Thursday, December 29, 2011

Just to share with you..

We went for detail scanning last week.
We here means I took all three boys with me, yes, counting hubby too.

Set the appoinment with Dr. Idora at Pantai Hospital.
My gynea is Prof Siti at UMSC, but I opt for Dr. Idora because UMSC charges RM280 for detail scanning, and according to my good friend, Hazrin, Dr. Idora charges RM150.

In case you didn't know, detail scanning here meaning the 2D, 3D and 4D ultrasound scan.
2D is the normal ultrasound look.
3D is this feature looking.
4D includes view of the blood flows.
Here's the sample of the 3D scan.
We couldn't get a clearer view because baby kept swimming around, kicking here and there.
Must be annoyed at the probe pressing the belly.

I was so eager to bring the boys to show them what's the "thing" inside mommy's big belly.
As they have been asking me about it for sometime.
But, Hazrin forgot to warn me about this crucial fact.
Coincidentally, there were trucks and trains and legos neatly placed at the corner of Dr. Idora's room!
So, my boys were only able to focus for the first 90 seconds, of the entire half hour trip!
Huh, so much for the commotion!

Anyway, insyaAllah, I will be delivering a baby GIRL in this upcoming April.

Hubby is aesthetic.
He said now my mom will not bother him anymore.
He claimed that he has delivered his goals.
As my mom kept pestering for a granddaughter, for the past year.
Me on the other hand, am very grateful for this blessing.
Seriously, I don't mind the gender.
Coz from what I am experiencing right now, healthy child (and mommy, and birth), matters most!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wordless Wednesday : Sizzling Hot

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Dust.. dust.. *cough* cough*

It's been a while since my last blog post.

Yeah, as always, I've been busy with work.
It's definitely occupying 99.99% of my brains at this moment.
So you may think, what with all the works at this time of the year, anyways?
Well, if you have a data migration of 60,000 circuits due in February, and the new system launching scheduled in April, you will understand the hectic pace I am currently at in performing data cleansing, system performance test, and etc.. 
I am trying to do as much and the best I could so that my team mates will not be facing any problem later on as I go on my maternity leave, possibly a week before the system release.
How convenient is that?
I know, the chances of zero glitch are slim.. very slim..
But hey, we can dream, can't we?

Anyway, I only managed to be on leave this week, since the whole system group is also taking their break for the festive holidays.
Started the morning with a stop at Amin's school, to get the Standard 2 book list, and check on the school's bookstore to make sure of it's opening hours and books readiness.
Will go back there again tomorrow morning as both me and hubby had not enough cash with us since the bookstore only handles cash.

Then off to the dentist for my dental appointment.
It's been a year since my last visit.. how embarrassing!
And the last time, it was to dress up my wisdom tooth.
And yes, the dressing had worn out and it hurts again, badly since last weekend, that caused me to take panadol every 4 hours.
Since I am now pregnant, my dentist can't perform any tooth extraction, or root canal either as the anesthetic to be used is quite strong.
Therefore, she just re-dress the old dressing.
That should stop the pain.. for now..
Although I do have to lay low on solid foods for today and tomorrow until the gum stops swollen.. ouch.

(pics googled from the net)

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Carousel at Pavilion KL

There's always something creative at Pavilion KL.
There was once the balloon fest.
Then there was the bubble snow last christmas.
And now, it's the carousel.

Ok, so you may ask what is the big deal about the carousel?
Well, that's precisely it.
Nothing out of the ordinary anyway.
Just a small merry-go-round.
With horses and carriage.
In the middle of the mall.

Enough to satisfy all mommies and kids.
Made us gawk with awe at the lights, the musical sounds, the pretty christmas candy-licious decor surroundings.

Creating a force strong enough to hypnotised us in spending RM5 per child for the carousel ticket.
Nothing is free anymore in this world, hunney!

Arif was scared.
But no big deal really because he was always like this on first time basis.

Amin was excited and actually ran towards the spinning cup booth.

But as usual, it was mommy who went bonkers.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Preparation for school

(pic googled from the net)

I promise my best bud Izzi that I'll create this post for her, as guidelines to help her in preparing for Amirah standard 1 enrollment.
I'll try my best to cover all aspects, but kindly let me know if I might have missed out on anything.
  1. Pre-registration : We should register our kids at most a year ago, as to which school we want to enroll them in. The school may want to see your house-bill as to check the address because priority will be given prior to home address.
  2. Follow up enrollment : November is the month to check with the school on the registration/ enrollment/ orientation date.
  3. Books :  The list of books can be obtained from the school bookstore.  My advice to call up the school beforehand and check if the list has been distributed by the ministry of education.  Also check the bookstore opening hours.  Buy all the exercise books listed because I find all the books to be very useful during revision time.  The loan text books will be given to parents on the registration day. The workbook (buku kerja) however will not be completely used.  Maybe just half of the amount - depends on the school.  Hence my advice to not write your kid's class on the front of it, so that it can be carried on for the following year.  Reminder to write your kids name on the top front cover of the books.  Easy for teachers to distribute the books and for kids to not get them mix up with other kids' books.
  4. Book cover : The plastic cover, now they invented it as slip cover, in the size of the text books and the workbooks.  Hence, we no more need to buy the clear wrapper and cut it and cello-taped it to fit all the books perfectly.  Thanks to this latest invention! Saves tons of time. 
  5. School bag :  Oh boy.. I can't say much about this because I am biased.  I hate the school bags with wheels.  I think they are huge and will only be in the way of other children walking.  I know that books are heavy and our 7 year old are such tiny tots, but really, these bags are huge and I personally think it is cumbersome. Especially when now the text books are all have been divided into modules and no longer come in thick sizes.  I bought just a simple Crumpler backpack for Amin.  So again, this is up to you and your kid preference (and your kid's body size too).
  6. Uniform : Standard design.  You can get it from any malls.  But as for me, hubby has his most trusted shop over in Penang.  The number of clothes, for Amin, we bought 5 shirts and 4 pants because kids at his age will not care as much about being clean, so, we're assuming that the shirts and pants will get dirty easily.
  7. Socks : There are school socks made special with black soles.  Buy this one! You will never be stressed over seeing dirty socks anymore.
  8. Shoes : We bought two pairs, due to the fact that Malaysia is an equatorial country experiencing regular rains.  And be prepared to buy new shoes after 5 months as the kid's feet grow sort of rapidly.
  9. Sports attire : No need to buy extra, a pair is enough - a tee-shirt and a track bottom.  This is because that they will only be having sports session once a week.  Sports attire available at the school's bookstore.
  10. Stationary :  Equipped them with just this - a pencil, an eraser, a sharpener and a ruler inside a pencil case.  Not more than that, because every single day, one item shall gone missing.  You will get annoyed in the first place but believe me, this is common.  Therefore, advisable to buy in bulk amount for all items.  Saves you the numerous trip to buy the stationary when lost.
  11. Food : We provided daily snacks for Amin.  Either chicken balls, or bread with nutella spread, or mini cereal.  We didn't give Amin any money for the first 4 months.  This is because that I personally don't trust canteen food.  And I also worried for Amin to have to fight with other big kids to rush and buy food as their break time only lasts a few minutes.
  12. Spending money :  Since Amin has daily snacks from home, therefore we only give him RM1 per day.  Which at initial stage, he spend all of it at the bookstore.  Either buying an eraser, a pencil, a notepad or a pack pf plasticine.  Later he spend it on buying a pack of raisins, and sometimes a bottle of nutrigen drink.  Don't give too much to your kid because he still doesn't know the value of money yet, and will definitely spend it, instead of saving up.
  13. Labeling : All items must be labelled with permanent marker.  Apart from for the clothes, the shoes must also be labelled.  This is because that at times when they have to take off their shoes while entering the prayer rooms (when attending Islamic lesson) or the library.  There is high probability of shoes get mixed up.  Although labeling the stationary will not prevent it from going missing, it could however slow down the loss frequency.
  14. Emergency kit : This specifically refers to the extra under-pants.  Yes, you can never be over confident that your child will not have the bathroom accidents.  This doesn't only applied to the unfortunate discharged, but also relates to the uncontrollable water hose in the loo.  So, what I did was that I packed an undies inside a plastic bag, fold it up and placed it inside the slip in compartment inside the school bag.  Please make it your responsibility as a parent to go to the school's toilet and test using it.
  15. Contact number : I consider this as priority one.  Very important item for every child.  I wrote mine, hubby, my parents and mother in law's phone numbers onto a piece of paper, and placed the paper in a pouch together with shillings 10cents, 20cents and 50cents.  This pouch stays inside the bag at all times.  You must teach your child how to use the public phone or teach them how to ask for help from the teachers or school's staffs to call parents in case of emergency, like if your child feels sick and wanting to go home.

Izzi, that's all that I can think for now.
Will update you and other readers if anything pops up in my head later.

Till then, have a great weekend ya'ols!


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