Update on EN

05 February 2016

No more Sickling

It is so hard to believe that almost a year ago, I wrote this post. A year ago, our illness journey with our little EN had just begun. After a long holiday in a London Winter, our baby girl started to get sick. A stuffy nose, turned into a cold and flu which turned into tonsillitis brought on by an immune deficiency. What a journey it has been - through tears, prayers, injections and sleepless nights - dare I say that it is over.

Our little girl is now happy and healthy!!

After months of her immune injections and being house bound (no birthday parties, no play dates, no baby classes), EN still managed to get tonsillitis eleven times from January to September. She was treated with nine doses of antibiotics - we didn't treat the last two infections as she had become immune to the antibiotics.

By September, her immune levels had increased slightly, and our paediatrician suggested we see a specialist ENT, and he had asked for a special request to have her tonsils removed before the age of two. The ENT met with us and explained that eighteen months is very young to administer a general anaesthetic for so long as well as the low immune levels run a higher risk of infection in the hospital but after looking in her throat and seeing the terrible state of her tonsils, he agreed.

So in October last year, little EN spent the morning in hospital having her tonsils and adenoids removed and inserting grommets into her ears. Being so young, she was none the wiser and she was an absolute little trooper. She lay on me for most of the morning, cuddling whilst we waited for her sedative, giggling in her high state once administered and then I lay her on the theatre table and kissed her goodbye as she slipped into the anaesthetic sleep. The 45 minutes of the procedure were the longest 45 minutes of my life - sitting in a waiting room, watching the clock tick away. But eventually I saw her being wheeled out and minutes later, heard her cry through a very painful and gargled throat. She spent the next hour coming round and being very disorientated, kicking and screaming and unfortunately, blood coming out her nose and throat but by midday, we were on our way home.

The week following the op wasn't as bad as most made it out to be. She ate and slept and was her usual self. But on day 10, she developed a throat infection in the fresh wound, she stopped eating and drinking and was terribly miserable - and due to her dehydration, we were admitted into hospital over night. 24 hours of an IV drip of fluids and antibiotics to fight the infection, we were home again and on the final road to recovery.

We are beyond delighted to report that little EN has been home, happy and healthy and free of any medication, IV drips and antibiotics for 2,5 months. She has started talking, has started school (which is full of germs) and she has spent the Summer outside in the sunshine and playing with her friends - being the toddler she is now allowed to be.

Cape Town Getaway

02 February 2016

MC and I were very lucky to sneak away for three nights in December. A friend of ours was home for the holidays from Hong Kong so we made a long weekend trip to see him and spend some quality time together. And it was the most magical time!

We spent three days like newlyweds - sleeping in, eating and drinking, good times with good friends, lazing on the beach, and shopping up a storm - all in our own time and just the two of us. Just what we needed!

We have always been so good at taking time out as a couple. We are so aware of how the craziness and busyness of life gets to us, and we so easily get caught up in the mundane daily tasks, work and family, social engagements and being Mommy & Daddy. But we are husband and wife first - and these romantic getaways are so important to be the best people we can be.

I love you my MCR.

Drakensberg Family Holiday

27 January 2016

We are so blessed in South Africa to have the most beautiful holiday getaway spots right on our doorstep. MC's family have had timeshare at Champagne Sports Resort for years and we have enjoyed many amazing weeks in the Drakensberg mountains. The resort always reminds me of the resort in the movie Dirty Dancing and I often imagine little holiday flings happening around me.

Last year, we booked a week away for our sweet family of four - just me, MC and our girls - some much needed rest and relaxation for us all and quality time as a little family. We love going on holidays with friends and family but for the first time, it was just the four of us and it was absolute bliss.

We spent our days outdoors - swimming, tanning, running, playing, horse riding, biking, hiking and warm Summer evenings at the delicious buffet, playing in the sunset or enjoying a braai outside.

A week together that we will never forget (and we didn't want to leave!)

Five on Friday

22 January 2016

The fourth Friday of the year. And both my girls are back to school.
How is possible that I have two daughters at school already? 
But a new Friday link up with Christina for Five on Friday and Karli for Oh Hey Friday!

Back to School 2016

1. Little EN started school. Our little baby is officially at school, and she loves it! EN started at a small play school this year and she surprised us all, by walking in and being a big, brave girl who loves her school and teacher. Not a tear in sight!

2. SJ started Grade 000. SJ started a week later as her school is private (pay more but go less!) and for days, she was begging to go to school. As expected, she walked straight in, said good morning to her new teacher, unpacked her bag/locker and kissed us goodbye. Our little confident poppet.

3. School Preparation. Our evenings and mornings are now filled with laying out clothes, packing bags and making school lunches. 

4. Teacher gifts. Our teachers this year were treated to jars filled with goodies to "C" them through the first week at school - and have all confirmed that the coffee and chocolate definitely helped.

5. Class gifts. EN's little new friends were treated to bottles of bubbles and they were a great hit. SJ's special friends loved their gummy bear treats too. Something small to get them all excited on their first day, a good ice breaker.

Here's hoping 2016 is a happy, healthy year for our girls.

Starting school in 2015

Christmas 2015

19 January 2016

And slowly, more holiday recaps...

Christmas 2015

A few pictures to capture our Christmas tree and decorations, our Christmas morning (and matching pjs) and our Christmas lunch with family. This Christmas was one of our best and definitely our best as a family - two little toddlers running around with great excitement. Both girls loved watching a Christmas movie, dressed in our pjs, opening presents in the morning and having fun together.
Definitely one to remember...

How did you celebrate Christmas?
Christmas 2013

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