OOTD: Birthday Blessings

May 6, 2016


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This is absolutely my best birthday ever. Not because I’ll be turning up in grand style or receiving a lush set of gifts. No. Even better. God has blessed us with the best gift anyone could receive…

We’re having a baby! I feel so different. I don’t think it’s sunk in yet but we’re so thrilled!

What has sunk in however, are the effects of the worst morning sickness I could have ever imagined. I’d heard of severe sickness but I didn’t expect to have my head shoved in the toilet every half hour. I threw up about 8 times a day. Some days I couldn’t even make it out of bed. Outfits and blogging were the last thing on my mind. I looked a right mess. The nurses kept saying it does get better after 12 weeks but I didn’t trust them… I felt like hell. The worst part was dragging myself out of bed every morning for work. I was constantly rushing away from my desk to the toilet to throw up. I would throw up by the side of the road with no care in the world. By  my 7th week I couldn’t even make it to work. I was dizzy, hungry, constipated and very sick.  I took a week off and spent all of it in bed. I went to see a doctor about it. They ran some blood tests and said I was slightly anaemic. I was also losing weight rapidly. I was administered anti-sickness drugs. They didn’t seem to make a difference. By weeks 8-9 I was determined to improve.  I’m amazed how babies make it past the first trimester. I couldn’t stomach a single thing.

A lot of women go through severe morning sickness and I have a new found respect for them.

On week 9 I found out I could stomach hot chocolate and I’ve been living on it ever since. The extra sugar also helped me get through my day.

Mathew has been so supportive. Every weekend he’d say; ‘Let’s shoot one of your outfits. It might make you feel better.’ I wasn’t even having it. Getting my hair and make up done and dressing up were just the absolute last thing on my mind.

I’ve been willing myself to feel better before my birthday and I really do feel a new burst of energy.

Then last week miraculously, I said to Matt: I’m ready to do a look for my blog. I’ve never seen him so excited before. hahaha! I was finally starting to feel better about myself.

Guess who had forgotten to apply her makeup? Yup, me. I  knew I was sinking into a deep dark hole when I applied my blush before my foundation. I was like ooookay. Obviously I’m way out of practice here. I needed to get my shite together.

Also my brows looked a mess. No amount of concealer could sculpt them into something even close to presentable. I grabbed my purse. Marched into Superdrug and bought myself a full eyebrow threading and face waxing voucher. Mama was BACK! LOL.

This story could go on forever… My appetite isn’t back fully yet but I’m in high spirits and I can’t stop being thankful.

OUTFIT: ASOS maxi glitter ribbed dress, Barely there Parallel sandals

Fun Facts 🙂

The biggest shocker was… Losing weight that fast. I went from 65 to 57kg real quick. Lost 7kgs in total. But I ain’t holding my breath because I’m sure I’ll be double my weight in the blink of an eye.

My biggest craving right now…is a hot chocolate. I grab a large at Costa every morning before work. Can’t live without it. I also had a tub of ice cream for lunch at work yesterday and one later in the evening…so I guess that’s a new one.

It’s bad for me right now but…I have had the worst coca cola craving. I limit my intake to 2 cans a day but every sip is savoured and immensely appreciated.

The only downside is…my super sense of smell. Every thing I couldn’t smell before now smells so strong! It’s so frustrating. I haven’t been able to cook because of this. Mathew has cooked every single meal for the last few months, bless him. I haven’t been inside a restaurant in two months. It would be pure torture. Getting on the train daily is hell. People chomping down Big Macs, snacking on chicken and chips…urghhh.

The moment that made it all worth it…was seeing our little one for the first time. Shit got REALLY real. The sonogram made me go, okay, there really is someone in there! Our little bean was happy go lucky as a lark which made me smile as a part of me was a little worried that I was starving it. But nah. Baby actually kicked and played around the whole time and I teared up a little. Lol.

My wardrobe…hasn’t changed at all – yet. I’m guessing it’s the weight loss. Some of my trousers have actually needed a belt. My boobies on the contrary are experiencing a steady growth spurt.

My skin…has been great! Not a single pimple since I got preggers. A lot my breakouts were around my monthlies so now that I ain’t getting no periods I guess my skin is breathing. We thank God.

All I want to do is…sleep and then wake up and sleep again. Lawd.

My mummy instincts…are telling me it’s a boy! I’m super excited coz I feel I am right. But time will tell 🙂 Feel free to guess 😉

Enjoy your weekend and stay prayed up.

PS: YASSS I inserted the pictures at the end because I know most y’all plan to scroll right past all that back story I just provided. Hahahaha!

Lydie xox

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  1. Oh my goodness!!! Congratulations!!! Yahhhh! Were baby and birthday blogger buddies (my bday is tomorrow )!! I’m so happy for you. Pregnancy is a long journey but so amazing. I feel ya on finding it difficult to blog when not feeling well. Sorry About the morning sickness, I hope you feel better, I didn’t experience any of that only tiredness so feel really lucky!

    If you need to talk baby stuff am here!!
    Congrats again and Happy birthday xx


  2. Tiki says:

    awwww Pangles! Congrats luv, may your little bundle of joy have cheeks like yours that we can play with, lol.

    ps. Yaaaaay, baby shower!

  3. Lora by Lora says:

    Congratulations dear. I’m happy so happy for both of you. That will be one beautiful baby. xoxoxo

  4. Lora by Lora says:

    I can also tell you had a horrible first trimester. You look slimmer. Morning sickness is nasty. Xoxo

  5. Mummymumu says:

    I’m so happy am for you
    We are Prego buddies.i am just over 12 weeks pregnant myself.👏🏿

  6. My Taurus sister! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Who knew I could be this excited for someone’s pregnancy whom I’ve never met? 🙂 I truly hope the morning sickness will die down so you can enjoy this life changing moment. God bless you and your growing family and may this be the best birthday ever! Xoxo😘

  7. A massive congratulations Lydie. Happy birthday to you beautiful.
    Don’t worry, it will get better with time. The worst stage is now over. Prayerfully enjoy every moment of this new season in your life. I pray strength for you too, amen
    Congrats to you and Mattew.

  8. AppealnStyle says:

    Congrats babe ❤️

  9. Happy birthday hun and congratulations on your little bundle of joy that’s on the way!! That morning sickness sounds like hell but I’m sure it will be all worth it in the end. Enjoy this journey! xoxoxo

  10. Barbz says:

    Awwwwwww finally a post! I missed U. Lol Concealer before foundation! Am all smiles. Happy birthday Lyd and Congrats to you and Matti!! Can’t wait. Get better soon. God bless. Love ♡♡

  11. We already know you look fierce in just about anything. Love the dress! Now, let’s get down to business. Haha! I could not be more excited for you and your hubby. Congratulations my love!! Wow! This will be a birthday you will never forget. I’m sorry to hear about the morning sickness, but so glad you’re feeling better. I’m sure other new mothers will appreciate your story. I’m looking forward (only if you feel up to it) to your I-may-be-a-mom-but-still-fierce looks. Have a lovely weekend my dear! Happy birthday/Mother’s Day!! XOXOXO

    A| https://norulejuststyle.wordpress.com/

  12. Monabright says:

    Oh girl. When did you become such a good writer. Can’t stop flashing back to our childhood days. And here you are ready to be a mum. All the best to you and hubby. May God keep you strong

  13. palavawoman says:

    Yaaaaaas Lydie Yaaaaaas!!! I’m so happy for you! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  14. Gilly's Fro says:

    Congratulations my dear and bless you on the case of the morning sickness. E GO BETTER MY SISTER BY GOD’S GRACE.

  15. Lora by Lora says:

    Gosh. Just had to come back again and say congratulations. Hugging you from miles. You will be a beautiful mother. When I was pregnant my hubby was so supportive too. Everyday I wondered how single parents do. Like going through the first three months all by yourself. I have respect for them. But hey hun, enjoy every second of this journey. xoxo

  16. Yvonne says:

    Happy birthday and congrats!!! Happy for you! I’m glad you are past the morning sickness because that sounded horrible. And I’m happy your hubby has been so great!! I hope you enjoy the rest of this blessed time! Xx

  17. AlamodeFran says:

    big massive congratulations, your skin is glowing babe and you look gorgeous, I hope your morning sickness gets better hun, and I wish you a Happy Birthday, hope you had a great weekend xx

    I really hope you get past all the sickness for good because pregnancy looks so good on you girl!!

  19. Omg that’s awesome! Happy birthday and congratulations!!! I have a feeling in the next few years I’ll see some baby fashion here 😀

  20. stylentonic says:

    perfect dress, perfect colors! xxx


  21. yassss.! congrats on your baby dear, good to hear you are feeling better now.! Happy belated birthday!

  22. G says:

    “Mathew has been so supportive. Every weekend he’d say; ‘Let’s shoot one of your outfits. It might make you feel better.’ I wasn’t even having it. ”
    With my happy mood (reading the good news) this here made me all Awh “mushy mushy” until tear rolled my eyes. I had to remind my self am at work.
    CONGRATULATIONS! Thanks Mathew for being supportive and Congratulations!!!

  23. DJS & STYLE says:

    Awww congratulations! You look beautiful!

  24. stylentonic says:

    Congrats dear!Happy belated birthday! xxx

  25. Belated happy birthday and congratulations Lydie!! I am so happy for you, and glad that you feel better now! My best wishes to you and Mathew!! 🙂
    PS: Amazing look!!

  26. Louisa Moje says:

    Congratulations girl! Haha loved reading every bit of your post. Now I know why you’ve been absent for a while. I’m super happy for you. Boy or girl, hmm. I say girl, just ’cause I want to see you and your diva baby girl dress alike 😘


  27. Yaa Lia says:

    Aww thanks for sharing your experience. Many congratulations and happy belated birthday too. I pray things get better from now on.

    YaaLia | http://www.yaalia.com

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