Skip to main content


Some anecdotal updates…

Hubby did his first hands on cloth nappy change last week! I had a mini workshop session to run him through our cloth nappy stash and show him how to use them. He was a little overwhelmed at first at the variety of cloth nappies but in the end he was fully supportive and on board the system.


Nathan has grown. I know this for a fact because he can finally fit some of the clothes given to him which he was too small to wear at first. Here he is wearing his funky tie-dye onesie – pressie from his er-chiu.


He wore it out on Sunday. It was also the day I decided the road test my Itti Bitti D’lish cloth nappy for an extended session out. We put it on at 9.30am and left for church. He nursed at 10.00am and I put him down for a nap. He slept soundly in the creche room all throughout service with no problems at all. I intended to change him around his next feed before we left for lunch about 1.00pm but we got so caught up getting organised to leave that we forgot. He slept soundly through lunch at the restaurant. Didn’t get a chance to change him until we got home around 3.30pm and I was amazed that the nappy held up all this time with no leaks! I do not intend to let him go for this long again without a nappy change, but good to know that it holds up pretty well.


Nathan also experienced his first jab last Friday. It was his 8-week immunisation – one dose of oral medicine and two jabs, one on each leg. It was very distressing for him because he was also tired and hungry from the long wait at the clinic. I wanted to nurse him but you know how it is… you’re always the next one, but the minutes tick on and it’s never your turn. Sigh. The jabs were very upsetting for him but I nursed him straight after and he settled down ok. Here is the evidence of what he had to endure…


I’m loving my baby sling. I was blessed with two beautiful ring slings. One from my friend Connie in Singapore and one from my brother (Nathan’s ta-chiu). I haven’t really used it for extended sessions outside the house. Been mainly using it to carry Nathan around if he is having trouble settling. It works most of the time and he usually calms down and dozes off not long after a few minutes in the sling, unless he is still really hungry or is really awake and not ready to go to bed.


Here is a snapshot of Nathan and mummy – a rare case as most of the time, I’m the one holding the camera. A lot of people say Nathan looks more like me. Do you think so? When I look at his face I can see some features which reflect me, and some which reflect hubby. What do you think?


Often people ask me how I’m doing with motherhood. I can honestly say that I’m enjoying it. I used to worry so much about not ever having late morning sleep-ins and interrupted nights (yes sleep was very important to me) but having a baby really changes you. Sure it’s tiring and my eyes are still hurting from being forced to open at the sound of baby’s cry in the wee hours of the morning… but I just simply get up and do whatever I need to do. It’s also fun discovering new things not only about baby but about myself… I didn’t think I might turn into those granola-type mums – you know, with the breastfeeding, cloth diapering and baby-wearing… but like I said, having a baby does change you, or at least reveal things about yourself you might have never discovered otherwise.


  1. love this!
    granola-type moms? never heard that expression before. HA.
    yes indeed to change in self. i don't even recognize the me three years ago.
    as Nathan grew very well into his tie-dye t-shirt (so cute!), it's great to see that you've grown so gracefully into motherhood, serene. =)

  2. Great one Serene and well done to MH! Little Nathan has grown so much now! Good to know that you are enjoying motherhood! Looking forward to more updates.

  3. I came across the 'granola' term in this article:

    Thanks for the comment - graceful is hardly the word I'm feeling at present, but it's nice to hear it coming from a true-blue graceful mother.

  4. the tie dye is so paul!! but i think nathan looks more like mh for now!!


Post a Comment

Thanks for taking the time to comment - I love reading every single one of them! Although I may not be able to reply to each comment, I will definitely pop over to your blog to say hello.

I love hearing from readers and fellow bloggers alike. If you're a little shy or would like to get in touch with me directly, drop me an email at

Popular posts from this blog

An impossible cake

Every now and then, mamas  crave for something sinful and sweet… preferably with a touch of chocolate. Running after a toddler and breastfeeding a baby is really hungry work. I’m not really the sort of person who has their fridge and pantry stocked up with junk food and sweets. But I usually have all the basic ingredients on hand to whip up an indulgent treat when the craving hits.One evening I found myself longing for a bite of some chocolate cake… however being the end of the week, I was out of some core ingredients. Butter. Eggs. Milk. All necessary elements required to make a decent cake. Or so I thought.Then I found this impossible recipe. A cake with no butter, eggs and milk. They’re calling it Crazy Cake. Because you have to be crazy NOT to try it.It’s soooo easy to make, no creaming butter and sugar or electric mixers required. Apparently it can even be mixed together straight in the baking pan, no bowls necessary.Crazy CakeIngredients
1 1/2 cups plain flour
3 tbsp. cocoa
1 cup…

How I use traditional muslin cloths as nappies

This post is for the benefit of my friend Stephanie who has recently made the decision to take the plunge into cloth diapering. She bought a few pieces of MCNs and is expecting a package of two dozen muslin flats. Although I've collected a good stash of modern cloth diapers, muslin flats still form a key part of my cloth diapering system. When I first started using this, I was a little dubious about the absorption power of this seemingly flimsy material. But it’s quite surprising how well it performs… and for such a small cost (sometimes free as these are commonly received as a gift from loving friends/relatives) it’s by far the most economical way to diaper a baby. The first fold I used was the traditional Chinese or Origami fold:

Unfortunately for me, I found that it didn’t hold up very well as my son is a rather heavy wetter and I had yet to discover the use of nappy covers. My other complaint about this fold is that the fold is not really concentrated around the main wetting area.…

Homemade Snowskin Mooncakes

It’s mooncake festival this month. Stores have started selling mooncakes since early August and we’ve succumbed to buying one or two cakes when we were out shopping.This year I decided to venture to make my own mooncakes. After some research and scouting various recipes, I settled on making snowskin mooncakes. Mainly because I like them and they are rather hard to find in Perth… and because the recipe is actually a bit easier than the conventional baked version.I found this recipe on to be the best one as it had detailed photos explaining the various ingredients and process.Here is my version of the recipe…For the homemade filling, I made three different types: red bean, black sesame, and a nutella flavoured one. All the filings start with a base of red bean paste.First step is to prepare the red bean paste: Soak 1kg of red azuki beans in water overnight.Image from wikipediaThe next day, transfer the beans into a pot, cover with water and cook until beans are soft. I used m…

7 things I miss about babywearing + {giveaway}

Last Sunday we headed out on one of our favourite weekend activities: flea market shopping! I just love exploring these markets and get a real kick out of finding great bargains and treasures from other people’s junk. We set off bright and early that morning so we could catch all the good bargains. It was only after we arrived there that we realised that we had forgotten to bring Nathan’s stroller! So we ended up taking turns carrying him and letting him toddle around a bit whenever we stopped at a stall.The weather was getting pretty hot and Nathan was starting to get tired. Thankfully I keep a spare pouch sling in the car, so we got it out and I slung Nathan on against my hip so we could continue exploring the market.The sling certainly made the job of carrying him a little easier. Still, carrying a 12kg toddler is no walk in the park. But as he leaned his tired head against my shoulder and snuggled against me to get more comfortable, it brought back memories of my babywearing days

Jumperoo review is out

For while now I’ve been contemplating getting a activity centre or a doorway jumper for my son who’s now into his 9th month. He’s been getting increasingly active as the days go by with an insane amount of energy to burn.

I considered getting a walker or doorway jumper, but was concerned over safety issues with such items highlighted in Choice magazine’s list of Ten Things Not to Buy Your Kids. Hence stationary activity centres appear to be the safer alternative for what I was after.

So when Fisher-Price gave me the opportunity to review their Luv U Zoo Jumperoo, I was thrilled. My official review has been published on the Bub Hub Reviews section which you can check out here or read below:Jumperoo - the perfect hybrid between activity centres and baby jumpersI was impressed that the Jumperoo was not just a static activity centre, but doubled up as a baby jumper as well, which is a safer option to doorway jumpers. It’s the perfect hybrid solution between activity centres and baby jumpers…