Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Inspiration : Life is too short to be filled with bad things

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Mommy and Khaleeli's sleeping journey - Part 2



A few months ago, I have shared about how we started to sleep train Khaleeli.

I was turning into a real mama panda and decided that I have had enough of sleepless nights for both of us. So, we tried out a natural sleep training method, as shared by Malaysia’s only baby sleep expert, Sarah Ong from Sleep Champ Baby.

So how did it go?

As of today, I am happy to report that Khaleeli’s sleeping habits has improved a lot.

It does however, takes a lot of time too.

Well, we all know that different babies have different ways in almost all aspects of growing up, including their sleeping habits. So apparently Khaleeli needs a lot more time and support in learning to sleep better, hence we are giving him plenty.

After the first try, we decided to pause his sleep training for a while during Ramadhan (due to shorter sleep time, with sahur and all). That is the best thing about Sarah’s method – it is natural and it is perfectly fine to take a break from it.

Then, a few weeks after Raya and as we ease back into our normal routines, we decided to resume sleep training.

I have noticed that Khaleeli can actually sleep on his own, but only when he does not see me around. He has grown very much attached to nursing for comfort, so whenever he sees me around he just insists to nurse.

So, we both (hubby and I) decided to sleep in a separate room. Hubby, being ever so supportive, agreed to sleep with Khaleeli and I slept with Bella in the other room. Plus, it also won’t disrupt Bella’s sleep since she needs to sleep well for school the next day.

The first night we resumed sleep training, Khaleeli fell asleep on his own (at that point of time he already has mastered falling asleep by himself, without nursing).

He slept for a good 2 hours, and then woke up and cried, looking for mommy to nurse.

That was the hardest part. I tried to support him and listen to his crying, while stroking him and cuddling and all, but he still cried on and on.

Then, hubby took over and continued to be there for Khaleeli while he cried and calmed down. My heart was heavy, but I had to be strong. So I went into my room and tried hard to fall asleep while listening to the distant sound of Khaleeli’s crying T_T.

After a very long time, that night, I have finally got back my good night’s sleep. I woke up early and hurried into the next room, only to find that Khaleeli is already awake and bubbly and wanted breakfast. Heheh.

Hubby reported that he was awake for another 2 times after he fell asleep that night, but each time his crying was shorter (more of a fussing) and he actually fell back to sleep on his own.

We continued on with the subsequent nights. The pattern continued for many nights after, but with varied times of waking up (sometimes twice, sometimes once). But what is significant is that he can now ease himself back into sleep every time.

Another thing that we noticed is that he dislikes sleeping in his own cot, and he sleeps a lot better on our bed. Hahah. Smart boy.

Anyway, last night, hubby told me that he did not wake up at all (guess what, he slept all night on our bed, hahah). Looks like co-sleeping on the same bed is the way to go for now.

I am not sure if this is the right way to train him, but we are still continuing with the same arrangement for another 2 weeks maybe. Hopefully he will improve much more.

If not, we’ll see how it goes.

For now, I am proud to conclude that:
  • I am no longer required to wake up for nursing at night anymore 
  • Khaleeli is now enjoying a longer and better sleep and rest every night
  • I have regained my sleeptime (thank God!)
  • I am a happier mom (I am smiling when writing this. Meheheh)
  • Hubby and I have more time for ourselves without interruption. Regardless of what activity. LOL.
Until then, I will be reporting again in Part 3!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Khaleeli's 1st birthday smash cake DIY photoshoot

So Khaleeli actually turned a year old last Friday, 21st August 2015.

I just could not find any other non-cliched phrase, so yeah, time.really.flies.darn.fast!

When I was giving birth to him I swear that it would be my last,  I even made it very clear to my husband. Hahah. Now I find myself missing his baby days (except the confinement and helplessness part. How I wish that babies are really sent by storks. Lol).

Anyway, when Bella turned 1, I actually threw her a big party. It was all balloons and colours, and I really enjoyed every part of it.

For Khaleeli, I did not threw a party of the same scale, but we still had something planned especially for him....

A DIY smash cake photoshoot, at the comfort of our very own cosy home! Yeay!


It was quite a last minute idea actually, but I am very happy that his abah is awesome enough to help me prepare and take photos of him. Thanks bubu :*


I made a sloppy chocolate cake, frosted with some whipped cream frosting and it was smash-able and tasty enough for him. Not bad for a beginner baker like me haha. Seriously proud of myself. LOL.



We used whatever we have for the props and background, I was glad that we actually had many things to make use of (obviously I hoard many cute stuff meheheh).

I made those little flag banners on the cake out of my washi tape collection too.

So all in all I would say the only money I had to use was for the cake ingredients.

I shall be writing again with some tips on how to make your own DIY smash cake session. I hope that it could help you get started if you are planning one for your bub soon.

Meanwhile, enjoy the photos! :)



P/S : Thank you very much for all the warm birthday wishes via FB and Instagram. Really really appreciate it. Hugs!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Recipe for baby : Carrot and potato mash

I am honestly running out of ideas of what to make for Khaleeli's make-ahead frozen meals.

Well, I actually know that there are loads of recipes to try out there, but then I am not sure if the one I choose is suitable to be frozen. Most of them are nice if served fresh and hot.

Usually, there would be 3 varieties of frozen food that I would prepare for him every weekend : breakfast, sides and main.

Breakfast meals are most of the time oats, mixed with different flavours. Sometimes I put in dried apricots and dates, sometimes bananas, and most recently I have added some chocolate powder.

For sides, I would usually make something western, such as creamy soups, mashes or stir fried pastas.

Being Malaysian, of course the main would be rice. Most of the time it is rice porridge or mashed rice (since he is already eating more textured food these days). I just play around with the proteins and vegetables.

Today I started to pack some finger foods for him too. Honey cherry tomatoes. He really loves those. I am so glad that he eats his vegetables lol.

Anyway, last weekend I have came up with a new type of mash for Khaleeli. Instead of the usual potatoes alone, I have decided to mash them with some carrots. Thankfully it turned out delicious for that little eater. He loves it too (did I tell you that he eats like a boss? Heheh).


I tried some and it actually tastes quite good. Maybe I can consider making them for the rest of the family too, as sides for steaks or roast chicken.

Well, it's just a simple food really. But in case you would like to know how I made it, here goes:

MASHED CARROT AND POTATOES



Ingredients:
1 carrot
1 Russett potato (I love these kinds coz it cooks quite fast)
A few cloves of garlic
Mixed dried herbs
Butter (you can use unsalted too)

Method:
1) Boil or steam carrots, potatoes and garlic until very tender (mashable)
2) While they are still hot, toss in the herbs and butter
3) Blend in a food processor. You may add some water if they are too thick for your baby.
4) Scoop and store in baby food cubes to be kept in the freezer

Ah, now I remember. I can actually mash sweet potatoes and pumpkins too! *duh*

Any recipes that you for baby food that you can share with me? Would love to try it out too!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Corelle Rosabelle for the rose lovers

I have always been in love with Corelle products. Well, ever since I started to have my own kitchen actually. These days I go for collecting kitchen stuffs so dinnerwares are one of the things that I can easily hoard. Heheh.

Besides that I also collect cookwares, especially those that can easily move from stovetop to the table to the fridge. I just love that versatility. It really does saves time and effort doesn't it?

Anyway, I basically love Corelle because of their light weight, so they are easy to handle and wash. Plus they are also so durable, I honestly don't worry so much when I let the kids use them.

As if they knew how much I love them, I was honoured to be invited by Corelle's Asia Pacific distributor, World Kitchen Asia Pacific, to enjoy the new Corelle dinnerware and Corningware cookware collection.

THE NEW CORELLE AND CORNINGWARE 

ROSABELLE COLLECTION


Aptly named, these are the new motives designed especially for Malaysian consumers. Apparently many Malaysians loves roses motive, and this time around they have come up with these pretty Apricot Rose design.


Personally, I think that this design gets prettier over time (I have to admit the first time I saw them, they looked a little ordinary, but then after many times looking at it, I think they are actually quite lovely. Heheh). I also had my eye on other more contemporary designs, you know those minimalist black and white motives. Yes, they do have such designs.

The Corningware is pretty hardcore too. I accidentally dropped the cover when I was carrying it, and it did not chip or break, not even little. Pheww.


My mother in law still uses her old Corelle plates, and amazingly they still look good and like new. It doesn't stain over time, the patterns does not fade at all and it is durable and light as ever. She said that her Corelle plates has been there ever since her children are young, so you can roughly know how old they are.

So if you are considering to get your own Corelle or Corningware, go for it. It's really worth the investment if you ask me.

Corelle Malaysia collections can easily be found at major department stores like Parkson Grand. If you'd like to keep up with them, you can also like World Kitchen's Facebook too.

Now go check them out now :)

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