Second Trimester

When I went into my second trimester, all my tomyam cravings stopped, and I noticed that I was not that susceptible to motion sickness in cars anymore. It was amazing, the change was not gradual, but rather like a switch was flicked, and ta-dah! the symptoms have all changed.

I started craving sweet things like cakes, ice cream, and desserts, but was well aware of gestational diabetes, so I limited my intake to a cake/ice cream/dessert only once a week. My energy level went up and daily life wasn’t so tiring anymore. Some negative side effects I experienced were leg cramps in the middle of the night, I countered this by starting to take Blackmores Bio Zinc on Han’s sports doctor’s advice, and the cramps stopped. I wouldn’t advice this for every pregnant lady who is experiencing cramps, please seek the advice of a doctor before you start taking additional supplements in your diet. Due to Ardan’s weight, I also developed hemorrhoids (they still haven’t gone away post partum), and was given a gel and suppositories to push them back in. I also started bringing Pong Pong (PP) to obedience school.

At class, PP was overly enthusiastic as usual, and gradually the other owners started to shun us. Every week before the class started, PP would spend his time barking at the other dogs while sitting at the side with me. Poor baby had no friends in school. One thing I noticed though, was that Poodles seem to be a really popular breed. We had them in all the available colors in class.

PP and Classmates
PP and Classmates

I had to stop bringing him to class halfway through, as I was getting bigger than expected, so the trainer asked me to let him know when I am ready to join the next intake of classes. At 24 weeks, I volunteered to be part of a demo at a conference where a company was showcasing their latest sonography machine. We managed to get some really nice 3D scans of Ardan’s face during the session, however, I was also mightily confused, as the machine indicated that Ardan was consistently sized 27 weeks.

Ardan at 24 Weeks
Ardan at 24 Weeks

At our next pre natal appointment, my gynae warned me about my diet, as there was a sudden spike in weight, but Ardan was also 3 weeks bigger than expected (the same 27 weeks measurement showed up on our gynae’s sonography machine). So I cut out all cakes, desserts, and ice cream, until the next pre-natal appointment.

Pong Pong

Pong Pong

Ah Bit, my angora mix rabbit of 12 years, passed away on 7 Feb 2014. I cried myself all the way home from work after receiving the news, called the cremation service immediately, and they collected him within two hours of the call. I only started accepting his death when I received the urn with his ashes the next day. I thought I’d be ok, I still had Melon, my pudding hamster. To my horror, he passed away a couple of days later.

I went from having pets the past decade, to no pets in a week. I was devastated. Han asked if I would get another rabbit. I couldn’t. I broke down every time I looked at a photo gallery of rabbits. So I asked if I could have a puppy instead.

Buru

When I was in my early twenties, I discovered “teddy poodles”. Red toy poodles with teddy bear cuts from Taiwan. I was really obsessed with them, and researched extensively on where I could get one, how much it would cost, etc. I had even decided on the name – Buru – after Buru the Gorger, a boss in the Ruins of Ahn’Qiraj in the World of Warcraft. My best friend’s dad knew me as the girl who loved dogs, but never had one.

We already had Oreo (my brother’s Miniature Schnauzer); I was not allowed to have Buru. Plus, I already had Ah Bit at that time. But my obsession lived on, I kept a red toy poodle named Buru in my NDSL, bought a little red toy poodle plush and named it Buru, and later kept another red toy poodle in my 3DS, AND named it Buru. Everybody in my close group of friends knew that I had always wanted to have a toy poodle as a pet for 1/3 of my life.

Today, my lifetime wish was granted, by my in-laws and Han. We bought Pong Pong (Fluffy in hokkien) from a home breeder today, and he’s coming home with me this Friday.

Hey baby, I hope we will give you a long and healthy life for the next decade.