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Baby Room at Aeon Wangsa Maju

I always try to avoid going to the baby room at all Aeon outlets after reading bad reviews about them. My biggest concern is the nursing cubicles using only fabric curtains for privacy instead of lockable doors. Plus I have seen with my own eyes male staff going into the baby room to use the hot water dispenser.

Last weekend I decided to pay a visit and try it out myself. To my surprise, the baby room is quite spacious with a common area equipped with 3 changing stations and a hot/cold water dispenser and benches for families to sit and wait. The nursing rooms are located further in with a sign outside that says men are not allowed.

Waiting area, I guess for moms queuing up to use the nursing rooms


There are 3 cubicles available and each cubicle is furnished with a small sofa, coffee table and a wall plug (for pumping moms). The room is spacious enough to fit a stroller.



Unfortunately curtains are used instead of doors, which makes it feel insecure because anyone can just flick the curtains open while your boob is hanging out! And true enough, while I was nursing T, a very rude kid (about 6-7yo girl) pulled the curtains open to peek (she was doing it to every single room and I was in the last one). I was appalled that her mom was actually following behind her while she was doing all that and did not stop her at all until I shouted at her angrily. All she could do was mumble “sorry” and pulled the curtains shut again.

I did not manage to take photos of the common area as there were a bunch of kids playing there noisily (without adult supervision). It seemed like their parents had gone off shopping and left the kids there to entertain themselves.

If I have a choice, I would try to avoid using the baby room at Aeon. The facilities are quite good, I must say. Unfortunately, there is lack of privacy for nursing mothers, plus the facilities are sometimes being misused. Like male staff going in to get hot water, or staff using the nursing rooms for naps… among some reviews that I’ve read. And of course, rude kids pulling the curtains open.

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Baby Room at Atria Shopping Gallery

Now that T is a bit older, I have more confidence in bringing her out. And nursing her in public, with a scarf to cover up (because I’m such a cheapskate, why buy a nursing cover when I can DIY one myself with an old scarf and cute safety pins 😂). But sometimes, shopping malls are just super convenient because they have baby rooms (well, most of them do).

The baby room at G floor with an armchair in the corner to nurse your baby


Atria seems to have baby rooms at every floor wherever there is a washroom. I have tried the ones at Level C and G. The one at C is much bigger and more comfortable, unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures of it.

Some facilities in the baby room


The baby rooms come equipped with an armchair, changing station, wash basin, hot/cold water dispenser and hand sanitizer. Hmm… I did not check what was inside those cabinets under the counter top though.

The one at G floor (in the pictures) was a bit small and cramped though, and there was a mosquito lurking inside. But that aside, it’s comfortable to nurse a hungry baby in complete privacy (the doors can be locked, this is a major plus point compared to those nursing rooms that use curtains only). I really appreciate the mall’s effort in providing and maintaining such facilities. A thumbs up for them!

The mall is also baby friendly with spacious walkways and restaurants being very accommodating with babies. Definitely one of my favourite hang out places with T now.

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Throwback: My First Mother’s Day

Last month was my first mother’s day after being a mom!

The card I got from T’s day care center. Of course, she didn’t make it 😂

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T’s First Vacation

Last month we brought T on her very first vacation ever. It’s not her first time travelling, but I guess it could be her very first vacation trip 🙂

We went up north to Penang!

Conquering the giant bed…. all mine!


We stayed at Bayview Beach Resort, which has a nice pool, garden and lovely beach. The beds are really huge too! So T could sleep comfortably in between us without any one of us having to sleep on the edge of the bed 😂

Claiming her throne….


Since the weather is super hot in Penang, I spent a day alone with her in the hotel while the others went out sightseeing. We had walks at the beach, walks around the hotel, and enjoying the soft bed and aircond in the room.

Wow look at the mess I’ve made!


Let’s go for a picnic, mom!!


Playing is such hard work, I’m tired now….


Let’s take a nap first…. before anyone gets cranky!


My first time at the beach!


T enjoyed the beach, but she did not really enjoy swimming in the hotel pool. Probably she was too tired and sleepy as she had her poker face on the whole time in the pool and fell asleep as soon as we got back to the hotel room and showered her. Felt a tad disappointed because I thought she would love splashing around in the pool.

Overall, it was a good trip, despite T crying all the way in the car during the journey to Penang. But she slept through the journey back from Penang. It’s not really convenient to bring her out for meals and sightseeing though (hot weather and lack of places to nurse). The hotel however, is quite kid friendly.

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9 months of joy

T has just turned 9 months old! It has been a wonderful 9 months journey with my little bubbly (sometimes whiney) bundle of joy. 18 months, considering the time she spent in my tummy. 😂

My little bunny growing up fast!

I have been super busy with my hands so full of T lately. To summarize, at 9 months T has achieved the following:

  1. Crawl forward (and fast!)
  2. Sit up on her own
  3. Hold herself up and try to stand
  4. Lift her knees off the ground while in crawling position
  5. Sprouted her 2nd tooth!
  6. Eat more solid food like rice, roasted veggies, toast, scrambled egg
  7. Clap her hands
  8. Throw tantrums (actually I think this has been going on for a few months 😂 oh dear)
  9. Shake her head to tell you she doesn’t want something

She has been a poor eater lately, refusing all sorts of food and made poor weight gain in her 8th month. However there is some good progress this month after I started giving her more meals. Now, apart from the 2 meals she has at day care, I try to give her an additional breakfast and sometimes supper. Usually it’s yogurt, cheese, bread or fruits. During weekends, she gets snacks in between meals.

Of course, being the picky eater she is, sometimes I don’t understand why non-food items would taste much better to her…

Who needs expensive toys when you can get the same kind of entertainment from cheap plastic bowls! 😂


She has recovered from a bad round of flu and cough and stayed healthy for about 2 weeks. But she is down with the flu and cough again now. What a bad season! The weather has been pretty bad too. Since she is 9 months old now, the doctor has prescribed medication for her flu and chesty cough – Ventamol expectorant and Zyrtec syrup. Both smell like crap. No wonder kids hate their medications.

She is still fully breastfed, although I have to start dipping into my freezer stash now as I’m finding it hard to pump at home while latching her at the same time. I used to do this, to collect enough milk for her next day’s supply. But since she is older now and more aware, she starts to grab at my pump or smacking it away. Pumping at work alone is not enough for her day time supply 😦  I’m glad I did pump diligently before this to collect some emergency stash. Now, I admit I’m a bit lazy and have slacked. I sometimes don’t even bother to pump at night or during weekends when she latches directly. Because you know, hard work keeping her hands to herself!

I hope I can continue breastfeeding her at least till she is 1 year old.

My little baby grows up just too fast! She is losing her baby looks and everyday I’m afraid of blinking because before I know it, she will be 18 years old and walking out of my life 😦  Mommy loves you and will miss you very much, my baby darling.

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Allergy season

For the past 1 month, T has been down with cold symptoms – running nose, a bad cough and lots of phlegm. It seemed to improve and worsen every now and then. Been to 2 doctors and they diagnosed it as allergy rhinitis. Surprisingly, I got the same diagnosis too when I too, came down with the same symptoms and went to see a doctor after 2 weeks of suffering.

Allergy season? Both of us never got cold symptoms this bad for this long, before.

Anyway, I don’t mind to be sick, but praying hard that T will recover quickly 😢

Have been trying to supplement her with nutritious food to boost up her immune system but it doesn’t seem to help, so far.

Broccoli day. “Hey Cookie, want some??”

Pumpkin carrot rice porridge

 

Nowadays, she doesn’t seem to eat much when I give her food BLW style. She mostly just plays with her food and very little goes down her mouth. So I have to make her porridge to make sure she eats something. She is also very particular with her porridge, as she only likes to have very fine and smooth congee style. So I had blend the rice grains to get a finer consistency when cooking the porridge in the slow cooker.

Blender and rice grains ready to be milled into rice powder!

T also has some slight eczema which is suspected to be due to consuming chicken. She can’t tolerate cow’s milk (she gets very cranky and gassy whenever I had milk and then breastfeed her, somehow the milk protein I consumed gets into the breastmilk!) and cheese as well, those give her runny diarrhea. Oh my, what a boring life she will have without milk, cheese and chicken. I am hoping that probiotics will help with all these allergies and eczema. The doctor has prescribed Linex BB-12 for a week to boost her immune system after taking a course of antibiotics. Once we have finished that, I think I will try out LactoGG which claims to be able to help reduce allergies and eczema.

I highly suspect that T has a low immune system, allergies and eczema due to the antibiotics jab that I was given while delivering her. That probably killed all the good bacteria that was supposed to be passed into her system during birth – maybe that’s why she had such bad colic during her early days and unable to tolerate cow’s milk formula. But we didn’t have much choice when the antibiotic jab was given because when the doctor broke my water bag, he said that the water was a little yellowish (suspecting T had already passed motion), hence the antibiotics.

Poor T did not have a good start in life, and I feel bad for not giving her the best start. But I hope I will be able to make it up to her by curing her poor health, allergies and eczema. Please get well soon my dear baby!

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7 wonderful months

T is now 7.5 months old! Time really flies away so fast…my baby is growing up too quickly!

At 7 months, T has achieved quite a number of significant milestones compared to her previous months.

  1. She is able to sit steadily without support! Although, she still can’t sit up on her own yet…. she can only maintain her sitting position 😂
  2. She can crawl backwards! Not forward, yet…
  3. She has graduated from puree to porridge and finger food.
  4. Starts screaming or making funny noises to communicate her wants and don’t-wants
  5. She can wave goodbye! I know, it’s hard to believe but the daycare nurses have been teaching her to do that and now she lifts her hand up to wave!
  6. She sprouted her first tooth!! Second one erupting soon.
  7. Starts drinking water from a sippy cup with some assistance to hold the cup



I’m glad that I don’t have to spend a few hours preparing her puree on weekends anymore as she now has her meals at the daycare center which provides baby meals. Mostly rice porridge with a variety of veggies, chicken and fish. On weekends, I cook her rice congee too with quinoa/millet and pork (since she doesn’t get any red meat at the center).

Sweet potato pork porridge

I tried feeding oatmeal (made powdered oats for a finer texture), but she doesn’t seem to like oatmeal as she gagged on it and then vomited!

Blended rolled oats to make oat powder

I have also tried offering finger food like rice crackers and chunks of avocado. She loves them and took them quite well. It’s pretty scary watching them chew on those huge chunks…

Inspecting a chunk of avocado 😂

Pasta and cheese stick


T loves bread too, but I try not to give it to her too often. Usually just a few bites when she screams at me while I’m enjoying my bread.

What T has been eating at home (during weekends) so far:

  1. Pumpkin rice congee
  2. Broccoli rice congee
  3. Spinach rice congee
  4. Sweet potato quinoa rice congee
  5. Sweet potato and zucchini rice millet congee
  6. Sweet potato and pork rice millet congee
  7. Avocado slices
  8. Pasta and cheese sticks
  9. Plum oatmeal

She doesn’t really want to eat baby congee at home although she eats them well at the daycare center. And I found that she hates zucchini (so do I). So I’ve been trying out finger food as well but it seems that she wastes more food than she’s supposed to swallow. Well, I guess it’s a learning process for her as she learns how to pick up her food and feed herself. Thank God for Cookie the smelly beagle (my one and only clean up crew)… I don’t have to clean up the floor after T makes a huge mess dropping and flinging her food everywhere 😂


The worst part of bringing up baby T is when she gets sick. She has been having a bad cough and flu for a few weeks now, and we haven’t been able to sleep well (well, no sleep at all on some nights!). As long as she is healthy and happy, I don’t mind losing a few nights of sleep… but it breaks my heart to see her being sick for a few weeks 😢 Well, at least she still eats and drinks well, and is generally still happy and hyperactive.