Go ‘chop’ buy ‘baloon’

21 Oct

My darling boy has been trying to communicate with us in baby English of late and it’s awfully cute!

This morning he took out his tricycle band then wanted to park it back under the table, “ummi, park”

I love this! We wanted to go to the market to buy fish so usually I’d go, ” to market, to market to buy some fish” on the way down I asked him where we were going and he said, “chop” to buy what? ” balloon” I said no we are going to the market to buy…”ish”.

Adorable or what? How ayah bathe you? “Shoap” I.e. soap.

And due to his love for pens, he has mastered its name perfectly.

He has a car pillow case so when he wakes up, he will turn around and say cars cars. This morning, a pillow, he calls ‘pullow’ fell and he said “drop”

It warms my heart, Alhamdulilah, that he loves his books. He will ask and point towards where we keep his library books and say ‘books’ with the emphasis on the k.

I was taken by surprise when I asked him one day who my second brother was, expecting ‘cle’ for uncle. He said ‘achat’. This morning I left him in the room to throw his diaper away and came back to find him missing only to appear from the kitchen area near the toilet and what was he doing there, “achat” he said.

There are more like marble, ball, atok, Emma, mama, anne, baby, aunty (anty), nyayi, box, paper, water (ter), shark (chak), turtle( tartle), flower( fower), butterfly(papa), bus, plane, helicopter (copter), cheese, egg, milk, more, some etc.

After some time, I had time yesterday to show his some cards and it was so fun because he was so attentive and even asked for more. I just wished I had more time…InsyAllah.

My busy little 16 month old

14 Oct

Dearest little one,

This month wheezed by us as it has been filled with loads of fun activities for us! You’ve been to several water parks and we know how much you enjoy those visits when you’ll drag us back to the playground after we’ve clean you up nice and dry.

You’ve been really wonderful though, not throwing a fit if we don’t do as you please, you’ll whine a little but you’ll turn towards other things in no time.

3 weeks ago, you said ummi. On the same day you said emma. You’ve shown recognition towards people in the house as well as your paternal grandparents and aunt. It’s beautiful to see how you light up the faces of people around you when you address them personally with nyayi, atom, mami and even Arshad. You call your uncle by name?!…

You’re running short distances and you have been attempting to jump when your anne mukhlis jumps. Recently you climbed off the bed and walked out of the room on your own when you awoke from sleep in the morning.

Did I mention your love for pens? You just love to write! You like your crayons too! And you look adorable hugging your little bear.

Lots of love,
Your ummi

It has been 15 months?!?!?!?!

16 Sep

Dearest son,

Right now, I’m missing you badly. The weekend syndrome, a dose of too much  of DS, withdrawal symptoms has set in.
Fun. That would sum our time together succinctly. There is of course the need to cook, feed, clean you too but that can be fun too :) especially how we mess up your schedule during the weekend making it difficult for ummi to maintain milk supply and for Emma to take care of you on Monday.

Most of our weekends are filled. You’re still battling with cough so we have taken a break from swimming for now. Lots of oiling with young living oils especially more so when ummi is around.

You started to speak a little English but most times its babblish (baby babbling). Your Emma said she likes to talk to you because its like you are speaking back right at her. You’ve startwd saying bye bye in your own way. You’d listen intently when ummi speak to you over the phone from work. The clearest word is papa. You do say yah for ayah and akka, koko, jiejie and ba boom. I think it’s from a book on planes.

You don’t hesitate to express your interest or otherwise in books and songs. If you don’t like the book, you’d push it away and make a sound to express your displeasure. When ummi say it’s time to read books, you’d go to where we keep your books and point. After ummi takes some books, you’d sit yourself comfortably in ummi’s lap. Anna mukhlis likes to join us then.

Oh and when it comes to songs, you would move to the beat if you like the song and hum along. If you don’t like it you’d make a sound to indicate for us to stop, coupled with your facial expression.

You are fast. You started walking really fast, like running perhaps. You and Anna mukhlis have been racing recently. One moment you are in our room, the next you have entered another room at the far end of our home.

We are doing more art and I think you love exploring the various textures we are learning about. You also enjoy looking at the pictures and words when ummi show them to you.
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I look forward to my weekend dose of our little family.

Misses and kisses,
Your ummi

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DS ‘s first art piece

10 Sep

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Sticky paint made from corn flour, plain flour, water and some white little bead stuff which is called sago seeds. I’m supposed to buy basil seeds but I think this works as well to create a nice different texture for little one to explore.

Oiling with Young living has been great!

9 Sep

I’m convinced that we don’t need to run to the doc every time something doesn’t feel right.

My family and I have been down with several bugs these past few months and it’s taking a toll on me BUT I know now that with lots of prayers, they will heal with all the oiling.

I have been reading loads to equip myself with ways to help the little one. I have been blessed with a sister-in-law as well a group of mothers I am in contact with to support me through this new terrain.

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The very first time my SIL helped to oil him when he was down with fever. She mixed 3 oils and started oiling. I wasn’t familiar with oils then but I think they were peppermint, eucalyptus radiata and Theives. The blend with coconut oil was applied on his back and chest as well as feet – focusing on his belly button and armpits. His fever dropped within an hour. But his temperature didn’t remain low. As it fluctuated, I oiled. He was also having flu so we applied RC on his nose bridge, back and chest.

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He was down with a flu bug twice and I started oiling him with RC EO in nose bridge, back, chest and feet. I also used thieves and peppermint EO. Raven EO and Frankincense EO as well.

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We all came down with a stomach bug some time back. Applied Lemongrass EO and Fennel EO.

4
We brought DS to Jurong Bird Park and unfortunately it poured. We were stuck at the Lory feeding place which was outdoor. Not sure if it was the rain or the place but he was bitten quite badly by mosquitoes or some insects. I started with Lavender EO the day after when I saw the bumps on his hand and feet, around 4 spots. After 2 days of oiling, I saw slight improvement by the end of the second day , perhaps because I didn’t oil often enough. On the second day, I also used Purification EO. By the third day, it was improving but much faster after applying Melrose EO. He scratched the site so there was some open wound so it dried up and some spots were flattening. Alhamdulilah.

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DS also developed high fever of around 39 degree Celsius on the day after our trip to the bird park. After 2 applications of Lavender EO, Peppermint EO, Lemon EO and Theives EO. His temperature plummeted to around 37.5. Alhamdulilah. I continued oiling him around 2-3 times till morning as his temperature fluctuated a little. He was back to his normal temperature by day 2 night. (24 hours) Alhamdulilah.

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Right now, dealing with his phelgmy cough which is so stubborn. I tried all sorts of oils but I’m trying something different now, to stick to 2 oils Myrtle EO and Lemon EO. InsyAllah he will get better with plentiful do’a and tlc amidst the oiling.

14 months

19 Aug

Dearest child,

14 months of gently kissing your cheek before I fall asleep every night
~ I read that we should always do that and I dont want to lose that. We should always be able to express love for one another freely

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14 months of breastfeeding since 14 June 2013 and counting, Alhamdulilah. Journey filled with joy, pain,  amazement, gratitude, discovery and so much love. The following photo was taken at Jamee mosque in Chinatown.

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14 months which seemed to have flown by in the blink of an eye and you grew from a vulnerable baby into an independent toddler wandering about.

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14 months of watching your every milestones and trying to document them all.

14 months of so much changes…

It’s so fun too play with you right now…ummi is introducing a number of different fine motor skills activities and it’s so fun. We recently threaded through flour and mixed flour with water to make dough which didn’t turn out quite right but what matters is we had fun :)

This is also your second Eid, one which you have been an active participant of since you’re so mobile now. We captured beautiful memories as a family, Alhamdulilah.

Time we headed out more and have more fun as we discover new experiences together.

With love,
Your ummi

14 months

14 Aug

Dearest child,

14 months of gently kissing your cheek before I fall asleep every night
~ I read that we should always do that and I dont want to lose that. We should always be able to express love for one another freely

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14 months of breastfeeding since 14 June 2013 and counting, Alhamdulilah. Journey filled with joy, pain,  amazement, gratitude, discovery and so much love. The following photo was taken at Jamee mosque in Chinatown.

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14 months which seemed to have flown by in the blink of an eye and you grew from a vulnerable baby into an independent toddler wandering about.

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14 months of watching your every milestones and trying to document them all.

14 months of so much changes…

It’s so fun too play with you right now…ummi is introducing a number of different fine motor skills activities and it’s so fun. We recently threaded through flour and mixed flour with water to make dough which didn’t turn out quite right but what matters is we had fun :)

This is also your second Eid, one which you have been an active participant of since you’re so mobile now. We captured beautiful memories as a family, Alhamdulilah.

Time we headed out more and have more fun as we discover new experiences together.

With love,
Your ummi

If I had to do it again, i would choose you again…

24 Jul

A nice overview of marriage:

An Islamic overview:

What I remind myself through the challenges of motherhood especially when sickness visits. These trials take a toll on marriages…

Walking @ 13 months 4 days

19 Jul

You’d think it can’t be getting better but 13 months later, you’d be surprised!

14 Jul

Dearest son,

A feeling like no other. An experience like no other. You are a gem, so precious, there is only one of you.

It’s been a wonderful journey of sacrifices and new experiences, sweat and tears of joy, cuddling and smiles. A year and running of the most amazing time of new discoveries and challenges.

You look and play with your toys differently from just a few months ago. I think you couldn’t decide on the interesting texture of sand but you just know you like it. You don’t cry at the waves washing over your tiny feet saddled in your Barney sandals your maternal grandma bought for you.

Its all about learning from observations now for you, whatever Anne mukhlis does, you copy. It’s sometimes difficult for ummi to let you boys rough it out but I’m slowly letting go. My motherly instincts just don’t want to let go but I think it’s time you learn how tough life is and you got to fight your way to get what you want. There will be bigger and older people who would want to push you around and show who is boss but you stand firm my boy and you’ll do fine. I’m also letting go so that you can get all the love you need from as many people as possible – the more informal support you have, the better InsyAllah.

You’re talking your way through baby talk and you seem to have spoken your first word and it isn’t ummi but papa which we figured you mean your maternal grandpa – vaapa. You differentiate between all the people in the family from ummi to baby Shukri. You’re learning to control your strength so you can gently stroke the little baby.

I miss you terribly while at work, worse on some days. Ummi have also recently started a 10 months course and I hope that would not take me away from you even more.

This Ramadan, ummi is fasting and nursing. It’s taking a toll on me but I’m persevering and Alhamdulilah Allah make it easy. You are coping well too. Now you eat normal food as well after your porridge and the cereals you eat. You just love to eat and discover many many tastes. Bread. Porridge from the mosque, egg and the ketupat in lontong, dates etc. You also laugh at the word ketupat!

At times when ummi is teaching you some cards, you sit and listen as you interact and grab the cards.

You are also faring well in your fine motor skipping stuff we are exposing you to, Alhamdulilah.

We have removed the cot so you can play freely and independently on the floor mat.

Month of transitions.

With unending love,
Your ummi

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