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PREGNANCY: WRITING A BIRTH PLAN



I've started doing a lot of research into labour and planning what kind of birth I want to have. I am trying to stay vague as I don't want to plan everything down to the last second and it all get thrown out of the window! I know chances are I won't have the birth I have planned but I thought it would be good to write a few ideas down and share some of the research i've done. I am only 24 weeks so I have a long way to go yet and this birth plan could change depending on how the rest of my pregnancy goes.

I am considered a low risk pregnancy at the moment, I have a history of high blood pressure so this could change should we see a spike in my blood pressure. So far throughout my pregnancy it's been amazing, very well behaved. This means I can technically have my baby at Solihull hospital which is the closest hospital to me however this is a midwife led unit and there's no doctors so if myself or baby was to have any complications I would have to go in an ambulance to a different hospital. I don't like the idea of this so i'm looking at Warwick hospital as this seems more like a Midwife led unit but they have doctors nearby should we need any help.
I want the birth to be as natural as possible, I would like to have minimal pain relief and I don't like the idea of them checking me every 10 seconds. I know this could all change once we get started as this is my first baby.

I have researched positive birth techniques such as Lamaze which seems really relaxing and chilled and sounds perfect. I don't want to be bed-ridden, I want to walk around and move as i've read this can help with the pain. I love the idea of a water birth so will ask for this if its possible. I have already decided Clint and my mom are going to be my birthing partners. I think having my mom there will help me alot as I do get anxious but shes had two babies so knows what shes doing. I think she will help Clint too, as this is his first baby too and I think he will feel better knowing shes there.

My fears right now are pain and something going wrong, i've watched One born every minute and see on many occasions women who have planned a natural birth being rushed for a C-section and this scares me! I am going to spend the next 3 months looking into this, more knowledge means less surprises.

I'm hoping the antenatal classes will help with breathing techniques, I am going to start watching some youtube videos too. I'd love to pay for private antenatal classes, they also do pregnancy yoga in my area but we can't really afford it right now.

A few months ago we also visited The Baby Show and learnt all about stem cells and how companies like Smart Cells collect stem cells from your babies umbilical cord and use these to protect your family from over 80 conditions and diseases. You can find out more in this infographic via the Smart Cells website.

My friend gave me a book all about positive birthing and i've seen a book called the positive birth movement that I want to check out, i'm going to spend the next month or so doing lots more research and then will draft my birth plan together. The main things I want is a relaxed calm atmosphere, with music if possible. I want to walk around, not be strapped to the bed. Minimal pain relief and prodding and hopefully there won't be a need for medical intervention but I know they are nearby if I need them.

PREGNANCY: MY 24 WEEK PREGNANCY UPDATE


Hello! I thought i'd do a 24 week update as I want to document this pregnancy so I have it all to look back on and I know it will be helpful to others who are expecting or planning on getting pregnant.

If you didn't know I was pregnant you can see my pregnancy announcement post here

I've found pregnancy so far quite difficult! My first trimester wasn't too bad, I had some sickness and nausea but it wasn't too bad. I had extreme tiredness but again this wasn't too bad and I managed to carry on as normal most of the time. 

Now i'm well into my second trimester I thought i'd share how I've found it. 

The tiredness hasn't gone away at all, i'm so exhausted all of the time and it's affected me quite bad. I feel mentally drained as well as physically drained. I'm still working but just part time and even that feels like too much. I've dropped down to 15 hours which is about 3 days a week and i'm hoping this will help. I've got a week off next week so i'm hoping to get some blogging done and just chill for most of the week and catch up with some friends as i've not seen much of people over the last couple of weeks. 

My mental well being has taken a turn for the worse, my anxiety is back. I'm just always worried that something is wrong. I mentioned briefly in my last post that we have been to the hospital a couple of times to get petal checked out as i've had reduced movements. I have an anterior placenta which means my placenta is attached to the front wall. This can restrict my movements however as bubba has been moving a lot i've got to know her patterns and I know when she tends to move alot. She has on a couple of occasions not moved so we've had to get checked over at the hospital. I have got myself into a right state, crying and getting really worked up because of this. As I mentioned above i'm still at work and finding it very difficult. I work in retail so i'm on my feet all day and theres alot of running around involved. I find it hard to drink a lot and I don't really get a chance to rest except on my break so I haven't really wanted to go to work. 

I've got a week off next week and i'm really looking forward to that and will hopefully have time to rest and get back to normal a bit. I have another midwife appointment in two weeks for a check up as I mentioned my anxiety so getting to listen to bubba again will help. We are also going to be booking another scan so we can see the baby again as our 20 week scan feels like forever ago! Clint's just got back with the moses basket which is making everything feel real! 



 




OUTFIT POST: ANOTHER HOT DAY, ANOTHER MIDI DRESS!

DRESS: H&M // KIMONO: BOOHOO* // SANDALS: PRIMARK // BAG: ACCESSORIZE // NECKLACE: PRIMARK 

I know!! Another outfit post! Whats going on? Honestly I was feel so rubbish about how I look and don't feel very confident about my body right now. I know i'm having baby and i'm going to get bigger and really need to get over that but I feel like i'm putting weight on everywhere, not just my tummy. I haven't been eating great but i'm planning on eating more healthier for the rest of the pregnancy. 

We had a bit of a scare on Thursday, I hadn't felt the baby move since the Wednesday morning so was worried and didn't really know what to do. I have an anterior placenta which can mean I can have reduced movements as my placenta is basically in the way. I had been feeling the baby quite alot, especially at night time but I hadn't felt her. I phoned my midwife but she's on annual leave so I phoned the hospital (which was a right palarva) and they told me to go in to get checked over. 

We arrived at the hospital and was told to go to delivery suite, when we arrived on delivery suite we were shown to a bed and the midwife went off to get the things she needed. She came back with a Doppler and used this to find her heartbeat. She didn't find it straight away and said she was picking up my placenta, and then we heard it. Her little heartbeat was strong and beating away perfectly. She said her heartbeat was normal. She wanted to check me over so they checked my blood pressure, urine and temperature to make sure i'm all okay which I was and a few hours later we were aloud to leave. 

I really want to start documenting more things like this on my blog for me to read back over in a few years when shes growing up. 

We took these photos yesterday we went to town to have a look around the shops, we were also invited to review the food the the Broadway Casino, it was really good and a full review will be up next week. 
  








FASHION: WHAT TO WEAR TO A SUMMER WEDDING?




Are you going to a wedding this summer? Don't know what to wear? I thought i'd put together this post and share a few of my favourite picks for a summer wedding guest.

I thought i'd feature a few bits for him as well as her as I have quite a few male readers.

I'm going to start with my for her picks! I love this orange floral dress from Asos! It's really pretty and on trend right now. It has short sleeves so perfect for those of you who don't like your arms, no need to worry about a cardigan or cover up. The length is really good, it's a midi length which suits alot of people. I'm short and find midi length works really well for me, the frill on the bottom of the dress is really on trend right now too! I think florals are perfect for summer weddings! If you are not brave enough to pull off the bright orange then a pastel floral pattern will work just as well!

I really like nude accessories right now and with the dress i've picked being very bright I think any more colour would be to much! This River Island Bag is perfect, it's white so super easy to wear! It's a decent size so you can fit your make up, phone and purse in. I would team with these nude heels! Very simple but effective again perfect with the bright dress!

For jewellery and accessories again I would keep it simple, I think rose gold would be perfect for that bronzed summer vibe! Just some tiny hoops/ stud earrings and a pretty bracelet is all you need.

I'm really feeling a bronzed goddess vibe so for make up keep it natural, use the Nip + Fab highlight palette. The middle bronzer is perfect and creates a gorgeous summer glow! The middle highlighter is gorgeous and leaves your skin glowy and fresh! I think the Urban Decay Heat palette would be perfect to create a bronzed smokey look to finish off the whole look!

First up for him you need to get your suit sorted first, Suitsmen have a huge range of suits perfect for any occasion, including a range of mens machine washable suits. This suit would be perfect for everyday or a wedding. It's good to go with something simple that you can wear again and again. You can accessorize using a tie and matching handkerchief. Why not match your partner and add the colour of her dress to your tie?

For men shoes are a big deal, again you want to keep them simple. Go for something sturdy and good quality that you can wear again. These shoes are really on trend but look like they are of a good quality. They look smart perfect for any occasion, especially a summer wedding.

Accessorize your look with cuff-links, waist coats and a fancy watch!



Are you going to a wedding this summer? What will you be wearing? Got any tips for those summer wedding guests?



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PREGNANCY: WHAT TO PACK IN YOUR HOSPITAL BAG?


As you may know i'm having  a baby and have been thinking about what i'm going to pack in my hospital bag. I have a little while to go but I know the next few months are going to fly by and I like being prepared. I have started writing a list of what I need to buy for my hospital bag.

I thought i'd put a blog post together to share a few bits that I will be including in my hospital bag and thought this post may help those of you who are having babies soon. I am having my baby in November so if your having your baby in summer you may not need all of the above.

This is stuff that will be in my hospital bag, I will do a separate blog post on what I will pack for the baby. I really like this travel bag from Cath Kidston and think it would be the perfect size for my bits and pieces. I think we are going to go to Bicester Village to have a look at the outlet for bags and baby bits.

First of all a few bits that you will need include your hospital notes and any birth plans, throw-away underwear/ old knickers. Maxi-pads, breast pads, and some water and snacks for yourself.

Nightwear, you don't want to spend alot on nightwear in case it gets ruined. I would reccommend getting yourself a few maternity nighties that you can wear throughout your pregnancy. I really like this strappy nightdress from Asda, it's lightweight so you won't get too hot! I also want to pack a nightshirt like this one from Asos. I want to breastfeed and feel this would be easy to undo the buttons to feed baby. The long sleeves will be abit warmer too as i'm having baby during the winter months. I'm also going to need a cosy dressing gown, like this lightweight quilted wrap from David Neiper would be perfect as it's lightweight so I wouldn't get too hot but adds that extra layer.

Again as it's going to be cold I will need some socks and new slippers for when i'm walking around. These ones from Next look really comfy and warm, I have a similar pair from Primark which were only a few quid so I will pick a pair of those up.

I want to get a decent nursing bra, I work in a bra shop and really like this one from Panache, I will most likely get one before bubba is born so I have one for whilst we are in hospital etc and then i'll get a few more once bubba is born and my milk has come in properly.

I will be bring my make up bag with me as I will be one of those people that wear make up during labor, I will only have a bit of foundation and my brows on, maybe some mascara. I hate going out without make up on and I want to have some photos of me during labor and when the baby is born and i'd feel alot more comfortable with a little bit of make up on.

A lipbalm is a must have as you can get dehydrated throughout labor and a lipbalm will stop your lips from getting dry and chapped. The Dr Paw Paw balm is a good all round balm, I have a little travel size tube which I think will be perfect. I am also going to pack my Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray, which i've mentioned on my blog before. This is a water spray which is perfect to cool you down and refresh your skin.

Finally, i'm not sure how much reading or listening to music i'll get to do but if I have to be induced or labor ends up taking a few hours I think bringing my kindle and some earphones will keep me relaxed and make time pass quicker. We will be bringing the camera too so we can film some of the labor and take some photos of the baby when shes first born.


What did you bring in your hospital bag? Am I missing anything?  I hope this post helps you if your having a baby and thinking about what to pack in your hospital bag.





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OUTFIT POST: A LITTLE PREGNANCY UPDATE

 DRESS: PRIMARK // DENIM JACKET: TOPSHOP // BAG: PRIMARK // SHOES: PRIMARK // SUNGLASSES: RAYBANS C/O WATCHSHOP.COM


I haven't done any outfit posts for such a long time and I really love featuring my outfits. When I found out I was pregnant I stopped doing outfit posts because I thought people might notice my bump, I started to show pretty much straight away from about 7 weeks. Now i'm further along and everyone knows i'm hoping to feature some more outfits on my blog. I am struggling as I don't feel very confident about how I look right now but I want to embrace being pregnant and document my bump getting bigger. 

I thought i'd write a pregnancy update today as I've been meaning to write one for a few weeks. 

I found the first trimester really difficult, I struggled with tiredness really bad, I was exhausted all of the time. My sickness wasn't too bad, I found that I felt sick more than I was actually sick. I suffered with bad headaches and had sciatica for a few weeks. The sciatica started around 15 weeks and I suffered on and off for a couple of weeks. I was advised to get a pregnancy ball which I found really helped. I have started to feel more human, I'm still having the occasional headache and I am still really tired but feeling abit more normal and have a bit more energy. 

We went for our 20 weeks scan a couple of weeks ago and everything is all good, bubba is measuring all normal and we found out it's a girl! We are both super excited to be having a little girl. 

Over the last week or so i've started feeling her a lot, I noticed it a few times when I was going to sleep but i've felt it more and over the last day or so I've felt it during the day which is amazing. It's such a lovely feeling! My placenta is anterior which can stop me from feeling movement, I haven't really felt 'flutters' which is how people usually describe it, i've felt prods, like she's moving or jumping around in there. 

We both so excited and now i'm feeling more human I want to try and write some more updates and feature more outfits on my blog. I am going to start buying baby bits and pieces over the next few weeks. I've been researching baby brands and what I need to buy. If you can recommend any brands or must have products then let me know. 







 






LIFESTYLE: BEST HOLIDAY MOMENTS



We have been so lucky to have been on some really incredible holidays over the last 4 years. Today i'm sharing two of those holidays with you! These have been my favourite holiday memories! I have been very lucky and have been on a lot of holidays. My parents took us on holiday every year since I was young and since then i've pretty much gone away every year since. I've been all over really, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Cyprus, Florida and more. 

One of my favourite holiday memories was going to Ibiza, we went during September 2015 and it was one of the best holidays ever!! I had done research before we headed out on different bars and different trips we wanted to do but we were pretty open minded. We arrived mid-morning, early afternoon to our hotel and got settled and then we had a welcome meeting. We were staying in San Antonio so expected the hotel to get pretty loud and we wasn't sure if we would be doing many club nights and things like that. The welcome meeting was great! We booked loads of trips including a paint party, boat trip and club night at Amnesia. We had the best time! The paint party was soo good! I've never done anything like that before, everyone was so nice and it was so chilled. We got to listen to good music, outside in the warm and chuck powder paint everywhere!! We met some cool people, had some drinks and a really good time! The next day we chilled out and had a boat party in the evening, this again was so good! Everyone had a really good time and was just enjoying themselves. It was just the most amazing experience. The views and sunset was beautiful and we got to enjoy ourselves have a dance and meet some really lovely people. I loved Ibiza, the days are chilled and it's just such a beautiful place to be, the sunsets are amazing and the foods great! It's not all about raves and drinking but don't be put off we had such an amazing time!! 

One of my other favourite holiday moments has to be America!! We went to Orlando, Florida and it was incredible! I never went as a kid and as I got older and older I really wanted to go. We went for two weeks and got wristbands for Universal. We didn't do Disney as we felt this would have been too much for just two weeks and it would have been. We will do Disney in the future with our kids when they are older. It was two weeks jam packed with rides, food, waterparks and shopping! It was amazing! I need to go back soon!! We had the best time, it was crazy! It's not a holiday, you literally don't stop theres so much to do! We did all the rides and parks and had such a good time! I loved going shopping at the Florida Mall, the Sephora is massive!! I went abit crazy and brought back so much make up and Clint got loads of American sports clothing! We had such an amazing couple of weeks and we will do it all again! 


We always take sooo many photos when we go on holiday, on my phone and camera to remember the amazing times we have and it will be amazing to show our kids in the future. I always keep my holiday snaps backed up onto an external hard drive so I don't loose them as well as getting my faves printed out for our albums. It's so easy to get them printed out from websites like Truprint, you can upload your snaps from your computer or Facebook and Instagram making it super easy to get your photos printed out, they even have Photobooks which you can personalise, why not create a Photobook for each holiday!! 

What are your best holiday moments? Let me know using the #HolidayMoments hashtag!  
Do you get your holiday snaps printed? 









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