I know that your birthday was yesterday and to be honest it was a lot of fun – just like you. There is so much that has happened in one year and I so wish we had cameras following us every day to record the amazing things that you do and say.
Over this last year you have taught me – as your mother – to trust my instinct even more. You have taught me to be decisive about decisions with your needs. I have learned that your well-being is priority over just “hoping it will get better”.
Continue reading “Happy 6th Birthday Jude”
Today my husband found me getting video’s edited and ready to post onto youtube and wanted to know what I was up to. So I told him that I was blogging – his immediate reaction made me giggle and I’ll tell you why shortly. You see, we have had so many different things going on in our lives that there is a lot to talk about and so I assumed he would know that I’m just documenting what’s happened recently in our lives in general. So he’s never really given any input to what I write about or made any suggestions, but today he said this…….. Continue reading “Toddler sleep problems……”
If you’ve been following me on Facebook, Instagram or twitter over the last few days, you would have seen that I had to stay with my son in the hospital after we found out what was actually wrong with him. It wasn’t fun leading up to the whole incident and then to discover the reason for his tummy problems. Continue reading “5 Things that stress my toddler out”
Over the last few weeks our 3 year old has been constantly complaining that his tummy has been sore and it’s been hard to navigate. I say hard, because it’s one thing when your kid is constipated or has a runny tummy, but when he’s eating fine, pooping fine and playing absolutely fine every day – but still constantly points to his stomach and says it’s “owie”………. what’s a mom gotta do?
I’m the type of mom that looks at the symptoms, remembers previous appointments with the docs and applies the principles that were told to me when they have the same problems. 99% of the time, I nail it and I don’t have to get antibiotics or have my kids do anything major to get better.
It’s this that gets to me. I say it gets to me because he’s fine through out the day (see how he’s smiling in the pics?), but then at 3 in the morning – the poor kid is in the foetal position and holding his stomach – keeping us up through the night and there’s nothing we can do.
We’ve been to the doc and have applied the meds that he recommended but now the ache is back and all I want to do is make a Grey’s Anatomy manoeuvre and scan the kid to see what’s going on in there.
Well, today we’re going to the paediatrician again and we’ll see what the plan will be to make sure that my kid gets back his normal – complain free – life. Have you had times like this? It’s frustrating right? how did you deal with the exhaustion and trying to manage every day life without murdering one of your kids. (the struggle is real peeps, very real)
I’ve been meaning to get this video up onto the interweb but I really wanted to have the intro attached to it as well. You know – to make it all authentic and “real” youtuby.
So, here we have it. I decided a few weeks ago that I’d had enough of trying to maintain my son’s afro and forever worry about how to get a comb or brush through the dreadlock growing on the back of his head. Continue reading “Jude’s first hair cut with clippers”
It’s time to get back into the rhythm of real life as we know it. I honestly don’t know about your kids, but mine seem to stand in fertiliser in winter and then the moment spring hits – shjoop, they’ve outgrown all of their winter stuff and yet it’s not cold enough to buy any new ones, so I just muscle through the season of Tom Sawyer (or hit the sales rack and make my kids look like the clothes are way too big for them and just keep them for next year)
So with this, comes other aspects of their lives I need to take into consideration. Besides the clothes and shoes, I always take the time to look at them in their car seats. Obviously it’s a lot easier to assess when they’re itty bitty babies and you can see that they aren’t that little newborn you thought would never fill out the seat but have become a 12 month old and moving around – actually engaging the world at a different level in the car. Continue reading “Jude’s reaction to his new Car Seat #CarseatFullstop (when do I move my kid to the next size car seat?)”
Oh my word! This day was jam packed with so many firsts and I’m still trying to organize my thoughts around how to tell you what happened. Ok!, so we are in Zimbabwe. Yes, if many of you didn’t know – I was born and raised in a lovely little town called Gweru in the heart of beautiful Zimbabwe. I’ll probably end up going on and on about how amazing it is – so I won’t judge if you click onto something less “braggy”. Continue reading “Our Zimbabwe Trip – Day 1 [how to travel with a toddler]”
Yoh! It’s already Thursday! Where did the week go? I can honestly say that I was completely not motivated to write anything, mainly because I was throwing my full focus into potty training my son. Now, we tried a few months ago and that literally went down the toilet. (excuse the pun) I tried the various methods that I used with my two girls, and nothing seemed to stick. Continue reading “What I’ve learned from Potty Training”
Teaching a toddler to do certain things often proves to be difficult. Now, Jude is the type of kid that likes to get other people to do things for him. I honestly think it’s the combination of being a boy and being number 3 in the sibling line up. Up until now, it’s been “cute”. But I’ve come to slowly realize that an almost three year old that can’t feed himself (more like won’t feed himself) is not a healthy thing. Continue reading “Homeschooling a Toddler : Jude’s cute little antics”
Some of you might not even know what a love language is. So before I dive down deep into my kids and the way they speak to us through these “languages”, I’ll briefly summarise what they are. Continue reading “Figuring out my kids’ Love Languages”