Sunday, 29 September 2013

Welcome to this world princess Elsa!

So happy for my good friend from my flying days Jetstar!
She's the few that I still keep in touch with...
She just delivered her princess Elsa Wang...weighing 3.4kg!

Happy that I got to finally meet her lil bub! Baby else has the chubbiest cheeks I've ever seen...
Been seeing her growing in her mummy's belly for the past 9mths...And baby Si was delighted to finally hangout with a friend younger than her. So far she's been hanging out with people older n taller than her!!! Now baby Si has a younger playmate to hang out with...

Made Elsa a diaper cake!!! with a princess theme...
This is my 3rd attempt making a diaper cake...
1st and 2nd diaper cake, click here...
Sorry mummy Elly, no real cake for u....will treat u to it after your confinement ok?

Elsa... What a unique name!!! That's cause it's a combination of both the parents name...Elly and Samsu. Just like KarMie... (Karthik & Jamie)! Friends were asking if we were gonna name our first baby... KarMie? We realized its not a boy or a girl name... But according to mr. Hubby, in Indian culture, if the name ends with a vowel, it is usually a girl... So I guess we could have named baby Si, KarMie!!! But then the next question is what will we name baby KarMie#2?

So what would elly name her next baby...hmmmmm? I'm sure she's not thinking about baby no2 for now!!! Hehhehee.... Welcome to the world of motherhood!!! It is a worth while journey...

I guess I will reserve the name "KarMie" for our future puppy *still dreaming*...

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Malaysia and Bangkok, Thailand for 1 month!

Me and baby Si went back to my hometown Malaysia to visit my parents and it so happen to be in the month of August where Muslims celebrated hari raya aka Eid. Lots of open houses to attend which meant lots of eating good yummy malay food and snacking on snacks, cakes, desserts.

My mum n I are both durian fanatics! N so happened to be the start of the durian season...this time round Baby Si tried it and loved it!!! She is a true blue Malaysian...unlike American daddy...
n my mum bought durian every week for 3 weeks straight! We had a stashed kept ready to eat in the that we could eat it daily...n yes, baby Si and mummy gained lots of weight! Good fats... Good for baby Si but bad for mummy!!!

Chiu chiu aka uncle Jeffrey had us over at his bachelor pad and this time he did cook for us (the last time he FORGOT...Click here!!!)! And it was his first time EVER cooking for us...if u consider roasting/grilling in the :) but I must say we were all impressed!!! The ladies (mum and I) preferred the roasted pork and the guys (hubby and dad) preferred the roasted chicken...sienna was just munching away on the carrots from the salad. I guess chiu chiu's years of watching License to Grill on the cooking channel paid off!!!
We were all full to the brim that we didnt have to go out for desserts or coffee after...we just stayed and chitchat while watching my graduation + family trip to the US! And oh boy!!! Did we laughed non Hubby got a very good laugh watching his wifey (this was pre KarMie days- before getting to know his wifey) and trust me he did get to know his wifey and family true colors from this video! OK this video better not get leaked out in YouTube...OKAYYYY mr. Hubby???

Again we were off to Thailand... This was baby Si uncountable times to Thailand!!! And this time, it is no where near the beach, sand, palm is in the heart of the city of Bangkok! Po po followed us this time... It was the perfect timing as my nausea and puking streaks were over!!! Yay to my most fav cuisine in the world....THAI food! Extra spicy, sour, salty with a tinge of sweetness!!! This time mr. Hubby didnt wanna tag along coz of course he has to go back to work but also we've been together to Bangkok twice n he found it boring as it was all about the shopaholics! I thought I wouldn't enjoy going to Bangkok while being preggy as preggie women cannot do massages especially Thai massage where they crack u up! Literally!!!
(On a side note: but preggie ladies can enjoy a soft oil Balinese massage...does that mean we can go babymooning to Bali before baby KarMie#2 comes out? *hint hint*)
And shopping is a put off when ur belly is growing and everything doesn't fit u...but me n po po ended up shopping like there's no tomorrow and money flowing out of gong gongs wallet! Baby Si was busy keeping gong gong entertained to realized the damage the ladies had done!!!

This time round gong gong wanted to visit Chinatown as he saw a travel show on TV about it and plus we've never been there before and neither had I stumble on it while researching and friends never mention it.... True enough, you can skip it!!! If u are walking around the city of Bangkok itself, it is CHINATOWN!

Also a MUST EAT while in was the first time I had it before! My mum, bro n dad had it before and they recommended it. But the last time me n mr. Hubby went, we walked around and couldn't find it coz it is only open from EVENING onwards!!! Let me tell u the exact location... Walk from platinum mall towards central world (less than 10 mins walk) and you would NOT miss is on the sidewalk...not for the faint hearted and unadventurous eater! It is the yummylicious salted grilled fish with the most amazing green chilli dipping sauce...I'm not sure how they make it (plz teach me) but I believe they must have added lots of MSG for me to keep going back there for more...hahahhaha....

Mummy's tips on bringing a baby to Bangkok:
. Plz bring a baby carrier n a LIGHTweight stroller!
We only brought a stroller as our hotel was a 10 min short walk to the platinum mall. Bad idea!!! The 10 mins walk ended up to be 25 mins walk as the sidewalk was horrendous and the streets were too narrow as cars, motors, tuk tuk, people were scattered everywhere! Would have helped if I brought my baby carrier as well then I could baby wear baby Si and then use the stroller comfortably at the mall!

.dont bother taking the BTS aka train
as there weren't any escalators nor lifts! We took it once and regretted as we had to walk up and down not 10-20 steps but more like 50! With baby and stroller in hand of a preggie mummy n gong gong!!!

.no diaper changing rooms
Unless u are going to the posh high class mall like paragon mall.

Sorry not many pics taken in bangkok as we were too busy shopping and eating!
Didn't even take pics of our shopping loot!!!
We also didn't cover any touristy spots (e.g kings palaces, temples, laying Buddha, floating market, river cruise, tiger and elephant camp) as we have been there and done that before. So this trip was purely eating, shopping and massages!

Oh yeah when I got back to Singapore for my next gynae checkup...u would not believe it! I gained 4kgs in 1month!!! Bad bad bad...
My gynae said in the most comforting way, "it's ok, pregnant women are suppose to gain weight".
Mummy: *Yeah but not exponentially!!! -Ok end of rant-*

more pics...Click here!!!

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Happy 17 months baby Si!!!!

Happy 17 months baby Si!!!!

This is gonna be a super duper short post as the last post was super duper long...
Happy FRIDAY!!! TGIF :)

Baby Si turned 17 months on 6th Sept 2013!!! Which is today....yeayyyy!!!
(16 months old post <~ if u missed it)

Here's our monthly family tradition of taking Polaroid pics.
Hopefully baby Si pics will cheer up ur day!!! It did cheer us up when snapping these pics... :)

Milestones reached:
. Successfully weaned off baby Si from (.)(.) aka nen nen... *not sure if its a milestone, but yeah*

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

The END...*sad**happy**sad**happy**sad**happy**... mixed emotions till this very day!!!

The end to my breastfeeding journey.... it is indeed a bittersweet moment!
didnt plan to totally wean baby si off but i guess baby Si self weaned herself.
On aug 5th, (after seeing my gynae 3days before, and my first day back in malaysia), I started to drop baby Si day feed but still continued to bf her during throughout the night. She would still ask for (.)(.) aka nen nen during the day but I told her that she's a big girl now and big girls drink fresh milk!!!
Tips: baby Si went on a milk strike... So this mummy decided to add some chocolate milk to her fresh milk, and voila... She's loving it :)

My gynae had mentioned to stop breastfeeding right away as it is harmful for baby karmie2 which I don't totally agree with him cause in my case, I am not a high risk pregnancy and neither was my 1st pregnancy with baby Si...and many mothers has successfully tandem breastfeed while being pregnant! Oh well, I thought I needed a break after breastfeeding baby Si for 16+ months!!! And thinking and planning well ahead what will happen once I'm in hospital to deliver since baby Si doesn't take formula milk and plus she doesn't take bottle feeding and I have surrendered my pump, sterilizer long long time ago!!!
My gynae even prescribed me a hormone pill (Duphaston 10mg-42 tabs..1 tab 3 times a day).
He mentioned that it will strengthen my womb... So my next qs was, is it specific to my case? Is something wrong with my scans that i need it? His answer was no... Just in general it is better to take it for all pregnant mothers....
Note to self: no drugs while pregnant...actually say no to drugs!

I thought it would be hard to wean her off night feeding as she's addicted to it...ever since she was born, every2 hours (on the dot) she would wake up for nen nen...then at ard 8-9 months, it increased to every 3 hrs and finally ard 1 yr + it went up to 4 hrs! Imagined how this mummy has never slept more than 4 hours straight!!! *zombified*
Then once I started dropping her day feed, she miraculously started to SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT (STTN)!!! U wouldn't know how it feels like to finally get my beauty sleep!
I never plan on totally weaning her off of breastfeeding! But I guess God has His plans and His timing! On a positive note, I get to rest well during the night while being pregnant (this 2nd pregnancy is much harder - morning, afternoon, nite, midnite puking sickness, feeling nausea the whole day)...

I'm glad baby Si transitioned amazingly well... I read a lot about how other mothers have to resort to using lemon or vinegar on their (.)(.) to discourage their lil ones, how their (.)(.) will get engorged which then leads to high fever and shivers, block ducts, mastitis, using the cold cabbages method, hot/cold compress, drugs, etc...

I was just thinking the other day how a gadget can be 100% loved by working mothers and yet at the same time 100% hated by stay at home is the BREAST PUMP!
Can u think of another gadget?
Don't mention iPhone vs Samsung! Coz some iPhone users would like some features of the Samsung phone and how some Samsung users secretly wished they had some of the iPhone apps! Some are even converts... :p

To all the mothers soon to deliver (including me)... Breastfeeding is NOT EASY... U need to be surrounded by supportive family especially hubby! U need to have determination, perseverance, hard core, commitment, hard working, strong willed, "kiasu", etc...
But let me tell u, it is soooo WORTH IT... All the best... "Jia yu"... "GAMBATEH"... "Fighting"!!!

Baby Si has only fallen sick once! All thanks to the wonders of this liquid gold...
*sad**happy**sad**happy**sad**happy**... Arghhhh mixed emotions till this very day!!!
I miss my bonding sessions...only bf mothers will understand ;)

Next milestones:
.Wean baby Si off her "drug" aka pacifier (goal: before 2 yrs old)
.potty train (goal: +-2 yrs old)