My First Pregnancy Journal

As what I have mentioned on my previous post, by the time I was typing this, I was currently pregnant with my first baby. Since I am already on my maternity leave period and I got quite some time in my hand, I thought why not make a blog post for myself to cherish in the future. I'll try to write this in chronological order and hopefully I'll be able to do it well (still found it awkward writing on the blog after so long).

November 14, 2019 - The Discovery
I'd been telling W that I was not really feeling like my usual body and he was quite sure that I was carrying a baby already. I wasn't really sure about it, or maybe it was just me being not quite sure about my ability of raising a kid. He was really excited about getting the test pack(s) the night before and he usually never woke up that early but that morning he rushed to the toilet early in the morning while I was getting ready for work just to find out LOL. And for sure, he was excited to know the result.

Bought a cheap and a more expensive one, but apparently we didn't need two to be sure :))

November 14, 2019 (Still) - 5W2D
Decided to go see the doctor right away. We were so clueless that we didn't ask a thing to the doctor, we just nodded to everything he said (he didn't even say much LOL), what a good purpose of 300,000 worth of doctor fee. All I remembered was the doctor said to take it easy, since pregnancy is not a disease. There's no need to over sweat things. "You can eat anything, as long as it's healthy", LOL that's what he said. Just like that, I found out that I was already 5 weeks pregnant (a month has passed before we even knew) and by this time the biggest change that I felt on my body was sore breasts. No other complaints.

November 26, 2019 - 6W5D
On the last check up, the doctor told us to come again in the next two weeks, so we did. I threw up for the very first time since the pregnancy. But after throwing up it felt a lot better. We did listen to the baby's heart beat for the first time. W doubted it was really the baby's, he said the doctor probably let us listen to my heart beat instead LOL. We had another late baso supper that night after the check up, I needed it to replace the dinner that I wasted before the check up :P

December 19, 2019 - 10W0D
We queued for 3 hours that day for the appointment but it didn't really matter once we get to see Baby. Baby was already taking human shape now. Baby was only 3 cm long but I was amazed how Baby can look like that already. 

February 01, 2020 - 16W2D
Decided to delay the doctor's appointment for quite some time. We waited after the Chinese New Year, I didn't remember why we decided to do that. Baby's gender had been the talk of the family during CNY period, the whole family were placing a bet on it. Most people said it was a girl, so did I. W believed it was a girl. And... he was right LOL the doctor said he was 1000% sure already that it would be a baby girl. So, I guess we'll start referring Baby as a 'she' now :)

February 25, 2020 - 19W5D
We didn't plan for this visit. But I had been catching some cold for a few days and the in-law's told me to get checked, just to be safe. Baby has gotten a lot bigger and the doctor said that all was good, so we decided to celebrate it by having a late steak dinner :))

March 23, 2020 - 23W1D
It was the beginning of the Corona season, so we decided to make a visit before things get worse. And as expected, the hospital was almost empty LOL that was the first time we didn't even need to queue at all. But as what the doctor always did, he never said much. Everything was fine, he said. But I guess that was a good thing? The doctor once told us that we should be grateful that we never spent too much time on the check-up since that means everything is going well with the baby. Guess we'll just listen to what he said LOL.

May 04, 2020 - 29W3D
Almost two months since the last visit, I missed seeing Baby. After looking at the photos, everyone was suddenly saying that Baby had a tall nose and she looked like her Papa. I really couldn't help but wonder how did people see that from such a picture? Actually even until now, I still have no idea about that. On the side notes, the doctor told us that baby was still on the breech (sungsang) position, so he did tell me to do some exercise to get the baby to the right position.

June 02, 2020 - 33W6D
The exercise worked like a charm. Baby was already at the good position for birth, that was a good news. Baby had a tendency to cover her face with her hands every time we do the check-ups. But, I finally thought that Baby was really cute on the picture (I never once thought USG photos of babies were cute) since she was already looking like a 'real' sleeping baby, if that even makes sense. The doctor also told us that Baby got a lot of hair. Good for you, Baby!

June 29, 2020 - 37W4D
Supposed to be my last check-up before the delivery. Baby gained 1 kg in just a month, I was shocked. She was already 3.1 kg at this time LOL. I used to hope that she won't get too big so I could have 'easier' delivery but that may not be the case anymore :)) Told myself I should control my appetite so that Baby won't be overweight by the time she was born. Well, I'll try my best. It was said that baby could come out any time soon, so we should be prepared for it.

By the time I was writing this, I was already 38W5D pregnant (guess when I was writing this hah!). Supposed to be not a long wait until we get to see Baby K. I was quite nervous but now I am more to be excited for getting to see her, the one that I have been carrying for almost 10 months.

It has been such a smooth journey on this pregnancy. Baby was behaving really well inside. I didn't really have much to complain, except on the second and third month where I threw up every night but it was fine since I wasn't working at night time, so I could do my dailies without any obstacles, I was really thankful for that.

I didn't really grow too big too, except on this last month of pregnancy where I felt hungry all the time (that's how Baby got so big in just a month LOL). But so far everything was pretty smooth, my nose and feet got swollen but it's not that bad at all.

I heard so many horror stories about pregnancy and how worrisome being pregnant is but thankfully mine has been a very pleasant journey. Now I just hoped that the next journey with the baby will be as joyful and I am also very thankful for these supportive people that I have behind me. They were probably the biggest reason why the pregnancy has been very enjoyable.

So, I guess I'll have to prepare myself for the next big thing: the delivery. I'm just hoping for the best for everything and maybe you, who are reading this, will pray for me too. See you on the next post with the baby, okay?

2019 Untold

Surprised to see me here, weren't ya? Even I didn't expect that I'll be back writing here after a whole 1.5 years being gone. I think it was the longest where I didn't post anything here even now typing all these feels awkward since I haven't been doing this for so long.

Well, just so you know I did have a plan of writing here a few months ago, a plan to write about the long gone twenty-nineteen. But I decided to not give it a go after realizing that all that I would be writing was about my so-called 'love-life' LOL and I didn't want to seem that 'bucin', ya know? But after another few months passed, there's this thought that told me it's better to write things down since I haven't skipped any year of the yearly recaps so it might be not too late to do another one before I skipped too many years and God knows when I would start again.

1. He Gave Me A Ring
As 'bucin' as this might sound, I had always known that I wanted and would be marrying this guy and we had been talking about all the wedding preparations so I didn't quite expect him to get me a ring since I thought it might be too much of a trouble and spending for him. But can't say I wasn't happy to get one :)) It wasn't that kinda romantic proposals you see online, but it was enough. He planned to pop the Q at my house gate where I used to 'reject' him back in the days (I didn't even remember that) but after I let him in, I rushed back to the house since I was up to something. It was quite a funny story.

2. Shopping Trip to KL
Mom took me and sis to KL for some shopping that I couldn't say no to. It was a fun few days spent we had good food and spent some good time together. And it was the last trip I got to spend with them only girls before I got married.

3. Our First Trip Together
It was the very first time I got to go on a trip for just the two of us. We went to Medan and spent a day there before heading to Siantar for him to meet the big family.

4. The 'Offer'
Some opportunity came to me and it was what people would call a big one. But I had to say no to it since I knew I wouldn't be able to do it properly at that time. Still, it was quite an honor for me to receive such offer.

5. All The Wedding Preparations
Actually all this post would be about probably was at this point. I could break this into so many numbers. From the pre-wedding shoot that took place in May, our sangjit on July, houses renovations, and many other things that were wedding-related. But I'd better not bore you with all that, right?

6. Japan Cruise Trip
Me and family boarded on a week cruise trip, starting from Hong Kong, made some stops at Japan Naha and Miyakojima. At first, I bet that I would be bored to death, having to spend a week on a big ship without any internet connection, but I found myself not wanting to leave on the last day.  It was really a relaxing trip where you disconnect from the world but you connect to yourself and where your tummy connects to any-time-buffet LOL. Definitely would want to go on another cruise trip if I have the chance to!

7. Penang & Hatyai Trip With Agustine
You wouldn't have expected that when a sanguine went on a trip with a total phlegmatic it would be so much fun. I always knew that Agustine is a great person to travel with since we went on a trip to Singapore together before and our this trip was a great one too. Wondering if we will have another chance to do the same thing again. Ah, should've blogged about the whole trip, though. 

8. VIBES' Birthday Celebration
We always had a get-together every September and last year it was a (not-so) surprise one held at Mc Donald's just like kids' birthday parties. The funny thing was I actually planned to do the gathering there before knowing that it was actually happening. Anyway, it's never a dull time when it comes to spending time with these people.

9. The Surprise Wedding Shower
In my own opinion, the best part of the wedding wasn't the occasion, but the chance to see all the loved ones that you know cared a lot about you. I was really really happy and feeling blessed that all these people made the effort to do all these things for us. As I had always said, I never knew what I did good to deserve such loving community and good people in my life. But, I too would never forget how awful my sister's acting was LOLOLOL. Seriously though guys, you are all the best #crossmyheart.

10. The Wedding (Of Course)
Yeah, couldn't not include this one on the list. But truthfully, after it was all done, I was just glad that the day was gone and the fact that we only had to do wedding once in a lifetime, just because a wedding is that tiring, guys (not talking about the whole marriage thing here yaa). But I did learn that a wedding would be troublesome just as much as you let it be. I personally believed a wedding celebration was not the most important thing so I tried my best not to sweat too much on things that probably wouldn't matter that much in the future. Maybe that's how I got so calm even when knowing our decoration vendor backed off just like that on the day of the event after doing not even half of what he promised he would do. Yeah, it's that crazy, guys. But, all is well, all is well.

11. The Honey And The Moon
I mean honeymoon trip lar LOL. We picked Bali for two main reasons: one, we got cheap tickets (approximately IDR 3,000,000 for two people I believed, it was really cheap). Two, he had never been there. And as the conclusion, he said he didn't want to be back again since Bali was too hot! LOL.

12. One of The Businesses Closed
Some things just don't always work like what you wished for. We had two outlets for the business we built had to close because ya things just didn't work out. But I took it as a learning opportunity and hopefully better ones will come in the future.

13. We Got Pregnant
If you're thinking it was a Bali baby, no, it wasn't LOL. We did plan for it to be a Bali baby, but again, things doesn't always work the way you wanted, right? It was funny how one day you found out that you were pregnant and suddenly you know that your whole life would never be the same anymore. Well, at least that was what I felt. Spent the next months dealing with nausea and night-sickness but thankfully not for too long. Planned to blog more about the pregnancy journey, but we'll see, can't promise LOL. At the end of the day, I remained thankful that the Lord has trusted us with such a blessing and hopefully I'll be just good enough to be a good mother.

2019 had been such a journey, hadn't it? I felt like it was gone for so fast but I was nothing but feeling blessed. Blessed that God had blessed me with so much blessings. Ones that I was never sure that I am even worthy of. But it really wasn't about me, it was him who's always been kind, and will always remain so because it's just the way he is.

Here's To 2018

Hiya! First few days of twenty nineteen, man. I know I have been missing from my blog this past year, and the reason why it happened was because there were quite a lot of things happening in my life so I barely had time to think about writing contents on this blog (partly because I was too lazy too lar, who am I kidding). Now as how I have always done my yearly reviews, here are some of my favorite moments and events that have happened in the year of 2018:

1. New Year at Bali
Spent the last days of 2017 and first days of 2018 there at the land of paradise. In fact, it was the only trip I managed to do last year (CNY mudik trip doesn't count) so that surely has made this trip (even) more memorable.

Read: Bali Trip Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV

2. My First 5K Run + The Crazy Impromptu Trip
Err can't actually say that it was a run since what I did was simply walking. My 'fit' body couldn't stand running non-stop for 5 KM, I knew exactly why. After the 5K session, the kiddos and I decided to go for a crazy trip, driving 3 hours to West Sumatra just for a half an hour lunch (that didn't even taste that good) and then drove back for another 3 hours back to Pekanbaru. All that happened because no one dared to say 'no' to the idea and be the one who ruined the plan. And that was how all of us learned how to reject all the crazy ideas that came after this.

3. I Practiced Hand-Lettering
I have always had this interest on lettering for so long and finally this year I managed to put it into practice. By joining my first ever #30DaysOfBibleLettering challenge on Instagram, I am so glad that my skill has improved and though I still have so much room for more improvements, I am now pretty content that I can utilize this skill to make more hand-written cards for my loved ones.

4. I Started My First 'Real' Business
A couple of friends asked me to join them in a business plan and I said yes. I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to learn how a small business works and so it happened. There were so many things and processes that I had to go through but I am really thankful that I had people who supported me and helped me out with it. Business surely isn't a simple thing to maintain, but promise I'll try my best.

5. Him
After 8.5 years of being single, I am now officially back into a relationship... with the same guy I last dated LOL. It was a long and quite a goofy story, now looking back I sometimes still couldn't believe that this has really happened, still couldn't understand how universe managed to bring us back together, but I am really thankful. What I learned was sometimes what once was lost still can be found, even if you have no idea how.

6. More Friends Coming
A good friend of mine, Albert, came to visit on February since he had a flight schedule to Pekanbaru (he's a flight attendant, a very good one). And later that year, Kina also came to visit for her friend's wedding. So happy to have them here!

7. Officially A 27 Years Old
No fancy celebrations, no fancy cakes, no fancy everything. Just a thankful me :)

Read: Thoughts About Being 27

8. Friends Outings
We spent a lot of days together last year, from birthday lunches or dinners, to random barbecues, or just hang outs. I am so thankful that I have extra family members that I can share everything with and as what I always said, these guys never failed to put a smile on my face.

Read: A Weekend to Remember

There were still a lot of other things that happened during the year but I'm not going to retell them here. But I'll surely remind myself to always cherish them and be thankful for them.

As for this new year, I’m not praying for days to become easy, but I do pray for the strength to walk through whatever that may come in the future and to always have faith. Good bye twenty eighteen. You’ve been one crazy ride.

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