Wednesday, December 30, 2009

As if life is not tough enough right now...

Check out my left arm...



So I got a glimpse of how hard it is living with just one hand... and I'm thankful that I have 2 hands, even though one isn't functioning really well now =)

Monday, December 28, 2009

Uncle Victor in Training

His first attempt was unrecorded, the baby cried immediately after he carried her. This is his 2nd attempt, much better... =)

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Visitors and other stuff

Recently we have a lot of visitors because there's a new baby at home. The other day, Eunice and Tong Fu came to visit us and today my ex-colleague, Joon and his wife, Chihiro, came to visit as well. My Bible study conductor and her friend came to visit today as well.

I like having people over at my house but recently I find it so hard to get ready before lunch time! Well, when I woke up, it's usually about 10 AM already and after doing a little bit of breakfast and lazing around, it's already lunch time! Before baby, even during pregnancy, I never expect life to be this busy. Time seems to fly really fast but I seem to accomplish nothing during that period of time. Sometimes I wonder whether life will ever be the same again.. Don't get me wrong, I love my new baby very much, but somehow I can't help feeling that I'm no longer me, but now I'm just someone's mother... feel a bit like identity crisis..

Anyway, today my mom dressed Michelle in the outfit that was sent by Siyong.. check her photo below. My hubby likes the 3/4 pants, he said it's very cute =)




After 2 weeks of post-natal depression, I finally find it easier to relax now. I guess it happened after I accept the fact that my milk supply will not be able to meet baby's demand (she's really a big eater!). Instead of keep on pushing myself, now I tell myself that it's ok to just do my best and not everyone is successful at breastfeeding. My husband said that if everyone is successful at breastfeeding, milk companies will not be as rich as they are now. And I'm also grateful that my gynae always give encouraging and no-nonsense advice. She actually told me to just be comfortable with whatever decision I made and not to listen to unsolicited advices from well-meaning people. I think I'm idolizing her a little bit too much, but I can't help to think that she's so cool.. ha ha..

Before that, I was feeling like why did I have baby in the first place when I'm such a crap mother... wasn't able to give birth naturally... wasn't able to provide milk... I should just stick to my normal job, at least I do reasonably well.. (I still check my office emails... can't help it... I miss my work...), but for now I take one day at a time and things can only get better from here =)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Hee hee...

It was after bath time and she was behaving ever so sweetly and then suddenly.....

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I swear I didn't teach her this! :p

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Michelle Kaylie Chien Yaxuan

Our baby girl, Michelle Kaylie Chien Yaxuan, is finally here.

She was delivered via emergency c-section after bullying mommy in labor for 12 hours. (actually mommy got a little *A LOT* help from the nice doctor who gave her epidural)

Monday, December 7, 2009

B-Day!

Finally, the day has arrived!

I'm going to be a mother tomorrow..... so weird... excited... scared... happy.. :)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Last Minute Shopping for Baby

I dunno what I was thinking yesterday but once the doctor said that most probably we have to induce labor next week, the first thing that came to my mind is we have to GO OUT first! And the doctor also said "Enjoy your last weekend" so I thought we should really maximize our last weekend since hubby and I were on leave also yesterday.

We went to Vivo City to catch a movie "Couples Retreat". I like the movie and it really helped me to relax a little bit yesterday, took my mind off the high blood pressure saga. My mom wasn't very happy when I ended our conversation with "Gotta go, going to catch a movie now." She was telling me to go home, hang my feet up, rest, and don't go anywhere.

What I didn't tell her is that we spent even longer time in Vivo City buying more stuff for the baby. I thought that it will help me get rid of my anxiety. The more things you prepare for the baby, the less things you should worry about.

We ended up spending $100+ on toys plus another $100+ on books! I was really really tired at the end and asked my hubby to send me home before dinner time. But we did get to enjoy nice lunch at Brokerweitz (or some German resto, can't remember the spelling) and also a nice dessert at Hagen Dasz. Well, they only said I should reduce salt intake, they never say I can't eat sugar.... so, it seems like the only things I can eat now are cakes and fruits....

I should probably go to rest now so that I have more energy to go for my pedicure on Sunday... that's the treat a pregnant woman can get because she can't really reach her toes :D

Fast Forward Baby Arrival

We had another check-up yesterday and my blood pressure has gone up really high. It was 136/89 or 139/89 (can't remember) - previously it was always at about 120/80 and when I started my pregnancy it was only 112/78 or some even lower number. My doctor now wants to monitor me even more closely as it carries a high risk and might cut off oxygen supply to the baby.

Next check-up is on Monday and if blood pressure go up again, might have to induce labor immediately... so scared... My mom already changed her ticket to come tomorrow and we've got everything ready already, but I'm so worried and I'm scared of death....

I guess I should rest and not think too much, in case it really make my blood pressure goes even higher.... sigh, it's like a vicious cycle!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

2012

We have been watching a lot of movies lately because we anticipated that we won't have much chance to do so after this week. My friend said we won't have much chance to eat at nice restaurant as well. Or at least if we do go to a nice restaurant, it won't be as enjoyable as last time because we have to feed the baby too and what if she makes a lot of noise?

So yesterday we decided to go to Plaza Singapura to have a nice dinner at Cafe Cartel and to watch 2012 as well.

The movie is about the Mayan's prediction that the world is going to end in the year of 2012. People call this Apocalypse or Armageddon, and they said there will be a lot of natural disaster like earthquake or earth plate movement, tsunami, fire balls (?!!?), etc.

The governments knew about this since 2009 (now!!) and they have been making evacuation plan for themselves and other rich people. The ticket to go into that ark is 1 billion euro per person! craziness... so if you want to survive this thinge, you need to be within the government circle who knew about this since beginning or be a very very very rich person.

The special effect that they used in this movie is really good and it's quite realistic. Nothing much about the story line, but I don't think how they picture the end of the world is accurate at all.

First of all, end of the world is God's judgement day. People who will survive this are people who are good in God's eye and not just rich people! And even if you are so freaking rich, building an ark won't save you if you are not pleasing to His eyes.

Anyway, inaccuracy aside, this movie is quite an enjoyable one if you like to see how good the special effects are.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Amazing Baby by Desmond Morris

I borrowed lots of baby and pregnancy related books from library yesterday, but I was so keen to read this one because it has soooooo many cute baby pictures inside!

This is the book's website: Amazing Baby

This book also tells about growth of the baby while inside the womb and for the first 2 years of baby's life. It tells about what baby knows and don't know at certain age, how they usually behave, and what the mother or caregiver should expect at certain stage.



One amazing thing that I learned from this book is about how a baby can naturally swim in warm water when they are less than 3 months old. They can automatically hold their breath and move their limbs to float inside the water. But I'm not going to try that on my own baby next time! :p

This is definitely a relaxing read for all mothers-to-be. The cute baby pictures make me feel so happy reading the books :D

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Gift from Auntie Siyong

Today mommy received a gift for me from her good friend who is living in New Zealand. She said even though auntie Siyong lives far away, she remains close with us :)

The gift came in a box with a cute baby picture outside, but of course not as cute as me.. hehehe.. I learned to be extra-confident from my mom :D



And she packed all my new gifts nicely in this box, there's even a cute card for mommy. I can't tell you what is written in the card because I can't read yet, mommy helped me to type this. We have telepathy skill :D



And here are my new stuff... next time you'll see me strutting my stuff in this cool gears :)





Dear auntie Siyong,

Thank You, auntie Siyong! I ♥ the presents and can't wait to meet little baby boy or girl that is growing in your tummy too :)

Hugs with wet kisses,
baby Michelle :)

(since you're so curious what name mommy has given me... hee hee.. don't tell her I told you already!)


♥ Hua Mulan

We went to watch Mulan last night at Tampines Mall. I must say I really like the movie! ♥♥♥♥♥

Basically the story is about this girl who took over her old and sick dad's place to go to the war. Her martial art skill is so good and over the course of 12 years, she was promoted to General-in-chief of the Wei kingdom during some Chinese dynasty (forgive me for my poor knowledge of Chinese history...). According to my husband, that's the only truth in the movie, and the rest of the story for e.g. the love story are all fiction.

mulan zhao wei Pictures, Images and Photos


As if I care! HAHAHAHA... anyway, it will be so boring to just watch a movie full of war stuff. The love story actually makes it quite interesting. And I love the fact that this particular woman is actually better than thousands of men during that time? But I think the real Hua Mulan must not be as pretty or cute as Zhao Wei, or she would be discovered as a girl. Maybe Hua Mulan was quite big size and tomboyish looking? And Zhao Wei sounds so cute and girly too! How can the people at that time not notice someone who sound like a girl?? As a general, she would need to shout and give command to all her men.

Before I watched the movie, I actually read some reviews at GV website and a lot of people said they were kinda disappointed by the ending. But I think it's not that bad lah.... :)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Project Pink Room

Our baby room is finally ready! Well, not ready to be sleep in but I think we are not going to do anything major to this room from now until the baby is going to use a child bed instead of a cot.

So before transformation, the room was basically a guest room which were used by our parents and relatives when they come and visit us. We decided to keep the queen size bed from now since the baby is sleeping with us in the master room.

It used to look like this.... boring huh.....


So we (actually my hubby) spent one night taping the walls, skirting, and door frames. And then he spent one whole day to paint 2 layers of nice pink paints on 2 sides of the walls :)


After 1 layer of pink paint...



I started to like this room more at this point... so pink.... :p

And then we decided that we should get more storage space to store the baby's stuff, so we bought IKEA Expedit bookcase 2x4 size. I like it because you can choose the type and colors of the drawers. But obviously, we are not very creative because we just use the same plastic ones in 2 different colors.



And add a little bit of stickers....



DONE!


Well, not really, if you notice on the picture above, there's an empty canvass on the bed head. I'm actually planning to paint the baby's name on a canvass as decoration for the room. Shall blog about it next time when I'm done with the painting :)

36 weeks and 6 days plus other random updates

We went for another check-up yesterday, and the doctor told us the the test result for Group B Strep bacteria came back negative, so it's really good! If we are tested positive, means I'll be given antibiotics via IV during delivery... euww... I planned to use epidural means there will be something attached to my back already. If I also have to get that IV, means there will be something attached to my arm! Then I think usually they will put the baby monitoring device around the mother's belly as well, means there will be something around my belly! Can you imagine all those things strapped into one person... I will look like some kind of experiment object!

Progress wise: Baby and mommy don't grow much this week, baby still weighs about 2.7kg and mommy weighs *secret* kgs. I was quite worried that she'll cross 3kg this time round! She's still as active as ever even though space are kinda limited now, so that's also a good sign. Overall, baby is very healthy :)

The scan picture from this week is not clear, so I can't be bothered to upload it here. When the doctor passed it to me, I couldn't figure out which part of the baby that is :p

The doctor said that half of her head is already descending towards the pelvic bone, so it could be about 1-2 weeks before she's born. She told me to prepare myself mentally as life with baby will never be the same again, as time will not be mine anymore. She suggested we go out and relax, catch a movie or something. She's so nice huh.. she cares about her patients, not just health wise but overall well-being... *so touched* and the nurse suggested we watch "Hua Mulan" :D

Anyway, we planned to go to Combi shop after doctor appointment. They are like the importer and distributor of Combi stuff in Singapore, and my friend said they have a lot of Combi stuff in that shop. If you are interested, this is the shop: Tai Sing Corp. It's actually near Malay Heritage center... here's the map on how to go there..



Since we bought most of our baby stuff already, we only bought their Combi toys, which my hubby complained "too expensive!!" but the toys are so cute I even want them for myself!


Check out the toys here, but the website is in Japanese.

Next, my hubby said there's a shop that is selling designer baby furniture, called "The Shophouse" near Alexandra Road, so we went there to check it out, but they don't have any baby furnitures, except for a few sets of baby beddings that don't even come with bumpers! Duh... but if you are interested in normal furnitures, they have quite a good selection there. Here's how to go there...



And then since we are at Alexandra, we decided to go to Ikea Alexandra(check out the contrast: from designer baby furniture to Ikea.. HAAHHA). They recently renovated that place and they have a lot of new showrooms, somehow with the same Ikea stuff, they can make the showrooms look so nice. We didn't buy much stuff from there, only 2 drawer inserts as they were out of stock when we last went to Ikea, and a new arrival item: baby changing station! :)

Here's my hubby assembling the changing station for our baby... :)


Final product....



Eventful Saturday....

Next is my friend's baby 1-month old celebration. This is actually her 2nd baby and her baby is also a girl. Her first one is a boy, sounds like she already has a complete family :)

I also got to meet my other friends there and we talked quite a bit and since there are 2 pregnant women there and 1 woman who recently gave birth, we talked a lot of pregnancy and childbirth stuff. Actually it's more like the preggies asking the experience one on tips and tricks on how to give birth. I think it's really overwhelming.. being given a task to bring life to another person... what if we can't do it!! But according to most women who gave birth before, it will all come naturally... maybe that's really a mystery of how God works and how He created us human.. :)

After the baby's 1-month old celebration, we are going to do what the doctor told us to do. Go and relax and watch a movie. Hubby suggested that we go to Great World City as it's less crowded there and would be easier to get a movie ticket from there, but apparently Hua Mulan wasn't playing in that cinema, so we watched The Informant instead. The movie was rather long-winded and boring, but I think the angmohs actually enjoy it, I guess people from different countries enjoy different kind of jokes.

We also shopped *yay!* a lot yesterday, bought lots of Bodyshop stuff and Aussino stuff. Well, the Aussino stuff are for the baby actually. They were having kids and bath fair and the baby bedding set was selling for only 35 bucks, consists of bumpers, fitted sheet sets, pillow case, and bolster case... so cheap!!

All in all, I think we have everything ready for baby's arrival. It's easier to prepare the physical stuff, rather than preparing mentally! At least we've got baby's cot ready....


Storage space for baby's clothes in our room (because I have too much clothes that I can't even wear now!)



So now the only thing left to do is enjoy life without baby and prepare mentally... how?

Thursday, November 26, 2009

35 weeks and 6 days

We went for another check-up last Saturday (I know it's kinda late especially since the next check-up is coming in 2 days time!) and because of the previous day's scare, my doctor put me on CTG first to monitor the baby's movement and heart rate.

She was really perky on our way to the doctor but she became quiet when we reached the doctor's office. I think they call it "awake and sleep" cycle. So I had to be put on CTG for quite sometime because she was sleeping in the beginning.

Once the doctor is happy about the CTG result, we did GBS test. It's a routine but optional test done at the last trimester of pregnancy (week 35-37). It was supposed to be painless, but mine was painful I nearly cried!

Next is the fun part... ultrasound! We can see that she has grown so big, she's about 2.7 kg already and I was born lighter than that! I think I was born without hair as well, but my girl already has a lot of hair. This week's scan is showing only her hair. It's already 2.2 cm long, time to head to the barber huh... :)


The part on the right that looks like fur is actually her hair :p

My doctor predicted that she will be about 3.5 kg when she's born. And she advised me to use epidural since I'm so scared of the pain and she thinks it will make my hubby's life easier.. HA HA HA.. but I'm also scared of the epidural needle! If you want to know how epidural is administered, you can watch it in YouTube. Be warned that it's not for the faint hearted!

In the food department, she just got upgraded from honeydew to watermelon!



In the clothes department, baby has a few Google gears already..

The first one is from my teammates in the US office, they actually sent it by post! :)


Next is from Singapore office HR team.. sooo nice, it even comes with a hat, bib, and a burp cloth :)


The last one is courtesy of mommy when she went for biz trip a few months ago :)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Try this before you judge!

Recently I encountered a few inconsiderate people who gave such remarks like why am I walking so slow... or even when they don't say it, I know they are thinking about it! I'm not crazy, I'm just intuitive ok!

According to the pregnancy ticker, the baby size is about the size of a honeydew now. My baby is slightly on the larger side, so maybe about the size of a watermelon. Before you judge any other pregnant women who are waddling their way slowly, try this...
  1. Get a big plastic bag, around the same size as supermarket plastic bag
  2. Put a honeydew or watermelon in it
  3. Put a little bit of water in it - about 1 to 1.5L
  4. Tie the darn thing on your waist!
  5. Try to walk fast with that thing hanging on your waist!

Now you know that it's not as easy at it looks.... I know some fat men claim that they know how we feel, but I assure you it's not the same! And your fats don't kick your bladder anyway!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Pregnancy Scare

Now I kinda get my baby's kicking schedule. She usually kicks during breakfast time and on the way to work, and then take a nap until just before lunch time, and start to be active again for a while, and then sleep for a few hours and start kicking at about 2 or 3 PM (real hard kicks) and sleep until going home time (about 5 PM) and continue to be more active at night until I go to bed.

But today she seems a bit off. She didn't kick at all during breakfast and on the way to work. I was a bit alarmed by that, but my hubby said to monitor it first for a few hours until lunch time. So I was closely taking fetal kick counts, but until about 2 PM there were only a few weak kicks, very different from her usual strong and active movements.

The whole baby got strangled by umbilical cord stories suddenly just crept into my brain and I was so scared and nervous, so I called my husband and tell him that we should go to the hospital and check the baby's heart beat. And I was sooooo pissed off because my husband said he could send me but only after 1.5 hours because he was at an outside workplace and he was the only one driving, so his colleague won't have a ride home. WTF?!?! Which one is more important??

So I decided to take cab and I just notified my teammate that I have to go to hospital there and then! And then I made a mad rush to the taxi stand. On the way to hospital, the baby didn't kick at all.. and I was soooo nervous... and crying.... and praying.... and texting my mom.... *imagine drama queen movie*

Once I reached the hospital and finally found the correct place to go, they just put me on the fetal monitoring machine. I feel so relieved when I heard the baby's heartbeat. They want me to be under observation for at least 1 hour so that they can monitor the awake and sleeping period of the baby. It was also great that coincidentally, my gynae was there as well because she was delivering another baby. But it was quite embarrassing when she asked me "Why did you cry?" duh...

All is well now.. but then I recalled yesterday she was kicking hard the whole day, and I got a bit tired of it, and I actually kinda "scold" her and tell her not to kick me already.... I didn't know that she was going to be so obedient... I really should be careful about what I say next time...

For now, I'm enjoying the kicks again... :)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Horrid pregnancy dream

Last night I had this super horrible dream.

In my dream, I was such a busy person at home (not sure busy with what), but I have my baby girl and a dog (dog now?!). It's baby's bath time, so I put my baby in the bath tub (we don't actually have a bath tub at home....), and then totally forgot about it until like 5-10 minutes later... HORROR!! And then I made a mad dash to the bathroom and found that.....

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My youngest sister (when did she come to SG??) was helping to bathe the baby.... PHEW.... I'm not sure why it's her instead of my other sister who actually lives in SG. Perhaps because my youngest sis always plays with little kiddos...

I was such a crap mother in my dream..... woke up with my t-shirt all soaking with sweat! :(

And in real life... I gained 3 kg this week! GOSH.....

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Making Bubble or Pearl

My hubby attempted to make those bubbles that are usually in bubble tea. At first we could only find sago pearl, the white color type so not exactly the type they used for bubble tea.

He always thinks that food made in factories are dirty so he washed the sago dried pearl before cooking! HAHHAHAHAHHAHHA and then after a few minutes, he told me that there's no more bubble to cook. He think it's because it's the white color ones so the quality is not so good.

Then there was another time when we went to Chinatown and we saw this shop called Emporium that sells a lot of Taiwanese snacks and we found tapioca dried pearls, which is the black color type. Yay! So one day he tried to cook this, but of course he tried to be hygienic again, and he washed the tapioca dried pearls! HAHHHAHHAHAAH... and again he told me, there's no more bubble to cook! OMG...

This is the logic... If you wash sago or flour in running water, what will you have left? NOTHING! :D

Anyway, last night we went to Chinatown again and this time round we bought TWO packets of the dried tapioca pearls, just in case he forgot his first 2 lessons :D

Xiaxue's New Photoshop Guide

I always like Xiaxue's way of writing.. so rude but honest and funny lah! So I found out that she just came up with her 2nd Photoshop trick video, and I think it's really useful to learn, especially for girls.. hahaha..

This is the video..



Anyway, when I was watching the video, my hubby walked in and he made a comment like "Why are you watching the bimbo video again?" Err.. hello.. if she's a bimbo, how can I be learning Photoshop trick from her! Won't that make me even more bimbotic than her then?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Finally....

After almost 4 years of marriage......

Finally we hung up our wedding portraits!!



And check out our new cushions from Ikea.. love the cute heart shape!

Friday, November 13, 2009

34 weeks and 4 days as of yesterday

Yesterday we had another ultrasound check when baby was 34 weeks and 4 days old. It was just 2 weeks from previous check-up and overall I gained 1 kg! The doctor thought the baby would gain about 100-200 grams these 2 weeks and she said it's ok for me to gain 1 kg every 2 weeks now.

However, during the scan we found out that the baby actually grew faster than we expected, she actually gained about 400 grams! Am I carrying a fat baby girl? Hahaha.. seems like she inherited daddy's gene! :p



Don't ask me which part of the baby that is... I have no idea either... she's all folded and the photos are becoming more and more blur!

Progress update: Her head circumference is about 30cm and her feet is about 7cm long, weighing at about 2.1 kg now! When the doctor said 30 cm circumference, I actually imagined 30cm diameter and I was quite dazed how can that size head come out next time... and I didn't realize that what she meant is actually really circumference until I left the clinic! What a relief though...

Next check-up will be in 1.5 weeks... the frequency and interval is getting more and more often... this is really happening!!

PS: Hubby told me the picture is of the baby's feet, heel on the left and toes on the right.

Baby is now the size of a HONEYDEW!!

I just installed this new widget that shows the growth of the baby, well not exactly my baby but average of other babies same age as mine. And currently it says "Baby is the size of honeydew".....



Perhaps it wasn't really a good idea to install the widget??

Monday, November 9, 2009

Our little fashionista

Yesterday I washed all baby's newborn - 3 months old going out clothes already *kiasu mode on* and I was drying the clothes in the living room. Sounds strange? This is because in Singapore the houses are so small, people usually hang their clothes using pole outside of their house or inside the kitchen. My hubby was preparing dinner so I didn't want to dry the clothes in the kitchen - they will all smell like garlic or fish!

Anyway, when my husband saw the clothes...



The only comment he gave "OMG... so young already so much clothes! How am I going to live with 2 girls next time?" HUAHAHAHAHA... this is just the starting! :D

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Another baby girl is here!

I just received a text message from my friend, she just delivered her baby girl at 36 weeks! So fast! Good for her, seems like she has everything ready, including the name of the baby... heheh... :p

I'm so not ready....

Monday, November 2, 2009

More preggies and migrants

I just discovered 2 more pregnant people around me but their due date is kinda far from me, they are still in first trimester but seems like whatever the government is doing to make people pro-create is working! I'm seeing people getting pregnant everywhere nowadays! :D

And I just received a news that another friend is going to migrate to Australia. Somehow I had a mixed feeling when I heard the news, happy for her but kinda sad for me because it will be hard to see her next time. But then again, we also don't meet up with each other that often, usually we just visit each other's blog or comment on each other's FB messages, which we can still do even when we are in different countries. So I'm not very sure why I'm sad about! Maybe stupid hormones are making me sappy!

Singapore oh Singapore... why is your weather so hot and why is there so little things to do here? You make my friends migrate.... Well, perhaps it'll actually be a good excuse to go overseas and visit them next time.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Using image as your blog post signature

Recently I've been looking at some craft blogs for inspiration for decorating my baby's room and I noticed that a lot of those blogs have nice signatures below their blog posts, instead of just normal text.

There are 2 ways you can achieve this in Blogger, but first of all you need to choose or create an image file to be used as your signature. The image will preferably has a small file size so that it will load faster, and has transparent background so that it will match whatever your blog background is.

I used Adobe Photoshop to create mine but I'm sure you can use any image editor to create it or use some readily available online software to create your signature. Next you can upload it to Picasa or other image hosting service, and get the URL of that image. The easiest way to get the URL is to right click on the image once you have uploaded it, and then select "Copy Image URL" - note that the exact wording will vary based on the browser you are using.



Once you have your image ready, you have 2 options:
  1. Edit your blog template - this will affect all your previous and future blog posts
  2. Edit your post template - this will only take effect on your subsequent blog posts


Let's do the first option first..
  1. Go to your Dashboard > Layout > Edit HTML
  2. Save your current blog template, in case you mess up!
  3. Click on "Expand Widget Template"
  4. Search for the section that says <data:post.body/>
  5. Add your image URL by typing this just right after that line <div align="left"><img src="YOUR IMAGE URL HERE" style="border:none;" /></div>
  6. Click "Preview" and make sure that everything is ok.
  7. Click "Save Template" when you are done.


Now the 2nd option is less complicated..
  1. Go to your blog Dashboard > Settings > Formatting page
  2. Scroll down and find the "Post template" section
  3. Add your image URL by typing this just right after that line <img src="YOUR IMAGE URL HERE" style="border:none;" />
  4. Click "Save Settings" when you are done
  5. You can test whether you have done this correctly by attempting to create a new blog post, the image signature will be pre-populated there for you.


Happy trying!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ah Girl is 32 weeks old plus a few days

This morning we went to do another pre-natal check. The doctor said "WAHH you gained a lot this month!" oops... I knew it already, I was trying to drink more water since yesterday to reduce my water retention, but seems like it doesn't really help!

Anyway, the baby is about 2 kg right now and since she's so big already, she's kinda squashed inside and quite hard to take a good picture of her since she's folded :D

The doctor said that her position is already head down, ready to be born, but she hasn't really come down yet. She said "kiasu baby" hahahahaa... :D

And just before we left her clinic, she told me "Next time remember to share the cake ok.. If the father is fat, it's ok.." *faint*

Next appointment in 2 weeks time! Getting more and more frequent means it's really near the date to give birth, but I still can't believe that I'm going to be responsible for another person's life...

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Gaining Weight Uncontrollably!

I thought my first 2 trimesters were pretty good, as I only gained about 2 kg the first 6 months, but somehow the third trimester is so bad!! The 7th month alone, I gained 5 kg!!! :(

So tomorrow is my next check-up and I think I gained 1 kg per week since my last check-up 4 weeks ago... my doctor is going to scold me! I don't know why but it's really hard to control the weight gain, what's with water retention and random food cravings. Just like today I suddenly feel like eating Gloria Jeans chocolate sponge cake... and I finished the whole thing by myself!! Actually my hubby said I didn't eat the whole thing, because he took a bite. And I had that cake after eating Burger King.... I'm such a glutten...

Everyday I tell myself not to eat so much.. so that I don't gain too much and risk getting stretch mark! But somehow when the food is in front of my face, it's really hard to resist. Even if the food is not in front of my face, sometimes it's just floating around in my brain.......

8 more weeks to go.... 8 kilos? :(

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Thomson Hospital Tour

We finally managed to join Thomson hospital tour after our 4th attempt! Well, the first 2 attempts, we just didn't manage to wake up early and for the 3rd one, we turned up during Deepavali holiday :p

So finally off we went... first stop was observation room, this is the room where they observe your contraction... I thought that this will be a private room where only 1 person is in the room. Turned out there are 3-4 beds inside each room... imagine 3 other people screaming besides you... very relaxing! :(

The next stop is birth room or delivery room, this is the room where you push your baby out. The one that they showed us has a bath tub for pain relief, but there's only one such room in the whole hospital. The rest doesn't come with bath tub. And the only thing I notice about the room is IT LOOKS DEPRESSING! I don't know why I feel that way, maybe because I imagine all the pains that are going to happen in that room or maybe simply just because the room is tiny and dark...

Ok enough of the scary part....

Next few rooms are the wards, this is where you stay for a few days after you give birth to recuperate and also so that the doctor can visit and monitor you. The first that we went is an executive suite. I think the executive suite is kinda small for a suite, maybe that's the lower level of suite because I remember when I visited my friend about half a year ago, her normal single room was much bigger! She said probably that's because her room just got renovated. Lucky girl! :)

The next suite that we went was a premier suite, one class higher than the executive suite.. Quite nice but not as nice as the picture that they put up in the website.

Oh, we also saw 2 nurseries or baby rooms - soooooo many babies in there! And all of them look so tiny and cute. There was one that was really active, already turning his head left and right :)

Anyway, I hope I get a nice room next time... and a less stressful delivery / birth room!

Friday, October 23, 2009

At That Age Now

I met up with a bunch of university friends for dinner today and the topic of the conversations revolved around babies. I think we are really at that age where everyone getting married and started having kids. In fact, one of them brought their baby to the dinner. So chubby! :)

I wonder if next time we'll start talking about our kids' school result.. and complaining to each other that MOE set too hard questions for our kids' exams! LOL... becoming those ppl that we don't like..

And I'm not looking forward to that age where we start attending each other's funeral!!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

First ParentCraft Lesson

Today was our first childbirth education course conducted by Thomson's Parent Craft. Today's course was about what to expect when you are expecting, for example what kind of changes will happen to your body (except the expanding belly), and how to take care of yourself during pregnancy.

It's funny that most of participants that I saw today, their tummy size are about my size. So I think by now they should already know what kind of changes happened. In fact, the teacher actually asked us one by one what change we or our husband saw. These are some that I remember other people said:

  1. Grumpy! But this isn't really a change lah... "HAHAHAH"

  2. My wife woke up at night to pass urine AND EAT!

  3. Stretch mark!

  4. Feeling breathless

  5. Dizziness

  6. My wife is more voluptuous and her nose is bigger

  7. Backache



Listening to them make me really grateful as I don't have any of those bad or difficult symptoms. One of the women in the class actually got admitted to hospital a few times because her morning sickness was so bad, she kept on vomiting, and has to be put on drips.

Maybe I'm carrying a very nice & kind little girl inside *cross fingers and toes* :)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Taylor Swift Love Story

Check out this 19 year old girl... she's so talented and pretty!



Monday, October 5, 2009

Scared....

It's less than 11 weeks to go and I still don't know what I'm getting myself into. My mom said giving birth is like one of your legs already stepped into hell... that's how she described the pain..

Another friend described it like pushing out a watermelon out of your nostril... that sounds kinda impossible to me...

In the beginning, I wasn't so scared about the pain because I thought I will just use whatever pain relief they have, but it turned out that there are many side effects so now I'm starting to reconsider if I should have any. A lot of people said that they have backache long after they have epidural, and I already have back problem and not keen to add more pain to my already aching back.

But at the same time I'm also scared of labor pain..... arrggghh... where am I going.....

The only thing making it worth is the thought that there will be a cute baby at the end, perhaps as cute as the baby in Beyonce video..


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Junior's 28th week update

Actually Junior is 28.5 week, so only 11.5 weeks left to delivery... so many things left to do, so little time left!

We haven't bought a crib and the shower set for the baby.... and probably a lot of other things that I haven't checked! And we don't have a name for the baby yet! I kept on coming up with different names everyday and we can't decide! Lucky we don't have to choose last name as well!

Anyway, the baby is growing healthily even though the mother is gaining too much (5 kg this week!), the doctor said probably it's because the baby exercises inside whereas the mother never exercise! Somehow I'm glad the baby is not too big coz I'm worried it will be hard to deliver.

Anyway, today's scan photo is not so clear because mini Beckham decided to put her feet on her head! And both of her arms are on her head as well.. not sure why she likes to curl so much, and also she likes to live on the right side of my body even though there's still a lot of space left on the left side, maybe it's warmer there or maybe the heart beat is too noisy for her?



See you soon, little girl! :)

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Mom, Dad, and Aseng Trip to SG

Mom, dad, and my youngest bro came to visit SG from 13 - 30 September and stayed at my place. We tried to do as many things as possible when they are here, but we ended up going shopping and playing Wii most of the time :D

Here are some of the stuff that we did...

Steamboat dinner at my place...



Weekend getaway to Pulai Springs, KL and Genting..



BBQ chalet at Downtown East Pasir Ris (or as my dad said it Paris East! hahaha)



Bowling at Downtown East Pasir Ris as well... well, I didn't play because I already have a ball attached to my tummy! :D



One day in Sentosa..



And the rest are just shopping, eating, playing Wii, talking, gossiping :D

They just left a few hours ago but my house felt sooooo quiet now! Worst, I have to go back to work tomorrow... back to real life!!!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Dinner with Winnie & Yenyul a.k.a Rachel & Rebecca

Long time didn't catch up with them and Winnie was curious to see my big tummy as well, so we FINALLY arrange to meet up in Compass Point as requested by Winnie cos she said her baby needs to sleep early, but at the end she didn't bring her baby!! hahahahahha..



Anyway, Yenyul brought hers... her baby is soooo cute! She has this curious looks, keeps on staring at people and keeps on grabbing stuff around her. Too bad I cannot carry her coz she's too heavy for me right now..

Anyway, meeting up with them gives me a glimpse of how my life will be like next time. It seems so troublesome to go out with a baby, my friend brought a big bag just for the baby stuff, and she still has to carry strollers! On top of that, she needs to feed the baby as well! Oh man... I really need help next time!

Friday, September 11, 2009

My New Toy from Jess and Akh

I got an early birthday present from Jess & Akh! But I haven't tried it yet but it looks soooo pretty heheheh :)



For more details about the product, click here
Thanks guys :)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

USA Trip August 2009

I had to travel to USA for business, but well, it's not always work and work, we managed to find time to explore SF, LA, and nearby areas. Basically I can't really remember that much details about where we went (and also lazy!), so here are some of my favorite pictures....

At the Golden Gate Bridge (I always thought the bridge is red color, it's actually orange from near!)



And these photos were taken at Palace of Fine Arts (also in SF) - there was a wedding ceremony going on when we went there :)



And then there's one weekend when we flew to LA, first thing we visited is Universal Studios. I kinda like it but there are so many rides that I couldn't take and there are a lot that have moving chairs (like those 4D animation kind) but I had to sit on the stationery ones. Oh well, maybe next time I'll go there again...



And photos with some cartoon characters..



We spent a full day at Universal and the next day we went to Santa Monica beach.. NICE!



We also managed to get Sprinkles cupcakes from Beverly Hills. I saw it in the magazine and we thought we should give it a try. It's really good! Usually cupcakes have pretty looking but disgusting tasting frosting. Theirs are pretty and yummy!



I also managed to meet up with my old friend in SF. It was a coincident because she flew to SF from LA that week for another gathering. It was really good seeing her after a year! Last year when I went to USA, I met her too and she was 8 months preggie. This time round when I met her, her son is already so huge and was running around! And this time is my turn to be pregnant... So, if I go there again next year, it's her turn to be preggie!

There's also one Friday when my colleague suggested that we go to work from SF office because the office is so nice. The view from the window is really good... we could see Bay Bridge from the window...



But the best thing of this trip is SHOPPING!!! I bought so many cute baby clothes for my baby. I think she has enough clothes until she's 2 years old! My hubby thinks I'm going to spoil her but I thought I was just spending my money the smart way since it's so much cheaper to buy from here. Hee... And I finally bought a Coach bag and wallet! My old wallet has served me for more than 3 years and kinda worn out and there was sale, the wallet was selling for USD 70+ (u.p. is USD 300 something) and I'm sure it's still selling way more expensive than USD 300 in SG so it's a good bargain! :)

Hopefully next year I can go to US again! :)

Junior's 25th week update

2 nights before we went to Langkawi, the baby didn't move as much as she was moving when she was in US. Perhaps she was excited with all the shoppings that we were doing there, or some other reason... maybe jetlagged? I don't know.. I was soooo worried and I called the doctor the next day to go for check-up, luckily they have free slot!

It turned out that she's fine, maybe tired from all the traveling and flights. Imagine just before born, she already took 15 flights and some of them are long haul. I really should stop traveling...

Anyway, she was really active during the scan, practising her breathing by sucking on the placenta! She looks like she was drinking breast milk without the boobs! haahaha :p



Anyway, 14 more weeks to delivery... cannot wait to meet this little girl! :)

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