Saturday, November 22, 2014

Isaiah is 1 month! Celebration part 1..

Blessed with good weather and in the company of good friends, we held a simple buffet dinner in lieu of Isaiah's full month on 21/11 (Friday).

Most important of all.. Confinement is over! 


A big thank you GiftsFlorists.com for my very last minute request for this very sweet and nice baby boy ballon bouquet.

Do look into their Facebook for more pictures and mention rayconniebaby for a special discount!


Due to time constraint and orders limitation, the only reliable caterer took our order and delivered them on time and I would say the standard of the food was satisfying. 



Did this montage with my phone app and thought it was quite funny.



Yet another chance for Ray Papa to showcase his hidden talent.

Not to mention that we also prepared the usual full month cake for our close friends. And this time round, mama Connie decided to add little tinge of fun for the children as well.
 



Xav's Korkor was so such a sweetheart to Isaiah. :)


Not forgetting special guests who made my night.

Thank you to all the Aunties and Uncles.. Jiejie and Korkor who came to Isaiah's full month celebration. Your presence was really important to us..
Till later.. To continue with part II of the Isaiah's full month celebration.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Happy birthday Popo..

My very beautiful mom turn 60 today. As usual we had a small scale celebration with a yummy durian cake last weekend.



Nevertheless Happy birthday to the most important woman in my life.

We love you so much!

Ray, Connie
Isa, Dora and lil I

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

How to take wefies with babies..


You know.. A lot of people always wonder how to get their lil ones to pose for the camera.. I would say.."simple..  Everything starts from young! And practice makes perfect!"

Before they can pose.. "Pose" them! Rather.. Position then in an ideal way facing the camera.. Like the above. 


Or like this.. Get the older ones to pose first before positioning the youngest one in. 


Ok this one may not be such a nice expression but it looks like lil I is looking forward at least! And it seems like we have more fun than the main character aka lil I. He must be wondering what is the fuss about.


Ok these are the individual ones..


They may not be as nice as yet but at least this is a good start to having another poser king :)

Have fun!

Monday, November 03, 2014

Birth story of #3.. Childbirth made easy

16/10 (Thursday) 37 weeks +2 days 
Antenatal check. Gynae gave green light to wait for another several days as cervix was not open. I actually heave a sigh of relief as I was more keen on completing my work aka attend my student's graduation concert on 18/10 (Saturday). Call me obstinate, call me responsible.. whatever. I was me. That workaholic me wanting to work till the last lap.


18/10 (Saturday) 37 weeks +4 days

Concert came and went smoothly. Ah lao was there to give me moral support. I attended and completed the graduation march down the aisle with my K2s and lil Mr I in my tummy with pride. Thank you parents for ever being so supportive.


21/10 (Tuesday) 38 weeks 2pm

Considered last antenatal check up. Saw Gynae at 2pm and he said,"You are ready to give birth! Cervix is 3 cm dilated!" (so yay or nay?)Both ah lao and I went into this frenzy thing again.. We were like.."what? Now? admit like now?"

Gynae say," ok we will admit you NOW." He did a membrane sweep and said he will burst my waterbag and these will all help speed up labour (read: pain is coming my way). Oh no.. the anxiety thing is coming back all over again. Soon I was happily being directed to the observation ward in the labour ward to "get ready". They had to do the normal procedures which includes asked standard questions about my medical history etc. Ah lao was settling the administrative work for me.

4pm
Surprisingly after about 2 hours... in which time flew past, the nurses were instructed to move me to the labour ward. It was how very strange that day the labour wards were really crowded. Out of the 10 labour wards, there were at least 7-8 labour wards were occupied all at the same time. Yes ALL AT THE SAME TIME. Gynae came and burst the waterbag and announced that I was 5 cm dilated. Yipee!
Soon I had to send ah lao off to fetch his lil girlfriend from school. So I was left ALONE in the labour ward. 

5pm
After about an hour of monitoring, the nurse was unsure again. Gulps* Unsure as she tried to tell me that the results for my BP was bad. It was generally high.. it would be high whenever my contractions came along and these contractions were making my body to be under distress thus making the BP shoot. Averagely 150/100.. you say high or not. The nurse just explained and advised me to take epidural as she said it would help to ease my pain. I was not even hesitating. I did not even wait for ah lao's arrival to decide that I am taking the jab as we had already discussed earlier before this that I would take the jab this time round if necessary. And since the necessary moment has arrived, I just signed on the line. Anaesthetist came and she made the whole experience such a casual affair. I was only suppose to keep still for a mere 2minute and viola! Jab was in the spine and 20minutes later, I could hardly feel any contractions! :D


my drip.
one channel for the drip to induce labour, one for epidural.
ouch.


7pm+
In this period of waiting for ah lao to come back, I only had my best friend (my phone of course) to accompany me. Thank goodness for social media, WA and the supportive team of nurses who took very good care of me during this long wait. Since my previous experience with Dora's birth was not such a pleasant one, I could not help but had to reiterate that I do not want to give birth unassisted again. The team of nurses were very kind and even commented that she had to "watch me like a hawk". Nurse Daphne, thank you for your kind and affirmative words. They made me feel so assured that I was in good hands.
Bu still it was quite an ardous wait because.. because ah lao finally arrived at 7pm+ with dinner of course. And I was so hungry. But the pain somehow took away the appetite as I rem I merely took less than 5 mouthful of the beehoon soup that ah lao packed for me.

8pm+
I could not take the pain anymore. I told my nurse and prob this lady PH doctor who was prob the standby doctor on shift that I feel like passing motion. Hmm ok.. if you know me, I always describe childbirth as almost the same feel as doing the big business but just that it is of a different target area. The PH Dr was literally standing by in front of as my very tight and close contractions came. She knew baby was on the way and they had to call the gynae. Soon after, gynae arrived at about 820pm. So there was this continuous commotion about gynae asking me to push and not to push at certain moments. They even joke that baby was so ready to come out that they could feel that baby can slide out even when I was just breathing. You seriously need humour in the labour ward, trust me.

So when the moment came, I remembered very clearly that I only did one final push. Then when I opened my eyes, all I saw was this beautiful baby on top of my tummy.


10pm+
I was pushed back to the ward. And conclusion about this whole childbirth: I finally believe in epidural is such a godsend!


My littlest again. So angelic.


Ray papa with the latest member in our family.
Did they say 5 is the new black?


Me and didi in the car, on the way home.

There you go, my (most prob) last birth story. 

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. But thank you TMC for providing me with a very good and comfortable stay, if not for your hefty bills.

Friday, October 24, 2014

{Review} Preggers range of products..

While I'm happily nursing my newborn away.. I am only more than happy to be able to share with you my personal review of the above products that are newly launched by Preggers!


How apt and kind of the people at Spring Maternity to send me 2 pairs of Preggers (a pair of tights and a pair of footless tights)  for me to try.. !

Preggers uses advanced technologies for developing products that are fashionable and comfortable while delivering the health benefits you need. 

All Preggers products are made with moisture wicking fibers and are soft, cool, and comfortable. They are also 100% made in the USA. 


WHAT DOES GRADIENT COMPRESSION HOSIERY DO? 


True gradient compression hosiery delivers a controlled amount of pressure greatest at the ankle and gradually decreases towards the top of the stocking improving circulation. Support hose or graduated compression legwear has often been recommended for use during pregnancy to help energize tired, achy legs and to help reduce and prevent swelling. They are also ideal for individuals required to sit or stand for long periods of time.

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT PREGGERS BY THERAFIRMTM COMPRESSION PRODUCTS? 

Finally, maternity compression products where you, expecting moms, are being heard. No more stigma of the old, “yucky” compression that is available in only a few styles, off-trend colors, is uncomfortable, hard to get on, and expensive. just want you to feel AND look great! 

And if you are looking at something versatile that you can wear during your maternity, look no further! How about I share with you some advantages of wearing a pair of Preggers tights? They can:
  • Offers True Gradient Compression (checked)
  • Helps to Prevent Swelling (checked)
  • Energizes Tired Legs and Feet (checked)
  • Available in Fashionable Colors (checked)
  • Comfort Heel and Toe (Trouser Socks) (checked)
  • Rounded, reinforced Toe (Pantyhose, Tights, and Knee Highs) (checked)
  • Smooth Seams that Lay Flat (checked)
  • Keeps its shape after multiple wears and washes (checked)
  • Soft, Smooth, Non-Binding Waist Band (checked)
  • Soft Yarns Stretch with a Growing Belly (checked)
  • Helps Support a Growing Belly (checked
  • Won’t Cling to Clothes (checked)
in fact... all checked!


Who say pregnant cannot enjoy comfort with style?

Here is a #ootd of me in a pair of Preggers footless tights.


See how versatile and comfortable this pair of footless tights look with my then 32 weeks tummy? :) 


And here is another shot of my then 38 weeks tummy with the pair of leggings I received. More than enough space for my ever growing tummy!


The leggings are slightly thicker and more opaque, while the footless tights have a bit of a shiny sheen. Both are comfortable and go well with long tops or short dresses (and I hear you can continue wearing these after birth!)

Spring Maternity is the exclusive distributor of Preggers in Singapore and it is now available in all 5 of their outlets! You can also purchase Preggers online at www.springmaternity.com.


#Rayconniebaby received 2 pairs of tights from Spring Maternity just for review purposes and no monetary compensation was made. Views and opinions are of Rayconniebaby's own and are not affected by the products received. Formal information are extracted and provided by Spring Maternity.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The arrival of Isaiah..


Hello lil buddy. 

Due to a health issue, I had to take epidural this time round and it proved to be such a life saver! Not only it made the delivery so fast, it was really done seamlessly with little effort! Only one big push and he was out! Wait for my birth story soon. Even my incision was such a minor one that it only required one stitch!

So today.. The whole village had to come with much anticipation.


Ray papa with the 3 little ones..


Not forgetting our tradition of buying an "acceptance" gift on behalf of the littlest one for the older siblings.


And.. Presenting my newest littlest angel in the house. 
Isaiah Low. :)

Thank you all again for your wonderful blessings.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Counting down starts for lil Mr I..

This time round, although things may look "easier" yet apparently not so. Now that we are crossing over to week 38 soon for lil Mr I. Things seems to be much more challenging and different this time.

The whole anxiety issue kicked in since the preparation for my school parent teacher meeting and concert started about 2 months ago. I went through quite a weary period of late nights during that period of time. I was beyond exhaustion. But now with my final projects of the above two are over, things seemed to settle a little more. Although I haven't officially start my maternity leave yet but I'm currently clearing some leave just to await the arrival of the lil one. 

But panic is not over yet as I still have a pri school goer who is having tests through out this and next week.. Not to forget my lil toddler who is building her mind of her own with her temper throwing stage. And just last Thursday, my gynae advised that I could be induced this week as lil Mr I is bigger than expected. *gasp*

So within a very short period (again), we had to gather what's necessary to receive the arrival of our new member of the family. 

Items checked: Cot assembled, hospital bag packed, admission letter packed, baby clothes washed, presents for the kids bought.. 

Items unchecked: husk pillow, set of pillow and bolsters.. What else?

Once again I pray hard to God to shower me with perserverance and strength again for the birth of our lil I. But of course not forgetting also for gynae to arrive on time.


The big sista excited over her lil bro's items.



The whole gang going goo goo gaga while assembling the cot for the lil one.


Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Never say these to a pregnant woman..


Pardon me for my pre natal hormonal mood swings but sometimes I think some people simply have no brains when they start asking you some dumba$$ questions. You know you are so annoyed when these questions keep coming back to you. And I am definitely not someone who has the patience to be nice.


Q: "Wah you perspire so much ah?" (And this came from a mom of 2)
A: (first dumbfounded then..)
"oh ya? You never see perspiration before?"

Q: "you have twins ah?"
A: (when obviously it is just one) "dunno leh". *sniggers*

Q: (for the umpteen time) "when you going on leave? Stomach so big!"
A: "ok la.. Still can get bigger." *roll eyes*

Q: "so you are a mom of 2, so this should be easy for you?"
A: "seriously I'm not sure. I even just had a nightmare last night about my bursting waterbag, you wanna know what happened after that?"

So you see.. We are not trying to be mean. But some questions are not meant  to be ask, especially when it is on repeated mode. Tyvm.

In conclusion


Have a nice week ahead. Counting down  to the start of my ML. 

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Week 35.. Lil Mr I..


Apparently the statistics has increased tremendously.
Me +9kg and lil Mr I estimated at a whopping 2.5kg-2.7kg. Gynae even made fun of me and said it is another lil sumo on the way.
It is of no wonder why my back is breaking and my feet are getting more swollen by each day. Ouch.
Counting down game.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Comparisons of the siblings in the tummy..

Is it just me but I have a fetish for my ever growing tummy.
So here is a comparison of all same old tummy at a similar stage of all my pregnancies, hopefully I can and will close factory after this round.



Anyway the weight gain so far for this pregnancy has been "well maintained"
Last check weight gain at 32 weeks
Me +6kg, lil I at 2kg

Though I can't wait to pop with my strenuous backaches and dizzy spells but I would think finishing my concert at my 37 weeks w my fellow colleagues is just what I hope to get off the list.

So let's keep our fingers cross.

Monday, September 15, 2014

How has September been for you?

As we move quickly into the last quarter of the year, I do realized that it has been a quiet month over here.. Well please pardon me while I spend more time slacking on the bed, or even taking naps on weekends as walking around with a 2kg and growing-even-tummy with 2 kids in toil is really not a joke at times.

Nah I am not admitting I am getting old but just that energy level has been really different as compared to previously. And I can't wait to pop! But I have another official 8 weeks to go. As such, u mean we only have 3 months left for this year?
But here are some eventful moments so far for Sept for us.


4 Sept 
Ray papa's birthday with the lil ones at home
A very low key celebration this year and poor papa had to buy his own birthday cake! :D
And we are really thankful for such blissful moments in our lives.


5 Sept
Teacher's Day gifts for the kiddos' teachers.
I am so proud of creating my own wrapper using the mundane brown paper.
All you need is patience and creativity.
Not forgetting the right tools!


6 Sept
virigin and failed attempt at baking bread.
I think I need a bread machine.
*Hint: giving house warming gifts ideas = electrical appliances or vouchers are all acceptable. Hiak


10 Sept
#cheapthrill way of #screenfree moments for Dora.
Guilty as charged. I don't deny moments when we allow the kiddos to use gadgets but I am only glad that we are also trying our best to create these simple screen free moments for them as well.

And all you need is a old bathtub with your desirable amount of water, some underutilised sandplay/waterplay toys and voila!
One happy child.

Disclaimer: Adult supervision is required.


11 Sept
Trial art class for Isa at HeART studio doing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles canvas.
Amazing place with amazing people.
Our new target for Isa's next holiday program. :)


12 Sept
Movie: Planes 2 - Fire and Rescue
A must-do during the school holidays with Isa!
Simply loves it as it was bonding time between the pop and the son.


13 Sept
Our weekly grocery session jus seemed more fun with Dora and my helper around. 

And so fast half a month of September is gone. How has September been for you?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

My Vaby box for August..

Is it my pregnancy brains that I have totally forgotten to post about the wonderful range of products that I had received from Vaby!

Oh man.. imagine you subscribe to a mere $18.90* per month and you get products worth more than $60! How cool can that get? Definitely worth every cent of your subscription!

So here is it, the box of August from Vaby with the following products



  • personalised sized Korean Adhesive Labra (worth $49.00) 
  • cute Zoo bib (worth $4.90)
  • Lavender fields concentrated Laundry Poweder by Idocare sample - I love the afterwash scent!
  • Nurtureme Organic Food sample - even I can't help but take a bite from the pack!
  • Portable Pencil Mini Fan (so handy in our weather!)
  • Kids Party Entertainment Voucher 
  • The Playhouse Unlimited Play Voucher 
That is why I say.. 
"Keep Calm and Vaby!"


#Disclaimer: Rayconniebaby receives Mum and Baby boxes with compliments from Vaby. All experience and opinions on products are my own.
*Terms and conditions apply for giveaway boxes.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

{Review and Giveaway of Neuroscholar Junior} Going to step Into Primary 1 and.. you need help?

Times flies. Isa had already been in P1 for about 8 months! Where did all the time go?

Well when it comes to the children's holistic development, one can always be meticulous and (even) fussy in their choice. Perhaps my occupation had conditioned me to be as such. I guess it is a good thing after all as we are only more that glad that we had made a wise choice for Isa to attend enrichment at NeuroScholars Enrichment Centre (previously known as Neuromath Junior) and Isa had blossomed so much ever since he started his sessions with them.

Besides their regular Math Intelligence Programme,  NeuroScholars Enrichment Centre (NJR) also provide this special crafted programme for the Primary 1 goers. It is called the NeuroAchievers Programme (previously known as Step Into Primary One - SIPO). And since Isa had completed 2 terms in 2013 with NJR‘s NeuroAchievers Programme, I am here to share with you the focus of this programme and how it helps to scaffold a child's learning progress from the preschool level to the primary level.


With the structured contents in the NeuroAchievers Programme, the curriculum focuses more on academic, they are taught topically and in which the curriculum is specially crafted and is on a similar par on what the lower primary syllabus of our local context offers.



The objectives are very clear.
  • Demonstrates speed and accuracy in mathematical calculations




What it seemed like just an ordinary worksheet.

By the way, the improvement of this particular exercise was that there was NO drilling involved. And see the progress in his improvement: 52 seconds to 39 seconds.
  • Draw and label Part-Whole model up to 20

NJR always have surprises up their sleeve for every lesson. 
Today they had brought in a pencil case story to introduce the concept of model drawing.

We all can see the box at the bottom had 3 more than the box on the top.



This was the actual question.
Do you see the connection of the pencil case story to this question now?

Tip: "3 MORE" does NOT always means addition

Even without writing down anything or do any calculations, 
Isa actually knew the answer was 5.
Don't ask me what he was thinking.

I only can tell you he knew what he was doing as his answers reflects his understanding of the subtraction and division.



This lesson of part-whole model was the gist of what I wanted to know how Isa could learn, understand thus applying his understanding of model drawings. Here he is, applying his understanding onto his own model drawing.


To be ready for model drawing, not only a child needs to see and understand the connection between number bonds and model drawing. He must also understanding and apply his concept of drawing proportional bars for the question.
  • Able to complete IQ game within time limit




The aim of the IQ logic game is very clear:
Children to develop their logical reasoning as they try to form sets.

But of course, other than NJR's NeuroAchivers, here are some personal practices of the professionalism of the teachers at NJR:
  • Know your child's strength and weakness
Understanding your child's strength and weakness and highlight these to the teacher whom you are working with. Teachers at NJR are very approachable in a way. They do regular feedback and I look up to their enthusiasm and passion for their jobs. Other than parents, teachers are the next direct group of important people who can adversely affect the child's interest in learning.
  • Be positive
Children thrive in an environment when the expectations and encouragement are consistent. What I like about NJR is that their teachers are not only consistent in their teaching, they also inculcate a very positive vibe in their attitude in motivating the children during their learning process. Even I got influenced and actually told Isa, math is my new favourite subject!
  • Attempt goals and overcome challenges together
Set on a goal together and attempt this goal TOGETHER with the child. For every new topic that Isa was exposed to, he was always apprehensive. But the teachers at NJR are always ever so encouraging that Isa did not even realized that he actually already overcome his fear of "difficult" math question.

"Teacher Nana.. let me teach you this"

----Just for Rayconniebaby's readers - FREE TRIAL---

Rayconniebaby is very excited to share that 10 lucky winners will win your 6 year old a free trial of NeuroAchiever's Programme. 

Here is how you can take part:


This is part three of a three-part series in this review of Neuroscholar Junior's NeuroAchiever's Programme. 

Read more of Neuroscholars Jr here in my first post

Read more of Neuroscholars Jr here in my second post.

NeuroScholars Enrichment Centre @ Parkway Parade
 80 Marine Parade Road #17-02 Parkway Parade S(449269)

Tel: 6440 0809 Email: ask@neuroscholarsjunior.com
Facebook at 
https://www.facebook.com/neuroscholars?fref=ts

Disclaimer
Isa and I are invited to participate and review NeuroScholars Enrichment Centre's NeuroAchiver's Programme in 2013. These opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but were not influenced by the company or the complimentary classes given. Terms and condition apply for the giveaway. Rayconniebaby reserves the right to choose another random winner if the winner does not reply within 24 hours after the email is being sent out from Neuroscholars Enrichment Centre.
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