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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

1st post of 2013 - how the festive season was spent

When my CEB asked me how we spent Xmas last year, I was stumped. Then I thought of this blog and that I may have written something of sorts (which I did). With my memory (and brain) becoming more addled with the progressing pregnancy, something which they call baby brain, I thought it would be useful to write a quick entry about how 2012's end of the year festive season was spent.

My little sister was still in Vegas so my CEB queued at Swatow restaurant so that we could grab a table for a dim sum Xmas lunch while my family attended church. After that, we had lunch followed by shopping around the neighborhood for my Christmas gift (gold, give me gold!) before we went off to catch the movie Les Miserables. Dinner was at Astons along Katong.

Now, we have ceased our frequent jaunts because of the pregnancy (I'm terrified that something requiring medical attention will happen while I'm abroad so no babymoon or holidays of any sort until this situation is over) and my CEB had been going on about wanting a break so as a concession, we booked a 2D1N hotel stay at the only international 5 star hotel in Johor Bahru - Thistle (which I've reviewed before). Due to unexpected circumstances during our hotel stay, we ended up staying for the New Year Eve Buffet Dinner at Thistle.

The restaurant was nicely decorated (mostly left over Xmas decorations) with party props given to each guest but the spread was pretty limited. I don't really know how popular or good hotel buffets are in JB given the dearth of international hotels but I do know that a buffet dinner at Thistle cannot be compared to a buffet at a 4 star hotel in Singapore like Grand Mercure in terms of variety and taste. To its credit, the buffet included oysters, cold prawns, an entire salted sea bass, a large cooked salmon and heaps of satay as well as several hot dishes (mushrooms with veg, duck etc). There was also a separate room for dessert but the taste, and the quality of the food (don't even start to think international) was wanting.

On the first day of 2013, as my sister had returned after a month's stay in Vegas, we met with my side of the family again for dim sum at Canton-I at Orchard Ion. I loved the Har Kow and Siew Mai while the rest of the family fell on the custard buns and glutinous rice etc. After that it was more shopping along Orchard Road, somewhere and something I haven't done in ages because of the terrible morning sickness.

And talking about morning sickness, I've had a turn for the better at the start of the new year. More dry retching instead of projectile or normal vomiting and I'm getting a belly bump which doesn't make me look like I scarfed one too many cookies (I think!). The energy level is still at 70% of what it was and I know that I have to use this time to start packing and preparing stuff because when it comes to the third trimester, I'm going to be one very miserable fellow again with absolutely no energy and possibly, vomiting again. But right now, it's mostly the indigestion (thank you progesterone) that is killing me - I keep belching (and it hurts) and I start feeling awful the moment I put something in my mouth in the morning. Everything seems to be stuck in the digestive track and I keep getting lots of saliva in my mouth which tastes nasty. So between the low energy, dry retching, spitting and aching digestive tract, I am pretty much wiped out daily.

As for the twins, one can tell from the grab screen shot of the recent whatsapp convo I had with my CEB (who is who, is pretty easy to figure out) that they are THE topic of conversation. My CEB conducts nightly discussions with them (that really surprised me but I guess it would help if they learn to recognize his voice) and we are just waiting for him to be able to feel them kick.

I can't feel their kicks either (it could be because the placenta is to the front or due to how far inside my body they are, which might explain the lower backache) now but I can definitely feel them in me, especially when I lay on my tummy. That, they absolutely do not like and make it clear because I can feel them squirming madly away whenever I try to do so. Other than that, they make themselves felt mostly in the night when I am propped up in bed - I can feel them moving. Assuming that they have not moved positions much, then Twin B is getting in on the action too.

I'm enjoying these little movements because I know in the weeks to come, they are going to be kicking hard, and sometimes in the wrong places. A foot in the ribs or on the bladder can be painful or have nasty consequences. No wonder my mother told me to buy those waterproof pants (I think I really need to given that coughing and vomiting have each resulted in unpleasant results. Ah hem. ).

Not too sure how long I can put off buying maternity clothing - hopefully the 2 Bellabands will arrive soon because my jeans can no longer button up with the baby bump. Guess I need to start documenting the pregnancy's progress better given that I am able to stay functional a little longer now. All of the twins' past ultrasound pics are stuffed in an envelope although I have an album in the cupboard meant for these. Ah body, if only you would just cooperate.

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