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Toddler Regression During Pregnancy

Before I go on, I just want to state that I am fully aware that Khayla is no longer a toddler. Hehe.

Since early last month (specifically after we went for the 3D scan), Khayla has been crying on and off at school especially when I drop her off in the mornings. She would hold on to me and cry, “Nak Mummy, nak Mummy !”.

Last week, she even ran out from her class to the gate as I was reversing my car to leave the school area. It took me about 15 minutes to console her. *nangis*

Her teacher and bibik have asked me whether anything had happened prior to her crying episodes but I reassured them that all is well at home. According to the bibik, there was one time she kept on sobbing until even when they performed solat Dhuha. *nangis*

Please bear in mind that this is all happening after 7 months of going to her montessori with no problems at all !
So I do not think it’s separation anxiety anymore.

Last Friday, Mr Sunshine decided that starting this week, he will be the one to send Khayla to school because dealing with her being emotional in the mornings affect my emotions too. Sedih Mummy tauuu.

But, yesterday morning I kissed her goodbye while she was still asleep, and to my surprise she immediately woke up and started crying, “Nak Mummy, nak Mummy,” again !
Even when I told her Ayah is around and that he will send her to school, she kept on crying and was clinging to me until our front door. *nangis*

People have been telling me that she is acting this way because I am pregnant and that it’s normal. I tried googling my problem up and came across a few articles which I think answers my queries.

So, apparently Khayla might be going through what they call toddler regression, and in her case it might be toddler regression during pregnancy.

Toddler regression is when your toddler starts acting like a baby, or extra clingy after months of independence.

According to Natasha Burgert (MD, FAAP, pediatrician at Pediatrics Associates in Kansas City, Missouri),

“You’ve done such a great job of creating a natural, healthy attachment with your older child that he’s feeling a bit ‘off’ due to the change in routine related to your pregnancy. Kids notice changes in the attention they’re provided. Toddlers regress in their behavior because they’re seeking normalcy. They’re trying to tell you to make sure that they get the attention they’ve been so used to getting.” (Source)

According to the What To Expect website, a toddler’s regression to babyhood (a time when he felt secure and close to you) may be caused by a number of factors:

  • It might be due to conflicting feelings about growing up (poor kids, so young and have to go through conflict !)
  • He may be feeling frustrated or overwhelmed by a developmental milestone
  • Reaction to a change or a stressful situation in his life, such as the arrival of a new sibling, starting preschool, or tension at home.

I spoke to Khayla’s principal last Friday evening, and even she mentioned that sometimes even though we might not think that our routine has changed but kids can notice even minute changes such as us being more tired than usual.

A couple of useful tips on how to handle toddler regression during pregnancy:

  1. Go ahead and baby your child. Let him cling, suck his thumb, or drink from a bottle (but fill it only with water). Not letting him slide back will only increase his desire to revert to babyhood and may prolong the phase. (Source)
  2. Heap on the love. Show him that he doesn’t have to act like a baby to get your attention. (Source)
  3. Doing your best to keep up your toddler’s routine — while taking care of yourself — is that best way to handle toddler regression. If you’re not up for a game of hide-and-seek. Do something else together. Read a book or play with cars or dolls. Keep in mind that a certain amount of regression during toddlerhood is completely normal, even if you weren’t expecting baby #2. (Source)

Any mothers out there who have experienced the same situation ?
I would appreciate your tips and advice.
Thank you in advance ! :)

xoxo

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3D 4D Scan

Early last month, I registered for a pregnancy 3D & 4D ultrasound scanning through 3D 4D Scan Malaysia.
I opted for the RM120 package, which can be carried out from 22 to 30 weeks gestation.

What attracted me to the package was that:

  1. I could book online. No calls needed. I am lazy like that. Haha.
  2. They offered services in Shah Alam, apart from all the other locations.
  3. They are currently offering two ‘challenges’:
    (a) The Face Challenge in which the service will be FOC if they fail to capture the baby’s face (except for in Shah Alam, you still need to pay 50%) and
    (b) The Gender Confirmation Challenge in which they will FULLY REFUND you if they get the gender wrong !

Interesting, kan ?

The sonographer who attended to me was Deborah and she was such a darling.
Baby was really shy (hands over face most of the time) yet active, Alhamdulillah, so she had to shake my tummy so many times to make the baby turn so she can get a clearer shot.

Khayla was also running around the room and Deborah even said, “Yang luar tak boleh duduk diam, yang kat dalam ini pun sama tak boleh duduk diam.” Hahaha.

Of course, they got the tak-boleh-duduk-diam genes from Mr. Sunshine, takkan lah from me kan. *angelic smile*

Alhamdulillah, Mr Sunshine, Khayla and I got to see how the little one inside of me looks like through the scan. :)

For pregnant mothers looking for a place to get a 3D/4D scan done, I would highly recommend you try them out. :)

Here is the link to their Facebook page as well.

P.S.: This is not a paid advertisement. I am just sharing ! :)

xoxo

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First Pregnancy vs Second Pregnancy

Alhamdulillah, all praises to Allah for the fact that I am nearing the end of my second trimester.

I want to share about what has been different so far in this pregnancy compared to when I was preggers with Khayla.
To start off, here is a photo comparison of me in 2011 and me now. Hehe.

first pregnancy vs second pregnancy

I have been receiving comments about how my tummy is small, or how I do not look preggers, or “Tak nampak pun perut.” because I have either been posting photos of myself from the chest up or I have been posing ‘smartly’ while camouflaging the lower half of my body (haha), so there you are, my obviously protruding belly. :-p

What has been different (or similar) so far ?

1) Pregnancy Acne
This has been by far the most significant difference I am (STILL) experiencing. Yes, I did break out when I was pregnant with Khayla, but only during the first few months. But this time around it started out with spots all over my chin and cheeks then the spots on my chin started to disappear leaving the ones on my cheeks. Pfft, I don’t geddit, the chin ones should have brought their cheek friends with them ! Isk isk.
Currently I have two huge zits on my left cheek and a few red pimple scars.
Khayla never fails to remind about the fact that I am plagued with pregnancy acne, it even came to a point where she cried begging me to go back to ‘who’ I was before, “masa Mummy takde jerawat”. Sampai hatiiiii Khaylaaaaa !

2) Nausea & vomiting
Less vomiting this time around although I still get nauseous. Even during my first trimester, I only had terrible nausea but without the incessant vomiting. However, I still get heartburns and I have a lot of gas similar to my first pregnancy.

3) Cravings
I notice I crave more sweet stuff now. As it is, I already have a huge sweet tooth, the pregnancy has made it even more worse (excuses sangat !). During my first pregnancy, I craved EVERYTHING from sweet to savoury. Hehe.

4) Mood swings
Less mood swings so far as compared to when I was carrying Khayla. I haven’t cried over not being able to find my blender’s stirrer like I did before, haha. But I am still slightly more emotional than usual. Merajuk sokmo dengan Mr Sunshine. :-p

5) Weight Gain
I have gained less weight so far. I gained 16 kilograms altogether during my first pregnancy and when I was 28 weeks, I had already gained about 12-13 kgs. I am currently about 10-11 kgs heavier. I know it’s just a mere 2 kgs, but trust me, it does make (or shall I say, show) a difference.

Of course, as with both pregnancies, I still pee 23546748917 times a day. Hee.

My gynae told me to treat every pregnancy like it is a new one, because there will be new or different levels of hormones created. :)

Alhamdulillah.

Thanks for reading everyone, do pray for me and baby. Thank you so much. :)

xoxo

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Peekaboo, I Have Something to Tell You

Assalamu’alaikum everyone.

Hello. :)
I have not forgotten you oh dear blog. I just have been, erm, busy. Excuses, I know.

I have a little something to share with all of you.

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Yes, I am currently 16 weeks pregnant with Khayla’s sibling. Alhamdulillah. :)
Indeed, Allah is the best planner.

Initially I did not want to make this ‘announcement’ because I know it might be hurtful to some. But after giving it much thought, I decided to go ahead with it because I wanted to share the struggles and what I did before I got my big fat positive (BFP).

I know Allah knows my intention.

So, Mr. Sunshine and I have been trying on & off for the past 1 and half years, after Khayla turned 2.
(Yes, on & off because there were times Mr Sunshine was outstation during my fertile period and due to a few other unavoidable circumstances.)

We took so long to start trying again because:
(a) I was still haunted by my first labour experience.
(b) We enjoy pampering baby Khayla. She will always be my baby ! Hehe.

It has been a stressful & tearful trying period !

I guess we took things for granted too, because with Khayla, we got pregnant the first time we really tried (charted fertile period etc), so we assumed it would be the same the second time around.

Boy, were we wrong !

It came to a point that I cried every time I read about anyone getting pregnant with their 2nd or 3rd (or 4th or 5th, hehe) babies.
It felt as if everyone around me were expecting except me !
I know, that’s far from true but that’s how I felt.

I would cringe about going to wedding receptions or family gatherings because I wanted to avoid people asking questions and/or passing insensitive remarks.

And to add salt to my wound, the O&G Specialist I visited in November last year told me that I might have PCOS from the ultrasound scan she performed on me.
Ignoring the fact that she told me that she has many PCOS patients who got pregnant, I cried or shall I say wailed for 5 hours straight after that.
My eyes were swollen from all the crying until the next day, haha.

Mr Sunshine, on the other hand, has always been on the more relaxed side.
He would say things like, “If you are unhappy or stressed, it means that you are not grateful for whatever we have now.” or “Kita kan happy bertiga so far, ayang tak happy ke ?”

Sentap I tau. Haha.

How did I find out we were expecting this time around ?

Mr. Sunshine and I decided to get ourselves thoroughly checked and we were hoping to explore our fertility options.
In the first week of March, I called KL Fertility Centre to make an appointment but they told me to call back on the first day of my period so that they could schedule the appointment on the 2nd to 4th day of my menses. My menses was due the week after that, so I figured it would not be such a torturous wait.

(I had actually previously made two different appointments, one with Klinik Pakar Medina and the earliest appointment we got was in June and another one with Klinik Dr Hamid Arshat – the earliest appointment we got was in August !)

So, I was ‘waiting’ for my menses to arrive while fasting (puasa qada) at the same time.
According to the period calendar, it was due on Tuesday, March 10.
But sometimes, my period arrives 1-2 days earlier or later, so on that Tuesday, I decided to continue to fast because I was left with only 1 day to qada !
I noticed that I was lethargic, sleepy and dizzy at work which was weird because I am usually so energized even when I am fasting (sahur dengan Shaklee kan, haha sempat !).
I also had this bitter taste lingering in my mouth but at that time, I did not suspect anything, I told myself that all the symptoms I was experiencing were due to the fact that I was fasting.

Alhamdulillah I managed to finish my puasa qada without my menses ‘raining’ on me that Tuesday.
I did not fast on the following Wednesday (March 11), BUT I had the same symptoms – I was sleepy, lethargic, felt dizzy at times, still had this bitter taste in my mouth but I also had some menstrual-like cramps.
I was confused because they are not my usual menstrual symptoms but at the same time I did not want to get my hopes up.
I decided to take a urine pregnancy test that evening, anyway.
I was used to it being negative so I told myself I had nothing to lose, if it was negative, I’ll just wait for my menses so that I can make the appointment with the fertility clinic.

But…..

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Did ya see that ?
TWO LINES APPEARED.
Allahuakhbar !
I was speechless, I kinda panicked.
I ran to the living room, shivering and showed Mr Sunshine the test results.
I actually said to him, ” Ayang, ini macam mana ni ??”
That’s how surprised I was.

Of course Mr Sunshine was surprised as well, but his response was, “Hmm, janganlah mengharap sangat.”
I knew he was trying to save me from a heartbreak if it was a false positive.

I cried & sujud syukur anyway.

Did another test the following morning, and it was still positive !

my second pregnancy
I immediately called Daddy & Mak that morning to let them know about the positive tests.

That evening, after work, I stopped at D’Apotic Pharmacy to buy Clearblue pregnancy tests, both the digital & normal ones.
The digital one displayed PREGNANT, 2-3.

my second pregnancy

The test measures the levels of HCG and the 2-3 indicates weeks from conception, so we need to add 2 weeks to that for the actual weeks of pregnancy.

That weekend (March 14-15), we travelled back to Batu Pahat for my sister in-law’s engagement.
Although I was not allowed to carry heavy things etc, I was super exhausted throughout the whole weekend.

I was still exhausted the following Monday and that’s when I noticed pinkish discharge on my pantyliner. TMI, sorry !
I panicked and immediately went to see the O&G specialist at my workplace. A male one !
I usually try to avoid seeing male doctors but I did not have a choice that day.

He did a scan and while he confirmed that both my ovaries were cystic :(, he also saw the gestational sac in the uterus measuring 4 weeks and 5 days. Alhamdulillah.

The feeling when he said, “So, the pregnancy is confirmed.” was inexplicable.

I was given a one week’s medical leave to rest and go back for a check-up after that.

I tested a million times after that too. Paranoid, much ? Haha.

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I continued to spot until about 11 weeks.
But so far, Alhamdulillah baby is doing good. :)
Please pray for us ok ?

It has been a pretty challenging first trimester.
Will blog about that in another post.
Will also blog about the things I did which I think helped me get pregnant, InshaAllah.

xoxo

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My Shaklee Before and After Pictures

Hi y’all !
Assalamu’alaikum. :)

Hope everyone is doing a-ok. :)
I have deliberated for quite some time to share these pictures with all of you because the before pictures are a bit embarrassing.
But I thought that since there has been improvement and it’s obviously a positive thing, I definitely should share them !

First and foremost, I would like to state that I have never had flawless skin and even now, it is not completely flawless.
A little history – I started breaking out in high school all the way through university. I have used benzoyl peroxide gel, adapalene gel and topical antibiotics for my acne.
In 2008, the doctor I saw in HKL when I went for my pre-employment medical check-up prescribed a 4-months course of oral antibiotics for me.
I did not even complain about my complexion, so that’s how bad my acne was ! Sob sob.

I know how it feels to not want to go out and the let whole world see how ugly my skin was. I had very low self-esteem and I was always self conscious and sort of depressed because how my complexion looked like. :(

Alhamdulillah, the oral antibiotics did help to clear up my skin but I still had acne scars, both dark and pitted ones which are more prominent on the right side of my face.
That’s why I have gotten used to showing the left side of my face when I pose for photos. Haha.

Presenting, the transformation of the right side of my face !

shaklee before and after

As you can see, that was how my right cheek looked like back in 2006 – red, pimply and scarring was obvious.
In 2012, I had less pimples but my scars were still very much obvious. I just started consuming Shaklee products that year.
And the most recent photo in 2015 was taken a couple of days ago. Can you see the difference ?
Alhamdulillah ! :)

The 2006 photo was taken using my Canon digital camera, the 2012 one using my Samsung Galaxy S2 (and you can still see the scars so clearly !) and the 2015 photo was taken with my Note 3.

Here’s another photo:
shaklee before and after

How I looked in 2008 compared to how I look now. Can you see spots, scars and red inflamed skin in the 2008 photo – even on my left cheek ?

Alhamdulillah, Shaklee products (only with Allah’s grace of course !) has helped improve my skin tremendously. I do occasionally get zits these days but they are definitely not as bad as before.

I have also managed to lose some weight and maintain it with the help of Shaklee products and some exercise.
I have been battling with weight issues for as long as I can remember. I think I was at my heaviest during my diploma days – my weight once reached 60 kgs. My weight dropped to about 46 -48 kgs after a bad breakup but I gained all of it back after that. Haha.

I was 52 kgs when I got married and 54 kgs before I got pregnant.

Of course, I ballooned during and after pregnancy ! I gained a whopping 16kgs which means I was 70 kgs before I delivered Khayla.
After giving birth, my weight plateaued at 57 -58kgs and I struggled to lose that excess 4-5 kgs.

shaklee before and after

I have managed to bring my weight down to about 52- 53 kgs now. Look how chubby I was 2 years ago !

Alhamdulillah, I am so grateful Allah has led me to Shaklee and I love how it has helped improve my life. :)
If you want to know what Shaklee supplements I am taking on a daily basis, you can click here. :)

Of course, you can contact me if you need free personal advice and consultation (unless you’ve already bought you Shaklee supplements from someone else, then you should seek advice from that person, hehe).

Fun fact: Mr Sunshine got to know me back in late 2007 when I was all pimply and chubby, haha. I love you Sunshine ! :*

Ok bye !

xoxo

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Khayla after 2 months at an Islamic Montessori

So it has been a little over 2 months since Khayla started going to an Islamic Montessori.
Remember how worried and paranoid I was ? If you don’t, you can click here. Hehe.

Alhamdulillah we are noticing progress, not only in terms of the English language but in a whole lot of other aspects.

I can speak to Khayla in English now, well in simple sentences lah. I can ask her whether she wants more rice, how is she, what did she eat and do at school etc.
Although she would often answer in Malay but the fact that she can understand me and answer is progress !
She is slowly learning to form English sentences. Two days ago she said to me, “Mummy, I want milk and watch TV and cartoon, please.”
Grammatically all over the place but I am so proud of her ! *happy tears*

I can also make up bedtime stories in English now, and she would understand. Why do I say make up stories ?
Well, last night she wanted me to tell her a story about Elsa, Anna, Sheep, Crocodile and Hello Kitty, the night before it was about Elsa, Sheep & Tortoise.
Hahaha, the things parents do to make their children happy !

She has been learning her ABCs along with phonics and of course numbers too.

She has started learning Iqra’, memorizes about 6 sentences of Surah Yasin, she also memorizes Surah Al-Ikhlas, knows the niat and some of the verses to recite during Solat Dhuha, including the do’a.
She had already learned Surah Al-Fatihah, do’a before eating and sleeping in her previous nursery.

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So there you go, am looking forward to more progress, InshaAllah.

Alhamdulillah.
Alhamdulillah.
May Allah protect my baby and help her learn. Ameen.

xoxo

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The Battle of Head Lice and Khayla’s New Hairdo

4 weeks ago, I decided to chop Khayla’s hair off after her nursery teacher told me that she had head lice (again !).

Allow me to shed some light on our experience with head lice.

The first time we discovered Khayla had lice was after we got back from our Borneo Tour. What’s worse my head was infected too ! I noticed that she was scratching her head while we were in Karambunai, but I thought it was due to the chicken pox. I was also scratching my head, and I thought it was because I was using the hotel’s shampoo instead of my usual Prosante Shampoo. How blur can one be ? Isk isk.
When we found out from her nursery teacher that she had lice, then it all made sense. Haha.

Managed to settle that episode with lots of head lice shampoo, Basic H and lots of combing. Note: Never use those plastic combs which come with the lice shampoo. They’re useless !

And the Khayla came home with lice again two weeks after that. I guess she got it from her friends who got it from her. Isk isk. This time I decided that drastic times call for drastic measures !

I sought help from the Lice Ninja.
Lice Ninja was a saviour.
Both Khayla and I went for a treatment in their outlet in Subang and within 30 minutes all the lice and nits were gone !

Khayla's New Hairdo

Lice Ninja personnel applying lice cream on Khayla’s hair.

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:)

I felt like a new person.
Haha.

Anyway that was it and when I thought our lice nightmare was gone, her nursery teacher dropped the bomb on us again. Drama, much ?

But this time around it was not as bad as the first and second episodes so it didn’t take a lot of combing to get the lice & nits out.

So while I was combing her hair with the lice comb (you would not believe that this happened the same morning Daddy was warded), I asked her whether I could cut her hair. At first she said no because she wanted long hair like Elsa’s. The problem with her keeping her hair long is she doesn’t like it being tied up, so it always looks messy. And with the head lice issue, long hair makes it a bit of a challenge to comb.

After I personally attempted to cut her hair, I realized that it was not as easy as I thought and I am so cut out to be a hairdresser. One side of her hair was shorter than the other but since we were rushing to go to the hospital, I let my daughter run free with the ugly hair cut I gave her. Isk isk.

A week after that, I brought her to a hair saloon to get her hair fixed. Hehe.

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Khayla’s first hair cut at a saloon ! Hehe.

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Alhamdulillah she was well behaved through the whole process. :)

Check out Khayla’s new hairdo ! Hehe.

Head lice

From now onwards, I am planning to apply the lice cream on Khayla’s hair 2-3 times a week. Better to be safe than sorry, kan ?

xoxo

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Khayla’s First Week At An Islamic Montessori

It has been more than a week since Khayla started going to an Islamic Montessori.
Mr Sunshine and I agreed to take her out from the nursery she had been at prior to this because the Montessori is nearer to where we’re staying now plus we want her to learn & have exposure to classes in English.

The challenges I have faced over the first week is waking her up to bathe & get into her uniform. Before this, I could just send her to the nursery in her nighties, hehe.
Apart from that, I think she handled her first week at her new school like a champion.

Khayla's First Week

Khayla all dressed up in her uniform, not looking very happy on her first day. Hehe.

Khayla's First Week

Khayla’s first day, warming up by doing some colouring.

Mummy, on the other hand is not doing too well. Haha.
Why ?
Firstly, since she has started going to a Montessori which uses English as its medium, I am slowly trying to speak to her in English at home but I feel so bad when she says, “Mummy cakap English ke ? Cakaplah macam biasa, saya tak faham.”  :(

I’m all worked up because of course I blame myself for not using English at home since she was small and now I am worried that my 3-year old daughter will get all confused and stressed while trying to learn English. *nangis*

Am I being too emotional or paranoid ? Isk Isk.

Secondly, the other day she came back and told me, “Mummy, saya senyum kat kawan-kawan tapi takde siapa senyum kat saya.”
Ok Mummy nak nangis but tahan only. I comforted her by telling her to keep smiling at them and InshaAllah they will slowly learn to smile back. *nangis*

And then she also told me that she misses Ain, her best friend in her old nursery. :(

So sadddd…….

Thirdly (yes there’s more), Khayla is potty trained (she still wears diapers when she sleeps) and has learned to drink milk using a cup in her old nursery but at this new school they have ‘converted’ her back to the bottle.

I knowwww, I have no idea why I am so worked up over such petty things. I blame my hormones. Hehe.

Anywayyy, here are a couple of photos from Khayla’s last day at her nursery.

Khayla's First Week

The Farewell Cake I ordered for Khayla’s teachers at the nursery.

Khayla's First Week

Khayla with her best friend, Ain. :(

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Khayla with her nursery teachers.

May Allah ease this transition.
May Allah protect my little Khayla.
May Allah ease her journey to learn new things and make new friends.

May Allah calm Mummy’s emotions.

Ameen Ya Rabb !

xoxo

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And We Turned Five.

Mr. Sunshine and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary on January 9th.
Alhamdulillah for 5 years of ups and downs with my Sunshine. Thank you Allah !!

So the weekend after the 9th I planned a little surprise for Mr. Sunshine and I which was a one night’s stay in one of the hotel’s in the city. Marc & Linn helped to babysit Khayla for one night.

We Turned Five

We attended a wedding before our romantic (ahem) getaway started. Hehe.

That Saturday evening, we walked from Pavilion to KLCC to watch a movie, wanted to watch Night At The Museum: Secret of The Tomb, but while we were queueing up, we googled up the reviews and decided to watch Paddington, instead.
Both Mr. Sunshine and I agreed that it was a good last minute decision because it was a pretty good movie. Such a charming, warm & funny family movie ! :)

We had dinner at Ben’s KLCC.
I had the Pad Thai Linguine (which I would later regret, read on) and Mr Sunshine had the Beef Lasagna.

We Turned Five

Ben’s Beef Lasagna

We Turned Five

Ben’s Pad Thai Linguine

We walked back to Pavilion and I treated Mr. Sunshine to his favourite Auntie Anne’s pretzel. Hehe.

We Turned Five

Pretty lights at KLCC park that night

The next morning, I woke up and had to run straight to the toilet to purge. My tummy felt so uncomfortable. I was down with diarrhea and I suspect it was because of the linguine ! Isk isk. :'(

After a few visits to the toilet, Mr Sunshine and I walked to Pavilion (again) to have breakfast at Coffee Bean. No, we don’t normally have breakfast at Coffee Bean, it was part of the anniversary celebration thingy lah, hehe.

We Turned Five

My delicious Egg’s Benedict

We Turned Five

My Sunshine and I. <3

After breakfast, we drove straight to Putrajaya, bought some Nasi Beriyani Gam for lunch with Khayla, Marc, Marlene, Daddy & Fahim.

I was still purging. It got worse to the point I had a gastric attack later that evening. Dah lama sangat tak gastric tauuuu !
Anyway, I got better, Alhamdulillah.

I hoped Mr Sunshine enjoyed the short getaway I planned. Hehe. A huge thank you to Marc & Linn for helping to watch over Khayla ! :)

I personally think all married couples should try something like this once in a while. It’ll be good for your relationship, InshaAllah. :)

xoxo

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My 2015 Resolutions.

Assalamu’alaikum and hi y’all. :)
As promised, I am here to share about my 2015 resolutions !

The last time I listed down my resolutions was during the end of 2012 and they were obviously for 2013. Sooo let’s see how many of them I can tick off.

  1. Not to miss my daily prayers and try to pray on time whenever I can. This is a constant struggle for me, isk isk. – STILL STRUGGLING.
  2. Try to cover my aurah properly – make sure my chest, neck, butt and arms are fully covered, buy and wear more long skirts/dresses/loose pants instead of jeans or form-fitting pants. Constant struggle too, isk isk. – STILL STRUGGLING. 
  3. Try to read at least one page of the Qur’an a day. -STILL STRUGGLING
  4. Strive to be a better wife, Mummy, daughter, sister, friend and worker. InshaAllah. – STILL STRUGGLING
  5. Work out a minimum of three times a week. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays perhaps ? – CHECK ! I love you Zumba ! 
  6. Cut down on fast foods, junk food and carbonated beverages. I can already see Mr. Sunshine rolling his eyes. Hehe. I HAVEN’T HAD A SODA SINCE APRIL 2013, WOOT WOOT ! Can’t say the same for junk food & fast food though. Tsk.
  7. Keep on sharing the goodness of Shaklee with everyone ! – CHECK !

OhEmGee.
I am basically still struggling to get through the first half of my 2013 resolutions ! *dies*

Resolution No. 1:
To be honest, last year sometime around October or November, I went through more than 2 weeks of being low, sad, down to the point I literally had to force myself to get up and pray.
I’m not sure if any of you have ever experienced anything like that, but if you have, I am here to tell you that you will get through it.
I forced myself to listen to a lot of islamic lectures on YouTube (particularly by Yasmin Mogahed and Nouman Ali Khan) which I think was a huge help, I also listened to lectures on the tafseer of Al-Qur’an and most importantly I never stopped praying for Allah to spare me from the  ‘detachment phase’ I was going through.

A friend of mine shared this schedule which I thought is really good for anyone who needs help in keeping their ibadah in check. Everyone needs a push every now and then, right ? :)

Jadual Ibadah Harian
Anyone who needs this schedule, do contact me, I will happily email it to you.

I am hoping to be able to strike this resolution off this year ! Ameen Ya Rabb !

Resolution No. 2:
I have always been a jeans and blouse kinda person so this is really a challenge for me especially when I think that wearing skirts make my hips look huge.
They’re already huge to begin with, so I don’t want to accentuate them. And that’s where I am so superficially wrong !
I need to constantly remind myself that I do not have to dress to impress the people around me, I only have to dress to please Allah S.W.T plus HE gave me those hips anyway. Hehe.
I have just recently started wearing socks and hand socks to cover my feet & wrists (mencabarnya nak istiqamah bab ni !) I try to make sure I only wear wide shawls and/or tudungs which are big enough to cover my chest. In fact, I have been so used to it that wearing slightly short tudungs feel so uncomfortable.

Melissa Shaklee

More loose dresses please, Melissa !

Please pray that I will remain steadfast in my struggle to cover up ! Isk isk.

Resolution No. 3:
I really have no excuse for this. *slaps self*
Read more Qur’an, Melissa !

Resolution No. 4:
I believe this will always be a working progress because nobody’s perfect. But to be specific, I need to:
1. Spend less time on my phone and more time on Khayla & Mr. Sunshine.
2. Be more organized with proper time management to help me juggle between my family, job and part time job.

I hope all of you are doing OK with your resolutions. All the best ! :)

Here’s to an incredible 2015, InshaAllah. :)

xoxo

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