Tell us a bit about your childhood and where you grew up.
I was born in Zimbabwe – my parents were in exile during the struggle against apartheid, but I grew up in Katlehong, east of Johannesburg, and moved to Pretoria with my mom. I’ve moved around a bit and even lived in Mafikeng for a year. My childhood is what’s shaped me into who I am today.
What has surprised you about motherhood?
How organically it comes to you. How beautiful and confident you become. When you think you can’t love this person any more than you already do… you fall deeper in love with them!
Did you have a specific birthing plan?
I wanted to have a home birth with a midwife. I wanted to truly experience childbirth in the comfort of our own home surrounded by those we love most. That is exactly what I got.
What do you enjoy most about being a mom?
I enjoy being able to give someone all of my unconditional love. I have the coolest baby – she is so funny, sweet and full of light. The challenging thing is the sleep deprivation and the anxiety that comes with worrying about your child all the time.
What are your views on breastfeeding?
I endorse breastfeeding and I find it strange that women are arguing its merits. I also find it disgusting that people sexualise women who breastfeed their children in public. Feeding your child should never be an issue.
Best parenting advice you have received?
The best tip is to always make sure to keep my emotional space positive and not allow stress to consume me, because everything I feel, my baby feels.
How do you spend quality time with your daughter?
We watch movies together. We like playing on the floor together and bath time is also a great bonding time for us.
What has your daughter taught you so far?
She’s taught me that love is limitless, that I am powerful beyond measure and that God truly is within me. She has also taught me true joy.
What have you given up since you became a mom?
What is the biggest parenting mistake you have made so far?
Underestimating how far babies can roll or crawl.
Do you plan on having more children?
I would love to have more children, but they will have to find a way to Bluetooth them out of me.
What do you do to relax?
I meditate, watch movies, read and spend time with my husband.
What are you currently working on?
I’m freelancing, so I have many pots on the stove. The most important job at the moment is my role as comrade Eve in the award-winning South African film Kalushi, the story of Solomon Mahlangu. This film is so close to my heart as my great uncle was executed under the same law as Solomon, and it was a true honour to be a part of making history.
It’s been a long wait but we finally have a date! @Kalushimovie will be making its premier to cinemas on 10 March 2017. 😄😄😄 book ahead, bring friends, family etc. Based on the life of the late Solomon “Kalushi” Mahlangu played by the talented @thaborametsi. You will also catch me in role of Comrade Eve. It’s a must see! #Aluta