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 session..my 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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Friday, September 19, 2014

Smiley Baby

Dear Razeen,

Did you know you've melted my heart over and over again? And you do it so effortlessly. With just a little smile...something that you're very generous with.

You smile when I call out your name, when I talk to you, when I sing to you...

You give a BIG one when you're full...

Your smile also relieves me when I'm very worried about your health...

And even manage to smile when you have the gas mask on your face. You flirty flirt with the nurse!

When mommy had a long day at work, I look forward to be welcomed at home with that big smile on your face...

Alamak, merajuk ke?

Sorry I came back late...promise mommy will make it up to you. Smile darling pleaseee?

Aww that's more like it! *muax*

LOL (Lots of Love),

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Monday, September 08, 2014

Duty Calls

18 August 2014 - Razeen turns 2 months young and I returned to work.

First day back on duty and I straight away went for a Majalah 3 shoot.

I have made arrangements for this shoot during my confinement, can you believe that? Made calls, bookings and exchange of emails at the comfort of my home in between nursing and changing diapers.

So now, on top of my handbag, laptop bag and external hard disk bag, the pump bag tags along with me to work.

While I was on the road on my way to the assignment, I took out the nursing cover and emptied my boobs right there in the bumpy van.

There was no other choice. No time to 'segan' with the crew in the vehicle, as long as I have the whole row to myself.

I placed my pump together with the bottles at the chilled section of the bag so I don't need to sterilise them.

4-5 years ago my pumping port was the changing room at the make up room. Good thing that Media Prima has a dedicated lactation room since a year ago. I knew it's located near my office but I never knew exactly where. So when it was time to utilise it for the first time, I went searching around for it but still had no idea where.

Funny thing is, my friend (a guy) was the one who showed me where it is. There was no signage on the door. Just a plain grey door near the service room. How's one to know?

The room is fairly comfortable. Complete with everything essential for pumping - 3 chairs, fridge, sink and extension plugs for those who need power.

I remember bringing my own tiny fridge back then. Glad that now there's even a freezer I can utilise at work. Yay!

There was a time when I couldn't get the key to the lactation room but I as in dire need of pumping. So again, my nursing cover came to the rescue and I did what I had to do right there at my desk.

Again, no time to be 'segan'! It was a weekend anyway, so not that many people around the office.

Despite all this, I still don't manage to pump every 2-3 hours as experts recommend. My average is every 3-4 hours. That's the best I can do so far and hope the supply maintains.

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