Christmas Sing Song Project – White Christmas

December 22, 2005 at 12:30 pm

This is just to advertise for one eat full nothing to do blogger who managed to get a few other bloggers to sing and record the song White Christmas (without having to meet them), and then arranged and remixed it to one single track.

I was invited to join in the sing song project, but because I had no headset at home (after I’d moved house, lots of things still in boxes which we haven’t found time to dig out yet), I couldn’t record it (w/out the music).

I think this fella did quite a wonderful job, please go and check the song out yourself.

Btw, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

Our family will still be in KL though, so I’ll still be blogging during this period.

My Friend’s New Baby

December 5, 2005 at 9:30 am

On Sunday morning, we went to the hospital to visit my friend, Sandy, who’d just given birth to a baby boy.

I’d forgotten how fragile and small a new born baby is until I have the little fella in my arms. The little fella was quite a busy body though, scanning his surrounding with only one eye, as the other had some discharge which has stuck the lids together.
(I felt so bad, when I took this photo, the flash just went off and gave him a startle, sorry little fella)

I was carrying him half the time we’re there, while Daddy entertained Zara. Zara was very curious about the baby. When she was near the baby, she tried to poke her finger into the little baby’s mouth when he yawned, and also tried to poke his eyes. After that, we have to make sure she’s far away from the baby, just in case she hurt him without realising.

She also tried to imitate the baby’s whimpering, and laughed at herself after that. For the ~2hrs we were there, she was very well behaved, playing with Daddy, looking at the baby from a far, walking about the room and checking out things, and of course eating (the bread my friend baked before she went into labour). When she became too chatty, and raised her voice, Daddy brought her out of the room for a walk.

I have been encouraging my friend to breast feed, and sharing with her all the benefits (my experiance with Zara). My friend who didn’t breast feed her first baby because of lack of information, is trying to do it for this little boy now. She was telling me the Pediatrician told her that it’s best to mix feed the baby for the first few days so that the baby won’t get dehydrated, and then get jaundice. Although I think that’s crap not true, I don’t want to discourage her as well, and just said do what she thinks is best. It’s better for the baby to consume even a little breast milk then totally none at all like her first child.

After we left the hospital, while in the car, Daddy & I were chatting about how small and helpless new borns were, and it’s hard to imagine 12months ago, our boisterous little girl was just like that, it’s just amazing how much she’d grown. It would be nice to relive those days of caring for a new born, so, we’ll have to work harder on the ‘project’. I just hope it won’t take us another 6 years to get there.

I hope my friend’s journey to breast feeding will be a successfully one, and all the best with her new born baby!

Added at 11:05am :
Breastfeeding does cause jaundice, but this is mainly due to insufficient milk for the first few days, and it’s not life threatening. Readings :
website 1
website 2

Christmas Tree

November 28, 2005 at 7:30 pm

We went to One Utama to shop for some masak-masak(cooking set toy) for Zara on Saturday.

On our way to ToysRus, we went past this shop with 2 huge Christmas trees. I thought it was a good time to introduce Christmas to Zara, so I walked her to one of the trees, and pointed to her, “Zara, look, Christmas tree”. She looked at it, scanned the tree from bottom to top, and then frowned and went hiding behind my back.

Daddy squatted down and tried to bring her near the tree again, but Zara was just clinging on to my clothes, hiding her face behind me (peeking occasionally though).

“Zara scared scared?” I asked her, she patted her chest (indicating she’s afraid). I tried to tell her that there’s nothing to be afraid of, and pointed to her all the familiar ornaments like stars, bears, balls etc to her. However, she just refused to go near the tree, and kept patting her chest. We thought maybe the tree is too big, and she got frightened by the size, and didn’t pursue.

After ToysRus, we went to Jusco to look for a tree for our house. We were glad to find a 4ft tree with ornaments going for RM49.90. Since we’re such al-cheapos We thought it was a good buy, and quickly grabbed one.

On Sunday, Daddy set the tree up, and placed it in the living room, next to the TV. Every time when Zara wanted to get near the TV console (to reach for her own VCDs), she avoided the path nearer to the tree. Sometimes, she would throw glances at the tree and pat her chest.

I wonder why she’s afraid of the tree! Not so afraid that she would cry, but enough to make her want to avoid it. However, this really suits us, we don’t have to worry about her pulling the ornaments or the tree down! *grin*

Zara’s First Year

November 21, 2005 at 6:30 pm

Today is Zara’s 1st Birthday! It has been such a pleasure having her around, and sometimes still seem a bit surreal when we look at her (after what we’d been through). Our daughter, our very own flesh and blood.

Although her birthday celebration didn’t really go that well for her, she’s still her normal self despite her tummy upset. When she gets better, we’d bring her out toy shopping (with her angpow money) and a good meal.

Here are her photos, and her mile stones month by month.

1st month

Since I didn’t have a confinement lady, I took care of her all by myself (no MIL or mum to help).
– Turned her head from left to right when she’s laid on her tummy (about 4th week).
– Smiled for the first time.

2nd month

– Could lift her head up while being carried, as well as while she’s put lying on her stomach.
– Stopped waking up for night feeds when she was 6 week old (aleluia!).
– Kicked at her baby gym
– Put her fist in her mouth to suck

3rd month
– cooed
– Sucked her thumb and upper lip (if we kept her thumb away from her)
– held things when placed in her hands
– clasped her hands

4th month

I went back to work (I took 3 months off). This same month, we moved to our new house in Shah Alam and she started having to be sent daily to King’s Wife’s place together with my maid.
– turned from lying to her back to her front
– used her hands to play with her baby gym

5th month

– laughed
– crawled (tummy on the floor)
– Passed item from one hand to another
– With her tongue between her lips, made the sound PBBBBTTTT
– Sucked on her toes
– Smacked her lips
– When we wanted to lift her up, she reached her hands out to us

6th month

– had her first taste of solid
– sat unsupported
– turned her wrist

7th month
– sat unsupported
– clapped her hands
– waved bye bye
– swam in a pool (with float of course)

8th monthThis was when I started her blog.
– cut her first tooth (in fact, 4 came out just about the same time)
– gave her first kiss, to a baby photo in a book
– stood while being supported (by holding on to something)
– cruised
– rubbed her eyes when she’s tired

9th month

– sat herself up
pulled herself to standing position by holding on to a piece of furniture
-improved pincer grip

10th month

– spoke her first word
– took her first step

11th month

climbed down furniture on her own
– stood unsupported

12th month

Weight : 7.79Kg (before she got her food poisoning, quite likely lighter now)
Height : 75cm
– cut 2 more teeth, and another one is peeking out from the gums
– spoke her first 3-syllable word
– said her name when she’s asked “What is your name?”

Zara’s eventful 1st Birthday Celebration

November 21, 2005 at 12:35 pm

We have a little home made pohpiah lunch yesterday to celebrate Zara’s 1st birthday. It was a small affair, just our immediate family members and Daddy’s best friends (mine pulled out because their kids were not feeling well). It went very well, the lunch itself, but the star of the day, Zara, wasn’t feeling very well these few days, so was not in her best element.

She was down with fever on Thursday evening and it subsided on Friday. Then on Saturday she purged and vomited during the day; making her very whinny and clingy. Even while I had to start some of the Sunday’s lunch preparation at the stove, she ‘glued’ to me.

At 3am yesterday, she woke up and started wailing. When we asked her “Where Pain Pain?” She pointed to her stomach, and started crying again. We initially wanted to just pacify her and get her back to sleep, but she was crying non-stop, after about 30mins, we rushed her to Sunway Medical Emergency ward. The sleepy Dr on duty had a look at her and concluded she had ‘wind in the stomach’. She prescribed some anti-colic solution and sent us back. We got home at 5am. Not sure if it was the medication, or pure exhaustion, Zara slept soundly after that.

After 3hrs of sleep, it was time to get up. Although I had my maid and King’s Wife’s maid to help out, I sill had to run around to instruct them on how certain things should be done, and how they should be served. The whinny baby was joined to the hip with me throughout.

Just before I showered her, she purged, and then was very fussy, and aggitated. I tried to get her to nap so that she’ll be more rested, and will be in better spirit.

At 11:30am, people started to arrive. After my aunt, who came with the pohpiah skins and her famous home made turnips arrived, the lunch started. Zara also woke up about this time, I changed her into her new clothes, and brought her downstairs to join in the rest.

She was not as energetic as her normal self, but she still got pretty excited seeing all the people making their own lunch/pohpiah. I gave her a piece of skin and some vege, so that she can join in the fun. She however, didn’t have the appetite to eat anything, she just tore the food up into pieces, and made a mess at the table like her usual self.

When King’s Wife’s arrived, Zara was excited to see her che-ches (cousin sisters), and immediately went to them.

Samantha was happily entertaining her while Zara threw up, all over Samantha’s lap. Poor Sam’s skirt was drenched in puke. Zara was not disturbed by any of it, and continued playing once we cleaned her, and removed her pinafore.

When it was time to cut the cake, she couldn’t relate to the cake and the candle thing, but she was very excited when the Happy Birthday song was sung.

I got her a big fat carrot cake from Marmalade Cafe, thinking that this was something she can eat since it’s quite a ‘nutritious’ cake. However, again, Zara didn’t want to have any when I offered it to her and was showing sign that she was tired and needed a nap.

While she slept, I had more pohpiahs (probably 6 all in) and a big fat slice of cake. My excuse is I do need the energy to pacify a whinny kid.

When Zara woke up from her sleep, she again had diarrhea, this time her stool was totally watery. We were very very concerned. We had to almost shoo all our other guests home (by this time it was only my sis, my aunt and my in-laws around), to bring Zara to see a pediatrician.

Dr Chye, who operates in Subang, told us that Zara probably had food poisoning, but since her diarrhea and vomiting is not THAT frequent, we will just have to let her fight it herself. She was given some syrup to help with her colic pain, and then some rehydrating salt.

Zara refused to sit in her car seat after we left the Dr’s. She had big drops of tears rolling down, reaching her hands out for me. I gave in, and just a few moments after she was out of the car seat, Zara puke again, this time all over me; and then again during dinner after just a few mouth full of porridge.

However worrying it may all seem to me; she behaved normally after that, it didn’t seem to bother her if she had done a watery poo, or puke. It’s probably a good sign that it was not causing much discomfort to her (my consolation).

Not a very good birthday celebration for her, and I smelled of puke at the end of the day.

Mummy just hope she gets well soon.

How it all started

November 6, 2005 at 11:18 pm

Zara is coming to 1year old, and it’s really a great joy having her.

As a ‘special’ for her coming one year old birthday, instead of writing about her birth story, I’ll write about how we ‘got’ Zara.

We tried many years to have a baby, and almost gave up hope. Here is how it all went, our 6 7 part journey to discovering and treating infertility and finally having Zara.

Since this is long ‘story’, I’ll post 1 part per day on top of my regular post (if there’s anything interesting happening).

Do read on if it interest you.

Zara’s Lantern

September 20, 2005 at 11:42 pm

Moon cake festival came and went. I’m quite impressed with some of the celebration some mums had for their little ones.

Baby Faythe had a good time as mummy really took the effort to prepare see here

Baby Ethylyn had a nice lantern to play with and went for lantern parade see here

What did Zara’s mummy do? **shame**

We don’t normally celebrate such ??? (festival) unless it’s instigated by my eldest sis. This year, since bro & sis-in-law were holidaying in Portugal, and youngest sis was busy with her cafe, eldest sis didn’t organise anything special. However, since this is Zara’s first year, we thought we’ll just get her a lantern, and see if we could bring her some place with lantern show.

Alas, as usual, daddy dilly dally till quite late before we left the house to do lantern shopping. We only have 30mins to shop until our dinner appointment.

We searched for it around Sunway, and managed to find this Chinese medicine shop selling battery operated ones. Zara was sleeping in the car, so we didn’t get her to choose it. After getting the shop owner to show us the few left (it was Saturday, 1 day to the big day, and there was only ~10 left), and ‘demo-ed’ 2 of the short listed ones to see what things the lantern could do (the simple ones are no longer available). One is lantern shaped, with about 5 birds popping out of the lantern, another is a Chinese lion, which turned its head, and walked a few steps when it’s turned on. The lantern shape one is nicer, but very heavy, Zara will not be able to lift it with her small hands. So we chose the latter.

When we were at the restaurant, we took the lantern out for Zara. She was ok with it, gave us a smile and wanted to touch it. Then we turned it on. ??? (Wong Fei Hoong) music started playing, the lion’s eyes flashing red, and its head wobbled left and right. Zara’s started showing some fear, she backed away a bit. When the head wobbling stopped and the lion started walking towards her, she cried! Big tears rolling down. I tried to console and comfort her, and told her there’s nothing to be afraid off, took her hand to touch it. She pulled back her hand, stared at the frightful creature, and more tears rolled down.

We have to put the lion away. **shame**

What about lantern viewing?

It was already time for Zara to go to bed when we finished dinner (~10pm), too late to bring Zara to ???(Tien Hou Temple) to see the lantern show (we assumed there was one there). So, we went back home. **another shame**

As for the lion, after letting Zara see the funnier side of the lion, like the pom poms on its tail and whiskers, and the funny gait the lion has when it’s walking, she’s no longer afraid of it. Still careful when we turned it on, but not afraid any more.

Next year, when Zara can walk and carry her own lantern, we’ll try to be more prepared, and have a better celebration with her. I promise no more shame!

Happy to see kakak

September 4, 2005 at 11:40 am

It’s finally time for Tuyam to come back from Indonesia after her 1month holidays.

We went to KLIA to pick her up. Zara was feeling a bit bored and dopey after a nap on the 40mins journey.

When Tuyam got into the car and said hello to Zara, her face lit up. She started getting excited, kicking her legs, waving her arms, and lifting her head to try to get more glimpses of her kakak pass me (I was seated between the two of them). Then she started making happy noises, occasionally, squealed with laughter while she kept looking at her kakak.

When we stopped to have lunch, and Tuyam went to pick Zara up, she happily reached out her hands for her kakak.

I was worried originally that she may need some time getting used to Tuyam when Tuyam comes back. Looks like she still remembers her kakak and they just hit off right away. Phew!

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