Thursday, December 2, 2010

Adriana ♥ is 2 months today

Within these beautiful 2 months being with my lil baby, Adriana :-

Week 1
The nurse came over to our crib to weight Adriana, her weight dropped to 3.45kg, which this is normal for babies, normal weight drop in the first week is about 10% approx. We bought the room heater, since it was Autumn and it got colder each day, so we put her a few layers of clothes and switches on the heater, but the nurse said, if you don't find it chilly, don't switch on the heater and the baby doesn't need extra clothes on..oh ye ke? photos below to show how tebal we put her on..sian dia..

Week 2:
Adriana does not like to be swaddled, so we put her on her tummy while she sleeps. I am aware that this is very dangerous, and its a big no-no sebab the SIDS, one of the things we should not do to avoid the cot death, tapi she sleeps so much better and comfortably, so we monitor her every minute. By the end of the week, she can put up her head and turn her head kanan kiri even while shes asleep, and we are not worried anymore if Adriana lemas, nauzubillah jauhkanlah, and we still continually checking her frequently.

We also put her to sleep with us, or also known as co-sleeping. We know that it was too soon for her to co-sleep with us, but her Mama does not want to disturb her Papa's sleep so that he can work properly the next day. And her Mama was also not well and fully recovered (pantang the 2nd week) to get up everytime at night to get her from the cot. Also Adriana is a big baby and the bed is a superking size, on that reasons, Sue confidently put her to sleep with us.

There are also a few other things that we decided to do it our way. I got this from my best friend's blog, which I think is the best advise :-

"The only opinion that matters is yours," says Alvin Rosenfeld, M.D., a child psychiatrist and author of Hyper-Parenting. "If you follow everyone else's advice, you give up the most creative role in your life." Friends and relatives can offer useful parent-tested information. But remember: Intuition is the best guide. As Dr. Spock once wrote, "You know more than you think you do."

Adriana's weight got back to her birth weight - 3.54kg. Photo below to show how BULAT she was in her 2nd week. and gelap too...

Week 3:
She developed rashes on her face. tiny red spots, or known as Milia. We put Calamine Lotion on her face.Her face got quite dry after using it, which I do not recommend to use Calamine lotion on baby..

Sue sakit belakang so I refuse to ajar Adriana what I normally do is, after feeding, burp her and put her straight on her mat, or cot..
But biasa lah orang tua tak boleh nak dgr baby crying, MakLong sure terus angkat and dukung Adriana, dodoi kan dia..haiihh princess betul. Mama cannot do like that ok Adriana..

this is Ninja kecik Mama

Week 4: (1 month old)
Finally BCG jab, which was supposed to get after birth, but it was weekend at the time and the hospital had arranged an appointment for it on her 2nd week, but her Mama totally forgotten about it and the next appointment was in her 4th week. Sorry darling, Mama seems to be so forgetful these days, banyak urat putus agaknya..

Her rashes worsen, and the nurse advised to get a moisturiser for her. We bought Aqueous and works perfectly fine on her. Spots eventually gone..

Week 5:
This week she wanted to be hold je. So even tido she wanted letak atas badan. Maybe because weather started to enter winter season and colder, she needs the heat. Sue memang tak ajar her dukung, but at night, her Papa likes to dukung her..So I explained to her that I can't do like Papa did..she looked at me as if she understand..

Adriana started to smile this week. I was really tired one day and sleepy, but skali Adriana gave her biggest smile, terus hilang penat and I was ready to play with her again. There was also one time, I said, 'baby, I love you'..and she gave me her purest, biggest grin, and I was totally melt. It was magic. It least it did for me...

I once read, not sure kat mana, babycentre kot. The child psychiatrist said baby will start to give you their purest smile, their way to say thank you for all the hardest first few weeks of minding them. And to tell that they feel safe and settled with you. Sweet kan? =)

End of week 5, her skin behind the ears and the neck became reddish and weepy.

Week 6:
Doctor's 6th week checkup, her weight is 4.63kg. Doctor has confirmed that she has eczema, a mild one though. I really hope this will be temporary...anyway, doctor ckp mmg baby in Dublin overall mmg senang got this eczema especially in winter.

One thing je doctor said very rare, Adriana has no rash on her bottom. Mostly baby over here, mesti ada bottom rash. Alhamdullilah till today still no rash. I really don't want her to get them, sebab it will be very hard to heal. One tip - please use baby cotton balls when doing the nappy change, because moms nowadays tend to use the baby wipes. Baby wipes best to use after the baby is 6months +. That was what midwife said to me.

However, her rash behind ears and her neck became more weepy and even smelly. Doctor prescribed cream, Alhamdulillah it heals immediately the next day.

Week 7:
Adriana selsema and batuk. Baby won't develop sakit sendiri unless ada someone carries the virus. Unfortunately ada visitor yang selsema which we tak perasan awal awal..and main with dah terjangkit. Poor little baby, she could not breathe properly..tersekat sekat, and she tak pandai lagi to breathe through her mouth. Even tido she wanted to be hugged so that she could sleep straight so she can breathe easily..

We got her saline nose drop, which masukkan a drop into her nostril, and use the suction bulb to clear her nose. poor baby..but she calms je when her mama guna suction bulp into her nose. mata bulat kelip kelip..

End of week 7 , we went to see her nurse- weight check 4.8kg. no wonder she is heavy! Adriana got scalp and dandruff on her head, or we call it Cradle Cap. Poor lil Adriana, unfortunately she got all this because her father got Asthma when he was young, so Adriana developed all this eczema n skin problem, so much of father's genes on her. For this skin problem, we use the cradle cap shampoo which thank god, bau wangi from rose water and not bau ubat kan.

Adriana's first snow !

Week 8: (2 months old)
Today, she is 2 months old. And still snowing outside. Its our 6 days of snow non-stop.
Yes, of course it is beautiful, everywhere outside is white, as if covered by a white blanket..suci.. far Adriana has been a very calm baby.No colic, or perut berangin, so baby only cries when she needs milk, nappy change, nk tido or sejuk(after bath). At this stage, her Papa n Mama knows what she wants because we can read her crying tone..if nak tido, cry manja2..
She has a routine..She sleeps 3 to 4 hours at one time in the day, and during intervals, milk, nappy change, milk, sleep again, but lately she is more awake. At night time, its Papas time, where her father looks after her. She goes to sleep paling lambat at 1am which with her Papa. and she wakes up the next morning around 7. best sgt because she sleeps like us at night time.
When nappy change, even she is crying, if I said Im going to do nappy change and unbutton her cloth, she'll be quiet works everytime. She loves nappy change. or is it every baby like this, perhaps I am just over-too-excited for my baby. Apologies for that...

ahhh...So much of mama-hood, such a blessing..I could not described, but this is the feeling I have been waiting for..i ♥ every minute of it..grow up beautifully ok, baby..?

Adriana today, and we marked this day with imprinting her lil foot!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

s.n.o.w in Dublin

Adriana's first snow today..we woke up in the morning, and yeay, snowing!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Yeay! balik Malaysia!!

1st Jan 2011

can't wait!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

my story : confinement

Finally, I am done with the 44 days of confinement. so quick kan? time flies when you are having fun! Yes, fun I mean by I was not expected to do any kind of work or chores, and get extra special treatments, oh feeling like a princess ( cehh ). Special treatments here are:-

Shower: Being prepared hot boiled flowery and daun-daun yg wangi for the first 20 days in the morning for showering. So refreshing..I felt better every each day..

Massage: Got massage treatment from top to toe everyday for 30 days. The oil she used for urut Sue dah la wangi, some kind of sunflower oil, very nice smell. My hubby every day balik kerja said I look glowing.. b'cuz when you get massaged, blood flow bagus throughout your body system, so it shows!

Barut & Stockings: I think most people rasa uncomfortable being barut n to wear socks all the time. But for me, I love to be barut because I can actually see the difference on my belly dah kecik every each day, and I felt so secured and looks slimmer at that time! Socks issue ok cuz its Autumn now anyway, sejuk!!

Yes, I put and ikat my rambut very high n ketat.its for the blood flow..

Supplement Pantang/Set pantang : Nona roguy set had the best reviews of all the pantang set available in the market, from my research lah. So I bought the set which cost me rm360. However, the set Sue tak tersentuh langsung cuz my Nenek already made her best potion for the ubat ubat n oitment, which I found very bagus. The stitches wound cepat je heal with my nenek's ubat. So Sue nak sell my Nona Roguy set (new n bottles unopened) which also comes with bengkung for so much less of the full price. please email me if interested..

Foods: well, this part tak pantang sgt. Reason being Sue BF Adriana, but I refrained myself from air sejuk, seafood - udang,sotong, eggs but other than that, makan like pun pizza lah. I wish to pantang betul betul on foods, but since Sue bukannya ada option but to eat apa yang ada. Maybe if I am in malaysia, and so many people can actually look after me. boleh la demand the right ikan and the right food to eat or not to eat. =( but my appetite dah less,not like when I was pregnant.oh thank God for that..

Mak Long :Neither of our parents are here for baby delivery or pantang - sgt sedih actually, so Najib's aunt came to help me, she is a professional pengurut, she works full time as a masseuse. Sangat thankful to have her at this time. She bukan saja dtg to help urut, but she cooked, and even sampai lipat kain. Sangat caring sayang sgt Adriana.. She was so good urut I lost a lot of kgs, smaller tummy, feeling better everyday..

if anyone is looking for orang urut bersalin or urut normal, or having problem with breastfeeding, where the milk glad dah stuck, or we call it bengkak susu, she can sort that out. I really would like to recommend her. Her name is Faridah, I call her 'mak long'. So anyone is interested to have mak long for urut untuk biasa biasa pun best..please email me at she lives in Kepong, and she can dtg to your place (around Selangor and KL).

Mak Long's number : 016 3807991

So from here I can conclude my pantang only took the pros' n happy happy part not cons' part patutlah FUN. I even heard ada pantang so strict, cannot even mandi, reading, or tgk TV. oh that would be very hard. Sue kluar a few times during pantang...bawa aunty jalan jalan. but that was after day 20, so it wasn't that bad, cuz I kesian sgt my aunt datang for a month, she arrived the exact day Adriana was born, therefore she tak sempat nak tgk Dublin pun..

My weight so far :-

Pre-pregnancy - 48 to 50 kgs
Final stage pregnant - 69kgs ( ive had a HUGE belly and BIG appetite )
Post Labor - 62kgs ( 7 kgs gone - Adriana was 3.54kgs , water n everything else 3.4kgs )
first 2 weeks post labor - 59kgs
Today - 56kgs
my aim at least is to go back to 50kgs by Adriana is 6 months old.

To reach my aim, the to do list -
1. to get the Premium Beauty Corset (PB), i heard they can help you to slim down so much. true? Its damn expensive too, rm2k, if its any good, then boleh beli..
2. Breastfeeding exclusively
3. Eat breakfast, Little and Late Lunch, Skip Dinner
4. Stop eating chocs, and the titbits especially the Cream Caramel.
5. Keep busy with looking after Adriana, house chores and cooking! ( erti kata -exercise )

Any other suggestion to get the pre-pregnancy body..?

This is Adriana today..

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Rent - TENS machine - pain relief for Labor

What is TENS machine?

TENS is a drug free, non-invasive pain relief method that is safe to use for both mother and baby. There are no harmful side effects and as a result babies are born more awake and responsive than those whose mothers have used strong drugs for pain relief. The TENS machine emits low frequency electronic impulses through the skin to block the pain signals carried to the brain, thereby reducing pain experienced. It also encourages the brain to produce the bodies own pain killing hormones, called endorphins. TENS machines for childbirth have two currents, or modes of operation. One current is used when resting between contractions and a stronger current is used during a contraction. A hand held boost switch is pressed to change the current between resting and contraction modes.

-description taken from

Since I will be coming home this January, the TENS machine will be available for rent. Based on my experience, I would really recommend this machine to help you during labor for stage 1 and 2..Interested? email me at for further info

p/s: thanks Diah for the idea, if you could promote, lagi cun! =)

Friday, November 12, 2010

All About Adriana : Baby's Room

her room bunny n teddy theme..

her dresser from ikea

on the dresser, pressies from friends

small railing fits for baby, toddler from

baby box, where it comes handy, we put all baby toiletries, powder n oils in it
mama put the stickers together.mama is very artistic,isn't it..haha

its where we put the clothes for laundry

the room thermometer

oh so princessy..from Laura Ashley

cot mobile from mamas & papas

the softest bunny out there from Laura Ashley

teddy pockets with teddies inside, the actual purpose is to put all the mittens n bibs, but for now teddies pun cute! n the teddy mat..

oh don't forget the lamp!

and last but not least, Baby Adriana in the sleeping bag with Papa



HappY AnniversarY 101110

101101 till 101110 with
well, we did nuthing much on this day..just being a wife, a mamma which meant more than any other years..felt more fulfilled & contented than receiving a Tiffany necklace or a Dior bag~
*how suprising!! =) *

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Autumn.Swans.and Baby!

i need fresh air. confinement bored me tersgt sgt.
2o days to go..

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

my story : breastfeeding

being able to breastfeed my baby , the feelings are miracle. kudos to Bunda Myra, always share her info about breastfeeding n related to bf. Since being exposed and being educated about the importance of bf, I aimed to bf exclusively to my baby since day 1 I found out I was pregnant..

Yes, the first few days trying to breastfeed, it was quite hard, but I think my experience wasn't too bad. I started using Lansinoh cream applied when I entered my last 6 weeks to my expected date. Sue started early so that the sensitive part dah softened by the time dah ready to lacting and avoid nipple berdarah and sakit.

The first few hours holding Adriana, nurse tried to lacting tapi she sibuk nak tido, so she put Adriana on my dada, and I was soo tired anyway after long hours of laboring. I feel like mummy kangaroo at that time. Skin to skin mummy n baby can help the lacting process.

First few days, it was like breastfeeding baby with empty boobies. but the colostrum, the first few drops are enough for the baby as the baby's tummy is very small.

Unlike in Malaysia, hospital private ada bilik sendiri and nurse take care baby you kan, while u rest , sini, baby is all the time with you. I have to do everything myself, the nurses akan show you only the first time nak breastfeed her, tukar nappy, mandi kan baby n stuff. Dah la tgh sakit and too tired, but I have to manage everything myself, nasib baik tak broke down...

Day 3, I didnt produced a lot of milk yet for Adriana, so we had to top up supplement milk for her. As I want to bf exclusively sgt to her, I wasnt happy to use supplement, tapi takkan nak let Adriana hungry kan. but after taking advices, Sue actually use both - breastfeeding and bottle, just because I know someday I will need to get back to the office. My sis in law bf her daugther exclusively until the baby got too smart, and tanak bottle langsung, which she said very susah one if wanna go shopping n keluar...

Hence, Adriana is feeding through bottles and bf. I wish not to have her minum supplement too much, but I havent managed to express milk yang berbottle bottle dlm fridge. I took Fanugreek (GNC brand) , herbs that could boost the milk production, they are in pills,so no problem to have them but really I envy mothers who can express their milk byk byk. I wish I can reach to that as well soon.

I am using the Medela Freestyle to express the milk, which was so convenient to express both breasts at once cuz I found that if express one side, the other side tend to kluar byk jugak. i just love the Medela FS - nuff said.

My aim is to breastfeed my little girl up to she is 2 years old. I hope I am able to..insyaAllah..

Adriana Sufia

for first few days, her name was Adriana Leia, then changed to Adriana Sofea..

& yesterday, her parents finally confirmed her name is Adriana Sufia, registered in her birth cert

Adriana Sufia with meaning : Nisbah Ketinggian Kebijaksanaan

may my baby will be as brilliant as her name...insyaAllah..

Sunday, October 10, 2010

my story : labor for my lil'princess

*please be advised, this post is quite detailed and long, I recorded the experience because I realised I slowly began to forget them*

Wednesday, 22nd September - 37 weeks

I found spots of water on the bed, curious, but waited to monitor during the day. Nothing.

Thursday, 23rd September
Checkup at the hospital, told the midwife of the watery spots. She quickly asked me to put off my tights, she then masukkan this thingy- big vibrator like (sory i dun no how else to describe! ) in my vagina. shoot! sakit gler, I actually traumatised sekejap the whole day, terbayang bayang how she did it. Then, terfikir, how la nak bersalin like this if nak check pun tramautised! Bleeding for few days.. The midwife cakap your waterbag is still intact, but your cervical dah start buka..
ok, I was not worried anymore.

so the whole one week, I woke up with watery spots on my bed. told my mum, she said, oh you inherited your grandma, she had the same, where she said lagi banyak air keluar, lagi senang nak bersalin. my Grandma had 9 children.. Sue pun hopeful for an easy delivery...

Thursday, 30th September (38weeks)
Was doing cleaning and kemas cupboard kitchen, then suddenly water turun banyak but not like a big gush.Worried. So collected the sample of the water. Called hubby, then he quickly came back from the office. It was 12 o'clock in the afternoon when it happened.But I was not I continued kemas rumah, until I was satisfied, we went to the hospital malam tu.

Midwife checked baby heartbeat using the machine, baby was ok. Then I showed them the water sample, they said confirmed, it was from the waterbag. But no contractions. Midwife said to come tomorrow morning for inducement.

Friday, 1st October ( hoping to have baby birthdate 1st October - same to her granpa )
Morning, calmly went to the hospital at 9am, then waited for a few hours for the waiting room. At 11.30 am dpt bed, at 12 o'clock, Doctor broke the waterbag - thought it will be painful, but it was not. The doctor used the lidi like and inserted dlm vagina, but it was ok. Yang sakit was the tube pasangkan kat my right hand. I was given antibiotics for the baby through the tubes into my veins,cuz fear of getting infections.

Still wondered, mcam mana rasa contractions..? Dalam waiting room, ada 8 beds, so at times heard org menahan contractions. Why I didn't feel it, wish I can get it through and over with a.s.a.p.

1pm ++, the contractions started, it was like having a braxton hicks which I had them a few weeks before already, mengeras kat upper belly and also, sakit sakit kat lower abdomen. My water semakin banyak, gushing out like a river, the nurses selalu kena tukar the piece of cloth yg avoid the bed basah.. at first, contractions are mild one until 4pm ++, tried main scrabble with hubby while awaited for the stronger ones.

4pm ++ Alright, the contractions was getting stronger and 5 mins apart. Tak boleh concentrate Scrabble. Done with the game. Time for TENS machine, Hubby pasangkan the machine, guna level 1. Started baca baca Ayat suci Al-Quran.. yes, it was painful..applied correct breathing technique. Soon after I realised, I was actually dah bunyi sama ngan org org yang I slalu wondered sakit ke contractions, sbb breathing kuat sikit from normal...puhh puuhh...

The pain just consumed your energy, tried to jalan jalan, mmg slow and tertunduk tunduk tahan contractions. Regret pulak rasa tak sabar nak contractions cepat cepat, now wish it could stop, but instead of that, it came closer and closer and stronger. TENs machine still at level 1 but 5th stage. More than that mcam electric gigit kulit, tanak lah. Still have Level 2 and Level 3, however I wish not to use those levels.. Poor Hubby was controlling the machine, I was like, ok now, ok tukar, ok up level. Kesian dia. I could not control the machine myself, as I could not focused.

10pm ++ It was already 9 hours of contractions, midwife checked the cervix - 1 cm. Alhamdullilah happy nya- Im in 'labor'.

Hubby quickly kemas kemas getting ready to go to labor ward. On the way to labor ward, jalan two steps,contractions, ya Allah, mmg sakit...

11pm++ In the labor ward. Midwife tanya 'which pain relief that you wish to have - do you want an epidural?' without a second thought, YES, please. I was already 10 hours of having contraction and dah lemah, I really needed 'Hapi'dural to go on...

Saturday, 2nd October
12am ++ Epidural Procedural , at the same time, got a lot of 'high gas' ! Contractions was so damn painful, epidural procedure tak rasa sakit pun! I was actually shocked bila the anestetic dr. tu said, 'ok its done!'

Soon after that when the pain relief dah started to kick in, Sue terus tidur! Hubby balik rumah to cleaned up and rest a bit.

2pm ++ Midwife - Michelle checked cervix opening - shocked! still at 1cm since the last 4 hours, I was totally shattered. I need 10cm! How many hours to go?

I was put on Oxytoxin, hormones to make the contractions stronger. 2 packs of 1000ml through my veins. The contractions are so strong, even with epidural, I was actually menahan sakit. Worried my epidural dah habis to kick in sbb I can't stand the pain at my back, asked the midwife normally how long epidural lasted sbb after few hours, I felt the pain. I want more, luckily ada booster for epidural, I just need to push the button, the epidural will be top up in every 15 mins. At the same time, I took gas! A lot of them...Yes I know, I am very low tolerance in managing pain..

I tried baca Surah Mariam..Slowly, one by one baca ayat suci Al-Quran..hoping I am 10 cm dilated.

Asked the midwife, when can I expect her to check my cervix again - oh normally when put on Oxytoxin, it will be the next 5 hours. Ya Allah, tolong la hambamu ini...

While waiting and battling pains, Hubby was very supportive eventhough I knew he was already tired. The room next door, I can hear the mommies pushing2. Ada yang shouting like crazi, if dgr, mmg everyone will go, oh god, can I do the pushing?mmg saiko! Sbb we have agama to say why we have to go through all that, tak perlu menjerit jerit walaupun sakit yg teramat. Omputih kesah apa, all out ok! SOmehow mmg give negative thoughts to me, takut n saiko sgt dah nak push...

5pm++ Michelle came and checked my cervix, I was really hoping to hear - ok you are 10cm dilated- macam dgr results exam keluar, you wanted it sooo much to hear the good news.. Alhamdullilah, I was 10 cm dilated. from 1 cm and the next 10 cm was like miracle...Hubby asked, when can we expect to push - Michelle said' in two hours' try to rest as much as you can. tutup lampu, we tried to sleep.

6am++ Michelle came ' wakey wakey..time for baby' We thought we have to be wheeled to a different room, tapi tak, pushing was done in the same room. So every contraction came, pushing started. As I was on epidural, I could not focus to push. I was quite crap in pushing, most of the energy went to the face, bukan down below. For 1 and half hours, doctor said I have to be assisted with vacuum, cuz normally pushing max for 20 mins, and I was extremely penat and out of breath.
Battling with breath, pain, anxiety, tiredness..within 1 hour my face became like balloon, my mata nak tercabut je sbb doctor said jangan tutup face kluar spots...pushing kuat sgt, the pressure sgt kuat, my pores on the face pun arteri dalam my eyes pun pecah, merah berdarah in the eyes.

Within second, the room dah filled with 6 ke 7 people tried to help me to push. Doctor said ' I have to perform epiosiotomy ( potong bawah ) - to avoid tear. At that time, Sue berserah je, do whatever you want.

at 8:20am, my little princess, Adriana Sofea was born.

Doctor put her on my chest, I wanted to say ' hello baby ' tapi jadi, baby .. baby.. je..cuz I think I was in another alam already..Doctor performed the jahit for 30 mins. I know most of people said, jahit was the worst part, but cuz the epidural, I felt nothing... Then everything is done.

This is my story how I delivered my first princess to the world.. I am amazed for mothers to go through labor without epidural, for those yang went through 24hours labor, but no pain relief. Ya Allah, Solehah kan lah anak perempuan ku, selamat kan la dia setiap masa... She is just soo precious..

I am feeling the miracle of being a mother - syukur syukur, for the miracle..