Saturday, 25 October 2014

Being a Mom - 6 month update

Being a mom is one of the most tiring yet rewarding experiences I have had in life so far. I'm only 25 years old but I can tell you that nothing I achieve will ever match becoming a mom. On the 8th April 2014 I had a caesarean and Jack Doughty was born. I had read every book you could find but realised that words on a page wouldn't show me how to be a parent. I'd have to gain experience in real life as a mom.


I remember the days after Jacks birth were not as I wished. I suffered a secondary post-partum haemmerage and Jack had dropping oxygen levels. I didn't get to enjoy the first few days as I was too ill. Once we left the hospital and I had been reassured about my bleeding by the midwife countless times, life as a mom truely began.When I look back over the last 6 months, I realise that I cannot remember my life without Jack being a part of it. Ok, I've worried more than I ever thought possible and have had far less sleep than I ever thought possible. Parents to be, you don't believe you can function on hardly any sleep, but trust me you can.

In those early days eat,sleep and nappy change were the order of the day. Fast forward six months and life begins to get even more fun and busy. Jack is now rolling everywhere and babbles away. We've just had to baby proof the house as Jack is now to starting to crawl and drag himself commando style across the room.
With the days of reflux and colic now largely behind us, we haved moved along to more new experiences and problems to work through. Jack is now starting to wean. This has largely resulted in a lot of mess and some very funny facial expressions.
He makes every day worthwhile and will continue this for many more days.
I'd love to hear your favourite memories as a mother. Leave a comment below!


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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

TAG: Hello Autumn

Life sometimes gets in the way of blogging and life with my little boy is super busy nowadays. I have been finding time to catch up on posts on bloglovin but not time to write my own. So after reading a Hello Autumn Tag, I thought I'd give it a go.

1. Coffee - What's your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks or any other coffee shop?

I love hot chocolate especially in the colder months so I'm going to go with Starbucks Classic Hot Chocolate. In the colder weather this instead of tea becomes my favourite! Just writing about it has made me want to go into town and buy one!

2. Accessories - What do you opt for scarf, boots or gloves?

I would most definitely opt for scarves. I never go out without one in the winter as I can't stand my neck being cold. I own far too many scarves with far too many prints and colours. I don't wear boots and I hate the feeling of gloves on my fingers. I'd just prefer to have cold hands instead.

3. Music - What's your favourite music to listen to during autumn?

My music taste stays the same all year. I literally listen to anything. My favourite music at the minute is the Radio One Live Lounge albums. I just love acoustic live sets.

4. Perfume - What's your favourite scent for this time of the year?

At the minute I am really enjoying Marc Jacobs Dot fragrance. I got given a huge bottle last Christmas and have only just started using it so think I may be using it for a while!

5. Candles - What scents will you be burning this season?

I love Yankee Candles but with a 6 month old boy starting to crawl around my house I've had to stop using them. I miss them already!

6. What do you love the most about autumn?

I absolutely love Autumn. As the nights draw in, Autumn just becomes more cosy. Everything seems more beautiful with all the leaves on the ground. I love curling up in the Autumn months with a cup of tea and a book or film in front of the fire.

7. Favourite make up look?

My make up stays the same pretty much all year round. I'm so fair that I find dark colours swamp me. I'll carry on sticking to golds for eyes and pinks for cheeks. I wish I had the confidence to work darker shades in the winter months!

8. What are you looking forward to the most in autumn?

I'm looking forward to spending this Autumn with my little boy called Jack. He is currently 6 months old and it will be lovely to curl up in front of the fire with him and my partner Wayne as a family.

Feel free to say hello to Autumn by taking part in this Tag. I'm tagging you all :)

I'd love to know what you love about Autumn so leave a comment below.

 

 

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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

BarryM Hi-Shine Gelly Varnish

I love BarryM Nail Varnish.



With a 6 week old baby at home, a quick nail varnish application pretty much sums up my me-time. When you get rid of all the nappy changing, rocking and feeding from my day this is pretty much all I have time for.
I don't need any excuse to buy nail varnish (I love them) so when my sister suggested trying BarryM Varnish, I jumped at the chance. I was looking for a varnish which was value for money. These are Currently on offer at 2 for £7 in Boots but usually retail at £3.99 per varnish. (A bargain!) I picked up two colours to get me started - Prickly Pear and Blueberry.
The BarryM Gelly collection applies really well. It has a thicker mix and offers a shiny gel like finish. Usually my nails chip very easily, this nail varnish lasts a lot longer. Amazing really when you consider that I have my hands in nappies and on babies all day.
The Hi-Shine Gelly range comes in many bright summer colours. Pretty perfect for this summer, it really brightens up my look.a
Blueberry
I love this colour. Bold and Bright, it is a perfect shade to wear in the summer sun. I applied two coats of this to really give my nails a pop. To be honest though I could have applied just the one and gotten a very similar result.
Prickly Pear
I love pastel coloured nail varnishes. Whilst bold colours are great when brightening an outfit, pastel colours can go with pretty much anything! When I saw this colour i couldn't wait to try it on.
On application this colour is much paler than it appears. After 3 coats, it looks fab but on its first application it looks quite thin. Worth a buy though as the end colour is fab.
I love both these colours and can't wait to purchase my next few!



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Sunday, 27 April 2014

My Birth Story!



I am finally a mom! After what feels like the longest nine months of my life, I had my baby boy on the 15th April by Caesarean Section.


15/04/2014
7lb 3oz
9.22am

I thought I’d give you an update about my birth story. I would love to hear yours too so feel free to comment on the blog.

MY BIRTH STORY

I went into hospital at 9am on the 15th April for an elective caesarean section as my little one was lying in the breech position. After signing all my forms and putting on my lovely, attractive white stockings I was told we were ready to go. I had gone from third on the list to the first of the day.

After taking the walk to theatre, my partner left me to put on his scrubs whilst I met the theatre team and had my spinal anaesthetic administered. I am terrified of needles and this was the biggest needle I had ever seen! Quite quickly my legs began to feel warm and numb. I couldn’t even get on the bed.

My partner came and sat by my head and after checking everything was good to go they got started. Now I was totally terrified about the c-section but I actually didn’t know the operation had started. I was told that when I heard a suction noise they were then getting baby out. I thought they were still wiping my belly before starting. Next thing, the suction noise started and baby Jack emerged.

What followed was the longest 15 seconds of my life as I waited to hear a cry or a noise. He soon started to scream and what a pair of lungs. My other half got to hold my little one whilst I was stitched up. I was a mom!

The first day post operation was hard. I had a catheter in and couldn’t lift Jack in and out of the bed. I felt so bad for having to keep calling the Midwives but knew that, that was what they were there for. The next day I had my catheter removed and was moved to a side room so my other half could stay.

Unfortunately what should have been an amazing first night as a family, was one of my most terrifying experiences. I was lying in bed and felt a huge gush of blood. I screamed for my partner to call a midwife as I had haemorrhaged. Next thing I knew I was signing a consent form for a second operation and being warned that a hysterectomy was a possibility. I left for theatre with my partner crying in a side room and Jack being looked after by the midwives on the postnatal ward. I had a balloon inserted in me that would make my uterus contract and hopefully stop the bleeding. Over the next 12 hours the balloon stayed in place and was then slowly deflated.

Things started to look up from there. Aside from being a bit emotionally traumatised by the experience and panicking after every normal lochia loss, I was on the mend. I was ready to be discharged two days later.

Jack then started to have problems after going blue during a feed. He was put on oxygen for three minutes as his SAT’s had dropped. After being observed overnight we were allowed home.

Finally we have started our life as a family. That rocky start has made me realise how much I appreciate my family, my fiancée and my son. I have everything I need in the world, which for a second I really thought I was going to lose.

Looking back I have been told that my blood loss only just qualified as a secondary post-partum haemorrhage. I was very lucky but obviously at the time things always seem worse. 

On a brighter note, isn’t my little boy gorgeous? Okay, I know I’m slightly biased!!

 For my next blog, I would love your input. I realised soon enough that as a first time mom I have a lot of learning to do. I would love to know your tips for a new parent for my next blog. Comment and get in touch.

Thanks for reading!




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Thursday, 27 March 2014

37 weeks pregnant

First of all I just want to say sorry for not updating recently. I've had a few pregnancy complications which means I have been in hospital lots.

The Update: I went into hospital when I was 32 weeks pregnant with vision problems and slight headaches. To be honest I think everyone (including myself) thought I was completely overreacting and was just worrying away as usual! Anyway to my surprise I was admitted and diagnosed with pregnancy induced hypertension. From then I have been seeing community midwives at home and have been admitted once since and put on tablets. What doesn't help is my major aversion to digital monitors which for some reason cause my bp to be ridiculously high in comparison to a reading off a manual monitor.
So anyway then I had to go for a growth scan. My beautiful boy is perfect but Breech and is still breech now. I had an ECV yesterday which is where consultants try to manually move the baby round. It hurt like you wouldn't believe and was unsuccessful so I am booked in for a Caesarean Section on the 8th April. More worrying for me was that on the Non Stress Test afterwards baby would move and the trace would be lost. Problem is when it came back in the heartrate was 80bpm instead of between 120-160. It quickly increased but everyone seemed a little concerned. It kept happening so the registrar was called who said it was fine and the baby was just moving away from the trace and may be clipping or pinching the cord. So now naturally even though I have been promised everything is fine, I am now worrying half to death!!!
So besides all of this going on we have decorated the little mans room, put up the Moses basket and installed the car seat.
I haven't fully finished everything in the little mans room so will update with pics in a future blog. But here is a sneak peak of our cute Moses basket.
It is all starting to feel so real!
Symptoms this week
Discharge - So this week I have been having a lot of discharge - like a lot! No one told me about this huge increase but it's definately there.
Stretch Marks - I have huge stretch marks to the point where my stomach now resembles a zebra with lots of stripes. They also look very red and angry. I feel very attractive right now.
Nausea - I thought Morning Sickness was gone never to return but it has returned with a vengeance.
Piles - I'm not even going to say anything else. Pretty self explanatory for all you pregnant ladies out there.
Aching and waddling - I have well and truly hit the waddling stage and now walk so slow that I get passed by everybody when we are out. My partner often forgets that I really can't walk quick and doesn't understand how a human can move so slowly.
Shortness of breath - I was super excited about the baby dropping because apparently it would help ease of shortness of breath. Unfortunately my little man is breech so there is zero improvement here.
Not a pregnancy symptom - I have a bad throat and chest and am on antibiotics to help clear it up.

Anyway I am now going to photograph the little mans nursery for my next blog...

I've really missed you all and have lots of blogs to catch up on and read!

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Friday, 7 February 2014

My January Favourites

January is the month a lot of us are starting to feel the affects of our Christmas and Sales spending. It is however, the perfect month to talk about my January favourites. I've included non-beauty favourites in this post too as I do enjoy things other than beauty too. Surprise Surprise

I'm just going to point out that is my very first attempt at a Picture Collage and it's not actually turned out too badly *shock horror*
1. New Girl - I am in love with the series New Girl. Featuring Zooey Deschanel, it is a comedy that just cheers me up no matter how bad my day is. I'm currently about 6 episodes into the 1st Series. Me and my other half can never agree on what to watch on the Television. This is currently the only programme we both like to watch together. Mainly because all he watches is football.

2. Maybelline Baby Lips - This was obviously going to be in my January favourites, as it has just appeared as my product of the week. Rather than chatting about it again, this is the Link
3. Aussie Shampoo - I am in love with Aussie hair products. My hair is so thick, that I have to use a special detangling brush all the time. I love this shampoo, it leaves my hair feeling fab and using the conditioner straight after leaves it super soft!
4. Babies - This is a cheeky one to add but hopefully I can get away with it as I am having one! I'm due on the 15th April and I am getting more and more excited as everyday passes.
5. Real Technique Brushes - I brought these for Christmas (out of my present money) and absolutely love them. I have both the Core Collection and the Eye Starter Kit. I'm in love! How did I not own these before? 


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Friday, 31 January 2014

#1 Product of the Week


As a new blogger, I find it hard to be consistent with when I post on my blog. I can post weekly and then forget to post for a while. I don't want my blog to be like that so my aim is to get organised and post more regularly.

I read lots of other blogs and everyone seems to post a similar blog on a certain day of the week or month. I've been thinking recently about what blogs I enjoy writing and also about what you guys enjoy reading. So to start I'm going to post a blog talking of my favourite product of that week on a Friday. 

This week I have chosen a lip balm as my product of the week. Lip Balms are an essential part of most people's make up bags. It is an essential however, that in my opinion isn't given much time in reviews. 




I tried the much-hyped Baby Lips Moisturising Lip Balm by Maybelline this week. Coming in six different colours it promises to moisturise and hydrate your lips. I tried the Cherry one and really liked it.

This Lip Balm comes in a very eye-catching tube. It caught my eye as I was walking the aisles of Boots. Super bright, I was immediately drawn to the use of bright summer colours and bold writing.




I have a huge collection of lip balms at home and am pretty much happy to try anything that may tend to my dry, chapped lips. So anything that promises to 'hydrate' my lips is worth a try. I must say I love the smell and colour of these lip balms. Lots of lip balms I have previously tried have no colour to them.  This is so different. It smells and tastes amazing. *I just want to point out, I obviously didn't taste them on purpose* 

The reason I have picked this product as my product of the week is simply because of these factors. I would say it was fairly hydrating and left my lips feeling smoother than before I applied the balm. However, if I was picking a lip balm based solely on how hydrated and smooth it left my lips I would pick a Nivea Lip Balm. I found myself having to reapply this lip balm quote often to feel the hydrating effect.

Overall though this product was fab and for £2.99 each you can't go wrong.

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Thursday, 30 January 2014

Pregnancy update

I'm so bored!! I've not officially started my maternity leave yet ( I'm still on annual leave) and I need to find things to do.


I won't lie, there are plenty of things I could be doing, none of which are as appealing as sitting down and watching This Morning followed by Loose Women. That's my problem, right there. I just cannot be bothered! My back aches and I'm super tired *way to go when I'm doing nothing* so all I've been doing is sitting down on my bottom.




I'm expanding rapidly now as I'm 29 weeks pregnant. 11 weeks to go and counting! I cannot wait. I have blood tests, flu jab and whooping cough jab tomorrow. 3 injections! THREE! As I am terrified of needles that is going to be a great day.

I have got so much cute baby stuff, it's ridiculous so I'm probably going to do a separate post or video about that. I may have got a little carried away in Mothercare. Let's just say I'm hoping that the little one fits into newborn sizes otherwise there is going to be a lot of unused clothes going on Ebay. I planned to be super organised and buy not too much of any size but then I did what I always do and got slightly confused about what sizes I actually had. 

Oops.

I have a pram and a car seat now as well. They were the last of the large things I needed to buy so I'm pretty much done on that front. My lovely Parents brought them as a gift which was extremely kind. I am however, slightly concerned that neither me nor Wayne (my partner) really understand how to put the Pram up and down. This is after the kind man at Mothercare, tried and failed to make it look easy. At one point I'm pretty certain all he did was kick the pushchair in the hope that it would collapse down.

So in terms of the nursery, I haven't actually started. *face palm* At the minute the little mans room is full to the brim of carrier bags full of his stuff, cupboards full of ours and that's it. Not that I'm panicking or anything. Course not.

So anyway, that has sorta inspired me to turn off the TV and make a start. Anyone got any advice or suggestions on cool ways to decorate a nursery let me know. I need all the help I can get :)
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Wednesday, 15 January 2014

MoneySaving

 
 So as a mom to be on maternity leave I'm going to have to focus on all the ways in which I can save money.
 
Times can get tough for all of us financially and it's always good to know how to save money. I'm not at all savvy with money or spending, but it's high time that changed. This blog will still remain lifestyle centred but I will also be focusing on all the ways I can save money, get freebies and enter competitions.
 
I've only really started looking into this in the past week and I'm honestly blown away by the resources on the internet. Just 10 minutes a day of your time could save you money and help you win prizes.
 
This is what I have found so far.
 
 
This website is an amazing resource for anybody wishing to make changes to their spending. From offering advice on how to find the cheapest credit card to helping you budget your spending this site is a must. Delve into the forums and take a look at their Competitions section. It's amazing how many competitions there is on the internet currently. If your sitting there with your cup of tea just browsing my blog, get yourselves onto this section of the forum and invest your time in some competitions.
 
 
If you don't fancy delving through pages of online resources. Follow me on twitter through the link above. I enter a lot of competitions on twitter per day that only require  a RT + Follow. Feel free to follow me and utilise those links. Also I will post any helpful tips and resources I find on there for you all to see.
 
Lets Save and maybe win!
 
 

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Monday, 13 January 2014

I'm on Maternity Leave/Holiday!

 
Well today is the first day of my four weeks holiday prior to my maternity leave starting. I'm not due until April, when undoubtedly my whole life will change.
 
I CAN'T WAIT.
 
There is nothing I want more than to hold my beautiful baby boy. My partner has been truly amazing throughout the pregnancy and I absolutely can't wait to have a lovely family and to get married soon as well.
 
 
 
I have quite a bit to do around the house. I haven't even started sorting the babies room and I have quite a bit to do in other rooms too. I never realised how much stuff I had. Where do I even start on this? I'm not particularly organised so am currently just staring into the babies room for inspiration!
 
 I need some ideas to keep myself busy over the next few months.
These are some of the things I'd like to do:
  • I'd like to spend time just pottering around the house relaxing and watching a bit of daytime television.
  • I want to read more. I have a kindle and have so many books I'd like to read.
  • I want to update my iPod and go on walks around the park.
  • I'd like to do a bit of exercise. Any suggestions guys? I'm just not sure of what I can and can't do.
  • I'd like to visit different towns in my area.
 
     
Does anyone else have any suggestions as to what I can do. I don't want to be vegetating at home and would like to be out of the house sometimes too. I'm pretty reliant on public transport as my driving lessons went terribly prior to pregnancy and I've stopped having lessons during the pregnancy itself.
 
Would love to hear your thoughts and ideas, please comment below if you have anything to say
 
 

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Sunday, 12 January 2014

Dot by Marc Jacobs

 
I absolutely love Marc Jacob's Perfumes (not Lola though!) and got given 'Dot' by Marc Jacobs 100ml for Christmas. I have had this perfume on my wishlist for a long time and couldn't wait to review it.
 


The perfume is packaged in a sphere shaped bottle made of red glass. Lets be honest, the packaging as the first thing you see can persuade you to buy or not to buy.
 
 
 
 
I love how this perfume is packaged. Elegantly packaged in red and black polka dots, butterflies heavily appear as a theme. The lid is made up of one large butterfly with either side comprising of a smaller butterfly. Although the packaging is heavily butterfly themed, the colours red and black remind me more of a ladybird. It doesn't really matter, I love both butterflies and ladybirds!
 
 
 
 
I find the bottle very eye catching and when in a perfume shop my eyes went straight to this. I find the perfume lid quite fiddly and difficult to take on and off. I think this is more to do with the shape of the lid. It's not very practical.
 
 
 
 
Now for the scent itself, and the most important part of the perfume. I always prefer light scents for the day so this perfume is perfect. Sweet and fruity, this perfume smells fresh without being overpowering. Perfect for both day and night, this is my new favourite perfume!
 
 
Retailing at £67.50 for the 100ml bottle at Boots and £38.50 for the smaller handbag friendly 30ml, this is definitely a fabulous purchase!
 
 


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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

New Year and Me

Happy New Year Everyone!
 
 
I was going to talk about New Years Resolutions but I never stick to them so that would be pretty pointless. Usually you'll find me sitting with my cup of tea and chocolate biscuits on the 3rd January after giving up that years diet after 3 days.
 
This year, I'm putting less pressure on myself. With my little man due in April and my maternity leave approaching fast, I have two main priorities for the year.
 
1. To be a great mom to my little boy
 
 
 
2.To keep blogging
 
 
Pretty obvious eh?
 
 
I'm very new to blogging and to be honest have no real idea what I'm doing at all. The idea of people reading this is completely absurd to me. When I started to write this blog a few weeks ago, I didn't think anyone would want to read it. I have 11 Bloglovin Followers though, so thank you guys.
 
 
 
 I started this to give me a creative outlet. Working long hours and not having much time to myself, I wanted to be able to have my own little slice of the internet that I could call my own. Somewhere, I could just note my thoughts, talk about my passions and generally just something that was mine.
 
All I've realised though is how much I don't know.
 
1. I don't know how to use my Canon Camera. My knowledge ends as soon as I turn it on.
 
2. I don't understand HTML. It's a miracle there is a background on this blog. It took me over 2 hours to figure out.
 
3. I don't know how to create my first YouTube video or even where to start. I have a YouTube account though - so yay!
 
This is what is exciting though and hopefully by the end of the year I'll look back at this post and have answered those questions.
 
I might even have 100 followers.
 
Whatever happens, I'm still not making a New Years Resolution. I'm just making a New Years Promise to keep doing the things I love.
 
 
 

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