Thursday, August 18, 2016

Separation Anxiety Strikes

My mother has come back to Jakarta two weeks after eid picked up by my younger brother who has a good stay with us for a week. The day after, cousins came to visit. I just realized that separation anxiety has stricken when I left S playing my cousin sister, while I have a quick wash. She frustratedly cried for ten minutes when I was in the bathroom, and then suddenly stopped after seeing me again.

I just didn't realize that it has begun long before that..

When she's 9 months old, or when she started to stand up holding to the furniture, she suddenly refused to be tucked in her crib at night. She kept waking up, standing by the railing of her crib, and crying.. asking to be carried. I nursed her to sleep again and I put her bed when she's already asleep, only to find that another hour she woke up again. This really made me tired as I've lost couple hours of my deep sleep, made me frustrated during the day. What happened to my sleep trained baby who used to sleep through the night?

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Eid Mubarak 1437 H!

On the eid fitr day a week ago, we attended the eid prayer at one of Singapore's stadium. Four of us, my husband, mother, daughter, and me myself managed to arrive at the stadium thirty minutes at 8.00 am before the prayer started so we could still get the first row. Alhamdulillah..

During ramadhan, baby S always woke up during sahur time together with us, and then she went back again to sleep after fajr prayer until 8.00 - 8.30 am. So on the eid day, she's still half asleep as she hasn't got used to early morning activities, because that day we started at 6 am, bathed her first, fed her, and then got her all dressed up with the gamis and hijab that my best friend gave as a present. Love love love!

Look at this picture of baby S wearing hijab. She was still sleepy though so she didn't want to smile to the camera.

I'm so grateful that I could spend ramadhan and eid fitr this year with my mother coming here, even though we couldn't gather with all of our family in Indonesia :(. Hopefully next year would be better, we could spend the day in Indonesia, surrounded by both sides of our family. It's already my third eid fitr that I celebrated in Singapore from these last four years since I live here.

Hopefully, we still have the chance to meet Ramadhan and Eid fitr next year, aamiin!  

Sunday, June 26, 2016


It would be better for me trying to be more careful in everything I say or write now. Because I don't want to hurt any beautiful hearts, don't want to provoke any peaceful state of minds, don't want to lose anyone's trusts, and don't want to destroy any good relationships, anymore.

Yeah, I'd better be.  

Monday, June 13, 2016

What I Wear Today?


I super love our baby stroller that we got as a present from my cousin, but when I need to go out and about just by myself, using stroller is not really handy because our Combi Miracle Turn is a two-fold stroller, so it's a bit tricky for me to fold with one hand at the same time while the other hand is used to carry the baby  every time I take the bus (in Singapore's buses, prams and pushchairs should be folded). Therefore, babywearing to the rescue! I have several type of baby wearing carrier, such as wrap from Hanaroo, ring sling from Moms in Mind, and buckle/soft-structured carrier from ErgoBaby.

And here's my quick review:

Monday, June 6, 2016

Visiting Newborns

Looking back to nine months ago when I  gave birth to S, I just cant stop smiling and feeling grateful that we made the rightest decision to have the baby delivered here in Singapore, a neighbor country where we have no family and *not many* friends. It was a rather quiet and peaceful moment that we only shared with our loved and special ones, without exaggerated visitors.

I know this will sound a bit harsh for our society that usually described by a strong sense of belonging to relationships and close attachment to common traditions or concerns. I'm sorry for feeling this way though, but we, these new mothers, are very desperate to cuddle our baby, and to have a rest after the exhausting labor and delivery process as well.  Sooo.. Greeting guests and serving visitors are the least things we want to do at that time. I guess I was just lucky that I was not only having and easy deliver process, but I also didn't get many visitors when I was warded in the maternity unit after that, since most of my family and friends live in Jakarta. Of course I did get some family friends coming in, but they were all  being understanding and aware of how this new mother feels. Most of them came in, congratulated us, and left the premise after 20-30 minutes.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Baby Update

Whoop! Baby S is now 9 months old, guys! Can't believe that my tiny pinky baby grows up amazingly. (rabid mom's entry detected) 

Three months ago when she's only 6 months old, I was so worried that she hasn't showed any signs of starting to sit by herself yet, meanwhile the baby of a friend has started learning to stand! I wondered if she's lacking activities that can strengthen her trunk and other muscles. But then, it didn't take long to finally see her trying to sit by herself when she's 7 months old.. All of sudden, because we didn't give her more stimulation or new activities though. Good job baby, you nailed it!

Afterward, we were still surprised that she began to crawl everywhere once she managed to sit by herself. Well, she didn't stop there. A couple of days after she's crawling, she began to stand, everytime we carried her, she attempted to climb up our face, and when we put her in cot, she stood up holding the railing. And now, she's cruising already. Good job (again), baby!  

Thursday, May 26, 2016

the same little prize in the cereal box of life

So so sooo happy that we could finally see each other again, talk and talk and talk like it's just another lunch, another day, even though actually, it's almost five years since the last time we met! Thanks for visiting me and my baby, dear! And thanks for the thoughtful presents, we love it sooo much! I'm so happy too that we still think of each other after all these years :)