Sleep… what’s that?

IMG_7842We are currently at the tail-end of Mental Leap 2 according to the Wonder Weeks App. Boy is it tough! S hasn’t been sleeping very well the past couple of days and gone are her 1-2 hour naps. She has also become a little cranky, wanting to be rocked most of the time and when she finally drifts off to slumberland and we put her down, her eyes spring wide open and the cycle continues again. Nurse and if I’m lucky, she falls to sleep or nurse, rock, sleep and then eyes wide open. This cycle can take about an hour and it’s really tiring to be on repeat mode for this.

These mental leaps are really challenging and the duration of the leaps (ie: the number of days) will increase as the baby grows older. Yikes.. definitely not looking forward to it. Guess I will just have to suck it up when that time comes.

Having said that, S has been more expressive these days and some days when I feel like pulling my hair making her sleep and she simply refuse to, we have these mother-and-daughter convos, usually with me tugging her little arms to the tune of Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes. Just the other day, she dished out this super sweet smile at me when I was singing to her and the smiles plus cooing just kept coming. As my phone is always within reach, Mamarazzi here just snapped a couple of pics for keepsake.

IMG_7725My heart just melted into a puddle of goo just looking at this pic and when I shared this with the Man and most of our dear friends, they felt the same way too… Awww…

IMG_7656In other news, the Mummy-and-Daughter duo continues to gallivant all across town. It’s been rather fun bringing her along and catching up with friends or making new ones that I haven’t seen. I often arrange to meet friends during her nap time and sometimes she does her epic naps. Sometimes she fusses, so thankfully the friends who are mummies are rather understanding to my predicament.

IMG_7708Okay, finally managed to put her down for her long over-due nap and it’s time for me to catch up on my zzzzs as well. I will definitely miss these nap-times when I head back to work man. I guess will have to rely on caffeine when that happens.

Cocoonababy

Buying stuff for a tiny human can be quite challenging. Wait, let’s make it, buying things for a baby as a first-time Mum can seriously be challenging. During the prep for S’s arrival, I relied mostly on word-of-mouth recommendations and we did exercise restraint from over-buying as we were not sure if it was really necessary.

The Cocoonababy came highly recommended by a colleague who swore that it was a good buy for a new mom. Apparently her friend shared that the baby actually managed to have epic naps when sleeping in it. The price for this single item is rather prohibitive for something that baby could only use for about 3 months and I really thought hard if the item was really necessary. Friend also shared that if I am able to enjoy the precious time and sleep should baby does these epic naps, the cost of the item would totally be worth it. And just like that, I was somewhat bowled over.. the prospect of precious sleep when baby is here? Priceless!

So I braved the crazy Baby Fair at the Expo in April and scored the Cocoonababy at S$100 off the retail price. Now to put the item to test! When S arrived, we struggled with understanding how the Cocoon worked. After a while, we figured it out and placed her in it. As a newborn, she didn’t exactly fuss in it and she did have some epic naps in the Cocoon. But we kinda made the mistake of placing the Cocoon in our room which she only makes an occasional appearance during her first month as she slept in a separate room. Additionally, the Confinement Lady kept insisting that this gadget was like a heater as S would wake up from her naps with her back soaked in perspiration despite the room being air-conditioned. I guess you can’t have it all right?

Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetBut just look at that face, she does look like she is having a good sleep in the Cocoon right? Looking at these pics kinda make me miss the little one when she’s all teeny tiny. Sniff.. sniff…

IMG_6353After the departure of our Confinement Lady, we shifted Sophie’s cot to our bedroom. The Cocoon was left in a corner and we only brought it to be used occasionally when she fussed and didn’t want to be put in her cot. We completely neglected the Cocoon until one day, I looked at the little girl and realised how she has grown. I also know that if I didn’t start putting her back into the Cocoon, she won’t be able to fit inside this gadget after 3 months. During that time, we were also battling with reflux and the shape of the Cocoon is said to help with the reduction of reflux. Desperate times called for desperate measures, so we placed S into the Cocoon again and kept her near. We found that it did help with her reflux and we will take anything just to have her sleep for anything between 2 – 4 hours.

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So where’s the Cocoon placed now? I’ve seen what some of my friends have done, placing their Cocoon into the baby’s cot so that’s what we did as well. I should have done this in the first place… sheesh! S seems to be taking to the Cocoon pretty well in her cot so we do still have some mileage out of this item after all. Verdict on the item, is it worth the hype and the price? I guess so. As new parents and a new Mom who’s sleep-deprived, I’m kinda willing to try anything that works and this gadget has been pretty good to us so far. Fingers crossed that it will continue to work.

What happens after she outgrows this gadget? Will probably loan this to a pal and then sell it off. So if you are interested in this, just leave me a comment and let’s see how it goes. :)

Building a storage..

It’s been about 2 months since I embarked on breast-feeding. Although it started off with a wee bit of a challenge initially but it has largely been rewarding. I think I especially enjoy the bonding time I have with Sophie through breast-feeding and how she sometimes fall asleep at the boob after she has her fill. I’m also starting to build a supply of breast-milk in preparation of me heading back to work as we intend to try to exclusively breast-feed for at least the first 6 months of her life.

I tend to be adventurous when it comes to shopping. Or perhaps it’s just my shopaholic character, the need to just buy something. So guess what I did? As this whole breast-feeding thing is like entirely new to me, I went round asking friends the brands of breast-milk storage bags they used. Obviously, different people have different preferences and after listening to them, I went round buying different brands of breast-milk storage bags in the market just to try it out. Thought I’d share my experience of some of the brands that I use and what works for me for first-time moms who might be in the same situation as me.

Here are the brands that I’ve got:

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  1. Boots Breastmilk Storage Bags: This was gifted by my sis who shared that you can get it from Boots Bangkok at 150baht for a box of 40 bags. That’s really cheap as it works out to be approximately under S$0.20 per piece.
  2. Medela Pump and Save bags: As I’m currently using the Medela pump, I thought if I were to get the Medela Pump and Save breast-milk storage bags, it would save me time from pumping the milk into a bottle and then transferring into the bag as these bags come with the connector that’s compatible only for Medela pumps. Be warned, these don’t come cheap. For a bag of 50 bags, I think I paid about $35 for them (that’s $0.70 a piece!). I have yet to open them to use as I feel that they are so precious because of the high cost. On top of that, I now think it’s better pumping the milk into a separate container and then transferring them into the bag. I mean what if the milk in the boobs ain’t much, then the bag would kinda go to waste if it’s not filled. So I’m really saving these bags for a rainy day before I start using them.
  3. Pigeon Breastmilk Storage Bags: These are retailing at S$15.90 for a bag of 25 pieces and are readily available in most department stores. You could also wait when there are sales to stock up on the item if needed. A friend recommended the brand as she said it was cheap and good. Now that I’ve gone out to purchase other brands I don’t exactly think it’s cheap and good. Nevertheless, I do like the simple design on the bag and the measurement for the storage of the milk has so far been accurate.
  4. Lanisoh Breastmilk Storage Bags: I got these off iHerb because some of my friends have been using these and shared that it’s rather good. As I’m a ‘sucker’ for pretty things, I thought the floral design on the bag is rather cute as well. I recently used some of these bags for storage and felt that they weren’t as good as the others that I have used. Somehow the plastic material feels way thinner that the other above-mentioned brands. I had to handle the packet with care as I stored it into my freezer. I hope when thawing the milk, we wouldn’t need to handle it with utmost care. If the packet breaks during the thawing process, I will seriously break into tears if my milk goes to waste!

Now that I’ve tried all these brands, which is the one brand that I will stick with?

IMG_7757Am going to stick with the bags from Boots! I like that they have the different fields for the data input and how affordable they are for a bag of 40 pieces. The only thing I don’t quite like about the bag is that you need to measure exactly the milk from your bottle before transferring to the bag as the quantity indicator marker on the bag is not quite accurate. I’ve poured milk directly into the bag thinking that it’s 120ml but it turned out to be only 80ml when we thawed it and transferred into our feeding bottle.

If there are other brands of breast-milk storage bags that you have tried and highly recommend, do share them with me. Like I shared, I hope to continue on this breast-feeding journey so building a storage is what I will be concentrating on doing for now before returning to work.

The Man vs the Bottle

Bottle-feeding… during the very one class of parenting that we went, the teacher there shared that it’s best not to introduce the bottle to the infant if we were intending to breast-feed during the first month. If we intended to feed the infant with the expressed breast-milk then it’s best to either feed the milk with the syringe or using a spoon. This is to minimise nipple confusion for the newborn.

Well, we tried both the syringe and the spoon method but it was pretty messy for milk kept spilling all over Sophie and the syringe kept hitting the gums and we thought it posed a threat. Additionally, the confinement lady who was responsible for the night feeds wasn’t too pleased with our alternative methods of feeding and wanted us to introduce the bottle pronto. So in view of all the factors, I took out my only bottle – Pigeon PP Bottle – and passed it to her, praying and hoping that it would not cause any nipple confusion. If it did, we were going to switch back to the alternative methods of feeding.

We’ve also gone ahead to implement this ‘rule’ where the rest of the care-givers could bottle-feed her but when it comes to me, it will have to be exclusive latching. This arrangement worked pretty well and the Man really enjoyed the bottle-feed sessions with S where he could bond with her for an hour odd in the day.

However, the past couple of nights during the bottle-feed sessions, it has been quite a struggle. Little Missy has been gulping down her milk resulting in loads of spillage, some choking and a whole lot of fussing plus crying. The Man, on the other had, became frustrated with the whole feeding session and it was just heart-breaking to see both of them struggling through the feed with one being hungry and the other being angry because he’s helpless.

IMG_7414Not a happy camper!

We’ve tried different teats and bottles that left the little Missy a little confused and flustered throughout the whole session. In the end, I had to cuddle her and nurse her proper before she drifted into slumberland. After the past couple of incidents, we decided that perhaps it’s time to upgrade her to the next teat size from her fave brand and hopefully, she wouldn’t fuss. Else, I will have to activate Plan B and get her a new bottle. Any recommendations on brands to consider if that were to happen? We are using Pigeon and have tried Medela teats and Chu Chu teats.

Turning 100…

IMG_7594We had the pleasure over the weekend to celebrate a very special birthday to ‘Great Grandma’ T together with our little one in tow. Last year, we celebrated her 99th and it was really special for we hadn’t expected to be invited to their home. Our paths crossed again when Mdm O called me last Saturday to invite me to her mom’s 100th birthday celebration. I spoke a little to her and shared with her that we now have a baby since the year has passed, she was so happy for us and I remembered how as we left her home, her Mom and her gave us a special blessing when we shared that we were trying very hard to conceive a child.

IMG_7601I believe that God works in mysterious ways and perhaps he sent these special ladies into our lives. Their prayers together with a birthday wish to God must have worked for after a month later, Sophie was conceived. :)

IMG_7606So, visiting them was a special occasion and we brought Sophie along for we knew deep down inside, they would be genuinely happy for us and they were. They also joked that Missy is aged 0 and she gets to meet ‘Great Grandma T’ who will be turning 100 in a couple of days time. How very special indeed!

IMG_7607We didn’t know what to get for the birthday dame so we decided to make a little celebration out of the visit bearing a small bouquet of flowers with a cake for tea. The hosts, on the other hand, brought out their finest silver-ware and china and served us a lovely cuppa of tea that we enjoyed with our cake. It was a different kind of afternoon spent as we walked down memory lane with the birthday dame as she gave us a glimpse of her life during her sharing. We found out how she calls a particular official by his first name, how amusing indeed.

IMG_7608Blessed birthday to this special lady and I hope that all of us will be invited to your home again next year to add another candle on your cake. :)

Letter to Sophie x 2

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My dear baby girl,

Almost can’t believe that 2 months have just passed us by. I still recall vividly when you just turned 1 month, how I was fretting how I was goin to survive the night feeds, the inconsolable wails and how to make you happy when you are cranky.

Thankfully, each day is a new lesson learned. If you don’t wish to sleep, I will just try my best to make you and then give up in sheer exhaustion. After all, when you are very tired, you will simply drift off to slumberland. The times that you have fussed have also left us dumb-founded but lots of cuddles and hugs did help so I will continue to cuddle and hug you now that I have all the chance in the world before you finally reject me when you are much older.

I’m also really happy that the both of us have been heading out on our very own mother-and-daughter adventures. Well, I drag you out mostly because I’m your main food source but it’s been fun right? The meeting of new baby pals and aunties plus the dressing up. Yes, Mummy here is having loads of fun dolling you up now that you have ‘filled’ up. Growing well my dear and again, Mummy’s wish is for you to be happy and healthy. ;)

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You are also a lot more expressive now with your cooing and ahhing that often leave us chuckling when you react to what we say. Keep it up my dear and we honestly can’t wait for you to hit more milestones. I only hope I will be there to witness it and am already dreading the time that I have to be apart from you in under 2 months time. ;( But for now, I will cherish all the time that I can spending it to the fullest with you in our little family of 4. Speaking of which, poor Sparky feels a little neglected for I can’t readily dish out hugs for I’m caring for you exclusively for now. So when you’re a little older, we definitely need to make it up to him.

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PS: We are getting better with these shots.. just wished lighting was better!

Love you with all of my heart: Mummy

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