Life lately…

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Time between posts is starting to get a little embarrassing now, I just don’t understand where the time goes! Andee is 3 months already, nearly 4 and it feels like about 2 days have passed since she was born!

Anyhoooo, life has been great lately; testing, but good and very very busy! Life with two kids is quickly becoming the norm around here and it feels like we have almost accustomed completely now, with the odd minor hiccup ;). Andee has been progressing brilliantly; she’s getting so strong with her head and is almost almost rolling over. She loves her baby bouncer and her Bumbo and has finally started grasping things so it’s everything and anything in her mouth at the moment. Her weight is still soaring and she is a little monster with rolls everywhere, her 3-6 month clothes are a squeeze already!

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I’m hoping it’s just a faze, but she is all kinds of grumpy lately and she sure knows how to cry! It’s mainly when she’s tired and I’m thinking it’s a mix of a growth spurt and just getting frustrated that she can’t do things; she’s so ready to just be able to move, I can see it’s bugging her and she has such a little fiery temper which she has no qualms in showing off when she’s not happy, you have never heard a baby cry so loud! I have no idea what the neighbours must think! I feel like we didn’t fully appreciate that Ava never cried as a baby and because of that it has been a complete shock to the system this time. Last night she cried continuously from around 7pm-10pm just because she was tired (and my word does this girl fight sleep). Needless to say by the time Hubby got home I was ready to board a plane to some far away location and never look back. Hah!

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Apart from the crying from fatigue she really is a little gem, although everybody is a little sceptical to believe this once they’ve heard the set of lungs on her! 🙂 She is such a happy baby the rest of the time I swear ;). She loves to smile and her little giggles are to die for! We gave her her first banana a few days ago too which she was a little confused about but sat suckling on it for the best part of an hour. Sleeping is still going great (at night only) and she is sleeping through with the odd feed. She loves to lie in and it’s impossible to wake her before around 10am, probably because she is so exhausted from fighting sleep in the daytime!
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You’re probably looking at this picture thinking everything I’m saying is a lie right! Butter wouldn’t melt…

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Ava has been a doll recently, the crazy teenager style behaviour seems to be calming down a lot and she’s sleeping though the night again (for now). She just get’s better and better the older Andee gets and I love watching them together. I know once Andee gets to an age where she is moving around and can interact with Ava, they will be playing all day long.
Andee and I just flew to Spain for my company’s annual retreat so Hubby took Ava up to Scarborough camping and my word, she was in absolute heaven. It’s all she could talk about for weeks beforehand then every time I face timed whilst I was away she was just ecstatic and could barely tell me how much fun she was having, they were up at 7am every morning and were off out flying kites, building sandcastles, riding on ponies, visiting aquariums, you name it, they did it. I think it was all sorts of overwhelming and having Daddy to herself every day was perfection for her.
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This beauty is growing up far too quickly! I know I’ll blink and she’ll suddenly be having boys over and stealing my clothes.

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Spain was wonderful and I am so incredibly lucky to work for the most accommodating company. I was debating whether to attend or not for a long time beforehand, but with Andee being so great travelling to Portugal and Ava desperate to go camping with Daddy I thought what the heck. It was also the first time most of us were all meeting too with most employees working distributed, so I really didn’t want to miss out on all the fun. And it was so much fun, everyone had a great time and got along together awesomely. We had the most amazing accommodation set on a cliff edge which looked down to the gorgeous coastline below with an incredible view of Morocco in the distance. Andee was perfect on the way there (I was so so nervous about travelling by myself) and for the first 3 or 4 days was a little angel, I don’t think she cried once. But, on the last day she woke up with a fever and we ended up being in A&E with her for hours. She was absolutely fine (just a temperature) but because she was so little the Doctors wanted to be sure and they carried out so many awful tests on her. It was definitely one of the most traumatic things I’ve ever been through and I can’t imagine how Hubby was coping not being able to be there. But, at least it happened at the very end of the holiday and not the beginning and I have to say, as horrendous at it all was, I was amazed at how great the Doctors were and how quickly we were seen (although they did not speak a word of English and if I hadn’t of had two of the girls from work there helping I would have been completely lost).

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That’s us up to date I think, back to busy busy life as we now know it. Adam has just gone freelance and is now hiring himself out for small private events, dinner parties and such and it’s been great since it happened as it’s all just gone crazy with the amount of interest he’s had and he’s already booked a ton of events for the next couple of months. It’s super nice for us girls too as it means he’s at home in the day a lot more and it’s been really exciting for him finally being able to work for himself.

I really will try to post again soon

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6 Week Postpartum Update

So it’s been 6 weeks since little Andee’s birth! (How is that even possible!??!) So I thought it time to check in with a first postpartum wellness update. Andee is doing great and I will post a full baby update in the next week or so.

Overall I feel great, she is such a good little beauty at the moment and is sleeping like an angel, thank goodness for co-sleeping, everything is better with sleep. Everything! I’ve also been taking my placenta pills which you can read about in my previous post and have given me so much energy and are making me feel great both physically and mentally.

Photo taken last week at 5 weeks postpartum
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WEIGH IN: I’m currently 10 lbs or so away from my pre pregnancy weight and I’m pretty happy with my progress so far (I have been breastfeeding non stop and that, no doubt has a lot to do with it). Whilst I’m not over stressing about losing everything all at once (I’m pretty sure a lot of the extra weight will be sticking around until I finish breastfeeding anyway) I am desperate to get back in shape and tone up! I’d got to a state pre-pregnancy which I was really happy with; I was running almost every day and it is probably the happiest I’ve been with myself so I’m really focused on getting back to that. I can just about get into my old jeans at least and now summer is well on its way I have a little extra motivation to give me that push.

WORKING OUT: I started slow at around 2 weeks postpartum. This may sound a little early but everything went really smooth with Andee’s birth and I was incredibly desperate to get back to it after maintaining a pretty consistent level of fitness throughout my whole pregnancy. I got signed off to do so by my midwife and eased myself in gently with some planned home workouts and jogging when I had time. Running was a little difficult to begin with and I had a bit of a shock when I went for my first run and only made it to 4km. But slowly I’m building it back up and I ran my first 10k last week so I feel like I’m making good progress there. I’ve also signed up for the London Marathon for 2016 (NO idea what I was thinking!) so am keen to get training for that. I started back at the gym and my fitness classes this week too and the nicest change is being able to really push myself again. During pregnancy all my workouts obviously had to be much less strenuous and I couldn’t push my body to its absolute limits like before, something I sort of need and is essential to me when working out. It’s taking a little while to get my fitness levels back up and I know it’s going to take a while but I’m enjoying the journey back for sure.

DIET: I’ve been pretty disciplined when it comes to eating and the diet and exercise plans I wrote up whilst pregnant have really helped me stay on track. It’s really important to me to be as healthy as possible whilst breastfeeding and although i’ve probably been indulging a little more than I should 😉 I’ve been quite consistent with making sure I am eating the right things and getting plenty of nutrients into my body and my little human’s too. Breastfeeding really does make you ravenous and with all the extra calories being burnt I’m not so concerned with my diet but more so with my fitness levels and toning this body back up. We’re on holiday next week also, so I’m sure there is going to be plenty of indulging there too 😉

I put on a lot more weight when pregnant with Ava and it took about 4 months to really get back into the swing of working out more consistently and it wasn’t until over a year after she was born that I really felt like I was back to my ‘old self.’ Juggling two littles now as well as work, I know I need to push extra hard to get back to a place where I’m happy and confident with my body again.

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My ultimate baby gear list

Hello lovelies! Where is the time going! I have so many posts I want to write but there just aren’t enough hours in the day! Things are definitely CRAYzy around here right now! Happy crazy though 🙂 I do love being busy and busy is definitely what I am nowadays! ❤

I’m so glad I finally made the time to sit down and write Andee’s birth story, it was emotional reliving it all again and I had the most amazing response from all of you lovely ladies which had me even more emotional! I cannot tell you how much reading others’ birth experiences inspire and amazed me so I was filled with joy to have had such positive comments from my own.

I also keep meaning to write a review on placenta encapsulation and my experience with that, which I will definitely get round to in the next week or so along with a first postpartum update.

It’s been a few weeks now since little Andee’s birth so I thought I’d put a little list together of the baby products we really cant live without and those things that have made this transition that little bit easier.

The baby bay co-sleeping cot
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I’m a total co-sleeping advocate, I think it’s much more calming for baby in adjusting to life outside of the womb. Babies aren’t supposed to sleep on their own in my opinion and I take great comfort in the fact that whenever Andee searches for me in the night I’m right there next to her. For breastfeeding mamas it is a godsend, I simply feed Andee in the cot lying in a half moon around her, we both get so much more sleep without having to get up multiple times each night and sleep makes the days much more manageable, no matter how challenging they may be ;). I honestly could not recommend this cot enough!

The Nuna Leaf Curv Rocker
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I’m not a huge fan of battery operated chairs and this is a great alternative with its silent and gentle sway. It has been just amazing! Not only for Andee but Ava absolutely loves it too! It has a maximum weight of 65kg! The sway lasts a good few minutes but little ones kicks set it off swaying too. Andee isn’t the best at being put down anywhere but this at least keeps her quiet for a short while and I can always put her down in it when she’s sleeping. I love its look too and is a nice change from all the garish colours baby chairs usually come in.

Moby Wrap
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Baby wearing = Super happy Mummy and Baby! I could not live without this wrap, especially having a 3 year old, this is perfect for having my hands free and breastfeeding in it is super easy once you get the hang of it. It looks crazy cozy and comforting for little one, she falls asleep almost instantly as soon as I put her in. I had this one for Ava too and I used it until she was around 2 years old. Its a little daunting the first time you try but is so easy once you’ve done it a few times.

Mamas & Papas Sola travel system
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This is the pram we had for Ava and it hasn’t worn in the slightest, although I tried persistently to convince Hubby we needed a new one for Andee, I lost. But I do still love this pram and it is a great all rounder. It lasts through the stages, is super easy to dismantle and is nice and compact folded down.

Topshop nursing bras
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It’s impossible to find nursing bras that are practical but still pretty, Topshop do these in a whole bunch of colours, they’re super comfortable and have a great discrete under layer which keeps you covered when feeding ❤


Aden & Anais swaddle blankets

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I’m obsessed with aden + anais products, they have the most gorgeous patterns and designs and are unbelievably soft. The swaddle blankets are fab due to their extra large size and are just great multi-purpose items, I use them mainly as nursing covers because they’re oh so pretty but they also get plenty of use as blankets, swaddles, burp cloths, bibs etc.


Tiny Tots all-in-one nappies

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You will not believe how crazy soft the bamboo/mink fabric inside of these nappies is! We weren’t great at using them at first because disposables are so easy but Andee got bad nappy rash and it has completely cleared up since switching. They’re all in one and one size fits all so, although pricy to begin with, they are much better value in the long run and there’s no pins or separate covers to worry about. They’ve washed extremely well so far and have lost none of the softness.

Natural Baby Shower
This is my absolute favourite shop for super soft, amazing quality baby products. The Bamboo blanket we have from there is the SOFTEST blanket I’ve ever felt! As are the little baby hats and suits. Everything’s organic and made from bamboo or marino wool which is oh so smooth on baby’s skin.

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Weleda without a doubt is my favourite skincare brand for little babies. We used all of their products with Ava too and their all-natural plant based products have an amazing smell as well as being great for baby’s skin.

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