RICH WITH

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HAP­PI­NESS

I am mar­ried to the most amaz­ing man and ex­pect­ing our first lit­tle bun­dle of joy in the next few months. Things couldn’t be bet­ter, ex­cept I’m one of the many peo­ple forced to live with the dreaded mon­ster-in-law due to fi­nan­cial rea­sons. I wish I had a house of my own with a beau­ti­ful backyard for my hus­band and I to run around af­ter our lit­tle one, but life has other plans for us for now. I know there are a lot of peo­ple in the sit­u­a­tion I am in. It’s re­ally dif­fi­cult with some­one telling you where to go and how to dress and worst of all, how I should raise my child. She even wants me to see the doc­tor she saw and even dress my child with the things she likes. I some­times cry wish­ing ev­ery­one would be as ex­cited as we are and be happy to let me ex­pe­ri­ence moth­er­hood on my own, like they had the

MY BLESS­ING

I’m an 18-year-old first time mom-to-be. As scary as it sounds be­ing the age that I am, I was given the choice to give up my baby or to go through this with the sup­port of my fam­ily and friends. The thought of giv­ing up an in­no­cent life was out of the ques­tion. I am thank­ful for my sup­port sys­tem of friends, fam­ily and my boyfriend who are al­ways there to give me ad­vice and com­fort. It’s been a long tough road but I will be meet­ing my son soon. I would not call my baby a mis­take but rather the great­est bless­ing of my life. ANON

RAIS­ING MEN

It’s won­der­ful to go through your mag­a­zine and see proud moth­ers hold­ing their baby boys. I think of the huge re­spon­si­bil­ity that’s ahead of them. Those lit­tle boys are our fu­ture men. Try­ing to raise a real man in to­day’s so­ci­ety is hard. There are lots of neg­a­tive in­flu­ences from the media, It’sI no se­cret that my preg­nancy wasw not planned. It couldn’t have come at a worse time for me. At 27 years of age I found out I’m ex­pect­ing a baby boy. I was now a woman and not a girl any­more. I was filled with fear of be­ing judged. My only hope was my best friend Theo. My part­ner dis­ap­peared on me for a good month af­ter failed at­tempts to con­vince me to abort. I had no choice but to lift my­self up. When my part­ner came back he bought me YP and apol­o­gised for leav­ing. Now at 37 weeks I have planned for baby and learnt so much from the mag­a­zine. I’m stronger now and know I am now ready for my prince. Thank you YP for get­ting me ready and guid­ing me. MUKE­LISIWE

YP BABY

To­day I’m 21 weeks preg­nant with my sec­ond child. My son is six years old and like his un­born sis­ter, he is a YP baby. I’m so grate­ful to YP for al­ways be­ing there for me. I still have some of the is­sues and book­lets I got dur­ing my first preg­nancy, although I’ve

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