SCN – Learning Centre for Preemies


Xi En had been transferred to another department of the SCN (Special Care Nursery)– the learning centre for preemies. Here, there are fewer nurses ratio to babies; I guessed it might be because the babies here are supposed to be more stable and ready to progress further. Anyway, we are happy that Xi En had moved on and is learning the “suck-breathe” coordination. He is currently on 5 minutes “training” every feed; but we witnessed that it really depends on whether the nurse on the duty is willing to spend quality time pacing him on. Thus, every time we are there, we make sure we are feeding him since we can definitely focus all the attention on him. Today is Kim’s turn:


Kim feeding Xi En

Mentioned earlier, Xi En can really make himself heard nowadays. See the evidence below:


Xi En crying



And immediately after we gave him the specially bought NUK pacifier:


xi n pacifier

Well.. whatever it takes to calm him down. 🙂

Bottle Feeding

As mentioned earlier, Xi En had started practising on bottle feeding for 5 mins every alternative feeds. His feeds had increased to 42ml per 3hourly instead of 2hourly. This is to get him used to a 3hourly feed when he is ready to come home; to make things easier for the parents. 🙂 The nurses told us he can really express his displeasure nowadays! When it is close to feeding time or when he is uncomfortable, he can really CRYYYYYY!!!! hahha.. We are actually quite pleased to hear that! This means that he is working his lungs well! 🙂


Also, his SpO2 level is much stable now as compared to before. His lung x-ray result didn’t show any abnormalities as well. PTL! 🙂 Right now, he is able to finish about 10ml to 12ml per feed before he gets really tired and dozes off.  Thereafter the nurses will pour the remaining feed through the feeding tube which they have channelled through the nose instead of previously through the mouth. This is to rid him of any blockages while he is trying to suckle.


Mummy had a go at feeding him too!; nurse was asking why my hands were shaking! Well.. first-time mum’s nerves right? 😛 Practice makes perfect, I gather. 🙂


feeding xi en




xi en 2


Post-natal present

What do you get for giving birth? We had often joked about this before I was pregnant. I asked Kim – some have diamonds, some have LV bags, what will you give me for giving birth? (since mine was a difficult pregnancy; I should have a “bigger” pressie?! :P). haha.. of course the biggest reward is our little Ethen. BUT it never hurt for a little gift giving, right? 🙂


My hubby decided to be really sweet and bought me the latest phone in town – IPHONE 3Gs – for a fairly good deal! 🙂 But honestly, for a self confessed technology-dummy, I am not sure who is enjoying the phone more now… 😛


Nonetheless, it is a really cool gadget (especially after our friend “prisonbreak” it!). You will probably see me more on fb, msn now! 🙂


iphone 3gs