October’s Vaby Box

Guess who was thrilled to receive this month’s Vaby Box?

IMG_9220And rightfully so for this month’s Vaby Box contained most of the stuff that Bubba can use.

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Here are the items that was tucked inside the Vaby Box:

  • The Q10 Skin : A premium Peppermint essence that’s made of pure beeswax which can help numb the area to stop itch and can also be used to clear any nasal congestion. What I like about this is how small it is, perfect to tuck inside my diaper bag and for any unforseen medical emergencies. (1 piece at S$5 / bundled pack of 6 pcs at S$24 and 10 pcs at S$40)
  • Summer Citrus 5X Dishwashing Liquid by IDOCARE : Love how compact this dishwashing liquid is which is perfect for our next family getaway. One thing I learn about traveling with babies is that you will also need to pack a gentle dishwashing liquid to be used for washing of  their bottles plus my breast pump. What’s great about this product is that it can effectively remove the grease from the bottles and yet gentle on my hands. Ever since Bubba’s arrival, I have kinda neglected my hands for I find it a little too troublesome to moisturise my hands and then carry her. So this product is ideal and not add on to drying of my skin. The price of this product is also pretty attractive at 500ml per bottle for only S$6.95.
  • Everyday Head to Toe Cleanser by Bud Cosmetics: A cleanser that you could add to your baby’s bath or simply on a wet-towel to wipe baby down. I used the latter option instead as Bubba takes one shower a day and does a wipe-down in the evenings. Love the soft scent from this cleanser that lingered on Bubba as we wiped her down and put her in her jammies, all ready for bed.
  • Hiruscar : I’m so prone to scaring and keloids so I’m pretty intrigued with this product. Perhaps those keloids that I had with my previous op with soften and smoothen out with this gel. Well, one can only hope that this works.
  • Boony Baby Diapers : Never quite heard of this brand of diapers but don’t mind trying it out to see if it’s absorption of urine is good. Price-wise, it’s one of the lowest that I’ve seen in the market at S$12.80 for a pack of 36 to 58 pcs depending on size of diapers. That is cheap right?
  • Nuturmeals (Scrumptious Squash-flavour) : In preparation for Bubba’s journey into solids! Not sure if this will actually taste any good but I guess if I mix it up with breastmilk and use it as a spread on breads for Bubba, it may work? Well, let’s see.. will update when that happens.
  • The Playhouse S$5 food voucher

I’m having a lot of fun testing out the products tucked in October’sVaby Box and you can also do so by signing up as a member. Remember to also like them on Facebook to find out more about their shopping deals. :)

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Note: Lady J’s musings received the Vaby Box for the purpose of this review and no additional monetary rewards were given.  All views expressed are purely of my own and written according to my experience in using the products.

Why you no sleep….

IMG_9323It’s amazing how little sleep Bubba can survive on.  I know this because sometimes I do spend 24 hours a day with her and I can just keep track of the amount of sleep that she takes in. She’s currently undergoing Mental Leap 4 and I wonder whether it has something to do with the leap. But regardless of whether she’s undergoing this developmental leap, she has been napping rather poorly these couple of days. Sigh.. shouldn’t babies be sleeping like ALL.THE.TIME?!?

So when friends tell me how their babies have been sleeping 5hour stretches through the night or how they can fall asleep on their own, I can’t help but feel happy and superbly envious of them. I long and hope for the day that Bubba can do the same.

And yes, we had grand plans – for Bubba to sleep in her cot, in her own room. But circumstances got the better of us and we all ended up in the same room. Yup, she sometimes end up on our bed too because I am simply too tired to put her back into the cot after nursing her at times. Well, it’s certainly not the situation that we planned on having. Some friends asked why in the world did we do what we did. Sometimes I feel kinda judged but then again, she’s our child and honestly, we don’t have to answer to anyone why we do what we do.

All babies are wired differently and we do our best to structure a schedule for her that will hopefully set the foundation for better sleep days ahead for all of us. Some days, it works where she will just fall asleep but some days she puts up a fight and it can take about an hour before she drifts off to slumberland. But I’m hopeful. Slowly but surely, we will get there. Next step for us? Sleep training.. watch this space or please do share any tips if you have.

Checking out: Dutch Colony Coffee Co

Sunday brunch dates take on a slightly different twist with the Bub in tow. Well, it’s not as if she can have anything but it sure is nice to spend some time together as a family before we drop her off at my Mom’s and we go for our weekly massage. Food plays a huge part in both of our lives and we kinda can’t wait for her to be able to join us at the table munching off bread and sipping juices.

Couldn’t be more pleased with the number of quaint cafes that have opened up in the East.. makes it easier for us to have our brunch then drop off the Bub. Thanks to a tip-off by E from E loves to cook, we found ourselves kinda bright and early at Dutch Colony Coffee at Frankel Avenue. Parking can be quite challenging over here so thankfully, I was with the Man who managed to score us a spot that involved some form of parallel parking. Not sure if I would be able to make it there on my own otherwise.

IMG_8322The place is pretty spacious and I love how the light shines through the glass panels making it look like such a happy place. Seats are filled pretty quickly so if you wanna bring a kid with a stroller, best to take the seats that are closest to the doors for ‘ample parking’ of the stroller.

IMG_8323If we are lucky and catch her morning naps, this is what happens when the Man and I take time to have our breakfast! Sleeping Bubba FTW! :)

IMG_8324With a name like Dutch Colony Coffee, doesn’t really take a genius to figure out what they are famed for. They have several brews for the picking but as I am trying to minimise caffeine intake so as not to have a waking bub, I went for the juices while the Man chose the Brazil coffee bean brew. Must add that I was pretty impressed with the service here. We had the barista coming to us to ask if we enjoyed the coffee. The service staff are also friendly and helped clean up the table promptly when we were waiting to get our seats.

Now for the food! The food menu is decent and the breakfast offerings are rather substantial. We shared the Croque Monsieur as well as the French Toast.

IMG_8328I love the bread that they use to make the Croque Monsieur as well as the French Toast. It was thick and fluffy which made for a really nice bite.  IMG_8331Pleased to have found this place so near the hood and looks like I will be heading back for more of their breads. Plus, they are open 7 days a weeks which is perfect for me when I need to spend some time with the Bub on Mondays (where I will not be working). Now, I just gotta figure out to get parking there. Hmm…

Mummy’s gals

IMG_8975It’s nice to spend the last week of my maternity leave with one of the days with my Mom and sisters. So we kinda made a little song-and-dance out of it and headed for a chi-chi high tea in town.

IMG_8973I don’t always spend a lot of time with my sisters and my Mom but ever since Sophie’s arrival, family outings have become way more chaotic but also a lot more loving. It’s nice to see my sisters, my Mom and Dad showering their love and attention on Bubba and for my nephews to act all lovey dovey around her when we spend our Sundays over at my parent’s place.

IMG_8977I’m also very grateful that Mom is also able to look after Sophie exclusively at least one day of the week when I head back to work. Growing up, I’ve never been close to my maternal nor paternal grandparents, but I had a lovely network of aunties and cousins that I grew up with. So I want Sophie to be able to experience growing up with grandparents, aunties as well as cousins.

It’s true what they said. It takes two parents to produce a child but it takes an entire village to raise a child.

Letter to Sophie x 4

IMG_9080Dear Bubba,

And just in the wink of the eye, you are now 4 months old. Wow.. all these monthly letters that I write to you just goes to show how quickly time just pass by and how quickly you are growing.

Loads of stuff took place this month. Well, probably because I know I am heading back to work, I try my very best to spend most of my days with you. We took our first family holiday and spent loads of time together. Before your arrival, Daddy did say that when you turn 10, then you will be able to go on a holiday with us. I’m actually glad he didn’t stick to this ‘rule’. The family holiday was great, not that you will be able to remember the holiday or what you did with us. The important thing is that we manage to spend all this time together with you. Watching you sleep, wake up and amusing us with your coos-and-gaahs. Those moments are etched in our memories for now. I hope we will be able to take another holiday with you in a couple of months time. Perhaps a beach holiday and we can bring you swimming proper?

IMG_9075At about 4 months, you have also hit your baby development milestones: rolling over, holding up your head steadily, bringing your hands together and holding your rattle. You also like to stare at lights and will turn your attention when there are sparkling lights or towards the telly. No TV for you for now, young lady! Tsk..

IMG_9069You’ve also taken an interest to soft toys and textures. Although you don’t hug on tight to your Jellycat toys yet, but you do love hugging them to sleep. I kinda long for the day that you will hang on to your Jellycat Bunny everywhere we go. That will be kinda cute actually.

IMG_9062Mummy is still waiting for the day for you to sleep through the night. Some say that their babies have already slept through the night or some babies would only wake up for one feed in the night. As for you, you are still waking up about 2 times a night. Thankfully, Daddy helps to do the midnight feed and I then take over the graveyard shift but please do try to sleep more. It’s amazing how little you nap when we are at home. Like right now when I’m typing this post to you, you are just by my side looking at the light emitted from my laptop refusing to go to bed. I can count the number of hours that you napped the entire day, my little Energizer Bunny!

Oh and you recently found your voice and learned how to scream! It’s kinda scary because you now show your displeasure by scrunching your face and screaming loudly with big fat tears streaming down your face. Let’s see how you will fare with this. Please don’t make it a habit.

Alright, gonna finish this post now for I gotta make you sleep for you are busy rolling on our bed and making those grunting noises.

Know this my darling gal, Mummy loves you very much! Looking forward to creating more adventures with you, Bubba!

xoxo: Mummy

Talk about timing..

Well, I think this could only happen to me!

My first day back at work and I thought I did pretty well. Went into the office, password to PC expired so got that sorted out and was rock-and-rolling emails and tried to get up to speed with work. Missed Bubba loads but am thankful for technology and the peektures of her happy face that kept me going for a good part of the day.

IMG_9151The Man was really sweet too! Sent me these flowers as an encouragement to keep me going. I hadn’t imagined easing back into work to be a breeze so am thankful for whatever support that was given to me personally and at work with understanding colleagues.

IMG_9152I mentally prepared to schedule at least 2 pumping sessions back at work so as to keep my supply going. The first session went well. When I did my second session, I realised to my horror, the LCD screen on my Medela Freestyle Pump froze. The usual timer on the clock no longer worked and in place, numerals zero filled the screen. My heart sank! I simply couldn’t afford to have my one and only pump breaking down on me at this point in time!

I called the Medela Service Centre in Singapore and hoped that the problem could be rectified by a simple reset of the button. But sigh, it couldn’t. Apparently, it’s an LCD display issue and when I asked how long must I leave the device at the service centre, I was told it could be ready within 30minutes to an hour. Ok great! But, I had a full day tomorrow at work (Wednesday) and can’t send the device in for repair all the way in Toh Guan (Jurong)! Sigh!

Thankfully, a cry of despair sent to the Man and he is going to help me to sort this out. We decided that we will just a courier to help us run the errand on Thursday.

Like I said, this can only happen to me! Sigh…  I just hope the device will go on working tomorrow. Fingers and toes crossed please!!!

Update: Medela has given me a new device since the device can’t be repaired.. all’s good I hope.

Sophie’s milestones : Rollin’ over

I realise that when I head back to work tomorrow, I may miss the milestones that Bubba will be hitting. I won’t be there when she learns how to sit up, crawl or take her first step. What if I miss her first word? I felt absolutely gutted thinking ahead the milestones that I will have to miss while her primary caregivers soak up the joy and happiness of being there to witness her firsts. :(

This particular milestone of rolling over meant a lot to me for I spend so much time with her within these past 4 months or so and I knew she was going to roll over on her own sooner or later. She kept practicing her rolls but was not successful on doing it on her own. She would cry in frustration when she couldn’t roll and very often, I would go in and ‘rescue’ her by nudging her to roll over. I was really hoping that she would roll over on her own before I head back to work tomorrow. I wanted to be there to witness this milestone and to cheer her on.

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Well, my baby girl did it! After a Mummy-and-Baby playdate with Aunty Mag and Ashleigh, we went home feeling a little tired. I knew Bubba didn’t want to sleep, so I laid her down on her play-gym. Minutes later, she rolled over! She didn’t stop just at one roll-over, she rolled over a couple of times for me to grab a video, take more pictures and beam with pride and joy that my baby girl did it! :)

PS: The Man said that Bubba was already practicing her rolls while he was doing the midnight feed with her. But since she was not fully awake, I’m claiming the roll in the afternoon as a first instead. Haha…