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Mother’s Day

It was a special yet uneventful Mother’s Day for me.  There were no celebrations, no fanfare, but it was the first Mother’s Day as a mummy to three kids :)

My little critters

My little critters (reusing pics cos haven’t taken another with the three of us :) ).

But there was a lovely run up to Mother’s Day.  A week before, Jon and the boys bought me a small bunch of flowers, just because.

From the boys & hubby

From the boys & hubby

A day after that, Asher made me a bracelet for Mother’s Day in school and he was really proud of it.  It’s definitely a wonderful keepsake, and hopefully it’ll last for a long long time.  The beads are quite fragile though, and one shattered when the bracelet accidentally fell on the floor.  Thankfully the teacher was happy to replace the bead.  Am gonna have to take very good care of it.

My jeweller Asher & the bracelet he gave me on my wrist

My jeweller Asher & the bracelet he gave me on my wrist

Ellery had also made me something in school.  His class baked cookies for their mummies.  He was so excited to hand me his surprise when I went to school to pick him up :)  The funny part was that he said, “Mummy, I’ll share with you the cookies”, even though they were technically mine since he gave them to me :)  In the end he had the container of cookies in front of himself, and shared 1 and a half pieces with me.  He then rounded off the snack session by saying, “Mmm, yummy!”

Super pleased with his gift

Super pleased with his gift

Big smiles!

Big smiles!

I’m looking forward to many more Mother’s Days with my three little sweetie pies.

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Leah Sim

Went to visit my infant cousin Leah on May Day.  The little girl was born an aunt to 5 nephews and 2 (now 3!) nieces :)  The boys were very eager to go see ‘baby Aunty Leah’.  It’s quite normal for them to call her that since they’ve been calling her brother ‘Uncle Lincoln’ though he’s only 2 years old :) Had a really nice time catching up with Chye & Celia while the kids played.  Too bad we got there too late so they couldn’t play with Lincoln who had gone for his nap.  Next time!

Princess Leah

Princess Leah

Meeting their aunt

Meeting their aunt

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A Good Afternoon

Managed to accomplish this today!

Ellery sprawled on my bed while Alyssa sleeps in the cot

Ellery sprawled on my bed while Alyssa sleeps in the cot

Cosy on his own bed

Asher cosy on his own bed

Feeling good :)

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I had a feeling baby was coming soon.  So on the 7th, the night I headed to the hospital to deliver Alyssa, I took a bunch of photos with the boys.  It was such a wonderful time.  The boys had so much fun taking random pictures and then wrestling with one another.  I thought it was a perfect way to spend the evening before their sister arrived.

Cheese!

Cheese!

Fish lips

Fish lips

Pirates!

Pirates!

Asher wrestling Ellery.  He had the upper hand most of the time.

Asher wrestling Ellery. He had the upper hand most of the time.

Ellery managed to gain the upper hand!

Ellery managed to gain the upper hand!

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She’s arrived!

Little Alyssa-Jean Nair :)

On 8 May 2014, after keeping us waiting for hours, she finally greeted the world at 5.17am.  All my kids kept me up, Asher came at 4.52am, Ellery at 1.57am, and then there’s Alyssa.

She also is the shortest of the three, but the heaviest at 48cm and 3.26kg.
Asher was 50cm and 2.87kg, Ellery was 52cm and 3.1kg.

Her due date was strangely given as a range rather than a specific date this time around, 7 to 12th May.  During my check-up at the end of April, the gynae had said that it was likely baby would come early the following week (i.e., aroung 5th May).  I hurriedly tried to settle all the remaining loose ends I needed tie up.  Then on 5th May I had another appointment and the gynae said that actually baby wasn’t coming so soon and may even be late, before adding that later in the week was still possible.  In the end I was admitted in the middle of the week on Wed, 7th May, and Alyssa arrived on the 8th.  Full of surprises, this one.

Alyssa.  It means “great happiness”.  I’ve always liked that name, and I had actually found it when searching for Asher’s name 6 years ago.  We were again looking for ‘happy’ names, and there really aren’t that many.  We did consider other options, but the name Alyssa won quite easily.  There are some alternate meanings like “noble” and “rational”, which are positive and things which I don’t mind seeing in her too.

Jean.  This was a bit trickier.  The boys all have a middle name with ‘J’.  Asher-James. Ellery-Jude.  James and Jude being books of the Bible.  But there are no books of the Bible named after females that start with ‘J’.  I like the idea of the kids having a book of the Bible to reference for themselves, and maybe even share about with one another.  It was settled that we’d pick a female variant of John.  I was thinking more along the lines of the book 1 John, rather than the Gospel of John.  1 John speaks of the importance of discerning true followers and teachers of the Word from the false, and also of how to be assured in Christ.  I think these are important things.  Also, it was in line with the short(ish) books of James and Jude.

There are many variations of John, but we landed on Jean as there is a further significance to it.  Before Jon was born, his parents didn’t know whether he was going to be a boy or a girl.  His late mother chose the names Jon if it was a boy baby, and Jean-natalie if it was a girl.  So Jean is a nod to his late mother’s selection.  Meaningful, I think, as she would surely have loved to meet little Alyssa-Jean and her brothers.

Sweet little Alyssa

Sweet little Alyssa

She’s been a really good girl.  And she is so different from the boys that I can hardly believe it myself.

She hardly cries.  My father has yet to hear her cry at all.  When she wants milk she just makes a short ‘eh!” sound.  The only time she wails and wails is during bath time.  This is the same reaction the boys had to bath time as babies too.  I guess that’s one thing in common.

She is sooooo sleepy.  Like seriously.  I can barely keep her awake for feeds, let alone play with her.  Asher and Ellery were soooo awake.  I could barely keep them asleep!  It’s so vastly different that I’m now worried she’s too sleepy.  I can’t believe babies can sleep so much!  And then I think to myself, “See lah, don’t sleep you worry, sleep, you also worry!”  She easily sleeps 3 hours or more between feeds, which I fear affects my milk supply since I’m exclusively breastfeeding her.  But wake her any earlier and she simply won’t wake to nurse.  At night, she’s ever gone 6 hours without waking for a feed, though that was in the initial days.  Now it’s about 3-4 hours, which is still amazing considering Asher woke every 1-1.5hours, and Ellery every 45min to 1 hour.  I’m not complaining, but I’m also a bit concerned.

The boys have taken very very well to her.  The day she was born, Ellery ran through his school loudly announcing to everyone, “I’m a Kor Kor today!” :)  The kids ask to carry her, they play with her on the rare times she’s awake.  There is some strain on the boys as they spend less time with me, but they are handling it very well.  It’s more than I could have asked for.

So, yes.  It’s been good to far.  Praying it stays that way!

Freshly off the press

Fresh from the press

Daddy's little girl

Daddy’s little girl

Siblings three

Nair siblings three

Snuggling up.  Babies smell so nice!

Snuggling up. Babies smell so nice!

Super happy with the Star Wars Lego figures from Alyssa

Super happy with the Star Wars Lego figures from Alyssa

R2D2, Yoda, Darth Maul, & Darth Sidious

R2D2, Yoda, Darth Maul, & Darth Sidious

Was given this hamper for being a 'loyal customer' of Thomson Medical Centre :)

Was given this hamper for being a ‘loyal customer’ of Thomson Medical Centre :)

Little girls' clothes are so cute.

Little girls’ clothes are so cute.

Asher fascinated by her tiny tiny hands.  Ellery decided he was a King that day.

Asher fascinated by her tiny tiny hands. Ellery decided he was a King that day.

Asher playing peekaboo!

Asher playing peekaboo!

So happy to be carrying his sister

So happy to be carrying his sister

Ellery asked to carry Alyssa too, and she tried to eat him!

Ellery asked to carry Alyssa too, and she tried to eat him!

Strreettccchhh

Strreettccchhh!  I’ve always loved how baby’s arms only reach to the tops of their heads no matter how much they try to stretch themselves :)

Sweet dreams

Sweet dreams

Sleeping again

Sleeping again

One of the rare times she's awake to enjoy the mobile

One of the rare times she’s awake to enjoy the mobile

Sigh...why is my head so heavy?

What you looking at?  Haven’t you felt heavy headed before?

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The weather looked threatening, but thankfully it held up and we could enjoy a night at Fort Canning Park watching SRT’s Shakespeare in the Park – Merchant of Venice.  Armed with picnic chairs and unhealthy McDonald’s grub, we found ourselves a good spot and settled down to what could be our last date night before baby no.3 arrives.

I was immediately stuck by the very modern set, all silver and industrial.  It turned out to be very versatile.  With just a few additions of key props, the same set was able to transport the audience from the open Rialto, to the courtyard of Belmont, to Shylock’s office, to the court room, and even a bar.

This production put the Merchant of Venice in a modern context and sought to show that the themes of justice, class, power and love are still as relevant today as they were in the past.  And references to modern forms of social interaction such as messaging and the use of iPads to screen Portia’s potential suitors was met with audible appreciation from the audience.

Strutting about with their mobiles – Photo taken from the SRT Website

I thought that on the whole the production was of a high standard, with seamless transitions between scenes, and key roles helmed by experienced actors.  I was especially taken by Remesh Panicker’s portrayal of Shylock.  I thought he delivered a stellar performance, giving Shylock a very human and vulnerable feel.  I’ve always had a bias towards Shylock as I feel he’s been wronged and unfairly persecuted by everyone, his stubborn demands for a pound of flesh not withstanding, and I felt this Shylock fit in with my idea of how he should be.  I liked Panicker’s delivery of Shylock’s famous speech from Act 3, scene 1 – “If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?”  Unlike many other presentations which usually over dramatise this portion, he delivered it almost matter-of-factly which, to me, emphasized all the more the words in the speech.

Remesh Panicker as Shylock – Photo taken from the SRT Website

There was one disappointing character though.  I felt that the supposedly comic role of Launcelout Gobbo (played by Sean Lai) fell flat.  He was neither funny nor amusing.  Sean’s diction was also a little hard to dicipher at times.  And the very random yells of “ang mo gui” at one point seemed out of place and downright strange (though this might be the fault of the script rather than the actor).

The most interesting thing for me was a new slant that I had never quite noticed in reading the play before.  In this production, Jessica (played by Krissy Jesudason) and Lorenzo’s (played by Johnson Chong) relationship seemed to be headed south, rather than being in the throes of love as I had remembered.  The comparison of their love to famous lovers in history was delivered in a sarcastic and tense manner, as if they were descending into an argument and spiraling out of love.  This was an interpretation I had never comtemplated before.  And the ending of the play further reinforced this view that Jessica almost regrets the actions she has taken as she has betrayed her father and is left with a man whom she is not completely happy with.  It was food for thought as Jon and I left the venue, and is something I’m still mulling over.

Gathering of friends in the courtyard of Belmont – Photo taken from SRT Website

Good acting, good sets, good music, good atmosphere.  You should definitely check out this run of Shakespeare in the park.  The show runs until 25 May, and tickets are available through SISTIC.

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Disclaimer: I was given tickets to review the show.  All opinions are my own.

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So at my last gynae appointment the doc said that baby is likely to come early this week.

I’ve been feeling a little nonstalgic about life with just my two sweet boys.  There’ve been a few nights where I sit in their room watching them sleep, just relishing the time I have with the two of them.  In the day time it gets a bit chaotic as they are very energetic and Ellery is also going through a whiny phase – which can be extremely irritating.  I feel so bad after scolding him sometimes, because I feel it sullies these last precious days with just the boys before baby comes.  And I always pray for a better day tomorrow, for a better me tomorrow.  That I’ll be able to handle them, Ellery in particular, more calmly and assuredly.

This pregnancy has been the most ‘tough’ of the three.  I say ‘tough’ in inverted commas because I’m fully aware that compared to many other people I still have it fairly easy.  I’m still very mobile, have my appetite, am not too tired, and on the whole I didn’t feel/get that sick.  It was only the initial trimester when I couldn’t drink water and could barely eat, but it was much better from the fourth month onwards.

But there have been issues.  These last two months I have pains/discomfort when walking, shifting positions, getting out of the car and such.  Apparently it’s something called symphysis pubis dysfunction and it’s common during pregnancy, particularly second pregnancies onwards.  So I’ve had to be more careful about how I move, though lately I’ve started being less cautious because I’m just so tired of being cautious.  But I’m reminded of it every time I experience a sharp pain.  Body’s getting old man.

And then I’ve been waddling.  I’ve never had to waddle for either of my previous two pregnancies.  But this last month it’s almost impossible not to waddle, especially after I get up from sitting down a long time.  Many people claim I still look small, butI feel huge and walk like I’m carrying a ginormous belly.

And the swelling.  I’ve always been able to wear my wedding ring throughout pregnancy.  But this time around, I can really feel my fingers swell up to the point its extremely uncomfortable to wear my wedding ring.  It’s become so tight!  Or rather, my fingers have become so fat!  And my watch feels tight too.  Yes, even my wrists have swelled.  I still wear my watch because I really feel lost without it, but often have to take it off to rub my sore wrists.

Maybe it’s a hormonal thing.  Everyone says carrying a girl is very different from carrying a boy.  And I think I’m convinced.

And the worse part at this stage of the pregnancy and this time of the year is the HEAT!  I feel so hot all the time!  The weather itself is crazy, and everyone has been complaining about the heat.  But being preggers, your body temperature is higher, and I’ve been feeling warmer than ever!  I step out of a shower and perspire almost immediately.  Even when sitting down beads of perspiration can start to form and just flow down the side of my head.  I’m almost always saying, “It’s so hot!  It’s so hot!!!!”

And it’s gonna be even worse during confinement I think.

I now appreciate my previous two pregnancies where I delivered at the end of the year where it’s cooler.  Now is just madness.

Anyway, I wonder when baby will come.  I pray the delivery goes smoothly.  I pray I recover well, that baby is healthy, and that the boys will handle the changes well and stay healthy too.

Strangely although this is my third pregnancy, I feel most anxious about the delivery now compared to past.  I think it has to do with being made to read some hospital disclaimer wayyy in advance of the delivery rather than just prior to delivering.  So I really pray for a safe, smooth, and completely uneventful delivery.

Anyway I better go rest.  Never know when I’ll next sleep through the night.  As it is I’m not really doing that anymore…

 

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