Tuesday, January 25, 2011


I've started going for weekly check ups and had one today. Not much happening on the dilation front, so I don't think I'll be giving birth too too much before the due date. In the evening, hubby and I decided to go out for dinner at a japanese restaurant (where I sadly eat cooked food while watching him eat sashimi). The last time we came, the boss lady gave us free ice cream-"for the baby",she said (we've had quite some free food "for the baby" since becoming pregnant- all from restaurant/food stall boss ladies).
After we had ordered, the boss lady came over to say hi to my tummy, and then she asked what hospital I was giving birth at. I told her and she exclaimed something, then introduced us to the couple at the next table. It turns out that the man at the next table worked at the hospital I had mentioned... and he asked me what clinic/doctor I was seeing... and it turns out I was going to the clinic that he started, which is a group of 6 doctors. I see a different doctor each time I go (that's the system here, you don't know who will be delivering your baby, just depends on who is on call) .. but I hadn't met him before because he didn't do deliveries ( I guess the boss gets to skip the late night shifts etc). So anyway, it was a cool coincidence, meeting the doctor that we read/hear about at our clinic, plus he gave me the OK to eat raw fish from a good source (like the restaurant we were at) and said we could call him if we had any pregnancy-related problems. Really nice couple!

Later on the boss lady introduced us to her husband, the chef behind the sushi counter, and it turns out they have christian services (in japanese) at their restaurant on Sundays (the restaurant is closed on sundays)... and then they invited us to their house  when summer comes round, when they apparently have a concert series on their property (this is pittsburgh, a large property is not unthinkable) performed by professional musical friends. According to the restaurant website, they own many animals (chickens?) in addition to normal dog pets in their home- kind of bizarre! They also said something about making grilled seasonal fish in summer- I'm not sure if that was at their place, or at the restaurant. So, a "normal" dinner turned out to be kind of fun and funny... and we still got free ice cream!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Counting down

A week to go and we've had 2 lovely baby showers, one with the singaporean/malaysian- mostly student- community, and also our church friends.
When I told my brother about the shower, he thought I had given birth already!
In Singapore, we celebrate the first month after the baby has been born, a buffet meal for family and friends... on the other hand, a baby shower takes place before the baby comes, mostly with a group of women, someone organises it for the pregnant person (yay) and it is a means of showing support and joy at the incoming baby. It kind of helps with getting baby items / advice/ stories you need.
 A friend commented that  doing it after the birth kind of makes it easier on the mum IF anything happens, while a baby shower has a more optimistic tone, i.e. u are assuming that all will go well. who knows? : )