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Saturday, 28 November 2009

The one with... stem cells storage -- what say you?

Hi!

The title of this post kinda says it all.

Actually both Kerol and I have had our own reservation when it comes to this thing called stem cells storage for the newborn.

However, we would like to hear what others out there have got to say about this..

I know I do not have that many readers but... care to share your thoughts on this, please? Anyone?

Thanking you very much in advance... :) Till later~*

Thursday, 26 November 2009

The one with.. more (and long-winded) randomness...

  • sigh i have a report to review, but i am already in the holiday mood lah… well, not holiday holiday as in involves travelling.. but i’m referring to the public holiday tomorrow, hence the long weekend… :)

  • have i mentioned before that i am now officially got (really) sick at and de-motivated with work? hmmm… not going to elaborate any further but there you go, i’ve blurted it out loud.

  • so, anyway life has been very interesting lately.. do you know that SOON i am entering the last trimester of my pregnancy??? BIG DEAL!!! life will totally be different after this, i really hope its to the better... aminnnnn.

  • it makes me panic every time thinking about it.. *iSk* especially when i read babycentre.com that says “the newborn will be on your lap soon in no time..”.. i was like, NooooOOoooo… can i keep him forever in my tummy??? :P

  • the baby is so active these days.. and i’d like to think that he can respond to me especially when i rub my tummy or tickle at the area where the movement is felt… coz he will give more and stronger movements.. *smiling* this is definitely the best part of being pregnant. now i understand why expectant mothers like to touch their tummy when i see them walking in public places.. coz i am one too now! :)

  • but.. of course with good things come the not-so-good things as well.. i found that sleeping at night is a challenge.. coz it’s hard to find the right and comfortable position… and i cannot stand / walk too long also, it makes my feet hurt…

  • anyway so far i haven’t had any swollen feet.. nor any stretch mark.. YET.. but hey are these two avoidable? coz i hope i get to skip them.. :) we’ll see.. we’ll see..

  • to come to think of it, i cannot remember how the heck did i able to go through that one phase when i got terrible itchiness all over my body.. i couldn’t help it but to scratch my skin until it bleeds and left some ugly reddish marks… that time i was so sad, i even beg kerol to please please accept me for who i am (for fear that the marks will turn into permanent scars).. but you know what, thank God no scars whatsoever! *phew* that, by far was the biggest challenge i've experienced with my pregnancy.. as of now, i just apply the normal nivea intensive cream lotion all over my body instead of the expensive stretch mark cream like bio oil and cocoa butter that lasts only.. what 2 weeks max..? alhamdulillah it works wonder on me! :) should have opted to this much earlier.

  • you know i think my baby somehow inherits that sensitive side of me.. :P there’s this time when i was just started to learn that i can feel his movement, i tend to say to kerol or update my facebook status with stuff like “my baby so active” or “why my baby is so active, is he feeling sempit already” or something like that.. not to complain.. but i guess he must have understood it that way kot.. coz one day, he was like, not the normal him.. i hardly felt his movement i wanted to cry.. i kept on reciting the prayers and doa.. and then there was movement, but a very weak one.. kerol and i, we almost gone to see our gynae just to make sure everything was ok.. and that’s whennnnn suddenly he gave us the assurance that he’s a ok… *phew* itu pun after kerol talked to him slowly, and finally he gave that one hard kicking.. or punching.. hoho baby merajuk kah.. ? :P so cute! anyway now whenever i wanted to talk about him, i’ll make sure it’s in a positive tone.. not wanting him to think the otherwise :)

  • i got so.. how to say.. rimas lah looking at the long list of to-buy for the newborn.. i mean, are all those necessary?? kerol and i are going to work on that list like seriously starting this weekend.. all these while we did the survey but always ended up buying our stuff.. hehe.. that has got to stop! must start spend for the baby pulak... :P

  • my appetite has been very very good lately.. asyik lapar je.. tapi takde la mengidam benda yang pelik2.. :)

  • and i cannot wear any of my baju kurung already... huhu.. baju kebaya toksah cakap lah.. masa 2 / 3 bulan pregnant memang tak boleh pakai dah...

  • hmm i can go on and on talking about my pregnancy, so i'd better stop now. actually, to be honest its hard to update blog lately without writing about it... hence the gap between entries..

  • do you know that i have no more leaves to utilise this year? isk.. so sad..... i so want to go singapore.. it has been my yearly thing.. kerol and i have even thought of going during this weekend.. but macam keji la pulak kan.. its raya haji.. tapi tu lah.. kitorang siap terfikir nak cakap kat family kerol yang kitorang celebrate with my family.. but to my family, cakap kitorang celebrate with kerol's family.. :D (no we are not doing that ya..)

  • ok lah.. i do not know what else to write.. well, actually i do.. but it's gonna be more about pregnancy.. so i'd better save that for some other day k.

  • selamat hari raya aidiladha to all my muslim friends and readers.

  • till later~!

Thursday, 19 November 2009

The one with... randomness..

  • i woke up this morning thinking it’s already Friday… huuuu..

  • office is so cold these days, i’m LOVING it…. :D kalau before pregnant dulu confirm dah menyumpah dah.. hehe.

  • perut kadang2 mengeras secara tiba2.. and sakit.. adakah itu fenomena Braxton Hicks?

  • weekend ni tak pack sangat, can’t wait to just stay in at home and lazing around..

  • after all, i’m gonna get from my ‘supplier’ tomorrow the episode 4 – 7 of the new season 6 of desperate housewives.. can’t wait!!! season baru ni best!

  • when my sister Liana was around last month, she wanted extra allowance so she volunteered to do the ironing.. and now she's gone back to Jakarta, it has come back to be part of the house chores to do..! *siGh*

  • which is a tad difficult because of the bulging tummy.. huhu.. nak basuh pinggan pun susah coz tummy will touch the sink area.. and to pick clothes from the most inner part of the washing machine too... :P

  • finally both Kerol and I have agreed on the first part of our baby's name.. but not the second one.. hmm... but anyway, i'm happy now i can communicate with the baby by calling his first name.. :)

  • hmm ok tiba2 dah takde idea dah.. going for lunch soon -- the highlight of my working day! :)

till later~!

Sunday, 15 November 2009

The one with... learning as much.. before the 'practical' time! huhu..

Before married, heck even after my wedding day..., my knowledge about pregnancy can be rated as almost close to zero.. I mean, yes, during one or two of those trips to the hospitals or friends' houses visiting them after they gave birth did enlighten me with their share of experience.. But still, the information was like masuk telinga kanan keluar telinga kiri.. Not much was retained, I wasn't able to appreciate much.. All I can associate with when it comes to the word 'pregnancy' was PAIN.. and perhaps.. FAT ? :P

Well when it happened to me at the time least expected, to be honest the few feelings I had after seeing the 2 lines at the pregnancy kit were panic, anxious and scared... I knew NOTHING about pregnancy, let alone taking care of a baby.. Hence the decision to keep it under the low radar for the first 3 months.. After all thats what I was advised to do, because the 1st trimester is the most crucial period.. The risk of M is high, and if anything, to retract the good news can be quite emotionally difficult..

Anyways.

So of course my first point of contact for information would be the 2 mothers.. BUT.. I think their time was very much different from ours.. Responses such as "Alaaaa.. Don't worry so much... You'll get through this.. Let the nature takes its course..", "Kitorang dulu relaks jer.. Takde nak buat2 check up ni.. or take supplement", and etc.. didn't help much of the nervous me... Huhu.. Serious the 2 mothers takde mabuk2 ni... And they somehow had an easy breezy pregnancy experiences.. Cuma they did advise me on which verses from the Al-Quran to recite more during pregnant...

Next, would be friends of the same age.. Now that helped very very much.. I asked a lot especially from Farah and Muni.. and exchanged experience and concerns with Parveen and Iyma who happened to be pregnant around the same time.. And true enough, every expectant mother experiences different things... But at least for comfort, I knew I wasn't very far off.. :)

And then, came the next source of information -- from reading. I registered at babycentre.com and has been receiving a weekly email from them updating me about what happened at every stages of pregnancy coupled with a lot of other useful information.. I found it to be very very useful, especially it reminds me about how many weeks I am now :)

Tapi being the first timer, I felt that I need to read up more to feed my curiousity needs..

And these are the books that have been accompanied me for the past months... See, pregnancy has introduced me to a new hobby.. :)

The above 2 books were borrowed to me by Muni.. The left one was written by Dr Ariza, one of the preferred O&G in Ampang Puteri.. It's quite an interesting and very easy to follow book..

And then Oya gave me the above 2 books.. :) (Oh and also another one on "Nama-nama bayi dalam Islam..) And it gave me more insights about pregnancy, especially from the religion and custom point of view.

This is my second favourite -- the book I bought myself.. It didn't take me long to decide on this one as the title captured my interest -- illustrated companion :)

The chapters were very easy to follow as it was divided into weekly basis.. So everytime I reach to another week of my pregnancy, I will flip to the relevant chapter. I don't normally read before I reach that week for I don't want the information contained therein to affect on how I should behave.. Rather I read it to evaluate how I was doing -- whether on track or not.. And often I feel contended if the information is very spot on.. I'll be like "Ohh.. memang patut pun rasa macam ni..".. etc.

And finally, the one that tops my list -- the book that was given by my colleague, Farah.. (ok, nama pun farah jugak.. tapi yang ni takde blog..).. This book, nampak je kecik, but very very informative and illustrative.. Love it! though ada yang ngilu2 jugak sebab tunjuk real life picture.. :P And what I found to be useful about the book is its divided into topics..

Like for example chapter 6 discusses about the baby's life in the womb..

And it contains a week-by-week info on baby's development AND pictures on the changes to the mother's body parts as time passes by.. VERY useful.

I particularly often glued to chapter 13 where it has quite a comprehensive long list of common complaints received from the expectant mothers, complete with information on the causes, symptoms and treatments. Sangat2 relevant especially like I said not everyone experiences the same thing througout.. Even Kerol found it to be very useful.. (Sebab dia yang nak kena face the 'problematic' me! hehe)

And finally, chapter yang I kept on avoiding (still in denial.. huhu.. I'll get to that chapter soon, later.. :P) would be the last chapter on giving birth process...

So all these books I found to be my very good companion so far, and I know it will be until I reach my due date.. Which I keep on praying for the time to pass by slowly... Huhu.. First, sebab takut laaa thinking about giving birth coz anything can happen despite how much you are equipped with knowledge.. and second, even now I can feel that I'm SO gonna miss this wonderful experience, especially now that I can feel the baby's movement and 'play' with him by tickling him from the outside and talking to him when I'm stuck in the traffic jam... :)

Oh ada lagi source of information..

My mom will consistently informs me on any parenting forums / classes advertised in the magazines / newpapers.. And somehow Kerol and I had an interest on this one.. "Healthy Mother, Healthier Child" held by Darul Ehsan Medical Centre (DEMC) together with WYETH and other sponsors..

Apparently its a all-year-round event held throughout Malaysia.. And the one held in Concorde, Shah Alam was the final one.. With a registration fee of RM30 per couple, we quickly registered ourselves.

I have not been to any antenatal classes, yet, but I guess the topics covered are more or less the same... no?

So pagi tadi pukul 8.30 pagi kitorang dah sampai Shah Alam.. Huhu.. What an early day, especially its Sunday! See, muka pun mamai lagi and LAPAR!

Ok, this picture is more reflective of how big I am now :) They provided us with a simple brekky menu of biscuits and hot tea / coffee.. Well, with RM30, what do you expect kan?

We didn't come in a group of friends, and malas nak mingle2 around.. :P So we settled down while waiting for the session to start.. It's quite a full house and not all participants were the first time preggers.. Even yang dah 2nd time pun still attended.. And both Kerol and I were VERY VERY satisfied with the information provided.. especially on the topics 'Pregnancy & Labour' (complete with real life picture stage-by-stage process ye.. huhu), 'Care of Newborn' and 'Breastfeeding'.. (Gambar during the presentation of course takde, coz segan nak captured.. :p)

All in all for RM30, I found the forum to be very interesting, though I thought the topic on 'Breathing Techniques' can be extended to getting us to practise whether it's correct or not.. But I guess, that, is something I can get from the antenatal class which is more of a smaller group of participants..

And we were also served with tea break, AND exceeding my expectation, a buffet spread for lunch! Weeee... :)

At the end of the forum, there was a lucky draw session.. Kitorang takde ong la tadi.. Huhu.. We were eyeing on the first prize -- Combi stroller! Sangat lucky orang yang dapat tuh, jelesnye!.. and other prizes offered were not bad also -- confinement set, baby products, Marie France voucher, etc..

Oh well, at least we went back home equipped with extra knowledge, AND a goodie bag.

So next in our quest, which we have started since last week which is to start gathering info on prices of baby related items such the baby care products, the diapers, milks, strollers, baby cots, etc etc etc.. Huhu.. Going to tick off the (long!) list slowly one by one, hopefully just in time before my due date comes!

Okie dokie, that's all I have for now.. Adalah lapar sekarang, tadi balik2 from Shah Alam both of us masing2 ter doze off kepenatan.. And now baru bangun and mandi, so next would be to go hunt for food... :)

Till later~*

p.s. Iyma & Bibi -- wish you guys were there during the forum!

Thursday, 12 November 2009

The one with.. good food day.. weee! :)

I have been quite occupied lately.. MIL had to undergo a surgery last week, so I have been going to and fro the hospital until she was discharged recently on Monday.. She is recuperating well right now at home.

And I've been away from office having field work at client's place in Shah Alam for the past couple of days.. The travelling time was such a kill, what with the raining season now the traffic was just so SO bad.. *siGh*

Anyway today after having the meeting at Jalan Duta, I managed to satisfy my cravings of ayam madu at my favourite place in Kampung Attap.. Sangat sangat happy! :)

And I (and the lil one) enjoyed so much the breakfast prepared by Kerol this morning (and every other morning too whenever the time permits :P) -- a simple yet satisying my all time favourite toasted bread with planta + strawberry jem spread.. Nyummmss!

Plus tonight I'm going to have dinner with friends at La La Chong Seafood in Ara Damansara.. I have never been there before, but from a quick check, I heard that the seafood served there is gooooood... Can't wait to indulge in meals such as butter prawns, crabs, and whatnot.. *drooLing* Oh and not to mention, having a good time catching up with friends too of course.. :)

But before that, kerana keterujaan makan ayam madu and kuah kari tadi, kecelekaan telah berlaku....

A one happy-and-comot-now 60kg(!!!)-pregger whose tudung also apparently enjoys the good food! :P


I hope tonight there's no such thing going to happen.

Now where can I find baby powder in office to remove such an oily stain...? Hmmmmm..

Till later~*

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

The one with... the x-file's wedding :P

Last weekend I went to Shah Alam to attend a friend's wedding.. Well, to be specific, my 1st ex's... :) Things are cool between us, we broke up in a good term.. After all it was only a puppy love, we were 13 (yes, that young! :P) and it ended up when we both reached 18. And out of that 5 years, we were a long distant couple for 2 years. Oh well, those were the days..... :P

What made things awkward was, he happened to be the cousin of my 2nd ex, of which the relationship I wouldn't want to remember and keep in my memory AT ALL. So, ada sedikit awkward scene during the wedding. Huhu enough said.

The best thing was, of course above all I get to meet my GFs !! :) So here goes the pics...

- The wedding took place at Galeri Shah Alam -- garden wedding style -

- Munir was the floor manager on that day.. -

- And Abby was the MC.. -

- And.. Duen & Dayana were the best man and the bridesmaid.. It was like a reunion of sort seeing so many familiar faces from high school.. :) -

- The newlyweds -

- From L to R : me, Alin, Tazz, Roxie & Mazalina (Alin's ex-roomate dulu :))

- Mika si comel !! And thanks to Munir, he has got a new name now, baby Stewart (from the Family Guy).. hehe.. -

- Mika and Auntie Li@, with Mika's soon-to-be-born buddy in the tummy! -

- My high school bestfriends.. -

- A normal scene when the GFs met :) -

- Mika getting spoilt by Uncle Kerol.. -

- I love the above 2 pic so much! Very nicely capturing the moment.. Looks so lively -

- Dayana and I :) -

- From Shah Alam we made move to Old Town White Coffee at Ampang Point to have our own private session :) -

- Auntie Dayana & Auntie Alin in the attempt to pacify Mika.. :) -

- Mika nampak kurus sikit lepas sakit aritu.. :( Hope he will gain a healthy weight soon! -

- My great GFs pic 1 from L to R: Tazz, Dayana, & Alin -

- My great GFs pic 2 from L to R: Tina (with Mika) and Roxie

Credit to Kerol for all the pictures taken that day.. As always he's being a good sport when it comes to me and my GFs.. xoxo. After hanging out at Old Town White Coffee, Tazz and Dayana came to my house for another session.. Alin, Roxie, and Tina had to go back due to their own prior engagement..

All in all, I had a great time that day :)

OK that's all I have for now.. Kerol is back from his futsal, it's time for dinner... Saya dan baby adalah sudah sangat lapar! :) Till later~*