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    CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

    The festive season is so often about excess. In an attempt to identify beneficial, meaningful and relevant toys for my children this Christmas, I reached out to Luke’s Occupational Therapist for her take on a wish list for Luke. Holly doesn’t know how lucky she is yet, as she is benefiting from the invaluable knowledge that I as a mom, have learnt and continue to learn through Luke’s therapies. The below educational toys are by no means specific to children with special needs. FOR PROMOTING BILATERAL AND FINE MOTOR SKILLS Bilateral co-ordination is the ability to use both the left and right sides of the body at the same time…

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    KEEDO SUMMER RANGE 2019

    “Where love and care is born” With a motto like the above, Keedo is passionate about caring for the environment and caring for our children. Their motto is not just a dream. Through their Keedo Cares Initiatives, they are driving meaningful and sustainable change, while using clothing, prints and swing tags to educate children about nature and about projects such as The Little Miracles Feeding Scheme and The Rhino Project. As if I didn’t love Keedo enough for their unique, stylish and comfortable clothing, the fact that their core motto and beliefs mirrors that of our own family and the fact that they really do live their motto, makes me…

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    DSAM19 – MEET THE MOM – VARSHA

    I am Varsha Govender and I am married to Sugen Govender who is my voice of reason. I am of Mom to 3 amazing Kids. Vetali is my firstborn who has down syndrome and she is blessed with twin siblings Yuvaan and Yuvika who are 22 months old. When did you become a mom for the first time? Our God Sent our miracle child came into our life in November 2014 after seven years of infertility. Two years prior, we had decided to make peace with our fate and stopped all the fertility treatment. I started to look into adoption process in January 2014 a few months later discovered I was pregnant.…

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    DSAM19 – MEET THE MOM – SAM

    Who makes up your family? Bruce (dad, entrepeneur, adventurer, a little crazy, inventor and business owner), Sam (mom, bookkeeper, personal assistant and part time painter, passionate about getting the family to eat more fruit and veggies and cut out sugar!), and our three precious girls; Eva-Mae aka Eva Bug/Buggy (7yrs old), Noelle (5yrs old) and Scotty (16 months old). When did you become a mom for the first time? I first became a mom on Women’s Day! 9 August 2012 was the day Eva-Mae was born and we got to hold the teeny bundle of 2.6kgs that made us parents. We thought she was the most beautiful thing we had…

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    DSAM19 – MEET THE MOM – JUANITA

    My name is Juanita Whiley. I’m married to Steven and we have our miracle baby, Quilla. My brother also has special needs and lives in a home for the mentally disabled not far from us. My mom lives close by to us too. I help support my brother and mother as well. When did you become a mom for the first time? Last year 30 June 2018. When did you find out your child’s diagnosis? We knew at 16 weeks already and for definite after our 20 week scan and visit to the feral specialist Dr Borat at Umhlanga Hospital in Feb 2018. What is the hardest part about being…

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    DSAM19 – MEET THE MOM – SARAH

    My name is Sarah Rogers, I am an entreprenuer, business coach and market researcher. I adore my family, cooking and being creative! My family is made up of Gary (my incredible husband); Calla, my gorgeous 8 year old girl and Oliver my 6 year son, who happens to have Down Syndrome. When did you become a mom for the first time? My daughter was the best Valentines day gift a girl could ever get! She arrived on 14 February, 2011 at 11:40pm. She was born with deep rich beautiful red hair! When did you find out your child’s diagnosis?  We found out about Olivers diagnosis at our 6 month anatomy…

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    DSAM19 – MEET THE MOM – SHIREEN

    I am Shireen, an educator by profession ,formerly from a small town of Newcastle and my husband Siddiq, an economist by profession, is formerly from the paradise island of Mauritius. We met at university and married and continued to persue our careers. After a year of marriage we began to plan a family and that continued in vain for 5 years until I sought the help of endless gynecologists, 11 to be precise. It was after 19 years of marriage that I woke up one day and felt a bit of nausea and realized my period was late. This was sometimes the norm in my life until I decided by…

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    DSAM19 – MEET THE MOM – ROXY

    I’d like to think I’m a typical mom. Most days I drink far too much coffee, repack my Tupperware cupboard 100 times a day because my daughter’s favourite pastime is taking everything. Single. Thing. Out! I generally feel exhausted, have a serious weakness for chocolate and I love my children more than I could ever describe. When did you become a mom for the first time? I have a 3 year old son, Jesse,  who gives the best cuddles and makes me laugh every day, and a beautiful 17 month old l little girl, Ava Grace, who is an absolute Mommy’s Girl (which is tiring but secretly, I love it).…

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    DSAM19 – MEET THE MOM – OLGA

    I am Olga Bikitsha, a divorced Mom of 2 beautiful kids, Viwe, 10 year old has Down Syndrome , and Wandie who is 9 years old. When did you become a mom for the first time? I can remember how excited my ex husband and I  were in 2009 when we reached 12 weeks and there were no issues. I had never reached the 13 week stage through my three miscarriages. So we journeyed through Viwe’s pregnancy with excitement. When he was born at Westville hospital on the rainy 25th of September 2009, we were happy about our little boy. Two days later, my Paed, told me that our son…

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    DSAM19 – MEET THE MOM – JOY

    My name is Joy Brett, married to Ronny who is my second husband.  I have three children :Jason who is 33 and married to Amy, Megan who is 29 and married to Deon, Michaela (AKA Beany) who is my daughter born with Down Syndrome. When did you become a mom for the first time?  I had Jason at 21. Really young but now we are like buds 🙂  When did you find out your child’s diagnosis? I found out Michaela had Down Syndrome when she was born. But I had a hunch right from day one when I took a pregnancy test that there was something different. I can’t put…