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! 😍😍😍


Mom’s Birthday at Buena Vista & Peter Falke Wines

My mom’s birthday was not too long ago and my brother wanted us to do lunch somewhere. We decided on lunch at Buena Vista  and wine tasting afterwards at Peter Falke Wines. God blessed us with a beautiful day in the middle of winter. 

We made a pitstop at Mooiberge. Cristiano is a jetsetter in his Doona. πŸ˜…
Cristiano with his grannies!

First stop was Buena Vista on the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. Mom ordered a Nederburg rose for the table and me and my brother opted for cocktails. I ordered the Quesadillas Con Cordero which was filled with roasted lamb. It was delicious! The birthday girl had the lamb cutlets with some nice veggies.

Yummy!
After we were all fully satisfied we took some pictures and headed to Peter Falke wines. 

What is that face?! πŸ˜…
Now this wine estate is one of my favourites! It has amazing views and stylishly decorated. 

Halfway through our tasting, my mother’s boyfriend popped the question and she said yes! 

Let me inspect the ring grandma!

After the whirl of the proposal we took some pictures on the estate and enjoyed the beautiful sunset. It was quite an eventful day and Cristiano was such a good boy through it all. He was quite exhausted after the full day of activities.

3 Generations
Our wine expert Ruben was the best!
Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet!
We are family! ❀

My grannies are the best!

First Date Night Post Baby

At the beginning of July hubby put his foot down and decided that we were doing date night. Grandma was happy to babysit the little one. The question was, where do we go? Now having a baby ain’t cheap and with mommy constantly buying things for baby, I always look for a bargain on anything else. In this case my Entertainer app came in handy. We decided on Eden on the Bay because it’s close to home. We had dinner at The Ocean Sizzler restaurant. 

It was so good talking to my husband and having adult conversation over a glass of wine and good food. We had the Flagstone Poetry Merlot. Hubby chose a nice piece of steak (medium rare) and I had to have the prawns! The food was really good and we got 2 for 1 special with the Entertainer app. That makes me a very happy mommy!

The sky was stunning during sunset with beautiful hues of pink and blue. We truly live in a beautiful country!

2 Months Old!

The quote “Time flies when you having fun” holds so true when I look at the past 2 months with my boy. I can’t believe I have to go back to work in a month’s time. 

Our boy has grown so much in the past month that I just want to slow down time. Cristiano can now roll himself over from his tummy to his back, has very strong legs to stand on your lap and now smiles and talks back in a conversation. He also started drooling quite a bit and we are now making use of the many bibs he received. My boy is a good sleeper so far and only wake during the night for feedings and diaper changes. 

He went to his paediatrician check up at 7 weeks and doctor was very happy with his health and progress. At 7 weeks he weighed 4.9kg and now most probably over 5kg. He is quite a weight but a weight I am more than happy to carry at anytime during the day or night. 

Below pictures of my sweet little boy!

Grannies Lunch at Brenaissance

Both my mother and mother-in-law are born under the same star sign, Cancer. Their birthdays are 2weeks apart and I decided to take the 2 of them for lunch at Brenaissance with the little Mr. Both grandma’s love their grandson to the moon and back and have been a tremendous source of support. I only saw it fitting to treat these two ladies to one of the best wine estates I know of, Brenaissance.

Brenaissance is the estate before our wedding venue (Clos Malverne) in Stellenbosch. I love this estate! It is absolutely beautiful and stylish with its black and white theme. What I love even more about this estate now that I am a mommy, is the playground and the little stream that passes by. The day we went the weather was a bit dreary but I can’t wait to go back in summer when Cristiano is bigger and can enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The below pictures were taken in 2013 when me and Marc first visited the estate and it also gives one a nice idea of how amazing it looks on a bright summers day.

We ordered the Lord T red blend which I absolutely LOVE! We ordered the Full house pizza and the Hole-some Option. The Full House pizza consisted of a Biltong, Cajun Chicken, Parma Ham and Caramelised Onion pizza. This way we had all the flavours in 1! Yummy! The Hole-some pizza was a pizza of your choice with the middle cut out and replaced with a salad. Very different but oh so nice!

Cristiano’s bottle got the royal treatment. πŸ˜…
Cristiano also made a cute new friend at Brenaissance. 😊 

Our Doona is a real life saver on these outings. Review on this nifty must have coming soon. πŸ˜‰ With the fire crackling and there being very few people, we had an amazing time! 😍😍😍

Pain of Vaccinations

Today my boy went for his 6 week vaccination. He was supposed to go last week but couldn’t due to a cold he had. First they measured and weighed him. Can you believe that he is a whopping 4,9kg already?! No wonder my arms are killing me! (I don’t have upper body strength. πŸ™ˆ) They gave him the drops. Don’t ask me what they are called, it’s written in his book. I’m bad at remembering these things. Thank the heavens for a book. Can you believe there isn’t anymore clinic cards? It’s now a book! 

We go to Sr Lyns baby clinic that is conveniently at Milnerton Mediclinic where I gave birth. The sister that we go to I like a lot, Sr Doriska. She always asks us how we are doing with a genuine interest in us. Not just another mother and baby. I don’t mind paying my backside off for the best medical care for my baby. I’d rather not buy the pair of Nikes and take him to a good medical facility. In today’s society some people care more about the brands their kids wear than the wellbeing of their child and this pisses me off to my core! Sorry for my language but I get so upset when I think about it.

That was now a little off topic but hey! This is where I speak my mind. ☺ So after the drops it was time for the dreaded needle. Can you believe that it was 2 injections, 1 in each thigh! 😒😒😒 My baby gave this very painful cry that touched the deepest part of me. I wanted to cry with him! I don’t mind needles and can handle them but how do you deal with such an innocent body enduring the pain of a needle? I managed to calm him down and I think he dealt with it much better than most babies. He is my little warrior and I am so proud of him. 

As I am typing this post, my little warrior is sleeping peacefully after a nice bottle of milk and all I can think is how proud he makes me already at the tender age of 7 weeks. We still have a long road to go and time is flying. I intend to soak up each and every moment with my little one because God chose me to be his mother. I am truly blessed.

Change is as Good as a Holiday!

I am 7 weeks postpartum and the last week has had its own set of crazy. For the past few weeks the weather has been terrible (it’s winter in South Africa at the moment). And to top it all, me and hubby had the flu and baby ended up with a cold (runny nose and a cough). I was keeping a close eye on him for a fever as I didn’t want my precious bundle to feel the horror of the flu like us. I got some great advice from a very good doctor on what to look out for and what items to keep at home. 

With all of this happening and baby not sleeping too well, I started feeling drained and not myself. Also being in the house all the time did not sit well with me. For a person that is constantly out and about getting things done, this is one of the worst things to deal with. Yes I went to the shop to grab something here and there but it was not what I needed. I needed a change to get out of this slump I found myself in. I also feel that keeping baby indoors all the time is not good for him but with him still needing to get his vaccination, I am not risking him getting sick for my sanity. Luckily he is going in the next couple of days and we’ll be able to go out and do things.

So with all of this in mind, I still needed a change. That change came in the form of a haircut by my very own personal stylist, my husband. πŸ˜† Marc has been cutting my hair since we started dating back in university. He may not have the technique to style like my favourite hairdresser but whenever I need a trim at no cost, he’s the best. You see, my husband’s hand grows very quickly. I always get flack from people (mostly my mom) whenever I cut my hair but for me hair is just hair and it grows back. I am not a hair person and when it comes to styling mine, I’m useless! My whole life I only had my hair loose with a side parting, a ponytail or tied in a bun. So when I cut it, it needs to at least tie in a ponytail. Now being a mother with very little time for myself, I needed the shorter hair more than ever. And the cut is doing wonders for my mood! 😍 Will I miss my long hair, probably. But I am very happy with the knowledge that my hair can and will grow again. For now, I’m happy with the new look. 😊

Below is the “transformation”. πŸ˜…

Ps. How cute is my little boy? 😍

Hair Before
Snip! Snip! πŸ’‡
New Look

Hobby Turn Business Opportunity?

I come from a home where my mom has her own business from home and I started working with her from the age of 4 (I really did work from that age 😊). One of the  best lessons that my mom taught me is work ethic and I am forever grateful to her for this. Love you mom!

Growing up working from a young age, I am happy when I’m working and having my own business has always been my dream. One day (hopefully soon) I will make it a reality. My only problem is, I always have a million ideas that run through my mind on a daily basis and with a full time job (to pay the bills) it makes it difficult to work on my ideas. My job is quite demanding and exhausting. 

So 2 years ago I needed some stress relief and decided to start knitting and crocheting again. I last did this in Grade 8. πŸ™ˆ It first started as a stress relief tool but then I started selling them to 1. get rid of the amount of finished items I had and 2. to recover some of the cost incurred for the wool. Contrary to popular belief, wool is quite expensive. The knitting and crocheting took a bit of a back seat when I got promoted to General Manager in my company but when I found out I was pregnant, I started crocheting a baby blanket for our little bundle. It took a while to finish throughout my pregnancy but I loved the end result! 

Inbetween I have been making various items in different colours and selling them on my Facebook page, With Love. I get joy out of making them but also saw the business opportunity in it. I’m not making millions out of this little venture but hoping it turns into something worthwhile where I can employ people and empower some other women with it. 😊

Below are some pictures of what I’ve done. And I have the perfect model that allows mom to dress him up. 😊 Your opinions?