Croupitycroup

2014-03-11

Last week Tova was touch and go with the good old croup. She managed to stay home the entire time. We gave her Pred, but didn't need to call the ambulance. We possibly could have at one stage, it was very close, a very hard decision to make. 

But for what ever reason, we decided to keep her home and she recovered over about 5 days. 

At horse riding Today, Tova was amazing. She is getting so good at it. She is a bit cheeky, as is her horse, they are a funny pair. The horse gets a bit frustrated with Tova because she lets go and stands up etc. The horse nips the very tolerant lead walker from time to time, I'm sure it is from being annoyed with little Tova. 

Nissim and Tova have been playing so well together recently. They are doing their home work together and everything. It is very cute. Tova is a bit ahead of Nissim in reading, but she loves going over the golden and red words with him. He is also getting very good at reading hebrew! So Nissim is learning, English, Hebrew and Auslan.. what an adult this young man is going to be! 

Tova is pretty much refusing to crawl anywhere at all at almost all times. She will actually wait for an adult to come over to her to hold her hand to help her, or for someone to bring her the walking frame. It is very cool, she is progressing. We also met a young boy today, he must be early teens that only just started talking recently, which gives me some inspiration for Tova. She does try to talk, I'm not sure why she doesn't use her voice, but either way, talking or Auslan or other communication devices, it is all good with us. 

Tova and Nissim Studying together:

kids studying together

Stem Cell Treatment

If anyone wants to know about stem cell treatment here are a few useful links you can follow up.

I'm not comfortable writing about the treatment Tova may or may not have had as it is so controversial and other things. I'm not interested in being involved in this political debate publicly.

So, here are some links for anyone wanting to know more.

http://www.regenetec.com/

http://www.globalstemcells.com/

http://www.adistem.com/

http://www.repairstemcells.org/

http://www.donmargolis.com/

Parents of School Children

2014-01-30

Today Tova went back to school. Grade 1!

I drove her in as I wanted to see where her class room is and also wanted to meet her teachers. I did make the point of saying I will remove her from the school if she is 'strapped' to anything, such as her chair. The bike sure, she needs a seat belt, but I'd rather her learn to do what she is told such as "Tova please return to your seat" than her being trapped. Harsh words, but I need it to be completely understood. I'm not really that intense, but I do worry and so, as I am not there during the day I need to 'sound' intense. They didn't mind anyway.

She was happy to be in her new class room. One of her friends from her prep class is in the same class, so that is nice.

Nissim! Well... He started school today for the first time! Prep! Amazing. Mum and Yuval took him. They sent me a photo, he looks gorgeous. They told me that he is 100% comfortable at school. They didn't know where his class room was, he showed them. He is so smart to remember the way (I was there with him yesterday to have a 10 min meeting with his teacher before the first day of school). Apparently he told mum and yuvie to leave too. So, he is at school now! I wonder what he is doing. I hope he makes friends quickly and is so happy. Lots of the kids there know each other. Nissim went to creche with a few of them, but can't remember them because he was 3. His cousin is at the same table as him too, but they also don't know each other very well and his cousin has been going to that school creche for a few years. I'm sure he will be fine, he is not a shy child, actually he is quite the opposite, but also he is sensitive. My little dude.

Ok, well Yuval and I are now parents of two school kids. It is going to be a busy life now. Driving here and there dropping kids off, picking kids up etc.. :-)

Only a few more sleeps

Nissim and I are a bit sick. We have colds. It is so annoying! 

My poor little boy is coughing the same way I used to when I was a child, that isn't good! It scares people. I have drugged him and put him to bed (drugged with herbal cough medicine that seems to be the only one that ever works - Brauer or something). 

We spent much of today doing pretty much nothing. 

Tova wasn't breathing too well in the morning, so she stayed home too. She did have other plans but it scares me when she doesn't breath properly. So I took them to the beach, Yuval came with us as he started work at mid day today. It was nice walking along the beach.

Tova improved over the day and Nissim and I continued to feel horrible. 

In a few days Tova and I are going on a massive road trip to Adelaide. I have given myself two days to get there and will decide how I feel while driving. We can stop and stay somewhere overnight if we feel like it, or drive it all in one day. We are in no rush.

The boys will come and visit somewhere in the middle (they will fly) and then Tova and I will road trip it back a week or so later. 

My gym membership is now on hold as there are no Fitness First in Adelaide, which is such a shame as I could have used the gym there for no extra charge. Somehow I have managed to get my hands on the most recent few Body Attack videos, so I will jump around to those while in South Aus. Or I can always join a gym while I am there.

The second bathroom in our house is being renovated and the house is constantly a big mess these days, I am looking forward to being away from the mess and noise. The noise of the builders radio gets me the most, we have different music tastes that is for sure. But I am happy for them to listen to anything they want as they are doing such a good job.

I am also looking forward to seeing my older sister and family whom we recently met after discovering she existed about 4 years ago. They live just outside of Adelaide and are super lovely!

Completing Prep

Congratulations to Tova for Completing her first year of school! 

She did very well, she loves it. 

School holidays are here. Today we went bowling and to the movies, both kids loved both activities. 

Tova and I are off to Adelaide in a week or so. Nissim is trying to decide if he wants to come with us or stay home with Aba and grandparents. He is welcome to do either or a combination. 

We have booked in to do stem cell treatment in Feb/March too! So, the start of this year is going to be a busy one.