Thursday, April 25, 2013

Behind the Wheels Again

A month post delivery I am driving again after getting the green light from my gynae. On the first day I just drove around Seri Putra, but the next day I ventured out to Kajang to pick up Zade from kindergarten. Although I'm still in pain at times, and I need to walk at a slower pace than I'm used too, I'm so happy that I could drive again. It was so frustating not being able to do anything or go anywhere on my own. I'm so used to being independent that I couldn't bear for anyone else to go out of their way for me. Now I'm slowly feeling like my old self again. The only thing that worries me is that I am still having pain from the operation. I don't remember that it took so long to recover after delivering Zade via c-section more than 5 years ago. Maybe it's old age catching up with me.

I have less than 3 months left to enjoy my time with my family. My routine now is picking up Zade after school. Sometimes I leave home early and drop by the lab to check on my student's experimental work. Since the end of semester is less than 6 weeks, I need to ensure that they get all their results before submitting the thesis. I don't mind going to the lab and observe them doing the experiments. It keeps my mind from getting rusty.  Other than that, I'm just letting life goes by slowly while I watch my little darlings grow.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The 1st Ounce of Milk

Time flies so fast when you're having fun. Tomorrow Darea will be 4 weeks old and it means that I've also been away from work for 4 weeks. I'm sure that in no time my maternity leave will be over :. As preparation, I want to start feeding Darea with bottle once a day. But before that I need to start expressing and storing the milk. This will be my first time because with Zade I fed him with both breastmilk and formula. I did try to breastfeed exclusively but it didn't seem enough for him. Also I was on study leave then, so I was at home with him most of the time which made it unnessary to keep milk storage. Anyway, I used the pump for the first time today and managed to get an ounce of milk. When I first turn it on, the suction was weak and nothing was happening even after waiting for five minutes. I tried again but still not one drop of milk. After checking all the connection I noticed that the valve was missing. Aah! Once I found the valve, attached it to the pump and turned it on, I was so happy to see drops of milk collecting in the bottle. Alhamdulillah!

Thank you Kak Long for this wonderful gift. I just love the Madela Pump In Style. Now I need to continue pumping each day so that I can build up the amount of milk collection.

Thursday, March 28, 2013


Poor baby has tinge jaundice. After going back and forth to the clinic to monitor her tsb level, she was finally admitted to Az-Zahrah to undergo phototheraphy. Since I was nursing, I stayed with her and held her the whole night under the light. Alhamdulillah, she was discharged the next day as her tsb level dropped significantly. And 3 days later, after follow up with the pead, she has been given the all clear.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

First Week Post-Ceasarean

I have forgotten how painful it was. I'm writing this down to remind myself that recovery after ceasarean is extremely painful!!! Moving from one position to another is so difficult and walking takes so much effort. Breastfeeding is also hard especially at night when I need to sit up. However, I am thankful that I am able to fully breastfeed my baby. And all the pain I endure is worth it when I hold my baby in my arms. I am so blessed, Alhamdulillah.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Zade's Baby Sister

Alhamdulillah, I've delivered my daughter today via c-section. She was born at 2.29 pm and weighed 2.98 kg. I was hoping to have a normal delivery but my ganae at Az-Zahrah advised against it after my traumatic delivery 5 years ago. Whatever it may be, I am just so thankful and blessed for the safe deliver of my baby.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Apple Streusel Cake on the Last Day of CNY Holiday

It has been a wonderful break for me. Even though I didn't travel anywhere, I had a relaxing time at home. Managed to cook, bake and spend some quality time with Zade. Today I  made spaghetti carbonara for lunch and for afternoon tea, apple streusel cake and keropok lekor. I have been craving for the apple streusel cake for the longest time. I stumbled on the recipe from an old Better Homes and Garden magazine while I was living in Melbourne. I've never seen this cake being sold at any bakery or cafe. So kalau teringin nak makan kena buat sendiri.

Tomorrow I will go back to work, but Zade has an extra day of holiday, lucky boy. So I don't have to rush to pick him up during lunch time. Hopefully can get significant amount of work done because I don't have much time left.