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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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As some of you guys may know, I am a full on hardcore breastfeeding enthusiast. For myself that is. I fell in love with breastfeeding once my supply regulated and Aidan had found a good latching position.

Needless to say, I was pretty determined to continue breastfeeding for #2. When I found out I was pregnant, I continued to pump till my supply dwindled. I stopped pumping at about 18 weeks (pregnancy brain, can't remember exactly when)

I still continued latching though as Aidan has yet to wean. I also did not want to force him to wean, I prefer for him to self-wean if he ever wants to. And I knew that he pretty much was comfort latching.

But latching became so painful. It was really unbearable. Am not sure if it was the hormones or what, but it was more painful for me than the first week of breastfeeding.

I didn't share this much but I started feeling angry also whenever Aidan latched. Like straight on angry feelings, pissed off feelings. I felt so angry at him.

And I got so confused with my feelings. I love latching and I love breastfeeding. Why was I getting angry? I had no history with prenatal depression nor postnatal depression so I was super confused.

Here I was.. feeling angry when Aidan latched and guilty the next moment. My emotions were going crazy honestly. I soon started googling and came across the term "Nursing aversion".

Basically it's quite common though I have never heard of the term before. Seems like most mums get it when they get pregnant the second time.

Skai encouraged me to wean Aidan since I was having all of these negative feelings but I wasn't ready to call it quits. I researched, joined Facebook groups, read lots of articles and decided to try out the tips suggested.

I still latch Aidan but I cut down on the latching time. I would tell him it hurts and stop for a while but latch again later and we soon established a routine. Beginning, it was tough, he would cry, yell and get angry but after a while, it went well.

Now that colostrum has kicked in, latching is less painful. Aidan pretty much latches once or twice a day and asks for 'neh neh' at times.

I'm glad that I managed to find some information about how I was feeling and found out how to make the best out of it. Nursing aversion is real, I guess it could be a kind of prenatal depression too?

I honestly can't wait to tandem latch both Aidan and Davina in future. I'm hoping this nursing aversion feeling would pass, some say it would stay for a while. But I'll try my very best. To fellow mums who are suffering from nursing aversion, jiayou ladies! Do whatever makes it better. If you have to wean, by all means. If you have to cut down, go ahead.

Jiayou!

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Pregnancy the second time, makes me feel even more tired than the first time. Maybe the fact that I'm older plus having to chase Aidan is the reason why. HAHHAA. Sorry for the tardy updates, here's Aidan's milestones from 20 - 22 months old!

  • Aidan started childcare at 20 months old as there was a childcare slot FINALLY. Initially, Skai and I had plans to only send Aidan to childcare at 2 years old but since a slot finally opened in Punggol, we leapt at it!
  • He loves school and hardly cried. He loves socialising with his friends and have lots of fun. I think childcare is fun for him and we think that it's good that he socialises.
  • Unfortunately, he also fell sick pretty often in childcare. Cough, cold etc. He was even hospitalised for a bit.
  • I started dabbling into essential oils to help both Aidan and myself. Since I'm pregnant, I can't take much medicine. Also, I didn't want Aidan to take too much medicines too.
  • I still latch but I have stopped pumping. Latching was a bit difficult at this stage as I suffered from nursing aversion. More on this, soon!

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  • With childcare, Aidan tend to sleep a bit earlier. While he is still energetic, he gets tired easily now.
  • He has started to be a bit more vocal these days. Saying more, milk, papa, mama, meimei, Aaaaa (as in referring to himself), sit in mandarin etc
  • He is still so manja which I love. He kisses our face all the time. LOVE IT. He is so cute when he does that! Though recently he started giving wet sloppy kisses hahhaha
  • He is still very very sociable.
  • Unfortunately after his bout at the hospital, he has been introduced to the land of YouTube. ADDICTION MAXIMUS.

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Can't wait to see how he reacts when Davina is here 😀

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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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