Public or private hospital to deliver my baby


Posted on : 27-04-2011 | By : dutdot | In : All about my baby, baby care, Expat Blogging, Life's Musings, Parenting, Pregnancy
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I’m on my 7th month of pregnancy now with my 2nd baby. And, as usual, I’m at the crossroad of finally deciding over the type of hospital to deliver my baby — public or private. The same dilemma that I had on my 1st pregnancy. During my 1st pregnancy, I had 6 OBGYNEs – 5 from private, 1 from public. I braved myself in delivering my baby at the public hospital. The nurse who delivered my baby was awesome! But the recovery period at the ward was ahhh unacceptable. (It’s hard when you’d deliver your baby in a public hospital at night time, and no visitors are no longer allowed)…

When I got pregnant with my 2nd baby, husband and I said that I’d deliver our baby at Al-Salam. During the course of my pregnancy, until now, I only have one OBGYNE. My mind was already then fixed at delivering my baby at Al-Salam. But the more that the weeks are getting shorter, the more that my mind is changing its stance — public versus private.

This morning, I went to Farwaniya Hospital where I delivered my 1st baby in 2009. Since I didn’t know how to speak in Arabic, I waited for some miracle that I could speak with someone who could converse in English or my native language. I strolled around the hospital from department to another department. I was able to talk with a kabayan nurse, and she said that I just needed a referral from my doctor, and there’s no need for me to open a file because I already have one. I went straight to the Maternity Department, and asked the clerk on what to do. She said I should go to Al-Sabah. I really didn’t understand her nor did she understand me. I just sat there waiting for something to dawn on me. I chatted with two kabayans who I thought were pregnant, too, but, later found out that they were there for the SONAR of their myomas.

With little info in hand on what to do with my file at the public hospital, I went home after mulling over my dilemma for two hours. But, I went home only after I roamed around the maternity. I visited the Examination Room, no, just glanced over the door, I mean. I viewed the wards. I tried to relive the memories of my first pregnancy and delivery. I surmised that, with God’s help and grace, I could do it again – at the public hospital.

Prayers, my three Patrons, confidence, and strong will are ingredients to having a successful pregnancy and delivery. My baby and I will be triumphant, I am certain of that. I pray that I will deliver my 2nd baby in the morning or mid-afternoon, and not at night time.

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Why you should teach your toddler the basic/important words


Posted on : 27-04-2011 | By : dutdot | In : All about my baby, baby care, Early Learning, Expat Blogging, Life's Musings, Parenting
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My baby’s exactly 25 months today, and, thank God, her vocabulary has increased tremendously. I am happy that, in the past, I was able to teach her the basic words. If not, it could have been difficult for me to know what she’s feeling.

A few days back, she was telling me that her ear hurts. I just didn’t mind it. I thought it was because of her colds. But, after complaining upon waking up, I thought that the hurting of her ear/s (because she was pointing to her two ears) was a big deal. I peeked into her ear. There was something that was blocked at the center – a white thing which I thought could be removed by cotton bud. But, no, husband said the white thing was not hard, but wasn’t soft.I tried to remove it with cotton bud moistened with baby oil. I even thought of removing the white thing with a hair puller. For heaven’s sake, I thank God I wasn’t able to find the hair puller.

I trusted my baby’s doctor, of course, next to God, that the pedia would know what he would do with my baby’s ear. We went to Al-Salam last night. There, we knew that baby had a fever at 38.8 degrees Celsius! God, we didn’t know that she had a fever! The doctor examined my baby’s ear, and he didn’t remove the white thing. We asked him, and he said that it was wax, and need not be removed, but, he gave us ear drop for baby because baby’s ears have an infection! That infection must be the cause of baby’s fever and heavy coughs and colds. Uh-oh.

I thank God that my baby knows the basic/important words to communicate with me. If she didn’t tell me that her ears were hurting, I wouldn’t have any clue about what she’s feeling. I thank God that my baby’s able to comprehend a lot of things at a young age.

It’s important that we teach our babies/toddlers the most important things/words that they need to know, especially, those that concern their bodies, and their feelings.

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Holy Week 2011


Posted on : 21-04-2011 | By : dutdot | In : Life's Musings

Thank You, Lord, for creating in me a clean heart. Apr20

Choose a job that makes you go


I saw this picture while browsing the Web, and this just summarizes what I am currently doing.

…except that I don’t have a job. I have a WAHM career, something that gives me a lifestyle of freedom – while taking good care of my 1st born, and while waiting for my new baby.

I still care for a title.

I want to be called a millionaire MOM, a work-from-home-mom.

Dear Baby1: 87th natural letter for my baby


T H E  87th L E T T E R

Dear Baby1,

How are you, my baby?

You’re two years old now! WOW. The terrible two’s, they say, but, I’d say, you’re a terrific two-year old. You’re Mommy’s look-alike now. Thank God ahihi. Daddy says that your new haircut looks good on you. It shows that we share almost the same features.

I was trembling when I cut your hair. You kept on moving around here and there. I cut your bangs first, and gotcha, they were crooked, and so short – middle of your forehead. Thank God, you have a beautiful face. No matter how the hair is messed up, it looks good on you.

A few days before you hit your 2nd birthday, I was surprised to hear from you that you understand the Dora episodes you’ve been watching — the way you tell the stories to our family friend-driver. Then, a day after that, I was surprised even more when you started to tell the conversations way ahead from the characters of DTE. Now, at two years old, it has become pronounced. You’re consistent in knowing the conversations and telling them even before we hear them from the TV. You’re so amazing, my baby.

This afternoon, you also surprised us when you asked your nanny to draw your whole body on the paper by tracing you as you lie down on the paper. I asked you not to move and you were very cooperative.

You also tend to mimic our words – a lot – including our accents and dialects. Oh no. We hope to speak more in English at home, just the way you do.

What Mommy would like you to concentrate on (no pressure) is about familiarizing yourself with the alphabet, numbers, and colors. You know the shapes now. Although you know how to sing the alphabet, you just get bored when we teach you about the alphabet. You long have wanted to read (you “read” with your eyes) — pretending though that you’re reading books. Hehe. Anyway, glad that you love to “read”, and you love to be read.

Glad, too, that you’re now eating again. I hope that you’d gain more in terms of height. Let’s concentrate on your height gain in the next few days, months, and years.

You’re still awake at 8p.m. Well, these days, you’re sleeping at 9p.m. or 10p.m. You also tend to sleep late in the afternoon at around 2p.m. or 3p.m. You find it hard to sleep with Mommy so I let your nanny lull you to sleep. With Mommy, you always think of playing or with Mommy’s Iphone, watching youtube, or book-reading so sleeping is secondary to you, unless your eyes become so droopy.

I once tried to go outside last week, I mean, to “work” away from home — at a cafe — so that Mommy could concentrate, and for you to eat well, too (there are times when Mommy’s around, you don’t eat that much). You were crying when Mommy left, and when Mommy arrived after four hours, you were already eagerly waiting for me. After that incident, I didn’t go out to “work” yet. I guess it’s much better to work at home just like what I have been doing because I can concentrate more (because of net connection and no expenses for food outside at the cafe), and I can hear and see you anytime. There are times though that you wouldn’t want to play with your yaya when Mommy’s at work-mode.

This is all for now.