Monday, November 29, 2010

Laughing BIG

I mentioned before that Raees has picked up quite a few new abilities after his fever. Well, here's another one that is bound to keep anyone smiling. This was when we were hanging out at the kitchen a couple of nights back and he decides to play peekaboo with us. Check out his BIG laugh too. Funny fella :)

Friday, November 26, 2010

An Evening At Sri Pentas

I visited mommy at work again! If before this all I could do was be carried around or just sit in the stroller...


Now that I can walk...boy, I was on the move!


As I explored mommy's office, I flashed a dashing smile to everyone I met although I didn't let them carry me or stop me from walking.


Mommy was patiently following me from behind as I inspected the place.


Then she got tired of walking (I wonder why my mommy pancit although I was still full of energy), she let me sit with her and play with the computer.


Oh, I love computers alright! But this one is bulkier than the ones I usually see. Nevertheless, I banged the keyboard and threw the mouse just for the fun of it.


As I got restless, we were on the move again. This time mommy brought me downstairs and checked out the 'aquarium' where the radio people work.


I don't know how many kilometers I walked within the 2 hours I was there. But I wasn't tired. Mommy says I can enter the Big Walk. Hehe! Oh well, I'm sure she's also looking forward for the day I can run.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

C Is For....Awww!

Since Raees recovered from the recent fever and tonsil infection, he has mastered many new abilities! First he talks...a lot! Besides the usual babble, he's like an echo repeating what we say. So we gotta watch our mouth when we speak around him. Among his favourite words...

Hello
Bye bye (very anthusiastically, in fact)
Dah (when he's done with milk)
Oh nooo! (i say that a lot especially when he throws/drops stuff. hence, terlekat)
Uh-ohh! (when he throws things on purpose)
Jatuh (he has learned to use the word above and this one together)
Kasut

Jangan

And one that cools the pregnant mother's tummy (sejuk perut ibu mengandung)...

Allah (when he watches zikir on TV or when people recite the doa)

He also makes animal sounds too. His favourite is when we say,"C is for...Cat" and he will automatically go "awwww" (male cat :P) In fact he would go meowing before we get to say 'cat'.

Besides that he loves to do the London Bridge...


Never a dull moment with my Raees around :)

Hair With A Mind Of Its Own

Raees wasn't born with thick hair. Even after a few months, his hair was still showing slight baldness. That's why I decided to let his hair grow as long as possible. I didn't even get his head shaved after aqiqah. I was even worried that too much was cut during the cukur jambul ceremony.

Months went by and his hair slowly showed progress. It has always been manageable...until it grew a lil too long! Raees' hair at the front and sides fall nicely, quite neat actually. But the back, OMG, has a mind of its own! They curl like nobody's business.

It also makes his head appear big(ger) as his hair curls outwards. Even when he scratched his head, his hair would get tangled between his fingers. As I play with his hair, I couldn't help doing this...

Now that's a little coconut tree on his head, unlike before.

Anyways, Mer and me decided that we will get his hair trimmed although we were not in a hurry. My mother on the other hand raised the idea a few times before coz she also couldn't stand looking at Raees' unruly hair. So one day I said, "OK lah, we'll give him a haircut."

The next day as I came back from work, waddaya know...

Me mama has got them long unruly curly locks trimmed!

Now Raees' hair is manageable again and no more tangles, although it doesn't feel as soft as before. Maybe coz that time there were some remnants of his newborn hair?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Good Deed Returned

When I was at Dubai International Airport for transit on the way back from Syria, my friends and I had Burger King breakfast. Just as we were seated, we noticed a mobile phone on the table behind ours. We were quite sure the owner was gonna come back to get it, so we passed it to the BK staff.

True enough, about 15 minutes later an Indian guy came searching high and low around the table. We told him that the phone was given to the restaurant staff. It was a happy ending indeed.

When I was younger, I read a book about passing on a good deed. You know, if you do something good to this person, then the other person does a good deed for someone else. Then that someone else also passes on the good deed over to another person. You get what I mean right? It goes on and on, until eventually the whole world lives happily ever after. The end.

But in today's world, what are the odds of that happening, kan?

OK, I know my intro is quite long, so I'll get on with my story.

About two weeks ago, my little family and met Thara's little family over Burger King dinner. It was fun seeing Raees and Aydein socialising with each other as the mothers share toddler related stuff and the fathers share work things.

Aydein was quite quiet that day, just pointing to what he wants and eating away. Raees on the other hand was quite noisy and was being cheeky at times.Then he went walking around the restaurant with buddy Aydein. When it was time to go back, I had my handbag and Mer carried Raees. We double checked our table to ensure we didn't leave behind anything.

It was close to midnight when Mer wanted to snap a picture of Raees and realised the camera was not in the room. He went to the car to look for it...not there.

We retraced our steps...rewind...

The mothers and toddlers were at a closed area in BK as the boys walked about.

The fathers came over with our stuff, ready to go back...

Mer snapped pictures of us as we said our goodbyes...

Then Mer put down the camera, carried Raees and we walked out of the restaurant before doing a double check at our table.

Oh shoooot...as he put down the camera, neither of us picked it up!

Mer was devastated knowing very well the chances of finding it was almost zero. On the other hand, I kept an optimistic mind and said,"have faith that someone found it and will return it to us."

The very next morning we went to the restaurant and as Mer expected, the camera was no where to be found. I left my number and asked them to call me once they find it.

They never called :(

One week later while I was in quarantine for chicken pox, I received this message on Facebook...

OMG! OMG! OMG!

I called her instantly just to make sure. She works at BK and found the camera but didn't leave it at the restaurant because there's a possibility it might get lost. She didn't know how to return it to the owner until her mother noticed me from the pictures in the camera!

OMG! What are the odds of that happening??

The next day, Mer went over to BK and retrieved our precious camera from her. Alhamdulillah..it's back it our hands! He also met the manager, told him we will write a letter to their company to acknowledge the staff and officially thank them.

The moral of the story is, always take care of your valuable items and always do good to others as one day others will do good to you. Notice how one good deed at BK in Dubai was returned with another good deed at BK in Malaysia? ;)

Monday, November 15, 2010

So Near Yet So Far

That's me hiding under the covers in the guest room where I've been since 5 Nov. As of today, I'm still there thanks to the mild chicken pox. Mild as it may seem, it takes forever for the very few spots to dry!

As I mentioned before, Raees wasn't in the best of health just after I began quarantine. He had fever which I feared could develop into chicken pox. A visit to his doctor confirmed that his tonsils were the problem. He had trouble eating and drinking for about 2 days, most probably because of his tonsils. His fever was on and off...

He was clingy and cranky most of the time til my mom had to wear the sling in the house to carry him around to keep him quiet. All the while I could only listen to his cries and whines and hope so badly that he will stop and continue laughing like he always had.

My mother and Mer had a difficult time with Raees, especially with me forced into isolation. Alhamdulillah, the antibiotics he took worked and he was fever-free a few days later. Just a bit of cough and runny nose, which the doctor said will go off by itself.

Because he was well, the doctor also said he could finally get his chicken pox vaccination! As soon as he got back from the jab, I was confident enough to be close to him. Imagine, I had to avoid him for a week! When I finally had him in my arms and look at him properly, he was noticibly thinner. In fact, his weight went below the 11kg mark. It used to reach 11.5kg.

Even with the vaccination, I still haven't started breastfeeding directly as there is one spot pretty close to where the milk resides that is still not totally dry. I'm still sleeping in the guest room downstairs and I don't know when I will be able to go back to work or whether I get to spend Hari Raya Haji like everyone else.

But what matters now is, I get to be with my boy again :)

Monday, November 08, 2010

In Isolation

It is definitely frustrating hearing your child cry out loud but even more when you can't be there to comfort him. All you can do is listen and hope the crying stops soon.

That's what I'm going through now. No, I'm not on assignment somewhere. I'm just downstairs.

Ladies and gentlemen, my worse fears came through...I have chicken pox. For the first time in my life.

From what I read, the pox will happen after about 2 weeks of being in contact with the infected person. Well, it was exactly 2 weeks after being in the car with my brother that I saw the early sign of the pox.

The weird thing is, I saw some pimple-like spots before I had the temperature. I wasn't able to resist, so I popped one of em! Little did I know that very same night I felt feverish and started checking my body for spots. I found another fluid filled on my back but it wasn't itchy. I instantly went to the nearest clinic to confirm it.

It was the early sign of chicken pox so I was prescribed antiviral medication to help lessen the symptoms and hope it will stop all together.

It was probably 1am by the time I got back from the clinic. Raees was still awake, playing and waiting for milk to put himself to sleep. I didn't dare go near him although the doctor said he most probably have contracted it already. I kept my distance anyway and spent the night in the guest room downstairs. I pumped some milk before going to bed.

I couldn't sleep well that night. I even woke up at 6am when I heard Raees cry as Mer brought him down to get the milk in the fridge. I almost cried listening to his cry :( but the worse was yet to come.

In the day, it was nice listening to Raees laugh and play happily. Lucky thing his mood was OK despite me not being there with him. I was so tempted to join him in his play room just like how I do everyday. I had to resist.

One day later (or yesterday rather), Raees had the temperature. He didn't sleep well because of his stuffy nose. And tonight I was awaken by his cry which went on for about half an hour. Real loud. Not good at all.

Many things are going through my mind right now as I'm writing this at 5am. Did he fall? Does he have the spots? I'm pretty sure its because of his stuffy nose again. I would have to wait till morning comes to find out. If only i could go over to him and wrap him in my arms :(

I shall be visiting the doctor again to see if I can return to work today. But looking at the way things are, I doubt it. I still have spots, although not as many. The antiviral worked! But I only had enough for one day. So yesterday I saw a few new spots appearing but not full blown pox. Phew!

Now with Raees having a temperature, I have to prepare for the inevitable. The visit to his doctor in the morning hopefully will give him a head start in controlling the infection, if any. Because he too was in close contact with my brother just before he had his full blown pox.

*sigh*

It surely is a trying time for my family. I pray that everything will turn out fine soon enough.

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Monday, November 01, 2010

Sleep-Deprived Mom

If you follow me on twitter, you may notice similar tweets for a few days already. It's all about Raees and his sleep. The past week hasn't been easy! He kept Mer and me awake in the middle of the night that really drained the energy out of us. Here are some of the tweets...

Can't take it anymore. Too sleepy. But @ is wide awake.

My boy is still awake and wants to play! Penat nak kejar. Only Grover, Elmo and friends can get him to stay still.

Raeeeees..sleeplahhh..almost 130am and mommy has to work tmrw.

Layan sesame street. The only way to keep my boy from walking about in the middle of the night as he refuses to zzz.

After 2 sesame street DVDs, @ is finally falling asleep! Man, tonight was really tough. 2 hrs to get to this point!

Been kept awake since 3 hrs ago by youknowwho...he's still awake btw. Tmrw dah la i will be on air Whi! Gonna look like crap..

As many are about to start their day, I make do with the next 2 hrs of sleep. Youknowwho still awake, passed to me mama already. Gnite all..

Sleep deprived :( someone woke up at 230am and finally slept at 8am.

again, i've been forced to wake up at 4am coz of my boy. this time, migrain attack at the same time. why oh why don't you wanna sleep?

as far as i remember, out of 4 nights raees woke up in the middle of the night 3 times and stayed awake til morning

But when the weekend came, it was a totally different story. Although Raees slept around 12-1am, he had 11-12 hours of sleep!

Yeah raees n me just woke up :D RT such a nice cooling saturday morning. im sure lotsa ppl take the opportunity to be in bed ;). i cant afford to do so unfortunately

Wanna get out of bed but my boy is leaning on me, sleeping so comfortably. So I'll just lie down a lil longer. Hello sweet Sunday the 31st!

For the last 1 week, @ slept properly only when I don't work the next day. I'm suppose to sleep in now but can't..

And today, as the new work day begins..so did the sleep issues.

Melayan raees who is as energised as an energizer bunny at 130am. Thanks to the half hour nap in the car tonight. Apa lagi...elmooooo!

This almost always happens when I have to work in the morning. Aaaaargh!

Almost 3am and still trying to get @ to sleep! And it's Monday. Work awaits..

Having just learn how to walk, he is prone to accidents. Being sleepy parents, we had to find a way to get him to stay put. Hence, Sesame Street and the stroller. Who knew you would have sleepless nights even when your child has reached toddlerhood?