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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hubby hospitalized

Yesterday, Leonard was hospitalized for a chronic viral ear infection. :-( 

It was quite sudden, he went to the hospital in the morning and was admitted straight away for antiviral drip. So I had to pack some stuff to bring to him at the hospital during lunchtime and fetch the baby from the babysitter that night and to the babysitter again the next morning. I had to do all that alone, so I felt quite "grown-up". If you're wondering, I usually do not have to do all these... my hubby has always been the one fetching stuff for me while I'm admitted to the hospital. And even then, he would stay overnight at the hospital with me. We're really as close as two peas in a pod. :-)

Anyway, I spent the night with Hayley, just the two of us. And it makes me really happy now, cos, I know that when hubby is not around, there's still my daughter to keep me company. :-)

Baby girl next to me this morning :-)

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Hayley eats apple @5m1w2d

*This picture was taken a month ago when baby Hayley first started showing interest in food. We let her suck on some apple juice and she loved it! 

Ever since baby Hayley started showing signs of interest in food, I have been itching to start her on some experimental solids. 

Hayley's first food was apple on Jan 6. We sat her in her Bumbo chair, I grated some red apple and fed it to her. She didn't take to the grated fibre so well, kept using her tongue to push it out after a while. But she loved the juice! Opened her mouth wide to "swallow" it. 

Encouraged by her positive reaction, I tried to feed her apple again on Jan 7. After like ten sips, she vomited out all the apple and breastmilk that she had taken in earlier.........! :(

Shocked, both me and papa think that we should:- 
  1. delay her solid to when she turns 6 months; 
  2. instead of giving grated apple, give apple sauce; 
  3. definitely should feed her solid first, then followed by milk 
A few weeks ago, I also let Hayley taste a few sips of Hokkaido fresh cow's milk, all the way from Japan!

Friday, January 02, 2015

Happy New Year!

Greetings and Happy New Year to everybody! 

Looking back, 2014 was one of the best years I've had in my life. Despite the saddening 3x aviation disasters, 2014 had been good to my personal life. 2014 was the year I got upgraded to a new status - proud mummy! The arrival of our 'God's gift of joy' baby Hayley, has turned our lives upside down, but in a good way! 2014 was also the year I spent working in a new company, which has given me lots of freedom and great opportunities to grow in my career. And last but not least, before the year ended, I got myself my very own first car. So in summary, new job, new car, new baby!

Some events of the past few days~

Jan 1, 2015 - I didn't get to do 해돋이 this year again, still due to the cloudy weather. In the morning, we flew Malindo Air to Melaka. This was Hayley's third time taking a plane in a week. And her first time to visit her daddy's hometown - the historical city. Hayley was finally a good girl on the propeller plane this time, sleeping through the entire flight!  

Penang International Airport

Dec 31, 2014 - Papa and Mama were getting ready to call it a night, but baby Hayley wasn't ready to sleep yet! She didn't want to miss the countdown and the fireworks that were happening downstairs. So we brought her out at 11.45pm to join in the fun. She finally settled down to sleep after that. Sigh, we have a party baby~
Fireworks of 2015

Dec 31, 2014 - After working for so many years since 2006, finally I purchased my own car, a Suzuki Swift GL. :-P I wouldn't have done it otherwise if not for the fact that my current company is relocating to a very jammed place... cos I hate driving! After deliberating on the choice of colour for some time, I decided to choose white. Makes the car look bigger. My lovely hubby sponsored the coating, tint and leather seats! 

Dec 30, 2014 - Baby Hayley on the flight back from Singapore to Penang. The air stewardess gave her a soft toy airplane. I pray for the aviation industry that there will be no more further bad news, ever.

Finally, I think I should keep my New Year resolutions short and sweet.

  1. Be a kinder person - be polite, smile, say nice words to people, have a positive aura, don't scold people. This in part is to set a good example for my daughter as she grows up. But mostly, this is inspired by a girl who emanated such warmth and sunshine but was taken away by God a few months ago. I don't know her personally, she is my hubby's ex-unimate, but from all the photos and heartfelt memories of her that people posted, she remains a true inspiration for me that life is short and we should live it by always treating people genuine and nice.
  2. Be a good mummy to Hayley - cook her nutritious food, spend a lot of time with her, be a good example to her.
  3. Finish reading three books.
  4. Finish using all my facial products by June.    

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Stuff for Baby Pt. 3

Ariana Grande - Love Me Harder
Jessie J, Arianna Grande, Nicky Minaj - Bang Bang
Iggy Azalea - Fancy
Iggy Azalea - Make You Beg For It

It's been a long time since I've posted stuff that we bought for baby... doesn't mean that we've stopped buying stuff for her though. :P

Here's a couple of stuff we bought during the Mom & Baby Expo @ SPICE Dec 5-7. 

1) Bumbo Floor Seat

Bought this at RM165 upon recommendation from my colleague. We can use this chair while feeding her solid food starting from next month. 

I actually didn't do any research before buying this chair. When blogging about it I did a Google-search online and found that there's some recalls on this product and some experts are advising against seating baby in this chair. My mom and mil also raised some concerns about baby's backbone if sitting for extended periods in this chair.

So I think I'm just gonna use it during feeding time for a short while only, and let her try to sit on her own using her muscles. Since we have no infant chair yet, and better to dirty the chair than dirty the sofa.

2) Seebaby Stroller and Pad

Bought this lightweight, cheap stroller as a 2nd stroller. We're traveling to Singapore after Christmas and we're hating to lug the heavy Graco stroller over there! So we bought this. Love it!

Am also loving this bright yellow outfit on her! She is really suitable to wear bright-colored clothes (unlike poor mommy!) haha! Shoes are a gift from grandaunt Cynthia.

Brought her to church wearing this, she's our golden baby. *grins broadly* She was a good baby and slept throughout the service, only waking to ask for milk after mommy received the Holy Communion. :-)

Embroidered yellow diaper cover set ~ Carter's
Shoes ~ Pumpkin Patch


Thursday, December 04, 2014

The Snowbowl Snowman

#throwback #6yearsago #christmasinusa

Why so many throwback posts lately? Haha... this one is because one of my friends started a phototagging challenge on FB to upload B&W photos for five days. As I was looking through my old USA photos I came across these memories..

Week 5 (Dec 21st, Sunday)
Arizona Snowbowl

We had just finished skiing at Snowbowl, Flagstaff, Arizona and were traveling home when we passed by this quaint little bistro all decked up with Christmas lights. It was one of our first few times to see snow so we were pretty pumped up by it.

Broke off an icicle (ooh! never seen one of those before!!) from one of the tree branches and started playing with it... having "fights", "stabbing" through the heart with the icicle and playing unicorn with it.

 Also saw our first snowman...

Frosty the Snowman, is a fairytale, they say.
He was made of snow, but the children know he came to life one day.
There must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found,
For when they placed it on his head, he began to dance around! 

Frosty the Snowman, knew the sun was hot that day,
so he said, "Let's run, and we'll have some fun now, before I melt away." 
Down to the village, with a broomstick in his hand,
Running here and there, all around the square,
sayin', "Catch me if you can." 

He led them down the streets of town, right to the traffic cop; 
and only paused a moment, when he heard him holler, "Stop!" 
For Frosty, the Snowman, had to hurry on his way,
But he waved goodbye, sayin' "Don't cry, I'll be back again some day." 

Thank God for Christmas songs... I kinda run out of nursery rhymes to sing so luckily the season is here so I can sing those merry Christmas songs to my daughter! *^^* Though "Frosty The Snowman" always sounds a tad sad to me, because in reality he's melting away... :P

Well, that was a small memoir of what we did after skiing in Snowbowl, though the skiing part is a story for another day...!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Singapore Trip Nov 2013

#throwback #1yearago #singapore #aztecprints

Time for a throwback post! Can't believe one year has flown by so soon... this time last year (8~10 Nov) we were at Singapore to attend hubby's company's family day.

We arrived at Singapore on an evening flight. We stayed at a very nice room in Peninsula Hotel near City Hall station. It had a very beautiful view of the city lights at night. Earlier when we stepped out of the MRT station, I was taking a picture of the beautiful evening skyline when suddenly I heard somebody call out my name. It was a university junior whom I hadn't met for many years. What a surprise! The world is indeed very small.

As it was already late, we just went to the nearby CHIJMES at City Hall to scout for dinner. CHIJMES is a very beautifully restored area with a chapel in the background and many restaurants in its courtyard. We sat down at the Hog's Breath Cafe and ordered some ribs and steak. After dinner we didn't get to walk around much as it was drizzling so we decided to go back to our hotel and call it a night.

The next morning we enjoyed a nice leisurely swim at the hotel's tiny swimming pool. Well, at least hubby swam, I just sat around and took many selfies. :P

Hubby swimming in the background of my selfie. Can't believe I looked like that last year!!! I mean, not that I look awesome (didn't think I looked pretty so I didn't even upload the pics to Facebook) but compared to how I look right now... I think I looked pretty good back then! Garhhh! =_='''

Then it was off to Vivocity and Sentosa for some touristy shopping and sightseeing before the family day event at the S.E.A. Aquarium and buffet dinner! We had Sushi Tei for lunch.

Big-ass Christmas tree at Vivocity outdoors and the big vertical coral reef at S.E.A. Aquarium.

They say that this is the world's largest aquarium but I failed to see how?!?!? I think the ones I went to KL were better... or maybe they were just giant to me as a kid back then. :-P Well we did sit and meditate in front of the giant aquarium wall, and watch the giant sting-ray flap its wings back and forth.  

Touch-pool where we queued up for very long to touch sea cucumber, starfish, etc. Wonder whether we'll still have the patience to queue along with our kids next time? :-P

Somewhere in the interior of RSW. This reminded me of a giant Noah's Ark, I thought it was quite nice so I took a photo as a remembrance.

Still had some time to kill... so we went to Siloso beach... where there was a group of guailou wannabe rowdy S'porean youngsters behind us. The beach is always our favourite hangout place, even though it was humid and we were sweaty. After Siloso, we went to the buffet. Forgot to take pictures there cos was too nervous first time meeting hubby's colleagues. :-P

 Still can't believe I looked like this! Last year!!!

After dinner, went to Gardens By The Bay to look at the nightview together with some of his colleagues. This was my second time going to GBTB. The beautiful nightview never ceases to amaze me. I saw somebody comment that it looks like a scene out of Avatar, I fully agree. We then tried to go up to the Sky Deck at Marina Bay Sands but it was gonna close soon so we didn't bother spending the money for the tickets.

Next day, went to hubby's uncle and aunt's house for lunch. Then Jon and wife came to take us for a quick coffee stopover at Arbite Cafe, and it was off to the airport for us. I took a picture of this name "Arbite" cos in Korea we always heard the word "arbite" which means "part-time job" and I never realised that such a word really existed in English.

Throwback post for last year, cos this year we're going there again for his company's Christmas event, along with our little potato head! *^^*

Hayley's first fall @3m3w

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall, all the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty Dumpty together again!

Hayley had her first fall around 3~4AM. 
Actually it was my turn to watch over her that time cos hubby had already done the earlier shift. 
I was so sleepy and I was grateful when hubby put her into the rocker. 
She looked at the toys hanging on the rocker, while I lay on the bed with my eyes half-closed. 
Before my eyes fell shut, I was thinking to myself that I should strap her in case she fell. 
We had never strapped her before.
I didn't.
She fell, it was a soft thud followed by a hard thud, presumably her head.
She gave out a loud cry.
Hubby exclaimed "Dearie, you fell asleep issit?"
And he faster picked up baby and comforted her.
But baby was fussy at daddy cos she remembered that he was the one who put her into the rocker. :P
So I comforted her and she stopped crying.
Thank God she was not really hurt, she didn't vomit or anything and her head was not swollen.
We observed her for 24 hours and everything functioned like normal.
Hayley Dumpty, please don't fall again!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hayley 翻身 @3m3w & Breastfeeding Notes

Sam Smith - Stay With Me
Sam Smith - I Know I'm Not The Only One
Taylor Swift - Shake It Off
Taylor Swift - Blank Space
Hayley after flipping over... and leaving her saliva all over my couch *frowns*

Yayyy... another milestone achieved for baby Hayley when she managed to flip over herself! We didn't manage to record a video of it yet cos she needs a few tries before she is able to flip over.

This all happened on the evening of 17 Nov. Actually it already happened 2 weeks prior in Ipoh, my mom told us but since we didn't see it with our own eyes we didn't think much of it. 

After getting the hang of it, there was a glimmer in her eyes and a look on her face like "oooh, i can do this!" And she showed determination when she gave it not just one try that evening, but a few tries! Hooray for my diligent baby! She was very happy for the whole evening, I think it was because she knew she had achieved something... like so proud like that hahaha.

It is such a blessing to be able to witness these beautiful moments with our own eyes!
Hayley feeling happy and waving her hands after she flipped over
Beautiful Hayley-Daddy moments ^^

Just a note on my breastfeeding journey:

I was feeling quite depressed last week (10~12 Nov) due to low breastmilk supply. Baby had just returned home and I was sending EBM to the babysitter in the day while DL her at night. Just a week ago I was still pumping 3~5oz each session. Suddenly within those few days my supply dwindled to 1~2oz each session, and I could not feel engorgement at all.

I was so depressed and thought: Is my breastfeeding journey coming to an end? Looking back, I was lazy to pump sometimes, thinking that with my big boobs they were never gonna ever run out of supply. I was also stressed out with work until I put off going to the pump room until I was painfully engorged.   

However, I read a post on TBAN about a mum facing the same problem as me. I started to feel better, that I was not in this situation alone. Hubby also saw another new mother letting go of some breastmilk and we decided to go get some for her. However since I still have many packets of FBM, those foreign milk will be left as a last resort. I instantly felt less stressed since we have some foreign milk to fall back on. I also asked my friend on some advice, and she did tell me that having a happy and non-stressed mood is important for this long journey.

I started drinking fenugreek, and hubby made oats for me every morning. I also made black bean soup over the weekend and drank a lot of that. This week, my supply went back to normal, around 3~6oz each session depending on the gap of how many hours I pumped. I am so thankful that my supply is back, and I am truly thankful for all the great advice my good friends have given me. Also, I had a friend who reminded me to pray "for every drop of milk". Thank God!