Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Baby saigh #2 pregnancy: Weeks 11 and 12.

My friend Renee (Mama Bryce) and I at Mother's Day Brunch
at Prego in Singapore. Mama Bryce is 34 weeks in  this photo,
while Mama Saigh is 11 weeks.
11 Weeks Pregnant

Well, my boobs still hurt, I'm still tired, sooooooo thirsty, but my nausea has really lightened up. I'll get a wave of nausea every so often, but nothing bad at all any more. I am still getting up at least twice a night to pee, which is not helping me in the "rest" department. I started taking Unisom before bed at night (my doctor says it's "safe" for pregnant women, and I have pregnant friends who swear by it), and the first night that I took it I slept from 8:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. However, the second night that I took it, I had crazy dreams, was awake every couple hours, on top of having to pee every few hours. I think I'll start taking it every few nights, instead of every night.

We celebrated Mother's Day this weekend too with a beautiful brunch at Prego at the Swissotel in Singapore (very appropriate, huh?!). I did a couple "naughty" things at brunch over the weekend, like eat oysters, and enjoyed a few sips of Papa Saigh's Prosecco. Even the thought of drinking a glass of wine or champagne has made my stomach turn recently (I know, it's like a sign that the world is ending), but I wanted to enjoy a few sips on Mother's Day.

I have also been CRAVING oysters since finding out that we were going to have brunch at Prego. So, I'm satisfied with my indulgences. I was also craving this Minnesota hotdish that my mom makes, so I ran all around Singapore to find the ingredients to make it. The hotdish looks like cat "sick", but it is soooooooo good. I'll have some genetics testing done on May 21st (13 weeks pregnant), so please keep Baby Saigh in your thoughts!



12 Weeks Pregnant

My nausea came back a bit this week. It happens mostly in the morning, and still nothing awful. I can't believe how hungry I've been. Seriously, it's like I'm pregnant with twins! At this rate, I'll be 700 lbs. by the time I pop this baby out. I'm pretty sure this is due to my excess appetite, but I have acid reflux pretty bad. Taking TUMS keeps it at bay, but woof. Still super thirsty, so I'm drinking a lot of water. My boobs still hurt, and my nips look disgusting... So there's that (seeeeexy!). I wake up to pee like a half-dozen times at night, which isn't helping my sleep situation. The good thing is that I go to bed these days by 9pm, and wake up with Linna around 7am. I wonder if it would be weird if I started sleeping in a diaper so I could get a full 8 hours of sleep?! I got a pregnancy body-pillow this week too, because the body pillow from my pregnancy with Linna is in storage in MN. I purchased a LeachCo Snoogle maternity pillow in Singapore, and it's been a lifesaver. Linna calls it the "big C pillow" (haha, it does look like the letter "c"). I'm at that point in my pregnancy where people look at me, and I swear they must be thinking, "Is she pregnant, or did she really just let herself go?". My belly has definitely popped, but it's at that "Is she pregnant, or just fat?" stage. Almost into my second trimester! Can't believe the baby is already the size of a lime. We found out that our insurance won't cover the Harmony testing as I previously thought, so I'll just be doing the regular genetics testing on May 21st. Looks like we'll have to wait to find out the baby's gender... that is, if we DO decide to find out before the birth.


To the lady that "shush-ed" my 3-year-old on the bus.

3-year-old Linna on her Nabi tablet.
I'll admit it. I was a completely different person before I became a mom. Before kids, I was that emotion-less person who rolled their eyes and grunted about noisy children on airplanes (why would a parent travel with a child anyway, right?!). Now, I give that mom who is struggling to get her temper-tantruming child back into the shopping cart an empathetic smile, and I have a laugh when the kid behind me on an airplane is talking about penises and poop. I've been in that mom's shoes before, and in more ways than one, having a kid definitely changed me.

Yesterday, I was on a public bus in Singapore (SMRT) with my three-year-old. We were traveling from the West Coast to Robertson Quay to run errands and go scooting, which is a good 45-minute bus ride. During these long trips, I usually give my daughter the iPad or Nabi to keep her busy. On this particular trip, the bus way pretty full, so we found a seat on the top section of the double-decker bus. Linna turned on one of her favorite iPad apps (Fisher Price's Little People), and I turned the volume to low (I forgot her headphones at home). The volume was loud enough for both her and I to hear it, but quiet enough to get drowned out by the other noises/people on the bus. Linna decided to play a few of her favorite music videos, and sing along with them. I love when she does this.

Just like her Mama, Linna is not a quiet kid. She was singing happily and at her usual volume (not shouting or screaming, but definitely not whispering). For a second, I thought to myself, "I could ask her to sing more quietly", but I'd then run the risk of...

A. Hurting her feelings (she was singing beautifully, and I like to compliment her on these types of things).
B. Confusing her (why would I ask her to be quiet, when she was doing something sweet).
C. A complete threenager meltdown (I avoid even the possibility of these nightmares at all costs).

I chose to let her singing continue, especially when I received a friendly smile from the mom sitting across from us. Moms always think a singing child is cute, right?!

*** SIDE NOTE: For the record, I don't ALWAYS think my singing kid is adorable. And, let's be honest, a 3-year-old's attention spans about 5-10 minutes, so the chances of her singing continuing past then was slim to none. Ok, continue...

Five minutes into my daughter's singing, an old woman sitting behind us tapped my 3-year-old on the shoulder, and with an angry look on her face the woman "SUSH-ED" my kid.

That's right, she "SHUSH-ED" my 3-year-old, singing child.

I don't know if it was the startled and confused look on my child's face, or the fact that this women had the audacity to not only touch my kid, but "scold" her right in front of me... but mama bear LOST it. While I am usually incredibly respectful of my elders (especially elders in an Asian country), this lady had approached my bear cub, and mama bear went on the defense. So, what did mama bear do? I turned around and "shush-ed" the lady right back (I believe I specifically told her to go "shush" herself).

While I have no idea if the woman even spoke English, I pointed out the man a few rows back, who had been speaking on his cell phone at a volume that FAR exceeded my daughter's singing. I also pointed out the man at the back of the bus, who was disgustingly hocking loogies every two minutes into God only knows where. Why didn't she "shush" them?! The women then proceeded to (I can only assume) bad-mouth me in Chinese to her very silent friend sitting next to her. The two exited the bus a couple minutes later. Linna kept on singing, the man on the phone kept on talking loudly, and the man at the back of the bus kept hocking up his phlegm. God I love Singapore.

Clearly, Mama Saigh acted on her emotions in this particular situation. While I'd like to think that I'd be able to hold my tongue in situations like this, my "mama bear" instincts took over. When I look back on the situation, I don't think I would have done anything differently. Who was my 3-year-old's singing really hurting anyway? She wasn't crying, having a tantrum, whining, kicking the seat in front of her, running up and down the aisles, or climbing over the seats, as I've seen other children on the bus (including mine) do. If the singing was really bothering that woman, she could have politely tapped me on the shoulder and asked (with a smile) if my daughter could kindly keep it down a bit. I then might have assumed that this woman had worked a long day, was tired, had a headache, and I could have approached my daughter MYSELF to explain the situation. I would have appreciated the fact that she approached me... not the kid.

For those who want to tell me that I'm a guest in an Asian county where children are generally "seen and not heard", I can tell you that this is far from the truth in Singapore. Singapore is a beautiful melting pot of many different cultures, races, and religions, and all of them include children. While some individuals may feel that children should be "seen and not heard", I think that generality completely disrespects the reality of Singapore. We've lived in Singapore for almost three years, and if this was a country that wanted children "seen and not heard", we would have been gone a long time ago. We love all that Singapore has to offer children, and how child-friendly this country is.

My point is simple: Don't mess with mama bear. Am I right?!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Pregnancy has made me dumb-er.

Linna (the "original" Minnesota Baby) is excited about
becoming a big sister in November.
If you've ever wondered whether or not "pregnancy brain" is a real pregnancy symptom, let me tell you straight from the pregnant lady's mouth... It is (although WebMD says Pregnancy Brain/Momnesia is NOT real). Let me start out by saying that I do NOT think that I am a stupid/dumb person, but if you know me at all then you know that even in my non-pregnant state, I tend to say/do things that wouldn't necessarily be classified as "intelligent". But hey, that's just me. Love it, or leave it. However, since finding out that I'm pregnant with Baby #2, my brain has honestly become mush. I don't know if it's the lack of sleep, pregnancy hormones, or something else, but I honestly sometimes find myself having "out of body" experiences. Like when I'm doing or saying something, it's as if I'm watching myself thinking, "oh my gosh, WTF is she doing right now?!". Examples...

1. When I was about six weeks pregnant, I took yogurt and milk out of the refrigerator for our 3-year-old's bedtime snack. Instead of pouring the milk in the glass, and putting the yogurt in the bowl, I put the yogurt in the bowl and poured the milk on top of it. Really?!

2. This was an actual conversation between me and Papa Saigh a couple weeks ago, while watching a movie at home...

Mama Saigh: "Is that the guy from Lost?" (Jorge Gargia)
Papa Saigh: "Yes."
Mama Saigh: "So, he's like an actor now?!"
Papa Saigh: "He was an actor when he was on Lost."

(Pause for 5 seconds...)

Papa Saigh: "Did you think Lost was a reality show?"
Mama Saigh: "Shit..."

When I was having that conversation with Papa Saigh, in my normal mind I knew that Lost was a TV drama series. But for some reason, at that moment I thought it was a reality show. And three seconds before I poured the milk on the yogurt, I remember thinking to myself, "Pour the milk in the glass". You see?! Pregnancy brain is a real thing! I don't remember having it with Linna, which is yet another reason why I'm convinced we're having a boy. I'm hoping my self-diagnosed "Pregnancy Brain" cures itself in the coming weeks, because I'm seriously concerned that I'm going to forget Linna at home one day while I go do a grocery run. Gahhhhhhhhhhh!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Family vacation in lombok and gili islands.

Linna on one of the Gili Islands.

In March, we took a 5-day/4-night vacation to Lombok in Indonesia, along with a visit to the beautiful Gili Islands. Linna was off from school for 2 weeks, and Papa Saigh needed a break from his busy job, so this getaway was exactly what we all needed. I was a little anxious about traveling, as we had recently found out that I was pregnant with Baby Saigh #2. Lombok is an island next to Bali in Indonesia, and just a 2.5-hour flight from Singapore (plus a 1.5-hour drive from the airport to our resort). While Lombok and the Gili Islands are beautiful on their own, I honestly feel that the resort we stayed at made all the difference.

Tugu Lombok.
Linna on one of the daybeds on Tugu's private beach.
So beautiful - Tugu Lombok.
We booked an Aloon-Aloon Villa at the spectacular Tugu Lombok, and the accommodations were perfect for our family of three. When we arrived at the resort just after 8 p.m. via car service (booked through Tugu), we were a little skeptical of our decision to stay at Tugu, as we found ourselves in a very remote area. Plus, it was dark outside, so we couldn't see anything. A very friendly staff member ("Uncle" Henry) greeted us, escorted us to dinner, and then to our villa. The villa was absolutely incredible! We were given a key with a HUGE wooden bird on it (you won't lose it), that unlocked the door to a beautiful private garden that led into our spacious accommodations. There was a double lounge and eating area outside in the garden, and inside was an over-sized king bed, another sitting area, lounge bed, separate dressing area, and gigantic bathroom with an amazing round copper tub and an over-sized rain shower. The room was air-conditioned and incredibly lush, while still giving us the feel of being a bit rustic. I've never experienced a villa quite like this one!

The garden area of our villa.
Entry to our villa.
Sleeping area of our villa.
Dressing area of our villa. How gorgeous is that mirror?!
High ceilings and copper tub in our HUGE bathroom.
From the hotel staff. Cute!
The three of us slept peacefully in our huge, comfy bed, and awoke very well-rested to the gorgeous views outside our villa. Papa Saigh walked down to the beach to catch photos of the sunrise, while I took in the tranquility that is Tugu. Honestly, we thought we were the only ones at this resort because it was so peaceful and quiet, when in reality the resort was at 70-percent occupancy. When we walked to the Bale Kokok Pletok for breakfast, we found children playing in the beautiful infinity pool while their parents and families ate breakfast. Breakfast was included in our accommodation package, and we were astonished to find out that there was NO specific time-frame or location for breakfast at Tugu. Seriously, we could wake up whenever we wanted and have breakfast served where ever we wanted! What a welcome change to the 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. hotel breakfasts we're used to. We each ordered breakfast off the menu, and they had options for each of us, which included a fresh fruit smoothie, coffee, or tea, fresh fruits, baked goods baskets... and that's just to start! Linna would usually order the banana pancakes because she enjoyed smothering them in chocolate and syrup, while Papa Saigh and I indulged in things like the traditional Indonesian breakfast, or french toast, bacon, eggs, etc. They also have a homemade yogurt which is really different, but really good topped with fruit.

Linna and Papa Saigh enjoying afternoon tea at Tugu.
Fancy pants.
Mama Saigh's GoPro selfie in the pool at Tugu.
Homemade yogurt and fruit at Tugu.
We would get one of these personalized leaves every day during our meals. So sweet!
Traditional Indonesian Breakfast at Tugu.
After a two-hour, relaxing breakfast each day, we'd make our way down to the beautiful beach, or just hang out at the pool. The resort had a big bucket of kid's toys for Linna to play with in the sand by the beach, which was really nice. I had a couple massages at the resort, right on the beach during our stay. They were incredibly relaxing, enjoyable, and exactly how a massage should be done. Since the beach at Tugu is private and pretty quiet, I didn't hear anything during my massages, besides the sound of the breeze and birds outside. I felt completely revitalized after both treatments!

On the second day of our vacation, we woke up at 5:30 a.m. to take a Sunrise Breakfast on Tugu's Dragon Boat Naga Mesem. The sunrise was absolutely gorgeous, and the boat ride was incredibly relaxing... even with the 3-year-old. While Papa Saigh and I were taking in the beautiful views of volcanoes, mountains, and villages, our 3-year-old was asking for the iPad. Does she realize where she is right now?! Papa Saigh and Linna went in the water during the boat trip as well, and Papa Saigh even went snorkeling, where he got to see puffer fish and other beautiful sea life. He did, however, get very sick later that night, and we assume it's from all the water he swallowed during his excursion. I'm so thankful that my pregnant self decided not to go snorkeling, even though I missed out on what Papa Saigh said were some incredible underwater sights. I'm also thankful that the kid didn't get sick, but she really didn't do much actual snorkeling.

Beautiful Lombok.
Bug and Papa Saigh before the Dragon Boat Sunrise Cruise at Tugu.
Linna loves taking photos. Haha!
A little boating village off Lombok.
Papa Saigh snorkeling off Lombok.
Linna wanted to join her Papa in the snorkeling fun.
(Dragon Boat Sunrise Breakfast Trip at Tugu)

We also took a half-day boat trip out to the Gili Islands during our trip. The Gili Islands are three small islands (Gili Air, Gili Meno, and Gili Trawangan) off the coast of Lombok (just a 20 minute boat ride from Tugu), where cars and motorbikes are not allowed. While all three islands' beaches are beautiful, Gili Air was our favorite. The water off Gili Air was crystal clear, turquoise, and calm. All three of us swam in these waters, and Linna absolutely loved it. There are, however, sea lice that do sting... and they hurt! Papa Saigh and I got bit/stung by what we thought were sea jellies, but our boat captain told us that it was just sea lice. How Linna didn't get bit/stung, I'll never know. But those little buggers definitely know how to ruin a piece of paradise! Linna also got to release a sea turtle back into the water on Gili Meno. There's a small turtle sanctuary on Gili Meno, where you can select and release a turtle for a small donation (like $15 USD - we gave more) to the worthwhile cause of keeping sea turtles alive and well in these waters. Linna was a little apprehensive about holding her sea turtle, and the sea turtle was a little unsure about diving into the large, open waters, but we all loved releasing this wild animal where it belongs.

We wanted to release every single one back into the wild.
Sea Turtles.
Linna checking things out with the helpful Auntie.
She didn't want to hold it because it was too squirmy.

Farewell little turtle!
(Linna releasing her sea turtle in the Gili Islands)

Our entire vacation was basically spent eating, drinking (Papa Saigh did all the drinking on this trip), sleeping, relaxing... and more eating. The food at Tugu was very good and very reasonably priced. I REALLY loved their pizzas, spring rolls, and fresh fruit. Every afternoon, the resort hosts a tea for its guests, with cakes and a delicious house tea by the pool. They also have a yummy satay on the lunch and dinner menu at the Bale Kokok Pletok restaurant (pool restaurant), which comes with lamb, beef, chicken, etc., and a variety of dipping sauces. I ordered this twice!

This trip was truly spectacular, and our resort played a big part in our wonderful experience on Lombok. When we departed Tugu, the staff was waiting for us to say goodbye and wish us well. This small act made a lasting impression on all three of us. Linna still asks about "Uncle Henry" (a staff member that Linna was always on the lookout for), and we are so appreciative of the service we received at Tugu. On the drive to the airport, we got to see tons of wild monkeys just hanging out in the streets. It was like they all came out to say goodbye to us too! We would highly recommend a visit to Tugu Lombok, and we hope to be back one day soon.

Linna relaxing in a hammock on Tugu's beach.
Playing with the resort's toys on the beach.
Flight: We flew Silk Air, which we would recommend. It cost about $1,200 for the three of us to fly from Singapore to Lombok. The flight days/times were a bit conflicting with Papa Saigh's work schedule, but the seats were comfortable, food was decent, alcohol was included, and the staff was great with our 3-year old.

Tugu staff, coming out to say farewell.
So happy in paradise.

Mama Saigh and bug in the waters of the Gili Islands.
Papa Saigh and Linna relaxing.


Monkeys on the road on the way to the airport.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Baby Saigh #2's 10-week ultrasound scan.

(Baby Saigh #2 at 10.5 weeks. Ultrasound done at NUH Singapore with Dr. Chew.)

How funny is my doctor's play-by-play commentary?! I had my 10-week ultrasound done today, and Baby Saigh #2 is measuring right on track. I'll be 11 weeks this Thursday! I'll do a first trimester screening in two weeks, including the Harmony test. I'm feeling better this week too. I still have sore boobs, but I'm not as nauseous, and not as exhausted. Certain smells, however, really get to me lately. Things that used to smell delicious, now make me want to vom. Papa Saigh makes a very fragrant pasta, using olive oil, garlic, and hot peppers, but he's had to stop making it because the smell is just too much for me. These weird food aversions happened when I was pregnant with Linna too. I couldn't stand the smell of cooked chicken, or anything with red sauce (like lasagna). So crazy. 

Papa Saigh and I were shocked to see how much the baby actually looks like a baby now, instead of a blob or a tadpole. We also told Linna this weekend that she is going to be a big sister in November. I think she was becoming frustrated at all the "baby talk" that she was hearing behind her back, because her behavior started getting a little questionable. Three-year-olds aren't stupid, and she totally knows what's going on. Linna loves rubbing my belly now, and is always asking questions about her baby brother or sister. I'm loving it!

Now, I'm off to watch Baby Saigh #2 dance around in this ultrasound video for the hundredth time...


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

BIG NEWS: We're expecting baby #2.

Photo by Kylie Petts of WonderLight Photography.
We are thrilled to share the news that Mama Saigh is pregnant with Baby #2! I am writing this with a smile on my face and tears in my eyes. It is unreal to think that we will go from being a family of three, to a family of FOUR before the end of the year. We have been trying to conceive since October/November of last year, and have experienced a few bumps in the road since then (more on this below). But we're so excited to welcome Baby Saigh #2 into the world on Thanksgiving Day (estimated due date: November 26th, 2015), and FINALLY give our 3 1/2-year-old the sibling that she's been dreaming about! Here's a little more about the road to Baby Saigh #2...

Early Miscarriage in January 2015

I was heartbroken to find out that I had a very early miscarriage earlier this year. After a few months of trying to get pregnant while Papa Saigh and I were barely ever in the same country, I finally got a faint positive on a Guardian brand at-home pregnancy test (in Singapore). Since late last year, I became completely obsessed with getting pregnant, and extremely frustrated at our failed attempts. We were barely married for a month back in 2010, when Papa Saigh knocked me up with our now 3 1/2-year-old daughter, Linna. We weren't even trying and I fell pregnant. I just assumed we would be able to get pregnant on the first try the second time around. When that didn't happen, I became obsessed with peeing on ovulation test sticks and pregnancy tests. I'm not kidding you when I say that I would spend like $300/month on things to pee on (pregnancy tests are super expensive in Singapore). I tested positive (a faint, but present line) at just 7 days past ovulation in January this year. In the following days, I peed on dozens of pregnancy tests, only to have the test line show up very faint, or not even there at all. I was devastated when my doctor called to tell me that my hcg level from my blood test was below 5 (less than 5 is a negative pregnancy result). How could this be?! I had what is known as a chemical pregnancy - where a fertilized egg implants briefly into your uterus, but for some reason it doesn't stick. It's very common,
and most women don't even know it happens because they aren't POS (pee on stick) addicts. Although I was very sad and felt a sense of loss, I am also very thankful that my body did what it was supposed to do. For some reason, whether it was a chromosome abnormality or something else, this little egg was just not meant to stick. While this early miscarriage seriously tested my emotions, I realize that things could have been much, much worse. I'm not a religious person, but I do believe that God doesn't give us any more than we can handle, and this experience was a true test of that.

The original Minnesota Baby is FINALLY going to be a big sister!

4 Weeks Pregnant

I tested positive on an at-home Clearblue Compact pregnancy test on St. Patrick's Day (one day before my period due date - sorry if that's TMI, but get used to it). I kept the news from Papa Saigh until I had a positive blood test at the doctor. I was very fearful that this little egg would once again,
fail to stick. I peed on two more Predictor brand (Singapore) at-home pregnancy tests, which both
came back positive (be careful with this brand though because unlike other brands, Predictor tells you to wait at LEAST 5 minutes before reading the test result - most tests tell you to discard results if read after the 5-minute time limit). I got my hcg number back from the doctor on March 19th, and was thrilled to hear that it was 48 at 4 weeks pregnant! I actually went in to see a new doctor (Dr. Chew at NUH in Singapore) for an ultrasound around my estimated ovulation date that month, to make sure nothing was "wrong" with me following the early miscarriage. During this scan on Saturday, March 7th (day 17 of my cycle), Dr. Chew excitedly showed me a 27mm follicle that he thought would ovulate that night (I know what this means because I became a Google addict while trying to conceive Baby #2). How incredibly exciting! We actually got to see the follicle that contained the egg that is now Baby Saigh #2. Most people never get to see something like this!
"You go home and make love to your husband!", my fantastically funny Asian doctor instructed. Haha! I love him. Other than an awful wave of nausea about 3 days after conception, eating a LOT,
some super sore boobs and nipples that feel like they are on fire, week 4 has been pretty boring. I'm a tummy sleeper, which has been rough because of my sore boobies. I feel a lot more hungry throughout the day, and get tired in the afternoon. One day this week, all of my symptoms seemed to disappear overnight, which really freaked me out. However, the swollen boobs and fatigue came back with a vengeance toward the end of the week. Taking my bra off used to be one of my favorite parts of the day... Now, I dread it. OUUUUUUUCH!

This scan was done on March 7th, 2015, around my ovulation time. This is the actual follicle
that released the egg that is now Baby Saigh #2. Simply amazing.


5 Weeks Pregnant

OMG my boobs look like full, veiny, cow utters. It's disgusting. My boobs are still incredibly sore, and I can't describe the pain I feel when taking off my bra. I might become a hippy and just go bra-
less every day. I actually had to take my bra off on our plane ride home to Singapore from Lombok
this week (as Papa Saigh shuttered in embarrassment), because I couldn't stand how painful my boobs
felt. My stomach also feels super swollen and tender. I'm not wearing maternity clothes yet, but even a waistband around my abdomen is uncomfortable. I have pregnancy brain as well. OMG, I've become stupid-er. I've poured milk on Linna's yogurt, forgotten things I never did before, and can't seem to find ANYTHING! Papa Saigh shakes his head at me on a daily basis, but I don't blame him. Pregnancy brain is an incredibly thing! I don't remember having these symptoms this early, or at all,
with Linna. I can't stop eating, and have gained so much weight. Yikes! We told our parents, some close friends, and our brothers and sisters that I'm pregnant this week, AND we took a family vacation to Lombok and the Gili Islands (Indonesia). All three of us napped every afternoon in Lombok, which was much-needed for this preggo. I didn't nap on Monday when we flew back to Singapore, and I felt completely exhausted by 3 p.m. Although these pregnancy symptoms can be a bit of a bother, I'm thankful for them every day because they let me know that everything is moving in the right direction (hopefully). I have an ultrasound appointment scheduled on Thursday, April 2nd, where we should be able to see the baby's heartbeat! I'll be able to relax a little bit once that happens.

One of my pregnancy tests... Positive

6 Weeks Pregnant

I went in for a scan on Thursday, April 2nd to see the baby's heartbeat, and while it was still too early for me to see it, Dr. Chew assured me that his trained eye could see it. What a relief! I did get too see
the baby, which is currently just a tadpole attached to a yolk sack... But he or she was beautiful! Linna is on break from school, so she came with, but she stayed glued to her iPad during my scan. We haven't told her yet, and we're just kind of waiting for my belly to pop and her to notice. I don't think that will be too far off, because my belly is already swollen-looking and I'm at the point where I
can't just "suck it in". My boobs still hurt, my nipples are beyond sensitive, and they've gotten disgustingly darker too. Oh, and my morning sickness reared it's ugly head this week. Some days are
worse than others, and sometimes it's just my sore boobs. I woke up incredibly nauseous at 4am on Easter Sunday, but it tapered off before our brunch guests arrived at 11am. It's not nearly as bad as it was with Linna, but awful nonetheless.  I constantly feel rundown, tired, and crabby.... Oh, and hungry. I can no longer sleep on my stomach, which sucks because I'm a tummy sleeper. My tummy is just too sore. I'm also peeing and drinking a lot more water this week! I go in for another scan on Friday, April 10th, so I can see the heartbeat. I'm hoping that Papa Saigh will be able to make this
appointment.

Baby Saigh #2 at 7 weeks. He/she looks like a tiny octopus.

7 Weeks Pregnant

The baby is the size of a blueberry! We had a scan done on Friday, April 10th, where Papa Saigh and I both got to see the baby's heartbeat. My good friend (Mama Bryce) watched Linna for us, so we could share this moment without our sick and grouchy "threenager" (Linna has a bacterial infection). The baby measured exactly 7 weeks and 1 day, so it looks like we'll be popping out a little turkey on
Thanksgiving Day if this baby stays on schedule! The heartbeat was 132 beats per minute. I've been sleeping very well at night on my side, but wake up nauseous. My boobs are sore all day, and my nausea comes and goes throughout the day. Nothing awful though. It's just like being a bit seasick all day long. My skin though... WOOF! Mama Saigh has sprouted some acne. Gross. Linna is on school break, so I can't nap during the day like I want too. I get pretty tired midday, but nothing unbearable. My tummy is getting hard, but I'm also eating a lot! I'm convinced I'm having a boy. This pregnancy is just different than my first. My pants are super snug, so I think I'll be into maternity clothes soon. Not going to lie, I die for maternity bottoms! I'm also on the hunt for a good maternity body-pillow. I'm still taking my prenatal vitamins and an extra 800mg folic acid tablet, just as I've been since we started trying for Baby #2. No real cravings currently... Just food. Next scan is in 2 weeks.

(Baby Saigh #2's heartbeat at 7 weeks.)

8 Weeks Pregnant

I am SO exhausted, and feel like sh*t... ALL DAY LONG. I now remember what it was like being pregnant with Linna, and feeling like this during the first 13 weeks. I am completely wiped by the time Linna goes to bed, but I deal with insomnia at night. Once I'm out, I'm OUT, but it takes me awhile to get there. If I don't have an afternoon nap, I am a walking zombie by 3pm. My boobs are still incredibly sore, and I have started to have to go to the bathroom a lot more than normal. I am a lot more thirsty too, so I am drinking a lot of water. I'm also incredibly emotional. Any YouTube videos with moms and their kids, soldiers reuniting with their kids, etc., make me absolutely lose it. However inconvenient my morning/all-day sickness may be, I am thankful for the daily reminders that my body is taking care of our little raspberry (that's the size of the baby this week)! I've been eating a lot of Preggie Pops and Preggie Drops by Three Lollies, which have helped to ease my daily nausea. My friend Ruth gave me some ginger tea and chocolate-covered ginger that have helped as well. I'm totally starting to look more pregnant than fat. It's crazy how much more quickly my belly has started to pop this time around. One night this week, I went to bed at 8 p.m., and woke up feeling completely refreshed and morning-sickness free the next day, which was unexpected. My
boobs weren't sore, I wasn't nauseous, but it all came back later that day. Linna and I were also treated for walking pneumonia this week. I was put on a 3-day, 500mg/day prescription for Azithromycin (Z-pack), which is "safe" for pregnant women. I hate taking medication when I'm pregnant.

Baby Saigh #2 at my 9-week scan (9 weeks 2 days). Baby actually measured 8 weeks 5 days.

9 Weeks Pregnant

We went in for another scan this week, and Baby Saigh #2 is actually starting to look like a baby! We went in when I was 9 weeks 2 days, but the baby was measuring 8 weeks 5 days. He/she is the size of a green olive! This is JUST like my pregnancy with Linna, but she was actually measuring 10 days behind at my 12-week scan. Although this news had me super worried, the doctor wasn't concerned at all. The baby has a strong heartbeat (we didn't listen this time because Dr. Chew said that the frequencies are very high and not good for the baby), and we saw he/she swimming around and waving his/her arms. It was so cute! I'm also actually feeling a little bit better this week. I'm still nauseous and tired on and off throughout the day, but I'm not exhausted like I was earlier. My boobs are still super sore, and sleeping has been challenging. I also think I may have felt the baby moving around this week. I know it's early, but sometimes it feels like there is a fish swimming around in my belly and rubbing up against things, to the point that I can feel a vibration sensation in my belly (not like gas). It's pretty cool, but who really knows what it is. Oh, and there's no hiding my bump anymore. Whether I've just been eating too much food, or I'm actually sporting an official baby bump... I'm going with it. No more sucking it in. I'm stickin' my gut out, without a doubt;) I have another scan next week, just to make sure the baby is growing on track. We also think that Linna is starting to pick up on the idea that I am pregnant, because the other day she sat on my lap and said, "Mama, I don't want you to have a baby in your belly." This is coming from the little girl who is currently COMPLETELY obsessed with babies! Gotta love her.

(Baby Saigh #2 at 9 weeks - Measuring 8 weeks 5 days.)



Monday, April 27, 2015

Easter with friends in singapore.

This year, instead of going to a spendy Singapore brunch on Easter Sunday, we decided to have some of our friends over for a little brunch and Easter eggs hunt of our own. It was a super hot day, so we spent most of our time in the pool... and eating. The kids (Emily, Josh, Zach, Brae, Linna, and Baby Oliva) all had a great time hunting for eggs, and devouring their sweets. I don't think Linna ate one healthy food the entire day (Mom of the Year). Here are some photos from our Easter festivities this year...

All the big kids before the big hunt.

On a mission.

"Let's go find some eggs!"

Emily was totally in the zone during the hunt.

And he's off!

"Now where is the CANDY!"


Linna spotting one of the BIG eggs.

"This is mine, right mom?!"

"Found one!"


"Give me the egg mister, and no one gets hurt."



Suzanne and her gorgeous baby Olivia.

"Look Linna, Papa found a beer!"

Five extremely happy Easter eggs hunters!
My from-scratch Eater bunny cake from the Surprise Inside Cakes book, written by my friend Amanda Rettke.
I'd call this a success/fail, because while my bunny looks a bit scary, the cake was delicious! 

Cute and easy zip-lock bag butterfly snacks for the kids, put together by Papa Saigh.
I put one of the Australian Dads in charge of making deviled eggs. This was his first
attempt, and he did an excellent job! Well done, Papa Cox.