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Our newborn photo shoot with Cutepix Photography

newborn photo shootRemember how much I bragged about Michelle over at Cutepix Photography? Well, the proof is in the pudding and this post right here is the pudding, ladies and gentleman. Well, MY pudding, to be exact… look at that face! I was so chuffed to be able to plan Jonah’s newborn photo shoot with Michelle. After seeing the amazing way she orchestrated Kari’s first birthday cake smash shoot, I knew that I would be pleased with Jo’s pics! I saw this shoot as a way to capture the beauty of our Jonah, fresh out of the oven. But it was also a way to celebrate his life and all the promise that we see over it! I’d like to celebrate with you too! I will be giving away a very special gift at the end of this post. But first… more pics!
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Some of the highlights of the shoot was:
1. Michelle was so gentle with my baby Jo – I could literally sit back and let her do her thing. (No really, she told me to bring a book along, to relax with)
2. The room was heated and the studio was calm and super stress free. She believes that a serene atmosphere will have baby feeling relaxed and comfy – and the comfort of the baby is always on top of her list.
3. She took her time. When it comes to photographing little ones, you cannot time it! She sat and sang to baby Jo for the longest time, until he gently fell asleep and then spent another few minutes, with her hand on his back, as he fell into a deeper lull. You can tell that she’s a mama too and I was really glad that we didn’t have to squeeze the whole session into one or two hours.
4. She made me feel at ease, as she put him into various poses and asked for permission if she thought the position/pose might freak me out.
5. She makes her own props people. Super score! I always knew this because she literally hand made every single prop in Kari’s shoot but when I walked into her studio and saw all the beautiful newborn props she had, I went a little giddy!
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If you’re in the Port Elizabeth area, and you’re looking to plan a photo shoot for yourself/your kids/your family, check out the Cutepix website. I promise, you will not regret it!

By the way, in celebration of Motherhood and our baby Jonah, I’d like to pass on some of my favorite things, including a copy of one of my favorite books – (un)Natural Mom by Hettie Brittz – to one of you wonderful Mamas! Thank you for all the words of encouragement and for celebrating with us!WhatsApp Image 2017-06-13 at 12.51.59 PM

To enter, simply like and comment on the pinned post on the My Spreadsheet Brain Facebook page, with the hashtag #cutepixphotography. Here’s a link, in case you get lost 😉 Don’t forget to follow Cutepix Photography on Facebook! Winner will be announced on July 3rd.

Recovery after birth: how to stay sane

Recovery after birthWhether you’re a first time mom or a ‘last time mom’, like me, the first few weeks after giving birth are usually very challenging. I know what you’re thinking: “What?! Is it not enough that I carried this kid around for nine months and then went through a very physical labour that resulted in me exposing more of my mind, body and soul than I care to?!” Okay, calm down, Patricia. Yes, post-birth can be just as challenging as the actual labour was. But it doesn’t have to be. I’ve found a few simple things that has really helped to make my recovery after birth more comfortable. (more…)

Inducing labour: My birth story

Inducing labourAs far as these things go, I’ve always considered myself pretty expert at giving birth. My first two deliveries were quick and easy and yes, there was pain, but I could handle it to the point that I laughed through most of the contractions. Literally, laughed. But the birth of my son, last Thursday was way different. I think that inducing labour played a big role in that. But hey, let’s start at the beginning: (more…)

My teen will not be watching 13 Reasons Why

Why my teen will not be watching 13 Reasons WhySo I jumped onto the ‘hip bandwagon’ and finally watched the hit Netflix mini-series, 13 Reasons Why. I had been told that it was a story about the suicide of a teenage girl and some people claimed that the show held legit life lessons that all teenagers could learn from. Sure thing, Suzy, but I need to get my eyes on this series first before I allow my kid to watch it. And you bet ya he’s been asking if he can! I must admit, the series left me feeling pretty disturbed, and for that reason my teen will NOT be watching 13 Reasons Why. (more…)

Not worthy for Mother’s Day

049I spent the latter part of my teenage years pretending to be a mother to my baby boy. The word ‘pretend’ may seem a bit harsh, but when you’re 19, being a mother is kinda the last thing on your list of things to do. I so clearly remember the day I gave birth. Seconds after the delivery, I laid there, in shock, thinking “I have a baby now”. I, Luchae, am someones mother! How did that happen?! I mean, don’t get me wrong, I was always aware that being pregnant usually resulted in a baby. But my young, impressionable mind did not realize the enormity of what that meant, until the moment I laid eyes on my son. (more…)

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