Thursday, 30 August 2012

My Medisyne tassie

I never thought I’d be the tannie with the lil box of pills for every this and that, but alas I have turned into her. I didn’t realise how much so until a few of my friends kept asking what I use for runny noses, or coughs or fevers I always have an answer. I do admit however that my little box of treasures has helped us in almost all cases of sniffs, eina’s and and and my kids have thrown at us. My children are rarely sick and if they are it’s never for more than a day or two. Toppie always asks what mooti I have for anything….

So here it is for all who asked, my list of tried and tested medicines for all sorts of ailments.

1. For snotty noses : Allergex or Celestimine (Celestimine only in bad cases where allergix isn’t working, its stronger and you usually need a doctors script for it.)

2. More snotty noses: Iliadin nose spray or paediatric drops

3. For Dry throaty coughs: Tussitot

4. For insect bites and little rashes: An antihistamine cream like Anthisan

5. For little eina’s, scratches, burns: A local anaesthetic cream, like Anethaine

6. For runny tummy’s: Lacteol Forte pro-biotic sachets, add them to your kids next meal and maybe 2 after and the runs are usually all gone.

7. There’s also the basic’s like Eye drops, plasters, savlon and panado syrup

8. For a high-strung mom: Some calmettes or rescue remedy J

9. For headaches, earaches etc: The purple mooti, Stopyn.

10. For Fevers: We use Ponstan Peadiatric Suppositories, our test, if the fever breaks with ponstan but comes back again, it’s off to the doctor because a fever you can’t break usually needs an anti-biotic.

11. For Teething: Ashton and parsons powders or Prodol drops, rub into the gums they work quite quick.

12. For babies that struggle to burp: Telament drops, works like a charm

We have a nebuliser because Coel has a bad chest. This was prescribed by the doctor. When he wheezes, we fix him up J

I am by no means a medical practitioner and in no way should my post be perceived as medical advice. These are just my tried and tested items I always have in stock for in case.

NB !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Always read the labels before you use anything, be extra careful if your child has allergy’s and If you’re ever not sure about anything, go to a Doctor! Rather be a paranoid mom then be sorry you didn’t get the proper help.

Cheers vir Eers

- Toppie se Vrou

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Dear Beverley

Last week Jess at fromtheretohear took a lot of slack from you for posting about her bad mommy moments.

Now I’m not an English major, but I’m pretty sure there’s a difference between “moment” and “always”.

According to the Oxford Dictionary the Definition of moment is very brief period of time”. I can understand if the post was about always being a bad mommy and that would then definitely be cause for concern for neglect and abuse of a child. But the post was about moments that she felt like a bad mommy.

The next thing I can say is I am guilty of ALL of the bad mommy moments mentioned, I have two beautiful boys aged 1 and 3 and my baby girl will be born in 6 weeks. I am by no means a BAD, NEGLIGENT or ABUSIVE mother, even though I may sometimes get “lazy” and not always do the best I can.

As for the bad moments, I thought I’d break them down for you, as they aren’t as bad as Jess feels they might have been….

1. Not Sterilizing bottles all the time

a. Our midwives, who have been midwives for over 20 years now, said that from 6 months old it is not necessary to sterilize baby bottles, as long as you wash them well.

b. If you are washing your baby bottles in a dish washer, there is no need to sterilize them at all as the dishwasher reaches high temperatures that effectively sterilize baby bottles during the cycle.

2. Using tap water in baby bottles

a. The same principle applies, once baby is over 6 months old, it is not necessary to boil the tap water, unless you are in an area that has a low quality water supply, in which case you yourself wouldn’t even drink it.

3. Not changing baby’s wee nappy for 9 – 10 hours

a. If you’ve spent decent money on a quality nappy, you would know that they are absorbent and that forgetting to change baby that one day out of many, does not give them a nappy rash. Also we all leave our babies in nappies for at least 12 hours over night, those are sometimes wee and poo.

b. Have you looked at how pampers advertise their Active baby nappies??? “Our New softest ever Active Baby for up to 12 hours of dryness”, that’s not even the premium care nappies that Jess uses.

4. Feeding your child purity instead of some cooked meal

a. Well I don’t know about you, but it’s not always easy to prepare a cooked meal when your baby is hungry and time doesn’t always allow for it. At least baby is getting food.

5. Not bathing baby everyday

a. Experts say babies need only bath 1 – 2 times a week, why??? “Newborns don't need a bath every day. In fact, a lot of babies get rashes and dry skin from too many baths. Until your baby's umbilical cord stump falls off, wash her with a soft sponge or cloth instead of putting her in the tub. When the cord has healed, she only needs a bath once or twice a week. After a few months, daily baths are fine (though not necessary), but use a moisturizer as soon as she's out of the tub. --Sharlene K. Johnson”

6. Leaving baby in a poo nappy to be changed at school

a. Wow, really now, you’ve never ever ever left your baby once they’ve messed themselves so that you could get to work??

I guess the above speaks for itself that the things Jess thinks make her a bad mom sometimes are actually not ad things. The other items she thinks make her a bad mom are minor in comparison and show she’s human. Her baby isn’t sick because of the above, some children have weak chests, my son Coel does and we have had a nebulizer for him since he was 3 months old because of it.

I also need to mention that I’m a work from home, stay at home mom who runs my own company. This is stressful; it’s difficult to try making sure you make enough money each month to cover your and your children’s needs. I can’t imagine how hard it must be not to have the father making a contribution or assisting with the daily tasks of raising a baby. I am fortunate to have a hands on, helpful husband. Yet, I struggle with all of these moments all the time.

I know Jess and have spent time with Aiden, he is a happy, growing baby boy who is well looked after and cared for. He is most definitely not abused or neglected in any way.

The TRUTH of the matter is, you can’t handle that someone could verbalize something others aren’t brave enough to.

Cheers vir Eers

- Toppie se Vrou

Sunday, 26 August 2012

The Happy Birthday Party

Calum has been waiting for his happy birthday party for months now. Every time we go to a party or it’s someone’s birthday he’s
totally devastated that it’s not his party. He had to wait patiently…

Eventually this day came, but not without the planning….

Planning the day….
1. Calum what party do you want? – A big dinosaur party mom
2. Calum who should we invite? – Friends
3. Calum what kind of cake do you want? – a dinosaur cake with candles and fire, I want to blow it – pffft
4. And how can I forget the sweeties

So I started by roping my mom-in-law in to do the cake, it turned out wonderfully.



Picked just friends of ours that have kids for the kids invites, and so we had 10 kiddies coming to
the party. Unfortunately and fortunately me and my son share a birthday, so when we have a
something, we have to plan and cater 2 “parties” in one.

I needed to organise tables and chairs for the party, but luckily Toppie’s aunt has a kiddies party
event co and I organised her to drop off 2 tables and 8 chairs. She ended up setting up the whole
theme for me, just because, it was beautiful.


All in all after all the planning (Party packs, snacks, tables for kids, seats for adults, drinks, presents, invites,
etc) Calum got all he wanted for his happy birthday party, to see the joy on my son’s face, made me very
happy. There are two very important dates in a child’s life, their birthday party and Christmas.

Cheers vir Eers

- Toppie se Vrou.

Friday, 17 August 2012

When fever strikes

It’s the worst feeling in the world when your child gets a fever, they get so hot and bothered and it’s difficult to find out what is wrong. Asking Calum what’s wrong is like monkey puzzle, is your tummy sore? Are your ears sore? Is your throat, wait, is your neck sore? His reply to everything when he’s feeling sick is “Yes”, and all he wants to do is sit on your lap cuddle.
What’s worse for me when fever strikes, is when the thermometer doesn’t give a proper reading. I want to chuck it against a wall and scream.

This latest fever issue has happened a day before my big boy’s birthday party.

After trying to medicate the fever into breaking last night with no success, it was off to the doctor this morning (with screaming toddler who is scared of the doctor since his last visit for stitches). It took bribery of ice-cream and sweeties, as well as a promise to kick the doctor if he hurts Calum at all. Luckily the doctor played along and we got checked out.

Calum has Tonsillitis AGAIN L…. We have started a course of Anti-biotics and will hopefully be right as rain for our big Dinosaur party tomorrow.


Cheers vir Eers
- Toppie se Vrou.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Mamma se Blink Plan

So Toppie says he was never a handyman craftsman, until he married me and I started making him do the whole DIY thing.
See I’ve always believed that if you want it, you can make it yourself.
A few weeks ago I decided we needed to build beds for our boys, have you seen the price of single beds? For 2 new single beds with mattresses we would be looking at about R 3000.
We’ve just bought a house and the boys will be sharing a room so I wanted them to have the same beds.
My Idea, lets Build them.I managed to find a company that sells second hand, only used once pallets, we bought 6 of these. The idea sand, paint, add legs and boom, single beds.It was pretty easy to do actually, and ended up costing a fraction of the price of new store bought beds.
1. Get hold of some pallets – 3 per single bed

2. Sand the pallets to get rid of any unnecessary splinters etc.

3. Paint the pallets

4. Construct the bed base, we used some steel plates and some caster wheels

5. Make the headboard, all we did here was remove the second last slat from a pallet and the base slides into it nicely

6. Add Matress etc and hey presto, stylish looking single bed at a fraction of the cost.
Total Costs
3 Pallets
R 120
R 60
6 Caster Wheels (Got at china mall)
R 162
Odds and ends
R 100
R 442 per bed

At R 442 per base and R 650 per decent mattress this is costing R 2000 odd for 2 single beds that should last many years.
Cheers vir Eers

- Toppie se Vrou

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Nanny Woes


I’ve always seemed to have bad luck with domestic workers. The first one I had was super friendly, knew she couldn’t sleep in and that she had to travel and was ok with it, until she’d travelled for 3 months and then it all went downhill. She was always late, never did her work properly, and started neglecting my child. Needless to say she no longer works for me.
The next one I got came with high recommendations from a family friend, but alas also had to travel. She worked for me for 2 years but always had a bad attitude. We were good to her, gave her additional travel money, adjusted her working hours so that she could get the busses on time. Bought stationery for her kids for school, gave her old furniture and appliances etc. We started noticing that her work was slacking, that floors weren’t being washed, under the furniture wasn’t being cleaned, Coel was constantly on her back, the ironing was never finished, the list is endless. All this started when we told her we one, would be moving to a bigger house and two that we were having another baby. Needless to say when I confronted her about all the work that was slacking, she quit and disappeared.
After a month of not having a nanny, struggling through working, looking after the kids and doing all the housework alone, not to mention being very picky about who looks after my children, I found nanny 3, she worked for her previous employer for years and only left there because they moved to the coast. She is happy to travel and happy to look after more than one kid, and doesn’t mind that we’l be moving to a bigger house soon. Problem is, she started on Tuesday, and hasn’t arrived for work for the last 3 days. Turns out I apparently pay to little….

So now I’m on Nanny 4, she arrived early 2 days in a row now and we seem to be going well. So Far…
Its so difficult to find someone reliable, trustworthy and honest to work in your home. More importantly to look after your children and to care for them the way you would when you have to be working. Its almost as big a decision for me as marrying my husband...
Cheers vir Eers

- Toppie se Vrou.

Friday, 3 August 2012


SDC11348(1)im such a nerd, im so excited that someone actually wanted to read a blog of mine.
Huggies Momville have posted one of my blogs

Go take a look @

- Toppie se Vrou. 1:21 PM