Saturday, January 28, 2017

Our First Toilet Training Experience Part 2

Salam.

Last week I have shared about the general rule I followed for toilet training our first son. Here is the next part of that. :)

Monday, 16th of January 2017. First day of toilet training. The most tiring! We rolled and kept away all the carpet in the house. We told him he won't be wearing any diaper from now on, and that he must pee/poop in the toilet. We asked him to repeat that many times.
We had nearly 10 accidents. He nearly ran out of pants to wear because we had to keep changing him. Not to mention the amount of work to mop the mess on top of doing the usual housechores.
Sometimes, he peed during the toilet trip. Sometimes he did not. When he did, we would congratulate, praise and encourage him. When he did not, we simply say "ok perhaps next trip you will pee". Patience is the key.
The moment my husband got back from work, I passed the baton to him to take our son to toilet. It was really tiring! But we persevered.
Night time, we slept on a comforter (because thick mattress is more difficult to clean, so bye bye comfortable bed) and layered it with a thin plastic below another layer of thinner comforter (which can be thrown into the washing machine, just in case). The tips says not to wake him up more than 2 times at night to pee, so when he wakes up for milk (12-1am and 3-4am) I would take him to toilet and ask him to pee.
Tuesday, 17th of January 2017. Same routine except the time gap between toilet trip is longer. I felt as tired as the first day (probably more). Sometimes, our son asked for his diaper. "Lampin" as he would say it. But we were firm in telling him, he won't be wearing any "lampin" anymore after this.
Just like the first day, once my husband got back from work, I passed the baton to him. Thank goodness he was ok with it.
Wednesday, 18th January 2017. Third day. We saw less accident, but I tend to ignore my guts saying that "it's time for his toilet trip" so there were some frustrating accidents. However, each toilet trip is fruitful. He was then able to pass urine when taken to toilet.
He passed motion 3 times this day. Once in toilet (I was running like crazy and taking him to toilet when I saw his grunting face, which indicate defecating is in proses a.k.a muka meneran), another two at the living room. It was easy to not be angry at him because he seemed so scared and clueless. It was apparent that he needed us to guide him so we could not get angry.
Day 4 basically had no accident. We were back to sleeping in our bed. Yay!
Friday, 20th January 2017. Day 5. A new challenge because we were taking a trip back to our parents' for the weekend. We stopped a couple of times along the highway for toilet visits and once he fell asleep, it was such a relief because we know he will not pee in his sleep.
Saturday, 21st January 2017 Day 6. He had one accident while at my husband's father's house. Probably triggered by the change in environment as well as him being busy playing with his cousins that he forgot about peeing in the toilet. Otherwise all was well.

To be continued...


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Our First Toilet Training Experience Part 1

Assalamualaikum wbt / Hi
We are extremely blessed that our first son is quite a quick speaker. He started speaking comprehendable words before he was even 18 months old. He picks up words as we speak them and repeatedly try to pronouce them until he is able to remember. On top of that, he is able to use the words correctly within context afterwards.
Since we stayed at my parents' place until he was about 19 months, I had to delay his toilet training, despite seeing some signs that he is ready. However, I took the chance to introduce him to be aware of the act of passung urine and passing motion and what they are called. For example, during showertime, when I see him pee I will repeatedly tell him "this is peeing". After a while, he is then able to say it himself (the words pee & poop, "kencing" & "berak")
Once we are back in our own house, we picked a day to start, and never looked back. I am also blessed that my husband is so cooperative about this. We did our readings and strategised. We also spoke to him repeatedly about our intention a couple of days before we started.
DAY 1 Every 15 mins. Stay toilet 5 minutes. 1 hour = 3x 12 hours = 36x
DAY 2 Every 30 mins. Stay toilet 5 minutes 6 hours = 11x 12 hours = 22x
DAY 3 Every 1 hour. Stay toilet 5 minute 12 hours = 12x
No leaving the house for chores/errands at all for that 3 days.
Stop the diaper cold-turkey. NO DIAPER AT ALL EVEN AT NIGHT. (We found these tips on fb by the way)

To be continued...

Friday, July 22, 2016

Postal Order (Pos Malaysia)

Assalam / Greetings,

Today I would like to share about claiming Postal Money from the Post Office (Pos Malaysia). It was my first time, too, so I suppose sharing this might help many other who does not know what is the procedure like. This is the example of the postal money/order.

back view

front view
These are the steps:-

  1. Go to nearby post office (Pos Malaysia).
  2. Obtain this form (picture 3).
  3. Fill up the sender / recipient details.
  4. Sign the form at the bottom left section.
  5. Get your number for your turn at the counters
  6. Hand over the postal order and the form.
  7. The Pos Malaysia staff will return the copy of the form to you, a receipt and your cash.

example of form from this page

You are all done now. Hope it helps :)



    Friday, July 15, 2016

    Jom Minta Resit GST Part 2

    Assalam / Greetings



    from here


    Remember my post about this contest?

    Well, I won something! Alhamdulillah.

    They notified me by phone and I had to go to the customs office nearest to my registered address on the contest form to claim the gift.

    So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and join this contest! The deadline is November 30th 2016.

    Friday, April 29, 2016

    Wisdom Tooth (Third Molar) Removal Part 2

    Assalam / Greetings.

    Remember what happened on 18th April? Well, you can read it here.

    After less than an hour, the local anesthesia's effect began to fade, leaving me in PAIN. I was so hungry but I cannot eat! I could barely open my jaw!

    Anyway I searched for some information, so basically this is how I looked after myself after the procedure:-

    1. Avoid hot/warm food/drinks for a couple of days to promote blood clotting. Iced drinks were the BEST!
    2. Take soft, liquid diet like soup, porridge, milk to avoid moving the jaw so much.
    3. NO GARGLING AT ALL for the first 24 hours. Which means, no toothbrush too! This is important to promote blood clot, which will ensure good healing and prevent infection.
    4. Avoid heavy/strenuous activities for at least a couple of days. (I rested for the whole week!)
    5. Apply ice packs over the cheek to reduce swelling and pain. (This is so helpful!)
    6. Take the pain medications as prescribed (I did not, because I'm still breastfeeding so I would prefer to avoid medications unless REALLY necessary)
    7. If bleeding occurs, put the gauze as supplied by the doctor and bite on it over the affected area for at least 20 minutes to ensure blood clot is formed nicely.
    So why did I say my choice was awful?

    Because, having a baby means having to breastfeed him, carry him, having him wanting to hold you, cuddle you and punching your swollen cheek! 

    BIG OUCH!

    The swelling started a few hours after surgery. and really, I just wanted to sleeeeeeeep afterwards. But, having a baby (with husband not around) means, not being able to simply sleep. I was counting the days and telling myself, it will get better. 

    It WILL and it DID.

    So, cheer up mommas. We have got to do what we have got to do, right?

    Finally, the appointment to remove my stitches was one week later. So, after the removal, the lady dentist said I can totally do anything I want. LOL. What a relief. It took me at least another week to exercise my jaw to function normally again due to stiffness after resting for the whole week. Phew.

    I'm done. I hope I don't need any more of this surgery. Aamiin!

    Moral of the story : Go and get yourself checked before you became pregnant!


    Friday, April 22, 2016

    Wisdom Tooth (Third Molar) Removal Part 1

    "Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that most people get in their late teens or early twenties. Sometimes these teeth can be a valuable asset to the mouth when healthy and properly aligned, but more often, they are misaligned and require removal"
    source :  www.webmd.com/oral-health/wisdom-teeth

    On the 18th of April 2016 I got to experience something new. Truthfully, I regretted waiting until I have a child to finally get it over and done with.

    From here

    My first third molar erupted sometimes in 2011 if I'm not mistaken. The process was slow, and I noticed earlier on that I would definitely need to remove it because of its awkward position. Cleaning it was difficult, and every now and then the tooth would bite into my cheek and cause pain and swelling. Prior to getting married, I have already planned to visit a dentist to remove it, but as usual, I procrastinated.

    Bad choice!

    Finally after my son turned 10 months old, I went to a dentist and was referred to the specialist clinic after they took an x-ray of the tooth. On the day of the 'mini operation', I had breakfast and went there with my sisters and son. The dentist was really nice. He asked me what was my problem, listened to my answers and explained every procedure to me simply but with enough information to make me feel confident despite the tremor in my fingers.

    So this is what happened:-


    1. Signing consent form once explanation given - I get to ask questions and my wuestions was answered nicely.
    2. Cleaning the mouth.
    3. Giving of local anethesia.
    4. Waiting for anesthesia to work.
    5. Cutting open the gum.
    6. Drilling to cut off the bony parts (according to the dentist)
    7. Removal of tooth.
    8. Stitching.
    9. Gargling one last time. After that I was not allowed to gargle for the next 24 hours.
    10. Biting into gauze to promote blood clot for at least 1 hour.

    Everything was settled within 1 hour. I was then discharged with paracetamol as painkiller and a bottle of mouth gargle to be used three times daily after the first 24 hours.

    So, why did I say my choice was an awful one?



    to be continued...

    Friday, April 1, 2016

    Jom Minta Resit GST

    Assalam / Greetings.

    Do you know that the Customs Department of Malaysia is currently holding a 'JOM MINTA RESIT GST' Campaign?

    Yep, you can win so many prizes!

    Please spread the word!


    Do visit this link to participate. 

    HURRY!

    They have extended the dateline...

    Contest ends November 30th 2016!