Toddler Meals (June 13 - 19)

~ Posted on Monday, June 20, 2011 at 8:25 AM ~

Continuing on with Ben's meals for June 13th to 19th...

13 June
Breakfast - Cornflakes
Lunch - Some of my choc cake
Dinner - Alphabet spaghetti with cream sauce
Supper - 4 piece of crackers

14 June
Breakfast - Oats, grapes, cornflakes, vitagen
Lunch - 2 egg tarts
Tea - A small slice of pandan chiffon roll cake
Dinner - Rice 1 bowl, chicken, eggs
Supper - Strawberry milk

15 June
Breakfast - Oats, grapes, cornflakes, vitagen
Lunch - 2 slice of cheese, yogurt, 1 bowl of chicken rice
Tea - 1 egg tart, crackers
Dinner - Rice, steamed egg
Supper - Crackers, a cup of soy milk

16 June
Breakfast - Oats, grapes, cornflakes, vitagen
Lunch - Pastry puff with kaya n butter
Tea - Crackers
Dinner - Rice with fried chicken, a Wondermilk cupcake
Supper - papaya

17 June
Breakfast - Oats, cornflakes, soy milk
Lunch - My fried noodle & egg, Vitagen, soymilk, choc crackers
Dinner - Oats, cornflakes, papaya
Supper - a Wondermilk cupcake

18 June
Breakfast - Half portion of Alphabet pasta with cheese, half cheese omelette, Vitagen
Lunch - half char siew pork bun, apple juice diluted
Dinner - A bowl of rice with soup and carrots slices

19 June
Breakfast - Cheese omelette
Lunch - A slice of roll cake, some rice with soup and carrots slices
Tea - Alphabet pasta with cream sauce, a Vitagen
Dinner - Chicken claypot rice and soup, Konnyaku jelly

And here are some of the pictures taken on Ben's meals for the week (yeah, I'm getting lazier again... whoopss..)

I cut 2 slices of pastry puffs into 4 squares each, dab on some kaya and butter and baked them for 10 minutes. Ben finished it!

Diluted Ribena with rice and chicken (cooked by my MIL)

Ben having his 1st Wondermilk cupcake! Yumyum!

Ben's typical and favorite breakfast! Organic oats topped with cornflakes!

I fried some noodles and an egg. Ben loved it too!

iPad App Review - Once Upon a Potty: Boy

~ Posted on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 9:29 AM ~

I was so excited to be able to review this app on my iPad! Last year, I had the chance to review the picture book and to be able to review the same book in ebook and interactive version now? Whoaaa... love it! I was already a happy mum when we reviewed the printed book as Ben showed some signs of readiness in approaching the potty. Prior to that Ben would not even go near a potty and prefer to continue using his diapers.

* Title: Once Upon a Potty: Boy
* Price: $2.99
* Category: Books
* Updated: May 31, 2011
* Current Version: 1.08
* Size: 19.5 MB
* Language: English
* Seller: Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
* Rated: 4+
* Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later
* Extra Info: The first in a licensing partnership with child matters media and renowned author and illustrator Alona Frankel, Once Upon a Potty picture books, audio editions and videos have sold more than 5 million copies in the US alone and have been translated into many languages, Publisher’s Weekly repeatedly listed them as #1 (Boy) and #3 (Girl) in its all-time bestselling hardcover childcare charts. 

Description from the product page:

"For decades, Alona Frankel’s toilet learning classics have been helping parents and children conquer the developmental leap from diaper to potty. Narrated by his mother's voice, Joshua learns about different body parts and functions, and figures out what the potty is (and isn't) used for. This patient, loving and humorous Boy edition encourages children to learn through play and empowers parents and caregivers of all ages. Follow Joshua through his stages of discovery, and enjoy the many delightful hidden audio surprises throughout the story. Discover what millions of book and video lovers already know: "Once Upon a Potty" is "...one small step for mankind, but a giant one for your family."

Special features only available in this omBook include vibrant original artwork, picture/word association, text and song lyric highlighting, professional audio narration, fun sound effects, and a scene-by-scene original music score. Three reading modes include Read It Myself, Read To Me, and Auto Play. Plus, two fun new music modes, The Potty Song and Sing-Along, allow young children and their caregivers to sing the jazzy tune themselves or follow the recorded performers."

Pictures below taken of Ben when we tried the app:

Once Upon a Potty: Boy

Once Upon a Potty: Boy

Ben was surprised to see the book on mummy's iPad and kept on pointing to the boy on the screen and telling me 'Boy! Potty!'

What's good?

* Everything remains the same as per the printed book version, though there is the additional potty song in the app version now!

* I love the app! It is engaging and interactive and I love that we can also touch the objects in each page on the screen and the words pop out to tell you what it is!

What's not so good?

* The potty song is not so clear and even though I have set the volume to the max, I still can't hear the words clearly.

You can purchase the "Once Upon a Potty: Boy" app from the iTunes App Store.

I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the promo code by the sponsor to redeem the application for free from iTunes Store 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 iPad Apps reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My iPad App Reviews"

My Heart Is Tearing Apart...

~ Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 8:47 AM ~

With about 3 months more to go before I'm due to deliver Spicy Baby, I can't help but feel as if being pregnant with our 2nd child is tearing my heart apart...

* Image taken from Google search

I hope I don't come across as someone who hates being pregnant. I'm NOT! But I'm not exactly ga-ga over being pregnant either especially when the tiredness and exhaustion is making me cranky and stressed! Anyhoooo, the feeling is more towards the fear and worries on how can my heart be divided somemore to make room for the new person who is going to appear in our lives in less than 3 months time?

When I first found out I was pregnant, to be honest, I was (and still am) in a state of mourning. Not for the death of anyone (*touch wood*) but more to mourning over the soon to be lost 1 to 1 time with my 1st child.

* Me & Ben - pic taken in Sept 2010

Is this feeling much more worse for SAHMs? Is it because we are the one who's most often there with our child 24/7/365? Through the good and bad times? Through the frustrating, stressful, cheeky and happy moments?

I wondered if I am not a SAHM, would I feel better than what I'm feeling now? I mean, if I'm not a SAHM, I wouldn't have been spending most of my time and energy and strength all day long and bonded so close with one person. Maybe, just maybe, I wouldn't feel so guilty and torn apart at the thought of another person coming into our family of 3 now?

I have a friend (she's expecting her 3rd child now) who told me when her 2nd child came along, her relationship with her 1st child is not so close anymore as she felt she needed to protect and bonded closer with the 2nd child seeing that the child is just a newborn and fragile and all.

* Me, Ben and Spicy Baby (still in my bump) at our family trip recently...

I don't want to abandon Ben when Spicy Baby comes along but at the same time, I don't want to be neglecting Spicy Baby too. Hence, the feeling of my heart tearing apart...

I mean, just some personal questions to mummies with more than 1 child,

How do you feel when you found out you are pregnant with your 2nd child?

And how do you handle or deal with it?