Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Lunch Boxes Journey - July & August 2016

july was a half-schooling-month. the fasting month and the raya break made up the first two weeks of july and the boys were back in school the second half of july. it took a bit for the lunch box journey to get started. it was no mood, no idea, no energy, mummy fasting excuses thrown here and there. when i finally got my head around the lunch box preparation mood again, we're back in business. this time however, hubby was not part of the group, ariff wanted no food at all and akmal would push his luck for lunch money - something i gave into occasionally.

but i prepared for amir and asyraf religiously. pushed myself more like it. come august, there were loads of pictures and articles about lunch boxes as most countries started their schooling year in august. that gave me the boost and i saved and saved so many links for next year. next year we start again and next year, i will be stronger, i will.

as i'm not at all in the mood to whip up some fried stuff in the morning, i always fall back on sandwiches. i bought different sorts of bread and rolls to give variety to their lunch box while keeping the filling the same - roast beef, turket, chicken slices. they would get pita pockets, sourdough bread, wraps, wholewheat rolls, hot dog buns, burger buns, mini buns. the boys really enjoy their sandwiches because of the different bread.

i also made cupcakes so that their sides would not be limited to wafers and biscuits. that liven the look of their lunch boxes a whole lot.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Ten Months Old Little Amira

its more of my age catching up with me than amira's age. i cant remember what amira accomplishes, i cant remember how old she is most of the time. alhamdulillah, my little miss pacak turned the big ol' 10 months in august.

tiza sent over a high chair for amira to use. she used to sit in her baby snug but its a bit chunky to put at the dining bench. she would alternate between the high chair and her jumperoo. fast dinner means the high chair, a slower one means her jumperoo. plus the ipad for her nursery rhymes. she's loving it because she gets to join us at the dinner table and nag at the brothers who talk non-stop *sigh*

amira was bitten by a big recently. she had a bump on her right eye lid. because she's a baby, we didnt do anything to it, just hoped and prayed it would shrink and go away. it did but not fully. after about 3 weeks, i finally took her to the opthtalmologist we're familiar with at dsh. she diagnosed chalazion (amir had it twice 3-4 years ago) and prescribed antibiotic eye drops to try for a week and told us to use a warm compress to clear the blocked oil glands. after a week, some went away but there was still a bump visible when amira closed her eyes. i was worried, not ready to wheel her into the ot at 9 months. neither was the doctor who told us to continue the eye drops and warm compress until it goes away fully. alhamdulillah a week after that, amira's eye lid was back to normal.

away from the depressing eye bump, 10 months (because she's a bit smaller than the average american size) means amira can now wear the many, many 9-months sized clothes i got for her. yeay! i'm super excited, i took the 9-12 mths, 12 mths clothes from the box, did a whole lot of laundry and packed packed the 6mths clothes off. all except her  pajamas because she still fit them. next on the shopping list would be new pajamas for her.

amira is a playful little girl. she plays with her brothers, she plays with the cats. she would make meowing sounds when she sees the car (well, something that sounds like meow, at least). she would have the biggest smile when she wakes up and sees her brothers, or when they come home from school.


the value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults - peter de vries

grown-ups never understand anything for themselves and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explainning things to them - antoine de saint-exupery
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