Friday, December 19, 2008

Washing the Mouth

Juan Or wants to show Mommy that he's a big boy already! Look at how Juan Or holds Mommy's hands to direct Mommy as to how to wash his mouth! Hehehe.....Mommy's finger is like his giant toothbrush!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Crying Over Spilt Milk

Mommy was breastfeeding Juan Or on the left breast and at the same time, Mommy was holding a small plastic container to collect milk leaking from the right breast. Prior to that, Mommy had already collected a total of 2-and-a-half oz. of milk accummulated from leaks and hand expression of previous breastfeeding sessions. While sucking milk, Juan Or 's hands were playing and grabbing at whatever his hands can reach. Once a while, Mommy was able to catch hold of his hand from grabbing the plastic container that Mommy was holding. Other times, his hand didn't seem to be heading for the container, so Mommy didn't grab hold of his hand. Anyway, Mommy can't grab hold of his hand for too long because Mommy's sitting position would not be sufficiently stable, thus causing discomfort to Mommy.

However, out of a sudden, when Mommy was talking to Papa, Mommy felt the container being strucked at and the milk spilt all over. Everything happened so fast. Juan Or's and Mommy's shorts were wet, the bed frame where Juan Or's head rested on while breastfeeding also had milk and there was milk all over the floor. What a mess! And Papa was angry with Mommy for not taking precaution and Mommy was very angry with Juan Or because he was still able to struck the container down even though Mommy was holding it.

Mommy scolded Juan Or. And Mommy can't help lecturing him about the spilt milk. Juan Or seemed to sense Mommy's anger. It all showed on his face - long, dull-looking face, sullen of sorts. And just before Mommy left the room, Mommy turned at Juan Or again and scolded him "Stupid!" (but later Mommy regretted saying it) and Juan Or jumped in startle.

This leads to another developmental milestone of Juan Or at 7 months of age - he is able to differentiate and react to friendly or unfriendly voice tone. He knows whether or not someone is scolding him.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Baby's Breath

It was early in the morning and Mommy was lying next to Juan Or and Juan Or, on his tummy, turned his head towards Mommy with his mouth wide open, asking Mommy to breastfeed him. So unavoidably, Mommy smelt his breath. His baby breath. There is no hint of stinkiness, not at all. And Mommy has not yet washed his mouth for the day. Mommy wonders why babies don't have the stinky morning breath unlike what most adults do.....

The 'B' (Part 2)

Remember the post on "The 'B'" ( In the previous part, Juan Or encompasses the 3Bs: 'B' for baby, 'B' for boy and 'B' for buffalo. Now, Mommy declares that Juan Or encompasses the 5Bs.

The first 3 Bs remain.

The 4th 'B' for bite because Juan Or bites Mommy's nipple when breastfeeding!

(Sorry, no photo, censored item! ;-)

And the 5th 'B' for bising because Juan Or makes noise when Mommy's attention goes away from him, even if it is just for a short while!

(See the picture but imagine the sound!)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Scholastic Book Fair in Midvalley Megamall

On 5th December 2008, Mommy and Daddy took leave from work to go for outing. Unfortunately, Juan Or had to stay with the babysitter because this outing was for long hours and Juan Or can't stand long outings. On that day, Papa and Mommy went to Midvalley Megamall because Mommy wanted to go to the Scholastic Book Fair located at North Court, highest floor. Several days ago, Mommy saw this book fair's advertisement in the local newspaper stating value buy from as low as RM1.

Along the way, Papa and Mommy stopped by the many Christmas deco spots in Midvalley Megamall. Unfortunately, Papa forgot to bring his proper camera, so had to make do with Mommy's handphone camera. Here are the results:

Mommy has no idea why this time the photos can be rotated in Mommy's computer file but remains unrotated when uploaded here :-( Mommy is at wit's end over how to solve this problem!

Mommy also got this advertorial Christmas story book for Juan Or. This colourful story book can be obtained free from Midvalley's leaflet booth near the BreadTalk choo-choo-train. The notable thing about this story book lies in how the advertisements of the sponsors are all weaved together to form a coherent story. It is the story of how a pair of siblings were brought by a clown who was asking for direction to go set up a Christmas carnival. So it was at the carnival setting where the advertorial elements were inserted. And finally the story ends with the siblings waking up from sleep feeling like the carnival was real and yet was a dream.

Finally, Papa and Mommy reached the Scholastic Book Fair. The booth was not very big. The books sold were all children books. Price-wise? Some were very cheap, some were OK price, but some not so. So, these are the books Mommy bought for Juan Or:

(Each book costs only RM1! Cheap and good!)

(The book on the left costs RM2 and the right RM3.)

(The book which was on the left is now bottom and vice-versa.)

(Each book costs RM3.)

(Cubix is now at the top and Dinofours at the bottom. See! Nice and colourful illustration for only RM3 per book!)

All in all, Mommy spent RM14 for all seven books. After paying, Mommy was entitled to a lucky draw and Mommy picked a Scholastic 2009 table calendar.

So much so for the good buy, but the anticlimax? Papa got impatient already even though Mommy only spent 15 to 20 minutes at the booth!

Pun Chun Chicken Biscuit

Yesterday, Papa was finishing up the famous crispy Pun Chun Chicken Biscuit which was given by Mommy's friend (the music school boss). Then out of mischief, Papa wanted to tempt Juan Or (who was on the baby walker) by putting the chicken biscuit near Juan Or's mouth. And everything else happened so fast....Juan Or quickly opened his mouth and took a small bite! Juan Or had no teeth at the upper gums and yet he was able to break that small bit. So Mommy tried to pry Juan Or's mouth open, but he refused! Then, finally, Mommy managed to part his lips open, but the fragment of chicken biscuit was no longer there! Had Juan Or swallowed that chicken biscuit? Papa kept on asking Mommy whether Juan Or showed any sign of choking. Well...obviously Juan Or was not at all choking, but he sure does like the taste of chicken biscuit, eh?

Trip to 1 Utama: Buying Books for Juan Or

Yesterday was Hari Raya Haji, so Papa took Mommy and Juan Or for some window shopping in 1 Utama. Priority in Mommy's agenda was to let Juan Or see and experience Christmas decoration and of course to go to MPH because there was this "Buy 3 for the price of 2" promotion which Mommy recalled seeing in Midvalley's MPH outlet.

Again, Papa forgot to bring his proper camera and had to make do with Mommy's handphone camera. Here are the results:
(White Christmas theme)
(This is actually Parkson's booth)

(Juan Or said,"No, no, I don't want to take anymore photos!")

(Again, Mommy has no idea how come these Christmas photos don't rotate the way Mommy wants, but those photos on books rotate the way Mommy wants!)

Finally, we reached MPH. This time, in conjunction with their Christmas-cum-Back-to-School Fair, MPH set an external booth (quite big area) just outside their shop unit. So Mommy chose some books for Juan Or while Papa moved Juan Or on the stroller so that he could fall asleep. (Actually Mommy already had these books in mind during visit to MPH outlets in Midvalley and The Curve. The only thing stopping Mommy from buying was because Papa was too impatient to wait.). These are the books that Mommy bought:

(This baby board book series is under MPH's "Buy 3 for the price of 2" promotion. Each book is tagged at RM9.90. Under this promotion, each book costs RM6.60....considerably cheap judging from its size, vivid colours, cute and large illustrations, and it being hard bound.)

(Mommy first saw these books in The Curve's MPH but had no time to buy them. Each book has 400 pieces of reusable stickers. Each book costs RM19.90.)

(The inside of the sticker book. Good activity book for pre-schoolers to play with stickers and at the same time enriching their vocabulary.)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

What is This Thing Called "Free Time"?

Mommy was browsing through the Huggies Baby Network website (for the link, please see right hand panel and scroll down to Pregnancy and Parenting Websites and Resources) and stumbled on a webpage that features the Huggies monthly poll. This month's poll question goes like this:

When you need a break, what comes closest to your favorite way to spend some free time?

and the option answers go like this:

  • Hanging out with a good book
  • Visiting with friends
  • Something physical: biking, hiking, etc
  • Catching up on a hobby
  • Um, what is this thing you call "free time"?

Mommy thought for a while. For all the first four option answers, Mommy had not been doing them at all ever since Juan Or was born. Probably the only 'good book' that Mommy hanged out with was "reading theses", but heck that was WORK! "Sleep" seems the most appropriate answer but there's no option for that. So Mommy thought probably "sleep" doesn't count as free time here....probably "sleep" is a necessity and NOT "free time". So Mommy decided to check the last answer and click "Vote". And guess what? Out of 53 respondents so far, the majority vote (58%) goes to Um, what is this thing you call "free time"?

Hmmmm.....looks like Mommy is not alone after all.......

Monday, December 1, 2008

Juan Or and the TV Remote Control

Juan Or was in a playful mood, so Papa played with him while watching television. Papa played "Catch the remote control" with Juan Or. Watch (from two different angles) how Juan Or laughed when he was outwitted by Papa in catching hold of the remote control.