What a BIG day! Suddenly he just does it. He climbs on to the toilet and makes a wee. What an amazing feeling. I’m jumping around shouting – Well done! Well done! He looks at me like I’m an alien. He jumps down, pulls the flush handle then claps his hands – now he agrees with me and says well done.
Many parents talk about the terrible two and yes, it is exhausting BUT SO MUCH FUN. New stuff every day, it’s amazing.
Yesterday he held up a piece of bread and said. Mmm bread, I like that. FOUR WORDS!!!! Today he pointed at the figure on A’s T-shirt and said – Penguin, I like that.
I know this is only fun for me, limit other parents. I is just so cool to see how your little baby suddenly becomes a small boy.
Terrible and amazing two!!
On sunday we went to Madiba’s house in Houghton, to put down flowers and show our condolences. Flowers …I meant Dinosaur, Vittorio’s choice. It was nice to be there but it felt a bit like being a tourist. I didn’t feel emotional and I had difficulties sorting my thoughts and being present.
It felt like “check”- been there done that. No, the emotions and the tears come when I least expect it. Often when I drive and listen to radio. When I hear him speak or when the radio voice says – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, 1918 to 2013. Then it hits me that he is actually dead. The greatest leader of our time is no longer with us.
I think for every expat living in South Africa, Madiba has shown us what South Africa is all about, the magic of the country and it’s people. Many of our friends back home don’t understand how we can live here, the crime, the poverty and cruel history. If you choose to live here, you choose to believe. You choose to believe in South Africa and a bright future. That there is hope.
I can sincerely say that I love this country. We have lived here nearly three years, both my sons are borne here. The most magical about this country is it’s people, the happiness and the smiles that greet you everyday. I have changed a lot since I moved here - this is home.
But home has lost it’s Tata and we will miss him beyond words.
A great leader is dead.
There are no words to describe how brilliant this man was. He was a true believer. He believed in his country and his people. He saved South Africa.
He will always be in our hearts and his spirit will always surround us. South Africa is still a amazing and beautiful country and to honour Madiba we must continue to believe. Believe democracy, believe in justice, believe in love.
We will never forget you Tata.
Lying in bed with our two boys sleeping next to me. Normally V watches the iPad at this time, together with a bottle of milk. It is the only time of the day he is allowed to watch iPad, and the 101 Dalmatians is the favourite.
This evening the iPad is dead and charging it seems to take forever. I’m starting to get irritated – is it broken??? Instead of the 101 Dalmatians, I talk to V about the day and what he has done. He looks at me with his big blue eyes. I feed Andrea at the same time. A magical moment, V drifts of, he has forgotten about the iPad and he goes to sleep. Andrea is also sleeping. I’m on my own. I’m wondering why we need the iPad at all? I thought it was to calm down after a long day. We always read a book just before bedtime but the iPad is a nice pause aswell. Now I’m starting to think it is not…
I seem to be the only one who is patiently waiting for the iPad to wake up.
Some pics from our day…
Bad weather means playing inside – jumping in the sofa.
Sunday is zoo day…
Being a parent is exhausting, amazing, tough, incredible – you go from total frustration to overwhelming joy.
With Vittorio it has been a couple of weeks of pure joy. He is just the sweetest kid. Singing, talking, discussing, arguing (with the dogs mostly). He even treats Andrea pretty good, no drama just some hitting and pinching mostly to see the reaction and not because he is jealous.
He embraces his role as a big brother, and I think he is actually quite happy to have someone else in the family.
Having A in the family also gives you perspective. V is so grown up and can do so much. I love listen to him singing or talking on his own. See how he walks into his room grabs a book and starts to “read”. I feel that having Andrea has made me fall in love all over again with Vittorio. I feel so blessed having two beautiful little boys. See them grow up and develop into young men. What will they become?
This is my background on my phone. Today I’m on schedual feeding wise but the sleep – Naaa I let him sleep if he wants to. He sleeps good during the night and that’s the most important.
Went for Andrea’s vaccination this morning. He is now 6,3 kg – no wonder I’m losing weight. I’m trying to pump today but he is like a clock. Every time I get a “let down” he starts to jiggle in the pram. FOODTIME.
Outfit today – me and my kitty
Playing around with plexi and neon and this is the result.
Just love the colors…
69 kg, 5 to go. Going to the gym tomorrow for the first time, soooo looking forward to it. And a new design around my wrist (gray).
Just want to add – A just took the bottle YEAY. The temperature is the key, I think it was too cold yday.