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Maternity Leave

11 Apr

APOS Blog Holistically FabulousMaternity leave is under-rated. Since going on maternity leave, I have been able to sort important things out, emotionally and physically, ahead of our Little One’s arrival. The beauty of it is that it hasn’t really been a mad rush to do it. It started out that way, but after enough people told me to “take it easy”, I finally listened. Part of the problem was, I didn’t know what they meant, or rather, what that looked like. Does it mean reading books all day, sleeping all day, watching TV all day, being off my feet all day? A wise friend advised that it was simply going with what felt right and restful for me at the time. So some days it’s me sorting through items that are leaving our home to make space for the clutter free, simple environment we crave and are working towards. Other days, it’s cooking and listening to a podcast. Sometimes, I spend the morning gathering items for baby and I, grab a hearty lunch and nap then veg in front of the TV. It is literally whatever I am drawn to do and whatever brings me peace at the time. It’s been a real gift. Today, after Mr. N left for work, I got back into bed and only resurfaced at 11am! That’s how easy I’ve been taking it. Moment by moment, as I am prompted, and it’s been glorious.


Things are Lining Up for ol’ Liz Lemon

4 Apr

The title of this post is borrowed from one of my favourite shows, 30 Rock. It’s something I say at the end of a wobbly or a ‘storm’, both of which I have just surfaced from. Without getting into it, because, it’s a long story, I’m over it, it’s behind me and I do not care to spend another minute in that space, it has been a bit of a tough past two weeks. Baby N and I were thrown the most incredible Baby shower that I will share soon, because our awesome party throwers hired a talented photographer to capture the day 🙂 so thoughtful! Again, without any detail, the two weeks following the shower have been less than ideal, but, I am thrilled to be on the other side of it! People, pregnancy hormones are real.

The past two weeks weren’t all bad. Two positives were a visit to my wonderful chiropractor and a cool creative business workshop I attended.

So, how have you all been? I’m now 38 weeks along in our pregnancy and looking forward to meeting our newest member.

A Surprise Perk of this Pregnancy for me

17 Feb

APOS Blog Holistically FabulousCompared to the way I felt at the beginning of my pregnancy, I am thrilled and relieved to be where I now am. Pregnancy, whilst not easy, is treating me fabulously. Thankfully, apart from the extreme exhaustion and constant hunger, I don’t see how I could be happier. With my growing bump, my relationship with Mr.N and wonderfully, my body! I am loving my body! I have literally never loved my body as much as I currently do. Through it, I am a mother. I have great appreciation for the work it is doing and the changes it is undergoing, without any prompting from me. My beautifully expanding midsection is currently my favourite feature of this wonderous body of mine.APOS Blog Holistically Fabulous

Although I have gained weight, I am exceedingly grateful that I lost my excess 20kgs when I did, because I am totally all about embracing the changes, instead of fighting them. Even if I am left with a little extra weight when all is said and done, I know that I am capable of losing what I need to and how, so I am not at all concerned.APOS Blog Holistically Fabulous

So thank you beautiful body, for housing and nurturing our baby. I am ever so grateful and look forward to working with you to bring this blessing into the world and breastfeeding for as long as is right for us. Thank you for showing me I can count on you. You can certainly count on me!

Information to make Healthy Choices

29 Jul Mr.N and I have been married for over three years and whilst I have always been interested in optimum living, I’m becoming more fierce in my pursuit of education as we start planning to add a few little humans to our family. And let me tell you, I’m struggling to find the right information. I’ve discovered that natural vaginal birth with minimum medical intervention where possible, is the best route to getting the little ones here, but what about providing the best environment for them to develop in utero and after birth? Does the face wash I currently use possess any harmful ingredients? Besides the basic, no smoking or drinking and take folic acid, there’s not much more information involving South African product usage. There are many scientific (and frankly harsh sounding) terms on the products we use in our home, from cleaning agents to shampoo and I’m finding myself increasingly uneasy with my ignorance about what they are and mean. I searched the Internet for a list of safe cosmetic brands available in South Africa and came up short. Is anyone else thinking along these lines and concerned about the ingredients in the products we use? *I should drop my friend Tania a line, think she might have an idea* if she does, I’ll be sure to share what I learn. In the meantime, check these out:

Above image taken off, taken by Christopher Gavigan

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