Wednesday, October 31, 2007
At the bloggers' gathering last Sunday, I was so busy chatting away that I didn't even order my lunch. Instead, hubby ordered for me. He ordered a pasta marinara for himself, a scrambled egg and croissants for the gals, a mushrooom soup and a bowl of curry noodles for our maid. I thought he had ordered a beef pie for me or maybe a pasta but I was wrong. A waiter went round the tables asking who ordered ***** (this duck dish has a French name), everyone shook their heads, including me. When the waiter came back to our table and asked again if we had ordered this duck dish, hubby who was outside the restaurant, stepped in and said that it's our order. I was surprised that hubby had ordered a duck dish for me as I don't really fancy duck but this dish was really tasty. It didn't have the usual duck odour as it was very well marinated and well roasted. It was also served with beef sausages and baked beans in tomato sauce. Not bad, I won't mind ordering this dish again if we visit Delicious again.
I've seen my maid chatting with the guards quite frequently but for short periods, say 1 minute the longest. Sometimes I would suspect that there's something going on between them, but how can an affair develop when I'm always at home guarding her? We also bring our house keys up everynight, so she has no chance of sneaking out. With our previous maids, we never kept the keys each night when we went upstairs to sleep. That's how our 2 previous maids sneaked out together at 3am each day to their boyfriends' house and even brought their boyfriends back to our house for a dalliance.
My hubby and I have decided to close an eye on this matter as she'll be leaving in 2.5 months. So far her performance is still good and as long as she does not bring us trouble, we'll just have to close one eye but be on our guards at the same time.
I can hardly drink plain water during the first 4 or 5 months of my pregnancy for all my 3 pregnancies. Some friends have suggested Ribena but any food or drinks that are sweet makes me nauseous too. So I usually cut up a slice of lemon or slice up a strawberry and put in into my mug of water. The juice from the fruit makes the water fruity, though not exactly sour or sweet. This way, I can force myself to gulp down a few mugs of water a day. But funny, despite me drinking at least 8 glasses of plain water a day, I still have cracked lips now. Maybe I should be drinking more.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
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Alycia got home from school last week with a leaflet on the Disney Live - Mickey's Magic Show to be held during the school holidays with details as shown in the leaflet above.
Venue : Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil
Date : 7 - 11 November 2007
Prices of tickets range from RM44.25 - RM183 per ticket (after discount).
Anyone interested to go? I may bring the gals to the show as they've never been to one before.
Yup, my brat can now pump a balloon on her own. Sherilyn has a 'never give up' attitude, just like mummy! And very stubborn too, just like mummy! When she wants to learn something, she will try and try until she gets it, just like pumping this balloon. Both kakak and mummy were too busy to entertain her, so she sat on the chair and spent close to 20 minutes trying to inflate the balloon with a pump and she did it - she got a big bright yellow kitty balloon!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
From L to R : Mei Ling with Elissa (Scribbles for My Angels) and Peggy (Laundryamah).
From L to R : Sweetpea and Aidan (her handsome and cheeky son), Elly (in black top)
Jasmine's handsome Vyktore and cute Faythe.
It was my first time meeting all my blogging friends and it was really good to be able to meet them after months of communicating with each other online. There should really be more of such bloggers' meet in future and the next time, I hope to be able to meet my other blogging buddies whom I've not met before.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
This blog of mine is only 6 months old and it has far exceeded its performance beyond my expectation. I’ve worked very hard and I’ve sacrificed many things to achieve this ranking. But I can’t be too happy either as this Google PR thingy is fleeting and for all I know, my PR may be demoted in the next exercise just like what had happened to most bloggers in the most recent Google update exercise.
Friday, October 26, 2007
When I was carrying Alycia, I wasn't showing until around 4 months. With Sherilyn, I was showing at around 10 weeks and with this pregnancy, my belly was already starting to portrude at week 7-8! And at 14 weeks (last week), this was how big my belly was but surprisingly, I've only gained 2.5kg. I've been having very frequent meals but can't eat too much at each meal, else I'd feel nauseous.
I gained 10kg when I was pregnant with Alycia (she was 3.36kg at birth), gained 8kg with Sherilyn (3.29 kg at birth) and with this baby, I hope my weight gain will not be more than 10kg so that I can shed off all my weight gain easily after delivery.
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Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
This special award comes from a very capable mom of 3 kids. Thanks once again Joanne for this award.
This award originated from Hootin' Anni and should we decide to pass it on, we are requested to award this to random visitors to make new friends and I would like to have these mummies as my new friends:
1) The Suzette
3) Yee Ching's Mum
I would also like to pass this treat to these mummies who have always been helping me and I'd like to tell them that I'm blessed to have them as my friends :
1) Mummy to Chumsy
3) Joshua and Elijah's Mum
4) Shern's Mum
6) QQ's Mum
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sherilyn on the other hand has been very generous with her love for the baby. Before going to bed each night, she never fails to say "goodnite bebe" and then kisses my tummy. When she woke up this morning, the first thing she did was said "good morning bebe" and waved her hand at my tummy. She also kisses and hugs my tummy all the time. She's such a sweet and loving child. Maybe 'meeting' the baby during each of the ultrasound scans has made her closer to the baby. She gets so fascinated seeing the baby on the screen. Sherilyn is always in the ultrasound scan room with us during each scan whilst Alycia would be at school.
I hope both the gals will turn out to be really caring and loving big sisters to the baby in future.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
After church, we went to Garden @ Mid Valley City. We went into Fong Lye Taiwanese Restaurant and ordered some dishes but since there were no baby chairs and the regular adult chairs were too low, hubby decided to have lunch somewhere else. We then went to Yuzu Japanese Restaurant for lunch. The restaurant was classy, music was great and food was good too.
After lunch, Daddy bought Alycia a new hip and funky skirt from Pumpkin Patch. He also bought Alycia a new Disney Minnie Mouse school bag since her old school bag is torn. Do check out my new blog for pictures of the new skirt, bag and the food we ate at Yuzu Japanese Restaurant today.
When I was pregnant with Alycia and Sherilyn, a blood test showed that I had very low levels of progesterone, which means that I am at high risk of a miscarriage, as the hormone progesterone is important to sustain a pregnancy. I was prescribed progesterone by my gynecologist to be taken orally and through insertion from week 6 through week 14 of both my pregnancies. With my 3rd pregnancy this time, I was also prescribed this life-saving hormones until week 12 of my pregnancy.
I was worried of the side effects of consuming too much progesterone but I was reassured by my doctor that natural progesterone does not cause any harm to the fetus. Thank God both my girls were born healthy and beautiful.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
First she places the nozzle into her nostril, then slowly presses the base of the nozzle.
When the spray is puffed inside, she quickly removes the nozzle and starts to cough and choke, then spits out some saliva into a bin.
Mummy quickly hands her some water to clear her throat. Phew....
Oh btw, we would most likely go to Garden again for lunch tomorrow after church. Would anyone of you be there too? We can at least say hi and bye!
1. Name one person who made you laugh last night? Sherilyn
2. What were you doing at 0800? Preparing Alycia for school
3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago? Fed my gals lunch.
4. What happened to you in 2006? It was the only year in 5 years (2003 - 2007) that I wasn't pregnant!
5. What was the last thing you said out loud? Stop your nonsense! (to Alycia who threw herself into a fits of rage as her wimps weren't met)
6. How many beverages did you have today? One - fresh skim milk
7. What color is your hairbrush? Beidge
8. What was the last thing you paid for? Newspapers
9. Where were you last night? At home with my kids and hubby
10. What color is your front door? Brown
11. Where do you keep your change? My Ferragamo purse
12. What’s the weather like today? Cloudy
13. What’s the best ice-cream flavor? I like green tea
14. What excites you? Shopping and visiting new places
15. Do you want to cut your hair? Yes, very much coz it's getting too long and difficult to manage
16. Are you over the age of 25? Yes
17. Do you talk a lot? No
18. Do you watch the O.C.? No
19. Do you know anyone named Steven? Yes
20. Do you make up your own words? No
21. Are you a jealous person? Yes, sometimes
22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘A’. Angeline, my brother's ex-gf
23. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘K’. None
24. Who’s the first person on your received call list? My mum
25. What does the last text message you received say? "In the failure of plans and hope, in disappointments and trouble and sorrow, Jesus help me"
26. Do you chew on your straw? Never, disgusting
27. Do you have curly hair? No
28. Where’s the next place you’re going to? To the playground with the kids
29. Who’s the rudest person in your life? Nobody
30. What was the last thing you ate? Homecooked chicken rice for lunch
31. Will you get married in the future? At the moment, NO and in the future I think it's also a big NO.
32. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past 2 weeks? Have not watched a movie in two weeks or 2 years! That's how tied up I have been with my kids.
33. Is there anyone you like right now? Of course.
34. When was the last time you did the dishes? This morning
35. Are you currently depressed? Yes, a little
36. Did you cry today? No
37. Why did you answer and post this? It's only polite to try and complete each and every tag passed to me coz I would also want other people to complete tags that I pass to them.
38. Tag 5 people who would do this survey.
It would be good if I get to hear real life stories and experiences from mothers who had gone through an Amnio and I'd appreciate anyone sharing their stories with me.
I am not really sure how the tag goes but I assume I have to answer the question that has been posed to me and then in return, I am to create a new question and tag other people.
This was the question posed to supermom, Elina :
Why human turns greedy when they see money?
Easy peasy. Money is essential to our everyday life. It may start as a NEED but the more money you have, the more comfortable your life will be. That's the general perception. Bear in mind I did not say the more $$$ you have, the happier you are. Anyway, who does not want to bask in luxuries? I guess that's how greed comes in, the root of all evil.
Her question to me is :
Why do some people enjoy being a busybody?
And this is my answer to her question : Because these Nosey Parkers are simply curious and I guess they are just too free and have nothing better to do. Tell me, if you're busy with your own internal affairs, would you have time to poke your nose into other people's affairs?
My question will be :
Why do some people love to see other people's failure and then gloat about their own success?
and I'm gonna pass the tag baton on to:
1. Chin Nee
Thanks anyway for thinking of me, you know who you are :)
Friday, October 19, 2007
Dr Patrick said that in most cases, the dilated kidney would resolve by itself either in utero or after delivery. Close monitoring of the baby's kidney is important throughout the pregnancy. The worst case scenario would be the baby having kidney reflux and only in rare cases would the kidney be damaged. So he had left the option of doing an Amnio test to hubby and I. We have decided to go for the test to get some peace of mind which is scheduled for in around 2 weeks' time, i.e. at 16 weeks of gestation. A normal waiting period for the results to be out is 2 weeks and costs RM1,800, of which the amniotic fluid would be sent to Singapore. An express one would be done locally in KL and costs RM2,300, of which we have opted for.
Alycia and Sherilyn were very expensive babies and looks like this baby too would be very expensive. Well, as long as the baby's fine and healthy, money is secondary and I shall continue to pray that this baby will be absolutely healthy and perfect.
And oh yes, my first gynae has told me the gender of the baby and I've seen it too on Tuesday. Today Dr Patrick told me that it is still not clearly visible yet. Well, to me girl or boy is not a concern anymore. It never was a concern to me. It is already a big gift from God if the baby is born healthy without any defects.
For dad and hubby, I may get them some formal shirts or some cufflinks or maybe some casual shirts. I know Van Heusen has a line of good quality non-iron formal shirts. My dad will surely love those non-iron shirts as I know he just hates ironing his shirts. It would be a great idea if I bought him those non-iron formal shirts as they are now on sale at £25 each if I purchase 3 or more. I think these would be one of the best Christmas gifts for my dad as he needs not have to iron his shirts anymore.
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Thursday, October 18, 2007
Banquet serves western food and local food and we noticed that the majority of the patrons ordered local food. These are what we ordered :
Spaghetti Oleo with red snapper fish - satisfactory.
Fragrant fried rice - very tasty.
Lamb shank with chick peas and vege. The lamb was very well cooked and very tender - very tasty.
Local fruit rojak - I find the sauce a little too sweet. Nothing to shout about.
Mushroom soup - satisfactory.
My maid and I had Mee Jawa - nothing to shout about, just a plate of expensive but run-of-the-mill mee jawa with tofu, some sliced eggs and fried Indonesian crackers. I prefer the ones sold at hawker stalls and I will never order this dish again if I ever return to this restaurant.
The place is classy and we were given good service. But would we go back there again? Quite unlikely unless we have no other choices.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2007
I should also get hubby to invest in some good skincare products for men too. It doesn’t make any difference whether you are a man or a woman, our skin just needs the right nutrition and care to stay healthy and supple. Which brand is good? I’m not really sure. Let me do my survey at beautyexpert.co.uk. This website carries a complete range of skincare products and the professionals there even give expert advice on what beauty products suit your skin best.
One morning last week, as usual Alycia refused to brush her teeth before going to school. Daddy didn't like the idea of Alycia going to school with a stinky mouth and insisted that she brushed her teeth. So he brushed Alycia's teeth and Alycia was grinning from cheek to cheek and didn't puke. It was indeed a rare occasion that daddy brushed her teeth and she was very happy. Now I know that maybe it wasn't the toothbrush after all that made her puke every morning. Maybe all she wanted was just some attention.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
It's daddy's bright idea to place this bedsheet over the baby cot, so it looks like a makeshift tent!
And it's daddy's idea that we play pretend cooking in our tent.
When daddy's back, I told him that he is spoiling Alycia rotten this way. Whilst daddy is always the good guy who always accedes to the gals' wimps and fancies, I am always seen as the bad guy and the disciplinarian. I reckon that this is one of the reasons why Alycia has been behaving so negatively towards me lately. Well, I think the incident yesterday had sort of 'woken' up daddy and made him realize that he just can't continue spoiling Alycia, else she can really turn into a wayward child in no time. I can't imagine what Alycia will turn into if I were still working and she's left in the care of a babysitter or a childcare centre.
Alycia enjoying every spoonfull of her chicken rice.
The glass noodles that were not touched.... what a waste!
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That's birds' nest double boiled with 'pau sum' (a type of ginseng) and rock sugar. I love birds' nest and the only time I get to savour this expensive and exotic delicacy is when I'm pregnant. For both my pregnancies, I ate a lot of birds' nest. Whenever my mil was around, she would soak the nests and then painstakingly spend 2 days cleaning the birds' nest by using a tweezer to pick up dirt and feathers that are stuck to nests. Then, she would double boil the nests to perfection. However, when she's overseas, hubby would buy the instant ones from Lo Hong Ka, which I don't really fancy as they are tasteless when compared to the good quality ones that have been selected, cleaned and double boiled.
Last week, hubby bought 6 pieces of orangy colored wild birds' nest from Eu Yang Sang and got the owner of the shop to double boil the birds' nest. I've eaten 3 times and I have another 3 more rounds to go. They smell really good, like the aroma of cooked eggs. I was told that good quality birds' nest would emit the smell of cooked eggs when they are boiled. I was really touched by hubby's concern, well, I think he's more concerned of the baby! When I asked how much the birds' nest cost, my jaw almost dropped. The 6 tiny pieces of birds' nest cost a whopping RM600!!
Monday, October 15, 2007
The gals also had a swell time at a new playground near our house in the evening. The play equipment were new and the slides were almost 1.5-storey high. My 2 samseng gals even had the guts to climb up the iron ladder bars to the top (together with daddy) and went down the winding slides. Every step that they took as they climbed up sent cold shivers down my spine and whilst they had a great time with daddy, I watched nervously on the ground, with my heart pounding away as they climbed each step up the iron bars to the 1.5-storey high slides.
For dinner, we had a piece of pan-fried sirloion steak, a slice of pan-fried fish, stir-fried spinach and lotus root soup. It was just another regular weekday for us but we had accomplished quite a bit.
6. Chicken breast, diced
7. Peanuts, roasted in the oven or fried (without using oil) in the wok and skin removed
8. A dash of sugar, salt and pepper
9. Some oyster sauce
1. Pan fry the shallots till fragrant.
2. Add in all the ingredients (except the roasted peanuts)
3. Add sugar, salt and pepper and a little oyster sauce
4. Fry all the ingredients till fragrant and soft (about 10-15 mins)
5. Store the peanuts separately in an air-tight container and sprinkle the peanuts on top of the dish just before serving.
Last night I had promised to bring the gals out to the park to blow bubbles. This morning I told the gals that I would only bring them to the park after they read a story book. Sherilyn obediently read not one but 4 Dr Seuss books but when I asked Alycia to read, she refused. "No, I only want to play bubbles. I don't want to read" and there she went, ranting and raving for almost half an hour. She was screaming and wailing and started to say nasty words like "you're not a good mummy, you go away, stop it, stupid mummy". No amount of coaxing, sweet talking, bribe or threats worked and finally, I had to use the whip. I told her that crying and behaving badly won't get her anything and tried to reason out with her but she wouldn't budge. After the whip, she finally came to her senses and stopped crying. She then came to me as I was reading to Sherilyn and began to listen as I read to Sherilyn. When I asked her to read the book, she began to read in a muffled voice. After reading, I finally took the gals out to the park to play.
When we came back, I told hubby what had happened. He was furious and asked Alycia to apologize to me. As stubborn as she is, she would not say sorry and began to cry again. Daddy then gave her a good lecture and some light whipping. Still, she didn't want to apologize and just bawled uncontrollably. We tried to explain to her that what she did and said were very wrong and rude. I asked her if she's going to say those nasty things to me again and she nodded her head and said "yes!" That's how stubborn and defiant she can get. Probably the whip wasn't painful at all. That infuriated daddy even more and he gave her another light whip on the buttock. More bawling followed and after a while, still sobbing and shaking, Alycia ran to me and tried to hug me. I asked her again if she's going to say those nasty things to me again and AGAIN she said "yes!" Unbelievable! Daddy gave out another light whip and that was followed by more bawling. Again she ran to me to hug me and I asked her the same question "are you going to say those things to mummy again?" and this time she said "no". When I asked her to apologize, finally the golden word "sorry" poured out slowly and softly from her quivering mouth. I then gave her a hug, wiped her smutty face and she continued to have breakfast. I really do not like the idea of using the cane all the time but with my 2 girls, the cane seem to have some 'positive' effects in disciplining them. I've tried the more humane, cultured method of reasoning but sadly that just didn't work for my gals, especially Alycia. I wish I had a better and more effective way of disciplining my gals.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
5 things found in my room:- TV, VCD player, king-size bed, baby cot, a drawer filled with kids' books.
5 things I’ve always wanted to do:- Tour a country that I've never been to, relax in a spa, shop till I drop without having to worry about how much I'll be spending, donate more to charity, to be able to wake up after the sun is out without having to worry about the kids.
5 things found in my bag:- Wet wipes, wallet, antiseptic wipes (for wiping toilet seats), hair brush, packets of tissue papers
5 things found in my wallet:- Cash, medical insurance cards, credit cards, My Kid cards for the gals, my own My Kad
5 things I’m currently into:- Doing paid blogging (and loving it), 13th week of pregnancy, worry about my unborn baby, praying hard to God for a healthy and perfect baby, teaching my gals to read.
5 beautiful mummy to tag: Shern's mom, Sasha, Elaine, Barbara, Momibee