Sigh** I was contemplating on whether or not to share this but I guess if I have to explain it again and again to kind souls who ask out of concern, I would get very ‘sien’ (tired). Well, here’s the thing, little J-man was ‘rejected’ from his kindy…the gist of the story, he’s too active and they could not cope with him. I mean, call me ignorant but I didn’t realised learning centres nowadays can reject a kid if he’s too active or not their ideal student. I placed him in another kindy for a day and this one also was not ready to accept him but they were more cordial in the way they handled their explanation citing that he was probably not mature yet for kindy and would accept him back anytime once he’s ready.
Now, the more level headed, normal me would just brush off this problem and look for solutions quickly but lately a lot has been happening causing my emotions to go a bit cuckoo. I just gave birth and had been very sleep deprived, I fell sick with a fever due to an engorged breast while my hubster was away travelling and my son did go to school for 10 days but during the second week of school, he was a bit clingy and was crying every morning. So you put all this crappy ingredients into a basket case cauldron, you’ll most likely end up with a wreak. It was sooo overwhelming I just broke down and was pretty down for a few days. You know what’s worse? You have to consciously try and stay positive because being depressed will affect your milk flow and could even lead to post-partum depression. If there’s one thing, I do pride myself at; it’s being adaptable and able to make the best out of any situations but once in a while, nonsense like these will creep up to you and just tear you apart piece by piece.
But, I’m okay now…I think. I’m still sleep deprived but I’m not so hung up about J-man’s issue anymore. As it is like always….life goes on, it’s not the end of the world. We’ll just have to find the right solution for him. We have brought him to see a pediatrician for a referral and while she’s no psychologist, she could not see anything wrong with him except he IS hyper. In my days, that’s just considered normal but now, hyperactive kids are so quick to be labelled as ADD or ADHD or have some sort of autism. While I do acknowledge these are real problems and some parents do face these conditions with their children and are seeking help for it, I personally don’t think my son falls into these clinical spectrum. No, I’m not in denial….I won’t disregard the possibility of seeking a therapist, I’m open to anything but I feel that’s not exactly what he needs right now.
My logic tells me J-man is better off not going to that kindy but at the same time my heart breaks for him because on the last day, he was very happy to go to school and did not kick up a fuss. Occasionally I feel sorry for him when he picks up his hardly used school bag at home and asks to go to school. I am really grateful for a good friend who got me through this crappy period and was even willing to come and babysit the kids when I had my fever. She also took me to the hospital for a check up and bought food for us. She comforted me when I was just sooo miserable and came to visit whenever she could. Words cannot describe how grateful I feel.
So, now that the storm has calmed a bit and I am just about done ranting, I managed to sneak some time to write this post with a very cool drink recipe. This one was from my mother who called it papaya milk but I think it’s more of a smoothie. She did claim that it will induce more breastmilk but I’m rather sceptical because this drink uses ripe papayas, I thought only young papayas will give more breastmilk. Also, if that’s the case, I might as well just eat the ripe papaya as it is right?
But for whatever reason, this is a delicious drink with just few ingredients. Make it because the weather is hot or you need some detox of your bowels or simply because it’s awesome to drink.
This combination does remind me of that Vietnamese avocado shake drink. It is thick, smooth, creamy with a combined sweetness of the fruit and the condensed milk.
I would advise not to store this drink for too long because they tend to somehow coagulate into a tofu like state. Best to just consume it straight after making it.
Papaya Milk Smoothie
- Ripe papaya cut to cubes
- Condensed milk
- Fresh milk
- Ice cubes
- Put the papayas, some condensed milk (start off with little so you won't over-sweeten it) and the fresh milk into a blender.
- Pulse it till it becomes smooth. Taste and adjust the sweetness. If you prefer it less thick, add more fresh milk.
- Place some ice cubes in a glass.
- Pour the smoothie into the glass.
- Drink and enjoy!