May 17, 2015

ramblings post-delivery

with the fourth kid (and especially after receiving yet another girl 4 times lucky lol), you tend to just recycle whatever you have assuming you've kept everything intact. everything poor Emma has worn are all hand-me-downs from her three older sisters. being born the biggest of the four, she outgrew the tiny sizes pretty quickly, probably due to the fact that she was born the longest length, but just as skinny as the rest. Emma's currently enjoying the life i secretly envy: sleeps most of the day (and turns owl at night -_-), demands milk whenever she pleases, release gas and spit ups so unladylike, and has a royal butler to pamper she soft butt every single day.

the Daddy secretly wants this job too haha.

well anyway, i'm up right now at 2am because i fell asleep earlier after waiting for Sophia to sleep first turned futile and woke up with a numb arm. the Daddy has to get up super early today to report for duty at 7am and apparently i'm his secondary alarm clock *sweat*.

i did get a few new things for the baby (and me) at the last minute, only after my gynae saikoed me that i could deliver anytime and asked was my hospital bag packed? i've forgotten how much interesting stuff you could find at a physical Fabulous Mom store (your online web is lousy btw) plus they're having a sale this month so how could i resist??!

for Emma:
i bought a baby binder, one that i kind of quite like because it actually fits my baby and it doesn't ride up like some other cokia brands i've bought before (that being said, i never binded my earlier three babies due to that factor). i bought a couple of mittens and booties for Emma which i find quite useless because irregardless of being old or new they still fly off Emma's hands (the old ones because the elastics were loose, and  the new ones were simply too big).

oh i got Emma new muslin cloths - printed ones! ladybugs and duckies! because the white ones are overrated... haha. and also because some of my old ones have been used to wipe goodness knows what so i'm using tha excuse to get new ones for the baby. new toiletries are a must, as well as diapers - i stuck to Drypers as what the other three have worn / are wearing (only because Tesco discontinued my favorite inhouse diaper). DEMC uses Huggies Ultra, which i also find to be ohsem but might ultimately burn a hole in my pocket in the long run.

lady bugs!!! with the proud older sister

it's not like Emma cares what i buy her, as long as she gets to demand and live like a boss, then she's a happy clam.

for me:
i needed more breast pads only because my old Avent ones were all yellowy and did i even want to reuse them even after failing to get them to look like new? O_o. i'm a fan of washable breast pads compared to disposable ones because i'd end up too sayang to dispose of them right away (as what i used to do with my contact lens last time; one-month? what one-month???) (don't follow me, my eyes were never made for contacts). i wanted to look for the Avent ones but i'm glad i couldn't find them; i find Tolly Jolly the most comfiest ones so far - they don't soak through like my Avent ones did, and the pads didn't stick to your nips either. i also bought two pairs of Fabulous Mom's branded pads but they tended to soak through too, also they were a tad bigger in size compared to the Avent and Tolly Jolly ones.

L-R: Tolly Jolly, Avent, Fabulous Mom

i bought myself a couple of cheap nursing tops from My Lovely Closet, the only nursingwear brand that i'm comfortable with. i also found this awesome air dry bag for my breast pump spare parts. this definitely beats storing them in a container while still wet and damp! aaaaand i can chuck in my bottles as well.

another new useful thing i got for myself that wasn't planned but i'm happy that i did was this awesome bengkung that homecare convinced me to buy during her visit to the house (which imo is ingenious, selling stuff to us innocent women who just gave birth and highly likely will end up buying it because we don't want to end up having flabby tummies hahahahhaha). in my defense, my current bengkung was falling apart anyway and was doing nothing to flatten my tummy fast enough. you know those 4-panel modern bengkung you can purchase online that uses velcro? yeah that was mine. while being a bit easier to wear than the traditional ikat2 one, it was quite a hassle to get a snug fit, because it was just one long stretch of elastic which you had to struggle to wrap around yourself. i had to pad it with a piece of cloth if not my tummy will end up all itchy due to the elastic.

the bengkung that homecare sold to me was also the velcro type, except that the back part was made out of soft material that was stitched to follow your body shape, one side consisted of three strips of velcro (this is what makes you to be able to get a snug fit) and the other side was made out of soft material for the velcro to stick. oooh i was instantly sold hahahahah what a sucker i am you thinks. but really, i like my new bengkung a lot, and i've worn it more religiously than i ever did with my old bengkung. it really feels like it's holding all my internal organs in place; what with all the horror stories people keep telling me about people's peranakan falling out and all -_- it's easy to wear too. price? rm80. i have no idea what brand is it though, it doesn't have a label.

i malas want to invest in nursing bras, simply because the good branded ones don't carry my size. i decided to try those cheapskate ones made in China instead. i bought a couple of buttoned ones during the last baby fair at mv for cheap; how i wish i had gotten a couple more, because the one with no underwire is super ohsem and comfortable to wear. but i don't even know what brand they are because there's no label, it's that cokia cheap hahahahaha. ish and i don't even remember the name of the booth i got it from T_T. next time booths should hand out their business cards to every purchaser so that nyanyuk buyers like me know where to go back to if they like what they've purchased. hee.

the last item i wanted to bebel about is the set bersalin that i'm using this time round. previously mil bought me the Set Bersalin Afiat three times in a row (three kan? ke two ek? dah lupa). i didn't really like it because i only ended up using less than half of the box's contents. i think i only enjoyed the Serai Wangi bath gel the most. and probably the Minyak Afiat because my mom uses it on bumps and bruises. so i ended up googling to see what set was worth getting, mildly out of curiosity because i've never bothered to do research before this. mil got me the Dherbs Set Bersalin this time (which i've never heard of before but apparently others have, even my mom who's not a social junkie lol), which i find wayyyy useful because i actually use most of the products in the set.

their pati herba taste really nice (like a sweet version of asam jawa),

Pati Herba

the krim panas is really panas (i actually rubbed my nostrils after lathering it onto my tummy that i ended up with burning nostrils lol),

Krim Panas

their feminine wash leaves you with a cooling sensation under there (though i wish it smells of serai =P),

just to name some of the items that i've utilized. i'm not sure what's the effect of wearing the bedak sejuk (previously known as param n pilis) apart from it smelling really nice. i'm on the fence on the mandian herba though, i tried throwing one sachet into a bucket of hut water as per instructions and don't quite see the effect on me. perhaps boiling it instead would make a difference? the only item i don't see myself using is the 'tungku' they provided, i heard it doesn't serve its purpose well. i think i benefited more with this brand than if i had gotten the Tanamera set because that one's mostly spa based and i'm not much of a DIY fan. 

so that's confinement day 14 for you. many many many days to go. i've been dreaming of chocolate cream chip and caramel frapp and fajitas and sushi and carl's junior and A&W rootbeer and that super ohsem nasi ayam bakar that Mashi has been taking us to... ish someone - anybody! - come visit me already before the crazy post syndrome starts kicking in!

until i find something else to ramble about... toodles!

May 3, 2015

D no more, hello E

hello!
i officially have a fourth kitteh. one more and i can create my own little futsal team. haha.
Auntie Enn, i appoint you to be their coach if that happens.

meet E1. yeap, D no more. i guess it's time to break tradition.


everyone, say hello to the new addition: Emma Mxxxxx.
as always, we're still deciding on a name for her. it gets tougher to decide when you have four consecutive girls in a row hahahahahah.
different letter, therefore more options to choose from =D

date = May 3rd, 2015 --- 9 days earlier than EDD of 12th May.
time = 0113 hours --- i was born 0112 hours, just sayin' =P
weight = 2.88kg --- the heaviest of the lot!
length = 52cm --- also the longest of the lot, she won by a mere 1cm haha

she came with very little warning - unfortunately due to the long holiday weekend  for the first time ever my usual Doctor wasn't around to deliver her, and the Doctor on-call arrived a bit too late =P.

April 24, 2015

spoilt for choice

i'm bored. let's talk fashion, shall we? (although, i might be the wrong person to talk about this topic. i have no sense of color coordination and i tend to be so fickle-minded).

i realize that i prefer to see and feel the merchandise in real life rather than randomly purchasing online and hoping for the best.

for one, you won't get yourself fooled by those pretty drop dead gorgeous models who wear them in photos and make them look so amazing, that you get overexcited so you immediately press the 'Add to Cart' button but end up being totally disappointed when you receive it in the mail because it doesn't make you look as thin as you thought it would be or that the material was not cut out as you hoped it would be.

haha. sarcastic, i know. but it's the truth. some people are meant to look pretty even while wearing a burlap sack, others have to try abit harder to shine. i'm part of the latter. i don't wake up in the morning looking like a hundred bucks. sometimes what looks good on on person may not necessarily look good on another. anyway models are meant to look good in anything they wear, if not how the heck are they gonna get their stuff to sell? and for all i know, they used photo enhancing apps like vscocam or 360 to make them look like human angels on earth. LOL.

i still hate them for looking effortlessly beautiful though. haha. i guess i should start unfollowing those instagram accounts now =P.

haters be haters,
players be players,
fakers be fakers,
bakers be bakers,
shake it off, shake it off,
woo hoo hoo.

anyway, i received the brochure for Scha X FV in the mail even before the collection was released. from the brochure, i'm not really a fan of her style but i have to admit, her collection are quite affordable if you compare her designs to some other brands that cost a lot more but didn't quite tickle my fancy material-wise. i wish her collection was physically available; vivy looks perfect in almost anything so i can't rely on her photos to make purchasing decisions haha. i often wonder if some of the more famous-er bloggers secretly get paid to review new collections.

i'm delighted that Scha X FV's collection are available in my sizing, just like Nora Danish for FV's collection is (although i have to say, i could barely move in her A-line skirt and Gary in the office actually noticed that i had trouble walking in it bahahah). some designers' interpretation of S size are overly underrated so i'm usually 'saved by default' from taking the plunge *roll eyes*.

heck, most of the designs were sold out fairly quick. i'm undecided as to which color i like best for the following design, what do you think?

Thentill in Grey
Thentill in Peach

last week i followed my friends to MAC. while the other two was busy dolling themselves up with eyeliners, i was busy taking a selfie:

#duckscarves #blueeclairs

i usually don't take selfies but i'm gonna pop soon and it's not always i see myself this fat, haha. i'm weighing about 53-54kg now at 37 weeks. anyway i discovered that MAC has a lip primer to prep your lips before wearing lippies. i find MAC lippies to be very dry and i always tend to steer towards matte lipsticks so with the combination of my super dry lips, it's like a disaster waiting to happen. this is definitely going into my wishlist one day.

MAC prep + prime

T - 18 days to go. the pilot is kepala pusing because his schedule is packed for May. and i baru plan nak coax the baby to come out on XX May because i'd have an easier time recalling the first 8 digits of the IC number hahhahahahhahah.

April 21, 2015

shakey's mojos

my husband is a big fan of Shakey's Mojos. i'm not sure if you've heard of them before, because i haven't, mainly because i was always a fan of Pizza Hut. well anyway, Mojos are simply fried potatoes mixed with some sort of secret seasoning that makes them simply awesome among the fans. go ahead, Google and see. you'd find a whole bunch of recipes on how to make them, but you'd have to experiment for yourself to see which one hits home.

i've tried making them quite awhile ago using some random recipe on the web, but i don't think it turned out quite the way the husband remembers it to be (i'm a fan of potato no more, especially after wolfing down so many of it during my first trimester with my third child).

recently he decided he wanted to have Mojos again (he's always looking for something to munch on while watching his favorite tv series T_T), so he handed me a recipe he found online and asked me to try it out and see, which required baking the potatoes first prior to frying. surprisingly, he likes how the potatoes turned out. i had to tweak it a little bit, because the recipe called for 6 big potatoes (takmo aku buat banyak2, nanti who gonna finish them??). so i'm jotting down here whatever i mixed into the seasoning below for future reference. i used local potatoes btw, i think if you use those russet ones or those bigger American ones, they'd taste even nicer? beats me =D.

Ingredients:

2 potatoes
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons thyme
1 teaspoon garlic powder

salt, to taste,
pepper, to taste
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
oil


Directions:

1. Rub olive oil onto the potatoes, wrap in foil and bake the potatoes at 200 C for about 50 mins or so, let cool.
2. Cut the potato into slices (how big you want them to be is up to you)
3. Heat oil.
4. Mix the flour, cayenne, paprika, thyme, garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste (adjust the seasonings to your liking, which i did. paprika wasn't called for in the recipe but my husband likes it spicy, so...)
5. Combine the milk and egg. Dip each potato slice into mixture then dredge thoroughly in the seasoned flour mixture (the recipe didn't call for egg either, but i thought it to be weird to not have egg to dip in =P).
6. Deep fry the potatoes without overcrowding, until crisp and golden.
7. Drain on paper towels and serve.
8. Season with more salt if you prefer your potatoes saltier lol lol but if you're health-conscious, then by all means skip this part.

homemade Mojos

ta-da! ok fine so maybe the photo doesn't look too appealing (i've lost my touch with taking awesome photography lately) but the taste was not bad, in my opinion lah. haha. the husband polished the bowl clean and later asked for more -____-.

April 15, 2015

a little breath of aere


Brand: Aere
Hedera Glister Top in Pink & Silver
UK 6

Functional signature zippers at the side
Split sides
Semi-sheer
Glitter metallic threads in white or gold
Stretchable lightweight fabric

RM126, postage included.

April 14, 2015

hospital checklist for baby #4

NOTE TO SELF: GET THIS DONE PRONTO.

i went for my 36th checkup yesterday and my Dr. had me do a CTG T____T. 2.4kg yo. i was like whaaaaa.? i haven't been having much of an appetite lately, where did those extra grams come from???


after so many times experiencing birth, my hospital bag checklist keeps on getting simpler and simpler.

mainly because you become wiser that you don't really need to pack your entire house, and also because by then you should be smart enough to differentiate between the necessities and the junkies.

so... here's my list. so that when the time comes i just have to click this post and voila, everything's there. i like to scribble on random scraps of paper and it's very annoying when i can never manage to find that particular piece of paper when i really need it. my boss has always been amused to see me doing this, especially when it comes to jotting down my work notes lol.

me:
nursing friendly tops
kain batik / comfy pants
panties
disposable pads (i hate hospital pads)
nursing bras + pads (i need to replace my Avent ones, so masam already after three kids)
socks
sweater
towel

phone + phone charger + cable
pink folder (which documents all my hospital appointments)
slippers
nursing cover
plastic bag for dirty clothes
laptop (=P)
light snacks (just in case you get hungry in the middle of the night)
water bottle
tissue

toiletries:
toothbrush + toothpaste
facial wash
body wash
hairbrush
shampoo
lotion
face powder
lip balm

the baby:
going home outfit
swaddle blankie
hat
diapers (just in case)
baby wipes

ta-da! that's it. now if only i have the mood to get started with going through the kids' old baby clothes to see what needs washing and what can be reused for the new baby. so malas T_T.

April 10, 2015

the woes of 35 weeks!

Sophia's turning two next month. she weighs close to 10kg.
her current favorite spoken words are me-mey (lol), uh-oh, and oh NO.
when i come back from work, while the elder two had lots to report/complain to Mommy, dia pun sibuk nak kasi report in her own language which i don't understand, lol.
i am so not ready to give her up as my youngest yet. haha.

speaking of which, i am also not prepared to give birth! i have so many things to settle beforehand... so many things happened in the past few weeks which really took a toll on me. i haven't even packed my hospital bag -_____-. i have yet to identify my emergency contact person if the husband's on duty and can't make it back in time. the other day on my way home from work i was wondering what i would do if i had to pee while being stuck in traffic - worse case scenario is to stop at the curb and just do it (harhar), but what if i went into labor? pull over and push? ok let's hope that doesn't happen to me this time -_-. i've been very lucky for the past three pregnancies to be in close vicinity of the hospital when it happened.

Dinara contracted chicken pox two days ago. she must've gotten it from school, because not too long earlier the mother of her classmate announced in whatsapp that her son came down with chicken pox. and whaddya know, on Wednesday i came back from work to find her with little red welts on her face and back. a visit to the doctor and a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius confirmed that is was indeed chicken pox *sigh*. no school for her for the next 3 weeks it seems. another classmate of hers also came down with the chicken pox about the same time as her. it's like a chicken party!

chicken pox
hard at work

i know nuts about treating chicken pox; apart from the itchy and scratchy show, it can be contagious and can threaten pregnancies if you haven't gotten chicken pox before. luckily i got the chicken pox wayyy back when i was young so i didn't have to worry much about me, but i did worry about the other two kids. could i handle 3 sick kids at the same time? let's hope that vaccination works wonders, eh? i think it's close to impossible to isolate one kid from the rest, unless you have a large glass aquarium you could keep the infected kid in for the next 5 days until the contagious period is over. i told the kids to stay clear of Dinara until she gets better but belum apa2 lagi my eldest was yelling her head off that Dinara sneezed in her face. sigh. and you think the youngest understood a word i said?

oh-NO.

the kids' Nana came back from London last weekend and got them their own personalized chocolates. pretty ohsem, eh? naturally, all they cared is to keep them safely in their stomachs rather than admiring the personalized touch. lol. am i the only one not going nuts over nutella, btw?

5 minutes later, chocolate inside tummy
she also wanted to take a photo
personalized nutella

these days the youngest thinks it's cool to stick out her tongue while taking selfies.

blekkkkkkkkk

i met up with Noki the other day at mv. and that's the first time i've ever heard of telur sotong. selalu2lah singgah la mv la yek? =P

coincidentally in the same shade of blue =P

guess that's it from me.i'll crap more when i have the time =D.