Friday, 24 May 2019

Admiralty Park & Northpoint City Playgrounds

Since its opening, I've been wanting to bring the kids to Admiralty Park Playground to check it out. Now that I still have maternity leave, the hubby and I decided to bring them on a weekday when it's less crowded.

The kids were in love with the playground! It was so big that even the older girl enjoyed herself very much!

Left: These metal slides were the tallest in the playground. It took both kids a lot of deliberation and courage before finally deciding to give it a try (and loving it ever since);
Right: A smaller slide in contrast. 
Climbing up the nets between the slides.
Very smart use of otherwise wasted space. 
Lots of climbing structures to challenge older kids
Slides hidden in the floor keep things interesting
Peekaboo slides to prevent claustrophobia and for parents to keep a better eye on the kids
More climbing structures and slides
This rock wall looks easy but is actually quite challenging for my 5.5 year old boy. Towards the end he needed my help to pull him up otherwise he might have fallen. The girl had no difficulties at all though. 
I call this structure the DNA helix cos it looks similar

Due to the height of most of the structures, this playground is more suitable for the older children ages 5 to 12 years old (although the teenagers and Polytechnic students also play here). Younger kids might find the stuctures too challenging for them.

The kids loved this mini flying fox the most! Adults around the size of the hubby or I can even ride on it (check the weight limit before attempting)

The playground also had slides with rollers so that you can roll down if you wanted to.

Roller slides

It got too hot for us (adults) and the baby after an hour so we headed to Yishun, where the hubby and his family used to live.

It was a long time since we had visited Northpoint, which is now called Northpoint City because it has become so big!

We found the boy's latest craze, good ole Pacman, at Timezone! The boy was so excited and he and the daddy earned a lot of tickets from just one game!

I knew that there was a water playground at the roof based on the last time that I had brought my eldest girl here but man, it has gotten a major upgrade! There are slides now!

Good size water playground!

Left: Baby girl can't have fun yet but I'll definitely bring her back when she is older;
Right: Big bucket that floods the playground periodically with water!
They are treating this like a pool ๐Ÿ˜’

The only thing we didn't like about the playground was the shower facility as it was not divided into males and females. My girl couldn't bathe with privacy so we just let her wash with her swim suit still on and got her to change in the toilet.

We had dinner at the very famous 925 Chicken Rice stall nearby, which was and still is one of the hubby's favourite chicken rice stalls in Singapore.

It's really not often that the kids get to hang out with us on a weekday! They had a blast! ❤️


This post is part of my MadPsychMum Fun in Singapore Guide to all things exciting for kids! 
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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

My Personal Review of 6 Types of Strollers

As a mum of three and a closet #strolleraddict, I have found that there is no perfect stroller that fit all of our family's needs AND budget. The lightweight ones are usually not sturdy enough and the heavy-duty ones are more expensive and not easy for travelling (though I've done it a few times!).

As a result, I found myself getting different types of strollers over the years to fit our needs! Big and small, I've used most of them all ๐Ÿคฃ

I have been asked by some readers to review my strollers but as I have so many, I really haven't had time to do a post for each one. I have used about 9 strollers during my 9 years of motherhood and at one point had FIVE strollers in my house! (Now I still have FOUR because we threw away our oldest, 6-year-old stroller) *laughs* 

Here's my personal review of SIX TYPES of STROLLERS and their pros and cons:

[1] Umbrella Strollers

Main Features:
  • Handles look like the handle of an umbrella and the stroller sometimes closes like one, hence the name
  • Usually folds vertically left and right to the centre
  • Double strollers available; seats are usually side by side
  • Some models may be able to add a carseat with purchase of additional adaptors

Common Brands: Peg Perego, McLaren

My Strollers: Ferrari & Peg Perego Plinko Mini

Left: Ferrari stroller (S$169) for my oldest girl;
Right: Peg Perego Plinko Mini (S$369) for my boy. 

We really love both of our umbrella strollers; we've used the Ferrari for 3.5 years and the Peg Perego for 6 years! We have travelled almost everywhere with them by air, road and sea and have had no problems.

  • Closes vertically, hence does not take up much space in your car boot/ storeroom / etc
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to navigate and push
  • If reclinable, can be suitable for infants 0-6 months
  • Relatively inexpensive (cost about S$200-500)
  • May have a smaller canopy and/or basket, depending on the model
  • Cannot push with one hand
  • Cannot be closed with one hand
  • The seat only faces front
  • Not cabin size
  • May not be able to stand on its own when closed
  • Require a baby insert to support infants younger than 6 months
  • Usually not suitable for children heavier than 15kg

[2] Full-sized Lightweight Strollers

Main Features:
  • Handle is in the shape of a semi circle and goes from one side of the stroller to the other
  • Usually folds from handle to foot rest (like a caterpillar when it moves) 
  • Double strollers available; seats are usually front and back
  • Some models may be able to add a car seat with purchase of additional adaptors

Common Brands: Combi, Capella, Graco, Britax, Joovy

My Stroller: Bon Bijou Lucas Lightweight Stroller

Left: Easywalker MINI buggy XS (my bro-in-law's) Right: Our Bon Bijou Lucas Lightweight stroller bought at Baby Fair for S$199. 
We like it for the huge canopy and ease of use

Among all my strollers, I probably liked our Bon Bijou the least but to be fair, we did buy the cheapest model with the least specifications (they have better models at a higher price point). This model is not a 'four-wheel drive' and comes with a 5-point harness that requires a PhD in order to buckle them. It's also very bulky when closed.

However, the stroller is very simple to close (one hand also can!) and easy to push. Perfect for my petite mum-in-law ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lightweight
  • Easy to navigate and push
  • Can be pushed with one hand
  • Easy to close; some models can be closed with one hand
  • Some models allow for seat to face either front or back 
  • If reclinable, can be suitable for infants 0-6 months
  • Depending on the model, may be able to handle a child up to 20kg
  • Usually has a small basket
  • May not be cabin size
  • Can be bulky when closed
  • May require a baby insert to support infants younger than 6 months

[3] Full-sized Sturdy Strollers

Main Features:
  • Handles are usually adjustable to fit your height (great for taller folks!) 
  • Frame of the stroller and/or wheels are usually larger than average
  • Seats are generally removable so that you can customise the type of seat based on the child's age/size (e.g. bassinet for infants) 
  • Double strollers available; seats are usually front and back
  • Some models may be able to add a car seat with purchase of additional adaptors

Common Brands: Stokke, Bugaboo, Baby Jogger

My Stroller: Baby Jogger City Select

My Baby Jogger City Select
(RRP S$1399 for a double) 

I've done a full review of my Baby Jogger City Select here. Of all my strollers, I love my Baby Jogger the most because of its functionality! I know it's not as light as other strollers but it has the best functions (read my review for more details)!

Having said that, I've ever packed this double stroller in a luggage and brought it to Melbourne. We have also loaded it into the boot of our sedan car and brought it on a road trip to Malacca (see it in action here). It was so useful as it could comfortably support both my kids as well as all our barang

  • Easy to push; height of stroller is comfortable for taller people
  • Some models can be pushed with one hand
  • Large canopy and/or basket
  • Very sturdy and does not topple easily
  • Usually allow for seat to face either front or back 
  • Suitable for infants 0-6 months as a bassinet can be added or the seat can be reclined 
  • Usually able to handle children heavier than 15kg
  • Not lightweight
  • Not cabin size
  • May be difficult to manoeuvre in tight spaces
  • Cannot be closed flat; can be bulky when closed
  • Cannot be closed with one hand
  • If seat/s can be removed, it may require some practice to open and close the stroller
  • Can be expensive depending on the model

[4] Travel System Strollers

Main Features:
  • Most full-sized stroller listed above can add a carseat with additional adaptors to turn it into a travel system stroller. 
  • Useful for carrying baby in and out of the car without waking the baby

Common Brands: Cybex, Quinny

My Stroller: Quinny Zapp

Quinny Zapp with additional Zapp Xtra seat bought at only S$180 on Lazada
Before and after adding the carseat

All Quinny strollers are directly compatible with Maxi Cosi carseats (adaptors are included with purchase of the stroller) , hence we decided to buy one to match our existing Maxi Cosi carseat that we got from a friend. We compared the older, most basic model of the Quinny Zapp with newer models and felt that the older model fits our needs best as it was cheapest and the least bulky.

I have to say, I used to think Travel System Strollers are a waste of money because the baby can only sit in the carseat for at most till 14 months old. However, now that I have a baby who is a light-sleeper, I really appreciate the fact that I don't have to wake her when I move her from the car to the stroller or vice versa! It's really very convenient if you have a car or travel by cab/private hire cars.

  • Easy to navigate and push
  • Very sturdy and does not topple easily
  • Suitable for infants 0-6 months
  • Very convenient; able to move the baby in and out of the car without waking the baby
  • May require additional adaptors to convert existing stroller to a travel system, which may cost extra 
  • Older siblings will not be able to sit in stroller when the carseat is fitted on the stroller
  • Not lightweight
  • Not cabin size
  • Cannot be closed flat; can be bulky when closed
  • Cannot be closed with one hand
  • If seat/s can be removed, it may require some practice to open and close the stroller
  • Can be expensive depending on the model

[5] Compact Strollers

Main Features:
  • Folds flat and small, sometimes even small enough to fit into your bag
  • Double stroller not available

Common Brands: GoodBaby Pockit Stroller, Babyzen Yoyo

My Stroller: CocoLatte Pockit Stroller

My Cocolatte Pockit stroller
(Bought in 2016 for S$199) 
How the stroller looks like when opened
When closed, it fits nicely into my recycle bag

I've done a full review of my Pockit stroller here.

When I bought this stroller in 2016, they only had strollers that can't be reclined. In recent years, GoodBaby and Cocolatte have released newer models that not only can be reclined, but, depending on the model, may also fit a carseat if you add the necessary adaptors. However, this means that the price of the newer Pockit models is almost double of what I paid ($350+ vs $199). Nevertheless, I think it's a good investment if you commute via public transport or travel overseas a lot. It's so compact and light that you can carry it with one hand when its closed! I love to bring mine for our overseas trips! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Very lightweight
  • Cabin size
  • Usually small enough to fit into your backpack/ big totebag
  • Does not take up space in your car boot/ storeroom/ etc
  • If reclinable, can be suitable for infants 0-6 months
  • Usually has a small canopy and/or basket
  • For the Pockit, it cannot be closed with one hand and requires some practice to open and close the stroller
  • The seat only faces front
  • Handles usually cannot support weight, e.g. diaper bags
  • If seat cannot be reclined, it's not suitable for infants 0-6 months
  • Require a baby insert to support infants younger than 6 months
  • Usually not suitable for children heavier than 15kg
  • Can be expensive depending on the model

[6] Toddler-Only Strollers

Main Features:
  • Basic stroller that can't be reclined and does not have a 5-point harness as it is meant for toddlers

Common Brands: Seababy, Jiji

My Strollers: Latido, Seababy

Our Latido and Seababy strollers bought in 2012-2013

I personally don't like toddler-only strollers as they are difficult to push and not very safe (usually only 3-point harness). I think we sold these two away not long after the mum-in-law got them as we found pushing my very heavy, preschool-aged, oldest girl very difficult. I'm sure they have made better strollers since then but I will still only buy full strollers.

  • Very lightweight
  • Does not take up space in your car boot/ storeroom/ etc
  • Relatively inexpensive (usually cost less than S$200)
  • Small canopy and basket
  • Seat cannot recline; hence not suitable for babies younger than 6 months
  • Depending on the model, may not be able to close flat
  • Handles usually cannot support weight, e.g. diaper bags
  • May be difficult to navigate and push
  • Not suitable for children heavier than 15kg


There are two types of strollers I've never tried:
  1. Jogging (because I hate jogging) 
  2. Car Seat Carrier, i.e. car seats that convert directly into a stroller, e.g. Doona (I have no need of this as I have a travel system stroller) 

Hopefully this was helpful to you! Happy shopping for the right stroller/s for your family! ๐Ÿ˜„

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

My Breastfeeding Diary (Baby #3): First Month

*Warning: Detailed documentation of breastfeeding and its related terms ahead. Reader's discretion is advised; please do not read if you feel uncomfortable =)

The moment after I had delivered my baby girl in the delivery suite, she started puckering her lips and sticking out her tongue, which was a clear indication that she wanted to breastfeed. As usual, I latched her directly as I had done with baby boy when he was born and fully remembered how to do it despite not having breastfed for the last 4 years!

When I got transferred to the ward, the nurse in the ward immediately checked, as is their SOP, on how I am doing with breastfeeding. She proceeded to squeeze my nipples very tightly (ouch!) before exclaiming, "wow, that's very good, a lot of colostrum!"

Tip: make sure you start breastfeeding as early as possible and as many times as the baby wants in order to develop your milk supply.

The nurse checked my latching and was equally impressed by the baby's strong sucking. I think it makes a huge difference choosing to give birth without epidural because the baby is not drowsy after birth as compared to an epidural assisted birth.

Seeing that I was a very experienced mum (not to brag but I have done this three times!), they left me alone for the rest of my stay in the hospital. If I were the nurses, I would love having me as their patient as I made their job really easy! *laughs*

As usual, I requested that the baby room in with me (and not return to the nursery) so that I can feed her on demand. This is so that I have full control of my breastfeeding and can learn about her breastfeeding style from the start. Of course, this is only possible if you stay in a single-bedder room so please consider it if you can afford it.

Tip: Keep the baby with you as much as possible so that you can learn to recognise the baby's cries for milk (which is different from the baby's cries for comfort and pain), and respond to him/her before those cries become uncontrollable and stress-inducing. Don't be over-reliant on the nurses or your confinement nanny otherwise you won't be able to do it on your own. 

The first day of breastfeeding went well but the night was terrible. Baby wanted to feed every 15 minutes but only drank for 5 minutes before falling asleep. I did not sleep AT ALL for 24 hours since the delivery and was so exhausted that by 6am in the morning, I was slightly hallucinating!

Me and baby alone in our room in the morning

Thank goodness I decided to ask the nurse to bring the baby to the nursery for her vaccinations so that I have some alone time to freshen up. I felt so much better after that. Breastfeeding a newborn with a tiny stomach is not easy!

After discharge, I realised that my baby was still not pooping after 4 days since the first poop. Her paediatrician suggested feeding longer at each breast (10-15 minutes, instead of 5-10 minutes) so that baby can take in more of the fatty part of the milk. I had totally forgotten that the fore milk is made up of mainly water and that the hind milk which comes at the back is made of the fats that the baby needs to poop, stay full and gain weight. I did what the paediatrician recommended and viola, she started pooping a lot! ๐Ÿ˜„

Tip: If your baby is like mine and tends to sleep after sucking for 5 minutes, you can try burping the baby and then continuing to latch the baby from the same breast rather than switching breast. This is to ensure that the baby gets enough of the fatty hind milk. 

Happily sleeping soundly after a feed

As with all my babies, my breasts started to be engorged by the time my baby was 4 days old. However, I decided not to pump like I did with my baby boy as it could make the engorgement worse. Pumping was also more exhausting than latching and gave me a lot of problems with mastitis when I forgot to pump during the night due to exhaustion! (You can read all about my experience here). I was keen to not repeat the same problems I had with pumping too early in my breastfeeding journey hence, I decided to hand-express excess breast milk instead of pumping.

So far, baby girl is drinking far more breast milk than her brother so hand-expressing has been sufficient. This has worked so well for me that by the time my massage therapist arrived on the 10th day of my confinement, my breasts are no longer engorged. Although my breasts will get full and slightly hard before breastfeeding, they will be easily emptied by the baby after feeding.

A selfie of me breastfeeding my girl at home!

The biggest difficulty that I have with direct latching is the soreness of my nipples. Despite having mastered the correct latching position, I still experienced pain simply because my newborn baby's mouth is very small and my nipples were, well, not. The pain can be so bad that I had to bite my lip to endure it for the first 10 seconds every time my baby latched. Thank God that the pain subsided by the fourth week of birth once baby grew bigger in size.

My baby's drinking pattern: drink from both breasts at least three times on each side at a go and then sleep undisturbed for 2.5-3 hours after that. It can be very stressful for me when she wants a lot of milk in a short amount of time but my breasts needs time to produce the milk!

But all my hard work is worth it when I get to see all my hard work getting translated into baby fats! ๐Ÿ˜

Love spending quality time with her!

My eldest girl was a whooping 95 percentile by the time she turned 2.5 months old so I'm hoping that it will be the same for my littlest girl! At the rate that she is going, she is definitely on track! ๐Ÿ˜

After 28 days of confinement, I could finally go out with baby girl for the first time! Breastfeeding on the go has also been really easy ๐Ÿ˜„

Tip: The key to breastfeeding is PRACTICE! Make sure that you have useful tools that help you with breastfeeding as well. 

I'm really enjoying my journey breastfeeding and bonding with my baby! Cherishing every moment, the good and even the painful because I know that it will not last long! ♥️

This post is part of my series My Breastfeeding Diary, where I document the highs and lows of my breastfeeding journey. 

Past posts in My Breastfeeding Diary series:
Breastfeeding Baby #2: 1 Week
Breastfeeding Baby #2: 2 Weeks
Breastfeeding Baby #2: 3 Weeks
Breastfeeding Baby #2: 4 Weeks
Breastfeeding Baby #2: 2 Months
Breastfeeding Baby #2: 3 Months (Back to Work)
Breastfeeding Baby #2: 4 Months
Breastfeeding Baby #2: 5 Months
Breastfeeding Baby #2: 6 Months (Weaning)
Breastfeeding Baby #2: 8 Months
Breastfeeding Baby #2: 10 Months (Battling bronchitis)
Breastfeeding Baby #2: 12 Months
Breastfeeding Baby #2: 13 Months (End)

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 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˜
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