Monday, October 31, 2005

Love him but don't spoil him

Sister Bernadette told us this when we were about to be discharged from Mount Alvernia Hospital. Thought I'll put this down to remind ourselves.


Saturday, October 29, 2005

Nathaniel's birthdate!

Your Birthdate: September 19

Your birth on the 19th day of the month adds a tone of independence and extra energy to your life path.
But at the same time, it poses a number of obstacles to overcome before you are able to be as independent as you would like. The number 1 energy suggests more executive ability and leadership qualities than your path may have indicated.

A birthday on the 19th of any month gives greater will power and self-confidence, and very often a rather original approach. However, a somewhat self-centered approach to life that may be in conflict with some of the other influences in your life.
This 1 energy may diminish your ability and desire to handle details, preferring instead to paint with a broad brush.

You are sensitive, but your feeling stay somewhat repressed.
You have a compelling manner that can be dominating in many situations.
You do not tend to follow convention or take advice very well.

Consequently, you tend to learn through experience; sometimes hard experiences.
The 19/1 is a loner number and you may experience feelings of being alone even if you are married.
You may take on a tendency to be nervous and angry.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

A formal celebration for NAT... or not...

Well, it was a decision not to have a formal full month celebration (with catering and all). Our intitial list was like 70 people, then we brought it down to 60, then to 50. After all that, we deicided to scrap the whole idea because of a few reasons which I will not elaborate. But Shirl and I decided to call a small gathering of close pals on Saturday 22nd October 2005. Now .... for those of you that came, the pics will soon be posted.... watch this space......... AKAN DATANG. B.

Happy First Month Nathaniel!

19th October 2005 marks the first month birthday of our little son, Nat! Both parents were on the move since 8ish in the morning. They went to collect 2 cakes for their colleagues and and of course some for their families. It was quite fun people congratulating us and all. The cakes for their colleagues was from Hotel Phoenix - Chocolate Truffle.... very nice cake... rich and good!

Then there was the family photo we had to take! the proud parents carrying Nathaniel.

Baby with an attitude!

Attitude sial!! "I have the grunge look!!" (little Nathaniel, 17th October 2005)

Nat the mohawk??

On 17th October 2005, Nat was a mohawk for a few seconds!! hahahaha! We shaved his head!!

I think he looks really cool..... skin head man! I guess the next time he has no hair or very little hair will be when he enters the army to serve his NS.


Has been too long since the last post!!

It has been some time since the last post. A little lazy... lar... but I have a few more pics to share.

The first photo is a pillow that was given to Nathaniel from a good friend, Nic. We noticed that Nathaniel was getting a little jerky (jerks on and off as he sleeps), Nic then asked her friend to do this pillow for him. It has his name embroided and all! So cool. Nat's first pillow!!

The second photo shows how it is being used.

It is just amazing to me, a new father to find that there are just so many things to learn about pregnancy and now about a baby. I think it will always be a learning process for me and Shirl of course.

I try to be as supportive to my wife as much as possible. Of course, sometimes I just feel a little lost as Shirl is trying to fully breast feed Nat. I guess my time will come once he is slowly switched to formula!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

My pants are huge!

My pants are huge!
Originally uploaded by benkenobi_lim.
It's so embarrassing Mummy and Daddy!!!! U put me in these oversized pants. And you had to blog this! "Malu". What would all the little girls say when they see this! AIYOH! Taken on 7th October 2005.


Originally uploaded by benkenobi_lim.
This is one of my favourite facial expressions! The OOOOOOOhhhhhHHHH.... expression. This was taken on the 7th October 2005. Nathaniel is almost a month old!

Mummy S and I were initially thinking of a more formal full month celebration, but we decided against it after because of a few glitches. We even had a guest list and a shortlisted caterer even. Finally, we just got the cakes for our colleagues and some cakes and vouchers for some friends.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Congratulations Mummy!

Mummy, U did a great job yesterday (Saturday 15th October 2005). I could tell Daddy was so impressed with your skills in bathing me. He even captured it on video! I even co-operated by keeping quiet so that you could bathe me (actually I knew I was on film, so better not cry!!) But congratulations Mummy! I love you!!! Goooo goooo gahhh gahhh!

My foot!

My foot again!
Originally uploaded by benkenobi_lim.
This little piggie went to market... this little piggie stayed at home...... (8th October 2005).

My sexy mole

My sexy mole
Originally uploaded by benkenobi_lim.
Just for the record, I have a sexy mole on my left thigh!

The yawn

The yawn
Originally uploaded by benkenobi_lim.
Yes! I'm yawning at you!! (8th October 2005)

Monday, October 10, 2005


Thought I'd put the meanings of the names we chose.

NATHANIEL = Gift of God (a.k.a Bartholomew, apostle of Jesus)
ISAAC = God smiles, laughter (son of Abraham in the Old Testament)


Friday, October 07, 2005

Bathing Baby Nat..... for the 1st time

Tried bathing Baby Nat for the 1st time this morning and it was a disaster. He was screaming hysterically when I put him in the tub. The confinement lady explained that it was because he has no confidence in me as my grip was not firm enough. She took over eventually and he stopped crying almost immediately!

I am supposed to try again tomorrow but Ben said he will do it tomorrow as weekends are the only time he can learn. Well, well, we shall see how is Ben's performance tomorrow!

Mummy Shirl

And Great Grandmother!

The proud grandparents

They are quiet but we know they are happy! Their first grandchild.....

Thursday, October 06, 2005

thanks y'all

See sista carrying little Nat when the gang came by on Sunday 25th Sep 2005! The group included: Sam, Dee, Ben, Eunice and Kev.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

What so funeeeee number 2!

Another one!

whats so funnee???

whats so funnee???
Originally uploaded by benkenobi_lim.
As Shirl mentioned in her post, "He smiles... He smiles.... He moves ... He moves! (Sing to 'She bangs')." This was taken when he was 4 days old!

Monday, October 03, 2005

Experience / Feeling of a new Mummy

Our boy is 2 weeks old! He never fails to warm my heart every time I see him smile. Yes! He knows how to smile when he was 4 days old.

How time flies, it was 2 weeks ago when I first experienced the first contraction. I think it was around 5am while I was sleeping when I experienced a stomach ache/cramp like sensation. It went away very quickly and I thought nothing of it. It was around 6.30am when Ben was preparing to go to work that I decided to get up and go to the toilet. I was shocked to see blood initially but it gradually dawned on me that it might be the "show" that the lactation consultant was talking about during my antenatal class.

We decided to page the gynae and he returned call within 10 mins although he still sound groggy and asked me to see him at his clinic at 9.30am. We started to do some last minute packing although the gynae didnt mention anything about labour but we were pretty sure that it was "D" day!

I washed my hair and showered while managing the contraction pain which came almost every 5 mins. As Ben still had some outstanding work in the office to be done, we decided to go the MAC at GWC for breakfast before proceeding to the clinic. The contraction became more intense as I was having breakfast and I could hardly sit straight but I forced myself to eat as much as I can as I know that I need whatever energy for later.

We got to the clinic on time and after the gynae checked me, he said I was 3 cm dilated and should make my way to the labour ward. (Pls refer to Ben's post below for more details)

By the time I was lying on the labour bed, the contraction was so intense that I requested for epidural (aka Happy dural according to my gynae) But while waiting for the anesthetist, the nurse noticed the pain I was in and suggested that I inhale the "laughing gas" to alleviate the pain. I did and I didn't want to let go and Ben had to try to pull it off from me a few times.

When the anesthetist finally came, he quickly prepared the necessary and I remembered him saying that I have quite a high pain threshold as I was almost 7cm dilated. While, anyway I was glad that I asked for the epidural as I spent the next 6 hours without much pain and was dozing off on and off.

My gynae came at about lunch time to break my water bag and said that I should be ready to deliver at 2pm. But at 2pm, the nurse checked and said that baby's head has not moved down fully yet and at 3pm, the gynae called to asked the nurse to give me some glucose drip. Slowly, I could feel the contraction coming back but it was still bearable. At about 4pm, the gynae whisked in the labour ward and informed me that I should be ready for delivery. Within 30 mins of pushing, my precious baby came to this world at 4.38pm.

As Ben mentioned in his post, I was shivering badly after the delivery and could hardly remember what happened during the hour rest in the delivery ward. I could only remember the warmth of Baby Nat in my arms when they placed him on me before proceeding to do the weighing and measuring.

I should say that it was quite a pleasant experience for me as the gynae guided me well during the pushing and also with the encouragement from Ben and the mid-wives.

Actually I am still very amazed by the whole pregnacy and birth experience. It is a experience beyond description. Only a mummy can understand and share the feelings. And I am really grateful that Ben has been by my side supporting me despite my demands and mood swings during my pregnancy.

Right now, seeing that baby Nat grows healthily and becoming a fine man is one of my greatest wishes.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

The first day at Whitewater

Welcome home little Nathaniel to our home at Whitewater in Pasir Ris. This was what you were wearing around your little ankles at Mt Alvernia. Daddy finally snipped them off at home.

Think the new place was very strange huh? You frowned!!