second pregnancy updates

“Every pregnancy is different”…I must have heard this a million times.

How different is this pregnancy as compared to the first?

  • Like the first, I did not encounter any terrible morning sickness, just nauseousness. However, this time round, it is much more bearable.
  • The tummy showed incredibly early this time. It literally popped overnight. I don’t remember showing this early when I had Elisa. My tummy is definitely much bigger as compared to the 1st. I have some people asking if I am carrying twins! Nope, just one big baby.
  • I’ve gained 15 kg to date. I put on 15kg when I was 6 months pregnant with Elisa. So not too bad considering I went against my gynae’s advice on No McDonald’s and No ice cream. Sorry, Dr Khoo!
  • Done less exercise as compared to the 1st. I had the luxury of time to attend prenatal yoga and hit the gym on weekdays when I was pregnant with Elisa. Now that I am working and a not-so-little girl that demands my time, I have to forgo all these. I did not stop exercising completely; I still do some yoga, minor stretching and squats when I have the time. I walked more as compared to before though. So yeah, that’s my daily form of exercise.
  • I get tired easily. As you grow older, pregnancy is definitely tougher on your body. I have aches EVERYWHERE.
  • Food aversion – Before I got pregnant, sliced fish soup used to be my daily lunch staple. The moment I got pregnant,just the thought of it makes me want to puke. And I can’t take highly seasoned food. Bland food and clear soup for me please. No fried garlic, thanx.
  • No cravings. Lucky for the husband!
  • I had severe pelvic pain with Elisa. I remembered I had it when I reached the third trimester. With this second one, the pain started when I was in my second trimester!!
  • I get breathless easily. There was one night I found myself panting after switching sides. I am not even joking!
  • Leg cramps made quite a few occurrence as compared to the first.
  • I have oily scalp…like super oily. And it’s only at a particular spot! It is so obvious that you can tell straightaway where the patch of oily scalp is! Yikes!!
  • With Elisa, I felt the flutters at 16 weeks. As for this baby, it’s not until week 18 or 19 that I felt the movements. This baby is definitely more active as compared to Elisa! Kicking all day err day 😀

We are definitely more relax this time as compared to the first. I’m not sure if it’s a good or bad thing. One more month to go and we haven’t done anything yet. Not a single thing!

Time to hustle!!! 

                  Week 28 (photo credit: Ms Yoon)

puffing billy

Dec ’15

One of the attractions that was high on our list was Puffing Billy. Z advised us to book the tickets online as it was school holidays and the tickets tend to sell out. And then I fell asleep.

The next morning, I tried to book but to my horror, online booking is only available up to 8 am for same day travel. And it was 8.30am. We decided to make our way to Belgrave hoping the tickets are still available.

C checked the website enroute to Belgrave and it stated in bold that all tickets from Belgrave were SOLD OUT! Oh dear. I was thinking how unlucky we were. This and then this.

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Since we were already on our way, we decided to just head to Lakeside. From Lakeside. we could either take a diesel train to Gembrook or just settle for picnic by the lake (means no train ride). Then C suggested we try our luck at Menzies Creek, which is one of the stop from Belgrave to Lakeside.

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We kept our hopes low but lady luck was on our side. The ticket master told us one family did not turn up and there were two tickets available!! *HAPPY DANCE*

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We hoped onto the train and it was the beginning of the most pleasant train ride ever! We rode through the beautiful Dandenong Ranges and were flanked by towering mountain ash gum trees and giant tree ferns.

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fullsizeoutput_9991This is how you’re supposed to ride the Puffing Billy – with your legs hanging off the the side of the train!

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We got off at Lakeside, grabbed some lunch and explored the place a bit; there is a lake with some paddle boats, a public pool (sort of) and a kids playground. Nothing much to do. 

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fullsizeoutput_9994Feeding ducks with some overly sweet popcorns.

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fullsizeoutput_9999At the crossroad *ting ting*

fullsizeoutput_999eIt was a fun day out for us. I’m sure all kids and adults alike will enjoy this attraction. Thanks to the husband’s quick thinking, else we wouldn’t get to enjoy this awesome experience!

 

 

first year of preschool

Pre-nursery done and dusted (I know I am very late, she’s starting nursery term 2 next week!). I am happy to report that she enjoyed nearly every minute of it. We have seen her grow so much in terms of communication and socialisation.

She is constantly chattering away, sometimes a bit too much for our ears. Her chatters have morphed from babbling to real conversations. She reports to us what happened in school everyday…both important and not so important, like who did not attend school or who cried in school! Haha.

After attending school for one year, I am pleased to say that she is much more sociable now. Whenever she walks past our neighbour’s house, she will wave and call out “Aunty Mary!!”. She will greet the gardener/cleaner when she sees them. She has a few friends in school that she truly adores and she talks about them every day! Her two besties are Aaron and Bradley 🙂

For her year-end evaluation, she got “competent” for almost all the categories except Chinese! That’s what you get for having bananas as parents. Haha. It’s good to know she is doing well in school, both academically and socially but at the moment, we are not too concern about her academic wise. Even if she doesn’t perform well, we will not be too disheartened. She is all but a three year old!!

Seeing her grow this much and enjoying school is a huge relief to us. She was just 2 1/2 years old when she started school. It was definitely tough initially with all the cryings and adapting to a new environment. But look at her now! She is happy and she looks forward to school every day. This is one of the best decision we have ever made!!

Pre-nursery done and dusted! 

a party of four

This is kinda old news but for those who doesn’t know, we are expecting baby #2 in April!! That is ONE AND HALF MORE MONTHS!!

C and I couldn’t be more stoked to grow our little family and give Elisa a sibling!

When did I find out? 22.8.2016 – One week before my period is due! I was supposed to go for a job interview and I have a hunch that I might be pregnant. As I did not want to waste my precious annual leave, I decided to check although it was a bit early. Bought the kit, checked and sure enough, it was positive! I teared when I saw the lines slowly appearing. Do you know how long I’ve waited for this?

The first person I told. The husband, of course!! Immediately after I came out from the toilet, I sent him a text message. That’s not how I intended to break the news to him but I couldn’t contain my excitement!!

His reaction. He asked me a slew of questions – What is c? What is t? When to see a dr? When to tell our parents? Why the lines so faint?…From his messages, I think he was pretty excited. But I know he was nervous and scared as well. I don’t blame him because I felt the same way too! We are talking about growing a human here! It’s a big deal!!

How did we break the news to our parents?
MIL – We broke the news to my MIL over FaceTime. We showed her the video of baby which I took on my first visit to the gynae. She cried, we cried! Haha.

My parents – Over brunch. When everyone was finally seated at the table, C told them the story of Elisa’s grey rabbit (more on that later) and half way through, my dad walked away to get food! I was like Arrghh! Can’t you take food later?! At the end of the story, everyone sat there for a second with a blank look (except my bro) before C told them Elisa is going to be a big sister! My mum cried, my aunt cried and I cried. Just as the story ended, my dad came back with a plate of FOOD!! Talk about timing here! Haha. He was puzzled as to why all the ladies were crying and my aunt had to fill him in. He gave out a small smile and continued with his food! He didn’t say anything but I could see the delight in his face.

Then we found out Elisa told my mum much earlier that I have a baby inside my tummy. But my mum didn’t take her seriously! Haha.

FIL – over email. That’s how the father and son roll! 😉
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I will try to update as much as I can before I pop in one and half months time. We are truly blessed with this miracle. Thank you so much for all your well wishes!!

xoxo
e

hello.  it’s me. 

hello! 

It’s been a while since I stepped foot on this blog. To be honest, I was thinking of shutting down this blog. Firstly, I am not discipline in maintaining this blog, my last post was 7 months ago!! Secondly, I feel uninspired to write anything. 9 out of 10 times, I will stare blankly at the monitor and end up checking Instagram and doing what nots!

The other day as I was reading through my old blog post, a lot of memories were unearthed – wonderful memories, not so wonderful memories and almost forgotten memories. Then I remembered the main reason I blog is because I want to capture the memories I go through in my life be it good or bad, major or minor life changes. I want to document everything!

A lot of things happened in the last 7 months and I realised memories will soon wither away if I did not document it, never mind that I am not good at writing.

So, I will try my best to update this blog as much as I can. I want my children to be able to have a glimpse of what my live and their lives used to be when they grow up!

xoxo
e

 

 

 

elisa’s third birthday

Recently, we celebrated Elisa’s third birthday at home with some of our close friends. Until the day she demands what she wants for her birthday, mummy here gets a say.

So, taco party it was!!

We booked a gazebo next to the playground so the kids get to play whilst the adults eat and drink. We had a few days of rain leading up to the day and the dark stormy clouds in the afternoon threw a bit of a wrench in how I wanted to set up the place. Nevertheless, we were extremely lucky the rain held up!

To amp up the fun factor, C prepared a few games for the kids. And they were a hit with the kids except for Elisa who preferred the playground.

As usual, I took charge of feeding our guests. The good thing about Mexican food is that you can prepare most dishes ahead of time. I’m glad I had the help of our helper, else I have to call for pizza delivery!!

In line with the fiesta theme, I got the kids these cute pineapple water container and some maracas which almost did not arrive in time!

 For her birthday cake, I baked a chocolate speculoos cake with cream cheese frosting. I’m lousy at stacked cakes, this is the best I can come up with. Hopefully one day, I will be able to make a Pinterest worthy cake 😀

And what’s a party without a pinata??

Pinata smashing time!! 🙂

We filled it up with lots of sweets and chocolates…I am sure if there are any militant anti-sugar mums among us, it will make them cringe!! Haha.

Thank you all for taking the time to celebrate Elisa’s birthday with us! We hope you guys had a great time!!

Til’ her 4th birthday!!

xx

a love letter to elisa: you’re THREE years old

Dear Elisa,

It’s common to hear parents say “enjoy every moment, it passes so quickly”. You know what? It is so true! You never realise how fast time passes until you experience it. I was cradling you the other day (mummy, carry me like a baby), I know it sounds cliché, but it really felt like it was just yesterday that I first held you in my arms. The difference is, you were 3.96 kg then. And now you are a whooping 16 kg!!!

Whenever I look at you, my heart both soars and aches at the same time to realise you are no longer the tiny baby that we brought home exactly three years ago but a smart and happy little big girl who sings Taylor Swift’s songs at the top of her lungs! You have grown leaps and bounds since you turned two. “Did she just say that?”, “Did you see that?”…these are the things papa and I say over and over again.

You surprised us with how fast you can relate things together. Every night after dinner, we will hang out in the study room. Papa will play guitar and you will get a few minutes of screen time on the iPad. One night, you kept hurrying papa to go into the room and we were wondering why. Then we realised, guitar = iPad!! Oh, you smart little thing!!!

You are very good at manipulating us or either that, we are pushovers! I’m not sure where you learnt all these – hand clasped, puppy eyes, mummy please (?) from, but they are a sure win strategy to get me to say YES. You always WIN!

Your grandparents were not sparred too. There was once you went out with popo and ah gong, and you came home with a bicycle, just because you said you wanted one.

Or that time when you walked past TWG and you told popo “papa, never bring me here you know?”. The next moment, you were having afternoon tea at TWG! FYI, papa also never bring me there, you know?!!!

Or that time you went into a shop with mama and you came out with not one but THREE soft toys! Where are the toys now? In a box with all your other soft toys!!

Or how mama always give you (A LOT OF) chocolates because you like chocolates.

You know, you have all your grandparents wrapped around your little pinky and they couldn’t be happier! You are their cure to all pains, you are their source of joy! You are one lucky girl!

My dear, you aren’t a big sister yet, but I am confident when the time comes (with God’s grace), you will take on the role like a champ. You care for your baby/rabbit with so much love that I know you will be an amazing sister!!

Elisa, I know you will get more and more independent from now on. Please know that papa and I are always here to hold your hands every step of the way. We will hold on to them tight cause we are not ready to let go yet.

Keep learning, keep laughing and keep being awesome!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, bigu!!

love,
mummy

 

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