Sunday, 10 February 2019

The Birth of Our Littlest Baby Girl

*Warning: This post contains very graphic documentation of my birth experience, which may result in significant stress reactions in some mums-to-be. Reader's discretion is advised.

As I entered into the third trimester of pregnancy and approaching the Estimated Date of Delivery (EDD) of 12 Feb, I started to feel a sense of dread that I did not have for my first two pregnancies. As you know, things did not go as I had expected the last time I was in the delivery suite giving birth to my boy. The epidural I was given did not work in time and till date, I can still remember the intense pain of every contraction and it still gives me the shivers!

So, although my tummy was getting so big that it had become extremely uncomfortable for me, I was still not enthusiastic about getting her out.

I told the baby to hold off coming into the world till after the third day of CNY, as that's when my doctor will be back from leave. She's a good girl; she listened to me ๐Ÿ˜Š

On 7 Feb, we had fully expected to go into labour any time in the next few days so I stayed home as much as I could in preparation for delivery. We were hoping that baby will be born on 9 Feb 2019 as it was an easy date to remember.

However, 9 Feb came and went without any signs of labour except for occasional cramps that I've been feeling on and off the whole of the third trimester. I was starting to think that maybe she will be born on her EDD instead.

That night on 10 Feb 2019, I was awoken at 2.30am with very bad abdominal pain. Initially it felt like a bad case of diarrhoea so I went to the toilet and thought I could go back to sleep afterwards. That was not to be because the pain intensified and I immediately recognised the feeling. I was having contractions.

I looked at the clock; it was now around 3.30am. I thought that maybe I could sleep through the earlier part of contractions like I did for my earlier two pregnancies but the contractions were relentless. One contraction was occurring every 10 minutes.

By about 4am, the contractions were once every 5 minutes and I knew we had to get to the hospital ASAP. I quickly took a bath and informed the hubby and Mum-in-law that the baby was coming!

From experience, I knew that I needed to eat something in order to have the energy to push so the Mum-in-law quickly cooked some instant noodles for me. I could hardly eat as the contractions continued.

Left: Last photo of me pregnant just before we head to the Delivery Suite;
Right: Trying to finish my bowl of instant Noodles at 4.30am. 

At around 5am, after I had called the Delivery Suite to let them know that I was coming, the hubby drove me to the hospital (NUH).

At around 5.15am, I checked into the Delivery Suite. The nurses did the usual checks and the male on-call doctor did a cervical exam, which I hate! Thankfully this was the first time I'm getting my cervix examined for this pregnancy.

The doctor informed me that I was already 8cm dilated! As usual, it was their duty to inform me of my options for pain relief (which I had already memorised by heart) and asked me if I needed the epidural.

To be honest, I strongly contemplated getting the epidural even though I was already so far dilated. The dread of the pain that was to come was a very strong motivation.

However, the hubby reminded me that epidural injections had never gone well for me in the past. Epidural caused me to be unable to push my first baby out as I could not feel anything whilst epidural did not work when I was only 3cm dilated for my second baby. He was quite sure that it will not work this time and deep down, the logical brain in me knew that he was right. Nevertheless, the hubby left the decision entirely to me because I'm the one who has to go through the pain.

While I was still trying to make a decision, the nurse advised me to try breathing the Entonox gas to see if it can help with the pain instead. Although it did not help me when I was having my second baby, she said it could be because I was already in active labour and not able to breathe it correctly and at the right time. The gas also requires some time to work so starting on it early might help.

I finally decided (very bravely too if I might add) to try the gas instead of epidural and prayed to God that the labour will be so fast that the pain will not be long lasting.

Me breathing the gas whenever I started to feel contractions

The nurse was right; this time when I breathed in the gas at the right time and in the correct way, it did help me cope with the contractions. Although it did not take away the pain entirely, it reduced its intensity from a pain rating of 8-9 to a pain rating of 4-5. At least I was able to chit chat with the hubby in between contractions and not already screaming in pain like I did when I was giving birth to baby boy!

At around 6.30am, my doctor Prof Su Lin Lin came to check on how I was doing. When she checked my cervix again (ouch!!! ๐Ÿ˜–), I had dilated to 9cm and the baby's head was still "high up" which meant that baby wasn't coming out yet. Prof Su advised me to push if I felt like it as I was starting to feel the pressure on my cervix.

From 6.30-7am, the contractions started to intensify to such a degree that even with the gas, my pain rating was 10 out of 10! ๐Ÿ˜ตOne of the contractions was so bad that I started pushing and felt a strong pain in my youknowwhere, like pain you feel when passing excrement after 2 weeks of constipation just so much more intense.

The baby's head was probably in view after that contraction, which occurred some time after 7am, and the nurse promptly announced loudly, "call Prof Su! It's time!"

By now I was already screaming, crying and writhing in pain while the nurses tried to encourage me to focus on breathing the gas. I really tried to do what they said but at this point in active labour, no pain relief other than epidural will help!!

While Prof Su and the nurses prepared for the delivery, I was in so much pain I wasn't even fully aware of what's really happening. It was only when Prof Su said with such urgency, "OK push harder the baby's head is coming out!" that I realised that this was it! I pushed and pushed and pushed so hard that it really felt like my youknowwhere was going to explode! Thankfully, after three or four major pushes, the baby was out at 7.21am! Thank you Jesus!

She came out crying with gusto like a healthy baby should! She weighed 3.3kg, slightly smaller than her sister and brother. I was incredibly happy! ๐Ÿ˜

The worse part of the process was over but there was still stitching and the placenta that needed to be delivered so the pain was not all over yet. As I had no pain relief other than the gas, I could feel everything, even more than when my epidural did not work during my second delivery. Perhaps the epidural still managed to numb some parts of my body. This time however, certain stitches could still be felt even though my doctor had given me local anesthesia (it felt like multiple injections...).

However, all the pain was well worth it because I looked and felt energetic after the delivery since I did not have to suffer any side effects from epidural such as dizzyness, vomiting, shivering, etc. Really incredibly awesome feeling!

Skin to skin with the newest addition to our family!

I think I looked younger and better than how I had looked after giving birth to my girl 9 years ago (you can go check out it out here).

I had to stay in the Delivery Suite for another hour to monitor my blood pressure before they could transfer me to the ward. During this time, baby girl was already smacking and licking her lips so I went ahead to latch her and she started breastfeeding right away.

When the hour was up at around 8.45am, I was taken to the ward at Kent Ridge Wing. There are two types of rooms for private patients: A1 (single bedder) or B1 (4-bedder). I've tried both and of course preferred the A1 for its privacy and spaciousness. Nothing beats having your own toilet!

My single-bedder room

The room was great except for the aircon or lack there of, which could be intentional because they didn't want babies to freeze. However, it was so hot that I was sweating the whole time! ๐Ÿฅต

I requested for the baby to be with me at all times in the room so that I can breastfeed on demand. I know this means that I will have to be very hands on from the start and get very little rest but I'm OK with that if it means that I'll be able to establish my milk supply and gauge her feeding pattern.

While I had my lunch, the hubby went to pick up the rest of the family to come meet their little sister for the first time.

My very healthy meal which I ate hungrily

The kids have been looking forward to meeting their sister for months! They were so happy to see her! ๐Ÿ˜

Our first family photo
The grandma and big sister couldn't wait to carry the baby!

The rest of the family also came to visit me throughout the day.

My mum and sister, proud grandma and aunt for the third time! 
Group photo with my family
Group photo with the bro-in-law and sis-in-law
My cousin (left) and colleagues (right)

There were folks who didn't manage to visit us in the hospital because I got discharged the very next day! This was the first time that I had only stayed one night in the hospital! Woohoo!!

Me with the baby alone in our room on the morning of our discharge

Thank you to all for your well-wishes and gifts! We are very blessed!

Gifts from my company, colleagues, church leaders and family

Thankful to Jesus for a smooth delivery and healthy baby girl. I was so grateful that I only needed to stay in the hospital for one night! There is no place like my comfy bed in my own home! ❤️


Just a final note:
I highly recommend Prof/Dr Su Lin Lin if you need a Obstetrician/Gynaecologist. She has delivered all three of my babies and I have seen her grow in her career from a consultant when I started seeing her in 2010 till now as professor and head of department at NUH! She is very patient and chillax, which I like because I'm equally chillax and don't work well with people who are 'gan cheong spiders'. Most importantly, she is good at what she does and I always recover very well after the whole delivery process.


Interestingly, our firstborn is an Independence Day ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ baby, our second one is a Christmas ๐ŸŽ„ baby (well almost Christmas anyway) while our third one is a Chinese New Year๐Ÿงงbaby!

Indeed, she's our best red packet of the year! ๐Ÿ˜

Sunday, 30 December 2018

My Boy's Timezone-tastic 5th Birthday!

When you are a 33-week pregnant full time working mother, you really don't want to be tired out by party-planning.

Hence, when the opportunity came to throw a fuss-free party at Timezone, I was all for it!

Timezone had recently opened a brand new outlet at Vivocity and it came with a party room for hosting parties.

Time to party at Timezone!
The birthday boy with his cake
Simple desserts and a chocolate cake that I got from local bakery Melvados (located at Anchorpoint). We decided to keep it simple with a mega candle and his favourite Super Wings toys.
The party room had a nice kitchenette with counter space, a sink and a refrigerator. 

Do note that Timezone does not provide catering unless you specially request for it, which means you will need to prepare your own food, drinks, cutlery, plates, tissue and whatever else you need. Nevertheless, they do provide you with basic party stuff like a knife and lighter so you don't have to bring those.

The party started with our party host giving out the Timezone cards and explaining how to use them.

Our friendly party host
An important slide on how to use the party cards

Each guest is given a Timezone card which allows the guest the following previleges during the 3-hour party time period:
  • Unlimited games at the Yellow machines
  • 32 games at the Red, Blue and Green machines (these earn you tickets which you can exchange for prizes!) 
  • 5 games at special stations that are only available at Vivocity!  

Our guests had so much fun! Well, the adults had way more fun than the kids! *laughs*

Daddy shooting down ghosts with his boy
Bean bag toss and some hungry chicken game
Kids loved this water shooting game
Our friends having loads of fun
The daddies and their little girls having fun playing the shooting game
Another shooting game
The only ride for younger kids
(personally I think they should have more of these) 
Getting lots and lots of tickets! 
Loving the full buckets of tickets! 

My kids also LOVED the special rides that were unique to Timezone Vivocity (at least I have never seen them at other outlets).

Spin Zone Bumper Car

Spin Zone Bumper Cars
My girl LOVED this ride so much she went on it at least FIVE times (thankful to Timezone for allowing unlimited rides on bumper car just for us!)

Do note the minimum height limit though as kids had to be able to control the car independently. There's no maximum height limit though; adults can also join in the fun! ๐Ÿ˜

I was so upset that my pregnant belly prevented me from joining in the fun ๐Ÿ˜‘


Excited that they get to do kid-sized bowling!
It's not often that they get to bowl with bowling balls that they can handle!

My kids really loved this game! They played twice and almost won their daddy!

Virtual Rabbit

Virtual Rabbit ride that made use of virtual reality

My girl does not like to ride real roller coasters but she has no problems riding a virtual one! She went on it sooooo many times!

Everyone had so much fun that it wasn't easy to get everyone to go back to the party room for the cake-cutting! We had to make so many announcements! *laughs*

Of course we had to take group photos with all of our guests before cutting the cake.

So difficult to get a decent photo of all the kids.. This was the best we had ๐Ÿ˜‚
Birthday boy giving out the goodie bags provided by Timezone for all his guests! 

At the end of the party, our little guests got to redeem their prizes with the tickets they got. The birthday boy also got to choose a Jackpot prize from Timezone as a present (this was part of the birthday package)!

Prizes redemption
Lots of Jackpot prizes to choose from!
Left: My boy chose this yellow ducky, which he loves so much he sleeps with it EVERY NIGHT;
Right: My boy delighted with his gifts! ๐ŸŽ 

Thanks to all our guests for your presence and gifts! My boy had an awesome party that I think he'll not forget! ❤️

My darling boy, you are still my best Christmas gift ever! Mummy and daddy love you very, very much! ๐Ÿ˜˜

Happy 5th Birthday!


My thoughts on a Timezone Party:

The minimum age of guests for a Timezone party should be 5 years old in my opinion. Any younger and your child probably would not have enjoyed it as much. Adults and older kids would totally LOVE it though! We got great feedback from all of our guests ❤️

I'm thinking the ideal Timezone party should be for celebrating the end of PSLE, Sweet 16 or Forever 21 as the older kids will really appreciate the games and can play on their own. It's so hard to find party places for older kids so this is an excellent option!

Adults can also consider booking the room for company team building events or year end parties! Or you can gather a group of 10 friends or more and throw a memorable birthday/bachelor/hen's party! I can think of so many possibilities!

You can check out the Timezone website for more details on their party packages!


Past Birthday Parties:


Disclosure: Complimentary party package was received from Timezone for the purposes of this review. No monetary compensation was received; all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Say Hello to Baby Number 3

It is no secret that we've always only wanted 2 kids. A girl and a boy. The ๅฅฝ(hao) in Chinese, which means good, is made up of a girl ๅฅณ(nรผ) and a boy ๅญ(zi). I've also planned to close my baby-making factory at 30 and never to reopen it again.

Or so I thought ๐Ÿ˜–

There's our will and plans but then, there is also the sovereign will of God!

We were totally not expecting it because we were practising natural contraception. It had worked for us for 9 years so why shouldn't it work right?


I missed my period for a week and told the hubby that since I had never missed a period (except when I was pregnant or nursing), there were only two conclusions in my very logical mind:
1) I am pregnant, or
2) I have some illness that is messing up my system.

Although we were totally unprepared for the former, it is a much better outcome than the latter!

After 2 weeks of waiting for the period that never came, I finally took the pregnancy test.

Viola! As expected, the two lines appeared as clear as day!

As with all my pregnancies, such as when we announced that we were having my boy, I have been experiencing a lot of pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, aches... the usual. I re-read my old 'ranting' post (you can read it here) and realised that I'm experiencing almost everything that I've previously experienced when pregnant with my boy!

However, unlike previous pregnancies where I'm always nauseous but never actually throw up, I'm always gagging during this pregnancy!

By the end of week 10, I was actually throwing up! ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿ˜ฑ
This was really new to me because I had never experienced full on nausea before!

The first ultrasound scan where I heard my baby's heart beat for the first time!

But all that throwing up was worth it when I got to see my baby moving about happily during each sonography. And I think I have also gained the least amount of weight for this pregnancy as compared to my previous pregnancies! At 18 weeks pregnant, I am still able to fit into my regular stretchy clothes, which I don't think I was able to do so before. Hopefully I will be able to maintain a steady slow weight gain till delivery! *cross fingers*

Anyway, as I am nearing 35 years old, we decided to pay more than double for a detailed blood test to test for Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome) and other chromosomal abnormalities rather than the usual screening scan. The genetic blood test cost us about $800 (so expensive!) but was more accurate than the scan yet less invasive than amniocentesis. Besides informing us on any possible chromosomal abnormalities of the baby, the test could also quite accurately tell us the gender of the baby as early as 2 weeks after the blood is taken!

My test result came back some time when I was 15 weeks pregnant and the test showed an absence of any Y-chromosomes in my blood, which meant that our baby is a girl!

YAY! You know how much I love pink right? *grin*

I can't wait to meet her! I mean, it's only 22 more weeks to go... right??? Argg, who am I kidding?! It will feel like eternity to me! *sigh*

Wish me luck!

Friday, 8 June 2018

Langkawi Day 1: Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa

It's that time of the year for our annual girls' trip with my mum and sister! Such trips are very precious to us, especially after the sister and I got married and moved out of our maiden home.

This year we thought we would explore Langkawi and decided to fly by Air Asia as it was the cheapest. It cost us S$194 per person (same price for adult and child), excluding baggage allowance and meals.

My kids are so blessed as my mum paid for their air tickets and accommodation for this trip as their birthday present!

Air Asia departs from Changi International Airport Terminal 4 and this is our first experience with the most technologically advanced of all the terminals.

Checking in our luggage through the automated machines
My first time using this! Very cool! 

The terminal itself was also very well-designed.

Such a cool bench!
Beautiful centrepiece display

When it was time to depart, we boarded the plane and departed at 10.55am. I was allocated separate seats from the mum, sister and kids. Although the kids sat across the aisle from me, it wasn't an easy task convincing my boy to sit with a stranger.

And this is why I tell my friends with no kids that I refuse to take a budget airline unless for flights shorter than 2 hours.

My well-travelled kids fell asleep almost immediately after takeoff!

The journey to Langkawi took approximately 1 hour 30 minutes and we arrived at 12.25pm at Langkawi International Airport.

Our AirAsia plane at Langkawi International Airport
Waiting for our luggage

The sister had booked Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa, Langkawi via the hotel's website because of the perks that came with booking directly with the hotel. Such perks include complimentary airport transfer to and from the hotel, late check out until 3pm (based on availability) and 10% discount on food and spa.

Our complimentary airport transfer to the hotel came with towels and a bottle of water. 
Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa Langkawi

We were warmly greeted by a staff on arrival and given welcome drinks while the staff completed the check in process.

The main lobby
Our welcome drink ๐Ÿฅ‚ 

Our room was not yet ready for us so we decided to check out the beach while waiting.

Hanging out on the beach chairs at the beach
Like a postcard right?

Our room was finally ready after about 1-2 hours.

Our resort-type room
Our room cards

We had booked the Garden Terrace room at MYR 835 per room per night (including breakfast and taxes) via the hotel's website. This was a special rate for Malaysians, Singaporeans and its Permanent Residents.

We booked twin beds so that my kids can share a bed while I had one all to myself! Woohoo!
Small living area
Massive bathroom
The wardrobe is located within the bathroom
Clockwise from left: Complimentary water and other amenities;
TV and study table;
Large balcony that we didn't get to use because it was way too hot!

After we had unpacked our luggage, we headed to Cinang Mall, the nearest mall to our hotel, for lunch. It was a really long walk and took us about 20 minutes! On hindsight, we should have taken Grab! Thank God that we managed to get there without fainting along the way from the heat!

Cinang Mall

We decided to eat at Old Town because it seemed like the only place that had food for my Chinese-food-loving boy.

Sweaty and hungry kids waiting for food
My noodles, which was not too bad

There was nothing much to do or buy at the mall so we started our walk back to hotel. We passed Gelato Cabana on the way back and decided to get their homemade ice cream!

My girl with her Langkawi Mango ice cream! Yum! ๐Ÿ˜‹
Different flavours to choose from
Special Langkawi flavours

I chose Langkawi Banana but regretted it as the boy and I both preferred chocolate. I should have gotten double scoops!

In any case, the ice cream was a great motivator for my kids to walk the whole way back to the hotel without complaints. The minute we got back, we headed straight for the amazing pool, the highlight of our stay!

Lagoon-shaped pool
Large kids water playground
The theme of the design was 'dinosaurs'
My boy loved sliding down the slides and would spend most of his time at the pool doing so again and again
Water spray!
What's a water playground without a giant bucket of water that pours down on you every 10 minutes? ๐Ÿ˜ฌ 
There's also a bigger slide for both adults and kids! Very fun!
Bubbling massage area for your aching back and legs
Love this photo of a very chill pool side
The hotel is located very near the airport so the kids get to spot aeroplanes flying in and out of Langkawi!

After swimming, we headed out for dinner at the Cba restaurant by the beach!

In matching Miffy t-shirts exploring the resort at night
(which is supposed to sound like 'sea bar'?) 
Beautiful evening view of the beach and the sea
Dining at the beach by the sea.
Very breezy and calming!

The kids enjoyed their spaghetti and fish and chips, which were nicely done and quite reasonably priced.

We ordered a pizza and some other main dish as well and our total bill came up to RM176. However, when I settled the bill on the final day, we only paid RM118.40 (this is probably due to the perks of booking directly from hotel)! I felt the whole experience was really worth the amount that we paid!

It was a great ending to an amazing day! ❤️

Continue to >> Langkawi Day 2-3: Kilim Geoforest Park, SkyCab & 3D Art Langkawi


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