Baby steps

Oli had his 6 week check up with the pediatrician today.  The doctor is happy with his overall  development.

According to the doctor all babies have low hemoglobin levels at the age of 2 months – this is normal.  However because of Oliver’s medical history we needed to make sure his levels weren’t dangerously low.  The blood tests shows that Oliver’s hemoglobin levels are low.  Not too low, but low enough to want to keep an eye on things, so the plan is to continue with the iron supplements and examen his blood again in 2 weeks.

Good health for babies, come in baby steps..

P.S.  We have been having fun with Photo Booth :)


The frustrating part is, he planted a seed of hope


I had my 6 week check up with the gynae yesterday.  Frustrating as it was, the first things he asked me after the general small talk was: “Are you planning to have a another baby” and “don’t you want a girl?”

The frustrating part is, he planted a seed of hope.

The Neo-Natal Nurses blatantly told us that we shouldn’t have another baby, Oliver was green enough and the next baby will be worse.  This freaked Kobus and I out and we vowed there and then to stop adding to our family.

Yesterday however my doc recommended that we have blood tests done in 6 months time and assess the risk in having another baby.

It can’t do any harm I guess, as long as I don’t put my heart on it.  I can get a little obsessive.

Oliver Photo-a-month: 01 Month

Tomorrow marks 6 weeks since Oliver’s birth and we have officially started outgrowing our new born clothing.  My new born baby is officially a baby and not a new born any more.  This makes me sad!

These were taken when he was one month and two days old.

Bird’s eye view:

The last one was an attempt to get Oli to sit in a semi-sit position.

Practicing the pose

I have been looking high and low for a picture of Logan and I when he was a baby.  It is a picture of him and I laying on the couch gazing into the camera.  It is the kind of pose I am trying to duplicate with Oli now, 6 years later.

The photo with Logan is something like this one, however I wouldn’t know just how accurate the picture is until I find it.

I guess Oli and I will keep on practicing until we find it!

“What does your gut tell you?”

Yesterday Logan and I made our way to his primary school in order for him to be evaluated for Grade 1.  On arrival at the primary school, he was shipped away to the Grade R class and I was asked to stay in the reception area.

While waiting for them, my thoughts kept going back to the conversation I had with the school’s admissions administrator on Monday.  When she arranged the assessment, she added that their Grade R classes were full for 2012 and that Logan would need to go to the school across the road.  I was upset and mentioned that she was the person who told me to enroll him in Grade 1 and if he wasn’t ready that he would automatically be allocated a space in their Grade R class.  She was very apologetic about it and promised to make a plan if we needed the space.  Even after her reassurance, a little part of me was concerned that the evaluation would be compromised because of it.

Half an hour later, the Grade R teacher came to fetch me and I was lead to the Grade R class were the assessment was taking place.  What I am very pleased with was the question that followed:  “What does your gut tell you?”  I was completely honest in my reply and told them that I felt another year in Grade R would benefit Logan.

The teachers continued by discussing Logan’s answers with what they teach their Grade R’s.  They felt that Logan has a lot of potencial, however would like for him to have a stronger foundation.  Some of the examples they gave me where as follow:

  • They introduce concepts such as horizontal, diagonal and vertical in their teaching vocabulary.
  • Left and right is used when teaching them to write – when writing the letter “a” you start on the right hand side top corner.
  • The difference between top and above.
  • Instead of only teaching them the different shapes, they teach them the attributes of the different shapes. E.g. when a diamond is divided in 2, it gives you 2 triangles.
All in all I get the feeling that they are teaching them to think, instead of spoon feeding them the abc’s.
I am very happy to announce the school made a space for Logan in their Grade R class without any hassles.  And we have already received a second acceptance letter!

To Jinx or not to Jinx…

Not to jinx anything, but because I have taken the time to start this post a certain littlest of them all will wake up…

Little Oli has been very restless today with the heat, I eventually put him in the bath and sat with him until he had cooled down as much as anyone can in this heat.

We have a pretty full line-up this week:

  • Tonight is Logan’s school concert, I know I shouldn’t expect too much, but I’m excited.  Last year’s concert was so awesome and nothing will ever compare with what his previous school had manage to pull off with a bunch of kids.  I have asked one of the moms at the party we attended a couple of weeks ago what to expect and her reply was, not too much..  But I can’t help feeling excited for him.
  • Tomorrow we are taking Logan to the primary school where he has been accepted for Grade 1 for the Grade R teacher to evaluate his school readiness.  *Some more on this for another post*
  • Thursday I am writing my second exam for the year.  Which really should translate to, why are you typing a post instead of studying.  Like I said in my opening line of this post, littlests is bound to wake. up. any. minute. now.  And so much more so, as soon as I actually open a study book.
In other news, I manage to take the first of many photo a month pictures.  I just need to work through the millions I took and decide which ones to share :)
And just because I started the post with, “not to jinx anything” I managed to finish without any interruptions.  Guess it is time to open up the books.

A Confession or Two..


When the whole Pinterest “thing” made it’s appearance on the web, I wasn’t the least bit impressed.  I mean with facebook, blogging, tweeting, tumblr, linkedin, photobucket and flickr accounts, do I honestly want to add another account to my extensive collection?  The answer was simple – definitely not!

After clicking on a link from twitter to Pinterest, I was forced to really have at look at what it really entails.  I have to admit I am impressed!  I may even form my new addition!

What I will say, is that requesting and actually having to wait (give or take 5 hours) for an invitation isn’t as impressing – it is downright cruel.

If you are wondering what I am on about and or what to follow me, click on the following link to my Pinterest account