Wednesday, November 13, 2013

William was born on November 13, 2013

Our little boy William finally arrived! Liam was born on November 13, 2013, at Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong. Body weight is 3.612kg or 7.95lbs. He is a health and happy boy!

Friday, November 8, 2013

38th week update

Very close to the expected due date! But Stephanie is still walking fast and going strong! Hope she can have a smooth delivery!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

37th week update

Three weeks to go!
Besides waiting, we added some final pieces to the baby room!

First, we changed the curtain to a string-less one.

Second, we hung 4 frames on the wall to decorate the baby room.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

36th week update

Stephanie has a teacher-parents conference today, so we took a picture before she went to school.
I put my hand on her belly last night, and the baby kept moving! Oh baby, you will have plenty of time to move in your own room soon!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

35th week update

Stephanie just had another prenatal check on Thursday. The doctor said our baby started to turn upside down already. She will have another check next week.

Monday, October 14, 2013

34th week update

It is much more easier to feel our baby through Stephanie's belly now. And Stephanie's belly will get even bigger before the due date, amazing!

By the way, we still don't know we have a boy or a girl at this moment, but the people we met all said this is a boy, because the shape of her belly is pointed but not round. What do you think?

Monday, October 7, 2013

33rd week update

Now it is 33rd week update, we are moving closer and closer to the expected due date!
Stephanie said that her belly skin keeps stretching and the baby maybe already started to turn upside down.

Adylen and Elsie came over and visited Stephanie yesterday.

By the way, we added a drawer chest in the baby room, so now all major pieces of furnitures are ready!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

32nd week update

Less than 2 months to go! Stephanie can often feel the baby's kicking.
 And we add one more piece of furnitures in the baby room, so  Stephanie can arrange the room during her fall break this week.
The green hand-knit blanket on the top of drawers is made by Stephanie's colleague, Ruth Auty. We met her and her family in New Zealand too as she is from there.
I assembled the drawers yesterday, feel like playing Lego!

Monday, September 23, 2013

31st week update

Just two months to go, Stephanie's belly is getting bigger and bigger.

By the way, Stephanie made two loaves of banana bread today. I think  our baby will love what his or her mom made!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

30th week update

Just a quick update, everything is fine and Stephanie have another prenatal check last Friday and confirm the due date is November 19th, 2013.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

29th (or 30th) week update

Stephanie had a prenatal check on Friday at Prince of Wales Hopital. The doctor said she might be in 30th week and wanted to have a look on the earliest ultrasound scan to determine the due date. Stephanie will take that ultrasound in the coming check.

We went to Shek O today. The weather is very good and the water is so clear that we can see the sea floor!

Both mother and baby are swimming!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

28th week update

It is the third trimester now!

We will attend another prenatal class tomorrow which is about new born caring. We also moved the coffee table to the side of our living room (or living area, not really a room...). We both want to make more room for our baby.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

27th week update

What's the normal size of a pregnant woman belly at 27th week?
Boy or girl?
We will attend our first prenatal class in Hong Kong tomorrow. 3 p.m. on Monday, the time is so unfriendly to new parents that I, really, think that the hospital is trying to discourage people to attend the class. I can tell Hong Kong is not encouraging couples to have babies.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

26th week update

Since we started preparing the baby room, we keep opening some windows and put a snake plant in the room. The snake plant can purify the air according to a NASA's report.
The new mattress and the snake plant (at lower right of this picture)

I got the new mattress from shop yesterday and we have to buy a mattress cover later.
26th week

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

25th week update

Stephanie told me that she feels more baby kicking inside her belly now. I put my hand on her belly and feel the kicks too. Baby keeps kicking inside belly, the feeling must be very strange.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Baby room

Last Saturaday, I moved all the shelves and wardrobe from our dressing room to our study. We turned the dressing room into a baby room.
Crib from IKEA, mattress not yet orderd.
The red chair is for Stephanie when she feed our baby.
I think we will add some shelves and drawers to store baby stuff.

24th week update

Sorry everybody, we stopped to update this blog for a whole month. We did a lot in July. Stephanie stayed in Minnesota for 3 weeks and 1 week for me. After coming back to Hong Kong for a week, we relocated our dressing room to a baby room!

So how's Stephanie going? She is well and everything is fine. She had an appointment with the clinic to have another check before going back to school.

twenty-forth week

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Fetal heart rate?

According to web information, fetal heart rate has the following characteristic:

At about 5 weeks gestation, your baby's heart begins to beat. At this point, a normal fetal heart rate is about the same heart rate as the mother's: about 80-85 beats per minute (BPM). From this point, it will increase its rate about 3 beats per minute per day during that first month.
By the beginning of the 9th week of pregnancy, the normal fetal heart rate is an average of 175 BPM. At this point it begins a rapid deceleration to the normal fetal heart rate for the middle of the pregnancy of about 120-180 BPM. (Information source here)

So last week, we tried to detect our baby heart rate by a heart rate monitor.

Polar is good at heart rate monitoring.
Of course, our test has a lot of limitations, not to mention error and interference, but it seems that the watch can detect some heart beats.

It should not be Stephanie's heart beat, as it is too high. What do you think?

Monday, July 1, 2013

Shek O Beach at 19 Weeks!

I'm one week away from 5 months pregnant and half way there! Ivan and I enjoyed a leisurely swim on a beautiful hot morning at Shek O beach. It was fun to see Sonic friends and they enjoyed seeing me in my pregnant state! Ivan brought the waterproof camera to the platform, but the viewfinder was still wet, so that is why the pictures are a bit blurry in some places. Then Ivan went running and I walked and jogged. We then enjoyed breakfast with our Sonic friends.

I felt happy to go running again, but started wondering if other pregnant runners experience the same feeling of needing to go to the bathroom every 5 minutes during running, even though I just went! So after some research, I found out that "the urge to go every 5 minutes" is quite typical during running and that this support belt comes highly recommended by runners, which supports the uterus and relieves pressure on the bladder. Also, I found this cute t-shirt! I haven't ordered either one, yet. Maybe today so that I have it when I get to MN!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

18th week update

Stephanie had another check at public hospital last Thursday. She couldn't take any picture but she told me that the ultrasound showed the baby even more clear now.

eighteen weeks
By the way, I had a race today and I got HK$300 prize money for 1st runner-up. One of the sonic members said this is for the baby's college fund! Oh yeah, I have to race even harder to get more seed money to build up the college fund now! 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Some gifts from friends

This week Stephanie got some gifts for a baby from her friends.

The Rolling Ball game is from a teacher at her school. The Babee Album is from her students, and they wrote some thank you notes and put them into the album. And there is a book about baby care too.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

16th week update

Stephanie picked out the dress which she wore in our Minneapolis reception. Now is week sixteen and there will be another pregnancy check next week!

Sixteen weeks

Sunday, June 2, 2013

15th week update

So we are moving to 15th week now. This week Stephanie got stuffy nose, which is not uncommon during pregnancy (Stuffy nose during pregnancy). But I guess she got a mild cold too. But now she is fine.

Fifteen weeks

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sunday, May 19, 2013

13th week update

So we have a quick update on this week.

As Stephanie had no check up this week and she just stayed at home for chickenpox recovery, nothing special to be reported. But we took a picture tonight to record how her belly looks so far!

Thirteen weeks
Now we are moving into the second trimester.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Pregnancy and chickenpox

This is not a medical advice. Following information is for your information only. Please get professional advice if you are in doubt.
  • What is chickenpox?
Chickenpox, also known as varicella, is an infectious disease. Chickenpox is highly contagious and spreads from person to person by direct contact or through the air from an infected person’s coughing or sneezing. 

  •  Is it dangerous to pregnant women and unborn?
Yes, it is. If a pregnant woman gets chickenpox while in the first or early second trimester of pregnancy, there is a small chance (0.4 – 2.0%) that the baby could be born with birth defects known as "congenital varicella syndrome." Babies born with congenital varicella syndrome may be of low birthweight and have scarring of the skin and problems with arms, legs, brain, and eyes. 
Newborns whose mothers develop chickenpox rash from 5 days before to 2 days after delivery are at risk for chickenpox shortly after birth, with the chance of death as high as 30%.

Unfortunately, my wife had no chickenpox history and had it in the first trimester. We went to see a doctor and she said the the same thing - chance to have problem is low and no one will know the outcome until give birth. From various sources, it is true because even detailed ultrasound cannot spot any abnormalities.

One common mistake among local mothers is that they mix up Rubella, also known as German measles (德國痲疹) and Varicella, also known as Chickenpox. Rubella is more dangerous to unborn. Fortunately, this will be checked at pre-marital check-up. But for chickenpox, as it is very common and most of the people got immune from it, it won't be checked unless you do your own blood test for it.

If you are unsure whether you are immune to it or not, have a check before planning to have babies and get vaccination if necessary.


Saturday, May 11, 2013

The third pregnancy check

We arranged this pregnancy check two weeks before. As I want to be a part of it, so we picked Saturday for the checking.

The pregnancy is getting complicated now as Stephanie got chickenpox this week. I will talk more about that in another post.

So we waited outside as chickenpox is highly contagious and we don't want to affect other people, especially other pregnant ladies. Today is a warm (finally) and sunny day, but I am a bit down. I feel worried about the chickenpox with our baby.
Patient wanted some fresh air, so sit by the road...
After nearly an hour wait, we finally could see the doctor and do the check. Today Stephanie went through OSCAR check, which is for checking Down's syndrome. I finally could see the baby's heart beating and it was beating fast!
I think those are fingers.

To be honest, I am not that excited today, I think the chickenpox shadow is hanging over me. Anyway, we went to have lunch afterwards, and we chose to sit outside to have some fresh air and didn't want other people affected.
For our baby, let it know how its mother looks like when bearing the baby.