6th month jab at Klinik Kesihatan

Day 4 CNY- kena cucuk tai bei!

Smaller crowd, new system again, we have been reassigned to another zone. For our zone, we were first baby! But still have to wait…Arrived there 7am and ended approximately 840am; just in time to get some groceries before heading home – and enjoy the rest of the last day off with the others!

Norrah weighs 7.6kg at 6m2d

(0.1kg lighter than Nikki at same age and 1kg heavier than Noelle)

At her usual kacau and blow bubbles mode – napped for 5 min before our turn!

Next visit in May 2018!

Ear infection again?

Play die me….

….since midnight. Nikki and Norrah taking turns to wake up for nursing. Then Noelle screaming in pain. Initially thought her tooth ache, but after giving her ice water, she realized is her ear drums again (but the left side this time). I gave her ibuprofen to soothe her. She slept back and woke again later to go to loo. Then she wanted mama to hug and Nikki wanted mama also- switched bed again!Ding dong I think I woke up more than 10 times yesterday.

She was ready to go school. But before hubby going off with her, she suddenly says she wants mama plus showing signs that her ear drum is pain again (at one point she even scared me off when she says she can’t hear me). I told her I will send her to paed at 9 am and drop her off to school if she is ok. Then I hurriedly shower myself and Nikki (Norrah was showered already). Noelle suddenly says she want to poo😰. She pooed while I get ready whatever we needed including snacks in car. After that we left for the paed. The paed only arrived at 930,examined her – lungs clear, no fever, no sore throat but only normal runny nose. He wanted to look at the left ear drum but was blocked by ear wax. He thought of digging it out (in the pic) but the ear wax was stuck onto the ear drums. Noelle screamed out and then cried on the point the paed stopped digging. He diagnosed it as ear infection and prescribed antibiotic. I fed Noelle the medication there itself as she still wanted to go school.

She did continue her baby/pity cry as we walked to the car. I calmed her by patting her back and hugging her. Nikki acted maturely by helping me carry the bottle of medication. It was still jam as we drove to her school. Noelle made a fuss that I forgotten to pass her a hanky. She wanted me to drive home to pick a hanky before driving her to school!😒it was a clear no and if I were to drive home then she won’t be going school today. I even suggested to her to take Norrah’s bib! 🙄She continued fussing around and I suddenly remembered that I did pack a hanky in her extra set of clothes to school. Thank God I did! So I dropped her to school where she looks very normal. I also informed the teacher about her ear drum pain! (Hubby actually called up the principal that Noelle will be entering school later than usual)

After this round of recovery, guess we need to bring her see a proper ear specialist!

Our monthly ‘date’ – 5th month check up at Klinik Kesihatan

2 more days to 5 month old; today she weighs 6.8kg (officially no longer the smallest baby of 3; Noelle was 6.6kg at 6 mo)

Klinik Kesihatan changed their system slightly. We no longer press and clip our numbers but stack the book. Of course, my eye “look look and see see” if anyone cut queue by stacking the books earlier!😝 Ok la, fair…no one dare to! I got number 2 from our area code! But the calling system 🙄🤦🏻‍♀️ doesn’t take into account who comes first. They followed area codes – so 2 and 5 series get the calling first before 7 series!

I ‘impatiently waited patiently’! We no longer see the nurse in the room but near the weighing area! Then we waited a while in front of the immunization room. The nurse sent us to the dr today after seeing Norrah’s bed bugs bites (again)! Dr diagnose as ‘allergy to environment’ 🙄🙄 -no medication require!

It was a longer wait compared to previous months despite getting number 2! Can’t wait the end of monthly visit – which is next month. We will have a half year break then!

This time they have put more seats outside (but still cramp). And they put sign that strollers not allowed into the weighing area (which is great as people seem to crowd up the area despite not their turn). Actually we do see familiar faces on monthly basis – cos we are given the same one month dates!

Hubby woke, got ready and sent Noelle to school together with Nikki. He ain’t taking off -and I arrived home just in time for him to go to work! Nikki was crying when I arrived her – calm her down by nursing her. Then both Norrah and Nikki took turn to bath! Now putting Norrah to nap while Nikki is in the living room ‘playing’ herself! We gonna have early lunch after this!

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

Norrah’s second month jab at Klinik Kesihatan 

We decided that I go alone with Norrah while the two kids stay at home with the half day ‘stay at home dad’! This is after confirmation from some mummies that I don’t have to do anymore checking (so I can handle Norrah myself). 
We left early with crying Nikki. Fortunately we didn’t wait any longer (to soothe Nikki) as the queue at Klinik Kesihatan was already building up when I arrived there. We were number 9 in our area code! They only started the checkings at sharp 8am.

Seriously, I have no idea how the system works – the numbers from different area and timing were all jumping all around. It not only takes patience to wait but heart beating (like waiting for the lotto numbers to appear). And it is not once but thrice for this second round of jab- first being weighing, second to see nurse and jab and finally to see doctor. Seeing doctor is only this round, I guess! The seats are really hot seats; once standing, they are up for grab (no joke! I was sitting at the corner, just bend my body and lift my butt up to check on the ticking numbers – my seat gone! 🙄) Certainly the right decision to leave the two girls at home! 

Anyway, the nurses and doctor are nice! This time they did the alcohol swab before injecting! Norrah cried a tiny bit! Yes, it is still free of charge (errr.. well, we paid taxes)! 
I nursed Norrah in the car before we left to tahpau lunch for me and hubby. Then I dropped by at sundry shop to get the seaweed noodles which Noelle has been requesting for! I cooked it immediately with leftover soup when I returned and she ate 3 pieces of the noodles. Nikki also has it without fuss! 
We will repeat the process in the next few months!

Noelle’s first ear drum infection

Crazy Monday morning to begin the week with 

I was expecting a crazy chicken poxy day but Noelle woke up with ‘ear pain’. I thought it was her usual ear wax removing thing and also as per advice from ear specialist to drop few drips of olive oil -it didn’t get any better. She was crying the whole morning. Following mama instinct, I think I should bring her to the paed if the pain doesn’t go off. I even tried ice pack as suggested by a Michelle Tai. It works initially but then the pain came back. 

I asked Noelle if she wants to see the dr. Yes was the answer but I got to get ready Norrah – nurse and bath (while Noelle was crying along the way). After I was done with Norrah, Nikki cried and said she wanted to poo! 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ so, I have to ask Noelle to wait (crying continues). It took about 20 minutes to settle Nikki by which Noelle fell asleep – so thought of letting her sleep until she wakes and the pain might go off! Not even 5 minutes, she woke and screamed ‘I want to go to hospital!’

I have to admit I was a little skeptical of her. After several assurance by her (I questioned her), I decided to go! And hubby hasn’t place the new car seat into the myvi which he has just brought to wash and vacuum yesterday! 🤦🏻‍♀️ But I decided to go, asking Noelle to sit still (which she did). So we went to the paed (luckily not too far from our place).

Fortunately we went. She has ear drum infection (though no sore throat). Dr showed me the reddish ear drum which supposed to be white. The dr says her immune is down due to chicken pox and hence infection comes easily. She has to be on antibiotics for 4 days (this is her first antibiotic after more than 3 years!) 
I nursed Norrah before we left the clinic. We got home and fortunately my mum tapau for us her homecooked soup and fish yesterday – so we just ate them with mee suah (I haven’t have time to do anything this morning)! Noelle fed herself the medicine (macam so desperate eat medicine only 🙄)! 
Nikki slept while I was tandem nursing. So she just slept on the sofa and I waited for Norrah to sleep before putting her into the cot. Noelle saw Nikki sleeping on the sofa and put her blanket on Nikki (while I was having lunch). Noelle was feeling better with the ibuprofen which serves as ‘pain killer’ and started to request that I cut pear for her to eat. Thereafter she napped! 

What a morning! 
I didn’t bother to inform hubby when everything was happening as he did told me he was in the midst of conducting training. I think I handled everything calmly. I only informed him after seeing the paed! 
This morning Nicole Lee was asking about my girls condition when everything was happening- so she was aware of the happenings and even offered to come over during her lunch time to send us to the paed (thank you, I am very touched)! But it was like an immediate ‘do or die’ because of Noelle’s wailing 🙄🤦🏻‍♀️ macam I abuse her! 
Before we set off, I reminded them not to run about but follow carefully! Noelle even held Nikki’s hand. Putting three in the car – put Norrah into carrier without belt first. Then Nikki to her car seat (before she walks/runs away) with her belt (while asking Noelle to stand next to me). Next put Noelle to her seat and belt her. Finally belt Norrah before starting the car! 🙄
When I entered the paed’s room (fortunately no long wait), he immediately coined me ‘super woman’ 😂😂😂 for bringing all three alone!

Nikki’s day 7 and Noelle’s day 3 chicken pox

Nikki’s chickenpox is starting to dry up; the first one which we spotted actually peeled off midday! 

Neem leaves water really works miraculously! Yesterday before sleep, I wiped Noelle’s affected area with it and apply the cream. Compared to the previous nights, she actually slept through without crying/wailing (but then woke with an ear infection🙄). Hers appear very reddish today. I didn’t spot any new ones! Anyway, she is back to her usual self after her nap! 
Actually this was told by the paed during our first visit for Nikki’s chicken pox – it didn’t make sense at first until a friend related the same incident; plus the paed again repeated the same thing today – so sharing here: apparently newborn has their own immunity plus the immunity from their mummies (who already had chicken pox before) and thus more likely to be immune from chicken pox! So far no reaction from Norrah (cross fingers) and we will see how it goes! Anyway, she has a little cough ‘spread around’ by papa and Noelle! 😒

Nikki’s day 6 and Noelle’s day 2 chicken pox 

Nikki is more or less back to herself- the most active and talkative one! Only occasionally telling us that it is ‘ciiii’ (itchy); still wailing when we want to apply cream.

Noelle is back to her big baby mode! 🤦🏻‍♀️ She didn’t really sleep well last night and woke up close to 6 am (the more she needs to rest, the more active she is) – whining and crying ‘pain’! 😔 A lot of her pox turns blister – still focus on her eczema area. None on her back or body but I spotted few on her butt! Towards evening, she says they are itchy! She is also in between battling cough too. Hence, she is on her very cranky and clingy mode. 

She took everything I made for her from steam onion juice, orange juice, watermelon to blueberries! Finally she took the longest nap in this week – about 3 hours!