Thursday, December 31, 2015

We're having another baby!

Found out that I was pregnant with Baby No.2 on the 4 August! This news came as a surprise for us since we were only planning for another next year, nevertheless we were still very excited!

Getting pregnant again made me feel like I'm having my first pregnancy since it was like 5 years back when I had Clovine. I had to do my research on the do(s) and don't(s) all over again as I've forgotten most of it!

11August 2015
First scan

Went for my first Ultrasound check at Dr Lawrence Ang's clinic and the scan confirmed that I was pregnant. It was really too early to see anything except for a tiny lump of cells. Anyway it was a super quick visit and I'm advised to go back for another check 2 weeks later.

Scan @ 6/7 weeks
Not sure if the scan is blurry or the Gynae can't be bothered to give me a proper scan.

After the first visit, I actually changed my Gynae to Dr Chen Lin Han @ Chong Pang, whom is more recommended after reading through mummy forums plus it's nearer to our house. Other than the long waiting times despite fixing appointments, Dr Chen is more reassuring and gives more advices like a father which made me more comfortable. He also has a clinic at Mount Alvernia which where I'll also be delivering at.

Pregnancy symptoms

This pregnancy was no fun at all. I had the worst symptoms which I has never experienced when I was having Clovine. The first 4 months was a nightmare with morning sickness, food aversions, major headaches, major mood swings. All the combinations gave me a hard time getting out of bed which I ended up staying home for months even on weekends.

Anyways, so glad most of the symptoms are gone now that I'm already in my 26 weeks which is about 6 and a half months with just 14 weeks to go!

- Morning Sickness and food aversions

Well I guess morning sickness doesn't exactly happens in the morning. Most of the time I feel worst as night falls and dinner became my least favourite which sucks whenever I need to think of what to eat. I could hardly stomach anything without wanting to gag and any food smells makes me want to puke. It was so bad that even plain water tasted disgusting and I got dehydrated and nearly went for drip. Was prescribed the Ondansetron pill which helped a lot with my nausea but it costs a bomb at like 14 bucks a pill!

My favourite foods suddenly became my worst enemy and french fries plus anything potato became my fave. I'm guessing this baby is either gonna starve to eat like a pig when he comes out or he's gonna be one fussy picky eater.

- Weight 

As for weight gain, I gained none and even lost weight! Up till my 5th month, I've only gained like 2-3kg which are mostly on my bump. Comparing to my previous pregnancy, it was a huge difference because I ate like a pig with Clovine and supper was like a need every night which made me gain more than 5kg even before I hit 5 months!

- Mood Swings

Previously I was more carefree with just some anxiousness and I'm mostly just chill skipping around, hanging around.

This time round I can't help but feel stressed out even though there's nothing I'm supposed to be stressed about and was always crying. Crying about almost everything like when hubby ends work late or when he's taking a longer time to shower which I would sit outside the door and cry. Getting all suspicious and worried about hubby cheating on me lol. It's just ridiculous right.

I couldn't stop asking hubby if I was really pregnant in the first weeks because I hardly feel pregnant before all the craziness started. I get extra paranoid and always can't help thinking if baby is gonna be alright. The first few months was so bad it was mostly filled with crying then smiling. I even had like weeks of depressions which had me lose interest in every single thing, even Clovine. Thankfully I had hubby and my family who's always there for me.

The big sister

Clovine has been complaining about not having a sibling when her friends has them for quite some time. She's really excited that she's going to be having a baby brother and can't stop asking when is didi coming out! She's always thinking of toys she wants to share with her brother saying "When didi comes out I want to share my dinosaurs with him" or "I will give didi my toys when he comes out cos I big girl already right?".

Recently, she has also been randomly planting kisses on my bump which is really sweet. Hopefully all these wouldn't end when Clovine finally meets her baby brother if not it'll be another world war full of complaints! Hahahaha...

Scans and Check-ups

Scan @ 8 weeks

Scans @ 13 weeks 4 days

Scan @ 17 weeks 4 days

All the scans and check ups including the oscars test was normal up until my last 5th month detailed scan at 22 weeks.

2 December 2015
5th Month Check up
Dr Chen found out that my baby had this condition called the Single Umbilical Artery (SUA) whereby my baby has only an artery to transfer nutrients and blood from me instead of two arteries like a normal baby. This SUA might affect the growth, weight, kidney and heart of the baby but after checking, Dr Chen assured me that my baby looks fine and there is nothing much I need to worry about. To get more assurance, he also referred me to KK hospital to see Prof. George Yeo for more detailed ultrasound.

I wasn't exactly worried enough to start bombing questions after hearing but once I stepped out of the room, all the worries started to set in and questions keep running through my mind and I kept trying to put a strong face to prevent myself from breaking down in the clinic. Well I managed to keep cool till we stepped into the carpark and broke down. I couldn't stop crying in the car even though Hubby kept reassuring everything will be fine throughout the whole ride home from Mount A.

After calming down, itchy hands me went on google about SUA and the results that came out made my crying tap flow again because it gave me even more things to worry about!!! Anyway, I try not to google and think so much after that which made me feel so much better. Guess google can sometimes be harmful instead of helpful.

Scans @ 22 weeks 1 day

7 December 2015
Detailed Scan @ KK Hospital
The whole scan took about more than 30 mins which covered my baby's organs, growth and basically the whole body measurement. Was told everything looks good and there's nothing to be worried about but of course it's still not 100% confirmation till the baby is out lah so I still have the bad habit of thinking too much at times since I'm back to being a housewife.

Detailed scans @ 22 weeks 6 days

Other than more detailed scans to check on the growth of the baby, I've also been trying to eat more nutritional foods other than the usual supplements. Had started on taking milk powder which I had to force myself to drink because I really hate the taste of it and it's also something I did not do when I had Clovine.

Really really hope our blessings will not stop coming in and all I'll ask for is this little one to be born a healthy happy baby like his sister. 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Clovine's 5th Birthday Celebration @ Grandma's

Advanced celebration yesterday for my baby girl who's not so baby anymore as she'll be turning 5 tomorrow!

Time seems to fly past so fast it's still feels like I just blogged about her 4th birthday yesterday. 

This year's cake is from Pine Garden instead of the usual ice cream cake from Swensens.
$100 for the 2 kg cake + $12 for the pony figurines also from Pine Garden. I assume it's considered cheap for a two-tier cake right?

With her favourite Yiyi(s)

Blessed to have them around, my family.

Clovine with her Great Grandma and Yiyi(s)

2 layers, 2 flavours! Vanilla and chocolate. 
Despite so much of cream on the cake, it does not taste as sweet as it looks!

101% best Daddy cut cake cut till hair also got cream. Hahaha.

Clovine was extremely blessed to be receiving so many presents and anypows this year! 
The biggest and happiest present she received was a very generous one, a bicycle from Hubby's boss!  Obviously Clovine was extremely happy because she has been complaining about her old lousy bike which she's had since 1.

Thank you to everyone who's been showering lots of love on her ever since she's born. She's really blessed as a child and I hope she'll really grow up appreciating all the blessings and not taking any for granted. 

It's also not the end of her birthday yet because she's having her cake cutting later on in school and the ever doting Daddy will also be bringing her to Sentosa tomorrow for lots of fun and a Staycation! 
Will be back for more updates and hopefully I won't start neglecting the blog again  :/

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Smurfs "Live" Show

14 June 2014

Sometime back, we brought little Clovine to her first "Live" show, the Smurfs at Resorts World Sentosa.

Before the show starts...

Throughout the show, the kids were all glued to the stage but I guess most of the parents were feeling bored. Hubby even dosed off a few times and Clovine got angry with him. LOL.
Well it's our first "live" show together and definitely looking forward to more except more exciting shows for both the adults and kids. 

Hubby even got cheated by Clovine into buying a $50 bucks Surfs plush toy which I think is extremely overpriced!

After the show and getting her new toy, this girl is obviously in a really good mood to pose for pictures as normally I would have to keep persuading her into taking pictures.
Check out the many poses she has and it just gets cheekier.

Really don't know to laugh or vomit blood when she comes up with all sorts of weird ideas!

Daddy and her little monster. Really hate to admit that they make a better team then with me.

All of a sudden Hubby's hair looks like some retro uncle. LOL

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Day 4: Taipei Zoo, 士林夜市

9 July 2014

Taipei Zoo

Day 4's first itinerary was to visit the Taipei zoo! Even though it's not a must go for many but if you're not on a super rush trip, do visit the zoo because it's super huge with many animals to see! It's a really good place to visit for families with kids.

How to get to Taipei Zoo: Take MRT to Taipei Zoo Station

Another reason the Taipei Zoo is worth visiting is how the cheap a ticket costs.
NT $30 for a ticket is only SGD $1.30+ which is super cheap as compared to ours that costs at least $20+ per ticket!

Stroller rental service are also available at NT$50 with a NT$500 deposit.

Going to the zoo in summer really is a suicide trip cos walking through the whole zoo under the big sun that showed no mercy was mad tiring and torture.

Guinea pigs

Alpacas!!!! Finally get to see them in real! 
These are the recently famous Japanese white soft toys which look like sheeps!

Koalas with names are so adorable!

We got to see pandas with really cheap tickets! But too bad the pandas were enclosed in glass exhibits not like the open air ones we see in Singapore so for this I still prefer the exhibits in our zoo.

Out of all the animal exhibits, I love the giraffes the most because I see the giraffe at a super near distance! Fyi, we even get to make eye contact at its eye level as visitors are standing at a higher ground!

There were lots of them too! 

Out of all the exhibits, the amphibian and reptile house is Clovine's favourite and she made as go in at least twice! We also stayed in there the longest with her walking to and fro looking at all her favourite creatures a few times. 
It wasn't a bad idea staying in there since we get to enjoy the air con while she visit her "friends".

Managed to con her daddy into buying another souvenir again. Lol.

At the zoo, you'll also be able to take the Hello kitty cable car at Maokong Station but we skipped that because Hubby was afraid of heights lol.

Overall, I felt the zoo was a really good trip as we get to see lots of exotic animals which we could not see here in Singapore. The animals there were also in better state such as they have nicer fur and they are more active since they have four seasons.
So if you have extra time during your trip to Taipei, why not visit the zoo since it's ticket price is really cheap!


After a long day at the zoo, it was time for some yummy street food at 士林夜市 !
Of all the night markets, we visited in taipei, we love 士林夜市 the most!  It's one of the largest night market in Taiwan where you'll be able to find lots of local delights!

How to get to 士林夜市: Take MRT to Jiantan Station and the Exit 1

When exiting the station, spotted this stall selling some puffs filled with corn cream.
Finally found this after eating it many many years back when I visited Taiwan. Yummy!!!

Packed lots of food back to the hotel. Really is eat and eat and eat in Taiwan!

Read previous posts of my Taiwan Trip 2014:

Day 1: 台北 - 西門紅樓, 西门町