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Suatu pagi di rumah.. melayan telatah fateh yg dah pandai membuat mimik muka yg pelbagai.. pasti mencuit hati abi&ummi 🙂 Fateh sekarang dah seusia 2 bln+. abi&ummi masih lagi belajar sambil bereksperimen.. heh! sempat la ummi merakam aksi² fateh sampai la die tertido.. 😉

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Fateh 2 months old

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Smile!

By the end of the second month, Baby may be giving you an adorable, toothless smile in response to your own. If it hasn’t happened yet, it will surely come soon. Watch how your baby’s whole face lights up when you smile at him. At the same time, he may move his arms, lift his brows, or coo. Finally, after weeks of taking care of your precious baby at all times during the day, Baby rewards you with this momentous milestone. Keep smiling and talking to your baby; he loves to watch your face and talk to you through his expressions.

Motor Skills

Watch what happens when Baby is on his back and you dangle an irresistible toy above him. Compared to last month, his movements are now becoming more fluid. He may stretch to reach an interesting object and try to bat at it. If you offer baby a rattle he may be able to hold it for a short amount of time in his small fist. Give it a little shake. Babies respond to such stimulation differently. Some may watch and listen in wonder. Others may find it too stimulating and begin to cry. Babies are unique and process information in their own individual ways.

Tummy Time

Putting Baby to sleep on his back is a very important discovery towards the prevention of SIDS. When your baby is awake and interested in playing, spending time on his tummy is still important for development. Becoming comfortable on tummy will help baby develop strong neck muscles to hold up that heavy head. By the end of this month, your baby will probably be strong enough to hold up his head for moments to scan the room. Development works like steps. By building a strong neck, Baby can hold up his head. Then while lying on his tummy, he will start to push up with arms, building a strong upper body and back. This will help him one day to sit. These muscles will also help him learn to move and eventually pull up to a stand. You can spend time with your baby on his tummy by lying down next to him. Talk to him so he knows you are there and supporting his development. Also, putting him on mats with interesting textures, bright colors or ones that play different sounds will make lying on his tummy even more intriguing.

Some babies are not comfortable on their stomachs and may fuss. Respond to your baby as you think is appropriate. You are the expert concerning your child. The sound of your voice alone may be a comfort. Others need the connection of a parent’s warm arms.

You can spend time with baby on his tummy by lying down next to him. Talk to him so he knows you are there and supporting his development. Also, putting him on mats with interesting textures, bright colors or ones that play different sounds will make lying on his tummy even more intriguing.

Some babies are not comfortable on their stomachs and may fuss. Respond to your baby as you think is appropriate. You are the expert concerning your child. The sound of your voice alone may be a comfort. Others need the connection of a parent’s warm arms.

Baby Cues

By now, you have learned when your baby is telling you “yes, I like this” or the opposite, “S.O.S.” We have heard from parents about different ways babies communicate to engage or disengage from you or another stimulus.

Some cues that tell mom and dad “I’m interested” include:

  • Looking at your face
  • Smooth movements of arms and legs
  • Reaching out to you
  • Turning eyes or head toward you
  • Smiling, cooing and a general bright, happy expression on face

Some cues we have learned that tell mom and dad “I need a break” include:

  • Turning head and eyes away
  • Crying, fussing
  • Coughing
  • Back arching, squirming, pulling away
  • Blushing of skin
  • Breathing faster, hiccups
  • Yawning
  • Frowning

Again, all babies are unique, so your baby may give you a cue that is unique to him. It is important to pay attention and learn about these cues for loving, respectful, responsive care giving. This type of information about your child is also very important to share if you eventually decide to leave Baby with a childcare provider.

Language Development

This month Baby is making strides with language, too. He is actively listening to what you are telling him, watching your mouth and studying how your tongue moves.

Baby will start making different sounds that usually begin with a vowel. He will hear himself and keep practicing moving his tongue to repeat sounds. Keep talking to him by repeating the sounds he makes and taking turns. Let your baby answer you. Follow his eyes to see if he is looking at something. He may be talking about an object or another person. Whatever it is, he is talking to you and will adore your loving attention back.

A Self-Soother

Babies love to suck. Whether it is a pacifier, a blankie, dad’s finger or Baby’s own thumb, sucking is an important skill for baby to comfort himself.

When Baby is getting fussy or tired, we have heard of strategies from parents to help baby by putting his fingers up to his mouth or offering a pacifier. Even gently folding your baby’s arms against the midline of his chest and wrapping him in a soft blanket or your safe arms is a way to help baby relax. This body position is a soothing, physical reminder of the safe, warm world from which he came.

Mood & Behavior

By now, you have seen baby in a number of moods and behavioral states. These moods are normal and help baby to make it through the day. Keep in mind; a simple description of these states has its limitations. Babies proceed through these states at different paces; the same baby can show different moods on different days depending on many factors, such as sleep, feeding, growth spurts and many others.

Here are six different states that you probably know all about:

  1. Quiet sleep is when baby’s eyes are firmly closed with little or no motor activity. This is a great time for you to get a much-needed nap.
  2. Active sleep is when baby’s eyes are closed but may move. You may have seen baby twitch, smile, frown and stretch while actively sleeping.
  3. Drowsy is when eyes are partially open, the body is still and expression is dazed.
  4. Crying is a state that needs no explanation.
  5. Active alert is a period of activity, which may include vocalizations, moans, grunts, and fussing. It often precedes sleeping.
  6. Quiet alert is the beautiful time during the day when baby is relaxed, eyes are open and bright. Baby is observing all the interesting things in his world.

Vision

Often by the end of the second month, baby likes to be held upright, facing out. Baby can now see many feet in front of him and marvels at interesting sights, such as water, animals, other children and of course, doting grandparents. Placing baby in a reclining bouncy seat is a safe position for baby to view the exciting scenery.

Many babies love riding in a front carrier and experiencing the feeling of being contained next to a parent’s soft, warm body. Some babies will only want to face inward and cuddle up against a parent’s heartbeat. In time, when you think baby is ready, turn him around and face him out. It will be a treat for him to see the world. Also it is an opportunity for you to be able to use your arms for the never-ending “to-do” list that accompanies parenthood.

An excellent reference:

Your Baby and Child: From Birth to Age Five by Penelope Leach

SEVEN SECRETS OF EFFECTIVE FATHERS

Some men stand head and shoulders above the crowd when it comes to being a father. In his research of fathers , Dr. Ken Canfield, Founder and President of the National Center for Fathering, identified seven secrets for becoming an effective father.

1. Be Committed.
Developing and maintain a high level of devotion to the fathering task. Embrace the many roles of fathering and establish that you are in for the long haul. Here are a few practical ways to pursue an active commitment to fathering: tell your children about your commitment; tell others about your commitment and ask them to hold you accountable to the task; closely monitor your commitment level to be sure your children do not get crowded out; and use visual aids, such as photographs and artwork, to remind you of the rewards of fathering.

2. Know Your Child.
Take time to learn the specific, unique qualities of each child. Get involved in their world: their gifts, fears disappointments and dreams. Learn the names an personalities of their friend. Find out what upsets, embarrasses, motivates and encourages each child.

3. Be Consistent.
When children know what to expect from their fathers, they will be more confident and well adjusted. Be consistent in these six important ways: limit your mood swings, be present in the family, keep your promises, maintain a high standard of morality, establish a regular schedule, and pursue hobbies and interests.

4. Protect and Provide.
Give your children security by responding positively to crises and providing a steady income. Fathers cannot prevent times of crisis, but your actions during a crisis will help restore family normalcy and teach your children how to cope with difficulties. A steady income will give you confidence in your role as an effective father.

5. Love Their Mother.
Dedicate yourself to a meaningful, romantic marriage with your wife, and realize you are part of a parenting team. This is the best thing you can do for your children. Even when longer married, the children benefit greatly from a civil, cooperative relationship between parents.

6. Listen Actively.
Recognize that your children can easily get lost in life’s many distractions. Listen carefully to what your children are saying and not saying, and show them they deserve your undivided attention.

7. Offer Spiritual Leadership.
Help your children discover their own relationship with God by demonstrating your faith in action. Lead the family in regular times of worship, pray with your children, attend church regularly with the family, and use daily life to teach your children about the love of God.

p/s: Seven Secrets of Effective Fathers, ditulis oleh Dr.Ken Canfield

Kurma, Kismis & Madu

Sabda Rasulullah s.a.w., “Berilah makan buah kurma kepada isteri-isteri kamu yang hamil, kerana sekiranya wanita hamil itu memakan buah kurma, nescaya anak yang bakal dilahirkan itu menjadi anak yang penyabar, bersopan santun serta cerdas pemikirannya.”

Kebaikan Kurma Ketika Mengandung dan Bersalin

Adalah amat baik sekali jika puan mengamalkan memakan buah kurma semasa mengandung kerana ini akan memudahkan bersalin nanti. Semasa bayi dilahirkan, buah kurma juga dicalitkan sedikit di lelangit bayi. Ingat tak kisah dimana Maryam hanya memakan buah kurma semasa melahirkan nabi Isa a.s. Buah kurma tidak mengandungi gula yang merbahayakan malah ia merupakan makanan Rasullullah s.a.w. Janganlah risau kerana takut diserang kencing manis, apa yang harus dibuat, hanyalah menjauhkan makanan manis² yang lain.

Buah kurma tidak merbahayakan kesihatan kerana ianya mengandungi banyak khasiat.

Kurma juga ada banyak kelebihan, antaranya:

1. Kaya dengan zat besi — sangat sesuai dimakan, terutama bagi wanita sedang haid dan orang yang mengalami masalah anemia (kekurangan sel darah merah).
2. Boleh dimakan pada bila-bila masa kerana ia tidak mengandungi kolesterol.
3. Kaya khasiat: Protein (1.8 hingga dua peratus), serat (dua hingga empat peratus), glukosa (50 hingga 57 peratus), Vitamin A dan C, sodium dan potassium.
4. Kandungan gulanya mudah diserap badan dan memberi tenaga segera apabila berbuka puasa. Berbuka dengan kurma membuatkan kita berasa cepat kenyang dan secara tidak langsung mengelakkan kita makan secara berlebihan.
5. Kandungan potasium penting untuk sistem saraf yang merangsang daya ingatan, membangkit nafsu kelamin (aprodisiak) dan meningkatkan sistem pertahanan badan khususnya untuk mencegah barah buah dada dan rahim.
6. Kurma diberikan kepada bayi boleh mengurangkan kesakitan dan kadar degupan jantung.
7. Kurma juga boleh membantu memudahkan proses bersalin dan mengecutkan rahim kerana ada bahan boleh membantu proses berkenaan, sebagaimana dilakukan Maryam as yang memakan buah kurma selepas melahirkan Nabi Isa as.

1. KURMA

Abu Abdillah a.s. bersabda: “Buah kurma adalah salah satu buah yang berasal dari syurga dan dapat mensirnakan pengaruh sihir”.

Abu Abdillah a.s. bersabda: “Orang yang memakan 7 buah kurma yang baik sebelum sarapan, maka pada hari itu dia tidak akan tertimpa racun, sihir dan tidak diganggu setan”.

Imam Ja’far Ash-Shadiq a.s. bersabda: “Barangsiapa memakan 7 buah kurma yang baik, maka cacing-cacing yang ada di perutnya akan mati”.

Nabi Muhammad SAW bersabda: “Rumah yang tidak ada kurma di dalamnya, akan menyebabkan penghuninya kurang sehat”.

Nabi Muhammad SAW bersabda: “Berilah makanan kurma pada wanita yang hamil sebelum dia melahirkan, sebab yang demikian itu akan menyebabkan anaknya menjadi seorang yang tabah dan bertakwa (bersih hatinya)”.

2. KISMIS

Nabi Muhammad SAW bersabda: “Barangsiapa memakan kismis merah sebanyak 21 biji setiap hari sebelum sarapan pagi, maka dia tidak akan tertimpa penyakit kecuali kematian”.

Imam Ali a.s. bersabda: “Barangsiapa memakan 21 biji kismis merah, maka dia tidak akan melihat pada jasadnya suatu yang tidak disenangi”.

Imam Ali a.s. bersabda: “Kismis dapat menguatkan jantung, menghilangkan penyakit, menghilangkan panas dan memulihkan kesehatan jiwa”.

Pada riwayat lain dari Abi Ja’far At-thusi disebutkan bahwa kismis dapat menghilangkan lendir dan menyehatkan jiwa”.

Nabi Muhammad SAW bersabda: “Biasakanlah memakan kismis karena kismis dapat menghilangkan kepahitan (hempedu/cairan kuning), menghilangkan lendir, menyehatkan badan, membaguskan rupa, menguatkan saraf dan menghilangkan letih”.

3. MADU

Dari Imam Ja’far Ash-Shadiq a.s., beliau bersabda: “Rasul saw sangat menyenangi madu”.

Dari Imam Ja’far Ash-Shadiq a.s., beliau bersabda: “Biasakanlah dirimu memperoleh dua ubat yaitu meminum dan membaca Al-Quran”.

Nabi Muhammad SAW bersabda: “Barangsiapa minum madu setiap bulan dengan niat melakukan nasehat Al-Qur’an, maka Allah SWT akan menyembuhkannya dari 77 penyakit”.

Nabi Muhammad SAW bersabda: “Barangsiapa ingin memiliki hafalan yang kuat hendaklah dia meminum madu”.

Nabi Muhammad SAW bersabda: “Sebaik-baik minuman ialah madu kerana dia dapat mengkonsentrasikan hati dan menghilangkan dingin yang ada di dalam dada”.

Dari Imam Ali a.s. beliau bersabda: “Madu adalah ubat dari segala penyakit tiada penyakit di dalamnya, ia dapat menghilangkan lendir dan membersihkan hati”.

Nabi Muhammad SAW bersabda: “Allah SWt telah meletakan berkah di dalam madu dan menjadikannya sebagai ubat dari rasa nyeri, dan madu telah didoakan oleh 70 Nabi”.

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