Friday, August 29, 2008
So off I went to the nearest playground. Not there. Hmm.... went to playground No.2. Scanned the main play area but didn't see any familiar faces. I was about to head for another playground when I saw them at a distance, walking away from me - Justin walking with his right hand holding "ah ma"s hand and baby Elyssa in "ah kong"s arms. They didn't see me and as I got closer, I heard Justin chattering away with "ah ma" and "ah kong" responding in animated tones and Elyssa smiling away.
Such a simple but sweet scene. I thanked my lucky stars for the hundredth time that Elyssa is in such good hands when I'm at work.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Hubby got Elyssa a new toy recently - a giant Lamaze octopus. She was so fascinated when her daddy made tunes from the octopus's legs. So daddy went all soft-hearted and redeemed the toy with his bonus link points. Turned out to be just a short-lived excitement though. After a while, she wasn't that interested in the toy anymore and preferred to look at other things. *Sigh*.
But actually I think the toy is too big for her. The head of the octopus is almost the size of her own head. Also, she can't make sounds from the legs by herself. Will keep this toy away first, and hopefully she'll like it again next time. If not, that's quite a lot of $$/points down the drain!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I wrote previously about what a big bully Elyssa can be. After some analysing, I think one of the reasons she's in that cranky state (besides just being a plain bully to mummy & daddy) is when she doesn't get enough sleep. My parents say that Elyssa normally sleeps for 2 hours in the afternoon. She doesn't do that on weekends!
So, I decided to take down her daily schedule from my mum so that I can replicate it during weekends. (actually, my mum rattles-off her daily schedule on a daily basis, but it was only a few days ago that I actually sat down to record it.)
Elyssa's daily schedule:
8.45-9.00am : Arrive at my parents place. Short playtime on the mattress to cool down.
9.05 - 9.10am : My mum will give Elyssa her bath, then her milk. After that, my mum will put her in the “sarong”. She’ll play for about 5 to 10 minutes inside. When she cries, my mum will rock the “sarong” until she falls asleep. She’ll usually sleep for half an hour only, with a max of 45 minutes. When she wakes up, mum will give her water then place her on the bouncinet.
12.15-12.30pm : Milk time, followed by same process with the “sarong”. She'll normally sleep until about 3pm. During this time, my brother's Cambodian maid will be stationed there, to rock her when she wakes up. This is also the time that Justin (her 2+ year old cousin) and my parents nap.
3.30pm : Milk time. After milk, she'll happily sit on the bouncinet and watch the activities in the house – my parents singing karaoke, my mum playing the piano, Justin running about etc. She’ll cry if she can’t see anyone.
5pm : Bath time again.
5.30pm : Sleep time, usually for half and hour only.
6.30 : Milk time. But if I can be home by 7pm then my parents will defer milk time a little so that I can breast-feed her.
My parents say that her routine is quite fixed. She'll be cranky half and hour before her milk time, but otherwise she's a happy baby.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
We went for a mini getaway last weekend. Just a mini one cos we were actually not that far away from home. ( even went home on Saturday to do a load of laundry!)
Stayed over for 2 nights at our new condo, which is almost ready to be rented out. How I love condo living! It's so windy, there's no mosquitoes, there's a nice view and best of all, there's a swimming pool downstairs. I went for a quick swim on Sunday morning and it just felt so good. I think if I stay full time in a condo, I'll go swimming every weekend morning.
It felt almost like a real holiday. Hubby and I always had a concept of "holiday calories don't count" so we ordered in pizza, had late night supper etc etc... Aaaahhhh nice!
Monday, August 25, 2008
Elyssa is such a big bully. And who are the victims? Mummy and Daddy :(
My parents always say that Elyssa is such a good baby when she's under their care. She hardly needs to be carried and she's usually happy and smiling.
She can be totally different at home. She wants to be carried and be entertained almost all the time. Sometimes the moment we put her down on her playpen, she'll start wailing as if she's been tortured. On certain "bad" days, hubby and I can get really stressed-out and exhausted taking care of this little one. Hmm... I wonder if Elyssa can sense that hubby and I are still new at this parenthood thing!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
I came back after a while and found hubby looking intently at something on the shelves. And what else was he doing? While his eyes were on the shelves, his right hand was on the shopping trolley - absent mindedly pushing the shopping trolley back and forth !!!
Ha hahhh....... I just couldn't stop laughing! Other people must have thought - "what a weird guy" !!!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Elyssa has recently started reaching out and grabbing things placed above her. I was getting a bit worried last time as she didn't attempt to reach out for toys, which is a 3 month milestone. Being a new mummy with almost zilch baby experience, I tend to rely on these month-by-month guide. Guess I shouldn't be so paranoid!
Monday, August 18, 2008
Celebrated my father's birthday at Imperial China last Saturday night. Food was actually quite good. We ordered the set for 10 although there were only 8 adults. Thought can just "ta pao" any extras but we ended up polishing everything. Yup, greedy, greedy people! Everyone was just so full after that.
I brought my camera along, but minus the memory card. Aargh!!! Silly me... forgot that I took out the card to download some photos that afternoon. Photo above taken with my bro's PDA. Not a very good photo as the birthday cake is not even visible, but thought it's better than nothing. Photo shows the happy "Ah Kong" cutting the birthday cake with his two grandkids - Justin & Elyssa.
His actual birthday is tommorow, so Papa, if you're reading this (and if I forget tommorow), here's wishing you a Happy, Happy Birthday! I'll try to go home early tommorow so you and Mama can have a nice birthday dinner together :)
Friday, August 15, 2008
1) She's a very responsive baby - When people talk to her, she'll just smile and smile. She'll "talk back" and will often give little shrieks of excitement. I just love having "conversations" with her! When she's very happy, she'll even chuckle out loud.
2) She hates to be left alone - She's really happy when someone talks to her, but the moment the person walks away, she'll cry out in protest.
3) She loves to be kissed on the cheeks. She'll give the most adorable look.
4) She can get really ANGRY. I think this little one has a temper. When she's sleepy or if we're slow in getting her milk, she can scream. And I mean, really scream.
5) She doesn't like to go to sleep.
That's all I can think of for now. But whatever the personality, she'll always be our little precious :)
I'm already quite used to Elyssa waking up at night. The routine is for me to turn to nurse her then partially fall back asleep. This normally happens a few times a night, from 3am onwards. Last night, it was only after a few rounds of wake up-turn-fall back asleep (with some very strange dreams in between) that my groggy mind realised that something was not right. I finally got up, touched her bottom and realised that it was all wet. *Sigh* Time check - 4.30am. Had to drag myself out of bed with a trobbing head to get new diaper and clothes. Hubby woke up in the process and helped. (altho he already spent 2 hours drying the kitchen floor and cabinet earlier - cos kitchen got flooded after he left the water filter running for almost an hour. )
Elyssa got wide awake during the diaper change though. She kept on smiling and babbling away. Took a loong time of nursing and patting before she finally went back to sleep. Didn't check the clock this time.
So hubby and I are both sleepy heads today. ZZzzzzz...........
Luckily it's Friday.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
My little princess is 4 months old today. How time really flies. It's hard for me to believe that she was still squirming away in my tummy 4 months ago. (hmm..... I kinda miss that feeling sometimes). Just can't help thinking of the day of her birth - the 11 hour labour, the pain, me telling hubby we'll just adopt cats instead of having a baby, the pushing, the cursing under my breath, and finally the glimpse of a little grey foot and then hearing the magical cries of my little baby. :)
Weighed her yesterday, and she's already a whopping 6.9kg.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Here's a photo of hubby bathing the little princess. He tried it out 2 weekends back and can now bathe Elyssa all by himself. (the first time, he kept asking how to hold, what to do, how long etc etc.). I'm so proud of him!
Best part if that if we go out for breakfast on weekends, he can get Elyssa ready instead of waiting for me. Makes more sense cos he wakes up earlier. He's the "weird" one who wakes up early during weekends to so-call maximise the two days, while lazy me thinks weekends are the best time to catch up on much needed zzzz.
Friday, August 8, 2008
Here's a photo of my little bed hogger - small person, but big space!
I've previously tried to put her to sleep in her own baby cot, but failed miserably. The few nights I tried, she woke up around 3am then refused to sleep again, despite all the patting/singing/ water/ pacifier/milk attempts. Ended up with a frustrated baby and an exhausted mummy. :(I've been advised that if I want the baby to sleep in her own cot, I should do so before she's 6 months. Otherwise the baby will get too reliant on having mummy's scent and warmth when she sleeps. Guess I should try again soon, and to get ready for a panda-eyed me!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
My sis-in-law unpacked her stroller last week and Elyssa just loved it! She was sitting comfortably on her daddy's lap when the stroller was brought out so I half expected her to protest when I put her in the stroller. To our surprise, she just smiled and smiled and looked really happy in it. I guess it's because she can sit in an almost upright position.