The triplets love baking and so here we are again, trying to bake something, haha! How about cupcakes? Hmm... while the kids "fight" to do the mini tasks, cracking the eggs, mixing the flour, squeezing the dough, decorating with sprinkles, mummy is busy laughing and guiding them along the way.
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Are your kids picky eaters? Mine are extremely picky! So making meal time interesting is a daily task and I'm almost at my wits end, help!!!
And then... I heard that involving them in the cooking process will help. Really? So I tried and viola! It works! Start from something easy, like waffles. I placed their toddler table in the kitchen and dressed them up in their painting coats, they were so excited and proud of their final creation. It's fun for me too, watching them decorating their own waffles. Hmm... maybe they will participate in Junior Masterchef someday, hahahaha!
Oh man, they love love love berries... strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, black berries, all things berries. Reminds me of Arlo from the Good Dinosaur, who will go crazy for berries, LOL.
我妈不久前回国后，主厨的重担便落在我身上。一生忙于学业事业的我，从没想过有一天得“进得了厨房，出得了厅堂”。从前在家靠妈妈，生儿育女后便靠家婆与 女佣，但移居海外后，没了女佣，妈妈和家婆又得回国，我只好扛起这任务。放眼看周遭的美国妈妈们，即没有女佣又没有帮手，还是可以把工作与家庭照料得好， 所以人不到窘境还真的不知道自己有多大能耐，原来职业妇女天天准备三菜一汤是办得到的。怎么做呢？在此分享我的小秘诀。
偶尔老公还会点菜呢，如上周他便说想吃新加坡式鱼圆肉脞面干。但在美国，哪这么容易买得到这在新加坡街头巷尾都吃得到的面啊？别说买啦，要自己烹煮都难。 幸好这里的亚洲超市还能买得到主要的材料如“面薄”、新加坡鱼圆与鱼饼、黑醋等。没有猪油就用蒜头油，没有甜酱就用番茄酱。老公品尝后还说蛮像的，谢天谢 地没让他失望。如今我们一家最欢聚的时刻便是晚餐。上菜啦！今天晚餐吃什么呢？
“怎么办？我已经找了好几间超市都找不到一岁以上的婴儿奶粉！猫狗宠物产品还比婴儿产品多咧！”老公气急败坏地在电话的另一端嚷嚷着。那时老公为了 举家搬迁来美国，先到洛杉矶安顿好一切。除了安排房屋、购买家具、办证件外，最重要的就是搜索宝宝们的主食 – 婴儿奶粉。但是无论他怎么找都找不到一岁以上的婴儿奶粉，急得我们不知如何是好。后来，我们不得不把十多罐奶粉挤进行李箱，还安排跨国搬运公司运了好几箱 奶粉过来。
刚来时，宝宝们大，虽然已经开始进食，但还十分依赖奶粉。没想到美国与新加坡的做法大为不同，竟然不主张一岁以上的婴儿喝奶粉。郑阿姐不是提倡幼儿 喝奶粉吗？我从前在婴儿奶粉公司上班时，还时常安排营养师到社区分享幼儿奶粉的好处，而我五岁的侄儿还在喝奶粉咧！那为何美国的儿科医师竟用一种很奇怪的 眼神看着我，好似在想“你是怎么当妈的？”，并责备我说一岁以上的宝宝该从三餐里摄取营养，若要喝奶，也该喝鲜奶啊！
How do you get playful and wild toddlers to feed on their own? Mission impossible right? But you got to start somewhere somehow. You are not gonna feed them forever!
By the time they know how to sit and grab, strap them onto high chair with tray, give them a bowl of yummy dish and let them "play". It will be a huge mess, but let it be. Whenever you're gonna give up after months of bending over to pick up the mess on the floor, just remember what Elsa said "Let it go", LOL. It's part of growing up, just bear with it.
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Phil 4:13 NIV
Once they are used to "mealtime on high chair", they won't resist as much when they are strapped on high chairs in the restaurants. Sure, they still make a mess, but lessen the stress of catching running toddlers, having them sitting through out the entire meal is such a relief. And soon... by around 3yo, they will be upgraded to boosters and then by 4yo, viola, your house will be high chair and booster free. I can't remember how we "survive" the entire "self feeding ordeal", but reclaiming a standard ordinary looking dining table set is so sweet and all the past is just a fuzzy memory, LOL.