Halfway to happiness: A pregnancy update

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Every year in December I spend a lot of time thinking about the year, how it’s gone, what’s happened, what's changed. 2011 was a big year for me change wise, I honestly thought that I would never go through that many life changing decisions in one year again, and then 2012 rolled around and slapped in in the face. 

When I moved back from Norway last year I underwent some pretty serious medical stress that resulted in surgery and more than a few days in the hospital. This, coupled with previous similar stress left me thinking that I would never have a child of my own. I was 27 and while my personal life was in no way ready for the addition of a child, I knew that I would struggle to come to terms with the finality of not being able to have a child of my own one day.  

Fast forward 1 year and I am now 24 weeks pregnant. Life is indeed a weird and wonderful thing. 

So far my pregnancy has been a breeze. The list of pregnancy ailments I haven’t had far surpasses my list of pregnancy complaints. I have never felt so happy and content and in love with my body. 

My little bean is 23 cm long, which seems very large to me, but apparently its normal. She is completely healthy and growing very well. We've passed the half way mark now and Regan and I are so excited about the next 4.5 months  -- we have a lot of things to do before she arrives, but even my to-do list fills me with happiness. I can only put this down to insane happy pregnancy hormones. 

Aside from the baby growing, 2012 has been a year filled with immense happiness, and love. It got a little cloudy at times and if there was one thing I learned it’s that family definitely does come first and I am so incredibly grateful to have my amazing mom, sisters and brother (and of course my little niece Ella) and Regan, who is my person, completely. 

Hope you all had a splendid year and here’s to an even more amazing 2013! 
Motherhood yo! 

Monday Music Moment: High For This

Monday, December 17, 2012

Monday's Music Moment: Ellie Goulding covers the Weeknd's High For This:

Sidewalks: Cape Town is my boyfriend and we're in our dry humping phase

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

You know when you have a new boyfriend and you go through like 2 -9 months of just constant PDA's and touching and inappropriate kissing at the dinner table in front of parents and stuff? Well that's pretty much what summer in Cape Town feels like for a Capetonian. I am so in love with my city I wish I could just dry hump it constantly. 

Most cities come alive in summer, but Cape Town does it in a special way (yes that's my horrific bias you're hearing). In light of all this hypothetical dry humping and coming alive and general happiness I decided that perhaps it was time to reexplore this amazing city I call home. A few months ago I got 'Sidewalks: A Journal for Exploring Your City' as a gift, and I think this will put it to great use. 

It was the Modcloth Book Of The Month for June 2012. Described as: 

This charming journal is your guide as you “wander, discover, and document the unexpected everyday charms of the city you call home.” Explore your everyday surroundings like never before with this clever notebook. Filled with creative prompts, like searching out colours on a stroll, questions to ask strangers and recording meals you've tried around your city, use this slim pad to direct and document all your new adventures.


I'll be posting my various adventures with the book and the city! 


Wednesday, December 05, 2012

I’ve always been the kind of person that despises complaining. I never send my food back at restaurants, I never alert management about bad service, I am a firm believer in the shut up and get on with it school of thought. Recently however I have taken to complaining, at first it was via email, then I gradually progressed to phone calls, then the dreaded Hello Peter and finally Twitter. It’s horribly addictive! 

In the past when we had a problem we would get on the horn and try to talk our way up to middle management, perhaps even write a strongly worded letter, and if you were really extreme you might even write to a newspaper. Nowadays, its acceptable to name and shame brands on the internets. To be honest, I detest this form of complaining. Why is my 140 character tweet more likely to inspire action than my call to your customer services department? Why even bother to have a customer services department? 

Supporting a brand as a consumer is more than jumping on a band wagon, it means taking your hard earned money and putting it in the hands of a brand because you heard their message and on some level it resonated with you. Or you just liked the cool shit they were selling. Either way! If you can take my money for your product you can for damn sure help me sort out a problem I have with said product, right? Yes right, but only if I tweet you about the afore mentioned problem. 

This is not why I joined Twitter. I don’t want a timeline filled with all the reasons your service/ product/ brand sucks arse! Right now I am sitting at my desk, banging (literally) this blog post out in a lonely rage, wondering hopelessly why I have been reduced to this maniac over something as simple as returning a dress. 

Never before has cutting myself off from technology been more appealing. 

Brands: help your customers, don’t wait to be called out on Twitter, an email or a phone call is not just enough, it’s the civilized way to communicate. Why would you prefer that I list everything negative about your company of a public forum? 



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