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April 2016

DIARY

MY TWINS: 52 PORTRAITS – MARCH ROUND UP

24th April 2016
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You’ve entered the magical world of fantasy play and dress up. “Ballareas” (ballerinas), fairies, and mamas and papas (or any combination of Honor, Cheska, Hugs, Guy, Human, mama, papa, Jack, Francie Sugar, sister, Gladys, Cate, and often a random Ali), are the most popular characters you adopt. You play these games in these little worlds you create for yourselves. Anna appoints roles most often, and Florence obliges with what role you’ve been allocated (often papa, or some other male, but even donkey in the Nativity story). But when Florence is given a chance to choose her role, she usually chooses Honor and springs around with such enthusiasm and excitement (“I’m so cited mama). There are strict rules in these games, a secret code of conduct respected by both parties (F: “Anna, we do it like this”, F: “No Florence, like this” , F:”ok Anna.”) about where babies sleep, how dolls are fed, what fairies can and cannot do, who goes shopping, what nests are made and with what blankets. I love watching and listening (although I have to be discreet for if you catch me you often snap our  of character). Sometimes I am allocated a role: real mama, often sister, and sometime Cate or order (waiter).  You mix real experience (I need a credit card and ID) with wild imaginations (the fairies live on holiday with Eeyore and Oppipops) which I hope grow and filter throughout your life.

 

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“Hello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields… Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.”
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Sunlight floods through our home in these beginning-of-autumn mornings. I open the doors, open the windows, and let time unravel slowly as we open our eyes, lying in bed together, and talk about what we are going to do today. This does not last long. In 10 minutes, sometimes more sometimes less, we’ll be up, either with one of you on a hip and the other around a leg as I brush my teeth, or with you running off with bubbles of energy immediately immersing yourselves in some make believe game while I make breakfast. But the start, the slowness, the laziness of two sleepy bodies under my arms, sweet conversations, sometimes a song or a stretch, sometimes disgruntlement and irritation that your twin’s leg is touching your own or holding my too much of my hair, before we face the real world, this is time I treasure. 

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The way you start most sentences with “Mama, you know what…”
You used use the term “yesterday” to refer to any past tense but you’ve just started saying things like “last week” and “the other day”
You’re a creature of habit and thrive on routine and repetition. If you do something once then you insist on doing it again, in the exact same way, following the exact same steps. Like the way you switch off the nursery light at night or the way you go up by yourself in the lift every single time we arrive home. No matter what. 
 
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You love the moon and look for it in the sky any chance you get
You’ve started answering questions with “me” instead of “I” when referring to yourself
The way you still run with you right arm pumping back and forth, propelling you forward as you go faster and faster
And you’ve started reading to Florence. I over hear wondrous stories being told as you turn the pages together on the edge of the couch

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It is the first year you’ve really been aware of Easter. You were so excited to find out about this special time in the year, and although you prefer Jesus to stay a baby (you really like the Christmas story), the fact that chocolates were involved means that Easter is now highly rated by you. I love how these events and occasions gain a new meaning when we’re celebrating with you. It give gravitas to simple actions, like painting eggs and hiding chocolates, and putting effort into small things which light up your faces but previously would not have been done. I love that about being a parent, how your children really make you slow down, be present,  and focus on what’s really important. 

 

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Making “kos” with papa is one of your favourite things to do. You help him mix or chop or taste. He teaches you about herbs and spices, which you learn in Afrikaans (Florence, you told me the other day you can taste the “knoffel” in your chicken dish). Your latest discovery is “koljander” (coriander) and you both ask for it in random dishes. He tells you about when to stir the bolognese, while popping capers in your mouth, or how to tell when a piece of pasta is ready. I overhear him asking you to repeat names of cheese pronounced in Italian accents. I love watching these little scenes from the sidelines. It makes my heart burst and my mouth water 😉

BABE, BUMP, MAMA, READ, TRAVEL, WEAR

FAMILY ALBUM & THIS WEEK’S READING LIST

19th April 2016
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Jamie King and her family in Vogue Italia

WOW! Where have we been? You may ask. We’re sorry – life as mamas ran away with us – we were busy with Francie turning one, the shoot for our Kimmy and Bear Clothing range (we cannot wait for you to see), sick babes (all better now!) and now we are going away for a week for our annual bush holiday – we cannot wait. When we are back, we’ll be back! Thanks for your patience and understand and in the meantime here a whole lot of links to read.

Time to get reading… 

We’re excited that Next has opened in SA (in Canal Walk in Cape Town and in Foschini in Sandton City). We love their babe clothes.

Top names in 2016, so far.

Blake Lively is pregnant again! 

The Problem of Babies and Airplanes – eek!

Should your babe share your bed?

Is domestic life the enemy of creative work?

Why kids should use their fingers in maths. 

Kids’ Grades Can Suffer When Mom Or Dad Is Depressed

One-on-one time with your kids. 

What happens when kids create their own playgrounds. 

Not all toys are equal 

And now because we are off on holiday here are some of our favourite travel posts:

Travelling in Joburg? Make sure you visit here.

Bailey’s guide to Cape Town with kids.

A mama from Vienna tells us all about it.

Tips for staying in a hotel with a babe.

The mosquito solution.

Tips for travelling with a tiny babe. 

BABE, WEAR

NEW BRAND ALERT: FRANK AND MISS

19th April 2016
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We love it when we discover a new South African kids brand! Introducing: Frank and Miss. These clothes are all about comfortable, beautiful clothing with an emphasis on prints and high fashion touches- basically what every fashion forward mom wants: the perfect mix of comfort, affordability and style.

Here are some of our favourite items, but there are many more on their online store.

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BABE, MAMA

7th April 2016
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Remember this give-away? One of Kimmy & Bear’s favourite Joburg photographers, Robyn Davie, recently shot Kirsty and her husband Jacques with their adorable daughter Aimee who us nearly 2. We love seeing how the pics turned out. Kirsty told us, “We loved the calmness of Robyn and how at ease we were made to feel. It all felt very natural and light hearted and Aimee adored Robyn which made things much easier. 
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To book your own family photo contact Robyn here.

BABE, NEST

A NURSERY THAT WE LOVE

6th April 2016
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When I first saw this nursery there was something that I just absolutely loved but I couldn’t exactly put my finger on it.But then, after a closer inspection, I realised that I really love how this mama has included “grown up” items in her babe’s room, such as the velvet cushions, the art deco dresser as a changing station, the fig leaf plant and of course, I love the interesting rug.

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GIVEAWAY

CLOSED: WIN WITH JEAN KELLY

4th April 2016
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CONGRATULATIONS: THERESE 

What’s the one item every mama has to have and is actually for herself? Your nappy bag, right? We absolutely love Jean Kelly items – they are simply, natural products that are not only of a high quality but also super stylish and we love that the items are made, from the highest quality leather, in South Africa.

So we are super excited to have partnered with Jean Kelly on the most fantastic giveaway. One lucky Kimmy & Bear reader will win a tan laminated leather bags, a changing clutch, a leather dummy clip and a baby organiser. This amazing prize is valued at R1746! Now thats what we call a spoil.

To enter, comment below telling us why you love Jean Kelly.

Competition closes on 15 April. 

Terms and conditions apply. 

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FAMILY ALBUM & THIS WEEK’S READING LIST

3rd April 2016
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Gemma Ward and baby Naia

This post is so late – I am sorry, life has kind of run away with me. Now it’s Sunday night so instead of “happy weekend” I’m going to say “have a great week!” We spent our weekend coaching the last of warm summer days.

Here some links for Sunday night or the week ahead: 

If toddlers were on Facebook

This will make you want to be a Stay-at-Home Dad in Sweden

When your BFF steals your baby name. 

Is motherhood your greatest accomplishment? 

Baby’s Cells Can Manipulate Mom’s Body for Decades

How to get your babe to eat green veggies. 

How TV shows hide their stars’ real life pregnancies. 

11 ways to help toddlers sleep through the night. 

Stop saying these 2 little words. 

Are you into podcasts? I just finished Serial season 2. Why aren’t there more podcasts for kids?

The Benefits of Spicing Up a Breast-Feeding Mother’s Diet

A mother’s thoughts on the complicated politics of “comfort feeding,” or breastfeeding on demand

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