Thursday, November 1, 2012 | By: BlackGargie

Happy Full Moon~!

Finally, I have survived the confinement period and watched as my little Liara turn one month old~!

First thing I did after the confinement period ended was to take a long, hot shower (this time without the troublesome herbal bath) and wash my hair. It was so oily that I had to wash it twice (second I left the shampoo on my hair to stand while I soap myself), since part of the confinement period was to not wash hair for a month. It felt so good and so refreshing, and I will never take hair-washing for granted ever again.

As I've mentioned before, in Chinese tradition, when a baby turns one month old, we usually have a celebration called the Full-Moon Celebration where the baby will be officially introduced to friends and family, like a baby shower of sorts, but done a month after the baby is born. Not sure where this tradition came from, though I have heard that it's because it is to celebrate babies surviving their first month in life, since life expectancy back then wasn't really to favourable.

We had our own private one first amongst ourselves, just me, my hubby and my in-laws on the actual day itself on the 26th. We got us some sort of cheese cake which was awesome and creamy, and it was heaven to me since I could finally eat normal food now. Didn't manage to get the shot of the cake (I think my hubby has it, but I have yet to grab it from him), but we did get a nice shot of us.

Little sleepyhead with her parents ^_^
The next day, we got prepared all the things needed for the full-moon function, though I couldn't really help much since I'm having my hands full with Liara, though at least it would give the maids a bit of leeway to help out instead of having their hands full with the kids and the preparations.

We separated the celebration into 2 days, 27th at night for the family and 28th in the afternoon for friends, since if combined both family and friends, we wouldn't have enough to feed all the guests and there wouldn't be enough room to fit everyone anyways. As expected, it was a full house for both days, since my hubby's extended family and friends are really...well, extended, LOL! Too bad my dad, his gf and my godma aren't able to make it due to clash with their own functions to attend (technically my dad wouldn't go if his gf is not going, but anyways...), or I would've had my side of the family to enjoy the festivities too. But at least my friends were able to make it, though my list of friends can be counted in one hand, which goes to show how sad my social life in Brunei is... -_-;;

Everyone was enthralled by Liara, saying the usual things like her looking like an angel, looking almost like either me and/or my hubby, etc, etc. Though the main comment I seem to be getting was the weight loss I suddenly have. Everyone agreed unanimously that I have lost a significant weight, and were surprised it even happened, since it was always the opposite on most pregger ladies. I could also feel the difference too since the clothes I was wearing actually compliments my figure and I could actually feel the extra space in my pants (and the occasional slipping down, which I have to discreetly pull it up). Contributed more by my breastfeeding regime, my weight has maintained so far and there has been no gain, no loss. Guess the theory about breastfeeding helps you lose weight really rings true.

In the old-school tradition, during the full-moon celebration, if the baby is a boy, the guests are required to present him with red money packets, and if the baby is a girl, they're required to present her with jewelry. Since this is the modern times, it's either you bring presents or red money packets. And I can tell you, the money and the gifts are totally piling in, and the best part is that sometimes (especially the family side) they give us gifts AND money as well.

Not gonna tell you how much in total we got for money, but we can totally showcase the gifts to you:

The bulk of the gifts

Thanks for all the gifts and cash, those who attended. We appreciate it, and totally look forward to our future in parenthood~!