Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Guess what Baby and rascal #2 were doing here?
They were singing. Rascal #2 is the singer of the family. At home, you will hear her sing and yak all day! And I think this passion of hers has rubbed off on Baby and she's another avid singer, who can sing quite well, though she is 2 months shy of her 2nd birthday.
Alycia was so dead tired that she had fallen asleep and could even sleep so soundly despite the noisy singing from her 2 sisters! Since she started Standard 1, she would be so jaded and sleepy that she would knock off by 9pm every night.
Such a heartwarming sight seeing Baby and rascal #2 in bed together lovingly, singing together.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Instead, she prefers to poo poo in her diaper and she has a really weird way of straining the poop out too... as shown in pic below. I guess the hard poop is hurting her and she has to find a comfortable way of pushing the poop out LOL!!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Boiled some thin Udon noodles, heat up the minced pork in a pot and pour the minced pork over the Udon noodles.
It was really appetizing and my 3 gals loved it. Rascal #2 whacked bowl after bowl!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Baby is also quite rebellious now. She wouldn't want to poo poo in the potty anymore. Instead, she would do it in her diaper. Getting her to pee in her potty is also challenging as she will struggle, arch her back and bawl each time I bring her to the potty to pee. But she has to pee in her potty at regular intervals to prevent another UTI attack and this means additional stress and back-breaking moments for me. The lesser urine that sits in her potty, the lesser chance for those pesky bacteria to breed and wreck havoc. She will also pour urine from the potty onto the bathroom floor and play with the soiled potty!
The only 2 thing that're easy for me to get her to do are to invite her to go gai gai and drink mummy's milkie. I wonder what Baby will transform into in another 2 months' time when she turns 2.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Baby eating her dessert of egg roll here after her lunch. But this fler found a novel way of eating the egg roll by dipping it into her kombu-pork soup!
Sunday, February 21, 2010
We were at the paed's office again last week for Sherilyn's booster DTP, Polio & HiB jab and for Baby's Chicken Pox jab. This time, I remembered to bring along my working tool and managed to snap a pic of the doctor when he poked Sherilyn's butt. This time round, no rattle was used to distract Sherilyn LOL!! And I was surprised that rascal #2 had finally overcome her fear of needles. She did not budge or make any sound when she was poked in the butt. She was very, very brave indeed and told me that she did not feel any pain! Baby cried for a few seconds when she was poked but stopped when the dr. gave her some Honey Stars. Baby seems to like this dr. very much and can remember him very well. At the mention of Dr E, she will say "tar" (star, meaning Honey Star) and this dr. has successfully won her heart with the Honey Stars he gives as reward.
BTW, this isn't the nurse who shoke the rattle at Sherilyn previously.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Alycia dozed off on the couch with a pencil in her hand. She was doing her homework but was so jaded that she decided to take a rest... and then dozed off.
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Friday, February 19, 2010
Oh my, I tell yer, these buns look, smell and feel almost 100% like the real stuff! My 3 gals kept squeezing the toy buns, even I can't resist squeezing them and sniffing them haha!!
Baby could not even resist pinching the buns and peeled off the chocolate toppings, then slowly peeled offf the buns. Even the bread crumbs look SO real!! I had to keep reminding her that the buns CANNOT be eaten, lest she pops them into her mouth when I turn my back on her!
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Thursday, February 18, 2010
This is the menu:
Hubby ordered a bowl of curry noodles which he said tasted good.
Fishball noodles for my 2 older gals.
My prawn vermicelli and broiled pak cham kai (chicken). The prawn noodles was really good. The prawns were quite big and I love the prawn broth. I will definitely go back to Madam Chong's for the prawn noodles.
The toasted wholemeal bread with kaya and butter was also very tasty. Hubby ordered this for himself but the toast ended up in my tummy and his 3 princesses' tummy hahah!
Madam Chong's prawn noodles is a 'lou ciu pai' (old brand name). She started her humble stall in 1968 at Jalan Pudu. Madam Chong is no longer around now and this eatery is now run by her relatives.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The other day, I prepared the yee mee ala Cantonese style for lunch. First I prepared the sauce. The ingredients used were chicken breast, cabbage, 3 eggs, some left over smoked salmon, soy sauce, some corn flour to thicken the sauce and a dollop of thick dark sauce. Here is how it looks like in the wok:
I ran out of corn flour, so the sauce was not thick enough.
At the same time in another stove, I boiled some Heinz alphabet and number pasta with some cubed carrots for Baby. This portion is enough for lunch, dinner and deep freezing:
Before adding the dark sauce and remaining soy sauce into the sauce/ingredients, I scooped up some of them from the wok and poured in on Baby's pasta. I don't like putting too much seasoning into Baby's food. Here's how Baby's pasta looks like:
When it has cooled down, I put it into containers for deep freezing:
And this is for the 2 older gals:
I seldom buy yee mee for the gals as I feel uncomfortable with one of the ingredients called 'ash' used to make the noodles. I wonder what ash is. Could it be the remains of fire or some kind of chemicals that makes the noodles so tasty? I wish someone could give me an answer on this.
Baby enjoying her Cantonese style pasta.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
My mil had baked a chocolate truffle cake for Sherilyn this morning. We will be having a cake cutting-photo session after dinner tonight.
When rascal #2 is in a good mood, she will help me feed Baby during meal times. She can be a very good jie jie if she sets her mind to it but she needs to be more gentle with Baby.
Happy 5th birthday Sherilyn. Daddy and mummy love you very very muchie and hope that you will grow up into a fine young lady who is likeable by everyone. We also pray that you will be blessed with good health, long life and be blessed with happiness always.
Monday, February 15, 2010
We got to enjoy my mil's homecooked vegetarian food this CNY. These are the dishes that she cooked yesterday:
1) 'Jai choi' (braised vegetarian dish consisting of wood ear fungus, golden needle mushrooms, dried mushrooms, glass noodles, Chinese cabbage, soy bean sheets all cooked with 'lam yue' (red colored fermented soy bean cakes).
2) Stir-fried vegetarian vermicelli consisting of big onions, carrots, cabbage, wood ear fungus and vermicelli.
Macro shot of the jai choi (vegetarian dish), eaten with red cut chillies.
My 3 gals helping themselves to cookies and snacks while watching TV. They have been nibbling on these cookies the whole day. Check out my cili padi, hogging the canister of cookies!
How not to resist those cookies, chips and snacks when these goodies are all placed conveniently on their table?
How did you spend the first day of the CNY yesterday?
Sunday, February 14, 2010
My mil made this batch of almond slice cookies several days ago. When Baby saw the cookies fresh from the oven, she went "waaaaaaa" and then climbed up the dining table chair, then climbed up the dining table and screamed "I wan biscuit!!"... with her hands grabbing the cookies. My mil and I burst out in a guffaw coz she looked too cute doing that and we could not believe she could pronounce the word "biscuit" so clearly! She is definitely another biscuit and junk food lover, just like her 2 jie jies.
My mil even bought pretty plastic bags complete with stickers and cute bands from Japan to pack these cookies to give away as gifts. This bag of cookies was meant for Alycia's class teacher but that fler was too shy to give her teacher and she removed it from her school bag. She told me no way was she going to give it to her teacher, haih...!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
human growth hormone facts at the link that I’ve provided you here.
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Friday, February 12, 2010
I must say I am proud of Baby as she seems to be musically inclined and can memorize the tunes and lyrics of nursery rhymes quite well though she is not even 2 yo yet.
Looks like Baby's gonna be another junkie lover!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
The other day, my mil brought Alycia and Sherilyn down for swimming. She could not go and was obviously really upset, so she lay on the floor wailing her lungs out like this:
But I always give in and sayang her back within minutes coz I know she is strongly capable of puking if she cries too much, just like rascal #2. See how manipulative she is!
On another note, Baby's speech is improving by the day. Yesterday she said "mummy, help me" and over dinner she called everyone 'sek fan' (eat rice - the Chinese' custom of greeting your elders before you eat) by saying this "mummy... fan, mah mah... fan, cheh che... fan". She voluntarily greeted everyone when she saw her 2 jie jies greeting us at the dining table.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
She quickly climbed on the couch next to the window and stood there admiring the big moon for a good 5 minutes and said "moon, come, come, come....." as if inviting the moon to come to our house, SO cute! She says this too whenever she sees animals on TV, as if inviting the animals to come to our house haha!!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Alycia finally asked me the dreaded question several days ago when she overheard me talking to hubs about it. Don't jump to conclusion, we weren't talking sexy or anything intimate ok. We're too old for that lol!! I was telling hubs that I read in the newspapers about how great our fertility specialist was (the doctor who helped us get Alycia via IUI). This doctor helped a woman conceive via IVF by implanting an embryo that's frozen for 10 years into her uterus!! Now, the baby girl is 1 year old. This case was recorded in the Malaysia's Book Of Record recently.
Back to Alycia. This was our conversation in the car:
A - mummy, what did you tell daddy?
Me - oh, I asked him what we should eat later. (I knew she'll grill me until she got the answer from me!)
A - No, what did you say about the doctor who made me?
Me - Oh, this doctor helped a woman get a baby by putting a 10-year old frozen egg (embryo) into her. Something like how he helped mummy get you.
A - How to put the egg inside?
Me - put into a syringe and inject inside.
A - Inject where?
Me - Inject inside stomach.
A - How to inject inside?
Me - through the pet pet (more refined way of referring to the down under to a young kid)
A - what did the doctor inject inside?
Me - you ask daddy.
A - daddy, what did the doctor inject inside mummy?
Daddy - SPERM.
A - what is sperm mummy? How to get sperm?
Me - next time you will learn in school when your teacher teaches you Science ok?
How do you explain this to your young child?
Monday, February 8, 2010
Rascal #2 and #3 quickly helped me rip open the boxes and removed the bottles of drinks from the boxes. I could not wait to try all the flavors.
The C2 green tea comes in 3 refreshing flavors - lemon, apple and forest fruits. Rascal #2 quickly grabbed a bottle of the lemon flavored C2 green tea while I tasted all the 3 bottles immediately. The lemon one tastes like ice-lemon tea, the apple one tastes like apple juice and the forest fruits tastes like Ribena. The C2 green tea tastes even better when chilled or drank with ice cubes.
What I like about the C2 green tea is that they come in a cute convenient 350ml resealable PET bottle, which enables you to conveniently drink your green tea on the go. Rascal #2 even brought her bottle of lemon C2 green tea along with her when we went out for lunch yesterday.
Clean & Cool (C2) has all the goodness of natural green tea leaves of Camellia Sinensis variety which are known to contain Catechins. C2 is brewed and bottled on the same day to preserve the freshness and flavor of green tea. It is non-carbonated and ready-to-drink with a cool and clean taste. It is definitely a healthier alternative to carbonated drinks.
The 3 boxes of C2 green tea arrived at just the right time as the hubs now no longer has to buy soft drinks and packet drinks for CNY. Our guests will now be able to drink chilled refreshing flavored green tea!
C2 green tea is now available at Jaya Jusco, Mydin, Giant, 7-11 convenient stores or your nearest mini market. Go get a bottle to try today!
Baby has been watching this Baby Bright VCD for several months now and she is getting hooked on it. When she was several months old, she was hooked on the 'Your Baby Can Read' VCDs, then recently she got hooked on the Barney's 'Firehouse' VCD. Now, she's hooked on this Baby Bright VCD. Baby Bright teaches infants and toddlers colors, shapes, the concept of size and cause and effect. I bought this VCD for Alycia and Sherilyn 4 years ago.
Baby in her morning routine....
When Baby saw me sitting and arching my back on my fitball, she too followed suit... on her "bawoon" (balloon), cute!!
Sunday, February 7, 2010
I wonder why she is so terribly fidgety and can't even sit still when she eats!
Saturday, February 6, 2010
I used a sachet of Asian Home Gourmet Indonesian Rendang Curry Gulai which my sil bought from Singapore:
Since I could not get fresh santan (coconut milk), I substituted it with 1.5 cans of evaporated milk and cooked the chicken for almost 2 hours.
The chicken was tasty and not too spicy (the gals could eat them without any complaints) but the meat was still a tad tough. Next time round, I must remember to cook the old hen for an extra hour or more!
I am considering getting an orthopedic pillow for myself and for my hubs too. He suffers from occasional stiff neck and stiff shoulders too. An orthopedic pillow is designed to improve neck support for back sleeping as well as maximize comfort during side sleeping. A curved design allows room for shoulders while an indented center helps to support the neck while sleeping on the side.
Did I tell you that my backache made a vengeful return for the past few days? It has been under control for a long time and I don’t know what actually triggered the problem again. I must have carried Baby too much and did not bend my knees but bent my back too much when I carried her or other heavy stuff. To control the back pain, I have been diligently arching my back on my fit ball every morning. I may even consider getting back pain treatment in the form of a sitback rest with hot and cold therapy if my fitball back exercise does not stave off the back pain.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Rascal #2 made my blood boil yesterday morning. I was in the wet kitchen when she walked in. When I went out to the dry kitchen, I told her to close the mozzie netting door, to which she replied me rudely with furrowed eyebrows and a pissed off glare: "Huh!! Why always ask ME to do things? You think what, you think I'm your assistant ah?" This is not the first time she answered me or my mil or my mum or other adults rudely. I gave her a good piece of my mind and told hubs about it later. Hubs then chided her off and told her to apologize to me, to which she cried and ran to me saying sorry and hugging my legs. Lately, whenever I ask her to pick up her toys or anything that she had messed up with, she will answer me rudely and give tons of excuses to shirk responsiblity or ownership.
I wonder what has become of my #2, who used to be so sweet and lovable. Is the arrival of Baby C to be blamed for her transformation into a little monster? Or is this just her inborn character? Or is it simply because she is a middle child and this is just plain middle-child syndrome? Many of my friends tell me that this fler has 'character' and a strong personality. I don't know, I just hope that she will not transform into a wayward, problematic teenager and adult.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Baby who has not drank her milk yet has to be spoon-fed the milk in the car. I tell ya, spoon-feeding her milk 3x a day is no joke and is one of the most unpleasant and stressful chores for me. Thank God, I can tai chi this chore to my maid in the morning, with me coming in to rescue her when Baby fusses.
From the car to the park, it took almost half an hour for me to finish spoon-feeding her 4 pathetic ounces of Pediasure (only 1.5 scoop of milk powder to 4 ounces of water as Pediasure is very sweet and thick and Baby just hates thick and sweet stuff).
After she had finished her milk, she was allowed to play, like a dog on a leash let loose.
Rascal #1 and #2's pants were so black that I had to place a plastic mat on the car seat before they sat on it.
After sweating it out at the playground, Daddy then brought us for breakfast at a nearby coffee shop for another sweat-it-out session.
After breakfast, we 'pong chan' the street vendors and bought more CNY cookies and snacks.
Though this outing is not as fun-filled as a stay in a Puerto Vallarta rental, the gals nevertheless enjoyed themselves to the max. They told me that they would love to have this sort of outing every week. Kids, they really are easy to please, aren't they?