Joy to the World
Christmas is indeed the most wonderful time of the year. The spirit in the air, the smell of pine trees, the lights, presents & jingle songs that tries put to words the feeling that is love, family & friends - to treasure the warmth of relationships.
Through the commercial jingle of getting gifts & spreading joy, let's take a trip down 2000 years ago to a baby born in a manger - the beginning of Christmas.
Perhaps it's a time where I can openly share about how God has given me so much hope and joy as a mother, through challenges of motherhood and raising three boys. It is harder for me not to share about how I could "survive" motherhood.
The most difficult trail of my motherhood journey was in 2019, when I just started A For Apothecary. We found out I was pregnant with our 3rd child. Financially, we didn't know how we could support another child. During my 2nd trimester, our gynaecologist gave us the most devastating news - through blood tests & ultrasound scans, Elkan has extremely high probability of Down, Edwards and Patau Syndrome and unlikely to survive past his first year. We could follow up with an Amniocentesis test with 100% accuracy, but risk a 1 in 300 miscarriage. (based on what our Gynae told us)
In short, our gynae gave us the option to abort as the test results were not optimistic.
My hubs and I cried and prayed about this for 1 month. There were so many questions - what if we went for Amniocentesis, results came back negative but we lost our baby? Can I live with this regret for the rest of my life? If not, does it matter whether our baby is healthy or not? What's my own selfish reasons to want to know? How are we able to cope with a Down syndrome kid? How will it affect our two older boys? Can we handle the pain of losing our baby if he cannot survive the first year?
Throughout this season, God kept reassuring us everything is in His hands.
On the day to meet our Gynae to decide whether to do Amniocentesis or not, or to abort, God send a friend to give me one last word of comfort:
"So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
That's when I decided this little life belongs to God and if He has given us a gift, surely He will provide us the Grace and Strength to raise this boy, no matter what may come.
In addition, I started having abdominal pain and contractions as early as 28 weeks, admitted in hospital bed rest for almost 3 weeks, endless needles to stop contractions and managed to hold Elkan in until 34 weeks.
My boys sitting on the hospital bed with me on their daily visits while I'm on bedrest.
I had an emergency C-sec and couldn't hold Elkan until the 3rd day as he was in a special ward and couldn't room in with me.
When I finally held him for the first time, tears just started welling up.
He was a perfectly healthy baby at 2.1kg, 34 weeks.
Holding Elkan for the first time.
My boys seeing their baby brother for the first time
Today, Elkan has brought us so much joy and laughter. Our wallets are thinner, house messier, we indulged in lesser fine stuff but I wouldn't have it any other way.
I will not be able to share this if not for the God of Hope, Love and Joy.
I hope this story can give courage to another mommy who is going through similar struggles. May you find strength in God through any difficult season.
A For Apothecary's Christmas Gifts & Deals just for you!
A big thank you for your love and support, and for trusting A For Apothecary to protect your baby's skin, and journeying with you in your motherhood adventures.
[Sold out] A for Apocathery x W Rice Wine
Christmas 2021 Gift Bundle
This Christmas, we partner with W Rice Wine to bring to you one of the best gift-collaboration to accompany new mothers in their amazing journey into motherhood.
x01 Newborn Gift Set covers a baby's journey throughout the first few months, ensuring only the most natural, gentle and hypoallergenic products on their skin.
x01 Nourishment Gift Set - an age-old excellent and natural nourishment gift for mothers going through postpartum recovery.
[Sold Out] Let it Glow! Christmas Clay Mask Gift Duo
May your skin feel merry and bright this Christmas!
Bring back the glow of beautifully detoxed skin.
Our clay masks now comes in a beautiful test tube bundle for gifting for your friends and family!
Each gift set consists of:
1 x Clam Clay Mask Test Tube 10gm
1 x Detox Clay Mask Test Tube 10gm
1 x Gift Card (blank)
1 x Kraft Gift Box, tied up with string.
These are a few of our favourite things!
[Last few pieces] Christmas Limited Edition Boo Boo Balm
It's Back Again!
Limited Edition Christmas Boo Boo Balm!
The same balm that is loved by so many mommies and families. 100% made in Singapore, 100% natural.
Now in a beautiful white-gold tube, at the same affordable price.
Great for gifting to your friends and family this Christmas season.
While stocks last!