Tuesday, September 23

Revolusi '48

After the award winning,some-called it controversial Sepuluh Tahun Sebelum Merdeka here comes the sequel, Revolusi '48.

Will be screening at Annexe, Central Market on the 20th October 2008.

Saturday, September 13

false alarm

Last night, well, right after I'm done with preparing buka puasa dish, I had a really bad backache, not the usual ones this time it stretches all the way to my lower back. It's unbearable and baby is moving oh so actively, it feels like she's doing a somersault in there. Baby, you're not helping :P

We were thinking, is this a contraction? Oh dear, so totally not prepared for early labor.
I want to feast on those yummylicious raya delicacies, at least the first 3 days.
My hospital bag is not ready yet, baby clothes are not washed, my confinement bag pun tak ready.

I had trouble sleeping too! Went to bed at 12.30am endless shifting sides and when dear came in @ 2.30 am, I'm still wide awake!
The movements are just so strong that whatever position I tried, failed miserably. I guess there isn't much space left, so even the slightest movement felt like a poke from the inside.

This could be just Braxton-Hicks contractions and now I'm kinda used to stomach tightening routine. 5 more weeks to go, please stay in mommy's tummy till it's time ok?

Let's see how it goes tomorrow, could be my last check up with Dr B before transferring to a govt. hospital.

I don't know why I feel like going to mamak and had some drinks tonight. Waiting for my dear to finish installing his carburetor for the 5th time, hmpphh!

Friday, September 5

cloth vs disposable diapers

being an aspiring environmentalist (well, try to recycle as much at least) I'm drawn to articles written in Parents magazine where they have discussion over cloth diapers.

These are unlike the cloth diapers our parents used to put on us, complete with safety pin and plastic covers.
Cloth diapers are so cute and you'll help saving the environment as well :)

14 reasons why you should be using (or at least considering using) cloth diapers

1-Keeps Baby Dry
Baby is comfortable and less cranky due to diaper discomfort. Happy baby equals happy mommy and daddy.

2-Incredible Diaper Savings
You can save thousands of dollars over the course of three years - more if you use the same for a second child. Plus, you won't be spending money on expensive diaper rash creams, diaper pail liners or wasting gas running to the store each week to buy diapers. The savings really add up!

3-Eliminates / Treats Diaper Rash
No more costly trips to the pediatrician and no more goopy, sticky ointments and butt pastes. Yuck.

4-Healthy for our Environment
Millions and millions of diapers end up in our landfills each year. You can do your part by making this world a better place for your baby by ditching disposables and opting for cloth diapers. It is 100% reusable. No waste and no constantly buying expensive diaper refills like some of the hybrid cloth/disposable options.

4-Adjustable Sizes
Cloth diapers grow with your baby due to its unique multiple snap placements. You can adjust each to snugly fit your baby's waist and legs.

5-No Messy or Wet Leaks
enable you to customize the absorbency, so you don't have to worry about leaky diapers. The free microterry insert provided with each is super absorbent; and if your baby is a heavy wetter, simply stuff two inserts or another absorbent material inside the pocket. Also, designed with reinforced leg casings to ensure no messes escape.

6-Stays Beautiful Wash after Wash
stay beautiful wash after wash. No pilling or fraying nor staining.

7-Leg Casings!
What are Leg Casings? That's our slang for encased leg elastic which exist not for aesthetic measures but to double as mock "leg dams" to serve as assurance that everything will stay where it is supposed to be. No leaks. No mess. No fleece to "poke" back in the diaper.

8-Durable Diapers
made with high tech fabrics that are easy to wash and care for. They are durable enough to last wash after wash and last through multiple children, saving you money and offering you peace of mind.

9-Super Trim Fit
Traditional cloth diapers can be bulky. Plus, the adjustable snaps allow the baby to fit snuggly around BOTH your baby's waist and legs. No mores sagging pants!

10-Easy to Use
Simply stuff 'em and they are ready to go! A favorite of daycares, grandmas and even dads! FuzziBunz™ were invented by a mom who didn't have time to mess with hard-to-use diapers and who wanted something that was easy to use, easy to wash and easy on the eyes.

11-High Sanitation Standards
developed so that there would be no need for swirling, dunking, spraying or soaking diapers. The two part pocket system ensures your diapers get super clean. Plus, you will spend less time washing, bleaching, sunning or doing all of that "old fashioned" stuff grandma used to do to her diapers. And best of all, it always look clean wash after wash.

12-Quick Drying
The two part pocket system not only is a breeze to clean but also dries in a flash, lowering your energy bill.

13-Maximum Comfort for Baby
You will have satisfaction that your baby is totally comfortable . Only super soft polar fleece touches your baby's skin. There are no pins to poke, no Velcro to scratch or stick and no crunchy plastic pants to rub against your baby's delicate skin. Because your baby is in diapers every day for three years, you want to make sure those three years are spent in comfort.

Your baby will be the most stylish baby on the block. come in more than 20 colors and designs. From bubblegum pink to lime green.

Thursday, September 4

Ramadhan 1429

I always love this time of the year, and Ramadhan knocked on our door, just like four years ago, we're expecting a child after Aidilfitri.

Aresha was born 11 days overdue on the 5th of Syawal and this baby EDD is 16 days after Syawal. If she decides to come out early, maybe 7th October is the best as daddy were born tht day :)
Whatever you choose darling, Mommy hopes that there will no complication and the labor will be as smooth as your sister's.

Mommy and daddy haven't decided on where to deliver the little sister. We're crossing out private practices as government hospitals aren't that bad at all (and cheap too!) From the previous scan, baby is in the right position and our gynae told us that nothing to worry and I'll be able to give birth naturally :) Yeay! So it's either Ampang Hospital (which we haven't tried yet and still reading reviews about it) or Putrajaya again (which we love , the midwives are so efficient!)

This Ramadhan feels so serene and peaceful and I'm trying my best to respect the holy month. So gone are the sleeveless dresses and I vowed not to miss any prayers. Sadly I can't be going to terawikh this time time around as my feet is already swollen and it hurts even to just walk around the house doing the chores :( We settled for doing it at home once in a while.
It's been 4 days of home cooked food, starting with iftar with my family @ mom's new home,
Curry mee, pastry puffs & popiah basah, yumm!

The next day I cooked Hainan Chicken rice (which is an absolute fav of my dearest) and seri muka from the neighbour :)
Followed by nasi lemak & burger Malaysia - managed to get Aresha to help out exchange juadah with my two neighbours

And today, we decided not to have rice anymore, mee hailam & cucur udang & delish curry puffs from Makcik Noor- i tell you it's the best, better than IKEA's

Ah, talk about rezeki Ramadhan, proud to say that we didn't buy any food from bazaar Ramadhan, yet!

wish everyday would be this good, we didn't indulge so much on food , eating moderately and more focused on ibadat rather that hanging out.

That also reminds me when puasa ends, we'll be anxiously anticipating the 2nd baby. I already dreamt of giving birth and felt quite nervous though I can say been there, done that this time around, but labor is not a walk in the park, the contractions that I endure alone last time still vividly playing on continuos mode in my head. Tho it took only 15 minutes to push Aresha out, the pain is unbearable and Faizal told me I look like a mad woman while doing it, lol!

Thanks to friends who already wish me well and praying that this will go easily on me :) Really appreciate it.

I'm baking brownies for dear's potluck tomorrow, hopefully it will turn out fab!


Monday, September 1

on being 28

Despite having a really bad fever 3 days before turning 28, I had a wonderful anniversaire!
Age is just a number and it seems like it's only yesterday that I was a naive 17 year old girl and look where I am now, almost a mother of two!

I used to think birthday prezzies are a must have, (read something I anticipate to get on my bday) but not anymore. I received birthday wishes from all over (thanks to CS) , it makes me feel loved :) work wonders to get me back on my feet after 3 dreadful day & night of bedrest.

My dearest Faizal took 2 days leave to care for me, sleepless nights of constantly sponging me, doing all the houseworks. Thank you darling, you don't know how much that means to me :)

And yesterday we went out to get my birthday prezzie, which is still a secret ;) hopefully will get it before raya *fingers crossed*
Already bought 3 dresses for a bargain, so I'm content for now, yeay!

Today, we're going to have iftar with my family, including the new SIL but minus my youngest sis :(
Going to bring my signature pastry puff which reminds me, I have to make the filling now, till then Salam Ramadhan al-Mubarak!