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Sleep deprivation…

Sick kids will do that to you.

Aaron started last week with a cough and croup in the night, off to the doctor, who told us that nebulising him as we were doing was the way to go, he is finally coming right although he is still coughing.

Faith developed a snotty blocked nose on Saturday and was awake about 7 times and again about 4 times on Sunday and AGAIN last night.  In fact this morning at about 3:45 Paul landed up taking her to the lounge since she wouldnt settle.

All of this has resulted in major sleep deprivation and general grouchiness in my house.

Hopefully both kids are on the mend and normal programming will continue soon!



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Your favourite things – Faith

Update time for Faith, original post here.

TV programme:  You watch anything that comes on CBeebies but you particularly like Tellytubbies.
iPhone App:  You love pressing the home button on my iPhone and swiping your finger across the screen.  Good thing I have a code or I would be in trouble.
Meal:  You eat everything.  You love food.  At the moment you particularly like bananas.
Fruit:  Bananas.
Vegetable:  Tomatoes and cucumber and carrots.
Breakfast:  Toast and cereal.
Drink:  You love sneaking sips of cold drink.
Toy:  Your pink princess bike/car/walker thing.
You love:  Your brother, the dogs (actually any animals), walking while holding someones hand, standing all by yourself.

Something that happened yesterday:
You managed to climb onto your princess bike/car thingy all by yourself.  You were so proud of yourself until you had to get off and couldnt figure out how, then you just shrieked for someone to help you.

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Catching up

So I have been a very bad little blogger lately and for that I am terribly sorry.

I have kept up to date on all the blogs in my reader though even if I havent commented recently.

So, a little catch up…

Aaron is loving school!  He adores his teacher and the kids in his class and aftercare too.

He does swimming twice a week which he loves (I know right!?), Kindermusic every Monday and on a Thursday he does PlayBall after school on the school grounds.

He is growing like a weed and I need to do a big winter shop for him soon because nothing is fitting him anymore.

Faith is getting cuter and cuter every day.

She still only has two teeth and she only says ‘Ello and oof (woof) and only when prompted repeatedly.  Yet she makes herself completely understood and understands everything you say to her.

She has a temper of note and screeches like a pterodactyl if she doesnt get what she wants.

She eats everything and anything, especially of its on her brother plate.

She is standing up all by herself and is walking beautifully if you hold one hand.  Last night we taught her to walk holding onto her Disney princess car/bike thingy.  She was very proud of herself.

Faith also does swimming lessons once a week and I get in the water with her.  She LOVES the water and complains bitterly when we take her out the pool or bath tub.

Both my beautiful children are growing and learning and keep us on our toes.

On Sunday is my anniversary.  SIX years!  And I am still madly in love with my hubband.  Even though he sometimes drives me absolutely crazy!

We went to the Drakensberg Sun last weekend for a mini pre-anniversary break, just the two of us.  It was amazing and relaxing and we both missed the kids so we left a little earlier on Sunday morning that we had planned so we could get back to them 🙂


Ok, I promise not to take so long to blog again.  Pinky swear!


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Trouble spelt f.a.i.t.h.

Boy oh boy.

Aaron was a really well behaved baby.

He tried opening a few cupboards, we got cupboard locks and left one open for him and filled it with tupperware and plastic stuff.  He knew that this was his cupboard and for the most part he left the others alone.

He never threw things in the toilet, he never climbed out his cot, he did occasionally draw on the tv or on a wall and he did shove a few straws down the sink drain but all in all he hardly ever got into trouble.

Faith on the other hand…

She is so adventurous, she opens and closes everything, she goes straight for the plugs and gets into everything she shouldn’t.

Including the toilet this afternoon.  I caught her red pink handed with her hands in the toilet bowl, newly cleaned with Toilet Duck (thank heavens I know the bowl was clean).  She threw such a hissy fit when I took her away from the toilet but got over it pretty quickly when I washed her hands under the tap and then got pissed off again when I wouldn’t let her carry on playing with the water in the sink.

I think this one is going to keep us on our toes!

About two minutes after I posted this a turned around and found this!

Juice is far more fun on me and the floor than in the bottle!


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Sci-Bono outing of awesomeness!

Yesterday we took the kids into Newtown to visit the Sci-Bono museum.

I cannot get over how much fun we all had, especially Aaron.  So much fun in fact, that he didnt want to leave.  We had to promise him that we would come back on the weekend!

Oh and not only is Sci-Bono fun its also a really cheap family outing.  Adults are R20, kids are R10 and kids under 6 are free!

We landed up spending almost 2 and a half hours wandering around and we didnt even come close to seeing everything.


I had so much fun explaining how the mini experiments worked to Aaron.  Watching his face as he saw what I told him actually happen was awesome.


We watched a science demonstration.  The lady who did the demos was fantastic.  The kids (and adults) were laughing and shouting and most of all learning.


(Had to put this pic in, just look at that curl!)

We had such a fun day, the time literally ran away from us.  Aaron is still talking about all the things he saw and did.  Cannot wait to go back!


*most pictures were taken by Paul, some by me on his camera and some by me on the iPhone (Im sure you can tell which).


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Splish Splash!

Faith is a real water baby.  She LOVES bath time and she loves swimming, doesnt matter if the water is warm or cold, she gets such a thrill out of splish splashing.

Today we got a fantastic surprise, a hamper from Huggies!

It came with a cool orange towel and a few Huggies Little Swimmer nappies.

I adore the Little Swimmer nappies.  They keep little accidents from happening in the pool and they dont swell up with water.  Perfect.

They are also the only swim nappies available in South Africa and as far as Im concerned the only ones I would use.

Huggies has improved on an already great product by making the sides open and close with velcro (they used to be pull ups) which is such a bonus when it comes time to change Faith.

At the moment Faith fits into the small nappies, but they come in 3 different sizes so she can wear them for as long as she needs to (up to 15kg and beyond).

Thank you Huggies for helping to make our summer a splish splash spectacular one 🙂

Oh, If any of you are going to be in Cape Town, why dont you head on over to the following beaches and have some fun with Huggies Little Swimmers:

  • 16th – 18th Dec                             Camps Bay
  • 22nd – 24th Dec                            Big Bay
  • 30th, 31st Dec & 2nd Jan          Camps Bay
  • 6th – 8th Jan                                 Big Bay
  • 14th – 15th Jan                              Strand
  • 21st – 22nd Jan                             Big Bay

And if you are in Durban check out the Huggies Little Swimmers team at uShaka Marine World on the following dates:

  • 16th – 18th Dec
  • 23rd – 24th Dec
  • 30th – 31st Dec
  • 1st Jan

And dont think Gauteng has been left out, find the team at Menlyn Mall from now until 15th Jan!

Follow Huggies on Twitter and Facebook for more info!


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If you havent yet, go and read this post about Faith, breastfeeding and biting…

After getting advice from all the wonderful mommies on twitter and that read my blog as well as IRL friends and of course my mommy I decided that we would try formula.

I know that ‘breast is best’ and that since we were doing so well we should probably continue but the truth is I have been saying for a while now that Im looking forward to stopping.  Also, once the biting started, I found myself actually dreading feeding time.  I was very hesitant to put my boobs anywhere near Faith’s mouth and that was effecting my enjoyment of feeding Faith.

Yesterday I gave Faith a bottle at lunch time.  She cried for all of 2 seconds before tasting the milk and then quite happily drinking 150ml.  I gave her another bottle at bed time and she was quite happy with that too.  She woke up twice last night, first time I just gave her the dummy, the second time I made her a bottle and she drank half of it before falling asleep again.  She woke up at 7 this morning and had another small bottle.

I call that a success.  She is happy and getting a nutritious bottle and Im not afraid of having my nipples bit off!

The big thing at the moment is that my boobs hurt!  Actually only the right boob hurts.  Anyone know how long it will take for my boobs to stop producing milk, or at least stop hurting??


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Once bitten twice shy…

I always said that the day Faith bites me is the day I stop breastfeeding.

Tonight Faith bit me for the second time.

The first time was the middle of the night, she wouldnt go to sleep and was screaming and wouldn’t be calmed, I offered her the boob to see if that would help and she bit me.  It wasnt her fault, it wasnt mine.  She was angry and frustrated.  Children bite when they cant contain or express anger and frustration.  Especially when they cant talk.

In fact I thought it was quite funny because earlier that day I was speaking to Sharon about breastfeeding and biting and had said that Faith had never bitten me… Ok, Im not sure why that would be funny 😦

Tonight I came home and Faith was still awake, very sleepy and about to doze off and I decided to offer her the boob since the last time she had milk was 3 hours earlier and it often sends her to sleep.  Well, she opened her mouth no problem, didnt make a single sound and then bit me again.

Those two little chompers are bloody sharp!

Im a little hesitant to put my boobs anywhere near her mouth again.  Im not sure what to do.  Do I stop breastfeeding and go with formula?  Do I keep trying, never knowing when she will decide to bite?  Do I express and offer bottles (that she doesnt take from me, the one who gets up for her in the night…)?

I also always said that I would only breastfeed until she was a year old, thats in just under two months time.  Also, expressing isnt that great, I definitely dont get as much milk expressing as I do when she sucks.  Also, if I stop breastfeeding her I will lose my beautiful C cup boobs (selfish reason to keep going, I know).

So, what do you guys think?


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Your favourite things – Faith

I spotted this on Cat’s blogJenty’s blog and Tanya’s blog and I thought what a wonderful way to remember the kids childhoods.

Now for Faith…

TV programme:  You dont really watch TV but if you are sitting in the lounge and the theme music (for ANY show) comes on, you look at the screen adn rock back and forth and smile.
iPhone App:  You love chewing on my BlackBerry, does that count?
Meal:  Food, did someone say food?  You eat anything and everything, especially if someone else is eating it, you just have to try it.
Fruit:  Apples..
Vegetable:  Like Ashlyn you love tomatoes, especially the rosa tomatoes (even though they are really a fruit).
Breakfast:  Banana and strawberry porridge.
Drink:  Mothers milk, really…
Toy:  Your new favourite toy is a magnetic house thingy that sings the alphabet (in an australian accent), it was a present from your Ozzy cousins for your brother a little while ago.  You love pressing the button to make the music and singing start and you totally rock out to the ABC.
You love:  Your brother, chewing on things, your taggie(s), the dogs and your nanny, Aletta.


Something that happened yesterday:
Its not something that happened yesterday exactly but its been happening over the last week or so.  You have become mobile.  You dont crawl as such, its more of a one legged, two armed leopard crawl, but it gets you from A to B.


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I WON!!!!

A few weeks ago I entered a competition on Fiona’s blog to win a hamper of BabyTees goodies and I won!

Im so so super excited.  I adore BabyTees and cant wait to see Faith in her new t-shirts and growers.

The shirts she will be able to wear now, the long sleeve and short sleeve growers will be for when she is a little bit bigger 🙂

And dont you just adore the packaging?

Thank you Fiona and BabyTees!!


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