Trading a lounge suite for a baby
My conception was not so much planned as bought, says laat lammetjie Robyn van der Merwe.
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My family is a reasonably sized family of 5. Freddy and Charmaine make up the parental side of things. Then there's my big brother Shane who is 13 years older than me, my big sister Kim who is 10 years older than me and then me. The baby.
 
Yes. I am the laat lammetjie. The late arrival. Forever doomed to be referred to as 'the baby'.
 
I was never supposed to be, you see. No, I was not an 'oopsie'. I was no mistake. Believe it or not, I was the only one planned. Although that planning happened many years after the arrival of my siblings. The baby-making factory was supposed to close after 2 sprogs, but thanks to my father, it was not meant to be.
 
Mom had the rather unrealistic (and possibly crazy) plan of having 4 boys, but when things went a little pear-shaped with the arrival of my sister, she decided that 2 was enough. Two is a good number, right? Simple. Easy even!
 
For a while Dad seemed to agree that having 2 kiddies was enough until out of the blue he decided that he needed another bundle of joy in his life.
 
Mom whole-heartedly disagreed. My brother was already heading for his teen years for goodness sake! Plus, both kids were steady on their way towards high school already! And NOW my father wanted to add a new tiny baby to the mix?!
 
The ups and downs, backwards and forwards continued for a while until one day Dad got lucky and caught Mom in a bargaining mood.
 
The terms and conditions were set.

A brand new lounge suite with matching curtains, a matching coffee table, flower pot, paintings for the walls and ornaments. It was the 80's okay, everything had to match. Anyway, the deal was settled. Dad would have his laat lammetjie!
 
A little more than 9 months later and little Robi was welcomed into the world.
 
So perhaps I should say thanks more often to my Dad, because I'm not sure I'd be here if it weren't for him. Oh and thanks to Mom too. If she weren't easily bribed, things would've been a little different!
 
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