all the required vaccinations as a baby (by 18 months old, which she has no memories of).

On that occasion, we will all remember how excited and impatient she was, asking numerous times “When are we getting the injection?” as we consulted the doctor and while we waited to be called. While we waited outside the immunisation room, she was still upbeat and showed a brave front. I went in first, followed by Papa and Big M. Then came Little Em’s turn. Her fear began to show when she saw the needle. Papa held her on his lap when the needle went into her left arm. Then out came her cries…

As we left the room, Little Em said accusingly (in between cries) … “Mommy, you LIED… you said it would be an ant bite… but it was like pumping petrol… the nurse took FOREVER to pull out the needle…” I almost burst out laughing, but for her sake, I held back. Such drama!

Outside the immunisation room. (3 Jan 2014)

Outside the immunisation room. (3 Jan 2014)

Clinical specimens? Just M’s skin sporting bad rashes (apart from her eczema), possibly side effects from the vaccination…

Clinical specimens? Just M’s skin sporting bad rashes (apart from her eczema), possibly side effects from the vaccination… (21 Jan 2014)

Today we returned to the clinic for another follow-up visit. On our way there, Little Em was once again excited with the prospect of a “family walk”. She simply loves the idea of the four of us going out together – even if it was to the clinic!

While there, we also took Little Em to the dentist in the same building. This was her first ever dental visit. We recall M’s fondness for dental visits as a child. For a brief moment, Little Em seemed to take after her sister, as she waited rather impatiently and kept asking when would be her turn. Unfortunately, when her number was finally called out (after a long hour-and-a-half wait), it was a different story the moment we stepped into the dentist’s room . I shall keep the story behind closed doors for now, but she hasn’t heard the last of it from me yet.