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Monthly Favourites #6

My monthly series, sharing the food, places, fashion, beauty and entertainment that I'm currently enjoying...
and now including some #babysheath favourites too.

Next Pompom shoes & The Ordinary hyaluronic acid serum

1. My favourite pair of shoes of this summer have been these gorgeous pompom mules from Next. A birthday gift to myself back in April and a bargain at £32, especially considering all the detailing on the shoes. They are really cute, on trend plus are super comfy and were a godsend for swollen pregnant feet and have proven invaluable over the last few months as they are so easy to slip-on whilst holding the baby. Teamed here with skinny jeans, a delicate lace top and burgundy slouchy bag for a family shopping trip (how amazing are these floor tiles...shoefie had to be done).

2. Since i got pregnant my skin has been awful, dry and really prone to spots, and while i had hoped once i'd had a baby it would clear up but alas no luck. This Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 from The Ordinary has been a skin saver, becoming a firm favourite in my daily routine and has helped so much - my skin is now clearer, softer, moisturised and glowing. I bought this bottle from ASOS, where i first found the brand but it is also now available on Feelunique. Need to go back and check out the rest of the range, particularly interested in the new foundations.


Current jewellery loves & Anya Hindmarch pouch

3. Getting back into jewellery this month - enjoying a mix of new along with some old favourites. Normally a fan of bold, statement jewellery but i have had to switch to more delicate baby friendly pieces (little hand grab everything) and am currently loving mixing metals - rose gold, silver and a splash of pearl. Current everyday combination is the rose gold "a" necklace and ear cuff, along with simple star studs, adding in some fun with the tassels and double pearl earrings when i want to mix it up. *Cactus jewellery holder from the new Zoella lifestyle range.

4. A cheeky little purchase from our trip to Bicester Village - an Anya Hindmarch rainbow pouch. Wanted to treat myself to a little designer piece and this was the perfect option. Currently using to store all my daily essentials (lipbalm, hand santitiser, etc) inside Mark's changing bag. 

Planoly app & Primark Elephant doorstop

 5. Planoly app - discovered this a couple of weeks ago and don't know how i survived without it. Perfect to help plan out future Instagram posts and style my grid, moving images around to make the most out of the theme i am using at the time. Only thing to note is that you only get 30 uploads a month on the free plan and have limited access on analytics but if you are an avid Instagrammer there are other plans available - however for me the free one works.
Available on iTunes & Googleplay.

6. My amazing rose gold elephant doorstop, is one of the most bizarre things i have ever purchased from Primark and i love it! A homeware bargain at only £8 and although i am not using it as a doorstop, it looks amazing on a shelf in my lounge - random but makes me happy (but does freak the cat out a little).

Hart of Dixie & Mum wardrobe

7. My maternity leave entertainment. I have been working through four seasons of Hart of Dixie, whilst chilling out with my little man...perfect easy watching. Any recommendations what i should go for next?

8. Rocking my new mum uniform - skinny jeans, cute t-shirts, lightweight knits and flats, plus the essential pair of sunglasses to hide the eye bags! These new additions to my wardrobe are all easy mix & match pieces that look chic but are comfortable and practical for looking after a baby - add a bag and i am good to go.
New Look ripped black skinny jeans, H&M stripe tee, New Look "Funday" jumper and Primark gold flats.

TU Baby clothes & Jellycat soft toys

  9. I never thought i would get so excited about baby boy clothes, but at the moment i love nothing more than finding new little pieces for Mark's wardrobe - these are just two of my latest finds, both from Tu@Sainsburys. Colourful and fun as well as good quality and so soft - plus Mark looks adorable in them. Expensive lark this maintaining a baby wardrobe!

10. I have a new found love for Jellycat soft toys - Mark now has four (and i also have a little unicorn) and they are my favourites out of all his furry friends. James and i bought the bashful beige bunny after our 12 week scan as a little present. The very fluffy Cyril the Sloth was a gift from my sister whilst the little vibrating pram fox and Dennis the dinosaur were a treat when he was about a month old - i couldn't resist....so cute, especially Dennis. Any of these would make a great new baby gift, if you know anyone who is pregnant.

What have you been loving this month? Any recommendations?
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Monthly Favourites #6

Monthly Favourites #6

My monthly series, sharing the food, places, fashion, beauty and entertainment that I'm currently enjoying...
and now including some #babysheath favourites too.

Next Pompom shoes & The Ordinary hyaluronic acid serum

1. My favourite pair of shoes of this summer have been these gorgeous pompom mules from Next. A birthday gift to myself back in April and a bargain at £32, especially considering all the detailing on the shoes. They are really cute, on trend plus are super comfy and were a godsend for swollen pregnant feet and have proven invaluable over the last few months as they are so easy to slip-on whilst holding the baby. Teamed here with skinny jeans, a delicate lace top and burgundy slouchy bag for a family shopping trip (how amazing are these floor tiles...shoefie had to be done).

2. Since i got pregnant my skin has been awful, dry and really prone to spots, and while i had hoped once i'd had a baby it would clear up but alas no luck. This Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 from The Ordinary has been a skin saver, becoming a firm favourite in my daily routine and has helped so much - my skin is now clearer, softer, moisturised and glowing. I bought this bottle from ASOS, where i first found the brand but it is also now available on Feelunique. Need to go back and check out the rest of the range, particularly interested in the new foundations.


Current jewellery loves & Anya Hindmarch pouch

3. Getting back into jewellery this month - enjoying a mix of new along with some old favourites. Normally a fan of bold, statement jewellery but i have had to switch to more delicate baby friendly pieces (little hand grab everything) and am currently loving mixing metals - rose gold, silver and a splash of pearl. Current everyday combination is the rose gold "a" necklace and ear cuff, along with simple star studs, adding in some fun with the tassels and double pearl earrings when i want to mix it up. *Cactus jewellery holder from the new Zoella lifestyle range.

4. A cheeky little purchase from our trip to Bicester Village - an Anya Hindmarch rainbow pouch. Wanted to treat myself to a little designer piece and this was the perfect option. Currently using to store all my daily essentials (lipbalm, hand santitiser, etc) inside Mark's changing bag. 

Planoly app & Primark Elephant doorstop

 5. Planoly app - discovered this a couple of weeks ago and don't know how i survived without it. Perfect to help plan out future Instagram posts and style my grid, moving images around to make the most out of the theme i am using at the time. Only thing to note is that you only get 30 uploads a month on the free plan and have limited access on analytics but if you are an avid Instagrammer there are other plans available - however for me the free one works.
Available on iTunes & Googleplay.

6. My amazing rose gold elephant doorstop, is one of the most bizarre things i have ever purchased from Primark and i love it! A homeware bargain at only £8 and although i am not using it as a doorstop, it looks amazing on a shelf in my lounge - random but makes me happy (but does freak the cat out a little).

Hart of Dixie & Mum wardrobe

7. My maternity leave entertainment. I have been working through four seasons of Hart of Dixie, whilst chilling out with my little man...perfect easy watching. Any recommendations what i should go for next?

8. Rocking my new mum uniform - skinny jeans, cute t-shirts, lightweight knits and flats, plus the essential pair of sunglasses to hide the eye bags! These new additions to my wardrobe are all easy mix & match pieces that look chic but are comfortable and practical for looking after a baby - add a bag and i am good to go.
New Look ripped black skinny jeans, H&M stripe tee, New Look "Funday" jumper and Primark gold flats.

TU Baby clothes & Jellycat soft toys

  9. I never thought i would get so excited about baby boy clothes, but at the moment i love nothing more than finding new little pieces for Mark's wardrobe - these are just two of my latest finds, both from Tu@Sainsburys. Colourful and fun as well as good quality and so soft - plus Mark looks adorable in them. Expensive lark this maintaining a baby wardrobe!

10. I have a new found love for Jellycat soft toys - Mark now has four (and i also have a little unicorn) and they are my favourites out of all his furry friends. James and i bought the bashful beige bunny after our 12 week scan as a little present. The very fluffy Cyril the Sloth was a gift from my sister whilst the little vibrating pram fox and Dennis the dinosaur were a treat when he was about a month old - i couldn't resist....so cute, especially Dennis. Any of these would make a great new baby gift, if you know anyone who is pregnant.

What have you been loving this month? Any recommendations?
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Astrid & Miyu is "the" hot brand of the moment on social media, as seen on the lovely Victoria from @inthefrow and Suzie from @hellooctober. I had seen the name pop up a couple of time but always assumed that this brand was up there with Monica Vinader & Missoma in terms of price, but after seeing some beautiful pieces in a "What i wore in a week" video from @hellooctober, i decided to take a closer look. So pleased to find that not only are the pieces beautiful, on trend but also very reasonably priced - don't get me wrong it's not super cheap but all items come in under £100 - amazing! I really love the dainty but statement look of the pieces and that most are available in a variety of metals, perfect to mix and match your look.

Feeling inspired, i ordered the Wishbone ear cuff in rose gold. Beautifully packaged, quick delivery and a stunning item of jewellery - simple, delicate and adorned with white diamantes. It looks great with my silver and rose gold star studs, fits comfortably in the crook of my ear and although a little awkward to get on/off the first couple of time, it isn't budging which is great as it won't fall off. I decided to go for a cuff, as I wanted to treat myself to something but can't wear anything too big at the moment, as Mark is in a phase of grabbing hair, clothes, anything he wants but this looks great and is baby friendly. 


After buying the cuff, i now have my eye on a couple more pieces for my collection - a mixture of silver and rose gold (love to mix at the moment) and wanted to share them with you....plus a helpful shopping reference for hubby before Christmas!
*Worth noting that if you sign up for the Astrid & Miyu newsletter you get 10% off your first order.

The Perfect One ring £39 - Rose Gold / Silver / Gunmetal  Rose Gold New Tricks Star stud earrings £49



Which is your favourite Astrid & Miyu piece?

*All imagery from astridandmiyu.com except header image (credit).
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Astrid & Miyu Jewellery


Astrid & Miyu is "the" hot brand of the moment on social media, as seen on the lovely Victoria from @inthefrow and Suzie from @hellooctober. I had seen the name pop up a couple of time but always assumed that this brand was up there with Monica Vinader & Missoma in terms of price, but after seeing some beautiful pieces in a "What i wore in a week" video from @hellooctober, i decided to take a closer look. So pleased to find that not only are the pieces beautiful, on trend but also very reasonably priced - don't get me wrong it's not super cheap but all items come in under £100 - amazing! I really love the dainty but statement look of the pieces and that most are available in a variety of metals, perfect to mix and match your look.

Feeling inspired, i ordered the Wishbone ear cuff in rose gold. Beautifully packaged, quick delivery and a stunning item of jewellery - simple, delicate and adorned with white diamantes. It looks great with my silver and rose gold star studs, fits comfortably in the crook of my ear and although a little awkward to get on/off the first couple of time, it isn't budging which is great as it won't fall off. I decided to go for a cuff, as I wanted to treat myself to something but can't wear anything too big at the moment, as Mark is in a phase of grabbing hair, clothes, anything he wants but this looks great and is baby friendly. 


After buying the cuff, i now have my eye on a couple more pieces for my collection - a mixture of silver and rose gold (love to mix at the moment) and wanted to share them with you....plus a helpful shopping reference for hubby before Christmas!
*Worth noting that if you sign up for the Astrid & Miyu newsletter you get 10% off your first order.

The Perfect One ring £39 - Rose Gold / Silver / Gunmetal  Rose Gold New Tricks Star stud earrings £49



Which is your favourite Astrid & Miyu piece?

*All imagery from astridandmiyu.com except header image (credit).
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I don't know about anyone else, but as soon as i found out i was pregnant my Instagram feed changed almost overnight, i found scrolling through accounts by mums weirdly comforting, especially before i shared my news. I found the world of social media incredibly helpful during my pregnancy, and now as an additional resource for this new mum. There is something quite calming about watching others actually experiencing motherhood and seeing what family life means to them, whilst finding that comfortable balance between sharing and privacy.

In this post are three ladies who i have discovered on Instagram in the last year - i love to watch them on instastories, finding their feeds beautiful and inspiring for a modern day mum. 

The Blog: thismamalife.com
Youtube: Sarah - This Mama Life

First up is the lovely Sarah from @thismamalife, a very down to earth mum, sharing everyday life in a house with two children - the up's and the down's. Alongside her beautiful Instagram account, her Youtube channel has a great mix of vlogs, product reviews and fashion videos (this girl loves a good old Primark haul). I really enjoy her monthly favourites as she includes products that the kids have been loving as well as her, this feature has put me on to some amazing baby brands that i had never heard of before. I also found her videos on silent reflux, particularly interesting as its a topic that isn't widely discussed but can cause misery for a new mum and hearing first hand about her personal experience was very informative.

The Blog: amothersedit.com

Ashley from @amothersedit is my "fashion" mum, showing you can keep your sense of style, even when juggling 2 children. I have really struggled with how to integrate my current wardrobe into my new mum life and not loose my identity to nappies and baby sick. I find Ashleys feed really inspiring, i love her easy, casual style that seems to be a great mix of practicality with a sprinkle of on trend pieces and that she has fun with fashion - matching tees for all three girls is so cute. #mumwardrobegoals.

The Blog: mrsmeldrum.com
Youtube: MrsMeldrum / The Meldrums

Last up is Rebecca aka Mrs Meldrum, whose beautiful Instagram feed i actually found through her youtube channel (guilty pleasure - Primark hauls!). It has been amazing to follow her latest pregnancy, as i have been able to pick up allsorts of tips and product recommendations as she too was buying for a newborn. I love the energy and fun in Rebeccas' feed, so many amazing pictures of her two little girls, the new baby and all of their family adventures. She has a great mix of vlogs, product reviews as well as plenty of fashion hauls. I love that her husband is also heavily involved in the channel and offers a great dad perspective on life with three kids.



Are there any other Instagram mum's you think i should be following?

*All imagery from the above Instagram accounts @thismamalife, @amothersedit & @mrsmeldrum
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3 Instagram mums you should follow....


I don't know about anyone else, but as soon as i found out i was pregnant my Instagram feed changed almost overnight, i found scrolling through accounts by mums weirdly comforting, especially before i shared my news. I found the world of social media incredibly helpful during my pregnancy, and now as an additional resource for this new mum. There is something quite calming about watching others actually experiencing motherhood and seeing what family life means to them, whilst finding that comfortable balance between sharing and privacy.

In this post are three ladies who i have discovered on Instagram in the last year - i love to watch them on instastories, finding their feeds beautiful and inspiring for a modern day mum. 

The Blog: thismamalife.com
Youtube: Sarah - This Mama Life

First up is the lovely Sarah from @thismamalife, a very down to earth mum, sharing everyday life in a house with two children - the up's and the down's. Alongside her beautiful Instagram account, her Youtube channel has a great mix of vlogs, product reviews and fashion videos (this girl loves a good old Primark haul). I really enjoy her monthly favourites as she includes products that the kids have been loving as well as her, this feature has put me on to some amazing baby brands that i had never heard of before. I also found her videos on silent reflux, particularly interesting as its a topic that isn't widely discussed but can cause misery for a new mum and hearing first hand about her personal experience was very informative.

The Blog: amothersedit.com

Ashley from @amothersedit is my "fashion" mum, showing you can keep your sense of style, even when juggling 2 children. I have really struggled with how to integrate my current wardrobe into my new mum life and not loose my identity to nappies and baby sick. I find Ashleys feed really inspiring, i love her easy, casual style that seems to be a great mix of practicality with a sprinkle of on trend pieces and that she has fun with fashion - matching tees for all three girls is so cute. #mumwardrobegoals.

The Blog: mrsmeldrum.com
Youtube: MrsMeldrum / The Meldrums

Last up is Rebecca aka Mrs Meldrum, whose beautiful Instagram feed i actually found through her youtube channel (guilty pleasure - Primark hauls!). It has been amazing to follow her latest pregnancy, as i have been able to pick up allsorts of tips and product recommendations as she too was buying for a newborn. I love the energy and fun in Rebeccas' feed, so many amazing pictures of her two little girls, the new baby and all of their family adventures. She has a great mix of vlogs, product reviews as well as plenty of fashion hauls. I love that her husband is also heavily involved in the channel and offers a great dad perspective on life with three kids.



Are there any other Instagram mum's you think i should be following?

*All imagery from the above Instagram accounts @thismamalife, @amothersedit & @mrsmeldrum
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Mumma & Me wishlist


Paris Mon Amie tee - New Look | Rose Gold Plated Diamante Stacking Ring - Astrid & Miyu  
Leather Camera Bag - Mon PurseBlack Metallic Embroidered Mule - ASOS
Leopard Flower Nappy Bag Organiser - Cath Kidston | Habitat Tub Natural Spun Bamboo Table Lamp - Argos

A few simple pieces on my wishlist this month, items that will work well in my new mum wardrobe - a simple slogan tee, classic hands free bag and on-trend slip on mules. My favourite piece this month would have to be this Astrid & Miyu rose gold ring - just bought an ear cuff and am now obsessed with the brand - i love how delicate the pieces are and they are perfect to wear with a newborn (no sharp edges). Next up is this nappy bag organiser - i have to carry nappies around, so i may as well have a cute bag in which to do so, fits all the essentials in plus i really love the leopard print. Last of all this gorgeous bamboo lamp - since i have been on maternity leave, my nesting instincts haven't stopped and i am in proper house mode, adding new pieces and rejigging furniture. This lamp would be a great addition to my lounge, adding a pop of colour to my coffee table.


Trainers - H&M | Sweatshirt all-in-one suit - H&MCrocodile Sweater - Zara Kids
"Yeah" bear jumper - Zara KidsChunky Knit Hooded Cardigan - M&S

Continuing the grey colour palette that has dominated Mark's newborn wardrobe, whilst starting to think ahead to the cooler months, i have been looking at layering in some cute character knitwear pieces. Zara Kids is somewhere i have never shopped before but will be heading in store as the crocodile and bear jumpers are perfect for my little dude. Also really loving this M&S knitted cardigan, available in a rainbow of colours (for boys & girls) soft, chunky and anything with little bear ears is a winner in my books.

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August Wishlist: Mamma & Me

Mumma & Me wishlist


Paris Mon Amie tee - New Look | Rose Gold Plated Diamante Stacking Ring - Astrid & Miyu  
Leather Camera Bag - Mon PurseBlack Metallic Embroidered Mule - ASOS
Leopard Flower Nappy Bag Organiser - Cath Kidston | Habitat Tub Natural Spun Bamboo Table Lamp - Argos

A few simple pieces on my wishlist this month, items that will work well in my new mum wardrobe - a simple slogan tee, classic hands free bag and on-trend slip on mules. My favourite piece this month would have to be this Astrid & Miyu rose gold ring - just bought an ear cuff and am now obsessed with the brand - i love how delicate the pieces are and they are perfect to wear with a newborn (no sharp edges). Next up is this nappy bag organiser - i have to carry nappies around, so i may as well have a cute bag in which to do so, fits all the essentials in plus i really love the leopard print. Last of all this gorgeous bamboo lamp - since i have been on maternity leave, my nesting instincts haven't stopped and i am in proper house mode, adding new pieces and rejigging furniture. This lamp would be a great addition to my lounge, adding a pop of colour to my coffee table.


Trainers - H&M | Sweatshirt all-in-one suit - H&MCrocodile Sweater - Zara Kids
"Yeah" bear jumper - Zara KidsChunky Knit Hooded Cardigan - M&S

Continuing the grey colour palette that has dominated Mark's newborn wardrobe, whilst starting to think ahead to the cooler months, i have been looking at layering in some cute character knitwear pieces. Zara Kids is somewhere i have never shopped before but will be heading in store as the crocodile and bear jumpers are perfect for my little dude. Also really loving this M&S knitted cardigan, available in a rainbow of colours (for boys & girls) soft, chunky and anything with little bear ears is a winner in my books.

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Pregnancy was an interesting but daunting experience for me, so many amazing moments teamed with anxiety and nausea. While i didn't quite make it the full 40 weeks, i was surprised just how much i learnt about myself and the journey your body takes to bring a new life into the world.

Here's 10 things i learnt during my pregnancy.....

1. Never underestimate just how tired you will feel, particularly in the 1st and 3rd trimesters, i know people say you will feel it but boy was i unprepared. For the first couple of months I slept non stop, if I wasn't at work I was curled up in my pj's napping and going to bed around 8.30 because i just couldn't function - it was such a relief to hit week 16 and feel awake, actually be able to have an adult conversation without yawning. And while the third trimester is also tiring, it is a different kind of tired, because baby is fully formed and just growing - my advice, give in, grab your pj's and sleep as much as you can.

2. Simple tasks become horrendously hard and so uncomfortable. Washing my face, walking upstairs (why we bought a house with 2 flights of stairs I don't know), rolling over in bed, standing up from the loo or even getting dressed - everything takes longer and is such effort. Having a relaxing bubble bath became a two person mission, getting in was ok but once in, i morphed into this beached whale and getting out was almost impossible so by 32 weeks, baths were not an option - annoying as i had just stocked up on my favourite bubble bars from Lush. This was a part of pregnancy i found hard, as it left me feeling helpless - i am an independent woman and having to have someone tie your shoes because you can't reach anymore is hard to get your head around - excepting help is a big part of pregnancy. 

3. Midwife appointments are not that exciting, especially if all is well with the baby. Each session consisted of a urine check, blood pressure and then later on measuring of the bump and listening to baby's heartbeat (which was my favourite part) but that's it. Took me a while to accept that the NHS wasn't gonna hold my hand through this experience, which after a miscarriage a few years ago was a big thing for me - I went in anticipating lots of appointments and advice but actually your just left to get on with it!

4. Being organised isn't a bad thing - having the nursery set up, pram/car seat un-boxed, hospital bags packed, clothes washed etc is a weight off your mind, especially if baby decides to do what Mark did and arrive 5 weeks early. The idea of heading into hospital or coming home without all of these little things done, would have stressed me out, plus sitting in the nursery surrounded by all his little belongings was very calming for me.

5. Loss of control over your body - constant burbs, farts, indigestion (which I have never suffered from before), hot sweats, body parts expands including your toes, stretch marks, unannounced waves of sickness and weird changes in your food tastes are just some of the delights that my body put me through. I only had one very boring craving during my pregnancy, which was wheatbix with sultanas and a banana (and 2 random days of walnut whips) but I also went right off spaghetti which is one my favourite meals but glad to say only a temporary aversion.

6. Baby movements are an amazing feeling however they can be super annoying especially when you have just got comfy and are about to drop off to sleep but the sensation of feeling life inside of me was the best antidote to the months of nausea and tiredness. Not always kicks, mine felt like a Mexican wave rolling across my belly and towards the end Mark definitely had hiccups and continues to do so almost everyday. 

7. Babies don't always co-operate, Mark was such an awkward little bump. From fidgeting in his 12 week scan, resulting in blurred pictures and lying the wrong way up during his 20 week scan, where he was face down hugging my bladder and refusing to roll over, to kicking the dopler off my belly every time the midwife wanted to listen. Even in utero babies only do things when they want, so be prepared to get on their timetable.

8. Appreciating your other half - hubby put up with a lot of mood swings, helping me do mundane everyday tasks, multiple trips to the maternity assessment unit in the middle of the night and my obsessing about buying the right bits for baby but he did all with a smile and was my rock, keeping me calm when it all got too much.

9. You don't have to spend a fortune. I knew what we needed to buy, aiming for the best of everything but that gets so expensive and actually once we shopped around, I found so many great items for a fraction of the price - Aldi, BabiesRUs and Amazon are just as good for newborn essentials as Mamas & Papas. Also I cannot rave enough about Primark baby clothes - for newborns who just eat, sleep and poop, the vest/baby grow multi packs are amazing....cute colours & designs, great quality (so much better than their womenswear) and they wash well - we have had so many compliments on outfits.

10. Nothing prepares you for the overwhelming love combined with a huge wave of panic you feel when you leave the hospital with this little wrinkly human. Amazing feeling but also kinda scary - no amount of reading books, antenatal classes etc can prepare you for this but take a deep breath and enjoy as time goes so fast....Mark is three months old today!
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* Please note, my post schedule will be a little irregular for the next few months, have to fit in blogging around little man which is harder than it sounds, so please bare with. Be sure to follow my social media for notifications on new posts x

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10 things I learnt during my pregnancy


Pregnancy was an interesting but daunting experience for me, so many amazing moments teamed with anxiety and nausea. While i didn't quite make it the full 40 weeks, i was surprised just how much i learnt about myself and the journey your body takes to bring a new life into the world.

Here's 10 things i learnt during my pregnancy.....

1. Never underestimate just how tired you will feel, particularly in the 1st and 3rd trimesters, i know people say you will feel it but boy was i unprepared. For the first couple of months I slept non stop, if I wasn't at work I was curled up in my pj's napping and going to bed around 8.30 because i just couldn't function - it was such a relief to hit week 16 and feel awake, actually be able to have an adult conversation without yawning. And while the third trimester is also tiring, it is a different kind of tired, because baby is fully formed and just growing - my advice, give in, grab your pj's and sleep as much as you can.

2. Simple tasks become horrendously hard and so uncomfortable. Washing my face, walking upstairs (why we bought a house with 2 flights of stairs I don't know), rolling over in bed, standing up from the loo or even getting dressed - everything takes longer and is such effort. Having a relaxing bubble bath became a two person mission, getting in was ok but once in, i morphed into this beached whale and getting out was almost impossible so by 32 weeks, baths were not an option - annoying as i had just stocked up on my favourite bubble bars from Lush. This was a part of pregnancy i found hard, as it left me feeling helpless - i am an independent woman and having to have someone tie your shoes because you can't reach anymore is hard to get your head around - excepting help is a big part of pregnancy. 

3. Midwife appointments are not that exciting, especially if all is well with the baby. Each session consisted of a urine check, blood pressure and then later on measuring of the bump and listening to baby's heartbeat (which was my favourite part) but that's it. Took me a while to accept that the NHS wasn't gonna hold my hand through this experience, which after a miscarriage a few years ago was a big thing for me - I went in anticipating lots of appointments and advice but actually your just left to get on with it!

4. Being organised isn't a bad thing - having the nursery set up, pram/car seat un-boxed, hospital bags packed, clothes washed etc is a weight off your mind, especially if baby decides to do what Mark did and arrive 5 weeks early. The idea of heading into hospital or coming home without all of these little things done, would have stressed me out, plus sitting in the nursery surrounded by all his little belongings was very calming for me.

5. Loss of control over your body - constant burbs, farts, indigestion (which I have never suffered from before), hot sweats, body parts expands including your toes, stretch marks, unannounced waves of sickness and weird changes in your food tastes are just some of the delights that my body put me through. I only had one very boring craving during my pregnancy, which was wheatbix with sultanas and a banana (and 2 random days of walnut whips) but I also went right off spaghetti which is one my favourite meals but glad to say only a temporary aversion.

6. Baby movements are an amazing feeling however they can be super annoying especially when you have just got comfy and are about to drop off to sleep but the sensation of feeling life inside of me was the best antidote to the months of nausea and tiredness. Not always kicks, mine felt like a Mexican wave rolling across my belly and towards the end Mark definitely had hiccups and continues to do so almost everyday. 

7. Babies don't always co-operate, Mark was such an awkward little bump. From fidgeting in his 12 week scan, resulting in blurred pictures and lying the wrong way up during his 20 week scan, where he was face down hugging my bladder and refusing to roll over, to kicking the dopler off my belly every time the midwife wanted to listen. Even in utero babies only do things when they want, so be prepared to get on their timetable.

8. Appreciating your other half - hubby put up with a lot of mood swings, helping me do mundane everyday tasks, multiple trips to the maternity assessment unit in the middle of the night and my obsessing about buying the right bits for baby but he did all with a smile and was my rock, keeping me calm when it all got too much.

9. You don't have to spend a fortune. I knew what we needed to buy, aiming for the best of everything but that gets so expensive and actually once we shopped around, I found so many great items for a fraction of the price - Aldi, BabiesRUs and Amazon are just as good for newborn essentials as Mamas & Papas. Also I cannot rave enough about Primark baby clothes - for newborns who just eat, sleep and poop, the vest/baby grow multi packs are amazing....cute colours & designs, great quality (so much better than their womenswear) and they wash well - we have had so many compliments on outfits.

10. Nothing prepares you for the overwhelming love combined with a huge wave of panic you feel when you leave the hospital with this little wrinkly human. Amazing feeling but also kinda scary - no amount of reading books, antenatal classes etc can prepare you for this but take a deep breath and enjoy as time goes so fast....Mark is three months old today!
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