Monthly Archives: July 2010

Ong Choy, The Spinach That Can Swim

Patch and I would like to start eating more healthy Chinese food for dinner.  Healthy chinese food sounds like an oxymoron!  You can have healthy homemade non-greasy chinese dishes to accompany rice or congee.   One of his favourite veggie is Water Spinach also known as Ung choy, Tung choy but I always thought they are hard to prepare.

I bought the ong choy from a Chinese supermarket.   It almost $2 a pound and you have to throw out a good portion of the stalk where it’s hard and tough.

 

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Our Choice of Diapers

After my review on the diapers that we tried in the sample pack, we’ve decided to go with something that we have not tested out.   Hemp diapers.  There are so many reasons why we decided to go with hemp.  They are more expensive than cotton but these are the reasons that changed our minds:

  • stronger than cotton
  • breathable
  • has natural antibacterial ingredients

Here is a video to show how easy it is to use hemp diapers!

The covers can be bought at your local baby store for about $10 each.  We have 5 covers for 30 cloth diapers. Even if the cover is waterproof, I still wash it often and change into a new one because the trim is not waterproof so it can absorb pee.

We also have a couple of AIO (All In One) diapers from Kushies for days when all the covers are soiled.  You can get them from BRU or TJ Kids for about $12 each.  No cover is required and they work exactly like a disaposable.  AIO diapers are a great way to see if you can handle using cloth diapers before committing to the switch.  AIOs are not as absorbant and leak-proof as hemp or cotton diapers.

Quick Fix Snack – Midnight Guacamole

I was craving for a snack shortly after midnight.  Another one of my quick fix recipes would be guacamole.  Doing a search on recipes sites has led to many different versions of guacamoles.  Other than the main ingredient avocado, you can pretty much do whatever you want with it.  Here is my version of this tasty, filling snack (or dip as most people would use it as!).

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Sleep, Little Patch, Sleep

After a whirlwind of family functions pre and post-LP’s 100 day banquet, we finally have a chance to wind down.  What this means is that if LP’s sleep schedule could get any more out-of-whack during that week, well… it could.

Sleeping at 3:30am, waking up at 8am and 10am and sleeping until 3:30pm was the schedule for the past 2 weeks.  It was hard when I slept late and didn’t have to energy to assist LP in staying up the next morning.  So that had to change today.

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An Angel with Cute Horns

The best time of the day is when Little Patch is deep asleep during the morning.  His schedule is currently whacked as he has days and nights mixed up.  As much effort as we put to set a proper schedule, there are things that come up that resets it such as vaccine shots, visiting relatives and other things.

I love watching my angel sleep as he looks so so sweet that I just want to kiss him, hug him, or poke him! I should know better to wake him up when most babies should be awake, but I end up staring at him like a creepy stalker for a long time.

His morning sweetness makes me forget what a brat he is when he refuses to sleep at 3am the night before… that’s the price I have to pay when I let LP sleep in so that I can stare at him.

Quick Fix Meal – Buttered Mushroom, Corn & Garlic Soup

As a busy mom, I don’t have time to make food from scratch although Patch still cooks gourmet meals from scratch.   Couple days ago, I was struggling with making lunch as Little Patch is not napping as much as before.  I had some cans of soup but I didn’t want to eat ‘a can of soup’ so I added more ingredients to make it more gourmet.  But not too gourmet as my free time is limited!

 

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Tip on Storing Milk in the Freezer

Storing milk the conventional way in the freezer can be a space waster as it is bulky. Milk storing bags are designed to have the milk stand upright and when it freezes the bag expands. I have been freezing milk flat so that it saves space since you can stack them one on top of each other in the freezer.

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Milk Storage Timeline

I’ve been pumping a lot of milk lately to ease the pain of engorged breasts. My friend recommended the Gerber Nuk Seal ‘n Go Milk Bags. My pump is the Medalla Swing and I love it because it’s compact and it is used by local hospitals.

I try to breast feed whenever I can. Bottle feeding is my last resort if someone else is watching Little Patch. There’s a chance that you may lose antibodies, fat or leukocytes found in breast milk (live cells that carries immunity from mother to baby) as they may stick to the side walls of the containers or plastic bags. The milk bags are made specifically for storing milk so they do a better job at maintaining the milk components mentioned above.

 

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Feeding and Beer!

I was reading an article about breastfeeding and beer and got excited when it said that beer helps milk production.  I immediately took that as GO for drinking beer during dinner and read on to realize that beer changes the taste of your breast milk.  The baby will find the beer-flavoured milk too bitter to taste and will not drink as much, hence, decreasing the milk production instead.  Oh, booouuurns!

Oh well, let me introduce you to my favourite beer shown on the left…

Someone Once Said…

… to me, ‘You must have a lot of time to build and maintain a blog after giving birth.’

No! Maybe I am just negligent! Yay, Mother of the Year award to me.  I kid, I kid… I will have to wait in line behind Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan’s mom to get that one…