Meet Hannah Cabral. She is co-founder of Mammas Meeting Place and mom, or mum, as she would say as she hails from the UK, to little one-year-old Luke. Her heart made her move to South Africa when her eyes fell upon her now husband and baby-daddy, Simon. She now calls Cape Town home, although she is convinced it’s not forever. Some might hope otherwise…
1. Describe your first week of being a mom in 3 words.
Like nothing else
2. Give us your top 3 must-haves for new moms?
1 = Baby sling. It comforted Luke to be in there and he slept straight away.
2 = Room thermometer to make sure you have the right blankets and sleep clothes on.
3 = flowers or something that makes you smile, you will need that extra boost when walking around the house trying to comfort your baby at all hours of the night.
3. Give us your top 3 could-have-done-withouts for new moms?
1 = the high tech monitor, it made me more paranoid. The most reassuring thing for me was checking Luke myself, and I did that a lot at the start.
2 = Google, it became routine for me to put baby related questions in at least 4 times a day, such as ‘why isn’t my baby sleeping?’ I self-diagnosed Luke wrongly a lot! When I stopped looking for answers and just started ‘going with it’ I relaxed more.
3 = baby mittens, how do you keep them on?
4. What’s the most inappropriate thing anyone said or did to you when you were pregnant?
Someone said “are you ankles meant to be that big?” I was 38 weeks pregnant.
5. If we take a look in your nappy bag what would we find?
Nappies, wet wipes, small tub of bum cream, small talcum powder, hand sanitizer and moisturizer, baby nail file, changing mat, baby hats and socks as you never know when you will need them.
6. What product should every mom have in their nappy bag?
Changing mat, you will be surprised where you end up changing your baby and also how few restaurants have baby changing facilities.
7. Best piece of mom advice you’ve received, and from whom?
Trust your instincts. My mum.
8. What do you wish you had been told before having your little one/s?
The first month is crazy. Try and relax into it and go with the unpredictable flow of events.
9. What has becoming a mom taught you about yourself?
That I love being a mum, and also that I need to be more patient!
10. What’s the most important thing you’d like to teach your child?
That is a hard question, hum, to be content.
11. What do you think your little one’s going to be when he/she/they are big?
Going by recent activities a drummer. He can drum a good beat.
12. What part of your upbringing will you carry forward in raising your own child?
I want to create a strong and close family structure. My family is the centre of my world.