Showing posts from 2011

One month old

Baby Iqbal turned one month last Monday. I must say, it has been a memorable learning experience for us all. We smile everytime we see him. Baby gives us more happiness and also, to my family (we have not go back to my in-laws’ place as husband wants me to finish my confinement period first but I feel good already. I’ll try to convince him again to go this weekend). For his one month, we opened a bank account for him. Thank you uncles and aunties, grandma and friends for the sedekah  We also bought him few going out baju (one size up!) Baby can wears 0-3mths clothings now and he still wears newbaby size from MC (well, until he outgrew them at least). We also went to the clinic yesterday, Wednesday 21st Dec for his one-month review. Alhamdulillah everything is great.. Baby weights 4.275kgs now and 54.2cm height. He also had Hepatitis B jab. The part where the nurse put in the needle made him cried so hard, then after we comfort him he stopped crying. Hehe.. such a strong and good baby…

Baby Iqbal's Birth Story

It has been almost a month since Baby Iqbal arrival. It’s time to write about his birth story before I forget (not sure how am I going to forget that experience! *winks*) My EDD was 22nd Nov 2011 and the real delivery happened on the 19th Nov (though most people ‘wanted’ me to gave birth on the 20th haha mission denied!). 19th Nov – After Midnight … I kept going to the washroom. I thought I was having my normal toilet hugging session (had it since the past couple of weeks). Towards the morning, I realised that I had been going to the washroom more frequently than usual and the amount seems to increase. I thought to myself, maybe I drank too much yesterday. I didn’t get much sleep and decided to wake up around 5+am. I accidentally peed on the bed and when we opened the light, we saw mixture of  liquid and blood. Husband went “your water broke!” and I replied, no it’s not. I was imagining a lot of water on the floor like what you’d normally see in the movie. Lol! I went downstairs and asked…

One week old

Baby Iqbal was 1 week old last Saturday.Baby and I was admitted at the hospital for two nights.My blood pressure (BP) sky-rocketed since labour (from 160/100 to 130/80 today).We have been receiving visitors from our relatives too (and more gifts too for Baby Iq).My confinement period is going well, Alhamdulillah. (will write a more detail post on this later on)Still adjusting our time especially when Baby Iq is more active during the night than the day. Zombie parents we are for the first few days! HeheHad difficulties nursing Baby Iq for the first few days but now, I’m able to fully BF him. Alhamdulillah Need to go now. It’s time to nurse Baby Iq again!

Finally Arrived

ALHAMDULILLAH.. Our Baby has finally arrived  AHMAD IQBAL BIN MUHAMMAD IMAN Date of Birth : 19 Nov 2011 / 23 Zulhijjah 1432H at 7.33pm Hospital RIPAS Weight: 3.260 kgs

Bamboolite Giveaway

After months of researching and reading, I have decided to add BambooLite cloth diapers to our CD stash. From CD moms in Brunei to Malaysia and Singapore, I read only good reviews on their CDs. Even more, I love their bold solid colours – red, black and dark purple although Husband hesitantly agree with my choice of colours (except red hehe). Even better, they have weekly giveaway and I thought I could not join because I don’t live in Malaysia and today I found out that I can!!! Woot woot~ This makes me even more excited!!! Who doesn’t love giveaways, right?  Here are their available prints and colours. Pretty isn’t it? Do check out their value packs – they have starter pack btw if you want to give it a trial. Smart huh? Oh! They have the famous Rockin’ Green detergent too which is highly recommended CD detergent. I have yet to order these fluffs. Will definitely do after I give birth to our new bundle of joy, Insya Allah.  You can click [here] if you want join their giveaway.

Final Preparation (Newborn Cloth Diapering)

Although Iman initially did not understand the reasons why we have to cloth diaper our newborn with flat diapers, I am grateful that my parents are on board with me on this matter. Hehe boo!  He’s getting the hang of it now.. very involved with the preparations. ♥ When I was a newborn baby, I had an awful relationship with disposable diapers. They gave me a very bad diaper rash and I was such a pain to my parents to handle. Huhu.. Since then, my parents have been using flat diapers to all of my siblings (while on the other hand, Iman came from a disposable diapers family). But, we have discussed and tolerate to use disposable diapers for night diapering as Baby will be sleeping with us. This will also reduce the amount of laundry although I’d still expect Baby’s nappies will need to be change a lot during the day (and night). I read this article [here] and the comments about a week ago and I hope (and believe) that we are ready to cloth diaper our newborn even if only for part-time. Neve…

Week 38 - review

This week review was rather short and brief too. This time, I was checked by a Malay doctor who is super nice (I like!!!). I miss my usual Filipino doctor though hehhe.. She’s very nice and kind too. Everything else is normal. Alhamdulillah.. Oh! I gained another 1kg from last week review. Hahaha this is not a good sign. I don’t know why but I have quite a huge appetite lately. Hehhe.. Whenever Iman’s crave for something, I’ll just join him and eat more than him. How is that??? Hihihi Baby’s heartbeat is doing great. Alhamdulillah.. I guess Baby’s weight pun increased a little bit since I’ve gained too. My tummy has been ‘mengeras’ (as my Filipino doctor would called it) lately. I don’t have the symptoms yet but been having an awfully looking swollen feet. Usual midnight movements are getting intense (and it hurts me sometimes), I hardly can sleep. In the day, Baby will usually stays quiet and movements are bearable (and cute!). I’ll write again soon!  Enjoy your Sunday lovelies!

Final Preparation (Mom & Baby)

Exactly 2 weeks to go til my EDD! *still having mixed feelings*I have finally done packing my hospital bag and also, my Baby box. I’ll share with you the list (do let me know if I’m missing anything in the list).  Mummy’s Hospital Bag TowelToiletriesGoing home bajuBreasts padMaternity pad (or period pad, whichever you prefer)Nursing bra and pantiesSocksSlipperMinyak ZarafahAl-Quran/ Buku YaasinOur Baby’s Box Sleepsuits 2-3 pcs (and going home baju)Mittens and socks (if the sleepsuits do not have feet soles)Baby cap/ hatBadung 2-3 pcsBarut 2-3 pcsTowelToiletries (baby lotion and oil)Grooming set (baby comb and brush)Baby wipes (or cotton rolls)Minyak TelonDisposable diapersBaby bath and shampooThat’s all that we have packed. I thought of bringing the breastpumps too but we will try direct feed first (and if it doesn’t work which I do not hope for this to happen), then we will use the breastpumps. We have put all Baby clothes and needs in the drawers and I kept on re-arranging them (and bei…

Week 37 - review

Just few more weeks left!!! *mixed feelings* Alhamdulillah, my recent Doctor’s review didn’t make me wait for a long time. I had my ultrasound first. I managed to be the second one to enter the room. The kind technician kindly printed for me Baby’s scan as Husband was not there to take the video. Alhamdulillah everything is fine except ONE! After that was my Doctor’s review. She asked me about fetal movement, alhamdulillah sometimes I managed to get 10 movement within an hour or two, although the chart they gave me was to track the movement for 12 hours. She also checked my feet and hands for swelling but so far, it’s not that bad (although I believe they are not my normal size. Hehe) _____________________________________________________ Back to the ONE thing that became my huge concern since that day. Baby’s position. It is not breech but Occiput Posterior (OP) aka ‘sunny side up’ Baby.
pic credit: From my research and reading, most of the time Baby will turn himself to …

Breastfeeding Class

Last Saturday, Husband and I attended the Breastfeeding class conducted at the Gyne clinic in RIPAS. We learned a lot from the class, apart from my side reading from breastfeeding mommies group in Facebook which is very helpful too.
pamphlets in the goody bag According to the article, to enable mothers to establish and sustain exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months (highly recommended), WHO and UNICEF recommend: Initiation of breastfeeding within the first hour of lifeExclusive breastfeeding – without additional food, formula milk and waterBreastfeeding on demand – as often as Baby wantsDo not use bottles, teats or pacifiers What I can conclude from the talk is to always think positive and happy thoughtswhile breastfeeding your Baby to encourage your milk supply other than the spending the precious time with your Baby. Mudah-mudahan diberikan rezeki yang banyak to breastfeed my Baby nanti. Amin ya Rabbal ‘Alamin! Benefits of exclusive breastfeeding, for Baby: better mental developmentprot…

How to Cloth Diaper a Newborn

How to Cloth Diaper a NewbornWe are in the midst of learning on how to use the traditional lampin (flats diapers). How to fold them correctly, how to increase its absorbency and to do a little bit of “modernisation” to the lampin using diaper covers.  Iman and I initially have decided on using just the disposable diapers during the first couple of months and then to slowly change to cloth diapers. However, both my parents have another plan, that is to use the traditional lampin while I am still in my confinement period. Dang! Mom said, it’s very HOT during the day and you don’t want Baby to get diaper rash, do you? *give up arguing! hehe* Instead of continuing my (excessive) reading on different brand of cloth diapers and their reviews, I have been looking for information on using flat diapers. Again, Cloth Diaper Malaysia doesn’t fail me to give such a valuable information. Thank you Farhana!   Here are the links that I have been reading, 5 Ways to Fold and Use Prefolds/ Flat DiapersHow…

Week 36 - review

Yesterday I had my first weekly appointment. The usual routine – urine test for the sugar, blood pressure (a bit high but still normal) and weight (same as last week). Finally after waiting for more than 2 hrs, they called out my name. It was short and brief. The nurse checked Baby’s heartbeat  and gave second dose of the anti-tetanus jab (that hurts! huhu). The Doctor told me to get another ultrasound next week to check on my placenta. At first, I didn’t know that I was suppose to get my placenta check, it was when I made my booking at the ultrasound receptionist who told me. So when I told mama about it, she was shocked (and I think a bit mad and worried too) that I need to get another ultrasound. She said, they have checked your placenta last time when they did the ultrasound. Why do they asked you to do it again? It’s not good for the Baby. Do you know the risks involved when doing the ultrasound? and it goes on and on.. and I was just sitting there in the car …… *speechless* Okay so…

My Autumnz Stash

Being a newbie in modern cloth diapering, this is one of the few brands I came across among cloth diapering moms here. If you want to try pocket diapers and on a budget like us, Autumnz is actually not bad choice to begin with.  my first CD stash I am looking forward to add few more in my collection after trying these eye candies to our Baby. There are other pocket diapers brand like bum genius, fuzzi bunz, happy heinys and etc. Since I will probably using them for night time diapering, might as well spend less on the diaper cover and invest more on the inserts. Although AI2 cloth diapers are a tad bit more expensive, same principle applies as we will need less cloth diaper cover and more of the inserts during the day. I hope I will be able to keep this in mind, or else, there goes my attempt in saving money although I will probably be contributing more by saving the mother earth. Lol! When you buy Autumnz CD, you will get FREE2 super-absorbent 3 layers of microfibre insert (or MFI, for sh…

More on CDs

I am so happy to finally received our first modern cloth diapers – bought 2 Autumnz CD from Rizqy Husnee early this month. Been showing them to my parents – my dad was really curious how to use and wash them while mom on the other hand. Lol! Lately, I have been reading (again) on cloth diapers . I’m currently stacking up these cloth diapers so we can try them on our Baby when the time comes. Mom and dad told us to use the traditional lampin too while I am in my confinement period. I am going to buy BBH nappy cover too for the lampin. After my further reading on cloth diaper – by keeping in mind this may change due to our Baby’s preference – this is what 
I am
 we are planning to do. Hehe.. Seems like from my reading, pocket diapers are suitable for night diapering although the best one would be fitted diapers. Pocket diapers because we can stuff more inserts in it to our heart’s desire. Well, as long as the combination is right, it will make the usage last a little longer. Hence, more in…

Week 35 - review

Today I had my Doctor’s review. At first it was every 4 weeks, then they shortened to every 3 weeks and starting today, I have to come every week. I guess that is how it’s suppose to be seeing that I have 5 weeks left! *nervous* The nurse also told me to do the fetal movement count. I have 10 kicks today by 1pm. Alhamdulillah.. Baby is very active and healthy.  There’s nothing else we want more than a healthy baby. Insya Allah.. I have gained about 1kg for the last 3 weeks. Not much but suffice! My blood count is a little low (10.4), mom got worried and told me to eat more of red meat. The Doctor’s said it is actually okay just need to increase a tad bit more. As they say, it could be any time now and unfortunately we have not pack our hospital bags. We have bought everything though – just need to wash and pack them all. Mom reluctantly allowing me to pack the bags hence the procrastination. People also told me not to be so active now and Mom told me otherwise. Haha confusing much! At the…

Anti Stretch Marks Lotion

Iman has left for Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao, the Philippines today. He will be back at midnight next Saturday. *sad* But it’s okay, I have a list of things-to-do while he’s away. We’ll definitely gna miss you, Daddy!  ———————————————————————— Okay, back to the title. Since my early pregnancy, I have been using Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Oil (aloe vera with Vit E) at least once a day to prevent the stretch marks. When my tummy itches, I usually apply baby oil to relieve the itchiness and it works like magic! However, lately I find that I’m having dry skin and the itchiness become worse! Huhu.. Iman told me to get a proper anti stretch marks lotion and I saw Palmer’s at Guardian. But oh my.. it’s so pricey! So when we were looking for baby binder at Hua Ho Manggis, we found Pureen anti stretch marks lotion with reasonable price and bought it. Description: Pureen Stretch Mark Lotion with TRIPLE ACTION FORMULA, contains Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Almond oil, Rose Hip Seed Oil, Collagen, Elast…

Hikmah dan Pahala Wanita Hamil

I saw this in Facebook this morning. I’d love to share it with everyone. 1. Dua rakaat solat wanita yang hamil lebih baik dari 80 rakaat solat wanita yang tidak hamil. 2. Wanita yang hamil dapat pahala puasa di siang hari & pahala ibadat di malam hari. 3. Wanita yang bersalin dapat pahala 70 tahun solat & puasa serta setiap kesakitan pada satu uratnya, Allah bagi satu pahala haji. 4. Sekiranya wanita meninggal dunia dalam masa 40 hari selepas bersalin ia dikira sebagai mati syahid. 5. Wanita yang beri minum susu badannya kepad anaknya akan dapat 1 pahala daripada tiap titik susu yang diberikannya. 6. Wanita yang beri minum susu badannya kepada anaknya yang menangis maka Allah beri pahala satu tahun pahala solat & puasa. 7. Kalau wanita menyusui anaknya hingga cukup tempoh 2 setengah tahun, maka malaikat dilangit khabarkan berita bahawa syurga wajib baginya. 8. Seorang ibu yang menghabiskan masa malamnya dengan tidur yang tidak selesa kerana menjaga anaknya yang sakit dapa…

Baby Checklist

This [here] is my first Baby checklist I’ve written about two months ago (I think! Hehe). While reading moms’ blogs recently, I found Amy’s checklist [here] easier and organised. Credit to Amy Mizzunderstood  Thank you! BABY CHECKLIST Clothes : (NB size) Bodysuits – 4pcs DONE!Sleepsuits – 3pcs  DONE!2pc clothing – 1pc DONE!Going home clothing (from the hospital) – 1pc DONE!Mittens & Booties – bought 2 sets (we even bought socks 6pcs) DONE!Baby cap – bought 3pcs DONE!Snuggle Pod/ Receiving Blanket – Mothercare DONE!Baby binder (barut) – 4pcs DONE! Swaddle wrap (kain badung) – we’re going to use mine lucky it’s not pink. heheBaby laundry detergent – Pureen HAD & Purity Sensitive DONE!** I actually have bought 4 pcs of sleepsuits for 0-3mths (up to 5-6kgs so it’s a tad big for newborn. Opps!) Feeding : Breast pump – Medela Swing DONE!Feeding bottles – Tommee Tippee DONE!Milk Storage bottles – Medela DONE!Steriliser- Tommee Tippee DONE!Bottle /Food Warmer – Tommee Tippee DONE!Cooler Bag…