Monday, September 30, 2013

Tersangkut baca novel

Konon2 nya nak baca these 2 novels by Stieg Larsson during maternity. I've read The Girl with Dragon Tattoo, watched the movie and like the story so much, I bought the 2nd & 3rd books. Gatal, over the weekend I picked up the 2nd book The Girl Who Played with Fire. Malam tadi habiskan jugak novel tu. So, this morning agak mengantuk...
2nd book in the series
Eiiii...gatal tangan nak pick up the 3rd book. Kalau baca jugak buku ni.....alamat kena cari buku lagi laa.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Like father, like daughter

Caught on camera, during the weekend.
Huda asleep on bean bag while watching channel 613
When I checked on can see lah the resemblance eh?
Hubby browsing apa tah

Sunday, September 22, 2013

My hurting pelvic joints to do. Just bear with it. Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP), Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction, Pelvic Instability. pelvic hurts. That's it. I'm resigned...tapi bengkek di hati.
Right hip joint-right pubic joint-tail bone and right sacroiliac joint
The areas which I circled red, are the one which is giving me the problem, with the right hip joint the most. The pain from the rest, are resulting from the hip joint pain. Once in  while, the sacroiliac joint clicked or snapped into place. Nasib baik split seconds je jadi. Takde lah sakit except masa it snapped into place.
Apart from the common advice which can be found in the internet (pelvic strengthening, posture adjustment, walking/bending/picking up stuff etc) additional steps that I've taken :

  • Doing squats, pelvic rotation everytime I rose from lying, seating. Engage my pelvic muscle and glutes, lean slightly forward, bend the kness a bit, before taking the first step.
  • While solat. Previously I stood with feet shoulder apart. Tapi tak menjadi lah this time, it hurts every time turun nak sujud dan bila nak berdiri. Now, I stand up with feet making a 'V' ie ankles meet together and toes apart. None/ less pain. Ensure V formation as much as possible during solat, including while seated.
  • If I want to change sides while sleeping. Let's say tgh baring on my left side (make sure baring dekat dgn tebing katil) - bangun and duduk kat tebing katil dulu. Then tumbang ke side kanan. Of course, kena tukar lokasi bantal dulu. Takde lah nak shift from left side lying-to flat on the back- to right side lying. Sakit ooo.
  • I find walking backwards is not painful. Reverse..selagi boleh reverse
26 Sep 2013
Now both sides of my pubic bone hurts..My hip joints do not hurt as bad actually masih sakit, tapi pubic bone pain is masking it. Grrrr...I cannot solat macam biasa anymore. Maybe subuh, but not zohor onwards. When evening and night approaches, the joints hurt even more. Have to solat seated.

28 Sep 2013
Getting out of bed (to the loo) in a middle of the night was tough. Taking the first step, adoiiii.....and I make that trip like 2-3 times in a night. Leceh ooo. Joints must be aggravated coz the they go to sleep due to same lying position through out the night (left side lying). So I had to call upon the help of my previous trusted companion, for that night trips.
Brand pun Lifeline :)
30 October 2013
The crutches have been stored since last week :) I actually stopped using the crutches fully sometime into 3rd week of confinement. Well, into 2nd week confinement, I have started not to use the crutches a few times. Fastest recovery ever. Already went upstairs, able to sit bersimpuh on the floor, able to sleep on my sides (dulu lama ooo baru nak buleh sleep on my sides), ishh..byk benda lah dah buleh buat. Happy..happy :)

21 Dec 2013
Have started doing walk-run to regain my fitness (hancorrrr weiiii...startt from zero) and to prepare for MPIB2014 run. Well...the run is a carrot to get myself fit punn. What I want to say here is..apart from semput, side stitch etc, I've experienced some discomfort around groin area. Pretty much like the discomfort felt during that monthly period. The core strengthening really helps lah. I'm happy to say, this is the best post-natal recovery I've ever had.

Favourite Chocolate - Whittaker Kiwi

Ishhhh...susah betol nak carik chocolate ni. Previously, I bought them (like 2-3 bars in a go) in Choc Boutique. Then for unknown reason, Choc Boutique stop selling them but still selling other Whittaker's line. I was deprived for a few months..sedey ooo.
Jaya Grocer comes into picture and it sells Whittaker, even Kiwi's. By this time I bought like 3-4 bars in a go. Lepas gian & into hoarding mode punya pasal. But NOW..even Jaya Grocer is short of Whittaker's Kiwi. uhuhuhuhu...I've got a quarter of a bar left, will be
scrimping on it until it got restocked.

Preparation for baby's arrival

Let's see :
  • Beli pakej bersalin. Most probably will buy NR (nona roguy), just like before. Cuma nak pikir, kut2 nak tambah barang2 dalam pakej. DONE ! Dah dapat pun NR delivery Friday 19/9. RM300 plus bengkung free...tak plan nak pakai pun. Got my own 'bengkung'. Additionally, I added a bottle of madu+herba2 (Nu3med) and Lawas Kencang. Nak try.
  • Pati ikan haruan. DONE! Bought Harwany+Gamat (6+1free RM36.90) and Ori (6+1free RM33.90)
  • Beli waist trimmer, cari kat kedai Cosway (Julian Jill ~RM17/piece). Ni jenis malas nak pakai bengkung. DONE! Hubby belikan 22/9. Need to wash the wrap.
  • Beli additional baby boy PJs and day clothing. PARTIAL. Baru beli sikit Friday 19/9.
  • Bawak kuar katil kayu & letak in master bedroom
  • Bawak kuar basinet & letak kat living hall
  • Bersihkan baby carrier
  • Basuh baju2 baby yg lama2, including cadar, towel, etc2, socks, mitten, booties, kelambu, padding. PARTIAL
  • Beli barut, bibik kater, tak jumpa. DONE Jumpa dahhh
  • Tongkat Lifesaver - DONE. Bibik carik dalam store, jumpa
  • Bawak mummy's stuff turun and put in daybed drawer. I plan to duduk kat groundfloor, expecting bad pelvic pain, just like before. So daybed IKEA already bought and installed downstairs. PARTIAL
  • Stock up toilettries for baby. DONE
  • Book tukang urut. DONE. Kak Siti from Rawang, by words of mouth. 3 hari urut & tungku RM270 total.
  • Mana pegi barang2 mandi - babybath seat, baby basin
  • My salt bath basin yg warna merah tu. Hmm...kena beli garam kati?
  • Mandian stuff : salt bath, herbal stuf (nak beli ready made ke or nak beli sendiri pukal?). Saw Mandian Herba TYT. RM10/pack. Shop assistant said, tak boleh rebus byk2 kali like Jamu Mak Dara's (RM30/pack). DONE ordering 2 pkt Jamu Mak Dara's, maybe sampai ujung minggu
  • Bawak kuar steam sterilizer. Should I bought a tin of powder milk-soy based since lactose intolerance runs in the family. Just in case susu badan tak cukup. Tapi berazam nak breastfeed.
  • Hospital bag DONE
Later2 stuff, less urgent.
  • Maintenance of breast pump, milk storage etc. Ice pack, pump & milk storage bag. DONE. Already received 26/9 the ice pack, milk storage bottle & bag, new cooler bag (yg lama dah bertahi lalat..). 
  • That leaves the accessory for breast pump. Last check, I may want to buy the pump funnel cover, the handle and the diaphragm. Maybe the rose petal massager jugak...dah kuning yg lama punya.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Jalan2 Cari Makan after kenduri

Balik Penang during recent weekend, for my brother's kenduri. Mom decided to do the kenduri in Penang dengan alasan, banyak sedara mara in Penang. Betullah tu. Yang bagusnya, when you are not bogged down having to entertain the friends, neighbours, colleagues, you have more time to re-establish tali perikatan dgn sedara mara nih. Punyalah tak kenal sedara...hah. takpelah.itu kita cerita time lain.
Sebenarnya nak cerita pasal keseronokan makan kat tempat2 fevret or tempat2 yang orang rekomen. First stop, nasik kandaq Sarip kat Gelugoq. Hubby nak makan. We passed by the stall Saturday night. Tutup..kua..kua..kua. Memang tutup sabtu malam. Aaaa takde rezeki la Hubby. Kitaorg pi je la makan kat Tesco. Sian hubby....frust. Dah berapa attempt nak makan Sarip nasik kandaq.
Sunday morning, breakfast at pasar tmn tun sardon. Wooohooo!!
Tempat makan sebelah pasar Taman Tun Sardon, Gelugor
My first target, nasi lemuni. Nasi kacang? Lain kali bley cuba.
Nasi lemuni bungkus bawak balik satu!! Yang tadi tu, makan right away.
Hubby layan serabai istimewa. Mcm letak youghurt je serabai tu, a bit sourish for me. Oh yes, teh O nipis kurang manis!
Pastu hubby layan macaroni goreng & telur mata.
Hubby watsapp dgn geng2 dia. Sorang mamat suh makan roti jala. Fuhh..kari slurp..slurp.
My aunt recommended sandwich kepit..ehehe..takpelah. Tgk je. Maybe next time.
Macam2 kuih. Last time, kami org borong, pastu tak termakan, This time, bijak berbelanjan sikit.
Ingat nak ngap chapati pulak..sebab baru2 ni mkn chapati dah tak fresh - liat dah. Takpelah. Lain kali
Tapau roti canai kosong (feveret Hayaa) and roti canai telur (feveret Huda). For bibik, kitaorg tapau nasi lemak bungkus.
Pisang emas youuu. Angkaaat. Sedaaap youu. Somehow, back at home, susah benar nak jumpa pisang emas.
Hah...that was in the morning. We departed after zohor, around 2 pm. Hubby wanted to make another eating stop ie Mee Udang Mak Jah kat Kuala Sepetang. Main belasah redah ke Kuala Sepetang. According to a blog, signage to MUMJ is aplenty once you neared Kuala Sepetang. Memang pun, 5KM away dah ada signage. MUMJ is on the way to Kuala Sepetang/ Port Weld.
Mee udang spesel, RM11 sepinggan. Yg biasa RM8, tapi udang nye kecik sikit
Enam ekoq udang in each bowl. I fished out the udang & kopek siap2. Then campak masuk mee balik. Nyummm!
Hahahaha..udang goreng tepung. Abih dah. Tepung was laced a bit with curry I guess. Kulit udang was soft, tak perasan pun. Tak payah kopek kulit, kunyah trus.
All in all, puas hati lah. We did not plan the gastronomical adventure. Sumer plan as we go along. Puas hatiii..

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Phasing out the kids from our room

We practiced co-sleeping ie the kids sleep with us. Hayaa slept with us on the bed and Huda slept on the floor mattress. We tried to move Hayaa to sleep on the floor mattress many years ago but it was unsuccessful, she kept creeping back into our bed. Nasib baik king sized bed, so between the 3 of us, it was manageable. But not when she reached 5-6 years and jadi semakin lasak tido. Sometimes hubby tak tahan, he slept in the guest room...apa tak nya, kadang2 budak tu tido melintang kut, kaki naik ke muka kitaorg lah. When Huda arrived, it was a lesson learnt so we were diligent to make sure she stays sleeping on the floor mattress.
Maka, bermulalah projek memindahkan budak2 tido di katil sendiri. To make sure the transition is favorable, rule #1, katil mesti appealing. We think the tougher challenge is to convince Hayaa, so we let her choose the katil lah. We brought her to Home Furniture expo sometime mid this year, and she chose : 
Bunk bed for 3-Tomatokidz
 Pink laaaa..macam tak tau budak2 pompuan nih. Actually, the one displayed at the expo was without the trundle bed (the lowest one). We decided to add the trundle bed. Mana tau for future purpose. Lagipun, one of the parents nak kena teman dulu especially during transition period. The bed was delivered last weekend and we put it in another room.
Gonjeng lagi. Huda berjinak2 dgn katil.
The bed cost is RM1499, free delivery, free installation and free photo frame (on mid bed). Kebetulan pulak photo is about pink butterflies, memang si Hayaa tgh gila butterfly at this stage. Very sturdy bed. I dunno lah mahal ke idak for this package..might be but we did not bother checking others sebab bottom line, kena dapat stamp of approval tuan punya badan yang nak tido in this bed iaitu Hayaa. Lagi satu, masa cari katil, I was already pregnant. Penat lah nak meronda 2-3 kali, 2-3 tempat.
We even bought pink bedsheets and pink/white IKEA cabinet to create the environment that we hope would excite Hayaa. Hasilnya...
Huda in mid bed. IKEA cabinet on left. Pink Hello Kitty sheets.
Huda terlebih excited. Hayaa...hmm..she's not the type to express too much and too long pun. We asked whether she liked it. She said 'yes'. Hah, dah cukup bagus. Both girls started sleeping in it since last Sunday so it's been 4 days. Hayaa chose the top one and Huda slept in the mid. Hubby slept in the trundle bed...kekekeke. Once transition complete, we will leave the trundle bed a bit opened, just in case Huda jatuh katil. So far, so good. But as advised by my fellow friends, it will take about 3 months for the transition to complete. Sometimes the kids might crawled back into the parents' bed in middle of the night. When this happen, cempung je la budak balik ke katil diaorg.
Phase 1 - decoration - complete. Phase 2 - moving out - complete. Phase 3 - transition - work in progress.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Papan Rehal for ipad - salah guna ke?

Last weekend, my husband's nephew got married. The solemnization (akad nikah) was done in a surau close to the bride's home. The akad nikah (sekali lafaz) was successfully completed around 1130am after solat sunat by the bridegroom, upacara membatal air sembahyang and much photo-taking.
The arrangement was to wait for the kenduri to begin so the bride's entourage duduk melepak dulu lah dekat surau tu. Quite a spacious, neat and airy surau. Surau macam baru gitu. Well the neighbourhood is quite new, so it's logical if the surau looks new. Selalunya surau ni bina kemudian kan, after getting the required derma from the residents.
While waiting, my kids ran around the carpeted surau, creating havoc. Bila dah penat, they sat down and asked for ipads to play with. Coincidentally, saw a few papan rehal not in use. So..hehehe..ini lah hasilnya.
Comfy and convenient
Maximizing the use of papan rehal. Kakak main game, adik main educational game. Of course lepas pakai, kena simpan balik lah kan?

Monday, September 2, 2013

Ikan Jerung behaving like kucing..amazing

Yesterday night, me & hubby watched a documentary on Animal Planet about shark. Tak plan pun nak menonton, I was actually restless sebab tak jumpa comfortable pose on the bed so decided to lepak tengok TV.
We did not know the head and tail of the documentary but saw people in shallow waters, catching and holding small sharks immobile. Small meaning like 2-3 feet long je. Like the species yg hubby & I saw during our vacation in Maldives.
Creamy and cute...ehehehe. Shot in Rangali island, Maldives
One phrase kept popping up - tonic immobility. We were stumped. Apa ke bende tonic had to do with sharks and sea. We kept on watching and the documentary getting more and more suspenseful. The diver then attempted to do this tonic immobility on a reef shark. So many sharks meh surrounded this guy and his companion!! Fuhhh..I simply cannot comprehend. I always have this fear of drowning, apa lagi nak diving, plusss surrounding yourself with sharks. Some of the sharks bumped and shoved the divers. Diver ni main tepis2 je the sharks snout. Ohhh..tidaaak.
One shark swam direct to the diver heading toward the area of his stomach. And the diver induced this tonic immobility. Lo and behold, the shark stopped swimming. Diver to usap2 je the shark's snout (macam usap bawah dagu kucing gitu). Selalunya, I tgk mata shark ni, semua hitam.
Evil looking shark
In this documentary, first time I saw different kind of shark 'looks'.
Shark induced with tonic immobility (TI). Mcm mata kucing tgh rilek.
Kena TI. Jerung tutup mata.

 The diver then did the ultimate test whether this tonic immobility is 100% induced. He flipped the shark upside down. Keras kejung rilek je jerung tuh..Truly unbelievable.
Kitaorg punya la cursing that the diver, crazy nak mampus for attempting all the above, but in the end both me & hubby were really stumped. Hubby terus google apa ke benda tonic immobility (tak puas hati nye pasal).
'Tonic immobility (TI) is a state of paralysis that animals enter, in most cases in response to a threat. Some scientists relate it to mating in certain animals like the shark.
Some sharks can be placed in a tonic state.[1] The shark remains in this state of paralysis for an average of fifteen minutes before it recovers. Scientists have exploited this phenomenon to study shark behaviour.' Wikipedia lah :)
Dah lama tak rasa amazed when watching a documentary. Syok pulak. Ilmu Allah kan, banyak lagi belum diterokai. Subhanallah.