World Breastfeeding Week 2013 Blog Carnival - Community Support

~ Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 8:00 AM ~

"Community Support: The theme for this year's WBW highlights the importance of helping each mother throughout her breastfeeding journey. Today we are featuring posts that discuss the need for and benefits of a community of breastfeeding supporters. Share your thoughts on and stories about your own breastfeeding journey - was there someone who made your nursing relationship a success? What is access to Lactation Counselors like in your area - did you know where to find them? Were they accessible to you? Did you ever attend a La Leche League meeting or other breastfeeding support group?"

It has been a while since I participated in a blog carnival and since this is for World Breastfeeding Week, I definitely gotta join in the fun! Now, as to whether there are anyone who made my nursing relationship success, of course there is! I have been breastfeeding NON-STOP since 4th March 2009, the day my first child Benjamin was born. Breastfed him past 1 year, 2 years, 3 years, then throughout my 2nd pregnancy, then went on to tandem Benjamin and his baby sister Alyson for 1.5 year before he finally self-weaned at 45 months old.

Me tandem nursing Ben (then 3 years old) and Alyson (then 6 months old)...

So who do I give the credit for my nursing success to? Here goes the list - not in any particular order btw...

* My sister-in-laws: My 3 sister-in laws (hubby's side) all breastfed their children though average between 3 months to the most, less than a year. They do inspired me into going to this journey as well.

* My hubby: He stuck by me when I was having my nursing aversion, followed me to the antenatal class where we learned how to care for and breastfeed a baby and how beneficial it is to breastfeed.

* My antenatal class trainer: For telling us the benefits of breastfeeding, what to expect, how to handle and so on.

* God: Without Him, I won't be here today. My children and family will not be able to reap the benefits of breastfeeding.

* My MIL: She helped boiled this black beans and red dates drinks throughout my breastfeeding journey to keep my breastmilk production up.

* Myself

I don't have any LLL support here so during the initial stage, I Googled and read up as many breastfeeding websites I could searched and remembered the tips and tricks and what to expect and hope for the best.

How about you? Do you get any support when it comes to breastfeeding?

More Than Meets The Eye...

~ Posted on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 7:02 AM ~

Earlier last week, I asked our 4 years old boy to make a Lego car for me and when he showed me a plain simple rectangle looking box which he said is a Lego car, I thought in my heart 'Bah... so simple!' and then I jokingly asked him how to drive the car then?

He said need to take out the car roof.

And so he demonstrated to me by slowly lifting up the roof part and revealed what's inside his Lego car...

A car seat with steering and dashboard INSIDE!

Oh my awesometastic boy!!! I am just gobsmacked at this display of brilliance!!

There is more than meets the eye for this little child of mine!

Thank you God for blessing us with this child!

Lessons From a 4 Years Old Boy and His Lego...

~ Posted on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 9:23 AM ~

I'm writing this post to share with you a valuable lesson I learned few days back from my 4 years old boy and his Lego...

The initial shocked + speechless + gobsmacked moment when I discovered him dismantling EVERYTHING in his Lego fire station set which his daddy took a couple of hours to set up for him before his 4th birthday 3.5 months ago.

** Picture above taken 2 days after Benjamin's 4th birthday right after he woke up and saw the fire station Lego set that daddy spent hours the night before setting it up for his birthday surprise!


Why my reactions such way? My boy is a perfectionist and will throw tantrums the moment even the slightest Lego bricks are misplaced or put in wrong directions. He remembers EVERYTHING clearly and the Lego set has been on his play table since then with him playing with it almost on daily basis, on top of him using the free Lego bricks for his own creations and such.

When my hubby came into our room, I told him what happened, to brace himself for what's to come and wished him all the best should our boy decides to have his Lego fire station set in the same settings again.

Hubby in return asked me whether Benjamin dismantled everything by himself. I said 'Yes, he said there's a fire in his fire station and hence he took out EVERYTHING'.

Hubby said 'That's a good sign. It meant he is finally confident enough to let go of the Lego set and ready for new creations!'

Oh wow! After a couple of seconds and thinking, I realised hubby is right.

My boy is ready for bigger things now!

The fact that our 4 years old boy is willing to destroy his precious fire station set and not even throwing any fit at all... just amazing... and to think the countless threats I used to give hubby to super glue his fire station set because I couldn't stand the tantrums thrown by our boy whenever any of the Lego bricks in the fire station set dropped out or misaligned themselves and to see this happening in total peace and serenity and calmness displayed by our boy... again, simply amazing!

** Picture above taken few months back showing Benjamin focused on making his Lego creations...

Thank you for teaching mummy this important lesson, to let go and embrace new challenges!