Monday, January 1
Kicked start 2018 laughing with my poly classmates cause we had trouble getting the live countdown on the screen. We did a toast to an awesome 2018!
Received our first gift at 3am from Cat and Der; a lift home from John's place.
Hurried to bed to catch up with sleep so I can start my mummy duties at 8am. Fixed breakfast for kids while hubs was still snoozing. 3 happy scrambled egg sandwich/toast diners!
Then the kids played with each other the whole morning since it was still raining while hubs and I packed the house a little. Next thing we knew... it's 12.30pm already! Brought the kids down stairs for lunch, came back up to trim toenails and out again to neighbourhood park to get some fresh air!
It was great to spend time together as a family. A great start to our 2018!
Pray that God will continue to provide and watch over us this year. Amen!
Thursday, June 2
So this year, I've decided to learn to love and take care of myself more. That means keeping fit, getting stronger and healthier, and finally, starting a beauty regime.
I've actioned on my thoughts! Joined the lunch time yoga organised by my company in January, went for my first ever facial. Hopefully I will be able to sustain!
Thursday, January 7
Thursday, August 6
Tuesday, July 28
Monday, July 27
Colin decided someday that he doesn't want to get his butt washed after pooing.
Me: Colin, go and wash your backside..
His responses to my command:
- Don't worry about my 大便 mummy!
- Don't talk about my 大便!
- I'm not done yet~
- *hides from our line of sight*
- *pretended he never hear*
Our conversation today...
Colin: Mummy will you play with me?
Me: I won't play with you until you get your backside washed.
Colin: It's okay. I can play with myself.
After awhile.. he asked for help tk seperate 2 lego pieces.
Colin: Mummy will you help to take out?
Me: I won't help until you wash your backside..
Colin: All right... *continued to play by himself*
Then he wanted to show me the big lego house he built.
Colin: Mummy, look at the big house!
Me: I'm still waiting for you to wash your butt before I play with you..
Colin: Finally gave in and went to get his butt washed!
After he got his butt washed..
Colin: *flashed his backside at my face* I washed my backside mummy!!!
Me: Oh yeah! Now I can play with you!
Colin: *Big smile*
Ahhh... what a tough nut to crack.
Tuesday, July 7
Every night I went into bed hoping labour will happen like Colin's birth. Every morning I woke up without contractions. Haha. Let's just say, the wait... was indeed.. long, especially when I wasn't working. Is today the day? When will I go into labour? How will labour start? Why is my tummy so heavy? Are my feet getting more bloated? My questions were aplenty.
So here's what happened in the end.
Woke up feeling extremely tired, so tired I dozed off on the rocking chair. We were pretty convinced that Louise won't be making her appearance so soon so Daddy signed up for a weekend course. He was such a sweetie to keep asking me for my status.
1st Pregnant Women (PW) status check:
In fact the discharged started in the morning but I wanted to monitor before informing him.
2nd PW status check:
3rd PW status check from hubs came in..
I'm pretty much sure I was in early stage of labour. Just thinking when's the best time to head to hospital. Ideally in active labour but before the pain gets unbearable, and must be in time to take epidural.
Here's my consolidated list of contractions before I headed to hospital. It started off with low intensity pain level (1 green cube) for 30 seconds every 10 to 20 minutes. I kept quiet about my contractions until after dinner. I broke the news to hubs by telling him I had 4 contractions during dinner and nobody noticed. :D
Things sped up after dinner. I stood most of the time to aid Louise's descend. I kept drinking water and visiting the loo. The contractions were getting more painful (3 cubes) and frequent.. about 3-7 minutes apart. By then I had to stop whatever I was doing to ride through that minute.
At 10pm, I asked my mum if she could let Colin sleep that with them that night cause I had a feeling this could be it! Then told hubs to get some rest before we head to the hospital (no idea what time we would be leaving). Meanwhile I tried to rest too, tried. My mum sensed that something was amiss and popped by our room to check on me at midnight. She caught me looking at my phone (I was timing my contraction), I brushed her off saying I'm reading something and will sleep shortly. In reality, I was in too much pain to sleep.
|Contraction Tracking by Full Term App|
When the pain intensity hit 4 cubes at 1.32am, I decided it was time to head to the hospital. My very suspicious mum caught us leaving the house at 2am.
I was in Thomson Medical Centre's Labour Ward Room 5 by 2.25am. They got me to change into gown and did a vaginal examination (VE). "3cm, enfaced!". Proceed to inform our gynae, Dr. Paul Tseng, that I was in labour. I asked for epidural immediately. The anaesthetist, Dr. Phillip Tseng (gynae's brother), wasn't available and probably couldn't make it back in time for me so they recommended someone else. I was a little disappointed, but really, anything to ease the pain!
Life was back to comfort after the epidural took effect. VE was done at 7plus and I was 5cm dilated. While the nurse was poking around, my water bag burst and I heard the water gushing out! I let out a sigh of relief when she assured me that Louise's head was down.
At 9.45am, I was 8cm dilated. We were hoping for Louise to see the world before 11am so the nurse said it's possible, they'll do another VE at 10.15am to see how far along Louise was. The nurse told me to inform them when I felt the urge to poo which I didn't recall sensing it in my previous birth. It was too early to tell if it would be the same, so I waited..and waited, no urge to poo. When they came in to check on me again, I decided to inform the nurses that I've never felt it before. The nurses back then just asked me to push Colin out. Though surprised, they asked me to try pushing Louise out and she crowned! Everyone in the room was delighted. They proceeded to inform Dr. Paul to come down for delivery.
Time zoomed by after Dr Paul got into the labour ward. Put on his gown, gloves and the pushing started. Okay, deep breath in, push~ doing great! pushing very well. Rest. laughs at something the nurse said.. Another push! Wait wait, hold! Okay, push!! Push!! PUSH!! Out came our little girl.
"Wow! Big baby, maybe around 4.5kg", said Dr. Paul.
"4.535kg!", the nurse confirmed.
Welcome to our family, Louise Chang.
Friday, July 3
Colin was unwell during the last week of school and didn't manage to make father's day gift. So I decided to make something for our awesome father while he napped...
Colin was very excited when I told him that we were going to make something for daddy.
Sunday, June 28
Me: Colin, where is meimei?
Colin: In your tummy. Why you trap meimei inside?
Me: Colin, babies can't talk. They only cry... so meimei can't talk yet when she comes out okay?
Colin: What's wrong with meimei?
Dad: Shall we go get your hair cut today?
Dad: Can grandpa cut your hair?
Me: So who can cut your hair?
Colin: ...... Nobody!
Wednesday, June 24
So I told Dr Paul our little girl's head is back up... and it was! Amazing how you managed to turn back up at 39 weeks almost immediately after he turned your head down. He said your had your reasons for turning back up.
He perform another ECV and instructed me to sleep on my right.
I asked whether it was an option to induce after doing an ECV.. Apparantly induction was a better option if my cervix was opened.. but.. sadly.. it was closed!
So we were thrown 3 options to consider.. Induction if your head is still down, vaginal breech or c-section breech.
See you in another 3 days Louise!
Monday, June 22
Wednesday, June 17
Saturday, June 13
It's school holiday and that means bringing the boy out more often during the weekends! Many shopping malls held dinosaur exhibits in conjunction with the launch of Jurassic World movie on 11 June. It's perfect for Colin cause he loves dinosaurs! I asked him a few times if he wants to see dinosaur (OneKM) or dinosaur bones (Plaza Singapura). His choice was the latter. And so we went to Plaza Singapura!
He spent at least 15 minutes in the sand pit digging for fossils. Was surprised the fussy fingers him didn't mind the sand! :P An overall enjoyable experience for him (and us).
Thursday, June 11
Everything was up 1 size for this pregnancy. More nausea and hunger episodes. My tummy showed earlier and was bigger overall. Weight wise.. heavier! Was almost 66kg with Colin @ week 40, but already at 69kg with this little girl @ week 38. This time I could feel myself bloating up more as well; rings, shoes and clothes were tighter. I even outgrew some of my maternity dresses. :S Medical bills also went up cause I opted for 1 bedder this time round (didn't have a very peaceful experience the last time in 2 bedder), and gynae delivery fees were raised too due to increase in dr's insurance or something.
Amidst all the money spent (and will be spending), I'm thankful for a supportive husband who does his best to be there for me every appointment. Don't know how challenging having 2 kids will be for us but we'll get by somehow by God's grace. One step at a time! :D
Wednesday, June 3
Sunday, May 31
COLIN TURNS THREE!
Yes! Happy 3rd birthday to our dearest Colin boy! Time flies! Mummy made the banners for your and daddy helped to put it up!
You requested for triceratops birthday cake which was impossible to buy off the shelves. Mummy had to order a cake and specially requested for the cake toppings to be removed. Went to the toy store to buy little dinosaurs to place on top! :) You were very happy when you saw your cake!
You were a little apprehensive when everyone started singing birthday song for you...
After the song finished, you went forward to blow the candles without prompting. We didn't even had the chance to ask you to make a wish! The flames went off in a single blow..
Our precious cheeky boy with his cake and new dinosaur toys by the side. Oh, mummy got your a dinosaur shirt too~ ROAR!
Just you and mummy while daddy gets the knife.
You and cousin Alexis mei mei. It's amazing to see how you 2 like each other so much. You will ask mei mei to drink water and take good care of her. Is it a big brother thing? :D We hope you will be this nice to Louise mei mei too!
We got you 2 matching sunglasses! So adorable!
Group picture with mummy's friends who babysit you pretty often. We are glad you like them too!
As you enter into the 4th year of your life, we hope you'll continue to grow up healthy and happy. These are the 2 most important things in life..
Saturday, May 30
You were really excited to go for the pony ride, so excited you ran off to the ticketing counter yourself to buy your pony ride ticket. I had a hard time managing you while waiting for your turn to go onto the pony since patience is not something you’ve quite mastered yet. You hopped onto the pony without hesitation and went for your round. Daddy and mummy are still very puzzled why you were more afraid of kiddy rides. Isn’t a real animal more scary?
On our way out you wanted to ride the shark on the carousel, we managed to persuade daddy to let you go on the ride. Again, you ran off by yourself to the ticketing counter to buy tickets. You decided to sit on the dolphin in the end though! It was very difficult to spot mummy when you went round and round and round.. haha
You were a happy boy until the ride ended. Not because the ride ended, but because you realised there was your favourite dinosaur triceratops, and you did not get to sit on it. Too devastating for your little heart to handle. A passerby asked you why you were crying and your brushed her away rudely said “Go away!”.
You managed to cool down after a while.. in fact, quite a while… and the happy boy came back! We didn't manage to see the Koalas cause the queue was about 45mins, plus you've already seen koalas in Taiwan Zoo.
You slept on the way home and woke up just in time for your favourite food - cheeseburger from McDonald’s!
Dear Colin, not everything will go according to your plans/ways/wants in life. We hope that you will learn to balance your expectations and deal with disappointments when it comes. May you grow up strong on the outside (already are) and inside!
Singapore Zoo tops our 'to-go' list cause it's a big area for Colin to run around, look at the animals. Sometimes we just head straight to a particular show and back, other times to the Kidzworld for Colin to interact with farm animals and play at the water playground. We signed up for membership a year ago and have been visiting the zoo every month!
Wednesday, May 20
I'll always introduce the Taiwan Tourist Shuttle Bus. Basically you pay NT$50 for a day pass and it allows you to hop on and the bus along the planned route. What we did previously was to get off to explore, be back at the bus stop before the scheduled arrival (think it was hourly interval), and move off to next destination..
Here's the link!
Sunday, May 10
Thursday, May 7
Colin: Teacher Margaret made me sit on the naughty chair today.
Me: Were you a naughty boy?
Me: What did you do?
After another school day..
Me: Did Teacher Margaret make you sit on the naughty chair today?
Me: Do you sit on the naughty chair everyday?
This kid. Seriously funny! :D
Friday, May 1
I like the curriculum cause there's GymKidz programme for the active little one, music lessons and lots of crafting time apart from the normal language and literacy (Engilsh: Victoria Carlton Literacy Programme - Jolly Phonics/Grammar, Chinese:乐中学) classes. Colin comes home singing new songs, dancing happily and bugging me to do painting/anything hands on with him. That's a good sign right? :D
Curriculum aside, the teachers are very dedicated and caring (probably a result of the low student:teacher ratio). They will email me to ask if Colin was okay when he was absent from class for long period. The teachers were the first one to inform us when Colin is 'heaty' or had ulcers in his mouth. I remember I didn't plan to accompany Colin for his first lesson since he will stick to me like forever.. but the principal advised me to stay on so he would be able to settle down emotionally. Glad I did cause it took him only slightly more than a week to settle down in school; no fussing at the entrance when we drop him off for class. :) I liked how his teachers were able to handle him peacefully instead of raising their voices.
The thing I love most is seeing pictures of what's happening in class! :D So this is him doing his stuff in school!
|Colin was able to tell me that he played xylophone! I was trying to figure out what this was?! hah|
|His class has 11-12 students. :)|
|Matching letters to pictures.|
Me: Colin, 妹妹's name is Louise.
Lols. This boy is too cute.
Went for gynae appointment on 29 Apr '15 and found out that I gained 3kg in a month! I ate as usual... and some chocolates.
Dr Paul did a scan and said bb Louise's estimated weight was almost 2.5kg, 1kg gain since last visit! She was in breech position and has long legs... chances of her hitting 4kg is high. Oh man.
Saturday, April 25
My parents came back from breakfast with Colin and asked Colin to wake me up. He went..
Colin: Time to wake up mummy! Popo got you something to eat!
Me: What did popo buy?
Colin: French fries (he meant McDonald's)! Don't you eat French fries?
Oh man.. his language at 34 months. I don't know what to expect when he turns 4 or 5 years old.
Some of his favorite phrases now:
- Are you kidding me?
- May I go to the farm?
- You are naughty!
- Did I tell you not to ... ..
- I don't want you!
Friday, April 17
Thursday, February 5
My belly showed much earlier and weight climbed way faster this time. I wonder how much weight I will gain this time?? With Colin I weighed almost 66kg. AT 20 weeks today, I weighed........ 59,5kg. :S
Pray for a safe pregnancy and healthy girl! Thank you Lord for your grace and mercy. Amen!
Tuesday, December 30
Wednesday, December 17
This was how Colin welcomed us home today.
To daddy: Hug
To mummy: Hug and an "I love you"
Daddy was jealous so he pretended he was sad to get his "I love you".
Here's how it went..
Daddy: Colin, I'm sad.
Colin: Don't be sad ah? Don't be sad. (In a very singaporean way)
Colin: Stop it. Stop it!
We broke into laughter when we heard him saying "stop it!" cause that's the exact same tone we use whenever we wanted him to stop doing something.
Some other funny phrases he said...
I so very sad.
I so very tired.
Papa is princess.
I want to jump you.
I want to hungry.
Hey! Wake it up mama/papa (when we laze on bed)
He also surprised me some days/weeks back with...
I am angry with you mama!
I don't care!
It's okay.. (tells himself after he falls)
Mummy is princess.
'Cuse me mama/papa!
I drying my hair (while standing in front of the fan).
Hey, wait a minute!
Starts asking us questions we asked him...
Is this is dog?
Where is the puppy?
What sound does a dog (or any other animals he know) make?
Do you want to read a story?
Are you okay?
Do you want to see doctor?
What's wrong with you?
May I... ?
This boy is growing up so fast.
At 30 months, he can converse with us like a little adult.
● He uses -ing and past tenses correctly most of the time.
● Expresses his emotions and wants (he asked me for a kiss on his left cheek before tucking in bed)
● Shows concern for others
● Jumps anywhere and everywhere
The list is endless! He learns much faster than I can blog.
I'm sure he'll be an interesting big brother. ♥
Tuesday, December 16
Colin has a thing for toilets. It's where he goes for swims (baths), pees on the floor, washes hands and feet and plays with water when no one notices.
But something different happened today. My mum told me that Colin took a dump on the toilet bowl! He needed to go but wasn't wearing diapers. So he climbed onto the toilet bowl, turned around carefully, sat comfortably and there he went! First dump into the toilet bowl!
Sunday, November 30
Summer Cat was standing on top of the cat tower.. and Colin said to Summer: "Come down, little guy!"
Some other things Colin said to the cats:
"Tmeed! You naughty boy! "
"You wanna play ball?"
"You wanna eat?"
"I put you inside (the dryer)"
Tuesday, November 18
Daddy wrapped himself in a blanket (which Colin claimed was his) when he went out to greet the cats in the morning.
Colin returned to our room and saw daddy using his blanket. He immediately shouted, "My blanket! My blanket! My blanket! Hey!!! 'cuse me!" and proceeded to snatch the blanket away from daddy.
Poor daddy. Hahhaa.
Tuesday, October 28
I've been feeling tired and sleeping much earlier these days.
Colin found me on the bed today and asked me to go outside (living room). I told him I was tired. He kept asking me, "What's wrong with you?"
Our son is starting to care for us.. awwww. So sweet.