DIY maternity photos at home

Throughout my pregnancy, I had toyed with the idea of getting some maternity photos done. Partly for fun (I was itching to plan/ be involved in a shoot again) and partly for memory’s sake.

When the third trimester rolled around however, water retention and general tiredness just seemed to take over. The thought of frolicking in a field while sweating buckets really didn’t appeal to me. What’s more, purchasing all our baby necessities also increased our expenditure greatly and paying for maternity photos just seemed to take the backseat in terms of priority.

So what better to do than to do it yourself! We aren’t too picky and like things being simple, so random photos at home suited us just fine.

p/s I’ll be sharing some tips at the end of this post!

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Introducing baby Isaac (and our delivery story)

The past few weeks have been crazy to say the least – adjusting to life with a newborn, sleeping in intervals and managing a new business is definitely no stroll in the park. Hats off to all mums who manage so many things at one go!

Finally at 4am, I’ve found some time (and sanity) to sit down to ‘formally’ introduce baby Isaac to you! Despite a difficult pregnancy and labor, he’s been a precious gift to us and we couldn’t be happier. :)

baby isaac with a pom hat | micheleng.com

Even though my husband and I hadn’t been married for too long before we conceived, the past few weeks in the hospital and caring for Isaac have drawn us closer than ever. In fact, the two weeks since Isaac was born was probably the longest I’ve ever gotten to spend with Dan 24/7 and he’s been an amazing support both physically and emotionally.

For my dear readers, I may be doing less DIY tutorials as I transition to this new stage of life but I hope to get back into the groove once things settle down. There’ll potentially be more posts on baby-related items but holler if you want to see more of other things too!

For friends, family and curious ones who have been asking for more details, I’ve penned a full post on our labor and delivery story here. While our pregnancy and labor have been more challenging than many of our friends we know, we are still very grateful that Isaac came out a healthy baby and that everything is fine.

I also apologise for not announcing his birth immediately as we needed time to recover and didn’t want to have to turn away visitors or not respond to any messages while we focused on adjusting.

In short, we went through two days of labour, a failed induction leading to an emergency c-section with some bleeding after the op that required us to stay longer in the hospital. The six days we spent in the hospital felt like some surreal, crazy boot-camp but thanks to the patient and kind nurses and doctors, we managed to get through it.

The days ahead will be full of steep learning curves but we’re treasuring every moment of it!

 

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Valet trays

We have been organizing our home bit by bit, and one of the small items we’ve been looking for is a small tray to place our keys and small items on our sideboard when we come home.

Been eyeing some of these pretty trays as potential valet trays…

FUTAGAMI-Brass-Stationary-Trays

{FUTAGAMI brass ihada stationery and jewelry trays}

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Looking back at our honeymoon

This past weekend, we finally moved back to our new home! We’re 31 weeks today so that gives us just a bit of time to do up our home and nursery before the little one arrives.

Things have moved fast but as one of my husband’s favorite quotes by Helen Keller goes: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing”.

I was looking through some of photos of our belated honeymoon to Perth and couldn’t help but place it on this beautiful blue sky. (I was tempted to write on it instead but both my wrists are currently injured…)

life is an adventure | micheleng.com

This was taken at Rottnest Island. We went at a time where all the flies were coming out in full force and for some reason, Dan’s face seemed to attract a ton of them. And so we walked around the island like crazy people with clothing wrapped around our faces:

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Modern wall decals that brighten up your day

We are finally moving back this weekend, fingers crossed!

My nesting instincts have also started to kick in whilst shopping for baby items. I’ve always loved wall decals as an easy way to dress up a space, but regular flower wall decals don’t seem to cut it anymore. Especially since I’ll be living with two males in the family, I really have to learn to curb my girly decor instincts!

I came across some gorgeous, fun wall decals which I am excited to share with you :)

First up, short little phrases by Made of Sundays. Instead of long quotes, these chirpy ones are sure enough to brighten your day just by catching a glimpse of them.

My kitchen is for dancing wall decal by Made Of Sundays

{My kitchen is for dancing wall decal | Made of Sundays}

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