ZoeÂ’s new love - baby Brayden
March 2, 2005
Zoe Tay met the press this afternoon for the first time since the birth of her baby son Brayden on Feb 24! The gorgeous and radiant mum spoke to us about her labour pains, confinement period and ermÂ…how br
eastfeeding makes her feel like a cow!
Zoe was absolutely glowing with motherly bliss when she met more than 40 members of the press this afternoon at The Pines Club. In tune with the joyous mood, the room was specially decked out with a shimmery silver backdrop, floating silver and blue balloons, and half a dozen congratulatory Â‘ItÂ’s a Boy!Â’ balloons.
After a wait of close to an hour, the newly-crowned mummy finally appeared, swathed in a resplendent flowing turquoise Mani gown and a chunky necklace.
Apologising for her tardiness, Zoe explained she had to bring her baby to the doctorÂ’s for a routine check-up. Â“ItÂ’s the first time we brought him out, so we fumbled and took longer than we anticipated,Â” she smiled. Naturally, all is forgiven for adorable little Brayden!
Yup, dear readers, he is no longer known as just Â‘Zoe TayÂ’s sonÂ’; the most famous baby in Singapore now has a name! Meet Brayden Chionh, the week-old darling of MediaCorpÂ’s Ah Jie Zoe and her husband Philip. Brayden, meaning Â‘braveÂ’ in Gaelic, has yet to have a Chinese name.
Explaining her husbandÂ’s choice of the English name, Zoe said, Â“We hope that he will grow up to be brave, courageous and healthy. BraydenÂ’s a male, so I want him to have his own character and be decisive. We didnÂ’t decide on a name right away because we wanted to observe his character first. The doctor said the baby is strong-minded and knows what he wants because he hooks on fast during breastfeeding.Â”
The Queen of Caldecott Hill then proceeded to answer the mediaÂ’s numerous questions, laughing and waving her hands around animatedly throughout the 45-minute interview.In labour for 11 hours!
Zoe was admitted to Thomson Medical Centre on Feb 24. She was in labour for a whopping 11 hours, not because little Brayden refused to meet the world, but because Zoe wanted to wait for Daddy Philip to reach the hospital. Unable to get an earlier flight out of Korea, Philip could only reach Singapore after midnight. Zoe hung on for as long as she could, but eventually, she took an epidural and out popped the baby.
Â“The contractions were very frequent and painful. The pain is indescribable. The labour process was quite scary, but IÂ’m glad it was smooth. I called my husband in between my contractions and because I sounded calm and at ease, he didnÂ’t believe I was in pain most of the time!Â” she smirked playfully.
Zoe was exhausted after the birth, but was still very energetic. Probably because of the excitement, she claimed. And Baby Brayden has been an absolutely darling baby so far! She said, Â“IÂ’m still adapting (to being a mother), everythingÂ’s quite good. IÂ’m not as Â‘kelan kabutÂ’ (Malay for bumbling) as I had thought I would be!Â”Breastfeeding makes Zoe feel like a cow
Zoe understands fully the benefits of breastfeeding and is intent on nourishing her child this way for as long as it takes. Providing antibodies and other nutrients, Brayden will grow up faster and healthier. Mommy Zoe rattles off that breastfeeding will also help to shrink her uterus and lose weight faster, and tighten her skin.
Â“Breastfeeding helps to bond mother and child. But it keeps me very busy; I keep on feeding and I feel like a cow! I feed him every 3 hours, lasting 1 hour each time. I only have two hours left for myself,Â” she groaned, delight evident in her voice and face nevertheless.The confinement period
Zoe will be sticking to the ways of the traditional confinement period all because of vanity! She believes this 1-month period, where mothers undergo a lifestyle and dietary change to force out the chills in their body, will strengthen her body, prevent body aches and improve her complexion.
Just how Â‘extremeÂ’ is Zoe going? She enthralled us with her current lifestyle: Â“I donÂ’t shower, but IÂ’m not smelly, donÂ’t worry! I wipe myself clean twice a day with a mixture of rice wine and herbs. I wrap myself up with no air con and no fans, so IÂ’m always carrying a handkerchief to wipe away the perspiration. I can change my attire up to 10 times a day. Friends call me crazy!Â”
Besides wearing the girdle that her husband gave her since her delivery, Zoe has also just started the traditional Indonesian massage to tighten her skin today. Diet-wise, she eats only home-cooked food, and drinks what she brought from home, like ginger tea and milk. Cold food and drinks are strictly a big no-no. Best pals and fellow artistes Pan Lingling, and Huang Shinan had also brought the traditional dish pig trotters in vinegar for Zoe.
ZoeÂ’s mum, mother-in-law, her Indonesian maid and a confinement helper are now currently assisting her in taking care of Brayden. Philip will be returning to Korea for his work duties in a few days. In the meantime, Zoe intends to fully enjoy her entitled 3 months maternity leave. She'll be endorsing Similac Follow-On milk formula. Her next baby? Oh, Zoe's not thinking about having another one now, but when the day comes, she hopes it'll be a girl to complete the perfect family!