Welcome, Baby Dylan!

Hiii!! Sorry for the brief hiatus. I was busy giving birth and caring for a newborn baby, lol!!!

So yes, the baby is finally here!!! It’s a boy and Mr S and I named him Dylan Gabriel Wai-Zhun Soong. He weighed a decent 3.32kg when he was born, hahaha! No wonder I felt like my tummy was about to explode towards the end of my pregnancy. And those stretch marks…!! 😱 I only had very few when I had Naomi but when I was carrying Dylan, they just popped up every week in my last trimester. Oh well, they are my proud battle scars!

One thing you get a lot when people know you’re pregnant with your second one is that they’ll tell you it’ll be a lot easier with the second one. Some make it sound like the baby will slide out of you just like that!

So, I went into the birthing suite with the expectation that it’s gonna be so much easier this time. But goshhhh, was I wrong! I certainly dilated a lot faster but still, the baby wasn’t in a good position so we waited a good 12 hours since I went into the hospital before he finally came out and greeted me with his sepet eyes, lol!!! Also went through the whole epidural and suction ordeal ‘cos he didn’t turn and wasn’t coming down the birth canal as smoothly as expected.

Anyway, the important thing is that he’s out, lol! And he’s a healthy baby! That’s all that matters.

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Welcome, little one!!!

Naomi meets Dylan

Naomi was quite pleased to meet didi for the very first time.

Dylan and I were stuck in the hospital for extra three days this time as the baby had jaundice and his bilirubin levels didn’t go down as quickly as expected so he had to undergo phototherapy. 😣 The wait to be discharged was horrible each day. We were let down again and again and poor bubba had to undergo the heel prick test each day! He also didn’t bleed easily so they had to really squeeze the blood out of him for the tests. It was so heartbreaking to watch 💔

Now that he’s finally home, I kinda wish he would sleep like he did on that very first night he was born, hahahaha!! This little fellow just doesn’t sleep well at night and it’s driving us nuts. Plus we have a demanding toddler in our hands as well now. You can imagine the chaos we get in the house, huh?

But still, this is the memory we will create as a family together. So, I still wouldn’t change a thing.

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We love you, Dylan! Thank you for coming to us and being a part of our family. Praise be to God!

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Penguin Island

Yesterday was a public holiday in Australia (being ANZAC day). Hence, we thought we’d bring Naomi to visit the Penguin Island in Rockingham. Mr S and I have never been there ourselves so it was a new adventure for all of us, hehe.

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect! The sun was shining brightly but there was a cooling sea breeze throughout our stay on the island. It was actually a little chilly but we were all dressed accordingly, haha! *Pats self for doing some research before visiting the island*

To get to the island, you only need to hop on the ferry for a 5-minutes ride. It’s actually really close to the mainland and some people opt to travel to the island via the sandbar when the seas aren’t too rough and when the tide is low. However, having to bring a toddler with us and me being so heavily pregnant, we of course, opted for the ferry ride, hahahaha!! Duh~

Our little munchkin was pretty excited to be on the ferry. She imitated us when we pointed to the ocean and said “sea”. Too adorable for words!

Upon reaching the island, we headed straight to the Discovery Centre for penguins feeding time. It was the only time we actually saw penguins on the island, hahahaha! Not because there aren’t actually any penguins on the island but because they’re nocturnal animals and they’re usually out hunting in the sea during the day or hiding deep in their burrows on land. We didn’t manage to spot any except for the ones in the Discovery Centre. We’d actually be considered really lucky if we did! We might have a better luck if we chose to stay till late in the evening instead but we didn’t.

The scenery was breathtaking!!! We would’ve stayed to play on the beach if it wasn’t that chilly. Plus Naomi actually had a spotty tongue from daycare (suspected hand, foot & mouth disease) so we didn’t want her to overtire herself.

It still appears that she enjoyed herself very much though!

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You’ll always be my baby…

At 5.5 Months

Hi guys!! Naomi’s fast asleep next to me at the moment. So, YAY!! Let’s do a quick post, shall we?

Our baby girl turned 5 months old two weeks ago. 😚


Time really flies when you’re having fun (or when you’re a full-time mom 😂).

She’s getting more and more interactive and playful these days. And I really, really enjoy looking after her each day! 🙂

I’m kinda amazed that we both survived the first few dreadful weeks unharmed, lol! Look at where we are today!! 😝 She’s turning so sweet these days — gently touching my face while smiling and looking into my eyes. 😍

Taken today while she was taking her noontime nap. Believe it or not but this is an iPhone pic! iPhone cameras are the BEST!

She’s gonna start on solids in two weeks’ time and I’m quite excited about that! ‘Coz right now, she’s still waking up quite often at night for feeds. I don’t know if introducing solids would keep her fuller at night and hence waking up less for feeds? I’ve been patiently waiting for the night when she will sleep through the night to come, but I haven’t been lucky so far. 😂

Meanwhile, I’m losing hair like crazy these days. 😭 It’s quite scary to see the amount of hair I “pull out” whenever I shampoo my hair.

My wrists are still hurting like hell, which really sucks. ‘Cos I have to hold her every day, do chores, cook, wash. Even shampooing my hair can hurt like a @#$*)@%*)! And I think being constantly on my phone whenever my hands are free are not helping at all. ☹️

Thank God Mr S has been very supportive and helpful thus far. I am very, very thankful! 😙

Anyway, it will be a stormy weather in Perth tomorrow. Stay safe and rugged up, guys!

Goodnight! 💜 (Goodnight because Naomi woke up while I was halfway typing this post up and had to continue later at night after my shower, heh.)

Naomi: One Month Old!

We made it!!! Naomi is officially one month old today, hehehehehe… I’m lucky enough to be able to update my blog this morning as she’s taking her morning nap.

Yes, it’s been a month already since we’ve had our little girl. Time really flies!! Oh, by the way, HAPPY NEW YEAR GUYS!!! How did you guys spend your New Year’s Eve? I spent mine snoring in bed by 9pm lol!

I’m actually looking pretty sane this morning. Had some good shuteye last night in between the feedings. I’m hoping that it’ll only get better from here 🙂 I must admit, the first two to three weeks have been tough on us. But, it would’ve been even tougher if I hadn’t had help from my mum and sister. I think I’ve had it easy compared to new mums who’ve had no helpers at all!

Now that it’s been a month, I’m officially no longer in my “confinement” period, hehehe. I have a confession to make! I’ve actually been really naughty and sneaked out of the house a couple of times during confinement. About 4-5 times WITH Naomi and a couple of other times either by myself or with Mr S or my mum, lol!!! I’ve been “chastised” for quite a few things I’ve been doing or not doing thus far, such as:

  • not swaddling the baby, or not swaddling them the right way (leaving Naomi’s arms out). I know swaddling is supposed to help calm, soothe and settle a baby but Naomi just downright refuses for her arms to be swaddled! She would cry and cry while struggling to have her arms freed! I then did some research on this on the net and it says that some babies really dislikes having their arms swaddled. I know I can’t believe everything I read on the net but hey, freeing her arms in our case works! And I would definitely do or go with something that works for my baby!
  • not layering her with enough clothes. “But it’s 38 degrees Celsius today! And look, she’s sweating all over!” I would protest. It seems that babies need to be wrapped up in layers of clothing everyday, just because. -_- Well, I’m sorry but Naomi will be wearing only her singlet and nappy today because it’s scorching hot outside!
  • not putting pillows or soft items around the baby to make her feel safe while she sleeps. It’s to reduce the risk of SIDS okay!! I’d rather be safe than sorry!
  • not letting her sleep on her tummy. Also to reduce the risk of SIDS. But I must admit, letting Naomi sleep on her tummy helps lessen the effects of her startle reflex. I try not to let her sleep on her tummy at night when both Mr S and I are knocked out (unless she wakes up and cries for a feed). But I do let her sleep on her tummy from time to time in the morning when we are up to monitor/supervise her. Having said that, I wouldn’t recommend any parent to let their babies sleep on their tummies. Just in case!
  • not giving her formula before my milk came in. I did in the end, one night in the hospital as we were desperate and she was really, really distressed and tired by then from the constant crying and hunger, and another time when we got home. I was trying hard to follow everything by the books when it came to breastfeeding. If the pamphlets in the hospital says no formula then NO FORMULA it is! But when you watch your baby cry and cry so helplessly, you just wanna help take the pain away as soon as you can. Thank goodness we’ve become established with breastfeeding now.
  • not giving her the dummy. Again, another thing I was going by the books with. But eventually, I gave in and bought dummies for her. We have four different types of them at home now (we have 8 in total as some come in a pack of 3) and she takes none of them. All she wants is her momma’s good ol’ titty. LOL!

The thing is, everyone will have their own fair bit of “two cents” to give when you have a baby. And they could all be contradicting each other. But only you know what’s best for your baby. I’m not saying don’t take any of the advices given as I’m sure there are constructive advices from people around you – from your mum, medical professionals and whatnot. But take what sounds right for you, go with your own mother’s instincts! After all, it’s your baby and you know what’s best for them!

Anyway, this post has turned out so much longer than I expected! (It’s a good thing, hey?) so I’m gonna end it now with some photos I managed to snap for the past few weeks. Enjoy!


  
   Here’s one I took last Saturday when Naomi was 4 weeks old. Figured I’d snap one with her milestone card earlier ‘cos she was looking so cute that day, haha!

Not to mention, a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who sent their well wishes and gifts and cards from near and afar!! Can’t thank you all enough!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

Last but not least, Happy 1 month old, Naomi!!! You are so loved!

Meeting Lil’ K!

Mr S and I spent a long weekend in Melbourne last month to finally meet our nephew, Kayden!

Our flight to Melbourne was very comfortable with Virgin Australia. Managed to watch two movies on the plane and before we knew it, we’ve reached our destination! Hehehe… We were quite lucky to have an empty seat next to us so we still had some ‘personal space’ to us, haha. Mind you, I was already 29 weeks pregnant then. So, bump was kinda protruding already by then, lol. Any extra space that we can have to ourselves is a bonus!

We spent four lovely days in Melbourne with my brother in law’s family. Had a really, really, really good time with them, especially with the little one! He’s really a bundle of joy! ❤ It’s a shame he was teething during the weekend we were there though so he wasn’t in his best mood the whole time. Poor baby had fever and wasn’t eating so well. Nevertheless, he was his cheeky little self whenever he felt better! Can’t get enough of his smiles and laughters, hehehe…

As for myself, I was spoilt rotten by them!!! I don’t think I’ve been cared for or spoilt this much in my adult life haha! Felt so, so loved! 🙂

Mr S & Kayden

I must say that Mr S is well loved by the nephew. He surely knew how to crack the little one up with his silly actions and stuff, hahaha! And it’s the first time I’ve seen him carry a toddler that much before! Mr S had always been quite afraid to handle kids, hahaha!

With Kayden

Here’s one of the two of us with lil’ K! Oh, how we miss you little one!

P.S.: Can’t wait to meet the little one of our own! ❤ ❤ Less than 8 weeks more to go!!! ^^’

Back from Babymoon!

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Photos from our babymoon in Ubud, Bali are up on my photography website!

We had a relaxing and calming four days off work,  couldn’t ask for anything better! Ubud is so very beautiful and charming. We both fell in love with it shortly after arriving. Perhaps because the locals were just so warm and friendly and we received such wonderful service by Kamandalu Ubud, not forgetting the spectacular views of paddy fields and the tasty food!!!

We had a few must-try food on our list and it was almost like our mission of the trip was to hunt all of them down hahaha! Unfortunately, we didn’t get to try the BBQ ribs from Naughty Nuri’s but oh well, there’s always next time! 😉

Did I mention how lucky we were to have escaped the flight disruptions from the volcanic ash from Mount Raung? We were this close to having to cancel our trip last minute as flights were only resumed the day before we were due to fly! Thank God everything went well and we had a splendid time there just relaxing, eating and enjoying tranquil moments by ourselves, hehehe…

Wedding Photos

Yesss! I finally got our wedding photos from our photographer a week ago!!! We were given about five hundred plus photos and I have handpicked a few to be shared with you all here on my blog.

We love, love, love going through all the photos and reminiscing all the fond memories of the day itself. ❤ Hope you all enjoy looking through them as much as we do 🙂

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Honeymoon Photos Are Up!

Yes, they are and you can view them here on my photography website.

After going on our honeymoon, Mr S and I just wish we could travel more. #webewanderlustingjustlikeeveryoneelse

Honeymoon in Maldives

Meanwhile, is anyone of you hooked on Serial just as I am at the moment?

Pre-Wedding Photos Sneak Peek

Soooo happy to have received a slideshow of some of the photos taken during our pre-wedding shoot.

Can’t wait to see the rest of the photos sometime this week – USB containing all the images is on it’s way!! Wheeeeee~~

Special thanks to our amazingly talented photographer, Tina for creating such beautiful images of us and for us ❤

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