A kiss goodnight…

Jason and I have always loved our sleep. We are those people who love to sleep late on a Saturday morning, have a late afternoon nap, and still go to bed at a reasonable hour that night. Don’t even get me started on a mid-week afternoon nap. It’s glorious!

Naturally, while going through our adoption process, we were aware of the very real fact that sleep was probably going to be a rare treat once baby arrived. We understood that and tried, as best as possible, to mentally prepare for that.

Enter Noah – our beautiful, chubby, rolls-for-days, seven month old baby boy. And much to our pleasant surprise, he was a relatively good sleeper. He never slept through every night, but did wake up once or twice. Sometimes, a bottle or dummy would do the trick and get him back to sleep almost immediately in his cot. When that didn’t work, we would put him in bed with us, and that worked too, in getting him back to sleep quickly. I can honestly only remember two nights where where he was awake in the middle of the night, showing no signs of sleeping any time soon. And that has pretty much flowed through as he got older. Yes, we do realize how fortunate we are!

Our biggest sleep issue, especially over the last year or so, has been getting him to sleep early enough, so that he will manage at school the next day. And it has been especially difficult since we stopped the dummy.

When Noah first came home forever, we really had no clue about most things baby, and especially sleeping, He was also quite ill in those first few days/weeks, so it took us a while to find our groove as a family of three. It was only after about the first month or so that the three of us found the sleep routine that worked best for us. And that included the gong-to-sleep routine.

Our evening routine has basically been dinner, bath, bottle, stories, prayers and sleep. Most nights, Jason would bath Noah, and I would dress him, give him his bottle, read some stories and say our prayers, then lie with hm on our bed, until he fell asleep.

I have always loved that time with Noah. Jason’s special time with Noah has always been bath time, and my special time has always been bed time. It is time that both Jason and I treasure.

Some nights, we get it right and by 7pm, Noah is in dreamland! I couldn’t believe it, when just a few weeks ago, it was 6:56pm and he had fallen asleep mid-story! I felt such a sense of accomplishment! Plus, I had an entire evening free, to do what I wanted to do – bonus!



However, this is not the norm. Usually, Noah is in bed between 7pm and 7:30pm, reading stories. By 7:30pm, stories are finished, prayers are said, he is in his own bed and it is time to sleep. Which is when he decides it is time to to chat and catch up. Is this normal for almost 3-year-olds? Some nights, by 9pm, he is still wide awake. We’ve tried leaving him alone in the room. We’ve moaned. We’ve bargained. We’ve threatened to take toys away. Sometimes, something works. Sometimes, none of it works. Also, bearing in mind that most days he does not have a nap – his choice! So he is pretty tired, come bedtime. Please can someone help a mama out!

Do you have any tried and tested bedtime tricks, to get your little one to sleep? What does your evening routine look like? I’d love to hear from you!


I Am Me

I Am Me 

I am me,

I am Megan,

I am wife,

I am mommy,

I am daughter, sister and friend.

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I am more than this,

I am created in His image,

I am beautiful,

I am curvy,

I am perfect in His eyes,

So I should be perfect in my eyes.

I am not perfect in my eyes,

I am too curvy in my eyes,

I am not beautiful in my eyes,

I have too many lumps and bumps,

In my eyes.

I am learning to love myself,

I am learning to like who I see,

I am learning to embrace my curves,

I am learning health,

I am learning to love me,

Because I am me.

I am fearfully and wonderfully made,

I am unique,

I am beautiful,

I am me,

And I love all of me.

Memories to last a lifetime

Here we are, about a month and a half after having arrived in Cape Town. While we are so happy to be back in the 021, there is still a part of me that really misses Durban and all its beauty. I miss the beach, the greenery, the gorgeous summer days. Mostly, I miss the people of Durban. I miss my family there, and all the special friends we made over the years.

Durban will always be a special place for our little family. It is the city where Jason and I built a life we loved and were proud of. It is also the city where we became a family of 3. That is probably one of the main reasons why we will always treasure Durban. We will forever be grateful for the part of our journey that lead us to Durban, and to our Noah.

Just before we left Durban, literally days before we left, we had a fun family photo shoot with Craig Mannheim from Unprecedented Pictures. Craig takes the most amazing photos, and we had so much fun making our last few memories in our beloved Durban. It really was the most special time, taking photos, laughing and having fun, making memories to last a lifetime!

Thank you, Craig, for capturing these moments for us. Moments that we will treasure forever, in a city we love.

As much as I miss Durban, I am so excited to be in Cape Town. I am so excited for what is to come for our family, in yet another beautiful city, in beautiful South Africa. I cannot wait to see where this part of our journey leads us!