Name: Jennifer Von Hagt Thenabadu
Age: 33 Years
Designation: Director KOPS Montessori
What was the first thing you did after finding out you were pregnant ?
We had lost the receipt to collect the report. And Asiri had refused to hand over the report to my husband. I was asleep in all this and couldn’t be contacted and then when I tried calling my husband he wouldn’t pick up. After a short while he reaches home with two bouquets of flowers in pink and blue. All he said was ‘I didn’t know if it’s a girl or a boy so I bought both. I still remember that day. We sat and cried for the longest time in our relationship. So many emotions all just poured out. And that was the beginning of Issac in our lives !
Your pregnancy essentials ?
My husband. I needed him every hour. He was always there to hold me when I threw up. And of coz I got the best foot massage every night at bed time.
How did you decide on which hospital you were going to have the delivery ?
My main concerns were hygiene, reputation of the hospital and neonatal care facilities. After speaking with my gynecologist he assured us that it had to be Ninewells Hospitals.
Favourite delivery room moment ?
Precious moment was when I held Zac close to me. He was perfect in every way. We felt God presence and love for us as we held him close to us and I knew right at that moment my son was my life.
Decorating bubs Nursery ?
Well I started well ahead coz we wanted everything custom made. Decided on a theme and got started. Sketched all the designs I wanted for bubs linen with the specific colours and designs. Designed his cot which is a ship and rest of the furniture. The linen was made by Blooms and Butterflies and furniture by Masterpieces.
Favourite shops to buy baby stuff ?
Mothercare (Singapore) and ELC
Is there anything you do differently from the way your parents parented you ?
Everything. From bathing, feeding, diapers to schedule. But also communication with bubs, we read and have conversation all the time. Even though bubs is still small we tell him the truth at all times. It’s the beginning of a life time relationship and we might as well start right.
What would you advice to be mums out there who are finding it difficult to conceive ?
We tried everything for over 5yrs. All the years we anticipated in having a baby was getting very stressful for both of us. But I didn’t want to give-up. But then just before I conceived bubs we both decided we should just take a break from everything. And then before I knew it I was pregnant. To all mums out there if you really want to be a mum try all medical procedures and leave the rest to God. Don’t be afraid of being judged nor don’t think of the side effects but only have your baby in mind. There is no greater joy or completion when those tiny fingers are wrapped in yours or when your baby looks at you and smile. Everything in the world turns grey and your baby becomes the only colour in your life. So don’t give up.
Your biggest fears as a mum ?
No fears as such. We commit Zac to the Lord every day. I just want him to enjoy every single day to the fullest.
What does Motherhood mean to you ?
Everything. It’s everything I thought it would be and much more. The first month was extremely stressful with listening to everyone having an opinion about everything. And I was confused as I wondered if I was being a good mum. And then I paused… and thought let me do this my way. And I am enjoying every moment of it. Stress free
How do you bond with your little one ?
Oh Zac loves to be cuddled. So its hugs at bath time, reading, sleeping and feeding J all the time.
Location: Jennifer’s Residence
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