Friday, December 19, 2008

The 1st time ever and I'm doing it away from home!

Assalamualaikum wbt

Yesterday I had my 34-weeks appointment with the midwife. Alhamdulillah everything is fine; my blood pressure's normal, baby's heart beat is fine, uterus growth is spot on (34cm = 34 weeks) and the urine test turned out ok.

I've written before about my anxieties, but I suppose my main concern is that, I'm pregnant for the very 1st time, and I'm away from home, and guess what I'm going to take care of the baby (and myself) without help from Mak or Mok (my mother-in-law) after the birth during confinement period (as we called 'waktu berpantang'). Both of us (me & my husband) know this is going to be very challenging, but we both agreed this is another process of maturity; becoming parents.

I'm not sure about other countries, but here in the UK everything is paid for by National Health Service (NHS). From consultation to prescriptions, from conception until birth, everything is free of charge. For us, oversea students with limited fund, this is very helpful. The procedures and services provided are presumably different from Malaysia; UK being a developed country therefore has better health service than any developing nations.

What strikes to me as different here is that all mothers-to-be have to prepare Birth Plan and this Birth Plan will be discussed with the midwife, of course before the birth take place. I've discussed mine during my appointment with the midwife yesterday and Alhamdulillah everything is in place.

How did I manage to come up with this plan? During my 1st appointment with the midwife, she provided me with few booklets (again for free) to help me through pregnancy until birth and after the birth. By the way, here the midwives are the main person who deal with pregnant women, as compared to Malaysia whom you are dealt with doctors (GP or gynea). However if you are experiencing rather complicated pregnancy, you'll most probably have to work with O&G doctors or consultants.

Lately, I've been writing a lot about my pregnancy. I hope I didn't bore you in any way, but if I did, do accept my deepest apology. When you're happy+nervous+worried+overwhelmed, I guess by writing about those feelings will help to ease everything down. :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

These what Ibu & Ayah bought for you so far...

My dearest baby-in-my-tummy,

Although with limited funds & tight budget, Alhamdulillah Ibu & Ayah managed to buy some few things for you honey (at very reasonable prices!).

A brand new cot (from Ikea at a very reasonable price) and some 'friends' for you.

Some 'friends' for you which we bought from the car boot sale
(Don't worry honey, Ibu had washed them for you..)

Patrick Starr - £0.50
Teddy bears - £6.00 (for both)
Cot mobile - £3.00

Fluffy books & Bath time book (We can read this when you take your baths!)
Fluffy books -
£1.50 (each)
Bath time -

Chunky Safari & Pets (when you a little bit older)
Ibu & Ayah bought them because they only costed
£0.50 each!

More books for you cost only £0.50 each!

Ibu's hospital bag is packed, your car seat & pushchair are already in the car,
now, we're just counting the days to your expected arrival.

Ya Allah, please make safe for my husband and me, and of course our baby. AMIN.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Salam Aidil Adha

Assalamualaikum wbt

Kalau Malaysia berhari raya Isnin, sama lah kami di Oxford. Walaupun kami tidaklah berapa ramai, tetapi sambutan Hari Raya Aidiladha tetap meriah. Terubat kerindua
n pada keluarga dan sanak saudara di Malaysia. Dalam hal ehwal makanan, kami di Oxford tidak ada masalah. Pelbagai juadah ada; nasi beriani, nasi Arab (ala-ala nasi bukhara), nasi tomato, rendang daging, sambal goreng, lodeh kering, kuah kacang, ayam masak merah, nasi impit, dalca kambing, rendang kambing, laksa asam, 'blueberry cheese cake' dan sebagainya. Semuanya dimasak sendiri oleh warga Malaysia di sini. Walaupun tengah sarat mengandung, saya tetap menyumbang sedikit juadah, sekadar yang termampu.

Solat sunat Aidiladha berjemaah turut diadakan. Alhamdulillah, kali ini berpeluang berjemaah, oleh kerana solat sunat Aidilfitri terlepas tahun ini memandangkan ada tuntutan kuliah di Brookes. Semoga dimurahkan rezeki, dipanjangkan umur untuk bertemu Ramadhan, Syawal dan Zulhijjah pada tahun-tahun yang akan datang. AMIN.

Nota : Sila abaikan wajah penulis yang semakin tembam dan 'chubby'.