Friday, September 25, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
After the last admission, we got informed at what high fever could do and did not want to take chances. This time, unlike before, he had fever on and off for three days before complaining of chills in the middle of the night. Once I heard "I'm cold" and saw his shivering body... we rushed to the hospital. Without DH by my side, I've got to take actions and fast!
It was 4am on the 11th Sept 2009 when we got Arthur to the emergency ward at HUKM, KL. We were back in KL a few days before to attend my brother's wedding registration and I was to go to the Ibu House for a demo to a group of mothers for Malaysian Babywearers. Briefly, we stayed most days of the trip in HUKM.
Upon checking in at ER, (they took the case seriously upon the mentioning that he had febrile fit previously), they did a blood check. Know what?? All these while (even for all the five days with fever), my son is still his active, usual self. When the nurse took the blood sample, my son sang her a song and told her he likes her checking him *slap head**
Anyways, just like the previous admission, his platelet count was low.... and, they suspected dengue this time. Otherwise, we could have gone home and wait for the fever to go away on its own. After admission, his platelet count rose back to normal but he had cough and flu... so, we were moved to a different area... quarantine for suspected H1N1. My heart... sank... Fortunately, the test was negative and we got discharged on Monday.
The thing is... what is this virus that keep giving blood samples a low platelet count and makes a child suffer from fever for five days?? On both occassions, we are not the only ones with this problem... Scary... especially when he had a fit the previous time. We almost thought we lost him.
Why not egg white?? We did use egg white but like previously mentioned, it will only bring the temperature down... the virus will still need to be taken care by the medications. With the use of egg whites again, we managed to keep his fever at an average 38C... once the egg whites 'cooked'... we can feel the temperature rising again...
As it is, we are already washing hands quite frequent with the proper method.... before and after we eat... when we get home from an outing... whenever we felt our hands are dirty... What else can we do to better protect ourselves??
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Now that he has walked 'enough' and climbed the stairs 'enough' times, he knows only too well that 8 flights of stairs to home is a tiring task... so, he will ask me to carry him. Momma's standard answer is that he is now a big boy and is too heavy for Momma to carry...
Well, after many of those
Today, as we are driving home, we had a chat and he did the reasoning this time...
Arthur: Momma... do you have a sling?
Momma: Yes, I have many of them at home...
Arthur: You can use the sling and babywearing, then I won't be too heavy for you to carry
Momma: (hmmm... you are right) I'll try next time, ok?
Arthur: Ya... you can put one in the car and then can carry me home...
Oh, well, why not?? Since when he is asleep, there is no choice but to carry him up. I might just leave a wrap or my Beco in the car ;)
Friday, August 28, 2009
Briefly, the fever started the morning of the day itself and as what I'd normally do (as there was nothing else but just the fever), I'd given him Paracetamol to bring the temperature down. After giving him the medication twice, it was still no better. As we were already packed for KL the night before, DH and I have agreed that we will first bring him to the Paed before we start our trip. Just as we were leaving our place, my little one was throwing a tantrum and asking for the jossticks for prayers. He knelt beside DH who had just finished praying and was eyeing me rudely... when DH was ready to pass him the jossticks, he did not answer or move but his eyes were still eyeing me rudely... after a few attempts of calling him to get his prayers done and no response (we thought he's still acting angry and just being rude not responding), DH put the jossticks down and pick him up... only to find him vomiting and urinating (he was already toilet trained at 2), lips turning purplis, only showing the whites of his eyes.... with no response.
I don't know if there is any word that can explain that moment better than shock. It might last a few minutes but to me, it seemed like eternity. We (or, was it just me??) were so shocked and frightened of losing him that we kept calling his name out loud and shook gently... things you see from TV on reviving someone who's passed out and he came to. As I rushed down the steps, cradling my little one, I can still feel that tremendous fear like it is happening now... I kept talking to him and made sure I ask him lots of questions se he doesn't pass out again.
Is it H1N1? Is he going to suffer? Will he stay with us long enough before we can reach the hospital??? It is something you would not even want to wish on your worst enemy.
Later, we learned that he had what is called a fit and the Dr informed us that it is quite normal for children between 5months old to 6 years old to experience it. As 'normal' as it is, it can still result in brain damage and things that you might not want to imagine... So, my little Arthur was warded. After checks and blood samples, the Dr confirmed it's just a viral fever... The word 'viral' got me worried as it was playgroup day and he was out playing with his mates...
Two nights in the hospital and the fever still didn't seem to go away. I was advised to keep wiping him down with cold water etc. etc. but nothing really worked. The fever went away with medication but when it has worn out, it returned...
My Sis called and gave me a remedy to bring the temperature down - FAST. Later, I learned it is something my grandma used to use on her children and us... RAW EGG WHITES.
How it works?? Mom said my grandma used to just spread the egg whites over the forehead and chest as how you'd brush pastry with them... Sis improvised it and advised me to "soak some facial cotton in egg whites and leave them on Arthur's forehead and chest (i.e. where it is most hot)... you can see the cotton dry up slowly and the egg whites cooked". So, DH brought a couple of eggs and we tried it out... it worked... within MINUTES! While medication is still necessary to fight the virus, the egg whites sure brought the temperature and our worries down. I have tried Bye-Bye fever and that sort and it didn't work.
My father-in-law brought other 'remedies' but I was not sure if I wanted to feed Arthur those... Admittedly, I am quite sceptical with 'remedies' that goes in the mouth. So, the eggs whites is a good recommendation I'd follow as it does not require swallowing.
Who would have thought something cheap and readily available works MIRACULOUSLY. Arthur didn't like me wiping him so much and I didn't really feel like disturbing his sleep by wiping him so it is a really good remedy that WORKS! Even the Doctors were afraid of the sudden change and would not discharge us until the next routine check. I still remember the Dr saying... "he looks and acts so active but it's hard to discharge him cos he's had high fever for 2 days... let's wait til later in the evening".
Still unbelieving, I did a search on the WWW and well... not only we use this but lots of people (but me :( ) has been using this for a long time. Some would put the whites on the sole of one's feet, too. Reading on further, it seems like a good cure for burns, too...
One of the better ones I've got from searching (http://www.myhomeremedies.com/topic.cgi?topicid=84)...
"I know of an exceptionally effective natural remedy for healing burns and lowering a fever: egg whites.
Egg whites are by far the best method to lower a high temperature within MINUTES! When I was about 4 or 5 years old, I had acquired a fever so high that I started to hallucinate. My mother was in a panic, she feared brain damage if something didn't lower the fever and FAST. My grandma told her to soak 2 cloths or hankerchiefs in egg whites and put on the soles of the feet (cover with socks). The egg whites instantaneously start to draw the temperature DOWN from the brain (where it is dangerous) to the feet (where it can do no damage). After that incident my mom used this method successfully every time I had high temp.
The egg whites are also a miracle cure for burns, even severe ones. Soak or coat affected area in egg white. While the egg white is still wet you will feel no pain from the burn. As soon as it dries up the pain comes back so reapplication is necessary. This method not only aleviates the pain it actually heals and prevents scarring from the burn.
I submited this remedy to earthclinic.com and there has been a lot of positive feed back: http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/fever.html
I would like to let more people know about the miraculous effectiveness of treating fevers and burns with egg whites so please post this on your site if you deem fit.
Best regards, Ani from Ontario, Canada"
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
As I go around promoting our group and promoting babywearing... I hear myself asking this question over and over again... am I getting too boring? It is seeming like wherever I go... I repeat myself... again... and... again... in this case, I have been introducing people to babywearing... again... and... again...
But, then again... it feels kind of out of place if I don't do the introduction to the many carrier options available.
Even at the Penang gathering these days... having a topic seems to be difficult. Especially most of the attendees are regulars now...
And, to make it seems like the world of babywearing is at a standstill (to me), IBW09 keeps hanging...
Could it just be me thinking too much of things? Or, could it be age getting at me?
Monday, August 10, 2009
For a while, all you've been hearing from me (thank you so much if you are one who kept checking time and again at this blog even when it is not being updated) are FAQs and some cut and paste story or even just some information update... and nothing more.
So, ok... let's try this again... shall we?
Saturday, August 1, 2009
2. If the answer to no. 1 is in the material used, how are the materials different and which is better?
Knitted fabrics are stretchy and can be more comfortable (compare wearing a T-Shirt to a Shirt) but due to it's 'stretchiness', will tend to sag and pull you down as the baby grows heavier. Thus, Stretchy wraps are usually recommended for use with babies up to 6 months old although it is not surprising to see one using it beyond that. Also, because it is 'stretchy', it is possible to pop baby in and out of the wrap without re-wrapping the whole thing.... Woven fabrics are generally sturdier and more lasting. The Medley woven wraps are strong enough to be used with babies from newborn to toddlerhood. At around 15kgs is when one usually feels the strain of wearing a toddler in a wrap. That said, there are a variety of woven wraps in the market. Be sure to check with the vendor if the woven wrap you are gettin is suitable for use in hot climate. The Medley wraps are sturdy yet cooling enough for the Malaysian climate :)
3. Have you heard of the Moby Wrap, how are the Medley's wrap different from the Moby Wrap?
The Moby wrap is similar to the Stretchy Medley in that it is also made of knitted fabric.
4. What is the maximum weight the Medley wrap can carry?
In wrapping with a woven wrap... this question usually goes back to the babywearer's own endurance level. Generally, you can comfortable wear your baby in a wrap until he or she is about 15kgs.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Imagine... if I hadn't received or read that email... could I have been a victim?? The simple thought of it is scary enough...
And, yes, the number that called was +601300808888. My hubby got a call from the same number on the same day, too. Only he didn't pick it up. It's his habit not to take any calls from unknown party. Since his line is a sub from mine... we are wondering if this has got anything to do with the telco we are attached to??
Anyway, please read and beware!
I have been cheated recently. So I would like to share my experience with you all on how the tactic they use. You can forward this to your friends so they will know about it
1) On Saturday, I receive a phone call from AMBank, a system playback message announce that "You have outstanding balance of RM4,982 for the AMBank credit card, kindly make the payment asap. For customer service, please press 1"(This is the first step, they make you angry. When you angry, you lost your mind)
2) Since I do not have credit card service with AM Bank, I press 1 to talk to the customer service. And after providing my name and IC number, the customer service told me that there is a credit card under my name. I respond that I did not applied it before. The customer service say is it possible that people stole your info and make a credit card from it. She suggest me to call the Bank Negara - Pusat Pengurusan Kad Palsu to make a report so that they will investigate on it. Since it is Sunday, she suggest I make the phone call on Monday and provide me a phone number 03-8659 0241.(This is a fake number, Bank Negara do not have such department. Bank negara number is 03-2698-8044 )
3) On Monday morning, I make a phone call to the given number, I can hear the announcement "Terima Kasih kerana menhubungi Bank Negara..." After that I talk to a guy that speak in Malay. He call me back later with the same callerID, and start to ask my detail of complain. He also keep on telling me that if what I say is not true, I will be caught by police and jail. He then ask for all my credit card detail, have I ever use credit card on ATM, my ATM card and the balance. He also told me not to expose the report detail to my friends as it may affected the investigation result. After that he give me a report number and mentioned that a colleague from other department will help me to secure all my bank accounts.(They do this step to make you believe that they are true, so that you will corporate with them)
4) After a while, I receive a phone call from a girl, she told me that they have suspend all my bank accounts now. But the ATM card they cannot do it remotely, hence she want me to go to the ATM machine, and key in some special "PIN" to stop the card. After I reach the ATM, she call me and told me that later what I see on screen is not the true info. I just need to key in the PIN given by her. So I just follow the step and key in everything. She then ask me to destroy the transaction slip and throw it away. Then told me within 3 days cannot use my ATM cards and other bank accounts.(Key in the "PIN" at ATM is fake also, those PIN is actually somebody account number and the amount to be transfer.)
Always call back to the Bank to verify, are you really have that credit card?Bank always have a tollfree number, including Bank Negara. And you can easily find the real bank number on internet "
Monday, April 27, 2009
Looking at my own almost-3 Arthur, he is much more confident than many kids his age. Indeed, he is much more independent and confident than his school-going cousins. Having worn him EVERYDAY since he was 10 months old til the time he found his legs at 18 months, Arthur was never really a clingy boy.
Indeed, ask anyone who knows him (well or not), you can find that he is very sociable and well, shall I say, entertaining, at times ;)
Before you feel disgusted at the thought of babywearing or even breastfeeding, think again... wouldn't you feel more confortable, happy and more trustworthy shall you have someone hold you close when you needed a hug? Would you really prefer to cry by yourself, in a corner of the room, so you can train yourself up to be more self-dependent?
Bear in mind, what you are 'training' your child today goes a long way. How are you 'training' them to be independent? If it is through encouragement that they should suppress their feelings and not show it... how else do they take care of stress? The world is, after all, getting more stressful by the day and before you know it, Stress Management could very well be a pre-school subject one day.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
They learn to condemn...
If children live with hostility,
They learn to fight...
If children live with ridicule,
They learn to be shy...
If children live with shame,
They learn to feel guilty...
If children live with tolerance,
They learn to be patient...
If children live with encouragement,
They learn to be confident...
If children live with praise,
They learn to appreciate...
If children live with fairness,
They learn justice...
If children live with security,
They learn to have faith...
If children live with approval,
They learn to like themselves...
If children live with acceptance and friendship,
They learn to find love in the world...
~Dorothy Law Nolte
Friday, April 10, 2009
Fit For 2 Workshop – held on the first Saturday of every month at 1130am, a practical workshop to introduce both parents to a happy, fit and safe pregnancy and new mummy period. Also a time for questions and discussions. Please call to make reservation as spaces are limited, Fit For 2 Studio.
Friday, April 3, 2009
I have been out visiting new Moms for the past month on breastfeeding and babywearing. 3 out of 5 are determined to make breastfeeding work. 2 just does not have the confidence that they can supply enough for their little ones. 1 out of the 3 determined Moms feels the 'need' to supplement breastmilk with formula...
Not a very happy looking statistic with only 2 out of 5 being able to breastfeed exclusively.
Look at this, read the news... Melamine...BPA... how much can a baby take??!
Friday, March 27, 2009
- Wear newborns through toddlers in a variety of positions
- Made of beautiful hand-loomed, breathable fabrics
- Built in pocket for keys, diaper, cell phone etc.
- Unpadded, open tail that allows for perfect adjustability and is convenient as a nursing cover
- Fits easily into a diaper bag or purse
- Machine washable
- Recommended for children up to 35 pounds
- Instructional DVD included
Get it from Charantya Store today!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Just for thoughts...
Thursday, March 19, 2009
- XL-sized for your little ones
- 100% cotton (exclusive of binding)
- Velcro closure for ease of use
- Keeps mess at bay
- Use it not only for meals but whenever your little ones tend to get messy... (as cook's little helper or even when getting creative with paints)
- Another handmade Peek-a-product to suit your needs
To me, things that are discounted can be considered a bargain. But then, of course, the higher the discount, the better the bargain ;) However, how excited am I towards the different numbers to the discounts??
Less 10%... "ok, it's probably going to be discounted further. We'll wait and see"
Less 20%... "it's probably a good time to get it now... if we need it"
Less 30%... "we should really think about it. If we miss this, we will need to pay a higher price for it in future"
Less 40%... "That's a really good price... considering what it was worth before..."
Less 50%... "We really need it now. We sure can make use of it somewhere"
Less 80%... "We might not need it now but we can buy it and keep it for the future... I'm sure we'll need it one day"
Less 90% or more... "Just grab it first, we can just give it to someone who needs it!"
Well, that's me, generally, with many things...
In case you are wondering on the possibilities of things getting to be discounted by 90% or more... I'm sharing my Mom's idea of a bargain with you...
Less 10%... "that's no difference from the original price"
Less 20%... "hmmm... ok. So, that's discounted already? When's the next drop in price?"
Less 30%... "Ok, I'll think about it..."
Less 40%... "I guess it's worth buying now..."
Less 50%... "That's quite a good deal... isn't it?"
Less 80%... "So, am I really going to make full use of it?"
Less 90%... "I don't care what it is. Just buy it now and work it out later"
It might not be surprising for bargain hunters but over time, these are the bargains that Mom hunted down...
RM10 for a set of dining table+6 chairs (Usual RRP RM 500+)... still brand new and wrapped in original casing after 2 years!
RM10 for an Ikea trolley on wheels (Usual RRP about RM 80)
RM0.20 each for Snoopy melamine forks (Usual RRP RM 5.90)
I'm sure there are more but I just cannot get them into my head now. The above should give you an idea, somehow.
The thing is, when it comes to bargain hunting, we all have different point of view. I was once invited to go on a shopping spree with my ex-colleagues which was supposedly meant to be a bargain and I bought nothing. Branded outfits at a huge discount and branded perfumes at 'cheap price' is not my idea of a bargain.
My best achievement in bargain hunting so far? It was during Uni days in Sydney when I managed to get a brand new, out of the box Ikea wardrobe and a brand new, out of the box Ikea writing table at AUD$5 each. Now, that's what I truly call a bargain!
p/s: the above illustration, is really looking more at our 'wants' than our 'needs'. Of course, when it comes to basic necessities like food, we can't really wait til it's 90% off the original price, can we?
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Then again, that doesn't always work. Why???
- The ideal position of having the lowest point around the belly button doesn't work for all. Some prefers it higher up, some prefers it lower. It's a thing on personal preference. The pouch may look too big/small for the wearer but if the wearer INSISTS that it is comfortable, it's not easy changing their perception, even when it is INDEED too big! (too small usually is not much of a problem)
- We assume too much when sizing ourselves! We tend to think if we look bigger, we shall have a bigger size. If we look taller, we need a bigger size. Truth be told, or rather, the fact is, tall or short, big or small, our bodies are built differently. We can be tall with a long body and short legs or short with a body with long legs... you get the idea? No? Well, to gain the ultimate babywearing experience with a pouch, the measurement is taken from one shoulder to the opposite hip bone... so, if your body is long, you will have a bigger measurement compared to one with a short body... nothing to do with your overall size though it does give us a general idea
- We love the pouch but wish we could share it!... so, all possible users measured and the if we buy the largest size among them all, all can share, right?? Wrong! Imagine not feeling at all comfortable with the pouch simply because it is just too big... will you really want to use it again?
- We have been using a particular brand (say, S size works wonders), so S size from another should fit. NOT NECESSARILY. Honestly, even the same size of the same brand can be different over time as they go through remodification and all. Again, never assume and measure as per the instructions.
Just don't assume anything when it comes to buying pouches, especially when you are new to them. Ask and I am pretty sure the vendors will be glad to help :)
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Is it really that tempting? Is is really that SIMPLE? Would you REALLY enjoy a simple life?
Imagine life like these (these are all true stories that I know)...
... a life with just 5 sets of clothes for work... A set each for Mon-Fri. Simple and no need to worry about what to wear for the day
... a life with just ONE pair of shoes at a time... never a second pair until it is worn off... again, no need to be standing at the door, deciding what to wear and whether it matches!
... a life with just ONE handbag at any one time... same as above
... a life where you'll only need to decide what to have for your meals each day and nothing else...
Sounds simple? Something for you?
For a while, I was afraid I would be one of them, too. That is one of the main reasons why there were such little posts from me...
As a SAHM turned WAHM, it is easy to forget what the true reason was to leave a job to stay at home... for me, it will always be because of my little one.
Even before marriage, I was one who had dreamt of being able to stay at home and take care of my own kids... if I am given the chance... if we can be financially stable enough etc. etc. I am BLESSED and GIVEN the chance. Now that I am GIVEN the chance, I do not want to misuse it. I need to know and need to keep reminding myself that my son is my priority. NOT the business.
For a while... (lucky it was not a loooong while), I 'put my son aside' and focused on the blogs, the shop... the business. My little one standing next to me while I was on the PC, begging for attention, as I 'finish' typing up that 'last' blog post... as I 'finish' posting an item for sale... as I answer that 'last email'... I'm glad it's over now...
For a while... I was
Sorry, my friends. I know you all mean well but in my world... Playgroup comes before business. Time with my son comes before anything else, indeed... call me ??? but how else do I do it?
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Wooden Springy - RM 8.00 each
- Hand painted wooden springy
- Decorate the nursery, the cot, the play area or simply hang it anywhere you want to give the environment a cheerful look!
- Measures approximately 5" in height when legs are stretched
- Attractive colours and motifs
- 6 colours/designs to choose from
BUY ALL 6 for RM 40.00 ONLY!!
Mini Wooden Vase Clips - RM 5.00 ea
BUY ALL 6 for RM 25.00 ONLY!!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Time... no matter how I try schedule it, no matter how I try to arrange my use of it, it just never seems enough. I guess 'modern day clutter' takes up more than just space in the physical appearance... it's certainly also taking up space in my 'to do list'.
Let's see... 'to do' now includes:
... spending more time with Arthur
... learning up HTML so I can be more savvy when it comes to maintaining my site and blog
... spending more quality time with Arthur
... sewing up some skirts for my niece
... spending less time off the sewing room and the laptop so Arthur does beg me to do it :(
... sewing up a bag for Arthur
... updating my blog
... read a book... rather, finish reading books I started reading...
... bringing Arthur out to playgroup
... updating my store
... ... ... ...
(and, did I say Arthur skipping his naps does not help at all?)
Time... do we really want more of it? What then, if we DO manage to get more of it? My bet is that we'll still need MORE OF IT! Thing is, we need to prioritise things in life and right now, at this very moment, blogging just does not hold priority on my list :( (especially since I read about how people can start 'following' you much more than you want them to from your blog... that really put me off...)
Oh well, it's looking like I'll never really get my mojo for blogging back... Let's just say my friends were right... I am just not a blogger-type... I guess...
HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Stylish yet practical. These string bags can expand and hold so much more than you can imagine. Bring one along with you on your next market trip to keep your produce breathing.
Easy to use and compact enough to just go into your pocket, bagful of produce can just be hung in your pantry when you get home!
And, who says it can only be used for the market! It is just as good and trendy for clothes and all things nice ;)
Peekaroobaby will be bringing in more green options soon. Stay tuned!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
This is late but I believe in late than never...
Peekaroobaby is now going through the second New Year and wow! I can't believe it was 2007 when I first started Peekaroobaby! This would not be possible if it weren't for you, my customers and my readers :D
Here, I just want to sincerely Thank You who have been with me through the journey, sharing my passion and joy in babywearing, breastfeeding and cloth diapering. If not for you, Peekaroobaby will not be celebrating and welcoming 2009!
The year that was 2008, it was a great year and a very, very memorable one indeed. I have managed to finally get Malaysian Babywearers up and running :D Not much and only slowly building it up, though. Nevertheless, we managed not to miss a monthly gathering in Penang and are trying our best to make regular meetings in KL a reality. We managed to carry out IBW08 activities and have fun along the way. With a great team, I foresee a supportive babywearing community with MBW!
The year that was 2008, I made a few good friends and my son grew up too soon! A demanding toddler on hand, 2009 will see me having less and less time to sew, perhaps... then again, he is also growing to be kind of understanding... whatever it is, he is my priority.
The year that was 2008 and the year that is 2009 and beyond, Peekaroobaby wishes to continue its dedication to babywearing, breastfeeding and cloth diapering....