Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

A look at the sneak peeks protective parents Joanne Peh & Qi Yu Wu have let us in over the past two years

Photos: Joanne Peh & Qi Yu Wu/Instagram
Photos: Joanne Peh & Qi Yu Wu/Instagram
07 Aug 2016

Photos: Joanne Peh & Qi Yu Wu/Instagram

My, how time flies! Today (August 7), one of the local entertainment scene’s most mysterious celebrity offspring celebrates her second birthday – and yes, the general public still has yet to learn of “Baby Qi’s” real name or have a proper look at her face.

For the past two years, mum and dad Joanne Peh and Qi Yu Wu have been doing a stellar job at keeping these details a secret…but why? When we asked Joanne, she said, “I want to give her the chance to decide if she wants to participate in social media. I tend to have this fear of people knowing too much, especially with kids - I feel more protective over their identities and I'd rather not reveal too much about them.” The practice has also extended to Baby Qi’s little brother, “Qi didi, who was born in April.

However, that has not stopped her or her husband from revealing bite-sized fun facts about their little girl and posting pictures of her on Instagram, although her delicate features are always concealed in some creative manner à la Jay Chou and Hannah Quinlivan’s Hathaway. Ahead, we look at all the times QiPeh gave us a sneak peek at their precious, now two-year-old daughter:

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2017

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

My, Baby Qi has certainly grown a lot since Joanne’s last post for Breastfeeding Week a year ago! Once again, Joanne was candid about her struggles with breastfeeding, which included not being able to travel light and needing to hunt for a nursing room every few hours in the middle of filming.

She also shared that Baby Qi stopped being interested in milk a day after she turned one, and encouraged all other parents not to neglect their own well-being, and that they “are not alone on this journey”. 

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2017

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

Baby Qi’s little brother celebrated his 100th day last week, and it was at the party where we got a clearer picture of just how big Baby Qi is getting. Before we know it, she’ll be too big to be carried in her parent’s arms already.

Photo: Qi Yuwu/Weibo

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2017

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

The Qi’s always seem to have a lot of fun whenever they go out. Here’s an adorable shot of them “making music on a hot weekend morning”, as Joanne wrote on her page next to a photo of them banging plastic drum-like objects at the park. Could Baby Qi be a rock star in the making?

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2017

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

We could be right about the rock star thing. A month earlier, Joanne shared this picture of Baby Qi tinkling at the ivories (or at least looking like it), but the point of the post was to show off the dress she made using a template she bought online. We obviously can’t see what it’s like in the front, but we’re pretty sure Baby Qi looks super cute in it nonetheless.

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2017

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

Clothes aren’t the only thing Joanne makes for Baby Qi; check out this amazing play kitchen she fashioned out of cardboard! Here, the little girl is pictured decorating her new toy with leftover stickers from the Children's Biennale pack.

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2017

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

Just like anyone else visiting Yayoi Kusama’s Obliteration Room at the National Gallery, the Qi’s went crazy with colourful dot stickers, placing them on the furniture and all over each other.

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2017

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

Who needs a fancy backdrop when you have this simple yet sweet-as-sugar scene right in front of you? This picture of Yuwu cuddling his son while Baby Qi just hangs around near him was posted as Joanne’s Father Day tribute to her husband, whom she called “my pillar of strength and our children's harbour”. Awww…

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2017

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

In our interview with Yuwu, he revealed that this picture was taken during Baby Qi’s very first visit to a vegetable market, and that after the experience, she was suddenly willing to eat grapes, which she disliked before. Well, parents who are facing the same issue, you know what to do now.

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2017

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

Joanne got candid about the reality of dealing with two kids under two – she admitted it “isn't an Instagram-worthy bed of roses”, as we’re sure most parents would agree with – in her caption of a photo that was taken a month after Qi didi was born. But she’s also toughing it out and convincing herself that “it will get easier when they are older”. Jiayou, Joanne!

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2017

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

The bokeh effect, Baby Qi’s artistically concealed face (look at that cheek, though), her tiny hand gently stroking her new baby brother – this is one of the moments of having two kids under two that is Instagram-worthy.

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2017

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

Well, here’s one way to stop your kids from scribbling all over the walls – buy them a standing whiteboard! As Baby Qi was happily working on her masterpiece, Joanne took a step back to admire her growing little girl, writing, “Her fearlessness and enthusiasm is so precious and I feel compelled to protect it for as long as I can.”

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2017

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

Arts and crafts certainly seem to be a big thing in the Qi household, with cardboard strips as their main canvas. Here, Joanne and Baby Qi are seen creating a character from Baby Qi’s then-favourite bedtime book The Pout Pout Fish, as well as decorating cardboard Easter eggs.

In a more unconventional activity, Joanne had Baby Qi working with ice and food colouring. “It was messy, but I'm glad she had fun!” she reported.

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2017

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

According to Joanne’s caption, Baby Qi was so eager to get to her first day of playgroup that she wanted to drag her dad’s backpack out the door before he was even ready! We wonder if she will be this eager when it comes to her first day of primary school.

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2017

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

In a simple but tender moment that left Joanne “not worried” about how Baby Qi would be with her new sibling, the little girl displayed a “pleasantly surprising” inclusive attitude when she introduced a new turtle toy to the rest of the gang in her collection.

Just a month before, Joanne had shared about how she helped Baby Qi overcome her fear of turtles by getting her an entire “habitat” full of the shelled reptiles. Add some educational books and a trip to the River Safari, and Baby Qi was no longer afraid of the sea creatures.

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2017

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

We wonder what Yuwu was telling Baby Qi while looking at the fish at the River Safari. Perhaps he gave them names and told a story about them on the spot?

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2017

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

Joanne and Baby Qi spent the week before Christmas last year making salt dough ornaments to colour and decorate their tree with. Someone obviously can’t wait for her masterpieces to dry and be ready for painting!

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2017

Baby Qi turns 2: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

What do you do when you don’t like hats but are forced to wear one while your mum cunningly holds down your hands to try and stop you from taking it off? Toss your head back, of course, which is exactly what then-one-year-and-three-weeks-old Baby Qi managed to figure out. Clever girl.

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2016

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

Joanne’s beautifully shot latest post with Baby Qi reminisced about “the intense breastfeeding days” (it was the start of World Breastfeeding Week), as well as the ups and downs of motherhood.

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2016

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

Wow, someone sure made a mess! “The journey to self-feeding is messy but #babyqi loves it! (sic)” wrote Joanne. Don’t worry, little one, you’ll get there soon enough!

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2016

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

A chubby cheek and squishy arm were all that we got to see of Baby Qi on Joanne’s first Mother’s Day this year. Don’t you just feel like reaching out to pinch them affectionately?

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2016

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

Who said celebrities don’t take public transport? Here’s Joanne taking Baby Qi on her first MRT ride in Singapore, and looking very excited about it.

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2016

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

Baby Qi appears thoroughly fascinated with that pretty postcard her mum sent her (from their first trip apart, as Joanne wrote). 

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2016

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

Well, this is certainly the epitome of #thegoodlife: floating idly along with your mum in the pool.

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2016

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

So far, these are the clearest and closest we’ve ever gotten to see of Baby Qi’s face. Look at her little button nose!

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2016

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

Awww, a rare family shot! And juxtaposed so perfectly with that image of two penguins with their baby in the background.

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2016

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

We certainly didn’t have such beautiful shoes when we were half-a-year old, but then again, we weren’t born to top artistes either.

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2016

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

Baby Qi spent the first day of her first Chinese New Year by “chuckling all morning” and then falling fast asleep in the arms of her radiant mum.

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2016

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

Having a child to look after, as well as spring cleaning and laundry duties to fulfill, was certainly no excuse for Joanne to cut down on her exercise routine. We won’t be surprised if Baby Qi grows up to be an avid exercise junkie just like her fit and fab mama.

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2016

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

And here we have another nice and clear shot of Baby Qi – you can even see her little mouth! “After a day out, I came home to my daughter whose face lit up the moment I walked through the door and then held on to me as if to tell me how much she misses me,” wrote Joanne, who looks a little tired but also utterly happy at the same time. Awww…

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2016

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

We almost missed seeing Baby Qi, all nice and warm and snuggled up underneath her mother’s thick winter jacket.

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2016

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

Baby Qi had us going green with envy at her picturesque holiday pictures in Japan with her parents, where she got to stay in a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) and dress in cute clothes while enjoying the cool autumn air and getting photographed with the most stunning scenery.

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2016

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

We love this picture of Baby Qi concussed against her mum’s bosom as she joyfully steals a ride on a rocking dragon.

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2016

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

There’s always time for some cake. Here, Yu Wu is seen celebrating his first birthday as a daddy.

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2016

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

Joanne has always been vocal about the challenges and delights of breastfeeding: in the photo on the left, she was candid about the difficulties, saying “Everyone says breastfeeding is hard but no one tells you how hard”, and in the photo on the right, she’s basking in bliss and her “precious moment – the only time u need no one else but me (sic)” with her daughter.

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2016

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

Ah Wu may not post as actively as his wife, but when he does, it’s super sweet. Here’s one of mummy and daughter on Mother’s Day, just chilling on the beach.

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2016

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

“Every time looking at this view, time (disappears). (sic)” Yu Wu captioned this picture. Who knew he could be so sugary sweet and sentimental?

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby
07 Aug 2016

Baby Qi turns 1: glimpses of local showbiz’s most elusive baby

Exactly a year ago – Baby Qi is born and takes her first family photo with her beaming mum and dad. Here’s wishing you many happy returns, little one!

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