Saturday, September 29, 2007

The battle result

It's been almost 2 weeks now since I started weaning Cavan off his pacifier.

Gosh this boy is stubborn, persistent, strong willed, bad temper, etc... So hard to get him weaned off his pacifier!!

Anyhow, the result is that he no longer has the urge to have his pacifier during the day. Only moments when he's really very sleepy, we can see his has a strong urge. As our journey on this battle has not been easy for him and us (as in both parties DID NOT get sufficient sleep), we allowed him to have his pacifier for a short period of time before he falls asleep. We won't want to have a sleep deprieved child developing this kind of way do we?

It seems to work quite well as he will only suck it for a very short period of time before he knocks off into dreamland. On some occasions when you ask it back from him, he will give it to you, turn around, hug his bolster and zzzz... away!! Win-Win situation for both parties, do you agree? trick up my sleeve to wean him off completely during bed time is to put something bitter on his pacifier!!

Nowadays, we always tell him that he's a big boy now and if he continues to suck his pacifier, he mouth will be ugly and very shame-shame. He understands as he will do the shame-shame sign and pout his mouth for you to see. I'll end this post by showcasing the ever sexy pout pose by non other than Mr Chin junior..... hehehe.....

want a kiss anybody??

Monday, September 24, 2007

Battle continues...

Today is the 6th day of weaning Cavan off his pacifier.

You would think considering the comments I received from friends and family so far that it usually takes 2 nights of crying and the weaning process is completed. BUT alas this is not so the case for my boy. I could say that the peak period of weaning which is the first 3 nights is not so troublesome. It is the days after that we could see he's very and I mean VERY persistent to get his pacifier back!

He will make a fuss ie. lau-kai (tantrum) whenever he wanna nap/sleep and especially so during the night including mid-night and wee hours of the morning!! He will just cry and cry non-stop, goodness he can go up to an hour!!!

We decided to heed my dad's advise and to give him his pacifier whenever he wanna nap/sleep, only for this period to help him to sleep and get a good night sleep. Actually, I see him cry I also wanna cry for it is such a pity that he's really sleepy and continue to fight us to get his pacifier. Add that on with our threats each night that if he continues to cry and smack us (with both his hands slapping us on our faces and kicking us when we carry him), we leave him, dump him into the dustbin, etc...does not work although whenever we mentioned that, he will cling to us tightly or run after us. This is not good mentally...yep I know, scold me but he's just get on our nerve when he cries as you speak to him softly or roughly it does not work!!!

So we gave him this afternoon when we saw that he wanna sleep. SURPRISE SURPRISE, my boy really surprised me. He was happy to hold his pacifier. But he did not straight away put into his mouth and hold on to it as tho his life depended on it, which I thought he will do when we gave in to his demand.

Actually, I first gave him the 'bitten' pacifier. He took it, turn it around and told me in his way that this pacifier is bitten. I ignored and he did not make a fuss. He did not take his afternoon nap as we went shopping and when we reached home, he was not sleepy. However, when I was playing with him, he tried his pacifier (given him the good pacifier upon reaching home). Took 2 sucks and he took it out. He also 'sign' shame-shame to me and laugh telling me it's shame to suck pacifier!!

Jump to night time. Bed time. Gave him his milk and as previous, gave him his pacifier to hold. He drank his milk and previously after milk he will pop his pacifier into his mouth, but this time no, he just held it. He rolled around in his bed babbling away and finally slept WITHOUT, read me correctly WITHOUT the pacifier in his mouth!! My mum and I are so happy.

You would have think that I'm posting a 100% result in this post. Nope, am not doing that. Am waiting for tomorrow morning to see during the middle of the night if he make any fuss. One point that both my mum and I noted is that he wants his pacifier but once he got it and pop into his mouth, he does not get the satisfaction he previously had thus he's just happy to hold it.

We don't mind you holding on to it just don't pop it into your mouth Cavan!!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Battle, Mousey and Mr Truck saga continues.. - Day 3

Nothing much to post in regards to Day 3.

Cavan do not look for his "chut-chut" when he's playing. He only ask for it whenever he wants to nap/sleep. He's quite persistent even though today is the 3rd day, he still remembers his "chut-chut". He also knows that finding his "chut-chut" at the usual places is useless as it's not there.

I'm now just waiting for the day when I can put up a post that bear the results and I mean a 100% result!! For now, I'll rate it as 85%. Just a little bit more and we're done with this weaning thingy....

Thursday, September 20, 2007

The Ming Room, Bangsar Shopping Centre

We went for dinner at The Ming Room, Bangsar Shopping Centre on Monday, Sept 17th. Occassion is to celebrate my 8th aunt's birthday.

Cavan presenting the gift we made for her, home made almond crips in an 'altered art' glass jar.

This time the food is yet again lovely and delicious (feast your eyes below....)

Our starter, Salad Prawns & Crispy Stuffed Scallop.

Nicely displayed for individual consumption.
Note how BIG is the scallop!!

The scallop up-close!!

Next comes the Double-Boiled Shark's Bone Soup with Japanese Scallop. Found it a bit saltish....

1.5 of BBQ Suckling Pig with Butterfly Buns (man-tao) to accommodate all 16 of us in a table. The remains of the pig is cooked Deep-Fried with Salt & Pepper.

Baked White Tuna Fish with Miso Sauce.
This is the first time I ate fresh tuna meat instead of having it from a can and it is just yummy!!

Stuffed Bamboo Pith with Crabmeat & Crabroe

We then had the Chinese 'Amah' Noodles. Noodles represent 'longevity' in the Chinese context which is a 'must dish' for those celebrating birthdays. Did not take the picture of the 'Amah' Noodles but it look something like fried 'mee-suah'.

For dessert we had the Deep-Fried Sesame Glutinous Ball with Chilled Honeydew with Sago which is creamy. Cavan finished up the bowl of honeydew dessert which he enjoyed very much as you can see from the verdict he gave for the food he ate.
Double Thumbs-up!!

Note : mee suah -> A thin, delicate noodle made from rice flour, and is usually sold dried in boxes. It takes little time to cook, and is generally served in a soup. Representing 'long life', it is customary to serve a person Mee Sua soup on his or her birthday in Nyonya homes.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Battle and Mousey Hunt - Day 2

The battle continues.

Day 2 night is worse than the first night. I guess the first night my boy gets to see and hold on to his "chut-chut" whereas second night he got nothing at all.

I made him a mousey (as promised earlier that I would find the mousey for him). Reached home and attached his bitten "chut-chut" to the mousey's tail. Told him that mousey said he's sorry for being so bad that he bite off both his "chut-chut" and that in compensation, will accompany him nightly during bedtime. Asked Cavan to throw away his "chut-chut" since it's useless now. Surprisingly, Cavan took the "chut-chut" and threw it into the dustbin and said bye-bye!! You would have guess that it finally dawn on Cavan to give up hor?

the mousey made for Cavan

Wah, trouble begins when he it's time for bedtime. He's whining and pinning for his "chut-chut". It took me more than an hour to calm him down and get him to bed!! Had to kept reminding him that he threw his own "chut-chut". With this let me introduce Mr Garbage Truck!!

Mr Garbage Truck's role here is to let Cavan know that he has thrown away his "chut-chut" and Mr Truck has taken it away. So again, me and my boy in the early morning at 3am stood by the window again looking for Mr Garbage Truck in the hope to tell Mr Truck to come-by in the morning for us find his "chut-chut".

All is not too bad in the morning. Noticed that he does not ask for his "chut-chut" when he has 'nothing else to do'. He kept himself pretty busy playing his toys and looking for food in my kitchen cabinet and fridge!! hahaha....

The only hard to kick issue now is when he wants to nap/sleep, when he wakes up in the middle of his nap/sleep and upon waking up. He will ask for his "chut-chut". To also note that his memory is good coz he remembers what the mousey did and also Mr Garbage Truck. Can see that little Cavan is not giving up also in search of his missing "chut-chut"!!

We shall now see the result of his 3rd night....

ppsstt...... to fold one mousey for your little one, you can refer here

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The BATTLE and the MOUSEY hunt...

What a title must be wondering what this is all about.

Let's start. I decided to wean my son off his pacifier or better known as "chut-chut" to him. Let me tell you that this is my 2nd attempt. The 1st attempt failed terribly!! Both my hubby and myself gave in to his whimpering, whining and the ooh-soo terrible addicted cry of not having his "chut-chut" plugged into his mouth!! This boy just refused to sleep without his "chut-chut". The result of the 1st attempt?? -- he wants 2 "chut-chut" with him from then on, one plugged in his mouth, the other to be held by him without the cover!! What he do with the 2nd "chut-chut" in his hand? He will rub it, sweep it across his forehead, chin, nose or worse if you sleep beside him, he will do it on your face!!! Remarks from his maternal grandparents and my hubby : "See, you made it worse. Now he wants TWO!!!. Let him have his "chut-chut", let him enjoy it!!" No one to encourage me on, I gave in. So TWO "chut-chut" for my boy.

Still not giving up on the idea of weaning him off the pacifier with or without support, I tried my luck yesterday night (Sept 17th). You see, my boy will only look for his "chut-chut" when he's fidgety ie. nothing to occupy his attention and when he need to calm himself down from anger or frustration ie. crying or better know to us as "lau-kai" period.

So we were in the car after our dinner (different post on this with pics of the food) and he started to look for his "chut-chut". He 'sign language' to me that he wants it and taking advantage of the situation, I told him that I don't have his "chut-chut" with me (earlier he was in his maternal grandpa's car and he passed his "chut-chut" to his piu-cher to keep). Asked him where he put his "chut-chut", that I don't have it at all. Surprisingly at this point, he did not start searching my bag or his Barney bag as usually he does when I tell him that I don't have it.

Gently reminded him that he gave it to his piu-cher and basically mummy (which is ME!!) forgot to take it from piu-cher and now piu-cher has gone back home on a different car. Straightaway he pointed to the car behind us (my dad's aka his maternal grandpa's car). Told him, it's not with his maternal grandparents, piu-cher went home in another car.

He just kept quiet and we proceeded home without much fuss. This looks like a good beginning. And all the way home, my hubby just kept quiet. I know him, he just gave up on me trying to wean our son off the pacifier.

Reached home, changed and time for bed time. This is where the BATTLE begins....

After finishing his milk, he wants his "chut-chut" to sleep and when I could not produce one for him; the whinning, whimpering, crying started no matter how sleepy he is. Carried him and we went around the whole house in search of his "chut-chut" with him pointing me here and there to search at the usual places and me repeating again and again that his "chut-chut" is with his piu-cher, we forgot to take it from her.

I believe it took almost 45 mins before he finally went to bed. I was really in the midst of giving in when I remembered I read somewhere before, that one technique is to cut off the tip of the pacifier as it won't feel good when they suck and eventually will give up. So I told my son I try to find his "chut-chut" but he must not cry. He kept quiet, laid his head on my shoulder and let me wonder around the house looking. I took one of his old pacifier and nib the tip off!!.... and before I could gave it to him and say "Look, found an old one", realised that he dozed off on my shoulder. To the bed he goes.... and some forty-winks for me before the next round (yeah, I anticipated it will go on the whole night!!)

An hour pass and he woke up looking for his "chut-chut" (can see his hands feeling around the bed at the usual spot I place his pacifier). Carried him and again told him the same repeated words "not here, we forgot...". Can't seem to calm him down, I gave him the nibbed pacifier. He put in his mouth and before I could blink my eye, it was out of his mouth hahaha!!!.... Boy, was he angry. To save my niece, his piu-cher from trouble the next morning, I asked him why, what's wrong with your "chut-chut"? Why you don't put in your mouth? My boy in his sleepy state, showed my his nibbed "chut-chut". That's when I said to him 'Oohhh, what happened?.... must be the mousey that bite your "chut-chut". MOUSEY hunt starts here....

Upon hearing this, he's wide awake. Eyes all round and does not look sleepy at all!!... I played along my story and said, must be the mousey that bite your "chut-chut" and took all your "chut-chut" away... Bad mousey. We must catch mousey and scold him for being so naughty!! He agreed and started to laugh (yes laugh!! upon hearing that mousey took all his pacifier away!!) while making all sorts of action of catching and beating the mouse.

Cut the story short, this went on the whole night ie. managed to get him to sleep without the "chut-chut" with the story of the bad mousey and his mummy (poor me!!) searching for the bad mousey the whole night while he sleeps!!

Morning dawn - 6.30am. I woke up and quickly find another old "chut-chut" and nibbed it off. He woke up soon after, again crying. The story of bad mousey continues but this time, mummy found another "chut-chut" left behind by mousey while he was a good boy, not crying but sleeping.

My boy took it and again felt frustrated that this 2nd "chut-chut" was bitten by bad mousey!! Told him to sleep while mummy goes on mousey hunt again and that mummy will get him a new one later. Surprisingly, he agreed. Holding on to the two bitten "chut-chut", he fell asleep.

Now, wouldn't you agree with me that so far the progress is good? :D

My mum arrived at 7.15am with my niece. Told them the story and made them promise to play along with me. Sort of 'warned' them not to give in this time especially my dad when he starts to whimper, whin and cry for this "chut-chut" when they bring him back to my parent's house later. Need to presevere during this period as I'm positive he'll be weaned off his pacifier by end of the week!! (so far I heard from my cousin and friends, their kids took 2 days to wean off. I'm giving my boy 3 days as he's rather persistent)

And yes dear hubby, I heard your comment during his crying that I could make it worse and if I lose this battle this round, our dear boy may request for not two but THREE "chut-chut" this time!!

So here goes, the BATTLE has begun and I do hope that this time I'm the winner!! More updates and progress of my battle in the following days...

Sunday, September 16, 2007

More Almond Crisps!!

Made another batch of almond crips and this time is my best batch so far. Finally, finally managed to get it thin and the whole batch colour is just nice....a really nice soft light brown!!

This batch is made for my 8th aunt who will be celebrating her birthday by throwing us yet again another feast at The Ming Room, Bangsar Shopping Centre.

Bought a clear glass jar, decorated it a bit and throw in the lovely almond crips. This will be presented to her by my boy tomorrow together with a bottle of white wine.

just out of the over ~ evenly toned, a nice light brown

broken randomly into pieces

the final product ~ a gift

Wonder what will we have tomorrow as the last time we were there, the food is soo yummy!!

Weekend Cooking

We are rather bored with eating out lately thus decided to do some home cooking. Started last Sunday but too bad, my guests were all very hungry when they arrived and attacked the food before I managed to snap some pics!!

For this Sunday, we dish up stir fried vegetable, sambal ikan bilis, steam fish with minced ginger topping and soup.

steam fish with minced ginger topping

table all set and ready

Bon app├ętit!!

Green Bean Durian Sweet Soup

This is a rather late post. Been pro-castinating a bit the last two weeks :p

Hubby bought some durian (what is durian? check it out here) and decided to make green bean sweet soup adding some durian flesh in it. It has been a long long time since we had this as dessert.

green bean & screwpine boiling
to add rock sugar & durian flesh before turning off the fire

ready to be eaten
can you see the yummy durian flesh?


Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Bum Exercise anyone??

This is an interesting exercise. Wanna give it a try? *o*


Orange Poppy Seed Cake gone awry!!

This blog post is a bit late. Had too many things on my hand to blog for a few days.

Last Friday (Aug 31st) was a Public Holiday, Malaysia's National Day and this year it is our 50th year of independence!!

My son's "kai-ma" came for a visit and we decided to bake orange poppy seed cake. The whole process was fun, orange aroma throughout the whole house. Hhmmm..... it smells so yummy!! and we just can't wait to test our creation.

The whole look and feel is similar to the picture in the recipe. HOWEVER, the taste was just how do I put it in a nice and gentle way? hehehe..... Well, the cake is a bit hard, taste floury and not sweet!! If not for the syrup that we poured over the cake as the recipe calls for it, the whole cake is not sweet!!

I was not too satisfied with the result of this cake. I expected a better turn out comparing it to my previous bakes. Thought about the whole process the whole night and VOILA!! I think I know where we went wrong.

Now you see, during the measurement of the ingredients, the recipe calls for 3/4 of milk and sugar. Being me who hates figures, I got this "kai-ma" to tell me how much is 3/4 as we did not have a cup for specific 3/4. So using a 1/4 cup, "kai-ma" told me not to fill the ingredient to the brim, just slightly below the brim and you'll get 3/4. Have you noted the error in here already?? :p

No offence yah "kai-ma" (anyway, you seldom read my blog so very safe for me to post this up kekekekek). So the measurement was wrong which I figured contributed to the result of the cake being a bit hard and not sweet at all!!

This cake will be KIV-ed for the moment. Will give it a try again and this time I'm sure it will turn out the way it should be - soft, moist and tastes like what a cake should be!!

orange poppy seed ~ gone awry
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