New Do

From what I can remember, I had a grand total 4 of  such severe haircuts in my lifetime. All seem to happen when my hair gets ridiculously long. Most of the time below my waist…

1st time, 4 years old.

I had to cut my waist-length hair before I started K1. Before that, I remember crying and struggling alot with my mum and sisters when they tried to wash or tie my hair. I was such a whinner… My mum was so glad to chop off the hair. No more screaming matches and trying to catch hold of a soapy, squirming brat. There should be a few pictures of that lying around somewhere at my parents’ house. Should scan and post it when I’m free-er.

2nd time. 16 years old.

I think should be a few days after O Levels. Went for my first expensive hair cut with the girlfriends to Kimage at Marina Sq (straightening + hair cut). My mum and sisters were so amused with my chin length bob that my mum actually tugged at it to make sure it wasn’t a wig. Hahaha…

3rd time. Around 22 years old in Canada.

Also had waist-length hair. I was tired of my hair and just needed a cheap haircut. During one of my trips to the mall, I noticed that one of the salons was having a Student Special. I think was CAD$30 for a haircut by their students so I just went for it. The minute I undid the clip, the lady next to me literally gasped. She whispered something to her hairdresser who by then was looking at me with disbelief. She then asked “you sure you want to cut it? People will die for hair that long!” I just told them “it’s just hair. It’ll grow.” You know the stupid thing? It didn’t even end up very short, it was an inch below the shoulder because my hairdresser wasn’t very keen to cut it shorter. Wah lau.. stupid leh.

4th time. Today.

Well, my mum (and to an extent, my hubby) had been nagging at me to have my hair cut short since my 2nd sis had hers cut about 3 wks ago. She say that it’ll be easier for me to manage during my confinement period. To be honest, I had a LoveHate relationship with my long hair. I always get hair caught under my elbow when I try to get up from the sofa, get hair caught under my husband’s elbow when he tries to get up from the sofa, hair stuck in my earrings, hair all over the car, you get the point lah. I love my hair because I love it when my husband runs his fingers in my hair or just smoothen it when he stands behind me on escalators or when he’s bored. I have to agree with my mum and said to myself & hubby “Looking like a HotMama is important but ending up a SmellyMama is not attractive and not an option” so after 5 hours of procrastinating at home, I finally drove myself and met my sis at the salon in Paragon for current buzz. Nice? It’s been a long time since I felt wind breezing past my neck!

I didn’t even realize hubby has NEVER seen me with short hair until my sis asked. Luckily, he’s impartial and the cut was nice. Dun think he will want to be seen with me if I had looked like a mop.

Before I forget

I woke up 2 hours ago and couldn’t go back to sleep. Too early to sleep lah…

Boy ah, when you grow up and enter university life, just enjoy it. We won’t pressure you to top your classes, to win Nobel prizes or join peace corps (although it would be nice if you could either one…). We’re also not saying that we’ll be thrilled to bail you out of jail for DUI or be grandparents before we hit 50…

I want you to grow up to be a happy healthy individual who will love life and others around you. Although I have said I value street smarts to book smarts, I also want you to be safe. Do whatever you want, just as both of your Daddy and I did when we were younger. Live without regrets but ALWAYS remember that there are always consequences with every action you take.

You see la! You’re not even born yet and I’m already starting to nag. Cannot help it la. I figure I better tell you now before I forget or turn senile.

I’m looking forward to meeting you soon and tell you everything in person 🙂

More growing pains

Day 2 of my maternity leave.

The bottom of my belly now looks like a bright red watermelon with the squiggly lines and all. I swear i haven’t been scratching it but it feels so sore and raw that it hurts every time my pants ride down or if there are any seams along the waist. Ouch…

The guys came back to pick up the sofa for repair works today. Now the living room is so empty and echoy, echo echo echoooo… In a wk or 2, we’ll get a sturdier and more comfy sofa to laze on again 🙂 Bliss bliss bliss 🙂

Oh ya! They also brought over the white baby cot Uncle Tommy so graciously given us. Beautiful 🙂 Can’t wait to use it soon.

GAGA bed in white
My baby’s bed

Your daddy bought a foldable bike yesterday. I almost fainted when he told me how much it was. I still feel faint everytime i look at it. At least now if he go gets food, it’ll be way faster than before and he’ll be losing his belly at the same time 🙂 I’ll miss the belly.

Your daddy’s home. I’m going to nap for a while…

Swelled up with happiness

Hey Baby!

Your daddy was very tired and went to sleep already. He and Uncle Darran were at the 2 shops installing some stickers. He came home yesterday with huge blisters on his finger! YIKES!

You did a really big slow stretch today in my belly today. It must be really cramp inside by now. Be patient ok? You still have about 23 more days to grow 🙂 Take your time, take your time 🙂

Now mummy’s right foot is huge! Look like a fat baby’s foot! Haha! I love looking at it everyday. The strange lines and folds. I wonder if your feet will look like that too 🙂

Anyhow, today the cramps are slightly worse. I’m glad I’ll get to rest from next wk onwards. No more work, no more nonsense at least until March 🙂

Growing pains

Hi baby!

it has been a pretty rough few wks since the upset stomach last mth. Not your fault, just a coincidence that all the classic pregnancy discomforts of joint aches and pains are all happening at the same times. It feels like the ON button was suddenly switched on and everything kicked into gear.

My pelvis hurt so much it hurts to shift around in bed. Hv to come up with different methods everyday to get out of bed. 

I had my 1st calf cramp in bed on Saturday morning…

WOW! I had 1 or 2 close calls before but this was WOW! I panicked and couldn’t straighten out my right foot like i usually do. I had to pat your daddy awake, pointing to my leg which was already in the air, “Baby! Help! Help! Leg!”

My right calf has been in pain ever since… feels like i had done some intense leg workouts. I couldn’t walk properly over the weekend. It’s not so bad today. Just swollen feet. It was just the right foot during the last few days but the left one seems to be catching up. My feet look so weird! Almost like a fat baby’s feet! Serves me right for laughing at your ErYee’s feet last year 😛

Anyway, i am finally going to be on maternity leave next wk 🙂 So tired of the nonsense at work.

You’ve also been moving quite a lot these last few weeks 🙂 I know i will definately miss it when you are born. Sometimes i think u’re really stretching your arms and legs at the same time. Everyone say it’s not possible but I think they don’t knw what they’re talk abt 🙂

Looking forward to Friday coz that’s when i’ll see you on ultra sound at Dr Wong’s.

Buttercookies in the stomach

Aiyoh! Since Sunday, Mummy had been having food poisoning. Tummy aches and having the runs. Still don’t really know what caused it cause all I had for dinner on Saturday was a bar of Toblerone and a packet of Melon flavoured Vitasoy. MAYBE TAINTED??? No leh, your daddy was fine on Sunday. With all this melamine food scare, we’re all getting ridiculously paranoid over everything.

Last nite, I told your daddy, if i can get up with no runs, I’ll be ok. This morning I was aching all over. Your daddy had 4hrs of driving lessons in the morning and halfway thru during the break, he called to say he wasn’t feeling well. Uh oh! 

Prime suspect were the cookies we bought from the Cookie Museum on Friday. $32 for a tin of delicious (possibly diarrhea causing) almond cookies. Sigh… I thought expensive lesson that expensive ain’t necessarily good.

Anyway, went to see Dr Wong in the afternoon. One of my favourite things to do bcoz I get to see you 🙂 You are getting bigger! 1.9kg today 🙂 I’m not complaining. Feels good to know you’re growing as you should 🙂 Christmas this year is going to be interesting:) You can kickbox daddy anytime 🙂

Bangkok in October

Hi Xander!

Haven’t written anything for more than 1 month! Wah so lazy leh… Well, your daddy and I were in Bangkok from 15 to 20 Oct. We walked, we shopped, we ate and we had fun. “We” meaning your daddy, your mummy and of course, you. Altogether as a family for the 1st time 🙂 You were such a good boy too. You just went along with us in Bangkok with absolutely no fuss.

I hate to admit this but I literally went crazy in Bangkok. Lau sai and still walked around non-stop. “It’s ok! No need to stop. I’m ok to walk some more lah. Let’s go to the next shop! So many to cover, so little time!” Mad ah. I walked until both inner ankles disappeared and didn’t reappear until about 2 days later.

DarYee and Uncle Fan were also in BKK so we met them twice, hung around for a while, had even had street side seafood with DarYee just outside their hotel at Lumphinee. Fan was stuck at the hotel because he wasn’t feeling well. Dinner was REALLY good! Despite Ah Ma and Dr Wong’s strict instructions againest eating street food, we had gigantic prawns, super salted grilled fish, cockles, some veggies, etc… *SLURP!* It was all good 🙂 I LOVE BANGKOK! We will definately bring you along when you are a little older 🙂

Things were a little tensed in Thailand with the protesters and political mayhem that everyone were not too thrilled with our plans to visit Thailand in my condition. “What if got bomb?”… “What if you give birth on the plane?”… “Are you sure?”… Aiyah, it’s ok la. Thai protesters are not as violent as the media makes them out to be la. We came back safe and sound + you didn’t end up as a Thai citizen right?

Typical Singaporean paranoia of the unknown…

My first letter to Xander

Hi Xander,

This is my 1st letter to you and I hope to continue this for as long as I can.

Everyone is looking forward to seeing you in December! We are all wondering how will you look like, who will you take after in terms of looks, temperament, talents, etc. I will be last to admit it but ya, I’m excited too.

Your Daddy has already told the world his version of how we first knew we are going to be parents in his blog. You will learn quickly during your growing years of your Daddy’s penchant for dramatizing stories and events fit for epic tv soaps. As exasperating they may be sometimes, they can be quite amusing as well. I am sure you will develop your own sense of humour.

My first letter to Xander

Hi Xander,

This is my 1st letter to you and I hope to continue this for as long as I can. 

Everyone is looking forward to seeing you in December! We are all wondering how will you look like, who will you take after in terms of looks, temperament, talents, etc. I will be last to admit it but ya, I’m excited too.

Your Daddy has already told the world his version of how we first knew we are going to be parents in his blog. You will learn quickly during your growing years of your Daddy’s penchant for dramatizing stories and events fit for epic tv soaps. As exasperating they may be sometimes, they can be quite amusing as well. I am sure you will develop your own sense of humour.