Mommy’s First Night Out

I did it you guys! I had my first night out without baby last Friday and I had fun! This wasn’t my first time away from the baby though as I’ve gotten my hair done in the salon two weeks postpartum and have gone out on grocery runs, etc, prior. I’m super grateful for R because he lets me have some time to myself which is much needed.

Since Alden is still nursing, I made sure we had enough expressed breast milk to feed him while I’m away. I store my bm in Medela storage bottles or the Target Up & Up storage bags, and before I leave the house, I take them out and leave them in the fridge to thaw. We have a Tommee Tippee bottle warmer that we use for warming the milk and we love it! I know that it is easier to warm your frozen milk on the stove but don’t do this! It actually is not recommended because it takes the nutrients out. As far as rationing your milk, I like to keep the milk at 3.5 to 4 oz per bottle/feeding. So, if I plan to be out for 4 hours, I make sure I have at least two 4 oz bottles of  already thawed milk ready for him. I took an extra 4 oz out to thaw just in case if he wanted more milk but by the time I came back, he was ready for another feeding so I just nursed him instead.


I went out to celebrate a friend of mine’s birthday and it felt nice to be out as an unpregnant lady. I haven’t been out in the Midtown scene in a while and it almost felt really strange to be out, especially in that part of town. Driving through rush hour traffic was giving me a panic attack too.

We went to Bartaco in Inman Park and the last time I was in the area, they were still constructing the restaurant. It turns out that the entire strip is now up & running with new restaurants, some retail spaces and of course luxury apartment/condo living.

After dinner, we headed across the street to Barcelona, but they were super busy. It used to be a really cool spot (and still is) to hang out and it was sort of a hidden gem, but how times have changed and now they get a whole lot more business which is great for them…and me too, because I love their hangar steak. Yum! Since Barcelona was a no go for us, we went back across the street to Beetle Cat for drinks.

I didn’t stay out too late because I missed my baby & baby daddy. =P Also, my boobs were getting SO hard from not pumping/feeding. I made sure I wore breast pads inside my bra so I don’t leak through my top. It was nice to hang out with Elwyn and some old friends again,but I wished R & Alden could’ve made it out too. Alden needs to turn 2 months soon so he could get his shots and we could do things outside the house!!

Btw, totally had a makeover. My extensions was too much maintenance for a mama like me so I opted for my natural hair but lighter. I think it turned out pretty well. I went back to the salon that I discovered in 2014 in Cumming. It’s not a glamorous salon but they do an amazing job, especially on colors. Super happy with my hair shade even though it took me two visits to get it to go this light. No complains though.. I love it! What do you guys think?

xoxo

Getting anxious

You Guys! I am getting SO anxious for our baby to get here!! I think everyone is super excited to meet him but he is still so snuggly in my belly. I am feeling more and more and pregnant by the SECOND. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating but that’s really how I feel.

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I’ve been doing every little thing to induce labor naturally; walking, squatting, eating really spicy food. Maybe I should try  the eggplant parmigiana at Scalini’s. I heard that they have a reputation of putting moms to labor after 48 hours.

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So impatient but still am patient. Just waiting for the day my baby will come.

I’m a little nervous about going into labor, but I am 100% ready for the pain! I’ve been watching motivational birthing videos on Youtube and I know that a woman’s body is capable of doing this. Yes, we can ladies!

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On to more nesting this weekend.. and more squats!

xoxo

 

Felt like Yesterday 

One of my good friends from Malaysia was here to visit me yesterday for just 24 hours because she left for New York this morning as her last stop before embarking on a four-month European backpacking trip.I haven’t seen her in years, so I was definitely glad and happy that she made the time to come and visit little old me here.

The last 24 hours felt like it went by really quickly in that we both just talked and went sight seeing all day. Crazy how I have been away from Malaysia for 11 years now, which also means I have been out of high school for that length of time. However, when we met up again after  5 or so years, it felt like we haven’t lived away from each other at all.

I picked her up from the airport around 11 AM and we went straight to Ponce City Market for lunch as we were both starving. This was my second time having food there and it was not disappointing at all! I finally got to try the Chicken Sandwich from Hop’s Chicken Place because the last time I came here with mom, I had the chicken Tikka sandwich from Botiwalla and that was delicious as well! We stayed at PCM for a a few hours at Billtong after we ate and then went for a quick walk on the Beltline in the scorching hot weather after. Here’s a list of all the food places at PCM.

After the beltline, I took her downtown to CNN center, The World of Coke and Centennial Park and I was actually impressed with it these days. Being an Atlanta local, I’ve always known the park to be pretty boring place, especially if you have already been there before. However, the city has made some new additions to it recently, from new water features and cool sculptures, or it would’ve been an old bare park. There was a bit of construction right now over there too, not sure for what exactly but I’m pretty excited to see what the new addition would be. We were at Centennial for a good bit before we left around 7 PM and to head up north to Cumming for dinner at mom’s.

After dinner, we headed back to my place and by this time it was 11:00 PM when we got home. R was still up, so he and A got to meet for the first time as well.  We hung around for another hour or so before we all retreated to bed near 2 AM. I was extremely exhausted last night from being outdoors in the heat and running about all day, but I  was afraid of snoring and waking R up, so I ended up waking up every hour from complete restlessness and not to mention the potty wake-up calls as well.

Anyways, even though I wish she had more time here, I’m still glad that we got to hang out even for just a day. Really excited to plan our trip back to Malaysia so I can show R and baby mushi my hometown in all its glory next!

By the way, how awesome are these photos?

Xoxo

So, This Happened..

Hi Loves,

Can you believe that it is now March?! I know I can’t! Feel like time is moving so fast! I know I have also been slacking in the blogging department and I do apologize for that because I enjoy blogging but sometimes, I don’t know what to write about and I know, that’s just a really lame excuse, but I have been very busy and exhausted lately to the point of neglecting this little blog of mine. Sorry folks!

Since it will be a little difficult to give you an exact play by play on what has been happening in my life lately, I really would like to share just one big awesome news that I haven’t yet shared, and that is my recent engagement.

Prior to being engaged, I was very private person when it comes to talking about who I date because I used to be that girl who shares everything on social media. When my last serious relationship failed and with people being as nosy as they normally are, they started asking me questions and it was just so exhausting having had to answer so many questions. So..I made an executive decision to not share any detailed information online out of fear that it will bite me in the butt – again.

However, now that we have announced everything and because my passion for writing and journaling still continues, I’d like to keep sharing with you bits & pieces of my life because I love doing it and I won’t stop. I know that my writing may not be as impactful to many of you, but I hope that it is to some. Cheers if you are still reading and thank you so much for being loyal and supportive throughout all these years.

So, if you’d like to know how I met the fiance, head on over here to read the story.

The Proposal.

Forefront Note:

From the first time meeting R, it was instant chemistry for me. When we started talking and dating, things progressed always for the better and I could not have been happier with the way it panned out. The number one thing that drew me to R was that he was not afraid to communicate with me and that’s exactly what we did in the early stages of our relationship; we talked a lot. We covered everything and anything most couples fight and argue about in the span of a week. This is one of the reasons why I love him. He is not the type of guy to beat around the bush; he gets straight to the point. I needed that sort of balance in my life because believe it or not, I am actually a very unstructured person. Also, as soon as we started dating, we were inseparable. We spent a lot of time together and if we weren’t together, we would spend hours talking on the phone. I was smitten and so in love with him and honestly, I never knew I could be in love again but I am. 🙂

How He Asked

He proposed to me on a Monday night on 12/28th. We were both on a staycation here in Atlanta for the holidays which was nice and relaxing. A week before that, he told me to make sure I have nothing planned for the 28th. I thought we had plans to go to dinner with his friends or had a party to go to, so that didn’t really click because he usually tells me a time & date but not really the reason until the day of. Monday came around and still he didn’t mention what our plans were. We went to the gym in the morning and I came back home throwing up because I worked out on an empty stomach. He was so grouchy because he said it was my fault for not feeding myself before heading to the gym. Anyways, we kinda did our own thing after the gym. He went out to run errands and I stayed home and cooked us a meal. We ended up watching the Steve Harvey show and back to back episodes of Judge Judy in the afternoon. Then, it started to rain outside and I still had one more errand to run which was to get my eyebrows threaded but I was starting to get too comfortable on the couch and got lazy . R forced me to go and get it done because we had plans and I was told to be home by 6 PM.

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I left a little bit late because all of a sudden, I wanted to wear some makeup and look presentable. I also semi-did my hair though it didn’t turn out that perfect because I was racing against time. It was 5 PM. I headed out to the threading salon and soon as I stepped in, that place was a ZOO. I had to take a number to be attended to and this never happens! So, I grabbed a number and sat down waiting for what seemed like forever. It was 6 PM. I got a text from R saying, “Where are you?”. I quickly dialed his number and asked if I were supposed to be home and he said, “Yes, Azieza…..”. LOL. So, without wasting another second, I rushed home. This time it was pouring outside.
When I got to the door, I tried to turn the knob but it was locked, so he came to let me in. I was greeted by a bouquet of red roses. I was so surprised because they were beautiful and I wasn’t expecting them and sweet surprises were the best. I also felt bad because I was late. Then, I saw R going to the kitchen to make himself a drink  and I quickly ran to the bathroom to fix my face. I still had no clue where we were going but he said it was just a casual date so I didn’t have to get dressed up. We left the house and got to his car. Soon as I got in, there was another surprise. He left a cupcake box on the passenger seat and I picked it up and asked him, “Is this yours?” and he responded, “Oh my gosh, Azieza. It is yours. You are so ungrateful.” Hahaha. Writing this out makes me smile all over again. I was then really feeling all mushy inside and said “Aw, babe. Thank you so much. You’re so sweet” (FYI – He got me a tiramisu flavored cake because he knows how much I love tiramisu. So, he gets bonus points for that!)

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It was still raining outside and we drove to Buckhead and got lost for a little bit while trying to find this place. By this time, I have fully surrendered myself to him knowing that he has a plan, so I rolled along with it. R pulled up to a pottery making place and I got really excited because I have been asking him if we could go and do something crafty like that together. The place was empty when we stepped in; It was just us and the lady who works there. She showed us to our table which was nicely lined with a table cloth, and after we picked out our pieces, we settled in and started painting. R picked out a teddy bear figurine and I thought that it was really cute idea that he picked out something for little mushi. I copied him and picked something out for the nursery as well. While we were painting, I was just reveling in the moment thinking of how lucky I am to be sharing this wonderful journey with a man like R. At this point, I was certain he planned this out for us to bond over the child we are having together and I could not have been happier. He was very quiet but would still speak up from time to time, which was a little weird now that I think of it because R never stops talking. Sorry babe! =)

..This is taking longer than I thought it would but we are getting close to the finish..

After we were both done with painting, I started cleaning up and went to the bathroom to wash my hands. I was in there for quite a while because the paint was tough to remove and R wasn’t quite done yet with his piece, so I knew we had some time before they closed. By the time I got out of the bathroom, he was already done and was standing by our table taking pictures of our masterpiece . Then he saw me, and I said to him “Wait, I want to take pictures too.” He then took a selfie of the both of us and we were both just snapping away. So, me being quite the Instagrammaholic, I went ahead and arranged our pieces in an artsy way so that it looks presentable for Instagram. I moved my plate, and then picked up his teddy bear, and that’s when I saw something sparkly that resembled a ring sitting daintily on the table. Immediately,

I. WAS. SPEECHLESS. 

I turned to him, who happened to be standing on my right but this time he wasn’t standing anymore, he was on his knees. He grabbed my hand, and he looked at me and said, “Azieza, will you please be mine forever.” I was still so stunned and so surprised and was just beyond happy that I froze.. I  could not even say not a damn word. I hugged him and kissed him like a multitude of times and I think I was nodding my head so much, that he had to ask me another question, “So, was that a yes?” I pulled away from hugging him and looked at him in the eyes and said that one word. “Yes”.


I was in a daze the remainder  of the night. R took me to the restaurant we first went to on a date and I felt like the luckiest girl in the world. I knew that he was the one and I was just amazed at how he managed to surprise me and make me feel truly loved and special all over again. He is so perfect. I love this guy within the deepest depths of my heart. I texted my mom and sister and they were all excited for me and then after we got home, I updated my Facebook status to “Engaged”.

A Few Hours Into Being Someone’s Fiancee..

R & I spoke about how he planned everything for the proposal but how I kept interrupting or ruining his plans. Haha.He actually rented out the entire art studio so that made sense why it was empty. Also, the lady was super nervous which also made sense because she was very cautious of the things she said and she was very attentive to us.R picked out the most beautiful ring for me. It was everything I ever wanted. I pinned a few pics of the type of ring I like on my Dream Wedding board on Pinterest, and he found one exactly like it. He put a lot of thought into the planning which was really thoughtful of him. Why the 28th? It was because this is our anniversary. I didn’t actually come to realization on that one until a  few weeks after getting engaged. =)

When Is The Wedding?

This is the one question we get asked a lot now that we are engaged. We haven’t started planning the wedding yet because we have so many things going on this year, house & baby. I think we’re going to start planning for a wedding next year. I can’t wait to marry my best friend.

Footnote:

Looking back at all of the years I went through chasing the wrong guys, crying over multiple heartbreaks in my quest for true love, I wouldn’t have traded that for anything at all. R & I had different experiences and memories we’ve made separately in the past that made us who we are today. I know that I never gave up and I never stopped hoping for my happily ever after and now that I have found it, I will cherish it forever.

Babe if you are reading this, I wanted to tell you how blessed I am to have you in my life. I know that sometimes I don’t show you how much you mean to me but it is because I never knew how to do it. I’d like to thank you for teaching me how to love because you do it so well. I love you as much as I love food and you know how much I love food. We are an awesome team and I can’t wait for a beautiful and everlasting marriage with you. Thank you for choosing me as your life partner. I heart you.

Thanks for reading my longest post to date. Till next time! Can’t wait to go home to tell my fiance how much I love him again.

Xoxo

Azieza

 

 

 

 

 

Another year: BLESSED!

Hey y’all!

It is early Monday morning, something like past midnight and I have to go to work in a few hours. I just got off the phone with one of my friends from NCR as I learned some sad news today, that we lost another dear friend from a heart attack. May he RIP.

With that said, before I start writing this post, I’d like to say how blessed I am to be here and so consequently decided to title this post exactly that, “Another year: BLESSED”.

This is my birthday post and as much as I’d love to get into details, it will be very long. So, I will give you the Cliff Notes version of how I celebrated this year, birthday-week style.

1) 4/25 (Sat) –  My mom & sister threw me a birthday party at the house and it was just so perfect. I haven’t actually had a party thrown for me in many, many, years. As much as I love small-doses of attention, i’m actually not a big “in the spotlight” kind of person. I’ve never really had big parties for birthdays or anything like that. This year, I wanted to do something different and actually send invitations out and cater food and all that jazz for a get together. I had my party at home because I wanted everyone to be there; my mom, my sister, my niece & nephew, our friends with kids, and also my friends without kids. That way we can all just hang out at home and not have to worry about going to a “no kids allowed” place etc. I think my party had a pretty good turnout. Everyone I invited showed up and the last guest left around 2 or 3 AM. 🙂 It was a grand time; Wonderful food & even better company.

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2) 4/27 (Mon) – After my weekend festivities, my friend and I went to watch “Death Cab for Cutie” in concert at the Fox Theater. It was a great time. Definitely hipster central..but who said I wasn’t one? Lol. J/K.

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3) 4/29 (Wed) – HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! Showed up to work and was surprised with awesome balloons tied up to my chair and a bday card from the team. Oh, AND cake! 🙂 Since we had a big do that Saturday, my fam took me to The Cheesecake Factory for birthday dins and not to forget.. I went to my first ever HOA meeting that evening before dinner. *Feeling old*

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4) 4/30 (Thurs) – Went to work as per usual and met up with my friend for Aerials Silks class at AK. After we tumbled, flipped & hung around on silks for about an hour, we headed to Bartaco for some noms. Two of my other friends showed up too, so that was nice!

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5) 5/1 (Fri) – Didn’t go out to town that night. Felt so lazy.. but we went to karaoke instead. 🙂

Can’t believe I didn’t take any pics. Wow.

6) 5/2 (Sat) – Volunteered in the AM followed by brunch in the sun. Totally came back home after that and laid out in the back yard. Yes!

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7) 5/3 (Sun) – Babysat my nephew and met up with the rest of the clan at the Avalon. Love that place!

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Seriously though, I definitely feel “older” now but instead of stressing out about age, I really am at a good place right now. You know when people say that they have no complains? Well, that’s pretty much me too.

To all those that wished me a Happy Birthday, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH YOU GUYS ROCK!!

xoxo