- 'Mummy I lub you to moon a back!'
- One day when I had just woken up she said my hair looked beautiful. It really didn't!
- When she was smaller she used to call her blankie fleewie. Now she calls it wankie. LOL!
- She is always nagging for 'dum'. We later realized it was gum!
- She always wants to wear a 'beautiful dress' and loves putting on her sisters' clothes over her own. So usually she can be found wandering around with an oversized t-shirt or skirt on!
- She can count to 10! She learnt this by playing hide and seek with her sisters.
- She sings twinkle twinkle little star and Itsy wipsy spider. And 'Tiger, Tiger, you're gonna hear me roar!' In her cute way. She also sings and loves 'Skinni Marinki' which coincidentally was the only song which calmed her down when she cried in the car when she was a baby. But now she throws such massive tantrums if we don't keep playing it over and over we try to avoid playing it!
- She loves books and tries to read them by herself sometimes. Her favourites are 'Walking in the Jungle', 'The very Hungry Caterpillar', 'Babalela', and 'Room on the broom' (the last one is my favourite too!
Monday, 20 January 2014
Wednesday, 5 June 2013
Anouk's favourite saying at the moment. I wonder where she gets that from!
Others are "No", "I want" and "self" so my days are challenging!
But she is very, very cute. When I pick Mieke up she asks "Mieke, what did you do todaayyy?" We'll that's what it sounds like and she says it over and over again!
When she throws a tantrum she always says "Sorryyyy!" And she loves playing "tickle tickle" with Daddy and "bully bully" with Mummy!
She doesn't sleep and she is naughty and climbs on stuff and makes a mess and likes to bite my leg when I don't give her immediate attention. But her smile lights up the room!
Friday, 26 April 2013
I miss that he puts my Anzac biscuits in a jar so they stay crispy. I miss my coffee and biscuits in bed. I miss that he takes the girls to school so I can take my time getting ready with Anouk. I miss that he cleans up after me and empties the bins and cleans the car. I miss that he baths Anouk every second night and that he plays tickle karate with the older ones.
These things shouldn't really be the things I miss. Of course I miss having him around and spending time with him and I'm pretty lonely in the evenings without his company - even though that meant sitting next to him while he watches the latest war movie!
He doesn't get this but for me the things you do for someone is the way you show love. So I feel I give love when I prepare a nice meal for him. And I receive love when he does all the things he does. And I realize this when he's not here to do them...
Sunday, 14 April 2013
You are very brave and I am amazed at how well you settled at your new school this year, like you did last year... And the year before! Hopefully this is it my child and you'll stay put at this school because even though you smile and chatter I know it can't be easy to start over again and again. But we are having so much fun here in Melbourne as a family, like the hot springs today!
You are an ace at karate and regularly practise your karate kicks on Mieke and Daddy! You recently started dance classes and once you gain confidence I'm sure you'll love it.
I love you so much and will make sure to spend time with you on your own this year and hopefully we'll be able to get a dog for you soon!
Silke started at her new school which she enjoys but they work really hard! She just had her Easter themed 7th birthday party and it was great and at least It was really easy to organise as the shops are filled with Easter stuff.
And my baby is walking, running and talking! She says about 50 words and animal sounds and is starting to say short sentences, for example: 'Anouk what are you doing?', then she'd say: 'I doing.'
Okay it's not really a sentence but clever that she knows to use 'I'!
She still wakes at night and prefers to sleep in my bed. Oh well...
Monday, 6 August 2012
Because since Anouk learnt to crawl at nearly 8 months, she's forgotten how to sleep. Where she had a three hour continuous daytime nap and even though it took her ages to fall asleep she slept all night, it has unfortunately changed for the worse...
She wakes three times before I go to bed and then often during the night. Sometimes Werner can soothe her, most of the time she just screams until I breastfeed her. The worst is that she used to wake up with me about 8am. But now starts being really wakeful from about 5am - I am not a morning person.
But she is such a cute baby, I forgive her every morning when I see her smile with her two bottom teeth and her spit drewling over my face!!
Sunday, 29 April 2012
So since she was born I struggled to get her to sleep at night. It took me hours and hours and hours. I always knew my milk supply was low at night but because she slept through until four months I presumed that she did get enough milk. And eventually I got really annoyed every night as I fed for hours but as soon as I put her down her eyes would open wide and I'd have to start again. Then on Friday night I made her a little bottle of formula, only 125ml and sat down with her, expecting her to reject it the way she rejected the dummy.
Well she first chewed it a bit, but when she realized that the lovely warm milk comes out easily (and immediately) she caught on quickly and finished most of the bottle before having a little breastfeed for about 5 minutes and then went straight to sleep!
Same thing Saturday night, except this time she slept through until 6:00 am Sunday morning, had a breastfeed and then slept until 9:00am!
So either the formula contains sleeping potion or my poor little girl has been going to bed hungry since birth. And she didn't wake up to annoy me but because she was hungry. At least I don't believe in controlled crying and this is another reason why it's a daft idea. Babies cry when something is wrong and if you don't respond to them they might stop crying because you're not coming. But the cause of their crying is still there... how sad is that. Imagine I left her to cry herself to sleep instead of just feeding her over and over again.
Otherwise I'm also feeling unexplicably sad for the past few weeks. It defnitely has to do with the weather which is decidedly autumnly - rainy, cold and dark early. Also I'm turning 40 next week and I don't have any friends or family here to celebrate it with. Well I have 2 friends but not really a crowd. And 40 is so ugh. And I still feel (and sometimes act) like I'm about 11. And we're not in a happy place financially. And Mieke has been giving us a a hard time and I cannot face the fact that she's growing up and becoming a teenager. And Silke's ashtma is flaring up. And my baby took a bottle...
Of course we are very lucky to have what we do, and I am eternally thankful, but at the moment life sucks a little bit. Where does the time go. And where has my sweet little Mieke Muis gone...