motherhood, parenthood

Taking some me-time

It’s Monday morning, I’ve been up since 3.30 and I’m feeling exceptionally good. I might not have had much sleep last night but besides that I had the most refreshing, invigorating weekend I’ve had for a long time, and it didn’t involve my husband, my baby or my dog. That’s right: I spent an entire weekend away from the family.…

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birth, pregnancy

Should you bother with antenatal classes?

When you are pregnant, it can seem like there are a million things you need to think about. Because there are. It’s very easy to get stuck worrying about all the practical issues you need to consider, like what to pack in your hospital bag, what you need for when you bring baby home and, of course, how to create…

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motherhood, Uncategorized

Spoiler alert: motherhood is not easy

While I was pregnant, I did as much reading as I could about babies and having babies and feeding babies and stimulating babies and making babies sleep and babies babies babies, because I wanted to be as prepared as possible. Books, blogs, articles – anything and everything – so by the time Baby J arrived I would know everything I…

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birth

Introducing Jeremy Phillip

I was hoping that I would be able to say that the day my baby arrived the heavens opened and rain fell heavily on the dry streets of Cape Town. But I can’t. He arrived on a bright, sunny Saturday morning in the middle of a heatwave and a drought. But that’s just how it goes; nothing is ever as…

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pregnancy

What To Wear When You Can’t Wear Anything

One of the biggest mental hurdles to overcome when you are pregnant is your changing body. It might seem obvious but until it happens to you you won’t really understand. There, I said it. I swore I would never pull the you-won’t-understand card but I just did and I don’t care. Because when it comes to maternity wear it’s true.…

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