Thursday, September 30, 2010
I can't access that blog or even mine from this country. Somehow blogspot is blocked, so is Facebook. I wonder why..
So I haven't read his entry but I'm sure it's a good one ;) Thanks for coming Aydein!
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Monday, September 27, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
You would have to wait for a delayed entry on his party as I will only have time to write about it when I get back.
I will be leaving for the airport in about an hours time. Right now I'm feeding Raees for the night. Looks like he is tired from the party and might be going to sleep very soon.
Be a good boy, Raees. I'll see you when I get back. I'm sure by then you will be walking way better with less stumble. Can't wait :) Mommy loves you darling!
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Lucky thing she was on hari raya break so she had the whole week to concentrate on it, while taking care of me. She was hard at work when I'm asleep or when someone else is around to look after me.
I don't know how long she spent cutting on the floor. In the room...
Then a few more hours of folding and sticking them together. Once it was all done, she did what blocks are meant for..she stacked them!
Friday, September 24, 2010
I know you all can see it for yourself right now. But as I applied the design, I somehow I realised I don't have any screen shots of the previous designs of this blog. Not even one although I've kept this blog running for over 6 years. Something that I totally took for granted.
It's too late to do anything about that now, right? At least if I were to change my blog design in the future, I have already put this design on record.
I also think it's high time that I added "& Son" to the blog title since Raees has been an avid blogger too :)
My previous overseas assignment (New Zealand), I relied on my good old manual pump. This time around I'm considering the automatic pump instead. I'm still weighing my options though as both have their advantages and disadvantages.
- light weight
- can easily fit in my handbag
- single pump (time consuming)
- can't multitask
- double pump (faster)
- although I'm using PIS, I have a trick to do it hands-free (multitasking!)
- heavy (not travel-friendly)
- bulky (requires bigger bag)
- not entirely quiet
So you see, manual pump is great to bring around but I need to really spend time on pumping. Automatic pump is definitely easier and saves a lot of time and energy. But its weight and size are the down side. Having need to travel a lot (probably even ride a camel :P) makes me go back to considering the manual pump.
My experience with the manual in NZ wasn't easy. I spent about half an hour every morning and night just to pump. While throughout the day I pumped while travelling in the bus/car. It was possible coz I did spend a lot of time on the road. But this trip might not necessarily be the same.
I have one more day to think it through. Hmm..
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Thursday, September 23, 2010
And sometimes they approach me. Some say hi...
Some just stare...
Pretty girl, isn't she?
Either way, I like their company even if it's just for a short time. I feel I can be myself when they're around. Unlike adults who tend to pinch my chubby cheeks and baby-talk to me, I can relate to kids.That's why I like attending birthday parties. There are just so many of them at one place and the madness surrounding me is so much fun to watch. I get to play with so many kids at a time that sometimes I tend to forget about food or milk. Easier said, I'm in my best mood with kids around.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
If all goes well, I'll be off to one of the Arab countries this Sunday. It promises a lot of fun as I get to travel around that country for a week while doing a feature story for Majalah 3.
Compared to my previous overseas trip -New Zealand - where I struggled to stock up expressed breast milk for Raees, this time around is no problem. I have more than enough in the freezer already. Alhamdulillah... :)
If you've been following my blog, you would know that Raees loves playing with his older cousins. With cousin Rizq Raiyan who is about Raees' age, they are bound to be best of pals when they grow up too.
Now, let's take a look at my family...
I have 3 siblings and I am the only one who is married which makes Raees the one and only grandchild.
At the rate things are going, it doesn't look like Raees will be having cousins on my side of the family anytime soon. Why? My twin brothers, who are in their mid 30s, are so very single!
Naturally the whole family is concern. What makes me MORE worried is how the future hari raya will be like. If a child were to choose which kampung they wanna balik to for raya and he has these options:
a) spend the whole raya, day and night, with his cousins
b) raya with adults (plus his - future - siblings that he meets everyday)
...isn't it obvious which he would prefer?? Help!
Monday, September 20, 2010
It all started about a month back when he started standing on his own whenever he's on the bed or any surface that could cushion his fall. 2-3 weeks ago, he could walk quite well when his hand is held.
But just 2 nights before Hari Raya, he walked on his own at a distance of about 1.5 meters and stopped at my knee (I was seated). He then started clapping non-stop for I don't know how long. Clap, clap, clap - losing balance - hands on mommy - clap, clap, clap...this was repeated a number of times.
It was a BIG applause for a BIG achievement :)
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
So I bathed him and put on his raya attire first before getting myself ready...
Everyone else was at the mosque for Raya prayers, except for me. I was stuck babysitting. At the same time I had to get myself ready for Hari Raya too! So what did I do to keep Raees occupied in a safe environment where he couldn't accidentally hurt himself? I let him hang out in his crib and put on his favourite Sesame Street DVD.
By 10.30am, we were all set to go to my mother in law's place in USJ. Look at my boy in his full Raya gear...
Here's the story about his kopiah - my parents bought it for his aqiqah many, many months ago. Of course it couldn't fit him...until now! But Raees doesn't like wearing anything on his head (thus no more hats for him). We had to create a destraction while putting the kopiah on him. Only that way we could get the kopiah to stay for more than a second.
Being sleep-deprived, he would usually nap again in the morning. But there was no time for that during Raya. So he got as much sleep as he can while on the way from Shah Alam to USJ.
Raees usually falls asleep after milk or via the stroller. That day we decided not to bring the stroller since we thought of going back home soon after. What a big mistake that was. Sleepy boy Raees refused to sleep on his own nor with the help of milk. He was restless but not cranky (not yet).
But we had to go to my relative's house this time...in Kampung Pandan. Mer decided we should go there straight (so much for going home soon after!). He drove slow and steady in the trafficjam-free KL road. Made a couple of stops to buy food to munch in the car. All these to let Raees sleep.
In all, he got about an hour of nap. Better than nothing, I thought. As it turns out, the nap didn't help much. As we reached my aunt's place, he was at his crankiest!
That night, we went to Mer's sister's place. Raees loved the fire crackers! Despite his exhaustion, he was very jovial.
Notice, the kopiah is back on? By this time he didn't even care. I guess it's the presence of his cousins plus sleep-deprive.
So there you have it...our first day of Hari Raya. A lot more interesting (and challenging) as compared to previous years but a whole lotta fun.
Selamat Hari Raya from me, Mer and Mr. Raees :)
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
After they came back from work, we went out for a birthday break fast at Manhattan. Seriously, we went to the 'fish market' :D
As you may know, I'm no longer a big fan of rice. Been eating a lot of bread instead. But the 'fish market' had food that tickled my tastebuds like mushroom soup, fish(duh!) and butter rice (yeah, that one I like). I think I follow mommy's taste in food, kan? Hee..
Since it was daddy's birthday, I volunteered to take the bill. I did, literally. And then passed it on to mommy and daddy to settle :P
So you see, I've been eating quite a variety of food lately. It's only natural since I am 1 year old and I have 1,2,3,4,5...