Wednesday, December 17, 2014

EBM 2.0

The greatest joy for me is seeing my child grow healthy with 100% of my milk. So proud to see him so chubby and happy and it's all because of ME!

The nature of my work that requires me to go out station for many days got me all prepared with loads and loads of EBM. Lucky for me so far I didn't have to spend a night away from Razeen (except when he had jaundice). There was plan for the outdoor jungle assignment but it was later replaced by someone else.

Despite not going outstation, I still struggled to keep to the 2-3 hourly pumping at work. In fact at times it's difficult to do so every 3-4 hours.

There was a time I was so engorged, I got this much milk in 20 minutes!

That's about 17oz. My all time record. I myself can't believe I can hold that much milk inside me. Haha!

When I Instagram the photo above, I wrote in the caption,"I like to capture moments like this when susu tengah banyak. I will miss this when supply starts decreasing one day."

That happened like 1.5 months ago.

Because I didn't stick to the proper pumping schedule and left them boobies engorged a few times, naturally my body took it as a sign that it should reduce the amount of milk produced. Hence, my supply dropped.

I keep track of my EBM stock and November was the all time low.

Razeen usually takes the milk that was pumped at work one day before. So he always gets rather fresh milk. But November came and that's when the frozen EBM were finally utilised because I didn't pump enough at work.

Oh boy, he hates it all right! He would cry and cry and push the bottle away because he doesn't like the taste, I suppose.

It's normal for frozen EBM to taste a bit different. But I didn't think Razeen would reject it. Banyak kot! What am I gonna do with them if he doesn't take it? What will happen when I have to go for out station assignments?

Right now my mom is attempting to mix frozen and refrigerated EBM so that he doesn't experience the sudden change in taste. So far he still protests but gives in when he's really hungry.

Haiya, you make mommy worried you know. Minum laa Razeen! Mommy loves you very much *muax*

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Monday, November 03, 2014

Babywearing 2.0

I first put Raees in the sling when he was around 7 months old. He was a big baby (maybe the reason why I looked much skinnier than I am now?).

With experience comes confidence. So Razeen got accustomed to the sling much earlier than his big brother. But I was still not confident wearing him when his neck wasn't strong enough...until recently.

Last weekend we had our first family outing while babywearing and Razeen didn't complain at all. Since he's considerably young, I wear him with his hands in. He actually enjoyed being carried around...

He was so comfortable that he actually fell asleep. This never happened with Raees before.

For those inexperienced, wearing the ring sling like this might look complicated. But it isn't really once you follow the instructions carefully, which is vital for comfort and safety.

1. Close enough to kiss
How do you determine if the baby's position is right? If you can kiss him effortlessly, you're on the right track.

2. M-shaped legs
How do you know he's seated correctly and safely? The baby's bum must be lower than his knees. So from the back his legs look like the letter M.

3. Ring position
Before putting the baby in the sling, position the ring higher close-to-your-shoulder high. As you adjust the baby, the ring will eventually slide down. If you start off with the ring at just the right position, it will end up too low.

4. Snug and safe
With the baby in position, tighten the sling by pulling the extra cloth you see hanging at the side. Wear him tight and snug. Not only this ensures safety but most importantly both wearer and 'wearee' are comfortable!

These are just basic guidelines to babywearing with the ring sling. For more info on babywearing on various carriers, get this book called 'Babywearing Made Simple' by my friend, Adriana Thani aka Glam Mama ;)

And no, I wasn't paid to write this post :)

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Sunday, November 02, 2014

How To Choose Blusher For Your Skin Tone?

Every woman knows that blushers enhance a person’s facial feature into a more refresh healthy look.  For many of us, picking the right blusher colour to fit our skin tone may be one of the biggest challenges because the wrong one will completely ruin your makeup look. 

The challenge for women is getting more difficult with the wide range of blusher shades available in the market. The usages of blusher are meant to let woman have that subtle natural looking face without much effort. 

There are various tips for women to follow in selecting the right colour of blusher according to their skin tone. For the fair skin tone ladies, remember that lighter is better to enhance the softness of your face. The colours of blusher suitable for fair skin are the pink shade blush and the peach shade ones. Apply the blusher onto the apple of your cheeks and blend it toward the temple. 

The next tip is for the majority ladies in our country which have medium toned skin. Compared to the fair skin tone blusher choices, medium skin tone women should opt for a rosey pink or deep peach colour to make you look ashen. This is because if you choose a darker blusher colour, you will end up looking like a clown or look frosty. 

Blend the colour perfectly on your cheek using a beauty brush or sponge to make it settle well. The technique of blending helps women to get that natural flushed shimmer without having to put in much effort. 

For the darker skin tone ladies, opt for a champagne shade or cinnamon blusher colour to enhance the face features perfectly in front of others. Gently apply the blusher and blend it towards your hairline for better effect. In addition to make your cheeks glow, remember to highlight it with a shimmer gold colour for a stunning look. 

If you are interested in purchasing new blushers to add into your makeup kit at home, check out a wide range of blushers online at ZALORA from various local and international brands.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Full Time Working Mother Of Two

You know how people would say, you get totally excited about everything with your first born. The second child onwards are simply...well, been there done that.

Not for me. The 5-year gap got me just as excited with every smile, giggle, cry, name it.
And I was super excited when I witnessed Razeen rolling over for the first time. That happened when he just turned 3 months.
Quite early to be turning over, no?
And he shows no signs of slowing down. He's beginning to lift his bum as if attempting to crawl.
Don't grow up too fast, Razeen! You just turned 4 months which I think is already quite fast. You just can't wait to play with your big brother, huh?
Now that Razeen's neck is stronger, I'm more confident wearing him. There are times when he would be clingy, so out comes the good old ring sling.
So far I've been using the sling only at home. One thing I'm looking forward to is our first outing while babywearing!

But one thing I'm totally not looking forward to is my first outstation assignment leaving my kids (and husband) behind. That's happening in a couple of weeks time. And it's going to be one of the more challenging assignments too.

Let me give you a hint...


I'm not ready for this. But thank God my EBM stock is.

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Double Celebration For The RAs

* This is a super delayed post. Wrote it much earlier but haven't forgot to finish it off. 
Sorry hope tak basi! *

We held a double celebration in National Day to celebrate both our children...
I arranged everything virtually - searched and ordered things online and over the phone. Based on sample photos, Razeen's mini dais turned out just as I imagined it to be...

His baju melayu was a last minute thing. My mom made it and finally completed just the night before.
So he was matchy2 with his daddy and brother.

Then there was the birthday part of the event. Based on ideas and photos, our event organiser created a dessert table just as what I had in mind.

It was music, black and white theme for Raees...

And for the kids, I got these beautiful yummy cake pops, also something I discovered online..
It was a simple celebration with close family and friends, some of whom I haven't met in a long time.

The thing about being a mother of two, I hardly get the chance to snap photos of the event.

Hence this post is missing the cake cutting, the arabic buffet, the goodie bags (which I spent a lot of time sorting out in between nursing and running after Raees) and Raees! Notice he's no where in there? Haha!

I will need to look through the photos in the other camera and update this post soon!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

3 Months Milk Stash

My baby's 3 months already?! Ok, this is gonna happen a lot after each month comes by. But where did time go? Why is everything moving super fast? I'm not complaining though..just a thought :)

So this third month...besides the fact that Razeen is starting to turn, he fell sick for the first time :(

Fever, cough and flu...something he got from Raees. It broke my heart to hear my little boy coughing so hard and crying so loud. Alhamdulillah he is getting better now. And yes, now I got the flu.

So as you may know, I've been storing milk like nobody's business. Hey, you never know when I might have to go for a last minute one week long work trip somewhere !

Even during confinement I have suggested to my mom that we get a freezer for the milk. But she said there's no need..we can dedicate one tray in the deep freezer for the milk.

So what happens when one tray's full? I looked for space at the other parts of the deep freezer...

In between the food stored in there...any space I can find.

But it was just too full, so I started storing the the fridge freezer. It started off like this...

Which soon started falling off every time the freezer is opened as it was over stuffed.

Since my milk has conquered both freezers at home, only then mom agreed that we get that freezer just for my stash.

So I ordered a 120L chest freezer online and it was delivered to my doorstep.

We found a special corner for it upstairs....

It took me such a long time to sort out the milk as some dates were all mixed up. After about 2 weeks, finally my stash is organised...

And I never thought the freezer I bought couldn't hold ALL the milk. It was filled to the brim and some bags are still in the deep freezer in the kitchen.

So far I have around 250 packs of EBM, that's over 1000oz Alhamdulillah rezeki Razeen :)

Many have asked what I did to get an abundance of milk supply. I don't take any milk boosters. Honestly, although I don't pump as often as I should, my milk supply maintains itself. There may be a slight drop since I started work but not significant.

This is the record I've brought home so far...

That's about 26 oz. Mainly because I had a long day at work.

And that one time when I was chasing a deadline, I hardly got any sleep, my pumping schedule went haywire and Razeen only woke up once at night. I was engorged the next morning and this was what I got...

14 oz in one pumping record so far. But this is not a good practice! Engorgement will only send a signal to the body to reduce the milk supply.

There you have it, my milk story for the first 3 months. I wonder how it will be at 6 months? Hmm..

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Panda Baby

I love my job. Sure, sometimes I run into speed bumps that slow me down but in the end, my work is aired for the whole nation to view :)

My latest story for Majalah 3 will be aired at 9 pm today about the pandas that came to Malaysia. I started shooting this story back in November last year when I was 8 weeks pregnant.

I was with the Zoo Negara team in China as they started their familiarisation process with the pandas, Fu Wa and Feng Yi.

Feng Yi was still nursing her baby that time.

Shooting continued back in Malaysia. I went for a shoot even when I was heavily pregnant.

I was probably around 8 months pregnant that time.

There were only 2 occasions when I couldn't go for the shoot as it was too close to my due date and I was in confinement. Hence, my colleague helped cover for me.

When it was very close to my due date, I began editing the story at the comfort of my home.

And then I gave birth to Razeen...

While in confinement, I made arrangements to continue shooting with the pandas after my maternity leave.

So I met the two pandas on my very first day back at work.

Had the chance to meet the two pandas 'back stage' again.

I had 3 more days of shoot with the pandas before the whole story was finally done.

Photo taken with the crew and the zoo people after we wrapped...

We started planning this special feature before I got pregnant. Started shooting when I was 2 months pregnant. The story is finally going on air when Razeen is 3 months old. What a journey it has been!

So do catch it tonight! I promise you're gonna love the cute pandas. I know I do :)

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