Pretty Pastel Flowers from A Better Florist

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Pretty, pretty flowers galore! Being so biased to red roses, it's definitely a breath of fresh air to receive such a beautiful assortment of pastel flowers from A Better Florist.



These came just in time for my birthday so it really prettied up my day.




The Emma comes with a glass vase and even flower food attached within the bouquet to make sure the flowers lasts longer which I truly appreciate.

What is so special about flowers from A Better Florist? 

💐 Free delivery island wide
💐 Flowers are from Cameron Islands, Malaysia
💐 Provides same day delivery
(Free same-day delivery service is available between 9 am to 6pm)
💐 90-minute delivery guarantee (perfect for last minute plans)
💐 Caters personal to corporate floras

There are plenty of types of bouquets to choose from such as

Signature Blooms
Handcrafted, thoughtfully designed and Instagram-ready which consists of The Emma, The Ayla & The Julianne.

Farmers' Choice
Seasonal stems sourced straight from the farm like The Keira, The Madelene, The Pamela and more.

 Bundles
Carefully crafted combos such as balloons, chocolates, scented candles and even butterscotch popcorn that are sure to impress for several occasions such as Pamper Her Bundle, Surprise Her Bundle and Movie Night Bundle.

If you are interested to get or see the lovely flowers, feel free to click on the link provided. Thank you to A Better Florist for making my day better!


   

33rd Birthday Galore

Another year older for me!

Age has never affected me but definitely has been feeling more and more contented with where I am for the past couple of years. I've always been a late bloomer but I had never complained or be bitter about it because I know, when the time comes, it will be perfection.

When I turned 32, I was getting married.

Now, that I've turned 33, I am going to celebrate my 1st year wedding anniversary soon with a baby in my belly in tow! (Yes, just in case you missed it, I am pregnant! Check #BabyTalk) I mean, what can get better than this?

Well, 3 days straight of birthday outings!



I don't expect any birthday celebrations from my family because we are weird sometimes. Plus, I was so passed that but at the last minute, on my birthday itself, Abg asked us out for dinner at Seoul Garden. Remember that Mak and I had a failed craving attempted while we were at Marina Bay? Well, now, both of us were fully satisfied. We had our dinner at Downtown East, Pasir Ris and it was a nice and cozy setting despite that it was weird that we had to order the food stuff via the computer instead of buffet styled.



Jhon and I celebrated our private birthday on the 13th April because it was the day we had an ultrasound at KKH. After knowing the gender of the baby and all, we were in a good mood. He bought for me a small chocolate mouse cake from Polar Cake (30% reduced sugar at 20% discounted price), grabbed my bouquet of flowers sponsored by A Better florist (a review coming up) and we headed to Changi Village for my favorite view, the beach. We wanted to do a picnic concept but it rained rather heavily so we ended up having dinner at Tang Tea House and ate the cake at home.





The cake was yummy by the way. I am not a big fan of chocolate but if it's chocolate mousse, I am all for it. Plus, the fact that it's reduced sugar, it was guilt free for the both of us.

On the 14th, Mak asked us out for baby stuff shopping. She adamantly insisted and even bought for me several maternity tops for me after treating us lunch. It was weird because the last time she spent on me was when I was a teenager but I am grateful nonetheless.

With the 3 days straight in a row of walking and eating, on the fourth day, I went kaput! No joke, bad belly & back aches so note to self, don't push it.

Other than that, I am superbly grateful for my birthday this year in more ways than one.

   

Home Decor with a Difference - Mason Home Decor

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Is your house due for a mini make-over or a party coming up and don't know where to start? How about checking out Mason Home Decor. It is an online company that specialises in interior decorations. 

This includes different items for different occasions such as a huge variety of party supplies, Christmas trees, CNY displays, Halloween costumes, as well as normal everyday items such as candles, assorted terrariums, photo frames etc, basically anything you would need for decoration in a home. 

Mason Home Decor was sweet enough to gift me a hanging plant terrarium & a wooden photo frame with glass. They did offered me a DIY terrarium but if you've been reading my previous blog posts, I am preggers and not really in a mood to get down and dirty at the moment. 

Marazzi – Hanging Plant Terrarium


It is suitable for any home or office decor because not only it is unique, it is small and humble. It does not require much space yet gives that cozy greenery we all need. Mason Home Decor terrariums comes in 2 forms, a ready made one or a DIY version for at least S$7 cheaper for those are always up for something crafty.

I ended up not hanging the terrarium which also suits well for the rustic look. My anxiety kicks in seeing only the knot holding the terrarium up even though Jhon had showed me a few times it holds well.

The set comes with an empty small spray bottle and a little note with tips on maintaining the terrarium.


Seqouia – Wooden Photo Frame with Glass


The Seqouia comes in 2 different sizes of Small – 100 mm (L) x 150 mm (B) and Medium – 176 mm (L) x 125 mm (B). It is a beautiful photo frame with a natural wood base in the colours of Walnut or Maple. I like it that it's simple and modern looking. I don't like wooden frames that are too gaudy. 

If you like what you see and/or want to know what else Mason Home Decor has to offer, click on the link https://www.mason.com.sg




Thanks Mason Home Decor, I can't wait to put in a proper photo in the frame; perhaps with the new baby in tow!




   

1st Trimester, 3rd Month (The Longest Month)

Read: New Chapter in Life,
          1st Trimester, Month 0-1Month 2 (pt.1 & pt. 2)

1 Feb 2017 – 28 Feb 2017 

The Doctor Visits 

On 2 Feb 2017, I had an appointment at KKH for a blood test. It was meant for the Down Syndrome test but since I didn't do the initial blood tests, the nurse took about 4 full vials of my blood. I have no fear with needles so I just looked at the entire process. The entire appointment was very fast; it took us probably 15 minutes in total. Our breakfast there took longer than the appointment itself. Haha There was slight bruising and pain that lasted for almost a week but it was expected because I have thin veins.

On 22 Feb 2017 is the second part of the Down Syndrome test which was the NT scan. At this point, I didn't allow myself to be a worrywart. Whatever the results were, we will accept it. I was just excited to see Little One especially I was having the "I don't feel pregnant" feeling. Little One was waving his/her hands frantically and was even stretching his/her legs! I was ecstatic. We also got to hear his/her heartbeat for the first time which was at 162bpm. The scan took probably 30 minutes as the technician did her measurements.


Will you have a pointy nose like daddy?

After the scan, we waited probably less than 5 minutes when we had a sat down with the Down Syndrome results. Alhamdulillah, Little One is at low risk with 1:7618 compared to the 1:300 scale. Although the tests are 9/10 accurate, odds were pretty good. We left with glee not before we were approached by a student doctor for a survey.

This time around, they want to do tests and find ways to detect deformities in the blood instead of doing the invasive test of taking fetus' fluids. (this is a 2nd type of test if the 1st type results are at high risk). Similar to the survey Jhon and I did the first visit, I will do anything for science. I was sat down and briefed about the test. It turned out they needed 2 vials of blood and I was okay with it. What was the icing on the cake was that in a way of saying thanks, they will deduct $150 off my next ultrasound. YAHOO!!

Two good news in one day. My blood was drawn and off we went home. Oh, I read the letter for my OB and I saw that my new EDD is now 2nd September as opposed to 30th August although this will be further confirmed when I do meet her next month.

Stabilizing 

I no longer feel bloated! Because of this, my belly shrank so it turned out that my belly is 1/3 Little One, 1/3 fats and 1/3 air. After all, Little One is so tiny, technically, belly should not show so much. Morning sickness, nausea and headaches comes and go every few days in the beginning of the month and weaned as days passed so that's good. For some reason, I feel that this month feels like the longest month ever.

Belly show no pregnancy bumps but my it did popped out a little at 12.5 weeks. Even so, it still looked like a fatty belly but of a slightly different shape.




Cravings 

This is hard to tell. I had my share of food cravings way before I was pregnant. So it's difficult to tell if the food I was craving is from Little One or myself. With that said, no weird cravings and neither had cravings at odd times of the night... so far. When I do crave for something, it's quite general as in I'm fine with savory, sweet or sour food.


   

1st Trimester, 2nd month (The Trip & 1st Scan) Part 2

Read: New Chapter in Life,
          1st Trimester, Month 0-1, Month 2 (part 1)

20 Jan 2017 – 31 Jan 2017 

Mid month was actually not so bad. I had still rounds of nausea, tiredness and headaches but not everyday so believe me, when I was feeling good, I took advantage of it by doing plenty of chores and go out jalan-jalan.

The Philippines Trip 

On 20th Jan 2017, Jhon and I went to the Philippines for our yearly visit and to celebrate his grandma's 90th birthday. I was so glad that my morning sickness is rather low so travelling was tolerable. Just in case you are wondering, it's okay to travelling while pregnant unless you are at your last trimester. The only issue is during the first trimester, plenty of mommies have morning sickness and it would be a mood killer. You may read our visit to the Philippines here. What I left out in the  Philippines post was anything pregnant related.



Of course, Jhon's family was happy and surprised when Jhon told them the morning we arrived while having breakfast. We intended to tell later but they offered milk for their macaroni soup. At this time, milk or even the thought of it was my kryptonite so he had to explain why. To be honest, we didn't go sight-seeing like our previous trip. Mostly because I was tired and napping most of the day. We did go out everyday but after 3pm when I was feeling better and it was still a quick trip to nearby malls.

At Inang's house at Bataan, no one suspected because I was wearing a loose top. Thank God, no morning sickness or nausea on that day. In fact, I forgot I was pregnant! Lol The party was great and I had my Sony Action Cam so I was busy recording the moments. I only started to feel nauseous when the fatigue kicks in which was towards the end of the party.



Throughout the 5 day trip, I vomited 3 out of those days. Jhon's family was very understanding even though both Ma and Loi never experienced morning sickness. They were always concerned and sometimes, I could briefly hear Ma nagging to Jhon to take care of me and give anything I want. Haha Yes, there are Filipino pregnancy wives' tales I had to follow but it was not a hassle anyways so I just follow suit. More on that and more Malay-Fillipino pregnancy wives' tales will be up eventually.

Generally, the trip went well despite the morning sickness. Like I said, it's considered minor and tolerable.

Seeing Little One for the First Time 

Our KKH appoint was literally a day after our Philippines trip which falls on 25 Jan 2017. Yes, we were tired but it was also a mixture of nervousness and excitement. We went for the subsidized appointment so save costs. I didn't know exactly what to expect. Fizah said she and her family members received transvaginal scan for their first check-up and it initially freaked me out. But as the dates got closer, I actually didn't care. I wanted to see Little One and make sure both of us are okay.
Our appointment was at 10:30am. We had time to have a quick breakfast and registered on time. The waiting time for the scan took the longest which was about 1 hour but after that, we hopped room to room for consultations and such. To my surprise, I just received a normal ultrasound scan via belly.



I teared up.

Jhon was by my side and he said we was utterly happy. It was confirmed that Little One was at 9 weeks with estimated due date (EDD) on 30th August 2017. Little One already had arms and legs with a 'tail' that is shrinking. The feeling was indescribable; to officially meet Little One who is growing inside me and knowing that we already love it before it comes out of the world.

I had my blood pressure, weight, height and urine checked, met with a doctor for consultation and back to the AMC for a quick consultation/ introduction on Down Syndrome tests. Of course, with my age of 32, we chose to test lah. Since it's also my first pregnancy, Jhon had to take a blood test too. I could've done it on the same day for HIV tests and such but since we are going to go for the Down Syndrome test, the hospital will draw my blood in one go on my next appoint which was in a week's time. Our 1st check up took us about 2 hours only.



   

1st Trimester, 2nd month (Morning sickness and Blurness) Part 1

Read: New Chapter in Life1st Trimester, Month 0-1

1 Jan 2017 – 19 Jan 2017

Plenty of things happening on this month so I hope you don't mind I am dividing the 1st month log into 2 parts. I don't want 1 post to seem so long winded.

The Positive Result

On 1 Jan 2017, I decided to take my pregnancy test again. The signs were clearer every day. More cramps (mild), tiredness and nausea sets in. I actually had pre-planned how to announce it to Jhon way before taking the pregnancy test. I figured, if I am pregnant, it's all ready. If not, I can always keep it.

Well, I was ready to take the test and Jhon had went out for a quick errand after breakfast. I peed and within a few minutes, the lines were clear as day, without any doubt. I was pregnant.
My mind went blank. I didn't know what to think and how to feel despite "knowing I was pregnant before I was pregnant". To see the results staring at me was surreal and I almost regretted doing it home alone instead of just having Jhon in another room because I didn't know what to do next but wait.

I set up my mini Little One announcement and had the longest 2 hour wait ever. I kept sms-ing him if he was almost home. As soon as he was home, I asked him to open a box and his reaction was priceless. After all the initial surprise and tears, he said "What a wonderful New Year's news" Indeed it was.


[I crocheted a pacifier holder and attached it to a cheap pacifier]

Of course, Jhon was beyond happy. His biological clock was ringing like a grandfather clock for the past few months and for the 3rd time in our relationship, he cried. Thanks to my dorkiness, I recorded his reaction in plain sight so he was a little guarded with this real emotions. He hugged me and I started to tear up. It was a wonderful moment that I was glad we had it.

So what did we do after clean up? We had lunch and played on the PS4 the whole day! I don't know if reality haven't truly set in or we just don't know what to do but go to the clinic for an official doctor's checkup so we continued our lives as it was lah.

The Morning Sickness, Nausea and More

After the positive test, it was the longest 1.5 week of my life. Morning sickness, fatigue, nausea, dizziness and headaches got worse. I can't even think of majority food types or I will feel nauseous and if I try to fight it and force it down, I would just vomit it out. Little One hates milk, milo and tasty food like Soy Sos Beef or Kuah Lemak Chili Padi Ayam. Little One loves eating healthy meals like bread, fruits, yogurt, salad, simpler dishes like chicken soup, porridge or rice with fried fish. Luckily, I also like those food so I have no complaints except for the nicer and flavorful dishes lah.

I actually lost about 1-2kg but after getting accustomed to what Little One wants by eating the right food at the right amount 5-6 times a day, weight is normalized to 60kg.

The other thing I can't tahan was the extreme fatigue. I am no energizer bunny but I can move around a lot and rarely take afternoon naps. With Little One at this period, fwar! LOW ENERGY and sometimes I would nap 2 times a day. Besides that, I would have dizzy and headache spells which is also considered normal during the 1st trimester. At that point, I was counting the days when I will surpassed this phase but Alhamdulillah, the fatigue got better after 1.5 weeks. I would like to think it's because Little One and I have officially get acquainted and got used to each other. haha

The Doctor Visits

So 2 days after the positive results, we went downstairs to the GP clinic. I thought it's similar with Polyclinic because he is under CHAS scheme. He confirmed my pregnancy and we got a referral letter. The lady booked an appointment for us but KKH told us to go for our first check-up at Polyclinic/KKH clinic.


Hindsight note: I was bloated for the first 2+ months and this guy is losing weight. lol

We went to Bedok Polyclinic 1 week later and the check-up was to just obtain a subsidized referral letter. Jhon and I went blank. This means we had 2 types of appointments; subsidized appointment on 25th Jan 2017 and private appointment on 9th Feb 2017. I would be estimated 8 weeks 6 days pregnant on the former and 11 weeks 4 days for latter.

Personally, I love to cut costs whenever I can; with subsidized rates that may go up to 65%, you don't want ah? My only issue was a male doctor checking my hoo-hah. I know it's 21st century. Men can be cooks or gynae and women can be pilots and soldiers. But I've been taught modesty since young and protected my flower like a delicate crystal to only have a man poking around is such a nerve-wrecking situation for me.

People have been sent to the moon and back, why still no machine to avoid such evasiveness? SIGHS! I got to admit, a decision that seemed easy to most, was really hard for us. Luckily, Fizah and family had chosen subsidized rates so believe me when I said I asked a ton load of questions. In the end, I am going for the subsidized appointment because the cost saving is high. As for the doctors, just tawwakal and hope for the best.

The Other Announcements

After our visit with the GP, we told Mak the next day because I spend most of my weekdays with her since I help take care of my niece and nephews. For sure, she will notice the differences with me especially that my morning sickness was getting worse at that time. She cried with joy and we hugged. She did said she noticed that I looked so tired and the naps surprised her too.
We told Abg Jamil next because we live under the same roof and again, he would probably see the changes. He was really shocked because he said just the night before while on the bus ride home, I crossed his mind. He was thinking that I looked different and wondered if I was pregnant but quickly dismissed it.

I told Fizah 3 days after the GP visit. She told me she danced while on the phone and we chatted for a while. I decided to withhold the news from my siblings until our appointment at KKH so I have a scan to show too.

As for Jhon's family, we intended to tell them when we meet them which was only a few weeks away. The thing is, we will be going to his grandma's 90th birthday party where all his relatives will attend. Of course, he wanted to tell his grandma (who had taken care of him when he was a kid) but I worry her reaction and pride might spill the beans with others. Like I said, I wanted to have a KKH visit first before truly announcing among families and our subsidized appointment is actually 1 day after we came back from Manila.

As weeks passed, I am so grateful my morning sickness has lessen to every other day and it's still surreal to have a growing Little One in me. I have started talking and acknowledging Little One and it helped mentally, emotionally and even physically. So far, it has been an interesting ride for the 3 of us. Not supposed to see a Little One bump at this point and my own fatty bump is making it confusing. One thing for sure, my tummy does feel stretched and getting bigger. And yes, believe me when I said I bought cocoa butter as soon as I got a chance to!

   

1st Trimester, Month 0-1 (I knew I was pregnant before I was pregnant)


1 Dec 2016 – 31 Dec 2016

Yes, you read it right. I knew I was pregnant before I was pregnant. You see, the 1st month of pregnancy is a funny thing. It is because, doctors count estimated due date from the first day of last period. With that said, the 1st and 2nd week is my period week. Most couples do not know when their Little One was conceived but I did because I had a period tracker app that I religiously update.
Technically, it's the end of the 3rd week when the embryo implants in our uterine lining but this is just an estimation. According to my app, Little One was conceived on the 3rd week which was 6th Dec 2016.

Are you following me? I hope I don't sound confusing. Haha

Anyways, after 1 week of conception, I starting to have this 'feeling' that I was pregnant. I don't know how to explain it but I did and I just waived the thought in my head thinking I was silly. Days passed and that 'feeling' was there and my supposedly next period was coming.
2 days before expected period, I couldn't wait and took a pregnancy test for fun.

It was negative. My heart went "huh" while my brain said "I told you so".

On 22nd Dec 2016, my period came and it was just blood spotting. Thinking the official 'waterfall' will come the next day, I didn't think much of it. The next day, it was in fact, the same and that was it.
At that point, I was confused lah. I was stressed during that time period but I've never encountered such experience. Despite of having no blood, I did had cramps. I remembered Fizah mentioned about cramps and pregnancy so I checked with Mr. Google.

The results were there in writing.

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22nd and 23rd Dec 2016 was the day/days of implantation of my embryo which explains the early negative, the blood spotting and cramps. I waited about 2 more weeks before taking another pregnancy test. At that point, I had very mild nausea but brain was still in denial. haha

Side note: Jhon didn't know I bought the first pregnancy kit because I thought I could surprise him with the news but that didn't turned out. We bought the 2nd pregnancy kit together but he didn't know when I would take it.

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Sorry to leave you with what seemed to be an incomplete month 0-1 story but I am trying to squeeze and divide according to months. Obviously, when I took the 2nd pregnancy test, I was past 1 month pregnant (according to first day of last period).
We obviously know what's the results lah but want share how/when we reacted and what happened next.