Archive for November, 2010

Weaning & Teething

It’s almost 2 months since we started Princess on semi-solids. She isn’t taking it as well as I thought she would. Is she not ready or am I just too enthusiastic & impatient?

I was actually looking forward to this stage, my mind filled with ideas of what food to prepare for her. She was a bit apprehensive about trying something new but after trying out various cereals, fruit and vegetable puree, she took to them quite well. So we happily progressed to increase her food intake and then out of the blue, she started to protest during mealtimes. She starts well for the first few spoonfuls after which each spoonfuls gets progressively more challenging. It takes much coaxing to get her to open her mouth each time which otherwise would be tightly pursed together no matter what you say or do. Looking at her, I don’t know whether to laugh or to get angry.

Advice from friend is to be patient and persistent, she will eventually learn to eat such food. To save myself the unnecessary frustration, I will hold back my horses and learn to go at her pace. Think that is the best for everyone.

The fact that she is teething doesn’t seem to help as well. Gone are the days with her sleeping through the night, she will sometimes wake up in the wee hours, feeling irritable & frustrated. Other times, she doesn’t want to go back to sleep and looks up at you with wide open eyes!! Really hope that this phase will pass quickly so that I can have my beauty sleep back. Fingers crossed!!

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I’d like my life back now please, thank you very much

The past 2, 3 weeks have been horrendous, physically and mentally.

As with all for-profit entities, there are changes work-wise. The amount of work generated was just crazy. And with lawyers on the other side, it definitely didn’t help. The first D-Day is over, and the next one is 31 December. Akan datang.

On the personal front, we made a major financial commitment. That also caused many sleepless nights. Not all the pieces of the puzzle are in place, but we are moving ahead with faith.

And finally, poor CL. Not only did she have to perform double duty of Mama AND Papa, she also has to deal with what we think is little girl’s teething. That means dealing with a grouchy baby that keeps waiting up at night.

So, here’s the message:

Papa is back!

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Bumbo Sitter

Not too long ago, Mama and Papa got a complimentary bumbo sitter from Mama’s good friend, Auntie Joyce. She has been very nice to us, even when I was still in Mama’s tummy, checking in on us from time to time, sharing with Mama tips on how to take better care of me and also handing down stuff from her younger son who is about 4 months older than me.

This bumbo sitter helps babies learn to sit and I heard that this one has served many predecessors and now it is finally my turn to try out its magic.

See me enjoying myself when I first tried it.

Although I was already sitting quite well, Mama still puts me in this sitter while I am being fed my meals. However, patience isn’t really one of my virtues so it wasn’t long before I started trying to break free from my confinements. Looking at the condition of the sitter, I think I wasn’t the only one who wants to get out.

Now that I can sit much more steadily without assistance, I wonder who will be the next recipient of this wonderful gift?

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So near… yet so far

 

Reminder to self:

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Some paths are just bumpier

Last week we followed up with little girl’s doctor for a 6-month review of her medical condition. He had to give her some mild medication for her to fall asleep so that he can scan her.

At the end of the scan, his message was this: it hasn’t improved, but it hasn’t gotten worse either, so that’s a good thing. And it will not affect her quality of life. But still need to monitor lah.

Then over the weekend we met up with our insurance agent to discuss about insurance coverage for the little one. We intended to buy a private Shield plan as well as a personal accident plan for her.

“The PA plan should be no problem”, he confidently said. “But for the Shield plan… need to check with the underwriters”.

“Should be exclusion or loading right”?

“Err… they may not want to insure altogether”.

Sigh. That’s the problem when you try to buy private insurance for a child with congenital conditions. Shouldn’t they allow a 12-month observation period? At least for CPF Medishield, they still insure, but with exclusion.

We shall wait for the outcome of the 2 plans.

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Babycentre.com.sg – Toys for six to nine-month-olds

http://www.babycenter.com.sg/baby/development/stimulatingdevelopment/toys6-9months/#

Just want to put it here for record:

Activity board: Many babies adore activity boards that can be attached to a cot rail. They come with parts that move and spin, giving your baby a place to practise her hand-eye coordination. She’s also getting the idea that you can make things happen to objects – so poking, twisting, squeezing, shaking, dropping, and opening things will all fascinate her.

Soft dolls or stuffed animals: Babies this age often develop an attachment to a favourite toy or blanket. Experts agree that comforters are a good thing as they help your child to feel secure in new or anxiety-provoking situations. Avoid toys with ribbons, plastic eyes, thread, or anything that can be pulled off and put into your child’s mouth. And don’t get dolls so big they’re hard for your baby to pick up and explore.

Balls: Balls are fun for just about any age. Lightweight fabric balls suit this particular age well. Roll one back and forth between the two of you on the floor, or when she’s older, toss it across the room so she can crawl after it.

Household items: Look no farther than your kitchen cupboard for some of your baby’s favourite items. A wooden spoon or plastic bowl will entertain your baby for a long time. Open the cupboard while you’re preparing a meal and your baby will pull out a few utensils of her own and whip up something alongside you.

Wood or soft blocks: Show your baby how to stack a few blocks, and then knock them down. Pile them into containers for her – and dump them out. She’ll get the idea. Stacking blocks and filling and dumping games are wildly popular in this age group.

Moving toys: As your baby begins to crawl and move around, she’ll be more interested in toys that do the same. Find some sturdy cars she can push around on the carpet. Or toys that pop up when your baby pushes just the right spot.

Books: This is the age at which reading becomes more interactive and fun for both of you. Cloth or board books work well now. After you read the book, you can pass it to her so she can take a turn flipping the pages and “reading” to you.

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TMC in the news again

Woke up this morning to learn that TMC is in the news again. This time for the wrong reason.

The article reports that the couple is considering fostering out the child. This is such a painful moral issue – your child is only… half your child.

I wonder what restitution will the hospital make? Lifetime free IVF procedures? Compensation to cater for the child’s future medical and education needs?

A little bird told me that the Director of TFC (= Deputy Executive Chairman = our gynae) was in an exceptionally foul mood yesterday.

~~ Update: 4 Nov 2010 ~~

The couple said today they’ll keep the baby.

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