Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Baby things

So, I have said many times and it's a bit annoying, I know, but I really don't enjoy anything about pregnancy apart from three things - I'm growing a whole human, I get to feel all those wonderful kicks and punches (love them even if it hurts sometimes) and I am going to have and hold this little person in my arms very soon.

This pregnancy is a wee bit harder than when I was carrying Miranda. I don't know whether it's the age or whether it's all in my head. 

I"m now in the second trimester and in the 15th week but the morning sickness has not gone away. It's not as bad as it was in the first trimester, where I lost so much weight rather suddenly but nausea is still triggered by the very slightest things. The smell (stench) of raw meat and reheated seafood are big no-nos. Luckily I have put on a bit of weight since. I'm also showing now and while that is fun for a while, I expect that I won't be able to fit into my regular clothes around 18-19 weeks.

Yesterday, while on the way to the hospital for a routine check-up, I could barely put one foot in front of the other and I struggled to get off the bus. After some research, I figure I either have round ligament pain or pelvic instability. I can't be sure until I see a physio though. When I thought about it, the same thing had happened when I had Miranda. But mothers always forget the pain and that's how women get pregnant again and again. It's both beautiful and dangerous, no?

This little one doesn't care much for spicy food or chocolate. Light stuff like sandwiches are the way to go. I don't care much for meat either. It's such a torture that the one thing I want to eat, fish, while normally healthy, can only be consumed in small amounts due to high mercury content. So I wait impatiently for the day I can have sashimi in all its goodness again hah!

One never really goes through a pregnancy alone though. I could never do without our families, who have been incredibly supportive of this pregnancy. And while some of my friends (you girls know who you are) have declared their neverending favoritism for Miranda, I'm pretty sure they will take to the little one just as easily. 

Babies... are love, after all. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014


One night, Dwayne and I were lounging in the living room for a bit. Miranda came over to Dwayne and starting planting kisses on him.

Then she says, "Daddy, my tummy's rumbling."

Dwayne, concerned, said, "Oh, are you hungry sweetie pie?"

She looks up him, suddenly excited, and goes, "Yea! Ice-cream?"


Yesterday, I was busy in the kitchen preparing noodles for Miranda's lunch. She marched in and seemed to be a bit distracted. I asked her, "What are you looking for darling?"

She was very specific. She said, "Uhmm, something small and round."


She frowns and says sheepishly, "Uh, like a lolly?"


My child.

The Want for Nothing

The weather last weekend wasn't that great. Grey skies and drizzles in between with ghastly wind at times. We managed to make the most out of it though - went to the market to pick up some Asian groceries. Ok, a lot of Asian groceries. Dwayne and I just can't help ourselves when it comes to snack-shopping there. And I just cannot help getting tins of Ayam Brand sardines, tofu in all sorts of firmness and textures and Pokka soft drinks. Like I said, I'll be a Singaporean city girl forever.

She loves sugarcane juice - which she has affectionately termed "candy cane" juice.

After that Dwayne went to make use of a massage voucher I got him. I almost wanted to wait the whole hour in the car with Miranda thanks to the horrid weather. But I knew it would drive Miranda nuts so we took a short walk from the massage place. We found ourselves outside a cute little shop that had cupcake displays. And yet, there were no cupcakes that I could see on the counter. A lady and two girls around 7 and 10 were decorating a few cupcakes so Miranda and I walked in, curious. 

The sweet girl at the counter said we could choose between three cupcakes flavors that were available that day - chocolate, vanilla and carrot. The next step was to choose a frosting and then the decorations that we wanted to use. We chose a chocolate and carrot with cream cheese frosting, star sprinkles, metallic chocolate balls and two little sugar animals. Obviously, a lion and a monkey!

Spreading the cream cheese on the carrot cupcake.

So happy with her second one.

She chose to have the monkey cupcake but still kept one eye on the lion one. She later gifted it to her Daddy.

She was so excited to get started and sat so primly throughout the whole process, chattering away and asking questions. She was so focused on getting the sprinkles on evenly too. 

So that one hour was good for all of us. Even Dwayne had a good massage, albeit a painful one. Hah!

The Playschool concert was next. I've been a fan of Playschool ever since I became a parent. Quite unlike most Aussies parents I know who actually grew up with it themselves. Bumped into my colleague there and she knew all the lyrics to every song sung and she told me that the toys, like Jemima, are perhaps even older than her! Miranda was so absorbed in the song and dance. She was so excited when she recognized the toys from the TV show too. Dwayne and I felt like such proud parents when she was performing the actions. Perhaps a sneak peek at what's to come when she goes to school. :)

Fantastic Saturday despite the dreary weather and a restful Sunday with my babies. I want for nothing.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Hi Baby, It's Big Sister!

Last night while I was on the phone with Nat, Miranda comes into the room and says, "Mommy, I want talk to Baby."

I was still on the line so I didn't reply. She lifted my top up and said, "Hi baby, it's big sister! I Miranda!"

Sunday, March 16, 2014

No. 2

Yes, we are doing this all over again. 

Miranda has been a real champ about it, surprisingly. We always thought she'd never want a sibling based on how she acts around other babies. Yet, these days, she would take my hand and lead me to my bedroom where she would have conversations with the little one and rub my tummy. 

It's the sweetest thing, really. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sunday, March 2, 2014


Miranda was sleeping this morning when I left. The little cutie pie was  on her tummy, arms and legs all sprawled out. She must have been so tired from such an eventful weekend - she hardly had her afternoon naps as we were always on the go.

I took her out for a movie on Saturday morning while Dwayne vacuumed and changed the bed sheets etc. We were only in the theatre for about 50 minutes when she looked at me and said, "Mommy, shall we go shopping?" Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was not really her thing.

Since I had driven there, I didn't bring a stroller for her and it was surprisingly easy to get around just holding her hand. Thank God she's not the sort to want to wander around on her own. 

Anyway, we walked into a shop to get her a hat and imagine this scene:

Whole racks full of hats. Miranda tries the first one she can reach and goes, "What do you think?" I wrinkled my nose and said, "Hmmm, I don't think so." "Yea," she says. "Not quite...not quite.." I didn't know what it was not quite but she puts it back and tries a sparkly one. "I like it. It's sparkly, Mommy." Another one I wasn't too keen on so I gave her a simple one with a raspberry-red gingham ribbon tied at the back. "Ok, let's buy it?" I almost want to squeeze and kiss her right there. Crazy mom, I know.

We walked for a bit. She got a red velvet cupcake, which she took ages to choose. A Boost juice and we set off home. Too easy.

Picked Dwayne up and we set off to Bunnings. They were having some sort of an event and they had a balloon-twisting guy, face painting and a jumping castle for the kids. She was still quite scared in the castle and the line for the balloons was snaking till the end of the aisle so we let her have her face painted. 

She sat on the chair and when the lady asked her what she wanted to be, she replied very confidently, "Monkey". With a nod of her head. Dwayne and I just burst out laughing. Unfortunately, the lady couldn't find a monkey template so she asked if Miranda wanted to be a fairy princess. She said ok, quite reluctantly. 

I know I'm being silly but I really missed her face when it was all done up.

So happy to see to see her face after she showered. But this was her, being a little sad that the face paint and the nail polish was coming off. I did ask if she wanted her nails painted again but she said she didn't haha.

Dwayne had spent Saturday afternoon laying out the (synthetic) grass. So when I drew the curtains on Sunday morning, it was such a beautiful sight, small though the patch may be. Miranda has always loved lying down and looking up at the clouds so she was just thrilled. She just kept rolling around.

Went to Chelsea Park after mass for Paul's birthday picnic. She had such a good time with her cousins and feeding the seagulls with Grandpa. They're both going to miss each other this week since my mother-in-law swapped places with my father-in-law this week. 

Don't worry, that's Dwayne's glass of wine. Miranda was having orange juice. ;)

Making oatmeal raisin cookies for the week last night.