Nov 26, 2009

AidilAdha 2009!!

Papa & Miya got same taste eh?


Papa Miya suka yg ni...


Miya suka yg ni..

Nov 25, 2009

Dry and Peeling Skin?


Bukan nak buat chemical peeling la. Talking about my skin yg akan face drying up and peeling each time berubah musim.

So what do I use?
1)clean...



2) moisturise...


3) protect...(this one is extra important for summer time)



This is what works for me.

Once dah ok, I can go back to my usual skincare stuff.

How about you? Ever faced this problem? What's your solution?

Nov 24, 2009

Salt & Your Laundry

Salt is a super stain remover on clothing, helps maintain bright colors, and can even eliminate sticky spots on your iron. It can also reduce yellowing in clothes and mildew on shower curtains.

Please note: None of these tips should be tried with dry-clean-only fabrics.

So there is no need to be spending a lot on stain remover? Woo hoo!

edited-additional info:

Color Bleeding: Add 1/2 cup of salt to the wash cycle to prevent new colored fabrics from running.

Curtains and Rugs: The colors of washable curtains or fiber rugs can be brightened by washing them in a saltwater solution.

Brighten faded rugs with a brisk rub using a cloth dampened with a strong saltwater solution.

Yellowing: Boil yellowed cotton or linen fabrics in a mixture of water, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1/4 cup baking soda. Soak the fabric for 1 hour.

Blood: Soak a blood stain on cotton, linen, or other natural fiber in cold saltwater for 1 hour. Wash using warm water and laundry soap, then boil the fabric in a large kettle of boiling water. Wash again.

How Salt Can Solve Perspiration Problems: Don't sweat it. Those yellow stains in the armpits and around the collar of your favorite white T-shirts aren't a sign that you're sweating too much or not cleaning properly.

These areas are just harder to get clean and are made up of more than just old perspiration and dirt.

Undissolved deodorants may be a culprit, too. If you have hard water, the deodorant residue (and soap and perspiration) can't wash out properly. Here is a method for removing those sweat stains.

Mix 1 quart water with 4 tablespoons salt. Sponge this mixture onto the stained area, then repeat until the stain disappears. Wash as usual.

A fresh blood stain: should disappear easily if it is immediately covered with salt and blotted with cold water. Keep adding fresh water and blotting until the stain is gone.

Gravy: Try covering a fresh gravy stain with salt and letting it absorb as much of the grease as possible. A stubborn stain may need a 50/50 solution of ammonia and vinegar dabbed on and blotted until the stain disappears.

Grease: Remove a fresh grease spot on the fabric by covering it with salt. Wait for the salt to absorb the grease, then gently brush the salt away. Repeat until the spot is gone, then launder as usual.

Double-knit fabrics can be a stain challenge when it comes to grease. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt to a small dish of ammonia, and dab the mixture directly onto the grease spot. Let sit, then wash as usual.

Ink: Rub salt onto a fresh ink stain on fabric, and soak the fabric overnight in milk. Wash the fabric as usual.

Mildew: Make a thin paste of lemon juice and salt, then spread the paste on mildew stains. Lay the clothing item out in the sun to bleach it, then rinse and dry.
A mixture of salt, vinegar, and water should remove mildew stains on most fabrics. Use up to full-strength vinegar if mildew is extensive.

Prevent mildew growth on shower curtains by soaking them in a bathtub full of saltwater (½ cup salt into the tub). Soak the curtains for several hours, then hang them to dry.

As you've seen, salt can be a vital asset in the list of laundry ingredients. See what salt can do for you.

Nov 23, 2009

Potty Train- Journey Begins (part 1)


After reading a few guides, books & potty training article; I did the potty training quiz. The result says:

"Bring on the potty chair!
Congratulations: Your child is ready to begin toilet training. She is emotionally, physically and cognitively ready to take on this exciting new challenge. Here are some signs that indicate she's raring to go:

She understands the need to "go" and can communicate this to you before she actually goes.

She has nighttime control over her bowel movements.

She demonstrates imitative behavior.

She dislikes wet or dirty diapers.

She is able to stay dry for at least two hours or wakes up dry after a nap.

She is able to pull elastic waist pants up and down."

We're gonna pick up a potty soon.

But for now what I'm doing:

1) In the morning, I demo to her on me sit on the toilet & pee. Then I just put her on the loo & try to get her to pee. (I know its a bit tak senonoh, but I just feel that its important for me to demo it. I did also show her some video on youtube of other kids on the potty).

2) After Miya poop in nappy, I showed to her that poop belongs in the toilet bowl & kena flush. So we scoot the poop into the bowl & I let her flush. Miya geli each time dia tgk poop tu. So its a good sign that she knows its dirty & shouldn't be in the nappy.

3) Each time Miya pee or poop, I akan tegur dia. So dia tau that she just did it. (I read biasa anak lambat potty train sebab dia tak sedar yg dia poop or pee).

For now, I'm just doing these. So that dia faham function toilet tu. This is our STAGE 1.

But 1 thing for sure, I will not put pressure on this process. We will deal with it as long as it takes, so that Mama tak stress & Miya tak frustrate on why mama dia stress..hahahhaha..STAGE 2 will only start after Miya paham function potty as tempat pee & poop.

Later when we have pick a potty, I'll give an update on the next stage.

facts about tantrum




when they scream, just tell yourself...ITS JUST A PHASE...JUST A PHASE..SABAR...


click image to enlarge

kalau miya tantrum, dia at times throw her book & toys. then dia kata "hook ooo..oh no". then dia merajuk ala2 heroin filem p.ramlee.

There are times I just buat bodo until she hush, then baru I pujuk & explain that such behavior is a huge NO-NO.

But time hati lemah tu, mmg la I pujuk and even reward her...I know rewarding when kids having tantrum is a huge parenting mistake. Apa boleh buat, hati ibu ini lemah and at time kesabaran pun ada limit.

more info also at http://www.bellybelly.com.au/articles/toddler/toddler-tears-tantrums and http://www.babycenter.com.au/toddler/penelopeleach/copingtantrums/

-edited additional info: if u have kids with tantrum yg menakutkan u as a mom, cam refer to blog stephanie-ryan's mom

Nov 22, 2009

Helping your infant roll over

I found this video on youtube. Boleh help moms yg worry about anak lambat roll over.

Teknik ni, me & my MIL did on Miya once leher dia dah kuat. Not just utk tolong anak reti roll over, but also as senaman.

Nov 20, 2009

We are the keepers of our children..

"Keepers of our children" is a parenting concept practised by the Native American. They don't believe in punishing their children as they think it will only do more harm to the child's body and soul.

So what do they do? They improve themselves as the parents. They use reasoning in teaching the do's & don'ts.

The best part is, they teach the kids on their value, function and purpose of our existence in this world. They believed that these are the tools in teaching their child on how to gain genuine happiness.

It is similar to the Islamic way in raising kids, isn't it?

Kita parents should always improve ourselves because we believe in leadership by example and for one to understand Islam is for one to understand one's purpose in life. With this, one can be at ease with oneself and learn true happiness.

Here's some video's I found on youtube on parenting:

1)know the effect of your parenting?



2)raising your kids without raising your voice?
boundaries? reasoning? proactive problem solving?



3)manners? discipline? your kids beating or biting at school? yes we are the one's responsible.



what's your parenting style?

Cerita Masakan






click pics to enlarge & bukalah selera anda....

Nov 19, 2009

Savvy Mommy- Detox Diet is a No-No!



Yesterday I watched "What's Good for You" and among topics being discussed was detox dieting.

5days detox diet plan, juicing, eating salad, diet juice/detox supplement and etc...you will lose 4-5kg.

Yes ladies, that much.

Then, the people who participated in the diet went for a lab test for blood, fat, cholesterol & many more.

The result:

1) liver shows abnormal activity. if the diet continues, damage can be done.
2) all of the good cholesterol (not just the bad one) in blood has been flushed out.
3) darah cair & kurang nutri.
4) the weight yg hilang tu hanya water weight & muscle kecut. if u ever gain weight after that, it will be fat. nanti lagi susah nak shed off the extra kilos.

I baru aje ingat nak buat detox for body, konon nak bersih2 kan apa patut. Now tak jadi la. Ikut cara rasulullah, everything in moderation.

edit- add info: they also said, the supplement juice product that they were taking to detox is actually full with toxin. so bila badan sedar ada toxin masuk, tu yg badan bekerja keras utk singkirkan toxin.

Our 4th Year!!



IJA & ASRI.....and now ada MIYA...



A thousand years, a thousand more,
A thousand times a million doors to eternity
I may have lived a thousand lives, a thousand times
An endless turning stairway climbs
To a tower of souls
If it takes another thousand years, a thousand wars,
The towers rise to numberless floors in space
I could she'd another million tears, a million breaths,
A million names but only one truth to face

A million roads, a million fears
A million suns, ten million years of uncertainty
I could speak a million lies, a million songs,
A million rights, a million wrongs in this balance of time
But if there was a single truth, a single light
A single thought, a singular touch of grace
Then following this single point , this single flame,
The single haunted memory of your face

I still love you
I still want you
A thousand times the mysteries unfold themselves
Like galaxies in my head

I may be numberless, I may be innocent
I may know many things, I may be ignorant
Or I could ride with kings and conquer many lands
Or win this world at cards and let it slip my hands
I could be cannon food, destroyed a thousand times
Reborn as fortune's child to judge another's crimes
Or wear this pilgrim's cloak, or be a common thief
I've kept this single faith, I have but one belief

I still love you
I still want you
A thousand times the mysteries unfold themselves
Like galaxies in my head
On and on the mysteries unwind themselves
Eternities still unsaid
'Til you love me

Nov 18, 2009

Miya Doing Housework?

konon-konon nak tolong mama vacuum. sibuk aje dekat-dekat. tp mata tu still fixed in the TV show.

Nov 17, 2009

Miya Love Green Peas!!

video

Nov 16, 2009

Miya & Kipas


The last time Miya saw an electric fan was at the age of 9months when we're still back in Malaysia.

Due to the nearing of scorching summer days, we decided to get an electric stand fan. Lucky for us, everything was on sale and so we got the fan for $13 only.

Miya felt excited seeing this new thing in the house and kept on saying "wow..wow..wow..". To be on the safe side, the fan is being placed in the kitchen being the safety gate. We wouldn't want Miya to be doing weird stuff with/to the fan.

The next morning while Mama was making breakfast, Miya hang around the safety gate and said:

"Mama..nak wat fuish fuish" sambil wiggle her fingers around her head and thru her hair. Then she point to the fan.

Oooo..anak mama nak suruh mama on kipas rupanya.

Nov 11, 2009

Miya's new interest

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Nov 10, 2009

WHO Growth Chart 2006 (based on BF & FM fed kids)

We should know that the chart above is based on FM babies & published in 1977.

While this chart below is based on both BF (6months fully BF) & FM fed babies & published in 2006.


How about mommies yg rasa anak dia under weight, come and check it out here:

chart for boys
chart for girls

i got to know this info from http://www.diyaluna.com/diary/2009/11/06/dr-koe-growth-chart/

TQVM...I mati2 ingat they are using the latest WHO chart.

Miya born @ 2.81kg & now she is 9.5kg. I conclude that she is grow at a healthy weight.

Nov 6, 2009

Miya's new catchy line? (Part 2)

Tadi dlm bathtub Miya tenggelamkan doll dia & said

"Aaahh..Tidaaaaaaaaaak! Tidak"

With a very damsel in distress tone.

Oh, anak mama yg Diva...

What a drama queen?



Miya's new catchy line?

Lately ada 2 ayat yg Miya suka sebut. Anyway, ini aje la ayat yg ala-ala proper yg Miya can say beside her single words like banana, bolt, apple, nak, taknak, purple & etc..

SO APA YG MIYA BEEN SAYING?

1) What the....?

2) Apa ye le...?

Anak ku mula tunjuk diva ke?

Nov 5, 2009

18months check-up & immunization!!


Grew 6cm in 6months & gain a kilo.

She did well bila kena jab. Just jebik2 nak nangis, but terus tak jadi bila dgr bunyi phone nurse tu. Then sibuk2 ajuk nurse tu talk on the phone (sama gaya cam dlm video "miya's communication skills" tu).

I still kena lecture about Miya's weight gain.

All I can say, I tried giving her the best food, the best breastmilk & a serving of Pediasure Complete everyday. Now I can only doa...

What say u guys?

Medication & Mom's Milk

We were at the Maternal & Child Health nurse's office...and we saw these books:

Medications and Mothers' Milk 2008 is a comprehensive reference on the impact of currently used medications on breastfeeding mothers and infants. Written by renowned clinical pharmacologist, Dr. Thomas W. Hale, this thousand plus page book is packed with information on more than 814 drugs, vitamins, herbs, and vaccines. It includes tables on radioisotopes, radiocontrast agents, and common cold remedies.

Some of the new features added to Medications and Mothers' Milk 2008, thirteenth edition include:
- More than 70 new drugs.
- Rigorous updates to hundreds of drugs and tables.
- Updated tables on radiocontrast agents.
- Updated tables on cold and cough remedies.

Each drug entry includes the drug name and generic name; common trade names used in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom; uses of the drug; AAP recommendations on the drug; a drug monograph that describes what is currently known about the drug, its ability to enter milk, the concentration in milk at set time intervals, and other parameters that are important to a clinical consultant; pregnancy risk category; lactation risk category; theoretic infant dose; relative infant dose; adult concerns; pediatric concerns; drug interactions; alternative drugs that may be suitable choices; adult dosage; and a table that includes (when known) adult half life (T ½ ) of the medication, pediatric half life (PHL) of the medication, milk/plasma ratio (M/P), the time interval from administration of the drug until it reaches the highest level in the mother's plasma or peak time to max (Tmax), percentage of maternal protein binding (PB), oral bioavailability (Oral), the volume of distribution (Vd), the pH at which the drug is equally ionic and nonionic (pKa), and the molecular weight (MW) of the medication.

Armed with the information in Medications and Mothers' Milk 2008, a clinician can make an educated decision about the appropriateness of a drug for an individual mother and baby based on their medical history.

Health providers can use this text to share vital information with new mothers and their physicians on how medications affect breastfeeding.

Anyone who works with breastfeeding mothers needs this definitive reference on their bookshelf!

Author: Thomas W. Hale, Ph.D.
Copyright 2008
Thirteenth Edition
ISBN-10: 0-9815257-2-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-9815257-2-3
Soft cover
Total Pages: Approx 1276


Many health care providers have told us that it would be ideal if they had a copy of Medications and Mothers’ Milk available at all times. Now you can.

Mini-Medications and Mothers’ Milk is the pocket version of Medications and Mothers’ Milk, 13th Edition, the worldwide authoritative source on medication use in breastfeeding women. This book provides up-to-date and easy to read information on the use of medications in breastfeeding mothers. Written by Dr. Thomas W. Hale, this drug reference provides you with a condensed version of the latest information on each drug and its relative safety in breastfeeding mothers and their infants.

Mini-Meds contains information on more than 868 drugs, vaccines, vitamins, viral syndromes, and other substances. It provides quick access to pregnancy and lactation risk categories, drug kinetics, and basic drug descriptions. Mini-Meds is designed as a companion guide, to be used alongside the full edition of Medications and Mothers’ Milk-but is in a more portable format.

Author: Thomas W Hale, PhD

Copyright: 2009

ISBN: 978-0-9815257-9-2

Total Pages: 224

Soft Cover


Nov 4, 2009

What is Spatial Skill?


Lately Mama sedar yang Miya seems to enjoy all “Baby Einstein” videos. Then Papa Miya asked, “Apa best video tu? Apa bagus sgt video tu? Puppets dia cam mabuk aje? Ada educational stuff ke in it?”....

Then Mama pun terpikir..Hmm, apa aku nak jawab kat laki aku ni? So I said “ It’ s the classical music! It stimulates the brain..”

Time nak menjawab tu, mmg la mulut ku pantas aje come up with alasan. Tapi I do have doubts, takkan la music aje dapat buat anak tu bijak.

Later on I did my studies and found that it is true that some of these music pathways actually affect the way we think. The music seems to prime our brains for certain kinds of thinking and also kids as young as 3months boleh recongnize the tones, notes counts, spacings, gaps. The structural of each tune, tones and gaps makes the brain active.

After listening to classical music, adults can do certain spatial tasks more quickly, such as putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Listening to classical music can improve our spatial reasoning, at least for a short time. And learning to play an instrument may have an even longer effect on certain thinking skills.

As for children, researchers say that music is linked to the development of spatial thinking in our children. Children who have good spatial skills are often strong in mathematics.

However, the effect is not long lasting. Music alone is not enough. It was founded that the effect will fade in time.

I guess, classical music doesn’t help our kid to be a Math genius, but it will enhance the genius in them. Tak caye? Pegi google sendiri about this fact.

What matters is for us to develop and sharpen your kid’s spatial skills.

What does it mean to have "spatial ability"? And how can parents help it to develop?

Spatial ability is the ability to see and think about the positions of objects in space. When you drive a car or walk down the street, you use your awareness of the space around you to help you avoid objects and to find your way.

Reading maps, doing puzzles and understanding diagrams are all activities that involve spatial skill. Many technology-related jobs, such as designing computer hardware or reading medical X-rays, require the ability to understand space.

Your baby begins to use spatial reasoning right from birth, as she begins to experience size and distance of objects. Example- Anak sedar yang Mom tu besar bila dekat dgn dia, but kecil bila dia jauh.

This ability continues to develop until around age 10. Concepts that your toddler is learning about space, such as near and far, provide a foundation for later development.

Here are some activities to help your toddler's spatial skills grow:

  1. Tidy up together. When your child helps tidy up, she is learning more than how to please you by keeping things neat. Putting away toys and clothes means learning to remember the places where they go, giving your child a chance to exercise her memory for object locations.
  2. Play hiding games. You thought it was all fun, but a game of hide-and-seek can help develop spatial memory. After all, there are only so many places around to hide in. Which one will it be this time? You can vary the game by playing "hide the doll" (or other small toy). Searching for hidden objects helps your child's brain learn to process information about spatial locations.
  3. Shape stick-on. Make a shape collage together by gluing cutouts of common shapes such as circles, triangles or squares onto a paper. While you are making interesting patterns, you have a chance to talk to your child about the names of the shapes. You might even talk about how putting shapes together leads to new shapes. For example, two triangles can fit together to make a square.
  4. Action songs. Listening to music is fun and it stimulates brain development. But you can also use music to practice learning about spatial concepts. Try out some favorite action songs, such as "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes", "Where is Thumbkin", “If you’re happy & you know it” and “Put your finger in the Air”.

So, classical music does stimulate the brain but it’s the practise of the spatial skills that counts. Jadinya, kalau mothers wants their kids to be good in Math, we can put on the classical music while we do some of the activities I listed earlier. Then later on when our kids dah mula mengira, we put on the classical music while dia buat latihan Math. What do you think of my suggestions?

Passion for Stroller, Pram, Pushchair or Buggy?

After having a look at Kak Yaz Stroller Haven, it bugs me to keep on dreaming about my dream stroller.... Actually I've chosen 2 type of stroller that I really want after Miya become a Kak Long. I am deeply in love with "Fisher-Price Stand & Ride Duo" and "Leebruss-The Zoom".

Both stroller can carry 2 kids & load of stuff & groceries. This will be very handy when we all go out shopping. We sure will enjoy our walk to the market.


Can you guys imagine me handling 2 kids with a load of groceries? Even now, each time we come back from the market, stroller Miya bagai nak roboh dibuatnya. Sometimes, Miya kena peluk a Melon or Cabbage. Hikhikhikhik...

Nov 3, 2009

Miya's 18 Months Communication Skills

video

Miya Creative vs Kesabaran Mama?

video

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