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In his time..............
Posted by Monday, July 21, 2014 3:05 PM with 0 notes | add more notes

God has perfect timing
Never early
Never late
And it takes a bit of patience
And a lot of faith


And finally he has given to me a precious gift in his time.... or rather it is my time.





Charting Basal Body Temperature...
Posted by Monday, July 07, 2014 5:55 PM with 0 notes | add more notes

Basal body temperature is the lowest body temperature attained by during rest (usually during sleep). It is generally measured immediately after awakening and before any physical activity has been undertaken, although the temperature measured at that time is somewhat higher than the true basal body temperature (see Fig. 1). In women, ovulation causes an increase of one-half to one degree Fahrenheit (one-quarter to one-half degree Celsius) in basal body temperature (BBT); monitoring of BBTs is one way of estimating the day of ovulation. The tendency of a woman to have lower temperatures before ovulation, and higher temperatures afterwards, is known as a biphasic[disambiguation needed] pattern. Charting of this pattern may be used as a component of fertility awareness.


credit to Wikipedia


BBT is one of those things I have not attempted to do during my journey to conceive. After hearing lots from my forum friends about how observing BBT can provide more information on top of OPK to tell us when we are ovulating. I am seriously keen to learn.


And so.. I bought myself a Basal body thermometer from taobao. You can get it from Watson's or Guardian's. The difference between a regular thermometer and a basal body thermometer is that the latter measures up to 2 decimal places of changes in temperature.


Why need to be so kiasu? 2 decimal places leh? Because every extra decimal counts in charting BBT, it can help you to know even the slightest changes in body temperature.


So when do you take the BBT. It should be taken immediately after waking and almost around the same time every other day and best if the environment is also the same every other day. Basically, ceteris paribus.


Obviously you have to record it somewhere. Here's some recommendations from my forum friends:
1) Fertility Friend
2) My Fertility Charts


Both are free. Fertility Friend has an phone app which is very convenient for me, hence I went for it. Not too sure about my fertility charts though, but I heard it is very friendly too. And both can provide you with temperature charts to show you movement in temperatures so that you can pin point when you could have possibility ovulated.


I'll be starting the BBT on CD1 when AF visits (I am expecting her in 2 days time), hence I have no temperature data. However, because I have been using another app, which is my Day X, to record my periods and ovulations, I transferred the very same data to FF, even the days which I BD. It is important that you input as much as data into whichever fertility tracker you are using because the more information it knows about you, the better it can project your period and more importantly your fertile days and when are the dates to test if you have missed your period!


Will upload some screenshots the next time after I have tried it.


Next up: Happy Saturday!





2D1N Cambodia
Posted by Friday, July 04, 2014 5:26 PM with 0 notes | add more notes

30-31 August 2014.


Yup, it's gotta be the craziest and shortest trip I've ever made by plane to anywhere. zzz. But still excited, cos it means another opportunity to see my hubby.





A new journey
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The last post was a good 6 months ago. Wasnt' really inspired to blog, doesnt feel like much of an in thing nowadays.


Found some time during work today (I was pretty efficient and managed to clear up my work for today) and so I decided to start writing again... regardless of whether anyone is reading it... because I need my sanity.


The tone of the blog is going to be very different... why? Because it is going to be a hell lot about trying to conceive. That's basically what my life now is about.. trying to conceive (TTC in short)


It's been almost 2 since we have been trying for a baby. I didn't expect us to be 1 of those couples who struggle to conceive but I guess we are. In the beginning I was pretty excited thought everything will go the way I wanted (cos I'm a planner and things always go the way I planned). Na dah! This was 1 thing I was never going to achieve easily. Like the kiasu person I was, I bought little bits and pieces of baby stuff so I could spread my expenses. After a year and a half of trying, I decided to stop... clearly the baby wasn't going to come anytime soon.


In the midst of all these, the husband decides to help in his family business and so off he went. Packed up and left for Cambodia, and there I was living in a huge 5 room flat by myself and with my puppy on the weekends.


And so what happened to the TTC plans? Well, I was using this app called "My Days X" to track my period and hence the dates that I am possibly ovulating... and so the husband was given standing orders to return whenever we needed to do the Baby Dance (BD). Well that obviously, didn't work out for us either.


Both sides of the parents and families were in a hurry to have a grandkid and that didn't help my mental state of mind. Like any other TTC lady, I would fall into the never ending well of guilty, which no handbag or shoe can help to relieve (ok maybe relieve temporarily).
So I decided I needed to do something for myself. I started heading to gym, watching my diet, attending korean language classes and meeting friends. I lost 6kg, am able to read korean words and enjoyed my free time better. All these were looking good until, the guilt and envy started to creep up to me again.


Took a break from classes and gymming. Wanted to jus chill at home with my puppy. Got pretty lucky in the first half of 2014, managed to travel to 4 different countries both for work and for personal leisure. Hence, I had some distractions.


Before I knew it, my annual appt with my gynae was here. I dreaded that day like forever, going to a place full of pregnant people, gives me the depressive and guilty mood... so much so that the next day I fell ill. Anyway, back to the gynae appointment, physically everything looked good on the surface. Our gynae has plans for us in our journey to get pregnant. We shared more and he was distraught to learn that we actually barely spend time together in the same country and so let alone have the extra time to make love. We left the clinic downcast but knowing that we only have ourselves to blame, we did not speak a word.


That day was more so depressing for me, as I have other bad news which I have to suck up and move on.


And so I decided to head back to the forum playground again and this time rather than shopping for nonsense. I joined a TTC forum group, read from the 1st entry to the current entry and instantly I felt better, I felt less lonely, I felt hopeful. I've learnt so much from the ladies who have been ttc for years and years. Talking to them makes me feel that finally there is someone who understands me.


I've also started to take supplements that are good for my general well being as well as to improve the quality of my eggs. I'm currently consuming Shaklee's iron free multivits (I am thalassemic, hence the iron free), Salmon & Fish oils and Royal Jelly (which supposedly improves egg quality).


After the last gynae's appt, we diligently did our homework over days while the husband was still in town and now I'm currently in my 2WW, which technically is more like a 3WW for me as my cycles are like 38 days long. I have this feeling that it is a BFN (Big fat negative) this round, as we didnt manage to catch the ovulation days as predicted by our gynae.


Will update again on how it goes. To whoever that reads this. TGIF.





Haitus.. much
Posted by Wednesday, December 25, 2013 6:24 PM with 0 notes | add more notes

Haven't blogged in a long while. Was pretty down emotionally, mentally and physically in the past month or more. Feeling better now. Hopeful God will guide and help me along the way to be stronger and to have less problems.

I've set up a new webshop: http://lovejoywish.weebly.com/

It's basically selling handmade craft stuff. Do visit for items such as homemade body scrubs, DIY vases. All items can be customized! Currently, there's arent many items as I am busy with work but once we have more time we will be putting them up.

In the mean time, have a blessed Christmas everyone!




Xmas Day 2013!
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New Project
Posted by Friday, December 06, 2013 5:09 PM with 0 notes | add more notes

Started something today. Hopefully, it will it will slowly take flight.

Small ideas. Big dreams. Leap of faith.

Here's to the new baby which will be born by my birthday! Fighting! 




Embarassing moment..... plus updates
Posted by Tuesday, September 03, 2013 10:19 AM with 0 notes | add more notes

Was having lunch ytd with Marga, so while I was telling her what happened over Saturday's potluck. When it came to hubby playing happily with Shania.. i jus broke down.. in public..

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I wasn't expecting myself to be so emotional but I did! #stillpaiseh I guess I can't really get over it even though I tell myself i'm gg to be chillax about everything.. this baby thing still creeps up at the most sensitive of times and public of places!

Cycle seems to be back on track, so hopefully at least my body is now back to normal. =) Still not going to think about the baby (for the next mth) cos I'm gg to Taipei during the 1st week of Oct.. at least I know i wont be harming anyone on the flight there.

Some updates:
 
Dinner with ex-kpmg groupie to celebrate jingweii's bday
 

The girls....

Eat Full.. nothing to do. so took picture at a huge mirror in Travel store at T3
Love my new pazzion shoes, which you cant see in this tiny pict.. it's super glam.


OOTD for Sunday Brunch date with hubby.
Again.. love my new shoes (ya la.. another pair) kickass sporty with hidden height. lol. awesome.


Date.


Went to bestie's place to celebrate her bday.
Ya la.. my hair has a mind of its own. wants to literally stand out in the picture.

happy birthday my friend.
i hope for you in this coming age that your joys will be multiplied and that you will have less worries and stress.

 



반찬 (Ban-chan): Side Dishes
Posted by Friday, August 23, 2013 9:16 AM with 0 notes | add more notes

1 of the things that fascinates and still interests me deeply about Korean culture are their side dishes, also known as 반찬 (pronounced as ban-chan). I would have never thought that the variety is so vast and simple ingredients can make the best 반찬.


I've made a few 반찬 till date, namely, seasoned cucumber, radish kimchi, seasoned bean sprouts, kimchi pancake, corn pancake are amongst them.

Though I've always enjoyed making and eating them, I've never ventured beyond those few commonly served at a typical Korean restaurant. But a recent urge and of cos too much korean variety shows later, this strong urge to try to make my own is pretty strong.

Hence, I would like to self impose a mission (Korean variety shows love having missions ^.^) to try and make a different type of 반찬 each week.

Hopefully, they are edible and I can show them and their recipes in my blog here. I'm also crossing my fingers that I don't give up like 2 weeks later. LOL. Praying for resilience... ha...

Do you have any 반찬 recipes to share? =D
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