Sunday, February 28, 2010

My Weekend @ Bkt Jalil

Hi Bukit Jalil...we meet again for Karnival Jom Heboh.


This time around I'm stationed at Studio 3 - a combination of Majalah 3, WHI, Nona and Aduan Rakyat.


Sadly I was on Majalah 3 assignment when the photoshoot took place for the backdrop. Although they submitted an older picture of myself, the designers missed it out. Hence, no me in the main poster :(

On the other side of the booth is Majalah 3. This time around we brought along Marine Park.


The 4 programmes take turns to organise activities on the mainstage that is situated in the middle of the booth. Just look at the crowd!


When we work, we work.


When we take a break, we fool around :D


When it's time to pump, good thing there's a room backstage.


And sadly, I have to throw away the milk coz, face it, I was all sweaty and the weather was hot. Not the ideal situation to keep the milk.


How I wish I'm at home right now. Uh, back to work!

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

EBM 101

Since I appeared in Nona, I got quite a lot of questions regarding how I handle the expressed breast milk (EBM). Fret not, coz I'm gonna tell you all about it.

At work I usually manage to pump a full bottle of milk, that's about 12oz.

It's more than enough for Raees while I'm at work the next day. My mother would warm about 3oz per serving (I believe he could drink more but he doesn't really like the bottle).

Sometimes I also pump at night after I get back from work. I would get another 4-5 oz, which I will keep in the freezer for storage. Labelling really helps coz I'm able to keep track in case the EBM expires (after 3 months).

Because I don't pump on weekends, the frozen EBM are usually used on Mondays. I would bring down 2-3 packs from the freezer to the fridge on Sunday night to thaw the milk. Of course the frozen EBM are also used when I go for outstation assignments.


Many also asked about my diet to be able to produce a lot of milk. Honestly, I don't know what I did right coz I eat just about anything. I love snacks since who knows when. Chocolates, cookies, icecreams...those are the kinna food I couldn't live without. Can't do work without munching something. I even have a cookie in my other hand right now ;)


However, I was told that by drinking a lot of water, specifically milk, might help. I'm not a big fan of plain milk so I have it a form that I love best...hot chocolate! I have it every morning and evening, just like how people have tea/coffee on a daily basis.


So that's about it. That's how I make sure my baby boy has more than enough breastmilk :)

Half A Year Old!!

Wow...time must've taken the jet coz it flew really fast!

My boy, Raees Aryan, is exactly 6 months old today! Woohoo! I don't know how to describe how amazing the past half year has been. All that comes to mind over and over again is this line from Will Smith - Crazy joy, when I see the eyes of my baby boy :)


What did we get him for his half year birthday, you ask? Well, check it out...

It has been quite difficult feeding Raees when he's on the lap coz he moves around a lot and hands like to wonder about (even dipped his fingers into his feeding bowl once). So it was high time we got him his own VIP seat.

Now Raees much calmer during meal time, it's a lot easier to feed him and he eats more too!

Happy 1/2 Birthday, Raees! Mommy loves you to bits!

xoxoxo

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sharing My Story

People say sharing is caring.

So I did my part of caring by sharing my breastfeeding experience at work on TV. FYI, here you see me going in to the make up room's changing room. That's where I go everyday to pump because of its cleanliness and privacy.

Also, I went in to pump for real. There was no ready milk for the shoot ;)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Coconut Tree Hairstyle

Look what mommy did to my hair!


Yes, I was shocked. Can you tell from the look on my face?

They say a picture tells a thousand words and sometimes just the right angle and the right timing could tell a totally different story.

Peekaboo! :P



Friday, February 19, 2010

Very Well-Behaved Little Pumpkin

Here I am taking part in an adult conversation...


Not that I understand what they were yapping about. Just looking at them with my big round eyes is enough to make their hearts melt (of course the pumpkin outfit helped).

Whose hearts, you say? Well, recently mommy's relatives from Bukit Tinggi, Indonesia came over. They stayed at our house for a few days and I was being the most obedient boy on the planet!


Usually I would be quite vocal at home. Not so much crying but more of discovering my voice by talking my language and shouting. But I don't do that when I meet unfamiliar faces.

Don't be surprise if you meet me one day and you don't hear a peep out of me. But you may carry me, I don't mind. I like to be carried around :) Just don't speak loudly or I'll cry for sure.


Anyways, I think I made my relative's trip to Malaysia an enjoyable one. Seriously! They really REALLY enjoyed my company although I didn't say much. I accompanied them to the museum and this auntie carried me ALL THE WAY. She must have really strong arms coz, believe it or not, I now weigh 9kg (and gaining fast)!

It's fun being the host, you know. However entertaining guests could be quite tiring too. Imagine having to control macho and look cute at the same time? Hehe! That's why I had a good night's sleep...


Oh yeah, I usually sleep sideways nowadays. It's much more comfortable and I sleep better too. I only wake up 2-3 times a night for milk :)

Before I forget, watch mommy on Nona this Sunday! She'll be sharing her breastfeeding experience and you get to see where she pumps milk at work. I'll be in it too ;)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

My Seperation Anxiety

I thought returning to work was difficult...but I got used to it.

I thought leaving Raees behind for a last-minute 6-days overseas assignment was difficult...well, it would've been if it wasn't canceled in the last minute.

I've been preparing for the inevitable. You know how I started Raees on solids early and looked for a one-night outstation assignment just to get a hang of things? Well, guess what...that particular assignment was postponed to another date that has yet to be determined.

So I now face the ULTIMATE outstation assignment, the one I've been slowly preparing for. Ladies and gentlemen, I'll be in Sabah for 6 days and the places I will be going don't promise cellphone coverage. Eeek!

I had a blast attending to Raees 24 hours a day during the 4-day CNY weekend. The thought of not being around him has been haunting me. How will he respond to my absence when he wakes up in the middle of the night and forced to drink from the bottle? Will he remember how to latch on to me when I get back?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Nona This Time

As some of you may know, Raees shoot for Drypers was made for two programmes on TV3. It was aired on WHI almost 2 months back and recently it was on again. This time as part of a 3-minute segment in Nona.

I've edited it accordingly. Check it out ;)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

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It's my thigh!!

No, I wasn't scalded with boiling water nor did I get stung by a swarm of bees.

It's an allergy - one of the worse I've had so far. My whole leg was affected - from my thighs to ankles.

You see, I was on assignment ala crocodile hunter. I spent the whole day shooting under Malaysia's very "cold" sunny weather that left me sweating like...erm...a pig?

Since the day before the assignment, I have had allergy that left me scratching, although it wasn't so bad. However on the day of the shoot, I noticed the red spots on my arms got bigger as the day progressed. Soon, 2 spots became 1 big one...3 spots ganged up and became a long red swelling spot. I was told it would get worse with sweat but I didn't think it would be this bad!

As far as I can remember, I first had this problem when I was about 8 years old. It lasted for about a month and didn't come back....until I had food poisoning during pregnancy.

It happened again after Raees arrived and this time was really bad as it attacked my face, neck, body...you name it.

Turns out I was allergic to the antibiotic. So the doctor prescribed a different kind of antibiotic, gave me allergy pills, 2 freakin' injections which I hated so much coz it hurt like crazy - and I was OK.

But I wasn't 100% cured though. The allergy still comes and goes as I'm still allergic to something but I don't know what! How frustrating is that? I went to a couple of clinics and all the doctors gave me were allergy medication and cream coz they couldn't figure out what I'm allergic to either. Urgh!

One of the culprit is prawn - so I've stayed away from that for many months already. But I still get the occasional red spots. I've ruled out other seafood and cats - what next?

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Makan Time!

Recently I received this from a Health Ministry person who was one of the guests for WHI.

It's very useful especially for me as I prepare Raees for solid food. I know it's best to wait til Raees is 6 months before introducing solids. However, I also know that it's considered OK to introduce it slightly earlier.

You see, I've started going out on assignments for Majalah 3.


At the moment I concentrate on Klang Valley assignments. Like it or not, eventually I have to go outstation and leave Raees behind :( Being an exclusively-breastfed baby and very particular about the freshness of his milk, it's almost impossible to leave Raees for even one night.


Sooo..I checked with Raees' pead and got the green light to introduce solid food at 5 months, 1 week young - that's just a few days before my trip.

What trip you say?

Well to start things off, I planned for a 2 day 1 night outstation assignment this week. It's so that I can SLOWLY get use to the idea of being away from Raees, my mom and Mer can get use to the idea of taking care of Raees in my absence and Raees getting used to the idea of me not being around for a while.

Now, MY MOM is particular about buying bottled baby food. So home made food it was for my little boy. I read and I read...

What to give, when and how much...everything was described clearly in my little guide book.

Most importantly...

Thank God the expressed breastmilk stock is still full in the freezer.

Equipped with guidelines from the Health Ministry and new feeding set...

...here's Raees having his first ever solid food - blended porridge with chicken and tomato.



Mind the shaky visual. A first time mom feeding her baby for the first time while holding a camera on the other hand :D

Friday, February 05, 2010

Crib Pals

I love hanging out at my crib! Although I'm the only child (for now), I have a bunch of colourful cool pals to keep me company.

Well, it began with just Giraffe and Monkey that mommy and daddy brought back from UK.

Mommy with newly-purchased Monkey. I was still in mommy's comfortable tummy.

Monkey got his own seat on the plane! Kesian Giraffe...it didn't get as much privilege.

Then mommy bought a lot of things from a pharmacy and got Padington Bear for free, that apparently originates from UK too. So the three got along quite well, while waiting for me to pop out.

But when I arrived, mommy and daddy's friends and family showered me with gifts, among which are more pals! Can you see me in this picture? Hehe..


So wanna hang out at my crib? ;)

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Scream!!

Raees doesn't like people talking loudly around him. He once cried when my aunt (who has a naturally loud voice) talked..hehe! The funny thing is, he also cried when he saw this video.



Imagine Raees doing this right beside your ear. Ouch!