Archive for the ‘10++ mth’ Category

Baby Calvin’s First Cold

October 20, 2010

Baby Calvin caught a cold two weekends ago. This is probably the first time he has fallen sick. His nose was so runny. He hates having us wipe his nose though, so for a few days, he was going around with a line of watery snot hanging out his nose and then wiping it on his papa’s shirt when he begs to be carried. Yes, he knows how to ask to be carried now. He’ll reach out his hands and touch our hands or arms or knees, whichever is closer, when he wants to get out of his little car over dinner. Or he’ll be calling ‘ mama’,  ‘papa’, ‘ah pa’, ‘mum’ though I don’t think he really knows what they mean. Still, it’s really sweet, even though I sometimes get frustrated that I can’t get anything done when all he wants is to be carried. I guess that’s when the Ergo carrier really saves the day.

It was a pretty tough week taking care of him. His nose was blocked so he has a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep. So we’d have to carry him around for nap times and at night until he falls asleep. I have to admit I’m pretty weak, so carrying around this little bundle of almost 8 kg for an extended period is an impossibility.  Johnny had to take leave for two days to relieve me coz I was starting to feel truly physically exhausted. Even with two people, he was still more than a handful. Thankfully, he’s mostly recovered now even though he’s more clingy than before but I’m just so glad to have my healthy baby back!

Some Like It Cold

October 4, 2010

I’ve been having some trouble feeding him some types of food. He wouldn’t eat any of the rice or oat cereals that I bought. And he’s been rejecting the purees that I made. Even his previous favorite – pumpkin. I couldn’t quite tell if there’s a pattern to it, but I suspect that he likes his food to be slightly chilled. For example, when I gave him the beef, potato and pumpkin jar the first time, it was luke warm and he fussed over it. So I kept the remainder in the fridge and viola, the same evening, he ate about half the jar… The temperature of the food aside, I was surprised that he really liked it coz from what I read on the net, babies are suppose to prefer bland food, which makes it harder to introduce stronger tasting food like beef. He continually surprises me by liking things I thought he wouldn’t like.

Over the weekend, I also cooked up some oxtail broth. I basically just dumped the oxtail, carrot, potato and onion into the slow cooker overnight. It’s so easy that I wish I thought of getting a slow cooker in college instead of using the stovetop. Broth made from boney bits is supposed to be very nutritious. Some sites are touting it as some sort of miracle food that can cure many ailments. I don’t really buy that. I sounds almost as ridiculous as those signs that we saw in Chinatown New York (or was it Hong Kong) saying acupuncture can cure aids/ cancer. I mean I agree that it is nutritious and I can believe that it is easily absorbed by the body in this form, but to say it actually heals the body takes a big leap in reasoning.

Actually, I just wanted to use the broth as a base to cook his cereal or porridge with since he seemed to hate the taste of it alone. I have to admit that even for a person who likes oats, the Bellamy oat cereal in plain water tastes pretty disgusting. Then I figured we could all drink this frequently anyway since it’s totally yummilicious and we both love this soup. If it’s full of nutritious goodness, then all the better. Plus I defat the broth, so this makes a much healthier snack than those random cookies and snacks that I stuff in my mouth every so often.

This morning I tried mixing the broth with the Happy Bellies rice cereal and he was pretty happy with it. Yay me!

I Can Crawl!

September 29, 2010

No, I don’t mean me but baby Calvin of course. At 8 month corrected age, baby Calvin has started crawling in earnest! When he sees something that interests him which in these days means his wet wipe box, the bottle of Ribena or the fridge, he will commando crawl over to check it out. It’s not quite the full- fledge- tummy- off- the- floor crawl but he’s definitely found a new way of getting around. Given, he still can’t go very far. In fact, when he’s tired, he still goes backwards; if the things are too far away, he’ll even give up or basically get distracted. Still, I feel so proud of my little tot for reaching a new and important milestone. Soon, I think I will be chasing him all over the place, preventing him from doing all sorts of crazy stunts like pulling on the electric cords etc. I have to give some serious thought on how to baby proof a safe crawling zone where I can leave him in for short periods.

He’s also figured out how to press the knob on the little carousel (see picture) to make it spin. And also how to make the Mozart Magic Cube play music. Or at least I assume his smacking of both things are directed and not just random whacks of fancy.

Yoghurt Power!

September 25, 2010

Baby Calvin didn’t seem to be putting on much weight according to our scales. A measly 250g in 2 months. We wanted to try and reschedule our appointment at KK but the earliest available date was at end Dec. Wanting to at least make sure he’s ok, we decided to bring him to another PD at East Coast road. His jabs were previously done at the Kidslink clinic at Bedok but we found the PD’s attitude to be quite blase and not thorough at all with her examination. The last time we told her about him being on milk strike, she just offhandedly told us to give him solids. At our insistence, she did a cursory check to make sure he didn’t have an ear infection which might have made him reject milk. I would think this should be a standard check because babies are very prone to ear infection.

Well, I read that this other PD is pretty old and experienced so off we went. Not sure if his scale is not calibrated properly or our digital weighing machine is not sensitive enough, but it turned out that he’s now 8kg?? So it turns out that he is fine. Developmentally, he’s somewhat on track except that he’s not really crawling yet. He can creep forward a little when he want to reach out for his toys but he’s a bit of a lazy bugger when it comes to creeping more than a little.

Weaning

The PD also said I’d need to transition him to solids in order for him to get enough calories. On the other hand, I’ve read conflicting advice from the web saying that babies should be getting most of his nutrition from milk up to 1 year old and not to let solids replace milk. Or maybe it’s because he’s not being breastfed so he can’t constantly nibble and get his fill. Afterall, with a 3 hourly feed, there’s a limit to how much his tummy can hold. Plus his tummy capacity seems to be really small. I really marvel at those babies who can drink 200++ ml in one sitting.

Anyway, I came away with renewed zest to let him try more new foods. On a whim, I bought a small tub of Paul’s Natural Yoghurt. The baby Yoplait that a lot of other mummies buy is just too elusive, plus I think it’s expensive? Not sure about the price since I have never found it before. The good thing about buying plain yoghurt is that I can flavour it with any of the fruit/ veg purees.

I was a little skeptical about how receptive baby Calvin would be though since plain yoghurt is naturally sour. I remember eating the low fat ones from Marigold before and they really really taste bad. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that he loved the yoghurt. ❤ ❤ I tried a little of the leftovers and it’s actually much better than I expected. I didn’t realize that the difference can be so stark though I should have suspected that since I dislike the taste of the Marigold fresh milk as well, that the yoghurt wouldn’t suit my palate. So at least I found a good source of protein for him. He didn’t like the texture of tofu that much and I haven’t tried meats yet.

Next on my list are different grains – quinoa, oat, barley – since he seems to be sick of brown rice. I have to admit I’ve never tried quinoa myself. This whole cooking for baby business is definitely making me more domestic. Or at least it’s motivating me to try cooking different things. The main beneficiary is probably Johnny. Or maybe not. Baby food is way too healthy for his liking 🙂