Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
So, here's to many, many, many happy anniversaries ahead !!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I've finally received my photos from EOE Online. They tried delivering the photos some time last week but there was no one home at that time. I guess that's one downside of online shopping.
I'm happy with the overall print quality and paper. Ha hahh... already planning to order additional photos. I restricted myself to only 50 pieces the first round as I was worried that the photos may not turn out nice.
The EOE Online website has more than just photo printing. I've uploaded one of Elyssa's photo for the "Joy of Christmas" photo competion. 1st prize is a RM200 photo voucher, so do vote for her :) Here's the link to vote (but need to register) -
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
1. Weight : 9.4 kg
2. Food Intake - Porridge twice a day
Enfalac A+ Milk, 6 oz, three times a day
3. New food introduced - long beans & french beans in her porridge.
4. She often smacks her lips together when she sees people eating. (This is actually quite amusing!)
5. She just learnt a new trick - getting down from the sofa, stomach first.
6. Clings on to me like a koala bear when she sees me around. Sometimes, I can't even go to the loo.
7. I started feeding her off my plate when she's with me during meals cos that's the only way to keep her quiet. Mainly rice grains and sometimes other types of soft food such as fish and mashed potato. Not really a good habit tho, since always expects to be fed nowadays.
8. Loves to play, play, play.
With this online photo printing, I can just upload the photos that I want to print out, click a few buttons and voila - I get the printed photos delivered to my doorstep. No hassle of having to transfer images to a thumb drive, drive out, wait at the store for my turn and then drive out again to collect. The rates are very reasonable too - 4R@ RM0.30 and 5R @ RM0.50. And there's free delivery for orders above RM35.
I've uploaded my photos this morning (I tot might as well partipate in their blogger review programme) and I'm looking forward to see printed photos of Elyssa.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
I took Elyssa for her very first session at Tumble Tots last weekend. I was very excited when I found out a few weeks back that there were classes for babies from 6 months onwards, called Gymbabes. When I told my parents about Gymbabes their reaction was something along the lines of..... "what?? a class for Elyssa? she's too young to know anything! No point! etc etc.... ha hahh.... I wasn't surprised at the reaction. But since the class fee was within the limit of what I can claim from my company, I thought that there was no harm trying. And I thought that it'll be good for her to interact with other kids.
So anyway, we finally made it to the class last weekend. It was a very small class - besides Elyssa there were only a pair of boy-girl twins and another boy. All 3 were > 12 months old. The instructor said the class was normally bigger but was small that day probably due to the school holidays. The class started out with a "together time" at the playmat in the middle of the room. It was a short singing session with some baby massage time. After that, it was time for the babies to have a go at the climbing/walking on narrow bar/tunnel crawling, rolling etc stations around the room. Since Elyssa can't even walk yet, the things that she could do was quite limited. About half and hour later, it was back for another short " together time" at the playmat. And that was the end of the 45 minute class.
And the verdict? Well, I've gotta agree with my parents. She was happy in that class, but that was because I was playing with her. There actually wasn't much time for interaction between other babies and parents. Most of the time she was just playing with the toys on the floor, and I already have a huge stash of toys at home anyway.
So I decided to just pay RM25 for the trial class without signing up for the normal classes. Even though the cost for me is minimal (not free cos my claims are a taxable benefit) I'm not keen on the hassle of having to be there at a fixed time and day every weekend. I'll probably give it another go once she starts walking.
Friday, December 5, 2008
"But wait, must stop and smile at the camera first"
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Main reason for choosing this model is it's an all-in-1 car seat that can be used from birth up to 48 kg. So Elyssa can use this seat until she's big enough to use a normal seat belt.
Picture of her new "throne":
So, no more excuse (for me!) for not placing her in the car seat. Her current baby car seat is not very comfortable and she often struggles and scream when I strap her in. And I usually give-in by carrying her in my arms which I know is a dangerous thing to do.
Anyway, when we left Ikano last Saturday night (the shop personnel installed the seat for us), she was ok with her new car seat but struggled when we left the carpark. She generally doesn't like darkness so I unstrapped her and carried her in my arms. I just didn't want her first experience with her new car seat to be a bad one.
Started afresh with the must-sit-in-car seat rule on Sunday morning. I did my very best to keep her distracted - made silly faces, sang loudly, gave her toys to play with etc etc. Phew, luckily it worked cos she sat in the car seat all the way to our destination.
And on the way home, I was very relieved when I saw this -
She was sleeping soooo soundly. She remained fast asleep even after we unloaded all the shopping bags. (she's normally a light sleeper) Yipee yay!
Since she can be comfortable in the seat, the must-sit-in-car seat rule is officially on!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Here are 8 Random things about me -
1. I'm quite tall at 170 cm. Growing up, I hated being tall and I used to hunch my shoulders to appear shorter.
2. I've got a hopeless sense of direction. During my audit days I wasted lots of time (and petrol!) being lost.
3. I love sour and spicy food.
4. Before Elyssa, I didn't know how to change a diaper.
5. I've been to Bali three times.
6. I almost made it to the top of Mt Kinabalu 2 years ago but had to turn back due to bad weather. So, conquering the peak is something I want to achieve one day.
7. I only learnt how to swallow pills when I got pregnant with Elyssa.
8. I love coffee - the way it smells, the way it tastes and the way it makes me feel !
1. Each player starts with 8 random facts/habits about themselves
2. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their 8 things and post these rules
3. At the end of your blog post, you need to choose 8 people to get tagged and list their name
4. Don't forget to leave them a comment telling them they're tagged and to read your blog
The next 8 that I will tag:
5. Fussy Mum
7. Chin Nee
Monday, November 24, 2008
I started with the book "3 Little Pigs" about a week ago. When I first read it (in an animated tone, of course!) I think she didn't quite understand what was going on cos she continued whatever she was doing then. So I used my fingers to point to the words as I read, just to indicate to her that I was using the book. That finally got her attention. But then she started to grab the pages to put into her mouth. That's my greedy gal!
I did it again on the 2nd night and I was so tickled that she laughed out loud when I said in my big bad wolf voice - "I'll HUFFF and I'll PUFFF and I'll BLOW your house down". I repeated that line a few times and each time was rewarded with her laughter. Hubby said the same thing while rocking her left and right, and she laughed out even louder. That was such a joyful time. Whatever stress I had that day just melted away.
Since then, I've been reading to her every night. The other phrases that she likes are:
"LITTLE Pigs, LITTLE Pigs. Let me in" - Big Bad Wolf voice
"No. Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin " - Little Pig voice
but her favourite is still the "I'll HUFFFFF and I'll PUFFFFF and I'll BLOW your house down".
This nightly reading time is now something hubby and I look forward to every day :)
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I was really curious to see her reaction to the rusk. She has always been good when it comes to new types of food, but this was the first exposure to a hard piece of biscuit. I broke off a small piece first. She gummed that piece and looked a little surprised when it dissolved in her mouth. She seemed to like it though and kept opening her mouth for more.
Keh kehh... to gauge how interested she was, I asked hubby to keep his hand stationary. So instead of moving the rusk to her mouth, she had to move her mouth towards the rusk. Just a small little "test" which she passed with flying colours! Confirmed once again that I have a greedy little princess :)
And really enjoyed eating the rusk /feeding herself -
Though it got a little messy at the end -
Well, I'm glad that it was a successful exposure to rusk :)
Sunday, November 16, 2008
What we bought for her-
1. VTech Elephant Stacking Wheel - RM 79.90
2. Bruin Busy Wheeler - RM 26.95
3. Nattou Baby Elephant with Clip - RM 29.95
4. FurReal Baby Lion toy - RM 20.00
5. Pigeon Training Cup - RM 27.00
6. 3 Usborne Story books - RM 23.80 for 3
( Goldilocks & the 3 Bears, 3 Little Pigs, the Little Red Hen)
Elyssa posing with her new things -
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
1. Weight - 9.2kg
2. She can crawl very fast now, especially is she sees something that she wants. Quite a few times, I saw her crawl swiftly to her 2+ year old cousin Justin koko then grab whatever toy that was in his hand. This girl can be really aggressive!
3. New food items that have been introduced to her - green peas, pumpkin, purple cabbage, "kei chi" and yoghurt. Fruits that I've let her licked (to tease her tastebuds) - apple, orange, dragon fruit, papaya, banana, pink guava and pomelo. Not surprisingly, she just loved everything.
4. Likes to pull herself up to standing position
5. Doesn't like to sleep. If she has her way, she'll just play all day.
6. Still can't sleep through the night, despite much "training" from mummy and daddy.
7. Prefers plastic items over soft toys.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
She was very warm and thoughts of fever affecting the brain came to us. To be safe hubby said better to bring her to a doctor. So at around 3.30 am we bundled Elyssa into the car to the nearby 24 hour GP. Was relieved when the doc said not to worry. He said that we should only be worried if the temperature reaches 39 degrees. Also, he pointed out she was starting to sweat which was a good sign. But he did advise us to bring her back for a rectal suppository if she was still feverish around 7am. He gave her a dosage of syrup which was supposed to make her sleep better.
Upon reaching home, I tried to nurse Elyssa to sleep. She suckled then fussed, suckled than fussed. (but I was very relieved that her fever seemed to have subsided) At 5am I gave up and asked hubby to make her formula. She immediately gulped down 6 ounces then fell asleep shortly after. She only woke up at around 10.30am.
Luckily no more fever after that and she went back to her normal self. Phew!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
The next big dilemma was of course what brand and model. That was an even more difficult decision. In the end, it was down to Canon 1000D or Nikon D60. Final decision was Canon as it fit into my main criteria - low entry price (just in case I get bored with this new hobby) with the option of upgrading lenses and whatnot accessories later. (apparently for Nikon, better lenses are only compatible for D80 model onwards. D80 costs RM3k plus which is beyond my budget.
So I dragged hubby and Elyssa along with me to Low Yat Plaza last weekend. Final damage to my pocket was RM 2,080 for the Canon 1000D, 4 GB 60x memory card, camera bag, tripod, lens protector and LCD protector sheet.
I tried to read the manual on Sunday night, and it could have easily been french!! I tried again last night and nearly fell asleep. Keh kehh... I think I need to get a photography book with colour pages.
Friday, October 31, 2008
So during the recent holiday at Clearwater Sanctuary, when hubby and I walked from the chalet to the dining area, we were surprised to see this :
I quickly snapped a photo then tried to put her in a more comfortable sleeping position. When I did that, she woke up and protested by crying loudly. So I let her be (she opened her eyes and started to look around) and asked hubby to continue pushing the stroller.
After a few minutes, I looked at the stroller again and saw this -
So I adjusted her position, and again she woke up and protested. And AGAIN she fell asleep soon after in a similar position. I adjusted her (3rd time!) and this time I was successful. Phew! She had a good nap and only woke up when were almost done with our dinner.
I wanted to write a day-by-day account like my previous post, but I delayed this post so much that I've forgotten the details. So I'll just write on the overall progress.
We had 2 objectives which were:
(a) to train her to sleep on her own at night (without requiring to suckle to sleep)
(b) to train her not to wake up for night feeds.
For Obj (a), she still goes through the crying process before she finally sleeps, despite all the consistent routine of patting/singing/ switch-off lights/ soft baby music. Sometimes it's just a couple of minutes but on bad days it can be up to 15-20 minutes. No specific pattern there.
Much worse outcome for Obj (b). Most of the time she's been waking up crying anytime from 2am to 5am. It takes quite some time to soothe her back to sleep and sometimes the moment she's placed back on the bed she starts crying again. Sometimes it's after we get back to bed and juuust got to slumber land. Aaarghhh!!! And she gets very cranky when she wakes up for the second time. It takes awfully long to get her to sleep again. A few nights ago, a very exhausted hubby and I decided to just let her cry-it-out. My goodness.... she just screamed and yelled at the top of her lungs and kicked around for an hour. A very angry baby indeed! Same thing for the second night. A real drama queen. Adoi, she's got a stubborn character.
*Sigh*, why can't she be more like her mummy? According to my mum, I slept through the night when I was about 3 months old. And that I used to sleep a lot. Apparently, I once slept throughout when I was given a bath!
Will be continuing with this sleep training. Hopefully there will be good progress soon.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
As always, I'm a little sad when I pack up things that she has outgrown. My little princess is growing up so fast!
The resort stay also comes with various free activities:
1. 2 hours of kayakking
2. 2 hours of fishing
3. 50 balls at the aquating driving range
4. 2 hours archery
5. 2 hours bicyle rental
In the "pre-baby" days, hubby and I would have happily participated in those activities, but this time we didn't even do a single one but instead spent quite some time in the well equiped childrens room!!
"Shall I pick a yellow ball or green ball??"
"Hmm.... mebbe a blue one instead"
"Mummy, why am I in a basket??"
"My daddy built this house just for me"
While Elyssa was playing with the balls, I saw hubby building a house with the giant colourful building blocks. He kept saying that it was for Elyssa but I could see that he was really enjoying himself. Ha hahh..I think the big kid was the one "playing" with the building blocks. Elyssa only sat in the house for 2 minutes for us to take some photos.
We originally wanted to drive out to Batu Gajah but ended up having both afternoon tea and dinner at the resort. We had slow leisurely walks around the resort with Elyssa on her stroller. Also went for a nice body massage at the spa after dinner. Aaah.... bliss.
The following day, we went to Ipoh after checking out from the resort. Same old routine everytime we go there - food at Kong Heng, coffee at Nam Heong, drive-by my old house (my parents stayed there for >30 years before moving to KL about 2 yrs back), visit hubby's grandma etc etc.
We headed back to KL around 6pm. It was just a short holiday, but a nice one. :)