Sunday, May 29, 2016

Slow down.

The moment Baby O turned 4 months old, I feel that time is moving extra fast now as she is discovering her abilities day by day.

She has been changing on a weekly basis at such a rapid pace.
She has started giggling and laughing more now and the moment she does that, she brings so much joy in our lives.

She also goes through weird phases - like on certain days, she would keep grunting the whole day for no reason as though she is constipated (but she's not).

She has also started to roll over and has developed a keen interest in colourful toys. She has been constantly grabbing toys to put into her mouth.

She also can be left on her own to play now for about half an hour which is a huge relief for me because previously, she would be crying to be carried around because she would be constantly bored (but I don't blame her either) - I too am bored at home. LOL.

Unfortunately, I do not see any signs of her being able to sleep throughout the night anytime soon.

I have SO MANY things to do to try to condition her now while it is supposed to be easier but I have YET to get it done. I plan to move her to her own room soon and "sleep train" her. 

Wish me luck.

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I still have been using her pyjamas sized 0-3 months even when she was 4 months old because she could still fit into it but now, it is time for her wardrobe to be revamped yet once again as her clothes are getting a little too snug and Mike is afraid that it will restrict her development as babies grow in their sleep.

I actually have been purchasing ALOT of clothes for her in various sizes and I just took out her 6-9 month old pyjamas and onesies and I was so shocked that her onesies fit her like a glove ! 

I remember that when I first bought it, it looked too big for her to wear when she was 3 months old but now, it FITS and her growth spurts scare me.

During the past few days, I have been experiencing more difficulty in picking her up as well.

I thought that she would start shedding her weight now that she's slightly more active compared to before but just by carrying her, it feels as though she has put on another kilo since her last 4 month check up -_-"

It also hit me that she will be turning 5 months old in 2 weeks.
FIVE months ! 

It is only at times like these when I tend to be more appreciative of the fact that I have the luxury of time with Baby O 24/7 and that I am able to watch her develop and grow. 

My grass is already as green as it can get.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Pan and Tamper

A few weeks back, I had lunch with the only friends I have. LOL.
Yes, my social life is pretty non existent these days.

The only people that call my phone line these days are
real estate agents and insurance agents
and oh, Aster Spring - because I have a package with them.

Actually, when I was working, my social life was also pretty much the same 
just that I had great colleagues to hang out with during lunch.

Will I be a recluse SAHM? 
Only time will tell.

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Had lunch  @ Pan and Tamper.

Baby O looking for nen nen.

Enjoyed my burger and Nutella cake.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Over and done.

Last Monday, I checked into Pantai Hospital to get my cyst removed.

The cyst was starting to bother me mentally as I started feeling more bloated than usual.
I also puked once but I did not know the cause.
Every discomfort that I felt, I would blame it on the cyst. 

I even kept googling  - "How do I know if my cyst has burst?".

From wanting to get the cyst removed early June,
I now wanted to get over and done with it asap.

I could not pin down a surgery date initially as I had to keep checking with everyone else on their schedules - like Mike would have a business trip that particular week or my mum would have other appointments on that day - it was so frustrating!

Even the doctor's appointments were full !

Anyway, alas, I managed to get the date but then, I had some other concerns - 
like I had this annoying dry cough that did not seem to go away 
and what if my stitches would hurt overtime I coughed? 

The thing about my cough is that it would only be triggered at night.

My doctor told me that from talking to me during the morning of the surgery, he could tell that I was fit for surgery so no issues there.

All single and double rooms on that day were occupied so I had no choice but to opt for a four bedded ward. 

It was nice at first because I had the entire ward to myself but in the evening another two people checked in and one of the patients had so many noisy visitors and kept talking from like evening til at night!

The only thing that I like about the hospital are the beds - love playing with the control. Hahaha.

When I was being pushed into the surgery room, I felt so nervous and alone.
Everything around just looked like a scene in Grey's Anatomy and it made me scared!

My mum said that it was because I was scared of dying now that I have a baby - 
but I was really more afraid of the pain that I had anticipated -
like what if the anaesthesia did not work and I woke up halfway during surgery?!

I'm so full of crazy morbid thoughts sometimes.

The doctor told me that my surgery went well and they managed to take the cyst out in tact in the bag. Praise God!

He mentioned that usually the surgery would typically take an hour but he managed to complete mine in half an hour.

Stayed in the hospital for a night and the next day, I went home after breakfast
and at night, I went to Nandos for dinner.

Oh, another "exciting" thing about staying in the hospital is picking your menu.
Sometimes, the food isn't too bad.

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I was on painkillers so I barely felt any pain
but once the painkiller effect would wear off - oh man, the aches and pains were SO BAD 
but surprisingly, it wasn't the stitches that hurt
but it was my shoulder and rib cage.

The pain was due to the CO2 gas pumped into my body during surgery.

The shoulder pain felt like a bad sprain and the pain in my rib cage was a sharp stabbing pain and I would not be able to move at all as it would hurt even more. 

However, the moment I popped another pain killer, the effect would be almost instantaneous and I'd be back to my normal self.

The aches went away after 5 days.
The bloating went away after a week.
It somewhat reminded me of the time I had water retention during the last week of pregnancy and I looked like a puffer fish. Urgh.

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One week after the surgery, the doctor checked on my stitches and I was amazed at how tiny the stitches are ! 

Seriously, if any of you are given an option to remove the cyst via laparotomy or laparoscopy - the latter is the way to go.

So thankful that I got a second opinion as my gynae wanted to remove my cyst via laparotomy as she said that it would be "cleaner" as there is a risk of the cyst bursting via laparoscopy. 

However, I spoke to several people and most would advise to do it via laparoscopy.
Didn't know that cysts of the ovaries are so common.

The healing via laparoscopy is so much faster. 
I was already walking around the next day!

However, at the end of the day, I am just thankful that everything went well for me.
I read some forums and articles online and not everyone's experience with laparoscopy is the same.

Sunday, May 8, 2016


The benefit of being the first child is that they get to experience the many "first time experiences" with first time parents but they won't be able to remember half the things. LOL.

If I were to get a second child, I might just skip traveling until the baby is at least 6 months old because now that I've experienced travelling with a 3-month old baby, I would think that it would be better to just hang out at a mall than to spend your holiday taking care of a baby in a different setting (ie. hotel).

However, with that being said, sometimes it is good to just get out of the house to do something different and to just "challenge" yourselves a little. Haha.

We booked a room with a mini private pool just so that we could bring the baby "swimming". Hahaha. Poor baby was so scared at first. 

She kept observing the water splashing against the sides of the pool.

However, thank goodness, there was direct sunlight in the pool throughout the day which warmed the water up. Was afraid that the water might be too cold for the baby.

I purchased a float a few months back and was SO EAGER to use it - ONLY to realise it was a little too big for her -_-"

Had to support her bum bum from underneath.

My little fruity tutti baby

My little family

Pic was taken on our flight back to KL.

Pardon the bare faced me.

Sometimes, it just takes way too much effort to put make up when you have limited time in the morning to get things done. #mumlife

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Phuket Getaway

We literally went to Phuket just to eat Thai food in a hotel.

Dining in the room is the best.

Meals are relatively stress free because if the baby cries or fusses, 
at least it is confined to both our ears only.

My aunt told me that I should get used to the baby crying in public and that I need not be stressed out but at this point in time, my stress levels will go berserk whenever the baby wails uncontrollably in public.


Anyway, this whole post is all about the food we ate during our trip.
Nothing particularly exciting but I love looking at food pics. Haha.

The fried calamari was so good.

The beef burger was also good. Apparently, the hotel imports all of their beef from Australia.

My beef burger came with "posh" looking mayo and mustard. LOL.

The next day, I decided to have pork fried rice for lunch whilst Mike, had pad thai two days in a row.

During dinner time, Mike wanted to eat at the hotel restaurant.

Had the risotto. Next time, I'll stick to ordering Thai food in Phuket.

Some duck noodle soup.

On our last night in Phuket, we decided to have a feast.

The usual - tom yum soup, kai lan with roast pork, green curry with chicken, red curry with duck and pineapple fried rice.

The feast ended up with me going back to the hotel earlier while Mike had to take away the rest because the baby was crying inconsolably.

Unfortunately, babies tend to cry more around their mothers. 

This is SO TRUE because the other day, when we went out for a family dinner, the baby was fine and playing on her own in the pram but the moment she saw me, she was going to let out the waterworks.

Just to clarify, on that day itself, she didn't see me the whole day because my mother was helping to babysit her. 

Anyhow, if I were to attempt to "console" her, she would just cry even louder but if I am hidden from her sight, others would be able to put a plug to her tear ducts by rocking her. TRICKY situation -_-"

Thankfully, during breakfast time, we managed to have a good meal because she would be sleeping in her pram in the morning. 

Such an angel when she's sound asleep :)

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Travelling with baby.

Wow! Can't believe that I have TIME to even log into my blog to write today !

Been wanting to write about my trip since I got back but every other day, I have been busy with the baby - now that she naps so much lesser now, it just means - less time for me.

I have to admit that it has been hard. All those happy baby pics on my Instagram - well, they are short-lived happy moments when she smiles for the camera. Behind the scenes, there's a lot of fussing and the occasional crying that wears me out.

I used to have the impression that most people were having a breeze with their babies but based on my experience, I would like to think that almost every mum is going through the same typical challenges as me just that nobody really speaks of it because everyone just gets over it or has gotten used to it.

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So anyway, a couple of months back, we planned a short weekend getaway with the baby.

What spurred me to even plan this trip was because my friend told me that I should try travelling while the baby has not started on solids because it is actually quite easy to travel with the baby if the baby only consumes breastmilk/milk.

We decided on heading to Phuket because the flight was pretty short - about one and a half hours from KL hence, we thought that it would be a good beginners "class" for new parents like us. AT MOST, if the baby cries, it would annoy other passengers for an hour and a half max ? LOL. Kidding.

Family members were initially not too pleased about us travelling with the baby because everybody was concerned about the pressure on the plane hurting the baby's ears and the destination - Phuket.

We had to check with the baby's paed to ask whether it would be safe for the baby to travel and report back to Baby O's concerned grandparents. I know how times have seriously changed in this day and age when travelling is now so accessible for all.

On our flight back to Phuket, an old aunty asked me how old was Baby O, etc and she commented that her son's first trip was only when he was 2 years old.

Say cheese ! On the way to the airport. 

This is why first borns have a whole comprehensive photo album to themselves. . . the second child will have 50% of baby photos and the third . . . you'd be lucky if you could even get 10% of photos.

Our flight was delayed by almost half an hour. I wasn't prepared for this.

Wanted to try to time the baby's feed when the plane was ascending so that she would not be affected by the pressure. In the end, I had to rock her in the carrier while waiting for the flight because she was about to cry. She fell asleep in the carrier and was still sleeping soundly while the plane was ascending.

Mid-way while the plane was ascending, she was about to wake up and started fussing.... and I managed to latch her in time. My first breastfeeding experience in public. Personal motherhood milestone achieved. Hahahaha.

I also managed to feed Baby O in the taxi from the airport to our hotel.
So pleased with my ASOS breastfeeding top that makes it even more easier to feed her.

Wanted to book another hotel initially but a lot of the nicer hotels are located further away from the airport - like nearly an hours' drive !

We didn't want to push it and stress ourselves during the long car ride so we opted for a hotel located around half an hour away from the airport.

After all, this was a "trial run" of travelling with the prepare ourselves for a longer flight in a few months' time! WISH US LUCK.

From this travelling experience, I have learned a few things :

1) Don't set travelling goals or have ambitious expectations when travelling with a young baby. Expectation level - that you would be staying in the hotel room almost the entire day and that you won't be out and about like how it used to be.

Hence, it is very important to book a NICE and clean hotel that has all the facilities that you need and ... good food!

2) We brought almost everything needed on the baby travelling checklists available online except for one item that was NOT listed on the checklist but much needed by yours truly.

A baby nail clipper !!! I remember cutting Baby O's nails about 2 days before the trip and I have no idea how her nails grew so fast again. We left Phuket with her face covered in bad scratches because she would scratch her face in her sleep -_-"

3) I tried my best not to overpack and bring too many things for a 3 days 2 nights trip. I packed clothes that were "just enough" for 3 days 2 nights. Told Mike to do the same but ermmm... I will pack MORE shirts in future because Mike's shirts were all stained with baby spit up and Mike would gag at the smell. Thank You baby O for sparing mummy! :)

4) We forgot to bring a thermos to store hot water just in case we needed to feed the baby formula milk in case of an emergency. I assumed that the hotel would have a jug to boil water and I should have checked beforehand (but I didn't). The tap water in the hotel was not safe to boil and drink hence no jug is provided in the room.

Even if we called for room service to deliver hot water to us, it would take some time and we would not have any proper place to store it. At times like these, breastfeeding just makes everything so convenient. Warm milk on the go.

5) Going on a holiday with a young baby will drain you of all your energy - just by opening and closing the stroller. LOL. Mike however is contented with our stroller.

I was so tempted to buy another lightweight stroller for this trip. I was keen on getting the Baby Zen Yoyo after watching a demo video but read that it was not suitable for newborns and would only be suited for babies 6 months and above. Oh well - maybe next time.

It is so important for both husband and wife to know how to operate the stroller.

Makes life easier so that if any of our hands are occupied, the one who is free can help to open or close the stroller while the other holds the baby instead of having to keep passing the baby around.

Furthermore, the baby is usually carried around in the carrier and it would have been so troublesome to keep taking the baby out of the carrier.

More posts to come . . . :)