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    Hello friends and family. The primary goal of this blog is to keep our friends, family and loved ones involved in our life journey. And hopefully make some new friends along the way. We will try to balance the content in this blog with our personal thoughts/experiences as well as with some life updates.

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    Love,

    Lola and Wale

Babymoon at Salamander Resort, Middleburg, VA

Since we could not really fly anywhere for Christmas, we decided to spend a few days at Salamander Resort .We had such an awesome, relaxing time. They have the most amazing spa! I love massages so of course I was in heaven. They also have some horses, we didn’t ride the horses but we got a take a few pictures with one of the horses whose name is Moe.

What is a babymoon? Per the urban dictionary – “The period before the baby is born. Like a honeymoon, because after the baby is born the mother will not get to do the same things due to the responsibility of having a baby.”

Is a babymoon necessary? Not exactly, but it was fun to get away to enjoy some peace and quiet before our lives changed for the better:-)

Due Date – February 14 (Valentine’s Day)

During my first appointment with my ob-gyn, I found out that I the baby’s due date was February 14 (Valentine’s Day). How perfect was that due date? But of course God and Tara had a different plan because she was 11 days late and arrived on the 25th at 12.27am. My Ob-gyn appointments were once a month, then they became twice a month and then they became weekly when it was about a month to the my due date. I signed up on sites such as Babycenter, Ovia, what to expect when you are expecting. The great thing about these sites is that you can include your baby’s due date and you get updates based on the stage you are in the pregnancy. I learnt a lot from reading the sites. You also get to read what other mothers are experiencing.

The first few weeks were “interesting” lol! Thankfully the pregnancy itself did not hit me too hard. I felt nauseous but wouldn’t throw up. In my opinion this is actually worse than throwing up. I went to bed early as I felt really tired. I also only had an appetite for spicy food. Thanks to my mother in law who made stew for me with just peppers. Unfortunately, I could not swallow those huge prenatal pills so I opted for the prenatal gummies. They were pretty good; for people like me, look out for Vitafusion Prenatal Gummy Vitamins. I am also somewhat anemic so I had to take iron supplements. I took this in the liquid format – Pur Absorb liquid iron supplement. I used the apple flavor. The version without any flavor does not taste so great on its own but you can mix it with juice.

I decided to take pictures of myself to capture the different stages of the pregnancy and how I looked. My belly was pretty small and I didn’t really show until I was about 20 weeks and even at that, I could still hide it. See pictures below of Week 22 and Week 32 below –

Lola Week 22

Lola Week 32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other than all the nausea and vitamins, iron supplements, I felt really eager to meet my little one. I wondered what and who should look like; what his/her personality would be;

I looked into my journal and below is what I wrote down at week 20 –

I felt the baby move this week YAY! On Monday to be precise. We are on the way to find out what the gender of the baby is. I think it’s a girl. Wale thinks it’s a boy. Either way, it’s a blessing. Can’t wait!

Few hours later – IT’S A GIRL!!! I predicted right. Daddy Wale thought a boy. Either way, we are so thrilled and grateful to Baba. Waist – 31 inches. I actually see the difference. It’s surreal!”

January 10, 2016 - 4:57 pm

Maureen - wow – thanks for sharing such intimate moments, and helpful tips Lola.
I look forward to more posts.
Maureen

Happy New Year!

Happy 2016!

We are so excited to be in 2016! We decided to take some fun photos. Daddy Wale planned the entire thing and got the outfits as well. We had loads of fun with this.

Who do you think Referee TaraTiwa picked as the winner? Papa OR Mama???

We hope everyone had fun over the holidays:)

fun family photoshoot

TWO became THREE!!!

It’s been forever since we updated our site and we are truly sorry! During our long hiatus, TWO became THREE!:-)

TaraTiwa

We gave birth to our bundle of joy Taraoluwa Tiwalade Akingbade (a.k.a TaraTiwa) on February 25, 2015 at George Washington University Hospital in Washington DC and our lives have never remained the same! She has brought so much joy into our hearts; its unbelievable. She has given us a new perspective into understanding the unconditional love that God has for his children. We are extremely blessed to have her and can’t imagine life without her.

baby picture

How did it all begin? I have shared this story a few times to some people. Sometime around March of 2014 we decided that it was time to think about increasing the size of our family; this was after being married for almost two years (a year and 9 months to be precise). We took our sweet time to travel and enjoy just being “us” for some months. So we prayed and the journey began. Beginning in January 2014, I decided to download a period tracker app to help me track my cycle and it showed my fertile days etc. I have never been one to track my cycle; when it shows it, it show up, lol! Like I said, in March 2014, when we decided to start trying, the app showed the days that were estimated to be my most fertile. This was helpful but also kinda stressful because I began overthinking things and stressing Wale out. I will spare you the details lol!

Anyway, the night before father’s day, Saturday June 14, 2014, I decided to take a home pregnancy test because my monthly friend had not shown up and per my tracker I was late. So I took the test and it was positive!  I did not believe it and of course I went to the store and bought 2 more. Both were positive. I was overjoyed; I did not know how to hold it in. But given that the next day (6/15/14) was father’s day, I decided to get a Father’s day card. I got an envelope big enough to fit the home pregnancy tests that I took. I was going to wait until the morning to tell Wale but I could not wait that long so I gave him the card at midnight. When I gave it to him, he was confused initially like what is all this? Lol! Then he looked closer and was SPEECHLESS. All I heard was “Oh my God” Ooh my God, are you serious”? lol! His faceial expression was priceless. We rejoiced and celebrated and of course could barely sleep with all the joy in our hearts. Due to the naija in us, we decided not to tell anyone about the news; most people say to wait until the 1st trimester is over.

Fastforward to Monday, I called my ob-gyn and scheduled an appointment. They apparently had to do their own test to ensure that I was preggos just in case the home test was wrong. On Friday, July 11, 2014 we had our first appointment with my obgyn Dr. Marko (she is awesome by the way!). We did the scan/ultrasound and there she was! We saw this tiny little thing in my belly and also heard a really fast heartbeat. I couldn’t help it; tears came rushing down my eyes. I mean for the past 3 (almost 4 weeks) I knew I was pregnant per the home test but this appointment made it REAL. We took a picture of the scan and sent it to the soon-to-be grandmas and our siblings. Calls/texts/BBM & what’s app messages kept coming through from our family members who were excited for us as well. As the baby of my family, I think it was a shock to most because they could not picture the baby carrying a baby:-)

baby ultrasound

I kept a journal of some of my thoughts, feelings and prayers throughout the pregnancy and I took pictures as well; I will share these with you as I share the stories. So this is how it all began! Our bundle of joy is 9 months old now with a whole lot of energy! Eventhough she acts very shy in public; I think they shyness is from me, her mama. Contrary to popular opinion, I am very shy:-)

Glad to be back writing as I have delayed this for a longgggg time:-)

January 10, 2016 - 8:36 pm

E - Congratulations! May the light of God shine brightly on your daughter;may she be a blessing to your home. Wishing you infinite love with your wonderful new baby. God bless.

Ariztos 500

This post has been in draft for yonkers! I apologize dear readers:-)

My darling husband, Wale, turned 21 on June 11th, haha! Just kidding.. not 21;  actually can you guess how old he is?

Anyway, Wale woke up one day and said he wants to celebrate one of his birthdays and call it “Ariztos 500” and he envisions go-karts, his friends, finger food etc. I was like sure why not? Let’s do that this year. It was all short notice but by God’s grace, we pulled it off. We invited some of our friends to come with us to Autobahn Speedway in Jessup, MD. It is an indoor kart racing facility. Since we had a large group, it took us quite a bit of time to get started but once we did, it was a lot of fun! The guys probably had way more fun than the girls. lol! By the way, in case you go there to race, only “closed” toe shoes are allowed, ladies take note! I did not know this before we got there, therefore I failed to inform everyone. Thank God it worked out at the end of the day.

It was my first time go-karting. I must say, I was initially scared but after the first lap, it was easy-peasy!

Enjoy some photos by a good friend, G-Day Photos. Wale’s shirt was made by Kunle Bello of Christ City

 

we received instructions before the races; I was lost after the 1st sentence, lol!

we had to wear masks and then helmets before riding

all ready to go!

I told you the men took it a bit more serious. lol! they were comparing scores.

You can watch a short video here – http://gdayphotos.com/p459742807/e6828aee6

TGIF!!!

August 12, 2013 - 5:52 am

Woovow - What a cool photo, the car is so gorgeous.

August 15, 2013 - 7:48 am

dream for bride - Such a beautifully themed wedding. I love it!

January 2, 2014 - 5:27 am

bridesmaid dresses - Wow, what a beautiful setting for a wedding.