Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Great Expectations

It is with great pleasure and relief that we announce the long awaited arrival of Chicken No. 2. She arrived on a Saturday night, exactly on her forecasted birth date, and I'm still trying to remember what it was they said about Saturday's child.

One thing we do know - she has got mad screaming skillz. I feel like we have a new pet in the house. A new angry red screaming pet. I can hear the neighbours shutting their windows whenever she starts up. I'm surprised we haven't heard from them yet.

This one was fed a very very Omega-3 rich diet, whereas for Chicken No. 1, I had no clue about Omega-3 so he had none. We are watching to see if it made a difference. I think a thousand bucks worth of Omega-3 tablets went into Chicken No. 2, plus another truckload of vitamins B, C, D, iron, calcium and I can't remember what else. I was taking pills and supplements all day with this one. She weighed 4.05kg at birth, and was the heavyweight champion in the ward. No. 1 weighed 2.92kg. He was the lightest baby they had in the ward for the few days we stayed in the hospital.

Also, for no. 1, we read not a single childcare book, so basically everything he did was completely unexpected and a wonder to us all. Omigod he just filled up his little diaper, we would say in awe. We had no standards for him whatsoever. But for no. 2, I have bought a grand total of 2 books on babies and so we will actually have a clue this time around. One of them actually has a "crying" analysis, so that we can interpret what she's screaming about. So far it's been very accurate. But then again, she's usually hungry. It's not like she's asking to borrow the car or anything.

I recently discovered by accident that men have an extremely rosy impression of breastfeeding class. A sea of boobs and half naked women expressing milk in a semi-erotic fashion, is what I understand they think it is. In reality, it is a sea of boobs, but from a motley crew of wan looking no-makeup extremely exhausted women who all sit very gingerly (stitches) and who still look pregnant despite the fact that each one is carrying a small red infant. One class attendee was so dazed that she didn't realise the class was BYOB (bring your own baby) and showed up alone. Another class attendee didn't realise that you are not expected to whip off your shirt and sit there topless in front of God and everybody (she must have arrived first). The rest of us just adjusted our clothing to show as little as possible and tried not to stare at each other's boobs as the instructor walked around grabbing and squeezing to ensure milk flow. It's not exactly a Victoria's Secret moment.

In other news, it sure is good to be holding a new baby.


At 7:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


more sleepless nites coming up eh?

love that bit on b-feeding class! hahaha ...

At 7:49 PM, Blogger Indiana said...

Congratulations...but did you have to ruin my Brest-feeding class fantasy :-(

At 8:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


smoot was casted out of her snooty lawyerly circle for her poor grammar

At 10:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 12:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats on your second child !

Chris & Adeline (NUS Law 1996)

P/S I was introduced to your blog a few days ago by a mutual classmate, who claims to have been mesmerised by your blog, before the identify of the author dawned on him. :)

At 1:21 AM, Blogger expat@large said...

we are all waiting to be memserised by chicken No 2 photos!

At 8:15 AM, Blogger mr.udders said...


At 8:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats! Though I must say your experience is really opposite from many parents. We tried to be prepared for No.1 but by the time No.2 arrives, it's whatever goes.

At 11:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couldn't hold out till 12midnite huh? She could have appeared on National TV.

Congrats! And glad to hear mother and child are ok.

At 12:30 PM, Blogger Belle said...


and Saturday's child has to work for a living. :) i guess chicken no. 2 won't be a tai tai!

At 2:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been following your blog for a while now, i think since your post on the IJ girl who got left behind. Anyhoo. congrats congrats, very pleased for you.Enjoy your maternity leave :)

At 5:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats! She's gonna be gorgeous next time when she grows up :)

At 5:38 PM, Blogger k@Ye_ said...

Congrats! Rest well!

At 7:25 PM, Anonymous QingQing said...


can't wait to see your awesome pictures (i think i went through half on 'em in flickr).

anyway, regardless of the meaning of being born on a saturday....

it's 8th of August! 8/8!!!!

At 10:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 12:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the arrival of no. 2.....

At 12:58 PM, Blogger Monkey Girl said...

Congrats on Baby #2!!!

And a girl!! Girls make for better baby clothes shopping.

Best wishes.

p.s. to the rude anonymous blogger, she just had a fricking baby, probably has slept a total of 4 hours in the last week, but please comment on her grammar. Totally tacky.

At 4:54 PM, Blogger HairyDonut said...

I'm pretty blown away by all the good wishes. There's no counter on this blog and sometimes I think I'm writing to myself, or it's just a secret diary locked away in cyberspace.

But it's not! Or at least, not anymore! And it's not anonymous anymore either!

Chris and Adeline: I am really glad to hear from you. I hope you and your family are doing well. I haven't seen Chris since I used to see him asleep on the bus (no. 584?) on the way to work. I wonder who is the mutual classmate?

At 11:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats to the happy mom!
Followed your blog since your chicken no. 1...i am looking forward to the adventures of chicken no. 2 :)

At 11:56 PM, Blogger Ozzie said...


Chicken No 2 shares the same birthdate as my Rooster No 1, born 4 years ago :)

At 10:36 AM, Anonymous fayeth said... make me want to have kids now.

No, not really.

But congratulations on Chicken No. 2! I second E@L on the pictures...preferably of Chicken No. 2 squawking. =)

At 9:42 AM, Anonymous Earthtone said...

congrats! sounds like a chilli padi you have there. enjoy your new baby! do write abt how no. 1 takes to her, it'll be fun..

At 9:50 AM, Blogger Chocolate Reindeer said...

congratulations! Enjoy the moments, babies grow too quickly... From: Mom of 2, aged 3+ and aged 1

At 10:32 AM, Anonymous low class ink said...

Congrats on the new arrival, Smoot! I haven't stopped by your blog in a while, so this made for a lovely read =)

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