Thursday, 31 July 2014

The boys in the past two weeks

Double chin at last!

Went for his first month jab on Tuesday and he weighed in at 3.97 kg - a full kilo since birth, woohoo! He used to feel like a chicken when I held him up by his head and limbs - not anymore! :)

He has super cute toes - rounded toe pads :)

I like Papa! :)

Clan Sito went out on their own for the first time last Saturday. It was quite successful :)

I prepared the stroller for ZY, i.e. lower and shorter straps, horizontal seat. He slept from home until dinner time - how timely *.* Luckily I had my trusty sling with me so I still got to eat..

I also put the front tray on so that we can easily convert the stroller for ZK's use should he want it. And of course he wanted it!!

We didn't strap him down and once, he came out from the bottom of the tray! Since then, we always strap him down with the bottom straps as the top straps are kept at infant position, but that's enough to keep him from sliding downward purposely.

So that day, we went to Star Vista for ramen and ice cream! He started out hesitating, saying that it was cold. But he soon took to it, and we dug in as well to cut down his intake..

Put ZY in the infant car seat when we went for his first month jab. So wobbly :)

I forgot how to release the straps properly so I took the seat home to try it out. Also hoped that ZY would nap in it but fat hope! He looks funny here :p

This is not ZK!

These days, I try to make ZY sleep first so that I can attend to ZK in the evening. If ZY sleeps in the other room, I check the camera while putting ZK in bed. Sometimes, I have ZY on my chest and ZK by my side - ZK would sayang didi sometimes but more often, I have to fend off his 剪刀脚 *.* Today, I nursed ZY in bed with ZK next to him - have to fend off the bigger head and butt *.*

Bedtime is very challenging now, especially as Sito has gone back to work. But it's also quite fun. Two evenings ago, ZK and I sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star together - the full song, the two of us :) And he showed that he could sing a lot more, even 月光光!

Finally dug out the baby gym yesterday! Born 2012? Wrong! :p

Look what I found on my arm after a nursing session - a "earmark"!!

So the significant event this month - apart from ZY gaining weight - was his manyue! And he slept in the car seat on the floor and let me eat! Happy Mama :)

Like for ZK, we went to Peach Garden but the new one at Metropolis. The room was much smaller for more people - yes, Mother actually came! And hence so did MZ and YQ - but there was just enough space for a group shot.

And our first family shot - Papa with Astro Boy-hair, Mama with messy hair (supposed to be tied!), ZK with a lot of hair (and biting my phone *.*) and ZY with newborn hair and looking all scrunched up :)

And let's not forget the older boy who is still unable to pose properly for photos yet - he won a little squishy pillow for being the best dressed kid for Racial Harmony Day commemoration in school last Monday! :)

Sito got the yukata for him when he went to Japan for work early this year - so cute right? :)

And that Friday, they celebrated Hari Raya Puasa in school - that's our son reaching for more snacks :p

Fridays are days for water play! Think we should get him a swimsuit at some point...

And of course, the brothers together :)

ZK loves having ZY on his lap to sayang :) I should mention that ZK gave his first kiss to ZY on 20 July! ZK doesn't kiss people - he lets others kiss him! But that day, I demo-ed a few times and he put his lips to ZY's face :)

And the other day, ZY was quiet while ZK drank milk next to him :)

Mama, what is GeGe doing? I also want!

Uh-oh... Haha!

Anyway, I went out with ZY on my own for the first time today! Had lunch with CY, forever my 损友 when it comes to eating, haha! But we had fun :) Also shopped for Daiso stuff (yeah!), socks for ZK and a toy for an upcoming kiddy birthday party. Very, very tired by the time I got back.. But it was a successful trip - ZY didn't fuss much at the boob, and I even changed a poopy diaper and nursed ZY in a nursing room. Gaining more confidence to head out more with ZY! :)

Thursday, 24 July 2014

The family room - and bed

I mentioned that ZK started opening his room door to come to our room the very night we returned from the hospital. Since then, he came in every night with the very odd exception, between 9 pm and midnight. And the past few evenings at bedtime, he asked to go to 妈妈房间 but I said no. He whined as I left his room.

Sito and I felt for him; he probably realised that he was the only one sleeping on his own. Worse, he felt neglected :( We should be glad he still wants to sayang ZY.

Today, he came home with a soiled diaper so we showered him. Um, usually, we don't but I suppose we should start to shower him every evening as (a) he can be really dirty from playing in school, and (b) the shower today went well despite ZY being awake the whole time.

Anyway, after the shower, he didn't leave our room - he wanted to stay on for bedtime. And we gave in.

I nursed ZY while ZK flipped about on the bed, moving the tissue box from the bedside table to the headrest, asking for his water bottle, singing a weird combo of 小白船 and 摇啊摇... Sito came in halfway to shower and lie next to ZK. It took what seemed like forever, and just as I thought this wasn't working out, both boys went quiet and still. And that was a decent 8.25 pm.

I also recently realised that ZK has been sleeping through in our bed. In particular, he was out until 7 am this morning! Yes, he flips around a lot and fell off the bed at least twice already. Yes, sometimes he asks for his pacifier. Yes, he whines in his sleep - don't want don't want! But overall, he doesn't really wake up until 5 + at the earliest - with a cheery 早安妈妈 :)

If he is getting good sleep, I suppose this is a good arrangement. We also enjoy looking at ZK as he sleeps - since when did he grow this big?! But this isn't sustainable cos we often have to shift him around in the middle of the night, e.g. I could go out to change ZY's diapers and return to find him taking up my side of the bed. Or he would whack us somewhere with his super strong legs.

We're going to use nap times to put ZK and ZY together in the other room and see when we could safely have them sleep together at night too without us being around. We hope to be able to convince ZK to stay with ZY, seeing how he has been a really loving big brother so far. Wish us luck!

Friday, 18 July 2014

Hello baby

ZY does this a lot:

So we had this exchange more than once:

mf: Look at him! His mouth is smaller than his nose - so cuuuute! *swooning*
Sito: He's like Hello Kitty!
mf: Eh, Hello Kitty has no mouth *.*

Then one day, Sito had a follow-up question: Is he the height of three apples?


PS: As I wrote this, I discovered that she measures five apples tall and weighs three apples. We've always thought she measures three apples tall!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Days lazing around with babe(s)

Days seem to pass in a blur. We're both not working now so the only thing differentiating weekdays from weekends is that ZK is away most of the time on weekdays. And what do we do on weekdays? We nua at home with ZY.

I must have been in the toilet or something. When I returned, I found ZY sleeping on his papa :)

Sleep grin :)

His sleep pose. Also, 大力士!

One day before his EDD, his cord stump fell off!

The day before, it was already loose after a bath. The next day, I was changing his diaper when I realised the stump was missing! Found it between his onesie and diaper. But a black thing remained embedded in his belly button. It took a few more days for it to drop - kept that as well. BUT! Another black thing remained! And there were lots of blood flakes. Eventually, the black thing came off, showing off a nice innie :) As the black thing looks more like clotted blood than cord, I dumped it.

On his EDD, he gave us his sweet innocent look...

That was also the day when he farted at the changing mat, and a poop seed flew onto my arm! At the next change, he eventually pooped into a clean diaper - better in a clean diaper than on the mat itself! He also peed onto his towel at bath time *.*

But those were mild.. The next day, I was changing him when poop flew through my right hand to my right foot and beyond! And there I was, wondering when he was going to pee and poop on me...

Tiny babe on our bed :)

Saw my notes taken at the parent craft class two years ago, that I should cut nails only after six weeks. But I found from photos that I cut ZK's nails at three weeks. And ZY's nails are really long! So I cut them yesterday.

And talking about nails, this ZK dug his nails into my face on his birthday! Wanna give me pain again on 12 July, issit?! Now I'm sporting ugly red spots on my face :(

And speaking of ZK, here's a shot of ZK sayang-ing ZY :)

We think he is a wonderful big brother :) Just check out what he did! (The video starts slow, but keep watching!)

PS: He was watching an excavator video - in Russian!

In other news, I'm now 66.6 kg, woohoo! Measured myself at the gynae's on 10 July, i.e. I may be lighter now? :) Took out the knot for my episiotomy that day and was told I still had quite a bit of blood clots inside. And my uterus looked huge and round in the ultrasound - I don't remember that from ZK's time! Better breastfeed more..

Since 11 July, we have started leaving ZY to nap at home while we take off for an hour or so for lunch. Today, we went shopping for a Chinese costume for ZK to wear to the racial harmony day celebration next Monday. At $18, it's the most expensive piece of clothing we've ever bought for ZK, I think! But we realise that with the boys two years apart, such costumes should fit ZY when it's his turn! Save some money, ha!

ZY is sleeping now. Hope he sleeps better tonight - he caught a little bug from ZK and has been sniffling since yesterday :( In fact, the whole family is sniffling. This morning, I used a suction bulb to suck out a piece of green snot from his right nostril. Couldn't get the rest out. Hope he manages to sneeze them out soon...

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

ZK turns two! :)

So fast, our little boy is now a two-year-old toddler!

With ZY still fragile and learning to latch on properly, we opted for a little celebration for ZK at home on Saturday. We started with the presents so that if he got dirty after dinner, he could go straight to the shower and his bed!

YeePo gave him a cute dog - thankfully, it's not real haha! He walked the dog here and there, and this morning, almost brought it to school! I asked him to let the dog sit at the foot of the sofa to wait for him to come home.

And I finally gave him the Thomas umbrella! He probably won't know how to use it yet but it's something to coax him into the stroller on rainy days...

Now the first boxed present - trains with tracks from AhMa.

He loves opening stuff - every evening, he must open the little box of raisins himself. This day proved to be no exception, although the boxes were much larger!

Papa assembled the tracks for him to play his various choo-choo parts. He also opened up YeePo's present - the car that moves around the world in 10 seconds!

In the middle of the tracks were some small vehicles from his friend in school! His friend also gave ZY a little fluff toy just for being hatched! So Mama ZK gave his friend a little thank-you note, which Mama put into a cute folder for him to bring to school.

PS: I held ZK's hand to write the big letters - so hard to have him sit still! *.*

And of course, Papa's present - an excavator!! Papa really wanted to get him something fun :) And he loves it! There's a little truck among the train set, much littler than the excavator, but he loves playing with them together, digging imaginary soil and transferring to the truck - working his imagination seems better than getting him an accompanying truck after all! :) (In any case, he has a whole set of such construction vehicles over at Mum's place *.*)

GuGu's present got him most excited - by then, he understood that these mysterious boxes of various shapes and sizes contained wonderful toys! And wonderful it was!

Our TV bench was lined up with his toys that day. And that night, we kept some toys and parts to ration to him in the next year or two. Or three. He still has presents from his first birthday in the cabinet, untouched since the day they were opened!

And nightmare - that night, he woke at 2 am, said 早安妈妈 and went out to play with his toys! He also brought in some and I was so worried he would wake his brother! Eventually, we got him to stop playing - the cars are parked in the carpark for the night :p His excitement is understandable. But we really must learn how to anticipate this and manage it so that everyone gets some rest.

Dinner was noodles from Mum, cos the birthday boy likes his noodles! Managed to sneak in some meat :p

Then, it was cake time! Thomas cake from Polar!

ZK blew out his candles on his own, with support from Papa cos I forgot to shift the cake nearer the edge amid the excitement!

And Mama helped him with the first cut.

ZK and I have similar taste in cake - chocolate! And instead of the usual chocolate sponge, we had royal chocolate - sounds more chocolatey!

Yum yum!

Hmm, I think I want more of the white chocolate cake sign...

So I had another one!

Happy happy birthday, our dear ZK :)

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

The special position of the firstborn

Na came over last Saturday and thought ZY would be better looking than ZK. Well, I think both are super good looking leh - yes, I'm the mama but as mentioned, the parents can be objective too!

ZY is still in his bee-bee newborn stage - more photos will come. Today, I'm posting some well-taken photos of ZK from Na's QY's first birthday party.

I like this fried rice - it has plenty of egg and no meat! (More like the Mama picked out the meat for him..)

Source: Na

What's this thing, Mama? Pointy!

Source: Na

Haha! I don't know what I'm doing but it's fun!

Source: Na

Ok, let me make a serious effort to, um, water the box?

Source: Na

All the mummies were looking into the camera; all the babies were not! And birthday girl had to cover her face!!

Source: Na

This was taken the morning of the last night he slept at home as our only child. He woke, went to the no-no zone and stayed there for a while with Meh Meh before going to the door to call for me. I thought the photo looks a little eerie - he took on a very different expression from his usual - but he's still so cute :)

ZK is really a lot more expressive these days. I don't know when it started but he shows 150% excitement at everything. He laughs heartily. He smiles sweetly at us. He says please and thank you and sorry either absent-mindedly while watching videos or with the most charming look I've ever seen in a kid. He sings a lot and talks a lot with lots of gestures.

Physically, he's also grown. At first, we thought it was because we spent more time with ZY in the hospital and his smallness made us think ZK look big. But I wiped his poopy butt on Sunday when Y was off - I hadn't cleaned him for quite a while - and boy, his butt is now damn huge and heavy to lift! He also has more teeth now. I noticed two more teeth - top premolars I think - the Sunday we got home from the hospital.

Thinking about ZK sometimes makes me emo. The firstborn really has a special place in my heart :) Actually, come to think of it, each of our kids always has a special place in our hearts, be it as the firstborn, last or - maybe? - middle :) Oh, and the hubs too, despite this seeming like an after-thought! :)

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Introducing sweet boy, ZY!

Hello! My name is Zhenyang! ^.^

Welcome to Clan Sito, ZY! :) It has been one week and two days with this sweet boy, yay! I'll start his story from where I left off last Thursday.. Warning: May be a bit tmi...

When Sito came back on Thursday evening, I packed three sets of clothes into his suitcase :)

(Yes, Mama packed her beauty stuff too!)

Friday, 27 June - happy birthday!

It was a clear Friday morning when we left the house. Reached the hospital just past 6 am and went straight to the labour ward as instructed where a nurse did some paperwork and had me sign off for epidural. I was connected to machines and we could hear ZY's heartbeat :) She also took my blood pressure before giving me an enema, which worked very quickly and very well this time compared to ZK's time, perhaps because I wasn't in pain yet this time..

Came out of the toilet to Milo and Khong Guan biscuits! Yay! I was hungry but didn't have breakfast cos the clinic nurses advised me against food. But the nurse at the labour ward was more relaxed so :p

Our last couple shot in the labour ward before we became four:

The nurse came back at 7.45 am to prepare me for the epidural. ZY seemed to sense that and moved vigorously for a while! It was later that I realised that that was the last time I felt him moving inside me...

Digression: Was exchanging text messages with Mum. ZK asked for me when he saw Y and not me. Awww...

So Dr Tay came in around 8 am, all cheery and chatty. I didn't remember much from ZK's time but Sito said it was similar. This time, I wasn't in pain and was able to recall details. So the doc had me curl up and breathe in and out while he inserted the epidural. He didn't tell me to breathe out at the end and I was holding my breath like crazy! So stupid *.* When he said that I was done with the most painful part of the procedure, I didn't even feel pain! The only thing I remember very well from ZK's time was that he commented that I didn't exercise - he said that again when he was inserting a needle for the blood work and drip! When all was set, Sito went to do admissions.

By 8.45 am, the oxytocin was in. Dr Chan came in to find me 4-5 cm dilated and burst my waterbag with a hook *.* It didn't hurt but it didn't feel very pleasant either..

Last shot of me with ZY in my belly:

By 9.20 am, my contractions were about two minutes apart. By 9.30 am, I felt fluids coming out. They turned me on my left to help ZY turn to face down, and then on my right cos my left leg felt asleep from the epidural. By 11 am, I felt a lot of pressure down there; I was 8 cm. I was progressing slower than expected, considering that I had delivered ZK by then.

Finally, by 11.25 am, the nurse started me pushing and I pushed like mad cos ZY was still very high up. It was tough work! And no matter how much I pushed, how low the epidural went, I just couldn't feel anything! And I was getting giddy from all that pushing.. At first, I took the time between contractions to think about how to breathe and push - forgot to read the Chinese book from Mum this time before delivery. Later, I just closed my eyes and almost fell asleep from the giddiness.

By 12.15 pm, Dr Chan came in with another nurse and saw that I was very swollen! Baby was still angled to my left instead of facing down so out came the forceps - I never knew they were so big!! O_O

With the forceps in, I gave a couple more pushes I think, and Sito said the head came out! And then a slippery slosh and ZY was on me! Two impressions - he came out all red in blood (we figure it was because I didn't have enough coconut water this time!) and he was so warm! I could tell somehow that he was smaller than ZK - whether it was by sight or by feel, I'm not quite sure. And he cried more than ZK did in the labour ward.

Anyway, the doc cut the cord and collected the cord blood before the placenta came out. I had wanted to cut the cord this time but by then I was too tired to do it. So I just lay there and watch the second nurse suck out red fluids from ZY's mouth on the warmer. Then he was weighed - 2.970 kg! Yes, smaller than ZK. The doc said the red marks on his face due to the forceps would go away very soon - think they were gone by the next day. He also said I shouldn't feel pain from the stitches but the swelling would cause some discomfort, ah well..

First family shot!

I was going to breastfeed ZY when the nurse said the PD was outside the labour ward. So she put him back on the warmer and we watched the PD check him from head to bottom. At one point, he held him by the arms and lifted him! That was so cute though scary haha! Anyway, everything was ok. But I didn't manage to hold him more as they wheeled him off to the nursery for his first vaccinations by 1.40 pm.

I was still giddy but excited about ZY. However, I realised then that I couldn't remember his face! :( I can still remember ZK's face when he was first born, ok... I think it's because when ZY came out, he didn't turn his head upwards like ZK did. I felt, and still feel, sad that I couldn't remember his face then. Now of course I can't wipe that sweet face off my mind :)

Lunch was served in the labour ward at about 2 pm as we were waiting for a room to become available. It wasn't very nice cos there was this spicy tofu thing that I didn't like at all. Luckily, Sito met Mum who came with fried rice! That made me feel so much more satisfied.

Finally, I was wheeled into room 633 at 4 pm! It felt so good to be in a less cold room! But they wouldn't let me off the bed - I shifted myself from labour bed to wheel bed to room bed, no feet on the floor at all.

We saw ZY again at 4.50 pm and tried to breastfeed him to some success. Second time, got experience, ha! But it's a different baby so while I know the techniques, I know we still need to get used to each other. And this has been tested many times in the past week cos his hands keep getting in the way, he keeps shaking his head while trying to latch on, and my nipples still hurt though the pain wasn't as bad as last time - scabs from both nipples fell off already! Ok, tmi :p

Sito carried ZY for the first time - I love to see my hub and my pups together :)

I pulled on a T-shirt before CW and SSY came by in the evening; I refused to be seen in that terrible blue robe again! They were just back from a holiday! Sito, we won't have a proper holiday for quite a while *.*

The epidural was wearing off - it took longer this time, it seemed - and my butt was getting sore and numb so I got the nurse in at 7 pm. May I go pee, please? No, you pee in the bed pan! *.* So I did, and it was a lot of pee from the drip! Took such a long time to pee and the nurse had to help by pushing my belly. I could hear Sito Skyping with Mum and ZK outside the curtain. When I was done, it was my turn with our firstborn! Kind of miss that boy..

I was finally allowed to get off the bed at 8.45 pm! Kel and D were with us then but I couldn't take it anymore and had to shower! Then we carried on chatting :p

Something funny happened in the bathroom - I found that the night pads I bought were huge! In fact, they almost protruded out of my panties!! Ah well, at least they are functional without being bulky like the terrible maternity pads.

And I found that my groin still hurt - it eventually hurt less by Sunday but the pain is still here today... Let's see when it goes away completely.. I hope it goes away completely!!

ZK came in to nurse at 10.30 pm before our supper arrived. It was some very good supper :)

Saturday, 28 June - hello, 弟弟!

The PD came in at 7.30 am to tell us that everything was normal. I asked about his blue-black fingers and nails and was told that would go away. The lactation consultant came in just as I was applying eye cream and her first thought was, this was not my first time, ha! I sought her advice on how to stuff food into ZY's tiny mouth :p

The replacement gynae - Dr Chan had left for his holiday! - came in later, found me still swollen and ordered a sitz bath for me. I used it twice that day and once on Sunday. By the time she came in to discharge me, I was much less swollen.

On retrospect, I think the first nurse shouldn't keep stretching me while I pushed. There was no such stretching last time and I pushed for 30 min with no swelling. Also, last time, the nurse put ZK and me on skin contact early so we had more time together before he was wheeled away; he even managed to find my right boob on his own. And, she could not shut up, be it about procedures or her sons. Sighs, the importance of a good nurse!

Our room package came with a 10-15 min massage :) She came in promptly at 10.15 am as was earlier communicated by the nurse. The massage was good!

So cute even when grouchy!

Mum and Ah Yee came by at 11-ish with ZK in Y's arms - my big baby! :)

ZK met ZY for the first time. He gave his dog to his little brother and sayang-ed him when he cried :)

But he "don't want 弟弟" *.*

We put ZY down in the bassinet so that ZK could have his lunch right next to me while Mum they all went downstairs for food.

Our lunch came in the midst of his so Sito finished up quickly and took ZK so that I could have mine. And then he started playing with my camera and took some random shots and a video..

That afternoon, nursing was more painful than the day before. Sighs, Dr Chan wasn't kidding when he told me last time that subsequent contractions of the uterus would be more painful :( Sito had to keep rubbing my back the whole time. It got better by Saturday night and by Sunday, I no longer needed a back rub.

We had supper again. Think it was better than the night before, yum :p

Sunday, 29 June - on our own

It was raining when the gynae discharged me at 10.45 am, like the day we left the hospital with ZK. But the rain stopped long before we left the hospital this time as we still had to settle payment etc. ZY got changed in the room at 11.15 am - he was so small even in the small onesie! He weighed 2.8 kg that day. Sighs.. Need to fatten you up!

All rounded up in a bunch of cuteness in my lap:

Mittens off! His hands are so small that they slip off easily.

Finally got home at 1 pm. He napped while I lunched.

Spent the rest of the day protecting ZY from ZK's rough love! ZK went out for dinner with the rest of the village while I stayed in with ZY. And everyone went to bed on time, phew!

Monday, 30 June - first full day at home

But there were plenty of activities before daybreak..

At 12.30 am, ZY pooped! I first saw his meconium in the hospital but I got the nurse to change him in the nursery. It was sticky and hard to wipe off. At least it wasn't smelly!

I woke to fuller boobs at 2 am. ZY latched on for a while and before he could go back to sleep, ZK opened his door and came into our room! Of all days, he chose to do that on our first night with ZY at home *.* The two boys kept each other awake. I had to move to ZK's room with ZY so that everyone could get some sleep!

The next morning, I had to pump cos I was getting swollen and ZY wasn't draining me.. Pumped out 20 ml.

CY popped by for a while in the afternoon. We'll meet again later this month before the end of her maternity leave.

Love his look in upright position!

Tuesday, 1 July - first day of massage

Mother came over with not one but two bottles of Huiji waist tonic! I'm so scared :( Drank it anyway *.* Think it would taste better with food, say, braised chicken drumsticks! Will make that next week.

I nursed ZY just before the massage but he probably didn't drink much cos he started crying soon! But no fear! Cos there was the 20 ml in the fridge! Unfortunately, he didn't want it :( So I heard him crying for quite a while during the massage :(

He pooped again that afternoon - he was starting to have breastmilk poop! The poop was brown and less tar-like by 4+ and lighter brown by 11+ - I'm happy cos that meant he was drinking milk even though he didn't have many wet diapers :)

Sito left after the massage to pick up the name options from Jin Zi Long and packed some Ho Kee goodies for my afternoon snack :) That night, we decided on ZY's name - 振扬 :) We thought it's nice to have a "zhen" even though the Chinese character is different. As for 扬, well, we had a few options but ZY was waving his hands on our bed and I thought, that's two hands - 两个提手旁!

ZK came to our room at 9+ and we took him in. He took a while to fall asleep.. And at one point, I was very tempted to ask him to help drain my boobs!

Wednesday, 2 July - first trip to the PD and first bath

Unwrapped myself to a smaller belly, yay! This auntie used cream Jamu instead of raw herbs so it was much less messy to unwrap compared to the last time.

Washed and refreshed and unrestricted, we went to the PD. We were early and were out within 30 minutes! So ZY had gained a little weight - 2.87 kg. On the other hand, I was down to below 70 kg :p He had slight jaundice but was otherwise fine. The PD held him up by the arms again - I never fail to be amazed by that cos my little boy still looks so fragile to be baby-handled like that! o_O Interestingly, the PD asked about ZK's reaction to ZY - he had never held such small talk with us in the past two years!

The massage this time was less stressful. I left ZY awake and he cried a little but Sito carried him to sleep :) All relaxed, I realised how good the massage was - my muscles were aching from the pushing and from bad nursing positions. Auntie kneaded out those knots. But I also realised her binding wasn't as good as last time. It felt loose and the ending knot hurt my right side for two days.

We had a relaxing afternoon. Sito took a nap while I took pictures :)

His new friend, Bear Bear, is fatter than him *.*

Long neck, like ET *.*

Such beautiful nails! Such a hairy ear! :p

Sito went to ICA to register ZY's birth. Also got some plumbing parts to fix the drip in the toilet bidet pump. Tried to fix the wash basin but it's still dripping. May need to change the entire thing...

Anyway, it was the day for ZY's first bath at home! And he was asleep until the end *.* But that meant no struggle, yay! It was a little difficult bathing this thinner boy compared to ZK though. We took some videos of the bath but I've decided I won't expose his private parts on cyberspace!

I was packing up some paperwork in the living room at 9+ when both boys were asleep. Suddenly, ZK's door opened and a little boy walked out *.* He just reached my door when he realised that Mama was calling out to him from the desk. He came over and whined. So I took him back to his room. I dozed off but he didn't! His eyes were closed but he was rolling about.. Then Sito came in to tell me that ZY needed me. So we quietly swapped rooms without ZK realising it.

So sweet :)

After ZY went to bed, I posted on FB about us doing the divide-and-conquer thing and went to bed. Suddenly, I heard diaper tape being undone! I opened my eyes to ZK wearing only his diapers at the door! Sito came in shortly after that with his PJs, wondering if I had left extra clothes in his bed *.* Ah well, we took him in...

Thursday, 3 July - one week!

ZY's skin started to flake off here and there. Wonder when the hair on his back and limbs etc will fall off..

Anyway, Sito left for his medical examination and spent some time in the office. While he was away, Mama and baby had some fun!

Only managed to sun him in the afternoon; no sun in the morning:

Cute pose in a foetal position:

Check out his tiny foot!

Yup, crumply ET - a cute one! With scary-looking Mama behind him..

Bright eyes!

A hint of a smile..


I've decided that if we have a third kid, I won't go for the massage again. I love massages and I want to be slim, but I totally hate the oiliness on my skin and on the floor, and I feel so restricted by the binding! I don't remember minding it this much two years ago, perhaps because I was very pissed at that auntie's lack of punctuality. This time, I felt like it was a burden. After every session, I wipe my arms so that I can carry ZY; even then, I use a towel to separate him from my skin in case of any residual oil. I also wear a camisole over the binding to protect ZY from the rough cloth. At night, I can only scrub and wash my limbs due to the binding. And even after mopping the floor, I find that there's still some oiliness. I think we'll have to soap it a bit on the last day.. So, ya, will have to lose weight the hardworking girl way - by exercise! Sobs...

ZK came in by 10.30 pm. When we heard him, we quickly turned out the lights. He came over to my side, passed me his water bottle and climbed up with his pacifier in his mouth and his bolster and Meh Meh in his arms. I was impressed that he brought all his barang barang! And I was surprised when he simply rolled over and fell asleep again before Sito returned from turning off the appliances in ZK's room! Now that was a very pleasant night with ZK in our bed :) He only woke once to ask for his pacifier.

Friday, 4 July

Sito carried ZY and I thought they looked very sweet :)

ZK woke at 9+ again but he saw Y before he came into our room and was led back into his room. He eventually came in past midnight but he fell asleep pretty soon as well, phew!

With the weekend upon us, we're wondering whether we can handle two kids in the house. Probably will involve some isolation of each boy at some point.. ZK is in school now. Sito will fetch him home after lunch. Then we'll play at home, have the brothers know each other a bit more. ZK should nap in the afternoon. We plan to have Sito bring him to the playground and come back for dinner together - we have been having dinner together the past week and it felt very good :)

Anyway, with two kids, it will be hard to write about one without writing about the other. Not to mention the lack of time. So little ZY won't have dedicated posts like ZK had.. Ah well, they're siblings and our kids - our story will continue as a family :)
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