So the 7ners celebrated our October babies’ birthdays on Saturday at Oriole. It was the first time in a really long while that we met up on a weekend because back then someone was either busy with her significant other or with work or just isn’t free. It was also the first time in a rather long while that we ended up cam-whoring outside the cafe and bar :?

Dinner was rather fair. The food tasted good but the portions were rather small for the price we paid. But the chocolate cake was a to-die-for. It was made with really rich and good quality chocolate and if I wasn’t on a budget, I would have ordered another just for myself so I could relish every single bite

Awesome Chocolate Cake
THE awesome chocolate cake with the bread pudding at the back.

As I mentioned that the food portions were small, dinner ended pretty early so we just sat, chilled and talked. And before we went our separate ways…

The birthday ladies
The birthday ladies: Peiwen and Soffie

The 7ners
PK, Jo, Me, Peiwen, CJ, Perr, Soffie

While having our “photo-shoot” (teehee), I was reminded of how we used to take a group photo on our own and suggested attempting that neoprint shot again

These were taken by someone back in 2004:

Boxing Day 2004

Boxing Day 2004

(I just realized… Boss, did you take them?)

And by my hand of Thor:

Boxing Day 2004

Boxing Day 2004

(Okay, I know I’m using the above term wrongly but what does it mean anyway? I tried Googling and nothing relevant came up.)

Saturday’s attempt:

The 7ners: Neoprint Style
YES! Success!

We also did the all-those-in-pants-take-a-picture and all-those-in-dresses-take-a-picture.

Soffie's 21st
Team Skirts/Dresses three years ago at Soffie’s 21st

Peiwen & Soffie's 24th
Team Dresses this year

To the second October kid of the 7ners: Happy 24th Birthday Soffie Sis! Hope that you had an awesome day with your loved ones! It’s been a really long time and I’m glad that I’ve got you in this clique as well as the companionship of heading to hip hop gigs back in our late teens Love!

Soffie & Me
Her 19th

Soffie & Me
Her 20th

Soffie & Me
Her 21st

Soffie & Me
Her 22nd

Soffie & Me

And, last but not least, (I’ll bet) the real reason why everyone bothered to read this entry is for this cutesy photo of Zayden Asher and awesome Guan

Guan & Zayden Asher

Can someone tell me what “by the hand of Thor” means? :roll:

Firstly, Happy 24th Birthday Pei Wen! I’m sure you had awesome gifts. If not, wait till Saturday for your awesome gift and celebration!

Sunday was a pretty awesome day because friends and relatives finally got to meet Zayden Asher!

He was a sociable baby, not crying while he was being passed from a pair of arms to another. He wasn’t the only baby there though. I finally got to meet Cheyenne! Though she was exactly a month older than Zayden, the difference in their sizes was quite big. Plus, she has these huge pretty eyes. They were bigger than bambi-eyes

As I was busy running between groups of friends and relatives, I did not manage to take much photos

Everyone said Zayden was really cute. Guan and I couldn’t agree any less Since it was a special occasion, he was wearing his new Threadless onesie, (I love this design but my size ran out of stock.) and Guan and I wore our Missing!!! tee.

Zayden
The Very Important Baby (in his new clothes!)

Relatives
My 2nd uncle carrying his granddaughter Cheyenne and my 3rd uncle’s wife carrying Zayden. At the back, cousins Esther and Abigail.

Ooh, yes! My mother bought cakes! She wasn’t in time to order a huge cake for everyone and, instead, bought three small cakes

Zayden
The kid and his cakes.

Cake decor

7ners & Zayden
7ners with the first 7ners baby

7ners & Zayden
Love, love, love this photo!

Family Portrait
My (New) Family Portrait

After every guest had left, everyone was quite tired. I mean, my siblings KO-ed in the living room:

Sleeping Siblings

Ending this post with an awesome photo (courtesy of Pauleon):

My boys
The love of my life with the love of our lives

If anyone remembered the last post where I mentioned I was to attend my cousin’s daughter’s first month celebrations, I should say that I failed to do so because on that day, Zayden Asher was born

So that makes him exactly a month younger than his second cousin, Cheyenne. Which also makes him exactly one month older than Li Jiawei’s son.

Anyway, on a random note, tomorrow’s the day where my relatives will see their new addition to the family!

Today marks the end of my month-long (really, it felt like months) confinement period because…

Zayden Asher is one month old!

So far, my parents and siblings commented that he grew chubbier, heavier and longer. But since I see him every time, I only could tell he was longer because when I place him in the same position in the cot, his feet can hit the sides if he kicks hard.

Anyway, here are some photos of his progression…

Zayden
Four hours old

Zayden

Zayden
He opened one eye then…

Zayden
… and both eyes later in the day

Zayden
Three days old

Zayden
One week old (We love this portrait!)

Zayden
Nine days old

Zayden
19 days old

Zayden
Three weeks old

Zayden
26 days old

Zayden
Day before 1st month

(Okay, so I went overboard with the photos. I had initially wanted to just post one per week, making it four. But, look at him! I’m sure you guys want to see more.)

I found my own newborn photos and realized that he probably looked like me when I was still in the hospital because subsequent photographs showed that he look rather different from me.

Me
That’s me in the hospital cot 24 years ago

Mom and I
My mom and I

No big celebration today. In fact, Guan and I were supposed to bring Zayden over to my old home but he came home late from camp and we’re both totally exhausted. (That’s why once I click “Publish”, I’m going to hit the sack before Zayden’s next feeding time.) But, my parents will be having a celebration later this week so for those who are coming over, (with red packets or gifts, I hope Kidding!) be excited to meet him!

A little note to those who actually plan to bring diapers: No Drypers and no newborn size. He’s quite a big baby :?

Guan and I finally registered his birth!

As most of you know, the delay was due to the fact that we had trouble coming up with a name since we eliminated a lot of names suggested. And when we finally came out with one, we were shot down by my mom :mrgreen: But I went on to find a meaning behind the name and it was good so hey-ho! His names are awesome!

There are 9834750938756 uber cute shots of him but here are a couple for the online folks to enjoy

Everyone, meet Zayden Asher

Zayden
He does know when his picture is being taken because he seems to look right into the camera lens :?

Zayden
He fell asleep on my chest with this expression

He’s quite a sociable baby but he does really wear me out at times. I can’t imagine when he can start running around like Dylan, my hyperactive first cousin, once removed :neutral:

Anyway, he brings in joy to the family (on both sides) and a whole lot of noise to the estate

… we went on our first date

Well, only back then I didn’t think it was a date. It was more of a chilling-out-with-a-buddy-session.

I had the weekend off and did not know who to go out with when I asked if he and Nic were free to go drinking. He told me Nic was busy so I met him after work (at Ben & Jerry’s) and dinner (with some random bunch of guys I met) and we went to my workplace to drink (since I could get staff discount. Haha!)

When he met me, he passed me this imitation Eeyore soft toy (that was from those machines with claws. What do you call them?) and he shrugged it off like it was no big deal. I’m not sure why I sort of liked it (I don’t usually fancy imitation goods) and kept it in my bag since then.

Well, it’s been a year

Since I was still officially confined to home, we made a quick trip to Tampines Mall in an attempt to find the chocolate Baileys mooncakes Joanne spotted a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, the arena where the mooncakes stalls were set up back then have been replaced by Osim massage chairs

Guan and Me

Guan and Me

Guan and Me

I love you sweetheart! :idea: