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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

This time last year...

This time last year we were on holiday in Tanzania. Ruben and I had jut discovered that we had another little one on the way. We spent every day at the beach... whether on the mainland or on the island of Zanzibar. It was magical spending time with our two little girls!

Thursday, June 13, 2013


The short answer: life has taken over.

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Week 4

Maxwell is growing! Our baby boy is a month old now and we're getting very used to having him around.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

The beauties...


It's been so so so wonderful to receive all this sweet attention. Thanks to all of you for visiting us!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Week 1

Thank you so much for the BIGGEST gift of all. REST.

Our first week was spent in a sweet daze. Mostly in bed. Drinking, eating, sleeping and recovering from labour.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

An open letter to my mother

This is an e-mail I sent to my mother at 02.37 am, 5 days after my baby was born.
From: Mutaleni Nadimi
Date: 7 March 2013 02:37
Subject: The best
To: Sustjie Mbumba

You are the best mummy I could ever wish for.

Thank you for all that you've ever done and continue to do for me. It is such a gift that you have been with us at the birth of all of our children, Ruben and I are so grateful for your support and dedication in helping us at these critical and memorable moments in their lives. Every birth has been special and you have been there to remember them with us. Your support, encouragement, loving attention and absolute passion for my children have given me so much strength that has helped me to birth them into this world.

Last Sunday was truly very incredible. I am still in shock at how quickly and how well it went. This baby is one amazing kid! And I am one proud mama for having such a gorgeous and healthy boy.

Thank you for the wonderful gifts - Ruben and I are both thrilled to be spoilt by you! Somehow I have a hard time watching you spoil the children - but I have no problem if you spoil me!

You and Papa, and Tate Houshang and Oma Carla, have been wonderful role models to Ruben and I. It's because of you that we wanted a family of our own... to raise children in a warm and loving home. Thanks for being such an inspiration.

Mama I love you to bits!

Yours, always
Mama holding Maxwell just minutes after he was born.

Sunday, March 03, 2013


Maxwell Nangolo Nadimi was born at home on Sunday 3 March 2013 at 14h37. He is a healthy boy weighing 3.8 kg and 55 cm long. Maxwell is our 3rd child after Naomi and Mila. Born on the 3.3.2013 at house number 3 - he has claimed 3 as his lucky number. He was born in the presence of his father and grandmother and delivered by our amazing midwife Raghilt Redecker. A swift and beautiful birth, we are all so very grateful for the way he entered into the world.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

when baby gets born

This was me at five months pregnant.

Nine months can feel like... forever. But before you know it time is slipping through your fingers and despite all the nausea, back ache, anxiety, fear, cravings, swollen feet, clothes not fitting, mood swings... well - you get my drift, you know you're going to miss it.
You know you're going to miss having an always portable-wrapped up-ready to go-baby in the belly. So you go to the cinema with your husband and watch Oscar nominated movies, you order all the books for your book club with good intentions to read along, you relish in decorating your home and drive into town "one last time" to select the baby gift registry and you even go to a party one night after your due date with plans to dance your baby into the world!

My daughters have been so patient. Naomi spoiled me with loving cards like the one above. She would dictate a message to her papa or to the art teacher and decorate the card with hearts. Towards the end I became... anxious. I was bored. I got just a little worried. And for the final three weeks I had cramps almost every evening. Mila and Naomi got eager to meet their little sibling. They were both very curious. I had big questions to answer.

Me at nine months pregnant - the night before delivery.

Finally. You stand there. With a life inside of you. Feeling larger than life! And after returning home from a night of dancing you ask your beloved to take a few photos. You have no idea.

Friday, February 15, 2013

What would you risk for the love of money?

I am very proud to have made my first film as an independent film producer here in Namibia. Lushdreamer Creative Services worked with an amazing team for the 2011/2012 slate of the Namibia Film Commission funded short films with additional funding from Focus Features Africa First Program. Written and directed by Oshosheni Hiveluah, this 24 minute film was awarded Best Music Score (Steffen List) and Audience Choice Award at the 2012 Namibia Film & Theatre Awards.

"100 Bucks" is an urban Namibian story of the journey of a 100-dollar note that passes from hands of wealth to hands of need and through thieving hands. Through the journey of the currency brief insights into the lives of different characters are revealed that weave in and out of each otherʼs lives and the daily struggles they face. Click *here* to see the trailer on youtube!

Want to buy a copy? For local and international orders email me: lushdreamer(at)gmail(dot)com
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Also - check out this awesome post by our Production Designer - Caroline de Meersseman on her photography blog Carography where she explains what her role was on the production team.

[Photos by Caroline de Meersseman and Christine Skowski]

Friday, February 08, 2013

Cannot get enough of Priscilla Ahn

I've been spending quite some time at home. Sometimes alone. And I usually love it. But I'm living next to a construction site... and well, there's no such thing as peace and quiet with big trucks rumbling by, the relentless 'peeep, peeep, peeep, peeep, peeep' of some vehicle backing up, banging hammers, the chatter of men at work, drilling noises, aaaaaarrrrrgggggh.

So - a good reason to listen to some really soothing music. Enter Priscilla Ahn. I first heard her years ago back when we used to live in Amsterdam. I love listening to her when carrying the babies ;)

Here is a youtube channel of her top tracks.  Dream away!

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Not feeling myself...

I am 36 weeks pregnant and I'm... just not feeling myself. You'll want to correct me - that I should say "not feeling like myself". But that's Namlish for you, I'm not feeling myself.

There is plenty to blame: raging hormones, this sticky sweltering heat, a husband who always seems to find a way of taking the attention from me when I need him most, gaining 17 kilos in 8 months, living next to a construction site, the list goes on.

But perhaps it has more to do with this. That I have two heartbeats. That I'm pulling myself between the ecstasy of a new life growing inside of me and the energy that comes with it and the realisation that I'm in fact not superwoman (and no one expects me to be) but just a big slow human elephant in gestation (well, that's how I feel). But despite this feeling... looking at my 'to do list' and proud of what I've accomplished and simultaneously thinking "I should just give up now" - I have plenty to be grateful for. Firstly, my gorgeous daughters who give me and the belly loads of loving attention. My husband who, despite how much I enjoy blaming him for everything, is my dream come true, my rock who assures me that everything is going to be alright - together with whom I'm building this family and our home. The wonderful support of family and friends. And life's simple pleasures: ice blocks, afternoons spent by the pool, good reads, a garden to tend to, summer parties, pretty white butterflies everywhere and good food.

I am filled with immense gratitude for the blessing of bringing another soul into the world. And perhaps that's enough to keep me busy. Nothing but eating, resting and loving gets done today. I'm grabbing my copy of The English Patient and heading outside to the pool.

[Photo by Naomi Nadimi]

How to survive the summer

It's still so hot... looking at photos from the past weeks I realise we spent a lot of time in water (in the pool or in a bucket), picnicking in the park, reading in the shade, working on our garden and eating outdoors.

[Photos by Mutaleni & Ruben Nadimi]

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

New beginnings

Early January in Windhoek, Namibia.
The weather is a sweltering 34 degrees Celsius and there is only temporary relief. Thank God for ice blocks, swimming pools and shady trees. I am 30-something weeks pregnant, having just turned 30 years old and expecting my third child in 2013. My hope for this blog is to be a gratitude journal of sorts and look forward to sharing snippets of life in Namibia with you.

Here are photos of my darling daughters and I at the Parliament Gardens on an overcast December afternoon. Naomi and Mila are so looking forward to both being big sisters. My pregnant belly has never received so much attention. Constant rubbing, kissing, "twinkle twinkle little star" recitals and big sister talk: "baby, be good. no kicking mama."

After a very hectic and fast-paced two years, moving back to Windhoek, new homes, new jobs, learning to drive, making a movie and generally taking on too much... here's to a mellow, milky, more thoughtful year ahead. Despite the insomnia, mood swings and additional weight I am enjoying this last trimester and praying for a successful delivery and a beautiful baby.

Wishing you all a wonderful first month of 2013!

[Photos: Caroline de Meersseman /]