Archive for February, 2008

The Commercialization of Iman

Every weekend we take Iman out to eat, and let her choose where she wants to go. Her choices range from picnics in the park, to pancakes, and then sometimes, junk food. Although I’m not fanatic about healthy eating, I do make sure my children are getting a balanced diet. So occasionally, when she asks for fried chicken or a burger, I let get indulge.

Today we were at the mall. After running some errands we landed at the food court. I gave Iman the liberty to choose dinner. So she looked around, kind of weighing out her options. Then she said… I’ll have KFC. Ummm… no wait, McDonalds”.

When I asked her why, she replied… “They have a new Hello Kitty toy.”

Welcome to the world of comercialization. It’s no longer about the food, but instead all about the selling gimics.

February 29, 2008 at 8:06 pm 2 comments

Some arguments we wish they’d never win…

Believe it or not, something quite similar to this happened with Iman and a friend at school…

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February 26, 2008 at 9:19 pm 10 comments

Different Strokes for Different Folks

Parenting Ayzah has been so much more relaxing then I expected. There’s just so much familiarityin everything, that I feel like I’ve been doing this all my life. But it’s really amusing for me when Ayzah buds out of the norm and does something that’s just “her“.

For the most part, I’ve been re-doing everything I did with Iman. Same songs, same games, same routine and same foods introduced at fairly the same time. So today, I made Ayzah dinner, something that Iman reallyloved. In fact, Iman rarely ate well, but she would always finish a bowl of this goop. It’s simple, boil a potato, mash it, mix it with yogurt, some chicken stock and a pinch of pepper and some cheese. Simple, but really yummy (Omair and I would have to fight for the leftovers). When I made the goop today, it tasted as good as it did before, but when I gave it to Ayzah, well…

First she scrunched up her face, I naturally assumed it’s the yogurt, you have to take to it. But then by the third and fourth bite it was getting pretty clear that this wasn’t Ayzah’s thing. Now the entire time, I kept talking to her, telling her that this was Iman’s favorite food. But no, Ayzah was adamant that she wasn’t going to eat this. She was gagging on every bite, until we got to the fifth, where she just threw up! Ok, so she made her point.

As I was clearing up, Iman walked into the kitchen and asked me…

What’s Ayzah eating?” (I showed her the bowl) and she said…

Can I have a bite?” (so I gave her a spoon full) and she said…

This is really yum, can I just have this for dinner?”

Ha! Well I guess some things can’t be loved and on the other hand, some things never change!

February 24, 2008 at 9:19 pm 4 comments

Hahahahhaaa… SO TRUE!

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All credit goes to Babycenter.com for adding humor to our lives every week 🙂

February 22, 2008 at 8:21 pm 2 comments

Taking the Blame

Why is it that moms ALWAYS want to blame themselves for all the wrong or bad things that happen with their kids. Whether it’s a skipped meal or a scraped knee. An overlooked medical condition, or the “extra” attention you could have given. It could be a tummy ache or a headache. An urgent need to go to the bathroom or a diaper rash…

Virtually anything can alter from its norm, and as a mom, we tend to jump right into the dirt to find our own mistake…

Maybe she didn’t like the food I had made, I should have given her something else. I knew we were going to the park, I should have put her in long pants to she wouldn’t have hurt herself from falling. I wasn’t paying attention, this was so obvious I should have caught it a long time ago. I shouldn’t have talked to my friend on the phone for 20 minutes, I could have spent that time playing with the kids. What did I feed her? Was it something bad? Did I let her play in the sun too long? Why didn’t I take her before we left the house? I should have changed that diaper sooner!

Really… for all the hard work that we do, we need to stop blaming ourselves every time something goes wrong.

February 20, 2008 at 10:27 am 7 comments

Tight Spot

Iman: Mommy I love you.

Me: Awww thanks sweetie, I love you too!

Iman: Mommy you know you’re my best mommy.

Me: That’s good to hear, I’m glad that I’m your best mommy.

Iman: But you know you’re also the best in the whole world.

Me: Thanks baby, you’re such a super girl, and all super kids have super duper moms.

Iman: Mommy I really love you… also you’re my most favorite mom. Am I your most favorite daughter?

Me: Erm… aaah… hmmm… uhhh… You’re my most favorite big daughter!

February 18, 2008 at 9:38 pm 4 comments

The Babycenter Groupie that I am…

Every now and again I’ll start a conversation with Omair saying… “Babycenter says…”

Babycenter has been like a guiding light for us. Since my pregnancy with Iman we’ve been registered with them and reading up every step of the way. Living away from family has denied us the opportunity to have someone prepare us for what lies ahead. But I’ve never felt lost or confused. In fact, if anything, I feel more prepared and more aware. Having the unending support and advice from the experts has given us valuable insight on this magnanimous project of child raising.

After working really really hard, we’ve managed to sleep train Ayzah. But although the rule says that she needs to sleep on her own through the night without feedings, we’ve come to realize that our little one needs to be fed twice. Once at 11:30 and once at 5:30. With that done, she’s sleeping on her own through the night, because we’re giving her the bottle before she wakes up crying for it.

Me: Babycenter says that this is the best time for Ayzah to give up her bottle and switch to a sippy cup.

Omair: So how are we going to give her milk?

Me: Through her sippy cup. She’ll learn.

Omair: When she’s awake that’s fine, but what about her night feedings, she can’t manage the sippy cup while sleeping. What does Babycenter say about that?

Me: Well, actually they say that kids should be off night feedings by now. So technically we shouldn’t even be giving her the bottle in the night. We should have taught her to sleep on her own without it.

Omair: Babycenter should have its own kids or they should come and raise ours.

February 17, 2008 at 10:00 pm 2 comments

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