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Happy 100th Day my sweet little pie! 

It feels like yesterday when I've just given birth to this little one? Look how big she has grown! :O

As much as I love her small she was at her infancy stage, baby Jaylene is so interactive now! The way she communicates with us, in her baby language, is like she also really trying to respond to us! Haha! She is also very smiley and her smiles never fail to brighten up my day. :') 

Anyway, back to the 100th day celebration, initially we didn't plan to have one since we've done a full month party for her. (You can read on it here with some tips to planning one!) So anyway, while thinking on how to celebrate Mother's Day, we realised that her 100th Day is nearby too! So we decided to do a double celebration. Just with both sides of the family. ^^ 


Look at this gorgeous setup! Baby J was so attracted to it that we have left it on the wall since then!

We didn't hire any vendor for the decoration setup this time round as it was a very last minute decision and we wanted to keep it simple too. Thankfully at the same time, the good people from PartyEverAfter asked if we were keen to receive a themed party box from them! Yay! 


Basically they carry quite a number of party essentials like themed party boxes and party props for you. Great for DIY party or have a tight budget in hand! :) 

We had the "Oh My Pink!" party box and look how Instagram-worthy our bare wall became! Would have looked better if not for the air con. 


My sweet little girl. 
She looked so tiny on her daddy's shoulder! 


No dessert table this time round, obviously we can't finish all the desserts. 

So I put together an appetiser cum desserts table!

We had a sushi platter from Sakae Sushi, cake from Prima Deli, egg tarts from Fancy Delight and soy ice cream from Mr Bean.


Looks presentable still, right? Haha!

Anyway, if you have not tried Fancy Delight's assorted egg tarts, I recommend you to! I love them! Wish they have an outlet nearer to me. 


For the main menu, it's none other than our trusted caterer, Neo Garden!

Baby J was very sweet, so fell asleep during lunch time and woke up only after our lunch! We got to enjoy the yummy food in peace! Haha! Not trying to say she's naughty. :P 


Because there's only 10 of us, so it doesn't make sense for us to order a buffet spread that requires min 30 pax usually. So we are glad that Neo Garden's mini buffet allows for smaller group catering! It's great for family styled parties or cozy gatherings like ours. ^^  

Food is packed in microwavable containers and comes with disposable cutleries and napkins! Super fuss free! All you need to do is sit back and enjoy the food! ^^

You can visit Neo Garden's website to find out more about their mini buffet menu. :)


Happy 100th day, my bao bei. 


She legit looks like she is ready to cut the cake! Haha!


Looking for gold on the floor.


Thank you everyone for reading! Baby Jaylene is still busy looking for gold on the floor. Haha! 

Love,
Lirong
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While I had a confinement nanny from PEM Confinement Nanny Agency (you can read my review here), hubby and I were worried about the transition period when my confinement nanny leaves us after the 28 days of confinement and I would have to take care of baby J all by myself. Hence, after thinking through, we decided to take up Tian Wei Signature's confinement food package such that while I focus on caring for my baby, I don't have to worry about my meals too. I can have delicious and nutritional meals delivered to my doorstep! :) 

I believe Confinement Food Catering in Singapore is not uncommon and Tian Wei Signature has been rather popular among the mummies! 


While I was still pregnant, I took up the trial meal for a taste of Tian Wei Signature's confinement food. 

I think this trial meal idea is awesome! At least mummies will get a chance to taste the food first before committing to any of the packages. Imagine if I don't get to try the food first and I actually don't like it? I'll be stuck with 28 days of meals that I dislike! Not just a waste of money and resources, it also spoilt the mood as well! 

Because good food = good mood. ^^ 


This is what I received for my trial meal. A bit of everything was being presented so you get to have a taste of the wide spread of food at Tian Wei Signature. 

I like the fact that Tian Wei Signature doesn't offer traditional confinement food only, they do fusion confinement food as well! I believe this is something new for confinement food catering in Singapore?

Honestly I've heard a lot of good reviews on Tian Wei Signature's confinement food and indeed after trying, I'm a convert! The food was indeed yummy! I was worried at first that the food would be too oily (because of the heavy use of sesame oil in confinement food), but to my surprise, it was not! In fact, food was not heavily seasoned too! The food tasted very homely and I was already looking forward to the start of my confinement food delivery! 


This is how a typical meal looks like. 


1 box meat (fish, pork, chicken)
1 box vegetable
1 box rice/noodles
1 soup/dessert
2 red date herbal teas

Portion is so generous right?


Food is delivered between 10am-1pm for lunch and 4pm-7pm for dinner in a thermal bag. The bag keeps my food warm very well! Most of the time, I don't have the luxury of having my meals immediately because baby comes first. So I might be having my meals 1 or 2 hours later, but the food is still kept warm. ^^ It's a good thing that the food is packed microwave friendly, so if you prefer food to be warmer, you can always warm up using the microwave. :)

Another good thing about Tian Wei Signature is that they are very flexible with meal cancellation! Just give them a call in advance to rearrange. 

Now, let me share with you some of my favourite meals from Tian Wei! 


The braised pork trotter in black vinegar is definitely my top pick! 

Food is never too repetitive at Tian Wei Signature. Do you know that on their menu, they offer 45 different nourishing soups, 44 unique meat dishes and 42 unique vegetable dishes? This to ensure that new mummies have good nutritional diet during the confinement period with special dishes, tonics and soups formulated to improve well being and keep energy levels high!


A good thing that Tian Wei Signature is pro breastfeeding. Hence, the food prepared aims to help mummies to increase their breastmilk! Such as the well known green papaya fish soup as pictured. Other milk boosting ingredients that are used include salmon, spinach, cumin, fenugreek, quinoa, okra and tomato! You can read more about Tian Wei Signature's devotion to breastfeeding over here


Sesame Oil Chicken is like a must have confinement dish!


Red fermented wine chicken. Another confinement dish that is not commonly seen nowadays. 

I only had it once through out my entire package! Miss it so much! 


I'm not kidding when I say the portion is very generous! That's half a chicken there! Love this braised chicken with angelica & herbs too! Best of all, it helps postpartum mummies to recover better with the use of carefully selected herbs. 


This braised pork belly!! My confinement nanny show me that confinement food can be done in a yummy way and I'm glad that Tian Wei Signature impressed me as well with their confinement food! 



More of the different meals that I had. Besides different dishes and soup every day, Tian Wei Signature also strives to serve different types of rice other than plain white rice! Like mixed grains rice, brown rice, barley rice, oat rice, pumpkin seeds rice and so on! Every meal is certainly a hearty and enjoyable one! ^^


Some days, they serve non rice alternatives like this braised sesame chicken in sweet potato vermicelli. I love the sweet potato vermicelli! 


This stir fried pork liver with white bee hoon and kailan is the type that I can eat everyday without getting sick. So simple yet comforting! 


Now moving on to their fusion meals which are generally Mediterranean and Japanese inspired. 

This is the Tian Wei Signature Coq Au Vin. The gravy is so good! Definitely a good change from the traditional ones. :)


This is my favourite among the fusion meals. Seared salmon with cauliflower cream and tri colour grains! I love the cauliflower cream especially! It's like mashed potato, except healthier!


Red snapper with lemon beurre blanc baked pumpkin and buttered corn cob served with fruits and wild grains pilaf. I love this combination too! My eyes lit up whenever I see pumpkin! Haha! The fruits and wild grains pilaf was flavourful!


Yes, you get spaghetti too! How awesome is that? ^^

Overall, I'm really glad that I had Tian Wei Signature to deliver my meals to me even after my confinement. Good to know that confinement meals can be taken up to 4 months postpartum! It helps mummies to recuperate better with the balanced and wholesome meals prepared. :) 

So if you're looking for confinement food catering in Singapore, Tian Wei Signature is a good choice! If I have a second baby, I won't hesitate to sign up for their confinement package again, even after my confinement! They are quite flexible with their packages. You can find out more from their website here. :)

Love, 
Lirong
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Hi everyone! First time that I'm so efficient in my posting. Haha! Because I'm really excited to share with everyone on my experience at Baby Slings & Carriers! Hopefully this post will help more mummies out there who are in search of the right carrier for you and your baby! Daddies included too. ^^

Baby Slings & Carriers was in fact introduced to me by a few mummy followers on Instagram when I shared that I was having problem with baby wearing.  Anyway, that is Pearline, the super friendly lady boss at Baby Slings & Carriers! 

A bit of background about Baby Slings & Carriers first. 



Baby Slings & Carriers was born because they saw the need for a comprehensive website that helps a new parent to select the right baby wearing tool while caring for a new baby! If you were to hop over to their website, you can see for yourself that their website is indeed comprehensive. Just look at the extensive types of carriers that they carry alone!

To be honest, while scrolling through the website, I already feel lost! There are just too many brands of carriers out there (don't even talk about slings and etc) and all of them sounds like a great carrier! So which to choose? 

If you can relate to me, then you'll be glad that Baby Slings & Carriers actually offers personalised carrier fitting service at the a low of $20 only! I went for the session and personally find that what you'll gain is definitely more than the $20 spent! 

At Baby Slings & Carriers, you can find yourself a wide range of  carriers in store and you get to try on them to have a first hand feel. Moreover, it's under the supervision of professionals like Pearline and her team! They will be able to guide you in your baby wearing, especially if you're a FTM like myself and they give you an unbiased view of how each carrier feels like on you! 


For me, Pearline introduced 3 carriers that could be suitable for me. 

First was Emeibaby Carrier. I love the feeling immediately when I wear baby J in it! My back was very well supported and the weight was well distributed around my hips. It simply feels so easy to be carrying my not so light, baby, in this carrier. 

So I got to know that Emeibaby Carrier combines the versatility of woven baby wraps and ring slings with the ease of use and support of ergonomic backpack carriers. The result is a baby carrier that offers the baby wearer the advantages of all three! 

Also, if you're petite in frame like me, Emeibaby is a great choice! 


This is hubby wearing the same carrier and he was extremely awkward in it. Haha! Pearline explained that it was because Emeibaby is designed to fit a woman's waist more than a man. Hence, he wouldn't feel as comfortable in it. 


The second one that I tried was Manduca Baby Carrier.

This is also a great choice for petite mummies! In fact, I actually love the support of Manduca carrier more than Emeibaby. However, aesthetically wise, Manduca can't compare at all. Haha! 


Hubby tried on it too. Again, he doesn't feel the same level of comfort as I do. 

So this was when Pearline educated us on the reason why there are so many brands of carriers out in the market. Which brand has their targeted audience. Like this Manduca carrier wouldn't be suitable for a huge frame man like my husband. He said that he felt restricted and in fact it was a strain on his back when he carried baby J. 


Hence, Pearline introduced hubby Boba 4G Baby Carrier! 

Looking at the outlook of the carrier, you already can tell that it is made from taller and bigger build wearers like my husband. In fact, it is a very popular brand among the "angmohs". 

Hubby was finally happy with a carrier! He was like finally one that he felt comfortable in! Haha!


So this was the Boba Carrier that he settled for. 

So daddies, if you are keen of baby wearing but aren't confident in wearing baby by yourself, Pearline and her team is here to help! 


For myself, I decided to try on Tula as well. Since I've heard so many good reviews of it! 

Verdict? While the support on my back was fantastic. It didn't feel as great around my hips and baby J certainly didn't sit as comfortably as compared to Emeibaby and Manduca. 


So in the end, I settled for an Emeibaby Carrier! Yes, baby J approved too! ^^ 


We had our first shopping trip in it shortly after! ^^ 

Overall, I'm really glad that I went down for the personalised baby carrier fitting session with Baby Slings & Carriers. I've learnt so much for the session! Getting a baby carrier is easy, getting the right one that suits you and baby may not be that simple. Especially if you have a rather tiny or huge frame. Like it's almost impossible for hubby and I to share a carrier because I'm a mouse and he's a lion. Hahaha! Just saying about our difference in size. :P 

I'll say that a fitting will definitely make baby wearing much more comfortable and pleasant for you and baby! :) 

Also, for every carrier that you purchase with Baby Slings & Carriers, you'll get a Babywearer's Privilege Card that entitles you to 2 years of babywearing help & fitting for the carrier purchased from them! So any problem, just come back with the carrier and the privilege card! :) 

ps: If you can, try not to arrange for fitting session on Saturday. Unless you have all the time in hand. Because at Baby Slings & Carriers they really take the time to walk you through the different brands until you find one that is satisfactory. Hence, Saturday is usually quite busy. We waited a bit too. So weekdays are highly recommended if you can! :)

Location: #06-01, 39 Jalan Pemimpin, Tai Lee Building, Singapore 577182
Business hours:10 am to 6pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday. Closed on Wednesday, Sunday & Public Holidays.
Contact: 6397 6691 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat) 10am – 6pm

Love,
Lirong
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Hi everyone! 

I was so happy that my confinement is finally over~ But at the same time, I do feel a bit sad to end it as well. Mainly because we had a really great relationship with our confinement nanny, Auntie Jing Jie.

Before I go on with my PEM Confinement Nanny review, let me just share why I choose to engage a confinement nanny and why I chose PEM in the end.

Why I choose to engage a confinement nanny

Well, there is really no right or wrong to engage a confinement nanny (CN). In fact, hubby and I were both quite apprehensive of it as we are both not too keen about having to live with a stranger at home. We enjoy having our little nest to ourselves and being in our own world! Haha! Perhaps in some ways, "obey" her because she's here to help me to "recover" from my labour. 

On the other hand, as first time parents, we definitely feel lost with a newborn. Especially so when we don't live with our parents. Hence, all alone. That's why CN would be a great help as you'll be able to learn tips on caring for baby from her. Also, she'll be able to cook nutritional meals for me and do some basic cleaning at home for us while I take all the rest that I can. For mummies who have just delivered, rest is certainly very important. So that extra pair of hands come in handy! 

Hmm.. my mother did volunteer to want to help me with my confinement. But I rejected her. I know for myself that I'll go crazy with her strict rules! Hahaha!

Yup. So after weighing the pros and cons, we deciding to go ahead with engaging a CN and that brings us to the next point. 


To be frank, I never know that there is such thing as a nanny agency! Well, you can think of it like a maid agency? Just that they provide confinement nanny services. In fact, PEM is rather popular among the mummies!  So once I found out that PEM existed, I never look back at engaging private CN again. ^^ 

So I basically summarized into 2 main reasons why I chose PEM Confinement Nanny Agency. 

1. One-stop centre & fuss free

After you have read and found out more about PEM through their website, you can express your interest to engage a nanny from them via their online form or phone call! They are quite prompt in their reply and shortly, a day will be scheduled for their agent to visit you at your place. 

They will explain to you clearly on the responsibilities and duties of their nannies. It is also a good time to raise any concern if you have! Like for me, I expressed my concern over following traditional confinement rules. Hahaha! Sorry, I cannot not bathe. Basically communicate and address as much of your concerns and requirements for the nanny as possible, but please by reasonable too! They will try to match the most desirable one as possible. ^^

Once, you have delivered, give them a call and they will schedule their CN to be with you when you're home! I love how fuss-free they have made it! 

2. Well-trained nanny and flexibility to change

At PEM, every nanny has to undergo an exclusive and stringent training to ensure that they are qualified to take care of not just the newborn baby, but the mother and the family members as well. Head over to PEM's website to find out more about their training areas. On the other hand, I really can't say the same for all private nannies? :/ 

Yes, if for some reason you're just unable to get along with your CN, you can request for a change! This is like the main reason why I had to go with PEM! The sense of security I would say. 

Oh yes, it is an added bonus that PEM is the largest Confinement Nanny Agency in Singapore! This added more assurance for hubby and I. ^^

Now, we move on to the review of the CN that was assigned to me by PEM.

After seeing how my CN works day in day out, I have greater respect for all CN. It's no easy job at all!

My CN, Auntie Jing Jie (PEM #519), I'm really thankful to have her with us! When I was still in hospital, I was so worried that I might not be able to have a CN assigned to me on time because baby came earlier than expected and it was during CNY peak period. But I guess God has it planned out for us. We were blessed that Auntie Jing Jie was able to take up our assignment and we had a great 28 days together.

Summary of what my CN does in a day

Morning:
1. Brew red date tea
2. Prepare and cook breakfast for mumy
3. Prepare confinement herbal bath for mummy
4. Bathe baby
5. Washing and cleaning of dishes
6. Prepare and cook lunch for mummy

Afternoon:
7. Washing and cleaning of dishes
8. Prepare tea for mummy
9. Do laundry
10. Wipe baby
11. Prepare and cook dinner

Evening:
12. Washing and cleaning of dishes
13. Cleaning of kitchen
14. Vacuuming of house (mopping on alternative days)
15. Hand wash baby's clothes, bathe

On top of all these, she has to take care of baby's needs whenever she cries. Even if it's in the middle of the night. Furthermore, my CN doesn't take naps at all! I really don't know where she gets her energy from, she always looks so alert and refresh!

Caring for baby

For me, nothing is more important than how my baby is being taken care of.

Auntie Jing Jie may appear to be stern but she is actually very friendly and funny! I love to watch the way she plays and "baby-talk" with my baby. ^^ She loves and sayang baby J a lot too, seeing some of their interactions really warm my heart. :') It's a pity that baby J is too young to be able to remember her nanny who have taken such good care of her.

There was one particular incident that I remembered deeply. It was just the 2nd day that Auntie Jing Jie was with us and we had to bring baby J back to check her jaundice level. I couldn't bear seeing the process of my baby being pricked for the blood test. T.T
On the other hand, Auntie Jing Jie swiftly held onto baby J when she was being prickled. She kept talking and sayang-ing her. It was like magic! Baby J only cried when the needle was being poked in, after which she didn't cry at all with Auntie Jing Jie being there with her!

It touched my heart to see Auntie Jing Jie showing so much love to my baby. :') I'm so glad to have her there with us, otherwise baby J would be screaming her lungs out like the other babies who were there to do the test. :'(



I've certainly learnt a lot from observing how Auntie Jing Jie handles baby J. She is also very helpful to share with us tips on how to take care of our baby. Most importantly, she is patient to guide us. Oh yes, Auntie Jing Jie is pro-breastfeeding as well! First few days I was so lost at breastfeeding, but with Auntie Jing Jie's guidance, I got better. She also made me soups that help to boost my breastmilk during the first week. Thereafter, she stopped because I was over supplying. Also, my letdown is very "fast n furious", so Auntie Jing Jie gave me suggestions on how to prevent baby J from choking over my breast milk.  These are some of the things that I wouldn't be able to handle if not for Auntie Jing Jie's help.

Tidiness and cleanliness

Auntie Jing Jie is so neat and organised!


She spent a great amount of time during the first few days to get familiarized with the orientation in the house. Especially the kitchen and baby's room. Also, she seek our permission to reorganize some of stuff in our house, like the refrigerator, cooking condiments, pots and pans and etc. To which we were really glad that she did it that way because the house certainly looks more organised and neater! Haha! 


Baby's room as well. Auntie helped me to fold and reorganise Baby J's clothes, which were overflowing! Haha!


Even though Auntie has left, we are still keeping to the way she has helped us to arrange and tidy up. 

Cooking

Another thing to be thankful about is Auntie Jing Jie's culinary skill! The food that she cooked was AMAZING~

If you are following me on my Instagram, you would have an eye feast of my daily meals prepare by Auntie Jing Jie! Throughout my 28 days of confinement, I never had a single meal which is repeated! I really don't how Auntie Jing Jie does it!

I would wish to post every single food that she has cooked, but I think my page will die from the loading. Haha! So I'm just going to share a few of my favourites of the favouritesss. Haha!


Impressive Taiwanese style mee sua. 


My favourite red glutinous rice wine (红糟鸡)!


Stir fried mee sua (which even my mum asked her for recipe!) and stir fried udon. 


Stir fried mee tai bak and char kway teow. 


Even simple looking soup noodles like these also tasted extraordinary because auntie took the pain to boil her own soup broth!


Tomato chicken, sesame oil chicken. The latter is a confinement must have food!


The bak ku teh that she cooks!! 


 

Another confinement must have is vinegar pork trotter! I drank up the vinegar gravy too.

Auntie's lor bak is so good too! On her last day she made another pot for me to freeze up so that I can enjoy another time too. :')



Pork ribs in different style! Is she not creative or what?

 

I'm not a big fan of fish, but I love every fish dishes that auntie has made!


Never know there are so many ways to cook fish too! 


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Hi guys!

A much delayed post, but I'm finally giving everyone a room tour of baby J's nursery room! Better late than never ya? :P 

I spent most of the time during my 3rd trimester thinking and decorating baby J's room. I'm really excited and enthusiastic about it! I think it's like doing something I longed for and never get to have? So I wanted my baby to have a beautiful (in my opinion) nursery room that she can happily play and grow up in.  

Ok, before you get too high of an expectation for baby J's room. It's actually quite simple, nothing too fanciful or pinterest worthy ok! Haha! Must set your expectation first. :P 

When we did our home renovation, we left a room empty because we have already planned for it to be a nursery room. 


This is the look when you enter from the door. 

The theme of our home is white and grey, hence the furnitures that I got for baby J's room didn't go far from the theme. No bright and attention seeking colours please. I cannot. 

However, I didn't want baby J's room to be too dull as well. A bit sad for a young baby right? So I did add in some colours here and there. Like the armchair that we got from Ikea. 


I breastfeed most of the time on the armchair or just carry baby J when she doesn't want me to put her down. 

Miffy mat from Taobao! Don't ask me what for, I bought it because.. CUTE! Haha!


The cupboard and trolley tray are from Ikea too. 

Between the tray and cupboard is a diaper changing board. Now placed on the cot. :) 

It helps to save space for sure! 


What is inside?

Obviously baby's stuff. Which is like a lot! Unknowingly, I bought way too much stuff for baby J! Hahaha! Can't blame me right? Baby girl's clothings are just way too cuteeeee to resist! #takemymoney

We choose a relatively tall cupboard as we foresee that we'll need a lot of storage. True enough, it's overflowing. Haha! 

I keep her clothes mainly on the first 3 drawers, the rest are stuff like her towels, swaddles, wet wipes and cotton wools.


This tray is to keep things that are needed on a daily basis. Like her diapers, diaper cream, lotions, nail clippers, wet wipes and etc. 


Some of baby J's first few stuffed toys, now accompanying her by her bed. 


Her cot is from Palette Box

All along I wanted a white baby cot, so our choices were narrowed down. I like that this cot is very functional and inexpensive! Honestly, some cots are just too expensive! It's a 6-in-1 cot by the way. 

I remembered when we were visiting all the different baby fairs, one auntie told us this. Don't waste your money on the cot, spend it on the mattress instead. How true! Ultimately, baby is sleeping on the mattress. The cot most importantly, must be stable and safe! 

Yes, added an extra touch to the cot by decorating it with baby J's ultrasound photos. In case you are planning to, please do not laminate ultrasound photos! The heat will damage the photos! I bought transparent pockets to slot the photos in instead. :) If you're hardworking, you can scan the photos then print out! That way, you can laminate. :) 


Bought a mosquito net because... pretty. Haha! And to prevent mosquitoes too. :P

My mattresses are from Jarrons & Co. Our removable diaper changing board is from them too. :) 

Mosquito net from Taobao by the way. I shopped way too much on it. 


The mobile which kept baby J very entertained is from Palette Box too! Agapababies is selling as well. :)

The mobile is rather expensive, almost the same price as the cot! Haha! But we like that it has night light, plays music, rotatable and is white and grey in colour. LOL!

Another thing that I've thought through a lot was wallpaper. I did consider doing up the room with cute wallpapers and I did research on it as well. However, I didn't find a design that I particularly like. Then my husband brought up the possibility of using wall stickers instead. He found this website, Bright Star Kids, which offers a lot of cute room decorations for baby nursery room! Yup, so that's how I ended up selecting some wall stickers from them and DIY it by myself! ^^


Good thing about their wall stickers is that it's customisable, easily pasted and removed too! 

I did all the pasting by myself when I was heavily pregnant! 

Another reason why we hesitated on wallpaper was that we took into account that we might have a second child and what if its a boy and we might have to revamp the whole room? It would be quite troublesome with wallpaper I feel. 


So here's my baby in her sweet dream. ^^


I ordered 2 shades of clouds stickers so that her room wouldn't be too picky. Haha! Turquoise to match the armchair and trolley tray colour! ^^

Hubby was amazed by how I managed to stick the stickers so neatly and straight? Haha! Easy, just stick a string on the wall to guide you! ^^


Besides the cloud stickers, I also got some cute animal wall stickers to make the room more child friendly! Haha! Prior to getting these stickers from Bright Star Kids, I actually bought some from Taobao which obviously didn't work out because of poor quality. 

These stickers don't tear easily and are easy to stick and remove! 


Reserving this corner as her play area. ^^


Meanwhile, sleep tight and grow well, my baobei. <3

ps: her super cute head band from @bowlettesg and her customised beansprout pillow from @quirkibabies :)

Love,
Lirong
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Happy full month to my baby! ^^

I actually contemplated between having a full month or a 100 days celebration. Of course the latter would be more ideal since I've more time on hand to plan, baby would be more interactive and mummy would have more time to slim down. Haha! 

But our parents prefer the traditional full month celebration, so let's respect them for that. ^^ 

So this post, besides sharing on baby J's full month celebration, I'll be sharing some tips on how to plan one too! ^^

Alright, let's get started!
So what's the first thing that we have to do when planning a full month / 100 days party?

1. Pick a date and time 

Common sense isn't it? But of course you can't decide on the date until the baby is born. So I remembered after I delivered baby J, the next day I told our parents that her full month celebration will be on xx day. Get their consent first! :) 

We chose weekend of course. Next would be the timing. Timing could be quite tricky. It depends on majority of your guests' schedule as well as the venue itself, as some places do have fixed timing to host the event. Hubby and I were certain that we wanted it to be earlier in the day, like a lunch celebration. So that baby J is still rather awake and won't disrupt her bedtime too. 

2. Guest list

It's true that as you're planning the celebration, it's going to feel like you are planning for another wedding banquet! Haha! 

So the guest list will depend on how big do you want the celebration to be? We thought that managing the baby would already be a challenge, so we decided to just keep to a small scale one. Mainly our family members and relatives were invited. 

I think it is a good idea to keep full month celebration small, since you don't have the luxury of time to plan a large scale one. Bear in mind, the larger the event, the more logistics and planning is involved! You definitely won't want to have unhappy guests on that day. So save the large scale event for 100 days celebration! ^^

3. Venue

Now that we have a rough estimate of the number of guests, we started looking for suitable venues. Of course it would be ideal if we can host it at our own place. So much more convenient as well when comes to diaper changing, napping and feeding! Yes, everything planned to meet baby's needs! But our nest is not going to be able to accommodate our ~70 guests! 

If you plan to save venue budget, Condominium function room is a good idea! We do have relatives that could help us with that, however it isn't near our place and we are not keen to travel far. 

So I simply Googled "venues for baby full month celebration", you can do that too! Quite a number of options came up and in the end I chose a function room at Safra.  From experience, before you confirm on the venue, do consider your nursing options! Are there nursing rooms available? Where will your baby be napping at? Check out this website, it gives you a detailed guide to the nursing rooms around Singapore! Definitely a great help when you bring baby out. :)

4. Decide on a theme

Well, this is completely optional. If you have the budget, why not? With a theme, it definitely beautifies the venue and makes great photos for memory sake! :) 

For me, I knew all along that I wanted a customized dessert table for baby J. So even before I delivered my baby, I was already looking around for potential vendors and also gathering ideas for the theme as well! Do note that if you were to choose your venue to be at a cafe or restaurant, they might be able to do the dessert table for you, otherwise you would have to source for yourself. :)  


"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" 

Yes, the theme to baby J's full month celebration! We engaged @oneandonlygallery to help us with the dessert table and certainly we were more than happy with the result! I simply told the team the theme that I've in mind, the colour combination that I'm looking for (pink & gold) and ta dah~ They did the magic for me! <3 


It makes a great backdrop for photo taking as well! 


A closer look at the dessert table! 


How gorgeous! <3

 

I love how everything is being customized for baby J! 

 

Look at her name on the pastries! 


We also had a customized 2-tier cake from White Spatula

The cake fits the theme so well!  

Therefore, if you have the budget, dessert table is definitely a good idea! My guests were so impressed! The little ones of course couldn't take their eyes off the sweets too! Haha! 

5. Food 

Yes, I take pride in my food! Because a well fed guest is a happy guest. ^^ 

Again, if you were to host your event at a cafe / restaurant, most likely the food would be settled by them. But mine is at a function room, so we got to settle the catering by ourselves. It's not hard to decide on one actually. We chose Neo Garden Catering! ^^


We had catered with Neo Garden on numerous occasions, so we are confident with the taste of the food. The curry chicken is like a must order!

Anyway, we also got to know that Neo Garden now has 3 awesome deals for you to celebrate your baby's special day with them! 

1. Neo Bao Bao
Simply code <NBB15> to get 15% off buffet catering for your baby’s full month or 100 days celebrations!

2. Baby Celebration Package
- $88 Combo: 30 x Blissful Red Eggs, 30 x Ang Ku Kueh, 50 x Assorted Mini Cakes
- $200 Combo: 30 x Blissful Red Eggs, 30 x Ang Ku Kueh, 50 x Assorted Mini Cakes, Baby Boy/Girl Themed Buffet Setup
- $150 per Baby Boy/Girl Themed Buffet Setup

3. Neo Garden Baby
If you celebrate baby full month / 100 days with Neo Garden, you get to enjoy 20% for baby’s birthday celebrations from 1 to 6 years old!

For terms and conditions of these 3 deals, check back to Neo Garden's website. :)


We had the $200 celebration combo package!


There are 12 themes to choose from for the decoration! 


Also, it comes with 30 x Blissful Red Eggs and 30 x Ang Ku Kueh.


As well as 50 x Assorted Mini Cakes!

Hence, we decided to do away with the traditional red eggs and ang ku kueh as door gifts. Since they are already in the buffet spread right? ^^

Ps: The ang ku kuehs were so well received! 


A closer look at the spread that we had. 




Yes, the curry chicken was being missed out by my camera but my stomach definitely didn't! :D

6. Photographer

Again, this is entirely optional and depending on your budget. 
I wanted baby J to be able to look back at all the photos when she is older, so we decided to engage a photographer, Little Love Tree, to help us capture all the beautiful moments. :')



My curious baby couldn't stop looking around after she woke up from her nap! Haha! 

Aiyo! I miss her being this smaaaaaaaallllll!


Be healthy always, my little angel. <3


Jennifer from Little Love Tree went round to capture our guests and also our little family. :')


We are very thankful for all the precious photos that were taken for us to keepsake and for baby J to look back when she is older. :') 

All in all, we had a cozy celebration with our loved ones and we were so touched by the love that were showered on our baby. <3 

Yup! So hopefully these simple guide would be able to help you in your planning! 

One last thing before I sign off, don't forget to bring your diaper bag along! ^^

Love,
Lirong. 
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Hi everyone! 

I was so happy that my confinement is finally over~ But at the same time, I do feel a bit sad to end it as well. Mainly because we had a really great relationship with our confinement nanny, Auntie Jing Jie.

Before I go on with my PEM Confinement Nanny review, let me just share why I choose to engage a confinement nanny and why I chose PEM in the end.

Why I choose to engage a confinement nanny

Well, there is really no right or wrong to engage a confinement nanny (CN). In fact, hubby and I were both quite apprehensive of it as we are both not too keen about having to live with a stranger at home. We enjoy having our little nest to ourselves and being in our own world! Haha! Perhaps in some ways, "obey" her because she's here to help me to "recover" from my labour. 

On the other hand, as first time parents, we definitely feel lost with a newborn. Especially so when we don't live with our parents. Hence, all alone. That's why CN would be a great help as you'll be able to learn tips on caring for baby from her. Also, she'll be able to cook nutritional meals for me and do some basic cleaning at home for us while I take all the rest that I can. For mummies who have just delivered, rest is certainly very important. So that extra pair of hands come in handy! 

Hmm.. my mother did volunteer to want to help me with my confinement. But I rejected her. I know for myself that I'll go crazy with her strict rules! Hahaha!

Yup. So after weighing the pros and cons, we deciding to go ahead with engaging a CN and that brings us to the next point. 

Why I choose PEM Confinement Nanny Agency?

To be frank, I never know that there is such thing as a nanny agency! Well, you can think of it like a maid agency? Just that they provide confinement nanny services. In fact, PEM is rather popular among the mummies!  So once I found out that PEM existed, I never look back at engaging private CN again. ^^ 

So I basically summarized into 2 main reasons why I chose PEM Confinement Nanny Agency. 

1. One-stop centre & fuss free

After you have read and found out more about PEM through their website, you can express your interest to engage a nanny from them via their online form or phone call! They are quite prompt in their reply and shortly, a day will be scheduled for their agent to visit you at your place. 

They will explain to you clearly on the responsibilities and duties of their nannies. It is also a good time to raise any concern if you have! Like for me, I expressed my concern over following traditional confinement rules. Hahaha! Sorry, I cannot not bathe. Basically communicate and address as much of your concerns and requirements for the nanny as possible, but please by reasonable too! They will try to match the most desirable one as possible. ^^

Once, you have delivered, give them a call and they will schedule their CN to be with you when you're home! I love how fuss-free they have made it! 

2. Well-trained nanny and flexibility to change

At PEM, every nanny has to undergo an exclusive and stringent training to ensure that they are qualified to take care of not just the newborn baby, but the mother and the family members as well. Head over to PEM's website to find out more about their training areas. On the other hand, I really can't say the same for all private nannies? :/ 

Yes, if for some reason you're just unable to get along with your CN, you can request for a change! This is like the main reason why I had to go with PEM! The sense of security I would say. 

Oh yes, it is an added bonus that PEM is the largest Confinement Nanny Agency in Singapore! This added more assurance for hubby and I. ^^

Now, we move on to the review of the CN that was assigned to me by PEM.

After seeing how my CN works day in day out, I have greater respect for all CN. It's no easy job at all!

My CN, Auntie Jing Jie (PEM #519), I'm really thankful to have her with us! When I was still in hospital, I was so worried that I might not be able to have a CN assigned to me on time because baby came earlier than expected and it was during CNY peak period. But I guess God has it planned out for us. We were blessed that Auntie Jing Jie was able to take up our assignment and we had a great 28 days together.

Summary of what my CN does in a day

Morning:
1. Brew red date tea
2. Prepare and cook breakfast for mumy
3. Prepare confinement herbal bath for mummy
4. Bathe baby
5. Washing and cleaning of dishes
6. Prepare and cook lunch for mummy

Afternoon:
7. Washing and cleaning of dishes
8. Prepare tea for mummy
9. Do laundry
10. Wipe baby
11. Prepare and cook dinner

Evening:
12. Washing and cleaning of dishes
13. Cleaning of kitchen
14. Vacuuming of house (mopping on alternative days)
15. Hand wash baby's clothes, bathe

On top of all these, she has to take care of baby's needs whenever she cries. Even if it's in the middle of the night. Furthermore, my CN doesn't take naps at all! I really don't know where she gets her energy from, she always looks so alert and refresh!

Caring for baby

For me, nothing is more important than how my baby is being taken care of.

Auntie Jing Jie may appear to be stern but she is actually very friendly and funny! I love to watch the way she plays and "baby-talk" with my baby. ^^ She loves and sayang baby J a lot too, seeing some of their interactions really warm my heart. :') It's a pity that baby J is too young to be able to remember her nanny who have taken such good care of her.

There was one particular incident that I remembered deeply. It was just the 2nd day that Auntie Jing Jie was with us and we had to bring baby J back to check her jaundice level. I couldn't bear seeing the process of my baby being pricked for the blood test. T.T
On the other hand, Auntie Jing Jie swiftly held onto baby J when she was being prickled. She kept talking and sayang-ing her. It was like magic! Baby J only cried when the needle was being poked in, after which she didn't cry at all with Auntie Jing Jie being there with her!

It touched my heart to see Auntie Jing Jie showing so much love to my baby. :') I'm so glad to have her there with us, otherwise baby J would be screaming her lungs out like the other babies who were there to do the test. :'(



I've certainly learnt a lot from observing how Auntie Jing Jie handles baby J. She is also very helpful to share with us tips on how to take care of our baby. Most importantly, she is patient to guide us. Oh yes, Auntie Jing Jie is pro-breastfeeding as well! First few days I was so lost at breastfeeding, but with Auntie Jing Jie's guidance, I got better. She also made me soups that help to boost my breastmilk during the first week. Thereafter, she stopped because I was over supplying. Also, my letdown is very "fast n furious", so Auntie Jing Jie gave me suggestions on how to prevent baby J from choking over my breast milk.  These are some of the things that I wouldn't be able to handle if not for Auntie Jing Jie's help.

Tidiness and cleanliness

Auntie Jing Jie is so neat and organised!


She spent a great amount of time during the first few days to get familiarized with the orientation in the house. Especially the kitchen and baby's room. Also, she seek our permission to reorganize some of stuff in our house, like the refrigerator, cooking condiments, pots and pans and etc. To which we were really glad that she did it that way because the house certainly looks more organised and neater! Haha! 


Baby's room as well. Auntie helped me to fold and reorganise Baby J's clothes, which were overflowing! Haha!


Even though Auntie has left, we are still keeping to the way she has helped us to arrange and tidy up. 

Cooking

Another thing to be thankful about is Auntie Jing Jie's culinary skill! The food that she cooked was AMAZING~

If you are following me on my Instagram, you would have an eye feast of my daily meals prepare by Auntie Jing Jie! Throughout my 28 days of confinement, I never had a single meal which is repeated! I really don't how Auntie Jing Jie does it!

I would wish to post every single food that she has cooked, but I think my page will die from the loading. Haha! So I'm just going to share a few of my favourites of the favouritesss. Haha!


Impressive Taiwanese style mee sua. 


My favourite red glutinous rice wine (红糟鸡)!


Stir fried mee sua (which even my mum asked her for recipe!) and stir fried udon. 


Stir fried mee tai bak and char kway teow. 


Even simple looking soup noodles like these also tasted extraordinary because auntie took the pain to boil her own soup broth!


Tomato chicken, sesame oil chicken. The latter is a confinement must have food!


The bak ku teh that she cooks!! 


 

Another confinement must have is vinegar pork trotter! I drank up the vinegar gravy too.

Auntie's lor bak is so good too! On her last day she made another pot for me to freeze up so that I can enjoy another time too. :')



Pork ribs in different style! Is she not creative or what?

 

I'm not a big fan of fish, but I love every fish dishes that auntie has made!


Never know there are so many ways to cook fish too! 


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A month flew past like this, it felt like yesterday when I brought my baby girl home. :')

Baby J arrived way too early, it was rather unexpected. Haha! So when I was in the hospital I was also very worried that PEM Confinement Nanny Agency wouldn't be able to assign a nanny for me. Furthermore, CNY was nearing! 

Luckily, they were able to find a nanny at the last minute for me. I'm very thankful for that! Will share a review of my confinement nanny soon, but first, let me share on the confinement herbal package that I had from PEM. :) 

Yes, you're right. You saw HockHua Tonic's logo over there. PEM has recently collaborated with HockHua for their confinement herbal package. 

The entire complete herbal package was delivered to my doorstep when my confinement nanny arrived. Making it very convenient for me as I don't have to go out and buy it on my own or pull my hair over what herbs to get for my confinement! 



This is how the week 3 herbal package is like. :) 

Chinese confinement is 28 days, so naturally there are 28 boxes of unique packed herbs for your tonic soup. 

Week 1's tonic soups focus on clearing blood clot of uterine and helps the mother to replenish energy. 

Week 2 focuses on increasing blood circulation and replenish energy.

Week 3 helps to nourish the blood and improve blood circulation. 

Week 4 helps to boost recovery, calm the mind and improve vision. 

I really love the taste of every single soup that my confinement nanny made using the herbal package, because I love herbal soup in general. ^^ 

Well. Except that confinement must have, Sheng Hua Soup, 生化汤, which aids in the expulsion of toxins, discharge of lochia and the revitalization of Qi and blood. The taste is rather weird, but please be good and drink it because it's good for the body! 


My confinement nanny usually make the herbal soup for me during lunch. So that hubby can drink another soup with me during dinner time. 


Yes, this is a typical lunch for me. xD



Always a huge bowl of herbal soup and I have no problem finishing them because they are so nice to drink! Haha! 


I like that each of the herbal soup pack comes with specific cooking instruction and additional ingredients that are suitable to be added into the soup for cooking. Like chicken, pork or fish. In case you are wondering, the instruction comes in both English and Chinese! ^^ 


Besides the confinement tonic soups, another must have during confinement is red dates tea. 

I didn't drink a single sip of plain water during my confinement other than soups and this red dates tea that my confinement nanny boiled every morning using Hockhu Codonopsis Astragalus Red Date Tea. 

Well, it is a belief that drinking plain water will cause abdominal swelling! While on the other hand, red dates are known to be rich in iron and vitamins. Hence, when mixed with the other herbs, it can strengthen the spleen and stomach, to nourish and produce blood and tranquilize the mind. ^^ 


How a typical breakfast is like. ^^

Initially the thought of drinking red dates tea only for 28 days killed me a little bit. But after taking the tea, I was surprised that it wasn't as bad as I thought? I had the notion that the tea would be super super sweet! But no, the sweetness was very subtle and well balanced with a bit of herbal taste in it. In fact, my confinement nanny has to cook extra portion of the tea every day because I drink too much! Haha! 

Now, the next question that you might have is, "did I bathe over the 28 days?"

Yes, I did. Every single day I washed my hair and showered my body too. 

How is it possible to not bathe in Singapore's hot and humid weather? 

I cannot. :O


Thanks to Ban Kah Chai Confinement herbal bath (mom series), I can bathe every single day! ^^

This is another tie up that PEM has with their partners.

Basically the herbal bath consists of natural herbs that are traditionally used in helping mothers to expel wind, improve blood circulation and reduce after birth pain. 


My confinement nanny will boil the herbal bath herbs first then pour into a tub and mixed with boiled water for me to bathe with. 

No, I don't feel like I smelled like herbs after bathing. Can't complain too much as long as I can bathe right? ^^

Overall, PEM Confinement Herbal Package has helped to ease me through my 28 days of confinement. I think since my confinement nanny is from PEM, it's logical that I get the complete herbal package from PEM as well. So that she will be familiar with it and if she has any doubt, she can always check back with her company. :) 

Love,
Lirong
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Took my maternity shoot when I was 37 weeks pregnant. Just 6 days before I delivered. Considered myself lucky that baby J managed to hold till after my maternity shoot! Haha! 

I remembered after the shoot, I was telling hubby that now I'm ready to deliver anytime. :P 

Thankful that my hubby agreed to take the shoot with me, even though he's really not into all this. :P 

We woke up at like 4 am? For makeup and to catch the morning light at 7 am. It does feel like another wedding day all over again! Haha! 

Most of the shoots were done at Seletar North Link, where we did our pre-wedding shoot. Definitely brought back fond memories when we went back once again. :') 

We also did some shooting at Yishun Dam, which was really beautiful as well! 

Ok, I'll let the photos do the talking. Will share the vendors that I've worked with at the end of the post. :) 















Can you tell that hubby was totally enjoying himself over here? Haha!


The bubble gun too! 


<3


This is one of our favourite shots. :')














Photographer: Leo from Journey Record (Find them on IG as @journey.record)

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Makeup Artist: Sarah from Autelier Makeup (Find her on IG as @sarahlee_auteliermakeup)

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Flower crown and bouquet:  Floral Garage

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Maternity Dress: I'm letting go on this lacy dress that I've only wore once. Drop me an email (lir0ngs90@gmail.com) if you're keen to buy over. :) 

Love,
Lirong

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Taken at postpartum day 14 with my masseuse, Auntie Rusi, from PEM's postnatal massage service. ^^

A short introduction on postnatal massage. It has proven benefits of helping mothers to regain posture and at the same time, achieve a toned body. Overall postnatal can help to boost slimming with these methods: binding with tapel and massage with jamu oil. For more information you can refer to their website here.

The massage can begin 5 days after a natural birth delivery or 3 weeks after a C-section delivery. The good thing is they come right to your doorstep! You just have to prepare a few towels to lay on the bed before the massage begins. :)

Auntie Rusi was the masseuse assigned to me. They assign masseuse based on your height and weight so that the strength of the massage would be right for you! ^^

The entire session lasted about 1 hour 15 mins. An hour for the massage and 15 mins for the corset binding. 

During that 1 hour duration you get to enjoy a full body massage! Which is something I look forward to every single session. It helps me to relax, which is much need for me. In fact, I always fall asleep during the massage! Haha! 

Some benefits of the postnatal massage include:

1. Expelling of wind from the body. I don't know why there's wind in the body after delivery? Apparently that's a traditional confinement practice. The jamu oil that's being applied on the body helps to achieve this. In fact I farted after that. Haha! :P 

2. Pushing womb back to original place and size. Don't need me to explain the importance of this ya? ^^

3. Tightening abdominal area. This is also self explanatory. During pregnancy our tummy area has been stretched and expanded to accommodate our little one. So it is normal that after delivery the tummy area is EXTREMELY flabby. All postpartum mummies want to get back in shape quick! So the massage actually helps to increase fat burning and allows muscles to tighten too!

4. Remove engorgement. I thought this was very apparent for me! During the first few days after discharged from hospital, my milk ducts were so blocked! My breasts were basically hard and very painful when touched. T.T 
Frankly, I enjoyed every bits of the massage, except the part when Auntie Rusi was massaging my breasts to help unblock the ducts. It was so painful that I could cry. T.T 
She also taught me how to do some simple massage by myself to ease the pain and encourage better milk flow before pumping and breastfeeding. It helps a lot! By the 3rd session, my breasts felt so much better and I never had any blocked ducts since then! *touch wood*


After the session, you'll be wrapped in a binder that is provided complimentary.

Auntie Rusi told me to wear this for at least 8 hours. But best to wear to the next morning! Which I did. 

So see where is your comfort level. :)  


After my 7th session! 

I can have my waist back! ^^


Taken at postpartum day 14. 

I'm a satisfied customer. ^^ 

Love,
Lirong
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