Friday, 12 January 2018

Fashion! - Hey Mumma!!!

Hey lovelies,

Mumma's got her groove back, and I'm feeling 1 hunna!!
It's been a little while since I've uploaded a fashion post, for reasons I'll share probably in another post. But for now I'm going to enjoy living my best life yet!

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Tuesday, 2 January 2018

My truth behind delivery

Hey my loves,

Hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas and will have a prosperous new year!!

So I promise this is not going to turn into an all about baby and motherhood blog, but I will share bits and bobs when I feel led to, and as always my post will be real and honest!

Soooooo "How was the delivery" is one of the most frequent questions I now get asked and to be completely honest, it was not as scary as I had imagined it to be, however it was still NO walk in the park, and for starters it was nothing like its portrayed in the films.

Both my husband and I was expecting to be in and out of the hospital within hours, we even laughed when one of the doctors who had been seeing to us said that she will see us the following night as she was clocking off. Low and behold we was there not one night but two!!

As I was two weeks over due, I went in to get induced on a Thursday afternoon, with not really knowing what to expect. My naive self really thought I'd be in and out on the same day. Again I'd like to stress that every pregnancy is different! 

After being induced nothing much happened for a good couple hours till later that day contractions began hard, fast and often. At that point I thought great she's going to be here within the next few hours.

Oooooh how wrong was I. Hours later and no dilation and nothing had changed. It wasn't till the following morning where my waters broke, and it was not that gush of water like I expected or what you see in the films, no its was little drips and drabs for a good hour.
Hours came and went and still there was no progress. I was then told that due to my waters breaking I would have to be put on a hormone drip. I was told that this would help to make the contractions more affective and in turn could make them more painful. At this stage I had tired gas and air which did NOTHING for me, I then asked for pethidine which is a strong pain killer that is injected into your leg. After waiting a couple hours in hopes for it to kick in this also did NOTHING!!!

The pain was so intense at this point in time, and I had been so tired from being awake from the last night, in desperation I asked for an epidural, which initially I was completely against but when that pain hits you...... girllll you just want to be out of that pain as quick and safely as possible.

Next thing I remember was waking up a few hours later, a little dazed and drowsy and the midwife telling me that I was 3 cm dilated in the early hours of Saturday morning. I fell back asleep and was woken up 2 hours later by a completely different sensation from what I was experiencing before, and in desperation to poop (soz TMI), I was then told by the midwife I was 10cm dilated and that feeling is the baby ready to come (finally!!) 

With a few big pushes our little princess was born on the early hours of Saturday morning, fit, healthy and extremely alert. What they don't tell you is that once the baby is born you still have to push out the placenta (after birth) which can happen in two ways, I opted for the quick option in receiving an injection and a little push for it to come out. 

After all that I went through would I do it all again....?

1000% when I look at our beautiful daughter and see the joy and love she brings to us and our family, it is completely worth that whole ordeal and after going through that I have a completely new level of respect for my mother!


Adorning Cultures & co. x

Monday, 4 December 2017

My pregnancy truths

Hey my loves,

Now that I have completed the beautiful journey that is pregnancy, I feel like I can whole heartedly share my experience with ya'll and remember this is MY experience. Not every pregnancy is the same and every woman goes through pregnancy differently. 

Before being pregnant I heard of some of the things women go through during pregnancy such as morning sickness, increase in boob size and random spurts of tiredness.

Here are some of my truths, the good the bad and the. . . 

1. Leg cramps 

Only God knows why these occur during pregnancy, however it happened and sometimes several times a week. It would literally wake me up randomly at night and last for a few seconds. Thank God for hubby who would wake up in a state to help massage my cramping calf.

2. Tender, huge boobs 

I was really hoping this would last a few weeks or months but pretty much was throughout my pregnancy. That even to hug someone too tight was super uncomfortable, but on the plus side (no pun intended) much to my husbands delight they did get bigger by 3 bra sizes. 

3. Pregnancy insomnia

I've never been one to struggle to sleep at night or to get back to sleep if woken up in the middle of the night, that all changed in the last few months of pregnancy. I would randomly wake up for no reason, and struggle for hours to get back to sleep, which was frustrating when having to wake up for work a couple hours later.

4. Loss in appetite

A lot of women speak of having to eat for two whilst pregnant, maybe I did that when I was not pregnant lol, as I really had little desire to eat whilst pregnant, and when I did have big meals I found that I was full quickly. So instead I made sure that I had little bits of food to eat throughout the day, which I found more manageable. 

5. Glowing skin

Whilst some say being pregnant saps all the goodness out your skin, I can tell you this!!!
Baby girl gave me the actual GLOW of LIFE!!!!
My skin felt and looked AMAZING!! I would just walk out my house no make up just moisturiser and lip balm and feel just flawless. So thank you princess.

And last but not least. . .

6. Thick luscious hair
I've always had thick hair, however with every wash my hair used to shed a lot! One time the amount of hair that came out scared me to the point of me searching for a bald spot in my head. 
Whilst pregnant, there was minimal to NO shedding, this resulted to my hair feeling healthy, thicker and longer than ever.

 Just to name a few. And remember every pregnancy is different and every woman experiences pregnancy differently. So never feel the need to compare yourself with other women. 

All my love, 
Adorning Cultures & Princess xx

Thursday, 12 October 2017

The waiting game

Hey my loves,
As I write this post I am currently 40 weeks and 4 days pregnant. . .  Yes I am overdue. By this point my controlling self was hoping that I would be cradling my baby girl in my arms experiencing the first few days of motherhood, but no I am still waiting.

Where many may think great more time for extra sleep, to rest and for alone time, I feel the complete opposite. These last few days have probably been the worst 4 days of pregnancy for me. 
Not that I have become sick or had weird cravings or anything like that but it's how I have felt mentally that has been more of the struggle.

I have always considered myself to be an emotionally stable person, quite rational and clear/level headed and I prided myself in being one of those ladies who was able to check their hormones before they got the best or should I say worse of them, however these last few days have been incredibly challenging for me emotionally and mentally. And as much as I have tried to hide and act like it's not affecting me it was time to address it. 

Pregnancy is a tough season for many women for many different reasons. For me it had been the most perfect journey till my due date came and went and there was still a baby in my belly. With most things in life when a date is set you are 99.9% certain whatever is set on that date will occur, but nop, not with pregnancy, theres a 4 week window, two weeks before and two weeks after. Now the two weeks before did not bother me it was the two weeks after that did and it was made worse by people commenting on how comfortable I looked and that the baby was MOST DEFIANTLY going to be late and even laughed at the statement (haha banter - I think not!) as someone who has been carrying a baby for in fact 10 months, I really wanted to meet my baby, (healthily and happily) and really wanted my body back to how it was.

It also started to get harder for me emotionally, (to which I blame pregnancy hormones). There was some days where I woke up in the best of moods hoping, praying that today was the day. I even managed to find a prayer online for labour induction, which I have now read 4 or maybe 5 times and when the day ended and there was no baby, I really felt like the big guy upstairs had abandoned me. Which did not help with the fact that I was feeling alone, with my husband at work all day literally leaving around 7am and sometimes back around 6pm or later I couldn't help but feel as though he too had abandoned me. Even though I knew the nature of his job and how far he has to travel before hand, I couldn't help but feel as though he did not want to rush home to spend time with his heavily pregnant wife. 

I felt alone, I felt ignored and I felt abandoned. By my husband, but mainly God. What I know of my God is that he is a God of love, a God who cares, a God who listens and knows our hearts desires. So if God knows I really want to meet my baby (more specifically on my due date) why am I still waiting? 

Earlier in my pregnancy I prayed that let YOUR will be done, let everything be done in your perfect timing and may I put my trust in YOU. It is easy to pray these things but oh so hard to actually do them. To really put ALL your trust in God, something you cannot see, feel or touch with your natural eyes. But I was reminded through a good friend last night, that HE is with me in the waiting!

Dear God,
Thank you for bringing me this far in my pregnancy, for protecting myself and my baby. 
For allowing us both to be healthy. You have brought me this far and I believe that in your perfect timing you will be with me and my baby in the labour and delivery process. 
I pray you are with the midwives and doctors who may attend to my baby and I. Let your presence and peace surround me in the leading days to me meeting my baby.
May I feel comforted on the days where I may feel alone or forgotten.
Thank you God that you are with me in the waiting!
In Jesus name, Amen x 

xo. Adorning Cultures

Friday, 22 September 2017

Fashion! - Mumma swag

Hey lovelies,

So before the weather got all unpredictable and gloomy on us, I managed to wear this cute fit. Getting to the end of this pregnancy cycle comfort is slightly trumping over style right now. So I have defiantly given the heels a rest unless I've gone to a wedding or super important occasion, otherwise it's been cute sandals ALL the way. So thank you Zara for coming out with some really cute sandals this season you the real MVP!!!

Side note for any expectant mothers out there, if you want to save your coins on the maternity wear, body cons (with good elasticity), oversized tops and anything loose fitting - whatever works with your personal style, will be your best friend and if your lucky enough you should still be able to wear as normal after baby comes. But defiantly TRY before you BUY! 
Sometimes those leggings that you thought would be stretchy enough especially if you went up a size just ain't stretchy enough. 

Tulle top: Zara | Vest top: Primark | Skirt: Misguided | Sandals: Zara (sold out)
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