I often refer to being a #girlmom and how much joy I take in raising the next generation of female warriors, but I don’t think I stress enough the importance of raising girls well. Yes, we all have our own parenting styles and opinions on how children should be raised, and in this age of information, I sometimes wonder if parents of today are just a little too informed for their own good. But the crux of my blog post today is focused on what it means to raise a daughter well.Continue reading “Raising Daughters”
I hadn’t been to Gold Reef City Theme Park in YEARS. A friend of mine recently went on a business trip and stayed at the Theme Park Hotel. She mentioned that they had expanded the park slightly and added in a few new rides. After visiting Disney World, you aren’t really that interested in seeing other theme parks, but on a whim, I decided to book tickets and take Anastasia for her first Gold Reef City visit.Continue reading “Our Visit to Gold Reef City Part 1”
I will admit, it’s an odd time of year to suddenly jump on the ‘debt free/saving all my moola’ train… Christmas is a few weeks away, and brokeass-January follows hot on its tail, but hey, if not now, then when…right?
Let’s start with my weekly savings plan… For the next 52weeks (1 year), I will be putting away a certain amount each week. I read about this savings plan in a book once, and it stuck with me. The formula is pretty simple to follow – you start with R10, then add another R10 to the previous week’s total, and follow that formula for 52 weeks. So eventually, in your last week,you would be saving R520 when you started by saving R10. Below is a preview to outline it, in case my explanation doesn’t make sense:Continue reading “#BudgetMom – Debt Free and Investing”
I wanted to share my birth story of my second birth – which happened to be a footling breech (unbeknownst to us). Quite often I come across horrific birth stories. So few people I know offer positive birth stories and I beg the question as to why? Both my births were wonderful and exhilarating, the first a textbook birth and the second a complete topsy turvy (literally), but I believe overrides any ‘normal’ birth with no complications. I choose to present it in a positive light, because that’s what it was – a positive birth. A safe birth. A birth to remember.
There is so much information and prep for the pregnancy and birth of your baby, but after my first child was born I struggled with the postpartum experience. Nobody had told me what to expect, and experiencing it made me feel utterly alone and helpless… I was so unprepared!
It’s been 3 weeks since I gave birth to my second baby*, and reliving all the postpartum joy has sparked me to write about the things they don’t tell you about…
1 – Contractions
What? You’ve given birth and you’re sill experiencing contractions? What type of witchcraft is this, you may ask? Yip – your uterus will continue to contract after you’ve given birth. This is a good thing though, as the more it contractions the quicker your uterus will return to ‘normal’ size, and the quicker your belly will shrink too. Still, this doesn’t take away from the pain you experience as your pelvis lights on fire and you double over in agony… oh, and if you’re breastfeeding HAHAHA good luck to you.
Right – here is the best advice I can give you: when interacting with a Mom who has reached full term pregnancy, refrain from asking the most annoying and somewhat stupid questions of “Has the baby arrived?” or “Any news yet?”. Things like “when can we expect her?” and “do you think you’re in labour yet” fall under this category too.
Trust me, as a woman who has reached her 40 week mark, I can assure you… If the baby HAS ARRIVED, you would know about it and would not have to ask such a dumb thing. We all know baby has, in fact, not arrived, so why ask that? Rather check in with Mom and see how she is doing. Ask if she needs help around the house or offer to take her for a cup of coffee (yes, I drink coffee in pregnancy). And please, by all that is good and green on this Earth, do not make reference to how annoyed you are that her baby isn’t here yet, or how impatient you have become because you want to meet the baby. And do not dare mention how the Mom-to-be needs to “hurry up” and “tell the baby to come out”. If anyone has a right to feeling impatient that her baby has not been born yet, it is the Mother carrying that said baby. Nobody else.
I just got my photos from my Maternity Shoot I did at 34 weeks – I am IN LOVE with them!
I didn’t get a chance to have a photoshoot with my first pregnancy (cries) so I was determined to have one this time around. I love the outdoor/nature shoots, and had a very specific look & feel in mind when I contacted Kyle from Bravo Photography (my go-to guy for photos in Johannesburg). Lucky for me, he was totally on par with what I had in mind, and had done a fair few other shoots which were similar (he even had awesome dresses for me to wear).