Saturday, 15 August 2015

All things baby belly!

I can't believe how fast this pregnancy is going. I feel so bad that I haven't kept up with my belly shots in the last few weeks. But woah, this belly is growing and surprising me all the time. I keep thinking it just can't get bigger.
My sister and high school buddies threw a baby shower for me. Bless their hearts, 2 weeks ago and that totally jump started my baby shopping. Like all that baby stuff sent me into a frenzy, and I guess that's all I needed to get going.




It really was so much fun and I was totally blown away by all the love and support.

I made an appointment with a professional photographer for a maternity shoot. Turns out, him and his wife were waiting for a bundle of joy of their own and with timing, weather and an impatient pregnant mama over here, I just asked my brother in law to snap a few pictures after breakfast at the beach. I'm pretty happy with them so if the shoot doesn't happen, no sad faces here. These are some of my favorites.













South Africa has the highest rate of c sections, from what I've been told. And most women I know, first time moms, have started off with natural and ended up with an emergency c section and those with subsequent have just scheduled. I've spoken to one woman, my Aunt, who just happens to be a midwife herself, who's had a natural non-medicated delivery. I'm so scared of ending up with a c section, mainly cause of a groin surgery recovery I went through a few years back. Not the same, but surgery is surgery. I'm doing my research, but without a medical degree, how do I know when I'm in an emergency situation or I'm being sold an "emergency" c section that can be avoided? So I have my fingers crossed for a natural...and as scary as it is, keep an open mind. 

6 weeks till full term!!!!

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Belly shots

Woah, someone tell me how I went from this


To this..


In two weeks. The pawpawkie is doing some crazy growing in there and at only 21 weeks, I'm a little frightened to imagine how much more growing this belly can still do.

Of late I've been struggling with names. I was that kid who named her kids in high school, or earlier even. But now all those great names just don't seem to cut it. If only it was possible to just ask your baby what name they want. That would be so much easier. We better not leave it to the last minute. 
Speaking of last minute, I still haven't bought a single baby item. There's still time I guess, but I'm not quite sure were to start. I've zoned in on a co-sleeper cot that I want and that's just about it. 
I'll give myself a deadline. At 30 weeks I better have my act together and makes sure I'm totally ready. 

Sigh 


Sunday, 24 May 2015

Garden Route Road Trip - Route 62

I really wish we'd taken more pictures on the way. The  Route 62 has some of the most beautiful landscapes I've seen in South Africa. Lots of mountains, amazing vegetation, the desert like landscape in the Karoo and the gorgeous wine estates. I was the designated driver for the entire trip and there was no napping for me, which was a huge plus because I got to take in the amazing views. The downside, it isn't so easy to take pictures from behind the wheel. This was going to be our longest stretch for the entire trip with an estimated 6 and half hours on the road before reaching our destination, with a scheduled stop, about 3 hours in, in Oudtshoorn. There seemed to be some sort of festival going on when we got there, so we stopped to have a look. All the shows were in Afrikaans and neither of us speaks or understands it, so we had a quick browse and headed to the Cango Caves for a tour.







I'm not sure if we were just tired from the day before's hike or if it was the heat, But as beautiful and as interesting as the caves were, the hour long heritage tour really took it out of us. By the end of it my legs hurt so bad and I wasn't to only one, and I was getting flu like symptoms. I went into a panic because I worried that I may be over doing all of this and could possibly put my peanut in danger. I decided to wait in the car while the girls went to get some lunch and I totally KO'd. I guess that's all I needed cause I was all bright eyed and bushy tailed and ready to take on the last 3 hrs on the road to the wine estate.

We made a quick stop at the famous Ronnies Sex Shop and made it to our destination just after sunset.



As you can see, other than the donated bras, and the liquor there isn't much else you could link to sex. But it's apparently a must to pop into Ronnies on route 62, have a drink and if you are feeling generous enough, donate some under wear...lol.

On arrival at the Welteverde Wine Estate, we were greeted by some good ol' load shedding. Such a bummer. Luckily the local Pub 'n Grill had a generator and could still make some of the dishes in their menu so we floated around there till the power got back and the minute we got back to our cottage, we were out cold.



We were up early to soak in our surroundings before going on a wine tour. Unfortunately the grape picking season had just ended, so it was going to be a much shorter tour.








Then off we went on our wine tour. Their wines were so yummy it was a pity I had to sip 'n spit. Such a waste of good wine. But I made sure to buy several bottles ready for celebrations once I'm not sharing my body with the pawpawkie.













After our wine tour we headed out to another wine farm, Van Lovren, whose wines I see often, for lunch. They even had free wine tasting and a small charge when paring the wines with different chocolates, cheeses, etc. unfortunately, with empty stomachs, and of course a sip 'n spitter over here, we had to take a pass. The entire place was just so beautiful. It was decided the next of us to get married has to get married on a wine estate on the R62 wine lands.










I will say, our time spent in the wine lands was nothing short of spectacular, and I will be sure to go back with Hubby for a much longer stay and visit a lot more wine farms in the area. 

We were just about 2 hrs drive away from  Cape Town and headed out after lunch. Little did we know we were in for a surprise that could have put a damper on things, but these girls know how to roll with the punches, and that's why I have such crazy mad love for them.