EN - Month 4

23 September 2014

Month 4:

Weight: 6,2kgs

Height: 60cm

Clothing size: We are slowly starting to fit into 3-6 months.

Diaper size: Size 2 (but not for much longer)

Feeding: 180mls every 3 hours. We are still on the following routine: 6am, 9am, 12pm, 3pm and 6pm.

Sleep: Our little sausage is sleeping through from 7pm - 7am. We still have the odd night of one dummy run though. And she sleeps for 40-60 mins between each day feed.

Milestones: She has started to grasp objects when placed in her hands, she sits propped up, she pushes her feet when held in the standing position, she laughs/giggles out loud and she loves her hands in her mouth.

Loves: Her baths in the big bath with her big sister or a shower with Daddy. She just adores her big sister and never takes her eyes off her. She loves the sound of Mommy and Daddy's voices and she loves being tickled or laughed at. Such a happy baba.

Dislikes: Injections - she screamed and screamed, even before the needles were put in! Poor little soul!

Adventures: We have started a Moms & Miracles class each Wednesday morning and Ellie is enjoying spending the few hours with just Mommy and some active play and stimulation. Nice catch up with other moms too.

Mommy and Daddy could not get through the month without: The co-operation of Big Sister SJ. She really is such a star and just adores her baby sister. They already share a special bond, never take their eyes off each other and so gentle and happy together. This makes my heart so warm and fuzzy, and wishing I had had a special sister when I grew up...

See SJ's Month 4 here

*Monthly pictures taken by the beautiful and talented Bron from Vanilla Photography

Cosmetic Surgery

22 September 2014

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Cosmetic Surgery is a touchy subject - well at least it is here in South Africa. I'm not sure why it is still so taboo, even in 2014?! It may not be for everyone but I don't see why people should frown upon it.

I am in two minds about cosmetic surgery:
I believe in it and I don't.
I guess it follows my stance on most things: everything in moderation.

I believe in using the skills and expertise of a great, reputable surgeon to help you look a certain way and gain confidence. I do not believe in using thousands of Rands/Pounds/Dollars to make yourself look fake. I know plenty of people who have used cosmetic surgery in so many good ways, I have heard some horrifying stories of people being butchered and I've seen some serious plastic working around. 

I have had cosmetic surgery. Three times.
There, I said it!

Now that that is out of the way, I can explain myself.
Because I want to, and not because I have to.

My first taste of the knife was when I was just thirteen years old. (Gasp! Shock! Horror!)
And it was purely for medical reasons.
I went to a local water park, went down a slide forward facing (just as you are not supposed to!) and went head first into the bottom of the pool. I came up to find my fingers stuck in a gaping hole in my forehead and blood flowing steadily. I was rushed to hospital where a plastic surgeon stitched the hole closed by pulling my forehead skin to my hairline to avoid a 40 stitch Harry Potter scar across my forehead. Instead, I have a very faint Nike tick scar on my hairline - you can only really see it when it's really cold as it goes a slight purple colour.
This cosmetic surgery helped and was needed in so many ways.

My second encounter with the knife was voluntary and vain (as most people will say). In 2010, two months before I walked down the aisle, I had breast augmentation surgery. I had very little breasts but they were an odd shape. They started very low down my chest and I have a protruding chest bone on my left side of my chest - both which I hated. They looked horrible in vests, strappy dresses, pyjamas and swimwear. I wanted something fuller - especially for my wedding dress and bikinis on honeymoon. So in August 2010, I went under general anaesthetic and under the knife - and I woke up to fuller and perkier breasts and two tiny scars. 
I was delighted and felt like a new person. I loved the way my wedding dress fitted me and I felt good on honeymoon and for months after.

Unfortunately, the inevitable happened - two pregnancies and two breastfeeding experiences later, I was left with terrible breasts once again. This time, a different issue - too big, too low and too much shape. So I went to see the same surgeon and asked for his help.

I'm going to answer the question you and everyone is asking - but aren't you going to have a third child? Yes, hopefully we will. That is our plan. But only in 3-4 years time. And for me, that is a very long time, living in a coastal city, going to the beach and being in our pool as well as not wearing any strapless or off-cut tops and dresses because of my breasts. I have become grumpy and miserable and have lost all confidence because of them. It has changed me as a person because of how I look on the outside (added to the extra weight that I am trying to lose!) I have made a decision based on now and the next few years, and I would like to enjoy them.

So a few weeks back, I went in for my second breast augmentation surgery. The plastic surgeon cut open, removed the previous implants, lifted the tissue, cut away the excess skin and replaced with a smaller implant to give more shape. I woke up already feeling 'smaller' and happier. I am now recovering from this surgery which has been easy and pain free - and I cannot wait to get back into exercise training, running and then wearing a bikini this Summer.

This is my story, and what works for me.
Remember, that everyone is different.

What are your thoughts on cosmetic surgery?
Have you ever had cosmetic surgery?

Bachelorette Weekend: Kitchen Tea

19 September 2014

On Sunday afternoon, after all the girls had left, Nicole thought she was heading home to relax and chill after her big night out... but we had other plans her! Another surprise...
Kitchen Tea

Nicole's mom, aunt, mom-in-law, aunt-in-law and sister-in-law hosted a kitchen tea for her on Sunday afternoon. A lovely afternoon with a high tea and lots of pretty presents. 

A lovely last send off for our bride-to-be.
We cannot wait for the wedding.

Bachelorette Weekend: Hula Party

18 September 2014

After her jam-packed morning with the girls, Nicole expected to come home for lunch with the 5 of us but she arrived home to a big
Fourteen of her closest friends dressed and ready to hula in the driveway - after a few tears and overwhelmed and shocked expressions, we got her dressed (wig and all) and started our party.

We chose a hula/pool party theme as a day in the sun is exactly what she enjoys. All the girls wore their own Summer outfits with necklaces and head pieces of flowers. Each girl received a favour pack with a beach towel, sippy cup, funky glasses and flowers. We relaxed in the sun, drank Pimm's and vodka jelly shots, ate fruity cupcakes and a burger bar and played some fun games (Q&A with the bride and groom and pin the body part on the groom!)

Lots and lots of fun for our special bride-to-be.

Bachelorette Weekend: Bridesmaids

17 September 2014

This past weekend, we spent the weekend celebrating my MOH - 
Nicole's Bachelorette Weekend.
Nicole has 7 bridesmaids - one in Australia, one in London, one in Johannesburg and four of us in Durban. Unfortunately, the three ladies from afar couldn't join us but we will more than make up for it at the wedding and have been involved in all the planning.

Nicole is not your average shooter-drinking, stripper-watching, all-night-partying type of girl so we decided to do something a little different. And it was all a surprise!

The 4 of us 'hijacked' Nicole from school (she is a teacher) on Friday afternoon armed with flowers and champagne for our bride-to-be.  We raced home to pack her bag and then headed down the South Coast to a friends beach cottage for the weekend. Us girls spent a quiet night in with a girly dinner and Scrabble in our pj's.

The next morning we lay by the pool, and two of the BM's took Nicole to the beach, for dress up fun at the local clothing store and a pancake whilst us other two set up the house for a pool party.
Another post to follow

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