My Little Miracle

The exciting story of God's very special gift to Mama & Papa…

Cloth Diaper Reviews at 6 Months

It took me awhile to get this up because I wanted to use these diapers for at least a month to really feel a significant difference. It also took awhile for them to be at its best absorbency level, after many washes. I am so glad to have these reviews up now!

This time, I am reviewing Hybrid diapers. These diapers are not fully waterproof but they have some sort of repelling material either fleece, hidden PUL or windpro. Hidden PUL and windpro is very bulletproof and you wont even feel any wetness on the outside. Hybrids are very soft and handmade with natural materials and it is often more premium compared to normal pocket/AIO diapers.

Evangeline was about 3 months old when I tried on Hybrids for her. Some were too bulky, some were ok – especially the sized ones.  One size hybrids were way too bukly even without the additional layers/boosters. I think it would be safe to start using OS/sized (except newborn) hybrids at around 4 months and about 5kg onwards.

In these reviews, EV is between 3-5 months old, weighing about 5.5-6.5kgs and a light-moderate wetter.

1. Twinkie Tush Little Fusion

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Fit – Little Fusion worked really well for EV from 3 months onwards, with the fold down rise. It fit great around the legs and the hips, leaving no gaps. The elastics are very soft and comfortable. She is still using this at 6 months now – without fold down rise, and I think it will still fit her for a long time.

Absorbency – I had no blowouts. I have this TT in swim material so the outer rarely feels wet as compared to the one in euro knit. I find that she wets the other one in a serged euro knit more. In my opinion, TT wins for the comfort but not the absorbency. The soakers are thinner than other brands but I guess in order to fit comfortably, the layers cannot be too thick or it will be bulky.

2. Binky D OS Hybrid

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Fit – This diaper is still too big for EV. I could fit her into the OS but even with fold down rise, it is too large. I am not a fan of soakers that are not even (one long/one short/3/4 length). It is because I cannot seem to fold them in a way that it will fit nicely without bulging in one area or another – if you know what I mean. There are no gaps on her thighs but turned BinkyDs are too thick and big. Sadly BinkyD does not have a size between newborn and OS. I will probably have to re-review this one in the next few months.6

Absorbency – I had no leaks. Not sure if it was because they were so thick and bulky, the absorbency is more than enough for EV. I do believe BinkyD will work well for moderate to heavy wetters as it has a great absorbency level.

3. Little Oshka OS Hybrid

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Fit – I absolutely love Oshka’s diapers. They fit really well and I was very excited to try this on her. I loved their newborn AI2, this is no different. The legs were perfect and I had no gaps. The elastics are soft and the hips fit well with the fold down rise. I did not use the additional soaker and this diaper is not bulky at all. It felt really comfortable for EV and I will definitely recommend Oshka’s diaper for those wanting to try hybrids and also support our local WAHM.

Absorbency – I had no leaks or blowouts on this diaper. Being a hybrid, it held very well and I have the confidence to use this even when we go out for long hours. The soakers did curl and shrink a little after a few washes – could be due to material, but it did not affect function.

p/s: Sasha, if you are reading this. Keep up the good work! I love your diapers. They have improved a whole lot and I can see longevity in them.

4. Little Boppers AI2

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Fit – Little Boppers is my favorite brand among all the Hybrids. They fit really well and are super soft. I also personally prefer serged diapers because they have a more generous cut. The serged tabs are really soft and not scratchy. This was a size M that EV is wearing and it is perfect. No gaps and no blowouts. The nature of this AI2 is that it has a petal soaker so it is a little bulky on her.

Absorbency – This is an AI2 with hidden windpro so it is almost bulletproof. I had no leaks and the petal soakers can really absorb a lot. I bought this as a seconds diaper – not sure what the flaw is, but it worked really well for us. I even tried it for nighttime and it worked too. No leaks will morning – but remember, EV is a moderate to light wetter.

5. SoCo Hybrid

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Fit – This is a size 1 that EV was wearing, and it does run bigger and slightly bulky. I do like SoCo and its performance, but fit – not so much. Their newborn was a little too tiny and Size 1 is too big. Despite having said that, when adjusted properly, there are no gaps and it is a pretty soft diaper. This is a diaper that will truly last longer than the average because of its generous sizing. I like SoCo but will review it again when she is older.

Absorbency – I use all the layers in this diaper because I personally like the stay dry wicking jersey material touching her bum. Maybe without that additional layer, it may not be as bulk after all. I had no leaks with SoCo and I believe they are made to last for moderate to heavy wetters.

6. Gone Green Mama Hybrid

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Fit – This is the Petite that EV is wearing and it is bulky. GGM does run big and even though I had the fold down rise and smallest setting, the bum and waist area is just too big. There are no gaps on the legs, but she does look like shes drowning in the diaper, haha! GGM has really nice prints and bum placement though. This is also another diaper that will truly last longer than the average because of its generous sizing.

Absorbency – Again, no leaks and worked very well. I really like the windpro backing layer as it helps repel the liquid back into the diaper so instead of being a sewn in windro, you have the option of not using that layer.I like the fact that I can customize it the way I want – similar to SoCo. This is also one that I will use for outings and not worry about leaks.

 

More hybrid reviews coming your way very soon!!!

 

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Newborn Cloth Diaper Review

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Hi there mamas!

Finally, I have done all the reviews as promised! EV turns 40 days old tomorrow and she is growing out of these diapers so quickly! This time, my reviews are very different from what I did with QB back in 2013. Those I liked, I may not like now, and it all depends on the size of baby and also gender. AND experience. This time I am cloth diapering for the second time, so MANY things has changed too. In my opinion, there is no one way or one system. Try everything!  – Zootopia LOL.

If you wish to read my previous reviews on my son, QB, you can find them here:-

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Toddler Cloth Diapering

NOTE: EV was born at 3.01kgs and she is now 4.5kgs at 1 month+. She has pretty long and skinny legs for the first 2-3 weeks. The fit of these diapers are tested when she was below 3 weeks old, with long skinny legs. When I mention absorbency, it is how much the diaper can hold (before it feels wet/leaks – for fitteds and hybrids ONLY), and not how fast it can absorb liquid.

FITTEDS/HYBRIDS

1. Thumbkin Pinky Newborn (WAHM Malaysia)

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Fit – Runs a little small (also because it is this the WAHM first trial of newborn diapers. It has improved now for the later batches). Fits well around the legs, but a little tight around the waist.

Absorbency – It felt wet after 1-2 hours. Also because it is tiny, it could only hold as much. Using a booster might help.

Comfort – Super soft! The soakers are made from minky dots and it is very soft.

You can purchase Thumbkin diapers here or follow their Instagram Page at @thumbkinmy.

2. Oshka Newborn AI2 – Hidden PUL (WAHM Malaysia)

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Top pic – Before adding snap down rise, a little leg gap.
Bottom pic – After adding snap down rise, a better fit.

Fit – Fits perfectly around the legs and waist. There are also rise snaps to adjust for a taller/shorter baby and it will fit for a longer time too.

Absorbency – As a hybrid fitted with hidden PUL, it took a long time before it would feel wet around the legs. It is pretty absorbent and will last through nap time.

Comfort – Very soft from the minky outer and minky soakers.

You can purchase Oshka diapers here.

3. Mutaqqin Newborn Fitted

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Fit – One of the best fitting newborn diaper. Fits really well around the legs and belly.

Absorbency – As a true fitted, it felt wet pretty fast so absorbency wise, it could be boosted with an additional booster or maybe wear a cover over it.

Comfort – Soft and gentle to baby’s newborn skin.

4. Southern Comfort Newborn Hybrid Fitted (SoCo)

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Fit – Fits well around the hips but tight around the legs especially after she chunks up on the thighs.  A little bulky on the crotch and bum. Runs slightly smaller.

Absorbency – Many layers of absorbency and can last through nap time.

Comfort – Somewhat soft, depending on material used.

5. Twinkie Tush Teenie Fusion

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Top pic – At less than a week old, the leg gaps are too big.
Bottom pic – At 1.5 weeks, lesser leg gap due to chunkier thighs.

Fit – Runs bigger and only fit her around 1.5 weeks old onwards. There were gaps around the legs even then. Suitable for a chunky baby and will last longer than newborn days.

Absorbency – Somewhat absorbent, but could be boosted for nap time.

Comfort – Very soft and squishy. The elastics are gentle around the legs too.

6. Bumstoppers Newborn Fitted

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Fit – Fits really well around the legs and belly but bulky at the crotch area.

Absorbency – As a true fitted, you can definitely feel the wetness when its full. Using a cover over will help.

Comfort – Overall very soft.

7. Binky D Newborn Hybrid Fitted

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Fit – Perfect fit, just the right size.

Absorbency – Could hold a lot and can last through nap time.

Comfort – Very soft and gentle on the elastics.

8. Chloe’s Cloth Newborn Fitted

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Fit – Runs a little smaller. Fits well on the hips but tighter on the legs.

Absorbency – Somewhat absorbent, but could be boosted for nap time.

Comfort – Overall quite soft but depending on material used.

9. Gray Star Boutique Newborn

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Fit – Perfect fit and runs slightly bigger, but not as big as Twinkie Tush.

Absorbency – Very absorbent and can last through nap time.

Comfort – Very soft inners and gentle elastics.

10. Jenna Bug Baby Boutique Newborn

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Fit – Runs slightly small, similar to Chloe’s Cloth but very trim.

Absorbency – Very absorbent (suspecting maybe hidden windpro), can last through nap time.

Comfort – Elastics are gentle but not as squishy.

11. Patty Pants AI2 Newborn

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Fit – Runs small but fits very well. It also has fold down rise for even smaller babies.

Absorbency – This diaper is like a shell + soaker style. The soaker is thick and super absorbent. The shell is also repelling (suspecting maybe hidden windpro). Can last through nap time and longer.

Comfort – Overall very soft and  comfortable.

12. Baby Hoo’s Newborn Fitted

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Fit – Runs really big and quite bulky. But it will last longer than newborn days.

Absorbency – Quite absorbent because there are many layers on the petal soaker.

Comfort – Overall soft but the elastics are tight.

PUL/TPU DIAPERS

13. Lil Joeys by Rumparooz

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Fit – Generally a good fit but may run slightly small.

Absorbency – OK absorbency but I had leaks during nap time.

Comfort – Inners are soft but the while diaper in general is a bit stiff.

14. THX Newborn

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Fit – Generally a good fit but may run slightly small (similar to Lil Joeys).

Absorbency – OK absorbency but also had leaks during nap time. Absorbency on Lil Joeys are better than THX.

Comfort – Very soft. The minky version is very soft and the outer material is much softer than Lil Joeys. The leg elastics are also soft therefore very gentle to newborn baby’s skin.

There is a Malaysian mama who brings in THX diapers. You can buy them here.

15. Thirsties X-Small

Thirsties XS

Fit – Great fit and easy to adjust because of the velcro closure. The crotch is wide but not bulky.

Absorbency – Absorbency is not much. Need add a booster in the pocket for nap time or just to have it last longer.

Comfort – Overall pretty soft, and the double leg gussets are useful to prevent newborn blowouts.

16. Simplex Newborn

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Fit – Fits perfectly and very trim. Will fit a skinny or chunky baby well.

Absorbency – Good amount of absorbency. It lasted through nap time and can easily be boosted as it has pocket openings.

Comfort – Not super soft, but not stiff as well. Very similar to using prefolds and covers as the inners are cotton.

17. Grovia Newborn

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Top pic – Older version but stay dry inner, no leg gaps.
Bottom pic – Newer version with stay dry inner, but gaps at the legs.

There are 2 styles of the Grovia Newborn, older version (leg ruffles turns outwards) and newer version (no ruffles). Both are stay dry topped.

Fit – Older version fit better. Newer version had leg gaps. Both had snap down rise so that helps with smaller babies and it makes the diaper last longer past newborn days too.

Absorbency – Absorbency of both is good. Lasted through nap time with no issues.

Comfort – Not very soft, as the inners are made from a cotton/hemp bend.

18. Tots Bots Teeny

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Fit – Runs big and has no umbilical snap down (to be used after the umbilical cord stump has dropped). EV could only wear them after 2 weeks from birth. Once she could fit, the velcro closure makes the diaper fit really well but can leave some gaps at the legs (because she had skinny legs), but no leaks. Works great for chunky babies.

Absorbency – Great absorbency! It lasted longer hours and nap time with no issues.

Comfort – Overall soft and pretty comfortable.

19. Applecheeks Size 1

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I did not use Applecheeks until this week, which makes her 5 weeks old. They are pocket diapers which I stuff them with newborn prefolds or the Applecheeks 2ply bamboo inserts. As you can see, she has put on quite a bit of weight now compared to the first few weeks in the pictures above.

Fit – Fits perfectly, and a lot of room to grow or even make smaller.Can be a little bulky, depending on what you stuff them with.

Absorbency – Great absorbency! It lasted long and could last through nap times.

Comfort – Overall soft and very comfortable.

Cloth Diapering Newborn Edition

So far she can still fit into all of these diapers (except Thumbkin) at almost 1.5 months but may be growing out of SoCo, Chloe’s Cloth, Lil Joeys, and THX is the next few days because her legs are getting chunky.

I foresee she will still be able to fit into Twinkie Tush, Gray Star Boutique, Baby Hoo’s, Simplex, Tots Bots and Grovia in the next coming month.

Do remember that every baby is different. This is based on my experience with EV and what works for us may or may not work for you. Try all brands and types to see which is best for your baby. I hope you find these reviews useful and help you decide what you will use for your baby!

Next, I will be reviewing some One Sized cloth diaper on EV and update on what my toddler, QB is using at 2.5 years old. Stay tuned and happy cloth diapering!

 

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The Unexpected Birth Story

The birth of the Little Miss was unexpected. Unexpected because I didn’t expect to have her so “early” and I guess I wasn’t really ready mentally. Anyway, the overall experience was a great one and I’m here to share her birth story.

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February 6, 2016 – Saturday (39 weeks)

We had a Chinese New Year reunion dinner with my dads family that night. The food was delicious and I ate a lot! On that day though, I realize her movements were a little off. She did not move as much and despite me shaking my belly, drinking cold water, lying down sideways, she did not respond. It was a little worrisome for me because I’ve learnt the importance of counting baby movements during this pregnancy and also aware of the issues with stillbirth; or just paranoid because I’ve been doing a lot of reading and recently read that someone lost her baby at 37 weeks! EEEEEK! I did not want to take any chances. When we got home that night, just before bedtime, she moved and responded pretty well. Still, it was almost midnight and I wasn’t sure of that could be counted because it should be 10 movements in 12 hours; at the very least.

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February 7, 2016 – Sunday (39 weeks + 1 day)

Tonight was the main event. The reunion dinner with my family; at my uncles place every year, seeing all my cousins and extended family was a yearly event. We also had a reunion lunch planned and I was ready for a full day! I woke up still very conscious of her movements and still felt that she was not moving as much as I’d like. I told Daddy that I think its best we visited the hospital and get checked. After all, if there wasn’t any issues, I can go home, right? WRONG. I didn’t know that the procedure at HKL was that you will be admitted for 1 day for observation.

11.00am

After breakfast, we went into the Maternity Hospital at HKL and the nurses checked on baby’s heartbeat and movements. Her heart was beating strong – I was super relieved. But fetal activity was slightly on the low side. Though she did kick a few times, they asked why didn’t I come in earlier. They explained the risks of decreased movements at late pregnancy and told me that it could be serious if I didn’t come in earlier. After being monitored with the CTG machine, the doc came in and checked me; I asked for it since I wanted to know if I was in any way dilated or effaced. She said I was a good 2cm dilated and they will have me admitted. After much discussion, she said her instincts tell her that I should be admitted because labor is very near. She gave me a membrane sweep and assured me that staying over is best.

2.00pm

At this moment, I was unprepared. I did not expect to be admitted right away and definitely wanted to at least spend one more day with Leo before the new baby arrives. I had mixed feelings and was slightly sad. But again, I knew that baby is in good hands and that all will be fine. I got up to the ward and laid in bed for awhile. Daddy had gone home to make sure Leo has his nap because the poor guy was so tired and cranky the whole time.

I used the loo and saw that I was already spotting. Then, I knew for sure that labor is near. Maybe in a few days or so. I started to have mild contractions later in the day, but nothing too painful. I tried to take naps here and there, but I was more concerned about going into labor naturally, not being induced.

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7.00pm

The doctor on rounds asked me if I wanted to be checked and see my progress, I declined. I said that I wanted to wait till later on and if I did progress then I will stay and if not, I wanted to go home. He said ok and will come again later tonight. True enough I was having more and more contractions, on and off. But again, nothing too painful. I prayed and prayed that my cervix will dilate naturally and that my body will complete this pregnancy and progress further. I was monitored again with the CTG machine for 2o minutes and baby’s heart was beating strong. By this time, I’ve already had more than 1o fetal movements and not concerned anymore. Suddenly the issue was switched from just a fetal check up to early labor!

February 8, 2016 (39 weeks + 2 days)

12.15am

I couldn’t sleep that night. It was past midnight that I finally felt like laying down and preparing to actually go to sleep before the marathon begins. I was too tired all day and having infrequent contractions. The same doc came and see me and said that it’s time to get checked. I said ok; praying in my heart that there is a good progress and that admitting so early to the hospital was not in vain. 4cm he said! He told he nurses to book the labor room for me immediately. I was shocked and I said that I didn’t want to be in the labor room so early. I know that labor could be long and I didn’t wanna be strapped on the bed, unable to eat AND sleepless. He told me that in the labor room, they will most probably break my water to get labor going and give me Pitocin to help me dilate. Again, I declined and said that I didn’t want them to break my water so early and allow me to labor on my own first. He agreed and said he will come back at 2am to check on me. I texted Daddy and asked him to come around 3am.

2.00am

I fell asleep for about an hour and realize that it was already 2am. By now, the contractions were getting more painful; but still not frequent enough to be in active labor. I walked around and they would go away. I laid on the bed most of the time and breathed through every contraction. The doctor did not come back – which I was very happy about so I continued sleeping and focus on more rest to regain my energy. I texted Daddy and told him that I’m not in the labor room yet so there’s no need to come at 3am anymore. So I told him to get more sleep and come later on maybe around 4 or 5am.

4.30am

I woke up and made myself a cup of Horlicks. I was pretty hungry and I knew I had to eat something before labor or I wont have the energy to push. Contractions were still  coming on and off, mildly painful and I used these contractions to practice breathing. In through nose and out through mouth very very slowly. I didn’t know what time the doctor will come again so I just packed my bag (what they told me to do; as needed in the labor room), and walked even more. I couldn’t walk through most contractions by now – I had to stop and stand over the bed and breathe through them. The nurse on duty asked of I was ok and if I wanted to get checked. She also told me not to wait till its unbearable or it’ll be too late to prep the labor room! (In my mind, I doubt I was that far along to be in active labor).

5.30am

I finally agreed to get checked. I remember praying so hard that there will be progress and that I don’t have to be induced. The doc said that I was a good 5cm! Time to prep the labor room! So at this point, I texted Daddy and asked him to come when he’s ready, after settling Leo. They wheeled me into the room and got the CTG working to check on baby’s heartbeat and contractions.

6.00am

They doctor broke my water to get labor going. I remember that it felt very warm and almost like I am peeing on myself! There was so much water, it’s amazing how it was all in my womb and I was carrying it with me all along.

6.15am

After all the preparation, the only thing I could do is just wait. Wait until the contractions come more frequently and into actual active labor. Contractions are getting more painful and each time it comes, I picture the cervix dilating and that baby’s head is descending. By now Daddy was beside me and we were talking about how cute Leo is and thinking about his face and reaction when I get to see him again! Not having to be with him for the past 2 days was hard! I never knew that I missed him so much. We kept talking about what happened at the reunion dinner and the things he did and said. These conversations got me through most of the contractions.

8.30am

Another doctor came and checked me and I cant forget her words – She said I was only 4cm and not 5. I remember the same disappointment I felt even during Leo’s birth when I did not progress as much as I expected. I was sad but I told myself not to be discouraged. Dilation can happen at anytime and I know of some who went from a 3cm to a full 10cm in just 1 hour! So she checked my contractions on the monitor and said they were not frequent enough. I was only having 2 in 10 minutes and only lasting for about 30-40 seconds each time.

Close to 9.00am

The doctor ordered Pitocin for me and another IV was hooked on my right arm. Great… now I have one of my left AND one on my right. This wasn’t what I wanted, but I just followed the doctor’s advice and allow my body to work. Once the Pitocin came in; in a matter of seconds, my contractions were getting very very strong each time and VERY painful. I kept breathing as how I did but it was hard. Exhaling was hard not to let out some groaning or screaming. Nope, I didn’t scream… yet. By now, I was having 3 contractions in 1o minutes and they last for almost a minute each. I told Daddy to keep talking to me and keep my mind occupied so I don’t think about the pain. I remember clearly at each contraction, I visualized that I was at green pastures, drinking from the calm waters. Every contraction is bringing my baby closer and closer to me. I’ve learned how to control the contraction and not to push, try not to push or force it, and let it “breathe” through me. (I’ve learnt this the hard way from Leo’s birth experience and told myself that I don’t wanna bruise my cervix and I don’t want to force her head through when she’s not ready!)

9.30am

Contractions were over the top! There are no words to describe how it felt. I was shivering at every contraction and grabbing onto the bed very VERY tightly. If it was a wooden one, it would’ve probably be broken! Luckily, I told Daddy not to let me hold his hand, or he’ll suffer major bruises or maybe a broken arm, LOL. The doc said I was 8cm and in no time, the baby would be here! I was cold sweating, feeling very uncomfortable and that my spine was gonna break into half. Daddy used cold tissues to wipe my forehead and kept talking. I told him to PLEASE keep talking to me so that my mind is occupied. I thought to myself that I will have her in an hour or so. Hang on! Hang on!

Finally, I told the midwife that I can’t hold it anymore! I need to push, I need to push. And yes – just FYI, when you finally can’t hold it any longer, the urge to push is natural. With Leo, I kinda forced myself to push when contractions come but now I’ve learnt that it was the wrong way. When you’re at the final stage, the urge to push is so strong that your body takes over!

9.40am

THE RING OF FIRE! Oh, ring of fire. It is REAL and it is scary. I remember telling Daddy that OMG I can feel the ring of fire at the first “push”. It feels like I’m about to rip apart or something. By this time, I was a hot mess. I believe that I did scream for a bit. She was crowning and I can feel the doctor holding/touching something down there.

9.45am

The second push, I could feel her head come out. I could hear the midwife saying “wait wait”, hanging onto her head and asking me to hold my legs. Wait, WHAT? How on earth am I going to hold my legs? I can’t even. There was a short pause for a second. Obviously in my head, there was no breaks, it was painful. So painful that the IV hooked on my right arm was bent all the way from the pressure of me grabbing on so tightly (which the nurse told me after when removing it) causing a bruise on my arm.

9.50am

Finally the midwife said “Ok, push Eva”. One more contraction and one more push, her body came out. I could feel the warmth of the amniotic fluid/or blood? flow out and I can feel her warm body touching my thighs. Then, I remember feeling her legs/or arms moving and kicking me. Oh the feel or relief. Relief that it’s finally over and she’s out.

They did all the necessary steps and then placed her on my chest. SKIN ON SKIN. I never had this with Leo because he was taken away almost immediately because I was bleeding pretty bad. I loved every moment of it. The moment I saw her face and realized how tiny she was. My little baby girl. Daddy and I were talking about how she looks very similar to Leo.

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10.00am

I wasn’t really sure of the time here, but probably around so, I delivered the placenta and they cleaned me up. Honestly, the cleaning was more painful than birth. Kind of. I don’t wanna elaborate here because this is her birth story and I want to remember how she came into this world. But the midwife did do a good job and I was up and running the next day; did I just really had a baby?

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After all the cleaning, I was able to hold her again and start breastfeeding. I was wheeled back into the recovery ward around 2pm, and had my lunch then.

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There are no words to describe this birth experience. Even though it was unexpected, it was beautiful and I am so grateful that everything went well. The only thing that I felt pretty immediately was how much I missed my bump. I didn’t have time to digest that it was the last day being pregnant and I didn’t really embrace that feeling. Things happened so fast, I didn’t have a picture of me being pregnant just before entering the labor room. However, I am so blessed to have my baby girl in my arms and can’t believe she’s finally here. I can’t believe I am a mother of 2. God is so good and I have nothing to complain about. The hospital and staff was awesome and Daddy and I are so, so blessed and grateful.

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Evangeline Mikayla Lim came into this world on Feb 8, 2016 at 9.50am weighing at 3.01kgs.

Read Leo’s birth story here.

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NAME REVEAL!!!

For those who’ve been waiting to find out her name, we are finally sharing it to the world at 38 weeks!

Here’s a short clip on our name reveal on Quackababy 2 a.k.a QB2 or Little Miss Quack. Click the image below to find out… 

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More updates on how we got her name and why in another post 😀

 

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When is my due date???

It is every pregnant moms wish to know when is her exact due date; even though it is just an estimate, having the peace to know that everyone is on the same page (and everyone means the doctor, the nurse, yourself, the ultrasound tech, etc) will really put an ease to your mind.

Well, according to BabyCentre AND every single pregnancy due date calculator online, my due date for QB2 is on Feb 10th, 2016. How accurate are online calculators? Well, I used it with Leo and my doctor then revealed the same date too, so I believe they are correct. But this time, my midwife said that it is on Feb 13th, 2016 and not the 1oth, based on her manual calculation which they add 7 days to your LMP (last menstrual period). I’ve always sidetracked her calculation coz I felt it wasn’t accurate and preferred to stick to Feb 10th. I had my final ultrasound with a gynae on Tuesday and I asked him about my due date; again. According to his calculation, he said it was Feb 13th! I was shocked. Not because I didn’t believe him but because every single calculator says 10th according to my LMP, but his and the midwifes’ says 13th. He also said that it is only a difference by 3 days, so it doesn’t really matter. True but NOT TRUE. If you’ve been pregnant, you KNOW that the last month of pregnancy has 365 days! I wouldn’t want to be overdue either, and every single day counts when you’re in the home run.

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If you’ve been in the TTC (trying to conceive) moment and you are the kinda mom that knows your cycle very well and know about fertility and conception, you will know that there are other methods to determine your due date.

  1. Using your LMP – which most doctors use and what the online calculator uses too. But I don’t know why the manual calculation and generic calculator differs by 3 days? So according to this calculation, my due date is on the 13th.
  2. Date of conception – We all know what we need to do to conceive. And I know the exact date, because we only tried once. They can argue and say that this method is not the best because sperm can live in the uterus for a couple of days and you never know when you ovulate. But my cycle is very regular and I know when I am in the fertile window. So since we only tried ONCE, I keyed in the date of conception and that had put my due date to the 7th! Now that’s a huge difference between 7th and 13th. That is 1 week ahead of what the LMP says.

In case you’re wondering why am I so anal about my due date; it is an estimate anyway. It is because I was overdue with Leo and had to be induced. That wasn’t fun at all. And at the end of pregnancy, baby is growing bigger and bigger each day. If baby gets too big, there are chances that they may now allow you to birth naturally and/or say that there are risks involved. I had to be induced with Leo because my water broke and I was overdue.

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I am only hoping that I will not go overdue this time. I don’t want to be induced and I don’t want baby to get too big, as she measures 2.7kg already. Each week they gain about 300 grams. So the remaining 3 weeks I have left means she could put on 1kg. That would mean she could be born at 3.7kgs! That’s gonna hurt… and no C section for me please! I know these are estimate figures, plus minus 10%, but still, my heart just feels kinda unsettled.

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Anyway, I just wanted to get this out of my chest. Ultimately, God’s timing is best. He knows when she will be here and she will be here when she’s ready. The only thing I can do now is to prepare my body for labor and trust that it till complete the whole process. If my body can conceive and sustain the whole pregnancy till full term, my body can birth this baby out naturally and the process will be complete. It will not fail me and it will not go haywire suddenly.

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34 weeks + 5 days

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HAPPY NEW YEAR GUYS!!!

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I meant to do this bumpdate last Wednesday when I turned 34 weeks, but heck, I was so tired from being unable to sleep between 2-6am (literally!) and then waking up at 9am. And then, the next day was New Year’s eve and I had a horrible day at work. Come Friday, it was New Years and I wanted to spend with with my family through the weekend so I decided to delay this update until today.

I have quite a lot to talk about this week, things have been pretty challenging. Let me break it down for you a little.

Physically

Stretch marks: I can feel my belly is getting bigger and tighter by the day. That means that baby is growing and she should weigh about 2.5kgs by now.

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Stretch marks are saying hello to me too! Now, I know there are many products outside to “prevent” these marks, but really, there is nothing you can do about it. It’s partly genetics and with the rate of how fast your belly is growing, it is inevitable. My skin is not that elastic and the marks have gone up above my belly button stretching even more from the precious marks I got from Leo. I know of some people whose belly went super huge and no stretch marks; NONE. Well, good for them. I am not super sad about it. In fact, these are my battle scars. A reminder that life was formed and that my body did whatever it needs to do to support it.

Fatigue: I am feeling very tired the past week. So tired that I just want to lay in bed all day and go to bed at 7pm. Of course I didn’t coz I couldn’t fall asleep. Even when I do, it’s not long before I have to wake to pee and then the cycle repeats itself. I decided to hit the gym instead to join a BODYPUMP class which helped me get my mind off things and I really enjoyed it. I forgot how nice it was being a member and not having to teach.

Pains: I have been having some pelvic pain especially on my right side. It’s like as if my legs are gonna detach from my body. My tailbone is hurting too which is weird, because I didn’t have that with Leo. Someone told me that it could be because my pelvis/birth canal is widening hence it affects the tailbone too. Thankfully though, that my feet aren’t swollen and my blood pressure seems good. Oh, and I almost can’t see my foot!

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Braxton Hicks: These practice contractions are happening so often especially at night. They don’t really hurt, but they are uncomfortable. When it happens, my belly would get super tight and then I can’t breathe normally. It almost feels like I needed to hold my breath or breathe out very very slowly. There was one day (that day that I didn’t sleep from 2-6am), these contractions were coming so regularly that I downloaded an app to time the contractions, just in case it may be the real thing. But thankfully they went away. I wonder if the regularity of these contractions are caused by the Red Raspberry Leaf Tea that I’ve been drinking daily.

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It tones the uterus and supports the organ to prepare for birth. If it is, then it is doing it’s job well. So far I have been loving this tea. I drink 2 cups throughout the day and then another at night before bed.

Emotionally

Emotionally it has been rough. I’ve done so much crying this past week and it’s still on going. I cry at every emotion that runs through my body. Memories of my late grandma made me cry and parenting made me cry too. Sometimes I wished that the people around me would understand and at least try to accommodate my feelings and appreciate the effort I put in to make this house a home. But I’ve reminded myself to never expect anything from anyone because I’m just gonna be disappointed at the end. I will stop expecting anyone to help carry furniture, heavy groceries, laundry baskets and so on. The nurse told me to stop carrying heavy items (because of my weak pelvic floor), but what am I to do? It upsets me when people chose to see without their heart.

Rants aside. I am thankful for my husband who helps me when he can. I couldn’t have done it without him. Thanks Darling.

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I also have been having some mild anxiety as to how am I going to birth this baby out. The memories of the pain I went through with Leo plays in my head and I am so scared. I know in time, that it will all be alright and it is going to be ok. It’ll be over before you know it. But still, the anxiousness makes me nervous and I hope that it’ll be easier second time around.

Spiritually

I have been asking God for a quick and easy delivery for this baby. I’ve also learnt to pray specifically for my body, that it’ll do that it needs to when time comes. I am also so thankful to Him for this gift and miracle. So grateful to have a daughter and appreciating life more than ever.

Honestly my spirit has been up and down. Probably my hormones are out of whack and it may stay the same even till after the baby is born. I have no idea what’s going to happen after she’s born; how are we going to manage a newborn AND a toddler? How am I gonna keep the house running and making sure there’s food on the table? How is laundry going to be like for 5 people? Am I ever able to go back to work? Who is going to take care of the baby? All these thoughts circulate my mind daily. I am reminding myself that God is the Almighty and He is in control. If he opens a door, no one can ever close it. I am trying really hard to remember the scriptures and see things in His eyes. Ultimately, He is my provider and everything will fall into place when time comes.

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One step at a time. One day at a time. 

I guess these are all the reasons for the tough week last week. Waves of emotions as time gets closer and closer. I hope this week will be a better one. I am also trying to find as much time to spend with Leo because I know, in less than 40 days, he will not be the only child anymore and I may not even have the time to spend with him. He’s such a joy and he makes me so happy. I thank God for a good toddler and I hope he’ll love his little sister too.

Thanks for reading this post. I know it’s kinda “all over the place” but I wanted to let it out and express how I am feeling. Looking forward for a better week and I hope 2016 has been kind to you!

 

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Newborn Cloth Diaper Stash

Cloth Diapering Newborn Edition

It is without a doubt that we will cloth diaper QB2 when she arrives. We will probably start once she’s home and I will be doing reviews again; this time, mostly on newborn/Size 1 diapers which I didn’t really get to cover a lot with Leo last time. We will still use disposables as and when necessary and will bring those to the hospital too. I just don’t wanna stress about cloth while in the hospital or the first few days (from being an emotional wreck maybe).

I’ve collected enough newborn dipes for this bub and maybe even too many! I just hope I have enough time to review each one before she grows out of it.

For the most part, it is the newborn hybrids and fitteds that I will review more on as there are little information/reviews on them. These are often WAHM (Work at Home Moms) diapers from the US and they make superb quality diapers. Made from all natural materials such as bamboo, hemp, and cotton, these diapers are often more expensive then regular market brands. I will also review and re-review some market brands as well, just to see how they fit and if it makes a difference on a boy or a girl.

Here’s a list of what I have and will be reviewing.

Newborn Hybrids and Fitteds. It is hard to get the exact picture of each of these brands as they are not as widely known to all. But I will attach the brands here. And actual photos when baby arrives!

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They usually look like this; no matter which WAHM. Typically comes with an umbilical cord snapdown and fits from 5-12 lbs (2.5-5.5 kg). I have 10 brands to review.

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Other market brands worth reviewing. These are typically fully waterproof; with PUL or TPU outer and will not require a cover. Some has the umbilical cord snapdown and some doesn’t. They are also AIOs (All-in-ones), except Applecheeks which is a pocket diaper.

  1. Tots Bots TeenyFit

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2. Simplex Newborn AIO

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3. Lil Joeys by Kangacare (same company as Rumparooz)

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4. Grovia Newborn AIO

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5. Thirsties Newborn AIO (old version)

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6. Thirsties Newborn Fab Fitted

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7. Applecheeks Size 1

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That is all for now. These reviews will be for newborn/Size 1 diapers. Will probably do One-Sized diapers later on if there is a need or demand. OS diapers typically will not fit baby until they are probably 7-8kg or 6 months onwards for a better fit.

Speaking of reviews, I would like to review some of our local WAHM diapers too. YES, we have Malaysian mamas here who make diapers as well and I’ve heard good stuff about them! Let’s see if that will happen 🙂 We must support local WAHM.

If you want to read about my previous cloth diaper reviews on my son, you can find it below. But please bear in mind that those reviews were done when he was below 12 months old and some of my experiences have changed (especially on absorbency)! Do read all 5 parts for a better understanding.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Toddler Cloth Diapering

ENJOY!!!

 

 

 

 

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It’s A… and mama’s intuition is right!

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Ahhhh, sorry for not updating you guys. Actually I’ve written posts all along but didn’t post it coz for some reason, I could not log into my WordPress account AND my computer is broken. Well, to be specific, my adapter isn’t working and I had to share with hubs.

Anyway, I also realized that the longer I do not update, the more I have to say and my posts will be like an essay. So from today, I shall update more often (say maybe twice a week? 😮 I better keep my word. Or at least once a week!) and I will try to keep them short and straight to the point!

So first things first…

I will be 29 weeks tomorrow! It’s crazy right? I can’t believe I am in the 3rd trimester already and definitely feeling all the discomfort and slight anxiety. And just to update you guys, we are having a GIRL!

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Honestly, I think I didn’t really have a preference. Why? Because I didn’t want my baby to feel rejected even before he or she is born just coz I really wanted a girl or a boy. So I told myself (and hubs too) that whatever it is, we are so thankful! And to have another boy is awesome! When I look at Quackababy, he is the cutest lil thing and having another of him is awesome! Also, we don’t need anything extras if it was a boy. We have EVERYTHING from clothes to diapers to toys.

But having said that, somehow, deep down in my heart, my intuition tells me that I was having a girl. Even before the scans (which we only found out around 20-21 weeks because I wanted a 99% sure answer) and what could’ve been, I somehow “felt” that we’re having a baby girl. First of all, I was very sick. I think I only felt better around 18-19 weeks along. With QB, I was not really sick at all. In fact, I remember having a pretty good appetite, my hair was thicker and fuller, my skin was good, and nothing really bothered me. This time, my hair is normal, my skin breaks out sometimes, and my appetite is on and off. But of course, some of my cravings did make me doubt my intuition coz they were similar to QB’s pregnancy.

So 29 weeks… and I have 11 to go. Lot’s of stuff has to be done by then. I am definitely feeling the need to nest. I am packing and arranging and preparing all the laundry, and even thought of packing my hospital bag LOL.  I have an appointment this coming Friday along with my 2nd glucose test (yuck!) and will keep you guys updated.

Seriously tho… I have lots to talk about!

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18 weeks & God’s favor is upon us!

I will try to keep this update short and straight to the point as much as possible. But before I do that, I will have to explain a little bit of our situation so that you’ll understand better.

This is actually my 3rd pregnancy. I had a miscarriage with my first back in 2012, then Leo was born in 2013, and now I’m at 18 weeks, expecting our 2nd miracle in 2016. With my first and second pregnancy, we visited private hospitals and got our prenatal care at the private sector. Why did we choose that? Honestly, because we didn’t know any better. All of our friends seem to recommend certain hospitals and doctors and shared their experiences with us. So because if that, it was only natural that we choose wherever we want and where we felt most comfortable. Here’s the list of hospitals that we’ve visited and have a prenatal record:

  1. Assunta Hospital – I was here with my first pregnancy and doc was recommended by a friend.
  2. Columbia Asia, Puchong – I came here for a second opinion when the doc at Assunta told me that our pregnancy was not successful. I also did a D&C here in 2012. Doc also recommended by a friend. Check out blog post here.
  3. Pantai Bangsar – When we found out our little miracle was here, we immediately checked in here and went to a doc that a friend recommended, again. I loved this doc very much and he was very informative. Everything went well, until he told us that he’s retiring and will not be able to deliver our first miracle.
  4. UMSC – We came here after a long research and decided to try this doc. I googled about him and decided to take the chance. Doc from Pantai said he is good and we should proceed. UMSC is the private side of PPUM, which is a teaching hospital and this doc that we’re seeing is a professor too.

Leo was born at UMSC in 2013 and we were glad that things went pretty well in this hospital. Birth story here. Not really a whole bunch to complain about but we accepted it and we were just thankful that Leo was healthy and there was nothing major to be overly concerned about.

This time, I decided to take a big chance to get my prenatal care at a government clinic and birth in a government hospital. Along the journey of motherhood, I met other new mothers too and they shared their experiences with govern hospitals. I honestly never knew how to start or register in a govern clinic, as to private, we literally just walk in and chose our doctor. Long story short, I decided to give it a try. There were some factors that helped me make this decision:

  1. Finances.
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    Both of us were working full time during our first and second pregnancy so money was not really something we were overly concerned about. Of course we chose UMSC because it was cheaper than most hospitals, but it was more of a necessity and we didn’t really have a choice. But this time, I am no longer earning a fixed income where we can be comfortable anywhere. In fact, finances were tighter than it has ever been. We’re going through a wave in our family. So choosing free prenatal care was what seems natural to me. I did not have to pay at my appointments and I have prenatal vitamins for free.  And we are saving thousands of dollars here. I would rather spend that money on good food/nutrition and stuff we need for the new baby (be it clothes, diapers, furniture, etc.) or even save it for organic baby food later on.
  2. Government hospitals support natural births and breastfeeding.

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    This was a huge one for me. In the “supernatural” world of gentle birthing and breastfeeding, we see many extremes. Most of them will be pro natural births (no vaginal exams, no Pitocin, no epidural, no episiotomy, delayed cord clamping, immediate skin to skin with baby, no baths for baby, etc). Pro breastfeeding (no formula, no bottles, no pacifiers, breast crawl, no pumping, etc). Uhhh, yes. Very extreme indeed. I’m just saying what I know and have read. I’m not against it and I am not super pro about it and I am not judging anyone. I did have everything naturally and smoothly with Leo when he was born. Birth and breastfeeding was great for us. It was great because I’ve done a ton of research on everything before I decided my birth plan and what I wanted. I was very well equipped and I am so thankful that we didn’t go through any major hiccups. Please don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that birth or breastfeeding was easy. I’m just saying that it went well for us and I knew 100% what I was doing.

    This time, I’ve done and still doing my research on how much was it to birth in government hospital vs private and the numbers are very extreme. This prompted me even more to have the baby in a govern hospital. You rarely read about “emergency C-sections” happening in government hospitals. Why is that? Because there is nothing emergency about it. I will share my research about this in another post. So yes, govern hospitals only do natural births unless you have a certain condition or you already had a precious C-section.

    Govern hospitals are also pro breastfeeding. They are not equipped with “emergency” formula. I was shocked when UMSC gave me a form to fill and it had a box where I had to tick if I wanted formula for the baby or not. The nurse asked me “what if I didn’t have milk and the baby is crying?” I said “I will definitely have milk for him!”. Every mother will have, and it’s all in your willpower to believe that and to trust that your body knows what to do. Educate yourself and to do lots of research before you birth. Knowledge is power when it comes to breastfeeding. Again, I am not against formula. If there is a need, please go ahead. If you need a break, go ahead. It is there as an option to help mothers. This too, I shall share my research and thoughts on in a different post.

  3. Thorough checkups and waiting time.

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    Prenatal care is done at the Klinik Kesihatan, and not the hospital. So far, my experiences with the nurses were positive. They we’re friendly and informative with all the questions I asked and even helped me decide which hospital I can birth at. The usual time spent at the clinic is around 1-2 hours. Today I’ve only spend an hour (inclusive of parking, taking a number, taking regular tests, seeing the nurse and leaving afterwards). On some days when there may be more people, I’ve never waited longer than 2 hours, for everything done. I’ve spend a very, VERY long time at those private hospitals listed above, probably half a day! I can guarantee most women you ask, they will agree that waiting time is long and often; taking a number doesn’t really mean anything! I also like the fact that I know the results of all the tests done at each visit and I am aware if there may be any problems because it is all written in the pink book. You get to have a copy and so does the clinic. In private, I don’t remember having any record in my hand, except the ultrasound scans. Everything was with my doctor. There is always an advantage go this. Say I decided to enter private halfway through or decided last minute that I wanted to switch; my records are all with me. Oh, and I do not have to pay for anything.

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    I am so grateful to hear this awesome news from the nurse at my appointment today. We were planning to go for a detailed scan for the baby sometime around 20 weeks. This is for my peace of mind. If you can relate, I often get a sudden anxiety of how the baby is developing. Checkups at the clinic do not include ultrasounds. Of course we can do it anytime in private clinics but I try to avoid having scans so many times as it is not necessary. A detailed scan is where they scan the baby to check for development abnormalities (brain, heart, liver, kidney, etc.) Initially we were going to do it at FMGC which is a private fetal medicine practice but I did not make an appointment because the price was a little too high for us. It was going to cost RM500 for the detailed scan. Today I found out that usually they cost around RM300. I guess the doctors at FMGC cost more because they are practicing at Pantai, Bangsar and because they have great reviews and experience. Today, the nurse told me that there is a free detailed scan given to govern clinic patients at a diagnostic center. It is a learning school for trainee radiologists to learn/practice and their job is to look for abnormalities in ultrasounds. I was thrilled and immediately felt that God was answering my prayers. The nurse also said that the scans are done by the sonographer and if there was anything wrong, we will be referred to the doc at the hospital. I am sure at private fertility clinics; the scans are not done by the doctor themselves too. I was relived and felt that this is what we are going to do. Again, if we were not satisfied by any of the services or scans, we can always go to FMGC later on.

    My heart is so relieved by this news and I am so grateful for this opportunity. I know that God is in control of everything and His favor is upon this baby and our family. We did not have to spend a fortune at appointments (which is what we worry about and even wondered if we can ever afford to grow our family!) and He is really providing for us. Every step of the way. Thank you, Lord. Thank you!

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16 Weeks!

WHAT???

Yes, we are currently expecting our second miracle! It was been 16 weeks and a pretty tough one. I actually wanted to do weekly posts on this pregnancy, but I was feeling very, VERY sick this time round. It has made me unable to work, sleep, eat, and basically not function as usual. I am not exaggerating…

Don’t get me wrong! We are really happy and excited! It’s just that the initial stage was really hard for me. I literally could not function and it made me so sick that I was on bed rest most of the time, literally doing nothing and feeling very useless. It is only now, at around 16 weeks, I am feeling much, MUCH better and slightly back to myself (except that I am still tired most of the time). I could finally eat, smell and cook! I remember thinking to myself, what if this feeling doesn’t go off? What if I am this sick throughout the whole pregnancy? I freaked out! And even thought to myself, that if I have to go through this again, I’m not sure if we will have anymore Quackababies… but deep down, I don’t ever want this as my last J

Anyways, you will see more pregnancy updates here on Mama2Baby again. Hopefully every 2 weeks or so, until the day I give birth and even after! You know… all the exciting stories and experiences to share!

Here’s a glimpse of Quackababy 2 at my 12 week ultrasound.

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In the meantime, our little miracle has turned 2 early this month! I can’t believe how time just flew by and he’s no longer a baby. It blows my mind how much he can speak now and express himself. I am so thankful that he’s such a sweetheart! Leo will always be our Quackababy!

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Stay tuned for more updates! And thank you for staying with Mama2Baby and being so patient!

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