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i think mothers tend to worry a lot. sometimes necessary, sometime unnecessarily.

when Ollie was still waking up 4-5 times a night, I worried about the amount of sleep he was getting. Surely getting awoken multiple times a night wasn’t good for him? I then reinforced the two daily naps, just so he could hit at least 12 hours of sleep a day. Also, the two naps helped ensure my sanity as it gave me two hourly breathers before I deal with Oliver again.

when Ollie was going through a phase where he was eating 5 spoonfuls of porridge/cereal for each meal, I worried about how little he was eating. He was running all over the place and yet eating so little. Surely he was starving? It didn’t help when both his grandmas were going on about how petite he looked and had lost some of the chubbiness in his face. I made up by nursing him. At least he was still getting some nutrients.

now Ollie is eating A LOT. He wakes up at 7am, and goes “mum mum mum”. Fair enough, he sleeps through most of the night for the past couple of days, so he would be hungry. He has a cup of milk. He then has a breakfast of oatmeal with fruit puree, each spoonful topped with Cheerios at 9.30am. Goes down for a hour nap at 10am. Wakes up at 11am, walks to the fridge and goes “mum mum mum”. Hrm. Offer him a corn cake or a biscuit.

What? You want more? Umm, okay. How about a fruit pouch? Sure, cool, you finished it. It’s gonna be interesting to see how you are going to finish your lunch now. What? You want some of my bryani? It’s spicy. Oops..too spicy eh. Here, have some yoghurt. Riiiight. You finished the yoghurt. It’s now 12pm. I guess you are probably not gonna have lunch.

Cue 12.45pm. You guessed it. “mum mum MUM MUM”. And he finishes 3/4 of his rice porridge. Where did all the food before go to??

Then lotsa running around, dancing, peekaboos and doing what he does best, reading mama’s book upside down. We head out for a bit, more running around. Time for his nap at 3pm, and he downs another cup of cold milk. The weather is a little humid, the cold milk should cool him down a little. He sleeps for an hour.

Wakes up a 4pm. Walks to the fridge, pats the door. “Mum mum”. *sigh*. I swear, I now have this mental image of a teenage Oliver, being ABSOLUTELY blokey, scratching his stomach, standing in front of the opened fridge and thinking about what to eat. But yes, that is too far down the road. So another biscuit, more Cheerios, another rice cracker, water. A bit of quiet play with the iPad, some reading and puzzles, 5.45pm, he is ready for his dinner. Donald comes home, and Ollie is ready for OUR dinner at 6.30pm. Yes, he continues eating some of our dinner. Then there is fruit at 7.30pm, then a supper of milk with oatmeal & Cheerios at 8.15pm before bedtime at 8.30pm.

Where does he pack all that food?? I posted a question on FB about whether toddlers double their intake. I worried about him overeating. So damn if he undereats, and damn if he overeats. Haha.

He doesn’t poop. I worry about constipation. He poops twice a day. I worry that he has an upset stomach. Bah. Does all these worry not end? I didn’t think so. Probably not until they grow up and get married or something. Then it’s Ollie’s wife’s responsibility. Muhahah.

Ollie’s been doing some growing these few days. It’s really lovely to see more and more of that cheeky & smiley disposition. I did get really cross with him a couple of time when he has tried to poke his finger into the fan (thank goodness for the fan netting) and told him off. His little face crumbled immediately, and he came over for a hug. Aww. He understands instruction a lot better and is more willing to comply. And I love watching him interact with the feline boys. Ask him to give Marcus a hug, and he actually leans over and gives him a hug. I am thankful for a cheerful baby, it has motherhood a lot easier for me and a really pleasant journey.

Does make me wanna have more kids. =P Imagine all the giggling going on in the house! haha.

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motherhood has been springing a couple of surprises my way ever since Ollie turned nearly two weeks ago. wait a min..has two weeks flown by already???


Ollie’s verbal vocab has grown a fair bit to saying: door, no (“doh?”), yes (“ies”), throw (“doh!”), down, keys, milk (“mioh?”), go. We are at the stage of identifying every object that he points at, and then explaining what it is, what it does..etc. A little tiring..but hey, whatever works eh? He occasionally uses signs together with his words. It is taking him awhile to nod his head, but shaking his head definitely isn’t a problem. *grumbles* In fact, he is too good at it. He has got a new sign that I have yet to figure out what it means. It kinda looks like the hand wave you do when doing the Hawaiian hula. It’s a cross between “no” and something else. Gaah.

Sleep-wise..we seem to be getting better at it. Ever since the doc gave him meds for his cough & cold that made him drowsy. 2 hourly nursings extended to 4-hourly in the early part of the nights and then 2.5 hourly. And the best part was that it appears Ollie is happy to le Donald put him down for the night again! Yaaay!! The surprising part for the past couple of days is that Ollie would not fall asleep at the breast or in the carrier (unless reaaally tired or we are out), but would fall asleep in his cot half asleep. He would fuss, arch his back a little, and when we placed him in the cot, he would fall asleep almost immediately or needed to be patted for awhile before he fell asleep.

Too early to say if he is self-weaning..so let’s not jinx it. haha. We are still semi co-sleeping, as in we co-sleep for part of the night only. Donald has been enjoying it, to the extent of being happy to wake up later and paying ERP just so he can have a cuddle with Ollie in bed. Haha. Hmm, maybe the smell of Donald is rubbing off on Ollie that’s why it is easier for Donald to put him to sleep. Ah hah!

But ever since he fell sick last week, his appetite has gone mad. No longer is he happy to finish or even eat his rice porridge. He would eat a max of maybe 1/4 of the normal serving and that was that. I was worried that he wasn’t eating enough so I gave him his rice crackers and Cheerios which he was happy to eat. Oh yes..he started off with eating ONLY if the oatmeal or rice porridge was accompanied with a Cheerio. -_-” “Oh hey, have some chicken with a Cheerio” Then it became “nup..not having any of that rice porridge thing at all” Pffffffffpt. Soon it became I only want to eat some of what mommy & daddy are eating.

I guess I got my wish…somewhat. I had been somewhat grousing to D that I wished Ollie could start eating some of my food so that I wouldn’t have to lug that container of porridge out when we go out. And what am I doing now? Worrying that the monster is not having enough. So I read up AGAIN and found out that some kids around Ollie’s age would not eat a lot because they are more interested in running around. Ain’t nobody got time for eating! Ok..which made me not so worried. He was still breastfeeding well, and still eating somewhat, so I should be happy with that.

And then!! Horrors..the monster started climbing. On Monday, whilst he was having his usual run around the house, he decided to show his daddy that “I can climb up the sofa all by myslf!” Sigh..guess it is an open door policy with the play yard already. I would still close the gate if I have to do some laundry and chores which requires me to be away from him, and he may fuss a little but will still be pretty much happy to stay inside. The rest of the times he is just wandering around the house, being busy dragging bags, playing with his toy cars, pulling the blinds, and digging into the cats’ food bowl *facepalm*.

Better now than later I guess. so what other surprises are there? Bring it on!! =P

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