The baby diaries

First Comes Love…

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Our little dude at 19 weeks 1 day

Then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage. Although not quite in that particular order for us. If you weren’t aware I’m Pregnant. At this very point in time I’m 21 weeks 4 days (according to my app, that also tells me I only have 18 weeks 3 days to go ahhh) and I’m not going to lie this is my second attempt at writing this post.

I’m going to try and keep it short and sweet, which can be difficult for me, so I apologise in advance. And if anything I wanted to blog about this so I could look back at this really special time and have some sort of log and  also if someone is going through a similar experience they might find some comfort in finding this.

When I pictured myself in pregnancy I always imagined I would sneeze and get pregnant. Its funny because you go so long trying not to get pregnant and then when you decide you are in a stable, loving relationship and you’re both ready its not so easy (well it wasn’t for us).

I actually got pregnant in our first month of trying. I was feeling a little under the weather and then missed my period, low and behold I was pregnant. ‘Man that was easy’ I thought to myself. We got excited and told my mum and started dreaming and making plans for the poppy seed sized foetus we thought was growing inside of me. Sadly however about 6 and a half weeks along, I woke up in the night with a popping sensation and a lot of blood. Sadly I had a very early miscarriage, or what I believe is called a chemical pregnancy, which is where in basic layman’s terms; your body thinks you are pregnant but either the pregnancy doesn’t attach properly or there’s a chromosome issue. We grieved for this loss and it felt like a real defeat, the one thing I believed my body was built for and it couldn’t do it. Not many people talk about these early miscarriages, but they are a loss no matter how early and it still hurts. But after many tears and the support of my partner we got through it.

It took us another 7 months of trying before we finally conceived again. Which felt like a life time, every time my monthly visitor came, it felt like another punch in the gut. However I started to feel really weird, stomach cramps and a fever. I was convinced I was coming down with the flu. I didn’t want to get ahead of myself. But after feeling really rough for two weeks, I then suddenly noticed my period was two weeks late. I took a test an low and behold it came back positive. And not just faintly positive like before, those two lines appeared pretty much as soon as I peed on the stick.

I waited until I was 10 weeks pregnant until I went to the GP. Part of this was due to the fact that this was happening right over the christmas period and the other reason was that I was scared and part of me felt like if I acknowledged it, it would come back and bite me in the butt. Anyway I had my first of many blood tests done and found myself a great midwife and entered into this whole overwhelming world of pregnancy.

As well as believing that I would get pregnant in no time, I also naively believed that pregnancy would be a breeze. A time where I could eat whatever I wanted, not have to exercise and I would just have this natural glow from within. Oh how I was wrong. I am so jealous if this was you. To be fair I haven’t had the easiest pregnancy but by no means has it been really complicated (knock on wood). But to start with was the chronic tiredness. I just couldn’t stay awake, that combined with the all day nausea, I felt like I was constantly hungover. Another side effect was the need to pee all the time, I was getting up around 3-4 times a night.

At 13 weeks came some other complications, bleeding. Being pregnant, one of the perks, I thought was not having to deal with periods or bleeding. Oh how wrong was I AGAIN. Now I’ve been told on many occasions, that bleeding can be common in early pregnancy. But with any bleeding I would always get in touch with your GP or midwife. As I said I had my first bout of bleeding at 13 weeks, after having a pretty perfect 12 week scan. I of course freaked out, my midwife was great and was referred for an emergency scan; where I was told baby was fine and healthy and that it might just be a bit of excess fluid that had been pushed out. I tried to put it to the back of my mind and was a huge relief knowing that baby was on track.

Then at 16 weeks I bleed again, this time I had cramping and quite substantial bleeding. I was at work and again panicked. My midwife had me come and see her and she managed to find a strong heartbeat right away. HUGE relief, however she wanted me to go for another scan. In I went again, and again I was told baby was really healthy and they couldn’t see any reason for the bleed. I then to my dismay bleed again the next day, and being a little fed up rang my midwife, who again was awesome. She the referred me to an obstetrician and for another scan. This scan was a little different this time (probably because I was becoming a regular), they checked my cervix which was thankfully closed but they also saw that the placenta was closer than it should be to my cervix and this possibly could be what was causing the bleeding. From then on work were amazing and stood me down from my day job and pretty much put on bedrest, in the hopes that the placenta would move out of the way.

Now here I am 21 weeks along. We had our 19 week scan; where not only did we find out we are expecting a little boy, but also that the placenta had moved to the front of my stomach and away from my cervix. Which was what I was hoping for. Although I have been warned that the placing of my placenta at the front of the stomach can still cause some bleeding. I have been given the all clear to head back to work.

So here I am, just at the beginning and what a story it’s been so far. I know that many go through much more complicated pregnancies than this and I am so grateful to have a baby that is doing well.

I’m learning so much more everyday. Some helpful, some not so much (thanks Dr Google). Pregnancy is a whole new world that I don’t know if I was fully prepared for. All the lingo, classes, what to eat and what not to eat, what to wear, can get a girl all in a tizz. What I’ve found really helpful is joining a Facebook page of other mothers in New Zealand due in the same month. It’s been great, even though I don’t tend to say much just reading the support and love these Mums have for one another is really reassuring. There always seems to be someone with a calming word when panic sets in for someone else.

Anyway I think I’ll leave it there,  If you’ve made it this far I applaud you. I’ve blabbed on much longer than I wanted and this probably isn’t that interesting to many, but it feels cathartic to share all this.

I’ve decided with this free time to try my very best to get this blog back up and running and I promise my next post will be beauty related. I have lots of D.I.Y projects coming up too and of course a wedding to plan. Which I’m wanting to also blog about .

Well thanks for reading,

Bailey xox

 

 

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Beauty Bites

Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This…

I’m a little late to the party on this one, however I’m so glad because ‘better late than never’ is definitely relevant in this case. For this edition of ‘The Beauty Bite’ here is a quick harp on about how much I am in love with this product. So, without further ado, introducing my new love the ‘This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray’.

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I’ve had this little number for around 2 weeks. It came into my possession after an order went a little awry over at feelunique.com and they gave me a £12 voucher for my next order. Immediately I knew what I was going to spend my £12 on. I’ve wanted to try this out for years and the £16 price point has always held me back. However this will not be holding me back any longer.

As someone that works shift work and odd hours my sleep is very precious, as I’m sure it is for most. Anything to aid a good nights sleep is more than ok in my books. This spray really does work. With the likes of Lavender oil, Vetivert and Wild Camomile mixed in there, you couldn’t really go wrong (unless you hate any of those then I’d steer clear). I’m not sure weather its the ritual of spraying a couple of mists of this onto my pillow at night, that is helping me sleep better or if it’s a placebo effect or the mix of the essential oils but something in this little baby is doing the trick. I’ve noticed that falling asleep is far easier and the sleep that I am having is much, much deeper.

This product is so good in fact, that my boyfriend is even leaning forward so that I can spray his pillow at night too.He swears it’s helping him sleep too so much so, he’s even now looking at getting the gift set with the candle and a spray for himself (he’d kill me if he knew I was telling you this hehe). Over all this gets 5 gigantic Stars in my book and definitely worth a check out. I got mine over at feelunique they do free worldwide shipping for all orders over £10 too and as I said for us NZ girls, if you want to give this a wee sniff I’ve seen it in Mecca Cosmetica. Now, to go get me a travel size for my overnights!

Thanks for reading,

Stay Cool,

Bailey xox

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Beauty Bites

Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm

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I’m going to try start a series of posts where I do a short review on a product I’m really into at the moment. The first winner of my Beauty Bite award is this Lip Balm By Nuxe. I purchased mine from Feelunique.com, for around $18-$20 NZD including P&P. After reading and hearing rave reviews on this little gem, I had to get my paws on it and boy oh boy was I pleased. I usually like to give a product a while before I declare my undying love, but this one had me at hello.

I noticed a difference in the texture of my lips after the first application. It has a thick consistency, which might not be to everyones liking, but personally this is a huge plus, it really makes me feel like my lips are being thoroughly nourished. It takes a little while to sink into the lips but that too is A ok with me. It has a combination of honey and precious oils (according to the website) which really work deep down to restore chapped, dry lips. It also has a delicious citrus flavour, which is down to the grapefruit essence. I’m a little bit of a lip balm fiend and I have to say when it comes to lip balm I’ve definitely had a fair share in my time. This by far is my all time favourite and something I will continue to use for a very very long time. My lips look not only plumped and kissable but there’s not a bit of flakey skin in sight.

So for this Beauty Bite I’m awarding the Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm a life changing 5 out of 5. You are pretty awesome my friend, and don’t you ever change!

Thanks so much for reading,

Stay Cool,

Bailey xox

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Beauty

Two Sponges, That Changed My Life

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Ok so the title of this post is a little dramatic, but ask anyone and that’s me, dramatic. Anyway, I wanted to dedicate a post to these two sponges, both with different jobs in my life, but both equally as important.

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The first is this teardrop shaped sponge, that if you are a true beauty addict you will recognise right away. No its not the original Beauty Blender, but a $5 dupe, that I found whilst browsing the aisles of my local Kmart. I treated myself to the original BB about 4 years ago, when it was relatively new on the scene. In fact I made a whole youtube video dedicated to it. Somewhere along the way it got lost in this huge Bermuda Triangle; that I’m sure my bobby pins and hair ties end up in. Anyway, I digress, naturally over the years since I lost my BB I did contemplate purchasing another but the price tag always stopped me. But then on a sunny Saturday afternoon, this Beauty stepped into my life. If you’re unfamiliar with the BB, it’s a sponge that you pop under running water until it expands and doubles in size, you then wring it out, place your foundation or concealer on your face and then stipple (dab) the sponge over your face. You’re left with a beautiful, natural skin like finish. The other benefits of these sponges is that they use far less product, as the sponge is wet it doesn’t absorb the foundation like a brush or latex sponge would. This dupe is pretty amazing. It performs just like the original in my opinion. I’ve had it for over a month and its still holding up well. The only downside is that it’s a little harder to clean, than the original. I’ve been using a baby shampoo and it’s doing the job ok, but there’s still a little product left on the sponge after each wash. This though is something I’m willing to overlook as it’s an absolute steal at $5.

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The next sponge is on a whole different spectrum. I’m probably really late to the party with this one but its the Konjac sponge. It’s a Japanese face and body cleansing sponge that’s made from vegetable fibres of the Konjac. I believe it was originally used in Japan as a sponge for bathing babies, because if its soft texture. I, on the other hand have been incorporating this sponge into my daily skincare routine. Basically all you do is place the sponge under running water until it expands in size, add a tiny amount of your preferred cleanser and get to scrucbbing, once you’re satisfied with your scrub just hang it up by the white string and let it dry for the next use.  The sponge has an alkaline property so, it works really well at neutralising any problem areas, like enlarged pores, blackheads and acne. It’s also gentle exfoliator, and I’ve noticed the little white heads on my forehead are slowly disappearing. The other plus side to this is that I’ve been using far far less of my cleanser, which is perfect for me as I’m in love with a cleanser which like most things is really hard to get my hands on in NZ. As you can see I have the plain white original one, but there are loads of different sponges for different skin types, which is pretty cool. The only downside is that the sponge isn’t for life. As it is made from vegetable fibre it does come with an expiry, which I believe is about 3 months. However they are pretty cheap. I just googled Konjac Sponge and found a local seller, but I know they are widely available on Amazon or Ebay.

So there you have it, two editions to my beauty regime, that I am pretty darn chuffed with.

Thanks for reading

Stay Cool,

Bailey xox

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Recipe

Frozen Banana & Peanut Bites

So, I’m feeling a little like I am always starting my posts with an apology. I’ll get it over with really quickly. The blog has been put on the back burner the last month/few weeks. Things have been chaotic in this house hold, I won’t go into it, but it’s all very exciting, but very stressful. Anyhow I’m back today with a super easy peasy recipe, if you can really call it that. I’ve seen this idea on Pintrest and Youtube, so thought I’d give it a whack. So, without further waffle lets get started…

What You’ll Need:

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* 1 Ripe Banana

*Dark Chocolate

*Nuts of Your Choice (optional)

*Nut Butter of Your Choice (I’m using Pic Peanut Butter But Almond would work great too)

*Baking Paper

Method:

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1. Melt your dark chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments, alternatively you can do this using a double boil method on the stove top.

2. Whilst the chocolate is melting, chop your banana into small slices

3. Place a dollop of your nut butter of choice on top of the banana. If you’d prefer, you can leave this step out.

4.Place a slice of the banana on top to make a little sandwich.

5. This is where it gets a little messy. Place a sheet of baking paper on a tray or plate and put your banana sandwiches on top. Pour your dark chocolate onto the banana, so that they are covered evenly.

6.Add the topping of your choice, this is also optional. I decided to put some chopped walnuts on mine, but you could also use almonds, sprinkles or coconut flakes, the skies the limit with these.

7. Finally place in the freezer for at least 1 hour.

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You’re left with these gorgeous little bites. When the banana freezes it take on a ice cream like consistency and creaminess. If you close your eyes you pretend that this sweet treat is a lot more naughty than it really is. I feel a little bad making this into a recipe as it is incredibly easy, but they are so yummy I couldn’t keep these to myself.

Thanks so much for reading.

Stay Cool,

Bailey xox

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YouTube Challenge

Youtube Exercise Challenge Day 4

So you’re probably wondering why I am only on Day 4? It was the weekend and even though I did complete my 20 minutes of movement, I decided to get out of the house and go for a few walks get some fresh air and make the most of the beautiful weather. It is now the dreaded Monday again and I’m back to it with the challenge. This morning I was in the High Intensity Interval Training kinda mood, so this is the video of choice.

What You’ll Need:

Just yourself, a bottle of H2O and maybe a yoga mat

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Sweat Rating: 5 out of 5 (see below picture)

Fun Rating: 3 out of 5

Quick Fit Summary:

This isn’t the flashiest of videos, it is basically just the instructor in her home, with her dog. BUT boy oh boy does she get you working. I’ve even inserted a lovely sweaty picture of myself 10 minutes after just to prove how much this video gets your heart pumping. H.I.I.T is great for burning calories and getting that big workout in, in a short space of time. The moves are pretty easy to follow along and I like the instructors emphasis on watching your form. However I’m not going to lie and there were a few moments where I had to bring it down to my level. I also can’t lie and have to confess that the very last set of burpees were sat out by me, I just couldn’t do it. I’ve rated it only a 3 for fun, as I really don’t enjoy H.I.I.T very much, even though I know it’s a great work out.

Stay cool everyone and Enjoy the week ahead,

Bailey xox

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Sweaty no make up selfie

*Disclaimer; I am by no means a fitness guru or expert far from it actually. SO, please do always seek out medical/professional advice before attempting any of these videos, if you have any concerns or injuries.

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Day 3 Youtube Exercise Challenge

Today brought a well deserved day off from work. It was also a day of big grown up decisions, therefore I felt the need to channel my inner Queen B diva and do a little booty shaking for Day 3 of this Youtube Challenge. I even slapped in a hair mask, for extra diva style. You can check out days 1 and 2 if you like.

What You’ll Need:

Just you and your bootay, oh and maybe an empty house if you get a little shy like moi.

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Sweat Rating:4out of 5

Fun Rating: 4 out of 5

Quick Fit Summary:

This routine is pretty SEXY. If you’re a little shy like I am, I would probably save this one for when you’re home alone, as I had my wonderful boyfriend come home mid butt wiggle. It’s relatively easy to follow along with and the instructor is such a babe. Although I would hate to see what I actually looked like, because in my head I’m killing it like Beyonce. It definitely gets the heart rate up, and I would maybe recommend this for a day when you’re feeling like something a little less intense. The only downside is the video is only 10 minutes long so, I just repeated it twice and I found that by the second time I was obviously a bit more co-ordinated. Pop Sugar is a really amazing channel that does lots of different types of workouts with varying  levels and styles, so I’m pretty sure they will be popping up again in the challenge.

Enjoy your Friday everyone!

Stay cool,

Bailey xox

*Disclaimer; I am by no means a fitness guru or expert far from it actually. SO, please do always seek out medical/professional advice before attempting any of these videos, if you have any concerns or injuries.

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Day 2 Youtube Exercise Challenge

This morning I felt like doing a little cardio mixed in with the dumbbell weights I’d just bought. So again after a quick search on this is the video that kicked my butt this morning.

What You’ll Need:

Dumbbell weights (mine are 2kg each but I’m thinking I’ll upgrade to 5kg)

Skill Level: Beginner

Sweat Rating: 4 out of 5

Fun Rating:3 out of 5

Quick Fit Summary:

This is another great beginners video. Again the music is pretty cheesy as is the instructor, but the moves are easy enough to follow. It really gets the heart rate pumping and there were a few times where, because I am such a novice I had to slow it down a little. Definitely recommend if, you are like me and have only just got back into some kind of physical activity. The video is only 23 minutes so it is also perfect for those of you with limited time (I’ve been crying through the 2 hour series finale of Dawson’s Creek) Well until tomorrow,

Stay Cool,

Bailey xox

*Disclaimer; I am by no means a fitness guru or expert far from it actually. SO, please do always seek out medical/professional advice before attempting any of these videos, if you have any concerns or injuries.

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Healthy Living, YouTube Challenge

YouTube Exercise Video Challenge

I think the titles pretty self explanatory, however I will delve a little deeper and explain myself. I had this wacky idea to try out a new work out video each day for the month of October. But then being realistic I knew I soon would stumble, so I made the goal a bit more suitable to my disposition. I’ve; on this very day started a fit 24 challenge at work. This entails going sugar free, getting 7 hrs of sleep and doing at least 20 minute of exercise a day for 24 out of the 30 days. It’s a team effort so I really can’t let the side down. Therefor, for my 20 minutes of exercise I thought I would try a new YouTube exercise video for those 24 days. The only rules I’ve set out for myself is that the video needs to be no less than 20 minutes long (with the exception of repeating a shorter video) and no longer than an hour.

That massive explanation out of the way I’ll jump into today’s video.
*Disclaimer; I am by no means a fitness guru or expert far from it actually. SO, please do always seek out medical/professional advice before attempting any of these videos, if you have any concerns or injuries.

What You’ll Need:

A Mat (yoga one works perfect)

A Resistance Band

Skill Level: Beginner

Sweat Rating: 3 out of 5 ( More than a light glow)

Fun Rating: 4 out of 5

Quick Fit Summary:

I can’t lie this was my second time completing this video, mainly because it’s one of the first that pops up in the search. It’s a fun upbeat video. The instructor explains each move in the sequence clearly and there are a number of different moves to keep anyone with a short attention span motivated. She runs through everything one time and then you repeat the moves again with a little cardio burst at the end. You do need equipment for this video, but I got my band and mat both from Kmart and they were a real steal. I like to do a video that requires equipment as it mixes things up a little and means that you can focus on toning and sculpting, as they say.  This video got my heart rate pumping and I know I’ll definitely be feeling it in the morning. Cheesy music aside this is a pretty good stater video for those of you who have just purchased your first resistance band like moi.

Stay Cool,

Bailey xox

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Peanut Maple Granola Recipe

Since I haven’t done a recipe since my Heart Warming Chicken Soup post, I thought I would mix it up and show you one of my all time favourite breakfasts. This Granola is super easy to make, will last for around 3-4 weeks in an air tight jar (If it even lasts that long) and its pretty darn healthy. So with all that said and done here’s how to make it…
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  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 cup Pic’s Peanut Butter Unsalted
  • 2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1.5 cups of Wholegrain Oats
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Sprinkle in your favourite nuts and seeds, I use a mixture of Pumpkin seeds, Walnuts, Slivered Almonds, Sesame Seeds or feel free to pop some Goji Berries or Dried Cranberries.

Method

Preheat Oven to 180 Fan

  1. Mix the Honey, Maple Syrup and Peanut Butter in a microwavable bowl. Once mixed well microwave for 20 seconds and stir again.
  2. Add in the Chia Seeds, Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon and the salt and stir well.
  3. Place the wet ingredients into a larger bowl make sure to use a spatula to get as much of the mixture out into the new bowl. Add in the oats, make sure to add a little at a time, to ensure the oats are covered completely with the wet mixture.
  4. Next add in your desired extras. If you find it’s a little dry add in a little more Honey and Maple syrup to the mix.
  5. Spread the mixture evenly over a baking tray covered in baking paper.
  6. Place in the oven and cook for 15-20 mins, turning the granola over half way through. Be sure to keep and eye on it as it tends to burn pretty fast.

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So there you have it! I like to have mine with unsweetened natural yoghurt, chopped pears, grapes and strawberries and a little drizzle of honey. It would also be amazing as a parfait, in a cute glass with lots of yummy berries in between. Enjoy with a glass of coconut water and you’re set for the day.

Let me know if you try this

Stay cool,

Bailey xox

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