2007-07-31

Genting Trip on 27 - 29 Jul 2007


This year hubb's company family trip was held in Genting. Let me recall, we went to Sunway Lagoon (2001), Sabah (2002), Langkawi (2003), Redang (2004), Bangkok (2005) and Phuket (2006). This family trip was fully sponsored by Malakoff and only meant for spouse and children. Parents are exclusive. We only brought April along in the trips since 2006. So, April has been to Phuket by flight, and this was the second trip by our own car to Genting in KL. Before that, we were like having our honeymoon in the trips.

I'm happy that April is very well-behaved, well-mannered and very nice girl during the trip.

On our way back from Genting, I told hubb that we have to bring May along next year, as I missed her so much. He replied that next year don't know still have family trip or not due to the changed of the management. Never mind, if don't have, then we can plan for our own family trip that sponsor by Papa.

Here are the link of the our Genting trip pictures. http://www.flickr.com/gp/10670594@N05/k6152Z

2007-07-19

NOCO & ACT

First of all, I have to say a big THANK YOU to Meadjohnson Forum. When both my children were down with cough and flu, I tried to seek special remedy from this website. Some of the MJ members recommended E.Excel products - NOCO & ACT. Besides going through some research and study from internet, I also talked to E.Excel members like Jeff and TanLP (from MJ forum), YSMah and EETan (from office). I finally get to know more about E.Excel, and get convinced to use NOCO & ACT for my children.

Hubb and I have spent a lot of $$$ on their medical like medicines, consultation fees, X-ray, Hou Chor San, Poh Ying Tan and Chinese Herbs. Both of them have no significant improvement in their immune system and overall well-being. Since E.Excel products are all nutural herbs (without synthetic chemical), there is no harm to let them try.

NOCO - Strengthens the respiratory system including the lung and respiratory passages. Prevent frequent cold, cough, flu and bronchial distress. Improve asthma, fewer and less severe headache. (Main Ing: Ji-Lin ginseng, Dark plum, Peppermint Leaf, Chrysanthemum leaf, Licorice root, Ganoderma).

ACT - Enhances the immune system, the circulatory and lymphatic systems. Also cleanses and filters the blood of harmful microbes of foreign particles (Main Ing: Ganoderma, Luffa, Alfalfa, Tangerine Peel)

May is taking one capsule each and once daily. April is taking one capsule each and twice daily.
They are taking these supplements for a few days only. I can notice that they have improved a lot. May is totally not coughing now, and only having some phlegm noise. April is totally not coughing at sleep already, and having little phlegm and cough during awake time.

I am still waiting to see them totally getting well. I shall continue to feed NOCO & ACT for at least 3 months.

2007-07-16

How to Encourage Good Behavior in Children

April, she is smart. (I know most of the children is smart) Somehow, I still find her smart with my personal standard. In fact, a lot of people who met and talked to her before have also acknowledged that.
She can tell all shapes and colors at age of 2. After joining the MRC 3Q Mandarin in Jan 07, and Super Memory Map English in Jun 07, she is now recognized A-Z and lots of Chinese characters. Her teachers appraised that she is a very fast learner and she has very good concentration. However, teachers also said that she is very soft spoken, coward and shy. I couldn't believe that as she is so hyperactive, talkative and naughty at home.

I'm happy and satisfied with April's school performance. Initially, she was refused to go to school as well. After a numerous attempts of both the teacher and myself, at the end, April is happily going to school on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Besides, she is also making new friends there. I'm very proud of her, when she told me her friends' names, and shared me what happened at school.

No one is perfect, same here for April. April is not willing to greet friends, teachers, relatives and neighbours. Although I have tried to remind and persuade her to greet, she is still reluctant to open her mouth when she met people other than us and grandparents. I felt so disappointed, as others may feel that I don't coach my daughter to have good behavior.

Here I found a very useful link on how to encourage good behavior in children.
http://www.ehow.com/how_2038239_encourage-good-behavior-children.html

Quoted from the above link for those who read my blog:

Sometimes it is hard for parents to remember that discipline is about encouraging good behavior through logical punishment. It is easy to get frustrated when your child does not exhibit the behavior you would prefer. Keeping your cool and following these steps can help your child reveal his good side.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Step One
Set clear boundaries for your child and let him know ahead of time what is expected of him.

Step Two
Stay calm, firm and consistent when disciplining and setting boundaries.

Step Three
Remember that each child has different temperaments and developmental styles. Some children respond well to verbal praise while others respond better to rewards like stickers or extra time on the computer.

Step Four
Locate factors that may prevent good behavior like jealousy, stress or learning and behavioral disorders. Try to remove what causes these factors or seek professional help to cope with them.

Step Five
Praise good behavior by providing positive reinforcement. Most children want to receive praise. If they know you will praise their good behavior, then they are more likely to follow the boundaries set for them.

Step Six
Offer rewards or incentives when you see your child exhibiting good behavior.

Step Seven
Teach your child about the natural and logical consequences of her actions. Natural consequences are like cause and effect such as if you play rough with a toy it will break. Logical consequences are based on wrong choices such as when you take away her toys because she wouldn't put them away.

Tips & Warnings
If you know your child has trouble with certain locations like going to the grocery store, then plan ahead. Get him involved by giving him his own list of items to find. Or if he hates putting away his toys, then make a game out of it by having a race to see who can put them away the fastest.

Remember that disciplining and punishing a child for inappropriate actions is an important part of parenting. Parents must teach children to think for themselves, make good decisions, recognize right from wrong, respect other people and exhibit appropriate behavior.

Correct your child's poor behavior without criticizing or belittling her as a person.
In most cases, good behavior is caught not taught. You must lead by example in showing good behaviors of your own.

Do not use bribes. Bribes are giving a child a treat in advance and hoping they will show good behavior.

Do not expect perfection. Your child is in a learning process and needs your help to know how to show good behaviors

2007-07-13

Our baby sister

Yesterday, as usual April and I went to visit May at nanny's house. We went out for a walk together. I carried May with one arm and hold April with another hand. May has grown a little heavier recently, mommy really has difficulty to take a long walk. After walking for one small round in the housing area, mommy decided to end the walk and take a rest at nanny's house.
As I have a dinner appointment with in-law family, we could only spend a short while there.
When I said good bye to May, she shook her head and kicked her legs. She was showing her refusal on my leaving. Mommy and big sister needed to go anyhow. Papa was working, otherwise we could bring you together for dinner. Mommy couldn't handle both you and your big sister during meal. Be patient 宝贝, tonight mommy will bring you back home.

2007-07-11

Durian Season

During my childhood, my father forced me to taste the durian. From crying, now I become so fascinated by durians smell.
It is a durian season again. Since married, hubb never bought any durian back home. When I asked him to buy, he said he is not durian expect, and cannot tell the quality of the durians well. He only know how to eat durians. So disappointed, that make me only can smell the durians from neighbourhood.
Two days ago, I told hubb that I want to eat durians. To my surprise, this time he agreed to buy me on the next day. I was happy like a small kid waiting for the treat.
On yesterady, right after reaching home from work, hubb rushed me to bath and change. He wanted to bring me for durians shopping.
At the end, we bought 4 durians with RM10. I was so happy and content. Happy that hubb is finally buying me durians, content that I finally can smell the durians at my own house already.
Yeah! 谢谢你, 老公。
Actually, I wanted to take some photos of the durians while hubb opened up them. Too bad that he didn't charge the batteries. So, I can't show off my durians in my blog.

2007-07-09

Not satisfied with My BMI

Your Weight is Ideal
Your BMI is 21.3 - a healthy BMI falls between 18.5 and 25
Congratulations, you are the perfect weight for your height.Even though you may not be entirely happy with your weight, you are healthy.So gain or lose a few pounds if you want, but don't go too crazy!
Don't agree? Blame the government standards we based this test on!
I was tag by Yvonne on above link Do You Need to Lose Weight?. Friend, I'm not satisfied with my BMI. Before married, my BMI was only 19. But, good to know that also, at least I know I still need to work harder. Cannot be too proud. My target is BMI 19.
Now, I must pass the tag to Joanne.

Asthma

April was down with flu and cough in March. When she has recovered from flu after 1 week, she still has persistent cough for more than a month. We brought her to see a couple of GP and Paediatrician. OMG! One of the GP told us that April is asthmatic.

We feel guilty for not allowing her to take ice cream and cold drink, we feel tension whenever see her running around, we feel sorry to force her taking medicine to control asthma, etc.
Then, we decided to get second opinion from a Paediatrician in Lam Wah Ee Penang.
After X-ray and details checkup, Dr Chua said April was only having bronchitis, and not pneumonia or asthma yet. However, we have to take good care of her, before the bronchitis turn out to be others.

However, I still feel worried, and decided to explore more this topic, so that I can be more prepare. Besides, I can learn more and know more about asthma.

Here I attached a link on asthma, http://www.babyzone.com/loadpage/article.asp?contentid=1953

Quoted from the link as below,
Growing and Thriving with Asthma
The good news is most asthma triggers lose their impact as children grow, and frequently, asthma does not persist into adulthood.
But in the meantime, asthma needn't stand in the way of your child's busy life. Stay in touch with your pediatrician and on top of your care plan to ensure that the only limits placed on your child will be your ability to keep up with him!

2007-07-07

Weekend again

So happy that April was not coughing for the entire night while sleeping. Mommy and April were having a very good rest last night while Papa was working night shift. Today, little May is coming back home. After dinner, we plan to bring May and April to see GP Dr Lee for following checkup. Due to the bad weather and hazy day, I want to make sure that both of you are well taken care of before any other symptoms coming out.
Besides, hubb is around to help this weekend, I can feel more comfortable and relax.

2007-07-06

My Today Plan

I plan to head straight back home at 5.30pm after work today. Since I have already taken quite a heavy lunch, I shall only take fruit and milk for dinner tonight. Next, I shall go and bring April back from her nanny's house. Then we shall go together to visit our little angel May at her nanny's house.
Hopefully, April and May will play happily together, and not fight for toys again. After spending some time with May, April and I shall go home earlier. As I plan to let April practise her ABC hand writing.
If everything is going on smoothly as per plan, we shall be in bed by 10pm. I wish to be in bed as early as possible. Tired and so lazy.........

2007-07-05

Peace Of Mind

After the following checkup on last Friday at Lam Wah Ee Penang, April's cough has improved much. May is also recovering now, after taking two rounds of antibiotics from the GP. Her cough, phlegm and sneezing have reduced to one or two times per day only. I feels much much better now. I was so mentally stress up when both of them are down with coughing and flu. At least, now I can have some peace of mind to focus of my own things.
When both of my children are sick, I am visiting doctors more than friends or relatives, sigh... Although I scared of all the waiting, travelling, spending etc, I still need to bring them for another one or twice following checkup, in order to make sure they are completely getting well.

Besides, April, hubb and I are looking forward to our holiday trip to Genting on the last weekend of July. So sorry to May that mommy can't bring you along, as you are still too young to take outside food. Moreover, mommy is not capable enough to handle both you and your big sister out of home. Hope you can be a bit patient, mommy and papa will definitely bring you along for holiday when you are grown up.