9 months 20 days!

Omg you guys, Emma is going to be 10 months old in 10 days. Then it’ll be our first Christmas together (I still hope I can put up a tree, albeit at my mum’s house, for her). And a month later will be her first birthday. OMFGWTFBBQ

On other news, we went for her check up on Monday and sadly, not only has she not gained weight from our last visit TWO months ago, but she lost 100g. Which may not sound much to an adult but for a baby, every gram counts. Sigh. I’m not sure what it was. We came back from Bali, where she was constipated but I thought all was fine when she finally pooped on the evening we came back. The next day was normal but then, I think it was a Friday or Saturday, she started pooping watery, yeast-smelling, non-smelly, yellow poop. 2-3 times a day. She was still having diarrhea up till yesterday, when she had a massive poop explosion in her crib. Poor Pete had to clean her and the bed up all on his own because I was at work. We suspect it was the bread we’ve been feeding her since Bali. It’s just too bad because she seemed to like it. Sigh

We’ve debated whether to go to her doctor or just wait till this weekend and see. I cooked some plain porridge (flavoured with dried scallops and pureed pears) for her today because I thought maybe introducing beef isn’t such a good idea now but she refused. She also didn’t want any yoghurt. Or coconut water (which is understandable because it’s new to her).

She shakes her head now when she doesn’t want something. SO CUTE, I should take a video of that soon. But for now, I’m still worried that she’s not gaining weight (please don’t lose any more grammes) and still diarrhea-ing (is that a word?) and don’t eat much solids. HOWHOWHOW *ok I need to calm the fuck down*

Out of desperation, I bought organic crackers (which on hindsight, I’m not sure is a good idea seeing that she doesn’t have much teeth yet) and rusk. Although it kills me to think that my baby is eating unnecessary, refined sugar and salt, at least she’s eating. Right? Right??

Still need to work out this solid food dilemma. I’d love nothing more than to cook healthy, delicious foods for her. Just give me a chance!

PS: I noticed she likes drinking water out of an adult’s cup/glass. Always eager, unlike when we give her the sippy cup or feed with spoon.

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9 whole freaking months!

Emma is growing beautifully, if I may say so myself (layan sendiri). She’s currently having a fever, which we obsessively monitor every 10 minutes with the digital ear thermometer. It started on Sunday afternoon, then it was on and off for the rest of the day and yesterday.

On Sunday night, I experienced something that I’ve only read (and laughed and dread about) on parents’ blogs. After drinking 6oz of milk, what would normally be a burp turned out to be projectile vomiting. I don’t know who was more shocked – me or Emma. We both stared down at the mess in front of us, with me exclaiming “Oh no!”. The hubs quickly came in and whisked the baby to the bathroom while I tried to contain the mess.

Bad news: This happened on our bed and soaked through the mattress very quickly.

Good news: It didn’t happen on me, so I guess I should thank my lucky stars I didn’t have to wash vomit laced with papaya (from her dinner) from my hair and body in the middle of the night.

Bad news: I had just changed the sheets a week ago.

Good news: It’s not my favourite and I was going to change it anyway.

Hopefully she’ll get better today. If not, we’ll need to bring her to the doctor.

Also, an update on what she can do now:

  • Every night for the past few days, she’ll practise standing up unsupported with us as her “launch pad” and “safety net”. She’ll climb up on us while we lay there and when she finds her balance, let go. So far her is 10 seconds (according to Pete who was lucky enough to witness it). So the good news is, she’s still active despite the fever and she’ll soon master this skill within the next two weeks.
  • On more than one occasion, she’s pushed my face away when I attempted to kiss her.
  • She’s started saying “da da” all the time. Now, especially when she’s not feeling well, she likes to snuggle up to her Daddy and talk. A lot. Sometimes with “da da” in the conversation. It’s obvious who she favours. *ronery & jeles* … JOKING (mostly). I’m glad they’re close and she’s obviously her Daddy’s girl. Makes my heart swell with pride every time I see them together 🙂

Because I have nothing much to say…

Our not-so-little bunny

Just this week (it started on Sunday), Emma has pulled herself up on sofas/beds/us and stood up quite steadily. And she’s almost mastered crawling … all over our bed that is. Still very careful when she’s on the floor or play mat, especially after the hard tumble she had when her arm gave way while trying to move forward.

Let the headaches begin! Dundundun.

Just joking (a little. Maybe. Not really :p).

They do grow up very fast, don’t they. One week they’re just trying to crawl on their bellies, then the next thing you know, they’re clambering up stuff and you have to be on standby for any falls and tears.

Update 1:

Oh and she used the potty for the first time this week.

Update 2:

Almost forgot, she’s also graduated to a big girl car seat (i.e. convertible/forward facing).

Update 3:

I’m not sure why, perhaps it’s due to teething or her being cold or having nightmares, but she’s been waking up at the wee hours of morning (any time from 3am-6am) crying and fully awake. We’ll give her some water to drink and let her fall asleep in our bed before moving her back. I hope this doesn’t last long.

Sigh *misty eyed*

Aside

8.5 months

Eight and a half freaking months! omg, where did the time go. It’s the last quarter of the year and our precious bunny is zooming into toddlerhood. Ok I exaggerate … Some updates:

  • She’s finally fit into some of her shoes (gifts from lovely friends)! She can’t technically walked yet but oh it’s so DAMN CUTE!! Just wanna nom on those thighs and arms and cheeks … Sorry, got carried away there. Moving along.
  • No matter what time she sleeps the night before (it could be anything from 8pm to 12pm but it’s usually in the middle of that), she will wake up at 7.30-8.30am, when she hears me getting ready for work. So Daddy can’t sleep in or has to layan her first before doing some work. I often wonder if it’ll make a difference to her sleeping habits when she has her own room. Hmmm

    She seems to have lost some weight or has grown a lot taller over the past couple of weeks. It’s no wonder seeing how she lunges, climbs, rolls, crawls and sits all over our bed. She’s a little more careful though when we put her on the play mat or hard floor.

    Oh I almost forgot. When we’re on the bed, she will climb on to her Dad’s tummy/chest and push herself up, so she’s sort of standing, in a 90 degrees sort of way. No picture of that though. I wish I can take pictures with my eyes and then print them out.She’s also very fascinated with her Daddy’s nipples and belly button, and finds it hilarious to hit him on the chest. 😀

     

8 months & 5 days

Update!

Just this past week, Emma has mastered the art of sitting up (sometimes with one hand, no less). She rolls, sits up, army crawls, lunges  and climbs all over the place so fast that I wonder where she gets all that energy from. And she’ll giggle while doing all that, seemingly amazed at her newfound abilities and freedom. heh

Also, she’s started to play a game. It began 2-3 nights ago, we were sitting on the bed and she suddenly just let herself fall back on to my arms. Then sat back up again. Then she fell back again, giggling. Now she does that even when we’re not behind her, which is kinda scary. hahaha. But God, that kid is brilliant! I just need to record a video of her doing this.

Aaaand, both Pete and I have become her playground of sorts, where she climbs all over us or grabs on our shirt to stand up. Did I mention she is brilliant and funny and oh-so-fucking-adorable?? Sigh *love-shaped eyes*

7 months, 3 weeks and 3 days old

Our bunny is growing up so fast, she can sit then move on to her stomach. Or get on to her hands and knees then sit down. And I’ve seen her try to pull herself up. And she’s got 2 little teeth coming out of her bottom gums. And she can scream REALLY LOUD. She loves standing, jumping and walking when we hold her up (or use the walker). She is still a good sleeper even though she sometimes puts up a fight. She is very vocal and smiley (God I love that smile of hers). She laughs. She holds your hand. She gives you a high five. She touches your face and makes a grunting sound that seems like she’s saying, “I’m gonna eat your eyeballs!”.

She scratches an itch. She loves it when you sing to her (songs from Do Re Mi to Spice Girls’ Wannabe – our daughter isn’t choosy). She sometimes scrunches her face or raises her eyebrow when we talk, trying to understand. She loves her baths. She loves playing with water, slapping on it and using her right index finger to poke at bubbles or dripping water. She seems to be a natural at swimming. She is eating well though we’re going to stop giving oats and rice because I suspect they might be causing her suspected eczema. Her skin is getting better though.

She uses her tongue to taste your mouth when you lean in for a kiss. She lunges forward or sideways when we’re holding her. She loves watching us. And is very fascinated when we talk on the phone. We love it when she stretches her neck up or sideways to try to look at us when we’re blocked/out of sight. We bought her this toy from Ikea and though she doesn’t know how to put the right shape into the right hole (yet), she enjoys taking out every single block from inside the box and putting them beside her. I don’t know about you but I found that amazing.

Damn, I don’t know how we can ever live without her.

 

I used to read

Found this half written post in my draft folder. A post I started almost 2 years ago and promptly forgot about. Dad passed away, I got pregnant, new job, new baby…you know, life. Anyway, I shall dust off the cobwebs in my brain and try to blog more often.

*****

I used to have a list of books that I want to read. A tattered piece of paper where I would jot down titles and authors in any space I could find. I wonder where is it now, hmmm

It’s not like I don’t read nowadays. I do but it’s just (mummy) blogs and web articles mostly. I think the last book I read (besides parenting books when I was preggers) was about 2 years ago – it’s either Wolf of the Plains, an excellent fictionalised story of Genghis Khan or The Kite Runner, which I’ve yet to finish. I recently bought the Tiger Mom’s book and Tina Fey’s Bossypants (which I started reading 2 weeks ago and am still halfway through) from MPH for full price. I’ve never really bought books at full price before, I’m a cheapskate like that :p

I also bought the sequel to Wolf of the Plains and numerous other books from the Big Bad Wolf Sale last year but they’re sadly collecting dust in my gigantic Ikea bag under the bed right now. The lack of proper space for my books is not going to stop me from buying more though. Next on the to-buy list (to remind myself, lest I forget about it for another 2 years):

  • The Hunger Games seriesThe Hobbit (to reread and add to collection)

    Clothbooks for Emma

    The 3rd (or is it 2nd) book of that Genghis Khan tale

    Life of Pi

    Shtty Mom

     

Can’t think of anymore now. Need to get back to work.

PS: Oh yeah, I totally forgot I bought Gordon Ramsay’s cookbook. Another thing I should start doing more often

32 weeks

This will be a short one. I’m still not feeling well and reading a book(!)(Tina Fey’s Bossypants) for the first time in months. And this time, I will not stop and forget about it halfway *shakes fist*

At 7 months, 8 days, Emma is starting to:
– Sit without being held. She can rock on her legs, turn slightly to grab stuff, and generally bounce excitedly at her newfound skill. Last week, she still couldnt get up to sittong position on her own but yesterday while she was lying on me in a half-sitting posiion, she lifted her body up on her own to a sitting position *cues applause*
– For the past week, I’ve seen her get on her hands and knees. Soon, she’ll be crawling all over the place. For now, we have the army-style crawling.
– Since coming back from Seremban 10 day ago, Emma has had this rash that we thought were mozie bites. Put some papaw ointment and let it be but it grew in numbers. This morning, we woke up to a full face of red dots and rashes. There’s also more behind the ears and all over her legs. Wadafak! Anyway brought her to the paeditrician and he concludes it’s mozzie bites. We’re still not sure but have chose to monitor and use just stickon mozzie repellant. Have stopped using any lotions, creams and powder on her.
– Other than that, Emma’s complexion seems to have lighten.
– I think she said the word ‘mam’ while being fed rice porridge+carrot this evening. TWICE!

Sleep

Emma has been falling asleep at around 8.30pm for the last 3 days. Is it a coincidence that for that 3 days, I woke up slightly later (30 min to an hour) than usual? As a result, she didn’t get to go back to sleep for an hour plus after her early morning milk.

Perhaps not. Let’s see what happens tomorrow when I resume my office lady duties.

Sigh.

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