Dec 31, 2011

Lingerie SalesMEN no more :D

Hello there folks...



For as long as I had this blog... I had a sign that stated 'Say NO to SalesMEN in Saudi'... it has been a hot topic for many locally & internationally. There have been several times where men were told that the this double standard act had to stop- where men and women are strictly banned from mingling, yet we as women had to buy some of our most intimate belongings from MEN. Many chose to ignore the decrees where they were told the jobs had to be handed over to women instead of the men who currently held the position. Just imagine walking into a shop to buy yoursel funderwear, you pick up a 34C, and then a man comes out no where and says, this 36C looks about your size! Excuse me!!! The nerve right? Well this was a normal occurance for women across this nation. Many completely stopped buying their intimates from Saudi, and waited to indulge while the travelled. I remember once when I was in teh La Vie en ROse pictured bellow (before it became family only- women sales reps- I was buying some pyjamas, and then the sales clerk - a man- tried to get me to buy this feathery looking whips! He continued on to tell me that the black is nice, but the red one would be much nicer! The nerve! Something I wouldn't even talk to my husband about, and now I had some perve trying to sell me some feathery whips! I will leave the use for it to you imagination!!!

Many of the owners of these franchises refused to listen to the decree, or the many calls by the labour minister that this had to be put to an end, that  they needed to train women- but alas..... ladies we have finally done it! I can now safely remove the banner from my blog, and change it to something else. Now that we have finally been allowed the dignity of buying out own intimates... can I please be given the dignity to take my self in my own car to purchase them? Pretty please? That is my next Banner. I pray that sometime n teh near future my latest banner will be allowed to retire as something from the past. That one day they will allow us women to live as adults in this nation.  ... So Alf Mabrook ladies... .. now lets continue on and hopefully be able to drive OURSELVES to the lingerie store!


Taken at Kindom Mall Riyadh







Some articles on the subject;

80% of ladies stores begin hiring Saudi saleswomen, says JCCI

Saudi begins goodbye to male lingerie salesmen 

Saleswomen Seize Power in Saudi Arabia's Lingerie Shops






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Dec 6, 2011

Al Shaya; No Refunds, Really?!

What especially bothers me is that we do not have change rooms here... so we MUST buy goods just to try it on... so under this new rule... we are forced to buy merchandise (even if we do not know it fits)... and then we are not allowed to have a full cash refund? Really... I guess we are gonna have a lot of ladies hiding behind the racks to try clothing on now... good move Al Shaya... your greed HAS gotten the best of u! #MajorFail


Al Shaya; No Refunds, Really?!



Dec 4, 2011

The Terrible Twos really do exist!

I love my children... I really, Really, REALLY do! They have brought in so much happiness to my life... they have shown me that there is more to life then meets the eye.

The Day I had my first child, my life had changed. My daughter was such an adorable little baby, so sweet, so peaceful, and so quiet. She was good (and still is) great at listening to me. Now at 4 she actually knows how to read my eyes, and can see what I am telling her. She knows what looks means 'don't you dare', she knows what look means 'go ahead', and many other gestures with different meanings. My dear daughter made it all so easy. I used to hear about the whole terrible 2 think and always thought to myself; those parents really don't know how to parent.. I should go give them a lesson or two.

Well a couple of years down the line... I am in desperate need of help and advise. I scour through article after article on how to deal with my now terrible 2 son. At times he has me in disbelief.. I ask myself, did he just do that? He is truly a sweet little kid (I guess I am biased).... but there are those times where he just locks his head up and throws out the keys. Somehow the word NO becomes a YES. Sit means stand up. Stop means go. (You get the point). I keep telling myself, he is just a kid, it will pass, but what if it doesn't? I have seen kids act worst then him and much older?  can sit here and blame cousins and what not for the learnt behaviours. But that will surely do no good. I am at a loss folks, I need help with my baby boy. I have been told often, boys will be boys. But what if I want a little boy that will listen to what he is told? I think another problem we have in my household is the different types of parenting. My husband is the smack him one type, and I am the talk to him type. My husband keeps telling me to just smack him, and he will listen... (I once actually did... and I felt like a shithead for a while). I don't believe beating him into submission will help, my talking is surely not helping, and the million and one websites that promise me it will all be over soon have given me no solace.

My son playing outside <3


Till then, I will try as many methods as I can google, and hoping that one day I will find that Magic Jackpot winner, as I am truly tired. I look at my 6 month old son now, and fear what is in store for me... 

PS- I promise not to have the holier than thou attitude again... lesson learned!




Nov 26, 2011

Blogs I love... and a Happy New Year :)

There are many blogs I LOVE, the blogs just put a smile on my face when I visit them... they are always full of nice fun and interesting topics... here is a list of 5 blogs I truly enjoy.. they are in no specific order... and they by no means are a full list of the blogs I enjoy reading... there are more.. but as I am here with my 2 year old son and my infant.. I really could not commit to a longer post now... I will be sure to more of the lovely blogs I love to explore and read....

1) Noor over at http://littlepinkstrawberries.blogspot.com and http://www.yasalamcooking.com/
This girl is talented masha'allah... she always has an interesting topic to share.. and a yummilicious recipe to tickle everyones fancy.. Warning! You may gain weight just looking at her beautiful concoctions !!

2) Leyla over at http://blueabaya.blogspot.com/ gives readers a wonderful insite of Saudi from an Finish married to a Saudi's perspective! Her finish humor makes the blog a delight to read... she is also over at http://imagesofsaudi.blogspot.com/ where she shares her wonderful photographic skills and takes visitors on a journey of often unseen sites in Saudi!

3) Mama B over at http://yamaamaa.com/ ... Ya Mamaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa (need I say more?) her humourous views on parenting here in the Magic kingdom is simply hilarious. She allows readers into the life of her Saudi family... her posts often have me in tears (tears of nearly pissing in my pants laughter!) a must READ!

4) Dentographer over at http://dentographer.blogspot.com/..  he is a dentist and a photographer... need I say more? his blog takes you into his wonderful world of photography.. he shares his wonderful life as a daddy... and has you loving every single post he publishes (yala.. get back to blogging already... ur one of the people who got me back to blogging!)

5) Under the Abaya over at http://undertheabaya.wordpress.com/... she takes you along on her funny yet at times heart wrenching roller coaster called life. Her words speak to me often... she takes you into her little world.. her self realization, her acceptance.. and her will to make it!


and there you have it.... Enjoy!


Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy (Hijri) New Year <3






Nov 8, 2011

My gadget monster

Just as I was getting the hang of blogging my son spilt half a cup of coffee on my laptop... May it RIP. In his 2 years 1 month and 2 weeks in this world ... He has destroyed 4 laptops, an ipad, 2 of my Ericsson phones and my husbands old blackberry! Anyway I am typing this from my iphone and wanted to explain my absence. Moreover I would like to wish you all a very happy and blessed Eid...

3idkum Mubarak wa 3sakum mn 3wada 

Nov 4, 2011

Cute :D




So my baby girl walks up to me this morning sits next to me, gies me her cute little look, but this time there was a hint of confusion in it... she then goes on to say....
Lujain- When I was laying down daddy went to the funny place... and he turned into a small daddy.


Me- Your daddy became a small daddy?!


Lujain- 'Yes mommy', then she whispers.. 'mommy how did he do it? how did he become small'

Me- honey it was a dream, go see daddy he is still normal :D






hehehe.. her dad turned into a midget in her dream .. Priceless :D




She just came to me and says-




Lujain- Mommy you were melting, and Mansour was jumping on you...


Me- Oh My... Was I the wicked witch of the west?


Lujain- Blank look :D :D :D


Source: http://mcrapu.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/kids-dream.jpg
Nov 2, 2011

Brat Ban- KSA

What is a brat ban you say? They are establishments that have a NO-Child policy.

What does that mean? Well if you have a child with you, you simply can not go there.

There are movie theaters, restaurants, grocery stores and countless other places that are implementing this ban. As a mother of 3 kids 4 and under, what is my say on the subject? I am all for it! I think there are places where children should not be allowed. Sometimes people need time away from their little ones. Lets take this scenario.

You have been working all week, and you and your partner need some alone grown-up time. you get a babysitter (or maid here) to take care of your kids, you get all dressed up, a dash of perfume, and you're out the door. You make it to the  5 star restaurant, are seated in a nice comfy corner. You laugh, and talk about your week, while sipping on your Saudi champagne. Out of no where you hear a loud squeal, and a baby crying. There is a toddler sitting there screaming  and throwing his food. You can no longer concentrate on your partner as all you hear is kids screaming, and a baby crying. the parents are mortified and don't know how to control the situation. Your date night is ruined, you might as well have brought your own kids so they could join the commotion.

That folks is why I truly believe, some places in Saudi need a brat ban! Hell, I feel the labour and delivery ward at the hospital needs to enforce a time where children should not be allowed to visit! When I had Abdullah, there were kids running around the halls at Kingdom Hospital at 2am!!!!


Anyway, this morning I was that mortified parent. I went to a new upscale french restaurant for breakfast, and I could not even enjoy anything. So please lets start a brat ban in this country, so parents like myself will know to leave their kids with a sitter/family member, and newly weds can enjoy some peace and quiet and truly enjoy the ambiance...

Heck.. lets get rid of all loud people.. children and adults alike ;)













Oct 29, 2011

What do you see wrong in these pictures?

Can you spot anything wrong with any of these pictures? look really hard and you will notice something way off...



Have you noticed it yet? Pls take a good look... you will see something really wrong!






If you weren't able to see it.. look at the car I in the middle.. look at the rear window.. do you see the child laying down there? Mind you we are on a highway..in RIYADH! Not the safest of roads in the world.... I will never comprehend why parents allow such craziness.. I see kids jumping aeround the car on higways here.. I see fathers holding infants on their laps why they drive like mad men on the roads... i find mothers with children on her lap in the front seat, without a worry in the world. The look at me like a mad women when I have my kids all buckled into the car seats... I don't understand why they do not understand that for th safety of their children they need to buckle up! If an accident happens and the child is thrown out of the window and is kille.d. its is MURDER!

How long will it take for people to learn to take care of their kids.. to put their safety first above all laziness. There really needs to be an awareness campaign in this country...!


Oct 27, 2011

The Halloween Wake-up call....

My daughter has been doing a Halloween countdown now for about 2 weeks, asking me daily... 'Mama how long do I have left for Halloween'.. and I tell her without even thinking. She came home yesterday all proud showing me her weeks work. Don't get me wrong.. I think it was cute.. and I told her how beautiful her work was.. and how proud I was to have such a smart, beautiful daughter...

A Black cat she cut out and glued.

A pumkin she cut out and coloured


&

A flying bat she made.


She will be having a Halloween party at school next week, in which we ordered her a sleeping beauty outfit from Amazon. Just now it hit me when I asked my daughter... ha 7abeeebti... what is next week... and she shouted out HALLOWEEN. I was actually waiting for her to say Eid!

It hit me hard.. My 4 year old daughter, who was born and lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia... a supposed Qaseemiya... knows NOTHING about Eid and knows next to nothing about Islam, except that I pray... she is doing the countdown for Halloween and driving me crazy daily yo try on her 'princess dress'... yet hadn't the slightest clue what Eid was supposed to be.

I failed big time! I really failed!

I am supposed to teach her what Eid is, I am supposed to teach her about Islam, by verbally teaching her, and through my actions. Sadly I failed!

This was a wake up call for me, that I MUST be more active in teaching my daughter things. One month in school and she is already doing the Halloween dance... and I am pretty sure Christmas will be yet another countdown.

I am awake now.. and shall be the teacher I am supposed to be.. give her more one on one time... teach her about our beautiful religion...


Weird/funny my things my daughter says..

About a week ago:

Me- Hon what do you want dad to get for you from the store
Lujain- Mama I want dad to get me some more dolls
Me- Honey you already have enough
Lujain- No Mama... I need more... they are bored and they want to talk to more dolls..


When she gets home from school, I like to ask her how her day went.

Me- How was your day love?
Lujain- I cut some papers with scissors
Me-Oh thats nice, so now you can cut?

Lujain-Yes Mama

Me- What else did you do hon?

Lujain- we did exersize mama. (she is eyeing the playroom)

Me- What did you do?

Lujain- 'she got up to show me' Really fast :)

Me- Oh that is nice hon, so you had fun

Lujain- yes mom (she is getting really fidgety now)

Me- what else did you did you learn 7abooba?

Lujain- ummmm mom, I really can't talk now, can we talk later?, I need to go colour before Mansour wakes up :D

(If Mansour is awake, he terrorises her, and doesn't let her get anything done.. :D)

Two days ago:

I gave both kids some cheetos (Not a usual thing.. but once in a while I give it to them. Mansour usually ALWAYS does a grab and dash on her where he will walk near her without notice... and in a split second grab whatever is in her hand and runnnnnns... lol.. I call it the 'grab and dash'. Anyway Lujain finished hers.... and was staring at Mansours bowl (it takes him ages to finish)... she looked to see that I wasn't looking, and grabbed one and stuffed it into her mouth. He was in shock... not happy... and I had to laugh really hard (I noticed the whole thing).. I then made her give back what she took from him (whatever she wasn't already happily munching).. and continue to laugh...

Lujain- Why are you laughing mama?
Me: I think that was hilarious... my have the tables turned..
Lujain- It is NOT funny, I am angry!
Me- You did wrong hon
Lujain- No, that was my bowl, so it is my cheetos...

Last night:

Lujain: Mama I learnt Arabic (she says it like an American... Ay-ra -(soft r) bic
Me: What did you learn today?
Lujain: Baqara (she says it Back-a-ra (soft r)
Me: That is nice... Baqara means cow hon..
Lujain: Yes mom, and I learnt another word!
Me: Thats is great what did you learn?
Lujain: khashakaha (thats what I heard!)
Me: ha? what was the hon
Lujain: says some gibrish again and she was looking all proud!

For a second I thought maybe just maybe there is a word I may not understand.. so i waited for my husband.. and he asked her to repeat her new word.. and she replied... Khashaha-whatever.

None of us understood... I need to call her arabic teacher! Perhaps get her to send home whatever she teaches her daily...





Oct 26, 2011

May you Rest in Peace...

Monday night much of the nation was glued to their TV's in anticipation of the moment the beloved Crown Prince- Prince Sultan's body would return to his homeland after his battle with Colon Cancer, and his death in New York on Saturday October 22nd. Like many of the people watching, I had goose bumps while watching the plane land on Saudi soil. Seeing the beloved King Abdullah walking [albeit with a walker] to receive the body of his younger brother was priceless- made even more touching with the knowledge that the King underwent Back surgery just days prior.

Source- Facebook

The crowd at the airport was overwhelming. The love pouring out to the late crown prince was something unseen. He was known as Sultan Al Khair- the good. He was well known for his charitable association, and the help he lent to those less priviliged. He was a man of honour. I watched a video on YouTube the other day, it brought me to tears, it showed the late Prince with a little handicapped boy. The laughing, the sweetness, the way he made a complete stranger feel like he was more important than anyone else, at that moment, I saw a glimpse of the prince I had not seen before, the paternal side. It was beautiful. Yesterday on twitter one of his grandsons posted a picture of himself as a newborn being held by his late grandfather. The picture once again showed me this wonderful paternal side of the late prince. A very touching site indeed.

Source- Fahad F Saud @1AngryArab

Type Prince Sultan on google, and search the pictures, out of thousands of pictures, I found a handfull that he was not smiling. He was truly the Smiling Prince... always happy...His smile was captivating, he seemed to be a happy and joyful person. He was buried yesterday. His family, His people, the nation have said their last goodbyes.

Source- Facebook


Source- Facebook


May he rest in peace, and it is beautiful that he had the chance to leave this world with so many people thinking so highly of him- again, not something that easily accomplished.

Source: Facebook



I would like you to take note the absolute purity of Islam, that no matter who we are, we all are laid to rest the same way. No extravagant shrines, or tombstones, no expensive marketing inspired coffins, we return to our lord in a simple white sheet- all of us. Royal or Commoner, Rich or poor, Black or white... we all return equal.

Dignitaries from around the world are pouring into our city to pay their last respects....
Allah yr7amak ya Sultan al Khair... May your sins be forgiven, and may you have a place in heaven waiting....

PS- There were articles online titled hundreds at the crown princes funeral (or something of the sort).. I don't know what footage they were watching.. but there were thousands flooding the masjid leaving barely any room to move around..... !


Oct 24, 2011

Long time no Blog...




This blog post was done last week.. but I forgot to publish it.. so here it is :)

Hey there folks...

Its been an extremely long time since I have blogged.. so I figured I would just start a post.. see where it goes.. and publish it (instead of saving for later and forgetting about it!).. the weather here in Riyadh is getting AMAZING... its Bar-b-que weather... sitting out in the garden with tea and coffee time... going out for lovely walks.. and hopefully fit in a trip to Salama Park (I have never been there yet.. but it looks lovely!). One of my favourite things to do here in Riyadh is to go out and drive.. (Ok.. I don't drive.. I sit in the passenger seat.. but u get the drift.) One of my fav places to check out is dir3iya.. I was saddened recently when I went there Camera in hand, and saw that the place I wanted was under construction.. (the old homes.. and the old palaces can be seen in ruins.. PERFECT)... we tried to find the new park thingy they opened at Wadi (whatever.. I 4get the last part of the name)... we drove and drove.. and drove.. and could not find it.. and my husband refused to stop and ask for directions.. (Typical!!!). Things are different now.. I used to go there often b4 I had kids.. but now with 3 kids under 4... there needs to be MAJOR planning in whatever I do. Its all good though.. its fun enough :) Anyway... I will leave you with a few pictures I took of the area around dir3iya... the farms... the place that used to be a lake.. its kinda nice.. different then hanging around indoors in Riyadh all the time :) Take care <3











I have more pictures... but I am having a hard time uploading them....
Oct 23, 2011

Oh Please Shut me up!

Have you ever said somethign to someone.. and the moment it left your lips you felt like kicking yourself in the arse BIG time!! Wishing you could hide in some little black hole where no one could find you. The problem is.. before it comes out, it seems perfectly OK. Today I had an incident that made me feel just so! I was at the dentist at Kingdom Hospital with my kids, and I lady came in with her daughter. We began talking, and did the whole how many kids do you have, how old are they talk that usually occurs. Anyway, she mentioned that her son was 12, and her daughter was 6. And my dumb ass asked her, 'So are you trying for a third now?' her face went completely BLANK. I had to save myself, and explain it away - even though by that time I knew I should have shut up. I was like' your son is 12, your daughter is six, so if you're doing the whole waiting 6 years thing.. now would be the time. SOMEONE PLEASE SHOOT ME! Anyway... If the lady I said that to ever reads this? (Hard chance)... pls forgive my weird joke, I am on a diet, and am not thinking properly :)

I have had other times I wishes I was on a black hole; the day I asked a 12 (or was she 11) year old if she was pregnant- mind you she did look older (and was wearing 3baya and shayla), but her mother was mortified)... I don't blame her. The day I asked this nurse at the hospital how far along she was... ermmm... she at the very least laughed about it, and told me she hasn't ever had a baby, and was not pregnant, but that she gets that question all the time. I really need to observe, and think before I speak... ahhhh.. anyhoo.. once again.. I am veryyy sorry to anyone I met and said something inappropriate to.


Source- http://www.flickr.com/photos/criss_lost_in_space/3615029272/in/pool-867422@N24


Guns should be locked up or left out of a home...

I was reading several 'news' articles today, and one link after another kept taking me to yet another accidental shooting by a child. My question would be; why are these guns not locked up? why are they loaded? why are they even in the house. Such stories are disturbing. Here are a few of the stories I read;

Source- http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Q7UQ2mivuZc/Td2-uZn1GNI/AAAAAAAABho/bhMLD2Haapo/s1600/Weapon_Free_Zone_No_Guns_Allowed.gif
A Saudi eight-year-old boy accidentally killed his younger sister while playing with his father’s gun in the Gulf Kingdom, Kabar daily reported on Monday.

The boy pulled the trigger by mistake as he was playing with his sister at their house in the southwestern town of Mikhwat, the paper said.


“The shot directly hit the girl…she was rushed to a nearby hospital but she was already dead,” the paper added without specifying the girl’s age.
And another...

A Saudi child killed his one-year-old sister while he was playing with his father’s hunting rifle, 'Sharq' newspaper reported on Saturday.
The child, 5, found his father’s gun and started fiddling with it, not knowing it was loaded, the Arabic language daily said in a report from the central town of Madinah.
“He pulled the trigger and the shot hit his sister who was very close to him….she died instantly,” it said.

And another...

A Saudi child killed his 10-year-old brother while he was playing with his father’s machine gun during a picnic in Saudi Arabia, Okaz daily reported on Monday.
The 11-year-old boy had not realized that he had loaded the weapon when he aimed the gun at his brother and pulled the trigger during a picnic with their parents in the northern town of Qurayat, the paper said.
“Obviously it was an accident but we are talking to the child to know exactly what happened,” said Lt Colonel Turku Muwaishir, a police spokesman.
And yes there is more...


A six-year-old Saudi boy accidentally shot his teen age sister while playing with his father’s gun but doctors said she was improving, a newspaper in the Gulf Kingdom reported on Tuesday.

The boy in the central town of Makkah was fiddling with the gun he had found in his father’s room when he put his finger on the trigger and pulled, Shams said.

“The bullet hit his sister in the leg…she was rushed to hospital where she had treatment…doctors later said she was improving.” 
These are so disturbing on so man levels.. my stomach hurts just thinking about it. i am not for guns, but I do believe if you will have such dangerous weapons in your home or around your children, you MUST keep them locked up, and you MUST keep them unloaded. These were all accidents that should not have happened. For the love of God, you job as a parent is to ensure your children are in a safe environment, that there is nothing around them that can harm them. the good old "Qadr Allah' should not be taken so lightly, it was YOUR bad judgement that has caused the event...

Source: http://www.barcoproducts.com/store/enlarge.asp?IMAGE=RSP265.jpg



*All the articles above were from Emirates247.com

PS for some odd reason I am unable to reply.. and I supposedly don'y have access or permission to comment on my own blog? *scratching my head*.. anyway YaMama... I replied to you in the comments... so let mer put it here :D

I completely agree with you! My husband thank GOD does not have a gun, but his father had several... the thought of being close to one freaks me out... (although I do want to go to a shooting range to let off some steam every once in a while:)

Sep 12, 2011

Life...

I just got this link off a fellow blogger/Facebooker, and what can I say, it really rings true. The song speaks to me, and its soo real. I feel that life is truly a series of moments that we live. Time goes by, we learn, we grow, we move on. We make mistakes, we learn from those mistakes. We have different things we think about at each and every stage of life. We recreate and we start all over again... This can truly be an anthem for life.


Sometimes I feel like my heart is stuck at 18... that moment lives on inside me :) And if I couls speak to the 15 year old me, i would have told her that life is alright. Things did get better, life was not the end as she thought it was. And I would remind her to smile, and to live and love life <3 (at age 15 I stupidly tried to commit suicide... il7amdlilah it did not work!!!)

Enjoy!




The War of Hatred....

I remember on Tuesday September 11th 2001 around 9am working for a tele research company, and being told by the people who answered a plane just hit the building. I thought it was a joke, but after several more calls along the same lines, I left my desk and and watched everything unravel on a TV outside along Front street. I remember my initial instinct was to hope and pray, and hope and pray, that the people behind the attacks were not Muslim :(

My prayers are with all those affected by that incident, people who lost their lives in the US, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and in countless other nations throughout the world. My prayers are with the people of Palestine that have been inflicted with never ending sorrow. My prayers are with the people around the world that are being affected by hate draped in many different disguises.  I pray this war of Hatred ends, and that people see the purity within themselves.

May Allah Bless us All <3


May God bring Peace to Humanity! <3

And I wish everone a happy belated Eid <3

Aug 2, 2011

Mabrook 3laikum el shahar....

Salam folks...

I just wanted to wish you all a blessed and healthy Ramadan. I pray that you and your loved ones have your fast and your good deeds accepted enshallah. So far on my end all is well, everyone is telling me not to fast, but I fasted yesterday and il7amdlilah had enough milk supply for my little baby, it was a little tough, running around feeding a pre-schooler, a toddler, and a baby without sticking something in my mouth was truly challenging.. lol.. My daughter usually likes to stuff things in my mouth, but I had to explain to her that mommy is fasting, and can not eat or drink till its dark out. Anyway, I will have to say bye for now, as I just came here to wish my readers a HAPPY RAMADAN :)

Till the next time enshallah... XOXOXO

BTW... I know I used to follow her a long time ago, but I am truly loving her blog again, if you haven't been there; Texan after UAE. Her writing has you unable to stop reading as a great novel would.. I found myself pouring over her blog whenever I had the chance (i.e. while BF my son)... I pray for her and her children <3 And although I do not know her personally, I do truly look up to how she is handling her life and situation! She is truly amazing!





Jul 20, 2011

Happy Birthday to my beloved....

 
On this day 4 years ago, I grew more in one day then I did my entire life. In a matter of minutes, I went from putting myself first, to actually putting a new being before all else. Although my love for my mother was deep to begin with, it went to a whole new level. I understood and appreciated everything she did for me, the sacrifices in life that she had given into for us- her children. On this day 4 years ago, I welcomed my first baby, my beautiful, sweet, and caring daughter Lujain. Happy Birthday my dear, I love you more then words can ever describe.

My Baby All Grown up masha'allaaah <3

Jul 17, 2011

Long time no blog, and a footling breech...

My Son Abdullah's... Feet... <3
Hello there folks...




I had the laugh of my life when I came to my blog today, It showed that I was 46 weeks 3 days pregnant! Can you imagine that! Being 46 weeks + pregnant! 40 is more then enough thank you very much! Anyway, I welcomed my son Abdullah to this wonderful yet sometimes scary world on June 1st 2011 il7amdlilah (now isn't that a pretty cool birthday? The first day of the month!). I had an interesting birth this time, as some may know, my baby was in a breech position, where his head was up, and his feet were down getting ready to run out of me perhaps? Anyway, for the last 3 weeks of pregnancy, I was told that I would have to have a C-Section. Something I truly did not want! The idea of getting cut, and having a real surgery was somewhat frightening to me! I tried everything to flip the baby over, and even made a song where my friends and family would sing over and over and over.... I tried to walk on all fours, I did the sujood position while swaying my hips back and forth. I tried to lay on my back, and keep my pelvis higher then my head... I tried practically tried to hang upside down, not an easy move for a heavily pregnant lady! lol I
scrubbed the floor with my hands... My son simply wouldn't budge! He was nice and comfy rights where he was. My doctor tried to get me to schedule a C-Section, I refused, and told her that I would wait till I was in labour praying that my baby would make the move and simply flip once I was in labour. I was given June 3rd as the last date possible that they would wait for me, and that if labour did not progress, I would have to come in for my c-section. We discussed flipping the baby over manually as well, but seeing that I lost half my amniotic fluid by then, it was deemed impossible.




On June 1st, both my mother and elder sister arrived to Riyadh, they stayed at a hotel as my new house was not ready yet (I am living in it now though il7amdlilaah... with MANY MANY MANY annoying things happening daily- left for a whole post of its own) I got the kids ready, and went to the hotel at around 12pm. I was getting some discomfort, every once and a while, but nothing significant. As I was sitting, the pain got stronger, and stronger. It was at about 5 minutes apart, and then 4 minutes, and then 3 minutes, and the intensity only rising. I called my husband and told him that he needed to come ASAP, as I was in labour. We got the the hospital at around 2pm, and I was in tears, not because of the pain, but because I seriously did not want to have a c-section, something I was sure was going to happen! I was 'checked' in. The baby monitor strapped onto me, and the doctor came to check me. She announced that the baby was still head up and that they were prepping me for the c-section. She left, the nurses left, and only my mom was there with me. My sister was with my 2 other kids, and trying to keep them busy (mind you we were ALL in the labour room, and not once where my kids told to leave the room), but I am figuring this was the case as I would be taken to the Operating room, where the deed would be done. The pain was truly immense by then, and all I would do was recite the shahada over and over again.. (I am not a screamer as I don't think I will gain this magic super power but would rather lose all the energy I need to do the deed). I did my breathing patterns, was trying to relax and all the time trying to calm my daughter down, and let her know that mama was fine, and that her baby brother was going to join us soon enshallah. All of a sudden, I had this urge to push, I could not stop myself, and so I went with it.. PUSHING! I told my mom, and told her I could not stop, I had no control over it. She yelled for the doctor and midwife. They came running in, and checked me, shocked out of their mind that my sons toes had already made their entrance to the world! There was no turning back! They would have to deliver my son, a footling breech baby right away. il7amdlilah within minutes he was out and checked and was a perfectly healthy baby. I was still in shock that he came naturally, as for the last 3 weeks I was told over and over again that it was IMPOSSIBLE to deliver a footling breech baby naturally- I proved them WRONG il7amdlilah. The doctor later told me that she herself was a breech bab and delivered normally. She was given a yelling at for delivering the baby, but asked them if she was supposed to push my sons feet back in so they could cut me open! Anyway, il7amdlilah all went well, my son came out a healthy 3kg (ultrasound 2 weeks prior had him at 3.5kg...lol) He was a beautiful baby, and we all fell in love with him. I stayed in the hospital for 2 days, and thanked Allah every moment for accepting my du
3a, NOT to have a C-section and for the baby to come out healthy.




On a side note, I still can't believe my children were not once made to leave the labour room, but my sister and mom took the initiative and took them out to the hall. Right after giving birth a good friend of mine and her 9 year old daughter walked into the labour room, and were not stopped either. I really think that was inappropriate for the staff, and that they should really do a better job at keeping people out. But it was nice having my friend there as well.




A week later I woke up in a pool of blood, right when I thought all was well.... I was suffering from MAJOR postpartum hemorrhaging... will go into it in my next post enshallah.. I have a baby crying, so I really need to get off.. till the next time enshallah... I have sooo much to blog about, and I promise I will get to it, not sure when, but I will get to it enshallah
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Apr 19, 2011

MIA

Hello there folks...

Sorry I have been missing in action for a veryy long time.. Anyway, just wanted to say I am still alive... just haven't been in the 'mood' to blog. The thing is I have a LOT to say, but simply don't have the energy to go out and do it on the blog at least.. lol.. Anyway, I am still pregnant, baby is due end of May/beginning of June enshallah.. I pray it all goes smoothly. I will be out of the country for a couple of weeks, but will try my very best to try to at the very least blog once a week when I return. No promises, but I will realllly try to post something :)



Feb 3, 2011

Red Velvet Goodness,,,

Last night I had the urge to bake, and since I had all the goodies I needed to make Red Velvet Cupcakes.... thats is exactly what I made... whats better then a cupcake with a hint of chocolate and thats red? With yummilicious icing to top it off... I love devouring mine with good old Strawberries.. Yummilicious!


Ingredients for cupcakes

2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
2tbs cocoa powder
1/2 cup butter at room temp
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs (or 3 medium ones)
1tsp vanilla
1 cup buttermilk (If u don't have it.. add 1 tbs of white vinegar OR lemon to a cup of milk.. and let set for 5- 10 minutes, you can also use Laban)
2tbs RED food colouring
1tsp white vinegar
1 tsp baking soda

Directions:

  1. Pre heat oven to 375 and have your cupcake OR cake pans ready (greased)
  2. Mix the flour, salt, cocoa powder, and baking soda.. set aside
  3. Mix the butter with sugar, add the eggs one at a time, add the buttermilk
  4. Mix the two together.. add the tsp vinegar, vanilla, and red food colouring... mix well..
  5. Put into the pans.. and leave in oven for about 20-25 minutes for Cupcakes.. since this makes about 24 small cupcakes... I would suggest you check the cupcakes at 15 minutes on the second batch.




Ingredients for icing:

This time I used about 10 kiri packages (the small square ones)
about 1/3 cup butter
2 cups icing sugar
1tsp vanilla

Mix well till fluffy, and refrigerate till you are ready to use

For decorativeness, I used sugar with red food colouring and sprinkled it on top, served it with strawberries... and they were good to go!

Enjoy...

I also have a great recipe for red velvet whoopie pies, I will make them soon and post it here enshallah.


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