A little girl for Leanne Manas

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15 February 2013

The Morning Live presenter introduces baby Gabriella, adorable sister to handsome Alexandro

‘Wait until you see her room – it’s so pink!” Leanne Manas (38) warns as she leads us to the door of her six-month-old daughter’s bedroom. And the SABC2 Morning Live presenter isn’t kidding. With its candy-striped walls, little Gabriella’s nursery is the loudest in the family’s home in Northcliff, Johannesburg.

“I hadn’t realised how bright this wallpaper was until I walked in the room after it was done. I still can’t believe I chose such a luminous colour when the rest of the house is so subdued,” Leanne says.

Parents are often warned to steer clear of bright colours because there’s a risk they could overstimulate the child, leading to sleepless nights, but Leanne says the décor hasn’t had any noticeable effect on her second-born. In fact Gabi is the picture of calm when we meet her. All sunshine and smiles, she’s the spitting image of her elder brother, Alexandro (3).

“We were thrilled when we found out we were having a girl,” Leanne says, gazing adoringly at her daughter. “Everyone but me was convinced it was another boy. All the people who know me think I’m more a ‘boy mom’ but I just had a feeling it was a girl.”

Read more of Gilda Narsimdas’ interview with Leanne and see all the beautiful baby pictures in YOU 21 February 2013.

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