Thursday, August 21, 2014

Baby's Day 26 - The Many Cute Faces of Hayley

Baby girl is getting more active now, and is starting to show many cute movements.

On Monday morning, I walked into her room and saw her wide awake playing alone, doing leg-ups.

She was also wide awake for long hours on Tuesday morning, afternoon and evening. I wonder was it that the caffeine from the cafe latte I had from Sunday afternoon had finally gotten to her at last.

People say newborns like to be swaddled to sleep, but our newborn is a different story! Despite her mini size, she doesn't like to be swaddled! If we try to swaddle her in a thin napkin cloth, she will try to wriggle free of it. Our previous confinement lady had already figured this out around baby's second week. She let baby's hands roam free. And baby will do different poses like the big "大字型" pose, or clamping her ears in what her dad calls the "Allahku Akbar" pose, or the "Ultraman" pose. She had also learnt to draw the napkin up to her eyes to shut off the sunlight while she's asleep. She's a strong-minded one, that one! 

Also the unbelievable thing is, we saw her flip from right to left, twice already! And once when I was DL-ing her lying on the bed, I fell asleep and after half an hour I woke to see that she had wriggled close beside me! 

Baby also sometimes like to try to touch my face with her hand. But that's only when she's in like a really good mood... where she'll do the "Hayley face" with the pouty lips, or smile in her sleep. Nowadays she can't fall in a deep sleep and always cries for people to cuddle her to sleep. And when you're doing that she'll quietly open her eyes to sneak a peek that you're still there, and smile contentedly. 

Last but not least, muscles are growing on her arms and she has a double chin now! The government nurses came on Day 23 and checked her weight - 2.7kg! Breastmilk really works wonders! Also the nurse asked whether her dad is Chinese cos Hayley looks so Mat Salleh! The nurse wanted to bring her back... haha.

The "大字型" pose
The "Allahku Akbar" pose

The "Ultraman" pose

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Baby's Day 15 - 3ml

带了小贝比去小儿科医生那儿复诊, 医生问我们要不要知道贝比生得这么小的原因。要的话就要做两个 check - ultrasound scan of the brain & blood test for TORCH。验血要抽 3ml 的血。

当时有点吓倒, 就忙点头说要。医生说要是将贝比交给 lab 的人抽血, 他们是抽不到的, 她自己来。3ml 的血, 结果贝比哭了好久, 好久...

抽完血之后, 我抱她到楼下做ultrasound scan。她静静地, 眼睛湿湿地看着地上好久好久, 好像在伤心地问: "你们为什么要刺我?~"

我的心好痛, 痛在妈咪保护不了你。

在同一天的下午, 我到妇产科医生那里拆线, 顺便也问她 TORCH test 的事情。她说, 贝比小的原因, 是因为我是典型的妊娠高血压案例。TORCH test, 其实也没必要做。啊~~~ 那贝比不是白白受苦?!

还好, ultrasound brain scan 的结果很好。我也感到放心。

回到家, 贝比因为哭了很久, 很累, 睡了很久。下午六点才醒, 一喝就而喝了 2.5oz 的奶。看着她, 小妞好像一夜之间, 懂事了许多。

P/S: Baby's weight is now 1.94kg

Friday, July 25, 2014

Warrook Cattle Farm

September 2, 2013 
Melbourne - Phillip Island

We woke up early today, excited about traveling to Phillip Island to see the Penguin Parade that night (finally!) But first, we had to make a stop at Warrook Cattle Farm, which is just on the way from Melbourne to Phillip Island. It takes about 1 hour by car from Melbourne to WCF, and another 45 mins from WCF to Phillip Island.

Along the way it was miles and miles of clear blue skies, white clouds and green rolling hills with black cows and wooly white sheep grazing on the grass. A perfect Australian countryside picture. One house to the next was so far, separated by so much farmland, you had to drive. We got a little bit lost using the GPS, but soon we arrived at Warrook Cattle Farm.  

Moo moo cow at entrance to gift shop
Dining area inside the homestead

Warrook Cattle Farm

Warrook Cattle Farm is a cattle and sheep farm on the highway from Melbourne to Phillip Island. The historic homestead was originally settled by the Lyall family in 1857. Visitors can choose to visit the fauna park, or take the farm tour where you can experience farm life activities eg. shearing sheep, milking cows, cracking the stockwhip etc.! Visitors can also opt to have a traditional Australian lunch inside the beautiful homestead.  

We chose to just visit the fauna park, it only cost us a few dollars each.

My first time seeing a real-life, hopping kangaroo! Although to be frank, hubby and I were a little disappointed to see that the kangaroos actually looked like dogs. I was expecting this giant, red-haired creature leaping majestically across the field like in the Tourism Australia logo lol. The kangaroos here were small-sized and pale-colored and they were crawling around on all fours limply like they were in lack of food. :-P We got the chance to feed them some kangaroo food from a bucket. Although they may look tame, their nails are actually quite long and I got scratched by one of the kangaroos. 

While writing this post, it suddenly crossed my mind that if nobody condemns Australians when they eat kangaroos, nobody should condemn Koreans for eating dogs cos actually they are just about the same. Well, just a thought. :-P
Stuart the Wombat

We also met Stuart the Wombat! Wombat is also another marsupial which I had never seen before. It looks like a black baby pig actually minus the snout. We got to feed Stuart some carrots. The keeper cautioned us to be careful while feeding in case Stuart bites our hand. It was scary. I couldn't expect it to be ferocious as it looks so cuddly!  

We took a little time to walk around the fauna park and snap some photos. There was a pond and some waterbirds, and some other animals such as emu, peacock, etc. We didn't greet all of them as we were more excited to see the kangaroos and wombats. 

More of the farm...

Do we look like a farm couple?
The homestead is very beautiful, as well as its surroundings of green, green grass.

Warrook Cattle Farm:
4150 S Gippsland Hwy, Monomeith VIC 3984, Australia
+61 3 5997 1321


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Week 28 - Maternity Photoshoot

#throwback #week28 simple maternity photoshoot in our garden *^_^*

Couple shot taken using camera timer :-P

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Week 37, 3rd Trimester - Stuff for Baby Pt. 2

Updates about baby! 

We have just started our weekly checkup routine at the doctor's. At Week 36, doctor measured baby's heartbeat using Doppler. Doctor said since baby does not change much from week to week, there'd be no ultrasound picture for us this week. *Sob*... I was so looking forward to seeing baby's face again... now that I can't see her for another week, I miss her... ;-(

Guess we'll have to make do with a one week backdated picture then!

Baby at Week 35

That's our baby! Isn't she cute? Hubby says her face looks tembam... very geram wanna cubit her. At Week 37, she is considered term and is now layering on fat. However doctor said she is still very small size, she is 1.7kg @Week35, where normally it is expected to be around 2.3kg. I hope she layers on more fat... I want a cute chubby baby! Can't wait to cubit her cheek and bite her!

Updates about Mommy...

Doctor has been regularly checking my urine content for protein. For two weeks now my urine contained protein. Plus gestational hypertension this may mean signs of pre-eclampsia, where if serious the mom may go into seizure during childbirth. Hmm for now the signs look mild... hopefully it won't happen to me la... Doctor kept reminding me to go to hospital right away if I show any signs like bad headache, nausea etc. So far so good la... I'm keeping my emotions positive and going about my daily routines and taking a lot of rest. I'm thankful that my boss is also understanding and everything at work is going okay. Also thanks to my good friend that pinjam me her BP machine so I can check my BP everyday at home. :-)

Photoshoot @Week 36

Finally my tummy looks big enough for a photoshoot! Asked our good friend to come help us take some pictures in the garden and in our home with his DSLR. Maybe cos he is our good friend we felt comfortable and at ease in front of the camera. Our pictures turned out smiley and happy, and reminded us of the "feel" when my good friends took our portraits during our ROM, years back. One funny thing was me and hubby were quite amazed by his skill, he even asked us to show teeth when we smile, open eyes wider, angle our bodies here and there... lol... it was a very enjoyable session.

Actually I also 'forced' hubby to take some pictures of me during Week 28. Will post the pictures up soon hahah.

Stuff for baby

Our baby's cot is up! Can't wait to room-in with her... our little angel. *love* 

Hensvik cot from IKEA

We bought the Hensvik cot from IKEA cos I like the design and it comes in a set so later we can add-on the wardrobe and little table etc. in her room when she gets bigger. The little Astro horse (马力全开!) is a present from my mom, she bought it during CNY when we found out we gonna have a 小马力 hehe. The colorful wrap-around softtoy I bought on Groupon. I also washed her bedsheets and pillow sheets and aired the coconut fiber mattress already. 

Now the wooden thing on the top of the cot is a diaper changing station... her papa insisted to custom-make it at the carpenter shop! I said, no need to buy IKEA changing station... after a few months when baby becomes squirmish we won't be using it anymore... but he insisted to get one made cos he said he'll be the one changing the smelly diapers... *faint* 

Papa also bought a 2nd-hand Sharp air-filter machine from an expat couple that were moving back to Europe. The first day we brought it home and turned it on, both of us fell sick. Then he washed the carbon filter and changed the HEPA filter inside, so far it's working better. The air-filter is to filter off papa's odor when baby is rooming-in with us. *loveeeeee*

 The Papa hard at work setting up the IKEA cot... 2 months ago. :-P

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Melbourne - Dinner at Southbank & Yarra River Night Scene

September 1, 2013 
Melbourne CBD

Southbank is the area of Melbourne along the southern bank of the Yarra River. The big accounting firms, Crown Casino and many cafes, shops and restaurants are located here. We took a leisurely stroll around this area, had dinner and walked back to our hotel at night. The weather was just perfect for a night stroll, not too chilly for our hoodies and light jackets.

Yarra River in the evening, on the left is Southbank

Southbank - Crown Casino at the back

There is a line of columns that blow out fire from the top one-by-one at random intervals. When I stood close to the column I could smell the kerosene and feel the hot air blowing from it... perfect for the cold weather. This picture is so funny... looks like someone set his hair on fire!

Along the Crown promenade there is some artificial grass, we sat down there for a while and looked at the lights on the Yarra River till it turned dark.

For dinner we popped into one of the many restaurants lining the promenade. It was also Father's Day in Australia and they were giving a free Corona to dads at the table. We ordered red wine, a selection of cured meats (sausages, bacon, kangaroo jamon!!, cheese) for our appetizer and steak! Yum!

After that we strolled a bit more taking in the beautiful night scene at Yarra River, drank some hot chocolate at the Lindt shop, and walked back to our hotel.

Yarra River night scene
Flinder's Station all lighted up at night

So this post concludes my series around Melbourne CBD. Here is a list of places we visited in Melbourne CBD:

-Flinder's Street Station
-Federation Square
-Parliament House
-Old Treasury Building
-Fitzroy Gardens
-Captain Cook's Cottage
-Queen Victoria Market
-Digital Harbour/ Waterfront City

Next, on to the Great Ocean Road!

Our hotel:
Ibis Budget Melbourne CBD
97-103 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

+61 3 9642 0064

Monday, July 21, 2014

Melbourne - Queen Victoria Market

September 1, 2013 
Melbourne CBD

After sightseeing around the Melbourne CBD, we went to Queen Victoria Market to do some souvenir shopping and lunch. Near QVM we saw this really tall copper statue which looked amazing at first sight, but looked super geli when we took a nearer glance. :-P

I think my gay friends would love a miniature of this

Queen Victoria Market - The market is a must-visit Melbourne tourist destination, offering a variety of produce - seafood, fruits and vegetables, gourmet and deli foods, as well as souvenirs, art and crafts.

The souvenirs here are pretty cheap, we got some keychains, magnets, stuffed toys from here... but didn't dare to buy too many cos we would still be traveling around. Many of the stall owners are actually not local, there was this souvenir stall playing Indonesian music from the radio, at first I thought they were Malay and I said I was from Malaysia, then the owner said they're actually from Indonesia... but they gave us a discount for the things we bought anyway, probably knowing our currency exchange rate. :-P 

Queen Victoria Market

Taking a break after souvenir shopping

There were also a lot of food stalls at QVM! We bought freshly cooked mussels in white wine sauce, strawberries, fruits etc to fill our stomach.

For lunch, don't go too late as the QVM lunch shops close around 2pm. We had the quintessential fish & chips, mom was craving for Malaysian food so I think she ordered curry mee or zhap fan, and we bought freshly shucked oysters from the seafood section! There was also an interesting selection of gourmet food at the deli section like cured meat and cheese with holes in it... too bad we didn't try them.

Fish & chips

Freshly shucked oysters
Deli selling sausages, ham and bacon