Meet MMP Mamma Niculie Botes, She lives in Durban and is mom to 2 year old Karo. She and her husband relocated back from the UK when Karo was just 6-weeks old. Like so many working moms Niculie has faced numerous challenges finding the right job post maternity leave. She felt employees expected her to start over despite the hours she had put in to establish her career prior to maternity leave. Three jobs later Niculie finally found a job that is exciting and offers the flexibility to spent time with Karo as well.
1. Describe your first week of being a mom in 3 words.
Ecstatic, overwhelming, emotional
2. Give us your top 3 must-haves for new moms?
2 = Nappy Bin
3 = Bio oil and Palmers Cocoa butter for stretch marks
3. Give us your top 3 could-have-done-withouts for new moms?
1 = Too many new born onesies, they grow out of it so quickly.
2= All the gadgets, keep it simple
3 = Complete strangers walking up to you and giving you unsolicited advice
4. What’s the most inappropriate thing anyone said or did to you when you were pregnant?
My husband and I went on a Californian road trip when I was about 6 months pregnant. We were admiring the coastal views when he said “I can tell people I did some “Whale watching” this holiday….
5. If we take a look in your nappy bag what would we find?
Luckily as they grow older you don’t have to carry the entire house around anymore. We just potty trained so I always have an extra pair of clothes on hand.
6. What product should every mom have in their nappy bag?
Emergency nappy rash combo (Mix a little bit of bennett’s nappy cream, multi-peace with something like mycopsor) It works wonders.
7. Best piece of mom advice you’ve received, and from whom?
My Sister gave me this advice. Whenever you start giving the bottle, don’t heat it. They are just fine drinking it at room temperature. You will be the one that needs to get up in the middle of the night to heat a bottle!
8. What do you wish you had been told before having your little one/s?
That it can be hard at times especially when you are not getting sleep and its ok when someone ask you how it is going to say you are feeling a bit overwhelmed.
9. What has becoming a mom taught you about yourself?
It surprised me that I can actually be calm and very patient, especially when they get to the age where they want to do everything on their own and a simple thing like getting into the car takes ages. Also it has taught me to not to stress about the small stuff.
10. What’s the most important thing you’d like to teach your child?
To be responsible for her own happiness.