NUVO Singapore Food Review

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Inspired by the best of Italian and Japanese ingredients and techniques, NUVO offers an intimate dining experience with flavours set to tantalize your taste buds. Executive Chef Mark Richards, formerly from Keystone Restaurant, helms the kitchen at NUVO, whipping up delightful creations with his perfected specialty skill, the sous-vide technique. With over 16 years of experience, Chef Mark Richards constantly pushes the boundaries to achieve greater heights at NUVO. As a result, he has carefully curated exquisite dishes that reflect the best of both well-loved cuisines. Taste his signature creations such as the Smoked Uni Carbonara, Angus Osso Buco Stew, and Kurobuta Pork Belly.

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I’m not someone who would order salad at a restaurant but the Warm Japanese Mushroom Salad ($18) won me over. The pine nuts and mushroom lent an earthy taste to the salad while the butter truffle oil gave this dish some pizzazz.

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It was certainly interesting to see that the Crispy Calamari ($18) came with compressed watermelon, on top of arugula, togarashi and white balsamic. The calamari was crisp with a chewy interior but tasted a little bland.

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The Baked Olive Cod Fish ($35) with pepperoni, hon shimeiji and baby potatoes is a dish that I wouldn’t mind ordering over and over again at NUVO. With a layer of olive espresso paste, every mouthful of the baked cod fish was sweet accompanied with just a slight tinge of bitterness. The lobster bisque sauce was wonderfully done, which brought this dish up a notch.

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Combining two different dishes on a plate, the Kurobota Pork Belly ($32) and Angel Hair Wakame ($18/$24) are a match made in heaven. Tossed in lobster essence, rayu oil and sprinkled with tamago fukikake, the angel hair pasta was al dente and a little on the salty side. Loved the kurobuta pork belly that was braised in dashi and soya sauce, then cooked kakuni style. Thinly sliced pork belly that melts in the mouth screams perfection.

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The dish that intrigued me the most at NUVO was the Smoked Uni Cabonara ($38) because of the addition of truffle soil. It was a brilliant move though, as the sweetness balances the creaminess of the cabonara.

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The Japones Australian Lamb Shank ($38) was served with fregola sarda, a type of Sardinia pasta. For someone who loves lamb, misterchewy commented that the lamb shank was hardly gamey, which was pretty disappointing.

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The Wild Honey Panna Cotta ($16) didn’t look like much but I was surprised by how the fluffy texture of the panna cotta and the taste of wild honey clearly stood out. The dehydrated fruits were extremely sweet, not that I’m complaining.

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I give two thumbs up to the Fuji Apple and Parmigiano Reggiano Torta ($14). Who would have though of incorporating cheese into their dessert? There was a very mild savory taste which went well with the scoop of fig and honey ice cream.

I highly recommend NUVO to people who have adventurous taste buds! Stay connected with us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/missuschewy and on Instagram @missuschewy and @misterchewy :)

NUVO
Marina Square Shopping Mall
6 Raffles Boulevard #02-100
Singapore 039594
Tel: +65 6822 2098

Opening Hours
Sun to Thu & PH
11am – 11pm
Fri & Sat & Eve of PH
11am – 1am

Hotel Clover The Arts Singapore Staycation Review

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Having stayed in a number of hotels in Singapore, our recent staycation in an art-themed boutique hotel was a first for us. Hotel Clover The Arts, situated in Chinatown, is a 6-storey and 44-room hotel which opened in April this year. This new hotel builds on its conviction to create a unique arts experience through its individually-themed rooms. Designed in styles as diverse as retro kitsch, urban street art, Pop Art vibrance and line art minimalism, each room in Hotel Clover The Arts creates its own distinctively unique experience.

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In a bold move to lend a voice to the Singapore’s brand of creativity, Hotel Clover The Arts invited students from different arts and design schools in Singapore to participate in a mural competition for 19 rooms. Independent professional artists were also commissioned to create art for Hotel Clover The Arts, including local artist Ceno2, who has his own distinctive brand of aerosol art, otherwise known as ‘Graffiti Fine Art’.

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Ceno2’s work can be found in the lobby of the hotel. The idea behind incorporating Singapore’s iconic attractions onto public spaces of the hotel is to create a talking point to encourage guests and staff to mingle by sharing stories, experiences and memories of subjects which they hold dear to their heart.

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As strange as it may sound, we felt that we could very much connect with the hotel because of all these paintings of Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Flyer and the like. It certainly gave us a sense of home.

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Love the cute idea of having a little sneak preview of each hotel room.

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We took the lift and checked out every floor of the hotel. Interestingly, you will be able to find the painting of a black cat on most levels. Kudos to the artist who managed to cleverly incorporate unsightly elements into the murals across all lift lobbies, transforming different corners of the hotel into a visual feast.

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As mentioned previously, each of the 44 rooms feature artworks which are strikingly different, ranging from stunningly picturesque mountainscapes to vintage-inspired comic art.

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Because each room is different, you will be guaranteed a whole new experience and an element of surprise each time you stay with the hotel. Perfect reason to keep heading back!

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We had the privilege of staying in this beautiful Arts King room, the highest of the 6 room categories available. Once again, Ceno2 lends his signature touch of creative genius to a breathtaking mural of Mount Fuji, depicting nature at its best – amidst clear blue sky, crystal waters and inspired forals. We were simply blown away by the magnificence of our room, not so much in terms of its space, but the dazzling beauty of Mount Fuji and cherry blossoms.

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All rooms come with a postcard featuring the design of the room, for guests to bring home as a momento or keepsake. It might seem as a small gesture but I think it’s a really nice personal touch.

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The 3 Arts King rooms at Hotel Clover The Arts include the following:

- Fully air-conditioned with individual control
– Laptop-sized safe
– Branded bathroom amenities
– Hairdryer
– Laundry & dry ceaning service
– Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee machine
– Daily housekeeping service
– LED HDTV with satellite channels
– Complimentary Internet & local calls
– Iron & ironing board (upon request)
– Secured key card locking system

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We took a little tour around the hotel and guess what we found! A giant tea cup!

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There is a roof terrace garden where guests are welcome to unwind with a book or even do yoga. Hotel Clover The Arts does not have a swimming pool but guests can hop over to its sister property Hotel Clover 5 Hong Kong Street and utilize its swimming pool there.

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Art lovers will appreciate the striking scenic view of a larger-than-life waterfall which literally cascades down the external facade of the hotel, bringing a charming and quaint feel to the quiet evening. The best time to check this out is early in the morning or late evening before the sky turns dark.

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I checked that the hotel does not provide baby amenities, so we brought Little misschewy’s inflatable tub along. Doesn’t she look like she’s having a whale of a time soaking in an onsen with an awesome view of Mount Fuji? :P

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According to Hotel Clover The Arts’ Facebook page, their comfortable and fluffy guest room beds have 350 thread which will make you feel like you are sleeping on a cloud. We couldn’t agree more!

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There were only 3 to 4 tables but thankfully, the table turnover rate was high. Even though the breakfast selection was limited, the food surpassed my expectation! Even misterchewy who doesn’t usually have much of an appetite in the morning, went for a second helping.

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We certainly had a very memorable stay at Hotel Clover The Arts. Waking up in the Mount Fuji room made us feel like a million bucks! It is definitely something that we want to experience all over again. Stay connected with us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/missuschewy and on Instagram @missuschewy and @misterchewy :)

Hotel Clover The Arts
58 South Bridge Road
Singapore 058689
Tel: 6439 7088
Email: enquiries@hotelclover.com

The Magic of Disney Translates to French

The Magic of Disney is an internationally recognised power. From Orlando to Hong Kong, Disney theme parks have been delighting visitors for decades. Disneyland Paris is the ultimate destination for a little of that Mickey Mouse magic in Europe and well worth a visit for enthusiasts of every age. Here are some important tips for visiting one of the most magical places on earth.

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Find a Fastpass

Not all rides are created equal. Several rides within the park are so popular they often have massive queues. For the savvy visitor, a Fastpass is the perfect way to work around the waiting and jump straight to the fun. Get a ticket (free of charge) from one of many machines throughout the park, which will provide an allotted time slot for a specific ride. This enables visitors to make the most of their visit by enjoying other attractions while waiting for the designated ride time.

The Best Breakfast in Town

For visitors who are staying at a hotel located within the park, there’s nothing more entertaining than booking a character breakfast one morning. Parents will love watching kids’ faces light up as they see their favourite Disney characters walk in on the most important meal of the day. It’s a great chance for kids to get autographs and photos with their favourite characters; the ultimate souvenirs from a Disneyland Paris holiday.

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Catch a Parade

Disneyland parades are thoroughly entertaining for people of all ages. They’re also incredibly popular so it’s important to get a good view for the ultimate experience. Get to the parade route about an hour before the set start time to find the perfect perch. Once you’ve scouted and secured seats, take turns going to get snacks and other goodies and then sit back and wait for the main event. It is truly dazzling.

Disneyland Paris is a fantastic destination and a great place to visit for a day or a week. With no end of activities, great restaurants and that signature Disney magic, visitors are sure to leave feeling enchanted, and planning the next trip.

Images by David Jafra and Jeremy Thompson, used under the Creative Commons license.

Trick Eye Museum Singapore Plus Giveaway!

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Wassup everyone! I had a super duper fun filled long weekend at Trick Eye Museum Singapore at Resorts World Sentosa! The name “Trick Eye” comes from the shortened form of the term Trick of the eye and refers to an art technique that turns two-dimensional paintings into three-dimensional images. It is through the use of optical illusions that three-dimensional paintings on the surfaces of the museum walls, floors and ceilings come alive. The museum offers various themed galleries where visitors are more than welcome to be part of the creative experience and are encouraged to explore with their eyes, hands and cameras too.

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There are many artworks at the museum which are perfect interaction between parent and children, which makes Trick Eye Museum the latest family-friendly attraction in Singapore. Apart from family outings, it is also a great place for double dates too! So glad that we asked PR and J along, and we had double the fun! :) Hope you enjoy the photos that we took and please take part in our giveaway contest!

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Together with Dumex and Dryers, Trick Eye Museum Singapore is running a “Happiest Baby Contest” now till 9th November 2014! Take the most creative and happiest photo of your baby (6 months – 4 years old) at any artwork in the museum. Submit your photo entry to trickeyemuseumsg@gmail.com before 9th November 2014, 23:59. All photo entries will be available for public voting and top 5 entries with the most number of ‘Likes’ and ‘Shares’ win one of the 5 sets of fabulous prizes!

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One lucky reader will walk away with THREE tickets to Trick Eye Museum Singapore!

1) ‘Like’ Trick Eye Museum Singapore’s Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/TrickEyeSingapore

2) ‘Like’ Missuschewy’s Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/missuschewy

3) Share this blog post on your Facebook wall and answer “Which is the latest family friendly attraction in Singapore?” in the comments box. Set your post to Public and paste the link HERE

Contest closes on 13 October, Monday. A winner will be randomly picked. Good luck!

Trick Eye Museum Singapore
Waterfront @ Resorts World Sentosa
26 Sentosa Gateway
Singapore 098138
Tel : +65 6795-2370 / 2371

Opening Hours:
Daily
10am – 9pm

Yoomi Feeding System Warms Baby’s Milk in 60 Seconds Plus Giveaway!

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It is Little misschewy’s feeding time. She is hungry and red-faced from all the crying (actually, in the above photo, she was just acting cute :P ). It takes like forever to warm chilled expressed breast milk packed from home. I have been through this situation many times and it is highly stressful for first time parents especially during the initial stage as newborns are not easily distracted when they are hungry. They want their milk and they want it NOW. In the past, I resorted to feeding formula milk as the time taken to prepare is much shorter compared to warming breast milk. Is this the best solution? Obviously not. Yes, breastfeeding mummies can always nurse in public but some babies do not latch on, and not all babies enjoy being nursed under a nursing cover. This is especially true when they get older, as they tend to reach out and grab everything within reach, which includes tugging at nursing covers and threatening to expose their mummies!

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When Agnes from AT Marketing Consultancy invited me to review the award-winning Yoomi feeding system by Yoomi Singapore, I readily agreed without much consideration because the idea of an innovative self-warming bottle providing perfect breast milk temperature feed in just 60 seconds and then staying warm for an hour sounds like something which will change my life in a positive way.

A bit about Yoomi:

- No-fuss latch on: natural breast-shaped and super-soft silicone teat which allows for a breast-from-breast experience
– Transition sorted: consistent breast milk temperature feed provided by Yoomi, babies have a familiarity they need to support weaning from breast to bottle
– Reduced likelihood of colic with its 6 anti-colic vents (most bottles have 1-4)
– Easy pouring and mixing: Yoomi’s unique, wide-necked bottle makes pouring and mixing simple – as well as clean and tidy
– Convenient: being suitable for both expressed breast-milk and formula, and ideal for combination or bottle feeding. Yoomi supports all babies’ feeding needs
– Comfy grip: the ergonomically designed bottle makes Yoomi easy to grip and more comfortable to hold during longer feeds
– Safe: the Yoomi range is 100% BPA free and meets the highest safety standards feeding
– Beautifully simple: using patented technology, the Yoomi pod enables warmers to be recharged in the microwave in just 2 mins using a ‘heat-shake, heat-shake’ method

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Yoomi feeding system is actually very simple. Firstly, the warmer needs to be charged. There are a few ways to do so but my favorite method is to let it boil for 30 minutes. Once the warmer is fully charged, there will be a clear rattling sound when you shake it. Allow the warmer to cool for at least 75 minutes at room temperature or 20 minutes in cold water before using.

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Another method of charging is to place the warmer in the charging pod before heating it in the microwave using the “heat shake heat shake” method. I personally find this method less straightforward, so I prefer to use the boiling method.

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Place the warmer in the Yoomi bottle and fill it with baby’s feed before heading out. Hungry baby eyeing her milk!

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The Yoomi warmer, which contains the same gel used in hand warmers, is activated by simply pressing the orange button. By using a clever ‘phase change’ material (meaning it changes from a liquid to a solid), Yoomi generates heat.

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When the bottle is tipped, the cold feed is gently warmed as it flows around the specially designed channels on the outside of the warmer. By the time the feed reaches the teat, it is at natural breast milk temperature (32-34˚C). All these take place in just 60 seconds. The warmer has been cleverly designed so that it cannot overheat the feed and stays warm for up to an hour.

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Happy baby = Happy mummy! Chanelle didn’t have to wait too long for her milk this time and she’s taking really well to the Yoomi bottle which is not surprising because of its natural breast-shaped and super soft silicone teat.

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I like how convenient it is now to bring out chilled breast milk for Little misschewy’s feeds but the warmer can only be used for one feed by staying warm for up to an hour. It is recommendeded that mummies buy a few warmers and charge all of them together so that the warmers can last you long hours while you are on the move.

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Grab your Yoomi feeding system at the Baby Market fair from 2nd to 5th October at Singapore Expo! Instead of the Usual Price of S$59.90, there will be a Launch Promotion S$49.90 + FREE 5oz bottle (worth S$18.90). Get an additional 5% discount by quoting MISSUSCHEWY or by presenting this blog post!

We are also running a GIVEAWAY! Win a Yoomi feeding set worth $59.90! Click the following link HERE or hop over to missuschewy’s facebook page http://www.facebook.com/missuschewy Giveaway tab to join!
A winner will be selected by Yoomi. Good luck!

Tula Carrier from Baby Carrier Singapore

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Babywearing simply means wearing your baby in a sling or carrier. According to Dr. William Sears, a paediatrician, there are plenty of benefits associated with babywearing such as establishing a more intimate bond between mother and child through close physical contact, and enhancing baby’s motor skills by exposing him/her to a variety of sights, sounds and motions just to name a few.

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There are so many types and brands of carriers in the market that shopping for the perfect one becomes a mind boggling affair. Thanks to Baby Carrier Singapore, I was introduced to the colorful world of Tula carriers. The founders of Tula are a husband and wife team with three young children. They experienced how convenient babywearing was and how much it benefits both parent and child that they started to manufacture their own wraps and carriers. To be honest, I initially had some difficulty wearing the Tula carrier the right way as it was my first time babywearing. But Angela, owner of Baby Carrier Singapore is really helpful and always ready to offer me tips and advice over whatsapp such that soon enough, I was able to strap up my Tula on my own with great ease and confidence. In this photo, I’m wearing a black/gold stripe nursing dress from Eve of Eden.

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With the numerous articles circulating around with regards to hip dysplasia, parents and caregivers are encouraged to choose a baby carrier that allows healthy hip positioning, in addition to other safety considerations. Soft-structured carriers like Tula allow babies to sit in the desired “M” position when worn. This position (also known as the “frog position”) means that baby’s knees are higher than his bottom and his legs are spread apart naturally, which is beneficial for hip and spine development.

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In case you are wondering, Tula carriers allow front and back carry. So far I have only tried carrying Chanelle on my front because anxious mummy here cannot let her baby go out of her sight and back-carry is recommended only after six months of age. The maximum weight that Tula standard carriers can support is around 20kg. There’s something very amazing about Tula carriers. Do you know that you can use Tula to carry your newborn and toddler, all the way till your child is about 4 year old? Just by attaching the Tula “Free to Grow” extensions to the panel of the carrier, you can comfortably wear your older children. For parents with toddlers, you can also opt for the toddler version which allows you to wear your child from about 18 months old (and/or about 11kg) till 4-5 years old.

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Tula carriers fit a wide range of babywearing body types simply because Tulas are super adjustable. Just by extending the shoulder straps, anyone can utilize a Tula. Even my dad enjoys babywearing Chanelle!

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It also makes nursing in public easy, even more so when the panels are so huge – 15.5″ tall and 14.5″ wide, providing more coverage and privacy. Just loosen the panel straps in front a little to breastfeed on the go. Really convenient!

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I also love the additional padding in shoulder straps and child’s leg area for extra comfort. My shoulders do not ache even after half a day of babywearing Chanelle, who is around 8kg right now.

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Chanelle enjoys the Tula carrier as much as I do! She’s like my little koala bear, often peeking out of the carrier to observe her surroundings. She also falls asleep in the Tula very easily! Both misterchewy and I are just so amazed.

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Last but not least, I gotta emphasize that Tula carries the widest range of carriers in various prints and designs; you will definitely be spoilt for choice! Here are just a few of the many designs that are available, of which Foxy and Oasis are the latest arrivals. How cute! The quirky Tula carrier designs are a bold fashion statement on its own and brighten up even the dreariest outfits. I was gifted the Retro Bikes Tula carrier which is really cute and perfect for babywearing on a casual weekend when misterchewy and I go around cafe hopping.

Tula carriers retail at $229 onwards which includes free local delivery and can be purchased at http://www.babycarriersingapore.com.

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Chanelle’s Milestones at 6 Months Old!

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Baby Chanelle turns 6 months old today! As cliche as it sounds, time flies! I was looking at all the photos of Little misschewy taken since birth and I couldn’t help but feel very emotional that my baby girl is growing way too fast :’) A part of me wants to see Chanelle learning new things and achieving developmental milestones, yet another part of me wants her to remain as mummy’s cute little baby. I had charted Chanelle’s developmental milestones when she was 4 months old, and here’s her updated reported card at 6 months old :)

Physical Growth: As of last week, Chanelle was approximately 67cm in length and weighed 7.86kg. She’s in the 70th – 75th percentile for both aspects. I’m happy that she has more than doubled her birth weight and she still has those ‘Michelin’ arms and legs. However, her face looks a little smaller and less round as compared to when she was about 4 months old. I’m not sure if Chanelle is teething as she has not cut her first tooth yet but she’s always munching on three or four fingers at a time.

Feeding: I’m really proud to declare that I have attained my goal of breastfeeding Chanelle for 6 months! Now that I have reached the 6-month mark, I’m aiming to continue breastfeeding for another 6 months. My work is going to get more hectic next month on and I do hope that I can persevere for the sake of my darling girl. On a positive note, Chanelle should be starting on solids anytime now so hopefully, I can drop a pump session or two from my daily pumping routine within the next few months. I know that some mummies give their little ones solids as early as 4 months but I have read that it’s best to wait till they turn 6 months old. So yeah, baby led weaning, here we come! :)

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Social: When Chanelle is in the company of people she is familiar with (misterchewy and I, and our family members), she is always flashing her brightest smiles. Smile until cannot see eyes that kind. Haha. She is also easily tickled by funny noises that we make and also chuckles hysterically when misterchewy and I pin her down on our bed and take turns to rain kisses on her. Chanelle is also an attention seeker! When nobody is attending to her, after being left alone for a while, she tries to get our attention by faking a cough, believe it or not. It’s really funny! And sometimes, she will raise both arms outstretched when misterchewy and I get home from work or when we say 抱抱.

Language: Chanelle responds to her name most of the time unless she’s too focused on something else. Currently, she’s exploring her vocals cords by doing this yelling and screaming thing. My bro reckons it sounds like the kind of noise cats make in the middle of the night but misterchewy and I think it’s really cute.

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Motor Skills: Apart from being able to roll and flip, Chanelle is able to sit upright for a short while although she’s not very stable and might topple over any moment. She has not begun crawling but is able to inch forward by lifting up her butt and moving like a caterpillar. Chanelle also loves grabbing and bringing her feet to her mouth and that’s when the licking of toes begins. As for her fine motorskills, Chanelle is able to pull out her pacifier from her mouth by using a pincer grip and then examine it by holding it up.

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We will be updating this space as we move on and attempt baby led weaning! Experienced mummies, do drop me a line and share some tips!
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