Quote of the Day.

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can."

-Arthur Ashe (1943-1993); American tennis player, social activist

Friday, February 26, 2010

So far....

After nearly 3 weeks I was computer-less, now I am back in action again!! Ava ‘s maturing from babyhood into toddlerhood at the speed of a blink, blogging give me space and slow down time (at least relatively) for me to cherish her babyhood. I don’t think I can sit for hours in front of the pc  anymore..unless  when she’s sleeping. Progress wise, she can nap by her own during daytime and she is no longer used me as her mattress to sleep. For 6 whole months we had to put her in the carrier whenever she wanted to nap. Put her on the bed, she would wake up and become crancky. I thought it was impossible for us to let her sleep by her own but  finally she’s weaned  out  and would be napping for 1 hour or even more. Nap once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Just short of enough time when I will rush to do laundry or prepare meals. When comes to eating, she can finish about 4 ounces of grinded brown rice mixed with either smashed pumpkin or potato. She is happily eating and finishing  her  food with her must watch“Action Words “dvd during eating time. Otherwise, it is mission impossible for us to just let her sit still on her seat without her wriggling around and asking to be placed on the floor instead of sitting on her seat.
At last!!! Her lower front  teeth (two cute ones) already become visible. We can see the two whitish small teeth whenever she smiled. So cute..that’s a thing about new parent. You got excited whenever new things appear or just watch them doing a new move each day (that includes when her poop changed when she start eating solid).
From crawling to standing, now she's started to climb up our sofa by using the pillow as her stepping stone.
Looks like the mattress ( which we put the sofas as the barrier around it ) is no longer convenient for Ava to be alone anymore for she's now start to venture her climbing ability!!
Ava dear, mummy have no choice but must put you in your "seldom use" playpen, no more mini island for you.....

Ava in her mini island.

My 2nd attempt on posting a cloth diaper review..hehe

Bum Genius..indeed a genius diaper.
Function : As a night time diapering. I am using 1 microfiber double up with a hemp insert which can last for 10 hours unchangeable unless she wakes up in the middle of the night asking to be change.
The result : Surprisingly the inner suede cloth stay dry. Sometimes it will be soaking wet when I put her on the diaper from early in the evening ( 6.00 p.m). So whenever she’s still awake at 9 p.m, we’ll be making the last change until she wakes up around 5 or 6 a.m.
Among all of my cloth diaper, Bum Genius is the only diaper I ever done the strip wash because it is functioning  as a workhorse for us. We only put Bum Genius  during Ava’s sleeping time to maintain the durability of it and hopefully the diaper lifespan will be last a bit long.
Pro(s) :
       1.One Size Fits All ( But I am not recommend parents to use it on a newborn because the gap on the       crotch a bit wide for a newborn.)
     2. Suitable as a workhorse diaper.
Con(s) :
1.       I must say I never had an issue with Bum G except there were two time Ava’s pee leaked out  but apparently we placed the insert wrongly. The 2nd incident was hubby didn’t really put the diaper close enough on Ava’s bum bum because she’s wriggling too much and ends up after three hours, her long pant soaked with pee.
The verdict : Totally one of my favorite diaper!!!!

Some of my Bum Genius diapers.I have six of them in different color.

I didn’t put any specific details about the cloth diaper because anyone can easily click "Google" to know more about the brand, this is only based on my solely experience.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Updates on my reality checks..

Recent updates :

1. Most of my time are juggling with the house chores and attaining Ava.
2. Hubby decided it's time for me to start study again and he said please choose wisely on the course which really suit you.
3. I didn't even realized it's already end of February!!No wonder hubby kept on asking "Bila la ko mau start belajar ni?"....With Ava on my right hand and endless chores on the left...macamana mo fikir pasal study plan.
4. As all you know...I am a cloth diapering addict. Kept on browsing sites of the endless cloth diapers stash! The computer broke down for nearly 2 weeks but it cannot stop me to find updates on cloth diapering through my mobile phone.
5.In few more week, I'll be getting another Mei Tai which Annette helped me to purchase..yea yea....Thanks Net, you are the best!
6.After completed my cloth pad stash system,now I can call myself as a cloth pad convert .No more disposable pad!!!
7. Hubby transferred to another department and getting busier each day..meaning to say no more compromising on who's in-charge the meals in the house!!! ( I must say, I am starting to like cooking and even experiment new recipes!!)
8. Sometimes I forgot which day was it today.
9. Cannot wait to meet Ooi Chin!!!! Missed sharing the joke and laughter with her.
10. I am totally fall in love with Itti Bitti!!Why I didn't realize that before??!!!

I lurvee my toys!!!





Friday, February 12, 2010

"Shhh..I don't want to wake mommy up...."

Few days ago, I woke up in the midst of the night and the room was unexpectedly silent . Usually I would awaken only by the sound of Ava's whining whenever she is awake . I turned around to check on her, she was nowhere to be seen but there's a sound of soft mumbling from the corner of the bed. At the glints of light from our bathroom lamp, I saw Ava was sitting and playing with her pink Bunny. She's mumbling very softly while holding her Bunny upside down..She looked up and caught me staring at her. She then gave me the sweetest smile ever, let go of her Bunny and crawled over me. I took her on my lap and nursed her. After awhile she's lost in her dream again.
What a tolerant little girl, didn't want to wake up either mom or dad and ends up playing silently by herself.


I can read bedtime stories, till the cow jumps over the moon and sing, "Ten Little Monkeys", until I want to call the doctor--but if I don't have love, I'm as annoying as a ringing phone.

I can chase a naked toddler through the house while cooking dinner and listening to voice mail. I can fix the best cookies and Kool-Aid in the neighborhood and I can tell a sick child's temperature with one touch of my finger-but if I don't have love, I am nothing.

Love is patient while watching and praying by the front window when it's 30 minutes past curfew.

Love is kind when my teen says "I hate you!"

Love does not envy the neighbors' swimming pool or their brand-new mini-van, but trusts the Lord to provide every need.

Love does not brag when other parents share their disappointments and insecurities and love rejoices when other families succeed.

Love doesn't boast, even when I've multi-tasked all day long and my husband can't do more than one thing at a time.

Love is not rude when my spouse innocently asks,
"What have you done today?"

Love does not immediately seek after glory when we see talent in our children, but encourages them to get training and make wise choices.

Love is not easily angered when my 15-year-old acts like the world revolves around her.

Love does not delight in evil (is not self-righteous) when I remind my 17 year old that he's going 83 in a 55 mph zone, but rejoices in the truth.

Love does not give up hope.

Love always protects our children's self esteem and spirit, even while doling out discipline.
Taken from : Above Rubies

Baby Casey(Cassandra) with Mummy Carol and Baby Ava with Mummy Sheena

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

"Are you kidding me?"

There would be always a story to tell when every time we went to board a flight. We went to the airport for our 7.20 am morning flight bound for Miri. I was wearing a black sleeveless tops and a rag jeans which I fold up a quarter up my knee (imagine Tom Sawyer overall). We were still drowsy from sleep deprivation when we reached the airport. I was especially drowsy because Ava’s feeding time +/-3 in the morning, I just can’t get myself to sleep after feeding her. I was carrying Ava in the Jumpsac SSC. Hubby walked way ahead of me and handed over our passports and Ava’s birth certificate to the immigration officer. The Immigration Officer was half  asleep and was asking,
“How old is your kid?”
Hubby simply pointed at the back said,
“ Ah… em.. she is around 7 months old today”.
The immigration officer looked bewildered, fully awake,
“What?? 7 months old, cannot be!!
"Yes, she’s just reached 7 months on the last Saturday"… Hubby nodded with a sober face.
“You mean that girl with the backpack, worn in front is 7 months old?”
Hubby answered,“Oh that one (pointing at me) is not my daughter that’s my wife, we have a baby sleeping inside that “back pack.”
Apparently the officer was wondering why hubby handed him 3 documents, when he can only see 2 people. The thing is I must have looked like a school kid with my jeans rolled up, wearing sandals (looks extra short with any heels), bare naked sleepy face (no make-up) and carrying a “back pack”.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Turn Away From Envy

To live is to walk.
To keep going,
to move ahead, 
to open new paths,
to scan new horizons.

Standing still and
only wanting what others have
is not living our own individual lives.

!!!Our walking is with God whose hand guides us!!!
We are walking and living in the presence of the Lord,

Hand in Hand,

 Step by Step,

 Breath by Breath.  

                                                                Taken from the Daily Retreat 

Sometimes, Part of our desperation is want to have someone's else life  and  we don't realized that God's blessing to us is Far Greater from anything.

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