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October 22, 2012

Last weekend, my baby boy signed me up for a weightloss programme called “detoxification by gastric flu”.

The programme involved an intensive period of throwing up and diarrhea-ing, and taking nothing at all the whole day, except for the occasional sips of water.

It all began when Baby Nat first started having loose green stools and throwing up on Thursday, and fatherkao starting to feel unwell on Friday. I was trying to keep the house in order that evening, which was a mean feat with one adult down, and by Friday night after tucking the kids in bed, I was deciding if I should camp near the toilet for the night or bury my head in the toilet bowl permanently. By Saturday morning, the helper started to feel woozy too and by late afternoon, Becks also started having the runs. With the adults all down, a fussy infant and two tods needing attention, both fatherkao and I dialed 1800-CALL-A-MOM.

Help arrived in the form of a pint-sized woman who made sure that the older kids were fed, bathed and entertained, and the baby was taken care of; and more importantly, that the sickly big ones in the house were undisturbed. She patiently constructed Lego with the kids, read them story after story, sat next to them while they coloured their boredom away. She brought them to the playground when the sun came out and brushed their teeth, cleaned them up and tucked them in when the sun set. She cooed the baby and carried him all day long so that his fussing was minimal and I wouldn’t need to keep getting up to nurse the baby. Fatherkao and I slept in the whole of Saturday, and I felt as if I repaid a three-year sleep debt since Ben was born. I have not stayed in bed for so long ever since I brought my first baby home from the hospital.

On Sunday, I woke up to a house in order. My fridge was stocked with food and groceries, my children’s nails were cut, and my daughter’s hair was trimmed. The helper was also given instructions to prepare a nutritious meal of soup with fresh pomfret for lunch.

Will the real supermom please stand up?



More details:

This weightloss programme has helped me shed three kilos effectively. To sign up, simply head on down to any children’s clinic while the gastric flu season is on.

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  • Reply janeeeee October 25, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Nice blog interface! Ha, I love getting my mum’s help on weekends too!

  • Reply Geraldine October 24, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    Wow your mum is amazing.  I was recently sick too and to quarantine myself I put my son at my mum’s for 2 days. So I can relate how wonderful it is to dial 1800-CALL-A-MOM 🙂 Get well soon Elizabeth!

    • Reply MotherKao October 24, 2012 at 5:32 AM

      Thanks, Geraldine! I hope you’re better yourself! You actually left Baby Chuck for two days? Your mum must be one energiser bunny to keep up with your active boy! 🙂

  • Reply Willyn October 23, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    One great heroes that we could not repay in things or money,is our SUPER MOM, very glad to read your post, I seemingly relate. Get well soon:)

    • Reply MotherKao October 23, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      Thanks, Willyn! 🙂 Bet you also have a SUPERMOM story to tell!

  • Reply Dominique@Dominique's Desk October 22, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    That’s really nice of your mum to come and help out when everyone is sick. Hope that all get well soon.

    • Reply MotherKao October 23, 2012 at 12:33 AM

      Thanks, Dom! We’ve more or less recovered!

  • Reply Meg October 22, 2012 at 4:19 AM

    Truly a super mom who loves and gives of herself unconditionally. You are blessed Liz!

    • Reply MotherKao October 22, 2012 at 4:42 AM

      True that! 🙂

  • Reply Kam October 22, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    Must be very grateful that the hotline picked up and responded to your call instantly!! Your mum is a super woman, thumbs up to the wonderful grandma.

    Gastric flu is the virus that i dread the most, esp the vomitting part. Good to know your family has recovered. Take good care!

    • Reply MotherKao October 22, 2012 at 4:41 AM

      Yea man.I hate the vomitting part too. But I lost 3 kilos so, well, trying to comfort myself with that.

  • Reply Jus October 22, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    WOW! Your mum is just amazing! And I think you are too! Glad you managed to have some rest, do take care and here’s to a full recovery for the entire family!

    • Reply MotherKao October 22, 2012 at 4:41 AM

      Thanks, Jus! I’m glad the worst is over. How’s Baby J now? Hope he is better!

  • Reply Adeline October 22, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    Wow your mum is amazing! Hope all of you have fully recovered from that nasty bug.

    • Reply MotherKao October 22, 2012 at 4:40 AM

      Thanks, dear. How’re you yourself? Read that you caught a bug of another kind. Take care!

      • Reply Adeline October 22, 2012 at 8:24 AM

        Yeah but my bug is a lot less scary than yours! Mine’s just the usual sore throat/cough viral infection according to the GP. Hope it’ll clear soon! I’m dreaming of chocolate cakes and ice-cream… 😛

  • Reply Irene Soh October 22, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    Get well soon! Kudos to such a wonderful mom!

    • Reply MotherKao October 22, 2012 at 4:39 AM

      Thanks, Irene! We’re feeling much better now. 🙂

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