My triplets were born premature at 26 weeks (6 1/2 months). hArith was 760grm, arwah alesYa: 564grm and athirAh: 600grm.
They are my miracle babies, al-hamdulillah =)
Fast Forward 13 months later; I am blessed with a new edition to the family, a healthy boy, ahmAd uZAir (2.96kg) on the 19th July 2008
I have a very supportive husband standing beside me. Well, I always knew I married the right man =)
And of coz a loving family too
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Saturday, December 29, 2007
Anyway, before their immunization were given, nurse took their weight. They are showing good weight gain. hArith is now 5.02kg and athirAh is 3.74kg. For babies like them (premature) their weight gain should be between 15 - 30 gram a day. That's about 450gram - 900gram a month. Last 4 weeks, hArith was 4.16kg and athirAh was 2.98kg. Which means they increased 860grm and 760grm respectively.
Talking about good weight gain, mOmmy on the other hand is showing poor weight gain. Gosh, i'm loosing more weight. I now weigh less than 40kg. And this poor weight gain made me loose my ring! (NO, not my wedding ring) The other day I did notice that my ring is loose, so instead of wearing it at my fourth finger, i ended wearing it at my third finger. I thought that would be safe enough. I only realised that my ring is no longer at my finger when i had my body massage yesterday. Goshh....this is sooooo not good.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Wondering what's their bedtime routine like? Basically, their bedtime starts at about 6:15pm, well sometimes 6:30pm. They will have their nice warm bath. After their bath, it will be their feeding time. They will have their milk in a night setting bedroom. I'll turn off the lights and only turn on the night dim light and also the aircond. So they will have their milk in the dark room. During feeding, I'll say good nite to them and for the first few minutes of feeding i'll keep on telling them that it is already dark (night), it's time to go to sleep. Once their milk finish, i'll burp them and even if they are not yet asleep i'll place them in their cot and pat their back to sleep. Even if they were to cry as loud as a plane takes off, i will never pick them up to carry them. I'll just continue to pat their back.
During those training week, i even had to pat hArith for an hour long. He cried (loudly!) non-stop. There are times, it was soooo loud that I almost lost my patience and wanted to carry him. But I choose not to, and be very firm. Cause I felt that, if I were to carry him, next time he would do the same, cry his lung out in order for me to carry him. So what I did was to make dua' to Allah "Ya Allah ya tuhanku, permudahkanlah utk anak2ku tidur, dan sekiranya nangis ini adalah untuk kebaikannya, maka berikanlah kesabaran kpd diriku.Ameen"
Now al-hamdulillah, bedtime is sooo much easier. After feeding, I only need to pat their back the most for 10 minutes. And in case you are wondering what time will they wake up? Well, it really depends how tired they are. If they had a long tiring day, they will sleep longer up till 2 or 3am. On usual days they will wake up at about midnite. Just before I go to bed. And their next feeding time will be subuh. So now I have 2 subuh alarm clocks (which I definately can't press the snooze button).
This bedtime routine is sooo great, coz after 8pm...i'm free to go out. I'll just leave the baby monitor on for either my maid or my mom to listen. (in case they wakes up...which hardly happens). So I can still say YES to One Utama and Uptown, and be back before midnite for their feeding time.
Friday, December 14, 2007
A BIG THANKS
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Well, I find preparing fruits puree very convenient. I smash the avocado and keep it frozen, so I need not smash every morning. Here's how I did it....
the cubes to be kept in the freezer, so mOmmy can use the ice tray to smash other food =)
take one cube and few drops of milk, and heat it up using the bottle warmer
Sunday, November 25, 2007
my small tiny gal has grown ,
she's now approximately 2.5kg
she is indeed small,
*unfortunately i don't have hArith's (760grm) newborn photo
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
hArith and athirAh, u soon gonna have some yummy-licious food. No longer just milk 24/7.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Anyway, the salesgirl told us that we should get the babies used to the car seat, dont straight away buckle them up in the car. Get them used to it. So we ended up putting the car seat in the house, and placing both of them in it from time to time. It started off with a few minutes session on it, then gradually increase the time period. First try, both of them cried, so we put them on it without buckle up the belts. Then later when they look more comfortable we tried on the belt. Wow, good progress...hehehe. hArith is certainly doing fine, but athirAh being too small, she basically sank in the chair. So we just have to wait she put on few more kilos (she's now 2.3kg) before we start again her seating session. hArith started off with few minutes session and end up having no problem watching tv while seating in his car seat. Falling asleep and waking up in it.
So his first trip in the car seat was to my brothers house cause the pest control wants to pray chemical all over the house. Me bawak them lari to my bro's place. hArith had no problem at all, even when we reached my bro's place we let him remain in the car seat. Brought him in, and put him on the sofa. Suddenly we realise he was already asleep...comfortably. athirAh managed to sit in her car seat, but once arrived, she demanded to be out of it. Well, fine with me.
Because hArith seems so comfortable seating on it,in fact enjoying it, we decided to bring him along to fetch my sister at the airport. Again...no problem at all.
So mothers out there, if you are having problem getting getting your babies to sit in ther car seat, start it off with few minutes session and gradually increase the time frame.
during those training-to-sit-in-his-car-seat
Friday, November 9, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
1) mOmmy's bathing session with athirAh
athirAh so small,we can have her mandi mandi in the sink
she's now approximately 2.2kg
mOmmy feels that this mandi time is a time for bonding bonding, that's why i try my very best to mandi both of you by myself or by pApa. the only time grandma mandikn was when I had to room in with athirAh in the hospital. I'm lovin' it =)
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Can't wait to have my complete family all under one roof =)
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Yes, the long hiatus is not because I'm busy handling two babies at home but because I still have to squeeze time in between to go see my darling athirAh at the hospital. On the 2nd day of rAya, while changing athirAh's diaper I noticed her groin part was a bit harden and as if there was a lump. mOmmy pointed it out to pAh and she agreed. On top of that athirAh didn't pass motion for 2 days so I thought of bringing her to the hospital for the nurse to insert enema to help with her constipation. And since I'm already there, having the doctors around, I used the opportunity to get one of the doctor to see the harden part around her groin.....and there goes the word I don't want to hear....she need to be readmitted because the lump that I enquire about was actually hernia. She needed urgent surgery.
Being premature, we need to deal with after surgery consequences. And most importantly...her breathing. Being born premature at only 26 weeks (as opposed to the usual 40 weeks) she has chronic lung. Thus the main concern was once intubated for the surgery would she be able to breath by herself after the surgery without any help from ventilator machine and/or extra oxygen. Becauce once she's on the machine it will take a long time to wean off the machine (which explain her 123 days in the hospital).
Now, 9 days has passed since her surgery. The surgery went well and she's showing better progress. Initially she needed to be on ventilator then move on to nasal catheter where they make holes at the tube and place it near her nose, so she'll get extra supply of oxygen. Hoping that she'll join us at home very soon.
Oh, did i mention before that whenever athirAh is not well, hArith will feel the discomfort too? We discovered this when athirAh did her eye laser. Again, this time around when athirAh had to undergo the surgery, hArith became very grumpy. Everything seems to be wrong. Even after being fed and diaper changed, he still looks unsettle. So pApa said, if hArith looks uneasy next time, first thing we should do is to check on athirAh.
p/s: i'm searching for a nice car seat 4 lil' darlings, tp xnk lar yg baru pakai few months tp dh out grow. any suggestion?
Sunday, October 14, 2007
hArith spend 99 days in the hospital whereas athirAh spend 123 days there. hArith is now approximately 2.5kg and athirAh is 1.8kg
Athirah my dearest,
how you doing? Heard your brother hates taking his bath as much as I do :) oh well, there are some things in life you just have to tolerate. anyways, did u hear i'll be home for raye? so... on raye morning, we have to go smayang raye, harith has to be fed and changed and stuff, and we have to visit you at the hospital since u can't celebrate ur first raye on your own, and of course we gotta go say hye to alesya. so here's the deal.... how bout, u get better over the next 6 days, then we can have u at home and we have 1 less place to go! after all, there's only 24 hours in a day....
Here's a note from your aunty hAna which she post it in mOmmy's friendster. Oh by the way, ur aunty hAna still undecided what she wants to be called. Initially it was supposed to be Wan De, but somehow Pah came out with a new idea. She wants all nieces and nephews to call your aunty and uncle by the same name what their own children call them. Which means all my nieces and nephews will also call me mOmmy. So Pah suggested hAna to be mAma hAna, but she finds it "yuckss"...so she prefered to be called mOther. So mother she is...
The greatest phone call...
On the 11th October suddenly I received a call from the Special Care Nursery (SCN)...of coz I became panic, coz usually when things go wrong, the nurse/doctor will contact parents. But this time it turn out to be a phone call wiz the best news ever!!! Nurse told me the shocking news, she first mentioned about athirAh's weight which was at that time 1795grm, and she said Prof is doing an ultra sound scan on athirAh, and once all that done and if everything goes well...shE's rEadY to gO hOme! mOmmy couldn't believe what I just heard. We quickly fix athirAh's cot =). Then there was another phone call, to confirmed can athirAh come home...and YES the nurse said, athirAh is ready to go home tomorrow! (12th October)
After the phone call, I remembered about mOther's note. Wow, athirAh respond to it! cOol! But besides that, the Prof was being understanding, coz usually a baby is allowed to be discharged when reached the weight of 1.9kg. but I guess, he knows all parents want their children to be home for festive season. and since I already had almost a month training on handling a baby, he reckon I can handle another one too.
Reality Hits Me...
Naturally, surely all parents will be excited to have their babies home. First thing I did when athirAh arrived home, I place her on the bed and put hArith by her side. I was telling both of them to take care of each other. All this while Pah always feels that hArith is small (well of cause he is) but after having athirAh home, we really think that hArith has grown up. We can really see an obvious difference in size between the two of them.
After placing both of them together, it became clearer to my head "Wow I'm a mother of two!" and I was like...gosh what should I do when both cry at the same time? who do I attend to first? how do I feed both at the same time? what if pApa is away at work? how do mOmmy handle all by myself? and how will my nites be from now on?
mOmmy always fear of snatch thieves each time mOmmy walks along this alley...
Friday, October 12, 2007
And...here's a story of hArith the DraMa KinG!.....
mOmmy put hArith to sleep, and decided to sew the extra length of athirAh's dress. Despite the deep sleep.....i smelled JelouSy.....yup, hArith started crying when mOmmy began sewing athirAh's dress. mOmmy ignored coz I know, u already been fed and diapers changed. The cry became louder and louder till Pah mentioned to him "u too have your baju raya right?" so mOmmy took out ur baju raya and turn it out to be a bolster for you. I was like "see...u too have ur baju raya"....and wOw...hArith stop crying and felt asleep.