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    Week 4: What a Month Can Do To You

    It’s been a whirlwind month, with no lack of drama (in the interests of self-censorship and sensitivities to our families’ privacy, I can only say hormonal changes and our mothers do not a peaceful confinement month make) and changing habits. But more importantly, t’s funny how a 1-month-old person can take hold of your life; schedules change, sleep patterns change, daily rituals change, philosophies change, diapers change (Xander’s upgraded from Newborn size to S size)… things have changed so much, I might as well be on Obama’s staff too. For the first time since I left school 3 1/2 years ago (I was a late bloomer), I found myself waking…

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    Week 3: Watch a Good Movie Lately?

    As promised, videos. I only wonder what Xander’s going to say when he sees this once he turns 12. Note: Do turn the volume all the way up to experience the videos to its fullest potential. You might also want to let the video load up fully first; the annotations on the first vid can be a bit buggy initially. First up, here’s something we took on the second day at the in-laws. I do so love Youtube’s Annotations function. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JXXqsf5iqk&hl=en&fs=1] This one was taken a couple of days ago. We’ve been trying to capture Xander’s crying for some time now, and so far this footage has yielded the best…

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    Week 2: Blurry Days, Sleepless Nights

    At some point in a new father’s life, one might come to the conclusion that newborn babies are in fact a Samsonian test of strength. Who would think a 4kg bundle of flesh and cuteness could wreak such havoc with his parents’ biological clock to the point where one barely knows what day of the week it is (my wife has already given up keeping track). It’s the end of Week 2, and Xander’s appetite has increased overnight. What used to be 60ml of milk a feed every 2 hours has shot up to 120ml of milk or more in 3 hours. And if you’re wondering where it all goes,…

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    Week 1: Searching For The Joy of Parenthood

    I've been reading through some other blogs on the topic of post-natal confinement, and it seems that while people are lauding over the joys of pregnancy, few people actually speak of the aftermath of giving birth. In fact, the most I've gotten about the subject prior to Xander's birth were either a very sympathetic "Good luck, bro" or a very solemn "Welcome to parenthood. Try to stick with it." It really isn't until you're in the thick of it that you realise exactly why these responses sound the way they do. And even then, they don't even begion to describe the ordeal you have to go through, regardless of whether…