Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Party From Another 1-Year-Old's View

I may not be able to write about Raees' birthday party from here but do check out this entry by fellow blogger Aydein, (Thara's boy) at http://tharasofian.blogspot.com/2010/09/very-merry-birthday.html

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

Hello From Syria!

My journey from KLIA to finally settle down at the hotel took about 24 hours! Crazy! But I saw many interesting sights along the way.


Cantik kan? Very hot too! Bet I'll be tan when I get back.

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Party & Run

Can't help feeling like I'm doing a hit and run. I threw Raees a birthday party and at the end of the day I leave him behind as I make my way to Syria for 10 days.

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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DIY Blocks

I never knew you can make your own blocks. You know, the kind we kids like to stack, throw and destroy? Well, mommy sure had her hands full making them from scratch. Design and printing wasn't so bad. But when it came to cutting it out from the cardboard, well that kept her occupied for so many hours!

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...

Even by the sliding door for some daylight...

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!

Although it looked pretty much done, she said they are not entirely complete yet. What else mommy?? I wonder why she went through all the trouble?

Friday, September 24, 2010

High Time For A New Look

As I'm writing this, this is how my blog looks like...

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 :)

Travelling: Manual vs. Auto Pump

As I mentioned earlier, I will be on assignment overseas very soon. During the one-week trip I will be travelling around the country at 4 different cities.

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.

Manual Pump

Advantages:
- light weight
- can easily fit in my handbag

Disadvantages:
- single pump (time consuming)
- can't multitask

Automatic Pump

Advantages:
- double pump (faster)
- although I'm using PIS, I have a trick to do it hands-free (multitasking!)

Disadvantages:
- 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

Social Skills

You know, it's difficult being around adults all the time. They're just a lot bigger than me! When I see kids around, I couldn't help but stare at them as they play, run , laugh and scream. Can't wait til I can do that myself.

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.

Mommy said I will get to 'attend' one soon. Yay! I can't wait :)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Going Over The Seas - Again


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... :)

Future Hari Raya Dilemma?

Mer has 5 siblings, 3 of whom are married. All together there are 5 grandchildren in this family. Meriah kan?

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!

The Yellow Tractor & The Acrobat

I've always wondered why kids enjoy those rides that you often see at shopping malls. You know, the kind that goes back and forth, back and forth...Such simple thing and yet you see kids occupying it most of the time. Now that I have a child of my own, who walks and at times run (over confident although still going around with an 'L' license), I get what all the fuss was about.

My little family went shopping for toys and a few of them rides were stratigically located outside the toystore. We thought, what the heck, just let Raees give it a go. However he is underage still...

So we just let him play around on the stationary ride (save RM1 too). He was over the moon! He stood..

He squat..

He greet the guy beside him..

After a while we thought it was time to go. Mer carried him out and he protested a little. Then a small girl came running into the yellow tractor. That's when the water works and wailing started. The girl's mommy took her out of the ride coz kesiankan Raees. Haha.. tak macholah, Raees.

So he continued playing a while more, with tears still in his eyes...

This place we were at isn't very stroller friendly as we needed to go on the escalators quite a number of times to get from one place to another. Since we were heading home, I put Raees in his sling. Being a lil hungry and restless, he decided to do acrobatics...

No, I wasn't posing. I was actually asking Mer to help!

Usually I wear him with his hands outside. But since he couldn't stop doing acrobatics, I had to raise the sling and keep his hands inside. Very tiring trying to put the 11kg boy in the sling that time. Once he was secure and we started moving, he was all calm again. Phew!

This is one of those family day out over the weekend. I foresee it will get more interesting as Raees grows, kan? :)

Monday, September 20, 2010

My Little Walker

Raees has been crawling for a long time. If I recall correctly, he has been crawling for 4 months already. He didn't show much signs of walking. But once he did, he progressed quite fast!

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

Sleepy Hari Raya

The night before Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Raees decided to sleep at 1.30am. Thought he was gonna wake up slightly later so that us parents can get ready with our nicely prepared raya attire. But noooo..he decided to wake up at 7.45am.

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...

Siap clap lagi tu!

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.

Holding tight to the duit raya he received before leaving the house

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).

My in-laws. Notice the kopiah MIA already?

After Friday prayers we were off to another house. By the time we left that place, it was 2.45pm and Raees showed signs of crankiness.

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

Sparkling Birthday

Did I tell you I love birthdays? Oh yes, I did! Well, daddy celebrated his birthday last week! He wouldn't tell me how 'old' he is though. That morning mommy and me surprised him with presents and birthday cards from each of us.

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...

...6 teeth! And counting!

Daddy's been concerned about my dental cleanliness eversince I cut my first tooth. Well, with 6 teeth, I am ready to get them brushed alright!

Everyday, just like a king (or maybe more than a king) I sit back with my book while mommy brushes me teeth.

I don't know why I like to bite the brush. Could be because I'm still teething. 2 more are waiting to come out! Geramnya...grr..