Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Go Green Mama - Review

I have some update on the cloth menstrual pad. Hop over to find out if you are interested. I just love to share this with all the ladies who visit to my blog.

Favourite Song

Mummy wish to record down your favourite song of the moment. Not nursery rhymes or children songs... it's the OGAWA's advertisement song - Close To You by a taiwanese singer Chow Wah Kin!

Your eyes will glue to the TV once you hear the song and stay still till the advertisement finish no matter what you are doing before this. This original song is from The Carpenters but somehow been modified for OGAWA's advertisement and the taiwanese singer was chosen to be their spokeperson. Therefore, you'll always see a guy with a guitar singing in the advertisement.

En En really knows how to enjoy nice song!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Consequence of addicted to pacifier

En En loves her chut-chut (pacifier) and she can't sleep without one. Mummy is thinking to wean her off chut-chut (En En calls it "tut-tut") soon coz this will be a very difficult habit to change.

En En often found like below:

There's one night we brought her out and never bring any chu-chut and we found she kept on doing this:

The next morning we discovered:

Her finger is recovering but she just loves to peel the new grown layer of skin. Thus, the finger was always so red. (So heartache to see this, must be very painful!) Pacifier does nothing good if the child is too addicted!

Stroller Free Day!

Saw lots of toddler nowadays still like to sit in stroller. For safety sake, I can understand it's better than a toddler running wildly in the mall. The one I can't really tolerate is a 4 or 5 years old still in a stroller!!! That's ridiculous to me... no offend to other parent coz you may have your reasons for big kid to stay in stroller but not me!

Perhaps the stroller is too small or the toddler is too big. I can see one thing that promote on the kid is laziness plus enjoying as a big baby... LOL! That's pamper...

En En now go out with us without stroller. Stroller was a helper before she can walk but now is a burden for me. Imagine I still need to carry her bottles, bibs, milk powder, diapers/nappy, wipes, etc... in a super huge bag. I wish to reduce on something else and it got to be the stroller. Then, must be tired of carrying her, right? Let her walk!!! That's how she got to burn her energy and build up her leg's strength and stamina. I encourage her to walk more and move freely than sitting quietly in the stroller. I just love to see little one moving about everywhere. Mummy or daddy will have to keep an eye of her as she loves to walk to anywhere... especially following other little children she saw.

What if she nags and throw tantrum? Then got to hug her and carry her for a while... after that put her down slowly when she forgot. Sometimes, she just lifts her leg up protesting and doesn't want to get down on the floor! Well, I still try to put her down and most of the time... hehe... mummy won! LOL Moments like this makes me think of investing in wrap or baby pouch so that I can just hang on the body and still hands-free!!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

My Birthday Gifts

This is a very backdated post, my Bday is in the early of Oct. This is the year that I rewarded myself alot... maybe too much according to DH.

So these are the gift I ordered for my own, DH helped me to bring back from US!
100% pure wool and 100% cotton knitting yarn! They are total 22 balls with each ball from USD1.99 - USD2.49, but they don't do international shipping. So, I'm lucky to have DH travel to US. Will knit for years with them since I'm a slow knitter... haha!

Acrylic stamp for my scrapbooking project! Still keeping them as I do not purchase any inkpad but I think this is going to be fun!
The next one is the gift from DH which I long to have and he supported me to go green!

It's a set of cloth menstrual pad!!! Made of bamboo velour and love them so much... extremely soft and luxurious to touch! En En got modern cloth diaper and mummy now also got modern cloth mentrual pad, how nice! Want to know more about cloth mama pad, stay tune for my update on my diapering blog.

So, I'm officially broke now since the gifts for myself were all in USD... *sigh*

Potty Train's Dilemma Part II

Yesterday En En refused to sit on potty so she refused to poo. Today, she showed sign of poo poo on her face and we try to bring the potty for her. She still rejected and ran away to the kitchen, away from the potty. Fine, we didn't force her and she was still bottomless.

En En walked around and the potty was actually put at living room, MIL was trying to make her sat on the potty but she cabut (escaped) fast. Then without anyone realized suddenly the potty dissapeared!!?? Then we saw this little placing the potty back to its original place, and again bottomless. We were waiting for her to do her business and she was busying hiding away the potty. *roll eyes*

MIL took out the potty again and later En En took it away and put back to the place we keep the potty. Everyone felt funny about her act and laughed out hysterically (it's so hard to give her that serious face indicate that mummy is angry, mummy always is the one who burst out loud laughing!) yet she can still give you that innocent smile!

TAG: It's 8

Wen tagged me on this long tag! Not easy, but interesting. Hope I'm able to think of 8 things...


- Blogging
- Cloth diapering
- Scrapbooking
- Knitting
- Piano Music
- Reading from Internet
- Join in sb, cloth diapering and parenthood forum
- Watching movie either in cinema or from HBO


- decorate my house the way I've always dream of
- seeing my children enjoy in whatever career they have
- complete the family scrapbooking album
- make sure my children appreciate their father's old coins & gemstone collection
- do charity work
- contribute to WWF
- travel to Europe and Japan
- gathering with all the family members frequently


- I don't know
- Hurry up!
- Okay
- Hi!
- Not sure
- Forget about it
- that's all
- Oh, really?


- Yoga
- Start Knitting by Betty Barnden
- Keepsake (magazine)
- Scrapbooking & beyond (magazine)
- Scrapbook Etc (magazine)
- Mother & Baby (magazine in Chinese)
- Piano Lesson book
- New released piano syallabus book from US


-The Look of Love (Diana Krall)
- Can't take my eyes off you (frankie Valli)
- Emotion (Bee Gees)
- Beauty & The Beast (Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson)
- Turn back the clock (Johnny Hates Jazz)
- Take A Bow (Madonna)
- I finally found someone (Bryan Adams & Barbara Streisand)
- I just call to say I love you (Stevie Wonders)

1. Down to earth
2. Love to share
3. Friendly
4. Humorous
5. Honesty
6. Caring
7. Reliable
8. Last but not least, Click together

Learn to breastfeed
Learn to tolerate
Learn to be more patient
Learn to teach piano
Learn to understand how a kids think
Learn how to control my emotion
Learn how to play piano in very relax & enjoyable mood
Learn how to knit


- Chanel
- Jazzmint
- Alice
- Sandra
- Miranda
- Peter
- Slavemom
- Malaika's Mummy

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Potty Train's Dilemma

Mummy was very upset with En En today, especially for the potty train part. En En already know and realized when she wants to wee wee but she never cooperate to sit on potty for her business.

We monitored her fluid intake and the time from her last pee and mummy knew it's about the time for her to wee wee. Brought the potty out for her and asked her to sit on potty but she refused. Later screamed and cried! When mummy was about to let her go (since she cried out so pitiful) she peed on the floor immediately, standing! Mummy can't take it anymore and was angry, slapped on her buttock without a second thought.

En En continued crying and call for Ah Kong for rescue but mummy still held her up. Sometimes also don't understand why mummy can be very angry then feel sympathy with the little fella especially when she cried. But geram when she refuse to sit on potty even she really wants to wee wee.

Do you have this problem when potty-train your child? Why is it so difficult but they already understand when they wants to do their business...?

Monday, October 22, 2007

Back to Scrapbooking mood...

I think I'm having back the mood to do scrapbooking (sb) after been abandoned it for cloth diapering. Completed 2 layout (LO) last weekend and feel so contented.

Wow... was inspired by local scrappers in a sb forum that I recently join and my head was full of ideas now. Can't wait to let my creativity ideas flow out into my LO asap. I always believe sb doesn't have to be expensive because once you get the necessities of sb such as the cardstock, pattern paper, acid-free album and some specialty adhesive the rest you can get it in local stationary shop. I got ribbons, lace, button, and some colorful yarn from a local sewing supply shop while searching for knitting yarn. That's one stone kill two birds... hehe... I may get some artificial flower for my LO from the flower shop too.

Saw a few challenge in sb links and feel tempted to participate for fun. Never do this before but I think it will be very interesting. I even think of creating another blog only for sb but feel reluctant coz that's mean my sleep time will be gone in no time... Guess I'm not meant for blogging about PPP for $$$ but for interesting posts, probably yes.

Don't ask me when I'm going to have a blog for music... I think I will pengsan (faint) even before it get started!

TAG: 38 questions tag

Received this tag from this mummy - looks scary coz it's quite long. Anyway, here ya go...

1. Name one person who made you laugh last night? DH
2. What were you doing at 0800? washing En En's cloth nappies
3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago? blog hop
4. What happened to you in 2006? Gave birth to En En
5. What was the last thing you said out loud? "En En will wake up anytime!" (- to MIL before I was out for work)
6. How many beverages did you have today? 3- Water, Coffee+tea (ying yeung), milo
7. What color is your hairbrush? wooden one
8.What was the last thing you paid for? parking fees
9. Where were you last night? Dinner with my family @ local open-air restaurant
10. What color is your front door? wood colour
11. Where do you keep your change? In my purse
12. What’s the weather like today? I think sunny coz never get out from office since morning
13. What’s the best ice-cream flavor? chocolate & pure vanilla
14. What excites you? Thought of going vacation, doing scrapbooking and getting new nappies for En En (I'm really sick, am I?)
15. Do you want to cut your hair? No, no budget yet.
16. Are you over the age of 25? Yes
17. Do you talk a lot? No
18. Do you watch the O.C.? Err...What's that?
19. Do you know anyone named Steven? Yup, my newphew.
20. Do you make up your own words? No
21. Are you a jealous person? Sometimes
22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘A’. Adeline
23. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘K’. Keh Li
24. Who’s the first person on your received call list? My DH
25. What does the last text message you received say? Maxis sent a promotion on IDD call...
26. Do you chew on your straw? No
27. Do you have curly hair? a little bit, I always admire girls with long straight hair coz i got to pay to get that hairstyle
28. Where’s the next place you’re going to? Home sweet home
29. Who’s the rudest person in your life? can't think of any at the moment.
30. What was the last thing you ate? Wholemeal bread with peanut butter and cheese
31. Will you get married in the future? Most likely not
32. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past 2 weeks? "Click" on astro HBO last night!
33. Is there anyone you like right now? Fellow local scrappers from a forum I joined recently.
34. When was the last time you did the dishes? this morning
35. Are you currently depressed? No
36. Did you cry today? No
37. Why did you answer and post this? Because I never reject tags from Paik Ling (you got to feel honour, lady!)
38. Tag 5 people who would do this survey.

Miranda - yes for you again!
Chanel - first tag from me!
Charish - hope you do this before you pop!
Chinnee - not sure you did this yet?
Lian - wish to know from you too.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

TAG: Shopping Tips

Got this tag from Tutiger - thanks!

~ Start copy ~It’s very simple. When you receive this tag, copy the whole list and add your own shopping tip to the bottom and pass it on.

Wear comfy clothing when you’re shopping. You don’t wanna fuss with too many laces and buttons when you’re trying clothes on.

Choose stores offering some kind of reward program, e.g. purchase points, rebates or store coupons. Knowing how the program works and when to use them will save you a lot of money in the long run.

Always ask for a discount or bargain, especially when you pay cash for big purchase like furniture and electrical items, you will be surprised how much lesser you have to pay.

Buy in bulk or from the hypermarket. Hypermarket like Giant and Tesco has greater offer than places like Jusco or Parkson. (I’m referring to household stuffs)

Think again if it does really makes any different without having that, and if no, it means you don’t really need to spend on that.

Wear comfortable shoes when going for shopping spree. Closed toes and high heels won’t give you the joy of shopping. If possible, wear sneakers or sandals like Birkenstock. )

Make sure to jot down the prices of the stuff that you normally buy. Browse thru all the leaflets of promotions whenever you find them and scan for the stuffs you needed because sometimes they offer stuffs cheaper than the big players. This would save you time and energy running between retailers around to compare prices.

Compare prices on same item from different shopping locations if possible. If buying in bigger amount or quantity, don't forget to visit specialty shop or even wet market for example dry cooking/baking ingredient if you are buying in kilograms.

Not passing this tag too.

~The End~

Friday, October 19, 2007

Exhausted or Forgetful?

Don't really quite understand how come each time we hope En En to sleep earlier than us, it always ended up I slept first while En En still walking around in the room. *roll eyes*

Most of the time, I hope to apply hand lotion or cream to my cracked heel... I ended up remember to do this the next morning which I should do last night before I sleep. Sometimes, I keeps on reminding myself that I have to apply oinment on En En face or hands' or legs where she got bruises or moisquito's bite but most of the time I forgot. Why? Because I already slept!She won't allow us to apply on her when she's awake so the best time is when she falls asleep. LOL... So, the consequences is En En bruises area recover slower as mummy keeps on forgetting to apply medicine or oinment on her and I feel I'm so lousy... why always keep falling to sleep so easily? Even in the afternoon... haha... And my cracked heel never heal since Chinese New Year as I never really care and only apply the medicine occasionally.

Wish I am the last one to fall asleep but this happen rarely and I always wake up at midnight coz of suddenly think of I need to do something. Be it to wash the milk bottle, transfer En En from bouncer to bed, or change her to long pants, go brush teeth (ya... sometimes I forgot but remember suddenly at midnight... LOL!) ... and many more. But good thing is once I knocked off, I am really recharging as I won't be awake by any noise except En En crying out loud.

If I have No.2, can I still have a good night sleep?

Thursday, October 18, 2007

TAG: First Letter of Your Name to Asnwer Each Question

I'd received this tag from Bryan's Mama - thanks alot dear! The tag is about using the 1st letter of your name to asnwer the following: (I was having difficulties in thinking the words start with 'S')

1. Famous Singer : Shakira

2. Four letter word : Size

3. Street : Siam Road (in Penang!)

4. Color : Sky blue

5. Gifts/Presents : Sapphire

6. Vehicle : Suzuki Vitara

7. Things in Souvenir Shop : Silver keychain

8. Boy Name : Sam

9. Girl Name : Susan

10. Movie Title : Shark III

11. Drink : Soya milk

12. Occupation : Seamstress

13. Celebrity : Sarah Jessica Parker

14. Magazine : Shape (my favourite!)

15. U.S. City : Seattle

16. Pro Sports : Sailing

17. Fruit : Starfruit

18. Reason For Being Late To Work : Sleeping

19.. Something You Threw Away : Soiled disposable diaper

20. Something You Shout : SH*T!

21. Cartoon Character : Simpson's Family


Monday, October 15, 2007

The Penang Mama / Babies Meet

Thanks to Angeleyes who organise for this meet although many mums can't make it last minute. We met at Secret Recipe at e-Gate. Mummies had a great chatting session while the kids were getting to know each other before they played together.

En En was quite shy for the whole session as this is her first time meeting and eating together with other kids which similar to her age. She is the youngest and out of a surprise, she compromised to sit in the highchair for the longest time! Maybe too shy to even make a move... LOL! Little Darrius is so cute and active while little Yang was smiling to anyone he met. He's one happy go lucky little guy. Jing is Yang's elder sister and she got pretty long hair and big eyes! She played the role of big sisters when the younger ones running around in the restaurant.

Enjoy some snaps from the meet!

En En: Hmm... what's on Kor Kor's hand?

En En: enjoying her appetizer...

Darrius: mum... mum... having my main course now!
Yang was posing for the camera shot!

Pretty pose by Jing

Darrius: This is my seat!

En En: No, it's mine...

Darrius, Yang: We rules the world!

Darrius: Wah... wah... grahhh...

En En: What are you trying to do??

Everybody: Let's mess up the place!!!

17 Months

En En officially turn 17 months old today. She is really learning fast everyday and her appetite getting bigger which I think is a good sign. She never reject food now but she wants to try and taste for it. Mummy is glad that she is able to understand whatever we are talking about nowadays but she's also a very naughty and possesive.


Height: 80cm

Weight: 10.8kg

New Vocab:
- which means please and she loves to add with "pa-pa ple-" as she thought "pa-pa ple-" is one word that means please... got to correct her

"beg" - beg

"shoo" - shoes

"eter, jan" - Peter & Jane

- Hello. But she only pronounce when we ask her to tell us and the sound of her curling the "r" is so cute till everyone laugh!

"pa-ya" - papaya

"tu-tut" - pacificier
"bei1" - means cup in mandarin


1. When we pass by hawker stalls in the car, En En will be able to point out and tell us there's "mum mum" (place to eat).

2. She loves to stand in the car and she is able to grip on anything that she can to balance herself whenever the car is turning or suddenly stop. But of course, she falls sometimes and never compromise to sit in car seat unless it's a long journey.

3. She can open the car door from inside and therefore we must lock the door everytime we travel because she will insist to open the door even when we are waiting for traffic light to turn green. Once the car stop, she will say "OKay!" as if we already reach the destination. *roll eyes*

4. En En now loves to eat but I think the proper word should be love to taste! She will come over and ask for food sharing whenever she saw us have any food on hand or chewing something in the mouth. When it doesn't taste good, she won't be coming to you anymore!

5. En En is able to drink from straw and she's enjoying it before she starts to bite and play with the straw. She also can drink from small cup occasionally, most of the time she just pour it over her front and wet her shirt when she brings the cup high up on the mouth!

6. Whenever she saw advertisement of baby with disposable diaper, she will pull up her shirt or dress and look for herself that she's wearing one too.

7. When mummy change her clothes, she knows it when mummy said right hand and left hand and she will straighten the hand accordingly. But sometimes, she will turn deaf.

8. Potty train - she seldom cooperate when it comes to wee wee, so still need to put her on lampin or cloth diaper. When she wants to do her "big business" then she will let us know and normally wont' reject to sit on the potty.

9. Recently loves and learning to jump! You will see her walk for a while then jump, jump & walk!

10. She loves to drink Chinese tea. So, whenever daddy makes one teapot of chinese tea she will join in and request a small tea cup made of clay like daddy's one. Then, she sure wants to touch the teapot and when we tell her it's hot she will use her fingers to test on the teapot lightly. When we ask her whether it's hot or not, she will node her head. She also put the clay tea cup lightly on the glass table after we told her it's so noisy that she place it hard on the table.

11. En En also prefers to watch children sing song VCD and eat at the same time and requested which songs she wants to watch! Bad habit...

12. She's trying to self feed but still unable to get a spoonful scoop. She ended up playing with the spoon and water.

13. Her signs that she wants to sleep is when she says "tu-tut" and grab her little pooh bear tightly.

14. She's a drama queen as she will try to make cheeky smiley face to you when she's been scolded and hoping that you will smile or laugh. When she's succesful, she will say "OK!" as she knows no one is angry at her already. When you smile at her, she will give you that mischievous smiley look!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Pop Corn!

Mummy loves popcorn, daddy loves popcorn, Ah Mah loves popcorn now even EN EN LOVES POPCORN!!!

The first time we introduced Popcorn to En En about 1 month ago, she's in love with it very much. Mummy loves the munchie munchie feeling, daddy craves as it's so yummy. It is a must have when we go for movie... each one has size Large in hand! Daddy used to buy from GSC, even we don't go for movie. Don't know why so in love with pop-corn, they are simply delicious.

We did a test with En En at home, proven she prefers pop-corn than anything else. Mummy gave En En wholemeal bread with cheese slice, she was enjoying before she saw pop-corn. Daddy brought out a packet of popcorn, En En will automatically go near daddy and spit out her bread! Then, she will stick around you asking for pop-corn. Once she grabbed over the whole box, she won't give back to anyone. If you tell you to give some to mummy or daddy, she will pick some and put in your palm. She won't let our hands to pick from the box.

Nowadays, whenever we want to have pop-corn got to pour into cups or big jar and hide from En En... otherwise she will go for this junk food for fun.

Oh yes, the pop-corn sell at GSC is around RM3.xx for a medium size? Can't remember and it's abit expensive compare to others. Well, you got more caramel there. We found another alternative which cost only RM1.69 for one big cone pack and it's very crunchy. The aroma, taste, freshness almost as good as those from GSC. Check it out at Cold Storage.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

TAG: 5 Posts Link to Keywords

Wen tagged me. Sorry for the delay.

So here you go:

1. Post 5 links to 5 of your previously written posts. The posts have to relate to the 5 key words given below.

2. Tag 5 other friends to do this meme. Try to tag at least 2 new acquaintances (if not, your current blog buddies will do) so that you get to know them each a little bit better.

3. Don’t forget to read the archived post and leave comments.
Link ONE must be about FAMILY: First Wedding Day
Link TWO must be about FRIEND: Old Pals Reconneted
Link THREE must be about YOURSELF: Truely Blessed
Link FOUR must be about YOUR LOVE: My Sweet & Humour Hubby
Link FIVE can be ANYTHING YOU LIKE: Scrapbooking

Tag goes to

TAG: Autograph Book

Got tagged by Bryan's Mama last weekend and promised to complete before this weekend. I dragged coz no idea on the tag yet. Now got idea, better start moving...

This tag is very simple.....answer questions only. Can do in 5mins flat. When I was young, we used to sign "autograph books" - which are simply a list of your likes & dislikes.

Here it is:
#1 What is your favourite movie? Back to the Future I, II & III

#2 Who is your favourite singer? Whitney Houston

#3 Which song gets you grooving in the morning? Can't get my eyes off you... *you're too good to be true, can't get my eyes off you, you are heaven to me, oh...... I love you babe... * okay, I'm drifted away

#4 What is your favourite fruit? Kiwi

#5 Who is your best friend (excluding your family)? Adeline even we seldom meet but we talk about everything from wushu to dating guys and family issues... miss her as we stay apart

#6 Name one activity you would like to indulge in, in your free time. Spa, same with Bryan's mama but I prefer full set if possible.... hehe...

#7 When was the last time you laughed so hard till your sides hurt? last night when I heard En En was learning to say "Ha-lo"!

#8 Do you recall your last dream? No

#9 What is your all-time favourite hobby? Reading and I can read from newspaper to magazines to advertisement booklet

#10 When was your last holiday without the children? last April, company trip to Redang island

I would like to tag:

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Mirror... mirror... on the??

Oh, it's on the wardrobe door. The full length mirror which is now become En En's favourite hang out place before bedtime, after bath or just simply loitering around there.

En En started to attrack to the mirror when she saw herself in there and right away she shouted: "Ba-bie!" She talks to the baby in the mirror, when mummy told her to kiss the baby, she did right away. So, mummy got to wipe the mirror after she sleeps since it will full of her saliva. Yucks~ She just love the mirror and will be so happy if we praise the baby in the mirror is so pretty. Now, every night, she will open the wardrobe door by herself when she feels bored in the room and enjoy herself.

When she refuse to wear clothes after bath, mummy or Ah Mah will bring her to the mirror & tell her shame shame and show her that she's topless or point to her bum! Haha... If she's without a top, she will yells and if she's without any diaper she will pull her shirt to cover the important part while watching the mirror... *roll eyes*

One of our weapon to calm En En when she's crying or become cranky is to bring her to the front of the mirror and tell her to look at the baby who is crying. Strange enough when she sees herself, she will turn to laugh. Weird baby!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

I did it!

The culprit that I can't see my other blog which I mentioned in my last post "Helpless in IT" is simply because I didn't sign in first! Duh... this is so careless as I never read the instructions clearly & carefully.

Well, my birthday present to myself is I have my second blog up finally! Welcome to my Cloth Diapering world... haha!

Monday, October 8, 2007

Hopeless in IT....

Can anyone teach me how to add another blog under Blogs Name? I navigated, searched in the Help but don't think they teach you how to diaply out 2 blogs in the profile page. Or simply because I'm not aware enough?

My blog "Awaken Spring" was displayed out accidentally as I can't recall where I did it! I saw others blogger have more than 1 blogs... wow! They are just so cool (to have so much time to update so many blogs...)!

I really need help as I created another blog with the same login and password as this one! So, everytime I login, I'm directed here. What happen to my other new blog?? How am I going to login?? Gee... I guess I was so blur when did the new blog as I never realized the logic... LOL! :P
Kindly leave me some possible solution?? Anyone??

Bedroom Fear

En En refused to sleep at night so bad for the past 2 nights. She was screaming and crying terribly when we turned the light off and tried to place her at the bouncer. OK, we should get rid of the bouncer since she's already more than 1 years old but this idea simply not working. This little fella still prefer to cuddle or turning around in her bouncer before she really sleep soundly.

Last 2 days, the night after daddy off to business trip, we were wondering why En En refused to sleep even it's way pass her sleep time. She slept for 1 and half hour in the afternoon but as we tried to brought her up to the bedroom, she quickly pointed to the door and told us she wants to go out. She became very cranky and wanted to look at the mirror, walking around, didn't want story book... at the end when she became too tired, she cried out loud, screamed like being hit by hard objects or fall from somewhere just to get everyone's attention that she wanted to get out from the bedroom. At the end, she only slept at 12a.m. after putting her in the stroller and pushed in the house. *Tension*

Oh, mummy forgot to mentioned the bouncer already aged 12 years as it was passed down by SIL who used the bouncer for her 2 daughters. Actually that night too MIL found out the steel leg of the bouncer already broken and it couldn't be used. That is another reason why En En was hard to sleep as she didn't have the bouncer to swing her into dreamland. Gosh... she just can't live without the bouncer!! FIL sent the bouncer to repair the next morning.

Second night with the bouncer back, En En still refused to sleep. With her loud voice screaming and crying. After so many hours persuading her, story telling and hardwork from mummy and Ah Mah, this little energizer doozed off at almost 12a.m again! We were so tired but what to do?

Last night, Ah Mah went to bed earlier as she's too tired from taking care of this naughty energizer whole day. Finally left only mummy and En En alone in the room. Mummy didn't entertain En En and was pretending to sleep on the bed. En En first hit mummy's leg as if she's refuse to let mummy sleep too. Then, she walked around the room in dark (yes, mummy switched off the light), babbling to herself and brought her pillow to the bed, on the floor and attempted to sleep on the floor. She was nearly shut down but still refuse to sleep quietly. After 1 hour then only she compromised to crawl into her bouncer and made noise to mummy to swing her to her dreamland (very demanding)...

Friday, October 5, 2007

Knitted Wool Soaker

Ta-daaaa... so here is the product from the wool yarn I bought from Aussie last month. Don't praise me as I'm not the one who complete the knitting, credits to MIL. She is now hook back knitting after so many years never knit. She even completed a few handphone covers too. I just did maybe 20% only... my progress is very slow. New knitter but gaining experience.

This is a diaper cover for fitted diaper (another modern cloth diaper). Fitted diaper is made from cotton, hemp or bamboo. It's a soft diaper with snaps or velcro to wear on baby or toddler. Once it get wet, the outside of the diaper also will be damp. That's why it needs a cover and I chose to use wool as the cover. Ok, the hot issue... I only use this at night in air-con room.

I never wear this on En En yet as it need to be lanolized. I'm waiting for hubby to get me a tube of Lansinoh lanolin from US. So, you might wonder how it works, huh? Too long for me to explain here.

I'll try to knit a smaller size wool diaper cover for my future baby as I still have leftover yarn. Wish me luck this time!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

First attempt to wear shoes

Last night, after we were back from kai-kai with En En... we witnessed En En was trying to put on her sandal on her own! Aiyah... no photos... but she is very determined. She was trying so hard to stand with her left leg, one hand was holding to the door or placed it on the small bench and her right foot was trying to insert into the sandal.

The sandal is not the normal slipper or flip-flop type, it's the one that you need to put on the aplix once the feet is in. En En is able to flip open the aplix tab but she doesn't know how to fit her foot in it yet. She was trying for at least 15 minutes and whenever we tried to offer help, she pushed us away and scolded us by screaming. I think she wants to tell "Don't disturb me! Go away!"

En En was sweating after 20 minutes of trying, she never ask for help from anyone. She is one very strong determined girl! Probably another potential stubborn baby??

TAG: Number Tag

I got this tag from Alice and I think I’ve owe her fo quite some times now. Time to complete it. Here goes the tag (or meme? cute name)!

Two names you go by:
1. Sharine
2. Mummy

Two things you are wearing right now:
1. OL wear
2. Glasses

Two things you would want (or have) in a relationship:
1. Understanding
2. Security

Two things you like to do:
1. Knitting
2. Paper Scrapbooking

Two things you want very badly at the moment:
1. Update my blog
2. Modern cloth nappies that I ordered overseas

Two things you did last night:
1. window shopping @ Gurney Plaza
2. accompanied en en to bed

Two things you ate today:
1. Wholemeal bread with butter & jam
2. Jacob's wheat crakers

Two people you last talked to:
1. My bosses
2. My colleague

Two things you’re doing now:
1. Writing this tag
2. Prepare to have lunch in office

Favorite Day of the week:
1. Friday
2. Saturday

Two Favorite Holidays:
1. Christmas
2. Chinese New Year

Two favorite beverages:
1. Hot milo
2. Hot vanilla

Two things about me! Things you may have known:
1. I was a national wushu athlete
2. I love to bake

Two jobs i have had in my life:
1. wife
2. mother

Two movies i would watch over and over: (and do)
1. Beauty & the beast
2. Little Mermaid

Two place i have lived:
1. Malaysia
2. Nanjing

Two of my favorite foods:
1. Omelete
2. Fried rice

Two places I’d rather be right now:
1. Vacationing in Samui island again
2. At home knitting or doing scrapbooking

Two lucky Fortune Cookie recipients….
1. ai lian
chew lee

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

My Sweet & Humour Hubby

Hubby will be going to US this Friday and this week he insists that I have lunch with him. He said wants to spend more time with me and at home more time with En En. He doesn't mind bringing us out every night. Just the 3 of us.

Today after lunch, he accidentally said something which I felt nothing then suddenly hilarious and can't help laughed out hysterically! LOL

DH: "You are the woman of my dream."

Me: feel honour and sweet**

DH: "You are the only one that I can dream of..."

Me: pause & think for a while** is that mean you are forbidden by your mistress to think of other woman?? But I never say this to you...

He's real funny as he made it in a singing tone & I burst into uncontrollable laugh.
Love you dearly!

By the way, he will be back in 1 week time.

Restless En En

Mummy never can understand why En En never feels tired after a long whole day and yet refuse to sleep till late night? She is too energetic but these few days she's not keen in taking her usual porridge. We have difficulty to feed her... I plan to let her self-feed but that will only mess up the place and she won't be eating much coz she will have fun playing with food.

En En woke up after 10am yerterday according to MIL and only nap for 2hours in the afternoon. Even the afternoon nap... Ah Mah already run out of idea on how to get this little fella to sleep after she's been so tired. Story telling and soothe music already useless now. So, Ah Mah got to put her in stroller and pushed her in the house till she mabuk (drunk feeling) and sleep soundly then only can carry her back to her bouncer! Mummy is not going to do this for her at night, this is a bad bad habit and not recommended. But not sure will consider this tactics if En En's condition is getting worse.

Mummy thought she will be tired after 9.30pm and brought her up to bedroom about 10pm. After her milk milk at 10.30pm she got up and was busy walking around in the room, opened and closed the wardrobe door with mirror and admiring the baby in the mirror. Sometimes, she will talks to the baby in the mirror (yes, self talk) even after I switched off the light. Terrible part is she will hit the door, making noises & tell mummy to open the door for her. She wants to go out even everybody alredy goes to sleep.

Recently she cling more to Daddy and only daddy is able to ask her go to bed. She listens to daddy's command (yes, after a few stroke on her butt and thigh). Her eyes were all red but she still want to play and go out. It takes about 1-2 hours for her to sleep everyday. Mummy believes there is some bad habits that should be identified and changed. Looks like we are going to invest in cane soon...

Monday, October 1, 2007

How to teach 2-3 years old music?

Anyone know how to teach a 2 or 3 years old children music? I have a 3 years old student recently. This is my first time having such a young age student. Having headache and start to wonder why nowadays parent send their toddler to music lesson when the child is still learning to talk!!?? Kiasu syndrome??

Personally, I think it's not necessary and it's just too early. Unless you don't mind spending earlier. By the way, I'm refering to one to one teaching method. Children at this young age need to get active and is curious about their surroundings. They have very short concentration period. I do not know how others think, even one day if I think En En is talented in music and show interest in it,(in fact, she is!) I'll just start to introduce her different sounds and enjoy first. Yes, switch on the radio and dance together. That's how they learn to respond with music. Anything in the house can become the music instrument such as the milk powder tin, wooden chopstick to hit together or hit on the tin, any ordinary household item that is safe for use on toddler. Mind you, we even let En En use 2 of the cup covers which is made of stainless steel as cymbal. Suitable for her little hands too! Let them know how we get the sound and build up the beat.

Basic requirements for a student to attend a specific musical instrument class:
1) Able to read and write ABC and 123, basically knows all the alphabets.
2) Able to do simple calculation, this is for beats counting purpose.
3) Able to understand simple instructions. Can you assure that 3 years old will understand what is tone or rhythm?
4) Able to concentrate longer. Young children is easily get drifted away by things and environments that's why it's kind of difficult to get their cooperation.
5) Able to follow/perform the beats counting as music is all about correct beats and tempo. So, start to train your little one in counting beats by hand clapping with nursery rhyme.

I might be updating this topic in the future if I come across any new ideas in teaching the little one music. One more thing before I forget, involve them in a small group as they all love having fun together. It's not suppose to be a serious class, it's a playful moment!

So, what do you think and what is your suggestions?