Happy new year 🎈🎊🎆 everyone.

Ending my year quietly rereading this to treasure the things I love and letting go the things that don’t.

Mental clarity will come along after that.

Signing off 2017 with ultra cute pictures of Isaac and Isaiah.

I don’t know when he learned how to smile like this but it is super adorable and endearing.

I think he’s getting more handsome. Or maybe I just like this smiley face version. Just like the dad. 😍😍😘😘

Still being sweet to each other.

(Mama has eaten too many sweets, hence the double chin)

Heheheh ask him to smile again and he gives us this.

😍😍😍👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼

I know that 2018 will also go buy in a jiffy. Beep beep!!

Drink of choice to celebrate the countdown, kombucha of course!

#fermentationfun

Oh so many pictures to share!!

Isaac mighty proud of himself for fixing this 90% all by himself.

Edit: the husband just told me he did it all. 100%. Hubs only guided him here and there.

And this guy was so happy to be cleaning the please for 1/2 an hour yesterday. Took a photo and the pleased face is given.

Also wanted to remember Isaiahs dexterity at 21 month old.

He could slot in the bullets and shoot me with it. I must say he has very good fine motor skills.

That’s his Xmas Lego duplo toy.

🎆🎆🎆🎆

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Merry Christmas 🎄🎁 everyone!!!

Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas.

They were many presents received and opened this year by the boys.

Mummy and daddy did loads of last minute shopping for gifts.

And stuffed them into many stockings.

But everything is returned twofolds to the boys and it was wonderful to see them get excited about their gifts.

My mom made Christmas Eve roast where we stuffed ourselves silly.

7kg turkey, leg of lamb, fried chicken for the kids and mushroom soup.

Massive turkey that was demolish in no time.

Roast leg of lamb always steal the show.

First time my mom made strawberry pavlova and it was so good!!

But her Tiramisu is the best and it was very good this year with the cappuccino liqueur

Isaac got what he wanted. He’s obsessed with ninjago this round.

Didi Isaiah was happy this round and you could tell he loved receiving gifts and enjoying them. He looked like he really appreciates having gifts.

Unwrapping in action!

With all their loot and their cousins!

Overall it was good to spend time with both the sides of the family.

The kids really really enjoyed themselves.

I’m not sure if we could do this again next year as the husbands schedule may not permit it.

So we will enjoy this celebration 🎉 as much as we can this year!!!

We are at the in laws and he kept wanting to play with the piano.

And met up with the other cousin who was so loving and affectionate 🤗

She is 2 months older than Isaiah and is so adorable.

Isaac had a really good Christmas haul as the majority of his presents were Lego Ninjago.

With each present he opened, my face went 😕🙁☹️😣😖

All I could think of was he was going to mix it up and didis gonna swallow it.

Hahha oh well. It’s going to teach me to be chill and let him enjoy his Lego.

Eczema BEGONE!!!

A couple of days ago, we popped by a pharmacy to stock up on medications and creams for the boys.

I vaguely remembered the allergist and dietician mentioning a cream to use and asked us we have tried it.

It’s called Ceradan with Ceramide in it. We said we have not but have been wet wrapping the boys chronic eczema and seems to soften the skin but not completely make the eczema go away.

We chances upon it in the pharmacy here and bought 1 small tube to try it out.

We bought the 30gm tube and when I got back, I told our Helper to use it on Isaiah particularly his ankle which has raw wound from his constant scratching form the eczema. He also has eczema patches randomly all over his thighs, back of the knees and wrist. He has also been wet wrapping everyday to sleep and the skin with no eczema is smooth and soft and the eczema Patches are still there but not angry looking.

Today I had a look at it, and the ankle wound is healed and the eczema patch is softer looking. It’s almost clearing up!!

Omg. It’s amazing or what???

Tomorrow I’m going to try it out on Isaac. I need to take a picture of Isaacs skin on the before treatment and a few days on Ceradan to show you guys the improvement.

I did not start it on Isaac first because I just wanted to do my own unblinded controlled trial with my boys. Isaiah receiving the treatment and Isaac the control (current regimen)

Haha.

And also to head back to the pharmacy and get more Ceradan. The 30gm tube is almost finished in 2 days.

I’m also gonna hunt down the complete range to use it on them.

Our physiogel and physiogel AI + wet wrap with steroid is not cutting it for them anymore.

@justpeachy when u come back to Malaysia, stock this up!!! It’s almost a miracle with scientific formulation.

Wet Wrap

Wet wraps are bandages wrapped over emollient and/or topical steroids over hot, red, weeping eczema.

We soak the tubular bandages in hot water plus bath oil. On the boys skin when it’s flaring, we apply mometasonen over it followed by physiogel. Then the squeeze out excess water from the presoaked tubular bandage over the affected areas.

Followed by another dry tubular bandage over the wet bandage to protect the clothes and to keep them from scratching it.

We used tubifast and comes in various sizes for various parts of the body.

This is how it will look like once wrapped.

It has helped their lichenfied and leathery eczema a lot by softening it and made it less angry.

Isaac finally has some smooth skin after scratching constantly. But it’s still not enough to make it like a baby skin la.

So I’m really excited to apply he Ceradan and the wet wrap over to see if it will greatly improve his skin. I’m confident it will.

Hair Cut for everybody!

Haircut for #thing1

My hearthrob.

Haircut for #thing2 in progress.

So far so good no tears yet.

Screen time to keep them quiet.

The only time they get extended screen time.

See See the tears making an appearance here and there.

My cutie patotieeeee.

Ohh done!!!

Me? Cute?

No la no la. Hehe.

Mummy got her hair did too. Just treatment and a trim.

Can’t afford to spend an epic 9 hrs again to do my hair 🙄🙄🙄🙄

That sums up their relationship

🤩🤩🤩😘😘😘

Didi looks dam Samseng after the hair cut.

They’re obsessed with Billy.

He ain’t heavy he’s my brother.

Isaac looks so matured after the haircut.

Back home for 10 days.

Feels so good.

Going to #nuatothemax

#kthxbai

First order of business.

Ooohhh I can’t wait.

He ate 1.5 adult portion of rice.

😰😰

Pandan Gula Melaka cake, mini doughnut of salted egg and Nutella.

And coffee. Coffee please!

Wow this cake is really good. They’ve coconut flesh (dried la) in the middle. Awesome.

Wah throw back 7 years ago.

I was so wise. Need to follow my own advice.

Before I forget

At 20.5 months Isaiah can say 4 word sentences and random appropriate verbs/adjectives(?)

Like today he said “I don’t want to sleep”. Very clear.

He will also randomly go “oh my god”

And yesterday on the bus back to KL he pooped and he knew we were on the bus with no toilet facilities. He looked at me and with his 🤷🏻‍♂️🤷🏻‍♂️🤷🏻‍♂️🤷🏻‍♂️ hands like this ask “how to change?”

Ahaha I just laugh at his intellect. So cute la. So self aware too.

Both of them are so lucky.

Both scored new bikes from daddy!!!

We’ve been contemplating getting a bike sans training wheel for Isaac but the bike guy recommended us to still get the bigger bike with trainers and gradually lift up the trainers to build up confidence. Ok boss. Good idea.

Didi scored a bike cos buy 1 must buy for the other. 🙄🙄🙄🙄

Thought of taking the bike with them for a spin, but the boys had other idea.

Didi then refused to get on the bike and only wanted to walk Billy our 10 yo long Coated chihuahua. Poor old uncle kena torture.

😍😍😍

“Billy, come billy, come!”

Slave master this Isaiah.

“Mummy I want to carry billy. Faster take photo!”

I also want to sit on the swing with billy.

😎😎😎😎

🤩🤩🤩🤩

Hi iz me sucking in my stomach real bad. But iz fail.

Testing out Isaacs new bike.

Not bad la, can go very fast and easy to paddle!!

Most importantly, it took my weight!

Look at the little emperor!!! 😤😤😤😤😤

Only the grandma will do this for him!

Terrible. This is the only screen time he gets. Swiping right on instagram filter 🤣🤣🤣

And ah jia cutting his toe nails.

Isaacs Development assessment.

Let’s see how this review go.

Not your usual everyday assessment.

The entire process was in this sequence.
1) nurse took his past medical history and concerns about him
2) assistant psychologist did an assessment on him together with us. Series of guided questionnaire on APQR I believe.
3) assessment by the psychiatrist on our concerns. Noted his rigidity in his behavior, preference for color blue and spinning of car wheels and loves of vehicles.
Sensory issues to loud noises. When younger, reacted by kicking legs and squeezing open and shut hands.

Her initial conclusion is that he may have:
1) high functioning autism
2) anxiety

Now, we want to move on to really go in-depth to identify what traits of high functioning that he has. It is hard to pin point now but it may be a social inability to cope. If everything is ruled out and he doesn’t really fall under a spectrum, that would be great for him.

There is anxiety, and she agrees that Isaac needs to see a psychologist to manage it.

Gross motor skill, fine motor skill, speech and intelligence is normal development.

So her plans are to refer him to a doctor who specializes in autism spectrum, and eventually to a psychologist which may come later.

She also recommended us to attend a Sign post parenting workshop where they teach parents who are going through challenges how to manage these challenges. That's great to know as I've been looking on how to manage his anxiety issues.

She also ask us to fill in an anxiety report form for us to gauge Isaacs anxiety level.

There is another form to be filled but from the teachers side. It is more comprehensive and will help the doctors plan and individual management plan. We’ve to get it done before his next review with the autism doctor.

Background on why we brought him for an assessment

I’ve noticed for a few years now his inability to cope with new situations of freaking out and melting down.

When he was 3 during field trips he would be the only one in school who refused to follow the program because “scared”. Mentioned it before to his allergist then and he brushed it off and said it’s probably his personality. When he matures, it will probably get better.

Well, almost 3 years later, it’s still the same issue. Same freaking out at dark places, new places, same place

with different deco (like his school sports hall decorated with sports day festivities), new people in familar place, new decorations in the familiar shopping mall etc.

All will illicit a same “freak out” response.

He will clam down, shut down refuse to move. Body posture is like dragging a dog on lead that refuse to move. And if that doesn’t work, he will meltdown and cry. Like a baby.

And he’s 5.5 years old. It does not get better.

This also translate to his fear of trying new food

And with his multiple food allergies, it is even more difficult to for him to try new things.

His default order is always teriyaki chicken at ichiban boshi. Every single time. There is some patterns of repetition there.

His obsession with color blue. Spinning wheels (but I really didn’t think he was that obsess with it, but does spin quite a bit-like he will turn over the bicycle to spin the wheels when he was 2-3 yo). He has come to accept other colors but it must be colored a certain way.

Like if he is coloring a rainbow, it must follow the sequence of the rainbow color. Gets angsty if it’s out.

If he is coloring lightning mcqueen, it must be red and follow how McQueen looks like in the Cars movie. Little little things.

But he seems fine, just nuances of repetition here and there and it’s hard to notice if you’re not his mom.

Also, compared to his peers it’s very obvious he is still unable to cope with a lot of new situations.

Make-up Detox!!!

MY ENTIRE COLLECTION OF MAKE UP AND BRUSHES.

Panicking slightly.

Because more than half of it I did not buy.

Bought most the #mollycosmetics lipstick.

And the brushes from #Zoeva

And my #Chanel foundation and powder.

But the rest, almost 60% are given by my #dayrebffs

They’re very generous.

Or isit I ugly? Need more make up hahha.

But seriously. I’m panicking abit because so many make up and only 1 face.

#dayrebeauty

My minimalist heart cannot take it.

Thank you @strawbee for the 2018 Too faced eye make up palette.

And thank you @hotcakes for the cosmetic case + make up.

Is it wishful thinking to want all my make up to fit into this makeup case?

👨🏻: YES *roll eyes*

Ok one day I will work towards this goal of fitting my entire make up collection into this box.

Hahahaha *drumroll*

This can fit all of my lipstick.

Yea. ONLY LIPSTICK.

#die #help

Marie Kondo-ed Isaacs toys and books

Garrrhhh.

Isaac, we are Marie Kondo-ing your toys away.

And we categories the toys to/
1) super heroes
2) vehicles
3) playdoh
4) wooden toys.

So far 2 big XL plastic bags is filled and thrown away. 2 more XL paper bag is filled with still good toys but outgrown. I may throw away because don’t know who/where to give.

Later tonight, mummy will filter sumore his vehicle and super hero’s box. Cos cannot fit into the ikea box and be closed.

Left with toys part 1 👆🏼

Toys part 2.

This is his books. I feel like leaning it out more. Because daddy was in charge of books, not much was thrown. Less than 5 books.

And didi duplo at the bottom.

And also 3 scooters and 1 bicycle outside.

That is it. And there are unwrap toys under the Christmas tree and I shudder at the shit they’re gonna bring back from KL.

Oh side note, can’t wait to go back KL for 10 days next week!!!!

Awesome pawsome.

I really can’t wait to eat my moms Christmas roast dinner!!!!!

It’s been years since I had them roast leg of lamb, turkey and mushroom soup.

Droollll

I’m glad he went through all his toys on which to keep and which to throw.

At first he was super frustrated that there was a big mountain of toys to clear.

I kept reassuring him I will help him and that I will also clear out didis toy and he do his toys.

He kept wiping away shadows of tears/rubbing eye cos the task seem so insurmountable!

But I keep at it and help him by labeling the white ikea storage box as above and he gladly put them in slowly.

Some things he was quite brutal la.

Like the roly poly police car that had an arm broken he said to throw.

Then he kept whining abit here and there about so much toys and I said “yes, you have so much toys, aren’t you lucky you have so many?”

And he kept quiet. I also said some of the still good ones, I will donate it hoping he will give up some good toys. He didn’t, and those I manage to cull were old babies toys.

I did ask didi whether he wants them and didi said “no, don’t want!”

I ask again are you sure??? He looked at them and shook his head no.

Well, of course it’s a no because he has no interest in babies toys! He only wants to play with korkors toys. So it made it easier for him to decide.

Overall I’m glad we did some decluttering because
1) move all toys and books out of Isaacs room due to his dust mite allergy
2) Isaac can finally take stock of ALL HIS TOYS

3) I could throw some of the broken toys and some miscellaneous toys that Isaac ok-ed me to throw. No feelings of not acknowledging what he wants and blatantly discard stuff.

Win win. Although I did filter out a few repeated toys like McDonald’s Thomas the engine happy meal toy.

The rest I kept!

I hope after this he knows where all his toys belong and won’t simple chuck everything here and there.

I did not throw a single small Lego because those has a place inside his cupboard and in his room.

He is not allowed to play them outside of his room because didi will also want to play. And it’s a choking hazard.

Totally!!!

“Mummy, I want to take a selfie with you”

Of course my dear!!

Muaks!!!

He was so pleased.

At our company’s D&D.

I’m here as part of the organizing committee.

I’m actually ill and down with GE but the prizes are so awesome la!!! I want to win it.

Even door gift is already good enough.

Awesome venue.

The chill life.

Sunken cheeks and eyes from diarrhea and vomiting. 👍🏼👍🏼

Puppy paw prints 🐾

#buybuybuy

Public service announcement! #PSA

For the #dayrebeauty junkies, there’s a Kose private sale!!!

Sign says up to 70% off.

I love the black mask. Can peel black head out.

And for the alcoholics! Hard liquor on sale too!!!

#alcoholic #liquor

#buybuybuy

Hick!

My king playing with his new helmet.

We are back here for Dietician review.

I hope we don’t have to follow up much after this anymore.

Today’s measurements are:
Height: 81cm (up 2.5cm from 16 November)
Weight: 9.69kg (up 0.1kg)

Xmas came early for the Puah brothers.

Christmas tree is up 3 days ago!!!

Here they all are trying to be helpful.

Like, extremely helpful.

Because they put it up all by themselves.

In a speedy Gonzales way.

With massive help (like 90%) from daddy.

Cos mummy was chilling in the couch just taking helpful pictures.

They were so proud!

Repeat photo to show the star on top.

And cos I cannot resist both their proud face!

Didi willing to stand for pictures.

Came back from lunch and I see them playing with the laundry basket.

So fun hor.

Guess who finally has his own scooter? And helmet and elbow and knee guards!

Ahhahaha too cute.

But he hated his helmet. He kept crying to get it off.

Korkor has a new helmet and knee and elbow guards too.

But I think all the protective gears are too restrictive for them.

Didi in action!

They get to open some of their presents early.