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!

♥♥♥

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!

♥♥♥

3 Years & Counting

It's been three years since husband and I got married...

Sometimes it feels like we've been married for 3 days and other times 30 years.

We openly talk about our bodily functions; i.e. burps, farts, poop, pee (I blame Zia for this because we are always checking on her poop!!)

Sometimes all we want to do is strangle each other and other times we want to give each other tight hugs.

This is basically what it feel like being married for three years. Don't be fooled, because it really isn't all rainbows and butterflies all the time but I can honestly say that what we have just works for us. I can only pray that our bond keeps getting stronger with time, Insyaallah. And all the poop and pee talks get less!! *fingers crossed* LOL

Happy Anniversary, Mr Husband. Love you.

♥♥♥

June 30, 2014

20 Hours In & Defeated

Ramadan Mubarak y'all!!

How's everyone's fasting going? In the lovely UK we are fasting for a grand total of 20 hours. Sounds fun, innit? Well, no. Not really. To be honest it's the second day of Ramadan and I have already waved my white flag of defeat. Yesterday I started having a headache at 2ish in the afternoon which just got increasingly worse as the day got on. By the time we got to actually breaking our fast, I had a full blown migraine. The worst bit was actually after saying my Maghreb prayers, I started feeling so sick that I vomited everything that I had for Iftar. And even that was not much. I couldn't eat anything, and was just so so nauseated the whole time. Also nooooo, I'm definitely not pregnant you nosy lot!! 😮

I only managed to eat a dry toast with cheese before saying my Isya prayers and promptly went to sleep after swallowing two Paracetamol tablets. Which brings us to today, I am not fasting. I know, I know...I'm a total and full on weakling but really though it's tough. Not only is it fasting long hours, I am also still nursing Z. And between the time where fasting begins (usually at 3am) to when it ends (around 10.15 pm) I would breastfeed Z about four times. And the routine we have going is that each time she nurses it's a proper feed. I don't actually let Z use the nip as a soother, so each feed she'll almost empty out both breasts.

Now I know some Moms can do it all while fasting but for me it's a real challenge. Especially considering the fact that I always feel ridiculously hungry after each feed. And to make sure that Z has enough milk, I have to make sure that I eat proper meals and drink lots of fluids. Hence why I am still walking around with all the baby weight. If I do portion control or skip a meal, I can actually feel my breast not filling up enough. The end result would be Z biting me because there just isn't enough milk. Pfffffttt.

So that is it for today, although tomorrow I will be trying to fast again. Maybe if I do alternate days it wouldn't be as hard on my body. I know that nursing moms are exempted from fasting but 29/30 days to replace later on is still a whole lot. So I'll try my best to fast as many days as I can during Ramadan, just so that I can also be part of all the barakah that Allah s.w.t. showers upon his people on this time.

I can only pray that it all becomes easier for me as the time goes by, Insyaallah.

❤❤❤

Posted from my Nexus 7

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