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8 Months with No Antibiotics – Almost Foiled!

Hi everyone! Poor Gabby has been sick since Sunday. She started off with a horrible dry cough that sounded like a bark. I suspected she might have croup. She started spiking fevers of over 39° and we medicated her accordingly. I sent her to the day mother on Monday where her fever persisted and I figured out that I often ran to the doctor because the day mother is a bit alarmist. On Tuesday she had said Gabby was laying around and not herself. Rudi was home from work and went over to find her playing with the other kids. I understand she may be concerned something happens to the kids while they are there, but it was suddenly clear to me that I often took the kids to the doctor based on her feedback without seeing myself. Gabby didn’t stay home with Rudi because we were unsure if he would be called away to work unexpectedly.

On Tuesday night her fevers carried on coming back and I decided to try and get her to a doctor. I stayed home with her, but the doctors were all fully booked at the practice where we normally take them. There are at least 6 doctors there, so clearly I am not alone. I made an appointment for Thursday. She went over 39° on Wednesday night and again at 3 AM on Thursday morning and I decided to keep the appointment. She had also opened up a snot factory in her head that was new and I was truly afraid she was going to cough so hard she would vomit in our bed. She has also not been eating well, but she has been nursing almost non stop so I am not really worried about her nutrient intake.

I changed doctors for this appointment. I chose a doctor I *know* doesn’t push antibiotics if it isn’t necessary. My grandmother often goes to him and friends of ours use him too. I just knew if I took her back to our regular doctor that we would leave with an antibiotic script in hand.

We went to see the doctor and he assured me that we were not at a point where antibiotics were needed. He advised that the flu was extremely persistent this year and it was not uncommon for him to see kids with fevers for much longer than normal. He advised which symptoms to look for when antibiotics would be called in. He said the clear runny nose was a sign of a viral bug and if really thick coloured sticky snot was present we were likely dealing with a bacterial infection. He gave us one or two extra meds for her symptoms and some peace of mind. She was such a star at the doctor and he said it was a pleasure to examine her. He also mentioned that she had a very sunny disposition for someone who was sick. I said I think the boobs had something to do with it and he said that breastfed children are often more calm and happy. The man knows how to score brownie points with me! (I am not saying bottle fed babies are unhappy/not calm at all. I am sure he was not either. I have a bottle fed child too.)

I was elated that he didn’t prescribe antibiotics. We are now 8 months antibiotic free and hopefully Gabby will get over this without them. The doctor said they are seeing flu that used to last 3 to 4 days drag on for 2 weeks now. I guess the bugs are getting much stronger…what with all the over prescription of antibiotics. 

Other than that Gabby is fully potty trained.  She has blown me away. At 3 AM when she woke up with a fever, she also asked to go pee. We have taken her off nappies altogether. Potty training is one of my least favourite parenting experiences. I did have quite a few unpleasant messes to clean up with her, but she has completely surpassed my expectations with the speed she has taken herself off night nappies in particular. After about 2 months of her waking up with a dry nappy every day I decided we are wasting our money on nappies.  Yay for her! (and us!)

Here’s hoping she is on the mend and that her immunity goes from strength to strength as we try to stick to this antibiotic free lifestyle 🙂


Holiday 2015 – Pic Heavy

In the blink of an eye our holiday and the festive season are over. I took a week off from 5 January and returned to work on 12 January. We tried to fit in as much activity with the kids as we could during that week.

We started off the week by visiting my mother. That went exactly as I expected it to go. Nothing new to report. It left a bad taste in my mouth, but I really don’t want to get into it. She hasn’t changed, probably never will, so I have to make peace with that.


wpid-20150107_144611.jpgOn the Tuesday we took the kids to the Two Oceans Aquarium. Darn it is expensive to get in there! We have gone every year for the past 3 years during the holiday, so it has sort of become a tradition. Elijah wanted to rush through the entire aquarium to get to the sharks. We also got stuck in the play area for a lot longer than we usually do. He momentarily forgot about the sharks. They had a great puppet show there which he REALLY enjoyed. I think it was the first one he has ever seen. He loved it! I was surprised that Gabby seemed to be very interested in the displays. When Elijah was her age he barely glanced at any of the tanks. Gabby is also a lot more fearless than Elijah. She stood right up against the glass of the shark tank as a shark swam by, whereas Elijah got so scared at one point that he rolled himself up into a ball on the floor and started to cry. Granted, his father had joked with him that he was going to throw him in the shark tank. On Wednesday we stayed home to clean as our housekeeper is ill and hasn’t been able to come to work.






wpid-20150106_133725.jpgOn Thursday we took the kids to World of Birds. The weather was a bit miserable as it started to rain while we were there. Gabby was clingy and moody too. She had been an absolute pleasure at the aquarium, but on this day she was having none of it. She just wanted to be carried around. We went to Mariner’s Wharf in Hout Bay after our trip to World of Birds, but we weren’t even there for 20 minutes when we decided to leave again. The kids were super grumpy and by that time, so were we. I was pretty bummed as I was looking forward to spending some time there. I have fond memories of going there with my grandfather. He was also a keen birdwatcher so he was on my mind all day. I just knew he would have enjoyed such an outing.





wpid-20150108_142805.jpgOn Friday I wanted to go to Butterfly World as I really enjoyed our last trip there. After seeing Elijah enjoy himself on the beach in Hout Bay the previous day, Rudi insisted we go to the beach. I had been avoiding going to the beach for a while. I figured I was being a brat and that I should just go with them. BIG mistake. The beach was freaking HORRIBLE. I am not a beach person. I have decided once and for all. It was SO windy and the wind made it cold despite the fact that it was a hot day. Half the time we were trying to prevent the new beach umbrella we had just purchased from blowing away. EVERYTHING was covered in sand. When we left every part of my body that I touched was covered in a layer of sand. We took a part of the beach home with us. I don’t even know how long we were there for, but it was too long. Gabby also hates the beach. She refuses to walk on the sand and even when I carried her to the water’s edge she seemed to be afraid of going in there (or of me going in there). The one cool thing about the beach? We got to see a lot of kite surfers setting up and going out onto the sea. The wind was definitely up for it and I’m not surprised they flocked to the beach. I would rather have watched them from the car to be honest. Can I have some cheese with my whine?


On Saturday we had a kiddie’s party to attend which the kids thoroughly enjoyed! They had an ice cream cake at the party and I decided there and then that I want to get an ice cream cake for Elijah and Gabby’s birthday party next month. Yes. Party planning for that is in full swing as it always it this time of year. On Sunday my aunt came over with her family and we spent the day preparing to go back to work.

It was all over so quickly! Also, I need a holiday to recover from my holiday! Right now I’m focusing on getting everything ready for Elijah to go to his new school and then focus on the party planning. The kids went back to the day mother on Monday and it is also already time to potty train Gabby. I have not been looking forward to this! I’ll post about how that is going once we’re in the swing of it.

Did you have any leave over the festive season? Did you do anything fun? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Big Huggies News!

I was lucky enough to snag an invite to the launch of the latest innovation from Huggies. They called me up and asked if I would be willing to fly to Johannesburg for the day to join them for the launch. The invitation was a teaser in itself with just a hint that there was Big Huggies News on the way. How could I possibly decline?


huggies P gold boys girl logo

Image courtesy of Sabio Communications


Since the event was a breakfast I knew I would have to get up really early to fly up. As luck would have it, Gabby decided that 2 AM was play time and only fell asleep again at 3:45 AM, just 15 minutes before I had to get up to start getting ready. Luckily the flight schedule meant that Rudi could take me to the airport and collect me without it interfering with work and our day mother was an angel and agreed to take the kids early and keep them late. So we dragged the poor woman out of bed before 5 AM and went on our way to the airport. Check in went smoothly and before I knew it I was on the plane where I ran into the other ladies from Cape Town who were invited. There were four of us and I could really not have asked for better company. The flight felt really short as we nattered all the way to Johannesburg. Our shuttle driver was waiting for us when we landed and whisked us off to the Sci-Bono Science Centre.


In true Capetonian fashion we arrived late to the event, but luckily we didn’t miss anything. We were greeted by a bubble machine (how cool!) balloons, and coffee. Just what we needed to wake us up! We also passed our goodie bags on the way in.





Goodie Bags


On our table we found milkshakes and experiment boxes! When we were booked for the science center and they mentioned we would be experimenting I just knew that we would be pouring liquid into nappies at some point during the event. I wasn’t wrong.



Experiment Boxes


They did a short presentation and then the fun began. But first, an excerpt from the press release:


Huggies® is always looking for ways to refine our product offering”, says Li-Anne Hide, Senior Brand Manager for Huggies®.  “Top of mind is always finding the most effective means of keeping your little one’s skin dry, focussing on ways to maximise the rate of liquid absorption and provide an optimal overall comfort for him/her. Taking all these criteria into account, we are proud to introduce our driest nappy yet – Huggies® Gold for Boys and Girls with an innovative DryTouchTM liner.”

The DryTouchTM liner quickly draws in wetness away from your baby and distributes the fluid evenly inside the core.  This means that with the new and improved Huggies® Gold for Boys and Girls your baby will be dry in just seconds, so you are assured that you are doing the best for your baby. The state-of-the-art DryTouchTM liner is ultra-soft for ultimate skin protection, and together with the new softer and more flexible waistband, provides an enhanced experience in nappy comfort.

The nappies still provide special tailored absorption, accommodating the differences between boys and girls, with the unique Huggies® Gold nappy shape, made to fit like underwear to facilitate extra contentment. And to delight you and your tiny tot even further, the soft, breathable outer cover design is getting a new set of exclusive Disney© pictures of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, giving your little one the best in style and comfort.

Available at major retailers, Huggies® Gold for Boys and Girls comes in four sizes: size 3 (6 – 10 kg); size 4 (8 – 14 kg); size 4+ (12 – 16 kg) and size 5 (15+ kg). The product is on offer in a bag and a megabox.

The new Huggies nappy was placed at an angle stretched out on a clipboard next to a competitor nappy which was set up in the same way. Our lovely demonstrators poured liquid into both nappies at the same time:



Very Scientific Demonstration


I was AMAZED! The new Huggies nappy sucked the liquid in before it could even reach the middle. The other nappy did absorb some of the liquid, but also allowed the liquid to run down onto the table. In fact, an hour later the competitor nappy still had droplets on the surface of the nappy that didn’t absorb. Yes, the droplets probably would have absorbed if you applied pressure to them (as there would be when a baby is wearing the nappy), but it spoke volumes of how amazing the new Huggies technology is.  We had our own set of nappies set up and got to do the experiment ourselves. After pouring a few vials of water into them the results were the same. Then one of the Huggies representatives came to pour most of a bottle of water into the Huggies nappy at our table (which already had water in it) and not a drop spilled. I decided to try and do the same with the competitor nappy (which also already had water in it) and the majority of the water ran straight off the surface of the nappy and wet our table. The proof was right there.


We were also able to preview the new Huggies advert which aired on national TV this past weekend. If you missed it, you can watch it here.


Cute as ever, right? While at the presentation they used their usual tagline ‘Our driest nappy ever’. I’m usually very skeptical about advertising, but in this particular instance it is SPOT ON! This nappy absorbs so quickly right before your eyes. I came back to work raving about this new innovation from Huggies. I was just really very impressed! I still am! Also just something to note, the Huggies Gold for boys and girls currently have the special absorption areas coloured blue to indicate where they are. In the re-launch the colour has been removed, but the targeted absorption is still built into the nappies. Look out for the new packs in stores:


Huggies Size 3 Boys

Image courtesy of Sabio Communications

Huggies Size 3 Girls

Image courtesy of Sabio Communications


On our tables were were also given some stickers to decorate our milkshake bottles with. This was my feeble attempt:



Baby Milkshake


Some of the other ladies really created some very cute ones! The food was also out of this world! I only managed to take pics after the food was tucked into by some of the guests (thanks to our late arrival), but you get the general idea 😛



Periodic Table Petit Fours


Breakfast bites


Macaroon Tower!

Can I just say that the macaroons were TO DIE FOR?! They really were! Our guest speaker for the day was Riaad Moosa. Actor, comedian and qualified medical doctor. He did a wonderful comedy routine which had us in stitches! I was laughing so hard my stomach hurt! I really, really enjoyed watching him and will definitely make a point of following his work in the future. Some of the Sci-Bono employees also showed us a few quick experiments which was loads of fun. All too soon the event was over.


The flight back was also pleasant, although there was a little less nattering since the early wake up had started catching up to all of us. I was kind of bummed that the day was over. I was really enjoying the company of my travelling companions. It was really a lovely day and I am so excited to try these new nappies.


There is also something exciting coming from Huggies around August, so keep your eyes on the press for more innovation from them! I would like to thank Huggies for having me for the day and giving me the opportunity to share their exciting news. Their PR company was fantastic at keeping me in the loop with all the travel arrangements and everything went off without a hitch. Thanks guys at Sabio!


 Disclosure: My flights to this event were covered by Huggies PR company. I received product samples and a gift bag for one of my children when I attended this event. I was not asked to write about the event in exchange for these. I have provided an honest review.

Huggies – Choose Pink or Blue

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the “Choose Pink or Blue” Huggies South Africa event which was held on Saturday. I was quite excited about the event because I would get to see old and meet new Twitter friends. The event was scheduled for breakfast at the Mount Nelson Hotel. I was originally meant to work on Saturday, but my team was gracious enough not to impose work on me my first weekend back and rescheduled the weekends. I was chuffed!


I left home around 8 am. I was merrily driving along the N1 and as I was approaching Epping I heard a “cluck cluck cluck” sound. I noticed that the rubber on the left passenger window had come loose and was flapping in the wind and assumed that was where the noise was coming from. I felt the car was heavily pulling to the left, but wasn’t 100% sure why. I slowed down and someone who passed me indicated to me I had a flat tyre. I pulled over immediately and got onto the phone with my insurance. No. I can’t change a tyre. I am not ashamed! I knew I had roadside assistance and that I had programmed the number into my phone. They answered fairly quickly and after taking down my location and details, they advised they would call me to let me know when someone was on their way. About 10 minutes later I received a SMS to say that someone has been dispatched and the ETA was 60 minutes. I was so disappointed! I would be SO late for the event! I wanted to cry. Twitter was filling up with tweets from the people who had already arrived and I was having the worst case of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) EVER. 20 minutes later, my guardian angel arrived. Literally:



Guardian Angel

Guardian Angel


I was tickled pink by the pink BMW! I was also so relieved that he had arrived in just 20 minutes rather than an hour! He had my tyre changed in record time and I was able to continue on to the event. Proceedings were to start at 9:00 and I arrived at about 9:15. All in all I was back on the road within 40 minutes of phoning my insurance and because I had left early, I didn’t miss out on too much.



Firstly, let me say that I have been to a Huggies event before. I did not even blog about it because I was so disappointed overall. I followed the rule of ‘If you don’t have anything nice to say, rather don’t say anything at all’. This time was completely different! I was greeted when I arrived. There was a name tag printed for me with my full name and Twitter handle (everything spelt correctly, mind you!). One of the hostesses asked me who I was looking for, found her in the crowd and because she was sitting right in front offered to accompany me to my table. The initial presentation was already in progress and I think she realized I’d feel embarrassed walking up by myself.



We were told some interesting facts about Huggies. Did you know that Huggies are made in Cape Town? The factory produces over 1 million nappies PER DAY! The presentation also included interesting facts about differences between boys and girls. The tagline being, ‘Boys and girls are different. Why should their nappies be the same?’. We were also given an exclusive preview of the new Huggies advertisement that hit TV channels this weekend. Huggies has a worldwide relationship with Disney and the beloved Winnie The Pooh characters will now be replaced by Mickey and Minnie Mouse. A survey revealed that parents trust the Disney brand and there couldn’t possibly be a doubt in anyone’s mind that children recognize and love Disney characters.


While the presentation was being made we enjoyed a “starter” for our breakfast:





There was a lemon flavoured youghurt mousse in the middle of this plate which tasted like cheesecake. Cheesecake for breakfast? YES PLEASE! The tables were decorated with Mickey and Minnie Mouse foil balloons, cookies, little buckets filled with marshmallows and blue sherbet lollipops. @cupcakemummy at our table pilfered Lego from all the other tables to build herself a Lego family. There were also croissants and pastries in baskets. Our starter was followed by a scrambled egg tower, bacon and another tower consisting of a portobello mushroom, hash brown and fried tomato.



We were in for a real treat as Huggies introduced Dr. Michael Mol as a guest speaker.



Dr. Michael Mol

Dr. Michael Mol


What a charismatic man! He had the audience in stitches soon after taking the floor. He was both very entertaining and informative. I’ve never particularly been a huge fan of his, but he completely won me over! He spoke about nappy rashes, potty training and encouraging your children. He spoke about focusing on their strengths and not their weaknesses. He also spoke about the developmental differences between boys and girls. For instance, boys are likely to wet the bed up to the age of 6, whereas girls fully develop bladder control around the age of 4. This is purely developmental and has nothing to do with discipline. Of course there are sometimes other factors, but we won’t delve into that in this post. He noted we shouldn’t punish our children for wetting the bed since they really cannot help it if they have not developed physically to prevent it.



After this speech we were offered a tour of the Huggies factory at a later date and moms were given the opportunity to tell a funny story as there were some prizes up for grabs. Waiters brought around some red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing to enjoy with coffee or tea.


Mickey and Minnie cupcakes

Mickey and Minnie cupcakes


It was already almost lunchtime by the time we left. On our way out we were handed some goody bags with a pack of Huggies specific to our child’s gender and size. I was so chuffed with the goody bags! PrincessIce got an awesome sensory toy. A ball with all sorts of attachments and goodies. The moment she saw it she wanted to play with it!



PrincessIce's gift

PrincessIce’s gift


Babyice also received some toys (obviously no nappies though as he is potty trained already). He got a pirate sword and two cars.  I thought it was so sweet that they sent gifts for both the children. I also received a flash drive and Huggies note book in my goody bag.



The event felt much better organized than the previous one I had been to. I really enjoyed it. There were also some celebs present at both events. I recognized Cindy Nell and Catriona Andrew (from Egoli fame) and picked up that Richard Hardiman (5FM radio host) was also there. I felt utterly spoilt and had a lovely morning. I was so fortunate to be invited and would like to thank Huggies for the opportunity to be there. I have only been able to use a few of the nappies that were given as samples at the table and will post about them once we’ve been able to give them a proper run for their money 🙂

Babyice The Big Brother

A question I get asked very often is how Babyice is adapting to having a sibling. I was quite worried about this while I was pregnant, especially since I planned to breastfeed and I knew this meant that I would be somewhat indisposed a lot of the time in the first few weeks.

Babyice really surprised me! He loves his sister very much. He tells everyone about her. When he ran into my grandmother at the hospital after she was born, he ran up to her saying “Ouma GG my sister is out!”. Whenever he sees her he wants to kiss her or stroke her head. He insists on kissing her goodnight. If she is out of sight he asks where she is. He often says “Awww my sister is so cute”. He also tells everyone that his sister drinks milk from mommy’s boobs. In fact, when I asked him where milk came from the other day he replied “Mommy’s boobs”. I thought that was hilarious!

Babyice has always been his father’s child. They do everything together (even go to the traffic department! Rudi is a brave soul) and daddy is always the one that gives in. I think that has helped a lot with the transition. His dad is always available and he doesn’t seem jealous when Rudi holds the baby while I get something done.

We did have an incident where Babyice hid in my clothes cupboard and thought it was a good idea to pee on my shoes. Yes. It’s funny when it’s not *your* shoes. Maybe a bit our own fault for letting him run around without any pants or underwear. I was told that “potty accidents” with usually fully potty trained children are common when a new sibling arrives. He has also started biting his nails. I’m not sure if it is related, but it’s not impossible.

We have recently taken him off the night nappy and he has accidents quite often. We’re restricting liquids after 18:30 and he goes to pee just before bed. We just don’t take him in the middle of the night. We’re supposed to, right? We kind of sleep through if he does. What do you do? Set an alarm?

Anyway, he is a great big brother. I am so very proud of him. He really surprised us and I couldn’t be happier that we’ve given him the opportunity. He is a very loving and compassionate child, this will definitely stand him in good stead in his new role. Yay for Babyice!

Dummy Diaries

So…if you follow my blog you would have picked up that we are having problems getting Babyice off the dummy (pacifier). He has clung to that thing like there is no tomorrow. We managed pretty well recently with not giving it to him when he is not going to sleep…well…I have managed very well. Every afternoon lately it’s the same story:


‘Daddy, where’s my dummy. I want my dummy.’


‘No, you are not getting your dummy.’


“Daddy, I want my dummy.’



This goes back and forth for a while and eventually Babyice will come strolling into the room, dummy in the mouth, playing with his ear. Every single time. So Rudi doesn’t do too well with the whining and crying. I can deal.


Last night we had epic tantrums. It started with us asking Babyice to pick up his blocks. He moped and sulked and picked up a few…eventually he flat out refused to pick up his blocks. He also stepped on one of the blocks while trying to pick them up and this just gave him more reason to whine and cry. This developed into a full blown tantrum, which led to a troublesome bath time. He then refused to brush his teeth. Oh it’s the end of the world! We tried to get him to pick up his blocks again with more refusals.


The parents picked up the blocks, advising him that he is no longer allowed to play with them and that we would most likely give them to less fortunate children. He had no objection to this. I also told him that he would not have his dummy at all because he was so naughty and did not want to brush his teeth or pick up his blocks. He continued to moan and whine, at which point I decided it was bed time.


I was rather nervous about bed time. He drinks his bottle while I read to him, he hands me his bottle and I hand him his dummy. We pray and then he goes to sleep. I was not sure how this was going to go without the dummy. I was anticipating tantrums of epic proportions and standing outside his door listening to him scream for his dummy. The moment of truth came, he handed me his bottle. We prayed. He asked:


‘Mommy, where is my dummy?’


‘You didn’t pick up your blocks. I can’t give it to you.’





He then promptly turned around and went to sleep. No crying, no screaming and no tantrums. He also slept in his own bed all night. MOST unexpected turn of events!


I told the day mother no more dummies this morning and I have bought him a present from ‘the rabbit’ to say thank you for all the dummies he gave for the crying babies. Previously when he would look for his dummy during the day we used to tell him that the rabbit came to fetch it because the babies were crying. Rabbit would bring the dummy back when it was time to sleep. Hopefully this whole story will wash. I have hidden the dummies from daddy as well to ensure there are no slip ups.


I don’t for a minute think this is the end of it. I have a feeling we will have whining and tantrums for the dummy. We’ll just have to stand strong this time. It can’t take that long. He will be fine. My biggest concern was that he would have trouble falling asleep and evidently that is not a problem for him. Wish us luck!


The potty training has regressed. For the last two days Babyice has suddenly been having accidents. I’m not sure why this is happening. He was accident free for quite a long time. The day mother suspects it might have something to do with me being pregnant. Thoughts?

Sleeping, scones and scared

We had an accident free potty training weekend! Babyice is doing very well with the potty training. The day mother is very impressed with him. Remember, she has been potty training children for the last 30 years, so she has a good idea what to expect. She didn’t expect him to catch on so fast and thought it would take him a lot longer to get the hang of things. I am super proud of him.


On Saturday he slept till 09:30! Officially the latest he has ever slept! He did wake up earlier than that and came to bed with us and asked us to watch DVDs, but we told him we were still sleeping and eventually he relented and went back to sleep with us. We woke up again before he did!


My sleeping beauty


I baked cheese scones on Saturday and also felt like having bread and butter pudding. Someone had tweeted about it and I wanted some. I found an easy recipe online and managed to make it with ingredients I already had in the house. I’ll definitely make it again. Our little monster has decided that creeping into bed with mommy and daddy at night is a good idea. On the one hand I don’t mind snuggling with him when he isn’t kicking me, but on the other hand I think we need to get him back into his sleep training routine. It is getting mighty cold as winter starts to set in and it is so nice for us all to be snuggled up together.


Cheese Scones



Leebeesa from Pink Penguin Jewellery made me a new chain for my bola so that I can start wearing it again once I’m further along:


New Bola Chain


I was booked off from work on Friday. After having a really bad runny tummy from Tuesday, I finally relented on Thursday and went to the GP. My regular GP wasn’t in the office, so I opted to go to the GP that usually sees Babyice. When Babyice saw him he said ‘My doctor!’. I thought that was SO adorable. It is the same GP that stitched up his face after his accident and they have been a pair ever since. He diagnosed me with gastro and said I should stay at home to rest on Friday. Firstly I was disgruntled about having to go to the GP and pay R300.00 for an appointment for something that some Immodium would have sorted out under normal circumstances and secondly I didn’t want to stay off work. We get penalised on our quarterly bonus if we are off sick. I had to weigh up my priorities and decide what was more important to me and eventually opted to stay at home. I was given some sachets to assist with rehydration, sachets that they give babies with runny tummies and some probiotics. I started feeling better by Friday evening and feel much better today. Since yesterday I have had nausea that is very rude. It is subtle, but very much there. It is making me rather nervous since the ladies room at work is quite a trek from my desk and I might not make it all the way there in case of an emergency!


My first gynae appointment is on Friday morning. I am excited, but scared and nervous too. I suppose the possibility that something could be wrong will always be in the back of my mind. My symptoms don’t feel as severe as they were before with Babyice. I don’t feel as sick (I haven’t gotten sick yet and am able to brush my teeth without doing so) and my breasts aren’t as sore. That makes me nervous. My skin is terrible this time around though. It literally looks like I have a rash on the one side of my face. I told a colleague about it and she remembered that someone else got her a ‘magic cream’ from her local pharmacy that you can use for all sorts of skin ailments. It is a concoction that the pharmacy makes themselves, so it isn’t a regular product you can buy off the shelf. She brought me some from home and after applying it twice a day for a few days there was a vast improvement! I have now purchased my own little tub. While I was at home I became lax and didn’t put it on and my skin broke out again. I started applying it again and my skin is looking much better. While I know each pregnancy is different, there is a little realist in my head whispering bad things to me. I have already received my mother’s blessing from our priest last week Tuesday and hope and pray everything is going to go well.


I am really hoping we’ll get to see a heartbeat on Friday and get a definite answer on how far along I am.

Growing up!

So on Friday, not long after I posted my last blog post, I got a call from the day mother saying Babyice’s fever was back, he was ‘pap’ (no energy) and that he was talking ‘deurmekaar’ (not making sense). PANIC STATIONS. I felt even worse for not giving him medication earlier and immediately phoned Rudi and told him to drop everything to take Babyice to the doctor. I called the doctor and advised them he was coming in and called the day mother back to ask her to administer a suppository. I was very upset. Feeling guilty and quite helpless sitting at home without the car. Worried sick. He had never spoken funny before. I didn’t realize at the time that he has only recently started speaking coherently and we probably would not have noticed it before. Rudi got to the day mother very quickly and ended up waiting about an hour to be seen by the doctor. When he went into the doctor’s office I called him and asked him to put me on speaker so I could also hear what the doctor was saying. Babyice was diagnosed with a severe throat infection and given antibiotics. Rudi decided to bring him home to me and I was glad to have him with me, even though I was sick and was supposed to be resting. When he got home his temperature was down and he was tired, so I gave him a bottle and put him down for a nap. He took a long 3 hour nap and I allowed him to sleep so his body could rest and fight the bugs inside him. On one hand I was a little surprised that it was a throat infection because he hadn’t had trouble eating or drinking. The fever was the first sign. On the other hand it isn’t very surprising since he had no other symptoms it was likely to be a throat or ear infection. I’m glad we caught it. My cousin had a convulsion from a fever caused by a throat infection. Not something you toy with. The doctor prescribed Babyice some throat lollies, but he wasn’t very keen on them. I have also learnt that he doesn’t like jelly, but he’ll eat all the ice cream you can dish.


By Saturday I was feeling a lot better (thank you Echinaforce!) and Babyice was showing signs of improvement. He was a little miserable throughout the day, but not unbearably so. On Sunday we stayed home from church and Babyice dragged me out of bed to come and sit on the couch while he watched his movie which we have both seen a gazillion times. I didn’t understand why he insisted on having me there, until I realized that he was scared of certain parts of the movie. For instance, in Toy Story he is afraid of the pit bull and clings to me whenever the dog is shown. He has never responded to movies with fear. I have actually looked at children’s movies from a different perspective since having him around and some parts of the films are always downright scary! I’m not sure WHY they do that. At least Barney isn’t scary. I was afraid to put underpants on for him and I delayed it for as long as I could. I figured that the antibiotics might of affected his tummy and a poo accident was just going to be one big mess. Rudi asked me if I would clean the kitchen (which looked like a hurricane had run through it)  if he took Elijah to a nearby shopping centre to play on their jungle gym. I agreed on the condition that he would also clean up any poo accident that might occur that day. *evil laugh*. He agreed (the kitchen was a really big mess, see?). Some time after he had come home Babyice started letting off some really stinky farts. We decided to put him on the potty every 10 minutes or so ‘in case’ and encourage him to poo. It finally paid off! Babyice made his first poo in the potty at home! Rudi lucked out and didn’t have to clean any messy clothes. I didn’t mind too much though, I was too happy and excited about the potty training breakthrough to care 🙂


Babyice playing on the jungle gym:




Taking 'ga ga' out from between his toes (fluff from his socks)


We’re all doing much better now. We need to get back to gym. We really do. I need to go. Feeling so fat again 🙁 I haven’t been wanting to go, but I really must. Rudi also wants to go back, I somehow always get the blame for us not going, despite not saying no when he suggests we go. We were planning to go yesterday, but Rudi worked late and had a dart league meeting last night, so time did not allow (not my fault!). Hopefully we’ll pluck up the time/courage/energy to go tonight. I simply must get my fitness levels and strength up. Babyice is now weighing in at 17 kg and I can hardly pick him up anymore! He certainly still expects it and I still want to pick him up every now and then, even though I know it won’t be possible forever.
My baby is growing up so fast! 🙁

Terrible Twos

Potty training is proving a slow process for us. I’m happy with the progress so far. Babyice got the hang of poo in the potty at the day mother last week, but when he came home it was just poo in the underpants. I was working the weekend and Rudi said he made a poo in his underpants just two minutes after he asked him if he wanted to go to the toilet/potty. As with the peeing I am sure this will come right in time and I am not losing heart about it. I also bought plenty of underpants so washing isn’t such a big deal.


We are, however, having sleep issues again. On Friday Babyice skipped his afternoon nap and he did so again on Saturday. By Saturday around 17:00 he was inconsolable. You couldn’t look at him or talk to him without him bursting into tears. He was so over tired he did not know what to do with himself. Realizing why he was acting this way I pleaded with Rudi to speak to him using a soft tone of voice since it was not his fault he felt like this. The constant crying grates on everybody and it is difficult to put up with. Eventually we managed to bath him, but bedtime was another battle. I tried to keep things routine, but it was hard with Babyice crying all the time, even while I was reading his story. When he had finished his bottle he lay there crying and I put the book down and went to lie down next to him. When he feels you are hurt or sad he always strokes you and says ‘It’s okay’ and giving him the same treatment worked a charm. I stroked his hair and patted his back and ‘Shhh’ and ‘It’s ok’ until he finally passed out. Of course, our troubles did not end there. He kept waking up crying and eventually we relented, went to bed and took him with us where he slept for the rest of the night. My heart broke seeing him suffer so!


On Sunday I decided I would drive him to sleep again, not wanting a repeat of what happened the previous night. I had to drive around for half an hour before he fell asleep and he only slept for about 20 minutes after we got home! Do you have any idea how much petrol that is? Petrol is hellishly expensive at the moment and driving him to sleep just isn’t an option. It is a waste of money! What to do though? He is clearly not ready to drop his naps and whenever we try to put him down to sleep suffers from sever FOMO* and doesn’t want to go sleep! I know that I was the sleep training stalwart in our house, but I’m just not sure how to do it during the day. I must simply get this under the belt. He needs to go sleep by himself. He simply doesn’t seem to be the type of child that wants to sleep voluntarily (he does NOT get this from me!). I think I’m going to go and scour the web for tips on how to get him to nap during the day.


He is also being an utter brat about picking up his toys. He just loves strewing all his plastic/wooden blocks and magnetic alphabet letters/numbers from the fridge around the house. He doesn’t even play with them, just tosses them out of their containers and then looks for something else to destroy. He has A LOT of wooden blocks. It is as bad as stepping on a gigantic Lego. He then refuses to pack his toys/blocks away when requested to do so. Even if we promise him a sticker or a reward. I have decided that all the blocks he refuses to pack away will now be packed away where he cannot reach them or play with them until he has learnt that it is his responsibility to pack away what he throws out. I’m not sure exactly how I am going to do this while the blocks are out of sight and out of mind, perhaps we’ll practice with his other toys. His toys are packed in plastic boxes and containers in the lounge. That is where he plays since his rooms doesn’t exactly have a lot of floor area, so when he tosses everything all over the place the entire house looks like it has been turned upside down. I also need to toddler proof my dressing table which has become one of his favourite places to untidy with all the bottles, earrings and brushes on display.


Nobody ever said it was going to be easy. I still love him to pieces. This too shall pass!


*Fear Of Missing Out


Sadness and Confirmation

Since last week Thursday I have carried Angel‘s family in my thoughts and prayers. Her nephew, Nathan, tragically passed away in a car accident last week. He was not yet 8 years old. Nathan was a special boy and he was very close to Angel. His passing hit me a lot harder than I would expect. I had never met Nathan, but Angel had told me about him. She described his lust for life and what a wonderful light he was to everyone that met him. I remember hearing him on the radio one day. The radio station gave him tickets to see his favourite rugby team with his father (Angel’s brother) and he asked them to play his favourite song at the time, De La Rey. Nathan also represented something special to me in my own life and his passing stirred emotions in me that I did not expect and I found myself crying at my desk at work on Friday morning. Nathan represented to me what Jamie could have possibly been. I know that they are vastly different and that Jamie likely would not have survived to term or long after birth, but when I think of her, I picture her to be like Nathan. A bright spark in a dark world. Now they are together in the same place and I hope that they find each other. This morning we received more sad news at work. A friend and colleague’s father passed away this morning. I hope that this is the last of the sadness and that everyone currently grieving are supported by their loved ones.


On Friday Leebeesa came to babysit for us so that Rudi and I could go and watch Titanic in 3D. We went for a pizza before the movie and I was so full I couldn’t even finish my popcorn 3 hours later.  There were quite a few added scenes at the end after the ship started sinking. 3D for 3 hours gave Rudi and myself a headache though. I also realized how your priorities change in life as you get older. I was a teenager when the movie was released and at that time losing the love of your life was the most tragic thing that could happen to you. I bawled my eyes out when she ‘let go’. On Friday, however, the tears were conjured by the children that suffered and the families that were split up. It really was a terrible tragedy.


On Saturday I wasn’t feeling very well. I did as little as possible, but was obliged to bake cupcakes for the following day. I had a runny tummy with tummy cramps and later nausea. Usually we do housework on a Saturday, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do anything. Luckily I started feeling better by Sunday.


Yesterday my counsin was confirmed in our faith. My grandmother asked me to bake cupcakes for the tea after the confirmation. I could not think what had possessed her to do such a thing. If you ask me, my attempts at baking and icing have been tremendous failures, but I complied to try and contribute to the event which my aunt was very excited about:


Confirmation Cupcakes


I ASTOUNDED myself! These didn’t turn out too badly AT ALL! 😀 My grandmother purchased the plastic icing decorations, but I baked and iced them all by myself 😀 I guess I have no excuse but to bake for Babyice’s birthday next year 🙂 The confirmation went well and my cousin’s father made a very moving speech at his tea afterwards. My grandmother was sad that my grandfather was not there to witness his only grandson get confirmed, but I knew that he was there. Near the end of the service we sang a hymn which has always been a sign for me. The lyrics of the hymn at the chorus say ‘It is well with my soul’. It is a beautiful, touching piece of music and when that hymn was the chosen one I knew that my grandfather had come to see. It was a wonderful moment.


Potty training went okay this weekend. We’re still having no joy with the poo. Saturday was accident free and on Sunday Babyice insisted on not wearing a nappy when we went to church. We carted his toilet seat ring around with us and took him to the toilet every now and then. Everything was going very well until we left the confirmation tea and stopped at the shop. Rudi found him standing with pee dripping down his leg in the Spar. That was the only accident we had on Sunday though. The day mother says he made a poo in the potty this morning. I hope that he starts getting the hang of it this week. That would be awesome. Babyice also skipped both his naps this weekend. We had quite a miserable toddler on our hands last night and getting him to sleep was no easy task, but Rudi eventually managed to get him sleeping by lying down next to him for a while.



I broke up with my Blackberry over the weekend. I took Rudi’s upgrade phone (A Samsung Galaxy Ace) and am now living in a world of Android and charged data. It is taking some getting used to and I am chowing through data at an alarming rate, but I am sure that I will start managing my data better when I’ve had the phone for longer. Rudi is happy since he now has his grubby paws on my coveted Blackberry and he doesn’t have to constantly monitor his data. Win win.

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