Friday, 17 November 2017

10 PREGNANCY TRUTHS

Well, its all OVER! A full 39 weeks of carrying life and birthing our beautiful baby boy. If you have not already, do catch up with my birth vlog here:

We all hear of the usual complaints that come from women who are pregnant.. sore back, frequently using the loo, food cravings, but I thought I would put together a list of 10 of my honest pregnancy truths.

First of all, can we admire this shoot? I had absolutely no inspiration behind this theme, but the fact that I was feeling a little ugly and felt I had lost all sex appeal and wanted to look and feel sexy again- whilst pregnant.
Perhaps during your pregnancy, you may feel like you are not a 10, but a little glitz and glam could change that feeling, I felt a million dollars on this day!


Photo Credits:
Mateus Sitek: @matsitek
Makeup: @_mojomakeup
Hair: @miamor.ma

1. Not being able to lay on your stomach:
Its an obvious and logical thing to sleep on your side whilst you are asleep during pregnancy. Most doctors recommend to sleep on your left for blood to flow properly. But what happens if you are the type (like myself) who always loves a tummy slumber... well, you just got to forget about that for the duration of the pregnancy and even a little after as your tummy may feel too tender to lay on straight after giving birth. At the moment I am 2 weeks postpartum and find that I can't lay on my stomach for too long as before, hoping it will get better soon!

2. Can't get out of cars in parking bays!
Omg, is this a fat girl problem or a pregnancy problem? I have only encountered this in my pregnancy to be fair! Lol, honestly, I discovered as my bump grew, that when I parked my car in certain car parks that had small narrow bays, I literally would not be able to open the door and exit or enter my car!

3. Rings stop fitting
As a married woman, I love to wear my ring! It literally completes me. But, it gets to a point where your fingers start to swell and you have to keep it in a jewellery box for several months! At this point I am still not wearing my rings as my fingers are still swollen as well as developing Carpel Tunnel Syndrome during pregnancy.

4. Weird Dreams...
A common occurrence during pregnancy, I believe its the anxiousness and anticipation of having a newborn. In all of my pregnancies from the earliest gestation until the end, I had some sort of funky dream! The weirdest dream I had during this pregnancy was given birth to a large baby girl who looked exactly like me, bare in mind this was well after I found out the sex of my baby being a boy!

5. Confrontational
Or may be its just me? I had so many altercations during my pregnancy it was unbelievable but contrary to that also, I found myself being extremely affectionate and loving towards my loved ones! I think emotions like this are triggered by the changes in hormones, whilst I am normally an open and honest person in the first place, I felt during this pregnancy that I was brutally honest and normally that may not always be the case. Wondering if this 'symptom' would carry on for a while to come lol!

6. Not wanting to share a bed!
I of course share a bed with my spouse... but on so many occasions I just wanted to kick him out the bed! The extra person I was growing inside of me made me always feel extra hot and as if I was a house and I needed so much extra room... but what tended to happen when my husband would find a comfortable spot on the sofa is I would feel lonely and instantly call him back to bed! It has been amazing since we have had the baby to finally enjoy sharing the bed without the extra cushion in the front!

7. Relying on someone to cream your feet after a shower.
Not sure if this issue is for every pregnant woman, but the more you grow, the harder it becomes to bend down, pick things up and tend to your feet! I normally get ready in the morning whilst my husband is at work, so can you imagine coming out of the shower to no one being able to help me cream my feet! I literally had to wait until the evening everyday to get my husband to oil my feet and carried my dry feet for the entire day! It was also an excuse to get him to give me foot massage so its not a bad idea after all!

8. Washing Dishes hurts your back?
How you ask? When your stomach is in the way of the sink you literally need to crouch to reach the sink, this in turn made my lower back ache! Ouch! I often found myself washing the dishes from the side sometimes!

9. Soiling food on clothes
Again, that belly in the way again? No problem! I often just smother my food on my top because of how large my stomach was! You may just need a bib to save you the embarrasment!

10. Facial changes
Most women complain about body changes during pregnancy such as weight gain, stretch marks, body shape change, enlarged boobs. However for me, on top of these, I am one of them women who completely looks like a different woman. My face and neck gets darker, my nose gets larger, my lips swell up! All of this and I am told I have a 'beautiful glow' which I found so hard to see sometimes!


All in all, I could not be more thankful and grateful for all of these changes. Bringing fourth my joy is what I look forward to.

Please let me know, what other pregnancy truths can you share?
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Friday, 20 October 2017

SHOWERED WITH REAL LOVE- MY BABY SHOWER


 It's priceless moments like this that you can never forget. I am not sure if an event like a baby shower is even important for most people to be OTT about, but for me... I took this baby shower as a celebration for all of my children. Both living and dead.
When I was pregnant with Emmanuel over 8 years ago at the age of 21, I planned to have a baby shower of course. My best friend and I wanted to do a blue and white theme, prepare games and all of the works... the same with the twin pregnancy. My sister went as far as preparing and sending out the invitations, it was meant to be a fun yellow and white theme, games, dancing and music- both in which we planned to have at the family home (mums house), my people put together mood boards and looked at so much inspiration.
Unfortunately, none of these came to pass because of my unfortunate pregnancies ending quickly or in a tragedy.
September 2017, and I miraculously manage to get to 32 weeks- something which took a few weeks of planning, my sister and two best friends worked as a team to prepare an event that I would never forget. So much love, glitz and glam went into the baby shower. It was literally treated as if it were my wedding day! And then my guests appear, joyful, full of love and showered me with so much blessings and prayers. I specifically reached out to my nearest and dearest family and friends for this shower. It meant so much to me that people took time out of their usual busy weekend to celebrate with me, and although not everyone invited showed up.. the few who came with so much love and support literally brought so much emotion to me. When I walked into the beautifully decorated room that had so much detail and beauty my heart melted. I am not sure if people realised how much it made my heart smile that I had finally been able to get as far in a pregnancy to even have a baby shower.
One thing I know is, they will be apart of this baby's life for a long time to come.
Here are the pictures of my beautiful and intimate baby shower taken by photographer Abiola Renee @abiolarenee.
Credits of everyone would be left beneath this post.
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Photo Credits:
Photographer: @abiolarenee
Makeup: @sandymua
Hair: @miamor.ma
Decoration: @magicalmomentslondon
Dress: Custom Made
Fabric: @glitzFabric_
Location: Moore Spice Indian Restaurant

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Monday, 2 October 2017

What I have been expecting...



2017 has surely been an eventful year, not just for myself but for the entire world. It is so interesting that even with all of the controversies, tragedies and disappointments our world is facing, there is still room in ones life for a blessing. A blessing big or small, size does not even matter, is something that can change your life. It definitely can add to you in a way that you will be transformed.

So, I am expecting...
Something so special, and this is beautiful as it is Gods timing. My previous pregnancy in 2014 resulted in the fatal and tragic loss of my twin angels, a boy and a girl... I waited... even whilst being married to the man of my dreams, with all the expectations expected of me to 'try again' straight away... I still knew I had to wait. I am glad to say my blessed husband has been nothing but my anchor in this decision to just wait... for 3 years, we have not tried for a child. 
And so, my journey started last year June of 2016, yeah I know, not quite 9 months right?.. its a long story sis... I have archived it all, and I am ready and happy to share. This story starts with part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTANc4B7xdQ&t=262s I suggest you hang on, and follow along, it will all make sense once baby is finally born, which is literally a stretch away.
My bundle of joy is due very soon.. I am not quite ready to share his due date, but it will be sooner than you expect.


My Pregnancy has been amazing! All I can say is, if you are expecting or you plan on being pregnant, try enjoy each step of it. I think it was so refreshing to keep it all to myself off of the internet as it gave me confidence and focus. You will probably think I have not been up to nothing much but actually, I have been out and about, shopping, dinners with friends, loads of time with family, and I also started a new business when I was about 6 months pregnant to keep me busy. I have been nothing but a busy girl boss these past few months and what was meant to have been a pregnancy where I lay entirely flat for its duration, ended up with me completely taking control, owning my body and working with my baby to pull through right until full term.

What you should be expecting...
My absence online had been so useful for me to just get so many things in order. I have missed making content, but within this time I have been helping other influencers also and I pursue to continue to support them anyway I can (details about my new business would be shared soon!) I feel this pregnancy and of course when baby has arrived has given an addition to my brand and the choices of content I would be creating. I love lifestyle blogging and my plan is to extend my blogging   and content into parenting and mummy style documenting which would be featured on my second channel: Chanel's House... please do subscribe.
My mission is to also be a support for women who have been through my issues such as dealing with miscarriages etc. I am so delighted I could use my story, influence and platform to reach out to you all.
My loyal fans and supporters have given me a reason to really push amazing content, and of course you would be getting the very best out of the content I normally create including Plus Size Fashion, Beauty, Lifestyle and the new addition of parenting and mummy videos!


Finally, I am in my Third Trimester... its a new feeling for me. I never normally get this far. But we made it, and I am proud of me and my baby working together with the love of God to get us through to this stage. With Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, swollen feet and an ache in pelvis from the stitch, I am just completely happy, blessed and excited to give birth to this beauty. 
My baby shower was on Saturday, and I even made time for an epic maternity shoot which you can see here on this post. 
The next few weeks you are about to see my world, as I have archived so much, I hope you could be inspired and motivated by this journey no matter the stage you are in your life.



Photo Credits:
Mateus Sitek: @matsitek
Makeup: @_mojomakeup
Hair: @miamor.ma

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