Friday, January 16, 2009

Major Adjustments for Little Boy

It must be tough for him. So many adjustments for little Jordan in such a little time – arrival of Jemimah, schooling, taking van, sleeping in a different room and lesser play time with Mummy.

Jordan cried when he was left at the babysitter last Tuesday, 6 January 2009. It was the first time for him taking the van to the babysitter's place after school. He was okay in the van but when Seng Chor was about to leave him at the babysitter, he started to cry and say that he wanted to go home. Seng Chor called me to talk to him. It was pitiful to hear him feeling so sad. Tears kept flowing occasionally the whole afternoon that day.

When he came home that night, I managed to spend some time with him – playing Thomas the Tank Engine and watching the Thomas DVD. I made milk for him, and slept with him in the room for awhile.

He was okay the following days. He seemed to enjoy school very much at the moment. I would ask him to tell me what he did, what he learn, etc. It's fun to hear him talk about school and the activities he did. He would try to sing songs to me and scribble on his Doodle Pro. He loves to ask me draw for him – 3 little piggies, spider, shapes, fish. Nowadays, I have been spending time with him every night before he goes to bed with Seng Chor – drawing, watching VCD/DVD/TV, reading and playing. Once he reaches home, he would almost immediately come upstairs to see me. Sometimes, he would drag me downstairs to play with him.

I missed him when we had to leave him at the babysitter over the weekend because Seng Chor and my mother-in-law went back to Penang to attend Seng Chor's cousin's wedding. He spent 3 nights and 4 days at the babysitter (Friday to Monday).

Seng Chor fell sick when he came back from Penang – bad runny nose. So, on Monday (12 January 2009) night, I had to take Jordan to bed, and sleep with him. It was tough. I was heartbroken when he repeatedly said, “I don't want Mummy. I want giant Daddy”. Eventually, I said, okay and left the room. After awhile, he came into my room, climbed next to me, made pitiful sound to persuade me go back his room with him. He fell asleep quite late night – after 10 pm. Seng Chor slept in the living room that night.

My mother-in-law was in my room with Jem. So, she would come over to Jordan's room to call me to feed her. Jordan was also awaken during the feeding time at around 5 am. So, he didn't sleep after that. He must be tired in school that day. Poor boy! Seng Chor also passed on the runny nose to him. Thankfully, it was a mild one.

Almost every morning, I would help him to get ready for school – prepare milk, change him, bless him and give him a kiss before he leaves. What I can do now is to pray for him unceasingly to adjust well. My precious son is learning more and more each day.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Tadika Grace Community – Vision and Mission Statement

One of my desires for Jordan is to build Bible-based character in him during his formative years. I've heard that King's Kids in SS Gospel has a strong curriculum in this area, and so I wanted to place Jordan there. He finally got in after months in the waiting list but because there was no day care in King's Kids, we had to look for alternative.

When we finally decided on Tadika Grace Community, I still wasn't sure whether that's the best place for Jordan, until now...

On the first day of school (5 January 2009), Seng Chor brought back a letter from Tadika Grace Community. It contained their vision statement, mission statement, rules and regulations. I got the confirmation when I read their vision statement. Yes, Jordan is in the right school. Praise the Lord!

Vision Statement
Tadika Grace Community is committed to provide resource in partnership with parents and church to educate our children on a Bible-based character building from 2 to 6 years old.

Mission Statement
  • To provide a Godly environment for the child to develop Christ – like character and relationship with God, parents, community and nation.

  • To provide educational resources, supervision, counselling and training for holistic development.

  • To provide resources and coaching in sports, aesthetics, camps and educational excursion for the physical well – being of the child.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Room 207 @ Damansara Specialist Hospital

Left hand - for drip

From my lower back - for pain killer

What happened on 30 December 2008?

At around 3 am, I experienced minor contractions. After an hour, I called Seng Chor and told him that we may need to go to the hospital earlier. So, I decided to take a shower first. I felt better after the shower. I rested on the bed until 6 am. Then, I got ready to go to the hospital. Jordan was still sleeping. My mum accompanied him.

We left the house at around 6:30 am. Seng Chor drove through McDonald's to get himself the RM 4 breakfast. We arrived at the hospital before 7 am and waited outside the Admission Office for about 5 minutes. One lady staff arrived. We let her settle down before we entered the office. The registration was smooth. I checked into a double room – 207.

The nurse made preparations for my c-sect – checked my blood pressure, temperature and heartbeat, etc. The baby's heartbeat was also monitored for about half an hour. The anesthesian, Dr Wahida came to check me and ask me a few questions as well. I like her – sweet and polite. My previous anesthesian was a male.

Time really flies. Before I could think about anything, I was ready to be wheeled into the operating theatre. It was probably slightly after 9 am.

Seng Chor was asked to wait in the waiting area outside the operating theatre. He will be called in together with my gynecologist.

In the operating theatre, my left hand was poked for the drip. My heartbeat and blood pressure were monitored throughout the procedure.

Then, I had to sit up, hugging a pillow. Dr Wahida poked my lower back a few times to administer the epidural (pain killer) and anesthetic. It was a bit painful. I was told to breathe in and out.

Next, I lay down. My hands were stretched to the each side – like being crucified. A heater was placed onto my right arm. The gynecologist was called in – I was ready to be slaughtered.

The gynecologist and Seng Chor came in after 9:30 am. Only the lower half of my body was sedated. So, I was conscious throughout the procedure. I kept asking Seng Chor to describe to me what he saw – how my skin was like being torn apart, lots of blood everywhere. Finally, I heard a loud cry – my baby Jemimah aka Jem. She cried so loud. Jordan didn't cry much. What a joy! I couldn't wait to see her.

During the procedure (after I was cut opened), I shivered. Dr Wahida gave me something to stop the shivering. After removing Jemimah, the cleaning up started – 'spare parts' were removed. Next, the gynecologist proceeded with the stitching – 3 layers to stitch. Seng Chor got to 'enjoy' this part as well. In the previous cesarean, he was asked to leave after Jordan was cleaned up.

Baby Jem was brought to me. What a beautiful baby with lots of hair. The first thing I asked was her weight but they hadn't weigh her yet. Hehehe!

According to Seng Chor, the whole procedure was rather roughly carried out – skin being torn apart, the stitching was rough too. Twice, I saw the gynecologist's blood-stained left hand holding the needle and thread. Seng Chor was asked to leave when the gynecologist started to stitch the outer layer.

(The gynecologist, anesthesian and nurses were making small talk during the stitching. They talked about the death of the Sultan of Negeri Sembilan. I found out that the Datoship for my gynecologist was awarded by him. Actually, he was awarded 3 Datoship Titles. One of them is from the Sultan of Brunei. He briefly mentioned about the wealth of the Sultan of Brunei, etc.)

It's all over now. Praise the Lord that everything went well. There were no complications at all. Baby Jemimah was healthy and normal. The healing was much faster this time. I could get up and walk without assistance the very next morning. All the walking in Kota Kinabalu and climbing in Langkawi must have helped. Hehehe! Though I didn't have a supernatural birth, I had a supernatural healing. God has answered all my prayers for Jem – beautiful baby, lovely eyes with double eye-lids.

Now, Jem and I are being well taken care of by my mother and mother-in-law. Both of us eat and rest well.

Praise the Lord!