The aftermath of Christmas…

It’s amazing how so many things build up to one day and then it feels like that’s it, the end! Do you feel that way about Christmas? I felt a bit deflated yesterday but am intent on keeping the Christmas spirit going, at least til the New Year’s spirit takes over. To keep the flame burning, Daniel and I watched National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, which was really quite funny!

I guess one of the highlights of the days after Christmas is enjoying all the presents we received. And boy, were we blessed this year with lots of wonderful gifts from family and friends!

On my Christmas list this year, I put down some kitchen equipment as I’d like to do some experimenting. Before when I was working full time, I never really had the time to bake or make elaborate meals, but now that I’m at home a lot, I’m looking forward to trying out some new recipes! The large contraption at the back is actually an ice shaver – perfect gift for summer! Ais kacang, here I come! (It’s a shaved ice Malaysian dessert, fyi.)

ImageProbably two of my favourite gifts were the musical instruments I received – I got an awesome green ukulele which I’m learning to play now, and Daniel got my guitar fixed (well, it’s theoretically his guitar but I’ve claimed it as my own). Dan sent me on a treasure hunt though, with a list of clues to seek out the gift! It took me all over the house and I finally found the guitar in the back shed!

ImageBut if there’s one thing I’m excited about, it’s Jacob’s presents! They feel like presents for me because I’ll probably end up playing with them with him. The lucky boy got lots of colourful toys and awesome books like Hairy McLairy and Mem Fox books too. He also got clothes as well as Praise Baby, which is a lovely DVD set with praise songs and lovely videos of nature, people, etc. that are to grasp the baby’s interest and stimulate the mind. Jacob had a good time lying on the carpet watching some of it.

ImageThanks again to everyone for giving us such lovely presents! Now, to clean up and put the house back in working order.

But of course, this post would not be complete without a picture of my two lovely boys! Christmas can be an exhausting affair, and these two are recovering from it in style.

ImageHope you all had a very Merry Christmas!

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Another random end to the week..

What a week! I’ve really been enjoying the warm weather and would love it if it just stayed around this temperature always. Jacob likes the warm days and doesn’t pee on me every time we change his nappy!

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Summery days are soon to come though – I can feel it in the air. I love living in a city with four seasons. Growing up in a tropical country was fun, but I always wanted to experience the change in landscape. Of course, I would’ve loved to live somewhere with a white winter but then I know I’d freeze to death and be miserable the whole time. Adelaide’s the place for me, for now.ย 

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One highlight of the week was that my Melaleuca delivery arrived. It calls itself a wellness company which cuts out a lot of the chemicals used in our everyday products. I was actually looking for products that were gentler on skin; mine and also Jacob’s. I mentioned in a previous post that my skin condition has been deteriorating since after the pregnancy, and summer would have just made it worse.

Then a friend of mine mentioned Melaleuca products and gave me a small sample of the Renew skin cream – it really worked wonders! The burn I had on my right hand from oven cleaner is pretty much gone, and my skin stays moisturised for longer. I was actually prescribed a steroid cream for the burn but hardly ever used it because I didn’t want to get it on Jacob’s skin. At least I know that these products are safe to use, even on babies.

I’ll be trying out some of the products to see if they work for me, and perhaps will make the swap for our household. ๐Ÿ™‚

Speaking of household, I have a few new proud additions to my household:

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Yes, I’m going crazy in the kitchen! I’ve been trying to learn new recipes and master new skills. On Thursday, I made some patties for the Shepherd’s Lodge which is a community meal programme I used to volunteer at. I need practice! They were yummy but a bit too moist.ย 

Anyway, my chopping boards are falling apart so I got a nice solid wooden one. My stockpot kept giving me burnt soup (trust me to buy it from Kmart!) and I remember once poor Grandpa Merv (Dan’s grandpa) putting in some elbow grease to clean the black bits off it. And since I’m looking to do more boiling and steaming of food, what better way than to get a good steamer set? These items were over 70% off and the grand total didn’t even reach $60 – what a bargain!

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Jacob has been a bit fussy this last week, and some people say that he’s going through one of those Wonder Weeks. So, I did some research and found a good article which explains in a nutshell what they are and when they happen.
http://www.mybabysleepguide.com/2012/01/when-are-wonder-weeks.html

Another theory is early teething. Now, I know he’s only 3 months old so he shouldn’t be teething yet. However, I’ve heard that the teeth can start developing within the gums (but not cutting through), causing some discomfort. I can actually see Jacob’s teeth below his gums now, and he’s been drooling a lot so it may be part of the reason why he’s a bit fussy.ย 

However, my strongest hunch is that he’s not getting enough sleep. He really fights off his sleep so he can look at things and be part of the conversation. On Monday, I went out shopping and expected him to sleep in the pram (which he normally does), but I don’t think he slept at all, resulting in a meltdown all the way home.

Today we got him to get some good naptimes in the morning (and he did a great 2.5 hour stint) and we’ll see the effects of it tonight. Apparently the more they sleep in the day, the longer they sleep at night…

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We’ll see about that, he says. Tonight’s sleep is crucial as we’re going away for the weekend, and it’ll be the first time he’s slept in a different place. I’m quite confident that he’ll be fine, especially if he sleeps in the car on the way there and takes a few naps in the day. But if not, I take responsibility for it (and I could always drive him around in the car)…

And yet again, will be finishing this post off past dark. Fridays seem to go so quickly. Have a great weekend everyone, and wish us luck on our first mini trip away from home!

Random Monday musings…

This is one of my final manic Mondays for a while… (though soon it may be manic everyday!) I’ve finally come to my last week at work and I realise I really do need the break. The house needs my attention, and it’ll finally give me time to sit back and communicate with my baby.

I know some mums-to-be talk to their babies, play them music, even write them letters. While I do sometimes talk to my baby (mainly “Ouch” or “How did you get your foot there?”), I still feel I don’t know him too well. I struggle with things that aren’t blatant reality (i.e. a baby screaming in your face) but perhaps I just need to slow down, catch my breath and savour this previous time.

Anyway, I might outline the last few days’ highlights.

Day 29

We usually spend part of Saturday at church – this week’s service was in the afternoon. The morning was spent preparing things for church including making some creamy soup (which is always a challenge for me).

I know I’m a Gen Y baby and I grew up in the midst of computers and mobile phones. But to me, technology and kitchens don’t mix. Rather than putting things my veggies into an electric chopper, I chop them by hand (which takes FOREVER). I sometimes whip cream by hand – really tones those triceps!

However, Skittles and I have a mutual agreement that the scariest thing in the kitchen is the dreaded stick-blender. I don’t think I’ve ever braved blending something with it before (not without spraying it all over the walls). Thank goodness for Daniel who is the expert at all things electrical. ๐Ÿ™‚

One thing I do enjoy making is risotto – I made this one a few weeks ago with pumpkin, mushroom and chives. Perhaps it’s true that Asians are more comfortable cooking rice.

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Day 28

I like quiet Sundays. ๐Ÿ™‚ We had some lovely warm weather so I did some laundry and took our dog for a walk in the reserve. We’re really blessed to have a lovely reserve with a flowing stream, lake and waterfall as well as abundant wildlife (much to Skittles delight – she loves to chase ducks).ย This pic below was taken a few weeks ago, after some heavy rain.

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Another highlight of the day was watching the new Wolverine. I have to admit that part of the reason why I loved it is because it was set in Japan and people were speaking Japanese. I love Japanese culture and the language –ย ใจใฆใ‚‚็พŽใ—ใ„! Of course, I enjoyed the action and I do love female fighters.

Back when I was learning Ninjutsu, I honestly wanted to explore a career (in the sidelines, of course) as a female martial arts actress, doing stunts etc. I accumulated a lot of bruises in my growing up years but nevertheless, it was fun (and still is).

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I ended my lovely Sunday with ironing while watching the Formula 1 race, and I decided to iron the baby’s sheets and muslin wraps. Yes, I know I’m strange – people say that I’m nesting but what really happened is that I left them in the dryer overnight and they all got crumpled. And my baby is not going to have crumpled sheets and muslin wraps!

Day 27

As I was saying about manic Monday, it was just one of those busy days at work as usual. I had my Japanese takeaway (probably for the last time in a long time) and resisted going out to buy a bubble tea.

It was announced today (to my great delight) that Air Asia X is flying directly from Kuala Lumpur to Adelaide! This means that if I want to be my stingy ol self, I can still afford to visit home once in a while. I’m only concerned that I might want slightly more frills on my aircraft once I’m travelling with bubs.

Anyway, if anyone wants to jump on their inaugural promotion of AU$99 from Adelaide to Kuala Lumpur, check it out – the sale starts tomorrow:
http://www.airasia.com/au/en/home.page

Question of the day which I have been pondering: pregnancy photos, yay or nay? I don’t really want to spend more money on things (seeing I’m one of the world’s biggest cheapskates) but I was wondering if I should put in the effort to get some done before my belly shrinks back to its normal size (I wish).

Enjoy the rest of your week, folks!