Saturday, December 26, 2009

Mikail and his new shades

Finally, we bought him the ben ten shades. And he really really likes it. The best part, he even fall asleep while wearing it.


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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Mikail and Khadijah

This photo was taken at Jusco Tebrau City. We went to Johor last month to celebrate Hari Raya with my sister and her family. Our parents were performing Haj at that time.

We stayed there for 4 days and 3 nights. And among the places that we visited were Jusco Tebrau City and Danga Bay. JB has changed alot compared to my uni time. Well, time flies.

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Mika and his doctor

This is Dr Hamid Arshat, Mika's doctor. He's the one who took out Mika from his mummy's womb in 2007. And on 26th of November 2009, we brought Mika during routine checkup for a so-called "reunion".

I dont know, maybe he was in the good mood but Mika was very friendly and happy when he met Dr Hamid. Btw, that was the 3rd time he met Dr Hamid.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Mika and his lunch meal

We had a lunch @ Secret Recipe last Saturday. I ordered Spaghetti Bolognese while wifey ordered lasagna. For Mika, we decided to order the kids meal. And he managed to finish the whole plate (except for the mini burger buns) by himself.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Shaken Baby Syndrome

Shaken baby syndrome is the medical term used to describe the injuries resulting from shaking an infant or young child. Introduced in medical literature in 1972, shaken baby syndrome occurs when a child is shaken violently as part of an adult or caregiver’s pattern of abuse or because an adult or caregiver momentarily succumbs to the frustration of having to respond to a crying baby.

According to the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome, doctors often fail to recognize the causes of head trauma in children who were victims of shaken baby syndrome because the children usually do not exhibit external signs of injury. In a study done by the National Center, researchers found that if a child had normal respiration, no seizures, no facial or scalp injury, and came from an intact family, the probability that abusive head trauma would be recognized was less than one in five (Jenny, Hymel, Ritzen, Reinart & Hay, 1999). The percentage of child injuries incurred from shaken baby syndrome is not currently known.

What Happens?

In shaken baby syndrome, the sudden and repeated vigorous shaking pitches the infant or child’s brain in different directions and causes parts of the brain to pull away, tearing brain cells and blood vessels. The force of shaking a child in anger and frustration is five to 10 times greater than if the child were to simply trip and fall (Jenny, et al., 1999). That force is repeated in succession as the child is being shaken.

Violent shaking is especially dangerous to infants and young children because their neck muscles are not fully developed and their brain tissue is exceptionally fragile. Their small size further adds to their risk of injury.

Often, the outward signs of injury to an infant or young child are not obvious, as the injuries occur on the inside, particularly in the head or behind the eyes. These injuries can include:

* Brain swelling and damage
* Subdural hemorrhage
* Mental retardation or developmental delays
* Blindness, hearing loss, paralysis, and speech and learning difficulties
* Death

Shaken baby syndrome can have disastrous consequences for the family, the child and society. If the child survives, medical bills can be enormous. These children may require lifelong medical care for brain damage injuries such as mental retardation and cerebral palsy. The child may even require institutionalization or other types of long-term care.

Why It Happens

Until recently, some medical programs designed to treat infants who are prone to sleep apnea supported the use of “tactile stimulation” as first-aid treatment when infants stopped breathing. Parents were instructed to shake their babies “gently, then vigorously.” Recognizing that parents of infants who are prone to sleep apnea are usually very stressed and frequently exhausted, and thus may be at increased risk of committing physical abuse, the California Medical Association now specifically advises parents not to shake babies for apnea or for any other reason.

Most instances of shaken baby syndrome occur because a parent or caregiver is frustrated or angry with a child, frequently when the child is crying. When a parent or caregiver shakes a crying baby, the baby may cease to cry because of the injury inflicted by the shaking (National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome, 2000). The caretaker may then associate such cessation with a gratifying response in that the infant ceases crying, causing the abuser to repeat the behavior.

Less frequently, shaken baby syndrome occurs when the parent or caregiver throws a small child into the air vigorously, plays too rough or hits an infant too hard on the back, not realizing the seriousness of this behavior and the harm it can cause. Although the risk of shaken baby syndrome is lower in these situations, the danger still exists.

What You Can Do

Anyone who takes care of an infant or small child parents, older siblings, babysitters, child care professionals should be reminded to never shake a child. Local community organizations can help parents improve their parenting and coping skills, and local departments of human services often can provide referral information for further assistance. A local Parents Anonymous®, Inc. program or hotline can also provide support.

If your patience is being strained from caring for an infant who cries continually, try these tips for soothing babies:

* Give the baby a pacifier after checking to make sure that he or she is not hungry or wet.
* Run a vacuum cleaner within hearing range of the infant.
* Take the baby for a walk in a stroller or a car ride.
* Put the baby in a safe carrier on top of a clothes dryer while it is operating (do not leave the baby unattended).
* Simply hug and cuddle the child gently. Young infants can be held in a sling or front carrier that keeps the infant close to the body.

If these suggestions do not work, and you do not think the baby is ill, place the baby on his or her side in a safe place, such as a crib. Take a short break, and, if possible, call someone to take care of the baby for a while (Showers, 1997).

Information about shaken baby syndrome is not intended to make parents afraid to touch their children. Rather, it is intended to remind parents to take special care when handling children, especially those under 3 years of age. This information also tells parents that children must never be shaken for any reason. As long as a child is smaller than you, it is never “safe” to shake the baby, and it is better to err on the side of the child’s safety than take risks (Showers, 1997).

Specific questions about shaken baby syndrome should be directed to your physician or pediatrician. Check your local hospital for additional information on this subject, as well as information on support groups for parents with infants.

References

Jenny, C., Hymel, K.P., Ritzen, A., Reinert, S.E., Hay, T.C. (1999). Abusive head trauma: An analysis of missed cases. Journal of the American Medical Association, 281, 621-626. Retrieved September 6, 2007, from http://www.dontshake.com/

National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. (2000). SBS questions. Retrieved September 10, 2007, from http://www.dontshake.com/

Showers, J. (1997). Crying: What should I do? Groveport, OH: Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Plus.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Mikail with his brand new watch

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Monday, August 31, 2009

Mikail's hairstyle - before and after

We went to OU this morning, just to cut his hair. And we're the first customer (it shows how early we were). Luckily, Mika was in a good mood (not to mention that I told him that he'll get his favorite auntie anne's after its done).
He sat on my lap without any complaints. When the hair stylist wants to use the electric shaver, at first he reluctant cos of the sound from that stuff. But, later on, he's ok with it. The best part, after a while, he said, "Last!". Hehehe..
When the hair stylist wants to clean up using the hair vacuum, he's started to cry. And I told the hair stylist not to use the vacuum on him.
As promised, we went to auntie anne's to buy his favorite pretzel stix..

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Attempted to escape the "detention centre" but failed..

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Mika, you are grounded!

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Friday, August 7, 2009

You are grounded, Mika!

Last night, Mikail was grounded for the whole night because of his behaviour at his nursery.

Yesterday, when we fetched him from the nursery, we were told by his teacher that he did something that is not acceptable to us. The teacher told, as a punishment, he was asked to stand. He did that reluctantly. End up, the teacher needs to make it up to him.

Later on, when we reached home, he was instructed to stay in the room for the whole night. At first, he just lay down on the his bed. After a few minutes, he started to beg for our sympathy. When he realised that it didnt work, he asked for milk and fall asleep.

It's not something that we enjoy doing it but it's something that we must do it. Hopefully he will learn his lesson.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Mikail got chicken pox...

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Saturday, July 4, 2009

When Mikail meets Bumblebee...

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Mika & Adam

Last few weeks, we had a brunch (or lunch, hmm) at IKEA with our friend, Ira and Syamsul and their son, Adam. As usual, it takes a couple of minutes to break the ice between Mikail and Adam. After that, there's no turning back. They even hold each other's hand when we walked out from the cafe.

Btw, Adam is around 2 months older than Mikail. But the best part, their shoes. Yes, you saw it right, same color and same brand. But Adam's shoe is one size bigger than Mika's. When Mika first saw Adam's shoe, he said, "Adam shoe bayu (baru)". He always refer to this shoe as "shoe bayu".

Maybe some other time we can plan for outdoor activities for both of them.

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ABC by Mikail

Friday, May 29, 2009

Happy 5th Anniversary to Mummy & Daddy

We had a nice dinner at Chilli's One Utama last night to celebrate our 5th anniversary. Luckily, Mika was in a good mood. He ate alot, from fries to nachos and really enjoy the food. We ordered two main courses and one complimentary meal for the little one.

Since our stomach is not big enough for those food (I stuffed mine with 10 oz of rib eye steak + fries + drinks + mashed potato), we decided to pack the leftover. Overall, nice and simple celebration.


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Thursday, May 7, 2009

My birthday cake. Thanks mummy and daddy.

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Happy 2nd Birthday, Mika!

Today is his 2nd birthday. And we decided to celebrate it with his nursery mates.

This photo was taken while he's watching "Finding Nemo" (well not the first time) on his birthday.

Another favorite movies of his is "Kung Fu Panda" (he's watching it more than 10 times). Every night, once we reached home, he will request for either "Kung Fu Panda" or "Finding Nemo" or in his language, "nak anda" or "nak pish".

His favorite food, banana, bread, auntie anne's (pretzel stix original) and soup. In his language, "nak oti anne's" or "nak chup".

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

A day at Robinsons

Fell asleep while waiting for mummy to decide which handbag she wants as her birthday present.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Yeay..

Look at my hair.. Nice huh!

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Bad hair day

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Mikail's Development: 21-month old

From Muhammad Mikail


According to BabyCenter.com:

What's your toddler doing? Your 21-month-old is probably interested in rearranging furniture, assisting with chores, and using his own play shelves, table, and chairs. He might also be able to put on his clothing (not yet but he can take off his pants), wash and dry his hands, or brush his teeth with help (hmm this one is tricky. It really depends on his mood).

He's also getting closer to tackling the toilet. Sometime after his 18th month but before his second birthday, your toddler will be able to recognize when he is going to urinate or have a bowel movement. You'll also notice signs that your child is about to eliminate — he might crouch down or move away (whenever he does this, please do not disturb!! He requires alot of energy and full concentration, you know what i mean). Even after he realizes what's happening, he isn't necessarily ready to use his potty, but he's getting closer to it.

How is your life changing? Toddlers at this age like things "just so." Along with tantrums and exploration, obstinacy is another hallmark of toddlerhood. Respect his preferences and interests and try to give in on the little things, like which jelly to use on toast or which shirt to wear (at one time, he cried because of didn't get to wear the pants that he wants.). Make it clear that some things — like behaviors that affect safety — are not up for negotiation.

Try establishing — and sticking to — set times for napping, eating, and going to bed to help him feel more secure and in control. Routines can also make your life easier (totally agreed, especially during night time. We make it a routine for him to go to bed as early as possible.). If your child knows what to expect every day, you'll probably encounter less resistance. A regular way of doing things can also keep you from having to take time to plan each day separately.

Parent Tip: Time for a Song "I've noticed that with my 2-year-old daughter, language and communication skills have really started taking off. Musical games, reading, sorting, and physical play are her favorites now." — Tara

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Mikail's Development: 20-month old



According to BabyCenter.com:

What's your toddler doing? At 20 months, your child should be able to run, though not as smoothly as he'll be able to later. He may also go up stairs by himself, but he'll most likely need some help on the way down. He can probably kick a ball (yup.. he really likes this activity), too, yet hasn't gotten the hang of jumping or throwing overhand.

He's active in less desirable ways as well. Small children frequently resort to hitting, pushing, biting, tugging, and other frowned-on actions to make themselves feel more important but also to experiment: What happens when I hit Kaitlin? Will the same thing happen when I hit Justin? (he did this to his nursery mate) Don't overreact to your toddler's behavior. If you retaliate by hitting, it teaches that hitting is okay. Calmly make clear that such actions are never acceptable — no matter how intensely he's feeling.

Toddlers are naturally curious about everything — including their genitals (totally agreed). Just as they played with fingers and toes when they were younger, they'll begin to play with their genitals now. It's nothing to worry about — unless it's happening nonstop. When your child touches himself in public, don't make a huge deal about it. Just explain that some things are done only at home in private.

How your life is changing: Your toddler is very attached to you, but of course you can't always be together. When you or another important adult leaves, it can be unsettling for your child, who relies on your presence to feel secure. Ease transitions by letting him know beforehand that you're going to leave, and then don't drag out your exit. Give him a quick kiss, and be off.

Parent Tip: How to Avoid "No" "Instead of telling my son no all the time, which can lead to power struggles, try saying things like, "Let's try eating with our fork," "Let's not play with the lamp cord right now — let's color instead." You'll find that giving your child a way out that facilitates communication and listening really pays off." —Mary

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

In daddy's shoes

This photo was taken in 2008, can't remember the exact date. He likes to do that whenever he gets the chance. I think he's curious to know how does it feel to be in daddy's shoes.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A visit to The Gardens and Pavilion

Can't remember the date but definitely in December 2008. We went to The Gardens and Pavilion (on a different day obviously) just to show to Mikail that there are so many shopping complexes in KL (yeah rite). I think he's in good mood that day cos he's willingly posing for the camera. The photo is self-explanatory.
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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I'm back!

I've been missing from the blogging scene for quite sometimes. This year, I'll try to blog frequently.

This photo was taken at Pavilion's food court. We had to let him play with the spoon to keep him occupied. Or else he wants to get off from his stroller and walk around.


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