Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Food Blog Inspired

By accident, I found some amazing food blog on internet. I also got a few great food blog from my cousin, Eliza ,as well.

I fell in love with these blogs because one, they have amazing photos, I mean professional quality photography! Second, they are well writen by people who truly love food and knowledgable enough about it. Third, they show you all about food in the restaurants that they visited, is almost like you are going traveling with them in spirit! Fourth, they told you about the recipe books they love so you can save your money from buying mediocre recipe books that you are not going to use anyway. Fifth, they give you inside view of living in different world from where you live like for example I live in Canada and I love to read people's blog that live in Singapore, French, or somewhere else.

Some of these site also take you to their travel pictures too...I love travelling!

So last weekend, I was inspired to take food pictures and where else can I take many food pictures if not at Grenville Island Public Market, where food is available in abundant!

Off course after taking lots of pictures, I respect the people who wrote those amazing food blog even more... boy it's hard to take a great pictures like them!!!

Anyway.... I hope you like these food pictures and if you are interested to visit those blogs, you can click on my recipe's link and over there there are the food blog links that I mention above. Trust me, click on any of them, and they will take you to their amazing world of food, wine, and photography!

One Month Birthday for La La

I still can't believe it that it's been one month already since I gave birth to our daughter. One month since I almost dead! Time really flies ...

So, I am going to recall what's been going on in this past one month.

I went home from the hospital on the first week.

I went to take La La to our family doctor for her first check up on the second week. She weight 3,05 Kg.

I went out to the mall with her on the third week and I also went to the hospital to get the hose that connected to my urethra out.

I went to take La La again to our family doctor for her one month check up and she weight 3.85 Kg now. I guess we did something right with feeding her every 3 hrs or less.

For her first month birthday, my husband especially cook for us and his co-workers ( 10 people there! ) a traditional Chicken soup, cooked with rice wine. Then sticky rice dishes with pork , fried shallots, dried shrimps, and Shitake mushrooms. He has to use our biggest pot to cook the soup for that many people! I think he use 2 bottle of rice wines just for the soup. If you cook it long enough, the alcohol will evaporate and leave just their flavour in the soup.

All these time I tried to take Lala's pictures as many and as often as possible. I think I already shot 1000 pictures at least because I already posted 297 pictures on my photo blog account at Kodak.com. Those 297 are the ones I like, not included what I don't like too much or the ones that I deleted.

After one month, I still couldn't believe that my son has grown so much when I compare his head's size to La La! His head is almost as big as mine! Even his feet! I have no problem about feeling the connection with La La, unlike with my son because he is my first born, when he was born... it took me a while before I finally realize that yes... he is indeed came out from my tummy. I was to shock I guess to suddenly becoming a mom for the first time. But for the second time, it's much easier.

Now I spent more time to just enjoy my daughter. Just to gaze at her smilling face and laugh a lot at her antics. I didn't do these things that much with Kai Kai because I was too frantic with trying to care for him on day to day basis. I wish I can remember again those time but I can't, and this makes me feel a bit sad. I am lucky that at least I took many pictures of him as well so even though I don't remember much about his babyhood, I can at least see his pictures.

I love it when my daughter smiles, especially when she laugh!

I love it when I change her diaper and then she kind of shaking her legs up in the air! So funny ...

I love to see her eyelashes, they are thick and curve upward, unlike mine that is thin and straight or thick but messy ( curve upward and downward ) like my husband's.

I love to stroke her cheeks or her skins or her hairs because they are just sooo soft. I thought my son's skin is so soft ( a child's skin ) because up till now, we have been faithful with applying body lotion to his skins after a bath. It's true that his skin is much softer than other kids his age. Or even his cousins. But nothing beats a newborn soft skin feeling....

I love to kiss her chubby cheeks because while everywhere else is soft, not much muscle tone at all, her cheeks is so tough, from non-stop sucking exercise!

I love to see and feel all those skin fold that she has on her neck, her arms, her legs. I enjoy them when I applied baby lotion on each one of them. I can understand people who adores shar-pei dogs... :)

I love it when Kai Kai and La La play together peacefully.

I love to see when my husband take care of her so gently.

I love to see how much she brings joy into my parents' life.

I don't even mind her poops.... :) ( now.. this is called L.O.V.E.)

Sure there are some thing that I can go without, like when she spit up or even vomit her milk. Then when she refuse to sleep early. At least I am glad that she did not like to cry hard at all. When she does cry, she usually has a good reason why, like her milk comes out from her nose and block her breathing. Or when she vomit all over her self on the bassinet. I would cry too if that happen to me and I can't do anything to clean them up myself!

Going out with her is not bad at all also. She usually just sleep it through until we came back home or pretty close to it. Sometimes I wish she wakes up more so I can show her things.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

My Medical Update

Yesterday, finally I am a "hose-free" woman! Yup! These past 3 weeks I have to carry from 3 hoses back in the hospital down to just one hose that they connected direct to my urethra so basically the hose goes into my stomach straight to my urethra. It's a very uncomfortable feeling everytime I walk around because when the hose is swinging, I have the strong sensation that I need to go to the bathroom! Plus, it's really annoying that I coudln't have 2 free hands to carry the baby around. Every where I go... I have to carry the hose with the container as well!!!

So yesterday, Richard drove me to the Hospital to have my bladder tested. First they put me lay back on a X-ray machine's bed ( I am not sure what to call the machine's name but it's on the Radiologist room ). Then they inject as much liquid dye ( it looks like water too me! ) into my bladder as much as I can hold it to see if there is any leakage since I had my bladder reconstructed 3 weeks ago. Then they took as many pictures from many angles to make sure everything is fine and yes, everything is fine.
So at the end they pull the hose out. Yes...it's like someone pulling your intestine out from your body!!! It's so creepy!!! You can actually feel the movement inside your tummy! It's not painful, but it certainly not my favorite thing in the world!

Then with the hole in my tummy, all they did just cover it with some gauze and tape it close! Sometimes, I am just amaze at how simple and strong is human's body. We still can figure it out how can it be OK for me to have a hole here and there and I am not leaking blood all over??? It only take a week for the hole to close up, while the diameter of the hose is about 1cm or half an inch or so. Weird....weird...weird....

So now I can walk around without having to carry a hose!!! YEAH!!!

And because my doctor ( thank you DR. Anderson ) is so good.... I still have a nurse comes twice weekly to change my dressing and to make sure everything is fine.

But last night I also develop a slight fever ( about 39C ) so Richard let me slept through the night while he stays awake to feed and change the baby. For people who never have a kid, let me tell you what a luxury it is to be able to sleep through the night!!!! Well.. almost, I still have to wake up to pump my breastmilk...hm....fast and then go back to sleep again.

On news update about La La. She is getting chubbier. When she was born she look so scrawny looking baby! But now she start filling up nicely those beautiful folds on her thighs, and her cheeks, my goodness....it's just too delicious to ignore... they needs lots and lots of kisses!

One day, she wake up so hungry...and when her grandpa kissed her left cheek, she bited his nose! Then when he kiss her right cheek, she bited his nose again! Hahaha.... she just wants to suckle so much! What amazing again is she already knows how to hold her bottle on her own at such a young age, I still remember it takes my son months to learn how to hold his own bottle!

Oh yes, a couple days ago, for the first time we took La La to the mall to buy some American Ginseng for my mother in law. It was really nice to be able to go outside after being force to stay in the house for so long! La La was great too, most of the time she sleep off course, and when she finally woke up, I fed her and after that she just look sleepy but she manage to smile several times to the shopkeepers' delight!

On another positive note, by God's miracle power, I lost 30 lbs in 3 weeks after gaining only 15 lbs on my pregnancy without even stopping to eat at all! If you want to know my daily meals consist of very high fat diet, like the pork feet cooked with soy beans, peanuts, and young papaya! Then drink lots of whole milk too! That is not including the "other" meals yet! When I was pregnant I asked God if He can help me loose some weight...well...guess what? He grant me my wish!!! YES!!!! This is the best diet ever!!! I eat everything I want and even things that I don't want ( my dear husband force me to eat them for my well-being ), this is better than being on ATKINS diet! Hahaha!

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

News about La La

After few nights, we finally gets better with night time feeding schedule. La La is really a great feeder, she gets hungry every 2.5 hrs and she can drink about 3 ounces each time.

Yesterday we went to see our family doctor, Dr. Kenneth J. Ryan and beside congratulating me on my amazing recovery, he also declare that La La is a very healthy baby. Not only she gained back her birth weight, but now she weighted about 3,05 kg, and it's only 2 weeks since her birth.

What about the new daddy does now?
Richard has been busy cooking for me and the baby healthy meals based on Chinese Recipe book that is specifically design for a new mom. In it there are complete menus for healthy and beneficial food for me and La La. Some of them menu are very famous such as "Pork feet cooked with peanuts soup", great for ensuring enough breast milk production. Then off course there is meal with Liver and Spinach for replenishing the body from blood lost. More fish recipe too. For sweet tooth like me, he made " white fungus with Chinese red dates and Lotus seed soup ". I am not sure what benefit I gets from this one. Other recipes such as "Fried Rice with Salmon Flakes", and "Pork's kidneys and ginger soup" also in my daily menu.

Richard really has been busy with taking care of his wife and his new daughter....I am a lucky woman indeed!

Beside cooking for us, he also cooks for my parents, his mom, Kai Kai and his niece! He is amazing! So while he cook mild food for me, he cook really spicy food for my parents. Everyday my father told me how much he enjoy Richard's cooking! Even more amazing ... he cook several dishes each day! Not just one dish, and he does this after working and between feeding the baby at night and driving Kai Kai around for his soccer practice or his swimming lessons! He is one busy guy...

As a testimony for how good his cooking is, his niece who is famous for being a very picky eater has been eating twice as much as her usual diet.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Introducing Gabriella Rebecca Wu To You !

It's done! All is finally comes to an end, and what an ending this is it! A glorious one!

I couldn't say how glad, happy, relieve I feel! Everything from the surgery to the baby's health is absolutely perfect!

On January 24, 2006, as scheduled, I had my operation in St. Paul Hospital. The preparation for the surgery alone took about 5 hours and the surgery it self took another 5 hours.

First, they gave me epidural. It took many tries to finally get it done right. Then they sent me to the radiologist to have the balloons installed through my femoral arteries. The balloons are for preventing me from bleeding to death in 60 seconds flat. It can happen because when you are pregnant, your uterus pretty much become a giant blood vessel because all your blood are being directed to your uterus to nourish the baby. So in this kind of condition, if you cut off your uterus, is just like slicing open a giant artery!

Then they finally send me to the operating room ( OR ) where my husband was already waiting for me there. I was pretty drowsy around that time that I couldn't even see when the baby is born. Another reason is because the baby was so drowsy from the anesthesia that they gave me that she couldn't breath at first.

It was a pretty scary moment for my husband waiting for our baby to breath on her own but she finally able to do it.
From then on, they send my husband and the baby out from the OR and they finally made me sleep through my next surgery procedure where the doctors has to give me a histerectomy and bladder reconstruction.

Let me tell you how I look in that OR. There are so many tubes running through my body, I look like a marrionet doll. I had 2 tubes into my femoral arteries, I had 3 IV fluids, I had 2 tubes to pump the blood that I had donated and plus more if needed into me as well. Plus the epidural tubes on my back. Then later they install a catether, another type of catether that goes through my stomach into my urethra, and another tube in my stomach that act as a drainage. To hold all those tubes secured, the doctors didn't even want to use tape, instead they stitch them all directly to my skin! I had so many holes in my skin that I feel like a sieve!

When I finally conscious in the recuperating room, the first thing that comes to my mind was " I am ALIVE ".

I wasn't exagerating when I think like that. The last woman who has to go through this kind of surgery, she needed 20 unit of blood transfusion, but the other woman before her is even worse, she needed 60 unit! And with God's blessing, I only needed 3 unit of blood! Isn't that a miracle??? Even when I was in the recuperating room I overheard 2 conversations between the nurses that they really wish they can be there to see the surgery because my case is very difficult.

To tell you how well prepared and carefull is my doctor, his name is Dr. Anderson by the way, he arrange a team consist of 12 specialist doctors for my operation. Plus the nurses, the resident doctors ( students ).

Now... let me tell you about my daughter. She is the most beautiful baby girl that I have laid my eyes on! Because of the seriousness of my surgery, only on the second day I was able to hold her and call her name "La La", and she gave me her first smile! I call her many more times and she keep smiling back to me. I sang her the songs that I used to sing to her while she was still in my tummy and she stop crying and smile. I can even asked her to smile for the camera!

Her name "La La" comes from her big brother Kai Kai. 2 months ago, I asked him what he likes to call her, and he said Lala! We respect his choice, so now we call her with La La instead of Gabi, the usual nickname for Gabriella.

La La turn out to be such an excellent eater! Just like most babies, she lost her birth weight but within a week stay in the hospital, she regain it back again. While for me, amazing thing happen, for this pregnancy I gain 15 lbs and when I was back home again, I stepped on the scale and I found out that I lost 22 lbs! That's what happen when you have to be on liquid diet in the hospital for 5 days! Instant weight lost! No wonder my mom kept asking me to step on the scale... because she saw me shrinking so fast! Even I was amaze when I stare at myself in front of the mirror...before and after surgery!!!