Thursday, June 27, 2013

Almost TWO ^_^

Assalamualaikum wbt..

Guess who's 20 month??

Aulia' is now 8.3kg and 79cm. She's 100% perfect and healthy as usual. Her appointment didn't go so well, though. It's official: she's absolutely terrified of the doctor. The minute she saw the nurse, she got all clingy and as soon as I set her on the table and started to undress her, she lost her mind. I had to stand on the scale with her to get her weight, and when the doctor tried to look in her ears, we had to physically restrain her while she turned bright red fighting us. It was just terrible. She's loosing her weight which is another terrible thing. Poor girl. Hubby was there though, and he was so sweet with her, trying to calm her down and cheer her up. It actually did help a bit to get her mind of all the torture at the end:)

Otherwise, she's a normal totally bipolar toddler. Happy, silly and funny one minute...a screaming mess the next. She's miss independent, too. She loves to try to do things by herself, like putting on her shoes and pants. 

She still isn't saying a ton of words, but I'm not as worried now. She got a bunch of new words since her last appointment. She added shoe, sleep, biscuits, no, book, sit, jump, swim and probably others that I'm not remembering now. She also says "meow" when we ask her what a cat says, which is so freaking cute (even though that's the only animal sound she says currently). Even cuter than that? She blows kisses. I die of cuteness every time. My dad love to watch her making funny faces. I read the bedtime story for her every night so that she can catch up more words even though I know she only interested to look at the illustrations. Recently I taught her how to say 'Caterpillar'. It so hilarious when she pronounce it 'pillapilla'. lol 

She got 16 teeth now (well, one canine isn't all the way in yet),  is a great eater (eventhough she's not putting on so much weight) and is getting better at using a spoon. Remember how I told that whenever she eats by herself, half of the food goes down to the floor. She'd probably be better by now, if we let her have more practice, but it's usually easier to just let her use her hands. We're working on it though. I'm trying to let her do more coloring, too, but she always ends up trying to eat the crayons (please tell me that's still normal..) so we have to find something else to do.

She loves the park swing so much and she just giggle the entire time. We still sending her for swimming lesson every week. Sometimes she got all moody and wanted to stay out of the pool. All in all, Aulia' is the most fabulous, perfect, most awesome little girl and I just love watching her learn and grow. Cliche, I know. But it's so true. She always seems to put a smile on our face with something cute she does, or a funny expression she makes. She's awesomesauce, pure and simple.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Happy Papa day!

It stinks that it takes Father's Day for me to acknowledge how great my husband is on this blog. All my friends and family know what an amazing dad he is to our daughter because they see it day in and day out. He is my true partner. He gets his hands dirty and really enjoys doing it. We both are working full time and I never hear any complaints from my hubby when it's time to jump in and participate. 

I couldn't have asked for a better father to my children. 

We celebrated father's day over dinner and Aulia' was so excited once dessert is served.. In the end, it was a great day. Hubby enjoyed himself which is all that matters. It was HIS day after all :) 

Dear Papa,
Thank you for being the pillar of our strength and thank you for everything you are. Life is more beautiful when you are around.  I love you!

Happy Papa's day to all fathers in the world!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Resolution Review,Year is almost half over!

Assalamualaikum wbt..

Well, June is already halfway, 6 months for 2013 is almost done! I can't believe it . So here is the list I created back in December last year for my 2013 goals. 

1) Lose Weight
2) Attempt New look
3)Embrace Change with Open Arms
4)Travel Smart and Travel More
5) Save Wisely
6) A New Job
7) Do more Sedekah
8) Cooking
9) Not to eat Pineapple

Number one, is no go. I was going to focus on my current weight and it was so hard to lose weight when you're already underweight. My husband think 48 kilos is just perfect for me. Whatever it is, I need to balance off my diet with more healthy food. I went for a diet consultation few months ago and it help me alot with my healthy food diet. 

Number two, for some reason I already start this goal since January. I got new hair cut and shaping up my waist. I started doing belly dance exercise like everyday once I get back from work. Hoping that my hard work paid off soon!

Number three, yeah I don't really see this happening. Sigh!

Number four, SCORE! I did this in January, February and thinking I might need another soon, maybe in August, September and November, ha!

Number five, I manage to save as what I have planned, Alhamdulillah. Since it has taken one-third of my wages, the balance goes for paying car loan and Aulia's savings, insurances etc. 

Number six, now I thought this one was never going to happen! But I happened to come across a great opportunity when I had few job interviews earlier this year with Sime Darby Property. Long story short, my GM has promoted me to an Assistant Manager position and salary adjustment in January. How can I not agree to that?! Not that I'm so stupid for not going to Sime Darby but I had a long term goal in my own career. 

Number seven, I am hoping to get this done as frequent as I can but I'm not going to talk about this. This should be like 'Tangan Kanan memberi, sorokkan tangan kiri'.. 

Number eight, since my mom had her heart surgery this year, she can no longer do the housework like those days. But somehow she really love to cook and she still cooked dinner for us every day. But during the weekend, I'll do the cooking and the internet helps a lots by sharing good recipes. and I baked too! yippie!

And finally number nine, naaahh that's easy peasy! 

SO there you have it, my recap! Do you have goals or resolutions for 2013, how are you doing?

Sunday, June 16, 2013

My breastfeeding adventure while working

Assalamualaikum wbt...

I have a baby girl. Aulia'. And everyday I returned to work full-time (meaning 60 hours away from her each week) when she was 8 weeks old. I was also blessed with a pair of boobs made for producing milk.

Oh wait! Maybe I should start this with a disclaimer?

If you have no interest in reading about breast milk, bottles, pumps, or sore boobs, feel free to leave and return another day. I swear this will be my last time talking about boob juice until my next kiddo comes along (who's not even twinkle in our eyes as of today).  For those of you who can relate to me, or want some advice, or maybe just really like reading about breastfeeding, please stick around. 

I always knew I wanted to breastfeed my child. I also knew I probably wasn't going to be one of those parents who breastfed their kid through age three like my sister did for example. I would have loved to make it until my kiddo turned one, but that didn't happen. However, given the circumstances I am extremely proud of myself for trucking it out as long as I did. Here is my story with my baby girl Aulia'..

Aulia' is my firstborn. And she don't have any brother or sister. Yet. As a first time mother, I was a paranoid mess when she came along. I breastfed her every two hours on the dot those first few weeks- stressing out when she wouldn't latch on, thinking she was going to starve to death if she missed a feeding. And it didn't help that my supply was INSANE. I mean, seriously. I could pump 8 ounces in under 5 minutes.  By the time the end of my maternity leave was approaching I was a mess over how I would handle my engorged boobs in the office and making sure that she didn't have to have any formula for as long as possible. 

Long story short, here's the gist of how I kept up breastfeeding while Aulia' was an infant in daycare..

  • When she would wake up in the morning I would breastfeed her on one side while pumping the other. I figured out how to rig the pump cone up to my nursing bra with a ponytail elastic so that I could go hands free- pretty sweet! That session would provide a whole bottle of breast milk for me to send to daycare with her. (She slept through the night very early, so I was always super FULL in the mornings.)
  • At work, I would take two pump breaks-one around 10 am and one around 3 pm. I work in a cubicle so it was always a little awkward because everyone would knew what I was doing. So I did it in the Musolla. I would pump for around 10-15 minutes and each session would provide me with 2-3 bottles worth of milk for the following day.
  • Every night after I put Aulia' down for bed, I would take the milk I pumped that day and put it into bags to send to daycare the next morning. I had a note taped on the door of our bedroom that reminded me to grab the milk and my pump so that I wouldn't forget it each morning. 

Aulia' was exclusively breastfed until she was 8 months old. At 8 months, I was exhausted. I couldn't bare the thought of pumping anymore at work. So we introduced formula, but I continued to breastfeed her every night. In all honesty, I just couldn't bare the thought of pumping at work again. I hate pumping! (But really, who likes it?

For the first couple of months after I returned to work, I would come home and pump so she could have at least one bottle of breast milk at daycare each day. When Aulia' was around 1 year old, I stopped pumping at all and she only got breast milk straight off the tap first thing in the morning  and throughout the night. At that moment I just wished that my kiddo would hold her own bottle and not depend on my boobs. Oh my! but at the same time I felt very guilty of doing it so I just continued breastfeeding her as long as I can. Throughout the year, I had sleep deprivation and body ache.   

The moral of this super long and probably totally-boring-for-you story is that when it comes to breastfeeding your baby, there is no right or wrong way to do just have to do what works for you! Yes, breastfeeding is GREAT for baby, but it is some seriously exhausting business when you're the momma. Add pumping into the mix and it can become a full time job on it's own. I have go through the experienced of breastfeeding journey and I came to the conclusion that I have been so much happier breastfeeding with Aulia'.  Yes, she had formula since she was 8 months old, but she's also super happy and healthy! It didn't kill her! And it helped take some stress off me. At least she got the added benefits of SOME breast milk for as long as she did.

FYI.. I left out TONS of details (Hard to believe with the length of this, right?) on things like how I battled painful engorgement &  borderline mastitis, so if any of you have ANY questions about pumping or breastfeeding or boob "training" please please PLEASE don't hesitate to contact me :) :) :) I'd love to share more of my experience and help in your BFing journey :)

Friday, June 14, 2013

A to Z of Hafizzudin

Assalamualaikum wbt..

Last time I did the A to Z of Aulia', here is the A to Z of Hafiz, my wonderful husband!

A. Age: 28
B. Bed size: King
C. Chore that you hate: Dish Washing
D. Dessert: Ice-Cream
E. Essential start to your day: Plain water
F. Favorite Color: Black
G. Gold or Silver: Silver
H. Height: 5 foot 7
Instrument: you play: I play a mean spoon, no musical talent whatsoever
J. Job Title: Civil and Structure Engineer, a freelance designer
K. Kids: 1, Nur Haninda Aulia', almost 23 months old!
L. Live: Currently in Selangor, Malaysia
M. Mother's name: Nor Aziah
N. Nickname (s): Ted. Mean people call me Mok
O. Overnight hospital stays: nothing overnight
P. Pet peeves: Wife complaining about snoring
Q. Quote from a movie: "Papa gone mad" wife says it all the time
R. Right or left handed: right
S. Siblings: 3 brothers, 2 sisters
U. Underwear: boxer are the most comfortable
V. Vegetable you hate: Well, I don't hate any vege. I love them all
W. What makes you run late: My wife
X. X-Rays you've had: None
Y. Yummy food that you make: Carbonara, Fried Mee, Mixed vege, Mushroom Soup, Fried rice
Z. Zoo animal: Hyenas, Tiger, Whale, Elephant

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Dear Aulia'

Assalamualaikum wbt..

Dear Aulia'

You were up at 1.30 am last night..why? I have no idea. As we rocked the night away, I wondered if you were getting new teeth, had a bad dream or hungry (figured out later it was my stomach growling, not yours!)

By 3.00 am I thought you were asleep, your eyes we closed, the only thing moving was your hand playing with your hair. So I laid you down in your crib, only to found out you just weren't ready..I let you cry it out a little, but you really were not having any part of it.

So I went back in and we continued to rock,your eyes closed and you continued to play with your hair, I know you were comfortable laying in my arm as we rocked and I loved the cuddling, by 3.45 am I thought you were ready to head to crib again, but you let me know differently. I changed rocking positions so we were chest to chest and you feel right asleep within 3 minutes. I'll have to remember that position for the next time you wake up in the middle of the night!

Anyways, I'm sorry I might have had a short fuse in the middle of the 3 hours of being awake. Ibu can only take so much crying in the middle of the night. But in the end, I really enjoyed cuddling with you (even thought it was way early)... I just want to let you know, if you need me to rock you back to sleep when you are older (5 years, 10 or 20 years old) I'll (and Papa) will be there for you!

Love Always,

Monday, June 10, 2013

My brave little girl swim underwater

Assalamualaikum wbt..

Yesterday marks the second month of Aulia' swimming lesson. She was 22 months old. It went pretty well. I wasn't so keen on all the chemicals in the water, but what do you do when you've got lots of kid's in a pool together! All those wees!

I was quite surprised. I wasn't expecting it to happen in her second month lesson- the instructors giving Aulia' her first underwater experience. Her instructor let Aulia' play for a while, practice jumping activities in the water until her eyes level while making an eye contact with her papa. Hubby just need to raise her a little bit and gently put her under the water. 

At home, we was watching movies of kids swimming and we talked about how much fun it is and how we love going under water. In that way, she can be mentally prepared and feel excited on what we are going to do today. 

All we need is her to be comfortable and playful. Hubby then counted to three, said Aulia's name for the signal, blew in her face and then lowered her under the water and gently moved her towards me while being supervised by the instructor. 

Those instructors know the score.. They know that freaked out parents are far more common than freaked out babies. Aulia' was, for the most part, just fine about going under the water. She looked a bit startled when she came up and into her papa's arm, but got over it really quickly. 

All and all, I was so proud of my brave little girl and now I wish I had a pool in our backyard so that I can 'homeschooled' her every day..oh yes and I need a superpower camera so that I can take a lot of pictures of Aulia' swimming underwater again in the future..

And maybe to answer some of my friend question, can Aulia' swim? Well, not alone though. She still need an adult to supervise and hold her. But she sure can submerge for a short period of time and can understand what she's suppose to do. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

I needs a new pair of flats!

Assalamualaikum wbt..

I have been sporting the same pair of flats for over 1 year now. They are plain, brown and worn to the bone.

I need some color, style and comfort in a new pair of flats! Off to the web I search!

Okay, It's time to go for shoe shopping!!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Filling the weekend with Aulia'

Assalamualaikum wbt..

It's funny how the to-do list can be a mile long, but it all goes out the window when you're spending the day along with your children. Priorities shift from productivity too simply meeting (and hopefully exceeding) their needs. If you're lucky, maybe you can check off a couple things, but if it isn't in their best interest then chances are it isn't yours. And no matter how long the list of things you just MUST get done is, when it comes to entertaining lil girl all day long, there just isn't enough to do. 

I'm coming down off a lovely 3-days weekend spent at home. 1 day MC taken due to my Dysmenorrhoea and hub had to work on the weekend for his freelance design works. I got some more practice in the Mom vs The Kid game. I'm happy to report that I had the BEST weekend and learned a couple of things along the way..

1.  I am an awesome mom. And I say that with confidence (if you're a mom, you should say it too!). This weekend I nailed the perfect balance of kid fun and mom have-to's. I cleaned out Aulia' closet AND took her for new shoe shopping. When I get home, I folded laundry AND played puzzles and built block towers. Somehow I was productive AND a fun mom So, I guess it can be done.

2. I really do have the best companion. My last post may have came across more dark and depressing than I hoped. I wasn't writing that from a place of sadness, it was just merely an observation and a truth to what I feel sometimes-lonely. But this weekend Aulia' and I had a wonderful play-dates with her Aunt Makyang. I feel so blessed, I love you to the moon and back darling!

3. Days with the kid is so much better when there is a game plan. Usually during my weekends alone with Aulia' we just wing it. Minute by minute I am trying to come up with things to do to fill the day. But this time? This time I had plans. We had our play-dates in the afternoon and errands/ chores in the morning. Not only was this great for my sanity (things to look forward to), but it was nice for Aulia' to know what we were going to do all day. Instead of my usual, "well, maybe we'll go to the park today or maybe we'll go shopping", I was able to tell her, "we're going to Mak's place in the morning and then after lunch and naps we're going to meet up with some friends." Now I know what my problem was before! 

Beside filing  our days with fun activities and a little bit of chores,  they were definitely packed full of love. (The fact that tomorrow is Monday and I have to work is just breaking my heart right now. I don't want to leave my baby!)

oh, and I finally busted my phone and captured my lil girl pics! I sure do wish I had more time to play with photography.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

June first

Assalamualaikum wbt..

Happy June! Here are my goals for this month! I did pretty good last month, did 4 of my 5 goals! One of it that I did not post on my blog was I need at least bake a healthy food for Aulia' and I did it last week:) Hurrah!!And that 5th goal was kind of a filter, so nothing lost there! I know I will for sure do one of these goals, as for the others..we will see!

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