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The term started for mothers and miracles today, and I drove Vivi and I there myself, which is a big deal.

Michael took my mom’s colt, which is currently living in our garage, to work so that Viv and I could use our car, which has the baby seat it.

So I got up at eight, pulled the car out of the carport, got myself and Vivi’s stuff ready and then woke her at about twenty to nine. Quick nappy change and bottle, and we were ready to roll.

Vivi enjoyed the class immensely. Probably the most she has enjoyed one to date. Especially the sensory play. She got a bowl of flour first. Had such a good time feeling it with her hands and flinging it gamely all over me. Same with rice, and then some beans and lastly some wood shavings. Great fun. Luckily I was wearing jeans πŸ˜‰
We danced and made music and everyone sang to her for her birthday, while she wore her birthday crown.
And then she got a finger biscuit at the end, as always. The difference is, now that she has top teeth, she was able to take nice bites out of it. Was fun to watch.

I was able to cope alright with the outing, although I am feeling tired now (physically). The driving was fine though, which was what I was a bit stressed about.

All is all, very successful.

Oh and Vivi interacted very nicely with a little boy, who is two months younger than she is. She’s much more gentle now and I don’t have to worry about her scratching his face, or pulling his hair. And she crawled onto this little boy’s mommy’s lap, too. You could say she is right at home at this little group.

Speaking of gentleness, she’s a lot more gentle with our dogs, too. I never leave her unsupervised with them, but it’s gotten to the stage where she will stroke them gently,instead of trying to pull their hair. That said, I am very mindful that they are animals and that she is a one-year-old child. Supervision! My point is just that she is learning to be caring, which is the big goal:-)

Oh, and she does love the dogs. Among her first five words have been “Teddy” and “Bear” πŸ™‚ She is so delighted if they come into our bedroom. It’s like, “Yay, partytime!” and if they leave the room again, she waves and says, “Bye”.

So anyway, we got home from M&M and I made us some Maltabella pap, which she ate with gusto. I always know when she’s done, because she’ll attempt to fling the proffered spoonful all over herself and immediate surroundings. The sooner she learns to say, “no, thanks” the better! πŸ˜‰

Then it was almost time for daddy to come home, so we went to the sitting room to play. She had a session on her Ybike, which she riding quite well already. I was hovering over, lest she fall, and I got to thinking maybe I should give her a little more freedom considering that she is keeping her balance so well. The thought had barely crossed my mind, when she slid off her bike, right onto the tiled floor. She fell over and bumped her head, fortunately not hard. The bum took most of the brunt. She had a little cry, but not too bad. Didn’t stop me from feeling like a total sh$t, though. Did answer my question. No ybiking without mommy helicoptering over her!

I’d like to type more, but my right hand is now kaput. I’m having to backspace half of what I’m typing 😦 My poor hand. It’s considerably recovered, but far from right.

Plus, only an hour of naptime left. I’d like to read a bit.

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Written by Maggie

July 23, 2015 at 3:43 pm

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Celebrating the big 1

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Vivi Rosebud is officially one year old πŸ™‚

I felt so emotional on her birthday! No longer my tiny baby. Very quickly approaching toddlerhood.

I am so, so thankful that she is doing so well. And that I’m doing all right.

She has gone from a dainty little newborn of 2.52kg, to a bouncing, bonnie little girl of 10.3kg πŸ™‚

We celebrated her birthday the whole of Friday and Saturday! On Friday morning, her and I went off to our mothers/ babies group. She got really nice presents, including a dolly pram from Aunty Candy and Luke, a pop-up Little Red Riding hood book and pooh bear plate/bowl/ cup set from Aunty MenΓ© and Mehan and a Barney activity pack from aunty Charlyn and Hannah. We took a cake and everyone sang to her and I helped her blow out her candle.

After nap time, we went to the Archer family, where she had another fab party. She played with all her presents on the sitting room carpet. Her cousins played with her. She was spoiled with a lovely big hound dog (plush)from Aunty Melany, a duck on wheels that plays music, a soft duckie (she loves ducks) and the sweetest baby doll from her grandparents. She kept on planting kisses on that little doll and saying “baba” over and over again.

Then, our next door neighbour, who calls herself Vivi’s “Amper Ouma” had a beautiful cake made for her, with a photo of the birthday girl printed on the front. She also knitted the most beautiful blanket for Vivi. Took her six weeks, and it’s amazing.

On Saturday, my sister Sonja kindly hosted a party for Viv for the out-of-towners, my younger sister and her family,from Joburg and Vivienne’s godparents from Pretoria, Jessica and Ettienne. Also my parents and a local friend of mine, Angie were there.

Cue more spoiling of the birthday girl: A musical toy with loads of buttons from aunty Annie, which also included a stacking ring β™₯! From Angie, a ride-on lobster inflatable water toy for summer and the sweetest rag-doll from Angie’s mom. From Sonja and Jannie another baby doll (so she has twins!) a sweet dress and Hello Kitty cupcakes. And from Jess and Ett, a pink Y-bike!!! (I am very pleased with that especially) and a lovely hooded gown. Also a ducky toothbrush (more duck stuff πŸ™‚ ) And Jessica’s 20 year old Telly Quack!!! All washed and looking brand new. I haven’t been able to find a soft, plush duck anywhere. I mentioned it to Jessica and she surprised us with the duck!

Oh and Vivienne’s parents (that would be us πŸ˜‰ ) bought her a baby walker, complete with a hooter, ‘car radio’ (well, it plays songs) and a spinning shape sorter on the front. The important bit is that she can walk behind it. To date, she has taken about five consecutive steps πŸ™‚

Our house looks like a toy shop, y’all πŸ™‚

I am so grateful to everyone who spoiled our little girl and celebrated with us.

It took baby girl and I about two days to recover from the partying. We were knackered!

The reason I can type this at leisure, is that it is naptime. Vivienne has recently instated a strict nap-time, from two pm till five pm. I am not complaining! She wakes up around 9am and then she has bottle, we listen to music and she plays with her toys in her cot. Then she eats some maltabella pap with me.Then she comes out of cot and we read a bit of book. This is all very typical.

But then she wants to be active and we go to the tv room where she plays with the more interactive toys and crawls, crawls, crawls. then we go onto our front stoepie and sit there for a while (sometimes Tannie Rina comes out to say hi to us). Then it’s crawl some more and whizz around in the walking ring. By this stage, daddy is on lunch, so we eat something, sometimes we go to town with daddy, if we need something.

By two pm we are tired. Some of us pass out in our cot and other of us sink into our comfy black chair and have a well-deserved cup of milo πŸ™‚

Then I wash and sterilise her bottles, have some tea, chillax and put some supper on. Unless we had a big lunch, then I don’t.

She naps until five and then it’s all systems go again until 9 or 10 pm. Which I don’t mind, because she sleeps an uninterrupted 11 or 12 hours at night We go to bed late anyway, Michael and I. And even though she goes to bed late, she is utterly pleasant. She will sit in her cot and chat to her dolls, no problem, while we bath and get ready for bed.

And yes, I do know how insanely lucky I am.

Edited to add:

After all that, she woke up halfway through the nap with teething pain. Very upset. I gave her some Prodol and read her a little bit of Rooikappie and she’s dozing off again. I also put The Mozart Effect: Relax and Unwind on for her. All in all, took me less than fifteen minutes to settle her. She’s happy, and cuddling her beloved hipppo. Bit of an occupational hazard,putting the prodol on, now that she has upper teeth,too. My poor finger, getting caught in the middle πŸ™‚

Written by Maggie

July 21, 2015 at 4:03 pm

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Countdown to one!

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I can hardly believe it, but my baby girl is almost one. We’ve spent a whole year with this sweet, wonderful little person.

I’m dismally behind on documenting her milestones but I did make a mental note of the first time she stood up against something on her own (30 June)

Tonight she was standing against the couch, flinging her dad’s pj’s onto the carpet, the litte minx.

She’s had a couple of nights of not being herself. Everyone still had pretty much their full quota of sleep, but she’s been going to bed later. She also introduced a strict lunch time nap (for two hours at least) which probably accounts for the later bedtime. We also had to administer pain meds twice this week. And on Monday night, she puked the entire contents of her bottle onto her dad while he was trying to feed her her solids.(First time she has vomited in her life!) She took that remarkably well, actually. Didn’t even cry.

The last two days, we have noticed that her right eye is red, particularly in the corner.

So today we took her to the clinic sister for a check up. And lo and behold – a new tooth is through and another hot on its heels! Her two top front tooth πŸ™‚

The sister said pretty much all the symptoms could be accounted for by the teething. Even the red eye, which incidentally is looking better tonight.

As with everything else, she took the teething so well, we didn’t even notice what was going on, though we did suspect.

Her appetite has been a little down, but not by much.

Her good humour has remained fully intact.

So yes, we are still completely spoilt parents!

Her word count is quite impressive already. (Well, we’re very impressed)

Apart from Mama, Dada, Baba, num-num and lig, she is calling the dogs by their names, Bear and Teddy, and when asked what sound a duck makes, she says quack-quack. Granted, it sometimes sounds more like kak-kak, but I’ll take it. Also, Mmmmmmm for a cow.

It’s so cute, watching her development πŸ™‚

Written by Maggie

July 8, 2015 at 10:34 pm

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