Questions.

A friend asked us this question last weekend;

What would you advise your younger self?

I was very impressed with Ali’s answer, he said forget wasting your money and clubbing wasting your life away. Travel the world as much as you can. Buy a house. (indeed such an awesome advice!)

Mine was just to travel more and do what you want to do. So you won’t have any regrets in the future.

What you reckon yours will be?

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GTT.

Glucose Tolerance Test is what it means.

For those of whom who knows me, will know how terrified i am of Needles! Yup i am a scaredy cat! This test will conclude your sugar levels and see if you’ve got what the call Gestational Diabetes if your sugar levels soar high!

Well that happened. So you will fast for 10 hours the night before and came in for the test first thing in the morning. They will get a testube of your blood sample before getting you to drink 75ml of pure glucose liquid (erghhhh it was too sweet but not as bad as i thought it will be!), an hour later they will get another testube of blood sample and wait another hour for another testube. Altogether it takes 2.5hours and 3 needles poking your veins for the overall test! I was quite proud of myself for going through it!

Two days later got a call from the Gynae office and was told that my Sugar levels was high and hence they had to refer me to an Endocrinologist. I was bummed out! But most people say its more of diet plans and pricking fingers to monitor glucose levels 4 times a day! 😩 

 
Indeed, my nightmare came true when she told me just that! Spend 3 hours going through diet changes, pricking fingers and explanations after explanations. So i switched my daily jasmine rice meals to Basmati rice! Bought heaps of banana and apples! Also low gi bread for my daily toast breakfast and no sugar added yogurt for snacks. 

Oh wells, on a brighter note i am on to my 27th week! Super exciting and at the same time nerve wrecking! The photo below was taken last week! Mummy will try her hardest to provide the best for you baby! Can’t wait to have you in my arms 😘

 

25 weeks.

How amazing to see this little one growing week by week. God is indeed the all knowing and greatest. Alhamdullilah!

This is our Jellybean at 20 weeks! Thats exactly 5 weeks ago! He is definitely much bigger now and heavier too! Even a couple of people at work mentioned that i’ve popped out the past couple of weeks 😝

It never crossed my mind that i am ever going to go through a pregnancy journey of my own. I am always terrified of Labour. Oh gosh i know! There’s no way out now, haha! Been speaking heaps about my fear to my Gynae and fellow Preggo ladies. They have been such a pillar of support and such positive women. Indeed, like what Maryam went through;

23. And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a date-palm. She said: “Would that I had died before this, and had been forgotten and out of sight!”

24. Then [the baby Isa (Jesus) or Jibril (Gabriel)] cried unto her from below her, saying: “Grieve not: your Lord has provided a water stream under you.

25. And shake the trunk of date-palm towards you; it will let fall fresh ripe-dates upon you.

26. So eat and drink and be glad. And if you see any human being, say: ‘Verily! I have vowed a fast unto the Most Gracious (Allah) so I shall not speak to any human being this day’”

Quran (Surah Maryam, Verses 22-26)

Such a powerful Surah it still is to all women, a friend of mine and i will always remind each other to recite the Surah daily. I have been blessed with a supportive circle of friends who are not judgemental for any choices that I made or going to make. Who has always been exchanging tips and making sure that I am ok. ☺️

Count your Blessings.

Besides cooking, my only therapy to keep my tired self awake and busy is to blog. Some will tell me to just rest and just enjoy sleeping as much as I can. But I feel so restless all the time, all these sleeping/napping made me feel that I am wasting my time away and I know I will regret it later when the baby comes along.

Now that it is daylight savings, I feel like there’s so much things to do. I like my sunshine, the warmth, the long days and short nights. Hate winter in Melbourne, so cold and gloomy. Mundane and so miserable. We usually have take outs every Wednesday, more like a rest day for me. So the lovely Father in Law will get dinner for the us on the way home from work. On a normal weekday, I would rush home after work to cook dinner, rest, perform Maghrib prayers and then eat dinner. That’s my daily routine. I must admit, although i am used to it all, it is quite tiring sometimes. At times like this, i am very grateful to have understanding In laws and husband.

On Fridays, we usually head out for dinner. And on weekends, we usually eat out or cook noodles or something simple. or Just finish leftovers from the week. On a good Sunday, I’ll prep for the weekday dinners but in my current condition, i must say i have been a little lazy 😛

On a good note, we have been heading out together a lot. Oh wells not like we hadn’t before, but you know we don’t plan things for others anymore, just doing our own thing and spending lots of quality time together. I think it is indeed healthy before the arrival of the little one. As i get older i think more about Time VS Money. I have heaps of friends who work overtime for the extra money but they spend heaps of time away from home; at work. Insya Allah we don’t have to go through it in the future, but i always believe no matter how much extra money you make, you can never buy time lost with your loved ones.