Confinement? What does that mean? Do you have any idea of what it is?! It is actually the act of restraining of a person's liberty by confining them. Normally, in the Malay community, after a mom give birth, she will have to go through a few of restriction in order to heal her body and suppose to make her feel stronger by resting a lot and eating good food.
To my surprise, I was actually being put into some sort of confinement which is beyond the actual time. And to make it easy, I would named it as “pre-confinement period”. You see, Mr Husband who is also known as Mr-Worried-To-Much had ask me to quit my job and basically rest at home when I’m in my 7th month of pregnancy. Ok I’m fine with that coz being a kindergarten teacher can be quit tiring especially when you have to repeat everything more then 3 times at least. Besides, there are a lot of physical movement involve too. By quitting my job, I had been planning to clean up the house thoroughly, washing the baby cloth etc.
But when I’m reaching my 33 weeks of pregnancy, he had been thinking that it might be dangerous to leave me alone while he goes to work. So he decided to post me to my mom’s house which is nearer to the hospital in case anything happen. Now he feels satisfied as I am not staying alone and if there any emergency cases, my mom is there to look after me. Ok, I’m fine with that too as I can spend more time with dear mommy!! But I keep on begging him at least, give me another 2 3 weeks to finish up my cleaning etc. But as usual, he just ignored my plea. Ok fine!!
Now, when I’m at mom’s house, mommy decided that I have to eat healthy food which means healthy home cooking food. I had printed some of the confinement menu for her to cook later on. But she is determined to give it a try and the baby has to be healthy, therefore my menu had been on the black pepper, steam fish, vegetable soup etc. It’s kind of funny when I think about it. The menu supposes to start only after I give birth, but I have to get use to it from now on. But it is great, at least there is some one who is looking after me and make sure that I am eating the right food.
And my dad on the other hand, must be the most worried person compare to anyone else in the house. He had been telling me to rest at home every time when he sees me getting ready to go out. Like hello, I still have about a month before my due date and I was not expected to go out at all?! Yeah I know that he is worried about me but I guess I’m doing fine dad!! How am I going to ease up the laboring process if I just stay at home?! When he is not around, I and my mom had our list of places ready. It was so much fun to be out of the house. After all, I am supposed to stay at home during my confinement period later on right?!
You must be thinking that I’m bored to be just sitting at home doing nothing. But I’m occupied most of the time I guest. I have more time to blog, we had fun time cooking and baking together, I get to finish or khatam the Quran before I give birth, and the most important thing is that I have more free time to read!! (Which I love the most)
This is going to be the longest confinement period ever!!! Does anyone ever have the pre-confinement and confinement period attached together like this?! Fuhh..