Potty Training Updates...

~ Posted on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 7:39 AM ~

It's been almost a month since I last blogged about my 2 kiddos' potty training progress!

Just a brief history for all of you who are new to my blog, I blogged about starting Ben back on his potty training in February 2012 after months of delaying it (Alyson came along in September 2011 and I had to pause Ben's potty training since then) and even listed down some short, medium and long terms goals that I looked forward to accomplishing with Ben. Then I also blogged about the precious sight I get to see - Ben finally pooping in his potty! (instead of diapers which he always insisted on), and revisiting those goals I set in February 2012 against the progress in early May 2012 and checking off the ones we achieved 3 weeks later, and now...

Goals Set in Dec 2012

Updates in 10th Dec 2012

(45 months old)

Updates in 4th Jan 2013

(46 months old)

Short Term: To move on to peeing into the toilet seat

Completed!

Ben is able to pee into the toilet seat nowadays!

Completed! There are few times I forgot to put the toilet seat up, so my boy ended up peeing into the drain hole next to our toilet seat (which he then washes off by pouring a bucket of water on the floor) but otherwise, he will go for toilet seat.

Medium Term: To go diaper-free during his afternoon naptime after the above goal is met

Achievable!

Completed! It has been over a month since my boy last wore a diaper for his afternoon nap.
Long Term: To poop in the toilet seat

Achievable! 

I've been prepping my boy up for this, telling him gently to try pooping in the toilet seat instead of his trusted potty. Waiting for the right moment to do this... stay tuned!
Long Term: To go diaper-free during his bedtime To try this task soon... Completed! It has been 3 weeks since my boy last wore a diaper for his bedtime.

 

About the night time potty training, how I started this off is to observe few nights, gently asking my boy whether he wants to try going to sleep without his diaper and the first time he said 'Yeah!', I was so thrilled! I told him if he can sleep through the night without any accidents, mummy will tell daddy the next morning and daddy will surely go 'Whoaaaaa!' and the next morning, we woke up and yes, no accidents at all. I immediately ran with my boy to his daddy (he's up earlier and working next door) and broke the news. Daddy knowing our plan immediately went 'WHOAAAA! Big boy!' and we saw our proud boy beaming happily. The next few days, my boy reverted back to wearing his diaper when I asked him so I just let him decide and not push him at all. Then about 4-5 days after that, I asked him again, and he said OK. Since then, no more diapers needed!

I checked with my SIL (she has 6 kids) and she advised us to wake Ben up halfway sleeping so he could pee in his potty instead letting him sleep through the entire night and holding it in his bladder for 8-9 hours. To be honest, it was already 3 days my boy went without diapers before I told my SIL on his latest milestones and never once I woke him up to pee. I also know my 2nd BIL woke his son up every night at 3am to pee in his potty (for about 2 years they did that). 

Nowadays if I sleep late or I woke up halfway or I woke up early, I will get my boy to pee in his potty. But that is if I remember he drank a lot before going to bed. Else I will let him sleep through.

As for my 16 months old girl, nothing new to report for now... So there you go, looks like we are getting almost all of the goals soon for Benjamin! Thank God for this and for my dear boy to be so good in following through his potty training!

We are all so proud of you both, Benjamin & Alyson!

Heaviest and yet the Lightest

~ Posted on Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 7:40 AM ~

When our 3rd kiddo was born on 30th September 2013, she was the heaviest among her siblings, weighing 3.02kg at birth compared to Benjamin who weighed at 2.73kg and Alyson weighed at 2.91kg. I think this may partly be due to the fact that I ate a lot more when I was pregnant with Carolyn - or put on the weight easily.

But then when we brought Carolyn to the paed for her overdue Hep B 2nd dose jab when she was 2.5 months old (btw, the jab was supposed to be taken at 1month old hahaha), Carolyn weighed 6.03kg.

Of course I cannot compare her siblings weights to hers as she was 2.5 months old when she had this weight.

At 3 months old, Benjamin weighed 6.9kg.

At 3 months old, Alyson weighed 6.7kg.

At 2.5 months old, Carolyn weighed 6.03kg

I think this may partly be due to the fact that with 3 kiddos now to take care, my breastmilk does not contain as much fat content compared to the previous 2 rounds. The fact that I have to care for 2 older kiddos (hyperactive all the time) and also a newborn that clings as much as she can to me at all times made me used up more fat in my body perhaps? I don't know. I heard this theory from my SIL who had 6 kiddos of her own.

So what do you think?

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My Dream Table Setting For Christmas Dinners

~ Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 7:11 AM ~

Christmas is coming soon! We were just at IKEA few weeks ago, scouting for ideas of corporate gifts to be given to hubby's clients this year and the first thing that greeted us as we stepped into IKEA was the beautiful selection of dining sets and to be honest, I think the ideas this year is very creative and Christmas-sy!

Anyway it was such a pleasant surprise few days later as I was given an Ikea gift card to shop for whatever items in Ikea that could best fulfill my dream! I would also say that God hears my prayers as He sent my best buddy and her boyfriend to fetch me and my 2 kiddos to Ikea one fine day (I've been waiting for hubby to be free but he was really really really tied up with his work since early December)

We went to Ikea about 2pm and shopped around, looking for ideas and from then on, it was quite fast for me to come up with what I wanted: plates, bowls, glasses, cutleries. I was quite nervous when I had to choose the dinnerware as I was worried I have to follow the proper etiquette but then after discussing my worries with my buddy, we decided this is how we have our meals so I should do what I feel comfortable with, not for the sake of writing a review to please others but to write a review which is honest and from my heart and one that I am comfortable with.

So back to my review, I got on to choosing the plate and bowls in matching designs and colors. And then I decided to get a similar color paper napkin and glasses and a simple cutlery set.

Here's the pictures of what I got from Ikea:

# 1: FÄRGRIK VÄLDIG Plate, white, lilac

# 2: FÄRGRIK VÄLDIG Bowl, white, dark lilac

# 3: FÖRNUFT 24-piece cutlery set, stainless steel

# 4: SKOJA Glass, lilac

# 5: LÄGLIG Paper napkin, assorted patterns

I was trying so so so hard to locate the Smaska cutlery and tableware set (for my 2 kiddos) but I just could not find any of it, except a few which are demo units. In addition, I was also disappointed as I cannot get hold of the ORDENTLIG Place mat lilac which I feel would totally goes well with my selected items... Arghhhh!!

Anywhooooo, I've got to make do with what I can for now and ladies and gentlemen, here's how they all looked like after a little sweet and homey touch-up by yours truly... ehem, ehem... tadaaaaaaaaa!!

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Top and front view of the 4 person setup...

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Now please excuse me if I arranged the cutleries wrongly as we don't have formal settings in how to arrange our fork, spoon and knife and we are usually the plate and bowl type of family so, you will not see the usual deep plate, server plate, etc etc... You know, the complete proper dinnerware setup. A quick check on Wikipedia got me more confused as there are so many different ways to arrange your cutlery! Anyway, I hope the way I arranged them is correct...

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My arrangement: Plate layered with a piece of paper napkin followed with a bowl and top with another rolled and curled paper napkin in the center for decoration. Matching Skoja glass accompanying each dinnerware followed by 4 piece cutlery set arranged neatly around the plate. This is the front view of one of the dinnerware set against our wall...

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I hope you guys enjoy my dream table setting for Christmas dinners! I love what I got and hope that my guests will too!

Thank you Ikea for making my dreams come true!!!

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You can browse for more selections at Ikea's website. 

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I was provided with an Ikea gift card in order to facilitate my review for this post. However, all opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.