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Saturday, May 31, 2008
This is the Hello Kitty Bento lunch box that my sil bought for Alycia from Takashimaya, Singapore. It's Alycia's very first lunch box and I hope to add on to the collection. She does not really need one now as she only needs to bring a small lunch box to pre-school, which consists of light snacks. She will definitely need one when she goes to primary school. But I am really bitten by the Bento lunch box and tools bug that has bitten many mommy bloggers.
With a cool ice pack, I can even pack a cup of yoghurt or some cut fruits for Alycia in future to bring to school.
Friday, May 30, 2008
With 3 adorable angels, I don't need a son. Nope, I am not being a sour grape here. Look at them, aren't they adorable and cute? I am thanking God everyday for these 3 angels from heaven. I admit I wasn't too excited when I found out I was pregnant with Baby C and wasn't very enthusiastic about having a third baby but each time I carry her in my arms now and look at her angelic face, I am telling you I have absolutely no regrets having her. She's such a joy to my life and I am really obsessed with staring at her face.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Baby C went for her 6th week vaccination (a combo of Hep B, Hib, DTaP and Polio) yesterday. Her weight gain is good and she has gained close to 2kg over the past 1.5months. Her weight is now 4.65kg. Her birth weight was 2.75kg. She's now breastfed exclusively.
After her jab, she has been sleeping non-stop from yesterday afternoon till now. She isn't cranky or whiny but just listless and sleepy. She also doesn't appear to be hungry and did not really cry for my teat teats. She's just sleeping like a sleeping beauty. Gosh, I am really worried. I hope she'll be ok later today and will cry for milk again.
3 girls and no boys. Many people have asked me to try for a son. Excuse me...? Try for a son? You think it's cheap to raise a child? Are boys really that good? Sorry, no offense to those who have sons. What's wrong with having 3 girls? You want me to risk my life by going through another c-section... not that I had a smooth sailing one recently. If I went through another surgery, I am risking my life and I ain't going to do that for the sake of having a son. I am not planning to have a 4th child unless God decides otherwise. I am very happy and thankful to God for my 3 angels.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Alycia in action.
Koong Koong and Alycia in the parent and child event.
Koong Koong helping Alycia pour water into the water bottle in the parent and child event.
Alycia came home with a little trophy and a pressie... which koong koong won when he helped Alycia answer a question.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
This is a bowl of beef congee and I just love the texture of this congee. It’s so fine and smooth that you can almost gulp the whole bowl down like milk. I think the chef must have blended the rice before cooking it. We had this at Duck King Restaurant at Jaya 1, PJ. We also ordered a bowl of pork ball congee, which tasted just as nice.
Verdict – very delicious and smooth.
I bet most of you have no idea what these are. These are actually dried ‘kua’ or gourds. I also bet most of you do not have any inkling what these are used for. But for folks from the small city of Ipoh, I am sure you would have seen these sold in the wet market. These are sold at RM1.50 each and can be cut into halves or one thirds to be used as washing sponges / pads to wash dishes. They hardly go moldy, unlike sponges that go moldy really fast when soaked in water. My parents and mil love using these dried gourds to wash dishes.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
This dish from Duck King is quite unique. It is ‘yau jar kuai’ (deeped fried rice flour sticks) wrapped with ‘cee cheong fun’ (rice flour flat noodles). Quite tasty but I didn’t even finish a piece as I was worried about the high carbo and high calorie. Strictly a no-no dish for weight watchers and health freaks like me.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
After 5 days on Betamethasone cream, the eczema on Baby C’s face cleared. However, the next day (6th day), the eczema / rashes started to make their reappearance. I then applied a thin layer of Hydrocortisone on her face, as advised by the paed. I am only applying the Hydrocortisone cream on her face once a day. On the parts of her face that I applied the Hydrocortisone cream, they were eczema / rash free. However, on parts that I did not apply the cream, eczema / rashes erupted. I have cut down on drinking milk myself (but have not totally stopped) and have replaced milk with sugar-free soya powder as dairy products are known to trigger eczema. I am also avoiding other food that would trigger the eczema like beef and seafood (except fish). I don’t use any soap on Baby C’s body when I bathe her, apart from the diaper area and Baby C’s hair, which I use 1 or 2 drops of Johnson’s PH 5.5 soap-free shower cream to wash and rinse with lots of water. The cradle cap on Baby C’s head has not cleared but I am not doing anything to it, though it does smell unpleasant.
Baby C's face all smooth and fair again.
I was really cheesed off with the way they handled my case. The staff seemed to be dragging their feet in getting my case solved. I spoke to 2o over customer service staff before my internet connection was up again. Each time I called, they seem to give me the standard answer which goes “I have handed your report to my supervisor. A specialist will be handling your case Mam". It was only when I spoke to the supervisors and told them sternly and seriously as a matter of fact that I would publish this matter in my blogs for the entire nation to read that they got a little worried and put some effort in getting my case solved.
I guess this is the mentality of staff from our government departments. Yup, Malaysia Boleh when they Tak Boleh solve a matter within one day! I think it’s time for me to switch to either Maxis or 3G (Digi) prepaid wireless broadband.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
For those of you who have successfully breastfed your baby exclusively, did you also bottle feed your baby? For those who did not bottle feed your baby, how did you manage when you go to places without special rooms for nursing mums or changing rooms for babies?
Is your 1 month old baby like this too?
As I am typing this post, my left leg is also moving the bouncinet with Baby C sleeping on it. I really need a good urut from my urut lady next week to get rid of all the aches from my body.
I was so pissed off with the things my maid did that I gave her a piece of my mind several days ago. She lied to me over several things, i.e. work that she did not do but said she did and things that she did but said she did not do. I told her that if she wants to continue working for me for 2 years, she has to buckle up, else I would send her back to the agent. I also lied to her that there are hidden cameras fixed everywhere in the house, so she better not lie to me. Remember the case where she ‘stole’ an egg to eat and threw the egg away when I walked into the kitchen? I dug up this matter and lied to her that I saw her doing it from the CCTV. Many things that she did wrongly in the past which I had just kept quiet and tried to tolerate, I also dug up and told her that I saw them all from the camera! I have no other choice but to threaten her this way so that she will buckle up and not deteriorate further. It’s always good to nip something bad at the bud before it blooms.
Given a choice, I would send her back to the agent and get a new maid. Because she is already a rejected maid and I have used her before I hired her as a permanent maid, I am thus not entitled to another replacement. Getting a fresh maid would mean incurring another RM8k+. Also, I am not guaranteed that a new maid would be better than her, she could be worse off. Hopefully after all the pep talk from me, my maid would change over a new leaf. If she continues to slack in her performance, I will most likely call the maid agent over to my house to give her another session of counseling.
to be continued.....
Saturday, May 17, 2008
I haven't taken my dinner yet and I have to rush home now to bathe my baby.
.....to be continued
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
I ate the entire chunk of this 'siew yoke' (roast pork). Gotcha, just kidding! Though I am supposed to be on a high protein diet, I still can't be eating fatty stuff like this. I only ate a quarter of it for lunch and another quarter for dinner.
I drank the entire pot of papaya soup with fried fish and pork ribs which my mil boiled.... of course not in one meal but for lunch and dinner.
Also drank a big bowl of sweet corn soup at 10pm when there was still some left in the pot. My mil boiled this for Alycia and Sherilyn as sweet corn soup is their favorite soup.
That's my lunch - all protein and fibre. The vege is just blanched and not stir-fried. I also indulged in a wedge of sweet corn, which is a no-no for dieters. Sweet corns have high GI and are supposed to be fattening.
3 more weeks to go and I can resume my running sessions in the morning. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I can find the time to jog and not have to push Baby C in a jogger, coz that will be so troublesome and burdensome.
In this pic, Sherilyn got angry when my mil and I did not allow her to change her pants. She was wearing a pair of shorts the whole morning. After a while, she decided that she wanted to wear long pants. Lately, she has a liking to wear long pants at home..... and she likes to change her pants and clothes a few times in a day. It is really hot to wear long pants at home as the weather has been terribly hot and humid lately. She also had yeast infection recently so we discouraged her from wearing long pants which would make her sweat, but she wouldn't listen. She would pull a chair to the cabinet, climb on the chair and unlock the cabinet (she now knows how to unlock all our cabinets and child safety gates) and fish her long pants out. She does that 2-3 times in a day. When her demands are not met, she would wail and roll on the floor. Looks like her Terrible Threes behavior is far worse than her Terrible Twos as she now knows how to verbally and mentally challenge me. Is your child like this too? I really hope I can find a good way of tackling Sherilyn who is really driving me bonkers.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Though it is supposed to be a day for mothers today, I rather spend my quiet time at home..... get some peace of mind, rest my throat for at least half a day (I yell a lot when Aly and Sher are at home), complete my outstanding assignments (Streamyx will be cut for a max of 3 days from tomorrow for change of name in our fixed phone line) and to catch up on my sleep!
Guess what time I normally have my breakfast ever since my confinement lady left? Earliest is 10:30am and today, I only had the time to eat my breakfast at 11am. I woke up at 9am, nursed Baby C, cleaned up her bum after her poopie business, fed Sherilyn breakfast (she just won't chew and swallow her food) and got the 2 older gals ready to go out with daddy and mah mah. Just as I was about to sit down to eat my breakfast, Baby C pooped again and I have to clean her up again. My maid who is still single has no experience in handling babies and I can't ask her to help me with Baby C.
Despite such a crazy life as a mum to 3 kids, if you ask me if I had a chance to start all over again, would I still want to have Baby C, my answer is a resounding, YES. I wouldn't trade anything for my Cassandra. She has brought a lot of joy to my life, despite all the difficulties I have gone through and am going through now.
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL THE MOTHERS READING THIS POST! BEING A MOTHER IS THE TOUGHEST JOB AVAILABLE, KUDOS TO YOU ALL!
Saturday, May 10, 2008
and my maid and I spent more than half an hour cleaning up the mess.
I had to wipe the Safe n Sound latex mattress with pulls and pulls of wet wipes, then sprayed Febreze on it to get rid of the odour. Couldn't wash or sun the latex mattress though. Only left it on the floor with the table fan on to air it.
My maid had to bring the other Safe n Sound latex mattress from the crib upstairs to put it on the crib that was downstairs. As I had no where to place Baby C whilst my maid and I cleaned up the mess, I placed her on a cushion on the floor and surrounded her with pillows.
The moral of the lesson is : never leave your newborn baby without a diaper or a nappy on, not even for a few seconds for you never know if they will give you another big surprise and lots of mess! Newborn babies can take up to half an hour or longer to complete each session of poopie business.