Being A Mom Be Like

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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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.