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Post Surgery – Ari and her toe

So sorry for the late update everyone, the children have been on and off sick with runny nose and bad coughs. Everyone in the house fell sick and we were all taking turns like a macabre round the chair dance. Ari’s bandages have been removed and replaced with a teeny plaster that can get wet but needs to be patted dry after every shower. The scar is not so red and angry anymore. She went through the surgery like a champion. I have hilarious videos of her right after she woke up from the anaesthetic. She was disoriented but not disoriented enough to ask for an ice block (she got two because I made the mistake of biting a small bit and she threw a very big tanty with big fat tears rolling down her cheeks). The nurse looked at me horrified and said “Mummy shouldn’t have done that! It’s ok sweetie you can get another ok” I was horrified and also relieved that my daughter was well enough to be a spoiled brat.

Thank you to all my kind readers for the kind words of support. Much love.

 

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Surgery Appointment Booked

It’s confirmed! Ari will be admitted next Monday for her surgery. Wish her luck! My poor baby will have to go under general anaesthetic. I am a bit worried about that but still feeling upbeat and positive.

My letter of goodbye to that teeny toe:

Goodbye, special extra tiny toe on the left foot. You were a nice a surprise and we were going to keep you but you have made shoe shopping a mission. We have had to forgo beautiful tiny shoes for practical 2 sizes too big alternatives.

You have made it hard to balance and run at the same time. Getting stuck in places where you shouldn’t be has been a pain. But it hasn’t been all that bad, you are a symbol of how special Ari is. Sad to see you go but go you must so we can look forward to a more stable run, no more hidden promises of a compromised gait, access to a variety of shoes and the very fun notion of her contemplating on whether to wear heels or not can be an option opened to her.

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xxx

 

***Has anyone have had an experienced with children and general anesthetics? How was it? What did you do to prepare for the before and after? Any tips?

 

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Mummy, are you ok?

I had accidentally slammed the shower door and cursed myself for my clumsiness. A few seconds later I heard a soft knock at the bathroom door and a tiny voice through the door asking “Mummy, are you ok?”. For some reason tears started to well up in my eyes as I apologized and said “I’m ok baby, sorry for the noise”.

I opened the door and she was staring at me with her big brown eyes before squealing and running back to bed.

This is one of those times that it hits me hard how fast my babies are growing up. I get sad and all emo before I remember that they aren’t even three yet. Still, irrationally the sadness lingers, even now as I type this post.

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X is for X-Ray

Yesterday, we went to check up on Ari’s extra toe. Yup, my baby girl is truly special, she has not 5 but 6 toes on her left foot. The check-up was to see if the baby toe was attached to the main foot by the bone (it wasn’t).

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We are planning to remove it and right now I have mixed feelings about this. When Ari was born and I found out she had an extra toe (my mother in law thinks it was because I was cutting and pasting murals on the wall while I was pregnant) and I had decided to cut it when she was older but in the coming months the extra toe was forgotten and it never affected her in a way that would hinder her mobility so me and MOH opted to not cut it. Then we had a change of plans when she started walking. She couldn’t fit most shoes due to her extra toe and she had to wear larger sizes which of course would come off or cause her to fall so she would end up barefoot in the end.

While we were waiting  I brought her to the hospital playroom and it was a great area, fully equipped with friendly staff. She painted on paper, leaves, the table and herself (as usual).
They had this awesome toy where you had to match the animal with the space that was missing on the board but you had to use a magnet instead of toys. So good for hand and eye coordination. While we were waiting for our turn, Doctor Ari gave me a check up.

 

We also went to a chiropractor who told us that if we left it, the extra toe could warp her walk when she gets older. Also, I am not sure if she is going to be a flat kind of chick or a high heels lady but I want her to have that option and having that extra cute toe would limit her choices. So, on second thought off the toe shall go!

The check-up went fine, this should have been done after she turned two but we missed a few appointments earlier in the year as we moved house and I forgot to let the hospital know. They have been sending me letters of appointments to my previous address (I tried calling them a few times last year after I gave birth to update my deets but never got through to anyone) after that I got too busy with the new house, new baby, twins adjusting to the new family member, all of use adjusting to having the in laws in the house (yay) and life in general just moving along at break neck speed.

Anyhoo, long story short after much delay we are finally on the waiting list and Ari will have to be under general anesthetic for the operation because they would need to tie the blood vessels and clean up the area after removing her extra toe. The operation will most likely be around the end of this year so we have plenty of time to say goodbye to her tiny special little extra toe.

 

It was a long wait to see the surgeon and she was so good so I had to give her some chocolate raisins for being so patient.

 

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***Just a quick recap, I joined a blog challenge called A to Z challenge where we write a post a day based on the alphabet.

My other posts for the challenge;

A is for Arianna

B is for Bronson

C is for Cynthia

D is for Doreen

E is for Empathy

F is for Fat

G is for Garden

H is for Hayao Miyazaki

I is for Idols

J is for Juice

K is for Kelly Tarlton’s

L is for Li Yang Ma

M is for Mikaela

N is for Naptime

O is for Overwhelmed

P is for Playground

Q is for Quiet Time

R is for Reusable Diaper

S is for Second Child

T is for Thirty

U is for University

V is for Vagina

W is for Walks

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N is for Nap time

 

A few weeks ago we were too busy and the twins skipped their naps and had gone to bed by 6.30pm. Blog post on that beautiful event; Skipping Naps For An Early Night With Twins. Now, this is amazing because they are usually in bed by 8.30pm – 9.30pm sometimes even as late as 10.30pm depending on how long their nap was in the afternoon. So, they skipped their nap that day and went to bed early and woke up around 6.30am – 7am. Can you hear it? Can you hear the singing chorus of angels in the background? So epic, I wept with gratitude for this wonderful unexpected moment.

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That was two weeks ago and here is an update on where we are so far. So, we have been trying to skip the naps and grandma is under strict instructions to not let them nap any later then 1.30pm. We have had a few hits and misses and I have learned a few things on the way which are;

  1. When putting toddlers to sleep do not surf on the phone while singing nursery rhymes. It does not work.
  2. When putting toddlers to sleep, lying down in between them and surfing on the phone expecting them to go sleep , it does not work.
  3. When putting toddlers to sleep and you are co-sleeping, do not fall asleep in an exhaustive heap while tapping them to sleep as you will end up waking up disoriented and in pain because they were playing ‘jumping monkeys’ and used you as a base.
  4. When putting toddlers to sleep do not let them use the Ipad in bed thinking “they must be very tired they will fall asleep in minutes”. WRONG! It does not work.11958075_10153786504126913_970608021177273508_o

The only thing that worked (if they haven’t fallen asleep as soon as their heads touches the pillow) is to switch off all the lights, lie in bed with them and sing “1,2,3,4,5…once I caught a fish alive. 6,7,8,9,10 then I let it go again…why did I let it go? Because it bit my finger so. Which finger did it bite? This little finger on my riiiigggghhhtttt” repeat times infinity. As I sing them to sleep I can feel myself slipping too and I try to claw myself out of that sucking black hole called sleep (because I still have so many things to do, like have a life).  I fail and succumb only to wake up 6 hours later in the wee morning wanting to pee and the baby is crying.

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***Just a quick recap, I joined a blog challenge called A to Z challenge where we write a post a day based on the alphabet.

My other posts for the challenge;

A is for Arianna

B is for Bronson

C is for Cynthia

D is for Doreen

E is for Empathy

F is for Fat

G is for Garden

H is for Hayao Miyazaki

I is for Idols

J is for Juice

K is for Kelly Tarlton’s

L is for Li Yang Ma

M is for Mikaela

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K is for Kelly Tarlton’s

My kids love Kelly Tarlton’s and even more so now that they have upgraded their facilities. They now have a beautiful interactive area for the little ones and the cafe has had a makeover.

However, I must object about the placement of the souvenir shop which is at the exit😤. We had a ‘situation’ with the twins on our most recent excursion there. With all the goodies on display, all I can say is that there was a lot of  “NO’s”, screaming, crying and general mayhem.  Luckily, at the time we had a few family friends there with their kids and one dad had to pick up Ari while MOH dealt with Gaby and I with baby M.

As you can imagine, it was a painful moment for us all. But life is not all roses with children and it shouldn’t be. All these experiences make us better parents (well , I certainly hope so, actually I BEG that it is so) and help the child understand boundaries and discipline <– HA. HA. HA.😂

Anyhoo, the kids LOVED the visit so much that each time we drive by the place they would chime in with “BIG FISH!”, “GUIN!” (I am guessing they are shouting out the word Penguin), “WATER”, “AGAIN! MUMMY AGAIN!”.  Yes, they are constantly shouting, at this stage of their life there is no volume control. I also sometimes have no control over my urge to smash my head against the steering wheel when they have their screaming sessions.

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With that positive note here are the photos from our last excursion at Kelly Tarltons and from their Facebook Page;

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The photos below are from Kelly Tarlton’s Facebook page.

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Below are some photos from when we went with my family when the twins were only 40 days old.

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We are thinking of heading off there again in Winter to check out the “Explore the Jurassic Seas” . The kids loved the penguin area but I absolutely loved the tank with the sting rays, I could sit in that spot for hours (well, I can imagine sitting there for hours if I didn’t have kids).

Here is a link for the ticket prices, we wanted to get the annual pass at the gift shop but the with the twins meltdown we had to get out of there pretty quickly. It did not help that there was only one attendant there that, put mildly has long passed her ‘spring of youth moments’ and was not in a happy mood having to deal with an influx of customers all by her lonesome self. So yeah, nah.

 

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G is for Garden

After browsing through some photos on Instagram. I found some accounts that I really liked who focused on succulents. The photos were so pretty and they made it look so easy. I was tempted enough to try so I hitched myself off to a couple of nurseries and got me some succulents to try.

2 weeks later I tried propagating. MOH saw how much I loved pottering around outside he decided to get me a cute green house to potter in and store my stash of succulent leaves which are in the midst of propagating.

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Building the greenhouse with his supervisors

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Ari project managing the build

Here are a few post on my first succulent haul and the mayhem that ensued :

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Succulent destroyed by my dogs

The wind blew my succulents away!

I love it. I have tried gardening a few times but this is the first time I actually enjoy it. I have bought two bags of tulip bulbs to be planted now for a show in Spring. So, I am slowly venturing out of succulents and moving on to flowers and then hopefully do a small urban vegetables patch with a bee hive in the backyard.

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Here is a new project we are currently on. Can't wait for it to finish so I can show you!

I am also planning a small aquaponics standing pond. Do you have any tips to share? If you do please leave a comment and share it😄

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