Potty Training -Mummy Experience

Sunday, April 17, 2016 1 Comments A+ a-

Potty Training - That is the most difficult and stressful moment in our motherhood journey. All have been asking when is the right time to start potty training for your baby? for your toddler? Just one answer. The kids are going to tell you when they ready.

From my eldest girl experience, we are very new parents and learn from mum in law and my mum. They said we should practise putting them to potty even before they are 1 year old. We try few times and sometime she will sit there and once a while she just poo on to her diapers. It seems like not easy to ask her to poo all the time at the potty and keep telling her all the time. We bought few types of potty seats to let her sit on the toilet bowl but also failed. We shouted at her and caning her to let her sit on the toilet seats and poo. She cry and cry..pity girl..but there goes the first experience of failed potty training. She was 2 years old by then. We give up on the caning method which does not work at all! And regretted we behave such way of making her so upset and scared.

So I read some articles and getting some advise from friends and family members we decide to take things slowly and during weekends we did not go out. I make use of the 3 days in a row - Saturday, Sunday and the next day is Public Holiday. We start to train her slowly, talking to her that it's the time to say Shi Shi and faster take the potty or tell mummy and I will rush to take for her. Not really smooth at first. Then we try again another week doing the same thing, letting her know she need to tell us when to Shi Shi and Poo poo..So on that week, we did not let her wear diapers and keep reminding her to take potty when she need it. Sometime when they playing around, they tend to forget. She wet her pants and the whole floor is wet.She cry and scare. I comfort her saying Its ok girl..but next time you need to go and faster take the potty. After that incident, she never ever wet her pants again..I am so proud of her!! She can finally go to her potty herself and know when she want to shi shi. Sometime she do wet her bed. But i think only 2-3 times. It was a successful potty training at the age of 2 years old and 8 months.

Now let's see the difference between my eldest girl and my second girl. We also start to train her early and this round we try few rounds of asking her to go toilet and potty. Also remind her to tell us when she poo and need to take the potty ( we called it Tam Tung ( in chinese)!. But all members in the family are so stressful and angry when she can't even tell when she poo and just leave in the diapers for so long and become dry..Sigh..everybody are shaking their head because we all can't stand it, she is too stubborn to just let us know and she still can sit there playing her toys. My eldest girl are very particular on cleanliness. Probably that's why when she first wet her pants, she feels it and afraid of dirt.

So we start telling my second girl no need to wear diapers and I do try stand by the potty to let her poo anytime. Once, I thought I have successfully train her when she manage to shi shi on the potty at the age of 2 plus then failed again. So i am telling myself this is going to be challenging moment and not as easy as her sister. Need alot of patience to train this girl.She poo on her pants and even fall down on the floor and she play with her hands!!!OMG!!! there goes my madness..my fingers is stink! She wet her bed, wet the floor and everywhere in the house. Cannot take it anymore, hubby said just let her wear back her pampers..Arrghhh..failure. We scolded her, yelling at her angrily, keep questioning her why can't she tell us earlier when she poo? and yes all very disappointed and feel so hard to train this girl to go proper potty training!

We try again when she reach 3 years old and ask her to wear underwear. She seems happy with it and keep telling us she like it and no need to wear diapers. Again! she wet her pants and not knowing she want to pee when she keep playing her toys or watching tv. I guess she not ready and not sure how to control her bladder. Being patience to her,  not scolding her and caning her, I try to tell her again and again, reminding her to tell  us when she feels like going to shi shi or poo.

Recently, she had a bad rashes and keep telling me she in pain. So i talk to her to stop wearing diapers and let's see if still pain and remind her to tell when she want to shishi or poo. And she must faster go and take her potty and sit by herself. After few days, she get used to it. Fast speed and she managed to take her own potty and let us know that she is done! It was the happiest moment ever for all of us. A little achievement so far that she finally can control her bladder and her crazy poo. Now it's time to let her train during night bedtime without diapers and another challenge awaits me to train my youngest son.

In a conclusion, you can never force your kids to go potty training. They will ready by themselves and you can see it! Never be a pushy mummy and just be patience and encourage them to go potty. The myth of believing that when your eldest potty training is easy, the second one will be harder. I do think it is so true. Another same experience is we have a difficult time during my eldest girl to let her sleep at night because she has been crying all the time during night time. Make us stay awake between 12 midnight to 3 am or 3am to 5am to make her sleep but failed. And we go down to living room to make her sleep inside the sarong cradle and sit there miserably. Tired and sleepy. By the time she sleep at 5am, already morning time and I am watching television at 4am to keep myself awake to rock her to sleep. Continuous until she reach 5 months old. When it comes to second baby girl, we have a very good night sleep because she sleep through the night when she is just 2 months old. Feeling great and so different from the eldest girl. So this is what I call. One easy and another is difficult to handle. God is fair and you will know it when you have the same experience as mine.

Sharing this at this hour and I am smiling - this was the best Birthday Gift to me. She has grown up and next month will be her birthday going to 4 years old..Of course thankful I have a very strict and patience mum in law to help me for potty training.

*Please don't do comparison between siblings because they are different.
*Please don't compare to your friends, relatives or colleagues and feels bad or failure. Some are lucky to have their kids potty training successful at early age. But not all are same. I always believe things happen for a reason. Just enjoy every moment with your kids feeling ups and downs..Motherhood journey is a way more to learn and practice.

Short Weekend Stay with my Family @ Pullman Bangsar Kuala Lumpur

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 0 Comments A+ a-

We enjoy our stay at Pullman Bangsar last Saturday and it was a great start ahead of the year to bring my kids to chill out and have fun staying outside and bring them a short tour around KL. I have make early booking to redeem my free stay voucher that I received from the lucky draw event last year and the reservation agent by the name Jayne Law is very helpful in replying my email and give me a prompt response regards to my concern and request. I redeem a deluxe room that comes with a king sized bed ( non smoking room) and given a complimentary baby cot for my son.

I do have concern if they allow 2 adults + 3 kids inside. But anyway my kids are young kids age below 6, so we can share the bed (hopefully mummy will not fall down the bed). One nite before I pack our luggage and it seems a lot to bring even just for a night stay. Bring the kids blanket and small bedsheet as well and the snacks that they love to eat. With this hot weather, I also bring along medicine (flu, cough and fever) – just in case. Moreover, both my girl and son also still have dry cough and flu. So hubby said no swimming session for them. But I still bring their swimming suit.

We reached early to Pullman Bangsar just 20 minutes drive from our house. Managed to find a good parking lot and for every in house guest the parking is free of charge. Just verify your room number at the concierge area to get the complimentary free parking.  Each time you want to go out, just tell them the room number and show them the parking ticket. They will validate for you. The hotel lobby is spacious and looks inviting. The staff greet us with a big smile and welcoming us. The check in was fast and we can check in at 1pm (I also request for early check in), upon availability they will provide. Free WIFI in the room with high speed and the lobby place as well. The kids are excited jumping up and down looking for room no 0611. Poor hubby have to carry the heavy luggage..but he already get used to it. Lol!!!

The lift is very secure. We have to scan our room card and press the 6th floor. This is to ensure only in house guest can go into the hotel room floor  and I feel safe inside.

So let’s check out our deluxe room. The first thing I do is open up the curtain and shouted Wow!!!! Look at the nice view! We have the deluxe room facing the swimming pool view. My kids love it of course!

Hubby favourite spot
Deluxe Room - The contemporary 35 square meters of space room have a big space with a large king size bed, a working desk, HD Television, wardrobe that comes with safe box, iron, hangers, laundry bag and they even provide a yoga mat and dumbbell. 

Next, we peep on the elegant bathroom. Clean and hygienic with separate shower (with glass door), and my kids are happily saying they want to bath now inside the bath tub! We have more space to walk around inside the bathroom and they also provide hairdryer. 

The sockets are available in few section and the kettle condition looks good (because I am very particular on the stains). They also provide a small container to put the ice cube. Mini fridge, coffee and tea is all readily available plus with two complimentary bottle mineral water for in house guest.

Almost every corner you can find lights and lamps. You can adjust the lighting.There are also torch lights.
Comfort room with complete necessities for a deluxe room that perfectly fits 5 of us. My son baby cot is clean and covered with white bedsheet and a soft pillow provided. It is a playpen from Graco brand and my two girls starting to ask me to carry them inside..okok..just for a while they just want to feel the brand new stuff.
We have one scenario which never happen before during our stay in hotel. My kids accidentally press the digit few times at the safe box where hubby put his valuables inside. It was locked after 3 times password is key in wrongly.We quickly call the reception and ask for help. The staff come immediately with his tool box and smiling looking at my naughty kids. He ask them how are you? Do you like this place? What’s your name? My second girl answer him and nod her head. He said OK this is small problem give him 5 minutes to reset the password and open the safe box. Sigh..looks troublesome huh..a lesson learn. The helpful staff is smiling again and said it’s all done Sir!..Enjoy your stay here…Glad to hear that.
Play time!!

We woke up early the next day to have breakfast buffet at the Link located at Ground Floor. Link serves International buffet spread that have so much varieties of food; both Local and Western Cuisines. I bring my kids to walk around asking them what they want to eat. As usual they are are picky eater and hard to please them. When they finally found the food they like, I am more relieve and I can look for my favourite food. 

My recommendations will be the scrambled egg & sunny side egg, nasi lemak, soup noodles (where we can choose many types of condiments and noodles types),fresh pastries, yogurt, soft muffins, and the hot cup of latte. 

Overall the food are valuable for RM 53 nett per person and many choices I can have here. The most disappointing food was the porridge section and some of the fried item on the counter was not crispy. The staff are friendly and clean the empty plates quickly so I can have more space to put my food. There are no issues on the cleanliness ( no flies) and the dining place is comfortable too.

They have a nice outdoor swimming pool and kids pool. But no playground area for the kids.
A huge fitness center and we can also relax ourselves with the steam bath or sauna room at Level 4.

More positive comment from my side about this hotel but there are also some comments that I would like to feedback to them:

1)  The window lock is broken and my kids actually took it off (Dangerous). They should check it.
2)  My hubby discover that one of the power socket nearby the working desk are not in function.
3)  My kids found a cockroach during night time on the floor.  That really scares me off.
4)  The ceiling lights on top of the sofa at the side is too low, when I stand up always hit my head.

5) Should consider having a playground or play area for the small kids to entertain them.

Overall, we like this place. I ask my kids if they love to stay here again. And three of them answer me Yes, Mummy! We like this place. We want to come again!

Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar
No. 1, Jalan Pantai Jaya,
Tower 3, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +60 (3) 2298 1888
 Fax: +60 (3) 2298 1999


Website : http://pullmankualalumpur.com/

*Convenient hotel stay that provides free shuttle bus to KL Sentral, MidValley and KLCC. Just 5 minutes to MidValley to have our quick dinner.