Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy Baby - Smile and Laugh

Xmas with family

This xmas we celebrated it very simple indeed perfect because we celebrated it with mommy's family and also the little one, Richie...

Merry Xmas !

Merry Xmas

Baby in fashion since 1980's

Mommy has daddy and his uncle's clothes from oma Jakarta so mommy just put it in Richie and here we go....

3 months milestone - where the fun starts

Richie is turning 3 months old and he's been progressing very well.
Now he is easily smiling and laughing when teased and like to observe something for sometime
The other progress is he enjoys being put in the stroller when we are going to mall or church or park. This is really good news for mommy and daddy so mommy and daddy don't need to carry richie all day

When we went to see doctor for regular development assessment and vaccination, richie has 6th senses and feels uneasy..
His weight has almost triple his birth weight..Good job Rich !
Other development is he now starts to turning by lifting up his leg high when he's put in the back position and lifting up his arm when he's put in the stomach position

Another good news is he now sleeps tightly at night and wake up around 4 hours each for breastfeeding so mommy has more sleep at night and more energy in the morning

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Watching Disney Channel

Richie now has a new activity, watching disney channel in the morning for 10 - 15 mins
Actually mommy doesn't want to encourage Richie to do that, but sometimes mommy needs to do something and just keep Richie busy therefore mommy gives Richie a time to watch Disney Channel for awhile.

Sometimes mommy wants to laugh because Richie is so seriously watching and sometimes smiling as if he knows the show
Well, it's just temporary until he can recognize the toys and games, mommy will give him the toys to play and keep him busy

Love to laugh and play

Richie is now 2.5 months old and he likes to laugh, play and talk especially in the morning or when he wakes up from his nap. Perhaps he feels fresh and gets a lot of energies.
His smile every morning reminds us as adult to welcome new day with positive thinking.

Well, we learn a lot from Richie about life in the simple way that we forget sometimes

2.5 months

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Persistance and Perseverance

From 2 months innocent child, we learn about persistance and perseverance in overcoming the failures.
Richie is now learning to suck his thumb and he has been learning for past 2 days
Sometimes when he's tired and frustrated, he got emotional and angry but today mommy sees Richie sucks his thumb for a while and he enjoys it...

Well, he's so persistance in practising and trying and never give up
This what adult should learn from the child..

Mommy and Daddy are proud of you

How Cute I am

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

2 and half days

Wowww...I can finally manage this two and half days with Richie...
Praise God, for these two and half days Richie has been a good boy and he slept a lot perhaps the weather was also nice.
Mommy could sleep well at night and not so tired during the day
Hopefully Richie is always be a good boy every day

Today Emak Semarang will be coming and helping mommy until end of the year..yeay...
Mommy now can relax a little bit and can clean the house together with daddy especially the windows and cupboard

A part from that, I believe that Richie is know what the condition is, he knows that only mommy alone taking care of him, therefore he's not so cranky...
Thanks God and Welldone Richie

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Passport Photo

This is the passport photo for Singapore and Indonesia Passport. The left one is for Singapore Passport and taken at birth, the right one is for Indonesia Passport and taken when Richie is almost 2 months.
It looks like brother though

A Trial of Real Parenthood and Motherhood Life

When Oma Jakarta went back Jakarta last Thursday, mommy and daddy were in the trial of real parenthood life.
It was challenging and fun when mommy and daddy took turn to take care Richie from Thursday to Sunday.
We felt that the clock passed very fast..It started from 7.30 am and ended 10 pm but it was satisfying when we did together...
Unfortunately on Sunday, daddy was sick so mommy must take care Richie alone as well as daddy..

On Monday and Tuesday, mommy will be on the trial of real motherhood life before Emak Semarang coming...
It's another challenging day....Time management and multitasking are essential in the motherhood life..not to forget patience and love...

After some deep thought and consideration, mommy decides to stay in Singapore to take care Richie next year...
With Emak Semarang and Daddy's supports, Mommy believes that mommy can do it.
Mommy will have daily catering and part time maid to help ...

Thank you card to Dr. Wong

Mommy created 2 thank you card for Dr. Wong, and daddy chose the first one to be given to Dr. Wong
And last Saturday, mommy and daddy brought Richie to see Dr Wong and mommy also need to be checked up for the last time to make sure that the stitch was okay

2 months old milestones

Today, Richie is 2 months old
He's getting smarter and smarter each day...
He can lift up his head especially when daddy tries to burp him..
Now, Richie can recognize people's face especially his lovely parents, and when he's in the good mood especially in the morning, he smiles to daddy and mommy.

Richie is getting heavier as well each day because he drinks a lot milk during the day. Luckily, Mommy is full time housewife therefore Richie can breastfeed directly from mommy.
He refuses drinking from the bottle...hmmm...sometimes mommy is wondering how smart 2 months old baby can differentiate between real nipples and fake one haha...

And Richie likes to be cuddled before his bed time, with the weight which is getting heavier, it makes mommy getting tired easily...hopefully Richie can sleep by himself soon...

2 months has gone, mommy and daddy are looking forward to see Richie's development day by day...
Keep the good job up Richie, mommy and daddy are proud of you...

Having Fun...

Another family portrait

Happy 2 months old

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Almost 2 Months

Finally, we have picture for Baby's Day Out because it's not easy to take nice picture while going out with Richie. "Cos everytime mommy wants to take a picture, Richie either sleeps or cries.
This picture was taken when we visit our dear friends who invites us for B'day Luncheon at their house.

Just some update, I don't know whether this is a good or bad news or perhaps both.
Richie starts to dislike drinking from bottle from 2 days ago...sigh...
The positive side is mommy don't need to express the breastmilk and can give directly to him, the negative side is mommy can't leave Richie alone with other caregivers.

Hopefully it's just temporary otherwise mommy can't go anywhere or if mommy need to go somewhere, mommy must bring Richie along...

Be a good boy, Richie....

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sleeping and Daily Time Table

Now, Richie has new sleeping time table

he usually genuinely wakes up around 9.30 - 10 am unless I change his diaper around 8am, he will wake up but still sleepy
Then, I bath him and play with him until 3pm when he starts feeling sleepy again and he will take afternoon nap until 6.30pm
Following that, I wash him again and play time with him until 10pm. Then he will sleep until morning and in between he will give me a sign every 2 hours if he's hungry.

His sleeping is more or less regular so mommy still have enough sleep at night
But there's new challenges, he's not easy to be pleased during play time...he needs to be accompanied all the time
Therefore when Richie awakes, mommy can't do anything else and must pending everything until he's sleeping...

Hopefully, it's not forever and after 3 months, Richie can play by himself while mommy do the household chores

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Dual Citizenship

We just knew that Richie can have dual citizenship : Singaporean and Indonesian
We knew it from one of Indonesian embassy counselors whom mommy asks for document translation.
We just need to bring our original marriage certificate, passports, and two witness with their passports to get Indonesian birth certificate. After that we can make Indonesian passport for Richie last for 5 years

When Richie's age reaches 18 years old, he can choose either to be Singaporean or Indonesian.
Well, lucky Richie so he can travel and stay in Indonesia unlimited and when he needs to travel other countries that need visas, he can enter without visa

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Hiring Maid or Going Back Indonesia

Mommy and daddy are in dilemma either we hire maid or go back Indonesia for a while
because after grandma and grandpa are going back Indonesia early January, none will help mommy taking care Richie. OR the other option is mommy taking care Richie alone and using part time maid once a week and daily catering.

The pros hiring maid :
- there's a back up just in case mommy's sick
- mommy won't be so tired taking care Richie and doing the house chores alone since the maid will do all the house chores
- mommy won't be worried about the food since the maid will cook

The contras hiring maid :
- there's increase in our expenses at least additional S$600/month
- there's no privacy since we don't have special room for maid, so the maid will be sleeping at Richie's room
- if we go holiday, there's additional expense in flight if we bring the maid along, otherwise the maid will have nothing to do at home
- if we can't get along with the maid, there will be unnecessary problem arise

The pros going back Indonesia for 2 or 3 months stay :
- Mommy won't be worried and tired since there are many helpers from extended family and even existent maid
- Richie will know and recognize his grandparents and relatives
- We can save some expenses in Singapore since only daddy stays most of the time here and travel to Indonesia perhaps once or twice a month using budget airlines

The contras going back Indonesia :
- Mommy and Richie won't be able to see daddy frequently and daddy won't see Richie's development day by day
- We need to either bring or buy baby items again for our staying in Indonesia which is a little bit troublesome
- Richie will be traveling at very young age which his body is still mild especially his ears and his immune is not strong enough

The pros staying in Singapore without helper :
- mommy and Richie will meet daddy everyday and we will enjoy Richie's development day by day
- we have our privacy as a little family

The contras staying alone without helper ;
- if mommy is sick or Richie is sick there's none can help out
- if Richie wants to be accompanied along the day, mommy can't do anything else such as the house chores or even eating so must wait daddy to come home
- there's an additional expenses about S$ 280 for daily catering and weekly maid

Actually mommy still prefers staying in Singapore since mommy doesn't want Richie and mommy separate from Daddy but hiring maid will of course incurred some cost and give more burden to daddy and without helpers, mommy is not sure whether mommy can do all these alone

Well, mommy and daddy still haven't decided yet, we pray for what the best solution for Richie mommy and daddy

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Baby's Day Out

This was the third time we brought Richie to see the world outside home
First time was at ICA to make Richie's passport when he was 2 weeks old
The second and third time was last Saturday and Sunday when he was 1.5 month old. We went to Kiddy Palace @ Marina Sq on Saturday and Pondok Jawa Timur @ Plaza Singapore on Sunday.

Mommy, daddy, oma and oma co wanted to take a picture @ Orchard Road since the Xmas light up has already on but too bad we arrived there around 8+ and it was traffic jam so we only passed by and had dinner @ Pondok Jawa Timur.

Nevertheless Richie was very happy to go out ...when he was awake, he observed the surrounding especially when there was colorful lighting. Even though he felt sleepy as long as there were colorful lightings, he's very excited to see...

Mommy and Daddy want to bring Richie once a while to see outside so he could adapt with environment as well.

Next time, we will go to Orchard again during Xmas time...and take family picture together

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

40 Days

Today, Richie is 40 days old and mom, daddy brings Richie to the doctor for regular check up and vaccination

Physical Development :

Weight : 4.8 kg
Length : 53.5 cm
Head circumstances : 36.8 cm
Hearing test for the right ear : pass

Mom and Daddy are really happy and relieved that today's check up result is satisfying.

Oh ya, one more exciting good news, Richie is now able to recognize the face and his eyes are following the objects

Well done my dear son, Keep the good job !

Monday, October 26, 2009

Chubby and Smile Expressions

Full Month Celebration

As Richie turning 1 month old, we have a little celebration

Happy 1 month Old

Richie was 1 month old on October 23rd.
He become more chubby everyday.
Physical development :
1. starting to control his eyes and respond to the sound
2. able to lift up the head and hold it for awhile and turn the head to left and right
3. eyebrow and eyelashes have grown

He drinks milk a lot almost every 1 - 1.5 hours interval for 90ml at least either from breast milk or formula

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Colorful expression - 3 weeks old

Mommy loves taking Richie's picture especially his innocent expression.
So here it is...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

3 weeks old - getting fatter

Richie is getting fatter and bigger now, I guess his weight is more than 3 kg now
Well done my dear son !
Physical development other than getting bigger, his sleep is regular as well as his waking time
He wakes up everyday in the morning about 7am - 11am and in the afternoon about 6pm - 10pm and he sleeps tightly at night except for drinking milk.

So far mommy and daddy can cope well and have enough sleep everyday eventhough mommy can't sleep thoroughly at night.
Well one more week to go and Richie will be one month old

Keep a good job Richie !

Friday, October 9, 2009

Two Weeks Old

Richie is now two weeks and 3 days old.
He's getting fatter and fatter since he drinks milk a lot both from breast milk and formula.
So far Richie is not a picky boy. He is willing to drink any milk either from the breast directly or bottle.
And at night, he's not cranky neither. He cries only when he's hungry... and he doesn't mind wet pamper but mommy minds because his buttock gets rashes if it's not changed within 3 hours.

Richie is a good boy and mommy and daddy love Richie !
Keep a good behaviour, Richie and drink milk a lot...

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Auspicious Number for Richie is 9

9 is the auspicious number for Richie hehe..

why 9 is the auspicious number ?

Richie was born on 9th month, 2009 at 19.19hrs and the first minute of Apgar Test was 9. The cord drops off 9 days after his birth

Second Visit to Paeditrician

On Tuesday, 29 September 2009 Mommy, Daddy and Oma brought Richie to see Dr Ong again.
Because he wanted to check the billirubin level and physical development.
The weight increased to 2.63 kg
and we did blood test for jaundice and IEM
The billirubin level was 13.8 which was below 15 so it was okay.
The IEM result would be out 2 weeks later and they will mail it to us.

So far everything is so good and Richie passes motion more than passes urine but the doctor said it's normal.
And the doctor also checked the umbilical cord that left dangling in Richie's tummy. He said that just couple days, it will drop off by itself.

Richie's Expression

This picture was taken when Richie was 7 days old
The expression during his sleep that really make our day

First Week @ Home Sweet Home

On Saturday afternoon, mommy, daddy and Richie went back home...
On the first day, we've been panicking because Richie cried a lot almost every hour eventhough we cuddled and mommy breastfed Richie...
Mommy and Daddy didn't know what to do and frustrated...and the worse at night mommy couldn't sleep because mommy worried about Richie and his body became more yellowish

The next day, mommy and daddy brought Richie back to hospital to check up the billirubin level. And the result was expected, the billirubin level increased to 13.1
The doctor suggested to sunbath twice a day, morning sun between 8 - 10 am and afternoon sun between 5 - 6pm

On Monday, everything was starting to settle down. Mommy learnt what baby's crying meant...and could manage it well.
The following days, mommy knew more or less what to do when Richie cried or felt uneasy...
It's either hungry or discomfort and mommy could sleep at least 4 hours at night and 4 hours in between the day

Since mommy was not sure whether the breast milk was enough, mommy gave formula milk (mamex Gold) as supplement once or twice a day depends on the need.

Well, mommy feel lucky having Richie as a good baby boy...who doesn't complain much..
as long as we have understanding, mommy and daddy really enjoy the parenthood....

Love you Richie !

First Few Days in Hospital

We stayed 4 days 3 nights at hospital, while mommy was recovering, the nurse took care baby Richie. Mommy should say that the nurses in Thomson Medical Center were very helpful especially for breastfeeding and furthermore they were very kind and friendly.

While in the hospital, Baby Richie was taken for few test and vaccination
1. Hearing Test ( Left ear : PASS, Right ear : NEED TO BE REPEATED)
2. Jaundice Test ( Billirubin level : 8.4 )
3. Blood Test (O+ )
4. Vaccination (BCG + Hepatitis B + vitamin K)

Baby's weight was also dropping about 10%
first day : 2.68 kg
Second day : 2.65 kg
Third day : 2.58 kg
Fourth day : 2.49 kg

In the meantime we had some our days were busy entertaining them and breastfeeding baby Richie.
But above all, we were very happy with love and supports from our friends and really made our day.

Thanks friends for coming and also for the gifts

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Arrival of Richie

This is the story how Richie was born

On Wednesday morning 23rd September 2009, mommy went to see doctor because mommy felt less movement two nights before. After thoroughly checked up, the doctor decided to induce mommy and let the baby came out naturally because the water level was a little bit decreased and it's not safe for baby to stay longer.

Mommy was shocked because it never came to mommy's mind that mommy will see the baby very soon....and after discussing with daddy, mommy decided to do c - section instead of induce - natural vaginal birth.
Mommy remembered that the doctor said 7pm we could see the baby therefore 6 hours before mommy must be fasting

At 5pm, mommy, daddy, opa and oma went to hospital for admission and registration.
Mommy still can't believe the day came earlier than predicted.
At 6.30pm, mommy was brought to operating theater for preparation like given epidural, cateter...
At 7pm++ the doctor came and started to operate mommy...but mommy still could feel the pain especially when the doctor sliced mommy's tummy...
It was like a nightmare, mommy just screamed and screamed....

It took 5 mins to take the baby out and when mommy heard the baby's crying...mommy knew that baby was alright but mommy still could feel the pain especially when the doctor started to stitch mommy's tummy therefore the doctor put mommy on sleep. The doctor put baby Richie near mommy's face with daddy as well...unfortunately mommy couldn't see it clearly.

Around 8pm, mommy was brought back to the ward room in half conscious condition because of the epidural effect.
Mommy just felt very tired, nausea, drowsy therefore mommy only slept the whole night and hasn't really got chance to see baby Richie face to face.

The next day on 24th September 2009, mommy had so much energy and asked the nurse to bring baby Richie to the room and started to try breastfeeding...
This is the second time, mommy saw Richie...and when mommy taught Richie to latch on, Richie was smart baby. He knew what supposed to do and praise God, mommy's breast milk started to come in as colostrum (good for antibody and immune)

Mommy stayed at hospital for 4 days 3 nights and came back home on Saturday 26th September 2009
During staying, many Mommy and Daddy's friends visited us and it really made our day become more colorful and beautiful...

Thanks God for the miracle in our life and for the best gift this year
Thanks God for the love and support from family and friends

PS : this is the first cry that made mommy and daddy the happiest parents