Two days meals

Our dinner today:

1. Air fried bbq sauce chicken

2. Onion omelette

3. Stir fry choy sum fah with garlic

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Our lunch today: Pressure cooker pumpkin rice and slow cooker green radish chicken soup

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My lunch (and dinner) yesterday:

1. Hakka styled chicken wine cooked by my dearest friend

2. Egg salad

3. Papaya chicken soup

4. Mixed grains rice with vco

I think I will have a longgggg day today since hubby’s on off site meeting, probably coming home late!

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Big girl’s lunch and dinner:

1. Mixed grains rice with vco

2. Air fried threadfin (coated with cornflour and sesame oil) – sauce: onion, carrot, hard boiled egg and leftover papaya chicken soup

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Breastfeeding the second time!

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Beginning with a mindset to fully breastfeed our second newborn, we started off with searching for a hospital that supports breastfeeding (right from birth). [Note: Our previous hospital for our first girl did support breastfeeding but only to a limited extent – that our girl was fed formula milk before I returned from operating theatre, for the excuse that the newborn was screaming her lungs out. Fortunately, we could fully breastfeed her after we return home.]

From the time I was admitted to the hospital to the point of delivery, I have been telling the nurses, midwife and even the anaesthetist my intention to fully breastfeed my newborn.

While we could do skin-to-skin right after the c-sec, my newborn was sent to the nursery thereafter. As there was a slight complication during my c-sec, it took almost two hours before I returned from the operating theatre (where usually it takes 1 hour). In nervousness, I did question myself “has my newborn be fed with formula milk?” Fortunately, it DIDN’T happen; witnessed by my hubby, my big girl, my mum and my breastfeeding buddy (who was ready to step in if my nervous hubby and mum decide to give consent on formula feeding like last round). And so, I managed to breastfeed my newborn immediately after returning from the operating theatre. Baby was room in – only returning to the nursery for bath and checks by the paed. The nurses were supportive as well, guiding me, in case I didn’t know how to. I am seriously grateful that the hospital fulfils its mission on encouraging breastfeeding.

We returned home on the third day and went through what mummies usually go through – the frequent feedings, night feedings, engorgement and etc. Empowered by knowledge from previous breastfeeding classes, experience with my big girl and also re-reading some breastfeeding books, I just direct latch the whole time (no mission to stock up the fridge with breastmilk, and also because I am a stay at home mum who will be with my kids 24/7). This time around I am definitely more “stable” and I didn’t have to post any SOS on TBAN or to breastfeeding mummies. Engorgement started on 4th day and milk leaks started therafter. I collected breastmilk in the breast shield (with hardly any hand express and no pumping at all); not for feeding though – but for milk bath. The rest is sweet history!

Today our little baby (who shares the birthdate as her elder sister) turns one month. It also marks our one month of exclusive breastfeeding journey. The second time is definitely easier, plus more confidence in handling breastfeeding moments, be it at home or out of home. And I am not bothered with any naysayers.

I am definitely breastfeeding my second girl for as long as she wants, similar to her sister.

Unfortunately, I could not do tandem nursing anymore as the big girl (3Y1M) who was breastfed for as long as she wanted, actually told me it is “yucky” now (after few days of “fighting” with her sister for nen nen)! What a stark change. But, I have accepted it that she has grown up – and this definitely dispute notions that breastfed and attached kids are sticky. In fact, she has shown growing independence in this one month.

P/S: Our hospital that we went this round is KPJ Damansara Specialist (note to admin: this is not an advertorial. Just that I don’t want members pm me later.)

My pretty babies! 1mo and 3Y1M!

Meals for little 17chipmunks at 3 yo

I know I said before I might stop cooking for her (if we dine outside) when she turns 3…..

But…haha, I wasn’t sure what are we going to have for our lunch out there today. Plus, it wasn’t that difficult to prepare and carry her food out. Further more, at the restaurant, when we were opening the menu, she was already asking for her food container. And she enjoys her meal happily plus didn’t bug us for our food! So?

Hmmm…

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Confinement meal 29

My final confinement meal:

1. Steamed chicken in Brands chicken essence with shiitake mushrooms, red dates, wolf berries and green zucchini

2. Coleslaw – butterhead, carrot and tomato

3. Yee mee in slow cooked papaya and apple chicken soup

I was supposed to eat red dates rice but switch with my girl who wanted rice; and I have only one person’s portion of rice (as hubby wasn’t eating).

And yeah, I ‘survived’ the month. Tomorrow is full moon with no celebration (a deal made ever since our first girl’s full moon nightmare, if we were to have another kid. But we had sent the full moon gifts to relatives . ha ha.. I know I don’t have to explain.)

I will continue to eat healthily together with my family, as I am still breastfeeding my little baby! So, you will get to see my post, if nothing much change to our daily routine!

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Confinement meals 27

My confinement lunch: Yee mee in slow cooked arrow root and apples chicken soup topped with lean pork, Shitake mushrooms and choy sum

Count down! Tomorrow last day of ‘confinement’! Haha… And today we had a playdate at home. My friend brought my girl and her son to swim at our club house, while I got my luxury morning bath and prepared lunch (as the baby was sleeping)!

They have the same meal as me! Lol!

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Chin chai confinement dinner today:

1. Spinach wantan mee in leftover sauce of braised soy sauce chicken (yesterday’s sauce, feel wasted if just throw like that)

2. Stir fry long beans with green pepper

3. Air fried honey sesame oil pork chop (marinated and freezed for a month)

4. Slow cooked arrow root and apples chicken soup

Today finally ate/used up all the freezed food and marinated stuff prepared before I went to labour. They are so precious to me in this one month. Guess moving ahead I would probably cook for dinner and eat leftover for next day’s lunch to avoid rushing!

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Confinement meals 26

My confinement lunch today:

1. Virgin coconut oil rice

2. Fried egg

3. Okra and onion sambal

4. Curry chicken (from freezer)

5. Slow cooked radish and pumpkin chicken soup

My girl’s lunch – 1,2 and 5 – she loves the rice alot, added one more scope

Few more days and the word ‘confinement’ will be out from my ‘dictionary’!

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Confinement dinner today :

1. Braised soy sauce chicken

2. Blanched bok choy in slow cooked radish and pumpkin chicken soup

3. Virgin coconut oil rice

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 I have a very good girl today who finished up the food herself both lunch and dinner!

Thanks to papa being away for work! tongue emoticon

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