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The Little Fella’s Birth Story

You have been waiting for this rightttttttt?

I have been trying to find the time to put together my birth story. Whatever time I had, I typed out in my notepad first as I lay in bed while my baby was sleeping or while I was nursing him.

Here it goes.

When I went for my last gynae check up on 4 August 2016, I was secretly hoping for some progress because I was already 39weeks and 2 days pregnant.

The attending gynae did some serious digging VE on me before telling me that my cervix was still far, far, farrrrrr behind.

This was my Facebook update after that checkup.

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The day before the check up, I also had my massage session and my Nenek Urut told me that my tummy was still high up. She was right. Everyone told me the same thing too.

“Relax, your tummy still very high. It will not be anytime soon.”

OKAY FINE.

So yeah, I was already prepared to wait till my 40th week and give birth to an overdue baby.

But I was secretly hoping that I could still give birth to him on the 5th somehow.

5 has always been my favourite number ley.

5 August 2016:

When I went to bed that night, I could not sleep well. Things did not seem right. At about 3 am, the contractions started. I was actually unsure at first. After all, this was the first time I got to really experience contractions naturally Previous pregnancies,  I was induced and contractions came later by force. So okay, I started to monitor the contractions. They kept coming and going. Strong. Persistent. Repetitive. They started to come really close together unlike the normal lame Braxton Hicks contractions. So I just had the urge to start timing. True enough, they came every 4 to 5 minutes. And they continued to come and go all the way.

When the girls were getting ready for school, I was still in bed timing the contractions because I am a freak like that. Still 4 to 5 minutes apart. Painful, yes. But bearable still. That was about 6 am.

At 7 am, just when Tatek and the girls left the house for school, I saw a dark pink mucusy discharge with a tinge of red.

IT WAS THE BLOODY SHOW!

So I called Tatek ever so calmly and said,

“B, I think right, it’s time. But no worries, I want to shower first.”

He panicked lah obviously. Forever panicking, this guy.

He was like,

“Alamak! REALLY??? Ok ok you faster get ready now!”

I asked him to pass the phone to the girls and I informed them one by one that I would be going to the hospital soon. Told them what they needed to do upon reaching home from school and explained to my helper what needed to be done also.

I then took a nice warm shower (because that’s what almost everyone who is in labour will do before she goes to the hospital) despite the contractions which kept coming.

Still bearable.

Got myself ready. And yes, I do mean putting on makeup. I figured why not? Since I could still do it, then do it. I wanted to look reasonably okay when I greeted my boy, bearing in mind that I have this birth story to put up. So thoughtful of me, huh? Want to give birth also still think of my blog readers.

Hur Hur.

Here you go. My last picture with my tummy.

I am actually already missing it as I am typing this (with a flabby tummy as a replacement).

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39 weeks 3 days pregnant – that was how long I carried my boy in my tummy.

So anyway, we bought KFC for breakfast. My breakfast was the porridge and the chicken burger.

YA I ATE BOTH. CANNOT AH?

I told Tatek to let him satisfy my final cravings before confinement.

He was like “Ya ya ya.”

Ate inside the car on the way to KKH, of course.

Reached the delivery suite at about 9.50 am.

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The nurse asked whether I wanted to self admit myself or whether I wanted to be given painkillers so that I could go home and manage the contractions.

I requested for self admission, duh!

“Just give birth already lah!” I was telling myself.

I was given delivery room number 12. No significance actually the number. But just telling you lah.

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Changed into my white hospital gown woohoooooooooo! #OOTD

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Time check: 10.02 am

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Since Dr Suzanna was still on leave till 6 pm, Dr Jessie Phoon attended to me.

She came in at about 11 am to say hello before doing a VE.

“You are already 3 cm! Good job! Yesterday your cervix was still not ready. Must be the VE I did on you!”

I think so too, doc.

So from 11 am I was just lying down, checking my nails, and tolerating the contractions.

No lah, actually was already in so much pain.

Look at my face.

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And then I did some mental calculation too.

3 cm at 11 am.
I would most probably be 10 cm at night.
Contractions were already unbearable because they were 3 minutes apart.

There was no time to recuperate from one before the next one hit.

So should I lie down, get the contractions to accompany me till night and be in a very, very very, bad mood meanwhile?
Or should I opt for epidural and be happy and calm so that I could reserve my energy and then concentrate on giving birth when the time comes?

Of course I decided to opt for the latter.

Time check: 12.10 pm

Epidural was administered.
And unlike the previous ones where the husband was not allowed to be inside, this time round Tatek was allowed to be inside – not to observe how the epidural was administered, but to distract me while it was being administered. After all, we are talking about my back being jabbed by big needles.

Ewwwwww.

 

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After it was done, I was lying down happily. I even took a selfie because I was thinking, “Yay cannot really feel the pain now.”

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Pretty or act pretty? Doesn’t matter because I was in pain again soon after the picture above. LOL.

I started to notice that only the right side of my body was numb even after twenty minutes. The left side was not. I could still feel the painful contractions on the left side. LIKE SUPER PAINFUL! So I asked the nurse whether it was normal.

Apparently the reason why that happened was because I was lying down on my side and facing the left right after the epidural was administered. Not my fault actually because the nurse requested I lie down in such a manner so that they could detect the baby’s heartbeat.

They inserted a higher dosage of epidural in order to numb the left side of my body a bit more.

Time check: 3.15 pm

5 cm dilated

“Wow that was fast!” I thought to myself.

Mind you, I was not induced this time round, unlike the previous TWO pregnancies with my THREE girls. So it was really like a first time experience for me. I was pretty excited actually to know that my cervix dilated naturally.

While waiting for time to pass by, I listened to all the Surah collection that I have compiled for my baby and myself. Special thanks to my family friend Liyanah for preparing for me the list of dua to ease my labour, and personally delivering air zamzam to my house for me! She did not have to, but she did! So touched by her kind gesture.

Okay back to the birth story.

The husband was really wide awake this time round. Thank goodness he managed to have a good night sleep the night before so he was very alert and attentive to my needs this time round. And oh, he helped me take a lot of photos too! LOL. Guess he was just excited to see his son.

He even took a picture of his Husband’s Pass!

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And he arranged the baby clothes before taking a picture!

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Meanwhile, my girls were at home waiting anxiously for me to give birth. They were already dressed for the hospital and waiting for the right time to rush to the hospital! Yes, they were that eager to meet their baby brother.

Meanwhile, they did whatever I had told them to do!

They showered and ate their lunch.

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They did their school work.

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They performed their prayers with my helper.

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Awwwwwwwwww.

My mum took the pictures above and updated me via the family group chat.

So sweet of them, right? <3

For every progress I made, Tatek would also update the family group chat so that everyone was well-informed.

Time check: 5.47 pm

8 cm dilated

OH MY GOD!

The midwife on duty asked me whether I already felt the sensation to push.

AHHHH SENSATION!
Been so long since I last heard that word.
You can click HERE to get what I mean.

But no lah, no sensation yet.
Didn’t feel any pressure down there even.
And besides, it was not 6 pm yet.
I wanted to wait for my gynae Dr Suzanna!

Oh, my water bag broke somewhere in between. I didn’t even feel wet down there. I only realized it broke when the midwife told me. I was like, “Oh water bag broke already? Okay!” LOL.

At about 6.15 pm, Dr Suzanna arrived and she screamed,

“Diahhhhhhhh! Baby waiting for me is it?”

Noting the fact that I was already 8 cm dilated, Dr Suzanna told me that I was making really good progress so far since everything happened naturally without having the need to induce.

“Since everything is progressing on its own, do expect a faster labour this time round, Diah.”

Ya. I think she said something like that lah.

Time check: 6.30 pm

Dr Suzanna did another check down there and said ever so casually,

“Diah, I can see your baby’s head already, you know? His hair is so thick! Husband, you want to see?”

Tatek took a look and told me excitedly,

“B, his hair very thick! I can see his head already!”

Dr Suzanna continued,
“Diah, you wanna push now or wait till you feel the sensation? If you push now, baby will be out in about two pushes only. Wanna try?”

Of course that made me want to push baby out all the more!

I could not wait to see the cheeky little fella who had been kicking me so much during my pregnancy.

 

Time check: 6.43 pm

So I started doing my thing.
Took a super deep breath, exhaled and gave a long pushhhhhhhhhh like I wanted to pass motion like that.

“Excellent Diah! Just one more long push! You are doing well! We might not even need to stitch you up!”

 

Time check: 6.48 pm

I gave it one more long push and the little fella was out!

5 MINUTES OF PUSHING???!!!!!!

 

 

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I was like, “Eh that’s it? Baby’s out? Seriously?” 

 

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I couldn’t grasp it even then. It was all just happening so fast and I wanted to savor it all.

But hey,

HELLO LITTLE FELLA! 

(I waited forever for your arrival and ended up shopping too much, you know?!)

When I went for my last checkup with the gynae the day before I gave birth, I was told that baby’s estimated weight was around 2.8 kg to 2.9 kg.

But errrmmm.

 

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I am just so excited to introduce my boy to the world!

Born on 5 August 2016 at 6.48 PM, weighing 3.54 kg and measuring 51 cm.

: Shakeel Adly :

 

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Shakeel means: Handsome & good looking.

Adly means: Of fairness and justice

Insya’allah.

I was told that the moment Tatek updated the family group chat when baby was out, my girls jumped and shouted uncontrollably. Then they rushed and pestered my parents to quickly drive them to the hospital so that they could see their baby brother.

LOLOL.

And they waited along the corridor outside the delivery suite with a bouquet of flowers for me, no less.

 

 

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Oh, they even got a gift for their baby brother!

It’s a baby shark keychain!

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“His name is Shakeel right Mummy? So we got him a Baby Shark because his nickname is going to be that!”

EXCELLENT IDEAS, GIRLS!

Can my daughters get any sweeter than this?

I know they are going to be the best sisters to their baby brother!

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And as my way of saying thank you to them and to reaffirm the fact that I love them no less now that the baby brother is out, I surprised them with a gift each which I had prepared weeks before I gave birth.

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Of course they were so thrilled to receive the gifts, and even happier after they unwrapped their gifts.

Oh there is another picture that I must share with you –  my mum sitting on the floor with my girls while waiting for us to be out from the delivery suite.

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Really a touching sight, right? So much love for all them lah. <3

Big thank you to my family and everyone else for your prayers and well-wishes. 

Thank you to my husband for being there throughout for me, and for being so patient with me. <3

As usual, my big family came to visit on the same day. Every single one of them. Needless to say, the hospital ward was as noisy as a wet market with their presence! LOLOLOLOL.

BUT I LOVE THEM ALL LAHHHH!

 

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Special thanks to the best gynae in the whole wide world, Dr Suzanna Sulaiman from KKH! All my checkups with her had been nothing but pleasant and stress free! She is such an easygoing gynae, and is also so assuring and encouraging.

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And I do not know how she did what she did when I was in labour, but she was really so cool, calm and relaxed all the way. I just love her strong positive aura!

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So yes, I will highly recommend her if you are looking for a gynae but do be prepared to wait and wait because she is one of the most popular gynaes at KKH! Don’t say I never warned you. 😀

Okay I am done with the birth story.

Alhamdullilah for this easy labour. I couldn’t have done it without your prayers and support all along.

Sorry I took more than a week. I am after all a mother to four kids now. *gulps*

It all seemed like a blur, getting pregnant, my pregnancy, labour – it felt like a blip in time.

Still adjusting.

Still trying to adapt to changes.

Still trying to learn to divide my time.

Still getting used to breastfeeding and sore nipples.

Still trying to get the hang of expressing milk.

Still getting used to wearing hideous maternity bras which only make my boobs sag even more.

Still getting used to rushing every time and all the time.

Still trying to get used to the idea of having a baby yet again. (The last time I had a baby babies was eight years ago!)

But I am definitely so in love with my baby Shakeel.

This boy means a lot to me. A lot.

I didn’t have it easy during the first few months of pregnancy. Very challenging. Very depressing. Now that he’s here, it feels like everything is finally in place. I am going to do the best I can and take really good care of him. 

I will never ever forget what it feels like to long for your baby being handed in your arms – it’s so real, you can touch it. There is so much more I could write and I will – in the chapters of my life to come.

But for now, this is the birth story of Shakeel Adly, my fourth child and only boy.

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I am complete now.

(Okay fine I remember saying “I am complete” so many times before his arrival. But this time, I am really, really, reaaaalllllly complete!)

<3 <3 <3

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#MyNumber4: Anytime Now.

I should have updated my blog more frequently throughout this pregnancy.

Should but didn’t.

HUR HUR.

I am almost at the last stage of my pregnancy now. Whoops? As I am typing this, I am already 37 weeks and 3 days pregnant. Yay I have reached full term! Alhamdulillah.

What a jerky ride it has been so far!

Let’s recap the tummy progress with my never-ending selfies in the toilet (well, most of them), shall we?

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HOW TIME FLIES!

Suddenly, I am anxiously waiting for the little fella to make his appearance anytime from now.

Meanwhile, the third trimester common annoyances have already started in anticipation of his arrival.

What are they?

Oh, I will be more than glad to list them down for you because frankly speaking, I really need to vent it out. LOL.

  1. Frequent urination – I am talking about going to the toilet every 1 hour or 2 hours. I can no longer hold my urine very long.

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It is due to the increased pressure on my bladder.

  1. Vaginal Pain – My vagina feels really sore and bruised, especially after walking for quite a bit or at night when I am sleeping.

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It is due to the pressure on my cervix. My cervix is most probably starting to dilate.

  1. Pelvic Pains – I will always feel sharp pains and pressure in my pelvic area. Getting out of bed at night to go to the toilet is especially challenging.

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This is due to the shifting of my pelvic bones and the loosening of the ligaments attached to my pelvic bones. Apparently, the more pregnancies you have, the more you will experience these pelvic sensations. Crap.

  1. Insomnia – I think I can already safely say goodbye to a good night’s sleep from now till the baby is born. I have been waking up every hour to go to the toilet. Finding a comfortable position to sleep is almost impossible. Shifting from one position to another is so hard due to the pelvic pains I am experiencing. The little fella’s rapid and violent movements can get pretty uncomfortable too.

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I think the reasons I stated above explain everything. Need I elaborate still?

  1. Restless Legs Syndrome – This is really super annoying. Each time when I am lying down and the limb is still, my foot, calf and upper legs will feel really uncomfortable. I will get so restless and easily annoyed as a result.

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I did my readings and they say this may be due to iron and/or folic acid deficiency become I got pregnant. Not my fault lah. I did not plan to get pregnant again in the first place, you know? LOL.

  1. Braxton Hicks Contractions – I guess this is something that every pregnant woman will need to experience. My problem however, is to differentiate the real contractions from the err…not real ones? See, for my previous pregnancies, I was induced. When I was pregnant with Sharleez, my water bag broke. So I had to be induced once I reached the hospital as I was not even 0.00000000000001cm dilated. When I was pregnant with the twins, I chose to be induced a week before raya. So I can safely say that for both pregnancies, I did not really get the opportunity to experience them contractions naturally. I only got to experience them after I was induced.

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Warm ups for the real thing, they say.

Many of you have emailed and PM-ed me to ask for tips and recommendations for a lot of baby related issues. My apologies if I have yet to reply to you.

So let me now list down some recommendations for you to consider, mummies and mummies to be! 

My chosen gynae: 

I do look forward to my checkups with Dr Suzanna at KKH Private Suite.

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I remember asking for gynae recommendations the other time and almost everyone asked me to try Dr Suzanna. When I called KKH appointment hotline somewhere in January this year to fix an appointment with Dr Suzanna, I was informed that she would only be available sometime in May! Yes, she is THAT popular. Of course I could not wait that long to see her. So I thought I should just choose another gynae. However, one of my followers was kind enough to contact me and she asked me whether I would like it if she were to give her 25 February (my birthday!) appointment to me. Here’s the story. She had initially chosen Dr Suzanna as her gynae but decided at the very last minute to go with her previous gynae instead. Of course I said yes immediately! Such a perfect birthday gift! And yes, that was how I have managed to secure Dr Suzanna as my gynae. I am truly blessed to have wonderful followers who are always more than eager to lend me a helping hand whenever possible. Heart you guys a lot!

And just for the record, Dr Suzanna is indeed a super duper awesome gynae! Whenever I meet her, I feel really at ease. She is so warm, jovial, friendly and approachable. The things she says will always make me feel like everything is going to be alright. She is not the kind to make me worry unnecessarily.

My chosen hospital:

Even though this is already my third pregnancy, I still choose KKH. Okay fine, service wise, I have heard a lot of horror stories from patients. Some even complained about their bad experience with the nurses at KKH or the long waiting period. My take on these issues? I have yet to experience anything negative throughout my pregnancies. In fact, I enjoyed my stay so much for my previous pregnancies till I did not hesitate to choose KKH again this time. My previous gynaes are now at Thomson Medical, and I could have easily chosen Thomson Medical if I wanted to, you know? But I just like the environment at KKH. I like how I can always (window)shop at Mothercare and the other baby stores there after every check up. I like how most of the food at the Kopitiam is HALAL. And most importantly, I like how pink my hospital gown is. LOL.

Registration for admission has already been done! Thank you Tatek for making sure everything is done on time so that I will not end up panicking at the very last minute.

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My chosen baby store:

Shopping for baby stuff started the moment I reached my sixth month of pregnancy. Most of the baby necessities like stroller, car seat, baby bath set, bottles, breast pump, baby swaddle, diaper bag and baby monitor set, we got them from Motherswork (Great World City).

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Thank you Motherswork for putting together the best of everything we need for our baby, all under one roof! Super convenient. You can even shop online by clicking HERE.  For purchases above $800, you will also get to enjoy free delivery!

I am going to share with you my purchases from Motherswork along the way, so do keep a lookout, okay?

It is just so therapeutic to shop for the baby. So every outing of mine these days must include shopping for baby stuff. Even my girls love shopping for their baby brother! Whenever I fetch them from school, they will always ask me, “Mummy, can we go to a baby shop today and buy something for Adik?”

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You know, I really thought this pregnancy would be a breeze. After all, this is not my first time being pregnant. Whenever people asked me about previous pregnancies, I have always said how much I enjoyed them.

So when I found out that I was pregnant again with baby no.4 (totally unplanned, okay!), I thought I would be a pro at this whole pregnancy thing. But I forgot to take into consideration that the last time I got pregnant was 7 years ago! And 7 years ago, I was not even 30 yet. Now, I am 35. I guess age does play a big part too.

But my morning sickness throughout the first and second trimester really made me so miserable and depressed. I could not really do or eat anything much. I was nauseous 24/7. I had excess saliva 24/7. I could not tolerate so many things including my mother’s cooking. I hated the smell of garlic. I hated the smell of my husband’s perfume (and this was the case for my previous pregnancies too!). Maybe he should just consider changing his perfume for good. LOL.

All of a sudden, I could no longer function like a normal person. My sufferings made me question why I was pregnant again after so many years. Believe me, it was that bad. I was just soooo moody.

Things only got better for me in the middle of my second trimester. Appetite started to improve. I stopped spitting excess saliva. I started to smile a bit more when I saw how my tummy was growing.

But the bigger the tummy gets, the lesser clothes I have to wear. Every day is a constant belly struggle to find clothes that fit.

Oh don’t get me started on all the pregnancy myths too. I can go on and on and onnnnnnnnn.

But don’t care lah, I will still start.

Myth 1:

“You will look extra good and glow-y when you are pregnant with a baby boy.”

It is nothing but a myth! I do not think that it is true. It actually really depends on your condition. If you are having a bad morning sickness or nausea, of course you will not really have the mood or energy to dress up. That was the case for me during the first few months FOR ALL OF MY PREGNANCIES. Frankly, it has nothing to do with the fact that you are pregnant with a boy or girl.

I always take the extra effort to dress up whenever I go out because it makes me feel good. On certain days, it will take me longer to get ready (due to my laziness or nausea) but I will still dress up all the same.

Myth 2:

“If you are pregnant with a baby boy, your nose will expand and look bigger.”

Wah I tell you, I keep looking at my nose every single day but it still looks the same. Thank goodness! I am not too sure why this happens to some pregnant mummies but it is definitely not because of the gender of the baby you are pregnant with. At least, not for me lah.

 

Myth 3:

“The shape of the tummy determines the gender of the baby.”

They say that if you are pregnant with a girl, your tummy will be high and wide. And if you are pregnant with a boy, your tummy will be low and narrow (protrudes outward, towards the front). But my tummy was protruded outwards towards the front when I was pregnant with my girls (including the twins!). And my tummy still protrudes outwards towards the front when I am pregnant with my boy. And it is very round too, like a ball. So round till my girls will always hug it tight and exclaim, “EEEEEEEEE SO CUTEEEEEEEE LAHHHHH I FEEL LIKE BITING YOUR TUMMY!”

I will not deny the fact that I do enjoy watching my belly grow bigger and rounder by the day. Of course I enjoy feeling the little fella’s movements. Of course I enjoy getting treated like a diva by everyone. Of course I enjoy throwing tantrums while using my pregnancy as a valid excuse. Of course I enjoy escaping from attending events or functions that I would not be able to escape from otherwise. Of course I enjoy all the special privileges. And of course I will miss whatever I have just mentioned the moment the little fella is out.

But along with this pregnancy and the arrival of the little fella anytime soon, I will also miss a lot of other things too.

Other things like spending girlie time with my daughters, having lots of ME time when girls are in school, and napping as and when I like it without the need to worry about anything else.

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I am sure my daughters too will miss having me all to themselves. I am sure they will miss our late nights together. I am sure they will miss going out with me to watch movies. I am sure they will miss taking turns to sleep next to me.

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Having said that, I want to thank them also for being such sweet and helpful daughters throughout my pregnancy. They have done whatever they possibly can to make me happy – from the daily head massages to tummy rubs to them taking charge of their little brother’s wardrobe! It’s all them! Thank you Nadyas! I am sure your baby brother will love you girls a lot once he is out. <3

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But for now, you practise with this dummy first, can? LOL.

My husband, as excited as he is for the arrival of his son, will definitely feel like he can never have my fullest attention anymore. NAWWW. I mean, I have been spending so much time on the girls since they were babies till now. And just when we thought that parenting would get easier for us when the girls are more independent, out comes the baby. LOL. So let’s just stick to wefies as and when we can, okay Tatek?

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Looks like ALL OF US will need to make a lot of adjustments to our current lifestyle. Not just me. Not just the girls. Not just my husband.

I REPEAT, ALL OF US.

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Arghhhhh.

Did I mention that being emotional is one of the major annoyances during the third trimester too?

Wait. What am I saying?

I have been emotional throughout the entire pregnancy!

Okay okay, lets add an element of fun to this blog post.

How about we do a poll and guess when the little fella will make his grand arrival?

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Thank you for your participation!

This has been done in good fun.

At the end of the day, please just pray for me to have a safe delivery to a healthy baby boy, okay?

Insya’allah.

I would really like to thank every single one of you for supporting my pregnancy with your never-ending prayers and kind words right from the start. Truly appreciate it.

May the one above bless you always.

Now, let’s just wait.

HOSPITAL IS READY TOO!

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I really am looking forward to the new addition. <3

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Maternity Wear: YAY or NAY?

Being pregnant can sometimes cause chaos to your wardrobe and fashion sense. The first three months will make you want to almost give up in life, especially if you suffer from a bad case of morning sickness like me! Then you will see yourself wearing the same thing almost everyday because you just cannot be bothered to even look at yourself in the mirror, what more decide on what to wear?

Then, when the tummy starts to grow and the body expands sideways, you will realise that almost everything in your current wardrobe does not fit you anymore. Another cause of misery. I had to do quite a serious case of shopping when that happened to me. But you cannot possibly keep shopping for new clothes, right? I mean, what happens to those clothes the moment baby is out? I am not too sure about you, but I know I will need to lose some weight.

How now brown cow? Maternity wear?

HONESTLY SPEAKING, I HAVE NEVER FOUND MATERNITY WEAR APPEALING.

Besides the fact that they will normally cost more than normal wear, they usually look very….BORING. Big oversized dresses with funny prints, flare tops, and baggy pants, just to name a few. Urgh!

The clothes are supposed to show off that bump, not hide it! So why must they make maternity wear so big and baggy?

As such, I have never owned a single maternity wear for the many times I got pregnant.

But when I chanced upon Jump Eat Cry (www.jumpeatcry.com), a Singapore-based eCommerce store that sells Maternity and Nursing Wear, I changed my mind totally!

I didn’t know maternity and nursing wear could be so stylish AND Super affordable! We are looking at an average price of $35 per outfit. Definitely a rare find. And what’s more, they have a massive collection of maternity and nursing wear! New arrivals every week too.

And so I decided to shop for my first ever maternity wear. Then decided again to add to cart my second and third outfits. LOL.

Want to see what I bought?

VERY PLEASED, IF I MAY ADD.

This one, a very simple dress but it is also must have! Can pair it with my favourite outerwear or accessories, or just wear it on its own for that sophisticated look.

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And oh my god, it is so cooling and comfortable, and fits me nicely!

What I like best about it is the fact that it provides infinite wearing – I can wear it before, during and after pregnancy!

It does not look so big and baggy on me right? Exactly the reason why I love it so much toooo! Click HERE to view details and purchase.

In case you are wondering, yes it is free size!

The second outfit I got myself is this 2 Piece Midi Dress

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The third outfit is my first ever nursing wear! He he he.

This Owl 2 Piece Nursing Dress looks too cute to be a nursing wear for mummies!

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You can head in and take a look at more of their designs at Jump Eat Cry by clicking on the link HERE!

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a….?

Another long overdue post.

So the other day I went for my detailed scan. I had been eager and anxious for this one because I could not wait to find out the gender of the little fella inside, besides being assured that little fella is growing just fine.

Appointment was at 10.15 am. Reached KKH ADC at about 9.45 am. Half an hour early! So I figured I should go to the washroom first, just to make sure my hair was in place. LOL. But Tatek told me to register first so that my appointment would be on time. I did as I was told before proceeding to the ladies. When I was done, Tatek told me to go to the register counter because my name was already called out. SO FAST?

I was pleasantly gobsmacked.

The sonographer then led me to the room where the detailed scan would be carried out.

So it was the usual – sonographer did the scan and told us the various body parts and organs of the little fella.

Little fella could not keep still as usual. At one point, little fella was in the kneeling down position. The sonographer laughed before shaking my tummy continuously (and rather profusely too) to make little fella change position. However, little fella refused to barge. HAHA. So I had to turn my body to the left and right.

Still no luck.

“Your baby is very cheeky ley!” exclaimed the sonographer.

When she wanted to check on little fella’s heart, little fella covered the chest part with one hand. So again, the sonographer had to shake my tummy.

When she wanted to check on the facial features, little fella covered the entire face with both hands. What happened next? Yes, shake shake my tummy once again.

LOL.

The moment the sonographer started showing us little fella’s thigh bones, I knew what was next!

“Do you want to know your baby’s gender?”

DUH.

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“There, do you see that thing sticking out in between the thighs? That’s the penis!”

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I chuckled. Tatek was like repeatedly exclaiming “YES! YES! Beckham boy!”

We are expecting a baby boy. Insya’allah.

When we broke the news to our girls, they were like “Really Mummy? I knew it! YAY!”

Of course they were exhilarated to finally know the gender of their baby sibling. Prior to that, it had been an endless guessing game. Quite torturous for them. HAHA.

When I showed them the above photo of the ultrasound scan, Myreen squealed and said,

“Oh my god, so cute! The penis looks like a little cupcake!”

Seriously, Myreen? LOL.

My mum asked Sharleez whether she was happy and she said,

“It’s okay Nana. I am okay with either a baby brother or sister. It’s still a baby. I will still do my best to take care of the baby even though it will be tiring!”

So I can imagine how chaotic it would be once their baby brother is out, but I also know that my girls will be such great big sisters and helpers!

In fact, they have really started doing their part. Every week, we will go to the library to borrow new baby books for the girls to read to their baby brother every night before bedtime. Everyone will have a turn each night, and the storyteller will never fail to read with gusto.

“We want our baby brother to be entertained when we read the story, Mummy. If we do not put in effort to read, he will fall asleep.”

Such darlings. <3

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I am just hoping for a smooth pregnancy, and that my little fella will continue to grow well. That’s all I want. Insya’allah.

Preparation wise?
How are we coping so far in this department?

Well, we went to look around for strollers after the detailed scan was done since we still had quite a bit of time to spare before fetching the girls from school. I saw a couple of strollers I liked but I told myself to refrain from being so impulsive. Unlike the previous pregnancies, I think I am more relaxed this time round. (Please stay that way, Diah.) So we will continue to look around some more before deciding on THE STROLLER.

But oh my god, I am just so in love with THE BUGABOO BEE3 STROLLER!bug1

And just look at the Diesel Rock edition! Arghhhhhhhh.

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Let’s just hope it’s infatuation, and not love. Infatuation will come and go, right? LOL.

BUT IT MATCHES MY BAG! HOW LIKE THAT??

 

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Along the way, we also saw some other cute strollers.

Like this MacLaren The Beatles Yellow Submarine stroller, just because “We all live in a yellow submarine.”

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Unfortunately, the stroller is not suitable for newborn babies.

BUMMER.

I also like this denim stroller, also by MacLaren. (Have always had a soft spot for MacLaren strollers.)

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This Mini Cooper stroller is kind of cute too.

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DECISIONS, DECISIONS.

The shopping list is going to be pretty extensive, I suddenly realised. I do not have anything babyish (or boyish, even) at home. I have gotten rid of all their baby stuff like decades ago! Hellooooo? My girls are all already in primary school!

So yes, it is really like being a first time mummy because hey, I am expecting a baby BOY.

For now, I must get myself used to the idea of looking at everything blue instead of pink when we go shopping for baby stuff.

Must not look at those cute little dresses.

Must not look at fluffy tutus.

Must not look at colourful leggings.

Must not look at pretty headbands.

Must be allergic to the colour pink.

BUT IF IT’S ANY CONSOLATION, MY FAVOURITE COLOUR HAS ALWAYS BEEN NAVY BLUE.

Hehe.

I am at my 23rd week right now. That’s almost 6 months of pregnancy, and about 4 more months to go.

Please, pray that everything will go smoothly for baby and me okay? <3

Insya’allah.

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Team Pink or Team Blue?

I should be blogging about my pregnancy, shouldn’t I?

Let me explain why I did not do so earlier.

For a start, the first few months were very challenging for me – both physically and emotionally. If you want the truth, I was not exactly excited about being pregnant again. I was not too keen about starting all over again with a newborn. I kept burying myself under the blanket. I could not smell almost everything which included my husband’s perfume, the bathroom, my mum’s cooking and in particular, the smell of garlic. So my bedroom door and toilet door had to be kept closed at all times. Anyone who broke the rule would have to face my naggings.

SUCH MISERY. 

But wait, there’s more.

Kept feeling nauseous. Kept vomiting. Kept getting headaches. No appetite for anything. Could only take in sweet drinks. I was just too weak for everything. I hated checking my handphone for incoming messages. I hated replying to messages. I did not want to socialize with anyone including my family members. I hate crowded places. I hated talking. I even hated myself. Birthday celebrations were done so in my absence because I said so. And oh, the excess saliva is such a chore – I have to keep spitting it out like every minute or so.

Work wise?

Rejected almost every event that I was invited to.

Kept postponing meetings and appointments.

Went missing from social media for quite a bit.

Fast forward to my 5th month now.

(Can you see my saliva bag? LOL)

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Things are starting to look better. Appetite is slowly coming back. (I can already drink my good ol’ plain water!) Vomitting has stopped. Nausea comes to visit once in a while.

The excess saliva is still ongoing, though. DANG IT. My mum asked me why I like to collect the saliva in my mouth. Haha. It’s not like I purposely collect it in my mouth, mother. My body just produces saliva in excess. It is beyond my control. Sometimes when I get too tired of spitting it out, I will just collect it inside my mouth till my mouth cannot contain anymore of the saliva. Then spit out. On days when I feel like I should not care at all about anything including something called hygiene, I will just gargle the saliva before spitting it out. What? Want to judge me? You can’t- I am pregnant. Hur hur. I So wherever I go, I will always bring a plastic bag for my saliva. Yeah, that’s a good enough reason for me to feel lousy all the time.

But whenever the bad feeling comes, the baby’s tiny hiccups, kicks or punches will always remind me that I have a mini me inside of me. That mini me depends on me entirely. That mini me is the one I bring along with me everywhere I go. That mini me is the one who accompanies me 24/7. So even on days or nights when I feel alone, the truth is – I am actually never alone.

The Nadyas have been really helpful- they take turns to give me tummy massages on a daily basis.

“Mummy, it’s Cocoa Butter time! Come, I massage you now.”

When my headache comes, either one of them or Tatek will give me a good head massage. I am never allowed to carry anything at all when we go grocery shopping – not even my own bag. I used to judge husbands who carry their wives’ handbags. But now my own husband is doing the same for me. LOL. Sharleez will always volunteer to carry the bags of groceries for me if the daddy is not around. I do pity her because the bags can be really heavy at times, and I will end up helping her. But she always insists that she can handle everything. If that is not sweet enough, then I don’t know what is. Meanwhile back at home, Mak is constantly checking to see if there is anything I am craving for or if there is anything she can cook for me.

So you see, everyone is trying their best to accommodate to me, just so that I feel slightly better, if not a lot better.

How could I even complain about feeling lousy in the first place?

(Errr because the lousiness can really get to me and is beyond my control? Duh!)

Something that I always look forward to will be a visit to the gynae because that is when I will get to see mini me jumping, bouncing or even waving at me every time the ultrasound is done. That few minutes is enough to make me all so teary. It does not even matter that everything is in black and white.

This coming Tuesday will be my detailed scan. I have been waiting forever for this day to come – to find out whether I am carrying a baby boy or girl.

Every expecting mother will always have the same copy and paste script –

“It does not matter whether it’s a boy or girl, just as long as the baby is healthy.”

It is true. Honestly, it can get pretty frustrating when people ever so confidently tell you what the gender of your baby SHOULD be. (Like I have any control over this?)

But what do you think?

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JOIN THIS POLL, JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT! 

Wait for my reveal on Tuesday! Insya’allah.

Do pray that everything goes well for me? <3

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