Thursday, 26 December 2013

Happy Holidays!

Hello beauties!

It's a day late but... I can't believe it's here already! Wow, this year flew past us. It's been an incredible one, filled with the most amazing, and sometimes sad, days. A lot of things happened here on the Couch, reminding me once again how much we have to be thankful for. Thank you for sharing it with me!


Here's to wishing you a merry Christmas (or happy holidays if you don't celebrate Christmas) and a very happy 2014!

I'll be back from January 6th 2014, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Hope you'll tune back in for more regular blogging!!

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,

Yolandie

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Exile Queen Special!

Hello beauties!

Just a quick post to tell you about the special offer that's going on at the moment. My novel, The Rise of the Exile Queen, is on an Amazon countdown deal at the moment.

It'll be available for purchase at $0.99 for the next two days (which is 75% off), before it goes to $1.99 (which is just over 50% off), and then back to its normal selling price of $4.00 on the 24th December, 2013.

So if you haven't gotten it yet, or you still need a gift for someone, now's your chance. Don't miss this great deal!! (Shameless self-promotion, I know. :P)

Click HERE for this amazing offer!!!

Please share with your freinds and family, and help me spread the word about my little novel, which I think is pretty good. And I'm not the only one *insert smug laugh here*. You can read some pretty awesome reviews on both amazon.com and .co.uk, and there's some more about it here and here on the blog too.

Still not sold? Just buy it and read it already! :P Pretty please!!

For those of you who have read EQ and are waiting patiently for the sequel, I have completed The Song of War, and it's currently being edited. It will be released on schedule June 2014. :) Thank you for your support!

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,

Yolandie

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Meet Kayla

Hello beauties!

So here it is; the long awaited post about my little girl.

I hope you have all been well. It's been hectic at my house for the last few weeks, let me tell you. And it started even before Kayla was born.

You see, when I took my leave of the blog, the great process of getting the final things before her birth done started. And along with that, I did some other things, like cleaning, washing the final pieces of her clothing and setting up the Christmas tree (because I didn't want to saddle Jan with the task later).

All was going well. I had the usual pregnancy aches and pains, I was still on my nausea meds (and still vomiting every now and then, which sucked!) and I was waddling along my daily routine awaiting some kind of sign that the day had come. It didn't though.

We went to see the doctor like planned on Thursday, 7 November. It was supposed to be my second to last  routine checkup before my due date, which was the next Thursday. When we got there, I asked a question or two about some things I'd noticed during the previous week and the doctor decided to put the heart monitor on my stomach to measure Kayla's heartbeat.

Turns out her heart was beating at a steady pace, but didn't have enough spikes (it's supposed to go up and down as the baby moves and not be beating at the same tempo all the time) and Kayla wasn't moving enough. In fact, in the prior week I'd noticed that she was moving less and less, but I hadn't thought too much of it because she was growing bigger and the space inside the womb smaller. But the doctor wanted me to come back the following day to check the heart again, so we did.

We went back in the following day, the 8th of November, little knowing what was in store for us that day... The monitor had the same results and after a sonar, which revealed some more issues inside the womb, the doctor advised me that we needed to do a c-section and take Kayla out the same day, because he was concerned about her.

Now, if you know me, you know that I wanted to give birth naturally. I was (to be honest) deathly afraid of the c-section and I'd said all along that the only way I was having one was if it was an emergency. And ironically, it turned out to be.

An hour later I was in a hospital bed being prepped and talked through the procedure, and later that afternoon Kayla was delivered. Her umbilical cord had been wound up really tightly, not allowing enough food through to her, which caused her to be so still. Who knows what could have happened if she hadn't been delivered that day?

Now she's almost three weeks old! Having her has changed our lives forever. I could never imagine loving something so small so fiercely. When I held her for the first time, I swore lightning struck me, because I instantly loved her. It's the truest form of love at first sight in the world. People tell you about the instant bond you feel with your baby, but you can't begin to understand it until you've felt it. She's completely stolen both our hearts.

Of course, I can sit here typing up a storm, all about how much I love and adore her, but you probably don't want to read it. So, without further ado, here are some pictures of her. The first was taken within the first hour of her life and the last was taken on Tuesday.











For those of you in the USA, happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a lot to be thankful for this year, I know I do.

I'll try to pop in again soon.

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,

Yolandie

Monday, 25 November 2013

Maternity Shoot

Hello beauties!

It's been a while! I thought I'd be posting sooner, but then a lot has happened since I took my leave of blogging. As some of you may know, Kayla was born on Friday, 8 November. I'll share my experience and some pictures of my little princess here soon.

But first, I want to share some of the beautiful maternity pictures Franco and Liani of LF Photography took of me and Jan. I would have shared them sooner, but due to some weird circumstances, I only got the pics after Kayla's birth. Liani was going to deliver them one fateful Friday, but instead, I delivered a little girl the very same day... :)

Anyway, here they are. Enjoy!!













Thank you Franco and Liani for the awesome pictures! We couldn't have hoped for better ones. Don't you just love the preggy pic of me and the bestie too? Good luck with the last few weeks of your pregnancy Liani! We can't wait to meet Liamé!!

Tune in again for some pics of my little girl!!

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,

Yolandie

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Weekly Favourites

Hello beauties!

So this is officially it, my last post for a while. I'd be lying if I said I'm not looking forward to my mini vacation before Kayla's birth!

But I know myself too. I'll probably post now and then when I get bored or when I have something that's just too good to ignore. So you'll still be hearing from me, just not on a daily basis. For example, we did a maternity shoot with LF Photography, and I'll post some of the pics when I get them. I'll also let you know when Kayla's born as soon as I'm home from the hospital. And if other important things pop up, I'll put them on here too.

I promise I'll wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year when the time comes. I've also done some drawings of some of the characters in my novel, and I want to share those with you too.

This won't be a break in transmission, a fall-off-the-face-of-the-earth-kind-of-thing, or a now you see me now you don't trick. It's going to be me blogging less and focussing on my kid. I'm officially back on the blog in January '14, but then I'll be blogging less too. If all goes according to plan, I'll post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays then, except if I like the feeling of more irregular, but better quality blogs. So watch this space, because changes are ahead.

With that out of the way, on to today's post. As always, all of these images can be found on my Pinterest board for All things Beauty. Follow me so we don't lose touch during my break!







































And that's all from my side! Check out my Bloomin' Couch Facebook Page, my novel's Facebook Page and my Google plus. I'm also on twitter sometimes when I remember. :P

See you again when I have news!

Stay beautiful and be kind to animals,

Yolandie