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Recent life snippets with my 15-month toddler


*drum rolls*

The little one turns 15 months! Major milestones include teething his molars and tottering around the house like a mini zombie. :)

So, what about me? How's my life at this juncture?

So far so good. At work, I meet project deadlines. At home, I bake & cook, and make smoothies while the little one enjoys growing up day by day. Okay... I think I'll just write whatever that comes to my mind.

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Warning: Long post ahead! :)

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I like packing his snack boxes when we're going out for road trips.

The latest snack box prepared last Saturday.
He doesn't like the cranberries. Next time, I'll soak in water before packing. He eats 50% of the rest except the cranberries, which I eat all.

This is an earlier snack box. Blog post here.
This is an earlier snack box. Blog post here.

Sometimes, I pack my own lunchbox. Here's one - Pasta Salad with Chicken, Chickpeas, Black Olives & Feta Cheese. There's also seaweed soup in the small food thermos. And of course, a cup of my favorite Nescafe Latte Caramel. :)

Pasta Salad with Chicken, Chickpeas, Olives & Feta Cheese

To maintain my milk supply, I cook Green Papaya Soup with Fish, Red Dates & Goji Berries once a month if I manage to get some nice green papayas.

Green Papaya Soup with Fish, Red Dates & Goji Berries

Here are some recent gems on cyber-world that I find worth exploring.

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Quoting the article: Many of the people behind the social media platforms, gadgets and games that are consuming our kids' time and minds aren't actually allowing their own children to waste an entire Saturday afternoon playing Minecraft on the iPad.

A quote in The Times from Chris Anderson, father of five and chief executive of 3D Robotics, pretty much defines why Anderson and his colleagues are limiting technology at home. "My kids accuse me and my wife of being fascists and overly concerned about tech, and they say that none of their friends have the same rules," says Anderson, formerly the editor of Wired. "That's because we have seen the dangers of technology firsthand. I've seen it in myself, I don't want to see that happen to my kids."

So, how? I have to agree. I can't live apart from surfing the Internet on my smartphone. And < insert curses > the latest Candy Crush Soda game, it's hard to come out of it. If an adult like me has problems limiting the usage of technology, it'd be even harder for young kids. Monkey see, monkey do, you know. I'm trying my best not to be glued to my mobile phone when I'm with my toddler. I still need more practice. It's hard, I admit.


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The Last Time
Poem from Belle Bebes
 
 From the moment you hold your baby in your arms,
you will never be the same.

You might long for the person you were before,
when you had freedom and time,
and nothing particular to worry about.

You will know tiredness like you never knew it before,
and days will run into days that are exactly the same,

Full of feedings and burping, nappy changes and crying,
whining and fighting, naps or a lack of naps,
it may seem like a never-ending cycle.

But don't forget...
There is a last time for everything.

There will come a time,
when you will feed your baby for the very last time.

They will fall asleep on you after a long day,
and it will be the last time you ever hold your sleeping child.

One day you will carry them on your hip then set them down,
and never pick them up that way again.

You will scrub their hair in the bath one night,
and from that day on they will want to bathe alone.

They will hold your hand to cross the road,
then never reach for it again.

They will creep into your room at midnight for cuddles,
and it will be the last night you ever wake up to this.

One afternoon, you'll sing "The Wheels on the Bus",
and do all the actions,
then never sing them that song again.

They will kiss you goodbye at the school gate,
the next day they will ask you to walk to the gate alone.

You will read a final bedtime story,
and wipe your last dirty face.

They will one day run to you
with arms raised for the very last time.

The thing is, you won't even know it's the last time,
until there are no more times, and even then,
it will take you a while to realize.

So, while you are living in these times,
remember there are only so many of them,
and when they are gone,
you will yearn for just one more day of them.

For the last time.


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 I really love this article! Thanks Meg for writing this awesome piece!

Reason #1: Cups and his ability to eat and drink things besides my milk has nothing to do with weaning.

Reason #2: The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding exclusively (so no other liquids or solids foods) until my baby is six months old and then to continue breastfeeding until they are two years of age or older.

Reason #3: Breastfeeding is not just about nutrition, food and drink.

Reason #4: Breastfeeding is the best way to stop a tantrum, bring comfort to a scared, overwhelmed child, help prevent and heal illnesses and bring pain relief. Breastfeeding meets virtually every need he has, day or night.

Reason #5: I see first hand how powerful mothering through breastfeeding really is.

Reason #6: I have breasts so I can breastfeed.

Reason #7: Human milk is made for humans.

Reason #8: The ingredients in my breastmilk do not suddenly disappear after my baby reaches a certain age! 

Reason #9: My body continues to make milk because my child continues to need it.

In short, breastfeeding into toddlerhood is so much more than just the nutritional values and immunological properties. It's about mothering through breastfeeding.

For more info and reference sources, please visit Meg's original article.


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What to do with toddlers?


Now that the little one is getting more mobile, I need to find more activities for him to do so that he doesn't ask to watch nursery rhymes on mobile phone so often.


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What to bake next?



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Latest mantra

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So true! The less you respond to negative people, the more peaceful life becomes.


4 comments

  1. Very healthy snack for the little one. He is growing beautifully.

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  2. Little zombie??? Your little bub and you are so cute! :D

    Zoe

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