Wednesday, 2 May 2018

6 M O N T H S

It can take 6 months for you to learn a new skill that can change your life, 6 months to build a business, 6 months to settle in a new chapter of your life. But for me, it has been 6 months since I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy, an answered prayer and a testimony of my patience... and 6 months since I have updated this blog lol! Sorry about that!

Baby Anijaye (AJ) was born 2nd November at 6lbs 3oz, and whilst this blog is late to join the party about his updates, my YouTube channels have kept most of you up to date about his birth and monthly updates. Since his birth, life has changed. I would save my deeper changes about life for another blog post, but for now- we are just about adapted to endless nappy changing and sleepless nights. We had a Christmas together as a family with our then newborn, the new year, my 30th Birthday, and of course, kicking back into the regular scheduling and work.

Our baby has changed the mood of our household, including even how we interact as a family. It feels so strange also, as I finally see his elder brother Emmanuel as a big boy now, up and till then, he honestly has been my only baby! I have laid low so to speak also, and just enjoying life with a new baby as well as being just overall thankful for such new beginnings. Having this baby has just genuinely opened my heart, mind and spirit and I have been able to fearlessly embrace so much more.

Within these 6 months, I have given myself the opportunity to re-shuffle and juggle life.  Getting into a routine has not been easy as I fully work from home now, however, I manage to meet deadlines most of the time and have gotten a virtual team on board to help out with business. We are approaching summer, and I am just super excited for fun times out with the family, parties, food and just sharing the love all round. A blog that has been running since 2009, I still hope I could just be consistent with it... well, lets see!


Photos:
I have had so much fun taken LOADS of pictures with AJ over the last 6 months, and honestly, a lot of these pictures are candid shots from my phone. Whilst my blog pics have perfectly shot photography, there are just some moments that require a simple snap shot and here are some of them! So for the sake of sharing with you our past few months, I hope you enjoy these cute moments of our little bundle of joy x















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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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