a Mother in Search of the Unbearable Lightness of Being

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Pregnancy Test

So a week before my period was due, I had this gut feeling that I was pregnant and I spent a fair amount of time googling ‘When to take a pregnancy test’.

Read through some pregnancy/baby forums and some mothers responded in what seemed like gibberish to me. For example, “Hi, new here and got my BFP 5DPO.” BFP? 5DPO? What are we talking about here? Is 5DPO the next generation of C-3P0 that you need to update your Big Fat Pregnancy to?

And then I found this:

BFP = big fat positive (pregnancy)
5DPO = 5 days past ovulation

Based on what I had read, one can start testing for pregnancy 14 days past ovulation which coincides with the first day of one’s expected period. Honestly, without my period tracker app, I wouldn’t have a clue when ovulation day starts. To keep things simple and accurate, I bought two pregnancy test kits 6 days after I missed my period. The first Watsons house brand test kit failed me and the second ClearBlue test kit produced a big fat positive.

I will never forget the sudden surge of emotions and physical reactions that swept through me when those clear blue lines magically appeared.


Surprise! Surprise!



Grinning from ear to ear, shedding a few tears, hands trembling, and shivers down my spine all at the same time.

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Ms. Ulb begins…

I have had several blogs before, and none of which stood the test of time. I was easily restless and enticed by newer, better social networking platforms and obviously lacked the willpower to continue what I have started out to do, but most of all I think it was because I never had clear objectives set out for blogging.

The main reasons to the start of this blog are in anticipation of:

1. the checking out of the first accidental occupant of my very own hotel uterus, and this occupant will henceforth be referred to as ‘Olive’;
2. the quitting of my job for my husband, henceforth referred to as ‘Oska’ and Olive; and
3. the relocation from one city to another for Oska and Olive.

The key objective for this blog is to embark on a project where I can:
1. learn, seek enlightenment, and share about love, life and everything in between;
2. channel my energy towards, since it will soon be a total hiatus from work; and
3. maintain my sanity by keeping connected to the people I love and care about when I move to a foreign place.

This is a project undertaken by a new mother in search of the unbearable lightness of being as she starts from zero countless times, and takes on the many challenges in life.

Olive @ 13 Weeks

Olive waves ‘Hi’ @ 13 weeks.