a Mother in Search of the Unbearable Lightness of Being

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First Veggies

After one week of Heinz smooth baby rice, I decided to introduce broccoli puree to Olive.

This is her eagerly anticipating her solids:

Pre broccoli

This is her reaction from her first veggie meal:

Post broccoli

She was a little upset with her broccoli puree on the first day but by the third day, she got used to the taste and actually whined for more.

Broccoli is definitely a superfood for babies but because it is part of the cruciferous clan, it did give Olive gas. Guess I will have to come back to it a little later.

Read: When can my Baby eat Broccoli?

Also in love with the Philips AVENT combined steamer and blender because:

1. It is so easy to use.
2. Just steam, flip, blend, serve.
3. Easy as A, B, C.

Philips Blender

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50 Shades of Breastfeeding

It has been quite a while since I last posted. Been juggling new mom duties, work, and relocation, and it has been one hellavu ride.

Decided it is time to catch up a little on this blog, now that I am more settled and have time to breathe.

Here’s a funny post to share for a start: 50 Shades of Breastfeeding: Every Nursing Mother’s Painful Secret.

I was experiencing no. 5, Olive the tantric nurser, for the first month. The endless hours of nursing resulted in cracked nipples, blebs and milk blisters. You name it, I had it all. I tried so many ways to ease the nursing pain i.e. nipple shields, cold compress, hot packs, and nearly resorted to using a sterile needle to get at the blisters. But at the end of the day only 2 remedies worked for me:

1. Nipple cream (could not do without the Lansinoh or the medela purelan 100)110811_lansinoh_hpa_lanolin_topical_treatmentpurelan_frontal
2. Latch, latch, and latch because really, Olive is the best boob Doctor (and also the worst boob abuser).

Not sure how many mothers feel this way but I honestly think that the breastfeeding journey is much tougher, more intense, and more painful than the actual delivery. But it’s true also when other mothers tell me that it will only get better. It did, and I am thoroughly enjoying the breastfeeding journey now that I am a professional milk cow.

Olive the Milk Monster

Olive the Milk Monster

5 months on from when I started the breastfeeding journey, and I am now trying to defend myself from the “I-Cant-Believe-They’re-Not-Knives” Play. How fun! And yes, I mean it, it really is fun.

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Mine, immaculate dream

Thanks to Oska for indulging me with a Leachco Back ‘N Belly Contoured Body Pillow, I had the best night sleep in both my second and third trimester so far.

– Supports the contours of the body, especially needed for the back and belly.
– Whichever side you turn to, there is something to hug.
– Great comfort in general.
– Looks like it can double up as a nursing pillow (to be confirmed at a later date).

– Pricey (The husband bought it on impulse at SGD$219 from First Few Years in Paragon. He caught me eyeing the body pillow section and knew how reluctant I was to spend on myself given the huge expenses already incurred and to be incurred on both Olive and our new home. Pretty sure there are cheaper alternatives out there e.g. Amazon, Groupon, Qoo10, but I am so grateful that Oska bought it there and then.)
– Takes up too much space, transforming my queen bed to a single bed. I had to store my pillows and bolsters elsewhere. Leachco Back N Belly Pillow

And it’s true that vivid dreams happen more during pregnancy, nightmares included. I had the sweetest dream last night, of Oska carrying Olive in a toy store, and him fulfilling all her whims and fancies. I was just standing there, watching them laugh and giggle as they reach out to the racks and racks of rainbow-colored toys displayed.

If I can paint out this scene, I would call it “Oska, Olive and the Amazing Technicolor Toystore”. Can you imagine it, this beautiful scene?

Oska and I have been discussing at length on how we would like to bring Olive up and there was always mention of how we will try not to spoil our child. But my dream had already shown otherwise and I absolutely cannot wait to see how it will pan out in reality.