chunghosanna Dear baby,
During the first Bersih, I was 24 and a new lawyer too afraid to stand up for a cause.
During Bersih 2.0, I organised a group of friends to attend. We didn't dare wear our yellow T-shirts, but brought it along and put it on after getting hit by water canons in Tung Shin.
During Bersih 3.0, I went with my housemates and met up with your daddy at Masjid Jamek in time to get gassed together. This was a month before his brain injury.
You were born, three years after that day, on 28 April.
Tomorrow, daddy and I have decided to leave you with your grandparents, while we go to Bersih 4.0.
We are older, slower, and have seen much more since then. Still, we will go. Why? Because we have so much hope for this nation and love for this land.
Because to keep hope alive, we must speak words of life and walk humbly.
Because the only way to teach you to be brave is for us to be strong and very courageous.
We will take a stand at such a time as this. We will speak up that justice and righteousness must rise in our nation. We walk tomorrow, so that you won't have to in future.
I hope when you look back at history, what this generation fought for will not be in vain.
Let mercy and justice flow like a river.
Love,
Mummy (photo : RJ learning how to "guling", hold up her 4 fingers)
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chunghosanna We let down our guard when someone we love is reading us a story. We exist together in a little patch of warmth and light. 2mon

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chunghosanna This. 2mon

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chunghosanna Children form their vocabulary at a young age. Tried to read Amnesty International's Wire magazine to RJ. She fell asleep. Oh well, so much for human rights awareness. 2mon

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chunghosanna Month One.
If I was unable to continue journalling during pregnancy, the first month left me with even less time to record the moments that snuck by so quickly, yet felt like forever when we were in them.
The world seemed to shrink to one little room. Life seemed to consist of an endless cycle of feeding, cleaning and occasionally, sleep.
RJ slept very little for a newborn, there was even a day when she did not nap for 12 hours straight! When upset, she would cry hysterically until her tiny face turned red, sometimes she would even hold her breath for five or six seconds. Three minutes of crying felt like thirty.
I dared not venture out, not because of confinement rules, but because we didn't know how to handle it! I didn't follow traditional confinement practices, I bathed twice a day, I didn't eat the confinement food, I slept with the air cond on.
@danleemz took a month off. We had a helper for a week. After she left, my parents came to stay until the full moon. Despite the extra hands, we insisted to look after RJ ourselves, both day and night. It was tough, but we survived.
2mon

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chunghosanna Project : Documenting RJ's growth.
Four days overdue, she was born two hours after we arrived in hospital that rainy Tuesday afternoon. As soon as the nurse placed the screaming, ruddy infant on my chest, she opened her eyes wide. I stared back. She was way skinnier than the doctor had predicted, unable to fit into the clothes or diapers we had prepared.
We didn't manage to take many photos in the first few days of her life. I was too busy dealing with the aftermath of my post partum body ails and learning how to cope with a newborn.
On day 1 of her life, the nurse said her loud cries were disturbing other babies in the nursery. This pattern continued at home... She seemed to only cry at volume 10 (no wonder, she had colic). What a steep learning curve it was! Although at this age they seem to only feed, sleep, and poo, these basic tasks involve way more hard work than I realised.
2mon

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chunghosanna #throwbackthursday The day before RJ was born. In the cinema, watching The Avengers. Yep, that's my round belly balancing a phone on top of it. 2mon

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chunghosanna My 12,756km surprise, bringing a breath of Vancouver summer to KJ. That sunshine smile could light up any room. The unexpected visit certainly knocked my socks off. "what is that?!" That was an expression of shock and utter delight to see a friend whom I thought I wouldn't be able to meet in the flesh for years.
That was a jolt of excitement that you could meet RJ when she's still a baby, and not just watch her grow up through the phone screen.
That was a cry of disbelief that beneath that barely recognizable pixie crop is a mother of twins, a former IP lawyer, and the girl who blew up an egg in a microwave when we were 20.

12 years on, you're still as fun, goofy, and incredible as ever. Your crazy stunt was the highlight of my day. So, so glad to see you and to still have you in my life now that we are one generation wiser. Love you long time, woman!
That, is what it is.
2mon

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chunghosanna Cat vs baby 2mon

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chunghosanna When should you wake a sleeping baby?
#Rubyraptor has been asleep for over an hour, despite having pooed three times (heard the loud explosive sound). This is the sixth outfit she is wearing in 24 hours, she stained three with poo, one with pee and another with vomit.
While she napped I was able to bathe, eat breakfast, take in the laundry, and pump milk, a rare feat because sometimes by 10am I haven't had the chance to wash up or eat breakfast.
All this from a girl who barely sleeps in the day time, certainly less than the recommended 16 hours for newborns. Her record is 12 hours without a nap.
Sleep is so rare for her that I would rather let her sleep than venture to change her diaper. Hey, if it was that bad, she would have woken up crying, right? ... To be continued
2mon
  •   tanteang she didnt sleep most of the time? 2mon
  •   chunghosanna @tanteang she doesn't like to sleep in the day time, sleeps more between 6pm and 6am. Nowadays it's better, she will have two or three naps before that 2mon
  •   tanteang wow...poor u...u will be super duper tired if she dont sleep frequently... 2mon
  •   chunghosanna Haha yeah very tiring. Got used to it after awhile... Much more complicated with twins! You are doing an amazing job looking after them :) 2mon

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chunghosanna A good reminder to on confidence, creativity, and learning to trust Your Eyeballs.
Also, why do we not have commencement speeches in Malaysian universities? The graduates certainly could use the inspiration.
http://m.fastcompany.com/3047476/the-university-of-my-eyeballs-or-why-creatives-should-be-leading-corporations?utm_source=facebook
2mon

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chunghosanna There is no pause button in parenting. The moments and milestones of the child's life cannot be scheduled at your convenience.
From Day #1, the film reel of her life has started turning. It's constant. Non stop. Her life story unfolding by the hour. No second takes. Walking out of the set doesn't stop the shoot. It just means that you're not in the picture.
#newparentlessons
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chunghosanna To see a World in a Grain of Sand / And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, / Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand / And Eternity in an hour 3mon

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chunghosanna So this is what mother's day feels like 4mon
  •   vivian_khx Happy Mother's Day hosanna! 4mon
  •   prunnywong Happy Mother's Day!! 4mon
  •   joanne.tay Happy Mother's Day my dear friend, and to a lifetime of celebration! See ya tomorrow :) 4mon

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chunghosanna Counting my blessings on a rainy Friday afternoon. Enjoying a hot bowl of mum's home cooked soup, while my daughter is in (rare) peaceful slumber. I could get used to this. Happy mothers day!
#lifewithruby #youareourjoy #dananna
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chunghosanna #2014highlights Christmas with family #grateful #blessing 8mon

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