July 20, 2015

Our Second Day Of Eid

When it's your fourth Eid away from your family, you end up taking Eid lightly. This is exactly what has happened with us. It was amazing going to the Malaysian Community gathering and saying the Eid prayers together but after that, we came home and just relaxed. Husband drank multiple cups of coffee while Z napped and I chilled out on the couch. It was bliss.

On the second day of Eid, we decided to finally take Z on a bike ride. Initially Husband was all set to take Z on a ride by one of the many lochs but I wasn't too keen on the idea as we didn't know how she would react to being strapped in the seat. She might end up screaming and hating it and wanting to get down. So being far away from home, not a good idea.

But turns out; she loved it! According to husband she was singing really loudly as they were cruising through the park. This is pretty much music to my ears; daddy-daughter bonding time and me-time for Mama. Score!

Oh and if you're wondering about the yucky grey clouds, it did rain on and off the whole afternoon but it didn't seem to faze our little trooper.


p/s: Have I mentioned how obsessed Husband has gotten about cycling? Sigh...

July 15, 2015

The Terrible Two's...Gulp!

To be honest, I am at a total loss of words.

Z is two.

No more babyZ, no more gummy smiles, lots of actually saying 'No!'; but so much fun to play with. Honest! She can now say some of the words to 'The Wheels On The Bus', loves playing with her Lego Duplo stuff, is starting to get the idea of playing pretend (thanks to a lovely tea set gift she received from her friend), loves food (although sometimes just refuses things, because well, she can!), throws massive tantrums (!!!), gives the best hugs, and is super affectionate when she is in the mood.

Unfortunately, she does still suck her thumb and it does look like she might need braces *sigh*. We stopped nursing when she was 18 months and the transition to formula was ridiculously smooth, Alhamdulillah. Z still has milk but only twice a day; breakfast and before sleeping.

Oh and her absolute favourite nursery rhyme is 'Baa Baa Black Sheep'. She still has some nights where she wakes up in the middle of night and doesn't go back to sleep until a few hours later. And that's pretty much what she'll be doing, practicing her 'Baa Baa Black Sheep' at 1am!!

So on the day of her birthday, I set up the dining table nice and pretty with the birthday cake and some small details just so we could have a quick little photoshoot of the three of us. I wish we took more photos, but alas, it was almost time for Z's nap and she was getting pretty cranky.

After her nap, I re-dressed her in her birthday outfit and we had some fun taking silly photos.

Dress: Monsoon (On massive sale *score*)
Shoes: GAP (bought a year ago on sale *double score*)
Headband: H&M

Having a Cinderella moment ❤️

The face you make when you realise you're not getting anymore cake!

The following Monday after her birthdate, we had a little tea party with Z's friend and his Mom and Aunt. Yeap, we invited just three people. It was so that I could manage everything without losing my mind! LOL. Even though her sleep is much better compared to last year, she is definitely a handful while awake. So keeping my head straight is extremely important! Pfffft!

I DIY-ed the glittery Z (from HobbyCraft), and glitterised the number 2 candle (a cheapie candle from Asda), glitterised the plastic cups, and made the tassel garland (which pretty much looks abused because Z started slapping it around and it kept dropping to the floor). Oh I also made the goody bag, since I was only giving one bag away and didn't want to purchase 20 bags which would have been wasted. 

As for the menu, I fried (Halal) lamb samosas, made chocolate dipped strawberries, custard tarts with raspberries and chocolate tarts with peanut brittle, and lastly meringue filled with cream topped with peaches (I cheated and bought ready made tartlets and meringues). I told you, I tried to find the hassle free way for everything. 

The other bits and bobs were purchased from Asda, Paperchase, and Amazon; that concludes my preparation for our little tea party. Enjoy the photos!

After all that, I was extremely tired and wanted to sleep for a week! The next birthday, whether he likes it or not Mr. Husband is definitely helping with the whole setup. 

Happy Second Birthday, Miss Z!


May 14, 2015

In Hopes Of Repairing My Despaired Soul

You know that feeling when you're constantly surrounded by successful people and the never ending success stories of other; and how that makes you feel like a proper and total failure? That is me in a nutshell right now. 

I wish I could blame all this on hormones but in all honesty the fault is entirely mine. I have stopped finding the time to be creative. I am constantly using the words, 'I'm tired' as a cover up for my lack of discipline and determination. I used the words 'I am mentally exhausted' as a front to just be plain old lazy.

Watching other people live my dream could be the wake up call that I need, or it could actually be the double edged sword that ultimately pushes me further into my excuses and despair.  Afraid to face the reality. Afraid of chasing my dream as I thought I would; with sheer force and passion.

I would like to say that I am getting old, so maybe that's why Im feeling so retrospective. But let's be honest, I haven't done much in the last few years to be awarded that luxury. 

I need to rise above this despair and so something. I NEED to follow my dreams; more importantly, I NEED to make time for my dreams. If not, that is what they will always remain; as plain old dreams of a once youthful soul.


February 3, 2015

Johnson's Products Bad? Say Whuuuut?! | No More Toxic Tub

After months of not being around and pretty much ignoring le blog; I've come back to my favourite place to share a bit of baby info. I know, I know; I come back after being away and it's all about the baby! But stay with me, okay guys?

 A few months ago, I noticed that Z had something like dry skin on her legs and arms. After lots of lotion and potions, it still wasn't going away. We took Z to the doctors' and he said it was eczema (even though it wasn't itching) and gave us a lotion and another cream to apply. Unfortunately it didn't go away.

Somewhere last week, I took Z out for a playdate and our friends all noticed how red her cheeks were (they looked like really ripe tomatoes). While were leaving, I noticed that it wasn't red anymore. As I was talking to the other Mamas, that I then realised that I had put on a Johnson & Johnson's lotion on her cheeks right before leaving. It was supposed to soothe Z's irritated skin rather than leave it inflamed.

Everyone I knew, kept saying (offhandedly) how bad their products were and I decided to do some research. Conclusion: I don't know about you guys, but I sure as hell did not know that Johnson & Johnson's product contains ingredients that in simple terms are carcinogenic. What that means is that it contains ingredients that could, in the long term cause cancer. Now, I'm not the type that screams 'WOLF' all the time at every single thing.

So the findings were made in 2009; a time where I was struggling to with my Masters degree and so so far away from a family life that this didn't even make a blip in my radar. I mean of course, logically, it takes a lot of exposure to the stuff for it to be harmful. And I agree and respect people who while knowing all the facts still proceed to use the products.

But here's the thing, those cancer-producing ingredients are not the only thing that is in the formulation. Those other things unfortunately can irritate and aggravate certain skin conditions; which it has unfortunately with little miss Z.

It turns out that we've been buying lots of Johnson & Johnson's product for Z's bath time over the last few months and that could be one of the causes of the dry skin eczema. I really liked reading this particular post because it lists down specifically what ingredients causes which side effects

You would think that baby products shouldn't be harsh to their skin but in this case, we're-oh-so-wrong. After all this reading and feeling like a horrible Mama (admit it, we all go through bouts of guilt when it comes to child rearing), I got on Amazon and ordered a small fortune in what is supposed to be 'organic' baby wash and shampoo.

Now, I'm not going to name those products or anything because I don't want anyone to think that I've been paid to write this up (I wish I was though, LOL). However, if Z cooperates enough, I might try to take photos of her skin before and after using the organic products. Just as a comparison for myself; and for husband if he complains the organic products are too expensive to repurchase. 

Now, I'm just (not so) patiently waiting for my Amazon order to arrive and to swap out all of Z's lotions and potions.

*drums fingers on table*


November 1, 2014

Establishing Breastfeeding When Your Newbown Is In The Hospital (Part1)

As promised, this is my vlog on my breastfeeding experience with my little girl, Zia. I have decided to split the videos into three parts so that it's not TOO long. As it is, it's already almost 10 minutes and I edited a whole lot of things out. Oh well, I guess that calls for another video! ;)

Also, sorry my dears, for the not so great quality of the video. I promise the next ones will be back to the usual, pretty awesome, quality!

Hope this video, helps those of you who are planning on breastfeeding. 

Any feedback, suggestions and constructive criticism are welcomed. 

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p/s: That is a picture that I took of Google. Link here: http://bit.ly/1tsAgLc


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