Thursday, 28 August 2014

Introducing baby Jacob Oliver

You might have noticed I have been quiet on my blog and social media recently and if you follow me on twitter you will have seen that baby Jacob Oliver arrived on Tuesday the 19th august 2014 at 9.31pm after a super quick labour ( 40 minutes ) weighing 8lb 6 1/2oz at 39 weeks pregnant. 
Jacob had hypothermia at birth so we had to spend a few days in hospital  
So he could warm up in a heat cot. But he is totally perfect and we are all in love with him and I can not believe he is now 9 days old. 
We have spent the last nine days getting to know him and I took a bit of a break from blogging to spend time with my little family . 
But I will be getting back into blogging soon as I have lots of lovely reviews to post and of course to update you all on my birth story and what life is like with a newborn a toddler and a tweenager . 
We are all a bit poorly at the moment with a dreaded sickness bug and I am just keeping my fingers crossed Jacob does not catch it. 
Hopefully we will all be feeling better soon as I am looking forward to getting back into blogging . 
Lindsay x
Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Week 38 Pregnancy Update

I wrote this post the morning i went into hospital to get induced but i never got around to posting it and now Jacob is one week old! But i thought i would post my very last pregnancy update so here it is.
This is my very last pregnancy post before i go into hospital to have my baby as i am exactly 39 week's pregnant today and today is induction day! I can not believe that my pregnancy is over and that i will soon be given birth and meeting my baby boy.
Week 38 has been hard in fact it has probably been the hardest week of my pregnancy. Nausea turned up with a vengeance this week i have been feeling or being sick every day this week. I have also suffered with mild heartburn. But the thing i have found the worse is just how uncomfortable and exhausted i feel my lower back is agony, my hips and pelvis feel like they are broken i get so stiff and can hardly walk i really do feel like an old lady. I am also getting really bad cramps in my feet and legs which are waking me up lots during the night as they are so painful ! I am getting hardly any sleep on a night time due to leg cramps, needing to pee a lot , baby kicking me during the night and also i just can not get comfortable my hips feel like they are breaking when i am in bed and if i try and roll over my pelvis feels like it has snapped in two the pain is unbearable. I have no idea how i will manage to give birth when i can not even get out of bed on my own or roll over.
I am so tired as well i have so much blogging and everyday things to do and catch up but i just simply have not had the energy to do anything as i am so tired and the other half has been working 7-7 all week so i have been on my own with the girls which has been hard work when all i want to do is sleep.
I feel so bad complaining about how hard pregnancy has been this week as i feel like i should be enjoying the last few days of pregnancy but i have just found them so hard. I have been in tears with sheer exhaustion and pain .
In baby news i have had no medical appointments this week. My bump feels huge and every movement baby makes is now hurting me his feet are right under my ribs and boy can he kick hard. I am going to miss my bump and the kicks though once it has gone.
I have also been getting lots of braxton hicks this week and lots of period type pains but no sign of labour.
We are all sorted for baby now more or less we have brought all the essentials and all the baby stuff is organised. I have brought him some nice outfits this week and a new pink lining changing bag even though i already have one off Sophia, but they had a sale on and i just could not resit.
That is about all that has happened this week , the week just seems to have flown over in a blur of tiredness and i truly can not believe that this is my pregnancy over with and i will soon be writing up my birth story.

Lindsay x
Monday, 18 August 2014

Induction Worry

It's 10pm at night and i really should be asleep as i am so exhausted lately and i have a busy day tomorrow as tomorrow is induction day! I will be exactly 39 week's pregnant and i can not believe that my pregnancy is almost over now. My bag's are packed and all of baby's things are sorted , my birth plan is wrote out the house is tidy (well as tidy as it can be with a one year old who destroys everything in site) and childcare has been arranged for the girl's. But i am a bag of nerves i have butterfly's in my tummy and feel sick with worry.
 I just don't feel ready for baby for some reason i feel like my pregnancy has flown over so fast that i have not had the chance to enjoy it as fully as i should have. I am going to miss my bump and feeling baby's kicks. And i am worrying about how i will cope with a tweenager starting high school a newborn and fourteen month old. I know i will cope and i am just being silly worrying over silly things as lots of people have children close in age and manage just fine.
But what i am worrying about the most is going into hospital i have to be there for 11am so it is looking like baby wont be born until late tomorrow night or sometime on wednesday and i do not think i have the energy for a long labour. I am also so worried something will go wrong that baby will go in distress or that induction fails and i need a c-section or some kind of assisted delivery. I am also so worried about baby i know its perfectly normal for babies to born at 39 weeks and he is classed as full term but i am worrying if he will be o.k and worrying if the medication i have been taking will have effected him in any way as i was stupid and went on google and read that labetalol can make baby's slow to breath at birth.
I am also worried about the whole induction process which is crazy as i have been induced before and know what to expect and i had a really easy straight forward experience of induction with Chloe. I know after you have had a baby before they like to just break your waters to induce you but my baby has not even dropped down yet and is still very high up above my pelvis so this wont be possible due to the risk of cord prolapse. So i do not know how they will induce me i am guessing with a pessary which i have heard can take a long time. I am also worrying about the pain as my last birth was only just over a year ago so i vividly remember just how much having a baby hurts!
But mostly i am worrying about being apart from my girls, i have never has a single night away from Sophia since she has been born even when i had surgery in october i was home the same day. And i hate being apart from Chloe too as she is like me a worrier and i hate not being there to make sure she is o.k. I know that the girls will be well looked after and have fun with the other half's mum and i know that lee will probably be home with them if labour is taking ages.
I hope i am not in hospital for day's as i am tired already due to not being able to get comfortable to sleep and just feeling so tired off late pregnancy.And there is noway i can rest on a maternity ward as it is noisy and i am such a homebody i love my own bed and home comforts.
I know that induction is what is best for me and baby but i wish that i was having a normal labour again as my experience of that was such a nice experience and i was in and out of hospital fairly quick. I am silly to worry as i know that me and baby will be closely monitored and well looked after and that my girls will be fine without me and probably wont even miss me. And i know that once my baby is placed in my arms all my worries will disappear and it will all be worth it.

Lindsay x

Review- Yoga For Pregnancy App

I had never done yoga before until last year when i started to take Sophia to baby yoga classes and i have to say both myself and Sophia loved these classes and i would recommend them to anyone as they are lots of fun. So when i found out i was pregnant i toyed with the idea of joining a pregnancy yoga class as i had heard that yoga in pregnancy is brilliant and can be useful for birth.But having two children and a partner who work's shifts meant that i simply did not have the time to join a pregnancy yoga class. So when i was given the chance to review a pregnancy yoga app i thought this would be a perfect substitute for not being able to attend classes.
The app
I have been using the app which is called Yoga 4 pregnancy and is available to download from itunes on my phone for the last few week's and it is so simple to use. I liked that this app is a video of real pregnant women doing yoga moves with clear voice over instructions telling you what to do and relaxing music on in the background. You just click on "yoga lessons" on the app's menu and you are given the option of either playing the whole yoga video which is 38 minutes long or you can select which chapters you would like to watch which are generally only a few minutes long so are perfect for if you are short of time and just want a few minutes to relax. The chapters are basically just different yoga moves and there is also some relaxing and breathing chapters which i have been finding particularly useful as i am going into hospital tomorrow to be induced so i am sure i will find these tips useful for when i am in labour.
As a total yoga novice i found the instructions and demonstrations in this video really easy and clear to follow and after doing these poses and relaxing exercises i really did feel better for it and less stressed. And as this app has been specially designed for pregnant women it really is easy with no difficult moves and helps you relax and connect with your baby.
One of the chapters in the app
My favourite parts of the app are the 'short relaxing one 'which is really relaxing and encourages you to connect with your baby and 'breathing through a contraction' as i remember in my last labour i kept being told to breath slower by the midwife so i have been practising this the most in preparation for labour.
This app is great for all pregnant women and i would highly recommend it as it is so easy to use and is at a very reasonable price of only a couple of pounds.
This app was created by Anna White who is a qualified yoga teacher who runs classes in Manchester. And who i follow on twitter just search @yoga4pregnancy_ where she shares lots of lovely pregnancy yoga tips. She can also be found on her website where you can find out more about Anna and her pregnancy yoga classes.

Lindsay x

* Disclaimer i received this app for free to review however i was not paid in any way for this review and all words are my own honest view of this app.
Saturday, 16 August 2014

Preparing Children For A New Sibling

When you are a parent already and you start preparing for a new baby's arrival you also have to take your other children into account as having a new baby in the family is a big adjustment not only for the parents but also for any children you already have. Obviously as i am already a mum of two i have had to prepare my oldest daughter for a new siblings arrival once before and i am so glad that i did as there was no jealous or problems when Sophia was born and she just slotted into are family perfectly.
When i was pregnant with Sophia last year Chloe my oldest daughter was ten years old and i was a bit unsure of how she would cope with a sibling after being an only child and having all of my attention for such a long time. However right from the start of the pregnancy i started preparing her for the new baby's arrival . She was one of the first people we told about the pregnancy and we give her a copy of the ultrasound scan to keep in her room, we involved her in as much as we could such as we made sure she liked the names we had chosen for baby, she picked her pram we let her go shopping and chose some outfits she liked for baby and we also let her come to the 20 week scan and she was over the moon to find out she was having a sister. She helped set up all baby's things at the end of my pregnancy and she helped pack the baby's hospital bag and i spent lots of time with her before the baby was born.
When Sophia was born we rang Chloe and she was the first one to find out her sister had been born and she arrived at the hospital one hour after Sophia was born and was the first one to see her. We also made sure that Sophia was in the cot when Chloe came to visit so she did not get jealous seeing her mum with another baby. We also got Chloe a present of baby which we give her when she came to hospital and luckily some of are family brought little presents for Chloe when they came to visit Sophia so that she did not feel left out.And once we came home from hospital we made sure that Chloe still got attention and one to one time with us and we kept her routine the same and made sure we still took her to all of her after school clubs etc.
And it really worked Chloe loves Sophia and has never been jealous or anything she adjusted to being a big sister no problem and the two girls love each other to bits and are so lovely together.
So when i found out i was pregnant again we have followed the same pattern in preparing Chloe for the new arrival. She was the first person we told after we had the scan, she came to the 20 and 28 weeks scan and found out baby's sex we have let her pick some outfits for baby and help sort the baby things out and we made sure she likes the baby's name.
 Obviously being eleven years old means that Chloe understands what is going on however my youngest daughter Sophia is only 14 month's old so preparing her for a new arrival has been totally different as she has not got a clue what is going on and i feel she will be confused when a new baby suddenly appears in the house. But we always mention baby's name around Sophia so she gets use to it and when we buy things we tell her this is for your baby brother. We ask her where the baby is and she normally just points to herself as her two year old cousin calls her baby. We have brought both the girls presents off the baby Chloe has just asked for money and union j stuff but we have got Sophia her own little baby Annabel doll and a pram so that she can have her own baby to look after. We have also agreed that we will keep Sophia in her routine as much as possible so we do not unsettle her and the other half's mam is coming to watch the girls at are house when i go into hospital to have the baby.
I think Chloe will adjust to her new brother no problem but i am so unsure of how Sophia will react but i am hoping that the fact she is still so young means that she will get use to him quickly and that they grow up to be great friends and there is no long term jealousy. As there is only a year and a half between me and my brother and as i was so young when he was born i can not remember life before him and we are still close now we are 29 and 30 and i loved having a playmate when i was younger although i did use to dress him up as a girl.
If you have more then one child i would love to know how you prepared your child for a new sibling and how they reacted to a new member of the family.

Lindsay x
Thursday, 14 August 2014

Week 37 Pregnancy Update

Today i am 38 week's and 2 day's pregnant and i now only have less then one week of pregnancy left, it feels so strange knowing that in a few days time i will have my baby and that i wont be going overdue this time around. I am starting to get very nervous about the birth now though , i am not sure why as i have been lucky and had two normal straightforward easy birth's with the girls and i have also been induced before in my first pregnancy so i know what to expect. I guess it is just last minute nerves and the fact i am a born worrier in life and i just hope everything goes o.k and everything is o.k with baby .
Bump has grown a lot in a few weeks!
So here is what my 37th week of pregnancy was like.
When i was exactly 37 week's i had my last midwife appointment before baby is born and my urine and blood pressure were normal. I got to hear baby's heartbeat and everything seemed perfect with him. My bump was measured and is now measuring 39 weeks so its two weeks ahead now - maybe he is not such a small baby after all. But baby has not engaged yet and is still quiet high above my pelvis which is normal when you have had a baby before but it could make induction difficult as they can not break my waters until baby is engaged due to the risk of cord prolapse.
I have really struggled with pregnancy this week i have been suffering from lots of cramps and braxton hicks which are uncomfortable rather then painful. I have also started to get lower back ache and my hips and legs have been achy too and i have been getting lots of cramps in my legs and feet. Getting comfortable in bed is a nightmare and i even find it painful and a struggle to roll over in bed now.
I have not been sleeping well due to the fact i can not get comfortable and i am constantly needing a wee during the night so i feel so tired all the time and have no energy at all at the moment. I have also started to get mild heartburn the last few days but luckily yogurts and milkshakes seem to help. And i seem to go through stages of either being so hungry and eating loads to having no appetite and hardly eating at all some days.
37 week bump
My bump feels so big this week i am sure it has doubled in size recently i just feel like i am going to pop and even my maternity tops are not covering my tummy now.I made the mistake of weighing myself for the first time this pregnany and i have gained over three stone in weight since i had surgery in october no wonder i feel like such a whale! Baby is still really active but his kicks are starting to hurt now especially if he rolls from side to side. My bump has also been feeling really heavy and i get loads of low down pressure when i am standing up or walking.
I have eventually got sorted for baby's arrival at last the hospital bag's are packed and ready to go i just need to buy some drinks and snacks to add to them. And we have most of baby's things now we just need to get a few small things like extra wipes and tins of milk in for him.
I have reached the stage of pregnancy where i want to nest but i am finding it impossible as i have Sophia all day and i can not get any housework done with her about and the other half leaves the house for work at 7am and returns home at 7pm. I just want the house all nice and clean and tidy and cleared out so i can bring baby home to a nice house and at the moment the house really is just a mess and is in desperate need of a good clear out and it is really getting to me- the things us mums worry about.
I have also been feeling a bit emotional at times and have cried for no reason recently , damn hormones! I have also realised that i am wanting to go out less and less as i just get uncomfortable when i am out. I feel so bad for the girls though being stuck at home all the time when i should be taking them on nice days out. And i also feel really bad that Chloe is having to help me with Sophia sometimes when she should not have to as she is still a child herself and she should be going on nice days out and having fun like we normally do.
Anyways that is all that has been happening this week i can not believe that the next pregnancy post i write will be my very last one!

Lindsay x
Monday, 11 August 2014

A Not So Great Family Meal At Giraffe

Recently the Giraffe restaurant chain opened up in Newcastle at kingston park right next door to the huge Tesco extra and i was lucky enough to win £25 worth of voucher's to use there in a twitter competition to celebrate the opening. I was looking forward to visiting as i had seen some great reviews that other bloggers had posted about there visit to Giraffe Newcastle commenting on how nice the food was and how brilliant the service was so i was expecting great things from are visit and decided that we would take the girl's with us and go for a family meal and i thought that i would blog about are experience as i like blogging about are days out and to tell my readers about great things to do as a family.
However are visit was not so great and i have been left thinking that maybe the other bloggers had such a great experience as the staff knew that they were being reviewed as they sure did not offer such great service to us normal diners so here is how we got on.
We visited Giraffe on friday the 8 august and arrived around 12 pm just in time for lunch the restaurant was lovely and clean and nicely decorated and there was plenty of staff at the bar area when you enter. We were greeted promptly and were told to sit wherever we like as there was only a handful of other diners there. We chose a seat and asked for a highchair for Sophia and were handed some menu's. There was some great dishes on both the adult and children's menu, we placed are order and are drinks arrived really promptly however we were still waiting for a highchair for Sophia so we had to ask again for a highchair and we eventually received one about ten minutes after entering the restaurant.  Another bad point was that there was a few other family's there and all the other children seemed to have been giving colouring things and balloons and neither of my children were offered these things and i think this made them feel a bit left out and Chloe commented that it was not fair they had not received them.
The meal's arrived quickly and i was pleased to notice that the children's meals were brought out first which meant we could sort Sophia out before are meal arrived. Sophia got Focaccia pizza bites with salad as she loves finger foods and Chloe got burger and wedges. The children's portions are plentiful and Chloe who is eleven did not manage to finish her meal.
Are main meals arrived a few minutes after the children's and i got the Giraffe burger and skin on fries and it was delicious the burger was cooked to perfection and was nice and juicy and the fries were crisp and tasty. The other half ordered the bbq rib and chicken combo with skin on fries and he said it was delicious and the meat just fell of the ribs and the chicken was succulent and not dry like you find in many places and the coleslaw that accompanied it was nicest he has had and had a hint of mint to it. I really could not fault any of the food it was all perfectly cooked and really generous portions and really yummy.
However the staff tried to take the plates away when we were still eating and the waitress said she would bring us the bill even though we had not asked for it and had planned on getting pudding and more drinks. When we were finished are meal they also took Sophia plate of food away too which she was still eating as most people know toddlers take a long time to eat.
The other half requested another drink and they also tried to take my glass away too which was over half full and i was still drinking and then we were shown the desert menu. Chloe ordered Chocolate brownie and Lee ordered banana waffle. Again the deserts arrived promptly and looked and tasted lovely but as soon as soon as Chloe had put her spoon down the waitress came and took the plates away and started cleaning the table while we were still sat finishing are drinks which made us feel rushed.
 We then requested the bill which took a while to arrive and we noticed that the children's meals had not been deducted from the bill as advertised ( they had a offer on that children ate free with every adult main ordered) and we had to ask for them to be taken off. The final bill came to £47 not including the children's meals and drinks. Which i think was quiet expensive for a lunch but they do offer a special lunch time menu that is a cheaper option.
Overall the restaurant was lovely it was really clean and nicely decorated there was lots of staff and you can tell that it is meant to be child friendly. The food was really nice and i could not fault any of the food or drinks in any way. However the staff really let it down we were seen by at least four different members of staff we were not offered a highchair and had to ask for one twice and wait over ten minutes for one. Neither of the girls were offered colouring things or balloons which left them feeling left out, we were getting asked the same things off two and three different members off staff such as we were asked if the food was o.k of three different people and we were asked off two different people if we would like a dessert menu and i much prefer when you go out and you just have one waiting staff.  And we felt rushed even though the restaurant only had a handful of diners they rushed to take are food away when we were still eating they tried to take drinks away that were half full and they tried to give us are bill half way through are meal and cleaning the table while we were still sitting there just made us want to leave. And then they did not even check the bill and tried to overcharge us.
Would i go back to Giraffe? honestly probably not the food was amazing but for me you also need good service and to feel welcome somewhere to enjoy a meal and want to return and there are so many other family friendly places to visit who i have had much better experiences with. I really wanted to like giraffe and i had high hopes but i am afraid the poor service let there delicious food down. I am hoping that it was just as the restaurant is new and the staff are still learning as it would be a shame if others receive poor service as we did.

* Disclaimer - I won £25 worth of vouchers to use at Giraffe in a twitter competition however we paid for the remainder of the meal are self and Giraffe did not know we were writing a review. This is just are honest view of are experience of Giraffe Newcastle.