Mothers Day Connect 2018

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a mom. I couldn’t wait to be pregnant, have a baby and be Mommy.

Now, I am Mommy. It never happened the way I thought it would when I was a young girl. And I certainly wouldn’t change my journey to motherhood one bit – it lead me to my Noah, after all!

Having gone through the adoption process, I’ve only ever been a visitor in maternity wards. I’ve never seen a lady in active labour, let alone been inside a delivery room before. Until yesterday, that is.

Yesterday, I had the privilege of leading a team of ladies in visiting the maternity ward at False Bay Hospital. What a meaningful time it was! We were armed with gifts for moms, babies and nurses. We visited with a new mom and her gorgeous son, only one-day old. We chatted to three labouring moms, one of whom was on the verge of giving birth at any minute. We even got to hear her baby’s heartbeat and chat to one excited dad-to-be.

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Our team, from left to right: myself, Ali, Donna, Amanda and Chevone. Nicki was with us in spirit on the day!

The faithful nurses, moms themselves, were amazing. They work tirelessly, caring for labouring moms, and moms with their newborn babies. The nurses showed such care and compassion to to each mom in their ward, all the while with such lovely smiles on their faces. It was a delight to give each nurse a gift, honouring them for all that they do.

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The wonderful nurses!

I left False Bay Hospital yesterday feeling such a sense of joy. I was able to wait with a nervously excited dad, just outside the delivery room, while he waited to hear his baby’s first cry. I left the hospital, having heard a newborn baby’s first cry as he was being born. It was a sound I heard for the very first time. It was incredible!

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The delivery room!

It was a joy to team up with such dedicated ladies, living in the Valley. Each lady on our team worked so hard, sourcing donations for the gift bags. Thank you to each one of you, for the part you played in making yesterday everything that it was. And thank you to each one of the sponsors, who gave so generously:

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Gift bags for the newborn babies

I can’t wait to do this again, next Mothers Day!

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Gifts for moms, ready to be packed!

*Chevone Petersen was a part of our team, and wrote a beautifully personal post about her experience yesterday, on her blog, Chevs Life.

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Moms supporting moms this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is this Sunday – four more sleeps! This will be my third Mother’s Day as a mom, and I cannot wait!

Motherhood has been one of the most exciting, scary, busy, up and down journeys I have ever been on. I love the fact that there is a little boy in this world who calls me ‘Mommy’. When he is hurt or sick, he comes to me for comfort. When he is excited, he comes to me for happy loves. When he needs something, he calls for me to come and help him.

Being ‘Mommy’ has been a roller coaster of good days and bad day. Days (especially in the beginning) where I felt accomplished when Noah was changed out of his pj’s and fed…never-mind a tidy house and clean Mom! There were other days where everything just went right, and I even managed to straighten my hair and put on some make up. I loved those days!

Through all the good days and the bad days, I was always so thankful for our village around us. There were (and still are, even though Noah is older now) ladies, fellow moms, around me, who helped me out on the bad days, offered advice and tips, and celebrated with me on the good days. I counted on these ladies, and still do!

There is something so special about mom’s who support other moms. I found comfort in knowing that there were ladies, both family and friends, who understood what I was going through. They understood the struggles. They had been there and done that. We all need help and support at one point or another. And when moms come together and support each other, wonderful things happen.

Enter Embrace. Embrace is an NGO based in Cape Town.

If you’re a mother or a mother-supporter, you’re part of the ‘us’. We’re reclaiming our village and giving every new mother a voice, a community and a network of possibilities.

Embrace is a national movement for connected, supported and celebrated motherhood. We want to see every new mother embraced and flourishing from the start of her motherhood journey, understanding that an empowered and embraced mother raises a thriving child.

One of the ways that Embrace works to empower moms, is through their Mother’s Day Connect initiative. Basically, there are teams of ladies, across the country, all going to spend one hour this Mother’s Day at their local government hospital maternity ward. It is “Moms supporting moms” put into action.

Last year I joined a team of ladies, lead by the lovely Sade from Disney Mom Blog, and we visited Addington Hospital. It was such an incredible time of moms coming together to wish the new moms a happy Mother’s Day.

This year, a team of ladies and I are going to be visiting False Bay Hospital. I’m so looking forward to visiting with the new moms on Sunday. It’s so rewarding taking time out of your Mother’s Day, to go and visit new moms, give them some gifts, both for them and their babies, and just love on them.

There are still some spots available at hospitals across the country. You can sign up, and RSVP to the hospital of your choice, by clicking on this link.

You can join the Facebook event here.

You can join the Embrace Facebook page here.

It will be one hour well spent this Mother’s Day!

A lesson from my 3-year-old

As parents, there are a lot of things we have taught our Noah over the years. We’ve taught him to sit, crawl and walk. We’ve taught him to feed himself. We’ve recently been teaching him how to brush his own teeth, and potty training – well, we nailed that lesson at last!

We’ve also taught him to say please and thank you, I love you, hello and goodbye. One of the best things we have taught him, is how to pray – not just at meal times, but also at bedtime, or when someone is hurt or sick or even if you just want to pray for someone who is on your mind. We’re constantly teaching him more about who Jesus is, and why we love Him so much and have Him in our lives.

We’ve taught him a lot over the years, and naturally will continue to teach him things, as the years go on. Oh, the privilege of parenting!

Then there are the days when the tables are turned, and I learn a lesson, or get reminded of a simple fact of life, from my Noah. That happened about two weeks ago, on my birthday! We were at the airport, getting ready to say good bye to Daddy, get on a plane and fly to Jo’burg. And boy, did we have one excited little boy, just bursting to go and fly on an actual airplane! Cue lesson number one – get excited about life, and anything it may send your way. Just get excited!

             The first photo is the day we went to JHB. The second photo is the day we came back to CT. I just realized we were dressed rather similarly for both trips! 

Lesson number one was reinforced by lesson number two – experience new things as often as you can. And be excited about it! I learnt this, by watching my son ride on an escalator for the first time. He has always been carried on an escalator, but on this day at the airport, he actually stepped onto it, holding his Dad’s hand, and stood on it, as it took them all the way to the top. He tried something new, and he was excited about it. He loved it so much, it’s all he wanted to do until we got onto our plane!

I wish I could have adequately captured the joy and wonder on my boy’s face at the airport that day; the pride of doing something new, albeit something as simple as stepping onto an escalator, and then stepping into an airplane. It was such a beautiful reminder to find joy and wonder in life. And to get excited about this beautiful life we live!

Thank you for teaching me this on my birthday, my sweet boy!

What lessons have you learnt recently from your children? I’d love to hear from you!