Lilypie - First Birthday

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!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Saturday morning with Hayley

Certainly one of the most blissful moments in life is to be able to wake up together in bed, as a family.
I am thankful to be able to spend a beautiful Saturday morning in bed with my two babies.

Baby was in a good mood last Saturday, which is not often.
Maybe she knew it was lazy day.
She turned left and saw Papa.
She turned right and saw Mama.
Then she smiled.

Her face when she smiles is the most innocent, angelic look ever.
And that baby scent, just makes me wanna kiss her over, and over again.


Also, Hayley went for her first CG with Papa and Mama last Friday.
She was a good girl, laying with her head over Papa's shoulder and being quiet throughout the whole CG session.
When Papa bottle-fed her, she just drank quietly.
She did throw up a bit but that was okay.
I hope this is a good start of many more CG, church and Sunday School adventures with Mommy!
I truly thank God for my blessings.

Hayley grabs a rattle @3m2w

"Everybody wanna steal my girl 
Everybody wanna take her heart away 
Couple billion in the whole wide world 
Find another one 'cause she belongs to me"
~One Direction-"Steal My Girl"

 Our little baby girl is turning into a little lady~
Here's a shot of her going out to breakfast with my family.
Her Papa bought her this cute little dress with the mint cardigan all the way from USA. 
But he bought it in newborn size! She's gonna outgrow it soon...

Hat ~ H&M
Dress ~ Carter's
Cardigan ~ Carter's
Socks ~ Gift from Tianye  

Little girl is happy cos Popo is playing with her~


Baby Hayley achieved another milestone today when she learnt how to grab a rattle! Hooray! Papa Leonard was so proud when she grabbed hold of Fisher Price Rattle 'n Rock Maracas and shook it. Then she put it next to her mouth and started to "eat" it. Hayley's gonna grow up to be a chicken drumstick lover like Mama! Haha! 

Outfit: Disney Cuties

P/S: Baby's weight is now 4.4kg... Gonggong bought size M Huggies diapers for her (>5kg)!

Baby Milestones:

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hayley's milestones @2m3w


Our baby Hayley is now almost 3 months old. Baby can fit into her 3-months-old rompers already! I dug out some Carter's 3-month-old sizes that I forgot I had bought... red stripes, red flowers and red dots.

Her papa is going to USA soon, can't wait for him to bring back the cute dresses that I shopped for her. *yays!*

  • gives "genuine" social smiles - from ear-to-ear!
  • babbles when you talk to her
  • 流口水
  • demands your full attention while carrying/nursing her - no looking at your tablet or smartphone!
  • beginning to be aware of her own hands - she looked puzzled when we put her hands in her pocket and she couldn't see her hands anywhere!
  • playing with her own hands - putting her own fingers together, looking at her fingers or putting her fist in her mouth
  • when she doesn't want anymore milk, she pushes away the bottle using her hand or pushes out the teat from her mouth using her tongue

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

5th Anniversary

Uh-oh... did a mistake while updating my latest post and washed out this entire one. Garhh now I have to spend time to write it back! 

Time flies, we celebrated our 5th anniversary this year. I tried to search for anniversary postings on my blog for the past five years but to no avail. Can't understand why our anniversary always turns out to become a non-event at the last minute, due to lack of time? Laziness? Or simply can't find any special restaurant to go to? 

Anyway, to note it down:- 
  • 1st anniversary - I was in Korea. 
  • 2nd anniversary - I was in Korea. 
  • 3rd anniversary - Here's one that we celebrated! We went to Via Pre for a cozy dinner and exchanged some gifts. We should really do that every year. 
  • 4th anniversary - We didn't celebrate it since we were going to Singapore a few days later. 
  • 5th anniversary - We had a quick lunch eating charsiew rice and went to eat a piece of anniversary cake at Mon Delice cafe. Just to take some pictures to commemorate our anniversary. 

 Anyway, this year we got our perfect anniversary present - Hayley! Most of the time she is our sweet angel baby but sometimes she can turn out to be a very cocky baby!

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Hayley staying at Popo's house @2m1w

Little Hayley in her bellflower cap from H&M
Starting from last Tuesday, baby Hayley will be spending her third month at my parents' house. My mom will take care of her. Hopefully she does not cause a fuss at night.

During the second month when I was on maternity leave at my parents' house, I had a hard time taking care of Hayley at night. She refused to sleep from 11pm onwards... sometimes until 3am! And she refused to stop crying even though I tried everything to calm her down... change her diapers, nurse her, sing lullaby, swing her in my arms... I was so tired and lack of sleep. However a magical thing happened - I just handed her over to my mom and she stopped wailing immediately! Wow my mom must have some sort of super-grandmom power. 

When the third month started the situation got better where she moved her fussy time to to 9pm onwards... it was better cos it was at more civilized hours... haha.

This is little Hayley fast asleep in the car, while we were traveling back from Penang to Ipoh. She looks very comfy in her GAP hoodie.

Little Hayley in her GAP hoodie
This is little Hayley's look before she shit-bombed her diapers, while we were stuck in the terrible Menora tunnel end-of-holidays jam on Hari Raya Haji.

Little Hayley in her Carter's seahorse romper and pants

We observed a very amusing thing about baby Hayley - she likes to wriggle to the front of her cot/ playpen - like she is a baby Vietcong trying to tunnel her way out of the cot/playpen. When she reaches the edge of her playpen she will turn her head and wriggle somemore until she gets stuck in the corner. Then she will cry cry in frustration that she cannot wriggle to the front somemore. Me and papa find it so funny!

Other than crying cos of thirst/hunger/diaper change, she also likes to give out a large cry for attention when she awakes. "I want you to carry me, NOW!" Hahaha... And when you carry her she doesn't allow you to sit down, you must walk around and rock her in your arms. Great exercise.

Little Hayley in FOS starry romper and H&M "I love Mom and Dad" pants

However papa found out a great way to calm her down - throw her into the Fisher Price rocker (a gift by Uncle Bin Bin) and turn on the vibration! We call it her "massage chair"! And she will give a "Oooh... what's that lovely sensation" look, and sit quietly, enjoying her "massage" and give you some time till you finish your meal/ task at hand.

Little Hayley in her Jungle Girls pyjamas

That's all for baby Hayley updates! Till next time! \:D/

P/S: Baby's weight is now 3.86kg@2 months 1 week. Our pediatrician gave us the thumbs-up, saying that this proves that even underweight babies can be exclusively breastfed successfully! Even though she's still in the lowest 10% percentile, but she's so healthy and active I'm sure that she'll catch up to other babies in no time! *Feeling awesome* 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hayley is 2 months old!

时间过得真快, 两个月的产假, 刷一声就飞过去了。这段时间, 在妈妈家住得很好, 每天都可用很幸福地吃着妈妈煮的菜, 还可以陪妈妈聊天... 真没想到, 离开了家里这么久, 也真只有到了生了孩子过后才可以逗留在家里这么久。产假完了, 有点舍不得妈妈爸爸, 我想, 也只有到生下一胎才可以再次在家里逗留一个月了。

宝宝在家里一段时间, 发生了很多趣事, 例如:

  1. 她原来是个刁蛮的小公主, 睡觉一张开眼就大声喊人来抱她。抱的时候也不可以坐着, 一定要走来走去, 把我们当马车夫了。
  2. 别人的娃娃都哭着找妈妈, 我家的娃娃哭了竟然不是找我, 是要找婆婆! 一转手, 她就立刻收声了。
  3. 她的爸爸有一次隔了五天没看见她, 她竟然忘记了爸爸, 爸爸抱她, 她哭了... 我说, "孩子, 别怕, 这是爸爸, 不是 bangla... haha"
  4. 她很粗鲁, 打哈欠时偶尔会大喊一声, 或者放屁很大声。有一次她睡婆婆的身旁, 然后喊一声大大声, 吓得婆婆以为夹到她了! 原来她是要人抱, 抱起她后脸竟然浮起一抹胜利的微笑! 哈哈...
这段在怡保的时间, 很感激好友们抽空来看我和宝宝... 当中有 Nicholas, Weixuan, Kah Khee, Kit Lai... 其中 Ethan 更是在我家住了一晚, 替我顾宝宝。

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hayley's many cute faces @Day 26

Baby girl is getting more active now, and is starting to show many cute movements.

On Monday morning, I walked into her room and saw her wide awake playing alone, doing leg-ups.

She was also wide awake for long hours on Tuesday morning, afternoon and evening. I wonder was it that the caffeine from the cafe latte I had from Sunday afternoon had finally gotten to her at last.

People say newborns like to be swaddled to sleep, but our newborn is a different story! Despite her mini size, she doesn't like to be swaddled! If we try to swaddle her in a thin napkin cloth, she will try to wriggle free of it. Our previous confinement lady had already figured this out around baby's second week. She let baby's hands roam free. And baby will do different poses like the big "大字型" pose, or clamping her ears in what her dad calls the "Allahku Akbar" pose, or the "Ultraman" pose. She had also learnt to draw the napkin up to her eyes to shut off the sunlight while she's asleep. She's a strong-minded one, that one! 

Also the unbelievable thing is, we saw her flip from right to left, twice already! And once when I was DL-ing her lying on the bed, I fell asleep and after half an hour I woke to see that she had wriggled close beside me! 

Baby also sometimes like to try to touch my face with her hand. But that's only when she's in like a really good mood... where she'll do the "Hayley face" with the pouty lips, or smile in her sleep. Nowadays she can't fall in a deep sleep and always cries for people to cuddle her to sleep. And when you're doing that she'll quietly open her eyes to sneak a peek that you're still there, and smile contentedly. 

Last but not least, muscles are growing on her arms and she has a double chin now! The government nurses came on Day 23 and checked her weight - 2.7kg! Breastmilk really works wonders! Also the nurse asked whether her dad is Chinese cos Hayley looks so Mat Salleh! The nurse wanted to bring her back... haha.

The "大字型" pose
The "Allahku Akbar" pose

The "Ultraman" pose
P/S: Baby's weight is now 2.7kg

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Hayley @Day 15 - 3ml

带了小贝比去小儿科医生那儿复诊, 医生问我们要不要知道贝比生得这么小的原因。要的话就要做两个 check - ultrasound scan of the brain & blood test for TORCH。验血要抽 3ml 的血。
当时有点吓倒, 就忙点头说要。医生说要是将贝比交给 lab 的人抽血, 他们是抽不到的, 她自己来。3ml 的血, 结果贝比哭了好久, 好久...
抽完血之后, 我抱她到楼下做ultrasound scan。她静静地, 眼睛湿湿地看着地上好久好久, 好像在伤心地问: "你们为什么要刺我?~"
我的心好痛, 痛在妈咪保护不了你。
在同一天的下午, 我到妇产科医生那里拆线, 顺便也问她 TORCH test 的事情。她说, 贝比小的原因, 是因为我是典型的妊娠高血压案例。TORCH test, 其实也没必要做。啊~~~ 那贝比不是白白受苦?!
还好, ultrasound brain scan 的结果很好。我也感到放心。
回到家, 贝比因为哭了很久, 很累, 睡了很久。下午六点才醒, 一喝就而喝了 2.5oz 的奶。看着她, 小妞好像一夜之间, 懂事了许多。
P/S: Baby's weight is now 1.94kg

Friday, July 25, 2014

Warrook Cattle Farm

September 2, 2013 
Melbourne - Phillip Island

We woke up early today, excited about traveling to Phillip Island to see the Penguin Parade that night (finally!) But first, we had to make a stop at Warrook Cattle Farm, which is just on the way from Melbourne to Phillip Island. It takes about 1 hour by car from Melbourne to WCF, and another 45 mins from WCF to Phillip Island.

Along the way it was miles and miles of clear blue skies, white clouds and green rolling hills with black cows and wooly white sheep grazing on the grass. A perfect Australian countryside picture. One house to the next was so far, separated by so much farmland, you had to drive. We got a little bit lost using the GPS, but soon we arrived at Warrook Cattle Farm.  

Moo moo cow at entrance to gift shop
Dining area inside the homestead

Warrook Cattle Farm

Warrook Cattle Farm is a cattle and sheep farm on the highway from Melbourne to Phillip Island. The historic homestead was originally settled by the Lyall family in 1857. Visitors can choose to visit the fauna park, or take the farm tour where you can experience farm life activities eg. shearing sheep, milking cows, cracking the stockwhip etc.! Visitors can also opt to have a traditional Australian lunch inside the beautiful homestead.  

We chose to just visit the fauna park, it only cost us a few dollars each.

My first time seeing a real-life, hopping kangaroo! Although to be frank, hubby and I were a little disappointed to see that the kangaroos actually looked like dogs. I was expecting this giant, red-haired creature leaping majestically across the field like in the Tourism Australia logo lol. The kangaroos here were small-sized and pale-colored and they were crawling around on all fours limply like they were in lack of food. :-P We got the chance to feed them some kangaroo food from a bucket. Although they may look tame, their nails are actually quite long and I got scratched by one of the kangaroos. 

While writing this post, it suddenly crossed my mind that if nobody condemns Australians when they eat kangaroos, nobody should condemn Koreans for eating dogs cos actually they are just about the same. Well, just a thought. :-P
Stuart the Wombat

We also met Stuart the Wombat! Wombat is also another marsupial which I had never seen before. It looks like a black baby pig actually minus the snout. We got to feed Stuart some carrots. The keeper cautioned us to be careful while feeding in case Stuart bites our hand. It was scary. I couldn't expect it to be ferocious as it looks so cuddly!  

We took a little time to walk around the fauna park and snap some photos. There was a pond and some waterbirds, and some other animals such as emu, peacock, etc. We didn't greet all of them as we were more excited to see the kangaroos and wombats. 

More of the farm...

Do we look like a farm couple?
The homestead is very beautiful, as well as its surroundings of green, green grass.

Warrook Cattle Farm:
4150 S Gippsland Hwy, Monomeith VIC 3984, Australia
+61 3 5997 1321