Monday, January 20, 2014

Goodbye Snowy

This is a tribute to Snowy, my 5 year old male Persian cat that left us recently...

He was born in October 2008. His mom, Paris Jr., delivered him in our home.

Another cat of ours, Chewie, also delivered about the same time. So we had 7 newborn kittens that time. It was madness!

Of course we couldn't keep them all. We had 5 adult cats already. Furthermore a few months later I found out I was pregnant with Raees. So the kittens were given away one at a time.

Among all, Snowy stood out as the cutest among all the kittens. The colour of his fur was light orangey-yellow, the lightest colour of them all. Hence, my brother named him Snowy.

We had to keep him. At least we had a third generation to represent Paris' family in the house.

All the other cats, Paris, Leia, Harry, Paris Jr and Chewie had their fair share of staying in the house. So they had close contact with us. But when Snowy came, I was pregnant and there were just too many of them to let roam free in the house. So a cat house was built. The cats were no longer allowed in - except the kitchen.

Snowy spent most of his time outdoors. When he was growing up, he didn't get much contact with us.

Plus, there was a new baby in the house, Raees. Naturally more attention was given to him.

So Snowy grew up being very close to his mom, aunts, uncle and grandma.

A couple of weeks back, Snowy seemed very weak and breathed heavily. We brought him to the nearby vet and the doctor said his bladder was hard. A sign he didn't pee for a long time. Blood came out when the doctor drained it.

The doctor confirmed that his kidney was damaged. After being warded for 5 days, Snowy was allowed home. Doctor also said he'll have incontinence for a couple of weeks but will recover soon. He had to be on kidney supplements his whole life.

The photo above was taken the day he came back home, the last photo taken of him. Sure enough, his behind was wet as he couldn't control his bladder. My maid took good care of him while he was sick. Feeding him medicine and washing his behind everyday. Soon Snowy was walking around the house like his usual self.

Then last Saturday when we were having breakfast in the kitchen, I heard a commotion. My maid said she heard Snowy 'scream' and found him laying weak on the floor. She saw maggots at his legs. It was so bad that his bone was exposed.

My brother and I brought him to the vet again. In the car, I thought I heard him breathe rather loud for about 4-5 times.

And then there was silence.

I had a bad feeling. But I didn't dare to peep in the carrier. Just wanted to get to the vet ASAP.

As we got in the vet and registered, I dared myself to peep. I didn't see any movement. I told the doctor of my fears and quickly brought him in.

Doctor took his lifeless body out of the carrier.

Snowy's gone.

But what shocked me the most was the extend of the infection. As the doctor lifted Snowy's lifeless legs, what I saw might just haunt me forever.

Almost the whole bottom half of his abdomen was severed.

Maggots everywhere.

The doctor said the maggots attacked his blood vessels. That's most probably why we didn't notice it. And they were very aggressive. The infection moved very fast. With Snowy's weak immune system that time, he didn't stand a chance.

We brought him home. His uncle, Harry looked upon the carrier when we brought Snowy's body back and as he was buried in our backyard.

I'm just glad he is no longer suffering.

Goodbye Snowy. You've been a good cat.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

5 Years Later

The world is moving so fast nowadays that so much can happen in 5 years. So much can CHANGE in 5 years. And I really felt it with this pregnancy. The experience is quite different for me this time around. One thing that made it all that distinctive is technology.

Back in 2009, smart phones were considered rare, mainly because the device was still new. Like majority of middle incomers, I was still using the 'normal' phone. You know, equipped with a 3.2mp camera and able to play music besides the other standard telephone functions.

I kept up to date with my pregnancy progress by logging on to the PC and going to a couple of websites including Baby Center. So whenever I was not in front of a computer, I was pretty much cut off from the outside world and no access to baby info, unless I reach out for the 'What To Expect When You're Expecting' book that was at my bedside table.

During my 24-hour labour, I was again cut off from the outside world coz I didn't have access to the internet. So there were no status updates...nor were there tweets that says things like..

"Good morning! I've been induced. You can come out now little guy."
"After watching 3 movies, now I can finally feel the contractions. Oooouch! It's getting more intense! Breatheeee..."
"All that pain and just 1cm?? Aaaargh!!"
"Thanks for letting me sleep through the night Mr. Epidural."
"Well hello there little one :)"

Nor photos posted via Instagram...

But now that smart phones have evolved, almost everyone is connected anywhere and anytime. It has become such a big part of our lives that sometimes I think there's an invisible handcuff that's causing us to be super attached to the device. I would turn back if I left my phone. I would even turn back if I left my power bank. But I won't turn back if I left my purse. Come on, don't tell me you're not like me.

So 5 years later, I'm reminded of my second baby's progress every week from the 2 apps I downloaded.

Without having to search, I find myself reading useful information about pregnancy. Some which I might not have read if it wasn't in the app.

And it makes the whole pregnancy experience so systematic...

Back then I didn't update this blog for most parts of my pregnancy (I blame hormones). Heck, I even went hibernating in 2013. So this year I pledged to myself, or call it a new year resolution, to revive my blog and share/record this wonderful experience of being pregnant.

Blogging is also easier nowadays. I'm writing this while laying sideways in bed. Thank you iPhone! Love you long time :x

Now there's one question that remains unanswered - what will the title of this blog be when the new baby comes? "Irin Putri & Sons" or "Irin Putri & Kids" ?

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Monday, January 06, 2014

The Tummy Story

About five years ago I looked like a heavily pregnant woman when I was just 6 months along. And that was my first pregnancy!

Some even thought I was carrying twins when it was just little old Raees occupying my womb.

People say the tummy grows bigger in the subsequent pregnancies because everything was stretched before. I was still trying to loose the excess tummy fat from 4 years ago when I found out I was pregnant again. I actually signed up for a gym membership a couple of months before that. It's a milestone for me coz I never worked out before. And no, I didn't renew my membership.

Anyway, in the attempt to keep my pregnancy low key and out of the radar, for the last 3-4 months I've been wearing relatively loose clothing to work to hide my not-big-enough-to-look-pregnant-but-just-fat-looking tummy.

But a few observant lot can sense it from a mile away.

Like fashion guru, Sasha Bashir. She said,"You don't usually wear clothes like this. Are you pregnant?"

Another colleague, Phyza, whose eyes caught my tummy as my loose kimono cardigan terselak and slightly exposed the inner for a nanosecond, came up to congratulate me.

There were times I wished I could fast forward til my body looked betul-betul pregnant so people don't assume I've gained weight. I love to embrace the baby bump rather than hiding it. I already have so many ideas in my head on how to style my preggy body. I knew I had to be patient.

I guess from now on I can dress the way I'd like to since I'm already looking like this...

The belly button popped as early as 2 months ok! It came as a shock to me too.

And in case you're wondering, I'm not carrying twins :P

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Thursday, January 02, 2014

Look What I've Got

Hello 2014! There's so much I look forward to this year. Super duper excited!

Sure, 2013 was a good year for me, career-wise. I became the producer of Majalah 3, a prime time documentary programme on TV3. Tough job there. A hot seat as some may say. The job came with a few late nights in the office with my team.

That's 3.30am with my-half-awake team but still hard at work.

Hence, the blog had to took the back seat (please forgive me, blog). My documentaries also got nominated for a few awards locally and internationally. I didn't win any, but tis ok.

Also in 2013, I could be rich if I received RM1 every time someone asked THE question. You know, when you're single, they'll ask when you'll get married. When you're married, they'll ask when you're gonna have a child. When you have a child...(drum roll please)...when are you having another? And it goes on.

It's pretty much expected isn't it? Especially when Raees has turned 4 years old. Well...

Did you get it? Did ya? If you didn't...guess you're not familiar with the saying 'bun in the oven', huh?

I've got a bun in the oven right this very moment! A tiny bun kicking away in the oven. My very own oven :)

That's right, you all can stop asking me THE question now. Thank you! Phew!

I've always kept a close watch of my cycle and as early as 4 weeks, even before I expected my gut feeling said "just pee on the stick already!"

So I did and that faint second line appeared. Mer was still in bed and I patiently waited til he woke up to go to the bathroom, hoping he'll notice the home pregnancy test kit I left on the sink.

He went in and came out looking super surprised!!


He came out looking as if nothing had happened. Nothing out of the ordinary. Nothing unusual. Nothing surprising. No big news what so ever.

Great. He didn't notice it.

I casually went in to the bathroom this time and asked him to join me to check out something. When I did show him the test kit...he was super surprised!!


He went,"uh huh..yeah. What's that?"

When I finally knocked some sense into him...only then he had that super surprised look all over his face. Finally! And he thought it was a funny looking thumb drive that got lost in the bathroom. *face palm* That's what happens when you have a technopreneur as a husband, ladies and gentlemen.

As with my experience carrying Raees, this time around was somewhat similar. I didn't experience any morning sickness. But I guess the age factor caused more frequent migraines in the first trimester. Uh, and erm..I was emotional *shy* I shed quite a lot of tears. Sometimes over the littlest things. Dem you hormones!

Other than that, the first 3 months went by just fine. Which is why not many people were aware of it. Heck, I even went to China for an assignment when I was 8 weeks along.

Met cute pandas while I was there. Got the chance to feed them too.

I'm 4 months along now and trust me, you all are not the only ones who just found out. In fact, I kept it between close relatives and friends until now. I felt I had to wait until the right time before announcing. Didn't wanna jinx it. You know what I mean?

Raees is acting like a big brother already. He loves kissing babies anywhere he sees them.

I told him there's a baby in my tummy and he would kiss it :)

In Shaa Allah I'll be expecting my new bundle of joy middle of this year. Please pray that everything goes smoothly for me.

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P/S: You won't believe how big my tummy has grown in such short time. Wait for it in the next post ;)