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of dian khayla turning two & our 2013 eid celebrations

Well, hello there everyone ! 
Assamu’alaikum !
Selamat Hari Raya ! Still valid lah I guess since today is the last day of Syawal, teehee. 🙂


This is going to be a looooong post so bear with me ok ? 🙂

On the 13th of August, 2 years ago, after 21 hours of labour (yes, you can click here to relive my birthing experience, hee), this precious gem was born ! 

Happy 2nd Birthday my Beautiful Light !

Thank you Allah. 🙂 

Dearest DK, Mummy loves you so so so so much & I cannot imagine life without you and your incessant chatter.
I pray that you grow up to be bright and the best in this world & the hereafter. May you be blessed with all the pretty, happy & wonderful things you deserve. Aameen.

Loadsa love, hugs & sloppy kisses from your Mummy ! :’)

Mr. Sunshine and I planned a birthday celebration for Khayla at Burger King, Extreme Park, Shah Alam on the August 25th. We invited family, some relatives friends who lived nearby. 
I ordered a Barney themed birthday cake & Mr. Sunshine hired ‘Barney’ to entertain the kids.

The Barney we hired turned out to be skinny and looked pretty different (haha) from the real Barney, so Khayla wasn’t really pleased. In fact, she was terrified ! Haha.

The birthday cake from Jasmeen Home Delights

THE BIRTHDAY GIRL, WOOT WOOT !







Cake cutting session. 🙂
 
Told ya she was terrified of this version of Barney. Poor baby ! Hehe.
I even had to distract her with a toy to take a picture with Barney.
Us, sans Fahim who was asleep. Hehe. I look so tired !

Arina & pretty Ayra !

With my BFF Annisa and Lene.

The in-laws 🙂

The extended family ! 🙂

The friends ! 🙂

Mak & Abah who came all the way from Batu Pahat. :’)



 Disclaimer: No carbonated drinks were served at the party. Hehe.

Alhamdulillah, the party went smoothly. Khayla would like to thank everyone for their presence & presents ! 🙂

Now moving on to our Raya celebrations this year, as I mentioned in my previous post, we spent Raya eve and the first two days of Syawal in Gombak this year.
Daddy bought beef rendang from Aunty Leha and I made some peanut sauce, chicken curry (as per Mr Sunshine’s request) & boiled some nasi himpit. 🙂

I had a makeup malfunction on the first day of Syawal. I realized I bought the wrong eyeliner because this one made me look like I have black eyes. Blergh. And because I didn’t bring my makeup remover, I had to deal with fugly eyes the whole day !

Selamat Hari Raya ya’ll ! 🙂

We went to arwah Mummy’s close friend, Aunty Zainah’s place in the morning. When I was small, I used to think that this was our kampung. Yes, that’s how long we’ve known Aunty Zainah ! :”)

Sunshine ! 🙂

Seth Fahim wore a baju melayu along with a sampin, super cute tau !

The future dentist and I.

The only photo we took at Aunty Leha’s place was of Khayla and her cousins, hehe.


At Aunty Maziey’s. Just like the good old days. 🙂

With Sal on the second day of Syawal before leaving for Batu Pahat. 🙂


Beraya in Batu Pahat in purple. 🙂

With the in-laws. 🙂
This was on the 5th of Syawal before going to Akey’s house. 🙂

My bestie of 15 years with her daughter Qaireen Alisha. 🙂
Last stop the day before I go back to work – Mak Andak’s. 🙂

There’s gonna be a huge change in our lives, soon InshaAllah. No, Khayla is not getting a sibling, YET. I’ll blog about it soon.  Ok ok, I’LL TRY to blog about it soon. Don’t be mad if I blog about it 6 months after it happens, haha.

I hope all of you had a splendid Raya ! 🙂

xoxo

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day 27

Hello all !

Assalamu’alaikum. 🙂

How has your 27 days of Ramadhan been so far ?
There’s still time to repent, change and make this our best Ramadhan ever, InshaAllah. 🙂

My Ramadhan has been good, Alhamdulillah, better than last year (I hope) but there’s so much more that I wish I could do. 2 more days to go !

This year, we’ll be celebrating Raya in Gombak first, InshaAllah. 🙂
It will be Mr. Sunshine’s first Raya eve in Gombak. I hope he adjusts well.

Mr. Sunshine is currently out for terawikh while Khayla & I are waiting for my Shaklee customer to come pick up her supplements. 🙂

Gotta go layan my daughter now. Bye !

xoxo

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13 Ramadhan 1434H

OH MY, I MISS YOU BLOGOSPHERE !

Hello all !
Today is the 13th of Ramadhan, Alhamdulillah.
And according to Islamic calendar, darling Dian Khayla is TWO !

Alhamdulillah, thank you Allah for this precious gem !

Khayla is one hell of a chatterbox and Mr. Sunshine says she got it from me, haha.
She can form short sentences and can even say, “Jap eh !”, when I call her. Hehe.
She knows how to say, “Owi,” (sorry) when she’s done something wrong.
She can follow instructions pretty well, Alhamdulillah.
Loves watching Barney and Upin & Ipin !
She is definitely a handful (Alhamdulillah), there is no such thing as shopping when we’re out and about with her, it always turns into a chasing-Khayla-around outing. Hehe.
And she can throw quite a major temper tantrum by hitting Mr Sunshine and I (sobss) and/or throwing stuff around when she’s cranky or isn’t happy. I hope this is just a phase. Ameen.
She still needs a bit of time to warm up to people she isn’t familiar with.

I’m happy that she knows how an “A-Qu-an” (Al-Qur’an) looks like and she loves to imitate the way we read the Qur’an by flipping through the pages and mumbling. I’m happy she wants to put on the telekung and pretend to pray (although her rukuk is a squat, hehe).
I hope and pray she becomes a good Muslim, Ameen.

Dearest Dian Khayla, I can’t believe you’re TWO already, darling, Mummy and Ayah love you more than you know ! Forgive us for being far from perfect parents, but we’re trying our very best ! You’re still the reason I can’t wait to get home everyday. Happy birthday sayang ! :’)

xoxo

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between getting old and old memories.

Okayyyy it’s about time for an update !
*blows dust off blog*

I’m so sorry for abandoning this space for more than two months ! I wonder if anyone still reads my blog ? Anyone ? Hello ?

*crickets sounds*

These days I always fall asleep earlier than I intend to every night. I usually doze off while putting Khayla to bed, not because I am exhausted or tired but because our bed has become just too comfy since Mr. Sunshine brought our portable air cond from Gombak to Shah Alam. *blushes*
As much as I want to stay up, I just succumb to the cool breeze and comfy mattress, sometimes even BEFORE Khayla dozes off. Haha. So that’s why I have so little to no time to blog. 🙂

Before I start rambling away, this a personal message to Mel Ng, haha.
Mel ! You can connect with me on Instagram (melissaraffur) and Facebook (Melissa Raffur). 😀

Anywayyy, life hasn’t changed so much since I last wrote.
Khayla is officially off the pacifier. Alhamdulillah. I feel that her pacifier has played a role in her frequent fever/flu all this while.

I turned 29 last month. Happy birthday to me ! Do I feel old ? Nope. Haha, with the exception of my osteoarthritic knees, I think I’m doing okayy for a 29-year old. Do I look old ? Haha that’s for you to judge lah. :p

Marc treated me (along with the rest of the family) to some Seoul Garden. Yums ! I was down with stomach poisoning that weekend, but it didn’t stop me from gobbling down all the delicious food.

The sister in-law treated me to some Fullhouse. 🙂

Annisa darling took me to Baci, Citta Mall. 🙂

Mr. Sunshine brought me out on a date to watch Iron Man 3, wheee !

Awww, I feel so blessed. Alhamdulillah. 🙂

I just got back from a getaway to Cherating last weekend with my family (Daddy, Marc, Marlene, Linn & Fahim included !). Cherating brings back a lot sweet memories when arwah Mummy was still around, so it was good to be able to go back there and reminisce.

Khayla and I at our favourite Hai Peng Kopitiam.

Before leaving our Antara Suite at Holiday Villa, Cherating.

 You can view the rest of the photos on Instagram. 🙂

Ok gotta get back to playing the Fishing Game with Khayla.
What Fishing Game ?

THIS ONE !

Hahahaha. Khayla loves to catch the ‘pish’ and ‘atak’ (masak) them for me.

Ok bye.

xoxo

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pacify me.

Last night was the forth night Khayla slept throughout the night without her soother. Syukur Alhamdulillah.
We stopped giving her the pacifier during the day since December last year but she still needed to suck on it in order to go to bed at night.
I have been thinking of ways to wean her off (her pacifier), because she is the type who would wake up in the middle of the night and cry for her pacifier.

This was the time Khayla was busy scrunching up a wedding card, but immediately dozed off once her pacifier was in her mouth. :p

On Friday night, Khayla had trouble going to bed and staying asleep as she was in pain from her two molars cutting through her gums. Poor baby couldn’t even drink water without screaming. All three of us had very little sleep that night.

Mr Sunshine and I had already planned to go to Port Dickson that following Saturday so we thought hard on whether we should carry on with the plan since all three of us are exhausted and Khayla was in pain. We decided to go.
Mr. Sunshine bought a tube of teething gel from a nearby pharmacy just in case.
We brought along a thick comforter just in case the hotel didn’t provide a baby cot in which they did but I thought the mattress was too hard and was a tad too small for the cot, so we decided to let Khayla sleep on the comforter.
The funny thing is, as soon as I laid the comforter on the hotel room carpet, Khayla started rolling around on it as if she knew it was her ‘bed’, hehe. Syukur Alhamdulillah, after a few minutes of rolling around on the comforter, she dozed off on her own, without her pacifier !
She stayed asleep throughout the night too ! I guess she loved the air conditioned room. 🙂

I hid her pacifier again the following night. And Alhamdulillah she slept on her own throughout the night again. 😀
Khayla was cranky throughout the whole trip but she was manageable. 🙂
I am glad I didn’t have to use the teething gel.

I did the same when we got back to Shah Alam. Khayla did wake up crying but it was because she was feeling hot (she was all sweaty). Amboi baru tidur two nights in a hotel room dah tak boleh tidur bawah kipas ! Hehe. Fortunately she didn’t need her pacifier to go back to sleep. 🙂

Syukur Alhamdulillah.
I really hope this continues and that I can throw out her soother soon !

Next mission is to pierce her ears ! InshaAllah.

xoxo

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things can get a lil’ overwhelming at times.

I can’t believe this is my first post for 2013 !

I have been swamped with work for the past few weeks, with drug tender and quotations to settle, other work responsibilities and not to mention last minute work (“Here’s something I want you to settle by this evening” kinda thing).

Am I stressed ?
STRESSED IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT.

Since I have only been here for a year, there are loads of things still left for me to learn and understand. I just hope the people I work with understand that too.

My eyes get so tired from sitting in front of the computer the whole day. But that’s not an excuse for me to sometimes overlook and forget important stuff. Blergh.

I know I should not complain because this is where my source of rezeki is now but somehow I miss my old workplace. Workload is not an issue, because things were much more hectic there, yet I felt important and more useful as a pharmacist when I was there. Prescribers (well, a few of them) respected our opinions as pharmacists and we respected theirs as prescribers. We kinda worked hand in hand. Other staff respected me as a pharmacist, same as they respected the medical officers. 

I just feel unimportant.
Apa kau merepek niiii ?

Oh well, I am trying my best to stay positive.
I won’t give up trying to give 110%.
I shall end this post with a smile. 😀

Ok bye.

xoxo

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2012 wrap up.

Hello !
I am here again with my 2012 wrap up post, like previous years.

  1. I resigned from the Ministry of Health and started working in UiTM in January this year.
  2. Mr. Sunshine finally got transferred from Terengganu ! Alhamdulillah. 🙂
  3. Marc and Linn had a beautiful wedding reception, and my best friend of 14 years tied the knot in February, Alhamdulillah.
  4. Failed in fully breastfeeding my precious Dian Khayla. 🙁
  5. I turned 28 this year, Alhamdulillah, and as usual Mr. Sunshine was amazing. 🙂
  6. My immune system ran amok on me, which caused me to have cold sores back to back for more than a month !
  7. Mr. Sunshine and I had to go through some babysitter drama, but things eventually fell into place, Alhamdulillah.
  8. Khayla was admitted to Selayang Hospital due to one episode of  febrile fits.
  9. Khayla also had to go through painful sores that came along with the Hand, Foot and Mouth disease (HFMD).
  10. Dian Khayla turned ONE in Ramadhan, and in August, Alhamdulillah. 🙂
  11. Got really emotional during Raya and took a trip to Penang  ! 😉
  12. Khayla was infected by the stomach flu, and spread it to everyone except Daddy !
  13. I attended the compulsory UiTM induction course in September, and passed !Alhamdulillah.
  14. Mr. Sunshine took us to Ipoh for his ‘Old Boys Weekend and then straight to Gan’s beautiful wedding !
  15. Khayla started walking at 13 months, Alhamdulillah. 🙂
  16. I fell in love with Shaklee and became an Independent Distributor. 🙂
  17. Moved out from Gombak in November. 
  18. Went on a book shopping frenzy with Mr. Sunshine at the Big Bad Wolf Sale. 🙂
  19. Rekindled an old friendship which turned sour a couple of years ago, Alhamdulillah. 🙂

My 2012 has been evidently filled with ups and downs, Alhamdulillah.
Alhamdulillah for still being able to breathe through all of it.

May 2013 be filled new spirits, stronger determination and loads of love ! InshaAllah. 😉

xoxo

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prayers for a better year.

Only one and a half months into the new Hijrah year and I am already struggling with my resolutions.
Sigh.
I must try harder, I must !

I can’t believe 2012 is going to end in a couple of days.
I figured I’d list down a revised version of my resolutions to remind me once again that I have to follow through ! So here’s my revised 1434H resolutions list a.k.a my 2013 resolutions:

  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.
  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.
  3. Try to read at least one page of the Qur’an a day.
  4. Strive to be a better wife, Mummy, daughter, sister, friend and worker. InshaAllah.
  5. Work out a minimum of three times a week. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays perhaps ?
  6. Cut down on fast foods, junk food and carbonated beverages. I can already see Mr. Sunshine rolling his eyes. Hehe.
  7. Keep on sharing the goodness of Shaklee with everyone ! 🙂

I think that should do it. InshaAllah.

I’ve been really bad on updating this space, since becoming a Mummy. Hehe. I think I’m gonna go ahead and summarize a few happenings around November and December.

I met up with my BFF (always wanted to write that in a post, I feel like Paris Hilton already !) of 14 years – who is 7 months (now 8) pregnant – after a looong time ! Alhamdulillah, I am ecstatic for her and I can’t wait for her to give birth to Khayla’s ‘cousin’. InshaAllah. 🙂

Love you !

Another best friend of mine lost her mum to cancer last week. Inalillah. :'(
It’s heartbreaking that I can’t be there for her as much as I want to.

Picture taken when we paid a visit to Annisa’s mum before she passed away.

Marlene had her diploma convocation early this month. Woot ! Alhamdulillah, congratulations little sister ! I only have two pictures with me, the rest are with Marc.

Mr. Sunshine and I took leave to go to the Big Bad Wolf Sale. I had to miss the previous sales because we were in Terengganu. We went on the first day of the sale and went on a book shopping frenzy ! I had to resist the urge to go again and again.

The damage.
Two very happy shoppers !

I passed my induction. Alhamdulillah.

I was on medical leave for two weeks due to conjunctivitis. Isk isk. Wasn’t a comfortable experience, but I’m grateful to be cured now. Alhamdulillah. 

We spent Christmas afternoon at Aunt Thelma & Charlotte’s like every year with pie, devil curry and good company of relatives. No turkey though this year, hehe. We had to leave early to attend Mr. Sunshine’s friend’s wedding. Isk. I think next year we should be there a little later so that we can meet all of our relatives who are usually present. Please note that my eyes aren’t fully recovered yet in these photos. Hee.

Auntie Marlene helped open Khayla’s present from her grandaunts. 🙂

Khayla with grandaunt Thelma (arwah Mummy’s cousin).

Me holding Faizal & Dee’s adorable little Rauf ! My eyes were still slightly swollen that day.
Second cousins, Marlene & Faira holding third cousins Rauf & Dian Khayla. 🙂

That same night, Mr. Sunshine and I treated the whole family to dinner & dessert at Swensen’s. This was to celebrate Marc’s belated birthday (he turned 26 a month ago, haha) and Marlene’s graduation. 🙂

Pretty sister and I. Ugh my eyes !
Mr. Sunshine and I. Ugh my eyessss !
Daddy Candy !
This was the beginning of a drama in which Khayla cried her lungs out because she didn’t want to get in the car with her Mummy and Ayah. She wanted to stay with her Auntie Linn !

I think I’ve pretty much summed up my November and December.

Ok bye.

xoxo

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baby talk #3

I would usually count in front of Khayla when I am preparing her milk or buttoning up her blouses. Two nights ago while I was getting her dressed, this happened:

While buttoning up her blouse,
Me: One…
Khayla : Tuuu..
Me: *gasps* Threeee..
Khayla: Porrr..
Me: *screams and runs out of the room to tell Mr. Sunshine* – Yes, I can still be a drama queen.

MashaAllah, mashaAllah.
Alhamdulillah, thank you Allah for this beautiful blessing. 🙂

xoxo

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dian khayla – 15 months progress report

Dian Khayla is now a healthy 15 month-old toddler, Alhamdulillah.
It amazes me how fast toddlers at this age absorb and imitate what they see around them. MashaAllah.

  • These days, she is starting to be a pro at throwing temper tantrums. Whenever things don’t go her way, she would hit me, slap my face, bite me (!) and/or scream at the top of her lungs. Isk isk. I try my best not to lose my cool with her, while praying hard that this tantrum phase will fade away soon. She doesn’t act like that with her Ayah, I guess she knows he can be strict. Hehe.
  • She says, “nak” or “tu” (while pointing to something) when she wants something.
  • She would take the house keys, go to the door and makes gestures as if she’s trying to open it.
  • She insists on feeding herself, meal times are messy times.

  • She LOVES Upin & Ipin. I let her watch both the English and Malay version. Don’t judge ! 
  • Her newly developed ‘skill’ – spinning around and around while standing AND walking backwards. Hehe.
  • She wants to eat EVERYTHING we eat.
  • She would wave her index finger and says, “Nooo” to us when she knows she’s doing something wrong. Haha.
  • Would sometimes take any piece of cloth, (ie. blanket, her blouse) and wipes the floor or any hard surface with it. Rajinnya anak Mummy. Hehe.

  • She rearranges our dining table chairs for us. Heck, the whole house gets a makeover these days. T___________T
  • She would pick up the house phone and says, “Ohh?”.I think she means ‘hello’. Hehe. She even knows what to press on my phone so that it lights up, then she’ll put it to her ear and says, “Ohh?”. Hehe.
  • Sometimes if she’s done doing her ‘business’, she would come over to us, lift up her blouse, and says, “Yakk.” Hahahaha.
  • On good days, she would hold out her arms and legs to help me dress her. On not-so-good days, I would have to chase her all around the room just to get her diaper on.  
  • Finally calls me, ‘Mi’ or ‘Aaami’. But I am also ‘Ayah’ and ‘Eyyy !’. T_________T
  • Other words she’s forming are ‘Nenek’, ‘Bik’ (Ambil), ‘Ayoo’ (Fuyoo), Bird, Cat. Those are the ones I can remember. She makes a roaring sound when I say ‘lion’, which is something I taught, hehehe.

Can you believe how big my little girl is now ? She’s growing up too fast ! Isk.

xoxo

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