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Cape Town, South Africa
Mother, author, blogger, baby-maker. Recovering Infertile. Founder of an egg donor and surrogacy program. Passionate about helping others become parents
Interests: twins, infertility, parenting, writing, blogging, drinking wine, social networking, preschoolers, egg donation, IVF, surrogacy, blogging, South Africa
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Last week I received the best customer service I have ever received in my life. I was so blown away that I thought I had to share it with as many people I could. One of the prescription medications we... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at So Close
Having a child that is different / special needs / developmentally delayed / non-typical is challenging. Not so much because of the extra work required, but mostly because your heart aches for your child when they struggle more than most.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at So Close
Every night I lie next to Max while he falls asleep*. (Top bed of double bunk, single mattress. Tiny!) After he falls asleep I gently excavate myself from under the duvet as not to wake him, carefully climb down from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at So Close
Edited to add: It has been harder than we anticipated to get a visa for Rose to work overseas, so she is looking for a nanny job in Joburg instead. She is originally from JHB and is moving back home... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at So Close
I am writing this from 2937329732 miles above sea level, hopefully on my way home. It has been a great two weeks away, but I am so incredibly glad to be going home. I have missed my kids terribly. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at So Close
The husband and I are in Munich at the moment where I am attending a conference in a few days time. (Someone asked whether we were on our second honeymoon - I replied that every day is like a second... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at So Close
My children are getting so big. It feels like yesterday that they were tiny little babies. Some of them are growing up faster than others. Adam is extremely cool. Almost too cool to be my little boy anymore. I have... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at So Close
I decided to update my blog for the first time in months, typed the whole thing up and then LOST THE POST. It's been so long I think I have forgotten how. I will see if I can pluck up... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at So Close
I am the drinker in the family. I am a dedicated, loyal, committed and consistent drinker. I drink 2-3 glasses of Chardonnay Every Single Night. Only Chardonnay. Every night. If there is no Chardonnay, I won't have anything else. There... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at So Close
We are on holiday in our favourite place, Umngazi. It's our fifth year in a row, we love it here. It's the only place where I actually have a holiday as everything is done for you and it is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at So Close
This is for Erin who said if I don't put up a blog post in March it will be the only month in 10 years I haven't ever put something on my blog. We can't have that. I actually have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at So Close
If I had to pick only one word to use to describe Adam, it would be 'kind'. He is such a kind-hearted, kind-spirited child. He is my sweet, loving, kind boy. He will offer you his last sweet, his seat,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2014 at So Close
I am extremely fortunate that I am able to work from home, I realize how lucky I am. I get to take the kids to school and fetch them during the day, attend sports matches where necessary etc. Working from... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at So Close
One of my biggest fears with Max starting big school is that he would act out and hit other children. As I have said before, being the mom of the child who has been hit or hurt is hard. Being... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2014 at So Close
Max started "big school" this week. As you know, I was extremely anxious about it. Two days before school started I found out that the teacher I thought he was getting was no longer teaching that grade. To say I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2014 at So Close
Thank you so much for your support on my blog post the other day. You make me feel very comforted and contained. And relatively normal, which is always a good thing. It’s funny. I used to share everything about my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at So Close
I am feeling a little battered. Today we received yet another 'challenging' diagnosis for one of my children. Between the three of them we have varying diagnoses of ADD, SPD, dyspraxia...I am beginning to wonder, is it me? Is it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2013 at So Close
Laughing at Charles :) I hate people who are mean spirited or begrudge other people's happiness. It's a trait I find hard to ignore. That us my 'thing' that upsets me. But yes, to answer your question - it shouldn't matter how our gift us received. We should give regardless. Having said that, it is annoying when someone seems at best oblivious, at worst ungrateful. Xxxx
Toggle Commented Dec 15, 2013 on Meet Grace at Dim Sum Mum - Tess' Little Pieces
Adam's Christmas List: Star Wars Light saber Soccer ball Cricket bat Tennis balls Real cricket ball Star Wars cards Kate's Christmas List: Black smasher ball Pink little octopus Talking Furby Big toy penguin Darwin toy I love how Kate's items... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at So Close
This weekend I flew to London to attend a conference. As one does. If one is mad. I do not like going away because I miss the kids terribly and because I know they miss me terribly and because I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2013 at So Close
I am the quintessential Discount Queen. I absolutely LOVE getting a discount / bargain. Even if I don't need the item, I will buy it if it is on sale / on special offer. I have a cupboard full of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2013 at So Close
I had one of those perfect days on Saturday. A day that reminded me of how lucky I am. The day started with a cricket tournament in which Adam played at the school. The weather was absolutely gorgeous. Blue blue... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2013 at So Close
Kate is not fond of boys. At all. Boys are annoying and stupid and gross. (Long may this last!) Even boys who are related to her are not exempt from her distaste. Her father (who she refers to as "your... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2013 at So Close
I am a very bad liar. Not because of any particularly deep moral sense of right and wrong but because the effort of having to keep up pretences is more trouble than its worth. And I actually don't like being... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2013 at So Close
Today is the first day of school holidays. (Well actually, its the last day of school term but I never send my kids on the last day as school only last for 2 and a half hours and they play... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2013 at So Close