Introducing…Selene

Selene and I first met via the WWW when we were on the threshold of fertility treatments. Since then, our friendship has bloomed and we even became co-workers. Selene and her husband went through a very long and gutwrenching journey to be parents, which I will leave to her to expound on in future posts. But in the meantime, say a big hello and CONGRATS to her, will you, for she has since become a mum to her beautiful boy Elliott!

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Hello! My name is Selene. This is a bit of a milestone for me because it is the very first time that I am using my real name to blog on the internet. I have been blogging since…2002. That’s a good TWELVE years. I started blogging when it was relatively unheard of. Before that, I used to keep a diary. A ‘Little Twin Stars’ diary gifted by my mother that came with a lock and key. I would scribble little notes in them about my day. About what I ate and why I hate/love my sister. About how much I hated homework. Random stuff like that.

I still keep a personal blog but would like to write about another aspect of my life here. The other aspect of life that is a whole new world to me – being a mom. Typing the word ‘mom’ scares me because I never thought that I’d ever get to use the ‘mom’ tag on myself. We took a long long time to get where we are today. Not just long but long, winding and uphill. As I write, I am currently 38 weeks+ pregnant with our first child. A miracle of sorts, if I may add. A child that we never thought we’d be blessed with. In fact, I have to add that until I see a live child in my arms, I will still find it hard to believe that IT HAPPENED TO US.

I look forward to sharing our stories soon. For now, we await a brand new chapter of our lives that is a huge dose of scary, a pinch of nervousness and a whole bag of very very exciting.

Selene

Introducing…Kristine

The second writer to join us is Kristine, mom to one-year-old S. Here, she will chronicle her trials and tribulations in bringing up her daughter, who is the boss of all the big people in the family. Say hi to Kristine!

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Hello!

I’d like to introduce you to my boss (and her noble stead).

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She loves her Daddy and her doggie loads. Her bedtime buddies are Bessie the cow, Mr Bunns the bunny and Miffy (also a bunny). She enjoys tickles and cuddles (sometimes) and watching videos of herself. She likes listening to music when she goes about dancing or scootering or operating her “flour mill”. She enjoys walks in the park in the evenings with her trusty side kick (good ol’ Dad) and her noble stead. Her favourite song is skinamarinky dinky dink and she’s really cute doing the sing-along actions to the song.

I’ve been working for her exclusively for a little more than a year now and I’d daresay I’m her absolute favouritest minion. Some might describe my job as being her personal assistant. I make sure her meals are up to scratch, I take care of transport, laundry and entertainment – which includes spontaneous clapping and cheering as she goes about her conquests. I’m also in charge of housekeeping and coordinating her appointments (i.e. Tuesdays – lunch with Daddy; Wednesdays – Pool lounging etc).

It’s not an easy job with no medical benefits/health insurance, but she is rather generous with the bonuses and she’s quite happy to give me the day off if her favourite person is free to be with her.

But all good things come to an end. Since late June, she has been exploring new territories and recruiting new minions. I do hope I remain her favourite. In the meantime, she’s sent me to get another job, to contribute more funds to her World Domination.

I’m sad that it’s come to this but we both know it was going to happen some day.

I’m really gonna miss this little boss of mine. (I secretly hope she misses me loads too!)

We’ll see how it goes!

Introducing…Yi Lin

Yi Lin and I found each other when we were both going through infertility treatments and blogging about our experiences. Since then, we have grown to be friends and she has also seen two tiny embryos blossom to become her lovely daughters. Please welcome Yi Lin to the community!

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When the practice of blogging first came about, I never thought then that I’d be one to spill and spiel on the Internet for all and sundry to read. I had never considered myself a good nor interesting writer, much less a blogger. After all, why would anybody care enough about my life to want to read about it?

It all changed in 2009. Not long before that, my husband and I had decided to try for children. But I got distracted by the grand idea of doing an around-the-world trip and threw a huge spanner that thwarted our baby-making plans. I blame Tony and Maureen Wheeler, founders of Lonely Planet, for that.

Well, after doing some number-crunching, we realised that we couldn’t afford to jet around the world so we settled for the more austere option of backpacking across the Americas instead. To document our epic adventure, we started our travel blog, GO, to keep everybody at home updated on our whereabouts.

Over those months on the go, I gradually felt less self-conscious about sharing my thoughts and feelings online, and started to enjoy blogging more and more.

When we returned to Singapore in 2010, I Love Children invited us to share our experience of starting a family as bloggers on Maybebaby. Our journey to parenthood was not an easy one and the last 3 years have been riddled with various types of fertility tests and treatment. It wasn’t easy sharing our rawest emotions on such a personal topic, but many women have left notes saying that my writing has given them comfort and inspiration in their own quest for children, and that is what has kept me – and my blog – going for 3 years straight.

I am now mum to two precious little girls: Colette – tiny and immensely precocious at 21-months old; and baby Claire, who turns 2 months old this June. Our parenthood journey continues on Maybebaby and now, on bubsicles too.

Welcome to the community.

Yilin

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