Thursday, July 24, 2014

BROTHERHOOD #1





These photos were snapped when baby Nathan was just 3 days old. I still remember the moment when I snapped these photos on my phone. Shayne didn't jump up or down, or get all excited upon seeing his baby brother that day. Instead, he kept rather quiet and just stroked his brother's cheeks gently. :)

It's a wonderful feeling to see my two boys being so close to each other. As their mother, my number one wish for both of them is that they will love each other unconditionally and be there for each other in times of joy and sorrow.

And on a lighter note, I just got to add this funny statement from Shayne before I forget all about it. He'll say this whenever baby Nathan is crying:

"Quick Mama, show him your neh-neh!!! He wants milk!!! Sshh sshh Nathan, the neh-neh is coming to you soon. Sshh sshh...."

Hahaha! This cheeky Shayne.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Life as a working-at-home-mum with a newborn.

So Papa has returned back to work, Shayne is at school, and it's just baby Nathan and I at home now. It has been a good day so far, he is really a well-behaved little one. Whenever he's awake, he'll just look around calmly and seems to be really at peace with everything around him. He doesn't get startled easily and has adapted to his new surroundings very well. And he has pooped a few times today! Yayyy! He gives the most serious face when he's pooping. It's really funny. :D

Papa and I have so many work-related activities lined up for us, and he has to buy tons of ikea furniture all by himself as I can't leave baby Nathan for more than 2 hours. He's still a newborn and requires frequent nursing. Moreover, there's so much germs hanging in the air at enclosed shopping areas! Not good for a baby. Hopefully Papa will be able to handle everything while baby and I stay at home... Sometimes I feel bad for not physically helping out in our tutorial centres as I have to look after our babyboy. I guess I'm experiencing some sort of a "working guilt"? Nonetheless I've been working from home whenever baby Nathan is fast asleep. Such as arranging our tutors and receptionists schedule, checking our tutorial worksheets, planning of revision courses and timetables, updating our websites etc.

Right now as I'm typing, baby Nathan is sleeping in my arms. He makes the funniest baby noises when he's asleep, like "eh eh ehhhh" and "hmmm!". Haha. He also makes funny snorting sounds, like a piglet, just before he nurses. Sometimes he smiles or laughs in his sleep too. Haha it's really the cutest.

Here are some photos taken today :)



Reading time! A zoo storybook and visual training book.
"Papa, why are you so close to me??!" Btw Papa looks mad here. Hahaha
Overly-happy Papa and our smiling Nathan :)

Good night everyone! Sweet dreams!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

THE FIRST WEEK WITH OUR NEWBORN.


19th July: it has been 6 days with baby Nathan and so far, he has been a good boy. Shayne has been very accepting of having a younger brother. Whenever I tell him that he has to wait because I'm busy with his baby brother, he'll understand and just continue doing his own thing. There's no sibling rivalry or jealousy, probably because both of them are 6 years apart. Haha. Shayne is a mature young boy now, in a few days time, I'll have to register a primary school for him. Eeeks! Time flies.

Baby Nathan has been nursing a lot, each nursing session would last about an hour. Thank god I nursed Shayne till he was 1 year old+, otherwise I don't think I could have endured the nursing sessions with baby Nathan. This boy can really drink, a lot! So it's back to 2-3 hours of night sleeping, no more 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep anymore... But this will pay off in the future! He'll be a strong and healthy boy. ;)

Nonetheless baby Nathan has been a cooperative and a contented baby so far. I can't wait to see how his personality develops over the next few months. :)

And here are some photos of our first week with baby Nathan!






As I'm typing this, both Papa and baby are sleeping soundly together. :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

OUR SECOND SON, BORN ON A GLORIOUS SUNDAY AFTERNOON :)











BABY NATHAN GARRETT

BORN ON 13TH JULY 2014, SUNDAY AFTERNOON

4 KG, 52CM

WELCOME TO THE FAMILY, BABY!

WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH.

 :)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Home Sweet Home... (15 photos: Our Saturday Morning)

It is Saturday, 12th July, 40 weeks + 2 days of my pregnancy. The gynae said that our baby boy should be born anytime now after our last checkup on Wednesday. However, baby boy hasn't made his presence into this world yet. Haha. Hopefully he'll be born soon! ;)

So I got bored while waiting around at home for those labour contractions to start, which hasn't started so far, hence I decided to snap a couple of photos this morning. Here are some morning photos around our home. Enjoy!

Shayne in his pyjamas

Pretty flower pot on our bedroom's shelf
40 weeks + 2 days baby bump <3
Preparing for a newborn
One of my nightly reads
Some of Shayne's nightly reads
View from our room

My hospital bag, all packed and ready to go
Fridge magnets // Some of the countries that we have visited so far as a family of three. Soon we'll be travelling as a family of four, and I can't wait! :)


Just playing around with Shayne's magnifying glass // Hello Mr Oppa Gangnam style pig!
Trying to build an army tank, or something like that. Haha this boy.
And that's the 15 photos I snapped this morning.
Have a good weekend!
:)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A LETTER TO MY BODY- THE SHAPE OF A MOTHER.

 Dear body of mine,
  
I've watched you grow from this... (2011)
bali


To this today (July 2014).


This is my body now, July 2014, and I am proud of it.

The contours of my stomach are gently expanding as it gets bigger and rounder day by day, hour by hour.

There was a time when my body was lean and flat, even after the pregnancy and birth of my first child. However this is now my second pregnancy, and my baby bump is definitely many times bigger than my first.

I've come to accept that my body may not be lean and flat anymore after the birth of two children, but to me, it is still perfect in every single way. And I am proud of it. Although my stomach may be covered with imperfections such as extra loose skin after this second birth, it is still beautiful to me. With my body, it has brought new life into this world. It has nurtured two children and kept them safe, healthy and warm for many months. My body has nourished and comforted two precious little ones, and if that is not amazing, I do not know what is. My stomach tells a story; a story of love.

My body may not be flawless, and I'm at peace with that. My body, a body of a mother, is unique and wonderful in every single way. Beauty does not come from the outside, and if it does, it is cheap and vain. In this modern society, we are constantly faced with expectations of sexuality and modesty- being a mother and being a woman. We should not be ashamed, or even shamed, for having a body of a mother. The body of a mother is beautiful for what is represents. It represents badges of strength, love, wisdom, nurturing and the fullness of new life.

So whatever my body may become after the birth of my second child, I will constantly remind myself that my body, the body of a mother who has nurtured and birthed two beautiful children, is beautiful and perfect. I am a woman. I am a mother. And I am beautiful, size 0 or not.

baby bump



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