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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Our Breastfeeding Journey: The Beginning to The End

January 2nd 2012, 8:15am, from the moment you were born the nurses took you to observe you (in my room). You had decided to arrive 6 weeks early and everyone was worried you would have issues breathing and such. When they finished checking you (about 5-10 minutes) I finally was able to hold you. Right away I tried to get you to latch and nurse, but you were so tiny and so very sleepy and weak from the unexpected delivery. I cherish this moment we had together, but the nurses took you away as they had found a slight heart murmur and you could not hold your body temperature on your own. 

The lactation consultant came and helped me with the pump and explained everything to me. I diligently pumped every 2 hours the whole time I was in the hospital. After 24 hours, I had an abundance of colostrum. I was happy I could at least give you the nourishment you needed, even though I wasn't the one changing your diapers and tending to your every need like I should have been. 

Those 3 weeks of being far from me were the most difficult weeks of my life. Your father and I pushed on, I continued pumping for you and bringing fresh milk everyday. Allah (swt) blessed us and gave me an ample supply of milk. I was able to pump for you 16 ozs every 2 hours! The nurses who cared for you used to joke with me saying I could feed every baby in the NICU.

Finally you were able to come home. Even though we had breastfed several times in the hospital, it was always so difficult for you and wore you out. After 2 weeks of struggles and pains, we finally mastered breastfeeding and continued on strongly until you reached the age of 9 months and 3 weeks. Now our journey of breastfeeding has ended, even though I wasn't ready for it to end I am thankful to Allah (swt) to have given me the privilege to nourish you and have a hand in your development and growth.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Our Breastfeeding Journey has Ended...

1 Year was the Goal, but 10 Months is all We Got.

I am officially dried up, my milk supply dropped dramatically about 1 1/2 months ago, came back to a good supply, and is now completely gone. I had noticed I didn't feel as full as I normally did, but thought nothing of it as Ahmad still breastfed regularly. He was sick and a new tooth was coming in, so I thought his blood curdling screams were from being sick and cutting teeth. Then after 1 1/2 days of basically none stop crying and racking my brain with what could possibly be wrong with my baby, this morning the thought came that perhaps I wasn't supplying enough milk for him. So I made him a bottle of formula for Ahmad and he was so hungry he finished 6 ozs in no time! 

If you remember in one of my previous posts, I had tried to give him formula when my milk began to leave about a  month and a half ago and he refused, throwing the bottle on the floor. Now he is so content with the formula and doesn't show any sign of complaint. Alhamdulilah we found the reason for his none stop crying, but I feel so sad that our breastfeeding journey had to end so abruptly. 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Iraqi Dolma and Maqlooba

I haven't had the time lately to make any Arabic recipe posts, so instead I will tantalize your taste buds with a few dishes I cooked this week and remembered to take photos of them.

Iraqi dolma, I served it with warm pita bread, homemade yogurt, olive oil and zaatar. 

Maqlooba is a meal in itself! So I just had my homemade yogurt and arabic tomato and cucumber salad on the side.

Ahmad and his Homemade/Handmade Kufi

Ahmad has been teething again this past week, the top teeth are breaking through! I also somehow caught the 24 hour stomach flu which in return Ahmad got as well. Poor baby was teething and unable to keep anything on his tummy! Alhamdulilah he is a strong baby and is completely fine. 

While we were both on the mend feeling "wimpy", I had the time to crochet! I haven't crocheted anything since I finished my friends baby blanket. The other kufi I had made for Ahmad when he was 3 months old is much too small for him now, so I made him a new one with a heavier yarn now that the cooler weather is upon us.

Right when I finished the kufi! He seemed very pleased with it! LOL

Enjoying the outside since this morning was cool and crisp.

He wanted to eat the leaves!

Love and hugs from your baby is the best kind there is!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A Visit from my Grandpa!

My grandfather is a truck driver. Generally his loads are up north in Canada or in the Midwest. Well, his dispatcher arranged his loads so he could come and visit us here in Florida! Last night he arrived in our city, he couldn't take his truck so we picked him up, had supper at IHOP, and he came to our home for about an hour before we took him back. This is the first Jasim, my husband, has met any of my family! So we were both very excited!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A Mother's Love

A mothers love is a love that lasts forever!

Subhannallah it is amazing how hard we as mothers fall in love with our new born babies. Some women claim they never believed in love at first sight until they gave birth. A mothers love for her child is unconditional, we may not always LIKE what our children may do or choose in life but our love for them is always there. They remain in our minds continuously, our thoughts and dua's (prayers) are with them where ever they may be. Yet, a mothers love is nothing compared to the love Allah (swt) has for His creation. To even try to understand the love of Allah is incomprehensible. Allahu akbar.

This is my thought of the day. :)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Ahmad 9 Months Old!

I can hardly believe how quickly time passes once you have a baby! Subhannallah, it is truly amazing to see a child grow and develop. 

We have a doctors appointment on the 11th, so I am not sure how much Ahmad has grown. Though, I must say I am disappointed in a few things. For one, my milk is not as much as it use to be. My OBGYN put me on a different birth control because my body wasn't acting properly with the other kind I was on, and now the one I am on is causing me to loose my milk. Ahmad refuses formula, hence throwing the bottle or sippy cup on the floor. I asked his doctor what we should do, he said if Ahmad absolutely refuses the only choice is cow milk. :( I really wanted him to wait until he was 1 year of age, but even when I put the milk in the bottle he refuses, in a sippy cup he does drink it but spits half or all of it out on himself. So when I make his warm cereal in the morning I put milk in it, and for daytime snacks I give him yogurt. If any of you ladies have ideas or advice, do let me know!

Ahmad has become quite the speed bug when it comes to crawling, he has also become very mobile and is able to stand on his own (while holding on to something with one hand). He is even attempting to let go, in the end falling on his bum. Ahmad is very curious these days, he opens his dresser drawers and pulls all his clothes out or opens the drawer under the oven to play with my baking pans (I think he likes the clanking sounds they make). He is able to eat those baby cereal puffs by himself and drinks from a sippy cup like a pro! Ahmad will also walk when I hold his hands, he finds it very fun, looking up at me with smiles and giggles. For some reason he has became terrified of the baby swing we have at the playground in our apartments, maybe it is just a phase he is going through.

Exactly 9 months old!


"Don't look at me, I didn't do it!"

If baby is happy everyone's happy.

Checking out his new shoes.

Out with Mama. Ahmad absolutely loves water and water fountains.

Mughli (Spiced Pudding)

The original recipe is found at:

For personal preferences, I have changed the recipe a little from the original one found at the link.


3 cups of water
1/2 cup of rice flour (it is very fine like regular flour)
1/2-1 cup of regular refined or raw sugar (I only use a 1/2 cup)
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of ground cardamon
Assortment of raw nuts (almonds, pistachios,and pine nuts soaked in water for an hour or until they are on the soft side)
Finely shredded coconut

First combine the water and rice flour, I run my clean hands through it to break up any clumps, who would want lumpy pudding?

Then add the ground cinnamon and cardamon.

Put the saucepan on the burner and bring to boil CONSTANTLY stirring, if you do not stir this the whole time, your Mughli will turn out lumpy.

Cook until Mughli begins to bubble and coats your spoon, this is why I like to use a wooden spoon, as it would not coat a rubber spatula.

Place Mughli in a dish (or separate serving bowls) and put in refrigerator.

Meanwhile, soak your assorted nuts in the water. At the time I only had sliced almonds. Do not soak the walnuts.

When the nuts have softened, sprinkle the finely shredded coconut on the Mughli, on top of the coconut put the drained almonds and walnuts.


Ahmad's Second Birthday!

Our Anniversary!