When George was 2 weeks old, my sister Tandi and my brother in law, Ross flew out from London to visit and meet their brand new nephew.
As I was still really tender and sore from the surgery, none of us were expecting to go anywhere. The original idea was that they were coming for a week and were only too happy to spend time at our apartment and cuddle Georgie. I felt bad that they were coming all this way to be cooped up in an apartment, instead of seeing some of the sights of Cape Town, but they assured me they were only too happy, since the whole point of the trip was to meet and spend time with their baby nephew!
Tandi and Ross were completely besotted from the minute they laid eyes on him and it made me very emotional to see my little sister hold my baby. It was so incredible to see them become an Aunty and Uncle for the first time and they are already the very best! George got utterly spoiled with Dr. Browns Anti Colic Bottles for my expressed milk and personalized onesies. TOO CUTE!
Holding Uncle Ross’ finger – so sweet.
I, however, surprised myself with how much cabin fever I had. I was very tender and sore, but wanting to get out of the apartment a bit. We managed to do one outing a day, which was awesome. We also wanted to see what it was like taking George out and it’s amazing to see how chilled and comfortable he was in the car, in restaurants and in general noise.
Sox and I are social people, so it’s wonderful to have Georgie fit in with us. We have said that we want to start the way we mean to finish… We don’t want people whispering and keeping quiet when they visit. The TV is on, our voices are a normal tone and volume and Georgie sleeps through it all. I’m sure some things are easier said than done, but we are carrying on with our lives as much as possible, but also being completely flexible with a new routine and our new norm now. So far; so good.
At 15 days old, we all bundled into the car and drove through to Hout Bay Harbour to see some of the scenery and enjoy the famous fish and chips from Fish on the The Rocks… a must, when you go to Hout Bay. It’s nothing special to look at, but the fish is soft and delicious and the chips are the perfect slap chips – especially with vinegar. Ahem… Not Banting at all!
We ordered and then found a benched table where we popped our meals down, shared tomato sauce, squeezed lemon and vinegar on and munched away. George slept through it all like a little champion.
After lunch, one of the locals showed us his party trick by holding up chips and having the seagulls pluck them out of his mouth or his fingers. Brave.
After the outings, it was back home where we took naps, or as we like to call it, we took a “Ross” – who is the king of the nap! 😉
The following day, we took a very slow walk to the new MOJO Market where we walked around to see the latest offerings and grabbed something to eat…
We then got a take away Baskin Robbins ice-cream and walked back home, along the promenade where we experienced one of the most beautiful sunsets… We watched the sky develop from pretty pastels to a poets prize.
I’m glad I walked a bit – even though it was quite sore and we were granny paced; I feel like it also helped my recovery quicken. It probably sounds like I overdid it, and sometimes I felt like maybe I had, but it was all so worth it and so fun to be out as a new family and spending time with T&R!
Part 2 is coming up where we took our longest drive and outing with Baby George, who once again, was an absolute star!