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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 – 8 Months Progress Report & Raya Updates

Assalamu’alaikum. Hellloouuu !
Selamat Hari Rayaaaaa !
I know am 2 weeks overdue but hey better late than never, huh ? Hee.

I hope your Ramadhan & Syawal has been splendid. :)
I was really nervous about fasting this year as I was still exclusively breastfeeding Khaleel. I was worried about my milk supply dipping and I did not know whether I could be able to go without eating during the day. But, Alhamdulillah, with Allah’s permission I managed to fast & breastfeed Khaleel throughout Ramadhan.
Before I knew it, we were already nearing Syawal !

First things first, Raya updates. :)

This year Khaleel celebrated his first Syawal, our first as a family of four, Alhamdulillah.
We were in Batu Pahat on the first day of Raya, and Mr. Sunshine’s family chose peach as our theme colour this year. :)

Raya Updates

With my in-laws. :)

Mak (my MIL) decided to scratch rendang out of the Raya menu this year, so we had ayam ungkep (a Javanese dish), beef satay etc. As usual, after Raya prayers, we asked for forgiveness from everyone, and started to go beraya to a few of Mr. Sunshine’s uncles & aunts houses.

On the second day of Raya, we drove back to Gombak. My mission was to look for rendang ! Hehe.
Found my rendang at Aunty Maziey’s ! We managed to beraya at Akey’s house and a couple of my relatives houses as well. :)

Raya Updates 2

One with cousins at Aunty Maziey’s. :)

Raya updates

Another one with my uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews & nieces at Abang Jai’s. :)

Well, enough on Raya updates, I shall move on to share about Khaleel’s update for the past 5 months.
Whoa, I haven’t blogged for 5  months ! Hahaha.
I feel so bad because I used to blog on Khayla’s updates pretty frequently when she was a baby. :(

Anyway, here goes..

4 months progress

Khaleel started to roll over both directions. The first thing he would do when he woke up was roll over, so we would always put pillows around him as barriers. He could grasp toys or things pretty well.
Had his first episode of diarrhea for about 5 days, and then started developing rashes all over his body. Brought him to a paediatrician which confirmed it was viral exanthem.

Sayf Khaleel 8 months update

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5 months progress

He recognizes when we call his name. He slowly started to crawl at 5.5 months. Had his first swim in a pool at Port Dickson. Hehe. He adores his sister, and gets easily amused by almost anything Khayla does. Hehe.

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Khayla & Khaleel having a swim ! Hehe.

6 months progress

Started on solids at 6.5 months, has been eating quite well everyday. He started to be able to sit down without support.

7 months progress

He successfully learned how to get into a sitting position by pushing up from his stomach. He jabbers a lot. Hehe. His favourite thing to do is stand while holding on to something, and he started being able to pull himself up from sitting to standing.

Sayf Khaleel 8 months update 2

Khaleel trying to give me a heart attack by showing off that he can stand with only one hand supported. -_____-

8 months progress

Expresses his feelings by screaming, no actual words yet, still jabbers a lot. Starting to get very attached to me, sometimes to the extent of not wanting to go to his Ayah.
Alhamdulillah, so far he is still fully breastfed while on solids. I reallllyyy pray and hope I can breastfeed him until at least 1 year. Ameen !

I have been sending him to a babysitter for 5 months now and Alhamdulillah, so far so good. May Allah protect him at all times. May Allah make it easy for the babysitter to take care of him. Ameen ameen.

I hope I have covered all his milestones, until my next post, bye ! :)

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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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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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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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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Potty Training Tips

Good morning y’all ! :)

Alhamdulillah we can say that Khayla has been 98% potty trained since November last year when she was 39 months old. I know some people might be thinking that 39 months is a bit late for potty training but every mummy knows what’s best for their child, kan kan kan ? :)

Potty Training Tips

Thanks Google !

I will not say she is 100% potty trained because she still needs to wear diapers when she sleeps.
But apart from that, she goes around diaper-free ! Here are my potty training tips. :)

Actually, prior to our success, I have tried to potty train her twice, I tried the ‘asking method,’ you know asking her every 5 minutes whether she wanted to go pee. She would answer no but she always ended up peeing in her pants. I gave up because I felt bad when she felt bad about peeing in her pants. Hehe.

But early November last year while I was on leave for a couple of days, I tried a different method.
I decided to not let her wear diapers but instead of asking her whether she needed to pee, I brought her to the toilet every 15 minutes.
Well, I started with 15 minutes, then it was every 30 minutes and slowly worked up to an hour. Within 2 days, she was able to pee AND poop on her own ! :)

Getting her to do her no. 2 in the toilet was a bit of a challenge though, although she always could tell us when she felt like going, the first few times were difficult because I guess she was still trying to get the ‘feel’ because she was so used to pooping in her diapers behind doors, behind sofas or curtains. Haha.

But Alhamdulillah she managed to get herself to poop in the toilet within that two days.
Alhamdulillah.
I am so proud of my baby ! *happy tears*

Here are what I think are some useful tips:

  1. Make sure your child is really ready
    – Is your child giving you physical or verbal sign when he’s having a bowel movement such as grunting, squatting, or telling you.
    – Does your child demonstrate a desire for independence. Khayla starting telling us that she does not want to wear diapers because she’s a big girl now. Hehe.
  2. Follow whatever works for your child. The ‘asking method’ might not have worked for me, but it could work for you. So go ahead and try.
  3. It helps if they’re mixing with older children who do not wear diapers. Like in my case, Khayla had friends at her nursery so that kinda influenced her too. :)
  4. Don’t get angry at them for peeing or pooping everywhere during the process. Hehe. Be patient parents ! Getting angry at them will only discourage them. I’m sure they already feel guilty about peeing in their pants, please don’t make them feel worse. Reassure them that it’s ok and you know they didn’t do it on purpose.
  5. If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again (thanks Aaliyah). Never give up, try again & again. Have trust and faith in you child, both of you will make it ! :)

Good luck y’all ! :)

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 ?

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