Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Things I learnt since the birth of Meagan

What are the 5 most dead giveaways that you're a mother?
  • Flabby tummy
  • Gigantic thighs
  • Saggy breasts
  • Plump-looking arms
  • Oversized buttocks

How do you know you're latched onto motherhood?
  • You begin to like the smell of soiled diapers.
  • You handle a newborn like some mamak making roti canai, shifting the baby from one arm to another like a pro.
  • You miss your baby when you don't see them for hours.
  • You're more tempted to shop at Baby Land than Marc Jacobs.
  • You don't mind having another baby despite all the unpleasant pain and discomfort during pregnancy and labour.
  • You feel 10 times stronger by just looking at the little angel.
  • You've uncontrollable tears flowing down your cheeks when baby's unwell.

List of not-to-buy baby things:
  • Too many baby clothes, especially in newborn size. They grow up so fast.
  • Baby body suit / jumper - if you intend to use nappies instead of diapers.
  • Automatic breast pump - it's expensive and slow.
  • Baby cot, unless you have a room for the baby. Although it comes with wheels for you to move it around with ease, it doesn't fit through the standard sized door. Playpen with a 3 inches mattress should work just fine.
  • Pillows - You'll find that baby sleeps better on the mattress without a pillow. Moreover you'll be paranoid that baby will suffocate himself / herself on the pillow once the head is turned to either side while sleeping.
  • Soft toys - they'll be sitting at the side of the cot, collecting unwanted dusts day after day.

List of things to stock up:
  • Diapers / nappies and nappy liners
  • Milk bottles / milk storage containers
  • Bottle warmer
  • Baby oil / lotion - baby tends to have very dry skin
  • Water-proof changing mat - sometimes baby does pee and poo during change of diaper or nappy.
  • Lots of absorbent hankies for feeding time
  • Breast pads - and I mean LOTS of them. Get the disposable ones with adhesive strips. - you'll be leaking like a faulty tap.


  1. I was pretty sure I submitted a comment but if you did not get it, I just want to congratulate you on your baby girl and you being such a wonderful mom, already! Can we see some baby pics please? :) BTW you're giving great tips for me aspiring mom-to-be :)

  2. Thanks, my friend. Baby pics coming up soon! The internet connection in M'sia lags like mad so it's kinda hard to load the pics. There're a few on fb though.