Tuesday, 29 November 2011

One week old

  • Baby Iqbal was 1 week old last Saturday.
  • Baby and I was admitted at the hospital for two nights.
  • My blood pressure (BP) sky-rocketed since labour (from 160/100 to 130/80 today).
  • We have been receiving visitors from our relatives too (and more gifts too for Baby Iq).
  • My confinement period is going well, Alhamdulillah. (will write a more detail post on this later on)
  • Still adjusting our time especially when Baby Iq is more active during the night than the day. Zombie parents we are for the first few days! Hehe
  • Had difficulties nursing Baby Iq for the first few days but now, I’m able to fully BF him. Alhamdulillah :D
Need to go now. It’s time to nurse Baby Iq again! :D

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Finally Arrived

ALHAMDULILLAH.. Our Baby has finally arrived :D :D :D
AHMAD IQBAL BIN MUHAMMAD IMAN
Date of Birth : 19 Nov 2011 / 23 Zulhijjah 1432H
at 7.33pm Hospital RIPAS
Weight: 3.260 kgs

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Bamboolite Giveaway

After months of researching and reading, I have decided to add BambooLite cloth diapers to our CD stash. From CD moms in Brunei to Malaysia and Singapore, I read only good reviews on their CDs. Even more, I love their bold solid colours – red, black and dark purple although Husband hesitantly agree with my choice of colours (except red hehe). Even better, they have weekly giveaway and I thought I could not join because I don’t live in Malaysia and today I found out that I can!!! Woot woot~ This makes me even more excited!!! Who doesn’t love giveaways, right? ;)
Here are their available prints and colours. Pretty isn’t it? Do check out their value packs – they have starter pack btw if you want to give it a trial. Smart huh? Oh! They have the famous Rockin’ Green detergent too which is highly recommended CD detergent. I have yet to order these fluffs. Will definitely do after I give birth to our new bundle of joy, Insya Allah. :D
You can click [here] if you want join their giveaway. :D

Monday, 14 November 2011

Final Preparation (Newborn Cloth Diapering)

Although Iman initially did not understand the reasons why we have to cloth diaper our newborn with flat diapers, I am grateful that my parents are on board with me on this matter. Hehe boo! :P He’s getting the hang of it now.. very involved with the preparations. ♥
When I was a newborn baby, I had an awful relationship with disposable diapers. They gave me a very bad diaper rash and I was such a pain to my parents to handle. Huhu.. Since then, my parents have been using flat diapers to all of my siblings (while on the other hand, Iman came from a disposable diapers family).
But, we have discussed and tolerate to use disposable diapers for night diapering as Baby will be sleeping with us. This will also reduce the amount of laundry although I’d still expect Baby’s nappies will need to be change a lot during the day (and night).
I read this article [here] and the comments about a week ago and I hope (and believe) that we are ready to cloth diaper our newborn even if only for part-time. Nevertheless, it is definitely a good start to our cloth diapering journey! :D
two dozens of flat diapers!!! hehehe
Iman kindly helped me fold the diapers and they're ready with liners :D ♥ (shown in the pic BBH nappy cover, not very clear though)
Here is my stash list to cloth diaper our newborn:
  • Diaper covers – we currently have 2 BBH covers in NB size (Thanks to Rozi for the white cover :D ), and still waiting my fluffy mail for Weehuggers size1 andBummis Super Brite small size.
  • Flat diapers – bought a dozen from Anakku and another dozen from my parents treasure hehe
  • Safety pins (5 pcs) and Nappy fastener (2pcs)
  • Wet pail
  • Detergent :p
  • Stay-dry liner from Autumnz – 2 boxes
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Why did I buy the Baby Beehind (BBH) nappy covers?
I will not deny it was actually because of the price. Since Baby will not wear the nappy cover for a longer period, I thought it would be wise to just buy the newborn covers (can fit up to 5kgs). Afterall, most of the one size modern CDs can fit baby from 3-4kgs and above. Second, I fall in love with their Metropolitan limited edition prints. It’s in blue! (If we are having a girl, would definitely buy the other print too – Retro Gala as it’s in pink and purple!!! Hehe, ok stop :p)
Why did I buy Weehuggers and Bummis Super Brite?
I can say I want these because of their prints and to feed my CD addictions :p Then again, Baby might still going to wear the flat diapers when we (or my parents are at home especially on Friday and Sunday). Baby might outgrew the newborn sizes after 1-2 months, at least we have more covers which can last a little bit longer, say 3-4 months (I hope!). Plus, their reviews are really convincing! [Please read hereand the other related links for more convincing). Love their built-in leg gussets and can be use from newborn too. Yay! :p I’m thinking of getting Thirties cover too (see! it’s addictive but I’m going to wait til we’re bestfriend with the whole idea of cloth diapering) ;)

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Week 38 - review

This week review was rather short and brief too. This time, I was checked by a Malay doctor who is super nice (I like!!!). I miss my usual Filipino doctor though hehhe.. She’s very nice and kind too.
Everything else is normal. Alhamdulillah.. Oh! I gained another 1kg from last week review. Hahaha this is not a good sign. I don’t know why but I have quite a huge appetite lately. Hehhe.. Whenever Iman’s crave for something, I’ll just join him and eat more than him. How is that??? Hihihi
Baby’s heartbeat is doing great. Alhamdulillah.. I guess Baby’s weight pun increased a little bit since I’ve gained too. My tummy has been ‘mengeras’ (as my Filipino doctor would called it) lately. I don’t have the symptoms yet but been having an awfully looking swollen feet. Usual midnight movements are getting intense (and it hurts me sometimes), I hardly can sleep. In the day, Baby will usually stays quiet and movements are bearable (and cute!).
I’ll write again soon! :D Enjoy your Sunday lovelies!

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Final Preparation (Mom & Baby)

Exactly 2 weeks to go til my EDD! *still having mixed feelings*

I have finally done packing my hospital bag and also, my Baby box. I’ll share with you the list (do let me know if I’m missing anything in the list). ;)
Mummy’s Hospital Bag
  • Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Going home baju
  • Breasts pad
  • Maternity pad (or period pad, whichever you prefer)
  • Nursing bra and panties
  • Socks
  • Slipper
  • Minyak Zarafah
  • Al-Quran/ Buku Yaasin
Our Baby’s Box
  • Sleepsuits 2-3 pcs (and going home baju)
  • Mittens and socks (if the sleepsuits do not have feet soles)
  • Baby cap/ hat
  • Badung 2-3 pcs
  • Barut 2-3 pcs
  • Towel
  • Toiletries (baby lotion and oil)
  • Grooming set (baby comb and brush)
  • Baby wipes (or cotton rolls)
  • Minyak Telon
  • Disposable diapers
  • Baby bath and shampoo
That’s all that we have packed. I thought of bringing the breastpumps too but we will try direct feed first (and if it doesn’t work which I do not hope for this to happen), then we will use the breastpumps.
We have put all Baby clothes and needs in the drawers and I kept on re-arranging them (and being dreamy at times). Excited much? Hehe.. I have line dry Baby’s pillows, bolsters and mattress too to get rid of the smell. I have washed the covers too. Baby’s nursing corner looks all cute and ready (Thanks to Feeka for the wall deco from the shower! Hehe).
With that, I think we are ready to welcome our Baby anytime! Insya Allah.. :D

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Week 37 - review

Just few more weeks left!!! *mixed feelings*
Alhamdulillah, my recent Doctor’s review didn’t make me wait for a long time. I had my ultrasound first. I managed to be the second one to enter the room. The kind technician kindly printed for me Baby’s scan as Husband was not there to take the video. Alhamdulillah everything is fine except ONE!
After that was my Doctor’s review. She asked me about fetal movement, alhamdulillah sometimes I managed to get 10 movement within an hour or two, although the chart they gave me was to track the movement for 12 hours. She also checked my feet and hands for swelling but so far, it’s not that bad (although I believe they are not my normal size. Hehe)
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Back to the ONE thing that became my huge concern since that day. Baby’s position. It is not breech but Occiput Posterior (OP) aka ‘sunny side up’ Baby.

pic credit: spinningbabies.com
From my research and reading, most of the time Baby will turn himself to the right position when in labour but of course, it will take quite a long time (or may be not the case).
The technician, and mom (and her friends) told me that it’s going to be a long and painful labour for me. Truth to be told, that scares me as I’m expecting to have a short and painful labour. Dugaan ya Allah!
… *speechless* I am really hoping and praying that Baby will turn to the right position before labour to ease my labour pain. I know that I have not experience any backaches yet (really grateful for the smooth sailing journey so far) and I don’t think I want to experience them.
Been talking to Baby too and I believe that’ll helps. Insya Allah.. Tolong doakan Dear Readers! Thank you so much.. =’)

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Breastfeeding Class

Last Saturday, Husband and I attended the Breastfeeding class conducted at the Gyne clinic in RIPAS. We learned a lot from the class, apart from my side reading from breastfeeding mommies group in Facebook which is very helpful too.

pamphlets in the goody bag
According to the article, to enable mothers to establish and sustain exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months (highly recommended), WHO and UNICEF recommend:
  • Initiation of breastfeeding within the first hour of life
  • Exclusive breastfeeding – without additional food, formula milk and water
  • Breastfeeding on demand – as often as Baby wants
  • Do not use bottles, teats or pacifiers
What I can conclude from the talk is to always think positive and happy thoughtswhile breastfeeding your Baby to encourage your milk supply other than the spending the precious time with your Baby. Mudah-mudahan diberikan rezeki yang banyak to breastfeed my Baby nanti. Amin ya Rabbal ‘Alamin!
Benefits of exclusive breastfeeding, for Baby:
  • better mental development
  • protect against ear infections
  • better mouth formation
  • reduce risk of asthma
  • less eczema
  • reduce risk of obesity
  • reduce risk of childhood diabetes
  • protect against gastro-intestinal infections
  • protect against urine infections
  • less smelly nappies
Another important note I’d like to share with everyone. TIPSDO NOT buy feeding bottles. Hehe.. Lucky I bought them in a set. I’m not hoping that I’ll be using them since feeding bottles and teats are not recommendable.
Overall, what you actually need to have a successful breastfeeding (this comes from a pregnant lady who has not experience breastfeeding and did a lot of research and reading)
  • to invest in an excellent breastpump (preferably Medela freestyle or swing – both function the same but FS can use double pump)
  • storage bags for expressed breastmilk (EBM)
  • freezer – to keep your EBM stocks
  • bottle warmer – to thaw frozen EBM at the right temperature
  • few bottles – need to use them to warm EBM afterall
  • Medela’s feeding cup!!! (I’ll take the pic once I got them)
  • A LOT of positive thoughts and support :D