Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Breastfeeding

Today is World Milk Day!

And the first thing that comes into my mind when I heard the word "MILK" is breastfeeding, now that I'm pregnant.

I must have been blessed since I am surrounded with a community where breastfeeding is a must in my office.

Thus, I've recently bought myself a Spectra 3 - Jingle Jungle Basic Back to Work Package from Fabulous Mom with a very fair price, RM481 inclusive of the filter!

I guess the best thing about Fabulous Mom is that my warranty starts the day I give birth to my baby rather than the day I buy the pump.



I pray so that I can fully breastfeed my baby until he/she reaches 2 years old. Semoga Allah SWT perbanyakkan susu. Dad always told me that when our intention is good, insya Allah everything else will follow smoothly. I have faith :)

Below is the article I excerpt from the Breastfeeding Essential.

ADVANTAGES OF BREASTFEEDING FOR BABY

1. Due to the anti-infective properties of breastmilk, breastfed babies tend to have less incidence of or less pronounced symptoms of ear infections, respiratory illness, allergies, diarrhea, and vomiting.

2. Due to the digestibility of breastmilk, breastfed babies are rarely constipated.

3. The stools of breastfed babies are mild-smelling.

4. SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is less common in breastfed babies.

5. Breastmilk is constantly changing in its composition to meet the changing needs of the baby. It has the exact combination of protein, fats, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and sugars needed for the human infant at various stages of his growth.

6. Breastfed babies are constantly exposed to a variety of tastes through their mother's milk.

7. Breastfed children are at less risk for chrohn's disease and juvenile diabetes.

8. Children who were breastfed are less likely to need orthodontic work such as braces due to the unique sucking action required with breastfeeding. They also seem to have better overall dental health than formula-fed children. Children who were breastfed need speech therapy less often than those who were bottle-fed.

9. IQ levels are an average of 8 points higher in children who were breastfed.

10. Adult daughters who were breastfed are at less risk for breast cancer.

11. Adults who were breastfed have a lower risk for high cholesterol and asthma.

12. The bond between mother and child seems to be enhanced with breastfeeding.

ADVANTAGES OF BREASTFEEDING FOR MOTHER

1. Nursing immediately following delivery causes the uterus to contract lessening the risk of postpartum hemorrhage.

2. The uterus of a breastfeeding mother shrinks to its pre-pregnancy size more quickly.

3. Calories are burned while breastfeeding. It takes approximately 20 calories to produce an ounce of milk.

4. Women who nurse their babies for at least 6 months lessen their chances of pre-menopausal breast cancer.

5. Osteoporosis and cervical cancer are less common in women who breastfed.

6. The return of fertility is delayed with breastfeeding.

7. Breastfeeding is more economical than formula feeding. The cost of formula for 12 months is approximately $1000 - $1200.

8. Breastmilk is always available, clean, and the right temperature.

9. Many mothers feel a special satisfaction in knowing that they alone are meeting the nutritional needs of their babies.


P/S: Special thanks goes to Kak Sumay, Eyfa and Kak Iza for providing me with the best examples on how a mom shoud be.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

First stage of renovation

Alhamdulillah, I managed to cross off another item in my "To achive list 2011".

The first stage of renovation has been completed last weekend, now we have installed the grill and awning. This weekend we are going to install the lights and fans :)

I am not a big fan of fancy grill.


I prefer the simple one.


But, picture above seems too simple for my liking.

I don't fancy wrought iron because it looks like my mum's house.. macam rumah orang tua ;p


Stainless steel? Too expensive.

Pictures above from google.
We settle down with the normal steel, and for me, there is no other better colour for grill other than white! This is how our home sweet home looks like now with grill and awning!




Awning!


Happy :) I am very satisfied with the work of our contractor. I can't wait to move in to our new house!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The 3 restaurants I just discovered

Woke up feeling like a zombie today.

Got home around 12 midnight after having a night of fun at La Risata, Jalan Ampang with Hasihir and co. Italian dining, really nice ambience but the food was so-so.

I love most the pizza.

Anyway, on the eve of our anniversary, we tried a new place for dessert called Fruitland in Subang.

We tried Rainbow Lolo and some Tao Fu Fa glutinous rice ball.



Rainbow Lolo was so-so.



But the Tao Fu Fa was super yummy.

Also, a week ago, Love and I had some free time for ourselves!!

Finally, after a while being super duper busy with baby and Homer (our new home!), Love decided to bring me to The Curve for a little break.

Again the main dish was so-so.

But, this dessert (which I forgot the name) has got to be my favourite :)



Anyway, rezeki baby!! Last month, I became a permanent staff and thus, gaji saya naik this month!!!!! :) And starting from this month, our company starts to give monthly transportation allowance. So, walaupun this month baru start potong zakat and tabung haji, still gaji lebih from last month. ALHAMDULILLAH!!

The tipping point

Now that Love and I were busy finding out names for our precious, I realized one thing...

"Why is the name Rayyan suddenly become so famous for boys? And Qasreena for girls?"

Weird.

And the fact that how suddenly Red Velvet Cake or Macaroons became so overrated when just yesterday you never even heard of them.

What caused this epidemic?

Well, according to the book that I read not so recently "The tipping point" (One of my convo's pressie from Love, thank you Sayang!), these are the three agents that caused epidemic;

1) The law of few
2) The stickiness factor
3) The Power of context.

The law of few describes the three types of people in the world.

1) The connector: Those people that link up the world and have many friends
2) The mavens: Those people we rely on in giving us new informations
3) The salesman: Those people with powerful negotiation skills (So Kapal!)

The stickiness factor is how we give some informations to others so that they will remember what we told them. Really need to master this, so that my student can remember what I taught them and finally score for final!

And the power of context is how we are easily influenced by the surrounding around us.

Very very interesting, this book! It really is eye-opening :)

Now, I'm off to my next Gladwell's book.. "What the dog saw"!

Monday, May 23, 2011

BIL's wedding

My brother in law got married last Thursday!! Congrats Abang Long and Kak Izrin!!

Some pics from aqad on Thursday..

I especially love the bride's wedding gown. Very breathtaking!



One of the hantaran from the girl's side was none other than.. MACAROONS (From Whisk that I've been wanting to try for ages!!) Moment of truth, took a bite and the first thing that came out from my mouth was, "OMG! Too sweet!!!"

Still, I'm happy that I finally got to try the famous Macaroons and glad to know that I am no longer craving for that now. Hehe.

On Friday was the bride's reception. We were all excited pimping out our Hanbok (Korean's traditional gown)



Then on Sunday was the groom's reception.

Make up paling cantik!!!


At this point, I got so tired walking around greeting the guests. Tadela jalan banyak sangat on, but now perut dah berat ;p Went to mom and said, "Penattt...."

Then mom said, "Mestila penat sikit, nak dapat sister in law kan."

And the realization made me smile.

Kak Izrin, WELCOME TO THE FAMILY!!

Such wonderful events, and the penat lelah, totally pays off. Congrats again to Abang Long and Kak Izrin :) Nothing more that we wish for other than you two will be happy together until the end of time.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

3 days to our anniversary :)


If you have a minute
Why don't we go
Talk about it
Somewhere only we know ;p

Proud sister

I always thought that my younger brother, Alif was a bit too different from my youngest brother, Hadi and I.

He was always in cloud 9. He could sit in front of his text book for hours staring at the same page, really annoying.

He refused to go to the tuition with excuses like, "Kakak dulu tak nak pergi takpe.." So, I really couldn't say anything much. I was not a good role model after all.

While Hadi and I scored straight A's in UPSR and PMR, Alif was more than happy to get some A's.

And while Hadi and I did ok in SPM, Alif failed one of his paper.

The month he got his SPM result was also the month I got my first real job. I was so devastated at the news, but I came back all cheered up still to help him find a college that will accept him, but he was already giving up with his life.

That was when I cried. And I said right in front of his face, "Tak happy pun Kak dapat kerja fikir adik sendiri nak jual burger tepi jalan." He cried with me.

That was three years ago.

Last Saturday was his convocation! He got dean's list almost every semester for his diploma ever since. Alhamdulillah :)

He finally proved us right!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Jesse is back!!

Haven't been obsessed with any song from Glee since "Hello" in Season 1. Not only that the song selection in Season 2 was too overrated (I've had enough of Gaga playing in the radio, thank you), I don't think Rachel been given any song that accentuates the beauty of her voice.

Until the prom episode.

The moment Rachel sang the first verse of "Rolling in the deep", I felt goosebumps everywhere. Then, there was the familiar voice that I've waited for months!!



JESSE ST. JAMES IS BACK, EVERYONE!!! \(^_^)/

And "Jar of Hearts" during the prom!! OMG! This just gets more interesting.

So currently I am INSANELY in love with Jesse St. James, thus I just have to write this entry!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The cheapest cloth diapers

I am not the best person to talk about cloth diapers or CD. (Further info: click here)

Was really blur when my two office mates were obsessing over CD and I thought why the hassle. Pampers kan senang, pakai buang je.

Tapi peer pressure.

Dr. Sumay were constantly talking about CD and finally I asked her to bring one sample for me to study. And I fell in love immediately.

Perhaps because of the beautiful colours. Or maybe the realization of how much money i can save rather than using pampers. Or rather the amazement of how flexible the size is, you can use it until your baby turned two years old. Not forgetting how everyone is talking about environmental friendly nowadays.

So i made a video of how to use the CD, and brought back the proposal to Mom and Love. Mom because she was going to take care of the baby. Love because.. Haha.. He was the banker.

Mom agreed. Love was ecstatic simply because of the colours.

So, after doing further studies (Dr. Sumay was the one who did the study, but I was a very good listener), we decided to buy from a warehouse. The price range of CD normally ranges between RM35 to RM50.

But at QQBaby, we bought it for RM12.60 each (original price is RM18 but since we bought more than RM1000, we were entitled with 30% discounts).

I bought 20 pieces. Wheee!!!!~ Here are the purchase :)





Forgiveness

Long time ago, when I started teaching, I had to take over a class from another lecturer.

I believed my method of teaching was totally different from his. I wanted their report to be submitted on time, I wanted them to prove that the works were of their own.. So comparing myself to their previous lecturer, I was like Cindrella's stepmother ;p

So, once.. when I was doing some work in my room, a student came to me, took a chair sat in front of me and came out with a statement that left me stunned for abot an hour, "Ma'm, I think you're annoying."

What could you say to a statement like that?

"I am so stressed to come to your class." He continued. Then, thanked me and left.

Though it haunt me, I did not tell anyone of that incident until after the mid term came.

This student was a brilliant student, dean's list every semester.

But, he was blank during the mid term.

After everyone gone, he came to me and said, "Ma'm, I don't know what happened to me, but I went blank.. I know exactly how to do that before, but I just went blank."

I looked at his answer script, it was blank. He wrote his answers somewhere else, and he did not submit that paper. He did not even answer the simplest theory questions. I asked, "You went blank for this part also ke?"

He looked shocked. "OMG!! I did not see this page at all while answering!" He went pale with eyes all teary.

Since I got so kesian already, and he looked so sincere, I told him, "K.. I give you one minute to answer just one question from this page."

Quickly took his pen that was working just now. No ink. Took his pencil, no lead. Borrowed my pen that I just used, no ink.

At that point, the technician passed us by, I quickly borrowed her pen, the student took the pen from me and put it down. He went down to his knees and looked straight into my eyes, with some tears in his eyes..

"Ma'm, did I hurt you in anyway? If I did, I am soooooo verrryyyyyy sorry. I must have hurt your feeling because I've never been this blank. And all the pens and pencils seem not to work when I used them, I must have hurt you. I truly deeply am sorry."

At this point, I tried holding back my own tears and felt a pang of guilt. Did i not forgive this guy until it had come this far?

So I said, "I really forgive you. And I'm sorry if I did annoy you in anyway, I wanted the best for you guys."

He took the pen, answer that question and left.

He did not get an A in my class just because of the mid term. But he did not get that bad either. He scored excellently in the rest of the assesment.

And we have been good friends ever since.

I've learned the most important lesson that day; not to hold grudges on my students.

And while we laughed about the incident this morning, I think we both knew that this incident is one that will never be forgotten.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mom and Baby Expo at Mid Valley!!

These past few days, I've been swiping my credit card like nobody else's business.

Not to worry though, I've paid them all this morning. I just want the points, anyway!

I've been having a terrible backache this past couple of weeks. Since Love is such a sweetheart (or rather he had enough of my complaints), he spent the whole Friday night with his macho guy friend to buy me a maternity pillow!!



Store after store and he found the cheapest one at Modernmum with the price of RM179. The best thing is that, boleh jadi nursing pillow!!



Then on Saturday, we spent the whole evening in Mid Valley for the Baby Fair.

Goodness!! I can go crazy with the sale!!!



We bought lots of baju baby and the accessories; booties, mittens, socks, hat and bip! Baju range from RM2-RM15. Accessories RM1.50-RM4.



Also some storage bottles (Bumblebee RM32 for 11 bottles), poncho/nursing cover, baby carrier and the best purchase of the day has got to be..

The stroller!!


For newborn


For toddler

This is Love's choice :) Stroller for newborn + toddler + car seat for newborn for only RM345. Such bargain!!

Another fair is on 29th to 31st July this year. Tapi, BFF Maria dah beranak masa tu, huhu.. I can still shoppppp!!!!!!!!!!~

Mum had her own agenda too last weekend. She bought some towels for her future grandchildren and she made some pillow covers yang super comel!



Second trimester is the best trimester indeed!! Bestnye shopping :)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Of happy things

Bila buat entry sedih, mesti counter balik dengan entry happy.

Recently, a friend of mine got engaged. Bila dah jodoh, senang je datang. We never knew the existence of this guy before, but when the time comes, sometimes you don't really need that much effort.



What I always believed is that, if you want to get married, you must want it really bad. Benda baik kan, mesti Allah SWT akan tolong :)

I especially like the centerpiece. Ntah bunga apa, light pink and light blue, so adorable!



Also, it was my youngest brother's birthday yesterday.


About 9.30 pm, my mum went crazy and said, "Where's my phone? Where's my phone? Need to call your brother to wish him Happy Birthday"

Me: What? You haven't yet wish him?? Too late already ok!

After she hung up the phone she said, "Nasib baik sempat. I'm the first to wish him!"
Me: Apa yang first nye? I messaged him midnight tadi.

Mum: I'm the first to wish la, he was born at 9.31 pm.

Like that also can aa.. Mums are weird. (Note to my baby, I'm gonna be normal to you ok)

Owh, another thing to share to all mommies!! I just bought some nursing bras from FabulousMom.com. Clearance sale for only RM10, my first online purchase, whee!!


Who would have thought nursing bras are way more comfortable than push ups?

To one of the strongest person I know..

I met a Venus..

Who inspired me to dress up at days when I was down to light up my spirit.

Who inspired me to dress up for my better half though when he was not around at the moment (MMS kan ada :)).

Who inspired me to cook fine dining for the sake of love.

Who inspired me to pamper myself in order to look beautiful in front of my husband.

Who inspired me to escape for romantic get aways every now and then.

...

I met a Venus, who collided with the Mars.

But since Venus is the brightest natural object in the night sky after moon, I wouldn't worry much.

Cuz I know,

she will inspire me to stand tall at times when it is almost not possible to do so.

I have faith in you. :)