Pregnancy at month 6...

~ Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 8:56 AM ~

Alrighteyyyy, we are cruising into the 6th month of my pregnancy now! Updates for this month since my previous status updates in pregnancy at month 5 are as follow:

#1: This baby is STILL a SPICY BABY!

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I'm still wolfing down spicy food at month number 6 though lately I've also been eating more sweet stuff... like chocolates, cakes, doughnuts and stuff...

#2: Weight Gain

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I have gained 3 extra kg for this month, making it to 52kg now. Even the doctor said this the first thing when he looked at my current stats compared to previous month stats, but then he went 'Hmm... still OK, we will continue to monitor'. Uh-huh... I think I should slow down the weight gain as I remembered when I was pregnant with Ben, my 2nd gynae advised us that in order to have a natural birth, I should maintain my weight gain to less than 56kg (or maximum 11kg from my pre-pregnancy weight)

#3: Gynae check-ups

We're still continuing on our check-ups at the hospital where I gave birth to Ben 2 years ago. During this round of check-up, we tried out the 4D ultrasound machine again and still, I am not able to see with my own eyes the gender of Spicy Baby. He or she is always on his/her sides and closing legs... what is there to see? Though again, the doctor and hubby repeated their own predictions, I still choose NOT to believe them until I see with my own eyes... so ladies and gentlemen... gender = unknown yet... Spicy Baby's weight as of now: 576gms which doc said it's normal range.

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Also, I will need to go for glucose test in the next check up, it was a routine thing according to the doctor for pregnant woman at her 7th month to do. We are planning to take the test at our family doctor instead of at the hospital as I need to wait about 2 hours to take the blood test. The routine goes something like this:

* Midnight (the day before) until 8am the next day = Fasting, can only take plain water
* 8am = Go to family doctor and take blood test (before), then drink the glucose solutions given by doctor
* 8am - 10am = Fasting again, can only take plain water
* 10am = Go to family doctor again and take blood test (after)

#4: Breastfeeding during pregnancy

I mentioned in the previous month update that I think my breastmilk production has been reduced to almost nothing. If not mistaken when I was about 21 weeks pregnant, my BM has stopped but Ben is still suckling like nothing changes. But I can tell he's doing so for comfort nursing  as he only suckles me when he's about to go for his daytime nap and bedtime at night (each time around 10 minutes to half hour duration - depending how playful he is) But these few days lately I have noticed little signs of my BM coming back.

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So yeah, I do hope that we can go for tandem nursing when the baby is born. And I hope that I could make tandem nursing works!

#5: My itchy belly?

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My very itchy belly during month 5 has tapered down, thanks to my ermm... quite irregular use of J&J baby oil. Sometimes I forgot to apply it after I took my bath but nowadays, I make an effort to do my best to remember to apply it. So, I'm happy to report that itchy tummy is not that itchy anymore!

(*** NEW!) #6: Childbirth Fears

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New thing to report this month... I've been reliving memories of giving birth to Ben, I can actually think back the contractions and labor pains moments before I pushed Ben out of me... whoaaaa... I wonder how will it be like with Spicy Baby?

Of course with Ben, I didn't even know my contractions started already until I was on the way to the hospital (was supposed to admit myself to be induced due to low amniotic fluid) and counting from 1cm (midnight) to 10cm, it took me 4.5 hours to get Ben out. I was wheeled into the labor room at 2am+ (was at 4cm  then) and by 4.30am, Ben was out!

And it doesn't help with people around telling me that subsequent births will be wayyyyyyyyyyyy faster... gulp... of course, I do want my delivery to be fast and over as soon as possible but I am kinda paranoid of ermm.. giving birth in the car on the way to the hospital?

So, question to mums with more than 1 child:

Can you share your experience of giving birth to your second (and subsequent if any) child? Like was it much more painful? Longer? Faster? More painful than the previous one? Anything?

So there you go, updates as at 6 months pregnancy... have a blessed week and thank you for reading!

Is It Wrong to Walk Fast?

~ Posted on Friday, May 13, 2011 at 8:34 AM ~

Question: Is it wrong to walk fast?

Rephrase question: Is it wrong for a PREGNANT woman to walk fast?

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I have always been a fast walker all my life, pregnant or not... I find it hard and TIRING to stay and/or stand still at one spot ... because of that, I have just gotta keep walking and moving.

I remembered during my college years, I was waiting for my best friend at this shopping mall (for our shopping date) and she was half an hour late and by the time she arrived, I've already walked the mall a few rounds and seen everything!

Then there was this incident which happened 2 years ago - it was about 6 hours after I gave birth naturally to Ben, I went out from my private room looking for my husband and my newly born Ben (both were missing!) and I was as usual... walking fast my usual pace... Within 10 steps, I immediately heard a scolding voice from the reception area and I saw 2 nurses peering out at me and repeated their scoldings with REALLY ANGRY-DEATH-THREATENING FACES...

"Hey, you just gave birth! Don't walk so FAST! Later you will bleed again!"

And I stopped right there and stood still thinking "What? You mean walking fast could make me bleed again? But I feel fine!"

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Nevertheless, I've got more important things on my mind (looking for my hubby and baby!) than to stand there and counterargue with the nurses.. so I just slowed down and walk slow like a tortoise SLOWER... which is REALLY tiring for me... In the end, I found both of them in the bathing room, with a nurse who is showing my hubby how to bath and clean Ben.

And then earlier yesterday morning, hubby dropped me off at his brother's workshop (near the market) to buy some food and I got down and started walking ermm... FAST my usual pace and again... I heard "Whoa... don't walk so fast! No need to rush!" from one of my brother in law's colleague. Hearing that immediately reminded me of the incident above which happened 2 years ago...

I mean, it's not like I'm running or causing my pregnant bump to bounce up and down... Sigh... is it wrong to walk fast?

Veni, Vidi, Vici!

~ Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 8:30 AM ~

Oh yes! We came, we saw and we conquered! Okay, maybe that's a bit too dramatic and over the top but that's what we felt after we had a short weekend family trip to the north (6 to 8 May 2011). Here are some of the memorable shots taken during our family trip (which was meant to be an eat-all-the-way-to-and-fro trip for me while my bump is still not that heavy and making me too tired to walk far... hehehe..)

On the first day, we stopped by for brunch at Ipoh's Foh San Dimsum restaurant which was recommended by a friend of mine (thanks again Catheryn!). The food is good and the atmosphere is nice too! Picture below taken of Ben praying before he walloped the mango pudding. Not that the pudding is deathly, just that Ben always prays before he eats ;)

I think we took about 4 hours plus to reach Penang, our holiday destination. Picture below of Ben helping us to unpack when we checked into our hotel room...

One of Ben's favorite activities in our hotel room, playing hide and seek at the curtains...

We rest for a while before realising Ben ain't going to nap so we head out to Penang's Youth Park. Look at Ben enjoying the swing at Penang's Youth Park...

We also went to the Feringgi Beach to check out the beach there... Love the shot taken below of the sparkling sea and hubby and Ben enjoying their stroll along the Feringgi Beach.

For our dinner, we went to the hawker stalls along Gurney Drive. Not much pictures taken as I left my trusted camera in the car (way to go to my preggy brain!)

For day 2, Ben woke up all excited and wanted to go to the pool (we can clearly see the pool from our balcony). Picture below of Ben with his out-of-bed hairdo. Awesome eh?

We had our breakfast at the hotel (complimentary with our hotel stay) before we head out to Penang Hill. Waited for a few minutes for our train to come down, check out Ben's bored look below hehehe...

After the breathtaking view from Penang Hill, we went for our chicken rice lunch. Yum yums! And then we proceeded to the Toy Museum. Ben was so excited seeing his favorite toys such as Wall-E, Ironman, Transformers (particularly Optimus Prime and BumbleBee) and Sesame Streets.

It was near evening time when we head back to our hotel. We then got ready the stuff and head to the pool. I didn't join along as my swimsuit is getting a wee bit tight for my expanding Spicy Baby... Ben enjoyed himself at the kiddy pool, watched over by daddy just next to him...

And then we managed to persuade Ben to go to the beach which was just in front of our hotel. Well, Ben was too engrossed with the pool earlier. Again, I got myself a beach chair and settled down and relax while watching the 2 men in my life build some awesome looking castles...

Can't resist taking this shot below. The sun was setting, daddy and Ben still engrossed with building their castles and I was still relaxing on my comfy beach chair... hehehe... I could get used to this kind of living... *wink*wink*

And then this couple of tourists (I think Arabs) stopped by and posed with Ben. Before them, an Arab couple stopped by as well to take pictures of Ben and patted his chin saying some Arabish words which I clearly don't understand...

Carried Ben back to my beach chair and put him on the empty chair next to mine. And snapped this shot of him chillaxing... cute!

Snapped this shot while I was walking with Ben towards daddy who is still building his sand castle...

We went back to our hotel room after that, showered and got ready to go out for our dinner and we went to the night market/bazaar along Feringgi Beach as well. By the time we reached our hotel, it was 11pm plus and Ben fell asleep soon after.

On the 3rd day, we had breakfast at the hotel again. Ben started fussing and wanted to play in the kiddy pool again. Daddy took Ben to the beach and had a stroll while waiting for me to finish my breakfast. 

We played on the beach for a while before Ben had his fun time in the pool. After a while, we got ready and head back to our room. We managed a brief nap before we left the hotel and head back home.

All in all, it was an enjoyable trip, one that I'm going to remember for a long long time (as it's going to be sometime before we have our next family trip as Spicy Baby comes along in a few months time)

I'd like to thank my hubby for driving all the way to and fro, taking care of Ben and carrying him most of the time. I really appreciate the effort and thoughts into making this a memorable trip for me.