Friday, August 31, 2007

Blog and get paid - Bloggerwave

I have heard about blogging for some time but haven’t had the chance to investigate the blogging world. Recently, a few of my friends were talking about setting up their own blogs and I was thinking of doing the same. I thought it would be a good way for my family and friends who are living half a world away to keep up with what’s happening with my life here in the US of A.

Then, I found out that you can make money by blogging, which is a nice surprise. Bloggerwave is one of those sites where you can write about a product or service on your blog and get paid. All you have to do is create a blog, sign up at Bloggerwave and wait for your blog to be approved. Once approved, you can start taking opportunities/jobs and make money.

Try it!




Thursday, August 30, 2007

Cockroach!

I have been living in the US for almost 6 years and so far, the roaches I have seen were the teeny tiny ones. Compared to the giant cockroaches in Malaysia, the ones here are nothing. I’m deathly afraid of cockroaches but I could handle the tiny ones here. I’m not sure why they are smaller here, maybe because of the weather in the Northeast???

Anyway, I had the pleasure of visiting the Consulate General of Malaysia one day this week to renew my passport. After I had my thumb print taken, I went into the restroom to wash my hands. Before I could find the switch to turn on the lights, I saw this HUGE cockroach on the wall across from where I was standing.

Source: Cirrusimage

Needless to say, I ran helter-skelter out of there. When I told hubby about it later, he said that someone at the Consulate must have brought the cockroach from Malaysia to get a taste of home. LOL

Monday, August 27, 2007

How many bathtubs can a baby want?

When I was pregnant with Olivia, we bought this bathtub for her, thinking that it should last her through her toddler years.


After she was born, we realized that the tub was too big to fit the sink. For those of you with babies, I’m sure you know it’s easier to bathe a tiny infant in the sink. So, when hubby went to the baby store, he made an impulse purchase of this tub.



I’m glad he did because this one is smaller and fit in the sink. It’s also convertible to a toddler tub by attaching an arm to our adult bathtub.

Olivia grew and grew and it’s time to convert the tub. Lo and behold, it would not work on our tub as we have sliding glass door and the metal railing is preventing the arm to attach properly. So, we went back to using the first tub.



Now, this tub seems too small for her again and the adult tub is too big. She needs a transition tub. So, I was browsing online and wonder if I should get this one?

Source: Babies"R"Us









Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Moving up

I received a note from Olivia’s teacher yesterday that in 2 weeks, when school starts, Olivia will be moving to the big baby room at daycare. I was in shock, so soon….

This saddens me because my baby is growing up so fast. Steve and I wished we could pause time for a while and enjoy her at this stage. I can’t believe she is going to be 1 year old in a few months!

I believe it when they say change is harder on the parents than the baby. Besides, I adore the teacher in the infant room. She always made me feel better about my concerns and answer my stupid questions. :-)

Monday, August 20, 2007

Infant Potty Training

Remember in Malaysia, our mothers used to “ssshhh sssshhh” an infant over the sink or potty and the baby will pee or “mmmm mmmmm” to poo. Before the invention of disposable diapers, that how it is done and babies are toilet trained at a young age.

Here, in the US, mothers do not start toilet training babies/toddlers until they are between 18 months - 2 years old.

I recently began reading the book Infant Potty Training by Laurie Boucke. The book said that infants actually has control over the muscles to pee or poo, and at a very young age, they try to communicate with us as to the timing of their elimination. The earlier we trained them to control the muscles, the earlier they can be toilet trained.

The ideal age to start is between 4-6 months, note that it’s INFANT potty training, not Toddler. This method works best if:


1. The parent take care of the baby for the first 1 – 2 years.
2. There is a reliable helper or nanny who would take over the potty training if you're not with your baby.

According to this book, by the age of 2, you baby would be completely toilet trained.

This method is widely used in Asia. For expectant mothers, you might like to check out this book. As for Olivia, since she is already 9.5 months old, I'll toilet train her when she is ready.


Thursday, August 16, 2007

Clock Watcher

When I went back to work after my maternity leave, I became a clock watcher. :-D Everyday at 5pm, I zoomed out the door to pick up my darling daughter from daycare. Olivia is there from 8am – 6pm and I really do not want to let her stay later than 6pm.

Clock on office wall

The cost for daycare is based on how many hours your child is there and in NY, it’s EXPENSIVE, folks.

So far, my work has not suffered and my bosses have not given me any grief, yet. To all you mothers out there, if given a choice, what would you like to be:

(a) Full time working (outside of home) mom (FTWM)
(b) Part time working mom (PTWM)
(c) Stay at home mom (SAHM)

I would love to work part time with a full time pay. :-)

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Baby Jail

Now that Olivia is mobile, we have put up a gate on top of the stairs leading to the lower level. However, we still need a solution for her ‘playroom’. Well, it’s not exactly a playroom, it’s just a part of the office where all her toys are.

I need to put her down somewhere enclosed so that I can get ready for work in the morning in peace, and also to prevent her from crawling to the office section where all the electrical wires are. You must be wondering, what about the crib? Well, if she’s not tired/sleepy, she would whine and cry if put in her crib.

So, we bought this Superyard, which is an enclosed play pen about 18.5 square feet in size.
For now, it works but I don’t like the restrictive nature of the yard…well, I guess that’s the whole point of an enclosed play pen. I used to be able to sit down with her to play but now, if I get into the play yard, it feels small.

Poor baby, whenever she pulls to stand using the rails, I felt like she’s in jail.

:-( Anyway, for the time being, this is it until we can think of another solution.


Saturday, August 11, 2007

Cutest baby body parts

Ok...that title didn't come out right...;-) It sounded kind of creepy, not what I intended it to be.

Anyway, what I'm trying to say is everything about a baby is cute but which part of your baby's body that you think is the cutest.

My favorites, in order of cuteness are:

1. Rubberband Wrist.











2. Buddha Belly.











3. Thunder Thighs.











Tell me yours. :-)

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Green thumb I’m not but tomatoes I’ve got


Those of you who know me know I don't do gardening. I guess I just don’t have any interest.

My in-laws babysit Olivia once a week and my father-in-law loves gardening. So, he planted a tomato plant in our backyard a couple of weeks ago. In fact, I forgot about it and haven’t even watered or seen the plant. I’m guessing that when he comes once a week, he tends to the plant.

Anyway, a few days ago, he asked me, “are you going to pick the tomatoes” I was like “Huh….what? Oh, I haven’t even seen the plant”. So, last Sunday, I finally went to take a look at the plant and wow….there are bunches and bunches of grape tomatoes and some are already ripe.

I picked about 10 bright red tomatoes, washed them and popped them into my mouth. YUM! It is more delicious than store bought tomatoes. It is also a very nice feeling to eat produce from your own backyard.

So, when I have time, maybe I will take on the challenge of planting produce in my backyard, like when Olivia goes to college. LOL




Saturday, August 4, 2007

Fashion statement

This post is a follow up on the BabyLegs I purchase for Olivia. I received it on 2 days ago and immediately put it on her.



Surprisingly, she did not try to remove it. She continue crawling as if there's nothing to it.

So, is it really useful?....neeeahhh.....it's not necessity. At the moment, since the weather is so warm, I just let her wear diaper and the BabyLegs. :-)

When cold weather comes around, I'll let her wear it under jeans or pants, like long johns. Haha

Nam Ma

I was changing Olivia’s diaper last night and her daddy was standing beside me talking to her. He was trying to teach her to say “Mama”. Then all of a sudden, we heard her mumbled something that sounded like “Nam ma”. A few seconds later, she said it again! I was so happy, I laughed. :-)

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Long distance grandparents

My parents live 10,000 miles away on the other side of the world. They were here for Olivia’s birth but went home when she was 1 month old.

Since then, they had only seen her from the photos I sent and a few times on webcam. They have not seen her the last couple months since my brother’s computer is broken.

When I spoke to my mom last week, she choked up when she mentioned that her other friends can see their grandchildren anytime but since we live so far away, it’s very tough.

Olivia is their first and only grandchild, for the moment. She is growing so fast, learning new things and her antics are super cute and I want my parents to experience that, but short of making the 24-hour plane ride, I don’t think there is any other way.

I try to send them photos periodically but it is not the same. I’m heartbroken. I would like them to come next year and have just started saving for the trip. However, should I have them come now, since Olivia is only going to be this age once? I don’t know…..

How do you deal when your parents are so far away from their only grandchild?