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Diaper Duty vs Night Feeds

I can’t decide which one I dislike more: changing his diapers or waking up for night feeds.

Changing Noah’s diapers is a real art in itself. You need to get the timing just right. Should I change him before or after feeding him? If I change him before he gets his milk, he usually wails the house down because he’s hungry. His little legs will also kick frantically at everything and anything, while he writhes around on the changing table, making it very difficult to apply the nappy rash cream on him and strap his diaper on properly. Changing his diaper after a feed isn’t that much better either. He’s usually asleep, and I end up waking him up, causing him to sometimes protest by crying (again) and kicking (yes, again). An added ‘bonus’ of changing him after his feed is that he tends to pee or poo in large quantities, right in the middle of his diaper change. That’s not to say that he won’t do the same thing if his diaper is changed before a feed, so it’s really a matter of luck. As C puts it, ‘The boy has impeccable timing.’ It really is quite annoying when you’ve just finished cleaning him properly and ta-dah, more poop shoots out. We’ve both also experienced the joy of clearing up the poop that he decides to release in the few seconds between us removing the dirty diaper and putting on a clean one. The poor changing mat has definitely seen better days. How can a little baby poop SO much at one time?

Night feeds are also a real pain. As though it isn’t bad enough that I have to wake up a couple of times in the middle of the night, the little boy somehow takes a longer time to drink his milk at night. Add to that the endless rounds of trying to burp him, one hazardous diaper change and trying to get him to go back to sleep, I end up spending about two hours awake each time. Don’t get me wrong, I love my baby to bits, but why does it take him so long to fall back asleep at night? I also love looking at his eyes but not at 3am, when all he seems to want to do is look at me. He’s taken to sleeping on me after his feeds and wakes up when I try to put him back into his cot too soon after he has fallen asleep. Then it’ll be another round of feeding and burping and soothing him to sleep. I’ve fallen asleep so many times in the middle of his feeds and while he sleeps on me! Think we really need to get him into some kind of routine but I think we’ll start the training after C comes back from his two-week long business trip. I don’t know how we’re going to actually train him, despite reading many books and articles on sleep training, but that’s a post for another day.

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With all my love… #3

Hey sweetheart,

Yesterday, we had a simple lunch buffet with our relatives and friends for your first month celebration. You were such a well-behaved baby throughout the six hours or so that we were out, even though it was your first time being among so many people at the same time. Daddy and mummy are so proud of you for being so good-natured, darling!

To be honest, we were very nervous about the celebration. It was our first time bringing you out for such an extended period of time and we really didn’t know how you would handle it. Daddy and mummy prayed really hard the night before, and asked God to grant you a good night’s rest as well as to keep you comfortable throughout the day, and He did! You slept from 1am to 530am, and I was so surprised when I woke up and saw a bit of light streaming in from outside, instead of the usual pitch dark conditions that I’ve gotten used to over the past few weeks. You were also very cooperative as we bustled around trying to get you ready for your big day out, apart from your usual wail-fest during your bath. You have to try to be brave when you take your baths, darling. I know it seems very scary, but you know that mummy is holding you and I won’t drop you, right?

Anyway, when we arrived at Clover by the Park where Gan Yiyi lives, you were sleeping so soundly. It was as though you knew you needed to rest before the guests arrived and you actually woke up in time to say hi to all the uncles and aunties! When you’re older, baby, you’ll probably meet all of them again, and perhaps be able to actually recognise them. Just know that you are loved by so many people and that it is a real blessing to have them all in our lives.

Here you are, taking your nap. I love it when you are sleeping so peacefully!

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Mummy made matching outfits for you and daddy! Daddy’s tee says, “Who’s your daddy?” and your romper says, “You are!”

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Auntie Serene was very nice and did up the hot-air balloons and pom-pom flowers in the background for us!

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Mummy also ordered a cake for you and daddy from Bees Cakes and everyone loved it. Mummy will get you another cake when you are old enough to actually eat your own cake okay?

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Uncle Edward and our church friends prayed for you at the celebration too. We asked God to protect you from all harm and danger, to keep you healthy and strong, to let your hands be raised in praise and thanksgiving to God and your feet be ones that walked the extra mile for others. We also asked for your heart to be filled with compassion for the less fortunate, for you to be blessed with wisdom from above so that you will always be able to discern right from wrong, and that you will grow up to be a God-fearing man. We asked for God’s wisdom to be upon us too, that we might be the best possible parents for you. Above all, we asked that God be ever-present in our lives, guiding us in all that we do.

It was a lovely day, all in all, although you were so tired that I had to bring you up to Gan Yiyi’s house to calm you down so that you could nap. Daddy also noticed that you were turning slightly blue and that you were shivering, most probably because I had just nursed you in a rather cold room, so it was good that we went up for a while too. Poor baby! You fell asleep so quickly once there was less activity going on around you that I know you must have been exhausted.

Mummy’s going to take a nap now since you’re napping too. If you think you’re tired, try being me! Getting you to sleep at night is such a challenge on most occasions and I really pray that you will learn how to fall (and stay) asleep on your own very VERY soon. You’re generally such an angel that I know I shouldn’t complain, but boy, I sure would appreciate it if you would start enjoying your baths and diaper changes, and learn to be a better sleeper. As soon as possible please, darling! Daddy’s leaving for another work trip on Monday, and this time round, he’s going to be away for two whole weeks. Be a good boy for mummy, okay? Please?

Happy first month, darling. We love you very very much.

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With all my love,
Mummy

PS. For those of you interested in ordering cakes or cupcakes from Bees Cakes, please do place your orders way in advance if you want them on a weekend. She needs time to make all those lovely decorations! If you have a particularly large order, weekdays might be a safer bet, as she might have more time to fill your order then. Enjoy! ūüôā

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Nap? What nap?

Say hello to Mr ‘I-refuse-to-take-a-nap’, everyone!

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The little man refused to sleep last night as well, keeping us up till past 2am and waking me up at 4am and again at 7am for his feeds. I was so tired that I forgot to change his diaper at 4am and was horrified to see his overflowing diaper at 7am. I’m a terrible mummy! ūüė¶

This afternoon, I tried getting him to take a nap and spent five hours nursing, patting and just holding him. And he still looked like this:

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Each time he falls asleep while nursing, I think, ‘Yay! At last!’ but once I try to put him in his cot, his eyes will spring wide open and the wails begin within a minute. I even tried putting him on our bed, next to me, but he would still wake up after a few minutes. The paediatrician told us yesterday not to let him sleep on his tummy anymore due to the risk of SIDS but I confess that after five hours, I caved and put him on his tummy after he fell asleep on my chest. And he slept! Thank God! Now to see if he will sleep well tonight… I don’t know how many more sleepless nights I can take!

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First Month Check-up + New Paediatrician

We brought Noah to see a new paediatrician today after getting tired of the horrible parking and long waiting time at TMC. It was the first time we actually spent a longer time seeing the doctor than waiting to see her! We saw Dr Ellen Tay at Novena Medical Centre, who was extremely patient and thorough. She took time to go through some details in Noah’s health booklet with us, before highlighting his height/weight/head circumference percentiles, discussing his immunisation shots and answering all sorts of questions that we had for her. I think it was a really good decision to change paediatricians since she probably spent more time with us in one session than our previous doc did in all her sessions combined.

Noah has gained quite a bit of weight since our last check-up and is now 3.67kg. That’s a growth rate of 40g a day, according to Dr Tay, who told us that the normal range of weight gain should be between 20g to 30g. Such a relief to know that he is taking in enough of my breastmilk and growing well! I haven’t been pumping my milk anymore as it’s really quite tiring to do so, as I latch him on whenever he wants to suckle, usually at 3 hour intervals. This made it difficult for us to monitor how much he is actually drinking but since he’s growing so well, I guess he has been getting enough! ūüôā

Our main concern now is his dry skin and cradle cap. I’m quite horrified that he actually has cradle cap and we now have to use the cradle cap shampoo on him. That’s going to be a real challenge since he struggles and cries so much during bath times! It’s at moments like these when I really miss my confinement lady, as she does a much better job of bathing him and he seems a tad bit less distressed with her. We also need to apply some moisturiser on all the parts with dry skin, which is basically his whole head and face. Sigh.

I’m still getting used to handling Noah without my confinement lady’s help and I think changing his diaper is the worst part of it. I’ve already gotten peed and pooped on, but I guess you aren’t really a parent until that happens. C also got peed and pooped on just now and I was too busy laughing at him to help. I’m very thankful that C is quite hands-on with Noah, offering to burp him in between and after his feeds, as well as changing his diapers now and then. It gives him time to bond with his son and more importantly, gives me a break! The nights are the most challenging so far, especially if Noah decides not to sleep well or to wake up every two hours for a feed. He also makes lots of weird noises in his sleep and it’s so tiring to have to get up and take a look at him to make sure he’s fine. I try to nap during the day when he naps too, but I’m really looking forward to getting a full night’s sleep again. One day…

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Discount Codes for Online Shopping

I’m a firm believer of getting the best possible deal (read: true blue ‘auntie’ mentality) and of sharing good deals with as many people as possible, so here are some of the discount codes I’ve found recently. I haven’t had time to sit down and shop online properly but these discount codes are valid till December 2012, so there’s still time!

Milky Way Family
–¬†www.milkywayfamily.com
– $20 off with a minimum purchase of $150
– Voucher Code: MotherandBabyPromo

The Birth Shop 
–¬†www.thebirthshop.com.sg
– 15% off with minimum purchase of $50
– Voucher code: MTBV

Maternal Love 
–¬†www.maternalove.com
– $20 off minimum purchase of $100: BABYCARE20
Р$30 off minimum purchase of $150: BABYCARE30
Р$50 off minimum purchase of $200: BABYCARE50

Happy shopping, everyone! ūüôā

 

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Week 4

Noah is four weeks old today and our confinement lady will be leaving tomorrow. I’m beginning to feel really sad about her departure as she has really helped us a lot during these initial days. Auntie is very good-natured and easy-going, which makes working with her a breeze. When she first arrived, I was really stressed about being able to breastfeed properly and she was such a great source of support and help. She would help me to position the baby properly, give me hot wet towels to ease my engorgement, and stay up to chat with me while I breastfed, so that I won’t fall asleep. After I got used to breastfeeding, I decided to nurse Noah in bed rather than in the nursery, so Auntie would bring him over at night when he cries, before making me a glass of milk to drink. She even holds the cup for me while I drink, even though I’m holding it too, because she’s afraid that I would accidentally drop the cup on Noah! It’s been a long time since I’ve been ‘fed’ like that…

Auntie was the confinement lady for two of my friends and she was so pleased when they brought their kids to visit me. I think it’s sad, really, that even though she was the one who looked after the babies in their first month, they don’t know who she is. I’m sure she’s used to it but she did admit that she does miss all the babies that she has cared for. It’s a bit like being a foster parent of sorts, I guess, and I can’t help but feel sad for her. My ‘solution’? I bought a thumbdrive and downloaded photos of all three babies onto it for her! I know it’s not the same thing of course, but at least she has some photos to look at and I hope they will bring back fond memories for her after she goes back to Malaysia. I also got her to take a photo with Noah so that I can give her a copy of it and more importantly, so that I can tell Noah about her when he’s older.

Auntie with Noah

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Auntie has also given C and I some precious couple time during this period. Just yesterday, we went out for a few hours as I wanted to celebrate C’s birthday in advance with him. I surprised him with a massage, on the pretext that I wanted to get a pedicure, and we also had lunch out, with Auntie’s blessings of course, since I’m technically not done with my confinement yet. I really appreciate the fact that we can leave Noah with her and know that he is in good hands!

Right, this post is supposed to be about Noah turning four weeks old but as you can see, I’m quite prone to digressions. ūüėõ Back to Noah now!

We started doing tummy time with Noah while C was away on a business trip and to our great surprise, the babe actually managed to flip himself onto his back! That was only on the first day though and he hasn’t done it since. I think he was able to do it that day because he was on our sofa and was therefore already slightly tilted due to the angle of the seat. Such a pity that I didn’t manage to capture that moment on video.

His first tummy time experience

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We’ve also started letting him take naps on his tummy and he seems quite happy to do so most of the time. However, Noah seems to prefer falling asleep on my body so I’ve had a bit of trouble with that. I try to shift him to his cot after he falls asleep but more often than not, his eyes would spring open to look quizzically at me and he would then refuse to go back to sleep. Sigh.

Noah still has pretty dry skin, as well as some baby acne on his face and neck. We’ve already been adding some baby oil to his bath water and applying some cream prescribed by the paediatrician on the affected areas, but things haven’t improved yet. We’ve bringing him to a new paediatrician on Thursday because the wait time at TMC is just too long, so we’ll see what the new doc says.

I was just telling C yesterday that I can’t remember how it felt to have Noah moving around in my womb anymore. Strange, isn’t it? These days, when I look at the little boy in my arms, I marvel at how wonderful God has been to us. Indeed, our God can do anything! ūüôā

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Preparing for Baby (Part 3)

Poo happens. And for newborns, it happens MANY times, more so if they are on total breast milk. Babycenter even has a poo gallery which is not recommended viewing for the faint-hearted, although you probably need to get used to the sight of all that poo. Just this morning, as the confinement lady was changing Noah’s diaper, the little boy decided to fart/poo and that was really not a pleasant sight or experience. I’m just glad I wasn’t the one standing there! ūüėõ

Bath/Grooming/Health Needs
РChanging table We got a very basic one from Ikea which has a shelf below for storage of various items. 

– Cot top changer Initially, we wanted the universal cot top changer from Mothercare but the outlet at Forum (DO NOT GO THERE!) didn’t stock it and we were so frustrated by the poor service there that we just got a simple padded changing mat instead.¬†

– Rubber changing mat¬†This comes in handy when your cot top changer is soiled and you need to change baby’s diaper on the bed/sofa instead. It happens more often than you think! I also used it recently as a waterproof sheet on our bed after Noah had a ‘diaper malfunction’ and a little pee got onto our bed. We got our Pureen mat from Kiddy Palace.¬†

– Diapers¬†We¬†got a really good deal on the Pampers Newborn diapers at one of the Expo fairs: 3 packs for $10! These diapers can be worn by babies up to 5kg and have served us well, with no leakages so far. We are also using the Huggies Newborn range of diapers although the cut is smaller and can only be used for babies up to 4kg. Noah’s ‘diaper malfunction’ also occurred when he was wearing the Huggies diaper. During my pregnancy, I went to various diaper websites to request for samples and the confinement lady is very impressed with the quality of Goo.N diapers. She loves how absorbent it is and keeps telling me that it’s completely dry to the touch, even though baby has peed quite a bit. Mamy Poko is also quite soft, as is Drypers, but she has advised against using the PetPet diapers as she says the edges are a little rough and may irritate baby’s skin.¬†

РDiaper storage system When we bought the cot, it came with a Munchkin diaper organiser that can be hung on the side of the cot. It can hold quite a few packs of diapers, which is handy. 

–¬†Wet wipes x as many as you like¬†Stock up on these because you’re going to need them. Lots of them. Just make sure that you look out for wipes without any alcohol or fragrance.¬†If your baby has sensitive skin, J&J has a special range (light pink packaging) which is apparently pretty good and thick. We use Pureen wipes (100 sheets a pack, yellow packaging) from Kiddy Palace at the moment as they are cheap compared to the other brands out there.¬†

–¬†Barrier cream (Daily use)¬†Motherkao recommended either Earth Friendly Baby or Desitin, while another friend uses Mustela. I bought a tube each of the blue and purple (for diaper rash) Desitin creams and tried the blue one out on Noah initially. The texture is a little thick and difficult to spread on baby’s skin, especially when he’s squirming away on the changing table. TMC gave us a tube of the Pureen diaper cream which is thinner in texture and we’ve been using that for now. Whichever brand you choose, make sure you look for one with zinc oxide, which will get rid of diaper rash. UPDATE: We’ve gone back to Desitin now as Noah’s bum started turning a little red and my godsis, who saw it, told me to use Desitin instead as it provides better protection. I’ve also used the Purple Desitin on a couple of occasions when I’m being extra paranoid. However, be warned that it’s really smelly and the smell lingers on your fingers even after you wash them with soap.¬†

–¬†Baby bath tub The First Years has a unique-shaped bath tub that we saw at the Taka Baby Fair and we got it because we thought it would be useful to be able to place the bath tub in the kitchen sink. Our confinement lady however, isn’t very fond of the shape as she prefers a flat-based traditional one. She’s also more comfy with bathing the baby in the toilet so that’s what we’ve been doing so far. For those of you delivering in Mt Alvernia Hospital, you don’t even need to buy your own bath tub as the hospital will give you one!¬†

–¬†Baby body and hair wash The J&J Top to Toe wash (Yellow bottle) came highly recommended by the different mummies I spoke to and we’ve been using it since we got home.¬†

–¬†Baby oil¬†This can be added to the bath water if your baby, like ours, has dry skin. UPDATE: I’ve stopped putting the baby oil into the water as his skin is much better now. I apply the baby oil on his scalp because of his cradle cap, at least half an hour before I bathe him and wash it off. Some doctors recommend using olive oil instead of baby oil, but since I haven’t been able to purchase the olive oil, I figured the baby oil is the next best thing.¬†

– ‘Ru Yi’ oil¬†We usually rub a few drops of this on baby’s belly after his bath. I love the smell of the oil and always associate it with babies.¬†

– Baby bath towels x 3¬†These need to be BIG and soft. I bought a few from one of the Expo fairs and got a very nice fluffy one from Thomson Medical Centre’s (TMC) antenatal class package. Make sure you can wrap the baby comfortably in it with lots of room to spare.¬†

–¬†Baby wash cloths x 16 Yes I know the number is rather odd but that’s because we bought the Gerber wash cloths that come in packs of 8. Make sure you get those really¬†small cloths made of thin material. I made the mistake of buying the normal-sized face towels initially, thinking they were small enough, but thank goodness my godmother saw them and told me to get even smaller and thinner ones. We use these wash cloths during bath time.¬†

– Laundry detergent for baby’s clothes Motherkao¬†recommended the Pureen ABD Washing Powder and since she has three kids, I figured she definitely knew what she was talking about. I like the smell of it and that it can be used with our front-loading washing machine.¬†

–¬†Nail scissors and clipper We got a free pair of nail scissors from one of the milk powder companies, which gave them away together with free samples of milk powder. We haven’t dared to use it nor the Tollijoy nail clipper yet, even though Noah’s nails are quite sharp, because his fingers and toes are so tiny. I’ve also heard that you can use a needle to trim the baby’s nails but I have yet to see that being done.¬†

–¬†Nasal aspirator / cotton buds¬†We found a simple one from Kiddy Palace but again, we haven’t dared to use it. For now, the confinement lady uses a cotton bud to quickly swipe his nostrils once in a while, although it’s not recommended by the doctor who guest lectured in our antenatal class.¬†

– Tooth wipes¬†You can use sterile gauze dipped in cooled boiled water to wipe baby’s tongue during bath time. Our confinement lady uses the rough side of a baby wash cloth for the same purpose. It’s important to wipe baby’s tongue so that he doesn’t develop oral thrush. Later on, when his teeth begin to grow, you can get a thimble-looking gadget with small bristles on it to brush his teeth.¬†

– Cotton wool pads The cotton wool pads are dipped in cooled boiled water and used to wipe baby’s eyes. In the initial days when Noah was jaundiced, he had a lot of yellowish eye discharge, which sometimes made it difficult for him to even open his eyes. The doctor prescribed some saline water that we put onto the cotton wool pads to wipe his eyes.¬†

– Digital thermometer¬†We decided on the Cadi T560 after seeing it at an Expo fair. However, the paediatrician recommends using a digital thermometer that can be placed under the baby’s armpit instead, as that would give you the most accurate reading, especially for newborns.¬†

– Cold packs for use during fevers This is easily found in major supermarkets and we got a pack of it meant for babies. I think that basically means that it’s smaller in size, for smaller foreheads.¬†

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When you thought I wasn’t looking

The hubs surprised me by buying a Mother & Baby magazine some time ago and I thought this poem in one of the articles was a good reminder for us to be good role models for our little one.

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Preparing for Baby (Part 2)

A baby’s job is simple: sleep, eat and poop. Since I’ve covered the necessities required for ‘sleep’ in an earlier post, ‘eat’ is up next!

Nursing/Feeding Needs
– Breast pump¬†It was a toss-up between the Medela PISA and Freestyle for me, but after speaking to a few mummy friends, I decided on the Freestyle. It has served me well so far and I like its portability and size. Some people prefer a manual pump while others are happy with a single pump, so it is essential that you consider your own needs. The double pump reduces my time spent pumping and if I only need to pump from one side, all I have to do is plug the unused tubing end into the central tubing dock. The manual provides very comprehensive instructions and there are videos on the Medela website to guide you along. C bought mine online from Amazon and because Amazon doesn’t ship certain items directly to Singapore, we had to use a shipping company. Some mummies on the Singapore Motherhood Forum have also bought from this local dealer and they seem quite happy with her service. Don’t take my word for it though, because I don’t know her at all! Just sharing what I’ve read on the forum. ūüėõ¬†

РDisposable breast pads I bought two boxes of 30, from Pigeon. Think they are quite reasonably priced and rather absorbent. More importantly, they are easily available! Just bought a couple more boxes from Spring Maternity at $11.90 a box. Kiddy Palace sells it at the same price too. 

РBreast milk storage bottles (glass and plastic) I bought six plastic bottles from Philips Avent on impulse, before realising that bottles are way more expensive than the storage bags and take up a lot more space too. Motherkao also gave me a number of glass storage bottles, so that helped too. Initially, I would pump quite regularly to stimulate my supply, so the storage bottles came in handy. The confinement lady would do a couple of bottle feeds every now and then, so that we could monitor his intake and give me a break at the same time, especially during the initial few days after we returned from the hospital. Now, I prefer to latch him on directly, so if I do pump out any milk, I use the milk storage bags and freeze them instead. 

– Milk storage bags¬†Motherkao recommended that I get the Blue Egg storage bags online but she managed to find them at one of the Expo fairs too, from Advanology. My only grouse with the bags is that the measurements on the bag don’t seem to be all that accurate, so I usually write down the quantity on the bag itself, based on my reading from the bottle. But maybe it’s just me… ¬†

– Cooler bag¬†The Medela pumps usually come with a cooler bag, so check to see what ‘freebies’ you can get from your selected pump.¬†

РBottle sterilizer and warmer We bought these from the Takashimaya Fair as they came in a bundle set. Philips Avent seems to be the most popular choice among mothers and we have no problems with them so far. I like that the sterilizer is big enough for six bottles and both are relatively easy to use. 

– Bottle organiser/drying stand Aesthetically, we liked this grass patch¬†and bought it from the Taka Fair. We don’t really use it very often now since I latch Noah on directly most of the time, but it is good to use a separate drying rack for baby’s feeding items. I also got a separate sponge and sponge holder just for his feeding items.¬†

РWashing detergent for feeding items The Pigeon liquid cleanser is reasonably priced and easily available at major supermarkets. 

– Feeding bottles¬†If you purchase the Medela pump from the official dealers, it comes with a free Medela Calma bottle which supposedly forces the baby to suckle quite hard, as though he is suckling direct from the breast. We tried using the bottle when we first came home and my milk supply wasn’t in yet, but Noah simply refused to suckle from it. We ended up using the Pigeon Peristaltic nipple and bottle and haven’t looked back since.¬†

– Bottle/teat brush¬†Some of the Philips Avent sterilizer and warmer bundles come with a free brush, but ours didn’t. We bought a simple bottle brush from Kiddy Palace that has a detachable smaller brush for teats.¬†

– Nursing bib¬†I love the pretty designs from Pupsik and bought one for myself. However, Dumex has been giving away free nursing bibs with their milk samples too and I now have three nursing bibs, all unused since I haven’t nursed in public yet. Some may prefer using a nursing shawl, which covers the mother’s back as well and is useful if you are not wearing a nursing top.¬†

РBurp cloths We use the diaper cloths from Pigeon or Pureen. Alternatively, you can use a small towel if you prefer. 

– Nursing bras¬†I bought a variety of different designs at the Expo Fair and realised that I prefer using those that allow more skin-to-skin contact. I found some very soft and comfortable ones at Spring Maternity the other day, priced quite reasonably at $29.90. Also, the nursing bras without padding work better for me at the moment, as they don’t obstruct baby’s access to me and I just paste on the breast pads to prevent leakages.¬†

– Fenugreek capsules¬†Being a typical Singaporean, I bought a bottle of these, just in case I needed to increase my milk supply. Thank God that I haven’t had to take them yet, but a few friends have done so and found them effective.¬†

РFormula container We got one with three compartments, for practical reasons. Munchkin has very nice and colourful ones! 

РFormula for newborns The paediatrician recommended that we get HA powder and we bought a 900g tin of Enfalac HA at the hospital pharmacy. Some supermarkets carry smaller 400g tins, which is more practical, especially if you intend to breastfeed your baby once your milk supply comes in. 

– Nipple cream¬†Two of my friends blessed me with their unused tubes of Mustela and Medela nipple cream but also told me that spreading breast milk on sore nipples works better than any nipple cream. Personally, I agree with them and don’t think this is a necessity.¬†

– Nursing pillow A few friends swear by the My Brest Friend nursing pillow and I bought mine at the Taka Fair. Noah is still a little too small-sized for me to be able to go completely handsfree but I’ve recently found that I can use his beansprout pillow to prop his head up just that little bit more, and I have both hands free. Maybe my sore wrists will finally get some relief now!¬†

– Pacifier¬†We still haven’t introduced the pacifier to Noah yet and don’t have any plans to do so at the moment, although we got a free set of pacifiers with the Philips Avent sterilizer bundle.¬†

(To be continued)

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Week 3

The little boy is three weeks old today and boy, has he changed! I guess I spoke a little too soon about him being quite easy, because he’s been struggling with naps recently. Today, he even had some issues with his feeds. Sigh. I really hope this is just a one-off thing.

Noah has suddenly taken to falling asleep within five or ten minutes of latching on and suckling as though he has been starved for days. Once I unlatch him and put him on the bed, he wakes up and glares angrily at me. I try feeding him again but he will be all, ‘No, I don’t want more milk, thank you very much!’ and there is a huge struggle to get out of my arms. Way to thank your mummy, son! I pop him back into his cot where he used to be perfectly contented stoning, but 15 minutes or less later, the whining and crying begins, complete with sucking noises. The whole routine is repeated and there you go! Story of my day. Please go back to your good feeding and napping patterns, baby!

Apart from this little blip, I’m still loving the little cooing sounds he makes and those random smiles of his. Right now, he’s exhausted from all that struggling with me and is sleeping on my bed, looking angelic and nothing like the frustrated baby I had in my arms a while ago.

My little model posing in his sleep

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Please pardon the red blotches on his skin. He’s been having tiny red pimples all over his body and even on his scalp, apparently due to the herbs I’ve been consuming. His jaundice also hasn’t really cleared up but that’s also most likely due to the food I take during confinement. I’m praying very hard that all these will go away after I’m done with my confinement!

The hubs left early this morning for a short business trip and I’m sure he misses the baby terribly. I mean, I started missing the baby when we went out that night to watch hockey! I’m so thankful that C is the one working instead of me. Right now, I’m looking forward to watching Noah grow and playing with him, rather than going back to work.

Speaking of spending time away from the baby, I think that that night out has made me more inclined towards popping out for short trips without Noah. The day before, we went out in the morning to check out the venue for his first month celebration and yesterday, we went out to Nex to buy more supplies. Babies use plenty of diapers and wet wipes! I feel like such an auntie going to NTUC and buying so many packs of diapers at a go, but that’s how much our lives have changed. I also took the opportunity to buy a nursing top and dress from Spring Maternity but gone are the days when I can spend long periods of time browsing in shops. It’s all rush rush rush now, and is really very good training for the indecisive part of me.

Eight days till my confinement lady leaves and the real test begins. I pray for God to continue watching over all of us and to grant us good health!

PS. I think the baby knows I’m blogging about his terrible pattern today and is back to his angelic behaviour now! He’s been napping for more than three hours straight on my bed. Interesting…

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