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Welcome to my ScandinAsian food blog. A blog about what I like to make in my little Norweigan kitchen, from homemade meals to fun creative sandwiches. My parents gave me the name Sorieya, a Cambodian name, which means sun. I'm originally from the United States. Now I'm currently living in Norway, married to a Norwegian man with 3 beautiful children. It's hard being away from my family back in the States and I miss them everyday. I am not an artist but I love making fun sandwiches for my kids. I am not a professional chef but I love to cook and I love being in the kitchen. I love introducing my children to different kind of international food, introducing food from my childhood and explaining to my kids the history about their culture and food. I love spending those quality time together teaching my little ones how to make bread, Khmer food, and teaching me Norwegian. My Norwegian isn't that great but I do understand just the basics but speaking it, that's another story.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

My daughter's 4th birthday and my 8 years wedding anniversary.

Today is one of my daughter's 4th birthday on my 8 year wedding anniversary. I can't believe how fast things are going. It was just like yesterday I was just laying down on my bed and watching Gilmore Girls. All of a sudden I felt some stomach pain. My husband drove me to the hospital. It was one of the scariest moment of my life because it was very early (2 1/2 weeks early). This really nice nurse helped me. I had to go to this room to check my contractions and my heart beat. We were there for an hour or so. She let me go home and to take these pill to help the pain. I tried the medicine. That didn't go well. I knew she was coming early and when I give birth to her she will be operated on because of her stomach illness. We went back to the hospital. I was in so much pain and no nurse was around. Then this other nurse came and she wasn't a very nice nurse at all. She argued with my husband the whole time while I was in so much pain and with my unborn child health condition, I was really mad at the same time. I didn't get any pain relief. I had to lean over on this tall thing with wheels while they were getting the room ready and the nurse was still arguing with my husband. They were arguing because my son was with us. We told her we don't have any family or friends that could watch our son. My family are in the States and his family lives far. I didn't want to leave my son with any neighbors. It was horrific moment. I really wanted my husband by my side but he couldn't. I was laying on my side and gave birth to my beautiful 5lb baby girl. She was so tiny. My husband and I named her Rebecka. The nurses washed her up and told me I could have my little baby lay on my chest until she goes to the infant intensive care to find out more of her stomach illness. I remember her little tiny body and her eyes looking straight at me. It was one of the best moments of my life. She's so beautiful. The sad moment was when the nurse took her away. 

I went to see Becky, she was in her incubator. No one knew how sick she was. She stayed in the infant intensive care for 3 to 4 days. Then moved her to another unit where we had to wait for her to be operated on. She just laid on her bed. The doctor told us about her stomach illness and didn't want to operate on her at the moment because she was too small so they asked just to keep an eye on her and if anything happens bring her back. 

Her first day home. She was 1 1/2 week old. 

About 2 months passed and she was doing pretty well. 

She started to throw up a lot after drinking milk. Her eyes were so big and dark. It was terrifying to see her like that. She looked like she was in pain. She became pale. We brought her back to the hospital. I stayed with her for weeks. Did some test. Everything was fine, she ate/drank again, and wasn't operated on. We were sent home.

Months later she started to throw up again, like before. But it was worst. Brought her to the emergency room. Her legs started to change colors. It was the strangest thing ever. The nurse never seen it. It looked like DNA twisting and changing. Red,blue purple just for couple minutes. She was so drowsy and gave her some medicine. It was quiet. Around 11pm she had a seizure. When she calmed she became very hyper. Then she had another seizure. They brought her to the emergency and in the incubator, hooked up. Then she had her third seizure. It was matter of life or death, her heart stopped beating. I was heartbroken when my husband told me this on the phone. I cried so much. I was home with my son at the time. The doctor brought her heart back to life. It was a miracle. My husband told me it took 4 adults to hold her down to take her medicine. She was a strong little one. She was back to her normal self. I stayed with her in the hospital for weeks. She had her brain tested. Her arm was so blue because one of the nurse, sticked needle in the wrong place. Becky's arm looked like a balloon. We were told if we had brought her later she would of died.

Months passed. We took a trip to the States to visit my family. Becky got to meet her grandparents, aunt, and uncle for the first time. 
This was taken at my parents. She was so happy meeting everyone and just enjoying life.

When we got back home to Norway. She started to throw up again when I fed her a little yogurt. Her stomach couldn't take anymore solid food. Her eyes became so dark and she kept throwing up so much. I looked into her eyes and it was so dark. We went back to the hospital and she had her surgery. They operated on her stomach because her upper intestine was narrow. Food couldn't pass through. 

 My other daughter who is 2 1/2 had the same illness as Becky. Both my daughters are doing great.

Becky is a healthy, happy, beautiful, girl. I love her so much. I can't believe she is 4 today. I'm thankful both my daughters  and my only son are with me and I can see their beautiful faces everyday. 

Happy Birthday to my Becky and Happy 8 years wedding anniversary too.

I asked my daughter what she wanted me to make for her birthday. She just wanted to order pizza and watch Princess movies all day with me. 

 I baked these earlier during the week. Homemade blueberry banana corn muffins and mini chewy chocolate brownies just for my kids and for my little princess who loves my baking. 

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