I actually made it!

The year is almost up.. I actually made it too the end! Well, at least until now. I managed to give birth to a healthy and awesome son on 14th December 2013. That is when I made this year’s (2014) resolutions:

  1. Survive the year (all the lack of sleep,crying, financially, etc)
  2. Loose all those weights I gained during pregnancy.

First few months this year, I doubt I would be sane by the end of the year. My son, Aqil barely slept, vomits like crazy, cry like he owns the world. Lucky me, my husband really helped. I didn’t have to do all the chores, and taking care of Aqil on my own. He took a few days off, whenever he could, in the early stage. Whenever he is not working he would definitely help me too. Emotionally during those early stages, I was unstable. Hormones adjusting themselves, I¬†was told. I felt like crying all the time, which is just plain weird. Lucky me, all gone by June.

By now, I finally manage to loose all those weights. I am back to my original weight before I got pregnant. Hmm.. maybe I should loose a little bit more..

Not something I would bring over to 2015 though. Not exactly a priority. ūüôā

This was written in response to another one of those daily prompts: To Be Resolved 

We‚Äôre entering the final days of 2014 ‚ÄĒ how did you do on your New Year‚Äôs resolutions these past 11.75 months? Is there any¬†leftover item to be carried over to 2015?

 

A day late..

The Final Trio, from Daily Post. 

For our final trio prompt of the year, write about any topic you wish, but make sure your post features a bookcase, something cracked, and a song you love.

Currently listening to an old song by Nickleback titled : Photograph, while I catch up and read on posts by other people. Loving it.

Usually at this hour, I¬†would be busy reading books while I¬†wait for my son to wake up. Lately, I have stop buying books. I do not have any space left on my bookcase, and soon the floor. ¬†Need to get my own place where the walls¬†don’t crack, and plenty of space for a bigger bookcase. Maybe with my own library. Its sale time and I cannot get more books. ūüė¶ I even have to re-read what I already have slowly. I don’t sell my books. I collect them.

Hence, the house hunting. Why are houses so expensive? So many new properties sold, and yet when we actually go to the area and check it out, only 50 to 60% are actually occupied. Sigh. It will take forever for us to actually get a place like this. It’s going to be another new year soon, and we still have no place to call our own.

Prompt = Headache

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Cause, Meet Effect.”

Cause : The Daily Prompt 

Effect : Headache

Seriously, I haven’t written in ages. Finally today, I¬†have some time to spare. Today’s post is giving me a huge headache. Causes and effects. It can be lots of things.

At first I thought, hmm.. my love for travelling can be a cause. Effect is definitely bankruptcy since I travel at least once a month. Why I do it? I honestly love travelling.. but every time I do it its because of an impromptu trip. Not something I planned way earlier and that I get to set how long I want to do it.  Thus, it always leaves me craving for more. Hence the repeat trip over and over every month, and all to different places.

Another unrelated cause and effect would be crying and laughing. Its two different emotions, and yet it gives different emotion or effect to people. I had a moment in time where it hurts, and I cried. My now one year old son saw me crying and he laughed. Seriously, it amazes me how simple things like this, can make him smile or laugh. Whenever it gets tough now, I just remember that moment and it makes me smile.

Enough rambling for today.

Lol….

The prompt for today : We all have strange relationships with punctuation ‚ÄĒ do you overuse exclamation marks? Do you avoid semicolons like the plague? What type of punctuation could you never live without? Tell us all about your punctuation quirks!

As you can see from the title it self, I am just addicted to ellipsis. I use it every single time! Most of my friends are sick and tired of stating it out loud, I think… Some of them used to go like :¬†” Again with the … “ My post and comments would usually have them. Especially on social media, text messages and hmm… even here! I just love it…! It’s not wrong to use it, is it? Hmm..

Anyway, I also usually overuse the exclamation marks! Especially when I am excited about something. The best part is that I usually think its better with lots and lots of it!!! ūüėČ Don’t you think so?!!

Another one is, comma. It’s like a permission so that I can talk non stop, that’s what comma’s are to me. I have this urge¬†that I just have to add comma’s, and I can go on and on, and on. Sometimes one whole paragraph would finish with comma’s here and there, and there would be no full stop, until the end. Why do I have stop? I would think to my self, its just me rambling off on my own. It’s not like people have to actually sit and listen to me.

I love to ask questions but without actually using the question mark.. So people keep having to ask me if it is a question or a statement. Just a habit I have. By the way, yes! I do avoid semicolons like the plague.

To summarise it all up, my favourite punctuation is :

  1. Ellipsis (…)
  2. Exclamation mark (!!!!!)
  3. Comma (,)

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My favourite writing space..

The Daily Post¬†prompted today: Where do you produce¬†your best writing ‚ÄĒ at your desk, on your phone, at a noisy caf√©? Tell us how the environment affects your creativity.

Honestly, it has been ages since I have actually written anything. Just a few days ago, it just occurred to me to start writing again(after sleepless night). Just random thoughts and bits and pieces of my life. I decided that I have to do this because all the ideas and random thoughts always keep me up at night. It will bug me non stop until I either talk to someone or just let the idea flow until I am too tired to stay awake.

I used to write anywhere I can. Noisy¬†caf√© does not bother me much. I just have to make sure all the people sits far away from me and not some where they can read what I¬†am writing. I do not like it when there are people around me looking in when I write. Yes, I know I¬†am not perfect, and yes, I know my grammar and ideas might be wrong..however, its my idea and my posts. I do not need others to tell me or correct me every time I write. Its annoying and by the time you are done correcting me, I usually tend to forget whatever I wanted to write in the first place. That’s why I just let it flow and when I am done I will proof read and correct my mistakes. If I do need help and need someone to correct me, I will ask for help. Never ever doubt that.

By the way, usually when I write, I tend to block other people out. Just like when I am reading. My hubby always complaint that I do not listen to him when he talks or call me. Thus, nowadays I will write only late at night at my desk using the computer after everyone has gone to bed.

I do use my phone to write, however, its mostly just to make check-list of things to do or a reminder so that I do not miss out on anything important.  It is just not the same as writing using a pen and a book or the computer. Phone is just too small for me. It also annoys me whenever a message or calls come in during writing. Sometimes I even get angry at whomever that calls or text. Thus, I tend to avoid using phones.

So, my favourite writing space is my desk in my room. ūüôā

Short Break in Kuantan

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Before taking off in KLIA.

  On June 11th to 13th we went to Kuantan for a short break. Hubby had to work.. so we decided to take Aqil swimming there. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency. We flew there on the last flight out from KLIA.

Aqil did not sleep at all through the flight. Well, it was a short flight so it makes sense. He played with his pacifier. Biting it as usual..Maybe he thinks it as a teether..

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By the time we actually arrive at the hotel it was quite late. Aqil was exhausted. He fell asleep immediately when I put him on the bed. ¬†In the end, hubby had to ‘tapau’ food from nearby shops for dinner. They actually have KFC, McDonald’s, Starbucks and a few other shops near by. Its about 5 to 10 minutes walking distance from the hotel. We had Nasi Kukus. We were too starving to take any pictures. heheh..

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The next morning we went out for breakfast at the Hoi Yin restaurant. It is apparently voted as one of the best restaurant there serving curry mee.  After tasting it my self, i wouldn’t mind having it again and again..Its not too thick and not too light. Its just right.

Curry mee without cockles

Curry mee without cockles

The shop opens early for breakfast and usually is up till lunch. However, it is always packed with people. Thus, go early if you do not want to be disappointed. Even for just the 3 of us, we had to wait around 15 minutes just to get a table. They serve the curry mee with cockles, but mine is without since i don’t eat them. Hubby loves them though. By the way, they have sizes for the mee. Order jumbo if you are starving. Hmm…but then, i think i can eat jumbo even if i am not starving since its yummy…heheh..

while waiting for me to eat..

while waiting for me to eat..

while waiting for daddy to eat

while waiting for daddy to eat

After our meal we head back to the hotel to relax. In the afternoon we took Aqil swimming. They apparently have 2 pools. One is with a pool bar so that you can order drinks and relax either in the pool or around it. While the other one is a bit more secluded and nestled among the rooms.

Aqil loved swimming but we did not manage to take pictures since neither of us wants to get our phone wet. He had fun so much that he fell asleep as soon as we wrapped him up in a towel. ¬†We didn’t even start walking to our room and he was already fast asleep.

On the way back as usual Aqil love staying up during take off and landing. He just plays with his pacifier. Lucky me he does not cry because of the pressure during those times.

He likes playing around while waiting for all passengers to disembark. Usually have to wait a while for the stroller to be taken out, thus, Aqil will be busy playing with the cabin crew.

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Welcome Aqil Ziqri..

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It was on a Saturday morning , 14th Dec 2013 around 4 am that my water bag broke. Adam was sleeping. Lucky me he was home and not at work. I was confused at first since it was my first pregnancy. I had no idea what exactly to expect even after going to classes and reading notes on what labour might be like. I woke Adam up and we actually googled.. lol.. Google to see if it is really my water bag that broke and what to do next. heheh..

After confirming everything, we then proceed to pack my bag and make a move for the hospital. Erm‚Ķi got nagged since i did not prepare everything in advance since everyone already told me to get it ready way in advance.. hmm..well, i couldn’t complain since it was my fault for procrastinating. By the time we arrived at the hospital it was about 6 am. I got admitted immediately into the labour room and once the nurse checked me, i was already at 3 cm wide. Basically, in order to start pushing the baby out, it has to be at 10cm. So we waited‚Ķ and waited.. By the way, i was admitted to the¬†Prince Court Medical Centre.¬†

I decided not to take the epidural and bear the pain. However, after a few hours, my contractions did not get stronger and the doctor decided to put me on a drip. Thus, the pain got worse and closer to each other. In the end i had to take the epidural because i could not cope with the pain. I couldn’t even rest and wait for the time to start pushing. I was already at 5 cm when i asked for epidural. By the time the doctor finished giving me the epidural, i was already at 8 cm and it hurt so bad.. For those wondering if all the pain goes away after taking epidural, no. You will still feel pain but its like at the beginning of labour,mild. The best part is,that you can still feel the contraction and you would still know when to push the baby.

I was given an hour to do normal delivery after i reached 10 cm. If i cannot get the baby out by then, doctor would operate on me. I was like¬†‚ÄúNooooo!! I am getting him out normally and not by c-section‚ÄĚ.¬†It was all in my head though. Heheh..I pushed and pushed and pushed‚Ķ I couldn’t push hard enough to get him out. He goes in and out again and again, i think.. i had that image in my head. No idea why though. At the last 5 minutes, doctor asked our permission to assist using the vacuum‚Ķand voila!¬†Aqil was born!! ¬†

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We were so happy.. and still are. The best gift ever to the both of us.. He was adorable! and cute! LoL… i think we are biased..well, he is our son.. heheh..

Our joy was short-lived.. Aqil was readmitted to the hospital on the second day after being discharged, for jaundice. 20131218_185356edited

His was at a very high level that the doctor decide to readmit him. We wanted to get a room and stay with him. However, the hospital was fully booked and the rooms available are only the suites which would cost a few thousands per night. We stayed until evening and came back the next day. They managed to get his jaundice level down to a safe level and he could go back with us. We were ecstatic!!

 

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