Why I Deserve Some Pats on My Back on Mother's Day...

~ Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 12:06 AM ~

I'm writing this post days in advance of the coming Mother's Day... heck, I write all my posts days in advance (usually 1 week earlier)

Anyway, this will be the 3rd Mother's Day I'm celebrating and I for one, am not the type who fancies all this special days and such (except maybe birthdays which I truly madly deeply wanted to have McDonalds for breakfast, lunch and dinner *Hint *Hint *)

But hey, for the sake of blogging while I'm away (going north for a 3D 2N family trip), I just want to list down why I think I deserve some recognition and some big pats on my skinny back for this Mother's Day! Here it goes:

Quitting my job to be a SAHM

Yeah, I left my IT job when my 1st child turned 3 months old. Couldn't work out a win-win arrangement with my previous company in order for me to continue breastfeeding at least 6 months (long story but if you have time and curious to know, you can read my post on my old blog here)

After discussing with my hubby thoroughly and trusting God will take care of us (praise the Lord! God is good, all the time!), I took the plunge and left the corporate world. Of course I do feel sad for leaving my job (very good paying job considering my education background) and I missed the connections and the sense of being able to contribute and help my colleagues, users, vendors, company and etc.

But hey, I know I made the right decision as I think my children deserves the best. Plus, I'm a bit too critical and have high expecations of other people taking care of my children, so better to do it myself huh?

Carried an 11kg Ben in my tummy for 39 weeks!

I weigh 45kg (that's about 99 lbs) ever since I was 17 years old... until I got pregnant with Benjamin, my 1st child. But actually, come to think of it, I only started gaining weight at about 5th month into the pregnancy after being scolded by my 2nd gynae and being ordered to chomp down on fattening stuff like fast food, FULL CREAM MILK (ewwww... the only milk I like to drink is chocolate so it is a sacrifice on my part to guzzle the full cream milk EVERYDAY until my weight goes up to a satisfactory level)

Anyway, my point is I lugged this baby of mine for 39 weeks! All day and night long! 39 weeks! Not to forget the heart burns, cramps, stretch marks, itchy tummy etc etc!

Carried a 12kg Alyson in my tummy for 39 weeks WHILE attending to a hyperactive 2 year old Ben

And then I did it all over again with my 2nd child, Alyson, again for 39 weeks! And this time, it is more challenging with the hyperactive toddler of mine! There, there, some nice soothing pats on my back... yes, yes...

Delivered both kids naturally WITHOUT painkillers or pain relief methods

Yeap... I am proud to say I delivered both my kids naturally without painkillers or any pain relief methods other than using the laughing gas aka Enthonox (when I delivered Ben). I read somewhere that says "The Pain A Woman Endures When Giving Birth To A Child Is Equivalent To The Pain Of 7 Fractured Bones", yup... imagine I had to endure that TWICE, WITHOUT pain relief options.

And while we are at the topic of natural childbirth, think squeezing out BABIES from a 10 inch hole! Yup... here it goes again... right, there in the middle, yes!!


Potty training a 2 year old while in my last trimester of pregnancy!

Uh-huh! You read that right sistah! I started potty training my then 2 year old while I was about less than 1.5 months shy from giving birth to Alyson. Came up with some nifty awesome approaches on how to potty train too!

Now, for an 8 months+ preggy mum, I actually ran with my toddler to the bathroom the moment he says he need to pee (tiring yes, but it's fun for him when he feels it's so exciting and it also make him feel important that mummy has to drop off whatever she's doing and just focus on him immediately!) So, come on now, I totally deserve a...


Home made baby foods!

Other than the first can of Nestle baby rice cereal that we use to kickstart the solids process for both my kids, I'm happy to say that I prepared my baby foods from there onwards. Choose, slice, peel, grate, steam, boil, puree, mash, chop, etc etc all sorts of vegetables, fruits and more. I am not a good cook and I don't dare to even claim I make awesome food at all but I would like to say I homemade my kids' baby foods. So can I please have a pat on my back for this? Thank you!


Breastfeeding since March 2009

Yes, you read it correctly! Ever since I gave birth to Ben on 4th March 2009, I have not stopped breastfeeding. Even while pregnant with Alyson, I breastfed on. Of course my breastmilk stopped at 5th month into the pregnancy but my boy continues suckling on.

How many mummies out there continue to breastfeed past 6 months? 1 year? 2 years? Throughout the entire pregnancy? Tandem?

For me, all check, check, check! So, I totally deserves a multiple pats on my back for this, don't I?

And by breastfeeding since March 2009, that means I am totally responsible for the growth of my kids with my breastmilk! I exclusively breastfed both my kids for the first 6 months (in Ben's case, we gave him few sips of water during very hot season but none for Alyson)

Think about that!

100% on my breastmilk alone.

Both kids.

There you go... my wonderful list of why I deserve some pats on my back for this Mother's Day!

If you are a mother or going to be one or know one, Happy Mother's Day to you too!

I'm sending over some virtual pats to your back as well.

You deserve some recognition for being the awesome mummy you are.

Happy Mother's Day in advance!

*Note: Image taken from Google search

Product Review - Yes! Nurse

~ Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 7:01 AM ~

I stumbled upon this tweet message by Yes! Nurse looking for bloggers to review their products and I replied them asking whether they are OK with international bloggers and also telling them I'm just a mummy blogger not a nurse (just in case this product is specifically for nurses!), and my oh my, they are happy to provide me their product for my review!

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Description from the product page:
"Yes! Nurse was co-founded by a young paediatric nurse at the beginning of 2009. Having been signed of work with dry, cracked and sore hands, she noticed that many of her colleagues were suffering in the same way. Trying numerous hand creams with little or no effect she decided to research and develop a unique formula that actually worked.

Guided by nurses across the UK, she co-founded Yes! Nurse and developed an intensive moisturising hand formula that specifically combats the daily routines faced by nurses."

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Sigh... I only realised how cute the packaging is when I checked out the press kit of this product! Of course I do get the same thing when this product was mailed over to me all the way from UK but the packaging was soaked wet (due to rain!) and the postman actually threw it into my house porch (probably trying to keep it from being drenched further) and it just lay on the floor for hours before we noticed it! 

OK now back to the product... below is the snapshots taken of the Yes! Nurse hand cream. The hand cream fits nicely into the palm of my hand, it's about half an inch thick and 5 inches tall when being placed upright. I love the easy to open cover, just a flick of my thumb and we're good to go to apply some of the hand cream on!

I immediately washed my hands, dried them up and started applying a pea-sized amount of the hand cream all over my hands and fingers. Oh boy, the smell is so heavenly! I just love, love, love the sweet floral scent! I do however feel the oily part on my palms only for the first few seconds, otherwise, love the feel of it on my hands and fingers!

After applying the hand cream, I continue on being terrorised with my daily SAHM life with my 2 little monsters kids. You have no idea how many times I washed my hands, got them dirtied (thank you kids! Mummy loves you guys!) then cleaned again then repeats all this the whole day long.

And yet, my hands are still smooth and supple and not as dry as they used to be. Ahhhh...lovely, lovely! I apply these hand cream twice a day: before being terrorised by kids starting the day and after the kids go to bed.

A very good product I say!

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You can find out more information on how to purchase this at:

http://www.yesnurse.co.uk/#how-to

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the product by Yes! Nurse in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.

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Preparing Baby Solids - Avocado Puree

~ Posted on Wednesday, May 09, 2012 at 7:57 AM ~

One of my Facebook follower asked me to blog about how I prepare the solids for my girl when I posted pictures of my kids' meals on my Facebook page. So here it goes the tutorial for avocado puree:

** Personal Note: Choose an avocado the way you choose a mango. If it makes a dent when you press it, that means the avocado is ripe. If it is not ripe yet, just leave on the countertop and wait, or you can put it in a paper bag to speed up the ripening process.

** Personal Note: I use a spoon to scoop out the flesh. My preferance is to scoop until almost the skin - just like how we do for a papaya I guess...

** Personal Note: To store, just put the scooped out avocado into a container and freeze it. I didn't mash it before store as I prefer to mash it right before I feed my girl. To mashm i just use the back of my spoon and mash it. To feed, just scoop out the amount you want and add some breastmilk if you want some taste to it and feed!

Hope the above tutorial helps! Feel free to ask questions or share your feedback/experiences!

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