Harry: 7 months

Oh it is so hard not having all of our stuff so I can take my normal monthly photo of my nunu but hopefully this will be the last one.  Plus the fact that my battery died on my camera so I have just used my phone for these photos too....anyhow.

It is hard to believe that 7 months have flown by so quickly.  I was just thinking yesterday about how I don't feel like I enjoy Harry as much as I did Jack.  I know it is different with the second, especially with a small age gap.  But I always feel like Harry fits in around my work/errand/schedules and I don't really get to relax with him, go to any baby classes etc.
I hope he knows when he is older and reads back on these blogs that I love and cared for him dearly.  Hearing his laugh everyday warmed my heart and brightened a dark day.  His smile and beautiful eyes are always commented on wherever we go.  I love carrying him in the ergo and watching him slowly fall asleep as I do the shopping  or walk around the garden trying to get him to nap so I can quickly do some work.

Harry is desperate to crawl and is getting incredibly frustrated that he can't join in when Jack is roaring around or playing with his toys.  Often in the morning I can hear Jack say "No, Harry!" and I know it is because he is grabbing something that Jack is probably playing with.  He is just so inquisitive and wants to be involved in everything!

We won't mention sleep - I mean, its not that important but just know that we don't get loads of it.  But I know it will pass.  Jack only started sleeping through at 21 months so I am prepared.  As long as I get about 4 hours solid I can survive. 

He still loves to jump in his jumparoo, he loves to bath and now pulls himself up on the side (!!).  He enjoys sitting outside and watching Mani & Jack kick the ball.  He is always smiling when we are out and is a happy, cheerful baba.  He loves a cuddle and often nestles into my shoulder or neck.  It makes me smile every time.  It is so precious.

I often get frustrated if I want to get things done, for example, write this blog post.  Harry has woken three times this evening while I write this and it is hard.  But I just remind myself that he is so small still and just wants cuddles or boob.  Soon, he will be like Jack and he won't be a baby anymore.  These days are fleeting, they go by in an instant.  Yes, they are trying, they are tiring but I keep telling myself to ENJOY them.  Soak them up.  Breathe them in.  Coffee and a shed load of biscuits always helps!

Harry - I love you my boy.  We all do, so very much.  You are simply gorgeous and we love watching you grow each day.


Harry: 6 months old

We arrived to our new home in Cape Town on the day Harry turned 6 months old.  Pretty much the same age I was when my parents returned to Cape Town after living in the UK.  Isn't it funny how life works out?  So this post is late, but better late than never.

Harry is such a chilled, go with the flow baby.  I suppose that is quite common with the second ones as they just have to fit in around the toddler brother who is just constantly on the go, playing with playdough, kicking balls, eating snacks, watching TV or demanding "Jack do it" for the umpteenth time.  He is very attached to his mommy though - phew, it can get very tiring but this too shall pass.  And I know that when it does I will miss it.  So I take a deep breath and I give him an extra squeeze.  Or I go make myself another coffee and inhale a packet of biscuits. Either works.

Harry loves to bath and is just about sitting on his own now.  He always is looking around, watching Jack, trying to crawl, grabbing anything in sight.  He is going to be another busy one, no doubt.  His laugh is just so infectious, his smile beautiful and his fat rolls just adorable.  He has started on solids but isn't overly keen - I am thinking about doing a bit more baby-led weaning but I just have to get my act together and do a bit of research as to what to give him.  When I feed him he just tries to grab the spoon the whole time and wants to feed himself so food ends up all over his hands, my hands, my clothes which I don't mind but maybe he would prefer to explore himself.

Harry ADORES his jumperoo - it is just so cute watching him really go for it and jump.  He gets so excited.  And he is chatting away too which just melts our hearts.  He has the most loving look on his face each morning when he sees Jack and giggles away when Jack starts talking to him or tickling him. He loves to cuddle and often nestles into my neck, it is such a lovely feeling.  I hope I remember these little things.  I want to bottle them up and just treasure them.  It goes by so quickly.

We are so blessed.  We are so grateful.  We love you Harry.  Happy 6 months my boy.


Harry: 5 months old

Harry my boy - you are such a delight.  You squeal and laugh so much at the moment, you have definitely found your voice and like to let everyone know that you are in the room.  You love to play with toys and pick things up and chew them.  You are sleeping a bit better but still like your boob at night.  As long as I have my coffee in the morning I will cope just fine.

Your fat rolls are just scrumptious and your smile makes my heart explode with love.  Jack loves to give you cuddles and tickles you lots.  Sorry if he takes your blankie sometimes or a toy - he just wants what you have.  Soon you will be running around together!

You love to facetime your granny and grandpas and great granny's and your aunty - you give them lots of smiles and you are desparate to sit up by yourself and see what is going on around you.  Not long and we can get some food into you.  That is a whole other phase...phew - not my favourite one to be honest but it has to be done.

Love you my boy.  To the moon and back.

Harry: 4 months old

Oh my little sweet boy.  You are really coming out of your shell these past few weeks.  Your infectious laugh and happy personality is beginning to shine.  You are so ticklish and you are a chatterbox too - you are always making noises and it warms my heart every time I hear you gurgling in the next room.

You love to watch Jack and the cats.  I often see you just staring at them with a grin on your face.  Bath time is a firm favourite too and you love going to collect Jack from nursery to see all the friendly faces and hustle and bustle.  You are not a huge fan of the car seat still (just like your brother) but it will pass.  We just have to get through this phase.

Just today you are starting to grab toys in front of you, you love your Sophie Giraffe and I have a feeling you are beginning to teeth - fun times!  I can wear you facing out in the carrier now and you love to watch the world and smile at everyone.  The ladies love you! hehe

We are getting through the hard part of crying/colic and getting into the fun part of gurgling and laughing and interacting.  We have so much to look forward to my boy - lots of special family and friends to see these next few weeks before we jet off on our adventure.  I can't wait to not have to dress you in 3 layers and a blanket.  You are going to love the African sun.  Love you my nunu.


We are moving to South Africa!

We have some very exciting news....WE ARE MOVING TO CAPE TOWN!!!!  It has all happened quite quickly to be honest and I have been putting off sharing the news in case it all goes wrong but it all seems to be falling into place and I wanted to tell you all.  We had started the process of applying for visas with a immigration consultant when Mani was offered a job.  It was ideal.  He has to start on the 1st May (or before if possible) which is a lot sooner that we thought we would go but we think it is better for all of this to happen quickly rather than it be a drawn out process.  So all being well we will leave the UK mid-April.

We have moments of panic when we wonder if this is still the right thing for us and our family.  We have had many a sleepless night and I am sure there will be more to come.  But we figure that a) this is an adventure, life is short and lets have fun b) we are going to a place where we are familiar with, we have a car, accomodation and a job to go to c) we have family and friends there who will support us and be there for us d) hell, if it really doesn't work out then we come back.

We are going to live in Cape Town for at least two years before considering point d.  We have to give ourselves time to settle in but we have such a positive and happy feeling about all of this.  We cannot wait!!  It is such a exhilarating feeling to make your dreams happen.  And while it is so daunting at times, it is just the best feeling to get on and take action.

Saying that - we know the next few months are going to be very hard too.  Saying goodbye to our life here is not going to be easy.  We love our house, our family & friends, our routine and it is so easy to stay in the familiar.  A few things that are going to especially be difficult is saying goodbye to Mani's family, my family who live here, rehoming our cats, saying goodbye to all the WONDERFUL people at Jack's nursery and of course my awesome friends who I love dearly.

I know there are a few of you out there who do not agree with our decision and we respect that, but all we ask is for support and positive comments.  We take on board everyone's opinions but we have made our decision and in the end it is indeed our decision to make.

At the moment I am busy organising renting out the house, sorting through TONNES of stuff which we seem to have accumulated these past 8 years, drawing up a huge spreadsheet with to do lists, schedules, shipping quotes and things to sell and seeing all of our friends and family to say farewell in between!

It still seems quite surreal that in 3 months time we will be in Cape Town.   So we are going to enjoy the time we have left here and look forward to the adventure that awaits us.


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