IT TAKES A VILLAGE
As I sit here and look back at the wonderful first year of motherhood, I cannot help but feel loved.
I think about all the times friends have come over and kept the baby busy while I took a bath or made dinner.
These friends have babysat so that Daddy and I could have a date night or attend a wedding and they have picked up the baby from daycare when we were running late from work.
I have family that spoils my little Lara with love and toys galore and girlfriends that rock up at my house with cupcakes and wine, because they know I did not get enough sleep all week while baby was teething. I have an awesome husband, Simon, who looks after our little one while I am doing night shifts at the hospital as a working doctor mom. Accepting colleagues and my boss allow me to take a few minutes off work during the day to express breastmilk.
I also have Your Baby that gives me advice and entertainment while taking a relaxing bath when the baby has gone to sleep.
My child is such a friendly and happy child and I truly believe that she can see there is an enormous amount of love and support in her life.
The saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. I could not be more grateful for my village. CHANTELLE VAN DER BIJL, BLOEMFONTEIN