Staycation checklist

Suddenly, our list which consisted of having a comfy bed to sleep in has now expanded to…   ⚪ baby cot – for Luna to sleep in ⚪ baby tub – for bath time ⚪ large bed – in case Luna hates the cot ⚪ bath tub – “indoor swimming” ⚪ heated pool with shade …

Ganbatte!

Our little Luna is a fighter. Since day one in my womb, she has shown us so much strength and will to survive. During pregnancy, she hanged on during the wobbly first trimester even if I very well thought I would have lost her during those early weeks. Early on after her birth, despite having …

Honeymooners no more

It has been almost a year since we thought of the idea of expanding our family from two to three. I couldn’t help but feel a bit sentimental. I ended up looking at our honeymoon photos — some of whichI’ve just seen for the first time. These are beautiful outtakes taken by Seah Gee Hock, …

First words

A friend recently posted on Facebook her first words to her baby. At first I couldn’t remember mine. Then I paused for a bit and tried to do a rewind. My earliest memory was that first family selfie Joel took but I couldn’t really place in on a timeline. But I did remember that moment …

It takes a village

They say it takes a village to raise a child. They never say that it also takes a village to keep a mother sane. I am so glad there are mommies who figuratively hold my hand as I go through this crazy and tough journey of motherhood and breastfeeding. I am especially thankful for breastfeeding …

Golden moments

Looking back, it’s funny to think that Joel experienced so many highs at the very same place where I had the most painful experiences. While my journey from labor to delivery was a rough ride, Joel’s fatherhood was amazing and it was heartwarming to see it with my own eyes. Well, technically, I was heavily …

Luna’s first Christmas

After giving birth and getting released from the hospital, Joel and I together with Luna made our way to my parents’ home in Fairview (FAR-view!). Weekly hospital visits were tough since we had to go through the infamous Commonwealth traffic. One time, we left at 5:30 AM and got stuck in Fairview well until 9 …

That took me so long

Meet Luna. This cute little stranger entered our lives and taught us many things I never thought to consider in my 32 years of existence. Scheduled to arrive early December, she came out on the afternoon of November 24 after over 31 hours of strenuous induced labor. During the 37th week of my pregnancy, my …

Cheerleader

Come Friday, it will be a month since I gave birth to Luna. Joel has been encouraging me to write so I won’t forget but it has been hard emotionally and physically since I barely have the time. I have just given Luna a bath and she is currently latching. Meanwhile, here I am typing …

A big bump of a year

I started the year not really thinking about any plans, aside from my MA scholarship application and the usual birthday and summer travel plans. It was going to be the second half of our first married year and I was just carrying on without anything specific in mind. That was the case until Joel first …