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What’s New?

So what’s new with me after more than a year of leaving the blogosphere?

I have so much to tell but I don’t think I can cram everything into one post.

Nevertheless, I guess I’ll take it from this post.

Alhamdulillah, Mr Sunshine graduated with flying colours last year and has started working again. This means that he would no longer be at home to take care of the kids should the need arise. It got back to us taking turns to take leave.

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Mak and I with Mr Sunshine on his graduation day!

However, we also found a substitute babysitter to send the kids to when the both of us are unable to take leave. She happens to be the sister in-law’s babysitter who Alhamdulillah is nice & Khayla loves her. Khaleel on the other hand, needs a little warming up every time we send him there because he is very attached to his current sitter whom he affectionately calls ‘Mama’.

This is kind of worrying to me as we are planning to send him to a montessori starting next year but InshaAllah hopefully he will be fine.

Khaleel has grown up to be a very active & talkative kid, Alhamdulillah.

However, I must share that in February this year, he had an afebrile seizure attack when he was at the sitter’s. When I got to him, he was so weak for at least 3 hours & it scared the hell out of me. But of course, it was the usual post-ictal symptom one would experience after a seizure attack.

A colleague of mine helped to send us to the hospital where he was warded for a few days and had an electroencephalogram (EEG) & an MRI carried out on him. He had to be sedated for the MRI, so he had to fast and it was not easy handling a hungry (and thirsty) kid especially when he was begging you for your milk.

I bruised my right arm throughout the process, both arms were sore and my chest hurt from him banging his head on it. But Alhamdulillah, his MRI turned out normal. However, his EEG did show signs of seizure activity.

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Khaleel before his EEG. 🙁

When trying to deduce what triggered the attack, the specialist told us it could have been due to the loss of electrolytes as he was vomiting a couple of days prior to that. In addition, we have family histories of febrile & afebrile fits.

It was such a physically & emotionally challenging period for us and definitely one of the scariest moments in my life.

Khayla is in Standard One, can you believe it?

Alhamdulillah, she is doing well in school. She really enjoys swimming, talking, singing & participating in all of her school activities. I pray she continues to have this passion for school, for studying and extra-curricular activities.

It’s funny that one minute she’s telling me she’s best friends with this person and in another minute, they’re not friends anymore. Then, in the following minute, they’re friends again! I don’t remember going through this much drama when I was in Standard One. Haha.

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Khayla got through to the finals of her school’s pakaian beragam Merdeka competition wearing this outfit.

She will be sitting for her final exams next week, inshaAllah. And oh boy, have you seen the Standard One syllabus these days? I feel sorry for all these kids who have to crack their heads just to follow the syllabus. Please keep Khayla in your prayers!

Daddy had a minor heart attack in March. 🙁

He was admitted for a week and after a series of tests & appointments, it was decided that he would have to go for a bypass. He had his bypass in July, and was discharged after 2 weeks. Sadly, he was readmitted into the ICU due to an infection on the wound on his leg where they made the incisions for the bypass. 🙁

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Daddy post bypass in July.

He is now staying with Marc and we hire a nurse to look after him during the day. He is slowly recovering and making progress, albeit slower that expected. Please keep him in your prayers as well!

Marc has moved into a landed quarters!

His new place is in a pretty quiet & cozy neighbourhood where the kids get to play outside & Daddy can take his walks without having to use a lift to go up & down.

Marlene has completed her Bachelors in Dentistry, Alhamdulillah!

Hellooo free veneers! Eh? Haha.

As for myself, work has been stressful as usual but good, Alhamdulillah. I have also dabbled in the world of essential oils, which I shall share in my next post, InshaAllah.

Until my next post, see you!

xoxo

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Ramadhan Ibadah Tips For Women During Menstruation

Assalamu’alaikum everyone ! Happy Friday ! Happy Ramadhan.
It’s the fasting month, and your Aunt Flow comes to visit, you can’t pray, you can’t fast, what do you do ? I just thought I would share some Ramadhan ibadah tips for women during menstruation. 🙂

  1. Increase Zikir
    This can be done anytime, anywhere ! We can berzikir while we’re driving, cooking, folding clothes, feeding our kids, walking, etc. The simplest ibadah !
  2. Increase Supplication (Doa)
    Although we cannot pray & fast, this should not prevent us from making doa. Speak to Allah, pour your heart out to Allah, ask Allah. HE is always listening ! 🙂
  3. Read
    This is also a good time to read more, especially to increase our spiritual knowledge
  4. Listen to Qur’an recitations
    Listening to the Qur’an would help us prefect our recitation of the Qur’an, & at the same time keep our hearts & mind close to Allah.
  5. Sadaqah (sedekah)
    Let’s make a point to give sedekah everyday. This does not only mean monetary sedekah, even smiling to a sister is sedekah. Maybe I should share the types of sedekah we can do in a later post. InshaAllah.

There you go, it’s as simple as that. Don’t let menstruation become a hindrance to bringing ourselves closer to Allah. Allah has promised that “Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” (Qur’an 13:28)

If any of you have any other Ramadhan ibadah tips for women, feel feel to comment & share.

Until my next post, selamat berpuasa semua ! 🙂

xoxo

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Under The Coconut Shell

Hi. Hello. Assalamu’alaikum.

Yeah, yeah I know, it has been centuries since I last blogged.
It’s a good thing I still remember my password. Hehe.
I just got to approving some pending comments, will get to replying them, I am so sorry for not noticing your comments especially those who asked for the ibadah schedule from this 2015 post of mine ! InshaAllah I will find time to forward the schedule to you sisters. 🙂

Anywayyyy, it’s 2017 ! It’s March of 2017 already !
Since my last post, I have started working in a new place (well, actually I started working there in June last year), Khayla turned five last year, Khaleel turned one last November, Mr. Sunshine is a few months away from completing his masters (ameen !), and I am 2 kilos away from my pre-pregnancy weight. Alhamdulillah.

Work has been hectic, stress-free stressful, but good, Alhamdulillah. I am grateful to have the opportunity to learn so many new things where I am now.

Khayla is going to enter primary school next year, InshaAllah. Can you believe it !?
I feel like I just wrote about her birth yesterday. She is still my baby girllll ! 🙁
Alhamdulillah she is doing well in her kindergarten, however she can be pretty talkative (I wonder who she takes after *rolls eyes*) which can get her into trouble sometimes. Hehe.

Khaleel started walking at 11 months, Alhamdulillah. He was fully breastfed until he was 1 year, and then I started supplementing with formula at the sitter’s. He still breastfeeds when he is at home. I’m planning to write a separate post on that. Oh Allah, please allow me to have time & inspiration to write that post within this year ! Ameen, haha.
There are times I feel like I am being unfair with Khaleel as when I had Khayla, I wrote a number of posts about her monthly milestones. But it didn’t happen with Khaleel.

Khaleel, when you read this, it’s not because Mummy loves you less, it’s because Mummy was busy nursing you and when Mummy wasn’t nursing you, Mummy was at work pumping milk for you. Hah ! 

Hehe.

So much has happened over the past year, it’s challenging to cram them all up in one post. And I won’t.

As I am writing this, I am thinking of going on a 7-day detox with Mr. Sunshine. We thought of starting tomorrow but we did not go grocery shopping today, plus I have a meeting on Tuesday which means there will be food and there might be a farewell party at the office which means there will be more food, so yeah.

Excuses, excuses. Haha.

I shall update if we ever go on that detox thingy.

See y’all in my next post next year !
Bye !

xoxo

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Sayf Khaleel – 3 months Progress Report

Alhamdulillah all praises to Allah, little Sayf is now almost 3 and a half months. 🙂

He still takes short naps during the day and goes to bed at about 9 to 10-ish at night. His first sleep period would be around 3-4 hours, wakes up for his feed (he usually just fusses around with his eyes closed, waiting for his milk to be serve, hehe) and after that he goes back to sleep and wakes up on roughly an hourly basis.

He gets very excited when his Ayah holds him and play with him, and when he is with me, he ‘talks’ a lot. I guess he knows his parents very well already. Hehe. He is not stingy with his smiles and laughs and loves it when we play peek-a-boo with him 🙂

His latest achievement once he hit 3 months was rolling over ! He perfected his roll within a week by rolling from lying on his back to his tummy. So far, he prefers rolling to his left side, and I am trying to coax him to foll the over on the other side as well.

While this new skill of his is awesome, it is also a sign that Mr. Sunshine and I (or whoever is around him) should be extra careful. He nearly rolled off his mattress yesterday !

Sayf khaleel 3 months
Sikit lagi nak tergolek atas lantai tau !

He poops a lot, haha, but is spitting up much lesser these days. He would occasionally suck on his index finger or thumb to soothe himself.

This week, we are currently desperately looking for a babysitter for Khaleel. Please pray we everything goes smoothly for us. Thanks ! 🙂

xoxo

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Sayf Khaleel – 2 Months Progress Report

Hi all !
Assalamu’alaikum.

I guess this blog’s getting a bit dusty these days huh ?
Hehe. Apologies !
I am still trying to adapt to having another baby in the house. Hee.

Khaleel is now a little over 2 months, Alhamdulillah.
He weighed 4.9kgs at his 2 months check up. Alhamdulillah.
Although he is not as semangat (heavy/big – old folks say it’s better to say semangat rather than heavy, no idea why haha) as Khayla was before, but as long as he is thriving, I am grateful !

He started lifting his head when he was about a week plus, and now he can lift his head up better for short periods. He even likes to lift his head up while he’s lying on his back.

We’re getting a lot of gurgling, cooing, ooohs and aaahhhs from him these day. He smiles and laughs at us too. *heart melts*
He loves his bath time, and is pretty calm during changing time as well. He spits up a lot, sometimes to the extent of vomiting. Iskk.
During the day he takes short naps (about 15 to 30 minutes) and sleeps longer (about 3-4 hours) at night.
Alhamdulillah, so far I can say that he is a pretty calm baby.
Thank you Allah, it is YOU who takes care of him, thank you !

khaleel 2 months

Khayla loves her brother so much that she loves to squeeze his cheeks, head, tummy etc. Most of the time Khaleel would cry from the ‘aggressive affection’ his sister showers him with. Haha.

As for Mummy, I am still on leave, yay !
It’s
But time sure flies so fast when you’re having a good time.

I’ve got so many things to blog about, lemme just organize my thoughts first then jot them down, ok ?

Until my next post, thanks for reading and bye !

xoxo

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Of Trials

The first 14 days of confinement were not a bed of roses for me.
And it has nothing to do with the confinement ‘rules’.
Allow me to share on what happened…

Scenario 1:

The day after Khaleel’s birth, I received a call from Umra, telling me that their paediatrician has something to discuss with me. Mr. Sunshine and I brought Khaleel along to Umra that evening.
The paediatrician told us that they just got the results for the vaginal swab for group B streptococcus (GBS) they did on me the first time I came to Umra the previous Wednesday. It was positive.

You see, being a GBS carrier is perfectly normal and natural as it is found as part of the normal gut flora in 20-30% of men and women, and the vagina in roughly 1 in 4 women.
So, it does not carry any health risk to the carrier, which in this case is myself.

However, a baby delivered via a vaginal delivery has a risk to develop a GBS infection.

The paediatrician wanted to admit Khaleel and start him on intravenous gentamicin & benzylpenicillin.
You can imagine how shocked both Mr Sunshine and I were.

We were not keen about starting our 2 day-old baby on antibiotics unnecessarily, so we asked for some time to think about it. He gave us 10 minutes. We could not make a decision that quick, so we signed the at-own-risk (AOR) discharge slip and brought Khaleel home.

We called a couple of friends who were doctors and asked for their opinions and decided to get a second opinion that night itself, from PPUM.

With tears streaming down my cheeks, I packed my bags just in case Khaleel had to be admitted.

We arrived at PPUM close to midnight that day.
The medical officer at PPUM told us that he thinks Khaleel is fine as it has already been 40 hours since his birth, however he did a blood test just to be sure.
We waited until after 0200 hours for the results, and Alhamdulillah they were normal. We reached home almost 0400 hours that morning.

Yes, I went through all the above with my sore perineum, 40 hours after delivering my baby. *nangis*

Scenario 2:

On Monday, November 23rd, Khayla woke up with a fever and she was coughing really bad. I told Mr Sunshine to bring her to her paediatrician in DEMC to get her checked.

That afternoon, Mr Sunshine called me from the hospital to tell me that Khayla needed to be admitted. She was down with acute bronchitis.

I immediately broke down.
My confinement lady, Kak Anda tried to console me and told me that it was not good to cry that much during confinement.
I could not control my emotions.
My heart broke thinking about Khayla and Mr. Sunshine who had to skip classes to stay with Khayla in the hospital.

Khayla was admitted that day, and I was at home with Khaleel and Kak Anda.
I was so exhausted from not being able to take a nap during the day and from all the crying I did.
Khaleel slept with Kak Anda that night. *nangis*
I was fortunate that I had expressed breastmilk stored in the refrigerator.

That night, I cried myself to sleep.

Alhamdulillah, Khayla was discharged last Friday.
Mr Sunshine skipped 3 days of classes last week. Poor him.
I spent 4 nights (crying every now and then because I missed Mr. Sunshine and Khayla) at home with Khaleel and Kak Anda.

Now, how’s that for drama ?
Hehe.

But Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear, kan ?

Goodnight ! 🙂

xoxo

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Week 39

I am, well, hashtagstillpregnant.
Haha.

Baby is officially in Mummy’s uterus longer than Kakak Khayla. Hee.
Now I kinda regret not taking 1 or 2 weeks leave prior to my due date.
Almost everyone I meet at the office will have the same question to ask, “Eh tak beranak lagi?!” or “Eh ada lagi?!“.

Haha.
I am still not overdue okayyy people !

Anyway, I went for my antenatal appointment at my workplace today and the gynae told me that my amniotic fluid is slightly on the low side, and since I am already in week 39, he suggested that I get an induction, stat.
He told me to head straight to the Hospital Sungai Buloh (where I had plan to deliver my baby) and get the baby out. *gasps*

Okayyy, this was not something I saw coming.

Headed home but instead of going to Hospital Sungai Buloh, Mr Sunshine took me to Hospital Umra which is like a 10-minute drive from home.

They monitored baby’s heart rate and whether or not I was having contractions using a CTG machine. Alhamdulillah everything looked good.
Had a ultrasound scan done which confirmed that my amniotic fluid level was borderline.

The doctor gave me 2 options:
1. To go home and think about having an induction tonight
2. To go home and gets loads of rest and come back for another scan on Friday.

I decided to go for option 2 considering the fact that the CTG and scan results were fine (well apart from the amniotic fluid levels).

We’ll see how things go in a couple of days.

Pray for me k !

xoxo

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Week 38

You know you’re in your last month of pregnancy when things that fall on the floor, stay on the floor.

Alhamdulillah, I have reached week 38. 🙂

So far, there are no signs of impending labour !
I had my bloody show around this time when I was preggers with Khayla (and gave birth to her two days after).

Baby’s head has been down since before I entered 30 weeks (so you can imagine how many times I need to pee a day) and as at last week’s checkup, my gynae told me that I might go into labour soon.
Heck, almost everyone I meet have been guessing that I’d go into labour early with this one, so it kinda made me hope so too. Plus, am tired of driving to and fro work already, haha.

I have been experiencing lower abdominal cramps (menstrual-like) and backaches but no real contractions thus far.
Reading about mothers going past their due dates is not really helping my anxiety. I know that our due dates are only an estimation but you’ve gotta hold on to something, right ? Hehe.

Well, at the end of the day, Allah decides.
And all I am praying for is a healthy baby & smooth delivery. InshaAllah.

Do keep me in your prayers, ok ?

Ok bye !

xoxo

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Khayla after 10 months at an Islamic Montessori

Alhamdulillah it has been 10 months since Khayla started attending an Islamic Montessori. Click here to read my previous update on this. 🙂

So, apart from her so-called toddler regression (which is under control now that Mr. Sunshine is sending her to school), I can say that she has been doing pretty good at school.

She tries to speak in English, and would sometimes ‘order’ me to do so too if I ask her to pass me something. “Saya tak nak bagi if Mummy tak cakap English and cakap ‘please’.”
Pffft, over tau ! Hehe.

She is trying to form more complex sentences and usually direct translates from Malay, like for example, “I want to go shop eat.”
I will praise her for trying but at the same time correct her. 🙂

She has also started to learn to read in English.
She is currently on book 3 of the Ladybird Read With Me series. Hers is the Tom and Kate version, I used to read about Peter and Jane when I was small. Ahh, the memories !

We try to read to her before she goes to bed every night.

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The Read with Me series which Khayla has been reading.

Alhamdulillah.

There are also swimming classes which Khayla attends once a week but I think she’s having mixed feelings about them. Two weeks ago, she actually told her teacher that her head hurts so she can’t swim.
(Of course Mr. Sunshine and I have reminded her that it is not good to pretend to be in pain for any reason at all.)

Lately, she has been showing interest in solat. She would keep telling me that she “nak solat,” and keeps asking me if it’s time to pray already. She memorizes the basics that need to be recited during prayers because she has learnt in at school during her Solat Dhuha sessions. She obviously has lots to pick up but she’s only four, so inshaAllah, in due time. 🙂

Khayla and her classmates are currently busy preparing for their annual school concert day next month. How exciting !! Looking forward to attend it (before or after I pop ! haha), InshaAllah.

Mr Sunshine and I have already paid the booking fee for next year’s session at the same kindergarten, so that just goes to show that we are satisfied with Khayla’s progress ! Yayyyyy ! Alhamdulillah. 🙂

xoxo

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My Hospital Bag Checklist

They say you should have your hospital bag ready when you are 28 weeks or 7 months.
When I was preggers with Khayla, I got it prepared by 30 weeks.

This time around, I seem to be taking things at a slower pace (a very much slower pace !), because at 33 weeks +, my hospital bag is not ready yet.

Heck, I have not even put the baby clothes/towels/mittens etc to wash yet ! *gasps!*

Mr. Sunshine pun dah bising. Haha.

Anyway, I did a few amendments to my old hospital bag checklist, so here it is:

BABY’S ESSENTIALS
10 pieces of newborn-sized diapers
2 pairs of button-up rompers
1 pair of button-up long sleeved top & bottom
1 bottle of telon oil
1 pack of baby wipes
1 piece of a hooded baby towel
1 piece of a hooded baby blanket
2 sets of mittens & booties
1 piece of baby hat
1 set of baby toiletries
3 pieces of baby binder
3 pieces of washcloths

MUMMY’S ESSENTIALS
1 piece of nursing blouse
2 pair of socks
2 pieces of kain batik
2 pieces of nursing bras
1 pack of disposable panties
Toiletries – cleanser, toothbrush, toothpaste
1 Towel
3 pieces of maternity pads
1 pack of disposable breast pads
1 instant hijab
1 pair of bathroom slippers
Plastic bag for soiled clothes
Water & food (biscuits etc)
Antenatal checkup record book (buku merah)
IC, handphone, charger & powerbank (these are usually in my handbag)

Let’s see whether I can fit all the above into my brand new Shaklee diaper tote bag.

hospital bag checklist

I would appreciate all your kind doa for everything to go smoothly with my pregnancy & delivery. Ameen.
Thank you ! 🙂

Now I really should get on to washing ’em baby clothes !

Bye !

xoxo

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