Sunday, June 23, 2013
Chapter 434 - A Tale of 2 PiSaIs
Last night, baby Matthew was crying uncontrollably on the way home and we just couldn't figure out why. He didn't want to drink nor was his diaper in need of changing. He even refused to sleep on the journey home (which he usually does). 

Of course, we had to dig deeper. 

Upon reaching home, we finally managed to settle him down to take some milk, and we were about to give him his usual 9pm wipe down before bed time and that's when I noticed it - The Booger aka Pi-sai, in both nostrils. Of course, I didn't think much of it initially since it was not an uncommon occurrence. So I took a cotton bud to try and get it out. Unfortunately, both decided to go deeper into the abyss. Thankfully, the left Pi-Sai came out on its own soon after (all hail gravity!) and that's when we saw how big that Pi-Sai was! If there was a Pi-Sai rating, I'd think it'd have been a 700! (Near choking levels) One can only imagine the amount of dust and mucus that went into that!

So of course, must get the other one out too right? Unfortunately, the cotton bid wouldn't do the job, so that called for more "specialised" tools. You know that metal rod with a scooped end that people dig their ear wax with? That's the one we used. And in it went into the right nostril. Without much effort, we'd struck gold again! This time, the Pi-Sai was one that could easily match the other Pi-Sai. 

And well, Matthew seemed visibly relieved that his Pi-Sai rating dropped considerably and his comfort rating was steadily improving. With that, he had his usual bed time milk and went to bed.

The end.

PS:If you find any PSI related jokes in my post, I can assure you it's purely coincidental. 

P PS:it's a real story btw, not a made up one. :)

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Monday, June 03, 2013
Chapter 433 - Achievement unlocked!
Last night, Matthew unlocked the "managed to put fingers into mouth" achievement! He's been at it for a while now but only managed to put his mitten into his mouth, but last night (while his mitten was off and I was away from the room) I heard sucking noises coming from the room only to discover a very satisfied baby with a new found sensation! 

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Monday, May 27, 2013
Chapter 432 - Lessons learnt from Baby Matthew
So anyway, you might have guessed - that our lives now revolve around Baby Matthew, with him being the centre of the universe. Not that it's necessarily a bad thing though. I think. ;p Just thougth I'd jot down some of my thoughts, and lessons learnt. 

 Lesson #1 - Be Patient 
One of the most important things to note when taking care of Baby Matthew is to be patient. For example, when you are tapping him to sleep at night, you have to be extremely patient to make sure that he's completely asleep (i know it's funny to say "completely" asleep, but well, babies have this funny ability to be semi-asleep that they actually are omni-sensing even when they look like they are asleep) before you can actually put him down in his cot, and walk away. Oh did I mention that even putting him down from your arms is a delicate skill - you need to do it in steps, so that he "thinks" that he's still being carried, and even when you've put him down, you need to be at bay to make sure that if he startles (oh no, where is daddy's hand?), you are able to assure him that he's safe and secure.

 Lesson #2 - Be Happy (always) Sometimes when Matthew is asleep, he smiles to himself - with such genuinity that you would really think he was having sweet dreams. I do often wonder what he dreams of though. (oh, and he does also "cry" in his sleep, and then stops and goes back to sleep - nightmares I presume. Perhaps milk shortage? ;p) But anyway, this point here is really to say that there's no point being angry - like when Matthew refuses to sleep (and gives you that most innocent looking face, looking about curiously at the room), or when Matthew decides to poop on you right after his shower. But yes, I guess that's all part of the whole parenthood package. You've just got to take it in its stride. 

 But all in all, good fun so far. Wish I could be more helpful with the night feeds (Matthew's being breastfed for now).
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Monday, May 13, 2013
Chapter 431 - Reflections of a 1-month Old Father
(Just to clarify though - the title of this post just means that the father has only experienced fatherhood for 1 month and not a 1-month old who has fathered a child... ;p)

Anyway, so you may have heard, but Baby Matthew was born on 3 Apr 13 - the same birthday as me! I guess it's got to be the best birthday present for me and as my wife says, all she has to do is to wrap up Matthew every year as my "birthday present". (We'd joked about this during Esther's pregnancy since the estimated due date was supposed to be 2 Apr, but we had not thought that it would come true... Haha)

Baby Matthew was born after about 3 hours of labour. Esther had gone for a check-up on 2 Apr thinking our doctor would just ask us to wait for labour to occur naturally. But because her blood pressure was a little high and the baby was full term, the doctor decided to induce labour with prostaglandins... 

The first attempt on 2 Apr was not successful and the second attempt was on the morning of 3 Apr. And labour came fast and furious. So much so that by the time Esther had gone to the labour ward, she was too far on to have an epidural. And in the end, because baby Matthew was facing the wrong way (his face was facing forward instead of facing backwards), thus he had to be delivered assisted. By the use of forceps. And boy were the forceps huge! I describe it as distorted badminton rackets - the size anyway. Not quite your small science lab forceps you normally encounter. 

So anyway, after a long story, here's a photo of Baby Matthew:

Baby Matthew lying on mummy right after birth. I guess it's gotta be one of the best feelings in the world to finally look at your own child.

Soon after baby Matthew was born came many sleepless nights of which the first came on the night of 3rd Apr. (yes, the very first night). Matthew kept making noises every hour and would keep quiet only when we started talking to him. And we were cooing over every little noise he made and every action he made and I remember us remarking that he was cute even when he was crying! Haha. (Ok, maybe not so cute when it's in the middle of the night and when you're tired) 

And we have soon come to realise a few things:

1. The times when he is asleep are the "golden moments" and you should rest as much as you can
2. When the diaper is off is when sh*t happens. For that short period of time when the diaper is off is when the sh*t and the pee comes. Don't ask me why he doesn't pee or poo during the couple of hours when we don't change the diaper and only does it when we change the diaper. I guess it's his way of marking his territory perhaps? ;p 

Anyway, long post. Will stop for now. Here's another photo of him on a recent trip to Great World City.



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Sunday, January 06, 2013
Chapter 430 - A Story of the Ear Wax
Have you ever had this feeling, that when you were cleaning the house, that you've discovered a dirty, dusty spot that has not been cleaned for years, and after you had cleaned the spot, you felt really good about yourself?

Well, I had such an epiphany (or sorts) recently, but with a piece (or maybe pieces) of ear wax. Recall my previous post, of how I was crossing into the new year uncertain about when a piece of ear wax was gonna come out of my ear?

Here's how the story continues:

The ear wax wouldn't come out for the next couple of days (on New Year's Day and the day after), but I kept my faith and continued to drip the ear drops to soften the ear wax. By the end of the Wednesday (also the first day at work), I've had enough of not being able to hear "stereo" sound and rushed to the doctor at the end of work (well, actually after the pre-natal class we were attending). The doctor looked into my ear, and wasn't too confident but decided to try syringing anyway (thank goodness he didn't ask me to come back the next day!).

If you were thinking ear syringing was done with a small syringe that's used for injections, then you'd be sorely disappointed. The doctor came into the room with a big-ass syringe, that will blow anyone's mind. ;p Here's a photo of what it looks like:

Ok, maybe it doesn't look quite so scary without a hypodermic needle at the end of it, but still it was pretty bad-ass. By the way. ear syringing works by filling up a syringe with warm water, and then flushing it through the ear canal to flush whatever shit in there out.

Anyway, the doctor proceeded to syringe my ear. After 1 attempt, he took a look into my ear to see the "progress". I waited with bated breath for the doctor's reply - since ear syringing is somewhat iffy and there's no guarantee that the ear wax would come out. So imagine the delight in me when he said that it's looking good, and we'll have to do it a few more times.

So again we went, 2nd, 3rd and 4th time. By the end of the 2nd syringe, my hearing was back to "stereo" and it felt really good. (Imagine pains and needles in your limbs going away... ;p) And the amount of ear wax collected in the liquid that came out of my ear was quite astonishing. I don't have pictures to show of it (and I don't think you'd be interested to see it anyway), but let's just say that I was amazed by how much shit wax there was in there. haha. For $45 to clean 1 ear, I'd say it was money pretty well spent. ;p

At the end of the 4th time, I had that wonderful feeling that I imagine anyone would have having been "disabled" for a period of time. I can only imagine how horrible it must be for anyone to lose their sense of hearing. I was partially "deaf" for a couple of days, and the feeling was killing me! And guess what the unintended consequence of ear syringing was - now that my right ear was spanking clean (if I could see the insides of it), my left ear was feeling dirty and blocked! It's all just relative. Urgh!

So I'm uncertain now whether or not I should seek the doctor's help to do ear syringing for my left ear! Advice anyone?
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Monday, December 31, 2012
Chapter 429 - Welcome 2013!
It's sort of become a tradition that I've got to write a post on my "New Year's Resolution" every year, so here it is!

As we leave 2012 behind and usher in the New Year, I've got to say that I begin the year with plenty of uncertainty - not necessary in a bad way I guess:

1. Uncertain of when we will move into our new flat! In case you've not read my previous post on our housing woes, you should! ;p We're keeping our fingers and toes crossed that we'll move in around the 20th of January.

2. Uncertain of my new "job". I think most of you will already know, but I'm moving to HQ next year to be a Special Pro-jects Officer - a bit of a change from teaching. For now, I only have a very vague idea of what I'm gonna be doing, so again I'm hoping that this move is for the better! (Not that I could have stopped it if I'd wanted to though...)

3. Uncertain of when a certain piece of ear wax is gonna come out of my ear! And yes I'm serious about this! 2 days ago, I went swimming, and ended up with a bit of a blocked right ear. And then I was so annoyed by it yesterday I decided to try and clean it with a cotton bud, only to push ear wax deeper into my ear! Spent 2.5 hours at the Polyclinic today to find out that the ear wax is now impacted (i.e. stuck) and I've got to come back for ear syringing (basically using a syringe filled with water to flush my ear). But well, the silly thing is that the appointment for the ear syringing was gonna be in a month's time! I think I can only tolerate a couple more days of bad hearing in one ear before I start pushing all sorts of stuff into my ear canal to take out the ear wax!

Well, thankfully I also went to see a GP this afternoon, and we should be able to do some ear syringing on Wednesday. So even as 2013 has arrived, I've entered 2013 with blocked ears! And I've got to put this wax solution into my ear to try and soften the ear wax so that it's more likely to come out during the ear syringing! Brings new meaning to the saying "Happy New Year, Pull Your Ears!" haha!

But on the other hand, I also begin 2013 with something that I'm looking forward to - the birth of our first child! 2012 was indeed a life-changing year - what's with the wedding, our honeymoon, and now that Esther's pregnant, we are both looking forward to seeing our baby boy some time in early April! :)
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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Chapter 428 - Delay's the name of the game
So you might have heard, we collected our keys to our new flat in Punggol! That was on 8 Oct 2012. Fast forward to today (27 Dec 12), and guess what? Our flat is still not ready yet! Every time we visit the flat, we end up being frustrated, helpless, and dejected. "Why?" You may ask...

Well, we looked for our brother-in-law on 7 Sep to get him to design and do up our flat. The designs didn't come till mid/end-Oct. Well, we should have taken that as the first sign that things were not gonna come soon. But we were assured that the flat would be ready by mid-December.

In Nov, the designs were out, we chose our tiles, bathroom accessories, lighting. We even bought our kitchen appliances (stove, hood, oven), refrigerator, washing machine, dining table. To top it up, we even went on a 2-week holiday to the UK/France, and now we're back! And we have now bought a rice cooker, sound bar, vacuum cleaner, kettle, bedsheets and more. Oh, did I also mention that we had already bought our mattress back in April? And guess what? Still no flat.

Basically, we have planned to make use of this entire Nov/Dec holiday to move in and settle into our new flat, but let's just say that things haven't gone according to plan. We've spent days literally scouring the streets, and sitting at cafes watching time go by. We're sick of shopping for this and that, and then wondering where the hell to put all the stuff we've bought. Thankfully the big ticket items can be stored at the warehouses until our flat is ready.

We even had grand dreams of hosting Christmas parties (notice the plural form used here) at our new flat, as housewarming! But of course, grand as these dreams may be, they remained as dreams for now and we shall now hope that the house will be ready by Chinese New Year. (which FYI, is about 1.5 months after Christmas)

The progress thus far - tiles have been laid (excluding the vinyl tiles), the lights and fans are up and just today, the first coat of paint was laid. And that's all that's been done in the flat for now.The last we heard today, the carpentry work will only be ready 15 Jan, so after installation, the flat will be ready 20 Jan at the very earliest. If you are reading this, we're gonna need to borrow your fingers and toes to be crossed that it really will be ready by then..... :(

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