L.A.Z.Y

I was busyโ€ฆ very busyโ€ฆ ok.. I was L.A.Z.Y! haaaโ€ฆ too L.A.Z.Y to update my blog. ๐Ÿ˜›

Back now. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ever since I started on this real estate career, surprising I eased into the lifestyle (note not job) easily! It seemed to be good old flying days when I can sleep at odd hours, shop when no one is at the malls, eat when restaurants are off-peak hours and etc etcโ€ฆ. BUT it ainโ€™t so!!!!

Instead, my routine became as such:

ย 

6 to 630am (or if I am lucky, 7 to 730am): Xi En wakes up and starts rolling around in his cot and before long starts crying to be taken out of his cot.

730am till late (either 9pm or 10pm): Throughout the day, Xi En will feed every 2.5 to 3 hourly and nap every 2 to 2.5 hourly. So in between Mum and I will take turns to play (read: entertain) him, bathe him, rock his to sleep, change diapers and etc etc etc.. Amidst all these, I have to ensure I have some time to work on all the real estate cases on hand, catch up on emails and still not forgetting all my recorded drama serials which I missed! (yup.. still the drama serial queen here; motherhood or not!)

10pm onwards till 12 midnight: I will wait for Xi En to fall asleep really soundly in the yao lan, wash and sterilise all the bottles, prepare all his bed time essentials and then transfer Xi En to his cot.

12 midnight to 6+am: I will be very very very happy if Xi En sleeps through the night. But more often than not, he still wakes up once or twice for feeds.

ย 

So.. where do I find time to have a meal outside or shop for that matter! But well.. motherhood have chosen me or rather the other way round. ๐Ÿ™‚ And giving up a full time career to be part of my babyโ€™s growing years is still making sense thus far. I am enjoying changing soiled diapers,cleaning up a messy baby, tolerating a screaming baby motherhood to the max! ๐Ÿ™‚

ย 

Many friends had asked if we should have hired a maid which we know that many had gone down that path. But at this stage we are still not keen to have hired help. Thus having mum over for the weekdays is really a blessing to me. She cooks Xi Enโ€™s meals and above all, she cleans up the whole house and does the laundry and ironing! What else can you ask from a grandmother! Ok.. now I look bad. But thatโ€™s also Mum just canโ€™t stand the house being messy (whereas I can! :P). So she insisted doing up most of the household chores before the L.A.Z.Y daughter could do anything (excuses.. bleah..).

ย 

Anyway, updates of baby Xi En thus far: We just went for a follow up appointment at KKH with the PD, dietician and physiotherapist. PD had nothing much to say. Dietician said that Xi Enโ€™s weight gain is just 10% within the acceptable range for his corrected age. We were also suspecting so as he wasnโ€™t much heavier than 2 months back. Xi En is 7.3kg as at 8 months corrected age. But interestingly, he does finishes up all his meals and milk! We really wonder where all the food goes! But we are not overly worried as long as he continues to have a good appetite. ๐Ÿ™‚

As for the physiotherapist, she is not too happy to hear that Xi En is trying to walk before crawling. He is just so fond of standing up, bouncing, jumping and not crawling. Even when we gave him tummy time, Xi En will simply turn 360 degree on his hands and refuse to crawl. But he is so fond of the baby walker which we bought for him to practice walking. He is one expert baby walker now. However, the physiotherapist warned us against leaving him in there for too long as it is not allowing him to develop his truck muscles. She is still encouraging us to allow him to learn crawling firstโ€ฆ. so back to the mats.

Other than the above, Xi En is doing fine for his corrected age. We are praying that he keeps up the weight gain and crawl soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

ย 

yummylicious

ย 

ย 

ย 

Intraventricular Hemorrhage

A recent cranial scan showed that Ethen has Intraventricular Hemorrhage (IVH). IVH is bleeding into the ventricles of the brain. It is categorized into different grades of severity; grade I being mild and IV severe. Ethenโ€™s bleeding is grade I (thank God).

ย 

IVH is most common in premature babies, especially very low birth weight babies weighing less than 1500grams (Ethen was 1270grams at birth). We are definitely very concerned about this but doctors did assure us that his is a mild case and should not lead to further complications. However it is not known how long the bleeding will last. Hopefully it will resolve by itself over time. For better understanding, please refer to this website.

ย 

Updates: Ethen is currently 2.47kg and feeding on 55ml per 3hourly. He is still learning the suck-breathe coordination and hopefully can finish more feeds on his own soon. Once he is able to do that, he can be off the nasogastic tube (the tube that goes through his nose directly to the stomach). Please continue to pray with us:

  • for the bleeding to cease (no further complications)
  • Ethen will be able to master feeding on his own soon (no choking and coughing during feeding; controlled breathing on his own)
  • for a clean bill of health so he can be discharged very soon
  • Ethen will grow up to be healthy and strong

ย 

ethen 2

Ethen waving Hullo!

ย 

praying hands

Learning to pray at a young age! ๐Ÿ™‚

ย 

ย 

โ€œFor God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of POWER and of LOVE and of a SOUND MINDโ€

2 Tim 1:7

1 month plus

I am happy to announce that Xi Enโ€™s weight is now 2.18kg. It is definitely a great improvement from his birth weight of 1.27kg! He is looking much chubbier, rosier and cutier. ๐Ÿ™‚

Xi En waves hullo

The doctors have started him on bottle feeding every alternate feeds for 5 minutes. Thus he is learning how to coordinate breathing and drinking at the same time now. This might come naturally for a full term baby but for a premature baby; this act of sucking and breathing requires much effort and energy. Rightfully,ย at 36 weeks,ย he should still be in my womb, relying on the placenta for nutrients. But he is doing his best now, prematurely learning the art of feeding. ๐Ÿ™‚

In the midst of feeding and post feeding,ย Xi En’sย SpO2 level often cycles up and down. Kim and I will stare hard at the monitoring machine like a hawk; encouraging and reminding Xi En to breathe and breathe.

Due to his fluctuating SpO2 level, Xi En also had a lung x-ray done to rule out any abnormalities in the lungs. We are getting the results later and โ€œprayerfullyโ€, all will be well. ๐Ÿ™‚ Stay tuned for more updates on this little fighterโ€™s journey. ๐Ÿ™‚

xray machine