Welcome Ramadhan

My late post welcoming Ramadhan. It’s been a week now but still, ahlan wa sahlan Ya Ramadhan!

The first time I got pregnant, I got to fast during my first trimester of the pregnancy. It was quite hard if I could remember. The day part was fine but when it came to breakfasting, it was a real struggle. Fighting with morning sicknesses when the throat and tummy just didn’t wanna accept what I ate, I continued with hungriness till late nights.

My second pregnancy, I got to fast during my second trimester. It was totally smooth and steady, Alhamdulillah. In fact, I was even more energetic during the fasting month compared to the prior trimester. I managed to fulfil the whole month fasting, in both pregnancies.

Now I am in my third trimester of the third pregnancy and it’s Ramadhan again! I have already checked the calendar much earlier so I knew that I’ll be fasting in laden this time. Though I know fasting is actually not a big deal for normal pregnant mothers, according to doctors or at least to me based on the previous twos, I am still a bit worried because every pregnancy is different and I don’t know how this baby would be reacting. So I’ve practiced fasting biweekly since January just to prepare myself physically to perform in this Ramadhan. It helps a lot.

Alhamdulillah, it has been 7 days and I’m still okay, still fasting. I hope I can fulfil the month straight but won’t also force myself hard. Let’s see how it goes.

This year is the year that I hope I can spend most nights at the mosque for taraweeh prayers. The kids are already eligible for mosque trips so I can also leave the house together. Next year and for a few more years to come, insyaAllah, will again be that baby-years to me hence I don’t see the chance to do what I can do now. Babysitting will come first but now let me seize the opportunity I have.

Time flies fast as always but for Ramadhan, it’s triple fast! I wanted to make a welcoming post yet it’s already a week gone. I’m counting another 3 weeks left and in a blink of an eye, it’ll be Raya already. I am depending myself on reminders after reminders from all around to keep me alert that we’re in the month full of offers, not that sales offers, but it’s the multiplied reward offers from the Almighty! May we all gain all the goodness especially by our own effort to do more ibadah and deeds and may Allah ar-Rahim accept everything despite our imperfections.

Salam Ramadhan, everyone.

As ever,
SALZY

Cough Syrup for Pregnant Women

To all preggy mothers out there, if you’re having cough during pregnancy and in search of medicines to sooth your throat and subside your cough finally, I would like to share this particular cough syrup that you can take that is effective and most importantly, it’s confirmed pregnancy-safe.

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Prospan Cough Syrup with Dried Ivy Leaf Extract

I consumed this during my second pregnancy and also in this third pregnancy recently and it cured my very bad cough in less than a week. You can have a try. Any sickness, please do not let it be prolonged just because you’re not wanting to take in any medicine during pregnancy, okay? As long as it’s confirmed safe by doctors and gynae, just consume it and be healthy back again. I parked it here for anyone’s reference and mine too!

As ever,
SALZY

A Boy or a Girl?

I am now at 16 weeks, exactly today. Tomorrow I’ll be going for my next antenatal check-up which is the third one. Tomorrow, my two months long of curiosity might end. Tomorrow, I’m expecting to see the gender of my baby. A boy or girl? I’m so nervous now!

Can we already see it? Well, based on my last twos, both were already revealing at 16 weeks and they were so clear and thank God cause I can’t be wondering about this for so long. I really hope this baby too will cooperate tomorrow and show us your ‘tutt’ cause Mom’s gotta start shoppinggg…!!

Now, what if it’s a boy and what if it’s a girl?

Look, my first twos are boys. Since I got to know about this pregnancy and started telling my close people that we’re expecting #3, most of their responses were like ‘oh hopefully it’s a girl this time!’. Girl, girl, girl from like almost everyone. Haha. It’s okay, I wasn’t annoyed at all though it’s pretty biased to my baby, I know it’s just a common reaction.

Honestly guys from the very start, my own preggy self really wasn’t mind if my third one is gonna be another boy. Of course a girl is gonna ‘complete’ our family but a boy is also gonna make a cool trio. I tell you, I really love to see family pictures of grown-up children with all boys or all girls. It’s so smart, right? Especially when they’re all wearing same colors. But well, all boys or all girls or mixed or boy first or girl first, boy last or girl last; it doesn’t really matter anyway. It’s not our job, right? It’s not like we can “engineer” it? It’s Allah’s arrangement, it’s up to Him.

But when I thought I should just leave it all for Allah to destine the best, somebody mentioned this to me – “Salz, if you hoped this to be girl, just pray for it.” Just a simple reminder but I forgot?

I was like yeah, why can’t I just pray for it? It’s not wrong after all to talk and ask from the Most Merciful? He indeed listens, who knows He will fulfill my wish for the effort I made to pray to Him? I really love this one quote I once heard from a wise lady – “Whatever you want, it may be just a prayer away. So pray!”

Then I began doing the necessaries. My first trimester was filled with this specific prayer and hajat, asking for a baby girl. But, but, but…. I made it clear to myself that whatever it is, in the end I’ll leave it to Allah and whatever is destined, I’ll be fine and happy and will not be disappointed if it turns out otherwise. I do what I gotta do as a slave; the rest is up to Him. I made it clear to myself.

But, but, but then again. When I did all these praying continually, kept asking for the same over and over, I became different. The prayers became hopes. From a neutral self who wasn’t tended to a boy or a girl, now I become really hopeful for what I was praying for.

I then…. really want a baby girl!!

And I did so much needless thinking. That this is gonna be my third caesarean, this might be my last pregnancy. If it’s a boy then it’s gonna be all boys, I won’t ever have a mini me. My first twos are boys of close gap, they will do everything together and this little one is gonna be kinda left out. He will be playing alone and so kesian. And the most worrying thing is that – I’m out of E names for boys already!! Hahaha… How NONSENSE mommy!!

I’m sorry, I’m sorry if this is offensive to anyone and I know this is not appropriate. But in all honesty, this is the roller coaster ride I’m having throughout my early pregnancy in quest of the baby gender which is a normal guessing game for anyone, right? It’s just a bit exaggerative to me cause my curiosity is always on level 999.

Anyhow, rest assured, I’m still wise and sound. I am a matured soon-to-be mother of three and I assure this overthinking-ness doesn’t win. After all, no matter if it’s a boy or a girl, it’s a gift from the Almighty and His arrangement is forever the best. It also has never been a big issue between me and my husband; we are always excited for what’s coming. What most important is the health and wellness of our offspring, may Allah protect my pregnancy and baby all the time. Ameen.

So, a boy or a girl?

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SURPRISE!

As ever,
SALZY

The End of First Trimester

It’s gone! Finally the challenging first 13 weeks of pregnancy have gone altogether with all its packages. Alhamdulillah, I’m still pregnant and much healthier. Time to story about it.

IT’S POSITIVE

Almost a week of missed period. Ding dong! Am I pregnant? Erm…that question must come to mind because my period has always been consistent. When it comes to this late period thing, I can never wait. There and then I must do the UPT check just to confirm it soonest – even if it’s positive or negative, I don’t mind. But to stay in denial or keep on wondering for weeks whether it’s actually coming or not, I just can’t! Haha… Curiosity kills. So I detected this pregnancy as early as 4 weeks plus. It’s positive, Alhamdulillah.

PREGNANCY REVEAL

I announced this pregnancy to my husband through a piece of card. He was so surprised and did not expect it at all. Soon-to-be a father of 3, he’s more excited than I was! 😀

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MORNING SICKNESS

I experienced morning sicknesses in all my pregnancies, no exception. But this one was reallll guys! It started as early as 6 weeks and got me so fatigued all the time. And it lasted for like 5 weeks? Yeah… 5 weeks of me being weak and fragile was so dispiriting. Housework, kids’ activities, reading, blogging or even leisure outings; all being put on pause just because I had no energy and mood for all those. The only thing I could and had to focus on was my work in office just to make sure no compiling backlogs despite me taking MCs for many days.

Thank God it’s slowing down by time and I gained my energy back. But one thing, even though I was always having nausea, my appetite was still so good. Haha. I got hungry all the timeee oh my God I’m so gaining triple weight from this pregnancy! Scaryyy…. but hungryyy…!!

CHECK-UPS

My first antenatal check-up was done at 7 weeks 3 days. The first visit to confirm my pregnancy through scan and to officiate the pink book. Because I haven’t decided where will I be giving birth this time, I’m having my check-ups just at a private clinic nearby. Maybe I’ll start seeing hospital gynae by the third trimester.

Alhamdulillah we could see the sac and the ‘baby’ during the first scan but because it was still too small, the doctor couldn’t detect the heartbeat yet. Only during the second visit at 11 weeks 5 days, we heard the heartbeat and it has shaped a ‘baby’ but it’s still very small…just about 5.05cm. Everything was okay, Alhamdulillah except my weight gain. Errpp…Haha.

BABY BUMP

I know this shouldn’t be a topic yet in the first trimester, haha. A baby bump or a fatty bump, it’s already showing and I have started wearing maternity pants as early as 11 weeks! Haha…helpppp…!! I have also started collecting belly photos of myself of this pregnancy. Fatty, chubby or what…let’s just face it!

KIDS’ REACTIONS

This is the most interesting one. Edhany has always been asking for a baby since months ago. When we got to know about this pregnancy, we thought of keeping it a secret from him because we know he’ll be bugging us for 9 months to see the baby out for real. But how could we? To see his excitement is so priceless. This boy is gonna make one good and kind big brother for the little ones, insyaAllah.

Errasy? Yeaa he’s excited too but still being the most manja as always! For now, there’s no signs of jealousy detected. Let’s see how it goes!

THE FIRST TRIMESTER HAS PASSED

Pregnancy is a journey that I will cherish joyfully no matter it is the first time, or the tenth time. I will not be forever pregnant and I also have limited chances to carry a baby in my tummy hence for every opportunity Allah is giving me I’m most grateful and will try to make the best of it, insyaAllah.

This time is more precious as I’m sharing this closely not just with my husband but with my two children who already understand about welcoming another family member. I hope everything will go well with this pregnancy, safe and smooth inside and outside, till the day and after. Now, welcome second trimester!

As ever,
SALZY