Health Freak Mommy: February 2013

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Mid Life Crisis

Some of my former classmates born in January and February have already reached one of the most important ‘destinations’ in their life when they hit 40 years of age recently. I will reach this milestone very soon, in exactly a month’s time. Since last year, the thought of reaching 40 makes me feel crummy. The thought of partially losing my youth does give me the blues. I had my first menses at age 11+ and I think that this is considered earlier than the ‘norm’. So I guess I will be reaching menopause early too since I was an early bloomer. If there was really a genie in a bottle that pops out all of a sudden and grants me three wishes, I think I will ask for perpetual youthfulness – inside and outside me! Well, laugh not at me for this wish may be granted to me! I am sure you have read about bizarre but true stories of some women in their fifties and sixties miraculously giving birth to babies! I am definitely not hoping for more diaper-changing days, only a fountain of youthfulness perpetually.

As I was google searching ‘symptoms of menopause and perimenopause’ today, I cannot help imagining myself going through the throes of this dreaded yet inevitable phase of every woman’s life. I wonder how my hubs would feel when I am officially menopaused. How is our bed life going to turn out? Will I have to resort to tubes of icky gel on those nights? Will I turn into a loathsome mother and wife with unsavory words spewing out of my mouth when I experience those bouts of sudden hot flashes and suffer from insomniac nights? I shudder to think of that. And I wonder if my hubs ever worried about the same thing that worries me when he goes through a similar phase in his life when he reaches the ‘male menopause’ where his testosterone level begins to decline. Perhaps the both of us will sail through this rough patch of phase together  with me resorting to HCT and he, taking Testosterone boosters! LOL!  I’ll see…

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Foodie Baby

Cass definitely has the foodie genes in her blood. She is such a discerning eater and appreciates food so much. She lives to eat just like her daddy, that's for sure. She is by far the only 4 year old whom I know of who appreciates and knows how to gnaw on fish bones and of course chicken bones and pork bones! And she knows how to carefully remove the bones with her fingers before putting the meat into her mouth.  Hopefully my baby girl will not balloon up into a tai fei por!
 

 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Breast Cancer Awareness

The 20-minute car ride to Ikea yesterday had brought me walking down memory lane. As I was in the car gazing at my adorable Cass who kept giving me her sweet smile, I remembered our many long trips in the car 4 years ago. When Cass was not even a year old, most of our car rides were to the many different hospitals. The hubs and I had brought her from one hospital to another to consult the best nephrologists and pediatric surgeons to save her life. I looked at my now Cass and compared her to the then frail baby Cass and reflected on the manifold bitter events we had gone through together. During the car ride yesterday, I recalled so vividly our many frightful and hellish moments in hospitals together. I had gone through too many tears and fears with this little tough cookie of mine. She is indeed a fighter!

I remember one of our eventful procedures at a private hospital here where I had to bring Cass to the Cancer and Radiation Centre. Cass had to go through an MCUG procedure that involves sedating her. Some radiated dye had to be injected into her body from the veins on her hand and from her down under. While I was hanging on tenterhooks waiting for the result of the scan at the Cancer centre (which broke my heart into a zillion pieces when I read the report), I saw a woman in her mid forties. She was bald and was shopping for prosthetics breasts and some special bras in a shop at the Cancer Centre that sells such specialties. I could only guess that she is a  breast cancer patient and had both her breasts  removed. Her family consisting of her husband and children were waiting for her outside the shop and they all looked gloomy. I really felt for her and her family and I prayed silently for the woman and prayed that this will never befall me or my loved ones.

Breast cancer awareness is of vital importance because it may save your life or the life of someone dear to you. I have a free mammogram voucher that hubs got from a client and I must allocate some time to use this voucher soon.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Serpents Scared The Sh*t Out Of Me This Morning!

I got a major scare of my life the first thing when I woke up at 5:15am this morning as I was being greeted by 3 slimy ssssssssssssssnakes !

Hubs was the culprit who scared the sh*t out of me. He placed these 3 creepy crawlies on top of the cupboard beneath the light switches and these switches are the first thing that I touch when I wake up at 5:15am every morning. The moment the light was turned on, I almost jumped out of my nightie when I saw these creepy serpents just under my arm as I thought they were real coz they do look real, LOL!!





The snakes were the newest addition to the hubs' collection of decor and he had just used them for a client's CNY open house function last night.

And this cheeky mummy placed the 3 snakes on the dining table just to see how Alycia and Sherilyn would react... and also to wake them up totally but my 2 dare devils had almost zilch reaction when they saw the snakes! I guess I am getting old!


Monday, February 18, 2013

Vitamins And Antioxidant Enriched Toilet Papers For Your Butt!

When I was shopping at Jaya Grocer at Jaya 33 last week, some 5-star quality looking toilet papers caught my eyes.

The Renova toilet papers series come in green -- my favorite green tea color  and another series have different cartoon sketches and algebra motifs printed on every piece of paper. Awesome!




And some of the Renova toilet papers are Vitamin C and E enriched with added antioxidant agents! Oh my, this toilet paper series are out of the world and perhaps fitting for a king and queen!



I was really tempted to get a pack of the Citrus Fresh Vitamins and Antioxidants enriched toilet papers out of curiosity, as the price for a pack is only RM8.90, which is pretty affordable.  But on second thoughts, I abandoned my idea. I was just wondering what I should do with the toilet papers. I don't need vitamins and antioxidant enriched papers to wipe my butt after my business as I rather wash it clean :D

But as I am typing this post, I am stirred by my intense curiosity again. The next time I shop at Jaya Grocer, I will definitely get a pack of the Renova Citrus Fresh toilet papers just for opening our eyes! And I ain't going to wipe my butt and my daughters' butt with it. It will be for the dining table to wipe our mouths lol!

Would you get them?







Thursday, February 14, 2013

2013 Valentines Day

This Valentines Day is just another regular day for us. No surprises from the hubs this year but just a lovely blueberry cake from Mori. Well, I don't mind as I think that it ain't worth to spend a hundred ringgit on a small bouquet of flowers or a few hundred bucks on a candle light dinner. He got me a bouquet of expensive flowers last year and actually I wasn't too happy about it as I am not one who appreciates flowers and I think that it is such a waste of money.  Yep, I'm a pretty down to earth and practical person. These things can be given to me on other days :)

In another 1.5 days, there will be another cake, this time to celebrate Sherilyn's 8th birthday. And in another month, another cake to celebrate my big birthday. And the following month, will be Cassandra's birthday, May will be Mother's Day and June will be Father's Day, wooooot, the girls will be beaming as they will have big cakes to eat every month!

How did you celebrate Valentine's Day? Any fancy schmancy celebration and bling bling gifts from your darling? :P






Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Our 4th Day Of The Year of the Snake

It's been a pretty quiet day for us to rest at home. I gave the kids some work to do from their workbooks. Alycia will be sitting for her first semester test in 2 weeks, while rascal #2 has been doing nothing but having her eyes glued to all the idiot boxes, so I needed to work her brain before it goes into hibernating mode. It ain't easy to jump-start her brain, so it is wiser to keep it working efficiently everyday.

When Alycia and Sherilyn were doing their workbooks, I took a cat nap on my OTO mobile massage chair. Was having such a nice and comfy nap with mouth wide opened when I heard a loud thud. It sounded like someone fell. My reflex action sent me off the chair instantly, with my  heart almost dropping out. Cass had fallen down from dunno where but thank God she wasn't crying. No crying always means nothing serious and nothing broken. I quickly checked on the girl and she had quite a long stretch of her skin lightly grazed off on her hand. She was in pain but managed to suppress her fear and pain. This tough cookie is indeed tough as ever since her traumatic baby days.  I would have screamed out in pain if I fell and have such a long stretch of my skin grazed out from my hand!

Tonight we'll be having a reunion family with the Yap family at a seafood restaurant. It's going to be another round of rich food and yee sang tossing. Shall continue hard with my workout tomorrow morning. I have the luxury to exercise everyday without fail ever since the mil came back from Hong Kong, bliss! :)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Our 2nd Day of The Snake Year, 2013

The hubs had wanted to bring us to Yeast, a new eatery located a few doors away from Antipodean @ Bangsar but it was closed. So we had no choice but to go to Antipodean again. Though we love the food at Antipodean, we were however pretty bored with the food as we have been there too many times and eating the same food. We wanted to try something new.  Nonetheless, we still enjoyed our breakfast at Antipodean today.





For lunch, we finished off the vegetarian dish that the mil cooked yesterday and also ate our favorite roast chicken that we bought from Jason's Grocers at BSC today.We are off to hubs' uncle's house for our dinner tonight. I guess there will be more meat dishes tonight, *HICK*  I MUST continue to work out extra hard tomorrow morning as I have been binging on a lot on CNY snacks and on the highly fattening nin goa (kuih bakul) coated with grated coconut *double fattening* ! I am so sure I am going to gain back the 1kg that I'd lost after these 2 weeks of inevitable feast on meat and carbs.  Never mind, eat first diet later teehehehe...



Friday, February 8, 2013

Cheeky Cassandra

That's how my cheeky girl opens her mouth wide for me to brush her teeth at hard to reach places LOL!  I wonder who taught her this!


 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Awesome Coral-Like Cauliflower-Brocolli!

My mil did our CNY marketing at the S17 wet market yesterday. When she came home with a cart full of fresh produce, the first thing that caught my eyes was this whatcha call cross-farmed brocolli-cauliflower with a coating that looks like sea corals!

Love the unique flouroscent green but this coral-like flower sure is too dodgy looking to swallow down my throat. I wonder if it was genetically modified. It is the first time I have seen such an awesome looking cauliflower-brocolli. For those of you living in the West, this may be quite a common veggie, eh?

Have you seen this before?

 cauliflower.jpg

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Sticky Baby

Though Cass now sleeps in a different bedroom with us, she still has a tendency of knocking on our room door at ungodly hours... sobbing and telling me that she's had a bad dream. Whenever this happens, she'll get to be sandwiched between daddy and mummy. Actually I do miss having her sleep next to me. I've had her sleeping under my armpit for 3 years when she was still on breast milk. And Cass misses sleeping with us and snuggling closely to us too, smelling daddy and mummy. But having a 16kg baby sleep next to us can be pretty uncomfortable as she sleeps like the clock's hands. She moves 360 degrees round the bed and at times kicks us on our face and other parts of our bodies. Sometimes she takes half the king-size bed, pushing hubs and me to the edge of the bed, like this...





But I am not really fussing about it for I know that very soon, this sticky baby will no longer want to stick with us anymore *sobs*

My hubby The Handyman

My kids call their daddy Handy Manny, after the cartoon character. That’s because their daddy is indeed one handyman who can fix and install just about anything from changing a car tire to a ranger tire, fixing leakages, repairing the house, installing very complicated furniture with a thousand parts from scratch and the list goes. Not only is he an adept handyman, he has passion fixing things too. I always wonder why he doesn't have the patience to wait for me to shop for just 1 hour but has absolutely no complaints spending half a day to fix and instal a piece of furniture!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Exercising In Pre-Dawn Darkness

My early morning jog is very important to me.  No matter how busy and tired I may be, I try to avail myself to  jog round our condo compound where there is lush greenery, after sending Alycia and Sherilyn off for school. I love the peace, serenity and quietness before dawn, where the skies are still dark, the air still crisp, fresh and cooling. When I jog in darkness, where the street lights are the only light breaking through the pre-dawn darkness, I get absolute peace of mind. That is the time I do all my thinking, soul-searching and problem-solving!  However, when the sun breaks through the darkness and I feel the heat from the sun, I no longer have the mood and inspiration to jog anymore. 

I spoke to one avid morning swimmer yesterday who lives in the same block as us.  She is a busy working mum who only has time to exercise in the wee hours of the morning,. She also loves to work out in the pre-dawn darkness but she swims at the pool of our condo... and she has the same sentiments as I do!  I guess most busy working mothers need some quietness and ME time, away from the kids everyday to release all our stress... through exercising!


Friday, February 1, 2013

HFM's Angels

My 3 angels, cute and playful as they may be... but they can behave so monstrous that I can feel 10 years of my life snatched from  me when they are, well behaving like monsters and not normal kids! I am tired of using the cane and shouting. So I just have to shut off both my ears and eyes to their mischief and nonsense at times when I am too busy. For busy WFHMs with no live-in helper, you will know what I mean.  I just let them be. Afterall they are kids and they are only kids once and before I even realize it, they are already teenagers. And then they will all be somewhere else and the noisy, mad house will then be so quiet that I wish I could turn back the clock. 

Sometimes when they make me feel like walking out of the home, I ask  God why he has given me such misbehaved kids and then suddenly I will come to my senses.  All of a sudden, I remember the year 2002 and 2003, the 2 years where my life was in a roller coaster ride... all because I wanted to have a baby. My hubs would always use that dark time that we went through to remind me to be thankful for them. And then I thank God for these 3 monsters and ask forgiveness from God for all the harsh words and thoughts I had on them.



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