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Baby cakes January 26, 2010

Filed under: Cupcakes — crummb @ 10:53 pm
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There were no words.

The first thing I ate after giving birth to Kate on January 15 was a bar of Snickers. It tasted so indescribably good, so toe-curlingly divine that I seriously would’ve bitten off my husband Z’s head if he dared utter a word to interrupt.

I had been a gestational diabetic for three months and was making up for lost time. After the Snickers, I scoffed down Polar sugar rolls, curry puffs, sardine puffs, beancurd with syrup and kueh pie tee in quick succession. Every time the menu card came around, I made sure every beverage choice was either apple juice or sweetened soy milk, things I couldn’t even have a sip of pre-birth.

For three long months, I was a grumpy, embittered old hag because I couldn’t eat what I wanted. It wasn’t until Kate was born that I realised it held a greater purpose. After just three hours of labour and 15 minutes of pushing, she emerged so cute with chubby cheeks and a full head of hair — but with a deadly umbilical cord wrapped around her neck.

Because of my gestational diabetes, Kate had to be induced one week early before she grows too big to be delivered naturally. I shudder to think what could’ve happened if I wasn’t diabetic and had waited for another week to full term. And no wonder I had such a fast labour, compared to the epic 10 hours it took for my first child, E, to arrive.

Every mother thinks her child is special. But there is something about Kate that makes her exceptionally so. She was born on the same date as my mother on the Western calendar, and the same date as Z’s mother on the Chinese calendar. Perhaps a tribute to the women who came before her? And perhaps as a sign of her great appetite for life, she drinks twice the amount of milk prescribed as average by the doctor. This mama is gonna be chained to the breastpump for quite a long time to come 🙂

I find myself lapsing into fear when I think about what could’ve been. But Z has a far more positive take on things: God is in control, often turning what is bad into something miraculously good. For that I am in awe. Thank God. Praise You. 


30 Responses to “Baby cakes”

  1. daphnechan00 Says:

    she is so sweeeeet! And a blessing indeed.. 🙂 Happy for you and you definitely wasted no time in going back to baking? The cupcakes look great – as usual!

  2. zerin Says:

    congrats, on your baby kate. She is a doll! masha Allah.The cakes are cute as well.

  3. suanc Says:

    ms teo.. congrats! baby kate is so cute.. she has Z’s lips?

  4. Aww! So sweet! And what a full head of hair =)

    • crummb Says:

      eh eh, i read your blog and was thinking, you gave birth to an egg or wot?!!! how come so easy?!!!!!! no trauma at all! HOWCOME!

      • it’s either the hypnobirthing classes, or the fact that I was in denial and didn’t want to admit that I was in labour, so I ignored every single sign as long as I could!

  5. Jocelyn Teo Says:

    awww congrats!! 🙂 hello kate! 🙂

  6. Kat Says:

    Baby Cuteness!!! she is just so utterly adorable… Hey there Baby Kate, welcome to the world…

    Praise God for having a plan and making a way.. and Thank you Lord for this beautiful baby that you have blessed Teo Pau Lin and her family with… May her life be filled with favour and great things…

    i am so happy for you guys.. think i’ll go do a little dance.. woohoo…

    happy yummy cupcakes too.. i think i’ll have one of those now… hmmm…

    once again congrats to you and Z and baby E and the rest of your family!!!!

    hee hee 🙂

    Much love

  7. ms Says:

    TPL! i am so happy-ing for you. kate is too cute for words!!! the sugarless sacrifice was worth it. eat more now ok?

    • crummb Says:

      thank you! i am very happying for myself too! and i am eating with a vengeance. yesterday i finished one whole packet of honey-lemon sotong all by myself. shameless!

  8. Insomniac Says:

    She is gorgeous! Congrats on your little blessing. I understand what you mean when you say you still shudder at the thought of “what if”. I had a similar experience with my younger one falling very sick when she was young, and till today I still tear a little (occasionally only lah) when I think “What if…” But God is good. Always.

  9. Stef Says:

    Congrats on the little bundle of joy! Imma have a job proposal for you Pau-Lin…check your FB inbox!


  10. ah pei Says:

    Woo hoo !!! CONGRATS !!! on your new baby and on your sugar diet after birth !!! YEAH !!! YOu are good, you can go back to baking few days after child birth ?!! POWER MUMMY!!!

  11. Jac Says:

    So cute and her head…gee…full of hair!!


  12. mamalicious Says:

    Congrats!!!! She’s so sweet…. just like icing:)

  13. Midori Says:

    I can tell you love Kate so much that you have to control yourself from licking Her Royal Sweetness Babycakes. Enjoy motherhood!!! Yay!

  14. sweets Says:

    congratulations! She’s a sweetie! Looking forward to seeing more bakes from you!

  15. livetoleave Says:

    God is good. All the time 🙂 My heart melted when I saw Kate’s pix. Chris and I will trot down with lots of sugar-laden stuff soon. xoxo

  16. sandra Says:

    Beautiful. The little girl and your testimony. and the cakes too. 🙂

  17. crummb Says:

    hi to all who wrote, THANK YOU! kate is doing very well, wiping out my milk supply. i have trouble keeping up! 🙂

  18. Jane Lim Says:

    Hi Pau Lin,
    Congratulations on your successful delivery! Your daughter, Kate, is just so adorable! All these sacrifices are truly worth it. I’m so happy for you! Congrats congrats!
    Happy lunar new year to you and your family and your new family member! 🙂

  19. Hi, I came over from Passionbaker (Jane). What a great blog you have! Beautiful bakes, great pics and witty, intelligent writing! I can’t believe how I’ve been missing out on your blog all these while. Congrats on your new baby girl, and Happy New Year to your family. I’ll definitely come back here again. 😉


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