Pain / discomfort tolerance

I’m so glad my Sophia is¬†not really a complainer. Rather like me in this regard ūüėõ Yes she does cry but its almost like she uses it as a communication tool instead of to complain. Oh yes she knows what she wants. If she doesn’t want to be in the stroller or she wants THAT piece of tissue paper, she will scream and cry and look really pitiful. So what is it I’m talking about? I’m talking about her tolerance of pain or discomfort in the sense of being sick. I earlier blogged about her constipation where her stools were so hard and large that it tore her anus but yet she didn’t cry either before, during or after expelling them. Also, recently her hand was bitten numerous times by insects of some sort causing swollen bumps that even collected pus. I’m sure it must be itchy and/or painful but never once did we notice her scratching at them or appearing to be at all bothered by them.

Which reminds me of that one time she was ill when she was six months old and down with cold. She didn’t cry or fuss any more than normal. Its almost as if she’s not sick at all except she is because she was coughing a lot and mucus was blocking her nostrils.

I am so blessed with such an easy baby. Allegedly I was an even easier baby who didn’t even cry when given injections (baby Sophia does and very loudly). Oh well, I guess you mix my genes and complainer dad’s genes and you get somewhere in between. Oops..

Recipe – Pumpkin and Salmon


  • Garlic 3 cloves
  • Pumpkin 1/8
  • Tomato 1
  • Salmon 1 slice







  1. Heat some oil in a pan
  2. Fry minced garlic till fragrant
  3. Add salmon and fry both sides lightly
  4. Add tomato, fry quickly and pour into slow cooker
  5. Add pumpkin then add water or vegetable stock
  6. Cook till pumpkin is soft
  7. Remove pumpkin and mash with fork
  8. Blend remaining ingredients in blender then mix with mashed pumpkin

Pumpkin is Sophia’s favourite non-fruit so unfortunately I have to hide everything in tonnes of pumpkin. However, this recipe can be adapted for babies with more normal tastebuds too – just reduce the amount of pumpkin or increase the amount of all other ingredients.

Baby Swimming

I’m probably going to offend the baby spa operators and the thousands of mother who bring their babies to them and the thousand other mothers who bought a tub and a neck float for their babies by saying this, but I’m going to say it anyway. I think¬†putting baby in a tub of warm water with a float around his/her neck is¬†a bright idea but unproven and probably does not live up to its claims. For me, I would prefer seeing my baby like this:








to like this:






anyday. So no more neck floats for me. In fact, I gave away the one I stupidly bought for free to another mummy.

Chicken recipes

A dear friend reminded me that I can post my recipes on my blog so here goes (with a chicky theme):

Chicken and sweet potato stew


  • 1¬†chicken breast
  • 1 large potato or about 3 small ones with skin on (its best to purchase potatoes organic
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 onion
  • Half a teaspoon of butter / other healthy oil like canola or olive oil


  1. Wash potatoes thoroughly. I usually dig out the eyes but keep the skin on as most of the nutrition is just under the skin and skinless potatoes is pretty much just starch.
  2. In a small saucepan, pan fry the onions in the oil until slightly browned and aromatised (if using olive oil or butter be careful to keep the temperature low)
  3. Add chicken and stir fry quickly for a minute.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients then add enough water to just cover all ingredients.
  5. Simmer over low flame till vegetables are soft.
  6. For stage 1 food, place all solid ingredients into blender and blend, adding the cooking liquid as neccesary to adjust consistency. For stage 2 food, remove potatoes and carrots and mash with a fork, place the potato skin into a clender together with chicken and onions with some cooking liquid, then conbine the mashed up food with blended food for a slightly lumpy texture.

Herbed chicken stew


  • 1¬†chicken breast
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1/4 cauliflower
  • 1 onion
  • Sprig of sage (use the leaves only)
  • Half a teaspoon of butter / other healthy oil like canola or olive oil


  1. Place all ingredients in a slow cooker and add just enough water to cover all ingredients.
  2. Cook for an hour, or long enough to soften the sweet potato and cauliflower.
  3. For stage 1 food, place all solid ingredients into blender and blend, adding the cooking liquid as neccesary to adjust consistency. For stage 2 food, mash the sweet potatoes with a fork and blend the remaining ingredients then combine.
  4. For added texture, use remaining stock to cook some rice or other grains such as millet until soft and add to the mixture.

Poo stories

Great. Prior to this I was reading about other babies’ constipation stories with amusement and its now my baby’s turn. She would make the poo face and sound but when I peer in, nothing. But when i lay her down and push her legs up, brown matter would emerge. Rubbing her tummy in a clockwise manner would encourage even more brown matter to emerge. Good thing her poop doesn’t stink anymore for some reason.

She definitely needs more water. Dropping the dream feed means 170ml less fluids per day which I guess needs to be replaced with water.