Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Isaac at childcare

On his way to childcare carrying his Chuggington backpack
It has been four months since I went back to work and since Isaac started childcare. Four months doesn't seem long but it sure feels like lots have happened during this time. Isaac has developed so much. He is now running and trying to jump. He is talking a lot although it is quite difficult to understand what he is trying to say sometimes...he says it in his own way and he makes all sorts of expressions and actions to try to get his message across. Too cute!!

Anyway, our experience of childcare so far has been really positive. His carers know him so well. They are also really good at keeping us informed of his well-being. Sometimes they ring me just to let me know if Isaac is acting differently or if he is showing signs of being unwell even though he is not that ill. He comes home with all kinds of craft and art work using paint, glue, stuff that I would not use at home simply because I have enough cleaning to do and don't need more. I always tell his carers, wow he would not do this at home. To which they respond, that's why you send your kids to childcare! I agree! His childcare also has a huge backyard with outdoor play equipment and a sandpit. Sometimes when I pick him up and he is out in the backyard, he doesn't want to go home.

Isaac is 21 months now and he is really curious and adventurous. I try my best to give him things to keep him stimulated developmentally and also things that entertain him. If the weather is good, I take him to the playground for 30-45 minutes. Sometimes twice a day. We hang out in the backyard a lot watering plants, picking up stones, plucking weeds. However, I find that he wants more. I suppose he is finding that this is the same backyard and the same weeds I have been pulling out for the last 1.5 years and this is the same playground I have been going to for 1.5 years. He is no longer interested in the toys he used to play - all those Fisher Price drop a ball and I will light up and sing a song for you type of toys. Which is why I think he has so much fun at childcare. Did I mention music appreciation classes? Yes they have it every other awesome is that? We will be sending him to swimming classes very soon. Will blog about it once he starts classes.

In January I return to work full-time. I am feeling more confident that Isaac is gaining lots from attending childcare. I have to also admit that I am a happier person on days when I am at work and Isaac is at childcare. I miss him terribly but at least I am not the exhausted mummy I am on days when I am at home on my own with my very active toddler. He is growing up so fast :)

Monday, 20 October 2014

New food blog - Roti and Rice

I was looking for a recipe for kuih sago today. I found a website that had a nice and simple recipe but while I was doing my search, I came across another awesome blog to add to my list of food/recipe blogs. It is called Roti N Rice which is written by a Malaysian living in America.

Some of the best Malaysian food blogs are written by Malaysians abroad. I think it's because we miss our food so much and we can't easily get it so the only thing to do is to cook it!

Anyway here's the kuih sago I made today:

Recipe available here.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

My week

Ken has been away in UK for the last week for the One Young World conference. Before he left, I remember saying things (jokingly) to make him feel guilty for leaving me with all the parental responsibilities (ie. do both drop off and pick up from childcare, work, clean the house, nappies, bed time, night wakings!). I think we both knew I was not joking. Once he comes back he will be on daddy duty for 1.5 weeks to make up for lost time!

I thought I would be this house-bound, lonely person whilst he was away but turns out I have been able to have quite a lot of me-time. I find that there are many times where I feel torn between my husband and my toddler. Both want to talk to me, both need me but I can only focus on one person at a time. So sometimes Isaac ends up watching TV so I can listen and talk to my husband or my husband just has to wait. And by the time I have 'time' to talk to him, I am tired and just want to have some me-time before going to sleep. So since he has been away, I can pay full attention to Isaac which really helps with his behaviour. Then I put him to sleep and then the rest of the night is mine..all mine! I reckon this short separation has been quite healthy. I must say though that it helps that I work and get to have some baby-free time and lunch with colleagues and friends. I also had three different sets of friends come by dropping off food and just to keep me company (thank u!). Furthermore I had cooked dinners delivered to me during the week. That is a huge task ticked off my to do list. Of course if the separation went longer, it would probably be a different story.

Anyway at 21 months, Isaac doesn't like to play with his indoor toys anymore. What he really likes to do are climbing, water play, going to the play ground, playing with soil and stones in the garden and just running around. I went to Kmart and got him this cool water play set ($28). You fill it with water and there's all these other gadgets that you can fiddle with. There's also a little boat that floats along the canal which he loves.

It was great weather for a few days but as we all know about Melbourne's weather, it changed and became really cold for a few days. So I bought him this awesome inflatable slide and ball pit. It is also from Kmart ($27). When I bought it, I thought I could use Ken's bike pump to inflate it. Unfortunately the nozzle was too big so I had to buy an automatic pump ($19) which did the trick. Isaac LOVES the ball pit and I am hoping the novelty won't wear out too soon!

I wonder what's next on our list-of-awesome-toys-to-buy!

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Distance makes the heart grow fonder

Why is it that we appreciate our loved ones more once we are apart. Suddenly you stop complaining and wished they were there with you. Suddenly you have that silence in the house you've been wanting for so long but now you turn on the TV to have some background noise. You complain that you don't get a good night's rest because your spouse is taking up too much space or is snoring but now you feel awkward having the whole bed to not is actually quite nice! 

Being apart makes you appreciate each other so much more. 

Monday, 29 September 2014

To sleep or not to sleep

When we first took Isaac home from the hospital, we were told a number of things by the midwives; count the number of wet nappies, note down when baby feeds and sleeps. We were also told one very important thing, when the baby sleeps, you should sleep as well. I took that advice very seriously and every time Isaac went down for a nap, I would drop everything and lie on the bed. Sleep was so unpredictable in the early days of your baby's life. The baby could startle after 15 minutes and you would be awake trying to put the baby back to sleep. So I learned very quickly that when the opportunity arises, sleep comes first before dirty dishes! 

Today Isaac is 1.5 years old and even though he is not the best sleeper, he has made a huge improvement. However, myself, on the other hand, have developed some bad sleep habits. As a result of all my napping back in the day, when Isaac goes down for his afternoon nap now, I find myself needing to take a nap too! Honestly I don't know if I need the rest or not but there's this fear in me that if I don't take a nap, I won't have the energy to face the second half of the day when he wakes up.  I find that my sleep associations have a powerful effect on me. If I were to lie on my bed for a few minutes, I can almost guarantee that I will fall asleep even though I wasn't sleepy in the first place. 

Anyway, when I return to work 5 days next year, there goes my afternoon nap :( oh how I will miss you!