Pregnancy

Our Differences: They’re What Make Us Interesting

Our Differences: They’re What Make Us Interesting

This is me and my siblings a few Christmases ago (I’m the pregnant one in the middle eating an ice lolly). My brother and sister are not pregnant and are on either side of me. I’m the “problem middle child” – my big brother is six years older than me, while my baby sister is five year younger. The big age gaps are what people always ask me about, but I’ve never really thought it was unusual – it was just how it always was.
I’m lucky in that my siblings are genuinely awesome people.… Read more

The BEST Parenting Gadgets + Baby Shower Gifts

The BEST Parenting Gadgets + Baby Shower Gifts

I wrote a post recently about all the utterly useless things you get given as a parent. So now it’s time to list all the really wonderfully useful things, those things I couldn’t live without and which make my life as a parent just so much easier.
Here they are, in no particular order:

The baby monitor: We heart our Angelcare one. In fact, my Mom gave us ours so I always feel a little closer to her when I’m using it. The movement option also gives you peace of mind that baby’s still breathing,… Read more

New Parents: This is What You DON’T Need

New Parents: This is What You DON’T Need

Two of my good friends are currently pregnant. So as a responsible A-type mother, I did what all born list-makers and spreadsheet lovers do and edited my most recent version of The List and jauntily sent it off to them via email.
What is The List I can hear you asking? It’s a spreadsheet that’s been passed down for centuries (okay, maybe 5 years) of all the things you need to buy once a little person enters your life. The List differs, depending on its source.
And when you first get The List you happily… Read more

Bragging About Ben

Bragging About Ben

For a mommy blog, I really don’t brag enough about my kids. The thing is, I know that type of thing can get annoying – your own children are always far more charming to you than they are to anyone else.
Also, the term “mommy blog” always makes me gag a little bit. And I know it puts non-parents off but I do write about parenting a lot, so I guess I’ve got to learn to embrace the term and get on with it.
So prepare for two posts of bragging, one for my girl… Read more

This is My Little Prince

This is My Little Prince

I’m calling him Prince Ben at the moment. Because he is my little prince. And because, like the rest of the world, I’ve been caught up in Royal Baby Fever.
I wouldn’t call myself a royalist, in fact I’ve tried my hardest to be cynical about it all. But I just can’t muster up even one little pinch of cynicism when it comes to what happened on the 22 of July – I’m so happy for Will & Kate on the safe arrival of their beautiful little boy.
We were discussing the world’s obsession with… Read more

Putting Away the Tracksuit Pants

Putting Away the Tracksuit Pants

For the most part of this year I’ve been wearing the same boring maternity clothes. All of them have stretchy waistbands, most are tent-like and none of them are items I want ever crossing my path again.
I also lived in tracksuit pants for the first few months of Ben’s life because they were the most comfortable and as I wasn’t really leaving the house, it didn’t really matter how I looked. But now that I’ve rejoined society I need to step up my game. So I took out all my Winter clothes, figured out… Read more

Three shall be Four

Three shall be Four

Exactly three more sleeps until I meet our second child, our first son, and the fourth member of our family. It is a surreal time. We have been such a complete family unit for three years now and soon that routine, that familiarity and the working cogs of our little family will be thrown into glorious disarray.
Having your second child is so very different to expecting your first. You have none of that innocence, that naivety. “What fun!” you obliviously think the first time round, I’m going to have a baby and I get… Read more

Chronicling The Bump

Chronicling The Bump

As this is the last time I’m going to be pregnant (unless life has other plans!), I wanted to chronicle the bump a bit. I’m not a fan of cheesy photography (e.g. newborn babies in teacups or wrapped up in gigantic bows) but I’m so chuffed with these pics by my friend Robyn Rose. She shot them in Delta Park at about 4pm on a late Spring/early Autumn day. I just love the fields of pink and white cosmos, the golden light, the highveld grass and the rolling hills…
They’re fresh and natural and not… Read more

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

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