Xi En’s 2nd birthday celebrations

Xi En turned 2 on 31st July 2011.

He’s such a big boy now. Compared to his 1st birthday celebration, he is more aware of the celebration and that it’s a fun occasion where he receives presents and sing birthday songs. Smile 

This year we did small scale family celebrations as Xi En was just discharged from the hospital 2 weeks back. We had 2 days of gathering at home and Xi En loved it! Smile 

That’s his birthday cake. He loves Mickey (calls him Mi-Mi); so we got him one such cake from Bengawan Solo. They have lovely Disney Characters cakes:

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He loved the birthday song and clapped along with it:

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Cutting the cake by himself is not a mean feat anymore! Smile 

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Loves receiving gifts and opening them (no holding back!)

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Goes “wah!!!!!” whenever he opened one gift. Expression = priceless!

Loved all the gifts from Ye Ye, Ma Ma, Gu Ma/Jiong, Gong Gong, Po Po, Xiao Jiu, MQ Jie Jie!

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He has 3 sets of Thomas & Friends now! Kids these days are so spoilt blessed…..

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The gift that interests him the most currently is this:

Universe of Imagination Dough Fun Basic Set

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Po Po, being an ex-childcare teacher, knows exactly what he will like at this stage and bought a set of play dough for him. Now Xi En is rolling, kneading and cutting everyday! Smile 

Family photos for memories:

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Once again, HAPPY 2nd BIRTHDAY Xi En! You are very loved!

May you grow up with great wisdom and good health! Smile 

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RSV Infection

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) which causes infection of the lungs and breathing passages was what got Xi En hospitalized 3 weeks back.

It is a common cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia. Apparently many kids are infected with RSV at least once by the time they are 2 years old. Those who are at higher risk are premature infants with congenital heart or chronic lung disease.

Xi En started with a normal runny nose, cough and low-grade fever. It escalated to wheezing, loss in appetite and spikes of fever after a day. The third day he was breathless and coughing non-stop with a built-up of phlegm. We rushed him to the hospital A&E in the morning and were chastened by doctor why we didn’t bring him in any earlier. Sad smile (Did we know better?)

This is the first time we didn’t need to wait to see a doctor. They came almost rushing to us! We actually didn’t realise the severity of Xi En’s condition till then.

The doctors were anxious that he was born a preemie with some lungs issue (not chronic, thank God). They wanted to monitor him and ensure his situation was stable before letting him home. We camped for 4 days 3 night at KKH in the end. It’s a different form of stayacation huh except you are forced to wake up 2-3 hourly for medication! We were glad to be “released” home anyway.

It’s always worrying for all parents (and grandparents) when the little ones fall ill.  Thank God Xi En has so far recovered from RSV infection and we pray this is the last we see of it. Smile

Muffins

I love muffins –the buttery; soft and chockfull of ingredients type.

First attempt in muffin-making this morning. I followed this recipe from Noob Cook and made 2 different flavoured muffins – blueberry and walnuts.

I always prefer to look for locally based recipes as it’s easier to round-up the ingredients. Smile

The result?

Nowhere near what Noob Cook’s photos! Mine turned out a little too dry and charred on the surface. Mum said that she liked it as she likes a little crispy/charred muffins. I think she is trying to make me feel better. haaa…

Xi En is my other loyal fan.

Eyeing the first batch of blueberry muffins:

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LOOK: Giving the walnut muffin an overview first:

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SMELL: the nose can’t lie

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EAT: went for the bite!

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Nice, baby? He finished it – so I supposed it’s alright! haaa Open-mouthed smile

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Blueberry and Walnut Muffins:

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