Today You Are You

Today You Are You

Today is my last day in the office. I’m officially 36 weeks pregnant and heading off on maternity leave.
And my brain and body are both ready. This isn’t a platform to grumble but my back is aching and I’m bone tired. And I can feel myself starting to switch from “work” mode to “mothering” mode…I’m no longer concerned with clients’ demands or briefs, all I want to do is fold tiny clothes and put my feet up as often as I can. Oh and eat of course (but that goes without saying).
The baby… Read more

Time for a Rant…about Schooling

I’m feeling a bit hot under the collar at the moment. This is partly due to being eight months’ pregnant but also because I’m fretting about schooling for my child. You may think my child is a teenager about to choose her school subjects or a six year old learning the fundamentals of her ABCs. But no, she is 2 and a half and more concerned with building sandcastles than building her vocabulary.
So why am I so worried? Well, the worry is forced upon you when you are pregnant (yes when you child is… Read more

Ah…Autumn.

Ah…Autumn.

Today I took a cardigan out of my cupboard – it’s a testament to our glorious climate that this is the first time I have worn a jersey all year. Here in South Africa, we get just the right amount of summer so that when the days turn chillier and the mornings are darker, you actually enjoy the change. In my final stages of pregnancy I’m enjoying these cooler days even more – they give me more energy and they also signal that I will soon meet my baby son.
Things I’m looking forward to… Read more

Family Bumper Stickers: Love or Loathe?

Family Bumper Stickers: Love or Loathe?

Oh I had to laugh when a friend showed me this recently. She’d spotted it on a car filled with four bachelors when she’d been at a friend’s braai and the fleeing stick men family just made me giggle. For the¬†uninitiated, these car stickers have become very popular in Joburg where some people use them as alternatives to the “Baby on Board” stickers in the back windscreens of their cars.
The traditional stickers often feature a “Dad” with a briefcase, a “Mom” with a tennis racquet or handbag and the age and genders of… Read more

Guilt: Worse than its Green-Eyed Sister

Which green-eyed sister? Why Jealousy of course. I always imagine Guilt and Jealousy are two evil sisters, drifting around the world like something from a fairytale, waiting to prey on human beings and especially on parents too. I think every “type” of parent feels guilt, whether you’re a stay-at-home Mum, one who works or a single parent trying to juggle everything. It’s one of the things I hate about parenting, something which I never had to deal with before Rachel came along and a specific emotion that I imagine stays with you for the rest… Read more

Quiet Please!

Quiet Please!

I am a BIG fan of this book. I like to be Quiet. I am an introvert.
When I tell friends or family that I’m more of an introvert, they all scoff and disagree. Introverts get a bad rap. They’re painted as unsociable beings, forever holed up in their homes or libraries as they peer over their nerdy glasses and adjust their mousy cardigans. People don’t imagine that they can be successful, dynamic and loving individuals – who just happen to do things differently to the extroverted “ideal”.
I raved about this book when it… Read more

Nesting 101

Nesting 101

Spurred on by my recent baby shower, the nesting instinct has just begun to set in – with a vengeance. For those who haven’t gone through this bizarre experience, I’m going to attempt to explain it in a few simple sentences:

You will go missing for long stretches of time and can usually be found staring into a cupboard at a line of tiny clothes hangers holding equally tiny new clothes. When asked why you are staring at a cupboard you don’t really have a sufficient answer, you are just doing it, and enjoying it.… Read more