Thursday, August 24, 2006

Rowena is 4 months old today!

How time flies! Our little Rowena is now 4 months old. She’s getting bigger and bigger and quite heavy to carry. I ordered the baby sling to carry her around but have not really used it as havent mastered the art of it yet. It came with a demo CD and looks so simple, but I am not so good at following instructions.

Rowena takes 7 ozs of breast milk every 3-4 hours plus a bottle of 5 ozs formula everyday. For local clothes, she uses size 6-12months or 12-18 months and international brands she can get into 3-6 months (not for long) but more comfortable with 9-12 months. She’s going to be just like Harvynna. Bought Harvynna a t-shirt from mothercare for 3-4 years and it was too tight!!
I am into dressing them alike – buying them similar clothings. I thought they would look cute but my friends who have sisters say that they hated it when their parents did that to them!!

Some of Rowena’s milestones:

Able to sit up straight if propped

Raise head 90 degrees when placed on stomach

Be able to roll from back to one side (and stays there – too heavy to roll back I think!!)

Try to reach objects with hands (may commonly overshoot)

Play with rattle when it's placed in the hands and keeps hitting her head with it!

Be able to place objects in mouth and chews on it like its super delicious

Have beginning eye-hand coordination

She seems to be laughing (by her facial expression) but without sound. Hmm strange!

Begin to show memory - gets extremely excited when she sees me or hears her favourite rhyme. For now it is 'Round and round the garden' and 'Twinkle Twinkle little star'

Demands attention by fussing - pulling everything around her e.g. the cot bumper, pillow and bolster over her head, then starts whimpering and whining

Easily distracted – when feeding, she will stop to look around at whats happening around her

Loves to play with her feet – holds on to her feet and finds it amusing

Monday, August 14, 2006

Rowena's jab

Rowena went for her 3 month immunization. (triple antigen)

It was such a hot day that she was feeling out of sorts. She wailed when the jab was given and was squirming around after that. The dr confirmed that she has exzema. Poor gal! No wonder, she gets irritable when she is hot and gets heat rash. We have to be careful when introducing solids to her as she may be allergic to certain food. Now, she has to bathe with water only (no soap allowed! So much for the Eubos soap which cost me RM55). She is on a one week mild steroid treatment.

On Saturday night, she scratched her head till it bled, probably due to the cradle cap.

Other than that, she is perfectly healthy. She has been putting on weight steadily - 1 kg every month and is now a whopping 6.85 kg. She’s going to catch up with her sister soon!

Harvynna, on the other hand enjoyed the visit to the dr. She loves seeing the dr and keeps requesting, ‘I want to see dr’ or ‘Monday, we go see dr ok.’

She entertained herself while the dr was explaining Rowena’s skin condition by doing some acrobats. She was waiting for the dr to give her a sweet.

Last night, Rowena was feeling a little uncomfortable and I mentioned that we need to give her some medicine. Harvynna overheard me and asked, “the medicine for me ah?’. I said, no, its for Rowena. She then followed me to the fridge and started coughing, then said, ‘Mummy, I coughing – I must take medicine’. She kept repeating it a few times, so I let her lick the spoon. What a crook!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

The Children's Zoo

Have been so stressed lately. The babysitter that my girls go to now have a total of 12 kids!!!!!! Its more like a day care center now. When Harvynna first started 2 years ago, it was just the 2 of them and subsequently there were 4 which was not too bad as its like a playgroup. Then one of the mummies had another baby, and the sitter took another 2 kids. This year, with the addition of Rowena and another baby, I thought that was ok. Before I realized, she took in another 3 kids including a 6 month old baby. Actually, one of the additions was recommended by my dear husband. Could have strangled him for opening his big mouth.

I am not so worried about Harvynna as she is bigger and more independent. But little Rowena is only 3 months and needs to be taken care off. What more with her sensitive skin condition.. Lately, the girls have been coming home with some other clothes (not hers) that are too small and I get so irritated. Here I am buying the girls nice clothings all the time and they end up with rubbish.

Also, Harvynna’s nails are really long and she’ s been scratching everyone. Rowena’s is also long and has been scratching her face. Her face looks so red and blotchy.

Really don’t know what to do. On one hand, Harvynna absolutely adores the babysitter and is very comfortable there as she has friends, on the other hand I worry about Rowena.