Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Annabel Karmel

I finally got to buy my annabel karmel's book last Monday. Purchased it at Kinokuniya in KLCC. And that is after going it first at MPH with a mission to buy. I went to MPH 1st thinking that I can purchase the book by using my vouchers. But since it can't be found there, I went again to Kinokuniya . Again? Well, that is the 1st place that I went since it's near my office.

Anyhow, I have yet to get down and read it . I only managed to flip a few pages here and there. But I need to start reading it soon as as possible as I don't have much time left before Feb 7th arrive. Why Feb 7th? Because that is the day that Aisyah will turned 6 months old. It's an important date as she will start on her solid food.

And just like with my first born, I intend to do the same thing for my 2nd born which is to prepare home cooked solid food. Took out all the necessary tools for it form the store. Checked all the feeding spoons and bowls and cups and ice cube tray. And judging from the condition of the said items, I need to make new purchases for it. There're scratch marks here and there on the spoons & bowl.

Back to solid food, it reminded me of my last visit to my girls' pediatrician last month. We were the 2nd patient to see the doctor. We noticed that the 1st patient were inside the doctor's room long . Found out from the doctor that he had given them a lengthy lecture on the importance of feeding good food to children. My pediatrician was an ex-lecturer at one of our local university and he was my BIL's & SIL's lecturer. Easy to say that most of us who goes to DSH will know who this pediatrician is .

I can understand my pediatrician frustration with the mindset and attitude of today's parents. I couldn't agree with him more as I see it happening in front of me and among my family members. These day, parents in general use the easiest way to feed their children. By that, I’m referring to too much of processed food, packed and GMO food. Gone are the days where parents really stressed on serving and feeding their children only home cooked food.

And when these children are served with too much of these food, then it’s common for our children to get sick so easily & late in recuperating. When all these happen, the last people that I pity the most are the sick children themselves. And to make the story sad, there are parents’ out there who simply send their sick children to any medical practitioners. I can understand that one’s money is the limit. But what is the point of sending your sick children to the same doctor when your child’s health is not improving?

So yeah, my doctor blame the parents for what we are doing to our children when it comes to food. I guess he knows he can’t do much apart from giving sound advice to those parents as bringing up your children is one’s ultimate decision. At the end of the day, don’t point fingers to other people or blame some things when our children get sick as easily as it should be.

Monday, 18 January 2010

Shopping with kids..

Long before I have known that doing shopping with kids especially when you have a baby and children below 5 years old would totally be a different experience for any parents.

Thus, what had happened to me and hubby last Saturday was something predictable. We had gone out to shop for my hubby's stuffs but came back with most of Arissa's stuffs. How come you would ask me right?

And those Arissa's stuffs were things that we couldn't get and find during previous weekend .. So at the end of our Saturday outing, we have :

1. A happy 4 years old girl who got her swimming cap, swimming board, her princess storybook and her food & sweet treats..

2. A not so happy and tired looking mid-thirty year old man whose main shopping goal was to get a casual watch & sandal .Mind you , he needs all these two vital things before this Friday.But he did come back happy ( a bit! ) as he managed to buy some new working pants.

When shopping with small kids, we all know that it is best to be well prepared and arrived at the shopping mall early ie like two hours after the opening hours. And when u arrived early, shopping would be a breeze as there is less crowd for you to roam about with your stroller.

But even if we did leave early and prepared all the children stuff , shopping would still be a one tiring experience. First and foremost, we need to put the children's need on top of our needs 1st. Thus, we will get " Mama, I want to pee pee". And one this is blurted out from that cute little mouth, a quick sprint is made to the toilet. If failed, both of you and your kid would have to bear the embarrassment from onlooker..

Next will be their meals or best those sudden act of " Mama/baba, can i have ice cream/ lollypop please?" And stop and purchase we have to make . It's better not to have a hungry kid coz they can be weak and slow to walk. Thus a little bit of sugar rush would be great for them..

Which is why all these little humps on the road of shopping for things are easily get halted . Imagine, you just found that things you were looking for only to have it put down and away for your kids' sudden needs.

And when we have babies, aaha! More breaks to be considered.

Thus, do not expect to have the luxury of choosing & comparing things before making that final purchases. Instead just choose and buy.

Which is why i prefer to do my own shopping during weekdays ie during lunch time. Be it for groceries or for my own things. Of course time is limited during the lunch break.But at least i get to choose and compare the things I want to buy. And I know dearest hubby hate to shop alone .