Saturday, July 23, 2011

Mom the gamer

Yeah, my mom the gamer! Hihihih, it's maybe hard to believe but my parents love to play games. It is only a simple pc game but seeing them playing it somehow make me smile. My dad also love to play pc game but he don't play the game like my mom do. My dad more to snooker game while my mom is more to the fun game like what shown on the picture below. I forgot the name of the game but it's something about turtle I guess. 

They only play games on pc and don't dare to touch our laptops. This old pc is actually bought 10 years ago, while I was in UMS. Come my sisters turn, they didn't want this pc, they want their own lappy instead, hehehe, so this pc is only been keep in the house for almost 7 years. Nobody want to  use it.

One day, my youngest brother, Atan connected all the pc wires himself, and he was only 8 that time. I guess he learned it from his computer lesson. So, I installed some games there, games that simple and isn't hard to play. 

The pc is placed in my parents room,  even if I didn't installed any games  there, I know they will asked for it later. The game as shown on picture above is my mom favourite. This is the only game that she played as it was easy and colourful. 
My dad is addicted to the snooker games and there was a time when I called him for dinner and his answer was 'Wait until I can get a new record', haha. 

I enjoyed teaching them how to play game or how to type a message on their mobile because they are not afraid to learn something new. Tell you one more secret, they only know how to turn on and off the computer, while the typing work, they gave it all to their children, hehe.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Folic acid and pregnancy

When I made the post being pregnant, a blogger named Lieya Latif commented about taking lots of folic acid and milk. Thus make me wonder what is the benefit  of  folic acid to pregnant woman and where can I get it?
Folic acid according to the book that I read, also called folate is a B vitamin (B9) which can be found mostly in leafy green vegetables like kale and spinach, orange juice and enriched grains.

Surfing the web about folic acid is somewhat interesting for me. Turn out that this acid is not only recommended for pregnant woman but also to those who want to get pregnant. This vitamin is needed to make a new cells in our body. Pregnant woman need lots of this vitamin to make sure that the baby is developing well.

Now you know a little about this vitamin, but where can you get this? Especially if you are not really into leafy green vegetables like me, hehehe. Well, you can always buy folic acid tablets from pharmacies. As for me, I get it from the milk that I drink twice a day and also from my multivitamin.

As soon as we know that I am pregnant, hubby bought me the Enfamama A+ milk and Anmum Materna. I am not a fan of milk, so you can imagine how hard for me to drink the milk, but I accidently saw the words 'Acid folic'  on the milk can on one sweet evening and that is where I take the milk seriously now, not skipping it anymore, hehehe. Will talk about it in my next post. See you later, :).

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Baby development during pregnancy

Once you are pregnant, I am pretty sure that you really want to know what is happening inside and how your baby development during pregnancy are  and what your baby looks like inside. Since the pregnancy stage is calculated from the first day of our last period, we are considered as 2 weeks pregnant when fertilization occurs. You can find out more about your pregnancy in this website called babycenter.

2 weeks : Your baby is just a little ball of cells.

3 weeks : Your baby is just a tiny ball of cells that are multiplying madly. By this time, you can have a pregnancy test for a positive result.

4 weeks : Your baby is just the size of a poppy seed. 

5 weeks : Your baby is the same size  of a sesame seed. 

6 weeks : Major development, where the nose, mouth and ears are starting to have a shape. Your baby size the same as the size of a lentil.

7 weeks : Arms, legs, hands and feet are emerging. By this time, your baby is the about the size of a blueberry.

8 weeks : Your baby is about the size of a kidney bean. By this time, fingers, toes and eyelids are developed, but you still cannot determine the gender yet.

9 weeks : Your baby is about the size of a grape. Eyes are fully formed by this stage.

10 weeks : Your baby is about the size of a kumquat. Your baby has now completed the most critical portion of development. This is the time to go to 'Klinik Ibu dan anak' @ Mother and child clinic to register about your pregnancy.

11 weeks : Your baby is the size of a fig and is almost fully formed. 

12 weeks : Your baby is the size of a lime. 

13 weeks : Your baby is almost the same size of a medium shrimp. Fingerprints have formed. This is the last week of your trimester and the risk of miscarriage is much lower now.

14 weeks : Your baby is about the size of a lemon. 

15 weeks : Your baby size now is the same as the size of an apple. You can now be able to find out the gender of your baby.

16 weeks : The baby is the size of an avocado.You can now feel the movement of your baby.

17 weeks : Your baby weighs 5 ounces now and it is the same as the weight of a turnip.

18 weeks : Your baby is about the length of a bell pepper. From now on, it is recommended for you to lie down on your side.

19 weeks : Your baby is about the size of a large heirloom tomato.

20 weeks : Your baby is about the length of a banana.

21 weeks : Your baby now is the same length of a carrot. 

22 weeks : Your baby now is the same length of a spaghetti squash and starting to look as a miniature newborn. 

23 weeks : Your baby now is about the size of  a large mango. 

24 weeks : Baby is the size of an ear of corn. 

25 weeks : Your baby weighs as much as a rutabaga.

26 weeks : Your baby now is as long as an English hothouse cucumber.

27 weeks : Your baby weighs almost like  a head of cauliflower. 

28 weeks : Your baby weighs as much as a Chinese cabbage. This is the starting of your final trimester.

29 weeks : Your baby is as big as a butternut squash weight wise.

30 weeks : Baby weights as much as a large cabbage. 

31 weeks : Baby weights as much as four oranges.

32 weeks : Baby weights as much as a jicama.

33 weeks : Your baby weights as much as a pineapple. 

34 weeks : Your baby weights as much as a cantaloupe. 

35 weeks : Your baby weights as much as a honeydew melon. 

36 weeks : Baby is the size of a crenshaw melon and most likely the baby is in a head down position now. 

37 weeks : Baby is as long as a stalk of Swiss chard and is considered as full term.

38 weeks : Baby is as long as a leek.

39 weeks : Baby weights as much as a mini watermelon. 

40 weeks : Baby weights as much as a small pumpkin.This is where your due date is supposed to be and if you are still not giving birth, don't worry, you still have a couple of weeks before you are considered  as a post-term. 

41 weeks to 42 weeks : 42 weeks is the maximum, doctor will inducing labor by that time, for the sake of you and your baby.

It is amazing to see the development of your baby, isn't it? Being pregnant is really such a sweet feeling. Even the morning sickness, losing your appetite and all of the early pregnancy signs are not a great feeling but you will appreciate it if you really know what is the connection of that morning sickness and miscarriage.  Don't worry, I will explain about it later in my next post.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wordless Wednesday : Grandmother

This is my lovely grandmother from my mom side. She have two daughters and a son. My mom is the second.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Early pregnancy signs

Early pregnancy signs are something that you have to learn if you are expecting one. Fortunately for me, there's a lot of books about pregnancy I can refer to in my house. Even before I get pregnant, I already read all the books about getting pregnant, hahaha.

Early pregnancy signs; according to the book I'd read (refer to the picture below):

1. Tender breasts

Breasts are often the first body part that noticeable. Newly pregnant breasts can be tender, full, achy, swollen, tingly, sensitive and even painful to touch (I experienced most of it). Sometimes these signs show up within a few days of conception, sometimes they hold off until weeks later (in my case, these sign is still on).

2. Implantation spotting

A significant minority of newly expectant mums (around 20%) notice scant spotting when an embryo burrows its way into the uterine wall. Such so-called implantation bleeding will likely arrive earlier than your expected monthly flow - usually around five to 10 days after conception. Its much lighter than your period, spotty and not continuous bleeding. (I didn't experience any).

3. Urinary frequency

The need to pee with annoying frequency can appear on the pregnancy scene fairly early, usually about two to three weeks after conception. That's because pregnant kidneys must work overtime to filter waste from the blood once there's an extra waste producer on board. (I agree with this one, it's really annoying when even at midnight I  have to pee).

4. Fatigue

Early pregnancy is typically exhausting, leaving you feeling sluggish, sleepy and sofa-loving. That's because your body is beginning to crank up its baby-making machine (particularly the placenta manufacturing) and that takes a lot of energy you have on hand.

5. Nausea  

This is the symptom that can sign on early, in some cases, just days after conception, though it's more likely to show up four weeks later. Though pregnancy hormones are responsible for so-called morning sickness, not every mum to be gets the queasies, and far from all experience vomiting, since hormones affect every woman differently.  

6. Smell sensitivity

Does your nose know something you don't know? Some newly pregnant women report a heightened sense of smell early on, and that could be owing to the increasing amount of oestrogen in your system during early pregnancy. If your sniffer's suddenly more sensitive (and easily offended), pregnancy might be in the air.

7. Missed period

If your two week wait doesn't end with a period (like mine), especially if your periods generally run like clockwork, it may be time to celebrate. Break out the pregnancy test and hopefully the sparkling apple juice.

When I experienced all of the signs except sign number 2, I knew that I am pregnant. Right now, I cannot stand the smell of chips, soy sauce and noodle. I also will get angry easily when I heard loud sound, so fussy, isn't it? hehehe. 

Last week, I don't have any problem with eating, but this week, I don't know what to eat and cook, I really lose my appetite. Milk is a must now in the house, even I don't like milk, but I have to drink it for the sake of the baby and I, I guess, hehehe.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wordless Wednesday : Monkey

This cage used to be the house of my dad's tokek, but dad released it few months ago and all of the sudden, this monkey come to our house.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Being pregnant

I am not sure what other women feel when being pregnant for the first time, but for me, two weeks before my period, I noticed some changed in my body, especially the breasts, its feel achy, tender and full but very sensitive and painful to touch and getting bigger and  it's not surprising me when hubby love to see it, hahaha.
I also easily fall asleep almost all of the time. I feel tired  and not comfortable with my body. Toilet become the most visited room after the bedroom, hihihih. After I missed my period, the pregnancy test is a must of course, and  when  it show the double line, hubby brought me to the nearest clinic to check (once again, to make it  sure). Again the result is positive.

Hubby asked me why I didn't vomit like what we always see on movie or drama, but I guess I am  lucky enough to not experienced  it. I do facing the nausea problem until now and sometimes I loose my appetite. I do feel sorry for hubby for not being able to eat spicy food because of the doctor advice not  to eat spicy food to  me. So, there is no spicy food in the house right now.

I also cannot eat durian and cold drink is a big no too. The doctor gave me a vitamin (written on the cover is 'untuk kembangkan anak' (or in English, perhaps I could translate it like this 'to make the baby bigger'?) so that the baby will easily be seen when it's been scan.

So, how about yours? Care to share your experiences here? Next post I will share about the early signs of pregnancy.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wordless Wednesday : The Double Lines

Just want to share the happy news, :D

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The advantages of blogging in English

Well, hopefully I am not creating any controversy with this post. I know some people don't like me for blogging in English. But, how else can I improve my language? I cannot see the other easier and cheaper way to improve it. 

As you can see here, there are so much mistakes in my writing especially my grammar. But, just by reading english papers or books are not enough for me. I have to make some exercise too, but I am too old to be in school anymore, so blogging is another choice to do it. Aw, I am sure most of you ever heard the saying 'practice makes perfect' right? 

After more than a year in this blogging world, I can see some of the advantages of blogging in English and Malay. By blogging in english, my visitors are not only from Malaysia, but also from United States, Philippines, United Kingdom, and many more. Some of them even leave their comments in my blog. 
At first, I was so afraid to comment to their blog again because their  language is better than mine, but now, I just ignored that feeling and getting used to it. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that blogging in Malay cannot attract visitors from other country, I also have three blogs in Malay. 

If the contents of your blogs are good, I am pretty sure people will find a way in trying to understand it, and the last choice is by translating it using google translate.

My hubby also doing his personal blog in english and his adsense is doing so well. Since the paid is in dollar, so I think blogging in english is an advantage for those who have adsense. But, blogging in this foreign language also have its  own disadvantage which is Malay bloggers are afraid to come and give their comments. It is mostly because they are afraid that I do not understand Malay or they don't understand of what am I talking about.

Auw... we are Malaysian, so don't worry, I know how to speak Malay and I speak Sabahan even more better, :D. I enjoy reading some of my regular commentator like Zik and akubiomed. They used to give their comments in Malay, but now, they tried their best to comment in English, hehehe.

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