Make your suggestions for Modern Mommy here, please!

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It’s been 5 weeks since our daughter arrived and we’re slowly settling into our new kind of “normal.” The weather is changing and the snotty-nose season is upon us. Watching a bond develop between our children has been so fascinating to watch. Our newbie is mesmerised by her brother’s antics – he seems to be clowning around for her benefit and we find all his favourite cars, tow-trucks and tractors in her pram which is his most sincere way of showing his love.

I have realised too that a blog is a wonderful way of being part of a community. I have enjoyed reading your comments and your Mothers’ Day tributes had me in tears. How wonderful to know that we have such incredibly tenacious women who have raised us!

I’d like to make Modern Mommy a wonderful place to share your stories and where we can all learn from each other. And, of course, win wonderful prizes from time to time. We all LOVE a giveaway, don’t we 😉 But, I have realised how much I draw inspiration from you as readers and the vision I have for Modern Mommy and though I’ve been a bit quiet over the last few days, it’s been because I’m working on putting together incredible content for this blog which seems to be becoming my third child at the moment.

Congratulations to our winners of the Modern Mommy prizes from three previous posts: Busi Phaalhla who won R500 for her comment on sibling rivalry, Kelly Clarke who won the R1000 for sharing her story about her mom who raised 5 children whilst blind and Adele Kruger who won the breastfeeding shawl from Baby Sense for her comment on breastfeeding. (click this to buy shawl)

Please post your comments here about what you’d like to see on the blog and tell me which your favourite mommy blogs and other blogs are. Best suggestion for blog content will win a R500 Pylones voucher – it’s my new favourite gift shop from Paris. I enjoy their quirky designs and they make my desk a happy place with their fabulous office stationery. They now have branches in Cape Town and Jozi and you can also shop their wonderful goodies online by clicking here –http://www.pylones.co.za

Always lovely hearing from you! Much love and light.

xx Modern Mommy

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22 Comments

  1. Pulane
    Fri, 13 May 2016
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    Hello Hi

    I am 23 year old momma so i have just started looking at mommy blogs and can i just add that yours is AMAZING!!! So personally i would love to see more posts tat tackle the nasty bits of post pregnancy such as post par-tum* depression and anxiety you have caring for a new baby especially when you are a young first time momma like myself, Even if you arent going through it reading other womens stories would help a lot and would bring comfort to mommas like myself. Thank you and God bles you and your babas…

  2. Annique Lawrence
    Fri, 13 May 2016
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    Good afternoon beautiful mommies,

    Firstly I absolutely love a platform such as this where I personally can draw strength from mommies going through different parental joys and challenges.I’m a mother of two ,my son 19 months and daughter 2 years old . They both bring so much joy into our lives but would like to hear how mothers with the same sort of gap manage to keep it all together and still be successful. What do we need to do not to neglect certain areas of our lives just taking care of yourself as a woman and a wife and still look the part. I think after having been blessed with our gifts (children) we tend to forget that we too need to still look after ourselves.

    Look forward to following this blog.

  3. Julie-Ann Jacobs
    Fri, 13 May 2016
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    Hi Jo-Ann

    Thank you for your inspirational blog, I enjoy reading it! Congrats on the birth of your baby! I also have a newborn she is nine weeks old. She is my miracle baby. I had a miscarriage at 22 weeks and this pregnancy was very difficult. I had surgery while pregnant at 34 weeks and emergency ceaser at 35 weeks. Baby was in ICU for two weeks a very difficult period for my husband and five year old son as well. We made it through my God’s amazing grace and loving support from family and friends.

    I would appreciate more information on post-natal depression, sleep deprivation, sleep training, working moms and breastfeeding success. I was encouraged when I read that you breastfed your son for 20 months!

    Keep up the good work! You are truly an inspiration to so many moms☺

    Regards
    Julie-Ann

  4. Megan Jonkers
    Sat, 14 May 2016
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    Hi J and the moderm mommy community!

    I’m 24, also a blogger and i enjoy this blog. I’m not a mom(but i read mommy blogs) because i enjoy blogs. Fabness@fingertips is my lifestyle blog and some of my fav blogs are Fashion by Brett Robson, Simply Siyaam and Just Jade. What draws me to modern mommy is the pictures! They alwaus stunning, please keep it up and post some more. A blog by Tamera Housley is one i also enjoy, she blogs about lifestyle content and mommy content.

  5. Megan Jonkers
    Sat, 14 May 2016
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    Hi J and the modern mommy community!

    I’m 24, also a blogger and i enjoy this blog. I’m not a mom(but i read mommy blogs) because i enjoy blogs. Fabness@fingertips is my lifestyle blog and some of my fav blogs are Fashion by Brett Robson, Simply Siyaam and Just Jade. What draws me to modern mommy is the pictures! They always stunning, please keep it up and post some more. A blog by Tamera Housley is one i also enjoy, she blogs about lifestyle content and mommy content.

  6. cassandra
    Sun, 15 May 2016
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    Hi Jo! I would absolutely love to see more recipes. As a busy mom I’m sure you have plenty tricks up your sleeve to whip up a dinner in no time. Also, if you’re going to make your own baby food, then suggested recipes for that too? I follow the http://www.nikkiandnicholas.com blog – a raw, honest, heart to heart mommy blog that I just love!

  7. Kristy
    Mon, 16 May 2016
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    I’d like to read about rebuilding fitness and how it fits into a new parent life style when it’s a challenge just to get a load of laundry done! Would also like to hear how socialising with friends evolves / fits in with new baby routines.

  8. Mon, 16 May 2016
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    Hi Jo

    I think what we all enjoy is following your journey with you and it reminds the already moms of the wonderful experiences we have had and it encourages us to know that we are not the only ones who don’t have all the answers and that we are not all perfect and superwomen and in this crazy world we all live in today with majority of moms working, we truly are all modern mommies. We do the best we can and your blog is a safe space where we can all share our stories and be reassured that we’re doing OK. I’d love some advice regarding the Don’t forgets and the do’s. Maybe a random section where we could just post any advice and then you could have a keyword option so we can search. Keep it up, motherhood has endless subjects to discuss!

  9. Sibo
    Tue, 17 May 2016
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    Hi Jo-Ann

    I am a 27 year old first time mom & I have just recently started following your blog& instagram page, it’s so awesome to see someone looking so beautiful and being such a great mom. As a young person I would love to see more articles on how to dress well (especially if you didn’t lose all the pregnancy weight) and still be able to breastfeed properly , I want to look good and at the same time feel comfortable if and when I need to nurse my baby.
    Another topic I’d like to see you tackle is how to get along with Granny and raise a child without conflict because I still live at home & in most cases my mom & I do not agree on how to do certain things when it comes to raising my son.

  10. Mariëtte
    Tue, 17 May 2016
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    Hi Modern Mommy!

    Women are under a lot of stress during pregnancy and post birth. We have a career that needs attention, we have a new miraculous life- completely dependent on us for existence. We are responsible for the protection and nurturing of our children, we have to help them grow to ultimately become productive human beings . We have to juggle a whole household, how do you and your partner still find each other at the end of each day? That is something I would love a blog about! It is so easy to get overwhelmed, overworked, stressed and chaotic. Can you please make a blog about bonding during and after pregnancy with your significant other and how to avoid shutting each other out, as that happens way to easy!

    Thank you very much for all the great posts!

  11. Carla
    Tue, 17 May 2016
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    I would love a link to the blog from Instagram ?

  12. Sylvia Africa
    Wed, 18 May 2016
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    Hi Jo-Ann, browsing through your pictures and see Gods creation…a gift from God. You are a beautiful soul, Believe you me, i will, if i have my way, just sit and read your stuff whole day. I am a 50 yr old mom and enjoy every minute. Even if you 50 you are under a lot of stress with your kids thats on varsity and school. Looking back on how i delivered my babies is something that i would have loved to experience over and over. The bond we have is something to die for. Unfortunately we cannot have babies day after day. What i love and would love to see more is how you look after yourself after giving birth, You look still so young and yet still you are a mother of 2. As mentioned, I am 50, 3 kids but boy oh boy, i am taking very good care of myself, my body, my hair, my figure,… it would be so kind if you can post more pics on how to be still young and beautiful and how to get your body back in shape after the babies. You are beautiful Jo Ann. I have been following you since you won the Ms South Africa as i am also a Capetonian and i know people who lives opposite your mom in Blackheath. They told me what a beautiful soul you are. Kee it up.l

  13. Wed, 18 May 2016
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    I became a mother when i was 22 and having a small blanket or towel with me when i was with my son was always a challenge for me, i thought it didn’t make me cool enough, but when time went by i decided i didn’t need to be cool but i needed to make what was best for my baby at the time, giving him best rest where ever i was, i carried it around and got myself a cut bag to put it in.

  14. Raeesa Mayet
    Wed, 18 May 2016
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    I believe that breast milk is best for babies especially in their early development years. I struggled after birth with lactation overall. I had a low milk supply and both my kids would not latch onto me. It was frustrating and depressing. I was able to pump milk for my kids easily but my struggles were low milk supply, finding time to express, feed, change diapers, see to the rest of family and most of all getting the rest I needed to get to the next day.

    I would love to see more posts on women who have struggled with breastfeeding and also how to mange family time as well as taking time to myself.

    Jo-Ann your blog is amazing and inspirational. It’s just the medicine that mommies especially first time mommies need. We could all do with a little help now and then especially great advice from experienced mom’s.

    Xoxo
    Raeesa

  15. Shani
    Fri, 20 May 2016
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    I certainly do love your blog the way it is 🙂 However a few suggestions:
    I would like to see more content on how to juggle being a corporate women along with being a mother. Not all moms or moms-to-be want to promote a nanny-nation, i.e they would much rather bring up their kids full time with very little or no help from a nanny. Please incorporate working mother views into your blog as many women in cut-throat corporate environments sometimes lose the opportunity of motherhood – all because they sacrificed this for a strong career path. I know of many such women who lost their chance due to their biological clock ticking and are now considering adoption. I really like the “Heart Mama Blog” by Jules Kynsaton as she documents many heartwarming adoption stories as well.
    I think that women in corporate need to realise that they can juggle both a career and motherhood without having to sacrifice one or the other. 🙂

  16. Fri, 20 May 2016
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    Absolute best other blog is Baby Jakes Mom great EASY healthy recipes
    Best group: (if I do say so myself) Breastfeeding Friendly South Africa

  17. Diana
    Fri, 20 May 2016
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    I love humour, I read blogs to share the funny side of parenting. One of my favourites is a blogger from the states (http://www.katebaer.com/) She has a great circle of friends – something every mom needs. We all need to share our love and strength. Your style and warmth come through in your home and your wide circle of friends; it takes a village to raise children as the saying goes.

  18. Busi Phaahla
    Sat, 21 May 2016
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    The reason why I enjoy reading on this blog it’s because it caters for everyone..I am a 30 year old lady with not child as yet, and not even once have I felt I’m left out on any give away topics…I would like to have children one day and this block is the best for me as it caters from siblings to mommy to kids…

    I also follow Orgella media, simply because they update me with the latest entertainment news…what’s happening out there and they are relevant

    I would be happy if your content would include 1) diet plans for babies, I’m passionate about food so I would learn a lot if I can know how to feed the little ones healthy food. 2) Touch on how best to raise both a boy child and a girl child— many times we raise boys to be strong human being and girls to be more softer and on the receiving end..Later in life when that happens and our daughters are looking for are sense of belonging else were we get surprised 3) Touch on the treatment between new brides and mother in law, ideas on how to create the best relationship with mommy in law.

  19. Loshni reddy
    Tue, 24 May 2016
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    Hi. I would love to read about travelling with the babas- how do you make your trips, kid friendly. There are enough magazines/blogs that have travel articles- but they are so generic. I would like to know , specifics… Like what do u pack, specific products, what works/ what not to bother with etc. hotels… Which ones are especially kid friendly, airlines etc.

  20. Mon, 30 May 2016
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    Hi Jo-Ann and the modern motherhood nation 🙂
    I recently found your blog which I thoroughly enjoy. I become a mom three years ago and my journey into single motherhood has been scary, satisfying and challenging to levels I didn’t know exist. I love communities like this where we can inspire and learn from one another because we’ve have stories to tell that kicked us in the tush and forced us to get back up.
    Co-parenting is a topic I would like to read more about. I believe even when parents separate the work still needs to get done.
    I’m in the process of launching my blog: www. stylishmotherhood.co.za. Keep a look out 😉

  21. Faaima van Wyk
    Thu, 14 July 2016
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    Hi Jo- Ann
    I am so glad that I saw this post because I have been struggling with something.
    Recently, a friend asked me what my goals are and because was a particularly emotionally-taxing day, I couldn’t think of any goals. I listed things that I would like to achieve or complete in the near future but was not sure if that classified as goals.
    Now you know how hectic life gets with the kids and hubby and life’s challenges and I think I have fallen prey to putting myself last,
    So my point with this reply is to ask you to please share with us how you go about setting goals for yourself? Is there some magical formula?

    Thank you so much. You are an inspiration to myself and I wish that one day I could meet you to tell you that in person:)

    Have an awesome day and I look forward to your next posts.

  22. Pat
    Sat, 16 July 2016
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    Hi I would love to read about breastfeeding till.6months then introducing solids. What’s your take on it?

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