Dear Baby1: 92nd natural letter for my 1st baby


T H E  92nd  L E T T E R

Nov. 23, 2011 @ 10:39p.m.

Dear Baby1,

I’m writing to share with you what had just happened a few hours ago. Your Ninang J visited you, and she was trying to get you out of your room. You told her (by signing) about feeling something by putting your hands on your forehead and covering your mouth and nose. It’s the gesture you got from mommy because it’s what I was “telling” you for over two weeks — that Mommy’s been sick so we just couldn’t play. For over a week, you and BB K were just inside the room, playing with iPad, reading with Mr. Walter, and writing.

You see Ate A, you’re such a bright child and a kind one, too. You’re so kind enough to understand why you needed to stay away from Mommy. Oh, I miss you so much, and BB K, too.

I think by tomorrow, Mommy’s gonna be OK. I hope! But I will make sure that I’m no longer coughing. I just read awhile ago that when there’s coughing accompanied with phlegm, it’s contagious. I have to be very careful. I want you both to be healthy especially during this winter time.

I went to Al Salam hospital, and got the results of the urine culture. I cried upon seeing that you’re totally clear of microorganisms! Hurrah. No more eating of hotdogs, and please do drink lots of water, my baby.

This is all for now.



Urinary tract infection in kids


My barely 3-year old got urinary tract infection (UTI) two weeks ago. My husband and I were so devastated.

I recalled as to the cause of her UTI and three factors could have accounted for it:

  1. Sometimes she controlled peeing because she’s being potty-trained.
  2. The turkey sausage she ate at the resto
  3. Her dirty/soiled diaper at night
  4. Less intake of water

Of the three possible causes, I think the no. 1 factor was the turkey sausage that she ate at a resto inside the Avenues Mall, plus less intake of water.

I still vividly remember the day I brought my toddler to the mall. She ate a lot during that day. She even vomited because she was overfeeding. She was so hungry that she was almost able to consume a lot of the turkey sausage and the mashed potato. The next morning, she ate at home – hotdog – because she asked for it. She could not forget the turkey sausage (which she called hotdog) so she asked for it at home for two more meals. The next morning, there was nothing unusual with her. But towards the end of the night, my youngest baby was grumpy; she was crying for no reason at all. That’s when my 1st born was awakened by her little sister. My husband then carried our first born, and asked her if she wanted to stay in the living room as daddy finished his work in his laptop. That night, our toddler was running a fever of 38.5 degrees Celsius. I panicked. Before we got her temperature, she was crying because she was having a hard time passing urine. That was the time we decided to bring her to the Emergency Room.  Before bringing her to the hospital, I gave her 60ml dosage of green barley.

When we reached the hospital, the doctor prescribed a suppository for her fever. Since it wasn’t known yet that it was UTI, she wasn’t given medicine yet for her urine problem. After sometime of waiting at the hospital bed in the ER, my baby peed a lot. It was all because of green barley! It took us several attempts to get urine sample into the pediatric urine container. While waiting for the results of the urine culture, she was given a medicine but was stopped when she was tested for UTI because the medicine was not compatible with the microorganisms. She was having loose stools with her previous medicine for a week! Results of the urine culture showed that she got UTI. She was given a new medication by her fave baby doctor H – suprax. Along with Suprax, we continued on administering high dosage of green barley. After 10 days, my baby was seen by her baby doctor. She was clear of any infection by just looking at her physically. A followup urine culture was made three days ago. I just got the results today. Thank God, she’s now clear of any microorganisms in her urine! Praise God. I shed a tear after waiting for the other doctor to read the lab results.

UTI cannot just be diagnosed easily in just one look at the child even though the child exhibits symptoms like fever, difficulty to pass urine, diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea. Our toddlers wouldn’t even tell us that s/he is undergoing difficulty in urinating. When we are potty training our children, it’s important to let them know that it’s OK to make a mess on the floor, it’s OK to pee there if they couldn’t reach the bathroom or their potty stool just so they wouldn’t control their pee. Oftentimes, controlling urine to pass is one of the causes of the UTI. When my baby’s first lab urine culture was presented to us, we were told that her nitrate content then was so high. That’s when I realized that it must have been due to the hotdog that she ate. Hotdogs are known for containing a high amount of nitrate that’s why pregnant women are prohibited from eating eat. I also remember that my younger brother then (when he was still a kid) got UTI because of too much hotdog in his diet.

What made my husband and I panic about UTI in our 1st born was that should our toddler wasn’t able to pee then, a catheter would be used to aid her in urinating. We could not imagine then the pain, the trauma. If not for the initial aid in the form of green barley, it could have been difficult for my baby to pee. We’re also thankful because here in Kuwait, we have a very skilled baby doctor. Our toddler loves him much, and vice versa.

Our baby’s baby doctor said that UTI is common in kids. In adults, there is a burning pain down there when afflicted with UTI. But with kids, the symptoms are less specific. Sometimes, the only symptom is fever, which may be a symptom of other infection like bacterial or viral in the respiratory tract system. The key here is to note about the color and the odor of the urine of your child. As with the case of our baby’s urine, it had foul-smelling odor, and yellowish, too.

The urinary tract has four components: kidney, urethra, bladder, and ureters. Sometimes, it’s hard to detect about where the bacterial infection is really located in the urinary tract. The commonly affected areas with UTI are the urethra and bladder. When the infection goes up to the kidney, it’s something serious.

What’s important to note is that UTIs are TREATABLE, but if left untreated, UTIs in kids can lead to permanent kidney damage.

How to prevent UTI in Kids:

  1. Frequent diaper change in infants and toddlers
  2. Wash diaper area but be very careful with using soaps as they sometimes are the cause of UTI
  3. When wiping, wipe from front to behind, and not the other way around
  4. Kids should try not to control their urine as bacteria will grow in the urine in the bladder
  5. Don’t overeat hotdogs
  6. Drink lots of water
  7. Monitor the passing of urine of your infants and toddlers
  8. Wear cotton underwear
  9. Follow medication prescribed by doctor to fully eliminate further growth of microorganisms
  10. Drink green barley, highly effective for treating UTI both in kids and adults

Updated: What’s in a work-from-home mom’s bag?


I have been actively blogging lately. It’s because I have coughs and colds and my two girls aren’t with me. To avoid missing them so badly, I blog.

Here’s an update of what’s inside the bag of a work-at-home mom (work from home mom). I first blogged about this topic a few months back. Read it here.

There will be lots of new things in my bag.

Apple MacBook Pro

my 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro

I got a new Apple MacBook Pro just last Nov. 10. Thanks to the business I share with my sis. Thanks to hubby, too. We bought it at blink; a good deal, actually, so we immediately grabbed it. 😉

This is actually my fourth laptop. My third one was Dell Express. It crashed. As soon as it’s OK, I’m going to give it to my toddler. She has this notebook, but, I guess it’s not friendly.

Here’s the cloth that I use to clean my Apple MBP.

cloth to clean my Apple MBP

This is my Ipad2. I use it when I don’t have much stuffs to do in my work. I like it because it’s handy, the battery lasts longer than my iPhone, and I can connect with my clients anytime by using my WIFI router.


My mobile phones! (one is for my Kuwait simcard, the other one is for my Smart roaming). Did you notice the handset? My hubby teased me saying I upgraded my mobile phone to iPhone, but downgraded it to a normal/traditional phone. LOL. You see my iPhone is so busy both for personal and professional use. I need to protect myself from radiation, at least by a degree of percentage. It claims it protects by 99 percent. Sometimes, I bring it out publicly, haha, but I don’t use it that much in public.

iPhone, roaming phone, and handset

This is my Kindle, one of childbirth gifts from my hubby (during my 2nd childbirth).


The cables/chargers for my gadgets. I love this Mili, an extra battery charger for my iPhone.

cables for my gadgets, and mili extra battery charger for my iPhone

My gold notebook — to jot down important thoughts. This is my stylus pen for my iPhone and notebook.

gold notebook and stylus pen for my iPhone/iPad and notebook

I don’t wear make up. From time to time though, I just use lip gloss (particularly during winter time) and add an eyeliner. I took a pic of this mascara even though I don’t use it that much.

my kikay side

Ooops. I had this trip to the Avenues Mall the other day, and used the voucher I got to purchase some stuffs for myself. I love the natural effect of the blush on, matte powder, and lipstick. But after using the blush on, I had this pimple on my cheek! I’m not really into beauty stuffs. LOL. Anyway, I also have this habit of putting nail polish every now and then. I don’t clean my fingernails though as I don’t generally grow them long. My fingernails are short, and somehow clean, perhaps, but when I’m in the mood, I paint with a nail polish. It perks my thoughts up. It brings out my creative juice. LOL. I also use from time to time this hand sanitizer.

new addition to my beauty stuffs: blush on, matte powder, and lipstick. I don't use them. I just put them in my bag; to be used for cases when I look sleepy or haggard. LOL

I always bring with me a bottle of green barley (for emergency cases like when I feel dizzy, vomiting, or when my energy level is low). Do read my post about how beneficial green barley is. Or here’s the Web site to visit so you’d know its amazing benefits.

As you can see though, there have been lots of changes in the content of my work from home mom’s bag than my previous WAHM’s bag. There are other stuffs in my new bag. I uploaded the pics in my flickr account but for some reason I could not see them. I will be posting the pics tomorrow; it’s already past 2a.m.

Be back.

Pre-winter flu: an opportunity for me to update my blog.


Posted on : 16-11-2011 | By : dutdot | In : Beauty Care & Fitness, Health & Beauty, Life's Musings

I hate being sick. But, there’s no way for me to get the blues when sick. I have to make this time productive. I miss my two girls badly. They are with the nanny in the adjacent room. I’ve been sick for two days now. But I feel much better today after drinking green barley. When I woke up this morning, I had to rush to the bathroom because of the phlegm. Thanks much, indeed, for green barley. It helped clear my clogged nose and improved my condition.

Now, I’m back to updating this blog! It really took me ages and a flu before I could update this blog for real!

I will write maybe 5 new blog posts at after this post. Let me jot down the topics:

  1. Letter/s for my bunso, bb K DONE 11.16.11
  2. Letter/s for my 1st born, bb A DONE 11.16.11
  3. Giving birth in Kuwait the second time around DONE 11.22.11
  4. What’s in the new bag of a Work-from-Home Mom DONE 11.23.11
  5. Kuwait events/community (Beat Diabetes Walkathon Kuwait 2011, Expat Moms in Kuwait)
  6. Book review (long overdueee)
  7. Winter health care, and more, perhaps


Be safe everyone!


Perfect Valentine Gift from Amazon


Posted on : 07-02-2011 | By : dutdot | In : Beauty Care & Fitness, Expat Blogging, Health & Beauty, Hobby

Heart’s Day is fast approaching – one week to go!

If you are celebrating valentine’s day, now is the time to buy your loved one a gift. For your woman/wife, you may give her this bracelet with the words…

“I Am Glad Your Path Crossed Mine”

…inscribed on it.

Sterling Silver “I Am Glad Your Path Crossed Mine” with Hearts Two Entwined Cuff Bracelets

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