Saturday, November 7, 2009

Precious moments

Baby A loves doing things on his tummy these days, and I get tired just looking at him doing endless push-ups! Isn't it too early to start training for NS??
He seems to be enjoying it though :)

This week, I've started him on CARROTS.
I'm going to introduce him new foods week by week. American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends introducing one new food over a period of 2-3 days but some intolerances show up only later therefore I'd rather be conservative and wait 1 week.

By the way, Baby A doesnt sleep much during the day, he can sustain very well on 20-min cat naps therefore, it's hard to get much done around the house with a highly explorative Baby A.
Napping for Mummy & Grandma is a luxury only to be fantasized about.
I wonder how long I can hold out without caving in to my temptation to buy the Exersaucer or Jumperoo though I know it is NOT recommended for babies!

P.S. Speaking of Exersaucer, Mummy asked Aunty Meena to help check out the price of Evenflo Exersaucer at Baby Hypermart and our dearest Aunty promptly went to the Feeding section to look for an "accessory to put sauce in" !!!! *ROFL*
P.S.S. We love weekends!
Daddy A is going for his haircut in Orchard, and Mummy has cancelled her appointment with Aunty Charmaine for lashes and waxing, so we'll be bringing Baby A to Orchard for some Xmas shopping.
I hope there will be mad sales everywhere in the Takashimaya Baby Dept!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

What a loooongg Saturday for a Preggy me

My Saturday started at 8.30am because we had an appt to go Mt Alvernia for our fetal anomaly scan.
Arrived there late, well because stupid Andy insisted he wasn't tired and wanted to watch 140min-long Red Cliff 2 on Friday night.
I always know not to trust everything guys say, now to reinforce that belief.

Parking at Mt Alvernia was a beech as well because there were so little parking lots and so many cars! Most available lots were reserved for doctors and handicapped.
They say men are like parking lots, the good ones are taken, the rest are handicapped.
You begin to think there is some truth in that.

Ok, so we got to the Diagnostic Imaging Department of the hospital - more waiting for our turn."If I wait any longer, what's gonna turn up in the ultrasound would be my poo poo" I said to Andy, to which he responded with a frown and half-smile.
Finally, the sonograper called my name.
Yay! Andy was grinning like a proud Dad, his sideburns tingling with anticipation to see our baby after the long wait.
When you are about to become a parent, waiting for that monthly antenatal scan seems eternity.
Few weeks ago, he reminded me "Hon, you remember when is our next appointment?"
Few days ago, he reminded me "Hon, this Saturday we can go see baby already."
On Friday, he duly reminded me "Hon, tomorrow we can go see baby already.. so excited!"

The sonographer - a pleasant young lady wearing lab coat - ushered us into a dimly lit room and I promptly lied down, unbuttoned my jeans and pulled up my blouse.
A good Brazilian wax is worth it - not just in the bedroom or at the beach.
The sonographer went over each and every vital organ in detail and measured the spine, the femur, the head etc.
"Looks like a boy. You can see something in between the legs" she pointed with the cursor.
Actually, I couldnt make out anything on the screen because I was lying flat and the images looked a sea of black and white to me.
How disappointing.
Me: (pointing to something round which looks like a scrotum to me) What is this?
Sonographer: "The hand"
Ok I give up. I obviously am not very good at ultrasound-deciphering.
"This is your baby's face. You can see the 2 eyes, the lips"... she went on.
As she went on describing our baby's anatomy to us, I could feel my frustration rising because I obviously cant make out most of them.
What eyes? What lips?! I thought the entire face looked like a whole egg - round and without features.

In the end, I just lay there like a defeated soldier as Andy looked and listened on.
I was quite peeved, only I didnt go around shouting "I CANT SEE MY BABY'S COCK"
After the appointment, it was already 12noon.
Decided to grab lunch before supposedly meeting Charmaine and Meena.

In the end, we didnt meetup because the girls decided to spend the afternoon at Arab Street while Andy & I were in town for his haircut and some shopping.
While waiting for Andy to have his haircut, I went to Mothercare to look at prams and strollers and baby stuff.
I didnt know baby stuff are so expensive! A newborn overall from Baby GAP easily costs $25.Even the cheapest stroller costed $139 on discount.
The most expensive in the store was $899! A 3-wheel multi-terrain stroller with HUGE spiked wheels for going on grass and sand.
I dont have many friends with kids - only 3 whom I seek advice from.
They all seem to have 2 prams - a heavy duty one for going to the zoo/grass/walk the dogs, and a lightweight cheapo one for chugging around and going shopping with.

And with advice from my friends like - 3-wheel strollers are easier to steer.
Make sure the front wheel can swivel so it's easier to maneuver, and the wheels must be big enough to go up and down kerbs and wont get stuck in drain covers and grills.

Andy: "Our baby needs one with 12-inch rims and change the suspension.. he is going to Pram Rally - P1!"
Do I smell trouble brewing?!
We popped in Times bookstore and browsed through pregnancy books.
I pointed an interesting line to Andy which says at 20 weeks your baby's external ears have developed and can hear noises inside the uterus and from the outside world.

So, Andy has replaced the word "dick" with "dictionary".

"Honey, do you wanna read my dictionary?" which I cant help but laugh out loud!
By the time we were done shopping and walking around, my hips and lower back hurt, and I was feeling drained.It's been a long day for me!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Baby Adam's 3rd Vaccination

Cheeky Mon-mon!

The clinic:
Fake trees and playground with toys strewn everywhere, with children playing merrily on the Little Tikes slide & swing. What a Dreamland! How great it is to be a kid :)

PoPo with Cheeky Baby.

Nowadays, he wants to grab and pull everything in sight!
You can tell how mischevous he is, and can imagine how we're all kept on our toes, cant you?

After his 6-in-1 and Pneumococcal jabs, we went to Long House at Thomson for lunch then headed home for some much needed wind-down.

Exciting news

I got exciting news to share - SOMEONE is going to have a baby!! WOW!
No, that person is not me...Can't handle work, 2 dogs, PT studies and TWO babies all at once!
It's one of my best mates..

But that's all I can reveal for now :( because we have all sworn to secrecy.
She's hoping it will be a girl... but if it's a boy, I have heaps of boy's stuff to pass on to her!
*jumps up and down in joy and goes off to pack Baby A's barangs*

By the way, some updates about myself:
- I've been REALLY busy lately with work and Baby A so if I've not been replying emails and SMSes, please forgive me!
- You didnt get it wrong in the 1st paragraph.. I've enrolled myself to a Part-time postgraduate Nursing Degree program. It has always been my goal and I thank my family, Hubby, and friends to give me the support I need. It wont be easy juggling work, studies, baby and family but I guess somehow I will just get through it, I hope!
- I have been converted to Office Hours work schedule. No more shifts. Yippee!
- Andy has been bugging me for Baby No.2 because he prefers our children to have closer age gap (Baby A is the only baby in the family. How lonely) . Uh-oh.. But honestly, we have no time for another baby. And I really prefer to leave it to God to give us such miracles, like Baby A - we never asked or tried for a baby but God gave Adam to us anyway, therefore he is named Adam. He is a reminder of God's Almighty creation.
As for Baby No.2, if we do conceive again, I mind not so the gender, but more importantly I will continue to pray for his/her health and wellbeing. Until then...

Some updates about Baby A:
- Baby A is going for his 6-in-1 vaccination and developmental assessment at Dr Simon's @ MAH. Today.
- He has recently been hypnotized by our food and keeps drooling whenever we are at the table. He has also grown increasingly hungry - hourly milk feeds, cereal, then more milk again!
I guess it's time my Baby started a solid regime of solids. Time to plan his meals!

Okays I gotta go. Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Meena's Birthday Celebration 2009

29 OCT 2009 Thursday night at Marche, Vivo City.
This time, we made a point to leave our men and babies at home and just have a well-deserved Girls' Night Out to celebrate Aunty Meena's birthday.

Chris, Charm & I arrived first so we went to find a secluded spot.

The aunty then arrived.

Charm's story: "Eh aunty, I kena retrenched today... because I was late for work again and now I have to leave early to meet you".

"You wanna see my barang barang from work??"

What's inside??

a pleasant Surprise!!

We made Meena wear this bib throughout the dinner and walk around Marche wearing it.. Some friends we are :P

Things we bought her: Stencils for making Xmas cookies for us and doggies.

3-tier stand for displaying her bakery when she has friends over.

More kitchen items...

And a special Birthday cake which Chris baked.. "Let her eat cake" !!

Our Food:

'cuse us, too hungry to bother about etiquette already.


Make a wish...

Holy cow!

It was a wonderful night.
When I look at myself in retrospeck, I just want to laugh out loud at my once callous and extravagant ways, and like what Meena says, she "heaves a huge sigh of relief".
I'm really lucky for friends like them. We've come a long way to have our friendship where it is today.

Thank you, babes, for:
- the milkbones in bulk (the good ol' doggone days)
- cheap dogfood lobangs
- the many outings to Pet Movers (dog poo land mines)
- being there for my wedding and handmaking my ring pillow
- being the 1st people to play with Baby Kai's dickie when he was born (!!!)
- giving me shocks and palpitations nearly all the time (esp Charmaine)
- chipping in and helping me with Baby Kai's Full Month shower (Chris baking 2 HUGEASS boxes of cupcakes)
- talking about babies, BFding, pooping patterns and colic
- our insane shoppings and girly gatherings (whipped cream party, fondue buffet, festivities, birthdays)
- getting "our cbs stripped by stangers" (Only Meena will say something like that!!)

Oh my, will our list ever exhaust??
What a wonderful experience it is to share these life journeys with my gals.
I cant ever ask for more. Therefore, I wanna say "HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEENA!" AUNTIES FOREVER!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Once Baby Kai has acquired a new skill, he would keep repeating it.
He has learned how to roll, so his free time is spent rolling and rolling. In fact, he rolls over better than the dogs do it!

Today I'm on sick leave. I had the runs and it's really not easy to have to look after a baby when you are sick.
I left Baby Kai in his cot because there are few occasions where he nearly rolled off the bed!
And I happily went about doing the chores of washing his bottles and preparing his cereal in the kitchen when I heard him yell..
When I rushed into the room, there he was, his both legs stuck in between the grills of his cot and he couldnt roll back.

I dont know whether to laugh or to cry..

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Penguin Daddy

This evening, Andy came to fetch me from work and this was our conversation in the car:

Andy: Hon, dinner is ready, but only have meat and fish.. no veggie.
Me: How come no veggie?? (Im a green-lover)
Andy: Today mon-mon didnt sleep the whole day, so no time to cook.
Me: Wah didnt sleep whole day ah.. He very naughty hor?
Andy: I wouldnt call that naughty. Please dont say that about Baby.
Me: Erm ok.. Wah, he very wakeful, alert and attentive hor?

It feels good to have a switch in roles for a change :)

P.S. I'm really proud of Andy for being a proactive Dad. These days when I leave for work, he takes over the Morning feeds and sets up Baby A's bath before going to work.
When I come home in the noons (I mostly knock off at 2.30pm), I look after Baby A and we both go and fetch Daddy A home after he knocks off in the evenings.
Therefore, at least one parent is around at staggered timings to play the parenting role.
Baby A is our responsibility, not our parents', and our approach to parenting is that we want to be around to nurture him as much as we can.

Monday, October 26, 2009

I'll take it!

We decided to trade in our manual car for something else (read: idiot-proof).
The VW Golf GTI - hardly the make of a family car, but I'll take it!

My new car:

in my fav Candy White color somemore.

(photos courtesy of google. This is a prototype photo. Mine is still being shipped over from Germany, ETA Mid-Nov.)

Q: What's special about GTI?
A: I like the reversing camera and LCD display for parking goondus like me, the electronic seats control for lazy people like me, the Sunroof for my darling Baby A, hatchback boot for the 2 dogs, and most important of all, Auto transmission for kayu drivers like me. Kinda tired to drive Manual liao.. And leather seats, as compared to alcantara bucket seats (which our previous car had), make it easier to clean up baby food and milk!

Can't wait for it to arrive :)

Deepavali 2009

SUNDAY 25 Oct 2009
Deepavali Lunch at Meenas's.

This Charm very sampat.. Muruku photos also must take... Alamak
But I admit, thats's ALOT of hard work!

Can you tell these are our leftovers? Meena was so generous to cook so much for us :D

Playing in the kitchen - Charm's showing off her 2mths preggy tummy.

Hubby & I.

Desserts time - Charm devouring the Gula Melaka agar agar.

The hosts

Isabelle the feisty woman.

Tinkerbelle the one with lots of kisses to go around.

Thank you Aunty Meena for cooking us yet another sumptious meal!

PS. We're going to Marche this Thursday for Meena's belated Birthday dinner. Girls Night Out only.. No boys allowed.. Therefore, Andy & Adam not allowed. Zzzzzz..