The Little Pages April/May 2017 - Page 16

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Mom of the month

Nomasonto Mtshotshisa

Nomasonto and her husband , Luvuyo were blessed with a triple portion of love this past Valentines Day when Nomasonto gave birth to three healthy girls at Life Mercantile Hospital . The baby girls arrived a month early and nearly two weeks after Nomasonto checked in to the hospital to await their arrival . She says that the pregnancy was tough on her body and that she was very large and sore . The birth however went well and the girls weighed in at 2.18 kg , 1.805 kg and 1.965 kg . They are now a month old and are doing well at home with the rest of the family . We are grateful and impressed that Nomasontao was able to answer a few questions for us during this busy time in her life !
Tell us a bit about who you are and your mothering journey so far ? I am Nomasonto Mtshotshisa , wife to Luvuyo Mbaba . We have a son together , Akhanani ( 8 ) and the triplet girls Hlelolenkosi , Hlelokuhle and Hlumanande . Originally we are from Dutywa but we now stay in New Brighton in Port Elizabeth . I work for the department of Education in Bhisho . My husband has four other children from previous relationships ( three boys and one girl ). So far I feel like a real mother , there are challenges like not sleeping at night with looking after three babies , but I enjoy each and every moment with them . How many children did you plan to have before you started your family ? We were planing to have four children - two boys and two girls . What went through your mind when you found out that you were having triplets ? We were shocked but excited at the same time because we did not expect to have three children at the same time ! But we are happy because we felt it was a blessing from God .
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Tell us about the pregnancy ... This was a difficult pregnancy but we thank you God for giving us this gift - it was not easy but worth it . What is it like to have newborn triplets ? Having triplets is not an easy journey , you don ’ t even get time to rest . A week ago I was wondering how I am going to cope with these three angels , but now I am happy having them . I do get support from my husband and entire family . What is going through your mind right now as you deal with three newborns ? I am wondering about when I go back to work . Who will look after them and will they be able to look after them as well as I do ? At least two helpers will be needed . Advice for any other moms who might be pregnant with multiples ? You have to take it easy - rest as much as you can
We wish Nomasonto and her family all the best and would love to catch up with her in a year ’ s time to find out what the first year wtih triplets is like !