Friday, March 30, 2012

Confinement Meal (Breakfast, Drinks & Desserts)


For Chinese, confinement period is believed to be a crucial time where the new mother’s health and vitality must be properly replenished to prevent ailments like premature ageing or rheumatism from setting in.

One must avoid taking "cool element" food which may unnecessarily induce “wind” in the body during confinement period.


If you are curious about what I ate throughout my confinement, SCROLL DOWN to find out more.



BREAKFAST


I only took milk, cereals, mee suah and mee hoon for my breakfast. Strictly NO breads, cakes and biscuits.


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Red bean & oat - Source of fibre and red bean works well to reduce water retention problem.


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Mee suah with chicken, black fungus & pig's kidney soup


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Mee suah with sliced ginger and chicken soup


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Mee suah with sliced ginger, chicken, Chinese wolfberries and angelica soup


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Mee suah with minced pork, sliced ginger and sweet potato leaves soup


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Mee suah with rice wine chicken and black fungus


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Mee hoon with black fungus, chicken and sliced ginger


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Ginger chicken porridge


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Milk and cereals



DRINKS


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Red dates drink with boxthorn fruit and Codonopsis pilosula (党参)


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Black bean drink - helps to reduce water retention problem


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Ginger and dried longan drink - to dispel “wind” from the body.


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American ginseng tea - for vitality and general well-being


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Rice tea - the best thirst quencher that dispel wind from the body. Love this a lot because it tastes similar to sky juice



DESSERT


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Bird nest - Beauty drink that I love most.


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Snow fungus papaya sweet soup


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Snow fungus and egg sweet soup - For radiant & moisturized-complexion



Besides this, I also took a lot of red bean sweet soup. That's my favourite all the time!


I'll try to post my lunch and dinner menu ASAP. See you all soon!



Monday, March 26, 2012

Maternity shots (Part 2)


It's about the time to bid good bye to my maternity leave. I'll be back to work on next Monday. Time flies...........


I'm still trying hard to lose weight, although I'm not that persistent and always unable to conquer those sinful temptations. I had super high carbs buffet dinner yesterday and had my favourite snacks- cheese potato chips and chocolate with macademia two hours ago!!! FAT MY LIFE ⊙﹏⊙


When can I fit into my old jeans and mini skirts?


To make myself better, I try not to go to the mirror that often and start shopping for bigger size clothing. I do not understand why I want to do like this as tolerance with the current weight and body shape will only make the slimming process longer. Hate myself! (>д<)


I'm busy preparing a post about CONFINEMENT MEALS. Need some time to filter the voluminous photos and edit them, so give me some time ok?


While waiting, let me show you my big tummy again.



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BYE BYE MY BIG BUMP! I have no idea why my tummy could be this big seriously.


I haven't posted any half length or full length photos of myself after giving birth. I guess you all must be curious to see how fat I am right now. Will find few photos that I think are presentable and acceptable to post them up. Sorry, I just can't accept myself look fat in photos. So, STAY TUNED!



Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Unforgettable Birthing Process


Here you go, a super long post about my awful labour and delivery process that took about 9 hours.


I was told to report to the hospital for a scheduled induction 4 days after my due date. YES. INDUCED LABOUR! My baby felt too comfortable staying inside my stomach I guessed.


Reached Columbia Asia Hospital at 8.15am and got to know that all the labour rooms were FULL. Luckily they had reserved a room for me although they prioritized those patients with contractions.


Changed my clothes and nurse started to do fetal monitoring by taping two sensors with adjustable straps to my stomach.


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These are the functions of the machine- to check on fetal heartrate and my uterine contractions. The reading was printed on paper for monitoring purpose.


After making sure baby’s heartrate was ok, I had an enema (some fluid injected into the rectum via anus for the purpose of clearing out the bowels). This is to avoid pooping during the birth process (pushing time) and to prevent contamination. Imagine how embarrassed if I poop when the nurses, midwives and doctor are in front of me?


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Waiting for my OB to come. Super nervous!!!


9.30am- My OB came and did an internal examination and I were told that my cervix had dilated 3cm. OB straight away broke my water. It was EXTREMELY PAINFUL (I wasn’t given any pain relief and totally conscious).

You know what happened next?

My whole body (especially legs) started to tremble and shiver after water breaking. I was totally clueless for this unexpected incident and just hope it could stop ASAP. Perhaps I was too nervous and scared when OB broke my water. This continued for about one and a half hour until I felt the pain at lower abdomen due to stronger contractions.


9.45am- Nurse got ready with all the needles and tubes to collect maternal blood (for blood test purpose as I signed up the cord blood banking package). After this I was given an intravenous drip to stimulate cervix dilation.


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Nothing can be done but just to WAIT and WAIT


11.00am- I told nurse that I wanted to PEE. Since I was on the drip, I couldn’t go to the washroom and thus she passed me a plastic tray, opened the cloth that covered my private part (felt so embarrassed) and placed the tray below my butt.

Imagine how you could pee when you are lying sown? I’m not a baby. All the while I only pee when I sit or squat and now they wanted me to pee in this lying position? I tried very hard (about 5 minutes) but failed and with the help of my hubby, I sat on the plastic tray on the bed and the first thing came out wasn’t urine but the amniotic acid. The nurse came in and offered me for catheter. I refused because I wanted to try again and I waited for about 10 minutes, then only released successfully. The nurse told me it was very common to have problem in urination during labour process.

12.15pm- Started to feel the pain on my lower abdomen. After checking by my OB, I was told that my dilation had reached 4cm. OMG! So slow, how many hours I needed to wait to reach 10cm? The nurse felt my pain from my facial expression and body language and thus, she offered me to take a dose of pethidine (pain relief that was included in the delivery package). She told me injection for pethidine or epidural was not encouraged after cervix dilation reach 6cm as this may not be good for baby. If I wanted EPIDURAL, I gotta make decision now as she needed to inform the anesthetist.

I was in hesitation whether to choose epidural because a day before, an experienced midwife told me epidural had side effects and even caused paralysis. At the end, I chose to take pethidine first. If it didn’t help in relieving pain, then I could ask for epidural before 6cm.

Injection of pethidine was done on my left thigh and the nurse brought in a gas cylinder that worked to relieve pain.


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This was the gas that helped me indulging in sleeping mode!


When contractions started, I called my hubby and he would then place the mouthpiece at my nose area so that I could inhaled deeply. Once the contraction had passed, then my hubby would removed the mouthpiece.


Very fast, I felt sleepy and not that conscious. It was much less stressful to get through each contraction and time seemed to go by faster.


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This was the gas mouthpiece. I didn't even know when my hubby took this photo. I was in SLEEP MODE (∪。∪)。。。zzz


Time passed and I heard midwife told my hubby that I was 5cm dilated. I didn’t know what time at that moment because I was busy sleeping. I even forgotten that I needed to make decision for epidural before dilation reached 6cm.


I felt like peeing again. This time I was smart! I straight asked the midwife to give me a catheter. She inserted a small tube into my bladder through urethra. Not really painful I would say. When she was done, I could hear the sound of urine flowing out from my body to the drainage bag. This was 100 times better than the pee tray honestly. So fast and comfortable!

Around 3.40pm, I heard someone told my hubby “8cm” without knowing what the midwives or OB did to me. It’s 8 cm OMG! And this time, I only realised that I hadn't ask for epidural. And I could bear with the pain up to 8cm.


In my mind:"2cm to go, I can make it!"


I was so happy! I couldn’t wait to hear OB/nurse to tell me it’s already 10cm!!

When I was trying hard to survive from the pain, something HORRIBLE happened! My right leg cramped! WTF! Why I got leg cramp at this moment!!! The aching leg made me so frustrated and kept telling hubby that it was so painful. I asked my hubby to massage my leg as usual when I had leg cramp especially at night during pregnancy. Luckily the cramp lasted for about one minute if not I just couldn't imagine how I cope with the double pain.

Contractions were getting closer and increased intensity. I kept changing my positions to ease my pain. I didn't cry or scream. For me, the pain was still bearable with the help of pethidine and gas. Although they didn’t provide full relief from labor pain, they still could cope with the pain by lifting them out of it a little.

Around 4.15pm, midwife told me that I had dilated 10cm. Finally, 10cm! Getting more and more painful! Midwife asked me to change position by lying on my left side, then pushed my stomach to help baby’s head to go down the birth canal I guessed. After that, the midwife asked whether I felt like pooping and I said yes a bit.


Perhaps I inhaled too much of gas, I was still very sleepy and a bit out of control although the pain was so intense ~(>_<~) Midwife taught me how to breath and push but this sleepy mother seemed very stupid and couldn’t push correctly. At first, I opened my legs wide and pushed facing front, but midwife told me I used the wrong pushing technique and I was then lied on my left side to push. After several times of trying, they asked me to push by facing front again. Legs were tied on the bed this time. I kept practicing until the midwife said I did it right. Super tiring and 100 times more painful than water breaking ٩(×̯×)۶


I hated pushing!



Yes, all the people went in the room also can see my private part. It was so embarrassed but as a lady, this is thing that we gotta face when giving birth.

After 15 minutes, the midwife told me to push harder as she could now see my baby’s head!

And in my mind, I thought everything would end very soon but who knew that she kept asking me to push till I was exhausted and almost gave up because she kept saying I pushed wrongly. Why couldn’t they say something more motivating? And I was a little unresponsive due to inhalation of too much gas and made me very hard to concentrate. My mind kept telling me: “Why can't you let me sleep since my OB is not here yet?”

At about 4.45pm, I told nurse to get my OB because I got no more energy and I wanted OB to vacuum out my baby. The nurse then replied : “ Doctor is at next room doing stitching.”

OMG!! Meaning I gotta wait? I didn’t know what to do but to wait and while waiting, trying hard to push. Getting more and more lazy to push after midwife left my room because I knew I wouldn't be able to push the baby out.

Finally OB was here after 20 minutes and he sat down in front of me, did an injection at my vaginal area, then CUT! I could hear the cutting sound although I was a bit blur. But don’t worry, it wasn’t painful at all.

Felt some pain when OB inserted the vacuum and that time, I used all my energy to PUSH and very soon, I felt something came out from down there. Hmmm….. The feeling was just indescribable. And I saw my baby carried by a nurse and I confirmed it’s a BOY. I felt so relieved after baby was emerged from my body. He was a bit in purple color (quite horrible look) but I didn’t bother much because OB still busy working at my down part.

Hubby followed the nurse to make sure our baby was okay and of course to take a few photos of our baby.

After placenta, umbilical cord and other membranes were detached and expelled, OB started to stitch the cut. The stitching process was another pain. Hmm…. It’s a kind of pain which was different with the pain caused by contractions.


Just couldn't believe that I had vaginal birth WITHOUT epidural!


Finally I kissed goodbye to the big bump! (^▽^)



After stitching, a nurse carried my baby came in to the labour room and showed me how he looked like. Perhaps I was too tired and the blur caused by the gas, I didn’t request to get him in my arms.


All the while I thought my baby was 3.1kg as what OB told me during last check up but what I heard in the labour room after they took my baby out was

3.52kg


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Here's the proof!


So much difference OMG! I just couldn’t believe it! I guessed my OB told me the wrong weight previously because how could my baby gain so much of weight within one week time?

After got our request to change to single room approved, I was then transferred to the ward and slept for an hour until my mum and parents-in-law arrived.

I was too tired and exhausted after delivery, and didn’t bother to see my baby that night. But hubby showed me his photo.


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He was just cleaned up by the nurse and his little hands were still in a bit purple color. I'm now a mother to this little boy. It's just so unbelievable and incredible!


After going through the long and painful birthing process, something came into my mind.


“This is the last/only time I am going to do this! Next baby must go for c-section!”


But very soon, I have FORGOTTEN the pain. The maternal instinct has changed my mind totally.


If you're like most women, the pain of labor and delivery is one of the things that worry you about having a baby. If you ask me, I would say it's so painful and I have yet to find words that can accurately describe it. After my baby being pushed and vacuumed out from my body, I felt like I was REINCARNATED. But trust me, it's not that horrible and excruciating. Once you see your baby, you will forget the pain.


And don't be surprised to see your sagging and loose tummy after delivery. It will shrink gradually. The use of postpartum belly wrap (bengkung) that I mentioned in previous post can definitely help.


Spent about 8 hours to come out with this post as I gotta recall the process that happened 6 weeks ago. Hope this long post can help all the mum-to-be to understand the delivery process better and you all must be brave ok?


And lastly, thanks for all the wishes and concern. LOVE YOU ALL!



Monday, March 12, 2012

My Little Boy


I know all of you are waiting for this post.


One month of confinement period is finally over. I gotta play a role as a mother finally because my confinement lady has left. Within two days, I've learned cleaning up baby poop, bathing, nightfeeding, nursing to sleep, calming down when he's crying. And now I can look after my little boy myself, without help from others (but I hope this would not happen too often).



I'm so proud of myself (~ ̄▽ ̄)



HERE YOU GO!



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Very hard to resettle him if he doesn't get what he wants promptly. His non-stop terrible crying voice makes my hubby "raise white flag".


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This is the cutest side of him when he's in good mood and talk to me in baby language.


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The most peaceful time, and it's the only time that I can have a rest.


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Really enjoy the moment when I hold his tiny hand in mine, and stroke his baby skin.


Going to send my little son to baby sitter on tomorrow. Though I'll be seeing him on every weekend, but I have get used to his baby smell, whimpers and loud crying voice that makes me nervous. Really hope I could have time to visit him everyday after I start working. Really wanna cuddle him in my arms and have him looking at me while talking to him.


I think very soon my son's photos and videos will occupy majority of the storage space in my computer.


Okay, that's all for now. Time for feeding :)


Friday, March 02, 2012

Baked Rice with CHEESE


A post pre-written before I delivered. I was super hardworking and even worked on the night before I gave birth, just to make sure I have enough blog posts to keep you all entertained til I finish my confinement.


I’m a CHEESE LOVER and also a LAZY BUG. So this one-dish meal was totally on the top of my list when I planned to cook for my hubby.


Got this recipe from noobcook and simply love it because it's so easy to make and taste good!


I replaced the sausage with ham since there were plenty inside the fridge.


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Ingredients. That's all, simple and fast!


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My favourite potatoes!!


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CHEESE!!!


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Love the cheese melting smell from the oven



TADAA.................


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Finished goods. Looked good right?


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A hearty meal that melts my hubby's heart :)


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Best served when it's hot!!!


Dunno when I can have this super delicious dish again because I'll be on diet until I regain my body shape. Don't worry, I will definitely share my slimming secrets with you all if I can slim down successfully.


Counting down on my baby's full moon day. I'm going to regain my freedom after one week!


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