August 2016 | 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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29 Weeks.. (& 3 days!)

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It feels like this pregnancy is flying by. The fact that at most I have 11 weeks left and even less if the doctors decide to induce me early, due to our recent complications, blows my mind. I don't feel anywhere near ready. Yes I have clothes, a Moses basket, a cot & a pram but I feel like there is still so much I need and am I mentally prepared for 3 kids? Ha! No way.

This week - It's been up and down as I learn to control my Gestational Diabetes. I got my glucose monitor on Monday so I've felt a lot more in control, knowing what certain foods are doing to my levels, what I can tolerate and what I can't. I think I'm finally getting a handle on paring foods. No carbs without protein! I've actually lost 5 lbs since my diagnosis but ironically I'm eating more than I've ever eaten before. 

I am still a middle of the night insomniac. Mother natures way of preparing me for life with a newborn, maybe? I don't get as tired during the day at the moment which is a welcome change, especially with the kids being home. 

Emilie keeps asking me if the baby has already come out of my tummy.. I have no idea where she thinks I've put him. She is constantly coming over and rubbing my stomach though which is cute. James just kind of goes with the flow although he felt some kicks the other day and thought that was amazing. 

Talking of movement. I've definitely been feeling more since cutting out sugar and lowering carbs. I don't really get big kicks or punches but I guess he has a lot of water in there cushioning them for me. I had a growth scan on Wednesday and the tech actually said.. "Well, he's not struggling for water in there is he.." Maybe he'll be an Olympic swimmer one day. 

I'm excited to hit 30 weeks. For some reason that feels like a big milestone to me. Then we're on the home stretch! 

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Gestational Diabetes.

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What a four days it has been.

I've been seeing a consultant this pregnancy due to previous miscarriages and went to my routine appointment on Friday, expecting it to be just like normal. Blood pressure check, protein checks, a listen in to baby and his heartbeat. What I wasn't expecting was for the first words out of the doctors mouth to be, "So you have gestational diabetes." I had only taken the test the day before and didn't even expect the results to be in yet. Over the next 30 minutes I got hit with so much information. Things I had to do, appointments I had to attend, complications that could now arise with the baby either before delivery or after. I left there with an appointment to attend the Gestational Diabetes Clinic this coming Wednesday and my head spinning.

I'll be honest here. I knew literally next to nothing about diabetes before this. I knew you had to change your diet and cut out sugar. That's about it. How much have I learnt in the past few days! For the first 48 hours I was a hot mess. I spent so many hours on Google, I was desperately trying to figure out what I could eat and what I couldn't. I wasn't due to get a glucose monitor until my appointment on Wednesday but thankfully this morning the hospital managed to get me one so at least now I can test my sugars after each meal and start to learn what my body can tolerate and what it can't.

After the first 48 hours of me being a complete mess I found a Facebook page for UK Mum's suffering with this condition and it has been invaluable! Most of these women have been dealing with this for weeks/months now so they've gotten their head around the whole sugar levels and food aspect. I feel like I'm so far behind compared to them but I know that in a few weeks I'll be like them and not even having to think about what I'm eating, testing my levels will become second nature to me.

{First lunch post diagnosis - 
Wholemeal bread, scrambled egg and cheese}

Before Friday I was having reduced movements. Unbeknown to me, every time I was eating sugar or anything high in carbohydrates, it made the baby lethargic and sleepy. Since completely cutting out sugar, lowering my carb intake and increasing my protein he's woken up quite a bit and his movements have definitely increased. I also have increased amniotic fluid, another complication from the diabetes, which will have to be monitored but I am waiting for an appointment for a scan so fingers crossed all is ok.

{Breakfast - Alpro Simply Plain yoghurt, fruit & mixed nuts}

So yeah, it's been a crazy few days. I have my moments where I'm sad this has happened and I'm anxious about the next two months but then I have happy moments where I know that I can do this. I got very excited this afternoon when my levels after lunch were in the normal range.

This is going to be one big learning curve....

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Pregnancy So Far.

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I had planned to write this post yesterday and be all "Everything is great!" At my appointment yesterday though I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes (more to come on that later!) so that put a stop to that one. Last night I did think about writing this but my head was spinning from all the information I had received from the consultant and also my hours of Google research.

I'm 28 weeks and 2 days and in the home stretch of the 3rd trimester! I'm feeling very pregnant now. I have to shower the kids rather than bath them because bending over without pain is a thing of the past. Rolling over in bed is a four stage process and I have to pee every 30 minutes. Just keeping it real :)

{12 week ultrasound}

Siblings - Up until yesterday everything had been going swimmingly. The baby looked great in all the ultrasounds and we found out at 16 weeks that it's a boy. James is ecstatic. He was rooting for a brother. Emilie is just happy it's a baby! Although she has since asked if the next one can be a girl. I have yet to break the news to her that this is the last one. A few times she has come to me with a towel under her top and informed me that she has a baby in her belly too. Tres cute :)

{16 weeks.. Gender ultrasound!}


Sleeping - I could sleep for England right now. I tend to fall asleep really easily around 10pm but I wake up in the middle of the night and it is hit and miss whether I can fall back to sleep or not. Many a night I have laid there scrolling through Twitter on my phone just for something to do. I get really tired around lunch time but yesterday I found out that I have low iron so that could be the cause of that. Hopefully the iron tablets will help!

Movements - Movements this time around have been all over the place. I expected to feel him move earlier than I did with James and Emile, but he ended up being the latest one to move at 20 weeks. Some days he moves quite a bit but more often than not I don't feel him until I get back into bed. I was getting really worried about it but the consultant confirmed yesterday that it's probably due to the diabetes and I'm hoping as we sort my sugar levels out then his movements will become more regular.

{20 weeks}

Eating - Up until now i've been eating like a horse! If it wasn't nailed down then I'd eat it. Certain foods such as pizza or chicken pie would give me horrendous heartburn but I was learning to enjoy food, after so many years of avoiding it. Over the last 24 hours I've had to completely change my eating habits and it's still so confusing. I'll update more about that along with the post I plan to write about the diagnosis.

Overall, so far though things are great. Apart from some SPD pain that flares up if I walk too far I haven't had that many complaints. My morning sickness went at 12 weeks this time, unlike the last two times where it's lingered for weeks and weeks after the first trimester.

It's definitely interesting doing this a third time around when you have two other little ones to run about after!

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Emilie's 3rd Birthday!

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There was a time when Emilie was a baby when I didn't think we'd ever make it to her second birthday, let alone her third! She was the grumpiest baby I have ever met. If she wasn't asleep, she was screaming. All day, every day. I would spend hours just walking around the house with her hoping that she would stop crying for just five minutes. 


That temperamental baby though has turned into the most adorable, funny, smart and loving little girl. She laughs, she jumps, she sings, she dances. She manages to get everything that she eats stuck in her hair. She thinks that bubbles and play dough are the best things in the world. She dotes on her big brother and shrieks when she hears her Daddy come in from work. She bounces on the trampoline like it's her full time job. She knows the first part of the alphabet but misses out DEFGH but can real off LMNOPQ like a pro. She gives the best cuddles and wakes up with a smile on her face asking for a "squeeze". She gets hot and cold mixed up. She loves her dresses and would wear a party dress everyday if she could but hates having her hair done. She loves to play eye spy but always says 'B' and the answer is always "balloon". If you ask her what she wants for lunch the answer is always "Cheese sandwiches" if you ask her what she wants for dinner then she'll say, "sausages."


During that time where there seemed to be no light at the end of the tunnel, I had no idea what an amazing girl Emilie would become. She tests my patience daily and already knows how to push all of the boundaries but that only adds to her personality!

I can't believe that she is 3 already!











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