Understanding kids

Today we brought them to Decalthon (again) as we have few things to buy.

Noelle needed a new slipper as she outgrew hers AGAIN. 🙄🙄 She chose one plain coloured one (blue) and I told her to get the biggest size available there (just one size bigger than her current size). 🤣🤣 Then she saw another pair with patterns. Initially she thought of changing her mind to getting the patterned one. But after seeing the price difference of RM10, she retained her decision to choose the plain coloured one. ☺️☺️☺️ She even said that anyhow she will be wearing the slipper for short trips to the swimming pool or condo area.

Besides Noelle’s slipper, we got Norrah a replacement arm float as hers punctured. Nikki has nothing necessary. Despite both sisters had something new, Nikki didn’t request for anything. ☺️☺️☺️

Sometimes I think we are blessed to have very understanding kids, who help us keep on our budget. 😉

Big sister’s treat

Shopping spree at the book (stationary) shop!

Noelle won first place for her school online Merdeka video last year. And she received RM60 bookstore vouchers. But it would be expiring by end of the month! 🙄🙄 (it was given out late)

So, I promised her to bring them to the store during weekend. And here we were! She allowed her sisters to choose something too. A lot of books, comics, stationaries and some ‘ancient’ toys there. They were very indecisive to what they wanted, and Noelle was busy browsing the prices too (I think she realised that the stationaries there are much more expensive than Mr DIY! 🤭🤣)

At the end, they choseeeeee……(ok look at the pic) and there’s outstanding of RM17.20, which I used to buy ‘workbooks’ 😛. I repaid her the remaining to put into her piggy bank.

Video: https://youtu.be/xqBCqEJEjwA

Last week as P3 student!

With rising active Covid19 cases, everyone knows it is best to just stay at home. But we need to make choices. One of the things that I gave a good thought 💭 and told Noelle is about making calculated risk, i.e identifying which is necessary and unnecessary risk. Going to physical school (when it is available) , work and a little breather out of home for the mental health is a necessary risk. Other than that, as for now it seems unnecessary.

(As a sahm, I have a privilege to let her just stay at home. But on the other hand, being 24/7 with her, I had the ‘privilege’ to witness how her mood and mental health deteriorated over these two years.)

Hence, we have decided to let her go school (though this week is more of returning books, collecting P4 books and some fun at school). We reminded her how she narrowly escaped from a friend who caught Covid two weeks back (her friend was asymptotic) – and to continue stay vigilant by maintaining psychical distancing and no mask down except at her own desk during recess. I told her – Covid is something that can NOT be seen unlike ‘zombies’. 😛

Over last week, she made loom band pen grips as farewell gifts for her P3 teachers.

Being the eldest at home

Things that I would like to remind Noelle (which I already told her):

Do not be a ‘bully’ because you are ‘academically more advantaged’ especially by age/experience. When your sisters need help, for example, using the computer, make yourself available to help and not ‘tease’ them for not being able to handle it (at the moment). You are ‘smarter’ now because you have more hands-on than them; and it doesn’t mean that you will be better than them forever. Helping them will not make you lose out but you can increase your own skills. You have also learn this in your Moral studies on how you should help your friends when they are in need and so this applies to your own sisters too.

(I am talking from experience on how I ‘hated’ being disadvantaged because of selfish person who didn’t want to help out even though he could, in fear of others getting better than him)

You are given a lot of free time in a day to do things that you enjoy. If compared to many others, you are ‘lucky’ that we don’t send you to many tuitions (except for Mandarin) as we don’t want you to lockdown your own time and our family time. Having said that, it means that when it is time to be serious in academic/studies, please do so. Doing your best is more important than results. So, as long as you have done your best, nothing else matters. Make learning an enjoyable experience.

We have entrusted to you many things. And hope you will continue to be a reliable person. 😘😘😘

9yo and 6yo completed their first dose Covid-19 vaccination programme (PICKids)

We did not register last year or even immediately after PICKids was launched. We decided to let the JKJAV system run for a little while and also to avoid the long queue (first few days) before we did so.

So, we practically registered “my dependents’ vaccination” on MySejahtera on last Sunday (6 Feb 2022). I first removed them as dependent and re-registered them again to avoid hiccups in the system. Then I waited a day for any update and I realised that I need to fill up their health declarations at ‘Things to do’. I waited two days (9 Sept) and when there wasn’t any news, I prompted the ‘help desk’ at MySejahtera to update my dependents’ vaccinations status. On the evening itself, at about 6pm, I received a sms that the status was finally updated and I could make an appointment.

Hubby and I then went through the list of PPVs and the slots available. We actually searched by location/postcode. Our initial selected choices were fully booked or have to wait a longer date. We didn’t want to wait longer as Noelle is on Google classroom next week and hence we can monitor her at home. We finally chose Primer Cherang Clinic Kota Damansara 24H (Emporis) as we had some good reviews and it has weekend appointment (where the 4yo+ has daddy to look after).

The girls were excited for the vaccination appointment. They had an idea of what’s going to be as they have seen our vaccination videos. They were also curious of their injection experience – since they had not have a jab for a long time! 🤣

The day came and we arrived at our PPV about 30 minutes earlier and settled it within 30 minutes (inclusive the 10 minutes observation time). I like the PPV being open air. The queue was fast moving. In fact, our time slot didn’t need us to wait at all. The only setback about the location is the poor internet connection. I couldn’t scan/use my MySejahtera apps initially until my hubby connected me via Wi-Fi (which later jump started my weak network connection). The medical officer explaining to us about the potential side effects was friendly while the one vaccinated the girls were only moderately friendly (but maybe it was towards the ending of the day and she could be exhausted already).

The girls bravely face their first Covid19 vaccination process. The big sister held her middle sister’s hand when it was middle sister’s turn.

It is about four hours since they were given their first dose. They don’t feel anything at the moment. In fact, they pressed their arm and showed me that – no sore at all. 🙄🙄🤣🤣 Let’s see tomorrow.

PCIKids – big and mid sisters first dose

Big sister and middle sister done with their first dose Pfizer vaccination 💉

They are actually super excited to get the jab! 🙄🤣 Probably because in the year before, they heard about and saw our vaccination videos plus reading much about it.

Can you imagine Nikki was smiling, thinking about it? She even asked if she gets an injection before, which we told her she got it right after birth and her last was 2 years old.

Their next question is ‘is it pain?’ I told them I pinch them more painful than the jab. And the papa was nodding with agreement. 😒🙄

Noelle said she ‘practiced’ vaccination by pinching herself. 🙄🤣😂 I asked if she needed anyone to hold her and she said no. (I reminded her she cried during her year 1 vaccination 😛) But this round she is definitely braver and she even held Nikki’s hand while Nikki was doing her vaccination. Both overcame fear so well today. ☺️

And papa asked if mummy’s pinch more painful or the injection. Both answered simultaneously “mummy’s pincher”. 😒😒😒

We did not have to wait at all and completed in 30 minutes (inclusive of 10 minutes observation time). We went to Emporis as the ones nearer to our place haven’t got any spot left currently.

Norrah was sad because I have to leave her with papa and went with jeh jeh. 🤣

Video: https://youtube.com/shorts/s1raPheJeXo?feature=share