Parenting, Ramblings



Wish I was here

Life is currently on one of them downward trajectories right now. When it rains, it pours and all that. I’m sure it’ll turn around soon as it has a tendency to do, so for now we weather this particularly kak storm. 

But that’s been the reason for the lack of posts lately. I have a few lined up, planned and drafted but I just have not gotten to them.

But I really hope to have my July Favourites up in time.

A couple of months ago, we were in a car accident. Everyone was fine, The Munchkin was strapped into his car seat – thank God! But the car is a complete right off. To be honest and without boring you with the details, it’s just something we can’t actually afford right now.


I’m currently down with a Cold. Yes, with a capital C because when you’re pregnant even getting a cold is a big deal seeing as there’s almost nothing you can take for it. You just have to suffer through and endure and hope you survive.

But you know how colds are, especially when you can’t afford to have one, it’ll just throw in a bonus ear infection for the funzies.

And then… this is almost to fantastic to be true. I mean, the timing alone: my top left wisdom tooth decided now would be a great time to make an appearance. 

Bringing an infection to the surrounding gum with it, which means I’m on another course of antibiotics and the best the pharmacist could do for the pain was a ibuprofen/paracetamol combo with a warning from the gynae that it was ONLY to be used for 2-3 days and ONLY if I was in a hell of a lot of pain – and I pretty much was all of Saturday and Sunday. 

Can you tell I’m just having the best time?

But we have to hold on to the little rays of sunshine in life lest we lose our goddamn minds completely and this is where The Munchkin comes in.

The Munchkin:

Yesterday was a particularly low day for me. Finances were getting me down, The Peanut was making walking very sore and uncomfortable and just the aforementioned state of my health made for a day that I couldn’t wait to be done with. When I got into the car The Husband said when The Munchkin saw me he said: “Oh, there’s my mommy! She’s my best friend“. 

Sometimes he’s so cute, it makes all the times he physically abuses me worth it. 

He’s made so much progress lately and he’s really transitioning from Baby to Boy so fast. He no longer has a bottle before sleeping at night, but has a cup of chamomile tea instead. 


We like this brand and the vanilla gives it such a yummy taste.

He’s also quit the dummy and I was actually quite surprised at how easy that went. I honestly expected there to be tears and tantrums. 

What happened was that he threw his dummy out of our bedroom window into the gutter below and I just took the opportunity to say “Oh, well, now it’s gone“. We told him it was lost and just packed it away. 

He asked for it once for bed that night and I reminded him that he had thrown it away. And he accepted it and went to sleep. After 2 nights he just stopped asking for it and we’ve been dummy free ever since.

You see, I suspected for a long time that he didn’t need it to fall asleep anymore. He’d only been using it at sleeping time to fall asleep but he’d often spit it out during sleep. It had just become a habit and since he is heading for 3, we thought now would be a good time to break this particular one.

However, it’s still a big old negative on the potty training. He asks every now and again to wee or poo on the toilet but it seems it’s more of a game for now. He did a pee once when actually asking to but he’d still very much on the nappy.

We’re in no rush though, he’s showing signs of being ready but I think we’ll put more effort in when summer comes around.

His 3rd birthday is coming up in September and party prepping has begun in earnest. We’ve picked a theme and we’ve even started a shared Google Docs folder. The one thing I’ve realised is that we know too many people. Why do we know so many people?! 

The Peanut:

The pregnancy is going well and we have a date booked for the C-Section. We chose to have a C-Section with The Munchkin and for the same reasons, were choosing one again. I did toy with the idea of a VBAC but decided nope. 

Read more: The Munchkin’s Birth Story

We had our 2nd visit to the Foetal Assessment Centre because the doctor couldn’t see The Peanut’s heart properly – and all is good. Doc is happy and so are we. Baby is growing nicely and has long legs just like their brother. 

We still haven’t decided on a name but we have agreed that we need to decide before going to the hospital.

I think we also need to start looking at what we have from when The Munchkin was a baby: vests, grows, blankets… those kinda things. And then we can see what needs to be bought. I’m dragging my feet on this one because I’m pretty sure the answer is, not much.

But with 3 months to go, we do need to start prepping.

Wish us luck!



  1. Faziela

    July 27, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Ah, Strongs to you hun! Sending some love your way so that things get easier.

    1. Zayaan Schroeder

      July 27, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      Ah, thanks so much <3

  2. Cas Ferguson

    July 27, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Shame lovely ! Sounds like one crazy roller coaster ride that you’re on! I know what I am about to say may not change things or make things better….


    You’re stronger than you realize and courageous to endure the toughest of storms . Storms always make for a skilled sailor <3

    You've got this beautiful !

    1. Zayaan Schroeder

      July 27, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks for the encouragement my loveliest! <3

  3. Shan Vijendranath

    July 27, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    Sending you lots of hugs! Hang in there. You doing great! 🙂 I used to have honey and hot water during pregnancy when I had a cold.

  4. Kim Muller

    July 28, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Oh I”m so sorry you’re having such a rough time. Hope that things work out quickly and that your cold eases asap. Keep your head up, you’re doing great!

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