A few weeks back I read an article by Sharon from The Blessed Barrenness about her talk with her daughter about the birds and the bees or sex. While I read I was like oh yes, I need to do this. Making mental notes along the way you can read her article here. When I got to commenting it became apparent that I was not needing to, as in still – but actually late. Way late. Emilie is 10 turning 11 in a month. Sharon’s daughter is 7. The more I read the more I stressed. (more…)
This past week I was invited to attend the launch of Baby Dove South Africa, in Cape Town. Of course, I was extremely excited. Not only is my family already in love with Dove as a brand but Daniel has an eczema prone skin. And thus far none of the baby products on the market have fully met our needs for him. I went with a heart full of great expectations.
I was not disappointed. The first half of the launch we sat down and talked to a panel of real moms, they shared stories of judgement, guilt and the lonely road of motherhood. I had misty eyes throughout. As you know I am one of those overly emotional people in general but motherhood tends to strike nerves within my being. I myself being so guilty of trying to be perfect needed to hear those stories, and be reminded that I am not alone.
Baby Dove believes there are no perfect moms. Only real ones.
We got to talking about “trusting our own way” and what that means to each of us. It made me think so much. How often do we doubt what we know to be right for our babies? I’ve said before that I believe that we are each given unique insight into our own children. The knowledge, patience, strength and all round knowing what is best for the child given to you. We were asked to write a wish for all mothers on a little blue dove. Some of the wishes made me want to grab a notepad and just make notes because the truths that came from that session. Wow just wow! They are all on social media under the tag #BabyDoveSA if you would like to check them out too!
One that stood out – “Pick your battles” – Laverne Botha from Shell Shocked Mummy spoke about her journey and how she started out wanting to be perfect. She has adjusted her expectations of herself to suit her reality. I LOVE IT. She said sometimes she needs to not upset her daughter and herself fighting trying to get greens into her. If nuggets make her happy. Nuggets make her happy. Hats off to you Laverne, I can relate and will be picking my battles in the future!
The second half of the launch was spent going through some of the science and testing that went into this product. So much thought has gone into every aspect of how this product was designed – from the packaging shape, material and design. Which is user friendly and baby proof. All the way through to how this product is different from the leading competitors.
I have already started using these products on DJ and will be doing a review on the blog soon! YAY! First impressions are WOW, and excited. I like the look, feel behind this range. But I absolutely LOVE how much time Baby Dove has spent embedding REAL motherhood into this product range and am so excited to be able to share this with you!
In the meantime – Do you trust your own way? Does this slogan speak to your being, as much as it does to me? If you enjoyed this post, please share with your friends using my links below. And follow me on my handles – Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, because I know you are cool like that!
A little while ago I was complaining that Daniel kept falling and that my heart could not cope. It is so hard isn’t it? Someone responded to my complaint and said “Babies are designed for falling, don’t worry he will be fine”. This statement should go under the list of things to NOT say to a mom after her baby has fallen. No matter how true the statement may be. (more…)
Today my heart was bursting with joy when I received a call from my daughter. She called to wish Ian her step-dad a Happy Father’s Day,
we weren’t I wasn’t expecting it. It caught me off guard, and of course my tears have never been lazy. (more…)
No! Not me! Not yet anyway… that is still coming. But thank you for being so optimistic about my ability to change overnight. I meant the blog. And now that you are here…. what do you think? (more…)