My Pregnancy Journal – Week 28

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I cannot believe I’m already into my third trimester. The second trimester went by so quickly, I never even had the chance to sit down and write a post for it. It was a blissful last two months with minor aches and pains, almost no irritating symptoms (other than some heartburn) and a good supply of energy. I truly find the second trimester to be the absolute best period of my pregnancy. Now and with the twins…

At our 20 week scan, the doctor confirmed it to be a boy and even though for a couple of hours I was a little sad that I wouldn’t have my dream of a little girl, I soon started making plans for his nursery theme and got excited at the idea of another little busy-body in my house.

In the last couple of weeks our baby boy has gone from little flutters to full-blown kicks, twists and turns and sometimes even surprises me with the force of his movements. I guess the twins couldn’t move as much with having so little space, so this little one’s full-body turns feel very strange to me some days. I can spend hours just feeling him kick against my tummy whilst daydreaming of what he might look like and what his personality will be like.

The twins are pretty much still clueless when it comes to the baby. They constantly ask to see my tummy, but then point at their tummies to show me their “baby” too. It’s rather cute, I must admit. I’m not sure how to prepare them for the new one though, especially if they don’t understand the concept of a baby. They’ve been around their baby cousin and understand when we tell them the baby is sleeping or drinking bottle, so I hope that makes a bit of a difference.

How pregnant am I? Not sure… Hubby and I keep coming up with a different date, so we’ll just go with 28 weeks for now until our next doctor’s appointment.

 How big is baby?  At this point baby should be weighing in at around 1.2 kg and measure around 40cm from head to toe. We should know exact details at our next appointment.

Weight Gain: I have no idea, and I really don’t want to know either. Some days I feel bigger than I did with the twins, but the hubby keeps reassuring me that it’s not the case at all.

Pregnancy Symptoms: Third trimester has hit me with a bang, and for the last two weeks I’ve been very uncomfortable. I’ve been getting random aches and pains in my lower abdomen combined with some slow burning backache. Heartburn and bloating have also been at the top of the list together with headaches and leg cramps.

Food cravings and aversions: I haven’t really had any cravings or aversions since the first trimester. I tend to eat much smaller portions now, since I feel full much faster.

Any Movement? It’s funny how we find any and everything to worry about. One day baby will kick almost constantly and quite vigorously and the next I’m worrying that I haven’t felt him for a couple of hours. With the twins there seemed to be almost constant movement as either one was always moving or having hiccups. I’m still getting use to sometimes not feeling any movement due to baby sleeping.

Sleep: Sleeping has become a mission since everything from hip pains and leg cramps to heartburn has been keeping me up. Don’t get me wrong, that certainly doesn’t mean that I’m not tired enough to sleep soundly. I walk around like a zombie most days now.

Emotions: I’m still pretty much all over the place. I think it’s more based on frustration at my body and tiredness though, compared to the first few months. I feel very sorry for hubby and the boys some days as I just don’t have the patience, humour and energy to carry on with our day. Feeling like the worst mommy around right now and hoping the kids don’t remember this part of me at the end of all of this.

Purchases: We’ve done all our big-ticket shopping for things like a pram, bouncy seat, curtains, etc. We’ve also started stocking up on nappies, wipes, formula and little sets of clothing.

Next is deciding on a colour to paint the room, actually finding the time to paint the room and putting up some of the cute décor that daddy has started making for the theme.

What I miss: I miss having the energy to run around playing with the twins each night after school. I feel like I might not be giving them all the attention they deserve.

What I’m looking forward to: Seriously looking forward to my maternity leave and some extra minutes of sleep every now and then.

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WIN with Kellogg’s South Africa

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Having two growing toddlers constantly running around my house means breakfast plays an important role in our day-to-day lives. Without it they simply wouldn’t have the energy and concentration skills to make the most of each day. Though we don’t eat breakfast at home on week mornings, we have ensured that they get a balanced breakfast at school every day. Not only is this important for them but also for us as parents to increase the energy and concentration levels needed for a long day at work.

Recent research done by Kellogg’s South Africa shows that almost one in five children go to school without breakfast, directly impacting their growth and development. They also show that missing breakfast has a very serious impact on a child’s concentration levels and ultimately their behaviour in class. From this research, the Breakfast for Better DaysTM initiative was born.

This initiative aims to provide children across South Africa (who would otherwise not have a daily breakfast) with a balanced breakfast of grain-based cereals, giving them the right amount of fuel (vitamins and minerals) to make the most out of every school day.

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For more information on this awesome initiative, visit their website at http://www.bfbd.co.za/ or follow them on Facebook  or Twitter.

To help spread the word; Kellogg’s South Africa has given me two jam-packed goody hampers to give away to two lucky readers.

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To enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter below by following all the given steps. Entries close on Wednesday, 22 June after which the winners will be announced on The Kenny Family Facebook page and via direct email. This competition is open to South African residents only and cannot be exchanged.

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Labour Bag Essentials – For Twins

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Labour Bag Essentials - for Twins

With twins, once you reach the seven-month milestone, it might be a good idea to pack your hospital bag and have it ready to go at a moment’s notice. The chances of pre-mature labour and complications in a twin pregnancy become much bigger at this stage and it also becomes more difficult to move around, carry suitcases or pack things.

Here’s a list of the items you will need before, during and after delivery for both you and your newborn babies. Please note: These are the things I packed when I had the twins and the list could change for every mommy depending on the hospital, situation and personal preferences.

Paperwork

Get a file together with written dividers, giving you quick access to the exact paperwork you need This will not only make it fast and easy for you, but also for your partner while you have your hands full with the babies. Paperwork could include any or all of the following;

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  • Your Id book
  • Hospital Registration Forms
  • Medical Aid card
  • Medical Aid Pre-authorization papers
  • Medical Aid Beneficiary addition papers for both babies
  • Multiple copies of your birthing plan
  • A page with your baby’s names and correct spelling
  • List of people to call

Also leave space for any paperwork you receive from the doctors, hospital, specialists, etc. This could include bills, prescriptions, birth certificates, etc.

Entertainment

This is not only for the hours you will spend in-between feedings and not being able to sleep but also for your partner’s sanity while you rest or feed your little ones. Remember to include chargers for all electronic devices even if they claim to last for days.

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Soothing Items

We all have those specific items that no matter what’s going on, will just take us to our happy place. Take things that will sooth you in the event of both a natural and a C-section birth.

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  • Music
  • Your Favourite Snacks and Drinks
  • A picture of your kids at home (if applicable)
  • Lip Balm
  • Your favourite scented lotion
  • A soft pillow from home

Mommy’s Toiletries

With all the changes in your life, the best thing to do is to make yourself feel as comfortable as possible. Pack mini-versions of all your toiletries to save space, as you will only need a couple of days’ worth. Think of all the toiletries you use on a daily basis.

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  • Facecloth
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Shower Gel and Soap
  • Hairbrush, Hair Elastics and Clips
  • Lotion, Face cream, Hand cream
  • Underarm
  • Contact Lenses, Spectacles and Contact solution
  • Sanitary Pads for after the delivery
  • Nipple Cream and Disposable Breast Pads
  • Nail file
  • Hair dryer
  • An extra towel
  • A clock/watch to time contractions (and later for timing breastfeeding sessions)
  • Important medication, especially if you have a serious condition (make sure you inform/alert your doctor and the hospital staff)

Mommy’s Hospital clothes

The maternity ward is definitely not a fashion show, so this is the one time where you can put comfort first. Your body will be sore from both natural birth or C-section birth and the looser and lighter the clothing, the better.

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  • T-Shirts
  • Stretch Pants
  • Socks
  • Slippers
  • Flip-Flops for the shower
  • A Robe
  • Open-front pajamas for breastfeeding
  • Nursing Bra’s
  • Comfortable Underwear (High-waisted underwear in case of C-Section births)
  • Going home outfit
    • Keep it comfortable and pack a jacket and tekkies for incase.
    • You will still have a belly (it unfortunately doesn’t disappear overnight), so stick to your maternity wear.

Baby’s Toiletries

Most baby toiletries also come in convenient mini versions, so even though you might have an entire cupboard with huge 1litre bottles of baby shampoo at home, opt for the smaller versions in hospital to save space and make the trip to the nursery easier.

With twins, it’s only really the diapers, wipes and cotton balls that need to be doubled.

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  • +- 40 Diapers / per baby (2 large newborn packs)
    • With twins it’s important to pack both premature and newborn nappies due to the risk of premature labour.
  • 2 x Baby wipes (for sensitive skin)
  • Baby Bum Cream
  • 1 large pack Cotton Balls
  • Nail Clippers and/or Emery Board
  • Surgical Spirits (for navel care)
  • Mild Baby Soap
  • Baby Shampoo
  • Baby Powder
  • Baby Oil
  • Baby Lotion (preferably aqueous cream, fragrance free)
  • 4 or 5 baby towels (a hooded towel works best)
  • Petroleum jelly (to help remove meconium from baby’s bum)
  • 4 or more burp cloths
  • Infant colic drops
  • Infant saline nose drops

Baby’s Hospital Clothes and Gear

This is where packing for twins becomes a little different than packing for one baby.

So for those having only one baby, just halve what’s in this list.

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  • 8 long-sleeved baby grows
  • 8 body vests (long- or short-sleeved according to season)
  • 8 pairs of baby socks (even in summer)
  • 2 beanies or warm baby hats (a baby can lose a lot of heat through his/her head)
  • 2 warm baby jackets or jerseys
  • 4 pre-mature long-sleeved baby grows
  • 4 pre-mature body vests (long- or short-sleeved according to season)
  • 6 receiving blankets
  • 2 warm baby blankets
  • 2 pacificiers/dummies (optional)
  • 2 newborn bottles + small tin of formula (even if you don’t plan to bottle feed, keep something ready as a backup)
  • Breast Pump and Accessories (if applicable)
  • Nursing Pillow
  • In case of planned bottle feeding
    • 4 or more bottles
    • 2 tins Formula
    • Bottle brush and detergent
    • Sterilizing equipment
    • Formula powder holder
    • Bibs
  • 2 Car Seats
    • Install the car seats before-hand, ensuring you know how to use them before placing baby in the seat.

Packing for your Partner

With all the hours of waiting and worrying about you and your newborn babies, it might be a nice touch to pack some essentials for your partner.

  • Toothbrush
  • Slippers
  • Extra Clothing (incase the babies mess on him)
  • Jacket
  • Snacks and Drinks
  • Money for the vending machine
  • Magazines
  • etc,

Nice to Haves

These are certainly no necessary but might come in handy.

  • Spare cash and Change for vending machines, gift-store runs, etc.
  • Extra Bag for all those hospital goodies and gifts from family and friends
  • Journal and pen to jot down notes and questions for the doctors or to record feeding times and other details of your babies.

These items will help to make your hospital stay as comfortable as possible. Packing all the above items will also have you fully equipped for the first few days with your newborn babies. Some of these items could also be obtained from your hospital pharmacy, but do keep in mind that they run office hours before relying on that fact.

Each maternity ward have their own preferred list of necessities for you and your baby, so be sure to check with them before finalising your packing.

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The move to big-boy beds.

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The move to Big-Boy beds

Last weekend we made the big move from cribs to big-boy beds. Can you believe it? It feels like just the other day when we were putting together the nursery and placing cute little teddy bears everywhere.

We bought the beds and bedding a while ago, but waited for the right weekend to try and make the move. It took quite a bit of work to get their cribs dismantled and the new single beds set up. I chose to buy a bunk-bed set so that we could later (much much much later) move the one on top of the other, giving them more space to play in the room. It also came with pre-installed side rails for each bed making sure the kids can’t roll of during the night. And it turned out less expensive buying one bunk-bed set rather than buying two single beds.

The boys were very curious about all the changes in their room, but their excitement only really showed once we added the monster truck bedding, pictures of Cars on the wall and showed them how to climb onto their own beds. We made sure we finished all the changes before their midday nap so they could have a chance to get used to sleeping in their new beds before night-time.

It took a little longer for them to fall asleep, since jumping up and down, rolling around and staring out the window turned out to be way more exciting, but eventually the tiredness kicked in and we could hear cute little snores coming from the direction of their bedroom. Seeing how tiny their little bodies were on those big beds brought a lump to my throat and made me wonder if we made the move too soon but they slept a full hour and a half and woke up with just as much excitement as when they fell asleep.

The first night was a little tough with them crying each time they woke up (which happened a couple of times). I think the unfamiliar feeling of the bed and not having the safety of the crib’s rails let to some uncertainty. However, by night two they were sleeping through again and we haven’t had a problem since. They haven’t actually learnt that they can get up and come to our room during the night, so when they do wake up they, they simply sit and call for us. I’m sort of hoping it stays that way

The room has a lot less space now with the two big beds, but the boys seem to love playing on their beds and taking turns to go from one to the other. I have to admit, a couple of tears were shed when I saw how little space there was for them to play on the floor, but the hubby assured me that they love it regardless.

So far the decision to move them seems like it’s working out and we can start moving the crib and dresser into the new baby room.

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Pregnancy Journal – Week 16

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Week 16

This update should have been done about two weeks ago, but i just haven’t managed to find the time and energy to jot it all down. Planning to do better with the next one.

I’m happy to report that the doctor was correct and my morning sickness has finally subsided. I’m finally able to go through a day without that constant sick feeling or hanging my head over the loo. In its place I seem to be getting a lot more heartburn, but watching what I eat and a good supply of TUMS makes it much more manageable that the nausea. Second trimester brings with it a little more energy, and thankfully I can now get through the day without feeling like a complete zombie.

At this week’s check-up the doctor mainly checked the baby’s estimated size which now gets calculated using the diameter of the head and tummy area. Since a baby’s sex can be determined from week 16, we asked the doctor to have a look for us. However, no matter which side we tried or which angle the doctor tried looking, little peanut would have none of it and kept turning away from the scanner. Much to the disappointment of the grannies we’ll just have to wait another four weeks before trying again. Hopefully he/she gives us a little peek.

How pregnant am I? 18 weeks now, but 16.2 when I had my last checkup. Baby’s due date is estimated to be 10 October, 2016.

How big is baby?  Little peanut now weighs in at approximately 90g and 13cm. About the size of a fully grown avocado.

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“The backbone and tiny muscles in his back are gaining strength, so he can straighten out his head and neck even more. And thanks to his developing facial muscles, your baby is capable of making a few expressive frowns and squints, even at this early stage. His eyes are finally working too, making small side-to-side movements and perceiving light. Tiny bones in your fetus’s ears are in place, making it likely that the baby can hear your voice when you’re speaking.” http://www.whattoexpect.com/

Weight Gain: So far I’ve gained 2kg since my first measurement.

Pregnancy Symptoms: Most of my early pregnancy symptoms have either gone away or been replaced with something else. I get a lot more heartburn depending on the foods I eat and it’s also taking longer for my food to settle in my tummy after eating. Instead of getting up to use the loo every hour, I seem to be getting different little aches and pains whilst sleeping – just enough to keep me awake for a while.

Food cravings and aversions: My previous food cravings for salty and sour snacks seem to have subsided. I’ve been craving a lot more dairy and have a hot cup of milk before bed most nights now.

I’m still not very keen on eating proteins for some reason, but try including them in every meal as making it as tasty as possible.

Any Movement? Unfortunately not. I’ve been getting a little worried and feeling like I should have felt some movement by now, but the hubby keeps reminding me that it’s still early and I should wait until at least 22 weeks before getting worried.

Sleep: I’ve experienced a couple of random aches and pains in my legs and hips the last month. Nothing major, but just enough to keep me from getting comfortable.

Emotions: My emotions are all over the place and I’m known to go from happy and laughing to uncontrollable crying in the space of a couple of minutes (my poor hubby has no idea what to expect from me and literally walks on eggshells some days).

I’m also getting really impatient to find out the sex of the baby, as I have so many different plans, names, colours in my head and would love to start making decisions on some of them.

Purchases: I’ve had to buy two or three new work tops, leaving a little more room for tummy growth. I also desperately need to find a place with maternity work pants.

What I miss: I miss having the energy to run around playing with the twins each night after school. I feel like I might not be giving them all the attention they deserve.

What I’m looking forward to: Still counting the weeks until we find out the sex of little peanut.

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Pregnancy Journal – Week 13

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It’s been a tough couple of weeks since my last check-up and I cannot seem to shake the constant nausea that lasts almost the whole day. I’m now taking my vitamins and supplements right before I climb in bed at night just to make sure it stays down. The doctor did mention however, that it should start subsiding in the next couple of weeks, which has really cheered me up.  I’ve had some crazy emotional ups and downs and fall asleep literally as soon as my head hits the pillow, but nothing out of the ordinary, thank goodness.

At this week’s check-up the doctor checked for any Down Syndrome markers and also took some blood tests to check for iron deficiencies, abnormalities and blood type. We also had the chance to hear little peanut’s heartbeat again, which I’m glad to say was good and strong.

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How pregnant am I? 13.5 days to be exact. Baby’s due date is estimated to be 10 October, 2016.

How big is baby?  Little peanut is 7.5cm from crown to rump and about the size of a peach. Now that the task of developing new bodily structures is nearing the end, the maintenance phase takes effect.

“For one thing, the fetal digestive system is beginning to flex its digestive muscle — literally — as it starts beginning to practice contraction movements, a skill your baby will need after birth to push food through the digestive tract. The bone marrow is busy making white blood cells — weapons which will one day help your baby fight infection once he’s out of your safe haven (including all those germs passed around the snot-nosed playgroup). And the pituitary gland at the base of the brain has started producing the hormones that’ll enable him (or her) to make babies of his (or her) own babies in a couple of decades or so.” http://www.whattoexpect.com/

Weight Gain: So far I’m happy to say that I’m on track. I’ve only gained 1kg since my last check-up.

Pregnancy Symptoms: Everything from extreme morning/all-day sickness, falling asleep at my desk and going to bed before 8, crying for no reason (be it a movie, nice song or emotional story) and getting up to use the “loo” at least 3 times a night.

Food cravings and aversions: Salty and sour snacks are definitely on my food craving list right now. I’ve gone through at least 5 bottles of green olives and have been caught sneakily stealing the pickled onions and gherkins out the fridge this month. I haven’t been very keen on eating any meat proteins though. Things like beef and chicken just haven’t tickled my taste buds lately. Instead I’ve been making a lot of vegetable dishes including things like beans, pumpkin, beetroot and carrot soup.

Any Movement? Nope, still way too early.

Sleep: Other than getting up 3 times a night to go to the bathroom, I’m sleeping like a log. From the second my head hits that pillow to the time my alarm goes off, I’m lights out (dependant on how many times a night one of the twins wake us up).

Emotions: My emotions are pretty much all over the place. I can go from ecstatically happy to sad and worried in a matter of minutes. I also cry at every soppy story. I seem to be losing my temper much faster than I used to, so I’m keeping a watch to make sure I don’t end up yelling at the boys all day.

Purchases: Nothing as yet, hoping I can use my previous maternity wear for the first few months before I buy new things. We are also waiting to hear the sex of the baby before we buy any new items.

What I miss: Sushi and Wine. Cream Soda just doesn’t go so well with Vegetable California Rolls.

What I’m looking forward to: Counting the weeks until we find out the sex of little peanut. Also hoping the nausea and intense fatigue will let up soon.

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My Favourite Parenting Hacks for Toddlers

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1.     Banish tough marker stains with toothpaste

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The wall is covered in crayon marks and you’ve officially run out of cleaning wipes… Simply dab a little toothpaste on the stained surface, scrub it with a washcloth and watch the mark disappear.

2.     Use hot glue to make non-slippery slippers

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Toddlers are always on the move and when you combine that with slippery little socks or shoes, you’re setting yourself up for a dangerous game.  Just a few lines of hot glue on the bottom of a pair of slippers will help prevent or at least lessen the amount of falling incidents in the house.

3.     Building an inexpensive playpen

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Keeping an ever moving toddler in one place can be a full time job. Why not make it a little easier by putting a blow-up pool in the lounge and placing all their favourite toys and some plastic balls in it. Then just sit back (or do whatever you planned on doing) whilst they go crazy.

4.     Teach them the safety spot

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Getting everyone out or into the car in a parking lot can be nerve wrecking at best. By attaching a magnet to your car and teaching them that their hands are to touch that magnet at all times, you could safely get your little one unbuckled and out the car in the knowledge that the other tots are safe. (Please note: this is only once you are fully assured that the older kids will actually listen and do what you say.)

5.     Easy Ice-cream clean up

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Next time you hand your toddler an icecream, pull the stick through a cupcake wrapper. This will hopefully reduce the mess and make it easier for you to clean up afterwards.

6.     Optimize microwave space

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Having twins means having two of everything ready at the exact same time. This little trick means I can get both their bowls and plates of food heated at the same time and banish that inevitable tantrum caused by who gets what first.

7.     Keep all their bath toys together

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Keeping all the endless amount of toys in the house neat and tidy is a tiring job. Make it a little easier by putting all the bath toys in one bag and hanging it out the way.

8.     Monster spray

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Scare away all the big bad monsters with this little handy DIY monster spray. Fill it with some water and use it every time your little one gets scared during the night.

9.     Prevent fingers from being slammed in doors

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Cut your pool noodle into strips and cut/break the circle so that it can be inserted over a door. This will save the kids from getting their fingers caught in the door.

10.    Help your coughing child sleep

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Rub a little vapour rub on the soles of their feet and cover it with socks. This will lessen their cough and help them fall asleep easier.

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Surprise!!

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So as many of you guessed from the image, we’ll be adding another little Kenny to the family come October. We’re super excited and can’t wait to meet our little one. The boys’ don’t quite understand what it means yet, but for now they know that mommy has a baby in her tummy and every now and then we catch them saying that they have a baby in their tummies too.

It’s still quite early, and other than tremendous morning/all-day sickness and almost falling asleep at my desk, the pregnancy is going great. I look forward to the nausea disappearing and the extra energy in the second trimester, but knowing how quick everything(the pregnancy) goes, I wouldn’t wish this time away at all.

I hope to keep a little journal of all the different symptoms and crazy cravings as the pregnancy progresses and will keep it updated on the blog. Right now, life with two toddlers, a “preggie brain” and zero energy means there are already a couple of things falling through the cracks and unfortunately my weekly blogging is one of those things.

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Potty Training Journal Entry Two

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So it has been two months since we started our potty training journey, and I’m pleased to say that the boys have both adapted extremely well. It took many “oopsies”, constant reminding and the patience of a saint, but we’re finally at a point where I feel I can say both boys are daytime potty trained. We still have the occasional, maybe once-a-week “I just couldn’t hold it anymore”, where one of them was so busy having fun that by the time they felt the need it was too late. But, all in all it’s going really well.

So how did we go from cleaning up a mess every two minutes to this?

Well we started by taking them to the potty every 20 minutes and letting them sit there for a while. At first they hated it and started crying every time we mentioned the word “potty”. We would then give them a little book to read, distract them by singing songs and sometimes even bribe them with stickers. It took hours of sitting on the side of the bath and waiting for them, only to have them do it in their pants minutes after. We went through a ton of floor cleaners and for a while it felt like I had a cloth and spray bottle glued to my hands. We also ran out of pants almost every day and had a constant supply of dirty “undies” to wash, but our patience paid off.

Soon they were enjoying the prize of getting to flush and calling us every time they felt the need. Thereafter we stopped taking them every 20 min and simply reminded/asked them if they needed to go every half hour or so.

Now we simply wait for them to let us know and then rush them off to the bathroom each time. Sometimes they even surprise us and only call us once they’ve been to the potty already.

Leaving the house to visit family or to go shopping is still a bit of a nail-biter and each time we do, we hold thumbs that we’ll make it back home in time for them to run to the bathroom, but so far so good.

Next up is night-time potty training… But I think I’ll wait a while before scaling that mountain.

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Family Favourites: Spinach and Mushroom Tart Recipe

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One of the vegetables in our veggie garden that gets used way too little is spinach. I haven’t been able to find many ways of incorporating it into our meals. So when I asked my mom for some spinach recipes and she gave me this Spinach Tart recipe, I couldn’t wait to give it a go.

It turned out super tasty and could be used as a side dish or even the main dish. The kids first gave it some really funny looks and called it “icky”, but after tasting a couple of bites they seemed to enjoy the flavour and even asked for more.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large packet spinach (pre-cut) or 2 bunches of spinach
  • 1 packet mushrooms
  • 2 Onion
  • 1 tub/ 175g cream cheese (Flavour as preference – we used Sweet Chilli Flavour)
  • 1 packet. Bacon Kips
  • Butter
  • Spices: Vegetable Spice, Lemon Pepper, Salt

Directions:

1. Place all the spinach (washed and cut) into a large pot; fill the base with about 2cm boiling water; add a pinch of salt and put the lid on. Let it steam on medium heat for approximately 15 minutes until soft.

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2. Chop the onions and mushrooms into cubes and fry in a little butter and preferred spices until brown.(Optional extra: fry some diced bacon and add it to the onions and mushrooms)

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3. Mash the spinach a little and combine it with the onion and mushroom mixture. Spoon ¾ of the tub of cream cheese into the mixture and mix well.

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4. Crush the whole box of Kips biscuits to the size of large breadcrumbs.

5. Melt some butter and slowly combine the butter with the crushed biscuits until the mixture starts to stick together. (Note: Do not add too much melted butter as this will make the base too soft and runny once cooked)

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6. Press the biscuit mixture into the base of an ovenproof dish and add the spinach mixture to the top.

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7. Place in a pre-heated oven on 150C for 20 minutes. (Checking that the top does not burn every 5- 10 minutes)

8. Remove from oven, cut and serve whilst hot. (Leftovers can also be frozen and reheated to enjoy another day)

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