Monthly Archives: March 2010

Update 24Mar10

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ok, it’s nearly 1 month now since we got back to Brats and how has life been with TWO kids now?

truth from my heart: it’s really tough and sometimes i think i can really go insane (but i can’t cos i’ve no choice and i’m too responsible for that); i’m surviving and taking each day at a time.

when we got back, the apartment was a mess although Ayl had a friend to help clean it up before we got back.  Ayl has decided to join Citylights (a new fellowship we call church) and we’ve been attending it as a family now that we’re back. although it’s a small group of us, about 20+ people, the people there have touched my heart from the moment we arrived.

after about nearly 16hrs flight (not to mention 7hrs in transit), we were all super super tired. it wouldn’t have been so bad if we didn’t have 2 kids with us, and if we have been given a bassinet seat on the plane… but oh well, we made it here nevertheless. we got to our apartment after the 1hr drive from Vienna airport and Patrick was there to greet us. he helped Ayl with the baggages while i brought the kids up; and on the table there was a card and a vase of flowers to welcome us home. it was so unexpected and so touching to see that; while there was homemade goulash (local soup dish) in the fridge together with some groceries that we might need which the church got for us.

flowers and card; didn't manage to take the pics of the food though 🙂

you might think that this is nothing much, but if you’re in a foreign land and you don’t have your family and friends with you, it’s more than you could ask for.

week 1 – jetlag and getting settled with unpacking including some house cleaning. went over to Patrick/Ivetka’s for dinner on Saturday and got to know them better; the people Ayl spent most of his time with when we were away. the people who were feeding Ayl 😛 – and i must add, Ivetka is a MEAN cook!!

Ivetka and the place where all wonderful food comes from

Patrick with Gabriel and David getting acquainted with Ashton

Gabriel being a big koko to Arielle

bread taken with balsamic vinegar and olive oil; something very different and new to us but good

goooooood foooood - Ayl's plate

week 2 & 3 – had a few friends over, fell sick with flu and fever; had Kieko from church made food for us.

Tio and pretty baby girl Hanna

look how sweet she is!

Ashton meets Hanna

Ivetka & Ashton

homemade sushi rolls and apple pie

i need to add here that it means so much to have ppl making food for us and so openly and willingly have us over for dinner, makes me feel so phai seh; God bless you for being so kind to us.

week 4 – trying to finish up my post here, takes me nearly a week to get this done (as per the title). 3 of us are still taking cough medicine, it’s good that the weather is picking up now, no more below 5*C and some days i can wear short sleeves at home, walking around without socks & woolly slippers.

church is good, though i still don’t get to fully participate in the worship (for those without kids, enjoy it while you get to). Easter is coming up and we’re looking forward to the long holiday this weekend (Ayl’s off from Friday till Mon). but this would also mean we’ll need to stock up groceries coz everything (yes, everything! we’re not in Asia unfortunately) will be closed and we’ll have to cook at home.

more updates after this… my boy is crying for attn now and i think this is sufficient for now. 🙂 Blessed Easter everyone!!

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Nursing necessities

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ok, so it’s 4 months plus already and i’m still nursing ashton. being back here in brats makes it more convenient for me as i don’t have to hide in the room anymore each time i need to feed him coz there’s no one else at home here with us unlike in kuching; where the whole house is filled with ‘boys’, the only girls are my MIL and i.

so what has been my companion in nursing ever since, things i can’t live without?

1. Nursing Poncho – helped me to nurse in private, though right now ash’s getting bigger and more curious and sometimes he’ll try to open the poncho up. i used it so often it became sort of a comfort zone for him.
ash recognizes new places and it becomes quite difficult for him to adjust since i move around a lot, so using the poncho helped to calm him down.

2. Ring Sling – now that i’ve 2, the sling has really helped to free my hands so that i can do a few things with/for arielle. i’ve not tried Bfeeding with it cos it really takes time and skill to do it. i managed to take the flight to penang alone thanks to the sling.
one great thing about the sling is it’s a super effective comforting tool. just put the baby in and they stop crying, but not for too long la cos your back might break.

with Arielle (2half years) and Ashton (4months)

3. Medela breast pump – i was advised to get an electric pump by most breastfeeding moms but i thought to myself since i’m a stay home mom, i won’t need to pump as often as those working. so i got myself a manual one from Medela, a bit costly but no regrets. i’ve tried Avent from a friend’s but it wasn’t so compatible, so i got Medela instead since i’ve heard so many good things about the brand. very easy to use and wash and very effective – so very happy with the purchase esp when i’m bloated 😛

4. Nursing initimates – after buying them online (not cheap with delivery costs as well), i went to penang and found them sold in Tesco!!!!! and at half the price!!!! what the heck!!!

so i’ve tried bottle-feeding and breast-feeding. leona asked me which one i prefer… i’d quote from a good guy-friend ‘breast is best’!! no heavy water bottles/thermos, no worries of where to get milk powder when it runs out, no worries if baby is drinking enough water… the best thing is, baby doesn’t get sick so easily and mommy gets a quick slim-down!

indeed, BREAST IS BEST!! 🙂