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Milestone

8 Sep

After 14 months and struggle with various brands of formula milk, I have decided to stop expressing. I can’t believe that I have been doing it for 14 months!!!

The engorgement encounters were a torture and cabbage had become my new best friend then. If you don’t know, cabbage has enzymes in them that helps ease the flow from block milk ducts. Engorgement happened very frequently to me. Also, the waking up of every 3 hours, the coping of a new baby, washing and sterlising the bottles in wee hours were not making expressing easy either.

We made every effort to keep our life normal and met our friends for meals and gathering now and then (though much lesser than before). We had to make sure that the timing for milk feed and expressing were well scheduled and planned for. If we had to stay out a little longer, we had to lug the expressing tools, and that means the pumps, the bottles and the ice blocks. Not ideal, but we do not want to let anything hold us back from our “normal’ life.

As a new mum, I have learnt alot during this phase and really have my family and friends to thank, for their patience and accommodating me in every way.

I can’t deny that without expressing, I have gain lots of freedom and sleep-time but at the same time, I would have been happier if I could provide for E for as long as I could. But sigh, I have to stop at some point right? It has been a milestone and I am proud of myself that I have come this far.

I am happy that I can spend more time with E now. We will be going out for more walks during the weekends, an activity E loves and we are looking forward to more brunch meets with friends. Now, if you are game for an early brekkie, let’s meet up!! <5pf>

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The Nine Months

9 Jun

My gynae informed us that I’ll be induced this coming Monday, 11 June 2012 because my blood pressure is higher than my usual. For the well-being of the baby, it is better to deliver sooner. I am at my 37+ week now and other than the high BP, things are looking great for me. Baby’s head is engaged, fluid in womb is sufficient, signs of contraction is showing and I have dilated to about 2 to 3 cm. Anyway 37 weeks is considered full term and I guess our boy is ready to see the world.

How quickly time has passed! It’s been nine months already? To think back what happened the past nine months makes me a little emotional somehow, but I thought it’ll be memorable to put it down in words here.

@ 3 weeks

First trimester was quite an experience for me. With the sensitivity to food and smell, the feeling of nausea, giddiness, bleeding and the anxiety to know if the baby was doing OK, there were highs and lows. At the same time, D and I were getting to terms that we were going to be parents soon.

@ 19 weeks

In the 2nd trimester, things were getting more settled. I began to understand the development of my body. Had rashes sometimes due to the weather and hormonal changes. I had no particular craving for food, but rather, I avoid eating certain ones which I used to enjoy because of the smell and taste. I began my 6-meals a day routine as I got hungry frequently (actually even up till today).

I felt the baby’s first movement. That day was very special as it was also the first day of the lunar new year (Dragon’s Year). D also felt our baby when I was in my 5th month. We also found out that we were having a boy and I must say, it was a surprise to me (not for D though).

@ 35 weeks

It’s amazing to see how much the baby grows each time we had the sonogram done.  As you can see from my 3rd trimester scan above, the baby has grown so much – you can only see his head now and in this scan, we love his sexy, pouty lips and sharp nose. The joy we get from looking at these scans makes D and my faces light up each time. This trimester is also the one when I cannot fit in most of my clothes and  undergarments, so it’s maternity wears if not nothing. But I am glad I got the “fashion” wears figured out eventually.

We only started stocking up the baby’s inventory at the beginning of the 3rd trimester and us being us, we got everything done (including a minor renovation in my room) a month before my EDD.

I was given hospitalisation leave to rest and so far, it has only been two weeks and we were told yesterday that I had to be induced this coming Monday.

So, am I ready for Monday? I don’t think any mothers will be ready for a delivery. I am not sure what to expect. All I wish is for a safe delivery and that the little one be born healthy and normal. D and I are looking forward to this new addition to our lives. We cannot wait to see  and hold him, and between us, we sometimes imagine and role-play how it will be like as parents already.

Till my next entry, I will embrace this new chapter with open arms and mind. It’ll be fun!! If not, hopefully we can make it fun! <5pf>

4 more weeks to go!

30 May

(I am wearing the Saturday’s dress)

I’m in my final dash and in my 9th month today. Oh goodness, I can’t believe that in 4 weeks, I’ll be seeing my little tot. The little one who has been communicating with me through his kicks, rubs and stretch. Amazing.

As you can see, my feet are swollen. Though I thought less walking is good but my gynae insist that I should be doing more exercise to prepare myself for delivery. I’m feeling clumsy at this stage and any movements (what more exercises) aren’t the easiest thing to do.

I have not been sleeping well. Breathless when I lie flat to sleep, so now I have to stack heaps of pillows to lie in 45 degrees.  I visit the toilet a lot more. I walk like a snail. I don’t feel like doing anything but to lie on my bed.  To sum it up, I’m tired.

And for now, my only hope is for me to get the rest I deserve to get. <5pf>

Kourtney Kardashian, the hot mama

20 May

Kourtney Kardashian, expecting a daughter, looks fab as always. I wish I could look like that. Darn. <5pf>

Thank you D!

18 Mar

D & I @ antenatal class

In this journey, though I may seem like the center of attraction because of my growing bump, but daddy D has been working hard too.

He tries to bring me to and from work everyday. He is my butler at home. He gets food for me when I’m hungry. He eats when I eat, just to accompany me and ignore all comments that he had gain weight. He carries all the stuff we have when we are outside including my handbag (whether it looks good on him) and even if he doesn’t have hands for any. He handles all liaison works with the interior designer and developer to avoid giving me more frustration than the rash I have. He reads to baby D every night even when I’m sound asleep. He attends every antenatal class with me and is with me whenever we are shopping for baby D. He now reads on parenting to prepare himself and gives me a summary of them knowing that I am a lazy reader.

He is truely amazing.

Thank you D for your ever constant care, concern and love for me. I won’t be able to do all these without you. I am happy to be able to do this with you. Love you! <5pf>

Me @ 24 weeks

11 Mar

I am finding it hard getting nice clothes to wear even when I’m now heading to the maternity section. I thought H&M would help, but the items seems to be running out fast. Blame it on the dragon year. How I detest those who have babies for the sake of “the auspicious year”. But I get by with the “normal” wears I see, which in fact, I would feel happier buying. =)

I’m in my 24 weeks now. Getting more tired actually. My back and legs are aching slightly more. I still have some scary moments now and then, but when i feel a kick in there, he seems to be telling me “hey mummy, don’t worry, it’s ok.” and that calms me down.

I guess this is what they say motherhood is all about – the joy &  the unspoken excitement to see the little one soon. This goes the same for D, he is as excited as I am, if not double!!. We are both looking forward for this new challenge ahead. Wooohoo!! <5pf>

Let this INSPIRE you

10 Apr

D is a fan of TED and a TEDx Singapore member. He loves watching the TED videos and would introduce me to the really good ones which he thinks I would love. Last night he showed this video to me and it moved me to tears. I’m not sure if it was because I was feeling a little moody or because I was simply inspired but when I heard the voices from the choir and saw the faces of those who were singing virtually, I felt emotional and thought, what was presented to us seemed impossible but these determined group of people actually made things happened.

I’m quite sure you’ll enjoy this video as much as I did and if you are feeling down and out, let this inspire you and be the drive to make your dreams come through. We can do it! <5pf>

What makes an experience?

15 Mar

We can tell if a place is serious about their business.  klapsons, The Boutique Hotel got exclusive rights to a cocoa plantation in France for these chocolates to be imported to Singapore and they tasted great! It’s little details like these that differentiate a place from another. Not to mention great service too! <5pf>

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