My birth story

My birth story

 

Becoming a mother is one of the most beautiful events on earth.  We all have different stories to tell of how this unfolded. Some good, some bad and some totally unforgettable. I believe most mothers will agree with the latter. I want to share mine with you…

I knew I was pregnant before I even took the test! I just had a feeling and I was right.

Fast forward to giving birth….

My due date was 25 September but I went 2 weeks overdue. In the first week of my “overdue” I felt extremely heavy and I could barely walk, my pelvis was sore. Being a first time mother I also confused Braxton-Hicks contractions with the real deal. We went to the hospital, got checked and I was 3cm dilated. I was told to get my snacks ready, take a long hot bath and baby will definitely arrive the next day. Did all of that, now we wait…

Baby did not come and obviously grew bigger by the day. I was admitted for an elective c-section as baby was now too big and they did not want to risk anything. The doctor also noticed that the discomfort (sometimes pain) I experienced on my left side was his shoulder that was stuck in my pelvic bone. This was even more reason for the doctor to follow through with the c-section.

I was overnight at the hospital and still hoping that the doctor will change his mind in the morning about my c-section, I so badly wanted to give natural birth. In the morning my water broke and had contractions. I was supposed to go into theatre at 08h00 but went in at 07h00 immediately when I went into labour. The epidural was uncomfortable for me as they only got it in at the fifth attempt.  I still had feelings on my right side and this is where they put in pain medication in my drip, it made me so so so drowsy! I remember being in a daze and then hearing my baby cry. They let me kiss him on the head as I was in no position to hold him at that time due to the medication.

On his way out he swallowed meconium, was bringing it up a lot and had to sleep in an incubator for the entire first day. My heart was sore because I so badly wanted to hold my baby. I was however allowed to feed him every 2 hours. He also struggled to latch properly and the breastfeeding nurses helped so much, he eventually got a hold of the technique and was a happy baby again.

In the recovery room I was shaking like crazy. I am still not sure whether I was feeling cold or if my body was in shock. They gave me some heat but the shaking continued…I guess my body was in shock then?

Benjamin was born 3 October 2018 at 3.6kgs and 50cm long. Yes, I know that I could have given natural birth but his shoulder was stuck and he would not be able to make an exit.

Because my body was in such shock my milk dried up! But I did not know this until my baby cried non-stop for almost 2 days. We thought he was sick and luckily I got the best medical team on my side. We had to stay in the hospital for another day until my milk returned and baby had to have 3 poopsie nappies. We were successful and went home.

My journey of motherhood started off rocky but I am so blessed to be walking it. Many people can only dream of it.

 

Let me end with this…it doesn’t matter how your birth story unfolded. It doesn’t make you less of a mother.

 

Love,

Authentic Mom xx

10 ways to save money on groceries

10 ways to save money on groceries

 

 

Times are tough now and we can safe every cent, right? My husband and I have made so many mistakes when it comes to saving money on grocery shopping and I don’t want you to fall in the same trap.

Here is what I have learned so far:

  • Plan ahead, way ahead. Plan your menu and write down your grocery list along with it.
  • Buy meat in bulk (if you are not vegan) at a local butcher instead of buying little bits and having to spend a lot more. You are likely to get a discount from the butcher.
  • Work around meals that are within your budget.
  • Learn to “make take out” instead of buying it.
  • Use those rewards cards you have in your purse. All those swipes adds up and you will be surprised how much money you accumulated.
  • Take your own shopping bags, yes it is not much money that you will spend but adding up all those bags at the end of the month could have earned you a packet of gluten free pasta. You are also contributing to saving our beautiful planet (wink-wink).
  • Have a “breakfast for dinner night”. Not only is it delicious, but you will also save time and money.
  • If you can, cook foods that is meal prep and freezer friendly. Once again, it saves time and money.
  • Put lunch in for work, instead of buying (leftover dinners are always a winner).
  • Try to make your own cleaning products as far as possible. Not only will you save a trip to the shop. You will save money and it is environment friendly.

 

Love,

Authentic Mom xoxo

8 hair secrets to save time

8 hair secrets to save time

 

Let’s face it ladies. When our hair looks good, we feel good. It is in fact our crowning glory. And I think all of us want to save time wherever we can, hair should not steal so much of our time.

 

  • Put conditioner from the mids of your ends to prevent build-up and let your blowdry last longer.

 

  • Sleep on a satin pillow case or use a silk bonnet to prevent frizz.

 

  • Dry your hair with a cotton t-shirt instead of a towel. It is gentler on your tresses.

 

  • Go for a regular trim. It makes your hair appear healthier and well kept.

 

  • Have a few go-to hairstyles up your sleeve for that day 3 hair. A French plat, messy bun or a high bun is always a winner.

 

  • Use accessories to keep your hair in place or to add femininity.

 

  • Use sulphate free shampoo to ensure your hair doesn’t dry out and needs extra attention as a result of damage.

 

  • Wear protective styles in winter, it allows you to sleep a little later but most importantly it protects your hair against the harsh cold weather.

 

  • If all else fails, put a cap on and add some hoops!

Love,

Authentic Mom xoxo