Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Dylan @ 3 years 7 months

Dylan's favourite phrase now is " I already know". He says this whenever we tell him anything....like if we say " Dylan, hold hands when crossing the road.. he would say I already know.... fun times!
His favourite foods : tofu, rice, noodles. If we ask him what he wants to eat, that's his response. He also loves strawberries and cantaloupe. He will say no to spicy stuff, sour stuff and soft drinks. He likes apple juice and yogurt drink.
Before he sleeps every night, he will say, I have to eat something before i sleep, and heads downstairs to get Gordon to get him something to eat. Usually, it is cheese crackers, cheese, yogurt or a cookie. He will ask me first "can I have candy,and when I say no, he goes "awww".... and gets something else to eat...:)

He can recognize about half the alphabets and can spell his first name. He can recognize 1 to 9 and can count to 20. He is trying to learn how to count in 10's.
He thing now is: if he makes me mad he will he will show me his teeth asking me to smile. if I smile he knows that I am NOT mad with him any more. if I don't smile he will try and make me smile so that I won't be mad with him anymore.

He is also very interested in basketball.
He can dribble the ball about 10 times and has asked us to sign him up for basketball class ( I wonder if I ever asked my parents to sign me up for any class when I was 3 years old!)

Ryan @ 5 years 3 months


Ryan is now a big brother to two siblings. He is loving his new role and understands that he needs to spend time with Dylan since mummy is busy with the baby.
His favourite foods now are : spicy stuff like spicy mango, spicy noodles, curries. He also likes sour stuff like sour candy. He still likes to try different foods and eats almost everything we put on his plate.
He is trying to read and recognizes about 50 sight words. He still has to figure out how to joins the phonics together to make words. 

He can add well and can minus small numbers. He can also count in twos, threes, fives and tens.
Favourite TV is Wild Krantz and Pippa pig. He still watches Clifford, curious george and caillou in the morning.
At pre-school, he is doing well. His teachers like him a lot and will miss him when we take him out of school end of April. He is super helpful and very attentive.

5 year old info:
Weight : 42 lb 14.4 oz (66.31 percentile)
Height : 3' 7.5" (63.38 percentile)
Ryan is doing a great job being a big brother. Dylan adores him and Ryan takes the time to make sure Dylan is doing OK and helps him out when needed. 
Today, when Dylan woke up after his nap, he yelled "koko, where are you?". Usually he would look for Gordon or me, but he decided to look for Ryan instead. So cute!

Monday, May 06, 2013

My birth story with Brandon

Here is how is all happened :

April 17 - Doctor visit and was checked. Dr Monica told me I was maybe 1cm dilated. It will probably be another week.
April 18 - 3 am - Mucus plug came out. I was actually awake and was wondering if water broke. Confirmed that it was the mucus plug so I googled and it said possibly couple more days before baby ariives.
I did feel some contractions as I was sleeping, but I ignored them.
7 am - contractions were stronger. I asked Gordon if he was going into work and he said yes....
8 am - contractions were 5 minutes apart. Told Gordon not to go to work and go drop the kids off to pre-school.
8.20am - on the way to the hospital. Contractions were 3 minutes apart and water broke in the car.
9.00am - arrive at hospital. The triage nurse took another hour to complete all the paperwork and questions. Doctor checked and said 7-8cm dilated.

Time is of essence if I want to get the epidural. The doctor mentioned that the anesthesiologist is working on an emergency and may not get to me. Yes, I was asking for the epidural too many times in the triage room and the nurse said "we have to send you to the room ro get the IV before they can give you the epi".....

We entered the labor room and the doctor checked me. She said "fully dilated, minus 1". Let's try and push. I am sure I glared at the doctor cos I really wanted the epidural!

They finally gave me fentanyl to help with the pain.

When I pushed, they found that baby was too high and did not drop yet. So, they called in the anesthesiologist for my epidural. Hooray!

The anesthesiologist took about 30 minutes to get the epi. They could not find the right location to put the needle. They even had the head anesthesiologist take over to help. In the meantime, I focused on my breathing cos I knew that the pain relieve was coming! :)

When the epi worked, I was the nicest person...... I gave the nurse in charge smiles..with the epi, the contractions slowed down, so I had time to rest and relax.

After a while, the nurse said that baby's heart rate was going down everytime I had a contraction. possibly the contractions were pressing on the placenta. She called in the doctor and decided I should push to get the baby out.

The pushing was about 40 minutes. We did have to vacuum baby out towards the end and he came out fine. The doctor did say that if the vacuum did not work, he would have to do a c-section. So, when I pushed, I made sure I pushed hard so I did not have to do a c-section!

Overall, the birth was considered easy. It was quick with little complications. I was surprised that the contractions came so much faster compared to Dylan's birth. Gordon was worried that baby would come out in the car when the water burst.(hehe).