Anniversary Bliss + How We Found Out I Was Pregnant

Today marks a very special day for us. Today is our second wedding anniversary and our little Evalyn Mae turns 4 months! Who ever said 13 wasn’t a lucky number?

As I reflected on the Lords’ goodness for carrying us through to another wonderful year of marriage I can’t thank Him enough for all he has done for me and my family. Although life hasn’t been perfect, it’s been filled with so many beautiful moments.

This morning started off with waking up to my husband running out the front door. I thought to myself, that was a little strange. Maybe he had an appointment, maybe he needed some fresh air? I dunno. But I had my suspicions. And of course, when he came home 10 minutes later, he came in with a wide smile and a hand full of some of my favorite flowers: hydrangeas, and white lilies. Hydrangeas was a must today because he knew they reminded me of our special day… our wedding consisted of 90% of white hydrangeas. They’re so pretty, aren’t they? Well, I had a little surprise under my sleeve too, of course. I had a busy day yesterday but managed to bake my husband’s favorite cake… the pastry cake (find my recipe here). This cake is kinda a big deal for us ’cause this was his, “ok this girl is wifey material kinda cake” Lol. So I managed to hide it in our kitchen pantry and cream it after the baby fell asleep last night…without hubby walking into the kitchen. Wow! I felt like I was on a mission. But sneakily smiled once the task was complete, feeling like super women! Needless to say, hubby was really excited to have cake for breakfast and was a little amazed at my cake hiding in the fridge, he he.

Annnnyway, just when I thought our first year of marriage was exciting, this past year was even more so, all because of the birth of our sweet little girl. She makes our life colorful. It was around this time last year when we found out I was pregnant. We spent our anniversary on a little Malibu weekend getaway. This wasn’t really a planned pregnancy, but we did try a few weeks before and left the rest in the Lords’ hands. I didn’t feel any different (obviously cause it was too soon) but I had this feeling that I was carrying a miracle, oh and the missed period was a dead giveaway, cause I never miss! I was on cloud nine! The evening of our weekend stay I whipped out the birth control test and as soon as that positive indication appeared, my heart sank! I got that in-love, oh-my-gosh we’re engaged happiness all over again…but this time it was a baby! A baby of my own! I didn’t sleep that whole night. With every toss and turn I tried to imagine what this child would look like, and if “it” would be a boy or girl…so many endless thoughts, I can still remember that night so clearly. But my husband? Fast asleep, ha! Oh, a man will never understand the excitement of carrying a child, and the joy that comes with that! What a privilege it is to be a woman… can I get an Amen?!

So I really don’t know how 3 years of marriage is going to top the first 2… unless of course, I get pregnant again…but let’s save that thought for another day. 😉

I.P. XO

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24 Things You May Have Not Known About Me

Last week I turned 24! I still get super excited about birthdays because I’m under the 30 mark! YAY! I really don’t mean to offend anyone who is over 30, but really, being in your 20’s is so fun. Although I am looking forward to my 30’s and 40s… and that’s pretty much it, ha!

Growing up birthdays was always a big deal for us. My mom made sure to make each of our birthdays special and memorable. I’m sure glad I can pass down that birthday enthusiasm for my little family. Although my husband doesn’t think birthdays are much of a big deal (and let’s face it…not many men do) he always makes sure to make it special for me in a very sweet and personal way.

This year was especially special for me. After living in So Cal for already a year, we’ve had the opportunity to visit and discover so many neat places, my husband finished his first year of his Master’s Seminary program (more info below), my blog turned 1, and most importantly I delivered the sweetest little girl into this world. It’s safe to say this was my best year yet. So many changes, and precious memories all bottled up for one year. God has been good- like always and his faithful is seen through all the stages of my life.

So in honor of my (belated) 24th birthday, I decided to do something a little different. I wanted to share 24 things about me! Some of you may be reading my blog for the first time, or have known me forever, but I thought I’d love to engage you with some things you may not have known about me.

You’ll come to realize I’m a little more exciting than you thought…I hope. 😉

24 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ME

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10 Things You Should Know Before Having a Baby

Hello, Friends!

I can’t believe my little Evalyn Mae is 3 months already. I remember the moment we brought her home from the hospital and thinking we had no idea what to expect. But thankfully many things came naturally to us and we just took one day at a time. It’s wonderful how the Lord designed women to be maternal. Our instincts, nurturing, and gentle touch are characteristics that the Lord has instilled in us from a young age… what a way to glorify God through motherhood! I remember having a lot of questions before Evalyn came along, and now that I finally went through pregnancy, delivery and a little bit of mommyhood, I would love to share some of the questions and answers that I had. No matter how many books and articles you read, it still doesn’t compare to going through this process yourself. But having some mommy input is definitely a good idea. 😉

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My First Month of Motherhood

So here I am looking back on my first month of motherhood. Where did one month go? It literally felt like yesterday when we got home from the hospital and settled our little Evalyn Mae in our home.

Life now revolves around her. And we don’t mind one bit. Even through the sleepless nights, I can happily say I have been enjoying every bit of motherhood. She may not be as responsive with her facial expressions or emotions towards me (and us) but I know there is a bond, with every touch. She knows me. She feels me, and most importantly, she is fully dependent on me. How amazing! I will love her forever.

As I recollected this past month, I thought it would be helpful to share what has worked for me, and the baby. As expected there was an adjusting period for the first couple weeks finding what worked for Evy and what didn’t. I know it’s trial and error for the first couple months, and what works for one baby- may not necessarily work for another. But if your baby falls in the more same category as mine, maybe these tips will be helpful. And if you have any tips to share, please comment below, or send me an email. As always, I love hearing from you guys! 🙂

12 Things I Learned From My First Month Of Motherhood

  1. Prenatal Vitamins: I didn’t know this until some friends and my doctor recommended it. Because I breastfeed, it’s extremely important to continually nourish my body with essential vitamins/minerals. I guess I’m doing something right because during our 1 week check up with the baby, the pediatrician surprisingly asked if I was feeding my baby breastmilk with a combination of formula because she had gained 8oz in the first week (which is apparently unheard of)! Well, I have to give most of the credit to these vitamins, along with all the kale salads I’ve been eating, he he. This is the one I use.
  2. Iron and Magnesium supplements: I stopped taking my iron supplements for the first half of the month because I was out- and then started experiencing extreme fatigue (more than usual), body aches, and weakness. Iron is essential because you lose blood during delivery and up to a month after. Iron really helps with restoring your red blood cell count, so I started taking it again and the 3 am wake up calls aren’t as bad as they used to be. To help with the body aches, I also took magnesium about 3-4 times a week. (But as always consult your doctor first) this is just what worked for me. I take this Iron and Magnesium supplement.
  3. Witch hazel: Like most women, I also had hemorrhoids (Ewww, I know) for a couple weeks after. I was taking a prescribed stool softener, which really helped, but during that 2 weeks, every bowel movement was extremely uncomfortable. Instead of buying witch hazel pads, I simply use cosmetic face pads and put witch hazel on it to give instant and continual relief to the area. Sorry for being so descriptive lol- just wanna help a sister out! 😉
  4. Postpartum waist belt: Okay I don’t know where I would be without this…umm..well I guess still looking 6 months pregnant, ha! Unless you’re one of those girls who bounce back instantly- like in 2 days and look like you never had a baby- then you may want to give this belt a try. Especially since I had a c-section, my body will take longer to recover than if I had a natural birth. (If you want to read my birthing story, check it out here.) Some girls wear it religiously- like 24 hours a day, but I wear it a good 10-12 hours a day and I’ve seen drastic results. AND unlike most belts, which are expensive, mine was only $14, you can find it here.
  5. Nursing Bras: I’ve already talked about these bras during my pregnancy, but I want to mention them again because 9 months later and I’m still wearing them! They are super comfortable, hold their shape and are great quality for the price! (which are only $25 for 3) A pregnancy and PP must have. Find them here.
  6. Evenflo Pivot Travel System Stroller: There is soo many strollers out there! I spent a lot of time trying to find the best one for my liking. I was looking for style, functionality, quality, longevity, all at a good price. A lot to ask for, huh? No, not necessary. I found this awesome stroller for only $299- which is on sale now for $239 BTW. And the best thing about this one is that it goes from newborn to 5 years old. Also, it comes with a car seat! It really doesn’t get better than that.
  7. Birthing Robe: This is not necessarily called a “birthing robe” but I like to refer to mine as one because I wanted something chic and functional at the hospital after I delivered and for when I had visitors. This robe (find it here) was perfect! Not only did it look like a dress, but it was super comfortable, stylish and perfect for nursing and when we had visitors at home and the hospital. It’s so easy to throw on, the look is effortless, and I feel like a goddess wearing it at home, he he. I highly recommend it for you new mamas! Also, find out more similar styles here.
  8. Wipe warmer: Now on to the baby…after having Evy home for a week, we felt so bad to see her cry every time we changed her diaper. So we decided to get a wipe warmer, and although crying is a normal pattern for newborns while being changed or bathed- we found this still helped a lot.
  9. Goats milk soap bar and brush: I love bath time- but Evy totally hates it. She cries the entire time (poor thing). But I’m loving this goats milk bar of soap (which I got from a friend) that I use for her body/hair wash. It’s all natural and does not irritate the skin- you can find a similar one here. Also, because my baby has so much hair, I love using this goat’s hair brush on the daily which is gentle and perfect for tender scalps. This one is my favorite. 
  10. Vitamin D drops for baby: I had no idea this was necessary because I thought breastmilk had all the essentials. But apparently, breastmilk feed babies miss out on Vitamin D because it is not present in breastmilk (even if the mother takes a Vit D supplement). So my pediatrician highly recommending and I didn’t want to take any risks because I know how vital Vit D is for bone growth and development. I did my research and came across the most natural supplement I could find. Find it here.
  11. Leaky Tear Duct Remedy: Let me just say how amazing breastmilk is. It’s loaded with all the good stuff- all by Gods design. A week after Evy was born she had a leaky tear duct. Being a mom for the first time I was so worried it was a serious infection, but I was assured it was easily treated by breastmilk. (I got this information from relatives). I simply put some of my breastmilk on a cotton pad and applied it to the eye as many times as needed. The leaky duct was gone within a day! Now I wonder what else breastmilk is good for…
  12. Comforting a crying baby: I discovered this on my own while trying whatever it took to comfort my baby to sleep. Whenever Ev was in a half awake-half asleep mode and would wake up a little fussy- this was the best time for it! I would place my hand on her chest and say “shhhhhhhhhh” quietly until she would fall back asleep. This usually took 5 minutes at times, but surprisingly it would work…most of the time! And this was a lifesaver cause I didn’t have to pick her up and go through the change/feed/hold routine to pet her down again. I know the warmth of my hand, and my voice comforts her to make her feel safe and loved.

I hope all you mamas enjoy this time as much as I do. It all goes by so quickly. Instead of looking forward to the next stage where a baby will learn how to sleep, or learn to be potty trained, or are more independent- enjoy today! I am learning to cherish every moment, even in the tiredness, because I will never have the moment again. Children are truly a gift from the Lord. 🙂

P.S. I ADORE this robe. If you want to find more similar styles, check out the links below!

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The Birth Story Of Evalyn Mae Petz

People say that life will never be the same once you have a child- everything will change, but in the best way possible.

Our sweet little Evalyn Mae Petz was born May 13, 2017, weighing 7 pounds 15 ounces, and 21 inches in length. This little bundle of joy came 10 days early, but we sure didn’t mind.

It was a Wednesday night. I was relaxing in bed when I realized that I hadn’t felt the baby move for over a few hours. Which was very odd because she was very active…all the time! My husband said not to worry, and after thinking I was being a little paranoid, we decided not to worry. But I knew in my gut that something wasn’t right (mama instincts kicking in)! So, the next morning, I woke up to find no movement again. I waited a little longer, and then a little more longer. And after desperately trying to find an answer on Google (which was even more misleading), and asking around, I decided to call my doctor. After explaining my situation, the nurse sounded a little concerned and suggested I have a cold cup of water with ice, and lay on my back to see if the baby will move. It took about 2 minutes (which felt like an eternity) until I finally felt a sharp kick, “THANK GOD!” I cried out. But after a while, I felt nothing again. It was terrifying. So I called the doctor’s office back, and they suggested I came in right away for some vitals testing. It was at this moment, everything changed…

With my head spinning with frustration and anxiety, I grabbed my (half packed) hospital bag and bolted out the door with my husband. All I could think of in those moments was about the safety of my baby. I remember crying and praying that the Lord would protect this sweet child in me, on the whole ride to the hospital. And He did.

When we got to the hospital, I was taken into a triage room in order for the nurses to take my vitals. They quickly set me up and started whispering and mumbling under their breaths, which was very concerning. “What is it?”, “what’s wrong?”,” is everything ok?”… is all I could repeat. Then they quickly set me up with oxygen and an IV because the baby had an deceleration in heart rate. At that moment I broke down in tears. How could this be happening? But the nurses reassured me saying that everything was going to be ok because it was only a 3-minute slow down in heart rate.

After waiting for 4 hours, the doctor finally came in. He advised us that he was concerned about the lack of fetal movement and the 3 minute drop in heart rate. He continued to say that since I was 38 weeks at that point, there was no reason to send me back home. So he advised that being induced (the next day) would be my safest option. We prayed and trusted his judgment. And it was at that point we realized we were not leaving this hospital without a baby! I could hardly wait… until I reminded myself of the birth pains I would have to experience before.

So, the following day I was induced. I twiddled my fingers and slept for half the day with no progress. Even though I had contractions 3-5 minutes apart, I felt nothing. The nurses kept asking, “did you feel that one?” And I always responded, “nope.” I almost started to think this would be a piece of cake, ha!

Once again, the doctor came in, to check the progress and with only being 0.5cm dilated, he decided to stop the induction, and start again the following day.

At 2 am the next morning I was induced. I didn’t have many expectations for this day either, but boy was I wrong…

I started feeling different. My contractions started to get closer, but I still didn’t feel much pain. I was a little confused? So my husband (who was sleeping on the pull-out hospital couch beside me) woke up and decided to go home quickly to grab a few more last minute things, and freshen up. I didn’t think anything would change any time soon, so I didn’t mind. Ummm, nope! One hour after he left I started feeling excruciating pain! It was as if someone pricked me with needles all of a sudden. Every moment was unbearable, and then…water. Lots of water. Everywhere. I quickly called for the nurse in a panic! She hurried over and confirmed that my water broke. And at that time, I gave in and wanted the epidural. The anesthesiologist was there within 10 minutes. I had no regrets getting the epi ’cause the pain was getting worse and worse with every contraction. And where was my husband?  Taking his time of course, not thinking it would happen this quickly. He wasn’t there to witness any of this, but was around for all the waiting time, funny how life works, huh? He was well on his way after I sent him a few messages with caps locks, ha! He felt really bad, but I was so happy to have him there with me again. My legs started to get numb instantly (which was a terrible feeling), and I started dilating about 1 cm every hour. This was happening!

Finally, it was time to push. The epidural was administered, I had my husband by my side, and I was excited to meet this baby!

But one hour passed, and nothing. Two hours passed, and the baby barely moved. By 2.5 hours, I started experiencing excruciating back pain! I can’t describe this pain, all I can say is that it was worse than any of my contractions, I felt every ache and with every push, it only got worse. After 4 hours of pushing I was done. I threw up a few times, cried out of back pain, and had no more physical strength in my body. It was at that moment the Doctor determined that the baby was occipito-posterior (OP) position. Meaning, the baby is head down but facing the wrong way–the stomach. This was the reason for prolonged delivery and the severe back pain I experienced. The doctor made it clear there was no way I was delivering this baby naturally. It was like trying to, “fit a square pig through a round hole,” in his own words lol. The nurses began preparing me for a c-section. I sure didn’t mind at that point. I finally understood the meaning of exhaustion.

A minute later, they quickly put me on a mobile bed and rushed me to the operating room. This is when the extreme anxiety kicked in. This room was set up like a scene from Grey’s Anatomy. Everyone was moving quickly, and quietly to prepare everything for the surgery. And all I could think of was PAIN! My lower back was still in agony. The anesthesiologist asked if I wanted a higher dose, and I screamed YES! My whole body was shaking (to what seemed like a seizure to me) from all the medication. I couldn’t help but think when all of this would be over. Never was I in such distress. Then they began. The Doctor, scalpel in hand, began cutting my stomach open. I screamed out, “I can feel that!!!!”. The anesthesiologist immediately increased the dose, and in seconds I was sleepier than sleepy. Then all the beeping noises and my husband’s supportive words became faint sounds…and I began drifting into a state of an unknown with weird dreams. I actually thought I was dead. The pain was gone, but the dreams were so vivid…but I was just in a very deep anesthesia-induced sleep!

From what I recall, suddenly (which felt like 10 seconds to me), I was awakened to monitors beeping, and a baby’s cry. I was so drowsy from the heavy sedation I could barely keep my eyes open. My body shaking. What was going on? What happened? Where is my baby? Was all I could think of. Until I started crying out, “My baby? Where is my baby?” And there she was. In my husband’s arms, as he gently passed her to me. This little human who was in me was finally in this world. I so badly wanted to be fully awake for this moment, and the moment that I missed when she was delivered, that I couldn’t hold back the tears. As my husband and the nurse tried to comfort me, they placed my little Evalyn on my chest (I needed support because my body was shaking from the meds) all I could recall was tears of joy, and the repetition of, “my baby, oh my baby.” She immediately latched on to feed, as if she already knew I was her source of nourishment and warmth. It was in that moment that I forgot all my troubles. All the agony of that traumatic experience vanished. It was worth it. She was worth it.

Moments later the doctor confirmed his initial suspicion; that she was indeed OP positioned, and because she was, the baby’s head simply did not fit into the birth canal…and very rarely can a woman actually deliver an OP-positioned baby naturally. When the baby is faced upward (posterior), the mother is forced to push the biggest circumference of the baby’s head through her canal. And because the top of the head enters the pelvis first, the head of the baby is the largest at that point and is extremely difficult to push through. Trying to do so with the help of birthing assistance devices like a vacuum, or tongs, would have lead to severe complications to the baby: internal bleeding, brain damage, and more due to the force applied to the baby’s tender head. Back to the story…As I look at my sweet Evalyn and think of all those possible factors, I can’t help but tear up knowing all of the “what-ifs ” and “could haves” that could have happened. And seeing how perfect every feature and part of her body is leaves me amazed. The Lord preserved and protected her. He answered our prayers and kept her safe. My heart rejoices in knowing that, and seeing the miracle of life right before my eyes, from my own body. This whole process, the wonder of procreation, so normal and natural, yet miraculous nonetheless unfolded little by little. From conception–to nine months of pregnancy–to labor–to May 13, 2017, to birth. And now I have this little human in my arms to hold...my heart is so full. 

P.S. Thank you for all of you who prayed for us at the time. Although it was a traumatic experience, I felt peace and comfort in a time of distress. 

I.P. XO

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Pregnancy Update & Shower Details

So here I am, onto week 24 in my pregnancy, 15 weeks to go. This little babe is the size of a papaya and is really starting to make a grand appearance. A couple months ago I used to get the awkward stare and hesitating question, “Oh, are you pregnant?” With a look of uneasiness on their face not knowing if they blurted out the question before it was too late. Now there isn’t any hesitation. People just know. Now I get the question, “Aw, how far along are you?” or, “When are you due?” and many times I get a shocked reaction when I answer, “I’m only ___(24) weeks.”Some people think I’m well into my third trimester, but to their surprise I’m only a little over half way there! It has definitely been an interesting experience so far. So many exciting moments of anticipation of the unknown. After getting back from being home (Canada) for the holidays, this little babe started kicking like crazy! I was actually a little worried that I didn’t feel her kick by 20 weeks, but by the 21st week she started and hasn’t stopped since. Kicking and bouncing is very normal. But apparently, my doctors says that she has a lot of fluid movement in the belly, which may lead to sleepless nights and discomfort. This is all normal and very good signs of a healthy babe, so it’s moments like this that I have to remember to be grateful and praise God for a baby that appears healthy so far. 🙂

It’s true when people would tell me that I would feel better during my second trimester! I truly feel great! I can eat everything- and a lot of it, I also started eating foods that I would dare look at before pregnancy (like McDonalds being one of them-uh!). I really want to commit to a healthy diet but sometimes, the temptation is sooo real, I can’t deprive this babe. haha. My husband is definitely shocked by my eating habits, seeing that I was never like this before, it has been a shock to me too. But I am definitely trying to maintain a healthy diet even though I have some minor slips along the way. 🙂

I wanted to do this sooner, but time just flies! Below, I have listed my favourite pregnancy items up to date, which have significantly helped me! I will be posting and talking about where I find all my pretty pregnancy clothing. ‘Cause fashion does not stop at pregnancy! 😉

My Favourite Pregnancy Items: 

Simply click on the picture and it’ll show you were I found them!

Morning (all day) Sickness Candy 

  • Developed by healthcare professionals to provide relief from morning sickness
  • This is a special formulation of essential oils, aromatherapy and a unique delivery method, now with vitamin B6 (which helps with nausea)
  • I would bring these candies with me everywhere, they were so helpful when I felt the onset of symptoms

Belly Balm– to prevent stretch marks 

  • A unique, safe, and effective blend of butter, essential oils, and botanicals to help prevent stretch marks, improve skins elasticity, and hydrate your skin
  • Made with all natural ingredients including Chamomile and Comfrey, this effective and safe balm will deeply hydrate and improve your skins elasticity and help skin naturally stretch while providing relief of dry and itchy skin (this was me a couple weeks ago, it works like a charm!)
  • 100% natural ingredients, no harsh chemicals, free of preservatives and artificial fragrances
  • I like to use this product along with coconut oil on a daily basis

Pregnancy Bras- a must!

  • As a result of a changing body in pregnany…and I mean life changing, I really needed something comfortable and supportive. I am so happy I came across this bra set. Most days I don’t even feel like I am wearing ta bra- which is awesome! ha
  • Supportive, yet super comfortable
  • Great price for 3!

Pre-Natal- highly rated

  • It was really important for me to find the top of the line pre-natals, after much research I thought these to be the best fit for me based on what I was looking for
  • RAW means no high heat, synthetic binders, fillers, artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors or additives commonly used in tablets. Whole food means RAW Food-Created Nutrients are blended in a base of 23 fruits and vegetables together with food cofactors
  • This pre-natal vitamin was rated top 5 on multiple websites for leading vitamins during pregnancy
  • Not harsh on the body, and I often take them on an empty stomach

Iron Supplement- highly rated

  • After getting blood work done, I was Iron deficient (like 99% of women it seems) so I wanted to find the best and most effective supplement on the market and on my wallet 😉
  • Floradix contains an easily absorbed form of organic iron with extracts of carefully selected herbs, delicious fruit juices, and vitamins C and B complex- iron is best absorbs with Vitamin C, which it contains
  • My doctor told me to purchase any iron that was labeled “slow release”. Which simply means it’s slowly released and absorbed in the body and will not cause constipation. This brand is actually rated on the top 5 iron supplements for pregnant women based on my findings.

I hope this helps you, I did a lot of research to ensure the best safety for my baby and myself during pregnancy. Make sure to do the same!

Baby Shower Details 

I know I’m a little overdue, but I really wanted to share some of my special moments, and details from my baby shower when I was back at home for the holidays. I felt so blessed to have been showered with the amount of gifts and love from all the friends and family that attended! I seriously have enough clothing items for my baby’s first year- and I’m not just talking about clothes, I got so much more. <3

I got this beautiful illustration done by my talented fellow blogger, Joanna who does such a great job to customized the illustration to your expectations. I absolutely loved doing this for my gender reveal, “It’s a girl!” and I also used this illustration to make electronic baby shower invitations. It was perfect, and exactly what I wanted.

Be sure to check out more of Joanna’s work here!

You can easily make free electronic invitations by downloading an app, any would do. If you don’t want to pay for it- simply screen shot it and customize it yourself! (that white blotch is the white out for the contact info 😉

Of course, I ended up making/designing my own dress. I will be talking about that soon. SO stay tuned.

Here are the pretty details of the party decorations. I think the desserts were my favourite. hehe!

Many people asked where I got these adorable realistic rose gold cutlery from- well you can find it here!

 

Everything turned out so pretty, and I couldn’t have done it without the help of my friends and family. <3

Make sure you let me know what you think! I love hearing from you.

xo I.P.

 

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A Perfect Plum-sized Surprise

I can hardly believe this moment has finally come. God willing, (approximately) end of May 2017 we are going to be parents!! We feel so blessed and thankful to carry a wonderful gift of a child. I can’t simply put my thoughts into words to express my gratitude and excitement, then to say the Lord has answered our prayers.

“I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD.” 1 Samuel 1:27-28

Ever since I was a little girl I dreamed and prayed of the day to start a family with the man I love and raise children of my own–and this is all happening…now. 🙂

Here are a few of my favourite shots of an early maternity photo session. I just hit 3 months a couple days ago, and according to the experts our little baby is the size of a plum. Stay tuned on the blog if you’d like more updates. 🙂

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“Twinkle twinkle little star, how we wonder what you are…”

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We don’t know the gender yet, but we are eager to find out soon. Although I have a strong inclination that this child may be a girl, but Seb is leaning towards a boy… hmmm. 🙂
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In this shot, I am wearing one of my handcrafted, self designed dresses (project 2). I will be sharing another post soon for details.

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I saved the best for last. This one is my favourite. <3

Thank you Abigail, for your talented work. 🙂 Make sure to check out her other great work here!

Also here is a sneak peak of my maternity dress. I’ll be sharing more pictures soon.

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Be blessed!

xo I.P.

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My Favourite Moments of Our Wedding Day

Here we are, after one year of marriage spent together, we can proudly say it’s our first wedding anniversary! Time sure does fly by. As we were both reflecting on this memorable day, we shared our favourite moments through out our journey together, our thoughts, and our future goals. We are so grateful for God bringing us together. He has given us the desire to serve the Lord, to love each other, and to start a family together. Love is truly a beautiful thing.

As I reflected back on our wedding day, it really does seem like a dream. I sooo badly want to relive it, to take in every detail, and every moment to its fullest. But, without a wink of sleep it’s kind of hard to remember each little detail. I remember desperately trying to fall asleep the night before our wedding. So many thoughts were racing through my mind! The dress, the decor, the flowers, the weather, my hair and makeup, making sure I packed everything I needed for the honeymoon, and seeing my hubby face-to-face… oh the endless thoughts. And I don’t think I am the only one who experienced this. So after looking at the clock over a million times, I gave up, I accepted the fact that I would not sleep. Then, rinnnng goes my alarm, the day has begun! As I jumped out of bed, I tried to remind myself that I wasn’t going to allow myself to be tired. Suddenly, I heard my phone ring, I smiled as I looked over to see that it was my fiancé (husband). As we shared our excitement before seeing each other he added, “babe, I didn’t sleep a wink”. Ha! I knew I wasn’t the only one. 🙂

So, in honour of this symbolic day, I wanted to share a few of my favourite photos, that display my favourite moments of this special day.

I started off my morning with a hot bath in my parents jacuzzi. Hot baths always make me feel relaxed and refreshed, so this is exactly what I needed. I think I was enjoying myself a little too much when the hair dresser rang the door bell and I was still in the bath! lol.

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After the makeup and hair styling was done, my flowers came in. Oh they were so lovely. I love white flowers… actually I love white everything. It’s so elegant, pure and peaceful.

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Next, I couldn’t leave the house without perfume. Perfume is essential. And I wouldn’t go on with my special day without the perfect smelling scent of the classic, Coco Chanel Mademoiselle. This perfume is my all time favourite. I save this one for special occasions or the weekends. 🙂

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It was finally time to get the dress on. I felt so many feelings of excitement, this was it, my hair, my makeup was done, and now I’m putting on the dress. It’s every girl dream coming together all in this moment. Also, this photo is significant to me because of my mama and sister that always stood by my side to make this day as special as it was.

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With only a month and a half to plan our wedding, I was happy to be able to custom design my dress. Because of the limited time I had with options, I was happy to have done what I could. It was perfect to me.

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And now, the wedding shoes. The perfect touch, the perfect detail, and the perfect fit… Badgley Mischka.

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Oh! How vividly I remember this moment. After everything was done and complete, now it was time to see my future hubby. It was time for a face-to-face. Every step was filled with excitement, as my heart was racing, this moment was finally here!

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We took most of our wedding photos the morning of the wedding ceremony. It was a dark, gloomy and rainy day. My curls were falling out, my dress was getting a little wet, and my makeup was fading, but I (we) couldn’t be happier. Nothing else mattered in these moments.

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I wanted to share this one because it shows the details of my dress. If you want to read more about how I custom designed my Vera Wang dress, check out my post here.

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I love this photo, it’s just so fun.

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Now, we were running a little late. The clock was ticking, and it was time to get to the ceremony. On the drive there, we drove by some cute areas that were soon instagram-able that we just had to stop. I promised that this was the last stop we were going to make, hence my eagerness to get to the picture perfect area.

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WE DO! And just like that, we are husband and wife! This was the beginning of it all. Our hearts were full of joy. We were so thankful for every person, every clap and every smile that were part of this day.

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It’s all about the details. I love the beauty of flowers (especially white flowers).

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This photo sums up our excitement of this day and our future. We did it, we came this far, by the grace of God we are in this forever.

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I find peace in the comfort of his love.

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This is one of my favourite photos of this day. The veil blowing in the wind, our eyes locked, and the smiles on our faces.

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I’m sure by now, you can tell that I love black and white photos. 🙂

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And the day finally came to an end. It definitely didn’t go as well as I planed or expected, but I was able to see past all of this because it was so much more than having the best hair, makeup, details, decor, weather, and/or dress… this day was all about the start of our future. And that was enough for me.

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