Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Good news Em!! Your folks sent the baby scans taken the day you were born to Prof. Beighton in Cape Town and he has sent a report back that there is no evidence of OI, no Wormian bones (like little jig-saw bones) in the skull. This is good news. He is a brilliant man, very clued up on OI, so we hold his opinions with high regard.
He has recommended that skull Xrays be taken when you are a few months older, but for now, the signs are all there that you do not have OI. Yipppeee... yahooooo!!
I got to help bath you on Saturday - that was very special. I don't think you knew it was me gently massaging baby soaps on you because Tam was holding you and you only had eyes for Mom. You squawked when Tam took you out the bath and all the time Mark was drying you and putting powder on you. I just laughed! You looked to threatening! I spoke to you and said, "You don't frighten us Missy. You dont have any teeth so you can't bite us. You don't have the strength to hit us and, if we move out of range, you can't see us anyway. You can't sit up, or walk, so you can't chase us. So, who do you think you are bluffing with those loud wails!?"
You are so rewarding now. You smile and talk gobbeldy-gook. You frown and concentrate on people speaking to you. Its amazing what a difference there is between new-born and three months.
Big kiss little one,

Thursday, January 1, 2009



Last year you were born.
This year you will turn One,
next year, you'll be two!
Happy New Year little Em.

We went to your home on Wednesday to help put up the blind and boxes in your room. It really looks lovely now - such a pretty, pastel bedroom with stripes and polka-dots in soft colours.
I was able to hold you today - first time for weeks. You love it when someone talks to you and I told you that in one day's time we would be saying, "Emily was born last year" and "Emily will be a year old this year" and most strange of all, "Emily will be two next year." Phsew - you are only 11 weeks old but when a new year comes it changes all the future statistics. We watched you as you lay in your colourful play mattress with two arches over it dangling with little toys. You are getting plump legs and arms now and you are almost smiling on cue - such an infectious smile!
Here is a bit of trivia about your birth date that you might find interesting in years to come:

October 16 is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar.
2008 was the Chinese Year of the Rat.
  • The top of the pops in October was "Womanizer by Britney Spears".
  • Wall Street suffers its biggest drop in 21 years amid fears of a global recession, sending shares tumbling in Japan.
  • The UK's last remaining survivor of the Titanic plans to sell mementoes from the ship to pay her nursing home fees.
  • A US judge dismisses a case against God, ruling that because the defendant has no address, legal papers cannot be served
These were some of the headlines on the day that you were born.