After our first child, my husband and I decided to be patient with having our second and almost 6 years later I found out I’m pregnant again.
It was the perfect timing with my daughter being at school and us being stable in our jobs.
My first pregnancy was very smooth thanks to God, no complications, I was very energetic, very little nausea at the beginning, positive vibes and all that pregnancy glow was there.
My second pregnancy however was not as expected. Nothing major to be honest but surprisingly a little difficult. To begin with I spent the first trimester feeling nauseous and tired. I needed my full strength since I was working full shifts and interacting with people was also energy consuming. I prayed for the nausea to fade and it did thank God. Then at week 17 I had an ultrasound and the technician was trying to be nice and informative explaining some specific details I didn’t need to know. She said between week 17 and 20 the baby’s brain fills up with fluids and then empties after that and which was showing on the scans and we needed to follow up so imagine what I had to go through from that time until my next scan.
Needless to say Google search was not happy because I had searched every possible pathology and anomaly that could explain what that meant. And at my next visit everything was peaceful again, the technician said it’s all good and that no fluids were showing anymore but still we needed to follow up just to make sure which was enough for me.
Moms are super heroes not only they have to endure physically but also emotionally. Now, at 26 weeks I’ve been suffering from a very disturbing cough since mid March and wouldn’t go away but it keeps on changing forms. Started dry, then a little mucus was coming out but then transformed into very intense cough which troubled me with the COVID-19 outbreak so I went to see the doctor who said my chest is clear, no need even for antibiotics, and it might be just allergies or possibly gastric reflux especially when I mentioned that it gets worse when I lay down on my back. She gave me allergy medications and told me to check how it goes, But as it evolved into severe cough with shortness of breath followed by vomiting I thought it might be actually a gastric reflux so I bought pregnancy safe antacids.
It’s been one week now and the symptoms have improved even though they haven’t faded entirely. I’m a patient person so I’ll try to be in this and see how it goes.
On April 19th, Greek Orthodox celebrate Easter and this year it’s different.
Ever since the COVID-19 outbreak and things are not the same. While Easter celebrations are not about clothes or Easter eggs, people gathering to share the joy and true meaning of the holiday is. And this year it’s different! People are asked to remain isolated and social distancing is advised to prevent infection.
Nevertheless, one thing remains, the faith of better days to come and hope that the coming holidays will bring more joy and peace to everyone.
This post is not about being cliché it’s actually about sharing a far memory I had growing up. As my mother’s family side would bake what is called Easter bread and it’s this fluffy bread brioche that is decorated with colored eggs.
The recipe is actually an italian tradition called Pane De Pasqua and this is the one I used today:
Pane di Pasqua, Italian Easter Bread, is a fluffy sweet bread traditionally in a wreath shape with brightly colored eggs baked inside.
1/2 cup warm water
2 packets yeast a little less than 2 tablespoons
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs lightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
5-6 cups all-purpose flour
zest of 1 lemon optional
5 eggs uncooked
3 teaspoons vinegar
red yellow and blue food coloring
FINAL EGG WASH
In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. (Hot water from the tap, but no hotter).
In a saucepan, melt the butter. Add the milk and heat until it is warm. You can test it by putting a drop on your wrist. It should feel warm but not hot. If it is hot let it cool. The hot liquid will kill the yeast and your bread won’t rise.
Add the milk and butter to the yeast and mix.
Add the sugar, 2 lightly beaten eggs, salt and lemon zest (if using). Mix to combine.
Add 5 cups of flour one cup at a time, mixing in between each addition. The dough will be a bit sticky.
Sprinkle about 1/2 cup of flour on the counter. Turn the dough out onto the floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes. Add extra flour, about 1/4 cup at a time, if the dough is too sticky too knead.
If you add too much flour the dough will not be light and fluffy. If you have a mixer with a bread hook use it to do the kneading.
Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with lightly oiled plastic wrap. Put in a warm place to rise until doubled, 1 to 1 1/2 hours
I put mine in the oven with the oven light on.
While the dough is rising, boil 1 1/2 cups water.
Get three small cups. Add 15-20 drops of color to each cup (one red, one yellow, one blue). Add 1 teaspoon vinegar to each cup, then add 1/2 cup of boiling water to each cup and stir.
Dip the eggs in the color and let sit until as dark as you want. You can mix and match the colors to have orange, green and purple too.
Punch down the dough and divide into 3 equal parts. Roll each part into a long rope, about 20 inches long.
Braid the three strands together and shape into a circle, pinching and tucking the ends together. Put it on a greased baking sheet.
Gently push the five colored eggs in the dough. Stick a small cup in the middle to keep the wreath from closing in the middle when it rises.
Let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Remove the cup from the center of the bread. Combine the last egg with 1 teaspoon water and brush on the bread (not the colored eggs). Cover all the dough, including in the crevices between the braid if possible.
Bake for 25 minutes until bread is golden brown.
You will need a total of 8 eggs for the recipe:
2 are mixed in the dough
5 are colored and baked on top of the dough
1 is brushed on top to make the bread brown and shiny
I consider myself to be a shopping fanatic especially when it comes to online shopping.
In Qatar, there’s no escape of having a little shopping throughout the year because of the continuous promotions to say the least. And Qatar is considered top in customer protection which allows you to report any violations in shopping rules and so on. But the down side of having too many shopping malls and same brands opening in all of them makes you kind of bored of seeing the same merchandise all over the place.
Behold online shopping opportunities allowing shoppers in Qatar to be exposed to new markets.
I’m shy to say that I’ve tried a few shopping websites from cheap to expensive ones.
My favorite websites include Asos, NextDirect, shein, Aliexpress, children salon and some others like Riva, Boohoo…
I’ll go through each one starting with my favorite.
Collection include Woman, man and kids but they also have Home collection.
Store have original Next trademark and other brands as well like Adidas, Riverisland, Mamalicious, Only, Monsoon and many more not like the outlet here in Qatar.
One great option is sopping by body fit, Next has petite, tall, curve and maternity.
Their prices are relatively lower than in store.
Shipping is currently free for all orders over 160 QAR. Orders under 160 QAR will be charged at 20 QAR for shipping per order. The order will be delivered by DPD/Aramex to your door within 3 working days.
Collection include Woman and man s but you can also find lots of home accessories and gifts items under Living & Gifts section.
Asos has its original trademark and more than 400 other brands like Adidas, Riverisland, Mamalicious, lipsy and many more.
Also it has body fit collections such as petite, tall, plus sizes and maternity.
Asos provides Standard delivery service for free above £40 and for £6 below taking up to 2 weeks to reach.
Also express delivery for £20 taking up to 1 week to reach.
Orders are handled with local post office. which can cause them to be delivered even later.
From my experience Asos quality is very good, sizes are true but issue is with delivering as it takes one time 1 week to deliver even with standard delivery and a month to deliver the second that’s why you can’t be really sure. Standard shipments are non trackable but they do have live chat for assistance.
What I mostly love about Asos is the great finds especially in the special reductions section.
I had a very good experience with Children Salon Outlet. I had bought some clothes for my little girl and these included brands like Mayoral, Tommy Hilfiger, Mini Melissa and Birkenstock. Excellent original quality at amazing prices.
The order arrives nicely packed in a box and the company offers two delivery options:
Aramex takes 2-6 days for delivery for a charge of QAR 38.96
DHL takes 2-5 days for delivery for a charge of QAR 88.80
6- Other websites I’ve tried are MANGO which I continue to, Riva which I didn’t like because they charge a lot relatively for shipping, Boohoo which was okay overall, newly discovered website is OurShopee. I still didn’t figure out this website but they delivered the next day I ordered (maybe a local outlet) and they charged only QAR 15 for shipping.
This is what I bought, an electrical balloon pump for QAR99 which is sold out now.
Overall there’s a wide range for online shopping in Qatar and some of them offer Cash on Delivery service for a small fee. Online shopping has become very popular nowadays especially for working parents and as easy as it is, one can turn into a shopaholic very easily.
Life in 2020 has become so demanding and trying to keep up with that stressful routine is so difficult when your a single person. So how can being a working mother be successful? As I always believed, life is all about priorities and if you set your priorities straight you will succeed in life.
For a working mom who has a career to maintain, it is more challenging because you have a duty to the years you spent on studies and internships but also you are responsible for the tiny creatures that you brought into this world.
Children are very fragile in their first years growing up and moms are key individuals in shaping their personalities and turning them into the persons they ought to be. If your children are your priorities then forget about excelling at work and you definitely should postponed that career breakthrough for the moment. But that’s just me. I had so much hard time thinking I can tackle both jobs and be great at them but somehow found out the ugly truth; I will always give less in something if I wanted to perfect the other. And to be honest, I’ve always been a family person and I cherish the relationship I have with my parents, siblings and now with my husband and precious daughter (also soon my little baby boy), so I took the decision to give more into motherhood and at some point everything else will fall into place. God has a perfect timing for everything in your life!
God has a perfect timing for everything in your life!
As long as I am performing well at work, not neglecting my patients and work mates then I’m perfectly fine. I’m so proud to call myself a good housewife, excellent mom and most of all a kind, giving person.
It’s Flu season in Doha, again! and it seems to be the case all year long.
It’s been a very frustrating week for me and my husband with my little baby girl sick still until this day. Kids get sick all the time especially with all sorts of viruses but this time is different for us, high temperature lasting for more than 5 days, night and day, sleepless nights, coughing and nose running. And the worse part? you can’t do much.
We took her couple of times to the emergency room where they confirmed it’s a viral infection and that all we needed to do is dropping the temperature with ibuprofen and paracetamol, saline solution to clear her nose and that’s it.
Today she’s doing better since last week, still has runny nose and coughing but no fever, so far!
Bottom line is that most infections encountered in Doha are viral and what I have learned for the last 7 years here, is that healthcare professionals in general and in Doha specifically, prefer to wait before prescribing antibiotics to rule out a bacterial infection. Which is totally understandable with the high rise of resistance to Antibiotics. Viral infections are treated for their symptoms and bacterial infections with antibiotics, that is why patience is key with the viral infections as they take time to clear.
The way that children interact means that infectious diseases can quickly spread, they will have close physical contact with other children through play, put objects in their mouths and may not always cover their mouths through sneezes and coughs. And because in early childhood their immune systems are still developing, they are more prone to those diseases than others. Simple steps can reduce the chance that childhood infections spread to other people in the family and in childhood education and care services, and to vulnerable people in the community.
Staying home when they’re sick
Getting vaccinated when available
washing their hands well and using hand sanitisers
avoiding interaction with other kids especially through saliva contamination and breath.
Below is a very explicit chart of those steps and more.
To get started I would like to introduce myself a bit. I’m a working mom who, like many women out there is trying to manage between two amazing jobs. Being a mom and being a working Dentist.
I’m an expat in Qatar. This is my seventh year here and it has been great and challenging at the same time. Having to tackle a house, a kid, a job and an amazing, supporting husband as you expect cannot be easy and believe me there were lots of ups and downs but at the end, believing that with the strength that God gives us, we can do all.
So let’s keep this short, hope you find my blog as interesting as I’ll try to make it be.