At least he’s different…

AI season 10 ended with 2 country crooners finale. I’m glad Scotty won. Not that Lauren is not a good singer. In fact, she’s a better singer than Scotty but, she is what I call, ‘a dozen a dime singer’. I think a lot of people can sing as good as her. And in that genre, Scotty is a rare meat since we hardly see (or dare I say never) a young boy. As I said previously, I hope he’ll be the boy version of Taylor Swift. Well done Scotty! You’ve got the title, now show the world what you can do!!!

Btw, James’s performance proved that he don’t need the title to have fans. He’s AWESOME!!!!

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Boobiespumps review – Avent Single Electric & Medela Swing

I’ve been doing a lot of readings regarding the right or better  breast pumps in the market. Since they can be relatively expensive, the right breast pump can help save a lot of ka-ching.

I initially started with my Medela Mini Electric Pump, which was about 2 years old. I didn’t get to test its full potential since I wasn’t fully breastfeeding Ameena back then. So there it sat in my closet until now. After using it for about 2 weeks, averaging 5 pumping session a day, the motor ran down. It is not because Medela not producing good pumps but it was due to overused. The MMEP is meant for travelling and occasional pumping. So I had to buy a new pump.

The second pump is a Medela Swing. I actually love this pump. It is easy to use and very effective as well. The 2 phase expression doesn’t actually mimics the way your baby suckle but it helps to express more milk. And the softfit breastshield is also comfortable compared to the MMEP hard breastshield. And you can control the suction speed (not speed actually… The suction force?). So, if you want it to fill the bottle faster, the harder the suction would be. Sometimes it can be uncomfortable. With the pros, comes the cons. It is noisy. Especially when you need a relief at night and you do it in your bedroom with the baby in it. And if it’s not properly installed, your milk could get stuck and will flow back to the tube. And again, due to overused (I now pump 6 or 7 times daily), I feel the motor is getting a bit slow. So to save this pump, I made the RASH decision to buy a spare.

After a little research over the net, Avent seems to pop out a lot. Since it is easily obtained here, I went ahead to the local Mothercare (got a 10% discount but still it was expensive). Bought meself the Avent Single Electric Pump. At first, it was VERY difficult to use. Maybe the Medela Swing pampered me too much with the button pressings only. The Avent pump needs you to manually pump your boobies first to stimulate the milk. After 2 manual pump, you need to switch to the automatic pumping (which, is clever enough to remember your manual rythym). After your milk starts to come out, you then have to switch back to manual pumping for the second phase which is expression. So this time, you have to manually and slowly pump twice and change to automatic again and it will express your milk more. Confused? I was too. Another not so good thing for this pump is that the electric motor is heavy. It also have a lot of parts to install before we use it. But unlike the Medela Swing, it doesn’t make so much noise when you use it. And the soft massaging breastshield is way way comfortable than Medela. And I find that it is cleaner (no milk dripping from the breastshield) than Medela.

Whatever it is, I guess it’s based on preferences. I read that AMEDA breast pumps are also good but since I can’t find it here, it is best to go with something that you can easily get the spare parts around your area. And nowadays, practically everything is buyable from the net. So no problemo there… For now, my Medela Swing is benched (you are not forgotten oh yellow one!). I’m giving myself a chance to kno the Avent pump better before I decide whether I like it or not. If I could rent a huge hospital quality breast pump, it will be the best solution.

Because of 20 sen

Me: Family platter please…

Cashier: Original, spicy or mix?

Me: Mix…

Cashier: That will be RM40.05. 20 sen untuk plastik.

Me: Ada saya minta plastik?

Cashier: Errr… Jadi kakak mau bawa ni kotak saja?

Me: Kalau tu plastik free, saya bawa pakai plastik.

Cashier: Hari ni hari Sabtu kak. Plastik mau bayar 20 sen.

Me: Saya tiada minta plastik, tapi kamu suda kasi masuk itu kotak dalam plastik, and kamu minta saya bayar 20 sen?

Kesian cashier tu. Hehehehehehehe…

So I’ve stopped watching AI

As much as I love AI and Mr Tyler, I’m just bored by those overachiever contestants they have in the show. Everyone’s soooooo good and it is pretty clear that Lauren ‘might’ win the title. Let’s all vote for Haley!!!

Also, haven’t seen a lot of TVs lately. Been doing a lot of readings. Catching up on all those precious books I bought. Went book crazy last week when I bought 3 Cecilia Ahern’s novel during the Times Book Fair in KK. Finished all 3 within the week and now I have no more to read. Might need to hit the bookstore again.

KK finally rained early this morning and this afternoon. It’s a nice 29c today. Beautiful weather. But I still can’t go out without wearing my sunnies. Maybe my eyes getting a bit sensitive towards bright light. No, Cat, I am not turning into a vampire nor will I ever be in love with Edward Cullen.

Got an invitation to go for SPCAKK Fundraiser nite. Wants to go but it’s in a bar. Why la? I kno some of you will say, masuk je lah. Bukannya kau pegi nak minum-minum pun. Right… Still no lah.

The girls? Khadeeja, as some of you kno, just celebrated her 4th birthday. She now refused to be carried by me, or be called ‘baby’, or be described as ‘small’. All of those issues, she will give one answer, ‘I’m big already mommy!’. Call me super-emo but when you child tells you she/he is already too big for smothering, it bothers the person who pushes them out from her vah-jay-jay very much! Ameena is the cheekiest and most cunning. She is always up to something (and usually that ‘something’ will end with her sister crying/complaining). TomYam? Kindly refer to her photos in my FB. She is not as big as you see her in the photos but her cheeks are THAT round. Still fully breastfed and I am happy about that.

This is my first time fully breastfeeding my kid. I lost a lot of weight. But my Psoriasis is getting worse since I can’t get my allergy shot that often due to breastfeeding. So I’m all blotchy and reddish. People STARE at my face everywhere I go. Kesian… And the heatwave is not helping as well. I get redder than a boiled lobster when it gets too hot.

Watever it is, I am excited to see who gets the AI title. I’ll watch the finale… DEFINITELY.