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3 times the joy,
3 times the choices:
Life of a mum with triplets
My dearest Zakry,
A year ago today at this hour, Mummy was feeling the first pangs of labour - an exciting (and a little terrifying) sign that in a few hours I would meet the little man behind those pretty amazing tummy shapes you were able to make with your knees and elbows.
I was at Ashton’s school today for his six monthly progress report. His teacher is pleased with his progress. He has improved in a lot of areas although he is still very active and naughty.Comments(0) Posted on 13 March 2013
We used to sleep in the same room and had their things in our room (we were practising attachment parenting though). But when the boys got bigger, they made me understand that they need their own space.Comments(0) Posted on 06 March 2013
I was taking photos of my daughter playing and swimming in the water the other day when I started to wonder if she will carry on with swimming as she grows up (as a sport I mean, as it is something she loves so much right now…) Then, I thought about how much you kind of copy your parents and carry on what they did, in your own way… I don’t want to go too deep into this, I just want to talk about lifestyle and sports habits as an example for this post. There is definitely a big part of nurturing when it comes to what your child will play as a sport or instrument. I am sure there are a lot of examples of children who have a talent that didn’t necessarily come straight from their parents or the way they were brought up by them specifically, but there must be connections, somewhere.Comments(0) Posted on 27 February 2013
The beginning of each year has been the most hectic part of my year ever since Ryan arrived. This is mainly because January is his birth month and I would be preparing his birthday cake(s). I have been obsessed with fondant decorated cakes since his first birthday cake and I’d been trying to polish up my skills at home. Since I’ve decided to be a SAHM (stay-at-home Mum), I would like to start a little baking business of my ownComments(0) Posted on 06 February 2013
Chinese New Year(CNY) is in the air! I look forward to the pre-CNY mood every year; everyone is decorating their house, buying new clothes, baking cookies, etc. I really love the atmosphere!Comments(0) Posted on 18 January 2013
I once watched a very interesting French documentary about the first year in the life of babies, all around the world. It was fascinating to see the babies, progressing in the same exact way (learning to grab things, learning to stand up etc…), but with different surroundings. It was clear, though, that after a few months, depending on what children played with, who they interacted with etc… the little human beings started to develop their own and unique personality.Comments(0) Posted on 10 January 2013
In life, there are big moments. These big moments can be exciting, scary, life changing. These big moments are made of little ones, little actions, little gestures that matter all the same. Do you remember the episode of Friends where Chandler is getting married? He is freaking out, and Ross manages to make him go through the day to get ready by telling him to do the little things that are not scary.Comments(0) Posted on 31 December 2012
Motherhood gets more rewarding every day! Ashton understands more of what I say and is so much more cooperative these days. It seems like only yesterday that I had a hard time trying to explain things to him and he would ask questions that I don’t know how to answer. I can remember when he would insist on a Monday that it was Friday and therefore Theme Park day. He would go; “No Mommy, TODAY IS FRIDAY! Why today is not Friday?”Comments(0) Posted on 12 December 2012
Lately, I’ve been obsessed with phonics. Since I already know how to read, going back to the basics is really not as easy as ABC! For me to teach a child, first I must understand the subject matter. I rather take the extra mile to learn about something before translating it to Ryan. So there I was learning and listening to phonics online (over and over again) for a couple of nights, just getting the sound right and memorizing it. YES, the older brain needs a lot of repetition work! I even prepared flash cards for Ryan so that I don’t have to expose him to any electronic gadget.Comments(0) Posted on 05 December 2012
This is my second month of being a WAHM or work-at-home mum. I am still fumbling to the real success as the challenges of a WAHM are different from what I had as an engineer before. The challenges are also different for everyone.Comments(0) Posted on 28 November 2012
I have been a mother for 8 years now and despite being on the computer and phone a great deal, especially now that I’m a full time working mom (I was a Stay At Home Mom for 7 years and got the 7 year itch!), I am still a very hands on mom as I am blessed with a boss who allows me to work from home. Yet, even with giving good quality time to my kids, I still feel that my 8 year old isn’t quite where I want her to be. My standards stem from society today in KL. People in general are increasingly adopting a selfish me-me-me, what’s in it for me, kind of attitude. Nobody cares much for much anymore and our society is flailing with good values. Heck, sometimes I wonder if we have any values at all!Comments(0) Posted on 21 November 2012
Time flies and my eldest is turning 3 next year! As kiasu as it may sound, I actually started kindy/nursery/playschool hunting since he was 1½ years old. Initially it was more like a walk in the park, visiting nearby options; getting a feel of how it is like now (it’s been a LOOOooong time since I last entered a kindergarten premise).Comments(0) Posted on 07 November 2012
Being a working mother means that there are days when you have to be away from your kids sometimes. In my case, I get to travel though not very often but I guess it is one of the ways to unwind myself from the kids’ wailing and shouting matches But of course, I still miss them so much!Comments(0) Posted on 24 October 2012
It was a very fine Sunday when we, a group of breastfeeding families, mothers, fathers, children and not forgetting grandparents inclusive gathered at KLCC Park for a flash mob.Comments(0) Posted on 17 October 2012
My baby Ashton just celebrated his birthday. He turned two! People always say that this is the terrible two stage but it isn’t that bad really. He is kind of a good boy. And I am enjoying motherhood more and more.Comments(0) Posted on 10 October 2012
Having children really enhances my life. I picked up a little hobby; ALL for my son. About four months before he turned one, I stumbled upon a full moon fondant* decorated cake. It was a beautiful baby block cake and the idea hit me, I can ‘try’ making one for Ryan too! I have heard that buying these cakes are costly and to be honest, I am not willing to spend so much on a birthday cake and also, a self-made cake will be much more satisfying.Comments(1) Posted on 26 September 2012
Heard the phrase “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”? That was from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. But did Shakespeare really know how hard it is to name a baby? Hahah..of course all babies came into this world smelling sweet. In fact I kind of missed the baby sweet smell that my eldest son, Husayn used to have. And I really thought besides giving birth, the other hard part of having a baby is naming the baby itself.Comments(0) Posted on 19 September 2012
I had chronic sinusitis since I was small. The symptom was headache, runny nose, chronic fatigue… It became more severe since I started working in Kuala Lumpur. I guess this is due to the dust, car exhaust.. all contributing to my frequent sinusitis symptoms.Comments(0) Posted on 12 September 2012
I’m sure many families in Malaysia can relate since so many families here rely on full-time hired help. I am almost ashamed that I actually have a full-time live-in helper now as it goes against the grain of my principles and against my wishes but after trying very hard, I threw in the towel and got myself some help (an Indonesian girl) and boy, am I glad I did. She is a great help and after going through several helpers (and wasting close to RM25,000), she is God send. Just so you know, I am a full-time working Mom with 2 daughters with several external responsibilities out of work. I needed a maid!Comments(0) Posted on 29 August 2012
Month of Syawal is here again! All Malaysians celebrate Hari Raya. This is the beauty of being a Malaysian. Malays, Chinese, Indians and all other races celebrate festivals together as 1MalaysiaComments(0) Posted on 15 August 2012
At 2.5 years old, we think that Ryan is ready for the ZOO. A few weeks before, he has been singing the ‘Going to the Zoo’ song repeatedly! Besides, he’s been introduced to a lot of different animal via flash cards and books. So, it’s like a momentum building up towards this trip! He even had his favourite elephant t-shirt onComments(0) Posted on 08 August 2012
When it comes to disciplining my child, I consider myself to be not too strict. Well, at least not as strict as my mother did to us siblings back when we were kids. I remember being yelled and slapped because yours truly destroyed my father’s plants to its untimely demise. Some of my friends got it worse. They were hit by belts and clothes hangers and chased by their parents all over the village, but one thing for sure, we as kids never retaliated. We never talked back, we just sat and listen when we were yelled at.Comments(0) Posted on 01 August 2012
Just imagine. You have this incredible image of your hot guy (this could be Robert Downey Jr, Brad Pitt, James Franco, Johnny Depp, Denzel Washington, even your own husband; you know…..THAT hot guy you wouldn’t mind frolicking with for hours on end?) and you are alone with him. He has just spent the hour seducing your mind with his intelligence and wit and has swept you off your feet by looking deeply into your eyes, then whispered into your ears that he needed to make love to you. The tension in the air was so thick that you had to climax to disperse it then he made his first move by making contact with your lips. You started surrendering with wild abandon and reached out for his body………..except that your mind told you that the touch you just felt was more like the little body of your 2.5 year old toddler. You open your eyes in the heat of the moment and really see this little body fast asleep beside you and your husband across the other side from her.Comments(0) Posted on 25 July 2012
We, like others, are busy working parents so we have only some precious hours during weekends to spend with our little bundles of joy.Comments(0) Posted on 17 July 2012
Alas, out of my confinement, into a ‘nightmare’ zone! Haha…Comments(0) Posted on 11 July 2012
Baby Ashton is already 21 months old. He is adorable, fun to play with and he inspires all kinds of emotions. I enjoy motherhood; he brings me a lot of happiness and bliss. He is very naughty but cute at the same time. I believe all mothers look at their babies as cute!Comments(0) Posted on 04 July 2012
I love buying clothes for my kids. Like really, really loveComments(0) Posted on 20 June 2012
I never thought I’d see this day but finally, my 7 year old daughter has learnt about nutrition and eating healthy and I am one proud mother!
You see, there is a history… Comments(0)Posted on 13 June 2012
I have never been on any backpacking trip and neither has my husband. I did not even like travelling either. I found it tiring. I would rather stay at home then.
However, when my husband asked me to see Europe as backpackers, I decided to give it a try. I surprised myself as I never had any interest in carrying a big bag on my back, travelling North and South. And to make it more interesting, we decided to bring our baby, Danny along.
Comments(0) Posted on 06 June 2012
Some say that breastfeeding is the trend in mummy’s world today. I’d say if it is the trend then this is a good trend because breastfeeding is the most humbling experience for moms and the most precious gift a mother can give to her little ones.Comments(0) Posted on 30 May 2012
It was 3 weeks ago when I had a 2-week journey with my husband to the Middle-East and Eastern Europe. We decided to leave our babies in Malaysia for some reasons. And we also decided not to keep any expressed breast milk. It would be unavoidably “pump and dump”.Comments(0) Posted on 21 May 2012
I am back with my birth story! Yes, finally the ‘long’ wait for baby’s arrival is over with the birth of our second child, our baby girl on 4th May.
After my week 38 check-up (via internal check), the doctor mentioned that baby will probably arrive in 7-10 days time. This still sounds like a long wait for me. Carrying a huge, heavy tummy is no fun! A week passed, still no contractions, so I spoke to my little one, telling her it is time to come out to meet mummy and daddy. Pregnant mummies should really believe in the power of words with their unborn child.
Comments(0) Posted on 16 May 2012
Keeping our children SAFE in Kuala Lumpur has been on my mind lately because over the last month, albeit mostly unreported, there have been several cases of attempted child abduction in various schools around Kuala Lumpur. This might sound shocking but it is true and the only reason these pieces of news surfaced in pockets is because an International School student, Nayati Moodliar, was abducted on that fateful day of 27th April 2012. He was snatched into a car which sped off whilst walking towards school. The news went viral.Comments(0) Posted on 08 May 2012
8th May 2012 - Today, our little family’s newest member turns a month old. And what a month it will have been! Anyone who ever said it gets easier the second time round has got to be barking mad. Breastfeeding still killed me the first week and a half – throbbing, engorged (and very sore) boobs, cracked bleeding nipples, blebs (http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mother/nipplebleb/), yep, the works. You’d think after having breastfed Zara for a year I’d have been able to avoid these potholes, but no one tells you that knowing the correct techniques doesn’t protect your boobs from the shock of a new, very hungry baby. I’m glad though that despite the pain I persevered, because feeding the little man has gotten easier.Comments(0) Posted on 06 May 2012
Posted on 25 April 2012
On April 8th 2012, we welcomed our son Zakry Aiman Nazrudin into this world. At about 3 in the morning, one day after his due date (just like Zara!), I woke up to little sharp pangs low in my abdomen. Every night for a week up until then I had been experiencing the familiar tightening sensations of Braxton-Hicks contractions, wondering whether they were the ‘real thing’. Was this another false alarm? I lay in bed alone, wondering whether to call the hubby who was downstairs with his mates playing ‘Risk’. Nah, I thought, it didn’t feel like the labour I had with Zara, which were closer to Braxton-Hicks but more severe. So back to sleep I went.
Have you ever heard of the term: “too posh to push”? According to Urban Dictionary here, it means “Prospective mothers who opt to have an elective caesarean section rather than give birth vaginally. The women who make this choice are usually thought to be of higher class and wealthier. The choice for a c-section is made because it’s thought to be more convenient as well as less painful and distasteful”. And the best examples are Victoria Beckham and Britney Spears. Well, I think most Hollywood celebrities opt for c-section anyway.Comments(0) Posted on 18 April 2012
Apart from flip-flopping about education in Malaysia, our Government is also flip-flopping about maids. This has made it very difficult for parents to employ maids from Indonesia and maids from the Philippines are too costly for most Malaysian households and many of them only want to work for expats anyway. Maids from Cambodia come with language barriers and local maids, well, Malaysians are too high class to be maids! If only our locals would change their perception that being a maid isn’t something to be ashamed off. Heck, even my husband said he wanted to be a maid when he heard that my maid had off days and he had none.Comments(0) Posted on 11 April 2012
I realize that I want to spend more time with Ashton. He gets very clingy and misses me a lot these days. Ashton is a real mommy’s boy you know. He wants to follow me around all the time and insists on hugging and kissing me every so often.Comments(0) Posted on 09 April 2012
Wow…this is really exciting. I am actually starting to blog!
As this is my VERY FIRST blog, here is a short introduction. I have an adorable toddler who just turned 2 in January 2012. Yes, the terrible 2 stage was already on display a couple of months before. To make things more difficult, I am carrying my 2nd child and taking care of this active one is really a handful! Thankfully, my mother is around to help care for my mischievous little one.Comments(0) Posted on 04 April 2012
I am a part-time WAHM (work at home mum). Sometimes, I find it difficult to concentrate on my work when my kids are busy trying to catch my attention. I think even full-time WAHM faces the same problem. You are in dilemma as to whether you should attend to your customer s or your children.Comments(0) Posted on 19 March 2012
Having two active kids who are always eager for any indoor and outdoor activities can be exhausting to parents sometimes.Comments(0) Posted on 13 March 2012
Look guys! Our new bathroom toy!!!Comments(0) Posted on 06 March 2012
Hygiene is one of the most important things to be practised in the house especially for the kids who always get their hands dirty.. To show them how important it is to ensure their hands are always clean is easy. After all, there’s a lot of ‘medium’ to persuade them like this Crawford the Cat for example.Comments(0) Posted on 29 February 2012
It is no secret that I have a lot on my plate. I have a full time job to grow a business and a part time job in my blog which earns me an income. I also have other writing assignment commitments that are more spread over the year (manageable) and I get ad-hoc paid blog assignments (increasing now but declining quite a bit too) with deadlines which I must fulfil. There are also my charity obligations to consider. On top of that, I still manage a household (bills, groceries, home maintenance), manage our support help (an Indonesian helper and a British nanny, no Filipinos for me, thank you), exercise regularly with a personal trainer, drive the kids everywhere they need to go (swimming, TaeKwonDo, school – everything else come to our home!), see to their homework needs (thank goodness T1 is really independent!), spend quality family time every week and still have some me time. I also force myself to sleep at least 6 hours per day. How do I do it?Comments(0) Posted on 22 February 2012
I am a mother and honestly, I dread to deal with my kids’ tantrums in public places. Have you ever gone out of the house with kids in tow and pray that there will be no drama or shouting that you have to endure from your kids while you go out shopping or eat out? Well, I usually do.Comments(0) Posted on 15 February 2012
When I get too tired and busy, and my children come to me without concrete reasons (like, just to sit on my lap), I tend to say to them , “Please go away, Mommy got work to do”. Of course, this is said unintentionally and it’s over in like 5 seconds but the impact left in their heart is like forever.Comments(0) Posted on 08 February 2012
This is my second year celebrating Chinese New Year(CNY) with Baby Ashton. We spent the first day of CNY in Kuala Lumpur with my parents-in-law. You know, I am married now – it is the custom for married women to be with their husband’s family during the first two days of CNY. From the third to seventh day, we were with my parents in Tawau.Comments(0) Posted on 01 February 2012
My mother smokes. For as long as I’ve known her, she has smoked. My brothers smoke and I have also smoked. I’m asthmatic. Is there a co-relation? Who knows? But what I do know is that smoking in front of kids is bad. Almost everybody knows that but what many people don’t know is that if second hand smoke (the inhalation of passive smoke) is bad, then what about third hand smoke? What exactly is third hand smoke?Comments(0) Posted on 25 January 2012
5th of January was a big day for my son, Husayn since it was his first day at the kindergarten!Comments(0) Posted on 18 January 2012
Have you ever observed your parenting style? Or you just don’t have any ‘style’ at all? Autopilot maybe?
Psychologists Maccoby & Martin suggested these 4 parenting styles that we may adapt or practice unconsciously!Comments(0) Posted on 04 January 2012
I have 5 younger siblings, but never once in my life have I ever cleaned their stools. Well, except once when my youngest sister was 3 and I had to clean up her poo as my mother was not at home. Guess what I did? While holding my breath, I took the toilet brush (yes, the one that you use to clean toilet bowls) and as careful as I could I cleaned her using that brush! Maybe, that’s what being “geli” can do to you and maybe, that’s why my mother never asked me to wash my other siblings’ stools ever again.Comments(0) Posted on 28 December 2011
My boy Hafiy turned 4 in October and we had his small birthday party at the nursery. It is actually our family tradition to have birthday celebrations. It’s a day for family gathering. Each year we’ll go back to my home town to celebrate our grandmother’s birthday and she’s 71 this year.Comments(0) Posted on 21 December 2011
Tis’ the season of merry making and good cheer arriving once again at the speed of light, as mothers all get busy to make Christmas as special as possible for the children, for the needy and for the families……….why is it always the Moms who do most of the work???Comments(0) Posted on 14 December 2011
It has been a great year. I shall certainly remember 2011 as a year of achievements! I am very happy with what I have done this year. My son, Ashton is healthy and happy. I have never been so busy with modeling and acting engagements. I opened four academies in one year. My business is growing and getting better but the most satisfying part is being able to help my students make their dreams come true. Of course, I wouldn’t have done all these without the generous support of my sponsors, friends and members of the media.Comments(0) Posted on 30 November 2011
Another big, BIG problem for parents the world over is getting their children to sleep independently. It is amazing how much time parents waste just trying to get their kids into bed and you really haven’t a clue how a child rocks your world with such an impact till you have a child who refuses to eat, sleep and listen. Sometimes I do ask myself why anyone has kids. I myself have literally just come out of the kids’ bedroom after wasting 1.5 hours lying down in a darkened room with about 58 intermittent threats that if you don’t lie down right now, I will leave the room!Comments(0) Posted on 23 November 2011
I love shopping ( at times even window shopping can do wonders to my stressed soul!) and I usually bring along my two kids if I go to the mall during the weekends.Comments(0) Posted on 16 November 2011
I had ‘beautiful’ experiences when my children were hospitalized. It began when Hafiy’s temperature hit 40 degrees Celcius. He was sent to the Emergency Department and admitted immediately. Then, Fahry was nursed in a hospital incubator for 30 days, followed by another twelve days in Special Care Nursery.Comments(0) Posted on 02 November 2011
I don’t have many handbags but switching my bag from office-bag to diaper-bag, to casual hand-bag, often makes me forget stuff. Don’t be surprised that I lost my house key and parking card when they were actually safely placed inside my other bags.Comments(1) Posted on 26 October 2011
A perennial challenge for parents the world over, here’s how we have dealt with kids not wanting to drink anything. It’s OK if your kids will still drink juice or other liquids but it becomes a real problem when they won’t drink ANYTHING, and only drink when extreme thirst strikes them. My 2 girls are like that. It’s completely genetic. Their mother hardly gets thirsty and the same goes for their grandmother. We have to literally set our alarm clocks to remind us to drink. So how do you get a toddler to drink then?Comments(0) Posted on 19 October 2011
I started my own blog back when my eldest son was 1 year old. Looking back, I wish I had started blogging much more earlier - back before I got married!
Why you may ask?Comments(1) Posted on 12 October 2011
I just got back from my movie shoot in Sabah. I have been away for about two weeks. I missed Baby Ashton!Comments(1) Posted on 22 September 2011
My baby Danny turns 6 months in September, so it’s the right time to introduce him to solid food. Nowadays, back- to-basic lifestyle becomes so popular that making homemade baby food is a choice for modern parents. Homemade baby food is our choice too! I homemade food for my babies since then and it is more satisfying than buying it from stores and feeding them from cans.Comments(0) Posted on 14 September 2011
My daughter, Almira has finally started walking last month at 13 months! To me, it was quite a long wait since family and friends kept saying that baby girl usually takes their first step early. So there I was expecting my daughter to start walking before she turns 1. Well, I thought at least she will start walking earlier than her brother, Husayn but in the end she started walking at the age when her brother took his first step too!Comments(0) Posted on 07 September 2011
It is no doubt that raising children WELL forms one of the most difficult tasks one ever has to achieve but do children ever ask to be born? When you decide to have children, you are taking on the huge responsibility to care for them, and that includes ensuring that they are fed, clean, clothed, sheltered and are healthy and well. More importantly, you have to ensure they grow happily, steadily and safely. This means you fulfil their emotional needs and provide lots of affection, attention and supervision. This means you make sure that they are not harmed by anyone, yourself included. As a parent, you take care of your child’s healthy development by not putting him down, blaming him or excessively screaming/shouting at him or shaming him. This means you spend quality time with him.Comments(1) Posted on 24 August 2011
The perennial problem since the beginning of time, 98% of women in Asia don’t want to get on with their daughters-in-laws. No girl is ever good enough for their son. Would you agree? It’s an historical fact of life so rather than fight it, why not do the best with what we’ve got?Comments(0) Posted on 12 August 2011
Baby Ashton just started calling me Mama. Isn’t that wonderful? The first time he looked at me and said: “Mama”, my heart just flipped over - it was the most incredible feeling. I just can’t get enough of hearing him call me Mama. It’s sweet music to my ears. I love hearing it. I don’t know if he gets tired of saying Mama but I am always prompting him to say Mama.Comments(0) Posted on 10 August 2011
I talked to my friend about bringing kids on a family vacation. She said it is quite impossible to take the whole family for a vacation while kids are still small. It won’t be a vacation, but chaos.Comments(0) Posted on 20 July 2011
Back when I was a growing up kid, I always hated listening to my mom giving me her series of ‘lectures’. The scolding was horrible since I even ended up refusing to help her in the kitchen just because she will start telling me off again when something goes wrong. Don’t get me wrong, I love my mother unconditionally, but sometimes her scolding drives me up the wall!Comments(0) Posted on 13 July 2011
Many working mothers now choose to breastfeed their babies despite their tight working schedule. Some of them even have to travel on a regular basis.Comments(2) Posted on 06 July 2011
Fahry has been using a foot prosthesis since he was 9 months old. It’s quite good but one thing I can’t stand is the smell… since he uses it almost all the time except when he goes to the bathroom and to bed. So you can guess how much perspiration there is in the very confined space between his leg and the prosthesis.Comments(0) Posted on 06 July 2011
As a breastfeeding mother, milk pumping at work is my duty. For milk pumping mothers, hygiene is the main concern. Not only do we have to ensure that the precious milk is always safe for babies’ feed later, we also have to ensure that the residue does not disturb anyone. As you know, breast milk is rich in nutrients that attract bacteria and will smell just like other rotten food. Breast milk as well attracts bacterial growth so it must be kept in a cool environment. In this case, I use a cooler bag with chillers that may last for 10 hours.Comments(0) Posted on 29 June 2011
I grew up with Dettol and now my kids are growing up with Dettol.
Here’s my little superstar showing you the proper way to wash your hands with Dettol Handwash. Give my girls Dettol and water any day and they are happy!Comments(0) Posted on 29 June 2011
As a child, whenever the name Dettol was heard, we could smell it. We knew it was that brown liquid that was used to sanitise. That’s what hospitals smelt like and that’s what toilets smelt like. Today, Dettol is very different! It still hints wafts of traditional Dettol but there is a lot more perfume added in today’s Dettol. After all, we use Dettol today in almost everything; body soap, liquid soap, wet wipes, hand sanitisers, you name it. Soon they will have Dettol moisturisers!Comments(0) Posted on 23 June 2011
Having two kids at home means staying hygienic is super important since kids are more easily exposed to germs. My son, Husayn loves playing outside the house and sometimes to my utter horror, he will simply roll his body all over the place without caring whether the surface is clean or not. As for my 11-month old baby Almira, she is really into crawling all around the house and it got me worried because I’m sure even though it is indoors, the floor surface is not 100% clean.Comments(0) Posted on 15 June 2011
Now with 3 kids in the house, it is enough to make me really tired. Tired, tired and tired again, LOL. My eldest son is still breastfeeding (athough I have always wanted to wean him off, he sneaks in to have his dose). My second one just had his new prosthesis and is still adapting to it. So I have to make sure he’s not falling or stumbling on anything. And the baby still needs my full attention especially when his brothers are around!Comments(0) Posted on 08 June 2011
All too often I’ve been known to be the family whinger. I admit, my princess life has not prepared me for real life and although I have enough zeal to get things moving, I MUST moan. It releases my stress and makes me feel better, so shoosh. If you don’t want to listen, close your ears.Comments(0) Posted on 01 June 2011
Baby Ashton started teething and he now has two small front teeth. It was only yesterday that I saw the teeth. Before that, he had me worried as he was having fever on and off for awhile. I found out later that it was because he was teething. He kept biting his toys and other objects he can grab because his gums were itching. I will be able to teach him to brush his teeth soon!Comments(0) Posted on 18 May 2011
It has been approximately one month since my husband left to work overseas. How am I holding up handling two kids and working full time? It’s been ok so far, I did miss my husband occasionally but I guess living with my parents and with a little extra help from them and my sisters, it is not that bad.Comments(0) Posted on 11 May 2011
But we’re talking about EXPERT level here. All Moms be it Stay-At-Home-Moms, Work-From-Home-Moms or Traditional Working Moms, juggle. It is only a matter of juggling 2 balls or 3 or 4 or quantity X, but how many can juggle with the accompanying cool stunts? How many employed working Moms juggle work and family WITHOUT a babysitter, maid nor Nanny, nor any help at all from anyone? How many Moms are employed and have a real BOSS at work to answer to yet still care for kids FULL TIME? It is literally having TWO jobs with TWO bosses, and a lot of demands.Comments(0) Posted on 10 May 2011
I was so happy after GCDC organizer (Great Cloth Diapers Change 2011 Malaysia) chose my place as their rendezvous for the greatest event of the year for greeny parents – the Great Cloth Diapers Change 2011. Scriptory Box - that’s the name of my place!Comments(0) Posted on 20 April 2011
I fell in love with breastfeeding when my friend who got married before we finished studies showed me her expressed breastmilk. When I got married, my husband told me that he wanted his future children to be breastfed as he noticed the difference between his breastfed cousins and non-breastfed cousins in terms of immunity.Comments(0) Posted on 14 April 2011
As luck would have it, I was made an offer recently that seems too good to pass up. For the longest time, I’d been wanting to write about this and suddenly, I am faced with it head on. My head has started spinning and I am stressed just pondering about this major decision – to return to employment or not.Comments(0) Posted on 06 April 2011
I took Baby Ashton on a trip to my home town, Tawau, Sabah and he did not enjoy it at all!Comments(2) Posted on 06 April 2011
It’s the norm for working mothers who do not have maids to find daycare i.e. babysitters or nurseries to take care of their babies through out the working hours. It’s not an easy thing leaving your baby with another person, what more with the current hot issues : child abuse by the caregivers, infant death at caregiver’s places and so on.Comments(0) Posted on 30 March 2011
Someone asked me how did I train my baby to drink milk from the bottle.
Back when my eldest was a baby, I did try to feed him my own breast milk from the bottle around 2 weeks before I was due to start going to the office. Guess what he did? He cried loudly and refused the bottle. The same thing happened with my daughter. Latch her on to my breast, no doubt she will suckle happily – but try making her drink from the bottle she will refuse indefinitely!Comments(0) Posted on 11 March 2011
Oh my goodness, where did time go? Thankfully, the first school holiday for the year eases us in with only 5 days of which to entertain our kids before they drive us absolutely bonkers. Having been through enough school holidays to draw comparisons and conclusions, we now plan our school holidays. Planning them doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be dogmatic about it and follow your plan to the T but at least, it gives you something to work towards and doesn’t idle time away. I’m one for productivity so we even plan to REST!!!Comments(0) Posted on 09 March 2011
As Asian parents, majority of us in KL are guilty of being comparable to our Singaporean counterparts – super kiasu! If you picked a thousand Moms from a KL basket, I guarantee 95% of them run the children’s rat race. They want their children to first be able to know their colours and shapes, then their alphabets and numbers, then learn how to read, then score straight A’s for their exams or get a top level position in class, and eventually complete their SPM, go to college and earn a brilliant University degree. We all want the best for our kids after all, but at what expense? Play time and exercise, learning the emotional graces, being confident and self-assured are skills all just as important to succeed in this world and it is no wonder why many straight A Malaysian students at school are now just mediocre adults in society. Sure, they may make it to become doctors or professionals and earn a decent living but when put on the international standards list, they appear at the bottom half.Comments(0) Posted on 09 March 2011
I love home education! It started from the moment I gave birth to my firstborn. I knew then that all babies are geniuses, and able to learn even before they are born! So I took the chance to introduce my boy to alphabets, numbers and objects before he even knew the cartoon heroes.Comments(0) Posted on 01 March 2011
It’s been nearly one year and a half but I have started playing futsal again last week! Well, it’s not exactly only futsal, but a number of other sports as well. The place where I work is having this sports carnival and I who have been sports-less for quite some time has found myself being forced to play futsal, badminton and volleyball!Comments(0) Posted on 11 February 2011
This is the first year that I am celebrating Chinese New Year in Kuala Lumpur. In fact, there are many FIRSTs for me this Chinese New Year: my first Chinese New Year with my family in Kuala Lumpur (my mum and dad flew all the way here from Tawau); my first Chinese New Year with my baby, Ashton and my husband, Adrian; and also my first Chinese New Year giving Ang Pow. We had a pretty great time during Chinese New Year – this is certainly a very memorable year indeed!Comments(0) Posted on 08 February 2011
Ever since I got married, I’ve had this problem every year wondering just exactly how much ang pow money to give out to family and friends. Do we follow what is perceived as the ‘market’ rate? Do we go above ‘market’ rate or do we go below? Who gets how much? And all these years, to think I got it all wrong!Comments(0) Posted on 25 January 2011
When I moaned about my babies taking up all my time, they said don’t worry, soon enough they will be off to school and you can finally get your life back. Before my second child came along, T1 was a school going kid and although I treasured the time when she was at school, it didn’t make me less busy. And now that she’s in Standard One and I have T2, I am busier than ever!Comments(0) Posted on 12 January 2011
To put it mildly, I had a bad year last year. But so did many others I know. There was just something about the year of the tiger that brought a bout of bad luck to many. Of course, my version of bad is really by my diva standards, and I do realise that more than 3 billion people actually had it worse. But this is about me. And believe me when I say it was BAD!!!Comments(0) Posted on 29 December 2010
I’m in Sandakan, Sabah right now, I’m not in KL, and this will be the first time I will be away from my son for so long, 2-3 days, and I miss him a lot now. Now I can feel, you know, how a mother misses her son when she is away. I did call back just now, and my mom said my son is already sleeping, about 9 something, so I couldn’t talk to him.
So you want to hear him cry and all that ?
No. I remember that when I was in Penang, my husband call my son to talk to me, even if I don’t know what he is talking about but when I turn on my speaker phone, my husband told me that he was looking around and looking for me when he hears my voice. So, unfortunately today I have a packed schedule, so when I called my parents, he has already gone to sleep. So, I miss him a lot and I’m sure he’s going to miss me as well.
Is Santa Claus real? What about the tooth fairy? Do our toys really come alive when we sleep?
Will I really go blind if I read in bed? These are all questions my 6 year old has asked me and I have lied about them all.
*GUILTY AS CHARGED*
For starters, I had 10 wonderful years believing in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy so why shouldn’t my kids? It was such a magical experience for me knowing that besides my own parents and family, there were people out there looking out for me - elves who could listen, fairies who were watching, and Santa, who obviously loved me in some form or other and could get me toys my parents wouldn’t!Comments(0) Posted on 09 December 2010
I love to bring my kids to places they could play, learn and enhance their skills. Especially Fahry because we want him to utilize his remaining body parts. His right leg muscles show some delays compared to his left ones. It could be because he likes to use his left ones more.
So we brought him to swim and enroll in swimming class (organized by his nursery). Fahry is a good swimmer Not that he knows how to swim, but he’s a brave one, when we put him in water, he didn’t fret at all, instead enjoy each second of being in the pool.Comments(0) Posted on 02 December 2010
The school holiday has started again!
For parents who have school going kids I guess this is the perfect time to bring your kids for vacation. And then there’s some parents like me who don’t have school going kids yet but is planning to take some time off to bring my kids somewhere while at the same time having a good excuse to stay away from work for a while. Husband and I usually reached home around 8 something at night and the kids are usually too tired during that time. Weekends and holidays are the only chances of me and husband having a bonding time with the kids!Comments(0) Posted on 24 November 2010
How’s life after becoming a mother ? How has it changed your life ?
I would say that after becoming a mother your life is going to have a lot of joy, like a lot of happiness in the house, e.g. this morning when I woke up the first thing I do is walk down to see my baby… and you know when I look at him I feel bliss and I feel joy, and so happy to see him around.
As a check on my 6 year old’s sanity and state of mind, I decided to interview her recently. It’s always good to know that you’re all working on the same page as parent and child, and as a family. Perhaps you could try the same with your 6 year old and see what the outcome is. You’re bound to get some good laughs from their answers, if anything!Comments(0) Next Page