Tuesday, December 22, 2009

That's It!

It looks as though I'll have to stop breastfeeding HN. Even though I still express every morning while I was in KL for a conference last week, my milk supply has dwindled steadily. HN isn't letting me off so easily, though. She still insists on suckles after every bottle, despite me telling her mommy's milk isn't quite enough anymore...

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Pulled Elbow

I guess it's bound to happen sooner or later, given the no-holds-barred way HN frolics around... but she still gave us a turn. Friday evening and we'd just came back from SP, and she'd just finished her bath and was playing and rolling around like nobody's business (as usual). When suddenly she started wailing LOUDLY.

I ain't worried yet.

And she doesn't stop wailing after a few minutes.

I took a good look at her and somehow it seemed that her left arm's not quite right. No swellings, no bruises, no nothing, yet she's holding it a bit limply.

Oh crap oh crap oh crap oh crap.

I tried to get her to grab a ball, she takes it up slightly, wailed even louder, and drop it away. I gently raised her arm, she shifts her shoulder as if to avoid touching a nerve, and screams.

Oh CRAP. I insisted that we took her to the pediatrician RIGHT AWAY.

Well, the pediatrician quite promptly confirmed that it's a pulled elbow (i.e. "mild dislocation of the elbow which is the result of the lower arm slipping out of its normal position at the elbow joint", OUCH OUCH OUCH OUCH I can't stop wincing as I read and typed that!!) after ruling out accidental swallowing something, tummy upsets, fractures etc. She put things right in a jiffy (as promised by all the articles I looked up later) and prescribed some pain-killers, and assured us that all is well now, but we should avoid touching her left arm for a while (strictly no further massaging!!!) and especially not lead her by the left arm.

Quite understandably, HN was still sniffling as we left the clinic. I said to her "well you'd better not play so roughly from now on." To which she sniffled, whimpered and nodded her head vigorously.

After tucking her in that night, I googled some more, and learnt here that pulled elbow occurs slightly more often in females (check), and in the left arm (check). Most common cause is axial traction i.e. a pull/yank on the child's hand or wrist; 2nd most common cause is a fall; some cases have been reported after rolling over (check).

Come the second morning, HN was still miserable and kept fussing and crying, although she's using her left hand and arm more. I insisted that we head to the pediatrician's again for a follow-up.

You know what? The moment she saw us changing clothes, she stopped crying. There was even a hint of a smile when I put her in her car seat. And she was beaming when we reached the clinic, the rascal! And sure enough, the pediatrician confirmed that the arm's alright after observations, but acknowledged that it's probably still tender, and that HN would make the most of the oppotunity to get extra hugs out of us. HN was given a generous patch on the elbow, and we were on our way.

By late afternoon, she was her usual mischievous and frolicsome self, rolling and dashing all around again. And that, reader, if you were reproaching me for the seemingly cold-blooded, calm tone of this post, is why I can write thusly 2 days after the fact. I was a miserable, emotional wreck on Friday night and Saturday morning, nearly driving MC up the wall too.

And once is quite enough, thank you, so HN, you'd better honour that promise about not playing so roughly again. EVER!

Thursday, November 26, 2009


宁儿上个星期开始就似乎爱用手指在墙上比比划划。TVIQ 的 Øistein Kristiansen 的节目看多了吧。就试着在她面前写字(好久没拿笔了,真是罪过),又试着给她一枝笔,看她什么反应。结果今天⋯⋯


Tuesday, November 24, 2009







Tuesday, October 20, 2009


For about a month or even more now, HN had been able to walk by herself but was very reluctant to let go of our hands or any supporting furniture.

Then finally on Deepavali Day (that's last Friday and I'm posting this on Tuesday), at MC's colleague's open house in Kulim, she was so taken up with a fluffy gorilla toy that she took it with both hands and walked around everywhere to show it off. Since then there's no stopping her — except when she's adamant that she wants us to walk with her.

Sunday, October 11, 2009



Friday, October 9, 2009








Thursday, September 24, 2009






开斋节假期带慧宁回 SP ,一下多了两老,再加上屋子空间宽阔了,这小瓜竟一发不可收拾地一直要人牵着她走路。



Tuesday, September 8, 2009


啊好久没更新了。又忙又没心情。TMD 新闻天天没好事,有时真的好后悔把孩子生在这个国家。

Anyway. 慧宁也满周岁了(撒花!撒花!)臼齿也已长到第四颗了(但痛死她了)最爱听辣歌跳舞,但高手唱的慢歌也会忙不迭拍手,如许冠杰啦,孟庭韦啦,潘越云啦。

上个月开始就已经会坚持要自己喂自己了。成功率大概是 40% 吧,总可以吃到好些饭粒。有时还会很好心的要喂爸爸妈妈。

困扰已久的便秘问题可能可以解决了,因为医生让换了 Novalac IT 奶粉配方。专门针对便秘的特别配方哦。价钱有点贵就是了。现在喝着的是医生给的 400g 罐装,外头货源确定中。

会说的单音有 papa, baba, mama, lala (只出现过一次但唱了好久), gigi, chichi, shhhhh⋯⋯



Monday, April 13, 2009


Started Friday evening (Good Friday) and it's now Monday... teething?

UPDATE: OK it's roseola! a.k.a. 假疹. Alarming as the fever can get pretty high, but apparently it's harmless and the only treatment is to let it run its course. She really had a hard time when the rashes erupted — was up the whole night and kept clinging to me. I couldn't put her down at all. We could only get some sleep around 4am. When dawn came we bundled to the hospital. Thank goodness she had some relief with Calamine...

But the poor thing's lost precious weight... A sick baby is a sad sight to behold.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Hui Ning started babbling again: "Awawawawawa. Wawawapapawawabaawa..."

UPDATE: 3 days later and now she's developed a very nice pattern of "papa, papa, papa, pa pa pa paaa. papa."

Sunday, March 29, 2009



MC 还在唤着她“慧宁跑去哪里了?”




Friday, March 13, 2009

Second tooth — and mayhaps a third!

We noted a second upper front tooth sprouting last night. And this morning the babysitter told me she suspected then a lower front tooth is coming out as well, but it's a bit further in and we'd have to feel for it.

Crooked teeth? Say it ain't so...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009




结果……车还没开到路口,这个瓜就已经乐不可支地笑呵呵,跳上跳下了。(这么晚了还有得逛街,yeay!)(yeay 你个头啦,没把人吓死。)



Saturday, February 28, 2009

Finally - A Pearly White Tooth!

After much grizzling, howling, mewling and frustrated gnawing — the first signs of a single hard, pearly white front upper tooth appeared this morning!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Stand -- at 7 months 3 weeks!

OMG She's standing!

This means the the bassinet has to go then. Sure, sure... look smug about it all.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Little Jedi in Pink

Pretty in Pink.

MC turned out to know more about Star Wars than I did. The moment he saw Hui Ning in this new dress, he made a beeline for the camel humps at the Penang Municipal Park.