Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Desiree's 1st Studio Photoshoot!

An outdated post, but nevertheless, here we go!

Dez went for her first ever studio photoshoot when she was 11 months old. Although the weather was gloomy outside, the atmosphere at the photoshoot was all bright and cheery! We were told to bring 12 sets of clothe but I had only brought 8 or 9 sets. Despite so, we took a whooping 14 sets with various props and attires all within 2 hours! Mummy and Daddy doubled up as the photographer's right and left hand men, one acting as a clown to make Dez break into her best smile/grin/laughter and the other ensured she stayed where the photographer wanted her to be in, which included ensuring she didn't fall off the chair when she was holding her maracas or that she didn't crawl out of the backdrop.

It was really a very pleasant experience at the studio with the variety of props and the photographer Jack was very experienced in handling kids. We are very happy with the results of the photos! Evidently, we had a hard time choosing which photos to print for all were nice! 

Many friends have asked us where we took the shoot from. Well, it's none other than Studio Play! Our package includes 2 adults and a kid, 5x5R prints, 1x8R reprint and all the softcopies of the selected photos. You can get back all the softcopies at an additional fee. 

Some tips for friends who are keen on signing up for the photoshoot package:

1) Check out when they will be on road show and sign up during the road show. The price is substantially cheaper. The usual package only includes 1 adult and 1 child and you would have to pay for the additional head. Drop me a message for the price.    

2) The optimal age for infants to go for the shoot is 7 weeks old when they still sleep most of the time and for babies at 11 months old, when they can stand but not walk independently. Hence, once you have gotten the voucher, remember to book your appointment to avoid disappointments! Due to the rising popularity of these photoshoots, the studio is quite packed with appointments. Besides, once you book a slot, the whole studio is reserved for you and you only for the whole 2 hours. 

3) Make sure your child is well rested before the shoot, so that they won't be grouchy.

4) Some friends have also asked me where I have gotten my family tees from. *Grin* I had ordered from an online shop Pixie Thread. The owner was very accommodating to rush out my order within a short time! Thumbs up for the good service! Highly recommended to friends who are keen to customize their tees. To add on, the price is inexpensive too and you have a variety to choose from!

With all these, you are good to go now! Here are some glimpses of the 161 softcopies we had gotten back! :)

With her maracas. Shake shake! Shake shake!

Super family!

Whose mouth is bigger?

Busy bee..


Mayday fan since birth!

Looks like the chipmunk?

Future Adidas model

Not for sale!




Ah!! Shower time!

Formal shot

I am the sunflower!

Me and the big Teddy

Hello World!

Hi there! I am Eunice, a FTWM with a wonderful hubby Ed and a lovely and ultra cute baby Dez. 

This is the first post of my blog after a long hiatus (1 year to be exact) and being an engineer in the IT arena, I am starting off this blog in the old fashioned manner.


Thursday, 9 June 2011

24th May 2011!! It's Desiree's day!

Mummy is slow. Finally have some free time to come here. It has been rather hectic after I popped. Let me start with my "birth story".

On 23rd May at about 10+ pm, I realised I started to have contractions with regular intervals. Then I went to toilet and I had bloody show. So I asked my doctor friend if I should admit and she said I should immediately. Went to the hospital at 11+ pm and the nurse put me on CTG. Coincidentally, my gynae was still around after he did c-sec for another patient. He came to see me and saw that my cervix was effacated but not dilated yet. So, he instructed the nurse to monitor my CTG. If CTG is reactive but contraction not that regular yet and contraction is still manageable, I can be released and monitor my own situation. But need to go back if the intensity and frequency increases. Since my contraction was only 7-8min apart and intensity was manageable, I was sent home and instructed to go back if it is less than 5 min.

However, the whole night, I couldn't sleep coz my contraction came very regularly and on 24th May 6+ am, I couldn't take it anymore, so I told my hubby I want to admit . Reached hospital around 7+ am and put on CTG. So happened my gynae came in shortly to look on another patient so he shun bian came and see me. He did VE for me and told me I was 1.5-2cm dilated already, so I continued to stay in the observation ward. Initially I wanted to try laughing gas, but the midwife said I was already in distress and if I have intention to get Epi, I should just order it first. I totally agree coz I was in quite bad condition already. My face was totally pale and tried the laughing gas temporarily, it didn't really work for me.

The anaesthetist came at about 8+ am. Thankfully the midwife told her to attend to me first since I was really in distress. Lol. After that, the pain was relieved but I wasn't exactly in heaven. Somehow I kept feeling some pain down there around the cervix area. Asked the midwife, she said it's probably the pressure exerted there. Asked the staff nurse, she said it's probably my imagination or something. Then my gynae so happened to come and check on me at 11+ am and he was shocked. He told me I was fully dilated and can see the hair already. He told the nurse about it and ask them to prepare the labour ward for me.

After that is wait wait and wait again. I kept asking the nurse when was I going to the labour ward and they said they were preparing the bed etc. Apparently a lot of people were delivering and Thomson Medical Center machiam full house. I kept having this feeling that my baby wanted to come out coz I had this urge to push. But I told my baby cannot push and I tried to surpress by singing nursery rhymes to her. Lol it worked! So everytime there's contraction, I would sing to her. I was only pushed to the labour ward around 2pm. And my 1st tube of Epi was finishing! I was a bit pissed, then I have to order a 2nd tube. I was also quite angry with the nurse who pushed me in, coz she didn't seem to know anything though she's quite senior looking. I asked her to check the previous dosage of Epi I had and she doesn't seem to know what I meant. My contraction started to feel bad again.

It's another waiting game in the labour ward, waiting for my chance to push. The nurse found out that I had fever. So they had to give me medication for the fever before I could start to push. I started to be very sick and nausea and in super daze mode. Even when I was pushing, I was half asleep and I had vomited sometimes. They said they could see my baby's hair but I really couldn't take it, so I asked if I could have assisted delivery, perhaps with vacuum. Finally they asked my gynae to come since vacuum can only be administered by gynae. My gynae was like saying, he was wondering why they took so long to call him, he had been waiting for their call. O btw, his clinic was in Thomson Medical Center itself.

With vacuum, my baby was out in 3 pushes. Then my gynae said he knows why I had a hard time to push. Coz my baby was a naughty girl, she was in a posterior position and she was cord coiled too. So, it was not easy for my baby to come out. Anyway thank god everything is fine! But coz I had fever during the delivery, my baby had to be under observation for 24 hours. I couldn't bf for that day.

The next day, my gynae gave me the green light to discharge and so did the pediatrician for my baby. Most of my friends were shocked I only stayed 1 night. Lol.

Anyway that's my birth story. Very long winded. Hehe. The following are some pictures captured in the labour ward, and probably the ugliest you would ever seen of me. Disclaimer: Some photos might be hard to stomach and not for the weak-hearted!

In a daze...
Finally she's out and in my arms..
Dr Tham with Ed cutting the umbilical cord
The nurse was sucking out the phelgm in her nose
Nursy cleaning her
Her life support system for 9 months.. the placenta..
Loud cry with tears some more!!
Mummy had fever during labour..
Desiree posing for her photo with mummy..
Till today it's still her fave pose..
Odd-shaped skull due to vacuum, but it's cleared after 1 day!
Her weight at birth..
Her birth length..
Measuring her head circumference..
Eyes even wider than mummy's
To the ward with mummy!
First family photo!
I hope next time when Desiree grows up and read this entry, she would know how much mummy had gone through to bring her to this world. Lol. It was really a very tedious process!!

Backlog! Last checkup before I popped!

It's been a long time since I last updated my blog. Yes, I have popped on 24th May, 2 weeks ago. Nevertheless, I would like to share with you the "last" photos of Desiree in my tummy before she said "Hello World!"

Length of her thigh bone
Her tummy
First attempt of capturing her face
Second attempt of capturing her face

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Finally!! My Bloom Shots!!

Finally collected my long-awaited bloom shots! Took them about a month ago at The Studio Loft. Rather happy with the results! These are the only evidence of me so chubby in my life you'll ever catch me in, that is!! I think the only other time I was chubby was when I was a baby.. Lol...

For your viewing pleasure...

Weekly checkup!! 13 May!!

Have started my weekly checkup. My baby didn't put on much weight, only about 100g. I read that our weight gain would be more or less stagnant. She's about 2.8kg, should be quite a good size for delivery. She's feeling very comfy in my womb, not engaged yet. But Dr Tham said it's  actually quite ok coz sometimes they can just suddenly engage and start contractions in a few hours. 

She's quite shy but rather active. During the scan she kept moving but her hand was covering her face. Could see her fingers. Lol maybe she's a bit cheeky or playful too coz she slowly moved her hand away from her face, like playing peekaboo, revealing the right side of her face. Looks like my prep talk worked a little.. coz I told her not to kiss the wall.. Lol.. She didn't but she hide her face..

Going to do CTG scan next Friday if she still decides to stay inside.

Her head...

Her thigh bone..

Her stomach..

Her heartbeat..

Can you see half her face??

Another pic of her face...