Five on Friday

27 February 2015

Yay for Friday! And a fabulous girls weekend away!
Link ups today: Five on Friday with Christina and friends, and Oh Hey Friday! with Karli and Amy.

Favourite Style Items

I would call myself a loyal shopper - I like certain stores and I normally only shop at these same stores - why change a good thing? My style varies from casual and comfortable to a little more dressed up when out at night. The fabrics have to be cool and easy to wear in our hot climate and comfortable as a Mom of two littlies. I am known for not liking black, grey, brown or any dark, Winter colours and my wardrobe is packed with bright colours and fun prints. 
These are a few of my current favourites...

1. Kendra Scott. This jewellery is truly amazing. Such beautiful quality and so many different colours and styles - to suit every outfit. I could honestly have one of everything - holding thumbs that MC comes home with a small KS package after his next Houston business trip.

2. Triangl. Yes, they are the in thing but have you ever worn a neoprene bikini? The fabric is amazing and the colours are so cute! I have always had a bikini fetish and these are perfect for our hot, Summer days. Unfortunately, my order had to be exchanged for a different size so I'm still waiting but I love!

3. Country Road. It is no secret that this is my favourite place to shop - for my clothes, MC's clothes and the kiddies clothes, and the shoes and the accessories and the homeware. I love it all. A range of items that are casual and comfortable as well as elegant and stylish - can be dressed up or done. Quality clothing at a more premium price but so worth it.

4. Lilly Pulitzer. Can someone please bring this bright and colourful label with fun prints to South Africa? Another wish list item for MC's next business trip. These dresses are so gorgeous for day or night, perfect for someone like me who doesn't like to wear black, grey or brown colours. 

5. Superga. I love a good sneaker for the casual jeans and tee look and Superga are my favourite brand. So many different colours and styles to choose from - I could buy so many pairs! 

Do you like any of the above stores too?
What is your favourite style?

Little Sickling

26 February 2015

Does that little face even look sick?
Absolutely not! Which makes this post even sadder to write...

After our holiday last year November, MC and I returned home and little EN started feeling sick - she was showing typical flu symptoms (flushed cheeks, glazed eyes, slight cough, pouring nose and general discomfort). A trip to our GP doctor confirmed that she had tonsillitis - her throat was very red and inflamed and covered in sores. She was prescribed an antibiotic. Over the next few days, she seemed to be better.

In December, we went to London as a family and on Day 4 of our 14 day holiday, EN got sick again - she started with a pouring nose and congestion and she struggled to sleep with her heavy breathing and she struggled to drink from her bottle as she couldn't breathe through her nose. I also got sick on this trip and we put it down to the freezing cold weather - poor little EN had to stay indoors for the whole holiday!

On our return home in January, she started coughing and wheezing again. Another trip to the GP doctor confirmed she had tonsilitis again. She prescribed another antibiotic and we hoped for the best. A few weeks later, I had to rush her to our local hospital as she was having hour long coughing episodes and it sounded like whooping cough or croup. The paediatrician confirmed that her chest was surprisingly ok but she still had tonsilitis and she was given another antibiotic.

First trip to hospital... And still all smiles

So calm on the nebuliser

Now a maybe a good time to remind you that little EN was only 8 months old and a 35 week premature baby so she was realistically only 6,5 months old! 

After five courses of antibiotics, three months of tonsillitis and then a chest infection, an evening ritual of nebulising her so she could breathe a little easier, I arrived at our paediatrician in tears and begging for answers. He requested blood tests for allergies, blood cell counts and her immunity. I am normally a tough cookie but these blood tests were one of the worst experiences of my life... Little EN is chunky for her age (which is a good thing for a sick baby to have this reserve fat!) but not a good thing when searching for a vein to draw blood. After trying both her hands, and the inside of both her arms, they eventually found a vein in her foot! Her blood was flowing well either so they had to drip the blood out - and fill five vials! My little EN's screams were heartbreaking!

Last week, our paediatrician (who is the best in the country and the nicest and most caring man in the world!) called to say he needed to discuss EN's blood results. The good news was that she has no allergies or baby asthma and her blood cell count is normal but her immunity is extremely low.

To try and explain it in the simplest possible way:
Our immune system is made up of three layers of immunoglobulins: the first layer is your IgA which is found in mucous membranes like respiratory tract and gut, your second layer is your IgM which is found in the blood and lymph fluid and is made by the body to fight infection and finally, your IgG which is found in all body fluids and protects against viral and bacterial infections as well as stores your immune memory after having your vaccinations as a child.

Unfortunately, EN is 1 in 3000 babies that has little to no IgA and IgG immunity. Her levels are extremely and as a result, her body hasn't fought off any of the infections she has had and it won't until these levels have increased. On top of this, her IgG immunoglobulins show that none of her previous vaccinations have been successful.

As sad as it is that our little tot has a long road of recovery and medical shots and medication ahead of her, we are glad that we have found the reason she hasn't been getting any better and we are so grateful that we can fix the problem. We can also count our lucky starts that she only developed a tonsil and chest infection that she has managed to keep at bay rather than something more fatal like German measles or meningitis.

Our paediatrician has recommended a dose of immune boosting shots, as well as the flu vaccination and all her previous vaccinations again which we will probably do next week. She is also on a low dose of a mild antibiotic, twice a day, indefinitely. We also have to be very careful not to expose her to any other infections so she has been confined to staying at home as the outside world is full of nasty and unknown germs. 

Please pray for our little EN, and I will be sure to update you on her progress soon.

EN - 9 Months

24 February 2015

Month 9: 

Weight: 9kgs

Height: 71cm

Clothing size: 6 - 12 months

Diaper size: Size 4

Feeding: 6am - cereal and fruit with yoghurt, 9am - bottle and sandwich, 12pm - veg, protein and starch mix and fruit, 3pm - bottle, 6pm - veg mix, cereal and a bottle. We have tried to start finger, solid food but she isn't interested...

Sleep: We are back on track with sleeping - two good naps during the day from 9.30am - 12pm and 3.30pm - 5pm. She goes down at night at 7pm and wakes between 5.30/6.30am.

Milestones: She has started crawling!! And now there is no stopping her. She is adamant she wants to stand but she is still wobbly when unsupported. She is trying to climb up on to everything. She has started a few sounds too (dada, nana, mama and baba) - just like her sister did!

Loves: Her family - it is so sweet to see her face light up, loves music and moving to the sounds, clapping, bath time and splashing, her dummy and her bunny.

Dislikes: She hasn't been a fan of the pool lately or sitting in her high chair for too long. 

Adventures: Unfortunately, our little tots only adventures have been to the doctor. Ellie has been sick all year with the flu, tonsillitis and now a chest infection. We have now had blood tests as no antibiotics are responding - post to follow. We started Moms & Miracles again this year but have only been to two classes before she got sick.

Mommy & Daddy could not live without: Ellie's content nature. She really is so calm and relaxed - nothing seems to bother her. This has been a blessing these past few weeks with her being sick as she has been very tolerant of her constant cough and sore throat as well as doctors prodding and poking her and the endless supply of medication we force into her. Thank you for being so willing and so patient our little angel.

See SJ's month 9 here.

*Monthly pictures taken by the talented, Bron Fourie from Vanilla Photography

Dear... Dates

23 February 2015

Another month, and another letter to write. 
The letter link up with Amber.

January's letter prompt is: On Dates and the Like

Dear MC,

Do you even need another reminder how important dates are to me? I am the "date queen" - I have a planner that plans all my dates and I am a little OCD about dates and times and schedules. But obviously the best dates are the dates I spend with you.

These dates vary; one being love date nights that involve just the two of us. Our very own time out from home, the girls and work. These dates are normally at a delicious dinner or a movie and we can chill out and relax, catch up on quality time together, sit and talk with no interruptions and our own trivial or entertaining topics of conversation. These are my favourite dates because I am pretty selfish and I don't like to share you. During these dates, I don't have to share you - I can sit next to you, hold your hand, stare into your eyes, get your undivided attention and steal as many kisses as I like.

Other dates include important dates like birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. And we all know how much I love these - any excuse for a party, celebration and gifts. These dates are so important to me, to us, to remember how things started and how far we have come, how we have changed and what we have learnt along the way. Another year, brings more years of dates but also more firsts that start new dates for the future. Dates to enjoy new experiences and make magical moments and memories on destination holidays with just the two of us, with precious family and with special friends. These dates make the best photographs.

And the last dates are the dates that we have together every day. The dates that we wake up to on the calendar. These dates are just as important as any others because they count the blessings that we get to experience together, each day. The little numbered reminders that we have this life to share together and another whole 24 hours of life that Jesus has chosen for us to live and lead.

I promise to continue to make an effort with these dates and to enjoy them all to the best that I can - the exciting ones and the mundane ones - all because they are cherished dates with you.

Love, Your Bride

Read January's letter here.

Five on Friday

20 February 2015

This Friday is bittersweet - yay for the weekend with my sweet family but nay that Sunday brings another business trip for my hubs - how horrible is it saying goodbye??
Friday means link up day: Five on Friday with Christina and friends, and Oh Hey Friday! with Karli and Amy.

Favourite Mommy Bloggers

This doesn't mean that these lovely ladies only blog about being a momma but as a momma, they inspire me in so many different ways and they are my religious daily reads.

1. Emily Ley. This pretty momma is nothing short of amazing. She is beautiful both inside and out, own and runs one of the most successful planner businesses and is an incredible momma to gorgeous little Brady and now the most perfect pigeon pair twins, Caroline and Tyler. Emily has so much passion for all that she does - her thriving business (I just love my planner!), her supportive husband, her precious family and a faithful follower of Christ. I am in awe of the patience and perseverance she showed throughout her pregnancy with the twins - from bed rest to hospital visits, she kept them baking and gave birth to two healthy little miracles.

2. Carolina Charm. Christina is a beautiful and down to earth momma with the most gorgeous hair. Her sweet little Caroline was born on the same day as our little EN and it has been a joy to watch her grow and develop as we experience the same ages and milestones. Christina hosts beautiful parties, makes the most delicious recipes and kept up a great pregnancy journal. The best news is that is pregnant again with her second little miracle - so exciting!

3. Mr & Mrs Powell. Karina is gorgeous - her beautiful tan, toned body, picture perfect smile and long locks - but the most beautiful thing about her is her personality. We keep in touch often and my biggest regret on our recent trip to the States is not being able to meet her and her gorgeous little man, Ryan. Good looks run in this family... Karina has just moved into her dream home and already her home posts are too die for. She has great inspiration from her pretty momma who has a home out of a decor magazine and the cutest playroom for little Ryan. Karina lives for her family and is an inspiration to us all.

4. Tied with a Bouw. Sonja is a glam momma - she has a wardrobe to swoon over and style we all envy. I love the way she loves bright colours and manages to put outfits and home decor together so well. She two of the cutest little princesses and their holidays in Australia to their move to Chicago, the pops of colour in their home to her gorgeous bright lipstick, and her creative lunch and dinner meals - I just love this momma.

5. Hanging with the Hewitts. Caycee is a true and genuine momma and blogger. She has great style and puts clothing pieces together so well - she always looks great! She loves and adores her little man and princess and I love their family photos and traditions. Caycee's blog always has me coming back for me - gorgeous clothes, delicious meals, her pretty home, fun kiddies photos and her determination and motivation to stay healthy and fit.

There are so many gorgeous mommas out there and these are just a few of my favourite - be sure to stop by and show them some love.
Happy weekend

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