Archive | November, 2011

Part 3: Drama in the hospital

29 Nov

Next drama, going to the hospital. Remember to read Part 1 and Part 2 of my home water birth if you have missed it. We waited for about 4 hours before we made our move to SJMC. I did not want to be stuck in evening traffic jam from Putra Heights to SJMC and traveling during Maghrib is never a good idea.Within that 4 hours, my hubby recited the Azan & Iqamat into our new baby’s ear. I could immediately tell from his shaky voice that he was still in a disbelief mode but I was really thankful that he remained as calm & confident as possible throughout the whole process. Then the other family members came into the room to welcome baby Ayfaa and we took some photos together in between my surges. Nadine‘s arrival with her two little darlings was a huge relief for me and I could not thank her more. She is my inspiration to have this unassisted home birth. After checking Ayfaa, my tear and looking at the blood, she calmly whispered some affirmations for me to visualize the birth of placenta. I drank some water, ate bananas & dates I have prepared earlier before the ‘marathon’ took place to regain back my energy. To be honest, I did not have the patience of more than 4 hours to wait for the birth of placenta. My motivation and energy level was going downhill and the after birth hormones did not help either. I could just pray hard that He would take care of me and my baby, strengthen my Mama-willpower and stay optimistic. Deciding to go to SJMC soon after is also an assurance to myself and other close family members who are not so pro-homebirth. I lost a lot of blood during my 1st pregnancy, I have got low blood pressure and after delivery, I knew I was loosing loads of blood. Therefore, admitting myself and baby for observation makes everybody happy.

8.00pm- My team had to be quick after all the clean-up and keep their energy high as I was losing mine. I did not want to be a drama Queen either or else it will trigger the panic button for everyone. What I did was I got myself into my Bohemian style maxi-dress with the help of Ezu to give myself another booze of motivation. Yup, I still have my newly born baby attached to me thru the umbilical cord. Sorry to disappoint you this time but I do not have a picture of this process. Once I’m all pretty and glowy (at least that was how I chose to believe at that moment), I walked myself down from my 1st floor room to the porch and into the car. The hospital bag was all packed and I kissed Aufa and congratulated him for being an Abang or Big Brother now. It is BIG deal to him. Great power comes with great responsibility. It would be our 1st time away from each other after almost 3 years and I could see from his eyes that it was going to be tough but he will be OK.



The 15-minute drive to the hospital was pretty smooth. I had some precious moments with my princess and rehearsed some ‘scripts’ for the hospital staff with my hubby. On the way there I managed to call in my ObGyn – Dr. D to inform her that I was on the way to the hospital. I knew she would be in pretty quick as everyday around this time she would be getting ready to her evening clinic. As we reached SJMC, we took the normal drop-off entrance instead of the Emergency as we know our way to the labor room and pre-admitted ourselves when I was at 39 weeks. I was wheel-chaired straight into labor room while being accompanied by hubby and Ezu. First, the hospital staff who pushed my wheel chair was surprised and panic a little while when he saw the baby was still attached to me with some blood dripping to add some drama. Then as the lift door opened to the labor ward (and a bit of Ayfaa’s crying to announce her arrival), almost all 6 midwives who were on stand-by there were almost screaming in panic when they saw me entering with my baby with the cord still attached. I had to calm them down and I could hear Ezu laughing at them behind. The next thing I know, the whole maternity staff know that SOMEBODY HAD A HOMEBIRTH!!! Almost all the staff (Dr, Midwives, Nurses, etc) who attended me for the next 2D2N there asked me for birth story. Of course I had to give another version of my story – “We could not make it on time” or “Tak sempat“. I’m sorry but we had to fib for the greater good.

Anyways, when my preferred midwife – Ms. L came in, she suspected that I had my hypnobirth at home and did not buy my Tak Sempat story. Dr. D came in later to check my tear and suspected too that I had the homebirth on purpose because we have discussed thoroughly my birth plan. She finally cut the cord, injected me to take out the placenta and stitch me up. I was really relief that my blood pressure was stable, blood lost normal and baby looking all good. All in all, they were all very supportive and accommodated our little demands here and there. Hubby was allowed to accompany the baby throughout the formal process until the baby was returned to me to feed and rest in the room. They accommodated to our request to leave the vernix on the baby’s skin until the next morning. I was very happy at the fact that our preferred pediatrician – Dr. K was on duty at that 10.30pm.  She was very supportive, understood and respect our decisions on why certain things we want to go all ‘natural’.

The bill of course was not a Hippie one. Some even wondered if they stitched me up using Gold threads from the look of the bill. At the end of the day, we are all very happy and syukur that everything went well….Alhamdulillah.

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Support Publika and NOT Replika

22 Nov

Modern Publika Playground

For the past couple of weeks, I have been working a lot around Dutamas area and so happy that they have opened the latest mall in town, PUBLIKA. I immediately fell in love with all their artistic value, concept and shops there too. My 1st trip there was a quick stroll and found this playground by accident as I was looking for the mall entrance from the parking lot. One thing Publika has to improve is their signage system or was I just being a bimbo every time I go there? Leave me your comment at the end of this post. Anyway, I was so excited already and I just had to bring my family here the following weekend. Below is how the playground looks like with the kids exploring it.

Arif on Publika Seesaw

Publika Monkey-bar

Aydin on cool Publika Playground design

Since Publika is still new, many shops are not open yet. Some shops which are open already offer good bargain like Artis Kids Store. They offer free trial classes on weekends. My favorite has got to be their baking class for kids. The kids simply enjoyed themselves there and I love their little apron and chef hat.

Decorating Cookies Session at Artis For Kids

Aufa enjoying his cookie after decorating it

Aufa and Arif showing-off their artwork

My next favorite store there is Ben’s Independent Grocery or BIG. I just went crazy there with all the variety. You have to go there and experience yourself to understand what I mean. If you like Jaya Grocer, you would love BIG more. If you have been to BIG in Bangsar Shopping Village, this one in Publika is 5 times bigger! I used to indulge myself with Crabtree&Evelyn cookies every now and then but now I have found almost the same taste here at BIG at half the price! I’m so happy and I would recommend you with their Toffee cookies for a start. Unfortunately their bakery is nothing to shout about. BIG’s chocolate corner is yet to open but I’m just being hopeful that it will be as good as Chocolate Corner in Harrods, London. It will be so choco-ly sinful. Besides that, BIG is strategically located next to parking lot where patrons can have easy access and park their cars. They have dedicated lots for drop-off & pick-ups – 5 minutes only, Shop & Dash lots for 15 minutes only and Mommies & Kids lots, which are very near to supermarket entrance. Two thumbs up BIG!

Wondermilk Cafe

If you are looking for a place to chill or virtual office for people like me, you can never go wrong with Wondermilk Cafe. They started in Damansara outlet selling really pretty cupcakes at absolutely premium price and extended their wing with another branch in Citta Mall before Publika. Sometimes I feel like in a spell whenever people mention the word Cupcakes and Wondermilk. I just had to have their box of 6 cupcakes at RM25 or I will be a cranky person the whole day. Favourite flavors? Chocolate Strawberry, Chocolate Orange, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Blueberry, Triple Chocolate and oh, did I mention Chocolate Strawberry? I am a chocoholic! Being in Wondermilk Cafe environment with all the creative decos (besides yummilicious cupcakes) is really inspiring. Now I wish that all these stores give me some discounts for blogging good stuff about them.

Ipin drinking from his Nikon Lens Cup

Finally a lifestyle store you have to visit is Kaleidoscope. I did not take any picture of the store because I know my camera and photography skills will not do any justice to their creative store. One thing for sure is this store has added many more items in my wish-list, especially for Xmas. I think I spent more money here than BIG, ouch! They sell items from one of my favorite online store Soak Republic, like this Nikon Lens Cup I got for my boss on his birthday. Kaleidoscope offers home made soap & candle making classes too. I simply love their natural soap & scrub range by Bisou Bonbon. How cute is that? They not only use all natural stuff that smell good, the stuff works too. Splendid! Lastly, I could not leave the store without taking this sign with me. Simply perfect and it has been my new philosophy since – Live Well, Love Much, Laugh Often. Hence I placed this sign at home.

"Live well, love much, laugh often" Sign