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Another Trip to KKH

March 21, 2011

The poor little guy is sick again. Just as I thought he has finally recovered from his almost 2 month-long sniffling episode, he seemed to have caught stomach flu. Yesterday, he didn’t manage to hold in any of his food and he had a bit of diarrhoea. In the evening, we decided to bring him to the a&e at KKH after he threw up his dinner and milk. Even then, he didn’t have a fever but he’s definitely showing signs of dehydration.

I guess many parents were in the same situation as us. The a&e was packed when we got there. In fact, it was getting increasing crowded. We arrived at 8pm, by the time we saw the doctor, it was almost 11pm. Calvin was given medication to stop the vomiting and we were asked to give him small amounts of glucose water every 15 mins for one hour and observe if he continues to vomit.  He seemed ok, though tired so we were told to go home and give him more glucose water to hydrate him. He really doesn’t like the taste though so I’ve been having trouble getting him to drink it all of today.

He’s still pretty weak today, spending most of the day asleep which is understandable since he slept only at 12:30am last night. He still has diarrhea though and his appetite is not good. His lethargy is making me worried. It’s really tough to be parents when you have to watch your kids suffer so. One of the biggest reasons why I don’t mind being a stay-at-home-mom is that I can take better care of him and he will hopefully not fall sick as much. It’s pretty bad when he’s feeling all weak and in pain but he can’t even tell us about it. I try to give in to him and carry him around more but honestly, I’m just pretty weak physically. Having to go with little sleep is also threatening to put me down with some illness as well though I’m consciously putting in the effort to maintain my health.





My Tottering Penguin

March 16, 2011

031211_02He’s still not walking yet but I’m sure he’s now seeing walking as a good tool of transportation (after being carried and rushed around of course). Over the weekend, he started to pull himself up on his little wooden wagon and can walk around all by himself. He was giggling to himself the first time he showed me as he charged towards me on his wagon. Previously when he walked with it, we were always right behind him and trying to slow the pace in case he slips and fall flat on his face or worse… The funny thing is watching him waddle around like a penguin and grinning from ear to ear at the same time (him, not us)

He’s been talking a lot and using his own baby words consistently. Now if only we can figure out what he’s trying to say. Sometimes I vacillate between worrying about him and feeling reassured. I guess this is the point where I feel a little relieved. I’m having a bet with his dad about when he’s finally going to start walking. I’m betting o end May while J is saying second half of April. We’ll see how that goes. At least now, he doesn’t mind his little Pediped shoes anymore. And it seems like he’ll outgrow them soon. Ouch, baby shoes are definitely painful to the pocket, especially considering how often they have to change them. The leather ones easily cost a cool $60 from retail stores though I bought the current ones from overseas for a good discount.

With the likelihood of going overseas, I’m starting to seriously think about how to cut our expenses especially when we are there. His stipend will likely only cover rent and our health insurance so the rest of the living expenses will have to come out of our savings. At least we’re not going into debt over this. Anyway, we’ll know for sure in one month’s time but it looks like we’ll be having our little adventure soon.

The KKH Effect

February 27, 2011

We have this theory that is probably more myth than fact – Every time he comes back from a checkup, he will ‘power up’ and show significant leaps in terms of milestones. This kinda started when he went for an eye examination to make sure he does not have ROP (Retinopathy of Prematurity). The procedure sounds pretty disturbing to us but they basically prop his eyelids open with some device and examine it. Prior to that checkup, I was actually worried that he doesn’t really cry and well, guess it was a traumatizing trip to the hospital for him coz he cried badly while they held him down for the examination and seemed to have found his voice thereafter.

This time round, he was extra vocal and chatty from the day we came back from his checkup. Maybe he was outraged that the doctor prodded his genital area (checking for hernia) coz he certainly refused to stay in the doctor’s room after that.

Today also saw quite a few firsts for him. He finally figured out how to play with his Tiny Love Musical Stack and Play. He can put the balls into the tube, which triggers the music to play. He is also able to stack the rings onto the cone (in whichever order I hand him the rings). He also found out how the Mozart Magic Cube works and was happily pressing the buttons to start and stop the music.

And lastly, he knows how to pass an item in his hand and give it to his daddy when requested. Of course when I asked  him to give it to me, he just threw the tube of diaper cream at my ankle. Owww…… double standards!

On the doctor’s advice, I’ve been giving him cheese as snack more frequently now. We bought a nice chunk of Monterey Jack which I grated. He seems to really like it. Maybe because he sees us enjoying it too 🙂 He is getting to the age where he likes to imitate us. I’m also trying to give him beef porridge to literally beef him up. He’s still not eating the school’s porridge so I’m cooking all his meals. Man, so much work, so little time!

He also really enjoys playing with the little steering wheels at the playground. We bought him to one of the playgrounds at T3 but he was fussy after a while. We suspect it was because he’s most like teething some little molars which are supposed to be more painful than the others.

*The post turned out a bit eclectic but that’s coz my mind is kinda shutting down. Really need to go sleep now before I turn into a zombie tomorrow.


15 Months Old

February 24, 2011

Life has been hectic and there’s very little me time as it is. And despite that, I still sometimes feel like there is more that I could do for my little Calvin that I’m not doing and it makes me feel like I’m a lousy mom. I guess part of that is because he seems to be lagging behind in the major milestones.

  • Flipping at 3 month CA
  • Sitting up w/o support at 5 month CA
  • Leopard crawling at 9 month CA, crawling on fours at 11 month
  • Pull to standing position at 10 month CA

His gross motor seems to be ok. His day care teacher was saying they were concerned that he wasn’t walking yet but I think he’s fine. I’m more worried about his social development.

What he isn’t doing yet that other kids do:

  • Wave goodbye
  • Say ‘mama’ and ‘papa’ to the correct parent
  • Pincer grasp (can’t believe after all those months of puff eating, still no pincer grasp!)
  • Walk
  • Point at things that interest him
  • Follow simple instructions

What he can do:

  • Play hide and seek. Mainly we hide and he seek
  • Put things into containers. So far it’s the tennis balls into its canister
  • Has temper tantrums when frustrated. Over the weekend, he threw a totally classic tantrum – flop backwards from sitting position (I was there to catch him), flailing his arms and kicking his legs. Pretty amusing to watch 🙂
  • Turns the pages of a book
  • Peek out through ‘holes’ in the book


His PD at KKH says he’s pretty on track in terms of milestones as of now when we voiced our concerns about those things that he’s unable to do now. I guess we’ll monitor and continue to encourage him to talk and interact with us. Recently he’s been a really chirpy and chatty baby so that kinda puts me at ease a little.