Sunday, June 26, 2016

Casting Baby's Prints for Keepsake

Ok remember last week I was griping about what a shitty waste of money the Pearhead BabyPrints 3D set was?
(Click here to see )

I didn't manage to cast Myla's foot and failed terribly because in order for a baby to stay still for 2 minutes plus while her foot is in a gelatin mixture, you would need like really strong sedation. lol

But I managed to salvage the plaster that was in this deluxe set. Afterall, it was no regular cheap plaster... it was skin toned to match my baby's skin.
 So I bought some cheap playdough (you can also get from places like DAISO, but I'm so lazy, I ordered online.) Mixed it up and then pressed Myla's hand and foot for a deep imprint. Best to place the dough on a flat firm surface, I used a cardboard book.

Next, I just mixed the plaster with tap water. And poured into the playdough mould I had created. Dried a few hours.. and yay! A keepsake of my baby's prints at 6months old.
By the way, did you notice something? They must think my baby is albino.  -_- Flesh toned plaster, my arse.

There's another pack of plaster in this set, I'm not going to use it. If you want to cast your own baby's prints, you just need some playdough/plasticine and you can use this spare pack of mine. Just drop me an email now to reserve, will mail free to any Singapore address. (Status: Available).

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Letters to Myla Rae - I Love that You Need Me

Open when- You need me but don't want to trouble me
Dearest Myla Rae,

Thanks for keeping me fit but my knees are now busted from all the standing and rocking and pacing about the house with you in my arms (or in a wrap). You are a great sleeper, don't get me wrong... oh you sleep through from night till morning and have been doing so since you were about 7 or 8 weeks old. But oh what an awful day napper you are. And no one can make you sleep for the night except me. I guess we can't have it all, and I would rather it be like this than go back to the way it was before where you kept me awake the whole night!

One of my pet peeves is your father waking you up after I've just put you to bed. So imagine 10-15 minutes of rocking you to sleep and then gingerly putting you down in your crib... I've got it down to a science, from the pace of the rocking to how hard I even breathe.

When you're asleep in your crib, yay! Now I can go write my blog, or eat some chocolate, or get on Facebook or drink a badly needed glass of water. But in comes your father, after the whole evening of being on the phone, AND HE WANTS TO CUDDLE YOU.           


I don't mean to be a selfish person denying you or him of contact. But like why didn't he do it BEFORE I put in all the effort to make you sleep. And after a whole day of taking care of you, I'm quite exhausted and would like some down time before it's time for my bed.

And sure enough, you're awake now. And because I'm pissed off, I always tell your father whenever he wakes you, that he has to make you go back to sleep. You rock her until she sleeps, I tell him, in a disgruntled manner. And barely 3 minutes later, he emerges from the room. Is she asleep? I ask, well knowing the answer. Obviously not.

And he will say something like- no, but she's calm... or she's almost asleep.

So, I go in to check on you and there you are... like you're conducting a large orchestra! I'll try to hold your flailing arms down, in the hopes that you will calm down and drift back to sleep. But it's always too late. So I have to start all over again with the rocking you to sleep. Exhausted or not, I always do it. And I will always do it for as long as you need it.

Sometimes even when I'm not carrying you, I catch myself walking with a rhythmic rocking gait. Hooray ... extra work for my legs! Plus my knee caps hurt and I think I'm way too young to already start getting OMK (Old Man's Knee).

On the flip side, I think my legs and butt are getting so much more toned than it has been for ages! Think the last time they were this toned, it was back in my NUS days with all the stairs everywhere and rushing from lecture hall to lecture hall.

And I have also honed my human sound machine skills to the point of perfection... lapping waves, gentle breeze, and white noise are my specialties.

So you see my dear girl, nothing is impossible when it comes to how far I would go for you. So if you need me (even to like cover up your tracks after murder), I'll do it.

But don't kill anyone if you can help it, please.


Friday, June 17, 2016

Letters to Myla Rae - Failure

(This is the first of a series of letters written for my baby Myla Rae. Will post the rest of the letters in the following days/weeks).

Open when- You fail at something very important
My Dearest Myla Rae,

So, you fucked up. I know you are upset.

But as my mum (your grandma) always tells me whenever I'm disappointed with my failure at anything... IT'S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD.

In fact, one of my best memories of childhood... was not being afraid to fail. I had friends who would cry or be scared shitless when they fail. Not me. Of course I didn't want to fail, but I was raised to not be afraid of failure itself. You see, if I passed an exam, I would get one present as a reward. But if I failed, I got two! One for trying, and the other to cheer me up. Well, that's from my mum (with my dad it was a different story, he would get very upset so we would keep my failures a secret from him. Haha). But with my mum, I can share anything with her. She always has my back, and she is by nature a very optimistic and encouraging person. I hope to be the same way to you too. I don't want to raise a fearful child. So please ah, don't be afraid of failure.

The present is not your future. Learn from your mistakes and move forward. Perhaps you can write down a goal for the near future and work towards that. Being disappointed and depressed over something you did badly is not going to change the situation you're in. Instead, find a way to fix the problem (or cover it up and forget about it lol)... and move on.. move on! I promise you, there's so much more to life than this one failed endeavor. All I want is for you to try your best, and not hurt anyone in the process. I am proud of you despite your struggles and setbacks.

Life is so short, don't spend it dwelling.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Review- Pearhead 3D BabyPrints

So I got the Pearhead 3D babyprints deluxe sculpture kit with the intention of making some really cute plaster casts of Myla Rae's hands and feet as a keepsake.
She can't sit up on her own yet, so like it's hard to get her to stick her hand or foot in the gelatin mold because I would need to carry her and do it for her. I couldn't do it while she was inclined in her rocker.

Imagine trying to put this baby's foot in a flimsy tub of liquid gelatin and then have her not move her foot for 2 minutes so the gelatin can harden and form a mould. It's impossibru!!!
This would be better for newborn (I think, because they would just sleep through the process and not move??) or older babies who can sit in a chair and then they can just dip their feet in the tub on the floor (if you can get them to be still). After I fucked the first mould up (because she was wiggling so much), I did think that perhaps I should wait till she's asleep at night because she goes into hibernate mode at night. Like really bomb blast also she will sleep through. But then because of who I am as a person, I couldn't wait that long.

So I used up the other pack of gelatin ( only 2 sets in this deluxe kit). This time I got David, to suspend her in the air... while she watches Baby TV. And I hold her foot in the tub of gelatin. OH MY GOD... longest 2 minutes of our lives. AND THEN... when we wiggled her foot out gently after 2 minutes, the bloody inside of this mould was still too soft and hadn't formed properly. Arse.
 Here's one of the moulds... the better one of the two! Obviously I didn't bother going ahead with plaster casting (pouring plaster into the mould) because I could very well see that the shape and features of my baby's foot had definitely NOT formed in this mould. It looked like mush inside.
So just gave her a bath to get the gelatin off. End of project. Lol.

But to salvage the plaster (it's coloured to match her skin tone u know!) that came in this kit, I'm going to buy some plastercine (playdough) ... probably $2 from Daiso and use that to squish over Myla Rae's hands and feet to form a mould. And then pour plaster in that. Should work fine. But I won't be able to do a whole cast (cos I can't wiggle her out without deforming the mould).. will just make do with some hand and foot impressions and fill those in with plaster.

Ok update you soon once I complete this project Plan B!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Phantom Photos Stored in Your iPhone Memory

For a long while now, I was having problems with my iPhone's memory capacity. Always not enough space. I deleted loads of apps over the months, and stored the bare minimum ... and yet the damn prompt would always pop up so often saying there's not enough memory to save that photo or video I just recorded. Ugh!

On a side note, there was even once, a blog reader of mine (who chats with me occasionally on FB messenger, small talk only...) asked me to download a chat app (can't remember which one)... and I already had whatsapp, plus had to delete my Voxer chat (which I use with one of my cousins in Perth) because my phone lacked space. So I told him politely that I could not download that app because my phone had no memory left.

Then he went into rant mode... saying, " You should change your middle name to Holly LIAR Aroozoo."    WTF, all this because I told him my phone no space to download his app. Actually, I don't even know him in person, I was just being friendly, as I am to all my readers. Seriously, some people are so entitled! I guess it's rare for phone to run out of space?? So he must have thought I was a big liar. I don't know.

Well anyways, my phone ran out of space FOR GOOD yesterday. Like, there was no more photos or apps for me to delete. And yet I had no free space left. This is not normal!!!
And I couldn't figure out how come my "Photos" were taking up 5 plus gigs of space, when there were no photos or videos in my Camera Roll. And please ah, I'm not stupid... of course I deleted from my recycle bin ("recently deleted " tab).

Then finally a friend shared with me an iPhone bug/glitch where it would store ALL YOUR FREAKING PHOTOS even after you wipe the photos out. These phantom photos are not visible but they are there in the phone's memory.

So the way to reveal these phantom photos (and then be able to actually delete them for good) is to go into your phone's date & time settings. And unclick the Automatic fuction. And then just scroll wall the way back a few years to manually set a date in the past.

Once this is done, go back to your photo album and lo and behold... all the photos you have every taken with your iphone will reappear. Apparently, I had taken over four thousand. No wonder my phone got no memory space left.

So go and free up your iPhone's memory space with this method. This is also great if you have deleted some pics "permanently" in the past and thought it was gone for good. Now you can retrieve lol. I had a good time scrolling through these old pics before I finally deleted them for good for real this time.

And now my phone has its full space capacity back again. Hoorah!

P/S- I'm using the iPhone 6 Plus. Not sure if this bug is in other models. But you can try.  Oh and don't forget to set the Date and Time back to Automatic once you're done clearing photos.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

20 Questions Tag for New Mums

Yesterday at Emerald Hill
Supposed to be a video but I GOT NO TAIMEEEEEE

Still would love to answer these 20 questions though... so here they are: (I'll tag my mum friends on FB later)

1. Are you a stay at home mum or a working mum?
SAHM but I still do a fraction of the work load (writing/editing/reviewing) I had before getting pregnant. Just take on the assignments I know I can manage, time wise.

2. Would you have it any other way?
Sometimes I wish we were well off enough to like have a helper to do home chores, so I can have some time to myself. (Like even right now at this moment, I have exactly 7 minutes to finish this blog post while Myla's milk is warming in the warmer, and also find a way to squeeze in another 2 minutes to hang up the laundry as the washing machine just beeped).

And don't have to work or worry about income. But yah lah... WHO doesn't want that?! But in the grand scheme of things, life is good.

3. Do you co-sleep?
No, Scared my husband or dog will crush her. But she sleeps in a small travel "box" like thing which fits on our hotel bed (between us) when we travel.

4. One must have for baby?
Either my DIY hybrid Baby carrier or Moby Wrap.

5. How many kids do you plan on having?
Just ONE. I've always wanted just one child. Seems perfect to me. 2 or more would compromise other aspects of my life too greatly.

6. Date night- how many per month?
None. But then, even before baby, we never had any date nights. Maybe because we kinda spend all our free time together anyway.

7. Your child's favorite show?
Baby TV.. some Pidge and Podge looking thing. That's about it, she doesn't get much tv time. Just a few minutes while I quickly get showered. I don't feel TV is necessarily bad for babies though.

8. Name one thing you bought before you had baby that you have never used?
Tommee Tippee bottles. I BOUGHT A LOT SOME MORE. hahahaa. Not that they are bad bottles. Just that when she came home, she needed preemie nipples and couldn't suck hard enough on the tommee tippee bottle teats, and so I bought Pigeon which also was too hard for her. In the end only Dr Brown's had preemie teats, so I got those and they worked perfectly. Still using those now (but she upgraded to level 2 teats recently yay!)

9. Childs favorite food?
Hasn't started solids yet... another month or so..

10. How many cars does your family have?
Family? In our household, none. If by family, you count my brother... then one.

11. Weight gain, pre-pregnancy, during, after and now?
Pre pregnancy 48Kg, Week 35 pregnancy 68kg. 4 months post partum 47Kg... maybe a bit less now.

12. Dream holiday with kids?
Oh... hmmm I don't know man.. I would like to go to Japan.

13. Dream holiday without kids?
None. I cannot imagine my life without my baby with me.

14. How has your life changed since having your baby?
TREMEDOUSLY. Still love it though. But SO DIFFERENT.

15. Finish this sentence... It makes my heart melt to see?
Myla laughing happily.

16. Where do you shop for your kids?
Most of her stuff are hand me downs.. and gifts. If I do shop, for anything, it's online. Btw, want to get a Parklon bubble playmat for her in M size. Know where got good deal?

17. Favorite make up + skincare products?

18. Huggies diaper pants: yay or nay?
Huh? Don't know. But she has tried diaper pants before, I find it hard to put on her, maybe more suitable for toddler stages.

19. Have you always wanted kids?
Nope. I used to really hate them hahahahaa. Only recently changed mind.

20. Best part of being a mum?
I don't know. Almost all parts are great. Just the exhaustion and no time for myself is bad. Oh, seeing my baby develop and learn new things is really really great.