Saturday, 13 May 2017

I had a Baby!

I’d like to introduce you all to our newest edition and our beautiful Baby Boy, Mylo Robert Bailey.

Mylo was born via Elective Section on May 3rd at 9:54am. He was healthy and well and we came home the day after. I’m recovering really well too but have taken a step back from blogging for a while to get used to having a baby around again. 

Stay tuned for regular updates or follow me on Twitter or Instagram for daily photos and to see what I’m getting up to! 

Monday, 1 May 2017

Hospital Bag: Elective C-Section

The time has come and I’m due to go into hospital for my elective section on Wednesday 3rd May. I’ll be 39 weeks + 5 day so very close to due date but I’m happy that baby has stayed putt as being in my tummy is the best place for him! When I had Millie, I took so much into hospital with me but didn't actually end up using most of it and also didn’t have things to hand that I wish I did so I’d like to think that second time round, I’m a lot more prepared and organised as I know what’s to come! 

If you’re having a section or simply going into hospital to give birth, take a look at what I’m packing in my hospital bag/suitcase (as it’s easier to carry/wheel with me before and after baby is born)...

For me:
- Slippers as I didn’t take any last time and I was wondering around bare footed! 
- Nighty x 2, easily accessible and loose fitting so they’ll be comfortable to sleep and move in.
- 5 x Black high waisted knickers so they don’t rub on my scar and will hold the giant pads in place.
- Loose dress to come home in so I’m comfortable. 
- Baggy t-shirt + leggings (as a spare outfit just incase)
- Flip flops (however, I’ll probably wear these to the hospital as my feet have swollen already.
- Nursing bra: I have a super comfy one from Bravissimo that un-hooks but has no wiring in so I can wear this for when I’m coming home. 
- Maternity pads x 15 and disposable pants for as soon as I come out of surgery. 
- Breast pads
- Nipple cream as I plan on breastfeeding for the first few weeks (if I can)

- Toiletries including:
Lip Balm
Shower gel
Toothbrush + paste
Feminine wipes
Face wipes 

- Other items including:
Phone charger
Can of Lucozade for after surgery 
Breakfast bars 
Chocolate bar 
Hospital notes
Purse with change in

For Baby: 
- 3 x Small baby sleep suits as we only took ‘Newborn’ for Millie and they were huge on her! These are up to 7.5lbs so hopefully should fit if he comes out the size we’re expecting.
- 3 x Small baby vests
- 3 x Newborn sleep suits incase he is a little bigger and we have another size option. 
- 3 x Small baby vests
- Hat 
- Mittens
- Warm cardigan to come home in
- Newborn nappies 
- Cotton balls 
- Water wipes 
- Bath towel
- Muslin cloth 
- Large muslin swaddle cloth 
- 8 x Aptamil bottles incase he doesn’t take to breastfeeding 
- Blanket  

It seems like quite an extensive list when I look at it like this but I know that I have everything we’ll need without worrying about forgetting anything. I’ve prepared for the poo explosions, blood stained clothes, comfortable fitting things and even both types of feeding options. Adam also has his own bag sorted with camera stuff in, some protein shakes and snacks for himself, a spare t-shirt incase he gets baby goo/poo on him and his iPad etc to watch whilst we’re waiting to go to theatre. 

I just can’t believe how fast this pregnancy has gone and I am so ready to meet my little boy. Let me know if you think I’ve missed anything out! 

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Slimming World Eats: Overnight Breakfast Oats

Another great recipe idea to have tabbed, especially if you’re getting fed up with your usual meals. I love making these overnight oats and changing it up with a different flavour yoghurt or different combinations of fruit but take a look at the standard that I usually make... Perfect if you’re on Slimming World as you’re getting some speed fruits in there and also using one of your HEx B’s too! 

overnight oats

40g Oats
1 x Muller Light (or equivalent fat free yoghurt)

Fruit of your choice - I have used 

Add your oats and yoghurt into a portable pot/tub (any will do but these are perfect little jars from IKEA) and swirl it around so that the yoghurt coats most of the oats. Then simply add the fruit on top. You can leave like this or stir up before you refrigerate and eat in the morning. 

It’s a quick way to get your breakfast done and dusted and will also fill you up for a good few hours too! I often find that I can eat these at 7am and not have anything else until around 11:30/12pm! They’re super filling and really healthy too - try adding some different combinations of yoghurt and fruit for a change! 

overnight oats

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Preparing for Baby: 35 Weeks Pregnant

Wow, 35 weeks pregnant. Can you believe it!? I’m struggling to get my head around the fact that in just a few short weeks, we’ll have our baby boy here! Of course, I’m super excited and secretly can’t wait to meet him but there’s just a few things we need to get out of the way first! 

Millie’s birthday is at the end of the month (around the time my section will be done believe it or not...) and she’s having her birthday party in 2 weeks time just to make sure we don’t end up having him early and she misses out completely. I have 5 more days left at work too which I’m hoping will absolutely fly by - then I’ll be off for a whole year (I hope!) But other than that, we are pretty much prepared for his arrival. Clothes are washed, just a few items that we’ve been given over the last week or so that need to go in, Snuzpod is up and in our bedroom, Moses basket it up and sitting in the nursery and his room is ready for when he’s big enough to go in there alone. Until then, all of his stuff is in there so the house doesn’t get too cluttered but we do need to sort a changing basket out to have downstairs just for ease. 

I wanted to share some bits with you that have either helped me through this pregnancy so far or that I’m looking forward to using once baby is here. From around 17 weeks, I’ve been relatively ’normal’ with all nausea going. I had a rough patch about 4 weeks ago when I was so tired that my body just wasn’t functioning and I was having terrible Braxton Hicks but other than that, it’s been pretty smooth sailing. I’ve been drinking Gaviscon like it’s water though for about 3 months now and munching the tablets everytime I eat but I guess there are worse symptoms to be experiencing! 

My stretch marks seem to be fading too as I’ve been using the Secret Saviours band and lotions religiously since around 21 weeks but I know that with Millie, my stretch marks actually only appeared around about this time so we’ll see if it helps to minimise them up until I give birth...

My hospital bag is all packed now too! It was a bit of a struggle trying to remember the sort of things I needed to pack so I googled ‘Hospital Checklist’ and just took off the main things that I felt like I’d need and trying to remember what I used/didn’t use when I had Millie. I think because I’m having a section this time round, I’m more prepared and know what to have so I’ve made sure I’ve got lots of maternity pads, newborn nappies and a range of baby grows too as the ones we had for Millie were huge! I’m also not ‘over packing’ so I took my iPad etc last time that I just didn’t use as there was no wifi and I took a book but I’d rather lie and watch my baby. I am packing some extra bits for baby boy though including some swaddles. I didn’t think about it last time and Millie ended up loving being swaddled so these Aden and Anais swaddles are perfect as they’ll double up as covers for breastfeeding too! 

I’ve also been buying some cute little bits for the nursery and some keep sake items too. This super cute Elephant is actually from Scentsy! My friend and ex-fellow blogger Gemma has her own Scentsy business and I saw this and just couldn’t not get it! Millie absolutely loved her Euan the Dream Sheep and it turned into more of a comforter for her than it did a sleep aid so I’m hoping that this little guy with its gorgeously smelling tummy, can do the same for our little man. There’s 3 other characters to choose too so make sure you go and have a look!

We’ve also had a ‘Meelight’ for in the nursery but will be using it in our bedroom until he moves into the nursery. It’s a little egg shaped light that is detachable from its base and is perfect for night feeds and changes as the light is dim enough to not disturb baby (or your partner!) and can remain on charge or at a socket point like a normal light would! I love that it can clip onto your clothes too, perfect when you’re trying to make and clean bottles at 3am! 

The last things I’ve been loving are these Bellybuds headphones. They’re a way for you and baby to listen to music together but without worrying that the loudness is going to disturb him too much! You simply plug your iPod/music into the headphone jack (link with yours too if you want to!) and then place the buds on your stomach with using the provided gel pads or just resting them on your stomach. It’s such a nice way to relax and feel your baby move to the music. It’s a different way to connect and you can also play recordings of storybooks or singing too! 

I think with all the other bits and bobs we are finally ready to welcome this little man into the world. Only 4 weeks to go and we’ll finally be able to announce his arrival to you all! 

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