THERE IS A BABY BAKING IN MOMMY’S OVEN: MY PREGNANCY JOURNEY

Hey lovelies,

I hope your day is going great, because mine is going perfect! So much so that it put me in the happiest mood…to make a great announcement! Some of you may be shocked, while I know others who will start tearing up, simply overjoyed. Childbearing is such an incredibly beautiful experience…

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I bet I almost got you ahaha… I just felt in a mood to share one of the happiest experiences in my life: my pregnancy with my first child.

How can I say it? It was a pretty hectic roller coaster of emotions, moods and extras! To be brutally honest, I had a love/hate relationship with the whole being pregnant thing.

Let me guess, your first burning question: how did you know you were pregnant?

We’ve all been through the “pregnancy scare” right? when we count the days to our next period with the biggest anxiety load fearing that there might be a baby on the way, and we make the victory dance when we spot the stain, y’all know what I’m talking about!! if you don’t shame on you! lol, I’m just kidding.

 

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Well, I always thought that the day I will find out I’m pregnant would be either a “pregnancy scare” leading to a “pregnancy? yes!” or us trying for a baby and getting the good news after a missed period. It was actually the opposite of both: an unexpected discovery after a stress-free wait for the next period.

What actually happened…

Ok enough with my verbiage. One day before my expected period, I asked babe to bring me a sandwich, and he made me one of my favorite with strawberry preserve. I was enjoying the whole thing until I got a sickening feeling of onion in my mouth (keep in mind I can’t stand the feeling of onion, it’s been like that since I was a kid); it drove me straight to the toilet, and made me super nauseous for the rest of the day. I got super pissed at him for bringing me a sandwich in a plate that had onions, and he was so confused, because there was no trace of onion anywhere, he just kept apologizing regardless, and even brought me some milk. But nothing seemed to stop the sick feeling. The next day, there was no sign of any period coming, not even my usual cramping, moodiness, and fatigue. And Oh,I had one of the weirdest pregnancy dreams (story for another day).  So the next morning, I sent babe to the pharmacy to get a test…the rest is history!

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Yes, I said it before that it was a love/hate relationship, a roller coaster, and all. But really, it was the best thing that ever happened to me! The simple thought of carrying a human being inside is just surreal, and no amount of sickness, stress, or hormone burst can take that away.

What I loved the most were our intimate moments, when I would talk to my baby and he would respond with kicks, and rolls…priceless!!

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Plus, I felt a sense of maturity, as I decided the new responsibility attached to being a mom. I learned that my life had to change for the best, there was no more making excuses for what seemed beyond reach, because I had to start training to lead by example. And of course, I enjoyed the preggo glow, the boobiliciousness, the free pass to all sort of food cravings, the extended lazy days lol, and the overwhelming attention and affection .

Let me take you through some of my most memorable preggo days…

3 months: My graduation

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6 months: My “maternity fashion” debuts, ahah!

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7 Months: It’s getting real, belly button poked out!

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8 months: M.B.A baby loves school

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…nesting is starting with a kick of energy

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Stepping into 9 months like…

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…and my “ready to pop” face

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Every pregnancy is different, but certain things are just a staple

If you are my preggo twin, here some of the things you may experience.

[All-day] Morning sickness.

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You can try a wide range of home remedies. My case was pretty severe, to the point where it needed medical intervention. Always have an open and transparent talk with your doctor. That’s the only way for yo to really know your best and SAFEST options!


[Intense] Fatigue

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I felt it all throughout the pregnancy, except around the end, when I had a sudden burst of energy when I entered the “nesting” phase. The best way you can cope with it is by listening to your body. Take several naps through the day, even if they only last 15 minutes…or 3 hours! Make adjustments in your schedule: you can put some activities on hold (based on their level of importance in your life) for you to resume them after birth. It will leave you room to rest.


Recurring Heartburns

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Did you know? Experiencing heartburn during pregnancy means that you are carrying a hairy baby? Well, it seems to be pretty accurate, because my CJ was born with a head full of hair. Here again, I will advice you to talk to your doctor. Mine gave me the OK for heartburn relieving medication, to cope with the discomfort and the sickness that it was triggering. And drinking milk also helped!


 

Food craving, they’re a classic! Get set and EAT.


Anxiety

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Anxiety during pregnancy is totally normal! You will be flooded by a bunch of questions on your ability to handle pregnancy, your changing body, your unexplainable emotional shenanigans, fear of child birth, motherhood. That’s enough to drive one crazy! And we don’t want that for you, baby needs a sane mama.  There are simple steps you can take to help ease it out.

  • Get prepared: Anxiety will leave you powerless. Regain your power by documenting yourself on what seems unclear, uncertain, unfamiliar. If you can, take some birth classes. Better yet, try caring for a new born if you have friend or relatives with babies.
  • Face your fears: You cannot change what you don’t acknowledge. Identify the fears burning your head: are you scared of having a c-section? What if your water breaks in the middle of nowhere? Is the pain going to be unbearable? Write down what it is that’s actually freaking you out and tackle them one at the time. Voice them out, either to yourself, to your partner, a friend, relative, or your doctor.
  • Unplug: Take time to relax, meditate and breathe. A bowl of fresh air goes a long way. You can take a short walk around the block, jog a bit if you are at that level, or go hike a mountain when you get the opportunity. I remember coming down from Kennesaw Mountain top refreshed as if I had literally left my worries up there. Read, pray, sing, dance, do it all! That’s the time for you to be extra as you feel!
  • Rest, Rest and Rest! Lack of sleep will aggravate anxiety, so rest. It will improve your mood, reveal your radiance, and help you make some reserve before baby comes (trust me you will miss your sleep)
  • Focus on the end result: I remember coming across a Pinterest post saying “No matter what the process, pregnancy is meant to come to an end” Boy oh boy, this post changed my life! Whenever I would start feeling anxious about labor, I kept it as a reminder and my fear sort of vanished, you should try. Keep in mind the reason why you decided to go through it; at the end of it all, you will get to meet your little bundle of joy, grab and kiss hi/hers precious cheeks, hands, thighs, and toes…visualize yourself holding that precious baby.

 

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That closes today’s post! Thank you for tuning in, I hope you enjoyed a good fun and informative rad. Please leave me your feedback, and don’t hesitate to post your questions and/or personal experience highlights on the comment section. Stay blessed lovelies!

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AND HE TURNED ONE!!!

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Hi Loves! Last month, my sweet baby C.J turned ONE! Yes!!! Given our busy schedules and all the stuff we were dealing with, his dad and I decided to wait until late February to throw him a decent first birthday party, which actually happened to be a combined party for him and his dad, since dad is a member of the  #FebruaryGang lol.

Well, on Sunday mama took matters in her own hands and played “Event planner”. Actually, she started way before Sunday!

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Since we were celebrating the men in my life, I picked a theme centered on “Gentlemen”, because that’s just what they are: my gentlemen!

What comes in mind when you think about gentlemen? Well I see: helper, kind, polite, elegant, clean, bow tie, polished, mustache, etc

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With that in mind, I went ahead and researched budget friendly decorations and accessories with a Black/Gold color scheme to give the whole party decor a touch of sophistication.

Here’s what I used:

As for the highlight of any kids party, I am talking about the cake, I had the pleasure to work along side Mrs Darcy Lynn from Cakes by Darcy, a super cute bakery nestled in the heart of Roswell. The ordering process was super smooth, and I was so happy to FINALLY find someone who understood my vision instantly without asking me thousands of questions lol! Also, they helped me greatly price-wise, which was a plus, given that the budget was not unlimited!

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And Oh?! Did I mention that she loved my design so much that she actually made it a template?? I was so honored!

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As you can see, the cake is kinda tying the whole theme together, marrying the black/gold color scheme with the gentlemen theme. And here is a sneak peek at the party!
Be mindful that It might get you hungry!

 

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A word of advice, make sure you plan some good entertainment for the kids to stay busy and active. For us, CJ’s ball pit did the trick…until they all crashed into his room ahaha!

 

I hope you loved it, thank you for reading!

Please leave me your feedback below and few design ideas.


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Also I’m curious to know? what was the theme on your child’s first birthday? did you include any games and other entertainment?

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MY TOP 5 RULES FOR A HAPPY LIFE

“Happiness is the joy that we feel when we’re striving after our potential.”

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Material possessions are vain, but the gift of happiness is priceless! It is not that the path toward happiness is complicated, it may just be that it is unknown to many. As I am writing this post, I cannot say with absolute confidence that I am at my happiest, but for sure I am way happier than I used to be, and because I know that I have better years ahead of me, the journey is still on toward reaching my optimal happy place. And I want you to feel the same way: the journey is still on. All we gotta do is take some of the simplest steps every day that will better our lives, and make us happier!

Les biens matériels sont éphémères, et le bonheur n’a pas de prix. On serait tenté de croire que le chemin qui mène au bonheur est tout juste compliqué, mais ce n’est pas le cas; il se pourrait juste qu’il soit peu connu. A l’instant ou j’écris cet article, je ne pourrais affirmer avec assurance absolue que je vis le bonheur ultime, mais je peux certainement dire que je suis plus heureuse aujourd’hui que je ne l’étais au paravant. Aussi, parce que je sais que de meilleures années m’attendent devant, je n’ai pas fini d’explorer et d’avancer un peu plus chaque jour vers ce niveau où je vivrais dans le bonheur ultime. Et j’aimerais que vous ayez aussi cet état d’esprit. La seule chose à faire est de chaque jour suivre ces étapes des plus simples, afin de mieux vivre et d’être plus heureux!

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1. Make the choice to be happy | Choisis d’être heureux(se)

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Turn your happiness switch on! Decide with firmness that it’s time for you to be happy!

Active l’interrupteur de ton bonheur. Decide avec fermeté qu’il est temps pour toi d’être heureux(se)

2. Create a vision for your life| Crée une vision pour ta vie

Find an area of interest and create a great vision, dream, or goal around it that you greatly wish to achieve. Simply complete this sentence and make it a statement: “I will be happier if I …”. Once you figure out what makes you happy, DO IT!

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Identifie un domaine qui t’intéresse particulièrement et crée une vision, un rêve ou un objectif  autour de celui-ci. Pour y arriver, complète juste cette phrase et fais-en un mot d’ordre dans ta vie: “Je serais plus heureux(se) Si Je…” . Une fois que tu trouves ce qui te rend (ou te rendrait) heureux(se), FASI-LE!

3. Learn how to deal with frustration | Apprends à faire face à la frustration 

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Life will not always be rainbows and butterflies, that’s just a fact! The sooner you acknowledge this reality, the better it will be for you. Because when you start realizing that, you become aware that along the way you will experience set backs, unexpected miss-outs, and all kinds of situations beyond your control…and they will trigger frustration. Do not focus on that negative feeling, acknowledge it, embrace it, identify what causes you to feel frustrated and fix it! Fixing it is not just making adjustments here and there, sometimes fixing is letting go.

La vie ne sera pas toujours rose, c’et un fait! Plus tôt tu accepteras cette réalité, mieux ce sera pour toi. En effet, dès l’instant ou tu commences à le réaliser, tu appréhenderas  mieux le fait que tu feras face à des obstacles, des loupés et toutes autres sortes de situations imprévues qui te causeront un certain niveau de frustration. Ne te fixe pas sur cette émotion négative! Plutôt, accepte-la, embrasse-la et identifie ce qui cause ce sentiment de frustration en toi et remédies-y! Il ne s’agit pas là juste de changer certains paramètres, parfois “y remédier” signifier tourner la page!

4. Enjoy the simple pleasures in life | Apprécie les petits plaisirs de la vie 

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Laugh, smile, dance, sing…enjoy them all!

5. Invest on your wellness | Investis dans ton bien-être

Exercise

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Eat well!

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Escape and relax!

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Make your happiness your priority, not only will you serve you, but it will also spill over the people around you! See you soon for more!

Don’t forget to leave me your feedback, and to follow the blog if you haven’t done so yet.

One last thing: BE HAPPY!

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AROUND ATL: OUT TO THE PONCE CITY MARKET

Industrial shabby chic never felt so refreshing. Step out of the hustle and bustle of the city …without actually leaving the city! I love me some Ponce city market… whether it’s for a quick drink out, family strolls, shopping sprees, or whatever it’s always a lot of fun!

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If you ever decide to go, I will most definitely recommend a MANDATORY stop at 家 Jia Szechuan food & bar.

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It’s probably one of my favorite Asian restaurants in-town. They marry a warm relaxing atmosphere with a wide array of spicy authentic Chinese food, you can’t beat that really!

And of course, the highlight was this super amazing Braised lamb dish! The food is pretty much served in a family style dishes which pretty much allow you to share the meal with the table.

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Plus, everything was reasonably priced. So you won’t break the bank for that level of deliciousness!

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You can always visit their website before you plan your visit, to kinda be familiar with their menus offerings and items descriptions!


On to the next! Still at the Ponce City Market, you will enjoy the convenience  of top notch shopping, with stores like AnthropologieOnward Reserve, West Elm, Goorin Bros. Hat Shop, Lou Lou Accessories (which used to be one of my favorite store in Dupont Circle, in Washington, DC), J. Crew… and the list goes on!


A short elevator ride from the ground level, and you are steps away from the Atlanta Belt-line. Ideal for my fellow walkers, joggers, bikers, cityscape enthusiasts…and of course top spot for picture lovers, like MYSELF! 🙂

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And that closes our little getaway to the PCM!

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Thank’s for visiting, stay tuned for more, by following my blog. And don’t forget to leave your feedback and share :)!

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DASHIKI-ISH VERSATILY

Hi loves!
The day after MLK day! Hmmm…well, let’s just say I woke up in a dashiki-ish mood this morning!

Generally speaking, when I see people rock their dashiki garments, it’s always in casual outfits. But, in actuality, dashiki pieces can also be dressed up. Here is my take on a more put-together dashiki outfit, and I hope it will get you inspired!

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I paired it with a pair of black leggings, topped with a black military-style fitted  blazer. To kinda keep it on the minimalist side, I went for black on black accessories, with these gorgeous peep-toe zipped front booties and and black and gold purse.

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It is as simple as it looks really. Obviously, the highlight of this look is my dashiki shirt in pink tones. You can take any direction with it. If you want it a little more formal, throw in some suit pants and a pair of black suede pointy heels instead, and voila!! I might actually try it myself pretty soon, and let you see the final result. Meanwhile, let me rock this one look for the day!

img_0536img_0525img_0530img_0537img_0527img_0533img_0526 Not only do the  prints make you stand out, but also, they give you a sense of identity and pride..as you walk out there on those streets representing your roots… IN STYLE!

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Pink Dashiki

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BLACK AND GOLD ZIPPER PEEP TOE BOOTIES

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One more thing, let me know what you think of this look on the comment section. Like it, share it whichever way you please, and follow the blog for more! Love y’all!

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