Koko, Fifi and Pixie’s vacation ~ Week 2

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The three little kidlets are still at my mom’s (Nanna, aka Nanny). We decided to give them an extra week there so that I can have a little more time to recuperate and be in at least 80 % working order when they get home and the chaos returns. I can’t wait to hold those three in my arms again. I miss them an awful lot.

Pixie has changed so much since they left 2 weeks ago.  She no longer has a paci, sleeps through the night and doesn’t use her sippy cup during the day at all any more.  She only uses it early in the morning when she wakes up.  She has also decided that she no longer needs to be held in the pool anymore.  She is swimming with the aid of arm bands with the big kidlets and even jumps into the pool from the stairs.  I cant believe how much she has matured in this short time.  Koko and Fifi are still water babies and love their daily afternoon swims.
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Koko and Pixie were playing a memory match card game on Nanny’s iPad.  Everytime Pixie made a matching pair, he gave her a little kiss. Feel the love ♥
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November and December are Christmas Biscuit baking months here at home and the same goes for at Nanny’s. Koko and Fifi baked a ton of biscuits and Pixie was the taste tester. Pixie wasn’t interested in baking, she’s all about the dogs, or at least one dog in particular, Champ, Nanny’s Border Collie. Fifi was in her element this particular day. That girl loves to be in the kitchen.
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The girls each got new little sunhats from a friend and Nanny tried to get Pixie to pose for photos, this is the end result. Silly girl.
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On Saturday, they went to visit my dad’s baby sister. She lives an hour and a half away from my mom’s. Pixie wouldn’t look at the camera for a photo, so Aunty Christylene made her, LOL. Thankfully one of my children look like my side of the family. One out of 4 isn’t bad, LOL.
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I am eternally grateful for my mom. Taking the kids is a HUGE task in on its own, but they have all loved it. Noo leaves for a month long visit in December! We’ll only see him again on Christmas day. He gets to spend most of his summer vacation with her this year. He can’t wait to take walks on the game farm and be spoilt rotten!

We’ll be collecting the kidlets at my maternal aunt’s home 3 hours drive from here (driving to my mom’s takes 12 hours, with stops) on Saturday. I can’t wait to see them!



Koko, Fifi and Pixie’s vacation ~ Week 1

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Koko, Fifi and Pixie have been on vacation with my mom since my operation and they are having a huge amount of fun out at my mom’s in the Kalahari dessert.

They got to meet my maternal aunt and her children on the way. Fifi and Cousin L bonded almost immediately, I believe, Pixie and Cousin N were inseparable and Koko and Aunty Sha spent the whole day having fun together.
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They slept over at my maternal uncles house that night, since its half way between Johannesburg and my mom’s. They call him Grampa-Uncle Neil, he loves it and he treated them with fruit salad and yoghurt for breakfast. My kids must have been in heaven.
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On the last stretch to my mom’s they stopped for milkshakes, soda floats and fries. The fries were hot and Fifi decided to dunk them into her soda float to cool them down, EWWWW! They obviously stopped during Pixie’s nap time, she didn’t even wake up to eat, LOL.
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They have been so spoilt since they arrived at my mom’s. They have gotten so many new outfits and sandals as well as trips to the local mall which is a HUGE treat for Fifi even though she goes shopping at malls all the time, LOL
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They spent time playing with my brother. He has a mental disability.
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Fifi baked cupcakes all by herself. All my mom did was measure out the ingredients. Koko and Fifi decorated their own cupcakes too. Pixie wasn’t interested in baking at all, she’s all about the dogs, LOL.
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I’m really looking forward to having the kidlets home though, its the longest I’ve ever been away from Koko and Fifi and the first time Pixie has ever been away without us.


Building my own curriculum for pre-school

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I’m in the process of researching and building my own pre-school curriculum for Koko and Fifi.  I’m started collecting Lapbooks (see the links in the resources on the right of your screen) and I’m also busy collecting activity ideas from a variety of websites and books.  As I come across activities that I like, I’ll post the link in the resources section on this blog, so keep an eye out for updates.

Fifi is here

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Date of birth: February 4th, 2009
Time: 09:49am
Weight: 2.980kg/6lb
Length: 49cm/20in


Pregnancy Update

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I started having contractions on Thursday night and MAN were they sore and by the time we got to the hospital they were 8 minutes apart (we live 23km from the hospital where Fifi will be born and where Noo had his surgeries).  They stopped the contractions by Friday morning.  I had to go onto a ventolin (sp?) drip and got a pethidine and atterax shot (which burns like acid) to help me sleep.  Needless to say, I didn’t sleep well at all, I had a woman in labour next to me and I swear she was screaming through every contraction (she was still in labour when I left at 11 on Friday morning).

Anywho.  This morning I went to see my gynae at his rooms for a scan and Madam is doing very well, so well in fact that she is weighing in at 2.69kgs and is measuring in at 37.4weeks (I was 34 weeks at that appointment).  Koko weighed 2.63kgs at birth (36 weeks). The doc said she is going to be one big baba, by the time my EDD arrives.  I tried to push for a VBAC, but he said he wasn’t going to risk it with a possible 3.9kg baby.  So we set the c-sec date for 4 Feb.  He said that most of the pain I experienced yesterday was Fifi trying to move and stretch and that I’m in for an extremely uncomfortable ride the next 3 weeks.  I’m now on weekly appointments, so I’ll update here more regularly.