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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 !

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Top 10 Reasons To Join Shaklee

I have been consuming Shaklee products since 2012.
Little did I know I would be making extra income through Shaklee while improving my health as well. :)

I know 3 years does not seem like such a long time, but I personally know of mentors who have been in the business for over 20 years (Shaklee has been in Malaysia for 25 years) and are still going strong !

Sooo, as the title suggests, here are TOP 10 REASONS TO JOIN SHAKLEE:

top 10 reasons to join shaklee

  1. Shaklee has given a total payout of RM26 billion for simply sharing Shaklee products
  2. Shaklee in Malaysia has grown 1000% in the past six years
  3. Shaklee is the no. 1 Natural Nutrition Company in the US
  4. The Shaklee Difference: Always Safe, Always Works, Always Green
  5. The Landmark Study published in 2007 showed people who took Shaklee supplements had markedly better health than people who took either a single multivitamin or no supplements at all
  6. Shaklee is in 9 countries, reaching out to HALF of the world’s population !
  7. Shaklee was recognized by BrandLaureate in 2014/2015 as Best MLM brand in nutrition
  8. Shaklee reaches out to underprivileged children by giving nutritional support through Shaklee Cares.
  9. Shaklee provides incentive trips included Japan, Australia, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, France, United Kingdom and United States
  10. Shaklee is the FIRST company in world to obtain Climate Neutral™ certification and totally offset its carbon dioxide emissions, resulting in a net zero impact on the environment.

Blessed to be with Shaklee ! :)

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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.

islamic montessori

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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Stretch Marks Tips

Last week, my gynae commented on how my belly was almost stretch mark-free and it brought me back to when I was carrying Khayla and received the same comment from the doctor who checked me when I was warded in Hospital Hulu Terengganu.

When I say almost, it is because it is not totally free from striae (stretch marks), but there is very very very very little (not larger than one palm, hehe), hence them being nearly not visible at all.

Alhamdulillah.

stretch marks tips

Moi at 33 weeks, flared nostrils and all. Hehe.

Stretch marks are often the result of the rapid stretching of the skin associated with rapid growth or rapid weight changes but it can also be influenced by hormonal changes.

According to Mayo Clinic, anyone can get stretch marks, but some factors do increase our chances of getting them, including:

  • Being female – not fair ! Hmph.
  • Having a family history of stretch marks – I texted Lene a few days ago to ask her whether she remembered arwah Mummy having any stretch marks and she said she didn’t think so. So sad that I can’t remember. :(
  • Having been pregnant, especially for younger women – check ! Although I am not too young anymore haha.
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Rapidly gaining or losing weight, as in the case of pregnancy – check !
  • Using corticosteroid medication

What do I do to prevent stretch marks ?

For my first pregnancy, I applied olive oil on my belly daily from the moment I found out I was pregnant. This time around, I have been applying virgin coconut oil instead. I guess I also have my genes to thank for the lack of stretch marks. Hehe. Thank you Allah.

Here are a few tips on how to keep stretch marks at bay:

1. Hydration
Our skin needs to be well hydrated for optimal skin elasticity. WHO recommends about 2.7L/day but if you’re pregnant or highly active, obviously you will be needing more water.
So, drink up !

2. Coconut oil
Massage coconut oil generously 2-3 times a day if you can. Coconut oil is full of saturated fatty acids which consists primarily of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), hence making it good for our bodies, whether when consumed or applied topically.

But if you do not have coconut oil, you can also use olive oil, cocoa butter or shea butter.

3. Healthy weight gain
In other words, don’t eat for two if you’re pregnant. Hehe. Balance your daily diet with exercise. As mentioned above, rapid weight gain can lead to stretch marks !

4. Vitamin C
Our body needs vitamin C for collagen production and growth and repair of tissues in all parts of our body. Vitamin C is also highly effective in reducing free radical damage (anti-oxidant properties). I take a vitamin C supplement everyday. :)

5. Zinc
Surprisingly, stretch marks can also happen as a result of zinc deficiency. This is because zinc is used in the production of collagen. Zinc is abundant in our bodies as a natural trace element.

I can’t guarantee for sure that you will not end up with stretch marks after following the tips above, but they’re definitely worth trying !

All the best ! :)

xoxo

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Shaklee Vita E Complex Clearance Sale

Good morning all !
As explained in one of my earlier posts, this month Shaklee is having a clearance sale for Shaklee Vita E Complex !

october 2015 promotion vita e

It is stated clearly in the poster that Vita E expires in January 2016, hence the term CLEARANCE SALE ! Hehe.

Usually to purchase two bottles of Vita E, you’d have to fork out almost RM 300 (retail price). But this month, with HALF that price, you can get your hands on TWO bottles of Vita E !

A few suggestions on how you can make use of this buy 2 at 50% promotion is:
1. Give (or sell ?) 1 bottle to a friend or relative.
2. Take 2 capsules daily for extra antioxidant effect. I know of a person who is taking 3 capsules twice a day !
3. Use the capsule externally on scars etc. Click here for my ESP & Vita E mask.

So there, I am sure all of you are smart enough to know that this is definitely an awesome bargain.

Just a short recap on why vitamin E is good for us:

  • Vitamin E is an effective antioxidant that helps fight free radicals in your body, hence making it an excellent nutrient for the skin.
  • Vitamin E aids sex hormones production for both men & women. Shaklee’s Vita E Complex also contains Selenium which helps increase sperm count & motility plus making it a good choice for those concerned about fertility. I have a whole post dedicated to vitamin E and men’s sexual health. Hehe.

A good point to note is that Shaklee’s Vita E Complex also contains grape see extract. You can read more on that if you click here. :)

Feel free to contact me for more details. :)

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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October 2015 Promotion

october 2015 promotion vita e

Boy, time sure flies. It’s already October !
Shaklee has announced their October 2015 promotion and it’s too good to be true !

Firstly:

VITA E COMPLEX CLEARANCE SALE – Buy 2 at 50% off

october 2015 promotion vita e

You can click HERE to read more on Vita E.

Next up are:

GLA COMPLEX
– Buy 2 and get 5% off
– Buy 7 at the price of 6

OMEGA GUARD
– Buy 2 and get 5% off
– Buy 7 at the price of 6

october 2015 promotion omega gla (1)
october 2015 promotion omega gla

To find out more on GLA Complex, you can click HERE.
To find out more on Omega Guard, you can click HERE.

How’s that for being too good to be true ?
Especially the VITA E COMPLEX CLEARANCE SALE ! *chicken dance*

Feel free to CONTACT ME for more information. :)

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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Reasons to Choose Shaklee ESP

I just wanted to share a few important reasons why people are choosing choose Shaklee ESP and why YOU should do so too !

Well, of course the most important fact is that it has been clinically proven to sustain energy hour after hour.

shaklee espApart from that, major plus points for ESP are:

  1. It provides 14 grams of heart healthy soy protein and 500 mg of calcium per serving
  2. Water (not with alcohol or other chemicals) is used to retain those critical isoflavones and provide you with the whole goodness of soy.
  3. It uses high quality non-GMO (non-genetically modified organism) plant-based protein.
  4. Complete with all essential amino acids, including 9 amino acids which can’t be produced by our body.
  5. Helps to maintain muscle tone, tissue repair, and proper functioning of enzymes and hormones.
  6. Low glycemic index which helps maintain blood sugar
  7. Helps support the immune system, retain normal cholesterol levels and promote heart and prostate health.
  8. Lactose, cholesterol and caffeine free. :)
  9. Most importantly, it’s HALAL !

shaklee esp
This picture above just goes to show that ESP is for everyone, not only for women, but men as well !

Everybody looovvvesss ESP. Hehe.
I’ll be sharing a few testimonials on ESP in my later posts, InshaAllah.
In the meantime, you can read the ones I have already shared earlier.

Until my next post, bye !

xoxo

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