Nursing angels

Baby Kai guides traffic

Naomi and I have always been afraid of hospitals, and her month-long stint a year and a half ago still sends shivers down her (repaired with implants) spine.

So we are very thankful that we experienced such a good stay this time round. The staff at the maternity wards at Mount Elizabeth Hospital are really very good, and especially sensitive to the needs (and stupidity) of first time parents.

What we also didn’t know about and expect were the “lactation consultants” who hovered in the wards, swooping down on mothers who had problems breastfeeding, very patiently helping them out, reassuring them (“don’t worry, your baby can don’t eat for 24 hours after he’s born”), and at the same time acceding to their wishes (“just tell us if you want to give formula, it’s ok one”).

We never expected it to be so difficult, and things would’ve been a lot more stressful if not for these nursing angels as well as the tireless regular staff who’ve attended to us during our stay, trying to teach us the basics of parenting – like how to tell when baby’s hungry, needs a burp, or is just being fussy.

We left the hospital a fair deal more confident than we were before, thanks to these folks. And I’d recommend MEH for people planning to give birth here.

Living at The Meconium

Baby Kai

A friend commented on the baby jargon we’ve accumulated over the past 9 months, but I’m sure it’s the same with all new parents.

One of the things that we’ve learned is that baby’s first few poops are a sticky greenish-black substance called “meconium”. That sounds more like the name of one of those modern designer condominium complexes than greenish-black baby poop.

Greenish-black baby poop should be called “whadda heow? why is his shit liddat?”

Some more, telling the taxi driver, “Uncle, drop me off at The Meconium” doesn’t sound out of place. Some condos do have stupid names anyway – like this one on Balmoral Road still under construction, called “Sui Generis“, because the developers think buyers will believe that their unit is one of a kind, just like the other 39 in the block.

And don’t worry, we’re not the sort of parents that take pictures of poop and post them up on the ingterneck.

We just take the pictures.

Hello world

Baby Boy Minejima-Lee

Apart from not knowing what day of the week it is, and from almost burning down the house because I fell asleep while sterilising things the old fashioned way (we have since purchased an automatic steriliser), Naomi and I are settling in to parenthood very well.

Our son is 8 days old today, and the confinement nanny tells us that he’s probably having one of many growth spurts today – he demanded to be fed more frequently, and his skin appears drier and stretched. Dunno… she say one.

A stint under the UV light and and increasing food supply seems to have reduced his jaundice a fair bit, and we’re very happy to have been home for three days now.

Last Friday when Naomi and I checked in to the hospital at 3am for the elective general anaesthesia caesarean, we knew it was going to be a long day, and all the nerves and jitters had already dissolved into tiredness by the time we got to the hospital.

I was shown into the delivery suite to wait, while Naomi was wheeled in, together with the camera for the anaesthesiologist to take pictures of our newborn because I’m not allowed into a GA caesarean theatre.

I’d always known it would be quick, but I wasn’t prepared for how fast our baby announced his arrival by yelling his lungs out – I could hear him in the delivery suite, outside the operating theatre, and I hadn’t even had time to finish my hot drink that I had made at the pantry before they wheeled him out for me to say hello.

I don’t think anyone could’ve heard me greet my son because he was louder than any baby I have ever heard.

I don’t care if he punctures my eardrums though. He’s the most beautiful baby boy in the whole wide world.

And his name is Kai.

Say hello.

Weekly Tweets

  • From Weekly Tweets #
  • My son made his first poop yesterday. #
  • The doc says Baby is a little yellow. But of course- Dad’s Chinese and Mum’s Japanese. (We’ve to stay another day for his UV sessions). #
  • We are home! #
  • Naomi, Benjamin & Kai wish everyone a happy and peaceful Easter! #
  • From Hello world #

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Weekly Tweets

  • From Weekly Tweets #
  • I did not know we had a “Confidence Circle”: #
  • From Goodbye Ah Mah #
  • Homophobe doesn’t get Wilde: #
  • RT @patlaw: Calling all 16 – 18 year olds AND parents of 16 – 18 year olds to help with this survey! URGENT! #
  • slightly bewildered but excited nonetheless about baby’s arrival. #
  • From Local bloggers immortalised on Singapore Grand Prix street circuit! #
  • RT @skinnylatte: RT myself: is back. camel races with robot jockeys next episode: aggressive roll … #
  • RT @izreloaded: Jackie Chan says Singaporean actresses “need to work harder”. I get what you mean Jackie. Ahem. #
  • 2nd last day to shop for things before baby arrives. #
  • From And people keep on giving #
  • Last chance for a long time for a nice lunch and decaf espresso in town! #
  • Tired but can’t sleep. #
  • taking short nap #
  • We are parents!!!! #
  • Mt. Elizabeth Hospital got no wifi. Sianz. Else baby would’ve had a Twitter account already. #

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