May 17, 2011

It's like Christmas around here

We've tried before to transition the kids to one nap in the day and they were just not keen.

So we left them to their own devices and they'd end up sleeping once in the morning for about 45 mins (Kendra) and 1 hr 15 or so (Connor).

We try to put them down in the afternoon too and that works about 4 or 5 days out of 7 but they only ever take a 45-minute nap.

A very welcome nap because by that time on the weekend we're knackered.

But then on Sunday, totally by chance, we put them down for their first and only nap of the day just after 12.

Connor slept 3 hours 30 and Kendra slept 3 hrs.


I organised my wardrobe, tidied the bedroom, cooked, did computer stuff (blogged), tidied the study and only two hours had passed.

By that time Dion woke (he decided to take a nap too) and I asked him to check on the babies to make sure they were still breathing.

Anything beyond 1 hr 45 minutes is a miracle around here.

The best thing was Connor woke at 3:40 and still went to bed properly at 6pm.

Today when I got home V told me that Kendra slept for 2 hours and Connor slept for 2 hours 30 today.

She was also worried and even vacuumed to see if they'd wake but they didn't.

I said to her, "V, did it feel like Christmas?"

She laughed.

It really is like Christmas to have a long, uninterrupted time to get things done.

Here's hoping they continue with this pattern for many many more days.

May 07, 2011

In which I screamed like a girl

On Friday I got home from work a tiny bit earlier than normal and the kids hadn't started their bath time routine yet.

They love running around like wild children outside and it really is very hard to resist letting Connor not go outside.

He is in HEAVEN outside no matter what he's doing.

So I let them run up and down the driveway, pick up the odd stone, piece of weed peeking through the bricked driveway, etc.

I saw Kendra picking up what looked like a small stone.

Until I looked more closely.

it was a dark brown worm curled up very prettily in the palm of her little hand.

I didn't even think but SCREAMED (like the horror movies) and flicked the worm off her hand.

(picture the movies where things move in slow motion - yes, that was the worm spiralling through the air)

Kendra had SUCH a fright and started screaming and crying too.

She normally screams like a banshee so just picture the two of us screaming together.

Connor then saw this happening and he started WAILING.

Poor children.

I had to quickly assess the situation.

Kendra seemed more traumatised so I picked her up and tried to comfort her while bending down and patting Connor's back.

By this time V ran outside and I had to ask her to pick Connor up to console him too.

It took a good 5 minutes to calm them down, which is LONG in toddler time.

And so ended a beautiful Friday of playing outside in the sunshine.

P.S. Ugh - my skin is still crawling at the thought of that worm.

PS I'm trying to make more of an attempt to just write on this blog. Even imperfectly. I've found that when I say I need to download and post pics first, things take way too long to get noted down and I forget the little things (like this post).

I can always go back and add pics at a later date but my memory is not there for the words unless I get them down.

I'm also going to get Dion to write more :)

May 06, 2011


Kendra is a Daddy's girl.

Big time!

Dion tells me she also asks for me but I think he's lying :)

When she's with me she's always asking, "Daddy where?"

Then she got the order right and started saying, "where Daddy" with her little hands upturned.


And on Wednesday morning she again asked, "where's Daddy?" and I said, "Daddy's gone to work".

Lo and behold, she repeated after me, "Daddy going work" and then gave me a big smile, almost like she knew how cute and clever she was being.

Of course then I grab her and smother her with kisses and tell her "clever girl, Kendra" - she LOVES words of affirmation and physical touch so it's a slice of heaven for her :)

Sweet baby.