Archive | October, 2009

The Next Great All Rounder

24 Oct

Well, one can only wonder 😉

Kathy and I love Cricket and so does Stephen – as much as a 2yr old can – but then it also has a lot to do with our responses when we watch games and when we play ball with Stephen.

Anyway, I thought it would be cool to film him – cos just like any average Dad out there – I am proud of my son; in fact I am his greatest Fan.

So here is my video brag of my son’s great ball skills – at 2yrs of age 🙂


The New Vacuum Cleaner

13 Oct

Finally invested in a new Vacuum cleaner (an AEG CycloneXL 2000W with a HEPA filter). Not the most expensive at almost R1700 – but it does the trick. A colleague at work recommended because he had gone through lots of research after he found that his kid was allergic to House dust mites – as is mine. So far the vacuum cleaner does the trick:


  • The HEPA Filter
  • Light and easy to move around
  • Lots of increments for suction power


  • The two pin plug, I mean why?
  • The HEPA filter is a bit dampened by the fact that dust gets trapped in the pipe fittings
  • Not blown away but the suction power

Anyway, Stephen likes it.


The Importance of Knowing what is on the other side

11 Oct

a.k.a. the consequences of your actions
how do you teach a kid that? Especially one as young as mine?
If he throws a golf ball thru a window or drops the glass – it really can’t be his fault, at least not while he is now aware of what will happen.

The Importance of Hiding Sweets

9 Oct

Stephen is developing his sweet tooth, which I am sure will start becoming a problem at shop counters. But at least for now he is unable to hatch a plan of revenge for us withholding sweets from him, unlike the kids in this video …

Awareness of Others

8 Oct

When is it that kids start to be aware that others around them are also in need or are also important? From the moment of birth a baby is the center of attention; it has to be – for the long, fragile time he/she needs to go through before some form of reasonable independence can be achieved.
Yesterday I was so surprised by my son; who has begun a stage where everything is now ‘Mine’ ‘Mine’ Mine’. It was morning and Stephen was playing on the bed with Kathy and I. He did a backward dive smack bang into my nose – OUCH (to me, Stephen did not even feel it). Hold my nose in pain the concerned little face filled my vision, head tilted to one side, “Arealright?” Stephen asked. “Yes I am, Stephen”. Wow

The Importance of being Creative

6 Oct

This funny video reminded me of Stephen, who yesterday just wanted to help with fixing the gate. He was not sure what to do, but he was just having fun copying me and playing with me. I must say that I got a bit frustrated because when he wanted to do was not always helpful. In the end I realized that it was important to involve him. Ye-eeeee-t. Spare a thought for me when he decides to ‘help’ when I am not around – just like this video – ha ha ha. – best to keep him busy with other activities.

Our Second: Week 11

5 Oct


We get updates from

Quite a cool way to be kept up to date, and very eye opening. I mean, gosh, so much happening even at 11 weeks:

  • Nearly all structures and organs are formed and beginning to function.
  • Fingers and toes have separated – Take a glimpse at how incredibly precious your child’s tiny feet are at this point.
  • Hair and nails begin to grow
  • The genitals begin to take on the proper gender characteristics – It will be just a few more weeks before your ultrasound [2] can show if you are having a boy or a girl! Have you been dreaming of pink or blue?
  • Amniotic fluid begins to accumulate as the kidneys begin to function – This fluid, consisting primarily of water, helps provide a cushion for your baby while she’s nestled within your womb.
  • The muscles in the intestinal walls begin to practice contractions that digest food.
  • Your baby is about 1.61 inches (4.1 cm) long and weighs 0.25 ounce (7gm).