Forgetting How to Breathe...

~ Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 8:41 AM ~

* Image taken from Google search

2 more months to go before Spicy Baby's arrival!!!

And I'm really, really, really starting to worry - especially when I realised now that I actually forgot how to breathe! (As in breathing techniques during the labor...)

Oh man... I am in trouble...

I read through my post (in my old blog) about my supernatural childbirth with Ben and, nope... clever me did not note down what I did for my breathing techniques during the labor. Ah heck...I need to dig out my antenatal class notes - which was taken 2 years ago!

Seriously, I totally forgot about the breathing techniques even when I was in the midst of giving birth to Ben - thank God my hubby was next to me to remind me the techniques!

Of course, this time round, I kept telling and reminding my hubby to REMIND ME the breathing techniques when the time comes cos' I'll be sure to forget it even if I memorise it by heart now.

I just hope I won't go to this level...

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Toddler Meals (June 27 - July 03)

~ Posted on Sunday, July 3, 2011 at 10:49 PM ~

Pictures of meals are getting less since quite a number of the meals served to Ben have been featured in previous posts of toddler's meals. Continuing on with Ben's meals for June 27th to July 3rd...

27 June
Breakfast - Wantan noodle with pork wanton, a Vitagen
Lunch - Egg tart
Dinner - Lou shu fun, Konyaku jelly

28 June
Breakfast - Oats, grape, Vitagen
Lunch - 1 boiled egg, 1 slice of Cheddar cheese, Japanese tofu, some rice
Dinner - Some fried rice, Oats

28 June lunch: 1 boiled egg, 1 slice of Cheddar cheese, Japanese tofu, some rice

29 June
Breakfast - Pandan bread French toast
Lunch - Grapes, biscuits, yogurt, some rice, fried chicken skin
Tea - 1 slice of toasted pandan bread with choc peanut spread, 1 cup of diluted Ribena
Dinner - Rice with lotus root soup, lotus root, 1/3 hard boiled egg

30 June
Breakfast - Alphabet Pasta with cream sauce, a bottle of Vitagen
Lunch - some chicken rice, cream bun
Tea - 1 slice of pandan bread with choc peanut spread, yogurt
Dinner - sushi king (egg mayo, chawan mushi, wedges, fried chicken

30 June breakfast: Alphabet Pasta with cream sauce

01 - 02 July = Didn't jot down as away for family trip

03 July
Breakfast - Oat and cornflakes, a bottle of Vitagen
Lunch - chicken, rice, mushroom, Japanese tofu, diluted Chinese tea
Dinner - Cheese omelette, choc buns, cornflakes, a bottle of Vitagen

Book Review - Mealtime (Elizabeth Verdick)

~ Posted on Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 9:39 AM ~

(* Article first published as Book Review: Mealtime by Elizabeth Verdick, Illustrated by Marieka Heinlen on Blogcritics.)

I have the privilege of reviewing the latest book from the Toddler Tools™ Board Books series by Elizabeth Verdick (illustrated by Marieka Heinlen) and below is my review of the book...

Title: Mealtime
Author: Elizabeth Verdick

Illustrated by:
Marieka Heinlen
Publisher:  Free Spirit Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-57542-366-1
Board book, full-color: 24 pages
Dimension: 7" x 7"

Description from the product page:
"Mealtime—“Yummy-in-the-tummy time”—is an opportunity to teach young children two major personal and social skills: nutrition and table manners. This cheerful board book sets the stage to guide little ones toward healthy eating and positive mealtime routines—and to make time shared around the table pleasant for all. Simple but important mealtime routines come to life as the toddlers in this book remember to wash their hands, use a napkin and silverware, stay at the table, and eat healthy foods. Toddlers also learn the one big rule for mealtime: Always try one bite (“You just might like it!”).

Parents and caregivers want toddlers to develop healthy eating habits and table manners. With Verdick’s keen ability to speak directly to little ones and Heinlen’s delightful, appealing illustrations, Mealtime offers the perfect tool to engage little ones in a happy, healthy time at the table.

Part of the award-winning Toddler Tools™ series, Mealtime can be shared before (or even during) the desired “time,” or whenever toddlers need encouragement with social skills and daily routines and transitions."

I love all the books in the Toddler Tool series and I'm so glad to be able to review this latest book!

In case you don't know, since early this month, I've been blogging more about my toddler's meals, writing down and posting pictures of his meals whenever I can, as a way to discipline and motivate myself to be stricter in preparing his meals and to include more variety and nutritious stuff in his meals too.

So this book comes to me at the right time! Prior to this book, we have established some of our usual meal time routines for Ben.

With this book, I hope I can teach Ben to use a wet handkerchief (to wipe off the mess), and I'm very interested in trying to get him to try the one big rule for mealtime: Always try one bite (“You just might like it!”).

In my opinion, the Toddler Tools series are a good choice for parents to use with their children because of the positive message they bring!

You can get this book from Free Spirit Publishing, Amazon and many more.

I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a softcopy of the book by Free Spirit Publishing 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. And if you'd like to read my previous book reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My Book Reviews"