Monday, 15 August 2016

Things I've Learnt Since Have a Baby.

So I've been doing this mama thing for almost four weeks now, where has time gone? My little peanut is doing so well and is more and more alert everyday despite still not being at my due date! I am still a complete novice at this whole motherhood thing but I thought I would share a few things I've learnt about my newborn over the past few weeks. 

1. Poop - You will discuss your babies bowel movements more than you would like to admit. Who knew how different baby poop could be? And why is it always so explosive and during a nappy change?! I've spent a lot of time in baby change areas over the past few weeks in hysterically laughing with my hubby over the amount of poop that comes out such a small human. And boy do we go through some nappies. FYI Aldi nappies are amazing, Sainsbury's are not. 

2. Communication - I had no idea how you knew when a newborn wanted food/nappy change/cuddles, before I had my own. It's amazing how they communicate and how your parental instinct just knows what they need. Violet pulls the most hilarious facial expressions, especially when she's ready for food. 

3. Clothes - I spend my life looking at baby clothes. Why is it all so adorable? Violet has so many gorgeous things l, we are trying to make sure she wears everything at least once before she grows out of it and moves onto the bigger size. Baby vests and sleep suits are the absolute staple in her wardrobe, and the nappy bag for emergency outfit changes when we are out and about. 

4. Growing - My tiny baby seems to change everyday. She's gone from being a tiny 5.5lbs to 6.11lbs in three weeks. She's almost the size of a full term baby and finally fitting into newborn clothes. It's crazy how much she changes everyday, I feel like I need to take in every second and savour those gorgeous baby cuddles. 

5. Baby stuff - This little tiny human has so much stuff. Everywhere we look there is baby related items. My kitchen is full of bottles, my living room has all the essentials and then our bedroom has V's crib. It's crazy how much paraphernalia babies come with, but I can't imagine managing without any of it. Thank god for her rocking chair!

6. One-handed Wonder Woman - I've become some sort of expert of using one hand for almost everything. Violet likes lots of cuddles, which is fine by me, but pretty tricky when I have 101 other things to be doing. So I've become a master of balancing baby and managing to get the odd thing done. I even managed to eat a yoghurt one handed, which I was pretty impressed with...

I can't wait to watch my little bean grow up and see more of her personality. But for now I'm enjoying every second of baby cuddles while we get to know each other, there really is nothing like the bond you have with your baby. 

Katie xx

Thursday, 4 August 2016

The Ultimate Eyeshadow Base.

Taking it back to beauty today and a little make up product in literally obsessed with. For a good year or so I've used Mac paint pots as my go-to eyeshadow base. I just find they are so much easier to use and don't leave that awful tacky feeling that some eye shadow primers can. Plus the addition of a bit of colour is just adds something extra to your eyeshadow look. 

Previously I've been dedicated to the shade Soft Beige, but I've recently picked up Groundwork which has been getting a huge amount of love. Soft Beige is a great "plain" base colour that can brighten the eye area. Whereas Groundwork I'd a gorgeous muddy light brown shade, that not only works great as s base colour but can also easily be worn alone. 

My favourite thing about the paint pots is they're so blendable and pretty much fool-proof. They can easily be used by anyone, even if you're not confident with eye make up like me. They last all day and prevent my shadow from creasing meaning I can head out and about and not worry about touching up. Plus a little goes a long way, I can easily see this pot lasting a good 12 months.

Have you tried any of the Mac paint pots?

Katie xx

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Our Birth Story.

I'm currently lying in the dark with my little munchkin sleeping beside me in her cot. So what better time to attempt to write up our birth story and Violet's very dramatic entrance to the world.

On Monday 18th July, I'd had a pretty average day, headed to a physio appointment then popped to the Trafford Centre on the way to pick my hubby up from work. Nothing really unusual other than then 45 minutes at the Trafford Centre were pretty much spent sat on a bench from pure exhaustion. We headed home and went to bed around 9pm. At 10:30pm I got up to nip to the loo, and discovered I couldn't stop weeing. After a few attempts to leave the bathroom, it dawned on me that perhaps this was my waters breaking. At 35+5 weeks pregnant, you can imagine this was quite a shock. I headed downstairs and gave triage a call, who swiftly told me to come in asap. Little did I know, I wouldn't be returning back home until the Friday night. 

We headed into triage, I was examined and waters confirmed. I was then transferred to the antenatal ward for observations. As i was pre-term I wasn't allowed to go back home and was told if I wasn't in "established labour" by the Wednesday morning I would be induced. 

My contractions started around 3am Tuesday morning and would come and go throughout the following 30 hours. They hadn't become regular enough to be considered "established" so I was to go ahead with the induction. As my waters breaking was an infection risk, I was unable to be examined until right before the induction. They only then examined me on Wednesday morning to see if I was dialating or not, to decide the correct induction process. During the examination the midwife confirmed I was dialating, however instead of feeling firm head, she instead felt my baby's bottom, unfortunately meaning she was in the breech position. 

The next hour was a whirlwind. Within 15
 minutes of discovering she was breech, a consultant was on the ward scanning me to confirm the position and handing me a consent form to sign. I was then whisked off to theatre for an emergency c-section. 

This wasn't quite the chilled, Hypnobirthing experience I had hoped for and coming to terms with having a c-section was pretty rubbish for the first few days. It did mean we missed out things that were really important to me, like immediate skin to skin and delayed cord clamping. But the main thing is, Violet and I are here and are happy and healthy. Violet was born at 14:41pm on Wednesday 20th July at 36 weeks. 

I won't bore you with the following few days in hospital, which consisted of lots of antibiotics, phototherapy and general examinations. However I will say, the aftercare was incredible but that didn't mean we were absolute ready to go home on Friday night!

So there it is, a whistle stop tour of Violet's arrival into the world!

Katie xx