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Week 27: Old Wives Tales

Evidently, they’re right so far about me and the little one!  Then again, it’s a 50/50 probability, eh?

  1. Linea Nigra (belly line pigmentation due to hormones):  Pubic to belly button only – Girl. Pubic all the way to lower rib – Boy.  Verdict:  Boy
  2. Carrying position (own body, baby’s position):  High, sideways (weight around hip and bum) – Girl. Low, front – Boy.  Verdict: Boy
  3. Mom’s skin: Soft – Girl. Dry – Boy.  Verdict: Boy
  4. Mom’s hair: Thin/Dull – Girl.  Full/glossy – Boy.  Verdict: Boy (but my hair’s always like this!)
  5. Food craving: Sweet – Girl. Sour/Salty/Proteins – Boy. Verdict: Boy (again though, that’s my preference too)
  6. Early morning sickness:  Yes/Bad – Girl. No/OK – Boy. Verdict: Boy
  7. Feet vs pre-pregnancy:  Same – Girl.  Colder – Boy.  Verdict: Boy 
  8. Baby’s heartrate (changes by baby’s age and movement): Above 140 bpm – Girl.  Below 140 bpm – Boy. Verdict: N/A. (Between 120-160 bpm is good)
  9. Math: Time of conception + Number of month conceived: Odd – Girl. Even – Boy. Verdict: ?!
  10. Movement of (dangled) wedding ring over belly: Pendulum – Girl. Circles – Boy. Verdict: ?!

Week 26: Checking the checklists

The maternity checklists available these days give me a (temporary?) sense of sanity and progress about our baby/parent preparations, esp. with the pending 3rd trimester.  Time flies!  This week, I discovered a comprehensive pregnancy checklist from The Bump — part of the same umbrella site we used for our wedding 6+ years ago, The Knot. Pretty cool.

Notable checks for this week:

  1. Long term visit pass for parents – Application sent and under review.
  2. Accomodation for parents – Rental bid accepted. Letter of Intent received.
  3. Baby crib and mattress – Thanks, Kenny! 
  4. Newborn suits/hats/mits/booties/bibs/sleeping bags/blankets – Yay for friends, Mothercare and Kiddy Palace
  5. Upsized exercise tops, dresses and work pants – Sales at Vivocity, Novena and Marina Square 🙂
  6. Little one is ACTIVE.  Hmm… many sleepless nights and days ahead?

Our hospital antenatal class just finished part 1 of physiotherapy with the highlight being the massage section. Hubby now knows how to give great back massages. No more excuses 😉  Also, I have somehow developed the biggest bump in my prenatal pilates class.  How did this happen?!

Week 21: Maternity mocktails

All work, no play and no alcohol makes for one helluva dry week! Argh. When the dust settles somewhat or 3rd trimester kicks in, I should get my momma friends over for a sparty (spa party) with some classic maternity mocktails and milkshakes!

NYC Maternitini
Mix it up: In a chilled cocktail shaker, mix 1 1/2 ounces of raspberry sorbet, 4 ounces of freshly squeezed orange juice, and a squeeze of lime. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a lollipop or rock candy.

Bouncing Baby Bellini
Mix it up: Stir 2 ounces of chilled peach nectar with 2 ounces of nonalcoholic sparkling wine (or sparkling apple cider). Pour into a champagne glass and add a splash of grenadine. Garnish with sliced peaches.

Pregnan-Sea Breeze
Mix it up: In a shaker with ice, combine 3 ounces of cranberry juice with 3 ounces of pineapple juice. Strain the mixture into a tall glass. Finish with a splash of 7 UP and garnish with a sprig of mint and strawberries.

Raspberry “Hot Flash” Cooler
Mix it up: Wet the rim of a martini glass with a lime wedge, then dip the glass in sugar. In a shaker with ice, mix 1/2 ounce of crushed fresh or defrosted raspberries with 1/2 ounce of fresh lemon or lime juice, plus 1 ounce of pineapple juice. Shake the mixture, then pour into the glass, straining out the ice and crushed raspberries. Top with a splash of sparkling water and add a spear of raspberries.

Next Generation Ginger Soda
Mix it up: Peel a ginger root and cut into pieces. Marinate them in an 8-ounce glass of soda water for a few hours. Strain 1/2 to 3/4 of the ginger mixture into a tall glass with ice. Top it off with a splash of Sprite (or caffeine-free Coke, for color). Garnish with a slice of starfruit and a lime.

Mama Mango Margarita
Mix it up: First, make a simple syrup by heating 2 cups of sugar with 3 cups of water. Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes. Chill. Fill a blender or food processor with ice. Add a cup of fresh or defrosted mango. Add 3 ounces of the syrup and 1 1/2 ounces of freshly squeezed lemon (or lime) juice. After blending, add more syrup to sweeten, if necessary.

Week 16b: Quickening!

Back from our anniversary/babymoon – local food, fun at the beach, frequent naps in the shade, and wonderfully attentive hotel staff, esp. when they found out I was pregnant. Highlight of the trip was feeling our baby flutter while lazing by the pool! It’s like tiny bubbles, butterflies or those spa fish in your tummy 😀

Monthly baby checkup before we return to work tomorrow: Still a boy, spine and organs developing well, fetal measurements and both our weight gains on track. Also caught baby upside down for the first time on ultrasound — guess he’s been living it up too inside mommy this past week!

Week 16a

We’re off to Langkawi to celebrate our 6th anniversary and expose our little one to Malaysia, truly Asia 🙂

Can’t wait to reap the rewards of our first baby-related shopping last weekend – comfy tops and dresses, plus storage bins for the wardrobe I can’t fit in anymore which will help clear space for all the new baby stuff to come. Here’s my WIP first-time checklist, culled from various sources ( Mothercare,, etc.). Any recs on where to buy or borrow, do let me know!

  1. Infant car seat (best models recline when detached, allow the baby to rock or bounce)
  2. Wearable soft carrier (sling designs make nursing easier – kampung style!)
  3. Crib light
  4. Cot, mattress and bedding (IKEA?)
  5. Changing mat
  6. Extra pull out bed (for storage, convertable into a kids bed – IKEA)
  7. Baby sleeping bag or blanket
  8. Baby swing
  9. Diapers, diaper disposal method and diaper ointment (loads and loads of nappies!)
  10. Baby bathtub and tub seat
  11. Baby toiletries (hooded towels, baby shampoos, infant nail clippers, soft hairbrush) 
  12. First baby clothes
  13. First baby toys and toy bar
  14. Baby listening monitor
  15. Feeding equipment (bottles – Nuk?, steamer)
  16. Stroller (for later – McLaren)
  17. High chair (for later – IKEA)

Week 6

First ultrasound confirms a tiny gestational sac in the right place. Dream about giving birth to aliens. Note to self: No more scifi before bedtime.

Start folic acid supplements and mommy diet adjustments (aka no alcohol, no sushi or raw meat, no soft cheese. More calcium, iron and folate rich foods, Vitamins A and E, potassium):

Sweet potatoes
Cooked greens (such as kale, collards, turnip greens, and beet greens)
Winter squash
Tomatoes and tomato sauces
Red sweet pepper

Fortified ready-to-eat cereals
Fortified cooked cereals
Wheat germ
Red, unrefined rice

Cooked dry beans and peas (such as pinto beans, soybeans, white beans, lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas)
Nuts and seeds (such as sunflower seeds, almonds, hazelnuts, pine nuts, peanuts, and peanut butter)
Lean beef, lamb, and pork
Shrimp, clams, oysters, and crab
Halibut, cod, rainbow trout, herring, sardines, rockfish, and yellowfin tuna

Honeydew melon
Prunes or prune juice
Oranges and orange juice
Red or pink grapefruit