Colds, coughs, sneezes, snots

I think the title sums the last month up. With the return of all the children to day care, all the germs of the world seem to have fallen upon us. We keep trying to figure out how to avoid the constant colds they get: are we dressing them enough? too much? is the heating on/off enough? are 1 tog sleeping bags still OK or should we move on to a higher one? socks or tights? fluffy or jeans jacket? … enough to drive you insane when the lingering cough shows up, yet again, in the morning. Mr H and I also had a “wonderful” run of throat infections that required antibiotics the size of a horse. Suffice to say we’re tired… but managing!

A bit worried about Alicia as her last cold ended up with some aerosols because of a slight respiratory distress. The doctor felt her spleen a bit enlarged and thinks it’s the viral infection she was fighting which, in turn, could have caused the distress. We’ll still be monitoring that closely. I committed the enormous error of googling enlarged spleen and of course it’s all terrible things I don’t want to think about unless they actually happen. Now it’s constantly playing in the back of my mind and can’t wait to see if it just goes away as the paediatrician thinks it should.

Other than that, Alicia is just not progressing towards solid foods like her sisters despite having the most teeth. The paediatrician tells us it’s just a question of maturity of her throat and her swallow reflex and to just give it time. While I know she’s right it’s just frustrating at this 1.5 year mark to still have her eating pureed food (and not that good either!). We need to avoid pushing too hard or creating tension around feeding time to ensure she doesn’t develop negative associations with feeding time. It’s just so hard!!!

The three now roam free around the ground floor of the house which is really fun but also a source of numerous falls and bumps. But it’s clear they enjoy having spaces to go to and hide and play together without everyone watching them. The kisses have arrived too! and it’s the cutest (and sloppiest) thing 🙂

Talking is also starting to happen. We’ve now moved beyond “zapato” and “giraffe” to “cat”, “teddy”, “woof woof”, “doggie”, “ana”, “bath time”, etc. It’s lovely! And they point correctly at most of the things we ask them to show us, they bring stuff, they take stuff to each other, they comfort each other by bringing dummies… and of course, they also shove, push, pull hair, sit on… but that’s old news so I’m not focusing on it 😉

Fun story, our poor Stella has been re-baptised “Caca” (poo, in spanish) as every time they tried to pick up her toys to put it in their mouths we kept telling them “no, caca” so now they point at Stella saying “caca” … oops!




Random things they do

Alicia has developed a love for books and likes to harass her daddy asking to be read to. Mr H keeps hiding them away, yet she keeps finding them over and over lol20180719_101929

Ana loves to dance when we sing to her rock songs and slaps her bum when we sing Sir Mix-A-Lot. ——————————————->

They sing “baa baa” to us when we sing baa baa black sheep to them.  Or “ya ya ya yaaaa” when we play the reggae song of the big bugz band.  It’s the sweetest thing.

Alicia has entered tantrum world. It’s atrocious, it happened without prior warning. My goodness can she scream and hit the floor with her firsts and feet. After a month of eating for ten, she’s decided eating isn’t really her stuff these days. Doctor says nothing’s wrong with her as she’s really alert and happy and doesn’t present any sign of malnutrition or dehydration. so we guess AND HOPE it’s related to the tantrum/control phase she’s in.

20180718_174714_hdrThe tantrum phase started when she started to walk. Maybe the brain takes steps like that… she had a growth spurt, she obviously leaped forward in development and with it came the next phase in life which is the “me me me” phase.

At least Ana, who used to be the “me me me” baby of the three, has been magically replaced by a super fun, always laughing, baby. Where have they taken the other Ana? who knows? My guess is that Alicia ate her.

stock-photo-little-baby-boy-sitting-on-sisters-back-pulling-her-hair-54513181Laura is slowly catching up with her sisters’ size. She loves cheese, grated cheese is by far her favourite food. She’s only 100 gr behind Ana and half a centimetre behind Alicia. She’s very independent, loves to play with everything but she still doesn’t grasp well the “no” concept (although she’s getting there) and she likes to assert herself by being physically abusive to her sisters. She’s particularly fond of the hair pulling, including with two hands while sitting on their back. A bit like this stock image but add an evil smile to her.

She reminds me a bit of this scene in friends


She also raises her arms in victory every time she doesn’t something right or new and screams as if she was a WWE champion.


In short, she’s a bit of a jackass, always throwing herself head first. You wouldn’t tell when you see this sweety pie face, would you?


Anyone care to share with me if the refusing food has happened to them with their babies? did it last long? was it really just a phase? it’s weird to me and if it wasn’t for the doctors telling me repeatedly not to worry I would probably be freaking out by now.



Under pressure

I’m finding myself under a lot of pressure to perform as a mum. In Belgium, babies are followed medically quite closely by the state so one gets to go to free consults with paediatricians who basically weight, measure and check your babies’ progress. This means we have our regular paediatrician (Regped), the state paediatrician (Stateped) and the neonatal paediatrician (Neoped) that see my girls regularly. As a consequence, we get enormous amounts of input by professionals which are sometimes at odds with each other. Continue reading → Under pressure