Sep 2005: We met in Japan.
Jan 2009: Dan moved to Singapore.
Nov 2009: We got married in an Irish Pub in Singapore.
Apr 2010: I moved to Oxford.
Jul 2011: We held a Church Blessing ceremony and exchanged rings.
May 2014: We will be bringing home our little darling!
All very exciting for us and our families. I’m currently in my 12th week + 5 days which the gyn calls 13 weeks. For the past 8 weeks we’ve been keeping this little secret to ourselves since the risk of miscarriage is ever so high in the first trimester. We were so glad to see the little one (nicknamed Bao which means bun) yesterday and hear its galloping heartbeat.
Here’s Bao’s development since week 5. It’s amazing how much it has grown!
Week 5: Yay! We’re finally going to be papa and mama!
Week 6: Cramps, and more cramps. Worried when reading baby centre. Curry stinks like hell!
Week 7: Never been so exhausted! An emotional wreck. Saw baby’s heartbeat pulse for the first time. Put our minds at ease to know it’s growing well.
Week 8: A relaxing and enjoyable week back in the UK to visit our new beautiful niece.
Week 9: Gyn said no heartbeat. Devastated!!! But the hospital gyn found it!!! It was really fuzzy on the ultrasound since blood was covering the baby and it was so easy to miss its slow heartbeat. On progesterone which made me fatigue. Found two bleeding spots but doctor wasn’t too concerned.
Week 10: Heard baby’s heartbeat for the first time. Sounds like horses galloping! Strong and fast! Home rest and no exercise for the next 4 weeks. Feeling a lot more energetic. Magnesium supplements to deal with stitch-like pains at night which I swear are so painful! A quarter of the journey completed!
Week 11: Strong cravings for SG cuisine! Just looking at photos makes me hungry. Since I was unable to stand up for longer than 15 mins without feeling any pain, I got addicted to biscuits. Crochet a basket to keep yarn balls. Planning to make square ones to compartmentalise baby’s drawers. Given what happened to Bao in week 9, we’re now paranoid parents-to-be. Any sign of spotting and pain guarantee us sleepless nights. We’re constantly worried about Bao.
Week 12: Extremely sore lower left rib, as though I’ve dislocated it. Vivid nightmares of Asian girl eating her own head. I tried to stop her and she chewed on my hands! I waved my hands up in the air and screamed out loud for help. Thankfully Daniel woke me up.
Saw Bao again on the ultrasound! It’s now 5cm long with a regular heartbeat! Home rest has been extended for another 3 weeks before we get to see Bao on our wedding anniversary! Woohoo!!!
We’re really thankful to those who had us and Bao in their thoughts and prayers since Week 9. We’re also very grateful for all the well wishes and excitement we received from family and friends. I’m sure Bao’s going to be so loved as he/she already is.