Wednesday, April 23, 2014

MISS ELLY…ONE MONTH ON

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Hello lovelies!
On the 11th of this month, my little angel turned one month old. My, how time flies!!! It feels like just the other day that I first laid eyes on her. She is growing up so fast, a fact that screams true to me every day when I am selecting clothes for her to wear. Something that she wore last week will just not fit a week later. In this post I will write a recap of our first month together. I hope this post will be useful to all you new mums out there.

Baby
When Elly was born, she was 3.5kg, heavy by some people’s standards but when I look at her family tree, it just fits. She has a very healthy appetite and is considerably heavier than she was when she first came home. 

Food
I feed her solely on breast milk. I’m not a believer of formula although I have been tempted to buy some and take the easier way out. But I have been advised that breastfeeding is a good way to bond with your baby so breast milk it is.

Sleep
The first night we were at home was quite an eye-opener for me. For the past nine months, I had been preparing myself mentally to be woken up in the middle of the night (I used to wake up for my mid-night snacks and bathroom breaks anyway), but having it on the back of my mind that the baby could cry at any moment made me quite apprehensive. I was afraid of sleeping too deeply and not hearing her. But I am learning how to sleep well and just be alert for her cries.
All in all, I have been lucky. Elly settled quite fast and learnt to sleep 3 to 4 hours continuously at night before waking up for a diaper change and feed before falling back asleep again. 

Noticeable Changes
She has the cutest smile!!! I don’t know what she usually thinks about but there are those few times when I see her smiling (many times just as she is waking up or after she has fed) and lately she has a silent laugh that just melts my heart. She looks so adorable. Oh, that toothless smile is priceless.
The moment she was able to see, I got so excited. While we were still in the hospital, the nurse told me that newborns don’t see so clearly and at first are only able to distinguish their mothers. They take about four weeks to see well. When Elly was finally able to see, I would catch her just staring at people and things around her. I like to think that the new environment fascinates her a great deal. 

Mum
I have obviously had to make many adjustments in my life. For instance, I use the hours when Elly is asleep during the day to catch up on sleep, eat and take a bath. You will be shocked at how easy it is to get caught up with everything you have to do for the baby that bedtime can quite easily creep up on you and you end up not having taken a bath. I have had to schedule this into my few free moments so that I don’t forget!

Diet
My diet has changed considerably from my pregnancy days. I now have to eat and eat well otherwise I will not have enough milk for the baby. This means that I have to have my meals in good time and drink plenty of warm fluids which include cocoa, soup, porridge and fenugreek seeds for the production of milk. 

Exercise
I was hoping to at least start walking soon after my delivery, but with a Caeserean section, I was forced to take it easy and relax quite a bit and allow enough time for the wound to heal. The last one month has seen a decrease in the amount of exercise/walking I have been doing. But I am hoping to start this month.

Wardrobe
My post-maternity style has yet to take off. I’m in that phase where my maternity clothes are too big and my pre-maternity clothes still don’t fit right. I also have to consider that I will need to breastfeed the baby quite often so whatever I wear has to make this as easy as possible.

Work
It’s been 6 weeks since Elly arrived and getting time out to even blog is hard. I intended to take one month off before I get back to updating the blog. But it’s proved to be harder than I thought. There are no two days that are the same meaning that I may or may not have an opportunity to put my thoughts into words. As for my online clothing store, I am currently expanding to more than just clothes so keep it posted so you can score yourself some interesting bargains.

As you might have guessed, this post was supposed to be up on the blog two weeks ago even after preparing it in good time, I didn't manage to post it. I'm pushing myself to be more regular here so let's see how it goes. I will definitely post a month by month update on our progress.

Thank you for stopping by.
 

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Happy Wednesday.

xo

Audrey


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Monday, April 14, 2014

MATERNITY DIARIES: My Style These 9 Months

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Hello lovelies!
These past nine months have been a roller-coaster ride for me, stylewise. I never in my life imagined how big I would get so it came as a bit of a surprise when my clothes slowly started getting tighter and tighter. But the shopaholic in me took advantage of this to get new clothes. At first I didn't want to buy so many maternity clothes but I quickly realized it had become a necessity. I have two sisters and I was quite happy to partake of some of their clothes for a while. Mum also gave me some things to wear so I ended up buying very few dresses to add to my wardrobe.


My Style During The First Trimester
As is typical, in my first trimester you could hardly tell I was expecting. What became quite noticeable those first three months is that I started filling out my clothes. My hips and bust became more noticeable, something that makes it slightly harder to keep the fact that you are expecting a secret. I remember my sister laughing at me when I told her that I needed to buy new bras. This was a phenomenon that was previously unheard of so for her it was an opportunity to tease me endlessly. 
So during my first trimester, my wardrobe was basically the same as before I got pregnant. Some of the dresses (like this maroon skater dress) I had kept aside that were slightly on the larger side started fitting me so I was quite excited to have an opportunity to wear them. My heels were still my best-friends at this point so I took advantage to wear them every moment I could as I knew that at some point in the next 9 months, I would have to pack them away.

My Style During The Second Trimester
In my second trimester, my baby bump had started to show. For those who knew me very well, it was pretty obvious that there was a bun in the oven. For those who didn't, they had to be really paying attention to notice my expanding waistline.


My wardrobe choices during these three months had started to change. I raided my sisters' wardrobes more often since some my own clothes had started to get too tight for my comfort. As I refused to buy maternity pants, I would wear my jeans with the button left open, but with the waistband covered up with a long top.
But dresses were becoming more and more of my go to choice than anything with a waistband. My shoe choices had started getting limited to flats. Before I got pregnant, I had a very narrow foot so my shoes were narrow. In my second trimester, I could still manage to fit into my closed shoes comfortably. Instead of stilletto heels, I opted for wedges when it came to wearing heels. Skinny heels would result in terrible backache so these were stored away for future use.

My Style During The Third Trimester
At 6 months and beyond, it becomes quite obvious that there is a baby on the way. At this point, I had kept away all of the clothes from my "previous life" since they were occupying space and only made me yearn for the days when I had a waistline. I acquired some dresses from my sisters and mum as well bought others. I had kept some of my dresses from before to wear during this time but I waited too long and when it was time to wear them, they had become very tight. Trousers with waistbands e.g. jeans were a no-go zone. I can't stand the discomfort and just want my bump to be free.

Leggings became my best friends since their elastic bands stretched to accommodate my expanding waistline comfortably. So I opted for these when I wanted a break from wearing dresses. As for shoes, in my third trimester, I had all but given up on closed shoes even ballet flats. When I had about a month to go to my EDD, the doctor told me my body was retaining fluid hence the swelling I would experience whenever I walked or sat for too long. This made me give up most of my shoes and end up wearing flat sandals a lot.


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Happy Monday.

xo

Audrey

 
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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

INTRODUCING...LITTLE MISS ELLY

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Happy new month lovelies!
I hope you have all been well. It's been three weeks since I last posted on the blog and I have missed you all! For those of you who follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you got the news of the arrival of my little angel. On the 11th of March at 11.20p.m. I got to meet my gorgeous baby girl. Little Miss Elly was 3.5kgs. She is now 3 weeks old and growing very fast!
As you can imagine, I've been getting used to having a new person in my life. Managing with a baby has been an eye-opener for me. I was so used to doing things in a certain way and at a particular time, having time to do all my cleaning and organizing and running my errands whenever I saw fit, but with a baby around I have been forced to learn how to let go of my control freak ways and just go with the flow. This means that I have to sleep when the baby is asleep (mostly in the daytime) and let go of all the things I want to do (like getting back to blogging and running my shop). For instance, it has taken me three weeks to reorganize my room and I am yet to sort out my wardrobe (for suitable post-maternity clothes. I'll make a post on this later). My  time is divided between feeding the baby, sleeping and eating. By the end of the 24hr day, I find that I have no time for much else. 
I won't lie to you and say that I am having a blissful time because it is difficult having sleepless nights and being tired all the time. But when I look at my little angel first asleep or when she smiles to herself (I always wonder what makes her so happy), I fall in love all over again.

I hope to get back to regular blogging this month. I will definitely share some of my experiences on being a new mother.

I wish you all a good month! Thank you for stopping by.

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Happy Wednesday.

xo

Audrey


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