Monday, February 27, 2017

Week 19 - You Guessed It!

well well we are again. and again, here comes the tears and the screams and the disbelief and the denial, the very huge, large denial. i guessed in november, i was almost certain in december, i prayed i was wrong in january and i finally gave in in february.

when i went to see my gynae, i was already half-way through (half-way is not 20 weeks for me). i was laughed at, i was scolded and i was told i missed the first trimester blood test and i missed half-way of medication. ok, not a good start.

but there it was. the moment my gynae put the scan on my tummy, it was as obvious as the sun. head, spine, hands, legs, heartbeat...and its amira's little sister. hubby who was on the denial train with me shouted, i was hoping for another boy. eh...since when?!

yeah...due date is after raya. so here's to 20 more weeks!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Amir's SRA Journey

our decision to enrol amir in agama school came late, roughly around november, december before he entered year 1. we were a bit sceptical of him being able to undertake the workload. we know amir, his love of playing overides his love of studying. will he be able to handle two schools with the increasing number of syllabus and shorter hours and our intention of getting him more active in football?

but after a lot of thinking, mainly that he'll be in transit before school commences in the afternoon, not really doing much, we thought amir in agama school wont be so bad. the hours are manageable, the syllabus not too burdening, reading the quran is a must so we don't really need to look for other teachers.

alhamdulillah, he's had a wonderful, fruitful journey in agama school. he received a few honours while he was there. he was the class monitor when he was in year 2. he was made a prefect, late year 2 and held on to the role until year 5.

he represented the school for 4 years, from year 2 to year 5, in kemahiran amal islami, the first two year in arabic dialogue, muhawarrah, then in arabic choral speaking and finally in nasyid. he went all the way to district level in year 3.

amir participated in a couple of motivational camps in agama school and many educational sleepovers in school. he's bonded with his classmates during school hours and after school, playing football. he's also bonded with the teachers, playing football occasionally with them.

the decision to take him out of agama school also came late, november of his fifth year. it was not an easy decision to make. taking him out of the school that has invested so much in him, taking him away from the friends he made (as some are not in the same primary school), taking him away from the extra-curricular activities he loves.

but our decision was made, finally, when we found out the school's year 5 students will sit for upkk exam for the first time in the school's history. at least, if amir were to leave school after year 5, he still would have sat for a big examination under the school's badge and have a certification from an agama school that may assist him in his secondary school application.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Amira is 15 months

amira turned 15 months 2 weeks ago. she turned into a hyper 15 month old, very very hyper. amira climbs. she climbs every single thing. she climbs up stools, she climbs up chairs, she climbs up laundry baskets, she climbs up bedside table, she climbs up beds, she climbs up tv cabinets. and then she falls and bruise and cries. she is one hyper and brave girl - and mummy's tired. she's also climbing up the stairs now and that is super tiring.

amira is busy running nowadays. she's passed walking and runs everywhere. again...falls and cries everywhere. she loves her evening walkabout (or runs) with her brothers outside but we try to limit that as she'd be too tired and whines a lot at night.

amira talks a lot! a whole lot. she used to go maa and miii. but not she can interchange all vowels in one go - aa and iii and uuu. she started with 'piyaaa piyaaa', we were surprised with her 2 vowels change. then it just went uphill and non-stop. and now she can converse with everyone. she's grasp the 'no', 'dah', 'tak', 'ok' concept and when to use them or more accurately, when to reply to them.

amira had her 4th and final pneumococcal jab recently. i thought it was a pneumococcal + second mmr jab (mmr is given twice now to follow moh's directory) but her second mmr will only be given when she turns 18 months.

amira now takes only 1 day time nap, in the afternoon around 2pm - 5pm. she used to wake up around 8am, take her morning nap around 11am and then another at 3pm. but that changed recently. there was one incident when she woke up when i was doing household chores in the morning and i found her crying (for don't know how long) in the room. from then on, we would take her downstairs from the room very early in the morning and let her continue her sleep in her cot while i do my chores. she would sleep till around 10am and forego her late morning naps.

amira's eating loads of food now. pasta and rice is her favourite. bread is her on the go meals and she loves her occasional cookies and chocolates. she takes her formula twice a day, sometimes three but usually twice before her naps. she loves a tumbler of plain water after her meals. she's also experimenting with fruits, she loves bananas, apples, oranges.

we recently turned her car seat front-facing. i wanted to wait till she was 2 years old but she wanted to see me when i was driving so i moved it around.

amira's favourite tv shows are teletubbies and mickey mouse. she also loves sofia the first but teletubbies is her favourite.

i took amira for a baby spa session recently - massage and swim. she loves it so much, i'm planning to take her every month for a relaxing session. if only i get to do for me too.

amira is a happy toddler and we're so happy to see her to see her smiles and hear her laughter every day.


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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