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Reflecting on my “failures”

We very recently celebrated Zoë's second birthday, and of course, together with the joy of celebrating this beautiful milestone, comes a time of bittersweet reflection. I am looking back on 2 years of mistakes, failures, achievements and successes of being a mom. I wrote the piece on my birth experience…
Marinda De Jongh
July 30, 2018
Breastfeeding

Breast is best, isn’t it?

Back around 50 years ago, you’d give your precious 3 month old a lick of ice-cream, formula or boob, and it really wouldn’t matter much to the majority of people, no-one would bat an eye. Science then told us that breastmilk is, in fact, superior to formula and now everyone…
Nicola Schoeman
July 22, 2018
Motherhood

Dear pregnant me

I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to write this post for you. I’ve been meaning to do it since day 1 of lying in that hospital bed, feeling like I’d been dropped out of an aeroplane at 10,000 feet into an unknown land, with nobody to tell…
Shannon McLaughlin
July 8, 2018
Babywearing

Want more me time? Read this.

Photo: @stehanbotha @janielbotha When I started this business back in 2015, I knew that our Stage 1 carriers would be a product that other Moms would love, because it was so comfy for me and I knew other Moms were struggling with the same 'baby carrying' issues that I was...…
Shannon McLaughlin
June 18, 2018
Babywearing

Babywearing: A Gateway Drug

The thing about babywearing, is that it’s kind of like a gateway drug to attachment parenting. You can’t help but continue to cuddle them... and then all of a sudden they’re big and it’s too late... you’re in too deep and you just can’t stop the cuddles! This photo was taken…
Shannon McLaughlin
May 27, 2018
Motherhood

Though she be but little, she is fierce…

Photo © MooMoo Kids I am rapidly learning that every day with a little human is a school day. Not only are they learning new things seemingly every day, but we, as their parents, are too. We sometimes might think we’ve got it all together and have some sort of…
Samantha Aitken
May 20, 2018
Motherhood

They said I’d forget, but I remember

Those nights that seemed to never end. Rocking, feeding, changing, cuddling, standing, swaying, walking, crying, screaming... both him and I. I remember the fake smiles I gave when the camera came out. I desperately wanted to be happy, but it felt like such an effort. I remember telling everyone I…
Shannon McLaughlin
April 15, 2018