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Another great night spending at Anna Sui Cosmetics 15th Anniversary on 22nd July, to discover the iconic 2013 autumn collection.
I’m wearing Maria Grachvogel white jumpsuit.
Highlight of the night was Anna Sui herself. I was pretty much looking forward to hear the inspirations behind her new collection.
Ring Rouge and Autumn collection.
New Ring Rouge is the most signature iconic cosmetics product, it has been launched in different design and different colours in the past 15 years; they are the decorative and antique rings which absolutely are the best to represent Anna’s style.
These Ring Rouge give you glamorous lips that stay glossy for a long time and leaves lips moisturized. And they are good as accessories as well.
It comes in 8 shades and retail at SGD39. Available in August 2013.
I have flown quite a lot with my baby girl and we started when she was 3 months old. Her first trip was to Bangkok. At that time I was with my husband and the in-laws so it was easy to handle her with a lot of help, and it was only 2 hours plus flight. But it’s a different story when I have to travel alone with her. Actually it could be even easier if I did some research beforehand.
This post I will be sharing some tips on how to fly alone with your little one. I think it works for babies up to 18 months for now. Please take note that these tips work well for me but they also depends on your travel time, preferences and your baby. There may be some adjustments. 7 simple tips here.
1. Travel light
You do not want to carry more than a diaper bag. I put passports, cash, credit cards, pen, mobile phones into one small pouch, and put it in my baby bag. Do make sure the bag is big enough and remember where you put things or you will have a hard time finding what you need when you are in a rush. It would be great if you can replace things you need from the actual size into mini travel-size.
2. Pack only what you really need
- Diapers – How many to bring depends on how often you need to change your baby. You yourself should be able to approximate that best.
- Baby changing sheet – Thin and foldable one.
- Baby wiper.
- 1 extra set of lightweight cloth preferably in one-piece, bib or handkerchief.
- Food or milk – 1 small bowl for solid food and a spoon (most airlines provide this if you do not want bring your own). 1 milk bottle and 1 tiny bottle for water. And hot water container.
- First aid kit – I include thermometer, fever medecine, rashes cream, diaper cream. I have all these items contained in a mini-size container to save space.
Things to sooth your baby is definitely A MUST.
- 1 Pacifier – If it works for your baby.
- Baby snacks. – such as teething biscuit. It always works.
- baby favorite toys – I usually bring a teething toy (small) and a Sophie giraffe. That’s good enough for her. Some airline give baby a toy as well. Don’t be shy, just ask for one. Your baby should pay attention to new stuff for at least a short while.
What’s in my diaper bag?
ps. I do not advertise any products in this image. Some of them are what I really use daily and some are to support the content. Recommendation on the products or branding will be in a review or separate post.
3. A stroller OR a baby carrier after check-in?
A lot of people use a stroller to get around but it’s not my choice when I travel alone with a baby. I check-in a stroller with luggages and use baby carrier instead simply because…
- It suits my style of traveling, fast and convenient.
- I would never leave the baby alone in a stroller or with others when I need to go to the toilet. I have gone to the bathroom wearing the Bjorn baby carrier and it was easy and all fine. Talking about when you are not yet on board.
- I prefer to skip the long wait for a stroller after landed, right outside the gate. Sometimes they are fast, most of the time they are not.
To me there is only one disadvantage of using baby carrier. That is, a need to bare with the weight of your baby especially if he/she is heavy. Other than that, I have no more complaints but a good massage as a treat later on.
4. Be in comfortable outfit, you and baby
Make sure baby is in her most comfortable long sleeves suit with a baby’s stocking to keep her warm. For myself, I usually wear cotton tops with stretchable pant (with pockets even better), and sport shoes. Wear breathable fabric such as cotton, linen or silk to allow air to circulate and you won’t easily feel sweaty. Wear long lasting makeup too if you want. It’s nothing wrong wanting to look good anytime.
5. Book the best timing to fly
What time is your baby nap-time? Try to consider that. If you fly during their nap time, it could be easier. Remember to book a good seat too.
6. Need Assistant maybe?
Some airlines such as Singapore Airline also provide assistant services if your request is approved. A personal assistant that will follow you around right after you check-in your luggages until boarding OR after you landed until you get into a car or taxi.
7. Feed milk before taking off
The changes in pressure on take-off and landing can cause ear pain for them. Try to board in early and feed milk before taking off and after landing.
It’s not as hard as you think. Remember to take things easy, remain flexible and relaxed. Do not anticipate that everything will be perfect during the trip and then when it all goes well, you will be pleasantly surprised. Don’t be shy to ask for helps when you need them too.
Here is the very first few shots of baby Terena on board, about 3-4 months old. She was not very active at that time.
Thanks to everyone who helped me out as well, strangers and passengers seated beside me. Thank you very much for being so kind, whoever you are.
Ending this post with a little giveaway to my readers.
Feel free to share with me some of your experience/suggestion traveling with a little one, or any interesting ideas for a family vacation? We are planning one this year. And below are some appreciation gifts for your kind comments, I bought from RFsingapore. Remember to leave your email address for me to contact you back if you are the lucky one.
Giveaway ends on 13 July 2013. (ENDED) Applicable for those who reside in Singapore and Malaysia only. Good luck.
Have fun and a safe flight with your little one.
Shout out to all the mums and dads out there! You are invited to be a part of fun-filled Parents World Exhibitions 2013 where you can spend your day exploring the booths or join their exciting programmes.
Date: 30 Aug – 1 Sep
Time: 11am – 9pm
Location: Singapore Expo Hall 6A
Breastfeeding mums can also get involved in the Biggest Breastfeeding Challenge on the 31st August. Mums who register will enjoy a free goodie bag of up to $100. Let’s set a new national record and celebrate!
Date: 31 August 2013
Location: Singapore Expo Hall 6A
Many people have been asking me this since I was pregnant until now.
Caesarean or natural birth?
I took quite a long time to consider. Which is better? What are pros and cons? What would be the best option for my baby and me? After 2 months of consideration, I chose to go for caesarean birth or C-section.
You might want to stop reading this entry now if you are planning to give birth anytime soon, especially natural birth.
Before I continue writing this post, I have something to say to some people who are/were against my personal decision here.
I already got comments like “why not natural? Isn’t it better for your baby? etc.” or some people even gave me THAT kind of look, like as if it was wrong for me to do it. I’m telling you now that your such comments doesn’t mean anything to me, especially when you don’t know me. Every new mother have to go through 9 months of pregnancy, childbirth, and a lot more real work after that. If you haven’t been through it, just listen. Or if you had a natural birth before and it was tough then that was your choice. But it doesn’t mean my choice is wrong and I should go through the same thing as you. And after all, it’s my life not yours. My baby, not yours.
However, I thank and appreciate those comments from people who really care and try to help NOT those that acting like they know everything and they are always right. Please. No one is always right.
Ok that’s enough. So what made me choose to go for a C-section?
1) Caesarean can be scheduled.
Because my husband travels a lot. What happen if my water broke when he is many thousands miles away from me? This is one way we can be sure that both of us will go through this together.
2) Disadvantage of a natural birth.
True that the recovering period is much shorter with natural birth. You just need 1 day to stay in a hospital and 1-2 weeks for full recovery when C-section needs at least 3 days, and 1-2 months for full recovery (also depends on the individual).
According to 8 women (I know personally) who have gone through a natural birth, they said that their private parts do not look the same after a natural birth. In fact, they said it will never be exactly the same. Even if you have only 1 sleeping partner for the rest of your life and you wouldn’t care? Maybe. But I believe most of us do care. However, health science and medical technology has improved a lot so there might be a solution for that too. I don’t know.
What about a scar on lower stomach after C-section? I know I will have my way out for that. A secret for now. Plus, I trust my Gynae a lot. She is great and famous for her C-section. My scar looks fine and not as bad as I thought it would be. Thank you.
3) Pain Level
I’d rather feel the most pain after and NOT during labour which I don’t know how long it will last. I had an epidural and I was awake during the C-section. (you can choose to sleep throughout the whole process but you won’t be the first to see your baby). I didn’t feel any pain at all during the process, not even when they jabbed an epidural into my spine to numb sensation and provide pain relief before they cut me open. Some mothers also take an epidural during their natural birth if they can’t stand the pain.
However, the pain came the next day when I woke up. Very painful, my wound. I couldn’t eat much and definitely couldn’t move at all for at least a day. Let’s skip the part where I needed to go to a toilet. The worst part was when I coughed and my (seven layers cut) wound vibrated. I couldn’t describe how freaking painful it was. You imagine. But a good thing is, painkiller helps a lot.
4) It’s safe, for the baby.
Many of you might not know this. According to what my Gynae told me, caesarean is safer for baby but not good for a mother. The chance of getting wound infections is higher. There are seven layers of muscles doctor have to cut through during C-section. If the cord is around baby’s neck, it would be unsafe to do a natural birth too. And unfortunately, the cord was around my baby’s face and neck at 37th week. Even if I decided to go for a natural birth (which I most likely won’t), I’d have to do a C-section instead.
5) I consider a Caesarean as a modern way to have baby.
Women today have choice, something that women in the olden days did not have. Giving birth can be fast and safe with the used of latest technological equipments and so why not?
After all, I’m not saying that a natural birth is not a good choice and I’m just giving my personal opinions. It’s your choice so you should know the best for you and your baby. People who have gone through a natural birth is brave and tough. I admire them. Either way, the most important thing is to make sure your baby (and you) is safe.
Congratulation to every new mother. Let’s have fun, enjoy the process and keep the joy in motherhood.
Yes, I think you can guess.
I finally gave birth to a healthy baby girl.
Thankful for everything. That’s what I’m always praying for. I have to be honest.. My pregnancy was already considered quite good and smooth compared to some of my friends. Thanks god and people who always helping me out. I truly appreciate it. And I thank to myself too, for doing my best throughout this pregnancy. Forcing myself to eat stuffs I hate everyday (I drank at least 6-7 glasses of milk a day), giving up something I love, etc. It was all worth it.
That day when I was in a hospital waiting to give birth, I was scared, really scared. I have never felt so scared in my life till my body was uncontrollably shaking . Without courage from all the loved ones, it could be a lot harder than it was. That moment, his hands held my hands and helped me through it. Thank you.
Giving our little precious love and happiness is now one of my top priority. And to keep her healthy too of course. I will make mistakes and I will learn from it. Thank you father, mother, for raising me, and loving me. Never knew it would be so hard to become a parent until today and I know it’s just the beginning.
Enough said. here is my baby girl, Terena. And that’s how a first-born looks like.
First time in mummy’s hands. I cried.
They had to take her away from me to do all the weighing, measuring etc.
An hour later, my baby girl looks like this. Terena day 1.
Her head was the same size as my husband’s fist. So small, so fragile.
First time pumping out breast milk, in this bottle. I always thought mother’s milk is supposed to be white in color but I was wrong.
It may seem amazing but my breasts was in PAIN and I hate that feeling! Furthermore, I had to wake up every 3 hours to breastfeed since I was on full breastfeeding. I won’t lie. That part was bad, really bad.
And oh, I almost forgot to mention about my confinement period. IT WAS SUCK. To me, it was the worst. I’m not trying to scare you but it’s really like living in a jail. Can you imagine you can’t wash your hair for a week or a month and you can’t get out of your house at all? Yes, it happened to me. At least my confinement lady was more of a modern type so thanks god! I don’t think I can stand doing all those for one full month. I showered every 3-5 days with ginger water and I sneaked out a little bit, or maybe not just a little bit. However, I wore a long sleeve and long pant when I was out. In a confinement period, wind = your worst enemy.
A lot of complaining here. Don’t mind me. I’m just trying to share.
There will be more complaining in the future so be prepared for that too. But also more of good thing to share with. After all, I love being a mother. Who doesn’t anyway?