Mia’s Birth Story

On the 27th of December 2016, we welcomed our little girl who decided to make her grand appearance a week earlier than expected. On hindsight, she could have been born 4 days earlier if I had known what was happening to me. However, I was kept busy with Christmas preparations and a sick toddler who …

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5 Things To Know About Giving Birth In Germany

As if having your first child isn't nerve-wrecking enough, giving birth in a foreign land without sufficient knowledge of the local language can only add on to the stress. Occasionally I receive a couple of emails from readers in Singapore who chance upon this blog asking me about what it's like to have a baby …

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The Final Countdown

Do you think anyone will ring social services to warn them of me? Please don't. Of course I won't punish my boy for being late. Till date, he's 2 days late which apparently is very common for first-time mums (according to my gynaecologist). However, this last stretch has proven to be a test of my …

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Vivid Dreams (At times crazy!)

Before this pregnancy, I wondered if I would ever dream. When I did dream, I usually don't remember the details. However I've been having the most vivid dreams for the past 32 weeks ever since we found out about Theodore. And may I warn you that these dreams do make my doubt my sanity at …

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Let Your Faith be Bigger Than Your Fear

Did you know that in Germany, the public health insurance covers only 3 scans during the entire pregnancy (unless there's a medical need)? So unless your gynaecologist is very interested in scans, you'll probably have to fork out of your own pocket for extra checks. We're that sort of parents who want to know EVERYTHING …

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Baby Shower Fun

My sister-in-law threw a Baby Shower for us when she visited on the weekend. Her neon pink suitcase which Daniel helped drag home from the airport attracted the attention of a little German girl who shouted "Wow! Big suitcase! And it's pink!" It was packed with loads of baby gifts for Theodore. Such a spoilt …

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Week 35 Bump Shots

My sister-in-law visited from Oxford on Saturday. On Sunday morning, we visited the Chinese Garden in Frankfurt to have more bump shots taken by her. She's got an eye for photography. All I did was showed her the shots I liked on Pinterest and bossed Daniel around to pose. We really love ALL the photos …

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Back to Nature (and bump shots!)

The clouds were low in the sky and a tad chilly on Sunday morning. To rejuvenate ourselves for the week ahead, we took the tram to have a leisure walk in the nearby forest. Long distance walking is something we both enjoy a lot when the weather is warmer but I was looking forward to …

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Waffled Up Baby

Who says we can't have dessert as a main meal? After our first CTG (where Theodore's heartbeat and movements were monitored against any contractions), we went to Ergbut restaurant for lunch. Unfortunately the weather wasn't warm enough to justify waffles with ice-cream so I had it with hot cherries instead. Now, I really want a …

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Monthly Baby Labels – Photo Ideas

4 years ago I was more into crafts. I enjoyed it because it was a creative outlet for me. I don't really remember why I stopped, but I suppose there weren't any big life moments to scrapbook about and I had no idea where to display the finished products (always a shame to store them …

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Wriggly Belly Video at 29 Weeks 5 Days

I look forward to every single appointment with my gynaecologist because it means getting to see Theodore on screen. Prior to feeling him squirm within me, an ultrasound was the only way I could be reassured that he was growing well and alive. Daniel started to feel Theodore on 5th Feb. I wished I had …

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Bump in the Sun

The glorious sun was out smiling brightly through the balcony windows that are in need of some hardcore polishing. It was merely 10 degrees Celsius outside but I felt a lot warmer lying in a sunny spot on our cosy sofa in the living room. Overwhelmed with fatigue these days, I enjoyed a quiet afternoon …

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O Teddy Bear

We started learning the piano in late December 2013. It has been a fun and wonderful journey so far. As usual, Daniel progresses a lot faster than me because he's a million times more hardworking. He got into music theory recently (something that put me to sleep during band practices in my student days) and have …

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Selective Hearing

There was once an advertisement in Singapore showing a Dad listening to his son's tennis coach commenting on the boy's (lack of) performance. The boy was rubbish at tennis and the coach has simply given up hope on him. However, all the Dad heard was nothing but how great his little boy was. He somehow …

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First Letter to Theo

Dear Theo, Mama's extremely proud of you for coping so well. As of today, it has been 6 weeks since we last saw you on-screen. It feels like forever to us, especially for papa who's still unable to feel your little tickles in me. As you and I are connected physically, I let papa know that …

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Our First Purchase

The past 3 weeks felt like forever. We couldn't sleep well as we were overwhelmed with mixed emotions of fear, excitement and worry from not seeing Bao. In Germany, insurance covers 3 scans throughout the pregnancy (one in each trimester) unless there's a medical condition that calls for more scans. In a way, I feel …

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Coming Soon … May 2014!!!

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 …

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