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Gender reveal: The girls meet baby Ava.

Aug 8, 2017

July 6th, 2017…

The day we welcomed our 3rd baby into the world. Gender reveal time for us…

After 9 months of wondering, praying and excitedly waiting we finally got to meet our 3rd little lady! YES, we had been blessed with another girl.

Ava Loïs

Only finding out the gender of our baby at birth was one of the most exciting and wonderful life experiences, one I highly recommend to other future parents. It’s like your birthday, Christmas and the coolest surprise ever, all in one!Gender reveal, Gender reveal: The girls meet baby Ava.

July 7th…

Having had a cesarean section, we decided to only have the girls meet their new sibling the next day. We kept Ava’s gender top secret for the 1st 24 hours. We didn’t want to spoil the surprise for Eliana and Lia seeing as they had also anxiously been waiting for 9 months.

We wanted the girls to find out the gender for themselves, dressing Ava in the cutest pink bunny babygrow and beanie. An outfit from our Little Newborn Box. (more info on these below).Gender reveal, Gender reveal: The girls meet baby Ava.We then wrapped her in a soft white blanket hiding all traces of pink. The girls would get to unwrap her gently and discover the surprise of a baby sister.Gender reveal, Gender reveal: The girls meet baby Ava.

Hello Ava…

We couldn’t wait for Eliana and Lia to arrive. Having spent the night with grandma, Alec greeted them at the hospital entrance while I waited in our room. Ava was fed and quietly sleeping in her bassinet. As they entered our room you could feel their joy and excitement over meeting their new sibling but 1st is was hello kisses and how-do-you-does. The girls needed to know we still love them and they are just as important as ever. Eliana’s 1st reaction on seeing me was; “Why are you still fat” – honest as only a child can be. Lia was a little sweeter asking (excitedly); “Are we having another baby?” Then it was time to meet Ava.Gender reveal, Gender reveal: The girls meet baby Ava.Gender reveal, Gender reveal: The girls meet baby Ava.Standing over the bassinet it was incredible to see how lovingly and carefully they took off Ava’s blanket, and their reaction upon realising they have another sister… The photos say it all!Gender reveal, Gender reveal: The girls meet baby Ava.Gender reveal, Gender reveal: The girls meet baby Ava.Eliana could burst with joy and Lia had genuine concern over how tiny Ava was.

Holding Ava for the 1st time…

With some help from dad it was time to hold Ava, something Eliana had been dreaming about doing for months. With a quick crash-course in baby neck support I was impressed to see how handy she was and how relaxed Ava slept in her big sister’s arms. Seeing our 3 ladies together for the 1st time had us overwhelmed with emotion but we weren’t alone.Gender reveal, Gender reveal: The girls meet baby Ava.Gender reveal, Gender reveal: The girls meet baby Ava.

These pics of Eliana, close to tears over the joy of Ava are some of our favourites.Gender reveal, Gender reveal: The girls meet baby Ava.Gender reveal, Gender reveal: The girls meet baby Ava.Lia’s joy, concern and honest amazement at how tiny but perfect Ava is will be forever treasured in our hearts.Gender reveal, Gender reveal: The girls meet baby Ava.

Our gorgeous growing #girlgang…

So this is us! A family of 5. An entire handful!

I remember Alec telling me 10 years ago that he would love a house full of girls. 4 beautiful daughters to call his own – he wanted a family that wouldn’t be ordinary or the norm… So here we are, blessed, overjoyed and certainly not statistically the norm. Will his wishes of a 4th come true? Only God knows and time will tell. For now however, life is pretty perfect.Gender reveal, Gender reveal: The girls meet baby Ava.

The Little Newborn Box…

Mompreneur, Annette Griesel, has made packing baby’s hospital bag even easier with these adorable Little Newborn boxes. With boxes for girls, boys and a unisex option, these include everything baby needs those 1st few days.Gender reveal, Gender reveal: The girls meet baby Ava.The newborn box includes:
* 3 complete outfits (3 beanies included)
* Burp cloth
* Blanket
* Wooden keepsake box
* 100% cotton, especially woven for us in SA
* Everything in the box is handmadeGender reveal, Gender reveal: The girls meet baby Ava.

Sharing the love…

We have been blessed with so much and would like to share the joy with a little giveaway for a special expecting mama! Win a Little Boy / Unisex Newborn Box as well as a set of Mayalief pregnancy milestone cards and a few other surprise goodies. A stunning prize to the value of R2500. Please note this prize is in Afrikaans.

How to enter:

You’ll need an Instagram account (so if you haven’t signed up yet, now’s perfect).

  1. Follow @justamamma, here you’ll be able to see all the posts telling you more about how to win!
  2. VERY IMPORTANT: Follow @little.handmade and @mayalief_mooigoed.
  3. For an extra entry SIGN UP to our monthly newsletter, (see the little subscription box below) –  I promise not to spam your email or bore you to death, it’s just my way of keeping in touch and letting you know what’s new.) If you have already subscribed, you are already entered into this giveaway.

Feel free to SHARE this post with all your pregnant friends and family on Facebook and Twitter too.

Good luck!Gender reveal, Gender reveal: The girls meet baby Ava.


  1. Only entries via Instagram and comments left below will be considered.
  2. Competition only open to South African residents residing in South Africa.
  3. Winner must be 18+ years old.
  4. Competition closes on the 31st of August 2017.
  5.  A winner will be picked at random and announced on the 1st of September 2017. 
  6. This prize is not exchangeable or refundable.
  7. Please enter valid email and contact info. If we can not get hold of you within 48 hours a new winner will be picked.
  8. The greatest care will be taken when mailing your prize but Just a Mamma, Little and Mayalief do not accept any responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged goods.
  9. The Little Newborn Box for boys / unisex and Mayalief monochrome pregnancy milestone card set will be sent to the winner after the 1st of September 2017.
  10. Instagram is in no way responsible or associated with this giveaway.

Gender reveal, Gender reveal: The girls meet baby Ava.

Special thanks to Yummy Maternity for keeping me comfy 1 day post c-section in their amazing bamboo extra length leggings and nursing tank top. Annapatat Kids and Wolf Wolf  for making the cutest kids outfits. Eliana and Lia looked adorable. Nectar & Ink for helping us announce Ava’s gender and birth to the world with your gorgeous wooden birth announcement and Ava’s name. Lastly Shooshoos for ALWAYS being part of our adventures!

PHOTO CREDIT | Fresh 48 lifestyle shoot: Anje-Ilana Nel from Madison & West. Product shoot: Just a Mamma.

Gender reveal, Gender reveal: The girls meet baby Ava.  Gender reveal, Gender reveal: The girls meet baby Ava.

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  • Reply Vanessa Slabbert Aug 8, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Dit sal AMAZING wees om hierdie boks te wen!!!

    • Reply Mari-Louise Aug 9, 2017 at 5:58 am

      Dit is so oulike boks Vanessa! Als wat baba nodig het en dan ‘n pragtige houtboks om spesiale goedjies te bêre. Sterkte!

  • Reply Sumari Aug 8, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Wow this would make an amazing gift for a new mommy. What a lucky baby 🙂

    • Reply Mari-Louise Aug 9, 2017 at 5:56 am

      I thinks so too Sumari! Fantastic gift idea. x

  • Reply Vanessa Slabbert Aug 8, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Dit sal AMAZING wees om hierdie boks te wen!!!

    • Reply Mari-Louise Aug 9, 2017 at 5:54 am

      Beslis Vanessa! Dit is so handig en mooi. Sterkte en dankie vir die deelname.

  • Reply Nicolette Engelbrecht Aug 8, 2017 at 9:14 am

    I have done all of the above. Hopefully I am entered now. Your pictures are gorgeous and so is your family. Congrats on your beautiful new baby.

    • Reply Mari-Louise Aug 9, 2017 at 5:53 am

      Entry received Nicolette. Keep an eye on my Instagram for even more entry opportunities too. Thanks for the well wishes and good luck. x

  • Reply Caley Aug 8, 2017 at 9:33 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Your little Ava is just perfect and these photos are beautiful!
    We also just had our third girl and our family is all the better with more pink 🙂

    • Reply Mari-Louise Aug 9, 2017 at 5:52 am

      Congrats Caley! I’ll have to get your number… Together we could start a girlband. hehe x

  • Reply Maude Aug 8, 2017 at 10:01 am

    We love being different,so can so relate. I’m a mom of 3 boys and would love baby no4. We not a normal.typical family. I would love to win this prize.
    Love your blog

    • Reply Mari-Louise Aug 9, 2017 at 5:50 am

      WOW Maude! 3 Boys, how amazing! I always thought I would be a boy mom (but that was before I knew what having kids was)… Now I can’t imagine our life any different. Thanks for the entry and good luck!

  • Reply Bianca Aug 8, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Such beautiful photos of your family and your precious new arrival, Ava!

    We are expecting our first baby boy on the 9th of October and cannot wait to meet him and to introduce him to the world!

    I absolutely love Mayaliefs products & Little Handmade’s Newborn Boxes and would absolutely LOVE to win this amazing prize!

    Followed on Instagram @justamamma @little.handmade @mayalief_mooigoed and signed up for your Newsletter!

    Holding thumbs! 🙂

    • Reply Mari-Louise Aug 9, 2017 at 5:49 am

      October! Such a lovely month. It’s our Lia’s birthday month and also the month we got married. Congrats on your little boy and thank you for taking part. Mayalief an Little make the best baby goodies. So happy to be doing this giveaway with them. Good luck. x

  • Reply Juanita Nagell Aug 8, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Followed and subscribed, holdoong thumbs 🙂

    • Reply Mari-Louise Aug 9, 2017 at 5:46 am

      Thank you Juanita! And good luck too. x

  • Reply Melissa Aug 8, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Yay!! Girls are the BEST!! Congrats! Xxxx

    • Reply Mari-Louise Aug 9, 2017 at 5:46 am

      Thanks Melissa. I love being a girl mom too. x

  • Reply Nicke Theron Aug 8, 2017 at 11:41 am

    O wow!! This is soooo special to see! It makes me so excited! We will be welcoming our first baby middle of September, but it looks so special to be able to share this experience with siblings!

    • Reply Mari-Louise Aug 9, 2017 at 5:45 am

      Thank you Nicke! It really is such a huge gift. Congrats on your 1st babe, may you be blessed with many more. x

  • Reply Rozelle Visser Aug 8, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Ek neem graag deel. My liewe Rosa arriveer oor 4 weke xxx

    • Reply Mari-Louise Aug 9, 2017 at 5:42 am

      Geluk Rozelle! Dis min dae. Geniet en koester die laatste paar weke met jou pens mensie.x

  • Reply Adri Aug 8, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Congrats! Precious little family!

  • Reply Janine Aug 8, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    O my word!!! Ek hou jou goedjies al so lank dop!!! Jyt pragtige newborn boksies!!! Eks verlief op die kersvader pakkie wat nou gaan uitkom! Kan nie wag nie!*

    • Reply Mari-Louise Aug 9, 2017 at 5:41 am

      Annette is so talentvol. Kan ook nie wag om te sien wat sy maak vir Kersvers nie!

  • Reply Carli van der Merwe Aug 8, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    What a beautiful blessing!!!!!!Our new little angel will be here in Feb 2018.This will be so awesome.

    • Reply Mari-Louise Aug 9, 2017 at 5:40 am

      Congrats Carli. A Feb babe, just like our eldest. Good luck and may your pregnancy be awesome. x

  • Reply Lauren Aug 9, 2017 at 5:58 am

    My third is due in October and we are also waiting to find out the gender… What a treat the newborn box would be!

    • Reply Mari-Louise Aug 9, 2017 at 3:08 pm

      Congrats Lauren. That’s fantastic! Wishing you luck!x

  • Reply Amanda Nel Aug 9, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Fantastiese prys, en een van my beste vriendinne is swanger. Hoe lekker sal dit wees as ek vir haar wen! Het al 3 instagram accounts gefollow, is dit al wat ons moet doen?

    • Reply Mari-Louise Aug 9, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      Dis so oulik van jou Amanda!Jy is ingeskryf maar vir ekstra inskrywings kan jy inteken op ons nuusbrief en @justamamma dophou. Baie sterkte!

  • Reply Tish Fourie Aug 9, 2017 at 9:05 am

    This is such a great prize and gift! We are expecting our first little one in October, gender will be revealed on the day of birth! We cannot wait!

    • Reply Mari-Louise Aug 9, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      Congrats Tish! I see a few October babies… January seems to be a fertile month. Enjoy your last trimester and good luck for the giveaway!

  • Reply Bianca Aug 9, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Stunning photos I always say seeing the siblings reaction is so priceless xxxxx

  • Reply Sandy Meyer Aug 10, 2017 at 10:54 am

    MAL hieroor!!!!!!!!

    • Reply Mari-Louise Aug 10, 2017 at 10:18 pm

      Dankie Sandy! Altyd lekker om leser se insette te hoor. x

  • Reply Tanya Aug 11, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Our baby arrives at the end of September and we have no idea whether it’s a boy or girl either. Can’t wait for the big surprise!! Awesome shoot and reveal ?

    • Reply Mari-Louise Aug 11, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      Thank you Tanya and big congrats on your little bundle. May you enjoy the last few weeks and good luck!x

  • Reply kamilah francis Aug 13, 2017 at 12:03 am

    Awesome giveaway!

    • Reply Mari-Louise Aug 14, 2017 at 7:57 am

      Thanks Kamilah. Hope you’ve entered. x

  • Reply Bianca Aug 15, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Love love love!! Entered everywhere ?

  • Reply Marile Grobbelaar Aug 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    what a creative gender reveal… and great giveaway! holding thumbs

  • Reply Adele Aug 26, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Beautiful photos! So special! We also didn’t find out gender with our first and our second is due in March so not going to find out either… Love the surprise 🙂 entered!

    • Reply Mari-Louise Aug 29, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      Congrats Adele and enjoy the big surprise! x

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