Being A Mother Actually Be Like This

Today is my third Mother’s Day (based on US/Japan calendar, in Indonesia: December 22). Since my only kid currently was born in Michigan, I follow the US version. Hehe. I had my first Mother’s Day at the third day people began recognizing me as “Mom”. The medical staffs who helped me giving birth in the hospital used that term. It was so magical for me!!! I was always a girl who had no interest to kids beforehand, even, a kind of person who preferred to stay away from those noisy, annoying, silly little creatures… ignoring all their cuteness and innocence. If my little sister loves to offer herself as a caregiver for our nephews or nieces in the family gathering, not so with me. If some friends of mine, in my perspective, know very well how to soothe a crying baby, to cope with toddler’s tantrum, or to deal with stubborn teenager when we’re on duty in the kids corner (yeah! although I’m not a kids lover still I was involved in this division for several events.. huh), I had no idea how to do it. If most of my female relatives of the same age is able to guess how old a kid is, I just didn’t get the difference between 1-year kid and 2-years kid. Bahaha 😆

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Arus Balik versi Midwest

#ea5512 Laporan puncak arus balik dari jalur pantura Amrik: Padat merayap, Pemirsa!!! Seriusan lho.. orang-orang di Amrik minggu ini emang pada banyak yang ambil cuti seminggu dan mudik karena hari ada libur Independence Day dan summer vacation-nya anak-anak sekolahan. Beberapa muslim yang kami tahu juga memanfaatkan moment ini untuk liburan hari raya. Sementara itu, kami yang berhalangan lebaran di kampung tahun ini, memilih untuk merayakan lebaran di tanah kelahiran Musa, mudiknya ke Ann Arbor aja.. cuma 40 menit dari rumah, disusul kemudian di hari kedua lebaran liburan ke metropolitan terdekat, Chicago, yang hanya 4 jam by car. Loooove the city! Kotanya nggak serame New York atau Jakarta, tapi udah lengkap apa aja ada, daaan masih lumayan bersih. *padahal sebenernya lagi ada perlu sama visa* Ini cerita mudikku.. Mana ceritamu? 😀
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Ramadan Prep a la Cooking Mama

#ea5512 #fridge and #freezer deep cleaning to welcome our super special guest: #Ramadan2016 – Got three foods cooked (and still counting), several fresh veggies chopped, and some store-brought frozen produces for emergency sahoor (meal before fasting) and iftar (meal after fasting). The freezer has not too much space anymore to store the fresh meat and seafood we just shopped yesterday.. 😅😅 Hope Allah makes easy for us to change sleep cycle a lil bit, fill the day and night with more worships and good deeds, do fasting in heated days, and control our temper or any kind of negativity. Aamiin. #mealpreparation #welcomingramadhan #welcomeholyspirit #helloramadan #sayinshaaallah #deepcleaning #ramadanpreparation #ramadanprep
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Flint Water Crisis: Blood Draw for Checking Lead


Musa had taken #blooddraw to check #leadcontamination in the #tapwater we drink. He drinks nursery water with fluoride added, but probably his pediatrician just wanted to make sure that he’s fine. Look at this happy face after a hand poke. He’s such a brave little guy. The lab staff needed to search for best venous twice in both hands, but she had no clue and asked me instead, “Did he drink?” she said we had to make him well hydrated, then called her senior, the senior said “Nothing greatest, but let’s try” and they forced to inject the needle, got no blood drawed at first and Musa had started crying, but finally they did it, brought about two tubs of bloods. #musaromas only cried mildly (like his cry everybody out there knows) then laughed immediately. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 #toddlerlife #1y6d #MLabs #UofMHospital #labtest #flintwatercrisis #handpoke

Musa hari ini diambil darahnya untuk mengecek kandungan timbal dari air minum (di sini air kran bisa diminum). Jadi ceritanya di daerah #Flint, #Michigan lagi ada kasus air tercemar timbal gitu karena kesalahan manajemen (pipanya udah jadul n karatan bikin logam berat larut dalam air.. Yaiks, kan?) yang mana hal ini bisa mengganggu kesehatan. Sebetulnya Musa minumnya dari air mineral khusus bayi, tapi dokternya meresepkan untuk #cekdarah mungkin untuk memastikan aja apakah dia aman. Agak susah cari pembuluh darah yang pas untuk disuntik tadi. Staf labnya bolak-balik meraba tangan kanan, kiri, kanan, kiri lagi, terus malah nanya apakah Musa udah minum cukup sebelumnya, sampai akhirnya dia manggil seniornya. Senior yang rambutnya udah putih semua ini juga sama nggak langsung dapet, katanya nggak ada yang paling oke, tapi coba aja deh. Diambillah dua tabung darah dan Musa cuma nangis bentar, nangis khas ala dia yang orang pada tahu nggak heboh, lalu ketawa-ketiwi :))

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[Update May 17]

We got the result of his blood draw. Thanks, Allah, everything is okay. We may continue to give him nursery water with fluoride (next time by storing in refrigerator as instruction in the label.. we were wrong all this time) and sometimes filtered tap water like what we do now.


4th Anniversary Dinner

#ea5512 With the most precious gift from Allah #musaromas, 4th anniversary dinner last night wasn’t necessary to be either high budget or romantic.. 😜😝 Yet, the food was such a blast for us! That #ThaiFriedRice tasted very similar to street-food cart in Indonesia we miss aaaaall the time! Ohhh so touching 😂😂😂

A plate costed less than $12 was filling enough for two persons and we got a basket of crackers too. Yum! Lucky us to have this old restaurant as our neighbor 😁😭

P.S.: I do thinking to write about my feeling and sharing our experience so far in sailing this marriage boat. However, our attention is still on another event coming up this weekend. May is super duper BUSY and SPECIAL month. Thank you so much for those who have been participating in our survey on Facebook 🙂

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