Thursday, August 28, 2014

The pride of 'another' profession


I think it isn't fair if you look down on any profession. Every profession is equally important in today's society. The only difference is the level and salary. If you're sitting on top of the chart, you get more pay ... so, when you look down from your chair... how do you feel? If you think you're the most important person in the company that helps the company to make profit, I feel so sorry for you. Poor you. 

I've heard countless times about IT. Be it good or bad...
Remark #1 - IT is a waste of money
Remark #2 - IT makes no profit
Remark #3 - IT likes to hire a lot of people, wasting money
Remark #4 - Why do we need IT? Olden days no IT, still can survive. Make use of Secretary lahh.

Oh well... a stab in the heart of IT-cians. Today, how can one survive without IT? Look at the phone that you use. Look at the global communication. It is almost impossible to totally eliminate IT in a company. And yet I've still heard countless time people condemns about IT guys. Sigh.

#Theprideofanotherprofession
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Baby Fever


I have few friends that just gave birth recently, and some of them are heavily pregnant.. and all these tickles my heart to get pregnant again! I can't wait to have our 3rd baby .. I'm having baby fever now! 

Again, it will be a very mixed feeling knowing that we will stop at 3. 

Look at the cute baby pictures below... how can you not fall in love with 'em. And how can you not loved pregnancy / newborn babies. 


I think I'm ready... hehehehe. But ! It's not the right time yet.... we have lots of things to settle. With two kids around, I would prefer that Daniel is at least 3yo when baby #3 is born. At least I have two older kids at home to help me with the newborn baby, they can play on their own, can feed themselves, and then, I have more time with #3. Oh wait, by then big sister will be going to the kindergarten. Which means in the morning I have a little extra time with big bro and baby #3. 

 

Awww... thinking of all these, I just couldn't wait for the entire process again! 

Baby Fever!
Monday, August 25, 2014

SAHM vs FTWM

FTWM = Get paid with nice paycheck. Shopping spree every month.
SAHM = Get paid with much hugs and kisses

In Summary, this is a difficult decision to make. I wish to have a nice paycheck every month end, and on the other hand, I wish to be home with my kids 24x7. 

As the day is getting nearer, I'm having mixed feelings if I've ever made the right decision. What if we couldn't settle with just one paycheck? Will it be wise to just survive with one paycheck? At the end of the day, it's still all about money and money and money. Can we survive? Yes or No? If we can merely sustain on the border line, is it worth all the sacrifice? 

And this explains a lot of sacrifices to be done.. No purchasing power, no overseas holiday, no nice dine out etc. It will be a little tough since we are so used to "enjoying" and "relaxing" .. and very soon, we shall not have such freedom to spend and enjoy. We have to set limitations. We have to set a budget for food, entertainment, groceries, etc. And we shall hire a finance minister to ensure budget is met.

Oh well.. a tough sacrifice to be made. But... what's more important than our own kids. Our kids definitely need us more than the materials in the world. I've chose this path because of the few concerns:
1) health (Daniel has been falling sick every alternate weeks *sad*)
2) safety (Knowing that the kids will one day go to school, I have the responsibility to send them to school and fetch them back home. And I can keep an eye on their whereabouts)
3) guidance (I can look after them after school and ensure their days are good. Be the pillar of strength 24x7)
4) tutoring/mentoring (in their homework)

I guess, I've made the right decision. No money can guarantee my kids' safety and health, but all these are guaranteed through my own eyes and hands. I do hope I won't be one paranoid mom in future.. and all I can do, I surrender them all to God's loving hands. He looks after the flocks in the sky, the flowers in the garden and what more us, His little children. 

God is good. I'm thankful to be given such privilege to be able to stay home with the kids. Even if we can only survive and not having any luxuries of life... it's worth it! 

I love you my little children..... we shall sail together no matter what the future unfolds, but don't forget, we have a Captain in Heaven. =)



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The danger of Yelling.

I was stunned for a moment when I heard this statement from my going to 3yo daughter...
She said.. Mama, I shouted like you.

I froze. And I asked her, "You shout like mama? When did mama shout?"
And she said, "You shout lah"
(I was shouting at her earlier on when she decided to run around without getting dressed)

Yelling is doing more harm than good. I admit, many times I did lost my patience and I yelled. I've tried my best to stay calm, relax and slowly explain to her, but this calmness does not work if I'm too tired or when I have too many things pile up at home.

But recently, things seem to be a little better. I yelled lesser and thanks to Daniel for keeping me calm, steady and no-yelling at home. Reason behind this is that every time I yell, he gets scared and he cries and he quickly comes towards me for hug. It happened few times at home when I raised my voice and he got so scared that he let go all his toys and quickly crawled to me. Looking at him like that, every time when I lost my patience, I look at Daniel. It works.. I did tone down my voice and speak nicely/slowly to Ashlynn.

Don't underestimate the side effects of yelling.

The picture below clearly illustrates what happens when shouting is too normal at home.......

Your child is immune and eventually they WON'T listen! Your anger goes from the left to the right ear.. your advice no longer make sense to your child.

You might think that your child is afraid of you when you yell, but it works on the surface only. Deep inside their heart, they are imitating after you. They are taking you as their role-model. Every time you shout, they think it's OK to do so. They shout when they are unhappy. They shout when they didn't get what they want.

And they started to shout at their siblings.
 

Parents, we are all still learning. We are not perfect parents but we are the best role-model that God has entrusted us to be. When God provides, He leads. We can be one of the best parents to our kids, all by His grace. Teach us O Lord... that we will always be the apple of our children's eyes. That they will trust us in everything and we are their pillar of strength.

Dearest Ashlynn and Daniel, even though we might lost our patience at times (most of the times), please know that we really really really really love both of you. Forgive us when we are not in our best of shape, and we promise that we will try our best to make your every day a better and loving day, that when you grow up...and when you glance through your childhood days, you cast a big smile on your face. The happy memories of those old days...... 

Lots of love, hugs, kisses,
Papa & Mama
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The toughest part of breastfeeding......

When your little one has bottom and upper teeth growing
And then he BITES!
And there is a deep deep cut!

OUCCHHH!

That's all I would like to say..

Screaming in pain.. it hurts now. And I'm letting it to heal. So no nursing at the moment. Hand express saves me from screaming all the way to get the milk expressed. 

Anyway, I still love when he nurses. He knows how to nod his head whenever I ask him if he ever wants milk, and then when I lift up my shirt, he chuckles.

The beauty of breastfeeding.
Keep going mommies.. nothing is easy in this world. No shortcut to every happiness.

Cheers!
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

My Online Pharmacy - IHERB

Last week had been a rough ride for the family. First little girl was down with flu but since she's a little bigger, she cooperated well when we asked her to blow her nose/ when we sprayed her nose with Sterimar. No big fuss on the little girl. She coped well with the nasty flu bugs.

On the other hand.... 

We had a tough time settling the baby boy. He had fever.. blocked nose... running nose.. phlegm.. And that was not all, he decided not to eat/drink on the 4th day. I knew something was not right because his fever was ongoing and it spiked up during the midnight. On the 5th day, we decided to bring him to the Pediatrician but the slot was so packed due to Hari Raya and we decided to move on to the Emergency Dept.  

The Medical Officer immediately asked to admit him since his fever did not subside, the intention was to get him done with nebulizer and blood test to check what was the caused. Blood test came out to be not so good, it showed some bacteria infection. And his tonsils were swollen with some white spots. This was bad that he needed antibiotics. Sigh.... we managed to keep jie jie healthy without a single drop of antibiotics up to now, but at 1 year 2 months, baby boy had the first syringe of antibiotics. Sad enough to say .. but no choice, if this medicine will make him well. 

He was admitted for 2 nights and he seemed to be better after all the medications. =( MedicationS and not medication. It is heart breaking to see the amount of medicines given to him. Drops in the throat (to numb the pain so that he can eat), drops in the nose (to dry up the mucous), drops in the eyes (cause his left eye is a little swollen due to infection)... and today, the side effects of antibiotics, he had runny stools (diarrhea) and rashes on his body. 

All these are over! Now is the time to build back his immune system . I purchased probiotics to help him with his digestive system and hopefully it helps to make him stronger. Let's see if probiotics live up to its name. 

And yesterday, I purchased Animal Parade vitamins for Ashlynn. It's so much easier to give her tablets to chew instead of the liquid one. Daniel will consume the liquid form of vitamin C (Childlife brand). Hopefully with all these supplements, they are stronger and not prone to sickness. Praying hard that all these tough rides are over now ...



I purchased these two from Iherb.com. So much cheaper than purchasing it locally. Let's see if probiotics work on my children, if yes I will look for one in Iherb. My ever faithful online pharmacy. My hubby used to say I'm the Doctor. Haha.

If you're first timer shopping in Iherb, good news for you!

Feel free to use my product code (HUZ619) and get discount on first purchase.  You will receive $10 off the first order of $40 or more, or you can take $5 off orders less than $40.
Thursday, July 17, 2014

My favorite gadget for baby food

We went to home expo fair at PWTC few weeks ago and we came across a counter selling this little hand gadget. I'm impressed with the functionality, especially in making dough / blend raw materials into pieces. This hand gadget is particularly useful when I need to chop meat. All I need to do is to dump a half frozen meat into the blender. This blender works great! I saved a lot of time in chopping and chopping and chopping. 

The first day itself, I've tried making dough for my pan mee soup. Super delicious! I don't have to knead with my hands and all I need is to put 6 spoons of water and 3 spoons of flour. Put some salt and oil .. and taaadaaa! The texture is good. Soft and elastic. Perfect!

So last weekend, as I was preparing porridge for the kids, I decided to fry egg with long beans + carrot + onion + garlic. So, I throw everything inside and blend................ If you want the material to be a little coarse, don't blend too long. 3-4 spins will do.



Ashlynn loves fried egg! See ... so easy!

This gadget indeed is so useful. I saved a lot a lot of time preparing the ingredients.. and I can actually kao tim everything in 15 mins . Plus washing.... =D Oh Yeahh.. this gadget is super easy to wash. Only 3 things to wash : Container + cover + blender knife ( I don't know what to call it, :p) So easy .. the most important thing when buying a kitchen gadget is whether it is easy to wash or not, how many things to wash. The lesser the better, the easier to dismantle the better. And this is super simple.

Highly recommended gadget .. buy buy buy! 
And I'm happy with this purchase.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Kindergarten Headache

We have plans to send our little champ to kindergarten next year. I started to look around, mainly in Google for reviews and feedback on the kindergarten that I'm interested in. For goodness sake, the more I read, the more I know, the more paranoid I became. I just couldn't believe some kindergarten is that of-a-kind. Oh well, don't judge a book by its cover. Don't judge a kindergarten by the environment, it can be pretty deceiving by the outlook, but when it comes to school time, we just wouldn't know what happens.

I wish to delay one more year so that the time spent with little champ is longer. And I don't have to worry so many things. I just couldn't imagine what will happen next year.

What if little champ is not happy going to school
What if little champ kena bully at school
What if the teacher punishes her because she pee pee in her pants
What if little champ do all sorts of drama when waking her up to school
What if little champ feels stress in school


I just couldn't free off my mind with all these What If(s).

Oh God, please keep our little champ safe. Please help us to find a good passionate dedicated kindergarten for our little champ. Please give little champ the excitement to go to school. Please guide little champ to mix around with good kids. Please guide little champ in her studies that everything is so easy for her. God, we uphold little champ into your hands that your grace, blessings and mercy will follow her all the days of her life. Amen.

All I need is relax and breathe in breathe out. Surrender all to God's hands knowing that He will protect His daughter. =)

Monday, June 9, 2014

Little Tikes Slide - A happy Purchase

I've been eye-ing this slide for quite some time and I couldn't resist the urge of buying when I saw this at Preloved. We don't really have much time to bring the kids to the playground, and it has been raining almost every evening. So, it's a little impossible to let the kids run freely in the playground. Not to forget, the big irritating mozzies that loves the sweet blood of your sweet child. Forget all those hassles, I decided to get a mini slide for them to play at home. And when I saw someone selling this... I just couldn't be happier. Buy Buy Buy! Of course, I do get the permission from Mr Hubby. The moment he said "OK, buy". I was like.. is that him? Haha. I didn't expect him to agree that soon because this item will occupy space at home. And we already have a lot of things in the living room, so I was just trying my luck if he agrees to purchase this. Voila!! I contacted the seller, we discussed the price, the location and ta dahh... the Little Tikes junior slide is now at our home sweet home. =D
 

And Jie Jie is one happy girl! Mama, One more time.. Mama, One more time. Haha.
Very soon, Di Di will join in the fun and both of them will have a fun time at home, in their mini playground.
Hehe...

Some reviews on this slide:
1) I wish this slide is a little higher and longer.. a little too short and few seconds, jie jie is down on the ground. If it's a little higher then it's perfect.
2) This slide is stable! Not to worry the steps will fall apart or the slide will suddenly get dismantled due to the weight.. no. Don't worry.
3) The purple and pink is so sweet.... *ok, this is out of topic* Haha
4) Very easy to dismantle and fix, but too bad, this slide is not easily fold for storage. They do have any range of Little tikes junior slide that is easy to fold and unfold for storage. You can check it out at Amazon.

Overall, I'm happy with this purchase. There's another brand from China, oh well... I don't really trust China products these days. We purchased one training potty with stairs for Jie Jie but the potty drops easily when jie jie climbs up the stairs. Not safe. Not secure. So, I still prefer children products that has proper quality assurance. For a peace of mind. =)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Mix and Match

If you read my posts about Daniel's adventure in solid food, he dislikes apple puree so much that he will fight with all his might just to make sure no apple puree down his throat. But, knowing that an apple a day keeps the Doctor away, I never give up in trying.

Idea come and go, and I decided to play mix and match. Since he dislikes apple puree on its own, why don't I mix with something interesting? The other day, Isetan was having Laughing Cow cheese promotion and my colleague said her SIL used to mix the cheese in the porridge for her son. Why I've never thought of that, perhaps I could try to mix with Daniel's apple puree! So, I bought one pack of the cheese and mixed with his apple puree. He's a clever cheeky boy. He tasted some first and he opened his mouth wide the moment he finished the first spoon. He gobbled down the whole bowl of apple cheesy puree like a champ! No fuss. No struggle. I win!! Haha. And the next morning, I went back to Isetan and bought 4 more boxes of laughing Cow Cheese. Super Kiasu. Lol.

Next, I decided to mix apple + Dragon fruit. I was just trying my luck the other day, hopefully the sweet dragon fruit will cover the sourness in the apple puree. And it did. First, I steam the apple and then blend it together with 2 slices of dragon fruit. It made one big bowl of apple dragon puree. I was a little not confident if he can finish up the whole bowl, or I must add some cheese to cover the taste. But But, I was so wrong. He finished up the entire bowl! No cheese added. It's pure blended apple + dragon fruit. I win again!! Muahahaha.
Tonight.. I'm going to try apple puree + banana. Haha. Let's see if I win this game as well. =DD