Teething Issues

SPEAKING OF DENTIST, I think I kept a pretty good record of M’s primary teeth when they fell off. And being sentimental me (or mad, one might say), I even kept them – all 20 of them!!!

At a glance, this looks like custom-confiscated items of the white stuff! In reality, each of these packets contains M’s baby teeth (18 of the total 20) that fell off / were extracted, between 2005-2010.

At a glance, this looks like custom-confiscated items of the white stuff! In reality, each of these packets contains M’s baby teeth (18 of the total 20) that fell off / were extracted, between 2005-2010.

The first tooth to fall off was the central incisors on 5 Dec 2005; which grew back by the time her third tooth fell off on 2 July 2006; she’s seen here smiling in a photo taken on 7 July 2006.

The first tooth to fall off was the central incisors on 5 Dec 2005; which grew back by the time her third tooth fell off on 2 July 2006; she’s seen here smiling in a photo taken on 7 July 2006.

A bloodied sight, yet M wasn’t the slightest afraid at all, in fact she pulled out the wobbly tooth herself – the 5th – on 13 Aug 2006; followed by the 6th tooth a week later on 22 Aug 2006. (In fact, she also pulled out herself the 14th tooth on 30 May 2009).

A bloodied sight, yet M wasn’t the slightest afraid at all, in fact she pulled out the wobbly tooth herself – the 5th – on 13 Aug 2006; followed by the 6th tooth a week later on 22 Aug 2006. (In fact, she also pulled out herself the 14th tooth on 30 May 2009).

The “souvenir” tooth #5 and tooth #6!

The “souvenir” tooth #5 and tooth #6!

The teeth chart will be useful soon when Little Em’s teeth start falling off! She’s already anxious to meet the Tooth Fairy!

The teeth chart will be useful soon when Little Em’s teeth start falling off! She’s already anxious to meet the Tooth Fairy!

Clinic Visits

WE HAD A number of visits to the clinic this month, all in preparations for our next destination.

Our 3rd January visit was for a compulsory vaccination required by the country we are headed to. This was Little Em’s first injection since she last completed all the required vaccinations as a baby (by 18 months old, which she has no memories of).

On that occasion, we will all remember how excited and impatient she was, asking numerous times “When are we getting the injection?” as we consulted the doctor and while we waited to be called. While we waited outside the immunisation room, she was still upbeat and showed a brave front. I went in first, followed by Papa and Big M. Then came Little Em’s turn. Her fear began to show when she saw the needle. Papa held her on his lap when the needle went into her left arm. Then out came her cries…

As we left the room, Little Em said accusingly (in between cries) … “Mommy, you LIED… you said it would be an ant bite… but it was like pumping petrol… the nurse took FOREVER to pull out the needle…” I almost burst out laughing, but for her sake, I held back. Such drama!

Outside the immunisation room. (3 Jan 2014)

Outside the immunisation room. (3 Jan 2014)

Clinical specimens? Just M’s skin sporting bad rashes (apart from her eczema), possibly side effects from the vaccination…

Clinical specimens? Just M’s skin sporting bad rashes (apart from her eczema), possibly side effects from the vaccination… (21 Jan 2014)

Today we returned to the clinic for another follow-up visit. On our way there, Little Em was once again excited with the prospect of a “family walk”. She simply loves the idea of the four of us going out together – even if it was to the clinic!

While there, we also took Little Em to the dentist in the same building. This was her first ever dental visit. We recall M’s fondness for dental visits as a child. For a brief moment, Little Em seemed to take after her sister, as she waited rather impatiently and kept asking when would be her turn. Unfortunately, when her number was finally called out (after a long hour-and-a-half wait), it was a different story the moment we stepped into the dentist’s room . I shall keep the story behind closed doors for now, but she hasn’t heard the last of it from me yet.

Another Wish Come True

THIS TIME, IT was a wish come true for Little Em.

Little Em had longed for snow every time she looks at our winter photos in Moscow. On a warm Saturday of 11th Jan, she finally had her first “snow” (ice, rather) experience, a mere 30 minutes drive from home, at i-City, Shah Alam.

Snowalk is advertised as “50,000 sq feet Artic environment below 5°C… a cold, cold, cold fun adventure starts here in Malaysia’s largest snow play attraction”.

It was cold no doubt, but having seen the real stuff, M and I weren’t impressed with what we saw.  For Little Em, it’s a case of “you won’t miss what you don’t know” so she was exceptionally excited at the start of her “snow journey”… till the cold got to her and she had a little frost bite falling onto a pile of ice. Both girls were not in the mood for any of the winter rides (other than a “chair ride”) and games, so after checking out some ice sculptures and taking some photos, they were glad to be out of the cold!

(L-R) Little Em’s first reaction to the cold; exiting from the igloo; still excited when walking through the ice maze.

(L-R) Little Em’s first reaction to the cold; exiting from the igloo; still excited when walking through the ice maze.

Some of the cold creatures.

Some of the cold creatures.

A quick pix with the lighted snowmen. By then Little Em's misery due to the cold was evident.

A quick pix with the lighted snowmen. By then Little Em’s misery due to the cold was evident.

A ride on ice to end our "snow journey".

A ride on ice to end our “snow journey”.

(L) Outside the Snowalk “igloo” (entrance rates are different before 6pm and after 6pm, I paid a total RM60 for the three of us (winter jackets inclusive) and additional RM10 each for boots rental for the girls (which came with a free pair of socks); (R) Prior to Snowalk, we did the Trick Art Museum (entrance was RM10 per person).

(L) Outside the Snowalk “igloo” (entrance rates are different before 6pm and after 6pm, I paid a total RM60 for the three of us (winter jackets inclusive) and additional RM10 each for boots rental for the girls (which came with a free pair of socks); (R) Prior to Snowalk, we did the Trick Art Museum (entrance was RM10 per person).

At the Trick Art Museum, Little Em embarked on quite an “adventure” … (L-R) Stepping into the unknown; crossing a ravine; hanging on to her dear life on the cliff.

Almost devoured by a dinosaur and a shark…

Almost devoured by a dinosaur and a shark…

Fended off a charging bull and then made to milk a cow…

Fended off a charging bull and then made to milk a cow…

Almost speared by a knight and sprayed with water…

Almost speared by a knight and sprayed with water…

Shipwrecked with Big M, and then stranded alone with a menacing crocodile!

Shipwrecked with Big M, and then stranded alone with a menacing crocodile!

After such a harrowing ordeal, yes, a cup of tea would be nice, thank you! And we could do with a few of those gold coins too!

After such a harrowing ordeal, yes, a cup of tea would be nice, thank you! And we could do with a few of those gold coins too!

Big M and I had our moments too!

Big M and I had our moments too!

The girls battled with a humongous octopus while Papa rested on a whale.

The girls battled with a humongous octopus while Papa rested on a whale.

Charlie’s Angels? Nah, merely Cheong’s Angels :-)

Charlie’s Angels? Nah, merely Cheong’s Angels 🙂

Predicting my future in i-City… I see “T”… F-A-T!!!

On the whole, we had a lovely time reflecting on our day, just hanging out together :-)

On the whole, we had a lovely time reflecting on our day, just hanging out together 🙂

We stayed on to view the digital lights display that comes on at 7pm and boosts of over 1 million LED lights, aptly dubbed as the “City of Digital Lights”.

We stayed on to view the digital lights display that comes on at 7pm and boosts of over 1 million LED lights, aptly dubbed as the “City of Digital Lights”.

A lighted horse-drawn carriage.

A lighted horse-drawn carriage.

A Wish Come True

LITTLE EM IS BIG M’s Christmas wish come true.

This is M’s drawing of her Christmas wish in 2005 when we were in Moscow.

This is M’s drawing of her Christmas wish in 2005 when we were in Moscow.

M’s wish came true in 2008! She’s seen here eagerly awaiting the arrival of Little Em… (L-R) Still in the womb at 7 months; almost 8 months; into 8 months; a month before Little Em came into the world.

M’s wish came true in 2008! She’s seen here eagerly awaiting the arrival of Little Em… (L-R) Still in the womb at 7 months; almost 8 months; into 8 months; a month before Little Em came into the world.

Big M’s first few glimpses of Little Em in the womb.

Big M’s first few glimpses of Little Em in the womb.

After which M wrote Little Em a heartfelt letter with a pledge (never mind it was littered with grammatical and spelling mistakes).

After which M wrote Little Em a heartfelt letter with a pledge (never mind it was littered with grammatical and spelling mistakes).

The sisters finally meet! … (L-R) Big M met Little Em – just 3 hours old then – for the first time at the hospital on her way to school; Big sister dropped by again the next day; Little Em came home on the 5th day and Big M rushed from school to see her new sister.

The sisters finally meet! … (L-R) Big M met Little Em – just 3 hours old then – for the first time at the hospital on her way to school; Big sister dropped by again the next day; Little Em came home on the 5th day and Big M rushed from school to see her new sister.

Their first four months (2008).

Their first four months (2008).

 

 

She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Sister

SOME MEMORABLE MOMENTS for the two sisters to reminisce over for years to come (hopefully!)…

A sibling, finally!!!

A sibling, finally!!!

(L-R) A big hug and lots of luck from Little Em before M went for her netball match between her school and French International School, HK (6 Jun 2009); Sisters back from visiting Nafiz at his home in Mid-Levels, HK (1 July 2009); Big M gave Little Em a big hug before leaving for her first day of school (20 Aug 2009); Sisters on a special occasion (Sep 2009).

(L-R) A big hug and lots of luck from Little Em before M went for her netball match between her school and French International School, HK (6 Jun 2009); Sisters back from visiting Nafiz at his home in Mid-Levels, HK (1 July 2009); Big M gave Little Em a big hug before leaving for her first day of school (20 Aug 2009); Sisters on a special occasion (Sep 2009).

Sisters at the park, HK (13 Oct 2009); Big M carrying Little Em and bade us goodbye before we left for Macau (21 Nov 2009); Christmas Party organised by the building’s management, HK (11 Dec 2009); At a temple in Malacca (26 Dec 2009).

Sisters at the park, HK (13 Oct 2009); Big M carrying Little Em and bade us goodbye before we left for Macau (21 Nov 2009); Christmas Party organised by the building’s management, HK (11 Dec 2009); At a temple in Malacca (26 Dec 2009).

Sisters back from celebrating CNY at M’s school (12 Feb 2010); M hugging Little Em goodbye before heading off to school for her school play “The Tempest” (10 Jun 2010); Sisters at St. Paul’s Hill, Malacca (22 July 2010); Sisters in Ocean Park, HK (26 Aug 2010).

Sisters back from celebrating CNY at M’s school (12 Feb 2010); M hugging Little Em goodbye before heading off to school for her school play “The Tempest” (10 Jun 2010); Sisters at St. Paul’s Hill, Malacca (22 July 2010); Sisters in Ocean Park, HK (26 Aug 2010).

In the queue for Dumbo The Flying Elephant ride at HK Disneyland (10 Sep 2010); Full from a lunch treat at HK Disneyland Hotel (12 Sep 2010); Sisters at St. Paul's Ruins, Macau (Sep 2010); Sisters on their final trip to Ocean Park, HK (5 Oct 2010).

In the queue for Dumbo The Flying Elephant ride at HK Disneyland (10 Sep 2010); Full from a lunch treat at HK Disneyland Hotel (12 Sep 2010); Sisters at St. Paul’s Ruins, Macau (Sep 2010); Sisters on their final trip to Ocean Park, HK (5 Oct 2010).

Little Em tagged along Big M to school on a Saturday for the International Spelling Bee Championship in Putrajaya (13 Feb 2011); With Upin & Ipin at WP’s Family Day in Putrajaya (23 April 2011); Another day out in Putrajaya (12 Jun 2011); Little Em’s first trip to Malacca Zoo (7 Aug 2011).

Little Em tagged along Big M to school on a Saturday for the International Spelling Bee Championship in Putrajaya (13 Feb 2011); With Upin & Ipin at WP’s Family Day in Putrajaya (23 April 2011); Another day out in Putrajaya (12 Jun 2011); Little Em’s first trip to Malacca Zoo (7 Aug 2011).

Sisters in Cherating (11 Feb 2012); Sisters at home (14 Feb 2012); Sisters at a supermarket (15 Mac 2012).

Sisters in Cherating (11 Feb 2012); Sisters at home (14 Feb 2012); Sisters at a supermarket (15 Mac 2012).

A trip to PD Ostrich Showfarm (20 May 2012); After M’s performance in her school talent show (14 Jun 2012); Sisters at home when their friends F & J visited (17 Sep 2012).

A trip to PD Ostrich Showfarm (20 May 2012); After M’s performance in her school talent show (14 Jun 2012); Sisters at home when their friends F & J visited (17 Sep 2012).

CNY in Malacca (10 Feb 2013); CNY in KL (18 Feb 2013); At Strawberry Park, Cameron Highlands (4 Aug 2013)

CNY in Malacca (10 Feb 2013); CNY in KL (18 Feb 2013); At Strawberry Park, Cameron Highlands (4 Aug 2013).