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September 2013

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Recently, Ethan has developed a passion (or addiction) for reading books from the Geronimo Stilton series.  I take full credit for starting the ball rolling. :)

You see, early this month, while Ethan was having his soccer practice, Hannah and I hung out at the library, and on a whim, I decided to borrow a couple of Geronimo Stilton books for him.  Well, whaddya know?  He LOVES them!

He even asked me to print out a list of all the Geronimo Stilton books so he can check them off as he completed reading each one.  He borrows at least 2-3 Geronimo Stilton books from the library every week and he can finish reading one book in less than an hour now! :)

So anyway, as Ethan and I were discussing book reports the other day, I asked him if he would like to write a book report on one of the Geronimo Stilton books he had read and he was up for it.  So here’s his first book report:

Please disregard the ratings at the bottom of the report.  The kids were playing Master Chef and giving the “dishes” their own ratings…

Children are tomorrow’s generation, and who better to carry the mindset of change better than children themselves?  With ever-open minds that absorb knowledge like a sponge, a child’s education is determined by his upbringing and his exposure to events around him.  As parents, we play a pivotal role in ensuring our children get a wholesome education not just for now, but for life.  We are examples for our children through what we do and say.

A couple of months ago, while we were in Six Flags, a lady manning the cash register struck a conversation with Ethan.

Lady: Hey buddy…how are you doing?
Ethan: Good!
Lady: Did you have a great time today?
Ethan: Yes, we had so much fun!
Lady: Where are you guys from?  Are you guys Chinese?
Ethan: No.  We’re Malaysians!

Earlier last week, I was with Ethan and Emma at the bank, to open a savings account for Emma.  While getting the documentation sorted out, Ethan was waiting for me at the side when one of the bank officers/tellers started making small talk with him.

Bank Officer: Is your father an Englishman? (I think she meant Caucasian.  We get that a lot because a lot of people seem to think our kids look mixed…well, anyway…)
Ethan: No he’s not.
Bank Officer: No?
Ethan: Yeah, my Dad is a Malaysian!
Bank Officer: Malaysian? But Malaysian got 3 TYPES wor… Malay, Chinese and Indian.  Which one? (What the..??  Now you see how most Malaysians are still bent on race)
Ethan: Malay!


I’m extremely proud of Ethan that without any prompting from us, he can confidently answer that he is a Malaysian, forgoing the need to stress whether it’s Malay, Chinese, Indian or “lain-lain”.  If only more Malaysians can think the same way…

Happy Malaysia Day, everyone!

Two days ago, we gave Emma her first solids.  This time around, I figured I would attempt Baby Led Weaning.  It’s a relatively new concept and the more I’m learning about it, the more it’s making a whole lot of sense.

Basically with Baby Led Weaning, the baby is given “real food”, as in food that is as close as possible to what we as adults would eat (minus the salts and sugars, of course).  With Baby Led Weaning, there will be no food purees and mushy food that is always linked to weaning a baby.  A baby is encouraged to feed herself by holding on to food and chomping or munching as much or as little as she wants.  At the same time, breastfeeding is fully encouraged and baby can drink as much as she wants.

I’ve read that babies who adopt Baby Led Weaning tend to have healthier appetites, are not fussy eaters and become more independent with feeding themselves.  This in turn (hopefully) will result in happier meal times, because the entire family eats together.  Another obvious PLUS is of course that I don’t need to spend time making ground rice, pureeing fruits and vegetables and frozen food cubes! 😀

I’m still learning about Baby Led Weaning as I go along, so if there are any of you out there who has advice or suggestions, please feel free to let me know! :)

So I didn’t buy any rice cereal this time.  Instead, for Emma’s first solids, I boiled some soft Bario red rice grains and shaped them into little rice balls.  The boiled Bario red rice looked a little like porridge, soft and palatable.

She grabbed the little rice balls immediately.  But I suppose her hand-to-mouth coordination is not that advanced yet, so she didn’t really know what to do with the rice balls!

She ended up chomping away on the side of the bowl!

When she threatened to fling the bowl over the side of the food tray, I decided to place the food on the tray itself, so she could have easier access to it.

Well, she didn’t eat much of the rice that first time.  I did allow her to hold the bowl again, and she happily licked the bowl a little! 😛

I didn’t expect her to eat much this first time anyway.

Today, I tried again, and she did put a little into her mouth, but she became quite frustrated when she could not eat a lot (we think).  So I used a spoon and fed her small tiny spoons of the red rice porridge.

Guess what?  She grabbed onto the spoon and nibbled at the porridge!  Looks like she likes it!

And she drank some water too after that, with a sippy cup!

Great job, Emma!  Mommy is so proud of you!  Here’s to more healthy eating days ahead!

Scrap Credits
Natural Glory QP from My Memories
Boxed words Volume 4-Love & Wedding empty tag from Chantal Taake


No up to date measurement as yet, I’m guessing probably around 8 kilos, at least.


No up to date measurement yet too.  Will be taking her to the pediatrician for her 6-month well-child checkup, so we’ll get some measurements then.

Motor Skills

  • Emma can now roll over and roll back again.  She’s getting pretty adept at it too!
  • She will roll and move her body around the bed or across the floor.
  • Sometimes when she is on her tummy, she till attempt to lift her butt up.  Couldn’t resist posting this picture of her in deep slumber, with her butt in the air.  Emma sleeps on her back mostly, but that morning, I caught her in this position!

Communication and Social Skills

  • Emma is babbling a lot, and on several occasions (especially when crying), we have caught her saying, “Mom”, “Mum”, “Mama” or “Ma”. *beams*
  • Will reach out her hands or leans towards me when she wants me to carry her.
  • She can recognize my voice, and will let out a cry when she hears me in the vicinity.
  • Smiles when spoken to.


  • Still can’t wait for her eczema to completely heal.  It’s unbearably itchy at times and she scratches if it is not moisturized.  On countless nights, I have woken up just to apply the moisturizer on her skin so she feels better.
  • Her sucking reflex is pretty strong now, and she loves to grab and suck on anything in sight.  It could be a sign of teething though, but only time will tell.

Food and Feeding

She is 100% on Mommy’s milk.  Will attempt to reach for cups, bottles or plates if they are within her reach.  Methinks that is a sure sign of readiness for solids.

Ethan expressed an interest to learn how to cook, and today I told him he could fry an egg for me for lunch. :)

After all, seven is as good an age as any to learn how to cook, no?

I let him crack the egg into a bowl on his own; choose the egg from the fridge and hit it firmly on the edge of the bowl, then pull the shells apart so the egg slides gently into the bowl (he did it beautifully, with the yolk intact, and no remnants of eggshells floating inside).

Then I turned on the stove and explained that the pan needs to be hot before we poured the oil in.

Then Ethan poured the egg into the pan and waited for it to cook, and then he used a spatula to lift the egg out of the pan and onto my plate.

He was so pleased with himself, and he’s asking me what he will be cooking tomorrow.

Are there any Junior Masterchef classes in Penang? 😀