Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet

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Reading... Lots of blog posts by some of my favourite women :)   
Playing... A new game on Facebook messenger. You basically have to get the basket ball into the hoop. So simple yet so addictive!  
Watching... Paw Patrol.. It's Emilie's favourite.  
Trying... Out coconut oil for my hair. I'm trying to leave it in as long as possible in the hopes of gorgeous tresses..  
Cooking... Burgers & fries. Not the healthiest option but it's actually Gestational Diabetes friendly.  
Eating... A lot of salad and foods that I don't particularly like. All in the name of baby boy.  
Drinking... My body weight in water. It's 30 degrees today. We're not use to weather like this in England!
Calling... I feel like I'm constantly on the phone to the doctors surgery or the diabetic nurses. They're going to so happy once I deliver the baby and can stop hassling them :)
Texting... My sister. 
Pinning... I've not pinned much lately but I've been on Pinterest everyday looking at different hair styles and colours. I love the whole Grey/silver look at the moment. 
Tweeting... Lots of random tweets by yours truly. My twitter handle is @liane_bayliss.. A shameless plug there. 
Going... Thankfully today I had no medical appointments! I have one tomorrow and then two on Thursday. The hospital will be charging me rent soon. 
Loving... The sunny weather. Afternoon's spent in the garden. 
Hating... How much James and Emilie have been arguing lately. Now Emilie is getting older they definitely clash more and I find myself mediating a lot more than I ever thought I'd have too. 
Feeling... A little worked up today. This morning was so nice spent in the garden with a little sand and water play but my two have been bouncing off the walls this afternoon and tempers have been higher than normal. I'm looking forward to bedtime. 
Hoping (for)... Good appointments the next few days. A quiet week next week. 
Listening (to)... Ed Sheeran.. I go for ages forgetting that I have his album and then re-discover how good it is. 
Celebrating... Surviving today! 
Smelling... All those lovely summer smells. The smell of a BBQ is definitely my favourite though
Starting... To write my posts for the Blog-tember Challenge.  
Finishing... The day tired, achy but hoping tomorrow is better! 
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The Blog-tember Challenge!

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Two years ago I took part in The Blog-tember Challenge with Bailey Jean. It was so much fun and I loved the challenge of posting every day in September. She is hosting it again this year and in an effort to get back into the swing of blogging I've decided to take part again. I'm hoping to do everyday and hopefully Baby Boy co-operates! 


I'll post the prompts for each day below so if you feel like joining in and then linking up with Bailey Jean everyday then feel free. There are no rules. You can post everyday, Monday to Friday, or just when you feel like it. You can follow the prompts or post something of your own choosing. The idea is just to write everyday. 

The prompts - 

Thursday, Sept. 1: Introduce yourself however you like! Pics, vlog, collage, your choice :)
Friday, Sept. 2: Share a list of your current goals.
Saturday, Sept. 3: Now that summer's at an end, share a list of favorites from the season!
Sunday, Sept. 4: What are you up to currently? I have examples here and here.
Monday, Sept. 5: What was your most memorable birthday?
Tuesday, Sept. 6: Create a playlist. What you're listening to now, what encourages you, holiday favorites, etc.
Wednesday, Sept. 7: Five things that bring you joy.
Thursday, Sept. 8: A house/apartment/room tour! Give us a glimpse of your space.
Friday, Sept. 9: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?
Saturday, Sept. 10: A day in your life! Take us through it with you by sharing a photo each hour of the day.
Sunday, Sept. 11: Round up of your favorite Instagrammers! Who should we follow?
Monday, Sept. 12: Three books! One you just read, one you're currently reading, and one you want to read.
Tuesday, Sept. 13: If you could switch lives with someone for a day, who would it be? Why?
Wednesday, Sept. 14: Make a mood board! Are you brainstorming a room re-do, a capsule wardrobe, or already planning for the holidays? Show us your ideas! I have examples here and here.
Thursday, Sept. 15: What is the craziest adventure you've ever been on?
Friday, Sept. 16: How do you de-stress/take care of yourself?
Saturday, Sept. 17: Vlogging day! Record a vlog about anything you like!
Sunday, Sept. 18: One product that simplifies your life.
Monday, Sept. 19: A list of your favorite blog posts you've written.
Tuesday, Sept. 20: Something you wish more people knew or believed.
Wednesday, Sept. 21: If you were a flavor of ice cream, which flavor would you be? Why?
Thursday, Sept. 22: Fall favorites. Share your must-haves for this season.
Friday, Sept. 23: A family recipe (if grandma allows, of course!).
Saturday, Sept. 24: Recreate an outfit or a project from another blogger. Be sure to link back to the source!
Sunday, Sept. 25: Review something! A place, a book, a service, a product. Anything at all!
Monday, Sept. 26: Grab a guest post. Let's have a friend share our space for the day. 
Tuesday, Sept. 27: Something that made you laugh or cry recently. It could be a video, a picture, a post, a memory. Anything that moved you.
Wednesday, Sept. 28: The top five pictures that illustrate your year so far.
Thursday, Sept. 29: Your Fab Five. Share your favorite bloggers/besties and tell us what you love about them! Share a link and give a shout out.
Friday, Sept. 30: Picture this, you've been stopped on the street by the photographer of Humans of New York, and he asks, "What advice would you give to a large group of people?" Share a picture of yourself along with the advice.

Bring it September! 
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Surviving The First 2 Weeks With Gestational Diabetes.

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I think most women, when they first hear that they've been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes feel a mixture of emotions. Shock. Fear. Guilt. Overwhelmed & out of their comfort zone. I know I felt all of these. The first 48 hours I was a complete mess and it was all I could think about. The first week was definitely the hardest and now that I am two weeks into this I wanted to share some advice on how to cope with those first 14 days. 



Research!

I am someone that has to research everything. Google is my best friend. This was the first place I went to when I was diagnosed. You have to weed through the information as some of it is more suited to a type 1 or type 2 diabetic but if you look for it, the information is there. I ended up finding a great website with an attached Facebook page and it is like my bible now! Find forums with other women going through this. Ask questions! They've all been there, post diagnosis, terrified and not knowing which way to turn.

Understand your food

I had no clue about what was in different types of food before this. Honest truth? I had no idea that carbs turned to sugar in your blood stream! Therefore not only do you need to cut sugar out your diet but you also need to limit the amount of carbs. Don't cut them out completely because that creates a whole other host of problems. We all need carbohydrates for energy, now it's just about choosing the right ones and the right amount. I've completed changed the way I feed my family since being diagnosed.

Test out different meals

Don't be afraid to try different things. A lot of women cannot tolerate carbohydrates in the morning but can have them later in the day. Try toast with peanut butter for breakfast and if your readings are too high then the next day try something with less carbohydrates. My go-to breakfast now is plain yoghurt with apple & nuts. Each woman's tolerance is different though and it also changes as your hormones change in pregnancy so what works one day might not work the next. It's a process of trial and error.


Snack Snack Snack

The worst thing you could do now is to miss meals or leave too big a gap between eating one meal and the next. Snacking is now not only allowed but it's advised. 3 meals and 3 snacks a day is a good place to start. One of those snacks being just before bedtime to help with your fasting levels. I tend to try and eat every 2.5 hours now. Little and often is better than 3 massive meals a day.

Pair your food.

If I could only give you one piece of advice this would be it. Pair your food! Mix your carbohydrates with as much protein as you want. Eat the spaghetti Bolognese but have more mince than spaghetti and load it with cheese! The protein helps slow the release of glucose into your bloodstream. Use peanut butter to dip your apple slices into. Fill your wholegrain wrap with mayonnaise, ham, cheese and salad - (My lunch everyday for the past 10 days!) Pairing your food opens up so many more options to you.

Acceptance

I am the first one to complain that this is completely unfair. The one time in our life when we're meant to be able to eat whatever we want and now we're restricted beyond belief. I have moments during the day where all I want to do is eat a packet of cookies or a snickers bar. It's not forever though and that's what I've come to accept. At most I have ten weeks left, less if they induce me early and then I can eat whatever I want at whatever time I want. I've already made a list of food that I've asked Anthony to bring into the hospital! Accept that this is just a small period of time and the reward at the end of it will be totally worth all the sacrifice.


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31 Things In 31 Years.

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Today I turned 31. In my head I am still sure that I'm 18 but my Mum firmly assures me that isn't the case anymore. At 18 I thought I knew it all and no one could tell me otherwise. Nowadays I know that I don't know it all. I never will but here are 31 things that I have learnt in my 31 years.




1// Sometimes the sunrise is prettier than the sunset.

2// Some situations call for you to eat the whole pack of cookies. Even if it is before 9am.

3// Kids are completely washable. Let them play in the mud.

4// Puddles are for splashing in.

5// Your mother was right all those times when you were a teenager.

6// Love at first sight does exist. Giving birth to a baby proves this.


7// A cup of tea is the solution to many problems.

8// The world really is a small place.

9// Never judge a book by it's cover.

10// If you look at the world through your kids eyes, you really will find magic.


11// Don't read the last page of a book before you actually get to the end. It ruins the story. I speak from experience.

12// Sometimes the unexpected days out are better than ones that have been planned for weeks.

13// No matter how many time you drop a slice of toast, it will always land butter side down.

14// Don't just leave your photos sat on your phone. Take the time to get them printed. It's worth it.

15// Inspite of your best efforts, you will never be able to please everyone.

16// The older you get the quicker the years pass.

17// Those sweets you loved as a child, won't taste the same now.

18// The same goes for movies that you loved.

19// You will always forget something off your list.

20// Cereal for dinner is a perfectly acceptable meal.

21// Do what you love. Even if you don't think you are good at it. Write, draw, paint, waterski. Whatever makes you excited.

22// A baby laughing should be considered medicine.

23// Have a snowball fight. Make snow angels. Slide down the hills until your clothes are soaked through.


24// A bedtime routine will save your sanity during the parenting years.

25// Dancing in the kitchen with the kids is totally a form of exercise.

26// In 20 years our children will listen to the music we are listening to today and wonder if we had lost our minds. We done it to our parents. It's the circle of life.

27// You can never take too many photos.

28// Cooked spaghetti will always stick to the wall.

29// There will always be something you don't like about yourself. Your hair. Your nose. Your legs. Focus on what you do like. Accentuate those.

30// Have good role models, no matter how old you are.

31// Life is made up of lots of memories. Small ones, big ones and ones we don't even think are important at the time. Here's to another 31 years of making memories!


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