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 😂
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!
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.
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. 😂
I have been super busy with my hands so full of T lately. To summarize, at 9 months T has achieved the following:
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…
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.
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.
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.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!
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.
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).
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!
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…
What T has been eating at home (during weekends) so far:
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.
My little baby taufu is growing up so fast, I hardly have time nowadays to document her progress. At 6.5 months, she has achieved the following milestones:
She is a good eater and has a healthy appetite so far in the solids department, accepting new food quite well. But she can be quite demanding sometimes. She screams when she sees me eating and wants a share of it. I let her lick my sandwich bread sometimes just to make her shut up 😂 I know it’s bad but a small taste of bread won’t hurt.
Baby T now has her meals at home on weekends only as she has 2 meals a day at day care. So I try to prepare something better and more delectable for her on weekends, like porridge. But it seems her stomach does not take to it very well yet. Maybe we will try porridge again a bit later when she is a bit bigger.
I have not tried baby led weaning yet although I have heard and read lots about it. I guess I still believe in the traditional method of soft baby first foods as even our moms weaned us that way and we grew up just fine. I’ve also read and heard that babies on traditional weaning methods grow up not knowing how to chew their food or do not like meat, but I personally think that it’s something they will grow and learn to accept as they grow older. I’m an example of a traditionally weaned baby yet now I love red meat so much I can never be a vegetarian! 😂😂 Besides, soon she will learn to eat finger food as well in a few months’ time. I guess in the end it’s a very personal choice which method to follow and no one should be judged for making that choice. Both has its pros and cons. As for me, I enjoy preparing food for my little princess and it makes me happy to see her enjoy eating it.
My darling princess grows up oh so fast! Feels like just yesterday she popped out of me and now she has started taking her first bites of real food! How time flies.
Of all the things I ever wished for, you are truly my wish came true.