Calling in sick

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Feb 242014
 

As you may know I am originally from The Netherlands and moved here in 2006 to marry my wonderful Aussie husband. Last week marked 7.5 years since I came here, just me with one suitcase ready to start a new life in a new country. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t regret my choice and would do it again in a heartbeat but I have to be honest, it is not easy living so far away from your family.

Opa meeting Olivia for the first time at 5 weeks old

Opa meeting Olivia for the first time at 5 weeks old

I miss them on birthdays and Mother’s Day, at Christmas time and school performances and on many ordinary days where I would love to just see, and spend time with, my parents and siblings (it makes me terribly sad that my children have to grow up without their grandparents around). I also miss them on days like today, I have been feeling under the weather for a few weeks now and I know my mum and dad would immediately come and help me out at home and with the kids if only they had been closer.

Opa and Juliet

Opa and Juliet

Before the children were born I could just hop in bed at the first sign of a cold or fever, leave the housework be for a day or two and rest up until better. Now that I am a mum ‘calling in sick’ is not an option anymore, who would look after the kids, prepare our meals and stay on top of our rather huge laundry pile? There is no time to sit and rest, it’s just a case of some aspirin to beat any fever and provide quick pain relief to help keep me going. Hopefully I’ll be all chirpy again soon but if you don’t hear from me tomorrow you can find me in bed!

Opa with Tommie and Olivia

Opa with Tommie and Olivia

Speaking of sick family members, don’t forget that we have two of the very handy ‘Unravelling the Magic of Discovery’ parenting guides from Nurofen to give away, a very handy book for parents full of useful advice and interesting insights to make life with little ones a bit easier. You can read my original post here or you can take a short cut and enter below.

P.S. Next holiday I will definitely make some more snaps of Oma with her grand children and of course both of them meeting Sybbie for the first time, I can’t believe she’ll be almost 18

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Jan 272014
 

Nurofen for Children

It’s been a long time coming but baby Sybil has FINALLY got a tooth, two to be exact! We’ve been on the lookout for months and were starting to get a little impatient (and slightly worried) but at almost 11 months old that much anticipated first tiny white bud appeared from her bottom gums. We now have two cheeky little teeth poking out at the bottom and at the top a big one is also on its way down. I don’t know about you but I get weak in the knees at the sight of those adorable little chompers, baby teeth are just so cute!

We've got a tooth!

We’ve got a tooth!

They may look terribly cute but teeth (even if only small) sadly don’t usually cut through without causing a fair bit of discomfort, a lot of tears and sleepless nights and we most definitely had our share this last month. Luckily after four children I know what common teething symptoms look like so I was well stocked with Nurofen for Children, frozen fruit and wet facewashers in the freezer and of course some beautiful wooden teething toys to much on. We’ve got the hang of this teething business now so let’s hope we don’t have to wait another 10 months for the next tooth to appear!

Nurofen Parenting BookNo matter how many children you have or how experienced you are, sometimes it can be very refreshing to read helpful advice from experts in the field even if it is just for reassurance. The professionals at Nurofen for Children have put together a helpful list of practical parenting tips that you can access 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, after all little (and big) aches and pains always appear when you least expect them to!

While you are on the Nurofen for Children website make sure you download your copy of ‘Unravelling the Magic of Discovery’, it’s a great parenting guide full of useful advice and interesting insights and it’s FREE. Of course you may not always be able to or want to hop on the computer so we’ve also got two hard copies of this handy book to give away, a great addition to your family book shelf that you will refer to more often than you think! For your chance to win get your entries in below:

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