Friday, July 29, 2011

Whirlwind of Changes

Marcus boy turned 5 months old a few days back.
Can't believe how fast he's growing up.
Now...he screams when he's playing...when he wants something or when he just needs attention.
He can also roll over onto his tummy by himself pretty well, he just doesn't know how to roll back...hahaha
When he gets tired of being on his tummy he'll scream so we'll come to his rescue.

We have also start feeding him a little Cerelac daily.
OMG...he loves it!
When he's having Cerelac, you have to keep feeding him without pausing.
When you are slow..he'll scream =P

Marcus boy could also sit pretty well assisted and loves going for walks outside.
We reckon he's about 8+ kgs now...will know for sure when we take him to the Paed for his jab next week.

Since Marcus boy pop into our lives, everyone has been saying he looks like his pretty Mummy.
Now...he's slowly looking more and more like his Daddy!
I hope he'll be as tall as his daddy but have Mummy's teeth =)

Marcus boy is just too cute for words.
And being spoilt silly by his grand parents, grand aunties, aunties and me =P

Anyways, have been experiencing some changes in my career.
Changed jobs recently and it came as a surprised to everyone...including me.
Was headhunted and within a week, I went for an interview, got an offer and resigned.
Started working for my new company almost immediately.
I feel kinda guilty leaving my team so abruptly...but I believe they are trained well enough to manage without me....or at least until my former manager comes back after her maternity leave.
Took a guilt trip as well for leaving right before my ex-manager was supposed to deliver her baby.
Happy to report that mummy & baby are doing well =)
And we are now even friends on FB.

Just completed my 1st week in the new company.
Am still trying to find my equilibrium, stumbling around.
Hopefully things will be better soon *cross fingers*

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

My Cloth Diaper Stash

Recently, I've gone a little overboard with my online shopping spree....hehehe
Eric doesn't know the extend of it yet so sshhhhhhhhh...
The temptation was too great I tell I ended up with some adorable cloth diapers for Marcus boy =P

My new Grovias <3 Mod Flower & Owl AI2 (all-in-2) and Nature AIO (all-in-one)

Happy Heiny Cow and Blueberry Minky Green love love the minky fabric!

New and ready to be prep...they've gone through their first wash today...
Got myself a Planet Wise wet/dry bag in Art Deco print as well. Read super good reviews about them...crossing fingers that it lives up to the hype.
My current Ice (Blue) & Mandarin (Orange) Grovias joining new Grovia comrades for a photo shoot. I love the hook & loop (velcro) but decided to go with snaps for the new diapers just to try it out.

I was contemplating whether to get the Owl or Planes pattern as both got popular votes from Mummies & babies everywhere. Went with the Owl and they are oh-so-so cute =)

Cloth Diapers stash I have at the moment. 2 Bamboolite pocket, 5 Grovias, 1 Happy Heiny & 1 Blueberry Minky.

Since I'm really new to cloth diapering, it's advisable to try out different brands of CD (cloth diaper) to find the one that works best for my baby.
Babies are all unique so some brands will fit better than others.
I started out with Grovia (I just love the colours) and Bamboolite (was on promotion and made of bamboo which has antibacterial properties...made in M'sia)

Saw Happy Heiny(HH) & Blueberry(BB) on sale and decided to try it too...I really really wanted a CD made from minky (fluffy fabric). Saw the super cute camouflage print and I'm sold!!! =P

HH, BB and Grovia AIO are being prep at the moment...would have to go through a few more washes to get the absorbency up and then I'll try it on Marcus boy.
Even without putting it on Marcus...I already know I'm going to love my Grovia AIO.

I can't get my hands on more cloth diapers =P
Itti Bitti...I have my eyes on your fluff!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Marcus Baby Photo Shoot

Not long after my Maternity Shoot, out pops Marcus Boy <3
When he was around 3 weeks old, he had his first photoshoot...also by two-pixels.

Hello world

I <3 Mum baby cute

My lil cheeky boy

Count my lil toes mummy!

Daddy, Mummy & Marcus makes 3

Hi there pretty girl *wink*
Baby model pose

My lil' baby is growing up so fast.
Seems like it was just yesterday we brought him home. our lives have changed.since Marcus boy arrived.
Wouldn't trade it for the world <3

Saturday, May 28, 2011

My Maternity Shots

Back in January when Marcus Boy was still comfortably cradled inside me, I had my maternity shots taken by Two Pixels.
You can only go through your first pregnancy know, like losing one's virginity.
Must cherish the once in a lifetime experience.

So I decided to have pics of me taken while I look like a penguin for memories.
If I'm gonna look like a penguin, might as well be a beautiful one =P
And also I get show them to Marcus Boy when he's bigger...let him know what he did to Mummy's figure!

There were many shots taken...alas, I only look good in some pics.
In many pics, I think I look too BIG, smile not nice enough, hair too messy, looked too tired...etc.
Hence lots of pics of only the baby bump =P

I'm glad I have many beautiful pics as well =)
It just seems so surreal...that I was once that big with Marcus Boy growing inside me <3

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Stages

The easiest part in the whole wonderful experience of having Marcus the 'baby making' stage.
It's fun...and pleasurable ;P
I'm sure nobody minds going through this stage over and over again.

Then the 'pregnant' stage hits. It ain't so fun anymore.
Nausea and vomiting.
Followed by cravings, weight gain, tiredness, swelling feet and sweating all the time.
Not too mention unattractively waddling around like a penguin and needing to pee ever so often.

Just when I've had enough of being mistaken for an Asian penguin...
The 'birth stage' was a welcomed relieve.
That is...until the contractions started and let me tell never knew pain until you had a baby.
I can't even describe the level of pain we women have to bear in childbirth (the natural way and not Cesarean)
Yup...It was freaking scary.
Was it worth it? Of course!
But a little less pain would've made it a more pleasant experience!

Now we're at the 'bundle of joy' stage.
Marcus boy is the joy of my life...just seeing him smile makes my day.
But I could do with more sleep.
I am exhausted from lack of sleep and rest.
The cycle of taking care of Marcus during the night to working during the day is taking a toll on me.
Finding it really hard to focus at work when I miss my baby.
And finding it hard to spend quality time with my baby when I'm exhausted.
I do feel guilty for not being able to spend more time with him...what can this Mommy do?
There is only so many hours in a day...and they're never enough =(

I miss my baby.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Celebrating Mother's Day

It's Mother's Day weekend.
I'm still at awe that now I'm somebody's mommy.
I now have my precious Marcus Boy <3
Who at 2 months old...just lights up my life.

Unexpectedly, Eric managed to take the weekend off which is rare during such occasions.
So off we went to Mid Valley as I wanted to check out stuffs at the Baby and Mom Expo.

Lunch was at Pasta Zanmai as Mum wanted Japanese cuisine.
Though Pasta Zanmai is more fusion than Japanese, it is the nearest outlet to where we were.
Marcus Boy wanted his milk so we made a dash for the restaurant. 

Garlic fried rice with fried chicken

Hot pot pasta in soup with oysters

Some roll that came with Mum's came with a bowl of pasta with tempura.

Mini scallop pizza that came with my set. Erm..forgot to take pics of mum's & my main dish =)

Tiramisu...not too shabby...I've had better.

1st time Mommy and Marcus Boy <3

Me & Mum with Marcus...he's such a big boy now.

After we've had lunch and Marcus Boy his milk, we head to the baby fair.
It was crowded alright...barely any walking space let alone to push a stroller.
There were pretty good bargains at the fair...if you don't mind shopping in claustrophobic and noisy conditions.
We did managed to get some stuffs...many more I wanted to check out but we didn't have much time.

Loot from baby fair
What we bought at the fair...

2 pieces of clothing for Marcus
Me love the "My Dad Is Cooler Than Your Dad" onesies (RM15)
Hoodie stripe top (RM25)

Nuk teething rings...can't remember how much it cost exactly but they were cheaper than many other brands we saw at the fair. They were less than RM10 each.
I have total faith in this brand. Marcus uses their bottles for feeding as well.

Stuffs from Pureen...

84 pieces disposable breast pad - It was a good buy at RM30. The cheapest I found before was during Babyland sale for about RM34. A must have for breastfeeding moms. Saw many ladies grabbing this too!

Baby wet wipes - 2 x 100pcs for RM9.

Liquid cleanser for bottels & teats refill pack - 2 x 650ml at RM22. We are currently using this to wash Marcus's bottles and also my breast pump.Wanted to get the bottle (instead of refill) promotion as well but too heavy lar. Anyways, the refill packs will last us for many months. We've yet to finish the 1st bottle since Marcus's arrived.

Nappy Rash cream(50g) RM7 - Marcus doesn't really use nappy cream but then no harm having some around the house just in case.

Baby toothbrush & gum massager RM5 - Since baby starts teething from 4 months onwards...this will come in handy. For now...will try to massage his gums if he'll let me. Marcus tends to bite when we clean his mouth with cotton.

Rekito Mosquito Repellent RM 16 - Recently Marcus got bitten by a blood sucking mosquito on his face during the night. I've gotten lots of grieve from "people" because of this. think I want a mozzy to bite my baby? *sigh*
So now armed with a repellent...hopefully mozzies will stay the hell away from my sweet blooded baby =)
Just in case you're wondering...Don't spray a baby with the mosquito repellent lar.
Don't even let the chemical come in contact with baby's skin.
Just spray on things around him such as bedsheet, stroller or sarong.
The smell will keep mozzies at bay.

And please spray when baby is not around so it won't get into baby's eyes.
Use some common sense lar when it comes to things like this.

I enjoyed my Mother's Day out.
Hopefully Marcus boy did too.
Can't wait for the day when he can wish me a "Happy Mother's Day" =)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

2 months and counting

Oh how time flies!
At the blink of an little baby is now such a big boy.
He has started cooing a lot when we talk to cute *melts*
My oh my...what can I say about his toothless grin and adorable laugh?
Breaks my heart to leave him this morning and go back to work =(

I'm still expressing breast milk for Marcus. He takes it during day time while night time we feed him formula (we chose Snow as it was highly recommended).
This way we could also soften the weaning process when I stop having breast milk and let him go on formula full time.
He seems alright with such an arrangement...not too fussy about it but he does prefer breast milk =)
Not sure how long I could keep up with milk pumping while working at the same time though.

Have also started cloth diapering Marcus part time.
Since I only bought 4 cloth diapers (2 Grovia s& 2 Bamboolites) to experiment, he uses them all up in 1 day.
So far so good...I do prefer Grovia All-in-Two as we just need to change the soaker (we have 4 soakers and 2 shells) when it's wet compared to Bamboolite's pocket.
Even Mum prefers Grovia as she said Bamboolite is too bulky and thick.
Hopefully I'm able to get a good deal on more cloth diapers during the Baby Fair in May then Marcus could be cloth diapered full time, which is my goal.
The only problem is cloth diapers doesn't come cheap *sigh*
Same goes for formula milk =(

Wish I didn't have to work.
Somehow...I feel as if I'm neglecting him by going to working.
I hope my baby knows that if I could, I would stay home all day just to cuddle him <3

Monday, March 7, 2011

Meet Baby Marcus

Jr. is finally here! And we named him Marcus =)

*suck suck* I want milk Mummy

Daddy & his Lil' Boy

I'm a Lil' Jedi

Mummy's lil' darling

Friday, February 25, 2011


So...we said 'Bye' to Tiger and 'Hi' to Rabbit.
We waited anxiously everyday for the pass month or so...
"D"(due) date came and gone...
and Jr. is still happily incubating inside me.

Geez...all that anticipation...and now we are faced with the possibility of having a big baby (coz babies puts on weight really fast after they're due) which will lead to a C-sect instead of having him the natural way.

I was really hoping to have Jr. by natural birth and without any epidural (too many side effects that bothers me) but I never ruled out C-sect just in case the situation calls for such intervention.

Doc gave Jr. another week to make his grand entrance into this world by himself...if he still refuses to budge...then we're left with no other choice.

What a dilemma =(

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

My Baby Daddy

This post will be about my baby Daddy <3


I'm still working (unfortunately) but this will be my last week and then I'm off to wait for Jr's arrival away from all the stress.
Eric just got back from a trip overseas and had a few days off so I rushed back from work to hopefully spend some alone time with him (I barely get to see him when he's working such long hours)

When I got home, the door was closed tight and no one was in sight.
I thought Mum and Eric both had gone out and not gotten back yet.
I was feeling a little dissapointed at that point.
Decided to go upstairs and change my blouse as I..erm...kinda ripped it a little at work =(
When I got to our room, I realized Eric was home afterall. Yay!

I peeked inside and I saw him standing in Jr's nursery.
He was folding small little shirts and pants with cute booties scattered around *melts*
It was such a lovely sight...this man, this big strong man was surrounded by baby stuffs everywhere and he's taking such great care in folding this small little shirt.
I wish I took a picture of that very moment...I was speechless and I was tearing up (damn those hormones) just staring at him.

He even organized the drawers. Telling me why he placed clothes, diapers, washclothes, bibs..etc in each particular drawer.
All this from a guy who doesn't even know what's in the drawers of our own closet after so many years!
I was surprised he took it upon himself to fix the baby bed and even knows how many milk bottles we already have for Jr.

Maybe I've misread how excited he is about Jr's arrival.
All this while he seems cool and not crazily over ethusiastic happy like me when we first saw Jr during an ultrasound....or when he felt Jr kick & move for the 1st time.
He doesn't read the parenting magazine or baby books that I bought many moons back.
He doesn't ask the gynea any questions.
Heck...even when we're out shopping for baby stuffs, it was done in record time.

But, I'm in awe.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Cross stitch : ABC Baby Afghan Complete

ABC Baby Afghan Update 1

Completed afghan with maroon backing and knotted edges

When I found out I was preggers with Jr., I finally made my way to the textile shop and bought some material to complete my baby afghan.
Chose a soft dark maroon cloth as the backing.
A dark colour will be able to hide any stains in the future...we are using it for a baby, stains are inevitable.

Took the afghan and backing material to a tailor and he sew it for me.
Then made knots for the edges.
And it's complete =)

I hope Jr. would love his 1st present for my little prince <3

Monday, January 3, 2011

Baby Nursery Checklist - Pt.1

Everyone knows having a baby doesn't come cheap these days.
There's so many things to consider from baby's clothes to cute lil' booties.
Not forgetting insurance policy and future education fund.
Among all the happy anticipations of Junior's impending arrival...there's a whole list of things to prepare for him...started pretty late on this checklist, but as they say, better late than never =)

                                   Cot and Bedding                                 

We've considered getting a travel cot cum playpen. But after visiting Ikea, we've decided on a toddler bed with guard rails instead of a baby cot. I know it's kinda out of the ordinary to do so but I've heard so many stories about babies not liking sleeping in a cot and it's a waste of money. Hence, we got a lil bed that Junior could use till he's about 7 or 8. Hopefully we made the right decision as it doesn't come cheap. Got him a nice mattress and plain sheets to start with. Have read that babies don't need any pillow or bolster as it might cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome(SIDS). So we'll add accessories to his bed when necessary.

(√) Baby Bed
(√) Mattress
(√) Mattress protector
(√) Waterproof Mattress Pads
(√) Fitted Bedsheets
(√) Blankets (a cute alphabet cross stitch blanket I made earlier)

Nice To have
- Swaddling Blanket (can be substituted with cloth napkins)
(√) The First Years - Close and Secure Sleeper (as I'm planning to breastfeed Jr. through the night, it'll be nice to have him really close by ie. next to me on the bed...lets see if Eric joins us)


We're planning to use a cloth diapering system for Jr. It's the modern kind of cloth diapers and they're oh-so-cute (not the kind that our mommies and grannies used in the olden days). Why you ask? Well, we (or I actually) have some pretty good reasons for considering being a cloth diaper(CD) mommy.

1st - Save lots of $$$. It's cheaper in the long run (but that also depends the brands/types of cute diapers I can't resist buying) as these CD are washable therefore reusable which means...

2nd - We can use the same CD for our next child! Saving us more $$$.

3rd - CD will keep baby's bottom smooth and itch free. Heard of diaper rash caused by disposable diapers? Yup, it's painful for babies and agony for mommies.

4th - Save the environment. I'm trying to contribute my little bit to save the environment. Just imagine the amount of disposable diapers that goes into our landfills daily. It's not a pretty sight.

I'm not naive, I know it won't be easy to CD a baby when there are so many other things to do. Anyhow, I'm determine to give it a try and see how it goes =)

(√) Baby Cloth Napkins for various uses (nappies, swaddling...etc)
- Nappy Liners
(√) Baby Wet Wipes
- Changing Mat
- Baby Hypoallergenic Detergent
(√) Disposable Diapers (have read that it's best to use disposable for the 1st month)
(√) Cloth Diapers (So exciting...bought GroVia and Bamboolite)

Nice To Have
More Cloth Diapers that makes me wanna pinch baby's bottom!!!
(Gro Via, Happy Heiny's, Itti Bitti, Cushie TushiesBum Genius, Moo Moo Kow, Baby Kangas, FuzziBunz, Rumparooz, Knickernappies )


                                       Baby Clothing                                   

We're going economical on these as babies do grow pretty fast. Will buy Jr.'s clothes as and when needed.

(√) Booties and mittens
(√) Short sleeve shirt 
(√) Long sleeve shirt
(√) Long Pants with/without feet cover
(√) Bodysuits
(√) Newborn Hats
(√) Handkerchief

                             Baby Care/Bathing Needs                          

(√) Baby Bathtub (Thanks to Aunty Audrey)
- Baby Bath Wash
(√) Wash Cloths
(√) Cotton Buds
(√) Bath Towels
- Baby Lotion/Oil

Nice To Have
(√) Baby Monitor (Thanks again to Aunty Audrey)

                                  Feeding Supplies                                 

(√) Baby Bottles - Currently have Nuk (cause I'm really convinced by their nipple shaped orthodontic teats) & US Baby glass bottles (Thanks to Aunty Melaine)
(√) Bottle Brush
(√) Liquid Cleanser for bottles & teats
(√) Little Bean Sterilizer
(√) Little Bean Food Warmer (mostly for stored breastmik)

                                     Breast Feeding                                   

(√) Medela Swing Breastpump
(√) Breast Pads (in case of leaks)
- Nipple Cream (not sure if I need this...but cracked nipples sounds super painful)
(√) Nursing Bra
- Nursing Tops

Nice To Have
- Nursing Pillow (not sure if I really need one. I'm considering My Best Friend Breastfeeding Pillow but Eric says I can just try with a normal pillow on our bed) 

                                          Toys / Play                                        

Nice To Have
- Bouncer (Considering
BabyBjorn but they're super expensive *sigh*)

                                       Out and About                                     

- Baby Stroller (considering Quinny Zapp Travel System but's super expensive)
- Head Support Cushion
- Travel Changing Mat
- Carseat
(√) Diaper Bag (thanks Aunty Melaine for a cute diaper bag. But I'm still hoping to get my hands on a  Mrs Smith's Bag )

Nice To Have
- Ring sling (considering JumpSacBaby which is made in Malaysia)

For now, my checklist is lacking some stuffs that we may need.
So hard to decide if we should get the more expensive version of stuffs which have super great reviews (i.e QuinnyStroller, My Bestfriend Pillow & Baby Bjorn Bouncer) or just go and buy cheapo ones which I might just regret later as they don't work as expected.
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