Saturday, November 9, 2013

Kimba's Essential Guide to Overseas Travel with a Toddler (Bali)

I am so excited. We are off to Bali tomorrow! This trip has been planned months ago, and I have been counting down the many hundred days leading up to this. I am turning 30 in December, and instead of having a big party I opted for a lovely holiday. We will be staying in a 5-bedroom private villa. So blessed that we get to share this holiday with some of our closest friends and my parents will also be joining us from Malaysia! That would mean my parents are around to help babysit Micah while I relax and chill... very much needed especially before the arrival of our 2nd bub in March. Also looking forward to some adult only, child-free nights in Bali... I am so excited!!!

I have decided to write a blog post because leading up to this trip I also had a long list of things To Do and To Pack. There are a lot of things to consider before a trip like this, especially when you have toddler. So here's a checklist of a few things to keep in mind... for my own personal future reference as well as yours if you are about to go on a similar trip with your family!

  • Accommodation booked and confirmed
  • Flights booked and confirmed
  • Passports are up to date with at least 6 months validity from when you arrive at destination
  • Portable cot
  • Bedding for cot
  • Items for bedtime routine (in Micah's case sippy cup for his milk, his childrens' Bible for bedtime story, his favorite blanket)
  • Baby monitor
  • Travel stroller
  • Nappies
  • Nappy Bags
  • Large plastic bags e.g. Kitchen Tidy bags for disposal of bulk nappies as well as to pack anything wet / could leak on the way home.
  • Swimmer nappies
  • Baby wipes
  • Swimwear
  • Sufficient clothing
  • Underwear
  • Footwear
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Snacks
  • Outdoor toys - beach ball, frisbee, etc.
  • Hats
  • Basic toiletries eg toothbrush, toothpaste, shaver, deodorant & facewash (others are provided by hotel)
  • Meds - Panadol, Baby Panadol, Gastro meds, Travel sickness meds, Painkillers, Antihistamines, Insect bite meds, Nappy Rash Cream, etc.
  • Phone & tablet chargers
  • Power adaptors to suit power plugs at destination country
  • Luggage locks to lock your suitcases
  • An extra bag that folds flat for extra stuff if planning to shop
THINGS TO PACK (Carry On - Small Bag)
  • Passports
  • Itineraries
  • Camera
  • Phone
  • Wallet / Purse
  • Your Keys + Keys to Luggage Locks
  • Money
  • Basic makeup for freshening up
  • Panadol and Travel Sickness Meds
THINGS TO PACK (Carry On - Kids Bag)
  • A few nappies
  • Baby wipes
  • Nappy bags
  • Toys
  • Books
  • Tablet with movies to keep little one occupied
  • Headphones
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks - biscuits, lollipops, etc.
  • Change of clothes 
  • If planning to use your credit card, please inform your bank that you will be overseas so your card doesn't get blocked!
  • Do not use roaming - it is too expensive. Do research on local phone carriers with prepaid options with data if you need to stay connected, if not, switch off your phone and relax!
  • Make sure some of your activities which needs to be pre-booked are booked.
  • Depending on where you're going, find out if it's best to exchange your money in Australia or when you get there. In Bali's case we get better rates in Indonesia so we are exchanging our currencies only when we get there.
  • Make sure all is in place with your accommodation and transport, in our case, we have communicated all special requests to our villa and pre-booked our arrival meals and let them know our flight details and contact names for pick up at the airport.
  • You can also choose to hire baby cot, stroller, high chairs etc so you don't have to worry about bringing those items. 
  • Car rental arrangements if applicable.
  • Airport parking arrangements if applicable.
  • Duty free shopping list :p
  • Spend some time making sure your house is clean and tidy. You don't want to come home to a messy house!
Note that some things not on my list MAY be on your list e.g. baby carrier (we don't carry Micah, he is much too heavy!), bottles, formula, etc... depending on how old your baby / toddler is.

My list may seem pretty lengthy... okay maybe it is... but really we are travelling quite light! 1 x large luggage bag fits both hubby and mine's clothing (mostly because we are travelling to a tropical country so clothes are thin and light) and 1 x small luggage bag to fit all of Micah's stuff. 1 carry on, and 1 camera bag which serves as my handbag. Portacot and stroller will be checked in and those baby items are NOT included in the total luggage allocation, they are like bonus freebie weight so we don't have to worry about exceeding our weight limit.

I hope I haven't forgotten anything.....

Thursday, September 5, 2013

A New Beginning... Take Two, lol

Many of you would know by now that Enoch and I are expecting our second child :) We are due on the 14th of March 2014 (this is the new revised due date after today's 12-week scan). I am currently 12 weeks and 3 days pregnant!

It feels so good that I can now openly write about my pregnancy, having passed the 12-weeks "danger zone". It was quite annoying though, the first trimester is actually when I needed to be able to vent the most! I haven't had the best past few months to be honest, I have been so fatigued especially at night and I had terrible nausea and gagging, again especially at night. At some stage I was just feeling sick all day long without any relief. I even vomited a few times! Very unpleasant...

Hopefully now that I am past this first trimester, the symptoms would start to ease up... it is starting to get better some days already, although some days it would suddenly come back and make me feel sick all over again. Just have to tough it out I guess.

Enoch and I are over the moon, we are truly blessed and it never ceases to amaze us this gift of life growing in my body. I love going to ultrasounds, I love seeing my baby, and then I come home to my big baby Micah and I just want to give him a thousand kisses and hugs to let him know how much I love him.

So, I haven't blogged on here much at all. I think I might just start again. We'll see :)

Friday, May 31, 2013

Micah at 18 Months

Micah and I went out for a BIG walk today, we started at a friend's house then crossed the road to the walking path pass the lake, along the path, cross a main road, cross a bridge and then along another path when Micah started getting restless so I let him out for a walk. He enjoyed walking around and tired himself out so much, eventually he got very grumpy and fell asleep in the pram on our walk back.

We even saw a couple of horses during our walk so I got Micah to go up to them as it was his first time seeing a horse up close! 

Micah will be officially 18 months old next week, so I really should start listing down his development milestones just as a record on here. So here goes....
  • SLEEPING - I am so pleased with his new sleep routine. For the past 3-4 weeks now, his routine has been Dinner at 6pm, Bath at 6.45pm, Read a Bible Story at 7.15pm and Bedtime at 7.30pm. Basically tuck him in, wide awake, lights off, no screaming no crying, no need for music, just him talking to himself, even saying "Bye Bye" and "Night Night" as we leave his room and close the door! And within a few minutes he will be asleep. Notice how there is NO breastfeeding involved? So happy! He is officially weaned off his night feeds which means Enoch can do bedtime anytime I need him to, hehe. Just makes the bedtime routine seem a lot shorter for me, less tiring, and frees me up to do other things. Micah is no longer fully dependant on me to go to sleep, yay! He generally sleeps through the night except for two nights ago, he has been a little bit unwell, but he is generally good and sleeps all the way until anywhere between 6am - 7am. Whenever he sleeps past 7am I do a little happy dance..... lol. He generally only has one nap during the day now about 1.5 - 3 hours.
  • EATING - Micah is obviously a great eater and eats everything, and recently he has been showing off his skills at feeding himself with a spoon. So proud of him :-)
  • PLAYING - he walks and runs everywhere, very interactive. He now knows how to climb up play equipment, and go down a slide all by himself. A true toddler! He absolutely LOVES looking at pictures in books - always going up to our book shelves and getting books out and just sitting there flipping through the pages, until we come over and read something to him.
  • TALKING - he still doesn't say a lot of words clearly, mostly a whole lot of jibberish no one understands... but a few words we do understand are "Bye Bye" "Night Night" (as he waves) "Knock Knock" (and he does the knocking action) "Mama" "Dada" "Nana" (short for Banana) "What's This" "Shoes" "No" (new word I don't like this new word!) "Juice" and noise words such as "Uh Oh" (whenever he drops something) and "Vroom Vroom" whenever he plays with his cars.
Obviously some of the above does not apply whenever we are out and about during the day or out for dinner, etc - and there is only so much "routine" we can stick to some days, especially if he is grumpy and upset over something. Like this week he has been a lot crankier and whingy than usual, and it could be his teeth (soooo many teeth!) or because he has a snotty nose or because he sometimes gets an upset stomach before doing a massive poo, but you know, life goes on and we just deal with whatever comes along. I need to go now, totally lost my train of thoughts so ending my post rather abruptly here. Haha. Bye!

Oh! Immunisation and 18 Month Health Appointment next week so hopefully another blog post then.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I Should Be in Bed Sleeping But Instead I Write This Post

Gee time flies. It seems like yesterday I celebrated my first Mother's Day, Micah sat on the table with us for the first time in his high chair, and hubby cooked me breakfast. This year, hubby built me a taller backdrop frame so I can finally have the photo studio I have always wanted.

The process of setting up my studio got slightly delayed as the day after Mother's Day I got sick and felt totally run down. It was truly bad timing. I had to cancel photo shoots and hubby was away for work so I didn't have any help... but I soldiered on. TV was a lifesaver. Micah and I were both sick, so we welcomed the opportunity to just snuggle up and watch TV for most of the day. It was actually quite nice to cancel all our social activities, chores and work, and just focus on each other and well, sleeping and resting. 

After two and a half days, I can say I feel almost normal. I'd like to think I fought it and stopped it from getting worse just in time! Although I really should be in bed by now, not sure what I'm doing writing this blog post... oh well, might as well continue and finish up.

Anywayyy... what I wanted to say was, I used the backdrop Enoch built for me as a partition to create a little studio corner in the dining area. The dining table has been shrunk (previous extended) and made room for my studio. Then, I had this problem of this ugly wall right next to the backdrop... 

I immediately wanted a wallpaper. I acted so fast on it too, lol. I looked up wallpapers online and got an idea of how much it costs. Then I Googled where to find wallpapers in Berwick - and who would've thought the local paint shop might have them! I went to the paint shop, chatted to a church friend who works there, and woohoo they had HEAPS of wallpapers to choose from! Most of them you had to order in, but I was so fortunate they had some in stock that were leftovers from previous construction jobs. I even scored the pattern I had my eye on while I was browsing eBay... clouds!!

So I got home from the paint shop, put Micah down for his afternoon nap, and very quickly got to work on my wallpaper. It took me just over an hour, and just as I was finishing up and tidying up, Micah woke up. Good timing! The problem was, I didn't do a very good job. There are lines on my wallpaper but at least the ugly wall is now hidden and the wallpaper now creates a cosy feel to my studio corner. My studio is now complete. I can fix the wallpaper later. I am happy enough and look forward to my three photo shoots scheduled for this week :)

Whilst Micah has been accommodating my photo shoot requests most of the time, this morning he just didn't feel like posing and made it clear to me that he wasn't interested by grabbing a book off the shelves and started reading... hhmmmppphhh... still very cute :-)

I am so blessed that my photography venture has really taken off and I am getting a steady stream of enquiries and bookings, and I even booked my first event photography gig for early June! I am so lucky that I am able to do this - earn some income from home - and still be able to spend time with Micah. It is definitely not easy, sometimes Micah can be quite demanding, and sometimes I really fall behind with the chores which actually makes hubby quite unhappy... so I need to learn how to create a better balance and be more organised and get more things done and still get enough rest so it all doesn't get too overwhelmingly difficult or too tiring.

Other than that, I love my life!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

My Experience with Various Sleeping No-Nos for Babies...

Sometimes it is very important to remember that EVERY BABY IS DIFFERENT. Therefore, don't ever let anyone tell you that what you're doing with your baby is wrong. You just have to do what works best for you! To identify what works best for you, yes you will try different things and then your parental instincts take over.. and you do what makes your baby happy. Books and guidelines are great as a start, but at the end of the day, all babies are different so you listen to your gut, not your health nurse or grandparents or bossy friends etc.

I wanted to share MY experience today because I realise a lot of parents out there probably struggle with the same issues I struggled with during Micah's first year as a baby. He wasn't the best at sleeping, and I totally envied all my friends who got it right from an early beginning, and I did a lot of things that "statistics" have claimed will cause a lot of problems when Micah is older. Well, Micah is older now, so I can reflect back on what I did and how it has affected him today.

Disclaimer: The following are just examples based on my personal experience and by no means guarantee that it will have the same results with other babies.

Sleeping No-No #1: Do Not Let Your Baby Sleep in the Bouncer because He Will Just Get Used to the Bouncing / Rocking and will have trouble Sleeping in his Cot When He Is Older...

When Micah was younger, he really struggled to fall asleep in his cot. As soon as I lie him down flat, he would scream and scream without giving up. The only way to really calm him down and get him to have most of his naps during the day and even some at night was to rock him or bounce him, and there's only so much rocking you can do yourself without feeling like your arm is about to fall off so he fell asleep on the bouncer quite a lot when he was younger.

This probably went on for a couple of months... so I would say between 1 month old - 3 months old and then he got over it and started sleeping really well in his cot because we then moved on to the NEXT sleeping No-No...

Sleeping No-No #2: Do not give your baby the DUMMY because it will become a Sleep Association and he will always expect a dummy and without it he won't be able to fall asleep and it will be difficult to wean him off the dummy....

Micah's "Dummy Stage" was very short lived. It was really handy to be able to use the dummy and keep him happy while we were out and about, especially while we were doing the Alpha Course at church, because it was night time and 3 hours and we needed him to sleep. He was about 3-4 months then, I think. Then we used the dummy to help him sleep at night. Yes, he went through a stage when he would wake up in the middle of the night because he has lost his dummy and we had to give it back to him.. but this whole thing only went on for again, a couple of months at most, because eventually he has figured out an easier, more convenient way of sucking something to sleep....

........ and that was his fingers! It was brilliant for a while, I'm only sad it didn't last as long as I wanted to, because eventually he forgot how to find his fingers and struggled to fall asleep again... lol.

But you see, we didn't have to do anything to wean him off the dummy... he weaned all by himself!

Sleeping No-No #3: Feeding to Sleep. This will cause big problems when he is older and can't fall asleep without his mummy's boobies. Huge sleep association thing.

This one is a huge one for me.. so I should take my time in writing this and make sure I describe it as it is. How shall I describe it... hhmmm... well, first of all, it is EXHAUSTING to always be feeding him whenever I need him to sleep. It takes forever during the day that I wasn't able to do much else, and it disrupts my sleep at night because it meant my husband couldn't get up and help me resettle Micah back to sleep when he wakes.

On a positive note, I truly enjoyed all those cuddle times and those moments when I could watch him calm down immediately from a distressed cry and just how breastfeeding truly comforts him and I love watching him drift away to sleepyland and get all "drugged up" that even when I sit him up to burp he would stay asleep. I love those moments!!

I actually continued doing that for the longest time... even when he turned one, I was still feeding him to sleep. It was also how we survived two 8-hour plane flights to Malaysia, I was feeding him to sleep on my lap in the plane!

I actually thought it would be impossible for him to fall asleep without my boobies... and that I have dug myself a hole for sure....

The past month has proved me wrong! We have had to leave Micah with a babysitter for a full day while we attended a funeral in Sydney, and Micah went to sleep during the day without me, no problem. He went to bed at night at 7pm without me, no problem. Hubby has had to tuck him in to bed without me, no problem! He is quite happy to be read a story, tucked in to bed, say goodnight, leave him, and he will just look around for a little bit and then fall asleep without crying! We use the music on the baby monitor a lot to resettle him at night, and we find sometimes we don't even need to use the music to put him to sleep!

My little boy is all grown up now, and has weaned himself off all the Sleeping No-Nos we have used to get by... yes, we could've tried to wean him off all those habits a lot sooner, after all he is 17 months now, but I didn't see the need to rush it. I do enjoy those cuddle times. I like feeling needed. Now, I feel a little bit sad that bedtime routines won't take that long anymore! I do like the fact that I am now free... he is not weaned off breastfeeding completely, but I can make plans every once in a while that won't affect Micah and his sleep. I can go off and do some food blog projects at night, and hubby will be fine to get him to bed. Hubby and I can go and have a short getaway just the two of us now, and Micah will be fine with a babysitter.

We have just that little bit of freedom now... freedom other parents would've experienced much sooner because they never did any of the above No-Nos...

But you know what, I wouldn't trade those nights of feeding my boy to sleep with ANY dinner parties or movies or going on a holiday without Micah.

I wouldn't trade using the bouncer or dummy to settle him to sleep with listening to him cry and scream and be distressed.

I wouldn't have done anything different. Micah only started sleeping in his own room at 7 months. Only started sleeping through the night at 9 months. He is still breastfeeding 3 times a day, although if we had to go away or if we're out and about all day he is perfectly fine without breastmilk for the whole day. We know that, so why should I stop breastfeeding him when I know it's good for him? He's not 2 years old yet, and by the time he is 2 I will stop. Or hopefully I get pregnant again and I just naturally stop or move on to next baby anyway.

Sooooo... I thought I'd just share. It all worked out fine, and looking back I really DID get a lot of helpful advice from people and I have to admit sometimes I felt a little bit depressed and stressed over what people tell me what to do or not to do. I would just like to remind you, if you're reading this, to take into consideration what people tell you, but do not let them decide what you do. Do what works best for you and your family, and listen to your gut. Babies are actually a lot more flexible than you think, and whatever "habit" you create today can be turned around next week if you really want to. I just went with the flow... and it works for us. May not work for other people, they might have different needs and therefore have to stick to very strict routines and never go off those routines because that's what works best for them.

My little man has grown up to be a happy toddler, a friendly boy, he has gone out to dinner with us many times, gone out to roadtrips and overseas holidays and weekend getaways, and has had his "routine" changed every day, every week, every month depending on what comes along and he is doing great. I am so thankful and so blessed that it all just... worked itself out :-)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Almost 17 Months: Balancing Work and Play

Wow it has been a month since my last update! Been so busy, as usual, and I am thankful for the busy-ness and the business! My photography gig has really taken off as I continue to book more and more photo shoots, so grateful to everyone who has shown their support and got photos done through me, and then told all their friends about me!

We've also just come back from a short weekend away  at Phillip Island with a few friends. It was good to go away, a change of scenery. Micah loves being around other people and he loves the beach and water and visiting new places and going out to dinner, etc. I think he really enjoyed the chocolate factory tour, he may be too young to remember anything, but some of the activities involved just pressing a button to activate something, so Micah could participate. It was great.

I've also started planning a holiday for November 2013. I've decided instead of a big party for my 30th birthday in December, I'd rather spend that money and go on a holiday... so we are going to BALI! We have booked a private luxurious villa and got a few friends together and got my parents to come along too so they can help babysit Micah, hehe. My parents were more than happy to come along, it is a holiday for them too, and flying to Bali is really cheap from Malaysia, and they get to see their one and only grandson! All win-win there :-) I can't wait already! Originally I wanted to go on a cruise but decided that Bali would be a lot cheaper and we'll have so much more comfort in that massive villa for half the price compared to a cramped room on a ship. Plus, I love the Balinese culture and the food so I know I will enjoy sight seeing there and eating authentic Indo food! Most importantly, this is our last chance to fly Micah for FREE, before he turns 2 in December and actually have to pay full fare to travel by plane.

Mother's Day is coming up! My 2nd Mother's Day.. oh how time flies! I love my little family more and more each day and not a day goes by without me thanking God for all of His blessings.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Almost 16 Months: What's New

Well, let's see. We bought a trampoline last weekend off a lady who was selling it on a Casey Mums Buy/Swap/Sell Facebook Group, we paid $250 for it and it was only 3 months old so I think we got a pretty good deal! The trampoline is in perfect condition, like new, and it is huge! Took up half of our backyard. Micah loves it, the kids who come to visit love it, the adults who are below 100kg and allowed to jump on the trampoline love it too. We all love it! Best thing we bought so far this year. Makes Micah really happy because he loves being outdoors and he loves to bounce. Makes it easy for me to hang the washing on the line, because the trampoline is like an outdoor enclosed playpen lol.

We had a bunch of good friends come over on Good Friday and we did our version of the traditional Fish and Chips - we did Ikan Bakar (Malaysian Grilled Fish) and Sticky Roasted Potatoes instead with some chicken wings and stirfry noodles on the side. It was awesome!!

Micah has also recently learnt to eat all by himself. I used to only give him a few chunks at a time instead of the whole plate because he didn't know how to pace himself and tends to shove everything into his mouth all at once, he has now realised that he was a bit too keen and now knows how to pace himself.. so I can give him a plate full of food and he will eat at his own pace! He has also learnt how to feed himself using a spoon, and yes it can still get a bit messy but it is so much better now to eat with him now that he is more independant, I can sit and enjoy my meal whilst he happily feeds himself!

And finally, I hope everyone has had a good Easter break. The 4-day long weekend has come and gone too quickly. Actually, it was only a 3-day long weekend for hubby as he had to work today (Monday) but at least he gets to take the Friday after ANZAC Day late April so we can have a 4-day weekend. We are going away to Phillip Island that weekend too so I'm looking forward to that.

Hubby has also given me permission to look up holiday options just for the two of us (it has been a while since we went away just the two of us! To be exact, it has been over 2 years and would've been 3 years by the time we go away end of this year!) for my 30th birthday and our 6th wedding anniversary in December. It was either a party or a holiday, and I really don't care about a party... I just want a holiday with my husband! Micah will have to stay behind probably with grandparents. I will miss Micah of course, but a few days away from him won't be too bad. So I'm looking at short cruises within Australia or possibly Queensland, or even spa country in VIC. We shall see.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Micah at 15 Months

I'm not sure who's still reading my blog out there, as I have not been updating this blog at all lately hehe! Been really busy, and even now as I'm writing this, I am stressing over a blog post that's due on Monday (Sponsored Post that I am getting paid for.. so it's considered "work") but ehh.. I feel like posting some Micah photos for the moment, so I might make this a quick one.. but we all know that even a "quick" blog post can end up pretty lengthy when I'm in the mood to write, and boy am I in the mood despite the fact that I desperately want and need to go to bed, but I still have so much work to do... and I know I won't have much time to do it tomorrow. 

My mum is going back to Malaysia tomorrow night after being here with us in Melbourne for a whole month. Gee, a whole month flies!! I am going to miss her so much, she has been a tremendous help. I have had the luxury to sleep in almost every morning, I have not had to feed Micah his Weetbix for breakfast in 2 months thanks to my mum!!! She has also done ALL my laundry.. I haven't had to do laundry in 2 months!! (We were in Malaysia for a month, and she was here in Melbourne for a month, which makes my total lazy time 2 months!!)

Micah is being his usual happy self. He is becoming so clever by the day. He is starting to actually do what we tell him to do, like he really understands every word we're saying. He has been quite a parrot, sometimes copying what we say, which is very cute!! He has learnt to blow kisses, and he is very affectionate and loves to give hugs and kisses. He learnt to spin, kick in the bath, run, jump, he does high fives (some of these he has learnt to do after he turned 12 months, not just recently) and he is saying more and more words every day. He has really started to enjoy books being read to him, previously he didn't show too much interest and got restless too quickly, now he actually sits still and lets me read to him. 

He has been acting like a great big brother to his younger friends. He has had a few playdates with younger babies and I just love watching him interact with them, so loving and sometimes bossy!

He spent a morning with his cousin Esther who is 9 months older.. also love watching him play with older kids, he learns so much from them and looks up to older kids especially boys!

I took him to the local swimming pool on a hot day, and he absolutely loved it!

Earlier this week, we spent 2 nights at Loch Sport with my mum and my mother in law just as a little getaway and it was great! Micah really enjoyed splashing in the lake and at the beach. He also had fun chasing the seagulls while we were out for dinner at the local bistro!

And finally, today hubby took Micah to get his haircut and they both got crew cuts and they both look so handsome! I am so proud of my little man and so happy with my little family... :)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Home Sweet Home...

We've been back in Melbourne for almost a week now. Our journey back home went smoother than I thought it would, although it was still very challenging and quite exhausting. I'm so thankful my mum travelled back to Melbourne with us. Couldn't have done it without her.

So we left Kuching at 5.30pm last Thursday, arrived in KL at around 7.00pm, went to pick up our luggage and then queued up to check-in for our flight to Melbourne. Had dinner at McDonald's (the airport was very warm, too busy and quite muggy so we were sweaty and uncomfortable) and then waited for our flight. Micah was being very hyper, a little bit out of control, but thankfully we had his travel pram and while we were eating we managed to keep him busy with toys while he sat on the high chair. Finally, our flight departed at 10.30pm from KL and we arrived in Melbourne at 9.20am Melbourne time. Throughout the 8-hour flight, Micah probably managed to sleep for about 5 hours, and was awake the rest of time, whingy and wriggly and wouldn't sit still. Thankfully we had the front section seats so he had a bit of room to stand up and walk a few steps and play with a few toys on the floor when the Fasten Your Seatbelts sign wasn't on. Still, when he was awake on the plane, it was full on. We didn't get much rest at all, but it could've been so much worse... at least he slept.

When we arrived back in Melbourne, we went through luggage pick up and customs very quickly, thanks to Micah's whinging we were pretty much ushered to the front of the line for our sake as well as others. As soon as we passed customs, Micah fell asleep on his pram, didn't even get to see his excited face when hubby met with us at the arrival terminal, stayed asleep even as we transferred him from his pram to his carseat.. and slept all the way home. Yepp, he was so tired and fully knocked out he slept the entire hour and half from the airport to our home in Berwick! When he finally woke up and saw his dad, he was so excited and happy.

Hubby kindly took Micah to his sister's place for a play with his cousins while mum and I had naps at home that day.

From that point onwards, we pretty much took it fairly easy. We completely cleaned out our fridge and stocked up on new food supplies. It was fun grocery shopping for new things! We went to a few social gatherings and caught up with some friends. Did some more shopping and mum's been tirelessly doing our laundry. It's like she does a few loads each day! She is a housechores machine!

And then came the sickness.... it all started late Monday / early Tuesday when Micah and I both pretty much started having "sexy croaky voices". At first I thought we were just dehydrated from the travel so we just stayed home and had lots of water and rest, etc.

The next day, Micah woke up at 5.30am crying like a seal. Poor kid could barely cry properly! That was when we decided to take him to the 24-hour clinic to check it out. This was 6am. The doctor told us we both had a virus that's been going around, and prescribed Micah some medicine to help clear his airway to make sure it doesn't get too narrow for him to breathe, and told me to just stay hydrated and get plenty of rest. Doctor also said if Micah is not better by tomorrow, or if he develops a fever, take him to the hospital.

Next day (Thursday), Micah's voice got a lot better but I got worse, so I stayed in bed most of the day as Micah happily played with my mum. I literally only got up to eat, go to the toilet, drink and breastfeed Micah just before his naps. By 4pm I was so bored from staying in bed that I got in the shower, took some Panadol and decided to just go out and DO SOMETHING. We went to Fountain Gate and picked up some things we forgot to get while grocery shopping, and even that was enough to make me feel like I didn't completely waste a day....

And then by 7pm just as I was putting Micah to sleep (he was sleeping early because he missed an afternoon nap) I started to notice Micah had a temperature. I put him to bed anyway, hoping a sleep would make the temp go away. At around 8.15pm he woke up, so I knew something was wrong. He not only woke up because he had a pooey nappy, but he was boiling hot. So hot. I gave him some Baby Panadol and then took his temperature. 38.4C. It was hot, but probably not hot enough to go to the hospital... yet.

He stayed up and cuddled for a bit, waiting for the Baby Panadol to take its effect. He was getting hotter and more miserable. Took his temp again.... 39.4C!!! So we packed all his stuff and took him straight to the Emergency Dept at Casey Hospital.

To cut the story short, we didn't come back from the hospital until after midnight. Micah's fever eventually came down and we were allowed to go home. He is going to be fine, just have to give him Panadol every 4 hours for at least the next 24 hours to keep his temp down. Lots of fluid, plenty of rest. 

It was Micah's first time at the hospital ever since he was born, and all mothers can relate when I say it wasn't a fun experience. I knew he was going to be fine, but I didn't like seeing him tired and miserable like that. It was very difficult to get him back to sleep when we got home from the hospital. He played for a bit, and then finally we all went to bed at 2am...

Micah woke up this morning at 8am. His temp is a lot better, thank goodness. Doctor said to keep giving Panadol though, even without the fever, so he's due for another dose in half an hour at lunch time.

I'm feeling a bit better today too, thank goodness. Was feeling so sick of being sick. Sick of feeling useless and wasting days doing nothing. I have a list of things I want to do, people I want to see, and it's hard when you're sick because you don't have the energy to do it or you can't because you don't want to spread your germs.

Anyway, our trip to Malaysia was great. So many wonderful memories, especially Micah's memories that he won't even remember, but at least I have many, many photos to show him when he is older :)