Is he ok?

That is the question I had been asked ever since Ethen came home. Well… I will always say “yes” – he is ok. 🙂

He looks perfectly normal and behaves just like a new born baby; fussing for milk when he is hungry, crying when he wants his diapers changed and whining when he wants a cuddle.

When Ethen was born, his primary diagnoses are one A4 page long. He had almost every imaginable problems a preemie could have. Thank God when he was discharged, the remaining existing conditions went down to 1/3 A4 page. 🙂 However, he is still battling with a few issues – e.g, a small hole in the heart and grade 1 IVH. – just to name a few. He is also on vitamins, iron and protein on every other feeds.

vitamins n etc

extra goodies with milk!


Ethen also has a long list of follow up appointments with KKH doctors – from the dietician to the ear doctor to the eye doctor to the physiotherapist to the heart doctor to the neonatologist – the list goes on…. Basically he will be officially“discharged” only when he is 8 years old according to KKH’s policy for preemies with VLBW (very low birth weight).

So – is he ok? Yes – ok to be home with us. 🙂 He just need extra TLC and time to grow out of his remaining issues. 🙂



I am 3.9kg and 52cm now! 🙂




Innovative Daddy

“Fathering” methods from a newly minted father:

If you need to work on a laptop and feed your baby at the same time:

kim feeding ethen

To achieve the above, use a special contoured pillow. A closer look (one hand is freed up to do your work!):

feeding xi en 3

To catch up on your sleep, sleep when baby sleeps (avoid treacherous positions though!):

sleeping on daddy

Last but not least, to make sure your baby doesn’t forget you when you go on a long business trip, do the maori :):

doing the maori