Day 13 Sweet dreams

Babies just have that lovely smile in their sleep… Must be dreaming something good..
Never miss her little dimple.

Can be a tough babe when awake too…"show hand"

Confinement food

Yummy food by Confinement Nanny…

Breakfast: Mee Sua
Hainanese Chicken Rice for Mommy
 Tomato Prawns for the kids

Day 12 More awake and yakkie

Art Garden @ SAM

It's open day at the Singapore Art Museum. Daddy took the kids out to the Art Garden. This year the activities were fewer than last year but nonetheless the kids still enjoyed the few items.
Running trains are definitely Abel's favorite. Daddy managed to get them into the queue which was exceptional as it's a public holiday with free admission.
They had their hands on some clay to make 'kueh'.
The final product….

Cute isn't it?

Castle time….

It's been awhile that the kids were painting. Since it's a day break from Presidential Elections and we had some recycled materials, the kids started their craft.

Day 10 More expressions

From My Three Darlings...

Lovely flowers to brighten the day...

Day 9 Our family

Keziah's complete illustration of our family

Day 8

Day 7 A week old

At a week old, Keren's showing a strong neck. She is able to hold her head up for longer time and turn her head from left to right, especially when we put her lying down. She's just so curious about things around her, always eyes-wide when awake.

Day 4 Loving siblings

How angelic the little one looks when she sleeps! Well as usual she still trying to get her bio-clock adapted. Lots of sleep in the day and sometimes we wonder why isn't she hungry? Night she's constantly feeding. Tiring start of the journey to breastfeeding.
Oooo….what a sweetie pie...
Jie Jie and Kor Kor are so excited to see her once they arrived home. They just can't wait to cuddle and carry her. 
Maternal instinct versus the paternal

Day 3 First morning back home

Everyone's off to church while we stayed home. Keren had her first shower and finally a little more awake. It's really difficult to catch her awake as she's often dozing off after a feed.

Oh yes, she loves being talked to. Do you notice that little dimple of hers?
Her little cot…A sleepy babe

Day 2 Home sweet home

Chubby little sumo...

Day 1 Showered with love

Her little hands….
 Daddy and her sweetie pies….

Keren's Birth Story

We had been waiting for her arrival. Being the 3rd one, we expected an earlier birth, an easier birth but guess it all caught us as a surprise.

Mommy has been off school for 2 weeks in this month of August laden with hols. The wait was getting more laborious as the little one gaining weight as well as mommy. We were given 18 August for induction since the next day is EDD but we wanted to wait natural.

The day went by and still no sign.

We slept but the night of 17 August was really unrested with multiple toilet visits.
Then as we passed midnight, 18 August
3.30 am Contractions. Is it?Tried to rest in bed but the frequency got closer till almost once every 3 min.
4.00 am Wash up and headed off for hospital
4.30 am Checked in and was prepared. Will it be as quick as Abel's where dilation was 5 cm.
5.00 am only 2cm dilated so it's a long wait. IV drip and antibiotics administered. Contraction eased.
8.00 am Gynae came. Still 2cm.."Still early. have breakfast first." Some med was administered to increase contraction.
9.30 am Got moved to birth room and had a very unappetizing breakfast while watching Martha Steward whipped up yummy dessert. Contractions was still slow and cervix dilation only moved to 4 cm. However, each contraction was getting more painful. Baby's heartbeat was falling so was given oxygen.
Bed pan was given in hope draining the bladder would move the baby down. Thigh jab was given to ease pain but as usual did little.
Pain was hitting the roof despite the slow dilation and time just ticked so slowly. Or should I say I'm unaware what time is as I prayed that God just help me dilate quickly and get over this ordeal. I asked hb if I should take epidural but his reply: "It's ok I'm here with you."
The pain was unbearable and I was practically crying with eyes closed as each contraction built up. The nurses finally allowed gas but I was just not breathing the right way, not holding each breathe as I should. Even now, cervix was only 6 cm.

1030 Little did I know the next moments just sped along with a mass wetting (Don't ask me if it's pee or the water bag). Baby just descended and I just felt like pushing. Nurses Informed my gynae then all I heard was "don't push....cervix's not fully dilated...otherwise you'll tear your anus..very good..8 cm already...9 cm...9.5 cm..

1100 Gynae came and the mask was taken away. Push and push..2 pushes and she's out!

1105 Princess Keren @ healthy 3.220 kg. Thanks to God for He has answered our prayers.

 Total exhausted….Not any better when the standard of the confinement meals has gone down over the years.
 After a good clean up and ready for first feed...
Her first smile…. 

National Day

Yes, it's Singapore's 46th birthday! We started a lazy morning with traditional breakfast of eggs and kaya toast.
 Next a visit to Hort Park. The weather will brilliant but terribly warm too...
 It never fails to do good to have space to run and breathe in some fresh air...
 Of course, playground time for the kids...
 Wonders of a thirst quenching drink thereafter...
We had the luxury to be invited to Uncle Chee Choy's loft house to enjoy the fly past and fireworks, all in the cool of aircon. Humble pics of idiot proof camera...