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David’s Birth Story

We were planning to have the elective C-section for David on 18 Jan but moved it forward to 15 Jan because he was putting on weight too slowly inside. Long story, but it had something to do with my placenta being resistant to delivering nutrients to the baby. Meh.

So on Tuesday night, we headed to Balestier for some bak kut teh before going to the hospital just after 11.30pm. I was supposed to stop eating by midnight so I sat in a corner wolfing down tau huay while Adrian got us registered. We were shown to the room very quickly and after checking the baby’s heartbeat and my blood pressure, etc., we settled down for the night.

one of my last pregnant photos!

one of my last pregnant photos!

I was woken up at 6.30am and prepped for the operation. Although I knew what to expect, I was really very tense and nervous. After the drip and epidural were put in, my doctor came in and Adrian appeared shortly after. I made the mistake of looking up at the reflective bits of the lights above me and briefly glimpsed my bloody insides and instantly felt like throwing up. With great effort, I managed to keep last night’s supper in my tummy. I was shivering quite a bit from the epidural though.

on the way to the OR

on the way to the OR

I wasn’t in any sort of pain but was a bit uncomfortable. But all that was forgotten when David made his appearance and was quickly cleaned up, wrapped up and deposited on my chest. Such a relief to have him out safe and sound! He was healthy and also heavier than hoped for. Thank God!

our first family photo

our first family photo

getting cleaned up

getting cleaned up

Adrian followed David out of the room and my doctor continued the operation. However, there were some complications. The scar tissue from my previous two c-sections kept on bleeding when she was trying to close me up. The area affected was also above the epidural area and I kept wincing from the discomfort, so eventually my doctor made the decision to put me under GA.

The last thing I heard her say was, “Cancel all my appointments!” and she worked on me for about 2 hours, while back at her clinic, her clinic assistants prayed for me and the bleeding stopped. Phew! She called Adrian when she was done, and because it had taken so much longer than expected, he thought she was calling to say I had died or something along those lines!

the kids came to visit

the kids came to visit

When I eventually woke up, I was feeling really groggy and out of it. Took a few more hours before I felt clear-headed. Was very happy to see the two older ones though. They were so enthusiastic about their new little brother and couldn’t get enough of him. Thank God that Baby David arrived safely and that everything turned out well! This is the start of an amazing journey. :)

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Christmas 2013 – Christmas with the Gang

Met up with my friends for a Christmas/ New Year’s Eve gathering on the last day of the year. We wanted to be able to include Viv’s family who was back from Australia and Lisa managed to join us as well. So this time, we were only missing Qi & family and Kwa & husband. Not bad at all!

yummy spread

yummy spread

managed a group photo (minus 2 babies who were sleeping)

managed a group photo (minus 2 babies who were sleeping)

one last family photo for the year

one last family photo for the year

kids pretending to be giraffes

kids pretending to be giraffes

elephants drinking water

elephants drinking water

Adam looking thoughtful

Adam looking thoughtful

so nice to have Viv's boys with us

so nice to have Viv’s boys with us

it was Hwee Lee's birthday as well

it was Hwee Lee’s birthday as well

lazy daddies

lazy daddies

Christmas 2013 – Ellery’s Birthday

Ellery is a Christmas baby and we celebrated his 3rd birthday on Sunday! It was a small gathering at District 10 and the kids had lots of fun in the bouncy castle while the adults ate and talked. Selena made the cake and it had different blocks of colours inside! Very impressive.

sliding down headfirst

sliding down headfirst

Adam snoozing

Adam snoozing

Christmas presents were exchanged

Christmas presents were exchanged

the kids doing some colouring

the kids doing some colouring

Adam awake and sliding

Adam awake and sliding

kids blowing bubbles

kids blowing bubbles

Christmassy mammoth cake

Christmassy mammoth cake

say cheese!

say cheese!

what the cake looks like inside

what the cake looks like inside

Adam playing with bubbles

Adam playing with bubbles

a pile of kids

a pile of kids

attempted a picture of the kids

attempted a picture of the kids

Birthday Party at Asia Gymnastics Academy

Last weekend was a really busy one for Anya! She had her inline skating class, then watched Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show with her brother, attended a birthday party at Fidgets and on Sunday, attended another birthday party at Asia Gymnastics Academy at Horse City. The food was provided by Brunch & Co and was really yummy! Anya had a lot of fun and now says she wants to have her birthday party there, I’m not booking anything yet because her birthday’s not till March and she has changed her mind several times already!

warming up

warming up

doing some stretches

doing some stretches

jumping around

jumping around

balancing

balancing

scrambling across

scrambling across

bunch of garang girls

bunch of garang girls

yummy food

yummy food

yummy food

yummy food

adorable birthday boy

adorable birthday boy

the kids

the kids

Kiddy Fun at The Grandstand

Adam’s birthday fell on a Monday so after work, I went to my mum’s and took him out for a day of one-on-one time, just the two of us. It’s really rare for us to be able to spend time together without Anya around. She wasn’t too happy that we were going out without her but grudgingly accepted it since she knew it was her brother’s birthday.

Kiddy Fun is great for kids around Adam’s age. The surfaces are all padded so I don’t have to worry about him banging his hand on anything. His favourite was a little room with balloons being blown all over. He went quite mad running around and grabbing them! He didn’t really want to try the moving rides at first but eventually warmed up to them and couldn’t get enough.

Kiddy Fun at The Grandstand

Kiddy Fun at The Grandstand

in the balloon room

in the balloon room

being cheeky in the ball pit

being cheeky in the ball pit

blocks galore!

blocks galore!

huge foam blocks to build with

huge foam blocks to build with

crawling around and hiding from me

crawling around and hiding from me

didn't like sitting on this

didn’t like sitting on this

he only likes the duck

he only likes the duck

wrong slide?

wrong slide?

going round and round

going round and round

in the helicopter

in the helicopter

spinning the flower

spinning the flower

After 2 solid hours of play, we headed to Pasar Bella to meet Adrian for dinner. They had a good time looking at the live seafood and sneaking up on the lobsters. It was really wonderful to be able to spend that bit of time with Adam and be able to give him our full attention. It’s not easy being the second kid (I speak from experience) so I hope to take him out alone more often!

scary lobsters

scary lobsters

full attention of both parents!

full attention of both parents!

Adam Turns 2 – Combined Celebration with his Great Grandma

Adam’s birthday is a few days before Adrian’s grandmother’s so we had a combined celebration for them. The kids love hanging out at their great grandmother’s place because they can run wild in the garden!

ready...set...

ready…set…

GO!

GO!

bubble fun before lunch

bubble fun before lunch

nasi lemak!

nasi lemak!

two cakes

two cakes

the birthday people

the birthday people

blowing out candles

blowing out candles

family

family

the older ones help to cut the cake

the older ones help to cut the cake

a round of carrom

a round of carrom

my baby and me

my baby and me

Adam Turns 2 – Celebration with the Family

Since Adam hasn’t started school and doesn’t really have any friends, we decided not to have a party with lots of kids and had a little family gathering at my mum’s place instead. My wonderful mother prepared lontong, glutinous rice, fried bee hoon and even made tau huay, and I ordered some DIY popiah. My aunt also made some tau suan so we had lots of good food to eat that day!

(Point to note: don’t ever order popiah from Old Longhouse. They gave us the most horrible, tough factory-made popiah skin and the rest of the ingredients weren’t that great either. I had to get Adrian to swing by Queensway to get some proper popiah skin.)

We ordered the birthday cake from Pine Garden and while I really do love their chocolate orange cake, they used some crazy food colouring to make the cake red and it stained our hands, lips, mouth and even left a stain on the floor! Very scary!!

crazily red cake

crazily red cake

Anya insisted on choosing the candles

Anya insisted on choosing the candles

the cousins

the cousins

blowing out the candles

blowing out the candles

with his grandparents and grand aunts/uncles

with his grandparents and grand aunts/uncles

with my cousins and their kids

with my cousins and their kids

cutting the cake

cutting the cake

having a good time eating candy off the cake

having a good time eating candy off the cake