Breastfeeding made easy with Udder Covers

November 2015

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One of the most essential items for my breastfeeding journey would be the nursing covers from Udder Covers. If you guys don’t already know, I am prefer direct latching to pumping of the breast milk. ┬áDirect latching is fuss free- no bottles, no need to sterilise, no need to heat up the EMB(expressed breastmilk). Perfect for someone who is as lazy as me. ­čśŤ

The thing about direct latching would be that I have to nurse it public at times when I head out with Baby Megan. Breastfeeding is a personal choice, so is using a nursing cover. I know there are advocates for mothers to breastfeed freely. However, for myself, I am much more comfortable using a cover when I am nursing in public. I feel that all my 3 babies are better able focus on their latching under a nursing cover. They can be distracted when we are in a public place and stop nursing when something catches their eyes. So, nursing covers is for me. Not just any, but the ones at Udder Covers are fantastic!

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One of the main pull factors for me would be the beautiful prints they use for their nursing covers! The designs they have at Udder Covers are so gorgeous! No kidding. They are of wide range of designs- the romantic florals, classic black, white, grey, soothing marine blue hues and so much more. (Just click here to look at the lovely designs!) Mummies, we are spoiled for choices at Udder Covers.

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The product itself is nothing short of excellent. Definitely designed and made with mothers in mind. The cover is big enough for me with my 2 month old Megan, as seen from the picture above. The measurements (not including the strap) are of the cover: 33.5″ wide x 24″ long, which hangs to my thighs and can wrap around my upper body.

Material wise, it is made of 100% breathable cotton. The material used for the nursing cover is thin. I suppose the material was intentionally chosen so that the baby hiding behind the cover would be able to breath and that there would be better air ventilation. I have also washed it(once) in my washing machine and so far, there is no shrinkage.

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Udder covers uses stainless steel(no worries about rusting!) d-rings which allow a fully adjustable neckline. The most important thing for any nursing cover would be having the rigid neckline bows which allows me to have direct eye contact with Baby Megan. The nursing covers at Udder Covers are easy to store. They can easily fold into a small flat size(as seen from the second picture on this blog post!) that we can carry along in our diaper bag. The rigid neckline bows are very flexible, allowing you to fold it as well.

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(Breastfeeding made easy while lunching at Ippudo!)

Click here to start shopping for your Udder Covers or get one as a Christmas gift for your loved ones. Don’t forget to use the promo code- Cloudee, which will grant you $35 off site-wide at Udder Covers! Hope fellow mummies will enjoy their Udder Covers as much as I did!

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 Disclaimer: The nursing covers were given to me by Udder Covers for review purposes.

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Here’s your Baby Sister, Megan.

October 2015

The thought of having a new sibling can be quite daunting for some children. When my mother brought home my younger brother, Leon from the hospital, I did not feel too kind towards him. I felt that he was going to steal all the attention from me. Sibling rivalry between me and Leon lasted more than just months. We fought till I turned 12/13. That is like almost 7 years of constant bickering and real street-fighter fighting. No kidding.

Of course, when we grew older, we start to appreciate the joys of having siblings around. Like someone to count on to talk rubbish and make faces at even though we are all adults. Like having someone to reminisce the past and vouch for parents’ cray-cray behavior in 1995. Like having someone to share life’s good and bad. Hence, E and I always wanted have more than one child so that each and everyone of them will be able to experience these beautiful aspects of life.

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(Here’s our first night as a family of 5!)

Ryan and Gillian are at the age whereby they are able to understand the meaning of having a new sibling into the family. Months before Megan popped, we sort of prepped them for Megan’s coming. Both little ones were equally excited. They spent time helping with the stretch mark cream nightly, talked and sang to Megan.

The day when E and I brought Baby Megan back, Ryan was still in school and Gillian was having her afternoon nap. We woke Gillian up and she looked rather shocked to see a tiny little pink bundle next to her. Very quickly, like fish to water, she started behaving like an older sister,’ Hello Megan. I am your Jie Jie’, before planting her with many small kisses. She tried to talk more to Megan but being a baby, Megan responded exactly like how a 1 day old baby would. Before we knew it, Gillian started crying, hurt by how her baby sister refused to ‘play with her’. It took us some time to explain to her how it would probably take some time before Megan can play with her. After the explanation, she went back to the ‘Elder Sister’ mode, wanting care for her sister again.┬áOn Baby Megan’s first night at home, Gillian was the one who woke up(for at least twice) with us for the diaper duties. She was very excited to help us to get the wet wipes, Megan’s new diapers as well as the changing mat. The novelty of waking up in the middle night went off one week later and Gillian is able to sleep through any cries at night.

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Ryan, on the hand, seemed to be rather nonchalant on Baby Megan’s first night home. He came home from school and we showed him our latest addition to the family. He acknowledged her happily before wanting to turn on the television for his favourite programme. It took him some time before warming up to Baby Megan and wanting to play more with her. These days, both kids find Baby Megan irresistible. E and I find it hard to stop from from touching and kissing Baby Megan’s face.

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The siblings gift-exchange. 

Like what was done before for the birth of Gillian, we also had some sort of gift exchange for between the siblings as well. Guess what did Ryan and Gillian got from Megan?
Ryan got a Lego set and Gillian got a lovely musical box from Hamley’s.

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As of now, Ryan and Gillian have not bought their presents for Megan yet. But it is likely that we will be getting the IKEA toy kitchen for her as a welcome gift! Will update about it soon! x

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thirty plus one.

October 2015

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I turned 31 on the week of 12 October 2015. The Monday started with me delivering my third baby, precious Baby Megan. The week ended with me celebrating my birthday. There was no fancy dinner or yummy lobster yee-mien because I have only started my confinement month. E got me a delish chocolate┬ácake from Pattisserie Valerie to make up for it though. We will probably head to Hawksmoor for a makeup steak dinner in November. If E’s schedule allows…

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For my whole 31 years, I never thought so much about my mother when it came to my birthdays. When I was younger, I would consider myself to be quite self-centered. It seemed┬álike I really like to just talk about myself, my feelings and mostly about me. (Surprise! Surprise!) Growing up, birthdays seems to be like a social validation of the person that I am. If there is a big celebration and cool presents, it means that people like me- my family members care for me, my friends appreciate our relationships and my boyfriend/husband loves me. On a side note, I don’t think I am like that anymore.┬á#justsaying

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(Us, at Gege’s wedding. December 2014)

Strangely, it was┬áwith the birth of Baby Megan, where I experienced real birthing pains(and possibly having my mother in the labour room with me), did I think of my mother’s pains while she was bearing me, giving birth to me and also guiding me through the years. My mother is one amazing woman. God-sent for my family! She is not just someone who is capable of holding down the household, but she always prioritize everyone else in the family above hers. She is a woman of simple taste(in fact, I can safely say she has no indulgences) and she rarely puts herself first. In many instances, she would rather her children have what they want and sacrifice what she needs. In her case, she could be spending my dad’s salary on luxury bags, pampering facial sessions and nice clothes. However, she chose to live as frugally as possible and ensuring that the family had adequate savings for rainy days. My dad finally┬ámanaged to persuade her to buy a Prada bag years ago when they were in Italy, much to the chagrin of my mom. ­čśŤ

Looking back, I suppose she has her heart tested over and over again through the years. I can imagine those PSLE(Primary School Leaving Examination) years and teenage angst years are the toughest. Having 4 children meant that she had to go through these phases multiplied by 4. She did share with me the challenges of each of us are different at every stage. Sometimes, I do wonder how she(and my dad) are able face all these obstacles and yet go about doing the daily grind. It must be with God’s grace that they came out, relatively unflustered.

So, thank you, Mummy for believing in everyone of us, against the odds! You are the best!

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As of now, my mother is in London helping me with the confinement month. Anyone who knows my mother will know that she does not like long haul flights and cold countries. It is unfortunate that she always ends up travelling to Europe/UK during the winter time because of the school holiday schedules, and now because of the birth of Baby Megan. She chose to come over despite her discomfort to ensure that my pregnancy goes through smoothly and that I have a health-boosting confinement period. After 2 years of being a Stay-at-home-mother, it is really nice to be taken care of like a child by my mother for now. Having my mom around meant that I am definitely well-fed and relaxed. Heehee.

I always feel that there is a special bond between my siblings, myself and my mother. In my case, I don’t really need to tell her how I feel and she rarely judges me. Whenever I go through a difficult time in life, my mother is someone who encourages me, reminds me of God in my life and prays for me. Growing up with a mother who knows my heart is God’s blessing and I pray that I will be as dedicated a mother and do the same for all my children.

In some way or another, I am really happy that Ryan and Gillian are able to share the same birthday as Mummy. This time round, to have my mother being in the room with me on Monday, witnessing the birth of Baby Megan just equally just as meaningful to me.

Happy birthday to me! For this year, I did get my best birthday present ever and it is the latest addition to our family, Baby Megan. On top of all these, a huge thank you to the most amazing, beautiful and selfless Mummy. I love you to the moon and back. May God always keep and bless you in every way.

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