What’s inside your nose?

Early this afternoon while I was changing my son’s nappy, I noticed that there’s a hint of orange thing peeking from inside his nose. I thought I was just imagining things, I look closely and I’m convinced that there’s REALLY something inside his nose. I felt slightly alarmed so we brought him to the 24-hr clinic to have the foreign object removed by the doctor. My son looks very NORMAL though, happy and no slightest sign of difficulty in breathing. He must be feeling that those things inside his nose are just regular boogers and he is used to it!

Initially, I was itching to removed it but then I was afraid of making the object go further so we went to see a doctor so as not to aggravate the situation. Luckily, there weren’t too many patients by the time we visited. Otherwise, we could have waited for ages and the more anxious I will be.

Alas, we finally saw the doctor. He asked us a couple of questions like where the object came from, if we tried removing it, any signs of distress, etc. Well, he got it at the preschool.

First try, the doctor instructed us to try removing the object using a non invasive way by doing the “mother’s kiss” approach or simply covering one nostril while blowing on the child’s mouth. This didn’t work because my boy was squirming and he felt uncomfortable and even laughing when dad is blowing on his mouth like doing a CPR.

But thanks God for our life saver aka kiddie videos which was saved in dad’s mobile phone. He can watch his favorite video while we are busy figuring out how to remove the thing from his nose.

Second try, all four of us – doctor, nurse, me and husband, joined forces in removing the foreign object from my son’s nose. The doctor was holding the forceps, nurse was holding the light and occasionally holding my son’s head, my husband in charge of holding the legs and arms and sometimes the mobile phone too so toddler will be entertained and I was in charge of sucking the object from the nose using a straw. It was tiring! All my veins were popping out of my neck from all that sucking. I then asked my husband to do it because I was already tired.

After a couple of attempts, finally the foreign object was removed!

This is what we got stuck from his nose…

An orange chalk 😐

Geez, kids do really love sticking things inside their nose. I was wondering how could this thing fit inside his nose. But as you know kids, they will find ways to put things where it’s not supposed to. So much for curiosity and exploration!


Farewell to Milk Expressing

after a year of rewarding yet grueling milk expression at work, i finally decided to call it quits and stop pumping breast milk. it’s been a fulfilling and wonderful journey that i was able to exclusively breastfeed my baby for his first year but i have to admit that there are also days that it gets stressful especially when i am unable to meet my daily quota of two breast milk bags per day. since coming back to work from my maternity leave 6 months ago, i always bring 10-12 oz. of breast milk at home. i never feel that expressing milk is a burden because it’s been my personal goal to breastfeed my baby ever since. it’s part of my daily routine and a part of me that i share to my son whenever we are apart from each other.

i remember the last day when i went to the day-care and left the last two bags of breast milk in the fridge, i informed the teachers that i’m going to switch from breast milk to bottled milk. the teachers asked me, “oh that’s great! are you excited?” honestly, i feel heartbroken for the decision but then expressing takes so much of my time and no longer working especially in my current workload. i had the slightest separation anxiety when i brought the can of milk at school. but then at the back of my mind, i also know that my son needs to be well fed and i will also feel guilty if he only drinks a measly amount of milk everyday. he’s getting more and more active everyday so i think he will easily get hungry anytime in school.

last milk standing

to cut the story short, bubs is now mixed-fed. it was a difficult decision but the time has come and i had to let go. i can still remember the first few days of my breastfeeding journey and i am so thankful to my midwife for pushing me and supporting me to continue the journey despite the sore and cracked nipples. i almost gave up that time because i’m not confident with my milk supply and even bought a can of S-26 at home. i was able to establish my supply of milk, though not as abundant as the other mom’s i know, at least i know that that’s enough for what my baby needs.

in the future that baby # 2 comes along the way, i will definitely go back to breastfeeding. it’s something personal to me which i will keep in my heart forever.