Alhamdulillah as on the past September 21st, 2009 Ihsan reached 1 month old. Yesterday we attended his 1 month old check up and my postnatal check up. Hubby took leave yesterday and we attended the appointment which was held at 2.00 pm. Alhamdulillah everything was fine for me and as of yesterday my weight was 49.15 kg. After giving birth my weight was 52 kg and it seems like I haven’t lost much weight since past 1 month. Lately, I have big appetite and I kinda feeling hungry most of the times. There were a few nights during Ihsan’s night feeding, I was craving for air sirap sejuk or air sejuk kosong (Yes, I do drink cold water during confinement but occasionally. Even when I was in the hospital I was served cold milk during every meal.) during the wee hours in the morning like at 2.00 am. So after tucking Ihsan back to bed with happy tummy I went into the kitchen to indulge my craving. I bet breastfeeding is the culprit. But still I don’t want to make that as an excuse. I think doing workout is gonna be a bit hard this time since I’m occupied with the baby most of the times. So I’m gonna try to control my appetite and eat wisely so that I’ll lose more weight and reach my target weight that is 45 kg. The sooner the better. My confinement period will end this end of weekend and Alhamdulillah so far I’ve been feeling very healthy and good although I don’t take confinement strictly. Thanks to hubby too for doing a great job taking care of me during these period 🙂
Making him occupied.
Back to Ihsan, during all the check up procedures for him hubby was the one who played ‘Mama’ whom carried Ihsan here and there and discussed with the doctors while I played ‘Papa’ whom most of the times sat on the chair and observed them. Although I wished I could be the real Mama yesterday, but I pretty impressed with hubby and he had done a pretty great job without being ashamed being surrounded by other moms. Alhamdulillah as of yesterday Ihsan was already 3.868 kg and his height has reached 52.0 cm. As in average, he gains about 38 g per day. Ihsan was checked for vitamin K and was given some more too. He cried loudly when his blood was taken and again when he was forced to consume the vitamin. As of the check up’s result, Ihsan is growing up quite fast and he is developing very well without any problem. Only that his bum was reddish so the paed gave us a medication for that. After applying the cream for only 3 times, his bum is now already looked fine. During yesterday, definitely we as the only foreigners and especially me was already the eye catcher since I looked different with the scarf. Automatically people would want to look at Ihsan too, to see how he looks like. Of course Ihsan looked different too than other babies and most people were fascinated with his big eyes 🙂
During after the check up.
From a tiny cute baby, Ihsan is now as in the size of average newborn baby. He looked different too from day to day. Now he has puffy cheeks and his bald head recently has now grown hair quite fast. He really looks like a miniature of his Papa. Only that he has my nose. And I believe that’s the most precious part 😀 Anyway, I like Ihsan’s sexy lips and curled eyelashes. Well… I think he is handsome 😀 I really miss the newborn Ihsan when he was so little and fragile and I kinda have a sad feeling about this. Where have all the times gone? If only I could freeze the time! Honestly from day to day I kinda feel lucky Ihsan was born small so that he won’t grow already bigger by now. Or else I would be missing the newborn him even more! But of course I was worried when the doctor kept saying he was small when I was pregnant with him. I was just scared if there was anything went wrong with the pregnancy. But Alhamdulillah Ihsan was born healthy and he is still now, perhaps always; InsyaAllah. Realizing this, makes me cherishes my every day with Ihsan but still I can’t get enough of him. I keep looking into his eyes and kiss him but the feeling just makes me addicting for more. We met other moms with babies whom were born more or less the same day with Ihsan. So I met a few friends whom stayed in the same room with me recently. Their babies weight have reached more than 4.0 kg and their cheeks were soo puffy! I can’t wait for my Ihsan to have that muffin cheeks too but still… owh how I’m gonna miss the tiny him! 🙂
I like to pinch those cheeks 🙂
There are so much to talk about Ihsan’s development and I can go on non-stopped about this. Everyday I never fail to take his pictures and write down notes about him. I’m thinking of producing 365 Pictures of him. I got this idea from other blog I stalk. But as for now I’m gonna highlight on some major progress on him only. During the early days of course it was kinda hard and challenging for us to adapt our lives with the baby since we were so new into parenthood. But as the days go by, we are getting used with the new life style and come to realize that Ihsan is a pretty good and easy baby, Alhamdulillah. Not like during the early days, now my body clock is getting well with Ihsan’s schedule. I’m also getting better in understanding my baby too. So, things gets much easier if I could know what he wants. I learn to read Ihsan’s cues like cue for milk, sleepy cue, wants-to-be-held cue, don’t-leave-me-alone cue and so on. The cutest one is the I-want-to-poo cue. Remember this entry? Apparently since the day he was born and might be even since in the womb he will suddenly become quite and with his mouth making ‘O’, he will concentrate do his business 😀 Once in a while he will make faces together with the urging voice of pushing. And sometimes he gets angry too. Ihsan usually busy pooping and farting during in the morning and during the noon 😛
I wake up every morning with this view beside of me 🙂
Ihsan my Dracumilk is still demanding for milk about in every 2 hours. Well, that explains why he is gaining weight fast, aight? 😀 Ihsan could tolerate on other things but when it comes to hungry tummy, there’s no compromise. If he wants it, he wants it there and then or else he would cry his lung out 😀 He can accept feeding via bottle but that’s only when needed. So far, I’ve only given him EBM 3 times. The whole session of milk time is also getting easier too and I’ve long stopped trying to introduce him to pacifier, gladly. Ihsan is getting to enjoy bath time especially when he is in good mood, not sleepy and not hungry. But he hates me picking his nose. At night, Ihsan sleeps with us and I only put him in the cot sometimes only during other times. Nowadays Ihsan also getting easier to be put to sleep. He startles less and sleeps more soundly. Thus, we get more quality sleep too. Usually he will fall asleep once after his tummy is full. But nowadays since he is getting heavier and my slim wrists can’t get hold of him in very long time, I burp him by patting him on my shoulder. Then I would put him on my chest while I lie inclined on the pillows. He really loves it that way. When finally he really falls asleep, I’ll put him down. Sometimes I would sleep right beside him with my face touching his while my hand patting his bum. Once he falls asleep, I would get back right beside hubby 🙂
He always fascinates me 🙂
Other than that, Ihsan has started to coo and communicate with us more often. He can lock his eyes to ours and recognize our faces. He likes looking at the camera too. And usually if he is started to feel boring with his toys and the BabyTv channel, he would want to look at me although I might sit a bit off his sight. If we leave him alone, he will call us with loud ‘Ahh’ and ‘Ohh’ a few times before finally he starts to cry. Same goes to when he wants to be lifted up. But the cues are a bit different. He loves to be held and sleep on us. Ihsan has started to give real smile and laugh but we have yet to capture the moment or even really witness them. The smile and laugh lasted only for seconds and gone when we just started to notice and enjoy them. But he usually smiles and laugh in his sleep. I also noticed very recently that he drools once in a while. As like he is playing bubbles with his saliva. Ihsan is quite an active baby when he is cranky, grumpy or excited. He loves being held against the shoulder. Although his head is still wobbly but he likes to turn and push towards any direction a lot, unexpectedly. So nowadays we have to be careful while holding him or else he might fall or knock himself. By the way he knocks his head to my face so many times already and that hurts 😛 Ihsan also getting better at using his legs and hands. He likes to stand with support and his legs kick strongly at times. His fingers could already held on things put right to his hands and he could move his arms towards desired objects randomly.
Bonding time with Papa 😛
On some other things, Ihsan first day out was on September 20th, 2009 during the first Hari Raya Aidilfitri when we went to visit Nuha-chan’s and family in Matsumoto. The journey is about 1 and half hours from here. We first went to the BabiesRUs in Matsumoto to buy some stuffs for Ihsan before going to celebrate raya at Nuha-chan’s house. We was so nervous and panicked at times while first time bringing him out for outing but we learnt a lot and I believe we can do much better next time. But sometimes, it all depends on the luck 😛 Our second outing was during yesterday. We went to Nishimatsuya first to buy some stuffs for Ihsan then only we attended the check up. On our way back home, we stopped by at Daiso and I went in to shop alone while hubby looked after sleeping Ihsan in the car. It was my first time shopping alone without hubby. Not I can’t do that all these while but I just love to have company since I always need other’s opinion to make decision. I see that as long as we are well prepared, outing with a baby won’t be a disaster and can be fun! But of course it is always handful with a baby.
My adorable sweetheart 🙂
Technically ‘Abid was the first child, first grandchild to both our parents and also first great grandchild to MIL’s side. But now Ihsan kinda took his place so everyone is so excited with his presence. Ihsan is showers with lots of love from everyone from time to time. Although the families are far away but I kinda feel like everyone seems like trying to gain back all the chance they have lost with ‘Abid. Well… honestly I kinda do the same too. I’m glad to know my sons are loved by especially their close families. I think that’s all for now that came across my mind on Ihsan. Actually there are so many things I want to tell but my baby needs my full attention 24 hours. But I’ll try to keep updating. By the way, I’m thinking of coming up with Ihsan’s birth story in next entry 🙂 Till then.