My girl is ONE, birthday party at NSRCC

When my girl was around the age of 6 months old, occasionally, I will think of where I should host her first ever birthday party. Initially, I was thinking of going for a holiday but we were afraid that our girl might not like the long journey in an airplane. Other factors like the weather and her adaptability also bother us. In the end, we decided to book a chalet at the National Service Resort and Country Club (NSRCC). It’s a good chance to know if our girl was able to get use to unfamiliar place before we plan for an oversea trip.

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My breastfeeding journey

I have been breastfeeding my little one for the past 3 months and still counting. It is not an easy journey but it is definitely worth it. Why I choose breastfeeding than formula feeding? Breast milk provides antibodies that can’t be found in formula milk. The process also encourages better bonding with my little one. Breastfeeding also helps me to lose weight faster. I have gained 16kg during pregnancy and I had lost 12kg so far. I’m still trying hard to get rid of that stubborn 4kg. Haha.. It also helps healing in post-delivery. In around a month time, my gynae told me that my uterus have contracted back to its normal size. There are also a lot more other benefits in breastfeeding.

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My postnatal confinement

As a Chinese, there are so many traditions to follow during the month long postnatal confinement. I always find it ridiculous to follow them. I have done my confinement in a very simple way and received a lot of negative feedback from relatives and friends. They do not understand why I did not follow the traditions.

Some of the popular “rules” are: one must not shower; one has to take a lot of Chinese medicine and herbs, no drinking of water and no fan and air-conditioned are allow during this period. Why does the Chinese practise postnatal confinement? It is because they believe that during childbirth, the mother will lose a lot of blood and ‘Qi’. By doing the above, it will further weaken the mother’s body.

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My first natural birth experience at Mount Alvernia

After 3 months, I have finally settled down and able to start writing about my delivery experience at Mount Alvernia Hospital. Seriously, I feel that the process is not as tough as what I have heard. The whole delivery process took me 18 hours. 18 hours! Sound scary isn’t it? But the first 17 hours is basically a waiting game. We have to wait for the contractions to begin, and slowly reach its peak before my little one is able to come out. The real pain came in the final hour, when I am pushing with my life for an entire 30 minutes, although I am on epidural.

As mentioned in my first baby blog, my gynae wanted me to admit into hospital on 20th September midnight as my water bag’s fluid was below the acceptable level. So after the visit, my husband and I went home to do a final check on the stuff that we need to bring for the hospital stay. I am so nervous at that time. Though we are physically prepared, mentally we are always not.

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How I relax and prepare to sleep during pregnancy

Things can never get too easy with the big tummy around. How I manage to get myself a good nice sleep is using my favorite air purifier. There are a few things which I will do before I goes to bed each night. My alternate routine is doing prenatal exercises to prepare for delivery.

My everyday routine is:
1 drop of sweet orange + 2 drops of lavender = sleep time

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