I haven’t been blogging for the past 2 months because life has been hectic. I’m so over 2018 already and just want to say good riddance to bad rubbish.
The year started on a positive note. We had big dreams and aspirations. We were filled with hope and stars in our eyes. Then life decided to throw a few curve balls at us. Mid January we were involved in a car accident. Some might call it small but it shook our world. Our physical scars may be fading away but the mental and emotional scars still haunt us every day. It will be a long journey for us but we trust that God will carry us.
Then on 25 January my beloved father-in-law passed away quite suddenly. No words can describe what we went through and still going through on a daily basis. I do not wish to discuss this in my blog and I trust that those following it will understand.
We are also going through a few personal struggles that we keep to ourselves but keep praying that the Lord will be our guide through it all.
On the up side! 😊 Our boy is 10months old! Can you believe it! He is the light of our lives and the main reason we keep moving forward. I know the last post was him at 7months but be prepared for picture overload of everything we have accomplished since then! 😉
So after the bottom 2 teeth were out at 5 months, we were waiting for the top 2 to come in and boy was it horrible! At Cristiano’s dedication he was already not feeling too good and we could see the top gums were swollen and itching. We gave the normal Prodol and Panado to help him through it at night and then his cold teethers. Then there was the horror week before Christmas! 😵😵😵 Cristiano was generally a good sleeper, only woke up for wet diaper and to dream feed. However this week my poor baby would wake up screaming in pain despite the Prodol and Panado doses we gave him. And we could only give him so much. We were walking, talking zombies! He only wanted to sleep on my chest. I love that he chose my chest as his safe haven during this horrible time. The thing is, he is getting bigger and heavier and my back is unfortunately not that strong. With us also having summer, my legs and feet tire much quicker. Swollen feet in summer is no joke. My poor baby slept so bad one night that I had to take off work to take care of him. We went to the pharmacy to see what alternative there was and the pharmacist said the Prodol and Panado was the best. I told him to give me anything else, maybe the current combo isn’t working anymore. It was that afternoon that I discovered that along with the top 2 teeth, another bottom tooth was coming out. Turns out we were only treating the top gums when the bottom gums were also hurting. The discovery made life a little easier now that we could treat the root of all his misery. We also have multiple teethers that we’ve been using since 3months when the signs of teething started. We entered the new year with 5 teeth at almost 8 months old. ☺
This week mommy was too tired and baby was too hot to hassle with outfit change for 7 month pictures. Due to the heat we decided to go to the beach. The little mr was fussy and who wouldn’t be in this 38 degree weather in Cape Town. There was a bit of wind at the beach and we decided to keep him in his Doona. Little mr was not impressed and the look on his face says it all!
Cristiano is now somewhat crawling and very active! We constantly need to keep an eye on him! He jets through the house in his walking ring and pulls on everything and pulls out everything in cupboards. It also looks like 2 top teeth are trying to make its way through. This kid looks so tall and I cannot believe how much he has grown. He clearly has his father’s body build. He is bigger in clothing size on top than bottom.
I still can’t believe my little munchkin is 7months old! Will need to start planning first birthday soon!
I have always been a busy worker bee. Always taking on more work, more responsibility and working overtime. Achieving things is my addiction. I am lucky enough to have a hard working and supporting spouse that has put up with my need to achieve more.
However, recently I have had to admit to myself that I am getting older and that life is not all about work and achievements. The running around and stress is taking its toll on my body and I can feel it every day.
It is with this that I have decided to step back a little in order to move forward. I have made the conscious decision to scale back on work and focus myself on the things that I enjoy. This is going to be very difficult for a workaholic like myself but I’ll make it my goal and strive for this mental achievement.
I have realised that people are just people and they will come and go with their rude remarks and I will try not to have it affect me as much as I used to. It’s time for me to focus on me and my little family.
We started attending Hillsong Church when we moved to Milnerton. We quite enjoy the Sunday services. It was here that we decided to dedicate our little one to the Lord and pledged to raise him in the Christian faith. The Lord has been our strength through this life and our prayer for our boy is that he will walk with the Lord through this journey called life. The bible verse we dedicate to him is Isaiah 40:31 “ But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Here are some pictures of the day.
I’ve been dreading the 4 month sleep regression because of all the horror stories I’ve read. Cristiano has been a good sleeper at night once we found our rhythm. Recently he has been struggling to fall asleep at night and one night even went as late as 21:30. He normally goes to bed at 20:00. I did some research (at 03:00 one morning) and found a very helpful blog, http://www.weebeedreaming.com/my-blog/4-month-sleep-regression and tonight decided to put some of the advice to use. We picked him up from grandma, bathed him, daddy played with him (I had to keep reminding him to not be rough as Cristiano needed to wind down), then I put him in his wrap as he started to get fussy. (This wrap is AMAZING right now! 😍) I put on his classical music that I used to play while I was pregnant with him and fed him. He fell asleep with his bottle and the below pictures is the current situation. So far so good. Hold thumbs this works.