Chantelle and I took Jessica for an outing to Monkey Town, the first time the two of us had been there in absolute years, and most definitely the first time for miss Jess. Needless to say, she enjoyed all the monkeying about! :)
A hungry and slightly tired Jessica talks to me while attempting to nibble away at the tasty couch. I know, I know, she inherits this strange behaviour from me.
Or at least that is what everyone else thinks…
And another one just because this is the cutest baby girl in the whole wide world! :)
So there I was, trying to snap a nice picture of little Jessica who I had plonked down in bed beside her mommy, who had just got back into the warm snuggly blankets after a nice warm shower in preparation for work.
However, it would seem that Chantelle and Jessica weren’t the only two interested in the warm bed, oh no, Mr. Achilles was pretty keen on the deal to. So he did what any other self respecting pet would do. He photo-bombed my shots while getting nice and cosy in the process!
That little ginger blighter…
Yay! So the doctor confirmed yesterday on the check-up visit that the antibiotics seems to have done the trick. The ear, nose and throat infections have all receded, the various swellings are down, her chest is open again – in other words Jessie is back to full health again!
The only minor side affects that we are still dealing with is a nasty little nappy rash brought on by the antibiotics messing with her pH balance (shame, she definitely has her mommy’s sensitive skin), as well as a slightly discoloured tongue due to her vitamins reacting with the antibiotics.
But other than that, all is A-OK, bringing the Lotter household back to 100% seeing as Chantelle is also back to normal.
Of course, I’m sure it is only a matter of time before it’s my turn :(
Anyway, we’re now in the final month of looking after Jessica at home before she gets accepted into the daycare centre, and at this point we really do have to mention just how much of a godsend Chantelle’s parents have been in terms of helping us out here, because without them I simply don’t know what we would have done.
Okay, so little Jessica is still no where near being able to crawl on her own – but that doesn’t mean that Daddy can’t have fun for her during her daily pillow tummy time! :)
One of the best things about living in Gordon’s Bay and so close to the beach is arriving home after a long day’s work, grabbing the wife and baby, packing the pram into the boot (it’s quite a squash in the little Getz just in case you were wondering) and darting off to catch the last rays of light along the beautiful and usually tranquil Gordon’s Bay main beach.
(That said, this works just as well if you’ve spent a long day at home on your lonesome looking after Jessica, and can’t wait to get out once your wife returns home from her frolic at the guest house!)
And of course, no stroll, pram in hand, along the beach promenade is complete without the proper two tone soft serve ice cream – from the awesome little beach front Uncle Barry’s shop, where else? – to go with it! See what I mean? :)
Okay. So my almost perfect, swimsuit-model in the making daughter didn’t quite come out of the oven 100% blemish free. As it currently stands, my little floppy dribble monster comes with two minor defects: 1) a head of red hair (in other words, she’s a Ginger – and everyone is blaming me for this one) and 2) an umbilical hernia – or as Daddy likes to call it, a belly doorbell.
What a bonus, Jessica slept just about all the way through on Monday evening! She’s been quite niggly for the last week or so, particularly during the evening, something that can either be attributed to a side-effect from her shots (states so on the packaging) or perhaps just because of the unbearable heat and humidity we have endured over the last little while. Anyway, we put her to bed after a good feed late evening and come morning when the tell-tale hunger cries began emanating from the nursery, we were quite surprised to see that it was already past 05:00 in the morning! Score! :)
By this stage almost everyone who needs to meet our little princess has done so, and this weekend was certainly no exception in terms of visitors. Friday night saw us hosting Karl and Trish for a Come Dine With Me dinner right out of the top shelf cook book (home made buns, chutney chops, home made soet koekies, home made ice-cream brownie sandwiches – you get the picture!), followed by some hilarious Blur racing bouts on the XBOX.
So little Jessica is doing well, thanks for asking. No, I haven’t been posting all that much about her up on these pages, but rest assured that is simply because the little floppy dribble monster is happily keeping her parents quite busy with her sleep, cry, change nappy, feed, burp, sometimes bath, rinse and repeat routine.
She’s been for most of her immunisation shots now (bloody expensive if you go to the hospital to have them done – tip, check with pharmacies first, as some of them can use the government-sponsored vaccines, meaning you could literally save up to R800 on some of the injections!), passed her eye and hearing tests with flying colours, and continues to grow at an alarming rate, with her head already a good 10 centimetres larger in diameter and a good couple of extra centimetres in terms of length since bringing her home. Heck, we’ve even been forced to shelve clothes she hasn’t had a chance to wear yet simply because she outgrew them before we could even try them on! :)