Monday, July 23, 2012

To My baby Girl Hadya on her 1st Birthday

Lil Baby Hadya,

You stole my heart the second I saw the ‘positive’ reading on the test; even though every ounce of my being was petrified of the journey and the trailblazing it would entail in order to get to meet you. I knew you were brave enough to make it all the way to our arms, I just hoped against all rational hope that I was as well.
When we brought you home from the hospital, daddy and I would playfully fight over who got to hold you. We both wanted you in our arms every second of the day and loved the feeling of your soft cheeks as we rocked you and covered you with kisses before bedtime.
I knew this day was coming, I knew the past year would fly by, but I had no idea how fast. I promised myself I wouldn't be sad that you were growing up, but instead feel the utmost gratitude that despite our obstacles, you are healthy; you are able to blossom, thrive, change, and learn; when there are so many little angel babies who do not live to see their 1st birthday.
This year has been the quickest of my life. I look back and see a blur of Baji holding your hand for the first time, fighting with everything I had to breastfeed you, even if it was against medical advice, I wanted to give you the best start possible,  your first taste of a orange (which you utterly enjoyed), your my frightening visit to the clinic for your routine injections, our first holiday trip as a family to Phuket, walks with you and Baji, you laughing in your sleep, those seconds when you lock eyes with mine and you let me know you've been our destiny all along. You and daddy also have your special moments. You are definitely a daddy’s girl and it fills me with immense joy when I see you two caught up in your own little world of giggles and snuggles.
During our time together that we have already been blessed with, you have taught me more than anyone else ever has. You have introduced me to an entirely fresh facet of love. Your first cry was the most beautiful sound my ears have ever basked in. I ached to hold you whenever I’m out or at work. I cried on my 1st road trip holiday with Baji without you ( it was hell for 2 nights for me, NEVER would I do it again! ). 
I didn't think it was possible, but I am more thankful for you today than I was on the day you were born. The more I learn, the more I read, the more I slowly grasp how remarkable the fact is you are here today. You are breathing, growing, loving, teasing, laughing, scolding, shouting and I find all moments magical.
You have made me consider big things this year. You've taught me how to truly laugh again. You have stretched my heart to the limit where I had no choice but to BELIEVE again and surrender to the magic that is tangled up in every single minute.
You inspire me to be the best version of myself, to love deeper, to take more chances, to live with reckless abandon, to walk through each day with a good dose of wonder and whimsy. I want to teach you so many things. I want to lead the way for you in your fabulous little life.
I will always be there for you. Never once I would want you to feel alone!
Cheers to you, baby girl, on your first big day. May the year ahead be one filled with wonderment, learning, exploring, and having fun on this life’s amazing journey. We encourage you to find your way, but please know Baji and I will be there to catch you when you fall.
Click to play this Smilebox collage
Lots of Love,

Friday, June 22, 2012

His 1st Father's Day

It was his first Father's day this year. Being a father is a brand new experience for him. Holding a life in his hand to a child name Hadya had never made him any happier.

Only words could and picture could express our gratitude.

For my dearest Baji,

"Walk a little slower, Daddy,"
said a child so small.
"I'm following in your footsteps
And I don't want to fall. 

Sometimes your steps are very fast,
Sometimes they're hard to see;
So walk a little slower, Daddy,
For you are leading me.

Someday when I'm all grown up,
You're what I want to be;
Then I will have a little child
Who'll want to follow me.

And I would want to lead just right,
And know that I was true;
So, walk a little slower, Daddy,
For I must follow you."

I love you honey.. Happy 1st father's day.

Click to play this Smilebox scrapbook
May you be my friend and foe, Best friend and enemy, lover and scandal, husband and affair cause I want my life that interesting as can be. Life is never a smooth sailing boat but a scary roller coaster ride.

But when you put you arms around me, then I'm home.

We love you much!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Why choose same style - Jalabiya 2012

It's been a while isnt it?

I've been seeing a lot of FB sellers selling jalabiya nowadays. This is a raging fashion here in Singapore. Ever since Arab Street was the most popular hang out place and belly dancing is a enjoying performance , so is the fashion evolving. Jalabiya now is a trend here.

Ladies nowadays don't just opt fot 'Baju Kurung' anymore. These long dresses called Jalabiya in arabic are a HUGE hit.

I browse through all these online sellers, send them queries and even ordered some. The thing about buying online is that , the sizes isn't exactly right even when asked for measurements, you can't return or exchange. And sometimes, you will only find out that the fabric with all the beadings are super heavy and when you wear it, it kept showing your cleavage,

But then, that's still hideable if you are wearing a hijab. Then come your worst nightmare, you go for Eid visiting, someone else is wearing the exact same thing or same design, different colour.

My advise to you is , buy a fabric of your choice! There is a huge selection of all sorts of fabrics located at Arab Street. Choose your own material, colours you love and texture you are comfortable with, mix and match the fabric. Go to a good tailor and customize your own. A simpe jalabiya is not so hard to sew.(that was what my tailor said ). But all these has to be done at least 3 months before Eid.

Typically , in Singapore, all the tailors does not take your orders 2 months before Eid. They are totally fully book with what I dont know!

I've been looking out for latest Jalabiya fashion and I will always go to Beenas from Dubai for her latest creations. It's gorgeous - I promise!

So for Jalabiya 2012, below are my chosen designs. I've chosen my fabric, my colour and my design.

So which one will be yours?

And also, Charm Bakes (my baking blog) was thinking of taking orders for Eid this year. Maybe you could comment on what you want to see on that blog, and I could work things out.

Thanks for reading.

Upon My Word!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Hadya Binte Haidar Khan Surattee

I have not been touching Upon My Word for a long time. I had been busy baking and Charm Bakes is well updated now. I have been more actively baking after I gave birth and after of course after I got myself a helper.

Motherhood has been nothing but blessed. I understood the joy of all mothers the moment we help the first baby in their arms. I was at the highest peak of my life and everything else of me would evolve around her.

On 23rd July 2011, I gave birth to my first baby girl. She was born 50 cm long weighing 3.53 kg, right on the estimated delivery date.

We named her Hadya ( meaning : Guide to Righteousness )

Her name was not just picked randomly. I specifically wanted a short name. Hearing all those babies with long names was just not my preference. I wanted her name as short as possible, as meaningful as it can be and may she be the person as how her name was meant for. Layla was my first choice but Hadya just caught my attention like love at first sight.

She was my guide. My guide that I want to do better in life not just being a mother but a better person worth living.

It used to be just the 2 of us against the world and now its 3. Hubby and I had never been happier. Waking up to see her smile, get panic when she cried, fed her when she's hungry and bought toys that caught her attention. It's a learning process for all 3 of us. Hubby learnt how to carry and care for a baby, being a good father,  I'm learning how to be a good mother and Hadya, learning all the new things in life.

What more could we ask for [ other than having another baby to complete the family package :) ] ?

Pictures of Hadya from 0 to 5 months.

She grew beautifully and still growing.

Many asked, who does her features come from. I would say - Both of us. She was fair, she had both our features equally.

I love everything about her! Which mother doesnt?

She is 5 months and 2 weeks now. Active and squeaky.

My dearest daughter Hadya Binte Haidar Khan Surattee,

I will always recall the momentous day you were born, I became the happiest mother on earth. Your father and I marveled at the angel kisses on your cheeks, your tiny, wrinkled fingers and your intense eyes. I'm not embarrassed to admit it, but I cried. Deep tears of joy. Because all my life the one thing I always knew was I wanted to be a mother. Other than that I was often rudderless, trying to navigate the ocean of life and figure out what my path in life was to be. But I never wavered in my hope to be a mother. So when you were born you will be giving me the experience of a lifetime. The experience that holds the deepest most treasured place in my heart.

Your are indeed my 'Hadya ( 'Gift' in Malay translation ). Gift from Allah.