Blueberries

IMG_5049Blueberries were on offer at Cold Storage so I got us 3 punnets and fed some to Bubba. Didn’t know if she would find the fruit even likeable but was pretty amazed that she gummed the tiny fruit, swallowed the juice before proceeding to spit out the skin.

IMG_5048Let’s see how we have progressed for BLW:

  • Loves bread..  can gnaw and swallow most types of bread
  • Avocado.. hmm.. still not sure whether she totally loves it
  • Sweet Potato.. depending on mood, some days she takes it, some days she doesn’t
  • Blueberries.. so far, loves it and will ask for more
  • Applesauce .. no love for it
  • Bananas.. still trying them out

Feb’s Vaby Box

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The month of Feb is fast coming to an end and I realised I have left the Vaby Box that I received much earlier untouched because of the Lunar New Year festivities. Oops…

After some time off from the visiting and in between putting Bubba to rest, I finally managed to open up the Vaby Box of goodies.IMG_5852The box for Feb is a lot lighter than what I’ve received previously but probably because it’s a short month. Here are some of the things tucked in the box:

For Mama:

  • Pure Emu Oil : Emu Oil has several benefits and has been hailed as one of the most healing oil’s on the planet as it has deep healing potential for many types of skin conditions. It helps to moisturise, reduce wrinkles, nourish, relieve sun burn, wind burn, helps to heal scars, stretch marks and many more. (1 bottle – 100ml at $52)
    NOTE: This is not the first bottle of oil that I’ve received in the Vaby Box but I love the size for it makes it easy to pop them into my travel bag.
  • Nature Beauty Vitamin Cleanser and Pumpkin Polish Set: A small travel set featuring the Vitamin Cleanser which helps to invigorate the skin with a potent fusion of natural ingredients and the Pumpkin Polish which cleanse and purifies the skin using Pumpkin enzymes. (1 bottle of Vitamin Cleanser at $88 and Pumpkin Polish at $98).
    NOTE: I have yet to use this but the ingredients do sound yummily good for the skin. It’s going to be handy for the weekend when we hit the pool.

For Bubba: [Complimentary products from Vaby]

  • Baby Nail Clipper – love the design. Bubba is using the nail clipper from Pigeon and this is a back-up either for herself or me. Haha..
  • CubsofJoy Paci Clip Make-it-Kit: Looks like quite a fun thing to do. Will probably attempt to make the clip for Bubba when I’m free.
  • Curash Soothing Oatmeal Conditioning Shampoo, Curash Soothing Oatmeal Bath & Shower Wash and Curash Soothing Oatmeal Moisturising Lotion.

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Note: This is the last box received as part of a 6-months subscription of the Vaby Box  that Lady J’s Musings is given for the purpose of this review.  No additional monetary rewards were given.  All views expressed are purely of my own and written according to my experience in using the products.

Growing up..

My mom comes from a rather large family of 8 and I count myself lucky to grow up with not only my sisters but also my cousins. Sleepovers, pillow-fights, movie/shopping dates and holidays – those form a memorable part of my childhood and even though, we don’t hang out as often, I do enjoy the company of my cousins. My older cousins are like my elder sisters and I’m so glad that Bubba is the god-daughter of one of them.

IMG_5786I’m also really pleased that Bubba is really being loved by my family members and her aunts (ie: my sisters). That’s not all, she has her cousins that she can grow up together with and play with (in time to come). IMG_5787Her oldest cousin really dotes on her and it’s kinda cute seeing him hug and kiss her on her cheeks whenever Bubba is over at my mom’s.

IMG_5774And here are her god-sister and god-brother. Such a joy to see them finally acknowledging each other’s presence and somewhat interacting with one another. Looking forward to more play-dates to come.

IMG_5777Ta-dah and here we have a mini picture of all the kiddos in the house. They are each one year apart with Bubba being the youngest of the lot. Guess how many adults it took to try and stage this shot? Since we didn’t want an adult to ‘spoil’ the photo-opp, it was actually kinda nerve-wrecking trying to get the oldest ones to hold Bubba tight and make sure she doesn’t fall.

Going Bananas…

It’s been said that bananas are one of the easiest foods to introduce to a baby. So that’s what I did.. tried introducing Bubba to bananas one day. Did she fall head over heels with the fruit? Nah..

IMG_5854She took a bite of the banana, chomped at it and then decided she didn’t really like it and spat it out. It was quite hilarious to watch. Then it became a little frustrating as I desperately shoved the mashed banana with her cereal down into her mouth.

She has learned the art of spitting so I just persisted trying to feed and entice her with a new flavour.

IMG_5843Since we had a bunch of small bananas, I’m just gonna try and feed her with that for the next couple of days. The next day, I tried something different. I diced up the bananas hoping that she would get all excited about picking up the fruit while training her motor skills. Well, she did pick up the diced banana bits, put it into her mouth before spitting it out again.

Funny how she loves her flavoured banana puffs and flavoured banana cereal but don’t really like the real thing. Oh wells, let’s see how it goes with BLW. It’s a little harder than I thought.

Finger licking good

Over the Lunar New Year, my Mom prepared a feast for our Reunion Dinner. Since our clan has significantly increased, dinner back at my folk’s home is a rather noisy affair and a squeezy one but always filled with so much joy and laughter.

Highlight for the meal was the chicken drumsticks that my Mom made for all her three grandchildren. Yup, Bubba had one whole steamed chicken drumstick all to herself.

IMG_5439Guess who couldn’t wait to get her tiny hands on the drumstick?IMG_5441Check out that grip!

IMG_5717And she attempts to take a bite off the chicken drumstick. Well, her first tooth has yet to sprout but having said that, her gums are real powerful. She manged to tear a chunk of the chicken drumstick before my dad panicked. So we tore her some chicken pieces off the drumstick for her to play with. IMG_5450She did manage to put some of the sliced chicken pieces into her mouth. The gag reflux is actually pretty common in baby-led weaning. What you will need to know is this:

Gagging, as opposed to choking, is actually a safety response to food travelling too far back into the mouth so when we see our babies gagging they are actually handling the problem and it’s best just to keep calm (or at least look calm) and wait until it passes. I give her a wee drink of water immediately afterwards which she seems to like.

(Source: Baby-Led Weaning)

I guess it’s only natural to panic when you see your child gagging. I’m guilty of that too and then I tell myself not to panic and let her slowly spit the food out. Of course, baby-led weaning is a new concept and there is more that I should read up in order to get my little one interested in food.

IMG_5451Guess who eventually got tired of the chewing and gnawing?

IMG_5452Hehe.. That’s all folks! Till the next edition of Bubba’s BLW adventures…

Outfits for CNY

It’s been a while since I did this and I was just cracking my head wondering what I should be wearing this Lunar New Year because I’m still nursing Bubba. On top of that, I wanted an outfit that would be kinda fuss-free since I will be fussing Bubba most of the time. All these cheongsams that I got for the occasion kinda went out of the window as they were not nursing-friendly.

This was an outfit that I came up with for Day 2 of the Lunar New Year.

IMG_5720OOTD:
Carven Mint Checked Blouse paired with Palm Tree Shorts from South-haven

IMG_5721Bubba’s OOTD:
Chateau du Sable Striped Dress (Gifted)
Baby Blue bow from The Little Bow Company

What’s your easy, breezy outfit for this Lunar New Year? Do share your finds with me!

大年初一

IMG_5605This Lunar New Year is so different from when it was just the 2 of us. It has been a whirlwind of activity for the past 2 days and Day 1 of the Lunar New Year was just rushing in and out to our relatives homes, plus stuffing our faces silly with all that goodies. But we sure had fun as our little family of 4 (yes, 3 plus Sparky who obviously can’t really tag along with us visiting).

IMG_5710The star of the festive season has gotta be Bubba, of course!

IMG_5637We did have some time in the morning before the frantic shuffling to and fro our relatives homes started, so we got these two kiddos together for some pictures! Just how cute are they? IMG_5631The thing about this festive season that I’ve learned as a parent is that schedules are thrown array and messed up. Bubba missed her nap times and basically just slept on-the-go when she was extremely tired. The Man and I took turns holding her while she slept on our shoulders, took her power-naps and then woke up with a huge smile on her face.

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IMG_5773My OOTD for CNY Day 1:
Innit Gin Top in Wine paired with Gold Shorts from South-haven

Bubba’s OOTD:
Red bow from The Little Bow Company
Baby Kenzo Dress

IMG_5708We ended Day 1 rather early, so we headed back to the hood. Had a cuppa of coffee with Bubba, did a supermarket run and then went back home to rest for the next day.

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 Oh, let’s not forget this ….IMG_5696Hehee….