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Montgomery Pizza Party (2016-06-04) Photo Gallery 13 JUN 2016

Father-in-law Monty has for a long time wanted to have his very own pizza oven, and at long last, following quite a lengthy wait, the pizza oven is in, the preparation work done, leaving only one more thing to do – organize a pizza party!

Although Rob and Tarryn couldn’t join in on the sunny Saturday afternoon, Peter, Gail and Chantelle, myself and the kids joined Monty and Cheryl for the big pizza day, quickly setting to work in creating our very own pizza masterpieces from the smorgasbord of toppings assembled by the ladies.

Monty got the pizza oven burning nice and hot, with the initial attempts at a couple of garlic pizza for starters coming out perfect!

We were working with raw dough, so there were a few kinks to work out in terms of successfully transferring pizzas to the oven and back again, and outside of poor Peter’s overloaded pizza which didn’t quite make it back in one piece, Monty was soon churning out delicious pizza after pizza.

Everyone was enjoying the food and weather, and I was getting quite a kick of rolling around on the lawn with the girls. However, as our run of back luck this year would have it, it wasn’t soon before Emily wrapped her arms around my neck whilst I was sitting on the stairs, I got up, lowered to her the ground, heard a small click, and then watched in despair as Emily wailed in absolute agony, arm hanging limply at her side.

Sigh, there goes her arm again.

So off to Louis Leipoldt Hospital’s emergency center Chantelle and I rushed, leaving Jessica and the rest of the pizza party behind. Although not busy, it took a while to have everything checked out (x-rays included), the end result being thankfully no breaks or dislocations, but rather a painful elbow sprain instead.

So it was a bit of a disappointing end to what had been shaping up to be a brilliant day, but pleasingly Emily’s arm did at least recover during the course of Sunday, so I guess there’s that at least.

(This does of course mean then that I’m rather looking forward to the next shot at the pizza party. Very little beats the taste of proper home made pizza!)

Baby Gym Graduation Day Jessica | My Life 28 NOV 2011

I don’t think I ever got around to posting about this on the blog, but a while back we successfully completed the excellent Baby Gym series of workshops, hosted by the wonderful Geraldine Consani out in Bellville, in a little clinic situated right next to Louis Leipoldt Hospital.

If you aren’t familiar with Baby Gym, it is a five week long stimulation course, which basically aids you as the parent in the proper stimulation of the various aspects of your baby in the hopes that it will promote the building of the necessary connections in their brains in order to promote healthy development.

Each week is split up into a particular facet, and each workshop consists of first some theory and some knoweldge sharing, followed by a whole lot of hands on practical with your baby! For the record, this is what we did over the duration of the course:

  • Week 1: The Importance of Touch and Massage
  • Week 2: The Importance of Movement
  • Week 3: The Importance of Sucking and Neck Control
  • Week 4: Why Both Eyes and Both Ears must work Together
  • Week 5: Prevent Hyperactivity and Poor Concentration / Coordinate and Control those legs and arms

(The sixth and final session is reserved for Graduation Day, which really is just an excuse for a bit of fun with the kiddies!)

As an example of what we got up to in class, these two video shorts should give you a good idea! :)

As I mentioned above, we do cap off the series with a fun graduation day, where each baby is handed a little blue graduation cap and gown, forced to pose for endless photos, before enjoying a cupcake and of course the all important bubble machine!

For more photos, check out the gallery.

In summary, I must admit to have thoroughly enjoyed doing Baby Gym with both Chantelle and Jessie, and was absolutely blown away at how much the exercises and things we were taught in class aided in a sudden explosion in terms of Jessica’s development, making it an absolute case of money and time well spent. Definitely, definitely highly recommended for any parent with a newborn baby, that’s for sure! :)

We need Your Prayers Please… Jessica | My Life 14 NOV 2010

We thought we were in the clear. 31 weeks and 4 days had already passed, and apart from some very swollen feet, Chantelle and little unborn Jessica were doing absolutely fine.

That all changed yesterday.

Chantelle spent Friday night at the guest house, pampering herself with a nice bath and the soft embrace of that luxurious bed they have. Saturday morning however she awoke to the strange sensation of not being able to close her hands due to an unusual swelling. Louise also picked up on the fact that Chantelle wasn’t looking well and indeed, was appearing rather swollen.

And for once Chantelle listened to her advice and went to her GP.

Her blood pressure was sky high, but worse than that – her urine test showed positive for containing proteins.

I was in the middle of Somerset Mall’s Pick ‘n Pay with my shopping when I received Louise’s call to come and pick Chantelle up because something wasn’t right. Quickly exiting the mall, I raced through to the guest house where I came across a Chantelle who wasn’t feeling great but certainly wasn’t showing any signs of distress and appeared to be okay.

Still, knowing that one doesn’t mess around with these things (thanks to Irene Bourquin’s antenatal classes!), we attempted to contact our gynaecologist, Dr. Adele Le Roux at Louis Leipoldt hospital in Bellville. Unfortunately, she wasn’t on duty and we were referred to the gynaecologist standing in for her, Dr. Du Toit.

Needless to say, Dr. Du Toit immediately advised us to pack Chantelle’s bags and bring her in to hospital for observation.

It is not a great feeling knowing that there is definitely something wrong here, and so we drove through to the hospital in mostly silence. On arrival, Chantelle was shown to a bed in the maternity ward where they immediately hooked her up to some machines to check on the baby’s condition as well as hers – and of course take the obligatory readings and blood for further blood tests.

I took care of signing my wife in, and with the help of a wonderful woman running the desk, sat back as she took care of all the details of organising everything with Chantelle’s medical aid, which for once was actually extremely helpful and we got the necessary authorisation codes without too much hassle.

The fantastic Dr. Du Toit eventually arrived and after a brief look through the measurements, instructed that Chantelle be wheeled through to her office for a full check-up. Baby was put up on the monitor and all the necessary measurements were taken again. The good news is that Baby looks fine, about a week under-developed though, but weighing in at just over 1.5 kg.

The bad news is that Chantelle has Pre-eclampsia.

The wikipedia link above will tell you everything you might want to know, but for those of you not familiar with pre-eclampsia, here’s the executive summary: Basically Chantelle’s placenta is in the process of poisoning her. It is pumping out toxins into her system and overwhelming her kidney system. No one knows exactly, outside of a few theories, what causes pre-eclampsia but what we do know is that it is INCURABLE, affects up to 10% of pregnancies, strikes normally around the 32 week mark and is prevalent in first-time pregnancies. It is highly dangerous to mothers and can affect the baby as well. Two of the most common symptoms is rocketing blood pressure levels as well as proteins in the urine.

And now for the worst part. The only way to deal with this incurable affliction is to REMOVE the placenta.

Which of course means that the baby has to come out with it.

If you’re doing your sums, this means that little Jessica will have to be prematurely removed a full 8 weeks before her due date, and will have to be placed in an incubator. My little daughter will now HAVE to become a fighter to make it through.

The good news is that her chance of survival is pretty high, though of course the cost at which her survival might come is anyone’s guess. Because of her weight and development, we’ve been assured that she should be able to pull through, and as we’ve heard before, girl’s do tend to pull through premature birth better than boys – but remember – she’s coming out a full two months to early!

Thanks to the medical aid situation of Chantelle still languishing on her Discovery KeyCare Plus plan, she will have to be shifted to Kuilsriver for the neonatal ward there, but for now she is being held over at Louis Leipoldt for observation, before the big decision gets made on Monday as to when the caesarean will have to take place.

In case you’re interested (and the more visitors to cheer her up, the better), visiting hours are 15:00-16:00 and 19:00-20:00 and she’s in the maternity ward, room 2. She will no doubt spend tonight there as well.

So in summary, if you could just keep us in your thoughts, pray for us and send positive energy our way, it would really, really be appreciated.

Thank you.

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preeclampsia

My Jellybean’s Beating Heart My Life 07 JUN 2010

Last Friday was a momentous occasion for both Chantelle and myself – it marked our first ever ultrasound scan of the Jellybean, at last turning what is currently said to be so into something that is more of a concrete reality – an affirmation that in a couple of months’ time, I WILL be a father.

And that simply put, is big.

I requested to work the day from home and so late Friday morning I found myself following Chantelle’s Getz down the N1 in order to make our appointment at Louis Leipoldt in Bellville, one of the oldest private hospitals in the Western Cape and co-incidentally the hospital at which both Chantelle and I were originally delivered. Now the reason we were coming all the way out there instead of going to the much closer Vergelegen in Somerset West is partly due to restrictions placed upon us by Chantelle’s KeyCare Discovery medical aid plan and partly due to the high recommendations this one particular gynaecologist was receiving from all our friends: Dr. Adele Roux.

The visit itself wasn’t particularly long or complicated, we eventually found the right building after starting out at the wrong one, we found Dr. Roux’s offices, Chantelle filled out the necessary forms while I admired the rented Bonsai trees and paged through those magazines that only seem to exist in doctors’ quarters, before Dr. Roux called us in for our turn.

Pleasingly Dr. Roux came across exactly as she had been described to us by our friends and I must say, after my first impression and meeting with this woman, I really am quite fond of her as a doctor and really wouldn’t mind sticking with her all the way through this great event of ours. We had an enjoyable chat covering all the usual things first time would be parents talk about I suppose, before she led Chantelle into a little side room where they covered everything that needed to be covered, before I got the call up to come and join them and have a little look-see.

And there it was – my little Jellybean, the result of mommy’s and daddy’s chromosomes getting friendly with one another!

It really is an amazing sight. There isn’t much there to see, some dark areas and some light spots, but once the doctor started talking us through it all and the moment I saw that tiny little heart beating like there’s no tomorrow in that small shapeless blob, I can’t even begin to explain the emotions that ran through my body. (Though if it helps, Chantelle is said to have shed a tear on seeing that grainy black and white image!)

That is my child.

From the measurement of 19mm in length, the machine places our child to be at 8 weeks and 3 days old, meaning that if all goes well we will be looking at a birth somewhere around the 13th of January 2011 – so if that isn’t something to look forward to, then I certainly don’t know what is! :)

Our Jellybean. You can already see its little arms and legs protuding out of the main blobby.

(P.S. Despite the fact that Chantelle has not managed to produce the twins I had put in our contract, I’m sure she’ll be relieved to hear that I’m not going to divorce her after all – just in case she’s still wondering! :P)

(P.P.S. I had the doctor highlight every nook and cranny to make sure the second Jellybean wasn’t hiding anywhere. This proved to be particularly difficult with Chantelle laughing the whole time.)