Making Adjustment with Baby Formula

I am a 206 days / 6 months, 3 weeks & 6 days old baby

Despite I am still enjoying breastfeeding until now, mom starts giving me baby formula as well besides the supplementary food twice a day. That happens when mom's pediatrician found out that mom was pregnant and that she should stop breastfeeding me.

At first, drinking iron-fortified baby formula was torturing me. Compared to breast-milk I have been enjoying for so long (six months to be precise), baby formula is nothing both in terms of taste and quality.

But as time goes by, I start enjoying baby formula as well.

Now, whenever mom or dad give me baby formula bottle, I take it righ away and drink it and never stops until the last drop.

Better still, my bowel movement (poop) comes more regularly and frequent now.

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Baby Six Month Week 4

I am a 205 days / 6 months, 3 weeks & 5 days old baby

Entering the fourth week of my six month milestone, dad is busy searching for an article or two regarding baby development on this age.

There are many articles available on the net on this regard.

One of the best article is found in babycenter.com as quoted below

Bouncing baby

Your baby can now support some of her weight on her legs, and she loves to bounce — something that can strengthen her muscles for walking later on. Hold her under her arms and help her stand up on the floor or on your lap.

You may need to help her start moving by lifting her off the ground (or your lap) but once she starts, just watch her go! Be ready for lots of giggles.
Handy skills

Your baby's fine motor skills are coming along. By now she can probably scoop things up with one hand and transfer an object from one hand to the other fairly easily. Fine motor skills involve small, precise thumb, finger, hand, and wrist movements and are used for actions like picking up things between the thumb and finger.

Gross motor skills are required for activities like crawling, which use large muscles such as those in the arm, leg, or feet or the entire body. To encourage your baby's development of these skills, place a toy just out of your baby's reach and watch her try to get it. If she cries because she can't quite reach it, give her encouragement — but not the toy. She's just venting frustration and will become more physically confident more quickly if you don't make everything easy for her.

After a few tries, she'll be able to lean forward to grab the toy and then straighten herself again. Before long, she'll be rocking back and forth on her hands and knees or maybe creeping (pushing herself around on her belly) or even repeatedly rolling over to move about the room. Help her move around easily by dressing her in loose, comfortable clothes.

Your baby's also showing an interest in small parts and the details of the objects around her. Her ways of exploring are growing beyond banging and gumming, although those are still part of every toy interaction. As she explores, be sure to keep buttons, coins, safety pins, balloons, rocks, and other choking hazards out of reach.

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Mom Vomiting during Pregnancy

I am a 204 days / 6 months, 3 weeks & 4 days old baby

Dad told me that mom was vomiting a lot when I used to in her womb.

Now, I can see that with my own eyes when she's now pregnant again.

Dad, however, said that this time her vomit is not as much and frequent as before.

During this Ramadan fasting which has been eight days already mom is vomiting only twice during which dad advised her to not fast. Including today.

In the afternoon, dad and me bring her to doctor to check her up. Since, she feels a bit difficult to breath.

Speaking of vomiting during pregnancy, there's an research-based article as late as Mei 2009 which has an interesting finding. The research was a Collaborative Canada-France study published in European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology. It says:

Nausea and vomiting are telltale indicators of pregnancy, affecting more than 80 percent of future mothers. For a few moms-to-be, symptoms can become so severe that hospitalization is required.

Yet a new medication protocol, introduced by the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center, appears effective in improving symptoms more quickly and provides a safer option than those previously available. The findings, which are good news for moms and babies, are published in a recent edition of the European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology.

"In 2002, we had to quickly change the medication protocol to treat hyperemisis gravidarum (HG), or severe nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, due to a FDA and Health Canada warnings," says senior researcher Anick Bérard, a professor at the Université de Montréal's Faculty of Pharmacy and director of the Research Unit on Medications and Pregnancy of the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center.

"The warning found that a previously used anti-vomiting medication might cause adverse cardiovascular effects in mothers. We had to quickly choose another treatment, which was safer. The current study looks back at the data to evaluate the effectiveness of this treatment."

Metoclopramide versus droperidol

Dr. Bérard and her team, which included researchers from the Université de Bourgogne, evaluated 229 pregnant women who were admitted to hospital and treated for HG. The scientists compared use of the standard drug droperidol versus the administration of a newer medication called metoclopramide.

They found that metoclopramide worked faster to quell symptoms of nausea and vomiting than droperidol. Importantly, they found no evidence that either of these medications increased the birth defect rate compared to women who received no medication. As expected, metoclopramide was not associated with other serious side effects.

"This study validates our protocol," says Dr. Bérard. "Clinical trials are not conducted on pregnant women, so we had to rely on data from prospective and retrospective studies in this case. We anticipate that other institutions will now be comfortable adopting this new treatment regime.

About hyperemis gravidarum

Hyperemis gravidarum, or severe nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, affects about one percent of pregnant women. If left untreated, it can result in severe weight loss, dehydration, or death. Symptoms to look out for include severe vomiting and nausea; incapacity to keep food down for two to three days; lack of energy.

According to Dr. Bérard, women should not wait too long before seeking medical help. "The longer the symptoms continue, the longer the hospital stay," she says, adding most women with HG leave the hospital within three days and many are required to take medication throughout their pregnancy.[1]

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[1] This study was funded by the Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec


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Baby Constipation

I am a 203 days / 6 months, 3 weeks & 3 days old baby

When it was very hard for me to poop, and dad was so happy when finally I could make it, my parents think that I got constipation.

What mom and dad thought then was understandable considering the fact that I did not make any bowel movement for ten days some signs that I might got constipated.

They finally thought otherwise, that it was not constipation, only after reading several articles regarding this bowel movement matter.

If you are as confused as dad & mom on constipation, let's read what experts have to say.

What is constipation actually?

Constipation is a condition where stools become firmer and harder. Your child will be troubled or in pain when they need to empty their bowels, and the bowels will not be emptied as often as usual.[1]

When a baby first becomes constipated, it can be the start of a vicious circle.

This is because it will hurt your baby to pass the large hard stools that have gathered in the intestine. Cracks around the anus may appear; these may start to bleed and cause more pain.

To avoid the pain, your baby may subconsciously start holding back stools, which makes the food stay longer in the large intestine.

As a result, your baby's body will absorb more water from the stools and make the stools even harder. This can cause your baby to remain constipated.

A baby who is constipated often has colic pains, because the large amount of stool in the intestines makes the intestines dilate. In some cases, the child may not want to eat and may even retch a little.[2]

Causes of constipation

The Most Common Causes of Infant Constipation are:

* Introduction of solid food(s) - breastfed babies may be more prone to constipation when solid foods are introduced. This is because their tiny tummies are used to processing the easily and highly digestible mother's milk
* Diets low in fiber
* Diets of excessive dairy products (yogurt, cheeses, milk)
* Foods such as Bananas, Applesauce, Cereals, Breads, Pasta and White Potatoes may contribute or cause constipation.[3]

Remedies and How to Treat Constipation in Babies

There are many things you can do to help relieve baby's constipation. You can change baby's feeding pattern and/or engage in some physical exercises.

Exercises to Help Relieve Infant Constipation include:

Tummy Massage - Gently massage and rub baby's tummy in a clockwise direction. Place your hands at baby's navel and massage in a circular motion, moving your hand(s) out and away from the center of baby's belly.

Warm Bath - Some medical professionals suggest giving your constipated baby a warm bath. The thought is that this may help relax baby and "get things moving" again. Give a tummy massage as you are drying baby.

Bicycle Legs - Place your baby on her back and lightly hold her legs in a half-bent position. Gently begin to move your baby's legs as if she is riding a bicycle. Alternate "Bicycle Legs" with Tummy Massage. *"Bicycle Legs" also may help to relieve a baby who is gassy.[4]

How can I tell if my baby is constipated?

When it comes to a baby's bowel movements, there's no "normal" number or schedule — only what's normal for your baby. Your baby may pass a stool after every feeding, or wait a day or more between bowel movements. Her individual pattern depends on what she eats and drinks, how active she is, and how quickly she digests her food and then gets rid of waste. With practice, you'll be able to tune in to your baby's unique habits.

If you're concerned that your baby may be constipated, there are a couple of clues to look for. One clue is less frequent bowel movements than her norm, especially if she hasn't had one in three or more days and is obviously uncomfortable when she does have one. And if she has hard, dry stools that are difficult for her to pass — no matter how frequently — she may be constipated.

By the way, if you notice very liquid stools in your child's diaper, don't assume it's diarrhea — in fact, it may be evidence of constipation. Liquid stools can slip past the blockage in the lower intestine and wind up in your child's diaper.[5]

A Photo when I was 2 month old

baby constipation

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Notes:

[1] Netdoctor.co.uk
[2] ibid
[3] Wholesomebabyfood.com
[4] ibid
[5] Babycenter.com

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Bowel Movement Every Morning

I am a 203 days / 6 months, 3 weeks & 3 days old baby

Mom is happy to see I do bowel movement (poop) every morning.

She's happy because if this habit become regular, which I hope so, I am more like dad than mom.

More does irregular bowel movement, twice or once a week. She's just like gramma, mom's mother.

As I said before, my frequent bowel movement happens after I consume not only breast-milk, but also baby formula and supplementary food.

I hope it's a good sign for my health.

Susan Sorensen, a pediatrician, writes in BabyCenter.com that bowel habit of babies are as individual and unique as any other babies' habit.

She says,

...Babies' bowel habits are as individual as they are, and over time you'll get to know your baby's routine.

That said, there is a typical pattern to look for in any baby's bowel habits. During the first few days of life, your baby will pass meconium, the thick, black or dark green substance that was in his intestines before he was born. Once the meconium has passed, the bowel movements of a formula-fed baby are typically yellow, tan, brown, or green. As long as there isn't blood in the stool, any color is normal.

A formula-fed baby's stool is a little bit firmer than a breastfed baby's, about the consistency of peanut butter. If it's much harder than that, it may be a sign of constipation, and you should tell your pediatrician. If you're worried about constipation and your baby is younger than 4 months old, don't feed him anything other than formula or breast milk without checking with your pediatrician first. You may inadvertently deprive your baby of essential nutrients if you feed him a pediatric electrolyte solution, water, or juice. Babies over 4 months can have a few ounces of water a day, but if you think he's constipated, you should talk with your pediatrician about how best to solve the problem.


And this is the important point of Susan's statement which is a bit relevant with me (except about the age):

Another thing to keep in mind is that around 1 to 2 months of age, many babies go from having several bowel movements a day to going several days between bowel movements. This, too, is perfectly normal. It's not how often a baby moves his bowels, but how hard the stool is once it's passed that's cause for concern. When you introduce cereal and other solids to your baby's diet, you can expect dramatic changes in the odor, color, consistency, and frequency of his bowel movements depending on what he's eating.


I am a six month baby



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Telkom Speedy Cable is Stolen Yet Again

I am a 202 days / 6 months, 3 weeks & 2 days old baby

The ink used to write on 9 August 2009 about the stolen Telkom cable is not yet dried, and now (27 August 2009) Telkom cable theft happens again; the first during Ramadan. Does the thief not have any respect to Ramadan at all?

The previous cable theft actually was replaced a week after it happens. So, practically, we just enjoy Telkom Speedy internet connection about one week before it's stolen again this morning.

Fortunately, dad and mom go to Gramma's house in Kepanjen today. So, we can still have a good internet connection using Karto Halo Telkomsel Flash unlimited. As said before, this Kartu Halo Telkomsel Flash cannot be used in my home because the distance from BTS is 5 km or more. You cannot have a good connection if your home is more than 3 km from Telkomsel BTS.

Farzan Esfandiar
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200 Days Baby Photos

I am a 201 days / 6 months, 3 weeks & 1 day old baby

This is the way dad and mom wanted to celebrate my 200 days milestone which occur yesterday: putting some photos of mine in a blog post.

More photos has been uploaded into my Facebook photos. So, if you wanted to see other baby photos, just go to my Facebook photos here.

Frankly speaking the photos are not precisely taken on the 200th day. But surely all of them were taken after I reach six month milestone.


Here some of those photos






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Farzan Esfandiar

My full name is Ahmad Farzan Esfandiar Syuhud, known simply as Farzan Esfandiar. I was born on 04 February 2009 AD / 08 Shafar 1430 AH in Pondok Pesantren Alkhoirot Karangsuko, Pagelaran (Gondanglegi), Malang, Jatim, Indonesia. If you don't have a clue where Karangsuko, or even Indonesia is, see my place in the Google Maps.

I am son of A. Fatih Syuhud (my father) and Nia (my mother).

Dad and mom agree that I should start blogging from the time I am born. Nothing I could do but to abide by their wish. Afterall, without them I will never exist in this world.

With this blogging activity, my parent, dad in particular, wanted me to write a sort of autobiography, a memoir of an unknown person called Farzan Esfandiar. He may or may not become a prominent figures in the futures, but certainly he has the determination to tell the world, the babies and the grown-ups around the world, that he exists and that there's a lesson or two could be taken from his lives.

Some people wonder what Farzan Esfandiar stand for. To those who asked and those who would express the same question, consider to read my explanation here to save your time and mine.

Finally, I do hope that this daily note of me will be of benefit for you, my honorable readers. There is nothing special but to feel that what you have done is useful for others.

Social Networks Profile

Even though I am just a baby, I wanted to be like the grown-ups in terms of online activities engagement such as blogging, and social networking. Here are my social networks profile links:

1. Facebook Profile. My Facebook Pages is here.
2. MySpace
3. Twitter
4. Friendfeed
5. MyBloglog
6. BlogCatalog
7. Blogger Profile
8. Google Profile

My Photos Timeline

Day One I am Born

Two Months Old


Four Months Baby

Six Months Baby


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Blogger Cilik Photos in Facebook

I am a 199 days / 6 months, 3 weeks old baby

These days I am busy uploading my baby photos into my Facebook account.

The photos uploading into Facebook is to make putting photos into my daily posts a lot easier.

So, from now on you may expect me to put a photo or two into any posts I write everyday.

If you hardly see I put photo into my post before it is because inserting photo directly into blogger.com sometime a time-consuming job. Using a third party service, like Facebook, to store photos first, I think is the best choice.

Foto Farzan 6 bulan

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Baby Six Month Week Three

I am a 199 days / 6 months, 2 weeks & 6 days old baby

It's almost the third week of my six month milestone.

As far as my development is concerned, nothing very significant happens to me.

I sill can't sit on my own. I am still hard to do a tummy time unassisted.

I am also still difficult to rolling over, except after I do a tummy time. Not to say crawling.


But expert do advise dad and mom that every baby is unique. They will grow and develop according to their own "choosing and time."

That's said, some expert give us a sort of "standardization" of how a six month 3 week baby can do and what a parent should do.

The following essay is not written by me, nor by dad or mom. It's written by an expert which I forgot where the source link is. For the original writer my apology for not mentioning your name.

Stimulating his senses

Your baby uses all of his senses to explore and learn about his world. Make sure he has lots of safe things around to touch, mouth, and manipulate. He'll love squishing a soft rubber ball, patting a piece of fake fur, gnawing a chilled teething ring, and hearing a bell jingle inside a stuffed animal.

An interesting thing to do: Gather different fabrics and place them next to each other on the floor. Watch your baby's expression as he moves over the varying textures.

Getting a kick out of story hour

Looking at books together will improve your baby's language skills and prime him for a lifelong love of reading. It doesn't matter what type of book you choose. Board books are colorful and sturdy, and books that have pop-up pictures or textured illustrations are also very popular.

Your baby won't have the dexterity to open a book or even flip pages until he's between about 9 and 12 months, and he might not yet have the patience to sit still while you read him a story, but don't give up. No matter what your child's age, reading provides a great opportunity for cuddling and socializing.
Finger foods

Starting now, your baby will probably let you know that he's ready to try eating finger foods by grabbing the spoon you're feeding him with or snatching food off your plate. Scatter four or five pieces of finger food onto your baby's highchair tray or an unbreakable plate. (A highchair — not reclined in a car seat or stroller — is the place to eat to reduce choking hazards.)

Your baby may have a good appetite but not many teeth, so start with foods that he can gum or that will dissolve easily in his mouth. As he grows you'll be able to give him bite-size pieces of whatever you're eating.

Remember that your baby's also learning about texture, color, and smell, so try to offer a variety of foods. Some finger food favorites: O-shaped toasted oat cereal; small chunks of banana or other very ripe, peeled fruit like mango, plum, pear, peach, cantaloupe, or seedless watermelon; small cubes of tofu; well-cooked pasta spirals, cut into pieces; thin cheese strips or very small chunks of cheese; cut-up seedless grapes or cherries (pits removed); blueberries; and small soft pieces of cooked vegetables, like carrots, peas, zucchini, potato, or sweet potato.
Remember, your baby is an individual

All babies are unique and meet milestones at their own pace. Developmental guidelines simply show what your baby has the potential to accomplish — if not right now, then soon. If your baby was premature, keep in mind that kids born early usually need a bit more time to meet their milestones. If you have any questions at all about your baby's development, ask your healthcare provider.
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More Bowel Movement After Drinking Baby Formula

I am a 199 days / 6 months, 2 weeks & 5 days old baby

As a breastfed baby, I used to have less frequent bowel movement. It occured once a week, twice a week. I even did bowel movement one times for ten days!

The frequencies start to change after I reach six month milestone. The first reason was, mom introduce me into eating supplementary solid food (porridge). By then I start made bovel movement twice a week.

Now, after mom weaned me for three days and introduce me into drinking baby formula for three days I start to have more frequent bowel movement. Even now, after mom breastfeed me again but still mix it with the baby formula I still do almost bowel movement once a day. Sometimes I poop twice a day.

I don't know if it's good or bad. The thing is I don't feel anything. That's why I don't cry. And that makes mom and dad calm down a little bit.

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First Day of Ramadan Fasting 2009

I am a 198 days / 6 months, 2 weeks & 4 days old baby

Today is day one of Ramadan fasting. Dad, mom and mbak Muthi'ah (my baby sitter) are fasting.

Fasting in Islamic term means: “...refrain from eating, drinking, sexual conduct, smoking, and indulging in anything that is in excess or ill-natured; from dawn until sunset.”


They're going to do fasting for one month (around 30 days).

I'd like to do it, but mom simply breasteed me everytime I cry. She also gives me supplementary food twice a day. Giving me no chance to do fasting like they do.

Anyway, Happy Ramadan fasting for all muslim around the world. To all Muslim babies like me, let's respect our parents, especially our mom, by not crying and fussy too much.

Watch my Video doing tummy time when I was precisely Six Months (two weeks ago)



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Baby Walker Video

I am a 197 days / 6 months, 2 weeks & 3 days old baby

Since yesterday, I am busy with a new toy: a baby walker.

Dad and mom bought it yesterday afternoon in Jalan Kasin, Malang. Mom thinks a baby walker will enable me to be able to walk quicker. Or simply put, it'll make me having more fun.

Dad as always think something else: is baby walker safe for a 6 and 2 weeks baby like me who cannot even sit down unassisted? Dad is worried that the purpose will end in opposite result.

Robert Steel of Ivillage.com reports interesting facts and opinion as follows:

- The few studies that have been done looking at the how walkers affect development have shown that they do not affect the time at which a child learns to walk. And in fact, most studies have shown that if there is any effect on walking, it is a delay of a few weeks. Babies who use a walker tend to have an abnormal gait at first, but this tends to resolve quickly with time.

- they (baby walkers) are one of the most dangerous inventions made for children, causing a lot of harm and heartache each year.

- Babies almost universally love them, and parents love to use them because they may keep an otherwise fussy baby entertained -- often for hours.

- Safety, however, is an entirely different issue, and is one in which there is a lot known. In 1997, baby walkers sent more than 14,000 babies to the hospital emergency room. Walkers were even involved in 34 deaths from 1973 to 1998.

Consumerreports.org give us tips to pick a good baby walker

Safety first. Select a model with a wheelbase that's longer and wider than the frame of the walker to ensure stability.

Practice collapsing display models in the store. Make sure the folding mechanism works well. In our tests, some models, such as the Safety 1st Grip 'N' Go, pinched a finger when it was unfolded.

Don't buy a walk-behind walker. Some walkers, such as the Kolcraft Tiny Steps 2-in-1 Activity Walker #14570, can be converted to a walk-behind walker; once they're able, babies have the option of scooting around on foot by pushing the walker from behind. We consider walk-behind units dangerous because a baby could push the walker down stairs. Avoid these models or simply don't convert them into walk-behind mode.

Take your baby with you. When you're shopping, make sure his feet can touch the ground on the seat's lowest setting.

Examine attachments. Look for small toys or parts that can break off or screws that can loosen. Toys and parts should be firmly attached.

Meanwhile, wowomensforum.com emphasises that baby walker don't make your baby walk quicker:

Will Your Baby Walk Sooner?

No, Baby walkers are not a necessary implement in the growth and development of your baby. In fact some studies have shown them to be potentially instrumental in actually delaying the age at which a baby will walk on his or her own.

Pediatricians have been warning about the use of baby walker safety for a few years now. There has been an increase in numbers of baby walkers sold and with that an increase in the number of injuries has occurred.

The most common type of injury is when babies fall down stairs or steps in their baby walkers. The next common danger is poisoning, because the babies have more mobility in a baby walker, they are more likely to get into and be able to reach substances that can harm them. Baby walker safety should be a real concern when you are thinking about putting your baby in a baby walker.


Conclusion

Determining the right age for buying a baby walker for your baby depends a lot on your baby's skill level. Babies develop at different ages. Most pediatricians recommend not buying a baby walker at all, because of the baby walker safety concerns, but if do feel that a baby walker is safe for your baby, you should wait until your baby can sit up on their own and start to pull themselves up on furniture with or without assistance. This is usually between 5 to 6 months of age. It's possible that the child will not develop the leg and thigh strength needed to do these activities if left too long in a walker.[1]

bab waker farzan esfandiar

Update 19 Sep 2009: Watch Video when I am playing with Baby Walker. This video is taken when I reach 7 month 1 week.



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[1] Womensforum.com
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A Breastfed Baby Again

I am a 196 days / 6 months, 2 weeks & 2 days old baby

It's official, I am breastfed again after three days mom weaned me (stop breastfeeding me).

The occurrence took place yesterday after a long talk between dad and mom and after consulting with many senior moms and some expert on the net as to the safety (or lack of) breastfeeding while pregnant.


The idea to wean me came from mom's pediatrician in RSIA (Rumah Sakit Ibu dan Anak) Melati Husada Malang, Ibu Nuke (Nugrahanti), mom's favorite pediatrician / lactation. She urges mom with authority to stop breastfeeding me because it could endanger the unborn that's my sibling inside the womb.

During three days of weaning, I consume Milna biscuit as suplementary food[1] and Lactogen 1 formula.

Now, after I am breastfed again, I still consume baby formula whenever mom's breastmilk is not coming smoothly.

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[1] I actually I eat suplementary solid food (Milna biscuit) right after I reach six month of age. So, it's not since mom weans me.



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Preterm Birth

I am a 196 days / 6 months, 2 weeks & 2 days old baby

Preterm birth refers to the birth of a baby of less than 37 weeks gestational age. Premature birth, commonly used as a synonym for preterm birth, refers to the birth of a premature infant. Because it is by far the most common cause of prematurity, preterm birth is the major cause of neonatal mortality in developed countries. Premature infants are at greater risk for short and long term complications, including disabilities and impediments in growth and mental development.

Significant progress has been made in the care of premature infants, but not in reducing the prevalence of preterm birth. The cause for preterm birth is in many situations elusive and unknown; many factors appear to be associated with the development of preterm birth, making the reduction of preterm birth a challenging proposition.[1]

Most pregnancies last around 40 weeks. Babies born between 37 and 42 completed weeks of pregnancy are called full term. Babies born before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy are called premature. In the United States, about 12.8 percent of babies (more than half a million a year) are born prematurely. The rate of premature birth has increased by 36 percent since the early 1980s.

Premature birth is a serious health problem. Premature babies are at increased risk for newborn health complications, such as breathing problems, and even death. Most premature babies require care in a newborn intensive care unit (NICU), which has specialized medical staff and equipment that can deal with the multiple problems faced by premature infants.[2]
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[1] Wikipedia
[2] marchofdimes.com
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Uterine Contraction

I am a 195 days / 6 months, 2 weeks & 1 day old baby

Uterine contraction definition is the tightening and shortening of the uterine muscles.

During labor, contractions accomplish two things: (1) they cause the cervix to thin and dilate (open); and (2) they help the baby to descend into the birth canal.

Uterine contractions also occur during the monthly menstrual cycle and are recognized as menstrual cramps.[1]

In medicine (obstetrics), a contraction is a forceful and very painful motion of the uterus as part of the process of childbirth. Contractions, and labour in general, is one condition that releases the hormone oxytocin into the body. Contractions become longer as labour intensifies. Prior to actual labour, women may experience Braxton Hicks contractions, sometimes known as "false labour."

The uterus also contracts during menstruation. These contractions may be uncomfortable or even painful, but they are generally significantly less painful than contractions during labour. Aspirin can help with the pain. Also a hot water bottle or exercising has been found to help.

The uterus and vagina contract during female orgasm to encourage male semen to reach the fallopian tubes. These contractions may not be noticed by all women; pregnant women are more likely to notice these contractions by late 2nd and 3rd trimesters.[2]

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[1] medterms.com
[2] wikipedia.org
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Breastfeeding while Pregnant

I am a 195 days / 6 months, 2 weeks & 1 day old baby

Is it safe for mom to breastfeed me while she's pregnant?

After getting some comments regarding the end of breastfeeding here and here which blame mom and mom's doctor who "conspired" to stop breastfeeding me as unfortunate, dad and mom starts talking and searching some articles on this issue and the possibility for mom to restart breastfeeding me again.

I am so happy to hear the plan. But let's see what dad and mom found out about breastfeeding while pregnant and the risk regarding this matter which they found from various authoritative sources i.e. lactation expert, pediatrician,obstetrician etc:


According to Roger W. Harms, M.D., of Mayo Clinic obstetrician and medical editor-in-chief, breastfeeding during pregnancy is okay provided "vigilance is paid to healthy eating and aggressive hydration. Supplemental prenatal vitamins, especially vitamin D, may be needed as well."[1]

Because, breast milk continues to be nutritionally sound throughout pregnancy. The content of breast milk changes throughout pregnancy, however. This may affect the way the milk tastes. Decreased milk production is also likely as the pregnancy progresses. Sometimes these factors lead a nursing child to wean on his or her own.

The risk, doctor Harms says, is that breast-feeding can trigger uterine contractions. Although these mild contractions aren't a concern for most women, caution is important. Breast-feeding during pregnancy generally isn't recommended for women who have a history of preterm labor.[2]

Jan Barger, a lactation consultant of babycenter.com even encourages pregnant mother to continue breastfeeding her newborn baby and ensures that the unborn is safe:

Millions of women through the ages have breastfed during pregnancy and continued to nurse an older child along with the new baby.

Many mothers have questions about how this works and whether nursing while pregnant could trigger premature labor or take nutrients away from the unborn baby. They may find that healthcare professionals are sometimes quick to recommend weaning — but if so, it's worth asking why. It's possible that the doctor or practitioner hasn't really researched the topic of nursing while pregnant.

... You don't need to be concerned about your unborn baby receiving enough nourishment while you're nursing his older sibling, either. Human bodies are amazing. They can maintain their own health and make milk for a newborn and provide adequate nutrition for his fast-growing sibling. You might be hungrier because of all this work, though — so go ahead and enjoy that peanut butter and jelly sandwich![3]

On the risk of labor contraction

There's a link between nursing and labor contractions, but it's not worrisome. Oxytocin is the hormone that's released when your baby suckles; it causes your milk to let down. Oxytocin is also what triggers labor contractions (and is the hormone that's released during orgasm).

The amount of oxytocin that causes milk to flow is a lot less than the amount of oxytocin that's needed to cause labor contractions, though, so there's no need to worry. One exception would be if your healthcare practitioner has put you on "pelvic rest" (no breast play, no intercourse) for preterm labor; if this is the case, then weaning will be necessary.[4]

It seems mom and dad tend to budge to the advice against weaning breastfeeding.

So, I expect a good news will come soon from both of them announcing that I can enjoy the most nutritious milk ever created once again. Yeah, breast-milk is what I'm talking about.

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Notes:
[1] mayoclinic.com
[2] ibid
[3] babycenter.com
[4] ibid

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Preterm Labor

I am a 195 days / 6 months, 2 weeks & 1 day old baby

Preterm labor is defined as the presence of uterine contractions of sufficient frequency and intensity to effect progressive effacement and dilation of the cervix prior to term gestation (between 20 and 37 week). Preterm labor precedes almost half of preterm births and preterm birth occurs in approximately 12% of pregnancies and is the leading cause of neonatal mortality in the United States. In addition, preterm birth accounts for 70% of neonatal morbidity, mortality, and health care dollars spent on the neonate, largely due to the 2% of American women delivering very premature infants (less than 32 week).[1]

Preterm labor can happen to any woman: Only about half the women who have preterm labor fall into any known risk group. About 12 percent of births (1 in 8) in the United States are preterm. Babies who are born preterm are at higher risk of needing hospitalization, having long-term health problems and of dying than babies born at the right time.

Three groups of women are at greatest risk of preterm labor and birth:

* Women who have had a previous preterm birth
* Women who are pregnant with twins, triplets or more
* Women with certain uterine or cervical abnormalities[2]

The signs of preterm labor include:

* Contractions (your abdomen tightens like a fist) every 10 minutes or more often
* Change in vaginal discharge (leaking fluid or bleeding from your vagina)
* Pelvic pressure—the feeling that your baby is pushing down
* Low, dull backache
* Cramps that feel like your period
* Abdominal cramps with or without diarrhea.[3]
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Notes:

[1] emedicine.medscape.com
[2] marchofdimes.com
[3] ibid
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Day 3 without Breastfeeding

I am a 194 days / 6 months, 2 weeks old baby

Update: I pooped twice today, it's unusual. But it's not diarrhea. During breastfeeding days, I did bowel movement no more than twice a week or even once a week. May be I need adjustment with this new way of life.

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Today is the third day mom gives up breastfeeding me.

Unlike the first day, it's so hard on my part to part away from the breastfeeding habit.

I become so difficult to sleep. Difficult to eat. And difficult to stay calm.

Mom cries sometime seeing me in agony. She simply don't have the heart to leave me unbreastfed. But as dad says, we just don't have any other option.

Leave the breastfeeding, or we would sacrifice the 1 and half month would be baby in the womb.

This is the first day and night that mom totally don't breastfeed me.

I 100 percent consume infant formula (Lactogen for 0 - 6 month baby) as much as I feel thirsty and eat porridge (Milna biscuit) twice a day.

Wish me luck with my new habit. Aunt Luthfiyah already said that I got a bit of weightloss.


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Baby Photo with Cousin: Kak Hasbi

I am a 193 days / 6 months, 1 week & 6 days old baby

Kak Hasbi is another cousin of mine. He's elder brother of mbak Liha. Thus, he's the son of aunt Husna (dad's sister) and KH Baidhowi Khozin now pengasuh pondok pesantren Banyuanyar timur.

Kak Hasbi is funny. He's chubby too. I don't know if he's got obesity which I hope not.

Whether good or bad, being a chubby boy is more funny looking to the adult people.

By the way, today 17 August 2009 is the 64th anniversary of our independent day. Merdeka! for all Indonesian babies who celebrate this day with all parents.

Here's a photo of Kak Hasbi with me.


Farzan Esfandiar with Kak Hasbi

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The End of Breastfeeding

I am a 192 days / 6 months, 1 week & 5 days old baby

I don't know if I should be unhappy or happy. The decision has been made by the pediatrician, Bu Nuke (Dr. Nugrahanti of RSIA Melati Husada Malang) that mom is pregnant again.

The good news is I'll have a younger brother / sister in the near future which is a great news. I'll not be alone again among the grown-ups people.

The sad news is I will no longer be a breastfed baby again.

Ideally, as mom said, I should be breastfed until I reach 2 years of age if my younger sibling were not come too early.

Now, there's no other choice. I should give up breastfeeding. I should sacrifice my comfort zone for the sake of my younger brother/sister well-being. Otherwise, his/her health will be in jeopardy.

Day one drinking infant formula

So, here I am, a six month baby who gives up his breasfeeding luxury and have to move to another lifestyle of eating: drinking infant formula.

Is it good or bad? It's not about good or bad. It's about sacrificing one's convenience for the sake of other who need more.

According to Wikipedia, however, infant formula is okay:

"A 2001 WHO report finds that infant formula prepared in accord with applicable Codex Alimentarius standards is a nutritionally adequate and safe complementary food and a suitable breast milk substitute. Nonetheless, with few exceptions the WHO report recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life."

Well, I have passed the six month milestone. So, I think it's ok for me to change my lifestyle, don't you think?


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Baby Photo with Cousin: Mbak Liha

I am a 191 days / 6 months, 1 week & 4 days old baby
Part of my Photos with cousin series.

Mbak Liha is the daughter of aunt Husna (dad's sister) and KH Baidhowi Khozin (Pengasuh pesantren Banyuanyar Timur).

She's at the same age with mbak Cici, another cousin of mine. Understandably, both are very close to each other especially when they visit us here in Karangsuko.

Here's my photo with Mbak Liha taken at 18 August 2009 a day when she visits Ponpes Karangsuko



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Baby Six Month Week Two

I am a 190 days / 6 months, 1 week & 3 days old baby

It's week 2 of my six months milestone. There's something important I wanted to tell you but dad said I should keep quiet at least for a while. There's something else to talk instead of this one, dad says.

Well, ok dad. Today I attend the wedding party of uncle Itok. He gets married with 'Ala both reside in Gondanglegi, Malang. Ito' is mom's cousin and son of Haji Fauzi Nabrawi, the owner of Sarivit drugstore in Pasar Gondanglegi.

Another good news, aunt Husna (dad's younger sister) came yesterday with all her three kids (my cousins). They want to take vacation here with us. They are mbak Nia (ning), kak Hasbi, and mbak Liha.

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As mentioned above, I am now entering the week 2 of my six month milestone. This is what a baby like me can and should do in this age and some advices from expert to all parents:

Baby sign language

If you want to introduce sign language to your baby, now's the time. Her understanding of language and her motor skills develop much faster than her ability to speak. Most babies, for example, discover how to wave (around 9 months) and point (by age 1) long before they can say "bye bye" or "look at that!"

Giving your baby the tools to express herself may help cut down on her frustration. While baby signing doesn't promise to eliminate tears or tantrums, babies this young have been taught to "sign" successfully.

To begin, try using a hand signal every time you use common words such as "book" (open your palms with your hands together) or "hungry" (put your fingers to your lips). Later on, your baby will be able to express more complex ideas such as "I'm done with my juice" with a simple gesture such as putting her palms up at shoulder height.

And don't worry: Signing won't interfere with your baby's progress in learning to speak. In fact, it may actually help develop her language skills.
Lefty or a righty?

Your baby may favor one hand for a while and then switch to the other. But you can't really tell whether she's a lefty or a righty until she's about 2 or 3 years old.

Don't try to influence your baby's hand preference (it's determined before birth). Forcing her to use her right hand when she's really a lefty, for example, may confuse her and lead to problems with hand-eye coordination, dexterity, and handwriting down the road.
Playing games

Your baby will love turn-taking games, especially ones that involve sounds and language. Let your baby be the leader sometimes, and mimic her vocalizations. When it's your turn to lead, a good way to teach — and amuse — your baby is to make animal noises ("quack-quack," "bow-wow").

One upside of these kinds of games is that they can be played anywhere. Your baby will delight in the sounds of water splashing in the bathtub or blocks hitting the floor. Show your baby how to make these fun (if sometimes annoying) noises and then let her have a turn.

Remember, your baby is an individual

All babies are unique and meet milestones at their own pace. Developmental guidelines simply show what your baby has the potential to accomplish — if not right now, then soon. If your baby was premature, keep in mind that kids born early usually need a bit more time to meet their milestones. If you have any questions at all about your baby's development, ask your healthcare provider.[1]

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Note:
[1] Babycenter.com


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Farzan Esfandiar Meaning

I am a 189 days / 6 months, 1 week & 2 days old baby

What's the meaning of Farzan Esfandiar?

The question being asked quite often to my dad because it's uncommon name so far as Indonesian name goes. That is understandable considering my names are derived from Persian language.

I don't know the exact reason why dad gives me an uncommon name.

The fact is I like it. And I am thankful to dad for that beautiful name.

Here's the meaning of Farzan Esfandiar as dad told me:


First off, both words, Farzan & Esfandiar, are of Persian origin.

Farzan stand for Wise

Esfandiar means a (hero) character (in Shahnameh)

So, both words combined more or less stands for "wise hero."

Dad expect me to have a wise character in everything because he thinks that will bring me to happiness. Amen.

Historically, my middle name-- Esfandiar -- has a long story as far as Persian history is concerned. Since it's the name of legendary hero in Persia. Here's from Wikipedia:

Esfandiyār (Persian: اسفنديار), also transliterated as Esfandyar, Isfandiar, Isfandiyar or Esfandiar, is a legendary Iranian hero. He was the son and the crown prince of the Kayanian King Goshtasp (from Middle Persian Wishtasp from Avestan language Vishtaspa) and brother of the saintly Pashotan (Middle Persian Peshotan, Avestan Peshotanu).

Perso-Arabic 'Esfandyar' derives from Middle Persian 'Spandadat' or 'Spandyat' (the variance is due to ambiguities inherent to Pahlavi script), which in turn derives from Avestan Spentodata "Given by/through bounty" or "Given by (the) holy" (see Amesha Spenta for other meanings of spenta-). The Median language *Spendata - as it is reconstructed - probably motivated a similar Old Persian form, which may be inferred from Greek Sphendadates, a 5th century BCE political figure unrelated to the Esfandiar of legend. Equally unrelated is the Sassanid-era feudal house of Spandyat, that - like numerous other feudal houses also - adopted a Kayanian name in order to legitimize and emphasize the antiquity of their genealogy.

The Esfandyar of legend is best known from the tragic story of a battle with Rostam, as described in Ferdowsi's epic Shahnameh, or Book of Kings.

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CDMA Smart Unlimited Internet Connection

I am a 188 days / 6 months, 1 week & 1 day old baby

Since I reported the Telkom cable theft four days ago which means I could'nt use Telkom Speedy internet connection, dad uses the alternatives: CDMA Smart Unlimited internet connection.

CDMA Smart is good with strong signal even from my home whose relatively far away from Smart BTS (5 or 7 km).

Dad can browse well with CDMA Smart. We use cellphone Haier as modem with free cable data from Smart.

That CDMA Smart has a good signal and a good internet connection is unexpected. Dad bought it seven months ago simply because it's cheap (around IDR 300,000 or USD 30) with complete package i.e. cellphone HAIER with cable data, pre-paid CDMA number, and six-month free internet with 1 GB.

It turns out to be the faviour for dad whose primary internet connection (Telkom Speedy) experience cable theft all the time (almost more than once a month).

Smart now opens unlimited internet connection package with various scheme from regular, silver, gold, platinum and ultimate with price ranging from IDR 60,000 to 225,000 / month. For more detail you can visit its website at smart-telecom.co.id

I think dad should consider using CDMA SMART UNLIMITED as primary backup and remove the useless Kartu Halo Telkom Flash Unlimited altogeter.

If you stay a bit far away from any cellphone BTS -- more than five km -- dad recommends you to use SMART internet connection.

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Baby Six Months One Week Old Development

I am a 188 days / 6 months, 1 week & 1 day old baby

As you know, I've just 'celebrated' my six month old baby milestone a week ago.

I wonder what I've achieved as a baby during this six month of life. I try to figure out some achievement I've probably attained as a baby. I could'nt notice the details, but here are some big improvement:

First, I can do a tummy time almost by myself, unassisted and with longer time.

Second, I start crawling a little. Well, it's not fit to be called a crawling, just trying to move my leg around unlike before.

Third, I can sit down with more firm neck. Yet, I still need some help from mom and dad to do it.

Fourth, I am more attached to mom. I cry whenever mom leaves me.

Fifth, I can laugh more easily unlike before.

Sixth, I like rolling over. Still hard to place my hand on the right place though.

Now, let's see what experts have to say about babies my ages i.e. six month first week. Here's from mothersbliss.com:

What baby can do:

* Express excitement by squealing and laughing and anger by screaming
* Sit up when you hold his hands
* Show a lot of interest in what is going on around him
* Keep himself busy with his own company
* Push himself along by kicking (probably backwards first) as he is unable to crawl yet
* Grasp objects and pass them from one hand to another
* Respond to her name
* Pull long hair! (Beware!)
* Become wary of strangers quite unlike the friendly baby he was before
* Become very talkative babbling something or the other all the time
* May be able to sit in a high-chair

What parents can do:

* Don't help him too much when he gets frustrated with his inability to be mobile and get things he wants
* Put toys just outside his reach so that he has to move around to get them
* Give him more toys so that he reaches out to them with both hands
* As always, shake the rattle before offering it to him as he will try and shake the rattle in a similar fashion
* By this time your baby's eyes should move together in unison. If they don't, you must consult a specialist
* Read books to him especially ones with big pictures. Soon he will be able to understand it all
* Play clapping games as he loves to see and hear you clap

Photo: I am with Mas Daud and Mas Bessam





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Baby Photo with Cousin: Mas Bessam

I am a 187 days / 6 months & 1 week old baby
Part of baby photo with my cousin series

Another cousin and close neighbor is mas Bessam.

He's younger brother of mas Daud so he's also son of KH Ja'far Sodiq Syuhud and Nyai Juwairiyah Syamsul Arifin.

He's just three years older than me--thus the closest cousin in term of age-- and visits me most often as we are neighbors.

Here's mas Bessam and me in photo.




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Baby Photo with Cousin: Mas Daud

I am a 186 days / 6 months & 6 days old baby
Part of baby photo with my cousin series

A cousin whose age is not so far away from me is mas Daud (mas Au' as we're babies like to call him). His full name is Daud Ibrahim

He's son of uncle Ja'far (KH Ja'far Shodiq Syuhud and aunt Juwairiyah Syamsul Arifin).

His house is beside my house. It's just 3 meters north of my home.

He often visits me and plays with me.

Here's mas Daud (left with yellow shirt) and me in pictures.




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Telkom Speedy is Dead Again

I am a 185 days / 6 months & 5 days old baby

It's becoming more embarassing by the day.

I reported a few days ago that our Telkom Speedy internet connection was dead because the Telkom cable was stolen.

The cable was replaced two days ago.

Now it's stolen again. The Telkom Speedy connection is dead again.

I don't know what to say. The thief should be in the deepest part of the hell.

He, I am sure the thief is a male, makes people lives miserable.

He makes his own lives and the lives of his family who eat from the unlawful money will be miserable if not horrible.

As a baby, I feel it's a lesson for me to learn: live a dignified lives with honesty, integrity, education and spirituality. That what dad says oftentimes.

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Noordin Mohd Top The Most Wanted Terrorist Captured and Killed

I am a 184 days / 6 months & 4 days old baby

I am along with dad glued to the TV set watching the drama of special police force called Densus 88 who raid a home believed to be Noordin M Top hideout.

The police raid are so dramatic and take a long time, around 17 hours since yesterday 5 pm till today 10 am.

The police force finally succeed in killing the man in the house believed to be Noordin Mohammed Top.



Reports from newspapers:

"SUSPECTED terrorist mastermind Noordin Mohammed Top was believed to have been killed in a Central Java police raid today.

Indonesian police this afternoon were evacuating bodies from the house they had stormed, believing that the regional militant leader was hiding on the premises with several followers.

Indonesian news stations carried television footage of the raid, and quoted a police source as being "80 per cent certain" that Top had been in the house.

Top is suspected of having had a leading role in last month's attacks on the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in the capital, Jakarta, which killed nine people, including three Australians.

The raid today broke a 17-hour siege of the house that had officers trading automatic weapons fire with the militants.

Indonesian anti-terror police made their first significant advance in the Jakarta bombing investigation last night, when they raided the house in the Central Java village.

A gun battle then raged around the house.

The raid was in Temanggung, near the provincial capital of Semarang, and in the same area where another man already linked to the bombs three weeks ago, Nur Said, grew up.

Detachment 88 anti-terror investigators were engaged in a prolonged gunbattle from around 5pm (8pm AEST) yesterday, after evacuating near neighbours first.

Since dawn this morning, at least five explosions had rocked the suspected hideout of the alleged terrorist mastermind, who is a Malaysian.

Police spokesman Nanan Sukarna said officers believed that the alleged militant leader and terror mastermind and two or three of his followers had been inside, but could not immediately confirm their fate.

Minutes after the raid, witnesses said officers outside the house took off their helmets and were shaking hands with each other, suggesting all those inside had either been killed or captured."[1]

Reuters also reports:

"Indonesian police have shot dead a man suspected to be fugitive Islamic militant Noordin Mohammad Top during raids in Central Java and were trying to identify his body, a police source said on Saturday.

Separately, police found five bombs during another raid on a house in Bekasi near the capital Jakarta, the source who is close to the investigation told Reuters."

It's of course the big and good news for all Indonesian including for all babies like me.

Terrorists and terrorism just make life of ordinary people miserable. They don't have any good purpose about what they are doing but destruction.

May God kill them all and destruct them to pieces. Amen.
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Note:
[1] Theaustralian.news.com.au


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Uncle Hamid Goes to Makkah

I am a 183 days / 6 months & 3 days old baby

There was a couple of events yesterday that I forget to report. One, that uncle Hamid went to Makkah on Thursday morning from Bandara Juanda Airport Surabaya direct flight to Jeddah Saudi Arabia. Two, gramma (mom's mother) held haul-- anniversary of grand father (mom's father) KH Kamal Abdullah Mufid's death. It's the second haul.

On uncle Hamid --H Hamidurrohman Syuhud, dad's younger brother-- trip to Mecca I and mom did not join dad to Surabaya. It's only uncle Hamid's sibling (brothers and sisters) who went to Surabaya including aunt Lutfiyah Syuhud, Bisyaroh Syuhud, Amin Hasan Syuhud, Ja'far Sodiq Syuhud and two cousins: yuk Rohma (Wahbah Rohmaniyah Zuhri) and yuk Mam (Mamnuhah Zainal Ali).

Dad and ci's arrive home at around 11 am.

In the afternoon around 3 pm dad went to gramma's house at Kauman Kepanjen to attend the grandfather's haul rites including tahlilan, yasinan and pengajian ceramah agama (religious speech) by KH Imam Ma'ruf Kepanjen (Tanfidziyah MWC NU Kepanjen).

At the evening around 7 pm tahlilan and yasinan were held again for general invitee (the first one for alumnus only). Dad boringly attended both programs.

I meanwhile was sitting idle with mom at gramma's house.


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Baby Blogger Indonesia

I am a 182 days / 6 months & 2 days old baby

Had it been a baby blogger community in Indonesia or in the world, I would have certainly joined such groups.

I've been blogging regularly for six months now, so I think I deserve to be called Blogger Indonesia Cilik or Indonesian Baby Blogger.

If you're a baby like me and have been blogging, I'd request you to be part of this effort to establish a baby community in the blogging world.

Blogger Baby Community, you may call it. Or whatever you like it. The important thing is that this kind of community is necessary to "protect" us from any draconian law that try to discourage grown-up people from expressing their free speech rights.

We as a baby need to reaffirm that we have the right to talk and write whatever we want so far as we abide by the law. What do you think?

Watch the video of me doing "performance" on the bed. I hope every baby blogger show their video presentation and tell me the link. I'd certainly visit you.




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Six Months Baby Photos

I am a 182 days / 6 months & 2 days old baby

In celebrating my baby's six month old milestone, dad took several photos of me. Dad says it's just to remind myself when I am growing up about my month to month development.

There are a lot pictures dad had taken on the six-month-baby-photos celebration.

The following are some of those photos:

Oh by the way, the Telkom Speedy internet connection is now up and running again, meaning the stolen Telkom cable has been replaced. Thanks God.







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Baby Diarrhea Four Times Bowel Movement a Day

I am a 181 days / 6 months & 1 day old baby

It's surprising and worrying to both dad and mom to see that I got diarrhea yesterday precisely when I should celebrate my six-month-of-age achievement.

It started at 3 am in the morning when I made first bowel movement (poop). Then the following two hours. Three times bowel movement in a span of one morning! To make it worst, the last two stools are in the form of liquid (lendir in Indonesian).

So, dad and mom rush me to pediatrician (bidan in Indonesian). First, bidan ibu Wahyu whose house is 100 meter away from my home. She's not there. We then went to Kepanjen to BKM (Balai Kesehatan Masyarakat) Muslimat at Jalan Sultan Agung near Warung Udin Kepanjen.

I was treated by a female pediatrician there and was given medicine ( a bottle of syrup ) to consume.

I made a bowel movement (the fourth time) at gramma's house (we went to gramma's house at 1 pm). But did not poop again after that.

The pediactrician says if a baby makes a bowel movement more than four times a day it's called diarrhea.

Strangely I feel nothing painful in my stomach that's why I did not cry. Mom, dad and gramma were wondering about this.

At 8 pm we went home. Sleeping happily with dad and mom without any further diarrhea.

I poop again only this morning. The stool still like liquid but it's only once. Am I cured? I hope so.

Dad & mom are happy. I am also happy and give the sweetest smile to both of them.

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Six Months Baby Video

I am a 180 days / 6 months old baby

The six months milestone has finally come.

Another milestone worth celebrating not only by me, but my parents and gramma as well.

They are grateful to the facts that I've passed the critical moments (days, weeks & months) smoothly.

It's a thrilling and tense moments, dad and mom say, watching me grows day by day, week by week. And to reach this kind of six-month milestone is an experience they will never forget. And for that, they have already taped me in a video which should be posted below soon if not now. I am also very happy to have dad and mom so caring and loving. I can feel it. I can touch their feeling of happiness.

What a six month old baby means and what he can do?
This is what expert says:


What You Need To Know About Your Six-Month-Old Baby


# "Your infant will probably have given up middle of the night feedings by this age (although some breastfed infants continue to have a feeding in the middle of the night). If not, and your baby is gaining weight well, slowly reduce how much you are putting in the bottle each night and gradually stop this feeding all together.

# Your infant has probably doubled his birthweight by now.

# If using a pacifier, now is a good time to start restricting its use to only when your baby is in his crib, or giving it up all together.

# Now would be a good time to begin childproofing your home, before your child is too mobile.

# Although you can now use sunscreen on your baby, avoid too much sun exposure.

# The timing of when your baby's first tooth comes in can vary quite a bit.

# At the six-month checkup, you can expect a complete physical exam, a review of feeding and sleep schedules, measurement of your child's height, weight and head circumference, and immunizations, including DTaP, IPV, HepB (these three may be combined in the combo vaccine Pediarix), Hib, Prevnar, RotaTeq."[1]

Parenting and Behavioral

* "Encourage speech development by talking to your 6-month-old while dressing, bathing, feeding, playing, walking and driving.
* Begin playing social games such as pat-a-cake, peek-a-boo, so-big, etc.
* Begin to set some limits for future discipline by using distraction, reducing stimulation and establishing routines.
* Establish a bedtime routine and other habits to discourage night awakening. Make sure your baby has learned self-soothing techniques by providing your child with the same transitional object, such as a stuffed animal, "special" blanket or favorite toy.
* Encourage play with age-appropriate toys. Babies like to bounce, swing, reach for you, pick up and drop objects, and bang things together. Unbreakable household objects such as plastic measuring cups, large wooden spoons, pots, pans and plastic containers make great toys.
* Shoes are not necessary at this age except for show and to keep their feet warm."

Development

* "Begins to speak single (hard) consonants, like "dada" (sorry mom!).
* Rolls over both ways (front to back and back to front).
* The baby will begin to look for a toy dropped out of sight.
* Has no head lag when pulled to a sitting position.
* Begins to "tripod" (sits with one hand on the ground for support) and soon will begin to sit without support.
* Continues to grasp and mouth objects, but now can transfer small objects from one hand to another.
* Six-month-old babies begin to rake at small objects but cannot pick them up yet because their finger coordination is not yet precise enough.
* Shows displeasure with loss of a toy.
* Is able to recognize each parent and may even begin to show some stranger anxiety.
* Makes attempts to feed himself or herself.
* Smiles, laughs, squeals and begins to imitate sounds.
* Can be content in a playpen for a while playing with one or two toys.
* Can bear weight on his or her legs when held in a standing position (no, it will not make him or her bowlegged).
* May develop one or more teeth by the 9-month checkup. Don't worry if teething is delayed, as every child has his or her own timetable for teething. The process of getting teeth can be difficult or easy and there is no reason why one baby frets and drools during tooth eruption and another sails through it without a whimper. Ask your baby's doctor what you can do if teething gives your little one a problem."[3]

Watch my Six-month-video appearance

[as we experience outage on my Telkom Speedy high-speed internet connection, I will post the video once it's able to connect again.]

Update: 06 Aug 2009. The video is posted today.



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Note:

[1] About.com
[2] Kidsgrowth.com
[3] ibid.

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Baby Six Month Week One

I am a six month baby

Rollin', rollin', rollin'

Your baby's stronger neck and arm muscles allow him to practice rolling over toward one side, a milestone that will probably awe and amuse you. Your baby might adopt rolling as his primary mode of ground transportation for a while, or he may skip it altogether and move on to sitting, lunging, and crawling. As long as your baby continues to gain new skills and shows interest in getting around and exploring his environment, don't worry.

Rolling over can be fun for your baby, but it can also be nerve-racking for you. Keep a hand on your baby during diaper changes, and never leave him unattended on a bed or any other elevated surface.
Your little social butterfly

At this age your baby not only tolerates attention from others, he'll often initiate it. Though you may soon notice the beginnings of stranger anxiety, your baby will probably still be fairly indiscriminate: Chances are anyone who approaches him with welcoming eyes or a grin delights him and becomes an instant friend. But don't worry — he still needs and craves lots of love and attention from you.

Your baby is also learning that his behaviors, both the ones you like and the ones you don't, engage you, so starting now (and for years to come) he'll do just about anything to get your attention. Right now almost everything he does is endearing, but as he gets older, he's more likely to get into mischief to provoke a reaction from you. Just don't forget to give him positive feedback when he's being good. It's a great way to start teaching right from wrong.

One thing will become clear: Your baby is beginning to expand his attention-getting repertoire to include more than crying. You may notice him wriggling, making noises, blowing "raspberries," and so on. Over the next three months, he'll develop a uniquely personal way of letting you know what he thinks, wants, and needs.
Dressed for success

As your baby starts becoming more active, he'll appreciate wearing comfy clothes. Opt for soft fabrics that won't chafe him as he's moving around. Loose, stretchy, and breathable clothing is also smart as it provides your energetic little one plenty of wiggle room.

Avoid clothes with rough or scratchy seams; long ties, buttons, or bows (could be a choking hazard); and anything else that gets in the way of your baby's sleeping, crawling, playing, or other regular activities.
In your baby's diaper

Don't be surprised if your baby's stools change color and odor as soon as he starts eating even tiny amounts of solids. This is normal. If his stools seem too firm, switch to other fruits and vegetables and oatmeal or barley cereal. (Rice cereal, bananas, and applesauce may be constipating.)
Remember, your baby is an individual

All babies are unique and meet milestones at their own pace. Developmental guidelines simply show what your baby has the potential to accomplish — if not right now, then soon. If your baby was premature, keep in mind that kids born early usually need a bit more time to meet their milestones. If you have any questions at all about your baby's development, ask your healthcare provider.


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Telkom Cable Stolen, Speedy Internet is Dead Again

I am a 180 days / 6 months old baby

The Telkom cable theft happens yet again after a couple of convenient weeks. This means the Telkom Speedy internet connection, our primary internet connection, is dead again.

Fortunately this time, dad has two back-up connection. One is Smart (of Sinar Mas Group) and another is Telkomsel Flash, a cellular version of Telkom state-owned (BUMN) company.

While Telkomsel can be used only in Gramma's house meaning the 3G signal can only cover around 3 km from BTS (our home 5 km from the nearest BTS).

Smart telcom connection, however, can connect well from my home. The price surprisingly is cheaper. You gotta pay IDR 50,000 (fifty thousand) for one month with unlimited bandwith.

So, if Smart telcom internet keep this good connection, dad may cancel his subscription to Telkomsel Flash forever.

Last but not the least, thanks to uncle Ja'far Syuhud who tells dad about the dad's Smart cable data problem.

Hey, I am a six month old baby now. I'll write a special post on this later.
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One Day Away from Six Month Milestone

I am a 179 days / 5 months 4 weeks 2 day old baby

I'm thrilled to know that tomorrow I'll be facing another important phase of my life: I'll be a six month old baby.

I come to know this surprising news when mom whispers to me about it. I am really looking forward to that day tomorrow when I reach one of important hallmark a newborn baby like me will pass through.

Six month is important because it separate between previous six month that represents a weak and fragile baby and the next six month that symbolizes a bit easier way to face for me in particular and for closest people surround me: dad and mom.

I don't know what kind of celebration I will have tomorrow. One thing for sure, dad doesn't like a brouhaha celebration--we are not celebrities he many times says.

I guess dad just will record my movement with handy-cam and/or take my pictures to remember the day when I start stepping into another history of mortality.


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With Uncle Afif Sumber-Gayam Madura

I am a 178 days / 5 months 4 weeks 1 day old baby
Baby Photo with Family series, part of my Madura trip photos

I wrote here about my cousin mbak Cici that she's the daughter of man Afif Thoha (the directorial board / pengasuh) Pondok Pesantren Sumbergayam pamekasan Madura.

If you're curious to know of man Afif, these are a couple of photos man Afif with me.

Dad says, he's a very humble person and down-to-earh personality. Dad wants me to be like him.


Farzan Esfandiar with KH Afif Thoha Sumbergayam Pamekasan Madura

Farzan Esfandiar with KH Afif Thoha Sumbergayam Pamekasan Madura

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Eating Baby Biscuit the First Time

I am a 178 days / 5 months 4 weeks old baby

Frankly speaking, I am busy today and therefore I am bit tired. That's said, I have something to tell you:

First, in the morning, I am following dad and mom to downtown Malang. Dad has some business there and mom brings some long listed items to buy.

We arrive home around 1 pm.

Second, mom bought me a baby biscuit. Mom likes it so much to the fact that I enjoy the bite. She even records it.

Third, at 2 pm joining mom watching the girls student having exams. It takes two hours before we come back home.

Fourth, at 6 pm going to mbah (grampa) Fauzi Sarivit[1] to attend 40th day of mbah (gramma) Ortha's death spiritual rites (tahlilan). And come home at 8.30 which make dad miss the teaching time.

Oh one more thing, it's four day to go towards another milestone.

Watch the Video when I eat Biscuit for the first time



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[1] Haji Fauzi bin Kyai Nabrawi, Gondanglegi, Malang, is uncle of mom. Brother of mom's mother.
[2] Mrs. Ortha is Haji Fauzi's wife. Mom calls her Bude O'

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