Monthly Archives: November 2010

Off To KL

I recently interviewed for a part time job and to cut a very long story short, I got the job! This means I’m off to KL on Monday for training , leaving the little monkeys behind with grandma.  It’s going to be strange not having them with me and I’m definitely going to miss them. I’ve never left them to go overseas before and I don’t really know how I feel about it. I know the kids aren’t going to miss me, they’ll be having the time of their lives with grandma and grandpa.

48 hours without my kids, I miss them already and I haven’t even left yet!

 

 

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Changes

I recently interviewed for a part time job and I just found out a few days ago that I’ve got the job. The great thing about it is I can work from home and the hours are flexible. With both kids still at home till Ally starts school in January, there’s going to be some changes in our daily routine.

The children and I thrive on routine, they have their meals at roughly the same time each day, nap and bedtimes are always consistent. I find it a lot easier when they and I know what to expect throughout the day. Their activities and schedules are planned in advance and I don’t like sudden changes since it upsets my planning. One may argue that I should be more flexible but I’ve found a method that works for the kids and I don’t plan on changing it.

Now with work in the mix, I’ve got to rethink our schedules to make sure I still have time to spend with the children. The plan is to work in the mornings only which leaves me the rest of the day to be with them. We’ll have to wait and see if that actually manifests.

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Weekend Wanderings

It was one of the rare weekends that Matt didn’t have to work. The kids and I were thrilled to have him around, Ally wanted to go to the airport (again!) and Max was more than happy to tag along.

Max was captivated by his Cookie Monster shoes, he kept stopping, looking down and pointing at them

Dinner at our favourite restaurant

Max managed to drop his spoon on the floor within ten minutes of being seated

Girl power!

We woke up to sunny skies the next day and decided to make the most of it by taking the kids to the beach. It was Max’s second trip and he enjoyed himself more this time around. Ally was so excited and couldn’t stop running, jumping and talking.

It was scorching hot but the children didn't seem to mind

Max wasn't quite sure of the waves

Ally entertained herself by building sand castles and squashing them

Max managed to get sand everywhere, all over his head and even around his ears

The kids were wiped out after the morning at the beach, Max fell asleep before we even drove out of Sentosa. Hope you guys had a great weekend as well!

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Our Post Nasal Drip Saga….. Continued

I mentioned a while back about the foul odour that was coming from Ally’s nose? What I had initially thought was bad breath turned out to be Post Nasal Drip and I couldn’t find the cause of it. We knew she has allergies and I tried eliminating the allergens but the smell persisted. Then I started her on antihistamines and the smell was still there. But I’m happy to say that we finally have some answers!

It all started the day she had severe stomach spasms in the afternoon, that night I told her not to drink any milk before bed since it might upset her tummy again. The next morning I realised that the odour wasn’t as strong. Thinking it was a fluke, I just left it. The next night I eliminated her night milk once again and sure enough, the smell wasn’t there the next day. It has been nearly a week now and I can safely say that the milk or more specifically, the milk protein was causing the excessive mucus build up.  It never struck me that she might be allergic to the milk protein since she tested negative for milk allergies. But I remember her gastro doctor telling me that they show a negative result and still be allergic to the protein that is in the milk.

I’m over the moon that we have finally found the cause of her PND. It has been months of guessing and searching for answers. We still continue her daily sinus rinsing as that really seems to help her breathe better but I might slowly wean her off the antihistamines and see if that makes a difference.

 

 

 

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Take A Walk In Someone Else’s Shoes

I was watching a program on Discovery Health and Home about children needing surgery for different medical reasons. Before I became a mom, I wouldn’t have paid much attention to the program. After I became a mom, my heart went out to the parents on the show but after having Ally, I can honestly say I know how those parents feel.

Ally was eight months old when she had her first surgery. We knew from the day that she was born that surgery was inevitable. We were so fortunate to have fantastic medical staff that helped eased our worries and concerns. I was told what to expect but nothing prepared me for the wave of emotions that hit me the moment I had to leave her on the operating table. As I carried her in her way too big operating gown down the hall, my heart was beating so quickly and loudly. I had to stay calm for her sake but the tears started to flow when the nurse gently guided me out of the operating theater.

The wait was angonising but watching your child struggle with the effects of GA post-op is just as distressing. They are confused, thirsty and in pain, I remember how swollen her little face was, how she cried from the pain. But Ally is a tough nut, she was eating and drinking the next morning and we were able to go home the next afternoon.

She had a second surgery this year, another minor one thank goodness. This time round my emotions were better controlled, I was definitely more relaxed and Ally sailed through it once again.

There are days when I complain about how ill behaved the children have been, or how they’re managed to turn the house upside down. But the truth is, I’m so blessed to have healthy children who are able to enjoy their lives to the fullest. A stay in any pediatric ward is always a humbling experience and a good reality check to always be grateful for good health.

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Photos Galore

A friend had rented a studio and asked a couple of families along for an afternoon of fun. I think we had 7 kids under the age of 2 , plus Ally and another little girl. You can imagine the noise and chaos! I have to say the young kids really weren’t that bad, all things considered.

Max says " It's tough being a model"

Ally surprised me by being so at ease in front of the camera, usually she's quite shy

Ally gets a leg up from her friend

While Max does his imitation of a bat

Not sure what the kids were up to

Ally is growing up so quickly!

She's really blossoming into a sweet little girl

Squashed Pork Chop

The kids had fun at the shoot and so did I, it was great catching up with everyone. A huge thank you to the ever patient photographers.

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Ally is really getting into the Christmas spirit and her enthusiasm has rubbed off on all of us. We’ve set up the tree and went shopping for decorations together.

Our fiber optic tree, we decided against hanging lights since we didn't trust Max to keep away from them

Our little reindeer, Ally flatly refused to partake and informed me that she was too busy

Max still hasn't wised up to the fact his mother does this to him for her own enjoyment.

Even Neesha wasn't spared

We headed into town and of course, we had the kids pose next to the huge christmas tree. Max was so funny, the minute he saw the tree, he said ” Wow!”

I had to hold his hand cos he kept trying to run off. And yes, he isn't wearing shoes cos I only brought out ONE shoe. Yes, I was that silly

Ally loved looking at the christmas decorations in town

 

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