Milestone: Goodbye to her first baby tooth 🦷 6y2m18d

>> officially ‘Toothless’ the dragon 😂😂

On last Monday (11 March 2019) morning while eating breakfast, Noelle rushed to the toilet and looked at the mirror. I asked her why and she told me her tooth hurts!🙄🙄 I quickly check to see if her tooth was wobbly or any new teeth growing from the back (cos I saw few kids had that)! Nothing obvious. Papa mentioned that if it continues to hurt, we will bring her to the dentist! She instantly shook her head, indicating ‘don’t want’! I then gave her cold water to drink (sort of to numb of the pain). She went to school after that.

<in the mean time, Gan cheong mama SOS Rachel Ong 😂 because the week before Heidi lost her first tooth. I tried understanding how the process is like – since I can’t remember mine ~ so generally, it hurts first and then turn wobbly before it falls out by itself😮>

Right after I picked her up from school, Noelle told me her tooth is already wobbly. Instead of fear, she was telling me in an excited way! 🙄🤣 She told me that she discovered that her tooth was wobbly in the class when her tongue pushed the tooth! 😆 And it was painful to eat her pear – so she just ate one pear; eating the cake and egg was fine. I continued to remind her (the book that we read) that it is because the BIG tooth is coming out and thus it is pushing out the baby tooth out! And soon the wobbly tooth will come out – she can then feel a space with her tongue.

The reason that she was calmer than in the morning is because two of her friends also have wobbly tooth! 😂 ok la, got teman!

I told her to bite food from the other side of the mouth if she feels hurt. <In fact, I actually told her to eat harder fruits like apple and pear to fasten the process! 🤭😂 But she didn’t get what I mean>

Then she started questioning me ‘mama, I ate healthy food also my teeth will drop off!’ 🤔🤔 I reminded her – because these are her baby teeth and a new set of teeth will grow. If she doesn’t eat healthily and not clean her mouth thoroughly on a daily basis, the teeth will decay way faster before the BIG teeth grow. So, she might have to go toothless for a longer period compared to if the teeth were well taken care of – and only falls out when it is time.

On that evening, we read the book ‘my tooth is about to fall!’ again. She has accepted the fact that her tooth will be falling off after all.

So, one week passed – she was rather unbothered by her wobbly tooth.

When we picked her up just now, the first thing she showed and told me was – her tooth came out! 😂 Actually when she was running over with her smiling face – I could see a little gap in between. 🤭🤣 She was ‘cool’ about it – and she told me it was so wobbly that she decided to pull it out. It happened after recess and she didn’t even tell her friend or teacher about it. 😆😆

I kept the tooth for her while she ate her lunch. On her first bite and chew, she said ‘the rice can go through my hole!’ 🤣🤣

I returned her tooth when we came home and she washed it – kept it in a box with compartments, which I gave her few weeks back. Ya, no tooth fairy tonight…just like no Santa Claus 😁😁

Hot spring experience @ Suria Hot Spring Bentong

Noelle’s 2nd hot spring experience (her first was in Sungkai when she turned 6mo), while it is Nikki’s and Norrah’s 1st

All three of them (including me 🤭) enjoy the place – they like the kids pool more though.

We opted to pay for the private hot spring (only RM10.60 per adult and RM8.50 for 5-12 yo), though the public hot spring is just right next door. It is pretty clean and peaceful (safer) with changing facility. It is about 20 min drive from Bentong town.

Thanks to Ilink Teoh for sharing this place (though almost a year ago🤣).

Free craft lesson by Global Art

Weeks ago, Noelle brought home from school an art paper to colour for a contest. And this week, she brought home a notice that there’s this Award presentation for finalists in this Global Art centre. Once I see it, I already know this is a marketing gimmick! 🤭🤣 (not like she coloured so nice 🤭) All the finalists will get to attend a free craft lesson while parents will listen to their parenting and motivation talk🙄.

She wanted to go because her friends are going to. We obliged since there is this free craft activity. We reminded her that going there isn’t for any prize or competition but to complete the craft and to improve her art skills instead.

Again, we left papa with Nikki and Norrah (Nikki was still sleeping when we left for the session). Definitely a good move – as the talk for so boring and promoting themselves! 🙄😴 Noelle enjoyed herself as her classmates (the few who she is closed to were around) – though it was just a simple craft of making a photo frame. With some extra time, they were given a piece of paper to draw whatever they want.

The ‘award presentation’ did happen anyway with everyone attending get a trophy. They nearly missed out Noelle and I could see her disappointment, in fact on the verge of crying! 🙄🤭😂 Motherhood – thick face abit – stood up and told the emcee ‘I think you MISSED her!’ 🙄🙄🤭🤭😆😆 ok la, really missed her out and from sadness turn joy – even the principal of the centre said ‘that’s why you look so sad!’ (Because they mistaken Noelle as one of the siblings that join the craft workshop too)

So that’s how we spent our morning this Sunday (while Norrah was giving papa a tough time🤭).

Traditional butter cake

Video <here>

Credit recipe to Long Yen, for my own reference:

My best ever looking and taste butter cake!

I began my baking journey five years ago (when I started as sahm) -with the simplest butter cake – so that my eldest could have her home baked 2nd birthday cake! (Sadly, she didn’t have one at 1st birthday 😂) I went through a lot of trials and ‘tribulations’ – many sadness and joy throughout the journey. Yes, my girl did had her birthday cake from me after all – but I have to admittedly say that it is no where perfect. I even gave up on butter cake and venturing to other types of cakes.

I definitely improved a lot in 2018 – especially sponge cakes! But I didn’t bake for my girl’s 6th birthday! 😆 because all the trial cakes – she got ‘bored’ of mine! 😂😂😂

One thing for sure – my improvement is definitely attributed mostly to recipe from Long Yen’s bake. I couldn’t thank her more – though I don’t ask for recipe directly from her but google the old posts by her.

So my very ‘best’ taste and look butter cake after a stretch of time not baking butter cake – is attributed to Long Yen’s recipe again. Thank you! ✌🏻

Don’t push the child

“….together we can help our kids rediscover their intellectual bravery, their enthusiasm for learning, and the resilience they need in order to grow into independent, competent adults. With a little luck, they will look back on their childhood and thank us; not just for our unwavering love, but for our willingness to put their long-term developmental and emotional needs before their short-term happiness. For our willingness to let their lives be just a little bit harder today so they will know how to face hardship tomorrow.” <full article>

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I have not been revising with Noelle, seriously. She has been tired after school hours. We spent more time doing ‘creative work’ instead. Not that I am not concern about her school work, I actually put trust that she has completed it and she has no issue with it. Only when messages from the class whatsapp group will prompt me to asking her things (in a way, the whatsapp group guided me to what’s she learning in class). I haven’t force her to tell me that there’s spelling and she needs to learn it ‘by hard and crook’. Yes, she might ‘fail’ but like the year in kindergarten, she will soon learn that she needs to ‘revise’. I hope she can learn it this way.

Some days she does tell me – who and who – gets to go on stage ‘because they found the most words in the puzzle’ (for example). I didn’t give her a comment about that because I don’t want to feel that getting on stage is that important. I don’t want her to get an impression that scoring and performing are ways to ‘please’ us. But hopefully she gets excited about ‘learning’ for a longer time period, which I think she currently do.

No one knows the future. Maybe my method could be wrong – but I don’t think blindly memorizing or forcing information into our brain helps too. Just like what I read about ‘history’ subject, it is not about who concurs who, but more on WHY the who was able to concur the who – it is about UNDERSTANDING why some things happen that way.

In reality, I learn it the wrong hard way, which I hope my kids don’t repeat it.

Cheesy sweet potato cakes

In a glimpse of an eye, I have prepared 38 recess boxes for Noelle! 😁😁 Though many are repeated menus, occasionally I will try out something new for her. One of which is this cheesy sweet potato cakes. I tried it last week and she likes it. Simple ingredients needed:

– mashed sweet potato 🍠

– shredded cheese

– bread crumbs

– egg

Mix and shape. Then pan fried!

This is her 38th box today;

Happy Monday!

Gotong-royong for P1 class

Noelle and I went for her class gotong-royong this morning (papa stayed at home with Nikki and Norrah). Besides contributing RM20 (each kid), we also brought along kain buruk, cif and paint rollers. Being ‘smart’ parents, one of the parents hired two cleaners to help around too! 😂😂

Noelle had her first experience of painting the room walls. We also helped shifting tables and chairs, plus wiping them. While most other classmates were there playing (and even invited Noelle to play), Noelle stayed focus helping around (because I reminded her our purpose is to clean up and not to play). I (and some other parents) commended her! 😁😁