Category: Just Noah
|October 6, 2013||Posted by Mabel under Just Eva, Just Noah, Parenthood, Videos Galore|
The past couple of weeks have been peppered with activities as the kids were quarantined after Noah’s brush with HFMD. They played together most of the time with Noah trying to get in on some of Eva-only activities like reading and Playdoh work.
So just to keep him (and poor Eva) happy (otherwise, he’d been bugging her non-stop), we got him his own book and Playdoh materials.
And oh, the biggest milestone ever arrived…
But it doesn’t mean that he’s ready to ditch crawling completely! The little tyke is still contented to hold someone’s finger and waddle his way around. Despite that, he has discovered the joys of walking up and down stairs, the escalator, travelator…I reckon he’ll be zooming about pretty soon. Just needs a little bit more courage and confidence. Hehehehe.
|April 14, 2013||Posted by Mabel under Just Noah, Playtime Learning|
A while back, I’ve been giving Noah a free-hand with the pencils and paper lying around on Eva’s little table. He has been showing interest in his sister’s doodling and colouring activites much to her chagrin. (He is always pulling at her pants, trying to steal the paper from under her and even tossing aside the pencils and pens.)
While he is still a novice at drawing – he makes dots and very light doodles – it is clear that he is definitely exploring the creative aspect of things. At the moment, he seems to be gravitating towards making noise with the pencil or just exploring the shape & feel rather than doodle with it. But on some days, he is just like his sister – all doodles and scribbles.
For me, it doesn’t really matter if he likes doodling or not. As long as he’s happy and learning something. After all, creativity manifests itself in many aspects – music, painting, drawing, design work, baking, cooking…I should know. LOL.
|March 26, 2013||Posted by Mabel under Just Noah|
The little man is fast growing up and becoming more and more like a toddler as the days goes by. He is started to enjoy bath time and sometimes will protest HEAVILY when we remove him from the tub. Imagine a screaming and wailing baby throughout the whole removal, drying, moisturising and dressing process. Sometimes it even continues until he enters his room which is a good few feet from the bathroom. Gack!
But when he’s happy, he truly is a joy to watch and observe. That’s him dripping water off his hand and fingers. Sometimes he’ll splash around, sometimes he plays with the cup…scooping water, pouring it away, drinking (I hope he doesn’t pee in his bath water) and attempting to blow bubbles. Once I even caught him trying to put his face right on the surface of the water. And when you catch him, he gives you that cheeky smile which says it all – HAPPY BATH TIME!
|February 28, 2013||Posted by Mabel under Breastfeeding, Just Noah, Parenthood|
As of this week, I said goodbye to breastfeeding my son.
It has been a journey that spanned nearly 18 months and one that wasn’t smooth too. I had my fair share of blocked ducts, engorgements, milk blebs, oversupply (undersupply wasn’t an issue this time as I was pumping in the early days and Noah didn’t need much of my milk) and all the “joys” that come with breastfeeding.
Noah was already down to two feeds – my kids drink “straight from the tap” since I am a stay-at-home mum – for the past few months and sometime late December/early January, I decided to try cutting back on boob-time before naps – experience told me that the night feeds are hardest to drop so I saved that for last instead. He accepted it and went to bed on his own with some shoulder patting. The weaning came by accident, to be honest, as sometime last week, I started to notice that he was playing more than nursing and when my period came earlier this week, I told my hubs that maybe it is time to stop completely. I let my hubby put him to bed instead of me – Eva was with my mother-in-law for the week since it’s the school holidays – and I reckon that if my hubby is the one to get him to sleep, he wouldn’t want to nurse or think of nursing.
It went smoother than I had expected. Of course I haven’t tried putting him to bed at night…not yet. I think I’ll wait for next week to try it out.
Now many people asked about my feelings on this, if I was sad about him self-weaning. To be honest, I am not. I think what made this time different from my previous weaning experience – my daughter self-weaned at 11 mths old – is that the both of us are ready to move on and I was not under pressure to build up a milk bank or make sure that he was still on milk as was the case when Eva went off breast milk. I am not working now and Noah is doing very well on solids – sometimes, we joke that he’s a bottomless pit – and more importantly, he is still on a balanced diet despite his food allergies.
I must say tho – I am happy to have my breasts back! Kakakakaka!
|November 26, 2012||Posted by Mabel under Eczema, Just Noah, Parenthood|
It has been a while since I last talked about Noah’s eczema. We call it “Noah’s eczema trials” because the final straw came when he was sleeping in short breaks and only with the aid of a stroller or someone carrying him, he even refused to nurse, water or solids…it seemed, that for the longest time ever, my son was in misery.
We I caved. I still remember it. I was standing by the roadside with tears running down my face while my parents were upstairs in the apartment packing up their bags. We were leaving Dole – and the hospital here – to make a trip to the Mother & Children’s Hospital in Lyon where they have a pediatric dermatologist as well as to spend some at my mother-in-law’s place. There, at the emergency unit, the doctor gave us a few prescriptions to put Noah on to tide us over for the next few days. They included an anti-histamine to tackle his (very bad) itching spells and steroid creams to tackle the skin inflammation. My sister-in-law managed to get a very good cream called Cérat de Galien. It’s a pharmacy made cold cream and for the next few days, while we wait to see the dermatologist, the cream went on his skin twice a day.
After our appointment with the pediatric dermatologist, we were off to the pharmacy to collect a few staples – things that are, we discovered, important for babies with eczema – like a gentle cleansing oil (Aderma Exomega Cleansing Oil), a good moisturiser (we currently use two – Aderma Exomega Emollient Balm & a pharmacy made cream) and a mild steroid cream to help get rid of the inflammation and allow the skin to heal. This in turn will allow the child to feel more comfortable and happier. Scratch mitts are definitely a good thing as the scratching makes things really awful.
Once the inflammation dies down and the skin is no longer red, we were told to stop the steroids and just continue with the moisturising treatment. If there are stubborn patches, we can do an aggressive treatment by putting steroids on the offending patch for two days in a row and observe it. Also, a “cleaner” skin makes it easier to identify the triggers as red on red (read: inflammed) doesn’t show much.
On our end, we deduced from hours backtracking to what I did, brought into the house, fed him and so forth that the suspects were essential oils from my soapmaking ventures as well as the hard water in our home. We were told – with relief – that breastfeeding should go on and that it is okay to eat anything I would like to as transference is minimal (more on this later). The picture above was taken about two weeks after starting on the steroids. At the start on the treatment, the red patches had spread to both cheeks and as you can see, the skin was definitely smoother.
When we went home, we cleared the place of all essential oils and soapmaking tools as well as soaps. I bought a water softener which I installed in the shower after testing out the water factor – can you believe that I had 60L of soft water in my car at one point in time? Bit by bit, I reintroduced the possible allergens like the carpets and soft toys.
Over time, we discovered that the triggers were dairy, rye, cocoa powder, fish and essential oils – these would result in nasty patches of rash and bumps that were red and itchy. Oddly enough, if I had them regularly – which I do – he seems unaffected by it…even when I was breastfeeding around the clock. Certain acidic foods like tomato, mango, red peppers/capsicum would give him a mild rash which usually are tolerable on the itch front. The two spots above both sides of his mouth are particularly stubborn and hard to get rid off. We managed to get clear skin on his face until Eva went through a bout of lice and I had to bring back the essential oil in the form of a preventive spray. That plus going through things like cocoa powder and rye (took me a while to discover that) didn’t help. Teething spells would make things hard to get rid off as he tends to drool a lot!
I hope that he’ll outgrow these allergies soon…life can be less enjoyable with no cheese, seafood and chocolate in the picture!
(The picture below shows him back in October!)
|October 16, 2012||Posted by Mabel under Just Noah, Videos Galore|
Noah has always been slow when it comes to hitting milestones. He still lacks the upper body strength necessary to make a bridge for crawling and seems to prefer to push rather than pull (it’s just easier). As such, despite him being able to sit up, his cot is still at its original height. But about three weeks back, we caught him using the rail to pull himself up a little and managed to capture it on video.
Now three weeks on, he can pull himself up to a kneeling position quite easily and at times, when you try to put him in his chair, he would straighten his legs as if refusing to go in but preferring to stand instead. Still no sign of him pulling himself up to stand soon but since last week, a new thing has emerge – him finally forming a wobbly bridge. He’s still not strong enough so we won’t see any crawling action soon.
I’m not all that fuss. He has come a long way since the eczema trials and every baby, just like every adult, is different. As long as he’s happy, I’m contented with the way things are.