Selamat Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir Batin.
Raya kan sebulan? :P
Okay, this is probably quite basi already, but I'm going to write a bit on my Raya anyway.
Well, we had a long break for raya,took 5 days of annual leaves out of the 12 days break - which was sooo good, we even managed to nudge the festive traffic, our trip from KL -> Malacca(15th) -> Kedah(19th) -> KL(24th) was pretty much hassle free. We even managed to have a quick pitstop in Ipoh for Nasi Ganja. Nasi Ganja is awesome after all those raya food.
Raya in Malacca is okay. Nothing beats raya in your own kampung, but since other half's kampung is my kampung too (since the past 5 years at least) - so okay jugak lah - tho you know, I sorta missed the usual fares back home - the ketupat palas, Tok's version of kuah kacang - it comes with tonnes of beef, mom's nasi daging and whatever not.
We went to the usual houses for raya, even went back to Rembau (FIL's hometown) on the 2nd day - tho we didn't get to see much of the rumah kampung, since it is well..sorta abandoned (long story), so we went to visit the nearby relatives instead. Had a field time picking rambutan. Fat yellow juicy rambutan.
Once we're back in Kedah. Mom made her yummy nasi daging on the day that we arrived, so yea, tho we got there sometime before 10PM, nasi daging at 10PM lah jawabnya. Diet what?
The next day we went back to visit Tok, glad to see her looking well (she was dehydrated due to puasa and was not eating well days before).
So yea, at Tok's place - instead of ketupat palas and rendang, we had ketupat palas with durian instead - which was awesome. Probably the next best combo after ketupat and susu pekat. I'm weird like that. :P
The day after we went for the usual rounds - the must visit every year houses- got updated on the current news and whatnot. Had another round of rambutan picking at an aunt's place.
The rest of our stay in Kedah revolved around spending time with the family and eating good food and making good food - and mom would be asking me what to eat every single day. Terasa disayangi sungguh.
Even drove mum to the fresh market and hyper market to stock up on food. I feel so grown up tho mum even wanted to pay for the groceries, like gosh mum, I'm 30 (going 31), let me pay with my plastic money okay? he he. :P
Yea, unlike my dad, I'm not the one who likes to bring around tonnes of cash. More often then not, I'd resort to the plastic money - tho when it comes to plastic money you hafta be careful to spend wisely - kot tak the next day after the paycheque came in, kena makan roti or megi - you get the drift :P
Back to work in full swing due to the on going UAT and some pending production issues and another round of graveyard shift - accompanied by C*** obviously - told him that I'd drive myself to work, but he's not having any of that. So yea, when we're done with the deployment at 2am, I even made him drive us to the uptown.
Saja nak feeling-feeling muda mudi. We ended up strolling around, bored(we're probably too old for this) and pretty upset - because we bumped into parents with wee kids (those that are still in swaddle and all), like wth are you doing here with little kids at this hour? Balik rumah boleh?
We're not parents contoh by all means, but c'mon, this is no place for kids. People smoking, vaping, the loud crowds. Tak rugi apa pon kalau tak pi situ - that's how my mum would put it. When Myra was born, we even stopped going to the mamak for our weekend roti canai breakfast and all those super crowded places during the first year. Tunggu la anak besaq sikit kan?
Okay lah, enough ranting. Later.
I should probably stop procrastinating and start writing about Shariq's milestones.
My little one is already 16 month old. Yup, the wee one yang sangat suka makan albeit the 6 little gigi - yup, no addition to the existing ones so far. He'd like to sample everyone's food. If we're eating out, the moment the food was put on the table, he'd go "Nak nak!". Same goes if I just whipped up a plate of egg fried rice for Myra, he'd be the first one to come over to me for food. Semangat sangat anak mak. He totally inherited our love for food this one.
He understands us pretty well these day. He can take simple instructions, like suruh pickup the toys and put em back into the box, or put his dirty pjs in the laundry basket. When you say "Shariq, mummy nak kiss!", he'll come over and offer his cheek to be kissed.
He can fetch stuff too. Sometimes when he's being cheeky, masa orang lain tengah kusyuk tengok tv, he'd gingerly walk over to the tv and turn it off.
Taktau la tu saja nak menyakat ke dengki? Tsk tsk. Tho if you ask him to turn it on again, he'd do it pretty gladly, like it's some sort of game or something. he he.
It also gets pretty easy to understand him now. Whenever he wants something, he'll point at it saying "Nak nak", and if you picked up the wrong thing, he'll shake his head no.
When it's about bedtime, kalau tanya, "Shariq you wanna sleep?", if he feels like it, he'll quickly grab your hand and drag you to the bedroom else buat dunno jer. ha ha.
Well, Shariq is still an early riser - even during the weekend. :P
So yea, whenever I try to sleep in for a bit during the weekend and when he finds it hard to wake me up (as I'll pretend to be asleep even if I'm awake, just because it feels good just to stay in bed sometimes), he'll just get down from the bed himself, open the bedroom's door and play the toys by himself or with Myra if she's awake - tho obviously I'd get pretty restless knowing that my kids are up and doing God knows what outside, so not long after, mak dia pon kena lah bangun to check on the kids.
Just like his sister, the son of mine loves going out. When the weekend comes - tho not like he knows the different - but I guess he knows that on a day that both the parents and his sister are still around when he wakes up, and when Myra is nicely dressed in her going-out clothes and not her playschool uniform, mesti lah hari untuk berjalan-jalan sudah tiba. So much so that he'd put on his little sneakers - yup, he knows how to put em on - hari-hari berlatih pakai kasut kat rumah. Effort yang sungguh amazing di situ.
He still loves to ransack his little wardrobe and the kitchen cabinet. Taking out everything insight and putting them back when being asked to. He particularly loves my 'food pantry' cabinet. He'd play with sugar and flour jar, the canned food - taking them out to the living hall, rolling em on the floor. Sampai ada yang kemek-kemek - tho I don't bother the kemek bit, mak selalu risau the canned food terjatuh atas his little toes je. Haih. The careless mind of a lil one kan? Mana dia nak pikiaq semua tu.
He's still a breastfeed baby, tho I've supplemented him with FM whenever needed since a month or so ago (heart-breaking but it's only fortunate that he's fine with the one that Myra's currently consuming). I underestimated his demand so my stash depleted pretty quickly and I just couldn't cope - what with work and all that - so yeah, I'm still pumping to provide him as much BM as possible and at this age, he knows how to ask to be nursed too. He'd come to me, pats me on the chest and goes "Naakkkk".with his cheeky smile and all.
Can't you not be so obvious son?
So yea, here's a photo of him, looking all grown up. Jangan besaq cepat sangat boleh? (Nanti people gonna start asking me when the next is coming. :P)
Not too soon people, not too soon.
It has been pretty busy at work. Busy is such an easy word. Stressed out is more like it.
Had a system deployment and database migration on Saturday at 1PM (it started way earlier, my slot was at 1PM). Supposed to be done in 3 hours or so, but I ended up leaving office for home at 10.30PM - and all I had for berbuka was a cream bun and chocolate milk.
Like there goes my Saturday, my precious, eagerly awaited weekend. I was planning to cook something for C*** for berbuka since he'll be away for another work trip. Sob. Tinggal impian. The eldest even waited for me when I got home when the clock was about to strike 11PM and asked "Mummy, why work lama sangat?". Tsk tsk. Mom's guilt. Just can't run away from it.
Come Monday, there's some login issue for the IB staff since some of the applications just migrated to LDAP authentication, so yea, I ended up going back home at 6.30PM after deploying some codes to the UAT (tho we could leave by 5PM during Ramadan and I had to text the playskool to tell em that I'll be late to pick up the lil one), only to get back to the office again right after Subuh this morning for an emergency deployment - yeah, I've been informed about the confirmed deployment time at 10PM. Such joy.
So yea, if you were to ask me how am I feeling right now. I'm tired but everything went well (so far) so yea, Alhamdulillah for that.
After all, this is what I do to put the food on the table right? Tho not literally - since we'd still have food on the table thanks to C***. :P
Mine is more like a safety net, so that we'd get to live worry free. :)
Big or small. Everyone has their own battle, this is mine, yes?
Well, I met the other half sometime 12 years ago (when I still had teen to my age) , and we've been married for (almost) 5. 5 blissful years, that included the normal ups and downs.
Anyway, few days more to go before the anniversary, so yea, since it gonna fall in the middle of fasting month, no lunch date as usual. Probably postpone sampai lepas raya - tho I already got my anniversary gift. I made him got me some Mantraband. They are reasonably cheap, see? I'm so easy to please.
Moving on, we made a big batch if karipap daging and epok-epok sayur the previous weekend - to stock up for puasa - ya know, when you feel like eating kuih but you couldn't be bothered to go and buy any or tak sempat to make any - hence the home made frozen kuih.
Yea, for the karipap daging (which is my favourite), I made everything moi-self, from the pastry to the beef filling (don't ask me for the recipe, I'm never the one to measure my ingredients) - tho C*** helped 'putting them together' part.
MIL took over when it comes to epok-epok sayur, I never knew such thing existed until few years ago - when I married C*** obviously. She even made a fresh batch of homemade chili sauce to go with the epok-epok. We had fun, that sounds so wrong but yea, we had fun. :)
Went to a uni friend's daughter's akikah on Saturday. Met some of the former housemates there. It was fun. The last time we met was ages ago. It's great to be able to laugh at ourselves again or should I say that they had fun laughing at me?
I felt like I'm 18 again. We surely had loads of fun when we lived together eons ago. Good old days eh?
Yes, still alive and kicking here.
Pretty swamped with work in the office - never-ending since the day I got back from our long-awaited trip - now that I'm done with the documentations, scripts and whatnot for the upcoming deployment, baru boleh bernafas sikit.
Like yea, I only had a day to cool off from the trip sebab just a day after I got back, busy kerja macam orang gila. Berdedikasi sangat mak. *flips tudung*
Shall (briefly) write about our trip later. Yea, we went back balik kampung, to C***'s 2nd kampung - the land of rising sun. I've been wanting to go there since forever. Honeymoon tak sempat since we were pregnant immediately after the wedding, so yea, lepas tu we couldn't travel with a baby so we only ended up with a bunch of local trips and a couple of overseas trips before I got knocked up again and we had to go through the whole cycle again.
Anyway, the week-long trip was a fun one (albeit the not-so-fortunate event when we got back, will write bout it later). We walked a lot (like few kilometers daily) - I reckon it's C***'s way to slim me up for EID. Owh thanks hon.
I should be thankful that we got back with my knees intact. Rasa macam dah bersenam untuk setahun. :P
The kids were cooperative during the trip, no excessive tantrums and whatnot so we're pretty sane throughout tho adelah sesi merajuk 2-3 minit in between but nothing severe dan tiada aksi meroyan mak bapak banyak anak (2 is plural so banyak la kan?).
Thanks for making my life easier sweethearts - else you know that your daddy won't take us anywhere for the next 10 years or until both of you are over 20. :P
So yea, I hope we'd be able to travel again soon. Now that we know that it ain't that hard to travel with kids, so let's.
We took the kids out jalan-jalan on Sunday since we decided to stay put on Saturday as C*** just got back from a work trip, bagi dia relax sat.
To make it more interesting, we decided to hop on a train to KLCC. We parked our car at the Setiawangsa station since it's the nearest to our place. Myra was pretty excited, she surely appreciates those kinda stuff better these days.
So yea, I was on a mission last weekend. I reckoned that I could do with a new pair of jeans for the upcoming trip. I'm not a pants-person and if you were to rummage through my wardrobe, you probably gonna find only 5 of em, a ratio of 1:5, 1 pant for every 5 pairs of skirt - and that includes those pants of my pjs. he he.
Anyway, couldn't find anything interesting in H&M and Levis, so my last stop was M&S, when I picked a few of my size, the SA nearby went
"Maybe you should take this instead of the Medium miss",
whilst pointing to another pant of my size but in Short. Kau saja jer tanak sebut short kan?
Hmpp..like yea, thanks for pointing that out. Thank you very much.
If you're wondering, yea, I ended up with a pant of my size in Short. Oh my, I am indeed short, well since I don't do high heels, no use of going for Medium pon. *cough* tak mengaku pendek *cough*
I have tonnes of stuff to do this upcoming weekend. I need to stock up on some stuff for the upcoming trip - most of em are food for the kids. I also need to start packing as I'll be packing for 3 this time around tho I'm yet to ask C*** whether he wanna do the packing for me. He's a much better packer than I am, so yeah, we'll see how lah.
I've been wanting to write, but I've been pretty overwhelmed at work and at home.
So yeah, we spent the long weekend back in Kedah, everything was great except for the long drive thanks to the horrendous balik-kampung traffic.
I think we should have a balik kampung schedule or something, our highway just can't cope with the traffic anymore, no matter if we multiples the lanes by four, let's not talk about the RNR - the endless queue - nah, I'm not talking about the queue at the loo, queue nak drive into the RnR pon dah jem berbatu-batu.
Your luck just ran out if you desperately need to wee wee, like yea, good luck with that - you'll fare better if you can pee in a bottle or something - not like I did, just saying. :P
So yea, Myra turned 4. Had a mini celebration at school. The cake was awesome. A pink-purple My Little Pony chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting, like yea, I was expecting something regular, ya know, chocolate cake and err..butter cream (that's how oblivious I am, I asked for chocolate cake and specified the color of the frosting, not the type of the frosting) - so when we were given a huge slice of cake to be taken back home (so nice of the teacher to ask whether I wanted to have a bit of it or not, else mak tak merasa lah cake birthday), I was pretty blown away.
C*** thinks so too, no fake-butter taste and cheap chocolate after-taste whatsoever - so I was not being delirious or something. The baker is nice too, absolutely worth every penny. So yea, I absolutely know where to get em cakes next time. :)
We already booked an apartment for our getaway, it helps that the place that we're going is like C***'s 2nd kampung, else we wouldn't be able to grab such a place. Like yea sure, they have a website and everything, but it's in their native language, no English version whatsoever and even if you Google-translated it (yea,I tried even tho it's not like I have any use of it), the language is pretty hard to comprehend.
Well, another crucial part - we're yet to finalize the itinerary, I hafta admit that it's pretty hard.
C*** simply went
"List down everything you wanna do and places you wanna go, I'll take you there."
Like easy for you to say, sure I have tonnes of stuff
to buy to see and places to go to, but that's me. C*** doesn't care much, as long as I'm happy (which is great, adakah project memikat hati bini? haha) but we're traveling with another friend (C***'s friend to be exact) and his family (they decided to tag along right after we bought our tickets) and they didn't even bother to chip in on this - which annoys me a little.
Honestly, I don't like to be the travel planner for people that I don't know much of, like I've told C*** that I already have a list of stuff that I want to look for once we're there.
These people might not like the same thing as I do (they are somewhat older, the age gap probably gonna divide our interest), so if they let us know, boleh la we arrange something for them or whatnot - ni bukan macam pegi KLCC, this week pergi then lupa nak beli something, next weekend pegi lagi - we're not freaking billionaires. I want it to be meaningful for them as much as it's for me. Help me to help you la kan?
Ni bila tanya what they have on their mind, *crik crik* diam seribu bahasa.
Well, this trip supposed to be our family getaway but you wanna join in, okay, I don't mind that. The more the merrier eh? - tapi sila don't take us for granted. Like yea, you're so busy that you couldn't be bothered to do anything and expect me (yang mungkin depa rasa pegi office dok goyang kaki) to do all the research - where to go, when, how much to pay for the tickets etc.
C*** already did his part as he had to sort out the accommodations and flight tickets (yea, we even booked the tickets for them, tak biasa katanya *cough*)
Like yea, we're running a freaking travel agency now - but for free. ha ha.
I don't wanna be bitter about this as we'd be spending times together, tapi I just hafta say this, I'm a wee bit annoyed with people that couldn't be bothered to show some interest and effort. Dah namanya pon self-planned trip, mari lah sort things out together, else you are probably better off traveling with an agency - so that someone else gonna have you sorted out from A to Z, just bagi duit jer.
Owh dah terlajak jadi whiny, here's a bit more - bear with me.
There's this once place that I really really wanted to go when we're there because I'm such a hugeeee fan, but sadly, my luck ran out, because the tickets for this particular place adelah sudah sold out on our intended date - we could try to squeeze it in somewhere, tapi I rather not tire the kids. Like yea, killjoy sungguh. Sob. Probably a good excuse for a second trip sometime in the future. :P
How's that for an update? he he.
Shariq turned 13 mth old 2 days ago and when I thought that he'll grow out of the baby koala phase when he's at this age, nampaknya tidak.
He just wouldn't leave me alone when I'm around, so much so that C*** or MIL hafta pry him off me. Yea, it's that bad.
He's been such a good eater for the past week (3 full serving of meal + 5 bottles of EBM whilst I was at work), but came Saturday, he was down with a mild fever and refused to eat much. Yea, mom's world problem over here = kids not eating = much worse than planning for a world domination.
On a lighter note, I have to reconfirm my order for Myra's birthday cake by this week, to finalize on the color and whatnot. I still need to hunt for the raisins in those tiny boxes for her party pack. Also need to finalized the design for the custom stickers. It has been ages since the last time I did any editing work, demi anak ku gagahkan jua, tho I hafta admit that I'm not much a designer to begin with.
Anyway, I'm still in the middle of arranging our itinerary for our week-long getaway. Tho we just gonna stick to one particular city, still lah rasa macam so little time so much to do - since we're traveling with kids, so I think it's wise not to tire them up so much. We hafta put a limit to our activities, kot bujangan boleh la keluar pagi balik malam, with kids, more like keluar pagi and balik before they get too cranky. :P
C*** on the other hand, is still hunting for our accommodation (which doesn't come cheap *lap peluh* ) as I'd prefer for us to rent an apartment - so that I can whip up easy meals for the kids. Jalan-jalan bawak bekal so that I'd be able to stuff them up whenever they are hungry. It would be so much easier on my conscience too, knowing that my kids are not being neglected just because the parents are too eager to travel. he he. Mak bapak dia macam-macam boleh makan, so I don't worry much about us.
Moving on, sometimes last week, during one of the phone calls, I told my mum on how Myra has been wanting to own a play-doh set. Sure, it's not really a grand request, but Shariq is just one and he's not really over the I-put-everything-in-my-mouth phase. Play-doh is the exact kinda toy that I'm trying to avoid - like seriously, play-doh looks pretty yummy to me, if I'm one, I'd probably eat it - I think that I used to have a go at it when I was a kid, I had like tonnes of play-doh set when I was younger, best okeh? Except when you accidentally mixed all the colors together and they turn ugly like shit. :P
So yea, few days after that, mum sent me a picture through whatsApp - a picture of a huge box of play-doh, coz ya know because she 'happened' to be at Parkson and 'accidentally' saw a good play-doh set. Right, as if she hangs out at the toy section often la kan? :P
Pbbff...grandparents, they spoil the kids rotten.
MIL is back from her umrah on Monday, but Shariq is still at the daycare until the end of this week - so that MIL can chill for a bit to beat the jet lag and whatnot.
Planning to grab a box of brownies or japanese cream puff to be given to the nannies at the daycare, a token of appreciation or the sort, tho it's not like they are taking care of the baby for free (heck, the fees dah nak sama macam kakak tho it's just for 3 weeks, ad-hoc rate katanya *cough*), now I just need to find a baker to accept my last minute order. :P
Moving on, we had a pretty laid-back weekend. Went out on Saturday for ribs and jalan-jalan for a bit.
We even took out the new stroller for a spin, the kids love it. Now both of them can comfortably sit and stroll but we hafta let Myra sit on the upper seat else her legs gonna dangle awkwardly if she was to be seated on the lower seat. We can't really have a fixed seating arrangement as we might have to switch if the baby nak tidoq because the lower seat couldn't be reclined much compared to the upper seat. The hood is hugee, so much so that we took it off during our stroll in the mall, macam serabut la pulak. ha ha. Tapi when we travel later, kena lah angkut.
Owh, the stroller comes with a neck support pillow, a cup holder, a matching diaper bag and a rain cover. The storage basket underneath is of a decent size, boleh la nak sumbat apa-apa yang patut.
The stroller is pretty awesome. It's as small as our single stroller but just a bit longer when folded (dan tak muat kalau nak letak dalam my compact car or C***'s small car, so it got a permanent place in our MPV instead). Maneuverability wise is pretty decent, the handles are at a good height for both of us tho it's not adjustable.
Sure it's a wee bit heavier than what we're used to, but it's a double stroller so it's somewhat expected. It's an umbrella fold too, tho the folding and unfolding need a bit of getting used to. If dulu can fold with one hand and a kaki, now kena lah use both hand and a kaki and fasten the straps to lock em in place and whatnot - we even bought an extra strap to further tighten the fold. Dulu less than a minute, now probably 4 minutes. ha ha. Well, it's C***'s job, so yea, have fun hon.
On a lighter note, when we got the stroller, we noticed that the front wheel is a wee bit wobbly. It's probably not a big deal, but knowing that we're buying this stroller for our next trip and we couldn't afford the risk of the wheels tercabut or malfunction in any way as we'll be walking a lot, we contacted the seller and even sent her a video of the said wheel. The feedback was pretty quick, we'll be getting a replacement front wheel coming our way soon, so yey! Brownies point disitu!
Owh, I forgot to mention which stroller that we bought. Didn't I? he he. We got our hands on this Merricart tandem stroller at a good price - ours is the black frame in red polka dot (pasrah je C***). ha ha. We decided to grab it from a local seller, instead of jadi kiasu and tunggu dah sampai our destination baru beli stroller sebab nak brand lagi best dan lagi murah - like what I mentioned in my previous post. I mean, kalau sampai sana baru nak beli stroller, jenuh la nak heret budak berdua sans stroller - what with the luggage and all, and there's no guarantee that the stroller is readily available in the store, buatnya takde? So yeah, out with the kiasu-ness, in with the practicality.
So yea, there goes my quick review, will post up a photo in my ig when I feel like it. ;)
Kids, they grow up, so fast. Too fast for my liking sometimes.
Shariq, at 1 year old. Is calling almost everyone in the house mama. ha ha. Tho the most amusing thing about this is, when he wakes up in the middle of the night for nursing, instead of crying, he'll try to reach out for me from his cot whilst panggil " Maaa..maaaa". I guess that's baby's language for "I'm hungry now mom. Please wake up and feed me".
He also knows how to ask for something by pointing to the object of his desires - and if you picked up the wrong item, he'll shake his head. You can even ask him a simple yes or no question and tho he doesn't nod in approval, he'd surely geleng if he disagrees. Kids these days ey? Bak kata my MIL, budak baru menetas dah pandai macam-macam. :P
This little boy of mine is pretty clever too (don't mind me, mothers think that their kids are genius), the other day, when I was about to give him a bath, I stripped him off his clothes and suddenly he went running into the room, I called out for him, but no respond and when I was about to look after him, he came back with his pjs that he took from his little closet. Amazeballs sangat. Tak lama lagi dah bleh tolong fetch barang ni.
He's doing great in getting down from the bed. Few times that I left him to sleep on our bed and went out to the kitchen to sort on things, the next thing you know, dia dah terkedek-kedek jalan out of the bedroom as if nothing happen. Like yea, don't mind me mom, I just got up and now nak jalan pi main toys sat. The first time it happened I was dumbstruck, like how on earth did you manage to get down? Our bed is pretty high compared to the normal standard. Normally, he'd cry out for me whenever he's awake and nobody's around, ni senyap-senyap dah turun sendiri. Amazing but scary if you ask me.
Owh, I missed out on the he-finally-walks-now update, yea, he started his first few steps probably a week before his first birthday. These days, he doesn't walk anymore, he runs. Not sprinting run, but run all the same. Kita tengok pulak takot that he'll fall flat on his face or something.
He's a good eater this days, bagi lah makan apa pon, habis - tho he's not as chubby as he used to be - but as long as I know that he's eating well. Good enough for me.
Owh, he's now a toddler with 6 little gigi, no sign of others coming out yet.
He's done with his pneumococcal shots which is great.
What's new with Myra? She's as talkactive as ever. She's good in asking for things. She made us bought her a kid's size apron. She'll negotiate her way into getting her little hands on my depleting stock of matcha kitkats.
"Mummy, all friends kakak dah pegi Legoland, Myra jer not yet"
"Yer ke? Saper dah pegi?"
"Sofea dengan adik."
"Two jer? Kata all"
Exaggerate sangat kau nak, nanti la kita pi Disneyland, Legoland hafta wait for a bit, sekarang ni panas sangat, nanti mak emosi sebab as much as I like to jalan-jalan, I don't do jalan-jalan tengah panas (don't mind me, I'm not much of an outdoor person to begin with). Legoland is panas (or so I heard. he he).
Yea, besides that, dah pandai jugak ajak duduk hotel.
Kids these days, but I guess it's a normal phase. I love hotels when I was younger too, I still do now. Hotels = good food + unlimited pool time.
My dad used to travel a lot for work, so whenever possible, we tagged along. Even when he's not working pon, he loves to splurge on good hotels. There was a time when we'd stay in a hotel on weekend like twice in a month, walaupon setakat duduk kat Shangri-la Penang tho rumah just dekat Kedah which is like sekangkang kera away.
The good old days. :)
Ni update pasal mak ke anak? I digress.
She's a pretty good eater too these days, tho you hafta make sure that it suits her taste buds, kalau rasa tak ngam, terus pangkah, pedas la, apa la - padahal setitik cili pon tak letak. Kalau sedap to her tongue, she'd ask for a second, sometimes a third - which is quite amusing since she's still owh-so-skinny. hi hi.
Well, I was skinny too when I was at her age, so yeah, sekarang tidak lagi. :P
Gonna get our new stroller today, great - you know you're such a makcik when buying a stroller makes ya happy.
It has been more than a week since the 1st day for the wee one at the daycare. How he's doing? Good I guess.
How am I doing? Hmpp..not so great. I feel like a balancing act in a circus. he he. Imagine me, with a baby, 5 bags (FS bag, handbag, cooler bag, the kids' bags) and a toddler in tow. Not a pretty sight.
Pagi-pagi dah rasa macam running a marathon (not like I ever join one). Habis cayaq makeup mak - not like I wear much makeup to begin with, but ya know, whatever left of it pon dah habis by the time I dropped them off to school.
That my friend, is just the first half of the marathon because once I picked them up from school, the 2nd half began.
The cooking (both for our dinner & Shariq's food for the next day), the cleaning, the ironing, the washing - minus the folding. I don't do folding - doesn't matter if there's a mount Everest of clothes unfold pon. :P
I tried to skip the cooking part, so I could relax for a bit, but the fridge is so well stocked that it makes me feel guilty. Owh, the cooking for us I mean, not the kids, I strive to cook for them everyday, especially Myra lah (Shariq memang pagi petang siang malam makan food mak dia masak, susu pon mak dia produce.hahaha. TMI), during weekdays, at least she gets to eat my cooking once/day for dinner.
Like yea, seronok membeli groceries tapi malas masak just doesn't sound right - tho it's not like I'll be doing something fancy, last night it was fettuccine carbonara with brown mushroom and streaky beef which was done within 30 minutes.
By the time I hit the bed, I'm truly drained but pretty contented. Looking at the amount of work done - rasa macam super mak sangat. ha ha.
On a lighter note, I already bought the double stroller, calmly waiting for it to be shipped over. Will write a quick review about it once it's here.
We have 2 months to work on the passports for our upcoming trip - more than enough time to procrastinate . Mine and Myra's expired last year and Shariq is going to have his first passport photo taken - I can't wait.
Meanwhile, I also have to work on the party pack for Myra's 4th birthday. I'm yet to look around for her cake. *lap peluh*
You're the light, you're the night
You're the color of my blood
You're the cure, you're the pain
You're the only thing I wanna touch
Never knew that it could mean so much, so much
You're the fear, I don't care
'Cause I've never been so high
Follow me through the dark
Let me take you past our satellites
You can see the world you brought to life, to life
So love me like you do, lo-lo-love me like you do
Love me like you do, lo-lo-love me like you do
Touch me like you do, to-to-touch me like you do
What are you waiting for?
Fading in, fading out
On the edge of paradise
Every inch of your skin is a holy grail I've got to find
Only you can set my heart on fire, on fire
Yeah, I'll let you set the pace
'Cause I'm not thinking straight
My head's spinning around I can't see clear no more
What are you waiting for?
Love me like you do, lo-lo-love me like you do (like you do)
Love me like you do, lo-lo-love me like you do
Touch me like you do, to-to-touch me like you do
What are you waiting for?
ELLIE GOULDING - Love me like you do.
So yea, what are you waiting for? :P
Anyway, I'm having this playing in a loop in my head these days - finally done with my Ed Sheeran phase.
Life is pretty hectic now. What with the requirement studies for the new enhancement. The infra-upgrade. The stroller dilemma (yea, still deliberating. Fickle-minded much?). The accommodation hunt for our upcoming family getaway and I'm yet to work on the itinerary.
The anticipation for the much awaited *cough* bonus *cough* because I have the need to splurge on something.
I'm a changed person you know? I think that at some point in the recent years, I've stopped being the crazy bag-lady. I've stop ogling over designer bags - okay, I lied, I still like looking at them, but not as much as I did previously.
Sure I still grabbed one or two along the way, but nothing too fancy, you know, none of the almost-habis-gaji-sebulan thing anymore, the last time was during the first few years that I just started working (kot?). I'm absolutely calmer now, I don't salivate (over those bags) as much too. he he.
On a lighter note, last Monday was the 1st day for the wee one at the daycare. How he's doing? Well, probably better than Myra during her first day in playschool. Myra was 3 y/o when we started sending her off to school, Shariq just turned one, the younger you send them in, the better they adapt, I guess. It also helps that Myra is around to 'look' after her baby brother. Ada tukang report bila balik rumah. he he.
Back to his first day. He obviously cried a little. Refused his usual dose of milk - he survived on 2 bottles of milk (out of 5) and 3 portions of porridge. He ate a lot. I don't know whether I should laugh or cry - but as long as he's not starving, then I guess that I shouldn't fret much tho I'd direct feed him as much as possible at home (at one point he just refused to open his mouth altogether. he he).
On another lighter note, since he's not taking much EBM at the daycare, I've been able to stock up on my milk stash. Every cloud has a silver lining, yes?
Moving on, the in-laws (including MIL) will be off for umrah today. Semoga selamat pergi and balik. :)
I want to rant about this nagging feeling in my guts about sending the wee one to daycare.
Yea, a change in routine for him, for us starting next week.
I don't fret much about mine, but I'm pretty worried about what it gonna do to the little one, what with his baby-koala phase and everything.
I hope he won't fuss much. I hope he'll be an easy baby for the nanny. I hope that he'll finish up his EBM and food. I hope that he won't have any trouble sleeping at the daycare, he doesn't sleep much during the day nowadays.
I hope that they don't find him too spoilt or troublesome to be taken care of.
I don't know what to expect.
This is my 2nd baby but I'm still fretting like a first-timer.
Yesterday was more or less like any other day, I got home from work, trapped in the usual traffic for a bit - I changed my mind - a lot, since I was pretty late to pick up Myra from school.
Talked to the teacher for a bit. She commented on how good Myra is doing in school, a direct quote would be
"each time ajar the group, she would be the first one to remember everything"
The teacher even asked whether I'm teaching her at home which I replied with a quick " no".
Honestly, I'm pleased - I am after all, easy to please. What a music to this exhausted mother's ears. he he.
I have to admit that we never really bother to press her when it comes to educational stuff, whatever she's been absorbing for the past few years, has been done rather casually - when she comes to us asking about stuff, then we'd teach her.
When she asked for crayons or pencil to color and write, then we'll let her. Sure we'd show her how to do it and stuff, but we're never stern about it. Nak buat, buat, tamau buat, ok dah, pegi main lompat-lompat.
Sometimes we'd point out the headlines printed on the cover of a news paper or a magazine and ask her to spell it out, but that's just for fun.
Sometimes we'll recite all those short surahs together in the car whilst driving to school, tho most of the time it's me reciting whilst she's listening. :P
Sometimes we'd play the alphabet games together on the tablet, but that's about it.
It's not like I'd spend a solid hour everyday teaching her the alphabet, numbers, nursery rhymes, iqra and whatnot.
Even when I feel like teaching her something, sometimes she'll run off after 5 minutes, so yea, that's as much as 'home schooling' that she ever gets. :P
She'll be 4 next month but we don't see the need to burden her with home works yet. I am the typical Asian mother, but probably without the added kiasu-ness - well, fine, I am a wee bit kiasu but not so much.
I don't want her to start off on the wrong track, I don't want her to think that when it comes to educational stuff, it's such a bore. I want her to learn and have fun whilst she's at it.
I'm not writing this to gloat. I'm writing this so that when she's big enough to stalk me on my blog, I want her to know that she's my little genius and I'm proud of her - despite all the meltdowns and drama. he he.
I love you darling, to the moon and back. *peluk ketat-ketat*
Nope, not talking about doubling up the number of kids, I'm not that crazy yet. I need another year, or two or three. :P
Anyway,we're in the midst of planning our 1st trip as a family of four.
Honestly, our last quick getaway was months ago - and it's only a few hours drive away - and it's starting to irk me when I'm not traveling. Like seriously, what on earth is stopping us? Money? Work? Kerja sampai mati pon tak abis.
Anak kecik? Susah travel? Yeah, that sounds more like us :P
I mean, I'm not much of a globe hunter pon, but I'd like to make it a routine for us to go on our own getaways every now and then, be it near or far.
We didn't go places last year, I was heavily pregnant during the 1st quarter and later, it goes without saying that we decided not to travel with a newborn.
Shariq gonna turn one this month and once he's done with his vaccinations ( MMR & last dose of pneumococcal), mari lah travel.
So yea, during our last trip to Beijing, Myra was almost 2 y/o. We dragged along our trusted Peg Perego stroller and Boba SSC (which has been ever so useful, I climbed the Great Wall with a toddler sleeping on my back).
Now that we have two babies (albeit one is a real baby and the other one is more like a cry baby), I'm thinking of getting my hands on a double stroller. A stadium seating is a must (there's no way around it) and if possible a light umbrella fold.
I'm not crazy about bulky, super expensive strollers, no matter how attractive they look.
I'm practical and a cheapskate just like that. I mean, even with our current stroller pon mak mengah nak fold and unfold (exaggerate sikit), what if it's a huge bulky double stroller. I might as well, sit in a corner and cry - or maybe not. :P
Okay, drama much? - but ya, that's the point.
Did I tell ya I'm not really into super expensive strollers? Like 2k is my limit, anything over that is bleh, it's just a freaking stroller, tapi if I could get my hands on an el-cheapo (but reliable) one, lagi mak gumbira.
I only have 3 strollers in my KIV list, a Miniwalker double stroller (or now known as Merricart from our jiran Spore), Kinderwagon double stroller (from US tapi sebijik macam Miniwalker/Merricart jugak, tak tau who copied who,I think the former. he he) and Cosatto Shuffle All Star stroller.
All of these are within my budget and whilst I was browsing around, I just found out that 2 (the Kinderwagon & Cosatto) of em are being sold way cheaper in our destination country, like here, I want that, take my money already.
Now I'm counting on the possibility of C*** going there for a quick work trip - so that he'd be able to hunt for the stroller before our travel date which equals to penjimatan berganda (RM500 is good money to me, mak bleh beli Fitflop sepasang), else I hafta settle with the the marked up Malaysian price.
Owh, Miniwalker is just around RM1200, cheaper compared to the former two - Malaysian price that is.
so how now brown cow?
MIL will be away for umrah soon, most likely around the same time like she did last year, in March - which is sometime this month.
I've called the principal of Myra's playschool, asked if it's possible to have a temporary slot for the wee one for a month. She said yes!
Else God knows the kind of misery that I'll be in. At least I don't have to fret about going to two different places to drop off the kids. Having the kids at the same place, I'd be comforted by the thought that the wee one is not alone in a new place, at least Myra is around (& she's awesome with her kid brother so boleh la tolong pujuk adik, kalau mood dia baik that is) - tho they are obviously gonna be placed within their respective age group.
Nothing is more comforting than a familiar face when you're stranded somewhere unfamiliar. Yes?
More so now that Shariq is in his baby-koala phase, he just doesn't warm up to stranger as quick as he did previously.
So yea, now that we've secured a place for Shariq, I just got myself a new cooler bag (a fridge-to-go which is awesome) for his EBM. Need to get a new set of iron-on labels for his clothes and probably a bunch of customized labels for his bottles and stuff (check out Fun Printz, they are pretty alright, a local alternative to Bright Star Kids/ Tinyme labels).
Myra started going to playschool when she's 3, so I didn't have the go through all the hassle of preparing EBM and solid food for day care.
So yea, all us of hafta learn something new everyday eh?
Anyway, we're not sure of what the arrangement gonna be like post-umrah. Whether MIL still gonna stay with us or she's going back home and Shariq gonna be sent to day care permanently.
Shariq gonna turn one this month, sending him off to day care at that age, wouldn't be that bad.
Allahumma yassir wa laa tu`asir
How does one measure love?
I have no idea.
When a husband gave in to your you-are-over-your-head idea. It's a sign of love kah?
It surely sounds like love to me. :P
Will ramble about that later.
Two of the cousins are getting married this year - which is awesome.
MIL is going for another umrah this year, about the same time as last year, probably just a wee bit later - I have to make some arrangement for Shariq's daycare.
I need a new Fitflop. Decided that my 9th pair should be a Skinny croc in Bronze, a simple one for the win - too bad that the last time that I went to Bratpack, they didn't have it in my size.
I need a new wallet. I hope there's something extra in March's paycheque *cough* bonus *cough* to accommodate this need.
I'm currently scouting for party pack ideas for Myra's 4th birthday - playschool edition, 35 kids altogether, which includes the kindy, play school and day care. Kalau her group, baru 8 orang. :P
I'm thinking of toxic-free crayons( gonna buy them in bulks) and probably some air kotak/choc milk, Oreos, small bars of milk choc (maybe? A wee bit of chocolate wouldn't hurt. Kot? My Myra loves dark choc, but I don't think other kids would appreciate that), little box of raisins, Twiggies (maybe? Keji tak bagi cake/roti? ha ha.) and the sort,but nope, no jajan.
I hate to admit that I've..hmppp..thrown away some of the stuff in the party packs that Myra brought back home - almost weekly. I mean, some of those looks soo...inedible. Eg. Colorful jelly/candy made in China - especially those with all-wrritten-in-Chinese packaging.
I don't know bout you but I have a thing about food made in China. Rasa sungguh, unsafe, but I'm anal just like that.
I feel bad - the thought of the money spent on those jajan, but I'd feel worse if I were to feed those to my kid.
I'm not much of a kiasu mummy, I have my kiasu moments for sure, but what I deem unfit for my kids, the same goes to others. Takkan nak kumpul pehtu bagi kat anak orang lain pulak?
We found a place to satisfy our craze for mee tarik. The noodles are awesome, so is the cumin lamb chop. My ultimate favourite. If I couldn't be bothered of what those fatty juicy lamb gonna do to my arteries, I'd go there weekly. :P
Anyway, we went back up North last week, C*** had to work in Penang on Friday, so we tagged along. After 2 long weeks, baru lah dapat jumpa the little nephew (Hello Muhammad Adam Rayyan!). He's so small and smells owh-so-heavenly. I'm yet to get him anything big - except for a set of cute bandana bibs.
Haih. I love newborn, they are so easy to please, bagi susu, tukar diaper, tido, settle - everything is dandy, except for the bangun-200-kali-malam-malam-for-milk that is.
Dah anak dua, boleh la cakap. :P
Don't mind me whilst I gloat in my mak-anak-dua glory.
Back to work then. Tata.
Shariq is teething these days,as he's been drooling pretty excessively in the past few days. Not much into food but finish up his milk like a champ. 3 little gigi to-date (2 more on the way). Right upper central incisor and both of his lower central incisor. Budak kecik tiga gigi.
He's a pretty easy baby that boy. Good appetite (except when he's teething) and no more bottle-rejection issues - which is such a huge relief. It's heart breaking knowing that your baby is having a hard time during milk time whilst you're at work.
Talk about milk.
------MY RAMBLING ABOUT BF STARTS HERE----
He's still a breastfeed baby. 10 months of nursing is not easy tho it's pretty easy compared to those that I hafta endure with Myra - physically and emotionally.
I still get the usual
"Anak dia semangat betul, sekali minum susu 5oz, minum susu ____(insert expensive brand name here) sehat la dia".
True story. In fact, someone told me that only yesterday - as if telling me that I'm inadequate, as if I'm not taking care of my baby properly, sebab tak bagi susu mahal.
Yea thanks, the last time I checked, people did mention something about mom's milk = liquid gold. Tak pernah pulak orang cakap susu lembu tu liquid gold. ha ha.
Okay, that's me being defensive. Those people still irks me sometimes. I'm still human after all tho I still have nothing against FM mommies - in fact Myra pon on FM once she stopped nursing when she was a year and a half.
Everyone craves for the best for their kids. It's just those FM-obsessed people that I detest, especially some of those brain-washed makciks who thinks that you're not feeding your kids enough if you're not on FM, but let's not go there.
Everyone has their own battles, this is mine. To put it frankly, I couldn't be bothered bout what others think about BF. If they think that it's great, then yey us. If they think that it's too troublesome yada yada, then fine. I don't preach. I don't judge. It's not my place to judge, like ever.
I'll just do whatever that I can do, as long as Allah permits, as simple as that.
Back to BF, the pumping, storing, cleansing and whatnot adelah nothing tortures - but it requires a heart of steel dan kerajinan - that I hope won't vanish anytime soon. he he.
The baby could easily finish up 20 to 24 oz of EBM (4oz/bottle) whilst I'm at work - which might be normal for some, but for an average milk-mom like me, adelah menangis.
Shariq's daily dose are mostly chilled EBM from the day before tho sometimes selit-selit jugak the frozen EBM - just to regulate the stock or when I couldn't pump enough.
I'm currently not pumping enough on most days *cries* - not pumping enough in my definition adelah I can't provide enough chilled EBM for him the next day dan terpaksa topup with the frozen ones - most time a bottle (5oz), on a bad day, two.
The only time for me to replace those frozen stock is on Friday and weekend. My current frozen EBM adelah around 250oz - dangerously low, considering that I'd keep twice as much previously, only 2 out of the 4 drawers of my upright freezer are filled with em now. I hope that I'll sustain whilst trying to increase my productivity (this sounds so wrong. Owh well) - I need to replace at least 30oz weekly. How laaaa? Okay lah, TMI already.
--------END OF BF RAMBLING -------
He's currently on his I-am-a-baby-koala phase. Yup, whenever I'm around he'd follow me around like a shadow. When he's not in my arms, you'd certainly find him at my heels, demanding to be picked up. Yeah, whilst I love to feel needed, it gets pretty tricky sometimes, especially when you're trying to have some me-time in the shower or when you're about to wash your hair, you'll hear a little knocks on the door. Yup, he already learned how to knock on doors.
Well, he can actually stand unsupported these days, counting days before he'll be able to walk! I cannot wait, on a second thought, I don't mind waiting for a bit. Now that he crawls all over the house, childproofing gets pretty hard. We even had to 'hide' some of Myra's toys as some of em can be chocking hazards - which annoys the big sister a little. he he.
I had one of the most eventful long weekend.
Went back home up North to spend the days off with moi family. The traffic was pretty kind, we even had a quick pit-stop in Ipoh for Nasi Ganja (dad's favourite and now the other half's). Did nothing much but stuffed myself silly, hang out with my mum, laze around doing nothing but I managed to stock up bottles of EBM whilst I'm at it. Multitasking at its best.
It was hot and humid on most days, so we were at home most of the time except for a bunch of a quick drive here and there (to hunt for, ermm..food).
Dad is doing fine. Now that he's still recuperating tho I think it gonna take sometime more for him to get back to his old self, if ever - as he's still not talking much and for a such a loud person as he is, it's pretty odd. It has been more than 7 months since the last time I heard him talked (tho I have a video of him talking, accidentally recorded during one of those video calls, it's painful to watch) and thinking about it is pretty overwhelming sometimes.
Well, you never know what you're missing until it's gone eh?
The kids had fun as usual. Myra loves the attention, as usual. Shariq was stuck to me like a baby koala, as usual.
We got back home on Monday as C*** hafta work on Tuesday. Yup, no public holiday for him, so it was just me and the kids on Tuesday. It was mind boggling having to juggle between a 10 mth old and a 3 y/o - especially when the 10 mth old think that crawling into the bathroom whilst I'm trying to take a leak is funny.
I don't think that I wanna be a SAHM anymore. ha ha.
Anyway, amidst the chaos, I managed to cook for the kids. Fried rice and fruity oatmeal for breakfast. Fish soup with vege and rice for Myra's lunch and whatever-food-puree-I-could-find-in-the-freezer for the baby.
Me? I had their leftovers and probably a quarter loaf of an awesome butter cake - got it from my fav bakery back home, always love their arrays of breads and when I saw their butter cake, I shamelessly asked
"Sorry tanya dik, ni cake butter ke, cake majerin?"
No offense and thankfully, none taken. I'm anal just like that, I don't do fake butter cake. Alang-alang nak gemuk, biar lah dengan rasa yang sebenar. :P
Made dinner at 4pm whilst the kids were asleep, so yea, I ain't too shabby right? (Please don't mind me.)
So yea, we have a wedding to attend on Saturday and we're due for a visit to an aunt's place, I just need to get a cake. I promised her a cake - but a cake from my fav baker is impossibrruu, unless I don't mind waiting for the next 2-3 months or something.
I ordered a box of mini choc pavlova from her for Myra's birthday in April like 2 weeks ago, yup, almost 4 months in advance. Kegilaan apekah ini? That's just the pavlova, I'm yet to find the cake, I don't think the kids gonna fancy a Cherry Matcha cake, that's more like something that I'd like to have for my birthday instead.
I've been meaning to update on the kids' milestones this week, but I've been busy working on the Thai's project FSD and whatnot.
Whilst I was going through the office mail this morning, got a call from the boss and when his opening line sounded like this
"I don't know whether this is a good or a bad news.."
I know whatever news that I'm about to hear won't be pretty.
So yea, another bump on the Thai's project, it seems like it's going to be postponed yet again, this time, well into 2016.
Honestly, I'm quite pissed off.
Simply because I've put so much efforts into it and it's annoying to stop half way. I just wanna get it over it.
Like seriously, I've put my mind into it ever since the boss told me that traveling is inevitable for me this time around.
Nope, not because I'm looking forward to all the traveling - yes, I want to travel far this year, but traveling for work is not really what I have in mind - but in all honesty, I've been preparing myself mentally for the work and travel.
I've been telling myself not to fret much about the kids, especially the wee one who's still a BF baby (don't let me start about BF whilst traveling). I've been telling myself that I'll lug the entire family with me, so that I won't be alone and worried in a foreign city.
Ya know, I've been telling myself a whole lots of thing.
So when you finally got a good grip of yourself, datang pulak this dreaded news, I don't know whether I should be sad or happy. *shrugs*
Some might go, "Kecoh jer lebih, pegi siam jer pon?" .
May I remind you that it's not the distance which bugs the hell outta me, but the thought of leaving the kids behind and even if I were to drag the entire household along with me, C*** hafta take some time off from work (the trip is 5-days long, times 2), MIL hafta come along too etc.
Nampak domino effect di situ?
It's not as easy as " Okay, I'm off now, see you in 5 days!".
Like it doesn't feel right to leave them under the care of the other half and the MIL whilst I'm working thousands miles away. Sure, nothing is wrong with that, nobody bats an eye when the husband is away for work (or not), why should it be any different when it comes to me kan?
True, but it just doesn't feel right to me. It doesn't feel right to let them shoulder those tasks that are initially mine, like preparing food for the kids, especially the baby and let's not talk about EBM, my other half know pretty much nothing (something that I'm not proud of, now that we're parents of two) and MIL only knows how to warm up the EBM that I've prepared. So yeah, it doesn't feel right to put them through all the hassle so that I'd get to travel for work.
I feel guilty enough having MIL at our place to take care of the baby whilst we're at work, ni nak tinggal for a few days lagi lah...pffff..
My sick sick conscience.
Ha ha. How's that for a mom's dilemma?
I'm not judging those jet-setter mommies who doesn't seem to have any issue traveling the world, I probably wouldn't make a big fuss out of this someday, especially when my kids are older.
To each, their own yes?
So yea, let's not complicate things any further, as for now, I'd just move on and be happy. :P
Enough of my rambling. Happy (long) weekend!