Monday, March 29, 2010

From New Zealand With Love (Part 1)

Hello from lovely New Zealand! It's my third night in here already and I'm enjoying the trip alright ;)

The first night I was here I had my first uninterrupted sleep in 7 months. Maybe it's because I was very exhausted after the 10 and a half hour flight. I slept so soundly that I overslept the next morning!


Over here I rely on my good old manual pump instead of the automated one. For several reasons really..

1. It's light weight. The automated one is quite bulky to bring around.

2. It's easier to pump in uncovered places i.e in the car/bus. All I do is cover up with my scarf/shawl and pump away.

3. I don't need to worry about batteries running out.

4. It's quieter so I don't draw unwanted attention.

Of course the manual pump can't compare to the automated pump's ability to pump more milk in shorter time.

It's quite a struggle to find time and place to pump here especially with the nature of my work that requires me to move around a lot.


You know, yesterday I took a flight from Auckland to Blenheim (south of New Zealand) early in the morning and went on two boat rides. I flew back to Auckland in the evening.

Today I had shoots at 4 different places and travelled from Auckland to Tauranga by car. The distance is like KL to Melaka via coastal road. Best thing about the drive is the view...


There are many more beautiful pictures in my camera, which I will share when I get back home.

Speaking of home, here's an update on my boy, Raees. The first night without me wasn't easy. He woke up hungry and it took a while to warm up the thawed milk from the fridge. I guess he was so used to getting his fresh milk fast, he got really upset.

Things were better on the second night, but not the third night though. Hope tonight will be much better. Hang in there my dear :(

So many days left, so many places to go and so many things to see! Uh, so much work to do too. Til next time...

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Leaving Soon

I will be leaving for NZ tomorrow night and I haven't even packed nor get some essential things for the trip. So unprepared, kan? But what I've definitely prepared very, very well is the expressed breast milk for Raees.


Usually it doesn't go further than the door.


Now the frozen EBM has taken over the top shelf of the freezer.


Only the best for my boy :)

Although I will be away, I will try my best to update this blog or at least twit.

It's gonna be a fun trip! If only Raees could join me...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Let's Sit!

For so many weeks I was swaying when being put in the sitting position. But now, not anymore! Hooray!

Hey, we're about the same height!

Now I am able see things in a whole new perspective. I can reach more things and I don't mind playing with my toys on my own.

And when we're at restaurants, I don't need to stay in the stroller while everyone else eats nor do I need to be carried while mommy and daddy take turns eating. I can now sit in my own chair and be at the same level with them. Mommy and daddy have to keep an extra eye on me in case I grab things on the table though. I have very fast hands, you know.

The best thing about being able to sit steadily is I get to play here...

Everyone knows I LOVE water. Having my own pool is like a dream come true for me! And I have many, many colourful things I get to play with.

It's so much fun! I didn't feel like getting out even though there were wrinkles on my feet. I never knew playing outdoors in my birthday suit was this great!

Can you see the joy on my face? :D

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Do The Math

Did I ever tell you that math was my favourite subject in school? Because of that I would like to share a lil math with you. Shall we?

[ (20/4) x 9 ] - 12 = 33

20 is the estimate amount of milk Raees drinks in a day. He drinks an average of 4 oz per serving/pack.

I'll be overseas for 9 days (instead of 10 as I mentioned before).

I had 12 packs of expressed breast milk stored in the freezer initially.

I need to get 33 packs before I leave for my assignment or face the concequences - Raees will have to be given formula milk.

As some of you may know, I've started pumping all out for the past one and a half weeks using an automated pump. How am I doing now, you ask?

Well, you see, erm...hmmm...I need a total of 45 packs all together (5 packs x 9 days).

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46 packs!

Yes, I have achieved my target! And YESSS, Raees doesn't have to drink formula while I'm away! Woohoo! Thank you to my good friend, Munirah, for lending me the automated pump (which I eventually purchased from her).

I still keep the momentum going although there's enough EBM for my handsome boy. The more the merrier, right? ;)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Shoot In Progress

I'm spending the whole day at a studio in KL for a photoshoot and video shoot.


It's nice to get away from the office once in a while. But it's not all fun and games here. I need to repeat simple lines over and over again which took quite some time.

But exactly 1pm I took time off and headed for the changing room...


...with my trusted big black bag in tow. I bet you can figure out what I was doing there.

In the effort to stock up expressed breast milk for Raees, to prepare for my overseas assignment, my friend Munirah lend me her automated pump.


My, my..it made my life SO easy. Right now I'm slowly reaching the target amount of EBM that I need. Still struggling though but where there's a will there's a way. Wish me luck!

Ok, back to work ;)

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wearing My Boy

Everytime we bring Raees out, say to the shopping complexes, we would usually bring along the stroller. When situations are not suitable for a stroller, we would simply carry him.

Being a big boy (9.3kg and growing) it definitely does get very tiring. When he was younger I used the carrier. I only used it that one time coz it felt quite difficult to put him in and take him out of it.

Then I got my very own ring sling...

Now I get to carry him around (hands free) with ease! Don't we look like mommy and baby kangaroo? :D

I haven't used it outside the house just yet. My mother raised her concerns about Raees having to spread his legs in the sling - since he's not able to walk yet and afraid that he might end up being bowlegged (walk terkangkang).

I understand that much younger babies can be put in this type of sling, with legs spread. I googled around and found no evidence of sling babies being bowlegged.

Even so, is there a reason to be concern?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Auntie Syu Syu

I recently met Auntie Syu Syu, a friend of mommy and daddy's. The first time we met was at the hospital when I made my debut and the last time we met was during my aqiqah. That time we didn't have the chance to miggle that much. So last weekend I finally met her again and we instantly clicked!

I don't know why my hands were drawn to her. The first thing I did was grab her face/hair (whichever I can get first). I'm not usually like this with people I'm not familiar with. But with her...


You see, Auntie Syu Syu is the person who got mommy and daddy together or what mommy calls 'cupid'. Hmmm..I thought cupids are naked flying boys with a bow and arrow? Hehehe..

Maybe that's why I like her. She's the person who is somewhat responsible for my very existance on this planet! :D

Thank you Auntie Syu Syu!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Nursing In Public

I was wearing a caftan style attire recently and suddenly had the confidence to nurse in public. That's a first for me...

When I'm out, I would usually find a place to feed Raees or just make sure he is filled before we go out. But that day, I just took a seat at the corner of the kopitiam and went ahead with it :)

On Your Mark, Get Set...

Peekaboo, it's me!

I had the best weekend! Mommy and daddy brought me out to many places. I saw many interesting places and met many people. So much to share but first...I'm happy to say I can now get up on my hands and knees and do a little dance!

Mommy likes to comment ala American Idol and say, "the energy is there, the effort is there. All that's left is to start moving!"

Hmm...soon, mommy. Soon. When that day comes, I bet you'll be tired chasing after me. In the mean time, just enjoy my dance. I know I did :D


Thursday, March 11, 2010

A Challenge Awaits

I'll be overseas for 10 days.

It's pretty much confirmed this time. As great an experience that will be, I'm very worried that I might not be able to stock up enough breast milk for Raees. I haven't been able to replenish the frozen milk back to its original amount after my 3-day Sabah assignment.

From the last experience, Raees needs about 20oz a day. Right now the stocked up milk I have is enough for about 4 days only. Lucky thing I've been given ample time to prepare as I won't be leaving until 2 weeks time. I am gonna have to pump like crazy!

I have a formula on standby since 5 months ago. It's great that it is left untouched. But will this 10-day trip force it to finally be used?

I hope not.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Post Mandi Time

I love bath time with Raees as it is his favourite time of the day. However nowadays it's getting more and more difficult to get him dressed.

I guess every parent experience the same thing, right?

Just look at my boy..tak sempat2 nak get up and put things into his mouth.


I wonder how it will be like when he can walk. We'll be chasing him around the house maybe? :)

Monday, March 08, 2010

Perhaps A Mother-Son Duet?

I love singing.

Not that I'm saying I am good at it..I just like it. I even went karaoke a few times when I was pregnant. But I didn't attempt to reach the high notes back then coz I had a friend who went into early labour after singing her heart out in a round of karaoke.

At 4 months pregnant

Anyways, nowadays we make Raees sleep by singing a lullaby and it seems my boy has picked up my lil hobby! Can you guess what song he's singing?

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Mommy's Home!

Oh it's so great to be back home! However I wasn't greeted with a smile or laughter from Raees...



I'm guessing he fell asleep thinking when mommy will be back. Hehe..

Well, wonder no more my dear! Just wake up and I'll be there :)

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Island Girl

We switched boats after the engine breakdown and reached Pulau Matanani, Sabah at night time. Did I mention how mesmerized I was when I first reached the island? The sky was just filled with stars!

As some of you may have guessed, I was a little bit teared up thinking about Raees. It was the first time I slept without him. Thought I could sleep soundly, but to no avail. I think I woke up as often as I did when I'm at home feeding Raees in the middle of the night.

The next morning I saw just how beautiful the island really is.






Honestly, this is the first time I really felt living the kampung life.



Our host, Pak Enggu, has 9 kids! Imagine that. Only 3 of them live at home - all of whom are girls.






The house is very simple yet cosy. Not much cockroach problem. Only 1 or 2 occasionally appear but I could still tolerate it. Plus, they don't fly. Phew!

I stayed in a room together with his 19-year-old daughter, Fazillah.



The room can fit a queen size bed just nicely. Only one dim light to keep the room lighted at night. Minimal, but cosy.

Anyways, I'm very particular about toilets and thankfully, although there's only one bathroom in the house, it was very well maintained and clean.

Get this - electricity is switched off at 6am til 6 pm everyday in the village. If I knew this I would've blowdried my hair earlier :D

Because they don't have electricity in the day, the villagers spend a lot of time outdoors.






The young guys would bring along battery operated minihifi and blast some jiwang songs.



We took a break during the shoot and the girls decided to bring me to a nearby resort. Nearby for them is half an hour walk away.



But I enjoyed our little trip. The view was amazing along the way. The place we ended up at is called Dugong Beach and it's simply beautiful!








I also made the effort to pump milk (and throw). Today I managed to do it 4 times. I know it's not the ideal number of pumps, but the situation doesn't allow me to do it more often. I was out shooting at a fishermen island the whole day, you know.



It's my last night here and I kept playing Raees' videos over and over. Can't wait to see him :)

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Journey To Pulau Matanani Begins

We began our boat ride to Pulau Matanani, Sabah after getting some rice and vegetable at Kota belud to give to Pak Enggu, our host and owner of the boat that would bring us there.



Everything seemed fine until 10 minutes later..the engine died.



As Pak Enggu struggled to repair the engine he went on and on,"tiba2 saja mati enjin!"

With night time coming real soon, I could still hear the sound of tools and the wave banging on the boat, rocking the boat from side to side.

I'm not experiencing sea sick...yet.

Hey, guess what?

About half an hour stranded, I was just informed we'll be going back to the jetty to get help to get to the island.



Boat being towed...

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Mommy's At The Airport

Raees dear,


Mommy left for the airport this morning while you were sleeping. I'm glad I managed to feed you just before I left.

At first mommy was suppose to go to Sabah for 6 days. Plans changed and mommy will be there for 3 days only.

It's difficult leaving you behind for the first time. I try not to think of it too much and concentrate on work instead. But it's not that easy.

Be good, my darling. See you soon.


Love,
Mommy

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