Friday, May 6, 2016

Toilet Training for Janelle

It took us more than 2 years to toilet trained Janelle, we are not 100% there yet but she wouldn't wet herself when she is awake as much now and when prompted she will want to go toilet and sheshe. It's more consistent now le.

Usually Teachers/Helper and myself will asked her if she want to sheshe, if she wants, she will stand up and go to toilet. And when she dont want, she will reply NO. Now when she is at home, or when we are going out for a short while, she will not be on diaper.. We are working hard to completely waive her off diaper at the very least whenever she is awake.. But sometime the travelling hour too long or we shop till forget to ask her, then mission will failed.

We tried different ways, but i didnt want to introduce potty as after potty training then have to move her to toilet doesn't sound like a plan to me. So we used children toilet bowl cover for her.

  1. We started to put her on toilet bowl every hour, but after 2 weeks she scare of toilet and will cry when we stepped into toilet. So i break the training for about two months to reset. 
  2. We tried to let her sheshe on the floor instead of toliet bowl since she wasnt tall enough. She rejected and in the end she sit on the floor instead.
  3. We tried to let watch youtube when on toilet bowl, to make her feel relax It's doesnt work in the end she just sit there and watch youtube.
  4. After many trial, i thought maybe potty will help.. I'm wrong... When i put her onto potty the very next sec, she stand up and walk away. cant sit till.
  5. We tried to wet her tights and private part to create sheshe sensation, which i learnt from hospital to collect urine. But it doesnt work.
Our success story is by timing. The key point of toilet training is she cannot be scare or dislike. We let her intake water and monitor her bowel, sometime takes up to 1 hrs. Usually was about 30min after the water parade, she will pee in the toilet bowl very nicely. From there we build her confident level and awareness. And slowly increase her frequency to toilet. At one point, helper bring her to toilet she will pee, but i bring her to toilet she doesnt want to pee. Haiz. 

Also toilet training is a commitment... There was a couple of time when she had used to toilet, but after a holiday trip or mummy went office and maid has no time to bring her to toilet and most of the time she was on diaper.... and that's it.. We had to reset all over again. And when school is not training, but we are doing it, the progress is really very slow. Sometime ok sometime not.

The real success only come in when teacher also started toilet training this year. And she is off diaper when she is in school and at home.. So these 5 months.... from coming back from school with 2 to 3 sets of wet clothes to none now. We rejoice. 

Next goal is to let her prompt us instead of us asking her and poo in toilet bowl... 

And the thought of night training really put me off. Have to wake her up to go toilet in the middle of night. Janelle is not a person who will fall back to sleep after disturb, then will be overtired then seizure comes. So night training really not my priority. But we will bring her to toilet before she goes to bed, and after she wake up. I do see reduce of night wet in her diaper the next morning, hopefully when she grow, she will stop the night wets by herself.

At the very least... I see improvement. 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Dental Operation @ KKH

Janelle was admitted to KKH for dental surgery. The plan was she to be admitted for a day to have 3 tooth extracted due to decay, 2 crowning to protect her top moral tooth and washing.. The initial plan was on 29th Feb but mummy had a business trip on hence need to bring forward the operation. It's either to brought it forward during Chinese New year season (day 7) or have to wait for another 3 to 6 months. Since we had waited for 4 months, we doesnt want to wait longer as we afraid the decay will get worse. So we choose to go ahead during chinese new year. Thank God we managed the first slot at 830am and Janelle need to fast from 12am onwards. But one condition was janelle had to be admitted to hospital one day before to ensure the fasting, and prepare for operation as early as 6am. But we still think 830am was the best arrangement for us. You know "hungry baby is an angry baby".

Daddy got her a balloon to encourage her.

Briefing her while we are waiting outside the operating theater. Mummy is only allow to be in the operating room to put her on GA.. She was very good and behaved herself while putting on GA.. Watching to mummy saying prayers for her while dosing off to her lalaland.

The wait was horrible... I just sit there and wait as my mind will went wild, so i went back to the room and doing all the cleaning.. washing her bottle, clothes, making her bed, etc.. Planned for a 90min operation, ended coming to 2hrs.. She cried when she was awake, see her tears flow down, so does mine. She woke up in the observation room and doctor then discharge her back to her ward. But GA still not yet went off, she soon she dose off again after cranky-ness. 

The operation didnt go through as per planned, instead of 3 tooth extraction, dentist did 6.. YES! oh my god.. 6 tooth... 3 was decay and another 3 was shaky and adult was coming up soon. hence they need to be removed and make way for adult tooth. (after 2 months, 2 tooth has grow... one bottom and one top)

She was award to a Bravery award for being bravely during the operation.

The ugly and toothless Janelle. The recovery was fast, it's takes about half a day.. she starts to eat porridge in the late afternoon... and we was able to discharge at 5pm when she able to eat and drink well. But she was on 2 weeks of soft diet.

The total bill make up $6k and cannot be covered by insurance.. :(

Skincare - SJ Clinic & Surgery

Recently had a big acne and wanted a quick resolution so went SJ Clinic & Surgery (Previously known as 8-11 Clinic) for a pimple jab. Since was there, so make full use of the consultation and shared with Dr Kelvin Goh about my skin problem. Dr Goh recommended me the LGP Serum 2 (Antibiotic serum) for acne control and Hydrating Essence for my inner oily and outer dry skin. After using the products for 3 months, i see improvement. Lesser breakout and less oily now. I can feel the different especially when i went for my facial. Previous visits, usually they squeezed out many oil seed/blackhead/whitehead that are embedded inside the skin.. In my recent visit after 3 months.. there wasnt much for them to squeeze.. Less suffering:)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Pop received a call from Kelong telling him got fresh fishes, being a mountain tortoise who never been to Kelong, followed him down to the Kelong behind the yishun dam.. 

These are the fishes caught in the morning... As Fresh as it can be.

These are the fishes pop bought for today:

All these need less than $500.

And immediately we turned the fresh Kelong fish into delicious lunch. :) so blessed. 

Houston - work and shopping trip

Wef FY16, I took up new role in my company and it required to travel.. At least 2x a year to Houston. This year kick start with user requirements workshop in houstons. It's a new role, new business I'm touching on so I was so nervous and always feel that I'm not well prepared and always worried if my energy level cannot overcome the jetlag.

MIL volunteer to come over and stay at our place to take care of Janelle while I'm away. I have to admit she is a better caretaker for Janelle. She gave 200% to Janelle when she was here. Everything around her during that one week is all about Janelle. She also woke up early and sent Janelle down for school bus with daddy. alittle request from me to my husband to make that 5 min effort every morning to send Janelle down for school bus as I don't want Janelle to be maid child-send, fetch, bath, eat, sleep is all with maid. And yes, last week Janelle was accompanied by daddy and neinei. So blessed.

Since I'm at Houston, how can I missed shopping at outlet. Oh gosh, before I go crazy swiping my credit card, husband "seriously" warned me not to any how buy things. Asked me to list down "not to buy" shopping list..haha, I list no shoes, tshirt, shorts for Janelle as there are many still sitting in the wardrobe waiting for her. Yes, I tried to control.. But the price different is too tough for me to return home with empty handed. I listed to my husband, I only bought jacket, cadican, dresses, swimwear for Janelle. Non of the not to buy list. 

Omg..  Gap jacket 70% off and it's less than $20 sgd.. Tommy dress is like $20 usd... Gap dress is like $6 usd. How to stop buying?

Of cos never forget about my husband. Got him one set... All at 70% off...

Of cos, coach is definitely worth to buy in US. I bought none as I'm not the fan.. Ops, I bought a scarf.. Haha.. However I spend the most in coach, I have orders from my bro, colleagues for coach....

Marketing garmick.. We went on Sunday coach is having promotion if you buy 3 and above will entitled 20% discount. I bought this scarf at $59 less 20%.. I'm so scarf person..  but when I returned on Thursday cos my meeting ends early, they changed their marketing strategy if you buy 3 items and above will get 30%.. Was so excited when saw the email but when returned, they marked up the price to $99. Ended up need to pay more if I get later. 羊毛出在羊身上

Regretted I brought the luggage only 24inch.. Next time will need to bring a big one plus cabin size.. Haaaaa...

The loot of my current trip.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Travel lodge - Hong Kong - June 2015

*** Throw back to June 2015.

Had been to HK for a couple of time, but each time with different accompanies will have a different experience. This trip i'm with one hong kong expert as she was born there and had stayed there for a year recently. So it wouldn't be wrong by just following her.

First time after many years, 3 of us managed to made it for our first trip

We only travel with SQ, our trusted flight of all :) The usual us, taking the first flight out... Thanks to A's Kor Kor who always have to fetch us to airport when we need to be there before the sun rise.

Our first stop is to Disneyland. Yes, without checking in, we went straight to Disneyland with our luggage. There is a new town FROZEN till a limited period, but the Queue was too long that we cant make it.. But we managed to visit the rest.

Tips: purchase your Disneyland ticket in the airport. There's some discount, cheaper than purchase at the door.

We paid for luggage valet hk$90 per pc. It's abit exp, but worth it as we can have a whole day in Disneyland without need to pull our luaggage everywhere. When holiday, time is money too. 

So excited to see so many magical around us. Everything so cute.. Even their waffles also Mickey Mouse..  It brings out the little girl stayed inside us... 

Even the drinks also magical, haha me and j bought one each for us. During dinner time, there is a low income mother and son was having dinner, but the meals are too exp for them, so they ordered only kids meals. When we are out of the restaurant, A suddenly told me she had a calling to get the little boy a magical drink. I told her, GO AHEAD. The restaurant waitresses and manager was quite surprise and grateful to A who did that. The smile on him is priceless when he received it.

This Disney trip I conquer all the rides. :) We even stayed over for the parade and fireworks. When the fireworks started, i was in the store shopping, i ran out with all the items on my hand without paying... hahaha.. of cos at the end of the show, i returned back to make payment.

Then took a taxi to Mongkok where we were staying over for the next 3 nights.

 A wanted to be around this area, and Langham was quite expensive for 3 bedder. So we decided to give Air B&B a try. We were staying just above store, in this building. Very convenient, next to MTR, there is food once we came downstairs. 
Never forget to end our first day with supper.. The smelly bean-curd. J teaches me, you need to put ketchup first, marked a " X " in the center, then put some chili sauce. 

Next day, someone says she want to have McDonald breakfast... Their sausage is pork and served with red bean soy milk.

The purpose of this trip is to attend my uni friends' wedding. Very interesting, it's the first time I attended an oversea wedding... I reached at about 6.30pm and they are there on stage in kua taking photos with friends and family.

The bride and groom went off for a change and have a formal match in..

And invited guests up to stage to take photo again... Ok.. I know I looked damn fat in this dress. This dress looked so wrong on me.. It's too short too.

Yes... Tell me about it.. 13 courses for dinner.. And in between ( before the Garoupa) they served Chinese tea to all to take a break while the host give their speech. They stopped all the dishes and serve a cup of chinese tea infront of me like a dish.. Caught me by surprise as Singapore dont have this practice.

Then bride and groom went off to change and send off the guests... Take photo again... Same as Singapore, ended at about 11pm

While I'm having my dinner.. J and A message me that they witnessed this scene but not sure what is happening. Guess it some paodong with the chinese.

3rd day... I can't believe I did this. Went and Q for hello kitty cafe even before they are open. The hello kitty timsum cafe.
Everything is very cute but not nice at all and expensive. Can give it a missed.

Went and have Po Lou Bao to fill my tummy instead... 

Never forget our favorite mango desert at xu liu Xiang.

The rest of trip is about shopping. So nothing much if photos to share.. 
No, i'm not pregnant if you wonder

fall in love with this wallet on chain... about $2K SGD. So temped but ended didnt get it as hus says NO.

And time to return to sg... It's so great the 3 of us can gather together, everynight we did mask, stick on cooling pats to ease our leg aching and we can talk to 2-3am without fail. We laughed, gossiped, scolded.. although is a tiring trip, never waste any of our time... 

She is just a normal kid

Janelle is giving teachers big headache this year in school that teachers wanted to meet and talk to me. Janelle had a very strong character just like her daddy, i also coming to end of my wise, don't know how to teach.

Janelle started school 1st week of Jan into her "P2", she was able to go sheshe in the toilet with teacher guidance, more focus, more responsive. 2nd week she is down with flu, 3rd week flu is on and off and was send back home from school till fully recovery. 4th week, all her nonsense starts, she wet herself again and again.. refused to pee in the toilet and pee on her chair.. very resilience :( we tried pat talk with her, scold her, publish her... all doesn't works.

When Yesterday went for school, Janelle is ok again... she goes toilet and pee. Never wet herself and was in very good mood. Teachers asking me to think of janelle 10 years down the road... if i dont teach her she will be like this 10 years later. ARGH. I also dont know what i can do.. Ms L told me that Janelle is a normal child just slow in learning. Teach her as if a normal child. This had put me thru a sleepless night yesterday night trying to think what i can do more.