Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Wordless Wednesday #8

That's you, sayang. Rupa macam kacang pun Abah and I
still love you so very much. (:

Friday, December 21, 2012

Kemuliaan Ibu Mengandung

1. Dua rakaat solat wanita yang hamil lebih baik dari 80 rakaat solat wanita yang tidak hamil.

2. Wanita yang hamil dapat pahala puasa disiang hari & pahala ibadat di malam hari.

3. Wanita yang bersalin dapat pahala 70 thn solat & puasa serta setiap kesakitan pada satu uratnya, Allah bagi satu pahala haji.

4. Sekiranya wanita meninggal dunia dalam masa 40 hari selepas bersalin ia dikira sebagai mati syahid. 

5. Wanita yang beri minum susu badannya kepad anaknya akan dapat 1 pahala daripada tiap titik susu yang diberikannya.

6. Wanita yang beri minum susu badannya kepad anaknya yang menangis maka Allah beri pahala satu tahun pahala solat & puasa.

7. Kalau wanita menyusui anaknya hingga cukup tempoh 2 setengah tahun, maka malaikat dilangit khabarkan berita bahawa syurga wajib baginya.

8. Seorang ibu yang menghabiskan masa malamnya dengan tidur yang tidak selesa kerana menjaga anaknya yang sakit dapat pahala seperti membebaskan 20 orang hamba.

9. Wanita yang tidak cukup tidur pada malam hari kerana menjaga anaknya yang sakit akan di ampunkan oleh Allah akan seluruh dosanya & bila dia hiburkan hati anaknya Allah beri 12 tahun pahala ibadat.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Pregnancy symptoms at 6 weeks

Ever since I found out that I'm pregnant, I've been reading alot about pregnancy. Sebab first time kan, I really don't know what to expect. It's scary but exciting at the same time! I know each pregnancy is different for every women, bukan semua orang dapat rasa symptoms yang sama. Some lucky women don't even know they're pregnant until after the first trimester because takde symptoms at all!

My personal experience, here is what I feel:

  1. Nauseous. Not all the time, the feeling comes on and off. Tapi masa2 yang rasa loya tu, sangatlah loya sampai nak makan/bau apa2 pun tak lalu. Annoying tau, rasa nak muntah sangat2 tapi most of the time tak keluar pun.

  2. Sakit dada. Sakit GILA, extremely sensitive.

  3. Sakit belakang. Your Abah is kind enough to gently massage my lower back whenever I need it.

  4. Pening2 nak pitam. But only at certain times.

  5. Fatique. I'm so easily exhausted! Kadang2 jalan sikit dah mengah. Naik tangga tak payah cerita la, rasa macam panjat gunung. As soon as I get home from work all I want to do is crash on the bed and rest.

  6. Sleepy. ALL. THE. TIME. Ada satu hari tu I slept at 9pm and bangun at 9am the next day. It's the hardest when I'm in the office and I need to WORK but my body and eyes are automatically shutting down.

  7. Emotional. I cry so very easily nowadays!

  8. Bloated. My tummy looks like I'm 4 months preggers. -_- I did some research on this, apparently it's normal to look 4 months pregnant between 4 - 10 weeks because of gas, and because the uterus is expanding. My waist has also slightly expanded I think? Coz my jeans feel tight! :(

  9. The urge to pee more often. This one, lately je I've been feeling like this. Malam2 paling sakit hati sebab kene bangun dari tidur, get over the feeling of pening baru sebab bangun, and turun bawah untuk ke toilet. Ulang 2, 3 kali semalam.

  10. Yellowish/whitish discharge. Thank God for panty liners!

Hope that the next following weeks become easier Inshallah... may Allah make it easier for me, Ameen.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Pregnant! Alhamdulillah. (:

Finally, this blog has meaning. Finally, Inshallah, this blog can be dedicated to my child. Alhamdulillah, all praises be to Allah and Allahuakbar, Allah is truly the greatest. I found out that I am pregnant with my first child on the 7th of December 2012.

I betul2 ingat I was going to get my period the first week of December. My period is always on time, I have an app on my phone that tracks my period and it tells me exactly when I will get my period. Almost 100% of the time, it is accurate. 

That week, I was going through all the normal PMS symptoms that I usually get. I was moody. Tetiba pimple besar tumbuh dua, tiga biji kat pipi. Yellowish discharge. Stomach cramps. Sore breasts. I was so sure period akan datang, that the first few days I pakai pad just to be safe. 

But then something was different. I was so very tired, and I mula muntah2. Abah you dah mula excited, angkat2 kening kat I. I told him, dah, jangan nak naikkan harapan I. It will only make me disappointed. But he kept insisting, he had a good feeling about this month. It's his birthday month, too (31st December).

So because I was vomitting, he brought me to the clinic. The first time pergi clinic, my period was supposed to be due that day. Doctor suruh buat pregnancy test, and I was upset because I knew I wouldn't be pregnant. But the doctor made me do it anyway. And memang betul, the test was negative. One line je.

Doctor cakap, maybe I have a urine infection. She gave me medicine, but did not give me antibiotics in case I was pregnant. She said, if masih muntah2, come back in 3 days. Three days later, I was still vomiting. The night before, I couldn't sleep. I was tossing and turning, I couldn't get comfortable. And I was sweating. Sebelum ni tak pernah tidur tak pakai selimut, sebab aircond sejuk sangat. Tetiba je berpeluh. 

Masa tu I memang tak tahan. Rasa menyampah sangat. So at 5am that morning, I grabbed the pregnancy test that I kept in our room and went to the toilet to test. Sambil tu I mandi sekali, because I had to go to court that morning so kene keluar rumah awal anyway. While I was bathing I put the test kit on the sink. Then after dah sudah pakai towel semua, baru jenguk kat test kit tu... Mashallah, I saw double lines. 

The test I did myself.

At first I thought I was seeing it because I wanted to see it so bad, tapi lepas tengok lama2, there it really is. The faint pink line that I've been wanting to see for the past 2 and a half months. Subhanallah. Only Allah knows the feeling I felt, sorang2 pegang kit tu dalam toilet. Happy, TAKUT, excited, relieved, TAKUT.

Terus naik atas, your Abah was still asleep. I lay down next to him and kissed his forehead, suruh dia bangun solat Subuh. Then I told him that I don't like sharing him with anyone. He said, I'm not going anywhere. You don't need to share me. Then I said, actually, I'm going to have to share you soon... then I showed him the test kit. 

The look on your Abah's face, sampai bila2 I will remember. He said, "Alhamdulillahhh..." and he closed his eyes, looking very relieved and happy. Ya Allah I thank you just for letting me experience that moment with him. It was perfect.

Tengah hari tu, he brought me back to the clinic. Mula2 we didn't say anything to the doctor, we just told her I still muntah2 and nak test lagi sekali. Then, the result:

The test I did at the doctor's.

Alhamdulillah. Memang confirm, I was pregnant. The doctor congratulated us. Then she asked when was my last period. November 6, I said. Then dia kira2 dekat this round calandar thingy, she said my estimated due date, Inshallah, should be about 13th August 2013. Dia kata the line on the pregnancy test tu samar2, sebab I baru sangat pregnant. At that time I was 4 weeks and a few days pregnant. Kalau lagi lama, lagi terang line tu. Your Abah was so excited he took a picture of the test kit on the doctor's table itself. Tanpa segan silu, hehehe.

When I was 5 weeks and 2 days, I did another test sendiri2. Entah kenapa, it was a spontaneous decision. Rasa macam masih tak percaya I was pregnant, lagi2 sebab the couple of days before tu, tetiba tak rasa loya or muntah.

Inai dekat jari pun masih ada lagi! :')

This time, because it was 5 weeks, the pink test line was as clear as the pink control line. That means there are more hCG circulating around my body, confirming that I am indeed pregnant. Alhamdulillah. I can't feel thankful enough that Allah would grant me this honor of carrying life to bring into this world.

So that was how I found out I was pregnant. Thank you so much for all the doas, the encouragement and the advice. I ask that everyone still keep me in their prayers semoga kandungan ini membesar dengan sihat wal-afiat sehingga selamat bersalin. Ameen ya Rabbal Alameen.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Honeymoon Part III - London

Read about Part I and II of our honeymoon here and here.

When we checked into our hotel, Ramada Encore, they had decorated our room with rose petals and swan-shaped towels! Comel gila! Ahhh the perks of being honeymooners... hehehe.

Our pre-decorated room in London

The hotel we stayed in was modern and decent, because in London most accommodation is expensive and the buildings are old.. the nearer to central London, the older and more expensive it is. So we stayed jauh sikit, in Zone 2. Tapi it was alright, coz the hotel is a 5 minute walk from the tube station and it takes 20 minutes to get to central London.

Some pics of our hotel:


The room

Bathroom. Very basic, nothing fancy.

We did most of the touristy things in London. Tak sempat buat banyak bende, sebab limited days je and it was raining most of the time and it got dark quite early. I wanted to take a hop-on, hop-off bus tour macam we did in Barcelona but since it was raining all the time, we couldn't do that either.

Walking up and down Oxford Street

Famous red telephone booth & Big Ben

Trafalgar Square

We also went to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. This is where you go if you nak berangan ambik gambar with celebrities and famous people. Dead celebrities also can.. haha. Kita beratur dekat 2 jam ok just for tickets, SANGAT ramai orang. Bila dah masuk dalam pun, beratur lagi nak tengok the figures.. because it's just too crowded. 

The section that features the Twilight cast and Justin Bieber was the MOST crowded so we avoided that altogether. All the teenage girls were taking 100 different poses with Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner -_-

Your Abah ni pulak ambik kesempatan pegang2 pinggang Beyonce la, Christina Aguilera lah... amboiii kemain.. nasib baik patung! 

Beyonce & Johnny Depp at Madame Tussauds

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie; Messi & Ronaldo at Madame Tussauds

But for me... the highlight of London was going to the Emirates Stadium!! I watched the Arsenal v QPR game on the 27 October (Arsenal menang 1-0 yay!). We couldn't get tickets for your Abah sebab dah sold out atau terlalu mahal, so him being the sweetheart that he is, waited 3 hours for me! :') We also went on the Emirates Stadium Tour!

Outside the stadium

Players' changing room & the pitch

Menggila shopping inside the Armoury

So that concludes the highlights of our honeymoon.. travelling with your Abah is simply the best, he is good at directions and he is patient with me, but he's always punctual and on time which kadang2 buat I stress haha but it's a good thing. (: I will never forget this trip Inshallah, it was a dream come true for the both of us.

Now we can't wait to concentrate on expanding our family! ;)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Honeymoon Part II - Manchester/Barcelona

Read about Part I of our honeymoon here.

The day we got back from Melbourne, was the day we flew off to London! Kira macam stop-over yang slightly panjang.. haha. I don't know how we survived it, though! Penat gila2! We flew from Melbourne - KL in the morning, then KL-Doha-London that night. From one end of the world to the other!

When we arrived at London Heathrow, we took a train a few hours later to Manchester. The reason we had to go to Manchester, is because your Abah wanted to go to Old Trafford Stadium. Home of Manchester United (blerghhh benci). Tapi sebab I sayang your Abah punya pasal, I ikut la like the obedient wife I am. lol

We arrived at Manchester Piccadilly train station at night. Tanya2 the orang kat situ, they said the easiest way to get to Old Trafford is by tram. Our hotel is about 200 meters je from the stadium, so if we got to the stadium we would know how to get to the hotel. So we took the tram.

By the time we arrived at Old Trafford tram stop, it was about 9:30pm. It was dark and very, very silent. And very cold. Dengan tak tau arah tuju ke mana, we started walking and dragging our two huge bags. Bunyi bag tu bising, tayar dia bergolek atas jalan tar. Because it was so quiet, the sound of our bags was really loud. 

Tipu la cakap kalau time tu tak takut dan cuak. Takut gila. Siap baca ayat qursi semua. Takut orang tiba2 datang out of nowhere and rob us, dahlah kita tourist kan, and we had ALL our belongings and cash with us, sebab baru sampai.

Then suddenly in front of us, we saw the Old Trafford stadium. Abah you dalam tengah takut2 tu boleh sempat nak ambik2 gambar dalam gelap dan sejuk. Nearby was our hotel. Premier Inn Old Trafford. We LOVED this hotel, definitely recommending it to everyone!

The hotel we stayed in: Premier Inn Old Trafford

This is how close the hotel is from the stadium!

The next day we went on a tour of the Old Trafford stadium. Sebagai peminat setia Arsenal, rasa macam mencemar duli plak masuk enemy territory ni. Tapi Abah you sangat2 teruju and excited, I loved seeing him act like a little boy... so I tagged along. Nasib baik I had a coupon for buy 1 free 1 entrance hehehe.

Old Trafford stadium tour

Old Trafford stadium tour
Old Trafford stadium tour

We stayed 2 nights in Manchester, then took a train back to London. But I won't cerita about London yet, because selang sehari after that we flew to Barcelona pulak! We took a budget airline called Ryan Air (sangat2 budget, sampai free seating) and spent one night in Barcelona.. in THE MOST HORRIBLE APARTMENT IN THE WORLD UGHHH. 

It's so horrible that I won't even bother to show you the pictures. But let me just say, there was a very big mirror above the bed, stuck to the ceiling! It's creepy!! Plus toilet dia dah la kecik, tapi ada DUA jamban. One for men and one for ladies, possibly.

Barcelona had its ups and downs for us. On the first day, we realized that the language barrier was going to be a tough one. Not many of the locals speak english, and even if they do, we couldn't understand them or they could not understand us. We also almost got scammed on the first day! A man pretending to be a police officer told us to show him our wallets. He took out the money, duit Pound Sterling je ada (I had all our Euro money in a pouch which I wore under my shirt) pastu dia macam marah, tanya mana duit yang lain. Nasib baik he gave us back the wallet and told us to keep on walking. Then we turned around, he disappeared. Like he had run away. That really killed our mood that day.

But the next day was great Alhamdulillah. We went on a tour of Barcelona. We bought a tourist bus ticket that we could hop on and off at all the major attractions around Barcelona. Oh look pictuuuuuuuuures:

The bus we took, and the stop signs we could jump on and off.

The bus. And us being vain and lovey dovey lol

L'AquĆ rium de Barcelona 
Camp Nou, home of Barcelona FC
Park Guell, one of Antoni Gaudi's creations
Antoni Gaudi's best and still unfinished work, La Sagrada Familia

I think that was all our highlights of Manchester and Barcelona. Will talk about our time in London in the next post! :)

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