Thursday, April 30, 2015

Baby Bumps

that ever growing belly + disappearing waistline

This Thursday is time for another edition of Baby Bumps. I can't believe another four weeks have gone by. My waist is vanishing as quickly as the days. . . I looked at the mirror in horror the other day, definitely starting to resemble a penguin. Hahahaha. But as always, there's something to be thankful for. My precious girlfriend Adele, who generously lent me two bags of baggy clothing for starters. Also all those wonderful birthday wishes and gifts I've received. THANKS PEOPLE~

humblet's growth:
This little girl is now 600 grams and is apparently a little chubby. Considering how she's survived an operation and my insane weight loss in the first trimester. . . chubby is really good news. Also to note, taste buds are fully formed by this point. What she's tasting though, I have no idea.

We saw her clearly doing punches in the womb. No kidding, it was a significant progression of left-left-right-jab and repeat. What sorta warrior am I harbouring in my belly?

likes / dislikes for food:
It's getting harder and harder to have proper meals. I feel full almost all the time. Can't really tell when I ought to eat and when not to. 
On a positive note, no more puking. So although I can't eat huge meals, I can eat three meals a day without throwing up. Fruits have been the mainstay in my diet.
Lately though, like in the past week, I've been waking up dying to drink fresh milk. Where previously I was severely lactose intolerant, my pregnant body has been taking it very well.

pregnancy blues:
I cried a lot watching some drama the other day. Like I mean tissues and all. That almost never happens. 
Could it be a symptom of pregnancy blues? Or too much female hormones? 
We ended up laughing it off when we saw the little island of tears which stained my pillow. 

mum to-do list:
Extremely grateful for the stroller and cot we managed to get. We're still trying to go with second-hand everything as far as possible. But being gifted with a brand new stroller was really nice! It's some epic hydraulic technology thingamajig, can't wait to test it out. Any babies want to volunteer for a test run?

the best part:
Spectacular growth and energy. Websites say you hardly feel them move until your third trimester (for one's first pregnancy) but humblet is in there kicking, stretching, punching almost every hour. I'm totally psyched and grateful.

on having a daughter:
Slowing accepting I'm having a girl. Yes. A girl. 
Beginning to firm up possible names. But refusing the purple / pink thing. She's going to have a green theme, that's final. She can change that when she has a mind of her own. But for now, we're going with gender neutral colours.


Thanks for being with us on the incredible journey. We can't do this alone! 


Monday, April 27, 2015

Monday Musings

Every year on my birthday, I spend some time reflecting on the past year. Lessons that I've learnt, people whom I've met and things I've done. This past year has been particularly eventful, especially the first trimester. Nonetheless, I find myself dwarfed by all the good and the love I've been shown.

Below I share some lessons I'm still learning as I move into the final year of my twenties - 

Almost 30 already? 

Saturday, April 25, 2015


cloudy trek around the beautiful Tagallalang Rice Terraces

Travelling together

This would be our fourth / fifth trip overseas together? I was beginning to discover that both us had naturally slipped into a routine for travelling that we did not even discuss beforehand. While J.G. might be very similar to me in travel style, I wouldn’t take this comfort for granted. If you’d like to read, here are some ‘rules’ we loosely abide by when we’re travel -

Monday, April 20, 2015


Humblet is on a tiny holiday in Bali this week!

Will be back with Saturdays post on the 25th ^__________^

Meanwhile, have a good week!


Saturday, April 18, 2015


rattan rocking horse as seen on pinterest
Baby Shopping 

Whilst window shopping for baby stuff, J.G. and I realised everything is so sophisticated. I think we're going to need help. . .

We believe in the following household guidelines which we hope not to change even with humblet in tow -

Thursday, April 16, 2015

That Beach Holiday

I've never been a big fan of planned holidays, tour buses or guided trips. Most of my trips overseas fall in these 3 categories -

1. Teaching and village school teacher training
2. Exploration of cities on foot
3. Being a beach bum*

*disclaimer: we are literally beach bums. we don't plan any activities or do any shopping. we literally plonk ourselves in a spot from brunch and lie there reading, listening to music etc. until dusk.

Since this Bali trip is spontaneous, I'm really excited and grateful. It's our first time going to Bali and most reviews say it'll be expensive. Come on guys, its a popular beach destination. . .of course it'll come with a cost. I'm sure there are many beautiful things about Bali looking beyond it's price tag.

Grateful because I wasn't sure the doctor would approve of me travelling, but as it turned out he was happy we were planning a getaway in the middle of the second trimester. He seemed really excited for us too.

Here are my must-haves on a typical beach getaway -

Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday Musings

Piglet is a month away from becoming the middle child!
Middle Child Syndrome

Several close friends are having their third kid this year (ah…one just gave birth to hers last month) and I overhear concerned family / friends asking – are you afraid that they may suffer the ‘middle child syndrome’? Are you the middle child in your family? I would love to hear your thoughts, read your comments on this mysterious issue.

If you want to read my musings on the subject, here it goes -

Saturday, April 11, 2015


Clutches. Splurge or save?

Perhaps its my untrained eye or having an engineer for a husband, but I can't really tell between affordable brands and exorbitant brands. Is the price difference really justified? What can be more important than functionality - if it serves its purpose, it's good enough.

Sure, we pay for quality when it comes to our refridgerator and meals on special occasions. Apart from long-term items, we tend to slant towards affordability. I just told a young friend recently how I always end up buying clothes for J.G. because I'm so taken in with the fact that I'm spending only $19.90 at times for so much material (he usually wears an XL because he stands at 6.4). It's so worth it!

Anyway, today's Saturday fashion post is all about the clutch. I love carrying clutches or giant purses, as I referred to them when they started coming on the scene. Certainly, there's a place for handbags and tote bags, but my personal preference has always been the clutch. Here's why -

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The truth about pregnant brains

Only funny because it's true. Ouch.

Or the lack thereof 

I am positively diseased. Right before writing this post I had just come out of the kitchen holding an empty glass wondering why I had gone into the kitchen in the first place. . .

You can test and see if you are suffering the same disease -

a. Do you write reminders on post-its and forget where you left them?

b. Set an alarm on your phone and forget what it's for when it rings?

c. Wake up super early on a weekend thinking it was a workday?

d. At dinner time, you realise you are completely unable to recall what you had for lunch?

e. Dress up for a dinner date then absent-mindedly leave home wearing slippers? 

Well, if you said yes to more than 3 of the above statements then CONGRATS,
we're stuck in pretty much the same predicament, except you might be just stressed and pregnant. . .

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Piglet turns two

Our blog header designer, Cherie, dropped this in my email the other day giving me a huge shock at work. But it was a pleasant one.

Today is the birthday of a very special little girl who has won over the 'child-hater' in me. No, I'm not talking about humblet, I'm refering to this little lady #shaniagram whom I refer to as 'piglet'.
She turns two today and I wanted to dedicate this precious gif post to her.

Yes she has her own hashtag and there are so many cute photos of her, I couldn't decide, so you can check it out yourself. Here's a tiny back story if you'd like to read -

Monday, April 6, 2015

Monday Musings

How Macdonald’s ruined my diet

This Monday, I’m musing about the severe attention-deficit suffered by thousands of children and teens across the ‘first-world’ nations. The media is the biggest target-board, over-stimulation they say. But is it really the media? That’s like saying Macdonald’s ruined your diet, as if there weren't anything else to eat on this planet.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Baby Bumps

For this Saturday, I decided to do a Baby Bumps update instead off the usual home / wardrobe posts since I've been thinking a lot about humblet since the gender reveal. You can read the first baby bumps post here and the full pregnancy story here.

the halfway mark

humblet's growth:
She now weighs almost 300 grams and has grown limbs proportionate to the rest of her body. Her organs are mostly formed and functioning. We saw an incredible close up of her spine, it reminded me of Big Foot's mum from this childhood movie. Her eyes were wide open during the check up and her fingers and toes could be clearly seen. 

*sidenote: I'm not quite sure how other couples cry during gynae checks and claim they can tell who the kid looks like. . .it seems more like a scary movie at times. Humblet floating around a dark mass with dark hollows at the eye sockets. O_o

likes / dislikes for food:
Been seriously obsessed with cold drinks, which is not really healthy for mum or baby. Got to let that one go. 
Dislike for fish persists and surprisingly not enjoying chili dips and sauces as much as I used to before I got pregnant.

pregnancy blues:
Started feeling nauseous again this past week which was upsetting. I haven't thrown up in a long while and I certainly hope not to start. But, travelling has been much more bearable. We're so grateful to J.G.'s aunt whose kindly loaned us her car while she's away on business. 

mum to-do list:
We finally did some measurements and made a short trip to ikea to have a look. We're still hoping to get most things (cot, dressing table, stroller) second-hand. But no harm getting ideas I suppose. Most important thing right now is to put up window grills for the house. 

the best part:
We now know humblet is a girl. At least we can start firming up names and clothing type. 

on having a daughter:
I'm still not sure what to feel. I suppose I'm apprehensive and excited all at once. Apprehensive because (with myself as the case study) I do feel daughters are much harder to raise. Excited? Maybe its J.G.'s excitement that is rubbing off on me, he's having so much more conversations with her now he knows its a girl. 

Those who have daughters. . .what has your experience been like?


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Gender Reveal

the baby bump at week 20

Thank you for all your well wishes and advice thus far. We are grateful and relieved for a whole army of parents / uncles and aunties who have gone before us. Humblet is so loved, even before birth and we are grateful.

The detailed scan went pretty well. All limbs and vital organs have been sighted and most likely normal. But as usual humblet was squirming like a hedgehog, so the poor doctor had trouble taking clear photographs and documenting measurements. Usually, doctors have issues with kids facing the wrong way. . . but this kid was just twisting and turning the whole scan through.

seen here

As it turns out. . . we are going to have a girl!

Doctor is hesitant to say for sure because humblet was moving so much, but that's the best he could make out. Plus she was also facing her spine to the screen most of the time, a hyperactive shy kid?

What do we think?

Well, one thing's for sure, J.G. is overjoyed!
He says I can't understand, because it's a father-daughter thing. Sure sure.
As for me, perhaps I'll share more in the next installment of baby bumps.