The Confinement Month- Part 2

April 2013

Okay, back to Confinement post- Part 2 . As of now, I am left with 5 more days of confinement. Yay- because I can start going out with Baby Gillian and Lil’ Ryan. Boo- because I will have 3 months left before starting work.

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My mom always tell me that when she was doing her confinement. She had to follow the confinement practices a lot more strictly. This is why sometimes she gets rather upset when I am quite slip-shod when doing my confinement. The thing is that I am not intentionally negligent about on my confinement. but instead I usually follow confinement rules that feels sensible for me so that I will not get post natal blues during this one month.

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If the rules of Chinese confinement is strictly followed, I am supposed to be lying on my bed, doing really nothing. Sitting is really advised against because the waist need to “rest” after birth. Watching television, reading, facebooking, whatsapping and blogging(any activity that requires eye power) is a big no-no as it will deteriorate the eye. Seriously. Living in this generation of technology- not being able to connect to the Internet is quite a torture. In fact, confining myself to only my home during these three weeks is hard enough. I understand that I should get as much rest as possible during this period to recuperate(and I still do not get enough rest because of breastfeeding and the night feeds!). However, sometimes I just wish I get a 2 hours weekly pass to do my facial and hair to maintain my sanity. At this point in time, I look incredibly unkempt. (-_-)”’ 

Like what I mentioned in my previous post on confinement, it is preferable that women doing confinement do not bathe or wash their hair. In the same light, they are not supposed to be touching water for fear of getting wind into their bodies. In any case, this is not possible for me- because I am quite a “hands-on” mother when it comes to my kids. So, even during this month of confinement, I am still bathing Baby Gillian and Ryan. In fact, I have to bathe Ryan more than the usual because he has been vomiting due to his persistent cough and phlegm. 😦

The use of fan is also not allowed during confinement month- because of the theory of how “wind” getting into the body. In my case, I used air conditioning as much as possible. Actually, I cannot imagine how our electricity bills would be like for the month of April! Gosh! Following the whole tradition of avoiding the penetration of “wind” in the body, I was supposed to be wearing long pants and long sleeved shirts for the entire day. In my case, I just wore really light  granny looking pjs because of the blistering heat in April!

I know of many mothers who subscribe to having a jamu lady for the first 7-10 days. Quite a number claimed that the jamu wrapping helped them in regaining their pre-pregnancy figure. In fact, I had a jamu lady for the first time round after giving birth to Baby Ryan but I did not think the massaging or wrapping helped in reducing my tummy. This time round, Dr Cheng advised me against having one- because I was possibly having a C-section then and he thinks that the whole idea of wrapping my tummy as a form of slimming is ridiculous! He told me that if I intended to hire a jamu lady, I might as well pass him the money! (Like what!!!) In the end, as per his advice, I did not get a jamu lady. I did get a binder- which helped in my flattening my tummy and supporting my back(will update more on that the next time!). If you want to know, my weight is still stagnant after 2 weeks but I did lose inches off my waist and hips. *sigh sigh* I really hope to be able to lose more weight by Gillian’s 满月  the end of May.

Now that I am nearing the end of my confinement, I am really happy that I can start stepping out of the house without my mother’s frowns and nagging. The truth is that my mother loves me dearly and hence during this confinement month, she will not back down safeguarding my post-maternity health(especially so since she knows that I have been plagued with a terrible back problem for years). Looking from this perspective, perhaps this is how the traditions and practices of confinement survived for years, across countries for the Chinese. Chinese mothers are just naturally very protective creatures and sometimes overly anxious about their kids’ health. Perhaps, give me another 25-30 years and I will be the one nagging Gillian on doing her 坐月子 properly lest she gets rheumatism or headaches in the future.

In any way, I want to thank Mummy for being so dedicated during my confinement month-  cycling to the wet market every other morning to ensure that I have the best and freshest ingredients for confinement food, preparing all my confinement necessities and caring my Ryan during this one month. So, thank you Mummy and I love you so much!

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Pasir Ris Park- ybike and daddy!

December 2012

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It was just a while ago in October when Ryan’s feet could not touch the ground when he was on the ybike(Read Ryan’s first time on the ybike). Over the past month, he grew a wee bit taller and could manoeuvre the ybike better. In fact, he was the one who practised on his own when he is at home- constantly trying and not giving up despite falling several times. Each time when he falls and gets trapped under the bike, he will call “Help Help” in a totally adorable way. Awwww….

E also made an effort to play with him on the ybike at nights or over the weekends and hence it helped in his confidence in using the bike. So last Saturday, we brought Ryan to the park and he had fun playing with his bike and after which  he went to the Pasir Ris big playground to play his favourite red train. Gong Gong always brings him to play on the red train the the evenings after work and hence Ryan was very familiar with the park.

When the weather got rather warm, we headed off to Ikea and Giant for our air con refuge and to top up the groceries for the week. Totally one of the lazier Saturdays by far.

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AquaDoodle!~

December 2012

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And so, this is the Christmas gift from Baby Aden! An Aquadoodle! This mat is quite popular because it allows kids to draw without the mess from paints and crayons. It is quite a cool toy but we haven’t really had time to play with it yet- been really busy. But will definitely try to update some art that Ryan comes up with using Aquadoodle!

Thank you Mummy Evie and Baby Aden! xxx

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Play Date with Baby Faith

December 2012

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This is the first time Eunice and Baby Faith came by our place even though Ryan and Faith have met up a baby gyms before. Heehee. The original plan was to go for a swim but the weather was uncooperative. The kids ended up playing kitchen and soft toys at home while the Mummies had a good catch-up session.

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Art Attack

September 2012

Since we are trying not to go out as often, here we are trying to do some indoor activity with Baby Ryan.

In order to not make a mess, we put Ryan in a cardboard box and tried to contain the coloring in the box. And thankfully, it did and Ryan and I think he enjoyed himself for that good 30 minutes.

This is the final product that I have framed up and will be pasting it on Ryan’s Art Wall.

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Once upon a Kampong time…

June 2012

E and I brought the little one to Pasir Ris Kid’s Kampong in the late afternoon, after doing some shopping at Dress Sense(heehee). Initially, we wanted to go to the Elias Park Big Playground but enroute, we saw a sign on Kid’s Kampong. Out of curiousity, we followed the signs and there we were at the Kid’s Kampong at the Pasir Ris Farmway.

I have stayed in Pasir Ris for 10 over years and this is my first time at the Kid’s Kampong. Pasir Ris does have its interesting finds and delights.

Entry is just $1 per person. So, it was $3 for three of us!

Food for the fish, chicken/ducks and rabbits respectively. The animal food is included in the entry fees.

The Kids Kampong is not very big. But I am sure it is a fun land for kids.

Feeding the fish is one of Ryan’s favourite activity at the Kampong. The fish were sure enthusiastic. Ryan’s hands were kissed by the kois while he tried to feel their scaly bodies.

Ryan’s close encounters with the chickens.

Feeding the ducks was quite fun. They were very competitive when it came to food!

Checking out the lil’ rabbits.

E showing Ryan the fighting fish.

Fighting fish to be sold.

Omg! I totally love these boys! xxx

And what more a better way than to end our Kampong trip with a Solero…

I suppose we will return to the Kid’s Kampong quite often since it is quite near to our home. It is also a good place to teach Ryan about animals and how do we treat/feed them.  Till later!~

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And of course, we did go to the Elias Park Big Playground to play in the end.

Ahh… such precious weekends. 🙂

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Furniture versus Carpentry

June 2012

Our teak bar stools- SOLD

Teak 2 seater bench- SOLD

Balinese styled paintings- SOLD

Teak Dining Table- SOLD

Teak TV Console- SOLD

Mirror- SOLD

Teak Daybed- GAVE AWAY

TV console- SOLD

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E and I have officially moved house twice in 2 years. Our first love nest was at Telok Kuaru, a nice cosy 2 bedroom apartment which is of close proximity of many yummy places. When we had our first place, we(or rather E) were both swarmed with the many things to plan for our house- like renovations, fittings and so on. It was crazy and it did not help that we were working on a very tight budget.

In the end, we had to reject our ID’s ideas of having the carpentry works which turned out to be a good decision. First off, we get to go for furniture hunting. I love looking at furniture and imagining how they would possibly fit into our home. In fact, E and I have a story for almost every piece of furniture we own… There are so many places that sells beautiful furniture pieces and they definitely look better than some of the carpentry work. Plus, I really doubt my ID’s lobang…. that will be story for another day.  Hence, even for our current home, we did not get an ID this time round. We kept whatever existing carpentry and bought nice furniture to spruce it up.

Second, you can sell your old furniture when you get bored of them but you cannot do the same for carpentry. Unless you just smash them and re-do it. (Well, we are not at the stage of life when money is free flowing yet.) I love selling my old stuff! E can vouch for that. Hence, this is why I always make sure my furniture is in tip-top condition lest I decide to sell them away. I love how my buyers are always pleased that my furniture looks as good as new. Heehee. So, the first furniture that I sold was the teak dining table- yea, it was starting to be of an eye sore for me. Then I starting selling stuff. Before long, we sold our house and the rest went along the way! As for those that cannot be sold, I re-used them in my current home- like my expensive tatami set… and my book shelf.

Thirdly, selling the furniture gives us more money to buy new furniture. And if the furniture is in good condition, you will not even make too big of a loss! This is also definitely more eco- friendly. For the buyers, it will be a very green purchase. Heehee.

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So, you get the idea right? Maybe you want to think about all these options when you are making your decision… 🙂

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