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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Week 38: A Letter to My Second Son + Maternity Photoshoot Favourites


Can't believe after 4 years, here I am writing this similar blog post that I did while I was pregnant with Tyler at Week 38.

You can read the previous blog entry here:

So it's been a few weeks of endless baby laundries, online shopping, collecting hand-me-downs and getting rid of LOTS of things from our home that we don't use or need anymore- all to make way for our newest addition to the family, our dear Baby Dumpling.

Even at this moment, I'm feeling tired from all the final prep, but I can finally say I feel ready. We've gotten majority of our prep done and by now, our bedroom and baby crib is all set-up, baby's nursery corner and closets are ready, breast pump parts are being sterilised as I'm typing, all our confinement herbs have been prepared and stored nicely, and hospital bag 70% packed. Today is all about final prep so that we can just chill and relax tomorrow without worrying about getting anything important done!

Reason why we're in such a rush is because our gynae has schduled a planned c-section for us on Monday. Yes, two days away! Can't believe it's this soon already. This pregnancy does feel like time flies by a lot faster.

If you're wondering why the planned c-section, my gyane explained that due to my previous c-section and Gestational Diabetes history (and also current GD), it's better not to risk having Uterine Rupture due to prolonged contractions from natural birth. So he advised to just go for a planned c-section to minimize risks.

I was initially hoping to be able to try natural birth and that Baby Dumpling would make his grand entry into the world before my c-sec date, but until now (two days away) there still isn't signs of labour (though I've been getting irregular cramps and contractions every now and then), so looks like it's Monday still!

Okay background story done.

I've been sharing some of my favourites from our Maternity Photoshoot with Gladys on my Instagram over the last couple of months, and here's the full collection of my favourites (actually every single photo is my favourite!) for memories sake.

As per tradition, here's a letter to my son accompanying the blog post.





Dear son, whom we still call Baby Dumpling,

Mommy is still finding it hard to believe that we will be meeting you in a matter of just two days! Your daddy and I have been so busy running about getting everything done before your arrival, so that when you join us, it will be a comfortable and clean home for you to live in.

Mommy is in charge of getting everything together, planning our to-do lists, shopping and collecting for whatever we need, and organising everything into place (and your daddy is in charge of all the fixing, moving and heavy-lifting!) so that it will be an easy and convenient setting for us to reach for things when you're kicking and screaming for diaper change or a burp after feeds! Yes, we know what to expect this time from our experience with your kor kor.



Speaking of your kor kor, his name is Tyler and he has been looking forward to meeting you! Every night he will sayang mama's belly and say that Baby Didi is inside. Whenever we asked him if he loves Baby Didi and whether he will learn to share his toys with you, he will nod his head with a smile on his face :)

Your kor kor Tyler adores babies, and we have witnessed it with how he loves your cousin Judah, and how gentle (and sometimes *geram*) he is with him.

Ever since I became pregnant with you, we noticed that your kor kor became super sticky, sensitive and attached to us (especially me!). But over the last couple of months, we have seen him grow to be more understanding and mature, which seems like he knows he will rise up to be a big brother soon. And I know he will be a great one to you. You two will be best friends who fight and forget about it the next second, and you will sail through life together as partners in crime.

Your papa and I cannot wait to witness how you two will bond as brothers.







Now, on to your amazing daddy.

There wasn't any doubt at all from the very beginning that he will make a great papa. Yes, even before we had your kor kor.

And seeing just how natural, hands-on and intuitive he is with your kor kor these past 3 years and 7 months, I know for sure he will be great with you, especially now that he is experienced!

You're going to love him. He's funny and humorous in his own special and sometimes annoying (and disgusting ways). He is liked and loved by many for his jovial and happy-go-lucky personality, his kind and generous character, and his stupid antics.

He will most likely tickle you and bully you quite a bit as how he does with your brother, but you will end up loving every single bit of it. I guess that's how fathers and sons bond? ๐Ÿ˜…



Very soon, you will be joining our little family of 3, making us a family of FOUR!

I personally think we're quite a fun bunch, and I hope you'll feel the same way too ๐Ÿ˜‚

And man, I still can't believe I'm actually saying this. Four.





It's been quite a journey of praying, wishing and trying to conceive with you. Just like any typical parents, with one boy already we were sort of wishing to have a girl next. But then I remembered telling God that as much as it would be nice to have a girl next (cos you know, society somehow has this perceived idea that a boy and a girl is a perfect pigeon pair), if He decides to grant us a son this time around, this son must be a special child that He wants us to have and raise and love.

And so we will. We knew from the moment we conceived that you were special. Out of a million you came out first (you'll understand this when you're old enough)! And you certainly did not come easy. So baby, you're our God-given gift, a strong and healthy baby who made it, who has been doing so, so well in mommy's belly that each time we visit the gynae, he only has good things to say about you- healthy, average, normal, good, fine. These are all the words that we want to hear, and they're all the words used to describe you.







Thank you for making mommy's pregnancy a bliss. Aside from the morning sickness and acid reflux every now and then (even now!), everything has been uneventful and normal that mommy can still work hard, juggle many things and achieve so much throughout this pregnancy!




In fact, mommy feels a lot better in this pregnancy compared to my pregnancy with kor kor. A lot of people has been commenting that I look a lot less bloated and swollen compared to my first pregnancy, and yes I do look and feel a lot better this time around! And I think you have a part to play in this.

Thank you for being the non-picky baby (please stay this way), because mama doesn't have any cravings at all. I have been totally easygoing with choice of food, and I can eat anything and reject nothing except the usual durian (sorry papa Boon!).

Thank you for being so alert and sensitive to my voice. In fact, even before I say a word in the morning, you already knew mama is awake and begin to move to assure me that you're doing alright.

Thank you that despite your level of activity in the belly (you can really move nonstop!), you never cause me too much pain or discomfort to miss a wink at night. I've been able to sleep really well and I hope it will continue when you're out ๐Ÿ˜›


Mama cannot wait to see you, hear your first cry, hold you, do cheek-to-cheek and skin-to-skin with you, nurse you, change you, hug you to sleep, kiss you and love you with all I am.

As much as I will miss my current freedom since your kor kor is already so grown up and independent (and been sleeping through the night since two years ago), I am ready to start all over and endure the sleepless nights, breastfeeding and pumping hassles and pain, going through another c-section recovery and painful weight loss journey, just to have you with us and grow up fine and healthily.

I'm ready for all of these sacrifices, because I know you are worth all of them.

Thank you for coming into my belly.
Thank you for coming into our family, into our world.

Our families and friends have been celebrating you, and everyone is excited and cannot wait to meet you!

See you real soon, and be excited because lots of love and warmth await you.

Love you, my dear baby.



With love, mommy.


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And oh, in case you're wondering if there are any behind-the-scenes aka failed shots from this Maternity Shoot, there of course will be!

Here are some BTS that failed to make it to the favourites above ๐Ÿ˜‚


Okay this one is fine. 
Just me checking out the shots from Gladys' camera midway through the shoot.


Tyler: What? Kiss mommy's belly? Okay I try.

Tyler: Is it like this? *presses whole face into belly*


In case you're wondering how Tyler lasted through the 2-hour shoot all happy and smiley, he did not, as you can see ๐Ÿ˜‚



He refused to get dressed, and was all ready to leave even before we started shooting him. It was hilarious seeing how he fussed impatiently half naked and rolling on the floor ๐Ÿ˜‚

I'm actually really glad that Gladys captured not just the beautiful shots but also raw and candid moments like these. They're precious all the same, just not IG-worthy only ๐Ÿ˜‚

And then of course, like in every family photo, Boon somehow ends up looking like a photobomber in most photos when he's supposed to look like he's a part of the picture.


Here's #PhotobomberBoon Take 1.


#PhotobomberBoon Take 2


#PhotobomberBoon Take 3 ๐Ÿ˜‚


And this one is my failed shot lol, when Tyler got excited when he saw Boon's belly (yes he has a weird belly obsession this boy), and proceeded to pull up his own shirt for some skin-to-skin with Boon. Yeap, things that happen at our home ๐Ÿ˜‚


Ending the post with one of my favourite shots from this B&W silhouette series ♡


This shoot wouldn't be a success without the following people:

Photographer: Gladys | Captured Gladness
- Website: www.gladystan.com

Thank you, my dear sis for capturing my tender maternity moments for me. I wanted something truly effortless, elegant and timeless, and you nailed every single bit of it. Thank you for making me feel so comfortable, for going great lengths in making sure we got all the right shots. I'm so grateful for you and I wish more people would get to experience your professionalism!


Lace Robes, Bralettes and Undergarments: Summer and Peach

- And to Wendy, ladyboss of Summer and Peach, thank you for coming to my rescue just a few days before the shoot! It was quite a last minute arrangement and if not for you and your beautiful pieces, I would have nothing to wear and this shoot wouldn't as it is without your gorgeous collection. Thank you for your kindness and generosity always. I loved just how beautiful and well made every piece was- from the bralette to underwear, to the pretty lace robes worn throughout the shoot! Thank you for helping to make this shoot happen the way it did.


Shoot Location: The White Atelier

- And of course, our cozy little atelier! No one to thank cos the space belongs to us lol. But if you're looking for a cozy space with ample natural sunlight to do photoshoots, we are open to renting our space for shoots of any sort so do drop us an email at hello@thewhiteatelier.co to inquire and chat further!


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Hope you guys enjoyed what will be my last post before I pop!

Grateful for all your love, support and well wishes sent my way throughout this pregnancy journey. I am indeed blessed and loved beyond words. Love and appreciate everyone of you.

Be back soon with my birth story :)
In the meantime, stay close to my IG @careentxy for the first updates!



Signing off,
Week 38, 3 days.



Love, Careen.
This post is filed under PersonalPregnancy

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Our Surprise Baby Showers!

Countdown: 12 days to go!

As we're nearing Baby Dumpling's arrival, apart from getting all the last minute preparations done and finishing as much work as I can, I've been doing a lot of reflection over the last 9 months of pregnancy and realised that I have a lot to thank God for.

This pregnancy has been overall an enjoyable one. Even at Week 37 right now, I don't feel the desperation to pop the baby out ASAP due to discomfort. Aside from feeling heavy, difficulty standing up from sitting or lying down and occasional lower back pain, I'm feeling really good and am enjoying every bit of my remaining preggy days.

Throughout these months, we've also received lots of love and support from our friends and families. And they've gone over and beyond in extending their love towards us, and even went the extra mile to throw us surprise baby showers ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Told myself no matter how busy I am, I gotta document these precious baby showered thrown for our little family, in anticipation of Baby Dumpling's arrival.


Surprise Baby Shower #1: Our Connect Group Fam!



It was a a very successful surprise baby shower cos I was literally conned into it!

Pat told me on Thursday that he was invited for a food review/tasting on Sunday at this cafe that wants to collab with the company that he's managing, and they'll be serving lots of food so he asked us to get the whole CG to come along.

For the remaining few days leading to the "food review", I looked forward to it cos I love food reviews. Basically I just love to eat, especially sampling different menus! And for some reason the whole CG turned up in church that weekend in white and blue, but I was too blur and excited to notice. I just thought, wow this food review really can attract to whole CG to turn up in church leh! Hahahhaha how naive of me seriously ๐Ÿ˜‚

They planned with Boon, who made a last min run to the convenience store to get some bread for Tyler (which is completely normal), but it was to stall time cos some of them hadn't reached the venue yet. Again, I was blur and totally not suspecting anything.

Went into the cafe and taddaaaaaa! Everyone was decked in white and blue, and there were blue napkins for everyone and a cake in the middle! Took me a while to realise that....it was our baby shower!

For BTS videos you can check out my IG Post HERE!





The organizing committee really made sure the afternoon was well spent! After we finished our lunch, everyone was split into two groups to compete in making the most legit diaper cakes. No prizes for guessing who won cos the winners were quite obvious in my opinion! Sorry Boon, even you the papa had to be in the losing team ๐Ÿ˜›


And throughout the whole afternoon, we were banned from saying certain words and each other's names. Guess who lost big time and was punished to finish a bottle of soy milk from a baby's bottle? ๐Ÿ˜‚


Of course, Boon had to show off his tummy expansion skills. His real tummy size (though not small), isn't THISSSS big la hahahahah!! After he took those photos he was like OMG that was painful lolol.



With all our lovely ladies 
(the guys were busy talking nonsense with each other at the table as usual).


It was a combined baby shower for us and Sze Nee + Johnson cos we are due just a few weeks apart! Two more baby boys in the CG soon!


Thank you everyone for taking your precious Sunday afternoon off to celebrate with us, and to shower us + Baby Dumpling with so much love. Especially the girls who planned and put everything together- you girls know who you are ♡


Surprise Baby Shower #2: My #CompetitiveAunties!



This was a funny one cos it was supposed to be a surprise, but one day it was exposed in the cutest way possible thanks to our dear Audrey ๐Ÿ˜‚

You can see what went down over on my IG Post HERE!


So yeah, I arrived at the venue knowing it was a baby shower for me hahahahah. Just feeling so damn grateful that these busy ladies (and mamas) took time to plan and do this for me. Surprise success or not, it really didn't matter. It's my second baby shower that they threw for me (first was for Tyler 4 years ago!). 

Made me realise how far our friendship has come really. My heart was full ♡

Not many pics cos we were too busy chatting and catching up all night as usual!


Surprise Baby Shower #3: Our Nearest and Dearest!







Look at this beautiful setup!! Can you guess the theme of the party already?

This one was a SEMI-surprise, cos Gladys sorta had to spoil it for me just to book my date ๐Ÿ˜…

For full backstory you can read it on my IG Post HERE!


That's me checking out the beautiful details on my seat as everyone was chatting and eating away!



It's such a detailed Oriental Dumpling themed party. All the decor and styling were on point.



More dumplings! Oh my heart ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

It was a relaxing, casual afternoon of just hanging out, catching up, taking photos and laughing with each other- just the way I wanted it.

























Sorry for the spam, but these two gave the BEST smiles for these photos. So I HAD to post everything ๐Ÿ˜ #tylerie






While we were busy taking pics and talking to our guests, these two were also busy playing with each other and taking photos together ๐Ÿ˜

Grateful for all that took their precious time off to be with us- both sides of our immediate families and our close friends, every single one of them are busy people, and yet they all made time for us. 

I also want to specially thank these following individuals for initiating, planning and putting everything together.





Finally some nice photos of Chinhar and I. 
Love this big sister I never had. And single and available.



Another sis from another mister- Cheryl who's pretty, capable, 
and also single and available! ๐Ÿ˜›






QQ (and Pat) who arrived early to help with setup too!
Thanks for always being there for us!


And of course, my dear sis Gladys who planned all these with Yin Har, and took all of these beautiful photos of the party. I love all these photos not because she's my sis, but because she managed to catch the moments and those mean so much to me.

She does photography professionally too! So if you're looking for a photographer to capture moments of your big day- weddings, parties, maternity shoot, newborn shoot, products and events, check out her website HERE!


And last but not the least, my dear friend/friendor Laverne who thoughtfully put together the decor and styling of the party. When I entered into the restaurant I knew all these were done by a professional. And then I saw her and knew it was her work!

Thank you so much Laverne for taking time out to do this for us, putting in so much effort and thought into everything! Love every bit of the decor, and super touched by your generosity and kindness.

Laverne is a professional wedding planner/coordinator and event planner/stylist at Eventistry! Check out the work that her team has done HERE!



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Signing out of this post feeling extra blessed and grateful to be surrounded by so many amazing individuals in our lives, and so much love.

Thank you, Jesus for placing each and everyone of them in our lives.



Love, Careen.

This post is filed under PersonalPregnancy


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