Any woman who has gone through infertility would understand how painful it is – both emotionally and physically and also strenuous on one’s pocket. I know it as I had gone through years of infertility before I had Alycia. I had sought various invasive methods of infertility treatments which include taking several rounds of Clomid, underwent a laser ovarian drilling and laparoscopy through a keyhole surgery, double Hysterosalpingogram (Uterotubogram) or HSG to unblock the Fallopian tubes and finally an IUI which is an artificial insemination.
Before I went for each infertility treatment, I surfed the internet and read up tons of information on treatments for infertility and the success rate. When I finally conceived Alycia after a single IUI procedure, hubby and I were elated. However, my pregnancy was not smooth sailing as it was plagued with troubles from the very start. Thank God, I managed to carry Alycia to full-term despite an initial pre-term labor threat (shortened cervix) at week 20 of my pregnancy. I was then ordered by my doctor to take leave from work for 3 months to bed-rest at home.
After Alycia was born, hubby and I were the happiest and proudest parents on earth. Alycia was our pride, joy and victory. I had absolutely no regrets going through what I had gone through and loved every bit being a mummy. Hubby and I wanted another baby soon and this time, we managed to conceive Sherilyn without any fertility treatments. Alycia and Sherilyn are indeed our 2 miracles and very soon, we will be expecting our third miracle!
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After enjoying delicious homecooked food catered from Aly and Sher’s former nanny for 2 days on Monday and Tuesday, we had to eat outside food for 2 days straight, 2 meals a day since Wednesday as the nanny had to go outstation for a couple of days. The nanny is really a great cook and can cook up a storm. On Tuesday, she cooked mushroom chicken,
stir-fried cabbage with homemade fish cake and chicken slices,
and Chawan Mushi with homemade fishballs and crabsticks. As Sherilyn only eats eggs and fish balls, this dish is especially made for her.
Our enjoyment of homecooked food was shortlived when the nanny told us she has to go outstation on Wednesday. After eating outside food for 2 days straight, I am already beginning to feel sick of eating outside food laden with MSG, salt and oil.
I doubt the nanny will continue cooking for us as she has told us it’s too much work for her and she doesn’t want to feel stressed out rushing to cook for us everyday for 2 meals. Looks like I will have to take over as the cook when my new temp maid arrives.
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Do you remember the very first time you said “ Honey, I am pregnant” to your hubby when the pregnancy test kit showed a double line? I still remember that particular day vividly. We were at the fertility clinic and the urine test results showed a positive. Hubby and I had gone through years of infertility and I had gone for fertility treatments to conceive Alycia. Throughout my pregnancy with Alycia, I was worried sick every single day that I would suffer a miscarriage. I surfed the internet very often to read about early pregnancy, how the fetus was growing, symptoms of miscarriage, birth and labor and much more. I had even printed out articles on pregnancy which filled up 3 thick arch files and read them religiously everyday to check my baby’s development.
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