Sometime in June, we went through our first "cold turkey" treatment with one of our girls. We got Zara to kick away her habit of sucking her precious pacifier, and it took us 5 days. It wasn't planned (one evening I just decided to "throw" her pacifier out of the window) and I think we did pretty well at working on this new milestone together. Zara no longer ask for her "tu-tu" and we now have one less thing to pack when we head out.
The journey of motherhood is never once a dull moment, everyday is filled with new adventures - be it fun, frustrating or just simply out of your imagination. This journey requires me to learn new skills and pick up new knowledge (or new tricks) every day. The term "Supermum" wasn't coined out of fun, it really takes a super hero to become the best mum for our children.
My friends who aren't a mum yet always ask how it is like being one. And those who are preganant with their first child are curious at what's to come. So here I've put together some of my personal experiences and hope it will enlighten those who have yet experience them and to share a laugh with those in the same shoes as me.
Things you will only understand when you become a Mum.
The moment when you saw your baby for the first time.
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The first time I saw Ayra fresh out from the push, that's exactly how I felt. What is that??? You mean baby looks like that? No way!
Of cos the thought goes away almost instantly when you hold the child in your hands, that first touch was just magical.
Breastfeeding looks easy when other mums are doing it, till you try it with your newborn.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="250"] OMG! Why is it so frustrating just latch on already![/caption]
And I ended up going for the next best alternative, expressing and bottle feeding. Less stressful but I think it is even more tiring because having a baby latch on means mother-baby-bonding time (hence more love less tiring) but expressing is just you and that annoying sound of the pumps.
When your child decides she is big enough not to wear diapers.
Half way through dinner, "Mummy I want to pee."
When you are half way through your journey in the MRT, "Mum I want to go toilet now! Urgent!"
When you are about to reach the cashier after queuing for the past 20 mins, "MUMMY! I need to go pee...."
When your first child runs a high fever of 39.8 in the middle of the night.
"Oh no! What happened? Ayah wake up now, we need to send Ayra to KKH she's having a high fever!"
When your second child runs a high fever of 40.7 in the middle of the night.
"Oh dear, poor baby are you ok? Come let's bring you outside and sponge away the temperature. And let Mummy give you medicine ok?" And you always have got that pink (or orange) medicine at home for standby, because fever in kids is so common.
And this list can go on and on... a parent's learning journey is for a lifetime and there are always new things we need to learn and experience. I will continue to learn and share as long as I'm a mum, and that's for life.
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Remembering these and more at Cetaphil Baby Experience
Together with a panel of experienced practitioners and other mums, I attended the very first Cetaphil Baby Experience in Singapore, a fantastic opportunity for parents and would-be parents to get the inspiration and information for the first few magical years of parenthood, and at the same time, meet other families. The high tea setting was lavish and inviting, and as I was sitting in the ballroom, I could see the audience really getting into the mood of the fun filled event.
The half a day workshop brought together a panel of childcare experts: Pediatrician Dr. Ong Eng Keow, from Mount Alvernia Hospital, Senior Lactation Consultant Ms. Kang Phaik Gaik from Mount Alvernia Hospital, and Nutritionist and Breastfeeding Consultant, Ms. Sylvia Kang.
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I found all the different sessions by the infant and childcare specialists to be informative and it sure brought back lots of memories from the earlier days of my mummy journey. With my youngest coming to 3 soon, and having gone through many milestones together with both my girls, I was nodding my head with agreement during the sessions by Dr. Ong Eng Keow, Pediatrician and Neonatologist, International Child and Adolescent Clinic from Mount Alvernia Hospital.
The first 30 days of your baby’s journey in this world is filled with many unknowns and new adventures. During those days, Google search was my best companion but I always read all the guides and content for references only because you really cannot trust everything online 101%, so always read with some doubts and double check or verify with other sources before you decide what should be done best for you and your baby. For anything unsure, always consult your PD or a doctor.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Parents and parents-to-be being very attentive to the talks at Cetaphil Baby Experience.[/caption]
The highlight of the session would be the baby bathing demonstration explained by Ms. Kang Phaik Gaik, who is a Senior Lactation Consultant and Head of Alvernia Parentcraft Centre. The demo brought back memories when I first bathed my girl on my own. A few tips for first-time parents, which were shared at the event - always be confident when handling your baby in the bath, because one little tremble or uncertainty can be felt by the little one and things may just get a little crazy once the baby starts to cry. Always have everything you need at arm-reach and support your baby’s neck when handling her. Practice is the only way to get better at bathing your baby, so don’t be afraid and just keep doing it. Singing kids songs will help calm you and your baby down too! Try it!
And of course, we've been using Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleaner since my firstborn and also during my confinement. Even up till today, we are still using it and my girls love the new Cetaphil Baby Gentle Wash and Shampoo. They use them in childcare and for our regualar trips to the pool. Love how they smell so fresh and nice after their shower.
If you missed the Cetaphil Baby Experience, here is a little video to catch up on the experts who were there and the different sessions that happened. Thank you Cetaphil for inviting The Loving Mum to their first Baby Experience event in Singapore. If you would like to find out more and be kept in the loop for future events, join Cetaphil Singapore on Facebook and sign-up for their newsletter.
This article is brought to you in collaboration with Cetaphil.