Little boy sucks!

May 29, 2007 at 1:14 am | Posted in All about little boy | 3 Comments

Before you think that little boy has done something so exceedingly horrible that such negative language shld come about from me, don’t worry… i meant that literally. Yup, today he finally learnt how to suck! And the motivation was… Yakult! We were at my mum’s place and my sis who was off from work today decided to give him Yakult. I told her he didn’t know how to suck but she could let him practice anyway. First try was unsuccessful, but he was obviously very determined to try again. Perhaps it was also cos he had this empty Yakult bottle in his playcorner which i don’t know who gave to him, and he sometimes pretend to drink from it, so now, to have a filled Yakult bottle in front of him, he definitely wants to get a taste!

Amazingly, on the 2nd or 3rd try, i thought he seemed to be swallowing something and my sis confirmed that he was indeed drinking it. Before we knew it, half of the Yakult was gone! Hurray… he can finally suck from a straw! Not that i really know if it’s that much of a big deal, just that a lot of other kids his age seem to be able to do it, so at least he has finally mastered this little trick. Come to think of it, this only means we have another new thing that we have a reason to splurge on… cute little water bottles?

Hmm… italized the above paragraph by mistake and i don’t know how to un-italize it so nevermind. Anyway, i’m also glad that he can drink Yakult now cos i was getting very worried abt whether he is meeting his calcium requirements since he is drinking less than 8 oz of formula milk each day, which is far below the amt that kids his age shld be drinking. I really have no idea how much milk he is getting from me… sigh… this societal norm of measuring and quantifying everything can be a bonus and a boon. Before formula milk was invented, mummies just had to rely on breastmilk mostly, and then, who wld care how much the baby/toddler is drinking as long as they don’t seem hungry, right?

For those uninformed (understandable cos these type of info is prob not exactly relevant to you, just like it was for me before little boy came into my world), there is really NO WAY to measure how much breastmilk the baby gets. Some smart alecks would think about measuring the milk that gets expressed in a certain amt of time, and using that as a yardstick, but fortunately and unfortunately, there is no pump that is more efficient than a baby’s mouth, which means the baby prob gets more milk in the same time that the pump expresses the milk out… and you really don’t know how much more?

Of cos, some pple don’t get that, like my FIL who used to say that at least if we feed little boy the expressed milk, we know how much he is taking in. Mentally, i’ll be like huh? Sigh, this is definitely one of the disadvantages of society’s high emphasis on numbers and figures. We start to rely more on clocks, measuring cups, and test paper results than our intuition and natural skills. Blogging this reminds me of a show which featured this amazing Chinese chef who could make dumplings by hand right before your eyes, like one dumpling per sec, and when they measure those dumplings, every single one weighed exactly 10 g! Seriously, it’s sure ironic that the intelligence of man that brought abt the advent of machinery and technology can also lead to man’s complacency and dulling of his potential.

Ah well, i digress again! Anyway, i was quite frustrated this morning that little boy refused to take more than 2 oz of his milk + brown rice cereal. Didn’t make things better that i have been comparing little boy to images of other toddlers his age who were so much chubbier, with fat little cheeks and thick squishy thighs, that everytime i look at little boy, all i can see are his scrawny arms, lean thighs, flat cheeks. Ok, i sound like i’m sizing up a chicken or something, and it’s really bad for me to think this way cos little boy may sense it one way or another and he might have a poor body image in the future. Who knows right? Kids are incredibly perceptive, and i hate to be one of those mums whose own warped ideas about how one’s weight and figure shld be end up making their kids feel bad abt their body.

BUT, i really can’t help it, at least for now. I know little boy is healthy and so intelligent, and i am thankful for it, but it’s worrying for me that his weight seems to be creeping along the 9+ kg scale, and most kids his age are prob past 10 kg by now. Maybe i shld find more mums with underweight kids to chat with so i don’t feel so bad! Furthermore, these days little boy seem to be more wobbly on his feet and keep falling down, and then the paranoid side of me (is there a non-paranoid side of me too? I wonder…) wld think that he’s prob malnourished to the extent that he is not even walking properly anymore.

Seriously, after the very unsuccessful breakfast today, i was so depressed that i was kinda in my own world and cld hardly respond to either little boy or Mr Gua Gua. I kept thinking what foods cld i get for little boy to have a higher calcium intake, and how could i make his meals more appealing for him. I tried surfing ard during his nap and well, i got reminded by some articles that kids won’t starve themselves and they don’t grow much after their first year. Whether or not those writers are just trying to console desperate parents out there, i did get consoled, so thank you.

I also went to Vivomall while little boy was at my mum’s house to get some calcium rich foods for him. Got broccoli and sweet potato (yup, i didn’t know sweet potato even had calcium at all till my internet research today) and this xiaomantou lookalike which has spinach powder in it…looked real healthy! Also got beet which little boy hasn’t tasted before. I like unseasoned steamed beet which is naturally sweet, so hopefully little boy wld take to it… and not get turned off by the porridge which wld prob be dyed red! Got potato and avocado too, which i haven’t given to little boy for some time – these are primarily to fatten little boy up, haha! Was thinking of buying some interesting oils, like avocado oil or walnut oil, to add flavour and also healthy fats…but it seemed a bit too much of a risk, cos they were expensive, so i gave it a miss in the end. These were all organic stuff, and it came up to $40… sigh… but if little boy wld eat them, then it’s definitely worth evey single cent.

Actually i was a bit surprised that some articles i came across even recommended limiting the milk intake, and even cutting it down to only 2 glasses a day. Purpose is to encourage the kid to eat more of his meals, cos milk can be filling, and too much can lead to iron deficiency. Don’t know if the angmoh perspective is just different, but anyway, i’m just gonna try to introduce calcium into little boy’s diet thru other ways aside from milk. Now that little boy can drink Yakult via the straw, that wld be another food to add to the list!

Well, at least little boy ate a lot for lunch and dinner today, so it definitely doesn’t seem like he’s starving himself. Guess i just need to think up of new breakfast foods to whet his appetite…. how about a milo dinosaur banana milkshake with rainbow sprinkles? Hehehe….sounds good huh? The gd thing abt making truly delicious food for little boy is that even if he doesn’t like it (apparently, some kids enjoy rejecting food, no matter how it tastes, just to get a reaction out of the adult… i have very little doubt that this cld be the case for little boy too!), i can finish it up myself. 🙂



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  1. Old people say eat chicken feet to have stronger feet. hehe.

  2. Hey hey, so the delicious looking drink does work! Well done, lil boy.

  3. Yikes..chicken feet gross me out… can feed frog legs or not? But then Mr Gua Gua wld kill me…

    KH: Hee, thanks! Yr boy is doing well too… he’s such a bright chap. Hopefully our boys wld get the chance to play together one day!

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