Friday, 13 June 2014

Nine Months Measles Vaccines

After sleeping very late last night watching the opening match of the World Cup, we woke up quite late this morning. By the way for those who do not know, I am a huge soccer fan. I love football and for the next month am going to have very little sleep because of the World Cup.
It was an interesting first match and I can only imagine how much more interesting the tournament will become. Am not yet ready to reveal the country am supporting but I will eventually.
Anyways, tomorrow my baby is turning 9 months and so we went to get his measles shot today.
He cried but not too much. It is usually so difficult to see your baby get an injection. Am scared of those things and you can only imagine the look on my face seeing him get his shot on the arm. He is one courageous boy.
I love when you go for these clinics and find a nurse that is really nice and good to the patients. Many people have had not so good experiences with nurses at ante-natal clinics but am usually one of the lucky few. I just want to say thank you to the few nurses who are really nice and reassure us first time moms that we are doing great no matter what.
Anyways, I hope you are having a great Friday and looking forward to the Cameroon vs Mexico game tonight. Am supporting Cameroon here....Africa all the way.
Have fun.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

New Nanny

Monday 11 a.m.
I've been trying to find a nanny for the last two weeks. Its been such a struggle. I mean, am sure there are so many people out there looking for a job. Why then is it so difficult to find one?
Anyway, after numerous phone calls, failed meetings and following many leads, I finally hired a nanny. She arrived on Monday at 11 a.m.
I've been really praying about this issue. When you hire someone you dont know and have never met to come live in your house and take care of your baby, it is a difficult thing. But, I needed the help. My baby is almost nine months now and a handful. I was getting really overwhelmed trying to put in some work, take care of baby and complete all house chores.
Am really hoping that things will get better as we get to know each other. One thing that made me really happy was that Lowell did not have trouble with her even for a minute. Over the past few weeks, he has been having serious issues with separation anxiety. He has been so clingy that I could not go to the bathroom without him wailing like he is in pain. However, he's been super warm with the nanny and I hope they get along well.
All in all, am still praying that things work out and everything falls into place accordingly.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Thank you Note

I don't know why, but I just had the urge to write in this space.
It came suddenly and has not left.
Anyway, I just want to express my gratitude.
To God, to my family, to my friends and the whole wide world.
For I am alive and that in itself is the greatest gift ever. Am so thankful for the air I breath, for a healthy nose that can take in the air. Am so thankful for healthy lungs that sieve out the oxygen.
Oh!how we forget the little things.
Am so thankful for my little fingers that can type this message.
It is so great being able to type out my message on this keyboard.
Thank you and I miss you all.

Monday, 6 January 2014

New Home

Hi everyone:
Please find me blogging at my new home HERE
Get updates on baby and life in general over there.
Hope to see you there. I miss you all!

Thursday, 14 November 2013

2 months

My baby boy is  2 months old today and I love him like crazy.
He is growing up so fast.

                                                                       Much love!!!

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Fare Thee Well Mum

Hello lovely people:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support through this difficult year and my mother in laws battle with cancer.
However, for those who do not know, she passed on peacefully at home on Sunday 23rd June, 2013.
We held a service and burial ceremony on 29th June 2013 and are now in the process of trying to move on.
It has been a truly difficult time for us.
We loved her so much and were torn between letting her go since she was suffering too much from the cancer or holding on too her and continually taking care of her.
Sometimes, its such a conflicting situation. We have had conflicting feelings for such a long time.
However, she did prepare us.
She told us not to pray for her healing but for God to do his will.
The night before she died (I still cannot believe am typing that word) she prayed for each one of us separately. She talked to us and told us the kind of life she wanted us to live.
It was an emotional night but an amazing fellowship.
Its like she knew.
Looking back, I know she was ready and when that Sunday afternoon came, with my father in law watching and praying with her, she breathed her last and slipped into the hands of God.
She was a firm believer so I know that her eternal dreams have been fulfilled.
We loved her and will always do and we do miss her terribly.
We cry a lot.
But we know that God picked the best from His garden.
He did not want her to suffer anymore.
He wanted to restore her health and give her the fullness of life.
I do feel teary writing this but I know she is in a truly better place.
A place where cancer is non-existent.
A place of pure and unrestricted joy.
Fare thee well Mum!
We do love you so very much!

Thursday, 13 June 2013

On my Heart

There are times that life serves us things that are too scary, we try to run  away and hide our faces under the sand.
I have been wanting to talk about the issue that has been on my hear for a long time.
However, when I open the blog and try to type in the words, I just crash and hide under the sand.
But, today is the day.

On my heart today is my mother in law.
Just a fact you should know is I love her to bits.
I don't know how us as human beings can meet someone at a later stage in life and just love them like your own. Am very protective of her.
However, the reason why she is on my heart constantly is because of Cancer.
Yes, it is scary and that is why I have not been able to write about it.
She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a few years ago and it has been a difficult couple of years for her.
There have been numerous trips to the hospital, abroad and in Kenya.
There have been huge medical bills that have had a huge impact on the family.
There have been constant medication, surgery, chemotherapy and just a crazy medical schedule.
There have been numerous hospital admissions.
There have been crazy days when she got so sick and we got so scared.
And then there have been the difficult days, the days when we all give up. The days when we all do not know what to do. The days when even with all the strength we have developed so far, it is not enough.
The days when we just sit and wonder what next.

But then after a few days of giving up, we realize that she is still here and we have to be strong for her and for ourselves.
Those are the days when we wipe our tears and start looking for a new way to help her feel better.
Ways to show her how much we love her.

She is on my heart today because she is very protective of me too.
She is so eager to meet her grandchild and I totally hope its a girl because I want to name her after her.
She has taught me so much.
I now know how to love my siblings more because of the way she relates to hers.
I now understand that family is the greatest gift one can ever have.
I also know that am loved because she has shown me love.

I just keep praying that she feels better and that God restores her.
That God touches her and resuscitates her health.
My biggest prayer right now is that God gives her strength to take each day as it comes.

My heart be still, for things will be alright!

Friday, 31 May 2013

Random things about Pregnancy, A letter to baby and Inaugural blog bump pictures

Hello lovelies!
I know I seem kind of unstable in my blogging.
Unstable is even an understatement. I usually don't even know where to start when I open a new blog post.
Frankly, the blank page kind of scares me.But am trying to get back, little by little.
25 weeks 1 day
So today, I wanted to share with you some pictures of the bump.
Baby is growing so fast. Am getting bigger by the day and this whole pregnancy shenanigans will be over before I know it.

-Oh, and my feet are more swollen than ever so there's that.
I swear I've never had feet as big as this. And I totally dislike when everyone is like, 'Oh, your feet are so swollen, sorry, do this and that and that and it will help".
I know people are just trying to be helpful but it sucks to have ankles the size of apples and shoes that don't fit by the end of the day.
-Oh another random thing about pregnancy is the medication. One day you are on Folic acid tablets, next day is iron supplements, next time is an antibiotic to fight an infection, next is vitamin supplements......its actually kind of crazy.
I actually told my hubby today to go buy the meds prescribed by the doctor yesterday and come take them himself. It kind of sucks to always be on medication but if its for baby, I guess I can take a few more.
25 wks, 5 days
-One beautiful and random thing is the big kicks am getting these days. I will be 26 weeks on Saturday and the baby is one strong one. The kicks are getting stronger and baby is active all the time these days. Its exciting and so reassuring to know that someone is growing in my tummy and they like to play around.
-Appetite has not been too good these days. I eat something little and my stomach get full. Sometimes during lunch time, am still full from what I ate for breakfast making it difficult to maintain proper feeding habits. I think the baby has pushed my intestines up so they do not have enough space for food.
Am really rambling here, so let me leave it at that.

Dear Baby,
25 weeks, 5 days
One sentence. We love you too much and we cant wait to have you here with us so we I can dress you up in the cute clothes we've been buying you.
Loving thoughts,
Mummy and Daddy.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Bumdate: 24 Weeks

Hello good people,
Am back again with another bumpdate.
I can honestly tell you that the baby is definitely getting bigger. No more hiding.
My bump is all over the place.
But, I think that's a good thing coz it only means we are getting closer to meeting our baby for the first time.
How far along am I: 24 weeks 4 days
How am I feeling: Right now? Sleepy. Generally feeling good
Total Weight Gain: Maybe 6 kgs or 13lbs. Sometimes I feel so huge yet at other times I feel too tiny.
How big is Baby:According to Baby Center, baby is the size of an ear of corn. Really, that sounds weird. Anyway, lets just say that is the size.
Source: via jan on Pinterest

The baby is a foot long this week.
Maternity Clothes: Yes, all the way. Am thinking of shopping for some more this week.
Stretch marks: Not yet. However, for the past week I had this weird rash on my breasts that spread to the neck and was really ugly. I went to the doctor and was given some medicines which have worked miracles. Its now clearing up and I am slowly going back to showing off my cleavage! (better do it while you can, right? Who knows what will happen when the baby is here.)
Sleep: Am always sleepy. But I think I was a little overworked last week. Hope to catch up on sleep as the week wears off.
Best Moment of this Week: I could say Sunday when my hubby's family came to visit my parents. It was a really good day for us.
Movement: Lots of movement. The baby likes to start moving around when am lying still or just silent and relaxed which is similar to last week. He also moves when I eat or drink something. Am yet to master what he likes and what he doesn't.
Food Cravings: Most definitely! Loving soups and comfort food. I've been having a terrible cold so I've been really specific on what I eat. I found a really nice website called Hellofood that delivers food from my favorite local Nairobi restaurants at a very low cost. Am loving it coz now it means I can actually eat what I want without the stress of cooking or physically going to the restaurant.
Food Aversions: I just don't like strong smelling food. Thats it.
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button In or Out: Kind of almost out. I can actually say it is overstretched. This baby is really getting big.
What I miss: Feeling more energetic and not having to take medicine every night.
What am looking forward to: More baby shopping. Cant wait to get the baby some more clothes and cute stuff that just makes me wish the baby was here already.
Milestone: 6 months already!!Doing good!!Am proud of me, hubby and baby!