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September 2014

BABE, MAMA

Brotherly love

30th September 2014
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We absolutely love these snaps of big bother Shaw and newborn baby boy Lennon, they just melt our heart as you can see that the boys totally adore each other. Here is how the lucky mama explained the bond, “From the very first meeting in the hospital, Shaw ran into the room and then very gently climbed up to meet his new little brother and just stared and him and talked about how cute and little he was. The friendship they already have has way surpassed my expectations. Shaw wants to be right by Lennon’s side every step of the way including diaper changes, tummy time and even nursing sessions. When Lennon is crying, Shaw will sing to him and hold his hand to calm him down. This is seriously the sweetest brother relationship I have ever witnessed and we are just beyond thrilled to have these two little guys in our life!”

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Meet the mama: Tracy

29th September 2014
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Meet Tracy van Wyk. Tracy lives in Tamboerskloof, Cape Town with her winemaker husband Justine and their adorable 23 month old daughter Rebecca May. 



Favourite product for moms and why? 

Yummy Mummy feeding chair. It is super comfortable and you spend a lot of time in it!

How has your style changed since becoming a mom? 

Priorities are to be comfortable (for you and baby) and mobile, so I try to keep it simple and comfortable and always wear flats!

Favourite product for babies and why? 

Pampers Active Girl Pants. Pull up nappies are great for older babies who don’t like to lie still for long enough to put a normal nappy on! They are also super absorbent and don’t leak.

A baby essential you couldn’t live without and why? 

Wet wipes. I don’t know how I lived without them! For cleaning faces, bums, sticky hands, surfaces, clothes and everything else.

Best gift you have received for your children and why? 

Rebecca’s Uncle gave her a colourful (soccer-size) ball and a big beanbag when she was born. I thought these were such impractical and inappropriate gifts for a baby (clearly he doesn’t have kids!). But these are her two absolute favourite things. She is obsessed with kicking her ball (budding soccer star) and when she wakes up in the morning she makes a beeline for her beanbag to watch Cbeebies and drink her milk bottle.

Favourite book to read to your children and why? 

Any Julia Donaldson book. They are great!

Favourite song to sing to your babe/children or their favourite song to hear? 

Old Mac Donald – she loves all of the animal sounds.

Where is your favourite place to go hang with your kids?

A park, with a jungle gym and a slide – and a coffee shop/restaurant for refreshments. Deer Park Café is great.

Favourite meal to give your kids? 

Cottage Pie. She loves it and she gets some meat, some carbs and some veggies.
Naming your children always has a story. How did you pick your daughter’s names? 

Justin wanted to name her Rebecca but I had other names in mind. At 13 weeks when we found out she was a girl we were emotional in the parking lot after the scan and Justin seized the moment and said “please can we call her Rebecca?”. How could I say no!

What one thing we will never catch you doing as a mama? 

One thing you learn pretty quickly after having a baby is never say never (I will never let her eat ice cream for dinner, I will never let her veg in front of the TV)! Parenting is challenging and you will break most rules at least once.  

What surprises you most about being a mum? 

How much energy I have and how many things I can juggle, even after long period of interrupted/hardly any sleep. Moms are superhuman!

What do you love most about your husband being a dad? 

How much he loves to kiss and cuddle her and how much he worries about all of the small things, like whether her shoes are uncomfortable, or the label on her top is scratching her or the elastic on her pants is too tight.

What one thing do you want to teach your child? 

To love and respect people and not to criticize.

Best piece of advice you could give moms of a little girl. 

Kids need lots of quality time and attention. If your toddler is acting up then some attention will normally do the trick. Try to make sure you spend quality play time with your child (without your cellphone or other devices to distract you).
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family album & this week’s reading list

26th September 2014
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Happy Friday everyone! This weekend is one that we have been counting down to because it’s finally Rock-a-baby on Sunday! If you are in Jo’burg you must join us at South Africa’s most bautiful baby fair… we cannot wait to get our shopping on.

Here is Bruce Lee with his son Brandon, how cool?

And this week’s reading list:
For the mamas: 21 ideas for an energy boosting breakfast. 
10 ways to actually help a friend how has a baby. 
Interesting facts about TV and little ones.
Time out needs a time out. What do you think? 
And I bought this dress from Witchery to wear with my growing bump. I love it. 
 And some Kimmy & Bear links that you may have missed:
Meet the mama from Mexico City.
5 favourite bedtime books. 
Some serious preggie style
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Meet the bump: Ayn-Monique

24th September 2014
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Today I am so excited to introduce one of my best friends from New York, Ayn-Monique. Having recently left the magazine industry, Ayn-Monique is now content developer for Clinton Kelly.com (best known for co-host of What Not to Wear and currently the cooking show The Chew). She is about to pop with her second babe (doesn’t she look fab!). Ayn-Monique already has beautiful, futurebigsister Isla who is 22 months

If it’s your second/third… pregnancy, how is this time round different from your first?

I don’t think the pregnancy itself is different, but life is–having a toddler in the house means I can’t sneak in naps or just veg on the couch if I’m feeling tired, so I just keep moving.

Are you finding out the gender of your baby and why or why not?

No. We like a surprise! We did it with our first and it made the birth even more special. Plus, I’m a real planner, so not finding out makes it easier to just let go and enjoy the pregnancy instead of fast-forwrding to figure out the logistics of having a newborn. 

Tell us one thing you can’t live without while pregnant and why not? 

How about three? My Birkenstocks (though I try to limit them to the weekends), the Snoogle and my calf stretcher (nothing feels better after wearing heels all day).

What is your favourite beauty product while pregnant and why do you  love it so much?

I use BioOil on my tummy–it’s so light and moisturizing, but I’m convinced it prevented stretch marks last time. Other than that, pregnancy seems to make my hair and skin look better, so I’m actually using fewer products these days.

What is your favorite food or are you having any cravings while pregnant?

Thin whole wheat spaghetti with pesto sauce and liberal parmesan cheese (though that happens to be my favorite food while not pregnant, too). I’ve also been indulging in mint chocolate chip ice cream as a treat at night.

What preggy books or apps are you using? 

I still have the Mayo Clinic book, but I’ve barely opened it this time. I do the MyPregnancy app and BabyFruit and just downloaded the 100,000 Baby Names book so we can think of a good one for this child!

How would you describe your pregnancy style and where do you shop for preggy clothes?

Like my non-regnant style, but more streamlined. Everything seems to be blue, pink, black or white–my go-to colors to wear–or striped. I shop in person at the Destination Maternity on Madison Avenue because they have a broad selection and bought a few trendier pieces from Asos maternity this time.

What’s your exercise regime at the moment? And how has it changed with your pregnancy?

I still jog a couple times a week, I’m just very, very slow now. Also, lifting a toddler counts as exercise, right?

Have you decided on a birth plan, are you going natural or having a caesar?

Going natural. Hoping for a much shorter labor this time.

In preparation for your baby what are your most over whelming thoughts/ worries/concerns? 

Where to put the baby and all of his or her stuff! We live in a smallish apartment so we need to clear out some room in the next few weeks.

How did you tell your husband you were pregnant? And when did you break the news to friends and family?

I just came out of the bathroom and told him. We told our families the next time we saw them.

Dream babymoon destination?

Anywhere on the beach. We just spent a week in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and that was pretty ideal–gorgeous waterfront, but not too hot.

What has surprised you the most about being pregnant? 

I forgot about how tired you get that first trimester, I was going to bed at the same time as my daughter! 

What is the best pregnancy advice you have received?

Sleep while you still can. I thought that was stupid the first time around, since unfortunately you can’t really store it up. But you can certainly enjoy the heck out of it before that tiny human starts waking you up at all hours.

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Preggie style love

23rd September 2014
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Unless you have been hiding under a fashion rock, you will know that the entire fashion world is all about the various fashion weeks at the moment. The ‘it’ set had has now descended on Paris for the final week of shows. Our favourite thing about fashion weeks? The amazing street style shots. This year it seems that a baby bump is the biggest trend to be rocking. Miroslava Duma, Russian fashionista, is without a doubt giving me some serious bump style inspiration. Just look at some of her fab outfits.

For more bump rocking street style shots, click here
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This nursery has a dark charcoal wall

22nd September 2014
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Apphia Michael is a contributor to La Petite Magazine as well as an online fashion contributor to Wallpaper magazine. You know what that means, possibly the most stylish baby and nursery that we have ever seen. Little Tallis is 11 months old, here is her nursery:

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Mamas around the world: Dinorah from Mexico City

19th September 2014
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I met Dinorah in Paris, many years ago when we were both studying french at the Alliance Francais. Dinorah now loves back in Mexico City with her husband Ricardo and their little boy Leonardo Treviño Cuenca, who is 15 months old.
Where do you live and how long have you lived there?

We live in Mexico City. A 8.8 million people city in the centre of Mexico, more than 20 million people if we count the Metropolitan Zone. I’ve lived here all my life.

How did you ended up living in your city?

Both of my parents lived here before I was born, the extended family live here also. My mother was born in Guanajuato and my father in Guerrero. Most of the people living here now come from families that lived in another state once. 

What is the best thing about living in Mexico?

The best thing of living in Mexico, the country, is the variety of cultures and landscapes within just one country. There are 32 states, divided in three regions, north, centre and south, each of them are very different. 

The best of living in Mexico City, is that you can find everything, at any hour, you can eat in a different restaurant each day of the year, there are all kind of events, concerts, theatres, music and arts festivals, sports, museums, everything, that makes it so interesting and chaotic at the same time.

Describe your house?

I live in an apartment with two bedrooms, one studio, a kitchen and a living room. It is very near a beautiful neighbourhood called Coyoacán, and a few blocks away from the Olympic pool, which was used in the 1968 Olympic Games, and the Cineteca Nacional (National Cinema house). It is also close to Viveros de Coyoacán: a public park that has a running track and a plant nursery, where you can see and buy plants, practice martial arts, yoga or just watch people hugging trees. You may even see a bullfight practice where the person who pretends to be the bull uses a pair of horns in the head. There are lots of squirrels (not so nice) and lots of people, especially during the weekend mornings.
Do you have a housekeeper/nanny/babysitter? What is the culture in your city regarding help with babies and child rearing? 

We are lucky to have a nanny for our son Leonardo. The nanny’s name is Monica. Actually, Leonardo has 2 nannies (“nanas” in Spanish), Monica Jr., and Monica senior. Monica senior helps us in the house with the cleaning two times a week, and Moni Jr., her daughter, takes care of Leonardo on weekdays and sometimes on weekends if Richie (my husband) and I want to go out. Both of them love and take good care for our son, he is really lucky to have them near.

It’s common in Mexico to have someone helping you with domestic chores, women in most cases (even though I know someone whose housekeeper is a man from Peru). 

It is also common that the same person that helps you with the house takes care of your children. They sometimes leave their own children on care so that they can take care of the children of others.

I feel relieved that Monica doesn’t have kids yet and that she also doesn’t have plans of having children anytime soon. I would feel sad if she had to leave them to take care of mine.

Grandparents help a lot in Mexico. I used to leave Leonardo with my mother at least one day during the week, and my mother in law, Delia, helped a lot as well.  Delia is a Montessori teacher (guide), so she trained Monica Jr., when she started helping us. I think Leonardo is very lucky to be so loved and nurtured.

At what age do you send your kids to school or kindergarten or play group in your city? Are they public or private? Is it difficult to get into these schools?

In Mexico, it’s common that working mothers leave their 1 or 2 month old baby in nurseries. I think mothers who do not work send their kids to daycare centres or  playgroups when the child is around 1.3 – 1.8 years old, and some wait till the child is  3 or 4 to send him to kindergarten.

I am a working mother who had the opportunity to work from home during the first 4 months and then took Leonardo with me to the office (with his nanny) until he started crawling at the age of 8 or 9 months which was ok, until he became a cute distraction to others at the office.
Now I leave Leonardo at home with Monica Jr., in the morning, I go to the office and return around 3 pm. 

I think it is easy to get in a school before 3, but I couldn’t tell yet. I know there are waiting lists for the larger, most recognised private schools…Richie and I want to take it easy, Leonardo is just one year old. He will be joining a private Montessori school in a few days for 4 hours a day. He’ll be 1.4 years old, and we will see later when the time comes.

How do you get around town with your little one?

I have a car to get me around the city. Leonardo sits back in the baby car seat and now that he´s older, he stares at the window, “talks”, plays with a little toy or just sleeps. Since he was one month old until today he takes a ride almost every day so he is used to the car and his seat. We also have a stroller which we used a lot at the beginning but lately, now that he walks, we barely use it.

Where do you hang out with your babes for play time?

Leonardo plays with other babies when we hang out with friends or family.  Some parks in Mexico City are also good places for him to play, but on weekdays it’s difficult to get there by foot for us, and if I use the car it’s very difficult to find a parking space in the street; so the visit to the park can wait until weekends and during the week, I take him to the family sports centre (“Asturias Park”) where there is a playground, beautiful gardens, pool, and many more things to do when he gets older (group sports, tennis courts, martial arts, and more). 

Once a week I visit my mother, and on Tuesdays I visit my friend Barbara. We were in College together and she introduced me to Richie. She has a one year old daughter too, so while our children play we can chat a bit.

Do you have pets? 

We have a little puppy, one month and a half old, Simón. He is a labrador retriever and he arrived home in August 27th. He is really beautiful but he is in the “peeing and pooping all over the house phase”. We have to be very careful when we walk around in the house, especially with Leonardo running all over the place so that he doesn’t fall if the floor is wet. That’s probably the most difficult part of having a little puppy. On the other hand, they get along very well and they are starting to play together and “communicate”.
Do you have a favourite coffee/lunch spot to head to with your babe?

Richie and I like sports in general, and I like to run. There is a place “El Bosque De Chapultepec” (Chapultepec’s Forest). It is near the president’s house, “Los Pinos” (“The Pines”),  and  Reforma, a beautiful and historic avenue in the city. There are several museums, cultural centres, monuments, a botanical garden, the zoo, two lakes, a castle, and many more.  It is divided in three sections, in the second section there is a running track called “El Sope” after a famous local runner “El Sope Perez”. 

The running track is near one of the lakes, we like to run there, and now Richie and I also take Leonardo with us. We are not stroller runners so we take him to play, walk or just watch other people running, walking, babies in strollers, dogs jumping in to the lake, planes passing very close (Leonardo has an almost pathological attraction to planes and helicopters) and there is a lot of vegetation. There is a restaurant we like to go for breakfast there. Pets are allowed and Leonardo can walk freely.

Any restaurant or coffee shop with a view to the street is also a good place (as long as he is watching the street, he is happy). There is a window in his room and since he was very little he stared to everything out there, a tree, the street, the sky, airplanes.

Do you have a favourite spot to head to when you need some “me” time?

I haven’t had much time for me since Leonardo was born. The little time I have, I try to spend it with Richie. 
Sometimes at night when Richie and Leonardo are sleeping, and I am cooking or working a bit, I listen to music with my headphones on (I miss the feeling of putting my headphones and forget about everything, and not having to keep an eye on the baby monitor or take the headphones constantly to hear if Leonardo is ok).
I just ran the Mexico City Marathon (August 31th). I had to train for that, those moments, when I put my headphones on and just ran were nice moments for me. 
What is your little one’s favourite food?

Leonardo’s favourite food is beans, I think. Even though it sounds like a cliché, “a Mexican baby that love beans”, I think that is his favourite food. He doesn’t like the taste of eggs, but he eats them if I put beans on the side. He really likes “mollete” (bread with beans and melted cheese on top). He also likes lentils, banana and galleta Maria (Maria cookie), it’s just a cookie, simple cookie but he likes it…and it has iron 😉 
What is your favourite “Mexican” thing to do with your babe?

I guess we don’t have a Mexican favourite thing to do with our baby but we have Mexican toys, such as a “trompo” (a little toy that spins) or Mexican songs (Cri Cri).

Describe a typical Saturday. 

On Saturdays Richie goes training. He has a couple of big Events coming up (“Ironman Cozumel 70.13”, Ultramarathon in Huasca, and the “Grand to Grand Ultramarathon”). So he leaves early in the morning and comes back around midday. 

While he is training I sometimes like to go to the lake in Chapultepec with my mum or sister to walk a bit and have breakfast, or I meet with a friend in a nearby place, go to the Family Sports Centre or just stay at home and play with Leonardo until Richie returns.

We regularly have something to do with friends or family on Saturdays. If we don’t have something special to do, we sometimes go out to a restaurant or we cook something at home and just hang out there. 

What languages do you speak to your baby?

We speak Spanish to Leonardo. I don’t think we will speak to him in another language, maybe we will try to help him with English when he starts school.

Where do you go on holiday as a family?

We make 4 trips at least each year. One of them is to Playa del Carmen in la Riviera Maya during New Year’s Eve. We visit our friends there each year. 

We try to visit different cities in the U.S. every year in February or July.  In march/April (Easter), we go camping to a beach in Manzanillo, then we visit our friends again in Playa del Carmen and for the last three years we have travelled to Cozumel for the Ironman (I am just Richie’s personal cheerleader, no plans of becoming an Ironwoman soon).

We love travelling and now Leonardo is here, we can’t wait to show him different places around his country and hopefullyaround the world.

What tip would you give a family with a babe the same age as yours if they were visiting your home town?

Not all streets are stroller friendly so don’t forget to bring something to carry your baby, and go easy with a one year old because there is a lot to see, hear and smell in here.

What is the one not-to-be-missed activity to do/place to visit with a baby in your home town?

A market, a park (Chapultepec, Reforma, a park in Polanco or La Condesa) and for older kids, the child’s museum it’s a cool place.
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Little Mattinglie’s newborn shoot

17th September 2014
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Oh! We do love a newborn shoot. We love the soft lips, the sleepy eyes and the parents adoring faces and the quietness of the home that you can feel, even through the pics.

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Meet the mama: Becky

15th September 2014
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Today’s meet the mama we haven’t actually met but we follow Becky on Instagram and think that she is one super star mama and also a photographer. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Becky is mama to eight year old Max and two year old Sloane.

How has your style changed since becoming a mom?
I wouldn’t say my style has changed much only in the fact that I try and find things that accommodate making my life as a mother easier and less demanding. I like simplicity. 
A baby essential you couldn’t live without?
Honestly, Triple Paste. I’ve tried everything for diaper rash and I mean everything! This seems to me to be the best for us. We love it and swear by it. 
Favourite book to read to your babe? 
I love the book This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers. Such beautiful illustrations with a beautiful storyline. But I’m a sucker for a lot of books, it’s a weakness.  
Where is your favourite place to go hand out with your kids?
We live right by the mountains and we love heading up to Tibble Fork. It has a lake, hiking and is just absolutely beautiful. 
Favourite meal to give your child? 
Lately I’ve been making a green drink int he morning and my littlest one, Sloane, loves them too! So for me it’s a win because I know she is getting a good, healthy drink each day. 
What surprised you most about being a mum?
I think the thing that surprised me the most is you always know you’re going to love your children, but I didn’t know I would love my children. As soon as they are placed in your arms for the first time it’s like your whole world has been turned around. No one can truly prepare you for motherhood. It’s not until they are in your arms and you’re looking at the and knowing you’re going to do everything in your power to protect them, to care for them and to always love them. 
What do you love most about your husband being a dad? 
I love the attention and hand on memories he provides for our children. he is always waking up with them (especially when I was working full-time), taking them somewhere or just playing down on their level. I love him more and more for that genuine love and attention to gives them. 
What one thing do you want to teach your children? 
I hope they will always know that they a child of God. That they have a loving Heavenly Father who loves them. They have an older sister that passed away and is their guardian angel. I hope they lean on her and the knowledge that if we live our lives in accordance to how our Heavenly Father wants they can and will see her again. 
Best advice you could live a mum of an 8 year old boy and a 2 year old girl. 
Just to know that you’re doing the very best you can. Not to compare yourself to anyone else which is easier said than done. With social media now a days it’s becoming easier to compare and become discouraged. But know that you are the best person for the job. 
Visit Becky’s website here and follow her on Instagram here
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