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T’s 1st Birthday

T has just turned 1 year old! So happy but sad at the same time. My baby is all grown up 😢 She is now a toddler!

Hello kitty cake for my little darling

At 1 year old, T is able to:

  1. Take a few steps on her own
  2. Stand up by herself
  3. Say a few words, mainly: mama, papa, dog, no no, no more, ya ya, kakak (sister), baby
  4. Hand gestures like wagging her finger (while saying “no no”), waving goodbye, showing her empty palms while saying “no more”, pointing at something or someone.
  5. She takes 1 long nap each day instead of multiple short naps
  6. Started taking 1 bottle of milk powder a day (rice milk, because she is sensitive to cow’s milk)
  7. Has a better appetite and eats more solids now, at least she finishes all her porridge and main meals.

We had an early birthday celebration for her in Kuching a week earlier as I was back in Kuching for the long weekend to visit my parents. It was just a simple Western dinner (steak and lamb chops)… of course T only had bread and baby biscuits 😂 Then we had a Hello Kitty cake to cut at home.

Her birthday itself was just spent at home, I took a day off work to spend time with her.

She was up early in the morning!

Zipped around in her lion walker car

Watched some Sesame Street

We celebrated the next day with just a simple party at her paternal grandparents’ place with traditional Chinese birthday party dishes: fried bee hoon, fried chicken, curry chicken, curry puffs and of course the mandatory red eggs! T only had the red eggs 😂

We also had a black forest cake to cut…. my favourite! 😂😂😂 naughty mommy… well, she can’t eat cake yet anyway. Too sweet for her!

Next year I will need to think of throwing a birthday party at the child care center (as it seems that all the kids there do that, and I don’t want her to be left out). Although I’m not really a fan of throwing birthday parties every year. Maybe we will just have a simple one.

T has also become interested in our 2 dogs and wants to pet them. But I don’t allow her to do it too often as she is quite rough with them and needs more time to learn. She loves to pinch and grab Cookie’s fur and poke her nose.

Cookie, our star! ⭐️

I hope T learns to be more gentle. She is also rough with other kids at the child care center. But she knows how to manipulate the nurses and get her way around without getting scolded, because every time she is about to get a scolding for doing something bad, she will throw a flying kiss or flash her sweetest smile at the person 😒

I have also started supplementing her with milk powder since she turned 1, as my supply has dropped and I’m finding it hard to supply 3 bottles of breastmilk to the child care center lately (also, I have been lazy to pump extra and home!). I have reduced pumping sessions to 1-2 times daily too. So now she gets 2 bottles of breastmilk and 1 bottle of milk powder during the day, and latches whenever she wants at home.

It’s not easy to introduce milk powder to a breastfed baby! She took a few sips at first, then threw the bottle away and went “no no no no!!”

She was fine with it after many bottles.

I’m giving her rice milk powder for babies due to her bad eczema and sensitivity to cow’s milk. Yet to try goat milk. The bad thing about the rice milk powder is that it tends to have a lot of sediments that clogs the bottle teat sometimes.

Feel sad that T has grown up so fast, it seems like just yesterday she was born a small tiny baby! But at the same time, wish she grows up healthy and happy always. I may not be a good parent, I have made many mistakes and will continue to make mistakes along the way. But I hope I have learned from my mistakes and am able to care for T the best way possible, and make her feel happy and loved always.

Mommy will always love you, my little baby darling. Forever mommy’s little baby ❤️

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11 months soon!

T is almost 11 months old! She grows up so fast!

At nearing 11 months old, she is able to:

  • Stand up with support
  • Walk with support (holding onto something)
  • Say bye-bye
  • Call the dog….wow wow (probably she meant woof woof 😂)
  • Feed herself finger food
  • Drink from a straw bottle
  • Say mama and papa
  • Clap her hands when you tell her to clap
  • Clap her hands when she hears a familiar song (like "if you're happy and you know it"
  • Offer to feed you food in her hands
  • Sprouting her 3rd and 4th teeth (upper front teeth)
  • Spoon feed herself…although she makes a huge mess!

She has also become a super picky eater and is not very keen on soft, mushy food like porridge. Nowadays she prefers rice, soups, crackers, and cut fruits.


She loves peaches and cherries very much.


Made her tomato rice with pan fried salmon….she is not a big fan of healthy clean eating!


A lazy meal…scrambled eggs with tomato and cheese.

She loves junk food a lot…. the baby kind of junk food. Like baby rice puffs, rice crackers, teething rusks, toddler biscuits…. oh dear!

Lately at day care, T has graduated from the baby room to the 1-2yo toddler class. She graduated a bit early. So far she is able to follow their morning classes/activities (which mainly consists of sensory play, flash cards, etc) and the fixed schedule and nap time. The only problem is she eats very little porridge, so the nurses have suggested serving her the toddler menu instead, since she hates soft mushy baby food.

Talking about day care, T is staying home for the rest of this week due to the HFMD outbreak at the day care center. So far she hasn't shown any symptoms of HFMD yet, fingers crossed she is not infected! She still follows the day care schedule at home… 3 milk feeds during the day, one 3-hour nap, 2 meals and a snack 😊. Well they say babies thrive on a fixed schedule…. i sure hope so.


Spoon feeding herself – baby pasta stars with cheese.

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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.

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Weaning Baby T

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:

  1. Eating solids – started on fruit/vege puree and a little rice porridge. She is officially a greedy foodie!
  2. Able to support herself on all fours but have not started crawling yet although she is trying to.
  3. Started saying “mama” and “papa” 😍😍😍 (though most of the time I think she is just babbling but I love to think that she is calling us…lol)
  4. Emit a high pitch hysterical laugh when she is overexcited…OMG it is so cute but deafening sometimes. With the strength of her vocal chords sometimes I think I will go deaf sooner than I thought.

Lately she loves to chill like this with her leg out


She is also going through a phase of sleep and breastfeeding regression. Sometimes she just refuses to sleep at all, despite having a good sleeping record for the past months. And now she wants to sleep in our bed instead of her cot. Because she wants to nurse in her sleep sometimes – something which she hasn’t done so far. Now she wants to have the convenience of milk and comfort in bed 😑 Talk about breakfast, lunch and supper in bed. Ugh…. Growth spurt maybe? I sure hope T takes up the responsibility of washing my bed sheets next time when she grows up, to make up for all that spit up, vomit, saliva and leaking milk on my bed!! Sometimes, leaking pee too.

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.

Mashing up plums for plum puree 😋

Very happy with my purchase of these food storage cups, they are very useful and convenient to portion and freeze puree!


So far she has tried avocado, banana, carrot, pumpkin, sweet potato, apple, pear and spinach puree, as well as spinach and broccoli rice porridge. I initially started with the 3 day rule, then 2 days, and now sometimes just 1 day! So far she hasn’t shown any allergic reaction except maybe a bit of skin rash after having avocado. And oh my, banana makes her go bonkers. As in really super duper hyperactive that she won’t sleep and bouncing off the walls. It’s probably the high sugar content giving her super charged energy.

Broccoli rice porridge

Spinach rice porridge


Since baby T now has her meals in the kitchen, Cookie the smelly beagle is always camping outside the kitchen in wait of some leftovers. Because I always try to make a little extra for my little four-legged furbaby. Except for foods like avocado which is a big no-no for dogs.


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.

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Transitioning

In a few days time, T will be 6 months old. Sob sob… time really flies so fast. I feel that I haven’t even enjoyed enough of her first 6 months and now she is ready to be all grown up 😦

I’m glad that I have been able to breastfeed her up till now and still able to continue beyond the 6 month mark. At this point I’m still thinking of whether to wean her off breastmilk or continue breastfeeding for a couple more months. Pumping at work is really tiring for me, even though I’m getting used to it. But sometimes I feel that the extra time I take off work to pump could be used to go home an hour earlier to spend with T 🙂

But I’m still holding the thought of continuing our breastfeeding journey as I really cherish those bonding moments with T while nursing her. Indecisive me 🙂

My cheap but trusty Pigeon breastpump that has served me well for the past 3 months ever since I went back to work


Soon she will be ready for solids too, a big milestone! So far she has shown some signs that she is ready to try solid food:

  1. Able to hold her head upright and sit with support
  2. Grabs things and puts them in her mouth
  3. Makes chewing motion and smacks her lips
  4. Stares at people eating

She is not able to sit up without support yet, and she still seems to have the tongue-thrust reflex.

Friends have been “brainwashing” me about baby led weaning, but I think I will go with puree first then only transition into BLW probably after a month or two. I’m a really paranoid parent and I would be really worried about the dangers of choking although it would be most unlikely 😂

I have already thought about what kind of veggies and fruits to feed her, and of course I’m super excited just thinking of preparing her food. I actually love cooking but I rarely have time or energy to do it, so making food for my little sweetheart is the perfect opportunity to do what I enjoy.

Bibs, feeding bowl/masher and feeding spoon all ready 🙂


It would be even more fun once T is older and can eat more variety of solids. I sure am looking forward to cooking/baking all kinds of food, snacks or preparing cute bentos for her. But for now, let’s just take one step at a time so I can slowly appreciate and cherish every moment I have with T before she grows up too fast.

If only cooking for children could be a full time job. Surely it is way better and more fun than looking at javascripts and vbscripts all day. Maybe I should consider babysitting as my next career 🙂

T, please don’t grow up too fast…