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难兄难弟

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难兄难弟

小宝宝竟然会讲义气,没想过吧?是啊,幼儿院校长是这么说的没错。怎么会呢?两岁半的小孩连牙都还没长齐,怎么会讲义气呢?更何况他们天天都吵架打 闹,不是为了抢玩具,就是为了争宠,很难想象他们会肝胆相照啊。可是,就是这么一回事。这回,大哥还咬伤了幼儿院的小朋友。但我不仅不生气,反而还觉得窝 心,对方妈妈也没怪罪他的意思。

事故发生时,大伙儿正在玩积木。同班的卢卡斯因为嫉妒二哥把积木叠得又高又稳,自己的却平平倒塌,便用积木块狠狠地往二哥的后脑勺敲过去。说时慢,那时快,这一幕被一旁的大哥看到了,气得他一把抓住卢卡斯的手咬下去。

虽然我不在场,但可想而知,当时一定是哭声四起。好在幼儿院阿姨们都经验丰富,不一会儿功夫便解决了小朋友们的纠纷,便教导他们拥抱道歉,事后大家又嘻嘻哈哈地玩成一团,好似没事一样。

奶奶听闻后,高兴地称赞大哥体现奋不顾身的行为,说这难能可贵的兄弟情是与生俱来的,还叫爸爸要多多向他学习。也许是三胞胎的缘故,虽然他们天天打 架,但若有任何一位出了状况,如生病了没一同上学,他们便会哭闹不休,拼命喊对方的名字。我们这才:“哟,感情这么好啊!平时怎么看不出来?”所以我们家这对宝贝,还真的是名副其实的难兄难弟啊!

It's the end of school term and some of the preschool classmates are graduating, so the school organize a summer BBQ and the kids have so much fun dancing, eating, and of course playing.

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看电视

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看电视

对于让小孩看电视会变笨的说法,我们家可是情非得以。自宝宝们对电视感到好奇以来,当他们吵起来时,我们就会扭开电视,引开他们的注意力。爸爸起初 很紧张,因为有专家指出让小孩在两岁前看电视会提高得注意力缺陷多动障碍(ADHD)的机率。但宝宝们实在是太吵闹了,所以我们也迫不得已。夏天哥哥一家 来访,侄儿侄女们因平时看电视的时间被限制,所以特爱我家“看电视自由”的权力,回国时还依依不舍,不肯走呢!

很庆幸的,如今宝贝们两岁半了,也没得什么多动障碍症或变笨。相反的,因为现今的幼儿节目都富有教育素质,他们还通过了益智卡通学会了数字、英文字 母、颜色、形状、等等。想当年我小时候,第五与八波道就只有芝麻街、嘀嗒车,等几部益智节目,哪像如今还有专为宝宝而设的育幼台。一扭开,便是数不尽的益 智卡通与教育节目,真是太幸福了。所以80年代的小孩通常到了五岁才会ABC,若与今日的小孩比起来,就太差劲了。

而现今的儿童,在掌握科技方面,也相当惊人。不久前我的宝贝们就学会了使用iPad平板电脑,爱到youtube看卡通。奶奶见状,便买了类似 iPad的儿童平板玩具电脑LeapPad给他们。这对高科技三胞胎,晚饭后便电脑在手,观看他们喜欢的卡通片。天啊,他们还不到三岁啊!

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牛奶万岁

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牛奶万岁

“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!

原来不同国家,在育儿饮食方面还有不同的见解。那就入乡随俗吧,我们便渐渐让宝宝们改喝鲜奶。好在鲜奶非常普及也不贵,1加仑才3美元,或1公升才1新元,比狮城的鲜奶便宜多了,怪不得人人喝鲜奶啦。

如今宝贝们已 28个月大,还是喜欢喝鲜奶。睡前一瓶鲜奶,担保一夜好眠,牛奶万岁万岁万万岁!

Sleepy 18mth triplets snuggle around mummy for their milk time, hugging her legs and fell asleep.

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爸爸起床

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爸爸起床

爸爸最爱赖床,一到周末要带宝宝出门,早上明明醒来了,就是不愿起来,总爱说“多睡五分钟”。过了许久,还是躺在床上,一而再,再而三地叫他,他还是那句 “五分钟”。等到我与家婆忙里忙外,喂宝宝们吃过了早餐,换好了尿布与衣服,穿好了鞋袜,梳好了头发,打点好了一切,他才慢条斯理地从楼上走下,说“有什么需要帮忙吗?” 这种含糊敷衍热心助人的精神与爱赖床的性格像极了三岁小孩,真是让人又好气又好笑。
最近,我发现一个很管用的方法,那就是请宝宝们叫爸爸起床。三个小不点对这项任务可认真呢,一会儿大声叫喊,一会儿用力拍打,一会儿在床上翻滚弹跳,毫不 留情。上周末,不论孩子们怎么闹,爸爸还是不起床,懒懒地躺在被窝里查看手机资讯。这时,总爱不按牌理出牌的老大,就是不罢休,猛地跳上床,朝爸爸的脸上喷口水,这可把爸爸“叫”醒了,哈哈!宝宝们见爸爸终于起床了,好不开心,大声欢呼,热情拥抱,爸爸也不生气,反而还呵呵大笑。
若你家也有个爱赖床的睡虫,同时也有淘气的小孩,与其把自己累坏,不妨试用这个方法。被吵醒的大人即不会生气,还会觉得好笑。小孩呢,又能训练他们培养永不放弃的精神,又能增进亲子关系,真是一举两得呀!

Kids jumped on the bed and waking daddy from his dream, haha! http://WinnieTriplets.com

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狗急跳墙

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狗急跳墙

夜深人静,你正准备入眠,隔壁突然传来阵阵婴儿哭声。当你赶到婴儿卧房时,赫然发现有很多婴儿同时大哭!你大喊救命,但是没人应你,因为家人都出门了!这种叫天天不应,叫地地不灵的恐怖情景,简直就像是一场噩梦。

老公白天上班,我与家婆便照顾宝宝。但是若家婆上超市,或我有事外出,刚刚形容的情况便极有可能发生。要先抱哪一个呢?是饿了要喝奶,还是尿湿了?于是,一手喂宝宝A,一手喂宝宝B,一脚还要摇晃宝宝C的婴儿摇椅。用“狗急跳墙”来形容,还不足为过呢。

更何况宝宝们出生时都不足月,抵抗力弱,小女的黄疸症状又迟迟不退,所以我们三天两头便往医院诊所跑。我妈、亲戚、与家婆的朋友有时会来帮忙,但是还是忙不过来。数个月后,我们不得不请个女佣,这才轻松一点,偶尔还可出门散散心。

很多人以为照顾三胞胎即省时又省力,辛苦一次,不需从头再来。更有朋友羡慕不已,也想生三胞胎。但个中的辛苦不是两倍或三倍那么简单啊!每天换无数次尿布,奶瓶洗了又洗,这个喂好了,那个又饿了。要不是我们把换尿布与喂奶的次数都记录在大白板上,还真是会摆乌龙。

谢天谢地,忙忙碌碌辗转过了两年,宝宝们都长大上育幼院了。若你给我一百万要我从头再来,我才不要咧!

Having triplets is challenging but it's also triple the FUN!! We LOL almost everyday by watching them, from being the partners in crime (escaping with their walkers), to playing together! Watch till the end for their hilarious laughter at the silliest thing :P FOLLOW US!

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打架鱼

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打架鱼

我家三宝是名副其实的打架鱼,一 玩起来少不了打打闹闹。有一晚,为了抢新玩具而大喊大叫,害得好心的邻居艾玛老奶奶吓得猛敲我家大门,还以为出了什么事。门一开,好奇的宝宝们一同跑到门前说"嗨",这才让她放下心来。

其实,幼童在成长过程中,打架是常有的事。尤其是有超过一个孩子的家庭,每天吵闹不在话下。而双胞胎与三胞胎更糟糕,由于都属同龄,不能用懂事兄长让弟妹的管教方式,所以同样的玩具或衣服通常要买三套,不然就会争个你死我活。

那,孩童争吵,大人是否要干涉呢?育幼院有位妈妈就曾因为帮孩子出头而得罪了另一位妈妈。就这样,孩子们之间的斗气竟演变成大人们的纷争。往往,当 你正为孩子被欺负而殴气时,几分钟前还在打架的两个小家伙又开始嘻嘻哈哈玩在一块,真是让人又好气又好笑。象我家三个小淘气,越打感情就越好。所以我通常 会在教了他们什么是对错后,让他们自己解决纠纷。

还记得有一次在美国的室内游乐场,有位小男生被欺负了,哭着找妈妈诉苦,但那位洋妈妈却说:"这是你的事,你自己解决吧!"跟着,便鼓励他象欺负他 的小朋友理论。我那时刚到美国,还是头一回目睹这种管教方式,真是看傻了眼。所以打架并不是件坏事,能从打闹中学习成长,那才是最重要的。

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我的天

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我的天

是啊,就是这么一回事。
当多数的新手爸妈带宝宝上街,都受到陌生路人对宝宝的微笑赞许时,我们却频频听到“我的天啊”。起初还真是不习惯,我的宝宝又不是怪胎,为何人们的反应那么激烈。以下是我们听过最夸张的十大评语:
--(惊讶)“我的天啊!”
--(迟疑)“我的视线是不是模糊了?怎么看成三个?”
--(指指点点)路人乙:“照顾三个不知道会不会辛苦?”路人甲回答说:“废话,一个已经辛苦了,三个当然辛苦啦!”
--(苦恼)诊所的护士:“以后别带他们一起来好吗?”
--(安慰)“加油,明天会更好。”
--(夸张朝拜手势)“女神,你真厉害!佩服佩服!”
--(恍然大悟)“这真是名符其实的龙龙凤胎啊!”
--(好奇)“这是自然的吗?是遗传的吗?”
--(喜悲参半)“祝你好运。”
--(沾沾自喜)“哇!我活了六十多年都没碰过三胞胎,今天能碰到真幸运,等一下一定要去买马票!”
好在我们已练就金钢不坏之身,总以微笑应对。毕竟有谁喜欢出门被别人指指点点或自己的宝宝是别人茶余饭后的八卦话题,更别说是买马票的灵感来源啦。最夸张的是,还有路人会要求一起拍照。现在,我们终于明白公众人物或明星们出门时的苦恼了,真是“伤脑筋哦”!

We always met twin mom during outings, especially at the playground. Beside the standard mutual consolation and encouragement with a wish of "good luck", this is what we will usually chat.

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Self Feeding

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Self Feeding

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.

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Bathing Premature Baby

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Bathing Premature Baby

Premature babies are so fragile and delicate, especially with the sight of their reddish pink skin tone and tiny fingers and toes, so when should you start to tub bath your preemie? Our set of triplet preemies never cry during bath time and they enjoy it a lot. Read on for the tips on Happy Bath Time for Preemies!

For full term delivered baby, the standard practice is to start after their belly button heals or the umbilical cord stump falls off. Till then, sponge bath baby everyday (Singapore context). We started on the 3 week after birth, or 1 week after the umbilical cord stump falls off. We make sure that they’re comfortable with sponge bath at a fixed timing per day (preferably before their “bed time”, around 7-8pm) before we progress to tub bath. For a step by step guide on sponge bath, watch the video below.

Our babies never cry during tub bath as we use a *special method and suitable bath tub. Beside changing outfits and comb, here are the basic 5 items you need for a happy bath time:

WASH CLOTH

WASH CLOTH

TOWEL

TOWEL

BABY HAIR AND BODY WASH

BABY HAIR AND BODY WASH

BATH TUB WITH UPLIFTING FABRIC OR SPONGE SUPPORT

BATH TUB WITH UPLIFTING FABRIC OR SPONGE SUPPORT

*SPECIAL METHOD ITEM: DIAPER CLOTH

*SPECIAL METHOD ITEM: DIAPER CLOTH

TIMING

While most articles advise to proceed with bathing slowly with slow encouraging praises, alas preemies are very sensitive to change of environmental factors, such as temperature, water etc. So we prefer to do it gently and promptly… so fast, each baby took us barely 5 min. You can always increase the bath time and add in rubber ducky when babies are bigger (can sit up during bath) or more accustomed to bathing.

LOCATION

We prefer to bath in the bathroom by placing the bath tub on the floor and both of us sit by the side on small stools. Since it’s gonna get wet, where else will be a better place than the bath room? And to prevent accident from happening (drop of baby), placing the bath tub on the floor is the safest.

FREQUENCY

For the initial 3 months, we practice tub bath every alternate day, while for the days in between, with sponge bath.


STEPS

  • Pour 1 inch of warm water into the tub, test the water with your hand and make sure it’s not too hot nor cold.
  • Promptly unwrap the baby on a flat soft surface (e.g. in the cot or on the diaper changing top), telling the baby you’re gonna give him/her a bath.
  • Wrap the baby from the neck to toe with *diaper cloth (special method!), this will help the baby to feel secure and not distress when naked and placed into the water.
  • Place the baby gently on the fabric/sponge support in the bath tub, and with the angle of this support, thefeet will naturally touch the water first (still wrapped), thus accustomed the baby to water.
  • Start by wiping the face with damp cloth.
  • Wet the hair and massage gently in circular motion with baby wash (a drop or coin size). Be careful not to wet his/her face too much (especially eyes).
  • Wipe off the baby wash with the wash cloth.
  • Wet baby’s body (still wrapped) and gently unwrapped. Apply baby wash and cleanse gently from neck down, especially along the folds. Finish off with the diaper area.
  • Wipe off the baby wash with the wash cloth from neck down and lastly the diaper area.
  • Place the towel on your chest, bend near the bath tub and lay baby gently on your chest, with the diaper cloth wrap left in the water. Quickly wrap the baby up with this towel and move the baby to the outfit changing station (e.g. in the cot or on the diaper changing top).
  • Lay the baby on the changing station. Wipe dry with the same wrapping towel before changing into outfit. Remember to wipe the hair dry.You may apply moisturizing lotion if baby has dry skin, otherwise it is not necessary.
  • While dressing the baby, always keep the undress area covered (e.g. when you’re dressing the top, keep the bottom covered).
  • Lastly, give baby a nice combed hair…AND YOU ARE DONE, LESS THAN 5 MIN.

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