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DIY Mei Tai Baby Carrier for Tia's Baby Doll

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Hi:)

I have been pretty busy catching up to Sabbytia orders lately. but perhaps with gst and all, this month erm. kinda slow. however, i have taken this opportunity to practice on my sewing skills. It has been quite a while since i have sewn anything for the kids. so i went online and bumped into this lovely tutorial on how to sew a baby carrier, or a mei tai for a doll!





Just coincidentally perfect timing because Tia is pretty much attached to her baby doll at the moment. she sleeps with it and brings it everywhere with her. when she goes to school, the baby doll waited for her in the car (cuz mommy malas nak kluakan balik after sending her to school hehe). I pulak have just given up babywearing because riz just wont sit still in it and within 1-2secs of being in it will struggle to be let out. little guy loves to walk and explore i guess (penat mommy and daddy kejar). I am very attached to my boba carrier that i got excited looking at this tutorial cuz it resembles my boba a lot and decided to try it and hooope that tia would like it for her baby doll.


Oh by the way, she named her baby doll Dosya. do not ask me where she got that idea. but it has grown to be a normal name in our family home these days. haha.

So to mommies who are crafty and manage to squeeze some time for sewing, here's the link to the awesome tutorial. serious senang. all you need are like less than a meter of fabric, some batting, a little bit of velcro and thats it!---> Gingersnap Crafts

The directions are fairly easy to understand even for amateur sewers (i am one!) it can be worn front and back. however, the child needs help putting it on and taking it off.

Here's the front carry:

And here's back carry which she loves. "See! i can run with Dosya on my back!" says she.



Looks like she's better at Mei Tai carry than i am:P  hehe. i used an SSC.

She babywears baby Dosya at our outing KLCC just now and it really turned heads haha. i guess people were amused. hey it really looks cute on a toddler!



I am happy that she likes it. I've seen these mini SSC for kids that are sold by Boba. super mahal! and the ones at the stores also at least RM69.90 and dont come with nice cute prints. Do note also...that i dont have too much free time that i could sew all these stuff. I make time. that means, after the babies are asleep. i do it during my me time, from after they sleep up to 1 ish in the am..in between ironing clothes and layaning mr hubby.

Ok then, Good luck mommies!

hugs, sabby



Baby's First Birthday- Cake Smash Shoot

Friday, April 10, 2015

A cake smash shoot is something that i try to make a 'tradition' in my family. Basically, after 1 year old, a baby is pretty much allowed to have a first taste of cake, and is quite given a green light to taste and eat all sorts of food. note the 'quite' in my sentence because other than that fact, supposedly we still have to take care of those little tummies- try to go all organic and less salt, no sugar kinda diet.  a cake is too much la actually, of course. but no worries, do know that a baby DOES NOT eat a whole cake during a cake smash session. you can trust me on this because according to experience....there are 2 kinds of babies.


One that will enjoy a cake smash (aka Tia)



And one that will not even touch his smash cake (aka Riz)



hehe.
Tia really had fun with her cake that it took a while for us to clean the place up and her tutu.

Riz on the other hand, touched his cake, looked at his icky fingers, and wanted to cry, hm. must be wondering what in the world are his parents trying to ask him do. or maybe he didnt like his outfit:P

We did not engage a professional photographer just for these pictures. just diy...i wish we could employ one, except that its such a short shoot and they can be costly. the photos are of course not of professional standards but sufficient and tolerable to us, and put-on-the-wall worthy.

As for the outfits...i let tia wore a bikini top for decency and a tutu skirt. for riz, i handmade a tie and suspenders and birthday crown. which i think turned out a bit silly but cant be crying over spilt milk! 


How To Survive Toddler AGE/ Diarrhea

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

 A few weeks ago we went through a nightmare called toddler AGE. acute gastroenteritis or more commonly known as diarrhea. Tia Alhamdulillah has never been through this before so it was our first time ever with RJ.

Riz mostly eats at home, and i usually take the best precaution i can on hygiene. however, this lil guy likes to put everything in his mouth.as much as we told him no, somehow it happened anyway.

The terrible diarrhea lasted for 2weeks. it was the longest 2 weeks for us. it kicked off with a high fever, then he purges everytime after a meal. during the early days, he purged even after drinking plain water. we put him to sit on tia's toilet trainer to wash his bum. he was poopooing 8-10times a day. can u imagine how tired we were? me during d day, and daddy during the night. if we feel tired, can u imagine a little 1yr old?stupid, stupid virus.


Below are what i did and gave him during the 2 weeks of diarrhea horror, hopefully a helpful list of tips for parents who are currently in the same boat as we were then;

1. Fluids
Riz did lose so much water through his purges.whatever goes in will straightaway come out as if his whole body is just a hollow water pipe. We mixed a packet of oral rehydration salt in water into a water bottle and offered him every chance we could. at first he rejected it. but i guess he got used to it. sip by sip, at least he got back some of the salt he lost.we substituted ORS with water.so all the while he drinks only ors.

2. Smecta
Almost all diarrhea preparations in the pharmacies are to be prescribed for children 6 and above. even probiotics are mostly for age 2 and above. now only Smecta, which is actually prepared as powder in sachets can be given to infants.it's supposed to absorb water  into the intestines and bulk up the poop.empty the sachet into 50ml of water and let baby drink. it taste super icky on my opinion, and the first n second time we offered him, he refused. eventually i asked him to stir a spoon in the cup of smecta to mix himself n drink one sip. i guess it was a good trick cuz it worked, and he might have thought its a fun thing to do:)


3. Yogurt and live cultured drinks
I tried Vitagen, Yakult and the yogurt. apparently these cultures stabilizes and normalizes the intestinal florae. now, it may or may not work i dont know, but i realize he didnt purge for quite a while after i gave him yogurt,unlike without it, immediately after eating.im not sure this is a solution or not, perhaps at that time the virus has been mostly eradicated from the lil body.but no harm to try. these worked for Riz.

4. Change the formula milk
This is a tricky one. we just assumed or was trying to rule out lactose intolerence so we switched to a lactose free fm. researched and asked opinions from many people and ended up with Isomil Plus, which is soymilk. however, there are articles saying that soymilk contains a high level of estrogen so i was a bit skeptical on continuing riz on this brand. next in line will be Novalac AD, which is not very easily available anywhere.Riz rejected milk for a little while because he vomitted after drinking one day. now fewh, he's back to drinking milk. and mommy has to figure out which brand is good for him now..does anyone know a good n affordable brand for goats milk? I was recommended Suffy Goats Milk, i guess its an MLM kind. looks promising but yet to try.

5. Nappy rash cream
A must to apply after every wash. on the first night, we made a mistake by putting him to zz in his playpen and missed washing a middle of the night poop. he woke up with quite a nasty rash and since then we put him in between mommy n daddy in bed. I use Bepanthen Nappy Rash Cream. cleared in 2 days. Great stuff.



6. Extreme Hygiene measures


Must must must remember to wash and soap hands right after washing poopoo. some ecoli or other virus or bacteria could have stuck to your hands and may infect others if you touch and prepare their food or any other consumables. its a very nasty bug. being paranoid now, i have become one of those moms who carries around a bottle of hand sanitizer
spray to spray those tiny hands after touching or playing anything at all. hehe. I washed his clothes seperately and use a seperate towel for his bum and his body.

7. Pegaga+Mint drink
Okay this one is just by chance cuz my parents like to blend juices nowadays and riz loves this drink. he likes it cold. I read that mint can actually help with gas, and perhaps could eliminate some of that to lessen the cramps. pegaga well, it heals and does what it does. i just gave him a quarter cup, not too much. mostly for leisure drink and not exactly to treat:)




Because the episodes lasted for 2 weeks plus..we do still go out for outings. mainly to run some errands and send tia to her weekend classes. little Riz needs some air as well, cant be cooped up at home all the time. we go out for shorter durations. however, i will make sure to bring a full bottle of water and keeps on offering him water every now and then.we also choose places which has a proper baby change room so that we can wash his bum. i also bring plenty of diapers and a kain lampin to wipe after washing. so far the Ikea baby room has been great as well as the Empire Shopping Gallery one.
the IKEA baby room. spot tia hehe.

in between stomach cramps:(

All in all, it hurts to see a child as small as riz bearing his tummyache. we were close to getting him admitted for drips. he would wake up in the middle of the night and toss and turn bearing the pain while being half awake. we put him in the middle of our bed in between us so we wont miss any purges which would give rise to diaper rash. Alhamduillah it is over now. one of God's way to test us. its difficult when theres nothing much we could do to help him while the virus clears up. no drugs can b given. it's also a lesson to us to be more alert of wht he puts in his mouth. honestly of course i blame myself for this. so i hope it wont happen again. til then, cheers:)


First VLOG!: A day in life of a mommy of two

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Hi everyone, it has indeed been a long time....I have been super busy with the kids and my new 'label' Sabbytia. Making tutus and personalized tees. and to sum it all up i have made my very first Vlog:D a very amateur one but you gotta start somewhere right. hehe. I tried my best to document everything..here will be some missing moments but they are all roughly there.This was taken on a random monday. Tia was 3 years 3 months, and Riz 1 year 3 months.

Life and schedule has been slightly changed because we no longer live in our own house...we are temporarily staying with my parents while our new crib is under construction. it is indeed not easy to sort out the two kids in a two storey house..from the vlog, you'd know:)

Ok i'll leave you to the vlog *malu* and will see u again next post:)

love, sabby


Mommy Review: Tinyworld Double Stroller

Saturday, January 31, 2015

We've been very loyal to our Maclaren stroller since Tia was 10 month old so that should be around 3 years already. now that Riz has joined our little family, i have been pushing Tia on the stroller and babywearing Riz when i'm out alone with them. usually for tia or riz's classes. and then Riz got heavier and heavier and doesnt like the boba anymore. so I thought we should research on the best double stroller to cart both kids around. 

So what i have found is there are two kinds of double strollers- the twin(side by side) and the tandem stroller(front and back or stadium style of seating). the first one is easily available everywhere in the malaysia market whereas the latter are mostly bulky monster strollers.

My stroller of preference would be an umbrella fold one and lightweight but comfortable for both kids. yes i am that picky since we bought that quinny buzz and i could manage that on my own.i want yang sepak2 dah bukak, tendang2 dah lipat.gittew. hehe.we almost got the Halford Twin Fliplite because thats the cheapest and simplest n lightest, but i dont fancy the idea of struggling in between shopping aisles and carparks.

And then i found this while browsing the hashtag #doublestroller, and it made me soo happy:)


this stroller is actually a China version of the Kinderwagon. At first i was hunting for a preloved original Kinderwagon but i was told that Tinyworld was made by the same factory. so its Kinderwagon in the US, Tinyworld from China and Miniwalker in Singapore. I got this from Mommyloveshop which is and Instashop. the lady was very informative and helpful amd sells this for rm877. the cheapest i can find actually.

The Tinyworld stroller is a tandem stadium seating stroller. width is only as big as our Maclaren but with two seats. it weighs around 11kg if im not mistaken and it folds with both seats attached.no need susah2 cabut seats baru boleh fold.this means that its good for travelling and flights.

The maneuver is great.and its not difficult to tilt it up onto curbs at all. it looks tiny but there really is plenty of space for Tia when she rides in the backseat. well actually, she has claimed the backseat as hers so riz has no choice bt to sit in front.

The basket at the bottom isnt very huge but is alright. no complaints.the seatbelts are 5point harness and most importantly it can be fastened one belt at a time instead of having to match both belts before latching it.other that that this Tinyworld functions exactly like your favourite single umbrella stroller only with 2 seats. it even opens and folds the same style as a Maclaren.

Now for the cons. only the back seat reclines so only 1 kid gets to sleep at one time. so for long hours jalan2..macam susah sikit. riz will usually rest his head on the front bar n looks quite pitiful athough he does not whine.the bar in front is not detachable..i find that quite annoying.both kids cant get down n climb in on their own( but tia's been practicing climbing in by herself and slipping down under the bar at the front seat to get off.lol). when we put the sunshade on i cant really see the front and the kids because the back seat is higher than the front. the sunshade is big enough to cover both kids and will hide the kid in the backseat:P but however the front child's legs are not properly sheltered. kesian jugak kaki riz. need sunblock then.

When folded its around 4-5inches longer than a regular Maclaren. only the front wheel can be detached. it looks like this when stuffed into my mazda 2:
It looks really desperately trying to be stuffed in. however i think the other double strollers would fold n fit about the same or wont fit at all.


So thats it:) everything else is perfect. this stroller cant be found in any physical shops so far, and i was taking a risk by getting it without trying it on first. but this is what i can tell you guys if you plan on purchasing it:)i am loving it so far.oh and also if one of your kids doesnt want to sit in, you dont have to struggle with a huge empty twin stroller and a runaway kid.cuz it feels like an empty single one.

Overall.. the Tinyworld stroller isnt one of those fancy shmancy kind but is functional for me.i would definitely recommend it for quick rides and travelling. Alright..hope this post helps:)


hugsies,
mommy Sabby

She said she doesn't love mommy anymore..

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Tia just told me she wants to follow daddy go out because "i dont love mommy anymore."

These few days tia has been difficult. refuse to eat, wants choc n candies at mealtime, refuse to eat in school, watched ipad all day n throws tantrums if i take it away. so i have not exactly been "the fun mother".

So does it hurt? i'm sure she didnt realize what she just blurted out.

But it does. an awful lot. i mean, not to ungkit.but giving birth to her bukan senang. i carry this ugly csect scar and experience sampai mati.perhaps one day when she bathes mommy's jenazah she'll reflect back.now thats looking too far.

its okay, she's still very little. she didnt mean it.but i know, one day when she goes through her adolescence i-dont-know-what-i-want phase, i'm definitely gonna get the "i hate you mommy" a few times.or many times. and i know, its going to hurt so bad seeing that i have given up so much to bring her up..by then. i pray that Allah will give me strength to go thru that in the future. n so that i wont say out anything harsh due to sadness that will befall on her. kuatkanlah imanku nnt Ya Allah.

these few days actually terpikir n tergerak hati nak gi keje balik. it is true, when u stay at home everything turns into a routine for you. it tires u out. we usually will appreciate each other more if we dont see each other 24/7. duduk rumah jaga anak pn nnt bukan anak sayang sgt kat kita kan. sekian lah

Mommy Sabby's Review: The Little Gym, Intermark mall

Saturday, January 17, 2015

I have recently enrolled Tia and Riz in The Little Gym. reason being they need a place to stretch out, jump and swing around and use up the conserved energy. otherwise they'll be cooped up at home and Tia will be lying around with her ipad and riz well..he will be going around doin mischievious stuff. on my end too, i need to get out of the house. dulu complain tak cukup masa spent with the kids..now too much time spent with them sometimes, they do drive me a lil bit crazy.

So it has been 3 months since the kids joined their classes and i thought yes this place definitely deserves a review on this blog:) 

The Little Gym has a range of developmental programmes which are gymnastics based for babies toddlers n kids from age 8months up to 12yrs. they named their classes with fun names too. Tia is in the Funny Bugs class (age 3-5yo) n riz is in Birds class (8-18mo). the funny bugs classes are independent based, whereas the birds class are attended by parent and child. there are 3 branches; Kota Damansara, Hartamas and Ampang (Intermark mall). i enrolled them in hartamas because we were staying in sentul before but now transferred them to Intermark cuz its nearer to my parents' place.
the reception counter when you walk in the entrance

I love the Intermark branch. the place is huge! facilities wise there is a huge waiting area for the parents to sit n watch their kids in class thru a big glass wall, toys and beanbags for the kids while waiting for their siblings to finish class or for their class to start, kids washrooms with little toilets! free coffee and tea (like like), and a changing table. the hartamas branch even provide supplies such as nappies and wipes. i feel this is really convinient cuz i hav to bring both kids along and riz could really find something to do while waiting for tia. 

children waiting area

tia learning the parallel bars

Fees wise i dont remember exact details but u can choose to pay monthly (rm320) or buy a package of 6 months (24 classes, rm1440) ) or 1yr (48 classes).whats nice is it comes with a complementary practice class (with instructors) each week so u get to go for 2 classes a week instd one.. i think thats worth it. n its erm. a little bit cheaper than gymboree.hehe.

free hot drinks <3

check out that kid hanging in the back!

Teachers are very patient and fun-going. i hav read that they are better than the gymboree teachers and i have to agree. they handle the kids pretty well and there are usually 2-3 teachers to aid a class depending on how many kids there are.
the littlest big kid toilet which i'm so amused at hehe


roughly, the funny bugs Classes usually start with circle time- introduction of names and ice breaking, then group activity, then skills of the week and then some games. its a 1hr long class and it keeps the kids occupied for the whole hour. Gymboree usually encourages parents to leave the children, but here we can watch the kids from outside.they use a lot of gymnastics equipments such as the parallel bars and balancing beam and tricks such as forward rolls, handstand and cartwheels. i do notice tia gets more determined in achieving certain tricks and also more confident in trying out new things.the confidence part is very important to me. besides the gymnastics skills which attracted me in the first place hehe.

As for Riz..as a baby u dont notice that much change but i love seeing him notice other babies his age around him. he has now taken his climbs to a higher level (alamak) and he loves the bubble activity so mich that his first word was BUBBLE. true story! n he tonggeng everywhere now in a readytogo forward roll position. applying what he learnt in class everywhere else. initially i enrolled him cuz he looks like he has too much pented up energy. and also so that i get to socialize too. salingan. like i said, facing the 4walls at home can make people a lil tad insane sometimes.
Riz in his Birds class


bubble tiime

Overall i have to say that The Little Gym is awesome.theyre not paying me for this. they always make me feel that my money is worth it; with the facilities, hospitality and expertise of the teachers in knowing what theyre doin n how they play with the kids. this provided you dont go for the weekend classes...too many kids and tak menang tangan the instructors.hehe. so go ahead n give it a try. call in for a free sesh.

Tia in her Bugs class, just hangin around with friends

ok til then, 
Sabby

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