2016 | Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet

Breastfeeding & Thrush.

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Although I have 3 kids, I'm pretty new to breastfeeding. I could only feed James for 3 weeks due to medical issues and Emilie was such a sleepy baby that she had no interest in feeding and after loosing 11% of her birth weight in 4 days it was decided that it was best for her to go onto formula. Henry is doing fantastically and as of today we are 11 weeks in and going strong. After a rocky first few days it now mostly comes naturally, apart from two weeks ago. I nearly threw in the towel.

Henry got thrush. The doctor gave him antibiotic drops. I asked if I should be treated too but he said that as I wasn't showing any symptoms I didn't need anything. In hindsight I now know that was incorrect but not knowing any better I went with it. About a week later I realised that it was really sore when Henry was feeding but he was going through a growth spurt and feeding every hour so I put it down to that. Two nights later I was sat crying at 2am because the pain was unbearable. I literally had a lightbulb moment. Thrush! I quickly googled the symptoms and had my answer. I ticked every box. The next day was a Sunday and I was hoping I could hold out until the next morning to see a doctor but by lunch time I gave in and contacted the out of hours service. After a long wait the doctor gave me medication but after researching and realising that Thrush can be hard to combat and it's really common for Mum and Baby to pass it back and forth.

I then started looking for natural remedies that I could use in conjunction with the medication. There was a lot of information online but I settled on trying two things and within 3 days it seemed to work so I thought why not share it! Hopefully it can help another Mum who is stamping her feet as her baby latches on. Gritting your teeth through a feeding is not much fun.

The first thing I decided to try was White Vinegar. It has anti-fungal properties. You mix one tablespoon with a cup of water and after each feed, soak a cotton wall ball and wash your nipples with it. I left the cup on the kitchen side (replacing it each day) and religiously done this after every feed.

The second was coconut oil. I've raved about coconut oil and it's uses before but I never realised it could be used for Thrush. Again it has anti-fungal properties. Once the vinegar and water has dried you then rub coconut oil on. A bonus to this is it doesn't need to be washed off before baby feeds again as it is all natural :)

Another few tips that could help - 

  • Wash all bras, tops, towels etc in a hot wash. 
  • Limit sugar intake as this can sometimes make the symptoms worse. 
  • Steralise dummies, teething toys, bottles etc, that come into contact with babies mouth. 
  • Try to keep your nipples as dry as possible. Wear breast pads and replace them as soon as they start to become wet. 
  • Be sure to finish any course of medication that the doctor prescribes. 

Thankfully the medication, vinegar/water & coconut oil all seem to have worked within one week. We are now back to painless breastfeeding and I am so glad that I preserved through it and didn't give in!  


Rounding Up 2016!

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Every year at the end of December we all talk about how fast the year has gone but I feel like this year has gone exceptionally fast. One minute I'm making my goals for January and the next I'm packing away the Christmas decorations for another year. To be fair we've packed a fair bit into this year, actually a fair bit into the last two months alone, including having a new baby and moving house!

I think 2016 will be remembered for 3 main things. Brexit, Donald Trump & celebrity deaths. There are a few other things I want to remember about this year though so I'm rounding up my favourite posts from the past twelve months. Blogging this year has been a bit hit and miss for me. The motivation is there, the time on the other hand is not. I plan to make more time in 2017 though. I want to get back to how I was blogging in 2015 :)

My favourite post from January is titled My Husband Takes Over My Blog. This got such a great response and it was nice for me to hear things from Anthony's side.

I weighed in on the drama that seems to always surround Breastfeeding by writing Breastfeeding in Public - A Modern Controversy. Not knowing that by the end of the year I'd be tackling breastfeeding again!

I wrote How Do You Know When Enough is Enough?  and then one month later I found out I was expecting Henry. The universe obviously knew what it was doing!

Expecting your first baby? I shared 14 Things I've Discovered Since Becoming A Mum.

I turned 31 *gasp* and shared 31 Things In 31 Years.  You're never too old to learn!

After being diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes I wanted to help other Mum's that are diagnosed too so I wrote Surviving The First Two Weeks with Gestational Diabetes. 

And then once I'd gotten to grips with things I shared a Gestational Diabetes Friendly Food Guide.  

I love that I have all 3 of my children's birth strories written down and saved forever. Henry made his appearance on the 14th of October and his birth story is here :) 

Doesn't every new Mum need a little pick me up? A simple homemade face mask using just two ingredients that you probably already have in your cupboard! 

I love going back through my old posts. It's fun to remember things that have happened that sometimes even I've forgotten about! What are your favourite moments from this year? 


Easy Homemade Face Mask.

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Post pregnancy has done a number on my skin. I feel like a thirteen year old again. My skin is dry and breaking out despite me using my Sunday Riley Cleanser that I swear by. I've been meaning to purchase a skin mask every time I go shopping but it's always one of those things that I keep forgetting and only remember when I go to take my makeup off at the end of the day.

I had a day at home yesterday just pottering around. I put the Christmas tree up, cleaned & feathered my nest. I figured whilst I wasn't going anywhere I would give my skin a rest and have a day makeup free. Something that I rarely do. I ended up googling the best ingredients to use to make a face mask. It turns out there are so many! Different things are good for different skin types but I settled on two to use today.

Bananas & honey..

Bananas are great for adding moisture to your skin. It also has anti ageing effects and lets be honest and call a spade a spade, when you are up every two hours feeding baby you need all the anti ageing you can get! They are great for treating acne and also help to lighten dark spots.

Honey has fantastic antibacterial properties which helps get rid of any bacteria that is lurking around those spots. Like bananas it is good for anti-ageing and helps to give your skin a glow.

I mashed one banana and added a table spoon of honey. After washing my makeup free face with warm water I added my banana and honey mixture and left it on for about 25 minutes. Within minutes it had dried and felt quite soothing.

I used some of my witch hazel afterwards which is not only a great toner that I use daily but it is commonly used to help treat acne.

Now I can't say whether it's going to help clear up the spots that are currently making me look like a teenager but once I had rinsed it off with more warm water they certainly looked a lot less red and angry. My face felt amazing though! So soft and moisturised. I think a once a week face mask might be something that I will have to indulge in. There were a few others that I want to try but this one was so simple and literally took me two minutes to make.

If you have any great face mask recipes then please let me know.. My skin would definitely thank you :)


Life Lately - Currently.

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Reading... I ordered The Little Book of Hygge from Amazon and only managed to start it last week. Long gone are the days where I could read a book in 2 days. Now I'm lucky if I can manage a couple of pages every two days! I'm loving this book though and just wish I could spend more time reading it. The whole idea of Hygge makes me happy. 

Watching... There hasn't been much time to watch anything lately. Trying to organise the new house coupled with tending to a newborn baby, a toddler who is becoming a pro at throwing epic tantrums and then making sure that James doesn't get left out keeps me busy! The only time I watch anything is whilst I'm feeding Henry. I'm loving NCIS at the moment. Most of them I've seen before but it's a show that I don't mind re-watching. 

Trying... To ignore the sinus headache that I've had for three days now. All of us has either a cough or cold at the moment. I'm trying to find the silver lining to this and thinking that at least we're getting them out the way before Christmas? 

Cooking... Ha! I try to throw together the simplest of dinners at the moment. I actually miss spending time planning and then cooking great dinners. It's something I'm looking forward to getting back into as Henry gets a little older. 

Eating... Breakfast this morning was bacon rolls! The best way to start a weekend!

Drinking... I'm trying to drink more water hoping it will hep my headache. Also I never realised how thirsty breastfeeding makes you! I wake up in the night to feed him and then have to drink 2 glasses of water each time. 

Calling... So far today, just my Mum.  

Texting... I don't think I've sent a text since yesterday morning!  

Going... Nowhere! Its a day at home snuggling kiddos and cleaning. I'm trying to do lots of little things that I can't do in the week when i'm on my own with the kids and Anthony's working. 

Loving... The December weather! We've had quite a few days where it's been cold but with lovely sunshine. Isn't that the perfect winter weather?! 

Hating... That poor Henry has his first illness at just 7 weeks old. He's caught Emilie's cough and also has bronchiolitis. He's so wheezy at the moment and I can tell his cough is causing him pain. It's awful seeing someone so little suffer. 

Thinking... About how cozy my living room looks now I've put the Christmas tree up! Our living room is the only room that's been decorated since we moved in a few weeks ago. I needed one room that looked normal. The rest of the house still looks half lived in! 

Feeling... Tired. Oh so tired. Henry was awake a lot last night. The joys of a newborn... 

Hoping (for)... Henry to start feeling better. Emilie to stop throwing tantrums every five minutes. She's still adjusting to being the middle child and it's taking a while. 

Listening (to)... The baby is sleeping and Emilie is watching Paw Patrol. It's actually relatively quiet. An unusual occurrence in my house.  

Smelling... My christmas candle that I have burning. It's cinnamon and something. I love candles. They automatically make a room feel cozy :)   

Ordering... Christmas presents. I haven't finished my shopping yet and it makes me anxious to be leaving it this late but with the baby coming and moving house I just haven't had the time to sort it all. I feel like I need another two months to get ready. 

I can't believe this post took me three days to write. I guess that's what life with three kids is going to be like! 

Afternoon Tea!

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Back in August I turned 31. My sister wanted to take me to Beckworth Emporium for Afternoon Tea but as I had just been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes we decided to wait until after Henry was born. The whole fun of Afternoon Tea is being able to indulge in cake! A big no no with GD! So we set the date for the 20th of November to give me something to look forward to.

I had never been to Beckworth Emporium but I've heard great things about it and it didn't disappoint. I'm so glad that we decided to wait, especially has they now have their Christmas section all set up. I was literally like a kid lusting after all their decorations that they have for sale.

Oh and the food! It was amazing. Sandwiches and cakes. So simple but so delicious! Turkey & Cranberry. Ham. Salmon. Cherry Cakes. Scones with cream. Chocolate deserts & mince pies. I haven't actually tried mince pies before but they taste exactly how Christmas smells. They're now going on my shopping list :)

We took both the babies with us due to them both being breastfed but apart from that we were toddler free! Not only was it nice to be able to talk without running after kids but it was so nice to do something that normally we wouldn't do. Since becoming a Mum my day revolves around children, school runs and housework. Doing something just for us was a welcome change and even though I was only out of the house for a couple of hours, I came back feeling refreshed and raring to go. 

After we ate we took a wander through the Christmas displays. I love this time of year, especially when shops go all out. 

How I didn't spend my entire bank balance in this shop is beyond me! I definitely want to go back again and I think James & Emilie would love it. They have ice skating too which I am itching to try. It's been 12 years since I've been ice skating so I'd say it's long overdue :) 


Henry One Month

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I cannot believe that Henry is one month old! Part of me feels like I've blinked and missed his first month and another part of me feels like he should be older, seen as so much has happened since he arrived, including packing up our house and moving. 

Overall this little man is a dream baby. He has taken to breastfeeding like a champ which makes me so happy! I tried so hard with James and Emilie but for medical reasons it just didn't work. I was hopeful throughout Henry's pregnancy that breastfeeding would go well this time but I prepared myself for it not to work. When he was born and latched on straight away I was delighted! He is generally feeding every two hours during the day. At night he tends to have his longest stretch between feedings between 7pm to 11pm. Then he eats every 2-3 hours after that. I like that I still get a little bit of an evening to be just Liane although I tend to go straight to bed as I am wiped out! We have already experienced a couple of growth spurts where he's been eating every 30 minutes or so. Those days are tough with having the older two, school runs & trying to keep on top of the house. 

Henry is exactly like his sister in that he is a really sleepy baby. I'm sure it's a trait of these early babies! Heaven forbid if I try and put him down though! He likes to be cuddled most of the day. I don't mind so much though. He is my last baby after all. I have become a pro at doing most things one handed... Including typing this post... 

So far he loves bath time, sleeping, eating and staring at lights. He does not like nappy changes in the slightest. 

James & Emilie both love him to bits although Emilie is having a few issues adjusting to not being the baby in the family anymore. This girl is testing all of her boundaries and I have to remind myself several times a day that she's acting out as a way of expressing her emotions but some days it's tough! 

Some photos from the past month.. 

Happy ONE month Henry! 


We Moved!

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Do you know what not to do when you have a newborn?

Move house. 

Our old house only had 2 bedrooms and with a third baby coming, the maths didn't quite add up. I loved our house but we had outgrown it and it was definitely time to move on. I just wasn't expecting to do it with a tiny baby in tow. In fact I had spent my whole pregnancy voicing that I didn't want to move with a baby. The universe obviously had other ideas though because the day Henry was born was the day we found a new house and three days later we had the keys.

Anthony spent the first week moving some non essential stuff to the new house whilst I tried to recover from the birth. The second week I spent the entire week, packing the rest of the house up, whilst trying to wrangle three kids and get to grips with breastfeeding, sleepless night & being back in the world of nappies. I think I cried more in that week than I have in my entire life.

We made the move last Saturday and things are starting to calm down a little. Most of the boxes are unpacked apart from all the clothes. Our wardrobe broke during the move so until that is replaced I'm digging through boxes trying to match outfits. It makes mornings fun...

FYI my advice would be to move before the baby arrives.

We're only two towns over from our old house but it feels a million miles away and I'm looking forward to when this place feels like home. I'm hoping that decorating and putting my own mark on the house helps with that. James started his new school on Tuesday and we've had a few teething problems but I'm so proud with how well he has coped with it. I remember changing school several times as a kid and I still remember that daunting feeling off being the new kid and not knowing anyone. I've spent everyday this week worrying about how he's doing and counting down the hours until I can collect him from school.

Life feels super crazy right now. My hormones mean that I swing from being happy we finally have a house big enough and sad about having to leave our old one. Optimistic that James will settle into school and then feeling like the worlds worst parent for having to make him leave his old school which he loved. Those postpartum hormones have a lot to answer for...


Henry's Birth Story.

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If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram then you'll already know the reason for my absence here over the past week or so. Baby Boy decided to wait until his induction date to make his appearance but thankfully he didn't hang around after that and just 1 hour and 43 minutes after the doctors decided it was time to start, Henry Alexander came into the world :)

My induction was set for last Thursday, the 13th of October. Hoping to start things off naturally the week before I tried literally all the old wives tales that are meant to start labour, including 3 stretch and sweeps. None of them worked. I spent most of my days bouncing on a gym ball and drinking more raspberry leaf tea than anyone should ever have to stomach. I had a few contractions on and off but nothing to write home about. I did know that I was already 4cms dilated so I was hopeful that something would happen before the Thursday but alas it did not. 

Thursday arrived and I was a nervous wreck. We had to be at the hospital for 10am so I got to drop James off at school and Emilie at nursery. It was awful saying goodbye to them. I didn't want them to see me get upset & I did manage to wait until they had both been dropped off but after that I lost it and sat outside Emilie's nursery and cried. I think it was a mixture of anxiety, stress and not knowing how long I would be away from them for. 

We arrived at the hospital at 9.50am. I knew that it would probably be quite a wait but I didn't expect it to take as long as it did. I was examined by a midwife who confirmed that I was still 4cms and they would only need to break my waters, rather than use any other interventions. She explained that there was one person on the list before me and to basically wait it out and they would let me know when I was to be taken down to the delivery ward. 

We waited.. & waited.. & waited. I was having a few contractions so we took a walk around the hospital grounds. My sister brought Anthony some food, my anxiety levels rose and we walked some more. 

By 7pm I was almost beside myself. Anthony had to pop home because he had forgotten his bank card & wallet so I laid on the bed and tried to watch some TV on my phone but every time I heard footsteps I thought it would be a midwife telling me it was time to go. I spoke to my Mum on the phone, messaged my sister and generally tried to take my mind off what was happening. 

Anthony got back about 8pm and he spoke to a midwife and asked if she had any idea what time it would be. He asked if it wasn't going to happen that night could he take me home and we'd come back in the morning. He could tell that the anxiety was starting to get to me and he knows that once I start panicking it's hard to get me back. The midwife said that she would ring down to labour ward and see what she could find out. 

Fifteen minutes later she was back and told us that a lady was about to be brought up from labour ward after having her baby and then I was being taken down. We weren't going home. We were going to have a baby! I was part excited and part petrified. We had to wait another 30 minutes and during this time I spoke to my Mum again and just kept repeating how scared I was. With natural labour I've found that because you don't know when it's going to happen by the time you realise you're in labour, your body takes over and you're swept away with it. With induction I had sat there for 11 hours, waiting and anticipating the whole experience. The pain, the worry, the what-if's. I didn't know how to process it all. 

I arrived on the labour ward and was taken to my room. Walking into the room and knowing that was where I was going to meet my son, overwhelmed me and I started having a panic attack there and then. My sister was on her way in and I think knowing she was coming definitely helped but I didn't know how to calm myself down. Anthony tried to take my mind off it and he was fantastic. The midwife that was assigned to me was trying to get to the bottom of what was making me so anxious and I couldn't put it into words. She hooked me up to the monitor so they could get a 20 minute trace on the baby, before they could break my waters. She then asked me to test my blood sugars. It was 3.9 which is too low, especially when you're about to put your body through major stress and trauma. She made me eat some toast but eating for me is hard enough, let alone when I'm about to go through labour! 

My sister arrived and before I knew it the doctor was in my room. He explained that he was going to examine me and break my waters. He said if contractions didn't start within 3 hours then they would administer medication to start them. I knew though that once my waters had gone, labour wouldn't hang around. He told me that they were going to give me an anti sickness injection because of my emetophobia and as soon as he said that, my anxiety went. It was lovely to feel like they really cared and understood my fears. The doctor had a really calming way about him and instantly put me at ease. He examined me, informed me I was 5cms and broke my waters. This was it.. Go time :) The midwife left us to it. I think she thought it would be a while before anything happened.  

The contractions started about ten minutes after they broke my waters. None of us were surprised. I breathed through them and within probably twenty minutes they were every 3 minutes and then quickly went to every two minutes. I was kept on the monitor the whole time so we could see exactly how far apart they were and when the next one was coming. Watching the screen actually helped me. 

My sister - The selfie comedian 

A while later the midwife came back in and was surprised to find me in full labour, hanging onto the back of the bed. She quickly left and came back with my injection. The timings are all a bit hazy here but within an hour of them breaking my waters I was in transition. I could tell without the midwife having to tell me. Just the way the contractions felt and how my body responded told me. About 11.45pm I moaned "I've still got hours to go"

The midwife informed me that I definitely didn't have hours. Anthony predicted just after midnight and the midwife agreed that it wouldn't be long after that. 

About 5 minutes after that conversation I was pushing. 

Pushing is the worst part of labour in my opinion. You start off and it feels like it's doing nothing. You push and push and everyone is telling you that you're pushing your baby down and all you feel like it's doing is ripping your stomach apart. I pushed for 40 minutes with James and 50 minutes with Emilie so I figured it would be another hour. I was so wrong. 19 minutes after the first push, Henry arrived at 12.13am on the 14th of October. My first immediate thought was "He's so tiny" After having Gestational Diabetes and being told by everyone that meant I would have a massive baby and me informing them that would happen only if I didn't control my sugars I was surprised he looked so small. After skin to skin and me announcing that, "I've really done it!" Phoning my Mum who I think was on tenterhooks in her own home, he was weighed. 6 pounds and 6 ounces of pure perfection. 

He latched on straight away and I'm so happy that after two failed attempts at breastfeeding before, this time around it is going so well! He was weighed today and he's still 6lb 6oz so the midwives are happy that he has regained his birth weight so quickly :) 

We were released from hospital on Friday afternoon after he passed his 3 blood sugars first time. I was so thrilled to only have to spend one night away from home and that I got to be back with all my babies under one roof. Five days in and having three children is definitely interesting (& loud) but so far so good. Anthony goes back to work on Monday so I may change my mind then! 

Henry is amazing though. I cannot stop staring at him. He is worth the ten weeks of finger pricks, insulin injections, missed birthday cakes and chocolate bars. He is worth all the worrying, extra monitoring and the three times a week hospital appointments. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. 

Welcome to the world Henry Alexander! 


37 Weeks - Full Term!

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Well, I made it to 37 weeks! Full term baby! There were a few points during this pregnancy where I wasn't sure if I'd actually make it this far but thankfully I have. I'm due to be induced next Thursday and I'm trying everything I can to try and get this little man to come naturally on his own before the induction. I was checked yesterday and I'm already between 3-4cm's dilated so that's a big bonus. 

My gestational diabetes is still being controlled through mostly diet with just 4 units of insulin in the morning. The insulin is the reason for induction at 38 weeks as it can cause the placenta to deteriorate  quicker. I've been on this GD diet for ten weeks now and I'm so ready to eat a cookie! I have several naughty things already packed in my hospital bag for after the birth and a nice list for Anthony of things for him to get me! I'm going to have a couple of weeks of guilt free eating before I modify my diet again. Due to have diabetes in this pregnancy I am now at a bigger risk for developing type 2 diabetes in the next 5 years so I want to try and ward that off.

Sleeping... Oh.. Sleep. It evades me. If I'm not waking up every hour to use the toilet then it's James waking me up! Who knew that it would actually be my 7 year old to cause me more sleepless nights than my 3 year old. Haha! He has never been a great sleeper and because of his sensory processing disorder it's not getting any better. I was hoping it would get a little better before the baby came along but honestly now, I don't see that happening.

I'm all packed and ready to go. The kids bags are all done. Now it's literally just a waiting game. I have another appointment this Sunday so we'll see if I've made anymore progress. Fingers crossed. If I can avoid the induction process then I'll be even happier.

5 Things I Plan To Do Differently With My Newborn

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We live and learn right? Within the next two weeks I'm going to have a newborn again! I've been thinking a lot this past weekend about what I want to do differently this time around. It is said that hindsight is a wonderful thing! 

1// James took to breastfeeding like a duck to water. The problem was his reflux. He would still be latched on to me and vomiting at the same time. At 3 weeks old he was diagnosed with reflux and given medication by the hospital. They informed me that he would have to be bottle fed and being a first time Mum I didn't even think to question it. About 5 weeks later I found out that he could have stayed breastfed and taken his medication. I was gutted, but by that time James was well established on the bottles and my milk had dried up. With Emilie she was so tiny and so sleepy that she never took to breastfeeding but I feel now in hindsight that I was so worried about her weight that I gave up too quickly. This time around I purposely haven't purchased any bottles. I don't want to be awake at 2am with a screaming baby and turn to a bottle just because I'm tired, stressed and freaking out. I want to try everything to get breastfeeding to work this time. 

2// Emilie was 4 months old before I purchased a sling. It was probably one of the best baby buys I made. This time around I know that I am going to need my hands free even more than ever before so I'm prepared this time around. I already have a Moby wrap and a sling wrap ready to go! The baby will be close to me for comfort and I'll have two hands free to wrangle James and Emilie.

3// James was born in hospital so I had three days before I was home with him. However, Emilie was born at home, from the first day we were inundated with visitors. I hate saying no to people and I know that they're just excited to meet the new little one. Emilie was 9 hours old and my house was full though. It was just too much. This time around I plan on spreading people out over the course of a couple of weeks and saying no if I'm too tired.  

4// I'm all for listening to other people when they offer advice but in the past I've been too quick to take it as gospel and not listen to my own intuition. This time around I feel stronger. This is my 3rd baby and I feel like I haven't done too badly with my older two. I will still listen to advice and ask for it but I won't necessarily take it! 

5// With both James and Emilie I was up and about within a day. Not saying that's a bad thing but vacuuming the house when Emilie was just 2 days old probably wasn't the wisest decision I made postpartum. I just hate sitting still and if I see that something needs doing it bugs me until its done. I want to try really hard this time to take the time to recover. Anthony has two weeks off after the birth and I want to take advantage of that! After those two weeks I'm going to have to be back to doing school & nursery runs, shopping, cooking etc so for those two weeks you'll find me on the sofa or in bed :) 

What things would you do differently next time around? I'd love to hear it! 


Corioliss C3 Review.

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I am not being compensated for this review. I just really like to share the love when I find a fantastic product! 

For the past eight-ish years I have been a die hard GHD fan. Nothing could sway me from them. Last year I upgraded my straighteners that I had brought from them a few years before and splashed out on the GHD platinums for my 30th birthday. One month later they broke. GHD sent me a new pair and it was all good until this August when they broke again. I wasn't a happy camper. Why was I paying all this money for a product just for them to break on me? I came to the realisation that I was simply paying for a name. 

I started to do some research. I asked around and I spoke to my hairdresser. With my curly hair I needed hair straighteners that would work at not only straightening my hair but taking the frizz out of it too. I also didn't want to fry my hair and in my early twenties when I would buy really cheap straighteners that's exactly what they did. Fried my hair. 

I had a few recommendations to try Corioliss straighteners. My hairdresser swears by them. I googled them, read some reviews, watched some YouTube videos and decided to take the plunge. I'm so wary about trying new things on my hair but I am not disappointed. 

The first thing I loved was there were so many prints to choose from. I decided to go with their latest range, the C3's and it took me a while to pick the design I wanted. In the past week they've actually just released a few new designs and I love them too! I want to buy several pairs! 

The plates are titanium and they literally glide through your hair. There is no pulling or tugging. Occasionally with my old GHD's my hair would feel a little dry afterwards but so far with the Corioliss I haven't had that. 

My favourite thing about these straighteners is the temperature control, something which GHD's do not come with. My hairdresser informed me that she only ever uses 180 degrees on my hair and nothing higher. I always thought that as my hair was so thick and curly that I needed a higher temperature but I tried these on my hair at 180 and I got the perfect finish. Not a kink in sight :) 

For such a great product I was pleasantly surprised at the price. I've found them from just £85.90 here

If you've tried this brand I would love to hear your thoughts! 

September Goals - Recap.

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How in the world is it October already! I feel like each year goes quicker and quicker. I keep seeing Facebook and Twitter posts about how many sleeps/days/weeks it is until Christmas and that freaks me out! It's so close. 

Let's recap on my September goals and see how much I got accomplished, shall we? 

1// Finish prepping for baby boys arrival! Pack hospital bags for both of us. Pack James & Emilie's bags too. Basically get everyone ready for D-Day!
All done! Every bag is packed and ready to go :) 

2// James and Emilie go back to school/nursery on Monday so I want to spend this weekend with them just having fun! I'm going to ask them what they want to do and providing it's not too elaborate (no disney trips I'm afraid!), work it into our plans.  

I can't actually remember what we did now! How bad is that? I know it did involve leaving the house so that's a win in my book. 

3// Read one new book. The past few months my priorities have been elsewhere but I miss reading a few chapters of a book before bed. - 

Big fail on this one. I've read bits of a book that I've previously read but not a new one. Just not enough hours in my days right now. 

4// Take some time to relax. I'm at that stage now where I can't get off the sofa with making some sort of noise or bend over without grunting. I'm not the easiest person to get to slow down though but I think if there was any time to try, it would be now. Maybe a bath once the kids are in bed with a face mask? Or a nap when Emilie is at nursery? Nothing too crazy :) Another success. I didn't do anything major but just little things like relaxing once the kids went to bed, going to bed early when I had the flu last week. Taking some time out to blog. It all makes a difference in the state of my mental health! 

I'm not going to make goals for this month seen as in less than 2 weeks I'll have a newborn and I foresee life being a little hectic. This month is just going to be about survival :) 

Do you make monthly goals? How did you do during September? 

Gestational Diabetes Friendly Food Guide

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I remember the feeing of dread on the day I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. What was I going to eat!? I've always struggled with food anyway and now being told that I was going to have to completely revamp my diet sent my head spinning. I still have days where I think that there is nothing that I can have but thankfully those days are few and far between now as I learn what my body & baby can tolerate and what it can't.

You're basically looking at a high protein, high fat, low carb diet now. To being with I thought high fat foods were bad for you but when eaten with the other GD friendly foods, all together it works and works well. In the first week I lost 5lb and since then my weight has stayed exactly the same, even though the baby is growing.

Carbohydrates - 

We all know that carbohydrates basically turn into sugar in your blood stream so you need to limit the amount of carbs you intake but you do need some with each meal to avoid developing ketones (that's a whole other post!) You are now looking for slow release carbs though so things like brown rice or pasta, wholemeal bread & wraps. Sweet potatoes. Some people will be able to tolerate rice but pasta sends their blood sugars soaring or they can have bread but potatoes are a big no no. I've found the best thing to do is to try little bits of each and just see what works for you. The rule of thumb is to "Never eat a naked carb" basically this means to never eat carbohydrates on their own. Granny Smith apples are a good fruit option but on their own they have a lot of carbs so try slicing them and eating them with peanut butter. The protein from the nuts really helps keep your levels in range.

Protein - 

Protein is now your best friend! Anything with a high amount of protein in it is perfect for your new diet. Many people with Gestational Diabetes find that a high protein breakfast works perfectly to keep their levels in check as it is harder to tolerate carbohydrates in the morning. Chicken, Turkey & Mince are all great main meal options. Eggs are a saviour for breakfast as is Greek Yoghurt with nuts.  Cheese and nuts make great snack options.

Fruit & Veg - 

Fruit & Veg are filled with healthy vitamins that we need but unfortunately a lot of them are also filled with natural sugars and carbohydrates. Did you know that there are more carbs in an apple than a chocolate biscuit! Bananas are filled with natural sugar so it is best to try and stay away from them. Apples, kiwi, strawberries, blueberries & grapefruits work really well.

With your main meals, obviously you want more protein than anything else, then some carbohydrates, it is then advised to bulk out your plate with veg that is lower in carbs, I've found broccoli works quite well or salad! Lots of lettuce, cucumber, green leaves & spinach!

High Fat Foods - The Benefits  

Don't be put off by "high fat" foods, not all of these are bad for you and in cases of Gestational Diabetes, they work in your favour by helping slow the release of glucose into your blood stream, therefore stopping your sugar levels from spiking. For example, if you were to have Spaghetti Bolognese for dinner. If you choose to have your mince with brown spaghetti and then sprinkle grated cheese over the top, this is a great GD friendly meal and the cheese will help slow the release of glucose from the spaghetti.

Another great example is when making your sandwich or wrap at lunch time. A ham, lettuce and cucumber filling is a great option but if you add full fat mayonnaise to it then once again you help slow the release of glucose from the bread.

A few weeks ago I tried the No Added Sugar Angel Delight which is widely known to be a great desert for diabetics, when paired correctly. I had run out of cream so I only paired it with nuts. My sugar levels spiked and I felt awful. The next time I tried it I made sure that I had Anchor Extra Thick cream in the house, and with that and the nuts my numbers stayed well below range!

So there are the basics when you are trying to get use to this whole new world. In all honesty, the first week it did take some getting use to. It was difficult to learn what foods to pair with other foods and what was good and bad, but 8 weeks in and I don't even have to think about it anymore. That's not to say that I don't miss chocolate! Or cereals... Or sugar in my tea... Or toffee popcorn with a Saturday night movie..... 


Loving Lately.. This Weekend.

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Loving this weekend...

New cameras that are small enough to pop into your pocket.

Little girls who think that snapchat is the funniest thing ever

Family days out. 

First tights of the season. Scuffed boots and all. 

Cookie & donut birthday cakes. Even if I'm not allowed to eat any. 

Baby kicks. Slow mornings, relaxed evening. Feeling a little more human after a poorly week. Big blankets on the sofa. Early morning bubble baths. Making plans. Making lists. Feeling motivated. 

How was your weekend? 

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