Monday, June 22, 2009

Father's Day Breakfast in bed...

Let me begin this post by thanking Daniel for being such a good dad (and husband).
Father's day started early for me (Melissa), Phoenix was up at 6, and I took him upstairs to the TV room so his dad could sleep in. We made Daniel a father's day card, and I baked fresh cheese muffins for breakfast (from scratch!). We then served Daniel breakfast in bed. I also banned my husband from doing any work, and he was not allowed near the computer. He had to REALLY take the day off and relax, and he did. I'll post some father's day pics at the bottom of this post.

Other Grey news.

Phoenix is getting cuter and cuter by the day! He loves reading, and looking through books, and if I ask him to point out objects (like a lemon, or dog ect.) he does so perfectly. He sings along with some of his fav. TV shows - he doesn't sing the words, but he mimics the way it sounds. And he LOVES music and dancing. If he is in the mood for a snack he often goes to the fridge and take out an apple for himself. Or if he wants chips he'll call me and then point to what he wants.

Our little boy also got his first time-out yesterday. He wanted something he couldn't get and then cried for it, NON STOP. So I gave him time-out after numerous warning. It worked GREAT! He got up once, but I put him back in his time-out spot, and he sat there for the rest of the minute. Afterwards he behaved like a dream! (I have to say Daniel and I were both amazed, we did not think it would work)
He also eats all by himself, and if I offer to feed him he says "nee nee nee" (nee =no).

I have been sick most of last week, and not being able to take any meds. (because of the pregnancy) made it SO much worse! My wonderful husband pampered me, and did EVERYTHING (taking care of Phoenix, making sure we have supper, and clean the house, AND all that after a hard day of work) for 3 days! Oh my gosh I LOVE DANIEL! I was back on my feet yesterday, just on time for father's day.

With our moving plans, well, all is going according to plan. We are busy selling all our belongings, and that is going great. We might have to move our flight date forward about two weeks, as the paper work on SA side is taking a bit longer than we expected (Police clearance takes 6-8 weeks, and we only handed Daniel's request in last week) We only need about 4 more documents, then we can send in our Visa request, and according to NZ immigration, it should take about 4 weeks for me and Phoenix's Visa's to come through once we send in the forms.

Well, that is all for now.

Here are some Father's day photo's as mentioned before:

Home-baked cheese muffins

Happy Father's Day dad

Breakfast in bed

Some honey for Phoenix

Phoenix LOVED my muffins!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

18 weeks, 22 to go!

Little Grey is growing just beautifully! We went for another monthly checkup, and he is just perfect. And definitively a HE! (and also not a shy little guy!) His CRL measurement (top of head to bum) is 6.75 cm, and his little foot is 2 cm. Cutest little thing! I've got some sweet profile shots. Sorry about the quality, I took a pic of a pic....


Week 18: Sweet Potato


All About Baby

At week 18, your baby-to-be's senses are maturing. Hiss able to hear sounds within his own comfortable environment, such as the sound of your heart beating, as well as external sounds, such as your voice. He may become more active for certain sounds, and you'll feel his movements. At this point in his development he's still small enough that he has plenty of room to wiggle.
Your fetus has become amazingly mobile (at least compared to you), passing the hours yawning, hiccuping, rolling, twisting, kicking, punching, sucking and swallowing. And, baby's finally big enough that you'll be able to feel those movements soon.

And some Pics of me, I also included a pic of when I was 18 weeks Pregnant with Phoenix to compare.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Friday, June 12, 2009

Our new family plans

A few amazing things have happened since we last did a blog more than a year ago.
We've decided to move to New Zealand, then decided to stay in South Africa and buy a house.
My property didn't sell (I have a large tract of land north of Pretoria) and after renting, free loading and now renting again we've decided that it's time to move on again.

The main thrust behind this decision is our kids. Phoenix is now 19 months old and he has a brother on the way. NZ has amazing health care and we decided that it would be a good idea to go before the birth.

We are now frantically trying to sell all our possessions as it's too expensive to send all our belongings overseas via container.

Well, that's the update for now.

We're very excited and kind of amped and stressed.

See ya later