Monday, May 9, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Allie was all excited about mother's day. Her teacher made all the Mums little hampers with flowers, biscuits, cards and four gift vouchers. She put in a lot of effort into it. The vouchers were for the following: "Coffee in bed", "Breakfast in bed", "I'll do anything you ask" and "A free back-rub".
I was feeling a bit ill the previous day, so I went to bed early. When I woke up there were coffee and biscuits ready for me. It was a lovely start to a not so lovely day.
I was still in bed when my head started itching. I thought it was another case of the head-lice (another long story), but as I started scratching, I felt little bumps on my head. Just then Jake came in and started joking about how I must go take a bath, for my face is breaking out. Not something I like to hear.
taking a hint, I went off to take a shower. As I got undressed, I noticed something in the mirror. My whole body was cover in small, red dots. Upon closer inspection, I realized that it wasn't head-lice, or pimples, or red-dots or mosquito-bites. It was full-blown very itchy Chicken Pox. It IS full-blown very itchy Chicken Pox!
What a mother's day present was that?
Now, Allie is staying with my sister while I am sick. I'm all alone. Jake will come stay with me from tomorrow.
That back-rub voucher seems like an excellent idea right now.
Hope you enjoyed your mother's day!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A lesson learned

Sometimes I just wish that people will stop staring at the fact that I got pregnant at 18 years old. Yes, I made a mistake when I was irresponsible when I slept with someone and got pregnant when I was so young. But, at least I learned a few things on the way.
Someone who got caught driving under the influence might learn that he/she mustn't do it again, or maybe just he/she mustn't get caught next time. Wow, what a lesson that must be.
Someone who failed a test might learn to study harder or party less next time.
What did I learn from my teenage pregnancy?
  1. use better contraceptives next time.
  2. how to handle criticism.
  3. how to eat healthy (although my coffee addiction has come back since Allie was born).
  4. how to be honest.
  5. how to change a diaper.
  6. how to make a bottle.
  7. how to forgive myself.
  8. how to apply time management (I started studying at the University of Johannesburg when Allie was 1 month old).
  9. how to care for another person.
  10. how to put another person's needs before my own.
  11. how to love another human being, like you never thought possible.
  12. how to get a child to eat broccoli and Brussels sprouts.
  13. how to appreciate Disney Channel.
  14. how to be patient when doing homework with a child.
  15. how to be a mum.
  16. how to be a dad.
  17. ................
  18. ..............
  19. ................
  20. ..............
I think that this list will go on and on for ever. I learn new things every day.
Yes, I made a mistake. But does every one learn from their mistakes as much as I did/do?

Monday, May 2, 2011

A day in a Single Mom's life

I woke up early this morning. while I waited for the kettle to boil, I packed away all the dishes I washed last night. I made some cereal for my princess and some oatmeal for myself. we had our breakfast, got dressed and brushed our teeth and hair. I started with the washing. The weather looked dodgy for a washing day, so I had to move quickly. I had some gardening to do, so I started with that while the first load was in the machine. I mowed the lawn, scrubbed the porch and swept the courtyard. By the time I was done with everything, even hanging the last load of washing, it was 1pm. I then helped my princess with her homework and also had a bit of time for Facebook. Now I'm starting dinner, after which I need to get Princess through a bath and in bed. Then I will do the ironing and then make lunch for the Princess for school tomorrow.
I now have a clean house, clean yard, clean clothes and a smart girl. I didn't even break one nail!!!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

My baby Princess

After watching The Royal Wedding this weekend, my little girl is obsessed with fashion. She even wants to be a fashion designer now.
When we had to go to the mall this morning, she wanted to look her best - skinny jean, tight jersey, boots and perfect hair. Isn't it amazing how a little girl thinks that if she dresses up everyone will think that she is a grown up. I was almost afraid that my little six-year-old is getting too big too fast. You wouldn't believe how relieved I was when she still wanted to go play on the jungle-gym in the mall while I had my frozen cafe late. My little girl might look all grown up, but she is still my little playing princess. I don't think I have to worry for quite some time. Thank goodness!