Dhirah Abdullah

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Dhirah Abdullah

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Aidilfitri 2014

Aidilfitri 2014 

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri
Maaf zahir Batin

This year Hari Raya was a little different:
1. It was Baby Ariz's first Raya
2. My parents, siblings and us did celebrate Raya together.

We are together virtually.
My mom was in the US, my dad and siblings were in Kulim. As for us, we spent our first day Hari Raya at my grandmother's place in Petaling Jaya and also, my in-laws in Subang.
Purple is the theme on the eve of Raya
The night before, we were at my grandmother's house to break fast, help around, play with fire crackers and also, bertakbir. 

It has become a tradition to bertakbir from house to house the night before Raya and it has been a practice since I was living at my grandmother's place. 

That night, even Ariz followed his papa from house to house to bertakbir. Mama is proud of you little munchkin. On top of that, he received quite a number of Duit Raya.

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri
The next morning, we got up and get ready. This year, we decided to be in all green, even Ariz. 

By the way, his modern baju melayu and baby mocassin is from BebeBundo. As for me, the baju kurung (yes, it is breastfeeding friendly) was made my lovely friend Sita of Unreveur and the shawl is from Purdy Petals. Afif's baju melayu was tailor made by Omar Ali. Ooops, end of advertisement.  

We arrived at my grandmother's place before the Raya prayers and we had our breakfast there. Ariz and I stayed back because usually the mosque will be very packed and it is uncomfortable for Ariz to be crawling around. I helped out my aunt, prepping some food before the other family members come and beraya. Once the prayers were done, we had our picture taken and we handed out Duit Raya to our little cousins.
Dessert prepare by my aunty Surya. She can do diaper cake, cupcake, cake etc..
When the afternoon arrived, it was timed for us to celebrate Raya at my in-laws place. Normally, my in-laws celebrate Raya in Perlis but this year is different because we are waiting for another baby niece to pop out from the oven. Yes, her due date was on the first day of Raya.

What did we do there?

Yes, another round of makan!

Second day of Raya, we headed back North - Afif's and my kampung. Alhamdulillah, the highway was ok but we had to be careful.
Our driver of the day
We went back to Perlis first and we arrived around 9pm. We were so exhausted and could not do anything. The next day, we went to a few houses around the area.

On the 4th day of Raya, we headed back to Kulim. We left approximately after lunch and arrived around 5pm. 
Paddy fields on our left and right. So peaceful!
Most of cousins were still there waiting for the guest  of honor to arrive. Who else, none other than Ariz! What did we do next? Yes, we took pictures since most of them were leaving that night.

The Tok Yam Selfie. Can you spot my grandmother?
Our stay was short but meaningful. We left for Petaling Jaya the next day because my mom was coming back on the 6th day of Raya, early morning. At last, the whole family is back together.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

10 months young #Baby Ariz


2 months to go before Baby Ariz turns ONE! I could not believe that time has passed by so fast and he is growing to be a toddler. 

In his 9th month, he celebrated his first raya and he received a ton of duit raya from his families and uncles and aunties. 

Look at that cheeky face on his first Aidilfitri
Apart from that, during this festive season, it was his first time going back to Perlis, Afif's kampung. Yes, it was along ride but it was worth it to have the kampung feel during raya. I will be posting a post on our Raya celebration. Stay tuned!

Ariz also has a new friend in the family. The arrival of Baby Orkid, his baby cousin who was born on the 4th of Syawal. Congrats Paklang and Maklang Najea!

Visiting Baby Orkid at the hospital
Let's see what Ariz has become
  • Weight : 8.5kg (as of 9 August 2014)
  • Height : We have no clue! 
  • Important dates for Ariz, his milestones
    • 12 July : The 3rd tooth is peeking out. We found out that he has 3 pusaran instead of 2.Oh dear, families has been telling us that he will be very naughty and devious. But on a brighter side, he will become a very smart boy. Allahualam, In Sya Allah
You guessed it right! He is the one in white t-shirt! Look at his pusaran
    • 15 July : His 4th tooth is bidding its "Bonjour". He knows how to clap and he responded well to the old folks song "Tepuk Amai-amai"
    • 16 July : His 5th tooth's turn to come out. That explains the whole biting Papa and Mama non-stop!
Don't be fooled by his cheekiness! He bites!
    • 2 August : Ariz has been able to stand with help for a long time, I would say. However, he is now able to stand on his own now. I feel like a proud mama!
    • 11 August : He holds his own bottle - the moment was captured by Afif. This is definitely a rare occasion since I still breastfeeds him. When he knows how to hold his own bottle, it brought tears to my eyes. Where has the time go?
Oh my! He has grown so fast~!