A month and 2 days since I shared what I thought was the worst thing I could share. I had to re-read it now, to try to figure out where to begin. It hurts every inch of my soul to read it, especially knowing how much worse it was going to get. For 6 days, I mourned losing a baby. I raged over everything; but I had no idea how angry I would get. I sometimes wonder if I’ll ever go to the bathroom again without my mind preparing me for too much bleeding. I was in so much pain with the cramping… And I was heartbroken, for myself and so very much for my Charly. For 6 days I experienced a miscarriage, only to find out I was still pregnant. But this was not good news… Because there is a difference between a pregnancy and an ectopic pregnancy.
Yesterday morning I was pregnant. This is not the post I am meant to be sharing. Yesterday morning I was preparing to publish “Pregnant in Cape Town (Again)”. I was sharing the crazy amazing story of how unbelievably unlikely the magical little being inside of me happening was. How I woke up on May 14th and knew without a doubt that I was pregnant. How I had to wait 2 weeks to miss my period before the test would pick it up. And then how I took the test and watched the line appear… Yesterday morning I was 5 weeks pregnant, I was sure it was a boy and then I lost my baby.
As some of you might be aware, February is host to pregnancy awareness week. The purpose of this week is to promote and share knowledge on the importance of proper prenatal care and how to best have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. With that in mind, I have teamed up with Preggi Bellies to share a little on the importance of healthy balanced exercise during pregnancy, and they have agreed to give my readers – you – a free medical screening and a free class so you can see what they do.
Today’s Supermommy is somebody who genuinely does not see herself as any kind of hero. Cassey has been knocked down repeatedly and she just gets up, dusts herself off and tries again. She has a tenacity that awes me.
I have known the stories of my chosen Supermommies for quite a long time in some form or another. But really getting into the questions and their answers, and researching what they have been through… That brought me a rather scary awareness of the seemingly endless obstacles you can face on this journey to parenthood. Of course, all of these mommies also give me an incredible sense of hope. Hope that no matter what life throws in your path, there are ways to climb right over them and keep moving forward.
Today I introduce you to our second Supermommy, Lindsay. If you haven’t heard about the Surrounded by Supermommies series, you should probably pop over here quickly, before grabbing your coffee and settling in for a read.
Welcome to the first installment of Surrounded by Supermommies (read this for context). I start with sharing the story of amazing mommy Melanie. This is a long read; so go get yourself a nice cup of hot chocolate and a box of tissues.
I was extremely secretive over my Surrounded by Supermommies series. Not even the interviewees knew the angle I would take when answering my questions. I didn’t want influence their stories in any way.
Today’s interview is with the beautifully named, Zowrae, who is due on the 4th of December this year. Zowrae is proof that there are mommies who have easy pregnancies, which is something I’m sure many mommies-to-be will be happy to hear!
Today’s interview is with Tamarah out of the Cape Winelands, who is 26 weeks pregnant with a very precious baby girl due on 26 September 2015.
Today I have a very special interview for you. As mentioned last week, we are chatting with a mommy who was due to have twins… Well, they beat me to print and were born happy and healthy at exactly 35 weeks on Tuesday 9 June! So a million congrats to Angeliqueca and Justin Mcleod Roux on welcoming the beyond adorable Robert and William!
Today’s review and giveaway is for our pregnant mommies! I know I said I wouldn’t review anything I haven’t used myself, but I absolutely love the idea of this service and will definitely be using it if I ever do make a move on baby number two.
Today’s interview is with the amazing Nicola Tweed. You may recognise her name from here – she is the mad talent that helped create my gorgeous new website. Nicola found out she was pregnant the same day that I approached her and Andrea to redo my site – some things are just meant to be!
Many of you will know Shanéy (Shan) as the voice of You, Baby & I. For those of you who don’t, her blog follows her life as a young mom with her beautiful toddler, Kitana, and will soon be expanding to include the exciting journey she is embarking on with her second pregnancy. Based in Johannesburg, she is 19 weeks along and expecting to welcome baby in late September.
I only realised when I was preparing the blog for the makeover last month, that I was approaching my 100th post. It may not seem like much to some; but it symbolizes so much for me.
My emotions are all over the place at the moment. I am hypersensitive to everything from the passing comments of strangers to the absence of comments, to Brett being back at work, to not hearing from friends to feeling too in demand with friends, to excessive noise to too much quiet – the list is never ending. I feel like all my emotional nerve endings are exposed.