Compared to the way I felt at the beginning of my pregnancy, I am thrilled and relieved to be where I now am. Pregnancy, whilst not easy, is treating me fabulously. Thankfully, apart from the extreme exhaustion and constant hunger, I don’t see how I could be happier. With my growing bump, my relationship with Mr.N and wonderfully, my body! I am loving my body! I have literally never loved my body as much as I currently do. Through it, I am a mother. I have great appreciation for the work it is doing and the changes it is undergoing, without any prompting from me. My beautifully expanding midsection is currently my favourite feature of this wonderous body of mine.
Although I have gained weight, I am exceedingly grateful that I lost my excess 20kgs when I did, because I am totally all about embracing the changes, instead of fighting them. Even if I am left with a little extra weight when all is said and done, I know that I am capable of losing what I need to and how, so I am not at all concerned.
So thank you beautiful body, for housing and nurturing our baby. I am ever so grateful and look forward to working with you to bring this blessing into the world and breastfeeding for as long as is right for us. Thank you for showing me I can count on you. You can certainly count on me!
When I started on this journey of sharing and celebrating healthy alternatives, I expected there to be many more people interested in better ways. Better weddings, better habits, better marriages, better births. It has since occurred to me that mostly, people like following a model, no matter how rigid, taxing and uncharacteristic it is for them. That is why when my smart and beautiful friend told me that she and her fiancé had decided that their initial idea of a wedding would bring them more strife to pull off, than a simple celebration, I was pleasantly surprised and shouted for joy.
They were doing their planning for a wedding that was to take place in Durban, South Africa from Beira, Mozambique, where they work and live. The couple, taking their personal set of circumstances, values, vision, hopes and priorities into consideration, decided that the task of planning a more traditional wedding for their own celebration didn’t suite them and wouldn’t line up with their priorities. So started the journey towards their wedding.
To say it was a phenomenal wedding would be a gross understatement. It truly rocked my world. Everyone blessed to have attended agreed, one of the best spent days of our lives.
We were invited to experience who this magical couple were, interacting authentically when their loved ones and celebrating everything they hoped to become.
It was simply fabulous.
We haven’t featured a real wedding in a long time, so I will be uploading this inspirational brides commentary and pics as soon as I receive them because we need more examples of the way it can be done.
I am pregnant! We are still amazed by it and I am surprised most times I catch a glimpse of my changing body.
I’d been very sick for about three weeks and none of my trips to the doctor helped. One busy Friday afternoon, I stood up from my desk, determined to get to the bottom of my poorly state. I had a feeling it could be pregnancy but when I first saw my doctor, she’d said it would be too soon to tell.
It being two or three weeks after that first doctors meeting, and a few days after my cycle was meant to start, I peed into a container and the pharmacy doctor dipped a stick into my pee
The moment the doctor told me two lines means I’m pregnant and handed me the stick, still evokes a smile when I think back on that life changing afternoon. I just laughed and laughed. Couldn’t believe I had a baby growing in my uterus #swoon. It feels world’s away even though in some ways, it feels like yesterday. So very much has happened. I have journeyed from shock and denial to frightened, panicking despair to a place of immense gratitude filled elation and excitement. And it’s only been 25 weeks!!
The first trimester was challenging with all its nausea, fatigue and general ‘getting used to the idea’, but I’m doing much better now and wouldn’t trade it for anything, except maybe an easier first few months
We’re going to be parents #swoon – Hooray 2014!
Taken by Mr.N
Friends, I am still here.
It has been one great big adventure that I am looking forward to sharing with you when the time is right. In the meantime, Joanna from A Cup of Jo recently had a cool post about wedding night sex that made me laugh out loud. The bobby pins! Thought I’d share for those that hadn’t yet seen it. Our wedding night fell into the ‘spoke about it before and knew we’d be exhausted so we removed the pressure’ category. Thank you for checking in, hope all is well on your side xo
P.S. Above image from 100 layer cake
I am not always very good at friendships and loving people the way they want to be loved, but have been blessed with friendships with phenomenal individuals that don’t hold that against me and are (mostly) lovingly patient towards me. If you have a BFF that’s gotten into a serious relationship whilst you remained single, this one will strike a cord. Add to it, distance and a growing baby bump and the reality of it is magnified. Read A Practical Wedding‘s post on Friendship after Marriage.
Seriously crushing on the pearls that I discover on Polka Dot Bride. Today’s wedding crush has a beautifully styled bride and a before-message from the groom that makes me smile. He says he isn’t nervous about getting married, just excited. I was a nervous wreck before I saw Mr.N because I don’t enjoy being the centre of attention in the least! Once he was with me, I felt better. Elopements are my best! Isn’t it sweet how once he pronounces the couple married, the officiant disappears? #Winning