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如果遇到好練的跑車車主在很 show off 的 vroom vroom vroom，我們都會說，“有本事的話，去美國 vroom vroom vroom 啦！這裡很塞車，vroom 了還是在我前面或隔壁而已！”。本來就是嘛，vroom 了都是一堆黑煙。
如果遇到那種喜歡開車開得很靠近我們車尾的那種鳥人，我們都會說，“有本事的話，就不要走這條大道，去給 toll 咯，車子比較少！”。本來就是嘛，甚麼是安全距離也不懂，undang 是買回來的。
一天，我在一本 magazine 和 Internet 讀到說，如果孕婦吐得越多，根據統計，寶寶會越聰明，能夠有好成績。
我不會生一個科學家寶寶，也不會生一個讀書得第一名的寶寶，更不會生一個當總統的寶寶。哈哈哈！我們對自己的智商程度都知曉啦。寶寶健康和開心最重要。而孩子以後的學習環境和 EQ 磨練更是重要過科學家的智商。處世待人更是重要過成績表。
"Do you have morning sickness?"....."What's your morning sickness?".....
Thank god I have a smooth sailing first trimester with not-so-serious morning sickness! I'm blessed that I don't experience much nausea with vomiting. And, I tend to eat anything I want. However, the bloating tummy is killing me most of the time. And, that's why I need to eat more often with less portion. I have a frog-tummy which sounds like a drum most of the time, haha! I'm sick of the taste of toothpaste every morning. It triggers the vomiting feeling. I'm afraid of teeth brushing activity every morning and night, hahaha! Ewww... It sounds dirty and messy! Of course, I did brush my teeth everyday, ha!
I'm sure every preggie experience fatigue in the first trimester. I feel like I'm like a pig, some times. Napping after eating, eating after napping. But I guess it's good that I can rest as much as I can now. Yet, I can't sleep well at night if I took too much day nap, opps!
I, some times, walk like a duck. I've ducky walking movement, hahaha! It's funny to see my ducky movement. Quak quak quak! I enjoy walking slowly and enjoy my walking pathway view more. Everything is beautiful.
Mood swing has not attack me yet (touch wood!). I need to thank King and Coby to be the clowns all the time and make me laugh everyday! I'm a happy mom-to-be.
Yes, I'm a happy and healthy mom-to-be! =)
很多朋友都認識我們家的 Coby。我家的 Coby 是一隻很討人喜歡的狗狗。而一些朋友知道我懷孕的消息之後，就問我以後要如何處置 Coby，而最好的話，是不要讓它靠近我們以後的寶寶。怕皮膚敏感啦，怕氣管敏感啦，怕它會咬寶寶啦，怕狗毛髒啦，擔心很多未來的問題。
當然，我可以了解朋友們的擔心與關心。然而，Coby 在我們家的地位真的其實是不小的。而我們和 Coby 之間的愛和默契，外人真的是很難了解的。因為，Coby 是我們家的一分子。
每當我和老公分別帶著疲憊的身體回到這個家，第一個來 greet 我們的就是 Coby，第一個擁抱的是 Coby。當我和老公鬧彆扭時，Coby 確能拉近我和老公的距離。根據統計，小朋友的家裡有狗狗的陪伴，對小朋友的成長過程是好處多過壞處。而且，根據醫學報告，從小跟狗狗一起過童年的小朋友，鼻子敏感的問題將會降至最低，特別是氣喘的問題。
在我開始我的懷孕過程當中，Coby 其實一直都很照顧我。不管我走到那裡或家裡的那一個角落，它都是在我的身邊，甚至坐在我旁邊。家裡有一次來了一個客人，Coby 就跟著客人來見我，似乎是在保護著我。很多時候，我就是能夠感覺到 Coby 對我的愛和保護。這就是我和 Coby 之間存在的默契。那中感覺就是很難形容。而孕婦的好心情當中，Coby 給了我很多歡笑，讓我有很多開心的生活樂趣。
所以，如果叫我在有了寶寶過後冷落 Coby 或在生活中對 Coby 有很大的改變，我真的是辦不到。我是不可能會因為照顧寶寶的原故而把 Coby 送走；我坐完月子，我會讓寶寶認識我們家的 Coby；我們還是會天天帶 Coby 到公園去散步；我們會更加愛 Coby。我相信我和老公是可以辦得到。Coby ，是我們家的一分子，它不能沒有我們。
Coby 的未來還是幸福的。我相信在我坐月的時候，Coby 能夠乖乖的和我合作，等待我的擁抱。
Friday, January 15, 2010
15th of Jan is a special date to me and King. It was our wedding anniversary and our wedding was held 4 years ago. We've been together for 10 years, oh my god! How did we make it and walked through the 10 years together?! Time flies! Happy Anniversary, my love! =)
It is Coby's second birthday today. We sang birthday song to Coby and high five with him, hahaha! I'm glad that Coby has turn out a bravo and macho dog nowadays! Coby, we love you! =)
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I finally received the result of my blood test yesterday. Phew! I'm glad that my baby is healthy! It's a relief, after all. Having a healthy and happy baby is my dream and target.
I bought a blood pressure monitor today. My blood pressure measurement today is normal and healthy. Healthy diet and good quality of sleep are so important for all preggies. Having a happy and calm mood is important as well.
My baby, please cooperate with Mommy. Let's go for a healthy and happy pregnancy progress together! High five! =)
After introducing Family Lau to you, here's Family Lee! Mommy's last name is Lee. But you don't follow Mommy's last name, haha!
The big man in Family Lee is 外公, the father of Mommy. 外公 is a good man. He's very happy for your arrival because he has been waiting for the surprise for 2 years, haha! 外公 loves you very much!
The big lady in Family Lee is 外婆, the mother of Mommy. 外婆 is a patient and nice woman. She cares about you all the time when you are sleeping inside Mommy's belly. 外婆 wants you to be a healthy baby. You must love her when you meet her one day!
Mommy has a younger sister and she's your 姨姨. She's a cute and funny lady. You will love to play with her when you see her.
Mommy also has a younger brother and he's your 舅舅. 舅舅 is a hardworking man. He might not talk a lot but it doesn't mean he is shy or self-reserved. You will know him more when you meet him one day.
The Family Lee is happy for your arrival! Mommy has a big big family and Mommy's cousins can't wait to see you! So, my baby, you must eat well and sleep well inside Mommy's belly.
Daddy and Mommy
Your last name will be Lau, following by Daddy's last name. So I think we shall introduce you the Family Lau!
The big man in the family Lau is 爺爺 , the father of your Daddy. He's an old man but with young heart and energetic body. 爺爺 is a successful businessman and I'm sure you'll have a lot to learn from him. He's a kids lover. I'm sure he'll love you very much!
The big lady in the family Lau is 婆婆 , the mother of your Daddy. She's a beautiful woman since young. You must kiss her every time when you see her because she loves to kiss kids in the same way. You must tell her that you love her, ok?
You have a 大伯 and 伯母, they are Daddy's eldest brother and sister-in-law. They have a baby named Xin Yi.
You have a 二伯 and 二伯母, they are Daddy's second brother and second sister-in-law. You have 2 cousins named Zach and Kate. They all live in Singapore. 二伯 and 二伯母 love kids very much, especially 二伯. You will have a lot of fun time with them when you meet them. Zach told Mommy he wish to have a boy cousin. I told Zach that I'll try to give him one but if you are a girl, Zach will be happy to be your playmate, too.
You have a 姑姑 and 姑丈, and a cousin named Xavier. They live in Shanghai. Xavier is one year old than you. I'm sure you and Xavier will have a lot of fun time together if we do exchange programs for you and Xavier, haha! However, you must share your toys and love with Xavier.
Family Lau is welcoming you, my baby! They are happy for Daddy and Mommy because they all would be "promoted" due to your arrival. Please smile at them when you meet them one day! =)
Daddy and Mommy
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
When I slowly break the news of my pregnancy to all my good friends one by one, all the parents told me the same thing -- enjoy your life NOW before your little one is here!
Yes, that's true! King and I got it and we started to enjoy whatever we are doing now every moment, ha! Have nice breakfast, eat out, shopping, hang out in bookstore with a cup of coffee, night flea market, movies in theatre, traveling, pillow talk, etc. It seems like a count-down to both of us.
We were told that life with a little one would be totally different. By seeing the real examples surrounding us, we can picture a little bit of our future life with our little one. Crying, cranky, giggling, milking, nappy, lack of sleep, tiring, you name it.
We plan our every weekends now. No matter where we hang out, either at home or outing, we enjoy every moments of both of us. =)
Everybody wish to have a smooth-sailing pregnancy process. And so do we. Even though I've a strong feeling of having a healthy baby, King and I did talk about any unknown obstacles and what are our tough decisions. This was raised by my sister-in-law and I do think this is not a bad topic to discuss.
What if the baby is mentally ill?
What if the baby is physically ill?
What if the baby is a premie?
What if I diagnose with pregnancy hypertension?
What are we gonna do?
Shall we continue my pregnancy?
Shall we let go the fetus and try for another one?
I'm glad that King is open-minded to talk about all these with me. We are pretty clear and calm for this discussion. And, fortunately, our thinking is the same and we know what's in our mind clearly to answer all the questions above.
It's good to read more books and have a healthy discussion with our partner. We can't foresee tomorrow but we can remain calm and prepare for a tough decision. God bless our baby! =)
Monday, January 11, 2010
Hello, my baby!
I'm please to tell you that we are your Daddy and Mommy! And, we are blessed to have you in this young family! Welcome to our family! Let us introduce ourselves to you now!
Daddy is a wonderful man. He's a caring and helpful person in his family and friends eyes. I'm sure you will love him very much when you meet him. He greets you every morning, I'm sure you heard it! Daddy can be your good buddy when you need one. He can be rational but also emotional, sometimes. It depends on how sensational a situation is. You'll explore his mindset when you are a young kid one day. I'm so proud of your Daddy because he is a marvelous man in my heart. Daddy is a smart person but he never hurt people. So when you are naughty, Daddy will lecture you when it is needed to. Please do not get angry at Daddy when he's in bad emotion. He might be busy with his own thinking; he might be struggling with something. And, we must provide Daddy our encouragement, love and support. Daddy needs that from this family that we build up everyday. I'll need your little help and cooperation to make this family be a happy and healthy family. =)
Mommy is a nice and funny lady. I'm pretty decisive. Hence, please do not try to change my mind once I've made up my mind or challenge my patient. Mommy is opinionated most of the time. I hope that you can share your thought and ideas with us frequently. So that, we can exchange our opinions and make our life more fun and loving. =)
Daddy and Mommy love you very much. We would provide you whatever the best for you and fit into your life, especially good education with world exploration. However, there's one important thing that we would like to emphasize to you - my baby, Daddy and Mommy are the priority to each other. We kiss each other first before kissing you. You will have your own life when you are an adult one day; you will start your own family when your timing is ready. Daddy and Mommy have each other when you have your own sweet family in your own sweet home. Life will be more than wonderful with a soul-mate or life-partner. You will understand this one day.
We have more to say and share with you, baby. We'll show you how wonderful and interesting the world is. We'll see you in July!
We love you, baby!
Daddy and Mommy
要當媽媽了，當然是件開心的事情啦！我看看我周遭的媽媽們，當中有 3 位是我所要學習的好媽媽。
第一位當然是我媽啦！雖然我小時候是蠻叛逆蠻壞蛋的，但是我媽還是這樣把我帶大養大教育大。甚至是現在的我當了人家的老婆媳婦 3 年了，她還是教導我了很多處世待人的道理和手法。媽媽，我還有很多東西要向您學習呢！你一定要好好照顧自己！
第二位是 KELLY 的媽媽 －－ 我都是稱呼她為漂亮安第！她是一位很有智慧的女人。我欣賞她的情緒獨立和思想獨立，很讓我敬佩！特別是處理婆媳之間的關係，正是我最欣賞的一套。安第，我希望你也會過得快樂和健康。以後，我還有很多東西要向您指教呢！
We went for our scheduled First Trimester Prenatal Screening (FTS) on 9th of Jan. It was a wonderful experience!
I told my little one what we are going to have the FTS. And, I explained to the little one what we want to see from the test with his/her cooperation, especially the nose bone and brain structure. I touched my belly and smiled at my little one with full of my love. I told King that I wish to see our little one wave at us.
The FTS is mainly checking for down syndrome symptoms in between week 12 and week 14. I'm glad that I took the test although I'm not 35 years old yet. However, I was pretty shocked by the price.
Dr. Yap is a patient, joyful and friendly Gynae. She was so eager to see my baby. Based on the ultrasound screen, she explained to me and King what is this and that of our baby and da da da. And, guess what, our baby was so active by turning 360 degrees! King and I were very surprise and amazed! Our fetus showed us the healthy scalp and brain, nice nose bone (Dr. Yap called it an Andy-Lau-nose, my Godness, hahaha!), healthy fingers and toes, healthy kidney/bladder/heart/eyes/ears. I was touched by the baby movement and his/her cooperation. My little one really does understand me!!! =) It was a touching moment to me and King. Our little one was 7.4 cm that day and I was in week 12 day 6.
I was persuaded by Dr. Yap to do blood test for further details check up. We did it and the result will be ready a few days later. Hopefully, things will be alright. I know that I'm going to have a healthy and happy baby!
However, my blood pressure was in high measurement that day due to my bad quality of sleep the night before (I woke up at 3.30 am and back to sleep around 6 am, oh no!). And, I know that I might get the gene from my dad due to hypertension. Hence, I need to monitor my own blood pressure everyday from now on. I'm glad that Dr. Yap did calm me down and I'm going to stick to Dr. Yap until my full term.
I feel thankful and blessed to have a wonderful Gynae for guidance along my whole pregnancy process. It means a lot to me and King through out the whole pregnancy. =)
See you in 4 weeks time, my baby! Daddy and mommy love you! Muak! =)
Sunday, January 10, 2010
今早凌晨 5 點多，老公醒來上廁所。然後，就輪到我去上廁所，順便也拉拉肚子。過了大概 10 分鐘，我上床準備繼續睡覺，我看見老公把自己包得密不透風的，而他的樣子應該是熟睡了。我確對他說，“你很像木乃伊哩！”！他沒回應我。然後，我又繼續說，“嘿，木乃伊英文叫甚麼嚇？”，我也不知道為甚麼我會問這種無聊問題。老公小小聲得說，“mum-my....”。我還 “甚麼” 了三次，才聽清楚。得到了答案之後，我們兩個又繼續昏睡了。
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Before planning for our pregnancy, King and I actually planned for choosing citizenship for our kid(s). I know some people may think this idea is insane and ridiculous and wasting money. But everyone has own right to make a choice in life.
We were interested in American citizenship for our kid(s) based on some personal reasons. And so, we were interested in giving birth in the States, of course, in a legal way. However, the insurance cost is not a cheap ticket. It will cost us USD500 plus per month before pregnancy. And, we didn't know when could I get pregnant. The confinement cost and airfare are not cheap as well. Hence, we rethink of the timing and the budget, we finally made our judgement and decision.
Well, we decided to have a Malaysian passport baby, ha! Baby, we will migrate to a new country in one family. Daddy, mommy, baby and Coby. =)
King and I talked about how we like to be called by our little one one day. This is not a big issue, after all. Yet it's something meant to us because we are going to be promoted to be a father and a mother. The name of the seniority sounds important to us.
So, papa or daddy? Mama or mommy? Hmm...
We are pretty Americanized. So, we go for "Daddy" and "Mommy". We hope our little one will enjoy and love to call us that, too. Ha!
Congratulations, King! =)
You will be a father soon in coming July! I am able to sense the joy and excitement from you since the first day we knew about the surprise. And, I know how curious both of us were when we saw our little one from the ultrasound machine. And, I know how big your burden will be since then. Your feeling is a sense of complication.
Thanks for helping me out for doing the house chores when I need. And, I know my craving for food is like killing me and you all the time. But your patience melt my heart and my hungry tummy. Moreover, Coby enjoys his shower time with you, ha! I, sometimes, feel bad for leaving all these things to you. I can see how a father-to-be shape your characteristics day by day. And, I know that you will be a good father one day!
Thanks for telling me your jokes and your big smile all the time. Your big hug and morning-hello to my tummy makes my day everyday. We are one big family.
There are few more months to go before seeing and holding our little one. I hope and I'm sure that both of us will be able to enjoy my pregnancy process happily and calmly. I've promised you to take care of myself well and control my emotion if possible (yes, blame the hormone, haha!). I know that you are always there for me when I'm miserable and in doubt. You are a good husband, in deed.
I've so much to say to you, my love. I'm sure you are able to sense my appreciation.
Congratulations, my father-to-be! I love you! =)
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
I've heard it many times -- I'm regretful not to have kid(s) when I was younger; I should have started having kid(s) earlier on; I shouldn't wait till I'm old to have my own kid(s). I don't know, some people do have this in their mind.
King asked me once before, am I too late to be a father? I replied him, why would you think like that? Age doesn't put a big impact to a man, but a woman based on the biological view. I personally believe that the maturity of a person is way more important than an age. Age is a figure, age is a number. Being a mature parent, we would be able to teach and guide our kids in their life in a mature way.
I think differently. I believe things happened for a reason in good timing. It happened to you when you are ready. And, we'll get the best in our life. =)
It was year end mega sales in December in KL. We did shop for a baby stroller. Baby items are not cheap. It can be an expensive price tag.
I've a shopping list for our little one. Doing budgeting is part of my job as well. Initially, I wanted to get a 3 bicycle wheels type of stroller. I plan to bring my little one to the park for outdoor activities everyday in the future. Based on the limited choices and the expensive price tag, we forget about the 3 wheels.
So, in the end, we've bought a stroller for our baby -- Inglesina Zippy. Hopefully, the Zippy is able to match our lifestyle and need. King told me he has a strong sense of being a father while pushing our new baby stroller. I'm sure that's a sweet feeling to this father-to-be. =)
From the very first day we knew about my pregnancy, Coby did make some sense out of it as well. To our surprise, our beloved Labby started to protect me more often.
We couldn't believe that in the beginning. After getting some reliable sources from the Internet, we finally understand that dogs are actually making sense out of the pregnancy! That's so amazing!
Coby follows me most of the time, even lie underneath my chair. He seldom did that before my pregnancy. He waits for me right outside my bathroom when I'm showering. He keeps following me from downstair to upstair, from upstair to downstair. I have a new bodyguard, ah ha! When I walk Coby in the park, he walks slowly next to me after finishing his poo-and-pee business. He never did that to King, haha! So now, I'm the Queen to Coby! There was one night, we invited Ah Hua and Fong Chiao for a pizza dinner. Coby has not seen Fong Chiao before. He looked at 3 of us in the kitchen while we were making pizza. He was trying to protect me and the little one.
Deep down in my heart, I told my little one, we must love Coby more and more. Coby is part of our family, he belongs to this family. King loves Coby more and tries his best to spend more time with Coby. We did explain to him that I'm not feeling well and we'll have a new family member joining us soon.
Coby, we all love you. You are the blond star in our heart. =)
在 2009 年的最後一天，我們回到居鑾家鄉倒數迎新 2010 年。我們也順便把好消息跟未來的爺爺和外公分享。
We had some wonderful time with our good neighbors before and after the Christmas, 2009. These two fabulous families celebrated our good news with us with many funny input. We have been pretty closed to each other in our neighborhood. And so, we went to a fine dine restaurant for a little celebration with all kinda jokes and funny ideas. One of them was naming our little one.
David is an Irish man who has grown up in South Africa. I have him suggested some nice boy and girl names for us. Kuljit is a Punjabi who has grown up in Philippines and The States. He came up with some funny Japanese names for my little one -- Michiko. King and I just couldn't help ourselves to stop laughing. What a Michiko name?! After shortlisting the names, we've came out a few for our little one.
Boy -- Declan or Ian
Girl -- Megan or Drew
I personally want a nice name that match with King's last name which is Lau. And, it's not easy to find a nice name to match with this Lau. Too bad we can't change the last name, hahahaha! Anyway, we love these names. We hope our little one will love his/her name forever, too!
Fortunately, my HP laptop is retired after 6 years of usage! And, here my new machine comes -- MacBook, yay!
This is one of the items in my wish list. Thanks to King to make my little dream came true! Microsoft, I wish you all the best! Haha!
I would like to address my appreciation to all my dearest friends who have been shared the joy with us! We are pleased and thrilled by the "surprise" since November, 2009! Thanks for sending us your blessing, your advices, your hugs!
I've someone special to thank to and I really appreciate the friendship between us -- me and Kelly! Kelly, thanks for paying me a visit right after sharing my good news with you! Your sharing and maternal books are really helpful and informative to me and King. I will never forget how much you care about me and support me when I'm down with some negative inputs. You make me feel more confident and happy! You are one of the mothers whom I should learn from based on your past experiences. Thanks for everything, my dear!
I have a long list to thank to. Your name might not be written here in this article but in our hearts. Thank you, all my dearest friends! May you all filled with happiness and luck! =)