My Little Man

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Finally! baby’s out and now he’s sleeping soundly in his crib. i delivered on 26/Oct; 8.37pm to be exact after only 5hrs of labour. i’m proud to say, there was totally no use of any painkillers during labour (i had some kind of ‘laughing gas’ when i was in labour with Arielle)  and was a natural birth. what? of course there is pain!!

PAIN IS INEVITABLE!!

my water broke in the morning at 10am, but there was still no sign of contraction at all. i feel so comfortable that i thought my prayers for a painless delivery is really coming true!! haha… well, no such thing after i was checked and then induced. contractions came 2hrs after that and then 5hrs later, this little man came into the world crying very loudly. 🙂

delivering here in Kuching GH, i cannot help to but to compare the vast difference with Putrajaya’s semi private hospital where i delivered Arielle. the facility, the staff, and especially the service (!!) are so much better – people here are more friendly and they’re not so racist. no doubt the service if compared to private hospitals is under the benchmark because the you don’t get the special attention that you pay so much for, but overall, Kuching GH has preceded my expectations of a local government hospital.

Post Natal – i was discharged the next day at 2pm, with a fee of RM50 for hospital bills (everything even food) and a compulsory ‘gift offering’ of (3packets x 10pcs) Kotex Loop Sanitary napkins. then home we go!

the day after (27th), we had to go to the clinic again (the one i went for checkups) to report on the delivery of baby and then checkup for baby and mother. the nurses were thorough. they check blood pressure & heart rate, check your breasts and they encourage you to breastfeed, they check the contraction of the uterus; is it returning to normal, even check ‘down under’ to see if you’re healing properly. yes, i’ve got stitches, not a long cut like the 1st delivery but a 1st degree tear instead. again… pain is inevitable. we can put the blame all on Eve. 😉 i’m thanking God for His strength and His grace. this time around i’m much more cheerful; i believe i was more than slightly depressed after my 1st delivery due to the 12hrs labour, all the poking and prodding and scolding and mistreatment  i got from the hosp, would have gone insane if it had gone any longer.

so, i’m currently one-hand nursing and one-hand blogging – my goal is to fully breastfeed baby for at the least 6months; he’s still learning how to latch on, and i’m also learning the ways and tips of nursing; what’s best and what’s not with many thanks  to Leona and my MIL. baby’s routine now is to feed, sleep and poo… if only he’d do it all in sequence! the thing is, he’ll wake up to feed, falls asleep 5mins later while being nursed (sometimes poo also) so i’ll put him in bed, but he gets up 3mins later and cries for milk cos he’s still hungry. so it’s latch on and off for nearly 2hours, sometimes in the wee morning. it’d be a great relief if he already knows how to latch on properly. no wonder why most prefer to just give formula milk – so much easier cos baby sleeps immediately after the bottle and they can sleep for hours before the next feed. i found a good site though for those learning how to breastfeed like me.

…and he shall be called Ashton Tavy Leong Xuen En. following my brother’s kids Ashley & Asher, Ash carries the Hebrew meaning of happy/blessed. the middle name Tavy is from Ayl’s middle name; and the chinese name literally translates to ‘proclaiming’ ‘grace/glory’.

or should we just name him Ash instead… hmmm, what do you think?

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10 responses »

  1. Yea bottle feeding definitely temptingly ez, but in the long run, breastfeeding can be so convenient, 6 mths is a good target to start with

  2. Congratulations Li Anne, it’s just so wonderful to finally see Ashton in person after carrying him for 9 months. I am so glad you have decided to breastfeed. It’s not easy in the beginning, the latching on and everything but you will get there. I suggest you try to be calm as much as possible and encourage him along to drink the best gift God has provided for mothers to give their babies. It’s a good thing Leona will be there for you because she has gone through that herself. I am a big believer in breastfeeding and there’s nothing to be compared with that. What a wonderful thing that God knew best what’s needed in His creation. It’s mind-boggling still to me how the milk will start flowing and be there until we don’t want it anymore. Anna just stopped breastfeeding this May and that’s when the milk stopped flowing too. ENjoy your early breastfeeding time with Ashton and you will learn along the way.

  3. Hey, congrats.
    Your delivery is so much like Chin Ai’s two deliveries. Serdang Hospital was really good.

    At the risk of generalizing, I think baby boys are little ‘greedy’ and impatient when feeding. They get frustrated easily when they don’t latch properly. Breastfeeding is really, really the best thing you could do for the kid, and your wallet 🙂

    Titus was breastfed till nearly 14 months i think. He barely fell sick at all during that time.

    And, ashton or ash, we’ll call him ash anyway! 🙂

  4. Ashton or Ash both are superstar names for such a gem of a boy u have 🙂
    it was great catching up with you and seeing Arielle all grown up *tears*
    You and Leona are like my mentors ok so please keep them advice coming!

  5. thanks all for the encouragement! it does get frustrating especially in the early morning hours when he doesn’t latch on and cries and cries.

    and yes goons, he’s an impatient one, so most times i try to nurse him before he gets too hungry by waking him up to change his nappy first.

  6. baby’s out! woop!!
    congrats li ann. glad it was easier? and faster this time around.
    Name of babies becoming more and more canggih n long these days. haha
    Ash Tavy sounds good. Ashton Tavy also good. Either way, ur kids will always be first in line for injections! wahhaa
    take care
    xxx

  7. ahh… thought that u wont have time to blog after the delivery. meh~~ i was wrong! u got time to comment on my blog!! supermom lah u! i would agree with shirleen, ur kids will always be first in line for everything when they go to school soon. kekeke….

  8. Ur kids will be the first in line…unless until they have frens / classmates whose parents cleverly name them Aaron, Adam or Adeline 😛

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