November 10, 2008

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Binti,

Since we came back from the KL trip for the haul, both Akhi and you have not been yourselves. Ummi thought it may be the changes of climate between Singapore and Malaysia. Wallahu a’lam.

Few days after the trip – Ummi sensed that your 2-week cough during sleep was getting worse. It was on Thursday that you began coughing even when you were awake. It rang the bell for Ummi to seek the doctor regarding your health.

On Friday, we went to the Paediatric clinic as the symptoms shown by you were just like Akhi’s when he had his terrible cough about a year ago – that asthmatic cough. Alhamdulillah, doctor did not diagnose you with bronchiolitis or bronchitis. You were very phelgmy when the doctor listened to your chest and back. You were prescribed the antibiotic (augmentin), phlegm medicine and also to puff you 4X with 3 puffs per session. With the medication given to you, resulted in vomitting sessions and passing motion that led to changing of bedsheets and also frequent change of clothes (Abi, Ummi and you).

Alhamdulillah, by Sunday, your cough subsid. However, you woke up at 2.30am with a very high fever. Ummi administered paracetamol and doused you in the bathtub of water for about 15 minutes until your body temperature dropped. The medication neurofen has been given to you since then as the high fever comes and goes.

The hikmah behind this maybe…. the haul this year focused on sabr(patience) and Allah is really putting us to test based on it. Allah is All Knowledgable and All Wise. So to Allah we seek help.

May Allah grant Ummi and Abi strength to overcome this challenge and many more to come in seeking patience(sabr). Ameen.



The Screeching Bint

October 16, 2008

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Bint,

Yesterday marked the first day when you began screaming and screeching till it reached Ummi’s eardrums! Even before going to bed, you screamed of excitement while playing with Abi.

Oh my…. you are indeed the loudest in the family. LOL


When you were 9 months

October 12, 2008

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Bunayy,

Alhamdulillah, when you were 9 months…

Physical Development

-sat up firmly

-stood and let go of hand while standing

-cruised around holding on surfaces

-knees lifted up while creeping, progressing from 6s to 4s.

-went down from a higher plane

Social/Emotional Development

-manja girl, slept on Ummi’s chest

-enjoyed sing-along sessions especially Row, Row, Row Your Boat and Fuzzy Wuzzy Caterpillar

-baby talked like gaga, baba, awa

Intellectual/Cognitive Development

-understood simple instructions like go down


When you were 6 months…

October 12, 2008

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Bunayya,

On 22 January, you turned 6 months, weighing about 7.2kg(as taken from the weiging scale of Tampines Polyclinic during your immunisation appointment). There are some areas in which you have grown.

Physical Development

-reaches out for things

-begin solid foods like yolk, watermelon and honeydew (just the juice). Able to take in little pieces of fish flesh

-drinks from sippy cup

-sits after crawling (by the practice of pushups and shakings of bums)

Social/Emotional Development

-stranger anxiety

In addition, 10 days before 7 month old, you encountered a new experience of fever, cough and runny nose. On one occasion, Ummi fed you banana and then you began crying. Ummi left you crying until you vomitted. Ummi forgotten that after food, there should not be any vigorous activity or crying event – most likely to lead to vomit. Bummer…

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.

Ya Bunayya!

At 1.37am on Tuesday, 22nd July 2008(Gregorian calendar), you turned one year old.

Allah selamatkan kamu (2X)

Allah selamatkan bintmahathir

Allah selamatkan kamu.

Until this day, Ummi and Abi have seen you developed so much, so much that the utmost development of yours is that you are able to walk so much now since the cruising time at 9 months. More to write about your development in the next posts.

Anyway, May Allah create you to be an ‘aalim and solehah girl with good virtues and akhlaq, whom ta’at to Allah and Rasul and also Ummi and Abi. Ameen.


Tongue Out

July 7, 2008

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Binti,

It has been about 3-4 days in which you were refusing food that went to your mouth. You were refusing your normal porridge. You were refusing the baby bites. And almost anything that Ummi has been trying to feed you. Most of the time, you stuck out your tongue with the food given in your mouth.

“Oh no! Ya Allah, does this mean another phase of Meal Woes that I have to face? This time my daughter?”

Ummi did some reading whether you were having eating disorder, etc. Few reasons that convinced Ummi are:

* children from 1-4 years of age will tend to eat lesser than they are supposed to

* children who are turning 1 year grow and want some autonomy

* children who are turning 1 year begin to be playful

What have Ummi done so far to tackle the above problem that Ummi ever experienced with Akhi back then when he was about 1 year 1 month (when Ummi began expecting you)?

1. Cut food in chunks so it will be like finger foods

2. Allowed you to self-feed yourself, which of course turn out to be a BIG MESS

3. Tried to feed you while you were carrying out Task 2

What’s the outcome?

Initially, you ate some, about 3-5 fingerfoods. You also ate the one that Ummi fed you. Alhamdulillah.

HOWEVER, when Ummi tried to feed you more, you refused to open your mouth and stick out your tongue, pushing the food that was in your mouth out. In fact, you are able to fold your tongue to remove whatever left over from your mouth. How SMART you can be!

What’s the next step?

With Abi’s and Nyayi’s advise, Ummi breastfed you most of the time. In addition, Ummi is currently feeding you Nestum with Friso 3 just before you go to bed. Alhamdulillah, you ate although there were times when you did not want to finish the portion given, despite the forcing that Ummi tried on you to have your mouth open.

What makes you take in the Nestum? This was not successful when Ummi tried feeding you during the daytime. Well, the story goes like this…

“Yesterday we went for dinner, window-shopping and shopping at Courts, Ikea and Giant after ‘Asr. Sorry that Abi had to follow us instead of going for the haul at Masjid Khalid. Ummi just need to destress herself from the feeding woes of her 2 kids. Over dinner, you had some mashed potato and some breastmilk. The amount that you have consumed then stretched till we reached home around 10pm. Ummi knew you were tired, so Ummi tried the Nestum (alone) on you. Alhamdulillah, you ate the amount of the Ikea bowl. It was again a success today.”

Therefore, for the time being, Ummi will try give you any finger food during the day, in addition to plain water and breastmilk. And your day ends with Nestum or any food before all of us turn in. May Allah makes Ummi’s breastmilk enough for your consumption and makes you open your nafs to eat more. Ameen.


Step by Step …

July 6, 2008

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Binti,

Alhamdulillah, in 2 weeks time, you will turn a year old. How fast time flies.

Lately, you have been a hardworking little girl, practising on your steps. You have been able to cruise around since 9 months and last few days seems to be one of the milestone before you are able to walk on your own.

In one occasion, you were holding your bottle of water to your mouth. As you were doing that, you took small, steady steps walking about the distance of 2 floor tiles. Another was holding to the wall, walking up and down the step to and fro the kitchen and the living room. Good job, my dear little girl!

If more practises were donw, you will be able to walk by 1. Insya Allah.


Fly Bint, Fly!!!!!

July 6, 2008

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Binti,

The following video shows how you are able to manouvre the toy aeroplane despite your legs have not reached the ground yet, upon proper sitting on it.


You are 11 months

July 1, 2008

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Binti,

As Ummi was beginning to write this post, you just turned 11 months old (according to Gregorian calendar). Alhamdulillah, in another month’s time, you will be 1.

Following are what you have achieved for the past month –

Physical Development

1. Taking 1-2 steps hands-off to walk

2. Despite not able to have your legs reach while sitting on the toy aeroplane, you are able to cruise around with one leg. We will upload a movie taken to Youtube to proof this.

3. Teething on almost all surfaces and equipments.

4. Bouncing (in sitting position) on the trampoline.

5. Throwing things from the cot, high chair, and while playing. Basically “mengemas”.

6. Withstanding sleepiness, able to extend to 8 hours wake up duration.

Social-Emotional Development

1. Crying when Akhi cries. This is a sign of attachment towards Akhi.

2. Refusing Abi when you needed milk.

3. Enjoying playing along with Akhi. Laughs and responses between both.

4. Crying when left alone. Sense of fear is developing in you.

5. Responding to tune of music, body swaying.

Cognitive/Intellectual Development

1. Following a 1-step instruction. e.g. “Kiss Akhi Mukhtaar”, “Zainah come”, “No”.

2. Pressing a button from the toy aeroplane for certain effect. e.g. propeller spinning.

3. Crossing over the tables to get to the play area in the brown room.

4. Relating vocabulary to simple acts and familiar objects.



2-Teethed Bint

June 7, 2008

Assalamu’alaikum wr. wb.,

Ya Binti,

Your second tooth is emerging. It is just next to the 1st one, at the bottom right. Watch the following video for your teething activity.