Friday, November 29, 2013

秋意 Panna Cotta



買了這些 Weck 玻璃罐裝 baby food,但事實我第一樣就想到 it would be perfect for panna cotta。5.4oz 的罐,panna cotta 通常是 4oz 一份,剛好有位放 toppings。趁著感恩節,急不及待就要試。

第一次做這個帶有秋意,用 fuyu persimmons 做 toppings 的 panna cotta。自己想出來的,尚算滿意。下次留多點位放多些 toppings 會更好! 


甚少漲奶的我忽然奶有點兒漲。痛。

Thursday, November 28, 2013

On this Thanksgiving Day, something magical happened.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

小豬點解你咁硬頸。

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

後日就是感恩節嗎?有好多野要預備呀呀呀~~~
哈哈我就知小豬不會那麼容易就範的。不過情況不算很壞,只是未算好吧。似乎這條路還長著呢。(不過捱了這麼久,有進步就值得開心囉。不能太貪心吧。)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Useful Baby App



Ever since piglet was born, I have been tracking his sleep, feed, and diaper change. This "Sprout Baby" app has been a life saver. I even paid $5 to get the full version! (Which is not needed for tracking. Both my hubby and I paid for the full version so we can synchronize both apps.) 

I finally decided I no longer need to track his feedings and diaper changes. Because the feedings are pretty stable except the night feedings; (which I still track. Since I'm still tracking his sleep, so I do want to know the waking is for feeding or not.) and diapers, actually I could have stopped track that earlier, but somehow I just never thought of it. Maybe I was just used to track everything. It gives me a sense of "orderly," I guess. Since I feel so powerless for everything else.

But yes, for his sleep, I still track and make a chart out of it. A bit crazy. :P But again, it's very helpful to see his sleep pattern and make decision accordingly.

I had tried few other apps before decided on this one. Recommended!

這個星期的變動發展得好得令我難以置信。我在發夢嗎?!不敢開心太早,但想起可能就來有好日子過就忍不住心花怒放起來。(!)我終於熬出頭來了嗎? [淚]
小豬自己睡的第一夜,是他有史以來睡得最長的一夜!十二個半鐘!I'm truly amazed!(中間有醒過兩次食奶。)(真的是我兒子,喜歡自己一人?)

Sunday, November 24, 2013

大變動

陪小豬在他的房間睡了一個星期,今晚會回自己房間睡。有點感觸呀。他今日剛好七個月大啦。又,這個星期應該是我們都睡得最好的一個星期。小豬努力呀。
小豬已經兩日唔肯食 solid food,(試都唔試,)今日終於肯食了。(我又唔會擔心他餓的,只是每日煮好他又唔食,好浪費,同好灰下囉。)
I just accidentally found that you can attach photo/video to email directly on iPhone!!!! (Doh!)(I had been selecting photos from album then send via email. Which is different if you know what I mean!)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

小豬的同類初體驗。我的友。

友帶13個月大的兒子到我家。

不是存心要做比較,但,小豬與他差不多 size;體重一樣(可能還重一點點);手掌比他的大;手手腳腳當然都比他粗啦。(但他比小豬高啦。)他穿3號尿片;小豬已穿4號的!他跟小豬一樣,有三隻牙仔。

不過,人地好可愛。大大的眼睛。(小豬也可愛啦,但因為我是他媽嘛。)

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友來到,拿著許多東西,手抱兒子。我接過她兒子,他就哭。坐在地上玩的小豬見到媽媽抱著另一個小 baby,馬上跟著哭起來,伸手要抱抱。

後友要到車上拿東西,留下兒子,我抱著他,又哭。坐在 high chair 的小豬本來好好的,見這情況又哭起來。我想放下友的兒子,不肯,見小豬哭,他哭得更厲害。小豬更慘,伸出手來,卻得不到媽媽的抱抱,越哭越淒涼。拆天一樣。哇,好漫長的幾分鐘。

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友。兩個月前失去了大兒子。大兒子也是我見過少有會覺得可愛的小孩。這年半,過得不容易。我們甚麼都幫不了。見到她,可以做的只能給她幾個擁抱。瘦了許多,但她的笑容仍是那麼的甜美。
男人放一個星期假,本應很值得開心的。但我們要 sleep train 小豬。慘慘。

Friday, November 22, 2013

Introducing Solid Food (2)

+ Introducing Solid Food (1) +

To start baby solids, I think the biggest question may be, what should the baby eat, and when?

I made the following chart (roughly) according to the two books that I have (the numbers indicate months old of the baby):

WBFG SBF WBFG SBF
barley 4+ beef 8+
buckweat 8+ chicken 6+
dried bean 8+ 9+ fish 8+
flax 8+ pork 8+
kamut 8+ turkey 6+
kasha 8+ cheese 8+ 8+
lentil 8+ 9+ egg 8+ 7+
millet 8+ 6+ honey 12+
oatmeal 4+ 6+ juices 12+
pasta 8+ 10+ milk 12+
quinoa 8+ tofu 6+ 8+
rice 4+ 6+ yogurt 6+ 6+
asparagus 8+ 7+ apple 4+ 7+
beet 8+ 9+ apricot 6+ 4+
broccoli 8+ avocado 4+ 4+
brussels sprout 9+ banana 4+ 4+
carrot 6+ 7+ blueberry 8+ 12+
cauliflower 8+ 9+ cantaloupe 8+ 8+
corn 8+ cherry 8+ 12+
cucumber 8+ citrus 8+ 12+
eggplant 8+ 9+ coconut 8+
green bean 4+ 7+ cranberry 8+ 12+
greens 9+ fig 8+
kale 9+ grape 8+ 7+
leek 8+ honeydew 8+
onion 8+ 9+ kiwi 8+ 8+
orka 8+ mango 6+ 6+
parsnip 6+ nectarine 6+ 4+
pea 6+ 7+ papaya 6+ 6+
pepper 8+ 10+ peach 6+ 4+
rhubarb 9+ pear 4+ 4+
spinach 8+ 9+ persimmon 8+
summer squash 8+ 7+ pineapple 9+
sweet potato 4+ 4+ plum 6+ 4+
tomato 8+ 12+ prune 6+ 4+
turnip 8+ 9+ pumpkin 6+
white potato 8+ 7+ strawberry 8+ 12+
winter squash 4+ 6+ watermelon 8+


(Note: In SBF, "4+" is actually labeled as "beginner eaters.")


If you only want to get one book, I would suggest SBF. It contains probably all the information you want to know... perhaps too much so it's a bit overwhelming. (The book is more than an inch thick!) The WBFG has a website, so you don't really need to buy the book. But I like to compare information, use more than one source. The WBFG seems to have better recipes.

Unfortunately, both books will not tell you EXACTLY what to do. (Which was something I was looking for...) Every baby is different, so you have to decide how many meals and how much you are going to feed your baby. Generally start with one in the morning (8-9am), then add another one in the afternoon (4-5pm), lastly add one around noon (12-1pm).

I don't think you need to be too rigid to follow the chart as when to introduce what. Probably within a month should be okay. But do start with ones that are for 4 months or older (4+); and don't feed raw fruit to baby before 8 months.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Introducing Solid Food (1)

(This is for Jackie, but I thought it may be useful to whomever it may find.)

Here are the things I use to start solid food:

* OXO tot Sprout highchair (Green/Walnut) *


We love this high chair! It can be used for 3 stages, up to 5-year old. But importantly it looks quite nice and compact, very comfortable. Baby doesn't even need the harness to sit in it.

(Note: the green text in above image should be 6-36 months.)


* Boon swap baby utensils *


I did quite a bit of research before deciding on these. When I received them I was more than happy! They look nicer than the photo showed online. I so love them! They are the perfect size for beginner eaters. Well made! Love how long the feeding part is so food won't get stuck, easy to clean. It made of silicon so it's soft, sometimes baby likes to bite on it. The stainless steel side is good to scrap food off baby's mouth! Or use to stir food while reheating.


Green Sprout glass baby food storage cubes *

I didn't want to use plastic, and these seem to be the only glass cubes (of this size) on the market. While they are quite nice, (btw I love Green Sprout products,) good size (2 oz/4 tablespoons) to start solid food, but soon you will find them too small. Also four cubes are not enough even for two days of food. (Three meals a day.)

I thought about getting four more, or get ones that are bigger size (4-oz). I ended up didn't get either. Both aren't cheap, and you don't know what to do with them afterward. The only 4-oz size I found is by Green Wean, not thrill by the look and the color. (!) (Even baby products need to look pretty!)


* Weck mini mold jars *

Then I remember I once saw these glass jars in Wiiliams-Sonoma that I really like, but they come in a pack of 12, so I couldn't convince myself to get them. I went to their website, they got free shipping at the time, so I ordered them in no time!

I love them! They look gorgeous! (Aww I'm a glass jar fanatic! I got varies size of the Parfait jars. But if I had known the Weck jars I would have gotten them instead!) They can contain 5.4 oz. Important thing is, I can use them afterward!! And the price is cheaper than the Green Wean containers!

featuring my baby's food! :)


* OXO tot baby food freezer tray *


I'm still not sure if I will freeze baby food, the idea of "freezing food" doesn't sit well with me. But I bought this anyway because I may use it to freeze liquid (e.g. fruit juice). If not, it can have other usage.




* Skip Hop zoo bib *


These bibs are fantastic! You can wash them and will dry by the next feeding. They can also be folded into a little pouch!

But my baby likes to bite on it and makes a big mess. ~_~ So sometimes I rather not use it.



* ZoLi BOT XL straw sippy cup *

I started to introduce sippy cup to baby. But he's still learning how. He knows how to suck water up but doesn't know how to deal with the water! Most of the time he just let the water fall right out of his mouth! The selling point of these cup is, baby can sip in any positions, even upside down. But for me, they just look darn cool!




* pots & blenders *

I just use what I have. To cook, I use the butter warmer (1/2 qt) or my smallest saucepan (1.5 qt) depending on how much I'm making. To purée the food, I use a small blender or a handheld blender. I was tempted to buy those baby food machine, where it can steam AND blend the food in same container!! It seems quite convenient, but they aren't cheap, and I hate to have a useless item in my kitchen after six months. If I were to buy something new, I probably would invest on a good blender. 

For beginner eaters, you must use a machine to blend the food to the smoothest. Using a fork just won't do. (I tried!)


Introducing Solid Food (2) +

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

下雨天,我和小豬被困在家。灰。

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

小豬漸成長

自小豬識坐後,我開始有些「自由時間」!(耶~~)他可以自己玩一段頗長時間。多數我會在他可以望到我的範圍內活動。不過有時都會離開他的視線,只要隔陣叫聲他,讓他知道我在,就可以。

感覺小豬真的越來越大個了!他是有點脾氣,有點蠱惑,有時也很難搞。不懂自己睡,哭起來真的很要命⋯⋯ 但,多數我覺得他都算乖啦。(!)好傻豬,好喜歡大笑。有時真的好 sweet。真的好喜歡他。雖然日日對著他也不容易。(!)(想點!)

自把他搬進嬰兒房後,他居然睡得好了!!難以置信。他的睡眠也會自己變好嗎?!
我想,昨晚是我生了小豬後睡得最好的一晚。

Sunday, November 17, 2013

昨日把小豬搬去他自己的房間。十萬個不捨。But I think it's for the best for all of us。第一夜,還好。

Friday, November 15, 2013

Only in San Francisco

Today, San Francisco is transforming into Gotham City to make a 5-year-old leukemia patient's wish come true.


(Read about it here... or I'm sure you have heard about it already...)


I'm so incredibly touched by this. And feel so lucky to live in this great city.


Miles, wish you the best.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

小豬昨晚又回復醒四次。我都知係咁架啦。(慘既係我男人,因為另外兩次佢要負責囉。)

意外

在 FB 見到好久沒聯絡的友大著肚子。Sent 她 msg 恭喜她並贊她勇。(已有兩件。)誰知她說是意外,用了一段時間才接受到。(但她似是會生三個的人,我才贊她的。)

我想講,「第三個是意外」我還真的聽過不少!!是否大多數都是呢?!有時聽到我會驚呀大佬,怎麼有那麼多意外呢?我。不。想。有。意外。呀呀呀~~~ 聽過連男的「剪」了都有意外!!這真的是天意難違吧!!

雖然小豬真的超可愛的,但一個他就真的是夠了了了~~~

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

有時小豬會含情脈脈的望住我。好冧呀!

何時才能好好睡一覺?

昨晚好像是這兩個幾月來(自 4-month sleep regression 開始)小豬第一次沒有無故而醒。雖是仍醒兩次,但都是屬於餵奶時間。(但其實他是可以做到只吃奶一次的。)這些日子,除要吃奶醒外,還會無故醒多兩次。好彩有時是一次。因為他每次醒了,要抱很久才能放他落床仔,所以基本上是他每睡落床個幾鐘就會哭叫。開始時真的覺得好要命,但慢慢接受了原來是會慣的。又可能,其實小豬從來就未怎麼好好睡過。三個幾月後稍為好轉就到了四月的 sleep regression,所以,說來,自他出世後我也未好好睡過。(但其實我懷孕期都睡得不好!)我不會開心得那麼快。小豬蠻體貼的,折磨我們久了就會放我們一天假。當然我心中多麼希望昨晚不是。求求你,我的大帝,好好睡,放過媽媽爸爸,好嗎?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

我中了彩票!好多好多錢那隻!!⋯⋯ ⋯⋯ ⋯⋯ 然後朦朧中我聽到小豬在叫⋯⋯ 極不願意地睜開了眼睛。

Monday, November 11, 2013

今日小豬在街被個四、五歲的姐姐撩,係咁篤佢,引佢笑,搞佢既玩具。但小豬全程目無表情,當睇佢唔到。[汗]

Sunday, November 10, 2013

豬手


有時想,好在他夠胖。

身為媽媽,當你還有長輩,還有親朋戚友,「有沒有照顧好 baby」這種壓力不多不少還是會有的。在他的睡眠上,我們已經像是 complete failure。(在別人看來,我不會這樣想啦。)還好把他養得肥肥白白,就沒有把柄在這方面有話要我聽了。

(沒有啦,也沒有甚麼人敢給我說話聽啦。呵呵。)

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Uniqlo

新開的 Uniqlo,我幾乎每日推著小豬經過。格局很 Asian。

那些 down jacket 還真的有點吸引。但當你見到一個二個亞嬷嬸嬸在試甚至有些本身已經穿著,嗯,你真的想跟她們撞衫嗎?

我倒有點想買件 fleece jacket。便宜。比 Gap 六折更便宜。適合在家穿。(當然也不想出街與亞嬷撞啦。)

今日男人看中了件衫。普通到不能。主要是便宜!($12.95!)「真的比 Gap 便宜哩。」他說。(但喜歡的顏色居然沒有他的碼!)

不過,有些衣也貴啦。

某天,我聽到有些(似是高級)職員在說日語。

嗯,我想我終於知道如何正確讀「Uniqlo」了。因為店裡有廣播,會提到店名。(這點也很 Asian。)

我想,這店帶旺了整個 mall。
今個月有個重大的決定。十級的絞結中。

Friday, November 8, 2013

修理水喉,把 sink 下面的東西全部清出來,意外發現一對新的細碼手套。之前想買卻買不到細碼。也算是點小驚喜吧。

Baby Food

自從小豬開始食 solid food 後我變得忙了很多。這幾天我開始要餵他三餐。因為這兩個星期他食多了好多奶,不停好像很飢餓的樣子。Nursing 時間是之前雙倍!本來以為是 growth spurt,但已經兩個幾星期喔!(咦,這兩天有時又食少左奶,想點!)

以前以為食 solid food 就可以 nurse 少些,原來不是。(灰!)又要 nurse 然後又要餵他食 solid food。隔天一次過煮定幾餐,但食時還是要煮返熱和清洗,(我沒有微波爐!)真的多了許多功夫。

要自己煮 baby food 其實不是大問題,問題是煮甚麼?如何平均分配營養?如何安全和方便地處理 baby food?如何減少能源儘量不浪費?(!)嗯,還有最好有益得來又不難食。

暫時我還在摸索中,不過開始有點頭緒了。之前還真的有點頭痛。看書其實也不會很仔細告訴你怎樣做,因為每個 baby 不同。況且我也不是別人說甚麼我就照跟那種人,常會質疑。(哈哈。)


手頭有兩本書,會作比較。但我始終覺得,書只是用來參考的,要怎樣做還是靠自己啦。


見到小豬那麼喜歡食,亞媽我就欣慰了。

Thursday, November 7, 2013

My plumber (aka dad), "You shouldn't dump stuff down the sink." 

Me, "Then why have a garbage disposal?!"
Kitchen nightmare: sink clogged.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

抱著小豬正要出門,嘔到我同他自己成身都是!要命!(My jacket~~~)
I think little piglet is starting to have separation anxiety!! No~~~~~
近排男人的 insurance open enrollment,再看清楚,原來其中有個 plan 醫院只需給幾百!!點解去年我們沒有看清楚!!天啊~~ 唔見左幾千元!!(心有不甘地我還未付錢!)(汗)

Monday, November 4, 2013

小豬食 solid food 兩個幾星期。感到欣慰的是,雖然他遺傳不了媽媽的懶瞓豬基因,但應該有遺傳到媽媽的為食豬基因。

Sunday, November 3, 2013

1:15am 起身餵小豬。餵後抱著他大半個鐘放下床仔。看看手機,1:15am!再望多眼,真的仍是 1:15am!正以為自己神經錯亂之際才醒起夏令時間剛完結。

Saturday, November 2, 2013

我家門前的大南瓜又被偷!!(去年也是!!)是惡作劇還是怎樣。
如果真的要我選,一直我都比較喜歡小男孩。但,其實也限於五、六歲下。(!)過了那歲數後小男孩個樣就越來越似個「佬」,然後就不可愛了。有例外但很少。友的兒子十歲,真的覺得是有氣質的樣子。(?)希望小豬將來都是啦。