Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Binti,

On the days prior to school reopened for year 2010, when Akhi was reminded about going  back to school, you already gave signs to Ummi and Abi that you wanted to go to school and even mentioned the word “Explorers”. Yes, my dear, our initial plan was to enrol you in July.

However, after consulting few of Ummi’s early childhood professionals, and putting your readiness and weighing the pros and cons, we finally decided to enrol you in February instead. Yes, very much earlier than the initial plan. Following are what we may consider the best to put you earlier:

1. Your consistent request as the title reads, each time sending Akhi especially.

2. Not wanting to make you have the impression of being neglected once your younger sibling comes to earth (March-April).

3. Allowing you to settle down in school before the younger sibling arrives.

4. Allowing Ummi to make preparations for the presence of our new member of the family later. This includes 

– adjusting to a new daily routine

– getting baby’s stuffs ready

– making arrangements for Akhi, Abi and you to sleep in separate room when baby arrives.

Insya Allah, with prior anticipation, all will go well. May Allah make this pregnancy and delivery a safe and smooth process for all of us including the baby in Ummi’s “tummy”. Ameen.

“Wait, I solat first eh.”

December 30, 2009

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Bunayya,

Alhamdulillah, with the blessings of Allah, you are seen willing to solat as and when you feel like. Of course, you will join us too for the congregational solats too!

Alhamdulillah, you are able to verbalize your thoughts and feelings(most of the time), including the above phrase. You will mention that when at times Ummi or Akhi or Abi call you to carry out certain task.

May Allah make Akhi and you and your other sibling/s Muslim ummah who will always remember and love to carry out your solat fardh until you return to HIM. Ameen!

Wassalam

High, High Fever

September 14, 2009

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Dearest Bint,

Just few days after Akhi had high fever and a terrible cough, it was your turn eventually. Being close range siblings are like twins to both Abi and Ummi. “Kalau satu dah sakit, yang lagi satu tu tunggu sakit je.” A common expectant in sibling and family members being sick especially the common illnesses.

On the first day that you had fever was just normal fever, which subsid after medications. On the second day, your temperature seemed to shoot up to about 39.5 degrees. Alhamdulillah, it was the day Akhi was to have his follow-up at the Paeditrician, so we brought you along. Seemed that you too needed the antibiotic when Nurofen no longer working. Hmmmm… my, my, my, our pocket money was really running very low (the next day is Abi’s pay day). Alhamdulillah, with Allah’s grace during this blessed month of Ramadhan, the rezk, came from some useful source – no, we did not land in any debt. Alhamdulillah. Without any discount and debt, we managed to pay for both Akhi and your medical fees.

During this period, Ummi thanked Allah the Almighty that this happened during the September 09 school holidays. Alhamdulillah, Abi was around most of the time when he was needed by you – to feed you, to carry you, to comfort you, etc, when everything that Ummi did to console you failed.

With Allah’s grace again (and again and non-stop), both Akhi and you recovered from your main sickness (high fever) by the 4th school term. Just for you, with the leftovers of cough and slight runny nose.

Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah. Subhanallah, Alhamdulillah, Laa-ilaaha illallah, Allah Akbar.

Wassalam

“Sittah!”

June 6, 2009

Assalaamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Bint,

Today Ummi and Abi were amazed while Akhi, Ummi and you were at the dining table, doing our normal after Maghrib routine.

Akhi was so like the Al-Arqam cards. He is into rearranging them in ascending orter. While doing that today, Akhi was stucked as to what comes next after “Khamsah”. “Sittah!” you mentioned in your normal tone voice. Alhamdulillah, as Akhi is learning with Ummi all these while, you are learning too. Alhamdulillah!

Wassalam.

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Bint,

For more than 10 years, Ummi was searching for the meaning of Ummi’s name, Huzaidah, but only found out during a visit to Habib Abbas on Saturday 6 Jamadil Awwal 1430H(2 May 2009M). All along Ummi knew that Huzaidah is made up of Yayi’s and Nyayi’s name Hu(sain) and Z(ub)aidah.

Ummi braved myself to go in front of Habib and asked the meaning. There is no meaning to the name and thus, Habib has given Ummu 2 names, 2 real names of Ummi. One is Faathimah and the other is Zubaidah.

Hmmm… Zubaidah (Nyayi’s name), Zubaidah(Ummi’s name), and Zubaidah, your other name, dear Bint! Subhanallah, Alhamdulillah, Laa ilaaha Ilallah, Allah Akbar! However, to be unique, Ummi chose Faathimah, keeping the name Zubaidah always at heart, each time others call Ummi ‘Idah’.

Upon informing Abi about Ummi’s real names, Abi also boldly asked Habib Abbas to check on his name. Habib has also given Abi 2 names – Abdullah and Muhammad. After much consideration, Abi chose his real name – Abdullah in the hope of being a great servant of Allah and reminding himself to be down to earth at all times.

The lesson to learn in name giving is the hope that we turn to be a good Muslimah and that our names are do’a upon us. Ameen.

Wassalam

Night Wakes…

May 13, 2009

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Bint,
For the past month, it seemed that you were waking up few times in the middle of the night, despite giving you late dinner or milk. During this period marked the most Ummi had to consume coffee just to keep awake so that the normal routine was done smoothly.

So, Ummi took the initiative to visit Habib Abbas for his do’a, supplicated water and also getting an ‘azimah/t’ for you. Alhamdulillah, after the visit with Abi, Akhi, and you, with the barakah of Habib Abbas under Allah’s will, situation at night does improve. You will only wake up for milk the most twice or thrice.

Wassalam

“Allahu Akbar”

April 16, 2009

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Bint,

In about a week’s time, you will turn 21 months. Alhamdulillah, we have seen you grow and develop along the way.

At this tender age of yours, you are able to say “Allahu Akbar” and many other words/phrases like, following the recitations of Surahs and dua’s (although only the ends), say “I you” (I loveyou), “Where are you?” and many many more. To add to your spiritual development, you are more readily to join in the solat, though it is normally shortened when you are distracted by Akhi’s play. Maasya Allah!

In addition, at this age, is observed your relationship with “Akhi”. Both of you can be the “best of friends”, but also the “worst of enemies.” At times, you displayed jealousy over Akhi. What Akhi does, you also do. What Akhi takes, you also want. What Akhi wants, you also want. What Akhi has, most of the times are tug-o-war sessions. This is a great challenge for both Ummi and Abi in handling sibling rivalry.

Motor skills. Hmmmm… you are into dough play and almost daily, you get a hold of the dough. Of course, each day, there is a coloured dough of your choice that you want. Rolling the dough is your practice at this moment. You will sing “Row your boat” instead of “roll your dough”. :D. In addition, your self-feed has improved after numerous practices. And today, you seem to have interests in learning to cycle the tricycle, and that’s something Ummi will let you practice when Akhi is buzy or in school. Alhamdulillah!

In terms of emotional development, your stranger anxiety has reached the stage of wailing especially in public, which we found very irritating ang annoying most times. Likewise, you respond the same when there are rifes between Akhi and you.

That’s about all for a pre update prior to you turning 21 months.

Wassalam.

Self feed (Part II)

April 1, 2009

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Bint,

You are already turning 20 months. Yup in 4 months time, you are turning 24 months/2years old. Alhamdulillah!

Yesterday marked the first day that you fully self-feed without Ummi’s feeding you. That is over dinner. You had Salmon Fried Rice and some Coleslaw that Ummi cooked and prepared for the day. And you end the day with drinking milk. Alhamdulillah!

You are really doing great in this area of development. Alhamdulillah!

Wassalam

Self Feed

March 9, 2009

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Binti,

After about 2 months(now you are 19 months) of playing with spoons, bowls and water, you are able to self-feed yourself, for food that you want to eat. For example, noodles and beancurd. When we eat outside, you are so focused in what you do with those cutleries and food that Ummi and Abi are able to eat in ‘peace’.

Not only to food, even liquid! Yes, you are able to use the spoon to scoop soup and water to your mouth with minimum spills.

Alhamdulillah, a distinct development from Akhi. Ummi will be waiting for the day that you are able to eat yourself for all meals.

Wassalam

You Turned 18 Months!

January 30, 2009

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Binti,

You have turned 18 months last week weighing nearly 10kg. You have past the infant stage and now you are a Toddler! How time flies…

At this age, you are able to

–  name the items that you see around you

– show the directions of familiar locations e.g. home from the lift, Akhi’s school, etc.

– eat with us, despite having your own meals fed by Ummi.

– bring the spoon to your mouth (self-feed) others than your porridge

– drink water from a cup

– walk and run fast

– continue walking despite Ummi thought you will be tired

– remove your footwear upon reaching home

– hold the pencil like an adult (Boys and girls having vast difference in their development)

– gets frustrated when things cannot be done (needs to learn to be patience)

– be happy when both Akhi and you having quality time and when Akhi shows his love and brotherhood towards you

– upset when you can’t get things that you want and when they are taken away from you

In addition, you are now having 7 teeth already.

Wassalam