Another year wiser

Its my birthday today. Alhamdulilah (all praise to Allah) for the life He gives me. I'm very grateful for everything I have today especially my little family. We are not perfect. We scream, we fight, we make up, we laugh together, then we fight and scream again. But my husband and I always trying to give the kids a memorable if not the best childhood they can have.

We had a short getaway over the weekend. Just a 45mins drive from home since Hubs didn't want to go anywhere further than that haha. I will post a blog review on the place next. For now its enough to say that the hotel didn't meet our expectation as a 5 star hotel.

Happy Birthday to myself. May we be blessed with good health and life. I pledge to live my life by the day and not taking it too seriously. Let us learn to embrace the life as it is. Imperfect is perfect in all way possible.

With the most expensive gift of the year   

With the most expensive gift of the year 

 

Ali’s bathtime routine

Ali and Bathtime don’t really get along. You see.. Ali hates cold. Cold room, cold bath but I certainly hope he will like cold countries (so we can travel ya-ha!). I always have to make sure that his bath will be a little bit on the hotter side of warm (if you get what i mean haha). So far I have bathed him everyday since the day he came back from the hospital and really enjoy it. Though sometimes he pee on me or scream on top of his lungs haha. I’m sure gonna miss it when i start working soon *cry*  

Ali will normally cry when I take him out of the tub and wrap him in the towel (whats with kids and bathtime? Its hard to get them into the shower and even harder to get them out of it!). But in Ali’s case I don’t think he cries coz he enjoy it. He will settle in when he gets onto the changing table and gets his diaper on. 

So this is what I normally put on him after his bath (morning and evening) :

L-R (clockwise): Sterimar Nasal Spray (age 0-3yo), Bud’s Nappy Time Change Cream, Minyak Telon (don’t know what you call this in English haha), Elixir for Soraya Respire, Bud’s Infant Cream and Elixir for Soraya Immunity... and there, a fresh and clean baby!

L-R (clockwise): Sterimar Nasal Spray (age 0-3yo), Bud’s Nappy Time Change Cream, Minyak Telon (don’t know what you call this in English haha), Elixir for Soraya Respire, Bud’s Infant Cream and Elixir for Soraya Immunity... and there, a fresh and clean baby!

Sterimar Nasal Spray was prescribed by the paed due to his snuffle. It helps to moist his nose and airways and clear the mucus. I apply it during his bathtime and also before he goes to sleep. Its very safe for babies coz its basically just salt water. You can get this at most pharmacies. For newborns and babies, just make sure you take the one for age 0-3yo as it comes with a smaller nozzle.

Bud’s Nappy Time Change Cream is basically just a diaper cream. My older kids had sensitive skins and mild eczema when they were babies, so this time I chose Bud’s as its organic and supposed to be gentle for baby’s skin. So far it works well for Ali and I love the texture and smell too. Another good diaper rash cream which I used for my older kids is Sudocrem. I will certainly use this if Ali gets nasty diaper rash. Again, you can easily get these 2 from any pharmacies or baby’s stores.  

Minyak Telon is actually an oil use for newborns and babies to avoid colic and gassy tummy and also keep the baby’s body warm. It smells good too. I normally apply this on Ali’s tummy (around the belly button). You may get this oil from any baby’s store, pharmacies and supermarkets. 

I found out about Elixir for Soraya range from her IG Elixirforsoraya. I’m a fan of essential oils and have been using Young Living oils for quite sometime especially for my kids. I was looking for a simpler version to apply to the kids on daily basis and found the IG. Basically they sell essential oil balms which I like coz its very compact you can just carry it anywhere with you and not to mention the benefits you get. I bought 3 types of balms: Respire (for blocked nose, flu, cough and sinus), Immunity (for immunity, antibody and germs-away) and Collywobles (for stomach discomfort, constipation, heartburn, indigestion, colic, gassy tummy and nausea). On daily basis for Ali i just use Immunity by applying just a dab on his soles and spine. The other two i use it as and when he needs it. 

Last but not least is a gentle and usually short massage (coz Ali gets restless easily after bath) using Bud’s Infant Cream which also can be purchased from any baby’s store and pharmacies.