Iftar with Fizah & Family

Salam Ramadhan to my Muslim readers!
We have passed the half way mark and I hope everyone has managed to fulfill their obligations the best way you could. Don't forget to pay your zakat & fitrah, ya?

Anyways, Fizah asked Jhon and I out to break fast together at Marina Bay Square over the weekend. (What is this? Not a basi blogpost? wow!) We had planned to meet at 6pm but Jhon and I decided to start the day early. Plus, I heard there was a baby fair at Suntec City. Granted, it was on it's last day and we sometimes dread going to any form of expo/ fairs but no harm taking a peek.

It was the first time for us to be at Suntec since it's renovation (I know, it was quite sometime ago) and I almost forgot how much walking was needed! We did managed to reach the Suntec Convention Centre and the crowd was actually okay. We managed to buy a cheap baby tub, breast pads and other smaller items.





We checked out MotherCare, KiddyPalace upstairs where I brought a few more items. Fizah also got several cute outfits for Matin. Speaking of which, that boy is crazily cute. He minds his own business and I could stare at him the whole day.



We only spent several hours together and most of them was spent baby shopping. lol It's hard to have that good old besties' chat days. Perhaps when Fizah and Min have their own house then I shamelessly hang out at their place lah. haha



I hope Fizah and family had a good time with us even though it was a simple one and sorry Fizah for my yet-again awkward hugs. (We bumped our heads hard while trying to side hug) lolol I know you love me a lot but you know I am so horrible at physical affection. haha

   

Mini Room Make-over

I didn't take any before and after photos of our room but trust me when I said we did painted and re-arranged our room, okay? haha To be honest, it's not worth a show because it was a basic look - nothing close to Pinterest worthy - but it was all we needed.

Our room which used to be washed out (due to humidity) teal with a light and dark gray is now just plain off-white purple. We did considered making an effort in colors and design but it was a few days before Ramadhan and being 6 months pregnant, I knew I wouldn't be of much help.

As for the furniture arrangements, this was the rough concept, according to scale you know? haha



I know, very 'semangat' because with a small room which not much man power, I rather not have Jhon move the furniture back and forth trying to ensure the right placement. We haven't receive our baby crib yet because I arranged them to come end of July and we still haven't buy a mini drawer or cabinet for baby clothes.

Obviously, Jhon ended up doing most of the hard work. Don't get me wrong, I do help but I was at the stage where I get tired way too easily so I had thousands of breaks. We ended up finishing up after 1.5 days which was very long in my opinion.

But the deed was done! Our room is properly arranged and even had Hari Raya curtains up early. haha It's good to know that 1 big chore has been done. But guess what, despite taking plenty of rests, I got really sick.... again.

You will read more in the #BabyTalk series but it's been more than 2 weeks and I'm still coughing. On top of the sweltering heat, belly discomforts, I am so over it!

   

2nd Trimester, 5th Month (And it's a....)

          1st Trimester, Month 0-1Month 2 (pt.1 & pt. 2)Month 3
          2nd Trimester, Month 4

1 April 2017 – 9 May 2017

Hello BELLY!

As soon as I reached 18 weeks, belly was visibly growing each day. Especially when I was wearing my non-maternity fitting shirts, the belly was definitely there. I still could get away with baggy outfits but as soon as I put my hands on my belly, you can see already. 

My 1 sized bigger jeggings are also getting tighter so I have to get myself maternity jeans real soon. The good news is that I still have a pair of leggings and recently bought dresses that can fit my growing belly. Don't you all think some maternity clothes look so orbit or sloppy? And those that are really nice cost so much too. On top of my choosy tendencies, it makes it harder. Annoying. But it's okay, I do have back up outfits that are still wearable. Basically, this month was the month I started to wear maternity outfits. I rarely wear dresses and I completely understand why most pregnant moms prefer dresses to any form of pants. It's way more comfortable!


[First time wearing maternity jeans & top from H&M]


[Dress from Uniqlo during our 1st year wedding anniversary]

Hello BABY!

Jhon and I had a trip to KKH on 13th April at 10:30am for my anatomy scan. I've been looking forward to this scan because

1) The last time I saw Little One was more than 1 month ago.
2) I want to see it's progress & health updates.
3) Since I am almost 20 weeks by then, we may able to know it's GENDER!! which a perfect birthday gift for me since my birthday was 1 day before.

The anatomy scan lasted about 1 hour and it was grueling! Why? It was because the Little One was in defense mode all throughout the scan. As in hands up covering face and in literal fetal position. The technician had trouble getting a proper view and she had to really dig into my belly. It was painful but I knew I had to bear it. It was nobody's fault but the baby's for being freaking shy. haha There's one point it had it's back facing us and another the Little One literally stared at us as if saying stop it!
Wah lao, baby!

It got so bad that we had to leave the room for a few minutes hoping for Little One will eventually move. The technician said she will call us again in 15 minutes so Jhon went out for a coffee break. But in just 5 minutes, she called me back because the person next in line didn't come over. I had to go in without Jhon and I found out Little One's gender without him. Too bad we didn't get to experience it together. Fortunately, he managed to get in 1 minute later and the technician showed Jhon the parts. Basically, he giggled like a school boy because it's exactly what he wanted.


[Like what Little One is doing, "Shhhhh..."]

[I am sorry-not-sorry that I am not revealing Little One's gender until delivery. I wanted to share initially but I figured a little mystery in this blog wouldn't hurt anyone. You are free to guess though. hehe]

SWOON!
I am so going to post a gender prediction chart to show you if it was accurate for us or not.

The positive vibes didn't last long because this Little One still refused to show it's spine, specifically it's neck because the way it twisted it's body. The technician literally kneaded my belly as I forced coughed to make Little One move. After much torture, she got what she wanted and I left with a sore belly (no bruises though) but with a glee in my heart. All that commotion took us 1 hour 30 minutes including waiting time.



We then went downstairs to Clinic C to see our doctor after the SOP urine, weight & blood pressure check. I gained only 1 kg and still under my pre-pregnancy weight. The wait for the doctor and consultation was fairly fast too.

Little One is growing wonderfully with no issues as for me, the doctor said it's good that I gained 1 kg and advised me on how much weight I should gain as weeks passed. 1 minor concern was that my placenta was on a low side. She said it was nothing to worry about because usually it will go back up as I reach 3rd trimester. I still can do my normal routine with no issue. Before we knew it, we were done with the doctor.

The longest waiting time was for payment and next appointment bookings. We had no choice but to wait because we need to set appointment dates for the next 2 months. If not for that, we would totally ask them to mail us the bill like the previous doctor's trip. All in all, we left the hospital at 1:50 pm. We spent over 3 hours in KKH which was the longest time we spent there.

Hello PAIN!

So far, I had never experienced any intolerable pain in the 1st trimester. I would only experience minor cramps and that was it. But on 15th April, OMAIGOD! The pain was unbearable and even if the pain had lessen, it was a constant pain that wouldn't go away. When I had round ligament pains, I would do some stretching or change sitting/lying positions and it would go away but this time, NOPE!

I tossed and turned, I walked, I stretched but the cramping and sharp pains would stay. It would move and switch places between my uterus and left rib cage. I knew it was normal and was aware of red alert signs. I had no blood or water discharge and despite being so painful plus, I still can talk. Thankfully, it went away for a while but it would come back once in a while the whole day. I know this pain is just the beginning and just a pinch. I totally need to start to man up when it comes to dealing the pains.

On 26th April, I was sweeping the floor and BAM! sharp pain on my lower back. I tried to tahan but it stayed to a point my legs to my toes start to tingle. I've read it before, I just didn't expect it too soon. It's probably sciatic pain. I gave myself a bed rest trying to get a good position, moved around and do mini stretches. It got better after a while but there was still lingering pain.

Towards the end of the month, I had noticed some swelling on my hands and feet. It's very minor but enough for me to notice so I quickly drank more water and rested.

Hello Shopping!

If you know me well, I dislike shopping. I am a practical person. If I don't see a need, I don't buy and if EVEN if it's a need, I would go through a series of checklists to convince myself it's a good buy. Being pregnant forces me to go shopping ALL THE TIME. April was the time I had succomed to buying a pair of maternity jeans and it felt so GOOD! No more cutting on my belly.

Ever since Mak found out the gender of the baby, she also took us out for lunch and went baby clothes shopping and she went crazy! I was just making conversation that my standard shirts don't fit properly and my bulging belly would ride the front up and she offered to buy my new tops. Wah! Paiseh. The last time Mak bought me clothes was when I was a teenager but she insisted. Luckily H&M have pretty decent and affordable maternity wear. I just let her choose and I tried it on. I am so happy with the new basic wear and actually can't wait to try wear it. haha

Hello Good People!

Now that my belly is out for all to see, I've been very blessed when it comes to public transport. 99% of the time, I was always offered a seat which I truly appreciate. I try not to baby myself but no doubt if there's an opportunity for me to sit, I would because my feet would ache. I figured I have STOMP to thank, huh?


   

Battle of the Best - Taridra Competition 2017

It's that time of the year again when one of my nephews from Iman Kindergarten participated in a performance/ competition for their school.

"The children will perform a dance and drama based on a chosen Malay proverb that highlights social and moral values, in conjunction with this year's Bulan Bahasa.
The goal is to create a platform for your child to enjoy big stage experiences and develop self and social confidence in creative expression, while also indulging in some healthy competition."

Every year, without fail, I would at least once watch them perform in Expo and Irfan was no exception. We did had an opportunity to watch him perform during his sports day last year but the weather was so hot that he got pretty cranky to a point he refused to perform.


Actually, Kakak and Abg Awil actually didn't know that Jhon and I were coming. Unfortunately, plenty of family members can't make it so it was a nice surprise for them.






Reason for crappy pictures was because it was video stills. Jhon had a recorded them but it was too shaky and I wasn't sure if I want to share it. haha

Anyways, this time around, Irfan was amazing! He danced and even had lines which he recited very well. We were impressed and proud of him. Jhon and I left a few minutes after their performance because we had errands to do but we later found out that Irfan and his group 3rd place. Horray!

   

2nd Trimester, 4th Month (Sick, Growing Belly & Coldplay)

          1st Trimester, Month 0-1Month 2 (pt.1 & pt. 2)Month 3

1 March 2017 - 31 March 2017 
I've reached the 2nd trimester!

The Doctor Visit 

On 8th March was our 2nd doctor consultation.  Take note that you ALWAYS need to take a urine test before seeing the doctor so save that pee! Our waiting time was about 1 hour which is pretty normal for any doctor visit to me. 

Our consultation with the doctor was very fast and chop-chop mostly because there are no health issues for me and the Little One so nothing much to talk about lah. The doc did a quick check on Little One’s heartbeat with a Doppler which ran at 152bpm, asked how I was and that’s about it. We didn’t queue for payment because nurse gave us a choice to queue or wait for their bill in the mail. I will only get to see Little One on 13th April 2017 when I am due for an anatomy ultrasound. 

Caught the Flu Bug

I guess I would say a cold because I didn’t really had a fever. I got it on Sunday and went to the doctor on Monday. I’ve been trying to avoid getting sick because my nephews were sick for weeks but alas, I lost after all. Being sick while pregnant sucks although inevitable because if not treated properly, it will have an effect on the baby. As soon as the virus lifted a little when I’m left with a stuffy nose, cough and not feeling the sense of sickly dread, I stopped taking the medicine. It took me weeks for the cough to go away. 

Belly? 

At 15 weeks, believe it or not, I still do not look pregnant. I do have a small bump that you can guess but upon looking with no knowledge, it looks like a fatty and bloaty belly. I even got a passing comment by a couple of girls in the toilet about my belly (implying that I’m boncit for my figure). Apparently, this is normal for first time moms with average sized bodies and even more so for mom who are tall or have a long torso. Meanwhile, I guess I will just enjoy my normal clothes as much as I can.

At 16 weeks, my belly starts to slowly grow. I would feel the stretch on my skin and fullness of my belly. Literally, everyday, I could feel a difference. By 3rd week of the month, people can see the fullness of my belly and a neighbor had actually asked Mak to confirmed if I was pregnant. My weight, believe or not is still below pre-pregnancy weight of 60kg. It fluctuates but barely much. In a way, I am grateful because I've always wanted the slim pregnancy look for vain reasons but also a little concerned. Come to think again, Little one is about the size of a turnip, my boobs are not enlarging at an alarming rate so I shouldn't really expect a big weight difference as of yet.



I understand why mommies like to show their belly without clothes because you can see the belly more. Butt is perker and boobs are filling up slowly to a full cup C as in going to spill out of my current bras already. I hope not so soon though!

The Concert 

We ended March with a Coldplay concert that we bought months ago. I wasn't pregnant at that time so it was a lovely surprise that we will be going with Little One. Jhon and I had been to Coldplay's concert many years back and I am so happy that we get to experience it again but with our Little one.

 

If you recalled, I wrote how I cried countless of times at the concert and that I cried for more than 1 reasons? Well, partially it was probably hormonal haha but the concert was truly stupendous but my hormones made me cry harder. Not only that, while Coldplay was playing Til' Kingdom Come, I felt the Little One kicked and a few more times on my bladder which made me felt even more emotional because it was the first time I truly felt it moved around. The first time I felt a kick was days ago but it was just 1 popped feeling. So to feel an actual baby moving, rolling and kicking was surreal!

Baby Stuff

Little One got it's first baby item and it's a pair of shoes from Mak! She actually wanted to buy for Nadya but there were no available size. Apparently, she loved the design so much that she bought for us instead.



Personally, I planned to slowly start buying baby stuff when I reach 20 weeks but meanwhile, we just researched brands, models and prices first so we know what we want because that's just me. Over the weekend, Mak asked us out to Baby Hyperstore which is practically a walk away from our houses. Supposedly to survey but having 2vs1, we ended up buying a baby carrier and a stroller. haha I told Jhon if his mom knew this, confirm he will get scolded because knowing we were researching, dah kena nagged that we were shopping too early. We had to explain to them prices in Singapore are always too expensive with many brands and on top of that, must take note of sales and such.

Anyways, we had a great bargain getting more than half price chopped off. Perhaps I will blog a separate post about all Baby Buys.



   

1st Wedding Anniversary at Crowne Plaza Hotel

If you asked me last year, how I would celebrate our 1st year wedding anniversary, I would definitely say somewhere overseas. It does it really matter where but definitely abroad, romantic and adventurous just like our honeymoon.

Then I got pregnant and by the time it was our anniversary date, I was at my 5th month when I simply can't last for long walks or any form of adventure. I mean, I can but it's the belly that gets tired if it makes sense. After a long day, with no to limited rest, there goes the belly cramps, pains and discomfort.

So we had to settle for the next best thing; a staycation! Don't get us wrong, we are not strangers to this since Abg and family used to take us for staycations and such but this is the first time we do it for ourselves. I was wondering if Jhon was okay with the idea since we won't be exploring or anything. Just eat and slack around but in a different room. I was surprised when he said "Alright!"

One thing I looked forward for was a soak in the bathtub and 24hr aircon time. Ahem, I mean, romantic time with my honey-bunny. lol

If you followed me in Instagram, you would be probably up to date to my now stale story in IG stories.

Firstly, we had our lunch at Changi City Point; my old work lunch place. I miss that place for food reasons only. We then headed to Crowne Plaza Hotel at Changi Airport for our 3pm check in; found out an old secondary school classmate worked there. lol

Anyways, we got ourselves the Premier Room, nothing fancy and it was just what we needed. When we entered, we were welcomed by flower petals on the floor and on the bed. It was fake petals but I could understand because save the earth and cut costs right? It does not matter because it didn't affect the ambiance.



Cue self-portraits before we rested and I took a good 30 minute soak in the bathtub and headed for dinner.











Frankly speaking, it was pretty uneventful. We TV binged, soaked in the bathtub and watched more TV. Despite what seemed to be a mundane thing, we actually had a great time. The seats were great, bed was comfortable, the bathtub was a plus and after all the hot nights we were having, staying over with the perfect temperature was heavenly.

If you asked me years before if this would considered as a wonderful way to spend our 1st anniversary, I would probably roll my eyes and even scoff. But it was perfect as it was.





We were rejuvenated the morning after and wouldn't have it any other way.



Happy 1st Wedding Anniversary, Jhon Tolentino.

You've been pretty much awesome if not above and beyond.

   

Pretty Pastel Flowers from A Better Florist

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Pretty, pretty flowers galore! Being so biased to red roses, it's definitely a breath of fresh air to receive such a beautiful assortment of pastel flowers from A Better Florist.



These came just in time for my birthday so it really prettied up my day.




The Emma comes with a glass vase and even flower food attached within the bouquet to make sure the flowers lasts longer which I truly appreciate.

What is so special about flowers from A Better Florist? 

💐 Free delivery island wide
💐 Flowers are from Cameron Islands, Malaysia
💐 Provides same day delivery
(Free same-day delivery service is available between 9 am to 6pm)
💐 90-minute delivery guarantee (perfect for last minute plans)
💐 Caters personal to corporate floras

There are plenty of types of bouquets to choose from such as

Signature Blooms
Handcrafted, thoughtfully designed and Instagram-ready which consists of The Emma, The Ayla & The Julianne.

Farmers' Choice
Seasonal stems sourced straight from the farm like The Keira, The Madelene, The Pamela and more.

 Bundles
Carefully crafted combos such as balloons, chocolates, scented candles and even butterscotch popcorn that are sure to impress for several occasions such as Pamper Her Bundle, Surprise Her Bundle and Movie Night Bundle.

If you are interested to get or see the lovely flowers, feel free to click on the link provided. Thank you to A Better Florist for making my day better!