Maternity Photoshoot

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As mentioned in my pregnancy announcement post, my good friend Elaine back then suggested I do a gender reveal photoshoot / party.

I was toying with both ideas for a while and finally decided on a gender reveal photoshoot! Party sounds fun but there's so much stuff to prepare plus I really wanted Skai and Aidan be part of my photoshoot! If it was a party, I would think all girls would be better!

So, we set the date, chope-d Withminn, who took my pregnancy announcement pictures, Fidelis to do my makeup again and also to get my #mysterymakangirls to join in!

As our luck would have it, things did not go as well as we had planned. The weather didn't seem as ideal, weather forecast showed that it would rain, Aidan was unwell and I was starting to feel under the weather.

Thankfully the stars were finally aligned and we managed to pull through. Aidan wasn't as energetic as his usual self but I think we did fine. He loves looking back at the pictures and always points at them.

What to wear for the Gender Reveal Photoshoot?

I wanted to wear something white. Nothing blue or pink as I had asked my girls to wear the colours that they thought baby #2 would be!

I think I looked through all the blogshops and maternity shops with BFF Jacelyn and couldn't find what I wanted. I had ordered a few from some blogshops in preparation (like 3 different outfits) and in the end decided on this cream dress that I had bought in November for CNY. HAHAHAHA.

One of the blogshop dresses was so pretty but unfortunately I couldn't even button up past my belly. SAD. Hopefully I will be able to fit into it post delivery.

So.... I actually did not needed to buy any dresses cos I already have this dress. LOL. Time to shop for another dress for CNY then! I wore it with my comfy Melissa flats!

What sort of makeup and hairstyle did I wanted for my shoot?

I pretty much left it up to Fidelis who I trusted. I told her I wanted something brown, like a more light hearted smokey look (oxymoron I know! But I didn't want black black black smokey ya know?)

For hairstyles, I told her as long as my hair was down and there is some braids, I'm good. I LOVE all of her braided looks so I was pretty easygoing. Prior to the shoot, I visited Caely at Leekaja and she gave me some highlights heh.

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Fidelis braided one side of my hair and curled the ends. Something different from the previous shoot where she braided both sides.

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Official pics from Withminn below. The wind was a bit strong so hair was hair was slightly messy oops! I should have taken pics at the beginning. Sorry Fidel!

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Deciding on a location

While deciding on a location, Withminn and I discussed on places to go. I wanted somewhere with lots of greenery. We thought of locations such as Coney Island which was beautiful but was not ideal. Being pregnant and going to Coney Island with the long walk / cycle was one thing but bringing a toddler was another. Plus having to cart around huge balloons was gonna be a pain in the ass.

We decided to stick to my hood, being the northeast areas, Sengkang and Punggol instead!

Props

Withminn asked what sort of props I wanted and I kinda over prepared. HAHHAHAHAHAA. We had props such as:

Letterboards - I already have the black one and borrowed the pink one from Jacelyn. Previously wanted the blue one but couldn't find anyone who has it! And I didn't wanna buy another since I had the black one already lol!

The words on the pink one doesn't seem so clear in pictures but it says 'Or a girl'.

So basically together it says.... "Is it a boy or a girl" HEH

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Rompers - We wanted a contrast so we prepared a blue stripes one and a pink polka dots one!

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Diaper cakeTiny T Diaper cakes together with Absorba Nateen Diapers sent over a diaper cake in the colour of the gender alongside #2's name.

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BalloonsBeen looking at Pinterest and there were so many different gender reveal balloon styles! There was the classic pop the balloon where confetti would fall out and the recent trend of revealing the balloon in the box.

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In the end I decided on the classic pop as I thought it was cuter! Btw I'm scared of balloons popping but I still chose that. HAHAHA.

I had also ordered side bunches of pink and blue balloons from Celebloons and got my girlfriends to wear the colours that they thought #2 was. Only Jace chose pink! HAHAHAHA. Both Fidel and Esther (together with their spouses) chose blue!

Alrighty, this entry is getting a tad long.... so let's reveal #2's gender!

We are having a.....

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A girl!!!!!

I was pretty surprised as my gut feel was that #2 would be a boy. But of course, I was extremely happy. It's nice to not be outnumbered anymore. HAHAHAHA.

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Unveiling the diaper cake! I hadn't seen the design nor made any specifications so I was really surprised looking at it.

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Unicorn, pink with her name! #2's name is Davina! It's actually a combination of Skai's english name David and my name. I LOVE the diaper cake

I'm HUGE on names as you can tell... with Aidan being the opposite of my name and Davina being a combo of our names.

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Now... just to anticipate Davina's arrival in April 😀 And soon... Aidan will no longer be an only child heh.

Listing down all the services and vendors that I worked with here for this shoot!

Hair colour and highlights
Caely from Leekaja located at Mandarin Gallery.
Website: http://leekaja.sg
Instagram: @leekaja.sg
Location: 333A Orchard Rd. #03-13 Mandarin Gallery, 238897
Contact: 65 8133 0818
Promo code: 'nadia' for a discount

Hair and makeup
Website: https://www.theluckiestchickmakeup.com
Instagram: @fidelistoh
Email: fidelistoh@gmail.com
Contact: 65 81212296

Photography
Website: http://www.withminn.com
Instagram: @withminn
Email: contact@withminn.com
Contact: 65 88080521

Diaper cake
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tinytdiapercakes/
Instagram: @tinytdiapercakes
Contact: 8484 8549
Promo code: 'nadia' for a discount

Clothes
Model's own. HAHAHAHA. I got my dress from Temt and my shoes from Melissa Shoes. Ages ago though! TIME TO GET TWINNING SHOES FROM MELISSA SHOES. hahahhahaa.

Letterboards
Bought the black one from Amazon ages ago before any Singapore shops brought them in LOL, Pink borrowed from Jacelyn!

Rompers
Our own personal stash. HAHHAA. Pink one is from Carters. 😀

Balloons
Website: http://www.celebloons.com
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/celebloons/
Instagram: @celebloons

Awesome friends
Team blue: @theiceangel and @fidelistoh
Team pink: @daintyflair

And of course, the fam.
@skaichuan
@babyaidansim

Thankful for the support from my talented friends <3

Do check out my pregnancy and baby blog posts here:

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2 years ago, we announced about the third party. Today we will be announcing about an additional pax joining our party next April.

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For those who are curious, this is planned. (unlike Aidan. HAHAHAHA) We wanted a 2 - 2.5 years age gap and we hit the jackpot.

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We are going to know the gender soon. We were thinking if we should do a gender reveal thingy like a photoshoot / a party. My very good friend Elaine suggested we do one and we are thinking about it!

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Does Aidan know what's going on? No he doesn't! hahaha. He doesn't know that he is going to be an older brother. He still jumps/hits my tummy. Just last night, he slept on my tummy. HAHA.

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I'm past 20 weeks currently and am more than halfway throughout my pregnancy! So fast! We're excited about our new addition. We have thought of two names for baby #2, now just gotta know the gender! But no matter what, it'll be Baby D!

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Love these series of photos by Esther from WithMinn! It was easy discussing the concept with her and she's very fun and spontaneous! She is very comfy with kids too! Do check her out for your prewedding, wedding and family photos! Will share the rest of the family photos in another post!

Website: http://www.withminn.com
Email: contact@withminn.com
Contact: 65 88080521

My hair and makeup was done by my incredibly talented friend Fidelis from The Luckiest Chick Hair & Makeup Artistry. Love her works!!!

Website: https://www.theluckiestchickmakeup.com
Email: fidelistoh@gmail.com
Contact: 65 81212296

Thankful for the support from my talented friends <3

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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I'll be writing a 4 piece series with Philips Avent in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week in August.

This is my first piece: Pre-preparation before Aidan arrived home.

While I was pregnant, I did a lot of research. I read books, attended plenty of parenting seminars and even undergo a 5 weeks course to prepare myself for childbirth and taking care of Aidan.

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While I prepared physical items such as his nursery with sufficient supply of wet wipes, diapers, changing table, creams etc

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The third party arrived on our anniversary. Our 7 years paktor-versary. No wonder they say that usually after 7 years together, a third party always appears.

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Love the handmade puffs from Heyhappypuff

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Picture by Ashley Low Photography

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Should I share about his birth story? It was thru a c-section. Not sure, if there's much to share LOL

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My screaming boy. Hello Aidan Sim!

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The two babies in my life

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Please welcome Baby Aidan aka #nadskaijunior. Latest Sim member! Born on 3.21! 21st March 2016!

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The proud papa

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Everyone says he looks like Skai. Really meh?!

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And we're finally back home. Confinement also has commenced! Wish us luck!

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In the meantime, I'll be taking a break and concentrating on recovering from my C-section and focusing on my new role as a mama.

Will have short updates if possible!

Do check out my pregnancy 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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As some of you guys may know, I really love documenting my experiences in pictures and of course by blogging!

From my pre wedding shoot to wedding planning to weight loss to my Europe honeymoon and the lovely Maldives experience, I always make a point to take as many pictures as possible so as to be able to look back fondly at the experience.

Needless to say, this also applies for my pregnancy. I haven't been as religious as other mothers by taking progress pictures but I try as much to take pictures and videos.

From the end of the first trimester, I was discussing with Skai aka c(hubby) about having a maternity shoot to capture the bump pictures alongside the adorable newborn pictures.

Maternity shoots are a great way to not only appreciate the beauty of the bump, the pregnancy in the last few stages and also for both husband and wife to take pictures together! Personally I actually took some pictures in my new home but of course the pictures captured are just of myself and aren't professionally taken. Thus I decided to engage Ashley Low of Ashley Low Photography to help these precious moments of Skai and I.

To be honest, I wouldn't feel as comfy with a male photographer (unless it's my hubby :p) taking pictures of me in erm, various stages of undress so I was pleased to have found Ashley.

Before the photoshoot

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Ashley sent a list of things for me to prepare. From when I should photograph my bump to outfits to items provided, the guidelines are really in-depth! Discussed with Skai and I picked some simple outfits for him. For myself, as I have already seen some of Ashley's maternity pictures and really liked the draped clothes, I only brought my own casual wear.

You can always bring your own gowns, lingeries if you like. However Ashley Low's studio is well provided with ample fabrics, maternity gowns, outfits and props.

First impressions of Ashley's studios

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