|August 2, 2013||Posted by Mabel under General|
Our new place in Penang is on the 18th floor and since its purchase, the owner has never seen the need to install grills for the windows or balcony sliding door (we are his first tenants in this unit). So while the owner scouted around for quotations, I set about babyproofing the home – at least temporarily. The children are actually house-proofed already. They know not to play with doors, switches, power sockets and so forth but the worrypot in me is still quite concerned about height-related safety. So we came up with a couple of cheap solutions – a piece of wood (to function as a lock for the sliding door), safety gate (with or without extensions) and adjustable cabinet locks.
While they work just fine, especially the safety gate which can be adult-proof too, my concern is more of the windows as I prefer something more “permanent” like grill. Those will be installed next week but until then, these cabinet locks will do just fine. At least it’s better than a fully open window (*heart attack moment*).
|July 9, 2013||Posted by Mabel under General, Parenthood|
…in Malaysia, that is.
We moved down to Malaysia – from France – last month and arrived at the worst time ever. The haze hit the capital city and its surrounding areas. On top of that, the heat was just terrible. Noah’s eczema flared up – the worst in over a year – and later, both kids caught a stomach bug which resulted in plenty of tantrums, bowls pushed aside and “super-glue” behaviour.
Now, a couple of weeks later, the kids are adjusting to the weather (and mozzies and all). We are heading out nearly every day for walks at the park, the neighbourhood, etc. Yesterday the kids went to the park nearby and enjoyed the kids’ play area. The slides, bridges and what-nots make the area large in comparison to the French playground in Dole. The floor isn’t entirely covered with rubber – normal with most public playgrounds here in Malaysia – but it’s still a fairly safe place for kids. A pity that it isn’t more well-maintained though (some sections had stagnant water on the slides due to the concave dip at the bottom of the slide, etc).
Earlier today, we made a trip to Aquaria KLCC via LRT. Eva wanted to go on the train and it was Noah’s first time on a metro train so why not? It was a pretty nice experience for the kids who got to experience a train ride and watched two feedings. The aquarium is small – reminiscent of the one in Paris but unlike the French one, Aquaria was cheaper. Exhibits are quite well maintained and the staff were ultra friendly – we had people assist us in finding the elevator, the toilet, etc. The kids, especially Noah, went bonkers during the feeding.
Food-wise, the kids have (re)discovered Indian snacks, tropical fruits (rambutan, mangosteen, durian too!), local delights (noodle, roti canai, etc) and came away enjoying it. We shy-ed away from imported fruits, vegetables and even meats as well as dairy because of the price. Imported fruits like cherries are selling for at least RM28 per kilo while you can get a heft 3 kilo bag of rambutans for RM10. The lack of cheese – I only bought a block of cheddar for the kids – also means that the adults, namely the hubs, are not packing on the weight from dairy products. Good for the stomach and the wallet too!
Now to find a playschool/kindy for the kids and get them settled into our new place in Penang! Tehehehe.
|January 23, 2013||Posted by Mabel under General|
…nearly a month later.
As you may have already guessed, I haven’t been updating this blog as often as I should. Between knitting, managing two kids, checking FB updates and blogging (on the main blog), things are slowly coming to a standstill. Eeps!
I have much to share about the kids, especially with Noah’s eczema…but in the meantime, here is a photo of the kids at my hubby’s family home in the country.
|November 10, 2012||Posted by Mabel under General|
While taking a look at my old posts, I realized that it has been a while since I last reviewed any cloth diapers, toys or baby carriers. Time to start churning them out. I have a few put on hold and these include:
- Best Bottom Diapers
- Babyland diapers
- Itti Bitti SIO diapers
- Pupsik pouch carrier
- Ergobaby carrier
- Pognae carrier
I also need to churn out 101-info articles and update my current ones on:
- Cloth diapering 101
- Babywearing 101
- Feeding your kids – issues
Hopefully I’ll find the time to churn these out. Tehehehe.
|October 25, 2012||Posted by Mabel under General, Playtime Learning|
For the past few months, we have been aimlessly filling the hours with just random and aimless playtime. It wasn’t until recently that I was reminded that Noah was no longer a baby and needs extra stimulation like his sister. However, unlike Eva who is now going to school during the day (and the school is almost Montessori styled!), he is stuck at home with me. So during his morning nap, I decided to trawl the Internet for ideas on playtime learning for babies. This is a new field for me since the books and links I have cater to preschoolers and toddlers more than babies.
Despite his birth age, Noah is still very much a baby in terms of milestone achievement. You could say that he’s behind his full term peers by a good four to six months. Most of his milestones is hovering around that of a 9 month old and while I’m not worried about that, I would still like him to get as much out of his playtime as possible.
Counting Coconuts has a lovely collection of treasure basket ideas for her little one. The aim of a treasure basket is very simple – just dump about 5-10 objects of anything (similar shape, colour, purpose, etc) into a basket or box and let your child play with it. It helps babies explore with their sense of touch, sight and if you dare, smell and taste. It is also a cheap way to get some playtime in for your kids as you can use just about any household item or toy.
Noah’s first treasure box is a white one and is made up of items that are white in colour. I recycled one of the boxes that my parcels came in and threw in balloons of two different sizes, a white mini rugby ball, some puffs in different sizes, white packing beans and foam cutouts. He found the balloons to be strange and hard to grip due to the rubbery yet slippery surface and opted for the rugby ball instead. The puffs ended up in his mouth a few times for a taste test before ending up outside the box – “dump” mode. The balloons too ended up outside the box. At one point, he started playing with the box too!
All in all, an interesting (and cheap) way to enhance his playtime!
|July 29, 2012||Posted by Mabel under General, Just Eva|
Guess who turned 3 years old just a few days ago?
We celebrated her birthday with my mother-in-law and my parents – very low-key and nothing fancy. Even her birthday “cake” wasn’t quite really a cake but a tart from the local patisserie since my plans to make a nice cake went awry thanks to the pounding headache and fever I had two days earlier (and was still having until a few days after her birthday).
Still, no complaints from the birthday gal as she blew out three candles and wondered if the Cars figurines were edible (they aren’t!).
At three, she’s fast becoming a little adult with her own quirky sense of self and way of doing things. If she wants it one way, it has to be that way…unless you can manage to find a compromise or weasel your way out of doing it how she wants it done. One example is getting her dressed. If she wants a dress, it’s a dress. She will do anything to get a dress on her – if it’s pink, it’s better but if it ain’t a dress, she won’t wear it. Sometimes her stubborn-ness is just awful, especially when we’re in public. Thankfully, she doesn’t dare cross me often and will give in whenever I lay down the law. Other than that, she is helpful around the house – keeps her things tidy and in its proper place when asked, helps out with the house chores and so forth.
Food-wise, she still enjoys a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. She is also starting to enjoy eating raw vegetables like salad greens, tomatoes, cucumber, capsicum and get this – onions and will even try garlic. Of lately, she seems to be fascinated with lightly sauted garlic and onions. We have also been cooking with more spices and a heavier hand when it comes to things like chilli and curries. She enjoys these dishes but with a large serving of water on hand!
This little miss will start school come September and while I look forward to it, I wonder how the teachers will cope with her bilingualism. Although she spends most of her time with me and consequently, speaks more English, her French is improving and she is starting to show a larger variety of vocabulary. Often, she will slip into French when speaking to me before correcting herself. I’d say that she is a little musically-inclined and enjoys singing and listening to music although I can’t be sure if she likes creating music which I’d think is a different thing altogether. Reading is still a favourite pasttime so we make it a point to get her books regularly and encourage this by reading to her daily or just encouraging her to read instead of watching TV, etc. Trips to the library is a must on the weekends and this is one activity that she always looks forward to – rain or shine.
It is unbelievable how quick she’s growing up – at times, it feels like it was yesterday that she was just a little baby.