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October 2013

DIARY, MAMA

BIRTH STORY: ANNA AND FLORENCE

30th October 2013
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Anna Clementine and Florence Willow

Hello lovely readers! My babes are 13 weeks and I am finally writing a post about their birth.

… On Thursday morning we found out the babes were coming tomorrow, 26 July. They were ready to meet us and enter the world. Those 24 hours were an emotional journey and I see them as a labouring of sorts. You see, my babes were born via C-section. It was difficult for me to come to terms with the fact that I would not be able to deliver them naturally as my heart was set on birthing naturally since I was aware that I would one day have babies. To me, it was a fundamental part of my being a woman.

During my pregnancy I embarked on a journey (or mission?) of the possibility of birthing twins naturally by speaking to many experts, doctors, and mid wives. As it was both a first time pregnancy and twins the general consensus was that it is not possible. I initially resisted, convinced that it was just the default response in South Africa, a nation with a high rate of elective Caesar Sections. However through my journey I learned a lot and came to accept that the safest way to bring my twins into the world in this context, was by an elective Caesar. As it turns out, both babies were breech which gave me added faith that this was exactly how they were meant to be born.
Their birth experience was still pretty magical. Although there is a lot of inspirational content out there on natural birthing, I could not not find much on C sections. However, I read about the fulcrum on The littlest blog and was inspired by the mindset which she had drawn from a book on hypnobirthing, that made her birth such a wonderful experience (read her full birth story here).
“soon it will be time for the baby to become it’s own separate person. one cycle is ending and, immediately, another is beginning. what has been called ‘labor’ is that in-between experience…the fulcrum…that small, short period of time and space between the baby’s two worlds. 

with your mind’s eye and your inner senses, mentally and emotionally feel yourself joyfully, totally aware and participating. see it as already accomplished. listen with your mind’s ear to that first sound of new life. 

the life force of nature is working in harmony with you. now more than at any moment in your life, it is within you and with you. you are a part of the greatest celebration of life.

With these thoughts in mind I was ready and full of excitement as the sun rose on their birth day. I think of that day and fill with emotion and wonder. My husband and mom were right by side supporting me. Meeting my babies, and finding out we had two little girls, was the most incredible moment of my life. We were so blessed that the babes were a good weight so they came straight to me and never left my side. The three days in hospital were a blur of new mama love and getting to know our two new family  members.

And now I can’t believe they are 13 weeks already. I am looking forward to sharing tales of mamahood and twins with you.

xoxo

BUMP, MAMA

bump shoot love

30th October 2013
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Maike, the wife half of We Love Pictures, shot the Pedersen family as they waited for their baby to arrive. We love the documentary style of this preggy shoot, especially since they look super cool while making breakfast, drinking tea and taking a nap. We also love their dog.

EAT

delicious convenience for mamas

30th October 2013
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 I was at a tea the other day and when I asked the host if she baked the cake, she simply answered, “I have systems of convenience in place.” I have a feeling she was talking about NoMU baking kits and Yuppiechef delivery! Don’t these kits (in their fab packaging) look fantastic? 

1. Chocolate Cake Kit | 2. Pancake and Waffle Kit | 3. Scone and Cobbler Kit | 4. Oatmeal Cookie Kit | 5. Vanilla Cake Kit | 6. Vanilla Cookie Kit | 7. Chocolate Fondant Kit | 8. Chocolate Brownie Kit | 9. Breakfast Muffin Kit

READ

SIBLINGS

29th October 2013
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The Liackman siblings
We are the luckiest girls around, why you ask? Well it is for one simple reason: there are three of us. What could be better than having your best friends being born as your sisters?This article, ‘The New Science of Siblings’ by Jeffrey Kruger for Time Magazine talks about how it is siblings who truly shape you. It’s fascinating, here is a beautiful extract from the article:

“From the time they are born, our brothers and sisters are our collaborators and co-conspirators, our role models and cautionary tales. They are scolds, protectors, goads, tormentors, playmates, counselors, sources of envy, objects of pride. They teach us how to resolve conflicts and how not to; how to conduct friendships and when to walk away from them. Sisters teach brothers about the mysteries of girls; brothers teach sisters about the puzzle of boys. Our spouses arrive comparatively late in our lives; our parents eventually leave us. Our siblings may be the only people we’ll ever know who truly quality as partners for life.”

TRAVEL

have baby, will travel

29th October 2013
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Have you heard of Kid & Coe? This is a holiday home rental site for families with children. That’s right, all the homes are kid friendly and are in the most magical destinations such as Paris, Mexico, Kerala, Barcelona…

Amsterdam 
Barcelona
Copenhagen
South of France
Tel Aviv
WEAR

j crew collection love

29th October 2013
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How amazing is the J.Crew baby collection? Although they do deliver to SA, I wish they were slightly more accessible! They are too delicious for words!

1. Bonne Nuit onsie for a good night’s sleep | 2. Pretty polka dots for cuddling | 3. Every baby needs a cashmere anchor sweater | 4.  Delicious baby socks | 5. Cashmere heart blanket looks like it needs a snuggle | 6. This bambi hoodie breaks my heart | 7. Baby legs are too adorable in tights | 8. Liberty printed bloomers | 9. Simple stripes  | 10. Can I have a pair of Minnetonka booties | 11. Star love | 12. Sometimes a dress is necessary | 13. Sunshine booties | 14. Grey stripes are a win for me | 15. Hello baby elephant  | 16. Never too young for breton strips
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