It’s been a really awesome Easter Weekend in the Teo household – what with Sophie’s full month lunch on Good Friday with the fams and then a really scrummy brunch the next morning with her Fairy Godmothers.
Although my daughter’s official godmother (for all Catholic purposes) is my sister, my three closest friends, A, W and L were chosen to be her Fairy Godmothers a la Sleeping Beauty (Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo)
God knows I took a risk making them Soph’s godmothers knowing all the crap and morally questionable behavior the four of us have indulged in over the years – as well as the kinds of things they could tell my daughter about her recalcitrant mother’s past. But they are the most honest and straightforward friends I have in my life and I know they will love her and nurture her too.
Its been so long since we all met up (they came to see me during my confinement but that’s not counted) so we were super bummed that W and her husband JW couldn’t join us for brunch at Spruce – just my favourite brunch place EVER !
It used to be so hard to get a table at Spruce’s Tanglin branch but since opening a second outlet and now that there are brunch places popping up everywhere we were able to get a reservation 3 days before for an indoor and relatively private seating.
The food was almost as good as I remember it ! By almost I mean that while my banana hotcakes were awesomesauce, being the only pancakes delicious enough for me to polish an entire plate off (besides Bill’s amazing ricotta honeycomb banana hotcakes), the guys’ Steak Eggs Benny lacked oomph. They didn’t give us our much anticipated corn waffles with the eggs benny (we didn’t know that now you have to request specially to switch to the waffles from plain bread) and the steaks could have been grilled better.
L’s Crab Cakes Eggs Benny was great though – the crab was fresh and generous, the cakes were plump, crisp and golden brown on the outside.
The guys of the group !
And then L and A started to obsess over Sophie, star attraction of the day ^^ L and her bf XQ are really great with babies to start with so they handled her like a pro and she slept like a little angel in their arms. It was A’s first time holding a baby this small so she was a little nervous at first, but aww, look at that first-time godmother’s proud smile ! 🙂
A few fellow young mums on my Facebook have posted before on their walls variations on the theme that you know who your true friends are when you have kids. Although I count myself very lucky that almost all my close friends have shown strong support and a desire to be involved my mine and my baby’s lives, I can totally relate – there will definitely be a struggle for some friends in the beginning to reconcile themselves with the fact that as a Mom my priorities have changed and my identity has changed too.
And I can’t blame them – before I had Sophie my idea of a good time was to head out, get drunk on expensive cocktails and then drag myself to a late-night Korean restaurant to eat away my impending hangover or go on extravagant holidays with my husband where we would pig out and treat ourselves to shoes/bags and take beautiful photos. I truly believed I was the kind of person who could not relate to kids and would be bored to tears singing nursery rhymes to fussy sticky toddlers.
Now, my idea of a good time is taking my baby and dog to the park for a walk and then getting a good night’s sleep of >4 hours (I’m sure this will change in the months to come but right now, this is ACHIEVEMENT: UNLOCKED status)
So yes, being as I was the kind of person who used to get a bit awkward around friends with kids, I am so glad that karma has not come around and bitten me in the butt and my friends all love Sophie to bits and don’t mind us changing her diaper right in front of their brunch. They even ask me questions about feedings and milk and discuss breastfeeding with me.
That is real love, I tell you. I turned green once when a friend tried to engage me, pre-baby, in a discussion about strollers. And here are my best friends, chatting about bringing Soph along on a trip with our partners to Phuket or Bali in September -wipes away emotional tears of gratitude-
Anyway, we enjoyed the brunch tremendously ! I was literally bouncing off my seat with excitement about being out and having a semblance of my life before baby and what with W and A’s weddings coming up next June (2015) there’s so much planning to do and so much to dream about, I’m so excited and happy for them!
And for us, its yet another Sophie milestone : Sophie goes for her first Brunch !
This time, it only involved one bottle feeding, one at-the-table diaper change (no nursing room at Spruce) and a few whines but mostly she slept through the entire meal in her Maxi-Cosi seat. That thing is a godsend I tell you – it can even rock. We used it today in church (her first mass!) to rock her to sleep and it worked a treat – I only had to beat one hasty retreat to change her diaper midway when she did one epic explosive doo-doo.
This week Baby S and I have got K all to ourselves and we’re planning out the things we are hoping to achieve. Here’s a list:
- Collecting and delivering all Sophie’s 1st Month Cupcake boxes
- Heading to Kith at Quayside Isle for brunch, possibly with Benjy
Heading to ECP for a walk with Benjy and Sophie (done!)
- Going for the 50 per cent off brunch deals at Eggs and Berries at Changi City Point (good things must share)
- Bringing S for my gynae’s appointment and finally having the cold soba at Shimashi Soba Paragon after (crazily craving for this but cold food has been a big confinement no-no)
OK I see how eating like a pig makes up most of our goals but #YOYO so since I can’t really lose weight while breastfeeding I might as well eat what I want.
Hope you all had a wonderful long weekend and Happy Easter ! He is Risen 🙂