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E-mail Bible Study:

A while ago I had this incredible feeling of sadness in my heart for all couples who are struggling to conceive, and I just remembered the incredible pain we went through, especially not knowing whether we would have any children or not…

I also felt led by the Lord to start some kind of Bible study group for people who are struggling to conceive, it doesn’t matter if it is for a first child, or for a second or third/fourth/how many children you want, or even if you might be able to fall pregnant, but maybe you have had a miscarriage or several miscarriages.

At first I thought about having meetings in my home or a central location where couples in the Gauteng area could join, but I haven’t been able to find many who are interested. But someone from Zimbabwe said she would be interested and asked if I could make a plan to include her, and that led to me to thinking that maybe it would be a better idea for me to write Bible study pieces and e-mail it to all who would be interested in joining, that way any one from all over the world can join, and people can even join later and still benefit from it. But the best advantage of doing it this way is that everyone can do it in their own time and at their own pace.

These Bible study pieces will be based around Bible Scriptures, since the sole purpose of starting this is to help others learn the truth concerning infertility, miscarriages and healing according to the Bible. This will not be based on any church group, or denomination’s teachings, but on what the Holy Spirit has taught me and brought to revelation to me over the past couple of years. Most of these revelations that I will share are the ones that helped us to get our break through and have baby G.

If you are interested in joining please send me an e-mail to marion dot kmeoj at hotmail dot com. I also welcome any questions, things you might want me to include in the Bible study, but please know that I will start with the basics. I will also be praying for everyone involved in this Bible study, so feel free to send prayer requests too. If you want to stay anonymous you are welcome to do so, but please know that I will keep everything confidential unless you give me permission to share a testimony. Yes, I said sharing a testimony because I know that we will see some wonderful miracles!

22 Months:

22 months

Its less than two months before our baby turns two years old.  I’ve been thinking back a lot to two years ago when I was pregnant in my 3rd trimester and excitedly awaiting the birth of our baby.  But somehow, I often think that it was only a year ago…  I think I’m starting to miss being pregnant again, and miss having a tiny little baby.  I guess that shows it’s time for number 2 ;)!

Measurements on 31/10/2013:

Weight:  11.085 kg

Height: 85 cm

Head circumference:  48.5 cm

Our little guy is growing up so quick!  He is at a really cute stage, especially with the way he talks, we often have to chuckle at the stuff he says.  He tries to copy everything we say and he says new words daily and we often wonder, “where did he hear that?”  I can definitely notice that they teach him a lot at the crèche that we probably would not have taught him by now.  He can show us most of his body parts, like eyes, ears, nose etc, but even things like hair, fingers, toes, tummy.  He can also make a lot of animal sounds, like if you ask what sound does a cow, chicken, dog, cat, sheep, etc make he will make the right sound.  He also recognizes the animals in picture books, on TV or if we show him toy animals.  A few nights ago he showed me the little monkeys on his pajama bottoms and said, “apie” (monkey).  I did not even notice them until he showed them to me.

DH and I were talking and I said to DH that he will get into trouble with his mom over something and baby G chirped “moeilikheid” (trouble).  We couldn’t believe he could say that word.  Yesterday afternoon I took my laundry basket outside to take the laundry off the line and baby G asked me, “buite bad?” (bathe outside?), because he used to bathe in that laundry basket in the shower while DH took a shower (months ago, because he now only wants to bathe in the bath).  Last weekend baby G also told his daddy, “Pappa buite, nou!”  (Daddy outside, now!”)

Baby G is also learning some English words, and it’s so cute he prefers to say “no” now and he likes to tell the dogs to “move”, because DH says that to them quite often.  He’s also started to tell us to “move” and that is not always funny.  Now we have to teach him about respect for other people!

Baby G also loves to help around the house, much to our dismay.  We cannot vacuum at all, because he wants to vacuum.  The same with the broom and the mop, the moment he sees it he wants to use it himself.  He also helps to pick up stuff, and put it in containers.  So he is starting to help us to put his toys away, but often he will unpack it again only moments later.  The latest is that he wants to inject his medicine into his own mouth!

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Reading books is his favourite activity at home these days and he loves to point to pictures and say what they are.  A few days ago he pointed to pictures of a table and chair in the book and then he touched our coffee table and said “tafel” (table) and he did the same with his little chair.

We really want to put some effort into teaching baby G to swim, because it looks like he is swimming in the bath already.  My MIL has a heated indoor pool and we’ve taken him once to swim in it already since spring started and he naturally wants to doggy paddle.  He also tried to push DH’s hands away, because like many things he wants to do this on his own as well (he cannot off course, but he doesn’t understand that).  The only problem is that we must make the time over weekends, and consistently take him swimming, and so far we haven’t managed that.

Teeth: Baby G’s bottom incisors cut through recently, so I think he has all the teeth he is supposed to have for now.  From now on it is only molars that need to come out, and we will see when that will happen.

Eating:  Baby G eats well, he eats what we eat most of the time, but I have found that at the times when he is teething he still prefers pureed food.  At those times he will get some off our freezer stash, but he is quickly eating it all up, so I’ll have to make some more soon.

I’ve noticed that Baby G is ravenous when I pick him up at the crèche in the afternoons, so I always have a snack for him to eat, which is usually a fruit like a banana,  pieces of apple that I’ve cut up for him, a pear, a plum or whatever fruits looks nice in the shops.

I’m still nursing, but I’m getting tired of it by now, and I must admit I have no idea how to stop.  I had baby G at the clinic yesterday and the sister there said I must put some plasters on my nipples and pretend that they are sore.  She also said that putting lemon juice, vinegar or anything similarly bad tasting on does not really help – she’s seen little one’s persisting and drinking even though the nipple tastes vile.  It seems that we will have a bit of a battle on our hands, because I’ve told baby G that the milk is finished a couple of times and he was not impressed, and we’ve even had mini tantrums and a lot of pulling on my clothes.  I know I will miss nursing, but right now I’m just tired of it all.  DH’s grandma said that in her day they sent the kids to family for a couple of days, but baby G hasn’t slept away from us yet – he has gone for a visit to his grandparents for the day, but a few days sounds too long for me!  Any advice will surely be appreciated!

I must admit I feel a bit guilty too, because he absolutely adores to nurse and I feel selfish for wanting to stop, when he clearly doesn’t want to stop…

Sleeping:  Baby G is sleeping better again.  Baby G either wakes once or sleeps through to about 5h00, and he will fall asleep again afterwards. We have noticed that when he wakes often, that it’s best to give him teething meds, and then he usually sleeps through after that.   I know the teething medication I use doesn’t make him drowsy, so I’m convinced that a lot of his waking is due to teething.  The other night he called out to me and said “eina” a lot, so I knew he had pain.

Potty training:  We are still taking it slow, not really forcing the issue, because at the crèche they don’t potty train in the class baby G is in at all.  They only start doing that from the next class, and he will have to be 2 before he can go to that class (so from next year only).  I have noticed that baby G can now stop and start to urinate at will, and he sits on the potty at home twice a day.  Most of the time he will urinate and he’s even made a poo in the potty twice.  This past Saturday he came to me about 20 minutes after I changed his nappy and told me he needed to wee (he had that worried look, and was dancing around a bit obviously trying to hold it in).  So I took him to his potty and let him sit on it and he made a wee.  I checked his nappy and it was still completely dry.  So far it’s only happened once, not again, but it looks like he is getting the idea.  I’m thinking of trying in earnest in December when the crèche is closed, because there is no use trying if the crèche is not 100% on board as well (I know they are not because I’ve discussed it with his teacher already).

Firsts:  Last week was our baby’s first school concert.  They sent the clothes home 2 days before the concert and when I took it out baby G immediately wanted to wear it.  It seems it’s not only little girls that like to play dress up.  So I dressed him in it and wondered aloud, “What are you supposed to be?”  Baby G told me he is a “woef”, (woof – dog) and I thought, “yeah right!”  Well when it was his class’ turn they started to play the song, “who let the dogs out,” and it I realised that he answered my question correctly.  Weird thing is that we don’t call our dogs “woef” but we call them “honde” which is the correct Afrikaans word for dogs, and baby G also calls them “honne”, so I should have realised that he must have heard it somewhere else.  The concert was really cute, but baby G was on the stage for about 2 minutes maximum, and most of that time he was in the back somewhere until one of the staff members at the school picked him up and brought him to the front.  He also did not do much; she clapped his hands for him and waved them around in tune to the music.

I guess one should not expect much for a 22 month old, but I once walked into their class where all the little ones were dancing a choreographed dance, and I thought that might be what they were doing for the concert.  It wasn’t, because it was to a DVD they were watching, completely different music, and it was so cute to see these little ones dancing so enthusiastically.  I had hoped to see something similar at the concert, but it was nothing like that.  I think the poor little kids did not know what was going on, and it was really close to their bedtime too, I must say…  Baby G did look really cute though and he wanted to dress up again in his concert clothes over the weekend.

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I want to share this message of Cref.lo Dol.lar today, because it is so important that we all understand that we are completely forgiven of our past, present and future sins.  Jesus’ sacrifice was more than enough – He paid the penalty once for everybody.  The message is called The Overflow of Forgiveness and if you want to order it the order number is #1796C.

“Acts 16:30-31:  “And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?  And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

What must I do to be saved?  He said believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.  How do you do that?  What must I do to be saved?  Well, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ…  Romans chapter 10 says that if you will confess with your mouth that the Lord Jesus Christ and believe in your heart…  There it is again.  Believe what?

Well let’s look at 3 things that I know you have to believe in order for you to be saved.  What do I believe? Specifically what do I believe?

  1. I believe that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Personal saviour who died for all of my sins on the cross.
  2. I believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation and that once I receive Jesus I receive eternal life.
  3. I believe that my sins have been forgiven, past, present and future.  That  on the cross at Calvary and as a result of it, today, God is merciful unto all of my unrighteousness and as far as my sins and unlawful deeds – He remembers them no more.

In fact that part is the last line of the new covenant in Hebrews Chapter 8 that says the only way you will benefit from the new covenant of grace is that you have to believe that He has been merciful to all of your unrighteousness and that your sins and unlawful deeds He remembers no more.  In fact if you don’t believe that God has been merciful to all of your unrighteousness and if you don’t believe that your sins and inequities and unlawful deeds He remembers no more the new covenant won’t benefit you.  You won’t benefit from the good and the blessings and the unmerited favour that the new covenant offers to you.  It won’t work.  At all…

So a whole lot of things working in our lives that as far as the new covenant is concerned and we will go over there in a moment but a whole lot of things working in our lives are going to be based on whether or not we believe it.  So when somebody says they believe in Jesus they ought to know what they believe…

He is my Lord and personal Saviour.  He died on the cross for my sins.  He is the one that allowed me to be saved and salvation can only be through Jesus.  We are not mixing all the religions together to please everybody – Jesus is the only way!  We can only be saved through Jesus, I have eternal life through Him, but now this third area is so important, and I am finding the more I preach this the more people are trying to come up with ways to say; “We really don’t believe that God has forgiven us of all our sins.”  I can’t tell you how dangerous that is to not believe that.

Now this is where the last clause of the new covenant applies, the part about believing that He has been merciful to all of your unrighteousness and your sins and inequities He remembers no more.   So what I would like to do is, let’s go to Hebrews Chapter 8 and kind of pull everybody up on this new covenant.  Let’s start at verse 6…  Man, I believe in Jesus, oh I believe in Jesus, Hallelujah!  Thank God for all of these wonderful principles we have learned of all of these years, but you know what, it’s going to come down to one person:  I believe in Jesus!  Turn to your neighbour and say; “Jesus did it all!”

Hebrews 8:6-7:  6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.  7 For if that first covenant…”  Now the first covenant he is referring to here is the covenant of law that came by Moses, “now if that first covenant had been faultless then should no place have been sought for the second.”

Well that makes sense; if there was nothing wrong with the first covenant then we wouldn’t be talking about a second covenant.    Now there was nothing per se wrong with the first covenant except the fact that it was so perfect that men couldn’t keep it.  So that was the fault that was found with it, it couldn’t be kept.

Hebrews 8:8-9:  8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:”  So this is a new covenant we are talking about the old one is getting ready to pass away.  9 Not according to the covenant that I have made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt because they continued not in my covenant and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.”

The amplified says; “It will not be like the covenant that I made with their forefathers on the day that I grasped them by the hand to help and to relieve them and lead them out of the land of Egypt, for they did not abide in my agreement with them, and so I withdrew my favour and disregarded them, says the Lord.”  They did not abide in the agreement, so I withdrew my favour.  I’m not going to make a covenant where man’s faithfulness will determine My faithfulness.  I’m not going to do that.  This covenant is not going to be about man doing his part in order for me to do My part.  That is not what this is going to be about.

This is a new covenant and he goes on in verse 10:  10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts; and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:” So here is God saying; “all right I’m going to write my laws in their minds and their hearts.  Well what is it?  Is He going to write the 10 commandments?  No He is going to write the law of love, the law of faith the perfect law of liberty, God is going to put it in there, by the Holy Spirit He is going to put it on the inside of you.  Romans 5:5 says; “He poured His love into your heart by the Holy Spirit.”  So the love of God is going to be written on your heart and not just on stone but in your heart He is going to write it, but now look what he says, Hebrews 8:10-11: “And I’ll be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:  and they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his bother saying, Know the Lord:  for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.”  God says I’m going to teach people to know me.  Isn’t that something?  God says in this new covenant, now this is going to be hard for you to hear this, “I’m going to be serving you.”  Yeah…  In this new Covenant I will, I will, I will…  In this new covenant I’m going to be faithful to you. In this new covenant your faithfulness doesn’t get the opportunity to determine my faithfulness.   In this new covenant I will and I will and I will…

All right, but watch this now:  In this new covenant God makes it very clear what our part is.  Our part is believing.  In this new covenant that is our part.  In this new covenant our part is believing – our part is to believe OK?  Hebrews 8:12-13: “For I will be merciful to their unrigteouness, and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.  In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old.  Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.”  All right now verse 12 is so important because this is where the last clause of the new covenant applies, in verse 12 it says, that He will be merciful to your unrighteousness and your sins and unlawful deeds He will remember no more.  And God is saying; “I need you to believe that.”  That the ignition to the new covenant working is going to be based on you believing verse 12.

Just like it’s important for salvation and being born again for you to believe what you believe about Jesus, in order for this new covenant to release the blessings of the new covenant, release the goodness of the new covenant, to release the unmerited favour of this new covenant in order for that to happen in order for this unmerited favour to be released in order for the blessings to be released in order for the goodness to be released He says you are going to have to believe that God has been merciful unto your unrighteousness and your sins and unlawful deeds He remembers no more.  If you don’t believe that you will short circuit and find yourself in a situation where you are not receiving the goodness, the blessings and the unmerited favour from this new covenant and it is all based on verse 12.  That is the trigger point.  That is the part he is asking you to believe.  He is not asking you to, with your self effort, to do what would happen in the old covenant – Do good, get good – do bad, get bad.  In the old covenant your faithfulness determined God’s faithfulness, in the old covenant what you did would determine what God could do, He said that’s passed away.  That’s decayed away.  He said what I’m going to do is  – if you would just believe that I am merciful unto your unrighteousness, and if you would just believe that your sins and unlawful deeds are remembered no more, then I can be your God and I can write on your heart and I can write on your mind and I can lead you and I can show you and I can teach you to know me and I can do all kinds of things I just need you – listen to this – to get out of my way!

I’ve been studying for some sermons on the Abrahamic covenant of grace and I went back and studied the Abrahamic Covenant and there was not one thing that Abraham did to deserve anything that God did.  In fact when God showed up to Abraham he was worshipping the moon!  He didn’t deserve anything that God did for Abraham, it was all unearned.  Nothing!  In fact you’ll find Abraham in the midst of disobeying God, in the midst of being dishonest and God blessing Him.  Yeah!  Yeah!

God said; “I want you to leave, go for yourself,” the amplified says, “get away from you relatives” and as he was leaving Lot was going with him!  Lot was right there with him and God said I’m going to bless you.  And then if you go on to the next chapter and they come before Abimelek and Abraham starts to rising a scheme, “You are a good looking woman so we need to get ourselves together, now lie about who I am.”  And God blesses Him!  And then in the next chapter there is strife between Lot’s camp and Abraham’s camp, there is strife there and God blesses them!  Then He goes and tell them that they are going to have a child out of your own bowels, you know you are going to be blessed with your own kid and they laughed!  They didn’t even believe it and God blesses them!  The only time God couldn’t do anything for Abraham was when he tried out of his own effort to make what God had promised come to pass – when they had Ismail.

And now you take that Abrahamic covenant of grace – I can’t help but give you a little bit of it, I’m so overwhelmed with this.  Part of that covenant of Abraham dealt with the slavery of Israel in Egypt so all the way up to Moses’ time when the children of Israel were being delivered out of Egypt He was honouring the Abrahamic covenant of grace.  The Bible says he brings them out of Egypt and there was no feeble one amongst them.  They weren’t even feeble!  There were nobody hopping, they were all straight, it was all good!  It was all good!  There was not even one feeble one amongst their tribe! Nobody died on that journey, nobody died!

If you will read it carefully, man, they got to the red sea and what are they doing?  Murmuring!  You brought us out here to die! It seemed like every fresh murmur produced a fresh mercy of God!  They murmured and look what God did!  He opened the red sea, and he dried it up because he didn’t want their feet to get muddy when they walked through.  What?    Then they got over there; “we are hungry!  You brought us out here to starve us!”  And they started raining down murmurings and guess what God did?  Rained down manna.  It was all grace.  It was all grace and it was all good in that neighbourhood and you know they were complaining and you know they had unforgiveness, you know they had problems with their leadership and God just kept blessing them and kept blessing them…

And look at His presence – His presence was right in the middle of their camp – a cloud by day and a fire by night right in the middle of camp!  The presence of God was right there, they murmured and the presence of God was still right there!

And watch when it changed… When they said; “we can do all that you said.”  Immediately everything changed.  The cloud got thick, God said now tell them they can’t come here no more. If they touch the bottom of that mountain they are going to die.  No, they can’t hear from me no more, because you want to judge you based on your own merit, all right I will give you the law!  This law will bring you to an end of yourself.  Just like with Abraham when I waited 13 years from 86 to 99, when you don’t have any more self effort to depend on and then you are going to have to depend on me and then I will introduce myself to you as the God who is mighty in every area of your life!

I don’t want us to make the same mistake!  Religion keeps telling you to get in God’s way, religion keeps trying to tell you that you need to do these things in order for God to this, religion keep trying to tell you you’ve got to do all of these requirements to do that and God is saying I can take care of all of that.  God is saying, listen, I can help you to fulfil all of the law, and all you have to do is receive my love.  I didn’t tell you to act like a fool!  I’m telling you to yield to me so that I can lead you and guide you in the way that the law has tried to lead you and guide you and you keep trying to come up with a way to help me.  Don’t you know who I am?  Don’t you know where I bought you from?  Don’t you know there are a 1000 ways for me to knock you off before 8 o’clock tonight!

Would you please believe me!  Believe me!  Believe me!  I sent you a helper.  Are you trying to help me?  Believe me, let me do my thing… Then go and tell somebody about it.  How hard is that?  Obey my voice.  Walk with me.  Talk with me.  Fellowship with me.  I’m going to show you things that you know not off.  That is why He wants you to walk with him.  So that He can show you.  So that He can talk to you.  So that He can say it to you.  We are coming to a very rich tender time in the anointing where if you will give the Holy Spirit the opportunity, he is going to lead you and guide you to some truths that is going to take you in places that there would be no way for you to get there in the natural if you will begin to trust him.

But here is the thing you’ve got to trust more than anything: That God has been merciful to your unrighteousness.  You know when it comes time to get healed you cannot be sitting up there thinking about maybe this is a get back for something I did 2 years ago.  When there come times when there is a shortage in your life and the money is not there you cannot be sitting back there thinking about that it was something that I must have done last week.  You can’t do that, because it immediately short circuits what is necessary for that new covenant to begin to operate.  That’s got to be a settled issue.

Then you see Jesus in the gospels trying to demonstrate over and over again when it came to this man that appeared before him who was sick and he went up to him and said your sins are forgiven, and then the church folk had a fit; “who are you to forgive his sin!”  And Jesus knew this and you see this pattern all through the Bible even in the book Psalms (103) you see this pattern where there is forgiveness first and then a great healing took place.  Forget not our benefits, who heals all of our diseases… Yeah!  Who forgives all of our iniquities, well which comes first?  The forgiveness of all of our iniquities and then the healing of all of our disease and then our life being redeemed from destruction and then he crowns our head with tender mercies and loving kindness and then he satisfies our mouth with good things so that our youth is being renewed like an eagle.

But where did it all start?  It all started with you first of all understanding that He has forgiven you of all of your iniquity and then he will heal all of your diseases.  Because the issue that keeps so many people down is they don’t believe that God has forgiven them and you know what happens?  You vacillate from deliverance to bondage because you are not sure that this is the truth.  Every night you go to bed clean.  Every night you go to bed pure.  You live your life under a waterfall of forgiveness.  Do you understand me?  That is how you live your life.  If you keep going back to maybe there was something I didn’t do that is blocking this blessing from my life, you are dealing with a major issue of the new covenant not being able to function in your life.  God is not trying to get you back for sin that Jesus has already paid for.

Based on the new covenant of Grace what does God want you to believe?  He wants you to believe with all your heart that he meant every word when he said I will be merciful to your unrighteousness and their sins and their lawlessness deeds I will remember no more.  In the new covenant there is nothing for us to do but to believe this (gesturing to his Bible)

So its time for you to be healed.  Lord I thank you!  I believe that you have been merciful to my unrighteousness and my sins and iniquities you remember no more.  Hallelujah!  Thank you for healing!  That is all that is needed!”

Times are tough…

I mentioned a while ago that DH lost his job.  Well thank God he got something again, it is temporary, but at least the potential is there for more work, and for him to start his own business.  We are currently praying hard for favour so that he will get more customers to support him.

I want to say a special thanks to Coco, who was a dear friend and told us about a few opportunities for DH.  Unfortunately it did not lead to anything, but it gave us hope in a dark time and it helped DH to focus on which direction his career should take.  Coco, you helped us more than anyone we know, not even our own family helped, but you did and we will always appreciate that!  God bless you and your family!

In the mean time things have been slowing down with my business.  The poor South African Rand has increased my expenses and it seems a decrease in consumer spending has led to my sales dropping.  So I’ve decided to get more products that are not only targeted for the cloth diaper market, but to get products that other mommies who do not want to buy cloth diapers would also like to buy.  So I’m going to do some shameless advertising on my blog and tell you about these new products.

The first new product that I have is a swim nappy that can be re-used and it fits little one’s from 8-20kgs and comes in 7 gorgeous colours.  They are currently on special for R90.00 each, and there is also a competition on the Facebook Page where one fan can win 2 swim nappies.  Look for the competition post if you are interested to win some, and enter!

Swim Nappies

Swim Nappies

The second new product is an Extra Large Hooded Baby Towel which is 1m x 1m big and will fit little one’s until after they are 2.  Baby G has one and it covers him completely and will for quite some time to come!  The towelling material is a much better quality than you get in the shops, it is a lot thicker, and usually the towels in the shops are 75cm x 75cm, occasionally one can find some for 90cm x 90cm.  I know Baby G outgrew his by about 6 months old.  There are also 3 facecloths with the towel and they sell for R199.00, by the way this is also on special at the moment.

Towels Stone Teddy Bear

Then we also have some Tag Doedoe’s in fun Heart shapes and Star shapes.  These are often also called taggies or taglets, and are a big help to comfort or soothe a baby and it helps them to sleep better.

Tag Doedoe's

Tag Doedoe’s

And then lastly there are a variety of Headbands and hairclips, all handmade and unique.  Some are not only for babies, but mommy might also look cute in them!

headbands

And then these are not new products but if anyone is thinking of potty training we have Bamboo Pull Up Nappies and Potty Training Pants.  The potty training pants are underwear with some extra protection on the inside and the bamboo pull up nappies look like underwear, but gives as much protection against accidents as a nappy does.

Bamboo Pull Up Nappy

Bamboo Pull Up Nappy

Potty Training Pants

Potty Training Pants

Then there is also a gift registry function on the website, a Wishlist it button at every product, that is a giftery.me gift registry, that you can share with friends and family by posting it to Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, or you can just send out the link.  An ideal option for any pregnant ladies that might want some of the products as baby shower gifts!

20 Months:

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Our little Baby G is not so little anymore, and I guess I won’t be able to call him Baby G for much longer. He is growing, yes, but he is also getting independent, and has a strong little will of his own. It looks like the temper tantrums of the terrible two’s are starting to rear its head, fortunately he is not throwing himself on the floor yet, but he loves to let us know he is displeased about something by screaming! So far it’s not too bad, we can manage it, but I remember with my sister’s oldest daughter that DH and I thought we would never be able to cope with temper tantrums 24/7. I’m sure it’s different with your own child, because I’ve noticed that I immediately forgive baby G anything and everything. I just cannot stay mad or frustrated with him.

What I love about this age is that he wants to help us with everything. He wants to sweep the floors with the broom, he wants to use the vacuum cleaner, he wants to rake leaves outside, he wants to give Nitro his food, and feed the chickens and the fish. The frustrating thing is that once he has the broom, or rake or vacuum cleaner then we cannot finish off course. So those jobs all have to be done when Baby G is not at home.

It’s so cute when we ask him something like to fetch a kitchen towel for instance, and he would run and bring it to us. We often ask him things just to see how much he understands and amazingly most of the time he surprises us and does exactly what we ask. He absolutely loves to do little jobs for us.

Another thing we have noticed is that Baby G loves to climb onto things. He can climb onto a chair and then from there he will climb onto higher things. He’s managed to get onto the dining room table for months now, but he recently started to climb onto the kitchen table too. The problem is that it’s most often when we are cooking and then there are breakable things on there or dangerous items like knives. So now it’s just one of us that cooks while the other keeps Baby G busy and out of trouble. DH has decided that he wants to find a jungle gym for baby G to climb on. He is looking at second hand one’s, but it seems they sell very fast once people advertise them. So he is also now thinking of building one for baby G, but since we are renting we would rather build something that we can move with us, if we need to move again. Here is a picture of Baby G in one of our kitchen cupboards, another favourite place to climb into…

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Since last week Monday Baby G is going full day to the crèche. DH has suggested that we let him go full day a while ago already, but I was reluctant to do so, because I wanted to feel like I was still spending enough time with him daily. Unfortunately it was getting really difficult with his naptimes, because he would be so tired by 13h00 when I would go and fetch him, but once we got home he would just want to play with the dogs or play outside and then he would fight nap time.

I must admit the clincher was that recently it’s been really tiresome to breastfeed him a couple of times in the afternoon, because I would nurse him every time I would try to get him to nap. It often took 3-4 tries before he would eventually fall asleep around 15h30 or 16h00, if he would fall asleep. When he didn’t nap he would be tired and cranky and fall asleep around 18h00 or if he did nap he would be too awake to go to bed at 19h00 which was his bedtime until recently, and we had a few nights where he was still awake at 21h00. We have now moved his bedtime to 20h00.

So I eventually realized it would be easier to let him go to crèche full day, and let him nap there from 12h30 to about 14h30 at the latest. Now he naps earlier, so it’s easier to get him in bed by 20h00 and he naps every day, and I don’t have to nurse him in the afternoons anymore. Don’t get me wrong I love nursing, but it’s been 20 months now and I really would love to only nurse twice a day – once in the morning and once at night before bed time. Baby G has different ideas about that though – if it was up to him he would still nurse 6-8 times a day, but I want my body back now please! At least on my terms.

Baby G’s night time sleeping has been terrible so last week DH decided that we need to go through sleep training again. We have been waking at least 2-3 times a night for months and I must admit it was getting to me, because I really felt like a zombie. Eventually I realized that it is ok to fall back into bed the moment DH left with Baby G in the morning, so I did that a few times. The problem was that because I am still nursing, I am on night duty every single night and it is just impossible for one person to cope with for such a long time. So we decided that DH needs to put Baby G to bed, to get him used to daddy being there, and I must say it’s working because he now sometimes calls out for daddy when he wakes and not for mommy every time anymore. He has also slept through twice since we started the sleep training again last week Thursday, so it’s a 50% success rate and that is a huge improvement!

Baby G is also getting better and better at communicating with us. He still talks a lot and mostly in short sentences, but not everybody understands what he says like we do, because the pronunciation is not perfect. We’ve noticed that he now uses sounds when he doesn’t know the words and he is also mimicking certain actions to try and tell us what he wants to do. For instance he recently noticed that Nitro and KT love to drink the water that comes out of the outside tap when we fill their water bowl by licking the stream of water that comes out the tap, and Baby G has also tried it and loves it! Yesterday he pointed to the tap and acted like he was licking the water like the dogs do, to ask DH to open the tap, because he wanted to do exactly that. It was so cute and how can one refuse that!

Eating is a lot better since he doesn’t nurse in the afternoons anymore, but I believe Baby G is still not a great eater compared to other toddlers. We often have to offer him two, three or even more options before he will decide he will eat something. It looks to me like he is a picky eater and that he will rather drink breast milk than eat something he doesn’t feel like eating. So I try to distract him if he just wants to nurse and I keep offering different foods. Most nights he will eventually eat something. They tell me that he eats well at the crèche, so it looks like it’s only a problem at home.

Baby G cut the two canines at the top recently, there are tiny sharp points visible, and it looks like the last incisor at the bottom is going to cut soon. I can see a white line in the gums, but I cannot feel the sharp tooth yet. For a little while I was a bit concerned that he might not get one as my sister’s oldest daughter is missing one canine and both my sister and I both only had 3 wisdom teeth. So it seems that not developing certain teeth might run in the family! 🙂

I was so surprised by baby G last week – he told me one morning that he made a poo in his nappy, but when I checked he didn’t. A few days later he told me the same thing and I didn’t really take much notice, until about 15 minutes later when I smelled something… I checked and this time he did tell the truth. DH and I were actually discussing when we will start potty training, and we think we might start off by putting him on a potty before bath time soon. Initially we thought we will wait until Spring, but it’s almost Spring anyway… The one problem we have is that I just keep forgetting to do it – every time when baby G is in the bath already I suddenly remember that is what I wanted to do. We’ll see how it goes, there is no pressure to do it, but it seems Baby G might not like dirty nappies anymore…

Then lastly my favourite thing about baby G nowadays is that he loves to give us lots of hugs and kisses especially at night a little before bed time. We never got kisses or hugs until only very recently and I must say we both take every hug and kiss that he will give us! He also tries to blow kisses when he goes to school in the morning, but at this stage he is still kissing the hand and waving the hand at me, no blowing yet. Very cute though.

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With this last picture mommy and daddy had a little fun by dressing Baby G up as a superhero with whatever we had at hand and that was his pajamas, a nappy and a towel!

O, How Fast They Grow!

I got a puppy for my 42nd birthday, but even though Nitro is now 7 months old, he does not look like a puppy anymore. He is just as tall as KT, and his head is just as big, but he is still quite a bit leaner than her. I cannot imagine how big he will get when he is fully grown, but I think he is going to be big for a boxer.

He is a really sweet dog though, and it was not nearly as hard raising him as I thought it would be with a toddler in the house, because we have KT and Nandi to help us, and they did a splendid job! I have to admit that our input has been less with Nitro than with all our other dogs, solely because we have baby G now and he will always be our number 1 priority above the dogs.

KT is madly in love with her new mate, she is so impressed, because Nandi is old and she just did not want to play with her as much as KT wants. KT and Nitro play with each other for hours every day, and it’s so much fun to watch. I’ve attached some video’s of Nitro playing for you.

Nitro is also so good with Baby G, it amazes me! Baby G loves to throw a ball for him and he will bring it right back and drop it on the floor so that Baby G can throw it again. They also both love to play with water and often they will get wet together. We cannot water the garden with those two nearby, because they will both be wet within minutes no matter how cold the water or the weather. There are times when Nitro is outside and baby G inside the house, and baby G will open a window and they will play together through the window. One of these games is to both lick the window on either side of the glass and sometimes there is no glass between them (yeah, I know gross!) Baby G will also throw things outside for Nitro to play with, and he pets him a lot through the window. Some days I think that Nitro is not my dog, but baby G’s dog, and that is okay with me, because our little boy sure does love dogs! It is so precious to see the bond between these two.