Your Pregnancy - - Your Voice -

On 1 Jan­uary 2015 our lives changed in the two min­utes it takes for a preg­nancy test to show a pos­i­tive re­sult. Need­less to say that af­ter years of try­ing to fall preg­nant, this was an epic mo­ment for us. Since we started try­ing I have been buy­ing YP. I’ve got a whole col­lec­tion and I’ve been read­ing each one from start to fin­ish all over again. But then on 4 March our lives changed once again. We thought we were go­ing to hear our baby’s lit­tle heart­beat for the first time and in­stead we got the news that our baby had stopped de­vel­op­ing at seven weeks. Our world came to halt and a scrape was sched­uled for the fol­low­ing day. We still have hope that 2015 will be our year and that we will have our lit­tle bun­dle of joy. Even af­ter the hurt and sad­ness, I still bought my new YP and will con­tinue to read and learn and en­joy your mag­a­zine. JA­COBA


When ev­ery­thing is drag­ging me down, when I feel like my world is crum­bling and my skies are fall­ing, when tired­ness has left its dark cir­cles of de­spair un­der my eyes, when nau­sea and sick­ness have left my throat aching, when my de­signer denims are re­placed by “stretchy, com­fort­able, who gives a for­eign feather how I look” slacks, when all this is just about to blow me over and get me un­der, I look down at the bump. The 13-week bump that is lov­ingly, pro­tec­tively, host­ing my twins. Our twins. Our two lit­tle ba­bies. Our in­cred­i­ble gift. And in this mo­ment of over­whelm­ing emo­tion, I think of my dear, won­der­ful, so awe­some, so kind, so lov­ing hus­band who tries so hard to un­der­stand what this woman is go­ing through. And will still go through. This man, who, with the con­stant de­mands of a dou­ble preg­nancy, hangs on the verge of san­ity, with mostly no idea how to deal with this ev­er­chang­ing lady of his. An­gry, happy, sad, elated, and that all in un­der one minute. My heart and soul is filled with un­con­di­tional, end­less, pure love for you, my dar­ling hus­band, and our two lit­tle bun­dles of joy. IRENE


Send us a beau­ti­ful high­res­o­lu­tion photo of you with your gor­geous new­born baby and you could win a Baby City gift card worth R500. Sub­mit your en­tries, with all your rel­e­vant con­tact de­tails, ID num­ber and baby’s birth date to: You’re Here At Last, PO Box 95312, Grant Park, 2051 or email your pics to: letters@ your­preg­

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