Thursday, 7 April 2016

Week in Life - A Blogger Mum

The alarm rings!  At 4.30am.

Yups, my alarm rings at 4.30am on weekdays when I need to be out of the house by 7am.  People often ask, 4.30am?! Are you kidding?!  Nope.  Alright, sometimes I snooze it and then wake up at 5.30am.

Weekdays are same same, but different everyday.  The same old wake up-go school-go work-home-cook-sleep.  But in between, different things happen.  

Every weekday is a rush in the morning.  The making of breakfast, especially now that D is in primary school, I ensure that he eats before going school.  This trait, I think I got it from my Mum and I thank her for all the breakfasts, amongst others, we have while schooling and even when we started work.

Some days, the breakfast is more elaborate.  Some days, there is only bread.  :D
Then it's all the, will you hurry up?  Sometimes it's just, hurry up!  I am guilty of it.  Not the perfect mum, of course.

Weekday nights are rushing home to cook.  These days, I try to cook at least 3 times a week.  Easy?  No, it's not.  I do whatever hecks I can (see here) and when I'm at my wits end, it's just one pot dish.  Sometimes the fridge is empty and I rush to the wet market, a 8 min drive on an almost empty road, at 5am.  So now you know why I wake up at 4.30am at times.

A fishy score at 5.20am.
Every other weekday nights like this make me pull my hair and makes me wonder why we do not have the work-life balance of Denmark.  When I have to coach the elder boy or give him his spelling and the younger asks or whines for attention.  Maybe because we have been the boys' main caregiver since birth (apart from the times they are in childcare), we are the ones to teach them, read them a book or two, play with them, discipline them, pat them to sleep and fall asleep with them (I do!  And most times I am in bed at 10pm, with them and then suddenly waking up at 1am).

That kinda covers most of my weekdays nights.

E was sick on Friday.  When I receive a call or a text from the childcare teacher, I cringe. Seriously.  This meant rushing off work and fetching him.  Being sick in the late afternoon is disliked as his regular doctor does not have a night clinic.  A blogging mum means if I have an event on a day the child falls sick, I have to absent myself or ourselves.  Nice?  No, I do not think so but a mum's got to do what a mum got to do.

And just this year, I decided to put some discipline to exercise.  Most if not all Sundays, you will find me at Bukit Timah with a group of friends, training endurance and fitness by doing the slopes of Bukit Timah Hill.

I wonder why weekends are so short.  Considering the fact that my children do not attend any tuition or enrichment for their academics, there is still never enough time.  In a blink of the eye, weekends are over and it's back to the daily grind.  

I am just like any other mums.  It's always family first.  I get to blog when I am alone, in trains (just like how part of this post is being drafted), while queueing, waiting or when the children are engrossed with their shows.  Time-sensitive sponsored posts are churned when the children are sleeping, although I do try to write them whenever I could.  And for that, I got to thank the hubs for it.  

The reason for blogging is simple.  To jot down the times with the children.  To share with those people who are interested a glimpse of our lives.  I will sometimes think too much (想太多) and wonder if one day, I will leave Earth without warnings.  This will then serve as a partial memory timeline for those living.

It's my birthday today!  D asks me how old I am.  I had to count and cannot believe that I am already 35.  The days are long, the years are short.  Indeed.  A blogging mum or not, birthday today or not, I am simply just another mum who wants the best for my children.  No, not just.  A mum is a powerful lady.  :)

And the hubs got me a 3TB HDD because the current one could no longer hold all the photos.  How practical, right?  
This post is part of a blog train by the Singapore Parent Bloggers this April.  You may find the links to what the other 29 blogging mums and dads have to say and share here.

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  1. Hahaha that's the most practical gift and I need it too! Always have the same problem here *waves* and gosh you are made to wake at 4.30am and sometimes driving to the market at 5? Oh my! Hahah I probably fall asleep at 2 or 3am. Impossible to wake that early lol what time do you sleep?

    1. I'm probably opposite of you... I sleep early, like 10pm with the boys on weekdays. On weekends, it's later..... Try to sleep early!!! For your own health benefits, we aren't that young anymore... #auntymode :)

  2. You wake up real early! I guess that is why I can only do my groceries at the supermarket. And I agree, a Mum is one powerful lady!

    1. Supermarkets are my favourite shopping places too! Especially those big ones. :)

  3. 0430, oh no too early for me !
    I struggle to wake up at 0630, and pulling all the kids up is no fun.

    Wow, your breakfast looks so healthy (avocado?) and keep up your sports routine :)

    Happy Birthday Enjoy your day :)

    cheers, andy

    1. Thank you Andy!

      If I don't wake up early, everyone will start to rush and the start of the day will be bad which I dislike. Yes... That's avocado and see you at BT!