Friday, October 8, 2010

Happy 3rd Birthday Alfred

Dear Alfred,

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to Alfred,
Happy Birthday to you...

Mommy & Daddy wish you Happy 3rd Birthday!! Wow, you are 3 year old now and you're already mommy & daddy big boy. You always hold a very important place in our heart and it will last forever. We're so sad and we're sorry that we not able to celebrate your birthday with you this year but we promise we'll celebrate a little bit later when daddy come back from China end of this month. I'll bet grandma should have bought you a cake and I hope you'll like it. Mommy and daddy love you & miss you so much.

Lotsa love from,
Daddy & Mommy

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Before and After

Alfred had his tongue tie operation done last week. Well, so far we didn’t see any improvement on Alfred speech or vocal. Doc said his vocal sound had been fixed since he is few months old when he is learning to interact with the first sound. We know it hard to change his pronunciation of word and it need some time or maybe a speech therapy might be needed later. Here, I posted a few photo of him before and after the operation.

Alfred showing his tongue. His tongue couldn't reach out of his lip

Being examing by nurse

Any fever before operation?

After changed to his operation suit

On the run..

A photo with mommy

Doc checked on Alfred

After operation, Alfred complaint, Mommy, my hand hurts!!

Still able to pose for mommy in sad face

2 hours after operation, he look happier
Showing mommy pancake and love..
Guess who is lining up the chair?

Finally, his tongue is over the lips

I posted this on facebook but I would like to also elaborate here about what had happen to Alfred’s operation bills. The day when I was discharge from the hospital, I was shocked to see the total bill amount RM4000. On last Saturday, Alfred follow up session with the surgeon, I highlighted Alfred medical bill are highly charged coz as doc mentioned earlier, the operation only needed about RM 2000. I wonder what the surgery supplies charges that cost me over RM2000 for a 10 minutes surgery. I confronted doc and to his surprised, he immediately confirm that there is something wrong with the bill. Doc wanted me to put up a complaint letter on this matter so that he could follow up this case for me. And I did. On Tuesday, upon submitting the complaint letter, doc personally brings me to Operation & Management Manager. I was promise to be given answer on the same day. After investigation done, it is proven that the admission clerk had done an error on keying in the wrong charge code which makes the surgical supplies come up to RM2000. The actual surgical supplies charges are only RM1.92 and another RM90 is added to the medical supplies charges. Overall, the bill reduces from RM4000 to RM2000. The next day, the account manager and OM assistant manager came to my office with a bouquet of flower and fruit for an apology and sending me the new bill. So, never hesitated to ask about your medical bill when you find a nuisance charges is made to the bill.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Not a single tear

I feel that Alfred had grown up so much after he becomes a big bro. He was a champ last Saturday when he had his check up with the paediatric doc because he didn’t even shed a single tears when the doc was about to check him up. Overall, he is good except for his flu due to the enlarge adenoid. He was suggested to have his adenoid removed by our ENT doc after an x-ray was done but was not recommended by our peadiatric doc. Pead doc said the surgery is needed if only Alfred frequently having fever and heavy disruption in sleeping like stop breathing or sleep apnea. He commented that Alfred is still too young for adenoid surgery. Maybe when he reach approximately 4 to 5 year old, when the adenoid enlarging is still occur, then surgery might be needed. He recommended that Alfred flu can be control with medicine and nasal spray. We try out the nasal spray and we see improvement in him. He got less flu and had a better sleep if he had his nasal spray before he sleep or when he had a nose block. If the surgery could be avoided, it would be better.

Picture taken 2 weeks ago. YUCK!! A big balloon from his nose

However, Alfred couldn’t escape from surgery either. Alfred will have ankyloglossia operation tomorrow. Ankyloglossia, commonly known as tongue tie. It is affecting his speech which we discover lately when he is learning to speak. The surgeons, Dr Lee doesn’t guarantee it would change his vocal after the surgery because the operation should be done from birth till 6 months. We didn’t know that his heart-shaped tongue is one of the obvious symptoms. Anyway, we hope it would help to improve his articulation and speech after the surgery. The healing may take approximately few days after the surgery is done. It will involve half a day stay at hospital. Please pray for Alfred for fast recovery.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

3 weeks..

I have no time for my own, no time for surfing, no time for blogging and I look terrible. All the time I had is just entertaining Alfred and Chloe. Chinese New Year is just around the corner and I will be busier soon. I manage to done some shopping for my family clothing for CNY earlier and I need more shopping later for the house. I just realize being a fulltime mom is really challenging. I really have to learn to manage my time and learn lots of parenting skills. Managing Alfred is no kidding. I can see all type character and cranky attitude he is showing up. Sometime those smirking face really annoy me but sometime those faces is too funny making hard to angry at him. I’m glad to be home and watch Alfred and Chloe growing up. Today, I manage to come up with 3 posts.

Destini, finally I have time to put up Chloe post about her sleeping style.

A Stretchable Body???

You could see how stretchable Alfred body can be when he is getting down from the chair. Climbing up and down is the most favorite activity for Alfred now. This video is his 2nd attempt on climbing the chair. I asked him to show me for the 2nd time. Alfred showed me this...

ENT Checkup

Alfred had his ENT checkup last week. Well, the result was not that good. Doc said his adenoid size is rather big. Alfred needs to be monitor for another 10 days. He was given flu medicine, Adezio and Oxy-nase, paediatric nasal spray to control his flu. Doc recommended that an operation might be needed when he reach 3 years old to remove his adenoids if his condition does not better. I’m afraid Alfred has speaking problem coz he can’t pronounce words properly. Doc said his tongue is short. He will need a small operation later and can be done together with the adenoids surgery. We will get back to ENT next week. Chloe had her checkup on the same day too. She is now weight 4.4kg and length 54cm. Her growing is up to par to the baby chart.

The way she sleeps...

I just love it. Her sleeping style looks exactly like Alfred. She cross her leg at only 2 weeks old, Alfred too likes to cross his legs when he sleeps. She doesn’t like to be wrapped up like a cocoon, she likes to get her hand free and move whenever she like. When I put her on a pillow, within a few minutes, her head will slide down getting off the pillow, just like Alfred. When she feels cool, she knows to cover her face with her hands. When Alfred was a baby, he is easier to take care but with Chloe, she’s a little bit cranky. I have problem with her sleeping pattern. Chloe treat her day like night and night like day. She slept quietly during day but at night, she awake almost the whole night. For the past first 2 weeks, I have been lack of sleep and tired. It’s had been better lately. I manage changed her sleeping time back to normal. What I did was just close all the light in the room and leave on a very dim light at night. Now, I could have more rest time during night. Hope this will last longer.