October 30, 2014

Was It Racism Or Was It My Imagination?

So after weeks of being a lazy arse, today I bundled up a cranky baby (erm, should I be calling her a toddler now?!) and headed out to the library near my place. Now this isn't the usual baby group session that I attend with Z, which is at a different library. But with the weather being what it is, I have missed a few sessions and today I started feeling restless. 

When we got to the library it was still quite empty so Z and I sat down near some shelves (so that tired Mama can lean on the shelves) and Z although a bit reserved at first, started getting comfortable. Slowly the room started filling up and, a lady in a purple T-shirt started saying 'Hi' to the others. She walked around taking the names of the children for the 'Hello Song'.

Now, when she got to me she barely looked at me and quickly scribbled down Z's name without even sparing Z a glance. And when she went to the lady seated next to me (it was her first time at that particular session too) that lady in purple, was really nice to her; even going to the lengths of introducing herself and all. 

Imagine in a room full of Caucasians, ang mohs, gores; whatever you want to call them, I was the only one who was so obviously Asian, and also the only one so very obviously Muslim. I really found the whole behaviour odd as I have always met people who were really kind and friendly towards us. This lady didn't even smile at Z (ignored her in fact), when Z toddled up to her while they were singing the nursery rhymes.

Obviously, I felt a bit put off by the whole session regardless of the other Mamas being quite friendly. I was telling husband about my experience and obviously he responded with the classic, 'you are probably overthinking and oversensitive'. 

Well, given the fact that 99% of the people that we have met here have been really friendly and accommodating, Mr. Husband might just be right. Although, to be sure of it, I am going to drag my arse out again next week to this particular class without caring about the rain or the wind (exaggeration much), just to get a feel of things. If I'm still not comfortable I guess I'll just have to look for other options of entertainment. 

Fingers crossed.

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October 28, 2014

So I've Been Really Absent & Have Returned With A Vlog As An Apology

I know I should probably apologize for being missing for months but to appease the blogging and vlogging Gods, (and also your pretty much justifiable disappointment) I have here an offering. A weekend vlog; clips of the mundane which for me are as exciting as hell (desperate housewife, much?). And thanks to my voyeuristic tendencies of watching other people's vlogs, I decided to make one of our weekend.



We had a lovely weekend of cold weather, comfy pyjamas and of course lots and lots of food. Ummm, yeeeeaaaah we still have leftovers of the roast chicken and the salted caramel apple crumble. Yikes!

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p/s: Husband said that this video looks like some single dad type advert. First of all, I was the camerawoman because I pretty much don't trust husband's camera wielding skills. Second, would be that I don't wear the hijab at home (obviously) and wasn't going to wear it on purpose just so that I could be in the video. That would be a whole lot of funny isn't it? Or is it? Hmmmmm....well, lets see what happens next weekend! ;)

July 18, 2014

A Sad Day Indeed

Today is a sad day for humanity. On one hand a civilian aircraft has been intentionally shot down and on the other, people are being exterminated like vermin in the middle East. Obviously I have never posted anything of the political nature just because I feel that I am not qualified to give my opinions on these issues. However, I do wish other people share the same sentiments.

There are just too many ignorant people plastering their thoughts all over the internet. Heck, even our phones are not safe from the onslaught of these "news items". Most of all though I wish that people would stop sharing images of those who have perished. It's not only disrespectful but it also dehumanises the issues at hand. Surely these people deserve more respect than a number of shares. What's worse is you get some weirdos commenting on those pictures. Have you ever read those comments? Please go and take a look. The comments will most definitely make your blood boil.

So in spirit of being a conscientious human being; please stop sharing sensitive materials and more importantly please keep your backward and uninformed opinions to yourself.

As for myself, I have a weekend of spring cleaning my Facebook account. I don't need Facebook-induced high blood pressure.

Sekian, terima kasih.

*Posted from my Nexus 7

July 16, 2014

How We Celebrated The Big '1'







Every Wednesday there is a Bounce & Rhyme session at the Govanhill Library for babies from 0-2 years old. I have been taking Z for these session for almost half a year already (if I'm not mistaken). It's just a fun and chilled out time for Mums and their babies to sing silly nursery rhymes and to of course make new friends. And as a stay at home Mama, it is really nice to speak to other adults! Hah!

Since Z's birthday fell on a Wednesday. I thought why not just do a small celebration at the library. It'll be great to have a few people sing 'Happy Birthday' as opposed to just husband and I. A bit sad, no? The other reason was also the fact that it was Ramadan and we were not able to have a lunch/dinner to celebrate.

And it all worked out pretty well if you ask me. Z has always loved going to the library and meeting her lil baby friends. It became a really fun thing in the end. After that however, we headed up to the children's hospital to give them cakes. It's a shame though that I absolutely forgot to take a photo of Z and the midwives/nurses.

It was completely overwhelming for husband and I to be back there one year later. Even the day was the same as it was a year ago. That same hot weather. The same road. And the same nurses. We were doing all we could to not cry.

We know that we have been incredibly lucky that we've been blessed with a happy and active child. Although her not sleeping does get me frustrated, I love this kid so damn much! Haha. On the eve of her birthday we did a special thank you prayer and on the day itself we did one again. But it was just me and husband.

If we were back in Malaysia we would have probably celebrated it with more friends and family but oh well, when we get the chance we'll do a really nice one with all the important people. ;)

And now, it is time for me to say my Terawih prayers. Happy Sahoor, y'all!

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July 9, 2014

12 Months Is Also A Year









Smash cake OOTD
Shorts: Zara

OOTD
Dress: Thrifted
Shoes: Zara

Crown: Handmade by Mama
(Oh yeah, I spent hours sewing that bad boy! This is as crafty as I get I'm afraid. LOL)

Alhamdulillah, my little Z is not so little anymore. She is already a year old and definitely stepping into toddlerhood! Oh yeah, we can see the beginnings of tantrums and anger. Not great news for us, that's for sure! *stress*

At 12 months Z has 4 teeth; two top, two bottom. She can almost say 'Daddy' right but it seems as though she has forgotten how to say 'Mama'. Pfffft. She is absolutely fixated with all our gadgets; be it remote controls, phones, handphones, laptops or tablets. If she sees one just lying around minding it's own business, she will crawl super fast to get to it ignoring all her toys. And once she gets it of course she pops it in her mouth. -.-

For some strange reason her fascination with the carpet is still there. Z still pulls at it and occasionally tries to chew it. *shakes head* Z's hair has already grown and she no longer has a bald spot *high five*. And most of the time she doesn't actually mind wearing a hairband or even a beret. Putting it on however, is a whole different story.

What else....? Z can wave bye and she also has started clapping. She giggles the loudest when I clap her hands for her. It is basically almost impossible getting her to sit still on the changing table (or anywhere else for that matter). Most of the times she's trying to escape as if her life depends on it! And also, she has started throwing things. Doesn't matter what it is, if she is bored/angry/annoyed/or just feeling like it, she will throw it. She has already chucked my phone and my tablet just because she can! Pfffft!

I tried to do a smash cake with Z (totally influenced by Pinterest) and it failed spectacularly because we found out that Z didn't like being messy. She would try to pick at the sprinkles that got to her legs and shake of the icing that got to her hand. So a classic case of 'Expectation vs. Reality' fail.

Another reason to be grateful (and also a wee bit proud) is the fact that Z has been fully breastfed up to date! Alhamdulillah. I think I will be making a vlog on this, so stay tuned for that. I'm not sure when, but Insyaallah there will be one. ;)

We currently are experiencing a few hits and misses with her sleeping all night. Sometimes things are fantastic, although most times I am inches away from wanting to yank my hair out! Although, her routine has gone through some massive changes since Ramadan has started. So that could be a factor too.

All in all, it has been one crazy, hell of a year. When Z was born, we really couldn't imagine reaching this stage. At that time all we were focused on was for Z to get better and out of the NICU. Then out of the ward into private rooming. And from there going home. Once we reached home, we just took it a month at a time; but still always cautious and always praying that nothing bad happens. If you're new to the blog and are wondering what the hell I'm talking about, please click on the gastroschisis link above. Thank you!

Z is such a happy, active, healthy, giggly, chatty baby; we just can't imagine our life without her in it.

May you always brighten up our lives, Z. 

Mama and Daddy love you to the moon and back, sweetheart. And then some more.

Happy First Birthday, my cuddle monster!

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