B is 3!!

bella is three today.. Alhamdulillah..

Mommy loves you, Sayang..

XOXO

B’s School Trip

Tomorrow Bella has a school trip!!

Her day out without mommy.. Gosh!!

B and her classmate will be going to a fire station!! Hehe..

I think that’s cute!

When I told her babatok, of course, knowing her babatok, he will come out with ideas on how to make things / trip / toys more educational for the kids! My father is very good at that. When I was still schooling, he made me and my siblings write essays everytime we went for a school trip / vacation or anything. Come to think about it, it does help us with memorising, language and writing skills. Those were the days.. This time, for Bella, he suggested us to pre-educate her before her trip. He suggested us to buy some toys or books that is related to the trip (in this case, a fire truck sounds good!)

We rushed to the toy shop and got this for B..

A toy fire truck and a little storybook of fireman (in a shape of fire truck!!)

Hahahaha… Mommy yang over reading this book over and over again to her.. and B was like.. “Mommy, I’m watching Nemo, can we read this later?”

What??? *kiasu mommy mode on*

XO

Read!!

Getting the girls to read nowadays is not as easy as before. There are so much distractions like the tv, ipad and even the phone. It has becoming quite difficult to get Bella and Tasha to lie down in bed and listen to bedtime stories anymore (or is it because mommy fell asleep before them?? Haha..) They always wanna play with each other, poking and laughing and singing..
It’s really entertaining to see them having fun but you know, the first 7 years of their life is so important because this is the time which their brain develop the most and absorbs everything we teach them easily. Being a (almost) kiasu parents.. we always wants the best for them. Hence the effort to make reading fun!!
Yes, reading is fun!
 But how do you make it fun for a toddler?
 (two of them actually!)
This is actually an advice we got from a professional..
Besides the usual advice like colourful books, big fonts, interesting pictures, 3D is even better to stimulate their senses.. it’s also better to leave the books on the floor instead of keeping it neat and tidy on the book rack!
 Say what??
 Yes, leave it on the floor!!
 *clean-freak mommy alert!!*
And let them choose themselves…
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It gives them the option to choose..
They might change books every few minutes but it’s ok..
The most important thing is actually to develop the interest to read.
Yes, the keyword is interest!!
Once the interest is there, it is much more easier to get them to sit down and appreaciate the book!
But of course, having said all that, parents or guardian guidance is very important, try to sit down with them while they choose their book and read together.. That is equal to quality time!!
So, forgive me if you see my children’s playroom is in a mess.
That is the part of learning!!
And me, slowly learning to be less clean-freak!!
*breath mommy breath*
XO

Tasha’s First Few Steps

Tasha turned 10 month old a few days ago and she has started to walk without aid.

We are just so happy and we want to share her first few steps with you!!

A toddler and a baby learning to walk in the house!! I’m quite sure there will be more casualties at home!! Haha.. Wish me luck!!

XO

Lazy Mommy Recipe!

Hi all!!

Gosh, my husband is not around this week. He’s currently attending a United Nation workshop in Beijing for a week. So, I’m left with my two girls running around like a circus. Haha.. Tiring but I’m having fun.. a mommy-kinda-fun. Yes, I miss having him around. It makes me feel more appreciative towards him.. Thank you, S for helping me with the kids.

Since I’m alone, well, not really because I have a stay-home-kakak who is helping me with the housework (no, I don’t call her my maid because she’s more like my family. Kak Yah has been with my family since I was 8 month old and now she’s staying with me!) She is definitely a great help but still it’s always me and my husband who does all the jobs with Bella and Tasha. Anyway, that’s not the point, I just wanna share with you a lazy-mommy recipe that I just discovered for Tasha.

I know it looks not so presentable.. Hahaha.. but it taste super yummy and packed with nutritions.. Guess what is that? Thats actually avocado and banana puree. Not need any cooking skill, just an avocado mixed with banana and smash it together. Avocado is very creamy, yummy and a little buttery with the sweetness of banana.. Memang sedap!

Avocado contains a lot of monounsaturated fat, omega-3 fatty acid, all the vitamins, potassium, folic acid and all the goodness thats needed for a growing child. I just don’t know why I didn’t serve this to Bella when she was younger..

Tasha loves it!!

Oh.. and guess what I discovered a few days ago…

Gigi!!

Tasha’s first gigi!! Yayy!!!

Hahahha.. Yup, I giggle like a small child when I noticed her gigi.. finally!!

Till then,

XO

B is Turning 2!!

Hi all..

Today is B’s 2nd birthday!!

MasyaAllah.. Time flies really fast. My baby girl is already two years old.. (Or 2 ers yold, according to Bella..! Haha..) Alhamdullilah, I am really blessed having her and Little Tasha in my live. They are my source of joy and happiness and occasionally makes me crazy. But above all, they are my life!

See, big girl already.. dah pakai makeup!!

On the other hand, Little Tasha is turning 6 month old!! Yay!! You know what that means? Yup, weaning! She’s gonna start eating all boring, blended baby food until she’s old enough to eat our yummy food. I’m all excited to feed her.. at the same time, when Tasha is 6 month old.. you know what that means?

That means mommy is going back to work!!!

Tomorrow!!

Yes, I do miss work. And trust me, after starting work, I will cry to my husband telling him I miss the girls so much.. and that will last for about a week or two until I’m emotionally stable. Haha… If you see me at the hospital with flushed face or maybe teary eyes, yeah, maybe I just cried.. hehe..

Thank you for all the birthday wishes on Twitter. I’ve been receiving them since last night. And I actually told B about it.. and she just angguk2 and smile. I don’t know whether she understand whats going on or not…

We are gonna have a great day today, insyaAllah.. and hope you are too!!

XO

Flash Cards

Hi all..

I would like to share what I have done and still doing for Bella and Tasha.. Of course we, the parents wants the best for our children. Here is something that we are doing for both our girls.. and that is the usage of flash cards!!

Children’s brain is like sponges. They can easily absorbs information. So use the time that you have to teach them words, pictures in whatever category. Try the ABC flash cards, animal, transportation, household, you name it.. I’m sure it’s available at the book store or you can even make it on your own. Just google pictures from the internet and paste it on to the card.. We have a lot of flash cards for Bella and Tasha. We showed them, yes, even at Tasha’s age. Their brains are forming and expanding fast, why waste time? No point giving then all this high tech milk with DHA hoping our children to be bright but we are not doing anything to stimulate their brain..

Try to show the cards everyday, make it like a playtime for them. Let them enjoy looking at the cards.. They will pick up very quickly.. insyaAllah..

At this point of time, we are still exposing Bella and Tasha to more and more things from the flash cards. Hoping they can benefit from it. I want to share this with all of you so your children will have this benefit too. InsyaAllah..

X

Growth Spurts

Today I wanna share something with mommies out there.. it’s about growth spurts. Some of us may or may not realize this is happening to our baby. But for sure, it is on going!!

Growth spurts is a time where baby grow physically.. (isn’t that obvious?!) Well, our baby is actually growing everyday but at these certain times, the growth spurts (hence the name)

What happens during this growth spurt?

Usually during these times, babies will need more milk than usual, especially the breastfeeding babies, sometimes it can go up to hourly feeding..! They will treat the breastfeeding time like all-day-long-all-you-can-eat-buffet!! No worry mommies.. it’s only temporary ;) Babies can be supercranky at this time, during breastfeeding, they will latch and unlatch to you.. why they do that? Because they want more milk. But don’t worry, not to freak out. Don’t supply them with formula, increase frequency of feeding will actually increase your milk production. Or if you’re lucky, there are some babies will just sleep for a long time after feeding, that’s because growth hormone is taking its action during our sleep. And they will still grow..

So when does this happen?

Bad news!!

It usually happens 5 times in your baby’s first year of life!!

1st-3rd week, 6th-8th week, 3rd month, 6th month and 9th month of life..

Good news!!

It only lasted for about 3 to 5 days!! ;) Not too bad, right?!

I think Tasha is going through this phase now.. No, she’s not the sleep type, she’s more of the i-want-more-milk type, almost every 2 hour… That’s 12 feedings a day!! Definitely she’s having a 24/7 milk buffet!!

and she loves to sleep on the chest after feeding..

And Bella will happily sit in Tasha’s carrier, pretending she’s a baby..

So cheeky!!

Busy B!

Missing Bella?

Here she is..

Busy! Busy! Busy!

That’s her new hobby!!

We take her ‘drawing’ skills a notch higher! She’s allowed to draw on the wall!! ;)

We painted a segment of her playroom in matte black.. and get her some washable crayon.. walllaaaaaa…

Now she’s one happy toddler!!

P/S: Dont worry mommies, you can remove the crayon with water ;)

Another Lady in the House!!

My little Bella has shown her interest in beautifying herself!! ;) We got this picture earlier on during our trip to Krabi/Phuket.

Somehow she managed to climb and reach the dressing table and play with my… urmmm… “first aid kit”!! ;)

She pretended like she was putting on the moisturizer, played with the compact powder and then she found my mascara tube. Trying to figure out what to do with this thing..

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“I’ve seen mommy did this before.. maybe I should do this too…” Probably that’s what she said..

Hahahahha…

Me and my husband had a good laugh looking at her (Of course not in front of her!)

Daddy: She’s becoming like you!

Mommy: Yeah! Yeah! I trained her well!! -__-