Thank you everyone for your congratulations and well wishes.

I apologize that I don’t have time to reply to each individual comment. I’ve spent the whole day at the hospital with my darlings.

Today I found out that parenthood is a very humbling experience.

I used to think that I knew a lot about lots of things.

Now I know that I don’t know anything at all.

I now have the utmost respect for my parents for raising me.

I respect all you parents who have survived this tremendously difficult task. It’s my first day, and I’m already overwhelmed.

Our hearts break each time baby Rachel cries and we have no idea what she needs.

We’re having some difficulty getting started with breastfeeding. Princess Rachel sucks for a few seconds, and when she finds that she isn’t getting any milk, she gives up and refuses to open her mouth. If we keep persisting, she starts to cry until she turns beet red. *sob sob*

Any expert advice?

Other than that, so far it’s wonderful. Today I rocked baby to sleep in my arms. Today she opened her eyes to look for me when she heard my voice. Today I think she smiled at me.

Happy Mother’s Day to my darling wife, my mummy, and all you mothers out there!

P/S: Sorry, no photos today. I’m just too tired.

10 thoughts on “Respect”

  1. I read somewhere before that if baby is not positioned properly, baby is not “latched” onto the breast and therefore no milk flow. Perhaps you can get a midwife or nurse to check and see if Rachel is in the right suckling position. 🙂

    Adino: In the hospital baby was willing to latch on. When we came home, she didn’t want to and will scream so hard. I’m thinking we’re not getting a comfortable position. Will keep trying and improving. Thanks!

  2. Looks like there’s going to be a lot of work to do now… (You didn’t put a single picture in a blog post! This is rare. Have some rest and maybe tomorrow you’ll be more “ready”.)

    Adino: Yeah, I don’t know why the internet speed is so bad these few days. It takes me almost ten minutes to post a few photos up.

  3. I sat through a breastfeeding course before even though I am not a Mum. One lady was asking the breastfeeding consultant how to transition her child who is bottle-fed to breastfeeding.

    The consultant suggested that when she breastfeeds, she should try filling a small syringe (without the needle) with milk. Then when the child is suckling on the breast, insert the small syringe into the side of her mouth and slowly push out a small amount of milk. That way, the child will taste some milk and won’t give up on suckling until the real breastmilk flows out.

    Adino: Thanks for the tip!

  4. Wow…Rinnah is really well-read! *grin*
    Don’t give up on breastfeeding, because you will reap the rewards later. Trust me.
    Baby tends to get impatient in the early stages when the milk has not come in yet, but the important thing is to ensure a proper latching on, and to keep on stimulating the breasts to produce more milk, simply by nursing as often as the baby cries for it. Poey Chin might feel like a cow, but it is totally worth it. Squeeze a little milk onto the nipple then let baby latch on. Try to keep the baby awake by tickling the feet or side of the mouth.
    And do contact me if you are in need of any help 🙂

    Adino: Baby still resists latching on. We’re still not able to get a comfortable position. How we wish for the hospital bed that can move up and down!

    We’re not going to give up. Sis in law is giving some good advice 😛

  5. congratulations Adino & Poey Chin! Sorry I wasn’t there when you made the announcement but looking forward to read all about the little bub!

    Adino: Thanks!

  6. Breastfeeding – it is important that your wife dont give up. The milk in the initial stages will be little but very very nutritious – so keep Rachel sucking. Because the sucking will cause the more milk to be produced. If you give up too early, and resort to giving the baby cow’s milk, the breast will not produce much milk and the child will not suck the breast. It is really important that PC drinks lots of water, soup etc. I recommend, papaya juice and papaya soup to help generate more milk. Learn quickly, read more. Buy books on breastfeeding, dont listen to old grandmother tales of how to. Buy books!

    Adino: We won’t give up.

    We’re asking for advice from sis-in-law and the hospital nursery. We’ve got books, now is only a matter of getting baby to get comfortable latching on.

  7. Congratulations to you & Poey Chin! You’re now in new chapter of life, all the best 😛

    Adino: Thanks, now I know why you suddenly reduced your blogging time after Kimberly was born. Really busy all the time!

  8. Congratulations on the baby! I wish you all the best. You will be a wonderful father!

    Adino: Thank you! I don’t see how I’m going to be a wonderful father… I seem to be failing at so many things! But I’m still learning I guess.

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