Second Baby Showers: unnecessary or fun?

Second Baby Showers: unnecessary or fun?

When you have your first child, (if you’re lucky enough) you get very spoilt by work colleagues, family and friends and you enjoy every minute of it. I think baby showers have a dual purpose at this specific stage in your life: they’re held to celebrate a very exciting milestone but they’re also very useful in terms of accumulating some essential baby items that would be very expensive to buy all on your own.
By the time baby number two rolls around, you’ve got the basics. You’ve got a cot, a pram, a car seat,… Read more

Lightning Never Strikes Twice…apparently.

Lightning Never Strikes Twice…apparently.

I’m not a fan of those blogs which detail the minutiae of people’s lives and complain about the latest disasters to befall them. So I try not write like that myself, especially when I view my wonderful life in perspective to other less fortunate people’s. But still, it is my life and lately it’s been pretty stressful. I’m hoping that by writing it all down I’ll obtain some kind of peace about what’s that happened and maybe even start to laugh at it all.
When I was pregnant with my first child I began losing… Read more

Turning Off the News and Feeding the Birds

These past few weeks in South Africa have been terrible ones, and the news has been filled with murder, abuse and savagery. It makes me feel sick. And very sad. But the other part I’m beginning to hate is the relentless hunger us humans have to delve into the dirty details and then how quick we are to comment, to judge but most of all, to blame. So although times like these call for debate and discussion, there are many people who are far better at it than I am.
This endless supply of rage… Read more

Facebook/Babybook

Facebook/Babybook

Facebook used to be cool. It used to feature photos of crazy nights out, who was hooking up with who and which exotic places our friends had visited. Now it features baby pictures. Lots of baby pictures.
Babies in the womb, babies being born (literally: I know someone who’s husband posted pics of their C-section operation online), babies crawling, babies walking, babies wearing sunglasses, babies sleeping on Daddy’s chest, babies swimming, babies, babies and more babies. In fact, the joke is that it’s no longer called Facebook, it’s now called Babybook.
Now I’m not innocent… Read more

RAPE

It’s impossible to write about anything else today other than the word that’s been shouted out on radio stations, talked about on Twitter and flung across the pages of newspapers, today more than most other recent days: RAPE. It’s such an ugly word, for one of the most despicable acts a human can commit.
If we get upset about genocide, about school shootings and about wars in far flung places, then we will have failed ourselves if we do not get angry about this epidemic too. We’ve all heard the stats: that our beloved country,… Read more

Being Sick: Not as much fun as it used to be

I’m still sick. Now when I say I’m sick, I’m fully aware that I’m not REALLY sick, like some people are, and I am very grateful for my overall health (ever since my Mom died I appreciate it a little more, every day). But that doesn’t stop a certain amount of feeling sorry for myself as I blow my nose for the twelfth time in the day, or cough up what seems like a never-ending supply of phlegm from my lungs.
Common colds are annoying enough when you’re twenty, only need to worry about where… Read more

Making Finn: Book Review

Making Finn: Book Review

When this book landed on my desk I liked it instantly. I loved the gorgeous image of the little boy, the soft green colour of the background and the smooth natural texture of the actual cardboard. Yes, I was clearly judging a book by it’s cover, but the cover was a good a place to start as any.
This is Susan Newham-Blake’s true story of how she was desperate to fall pregnant but, like so many women these days, couldn’t do it without a little help. The twist? Susan is gay, in a committed relationship… Read more