First play date at home since No3

Noelle has been expecting someone to come over to play with her for some months/weeks. In fact, at times, she even asked our neighbour Jessica to come over – which she didn’t make it!

Not that she is lonely, but I believe she wanted someone who could comprehend her at her own level and more than what her Mei Mei could (at least understand her instructions/ way of playing). That’s where there’s a saying that ‘friends are important too despite having siblings!’

And yes, she got her ‘wish’ granted today when EZ popped by! It was pre-arranged, of course, with one of mama’s closest friends (who of course my kids are also fond of and have no or not much stranger anxiety)! Also, I believe I could handle (and asked her for help if I needed) even with three!

We didn’t really plan anything as we have the usual schedule of swimming and free play. The most we planned is the food – and always the simplest – noodle soup!

I observe that as they grow, both have their own play demands. While both can understand/comprehend each other, they have their own ways of playing. The best similarity is ‘wanting to win’ over each other in games (there are growing competition)! But there were moments there could play with one another, of course – the best would have been the popcorn play!

This is our first playdate at home after Norrah and probably the last for the year 2017 – since we have so much going on in the month ahead (plus mama has butterfly in the stomach kinda feel 😫😢😑☹️😕🙄😓)!Also, it is really not easy to handle three during the play date – this time was ‘easy’ as Norrah has no stranger anxiety and our play date mum can carry her when I work around! Coupled with Nikki’s crankiness and clingyness, it has been a handful moment – so I have taken the least photos of them!

It definitely won’t be THE last play date at home; need to improvise and plan things!

3rd month check up at Klinik Kesihatan

Our ‘we time’ today at the clinics for monthly check up and jabs!

We arrived quite early today before 7am and people already queuing. The elderlies were more organized on the queue compared to the mummies and child queue!🙄 I have forgotten the zone queue – took two numbers then check back my old number; luckily I kept the photo in my blog! So, we are on the 7 series; and we got number 5!

I would say today was kind of fast – our time in Klinik Kesihatan ends at 9am for us! There were a lot trainee nurses today too! I went to tapau lunch for hubby (on half day off to look after the other two) and myself! Then I went home to go to loo and pass him the food.

Since still early, I brought Norrah again to our private paed for rota virus oral administration and pneumococcal jab. Noelle didn’t want to follow; so I went alone with Norrah! Everything ends around 11am – came home to cook cheese spaghetti for the girls (I have pressure cooked watercress chicken soup in the morning)!

Norrah is so ‘busy body’ now – looking around, laughing and smiling to people; which also means I have to ‘entertain’ her (and people🙄)! So, she is pretty tired now. Hope she will take a long nap so I can settle my stuff!

Norrah @ 3m3d, 5.7kg

Our staycation at Main Place USJ21

Since the arrival of baby Norrah, life has been very routine! We do need a break! While we dream to get away from home, our duties never end during holidays! I have been thinking – how wonderful if our getaway home comes with a kitchen and basic cooking equipments! It would be perfect if it is located near to a supermarket, where we could source fresh goods!

We decided to try on our first Airbnb- our staycation at Main Place USJ21! First of all, we choose Main Place because of its location (not too far from our home) and its facilities! It is strategically located above a shopping mall – which means that I don’t have to bother packing groceries – to cook for the girls. This definitely reduces our luggage weight and the unnecessary worry that our little ones would not be fed well during our short stay.

With young kids, we wish our stay over is spacious enough for our kid(s) to explore. On the unit we choose for the 2d1n, it not only has a stylish living room (which our 5 year old gave a big ‘wow’ on arrival); but also ‘child friendly’ – since it still has ample space for the kids to run about.

In short, during the short stay, I could whip up a meal in the well-equipped kitchen while the kids (and hubby) unwind within the living hall with their in-house entertainment (Astro)!

Besides the condo’s own facilities such as swimming pool and playground for the kids, there’s also a mini entertainment outlet in the mall, i.e. Molly fantasy for my girls to play in. For those not into cooking, there are food outlets in the mall too – in fact, hubby and I did pack some food up and ate comfortably in our ‘homestay’!

What I was more excited is it comes not only with a washing machine but also a dryer! I could quickly do my laundry before returning home!

Overall, the unit we stayed at is cosy, clean and has good lighting!<;

It is an entirely different experience compare to staying in a hotel! We will be definitely be back for another break!

On the host, they have been helpful in answering our queries. They have prompted us on the guidelines on how to check in and directions to the unit. While the place may be new to us, it didn’t at all make us feel like we were in a maze.

Fixing Tesco breadmaker

My tesco breadmaker actually broke down two weeks ago! And I found out the common issue is the broken belt. I got a contact from a friend who had her breadmaker part recently replaced! This contact is useful and has to be kept here!

We called before we went to the shop in Puchong. They are only open on weekdays (physical shop) or you can get it courier to you! The spare part (belt) which I needed cost RM24.70. Customer actually has to fix it themselves (here’s a step by step diy link). But with a fee of RM10, they can actually help us fix it. So we did bring our breadmaker along; left it there and went to have lunch. We contacted them again after our lunch and it was ready to be collected!

So now my breadmaker is back in action. Fortunately, it was just a minor ‘injury’ that cost RM34.70.

Popcorn pretend play

Items required: paper (of different colour and thickness), marker pen, ruler, scissor and cellophane tape

There are free templates but I drew it as I don’t have access to our printer!

Activity with number 2 while number 3 looks on!

Basically just tear the paper for the popcorns!

Their night activity for the day!<video>

Sharing my thoughts on excessive screen time:

‘Life’ could have been easier; mealtimes quicker (possible?); I could do much of my personal stuff; I don’t have to bother about their activities, etc….

But that’s (the video says it all) reason for not having them glued on those screens!

Of course, they still do get their screen time, but with a limit – they (as of now is only Noelle) should know when, where and how long the screen time (especially ipad) .

They are in fact very addictive! Even watching YouTube – Noelle is guilty of such; but breaking the habit is an ‘accomplishment’ – just like yesterday at bedtime she told me proudly ‘mama I didn’t watch YouTube today (only abit tv🤣)!’

P/s: I am talking about my kids; not ‘yours’ – and a reminder to those who like to ‘bait’ our kids with screen times🙄

National Horse Show Carnival 2017 at Selangor Turf Club

An activities fb page shared about this event going on this weekend and so we went! Entry was free; in fact parking was free too! They provided free shuttle bus from the parking to the club! It has been some time Noelle took a ‘big’ bus; so she was pretty excited! It was Nikki’s first time on a big bus; so she was a little timid!

The carnival was more like a funfair! Some play like bouncing castle was free. Most (like flying fox and wall climbing) required coupons, which was easily purchased there! There were clown shows, horse feeding, horse petting and etc. They have food trucks and booths there too – the prices were reasonable! We spent close to two hours there!

It was a great experience for us!