December 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! 
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