The Sleep Debt

I must say the past few months have been really hectic. In addition to trying to get used to parenthood and dealing with an energizer baby, we have also had to sell our place (which meant many weekends of house viewings and cleaning up), buy a new place, deal with all the administrative matters that came along with the aforesaid, pack (it’s amazing what this simple four letter word entails), move to a serviced apartment and deal with the renovations and furniture shopping.

It doesn’t help that work has been really busy and stressful especially in the past month. I get home mentally and physically exhausted at the end of the day, and have to deal with Aly waking up a couple of times a night.

So I think my body finally decided to go on a strike. It’s way of telling me “Take a break! You’ve got to rest!” I can’t remember when was the last time I fell this ill. In fact I don’t remember falling sick since I gave birth. But I guess once it hits, it hits real bad!

I’m thankful though, that I could count on my in laws and my mum to take care of Aly while I caught up on my sleep the past two days. And for once in maybe 10 months, I managed to get restful uninterrupted naps. Oh sleep, how I’ve missed you so!

So maybe it isn’t a bad thing that I’ve been taken ill. The Chinese have a saying 休息是为了走更长远的路 (which translates to something like “rest is to prepare you for the longer journey ahead”). I guess there’s some truth to that!

I unfortunately passed the bug on to Aly so I was kept awake most of last night, trying to help her clear her blocked nose, nursing her and making sure she wasn’t running a fever. On nights like these, i’m really really thankful that I’m
still nursing and am still able to provide her with some comfort (and immunity). I have been breastfeeding for 11 months and was hoping to wean her off soon, before my trip to hong kong, but this episode has made me rethink my decision. Oh well, I shall save this for another post.

I hope both Aly and I fully recover soon! It’s going to be an exciting weekend for us!

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Giant Pacifier

One day my husband walked into the room and found me nursing Aly to sleep and went “wow you are a giant pacifier!” I kind of burst out laughing at that statement of truth. Im not sure how and when it began but Aly now only goes to sleep at night when I nurse her. This means that i actually wake up a couple of times a night just to nurse her back to sleep when she wakes up in the middle of the night. It’s a really bad habit I know, but I don’t think I’m ready to wean her yet! So I guess I will just have to put up with more sleepless nights ahead.

Anyway, when ys forwarded me this comic from the cow goddess, I thought it was the funniest thing ever, and probably a joke that mums who nurse their kids to sleep would appreciate!

Aly, is this what’s running through your mind when i nurse you at night?

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Forum shopping mall nursing room

location: near the washrooms on level one (known as the mothers’ room)

facilities: two nursing cubicles (each with one diaper changing station), an extra armchair and a sink.

nursing cubicle: partitioned by a curtain from the main room. includes an armchair, electric sockets and a diaper changing station. personal belongings can be placed on the lower rack of the diaper changing station. The cubicle on the right of the entrance to the mothers’ room is bigger and should be able to fit a mid sized stroller. The cubicle facing the entrance is smaller and stroller may have to be placed outside the curtained area.

pros: Cosy ambience. Diaper changing can take place in the privacy of the nursing cubicle.

cons: curtain partitions mean less privacy and I can imagine some moms may feel uneasy given that there are no hooks on the ends of the curtain (to prevent someone outside from opening the curtain) and even after adjusting the curtain, there is still a gap at one end of the curtain. The placement of the diaper changing units in the nursing cubicles also means that a mum wanting to only change the diaper may not be able to do so if the nursing cubicles are occupied. There is no sign saying men are not allowed but it seems to be implied from the name of the room. No water dispenser. can get rather cold.

overall: cosy but the space is rather small. Would have expected better amenities given that forum houses quite a number of shops targeted at young kids.

rating: 2.5/5

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Velocity nursing room

location: beside the washroom on level 3, just next to the lifts.

facilities: a long cushioned diaper changing area, two nursing rooms, water dispenser (with hot water), a cushioned bench for family members and a sink.

nursing rooms: come with doors that can be locked and electric sockets. Rooms are large enough to fit an average size stroller. Cushioned bench that is long enough to place personal belongings.

pros: the long diaper changing bench, waiting area for family members, nursing rooms can be locked for extra privacy.

cons: none that I can really think of.

overall: cosy atmosphere, clean and bright, nice decor. Love it!

rating: 4.5/5

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Changi City Point nursing room

Changi city point is located in the heart of the changi industrial park opposite expo mrt station. Also marketed as the “Garden city in the east”, it houses a rooftop garden, green spaces and wider than usual pathways, which is a breath of fresh air from the crowded malls in town. Dining options are endless as you have a choice of two food courts (including a halal one), cafes, restaurants and coffee joints. There are a couple of shops selling kids’ stuff on the second level, alongside baby spa, an indoor playground and a music school. Parents with older kids might want to check out the outdoor playground beside the koufu food court on level 2.

The best part about this family friendly mall is that there is a diaper changing room on each level beside the washrooms. In fact, the one at basement 1 is conveniently located at the entrance into the mall from the car park.

Here’s my review of the diaper changing room:

location: beside the washrooms on each level

facilities: two nursing cubicles, one diaper changing station, water dispenser (including hot water), a sofa area for family
members and a sink.

nursing cubicle: partitioned by a heavy curtain from the main room. includes a chair and a long side bench to place personal belongings. large enough to fit a stroller. did not manage to check if there was an electric socket in the cubicle.

pros: diaper changing unit away from nursing cubicle. family members can wait at the couch in the main room. nursing cubicles large enough to fit a stroller.

cons: “landscape” placing of diaper changing station as opposed to “portrait” placing which is more convenient for the changing of diapers. only one diaper changing unit. curtain partitions mean less privacy and I can imagine some moms may feel uneasy given that the mall is rather quiet and the nursing room may be relatively unused.

overall: bright and cheery (the one on basement one has animal and alphabet prints) and has all basic amenities. however when I was there, I noticed that the diaper changing unit was rather dusty.

rating: 3/5

[update: the nursing room on level two beside tunglok signatures only has one nursing cubicle.]

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