Thursday, October 30, 2008

Starting Anew

Doing so on a cleanest slate.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

So Long, and Thanks for All the Thoughts

I have read the two books I intended to read at the hospital before and after the labour. Not to forget, during the confinement period. The perfect time to finish a book, I found out, is while breastfeeding my baby.

Yesterday, Kamal came back home late. He will come back home later tomorrow. To make do for his absence, he surprised me with a five-book set by Douglas Adams.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Life, the Universe and Everything
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
Mostly Harmless.

Five books to read to Khalish, which is a perfect excuse to read out loud without being labeled. Heh. Oh, and then, there is 1984 that Kamal has downloaded to his iPhone for my reading while breastfeeding in the darkness, post midnight.

You have been a great husband, Kamal. All the love in the universe for you. Yes, so long, and thanks for all the thoughts.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Busy Bee

As usual, limited time online. This time around, it is not mother-daughter date that stops me from leaving replies in the comment box or post a more accurate documentation of my life with my family. I am simply occupied with laundry.

The rest of the house is being taken care of by a daily maid. Yes chums, I am back in Bandar Baru Bangi. Therefore, you are welcome to visit Khalish and I, as well as Kamal, if he is not busy at work. Thursday is already booked.

So limited my time online is that Kamal took over the family project I mentioned in a previous post. Sigh. I will be here again once I am done with the laundry for today. Now, where is the maid?

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Of Kamal, Khalish, and I

My favourite photo from the Aidilfitri 2008 album.

Aidilfitri 2008

Our first Aidilfitri together.

Kamal, Khalish, and I spent nine days in Ketereh, which was fun. I did miss my family as Faizul spent 1st Syawal at his parents-in-law's place, Bakhtiar in Melaka for the wife was in confinement after delivering Arman, Cimi in Rembau with the rest of my relatives, and Cilan on board Melati 1 as its latest recruit. The Happy-Go-Lucky Ketereh Clan made up for my family's absence though, and boy, Khalish surely enjoyed the attention from his paternal grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins.

We didn't get to visit as many houses as we did the previous Aidilfitri, but we travelled further as the places we went to this year traversed more districts. I fell in love with Kubang Kerian and Pengkalan Chepa. Not to forget the Buluh Kubu Bazaar. It is a district of the best traditional attires with the best price tags.

There was a day that Khalish was extremely tired from all the visits that he slept from midnight until 4:30 a.m. Kamal and I grabbed that golden opportunity to watch Sex and The City: The Movie on his laptop. It was a great date (as we rarely met since I delivered our baby). I'm looking forward to more dates once I'm back in Bangi.

Meanwhile, I have a project to manage. A family project. No, not a second child (although I don't mind having one soon - and then, close the children chapter). The project is dedicated for The Ketereh Clan (and I fervently hope that Kamal and I could expand the project to include The -scattered - Chembong Clan).

*I appreciate the pregnancy weight I have lost so far and am enjoying the process of losing more. It is amazing that I am happy with my image now despite not losing as much as I wished I could before Aidilfitri. Be happy. Peace.

While He was Unwell

Within two days, the eczema that attacked Khalish on the day we travelled to Kelantan, as he was exposed to harsh air conditioning at Kuala Lumpur International Airport despite being covered appropriately, healed. Thanks to Elomet, Ellgy H2O Hydro-Replenishing Hand and Body Cream, and Oilatum soap bar, all recommended by the paeditriacian Kamal and I consulted at the Perdana Specialist Hospital. I will keep the Cetaphil body wash and mosturiser my cousin-in-law sent our way as a contingency set. Now, Kamal and I always keep Khalish extra mosturised, particularly in cold surrounding.

Now that he is free from eczema, Khalish has been smiling and cooing a lot. Such a good mood made a leakage episode on the morning of Syawal 1 bearable. It was also bearable because I had another change of baju kurung that matched Kamal's baju Melayu. Yes, Khalish did number two excessively again. The next times, Kamal and I were more cautious with the way we handled Khalish after his milk session.

For the aforementioned episode, I was responsible. Since Syawal arrived, I have been experiencing slight diarrhea, which got worse for the last two days. The reason I could not be online. I might have consumed too much dairy products as I was concerned of my milk production while travelling to Kelantan. Alhamdulillah, Khalish is not affected any longer.

Nevertheless, he contracted fever, with vomiting, the same day my diarrhea worsened. We were at my elder brother's place then. Bakhtiar, right after reaching home from work, brought us to the paediatrician his children frequent.

So, eczema and fever. What we learned from the latter are:
+ Always keep a thermometer and packets of cold patches handy.
+ Keep important medicines nearby, too. Fever is common among infants.
+ Dress the feverish baby in airy clothes.
+ Get a good syringe to ensure a smooth medicine-feeding.
+ Breastfeed as a mother's milk is the best medicine for a baby's illness. Eczema included.
+ If a mother who breastfeeds is sick at the same time the baby contracts an illness, it is important for the mother to get help to take care of the baby (as she tends to be extremely cranky due to discomfort from the illness).