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April 2015

BABE, BUMP, MAMA, READ

FAMILY ALBUM & THIS WEEK’S READING LIST

30th April 2015
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Brigitte Bardot and her son

Another public holiday tomorrow which means our weekly reading list is up on a Thursday again. We are still on holiday in the bush and cannot wait to bring you some exciting posts next week.

Here are the links that caught our eye, enjoy!

Names that are popular now, but sound like they are from 100 years ago. Which is your favourite?

Moms, I don’t care

Let’s talk about co-sleeping.

We need to stop saying babies ruin bodies. What do you think?

Ha! This mama committed 7 parenting no-no’s our of desperation.

BABE, MAMA, NEST

LUCKY BABY CLARK

29th April 2015
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Isn’t baby Clark the luckiest little guy to get to sleep in such a cool nursery? Our favourite parts? The big round mirror, the sweetest reading nook and that cool bee quilt.

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MEET THE BUMP: SANDY

28th April 2015
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Sandy and I were in res together at Stellenbosch University. She is 37 weeks pregnant with her first babe and I am so excited to have another friend, in the same city, whose baby will be about the same age as Francie Sugar.

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

Nope we are not. I feel it is one of the few surprises that you get in life and we will be so happy with either a girl or a boy. My husband really tried to convince me for a long time to find out but has finally given up and is excited about the surprise too

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

My Yummy Mummy tummy bands. They have been an absolute win with anything you wear. You never worry about a top creeping up and your tummy showing.

What is your favourite beauty product while pregnant?

Bio Oil – I have just loved using it and have been through bottles of it since I first found out I was pregnant. It really feels like it keeps my skin so moisturised and soft and hopefully supple to avoid the dreaded stretch mark. So far so good…

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

I must say I have not had any strange cravings and have been lucky that the one thing I have really loved is ice cold, fresh fruit. When I had morning sickness from week 6 – 9, salt and vinegar Pringles were my best.

What preggy books or apps are you using?

I started off so keen on reading up on all the details and what happens to your baby almost day by day. I found ‘What to Expect when Expecting’ to be very helpful. My main source of info at the moment is the BabyCentre App. I love it.

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

Now that I have a good sized bump, and look properly pregnant, I love to show off my bump and wear tighter tops and dresses. It is the one time you don’t have to worry about sucking your tummy in and in fact feel really confident about your body. It is a wonderful feeling. I have mainly shopped on Spree for my preggy clothes.

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

I am normally a mad keen cyclist and jogger and since being cautioned not to really do either anymore (you can spin – but I get bored doing that), I have now turned to swimming and I love it. I have never been much of a water baby, but it has been the one thing that has really kept my mind calm while giving me a good workout at the same time. I also joined Pop Fit at Virgin Active. It is just great to get ideas of all the other exercises that you can do that help strengthen your pelvic muscles and give you good overall work out too.

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

I am hoping to have a natural delivery. I have a Gynae that is very pro natural so hopefully all works out with no complications.

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

I really love my sleep and the thing that scares me the most is the sleep deprivation that everyone warns you about. I am lucky to have my sister inlaw down the road who has just had her second little one so I know that any major worries, uncertainties I have, she will be there to help and reassure me.

How did you tell your husband you were pregnant?

I had just gone off the pill and we thought it would take us a good 6 months to a year to fall pregnant. In the first month I fell pregnant which is really lucky but was so unexpected. I had just come back from a 10km night trail run and something felt different – I felt so strong but strange at the same time. I got home at 10pm and took a pregnancy test and it said it was positive. I ran to my husband who was dozing off and showed it to him convinced that it might be a faulty one. He was really happy and sure it was for real. Unconvinced I went to the pharmacy the next day and took another 3 of them and they all said positive. I then went for blood tests and after those results came back, we told our parents. We waited till 13 weeks to tell everyone else (a few close girl friends may have found out a little earlier).

Dream babymoon destination?

We have actually just come back from the most wonderful babymoon in Madikwe. We stayed at such a super lodge where we felt so spoilt and pampered and really got to relax. I was worried about the game drives getting uncomfortable but they were absolutely fine and we got to see such amazing game. I would recommend a little get away to all expecting parents even if just for a night. It’s just such a special time out for the both of you and wonderful to be together with no other interferences.

What has surprised you the most about being pregnant?

How normal you can still feel (other than the first trimester). If it wasn’t for my tummy and the amazing movements and kicks to remind me I am pregnant I would often forget. I can only imagine though that in the last month you really start getting tired again as well as super uncomfortable.

What is the best pregnancy advice you have received?

To keep active, relaxed and not to eat for two

DIARY, MAMA, READ

PUBLIC HOLIDAY BLISS

27th April 2015
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It’s Freedom Day here in South Africa, which means a pubic holiday and a lovely long weekend.

We wish you a long lazy sleep in.

BABE, MAMA, READ

FAMILY ALBUM & THIS WEEK’S READING LIST

24th April 2015
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We are all off on a big family holiday this weekend! We are off to the bush for our dad’s 60th birthday. That’s one great granny, Kimmy and Bear, 3 sisters/moms, 3 husbands, one four year old, a set of 19 month old twins and a one month old. Plus our friend Grant. Should be quite a holiday. We hope that you enjoy the posts that we have lined up for next week and we look forward to sharing our travels and holiday tales with you when we are back.

Here are some links from around the web:

The best thing to happen to Instagram, since instagram. (And we aren’t talking about the snap of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s babe)

10 ways to help your husband help you with your new babe. 

Free printable book label, thanks Martha Stewart!

Having a Caesar? 12 ways to make it mother-friendly.

The worst email parents have ever sent.

And some Kimmy & Bear links that you may have missed:

Books on our wish list 

The coolest shoes for the sweetest feet

A food that Bailey cannot live without. 

BABE, MAMA

What a sweet idea!

23rd April 2015
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We first featured Louise when her babe was just a bump. When Nicholas was 8 months, and Louise organised a photo session with her babe and pup, Chip, as a surprise for her husband. We love the relaxed setting in their local park, and that they included their dog! All photos are by Imagine Alice.

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A REALLY PINK NURSERY

22nd April 2015
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Don’t you feel like playing around in this nursery? Emerson is one lucky little babe. If you had suggested a pink accent wall to us we would have shuddered but somehow this wall works so well.

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PS. Love the elephant print? It’s from Etsy.

BABE, BUMP, DIARY, MAMA

CHESKA’S BIRTH STORY

21st April 2015
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People can’t believe it when I tell them that I had non-medicated, natural birth and it’s the thing I most proud of in my life. But the funny thing is, that for me, there was never a question of how I wanted my baby to be born. Everyone always says “as long as my baby is safe, I don’t mind what birth I have” which, of course, was true for me too, but I worked hard, for my entire pregnancy for the birth that I wanted. I think like any physical challenge, for example a marathon, you train and that’s how I saw having my baby naturally. I trained for the task. For 9 months I did pilates and yoga, focusing on the end goal. I am not a fit person, I don’t run or go to the gym so my husband, amongst others, would tease me during my pregnancy saying when I was 9 months pregnant I was fitter and stronger than I had ever been in my life and it was true. I prepared by body for the big day and it paid off.

My due date was Tuesday, 24th March and Francie Sugar Stark arrived on time at 7.05am on her due date. Her organised, mother’s child? I think so, of course she was exactly on time.

At about 38 weeks I woke my husband up in the middle of the night and said “I’m having contractions, I’m just telling you.” He looked at me, said “okay” and went back to sleep. She didn’t arrive that day. Then 3 days before she arrived I woke up at 2am and felt a whole new feeling, this is it, I thought, and started to time the pains I had. That day, convinced she was arriving that night, I went for a mani, pedi, massage and a blow dry. Although my pre labour contractions continued, she didn’t arrive that night. On the Sunday, although contractions continued sporadically, she didn’t arrive that day either. But then late Monday afternoon everything changed, and I knew, this time I really knew, that she was on her way. I had a nap and called my husband to warn him that this time it was well and truly happening. He came home from work and made some dinner, we watched Masterchef, stopping every 10-15 minutes or so for a contraction.

I was in touch with my midwife and had planned to stay at home as long as possible. As the contractions intensified and came closer together we moved to the bedroom and bathroom and got into a rhythm of handling them. During my yoga training we had done visualisations of picturing each contraction as a wave, coming from the distance, reaching it’s peak and then disappearing again. As each contraction came and went I pictured the waves, I breathed deeply and my darling husband rubbed my lower back for each and every single one. We used the Sprout App to time each contraction and I drank loads of water. At some point I sucked on Sparkles. At home I got into a zone, breathing through the pain and resting in between. I spent a lot of time in our bath, the water was relaxing and I found a comfy position. Every now and then my husband thought we should make our way to Genesis but I knew I’d know when we’d have to go. We played classical music and the lights were dimmed. Eventually at 2am, my contractions were 3 minutes apart and each were lasting about a minute. I was in the bath and the hot water was running out and that’s when I knew it was time to get to Genesis. Yes, I was guided by the contractions timing but I also remember thinking that there was no more hot water.

The drive to Genesis was a strange one. The roads were dark and quiet and I felt a sense of calmness as we drove through the suburb knowing that our baby was well and truly on it’s way. The midwife and my mum were meeting us at Genesis. Of course, I had planned my ‘to the hospital’ outfit – nothing fancy just leggings and a specific top, I had briefed my husband to make sure I changed before leaving, but mid contractions one’s outfit isn’t high up on the list. I headed to Genesis in my dressing gown. My husband, the good man, packed my outfit.

The internal examination determined that I was already 7cm dilated, this was a relief. The only natural birth reference I had was my eldest sister and I knew that she was 7cm when she reach the clinic, so knowing I was at that stage gave me confidence that I had come in at the ‘right’ time. I immediately got into the birthing bath however this made me, and the baby, to relax too much, slowing the contractions down to 5 minutes apart. My midwife suggested I get out and go for a walk. So at about 3am my husband and I walked around the parking lot in the dark, I leant against the car for each contraction. When I got back to the room, my midwife suggested that she break my waters. This was one of the most painful parts of my birth because you have to lie on your back and they break your waters at the height of a contraction so you can’t move into a more comfortable position. Once my waters broke the contractions intensified massively, and sorest of them was from 8 -9cm.

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During antenatal classes you are warned that at some point you will want the drugs but that didn’t happen to me. I think that because I had decided right at the beginning of my pregnancy that I didn’t want drugs, there was no debate, I took the decision out of the equation. I know at one point I said that I couldn’t do it, but my mum had always told me that when you think you can’t do it then just know it’s just about over. In the moment, I also thought ‘there’s no turning back now’.

The pain was intense but I breathed through it. I used my yogic breath, breathing deep into my abdomen each and every time. Your out breath is the strongest tool that you have and my mum saying “breath the baby down” was so true and powerful in the moment. Now the birth fades into ones memory and I can’t describe how I felt. I remember at some point just wanting a moments break which, of course, you don’t have but I continued to breath and focus on the strength that one’s breath gives you.

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Pushing was a relief. The pain of pushing is so different to the contractions and it is an active pain which I welcomed. I knew that all it came down to was pushing her out and then, not only would the pain be finished, but she would be here. It was painful but again my breath was the strength. The other key thing exercise that yoga taught me was to hold ‘up’ ones’ pelvic floor, and breath in and out while holding it. It was so true and powerful to hold everything exactly where it was (the head) and breathing to once again breath her out. Once my baby’s head and shoulders were out, I pulled my baby out and onto my chest. She was born at 7.05am on Tuesday morning and life has never been the same.

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BABE, MAMA

FAMILY ALBUM ON THE BEACH

20th April 2015
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To celebrate baby Aila’s first 100 days, this mama and papa hit the beach. We love how relaxed and unposed these pics are. Dad surfing and mum’s cute beach shorts just add to the chilled out vibe of this family of three.

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FAMILY ALBUM & THIS WEEK’S READING LIST

17th April 2015
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Robert Downey jnr with his son for Vanity fair (see the rest of the amazing pics here). 

Happy weekend lovely mamas. A mama friend of mine posted on Facebook today, “Happy Friday parents. You’ll be up at the exact same time tomorrow.”

Here are some of the links that caught our eye this week:

Reasons for toddler tantrums – this made us laugh out loud!

Why I chose not to post my bump on social media. 

The second royal babe is due any moment: here is Vanity Fair’s gift guide for the babe. 

Surprising facts about the cord around baby’s neck. 

This is why your baby doesn’t sleep through the night. Fitting for me, in doing 3 hour feeds.

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