June 26, 2013

Announcing the arrival of Flight NS3

Baby Lim #3 couldn’t hold on till July and decided he wanted 26 June to be his birthday! We had discussed an inducement on 1 July with Dr Siow if nothing happened before as Nick had a launch event on 28 June and dinner on 2 July which we were trying to avoid clashing with but I started having contractions early this morning. Here are the birth details of my 3rd and FINAL child. The factory is officially closed! 

3.30 am
Started feeling some cramping which woke me up or maybe it was the sound of Nick going to the loo and subsequently bringing Sasha to pee that woke me up. But nonetheless I’m awake and the cramps are different from all the Braxton Hicks I have been having.

3.45 am
Hmmm, another spasm.

4.00 am
The cramps make me go to the toilet. Nick asks if everything is alright when I emerge and I lie and say yes!

4.40 am
The spasms have been rather regular at 10-12 min intervals. I decide to have a shower and get ready first before alerting Nick but he notices me going to the loo again. When I say I want to shower because it’s hot, he doesn’t buy it because he suggests turning on the aircon. Thwarted, I confess I am having contractions but that we can wait a while. But nope, he gets out of bed and makes himself an early breakfast. I proceed with my shower and come out to find out he’s already called Ma at 110. I would have preferred alerting her at a more decent hour!

5.00 am – 5.30 am
We get ready and pack the last essentials for the hospital kit. Ma arrives and I suggest having McDonald’s breakfast to Nick but he overrules. He just wants to get to the hospital as soon as possible. Luckily I bought some Breadtalk buns yesterday and take one with me.
5.52 am - 6.10 am
We arrive at Gleneagles Hospital and registration is quick. Within 10 mins I am up in the delivery suite and changed into a hospital gown. Before the nurse hooks me up, I nibble on my bread and take a couple of photos of the room. 
6.40 am
The nurse asked if she can check dilation and I am 2.5cm she reckons. The contractions are closer together and I deliberate whether to call for the epidural yet. Since they need 30 mins notice, I decide to just request for it now.

7.15 am
A Dr Yvonne Lim comes in to administer the epidural, she reminds me of Nick’s cousin Jamie, tall and skinny and they way they talk. She’s all ‘darling’ and ‘sweetie’ this and that and wearing a purple terry cloth tracksuit. Just before she came, I was given some antibiotics for a previous history of GBS.

7.30 am – 10.10 am
And now we wait. Nick goes down to have breakfast while I try to snooze but it’s hard to fall asleep so I start Whatsappin.

10.15 am
Dr Siow comes to check on me and burst the waterbag and drain pee. Mid afternoon delivery he reckons.

10.27 am
I get a call from Canon asking me for the lens product number for my extended warranty. Nick can’t believe I even entertain the call and wants me to hang up, but hey, I’m not going anywhere and I actually have the lens with me so I make Nick retrieve the camera so I can get the requested number. LOL.

10.40 am
Time for Oxytocin to speed things up!

1.00 pm – 1.15 pm
Though I upped the epidural dose, am starting to feel a little discomfort. I answer an urgent work email and then Dr Siow comes to check again before he goes out for his lunch appointment at Dempsey. 8cm he says and another hour or so to go. I say I will hold on till he comes back from lunch!

2.00 pm
Nurse checks and its 9cm now. At 2.10 pm she calls Dr Siow and he says he is done with lunch and coming back. They want to reduce my epidural dose so I can feel when the contractions come but I decline insisting I can still feel the pressure.

2.30 pm
Dr Siow is back and before I have time to react, he tells me it’s time to start pushing! What? I’m not mentally ready yet!

2.30 pm – 2.47 pm
We do 4 sets of pushes and the baby is out before I know it. Nick pushes me from the back and I get a brain freeze again from all that strain. I need to learn to isolate my muscles! I can’t really see the baby but Nick cuts the cord and I snap some pictures. 
The doc extracts the cord blood I am donating to the public bank and then I request to see the placenta which he takes out from the waterbag and shows me. Gross!

But he’s finally here, 10 fingers, 10 toes…2.78kg and 49 cm long.
I say ‘Happy Anniversary’ to Nick and ask if now I can book Perth trip…there’s a Bon Jovi concert in December I wanna go for and he said to wait till Koko Krunch was out.

After I am all stitched up, we wait over an hour to be observed for any complications. A nurse comes to sponge me down, how thoughtful. Then we are transferred to Room 636, some nurses wheel me on a bed and I feel like a science fiction alien experiment in the lift while everyone surrounds me.

In the room I am starving and try to eat a bite of a ham croissant Nick bought from Delifrance but the epidural makes me puke. Dinner is delivered, I had ordered a grilled fish with butter rice but the thought of eating it makes me queasy.

The kids come in the evening to see their new brother/cousin and they don’t seem very impressed! 
Pops, Ma and Aunty Susie also visit and Ma tries to feed me my rice but I manage only a couple of mouthfuls. I feel like I have been hit by a bus, with pressure on my chest and a headache, plus the uterine contractions. Just shoot me now!

At night, Nick sends the girls home while Swana keeps me company till he arrives back. He brings me a pillow from home, thank goodness because the hospital ones are hot with a plastic cover. He is peckish and decides to get McDonald’s delivery, and I add an order of filet ‘o’ fish.

10 July update: Though the time of birth on the live birth notice is 2.37pm, I think the correct time should be 2.47pm as my camera has 2.48pm shots of him just out with cord still attached. Methinks a nurse must have written or heard the doc wrongly because no way I would have waited 10 whole minutes to take pictures! Too late to change now!

June 24, 2013

Haze respite

It was like a ‘get out of jail’ day yesterday! The skies remained clear so we headed for mass followed by lunch at Sushi Tei at Paragon. Walked around a bit, I bought one of those water bowl air purifiers and some flash cards for the kids from Times. 
In the afternoon, I made lemon poppy cake with Nat, and some cupcake versions too…delectable! Dinner was at AMK and I brought some over. 
Nickypoo was featured in today’s Berita Harian and again, there is a little picture of us in Santorini. 

June 22, 2013

Haze Daze

The haze is back! We’ve been inundated by poor air quality over the past week and on Wednesday while out at lunch at MBFC, I could not even see the Conrad/Suntec buildings.
This is the worst bout of high PSI since 1997 and just as well I was working from home on Thursday and Friday when PSI readings hit the very unhealthy and even hazardous range. Our windows were shut, we hung wet cloths over them to block out the fine particles and the girls were so bored cooped up at home.

We braved the haze to visit Dr Siow on Thursday morning, I did some heart monitoring for 20 mins, it’s all good. Koko Krunch looks really cramped up in there, and now weighs about 3kg…he’s gonna be a fatty!

Singaporeans have gone on a purifier-buying binge, including Nick who spent a small fortune on an ionizer/purifier yesterday. And he just happened to step into the house right after Sasha had striked Nat’s face with a plastic high heel and we were in a state of chaos with screaming children!

This was the view yesterday morning when the PSI was above 300 and below was taken this afternoon. What a difference a day makes!
Since the sky was clearer today, Nick brought Nat out for Monsters University and after the show, the Gomezs and Kaelashs came over. I made mac and cheese for the kids but they didn’t appreciate it….ha, they like the Kenny Rogers version!

Did I mention the boy got promoted at the beginning of this month? Robin has retired and is now non-executive Chairman while Nick has assumed the President, Asia role for TravCorp. This has led to him being in the news a little more and this morning there was an article in Malaysia’s The Star and there was a pix of me too! 

June 19, 2013

Surprise Shower

Last night felt like ‘The Last Supper’, I think it will be my last late night out for a while! Had dinner at Different Tastes in Siglap with the ‘UpperWatsappers’ chat group, followed by drinks next door at Quarubar.

I remember Different Tastes back in the day when they had an outlet at Cathay Building and SES was based there and since discovering they are still around in Siglap and Pasir Ris, I have been wanting to check them out.

Food was still good and reasonably priced. There were 12 of us and it was less than $20 per head. Almost everyone had a dessert too, their sago gula melaka was quite shiok.
Germaine made an appearance during dinner to deliver coconut candy from Glory she had purchased for me earlier in the day and Ajen brought my requested Pret A Manger brownies from London…such nice friends I have. 
The reason we all gathered in the east though was because the ladies of the group threw me and Swana a surprise baby shower at Caryn’s shop, Hands + Feet Studio before dinner. 
We had plans to meet there to pamper ourselves, something that was arranged quite impromptuly after Caryn had advertised a peppermint leg scrub a few days ago. But behind our backs, Vim, Flea, Kavi and Jeanette turned it into a shower and our treatments were on them. 
Plus Vim, the party planner extraordinaire even brought nibbles like nuts, a sparkling moscato, balloons for me and Swana and a gift too. So sweet.
I badly needed a pedicure, seeing as I could not reach my feet anymore to DIY my nails and I also did a 1hr pre-natal foot reflexology massage, and at the last minute added a manicure. So it was 2 hours of pampering and gossip, what a lovely way to spend an evening!

June 16, 2013

Father's Day

It was Father’s Day today but we had no special plans. Nat had made him a tiny card and ‘the girls’ gifted him with a mug from Typo I had bought over Xmas time. At least he got a gift, I got nothing on Mother’s Day! Only the 'Keep Calm' part of the mug applies to Nick, lol!
We wound up at Lerk Thai in Centrepoint for lunch, the girls loved their kids meal comprising of fried noodles and fish nuggets, spring roll, mango juice and Thai dessert. I just shared in Nick’s and Ma’s set lunches because there was enough to go around. 
Bought a car seat from Robinsons, something to check off the list. Just need a mattress for the playpen and we’re done I think. I am still in 2 minds about getting a new stroller, the boy will just have to deal with Lulu Guinness!

Dinner was with the in-laws at Crystal CafĂ©, Killiney. It has been years since we ate their Teochew Porridge buffet as a family and it was just like old times. Food was good, am sure we’ll be back soon instead of waiting another few years.

June 15, 2013

Testing the new toy

Had a gynae appointment today, brought forward from Tuesday because he had an op scheduled so since Swana was seeing him today, we gatecrashed.

Before that though, we took the kids to Botanics to scoot and feed fish. I brought my new camera out for the first time and managed a couple of decent shots at the park including Nick with his 2 princesses, just in time for Father’s Day tomorrow. 
All 3 kids were present during both consultations and got to see Tiny and Koko Krunch on the ultrasounds. Koko Krunch is all good, approximate weight now is 2.7kg. We made Dr Siow pose with the 3 bubs whom he delivered, he said they were all so pretty.
Lunch was at Brunetti’s at Tanglin Mall…so Italian, was drawn by the range of pastries on display. Had a mushroom risotto, the rice was a bit overcooked but the flavours were nice. The kids had mac and cheese and creamy penne and we shared a few desserts.
Sasha really enjoyed a chocolate ganache cookie I bought her and flaunted her ‘witch’ teeth. She did the same thing at dinner at Hans, when she got vegetables stuck on her teeth, such a clown! Bought some Fragrance bakkwa after dinner…on sale at 50% so it was $12.50 for 500gm…so cheap! Another craving to check off the list!