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Cepheus is sick

My poor baby has been coughing with a lot of phlegm since Saturday and it became worse on Sunday. We brought him to the doc earlier on Monday evening and was prescribe 4 types of medication. As usual, he refuse to eat his medicine and we have to force him to eat. It really pains me to see him coughing so badly, so bad that he refuse to eat his meals. 

He is also getting cheeky at times, refusing to follow instructions and run off by himself and will scream and struggle if we forcefully carry him off. He is also getting sticky to me and his mom. Whenever one of us is out of sight, he will keep calling "Pa Pa" or "Ma Ma" loudly. I am trying very hard not to loose my cool as it really seems so tempting at times to give him a good spanking Tongue out

Cepheus swimming solo

Brought Cepheus to Safra for a swim again. 

Mummy was the swimming instructor for the day. The children pool @SafraMountFaber happened to be quite empty. Took a while before Cepheus got comfortable in the water. Not a bad trip at all

Rough and dry skin

During Cepheus' "swimming" session, the person in charge mentioned that Cepheus' skin is very dry and rough. I guess it's time for us to switch bathing lotion for him. We have been using Johnson & Johnson all this while and we are going to switch to Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. I have been using this as facial wash for a long time and I personally find that it's really good as it's really gentle and does not irritate nor dry out the skin like other facial foam/gel. Price wise it's slightly on the expensive side as it cost SGD16 bucks for 473ml while 1000ml of Johnson & Johnson probably cost half of Cetaphil. So it's 2 times the price but 1/2 the amount. Hopefully it helps to soften, smoothen and keep Cepheus' skin moisturised and supple.

Blur like sotong!

We brought Cepheus to Harbourfront for his "first swim" this afternoon. I think he doesn't really like it and cried after a while. Maybe it's due to the small swimming tub or he is uncomfortable with a float around his neck. Anyway, after Cepheus "swim" I try to let him have a short nap and requested Dar to bring me his pacifier. Guess what? Dar brought the pacifier and while looking at Cepheus, she was putting the pacifier very near my mouth as if she was trying to let me suckle on it. She was holding on to that position till I asked her what does she thinks she is doing. My mom saw the whole scene and she burst out laughing at Dar. Yup! That's my wife, blur like sotong! Hahaha..

Flip flip!

I am very happy to witness another development milestone for Cepheus. He managed to flip from his back to his tummy all by himself. As per what Dar has blogged here, he successfully flipped by himself earlier this week but with much difficulty. He was screaming, crying and grunting for a few minutes before he managed to flip. Over the past few days of "self training and practices" I am happy to report that Cepheus has became proficient in flipping. He managed to flip over quickly with ease as of yesterday evening. However, this means that changing nappy for him will be a challenge as he will flip everytime we place him on the bed/mattress/cot.

I can't wait to witness the next development milestone, which is crawling and sitting up by himself. Go Cepheus!

Cepheus turns 3 months old in a twinkle of an eye. Still abit hard accept and believe the fact that I'm already a father. I have grown attached to my son, often missing him during work and always looking forward to play with him when I wake up or return home from work. Cepheus has grown attached to me too, always smiling and cooing at me when I'm "talking" to him and always wanting me to carry him to sleep. Seems like I have become his bed. I'm also very happy and delighted to watch Cepheus develop into a always smiling and happy baby although he still fusses at times. Looking forward to see and witness more of his growing up developments. Wink

Like father like son
Me at 2 months old vs my son at 2 months old. I think I'm cuter. What do you think?

My dar gave me the nickname of 人肉摇篮 a.k.a the human sarong as I have been rocking Cepheus to sleep whenever I was carrying him. It seems like our dear son is addicted to my gentle rocking and will go to sleep easily everytime I rock him but will wake up after I put him down on his cot. Dar is sort of blaming me for cultivating this bad habit. Dar also mentioned that our son likes to look at me. I think Cepheus recognise me as he will follow me with his eyes and cry when I'm out of his sight.

My arms, back and legs are aching with all that rocking and carrying. I think we better buy Cepheus a sarong to sleep in so that he can sleep much longer, have a round head and hopefully help to prevent him from constantly sleeping on the right side of his head.

Cepheus probably thinks that my arms are too small and was cranky over the weekends, he simply refused to sleep on his own and want to be carried. The moment you put him down on his cot, he will fuss after 5 mins. He started all this on Saturday afternoon when dar left for her dim sum lunch with her colleagues. During the 3 hrs plus while she was away, I was carrying him for more than 2 hours. To make things worse he woke up at about 4am on Sunday for milk and refused to sleep after that and want to be carry. I ask dar to rest at about 5am plus and I finally managed to put him to bed at about 7am. This I-don't-wanna-sleep-please-carry-me-or-I-will-cry lasted till Sunday night. What a nice father's day present for me from my dear Cepheus.

Cepheus also starts to "merlion" a lot of milk on Sunday. We were out having a dim sum lunch with my dad and April's family. Dar was feeding him at the restaurant and our dear son decided to vomit out almost half of his feed. We had planned to walk about and bring him for a hair cut that afternoon but had to call it off as his vomits landed all over dar. He vomited again twice today, once over our sofa, the other time all over the floor. At the rate he is going, our entire flat is gonna smell like dar's breast milk. Tongue out

Throughout the last weekends, I think I have carried Cepheus for more than 6 hours in total so who needs to go to the gym when you can "carry weight" at home.

Tiring Saturday...

As dar's cesarean wound has an infection, she is taking a good rest today. Hence Cepheus primary caregiver today is me and my mother. He started going cranky again, refuse to sleep and wakes up 30 mins or so and cried really loud. Can't seem to pacify him with patting, carrying or cuddling till we feed him. Seem like Cepheus is going through a "growth spurt" whereby he need to feed more often than usual. He is fussier too. Hopefully the "growth spurt" is a short one. Having to feed him every 2 hours is no fun, especially late at night.

I better go to bed now. I have been patting, carrying and feeding Cepheus for the whole day.

Lunar full month

Today is the Lunar calendar full month for Cepheus. 2 weeks has passed since he was discharge from NUH. It has been a tiring 2 weeks for both me and dar. Dar spent most of her time expressing breast milk and taking care of our son. I think she barely have enough sleep. For me, I can only help out during the nights till about 2am during work days. All I did was warm up the milk and pass it to either my mother or dar to feed. I managed to learn how to feed him all by myself a few days ago, so I guess I'm of abit of more help now. ;) Cepheus went to see the PD today for a routine checkup. He now weighs about 3.78kg as compared to 3.1kg when he was discharged. I hope the growth rate of 300grams per week is normal.

We brought Cepheus down to our neighbourhood for a little walk and bought 2 packets of sweet last night. According to Cantonese traditions, when a baby reaches his full month, we have to distribute sweets to others. This is to symbolised the forming of friendship between him and those who received his sweets. Sweets anybody??

I'm the man!

Finally managed to feed him all by myself this afternoon. Dar was busy expressing milk and my mother went to the market. Cepheus started his fussing and no amount of cooing or carrying can calm him down. There was some left over milk so i decided to feed him. It was actually pretty easy, the moment I put the teat in his mouth, he started to suckle. He drank up all the left over milk and cry for more. Luckily dar is in the midst of expressing milk and I requested her for some fresh milk to give it to our son. Cepheus must be hungry as he drank up every single drop or maybe freshly express breast milk taste better. I managed to burp him too. It was a loud one. Laughing. After all the feeding and burping, I managed to put him to bed after cooing and carrying him for a while. I feel so good about myself already.

Cepheus is doing well

Cepheus had a appointment with Prof Prabha at NUH this morning. They removed the dressing and did a quick check on him. The doctor say Cepheus is doing very well, the surgery cut is healing good and they didn't hear any whizzing sound from his trachea. There are still a fair bit of excess skins on the neck but Prof Prabha told us not to worry about that now, that can be corrected later. During this little "outing", Cepheus was very well behave. He didn't cry or fuss at all except when he was hungry.

Parenting ain't easy

It's been a week since Cepheus was discharge from NUH. Most of the time he was behaving himself well, sleeping quietly after drinking his milk. However, he does get cranky at times and kept crying. Last weekend, my mother was busy and we have to take care of him ourself on both Saturday and Sunday nights. We let him sleep inbetween us on our king size bed. He behave very well on Saturday night and slept quietly. However, he was cranky on Sunday night. He refuse to sleep and keep wanting attention from us. I have to keep patting him every now and then till about 6am in the morning. As a result, I had to take half day leave as I was simply exhausted.

As a father, I guess I still have a fair bit of stuff to learn. Till now, I have yet learn how to feed, change and bath him. I guess I better learn as soon as I can. Dar on the other hand, was surprisingly good with Cepheus for someone who have not handle any small kids before. I must say that I am very impressed by her. It was a tough week for her too, expressing milk every 3 hours and taking turns with my mother to take care of Cepheus.

It has began...

Sleepless night is what I meant. Cepheus woke up about 15 mins ago and cried for milk. I have to rush to warm up the milk and pass to my mom for feeding. Dar is sleeping soundly, I bet she didn't hear him cry at all. Thank goodness I'm a light sleeper and I usually stay up late. I think this is gonna be a tough 2 months for me, dar and my mom. I think i better go get some rest. Need to wake up at about 3.30am to warm up milk for my dear son again.

It's official!

My son's name is Cepheus Chia 谢宇恒。This is exactly how it looks like on his birth cert. We registered his birth at NUH and have obtain his birth certificate. We have decided to omit hanyu pinyin or dialect name so as to avoid mispronunciation. Furthermore, shorter name means that it will be easier for him to write/shade his name during exams and tests. 

As mentioned on my wife's blog, Cepheus' operation went really well. The entire cyst was remove together with the wall and linings. Thus the chances of reoccurance is low. Coincidently, Cepheus was wheel into Pat's Operating Theatre and she actually popped by the visitor lounge and say hi to me and informed me that things went really well. Her husband called me later at night to give his well wishes too. 

Cepheus is currently still staying in the ICU under observation. I hope that he can be discharge really soon. I want to carry and cradle him in my arms. 

Went to Toa Payoh to "get" chinese name from a nice old lady recommended by April. The old lady said that our boy does not lack any of the elements. She gave us a few chinese characters to consider to use as chinese name for our boy. None caught dar's eyes except for 宇恒 Yu(3) Heng(2) which happens to be the very set of chinese character the nice old lady gave. I like this name pretty much too, gonna seek my grandma's and my dad's opinion. By the way, all April's kids have the word 宇 in their chinese name. If were we to pick this name, then all our kids will have a common middle chinese character, which may not be a bad thing.

Dar is feeling much better today. Guess the pain is not as bad as it was yesterday. She managed to get off the bed to visit the loo.  Didn't managed to take any nice pictures of Cepheus today as he was sleeping most of the time. Hopefully I can catch him when he is awake and take some more pictures.

The below is a recap of today's happening

  • Reach NUH at about 7.15am
  • Wait
  • Dar went into Operating Theatre at about 9.15am
  • Wait somemore
  • Nurse informed C-sec was done and dar is resting at about 11am
  • Went to NeoNatal ICU to look for my son after receiving cord blood at about 11.15am
  • Went to Patient Care Center to do admission paper work for my son at about 11.30am
  • Nurse informed they are sending dar to her ward at about 12pm
  • Dar reached ward at about 12.30pm
  • Accompany dar till 2pm
  • Went back to NeoNatal ICU to hand over admission paper
  • Reach home about 2.20pm
  • Backup dar's blog from
  • Restore dar's blog to
  • Set up Cepheus' photo journal
  • Called April and talk
  • Went to buy lunch.
  • Had lunch at about 3.30pm
  • is completed
  • Went back to NUH with longan red dates drink at about 4.30pm
  • Bought flowers and visit dar at about 5pm
  • Accompany dar till 7.45pm
  • Went to granny place to show her the picture of her greatgrandson
  • Reach home about 10.45pm
  • Upload Cepheus' pictures to facebook
  • Posting this entry

Long day huh? I'm dead beat!


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