My first-born - Aina Syasya has just celebrated her 14th birthday last night. Azlin bought her favourite cake from Secret Recipe and we invited the Ariff and Nini and their spouses to come over for iftar to celebrate the event together.
As Aina cut her cake, Ariff asked her to make her wish and she had just smiled. No more the usual whine "umm aaa ee huk" thing coming out from her. She has somehow matured a little bit in her reaction. Aaa.. how my kid has grown.
I still remember the day she was born clearly - in the labor ward when I was so high on Entonox and just follow whatever the nurse and doctor told me to do. She came out with just one push and for first child, it was unexpected to be that easy. Dr Nora said I could do this more often and soon:-) Well, easy delivery does not mean easy to bring up. As I reflects about raising Aina.... there are some "originals" that I can remember about her...
1) She's the only child that we have who cried when the clock strike midnight and can goes on till 2 to 3 am. It goes on for few weeks - we had tried many things - the colic drop, baby rocker. Almost every night she slept on either of us (hubby or me). My in-laws got an ustaz to recite some doas into a small bottle of coconut oil which we had to swab behind her ears and on her eyebrows everyday together with zikir to reduce her crying habits. Somehow it worked.
2) The only daughter with so many care takers when she was baby. It was my SIL at first, then my mom - the first grandchild my mom took care full time, then when Anis was born, we had to send her to day care (my mom wanted to take care of Aina only, difficult to handle baby and toddler with her business)
3) The one who learnt business since baby. Aina was brought by my mom to all places that she did business. When customer paid for merchandize, Aina would eagerly accept it. And, she showed her potential as business since Year 1 in primary school. I think she made some stuffs out of paper and sold it to her friends, I can't recall what that was. As she grow, more ideas for business, like selling printed song lyrics for 10sen, and then made book mark from cross stitch - up to a point that she appoint her own business manager among her friends to take care of the order. Of course, those business didn't last long.
4) Very mischievous as a toddler. The only one that I recall whom the Taska teacher asked if she has problems at home. She was only, I think 18 months at that time. Apparently, Aina feigned sleep during afternoon nap session. As soon as the teacher left the room, she got up, slide open the glass cabinet door and messed up the neatly arranged go home clothes and pampers by littering them on the floor. And then she climb a cabinet where they kept some mothercare lotions and apply that lotion on her friends' hair. To close the deeds, she took off her pampers and peed on the clothes and pampers that she had thrown on the floor. I can imagine how horrified the teacher's are when they discover what happened. Thorough cleaning on the children's hair, some would not have good clothes to go home with and then having to wash the floor and the childrens' clothes because of Aina's deed.
5) A child who does not want to get into any hardship at all, if she can help it. At 4 years old, she wanted to be the stepsister of cinderella. Because cinderella has to do a lot of work! Never mind the ending part - which the movie only show a little. What carries the impact more is the hardship that cinderella has to go through:)
6) Refused to eat fish. Was even proud of being able to hide the fish served a the daycare under her plate to avoid from having to eat fish. In primary school, she learnt to eat only vegetable and gravy whenever fish was served. And still able to maintain her chubby appearance!
7) She wanted to enter Sek Men Tahfiz IQKL (then was just IQKL) because there is aircond in the classroom, not because she wanted to learn Quran more. She used to cry whenever I asked her to do her recitation of the Quran, so I was really confident if she can survive in that school. At that time, the school rented part of Al-Ghufran masjid for academic purpose until they have their own building, so, there's aircond in the classroom - this actually fits her principle of no hardship! Now, she is already attached to the school, so, doesn't matter if there is no more aircond ever since they had moved to their own building.
I think I remember more about Aina and Alif compared to Anis and Ahmad. I think I should write similar thing about each one of them - to be fair....