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fussy eater?

September 15, 2011

It wasn’t easy getting Nadia to like her solids. I remember dreading the period when I had to establish 2 meals a day.

Like the books had advised, I fed her cereals, pureed vegetables and fruits at 6 months and her response was lukewarm. She would take it all in one day and reject the foods on another. It was difficult trying to find out what she likes. There were periods when I had to give up solids for a week or two just because it was a constant battle between the both of us which would invariably end up in tears (baby of course). Nevertheless, I kept trying and introducing different foods after the breaks.

When she got older, like most chinese parents, we feed our babies porridge. Bits of minced meats, vegetables chopped up and rice slow cooked to a smooth consistency. I was looking forward to this stage. Imagine the variety of foods we could try! However, more battles ensued and I lost. She refused to open her mouth!

This went on for some time until I noticed she wanted to eat our food. She went “mum, mum’ and pointed at the dishes. So I changed tack. Instead of throwing everything into a pot. Individual dishes were prepared like a mini kaiseki meal. She loved it. This went on for a while but again she started becoming less enthusiastic and turned away from the food. Until 10mths, she grabbed the spoon from my hands and started feeding herself. I went out immediately to get a set of cutlery for her. It was funny watching her practice her moves despite the colossal mess (lay papers on the floor). I was just happy watching my little girl grow and improve everyday.

To date, she loves her broccoli, cauliflowers, carrots, pumpkin, butternut squash, eggplants, mushrooms, tomatoes, tofu, fish, chicken and eggs, yoghurt and fruits. She prefers pasta and rice to plain porridge and is recently taking in red meat like pork and beef (which she rejected because it was minced!).

Despite her big appetite, she is not growing at a faster rate and the pediatrician had advised more solids. I think she is lacking in the carbohydrates group which needs to be pumped up. Hopefully she gains more weight and go back up to her 75th percentile instead of the 50th she is in now!

Wish me luck!

my little Linus @ 13 months

September 5, 2011

You had been looking like this for the longest time. Yes. Thumb sucking and security blanket included.

Fortunately you chose the white cotton nappy cloth to be your security blankie so mummy wouldn’t have to spend a fortune replacing them. Blankies are easy to deal with. It’s the thumb sucking that is tough. Mummy couldn’t remember when it developed but the habit was hard to break. Mittens were used, only to have you end up in tears and screams. Maybe sewing up your shirt sleeves might work! Then again, maybe lazy mummy was not determined enough since you soothe yourself to sleep by sucking your thumb and cuddling your blankie. You did not require any patting at all (except for afternoon naps when you need help to wind down).

So. Mummy could only look on…

Mummy wasn’t confident you could break it.

But just 3 days ago, you decided to give up the thumb sucking. Mummy couldn’t believe it! It was even more surprising when ‘popo’ told me you just needed to be told and reminded. ‘What?! You just had to tell baby?!’ It was funny watching you go cold turkey. You were tossing and turning in discomfort but you were determined to break the habit and we were amazed by your resolution. It was funny watching you bring your thumb up before you stop short, let out a silly grin at us and retracted before tossing and turning in your cot again. It was all too cute although it was painful to watch. You didn’t give up and finally slept.

Mummy’s guess was you understood we were worried and you wanted us to be happy. Babies are amazing. Mummy had underestimated you!

Now, the next task is to break the habit WHILE you are asleep. Think mummy needs ‘popo’s golden advice again!

 

Happy 1st Birthday!

August 8, 2011

Time flies, you’re finally ONE and mummy had decided to bake/construct your birthday cake. The cake prices (elaborate ones at $1000!?) scared me. I figured it shouldn’t be tough conjuring up past experiences of play dough sessions some 25 years ago? On top of it, 6 years of model making in Archi School should refine my skills some more. Haha. Besides, it would be a chance for mummy to hone her baking skills so that you could bring some yummy cake to school for your birthday celebrations in future.

It all started like this. Mummy wanted to make some rainbows and googled for fondant rainbow cake decorations and guess what came up! Whisk kid’s rainbow cake via Martha Stewart’s show which included a video as well. The last time I baked was 4 years back when I made a carrot cake for your daddy. But the epic-ness of this all just blew me away and I decided I must must MUST make this. It should come in handy when you are older and want to impress your little friends. Haha. See. Mummy is bribing you already.

So I got my tools from Phoon Huat. Surfed youtube videos, read up on techniques and after 2 tries and and more visits to Phoon Huat, This is IT! Ok the rainbows are missing but there’s the surprise.

It was the thought that you would light up at the colors that kept mummy baking (and practicing on frosting techniques) until 3am!

PROCESS First attempt at the rainbow cake. An American buttercream recipe was used which didn’t fit our weather and ended up melting terribly. Also, the fondant was sweating because it was stored in the fridge. Big Mistake.

The 2nd attempt (above and below) was much better because a local buttercream recipe was used that would suit our weather. The cake was cut when chilled hence less mess was made. The sugar was reduced by 1/3 cup which didn’t alter the cake integrity greatly.

The problem with fondant covered cake is that it cannot be refrigerated . Condensation destroys the fondant. In the final cake (below), the buttercream softened in the humid weather and created a mess. Despite that, it was a huge success as it put a smile on everybody’s face.

The day before the party.

The Lion. The idea came only 2 days before the party. It was nadia’s ‘roaring’ that sparked the idea. She’s a Leo and loves to roar so a little lion would be great! She loved it indeed. When I showed this to her in the morning. She beamed and started roaring away! It was definitely worth the hard work.

The mock up which was done in 10minutes.

It was coloring the fondant that got me working till 4am!!! It should have been made 2 days earlier because the fondant didn’t dry up enough, so the lion’s mane was floppy and the tree was threatening to collapse!

I love doing this and wouldn’t mind making more of it! It just makes me so happy to see little children light up at the sight of the cake. Let me know if you are interested!


Party decorations to match the theme of the cake.

Butter cookies for guests to bring home. I forgot to take a picture of the favors I made! Argh!

growing awareness

May 12, 2011

Since 2 weeks back,

  1. You tried to wave your hands when we say ‘bye bye.’ It looked cute because it looked constipated. Haha.
  2. You know that the Beco baby carrier meant you were going out and you get all excited.
  3. Whenever I ask ‘where is nadia’s milk’, your eyes searched for the bottle. It was funny watching your eyes search in the place where I would usually place it and be surprised/happy when you couldn’t find it/find it. I resolve to get a picture of that wide-eyed look. The same goes for water, apple, banana (I guess the foods you like) and the people you know.
  4. You stretch out your hands to the next person who would not force you to ‘eat more porridge’. If there was no one to ‘save’ you, you cling on to the back of the chair and stuck your face against it so that I couldn’t make you eat some more.
  5. You are very cautious/suspicious/fussy and insists on tasting the food (by revealing only the tongue tip) before opening your mouth. If you do not like the food, I had to finish it! So it was a food battle until recently, you started taking in whatever I had cooked. Yay!
  6. Your favourite fish is salmon (isn’t it fishy?!?) and you could eat it on its own. Your favourite fruits are bananas, apples and avocadoes.
  7. You looked so happy when you managed to sit/stand on your own and wanted me to share your joy.
  8. You were so excited on your new walker (new found freedom) although you quickly figured out that your mummy is still the better and energy conserving transport tool.
  9. You love clinging to mummy and when you couldn’t go to sleep, you would stretch out your arms so that I could carry you out of your cot for a little cuddle.
  10. Just recently, you started on the art of throwing and seeing where the items land on the floor. According to your grandmother (my mummy), you expected it to be retrieved. Gosh.
  11. You want a cuddle from daddy when you wake up (guess you know he is leaving for work) and when daddy comes home but you ignore daddy on weekends since you know he is around all day. Haha.

expressing yourself

May 11, 2011

At 8.75 mths, you started babbling non-stop for 3 days and made so many different sounds that I couldn’t tell whether you said ‘mama’, ‘dada’ or ‘baba’. But I’m sure you said ‘mum mum’. You had been generally quiet but it all started with the squealing and screaming (in excitement) 2 weeks before and it progressed to the constant babbling.

Despite the babbling, you seemed to like hearing us talk and could sit there watching/listening to us for a record hour without interrupting.

I wonder what you were listening.

By 9.25mths, you had developed further and whenever you were happy or sad (eg when the doctor checked on your cough and the 10mins nebulizer), you go ‘mama, mama, mamama!!!’. Do you actually know what that means? I think you do because despite the same words babbled, it was expressed differently.

Btw, your 2nd tooth is out.

8.5 mths

April 21, 2011

She has 1 tooth peeping out at the bottom and had just managed to sit up on her own today! Yay! Terrible thing was I didn’t realise she had a tooth until I needed to clean her mouth coz she was sucking on the car keys !!! I never expected myself to be so happy with a milk tooth.

My little baby is growing up and that felt awesome.

lifesaver

February 24, 2011

Argh, should have bought this earlier. Baby loves it and is willing to sit in it for some time without me carrying her all the time. Helps with her sitting too. Heh. Tried this at ML’s place (think LA is trying to claim her seat back) and baby’s grandparents went straight to Ikea to get the chair. Being doting grandparents, they didn’t just get the chair, they bought the padding and a toy farmhouse with extra animals. I’ll leave the storytelling to the grandparents since I suck at it. Haha.

Outsourcing my job to Great Great Granny. Hah.

Other items tried at ML’s place. The LG playmat which I intend to buy and the bumbo seat which I wouldn’t be buying coz baby is too old for it. 

routine of a 6 mth old baby

February 21, 2011

She has been keeping to this routine since 4 mths. Of course she doesn’t stick to it strictly since she would wake earlier or later for her naps. But one thing is for sure. She can only stay awake for 2.5hrs and will start to doze off or get cranky if she doesn’t get her naps.

0700am Baby wakes up and plays/talks in her cot.

0730am Baby starts to ‘ask’ for her milk feed (180ml).

0830am Baby has a 40mins morning nap. That’s when I feed myself and read the papers.

0915am Baby wakes up and plays on her own before I whoop her off to the market to get groceries and lunch.

1030am Baby comes home and plays on her own or with great great granny/uncle/daddy whilst I prepare her milk and solid foods.

1115am Baby eats her semi solids and drinks her milk (180ml) after.

1145am Baby usually gets drowsy by 1130am and knocks off by 12pm. Her noon nap is inconsistent ranging from 1-1.5hrs. On rare occasions, she can go up to 2hrs. I use this time to have lunch, prepare dinner and relax.

0100pm Baby wakes and I let her play on her own before joining her. This would be a good time to bring her out too.

0300pm Baby starts to get hungry and I feed her 180ml of milk.

0330pm Baby gets drowsy and takes a 40minute nap. Another break for me!

0430pm Baby wants to play.

0545pm Baby loves going to the park and we watch the children play. I let her sit on the swing if it is unoccupied.

0615pm Bath Time!

0630pm Baby starts to get hungry and I feed her 180ml of milk.

0730pm Baby goes to bed and will usually knock off by 8pm. Sometimes I’m a horrid mother and brings her out for dinner. She’ll get all excited but we usually get home by 9.30pm and a bottle of milk would knock her out. Hah.

She takes a longer time to feed because she was throwing up when she was smaller so I prefer that she rest a little after half a milk feed, by walking her around before continuing with the rest of her milk.

carrots fail

February 21, 2011

She hates her carrots. Only upon further reading (love this book) and speaking to friends that I realise carrots should be introduced after 8 months. Whoops. I use the Beaba Babycook and Annabel Karmel’s freeze cube trays which were a breeze to use. Just pop them out and defrost in bowl.

Little dumpling loves bananas and sweet potato. It was the banana that got her opening her mouth again. She saw her grandma eating one and wanted to grab it. Her daddy allowed her to taste some and she was hooked. I quickly prepared a portion of mashed banana mixed with formula and she grabbed the spoon off my hand! Note that it is easier to scrape the banana first instead of cutting a chunk and attempting to mash the chunk with a spoon.

Bought the sweet potatoes from NTUC Finest this morning. The sweet potatoes are from Japan and comes in a bag. It costs more (S$5.90) but I like it because the potatoes are really small so I won’t have to finish the left over sweet potato.

Up next, avocadoes and green peas. Excited!!!


little dumpling @ 6.5mths

February 21, 2011

My little dumpling has come a long way since the last time I blogged in November @ 5 mths. She loves her bathtime now and expects her rubbery squirt friends (crab, octopus, pelican, dolphin, ducks & turtle) to join her each time. Place only the ducks in the tub and she continues looking up at the shelf and wonders why the others are still sitting there.

Physical Development. Little dumpling had grown into a fierce little grabber (since 4 mths old). Quick as lightning, she pulls anything that interests her, off and into her little mouth (she loves angbaos). Poor Sophie the Giraffe is one victim. Constantly contorted and mutilated by her chewing. The scene is pretty savage. Last week, she attempted to kick the passenger on the left and pull a lady’s patterned shirt on my right during our train ride home. I had to restrain her!

She could do big push ups by now and rotates like a turtle stuck on its back. She rolled back at 5.5 months and gaining distance this way. Instead of crawling forward, she ends up pushing herself backward instead. She can sit unsupported for a few minutes and insists on standing in her bathtub sometimes. She also giggles a lot when her daddy lifts her high up in the air and swing her round and round. Sweet.

Language Development. She doesn’t babble very much except when left on her own. I hope she loves her languages in future.

Weaning. We started her on semi solids 2 weeks ago. Initially, she took to Healthy Times Brown Rice Cereal and downed 2 tablespoons of it. But before we could pat ourselves on the back to congratulate ourselves, she concluded a week later that milk remains her favourite food. She clamped her mouth shut whenever we raise the spoon to her mouth. Forcing it down only made her vomit her food (& milk with it) and that was quite a sight to watch.

Challenges Challenges.

Well, my mistake actually. Pureed carrots (thinned with milk) was introduced without mixing it with rice cereal. Yep. You get it now. Even I puke at the thought of eating pureed carrots. Ever since that first mouthful and subsequent puke, she eyes every spoon (with or without carrots) suspiciously and refused to open her mouth. No amount of cajoling, funny faces and thousand ‘so delicious’ or ‘yummmies’ (we ate it in front of her) would make her yield. Attempts to feed her some more would result in a meltdown.

Hence we decided to feed her carrots through the bottle. We thought we could trick her. Alas. We had underestimated the power of babies. If you think they don’t know a thing. Think again. We poured the pureed carrots from the bowl into a milk bottle and diluted it with milk. All done in full view of baby. BIG MISTAKE. I seriously thought she wouldn’t know. She eyed the bottle and refused to open her mouth. She tried to squirm her way out too. Only when I offered the other bottle (milk without carrot) that she willingly drank it all up. Boy was she hungry! I am taking a break this week and hopefully she forgets her trauma and start taking her cereals again. Sigh.

Awareness. I couldn’t remember when she became more people/environment sensitive but she seemed more discerning at 4-5mths. She stared hard at the person carrying her and looked to me for validation. These days, she wants me to carry her by stretching out her arms and arching forward. Once, she got so upset with me after I left her on the bed when she actually wanted to be carried. She indicated her displeasure by stretching out to her grandma and refusing to look at me or carry after! Gosh.

Sleep. Since 5mths, she had been sleeping from 8pm to 7am in the morning with a dream feed at 11pm. We intend to wean her off the dream feed before she gets really big and I wouldn’t be able to lift her off her bed. 8-11pm is a vulnerable period sometimes. She would cry out in the middle of her sleep and we’ll have to pat her a little to get her back to sleep.

Temperament. She is usually happy and smiles alot unless she is hungry or too tired *my fault actually*.  My daily task is to anticipate her signs more accurately so she doesn’t get into a meltdown!