Monday, September 29, 2008

Stuck under the bed

I'm such a bad mommy because I was laughing while trying to free Olivia from under the bed. How did it happened?

Well, I was vaccuming the master bedroom and Olivia was imitating me with her toy vaccum. She saw me vaccuming under the bed, so she stuck her head under there to take a look (I think that's what happened, I wasn't looking).

Suddenly I heard her cry and I tried to help her out but her head was stuck!! She was crying and crying....I quickly called hubby and he lifted the bed a bit while I pulled her out. It is a king size bed, so it's kinda heavy.

She was fine, just got scared and kept saying 'boo boo'. That will teach her not to stick her big head under there. LOL.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Baby jail/Cage/Penalty Box

Remember this baby jail? I had blogged about it last year saying I needed a safe place to put Olivia in while I get ready for work. For a long time, she went in there willingly to play with her toys.

As she got older, she became more reluctant to get in there. I put it away when my parents came to visit, to put an airbed there. After my parents left, I put it up again but whenever I want to put her in there, she would cry so hard.

So, we decided to make it smaller and treat it as a penalty box....hehe. If she misbehaves or kick me ( daughter abused me), in she goes. She is terrified of the penalty box, the mere mentioned of it sets her crying.

I have no idea why Olivia is so scared of it but it is a good discplining tool.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

First Dollhouse

Garage sale is very popular in the US. During Spring & Summer, you can see a lot of garage sale going on as people clear out unwanted but usable items. I like to go to garage sale looking for children's clothing and toys.

Last weekend, there is a garage sale just a few blocks away from our house, so I decided to take Olivia for a stroll and to check out if there are any items of interest.

Well, I came home with a huge Little People dollhouse and a gazillion little people and accessories for Olivia. The house has a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living room, playroom, laundry room and office.

I got a total of 19 Little People figurine & accessories like swings, tricycles, bed, coffee table & chairs, wagon, stroller etc.

This is Olivia with mommy & daddy. :)

Kong Kon & Po Po having tea.

Front view of everything.

The top view.

I paid $20 for all these, perhaps a bit much...oh well.

It is a great starter dollhouse for Olivia and she loved playing with it. She knows which one is Olivia and which one is Kong Kong & Po Po. :)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Brillante Weblog Premio 2008 Award

I was awarded this Brillante Weblog Premio 2008 Award by Olive Oyl, a blogger mom and former Penangite I just hooked up with recently. Thank you!!

Here are the rules that come with the award:
1. Put the logo on your blog.
2. Add a link to the person who awarded it to you.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Add links to these blogs on your blog.
5. Leave a message for your nominee on their blog.

The nominees to this award are:
4. Cat
6. Rita

Monday, September 15, 2008

Pacifier weaning

Olivia's pediatrician has adviced that it is time to wean her from the pacifier. She only takes the pacifier during nap and at bedtime. The rationale here is that a child might need braces for the teeth in the future due to prolong use of pacifiers.

I know for certain that if a child is a thumb sucker, 99% of the time, he/she would need braces because of the way the thumb is sucked and taken out of the mouth. However, I'm not so sure about pacifier.

My brother had used the pacifier until he was 3 or 4 years old and his teeth are fine, his jaw bone is not crooked and he never needed braces.

The pacifier is Olivia's only 'vice' and it's a comfort to her. She was weaned off the bottle at 18 months and now drinks milk and water using a sippy cup. I don't want to force her to give up and then have her resort to her thumb/fist (even though she has never been a thumb sucker and I doubt she will be). That would be counter productive.

So, what do you all think? Any advice or insights?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Our history

I was tagged by Ann on a little history about hubby and me. It's been a while since I've been tagged and this looked like a fun one to do.

1. In which month and year did you meet your husband for the first time?
I 'met' him in mid 1997 but we didn't meet each other in person until Aug 1998. He flew half way around the world to see me and to celebrate my birthday.

2. In which month and year did you two officially starting dating?
Hhhmmmm....after we met in person in Aug 1998.

3. Where was the first dating place the two of you went to?
Since ours is a long distance relationship, we did not have a first dating place. :)

4. What was the most touching thing he did for you when you two were still dating?
He flew back to Penang for a week just to see me, 3 months after Aug '98.

5. How about after your marriage?
He understood and put up with my crying for 1.5 years when I first moved to the US.

6. Share your lowest period of your life with him.
When I mistakenly thought he might be better off without me.

7. Share your happiest moment with him?
When we got married.

8. Share your saddest moment with him.
When I had to leave my life and my family behind to start a new life with him. It's bitter sweet, actually.

9. Share your angriest moment with him.
When he slacked off in helping me with Olivia, which happens too often than I would have liked it to, though he didn't do it on purpose. Usually it's because he had to catch up on work, on the weekends.

10. Share your funniest moment with him.
Hubby is good at impersonating different nationalities English accent eg Italian, French, Indian etc. I always cracked up whenever he does that. Unfortunately, it's a skill that will amount to nothing. :)

11. Share your most frustrated moment with him.
Hubby is a HUGE procrastinator. He's the round-to-it guy. You know, he'll get around to whatever task at hand, when he feels like it, provided he didn't forget about it. LOL.

12. Lastly, when was the last time you two hold hands and walk under the moonlight, like how you used to do?
Hold hands and walk under moonlight, when we were dating. After that, did not walk under moonlight but we tried to hold hands when we go out even though it's hard now since one of us is either pushing the stroller or carrying Olivia.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

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Monday, September 8, 2008

Cleveland Trip - Part 2 of 2

The next day (Friday), Olivia's fever came back, it didn't seemed to bother her and she has no other symptoms but I gave her Motrin again. We didn't do much except went on an excursion to Lake Eerie. Cleveland borders one of the Great Lakes. The lakes are so big that you'd think it's an ocean.

On Saturday, we went to the zoo but it was so hot that we did not stay long. Olivia got to see elephants, kangaroos. Then, she got so cranky as she was tired but it was too hot to sleep in the stroller.

We left the zoo and chilled out by the pool in the late afteroon. Olivia's fever come and go. Whenver the medicine wore off, the fever came back. That evening my cousin took us to a Chinese restaurant for dinner. It was there that they surpised me with a birthday cake. :)

Sunday, time to go home. My cousin's wife, who is a doctor, is also a great photographer. She took some close up pictures of Olivia and they were beautiful. Here are some of my favourites.

Miraculously, her fever went away the day we came home. What can I say......

It was good to see my cousin and his family and to have them meet hubby as they have never met him before. We had a great time but we are all glad to be home.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Cleveland Trip - Part 1 of 2

It's about time I post about our trip from 2 weeks ago. :)

I had mentioned in a previous post that the plane trip there was uneventful, which is good. We got to my cousin's house before noon. My cousin's house is HUGE. His property sits on 2 acre and his internal square footage is 3 times bigger than my house, plus he has a pool.

We had a simple lunch and Olivia went down for a nap.

My cousin has a dog (his name is Morley and he is a chocolate lab) and 2 cats. Olivia was simply delighted with them. She loves dogs and was chasing Morley around saying 'Come here, doggy'.

She also liked to go looking for the Siamese cat and following it upstairs.

In the late afternoon, we spent some time in the pool.

That evening, Olivia had a fever of 103......

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Change is HARD

Yesterday, Olivia moved to the next level room for 2 year olds. There are 11 kids in the room, more than where she was at before. They only had 5 kids in the 1 year old room.

On the usual walk down the hallway, she stopped at the door of her old room and I had to lead her to the next one. She looked confused and not sure what is going on. She didn't cry or anything when I left but she also did not look like her usual happy and bubbly self.

It happened again today and I felt sad for her. Children her age thrived on routine, doing the same thing at the same place and at the same time. I know she will eventually adjust but it's hard to see your child that way.

I wish that there were fewer kids so that she can get more attention but it is an unrealistic is bound to happen when she starts school.

I think it is harder on me than on her.....