Friday, November 26, 2010

It's so crazy....

It has been so crazy at work lately.. with our immediate boss literally being kicked out of the office just because the new big boss is not 'ngam' with her -- left us both in limbo...Macam orang gila sekarang ni like headless chicken..pening aku..Sian kat my boss, she's such a nice boss - so easy to work with, very understanding, very calm and patient, tak kedekut ilmu.. susah la nak dapat boss macam dia lagi..

Hopefully things will get better soon...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Puting oh..puting

Before I delivered Zikri, I was so determined not to give my baby the pacifier.. But down the road of a month (still in my confinement) mama started giving him the 'puting' so that he can easily go to sleep..(you might ask, where did she get the pacifier from -- well.. it's part of the starter kit that I bought)..

I've been receiving a lot of negative remarks for letting him suck on the pacifier -- mostly the remark about how his teeth will end up being 'jongang' and how his sucking on air and that will make him a colicky baby.. But alhamdullillah, so far so good.. My sense is that I think the pacifier's function is merely that -- to pacify the baby when he/she is agitated..Memang dah fitrah seorang bayi suka menghisap -- tak kisah la puting ke, jari ke.. Even if we don't give him his puting, he will still suck on his finger/s -- so nak buat macamana ??? I've read somewhere that the ability to suck -- either the thumb or a dummy helps with the baby development... so I'm so confused now...

Anyway, since he had started on his solids about a week now - my sister-in-law who is taking care of him while I'm at work -- has started to wean him off the pacifier..ada la dia nangis sikit2..esp bila ngantuk nak tido... Nak tak nak, I thought I better persevere and sambung her effort during the night.. but it's mighty heart wrenching to see him whimper for the beloved puting.. Sampai terkecap bibir sendiri la nak tido tu.. Tapi alhamdullilah -- it has been 3 days and 2 nights now that we've been able to keep him away for it.. Now, my question is -- Am I making the right decision ??

Thursday, October 28, 2010

After 6 months....

Today marks Zikri's 6 months birthday.... and he's supposed to start on his solids. Over the weekend, we tried introducing it bit by bit -- macam tak suka je..mula-mula la.. But slowly boleh take it, but cannot finish the whole bowl...

So we stopped for a couple of days and yesterday my SIL tried again - this time a bit thicker than my version - she told me he finished the whole bowl -- Yayyy!!! Go Zikri, Go Zikri..

Will try to vary the food for him this weekend... Enjoy the pictures..

A special shout out to Ayah Ngah A'a -- Thank you Ayah Ngah for the cute bibs -- I'm starting to use them now !! ~ Zikri

Monday, September 27, 2010

New Addition to the family... Muhammad Ihsan Afif

This year murah rezeki my parents.. For a while it's only just Adi, finally Mama and Abah dapat dua cucu this year.. Abah la yang paling excited (anybody who knows my father would know he's always pinning for a lot of cucus..)

Just a week before raya on 3rd September, my younger sister Yone gave birth to another baby boy - Muhammad Ihsan Afif bin Mohd Azri (we have the same birthdate Ihsan!) in Penang..

My mother since then has been very busy because dengan cucu lagi, dengan anak dalam pantang lagi, dengan nak raya lagi.. letih la mama

Anyway - we would like to welcome Ihsan into the family...

The day he was born...

Cepat betul bukak mata... sama macam abg Zikri..

Dah balik rumah mak tok.. amboi kan main lagi happynye dia..

Tengok tu, pandai buat muka plak...

Ambik gambar dengan abang Adi... Abg Adi tak sabar nak ajak Ihsan main tu...

Ambik gambar dengan Abang Zikri plak.. alahai, lebatnya rambut Ihsan.. Abg Zikri rambut tak tumbuh2 lagi -- Kena letak diaorang jauh sikit sebab tangan Zikri masa ni asyik menerawang je, nanti terkena plak adik Ihsan..

Lagi satu gambar together lepas Ihsan dah cukur rambut.. pandai la dua2 posing.. masa ni Zikri dan Ihsan dah jadi adik-beradik sesusu.. Susu Michik untuk Ihsan punya la banyak melimpah ruah, Zikri pun tumpang la sekaki.. Thank you Michik.. Thank you Ihsan...

About a week after raya, Ihsan kena infection kat pusat dia - terus dikejarkan ke hospital - kena admit for 3 nights.. Kesian Ihsan..

Takper Ihsan, nanti baik k....

Ihsan dah sihat dah.. This was taken when he was 22 days old

Kan main lagi.. susu pun dah banyak minum.. alhamdullilah.. This was taken yesterday - on his 24th day..

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Selamat Menyambut Aidilfitri.. Maaf Zahir dan Batin

To all readers yang sudi singgah my blog, saya ucapkan Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Maaf Zahir dan Batin...

Monday, August 16, 2010

Valentino Rossi wannabe???

Before going into the Rossi's story -- citer about the weekend first -- during the weekend, it's still as hectic as ever.. On Saturday morning - I managed to wash Zikri's clothes together with all his beddings.. Had to moved him to the middle of the house as the neighbour was finishing up their renovation so Zikri 'tak tahan' with the noise and the strong smell of shellac.. He didn't want to go to sleep so had to play with him and layan him bersembang for a couple of hours. Tapi tak boleh jadi, I was planning to do a Bread Pudding which I got the recipe from here for Iftar at MIL's place. So, start jugak la buat walaupun he's still awake.. By the time the second round of boiling starts, he fell asleep, baru la boleh buat kerja dengan aman...

After the bread pudding was done (lupa nak tangkap gambar..isk,isk,isk..), went ahead and do some spring cleaning in the bedroom. At around 12.30 he woke up and I gave him his bath..Minum susu, plop him back into his playpen/cot..Tak nak tido lagi.. I lay down next to him -- terus dua-dua pun tertido hehehe..

Anyway to cut the story short the iftar in MIL's place was a success -- Initially Zikri was quiet and in awe to see so many people (MIL has 9 kids and 19 grandkids) -- Kebetulan on that weekend siblings yang ada pun only 5(including our family) -- tapi dengan spouse, dengan anak-beranak semua memang penuh la rumah Mak..Makanan pun banyak, alhamdullillah.. Around pukul 7, Zikri dah mula restless -- panas dan mengantuk.. salin baju pun tak nak tido pasal sibuk menahan mata..

Lepas je bukak puasa..Zikri dah start mengamuk rupanya panas -- walaupun pakai rompers -- dia tak tahan plus mengantuk yang amat sangat.. by 9.00pm we all pun balik la pasal dia dah dok mengamuk tak berenti...

Back to the Valentino Rossi's story last nite, after prayers semua, hubby was watching moto gp racing.. the small one suddenly showed very intense attention towards the black box -- masyallah, minat racing jugak ke anak mama sorang ni.. jangan sampai merempit sudah ye.. on second thought, tak payah la naik-naik moto ni -- bahaya.. minat je cukup.. tak payah nak ride, ride..

Hi everyone!!
Pose sebelum racing..

Tengok tu, punya la tekunnya..

Duduk pun dah ada stail..

Siap tunduk tu so that senang nak lap..

Mata still bulat walaupun sebenarnya dah mengantuk..

Friday, August 13, 2010

Car seat ride dengan mama di pagi Jumaat..

Tengok la aksi-aksi Zikri dalam kereta on the way to my SIL's place pagi tadi...aktif sungguh..kekadang tu asyik terbaring aje.. rupanya hari ni aktif sebab buat harta karun.. semerbak harum lagi dalam kereta mama pagi tadi..

Anyway, dia sebenarnya tengah nak try hisap jari dia.. For the time being, we all keep saying him no-no-no bila dia start hisap jari.. Kadang-kadang dengar, kadang-kadang tak...Been reading the pros and cons about letting your baby suck his thumb vs pacifier.. Do any of you have any ideas which way to go ? He's definitely into sucking..

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Our 1st Ramadan with Zikri..

The first day sahur was okay -- coincidentally Zikri woke up around 4.30am for his feed so after feeding him, woke up Nasir to take over as I need to go and prepare the food for sahur..

By 5.10am, both of us can peacefully have our sahur as Zikri had went back to sleep.. Aman.. Right after Subuh masuk, he starts fidgeting without actually opening his eyes, so Nasir attended to him as I need to get some sleep.. mengantuk betul...Tapi tak maunye, by 6.30am bangun, solat and start preparing to go to work..

By 7.40ish left the house to send Zikri to K. Ami's house.. Traffic was a bit bad, as usual..Tengah in the crawling traffic, tiba-tiba bau semerbak harum menerpa ke hidungku.. alamak!! Zikri 'melepas' ye.. padan la senyap aje, mama sembang pun buat bolayan je.. Nasib baik dia tak fidget sangat (almaklumla.. my SIL kata Zikri ni pembersih, sikit aje basah or kotor - dah o-eh-o-eh - suruh tukar diapers -- ye la tu, bankrap mama macam ni)..

Right after dropping Zikri, rush plak pegi pasar kat depan rumah K. Ami --beli chicken, some sayur.. tak tau dalam otak nak masak apa lagi for berbuka nanti..Beli aje dulu...From the market, terus pegi ofis -- straight all the goodies from pasar masuk kat fridge office..

At 3.00pm, brought down the chicken from the freezer supaya easy to thaw it out by the time I leave in the evening..

During fasting month, the management allow us to leave the office 1 hour earlier at 4.30pm provided we work through lunch hour. Kalau tak, balik macam biasala...But semalam tak sempat nak keluar sharp 4.30 because had a short discussion with Francyne.. So managed to leave the office by 4.45pm.. Jalan clear, but the motorcyclists tiba-tiba macam ramai plak during ramadan ni..Lepas tu asyik mencilok-cilok plak.. ya allah.. tarik nafas aku.. sabar ajela..

Anyway, reached K. Ami's house at around 5.05pm - Zikri tengah tido -- ternampak susu dah standby dah sebelah dia.. Alamak, dia nak menyusu la ni, lambat la plak nak sampai rumah nanti.. But buat dunno aje, balik terus, didn't feed him first. K. Ami tapaukan Roti Jalan dengan Gulai Ayam.. Pandai Leel, anak teruna K. Ami yang sorang tu mengelek roti jala.. Boleh la, kalau ada sapa-sapa nak buat menantu..hehehe..

Sampai rumah dekat2 pukul 6ptg.. Nasir tak sampai lagi, macamana nak masak ni dengan si Zikri.. Kalau dia tido takpa, ni dia tengah cerah bijik mata.. Apa lagi, plop him onto tilam kekabu pemberian Maktok, letak soft toy next to him and put the tilam under the fan.. Sibuk la dia dok menengok fan tu berpusing for half an hour -- tapi mulut bising la, so I have to make some noise too tu layan dia bersembang.. Within that half an hour, sempat la masak sup ayam seperiuk.

By 6.30, Nasir pun balik, so he took over.. Baru la can finish cooking peacefully.. Dengar la si ayah tengah main dengan anaknya -- ku-kik-ku-kik Zikri ketawa -- rupanya Ayah main konon-konon naik motor (siap dengan sound effect sekali).. tu yang ketawa kan main lagi tu..Tiba-tiba dengar Zikri menangis sekuat hati (when I ask Nasir, he said "ntah, tadi kan main ketawa, tukar naik aeroplane je, terus nangis -- agaknya dia baru teringat dia lapar tak ??) Lawak la Zikri ni..I guess betul la kot, sebab bila bagi je botol with 4oz, laju je dia habis...siap tak cukup lagi mama kena tambah lagi satu oz..lepas tu baru la kenyang.. By then, waktu berbuka pun dah masuk so I just had some water and kurma je dulu... Nasir had his dinner first, after I put Zikri to sleep around 8.00pm, baru la I makan..

Amboiii.. penatnya la first day of puasa.. bukannya penat puasa, penat lari sana sini..Tapi seronok having Zikri for the first time during Ramadan semenjak we all kawin.. Ni Ramadan yang ke sepuluh for us both.. it's a blessed Ramadan.. Alhamdullillah... Was your first Ramadan as hectic as mine ?

** Some unrelated pictures taken in the past month..

Zikri masa awal-awal guna car seat ni..Baik je rupanya, sekarang pun baik, tapi kadang2 suka hisap strap kat bahu dia tu.. Sedap agaknya..

Seronoknya main dengan mama..

Dah penat main, tido plak la..

Ni latest picture taken last Sunday.. tengah senyum kat Ayah.. seronok dapat main dengan Ayah on Ayah's off day..

Monday, July 19, 2010

First day at work...

Time mandi....
Relax aje michik exercise dia...

After almost 3 months being with Zikri, today I have to start work and it kind of bittersweet to leave him with my sister-in-law...I miss him terribly during the day -- especially bathing time.. It is so fun to see him react to whatever I say or do to him.. He really loves to bath...
Anyway, I really hope he will be a good boy for Cik Ami.. and can't wait to see him soon...

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Finally he arrives....

Day 1 kat hospital...

On 28th of April, the long awaited arrival of our bundle of joy finally came.. No doubt it was an early arrival plus a surprise..Muhammad Zikri bin Mohd Nasir made his arrival on the night of 28th April..

Alhamdullillah... thank you Allah and all our family and friends that have been praying for us.

**Update - pictures as promised

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Counting the days...

Alhamdullillah - I've now reached my 34th week..At this point, I sometime feel quite heavy, tight (in the abdomen area) and very tired -- especially at the end of the day... Somehow I still did not gain any weight. I still weigh 81kg -- last check up on Monday..

Prof Zainul had discussed with me on delivery options. Still discussing and deciding -- particularly about where I'm going to give birth.. Nampak gayanya masih berat nak bersalin di Penang.. so we shall see..

Please pray and doa for me and my baby.. Thank you...

Atas permintaan some of my cousins who have not met me since I was pregnant, here are some pictures.. I think it still doesn't make any difference.. I nampak macam biasa saja I rasa...

This is during my sixth month pregnancy -- with a Nepalese secondee before he left for Kathmandu.. The lady in white is my colleague Letchumi...

This was taken last week..

Another angle... version kembang sikit..

Friday, March 26, 2010

Nobody, nobody but you....

I don't know why but this song keep playing in my head for the last couple of weeks even when I'm trying to sleep.. Melampau kan...Maybe because I keep looking it up on the youtube and playing it for at least once a day..Anyway, it does help to 'pick-me-up' when I'm feeling kind of sluggish nowadays -- reaching 32 weeks next weeks, and getting heavier and heavier (eventhough my weight still remain the same..mmmm...weird a..).. At the same time, hubby enjoyS it too -- so when it goes on air on Era every morning on the way to work.. It really make our day..

The girls are really cute and adorable, the steps are really contagious...

Enjoy the clip and the lyrics below...

Wonder Girls — Nobody (English) lyrics
You Know I still Love You Baby.
And it will never change. (Saranghae)

I want nobody nobody But You, I want nobody nobody But You
How can I be with another, I don't want any other
I want nobody nobody nobody nobody

Why are you trying to, to make me leave ya
I know what you're thinking
Baby why aren't you listening
How can I just
Just love someone else and
Forget you completely
When I know you still love me

Telling me you're not good enough
My life with you is just too tough
You know it's not right so
Just stop and come back boy
How can this be
When we were meant to be

I want nobody nobody But You, I want nobody nobody But You
How can I be with another, I don't want any other
I want nobody nobody nobody nobody

I want nobody nobody But You, I want nobody nobody But You
How can I be with another, I don't want any other
I want nobody nobody nobody nobody

Why can't we just, just be like this
Cause it's you that I need and nothing else until the end
Who else can ever make me feel the way I
I feel when I'm with you, no one will ever do

Telling me you're not good enough
My life with you is just too tough
You know me enough so
You know what I need boy
Right next to you is where I need to be.

I want nobody nobody But You, I want nobody nobody But You
How can I be with another, I don't want any other
I want nobody nobody nobody nobody

I don't want no body, body
I don't want no body, body

Honey you know it's you that I want, it's you that I need
Why can't you see~

I want nobody nobody But You, I want nobody nobody But You
How can I be with another, I don't want any other
I want nobody nobody nobody nobody

I want nobody nobody But You, I want nobody nobody But You
How can I be with another, I don't want any other
I want nobody nobody nobody nobody

Back to the days when we were so young and wild and free
Nothing else matters other than you and me
So tell me why can't it be
Please let me live my life my way
Why do you push me away
I don't want nobody nobody nobody nobody but you.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Diaper Cakes Giveaway Contest!!!

My dear cousin sister - Siti Nurbaizurah had started her own home-based business -- providing creative ways to give presents to newborn babies or younger children...aside from other things..

I really like her business idea and would like to help her promote her business.. Currently she's having a giveaway contest on her business blog -- sayangnya -- adik-beradik tak boleh join.
Note to Yah -- nanti buat giveaway contest just for adik-beradik no! -hehehehe...

Please do go and visit her blog - click on the banner below..

Below are some samples of her 'scrumptious ' looking cakes...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Update -- 5th check up...

Last Monday was my fifth monthly check up -- by now I'm in my 24th weeks.. Alhamdullilah everything is so far, so good.. Baby slightly bigger than the normal size.. Prof kata it should be around 750gm but mine is about 883gm..

Alhamdullillah also, my blood pressure dah semakin turun so now Prof suruh totally stopped my BP medication. Aspirin (in very small dosage) however I still have to continue sampai deliver rasanya.. Kedudukan plasenta pun ok, content of amniotic fluid pun ok -- he was worried takut terbanyak --- then that would indicate diabetic..

Sebenarnya being pregnant when you are overweight -- is really very risky. You are exposed/prone to get a lot of things.. On top of that, I'm not young anymore...hehehee...lagi la risky.. Tapi alhamdullillah, I'm controlling my food.. I drink a lot (I mean a lot -- at least 2 liters) of water -- and stay away from sweet stuff..

Next check up -- he wants to give me a jab for 'kancing gigi' -- which is actually meant for the baby but he's giving it through me..

Unfortunately last week -- I had a very, very bad case of food poisoning -- I've been having diarrhea and vomiting every day for the last 5-6 days.. I lost 2 kg within 4 days -- habis drain out all the water -- luckily I kuat minum air so at least I'm hydrated so tak payah la masuk drips.. Nasib baik.. Alhamdullillah now dah ok sikit, but I still cannot take milk -- ada kengkawan yang suggest suruh switch to soya bean -- tapi susah nak cari soya bean yang belum pre-mix with air gula.. I kalau boleh nak beli yang ada sikit je air gula -- just untuk ada taste sikit je.. yg manis2 tak nak.. Kalau ada yang tau kat mana nak beli, let me know ye -- kalau boleh yang orang Melayu buatla, lalu sikit nak minum...hehehe..

Prof was also surprised to see that my legs are not swollen -- means no water retention.. Probably because I minum banyak air..But on the flip side, my right arm & wrists are in constant numb/pain -- it's called carpal tunnel syndrome -- nothing much can be done about it -- so sometimes I have to bandage the wrist to minimise movements.

That's it for this month... please continue to pray for me and my baby.. Thank you so much...

On a different note, Mama, Abah, Cha and Wan Chik bertolak ke Madinah on the same Monday for umrah until 21st February. Harap-harap semuanya selamat...

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Finally...after almost nine years...

This 13th January will be our ninth wedding anniversary.. However, for this year it's going to be a vast difference from the other years because finally for this anniversary -- I'm finally pregnant (alhamdullillah.. syukur pada Allah S.W.T yang masih mendengar doa dan permintaan daripada hamba2Nya yang kerdil dan hina ini)

I'm currently approaching my 20th week and alhamdullillah the baby is growing healthily..

After being just the two of us for so long, it feels quite surreal to us to comprehend what's coming.. Also, after all the hospital trips, treatments, hours of waiting, money spent.. aside from all the sindiran dan kutukan yang terngiang di telinga ni... Bersyukurnya both of us dengan kurniaan Allah yang satu ini...

Just for information, in 2005 I was pregnant once and I had a miscarriage when I reached my 10th week.. It was a very sad time for us and since then -- nothing.. We started to go for check ups in HUKM and after numerous treatments, just before we went with medically assisted conception (which at that point was IUI), we kind of stepped back from it.. sebab basically dah letih -- tak berenti-renti for more than a couple of years, a little bit patah semangat..We had accepted the fate that maybe we are not destined to have any children of our own...Tapi dengan kuasa Allah siapa yang sangka...

This post bukanlah bertujuan untuk bermegah-megah dengan berita gembira ini, tapi lebih kepada

1. Ucapan terima kasih yang tak terhingga kepada yang sudi mendoakan kami untuk dapat mengecapi nikmat Allah yang satu ini..

2. Harapan semoga kalian terus berdoa semoga anak dalam kandungan sihat sejahtera dan akan selamat dilahirkan ke dunia ini...

3. Memberi harapan kepada pasangan2 yang senasib dengan kami... jangan la berputus harap..Teruslah berdoa, semoga Allah kabulkan permintaan kalian...Amin...

Note to Adi: Happy 4th Birthday dear... Semoga Allah sentiasa memberi rahmatnya pada Adi...