9 months has passed and the waiting game has officially begun...
To say that the past 9 months flew by in a glance is not quite accurate - with all the little milestones we've accomplished and counted down to.
But to say that it's been a long wait is also as inaccurate - cos it's amazing how little en en grew from the size of a pea to somewhat a water melon? (maybe even bigger & heavier!), all in merely 9 short months - this is a little human, a fully functioning one with all those tiny organs in her!
Praise God - This journey so far has been a really awesome one!
Dedicated to my little en-en - a re-cap of what mama did while I'm carrying you:
AT 18 WEEKS
We've officially cleared the 1st trimester mark - clearing the 1st trimester is an extremely crucial milestone for mama, and Yi-Yi decided that we all went on a family vacation - as a form of farewell to my freedom before you arrived!
Even though Bangkok IS a shopping paradise for women - I hardly bought myself anything - afterall, I wouldn't be able to fit into them soon!
Instead, we started buying things for you. At this point, I still have no idea what gender you were. So everything was neutral - green, yellow and animal-theme. Therefore you'd see blue elephants and pink lions. They are all part of the "neutral" theme.
If I knew I was having a girl - I think that's it! I would have OVER-bought!
AT 23 WEEKS
Long before we discovered you, we have already bought the tickets to Hillsong 2015 in Sydney - and therefore, your spontaneous mama and papa decided to just go with the flow.
This was taken at Sydney Chinatown.
Did you know that carrying you in my belly didn't restrict me from any form of singing and dancing in church. I hope you will also enjoy singing and dancing when you arrive!
We wanted you to be friends with animals, hence we took you to the Sydney zoo!
But, that was not all - you were definitely athletic, hence we took you for a trail at Blue Mountains.
We started off with the intention to take a short and easy trail, but we got lost and ended up going for a rather long trail - you see, you definitely had that never-say-die attitude and endurance!
I wonder if you will grow up to love riding on a swing, just like I do?
We took it 1 step further and actually climbed the 3-sisters bridge for a scenic view!
Those steps were steep and many, but that's why people say that being a mother makes one stronger.
Of course, we had to buy you more clothes! This time, we already knew that you are little darling girl - and have already started calling you en-en.
AT 25 WEEKS
Mama was given the opportunity to fly to Hong Kong for a work trip.
In fact, that day was 14th July - it was my birthday and I was pretty reluctant to fly, but you gave me that strength.
Feeling slightly down to be flying on my own for work on my special day, God knew better and sent me a surprise via Singapore Airlines...
I was almost touched to tears.
AT 30 WEEKS
We officially made it past the 2nd trimester. And you grew significantly bigger!
AT 31 WEEKS
Mama had to conduct a make-up demonstration for work.
Being in the 3rd trimester by now, I was getting heavier and more easily exhausted, but knowing that I am going to be a mother to a beautiful baby girl gave me some extraordinary strength because I felt totally energetic whilst conducting the workshop!
AT 32 WEEKS
In this time and age - we are really lucky because we get a chance to take pictures of ourselves with our big bellies to keep as a memory (very unlike the days when our parents had us). So, you know this was how mama looked when you were still in my belly!
AT 38 WEEKS
Finally, the day I have been waiting for arrived - my last day at work before the start of my maternity leave!
I can leave work alone and focus on getting ready to embrace you in my arms - alas!
A simple baby-shower... Will this week be the week you arrive?
Mama can't wait to meet you in person, to embrace you and sing to you. My little en-en, I love you right from day 1 and I can finally see you soon! Mama is ready for your arrival!