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Those of you who know us personally and also, those of you who have been faithfully reading my blog posts (thank you!!) would know for a fact that we have been battling with Emma’s severe eczema for months on end.  She could have been suffering from eczema from as early as 2 months’ old, but we can’t pinpoint when it first started because she had a bad case of cradle cap too, as an infant.

After months of battling, I think I can confidently say that she is definitely well on her way to recovery.  Her skin is definitely more moisturised and more supple, and she is putting on weight gradually now.  It has not been an easy journey, but it has been worth the effort, and I am so grateful that I took the leap of faith when I started her on consuming these natural supplements: Izumio water and Super Lutein capsules.

She started consuming these supplements about 4 months ago, and as of now, I can say she is about 90% healed, with a few rough and dry patches on her legs.

The supplements have certainly given her LIFE back…and if my hubby did not point out the difference in pictures, I would not believe it either.

This was Emma’s picture at 1 year old…despite being a happy baby, we could not help but notice that she seems a little sadder than her siblings.  She was on the serious side and hardly smiled and giggled.

Emma at 1 Year Old

Fast forward to present day at 2 years old, and you can see that she is one happy, cheerful toddler.  She giggles voluntarily and flashes that adorable dimple of hers for all to see.  Her eyes also seem to be full of life and her face is a picture of overall happiness and contentment.

Emma at 2 Years Old

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Can you see the distinct difference?

The natural healing process has certainly expelled all those months of toxins accumulated in her, and now we have a healthy, smiley and cheeky baby!….ooops toddler!  Imagine all the pain and suffering she must have gone through…I’m so thankful and relieved that she is free from all that now. ♥

Emma will even make special requests to eat her Super Lutein capsules and Izumio drinking water.  She will ask for it when she sees me eating my dose and also if she sees her siblings drinking the Izumio.  Perhaps she really DOES know what is best for her and what makes her feel good.

N.B. I’m not sharing the pictures of her skin before and after for privacy reasons, but if anyone is interested in these supplements for safe and natural healing of eczema and skin problems, please feel free to email me and I will share them with you.

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Last week, we attended a simple Trade Show Ethan’s class put up. The students were divided in 4 entrepreneurial teams and Ethan’s team was called TMS (Team Services).  They came up with the idea of providing shoulder massages for a fee (RM1 per minute), and in return the “customers” would be entertained to nice ukulele music and served green tea!

Guessed who the ukulele player was? :)

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Hannah wanted to get the 5-minute massage, and in return she got a chance to win something from the lucky draw box too!

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Yeah…while adults were served green tea, the kids were served milo!

It was so interesting to see the kids running their businesses; there was a stall selling cakes and muffins, and yet another selling keychains and bracelets.  The kids even designed and printed their own business cards!

At the end of the day, the funds collected will be channeled towards the class fund to be used in future school trips and to purchase student supplies.  I think this is an excellent exposure for the kids and I’m sure they all had fun running the trade show.

BRAVO!

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This was a t-shirt I bought for myself from Hollywood when I was there about 15 years ago.  I had wanted to get a souvenir then, and the only t-shirt they had was one in Youth size S.  It fit me okay, so I bought it.

However, when I took it home and washed it, it shrank a few sizes and ever since then, I could not wear it anymore.

Then just last week, I took the shirt out and for the fun of it, asked Hannah to try it on.

It fit her like a glove!

And so that’s how the shirt now belongs to her.  A California shirt for a California girl.  How apt. :)

Hannah loves making notes and cards for me.  She loves drawing and designing and decorating them.  She gave me this a few weeks ago but she didn’t want me to post it on the blog then because she was too shy.

However, I’ve managed to convince her and here I want to share this really cute card she gave me.

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By the way, both Ethan and Hannah aren’t afraid of lizards, unlike me. :)

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After almost a year attending regular school as opposed to homeschooling, I’m evaluating the key takeaways that Ethan has had in a school environment compared to homeschooling.  To be fair, we have constantly asked him if he enjoys school, and we can see that in general, he is having fun, and tells me his favorite subject in school is Math and ICT (Information and Communication Technology).  When asked if he would consider returning to homeschooling, he said he would too.

However, there are a few things that I feel he has benefited from by attending regular school.

  • Responsibility – this covers responsibility for his own belongings and also as a person.  There is marked improvement where we have noticed he doesn’t lose things as easily nowadays, but we are working on strengthening his focus and vigilance.  Misplacing things in a big school is inevitable and ideally we want to reduce that to a zero.  Ethan has also been given responsibility as a student council in his class.  This is basically a class representative position and I will never forget the day he related how he was selected:  The candidates were asked to give a short speech to classmates on why they should vote for them, and they voted.  The one with the highest votes (1 boy and 1 girl) would then be elected.  He now wears his student council pin proudly every day and yes, we are ever so proud of him.
  • Loyalty – I can sense a strong sense of loyalty to his school when he plays soccer for his school against other schools.  His Daddy says this sense of loyalty and belonging to a team will not be the same if he was homeschooled, and not even if he participated in a homeschool event against other teams.  This I would have to agree.
  • Teamwork – In school, he is learning to work in a team, to be part of a team and how to handle conflict.  He would come and report to me who did what, who is naughty and who is good, etc.  Next week, he will be part of a team as part of their Young Entrepreneurs program, and his team will be managing a shoulder massage service.  They will also be serving refreshments and providing music and entertainment for the customers.  Ethan will be playing the ukulele!
  • Socialising – Ethan’s social skills have definitely improved and I have noticed that he is more vocal now.  In school, as we all know, he needs to learn how to interact with kids from different backgrounds, how to handle it when kids are noisy and playful, or quiet and compliant.  Also, how to communicate effectively with teachers and educators and also how to treat them with respect.  When he was homeschooled, we met up with other kids too, but it was maybe 1-2 times a week at the most.  This socialising in school is definitely doing heaps for his confidence and morale.

So did we make the right decision to let him experience school?  I would say yes, weighing in the pros and cons.  But would we consider homeschooling again?  Definitely.  But ultimately, as I have always maintained, we will look at his progress and how each option will benefit him more before we decide.

Emma-2years

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Weight

8.1-8.2 kilos

Height/Length

Not measured.

Teeth

Still 15 teeth (I think), maybe 17 or 19.  She won’t open up for me to check : 7 bottom teeth (3 incisors, 2 canines, 2 molars) and  (maybe) 8 upper teeth (4 incisors, 2 canines and 2 molars).

Motor Skills

  • Loves dancing and prancing around.
  • Has an extremely firm grip and will not let go of whatever she is holding really tight.

Communication and Social Skills

  • Loves lying down on her siblings’ beds and “chillin’”.
  • Starting to say more words now such as:
    • “Go!”, when we prompt her with “Ready… Set….?”
    • “Book”, while pointing to, or holding one
    • “Poopoo”, while pointing to diaper (Okay okay…will start potty training soon!)
    • “Kou” when we give her things.  I think it means “Thank you”
    • “Stairs”
    • “No more”, with gestures
    • “Ball”
    • “uh-oh…fall down!”
    • “Nose”, more like “Nosh” while pointing to her nose.
    • “Mouth”
    • “Ears”
    • “Hair”
    • “Toes”
    • “Butt”
    • “Cow”
    • “Dog”
    • “Bear”
    • “Book”
    • “Bag”
    • “Bird”
    • “There!”

Food and Feeding

I’ve been cooking her some simple buttered rice with onions, garlic, chicken and vegetables lately, which she loves.  Loves steamed fish too.

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Hey peeps!!  Have you seen Hannah and Emma on television yet?  They are featured on two different videos as part of the Disney Junior Birthday Book for the month of March.

Last year, they didn’t get featured so this year, I made it a point to submit their pictures really early.  These are videos taken from the feature in the Disney Junior Asia Birthday Book site online.

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Last week my littlest one turned 2.  I can’t believe how fast 24 months had passed!  She is still very much my little baby but she’s quickly becoming very vocal and is able to assert her personality, that one.

We decided to just have a little family celebration at home, so I baked her an orange and pumpkin crazy cake with no butter, no milk and no eggs.  As for cake deco, it was a toss up between Elmo and Hi-5, cos she likes both, but I went with Elmo, because I also wanted to try creating Elmo’s fur with the grass tip I had.

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♥  Happy Birthday dearest Emma!!  ♥

 

She must have picked it up either from her siblings or from me.  It started when she would come to me and say “Oww!”, point to the place where it hurt and sometimes point at the person who had “hurt” her.

As time went on, every time someone touched her, even ever so gently, she would say “Oww!!”

She would keep on saying that until I kissed her.

Ethan and Hannah would sometimes just touch her just to hear her say “Oww!!” and then they would say, “Sorry Emma…”

Here’s a demo:

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I’d been so busy that I’d forgotten to announce that we are slowly transitioning Emma to a forward-facing seat.  While previously it was the norm that toddlers would be switched to forward-facing seat when they were about 15 months or so, recent studies have shown that it is advantageous and safer for the toddler if she remains in a rear-facing seat at least till 2 years old.

However, since Emma was only less than a month shy of her 2-year old milestone, we figured it would be good to start now.  In any case, she was getting rather heavy for the infant carrier because quite simply, she is not an infant anymore.  Well, actually, the real reason is because in her rear-facing seat, she kept doing this:

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That looks dangerous, right?  She might hurt her head or her mouth or her eyes when the car moves!

So her “maiden voyage” in a forward-facing car seat was when we made the trip to Ipoh for Chinese New Year recently.  I had removed the seat covers of the car seat, and washed them, and also washed the plastic parts.

Doesn’t she look comfy?

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Emma is now only forward-facing in one of the cars.  She is still sitting in the rear-facing seat in the car I drive every week day, because we found that because of the upright position of the forward-facing car seat, she finds it difficult to fall asleep!  However, she is learning to, and soon …. when I have the time, I will wash the OTHER car seat so we can fix front-facing seats in both cars for her.

Oh…and she’s also experiencing new sights with a forward-facing stroller experience now!  Wheeee!!!!

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