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Break in Penang

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it’s snowing in WP!!

ah yes, finally i have the time to update (only coz FB photo upload’s taking a long long time). God really knows the desire of my heart… i’m going back to Penang later this month, for a month (anyone going up?). would be a good break for the grandparents here from the 3 of us! 🙂 time for the grandparents over there in Pg to take over and have some good run after the 2yo.

purpose of the trip is to hang out with my oh-so-missed family, attend weddings of ppl closest to my heart (yay!! i can make it after all) and EAT EAT EAT!!!

the only problem is … i’ll be travelling alone with 2 small children from KCH – PEN. i’m praying that all will go well esp with Arielle that she doesn’t run around; as long as she stays close. furthermore, the flight from KCH will reach PG at 11pm; really late for Arielle who sleeps at MAX 9pm.

k then, do call me if anyone wants to meet up, though i’m not sure if i can go out conveniently, but you can always come visit me at home! 🙂

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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?

A nice surprise

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Being away from your family is a miserable thing; in my case, my wife is pregnant and due end of this month, and I won’t get to see her, my little daughter and my new-born son until middle of February. In case you don’t know, I am working in Slovakia while my family is in East Malaysia. I’ve always maintained that one of my biggest regret would be missing the birth of my son and not being there for the first 4 months of his life.

Well, last Friday my boss told me that I will be going to West Malaysia at the end of this month for business trip. Which means there is a chance for me to visit my family soon. In fact, sooner than I thought!

Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will grant you the desires of your heart!

More updates to come 🙂

Map of Malaysia; I will be in Kuala Lumpur, while my family is in Kuching.

Map of Malaysia; I will be in Kuala Lumpur, while my family is in Kuching.

37 going on 40

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no, not the age but the weeks counting down to LABOUR, numero dos!! (number 2)

this Wednesday i’ll be going for my 5th checkup at the government clinic here in Sekama, Kuching (Klinik Ibu dan Anak). the treatment and medication is free although as usual with everything government, there is the long wait. even though there is an ‘appointment’ set (the clinic will set the date to return for checkup) but the time is not, so i will still need to take a number and wait for my turn.

on my first trip there i was a bit confused. there are a few treatment rooms for checkup, a main counter at the side, a doctor’s room and a lab. the procedure is to take a number from the main counter, the nurses give you your card and another number; you put your card unto a box in front of the room which you’re allocated to and wait for your number to be called. meantime, you’ll need to go to the toilet and pee into a small plastic bottle and keep it with you until you go into the room for treatment; the nurses will dip a urine test chit (dunno what you call those) to check. your weight checked, pressure & heart rate as well as the length of your baby inside the womb. this part i dislike the most coz they make you lie down on a high, narrow, stiff and FLAT bed, face up so they can measure the belly. why? it’s freakin uncomfortable for me coz:

1. baby’s already heavy

2. my back hurts like *%#@!^*#!

3. just moving from my side to the position requested is tough work coz the bed is so narrow, and after that, getting down as well

it’s nearly exactly the same kind of bed i was asked to lie on for checkup before they send you to the labour room in Putrajaya Hosp when i was delivering Arielle. already having contractions and i’m forced into such a painful position with 2 belts strapped tightly around my waist – wahlau, like what the Hokkiens say ‘thai tu!!’ (slaughtering a pig; it’s a joke)

anyway, jokes aside – usually that’s all there is to the checkup, mine’s already 2ice monthly since i’m already 8months+. sometimes they will send you to the doctor to go for an ultrasound (with the stupid bed again) and sometimes they will send you to the lab for blood test. how long’s the wait? usually i go 1/2hour before they start the operating hours to take a number; averagely i wait for one and a half hours every time i go. bring a book and mb something to chew on if you think you’d get hungry. one more thing to note, parking is non-existent – you have been warned so best to have someone send you there and back.

if you’re a first-timer, you’ll need to sit for a talk on breastfeeding first before heading for the checkup. and always always, remember to bring tissue for toilet use, and also to remember to return the numbers once you’re done with it. i accidentally took it back with me 2wice, heh heh, my bad.

at 8months

at 8months

belly looks more pointed instead of roundish

belly looks more pointed instead of roundish; checkout my nicely toned biceps!

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SO, how is the pregnancy so far? the first trimester was a bit difficult coz i was in Brats at that time, so no Msian food, crave like crazy and was eating junk food from McD and KFC most of the time. didn’t have appetite for anything else, and everything i cooked made me nauseous. thank God i didn’t have throwing up bouts. saw a gyne there and their routine checkup is to check the cervix as well… if you’re a mother already, you’ll know how doctors check them. i was totally caught by surprise (of course not a pleasant one) but even so, not as bad as i thought or had experienced it here in Msia, i even got used to it after a few times. the doc didn’t give any vitamins though unlike my gyne/clinic here, so i had to get some myself from the pharmacy.

this second preg is unplanned like the 1st one; and this time around, i’m more independent and active. i took Arielle for walks in downtown Brats and the zoo with the public bus, walked and walked a lot, up and down hills with her pram, i even took my cousins to the Devin castle (TWICE) when they went for a visit in Brats. it’s as if i was not pregnant at all. but that was all in the early stages when the bulge was not so prominent yet. nowadays, it’s difficult just to get up from sitting on the floor! hahaha…. i’ll not mention how tedious, frustrating and physically tiring it is to have an active 2y.o. always running away from you when you ask her to come so you can bathe her/change her/give her food!

so that’s why i’m really looking forward to deliver, so that i can finally walk normally and not waddle; so that i can keep up with numero uno (number 1) and hug and kiss and cuddle her nicely; so that i can lie down on the bed and sleep comfortably in my fav position (if i get to sleep at all later :P); so that i can dress and look normal again …. so many more things i can think about. by God’s grace, i will deliver soon to a healthy baby with the shortest and painless labour ever!!!!

Recycling and Kuching

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when we got back to Msia and were in Penang, i was pleasantly surprised that the state has declared a ‘no plastic bag day’ for every Mondays and Thursdays. i’m unsure to what extent this campaign is or how closely it’s being followed by the various businesses in Penang, but Jusco sure was one of the active participants. we were shopping there and since it was a Thursday, we had to buy a shopping bag to carry our purchased items; reminds us so much of Brats coz that’s what Ayl and I do every weekend for grocery shopping. we carry our own organic shopping bag, or we use our own trolley and load it into our boot. so seeing my beloved homeland starting out this campaign gives me a good and proud feeling, though i have no doubt that those who do not  have this kind of mentality would be cursing away at the hassle and inconvenience of it all.

why the bother all of a sudden? we’ve been using plastic bags for centuries and things have remained the same ever since!

what difference will one plastic bag make?

then what am i going to use for my rubbish?

anyways, i brought back the Jusco shopping bag to Kuching and had in mind to use it when i go to supermarkets or grocery shopping. i definitely didn’t notice it before until i took the shopping bag with me one day and asked the cashier to put my items into the bag instead of the plastic bag – it’s a norm for most Kuching supermarkets to tie a plastic string around the loaded plastic bag (shut tight); so that it cannot be opened unless it’s cut, so that ppl don’t steal. at that time with me at the register, the cashier had to ask ‘the person in charge’ (of security i guess) if she could upload my purchased items into the shopping bag i produced. i suppose they were really confused by my request, but he gave the nod of approval after checking me out. i must seem honest enough.

there was another funny incident that happened here in Kuching as well. i was buying something (can’t recall what exactly) and at the cashier’s, i told the lady i won’t need the plastic bag coz i can easily put it in my bag and to my surprise she asked me ‘why?’

errrr….. for one main reason is because i simply don’t need a plastic bag for something i can easily put into my bag. i don’t need to have a layer of plastic for everything i buy, esp if i already have something that can carry it on its own, otherwise my bare hands will do too.

let’s think GREEN!