And we began 2011 with ….



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The infamous Nebuliser!



Xi En fell quite ill for the entire last week of December 2010. This was his first prolonged fever, cough and flu. As typical worrying parents, we whisked him off to KKH when his fever reached 39 degree. We had his stool checked as well because he was having almost 2 weeks of diarrhoea. Thankfully he poop in time in the hospital for us to collect some of his loot for examination.

The funny thing is: 2 doctors stood together with us for a good 3 minutes staring at the pile of poo in his diaper and discussed if it’s anything worrying. I was holding the container and finally asked – “Do we want to collect some first?” I was becoming embarrassed with the aroma filling up the entire room!


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After 5 days of using a fever patch, Xi En was too familiar with it and knew just where it should go.


After his fever subsided (Thank God! He was almost finishing up the entire bottle of Paracetamol!), Xi En started developing a very bad cough, lots of phlegm and an inflamed throat. At this age, he did not know how to spit out the phlegm thus making the situation worse. In the end, we brought him to the PD who said that Xi En is down with bronchitis and thus prescribed the nebuliser. 


The nebuliser makes its entry yesterday. And Xi En’s reaction: I couldn’t take a photo to fully demonstrate his agony. It took 3 of us to pin him down in order to administrate the nebuliser. For a light weight toddler, his struggling skill was amazingly quite strong (as commented by the nurse too!).


We tried giving him the mask to play with before we start the machine; in an attempt to let him get used to the mask.

*Trying to mask the reality*

He took it quite well as a plaything:

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BUT when the real thing kicked in, it’s something like this – all hell broke loose: 

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No TV programmes or even the trusty Iphone could comfort/calm him.

After the whole episode, a dosage of hugs and kisses is partially critical! 🙂


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Xi En is now a lot better after the Nebuliser treatment. Prayfully, he will recover really soon. Our wish for the new year – that everyone will stay healthy especially Xi En!

Have a HAPPY & HEALTHY 2011 everyone! 🙂

Bubbly Bubbles @ City Square Mall

Xi En loves bubbles. Just like any other young kids, he enjoys “catching” bubbles.

So we decided to bring him to City Square Mall where there is a “Magical World of Bubbles” at selected timings.


It turned out to be an eco-friendly Santa with a bubble machine.


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I had expected Mr Santa to move or at least “say” something or play some music. Ermm.. but it didn’t! There were just lots of bubbles churned out from a machine in front of Santa. Oh well.. at least it entertained the kids.


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Xi En loved the bubbles too…… until there were too much of them! We had to keep sweeping bubbles off his head, eyelashes, face, mouth!


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In the end, we decided to venture indoors to escape from the overwhelming bubbles!


Kim and I entertaining ourselves silly until we got told off by the salespeople that no photography allowed! oopps…:P

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After dinner, we discovered a fountain with lights near MacDonald’s. It is similar to the one at Bugis. 2 totally undeterred kids were having a good time getting wet!

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As for Xi En, I think the lights/high water were too daunting for him. That’s as close as he dared to go:

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It was good just to get out of the house. We were running out of ideas where/how to entertain this little-energetic-just-learnt-how-to-walk toddler. Definitely coming back to give the fountain another try when Xi En is older! 🙂

Our story in Motherhood Magazine – Dec 2010 Issue

During our long drawn moments at the hospital 1+ year back, while our little boy was yet unborn, Kim and I kept encouraging ourselves that Xi En will be A Miracle and he will live to tell the story. It was pretty much what kept us going day by day, hour by hour, min by min, sec by sec. Of course, being totally human, in our darkest moments, we had fear the worst before.


However, God proved to be real and so real in our lives. Our little boy was born miraculously and survived his birth journey for us to share his story with Melissa Especkerman, a writer for Motherhood Magazine.


Melissa read my pregnancy story on this blog and wrote the following article. This is probably a good summary of my pregnancy-cum-birth story till date. One of Xi En earlier photos in the incubator was featured too. Certainly hope that this article will go a long way to bring HOPE to others in similar situations. 🙂

Happy reading. 🙂




N.B  – This article was first published in Dec 2010 Motherhood Magazine. All credits due to Motherhood Magazine.