It’s been two months since my last post and I just cannot believe how fast time flies. In this time I have had the privilege of witnessing Jett’s first boy crush (which really was the sweetest thing). A pregnant friend came over to our house for a cuppa and when Jett’s gaze met hers, he hardly knew what to do. For a moment it seemed as though time stood still for Jett as his eyes widened and his jaw literally dropped. I think as he noticed this new, uncontrollable feeling inside of him he ran as quickly as his two little feet could take him out of the room, with his eyes slowly peeking out from around the corner. Just as nimble as his first flight, he appeared from behind the couch, this time a little braver with more than just his eyes peering over but the sweetest little smile and rosey, blushing cheeks too. This went on for the entire time my friend was over – really the sweetest thing to witness, enough to make any bad day feel rosey.
In this time I have also had the privilege to be there for my boy in his most vulnerable moment of his first full blown “tantrum” or meltdown and I am proud to say that although very hard for me, I was present with him the entire time and what I had read in many places before this happened proved to be entirely accurate – Jett felt heard, relieved, calm and happy – without a harsh word spoken from me, without dimenshing his very real frustrations. I was able to be really present for my boy and although a “tantrum” is a very rare occurance, when they do happen, it is easier and easier for me to stay grounded. For a link to a really great article that explains the method behind my madness check this out Cry for Connection: A Fresh Approach to tantrums and the whole of Aha!Parenting.com
Why does it seem like forever since my last post (maybe because it has been?). Truth be told, since entering the world of the very smart iPhone I’m hardly ever near my laptop but that still is no excuse for just not making the time (the nappies can wait to be folded and the toys don’t need to be put away immediately and the tre interesting online article doesn’t have to be read right away). Time for some mommy time, even if all I do with mommy time is talk (or blog) about my baby boy.
Jett has grown up so much since his first birthday. Jett has only gained two kilos in 11 months so his face has really thinned out and he looks like a real toddler now and no longer a chubby baba. He started to walk at 12 months and I’m proud to say he is an efficient pro walker, running whenever he gets a chance (which is always). Jett is also climbing and scaling everything in site. His vocabulary seems to be growing by the day, almost to fast to keep up with and interestingly started signing at the same time as talking (not before talking as I would have thought). Jett can even read a few words thanks to Your Baby Can Read! – much to our amazement!
Just yesterday we picked some Jasmin and Jett made a beeline for our neighbours door and then instructed me to knock on the door loudly. When our neighbour came to answer the door, he sweetly extended his little hand offering her the bouquet of flowers then turned around to me requesting my flowers and graciously offered those up too.
My little angel is an assertive, giving, confident, independent and happy little boy and I grow prouder every single day. It truly is an honour to be Jett’s momma 😉
Jett’s Birth Story
Today is Thursday 15 April 2010, a little over two days since the most amazing experience of my life. God saw it fit for me to be the vessel for 40 weeks, 4 days for our little baby boy and bestowed upon me the privilege of participating in the birth of Jett James Self. I am overwhelmed by all the incredible emotions within me… So many new feelings I have never experienced before and which English has not been able to name so instead, I am going to summarise the last day I was granted to harbour the life inside of me, the life of our unborn child.
I had my first of two acupuncture sessions scheduled for today at 10:00, Monday 12 April 2010. I had my first session on Saturday, 10 April 2010 as our baby was due on 9 April 2010 and I wanted to be proactive in helping our baby on his way to this world. After my 10:00 session I felt a bit tired but didn’t have much time to rest as I needed to run a few errands, just in case baby came and so I wouldn’t have to worry about these errands at a later stage.
I took Joyce, our domestic worker to the police station to certify her ID and then I took her to the bank as she needed a letter from them. By the time I had finished running these errands, it was time for me to head off for my second session of acupuncture. The session ended at about 15:00 and by the time I got home it was almost 16:00. On arriving home, I immediately got onto my chest and knees to make sure our baby was lying on his left hand side. (During my whole pregnancy Jett was in this position but by his due date on April 9 he had moved into a posterior position, with his spine on my spine which makes for a very difficult birth, so since Friday 9th, Jett and I had been working very hard together to get him into the right position). Continue reading