Born too soon: The uncertainties and ultimately surviving the NICU Journey

On World Premature Day

Giving hope to new NICU parents

born soon uncertainties ultimately surviving NICU journey

To the new NICU mom and dad, it is undoubtedly not your desire to become one. Whatever the reason for your baby being born too soon; it was a situation that you had no control over.  You did not envisage this to be part of your birthing plan. Even more so that your tiny little human will be lying in an incubator hooked to beeping machines, struggling to breath and fighting for his/her life.

As you sit in the chair staring at your tiny baby, you look tired and worried. The minutes turn to hours but it feels like a lifetime. You experience multiple emotions at once – joy, love, fear, sadness, anger and frustration.  Feeling helpless and alone and thinking that nobody understand your heartache.  A feeling of uncertainty about what the future holds is not strange.

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My Sunday Photo – Lourensford Wine Estate

This week’s Sunday photo features the beautiful Lourensford Wine Estate.

A couple of months ago we visited Lourensford Wine Estate. Situated in Somerset West and is approximately 50km from Cape Town. Being one of the oldest wine estates in Somerset West, this estate is full of rich history and scenery.

Sunday Photo - Lourensford Wine Estate

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Pet Attraction

Pet Attraction

Reasons why getting a pet is good for your child

Many of us have fond memories growing up with either having a pet dog or cat. No matter our cultural backgrounds, those of us who had and still have pets have this special attraction to them.  We consider our pets a part of our home and family life.

I was always a dog lover as grew up having them as pets. I remember having my first dog when I was about 6 years old. A cross between a poodle and a border collie. His name was Spotty as he was white with big black patches. He was so cute and adorable.

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Ageing Parents

Ageing Parents

On the eve of my dad’s 70th Birthday, I find myself writing this blog post but feel a little perturbed.  The whole time my main focus was on his milestone celebration. Joyful and grateful that God’s grace was bestowed on my dad’s life.

But with all this hype – I failed to take into account that my dad is ageing. Not just my dad but that I lost focus that my parents (including in-laws) are ageing.

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When Children Bring Bugs Home

Children bugs home

There is so much excitement when your child start school.  They embark on this new adventure in their life.  But parents brace yourself – with school comes a guarantee that your child will pick up a bug and bring it home.

School is a breeding ground for all sorts of bugs. Spread via personal contact, transmitted through contaminated surfaces and airborne droplets.

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Buckle under high heel pressure

Buckle high heel pressure

Today as I’ve organised the shoe section of my cupboard, I realised I own way too much shoes.  To confess, I have a little shoe fetish. I often find myself purchasing a pair of shoes instead of a clothing item.

But today as I organised my shoes, one type of shoe caught my eye. I’ve looked at those high heels and had a bit of an aha moment.

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Nurturing Natural Curiosity in Children

Nurturing Natural Curiosity Children

The importance of nurturing your child’s natural curiosity

Children are born curious. From a young age, they learn from this curious nature.  Sometimes parents are too cautious for safety reasons. However nurturing this natural curiosity is the best thing you can do for your child. By doing this your child will construct their own knowledge. Their little brains are switched on to learn and discover new things. Curiosity makes your child more observant and gives them confidence. It gives them the opportunity to see the world from their perspective.

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My Sunday Photo – Alphen Trail

This week my Sunday photo features the beautiful Alphen Trail.

We spent our Saturday morning walking along the Alphen Trail. Part of Constantia’s green belt, it is one of nine interwoven trails. Out of the nine, the Alphen is the most popular of the trails. Located in the Constantia Valley, it winds along the Diep River to the Constantiaberg Mountains. We started our walk from Alphen Drive but you can also choose to start the walk from Brommersvlei Road. Starting from Alphen Drive, you will notice the Alphen Hotel on your right.

Sunday Photo - Alphen Trail

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Opposing grade retention was the best decision for our daughter

Opposing grade retention best decision daughter

Why we opposed grade retention and why it was the best decision for our daughter

Delaying, retaining, repeating, holding back or redshirting. Call it what you want; it is a topic that sparks widespread debates and is a controversial issue.  Opposing grade retention or deciding to retain is a decision that parents need to make.

In South Africa children may start school early. They can start at age 4 and a half providing they turn 5 by 30 June in Grade R. Likewise for Grade 1, they can start at age 5 and a half providing they turn 6 by 30 June.  However, legislation in South Africa stipulates that children must start Grade 1 in the year they turn 7. Irrespective in which month they celebrate their birthday.

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My Sunday Photo – Early Morning Swim

This week, my Sunday photo features an early morning swim at Dalebrook.

With Spring fully here, the weather has been pleasant.  On Saturday, however it was a bit overcast but the temperature was warm. The girls wanted to go for their first Spring dip. They woke up early and we headed off to Dalebrook Tidal Pool.

Situated between St James and Kalk Bay. Lying hidden on the False Bay Coast; beach goers often miss it during off peak seasons. Making it less crowded than the popular St James tidal pool.  However in summer, Dalebrook can get as busy as St James.

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