Friday, July 25, 2008

End of MC period

This is the 10th day of my MC, soon I'll be going back to work. For the past few days, I've spent every meal with the kids observing them of their diet and behavior... something that I seldom get a chance to do so.

And for the past few days, despite the discomfort in the body, I will still sit with them and enforce good manners and hygiene at the dinning table like washing hands before eating, saying grace with them before eating, sitting upright, don't scratch the feet while eating, don't leave the table unless they get permission to do so...

Some things just can't leave it to the domestic helper.

Ally showing me her new acquired skill of picking up food with her chopsticks.

And every morning I watch them struggle with bread and milk. The maid, out of convenience, would make similar breakfast every morning. They would take an hour to finish the meal.

This morning, inspired by LZmommy's bento and Rachel, I made breakfast... I know it its nothing compared to them, but at least it also got fruits and apple juice. ha ha. And they finished it half the usual time.

So what happened when I got bored at home? There's always the Internet... and decorate the house. The picture above is after Isabel tied a balloon around Ally trying to make her float.

But noticed the wall is painted with steps, that's what happened when I got bored. I painted the blank wall with steps from ground to the highest shelve.

That's the danger of leaving Daddy at home for too long.


Friday, July 18, 2008

And me makes 4

I'm the latest victim of the chicken pox epidemic in the family. After Ally's episode, she was all well, no other people had any symptoms.

But on the following Monday which Ally started to go back to her nursery class. Isabel started to have red spots.

On Tuesday, my maid complained of fever and showed my wife some red spots on her.

On Wednesday, I had to call in sick because of fever and red spots starting to show.

First day of my quarantine, still looking pretty...

At first there were only 3 spots on the first day, I asked the doctor: "Is this all I'm getting?" This is too easy to get through, next 10 days will be a holiday.
But the doctor without looking at me said in an unchallenged voice: "It will be worst... adult will be worst..."

True enough... this is my third day, I don't even dare to look at myself in the mirror.

The kids makes it looks so easy, Isabel still jumps around and dance to High School Musical video, Ally runs around like a monkey on steroids, both unaffected by it, while me and the maid looks like something that was dug up from the ground.

I hope the worst is over.


Sunday, July 13, 2008

Learning to ride bicycle

My baby... learning to ride on a 2 wheels bicycle...

I've always seen commercials of fathers holding on to the bicycle while his child learning to ride on it, slowly he lets go and watch the child cycle away... feeling proud...

Well... I know exactly how he felt, becos my 5 years old has just mastered the skill of riding on a 2 wheels bicycle.

This is the second day of her practice, that's how she started... with frustrations, but she didn't give up. Sometimes I'll hold the bicycle and run along with her, giving her lots of encouragement.

After about half hour, she started to be better.

By the end of the hour, she was able to ride from one end of hall to the other. The moment I saw her riding all the way, I was so filled with joy that I almost teared... I'm so happy that she did it... My baby riding a bicycle.

The third day, she is riding non-stop. But she still need a really big open space to practice where she can go round and round unobstructed.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Handy (Daddy) Manny

My 2 precious always call me "Handy Manny". Reason? I'm the handy man in the house of course.

Handy Manny, this character, comes from a Disney Playhouse TV cartoon show about a handy man name Manny,who owns a store of fix-it shop. His motto is "You break it? We fix it." His box of talking tools are his helpers when he fixes things. And basically he fixes just about anything.

And that's how my kids see me... If you ask Ally, she'll say "Daddy is Handy Manny! Daddy can fix light, fix door, fix toys, fix car, fix chair, fix cupboard, fix water tap..."
OK, truth is... I can't fix car.
My line of work doesn't require me to be doing hands-on work, but I picked up the interest in fixing things from my father. When I was young, I like to squat next to my dad to watch him fix things, learning the skill over the years, and try to fix things myself. I like to look through his tool box which always fascinates me on how the tools work.
Now, I have my own tool box, with my own fancy tools. But what I love most is being recognized by the children for the things I do for them.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Chicken Pox- Stay Away!

This is exactly happening to Ally now - CHICKEN POX!!!
Weeks ago, I was planning to bring the girls to get their chicken pox vaccination done. But before I could do it, Ally CAUGHT it.
Don't ask me where and how she caught it. Cos I really don't know....we did not come in contact with anybody whom we know might have it.
It all started when I received a call from my maid on Tuesday.
Maid: "Errrr....Mdm, Ally's stomach has 2 red red bubble......"

By the time I reach home, the 2 red red bubble had multiply to over hundreds of them, all over her body and even her scalp. I immediately brought her to see our GP and was given Aciclovia.
I requested the drug as I know it will help to reduce pain and at the same time speed up the healing process of the blisters. The treatment will be most effective if it is to be started within 24hrs upon the discovery of the first "bubble". It is a 6hrly dose (9am, 3pm, 9pm and 3am) and i have been waking up at 3am for the past few morning to feed Ally her medicine.
I must say, the effort and the money spent is worth it. Ally didn't complaint much during this period and by Day 4 (today), all her blisters has started to dry up. Praise the Lord!

Isabel has been exposed to Ally's chicken pox throughout this period of time. I'm just praying that she will not suffer much when her turn comes.