Physiogel and me

edit: written while still pregnant

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As you know, being pregnant can wreak havoc on skin.  Some women get glowing skin, while others get acne FTL.

The skin on my face stays relatively the same but the rest of my body gets dry.  Already I struggle with dry skin on a normal basis, with pregnancy a bazillion times worse la. *cries

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This past few days my skin gets dry until I got rashes. T________T

Anyway besides pregnancy you know what causes dry skin (which can result in itchy uglier skin)?

1. Air conditioning

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No surprise cos you always wake up with dry skin after sleeping in an air conditioned room the whole night.

2. Swimming

Swimming so healthy but the chlorine in pools can also strip off the skin’s natural oils. :(

3. Sun exposure

Er not that we have a choice here in hot sunny Malaysia.  Also on the other hand, sunlight is good for Vitamin D too. :/

4. Haze/Pollution

There’s pollution and dust everywhere which is unavoidable.  This will irritate the skin, causing it to dry out and age prematurely. D:

5. Showers

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IKR.  Dirty skin also cannot, skin that is too clean also cannot.  But showers (especially hot ones which I love) can dry out your skin too!  Hot water strips natural oils from skin faster than cold or warm water, while soaps and body washes also destroy your skin’s natural oil barrier.

Basically, the squeaky clean feeling you get after using soap means that your skin’s natural oils have been removed.  When this layer of oils (called the acid mantle barrier) is damaged constantly with soap, we end up with dry, unhealthy skin. :(

All these factors are part of daily life.  Some of them – like exposure to sunlight and showers – are not even necessarily a bad thing, just that the side effect is damage to our skin.

I’m not a big swimmer wtf but I sleep in aircon!  And I need to shower obviously wtf.

What to do?

Keep yourself hydrated (by drinking lots of fluids) and moisturized!

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I was recently introduced to Physiogel.

Physiogel is a skin care brand prescribed by dermatologists all over the world. It repairs, rehydrates and revitalises sensitive skin with the DMS (Derma Membrane Structure) technology.  Actually I’d always heard of it cos I have friends with eczema who actually use this brand for their skin but never tried it before.

Physiogel uses a special technology called DMS (Derma Membrane Structure) which contains lipids that are structurally similar to our skin’s natural lipids (oils).  Because it’s so similar, Physiogel more effectively rehydrates skin.

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My favorite product of the range!

There’s also a cream variant for dryer skin but I think my skin not so bad, still okay with lotion hahaha. Hypoallergenic, no colorants, preservatives, fragrance or emulsifiers. Goes on smoothly with no smell and no sticky after effect.

I like it that it’s a proper medical product and not just made of a good marketing campaign. :)

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Thank you Physiogel!  Now my skin is ready for anything.

*This is a sponsored post. Products shown in this posting was provided by GSK for the purpose of this write up. All views expressed here are personal to the blogger.

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Labor, part deux

So here’s the story of my labor with Penny.  Way less dramatic than with Fighter but scary to me nonetheless hahaha.

Last week I was fully expecting to have a scheduled C section after my 36th week checkup.  Cos my BP was so far controlled by medicine only and we didn’t want to risk it further especially cos 37 weeks is considered full term already and IUGR babies have a higher risk the longer they’re inside.

So I was totally prepared for a scheduled C section where I could errr further prepare for it… in preparation wtf.

So my next appointment with the obgyn was supposed to be Monday to do some last minute checks and discuss a date for the C section.

On Saturday night (early Sunday morning) I jolted awake cos what felt like water was pouring out between my legs. O_O

At first I thought it was just heavy discharge (sorry TMI, men) and blearily grabbed a tissue off the side table and just wiped.  And closed my eyes again.

Next minute they popped open because I felt another gush. O_O  This was at 3 am.

Leaped out of bed, ran to the toilet to wipe and it just looked like a very clear watery substance. Then I felt more dripping out.

Could this be… my water breaking? O_O

All trembly, I went slowly back to my bed and started googling, “how to know if you’re in labor” wtf.

I still wasn’t sure at this point because movies always showed it as if the water just gushes out like from a drinking cup.  Mine was just coming out in small spurts and drips. But it said if in doubt to check with your midwife or to just go to the hospital.

So I gingerly tapped Fatty and said, “I think my water broke.”

And Fatty efficiently went to brush his teeth and change clothes wtf.

Meanwhile I was sitting on the toilet bowl cos water was still dripping out of me wtf, my bag half packed.  Fatty helpfully asked, “What do you need? I help you pack.”

“Uhhh… makeup” wtf.  Because I want Penny to see me pretty ok wtf.  And we need to take pictures ok hahaha.

Anyway, by the time we got dressed and ready I was starting to feel slight twinges in my back.  Which turned into definite waves of cramps by the time we got to the hospital.  4 am.

Checked into the labor ward, got hooked up to the machine that checks contractions.  Was told my obgyn would be coming in after seven only.

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z3

Over the next few hours…. I was half in agony already.  I say half because it was probably one of the worst pains I’ve felt in my life… but I still knew there was more to come.  The cramps were coming in every two minutes and while the pains were bad, I knew it would get worse.  I also knew I wasn’t at the max of my tolerance yet but I didn’t know how much worse it would get.

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z3

At 5 am I was like GIMME ALL THE DRUGSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

At 6 am, the anesthetist (from my previous delivery) came and gave me an epidural.

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z3

And in ten minutes the pain subsided. T___________T

Because of all this – the contractions and everything, I was expecting a natural delivery now, instead of a C section.  And I was frustrated and scared.  I’d prepared myself for another C section and had made peace with that but now with the thought of a vaginal delivery, I was terrified.  I didn’t know what to expect, having never read up on it and just wasn’t in the right frame of mind for it.

When my obgyn came in, she checked my dilation.

I was at 1 cm WTF. And my water bag apparently hadn’t even burst!  I think it was just leaking a bit, but I didn’t ask more.

She told us, we could wait another 3 or 4 hours to see how much further I’d dilate.  And then we would decide if we were to try a vaginal delivery or just C section.  She wouldn’t push me too hard on going for a natural birth cos of my high blood pressure and the fact that I had a pretty recent C section scar.  Also, there was a significant amount of protein in my urine by then which meant the preeclampsia had kicked in big time.

The other option was to just go for a C section right away.

But if we waited 3/4 hours she estimated I’d be maybe 3-4 cm dilated and I’d have another 10 hours or so ahead of me to wait further.  I didn’t think I wanted to or would be capable of that to be honest. :(  And if I wasn’t dilated enough or anything else went wrong, I’d still have to do an emergency C section.

So we decided to just go with the C section.

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z3

The anesthetist pumped me up with more anesthetic.  I kept telling him, “you sure I won’t feel anything ah?  Better give me more ah” wtf damn annoying hahaha.  Cos in my head, epidural was for vaginal births so what if it wasn’t strong enough for surgery!  Stupid dunno why I doubt a specialist lolol.

I think he must have been annoyed and given me enough to knock me out for two days wtf. #truestory

Surprisingly, this time the OT didn’t feel as cold as before.  And I managed to stay awake enough to note what was going on.

I was numb from waist down.  I remember my doctor asking if I felt her pinching me very hard and I didn’t.  I remember her saying she was cutting and soon I would feel some tugging.

I felt the tugging.

And then I think Fatty, who was sitting next to me breathed, “she’s out.”

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z3

 

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z3

I remember holding my breath, waiting for her to take her first.  Then I heard a lusty baby’s cry.

And then she was in my arms.

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z3

Penny’s first photo with us. :)

And that was it.  It was over in less than an hour.

:)

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Hello world, from Penny

OMG haven’t blogged in more than a week!

Got a very good excuse though.

I was away…

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Hello everyone, meet Penelope.

With two kids under two, I got no time to blog!  BRB descending into the caverns of hell.

 

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Fighter goes swimming

On account of guilt that Fighter may just be rotting his IQ away at home doing nothing but walk around the house, open and close cabinets, pretend to read some books and the occasional bubble play session, I suggested to Fatty that we take him swimming last weekend.

(Oh yea and I stopped his school for now cos I was worried I’d deliver early and couldn’t take him to class)

So we packed his swim diapers and towel.  And blew up his swim float for the first time.  It was a present from my ex-colleagues and at first I thought it was a donut float which would probably be too big for this ex-preemie.

But it turned out to be this little boat thing, complete with steering wheel!

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Fighter was completely enamoured with it hahahaha.

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So much so that he insisted on carrying it with him in the car on the way to the pool WTF.

So we got to the pool… and straight away Fighter’s eyes widened and he started gesturing towards it.

I’m too preggers to fit into my swimsuit so I stayed at the edge with towel and camera while Fatty did the honors.

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Here’s Fighter gingerly testing water lolol pun not intended.

As a kid Ooib drowned like five gazillion times so I was predictably nervous about my own baby boy going into a pool for the first time.  I kept shouting to Fatty, “Be careful! Don’t drop him! Don’t let him drink water! Lower him down very carefully! Don’t scare him! Let him test water first!”

I’m surprised Fatty didn’t turn around and punch me wtf.

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So anyway Fatty carefully lowered Fighter into the pool (as per shouted instructions wtf).  I needn’t have worried cos Fighter loved it!

He stood in the pool which came up to about his waist waved his hands about enthusiastically in the water.  I think in his mind he was ‘swimming’ hahahaha.

And then ZOMG.  He suddenly thought it was a good idea to crawl in the pool and dropped to his hands and knees.  Fatty quickly yanked him up but he was spluttering, face all red, with water dripping from his mouth, clearly having drank a mouthful hahaha.

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After that he was scared to go in again!  He clung to Fatty and whined.  We were worried this would give him a water phobia so I told Fatty to sit with him at the pool edge and just let him dangle his feet in the water.

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He actually calmed down pretty quickly and took to the water again!  Waving his arms around and convincing himself he was swimming hahahaha.

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The float that he loved on ground?  He hated sitting in it omg.

I don’t think it was fear or anything, but on the float he was sitting above water when all he really wanted was to be in the water, swimming. *cough*

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So for most of the time Fatty had to carry him around like a giant float lolol.

When it was time to go, we lifted him up out of the pool, much to his displeasure. #babyangst

Wiped him off, and put him down on the ground. And this is what he did.


HAHAHAHA T___________T

If Fatty had not reached the pool first, Fighter would probably have dunked in and drank more water. Some more at the end you can see him grabbing Fatty’s nipple FHL HAHAHAHAHA.

Pulled him out and again he did his usual toddler tantrum of arching back and crying but he stopped after I told him we’ll bring him back next weekend lolol.

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Happy baby is happy again. :D

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And then the next morning, he insisted on bringing his float with him to bathtime.

 

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35 weeks, Bump!

First, pictures!

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Ohai little boy!

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His tshirt says it all.

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Very excited to be a big brother huh Fighter?

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Here’s me and Fighter watching TV.

His super cute outfit from Baby Style Icon!

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This was taken at 34 weeks!  I’m wearing pinstriped boxy dress from Azorias! The dress is not for maternity hor but got ruching at the side which makes it perfect to fit a Bump hehe.

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Also at 34 weeks + in case you didn’t think my bump was that big.

And in case you think I’m still super slim and (like what some of my friends said) that my bump looks fake cos it’s so neat hahaha…

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In a week I ballooned up to this WTF.

Say real one hahahaha I didn’t even need to arch my neck too much to get this effect. D: D:

I think it’s the water retention la cannot be fat right!!! (although I have been gorging on ice cream lately FTS but it’s the best remedy for heartburn for me T3T)

Anyway…today I am 35 weeks!  I’m damn amazed I made it this far actually.

Bump is really rocking it yo.

It’s been slightly still a rollercoaster although nothing compared to Fighter’s time of course.  After our last scare (ahem), last Friday night instead of attending Wafu’s open house, Fatty and I headed to the labour ward cos my BP was 150/100 which was the level my ob-gyn said I was to come in.

In hospital, my BP by manual check turned out to be 160/110 WTF.  I had to provide a pee sample to check for proteinuria (protein in pee – sign of preeclampsia) and thankfully the amount was negligible enough for it to not be considered.  If got protein I’d have to be hospitalized immediately but since there was none, the doctor released me with BP medication and a promise to keep checking my pressure at home.

Bump is still growing too slowly though.  At 35 weeks she’s supposed to be 2.4 kg or something like that, but she’s only 1.7 kg. :( So based on this and the escalating BP, she’ll be out the latest by 37 weeks.

That’s two weeks at the most!!!!

Quite surreal (and frankly frightening) that Imma be a mommy of two in two weeks. *boggle eyes *loud violin music

 

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Fiesta!

Hello from the Ford showroom!

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Got Vanna White feel or not?

Quite surprised and flattered that Ford asked me to work with them for a test drive and a video review of the new Ford Fiesta.  Cos… I think I know as much about cars as Fred Flintstone wtf.  (when I was a kid I used to think his rock car with the hole for his feet was the epitome of cool ok hahahaha).

But I think I represent the average consumer right!  Not necessarily knowing a lot about technology but I thiiink I know what I like in a car la hahaha.

The model I test drove was the Fiesta 1.0 L Eco-Boost.

Exterior is similar to the old Ford Fiesta, still a hatchback hahaha.  I prefer driving hatchbacks cos I don’t have to worry about hitting something when I reserve. :X Also hatchbacks are cuter hehe.

I didn’t know how to see but the Ford team explained to me the sporty body kit fitted on the Fiesta too which makes it look snappier than before.

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Streamlined looking dashboard.

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Backseat.  Hello camera man!  The Ford Fiesta is pretty small so the legroom may be a bit narrow for basketball players but I was personally comfortable with it hehe. 2014-12-29 12.04.32 1

 

Comes with ISOFIX for child car seats! :D  Good to know, good to know.

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Also got voice command, bluetooth, MP3 capabilities and 6 speakers in car.

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And keyless ignition, the funnest part!  Hahaha I very sua ku hor.  Every time I got out of the car or we switched drivers I’d be like “WHO HAS THE CAR KEY?”

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Steering wheel and dashboard.

Comes with 7 airbags too for increased safety.

Also very convenient is the auto headlamp and rain sensor.  Good so I don’t have to panick looking for the wipers or lights when it rains/gets dark haha.

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They see me rollin’ they hatin’.

Obviously taken when car was at a standstill.

The Fiesta was pretty nice to drive!  I test drove 1.0 L cars before and when I pressed the gas, the car doesn’t really accelerate one, it putters on like Flintstone’s car. >.>

But the Fiesta is also 1.0 L but with the EcoBoost it accelerates very fast!  When I put my foot to the pedal, the car just zipped front easily!  Apparently the torque per liter is more than a Bugatti. D:

Anyway besides doing the drive myself, I had some readers who came along to check out the car too!  I was actually very scared nobody would come wtf cos it was scheduled for Sunday morning but they actually turned up. T_______T

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Here with May and Jade (and Bump).

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They were actually considering buying a Ford Fiesta and already test drove it prior to the shoot, but came again for a second look. :D   Thank you guys for coming!

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With Winnie and Ivan who are both engineers.  Ivan is a car freak and he said the Fiesta was very fun to drive. :)  But I think the Fiesta fits Winnie more hahaha it just has a cute vibe la.

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With Jacklyn who signed up last minute but still came!  Thank you again everybuddehhhhh

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Also special thanks to my manager Melissa for being there the whole time. <3


And here’s the finished video! I every time think I wanna start doing Youtube videos but when I see myself on the screen I feel like punching it wtf. Why I talk so much and look like I’m high wtf. But anyway here it is hahaha enjoy.

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The Fiesta comes in three colors – black, white and red.  You can check out the Ford website for more info and for a test drive!

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Second baby shower for Bump

So…. this happened on Monday. 2015-02-23 10.13.53 2*hearts in eyes wtf

 

The second baby shower for Bump!  Fighter didn’t even have one hahaha.

My friends were always talking about throwing one for me and Bump since we didn’t get to do it with Fighter.  But since the past few weeks I kept getting scares and we also dunno when Bump would make her appearance, we decided no need la. Instead we were just going to have a baking session at my place (which was what Bobo and Hui Wen had been talking about forever) to make use of my Kitchenaid mixer (birthday present from Fatty hehe).

Or so that’s what I thought wtf.

So the day came and Bobo and Suet arrived first!  We planned a whole tea menu so I was gonna make my usual butter cookies, Suet was making scones and Bobo would make sandwiches. IMG-20150223-WA0042   The prettiest mixer in the world!  Mixing the dough for the cookies.  And yea my apron is Totoro wtf Fatty got it for me together with a whole other bunch of miscellaneous baking/cooking stuff too. Some of the Nuffies (Adrian, Melissa, Denise) got me a very canggih looking cookie cutter for my birthday so I was also dying to use it!  The box proclaimed it ‘the last cookie cutter you’ll ever need’. IMG-20150223-WA0041   WTF is this shit LOLOL. I was like either this is not the last cookie cutter I’ll ever need or I’m the last person who should be using this cookie cutter hahahaha. Turns out it’s the latter FML.  Used it wrongly and my third batch of cookies are uglier than ever. Suet and Bobo went ahead with the scones… IMG-20150223-WA0043 The recipe called for sifted flour.  Here they’re using my tiny sieve from Daiso – think they hated me cos it took forever to sift the flour hahahaha.

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This was after lunch so I was still munching on my Mcds fries and ‘supervising’ wtf. They said I damn annoying cos I was just eating and offering un-useful advice – “Put less sugar! I like more butter!”

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Ally brushing on egg wash on the scones.

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Raisin scones done!  Turned out pretty good for a first attempt!

And then the doorbell rang.  And Hui Wen clattered in with armfuls of flowers and balloons and other random props. D:

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Voila the final set up!

I was so surprised cos I really expected a baking session with shorts (I was still wearing pajama shorts wtf) but the girls really outdid themselves. T_________T

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And tons of fresh flowers and other pretty decor.

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Scones made by Suet and Bobo!  Savory pastries underneath were brought by Hui Wen.

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Tuna sandwiches by Bobo!

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Macarons bought by Sherlyn!  My fugly butter cookies underneath not even bothering to take a close up shot of them wtf.

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Hui Wen even brought the white tea pot WTF. Pink tea cups were given to me by her and Bobo for my birthday hehehe.

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Thank you girls for putting in so much effort and making me and Bump feel so loved. T_____________T Bump better be a girl WTF.  Cos my baby bump is very sharp and neat la I kept asking my doctor “confirm still a girl ah?” wtf.

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Cheesie came with Junya later too!

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With Hui Wen <3

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And Ally. <3

Meant to take individual photos with everyone but got too caught up with eating. :X

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The babies meet!  When I see Junya I remember how Fighter used to be!  Like still a bit floppy and sweet and not as strong willed.  Fighter is a sturdy toddler now and very adamant in his likes and dislikes sigh.  2015-02-23 10.13.58 1

Anyway Fighter noticed Junya fiddling with his animal puzzle and I think he was trying to show off as a big brother – he very quickly pulled all the animal pieces out from the puzzle as though trying to show Junya how to do it lolol very show off.

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Then the puzzle got music one!  Music started playing and immediately Fighter dropped the puzzle and started clapping hahahaha automatic reflex. -_-2015-02-23 10.14.08 2Playing with Junya ok.  But if I or nanny carry Junya, all hell breaks loose. T_______T  Can’t see properly in this picture but Fighter is actually shouting and staring angrily at a stunned Junya. T____T

His jealousy is so horrible! It’s actually getting worse the older he gets.  Nobody can carry any other baby except him wtf.  Nobody can even leave the room without him getting antsy wtf.  It’s like all of us must be around him at all times. -_-

Worried for Bump now fml.

Oh well Fighter is just going to have to suck it up.  And all of us will just have to close our ears when he screams wtf.

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Anyway it was a fabulous day, thank you guys. T________T I have the most awesome friends yo. We don’t get together often anymore cos of all our hectic schedules, especially not in such big groups so it’s even more fun when we have a reason to!  Makes me feel like a carefree student again when we can hang out for hours on end doing nothing.

(Only got to do it this time cos at home and all baby necessities are there wtf)

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Momazing milestones

A few weeks back I wrote about Scott’s Momazing TVC.

I challenge you to watch see you got cry or not!

(also Fighter has the same bedsheet as the little boy hahaha.)

I mentioned before but Momazing is about celebrating those moments where you feel amazing to be a mom and that we should rest assured we’re all doing the best we know how for our kids.

Since CNY has just passed I scrolled back to see Fighter’s first CNY (this year is his second)

Are you ready for it? Jeng jeng jeng….

So fat and bald and round!

Hahaha such a baby back then!  He was about four or five months old that time (2-3 months adjusted age).  I still think he’s a baby but he’s really not!

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And this is us and Fighter today! I don’t have a baby anymore – he’s a little boy now omg.

He’s eighteen months old now (16 months adjusted) and lately it seems like he’s hit some sort of super IQ milestone or something cos he’s picking up new things almost every day!

OMG sorry this become avenue to brag about Fighter. :X Actually not bragging la cos I think a lot of his development is delayed if you compare with his baby peers.  But I don’t keep track or worry about his development being on par because he’s a preemie anyway.  As long as happy and healthy can already.

Anyway now he can:

1. Point out his nose and mouth when you ask.  He still forgets where his ears and eyes are lol.  And he smiles sheepishly when I remind him.

2. Has a funny baby sense of humor now!  Laughs at jokes but of course his jokes are baby level.  Like I put something weird on my head like a pot cover and he laughs. Lolol.

3. Can say certain words like “Deh-dee” (daddy), “Deh” (there, when we ask him where he wants to go), “Pwee” (please, for times when he really wants something – usually ice cream)

4. Not into full on verbal communication yet but pretty good at non-verbal.  When he means no, he swings his head violently to the other side and shakes his shoulders. Hahaha.  Points with his index finger where he wants to go.

5. Getting pretty good at self feeding!

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Gorging himself on snacks during bai nian lolol.  He’s been able to pick up food pieces by himself since he was less than a year old but for some reason he doesn’t like using utensils. :X

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Gave him a plate of rice and a spoon and he prefers to use his hands to pick up grain by grain. ¬_¬ I still take it as a success that his fine motor skills are good enough to pick up grains. ^^

6. Started on the potty!

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I bought the potty on my last Ikea trip but had no idea how to start potty training cos I don’t manage to detect Fighter before he poos every time.

We’ve managed to catch him about twice so far since last week and he’s been quite comfortable with it thank Buddha.  Although I don’t know if he thinks it’s a game hahaha.  Cos I cannot catch his pooing all the time I foresee it’s going to be a long potty training journey. :X  But at least we’ve taken the first step yo!

7. Understands simple instructions and more words than we expect.

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(also very good at pretending to talk on the phone lolol)

When we tell him to remove his pacifier, he knows how to.  He definitely understands the word ‘No’ hahaha cos he’ll shout every time we say it. He knows us all by name cos when we refer to a person, he turns and looks at them.  Understands simple instructions like ‘brush your teeth’ and ‘dig nose’ and ‘give this to mommy/daddy’ and a whole lot more.  This was one of the biggest revelations for us – that he’s no longer a helpless little baby but a real little person who responds and communicates with us. :D

8. Fighter is super affectionate now!

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Every morning Fatty brings him into our room when I’m still sleeping and he crawls up to me and gives me a kiss. :D

And when he feels like it – usually when he’s in a good mood or I’ve been playing with him – he’ll randomly kiss me on my shoulder or arm repeatedly hahaha.  But his kiss is still open mouthed and sometimes he’ll bite a bit lol. ¬_¬

9. He’s started walking on his own!

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Officially started on February 16 (eighteen months, 16 months adjusted age) and he’s getting slowly more confident each day!  I was so excited over this cos this was one of the milestones I was really looking forward to.  For the longest time he was walking around holding on to furniture but he never dared to let go.

Like I’ve said before, I still can’t help worrying about every little thing when it comes to him (now I know how my parents feel hehehe) so it makes me so happy that he’s achieving his milestones cos… it means I’m on the right track as a mom hehe.

Scott’s has a long heritage since it began its partnership with mothers out there to ensure their child has the foundation to grow and develop healthily (I used to take itdutifully when I was a kid too hehe) so it understands that feeling moms get right after their child took the first steps in achieving their milestones…

Which is why Scott’s #Momazing campaign aims to celebrate and honour mothers by recognizing those special moments in their busy and hectic lives as a caregiver for their children through their Momazing Moments contest.

Contest ends this 28th February so capture the best Momazing moment of your own and join the search for the ‘Malaysia’s Best Momazing Moments’.

For more info, please visit the Scott’s Momazing website and Facebook page.

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Bump at 33 weeks

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Taken with my Sony Xperia Z3

#audfit – Azorias A-line qipao

Happy Chinese New Year everyone!

Best wishes and happiness for you and your families this 2015. ^^

This year we’re spending Chinese New Year in KL.  Normally we go back to Penang every year but this year we decided to stay in KL.  Fighter was born at 31 weeks and today I’ve just hit 33 weeks (woohoo Bump you go girl!) so we thought it’s best to stay here near to our hospital and ob-gyn. (Ob-gyn also staying put for CNY but she insists she’s looking forward to the peace and quiet).

IMG-20150219-WA0019Quieter CNY but we’re not really alone!  My parents are only going back to Penang tomorrow so we still got to see them for reunion lunch and on the first day.  And Fatty’s uncles and grandma are in KL too so we’ve also been seeing them for dinner.

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Anyway, thought I’d do a Bump update since Fighter is napping and Fatty is cycling wtf.

(picture is me eating ice cream wtf this stupid Bump!! Typical girl or what, I really really don’t like sweet food and dessert at all but she’s making me eat ice cream all the time!!! My favorite is hazelnut wtf so if anyone wants to buy me a present…. I crave it every day omg and doesn’t help that ice cream really makes my heartburn feel better.  I swear Bump is the one making me bake too just so I can eat the fruits of my labor wtf.)

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On the first day of CNY, I’m 33 weeks exactly!

But on to a serious issue.

My friend Jolene recently told me she lost her baby at 26 weeks gestation. T_________T

I was one of the first few people she confided in about her pregnancy cos we were pregnant at the same time – she was a few weeks behind me only.  I was so happy for her and was having fun watching her go through all the new mommy experiences – reading up about pregnancies and babies and going baby shopping.

And then she messaged me two weeks ago and told me her baby had died.  She’s a wonderful writer and wrote about her experience here.

I cried when she told me and cried more when I read her article.  She’s one of Ooib’s closest girl friends and I’ve known her since primary school!  And she’s the sweetest nicest girl ever – I felt so angry that it happened to her.  Like why her when there are so many other worse people out there.

I cannot imagine what she went through and my utmost admiration for her cos I think she’s been so strong and handling it so well.  I don’t know how I would handle it myself if that happened to me.

But I do think about it all the time.

At my last ob-gyn check, we found that Bump hasn’t been increasing in weight since two weeks ago.  At 33 weeks she’s still 1.5 kg which is 5th percentile.

We’re going to keep close monitoring of her but it’s probably that the placenta isn’t working well again which is why she’s not receiving enough nutrients to grow.

And she was doing so well all this while!  Always in the 50th percentile before this. :(

Even though my blood pressure is still within the normal range and I don’t really have protein in my urine, the fact that Bump isn’t growing well indicates my placenta maybe not working well, the same reason that is thought to have caused the preeclampsia with Fighter. T_______________T  So we might very well see her within the next few weeks.

On the bright side, it solves the issue of whether to try for a natural vaginal birth or to do C section again.  Doctor told me if this was confirm confirm my last baby, to just do a C section since my uterus, being a virgin in terms of labour, would probably be inexperienced and take a long time to give birth.  Also there’s always the tiny risk of scar rupture.

But if I wanted the option of having another one later, trying for a natural birth this time would be better for future babies.

Honestly I couldn’t decide cos both also sound horrible to me wtf ya I know right it’s not even my first baby. -_- But last time I think I was just ignorant of everything and thus had no fear.  Now I know what happens already and both child birth options scare the baby out of me hahahaha.

So the silver lining is the choice is taken out of my hands. :X

The downside is….. Bump may be a small baby cos of the restricted growth and may be premature too.

Frustrating because…. why my body got so many problems sustaining healthy babies full term. T________T What’s wrong with the placentas I make!!!!

Guilt because the least I can do is give my kids the best start in life – to let them begin life healthy and with the least amount of risk in developing health issues.  And I’m struggling to even do that.

Which is why I don’t feel like having any more children.  Why have them when I bring them into this world with a a potential physical disadvantage…. Doesn’t it seem like an irresponsible thing to do?

Anyway I’m monitoring her movements very very closely.  The good thing is she’s a very kuai baby and moves all the time hehehe.  So I’m always reassured cos she moves around so damn much.  Even at times when I think she’s not moving, I poke my stomach and within a few seconds she’ll move again. ^^

So Imma just pray everything goes okay for the last stretch and that we’ll soon see Bump healthy and well. <3

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Being Momazing

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Remember this?

It’s still sitting in our house and Fatty still takes a spoonful every day without fail.  I take it when I’m not too full from dinner hahahaha.

I used to take it religiously when I was a kid!  My mom would buy two bottles – white for me and orange for my brother.  And she’d make us take a spoon each every day for general health.  My brother didn’t like the taste of the white but I quite liked it!  So I’d take the white one and feel superior to my brother for being able to swallow it hahahaha.

I bet everyone has strong childhood memories associated with Scott’s Emulsion!

It’s been a part of my consciousness for as long as I can remember… always somewhere in the background and so much a part of daily life that I don’t even consciously think about it anymore.

So when Scott’s invited me to their launch last week I was like “Kaching! We drink it at home!” Hahahaha.

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With Scotty! I swear the cutest brand mascot ever look at his dazed smile hahahaha too much.

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Come back Scotty! I’m not done with you!

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Ok Scotty beamed us up. #pun

The launch was held at Kidzania.  My first time there because I am not a kid (although I may look like one) and don’t have a kid of an age who can enjoy it yet.  But it’s so cool! Miniature everything.

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Miniature bank!  So realistic I went in to use the ATM lolol.  I tried to insert my ATM card and the staff there had to tell me “uhhh it’s only for play.” -_-

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The launch is for the Momazing campaign!  Moms are the ones who do all sorts of things for us – things we may not realize until we become parents ourselves – and their efforts are usually rewarded not by their kids saying thanks or giving presents, but by their kids achievements and growing milestones.

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I never thought of it but ya it’s true.  Every time Fighter learns something new or demonstrates a new understanding it makes my day!  As a new mom (actually new or old parent also the same), I’m always doubting my own judgment and abilities.  Some more get advice thrown at me left and right, and in today’s interconnected world, articles all around chock full of parenting do’s and don’ts. :(

But at least his growth and milestones let me know that whatever it is, I must be doing something right.  Even if his milestones are a bit delayed la being a preemie.  But it’s not about when he achieves them, but when he does. ^^

Right now, the milestone we’re currently working on is getting him to walk independently.  He knows how to walk I think, but isn’t confident in doing it by himself! So every day I lead him around the house holding his hand, and trying to let go little by little so he’ll hopefully realize he doesn’t need me holding him to walk.  Hahaha a bit frustrating cos I’ve been doing it for weeks but no dice.  But when it does happen, it will all be worth it.

Anyway Momazing is about celebrating those moments where you feel amazing to be a mom and that we should rest assured we’re all doing the best we know how for our kids!

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Also talked about Scott’s Emulsion naturally.  Long heritage yep.  Cos I think my grandparents also made us drink it, so it came from their time too. :O

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And what are the top concerns for parents?

True ah true! I’m always worrying whether Fighter got enough to eat, enough nutrition, what’s his weight, his height, praying he doesn’t catch any germs… oh god it never ends.

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Then some info on nutritional needs.  Kids need DHA and Omega-3 for brain and visual development, but these nutrients are lacking in our local diet.

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Other lacking nutrients are Vitamin D and calcium which are crucial for good growth (oh god is that why I’m so short)

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Which is what Scott’s Emulsion packs in that bottle.  #nowyouknow.  Actually I just dutifully took it when Mummy Ooi told us to and never wondered what exactly it’s for – only that it’s ‘good for health’ lol.

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They also showed their latest TVC which made me weepy a bit.  Stupid preggers hormones!

It was all about the kids achieving their respective milestones la, and their mothers’ proud gazes.  Made me feel like even Fighter as a little one year old baby is growing up way too fast and soon his milestones won’t be walking and talking, they’ll be getting his first job and married and leaving me. *bawls

Okok enough.

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Ended with an endearing ballet performance.  Bump is so going to learn ballet.DSC_0333The return of Scotty!

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Mommies! (and Daddies!) What’s your latest Momazing moment?  Capture that moment either on video or photo, and to take part in the ‘National Search for the ‘Best Momazing Moments’ contest!

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Submit a photo of your momazing moment with the hashtag #Momazing and #ScottsMY and a short caption describing the Momazing moment via Facebook comments, Twitter OR Instagram.
  2. Confirm your contest entry by dropping Scott’s Malaysia Facebook a ‘Direct Message’ stating your :

 

-         Full Name

-         FB/Twitter/Instagram profile name

-         Direct URL of the post

-         Email address

-         Contact number

-         Relationship to child

-         Last 4 digits of child’s birth certificate

 

The first 100 submissions will receive a Scott’s Hamper and will stand a chance to win the grand prize.
Grand Prize
‘Malaysia’s Best Momazing Moment’ award plaque
4 X LEGOLAND tickets
Scott’s hamper

For more information and terms and conditions, go to www.facebook.com/scottsmalaysia or www.scottsmomazingmy.com !!!

 

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