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His tune

When Seth was born there were a lot of adjustments that we had to make, or “get used to”. One of which was the immediate loss of sleep. Immediate. The nurse would come wheeling our lil one every 3 hours for feeds. I didnt mind, in fact I looked forward to it, and requested that Seth slept with me. I enjoy cuddling him while he sleeps, after watching those small lips suck away! It was only when I really needed to rest that the nurse would take him to the nursery. The 3 hour feedings continued, and there were many mornings while in confinement when I did not get much sleep (read zombie-fied), cos Seth would wake every 2 hours for night feeds, and need a nappy change, cos babies poop more during the first few months (he hated it, and so he cried).
 
But Alhamdulillah, Seth is not a fussy baby, at all. And Alhamdulillah he had no issues with colic. His atoks and opahs always puji and say “tak pernah dengar Seth nangis”. I praise Allah for granting us the ease and grace.
 
One of the early trainings we did for Seth was day and night differentiation. We kept the lighting dim at night and chats to a minimum. And the training paid off. Cos once we were back at our house, after the 44 days of confinement was over, Seth could differentiate.
 
How do I know? Well, dream feeding.
 
During the day he would take naps, and get up wide awake for feeds, but when he is down for his night naps which can be anytime between 815-9pm, and he wakes again for feeds, he would dream feed, gulping down milk with his eyes shut. And this will continue until 7 am! :)
 
I have also trained myself and him to sleep in our own beds. I would sit while feeding him instead of lying down which I know is more comfortable; but out of fear that I would just doze off, and risk lying or rolling over him, I dont. Also I dont want Seth to get used to sleeping in the bed with us. You see it is quite hard to cuddle and more with a baby in between ;)
 
We’ve also gotten the hang of bringing Seth out to malls etc. And I take pride in the fact that we dont lug a huge bag with us. Well we are able to do that cos Seth is breastfed, so removes the need to carry bottles, thermos, formula. AND I still carry a handbag. I said to P, I am not letting myself go, just because I have a child. Keeping a good appearance is even more important for mommies! Not as immaculate as the Duchess of Cambridge, but some effort put into the look nevertheless.
 
Basically we’ve found the rhythm that works for our little family. Seth has a tune that we recognise. Speaking of tunes, he literally has one for when he wants to sleep; its a distinct cooing that he makes when he wants to doze off. Goes without saying that I find it ah-dorable!
 
Introducing his first food this Saturday. I am extremely nervous. Hope he likes what I’ve picked out for him!
 
 
 

His French friend

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Our little birdie is growing up really fast. Here pictured with his French friend,Sophie. 5 months and 14 days today.

Book Eating

Seth ate his cloth book tonight! Yeay! Was lying down next to him, holding up the book and reading it out loud-in as animated a voice as I can pull off :) Was delighted to see him check out each and every page. Once done I sat up and decided to let him play with the book. I purposely left the book on his chest to see if he would grab it.  He did! And he ate it too. Oh I am a proud mommy. I immediately did what every mom in today’s day and age would do ie zip out the phone and took burst shots and whatsapp the pic to his fans-Daddy, Opah & Atok. Mum would distribute it to the other fans.  Eat away Seth honey. I am so going to buy you more cloth books!

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Our First Day

Was supposed to post this up last Friday, 16 August 2013 –
 
Yesterday was my first day at work after a 3-months maternity leave (no, its not long enough). But more importantly, it was our precious Seth’s first day at baby daycare.
The night before, I packed his things according to Lil Baby Haus’s checklist. Lil Baby Haus (will refer to it as LBH) is a baby daycare in KLGCC. A golf club just across the road from my office. The checklist included -two bedsheets, washcloths, towels, etc. They even specified which item had to be brought back daily, and those weekly. Systematic, I like.
Anyway…I was packing all his things, not forgetting to include his toy owl which he loves, wish I could also pack our ceiling fan (he loves looking at that too!) Was feeling so sad while packing, I said to P…

“B, it feels macam I nak hantar Seth to uni”

I don’t know which feeling would be worst, I think first day at baby daycare is worst, he’d be all grown when it’s time for uni.  Being away from my little stud muffin now after being with him every day for the past 3 months is just plain torture.

I was very pleased when his caretaker introduced herself to me, a sweet Chinese lady named Chris, maybe in her late 30s. She seemed gentle and knew her way around babies. Making sure I had all that Seth needed, and also requesting for the full download on his feeding and sleep patterns, what he likes and dislikes etc. Asking all the right questions, which gave me confidence in her. I wanted to type out a Seth fact-sheet, but unfortunately I didn’t have the time (so OCD, i know)

After tears ( I cried, Seth just smiled and wanted to chat) and a very very heavy heart, we went off to work. I silently prayed that Allah protect Seth and ease us through this process.
Luckily the office was still in Raya mode, and I could settle in slowly, although next week, everything will run in full steam. I managed to settle well with expressing my milk at the office. Got some good tips from my colleagues. Very happy with the yield too, Alhamdulillah. I haven’t been expressing for the past two weeks, so was worried that my yield might be very little, but fortunately that wasn’t the case.
Needless to say, I was a jumping bunny when it was time to pick Seth. Kept glancing at the desktop clock the whole day.

As I walked into the daycare, it felt so so surreal looking at him sitting in a Fischer Price baby chair next to another baby, macam dah big boy! Padahal I had only left him for a few hours. Hugging him just never felt so good. It was like hugging him for the first time. Mummy’s stud muffin!!

Chris his caretaker said “He talks a lot” J  No points for guessing where he got that trait from. She then gave me the end-of- day updates. I was happy to know that he drank 16oz of milk, and managed to nap. He didn’t sleep as long as he usually does when at home – I think its cos he is settling in to the new environment.

It is agonising to leave your child for work. Painful and heart wrenching, but it really makes you treasure the times you have with him, even more.

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