Friday, August 24, 2012

Foodie Friday.. Pureé

Of recent, I have been quite enthusiastic about blog entries.. First it was the arrival of pinu then it was the 1mth blogging challenge.. now it is this new kid on the block that will makes me even more motivated to blog about.. and it will be on every Friday.

Not sure if I can keep to my word of doing it on every Friday but I hope I will as now I resume the role of being the weekend chef at home. One more push factor is that my HCP has finally arrived! 

Ok back to the above topic. Before both my kids turned 6mths, this very eager mom has been waiting and wanting to feed them with puree or cereal with any kind. So I finally took the plunge for both my kids when they were 5.5 mths.

So to begin with, if you happen to have a baby at home who is at about 6mths, here are some advice that you need to your research / reading on:
  • Baby's tongue thrust reflex / gagging in babies
  • When to introduce semi solids?
  • Bumbo chair
Basically I do most of my reading from BabyCentre as they have a huge range of information in child caring.

So for a start, I actually prep myself up for this new label and I will present to you my new forte.
  • Preparing fruits or vegetables
    • Always remember the 4 day wait rule.
    • I had introduced apples, pear, pumpkin, sweet potato, banana, papaya and avacado.

Please wash your hands before the preparation of the puree.

I usually remove the skin then cut fruits / vegetables into small bites portions.
  • Steaming
    • Manual way of steaming: 
      • put fruits / vegetables in a bowl (ceramic preferably in a pot half filled with water).
      • Steam the fruits / vegetables for no more than 5min.

    • Beaba Babycook All in One steamer / blender
      • Put the recommended amount of water into the water retention compartment and turn on the power to steam
      • Equipment will off once steaming process is complete.

  • Blending
    • Demonstrating on how to use the Philips hand blender.

Blending apple and pear. I blended it for about 20secs.

    • Demonstrating on how to use the Beaba Babycook All in One blender.

Removing partially of the water that had been emitted from the pumpkin during steaming.

Blending sweet potato. I blended it for about 20secs.

    • *Optional - using a sieve to manually blend the fruits / vegetable.
      • You will have to place the steamed fruits / vegetables on top of the sieve, then you try to push the fruits / vegetable thru the sieve.
      • Collected puree will usually appear underneath the sieve. 

  •  BPA free containers for storing puree
    • I am using two different brands / sizes. 
    • Forgotten the brands


Filling containers up with puree.
All done up! Ready for freezing!

Alot of you may ask why I opt for freezing the puree as it saves time and effort. My helper is alone at home taking care of my two darlings thus I had opt to do so. This will also allow her to have more time to spend on the children rather than the chores when we are not around. As you can see, my average amount for freezing will usually last Ms Pinu's feeding for a week as I usually give her this portion of puree with her cereal in the mornings only. Her other two cereal feeding will be supplemented with one scoop of her milk powder.

Here are some guidelines on freezing puree.

Last but not least.. Remember to clean up your mess!

Disclaimer: This blog entry is non advertorial based and no monetary compensation was made to me, all opinions are of my own.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Smiley World train ride in Vivo city..

I had heard so much about the little train ride that had made it way to Vivocity.
Parents were literally swarming to Vivocity just for this 10min ride. 
And as we happened to have a dinner date with Ray papa's friends over at Vivo last Saturday, how could we miss it? :)

See our contended Mister on the train. Need I say more?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Swimming lessons..

After a long while of time arrangement, we finally send Isadore to swimming lessons!
N yes he did enjoy them!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

New toy..

Wanna guess what is the thing that kept the duo so amazed?

Monday, August 13, 2012

K1, 2012

My baby has indeed grown up..

Click here to see his 2011 Nursery class photo

Budding buddies..

At 6m2w, I felt Pinu's first tooth coming out!!
Actually it is the bottom 2 that are coming together! Oh no.. More night wakes to come but still a huge milestone for my littlest!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Siblings' love..

Before they grow much bigger n start fighting with each other. I shall have this priceless keepsake to remind them that having the fate to be siblings is a blessing.

I love you too ah Jie. :)

Thursday, August 09, 2012

School excursion to Sentosa..

posted entry from 26 July. Finally got my hands on the photos. Thank you to a lovely person who sent me the photographs.

One proud moment.. he went to Sentosa with his teacher and friends.. and he was able to relate to me what he had done at Sentosa that evening when I was back home..
Isa baby.. Mama think you are so grown up now.

Happy National Day!

Happy 47th! Thank you Lord for taking care of our nation. N thank you Mr Lee. May the Lord bless you with good health.

N did anyone realize that mei mei n korkor are wearing the matching tees?

Anyway yesterday we went to Isa's school for their annual Sports Day. This year was special cos we brought we mei mei along. Thank God she was still manageable despite waking up at 530am.

As usual, Ray papa took part in their Daddy's Race. N there I was busy with running around, taking photographs n also to take care of Dora at the same time.

We had a wonderful day as the weather was perfect for such a event.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Domestic helper..

This is my first post on this above topic. Never did I feel comfortable writing about it cos I reckon I would always definitely mention more negativity than the other. Though I try to curb my emotions in this wee hours but this is definite worth an entry.

Well guess I would have to brace myself this time as I continue to learn how to man the rope in handling manpower issues at home.

Just to kick start this topic.

I had my first domestic helper way back in Dec 2010. We decided to hire one cos we know we were planning to have no 2. So guess it would be good to have her come in earlier than expected so that she can get familiarize before the baby comes along. And also we were planning to switch Isa from full day childcare to a kindy so as to cut cost.

So I went to ask around. Asking around in a sense that I look for my own maid rather than pick from the pool from the agency. Why this choice you might ask. Well I always believe recommendation by word of mouth definitely works better than advertisements (from the agent's mouth).

So ta dah.. my cousin's maid who was on good talking terms with me told me that her sister was actually looking for a employer in Singapore as well! So with a stroke of luck or not.. we went to process her paperwork and it really was not such a breeze.. we waited, went for our holidays in Perth, came back.. called and sms.. still she was not here yet! So finally on 3rd December, she arrived in Singapore and we went to fetch her from the agent. Her name was Mary Jane and her only working experience was in Lebanon, Middle East for 3 years. We always call her yaya for short. "Yaya" in Tagalog means "worker".

For the first year with us, she was like the glue in the gap or the cement in between the bricks. She was literally a good helper from all directions. She could do anything everything.. especially when it comes to catching pests, she is good! When it comes to children's routine, she was also doing good! Cooking so-so but she had a way through my son's stomach. My dearest son is a quite a picky eater u see and to make him happy with your cooking is like asking the emperor to pick a delicacy in that sense.

Everything was fine.. till the arrival of Ms Pinu. Hmm ok.. ya definitely after the arrival of Ms Pinu.

Talk about cutting cost, we decided not to engage a confinement aunty as it was expensive and it was not practical cos my humble home simply could not house another person.

So confinement was a breeze cos there was no one to nag at me, no one to shout at me and I could breastfeed all I want. Plus I could bath! but I was good enough to just do it from the 5th day after birth.

Anyway.. cut the story short. Soon after we realized yaya could not cope well. We talked to her, asked her and counsel her. But I think she didnt realize she is not coping well with the 2 kids and the chores and etc.

Her standard of cleaning went from bad to worse to worst.. there was always something that she forgets.. either the tabletop is not clean or the rag is on the floor or the mop is not being washed. Worst.. she did not even check my pant's pocket for tissue before she washed it.. Mind you, she handwashed it and she did not even check. Thank God it was not dollar bills.

One month passed and another month passed.. I tolerated and gave her chance and told her off nicely and harshly.. apparently the latter worked but I literally felt like a bitc*. This was not me. This was not the yaya we knew. She changed.. maybe this was her true colours. She slackened she hit her phone buttons more often than she touched the pots and pans. She also grew more impatient with my son.. n daughter. :( it just seemed that everything was tearing apart.

So on the fateful morning of 2nd August, we bade farewell to her. Told her in the morning that I will sending her to the agent as I had already found a helper which I could pay lesser (in terms of remuneration). I did not even want to give her a chance. This is me, not wiling to entertain nonsense.
Bye yaya..

Shall write more about my new maid in the next "All about maids" entry.
It is 12:26am now. Shall catch some winks before my lil one wakes up to do her business.
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