summer’s arrival <3

the pregnancy
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this pregnancy was not easy. i was very blessed to be a stay-at-home person during the first trimester when the nausea was at its worst and i contracted all kinds of viruses that resulted in fevers (you can’t get any more miserable than that during your pregnancy). my appetite was screwed as well and the only food i ate was plain porridge or luncheon meat (zero-nutrient junk food) sandwich (for carbo) with an egg (for protein) and cheese (for calcium).

in the second trimester, i started working again and i actually felt good because i love money the nausea was gone and the singleton tummy didn’t bother me at all. i ate a lot and walked home from work every evening. i didn’t feel any body aches or pain except for the occasional lower ab pain towards the end of the second trimester.

the third trimester was a different story. the nausea and loss of appetite came back. although the tummy wasn’t particularly huge, i somehow developed bad backaches and tailbone pain. the tailbone pain was so bad that it kept me awake at night >m< the weird loss of appetite meant that my breakfast choices were limited to KFC or McDonalds. for some reason, i just felt nauseated after breakfast unless i had some quality fast food for breakfast XD and this sort of explains how i gained so much weight despite carrying only one baby

the arrival

baby summer was delivered via c-section surgery on 8 May. the main reason was because she was already 39 weeks and i’ve had enough of being pregnant for what seems like forever and my doctor was going on leave on 9 May and i didn’t want any strange person doing the delivery for me XD

the surgery was scheduled to start at 8.30am and we (meaning fat X and cJ) arrived at the hospital at 7am sharp as instructed. however, things got a bit delayed because i was still undecided on whether to proceed with the ligation procedure. at 8.25am the OT team called and kaopeh advised us to proceed to the OT as the surgeon was already there.

one delay led to another (for some reason, they also could not find my documents for the cord blood donation) and baby summer only arrived at 9.13am.

after summer was born, she was placed on my bare chest for an hour and it was the most amazing experience i ever had 😀 she was so tiny, so pink, so perfect.

the pictures

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this is a collage made by neo sister. at birth, summer did not look like the mini men at all!

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summer’s first photo with papa and mama

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summer and the twins

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junpig wrote a message for me on mothers’ day X’D

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mupig and his mothers’ day message <3

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mupig happily carrying his new sibling

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junpig happily carrying his new sibling

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summer was born with receding hairline TuT i hope her hair grows out soon

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sleeping like an angel

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summer deep in thoughts while lying on papa’s chest

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tiny toes

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perfect little fingers

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pretty little feet

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her foot was only slightly larger than my favourite essential oil!

sew therapeutic :’)

the last two weeks hasn’t been a walk in the park for me.

it started with fat X who contracted the stomach flu from hell. in a nutshell, he had diarrhoea about 30 times on the first day, 15 times on the second day, and 5 times on the third day before he went back to work on the fourth day. i would have checked into a hospital after the first day.

when the wife is sick, the wife suffers on her own. but when the husband is sick, the poor wife becomes a mother to the husband and wakes up in the middle of the night to check his temperature, massages him with nice-smelling essential oils to make him feel better and sleep better, nags at him everyday to ensure he sticks to a strict diet of plain porridge and not things like fried eggs and luncheon meat with porridge.

thankfully, fat X survived the ordeal without infecting anyone else :’D

unfortunately, another mysterious virus hit mini men last weekend and they had 40-degree fevers for 3-4 days. that, my dears, translates to more sleepless nights for 老娘.

today, the mini men were finally well enough to go back to school and i spent all my free time sewing.

this is oh-so-therapeutic :’)

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i transformed a very old shirt into a bean pillow (top left), a pair of baby pants (top right, in case it’s not obvious to you), and a pillowcase (bottom). because i am oh-so-lazy, i merely cut out a rectangle from the shirt without removing the pocket or buttons. the buttons act as an opening for inserting the pillow X’D

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i take sucky pictures. but this is a closer shot of the pillowcase that comes with pocket and two buttons XD

and since i have an overlocker now, i must overlock ALL THE THINGS. so i made the actual bean pillow by overlocking on all four edges of the casing. super convenient!

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baby pants. what else can i say about these? erm.. they remind me of old-man unperpants?

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another pillowcase made using a small piece of japanese fabric which i had been saving since my last pregnancy X’D

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i also made a square top for myself using the leftover fabric from baby summer’s dress. the pattern is simple but i walked about 100 times to and fro between my sewing room and bedroom just to test out the fit.

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the neckline is bound using my favourite 80-cents bias binding X’D

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the armholes are just overlocked, turned inside, and then stitched in place. i love my overlocker!

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no, obviously a top made from half metre of fabric would not fit over my 35-week pregnant belly. this is meant to be worn when baby summer is wearing her dress! X’D

summer’s first dress and my new Brother!

so while mupig was fighting against some unknown stomach virus this week, i nearly went crazy staying up EVERY NIGHT wiping his burning head and neck with peppermint water. instead of resting during the day, i chose to download the baby geranium pattern and ending up making a newborn dress for baby summer. i guess when you’re pregnant, you have somewhat different priorities?

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the fabric is a light double-gauze fabric i bought from Japan last July

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i was too tired when making the dress and only realized that the gathers were distributed unevenly after the dress was completed *sobs*

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pearl snap buttons are from Spotlight

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this is the only exposed seam in the whole dress!

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behold, raw edges were finished using zig-zag stitch…

this might be the last time i’m using the overlock foot to finish my raw edges because…

TADAH!!!!

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I FINALLY BOUGHT AN OVERLOCK MACHINE! i can’t believe i actually waited this long to get one. it takes more time to thread (still, it only took me ~5 minutes to thread all 4 spools leh) and the swinging knife looks scary when the machine is operating at full-speed but IT IS A FREAKING AWESOME MACHINE! so if you’re still sitting on the fence about it, mai tu liao.. get one now!

now my only problem is i don’t have much things to sew XD