A little life update

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Sheesh, I can hear the crickets and had to dust off the cobwebs from not using this little space for a while now. I’m sorry. I’ve explained in my last post about how I’ve forgotten where I came from and why I started this blog. Now for a little update on our lives.

Harper
She’s been growing like a weed and since her grommet procedure, she has been babbling more often. I even heard the word “car” come out there sometime. She says “teacher”, “daddy”, “doe” for her dummy, and some form of Ethan’s name. She has yet to say “mommy” or even “mama” but it’s okay. I’m just glad the grommets are helping and she’s busy thriving now. If only her hair will grow a little longer.

I’ve been such a bad mommy and feel the guilt in my bones. She hasn’t yet had her 12 month vaccination. And she’s almost due for her 18 month vaccination. I’ve made an appointment twice already at our local clinic but every time, something’s come up and we had to cancel. Does anyone know if we can go to Clicks to get these vaccinations?

Ethan
Oh this poor boy of mine. He’s been struggling so badly with his chest lately. He was hospitalized at the end of January with pneumonia again. Doctor put him on a daily inhaler and something to manage his allergies. Touch wood, they’ve been working so far, but it’s only been 2 months and the winter months are on their way.

He’s been good otherwise. Learning loads at creche, and asking me ALL the questions. Especially the ones that start with “why?”. He loves his sister and picks her up and tries to kiss at every opportunity. He and Matthew fight like cat and dog, until they don’t and then they get on like a house on fire. These intense emotions and firecracker tempers make me so exhausted but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Matthew
Matthew had this weird skin infection from the Streptococcus bacteria, called Ecthyma. Luckily it was just one spot and didn’t spread. We managed it and now there’s just a massive scar that I’m hoping will eventually start fading.

I’ve been having a few great parenting moments when I see how things I’ve tried to teach him (and his siblings) have actually sunk in. Things like saying I’m sorry when he accidentally hurts someone, saying please and thank you, being kind and caring. It’s amazing how we harp on and on and repeat things all the time, praying that at least just one thing will stick and then one day, you witness it all and feel like you’ve accomplished something.

Other news
Come Valentine’s Day, I was one of those parents that left things to the last minute. I ended up DIY’ing these tops for the younger 2. They turned out so awesome, even if I do say so myself.

I won a little photoshoot with Shante Hutton Photography for myself and my sister. These are some of those photos. Isn’t she just an amazing photographer? Book her now!

I have been seeing a surgeon since beginning December last year for my elbow. He couldn’t quite figure out what was wrong with my elbow and asked me to attend a meeting with other orthopedic surgeons to discuss my case. This was so nerve-wracking. To stand in front of all these medical professionals while they talk about you like you aren’t even there. But we have an answer and a possible solution. For now, my doctor will do an arthroscope to do a debridement and clean out the arthritis and bone that is there. We will be discussing dates and pre-surgery things by the end of this week. After 2 years of pain, I’m just so glad to be getting something done and praying it all works out.

And then lastly, after 3 months of back and forth, we’re finally getting our key for our new house mid-April!!!! I am so excited, I could burst. I’ve started packing already and I’m hoping to get it all done before the operation. Mark wants to build some pallet furniture for the extra space we have. Does anyone have any ideas where we can get pallets for cheap here in Cape Town?

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4 thoughts on “A little life update”

  1. Your kids are growing up so beautifully – I can’t believe how big Harper is and that pic of her on the beach standing – her face has changed, she’s not such a baby anymore! Good luck with the packing and moving 🙂

    1. Oh that pic of her standing on the beach is just full of sass! Lol! Definitely not a baby anymore 🙁

      Thank you, hoping the packing and moving goes smoothly, especially after my op on my elbow 🙂

  2. Wow, lovely update.
    I think you can get vaccinations at Clicks. I know ours has a sign that says we must phone for an appointment. Or even a Dischem?
    Harper is so cute. Hair will grow like wildfire soon, I’m sure. It’s amazing how grommets change a little one. Liam didn’t have issues with the hearing but the constant phlegm and runny nose were solved with grommets.
    Poor Ethan, shame, it’s not nice when our kidlets get ill. One wishes you could actually trade places with them.
    Oooh, that’s some funky eina Matthew has there. Who knew?
    I’m always on at Liam for his lack of manners at home, but apparently he behaves beautifully when not in our presence. What’s that about?
    Good luck with the elbow.
    Yay on the keys for the new house. Good luck with the move. I’m sure a quick Google will turn up results on pallets?

  3. Awesome, will have a quick Google and see what they say about their vaccs.
    Ethan also had to have grommets put in but I see such a significant change in Harper that I didn’t see in Ethan. I’m probably going to wish her hair growth would slow down one of these days lol
    Oh I wish I could trade places each time any of my kids get ill. But we’ll manage his allergies and hope he outgrows it.
    I know right?!?! And he probably got it from scratching an insect bite open and then going to play outside. Such a weird infection 🙁 I guess they take in more than we give them credit for lol
    Thank you. I think I need all the luck I can get 🙂 Will definitely Google but was hoping I could get some positive feedback from anyone who knew the right place to go 😀

    Thank you for your comment. I really do appreciate it!

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