Since my mum was off to Korea for the entire March school hols, this meant that Ethan would be home all day with the twins and I. More ready now than during my confinement month to juggle all 3 kiddos, I made ready plans to occupy him & fam time together and oh my, what a week it was! Quite a blessing that my maternity leave coincided with his school hols.
Even before the hols began, we alr brought him to his dream come true – Art Zoo! A bouncy park in the shape of animals, what’s not to like?!
On the Monday of the hols, we set off to GBB with our friends to check out the dinos. He was really excited about it except for the dino mascot but the heat was too intense for all of us and after an hour, we decided to beat a hasty retreat to Marina Square food court & playground. City kids indeed haha.
That GBB outing didn’t last very long so imagine my surprise when a few days later as we were driving past the GBB area, he suddenly said “mama rmb you bring me to see the dinosaurs”. Wow, guess the super trees are a notable landmark???
On Tues & Wed, Kwee was on leave so we hung out together. Tuesday began with brekkie at Tampines Hub where we discovered a delicious dried mee sua dish at the hawker centre followed by some Timezone action where E got to ride the motorised car while his bros watched on. We initially just wanted to bring him to the free playground but he was begging for the car ride once he spotted it beside it! Next time, i’ll have 3 boys begging 😅… maybe cheaper for me to get one of our own.
That same night, we headed to Marine Cove ECP for the first time & had a great time! Macs dinner followed by playground fun and walk along the beach. As long as we were on the move, the twins would be ok to sit in the pram without fussing. Once we stop for more than ten mins, they would fuss. So I guess this ensures we walk off everything we eat. While at Macs, a family who was leaving smiled at us & pointed to their girl & boy & said: “we have twins too! we bought the same pram as you but sold it cause it was too heavy.” At 12kg, it is very heavy but also pretty solid to meet our needs at the moment. When they can both walk, we probably won’t be needing it as much.
On Wed, we headed to USS at about 4pm after dropping the twins off at my mil’s. Mindef had gifted kwee with credits for the birth of the twins under a “family recognition voucher” and we could use it to redeem 2 adult & 1 child USS tickets. We were beyond excited cause we had never been to USS as a family & not since we got married. In fact the past 2 times we were given tickets by another source, we had chosen to bless our friends with it so we were super looking fwd to our own fun now.
Once we arrived, we had to look for the nursing room for me to pump while kwee & Ethan walked ard first. We decided to top up to get the annual pass so I wasn’t too stressed about having enough time to cover the park cause I know we’ll be back again. With little kids, & the intense SG heat, I think you can only last 3 hours plus in these attractions before somebody (myself) needs a break. After 1 ride, 1 show & running away from mascots, Ethan said he was hungry so we had to adjourn for dinner. Case in point.
Though E couldn’t clear many of the rides cause of his height, we enjoyed taking in the sights & sounds. Kwee was happy too that he finally got to ride one of the roller coasters. We’ll be back soon hopefully!
Thursday was my dad’s time with E so he came over to pick E up to go to the T3 playground. Then it was Jolene’s turn on Friday where STB had a “bring yr kids to work” day. Boy did he have fun. He especially loved his batman face paint (though he’s never watched batman) & kept declaring he was batman everywhere he went. My sis said he also introduced himself to her dept & said he was “very nice” lol.
Ppl in the restaurant came up to us & offered everything from sympathetic smiles (when both twins were crying) to encouragement and questions/comments (“how do you cope??/ trying for a girl next?/ I want a boy next!/ tells story about another friend with twins”). More strangers hv spoken to us in these 4 months than in our whole lifetime. I guess that’s the twin effect.
And so this rounds up an epic March holiday week. We feel so blessed that SG has so many free, open spaces & playgrounds we can bring our kids too, it’s a great place for families truly! Little wonder that Ethan was so reluctant to go to school on Monday. He was like “mama, i want to go holiday!”
Me too, son.