Thursday, April 30, 2009

Random updates

Andy is shifting his warehouse from the old Pasir Panjang one to Changi Biz Park, as such, he has been busy like a bee.

This morning, the phone calls started coming in at 8AM from his Dad and the electrician for him to go down and inspect the new place.
He asked if I wanted to go with him to inspect the cabling and electrical matters but I was too tired to move a muscle and decided to go back to sleep instead.
He kept touching my face, saying "Good morning Mummy!" and kissing my bump but all I could manage was grunt "Honey dont disturb me I am tired..." and roll over to sleep somemore. What a PIG I've become!
Oh well, maybe another time.

The Changi warehouse is cleaner and nicer and so near to our home which is only 5-10min drive away. Compared to the Pasir Panjang warehouse, Andy can actually save alot on petrol.
I hope he has a smooth shifting transition and everything works out beautifully for my man.
Also, I've been experiencing menstrual-like cramps these few days but no "show" or waterbag break yet. Just sometimes accompanied with lower back or pelvis pain.
Is Baby coming out soon?! Another 4-5weeks to go before D-Day. Geez! *nervous*

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Thank God

I cant even bend down to put on my undies anymore - that's how big my watermelon is.

It's depressing not being able to do stuff that used to be 2nd nature to you. I sat on the bed naked and felt like crying.
Thank God for Andy because he helped me to wear my undies and shorts and talked to Baby, asking him to be a good boy.

He has been really patient and nice to me throughout the entire pregnancy, and it's not that he wasnt sweet to me during our 6yr long relationship to begin with.
I must've done something good in my past life to deserve a guy like him.
Thank God.
And I love this man so much.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Week 34 Antenatal checkup

Went for our Week 34 antenatal checkup this morning.
As usual, my weight is Ok, my urine test and BP are normal, Baby's weight is a good 2.2kg.

Today, he used his hand to cover his face again. This naughty little fella doesnt want his Daddy & Mummy to see him... Hmm..

This photo is from my previous checkup - also used his forearm to shield his face:

I received some news from Dr Don today - Baby is in breech position.
2 visits ago, he was already in vertex position (facing down). However today, he decided to turn back up again.
Dr Don mentioned that by 2 weeks' time (our next visit at Week 36) if baby still doesnt turn back downwards, he most probably wouldnt, due to the restricted uterine space. That means, I have to deliver Baby by Caesarian.
He also added that my pelvis is small which could be the reason why Baby doesnt turn vertex, because I am still very petite for a 34-week preggy lady. All the weight gained goes to Baby.
Maybe I will have trouble squeezing him out vaginally and end up needing an emergency C-section instead!

Initially when Dr Don mentioned to me about C-section, I was caught off-guard and quite worried about being cut up. Moreover, lately I been feeling increasing pressure on my pelvis and pain in my *ahem* whenever Baby kicks so I assumed he had engaged.
Now I know why it hurts so much - because of the obvious reason that his legs are kicking me down there.

Natural birth Pros:
- Shorter healing time
- Smaller postpartum wound

Natural birth Cons:
- Got to snip an episiotomy "down there" OUCH
- Got to endure the contraction and labour pains which might take forever!

Caesarian Pros:
- Wont feel contraction and labour pains
- Vagina will still be in "pre-birth" condition.. *ahem*

Caesarian Cons:
- Wound takes longer time to heal
- Would have to reschedule my massage lady, which I went through some pains to book this amazing Malay aunty who helped massage Fandi Ahmad's wife, Wendy Jacobs, back to shape for her 5 births! She is costly but Andy doesnt mind splurging. If I go for C-section I might have to reschedule her or have her replaced entirely if her schedule cant fit mine!

It's all Andy's fault for joking about naming our son Julius Caesar Tan. Hmmph.

As usual, we enjoy every visit to Dr Don. He happily answered all our questions about genetics and giving birth.
We're getting more and more excited about my nearing D-Day and Dr Don said I should expect a letter from my hospital soon indicating details of what to: bring upon admission / pack for my hosp bag.
I'm feeling excited, scared and a little impatient as well.
Finally, he will be done serving his belly time and coming into the real world. I cant wait to see our baby!
Already there are tons of people calling up our families to ask about the Baby's arrival and there will be TWO Baby Showers for him - one for each family.
Whenever some relative/friend calls our mums, it's often "June", "grandma", "faster have one as well" and along the lines of it.

Well, all I hope is to have a smooth delivery and that Baby is healthy.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Weekend again!!

Thank goodness it's the long-awaited weekend again!
We have to go for my Week 34 antenatal checkup, go runs errands like buying lightbulbs for our fused lights, buying baby stuff to prepare for his arrival.

It's those mundane stuff you have to do which takes up your entire day and then you wonder why your weekends are never enough!

I'm really excited to "see" baby again after waiting 3 weeks since the last checkup.
This time, we have thought of a list of questions to ask Dr Don about genetic counselling and about my nearing D-Day.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Poo poo

Was chatting with Andy on MSN while he was at work and he suddenly had this hilarious idea of letting Baby poop amidst the serenity of water feature. *dohh*

And yes, we have decided to name our boy Adam. A very down-to-earth name which originated from Hebrew.
Actually, Andy was the one who thought of the name. In fact, he has thought of 90% of the baby's name because he is a fussy possessive Daddy who pored through "What's in a Chinese name" to shortlist a few suitable names.

ADAM: Of the Earth, the first man on Earth in the Bible.

Another thing is, we might not have mentioned, but we conceived Adam while watching Dont Mess with the Zohan on DVD *blush*... and it was after deciding on this name that we realised what a coincidence it is that the actor is also named Adam Sandler. Hilarious!

So nope, we're not naming our baby Julius Cesar Tan afterall :P

Sunday, April 19, 2009

The sweetest thing

I often wonder what life would be like with the dogs and Baby.Well for one, I am not exactly sure how they are gonna react with a screaming crying pooping vulnerable new family member who wouldnt reciprocate to their requests of play-biting and butt-sniffing.

I was enjoying abit of female bonding time with dear girl Alice after we both had a nice cold shower on humid Saturday when she suddenly, out of the blue, leaned her face onto my tummy.

This is the 1st time she does something like this and it touched me so much - because none of the dogs seem to acknowledge my ballooning tummy and stupid Mavy continues to jump on me when I come home.
She pressed her face on Baby for a long time (long enough for me to capture this shot but pardon the quality because that's the best I could get from sucha closeup angle) and Baby was kicking/wiggling inside as she did that, responding very well to her gesture.

Sugar and spice and everything nice - that's what little girly Shelties are made of :)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Norman's 29 Bday celebration

Siling decided to hold a Surprise birthday party for Norman's 29th Birthday.

Andy & I arrived before Norman and we hid in Siling's mum's room and waited for Norman to come


Our steamboat spread. Andy always craving for steamboat ever since I'm preggy. My only hope now is for my labour pains to transfer to him as well, not just the food cravings. Heh heh!

Norman's Swensen ice-cream cake

Silly guy singing his own birthday song and clapping along haha! Dry ice for the special effect :P

Andy feeding him

The 2 lovey-doveys on the couch with Cookie the weird growling Shih Tzu!

BACK AT HOME AT 11pm....

My ballooning tummy! I was taking out a $1 coin to pay for my drink during lunchtime and my butter-fingers dropped it. The coin did a flip and landed on my tummy!
The only advantage I can think of is - I didnt have to bend down to pick it up from the floor, though it was quite a perculiar sight to the coffeeshop waitress -__-

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Charmaine's 24th Bday Party

Crazy Maine's 24th Birthday and we went to her house on 12 April 09 Midnight.
Supposed to surprise her but this aunty busted our bubble and saw Andy & I hiding behind a bush at her carpark followed by Meena and Ramesh driving into the carpark..
SO anti-climax lah this aunty!

Bought her this cake - Fraisier from Bakerzin, the Cheesecake behind was baked by KW. So sweet!!

With Uncle Roland, Aunty Christina and Clare

With her beloved KW

with US the aunties!

with the Hubbies

We had a dandy good time chatting and catching up. Charmaine's folks are so nice and friendly and didnt mind us intruding into their home so late at night hehe

Next up on our sleeves: Fondue party! because Ramesh is going to Sweden for 1 week and aunty Meena can have the car to herself Heh Heh!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Clumsy whale

Extremely clumsy lately. I keep dropping things on the floor and my once-opposable fingers now become butter-fingers.

Instead of squeezing some concealer onto my fingertip, a whole glob flew out and landed on my coffee table-size belly.

As if that's not enough, I also somehow sent some toothpaste flying from the tube onto my belly while trying to brush teeth.

Instead of walking, I now waddle and sometimes accidentally knock into Andy or something/someone. I've become even more 3D than I had ever imagined.

My nesting instincts are also getting quite strong now because I keep wanting to shop for stuff for Baby and I've started doing weird things again like buying jams.
I added something new to my "List of weird things I do in pregnancy" - Washing Andy's shoes. (HUH?!)
Yeah. I actually helped him to wash his shoes right down to the laces. For the record, I dont even wash my own shoes lah!

And as for Baby? Somehow he has shifted and I feel him "dropping" into my pelvis because his movements are now concentrated at my pelvis and suprapubis, no longer the cute loveable hard knocks that make my belly jump and which keep us entertained watching my tummy have a life of its own.
Now, his movements make me wince and want to scream profanities because they are so painful, as if he is trying to perforate my uterus/bladder. At times, he jabs me in my ribs and I thought I was getting a fracture. OUCH. -__-
I even called up Dr Don in fear that Baby would fall out from "down there" (Yeah pregnant women are wierd & paranoid creatures) but according to him it is normal as long as Baby is still moving it should be alright, and that Baby has run out of room to move about, plus it is getting crowded in the uterine home that's why.
Little comfort huh...

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Being confined at home sure sucks!

Why? Because I have been missing out on all the fun!
Meena and Delphine went for the Class 95 Dog walk at Bishan Park and Charmaine went prawn fishing till wee hours in the morning.

See the happy faces on dogs and owners!

It seems like a long time ago that I did all these with the dogs and my friends - ever since I have to be home bound and RIB (rest in bed)
What irony! Because I have always been an active person and up to the point of my hospitalisation, I was still working full time and walking the dogs 2x a day, picking up poop and bathing & blow-drying them and pretty much doing all the chores I normally go about doing.

I have always wanted to have an active pregnancy because I think all the exercise and endorphines will do us much good!

Now I am stuck at home, Andy, scared that I will go nuts, has bought me PS3 game to play and I have started playing Pet Society on Facebook.
I wish to resume some hobbies like Dog Agility but am afraid my body cant take it, I want to do some cross-stitch but the pantang elders always tell you not to sew in your pregnancy yadayada. So... looks like nothing much is going on these days.
The furthest place I've ventured on my own is to the coffeeshop few blocks away to grab lunch.
Other than that, everywhere I go, Andy insists that he is around to play driver or I have to take cab.

And we still havent found the Breakfast-in-bed tray yet. Hmmph...

Monday, April 6, 2009

Antenatal checkup on the weekend + some updates

Our weekend was spent busy running errands and with a doctor's appt to keep!

Went for our 31-week checkup with Dr Don on Saturday.
This time, I am very happy because I put on 1.2kg (highest record ever throughout my pregnancy) and also, baby weighing about 1.7kg.
All the home rest and pampering from Andy & family must be doing me good :D

Didnt get a decent shot of Baby because he used his hand to cover his face as he happily drank some more amniotic fluid.

He drinks until he gets hiccups at times, which Andy & I find very amusing to feel the jerks on my tummy haha!

Sunday was spent with my Mum to buy some bb's stuff. Being 1st time parents, Andy & I also dont know what we need / dont need to buy so having Mum along was great.

Though, more often than not, my Mum will end up buying things the baby doesnt need (yet)... like this rocking chair:

Andy and I helped eachother fix it up to test the functions and there is my Mum with her silly cat Mango

Mango also wants to help (read: kaypo).

Finally, it is done!
It has adjustable rocking speeds and music, lights and toys hanging above baby's head.

Actually, what we really REALLY need for the nursery are:
- Baby cot (a White one to go with our furniture, food-grade teething guards on rails, adjustable bed heights, 4 castor wheels, and can convert to toddler bed when child is older)

- Fitted sheets and pillow for the cot
- White basic baby clothes and rompers for home wear (can buy at baby wholesaler shop at Bugis)
- Nappies and waterproof nappy covers (can buy at baby wholesaler shop at Bugis)
- Bath non-slip mat
- Bottle steriliser tablets
- Wet wipes (Pigeon ones which our dogs are using also)

OTHER ITEMS (Bought or given)
- Bean sprout husk pillows (my Grandma making)
- Baby soap & shampoo
- Diapers (bought a lot of Huggies Ultra from
- Bottle brush
- AVENT bottle steriliser (Charmaine gave)
- Baby 2-way sling carrier (Charmaine gave)
- Kodomo Baby laundry detergent
- Cotton buds & cotton balls
- Breast pads and sanitary pads

Looks like our nursery supplies are halfway complete! We still have about 9 weeks to prepare along the way as we go :)
Initally, I was worried about how I should train Andy to prepare him for Fatherhood and to get him involved as much as possible so he doesnt feel alienated and overwhelmed.
But thus far, he has been great (sometimes even better than me) in the know-hows of Babyhood. He reads ahead and gains his knowledge from Motherhood forums and our pregnancy books and he compares specs & prices of cots and strollers on websites to shortlist which one we should buy (like telling me which stroller has 4WD and suspension and which cot is slide-open with adjustable height)
He also talks to Baby a great deal - complaining to BB when I am naggy or telling BB to "ask mummy not to be angry" when I am in bad mood.
Did I mention I'm very proud of him? :)

And Oh, I am so looking forward to this coming Good Friday long weekend because it is my cousin's daughter's full-month shower and also, my Crazy Charmaine's bird-day! :D