A Little Life Update

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Photo by Rasha Rmeily

I did a bit of a disappearing act this last year, in fact the date of my last entry was July 16, 2016, 11 months ago… sigh. If you follow me on Instagram then you probably know that I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl last November, so naturally I’m gonna go ahead and blame her for my year-long hiatus. The truth is that between my lazy pregnancy, the mad rush of motherhood, nappies changes, breastfeeding, starting solids and returning to my corporate job, writing just got away from me. I’m not sure if anyone is actually reading this, I haven’t had the courage to check the blog stats in some time, but I’m here to let you all know that I’m alive and well and to introduce you to my baby, Zara.

Introducing Baby Zara 

Throughout my pregnancy I was obsessed with ‘my plan’,  I attended hypnobirthing classes, recited daily affirmations, meditated, took an antenatal class and prepared a very long list of birth preferences, all in hopes of a natural birth. Needless to say that nothing went according to plan and after being induced, 22 hours of labor and then finally an emergency cesarean, Zara entered our world November 16th and changed it forever.

While nothing prepared me for the overwhelming nature of motherhood or the constant feeling of being under qualified for the job, absolutely nothing prepared me for the profound euphoria and sheer joy that overcame me once I met my baby. Watching her grow is magic, everyday a new trick or milestone to be grateful for. Zara is nearly seven months now and our days are filled with firsts, her first giggle, her first roll, her first swim and just today, her first banana.  These photos, as well as the maternity shoot photos below, were taken by the very talented Racha Hallak Photography when Zara was only three months.

I’ve always had an aversion to taking maternity photos, for some reason visuals of Awkward Family Photos came over me when when I thought of posing with my husband and bump.  Thankfully Racha was able to convince me to do a maternity shoot in the comfort of our home and was able to capture these sweet moments before Zara’s arrival.

Oh Baby – My Afternoon Tea Baby Shower   

My sister Lara was the first person to find out I was pregnant, my husband was out and I wanted to delivery the news to him in person yet I couldn’t hold it in that long, so I called my sister. Almost immediately Lara started planning my baby shower, in an effort to avoid an embarrassing game of ‘Pin the Diaper on the Baby’ or ‘Name that Poop’, I quickly opted for a chic afternoon tea instead at Rhodes W1. As if the restaurants Alice in Wonderland aesthetics and miniature finger foods weren’t enough, I worked with cake designer Rasha Rmeily on a stunning double chocolate, nutella and raspberry buttercream cake that stole the show. Pair that with a tangerine maternity dress (ASOS maternity collection saved me), a baby registry at Youmah and my gorgeous girlfriends, it was the best welcome a mama could ask for.