Motherhood

Happy 2nd Birthday Sweet Jana

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Having a healthy beautiful child is an amazing blessing from Allah. Baby Jana is the best thing that has ever happened to me after I’ve lost my dear mother 9 years ago. Everyday I wake up thanking god for what I have. I’m trying to be the best mother for Jana and I want to make her happy all the time. Whether to take her out, buy her new clothes or toys, playing with her or even telling her bed time stories. And giving her the best birthdays ever.

This year, her birthday was 3 days earlier because of Eid and people travelling so we had to make it on Thursday 2nd of October but her actual birthday is on the 5th. This year’s theme was Sofia The First. She became attached to this Disney princess so much that she keeps saying her name all the time “Sopeya,,,Sopeya” :P So it wasn’t that difficult to think of the theme but the preparation was very tiring and the weather became so nasty :/

I ordered Sofia The First Party decorations from a website and they were delivered within 10 days, then I got to think of the setting. I chose my grandparents yard which is huge and a good location for taking pictures. After that I got to prepare the setting of the tables. I went to Caramel and ordered and 2 tiers special cake that matched the theme of Sofia and cake pops and cookies from Luscious. I went to Hawalli to get other kinds of decorations and purple fabric to cover the tables.

On the day of the party, we started getting the yard ready for the celebration. Everything screamed Sofia <3 I’m in love with this elegant and feminine princess. Lanterns, balloons, confetti and so many things hanging on the ceiling.  The DJ people came to set their stuff and everything was ready by 5:30 pm. Imagine working from 11 am tip 5 pm in a very humid weather. I couldn’t breath after the party finished but i didm’t feel a thing while the kids were dancing and having fun.

People started arriving around 5:30 pm and the fun started immediately. All the girls wore Disney princesses and they looked so adorable <3 They loved and enjoyed everything even though the wether wasn’t helping. my dear Juju was enjoying her day to the max, dancing and playing around. She wasn’t keen on playing games with the other girls, maybe because she’s too young to understand winning competitions and games but she loved playing with Sofia stuff that were every where.

The time came for Juju to blow her 2nd birthday’s candles. Everybody was singing Happy Birthday but Jujus was in another place, eating her marshmallow pop and smiling :P The cake was so delicious yum yum. All red velvet and dark chocolate.

My sweet Baby Jana, I hope one day I’ll see a grown up woman full of beauty inside and outside. Successful and smart. Married and have beautiful kids. Amazing career and life. I love you mama and I wish you all the best.

P.S. Everything has been arranged with the help of @eventful_kw <3

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Thikrayati Kuwaiti Baby Album

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Last week, I received an e-mail from a lady introducing me to her home business which is a Kuwaiti Baby Album called Thikrayati (My Memories). I instantly fell in love with it and with all the details it had. I ordered one for Juju because still I didn’t arrange Juju’s pictures in albums and this was the perfect one for certain memories.

It has about the baby’s reception, first day at home, gerge’an, first outfit eid, hair cut etc. and it also has about the mommy when she was pregnant and after she gave birth etc. It’s so beautiful but it has only 1 down point. I found it a lil bit small, I mean it needed more pages, just to add more memories, but all in all, it’s the perfect gift for a newborn, and it’s only for KD 20/-

Follow her on instagram @Thikrayati_kw

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Super Mom

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It’s been 2 weeks since Maya left to her home town to fix some problems she’s been having over there & she’s supposed to come back on the 1st of June, before Ramadan. I hope/pray that she will come back on time & won’t do the usual thing (ignoring us & staying home).

I know I don’t work but taking care of Baby Jana is a 24/7 job,literally. I don’t let Maya touch her at all (well, only if she wants to play with her while she’s on the ground or in her bed). I do everything, feed her, change, bathe her, play with her & keep an eye on her all the time. no one can really comprehend the stress & energy babies cause to their mothers unless you’re a real mother & by that I mean taking care of your baby all by yourself without relying on your maid (if you’re a stay home mom).

I’m trying to manage house chores (cleaning, ironing, washing the dishes & clothes, etc) but thank god I’m living at my dad’s house because our house help is doing all the cooking. I can’t even imagine what would I’ve done if I didn’t have someone cooking for us. I’d let my husband starve :P

I’m also trying to manage my blogging life (YES, I LOVE BLOGGING, ATTENDING EVENTS & SO. Leave your hateful comment to yourself haters coz they won’t affect me & I will continue blogging until I decide to stop, NOT YOU). Blogging has become an addiction to me. It’s fun, gives more experience in life & how to handle/deal with people/things. It’s making me more social & it’s showing me the good people from the bad. I’m loving it.

But the thing is, when the night comes, I become very exhausted. Even when I stay home & don’t go out or do anything at all (yup, on gloomy days I ignore some chores). And sometimes I don’t feel like getting out of bed & that becomes more stressful when Juju wants to play & have fun. She’s becoming more active these days mashallah & wants to move all around the place or go outside just to look at the cars passing by.

The Horror movie I may face the next week or so is when I start working. Yes, I may (not sure) start work within few days. That wasn’t expected at all but suddenly the Ministry of Education wants to recruit me now when they’ve told me more than once that I will start work on September *cries*. I’m a bit excited (Hello Salary) but at the same time stressed & worried. What will I do without Maya? How will I handle Juju & the house at the same time? I know it will be for a short period of time but it’s gonna be really hectic.

GOD HAVE MERCY ON MY SOUL

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Teething, Juju, & I

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Believe it or not, when Baby Jana was 3 months old, she started rubbing her gums with her fingers, placing 3 fingers in her mouth :P and sometimes crying with no reason at all. My grandma told me that she’s teething, I didn’t believe her coz it was too early, but she explained that it takes time until the 1st tooth is out.

When she was 4 months & 3 weeks old, I felt a sharp thing in her gum,,,I start peeking & voila, it’s the tip of her 1st tooth coming out :D I got so excited and started calling everyone “Juju got her 1st tooth” and it’s not even out completely. I couldn’t see it because it was still not even that out, but when I touched her gum, I felt it.

Now, that she’s 5 months & 1 week old, the tooth is half way through & you can see it :D

What has changed? Juju became very irritated, sometimes crying without any reason, she won’t calm down until I put her on my lap, she would literally chew whatever comes in her hand, drooling all the time, sometimes fever and waking up in the middle of the night because of the pain :(

I’m giving her Kreuter’s teething gel & Adol at night only, the Dr. said do not let her body get used to medication. Some nights we enjoy a calm peaceful sleep & sometimes it’s the total opposite.

Yes, I’m very tired & exhausted, good thing that I won’t start my job these days because I won’t be able to handle it ,,, God bless working mothers who are coping with this at night & waking up in the morning to go to work & face the samething when they come back home!

This is only the 1st tooth ,,, they say it gets worse when the others come out!

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Philips Avent Baby Monitor

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Juju is getting bigger mashallah & her Moses basket is becoming small for her size. It hit me that It’s time for Juju to sleep in her room because there’s no place in our bedroom to bring her babycot. The only solution was to get a baby monitor, my favorite brand is Philips Avent.

The monitor is available at Mothercare & costs KD 120 which is a total rip off! WHY? Coz I got it from Amazon + Shipment + Customs fees for only KD 60.

The device was very very easy to use, just charge it, place the batteries in the camera & voila, it will start working. Place the camera in a good location & get your monitor by your side where you can sleep in peace.

If you’re wondering about the radiation, it’s very safe to use as long as you’re placing the camera 20 cm away from your baby’s body, and this device has been tested & meets the FCC RF exposure guidelines.

Juju & I slept very peacefully last night … I’m in love with this device <3

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Couples & Their 1st NewBorn

That day I was reading an article by Samah in Zafaf Magazine about how the 1st baby affects the life of the parents. Indeed, it does affect the life of the couples, sometimes or most of the time it has a negative effect. You see, whatever you read or attend lectures about what to expect the 1st year from your baby, trust me, it won’t do you any good. You’ll have some info on how to deal with some of the situations you’ll encounter, but mentally & physically you’ll still feel that you’re not ready, & don’t forget the depression phase. Mine lasted only 10 days, it was horrible but thank god it ended, but it tends to stretch a bit longer with others.

About my experience, the 1st month Baby Juju was very quiet, she only eats & sleeps, but nowadays she’s becoming very active & she always wants to play or make her stand. I’m becoming very tired physically, the good part about this is that I’m losing weight without even trying :P my husband does help sometimes, when she’s in the mood to play & I’m tired, I give her to him & he knows how to make her happy. Sometimes, when he asks me to do something for him, I tell him “Ok I’ll do it” & after 5 minutes I totally forget abou it, because I’m busy all the time with Juju. It made him very upset because it happened alot, if not all the time :P Now, I’m using a reminder so I won’t forget to be able to balance my life with my Husband & with Baby Juju :)

The thing is if you get angry when he’s angry, life won’t continue smoothly. Yes you’re tired. Yes you’re busy all the time, Yes you want to sleep & rest. But we’re women, we were created to handle alot of difficult things & we can do it :)

Best of luck to the moms to be or the ones who just gave birth …. You’ll get irritated from your baby for 10 minutes but you’ll be over the moon when he/she smiles, make a new sound or a new move. They’re a great gift from Allah.

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Life With Baby Jana-Part 1

Almost 2 months are gone now & life is becoming more & more beautiful with her full of funny moments & frustrating ones as well. As you can see in the picture above, she has grown mashallah. She was very very tiny when she came out early to this world, but now she’s getting bigger & taller mashallah. Her face is changing every day, one day she’s cute & adorable & the other day she looks OMG :P but thats very common with newborns.

The 1st couple of weeks were the hardest, I couldn’t stop crying as I mentioned in one of my posts. The surgery was very painful & recovery was hard. Going up from bed & lying down was very painful, it took me 20 days to get better. My sister took 2 weeks off from work to help me but when she got back to work the hard work started, still I had Dad helping me with few things … Changing her diapers was kinda scary because she was very small & I was worried that I might break a bone in her :/

Was that hard? Nop, the hardest was when I got back home to my apartment. When I was at Dad’s, I had many people helping me with Jana, taking her from me so I can rest for a while, watching over her when I wanted to go out for a bit, or just get a couple of hrs nap. But at home I had no one, ofcourse my husband was there but his ability to take care of Baby Jana was limited. So I had to do the work all by myself & teach him a bit. He started learning the basics :P

Dealing with baby Jana is becoming easier el7mdellah. She has picked a routine on when to sleep/feed. Now, that she’s a lil bit bigger, I can carry her, change & play with her without being worried that I might break a bone in her. She started smiling, & making voices (ya5ty).

Now, my blogging life & Baby Jana is a hassle … Attending events, openings, restaurants ,,, etc is very difficult when you have a newborn. As I said before, I don’t trust maids with my baby, so finding someone from my family to babysit at certain hours was a hassle … I have my grandma, she’s a sweetheart & very helpful, sister, & father. Yup, my dad knows how to baby sit (bs marrat yetwahag :P ) I tried husband once & I had to cut trip (running errands) & come back home. That happened alot.

I love blogging alot, it’s the only thing keeping me sane along with Baby Jana :P It’s making me more relaxed, extra happy & giving me a piece of mind from my busy life. But I’m turning down alot of invitations coz sometimes it’s not in my hands. Baby Jana comes 1st & then my blog.

Thank you Allah for all your blessings.

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Living With A NewBorn

My sweet little tiny baby girl was born on the 5th of Oct 2012 around 5:25 pm … I had some complications & had to go with C-section to get her out (another post will follow about my delivery at Alseef hospital).

I woke up in pain & feeling dizzy … started mumbling some stuff & started saying sm words to my family members who were there! Of course they started laughing at me :P …. They showed me her picture that they took when they showed her to my family & honestly I got scared … I mean, she looked so tiny, small, & short. She looked really scary.

Next morning, I asked for her, & they told me that I have to go to NICU & see her. What’s NICU? Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. My heart started beating & I got terrified, smth is wrong with my baby. They assured me there’s nothing wrong with her except that her weight is below average & she has to be under observation. I just started walking, & I’m telling it was really painful but I didn’t care about the pain because I was dying to see her … She was sooooo thin & tiny but healthy el7mdellah!

I returned home 2 days later & the big action started … When I was in the hospital, people were taking care of me, but when I got back home I had to take care of a very fragile baby, not to mention taking care of myself. Thank god my sister took 2 weeks off from her work & was there to help me through this tough phase.

I was so scared to touch her, changing her diapers was really hard coz I was still in pain from my c-section & in the same time  i was trying very hard not to harm her. But it was fun :P

Staying up all night long feeding her every 2 hrs, & snoozing while doing it lol :P Not being able to sleep properly because of the wound. Getting up/off the bed was really really painful you can’t imagine the pain. & I had to get myself up every now & then at night to feed her … It was really exhausting & painful but worth it.

Post-pregnancy depression kicked in the minute I got back home … I started crying for no reason at all. I keep looking at my baby’s face & cry for hrs … I went to my apartment (which is in the same house, dad’s) & felt overwhelmed, I wanted to go back home, return to my apartment. I keep calling my aunt crying telling her that I want to go back home :P

Talking about “me time” … dream on new moms :P I have to find some one to watch her so I can take a quick shower. I check social media networks through my phone for a couple of minutes. Only today, I was able to open my laptop, write a post & arrange some of my baby’s pictures :) me time is no longer mine ….

The wound started to heal, pain is becoming less now & I’m able to sleep properly like an hr every 4 hrs ;) my body started coping with the little amount of sleep. I dunno about the depression, when will it go away, but I’m hoping soon nshallah!

I know this is only the beginning … more to come nshallah :D

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Born On The 5th of Oct. 2012

Baby Jana <3

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Get Set, Ready … Waiting For The Go!

Everything is ready … My bag, the baby’s bag, & the baby reception stuff.

Countdown to the big day starts today .. tick tock tick tock

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4D Ultrasound; It’s A Girl

Finallyyyyyyy … It’s a GIRL <3

It took me 7 months to know what’s cooking inside my belly.

Yesterday, we headed to Royale Hayat to have a 4D Ultrasound which only focuses on the face of the baby. We weren’t expecting to know the sex of the baby as I was informed the Dr. won’t tell us unless I have another Ultrasound (3D).

As we went inside the room, the screen was huge on the wall, the nurse prepared me & the Dr. came in. She was very cute & sweet. As she started searching for the baby’s head, we asked her what does she see? a boy or girl? She immediately announced it’s a gilr & that’s it’s very obvious! :D She also explained how she knew she’s a girl.

She found the head, focused on the face but unfortunately her hands & legs were covering her face, the picture wasn’t very clear that much but we were able to see her. So small, tiny, cute & TALL! yupppp she’s very tall mashallah. Her legs were over her face & beyond that :P

The Dr. tried her best to get clear pictures but unfortunately she couldn’t. She said she’ll do it again nshallah after 10 days & that we don’t have to pay now. I liked this gesture from Royale Hayat, trying their best with their patients & not charging them for it.

Can’t wait to hold you in my hands … My beautiful lil girl <3

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The Blessing of Unemployment

A couple of moths ago, I was very frustrated when I became unemployed & couldn’t find a suitable job. I felt very active/hyper & wanted to do something in my life even if it was for just a couple of hours per day. I wanted to feel important not useless.

Would I say/do the same thing now?

HELL NO.

I’ve realized that being unemployed is a blessing. For a pregnant woman in her 7th month it is. Everything is swollen in me, I can barely walk for 15 minutes straight. I can’t stand that long in the kitchen or anywhere else, I have to sit all the time, or lie down. People started noticing how swollen I’ve become. I started noticing that too :/ I wonder what will happen in the 8th or 9th month. i don’t think I’ll have the confidence to go out. Wallah I started hating how I look. I even can’t find decent clothes for eid!

I’m at the end of this beautiful journey & I really can’t wait to see my baby & hold him/her in my hands <3 all I want to do is stare at my baby & do nothing but play/feed/change & do other stuff with him/her. Screw my career. My whole life will be dedicated nshallah to this beautiful blessing from Allah.

P.S. All i’m doing these days is eat, lie down on the couch & watch TV shows/movies. Life hasn’t been better el7mdellah :)

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