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Where do I begin.

Ok, I’ll start by saying that I haven’t popped πŸ™‚

At week 38 currently, and back home in Malaysia, I am pretty much waiting for D-Day to arrive.

I flew home to Malaysia from Milan on 29th September. And in between shopping for baby stuff and meeting up with friends, I have been pretty darn lazy busy and caught up with stuff to even think about blogging.

Initially, I had half a mind to deliver baby AL in Italy. It took a lot of thinking, hmming, hawwing but I finally decided to have baby in Malaysia. It will be the hub’s family’s first grandchild, and depriving them of the experience got me feeling pretty guilty. Not to mention the fact that I’d have to make a 5 hour journey to Rome to the Malaysian embassy to register baby’s birth. And my lack of confidence in the Italian doctors.

Being home has been great thus far. I feel safe knowing that the hospital where baby AL will be born is only a 3 minute drive away from my house. For those curious to know, I will be delivering at Tropicana Medical Center. And most importantly, I am totally at ease with my gynae. He seems to be patient with my 1001 questions, worries and paranoia. He doesn’t rush through our appointments and takes the time to explain things. As of now, baby AL is in a oblique position, meaning head down, but lying diagonally, and not engaged. Yet. It kinda worries me, but my doctor says to give it some time, up till about Week 42 or till when the placenta starts to lose it’s efficiency. I have conveyed my intention to have a natural birth, and he knows it. I’ve been through a procedure before under general anaesthesia, and I don’t fare well with medication. I was allergic to the anaesthesia that was given to me, developed a keloid on my scar and felt like I’d been hit by a train. I am even allergic to Paracetamol! So yea, still hoping and praying that Baby AL will engage soon.

On other fronts, I have put on 11kgs in total, not too bad I reckon. At our checkup last week, baby is at about 2.5kgs, and doc says since I’m of a petite frame, AL won’t be very big either. I guess that’s good news, hope it facilitates the natural birth that I am so hoping for. I didn’t develop any stretch marks. Right till about 2 days ago, when I saw them blasted lines appearing on my under belly. I thought that I’d be lucky enough to escape them, but nahhh. Deep down, I knew I’d get them, as I already have stretch marks from when I was about 14, but I guess I was just hoooooping I wouldn’t. Oh well.

The hubs arrived in Malaysia (much to my relief!) last week, and although he’s had to work even in Malaysia, I feel safe knowing that he’s around, and can come a-running as soon as I make a phone call. πŸ˜› As of now, I’m staying with my mom as the hospital is close by, but once baby arrives, I will be doing my confinement at my in-laws place. I am, however, more than relieved that my mom-in-law will not make me adhere to the usually very strict rules pertaining to confinement practices. Let’s hope all goes well eh?

Tomorrow, I have another visit with my gynae, it has now become a weekly thing. And on Sunday, the hubs, MIL and I will attend a breastfeeding class conducted by a lactation consultant. Many may think that breastfeeding is a natural thing, and balk at the idea of attending a class for this, but I strongly believe that getting the basics right would eliminate or at least reduce many challenges a breastfeeding mother may experience. And why bring the MIL and Hubs along? Because everyone should know all they can about breastfeeding! I also hope to garner support from them during tough times, and hopefully I will not be hearing remarks like “you’re not producing enough milk!” or “supplement with formula for a chubbier baby!” or “baby needs water” (a breastfed baby does NOT need plain water).

I am now nursing a cold and a nasty cough, and I’m pretty anxious to get well ASAP as I’m gonna need all the energy during delivery. I went out and bought myself a jar of (pricey!!!) manuka honey and hi-potency Vitamin C to combat this darn bug, as these come highly recommended and are, well, the most natural things I can take. No meds for me whenever possible.

While I wait for The Day to arrive, I’m taking it easy, listening to relaxing music, playing with the best little pal I have – my pooch Boo, and uhh, eating πŸ˜› This waiting game is nerve wracking I tell you.

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(Not so)little bub turned 20 weeks two weeks ago in utero. I was SO nervous before the scan, hoping quietly that all would be ok, especially since I wasn’t gaining much weight.

As soon as the doctor placed the probe on me, we could immediately see bub wriggling away in there. I could see the feet clearly, and had to stop myself from squealing, but unfortunately the hubs couldnt see what it was. I wonder if he would recognize an elephant if I placed one in front of him.Β  πŸ˜›

The doctor monitored the heart and head the most, and he mumbled that all was ok with bub. He’s a strange, eccentric doctor this one, but apparently the best in scans throughout Modena. My primary gynaecologist is a different lady doctor, but even she directed me to this doctor, let’s call him Dr.M for my scans. Apparently practically the whole of Modena sees him for scans. Man, he must be sleeping on a nice bed of moolah. Our 15 minute scan cost us EUR200.

Anyway, so much for Dr.M. All I care about is bub. As at week 20, I had gained about 2kg, and was hovering at about 49-50kg. I asked him about it, and he said that it’s fine as long as bub is growing well.

“UGH…PAPARAZZI!”

 

πŸ˜€ Check out that arm covering the face. Bubs was in a normal lying position, but when the doctor prodded my tummy further to get a clearer view, bub instinctively raised an arm and covered the face! How cute is that.

 

The doctor persisted and prodded my belly even more, much to hubs chagrin, as he was worried that the doctor would hurt bubs (HAH what about the mommy whose tummy is being poked on, no one cares about the mommy anymore). And we were greeted with this:

 

 

It looks like a Let’s PARTAYYYY kinda pose, what with both arms above the head doesn’t it πŸ˜‰Β But then I realized that’s pretty much how I sleep, with both arms above my head. Maybe bubs takes after me in that aspect. But from what we can see, bubs has the hubs nose with a high bridge. I have a button nose, and I doubt a button nose would show up prominently like bubs.

 

On a different note, I’m happy to report that this is ONE ACTIVE baby I’m carrying. I feel strong movements when I’m hungry, when I’ve just eaten, when I’ve drank something cold, and also when I change positions while sleeping. That’s pretty much movements ALL the time. In fact I feel the bumpity bumps right as I write this. Sometimes I worry I’m squashing bub when I’m sleeping, and I do try to make a conscious effort to sleep on my left side. But the back aches too much and I have to switch positions after some time.

 

As I write this, I am at Week 22, and am at 51 kgs after all that eating in Germany. Our trip to Germany was LOVELY. I ate so much and was sooooo glad to have had lamb almost everyday. It’s my favourite and unfortunately lamb is hard to come by in Modena.

 

Bubs is behaving and not making me crave for anything else thus far, and I couldn’t be happier. Craving for something and not getting it is TORTURE. I still have my stock of rootbeer in the fridge, and am cauuuuutiously consuming it for fear of a sugar overdose. Ironic though, that it’s the hubs who would eagerly offer to open a bottle for me. We all know why, don#t we πŸ˜‰

 

My next doctor’s appointment should be at the end of July, but I’m in no hurry to see herΒ since bub’s all fine and dandy. I just might postpone it to August instead. We’ll see.

 

In the meantime, what does bub look like to you? A girl or a boy? Go on and take a guess πŸ˜‰

 

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Look at what I got from New York πŸ˜‰

9 bottles of A&W rootbeer.

One bottled immediately chilled in the freezer when the hubs got home, and downed in this 36 degree celcius heat, tasted just.absolutely.divine.

Oh, I got me some items from Sephora too, a Bobbi Brown foundation and some Clinique moisturizer. Would have been better if I had gotten that Nars blusher. πŸ˜›Β  And who cares about Coach bags when Prada from Milano is just like a hop and skip 2 hours away from my house. Ahem. πŸ˜‰

The sister and brother-in-law arrive from Malaysia in 2 days time, and she’s got some Super Ring snacks for me YUMS. We leave for a trip to Germany on Wednesday and get home on Sunday. I hope the weather’s cooler there than it is in sweltering hot Modena.

Now that I’ve gotten my oh-so-elusive root beer, I hope the cravings stay far, far away. I have been thinking about asam laksa lately, but so far, I’ve managed to keep it off my mind. Fingers crossed πŸ˜‰

 

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Just a quick post. I have been feeling this strange sensation like bubbles popping just below my navel for the past 2 weeks (14 weeks onwards). At first, I thought it could just be gas, but by golly, it’s getting more frequent, and I’m pretty darn sure it ain’t gas. In fact, I have been getting a few “nudges” that are pretty strong, it can only be some POWERFUL gas if it is indeed gas, LOL.

So yes, I assume it’s bub moving about in there. πŸ™‚ I get it most frequently after having dinner, and while sitting quietly watching TV or reading a book. And usually at nights. Oh gosh, I hope this does not mean that baby’s gonna be a night owl! *crosses fingers + toes

I am at 16 weeks today, and today, I was soooo wishing I had me some kiam chye soup 😦 *drools. And then I read about Spring Golden Char Siew (my fave!!!) at The Baby Steps of LifeΒ and I literally felt my saliva gathering in my mouth, I had to swallow >___< Sighhhhh. Why oh why can’t I crave for someting easily available like pasta or pizza??

I have been feeling much better lately, and I have started cooking again, but simpler stuff. Today, I made a nice grilled fish on banana leaves (all the way from Rome! from hub’s friend’s garden) and a nice fresh salad. For dessert, we had chilled lo han kuo with mata kucing. And then half an hour later, all my food graced the porcelain throne. :/ For some strange reason, I still throw up during different hours of the day. 2 days ago, I threw up my delicious Spaghetti Vongole dinner at 2 am.

This Saturday, the hubs and I will go check out some baby stores just for a look see. We’ve decided not to buy anything till the summer sales next month, but having a look at things should give us a better idea of what we should get apart from price range at the stores.

And ohhhH!!! We have officially bought bub’s first clothing item! πŸ˜€ It’s an adorable little…..ahhh wait and see what we bought coming up in my next post, heh πŸ˜‰ It’s a simple item really, but oh so cute, to us anyway. Baby also received his/her first gift from hubs friends who were visiting from Singapore.

I’ve yet to write about our trip to Salzburg, but OMG trust me when I say I have been having the crappiest computer luck lately. Nearly killed my laptop, and hubs had to reformat the whole thing. I lost all 6 years worth of pictures and documents. 😦 😦 And then I think I may have nearly killed hubs new uglyass canggih 1500EUR gaming computer simply by switching it on. It’s like I’ve been Midas lately, except everything I touch goes kaput! So fingers crossed, pictures should be up soon.

In the meantime, I have restarted Italian lessons, and I am GUNG HO about really learning before bubs arrives and I’d have toΒ bid arriverderci to my life social life.

The bed is a-calling now, and I hope I dream of all things nice like puppies and char siew and satay and loh mai kai and char siew pau and mutton curry and rasam and fried pavaka.

Buonanotte!

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