Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Mid year review

Just some updates on what we've been up to, although it's nothing particularly exciting.

Baby O is already 5.5 months old.

Although she has now managed to turn from her stomach to her back
but sometimes, she is still capable of forgetting how to do so
and will end up crying.

Still no sign of being able to sit up on her own now.
She does not seem to try to use her arms to push herself up whenever she lies on her tummy.

There are days when she fusses because she wants to be carried all the time
and I am so thankful for my Pognae hip seat carrier.

Makes carrying so much more easier especially when she weighs 7 kg+ now!

From once watching her musical mobile demurely while lying in her cot,
she is now a mini Godzilla in her cot grabbing onto the mobile and shaking it furiously.

Sometimes, she uses her legs to kick it as well.

Just a few days ago, we lowered her bed two levels so that she cannot reach her musical mobile
and because if she were to pull herself one day up without us knowing,
she could fall over - however, I think it'd be a while before she will be able to pull herself up.

Been hanging out with Baby O and my mum a fair bit.
Going out is extremely therapeutic (provided there's help).

I have been obsessed with the Jumperoo (the Fisher Price jumperoo in particular) until it reached a point that Mike thought that I was on the brink of insanity. Day and night I would be telling him about it - even before he sleeps. "Should I get it? Should I not?" Mwahaha.

I have been reading tons of reviews on jumperoos and I was so convinced that I just HAD to get one for Baby O and my daily sanity.

I have been searching high and low for a used one but the condition of the preloved ones advertised are not well kept and I also doubt the authenticity. Also, in Malaysia, the "cheap" Fisher Price jumperoos sold online are apparently not genuine.

The supposedly "cheap" knock off isn't exactly very cheap either - they cost around RM300+, but apparently the original ones are priced at RM600+.

I went to Toys R Us and other baby shops and none of them seem to be selling the Fisher Price jumperoo. I wonder why.

I even went on Amazon to try to purchase one but the taxes and shipping fee turned out to be more than the cost itself so obviously, it was a no go for me.

Only recently, I went to Toys R Us in 1U and saw two units of 'Finding Nemo' jumperoos from Bright Starts priced close to RM1k. No way am I going to pay that much.

In the end, I decided to settle for a used jumperoo/jumper from Evenflo that I found on Carousell. The unit's condition is extremely good (as good as new) and the price was also right.

My only worry was that Baby O may not like sitting in it but there was a jumperoo sold by Mothercare and I put her inside and she seemed to enjoy herself. I was so glad.

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Baby O also developed eczema recently :(
It has been a trying time for me dealing with it seeing her in so much discomfort.

Will write about it another day.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Brunch @ The Laus

As usual, true to Alicia's style -
she cooked up a gourmet brunch feast.

Absolutely blessed to have Alicia cook for us and also have her sous chef Louis help her out (mostly, with the cleaning). That's what husbands are for ! :)

Haha. Kidding.

So much effort !

She even followed Gordon Ramsay's baked beans recipe !

This was so good. Coconut ice cream with caramelised marshmallows. 

Told Alicia I could not eat dairy and it felt so good to be eating her home made dairy free ice cream !
I have not had ice cream in ages :(

Fruit smoothies

I reckon that Alicia should join Masterchef.

Yummy pancakes

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

It's June already?

When oh when will you be able to roll back from your tummy to your back?
My ears are aching from the screaming and crying whenever you roll from your back to your tummy.

When Baby O first learned how to roll, she would keep on rollin' rollin' rollin' -
but unfortunately, she would get frustrated as she would not know how to roll back from her tummy to her back.

She would also roll several times in a day - at least 10 times a day?
And I would have to keep rolling her back.

I do try to let her attempt to roll back but she does not seem to be attempting!

I read of this "baby milestone" online and it says :-

Your baby may be able to kick himself over, from his tummy to his back, as early as age 4 months. It may take him until he's about 5 or 6 months to flip from back to front, though, because he needs stronger neck and arm muscles for that maneuver.

I find this so odd  because baby O is able to flip from back to front but not the other way round when rolling from tummy to her back seems to be "easier"?

Oh well, I know that before I speak too soon, she will probably be able to do it within the next few weeks *hopefully* and by then, I'd be even more worried as there'd be a higher probability of her falling off the bed if ever I were to take my eyes off her for a split second.

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I totally envy those whom have babies who are able to play on their own and sleep on their own!

Baby O seems to get bored pretty fast.

She can only keep herself entertained for about 20 minutes at most and I realised that she is more entertained in her cot than on the play mat though.

And when it comes to sleeping, she still has yet to learn the art of self soothing !

The same thing is happening now - she is currently going on a pacifier strike! ARGH.

She keeps wanting to use me as a pacifier and if I do not give in to her, her pitiful sobbing will gradually become louder and LOUDER and soon, it will turn to loud and long wailings and screaming from the very depths of her throat.

Her screaming is so loud to the point that my ear drums hurt. Not kidding.

I have been trying my best to let her "cry it out" but I keep reading mixed reviews on it.

Honestly, I know that it breaks most mothers' hearts to hear their baby cry but I think that I am the opposite. . . especially when Baby O starts screaming !!!

I'm like "go on screaming until you get tired and realise that you can't get your way..." BUT then, her screaming slowly starts raising my blood pressure until I'm like OK OK JUST stop it already WHAT DO YOU WANT I'LL GIVE IT TO YOU!

I just keep picturing the day she becomes a screaming toddler throwing tantrums and rolling all over the floor. I can't even remember how was I like as a toddler.

I am just afraid that I might become a crazy mum with a bad temper yelling at my kid in public.

Even right now, I have my meltdown moments and sometimes, I raise my voice at Baby O - even though she is just a baby.

Sometimes, I feel horrible after that but during those moments when she keeps crying to get her way, my temper gets in the way as well.

People keep reminding me that "babies are smarter than you think". . . . but the moment you treat them as though they are smart, you will get even more frustrated and agitated the moment they don't "listen" to you.... BUT if I were to treat her like a baby who does not know or understand things yet, I'd be more tolerant because after all, she's JUST a baby?

When and how do I draw the line between giving in too much and putting my foot down?

This is why they say your baby brings out the best and worst in you.

Having a baby really makes me imagine myself back in time when I was a baby - like was I like this? How did my mother do it? How did she manage 3 kids?

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Also, as kiasu as I may sound, I have been looking up on preschools and just checking on what they have to offer and also, working out the cost for budgeting purposes . . . .

. . . . and the more I research on education and the costs, the more compelled I feel to go back to work -_-"