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As some of you guys may know, I did my recent maternity shoot with Ashley Low Photography and basically almost all of my family shoots with her!

She did such an awesome job with Aidan's newborn photoshoot that it's a no-brainer that I would return to her!

Do check out pics of Aidan's shoot here! 

Prior to the shoot

We discussed about themes and concepts. Questions posed to me were:

- Do you have any colour preferences like “neutral”, “pastels only”, “bright” or you are fine with any colour choice?
- Do you like usage of flowers, floral themes?
- We have the following set ups: basket/fabric ; beanbags ; themes - do you have preference over any kind of set ups?

I also viewed their website to have a sense of what types of set ups were available. Back then, for Aidan's shoot, I wanted colourful. For Davina, I wanted more neutral and girly colours. I also opted for more beanbags and baskets/fabrics as compared to concept themes.

Ashley's team also shared with us to consider neutral coloured outfits for our family shoot and to avoid big logos etc. Like with Aidan's, we decided to go with all white again!

They also sent across the location map for our easy reference.

On the day itself

Ashley has shifted studio to a stone's throw away from her previous one. The new studio is bigger and more comfy!

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There was a huge bunch of props and also an area for kids to have fun, which Aidan definitely did! He had so much fun with all of the toys!

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A pantry area where cold and hot drinks are available. Plenty of snacks were available too!

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Some of the other props available such as cloths, swaddles, baskets etc

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A changing table where diapers and wet wipes are available.

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I was extremely excited when I walked in as I saw all of the themes prepared for me.

I soon sat back and just let Ashley and her team to work her magic. She took care of outfit changes, to coaxing Davina to even changing her diaper when Davina soiled it! Here are some behind the scenes pics I sneakily took of Ashley and team!

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We managed to finish the photoshoot within 1.5 hours despite having to stop for 2 times, to breastfeed and also having to coax a temperamental Aidan who did not want to take pics and wanted to continue playing LOL.

All I can say is... Ashley really knows how to coax kids! She got Aidan smiling in no time!

Final results

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Love the sky background!

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Florals! Huge fan of florals

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Pink and neutrals in a basket!

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I had to do this shot as we did a similar one for Aidan back then! I also customised the name banner for Davina.

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My princess in a tutu!

And my personal favourite... the family shots!

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My happy family. 😀

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Featuring the gems in my life.

I'm so glad that we decided on a newborn shoot for both of our kids, they grow up so fast! Love that we captured these precious moments in prints!

Discount code available!

If you are an expecting mum, I'll highly recommend that you splurge on a newborn shoot! It's definitely worth it! Ashley has also kindly extended a discount for www.nadnut.com readers!

Simply quote ‘Nadia’ upon booking to enjoy $50 discount on all session fees! Discount is available till 31st December 2018. Do take note that terms and conditions apply!

For bookings and enquiries, email Ashley at: info@ashleylowphotography.com
Visit her website for more details! www.ashleylowphotography.com

Background info about Ashley:

Ashley Low Photography (ALP) is a cosy and personable boutique set-up that provides creative and fun photos for your beautiful lasting memories for your newborns and babies. Ashley is a female photographer and the only Photographer in ALP who specialises in Newborn and Baby Photography, and they also provide photography services for pregnant mummies and families in Singapore. ALP has been around for over 6 years now!

If you like my photos, do check out Ashley Low Photography! It's definitely a great experience working with her. All in all, I enjoyed the brainstorming sessions and actual photoshoot the most! She really made me feel at ease, which is very important for a newborn photoshoot!

Do check out my pregnancy and baby blog posts here:

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Just like with Aidan, I opted for a scheduled c-section with Davina. Reasons being, I suffered from low placenta again and Davina was breech.

To be honest, I really did wanted to try a natural birth but because of the risks involved, a healthy baby was more important.

This time again, we chose the single ward. Same like last time, we checked in after midnight, did the pre-admission etc. I however felt even more nervous than the first time. Had so many fears and worries before the surgery. I guess, it's also because I knew what was going on, thus I felt more scared.

I couldn't sleep a single wink before my surgery. Not a single minute at all.

Funnily, this time, I didn't had to use a supp to clear my bowels. I asked the nurse and she said there was a note that I had a low placenta and that they don't use supps for low placenta. Kinda weird if you asked me since I had that for #1. Maybe my placenta was lower than back then?

Same as the previous time, they prepped me and wheeled me off to the operating theatre while Skai was brought elsewhere to prep.

I had previously requested for the same anaesthetist but unfortunately she wasn't available. This time, a male anaesthetist handled my surgery. He gave me laughing gas before inserting the spinal block which I didn't feel help much. It just basically makes you feel a bit woozy LOL.

For those familiar with a caesarian will know how's the procedure.

  • After the anaesthetist has injected the spinal block, your gynaecologist will check if you have any pains by using pressing your stomach.
  • They will then start the operation, and very quickly the father will be ushered in and your baby will be born quite quickly. At this part, some pressure will be placed on your tummy to push the baby out.
  • After a quick photo taking, the father and baby will be ushered at the side where they will check the baby and also have a look at the placenta.
  • The baby will then go thru a few other checks elsewhere and the father will be ushered out of the operating theatre.
  • The operation will continue as the gynaecologist will concentrate on closing you up.

Here's my account of Aidan's birth.

This time, everything happens as per usual.. at the beginning. Skai was ushered in and we waited.

However Davina didn't appear as fast as Aidan did and we noticed that the mood of the team took a very serious turn. More hands were called for to help push Davina out. At this time, no one was telling us what was happening but we knew that Davina was stuck. I heard the anaesthetist suggesting to my gynaecologist to use the forceps.

It felt like forever (as compared to Aidan's time) and finally Davina was born. However she did not cry. I noticed some of the staff hurrying to call the pd etc. It felt like everyone was holding their breath as.. We all know there would be complications if the baby does not cry...

After a while, she cried. I have never thank god so many times in my life before. Skai was then ushered out and again, my gynaecologist closed me up. And everything was per normal.

The next day, when I was feeling better, I asked my gynae what happened. In my own understanding, my bladder was in the way of the scar so he cut in a different angle. Coupled with the fact that Davina was not in the right position, it became a very difficult delivery.

But thank god, all is well.

Aside from that, I suffered side effects from the epidural such as shivering and nausea. My nausea was so bad that I wasn't allowed food for a while. When I could eat, I was only allowed porridge for 2 days.

I also had breastfeeding contractions which I later found out was more common in second time mums. Recovery for my second c-sect definitely took longer and I was in severe pain for a few weeks. Thankfully I'm much better now. But am still taking it slow, to be safe.

Enough about the wall of text, here are some pics from my hospital stay!

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As some of you guys know, I'm currently pregnant with my second kid which is a girl. Friends have been asking me if there are any differences between expecting a boy and a girl so I thought I should blog this out!

To make this more fun, I will share a common myth and will indicate if it's true for me or false!


Pic by Withminn!

 

Common myth #1

If you are pregnant with a girl, you will tend to break out as "girls steal your beauty". If you are pregnant with a boy, your skin will be glowing.

FALSE.

Both pregnancies, I didn't break out nor did my skin "glow". I have dull skin and hardly have any pimples and acne. Both skin conditions were exactly the same.

Common myth #2

If you are pregnant with a boy, you will tend to crave for more salty/meaty items. If you are pregnant with a girl, you will crave for sweet desserts.

FALSE.

I do have cravings but they are quite minimal compared to the other mamas I know. Both pregnancies I crave mainly more for sweet items. Awfully chocolate ice-cream remains a consistent craving.

Common myth #3

If you are pregnant with a girl, you will tend to get morning sickness.

TRUE.

I hardly had any morning sickness with Aidan but with Davina, I had it very very very bad.

Common myth #4

If you are pregnant with a boy, your tummy will be sharp. If you are pregnant with a girl, it will be round.

TRUE.

In early stages, both times, the tummy looked the same. But as I hit my third trimester, it was really significant on how the difference in shape! Aidan was super sharp! While Davina is round like an egg!

Common myth #5

If you get migraines/headaches, you are likely to be carrying a boy.

TRUE.

While I did not have much morning sickness when I was pregnant with Aidan, I had very severe migraines. With Davina, I didn't get any migraines but I had severe morning sickness.

These are just 5 of the myths that I will be sharing! Also, just to share some other updates about my pregnancy.

  1. I suffered from cervical polyps with Aidan.
    • I had 3 huge ones during my pregnancy. Gynae said, it's due to too much estrogen. Was bleeding throughout my second and third trimester.
  2. Davina was breech for a period of time.
    • She was breech for a good 6 weeks at least while Aidan had no such issues.
  3. Both times, I kena preterm contractions.
  4. Both times, I am diagnosed with low placenta.
    • With Davina, my placenta is even lower than with Aidan..
  5. With Aidan, I had a huge blood clot.
    • Until now, I still do not know if it was the bloody show. It looked like it though!
  6. Both times, I kena gestational diabetes.

And now... we count down to Davina's arrival. Here's praying for a safe delivery! Fingers crossed!

Do check out my pregnancy and baby blog posts here:

Thanks for reading nadnut.com - Singapore Lifestyle Blog! Do follow me on TwitterFacebookInstagramDayre and Snapchat (nick: @nadnutdotcom) to get quicker updates of my life! For advertorials, media invitations or sponsored reviews, please contact me here.

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Ashley Low Photography should be no stranger to many of you. I worked with Ashley for my previous maternity shoot for #1 and various other sessions before in the last two years! Here's a recap:

Just like with Aidan, I wanted to capture photos of my beautiful bump when pregnant with Davina (aka #2) but I wanted something different as compared with Aidan!

Ashley and I discussed about a few different scenarios and concept and we decided to go for an outdoor photoshoot this time as we did an indoor shoot when I was pregnant with Aidan.

I showed some pictures from Pinterest as reference to Ashley and we both concluded that I preferred florals and a more girly look for this shoot. While Ashley offered a great variety of outfits to choose from, I wanted to search for different styles of clothings for the shoot. Showed them to Ashley and we shortlisted three outfits and decided on going to Botanical Gardens for our shoot!

I also mentioned to Ashley that while this was  a maternity shoot, I would prefer if we can skew it to more of a family shoot. I wanted both Aidan and Skai to be the main stars of the shoot too.

Here's the end results! I love the pics! Ashley really charmed Aidan too because he was so cooperative and so happy during the shoot.

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