Category «Parenting»

Packing The Hospital Bag

One of the exciting things about preparing for the arrival of Peanut was letting the girls help me pack his hospital bag a few weeks ago. Despite the countdown chart we’ve been using to mark the time, Emmy thought that packing the bag meant I was going to the hospital that day to have him …

Essentials For Surviving Pregnancy

If you read last week’s post, you’ll know I haven’t enjoyed any of my pregnancies. In the last stretch of what is definitely my final pregnancy, I thought I’d share some of the things that have gotten me through. 1. A preggie pillow This is a large, banana-shaped pillow that makes sleeping slightly more comfortable. …

Pregnancy – Not What I Expected

When I was younger, I had this romanticised version of pregnancy. I wanted at least four children, whom I’d birth naturally, of course, because why else would God have given me these hips? My mother popped out four kids, even giving an aerobics class while in labour with one of my brothers. So how hard …

Keep Calm; It’s A Boy

In six week’s time, I’m going to be mom to a boy. At one of the early scans, my gynae said he was pretty sure it was a boy. And I hoped that at the next scan, he’d say it was actually a girl – but he didn’t. When he pointed out Peanut’s “credentials” and …

Stepping Out Of Martha-Mode

I haven’t done a personal, from-the-heart post in a while. I’ve been caught up with homeschooling and lesson prep, with moving to a self-hosted domain and all that entails, with just keeping my head above water at this crazy busy time of year. How is it the middle of November already?! It’s so easy to …

Ballerina Girl

Angie started ballet at the beginning of this year. She’d been begging for months, and at the end of her trial lesson, asked when we were going to buy proper ballet clothes. I took ballet classes for several years when I was in primary school. Ballet was never my passion, though I think I benefitted …

Interview With A Whirlwind (On Turning Three)

Emmy turned three on Sunday, and since I did a birthday interview with Angie earlier this year, I had to do one with Emmy too. It was challenging to get proper answers from her. She kept running outside to play with the dog. My commentary is in italics. 1. What was your favourite thing about …

Where did my baby go?

Sweet Emmy, You are three today. Three! It seems like just yesterday that we brought you home from the hospital; this tiny thing with a mop of hair. And now, look at you! You’re a whole little person, with opinions, and likes and dislikes, and the ability to reason. (Seriously, every sentence out of your …

A Frozen Birthday Party

This year Angie and Emmy both wanted a Frozen-themed birthday party. I told them there was no way I’d be having two Frozen parties just six weeks apart, and convinced them that a combined birthday party would be twice the fun. Don’t they look lovely? (The outfits were relatively inexpensive and super easy to make. …