The Breast Thing You Can Do

I had read all there was to read about breastfeeding in books and magazines before giving birth but breastfeeding is just one of those things where there is no “pre-race warm-up”. I had been to a breastfeeding workshop which was really informative. I knew breastfeeding was what I wanted to do especially with the draw cards of possible prevention of allergies and the cost effectiveness of this...

Jaws – ie: My Biting Baby

A lot of people have a fear of sharks. In reality, there aren’t many people who are bitten by sharks; approximately 30 per year. The sharp toothed creature we shouldbe fearing is lurking closer than we think!  Oh yes, it’s dangerous, you’ll shriek at the pain…it’s the BITING BABY! Now, I personally was in denial. I thought, great- he’s getting teeth; that and a few wakeful...

Quick Tips for 25th April 2009

Avent Isis is a really good breast pump. Ashton and Parsons powders help with teething gripes. Tender breasts (and I don’t mean chicken) try using fissan’s baby bum cream. Back to sleep, tummy to play. Be aware that the “just add water” cereals have who knows what milk powder in them. The “just add the milk” cereals recommend using the milk you are currently giving your baby. Don’t...

Wild Life? Kirstenbosch Gardens

I love being outdoors with my babe! It’s wonderful to watch his amazement of the creatures and moving things. I can imagine how much good being outdoors does for a child’s senses. The smell of the trees and flowers, freshly watered or rained on grass, some not so fresh smelling animal “remains”… Then or course along with this goes the sight of all things “bright and beautiful”....

All Play and No Work- YEAH RIGHT!

 I loved my job. Other than home, work was where I felt safe in my own skin. I felt I was being successful in what I was doing and I loved the interaction with others. Then, when the two lines appeared there was a paradigm shift. I was going to lose myself (my job, my car, my life as I knew it) and gain a chance to give even more of myself than ever before. SCARY! Now, being a stay at home mom is mostly one...

A Child’s Perspective

I thought this was a great way to look at adoption and a wonderful way to share your child’s story so that adoption is not a “bad word”. Child By Stacie Lloyd Duce Stacie Lloyd Duce, “Child,” Ensign, Feb. 2009, 43–44 One of my earliest memories is looking up at my mother after she had tucked me in and asking her if she would tell me a different bedtime story. After all, she had been...

Using the Emergency Exit

It hasn’t been long since my son was born so the day is still fresh in my mind. The images from that day have been looked at so frequently which is probably aiding keeping the memories fresh. Being one of those who tried it all- attempted natural, received oxytocin, eventually went with epidural because my “epidurance” was wavering, received more oxytocin and landed up with my emergency...

Easter Meringues Activity

This is a recipe my sister found and made with her young kids. I made them for my inlaws who seemed to like them too!  They are really easy to make, the children share in learning about Easter and enjoy making them. To be made the evening before Easter Ingredients:   You need: 1c. whole pecans/ walnuts 1 tsp. vinegar  3 egg whites  pinch salt 1c. sugar  Ziplock bag  wooden spoon  Tape Bible                                  ...

Great new mom’s discussion site!

This will be a wonderful site for moms around Cape Town filled with things to do and see as per my experience as a Cape Town mom. Watch this space!

Helpful tips for 20 April 2009

Read books, be informed but pick one person you trust to give you advice. Glycerine helps some babies take a dummy for those tender moments. If your baby rejects a spoon when feeding solids, use your finger. Fill an empty Berocca C tube with dried beans, it’s great as a shaker. A “Peek-a-boob” or a “Hide and Feed” is great for breastfeeding in public. Steamers make putrity...
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