Monthly Archives: May 2010

Sunday, just another ice-cream day

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I was searching for some files in my external HD and came across some photos when we were still staying @ Bukit Jelutong.

The photos I’m showing are from an ice-cream day, which is quite frequent at atok’s house.

Introducing the twins

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It’s about time I introduce to you my lovely twin boys …

They were born on the morning of 22 February 2010 via C-section at Sime Darby medical Centre.  It was a Monday.  Ziyad Izzan Shah arrived at 9.18am, weighing at 3.2 kg.  Irza Ziyan Shah arrived a minute later, weighing at 2.7 kg.

Picture taken on their 1st day

This is a close-up shot of Ziyad …

Ziyad

This is a close-up shot of Ziyan …

Ziyan

Fenugreek improves milk supply

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Sometime ago when I was still expecting, I came across a blog that promotes fenugreek capsules to improve breast milk supply.  I thought that this would be a valuable item to add to my ‘must-haves’ list after delivery.  If any of you moms are interested, you can check out her blog.  You can read about her fenugreek capsules here.

Fenugreek plant

Fenugreek seeds

For now, I am not experiencing low milk supply, though I will still keep these capsules in mind.  Who knows when the going gets tough at work, I’m sure my milk supply will be affected.

Although it helps with the milk supply, you would need to take precautions as what I read at breastfeeding.com article here.

My Brand New Breastpump

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Last week, at the very last minute, hubby and I went out to buy a new breastpump set before I start work the next day.  We went to 2 stores and they were closed.  By 9.30pm, we reached Twins store located next to Centrepoint, Bandar Utama.  Luckily, they were open.

I chose the Spectra 3 breastpump.  In 2006, I tried using the so-called ancient industrial-like breastpump when I was admitted to the hospital for a minor surgery.  It was huge and heavy and it was placed on a trolley to move it about.  The cover was transparent that you can see the mechanicals moving when switched on.  I used it for 3 days and I was amazed with the amount of breast milk it could express, unlike the Medela pump that I had at home then.  And Spectra is somewhat similar to that breastpump.

Since then, I knew that I wanted to get the Spectra pump.  After my Medela pump breaks down, that is.

Spectra 3 breast pump (image taken from srisuri.com)

So now, I have my Spectra pump and I just love it.  At work, I express milk every 2-3 hours (usually 2 hours) for 10-15 minutes on each breast.  On the first day, I manage to fill up six 5 oz.-bottles in less than 30 minutes.  Today, I don’t get that much milk out.  I guess it’s got to do with the amount of rest/sleep I get.  Since I started work, I don’t get the rest/sleep that I need and this has affected milk supply.  Last weekend, I was watching Kimora’s program and she just delivered a baby boy named Kenzo.  When she was expressing, she was rambling about being calm and meditation.  Now, I know that I need to be relaxed when expressing.  No wonder it’s quite difficult to get much of the milk out lately.

1st day at work

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Yesterday was my first day back @ work.  It went OK.  The team was conducting SIT for the second application we were working on before I left for my loong leave.

My mind was half focusing on the session and the other half on my babies at home.  Last month, my colleague’s 3-month old baby passed on.  I saw him yesterday and asked how he and his wife are coping with the loss.  When asked how it happened, he explained that the doctors discovered she had early pneumonia. It is said that pneumonia is common in babies.  That day she was at the nursery as any other normal day.  She choked and that’s how it started.  The nursery called them and the baby was immediately taken to the hospital.  By evening, she was gone.  I couldn’t imagine how they feel, especially the wife.  She must have been utterly devastated.  It’s heart-wrenching for me to even hear this loss.

After reading some articles on “pneumonia and babies”, I have the urge to take the babies to Dr. Lee, the well-known paediatrician at Sime Darby Medical Centre.  Seeing him puts me at ease unlike other doctors.

Here are some babies and pneumonia articles I found at: