It’s been so long…


My Dear Son,

It’s been so long since I’ve last written. I barely have the time or energy these days. Much has been happening Alhamdulilah. You are now one week away from 19 months old. You are growing and learning so much Alhamdulilah.

Since the last time I wrote, you’ve been to Makkah and Madinah and thoroughly enjoyed yourself with all the family (Mom’s side and Dad’s side). You went with your father right to the Prophet’s (SAW) grave, Alhamdulilah. We did not take you on any umrahs this time round though as it was very hot and full. We left you with your grandparents, Alhamdulilah. It was so nice to be able to do that.

A few days after saying goodbye to the family in Makkah, we met up again back home in Cape Town. On the flight to Cape Town you were so good mashaAllah. You were the ultimate social butterfly, walking up and down the aisle,  talking and playing with all the people. They all loved your company! 

On one of our flights to Madinah though, it was the complete opposite! Shoo! What a nightmare that flight was! For all of us! You were shouting uncontrollably! We think you were overstimulated from all the sweets people had given you at the airport… Anyway, you seem to be quite the traveler since then, Alhamdulilah. 🙂

In Cape Town, you were quite the showman! You loved all the attention and people around you. You slept better (next to your Daadi) and you ate better too! Alhamdulilah! You definitely are a social boy.

Your three most used words these days are: more (taught by Papa), hot (taught by Daadi) and water (taught by Phoepoe) :). The word ‘more’ you use correctly most times, but ‘hot’ has become any and everything dangerous or bad, like when you knock your head against the wall. The wall then becomes ‘hot’ (I try to then use the opportunity to teach you the word ‘hard’, to no avail). ‘Water’ has become everything you could possibly drink. 🙂

The most recent big recording I have to make is your weaning off the breasts, Alhamdulilah. It didn’t take long. On the morning of 23 August, after breastfeeding you for a long time and still not getting you to sleep, I was exhausted and told your Daddy, today is the day. Your Daddy then tried to put you to sleep, to no avail. You knew what you wanted. You knew we were not giving it to you. You understood well what was happening. I also told you at one stage, “No more milk” and pointed to the breasts. So, the screaming, shouting, kicking and throwing things started and went on whole day basically. The next day wasn’t that bad, you just kept pulling at my tops, trying to get to what you wanted. Now and again you would vent out again. Nap times were the worst. You were only allowed one feeding a day, it was just before bed. I would breastfeed you to sleep. And that was it. Even if you woke in the night, which you still do, you just got cow’s milk from your sippy cup (now just water). After four days of just one night feeding every night, I replaced that with milk, sometimes Pediasure. You were absolutely fine. I think at this point you were  over the whole milk deal. 🙂 Three days and nights went by with absolutely no milk and I thought this must be it. And it was! Alhamdulilah. Took you about four days (and a lot of dua!) to say bye-bye to about one and a half years of attachment. Alhamdulilah! 🙂

Now, the next challenge awaits us as you take off your pants, stick your hands in your nappy, pull at your nappy, take off your nappy… Aaaaah! Drives me crazy! Your Dad has started putting you on the toilet once every night just before your bath.

The other thing we’re slowly conquering is you being able to be on your own for short periods, like when I need the bathroom. Before, I was never able to close the door because you would then shout and cry hysterically. Now, we are slowly getting there. I’m just letting you cry a bit sometimes. Earlier though, you were so determined that you managed to open the door on your own! I didn’t even know you could reach! So now I have to lock the door.

Besides reaching door handles though, you are able to stand on your little chair and open your room’s door with ease (something your Dad taught you). You’re also giving me a hard time as you grab anything you can think of to use as a step to get you places you can’t yet reach, like Mom and Dad’s bed.

You are becoming a big little boy now, Alhamdulilah. Moreso because you are going to be a big brother soon inshaAllah. Yes, we will soon welcome a new little bundle to our family. Ameen. And you will be showing your sister or brother all the tricks. 😉

With love,

Mommy

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New experiences and adventures in new places!


My Dear Son,

1 year and 2 weeks old. You’ve gone into a whole different phase since turning one. Boy, do you make yourself heard! Especially when you don’t like something or when you’re demanding something. We’re lucky if we get a moment’s silence here and there. You’ve got this new thing of actually shouting full blast when you don’t get what you want. May this phase pass quickly, Ameen.

Alhamdulilah, on the 16th Feb (your birth date) we completed our first umrah with you. (Your second overall umrah though if you include womb time ;)) It was one of the best umrahs, Alhamdulilah. Your Daddy made it very easy and enjoyable for me. He carried you most of the time. It was late at night and you were very tired but your inquisitive nature kept you mostly awake. You stared at the kabah and at the people making tawaf as you rested your drowsy head on your Dad’s shoulder. You were very well behaved throughout, Alhamdulilah. Just at the very end, once we had completed our umrah, you got impatient and started shouting. So, we left the Haram immediately. No chance to sit or for you to play around the Holy grounds. Next time for sure though, inshaAllah. You did have a nice, peaceful nap in the Haram though, as we performed salah.

You also met your Daddy’s good friend, Uncle Niezaar, for the first time and fell asleep exhausted and comfortably in his arms as he carried you through the thick crowds in Makkah.

The next day in Makkah, you had your first haircut (or second, if you include the shaving of the head after birth). Just you and your Dad went. He said you didn’t cry much, but when I opened the hotel door, seeing you for the first time after your haircut, you had this very sad, heartbreaking look on your face. Aaaaww.

Your ‘hairstyle’ went from curly cute to mischievous little toddler. Apparently the family says the latter suites you more. I liked your curls more, but I’m getting used to your new look now.

After a few days in Makkah, we visited Malaysia for 10 days (also your second time here if you count womb time). We were in Kuala Lumpur and Shah Alam, but most of our time was spent on the beautiful island, Langkawi. We took boat rides to isolated islands and beaches. You played in the sand and splashed your legs in the water. You enjoyed the sun as you hiked up and down the stairs, through the trees, on your Daddy’s comfy shoulders. We enjoyed rides in cable cars, taking in the hum of the forests and the splendour of the sea view. You saw many different animals and creatures, birds, snakes, crocodiles, as we visited the wildlife farms. Everywhere you went your cuteness, mashaAllah, attracted the attention of people. On the plane home especially, you were so friendly and overexcited, not to mention loud and out of control, fighting sleep and fighting your parents! You much rather preferred being wide-eyed and giving goofy smiles to all the pretty ladies looking your way.

Alhamdulilah, what an adventurous holiday! We all got back to Arabia a few days ago with phlegmy, coughy throats though. But, Alhamdulilah.

So, now we’re back home in Arabia. Your latest skills? One, two… three! Yes, you can say “three”! You can also reply, “there’s he!” when we say, “where’s he?” And you still continue to repeat what you hear us say, but since your Daddy taught you “three!” that’s all you say most of the time. Like when you learned to clap, it’s all you did! Lol!

Your appetite mashaAllah has improved. I’m very happy and grateful for this Alhamdulilah :). Since turning 1, you have grown super fast. You’re able to stand and walk small steps but I think as soon as you realise you’re not holding anything, you quickly grab for something.

That’s it for now :).

With love,
Mommy

New experiences and adventures in new places!


1 year and 2 weeks old. You’ve gone into a whole different phase since turning one. Boy, do you make yourseld heard! Especially when you don’t like something or when you’re demanding something. We’re lucky if we get a moment’s silence here and there. You’ve got this new thing of actually shouting full blast when you don’t get what you want. May this phase pass quickly, Ameen.

Alhamdulilah, on the 16th Feb (your birth date) we completed our first umrah with you. (Your second overall umrah though if you include womb time ;)) It was one of the best umrahs, Alhamdulilah. Your Daddy made it very easy and enjoyable for me. He carried you most of the time. It was late at night and you were very tired but your inquisitive nature kept you mostly awake. You stared at the kabah and at the people making tawaf as you rested your drowsy head on your Dad’s shoulder. You were very well behaved throughout, Alhamdulilah. Just at the very end, once we had completed our umrah, you got impatient and started shouting. So, we left the Haram immediately. No chance to sit or for you to play around the Holy grounds. Next time for sure though, inshaAllah. You did have a nice, peaceful nap in the Haram though, as we performed salah.

You also met your Daddy’s good friend, Uncle Niezaar, for the first time and fell asleep exhausted and comfortably in his arms as he carried you through the crowds in Makkah.

After a few days in Makkah, we visited Malaysia for 10 days (also your second time here if you count womb time). We were in Kuala Lampur and Sha Alam, but most of our time was spent on the beautiful island, Langkawi. We took boat rides to isolated islands and beaches. You played in the sand and splashed your legs in the water. You enjoyed the sun as you hiked up and down the stairs, through the trees, on your Daddy’s comfy shoulders. We enjoyed rides in cable cars, taking in the hum of the forests and the splendour of the sea view. You saw many different animals and creatures, birds, snakes, crocodiles, as we visited the wildlife farms. Everywhere you went your cuteness, mashaAllah, attracted the attention of people. On the plane home especially, you were so friendly and overexcited, not to mention loud and out of control, fighting sleep and fighting your parents! You much rather preferred being wide-eyed and giving goofy smiles to all the pretty ladies looking your way.

Alhamdulilah, what an adventurous holiday! We all got back to Arabia a few days ago with phlegmy, coughy throats though. But, Alhamdulilah.

So, now we’re back home in Arabia. Your latest skills? One, two… three! Yes, you can say “three”! You can also reply, “there’s he!” when we say, “where’s he?” And you still continue to repeat what you hear us say, but since your Daddy taught you “three!” that’s all you say most of the time. Like when you learned to clap, it’s all you did! Lol!

Your appetite mashaAllah has improved. I’m very happy and grateful for this Alhamdulilah :). Since turning 1, you have grown super fast. You’re able to stand and walk small steps but I think as soon as you realise you’re not holding anything, you quickly grab for something.

That’s it for now :).

With love,
Mommy