Max is 2-months old today!
Max is 2-months old today! Yeah!
On Monday, we went to VivoCity with our new BFF Aunty Christine and her 4-month old daughter Angelica. Aunty Christine was introduced to mom by a friend in Taipei via MSN last week. We started talking immediately and found that we have a lot in common. We are both Taiwanese, both first-time mothers, both struggling with breastfeeding (although mom is feeling more confident now) and we both don't like Singapore. The only difference is Christine's whole family is here and she has a lot of help with the baby. We've only hung out at her ridiculously huge house once but have been chatting on MSN a lot. Aunty Christine has been very encouraging to mom about taking the baby out. Mommy is still kind of nervous and anxious about taking the Max out in public in fear of Max crying and screaming uncontrollably in public. But Aunty Christine says that people are understanding and are used to babies crying so mommy shouldn't be so self conscious. Plus, Max sleeps better when he goes out, so we went out!
The perk about going out with Aunty Christine is that she has a driver who picks us up in a black Mercedes and makes us feel like special VIPs. When we're in the car, becasuse of space issue, the babies are held by the mommies and if they start crying, we stuff boobs down their throat. We realize that it probably violates safety rules but it's worked out quite well for us and we will be extra careful. We went to the mothercare flagship store on Harborfront because mommy needs more nursing gear. When we were in the store, mommy decided to try somethings on while Aunty Christine looked after Max. While mommy was in the changing room, she heard Max crying and she thought, "a little crying never hurt anybody" - until the crying got louder and louder. Aunty Christine suggested changing Max's nappy. Even though mothercare sells baby and maternity stuff, they don't have a nursing or changing room inside the huge store. It's ridiculous and bad customer service. We changed Max in the dressing room regardless of the sign that says DON"T DO IT here! Even though after he was changed, Max was still crying and at this point getting quite angry. His whole face had turned red and white from screaming. Mommy left quickly and sat at a cafe outside and started to mix the formula that she had prepared for Max. Max would not stop screaming and crying and at this point, lots of people were looking at us. Frantically, the milk powder was prepared but mom had spill some on the table and it was a mess. As soon as Max started drinking milk, he quiet down and stopped crying. Guess he must have been very hungry! And half way through the meal, he fell asleep and didn't finish his milk. Another lesson to mommy, respond to Max's cry earlier to avoid baby getting too hungry and public embarrassment. With Max sound asleep in his car seat, mommy continued window shopping.
Because Max had slept well at night, so mommy decided to keep taking him out during the day. The next day, Monday, we went to Centerpoint Shopping Mall which is right by our house. It went well because as soon as Max started crying, Mommy started looking for the nursing room and was able to find it quickly. Max ate for about 10 minutes and then fell asleep for about 20 minutes. When Max woke up again and became fussy, mommy decided to go home. Even though on the way home, Max was crying and whining (not screaming), it was a quick walk and mom was able to feed Max as soon as we got home. That night, Max went to bed around 9pm, woke up at 12:45am, 3:30am, and again at 6am. Pretty exciting stuff!