Monday, August 27, 2012

Tomato development: Probably training for a 6 packs?

Being first time parents. We are constantly plaqued with uncertainties. Thank God for the internet, and thank God for friends who became parents before us (LOL)!

There's a lot things we didn't know. And a lot I learnt by reading on the net on what should we expect and baby care.  And we are constantly surprised and amazed by Tomato's development. Every time something  new came up, I will google it up/ consult my friends. 

She lately found a new "activity" to do while on the car seat. She used to love listening to me singing/ talking to her.  But now, she don't even hiu (bother about) me! *Sighhhhhhhhh

first photo of Tomato in this blog!

A week before she turn 3 mths old. She started to do "sit ups" when strapped on the car seat. Throughout the entire journey, she will do that. She will rest for a while then do it again. When she first do it, I was a bit freaked out. WHAT IS HAPPENING! MY POOR TOMATO MIGHT HURT HER SPINE!OMG! But she refused to stop doing it even though I tried to push (gently) her body down/ nagging her (I tried). 

But then I figured, if its hurting her, she would probably cry already. So I let her be. But I won't let her sit up straight yet.Not at least until she's 4 mths old.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tomato's development (12 weeks old)

- at her 2 mths follow-up check-up, she weighs 5.4kg. Now I weigh her, she is 5.6kg (only gained 200g.What happened?? LOL).

- Around 10 wks old, she has found "the hand" to suck on. I was quite taken aback by it. I heard the sucking sound one day, and when I went over to look at her, she was happily putting her fist in her mouth and sucking hard. LOL. She can now do it on either both hands now. But when she is fussy, she will cry for her pacifier.

- doesn't enjoy lying down much when she's awake. She likes to be hold in a reclining position. She loves being in the car seat.

- recently changed her feeding at 3oz per 2.5 hours to 3.5 oz per 3 hours. Soon will increase her intake to 4oz.

- Drinking habit : drinks hungrily at the beginning, then when there's a bit milk left, she will slow down, and play with the teat..hmmm

- burp easily (when she's awake), if you take too long burping her while she's asleep, she will "grumble"..AHAH

- Start to love "talking" before she's even 2 mths old. Now when you smile at her, she will smile widely back.   Loves to ang gu..ahh..and sometime can yell quite loudly

- knows how to sigh...tsk3..

- I can feel her trying to sit up at times.

- can sleep through the night (8 hours without feeding)

Friday, August 17, 2012


Tomato (my girl's nick) is now almost 3 mths old. I'm applying scheduled feeding for her, cos its the most convenient for all of us and its good for her to follow a routine. Now, usually she will wake up around 4-ish/ 5-ish in the morning for her feed.

I will wake up to warm up the milk as I am the closest to the warmer, and pass the warmed up milk to Oink so that he can feed Tomato since he is nearest to her. And I have told Oink before, after the feed, put her on our bed to sleep. Tomato easily sweats even with aircon on. She's still too young to turn.

SO..this morning, while I was sleeping (I went back to sleep after my warming duty is done..LOL). I heard sounds from behind me. "ang guuuuurrrr...grrr...uak...ahhhh". And the sound awaken me. I turn over to see Tomato wide awake and babbling away. AWWW~~~ SO CUTE LA 'x'

I wanted to record her cute baby talks, but as soon as I took out my phone, she got quiet at the sight of light.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Like I said in my previous post, what was most unbearable for me was my Confinement Month. What is that you say? We Chinese actually have this custom where you stay indoor the whole month to recuperate after giving birth. You are not to be exposed to wind. (But I still on aircon. Come on la, it was May. In forever summer Malaysia its like one of the summerest months of the year). Its even "better" if you don't bath at all. And you are advised not to wash your hair for the whole month. Yup. ONE whole month. 30 days. And you are fed with special confinement food that has either alcohol/ ginger/ pepper/ sesame oil/ or ALL mentioned.

Anyway. I am sure you can google/ read up what's chinese confinement is, elsewhere. Today I want to talk about my very own experience. This year being a dragon year, there's a lot of dragon BBs. Good confinement lady is hard to book. Our 1st choice was actually not available, she was exported to Taipei to do confinement in May. See how laku it is?So was our 2nd, 3rd, 4th....sighhh..Anway, ended up we still manage to book one, recommened by Oink's friend's cousin..'x'

1st day - Was tired cos didn't get much sleep the previous night.  Remembered mom came over to see me and bb but was too tired to get up. Ate "ang zhao" chicken for dinner. But didn't eat much, cos still not much appetite. And heard from Oink that the CL tidy up and organized stuff in our kitchen.

3rd day- I requested for bath. Instead of a bath, I just wipe my body with my bath mix.

4th day - I took a bath with the special bath mix. Covered myself up for my follow up visit to the gynae. After the visit. I felt cold and something is not right. Ended up having fever 'x'.

1st week - Not much breast milk. Pump to stimulate my milk production whenever I can  and feeling better.Pumped whole hour only can get a few drops. SIGH. And even more discouraging is what CL keep saying. #1 I don't think you will have much milk. #2 Direct latch better! Sit up straight while latching, else how the milk will flow?? ( how to sit up wei when your ahem is in PAIN? And later I found out online that I can actually breastfeed while lying down. SIT UP straight my FOOT). Found out she didn't use the Anakku bottle cleanser I bought to clean the bottles after each feeding. Didn't even use the brushes I bought! She just rinse with water. And didn't even bother to sterilise my bottles. What the! Didn't dare to post on all these on FB cos found out some of my either mine/ oink's friend is also friends with her daughter. Kuching is so damn small. All these stuff make me damn stressed. She even refused to use lampin although we keep asking her. She said difficult to wash. Got washing machine ler. Every night she brought bb downstairs to watch TV. By the end of the week, I think I can pump out about an oz?

2nd week - Still struggling to make more milk. Not giving up. Tried nursing more frequently to increase production. Ended up with a grumpy newborn. HAHAHA. But what to do? I pump when she is in another room with the CL. I think got increase to 1.5 oz? Can't remember. I let her drink my bm first then topup with formula milk. This is the most depressing week for me. I was practically wilting. How much longer do I need to endure my oily hair?AHAHA. I terribly miss McD then. Finally got the CL to use Lampin, use my bottle cleanser to wash my bottles and sterilise my bottles and pump everyday.

3rd week - Can pump more. And the session between each time shorten too. CL was amazed. I think I need to thank her. I was somewhat provoked by her to produce more milk. LOL. Don't want to get looked down at by her.

Last week - Oink let me use his laptop every night. I think he pities me.'x' . I was counting down to the day I can wash my hair!

After confinement, I think I am still pretty weak. I get tired from carrying Bb for too long and my milk still consist more of foremilk than hindmilk. But by 1 week after confinement, I am quite pro at breastfeeding while lying down. I secretly scolded myself for not trying that earlier. Its so easy. BB can continue sleep after she is full and I can continue sleep/ rest.

And today, for 6 days straight, I manage to fully breastfeed my baby (I use my pump to express the milk nowadays, since I started working after 2 mths ML). And before that, she only gets max 2 FM each day. The rest are all my BM. :) But I suspect that once she gets another growth spurt, my milk might not be enough again. So I have to continue to work hard. Hehe. But trust me, BF is worth it. There's a sense of achievement after each time your BB drinks your milk eagerly and finishes it.