Eventually Chantelle’s lovely rest break at the hospital had to come to an end – which of course translates to “Yay, Emily is coming home!” time.
And so far so good, Jessica has been pretty good with the new addition to the family. Hopefully this lasts…
Chantelle and Emily stayed the required three nights at hospital following the successful cesarean section operation on the Monday morning. Naturally, I paid them plenty of visits over that period – even taking Jess along every now and then too!
Chantelle enjoyed the rest break (no baking!) and the food, not to mention the visitors, while I enjoyed holding Emily for the first time.
One truly does forget just how small these little guys first come out!
On the 13th of January 2014, 08:14, via a Cesarean Section performed by the awesome Dr. Jane La Grange at Mediclinic Vergelegen in Somerset West, little Lotter #2, weighing in at a healthy 3.53 kg, was brought kicking and screaming into this world – say hello to miss Emily Jane Lotter.
Things didn’t quite go according to plan though mind you, Emily did have some fluid on the lungs as a result of the procedure, and as such over-nighted in the NICU (Still that’s a lot better than what poor Jessica had to undergo when she arrived a fair bit ahead of schedule, so I have to say, we’re getting better!).
She also struggled a little with weight loss for the first few days, but other than all that, we’ve been blessed with a very healthy baby girl, with a gorgeous full head of dark hair and a very wise little face.
In other words, awesome.
We were in Cape Town to check out the Hope Street Market as a possible trading venue (it was a little disappointing truth be told), and whilst there, I came up with the impromptu idea of taking Jess and Chantelle (who claims to have never been there before) for a stroll the always spectacular Cape Town Company’s Garden.
Needless to say, Jessica loves all the pigeons, squirrels and koi, while Chantelle fell particularly in love with a garden bench that coddled her, baby bump and all.
Oh, and lunch was had too.
Pleasingly, Jessica is developing quite a fondness for LEGO. This makes me very happy, because I remember enjoying LEGO tremendously as a child.
Sadly, this also fills me with deep angst and regret – because of course true LEGO is very, very expensive.
Thankfully, I should be able to convince my wallet that this is a great investment… :)
(PS – all that LEGO surrounding her comes straight out of her daddy’s childhood. Turns out Mom was hoarding all of the LEGO we used to enjoy as youngsters! What a great holiday find!)
It seemed like a very good idea to start off 2014 with a breath of fresh air, and as such an impromptu picnic for Jess, myself and a heavily pregnant Chantelle seemed an awfully great idea at the time.
We played, we ate, and we relaxed – pretty much exactly what one should be doing on a picnic!
With Chantelle less and less mobile towards the end of her pregnancy, it was pretty much just Jess and I going out on all of our excursions, and this particular one happened to be our daddy daughter holiday trip to Butterfly World.
As per usual, Jess was super excited in seeing all the butterflies, guinea pigs and marmosets once more, whilst I was left wondering just how many more times in a year I would be forced to trudge through the same attraction over and over again.
(No not really. Secretly I enjoyed the outing – as per usual)
We popped out for an impromptu picnic on the Klein Joostenberg grounds, where we tucked into some delicious deli offerings, rolled around on the grass, played on the swings and slides, and even took a ride on the horse cart!
(And by we I mean Jessica and myself. Heavily pregnant Chantelle was far more content with taking a meaningful nap on the grass…)
It would seem that the duck population in the Strand duck pond across the road from the high school enjoyed a rather good breeding season.
Needless to say, this very hungry pack of ducks and geese terrified Jessica more than just a little – Luckily for us, a nearby park bench was on hand, and this combined with the newly learned ‘karate kick’ trick from Daddy, meant that Jess could (kind of) enjoy the duck feeding outing to the fullest!
As a toddler Jessica always admired these fun animal-themed rides found at various malls and shopping centres around the country from a safe and secure distance. However, viewing alone wouldn’t cut it for very much longer!
We were entertaining Retha who had come to South Africa for a year-end visit, and after a relaxing lunch at the Spur in Somerset Mall, Jessica seized the opportunity to grab Auntie Retha and lead her to the Pony Cycles.
A green dragon was the choice for the day, a seat was taken, and off they went, smiles firmly planted on faces (though admittedly Jess wasn’t quite strong enough to move it completely unassisted!).