Reflections on 2013 and Moving On to 2014...

~ Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 7:24 AM ~

Reflections on 2013:

2013 was a year of good memories and wonderful milestones!

  • I colored my hair for the first time in my life! And ended up not seeing any difference since my hair was originally so black that the hair dye color was not showing at all!

  • I learned to make a couple of Chinese soups for the family using slow cooker! ABC soup, Lotus Root soup and Szechuan Vegetable Soup.

  • Being pregnant for the 3rd time and giving birth to our 3rd child and hence completing our number of family members as 5 (for now hahaha)

  • Our 1st child is officially potty trained before he turned 4 years old!

  • I get to review more products which benefited our family.

  • I joined an awesome SAHM group on FB, attended my first playgroup with the mummies and kiddos, made a number of mummy friends on FB, was even promoted to be one of the admins in the group, but sadly after lots of consideration, decided to leave the admin post and the group after that to focus on my family and after realising that I am getting too addicted to the group (that is another story to tell in future perhaps)

  • We joined a playgroup where I bring our 2 kiddos to their kiddy playgroup sessions every Tuesday and Friday which I think greatly helps in their social skills, especially after seeing how our 4.5 years old boy slowly shed off his shyness and tantrums in public.

  • I encapsulated my own placenta and CONSUME it.

  • Hubby and I attended a marriage seminar in Melaka and it helped strengthened our relationship and brought us much closer (we brought our kiddos along btw)

  • We managed to register our 1st child into his pre-school for 2014! He's going to start his K3 classes on the 6th Jan 2014.

 

Moving on to 2014:

I am not big on making new year resolutions - probably because I don't think I am able to fulfill them hahaha... but, oh well... 2014, today is a new day, a new year, I should resolve to be a new person, well at least with new changes and hopefully new positive attitudes.

  • I hope that with Benjamin starting his K3 classes this year, I will still be able to bring our girls to the kiddy playgroup sessions.

  • I hope that Alyson will be independent.

  • I hope that Carolyn will be an easy to care for child just like her brother and sister.
  • I hope that I will have the opportunity to learn to cook more for the family.

  • I hope that our family will remain united and strong.

 

Here's wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful 2014 and thank you for your support!

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Placenta Encapsulation

~ Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 8:27 AM ~

** FORETHOUGHT: Hmm... it took a lot of courage for me to write out this post. At the mere mention of placenta, it gets people giddy and feeling weird. The feeling gets worse and gross when I said placenta can be consumed.. and that I ate mine. The first time I mentioned about placenta encapsulation, there are kind-hearted people commenting and telling me to delete the post on my FB wall for fear that I will be branded as a cannibal.

Here in Malaysia, such acts is not that well-known yet and normally people (Muslims ***the local Malays) here brings back the placenta to bury near their house as they believe the placenta is some form of sibling that nurtures the baby during pregnancy and that it is only right for it to be buried after baby has been born safely. Other than that, the placenta gets thrown away after labor.

* NOTE: If you are a squeamish person who cannot stand the idea of consuming placenta, please feel free to skip reading on this post. I would appreciate only positive comments after this post and if you want to find out more, do google first before you write in to ask me.

 

** HOW IT BEGAN... So, how did I come across this placenta encapsulation thingy? Firstly, I saw it on some bloggers wall when I was reading up on some baby stuff. So I googled for more info to know more.

 

** WHAT IS IT AGAIN??  Placenta encapsulation is the act of consuming one's placenta in the form of pills or capsules. "I could deal with this", I told myself after reading about the benefits and why people are doing this. I mean, if you asked me to slice off a piece of my placenta and eat it raw (yes, people do this too!), no thanks, I couldn't stomach that thought yet... but to process the placenta and consume it in a pill/capsule form, yes, that can work!

 

** WHY DID I DO IT????  Now why do I bother myself with all this? Well, when I gave birth to our 2nd child in 2011, I had post-natal depression for a month, which I suspected was triggered by me wanting to tandem nurse our 2 kiddos then. And since I'm planning to tandem nurse when our 3rd child comes along, I want to be prepared this round and definitely do not want to be having PND again. That feeling sucks, really!

And of course, there are people thinking 'Ewwww... placenta is part of your body! You do this, aren't you a cannibal?!' For me, well, that placenta is in MY body, what I choose to do with my body is my decision. There are people out there buying sheep placenta pills to beautify their face and skin and are not giddy about it why go on harping about what I choose to do with mine? As I read on the benefits of this, I am more focused on it helping me should I suffer from PND again. So this is the reason why I do it.

 

** WHERE TO GET THE MATERIALS/TOOLS???

 I googled more on how I should go about doing this. It seems people who blogs about the placenta encapsulation process already has some ready-made utensils and tools to go about making it. Things like steamer (I have!), dehydrator (I don't have but I can use my oven to replace this!), capsule filling tool (I need to get this!) and of course, empty capsules to fill up the placenta powder in (need to get this as well!

The next step I did was to find out where I can get hold of the capsule filling machine/tool and the empty capsules as well. I bought my placenta encapsulation kit here. Because I live in Malaysia, shipping charges is very high, in fact, higher than the kit selling price! But I told myself, no choice I need to get it. And so I did. The kit arrived few weeks later which I excitedly shared an update in my FB wall that the kit arrived and that's when I get the cannibal comments and I deleted the post update and keep quiet since then. Until now... after much thoughts and considerations.

 

** HOW DID I DO IT??? After labor, just bring back the placenta and clean up the bloody mess a bit and keep it in the freezer until you are ready to process it. Hubby helped me clean up my placenta and kept it in a plastic container. To be honest, I only started processing my placenta a week after I gave birth. I need time to do this alone without anyone interrupting me so I waited for the whole family to be out at church and I got down to clean, wash, steam, baked, dehydrate and blend it all within a day.

Placenta Encapsulation

 

** WHY DO IT MYSELF??? After I ordered my placenta encapsulation kit online, I found that there are some individuals offering the service to encapsulate your placenta for you here in Malaysia. Now, it is not that I want to save up money since I have ordered the kit for myself, but I feel I should do it myself and not let others do it.

Reason being, I trust myself to handle my own things. I don't know whether other parties will be hygienic enough or professional enough to handle my personal things. If everything fails, I have myself to blame, not that I pay money for others to screw up anything with regards to this. These are my own reasons, of course, if you are squeamish and can't deal with the sight of blood or body organs, then do feel free to pay someone else to do it if there is resource for that. For me, I don't have problems with blood or any body liquids or anything, so I'm fine with doing this myself.

Oh, just want to add, when I was cleaning up my placenta after defrosting it, I was just amazed at the sight of my clean placenta. The veins on the baby's side of the placenta is just breathtakingly beautiful. No wonder people called it "tree of life". This amazing organ nurtured our baby throughout my pregnancy stage!


** ANY EFFECTS AFTER TAKING IT??  This is the important thing that everyone wants to know, right? I have so far only taken 2 capsules of my placenta. 1 capsule a day to be exact. Although the instructions on the capsule bottle said I can take 2 capsules 1-3 times a day, I chose to take 1 a day to start it off. My reasons?

1. I've already established my breastfeeding routine (tandem nursing by the way) and have no problems at all with my milk supplies, hence I don't need to take so many capsules to up my milk production.

2. I've read that some mums reported having higher bleeding when they take higher amount of capsules and I decided to take 1 to test it out. And yes, the days I took the capsule, I have bleeding (lochia) a bit. But do note that on the days I DID NOT take the capsules, I also have bleeding so I don't think this is related.

3. I decide to take the capsule only because I want it to help me if I have any depression feelings again. Not to increase my milk production, or any other reasons, but to help rid of the depression feeling, though I was pretty thankful with the energy boost I had when I consumed the capsule.

Anyway, effects after consuming the pills... on the 2 days I took the capsules, I felt dizzy, giddy and sort of high like the times I relied on the laughing gas (Enthonox) when I was having painful contractions during labor. The high dizzy giddy feeling lasted for few hours and went off by evening time. The first time I took the capsule, I felt energetic throughout the day and was not moody at all, did not snapped at my kids or any sort of moody reactions. The second time I took the capsule, I snapped at my kids once, that was towards the evening time when I was already overwhelmed throughout the whole day dealing with 3 kiddos and hubby returning back to work.

Why I stopped taking the capsules? The instructions on the capsule bottle said not to take the capsules if I have any flu or common cold, which I did still, so that's the reason of me stopping the capsules for now. As for why we have to stop the capsules when we have flu or cold, according to an article I read:

"The reason for this is because placenta is extremely tonifying in nature and can cause a pathogen to grow stronger and get deeper into the body."


** Updates on 10th Nov 2013: I have so far taken about 10 placenta pills - though not continuosly on daily basis as there were some days I was down with flu and had cold and I did not take the pills on those days. I noted everytime I took the pills, I will have long lasting energy throughout the day! No snappish moodiness or bleeding or giddiness anymore.

 

** MORE INFO?? I will leave the links to the resources I used/referred to for your reference. I did take pictures of my placenta and the step by step taken when I cleaned it, steamed it, oven baked and the dehydrate it and blended it into powder form and finally filling up the powder into empty capsules. But I don't think I will share all the pictures here. You can google and see the pictures posted by other people all around the world, no need to personally see my pictures to reaffirm this.

Resources:

* Benefits of Placenta Encapsulation

* More info on Placenta Encapsulation 

* More info on Placenta Encapsulation  

* Where to buy the kit?  

* How to do it? (Graphics, may be gross to some!!)

* Is there any time that I shouldn’t take the capsules?

 

Updates on 20th April 2015: *** I have earlier wrote that Muslims in Malaysia here brings back the placenta to bury near their house as they believe the placenta is some form of sibling that nurtures the baby during pregnancy and that it is only right for it to be buried after baby has been born safely but a Muslim fan PM-ed me to inform that such rituals are actually based on Malays' beliefs, not Muslims. I did however shared some links to the fan which made me wrote such statement originally (such as from fatwa and an article). Although the fan is not able to provide any article links that she can share with me such rituals are not based on Muslims' beliefs, I have decided to amend my post as I later on found an article which stated it is indeed Malay cultures.

 

My Third Supernatural Childbirth...

~ Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 8:00 AM ~

This is the story of my 3rd supernatural childbirth... you can read about my 1st supernatural childbirth in my old blog and my 2nd supernatural childbirth as well. Here goes the third one:

30th September 2013 ~ 08.00 am

Started feeling some mild period-like cramps. Entertained thoughts on contractions starting and took my handphone, turned on the contractions counter app and start to note down the time and date... and waited for the next period-like cramp...

30th September 2013 ~ 10.00 am

Time gap between contractions are not regular. Within 9am to 10am, the time gap is every 9 to 11 minutes but after 10am onwards, the time gap goes between 3 to 15 minutes. I know they are actual contractions as the pain does not go away no matter what you do. Just as hubby got ready to go out for his appointment, I told him that I am having contractions but they are not regular. He looked stunned and immediately reschedule his appointments for the day and rushed off to meet a client before coming back to get our kiddos and me, dropped off our kiddos at our SIL's place and then send me to our birth hospital.

30th September 2013 ~ 11.40 am

Dropped off kiddos at SIL place, I cried as I see my 2 kiddos going into SIL's house... SIL said not to worry and don't cry, go have a safe delivery! Hubby and I then went to McDonald's drive-through to get our lunch before we head off to our hospital.

30th September 2013 ~ 12.30 pm

Reached the labor ward, registered myself and was told to lie on one of the monitoring beds, got hooked to some machine to check whether contractions are real or false and also checked for baby's heart rate. Was on the bed for an hour. Finally a doctor came in and checked and I was already 3cm dilated. In the hospital, once you reached 4cm, they will break your water bag to start the labor process. Since I was not 4cm yet, I was advised to admit and rest in my room. Unluckily for me, there are no more private rooms available so I had to end up staying in a 4 bedded room (I'm not really comfortable sharing room with others as I would like to rest in peace and quietness and not hear other mums moan or whine etc) but oh well...

30th September 2013 ~ 4.30 pm

It took such a long time for the hospital staff to admit me to my room! Something wrong with my identification card number. In Malaysia, the last digit indicates whether you are a male or female. Odd number = male, even number = female. Mine ended with a 5, hence the hospital system hangs as it kept reading my details as male and rejecting my admittance. Gaaaaa... when they finally sorted out the issues, I got into my room and rest. A doctor came over and checked and said I'm 5cm already. Contractions are getting more intense and I asked the nurse to find a doctor to check me again. But no one came.

30th September 2013 ~ 05.00 pm

Two more contractions came and I felt like pushing. I told hubby to get the nurse and tell them I need to push NOW. Just a few seconds after hearing hubby telling the nurse at the reception counter, few of the nurses rushed in to my room and pleaded me NOT to push yet. They managed to get the doctor in-charge and asked him to check how dilated I was to be sure as there are not enough labor beds yet in the labor ward. I was quite annoyed at this point as I can see the doctor hesitating and scared to proceed. In the end, the nurses decided to just wheeled me to the labor ward. Once we were in the labor ward, I was told to hold off pushing as doctor is on the way and my hubby too. He had to take the long route as he was not allowed to go through staff paths. A nurse gave me the gas mask (Entonox) to breathe in when my contractions kick in and to be honest, that really helps delay my pushing. I could feel myself getting high as well from the laughing gas!

30th September 2013 ~ 05.50 pm

Saw my gynae coming into my labor room all geared up. Hubby couldn't recognise our gynae at first. I was just waiting for gynae to tell me I can push anytime. I'm really really really trying hard to hold off pushing this time! Gynae and a nurse got me ready, legs bend up, felt gynae breaking my water bag and contractions kick in then, I heard gynae said 'Ok start pushing when you feel your contractions coming!' GREENLIGHT! YES! I pushed the first time and thought I pooped or something but hubby said nothing, go on, pushhhhhhhh!!! I pushed 2nd time and everyone around telling me, one more time, one more time, can see baby's head. I was still high and dizzy with the laughing gas and the nurse took the gas mask away from me.

30th September 2013 ~ 05.55 pm

 Then I pushed the 3rd time and felt baby whooshed out from my vagina - phewwww... always love that sensation as baby glides out and the whole burden is lifted off my body! Baby Carolyn is born at 5.55pm! She came out crying loudly and because of this, our gynae granted my wish to have hubby do the delayed cord clamping. We waited for a few minutes and hubby was then passed a device to clamp the cord and guided by gynae on how to clamp it.


30th September 2013 ~ 09.00 pm

We are still stuck in our labor room for hours! I am not sure what is causing the delay but it is getting irritating that lots of hours were wasted when I could've been happily wheeled back with baby to our room to rest. I had a hot Milo, some crackers and then some chicken rice for dinner in my labor room. By the time we got back to our room, it was already 9.30pm and hubby stayed for a while before he had to rush home to pick up our 2 kiddos from SIL's place.


So, there you go... the long story of my 3rd supernatural childbirth. And why I think this 3rd round is still supernatural?

*  Carolyn  engaged herself and yes, I remembered the pain and discomfort when I have contractions especially when baby is engaged!

* I was able to hold off for a long time from pushing Carolyn until I got wheeled into the labor ward

* I delivered Carolyn naturally

* I don't rely on painkillers other than Enthonox (which was for a couple of seconds only)

* I delivered Carolyn in 3 pushes (first one wasted on screaming and pushing while not having contractions)!

* I lost very little blood this round which was the same case with Ben and Alyson.

* No episiotomy this round! Yeay!

Again, I thank God for His divine intervention and for His blessings on our family.

And yes, we're now a family of 5!

Welcome to the family, Carolyn!