As I’m writing this rain is battering my windows and the wind is howling outside. I am snuggled on the couch, feet by the heater, and I’m 6 weeks pregnant.


At this point it’s way to early to tell anyone anything (it’s a good few weeks before I’m even going to post this), and I feel like I am carrying this incredible secret around with me, that’s going to make so many people so happy.

Did you know a baby looks like a tiny dinosaur at this point? At six weeks it’s the size of a lentil and its heart beats at 150 beats per minute!

At the same time I’m really nervous, because while two positive home-tests and painful boobs confirm my suspicions, I can only see a doctor at 8 weeks. That’s a whole lot of waiting for a heart beat. And part of me doesn’t want to get my hopes up. Do you get what I’m saying?

Then there’s the actual “getting a baby bit” that’s adding to my mild nausea – not the tiny human bit, but all the stuff we need to keep it healthy and happy. A quick search of Pinterest delivered various First Time Nursery Essentials that are about as long as my arm, and have you ever looked at the price of a stroller. Holy mother!

I guess Mother Nature knew we’d need a good 9 months to get ready for this whole business – mentally and budget-wise.

Oh, and did I mention I only own high-waist jeans which I now hate because they push into my belly all the fricken time! Should I go for leggings and knits? And while we’re at it, can you please recommend some nice maternity brands? I feel they’re all so outyds. 

What I’m getting down to is that I can use all the help and advice I can get. Tell me everything, from what I should eat to the best clothing choices (for winter and then later in summer), and if you have recommendations on the best cribs, strollers, car seats etc, I’ll take those as well.

I’m thinking Gumtree is a good option for most of the expensive stuff, right? Has anyone gone through that process?

In return I’ll try to share all of the wisdom I gain along the way to hopefully make this new life journey a little less daunting for the next new mama-to-be.

Okay, here we go.


I am a lifestyle blogger from Cape Town trying to find the best ways to spend my time, take care of my body and express myself. I am slightly obsessed with fragrances, sneakers, Jamie Oliver and Masterchef Australia. Oh, and I probably drink way too much wine.

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  1. Maternity wear // I’ve only seen nice things at H&M and on Spree, but haven’t bought anything just yet. Ek roll met die rekkie in my knoopsgat! HAHA! High waisted has never been such a pain. 🙂

    I have’t found a pair of leggings I love, without feeling flabby and weird, but Dischem sells these incredible ‘heat’ stockings and leggings. I got the stockings version and wear this with dresses and boots for the colder days when I’m not wearing frumpy tracksuit pants at home. HAHA!

    We also bought our Doona on Gumtree – it’s only been used for 6 months (which really is the longevity of an infant stroller even though they say 1 year / 13kgs) after which we’ll get a bigger pram at a later stage. Furthermore, ask around. Mom friends will be more than happy to lend you a sterilizer, a bouncer etc. Pinterest and Google can be VERY overwhelming and I don’t even know what half of the stuff means, but I’m so we’ll figure it out! HAHA!

    Clothes-wise (for baby) wait until you buy – loads of people will gift you with the most amazing items!

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