My first birth experience

Warning this post is long and a bit graphic…

 

Part of the reason that I have been posting less on my blog lately is because my pregnancy has brought up a lot of unresolved memories from my first pregnancy and birth. I have been struggling to bring myself to write this specific post because I have not yet come to terms with what happened. Also my approaching birth of baby  number two has given the trauma a new lease on life. I can’t push it to the back of my mind.

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Time Saver: Umatie

I am not a chef but before having children I used to love baking and throwing tea parties and dinner parties but I just do not have the time anymore. Our general strategy is to live off of as many marked down prepared meals from Pick n Pay as possible and when there aren’t any available in store or in the deep freeze we split the cooking duties. Not the most wholesome strategy I know, but it  is a survival tactic at this point. I do however stress that my little one needs to eat healthily even on the nights when we don’t and this is where Umatie comes to the rescue.  Continue reading “Time Saver: Umatie”

6 Things to do when you find out that you are pregnant

I remember when we found out we were pregnant, it was such a joyful experience but also one filled with, “What now?” We found out at 5am in the morning just before I was about to board a flight to Johannesburg for a week. We were so excited and shocked (even though baba was planned) and then we had to be apart for the whole week while we processed the news. We had been trying for a few months though so I very much had a plan of action for what to do should that little plus sign appear on the pregnancy test. This list is based on my plan of action:  Continue reading “6 Things to do when you find out that you are pregnant”

10 Ways to Fight Colds in Toddlers

 

This Winter season has been a rough one in our household. All three of us have been sick but our toddler has particularly struggled. He has caught one illness after the other, most of which have been colds and flu, with seldom a break before the next illness hits. After a few numerous doctors visits I now have compiled a comprehensive list of over the counter treatments that you can use for your little one. Please note that I am NOT a medical professional and that I still recommend that you chat to your pediatrician before administering any sort of medicine.   Continue reading “10 Ways to Fight Colds in Toddlers”

My Top Breastfeeding Resources

Who knew that something that is seemingly so natural has so much misinformation, prejudice and mystery around it?

Here are some links that I have found invaluable in my breastfeeding journey so far:

  1. Le Leche League South Africa’s Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lalecheleaguesouthafrica/ as well as their website
  2. http://kellymom.com/

The World Health Organization’s Global strategy for infant and young child feeding says:

“As a global public health recommendation, infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health. Thereafter, to meet their evolving nutritional requirements, infants should receive nutritionally adequate and safe complementary foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond.”

What are your favourite breastfeeding resources?

Sugar, PCOS and My Health

A few years my gynae informed me that I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). I was devastated by this diagnosis particularly because it left me uncertain as to whether we would be able to have children and if we did have children what our journey to conception would be. Continue reading “Sugar, PCOS and My Health”