I swapped my iPhone 4S for a blackberry Q10. Boy did I regret it. I enjoy the ease of typing I used to do before I switched to iPhone but missed the myrid of apps that were so useful. The camera also didn’t come close to matching up with the 4S which was 2 generations old. The number of photos I’ve taken since switching phones has declined to an all time low given that all the phone could manage was blurry images after the moment is gone (since the function takes so long to start up). Overall, iPhone is still the much better all-in-one device. If you, like me, like to type a lot, perhaps use the blackberry as an exclusively work device, but that’s all its useful for. I wish apple would come up with a device with a keypad, then my IT life will be complete.
It worked! Something did, I’m not sure what. One morning I just asked whether Sophia wanted to put on panties instead of her diaper and she said yes. Then when she was reluctant to use the potty, we skipped off to the printer and printed a Hello Kitty potty training chart and told her she get a sticker whenever she uses the potty. Oh and there was also promise of bringing her to the hotel if she managed to stay dry all day. And she did!
There were some issues with going out initially. Short trips were fine but with longer trips she still refused to use outside toilets, so for a while we carried around a potette plus but then we wouldn’t be able to send her to school with her own potty, the school didn’t strike me as a particularly flexible one, so we were troubled for a few days until Chinese New Year came along and she was whisked off to the public toilet by Aunt and Aunt’s helper together with cousin Samuel, and just went on the adult toilet when the helper put her on it. *clap*
So now she’s fully potty competent. And she can do everything on her own, pull pants down etc all the way to clothing herself. I’m not too convinced about proper wiping though……
I wonder what Sophia will say when she grows up to find that mummy discussed her potty usage online. I guess she will thank me when she has her own children that she wants to potty train because mummy at least has a vague idea what to do, unlike grandparents who merely said they don’t remember me in diapers because mummy’s nanny potty trained very early.
Note: For mummies thinking of getting the potette plus, I found that there is no need to get their bag refills. Any recycled supermarket plastic bag works just as well. The potette plus refills do come with an absorbent thing stuck to the bottom of the bag so that the pee doesn’t slosh around for times where you don’t have a convenient place to chuck the bag immediately. You’ll be hardpressed to find yourself in such a situation in Singapore and, if you do, a mum suggested on Amazon that throwing a sanitary pad in works just as well. I haven’t had to try that.
Its still January so I’m not too late I hope! Sophia’s birthday celebrations are getting smaller and smaller and sometimes I wonder whether I’m just using it as an excuse to cook and put up martha stewart-isk decorations. Can’t wait for when Sophia is old enough to invite her friends over!
Its a nautical themed party and the only other child is cousin Samuel.
Its delicious! Breakfast there is terrible for my low carb diet but otherwise an incredibly enjoyable eat. The boutique next door gave me tonnes of inspiration for my next house party. Spices, sauces, jams, biscuits. I could easily throw a Hediard themed ice cream made with their vanilla pods, salads dressed with their oils and vinegar, pasta with their pesto etc. yums.
If only they had more entertainment for children than a pencil to draw on their placemat.
Sophia is 3. She should be more than ready for potty training, but we’ve never had the will to just do it. So convenient to just slap on a diaper.
Anyway, I’ve been inspired by the Potty Train Your Child in Just One Day book by Teri Crane but at the back of my mind I just keep thinking “oh it works for all these people because you don’t have a child as stubborn as mine.” But then recently I just used one of the tricks in the book ie to just say “lets go to the toilet and use the potty” rather than asking, and quickly making my way there in a fun way (march and stuff, I can’t quite do the slither like a snake thing). It works! And she did use the potty!
She still doesn’t tell us when she needs to go though, but I now have some faith that the potty training in one day method may give that little push required for that. And I’m sure gaudy princess underwear will help too.
I’ve been taking a hiatus from the blog because since the end of last year when Sophia was approaching 3, and especially now that she has turned 3, I have been having concerns about posting her photos online. When she was a baby it didn’t seem to matter but now that she clearly has a mind of her own, it just feels wrong. No judgement to other mums out there who are doing a great job posting uber-cute photos of your kids for all of us to admire. These mums tend to be equally fine with posting their own photos and, as long as equal standards apply, I don’t see why anyone should take issue. I, however, am a rather private person and certainly generally refrain from posting too much about myself, especially pictures of myself online. It therefore feels really wrong that I do not equally respect my daughter’s privacy. Therefore, from now on, photos of Sophia and my family may be rather limited.
Anyway, what I really wanted to talk about is that my baby is attending nursery school today. Not playgroup, not infantcare, a proper big girl’s kindergarten! She was so brave today, listening to the teacher’s instructions to get her temperature checked and mouth and hands inspected for signs of hand, foot and mouth disease, then following a teacher she hasn’t seen before in to class. She’s supposed to be attending half the session today, from 8:30am to 10am but we told the teacher that since montessori starts on the same day at 11:30 am, it makes no sense for her to go home and head to school again so soon, so she’s attending the full session followed by montessori enrichment from 8:30am to 3pm. I hope she takes it well!
Update from grandpa that he sent her tag to her at 10am and met her teacher who said that she was doing very well. Hoorah!
This being the first day of school, we were a complete mess in the morning and forgot both her nametag and the fruit she’s supposed to bring to share!
Lawyers and bankers are the two professions known for depriving people of sleep. I’m not sure anyone did the statistics but I’ll wager that more lawyers and bankers die at work than any other profession, save perhaps for the military. (Oh but wait, maybe hawkers too, those who are serious about their food and get up early to brew the stock etc but I digress)
With a child, there is no way to make up for loss sleep. If I slept late one night, too bad, the next morning I get woken up at the same time by a toddler who wants to do art and craft. The constant sleep deprivation is probably the reason for the marked decrease in memory. A colleague told me to do something yesterday morning and by afternoon I can’t for the life of me remember what it was. I remember the general area, the file to which it relates, but I cannot remember the exact item. This morning, after 4 hours of sleep, I easily recalled what it was. The brain probably re-organises the information during sleep so its now all easily retrievable.
If this is what a mere 4 hours does, imagine what good it does to your brain and body if you had full 8 hours of sleep constantly.