the second trimester’s kicks

The second trimester is definitely a treat so far. My mood is lighter, my appetite is growing and I’m pretty convinced that I have some kind of pregnancy glow going on (or that could possibly be slaps of foundation on my face). Whatever it is, I’m feeling much better than the first trimester. Alhamdulillah 🙂

My bump is finally starting to show. I don’t know how I feel about dressing up my bump though. I’m happier dressed in loose tops/dresses than wearing tight fitting tops to show off my bump. I mean, how do you breathe? I recently shopped for more loose and plain tops at Uniqlo – plain tops are becoming my necessity because I can easily deck it up with big chunky necklaces and be off. Anything effortless now works for me.

We’ve also started preparing ourselves with a list of things to buy. If you follow me on Instagram, you would’ve probably seen my post about selling my cat to get myself a cool-looking and ridiculously priced baby pram. No, of course I wouldn’t! To be honest, I’m not really looking for the best brands in the market – maybe just the baby pram. I don’t even have time to pore over countless of mummy blogs to read reviews on the many things that I should be concerned about. My colleague who is not pregnant is more informed than I am. I even asked her which type of breast pump she would recommend to me (only because she worked in Philips before). The more important question to ask – to Stokke or not to Stokke?

Then, there’s also the tricky question on who will be caring for the baby after my maternity leave ends. We’ve explored some options. Some of which includes sending the baby to an infant care centre and hiring a maid. I went for a site visit to one of the infant care centres (Little Paddington) near my place and the thought of spending over $1k for someone to care for my baby seemed luxurious. It’s great that they have a curriculum and all in the centre, but my baby will be immobile for a good 5-8 months so I’m not sure if it’s worth the hefty sum of fees. We’re still considering some options so we’ll see…

On top of all that, there’s the medical cost for pre-, during, post-delivery. Gosh, having a baby is proving to be costly in Singapore. Be sure to save about $10k – $12k when you are planning on starting a family. Babies don’t come cheap. I’m totally using this as my ammo in the future.

Scratch the stressy bits of family planning, we just had our routine scan last week! I fell asleep during the scan because the sonographer was taking too long. The baby was moving so much that she couldn’t capture what she needed so, she took longer than expected. Dear baby, please don’t get me wrong I was super excited to see you but, dang mumma was really knackered! When Luq joined us in the small room, she asked if we wanted to know the gender of the baby. I mean, err yes that’s why we’re here (and finally). We’re so happy that we’re having a baby boy. Another (by default) Arsenal fan in the house. Anyone wants to sponsor Chelsea or Liverpool jersey for my baby? In case Luq pisses me off…

I still can’t quite believe that’s my baby… I pray that you take after your papa’s nose darling.

Oh right, the kicking has also begun. Oh, hello uncomfortable nights…

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