My name is Robs Krause and I’m a sports and outdoor junkie. So long as it includes a little fresh air and an elevation in heart rate you can count me in. I grew up in the small town of Underberg (in the southern Drakensberg). I attended the little junior school in Underberg before heading off to boarding school at St Annes Diosesan College. For me boarding school was the most fun a farm girl could have away from home, where the best of friendships are built. I then followed in my older sisters footsteps and moved down to Stellenbosch University where I studied an undergraduate Bsc in Sports Science. I then continued on to do my honours in Biokinetics. In order to fully qualify in this profession you have to complete a year of internship, which is what brought me back up to Durban. And Durban it has been for the last 7 years.
After practicing as a Bio for 3 years I decided to further my studies and enrolled in a Masters in Sports Medicine through the University of kwaZulu Natal. These were possibly two of the most challenging years of my life as I continued to practice full time while attending night lectures and completing a full publishable thesis. However this couldn’t have been a better life decision if I had tried, I absolutely loved the physiological content of this degree, learning what has now allowed me to truly follow my passion of exercise for specialised groups (such a pregnant woman).
I met my amazing husband, Tim, in 2012 at Splashy Fen music festival in Underberg, however the twist was that we were both there with other partners and so our “relationship” started off as nothing more than a polite greeting. A couple of month later we both found ourselves in Mozambique at the infamous beach bar Fernando’s. We greeted each other and began chatting, until one of us plucked up the courage to ask where the significant others were. To our surprise we were both single and had made the trip to Mozambique to lick our wounds. And so our inseparable relationship began. We got engaged and had our fairy tale garden wedding on the farm in Underberg, all within the year of 2014.
Tim and I have always (and still continue to) throw around the idea of making a move elsewhere in the world. We spent the first six months of our marriage to and from the idea of making a move overseas, it was only when a few of our close friends as well as my brother and his wife shared their very new secrets with us that they were pregnant, that the nail was put in the coffin and the decision was made. We were going to start our own little family. We were incredibly blessed to fall pregnant on the very first month that we started trying and the first few weeks were filled with nothing but joy and excitement, but come seven weeks in this all changed as I started to experience the most horrific morning sickness imaginable (this journey is going to require another full blog post so stay tuned for more). My morning sickness lasted for 10 weeks exactly, when I suddenly woke up one day feeling like a brand new human. The last half of my pregnancy was an absolute breeze, and on the 9th of February 2016 at 12:00 on the dot Mackenzie Caleb Krause was born weighing 3.38kgs. Our lives were changed in an instant, and what a great change it was.
Being a mother for 15 months now has been my greatest pleasure and achievement in my life. I can’t wait to share it with all you fellow mamas as we get to experience life’s greatest gifts of bringing a child into this world, or simply becoming a mom.
UPDATE: Robs has since gone through her 2nd pregnancy and is due with baby no 2 at the beginning of December 2017!