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No wait, don’t jump the gun. I’m not pregnant… yet. My goal is that we should  try for baby number 2. Henk and I decided that it’s a good time to start.

So I started another blog to track our journey and (hopefully) the pregnancy. I decided to keep it seperate cause some of my updates might not be for the squeamish, and might not even make a lot of sense all the time. It’ll be more of a journal style.

Here’s the link if you care to follow our journey: Tracy and Henk TTC

I’m still working out the kinks, like the finding the right wordpress theme and organising widgets and sourcing (or making my own) custom header.

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Peanutbutter as in the day had lots of yummy little crunchie bits, but still felt creamy and lazy and spreadable… I know, my metaphor needs a little work.
Had to do monthly shopping today – crazy, I know, it being end of the month – the shops will be crowded. But Amelia and I beat the rush, we pulled into the parking lot as soon as Spar opened at 8.

The hospital phoned just as I was loading the car – my week to be on call. Super luck that they only wanted some results from yesterday, and not actual specimen analysis WIN! The Friday gremlins must have hidden the original results 😉

It’s time for the local private school’s annual fundraiser; Amelia and I spent the rest of our morning browsing the stalls. Found a stunning gift for my mom for Christmas too. The was a jumping castle. Moment there was a gap where the bigger kids left for a breather, Amelia and Roelien took over. Roelien has been waking a lot longer so she was loads more confident and actually jumped – cutest thing. Amelia would sit between the seams where the mattress balloons and hop on her bum. They squeeled and fell and rolled and giggled… Until the big kids came back – I yelled at at least 2 of them for reckless jumping around a peuter and rescued my teary girl.

Tried a new food for Amelia’s lunch: pilchards in tomato sauce and loads of veggies- was a winner.

While Amelia was napping, I got to working of my contribution to the December Aspiration set for WNF; managed to make a few toddler and adult female sets.

Henk braai’d some pork and them we tested out Amelia’s new swim float. She LOVED it. Was much more mobile in the water without clinging to me like a spider monkey, lol.

Amelia was so tired, bedtime wasn’t a hassle – oh, and we can see her 5th tooth! This explains the extra grumpy rugrat.

And that was my peanutbutter day. Have a great rest-of-the-weekend!!

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We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas, and a heart full of cheer.

Our day was very chilled.

We all went to early church service: Mom and Hugo, Ouma Alta, Henk, Amelia and I. Amelia tried to sing along and preached louder than the dominee.

Lunch was cold turkey, gammon, salads and Mom’s infamous trifle – what’s Christmas at Mom’s house without trifle.

Present wise, I think this year was a practical gift year: I got an automatic bread maker and birthday calender; Mom got a foot massager and rice cooker; Amelia got clothes and my Granny got a Robbie Williams DVD. There was also the usual chocolates and aerosol gifts, but not a pair of socks in sight, no soap on a rope – just a lot of picture frames.

All in all it was a relaxed day without too many expectations. Next year Amelia will be older and will probably invoke santa hysteria.

May you have a Happy Holiday and not overdo the stuffing.

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Nou nie dat Afrikaans my sterkpunt is nie. Ek het nie eens geweet daar is so ‘n gesegde nie. SkoonPa het dit gesê die naweek toe ons op Meulsteenberg gaan kuier het. (of Meelsteenberg soos die selfoon torings dit het).

Vra Pa ewe of ek weet waar die sê-ding vandaan kom. Nee, ek weet nie.
Jare gelede (ek verbeel my die Groot Trek se dae al) het die ou mense ‘n Gesang gesing wat einde se kant toe die woorde het “Hef Aan, Hef Aan”. Die note is dan hoog en baie sukkel om daar te sing. Dus, die lot wat insit moet laag genoeg insit sodat almal teen die einde kan by hou. Onthou ouens, ‘Hef Aan’ lê nog voor.

Kan nie ophou om nou en dan verras te wees met ons taal se geskiedenis en eiegeid nie.
Dis amper so indrukwekkend soos ‘Begrafnisse en verrassings’ teen die ondernemer se muur. Was glo ‘n paar maande voordat dié foutjie reggestel is.

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Grandparents are very special people. Newly grandparents even more so. I must say that my Mom has made the transition from merely parent to Grand quite gracefully. She’ll phone me up and ask whether I’ll be using disposable or cloth nappies. Disposable! Our water supply is questionable, and I’m thinking practically. But I added that I am planning on using towel nappies for the drools and burps and 101 other uses. (Here is where the core of her phone call cam in) A friend of hers had bought a sewing machine that can embroider and she wants to practice a bit. My unborn child’s urp napkin will be the guinea pig to 3 colour giraffes. Later on she asks if I’ll be using a bottle sterilizer. (a what – I call it steam and chemicals myself) NO, no this is a device that (either goes into or is a microwave) microwaves the bottles sterile in about 6 minutes. Go ahead Mom, buy it. Please.
My Dad also eased into this new state. He hasn’t asked any if the usual questions directly, just ‘How are you standing?’ I still am, if that’s what he means? Still, you gotta love him. If it isn’t completely medical or you can’t plug it into your USB, he’s pretty much a bit clueless (Love ya Hugo!).
I think the in laws are still a bit in shock. Then again they’re the typical other Namakwalanders. Some may argue and say there’s only 1 type – wrong. After living among them a bit, I have narrowed it to two main categories: the load bombastic Vredendal-Matzikama type; and the rest of the northern part of the Western Cape type.

Then there are everyone’s opinions on what is healthy during pregnancy and what not. I won’t air too much of what I adhere to. I filter all the advice, cross reference them on the internet and a few books – then make up my own mind. One of these concerns were sushi. A friend of ours took the trouble to buy all the ingredients needed for a sushi evening and rocked up at my house last night. Henk doesn’t eat it (He doesn’t like the rice – kan jy dit glo. Niks met die vis te doen nie), and his girlfriend was away and solo sushi isn’t fun. Plus he’s never made it before and I promised that if he can get me fresh salmon, I’ll get out my bamboo mat.
I hit the internet and googled ‘Sushi during pregnancy’. I didn’t trust our Health minister’s opinion since the media has a way of distorting her words out of context and her speech writer (if she has one) needs a thesaurus. Finally settled on the NRDC findings about mercury levels in fish (Salmon has 0 parts per million [for what given value to parts?] ). Also we won’t be eating prawns, yellowtail, tuna or eel – I deemed the salmon safe. Here are the pics. I also tried my hand at California rolls. My maki didn’t look too bad either. I almost scoffed half the bottle of pickled ginger. I just love the stuff, and the wasabi he got would clear up your sinuses – permanently.

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