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, Beauty Bites

You’ll Be Smelling of Roses

 

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Ok, so I know it has been a while, and I always have some excuse, but this time I’d rather not go into the excuses and just crack on with my very first post of the new year. I wanted to go back to what I know best and that’s beauty products. This one is something special everyone. Introducing Rose Jam by Lush. Let’s just give you a quick little background story; My love for lush first started way back in the early 00’s when my Mum first took me into one. Us beauty junkies will always remember, the first time the smell of Lush hits your nostrils. Even though my love petered out a little, the purchase of a brand new home with my other half, with a lovely new shower and bath had me running back to check out what goodies I’d been missing out on.

This shower gel caught my eye immediately. It’s like Lush read my mind, in regards to what I love in a scent and came up with this.  I adore anything with a rose or floral scent, so this was a great start. But with a dash of lemon in there to balance the fragrance out perfectly so, that its not too sickly sweet and the name might suggest. Really I think they should just rename it ‘Bailey Jam’. It lathers to a nice foam and makes shaving a breeze. The other great side to this is that on me the scent lingers, so if I am having a rare day where I’m wanting to save my Jo Malone, its the perfect subtle substitute.

If you are a fan of floral or rose scented items, I urge you to pop into your local Lush and give this a whiff, I promise you, you wont be disappointed. I’m certainly going to be popping in to stock up on the big bottle of this. I also noticed they do a bath bomb and body lotion in the same scent. It’s like the rose garden heavens are calling to me to come and get them… Bye, Bye money.

Well that’s me for this very quick beauty bite.

Stay Cool,

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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Recipe

Chicken, Mushroom and Thyme, Quinoa “Risotto”

After Searching a fair bit on the internet for a healthy version of one of my favourite ever dishes Risotto, I then had this mad idea to replace the rice with Quinoa (yes that really hard to pronounce grain) for a semi guilt free twist on my fave dish. Turns out it’s not such a mad idea and actually there are lots of recipes out there. I found this awesome recipe from Donna Hay, so I can’t take the credit but me being me I decided to use add chicken and see how it came out. If you’ve made risotto before this recipe pretty much follows the same base, but just substituting the rice for quinoa. I’ve since made this dish three different times and it has been so delicious each and every time and it was also way too good not to share.I say this is “Risotto” but risotto gets its name because of the rice used in the dish so this is really a knock off hehe.

I’m not going to rewrite the recipe, as I reckon Donna Hay has it pretty much covered. The only difference in mine is that I added chicken in. I just used chicken thighs about 500-600g. I cooked this through with the garlic, thyme and mushroom. I also substituted the dry white wine with grape juice, only because when I went to the supermarket to buy the ingredients I had forgotten my ID and even though I’m well and truly beyond 18, I do look around 17 especially on this non make up wearing day, so I really couldn’t be bothered with the hassle of explaining that yes I am 26 and yes I know I’m young looking. To be really honest the grape juice worked really well.

I’ve linked the recipe above but I’ll also pop it here

http://www.donnahay.com.au/recipes/dinners/dinners-pasta-rice-noodles/quinoa-mushroom-and-thyme-risotto

Here is however a few pictures of how I made the risotto and the end result. I really hope you all give this a go.

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Thanks for reading,

Stay cool,

Bailey

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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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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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*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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