Friday, April 20, 2018

The Basics of Laser Hair Removal

If you have never had laser hair removal done in a skincare clinic before, you may be wary of the process. However, arming yourself with some information about how laser procedures for hair removal work will help to take the guess work out of the process. You will be more at ease when you understand exactly what to expect. Below is some information to help you learn about laser hair removal.

Why Laser Machines Work so Well for Hair Removal
Laser machines work well for hair removal for the simple reason that the laser beams can travel all the way down into the lower layers of tissue. In doing so, they can target not only the full lengths of the hair shafts, but also the hair follicles. Follicles are the roots of each hair. The heat and particular type of light emitted by the laser can work together to make follicles weaker. As they are weakened, your hairs will gradually fall out. That process may take multiple treatments, however.

Lasers and Immediate or Permanent Body Hair Removal
One thing you must understand before you have laser treatment is that it is not magical. It cannot make you permanently hairless in the treatment area. It also will not remove hairs instantly. In fact, the hairs may not fall out until long after your appointment or after a series of appointments. When it does fall out it is likely to regrow eventually. However, treatment with professional hair-removal devices can damage some hair follicles enough over time to prevent regrowth. Nevertheless most of your hairs will regrow. But the advantage is that the regrowth process may take several weeks, whereas hairs shaved off can regrow in days. Even techniques like waxing at home do not keep hairs away for nearly as long.

Making the Laser Hair Removal Decision
The decision to have laser hair removal performed in a skincare clinic should be a joint one between you and your chosen clinician. He or she should begin by scheduling a consultation appointment for you. A consultation is necessary to get your skin health history, assess your skin type, and make sure laser hair removal will work in your case. If so, the consultation can also be used to select the proper type of laser because there are some variations between laser hair removal machine types. It is possible that you may not be eligible for laser hair removal based on the assessment, but such cases are rare.

Going in for Scheduled Laser Hair Removal Appointments
If you are a good candidate for laser hair removal a series of treatments will be scheduled. Prior to arriving for each one you must not use any topical materials on your skin unless they are approved by your clinician. Such items as deodorant, perfume and body lotion can present burn risks when lasers come in contact with them. They can also interfere with the tracking capabilities of laser devices in some cases. When you arrive for your appointment the clinician may clean the skin in the treatment area, just in case. He or she may also use a numbing or cooling cream on the area to minimize discomfort. May lasers are equipped with cool air jets for cooling the skin as well.

Keeping Realistic Expectations About Laser Hair Removal
It's important for you to have realistic expectations about laser hair removal. Expect the hair to take a long time and several treatments to fall out. Also, expect it to take a long time to return after it falls out. Do not expect it to be magically zapped away during the appointment or disappear permanently after it. A few hairs may not return, but most of them will eventually. When they do they may be lighter or finer than they were before. At that point you can choose to perform minor maintenance at home or schedule more treatments, depending on the level of regrowth.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Paleo treats for dogs

Our haul from Kohepets Online came last week. I ordered the usual pet food that Lola has daily and pee pads which were on promo (Buy 2, Get 1 Free!)

There are also 2 new brands at Kohepets online which I tried for my dog Lola recently and we absolutely love it. I love it for the natural ingredients, Lola loves it because.. greedy. Lol. But seriously, this stuff is tasty to her and very nutritious.

This is from Absolute Holistic which is made in New Zealand. It is in line with a paleo diet.

Paleo diet is a nutrient-dense whole foods diet. Basically a protein rich caveman diet without additives, preservatives, or chemicals. Cats and dogs thrive on such a diet.

This treat is Made from 100% Natural whole prey (yes the whole animal, not just the organs), it doesn’t contain any grain, wheat or soy. It’s all meat! The small size makes it useful as training rewards & also a treat for finicky eaters. It seems to taste irresistible to the pooches.

Oh and right now at kohepets online there’s also a launch promotion on Absolute Holistic Air Dried Dog Food.

With any purchase of Absolute Holistic Air Dried Dog Food (Eg the lamb and salmon 1kg is $49.90), you get Get $20 OFF & a FREE Absolute Holistic Air Dried Dog Treats 100g .

The second brand I just discovered and tried out is Orijen. It is an award winning, premium brand of pet food and treats.

Lola loves the Orijen Romney Lamb Freeze Dried Dog Treats (42.5g. $16.80).

It’s made from a single protein source(this particular flavour is made of 100% grass-fed Romney lamb) and is grain and carbohydrate free. The meat is gently freeze-dried in Orijen's own kitchens without cooking or preservatives, their natural, delicious goodness and freshness are locked in for a pure and tasty treat. 

If you want it any fresher than this, you have to freeze dry a lamb in your own kitchen!

The treats are chunky and rather succulent pieces. Best part is, all natural goodness in there.

Ordering from Kohepets is always a joy. So convenient, lots of promo prices and sale items. The range of pet food, treats, accessories & care products they stock is amazing (not just for dogs... but cats, birds etc too). Plus they deliver right to my doorstep within 2 days, and it's Free Delivery for orders over $60.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Letters to Michael

Dearest Michael (James??),

Yesterday your Father felt you kick for the first time. It’s his first time ever. That moment was really special for him. We were on the sofa watching Scarface on Netflix. You were kicking away as usual, so I put his hand on my belly.
And he felt you kick! You should have seen his face light up :) . The kicks were pretty mild, I've felt you kick harder before, so I didn't think he would feel it from the outside. I thought it would take a few more weeks. (This was written when ur 18weeks gestation, before posting publicly on blog).

I felt ur first hard kick at 11wks! Amazingly early. I think it's because it's my second pregnancy. Compared to Myla whom I only felt at 24 weeks and even then it was more like gas bubbles kind of feeling, it wasn't a definite kick to start with. And then I could hardly feel her move. Your sister was born with hypotonia, and she's come a long way since. So remember to always look out for her and protect her. When mama and papa are gone, you will always have each other.
We cannot wait to hold you in our arms (but yes we can wait until full term. Please don't come too early!). Even your sister has a little doll now (which has an annoying name- Bong Bong) and she will feed it from a toy milk bottle, change the diapers, and shower it with loving kisses. We hope she will take to your arrival with the same gentleness and excitement. (If she doesn't, please forgive her ah, she's only 2! ). She kisses you (well, my belly) tenderly. I think she knows.
I hope that you being so active (bouncing around during your scans) and kicking me hard from early on means you will be big and strong. Every parent hopes and prays for their baby to be healthy and well. You will never know the weight of such worries until you become a parent yourself.

For now, grow well, and kick away little one.

xx
Love 
Mummy.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

First Letter to Michael James

(This letter was written much earlier, but only posted on my blog now when we are ready to announce that we are expecting you)

(Update: We will definitely name you Michael, but just recently decided we might not use James for your middle name... to be confirmed... still early. Will probably do a poll online later on lol)

To my dearest Michael James,

Your Sister has a whole string of letters addressed to just her. You will now be a part of all future letters to Myla Rae... (I'll have to change the title of this series from now on, or maybe keep both letters separate).

 As close siblings, you will find that you will grow up to have loads of things and experiences shared with Myla Rae, much like my brother Wesley and I. But this one letter, is dedicated to you my Son. And only you.
We are now in Bangkok attending a friend's wedding. Yesterday evening, we took a pregnancy test (to ascertain whether I can drink alcohol at the wedding or not) and much to our surprise (and delight) it came up positive. + + + + + +

Oh we want you. You are not an accident. But We honestly didn't think it would be THIS easy. This super quick. 😳

You see, the situation is, I'm at this point still pretty newly divorced (from Myla's biological father). Your dad and I, were planning to get married later in 2018 and he wants more kids to add to our family. But at my age (37), I warned him it wasn't going to be easy to get pregnant and normally it would take on average, a year of trying (and that's for  younger women under 35!). So we thought, ok better just start trying now so there's no pressure/stress if it takes longer to conceive. And Boom! You were conceived.

I'm happy, beyond words. But also slightly alarmed. I mean things aren't following a regular time line here. But whatever and however this goes, we promise to give you and Myla Rae all our love and bring both of you up in a loving environment with all you could ask for. That will be done. And oh, your dad is a determined man who will have things done right.

Did we suspect we were pregnant before testing? Well, over the past one week I suddenly had a huge appetite. Always starving and raiding the (pretty empty) snack cupboard. With Myla, my early symptoms were my boobs got huge and veiny from the very start. That was about it. But with you, the first symptom was the appetite and also EXTREME exhaustion a few days ago but that seems to have settled now.

Such different symptoms... which is why we are guessing you're a BOY. (update: it is confirmed we are expecting a boy!)

Yesterday at Changi Airport, while waiting for your dad to get there (I live in Pasir ris and he in Woodlands), I stepped onto the luggage scale just out of curiosity. And I was 50kg! That's a very quick 5kg increase!

At first I thought OMG I been eating a lot the past week and so fast I put on 5kg! Then I thought, the last time I put on weight this fast was when pregnant with Myla (but with her I didn't eat more than my usual, in fact I ate very little but still gained a lot of weight, about 20Kgs I total, thankfully I lost 23kgs shortly after having her.. please please let me lose it the same this time round!).

But I didn't want to get our hopes up. In fact I didn't even want to test last night because I was certain I would see a negative test result and ruin our evening. But your dad coaxed me into it (so that we would know if it's ok for me to drink at the wedding we are attending). So we walked around until we found a Thai Watsons. Bought two kits, just in case the first was negative, we could try again with first morning pee the next day.

That second kit was so unnecessary. The 2 lines (positive) came up so fast and so unmistakably clearly. So picture this.... I pee on the stick.

I set it on the bathroom counter and proceed to turn the tap on to wash my hands. I was about to shout out to your dad (who is in the hotel bedroom) to set the timer for 3 mins. Before water could come out of the faucet, I saw from the side of my eyes, the test turn obviously positive.

"Baby!!! Come here now!"... and your dad thought- ah fuck, she's gonna tell me there's blood and her period is here. So he took his time to come in.

When he finally came in, I was practically hyperventilating, wanting to show him the positive pee stick. haha

Just like that my Son, you have made us a bigger and more complete family.

Love you forever and always,
Mummy

Monday, March 26, 2018

And then there were 4...

 Very quickly and by surprise...

 

we found out some great news, you guys!


Just to share that late July we are due


& the next baby will be wearing blue!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Annoying Things About Parenting Support Groups

*Pic for attention. LOL. What? It's my blog ok, I can. And also, I feel like you all long time didn't get to see my face. Haha

Ever since I was pregnant with Myla Rae, I've been part of several parenting groups on Facebook. At the start, I must say it was a lifesaver, like every bit of info, comment, post or poll added to my knowledge about parenting. From how to handle fevers after immunizations to how to (possibly) handle the Terrible Twos.

But now that it's been some time since I've been a part of parenting support groups... with Parent's Code being the latest one I joined some months ago (I like this group btw)... but I realise aiyoh, it gets repetitive ah. Like every single parenting group will have these few kinds of annoying people and their posts/comments surfacing.

If you've spent any amount of time in such groups I'm sure you would have already come across:

1. Breast Is Best

For instance, someone will post seeking opinions on various formula milk brands. 

Should I move from stage 1 to stage 2 Friso formula or should I wait? My baby just turned 6mo.

And someone will comment in total disregard of the actual question. Shove down that mother's throat that breast is best.  

-_- You think she doesn't know that? Obviously, regardless of that, she has made her choice to go with formula BECAUSE SHE HAS HER REASONS. Don't need you to try to guilt trip her or put yourself on some pedestal. 

2.  Bogus Alternative Cures to Everything

Help. My baby has a rash, what can I use on it because I refuse to use the steroid cream that the doctor prescribed. **insert pic that looks like babies has a fucking serious herpes looking outbreak that definitely needs steroids/medication**

The 2 people you will definitely find commenting

a) Just apply breast milk on those sores. Last time my baby had sore eyes I squirted my breast milk in his eyes and it was cleared instantly!

b) "Are you open to using essential oils?" (Is this a line which Young Living tells all its advocates to open with or something??? Cos almost all use this line)

3. Pic for Attention
I can't tahan when people add an irrelevant picture of their child in the post. WTF. You can post your question or opinion or whatever without displaying your baby la... esp when the post has no link to the pic.

4. The person who can't just take a simple pregnancy test -_-

"Hey guys, I’m craving sour foods and I have a pimple on my nose. Am I pregnant??????"

5. The Anti Vaxers

Vaccines are bad! It’s natures way for the body to build resistance naturally. Also they cause autism etc. This is more prevalent in my overseas parenting groups. 

Singapore based ones are not too bad, cos the major vaccines are compulsory anyway lol. Just stuff like Chicken Pox vaccine, a lot of Singapore mums will comment that "no point taking cos take already still can get Cpox."

6. Should I hire a PI?
They want to get divorced and ask if they should get a PI. And then several people will comment and say YES, must get PI so you can get custody of the kids/get alimony money from husband/etc.  Business for private detectives catching cheating spouses must be very good in Singapore. But that's not how it works ah, unless your grounds for filing a divorce is adultery and your spouse denies it and doesn't want to split, then yes you need to present evidence of adultery. But there can be several grounds for divorce, not necessarily adultery only. Also, even if it is adultery, it only gives you the reason for divorce... it doesn't affect the way your assets are split or who gets the kids etc, those are totally separate matters in the eyes of the law.