You Are Loved, Mamma

You Are Loved, Mamma

If you have at least 1 child, you have highly likely been in a space of desperation, a space of feeling tired, helpless and demotivated. Maybe you are reading this and you are in that space right now. If this is you, I want you to know that you are loved, Mamma.

When life consists solely of feeds and nappy changes in what seems like an endless cycle, you are not alone! I have been through this with 3 kids over the past 5 years and I can confidently say that I am now enjoying a full night’s sleep at least 5 out of 7 nights. I survived, and so will you, Mamma.


God has graced you to boldy carry the title of ‘Mom’. What an honour it is to have been chosen to raise your prince or princess. There is no better candidate than you! When I had my first baby, this was something that I knew deep down, but I never felt like I was fully capable of fulfilling this role. I was stressed, I felt so alone, locked up in my home and too afraid to go anywhere. Would I cope being out alone with baby? What if there was nowhere to change his nappy? What about the cramps and winds? I couldn’t possibly take a screaming baby out in public! What would people think of me? These were all questions which filled me with anxiety and caused me to stay home all day everyday, unless hubby was with me. Added to that, I was tired and I just didn’t have the energy to get myself and a baby packed and ready to go out.

If you can relate to this, I really want to encourage you to make time to take care of yourself. If you are fortunate enough to have a reliable support system, don’t be shy to ask for help. Ask a friend or family member to join you at a coffee shop, or to watch baby for an hour while you take a nap, or go for a walk. Never feel ashamed to ask for help. You are absolutely normal.

Don’t forget, you are worthy and you are loved, Mamma.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below. If you would like to chat, you are most welcome to send me a mail – lauren@myprettythings.co.za

Let Them Learn and Love Them Through It

Let Them Learn and Love Them Through It

As I am sitting here at my dining room table, beyond tired, I have a fort in front of me, consisting of every blanket, pillow and duvet we own. I try to ignore the reality that this afternoon, I will be folding each one of those blankets, and dragging each duvet back to the bed on which it belongs. Next to the fort, directly in front of my front door, the tiles are covered by every napkin we own. Mostly green, with dinosaurs on.

I am sitting here, thinking what a waste of the money I spent on these fancy printed napkins. It then occurred to me, instead of being annoyed with my boys for making this mess, I can choose to let them be and let them learn. I chose to not turn this into a fight. My 5 year old is now teaching his 2 year old brother how to fold napkins into various shapes. They are working on their fine motor skills and at the same time, keeping themselves occupied and giving me the opportunity to take a short break while my 1 year old is having his morning nap.

I know it’s hard, mamma. You don’t feel like picking up everyone’s mess all day long. The nights are short and the days just too long when you have little ones. The truth is, you are their everything. You are there to minister to them, teach them, serve their every need, and most importantly to show them God’s love through your actions.

Many times, God allows us, His children, to continue with what we are doing in order to allow us to learn. At the end of the day, He is there to clean up our messes. He does this because He loves us more than we could ever know. What better way to display God’s love to our children?

Feel free to share with us your thoughts and struggles.