Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Campur aduk

Feeling a bit tired lately. And I am beginning to hate cooking, because of all the washing up. Boring la basuh pinggan. Not to mention perut dah makin besar so makin jauh lak tangan ke sinki tu, hence sakit belakang. Naseb baik ade kakak yang rajin menghantar makanan2 ke adik2 die yang pemalas ni. My sister have 4 kids, is a doctor and is always on her feet. Lepas beranak tu, ko expect die nak duduk macam orang normal dalam bilik berbekung bagai? Tadek okehh.. siap masak2 paksa kite orang datang rumah untuk makan, even though she can't eat the food. That is why I don't quite buy the pantang ikut pakai stokin and all. Not saying it is bad, but it is up to you how you want to be active and healthy. My sister chose to be a sorta of a human tornado. 

Anyway, last weekend nothing special we did. I went to Ikea because we want to do one of the room in this house into the boys room. Kira nanti Aziz and adik die ade bilik sendiri la. Nothing major. The room that we mentioned had never been done anything at all. The parquet is all in horrible shape and the bathroom is dingy looking. So during pantang my husband planned since I am either at my mom's house or at my sister's house, we do the renovation during at that time. Gamba renovation daporrr pon aku tak tnjuk lagi kan. Hahaha. Nanti I hunt it up and showed it here. 

The cost is beginning to get my husband a bit nervous since this kinda offset his plan to buy a new car. Sebab bini die demanding nak grill lawa2 depan rumah and nak tuka sliding door tu bifold door. But it is still in the 'cost estimation' phase so we'll see what we will do more. But I am excited to have the boys room in the house sebab I can have places to store their clothes. Currently the room in question is more like a storeroom. So many junks. We are such hoarders. One of these weekends we are gonna have that "keep it or throw it away" day in the storerooms. I betcha there will be a lot of ayat that goes like " so thattttt is where this stuff is" and "huh ... I forgot we have this". 

2 paragraph aku merapu. Anyway in Ikea with a mission is to buy yang para2 ala2 spice rack tu, but I want to put my pinggan in. Tapi habis stok. Marahnye aku. Dah la malas gi Ikea. And to look at suitable closet for the boys. Berkenan dengan satu, but it will be up to husband if he will buy it when the room is finish. So that's it. Also bought this! 

A Philips Bluetooth  wireless speaker for my phone. When I kemas2 and played songs on youtube, I can now use this and are very satisfied. Though you have to put your phone nearby or it the sound will go putus2. I love this. I thought it cost like RM300 and something so tak pernah sibuk nak beli, but Harvey Norman had a sale and it was going at RM77, and I usually buy a blouse around that range. So a wireless speaker tu dah murah dah tuu. The sound is acceptable and way better than the speaker phone sound and if you wanna ask more that is all I can say about it. Though we can't adjust the sound control on the speaker, only through your phone. 

After dah membeli, in the car on the way back bukak instagram and saw Kak Mynn of Salam2benua uploaded her cake. And it looks so delish! And I want a cake too. And I know I want to bake one. Her apple cinnamon cakes looks amazing, but I don't have apples on hand and I don't really want to buy stuffs. And felt like I should use stuffs from the pantry, so I googled what kinda cake I can get from dates. Bulan puasa hari tu kan banyak lebihan dates and I don't really eat it , so turning it into a cake seems like a good idea. So a date cake it is!

My cake. Walaupon tidak sephotogenic macam Kak Myn punye gamba2 kek ( how do people photograph their food so beautifully??? it must be a talent ) but masih sedap. Puas hati bile laki aku yang kurang gemar kek eat almost half of the cake. So yeay! Found a cake that he likes to eat. It is almost like a fruit cake but don't have the same stickiness or density. Macam combination of moist and sponge cake. And the dates taste really nice in the cake. I think if added in a bit raisins lagi best gak. 

Oh. Also update on the Hari Malaysia punye cuti tu. We went to Janda Baik at Cheringin Hills Hotel. (Not recommended though it seems popular enough. The food is ok, so that is a plus la ) . We went there because husband ade teambuilding event and can bring family along. Not much activity for the family, but Aziz had fun, mostly on the swimming pools. 

We bought him the spiderman pelampung because he loves spiderman. Memula takutttt. 

Lama2 suke and wants to go into the big boys pool. 

He also had fun with all the kids. Colleagues husband banyak anak umur Aziz so he had a blast. 

We even manage to singgah at Kow Po for their cendol and aiskrim after husband punye water rafting activity at Raub . 

Aziz absolutely refused to share his ice cream with anybody.  It was good time and at least a time away from KL. Nak buat 'babymoon' memang tak dah la. Cuti tadekkk. But we have plan for another team building events that is gonna be held in PD. Husband punye la , my company tarakkk. He plans to bring us along nanti so Aziz can enjoy the pool again and have more fun before mak die kena terperuk kat rumah. 

Ending this post with a picture of Aziz holding a wine glass drinking a tall cold water after finishing his cream of chicken soup at the hotel in Janda Baik. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

In preparation - Babywearing?

Ok. Not much preparation for this 2nd baby coming. But I think I should get started NOWish . Some clothes had been bought and few things, but I have yet to make a list for me and baby but I am not too worried because I think there are a lot of things we have since this is the second time around. I do however need to start washing the cots, sheets, and clothes and all. Maybe after raya Haji la :D 

And yes! I dah ganti puasa. Granted 2 hari je kena ganti sebab tak larat masa puasa hari tu. Tapi I rather ganti now masa pregnant dari masa breastfeeding. Masa breastfeed last time I remembered being very parched during puasa, maybe because of all the extra energy used to produce milk but it was really something.

So for the preparation, I am looking into babywearing this time because well, with a toddler in tow and a newborn baby, I can't just be sitting around macam first time around masa dalam pantang and soon after. Even the first time around I barely have enough time since Aziz keeps on waking up every 2 or 3 hours, so I think it might be best if I prepared early with babywearing so if I need to move around the house with baby suckling for the longest time, at least I have free hands to do stuff. 

I had never babywear Aziz. I tried to use the carrier and the ring sling, but the former had way too many buckles and Aziz at the time don't look too comfy and the latter with the the ring sling, I don't feel secure enough. Felt like I am gonna drop this teeny newborn. So in this free time I am looking up all the video of baby wearing. Narrowed it to three choices so far. 

First the Babaslings.  At first the babaslings looks kinda.. hey this is easy, all I need is to buckle up. It have buckle at the back and you can just snap and unsnap to get baby in place. I really like the idea I can use this quickly. 

Picture: from kiddiecare.com

Nampak macam senang je kan. But I am not sure how secure I will feel and in the demonstration it looks like your baby macam senang bertukar position. Mixed reviews on this too. Some love it, some said the position kinda change after wearing it a while and not too easy to adjust. I am not sure, I looked up Bebetotz had one in stock so maybe I will take a look next week to see how it is.

Next I am considering is the popular one, the wrap . The famous one currently are the Boba and the Moby. I am leaning towards the Boba because Fabulousmom stocked it and Fabulousmom store is really close by ( same row as Bebetotz) and I kinda like the idea of a stretchable material.

Picture taken from luvmybag.com

The video instructions looked easy and doable. And I like the positioning of the baby. However this is Malaysia. If I were living in UK or Canada I would take this in a heartbeat. But in Malaysia weather this looks really HOT. I remembered sweating buckets during my pantang days. With a warm baby close to me, I can't imagine anything more uncomfortable, so I am not sure. Those who use wrap, do you think it is too hot to wrap in Malaysia?

Pic taken from tinytapir.com

And this last one is the Mei Tai Pikkolo. I have to say I actually fancy it because of the pretty fabric. But it doesn't look too comfortable for a newborn and the nearest one I can see it on hand is at Bangsar Tiny Tapir store. I had just seen the Mei Tai demo in video and my husband don't feel secure about me tying the fabric properly ( since I suck at that kinda thing ). So yeah. Probably not the Mei Tai. But it is really pretty lah.

Those who babywear. What ya think? Is the baby wrap way too hot? Kan senang if I have the confidence of guna kain batik je. Tapi I don't.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

books oh books

I think I had read way more than this??

I am reading Wuthering Heights right now. A bit of a drag but not as a big of a drag as Scarlet Letter. I don't know why I keep on punishing myself to read these classics. But I like to know what is in the story and characters really like, when it had been referenced so many times in so many TV shows and books I read. So I push through, sometimes I skip the boring paragraphs. I really do not want to know what a cliff and the sea looks like anyway.

Some of the books I had read taken from my Goodreads are below. I won't write the plot synopsis. Much too lazy, but I like for it to be updated here. 

Also I had started on the Sookie Stackhouse series, 3 books for now, though I think I will only review it once I had finished the whole series. Which is gonna take a long time. I think there are 15 books altogether? Also the second last book is still about to come out??. Yeah. I am taking my time on that. Though I do say she is not much different from the series Sookie Stackhouse. I had already stopped watching True Blood, too much orgy, not much storyline. I would be intrigued to know how book Sookie would turn out. Series Sookie makes me feel like gnashing her head.

Anyway.. these are some that I had read. Oh I also read Projek Memikat Suami. My first Malay book in YEARS. Gile lama tak baca novel BM. It was a cute sweet story.

PreyPrey by Michael Crichton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A very good, fast read. A bit too fantastical for me, and at the end it kinda don't make sense, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. That is Michael Crichton for you.

DisclosureDisclosure by Michael Crichton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A good intense corporate drama. I like it, I like the tech jargon that goes into it and the research that had obviously done to make it believable. Though the full experience of the database lookup is just too fantastical and not at all helpful in real life scenario. But it makes for great scene.
Never watched the movie but I like how all the characters turned out anyway.

A Spot of BotherA Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A story of a dysfunctional family drama. I like Mark Haddon writings. His story is very realistic in how we deals with relationships and family. It feels realistic.

I won't say it is an enjoyable read, but it is also not a boring or depressing read. More to interesting, you want to know what is going to happen to this people and feels at the end of the day they should be able to pull themselves together.

The Scarlet LetterThe Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

It was meh for me. I don't get how did Hester and the Reverend manage to get together, he doesn't seem at all seems to care about her.. only how much he wronged her? So confused.

And this is consider a 'romantic' story? I don't know dude...

Projek Memikat SuamiProjek Memikat Suami by Hanina Abdullah
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cute sweet story. Bit too happy ending-ish dan 'segala-galanye untukmu suami'. She did have a backbone at the end, but I wish it was more. But it is still a pretty cute story. I like how Nawwal never give up attitude, nice characters. Though I don't like how all of the role models in the books gave up their job for their family. I am not saying it is bad, I also want to see another role model who juggle successfully work and marriage and family.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

3rd Pregnancy

Did I tell you it is gonna be a boy? It is! 

Actually I was expecting it to be a girl, tapi ok je. I am fine with it, lagi pon senang, baju2 abang die nanti semua dah ade. Color schem takyah tuka :D Abang Aziz pon nanti ade geng kan. 

When the doctor first tried to see the sex of the baby, it was partially hidden by his umbilical cord but doctor keluarkan the color2 to differentiate if its a cord or the sex and say yeps that's the boy. And the next visit  afterwards lagi ketara sampai mommy die pon nampak.

It all goes well for now.  And HOLY CRAP I AM IN MY 29 weeks now??? I think the last time I checked in the app I was around 22 weeks. Tetiba je I am in third trimester. Maseh terkejut ni. I am still thinking I am/was in 2nd trimester. 

Tengah menaip ni sambil budak kecik tunjuk2 taik lalat at my leg. He is tickled to death that tahi lalat, is called tahi lalat. He kept on saying "lalattt, lalaattt" at my leg and laugh hysterically. Sometimes I think the baby in the stomach react to his brother voice. When is being very chattery I can feel the baby move around. 

This time around I am really lazy in taking the vitamins. My gynae kinda laughed and say because you feel absolutely fine kann.. haha. Last time, there was a problem with my iron level so a lot of pills need to be given. This time everything is fine, but maybe because I am consuming a whole lot of milk during this pregnancy that my calcium and iron level does not seems so low. Lagi pon I hate that calcium pill. I am ok with the multivitamin pills because that pill goes down easily. But the calcium pills makes me feel like puking. Laki aku nyampah je. 

As for the tiredness, it is true the older you gets the more pregnancy takes a toll on your body. I am not as brisk as I was when I was carrying Aziz. Got tired and irritable more easily. Sakit pinggang is not so much as before. Lets hoping continue of smooth sailing. Bz kejab .... nanti la sambung lagi.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Things got better


Been a while since an update. Been a bit down after the loss of Kurap. Even my enthusiasm towards my own cats kinda dull. Spent a week crying. Then right afterwards Aziz got sick, but that is another paragraph of explanation. It struck me yesterday how I am beginning to forget how Kurap looks like. And that makes me sad. However I am glad I put a lot of my cat pictures on Instagram and the video uploads too since while dropbox and phone are ok, but myInstagram are exclusively cats only. So it is easier to browse. I spent some time looking at her pictures and her video especially listening to her mews. Saying I miss her is a great understatement. More like there is a big cat size hole in my life and my day to day that can't be filled with any other cats. 

Aziz got sick

Anyway, last Thursday the taska mentioned Aziz duk muntah2. By Jumaat he is inactive and started to vomit, as I am WFH so he just stay home with me. So the whole long weekend, was us dealing with Aziz muntah and cirit birit. I never seen him that sick before actually. While my kid do have a long standing wheezing problem that come and goes, I never saw him that inactive and that irritable. Semua silap, semua mende nak emo. New things to deal with I say. 

At first I thought it was a touch of fever like the doctor says hence the bout of vomitting. So on Saturday tu aku pergi jumpa that parents/baby fair kat KL Convention Center. Aziz cheered right up that morning bile kite orang cakap nak gi jalan, no fever, lompat2 atas katil bile cakap nak gi jalan, then lepas dah beli barang die pon tidur and I took the chance to have some food at Harrods Cafe, he puked right there at Harrods mostly on the floor. The waitress was really nice about it so we have to give extra for the extra work they have to do. 

By Monday die dah ok dah, actually no more vomitting from Sunday, only cirit birit, which is not that bad, only about twice or thrice a day but in huge watery horrible mess. But by Tuesday, I decided he just stay home with me since I nak make sure he is really ok and Bukit Antarabangsa tadek air pon. So just in case if he is sick again, at least he is home with me, where I have plenty of spare water. 

So in that midst of that I felt a little spring had come back to my step. When Kurap died, I felt incredibly sluggish and felt like things are bringing me down. Now I feel my routine, my desire to do things again come up again. So yeah. Things got better. 

I am gonna tell about my pregnancy but I think this little baby bean deserve a post of his own since I neglected to update him most scandalously. 

So I will end this post with a picture of Kurap I got in my dropbox. 

This photo is back in 2012 when I was about 3 or 4 months pregnant with Aziz. Can't remember how she got out of the house, but she did, and she came back happily to me looking like this. Obviously been swimming/fell in the drain.

I had just gotten back from work and so tired from all the pregnancy nausea and felt like crying when I saw her. I HAVE TO BATH A CAT AT NIGHT AND BLOW DRY HER WHICH SHE LOATHE. Haha. I remembered feeling very angry at her. 

Sigh. Like I said. I do miss her. 

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