Tuesday, February 23, 2010
First is to find out if she's ready for potty training. It increases chances of success. Younger babies may be also be taught but it is likely that they will forget and they are more prone to having "accidents." If your toddler is able to dress herself, is aware that she is about to poo or pee, or that she has, then the process has a great chance for success.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
P and I watched this oscar-nominated documentary last night and it's enough to make me not want to eat meat ever again. Eeeeewww! And the chickens, they all looked so pitiful. It's amazing how technology can do so much and how profit can get people to think up of new ways to do things like McDonald's did way back then.
It's perfect for me though because it will help me with healthy eating and hopefully lose the 10 pounds that just won't let go.
Friday, February 12, 2010
When my new boss joined our division in March last year, I had difficulty adjusting to his work and management style. You see, I had worked with my old boss for so long. Ever since I joined this organization in 1998, with the exception of about 3 years in between, I had worked for him until last year. He was very laidback and easygoing and very easy to get along with. As long as you produced results, he will leave you at peace to do your work. This new boss is the complete opposite. He is on your back for updates on what you're working on all the time, however, minor. Very obessessive-compulsive.
Because I had so much difficulty with him, I tried to transfer to other departments in our organization but it was hard. Until our peak season came around from August to December. I had no choice then but to concentrate on the work and learn to get along with him.
When I did that, I began to get to know him as a person and found out that he is a kind man and actually very understanding. It's not a problem to get time off from work especially if it concerns family. And during our peak season, I was too busy to notice him.
At my performance evaluation discussion with my boss last week, imagine my surprise when he said he would give me special recommendation (that means a higher pay increase). My surprise probably showed on my face because he smiled and said, he was not happy with me at the beginning but later on he said my work during our peak season was outstanding and that I exceeded myself. Wow! I admitted to him then that I had much difficulty with him at first explaining about the difference between him and my old boss. But I said I have adjusted and am now quite happy working for him. And I am.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
A toddler learns through repetition (I read this in a book) but until they are able to understand what is happening, we need to keep a very close watch on them. Via has cut her fingers twice with the electric fan. The first time, Daddy was carrying her, he didn't see her reach out and touch the fan behind him. The second time, she just happened to touch it while walking by. I am searching for something to cover the fan with so she's safe from the blades but I haven't been successful. This is the third time she cut her fingers and the worst. She doesn't seem to remember what happened the last time. Minutes later she's at it again. Looking straight at me while putting her hand on the fan with a smile on her face. AAAAAaaarrrrghhhh! She's starting to put gray hairs on my head.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Ever since I started taking up badminton about 6 years ago, I've been lucky to have escaped the injuries that some of my playing buddies experienced. However, I did have my share. In 2007, I fractured my foot while training. I hadn't warmed up enough that time because I was late. So when I had a misstep while trying to get a round the head shot, I fell and twisted my ankle. I thought that was all but after having my foot x-rayed, it was a hairline fracture. I had to stop playing for about 2 months.
My next injury was last year, a tennis elbow. After months of inactivity due to pregnancy, I went back to playing with a vengeance after I got my doctor's clearance at my six week check up. My arm muscles weren't strong enough to take it which resulted in not only a tennis elbow but also golfer's elbow. I was told to stop playing for 2 months to rest it completely. I lasted one month and back to the court I was with my pain relieving ointments and elbow strap. Until now I still feel a slight pain there.
This last injury occurred last night. I ran and lunged to get a drop. In midrun, I felt a pop or something moved in the area of my calf. I stopped instantly and stretched it thinking it was a cramp. But then the pain didn't go away. P examined my leg when I got home and told me I most probably tore my calf muscle. He had me put ice on it and slept with my leg elevated. This morning it was still very painful and I walked with a limp. I took the afternoon off work to have my leg checked and yes, P was right. It is a torn calf muscle. Not that serious though the sports doctor told me. I should be playing within 2 weeks if I take care of it and let it heal the right way. To eliminate other problems, he did a nerve check. That was expensive! Then I had physical therapy. I'll have 5 more physical therapy sessions then the doctor will see me again. Hopefully to pronounce me well healed and ready to hit the courts again.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Today we visited Via's pediatrician, Dr. Palmero again. There was little improvement from last week even after she finished taking her med for 7 days. She lost a lot of weight. Last week she weighed 11.2kg. Now it's 10kg! The assistant took her weight twice because she couldn't believe the big weight loss. It's nothing to worry about though because the weight is still normal. She was actually a little overweight.
Dr. Palmero did the usual, checking her temperature, listening to her lungs, etc. Her lungs sounded better now and I was told that recovery is about 2 weeks. Then I told Dr. Palmero that I had runny nose myself and dry cough which I probably got from Via. She said that's probably why recovery is slow. She's exposed to my bacteria. I said, I got this from her! Doesn't matter, my colds and cough is causing her slow recovery. Dr. Palmero advised me to wear a mask so as not to shower Via with bacteria :)
I also asked about the tips of Via's fingers turning somewhat orange. Dr. Palmero asked me if she ate a lot of orange colored food. Well, she eats squash a lot. She said it's also nothing to worry about. Just that her system is unable to eliminate the residue but nothing really wrong. If I'm worried, she said to stop eating orange colored foods for a week or so.
I feel better now knowing she's on the road to recovery albeit kinda slowly. Her appetite is picking up again so I'm sure she'll regain the lost weight in no time.