It is currently Sunday night and we are already taking the first steps in getting ready for our imminent korea trip to see Milly’s Korean grandparents and family!
I bought my korean SIM card online yesterday, which I need to pick up when I arrive at Incheon airport. We also just chose an Airbnb for the short vacation we will take with hubby’s parents to Chuncheon. And now, lay in bed, I’m supposed to be making a list of things I need to buy and then a list of things I need to pack. I find it’s always good to have lists then you don’t over do it. And also, you can add to the list when you suddenly remember something. So that’s what I’m going to do.
If you haven’t heard, me and Milly are going a few days before daddy, then he will follow us later on due to work schedules. So we are just taking the stroller, a backpack and my diaper bag (daddy can bring all the heavy things later!) Because off this, I need to be very careful in what I pack so that I’m not lugging around a ton of weight on my back.
I have absolutely no experience of flying alone with Milly, but I am quite excited to accept the challenge. I have been googling tips from other mummies and the main thing that they almost all advise is ‘arrive early and take your time’. So I’m planning on sticking to that. Do everything slowly and don’t get stressed.
I’m also wondering about filming. Will I really be able to film everything when I have a 19-month-old to look after. Hmm… we will see. I’ll try my best.
As for now, I need to get started on that list then get a good nights sleep before my last day at work tomorrow before the holiday.
One of the hardest things I have learnt since becoming a mother is that even when you are at your weakest, on your knees, praying for a break, you can’t stop. You can’t just say ‘ok, I’m out for the next 3 hours. I’m going to go and get a hot chocolate, put a girly movie on, then take a long nap.’ No, no, no.
And I’m having one of those days. I’m not feeling too great, I’ve got way too much running through my head and I’m going to bed but all I can think about is ‘how many times is Milly going to wake up tonight?’ And recently, she has been waking up every couple of hours. I’m not sure why. I have tried so many different tactics to train her to sleep through the night but to no avail. It has even got to the point now where me and baby are sleeping in another room just so hubby can get a good nights sleep. I think the past year and a half of running on less sleep has finally caught up with me.
And it’s in these moments that’s you have to just stare at your little princess and remember that any sacrifices made for her and her well being are so incredibly worth it. I could wake up 10 times during the night and she still makes me smile when we finally get up in the morning.
And that is amazing. The fact that this little human can make you feel so happy and content. It’s a wonderful feeling and one of my favourite things about being a mummy.
This past weekend, we attended a 3 day convention, much of which involved sitting and listening to various talks and videos. Last year, when Milly was about 7 months old, it was quite easy as I would just nurse her and she would sleep. The times when she was awake, I’d just carry her in my arms and she was quite happy with it.
But now! Well let’s just say it was definitely more of a struggle to keep an 18 month old sat down and happy. I did do some ‘googling’ beforehand though to see what I could bring that would help. The result was a ‘quiet bag’ that kept her busy and contented while we were sat down.
So here’s what I included in the bag:
Favourite (silent) stuffed toy – A pink turtle that my mum gave her when she was born.
Twisty crayons – Better than regular crayons as they can’t be broken or eaten as easily. Best emptied in to a bag.
Stickers – Milly loved these! Stick them on the notebook or on baby’s hands/ crayons etc. Fun!
Picture books – We chose a few that she enjoys flipping through.
Finger puppets – This is fine as long as you don’t start acting out a puppet show!
Water colouring book – This is so cool! From Toys r us. You put water in the pen. As you use it, the colours appear. It then dries and returns to white so you can do it all over again!
Snacks – Remember to put them in a container so the packaging doesn’t disturb everyone.
And of course u can always slip an iPad in there if your baby doesn’t mind listening to it on silent mode.
The stickers and crayons were from Daiso, Rm5 each. The notebook was Rm1 from Giant (I buy a few at a time they are so cheap!) The water colouring book is from Toys r Us and it’s actually called ‘Pet Mazes Water-Reveal Pad’. One of the picture books is from MPH. I normally buy a couple more every time the sales come round. The finger puppets are from Ikea. Rm10 I think but not sure if they sell them anymore.
Anyway, you’re probably wondering if it worked or not. Well, for the most part, Milly was good as gold. But of course, she is still an 18-month-old so we did have the odd blow out. Our quiet bag worked wonders though having her sit so we could concentrate on the convention talks.
Oh, one last thing. We have a baby chair that ties on to the chairs we were sitting on. We have had this since she was able to sit up by herself. It has a seatbelt and also a tray that slides on. This makes it much easier for her to draw/colour/play etc. It also stops her from walking off and escaping hehe. I’m pretty sure we bought it on Lazada and it was less than RM100 I think.
The weekend was a success and we all had a great time! Don’t give up! 😊👍🏼
Daddy leaves for work at about 7:15am. He has offered in the past to slip out the door in silence but I much prefer him to wake me up and say goodbye. So, normally, I’m awake. On the very rare occasion that I’m absolutely shattered, I may drift back off to sleep. But if you’re waiting for me to explain all the many things I get done early in the morning then you are about to be very much disappointed. I was not a morning person before I had a baby, and despite my best efforts, I can’t seem to change that. I basically just lay there for a while. Milly sleeps in our room so I check on her and make sure she is still asleep. Then it’s back to the bed or the sofa, a few flicks through Instagram, a scroll down the news, maybe check my emails.
And then, on a good day, sleeping beauty will wake up around 8:30. (Yes, that’s a whole hour of me laying on the bed.. don’t judge!) She gets herself off the bed, pulls open the door and staggers out in to the living room, still slightly confused as to what is happening. She then looks around, and after spotting me, the first thing she wants is a long squeezy cuddle. Every day. I love it! During this cuddle, she seems to slowly wake up to the world around her, realising that she is wasting precious playing time, and signals for me to put her down! Ah well, it was good while it lasted.
My brother is getting married in September. We have a short 2 months to go before we get all dolled up for a sweltering Malaysian wedding haha. (I remember screaming at someone, I was that hot on my wedding day!) So in light of this, we have decided to give ourselves 2 months to get in to shape. And by shape, I mean a less round shape then I am right now
For me, it’s more about eating less and losing the last lingering bit of belly fat that has somehow clung on to me since being pregnant. For daddy, it’s eating more and building muscle. I wish my goal was to eat more, I’d be in shape in no time!
So I got on the phone to my aunt in England who is a personal trainer. Since I’m still nursing Milly, she gave me some tips on safely cutting back while still taking in enough calories to maintain the milk factory.
First of all, food! She suggested ditching bread and dairy completely. That means no toast for breakfast, no cakes, no sandwiches, no milk, no cheese, no yogurts. You get the picture. And to be honest, it’s been a few days now and I’m seeing that life is not all that bad without them. I did fancy a glass of milk before bed yesterday but I ended up just having some water and forgetting about it. Oh, and I should have only a handful of carbs in a meal. I.e. NOT a massive plate of rice or a HUGE bowl of pasta. This is working out quite well because, since daddy is trying to eat more, I just hand over half my carbs to him! Hehe. Win win!
Secondly, exercise! So previously, I did go to the gym once or twice a week. And I join a Zumba class every Thursday, which I’m still doing because I love it! But the gym is the issue. I would do mindless jogging or a few rounds on some random weights. To be honest, I didn’t really know what I was doing and no obvious results was getting me down a bit. Clearly, I was doing it all wrong. I have now switched to high intensity interval training (HIIT). You do this by exercising in bursts then letting your body rest before repeating it over and over. So for example, 30 seconds sprint, 30 seconds rest. Times 10 rounds! No kidding, after the first day of doing this, I really felt like I had exercised. How does it work? Basically, it keeps your heart rate up and burns more fat in less time. 12 minutes of working out is my kind of thing! After that I just do a few rounds of plank, a few weights and I’m done! 30 minutes per day max! Perfect!
Lastly, apples! A bit of a weird suggestion from my aunt. Eat an apple within 30 minutes of waking up. She swears by this and says it curbs any sweet cravings you will have during the day. I actually only remembered to do it once so far. I’m going to try and do it more to see if it really works. She said I should take the apple to bed so that it’s there when I wake up so I can eat it straight away. Worth the shot, I say.
So, in summary:
12 mins HIIT exercise
Apple in the morning
Ok. I can handle this! Let’s do it!
I’ve taken some ‘before’ pics but I think I would only be willing to post them alongside the ‘after’ ones hehe.
Meanwhile, daddy is looking all pumped up after like 3 days in the gym. Totally not fair. And Milly? Well she is doing just great by the looks of things. She LOVES drinking water which I think keeps her healthy and hydrated in this crazy heat.