My darling Filzah is 9 months old today. The gratitude that flows through my heart cannot be quantified. Alhamdulillahi Robil Alamin.
This morning, I got a bit emotional and hugged Filzah so tight and said a word of prayer to God and thank Him for blessing me with children. I had just read a post about a lady who was dealing with infertility (I have heard and know some women dealing with it, my heart goes out to each and everyone of you). This lady and her husband went on to have IVF, got pregnant with twins and sadly lost their twin girls shortly after birth, thankfully the couple was able to adopt a baby, who they are very grateful for, meanwhile, the process of adoption in some countries requires a lot. So I got thinking and said to myself, ‘it isn’t by your power that you have children but by the sheer grace of God’. I have had 2 miscarriages in the past, those experiences were saddening to say the least, ,mso much I want to write about those experiences but I wouldn’t bore you. I’m sharing this just to probably inspire someone not to give up and to remind parents who are privileged to be biological parents that it isn’t just by our might. Also, let us show more love to one another.
That being said, Filzah has had a few milestones in the past month which I am thrilled and grateful for. She has started to stand on her own (for few seconds though 😊). She went for her 9 months doctor’s appointment this week and she is doing well. She battled with some skin rash in the course of the month, thankfully all that has substantially cleared out. The doctor said we can now introduce cow milk, cheese and yoghurt. I was warned not to give her honey, which I was told at our 6 months appointment too (read the reason at the end). Likewise, doctors also advise against giving children under 1 year sweet drinks.
In Canada, some children are allergic to peanut butter and fish, so doctors usually advise that peanut butter and fish should be introduced to babies from 6 months so they don’t react to them later. I thought to share these incase you are also nursing an infant.
Meanwhile, how many parents out there have infants who sleep in their cot all the time? My children hardly sleep in their baby cot. Though doctors say it isn’t safe to co-sleep with infants as it’s one of the causes of SID (sudden infant death) but I have heard many parents complain that their babies hardly sleep in the cot. So please who has ideas on how to achieve this? Anyways, that’s why I decided to use Filzah’s cot for her photoshoot this month.
Filzah has been saying Mama a lot of times and that gladens my heart a lot, though I think we heard her say ‘Dada’ first, which I find weird, how can her first word be Dada 😂, yes I am jealous and I feel betrayed 🤣.
She is doing better with her solid foods now and she is generally doing well, Alhamdulillahi Robil Alamin.
PS: I have been intentional with my monthly update and amateur photoshoot of Filzah every time she clocks a month and I’d be doing so (and sharing them) till she turns one year old by God’s grace 😊. I can’t remember all the timelines of my 2 older kids milestones, that’s one of the reasons I am documenting Filzah’s and also sharing as well, incase someone learns a thing or two.
Dear Lord, this mom right here feels blessed and is exceedingly thankful and grateful as always. I take absolutely nothing for granted.
May God continue to bless our children and keep them safe and sound always.
May God grant those looking for the fruits of the womb their beautiful heart desires. Also, I would like to humbly advise that you can explore other options like IVF, surrogacy, adoption if you feel up to it. May God answer our prayers.
“Although honey seems like a wholesome and natural food to give your infant, don’t do it until after she’s at least 12 months old. Honey can contain spores of a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum, which can germinate in a baby’s immature digestive system and cause infant botulism, a rare but potentially fatal illness.
These spores are usually harmless to adults and children over 1 year old, because the microorganisms normally found in the intestine keep the bacteria from growing.” Source: BabyCenter.com