Thursday, 27 August 2009

My Grandma's birthday!

Busy Busy Busy... not me, but my mummy! Grandpa, Grandma and small jiu jiu have shifted in with us. Mummy was busy arranging more space for them bunk in. There seems to be some overcrowding effect, but it's just so fun living with them. Mummy will bring me to greet everyone in the morning before bath time, but in the night, most of them come home after I sleep, no chance to say 'night night' to them.

Mummy's housework has lighten too, because Grandma will help keep the place neat and clean, mother's instinct I guess. Just this tues, we celebrated Grandma's birthday at Shangri la, using 'flash your age' promotion. She's 55, so we got 55% of the total bill. The lunch was not as fabulous as dinner, so thumbs down. Anyway, we had a great time of food, I had my milk there and slept sound so that everyone can have undisturbed meal. I've been good!


I was sleeping, no nonsense...


Grandparents and Great-Grandparents (Me in Grandpa arms)

A big family staying together is fun, Mummy likes it because it means more people handling me when I'm cranky.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Where's the resemblance?

My face is changing almost everyday. Dad and Mum would constantly be arguing about who I resemble more. They posted this photo on facebook and there were almost equal votes for Dad and Mum. A conclusion was hard to derive, because I have a combination of their features on me. Moreover, Dad and Mum are always complimented by friends and even strangers that they have '夫妻脸', not sure how you would say that in English. In simple terms, they look compatibly alike. So, nothing to argue about... we all look like a family. Haha. Mummy recalled, once they shared a table with an uncle at a hawker, he commented that they have '夫妻脸', Mum was taken aback and thought he sounded like a prophet.

Mummy on left and Daddy on right

Well, whoever I look like doesn't matter, I'm their fruit and which parents aren't proud of their child? Mum and Dad can't stop praising how adorable and pretty I am. They know I'm gonna be a real beauty when I grow up. Not to deny, the cutest moments are usually during my sleep time, it's this long paused position that they'll admire and admire. Dad will tell Mum, "She's so small, so cute!" and before I arrived, Dad always tell Mum, "small small, cute cute." Mum's no more the cutie in Dad's eyes now... it's me! Haha. Anyway, babies are real fun to play and laugh at, their movements are so so so adorable!

Friday, 21 August 2009

ebay purchases

Times are bad, it's only right to scrimp and save. Mummy's someone who doesn't mind getting used items for both herself and me. Only if these items are alright to be used as second hand, like dramas, books, CDs etc. For clothes and toys? Hmm... only if they are new.

Mummy have been wanting to add on to my books collection, but the prices of babies and toddlers' books are exuberantly high in the stores. Especially the hard covered types. A search on ebay threw out many choices for her.

She did some bargaining and settled for these:


All at a bragain of $15, including postage

If you think about it, it's rather expensive to buy because they are unwanted books by the seller. The comfort is that, to get them new, it'll go way above $15. Moreover, I'll outgrow these books too... But but, mei mei or di di might be using them next time. Well, that's ok, books are not perishable, can keep. We'll all outgrow these books some day and they'll be thrown away too. 

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Mahjong's back

The last touch Mummy and Daddy had of mahjong was when I was still in Mummy's womb. Ever since then, mahjong was off their mind till last night. Jiu jiu and his girlfriend made up the players. They had been bunking with us early this week, and next week grandma and grandpa will join. What a crowd! Yes, the house is gonna be overly occupied, their new home isn't ready and they sold their current home too hurriedly. Back to the good old days when mummy can keep chatting with Grandpa and Grandma nightly.

Back to the game... Mummy called for a practice session last night because neighbours are gathering a game next Saturday. Haha. The practice session could only begin after I sleep, which was a late 11p.m. I disrupted the game once and mummy had to pause to comfort me back to sleep, it didn't take long though. After that, I was quietly dreaming. You couldn't believe it, the shuffling of the tiles and their occasional loud excitements didn't wake my sleep. Amazing! In fact, each time Mummy shuffles the tiles, she's crossing her fingers that it wasn't too loud. Thank God all was well.

Maybe silent mahjong with silent tiles would be baby friendly, but where's the kick? Haha. So mahjong can exist with parenthood. Mummy thought Mahjong would be ruled out for years upon my arrival, doesn't seem impossible after all. Some things are still acheivable even with an added commitment, it's probably more arrangements and inconvenience. But always a will, always a way. So what's next? Hmm...

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Insomia?

Not sure what's with me the past few days, I'm disrupting Mummy's sleep again. I'm waking up for comfort at unusually 3-4 times in the night. Sigh! It's really taxing on Mummy. Against her mind and flesh, she has to cradle rock or feed me back to sleep.

Feeling kinda curious, mummy did an online search on this behaviour, some sites suggest that it could be teething or overstimulated by day activities. Hmm, Mum and dad playing too much with me? Talking about it, daddy introduced elmo and barney puppets to me yesterday, maybe they caused me to be overly excited. Haha. Nah, ruling out that possibility. Babies and children meet new toys all the time.

Another possible reason could be that I've learnt how to roll over. Over the past 2 weeks, I've learnt to roll from my back to tummy. 2 to 3 Months ahead, I'll be learning to sit upright and to crawl. Could I have been over excited about achieving new movements? Hmm... doesn't sound too logical to us.

Anyway, hoping I'll get through this 'insomia' stage once mummy starts introducing cereal to me. I might be waking up lesser with a filled tummy.


Barney and Elmo puppets!


Over excited expression...

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Peekaboo!

I'm approaching 5 months! So wonderful... At this tiny stage, it's fun to cuddle and play with. I'll smile and laugh at any silly actions and games. The game that never fails to make me laugh is peekaboo! It's really fun, I'll laugh madly whenever daddy or mummy plays it with me. That's just how simple it is to make babies laugh. These moments absolutely bring joy to them, it's heart wrenching. Truly!


Tune up volume for my hilarious laugh...

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Living with Pillow

The long weekend ended and the short work week began. Daddy's back to work, Mummy's home now looking after 2 kiddos, a furry pal and me. Life with pillow these days has been easy, not much chaos because pillow had always been well behaved. Probably a little more troublesome for mummy, she has to mop the floor more frequent than before, and she just did it. Pillow sheds lots of fur and so it's a routine to brush him daily. Daddy walks him in the morning and mummy walks him in the evening. It's good exercise for all. When I can walk, I'll walk pillow too!

Pillow and me

Pillow is a timid pal, he's easily frightened by loud noises or strange stuff. He has never come so close to a baby before, and when I cry, he'll start backing off (Probably wondering why I'm loud even though I'm smaller than him). And when he barks, I'll laugh. Pillow barks when he hears someone at the door, but mummy will scold him off. Few times, he frightened us with his sudden barks. Barking is a No No for him.

Pillow tied to my pram. Haha. Going home after his grooming session.

I love Pillow and Pillow loves me...

Monday, 3 August 2009

Underweight

Doctor said that I'm under average by 500g. He recommends mummy to start me on rice cereal, but she felt that I wasn't too ready yet. A search on the World Health Organisation's website suggests babies on total breastfeeding to begin solids only after month 6, I'm only at month 4. I think doctor doesn't know me the best after all.

Here's a mini checklist to gauge my readiness:
  • Ability to sit up unassisted - NO
  • Staring at you when you eat - NO
  • Frequently waking up in the night - Once
  • Demanding for more after a full milk feed - NO
Sometimes if any of the last 2 points happens, it may be confused with growing spurt too, which can occur between 3 to 4 months.

In any case, Mummy decides to only introduce solid foods when I've reached 6 months. I need to be able to at least sit upright first. Moreover, she doesn't want to interrupt her current Total breastfeeding plan with other food. Starting after 6 months also helps to reduce the risk of food allergy. I hope mummy isn't on the wrong track. I'm still enjoying the bond when she breastfeeds me.


Well concealed... haha.

Quoted from WHO "Breastmilk promotes sensory and cognitive development, and protects the infant against infectious and chronic diseases. Exclusive breastfeeding reduces infant mortality due to common childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea or pneumonia, and helps for a quicker recovery during illness."

Mummy is planning to stop after 6 months though. Haha, Shall see how it goes.

And Daddy joked that my slow weight gain was because I'm on diet, you'll agree when I show you my thighs! But no no, I wasn't... I love milking! I'm just drinking lesser when I'm cranky. But vertically, I'm 'longish', does that give me a perfect figure when I grow up? What can I be... a model? Hmm...


Goodness thighs!
 

Sunday, 2 August 2009

My saturday

Once upon a time, there were 3 little pigs, Daddy pig, Mummy pig and Baby pig. They had a long and fruitful Saturday day out, so tiring that they fell into deep sleep that night till 11am the next day! Not forgetting, we were the morning people even on Sundays. I was so exhausted that I forgot about my night feed, waking up only at 7.30am for a drink and fell back to dream again. That was a long good 8 hours of sleep since my last drink at 11.30pm before bedtime. Mummy feels so thankful, though it could just be for that night.

Yes, we had a long Saturday out. It began with my trip to the paediatrics's clinic for my 4th jab, which amazingly, I didn't cry. Then, we proceeded to ION at orchard for a good 4hrs of lunch and shopping!

When we arrived, it was milk time, adding on to the list of breastfeeding places, ION does have a number of nursing rooms, at B3, B1, L3 and L4. It was a long wait and search for a vacant room though, and the lifts were always packed! Poor us, have to escalator up and down with pram for a vacant room. And the room was simply set up with only one chair for one nursing mum, so mummies can't share the room. Bad bad.

After shopping, was Great Grandma's birthday celebration at her house, followed by dinner. A really long day huh. This explains why I got cranky during the dinner, specially when Grandma carried me away for walk, I started to cry so loud that heads turned at us. What a commotion, yet this drew a conclusion that I probably fear unfamiliar faces and cry when dad and mum are not in sight. Goodness, a new challenge for them...

Great Grandma and me

Ok, that's my Saturday adventure for now... back to staying prudent about the flu pandemic. Home bounding more often.