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The Decision to Breastfeed

I have decided right from the beginning, even prior to getting pregnant, that our baby will be breast-fed exclusively.

Of course, I did this with as much prior knowledge as possible of what this will mean for us. For starters, I have always known that it will not be easy (initially anyway). I probably will not have a lot of rest since breastfeeding means baby will need to be fed on demand. There might be engorgement issues, blocked ducts and all sorts of problems that formula bottle-feedingĀ mums might not encounter. There are challenging days ahead for sure BUT I believe that they will be fulfilling ones. I am going to give baby the best start she can possibly have!

I hope that going ahead with this decision, almost fully aware of what to expect will make it maybe a little bit easier. I do not have the luxury of breastfeeding or pre-natal classes here, but lots of support from friends who have been (and still are) breastfeeding their babies successfully. I have been reading and reading websites, books and articles…anything I can get my hands on on this subject that I cannot possibly think of anything else to read up on. I made Hubby read my breastfeeding books too, and he is 100% supportive of this decision. šŸ™‚

I was not a breastfed baby. In fact, mum told me that the hospital even used me as an ‘advertisement’ for a certain formula brand back then. So, this is rather ironic…Despite that, I am so touched how my mum is also supportive of my decision to breastfeed and I am loving her even more for the small efforts she is making to help me achieve this – looking for recipes that might help my milk production later to cook for confinement, getting me comfortable clothing to wear during confinement that make breastfeeding easier andĀ never mentioned a single thing on stocking up on formula! How I love my mum!

Hardware-wise, the pump is ready, the nursing bras are ready and even the position of the cot is such that it will make it easier for me to get up from the bed and reach baby at nights. Finally, I am taking about 4 months off work to give me more time with baby and encourage direct latch-on for a longer time instead of having to pump and bottle feed.

So wish me luck!

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Thai-style Glass Noodle Salad

Incredibly simple and snappy on a lazy Sunday lunch when I just wanted to whip up something to fill my belly – and not wanting to go out get more ingredients! Just use ingredients that are in my pantry/fridge/storage. Took me about 15minutes from start to my first mouthful.

Ingredients:

A piece of chinese dried meat (bak kua) – finely chopped. Original recipe calls for fried minced meat

Carrot and cucumber – finely sliced

A handful of mint leaves and corianderĀ – coarsely chopped

Toasted peanuts – coarsely pounded

Half a pack glass noodles – soaked in boiling water till soft and drained

Chilli flakes, brown sugar, lime juice and fish sauce – to taste

Method:

Toss all ingredients together to mix and serve!

How simple is that! I have seen variations of this with cooked seafood or more herbs. Just experiment with it! It’s a light and healthy salad, just filling enough till the next snack time šŸ˜€

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Nursing Bras

Why does this town only stock up to size 34A/B for nursing bras? Obviously SOME nursing mothers might have bigger boobs than that?

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A Shift In Priorities

I cannot remember the last time that I shopped for something solely for myself.

It was bonus time recently but all I could think about was saving up the extra cash for our future needs (a.k.a baby baby baby). I did think about getting something nice for myself but being in a small town doesn’t present me with a lot of retail therapy to spoil myself. Perhaps I could for a facial…or a hair treatment? But pregnancy hormones give me great skin that require little to no maintenance and I’ve had my short crop for months that barely requires anything more than a wash and running a brush through it.

My credit card bills for the last 10 months or so are also less than ‘interesting’ – Astro autodebit, monthly insurance payments, airline tickets for my parentsĀ and the occasional swipe for groceries. Of course hubby is well pleased and proud of me for this – but even HE is shopping for himself.

To be honest, apart from the many many things we have to get to prepare for the new arrival, I cannot for the life of me think of anything I would like for ME right now. A new bag? Naaah….I hate accumulating things. A new dress? Can’t fit. New shoes? Whatever for. New skincare? Sticking to my current regime. New knick knacks? Can’t find any here.

Perhaps a few months from now, I might be dying for some retail therapy. But for now, I am contented.

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Changes

It probably has yet to sink in that in about one month, our lives are going to change…like FOREVER! It also probably has yet to sink in that I have to actually give birth … like soon. I have become quite used to carrying baby around in my belly, feeling her jabs and kicks and wriggles. They feel almost like part of a normal day by now….sitting at the office and I suddenly go “Eeek!” when she jabs me in the side.

Come end April, there is actually going to be somebody new in the household! Oh my! Probably after that my priorities will change. I am a little worried how my fellow team members at work will react. I mean, the company is generally supportive of work-life balance. But somehow I ended up in a team that are mostly workaholics. It makes me feel a little intimidated that perhaps I might want to slow down after this. How will they react? How will that affect my appraisals? I know, I should slap myself for even thinking about this. OF COURSE my child does come first….but what changes am I going to expect when I get back to work? Marriage did not really change our lives much…this probably will and I am wondering and waiting in both anticipation and a little bit of nervousness.

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Random Updates @ 35 Weeks

1. I get tired so easily now…even a short outing to the shops leaves me breathless by the time we get home. Either this is normal or I am oh-so not fit!

2. Sleeping is a CHORE! I cannot find a comfortable position wherever I roll…multiple pillows or bolsters or whatever! How am I supposed to get that sleep that I am supposed to before baby arrives??!!!

3. Baby gets the hiccups at least once a day! šŸ™‚

4. Finally done most of the important baby shopping

5. Packed my hospital bag

6. Put on 11-12 kg so far, which brings us to 58kg total

7. I have never shopped for so many new things in my life! Not even on my worst I-am-so-depressed-I-need-to-spend-money days. It is amazing how many new things one little person needs! And we are only talking essentials!

8. Stretch marks – not YET! *hopefully none*. Water retention – not YET!

9. Still on cucumber mania

10. There are weird pigmentation marks on my boobs

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Cucumber Madness

I have had countless people ask me, what do I crave for? But I found it difficult to answer because I thought I did not crave for anything in particular because the usual things that most preggy women go mad over (chocolates, ice cream, seafood blah blah) I was not (and still am not) interested in.

But actually, I DO have a preference for something, which probably do not qualify as typical ‘craving’ food.

C U C U M B E R

I have to have cucumber …LOTS of it…in any food that goes with cucumber.

I have to have extra cucumber with my chicken and duck rice

I have to have extra cucumber with my nasi lemak (I actually cut and bring my own cucumber stash to the nasi lemak warung!)

I am obsessed with cucumber with any western-type food

I am crazy over cucumber sandwiches (bread, cucumber and butter) <– OUT OF THIS WORLD! (I know….weird)

I LOVE lots of cucumber in my salads..in FACT, I could just eat cucumber all day! But I cannot for the lack of other nutrition

I load up my salsa with extra cucumber with tortilla chips

So, really…the thing I crave for throughout this pregnancy? CUCUMBER

I have such a strange diet…

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34+ Weeks

We are approaching 35 weeks in the next few days…and in a blink of an eye, it will be 36 weeks and weekly check-ups!! Eeek! That means 4 more weeks to go before D-day! And ANYTHING can happen in 4 weeks…

My belly did grow quite a bit over the last 2-3 weeks…and sleeping has become quite a ‘chore’. In fact, I’d rather be at work sitting on the office chair than anywhere else! It does feel much more comfortable, with my feet up on a Jacob’s Cream Cracker tin…he he…

Life is still going on as usual, the reality that our lives will drastically change has not yet set in. Sure, we talk about it. We have moved the crib into the bedroom, gotten the second crib/playpen downstairs and I even partially packed my hospital bags. Just a few more small things to buy and we should be all set to welcome our little bundle of joy. šŸ™‚ I was packing a romper for her coming-home outfit and thought…Gee…someone is going to fit in THAT? It’s so small!!!

Baby is kicking, wriggling, moving and having the hiccups a lot lately. It sure feels like she is running out of space and every small movement makes my belly move. Oh, she has finally turned head-down and hopefully will remain that way till it is time to come out see the world…the right way. I am hoping and praying to avoid a c-section, if possible. Of course, the thought of something having to come out from such a umm..small place..is daunting…but how many millions of women have done it.?! So can I O.O

I keep wondering…how will she look like? How heavy will she be? Will she have hair? Will she look like mummy or daddy? Will she be a screamer? Will she like us? Oh so many questions….only to be answered within the next few weeks (6 weeks….OMG less than 6 weeks!!!!!).

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