Turning breech

So it didn’t happen as planned.

Quekling II isn’t out yet because he has turned into breech position when I was in the hospital. That means induction is impossible.

I’m not sure how to feel at this current point in time.

All I’m praying now is that he will come out safely, no matter what method of delivery. His safety is my concern.

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Thankful Tuesday: The eve

What an exciting September.

This month saw us trying to get everything in place and ready for Quekling II. A lot had happened and I’m glad things are winding down and ready for his arrival. It’s all in good timing and we truly thank God for that.

To combat the heat, we scouted for ceiling fans and got them installed before mid-September. That means a cooler environment for breastfeeding. Yay!

We also decided that we should trade in our old car for a new one because each day when I was in the driver’s seat, I feared that it would break down. It would be tremendously stressful for me with two young children and thus as a family, we decided that we could buy a peace of mind with a new vehicle. It’s a definite liability but would prove to be extremely convenient when you have young children. Thankfully, we received the car a week ago which gave us ample time to get used to it and gain sufficient [hopefully] experience with it.

Last week, during the routine checkup, we learnt that Quekling II was in the horizontal/ transverse position and that means a c-section would be needed. I was disappointed. I have, after all, thought and decided emotionally that I would be giving birth to him naturally which is my preferred method. It’s better for both mother and child. So, I wasn’t prepared when I heard the news. But the immediate verse that came to me was,

“Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

We rallied our brothers and sisters to pray for us and yesterday, during the checkup, Quekling II’s head has turned downwards! Praise the Lord!

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We decided to induce him soon to prevent him from changing his position as there is such a possibility. Also, this will work well for the whole family in terms of logistical arrangement. To be honest, I’m not sure if this is the best for Quekling II but we just have to trust in Him for a healthy and normal baby and a smooth delivery ahead.

Mom’s weight: 59.2kg
Quekling II: 2.8kg

A lot have happened within this month and looking back, I just want to thank God for His perfect timing in bringing everything in place. We are thankful to our family who rendered so much help to us and without them, we would definitely be busier and more frustrated. The hubs and I grew closer too as we prepared for THE DAY to come.

Preparing Faith for a new baby

I have been talking to Faith about her brother for months because I know it would be a period of great adjustment for her {and us as well}. I do not know what will really happen but I know for sure if I do not prepare her for his arrival, there would be very tough times ahead. I have heard stories from friends that the older sibling could get jealous and behave undesirably which add to the stress of the parents and I hope it would not happen to Faith! Nonetheless, I have prepared myself mentally for that but as much as possible, I wouldn’t want to disrupt her routine, so it would be business as usual for her.

I find reading really helpful in getting her to understand certain concepts of babies. Faith kept asking me if the baby could play with her or if he could stand, sit or read together with her. These are opportunities to tell her more about the differences between a big girl and a baby.

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The following are some of the things that I have done to prepare her for her baby brother’s arrival.

:: Talk about changes

Since knowing that I was pregnant, we have told Faith that I could not carry her and that she has to get onto the car seat or chair herself. Initially, she couldn’t understand why but with repeated explanation, she kind of get the idea. Now, the only person who could carry her is her father and she doesn’t expect me to do that even though at times, she fell asleep during our ride back. She would have to walk back to the apartment herself, holding my hands and with her eyes closed.

As my tummy gets bigger, I become more lethargic and there are many times that I told Faith that I am tired and couldn’t play with her. She could understand and leave me to play by herself. Perhaps, it’s down to the maturity of the child? Overall, I do think that talking about the pregnancy and the impending changes helps a lot.

:: Tell her the real things about a baby

That a baby cannot play with her yet and all he does is cry, drink milk and sleep. It’s always good to manage expectations and it’s rather common to have little ones think that a baby exists to be a companion to them. While that might be true, it is definitely a different story, at least for the first few months or even first year of his life.

:: Show her a real tiny baby

Nothing beats seeing the real thing. Thankfully, I have a friend who has recently given birth and F had her first-hand encounter with the baby. The baby obviously couldn’t play with her

:: Show her pictures of when she was a baby

Talk about how she was like when she was a baby, that she only drank milk and was breastfed and needed to be carried since she couldn’t walk yet!

:: Involve her in baby preparation

The baby will be bunking in her room and part of the room has to be allocated to her brother. We got her to give up part of her drawer space and placed the baby’s clothes in it. She also willingly parted with her pillows so that her brother could have them. When we were out shopping for a cot and mattress, she tagged along and we explained that they are for her brother.

:: Make them feel important

I have often asked Faith to be on standby and to render help to me when the baby arrives. She agreed and is waiting in anticipation for the arrival of her brother. She’s a big sister now! Let’s just see how she will really react when that day comes!

: Read books about being a big sister

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Reading is a very good way to get Faith to understand what is going to happen when the baby brother arrives. Thankfully, our local libraries stock these books.

The following are for my own reference when the baby arrives:

:: Set aside time just for the older child. Carving out even 10 minutes a day when you and your daughter could have quality time together can make all the difference. It also shows her how important she is to you and that you also cherish that special one-to-one time.  Be attentive to her in the presence of the baby so she feels that she is an important member of the family. Reassure her that your love for her hasn’t change.

:: Let her know that it’s natural for a big sister to feel proud and loving and yet at the same time, jealous and angry. Help her express her feelings but communicate clearly that it’s not okay to act on negative feelings. Praise her for good behaviour and be specific about it.

:: Invite the big sister to help and include her in your conversations and activities. In that way, she will be more eager to join in with the new baby and she will feel happy, valued and loved.

:: Try to keep as many of your old routines as possible. While there are many changes with the arrival of the newborn, the big sister needs some consistency in order to feel safe and at home.

Experience mothers out there, do you have other tips to share?

Sprucing Faith’s room with Baby Looney Toons Bedsheet Set

[Product review]

Once in a while, I like to redecorate Faith’s room by changing the poster displays on the wall or put up some pictures of the family. Changes such as these can be refreshingly inviting, don’t you think?

Recently, we were presented with a Baby Looney Toons Bedsheet Set for review purposes and I thought this was a good chance to spruce up her bedroom with the cheerful designs.

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The Baby Looney Toons Bedsheet Set is available for single and super single beds only and the material is of supreme microsatin at 80TC per 10cm Sq. The summer blanket which measures 60″ x 80″ is available for single beds and there are three designs to choose from for this new series.

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I thought the bedsheet gives much cheer to her room and the contrasting colour of the cushions adds more life too. The material is soft to the touch and I personally like it. But since Faith is the one sleeping on it, I would have to wait for her ‘review’?

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That afternoon when she came back to her room, she was pleasantly surprised and thankfully, I managed to catch her reaction. “Wow, what’s this, Mama? Why you change?”

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Apparently, she was fascinated and happy about the change in her bedsheet. I didn’t expect such joy because we did change a few bedsheets before but those didn’t generate such reactions? Must be the adorable design!

We have been using the set for half a month now and there hasn’t been any complaints from the little girl in terms of comfort. There is no irritation nor adverse skin reaction which I’m thankful ( to qualify, F does not really have sensitive skin except when it comes to heat; she will break out in rashes).

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We love to spend time reading on her bed and the cushions help support our backs (I’m thankful for that!).

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To be honest, we have less use of the summer blanket. It isn’t that thick or warm but since our room is not air-conditioned, we do not really see the need to use it. It does generate a lot of fun when the man uses it to create a ‘tent’ or to play peekaboo with the little girl.

This simple change does bring much joy to the little one (and us) and it doesn’t come with an expensive price tag. In fact, you can purchase them at a discounted price now! If you or your children are fans of Looney Tunes, why not check out the catalogue for their Bedsheet Set?

Here is the reference for the sizing of the various items:
– Fitted Sheet Single: 36″x 75″+10”
– Fitted Sheet Super Single: 42″x 75″+10”
– Pillow Case: 19″x29“ | Bolster Case: 15″x 42”
– Summer Blanket Single: 60″x 80″
– Cushion: 16” x 16”

Just for you, dear readers! You can enjoy FREE DELIVERY on your Baby Looney Tunes products and a free Baby Looney Tunes pillow case, worth $3.90, when you key in the promo code “RAISINGFAITH” upon checkout.

If you purchase over $120 worth of products, you will additionally get a free Protect-A-Bed pillow protector worth $25.00.

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Our family is presented with the Baby Looney Toons Bedsheet Set for review purposes. No other forms of monetary compensation is given. All opinions are mine. Thank you, King Koil SG, for helping us to create wonderful memories with our girl. 😉

Quekling II @36W 5D

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Quekling #2 weighs 2.9kg as of yesterday. His heartbeat is strong and yes, he has been rather active, doing his muay thai in the womb. I was handed the hospital admission letter from my gynae and this really signalled that the time is almost ripe! Anytime soon!

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Meanwhile, the Mom weighs 59.5kg and has gained a total of 9.5kg as of today. I’m hoping that I won’t cross 12kg since I have only about a few more weeks to go. But it’s really hard to say. I gained a total of 13kg for the last pregnancy and the last 1kg is so difficult to shed. In any case, the bone structure has changed a wee bit since the last pregnancy and I shouldn’t bear much hope in going back to my pre-pregnancy weight.

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Things have been moving slowly but steadily in anticipation of his arrival. Recently, we got a second-hand cot and now Quekling II has somewhere to bunk in. For Faith, I managed to do up the room a wee bit but now I cannot be bothered. Poor second child. But I would like to think that it’s the minimalist look that we are going for now. Hah!

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Quekling II has a good amount of clothes, thanks to friends and relatives who are so willing to share. Thank God for His provision!

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Milk bottles are washed and sterilised. Breastpump is in working condition. Yay! I just need to pack the hospital bag next. But this time round, I won’t be packing much. From previous experience, I didn’t even use half of what I brought. This time round, I would be packing:

– Admission letter from gynae
– Slippers and warm socks
– Comfortable clothes to go home in
– Mobile phone and charger
– Nursing bras
– Breast pads
– Maternity pads
– Disposable undies
– Newborn nappies
– Baby clothes, booties and mittens
– Baby blanket
– wallet

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And my loot arrived! I must remember to recuperate and rejuvenate well. The confinement period is crucial and it will affect me when I grow older (I believe). I’m hoping that pigmentation won’t surface ( it didn’t for the last pregnancy, thank God!). #vainpot

I’m quite excited to use the toning cream and cellulite cream. I have used the MK range for my face and it has served me well. So I hope the body range will be superb too. But I must remember to be consistent in the usage, as with all things.

A few more weeks to go!

The past week

The past week has been a busy one. It’s the one-week school holiday and that means F was home all the time. I guess if I wasn’t pregnant, we would be going places and having loads of fun. Alas, that wasn’t the case. Thankfully, the dear husband took a few days off to look after the toddler while I busied myself with baking and decorating cakes. That week, I took on 3 cake orders that were due on the same day and till now, I have no clue why I did that in the first place. ;p

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This is a cake that is requested by my ex-boss for her 82YO mom. What a privilege to bake for her. I admit I wasn’t that ecstatic about making sugar flowers because I feel that isn’t my forte. I much prefer to make figurines of cartoon characters but I guess I should challenge myself so that I could improve. I did have fun!

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Nowadays, I update more on my Dayre account since it’s faster and is a good platform for my family to know what goes on in our lives. These sugar flowers and figurines had to be made in advance and they could take a long time to make.

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I normally bake the sponge cakes at least a day in advance and would frost them before the delivery day as I want the flavours to blend.

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That Saturday was an awesome day for covering the cake with fondant in a non air-conditioned place. It was hazy no doubt but it wasn’t humid and that is perfect! This cake took me a whole morning to cover and decorate (at a steady pace) and I was pleased at how it turned out. It looks exactly like the sketch I made for this customer.

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This Peppa cake theme was requested by a friend for his younger daughter. I have not done Peppa pig before but certainly do not mind working on it. He showed me the pictures whose figurines I had to recreate and it was fun. This cake was simple to decorate. Within an hour!

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This is for his elder daughter and an Angry Bird theme was requested.

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This is always the point when I feel absolutely relieved. The cakes were boxed up and ready to be collected/ delivered.

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The two adorable sisters. It’s such a privilege to bake for them!

That day when the cakes were due was our 6th wedding anniversary. We didn’t plan for anything fanciful (how could he since I had cake orders. Oops!) but we had a good dinner as a family.

I’m thankful to da man who puts the family before himself and that one of his aims in life is to make me happy (in his own words). Being able to pursue this little dream (baking and cake decorating) is a gift. At certain junctures, the course of your life meanders and you wonder what’s next. There have been a lot of changes in my life since I’ve become a mom but it has been really exciting. Not knowing what’s next can be unsettling yet I’ve come to realize that the good Lord knows what is good for me.

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Thank you for always rendering your help when I need it. You obviously are tired from work and yet there is no complaint when I ask you to take over to play with the little one or to help out with the household chores. I’m blessed. I’m soooo thankful to the Lord for you!

And with these cakes, I have to say’ Goodbye’ to baking for sale for a while as we prepare to welcome our second child. Thank you for all your support, dear friends. You have brightened my life with your orders and I hope to bake again for you!

My maiden experience in online grocery shopping

*auntie-talk*

I love grocery shopping and I do so about twice a week at the wet market or supermarket. I am the type of housewives who prefer to cook with the freshest produce (especially meat and seafood) and that explains the frequency of my shopping. However, with my current condition (I’m heavily pregnant) and the fact that I would not be as free when the second child arrives, I need to think of an alternative.

Online grocery shopping to the rescue?

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For a while, I have toyed with this idea but have only decided to give it a try this week when honestbee contacted me recently to try out their service. On top of that, I was given some shopping credits, so I thought, “Why not?”

honestbee is the first concierge grocery delivery service for all your household and grocery needs in Singapore.  They deliver to your doorstep on the same day within the hour or the time slot that you want. What you need to do is to choose from the online product selection from grocers of your choice, and place your order in a few simple clicks. Their trained shoppers will then hand pick your groceries for you.

I remember it was evening when I first tried honestbee, I had to bake a cake the next day but I didn’t have enough eggs. Also, my grocery supplies had depleted and I wouldn’t have anything to prepare for lunch. It’s either I do grocery the next morning or I go online to do my shopping. I chose the latter since I was pressed for time.

It is easy to navigate, for a first timer like me. After keying in my postal code, I was presented with 12 stores to shop from and obviously, I was happy to see NTUC and Cold Storage which I frequent.

After checking out at 6.30pm, I chose the time slot for the delivery which was between 8-9pm that evening and I got my supplies at 8pm! Very fast!

Not everything was perfect though. I received a call from the shopper at honestbee that I had to replace five items because there wasn’t any stock for the specific items and sizes I want them in. It wasn’t a big deal for me since those were items that I did not need urgently. My eggs, vegetables and meat arrived though I wasn’t that pleased with the freshness of the Chinese spinach. Perhaps it’s late and all the better-quality vegetables were snapped up? It is possible because this happens even when I do my grocery at the actual site itself in the evening. Apart from that, my only other feedback is that they should use fewer plastic bags and reusable bags to store the items (save the environment!).

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So this online grocery shopping bug caught on real fast and I went in again the following morning because I wanted to see if there is a difference in the supplies bought during the day and evening. In any case, I would need more meat for dinner too. Besides, the delivery fee of $10 is waived if you hit $30 per purchase at a store (easily achievable!). I went in at around 9am and chose the afternoon slot of 1-2pm for the delivery. This time round, only two items needed to be replaced and my goods came at 1pm. They came in good condition and only one reusable bag and fewer plastic bags were used.

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I must say I’m pleased with my experience with honestbee. It didn’t deter me at all and though I still prefer to do grocery at the supermarket or wet market (it’s therapeutic!), online grocery shopping is a very good alternative for busy folks! I believe I will do this very often from now on.

Just so you know, first time customers get Free Delivery, fora  minimum order of $10 and above. To qualify for Free Delivery for subsequent orders, a minimum of $30 is applicable. On top of that,you can get another $10 off when you key in the promo code below when you check out (for the month of September only!).

Go on, try it.

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Happy Teachers’ Day

Today is a school holiday in our country in appreciation of all our teachers who work tirelessly for the children. Teaching is a tough yet fulfilling job and though I’m no longer an educator now, I consider myself a teacher still to my own child. Hopefully, in years to come, I could still go back to teaching (I love it).

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It’s my first year doing something for the teachers of Faith since it’s her first year of schooling. They are nothing fanciful, just something that I enjoy doing like baking. I had wanted Faith to chip in but I guess she could do so the following year. This time round, perhaps just let the Mama do the work?

Happy Teachers’ Day. We really appreciate all the hard work that you put in.

Thank you!