My Nina James Durrant.20. August 2014
Wowzers ok so 3 weeks ago yesterday I was writing about how excited I was to meet our baby girl and now she is 3 weeks and 1 day old. It’s nuts how fast time goes and how quickly things happen.
I’m going to start at the beginning, I did land up having a cry the night before at home (as anticipated) when Shane and I went to bed, but after that I felt calm and at ease and I actually landed up having one of the best nights sleeps in ages. In the morning we had to be at the hospital at 11:30, which was a bit torturous because we were ready to go by 8 and then we had to wait around and pretty much have the same conversation over and over again for the next couple of hours about how we can’t believe the time has come, is it time yet to take the bags down to the car etc etc. But eventually we left for the hospital and soon enough they were getting me ready to go into theatre.
I was a bit teary before we went in, but then this amazing man named Dr. Sischy, who was my anaesthetist came to chat to me and between him and Shane they made me feel so calm and ready. Now being wheeled into an operating theatre for the first time ever is quite a thing, there are loads of machines around and bright lights and a team of people waiting for you, but the doctors were all so wonderful that the whole experience felt like I was on some strange reality show. They were making jokes with each other and Shane and I, they were chatting and laughing. Dr. Sischy was keeping me up to date on everything that was happening behind the little screen in front of me and telling Shane where to stand to get the best camera angle for when they pulled baby out. And then just like that, I went from being wheeled in as Angie, to being wheeled out as Angie New Mom Durrant. It was surreal and amazing at the same time. I know some women are dead set against caesareans, but I would honestly do it again. it was quick and precise and baby came out with no complications and was perfectly fine.
But I’m not going to lie and say that it wasn’t sore afterwards, obviously it was. Day 2 and 3 were the worst, pain wise, but just like everything, things fade and all those feelings and memories were replaced with images of the awesome face below. I can’t believe how in love I fell in literally no time, so totally and utterly head over heels in minutes.
And so it’s been 3 weeks of getting to know our Nina James, who is the sweetest little thing on this planet. My days are all about having little chats with her and then having her sleeping on my chest (best feeling in the world), getting up every ±3 hours to feed her, which has been tough especially when she’s sleeping so peacefully at 2:30 in the morning and then our fat faces come to wake her up (again). She’s gone from being super sleepy all the time to slightly more aware now, we get small smiles every now and then and her little cheeks are getting rounder and rounder by the day, I think it’s her Greek eating gene coming out in her hehe. We’re taking everyday as it comes, getting to know her, as she gets to know us and I’m so excited for everything that is still to come. Super excited.
So here is to my beautiful Nina James, who I will love until my hearts stops beating. Fullstop.
The picture on the left is of me and the one on the right is of Nina, you can see who she gets her chubba-chuck cheeks from. I’m sure she’s saying “thanks mom, you’re awesome”.
Back to the Future Exhibition at Wolves Cafe19. August 2014
This Friday a new group exhibition is starting at Wolves at 6pm. It includes a bunch of talented young individuals and is being headed up by Miss Amber Smith who did a successful solo exhibition at Wolves a while back.
Come on in on Friday and come a look-see, I’m sure there will be something that takes your fancy… below is a sneak peak of a couple of the works going up.
Here are the artists taking place:
Gerhard Van Wyk
Nina Torr15. August 2014
Today I thought I would share some of Nina Torr’s work with you. She is a local South African artist that is one of my most favourite illustrators around. She has exhibited at Wolves a couple of times, as well as at a quite a number of other gallaries. She has a solo show coming up really soon and I’m going to make sure I’m first in line for it! I’ll let you know when it comes around, but for now enjoy some Nina magic.
- Nina Torr (AKA Andy Wyeth) is a Pretoria based illustrator/artist. She earned a BFA in Fine Arts from Parsons the New School for Design in NY in 2010 and is currently teaching illustration at The Open Window in Pretoria.
Lucky Song Friday – Future Islands – Cotton Flower15. August 2014
I would literally go to war for this song, whatever the hell that means. Future Islands is one of my all time most favourite bands and Cotton Flower is one of my all time most favourite songs. Happy listening.
You must watch a video of them live, the lead singer is the raddest dancer, so unexpected. My dream would be to watch this band live one day – that would be amazing!
Last week’s Lucky Song Friday - Feels Like We Only Go Backwards – Tame Impala
“Cards for Tigers” initiative by Cupcake Richard Cake Shop13. August 2014
Cupcake Richard Cake Shop is a tiny online, vegan & gluten free, cake shop, based in Cape Town, who love love tigers (all cats really) and are really passionate about tiger conservation. They have launched a Postcard Project, based on the WWF project, for rangers who are dedicating their lives to saving these awesome animals. They wanted to do something nice for them, so they got five of South Africa’s amazingly talented artists to each supply them with work to create a set of tiger inspired postcards. The following artists were kind enough to participate: Kirsten Beets, Maria Lebedeva, Wonder Meyer, Elsabe Milandri, Andrew Sutherland
They now have a limited amount of 100 sets available. Each set includes all five postcards and the addresses of the brave rangers who are risking their lives to protect tigers against poachers. This project was inspired by the World Wildlife Fund’s “Cards for Tigers” initiative. You send a postcard to a ranger to tell them how awesome they are! Each set is R200.00 (excluding shipping) and absolutely 100% of the profit is donated towards the Save Tigers Now campaign, for tiger conservation.
You can contact them on this email address email@example.com if you would like to own a set or 2 or 3. Wolves is also going to be stocking them soon soon.
*Thanks so much guys for my set of postcards, they are really really pretty…
Hello everyone, We-Are-Awesome and I are amped to announce that we will be starting a new Levis series called ‘Live in Levi’s’ on both our blogs and this time around not only will we be showcasing some of South Africa’s coolest, talented individuals, where they live and what they do, but every month we will also be giving away Levi’s vouchers and all we want to see is your interpretation of the theme ‘Live in Levi’s’ – just post a picture of yourself on Instagram in any Levi’s item of clothing and then tag myself @miss_luckypony and @weareawesomedotcom and add this #LiveInLevis. We’re making it super easy for you guys to enter and who wouldn’t want some free Levi’s awesomeness? So get posting and good luck.
We’re also going to be showcasing some of Levi’s new in store product and I’m starting with this very cool ladies denim and white collared shirt that I spotted and snapped up immediately. I love denim shirts, in fact I think I own close to 6 of them, but I don’t have one like this. Love the collar detail and how it highlights whatever you choose to wear around your neck.
I’ve taken photos of some of my favourite accessories with this awesome piece, I also saw a very cool short black denim jacket that I think may have my name on it next time I go shopping.