My darling Raees,
Did you know that you were always on my mommy's mind while I was a few thousand miles away from you? Every few hours mommy would quietly pump away, imagining you were with me right there. In fact, mommy was so discreet that people hardly noticed what going on underneath the scarf.
Mommy met this lady who works as a nutritionist, her name is Lynly. We got into talking over dinner and I found out she develops formula milk. Even so, she admits there's nothing better than breast milk for a baby.
Then she pointed out something that got mommy thinking - hard. Most mothers would have low levels of iron after delivery. For breastfeeding moms, most of the iron in the body is given to the baby. As baby is given priority, now the mommy doesn't enough iron. But if the mommy is iron deficient, baby is too. So it's double whammy!
She said iron is vital for baby's brain development so it's really important for the baby to have sufficient iron in the first year of life. That's why nowadays you see mommy popping iron pills every morning :)
Anyways, whenever I saw babies in New Zealand I always thought of you, Raees. This one time mommy was in a ferry from Whaiheke Island back to Auckland, I thought I saw this lady carrying a doll with one hand. But then again, she's much too old to be doing that. After closer look, goodness, it's a tiny baby!
And get this, he was only 11 days old! I couldn't help but stare at the tiny boy dressed in a sweater, sleeping in her mommy's arms. It got me wondering how you were doing back home.
You gave Tok Mama a difficult first 3-4 days, didn't you? I'm glad you gave in and made peace with the bottle.
You ended up drinking more than I expected - up to 6 servings a day. Luckily mommy prepared over 50 servings of EBM for you. By the time I got back, there were only 5 left!
Good thing you still remembered me and didn't have problem latching on. I could see the relief in your eyes to have me home. I was too :)
It has been almost two weeks since mommy got back and it seems like you refuse to sleep in the crib and wanna be on the bed with me. You really missed me, huh Raees?
You know that in mommy's line of work, there will be times where mommy would have to leave you behind. In fact, mommy will be away for 4 days next week. I've been struggling to restock the EBM in the freezer for you. It hasn't been easy since the milk supply dropped slightly after I got back. Alhamdulillah, it has shown improvement. It's your rezeki, Raees ;)
As difficult, challenging and tedious as it may seem, mommy will try my best for you. All because I love you so very much.