April 9th, 2014

Homemade gourmet pizza

If you hadn’t noticed, we bought a breadmaker. Not just any breadmaker. It’s the Tesco breadmaker which has gotten everyone running to the nearest Tesco. The one that is sold out nationwide. Tesco is probably wondering what on earth is going on?

All thanks to a forum.

I bought mine right before the frenzy and have been making bread non-stop. It’s fun to experiment with different textures and with different recipes but our favourite has got to be the famous tangzhong method that kept our bread soft for three days!

Today, however, I want to share with you our very own homemade gourmet pizza. Life of bread making is so easy with a breadmaker. What were we doing ordering pizzas before this?! We should have done this on our own a long time ago!

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I followed the recipe from Alex Guarnaschelli of the Food Network. It’s pretty simple and straight forward. I’ve modified the instructions to cater for use of a breadmaker.

We made our favourite Tuna Mayo Pizza. It is absolutely easy to make. Just mix a can of tuna with mayo then spread it over the top. We ended up not using the whole can because we didn’t want to overload it. Then we topped it off with pineapples, onions, red and yellow bell peppers.

And cheese. Cheese deserves a special mention for pizzas because to me, that’s the very essence of a pizza! Oh mama….

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The other pizza we made was beef pepperoni. We bought beef pepperoni from Cold Storage so we put that on a dough that has a tomato paste spread on it, then topped it off with pineapples, green and yellow bell peppers, black olives and onions.

And cheese. Oh boy. Salivating now.

We also topped both pizzas with rockets. With the tuna pizza, I put the rockets on the pizza when it has another five minutes to go. With the beef pepperoni, I put it when I took out the pizza. 

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I made a batch of the dough and it makes about four medium sized pizzas, depending how thin you want it. I am all about thin crust. That’s the only way I roll.

I wrapped the other two dough in cling wrap then stored it in a ziplock bag in the freezer. We used the dough two days later and it was still fresh. In fact, this pizza pictured here was from the freezer dough!

So the next time you think of ordering pizzas, try making some at home! You can even make small pizzas for the kids so they can put their own toppings. I made a pumpkin pizza for the kid and she ate about two slices. I am a happy mummy of a fussy kid that day!

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So here you go! Start making your homemade gourmet pizza!

Homemade Pizza Dough
Yields 4
Made with Tesco Breadmaker BM10
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
2 hr 50 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
2 hr 50 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  2. 1 1/2 cups warm water (about 110 degrees F)
  3. 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for rolling dough
  4. 2 teaspoons kosher salt (I used normal salt)
  5. 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  6. 1 scant tablespoon honey
  7. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. 1. Mix warm water and yeast in the BM pan. Stir to combine then leave for 5 minutes.
  2. 2. Put the rest of the ingredients (minus olive oil) into the mixture then use function no 8.
  3. 3. Once the dough is ready, punch the dough down the turn it over onto a lightly floured surface.
  4. 4. Give it a quick knead (abt 3-4 times) then divide dough to 4 quarters. I usually use two and keep two in the freezer. Just wrap it with cling wrap first then pop it into a ziplock bag. When you want to use it, bring it down to the fridge to thaw.
  5. 5. Roll it to your desired thickness. Mine is thin crust so I rolled it as thin as I could.
  6. 6. Transfer your dough on a baking sheet on your baking pan. Brush the bread surface with olive oil before putting your topping. This is so that your bread isn't soggy.
  7. 7. Bake in a pre heated oven of 200 C until bread is slightly brown and cheese is melted. About 15-20 minutes. Keep an eye on it.
Adapted from Alex Guarnaschelli
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March 19th, 2014

Honey Wholegrain Oatmeal Bread

Honey Wholegrain Oatmeal Bread

Man, that was a mouthful! If I had wanted to be precise, it would have been Honey Wholegrain (9 Blends ) Oatmeal Bread, but I won’t. Let’s keep it simple!

When I first saw this on Brown Eyed Baker, I told myself I’ve got to make this. This just sounds so good and I am a sucker for beautiful food pictures. I like to judge food by its packaging. :)

Honey Wholegrain Oatmeal Bread

This is the perfect bread to eat all on its own. Just lightly toast it and man, that hint of honey is absolutely amazing!

The hubs has a tub of rolled oats mixed with nine blends of whole grains so I decided to use that instead of just plain oats. You can get organic rolled oats in supermarkets or organic shops but I just used the ones we bought from Bake With Yen. For honey, I used New Zealand Manuka Honey.

I used my breadmaker to do everything because it’s the easiest especially when you have a high needs kid at your heels. The only time consuming bit (which is actually hardly time consuming) is soaking the oats in honey and warm water and measuring everything but believe me, this bread is worth all that time.

After baking a batch, I let it cool down then store all the slices into a ziplock bag and into the fridge it goes! When you want some bread, take some out and toast it. I usually have mine with a bit of butter.

Oh man, I am salivating already.

Are you salivating yet? I won’t hold you on for much longer. So, here is the recipe! Go on, go make some!

Honey Wholegrain Oatmeal Bread

Honey Wholegrain Oatmeal Bread
makes one 700gm loaf
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Total Time
3 hr 32 min
Total Time
3 hr 32 min
Ingredients
  1. 1¼ cups (10 ounces) boiling water
  2. 1 cup (3½ ounces) old-fashioned rolled oats (I used a mixture of oats and grains)
  3. 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) unsalted butter, cut into 3 pieces
  4. 1½ teaspoons salt
  5. ¼ cup (3 ounces) honey
  6. 1 cup (4 ounces) whole wheat flour
  7. 1-2/3 cups (7 ounces) all-purpose flour
  8. ¼ cup (1 ounce) nonfat dry milk
  9. 2 teaspoons instant yeast
Instructions
  1. 1. Place the boiling water, oats, butter, salt and honey into a medium bowl, stir, and let the mixture cool to lukewarm.
  2. 2. Mix the remaining dough ingredients with the oat mixture, and knead - by hand, mixer or bread machine - until you've made a soft, smooth dough. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover it, and let it rise for 1 hour; the dough should be doubled in bulk.
  3. 3. Lightly grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan. Gently deflate the dough - it'll be sticky, so oil your hands - and shape it into a 9-inch log. Place it in the prepared pan. Cover it gently with lightly greased plastic wrap, and allow it to rise until it has crowned 1½ inches over the rim of the pan, about 1 to 1½ hours. Near the end of the bread's rising time, preheat the oven to 175 degrees C.
  4. 4. Uncover and bake the bread for about 45 minutes, tenting it with foil after 20 minutes to prevent over-browning. The bread is done when it's golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 87 degrees C. Remove it from the oven, and after a minute or so turn it out onto a rack. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with additional oats. Cool the bread completely before cutting it.
Tesco BM10 breadmaker settings
  1. - Wholewheat (number 3)
  2. - Dark crust
  3. - 700gm size
Adapted from King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking
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March 11th, 2014

Review (baby): Paediatricians

**Disclaimer**
This post is written based solely on our experiences with the said paediatricians. At no point were we paid to write about them.

Getting a good paediatrician is equally as important as getting a good gynaecologist for a first time parent. As first time parents, we are only equip with information but no experience so we are easily swayed by what professionals tells us.

In the span of D’s first three months, we’ve visited four paediatricians; three in Selangor and one in Taiping. We went for our first appointment with D’s first paediatrician, Dr Chye Joon Kin from Sunway Medical Centre. He was the available paed when D was born so we thought we’d see him one last time before switching paeds.

You can tell that Dr Chye is experienced. I guess the thing with first time parents is that they’ve never really seen paeds at work so when they expertly turn a newborn all over so easily, we are simply at awe.

He did asked me if I was planning to breastfeed or feed D formula milk to which I replied that I will be breastfeeding. He nodded and said ok but that I needed to top up with formula milk if my milk isn’t in yet.

We went for her check up on day 4. We waited so long for our turn and when it was finally our turn, it was about time for D’s feed. We decided to just get on with the check up and then I’ll feed her right after.

What irked me most about this doctor was his response when he was checking her. Once he carried her, she cried. He said she was yellow and he wanted to take a blood sample to get her jaundice readings. As he pricked her with the needle, she screamed bloody murder, as I think any baby would. Upon the screaming, he said that we were dehydrating and starving our baby.

What? I kid you not, he said that. And then he said it again, “You have to top up with formula.”

I was pissed and so was the husband. Right after we were done, the nurse asked us if we would some formula milk to which we curtly said no.

Needless to say, it was the last we saw of Dr Chye but definitely not the last we heard from him. Two hours after our check up, he called to say we needed to admit D into the hospital because her jaundice reading was borderline high. So, as parents, we were naturally concerned. We told him we will call him back so we did some checking and calls before contacting him. When the husband finally called him, he asked the doctor if he could spare some time and ask some questions. The Dr replied and said, “Five minutes.” The husband asked all we wanted to ask, put down the phone and we never called him back ever again.

I thought paediatricians are supposed to be nice and gentle. I can understand them advising to feed formula milk but the attitude this Dr gave us was just too appalling.

Upon a recommendation of a friend, we booked an appointment with Dr Lim Suan Tin from Assunta the same day. Dr Lim is the complete opposite of Dr Chye. She was nice, gentle, very informative and patient. We told her everything and she took her time to check D. With so many years of experience, she took a look at D and gave an estimate of what the jaundice reading is and she hit the nail on the head.

She also advised us to give D phototherapy but suggested for us to do it at home instead because

  1. I am breastfeeding. It was easier for me to breastfeed anytime I wanted in the comforts of my own home.
  2. Cheaper because I didn’t have to book a room and have additional costs on top of the phototherapy charges.
  3. Everyone is comfortable.

Upon hearing that I am breastfeeding, she was immediately very supportive and said that we should opt to do the phototherapy at home which we did and was extremely grateful for that. More on home phototherapy in another post.

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We returned on Monday after having done the phototherapy for almost 72 hours. D looked better and Dr Lim confirmed it without having to take blood. The readings definitely dropped so we were happy and started making arrangements to go back to Taiping for the rest of my confinement.

After a day in Taiping, we thought D looked a little yellower than the day before and off we went to see Dr Puah Chang Hua, a paed in KPJ Taiping. My nephew has seen him before and my parents and sister were ok with him.

We, on the other hand, felt differently. First of all, he took FOREVER to get blood from D. Dr Chye, despite the attitude, was actually very good at what he does. Dr Chye managed to draw blood within seconds whereas Dr Puah took minutes to draw blood. D was crying and crying because the Dr was poking her and twisting the needle over and over again. When he couldn’t draw blood on one hand, he tried on the other and did the same thing and he still couldn’t draw blood! Finally, we went for the leg and thank God, managed to draw blood because at that point, I was already next to D consoling her because she was crying so much. I think it took 15 minutes for him to draw blood. I am not even kidding here. The he said that we needed to feed her water because her blood is too thick.

Her reading was high but did not need another session of phototheraphy so all we did was sun her in the morning as much as we could and her yellowness dropped in a few days. Thank goodness!

Back in KL, we decided to visit Dr Koe Swee Lee who runs her own clinic in OUG. More here.

What’s great with Dr Koe is that she’s a lactation consultant as well so I finally had the latching corrected and after that visit, D was feeding much better. Dr Koe is ok. She takes her time with each patient, very gentle towards the kids and encourages breastfeeding. There is not a single formula milk sachet in the clinic. This we know for a fact because a rep from a formula milk company came in wanting to talk about having formula milk sachets in the clinic and the nurse gently turned her away.

Among all the paeds we have visited, there is no surprise that we narrowed it to two; Dr Lim and Dr Koe. We are still sending D to Dr Koe because the clinic is nearer to our house. Both are gentle but both take a LONG time with each patient so be prepared to wait if you aren’t the first few. Both are breastfeeding friendly doctors so if you are new and breastfeeding, I highly recommend them.

Phew. This is a mighty long post. I had wanted to just do a comparison but thought it might be better to be a bit lengthy and go into details so you can understand our frustration with doctors that we had problems with.

As always, I’d encourage you to visit any doctors you have intentions to visit to see for yourself if you like the doctor. Please do not let anyone make that decision for you. All the best!

  
March 7th, 2014

Review (baby): Flip cloth diapers

Flip cloth diapers ratingWe were given Flip cloth diapers as a gift from the company when the kid was born. It was one of cloth diapers on my list to try, but honestly, this was a disappointment. For the price, I think there are better cloth diapers out there compared to this.

We received two different sets of Flip; a velcro set and a snap button set so we got to try both systems. Both sets came with an insert and a cover. The cover is plain and just by the looks of it, you know it dries really fast. A plus for travelling. The inserts are like any normal inserts but you can fold according to sizes based on your baby’s needs. There are slight indentations on the inserts to indicate the size so you can easily fold them. The inserts consists of three layer microfibres with a stay-dry suede on one side.

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I am not a big fan of the velcro on this cloth diaper. For one, the velcro at the back (as shown in the picture above) is uncomfortable for the kid because it comes in contact with the skin. The velcro itself is also quite rough. I also expected a better velcro system for the price I am paying. At four months old, the kid could open up the velcro herself.

I found that these easily leaked barely into two hours of usage. The inserts don’t stay on nicely to protect from leakage so I was quite disappointed.

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I love the white coloured diaper. We got this with snap buttons and these were definitely much better than the ones with velcro. The buttons fasten quite securely so the kid could not open it.

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However, this proved to be a disappointment too. After using this for about four months, I noticed that there were black spots appearing on the material where the snap buttons are. This was rather shocking because I never had this problem with any of my white/cream coloured diapers. I am not sure what could be the cause of this or how I can get them removed. If you know why or how, please let me know!

I never go more than two days before I wash the diapers. Usually with covers like this one, I do a pre-wash and hang them to dry.

Overall, I didn’t quite like the Flip cloth diapers. If I were to compare it with another similar one, I would compare this to Weegro. You can get the same type of hybrid system with Weegro for a fraction of the price. In fact, the Weegro worked much better for me than Flip.

That said, I would definitely not buy Flip again even if I have the budget for it because it didn’t work for my kid and I.

If you would like to try Flip cloth diapers yourself, you can get them from:

  • *DISCLAIMER*
    The product review is written based on my own experience. At no point was I paid to review this nor was I given the cloth diapers in exchange for a review. These cloth diapers were given to me as a gift from the company.

      
  • February 25th, 2014

    Things that makes you smile

    Arthur and Sherina's engagement photoshoot

    It’s photos like these that makes you smile. I love coming across spontaneous shots like these when editing. Makes it even more exciting to edit. :)

      
    February 24th, 2014

    Double chocolate chip cookies

    Oh yummy! This has got to be the yummiest, most awesome, melt-in-your-mouth double chocolate chip cookies EVER. This will definitely be the cookies I will bake from time to time. It’s simple and easy to make.

    Double chocolate chip cookies

    Before I was pregnant, I stayed away from Famous Amos like it was a plague. I couldn’t stand the smell and I couldn’t stand the taste of its cookies. It was too rich and too sweet! *gasp* When I told people I hated Famous Amos, they usually gasp, followed by, “How can?!” It wasn’t just Famous Amos, it was chocolates in general. I just don’t fancy it.

    Then everything changed after I delivered the kid. It was like I couldn’t get enough of chocolates! I am eating them and buying them and the other day, I just couldn’t help but asked the hubby if I could buy some Famous Amos cookies! I mean from staying away from it to, “Oh my goodness! I need to have those double chocolate chip cookies!”. Talk about a massive change. Pregnancy does things to you. :)

    So we bought a pack and unfortunately for the hubs, I devoured it in just a couple of days. I did try to stop myself but it’s just too good.

    So I decided to try to make some, after all, CNY was just around the corner. I came across this recipe and although she says hers came out all crunchy (like Famous Amos), mine came out slightly chewy with a hint of a crunch somewhere. I LOVE IT!

    So without further ado, here is the awesome recipe.

    Double chocolate chip cookies

     

    Double chocolate chip cookies
    Yields 48
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    Prep Time
    15 min
    Cook Time
    10 min
    Total Time
    45 min
    Prep Time
    15 min
    Cook Time
    10 min
    Total Time
    45 min
    Ingredients
    1. 1 cup butter, softened
    2. 1 cup white sugar
    3. ½ cup brown sugar
    4. 2 eggs
    5. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    6. 2 cups all-purpose flour
    7. ⅔ cup cocoa powder
    8. ¾ teaspoon baking soda
    9. ¼ teaspoon salt
    10. 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
    11. ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional. I used almonds)
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    2. In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; stir into the butter mixture until well blended. Mix in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
    3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or just until set. Cool slightly on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
    Adapted from Kathy
    Adapted from Kathy
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    February 20th, 2014

    Chengdu-Songpan in pictures

    Here is a quick post in pictures from our recent trip to China. Yes, we brought the kid along so it was an interesting experience for us but we enjoyed ourselves despite the lack of sleep.

    At Old Chengdu Club

    Nighttime at Old Chengdu Club

    On the way to Songpan

    We stopped by for a quick toilet break so we took the opportunity to take some photos nearby. I caught a man rowing his raft across and he looked so small in comparison to the mountains behind him.

    Something about doors

    Breakfast in Songpan

    Steaming hot wontons

    When we were at Songpan, it was really cold in the morning. We had a rough night at the hotel because the heater wasn’t exactly working well. This steaming hot wonton was an inviting sight! Great way to keep warm in the cold!

    Yak meat?

    Yak meat anyone? After two meals of yak meat, I had enough of it. I don’t exactly fancy yak meat but the husband does. Just before leaving Songpan for Jiuzhaigou, we went for a walk in the town area and this picture was taken at a small market within the vicinity. Songpan has nothing much to offer especially during winter when only two hotels are available and it’s only a matter of choosing two of the worse ones. I didn’t enjoy my night in Songpan as I was constantly waking up to check on the girl, who was decked in winter clothes to keep her warm. If you could stand the journey, do take that eight hours of travelling all the way to Jiuzhaigou and skip staying in Songpan especially if you are travelling with a kid.

    These are just pictures from our first two days. On the third day, we made our trip to Jiuzhaigou and had the best three nights at Intercontinental Hotel. :) Such a welcome sight after Songpan.

    I will post the other pictures in another post!

      
    January 9th, 2014

    Goodbye 2013, it has been great!

    Dearest 2013,

    Man! What a year that was! It was crazy! Good crazy! I would do it all over again, in a heartbeat.

    The last year was amazing. So many things happened and I am so absolutely thankful for. Let’s start reminiscing, shall we?

    Pregnancy

    So, we started the year six months pregnant. I was already anxious to greet the kid in me and was praying for time to move faster.

    I embarked on a project to help me make time fly so on New Year’s, I revamped the old computer chair. I thought this would take me atleast two days but I finished it in under an hour. Hah! So much for making time move faster!

    Seven months!

    38 weeks!

    Chinese New Year

    Chinese New Year

    2013 was the first Chinese New Year (CNY) that we didn’t go back to Taiping. So we celebrated CNY with my family in KL. The CNY in Taiping will now always be a small affair as my mom’s family has gotten smaller and all of us are married (and soon the other sis!). It’s sad for me because I’ve always gone down for CNY and I love love love Taiping. I also feel a little sad for my parents because their three girls will spend CNY elsewhere. This year will most likely be the same.

    Delivering D

    Delivering Daphne

    This was by far the most memorable, scary and challenging thing we have done. When we went for Hypnobirthing, I told myself to stay calm, no painkillers, if possible, then all broke loose when my contractions came barely one second after another (I kid you not, and I am not even fully dilated yet!). I pleaded with my husband that I wanted an epidural and he too gave in (yes, you gave in leh. :) ). Called for the anesthetist and when he didn’t come in half an hour later, I asked the midwife where he was! Desperate moments, people! I gotta do what I gotta do! She very firmly said, “You have to wait. He will be coming soon.” I was moaning from all the pain, wasting all my energy and totally ignoring everything I learnt in Hypnobirthing when the anesthetist came in and scolded me for moaning. Told me to basically shut up and breathe. That’s when I started using my Hypnobirthing basics again and breathed. The epidural was administered and after a while (and a few adjustments later) I slept. At home before we left for the hospital, I have already told myself that if I can’t take it, don’t stress and do the necessary.

    All through my contractions, I bled. Blood gushed out and I can feel it. It didn’t just trickled. It was scary.

    When I was dilated enough, the midwife lowered the epidural and I felt the contractions again. I was told when to push, I combined both the breathing technique and pushing. You know what they say, if you are on epidural, you don’t know how to push? It’s not true. I felt everything but not to the point of being too painful. I know when my contractions came and I breathed through it. I was gushing out a lot of blood so a vacuum was done on the kid and out she came! Felt her, saw her before the rest of her body came out.

    After that, the husband was hovering beside me and didn’t look like he was too excited about the baby. After everything was done, he told me that I was bleeding so much that gauze after gauze was used. My gynae took 45 minutes to stitch me up. I had an internal tear which was why I was bleeding throughout and after. That’s when I realized that my gynae was very quiet throughout the stitching and the midwives were equally quiet too. It must have been a scary moment for all except me, who had the nerve to ask my doctor, “So, the tear bad ah? How many degrees?”.

    Needless to say, I said a thank you prayer because if I knew about the bleeding, I might have panicked.

    Breastfeeding

    Breastfeeding

    This is the second most wonderful thing I did in 2013 and STILL doing it in 2014!

    I blogged about my journey and challenges here and about how I nursed in public here.

    Travels

    Jiuzhaigou

    Who would have thought that we would be daring enough to bring the kid to China at seven months. To top that off, it was winter and we went to Jiuzhaigou where it’s elevation starts at 2000m! Well, when we got there, we actually brought the kid straight up to Songpan where it’s elevation was at 2900m on day two.

    Other than a couple of crazy sleepless nights by the kid, the trip was eventful and I am glad we went even though there were a couple of concerns from others. The kid adjusted so well, you forget that you’re at an elevation of 2900m.

    Stay-at-home-mom

    The kid and I

    I had the greatest opportunity last year. I got to do the one thing I’ve always wanted to do; to be a mom.

    Motherhood 24/7 is not for everyone. On certain days, I cried. Sometimes happy, sometimes angry and sometimes frustrated. It is never easy. When I was working, I’d skip work sometimes when I don’t feel like it, but this one, there is no escaping. No medical leaves, no holidays. Some days, when you are sick, and she doesn’t want to sleep, it’s probably your worst days! I know it was mine. I can’t sleep and I can’t rest, that’s when you start to feel agitated. Or when you had a bad night, you wake up all tired and angry. Then, she smiles and you are all soft hearted again. Nothing is as rewarding as seeing your kid grow and watching (and participating) in all her milestones!

    The highlight of my 2013 was definitely D. I am so utterly thankful to have her. After our miscarriage and our ectopic in 2011, I was absolutely nervous throughout my pregnancy. Every trip to the gynae was (silently) nerve wrecking. Each time we did the ultrasound, I pray that she moves so that we know….. we know she’s there. Many people are against ultrasounds, but for us, it’s a reassurance that this is it! This is the one.

    D and dee

    Of course, none of this would have gone so well if it wasn’t for my husband. He has supported me all the way from birthing to breastfeeding to motherhood and I know I couldn’t do it without him. He makes itso  much easier for me in so many ways, love him to bits! ♥

    I’ve grown, loved, cried and bonded so much this year. It was an amazing year. So truly amazing. I hope that one day, D can read this and know she is the best thing in our lives (but D, if you are reading this and you have siblings, you are all the best thing in our lives! – sorry, just had to get that in there!)

    Thank you 2013. It was fun! I will miss you lots!

    Love,

    lings

      
    December 25th, 2013

    Blessed Christmas

    It’s that time of the year again! Christmas came too quickly and the kid grew up too fast. She’s crawling already! We were all kind of busy the past two months. My whole family went on a holiday together to China and yes, we brought the little kiddo too. If the winter cold is not enough for our first holiday with the kid, we took her to Jiuzhaigou where the altitude starts at 2700m above sea level. Talk about being adventurous! I’ll share my China trip in the coming post but I thought I’d drop by with a quick HI and MERRY CHRISTMAS to my readers! Big love from all of us here at Teresaling.

    I hope you enjoyed your Christmas as much as I did and remember, Christmas isn’t about the presents. It’s remembering the birth of Jesus Christ and for me, it’s also about spending my time with my lovely, crazy, weird family.

    Till New Years, toodles!

      
    November 29th, 2013

    Nursing in Public: A first time mummy’s experience

    *I had wanted to write up this post in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August) but I didn’t have much time to do it. So here it is, albeit being late, my experience nursing in public. *

    Exactly a year ago, I wouldn’t have imagined that I would be daring enough to nurse in public but since I was determined to breastfeed my kid, I have to start somewhere when it comes to nursing in public. Nursing in public shouldn’t be scary. It should come naturally for you and for your baby but it takes a little practice. :)

    I have nursed in all kinds of positions nowexcept nursing in a carrier. I haven’t quite tried that yet. That takes a little bit of skill and the right carrier. I have carried her and fed her while walking around, shopping. I have nursed her in several restaurants and cafes without any issues. No one gave me the eye or the look. No waiters came to tell me to get out. All in all, my nursing in public journey went pretty smooth.

    Now, if you are shy, there are always was to still breastfeed your kid when you are out. First of all, look out for nursing rooms. Here are some of the nursing rooms that I have had the chance to use.

    Sunway

    If you know me, Sunway is my playground. The baby rooms there are spacious and clean which is good although look out for one of the changing tables in the baby room behind Daphne store. I don’t think that’s particularly stable anymore (facing the changing tables, the one on the left). They have the main changing area and a small room for nursing. I would have loved to see a bit more nursing rooms but whenever I go into the baby room, there is hardly a line so I guess people are either breastfeeding outside or they don’t at all.

    • Baby room with two changing tables and a nursing room (behind Daphne, near Forever 21)
    • Baby room with one changing table and a nursing room (behind Bonita, 1 level below H&M)
    Both of these baby rooms that I have used have hot water facilities.
     
    Jusco’s baby floor also has a baby room. It’s a little dark and less “sunshiny” but good enough for you to sit and nurse or change diapers.

    The Gardens

    If you are in Gardens Mid Valley, Isetan have several nursing rooms in the baby room (aptly placed on the baby floor). The nursing rooms have curtains to close so parents, be mindful of your kids and make sure they don’t play and open up curtains. People nurse in private for a reason! I have had several occasions where kids playfully open up the curtains to stare at me. I usually tell them that it’s not polite to do so and if the parents are there, I usually tell the parents what they did so that it’s up to the parents to educate them. It’s not entirely their fault but they have to learn too.

    There are also nursing rooms in The Gardens but I don’t quite like it because if you want to nurse there, it’s next to a toilet. They are individual rooms with proper doors and in each room, there is a toilet, a sink, a baby changing table and a seat for you to sit and nurse. However, if nature calls and you are alone with an infant, that would be perfect because you can just strap the kid on the changing table and do your business.

    I haven’t tried the baby rooms in Mid Valley so I can’t comment.

    KLCC

    I seldom venture out that far into the city. Only once. Again, I’ve tried Isetan’s baby room and it’s pretty good. The only thing that was off putting at that time was the smell from the rubbish bin where people throw dirty diapers away. There were a LOT of people in KLCC that day (in conjunction with the Raya holidays and Popular book sales) so perhaps, there were just too many dirty diapers before the maintenance crew could clean it out. I was in and out in a hurry so I didn’t notice if there were hot water facilities.

    Parkson Sungai Wang

    Again, I only used this once while waiting for the husband to finish up some stuff. Because Parkson is pretty old, the baby rooms aren’t like the ones you see in Isetan Gardens or Sunway. Still, they are good enough to sit in and nurse. In the changing area, there are wet wipes for you to use too! A bonus if you forgot to bring some. The baby room is situated on the baby floor. It’s pretty hidden. Just look out for strollers and you’ll see the sign!

    There are some people who get pretty iffy about fathers being in baby rooms. I think it’s totally fine, just not in the nursing rooms. There are single fathers out there or fathers that are out with their kid alone. The baby room is a place for changing diapers so regardless of fathers or mothers, I believe both should be allowed in. 

    Other times, I just nurse outside with a poncho. You can make your own or just buy one. I bought mine from Autumnz during a baby fair but otherwise, you can find it online.

    Autumnz Nursing Poncho

     

    Getting yourself a bra tank or a nursing top is good too! Easier than pulling up your top. I got several bra tanks from Fabulous Mom and some nursing tops from Camomile Spring. Nursing clothes aren’t usually so flattering, unfortunately. They are also very expensive! So I bought a couple of bra tanks and wear a cardigan or a light top on top of it. If you are walking around a shopping complex, it won’t be hot. You can get the bra tanks at FabulousMom.

    FabulousMom Bra Tanks

    I have read of several encounters where mothers were scolded by strangers or waiters because they were nursing in a restaurant. To me, if they are nursing with a cover, why would you even bother telling them off? It’s a way of life. But if mothers are feeding their kids without a cover, I feel that instead of telling them off, waiters/strangers could just ask them to cover up and nurse. Even though it is the most natural thing to do, sometimes we have to respect others as well. Malaysia is still not very open about breastfeeding in public so it takes time.

    The only weird encounter I had while breastfeeding is having a couple of guys just staring at me. The husband, however, just stared back at them! :) You gotta need supportive husbands too. It’s important.

    Here I am at the Malaysia Book of Records for simultaneous breastfeeding. Just joining in the fun!

    Malaysia Book of Records

    Simultaneous breastfeeding

    If you haven’t tried breastfeeding, please do! It’s the most amazing thing in the world. The bond between your baby and you is just amazing!

    If you haven’t nursed outside because you are afraid to, don’t be! Embrace motherhood! Do what you need to for your baby and you. Direct latching is a great way to keep baby calm.

    Have fun breastfeeding! I know I did and still do!

    **If you have other tips to share, please do!

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