Co-sleeping

During my pregnancy I read quite a lot of articles and one topic was co-sleeping. Our first week at home with Cristiano, we were determined for him to sleep in his own cot because we were not going to spoil him by sleeping in our bed. I was also afraid of us rolling onto him while we sleep. Then one day my mom told me how she used to lay with me and my brother when we were babies and to try it so I could get some sleep while he sleeps. At first I wasn’t too sure about it, but went along.

So far, it was the best advice ever! I just love snuggling up with my boy after a hard day. Now some people may not agree with co-sleeping and that’s fine. I personally LOVE co-sleeping. Especially when I see how peaceful he sleeps in my arms or when I wake up to his beautiful face in the morning. Some mornings he wakes up without me knowing and when I open my eyes, there’s this big smile greeting me and my heart is bursting with joy! At this stage I cannot imagine having him sleep in his cot by himself, let alone his own room. I commend the mommies that can do that, but this mommy is beyond happy to be sharing her bed with her little bug.

Ps. I have so many pictures of Cristiano sleeping, it’s not even a joke!

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5 Months Old!

My little monkey is 5 months old! He is quite the busy bug. Cristiano discovered his strong legs, feet and toes. He now kicks like crazy and pulls his toes towards his mouth. This is so much fun but also so exhausting. Bath time has become a lot of fun and very wet! I think I may need to move him to the big bath. πŸ™ˆ He also scoots on his stomach and rolls back to tummy and vice versa. My little bug also started on solids and had some butternut. Still getting used to it but it’s ok so far. Next up we trying sweet potato. Ooohh! And my baby is teething! 2 bottom teeth are showing and boy are they sharp! The little bugger refuses to let me get a picture of this big milestone. πŸ˜’ Here’s some pics of his 5month shoot! 😍😍😍

Zeitz MOCAA Grand Opening

The highly anticipated opening of the Zeitz MOCAA Museum of contemporary art Africa was happening not too long ago and offered free entry over the Heritage day weekend. We decided to go on the Monday as we had other family commitments the Saturday and Sunday. When we got to the Silo District, the queues were snaking and the wind was quite strong. It was a little annoying to have to stand in the wind with a baby and seeing older people braving the wind to come see the opening. Nonetheless, me and my mother-in-law stood in the line while Marc sat with the baby in the Clock Tower. When we got to the front, Marc was not in the mood for art anymore and me, my mother-in-law and baby decided to continue on our journey. Once inside we were amazed by the space and what they did with an old silo. It was quite full and a tad difficult to maneuver a baby in a pram around, even though our Doona is quite compact. I salut the parents with the bigger prams. Some parents were clever by using their baby carrier instead. When we got to the 6th floor the views were absolutely amazing. The see through glass floor was quite a novelty. After taking some nice pictures, we headed down again. We didn’t get to see all of the exhibits due to the long lines to see them. I think we’ll go on another day to explore the arts. In the meantime, here are some pictures. ☺ 

The 4 Month Sleep RegressionΒ 

I’ve been dreading the 4 month sleep regression because of all the horror stories I’ve read. Cristiano has been a good sleeper at night once we found our rhythm. Recently he has been struggling to fall asleep at night and one night even went as late as 21:30. He normally goes to bed at 20:00. I did some research (at 03:00 one morning) and found a very helpful blog, http://www.weebeedreaming.com/my-blog/4-month-sleep-regression and tonight decided to put some of the advice to use. We picked him up from grandma, bathed him, daddy played with him (I had to keep reminding him to not be rough as Cristiano needed to wind down), then I put him in his wrap as he started to get fussy. (This wrap is AMAZING right now! 😍) I put on his classical music that I used to play while I was pregnant with him and fed him. He fell asleep with his bottle and the below pictures is the current situation. So far so good. Hold thumbs this works. 

Priceless Moments

It’s 12am and I am wide awake after feeding Cristiano and putting him back to bed. For some reason I cannot stop looking at his precious face that brightens up my days. All I can think is how blessed I am to have this little human in my life and calling him mine. Cristiano, one day when you read this, always remember that mommy loves you more than life itself. ❀❀❀

4 Months Old!

Time is flying by and I am looking for a pause button! My baby that was born not too long ago is 4 months already! He is talking and playing a lot now. He has been chewing alot on his hands recently and the sister at the clinic says it’s normal. It also seems like his gums are itching quite a bit so I ordered him a teething mitten. I am so blessed to have a boy that sleeps straight through the night. I have to wake him to feed and change him as he does not eat a lot at once but rather multiple small bottles. He kicks a lot and always wants your full attention. Do not think you can be busy on your phone and deal with him. He will scream at you! πŸ˜… I fully agree with him. I mean, who can ignore that cute little rascal face?

We did his 4 month photos yesterday and this is the results. 😊

The Superman onesie I got from the Woolies factory shop and I decided to make the 4 months on a Charly’s Bakery Cupcake.

 

Back to Work!

So after 4 months of maternity leave, I had to go back to work on 1 August. My baby is only 3 months and I knew leaving him in the care of someone else would be one of the most difficult things in my life to do. I am lucky to have my mother-in-law looking after him. She has been around him since he was born and only has his best interest at heart but as a mother my heart was still aching. 

The first few days went better than I expected. I didn’t ball my eyes out. Luckily for me, the mountain of work that was waiting for me at the office kept my mind busy all day. Granny sends me pictures and updates of what he has been upto and that keeps me going. Every morning I get him up to drop him at granny’s he is all smiles amd when I say goodbye, he is always smiling. Almost to say “Don’t worry mommy. I’ll be fine”

It was never my ideal situation to have to work full time after having kids but life has a funny way of showing you who’s boss. I wanted to work from home like my mom and be there for my kids 24/7. That may not be possible now but I am slowly working on a way to get there. I try and ease my guilty conscious by telling myself that I need to work hard to ensure a better future for my little boy and also to teach him independence. So far it has kinda worked but today is one of my worst days. I miss him more than ever. I suppose pictures and Linkin Park will have to carry me through this day. 😒

3 Months old! 😊

Yesterday  my little boy turned 3 months old! 😊

For his photoshoot I dressed him in his uncle Mitch’s baptism jersey. He looked so cute in this timeless 23 year old piece. Anyone that knows me knows how sentimental I am and this jersey holds a very special place in my heart. His little Springbok shoes he got from our dear friends Megan and Nigel.

After I bathed him and got him dressed, my little mr was out cold! He slept for quite some time and gave mommy his sweetest sleeping angel face.

After he woke up I managed to get a few shots of him awake and in his bouncer.

At 3 months Cristiano has discovered the art of kicking and his feet.Β It absolutely fascinates him! I got him a bouncer that wasn’t as fancy as others but more practical and suited for his age and size. He enjoys his bouncer! My amazing baby also currently sleep through the night and only wakes once for feedings and diaper change which makes me a very happy and blessed mommy. 😊 My boy is so sweet and only cries when he is uncomfortable. I get lots of smiles every day but my favourite is his morning wake up smile! It just brightens my day!

God must have spent a little more time on my perfect little boy. ❀❀❀

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3months old and this is the story of the day
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This was the story on the day he was born.

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The light of our lives.
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My World in 1 picture.
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Listening intently to daddy.

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Crazy Family Picture!

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Story time with mommy!

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Paradise at Sea Pearl Villa

They are busy with renovations at our apartment complex and the drilling is enough to drive anyone insane. I was hoping to go sit at my mother-in-law’s place to get away from it but she was getting ready to go to St Helena Bay. She suggested me and the little one go along for a 2 day break. After checking with daddy if I could take his little one away for 2 days, me and Cristiano were packing for the West Coast! 

My mother-in-law’s sister and her husband owns a holiday home in Brittania Bay, St Helena Bay, on the beautiful South African West Coast. Sea Pearl Villa was going to be our home for 2 days where there was nothing but peace, quiet and views for days. Situated a few meters from the beach, all you heard was the waves crashing and endless stretches of ocean. It was 2 days of bliss!

If you are looking for a place to relax and unwind, you have to visit Sea Pearl Villa. Below are some pictures to convince you that this is where your next holiday should be.

Book your stay here: https://goo.gl/9sriy6

Front view of holiday home.
View from top deck. The beach is right there! 🌊
Comfortable furniture on the top deck to soak up the sun and stunning views.
180 degree view of the beach.
A seal came to say hi!
Just love the comfort of the interior! Makes you feel right at home!

Life is indeed good when you are here. πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†
Beautiful roses welcomed us. 🌹

I just love the little sayings on the walls that keep reminding you to enjoy yourself. ❀❀❀

You bet!

Sorry I didn’t take pictures of our room. Cristiano’s mountain of luggage took over. πŸ™ˆ Travelling with a baby ain’t light! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

So what you waiting for?! Book your holiday! I promise you won’t regret it. Besides, you deserve a break! πŸ˜‰

Quick mini shoot of my boy

Today after wiping down my little one and getting him dressed, I just grabbed the camera and started taking pictures. I did not know what I would get as taking pictures of a baby is unpredictable. I am pleased to say that I am in love with the results! These are definitely being enlarged! 😍😍😍