Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Officially a SAHM now

For the next many months, I have decided to focus on family and pregnancy. To officiate my first day as a Stay at home mom, I baked my first set of chocolate cupcakes together with my daughter who is turning 3 this july

I used to work part time doing fund raising, event organization and IT projects for a feminist organization here in singapore. This is my first real experience with working in a Voluntary  Welfare Organization. I gained lots of fun and valuable experiences from the work and projects and also on knowing how a VWO is run. I also experienced working in a office space in a residential area, under a hdb residential housing flat, from the window where i was sitting, i got to see neighbourhood children playing ball and grannies and mothers scrolling by with their strollers after marketing. It was a peaceful view compared to the usual city skyscapers view i had while i was working full time in  corporate companies awhile back.  With my freed up time now, I can also consider the option of volunteering once in a while in a charity that is closer to my heart, also getting interested in new things and taking up handicraft lessons. 

I have experienced being a stay home mom when i was pregnant with my daughter,  then continued to not work until she was about 2years old. That's almost 3 full years of stay home mom life. I guess i will be doing the same again, but this time, I hope to help out a little more with my husband's business. 

If i have to express my view on sahm vs working, I would say for both.. that i love it and hate it. I love working because of the identity thingy and the satisfaction i get from a work well done and for knowing im capable of financial independence. I hate it at the same time because of the occasional surges of stress that comes along and also the time i miss with my daughter, i dont feel good leaving her with care-giver. 

Actually, being a stay at home mom is a privilege... but privileges can be easily abused too, like i can get really laid back to the point of guilt instead of being focus on family and self improvement sometimes. I hope this time round, I will make use of my time alot better and feel proud doing all the things to make this family cozier and this household better and everyone including myself, happier.  I have to be contented that the grass will always seem greener on the other side when going get tough. :)

Right now,  whats most important to me is to continue this pregnancy and pray that this pregnancy will be smooth, healthy and normal. After all, i came a long ivf way to reach this point, i would like to stay pregnant and deliver this miracle if i have a choice.   

Monday, 6 April 2009

How big is your baby?

Weeks 3 & 4*: Poppyseed
Your little zygote is settling into your uterus...
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Week 5: Appleseed
Average size: .13 in**
Major organs and systems are forming...
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Week 6: Sweet Pea
Average size: .25 in
Blood is starting to circulate... 
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Week 7: Blueberry
size: .51 in
Baby's brain is growing fast...
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Week 8: Raspberry
Average size: .63 in, .04 oz
Little arms and legs are moving like crazy... 
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Week 9: Green Olive
Average size: .9 in, .07 oz
A Doppler device might pick up a heartbeat...
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Week 10: Prune
Average size: 1.2 in, .14 oz
Arm joints are working, and soon legs will too...
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Week 11: Lime
Average size: 1.6 in, .25 oz
Fingers and toes are no longer webbed... 
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Week 12: Plum 
Average size: 2.1 in, .49 oz
Almost all vital systems are fully formed... 
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Week 13: Peach
size: 2.9 in, .81 oz
Teeth and vocal cords are appearing... 
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Week 14: Lemon
size: 3.4 in, 1.5 oz
Liver, kidney and spleen are continuing to develop...
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Week 15: Naval Orange
size: 4.0 in, 2.5 oz
Legs are finally longer than arms...
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Week 16: Avocado
size: 4.6 in, 3.5 oz
Eyebrows, lashes and hair are filling in... 
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Week 17: Onion
Average size: 5.1 in, 5.9 oz

Skeleton is hardening, and fat is accumulating...
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Week 18: Sweet Potato
Average size: 5.6 in, 6.7 oz

Baby's moving like crazy -- feel anything yet?
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Week 19: Mango
Average size: 6.0 in, 8.5 oz

Vernix caseosa is coating baby's skin...
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Week 20: Cantaloupe
Average size: 6.5 in, 10.6 oz

Boy or girl, genitals are fully formed...
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Week 21: Banana
Average size: 10.5 in
***, 12.7 oz
Taste buds are starting to work...
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Weeks 21-24 (Month 5): Papaya
Average size: 10.5-11.8 in, 12.7-20.8 oz

Nipples are sprouting, and face is fully formed!
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Weeks 25-28 (Month 6): Eggplant
Average size: 
13.6-14.8 in, 1.5-2.2 lb
Immune system is preparing for the outside world... 
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Weeks 29-32 (Month 7): Squash
Average size: 15.2-16.7 in, 2.5-3.8 lb

Sleeping and waking cycles are establishing...
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Weeks 33-36 (Month 8): Honeydew
Average size: 17.2-18.7 in, 4.2-5.8 lb
Growth is slowing, and baby may soon descend... 
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Weeks 37-Delivery (Month 9): Watermelon
Average size: 18.9-20.9 in, 6.2-9.2 lb

Full term! Baby's finally ready for the outside world...
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