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Friday, June 7, 2019

Week 33 | A Glimpse into Pregnancy Depression

Here I am, at 12.09am, sitting at my dining table typing on my blog.

The rational thing to do is to sleep right now cos I have to wake up early the next day for an early gown fitting in the studio, and I will be bringing Tyler with me tomorrow since he's on school holidays. I've got tons of other work matters to attend to as well, but since it's the veryyyyy last of my public holiday (thank God for the Raya holidays!), I thought I should spare just a few minutes to do one of the things I love most.

Just like that, we are entering Week 33. 
Just like that, it's been almost 3 months since I last updated my blog!
Just like that, we are left with just a few weeks before our life changes again.

I'm gonna be honest, this time around I do worry a lot more. Compared to my first pregnancy with Tyler where I was a lot freer with a lot less commitments and responsibilities (ie: Tyler and The White Atelier), and when I was a lot more oblivious to how life will be with a newborn, it's no wonder I'm a lot more aware about how life truly IS going to change.

Thinking back, the early days with Tyler as a newborn and infant were challenging. The lack of sleep, c-section recovery, barely-there-to-just-enough milk supply, nipple cracks, etc though 4 years ago, are still fresh in my mind. And I had just one baby to take care of, no business to think about (just a blog to update and vlogs I attempted to make happen least I tried lol). And I also had a husband who had ample leaves and took a month off to be with me during the whole of confinement. Just how lucky was I?

This time though, it's going to be very different. I'm going to have a newborn with all the same challenges any post-partum mom goes through, plus a sticky toddler who needs to cuddle me and plaster his face next to mine to sleep every night, plus a business that's growing healthily and requires lots of attention due our personal one-to-one customer servicing (that's what happens when everything is customisable! every bride and every wedding is different). And this time, I don't have a husband who can take a whole month of leave to be with me- just a week at most since he doesn't travel for work so much anymore, hence the lack of leaves he can take.

Many nights while putting Tyler to bed, I find myself lying awake wondering how life will come to be soon. With Tyler sticking to me and his legs flying all over my body while sleeping (still does fly across my tummy even now!), how will it affect my c-section recovery?

Speaking of which, like the first pregnancy, I have Gestational Diabetes again this time. So my gynae has scheduled a c-section date for me in mid July (EDD is supposed to be 27 July). If Baby Dumpling decides not to arrive naturally anytime before mid July, that means it'll be c-section for me again. I honestly do not mind because I already know what to expect- everything from the whole procedure to the pain and recovery process. But a part of me as a woman does wish to try for a natural birth this time, because I know I can recover naturally a lot faster, and that means I'll be able to attend to my boys a lot quicker, get active and slim down sooner, and many more.

Can you already get a glimpse of what I ponder about on a daily basis? These are not even all :')

It's easy, and I mean really easy to fall trap into worrying and experiencing anxiety. During the start of my third trimester, I experienced a plunge in my energy levels and felt fatigue that no words could explain. It's like my first trimester fatigue but this time, it was coupled with a depressive feeling. 

This feeling lingered for a few weeks where I struggled to fall sleep, struggled to get out of bed, lacked motivation to do anything, didn't want social interactions with people, and all I wanted was just to sleep but I couldn't. I would close my eyes and flip back and forth on the bed and before I knew it, 1 hour was up and I still hadn't napped.

It was bothering me so badly that I googled for third trimester depression and found the symptoms scarily relatable (besides suicidal thoughts la), and I came to know that besides the widely discussed post-partum depression, there is also such a thing as pregnancy depression. 

But you know, no one really talks about these things openly and I can understand why. Pregnancy is supposed to be a happy thing. It's a blessing and a miracle, so why would I be feeling so sad and so miserable instead? One of the things I always do when I'm upset is to try putting my feelings into words to help myself understand my situation better, but at that point I couldn't even figure out why I was so sad. The only thing I could vaguely point out was that perhaps I was physically and mentally too exhausted, or that it's the change in hormones upon entering the third trimester that changed my emotions drastically.

So I took a day off and spent the day at home alone (Boon was at work and Tyler was at school and then his grandparents'), cried a lot, sporadically, sometimes in tears and sometimes in wails. Ordered food delivery, watched Working Moms and Beyonce's Homecoming on Netflix, napped, and did not touch any work at all cos Boon forbade me.

Just one day of shutting off from work, and one day of releasing my emotions freely and resting a lot (physically and mentally) turned out to be all I needed. After that day, I never felt those scary depressive feelings again, and I've been so thankful to have my spunk back again.

Thought of saving this topic for another day but you know how blog entries like this turns out. I'm glad to know that I'm actually ready to even talk about this in the open, because while I was experiencing it I didn't even think I was ever ready to open up about this. It's scary enough to experience it, and even scarier to know that there will be people who will judge you for feeling those feelings.

If you're a pregnant mama and is going though a rough patch mentally and emotionally seemingly without reason, do know that you're not alone. This hormonal change thing really is a b*tch and drives our bodies up and down without permission or reason. When that happens, take some time off to acknowledge those feelings, and feel free to let them out. Cry if you need to, eat if you want to, and binge watch Netflix if it takes your mind off those thoughts and feelings. Talk to your partner, people you trust, and reach out for help. Never ever feel too embarrassed to talk about it and never go through it alone. It could be a very short-lived phase that just needs some form of rest and release, so go and do what you need to to feel better :)

Having said all of that, as much as I'm aware that life is going to be different very soon and lots of challenges await, I also know that life will double up in love and joy. I know that Little Dumpling will bring a whole new meaning into our lives and family, and I know just how much Tyler is going to love and adore his new best friend and baby brother.

And I really can't wait to feel witness those precious moments right before my eyes.

Signing out,
Week 33.

Love, Careen.
This post is filed under PersonalPregnancyFamily

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Mighty Mighty Squad School Holiday at IPC Shopping Center!

Just like that, we have come to the end of Quarter 1 of 2019! That means Tyler would have been in school for 3 months now, and time for his first school holiday break ever! 

Still can't believe I'm saying this, but we have now joined the parents club who crack their heads on how to occupy our little ones during the school holidays ๐Ÿ˜… While school holidays are great ways to spend quality time together as a family, it's also challenging for us parents to think of good and healthy ways to occupy our active little ones. Staying at home all day would mean screen time involved somehow, and with the extremely hot weather these days (plus HAZE!), it's also not a great idea to play in the outdoors lately.

So when I came to know that IPC Shopping Center is organizing a school holiday event for the kids, I knew we had to let Tyler go for it!

IPC Mighty Mighty Squad School Holiday event is held from March 22-31, 2019, in conjunction with the school holidays! It's located at the concourse, right opposite DOME and Magnum. With a huge set-up like this, it's definitely hard to miss!

First things first, we registered for IPC's Sma Club membership for Tyler at the IPC Information Counter (opposite Padini) which entitles him for free entry at any IPC's kids related events for one whole year! It's better to register online on IPC's official website HERE beforehand so that you can just pick up your membership card right away (might take up to a week to process the registration)!

Tyler received his entrance tickets from the counter and also some goodies (a teddy bear plushie and IPC Sma Club wrist band) upon registration. In the future we just have to bring along the IPC Sma Club wrist band whenever we go to IPC Shopping Center for Tyler to be entitled to enter any kids related event/activity for the whole year!

These are some of the other benefits of IPC Smรฅ Club:

  • FREE 1 year membership (renewal fee – RM30)
  • FREE gift upon registration
  • Enjoy selected promotions & discounts at selected outlets
  • Birthday gift during birthday month
  • Seasonal gifts (selected occasions)
  • Minimum spend of RM30 anywhere in IPC Shopping Centre to redeem a Smรฅ Club Sticker
  • Recycle selected items with a minimum weight of 1kg at IPC Recycling & Buy Back Centre to redeem a Smรฅ Club Sticker
  • Priority sign up for IPC Shopping Centre kid’s workshop & activities

I was so mesmerized by the set-up, beautifully decorated in colourful pastels everywhere! There are 11 checkpoints in total and all of them are carefully designed for kids aged 1-12 (younger kids would need more assistance but they can still have fun!).

There were facilitators all around to help the kids with each station, so no worries if you're bringing the kids by yourself! I couldn't help Tyler much since I'm pregnant, so I was the designated photographer of the day ๐Ÿ˜›

This boy was so excited for all the obstacle courses, but unfortunately scrapped his knee right from the beginning. The cut was pretty deep and started bleeding, but he still held it in and soldiered on like a boss ๐Ÿ˜ญ

If you look closely you would be able to see the cut which is pretty deep. We plastered his knee up after that and he just continued on with the rest of the activities. So proud of him ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Boon and I always tell each other how Tyler is more towards the creative side, musically inclined and all that but his motor skills are not as good compared to some of his peers. But today he proved to us that while he's not great at it, he's willing to try until he can! There were a few obstacles that he didn't do too well in the beginning so he requested to do it again. That's the spirit, son! ๐Ÿ’ช

Erm, they're supposed to go through the obstacle courses alone but somehow Tyler volunteered to help his new friend ๐Ÿ˜… He loves friends so he was very happy to see the playground slowly filling up with more kids!

Another thing we realised is how our cheers and claps encourage Tyler to keep pushing himself forward and doing better! He also cheers for himself and tells himself "Well done" at the end of each course hahahaha, which is honestly really good! Cos in life we gotta learn to encourage ourselves! #truestory

Aside from the obstacle courses, there's also an activity corner at the end of it for kids to play.

Tyler and his new IPC Smรฅ Club wrist band, which he fondly calls "Tyler's Watch" ๐Ÿ˜…

Each kid receives a certificate of completion after all the activities! Here's Tyler holding his cert and feeling super proud of it ๐Ÿ˜


Couldn't help but take a photo with all the pastel tyres here! So pretty! Here's the two of us taking a chill pill after the whole morning of activities ๐Ÿ˜Š

Now I understand why school holidays are so precious to families, cos once our kids start school, we get to spend less time with them. Tyler's been telling us he wants to go for holiday with papa and mama, so family outings like this is perfect for a fun day out!

Plus, IPC Shopping Center is our favourite family-friendly mall. Love that there are so many kid-friendly eateries, play areas and washrooms/diaper rooms! Everything is very well-maintained and makes changing our kids and bringing the to the washroom a pleasant experience.

Oh yes, you can also be entitled to a one-day pass for the Might Might Squad School Holiday event by spending a minimum of RM50 in a single receipt!

Few more days to go, so do bring your kids down to IPC Shopping Center and enjoy a fun family time together! ๐Ÿ˜

You can read more about the event details over HERE as well.
Have a great school holiday with your little ones!

Love, Careen.
This post is filed under AdvertorialFamily

Saturday, February 23, 2019

YEHWADAM- Brighten Your Skin the Korean Traditional Way

Hey guys! Am back today to share about this new skincare range that I've been trying out for the last month. Korean skincare products have been making waves in the beauty scene especially of the recent years, and it's all for good reasons!

Introducing to you guys the YEHWADAM Pure Brightening anti-ageing skincare line by THE FACE SHOP, which is specially developed to reveal skin's brightness and radiance by improving the appearance of pigmentations, dark spots, and dull skin tone.

To be honest, my skin has been suffering from uneven skin tone due to hormonal changes the past few months ever since I started conceiving! Many a times without the use of makeup, my skin will be visibly dull, with red patches on parts of my face especially around the t-zone and mouth area. I tried googling up on why my skin has become this way, and it's mostly due to the fact that there's a LOT of hormonal changes in my body which explains how my skin is going haywire too.

So I thought since it's due to the hormones, there's nothing much that I can actually do! It's not until I started trying this skin brightening range that I started seeing slight improvements on my skin tone, where the reds are slowly fading and my skin tone looks overall more even. So as much as many a times our skin acts up due to internal changes like hormonal changes, using the right products to target on our pigments specifically would help!

And one of the most precious things about this YEHWADAM Pure Brightening skin care range is that it is formulated using Korean traditional herbs using the 'Chill-baek-seol-yun-dan' method, with 7 different traditional herbs harvested in Korean soil that are processed using the 'baek-ja' method (where ingredients are heated for a long period of time in pure water to maximize the effectiveness of the products, and also to eliminate toxins in the extraction process.

The YEHWADAM Pure Brightening skin care range is packaged in these beautiful glass bottles, and comes in a complete set of Toner, Serum, Emulsion and Cream. Today I'll be sharing on just the Toner, Serum and Emulsion. Let's begin!

1. YEHWADAM Pure Brightening Toner, 155ml (RM149.90)

Look at it flow! ๐Ÿ’ง

This brightening and anti-ageing toner is light yet thick enough to be applied onto skin with just the hands or if you prefer, with cotton pads too! As rich as the texture is, it is pretty easy to be absorbed into the skin, and to me that's important cos we've got to time to wait for it to dry up cos we have 2 more skin care steps to go!

If you're applying the toner with your hands, I recommend pressing the toner right into the palm of your hands, and apply straight to your face evenly. What I like to do is to tap tap my skin to let the toner absorb faster!

2. YEHWADAM Pure Brightening Serum, 45ml (RM239.90)

After applying the toner and making sure that it's evenly and fully absorbed into skin, it's time to apply the next product which is the brightening serum! The texture of the serum is pretty rich in itself, so just a small pea-sized squeeze is enough for the whole face!

If you're wondering what's the use of serums and why the need for serum when there is already moisturizer, here's an excerpt from the Internet that I found which explains perfectly:

"Serum is a skincare product you can apply to your skin after cleansing but before moisturizing with the intent of delivering powerful ingredients directly into the skin. Serum is particularly suited to this task because it is made up of smaller molecules that can penetrate deeply into the skin and deliver a very high concentration of active ingredients. This makes them a great tool for targeting specific skincare concerns, like wrinkles." 

- Into The Gloss.

So there you go! I used to wonder why we need so many steps in skincare, and why the need for serums if I'm going to use moisturizer after anyway. But after being a user of serums myself for these past few years, I do see and feel the difference! Serums are not just for moisturizing but to specifically seal in certain ingredients into your skin, BEFORE you moisturize which is to primarily hydrate the skin. Serums can do a lot more than just hydrate and moisturize!

For serums and moisturizers, I like to press the product onto the top of my hand instead of my palm because I only want to use my fingers to apply the product onto my face, and not my entire palm if that makes sense hahahah. Massage gently onto skin, and then you're ready for the next step!

3. YEHWADAM Pure Brightening Emulsion, 140ml (RM149.90)

The third step is to MOISTURIZE! As much as toner and serum are important, moisturizing is just as important a step to ensure that our skin is properly hydrated. Being in air-conditioned spaces and rooms almost all the time (car, office, malls, bedroom, etc), it's easy for our skin to dry up without us even realizing until it's too late.

I used to not like applying moisturizers because the ones I used were pretty thick in nature and that made my skin feel sticky and uncomfortable all day. So for many years in my early twenties (yeap, I'm in the last of my late twenties now sob sob), I only used cleanser and toner. And that's it. I know, unbelievable. I liked how my skin remained dry and smooth and pride myself in the fact that I did not need any moisturizers. 

It wasn't until my skin started becoming very oily that even makeup foundations could not sit properly after a few hours and would start to discolour and melt.

I went to a few dermatologists and did some skin test, and found that while I thought I had oily skin because I had an oily skin combination, I actually had DRY skin which explained why my skin felt it needed to generate more oil to combat the dryness!

I got a big shock to say the least. Since then I've been diligently moisturizing and hydrating my skin, and things became normal and better again. So yes, learn from my silly mistake and don't skip any step in skin care! If you don't like the sticky feeling on your face, opt for lighter moisturizers in the market like this one that I'm using!

The YEHWADAM Pure Brightening Emulsion has a slightly lighter and watery texture as compared to the serum which is richer and thicker in nature. So a little pump can be used for the whole face! In the above photos I could even apply the moisturizer all the way from my hand to my arm!

After the emulsion/moisturizer, you can carry on with any other skin care product of your choice but do make sure that you end your skincare regime with sunscreen!

These days the products I use all have anti-ageing ingredients, and I can't emphasize enough just how important it is to take care of our skin by prevention instead of finding treatments when things go bad. The older we grow, the more we would need to invest in our health- diet, fitness, and skin care are some of the things that would treat you well in return if you take good care of them now!

You can purchase the YEHWADAM Pure Brightening skin care range from any of THE FACE SHOP outlets or on their website HERE, which carries many Korean skin care and beauty products!

That's all from me today. 
Thanks for reading and 'til the next post!

Love, Careen
This post in filed under Fashion and BeautyAdvertorials

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Baby No.2- First Trimester Symptoms and Milestones

Hello again! I'm back sooner than I expected. Felt like it was just a while ago that we found out that we're expecting our little miracle, and now, I'm back to share about my First Trimester! Which means I have successfully survived one of the toughest periods of the pregnancy! Somebody pop a champagne and drink on my behalf please! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿฅ‚

When I was conceiving Tyler, I had a tough First Trimester (first 3 months of the pregnancy) with all the nausea, vomiting after each meal, bloat, etc, and also quite a tough Third Trimester with water retention which causes my legs to swell after walking for 10 mins, swollen limbs, huge bursting belly, backache and so on. I actually thought long and hard whether the first or third trimester was more bearable, and I still voted for the third trimester to be more bearable despite all the discomfort. Seriously, the morning sickness throughout first trimester is no joke. And I was secretly hoping that this time around, it will be different and I would be free from morning sickness like some other lucky mamas out there!

But, no. I still had morning sickness. Is it worse this time around? Well, I get asked this question a lot and I honestly can't really answer cos both are really quite different.

1. Morning Sickness

With Tyler, my morning sickness was very predictable (which produced quite an orderly and OCD baby hmmm). Each morning I would vomit some ultra bitter bile liquid (cos my stomach would be empty in the morning), and then approximately 1 hour after each meal, I would know it's time and calmly walk to the nearest toilet bowl I can find to let it all out. I became such an expert in vomiting that I didn't have to struggle. I just open my mouth and vomit rainbows like a pro without making any gagging sounds at all hahahaha. I also had all the bloat and gas, backache, fatigue and so on, which I also do this time around but, it all felt different from the first time.

This time, I would say accumulatively, I do vomit less. And my morning sickness is not predictable or systematic at all (does this mean this baby is more random and spontaneous? ๐Ÿ˜…). AND, I have A LOT MORE GAS. Oh my goodness this may sound dramatic but seriously, I can burp perpetually. Naturally or by demand. Cos I just have SO MUCH GAS IN MY BODDEH. Where did all these gas come from? From the air I breathe?? I'm quite careful with the way I eat, hardly take cold stuff, etc but wow, they just keep coming and they never truly leave.

Sometimes I fantasize about deflating myself of all the gas by poking a needle into my skin to let out ALL THE GAS, just like how we release air from swimming floats. The image of that made me feel so good. And I would also dream about going for a hot oil massage that releases gas immediately as they massage me, and I can just let go huge farts and burps while they massage me. And then that's it, that's the end of my gas suffering. I am back to normal. WHAT A DREAM.

Having a lot of gas in my body means that I'm constantly bloated, which means that I almost never feel hungry because I have so much gas in my tummy, my body thinks I don't need any more food in my system. And as long as these gas are still making my tummy bloat, whatever I eat or drink will bounce back out eventually (like, 30 mins after the meal? I would feel miserable and nauseous until I let them all out). You can imagine that they can't really go down or be digested cos there's this stubborn layer of gas that is preventing anything from going down.

So it came to a point where I had to clear the gas as much as I could first before each meal by going to the nearest toilet bowl (at home, in my office, public toilet in the mall, you name it) and forcing myself to gag and let out hugeeeee burps and vomit whatever liquid is left in my tummy. Many times the session would end with the nasty ultra bitter bile that I would literally shiver and be in tears cos they're soooooo bitter.

But this doesn't mean that I'll gain my appetite after all the gas is out too, cos not all the gas are out. They never truly leave fully, remember? So I would feel slightly better cos less bloated in my tummy, but still lose my appetite and would slowly force-feed myself cos I gotta eat, else the whole cycle happens again. If I'm left hungry for too long, gas builds up and yeah, you get the drift.

This time, though I vomit less (in frequency and volume) compared to Tyler, I do feel slightly more miserable. Because during Tyler I still had appetite to eat. I would crave for certain cuisines like Korean (Kimchi, Korean BBQ, the sesame oil and salt dip), Indian cuisine (Mutton Briyani, Butter Chicken, Banana Leaf Rice), and Thai (OMG just everything Thai). Food like steam fish (and fish in general), cheesy stuff and western food would put me off, and Asian, spicy, savoury food would make me happy.

This time, I have no cravings. I am indifferent and lukewarm towards any food because I simply have got zero appetite. Many a times my family and friends would ask me to decide what to eat cos I'm the pregnant one with cravings. But I told them I have zero cravings so just choose somewhere and I'll be fine, as long as I put food in my tummy. For someone who loves food and value a good appetite a lot (I literally don't snack before meals because I love the feeling of hunger and actually enjoying my food), it's a very sad situation to not enjoy food. I literally "Eat to Live", as opposed to "Live to Eat" as I normally do.

When I go out to eat, the first question I ask myself is, "Will this produce more gas in my tummy?" instead of, "What do I feel like eating today?" And it's a miserable situation to be in. So I've been praying that this will soon be over and I'll gain back my appetite and at least have some form of food craving.

Towards the end of my first trimester, I DID start to have some cravings. 
Guess what they are?

Salmon sushi. Salmon sashimi. And UNIIIIIIIII.


Me: Bee, do you know what would make me happy right now?

Boon: What bee? *eager to find out*

Careen: Cold Somen at Bref by Darren Chin.

Boon: CANNOT!!!


2. Fatigue

In terms of fatigue, I really prayed that I would have more energy than my pregnancy with Tyler, and thankfully I did. Still sleepy and tired all the time, but at least I'm still able to hold on and summon more energy to get through the day if I needed to.

With Tyler, I was sleeping ALL THE TIME. Also cos I had a lot less commitments. I stayed at my parents' place most of my first trimester cos Boon was posted out of town for work, so my routine was literally -> Wake up, vomit, have breakfast, feel energetic and reply a few emails thinking today is different and I can accomplish many things today, suddenly feel sleepy and strengthless, lug my heavy self for a short nap, two hours short nap later, late lunch, vomit, do some work and sleepy again, nap for another hour or so, dinner, vomit, energetic for a few hours, supper and sleep again.

This time, I don't have such luxury at all lol. With a growing toddler who just started school, I can't afford to sleep in even if I wanted to. By hook or by crook, I gotta wake up at 7.30am to drive him and Boon to school and work, go somewhere to have breakfast (before I bloat again), get work done while waiting to pick Tyler up. 

Breakfast-work situation.

By 11.30am I'm usually hit with a wave of sleepiness but I can't sleep and drive so no choice gotta stay awake. Usually while driving to get Tyler I'll feel nauseous so I would have to stop by the roadside to vomit under some trees in the school neighbourhood.

If I go to my parents place, I would have the luxury to nap a little (can't nap more than an hour or two for this pregnancy which is quite sad cos I love long naps!), and get work done in between while Tyler is taken care of. On other days when I send him to my in laws', I would go into the studio for appointments and they're usually back-to-back cos I would try to schedule them within a few days so I get to rest more on other days. No matter how nauseous I still gotta keep it in, and no matter how sleepy I still gotta power through each and every appointment with all the energy that's left in my system.

But I'm not all iron pregger lady too, though I wish I am. I usually take quite a lot of back-to-back appointments on Saturdays so that means no nap at all for me that day, and I would suffer the consequences cos I would feel even sicker and have trouble waking up the next day for church. Seriously we skipped Sunday service two weeks in a row cos that happened. I just couldn't muster enough strength to go anywhere, and needed a few more hours of sleep to feel normal again.

Besides Morning Sickness and Fatigue, I also have the rest but they pale in comparison. Occasional backache from sitting to standing, peeing all the time, stretch in my lower abdomen due to expanding uterus, swollen boobies, dry skin and lips were just but some of the other symptoms from this first trimester.

Overall, I'm just glad it's come to an end and I'm slowly but surely feeling better and eating better too.

All the rants aside, I wanna remember and celebrate the achievements from these 3 months!

Survived and nailed a high intensity photoshoot by One Way Tix with a high energy toddler amidst nausea and fatigue on full swing (I was about 8 weeks pregnant). The dolling up and posing in heels took more effort than usual ๐Ÿ˜…

Just so grateful that I managed to stay up late enough to celebrate Christmas with my friends (until 2am!)

And enjoyed a nice Christmas dinner with the family
(though I wished I could have enjoyed the buffet spread a lot more).

Stayed up to welcome 2019 with these people! Though I must say I really suffered the day after cos slept at 3am hahahaha. Preggers really got physical limit one ๐Ÿ˜‚

Fake first day of school lol. It was a long story (refer to my IG Stories highlight for more info lol)

After-school sweaty mess and choc milk reward for the first few days of school (only).

Tyler's masterpieces of two weeks, taken during Parents Orientation day!

Settled into our new family routine with a newly schooling toddler! Slowly embracing it but still missing my morning sleep-in. No more for this mama for another 10+ years with schooling kids ๐Ÿ˜‚

 Survived and nailed another high intensity shoot, this time a video shoot for Signature Market! They needed Tyler in a few scenes too which included strolling with him in the park and swimming in the pool *phew*. It was indeed very tiring but I was just glad that the team was super nice and efficient, and I had my boys with me the whole shoot.

Got a new haircut! As much as I loved my nice, long hair, it was getting too heavy and uncomfortable. It became even more of a burden to maintain on top of my physical discomforts and daily commitments, so I decided to chop them off and now I feel FREEEEEEE! Thank you Jason from Number 76 Midvalley for the easy breezy haircut ๐Ÿ’›

Using a lot less shampoo and conditioner, a lot less time to blow dry and style my hair, and a lot less hair falls. WIN! ๐Ÿ™Œ

Beginning to slowly regain appetite towards the end of the first trimester, and just grateful that I can start enjoying food again like a normal human being :')

Entering into the second trimester also means...


Had one bowl at least twice in a week when I was pregnant with Tyler, and his skin was indeed really smooth and healthy. So this time, I'm continuing this Birds Nest supplement hoping that Baby No.2 will also have nice skin!

We went for our 12-week check with a new gynae this time! Trying out this gynae highly recommended by friends, and liked him on our first visit.

Here are some milestones for Week 12:

1. Baby was 5.5cm at Week 12

2. Everything looked good according to the doctor 
(placenta, amniotic fluid, baby's measurements, etc)

3. My cyst of 5cm was down to 3cm.

I didn't mention this previously but during my initial pregnancy scans, doctors found a 5cm cyst in my womb along with the pregnancy, which I didn't have prior. One of the gynaes I saw previously even made an insensitive remark that the cyst was bigger than my baby (who was only like 1-2cm plus at that point), whom we never went back to. I was quite affected though I was told it was common (cysts that develop from ovulation and stayed on during pregnancy), and might go away as the pregnancy progresses just as what happened with some of my friends. I guess no matter how common, knowing that something foreign is somewhere it's not supposed to be still bothers me.

But I got over it after a while and had the peace and assurance that I'll be okay. It'll be great if the cyst will reduce in size and eventually disappear as the pregnancy progresses, but if the cyst is still going to be around, I prayed that it wouldn't affect me and the baby is any way at all. Just sit there and be a good cyst ๐Ÿ˜‚

So when we heard from our gynae that the cyst is measuring at 3cm now, and from the looks of it will disappear in time, we were relieved to say the least. Hearing that and knowing that baby is doing well, I'm just thankful and happy. Thank you, God for your protection.

And this was us (me and baby) at Week 12! Don't know why the photo on the right looks like I'm so pregnant but maybe it's the angle lol.

Making a conscious effort to take more photos this time around though I really don't feel like it. 
I just wanna watch Netflix and sleep ๐Ÿ˜‚

Okay that's all from me for now! We're excited for the months ahead cos it's CNY, and we're moving to a new studio space for The White Atelier AND we are going for our Babymoon!! 

Can't wait to share more.
Okay going to nap now! ๐Ÿ˜ด

Love, Careen.
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