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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Lifestyle Change - Healthy Eating

Hi Dolls,

Today is the 1st February (duh!). I made new resolutions for 2015 just like a lot of others (see post here) and the main one's were to get my pre baby body back and better, to drink less fizzy drinks and more water, and to eat cleaner.

I decided, because of all the chocolates we got for Christmas, that I wouldn't bother trying to eat healthier until February because I would just be breaking my new changes! We got 2 box of roses,  2x celebrations, quality streets, and my friend gave me a box of chocolates as well! I one chocolate in the quality streets and roses, and I'd eat any of the celebrations except bounty or twix! There's only two of us (adults) in the house so there have been lots of chocolates leftover - luckily for us our friend the rat decided to rob the box of choccys my friend gave me, ate the lot!, and robbed some quality streets and left the wrappers under the fridge (along with little bits of tin foil?!). Anyway, back to the point at hand...

From today, I plan not to bring in anymore chocolate or crisps, fried foods, fizzy drinks and white foods (bread, pasta, rice). In January, I didn't bring in any crisps, except popcorn into the house, and also switched from white bread to brown wholemeal bread.

Cutting back on Diet Coke and switching to water or diluted drinks like Robinsons Orange and Ribena blackcurrent will be a big change for me. I will still drink a fizzy drink at the cinema or on an evening out as a mixer but as both those occasions are rare these days with a baby I'm not too pushed by this decision! I'm not a huge fan of drinking water, especially from the tap (because we have limescaled water). We use brita filters to clean the water. I would either drink this or a bottle of Volvic water.

I plan to buy some cook books or borrow some from my sister so I can make some dinners that are different to the usual we have, and also to mix it up a bit. As a fussy eater I'm conscious I could pass this onto my son and I really don't want to do that to him, it's not easy being as fussy as I am, at 25 (and a half) years old it's not going to get much better and my taste buds won't change much! To be fair to myself, I have tasted a few new foods in the past few years and have decided whether I really don't like it or if it's something I would try again! I don't like overly flavoured/seasoned foods, I really don't like peppers or onions, and I don't like ketchup! I am willing to try new foods but sometimes the look of the food is enough to turn me off!

Eating healthier won't be easy because we find it quite tough to cook dinner with a baby, let alone cook a dinner from scratch. In time, I'll get better at cooking, get used to cooking dinners from scratch and prepare dinners beforehand and freeze them. For now, it's all trial and error!

Laura over at Liparazzi Blog has some great recipes for healthy eating on her blog I hope to try out! I will keep you updated on how this whole healthy lifestyle works out.

Along with the food changes I plan to go walking with my son 3 days a week and also hope to get out Sunday morning for a run or walk myself with my iPod going. Currently my leg is still a bit sore since having Alex but hopefully the walking will help that! Bring on the healthy lifestyle....

Lots of Love
xoxo



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Alex's Two Month Update

Hi Dolls,

It's so crazy to think I have a 2 month old baby! He is currently 8 weeks and 5 days old. This time last year he wasn't even conceived and now he's growing up so fast (but not too fast - he's still super baby like).

Today I'm going to share with you all the changes I've noticed in my small man in his second month.

Milestones:
Alex is much more alert, he focuses on faces and reacts when you talk to him. He gets all smiley for his daddy throughout the day, and smiles for mommy first thing in the morning when I take him into his nursery to change his nappy and get him dressed for the day! He's mad to move and eat! When he's lying on his playmat his legs are going mad kicking as if he wants to just get up and run around! I see him watching me eat sometimes and he licks his lips or sticks out his tongue. Alex has grown a lot length wise as a lot of his sleepsuits are becoming a little too snug for my liking! I am also convinced his daddy shrunk some of the sleepsuits and vests in the wash!

6 weeks and 8 weeks milestone pics
Sleep:
Alex is sleeping a lot less during the day, in fact he fights the sleep as much as he can! Sometimes I resort to just holding him until he falls asleep. He sleeps 4-5 hours during the night sometimes which is great for us parents ;) His last feed before bedtime is normally 11pm. He usually wakes for a feed approx. 2am or 3am, 5am or 6am, 9am or 10am (depending on his mood and sleep!). He usually settles straight after his bottle, and if he doesn't he'll just kick about in his moses basket until he falls asleep so he doesn't disturb us if he does stay awake a little longer.

Best Moment:
Alex is smiling a lot more these past few weeks. He usually smiles at his daddy's funny faces, or noises. He smiles for me when I change him into a clean nappy or talk to him! He also gives smiles in his sleep when he falls asleep on me or his dad.


Alex is loving bath time. He just lays there on his towel support and loves the water being poured on his belly. He also loves when I wash his hair (because he has a good head of it ;)). We have a routine now, once he's washed, he's wrapped in his towel, then transported to the changing table, where he is dried, gets a nappy on, wrapped in a fluffy blanket and moisturized on his belly, legs and arms, then he gets dressed into nice warm fluffy pj's.

Worst Moment:
Alex doesn't give up wind easily so one day in the past 4 weeks he had about 6 hours of fussing and crying, we could feel bubbles rumbling in his tummy. Eventually we got them out of him and he settled but it's so sad for us to see him in such discomfort. Otherwise, no bad moments!

Health:
Alex had his 6 week checkup, the GP advised Alex is more advanced than he should be at 6 weeks. Which makes us proud parents. His hips were perfect, he has super strong legs and he was a lot more alert and curious than other babies of 6 weeks. They couldn't believe he was only 6 weeks old! He's growing well and all healthy. I was worried about his breathing/lungs as he wheezes sometimes but thats just wind and all normal!

Eating:
He feeds every 3 hours on 5oz. of Cow and Gate formula. We had him on another formula and that didn't work out. He's starting to look for his bottle a little sooner than 3 hours so I'm going to move him up to 6oz. and try to make it to 4 hours between feeds as I think every 3 hours is too much.

Things I want to Remember:
Alex went to his first birthday party. My friend's son Theo's 7th Birthday was on the same day Alex turned 7 weeks old! Alex also had his first snow experience this month, as he slept through most of the day we just got a picture of Alex next to the snow on our way to the shops! Alex loves spending time with his daddy in his gaming room and also loves playing on his Playgro Happy House Super Mat. His play time is usually after his 7pm feed as he is most alert and relaxed. This is when we attempt tummy time (attempt meaning he doesn't like it :().

My previous updates on Alex are here.

Lots of Love
xoxo

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Baby's First Christmas and New Years

Hi Dolls,

This post is so delayed but that's the joys of having a newborn who seems to be a lot more alert than I thought he would be at such a young age, and having a boyfriend who hogs your laptop for football manager when you do have a free 5 minutes ;) I use my iPad for blogging sometimes but all my pics were on the laptop so this is the first free chance I had to get this post up for you!

I want to share my bubs first Christmas with you and also provide you with knowledge of how Christmas day went for us having a new baby and traveling between two families and counties!

Christmas Eve

Alex first wore this green long sleeved 'I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus' top his (paternal) grandparents gave him. It's 6-9 month size but I had to get a wear out of it at least once (even though it was like a dress on him ;)). He wore it for about an hour before spewing up on it! 

Alex and I ventured up to Cork Airport to meet my friend Sinead off her flight from Paris. Sinead moved to Paris during my pregnancy so this would be her first time meeting Alex and it was a surprise! We found out the time of her flight and surprised her at the Airport with my other friends! It was a nice surprise and a nice way to spend Christmas Eve when we didn't have any big plans! I also called out to my parents for a bit so they could see Alex during the festive few days :)
(l-r) Me, Molly, Sinead holding Alex, and Niamh
When we got back to Limerick that evening we went to Alex other grandparents house and spent the evening watching TV, eating sweets and choccy, talking about past Christmases and the neighbours popped in to meet Alex too.
 
Christmas Day

The night before Christmas Alex was a little fussy so we didn't get much sleep (as you could probably tell). We got up pretty early to go down and open pressies as Santa had arrived! Santa did good! He put Alex's gifts under the tree and mommy and daddy's gifts on the arm chairs!

Alex and his daddy next to all his new presents from Santa

Alex's first Christmas he was a little spoiled by Santa and family and friends! The gifts above are all from Santa:

Toy Fi Teddy (link)
Disney Baby Mickey Small Plush (link) - comes with a car shaped teether attached.
The Night Before Christmas book and jigsaw set
Taggies Cuddles N Tags Gift Set (link)
Lamaze flapping bug
Lamaze Classic Discovery Book (link)
Hamleys cuddley teddy
Spider man watch clock
ELC Bath Time Baby Ducks (link)
Bright Starts Lots of Links (link)
Alex's outfit is from Carters

Went to see Santa with Nana and Grandad

Alex went to see Santa with Mom and Dad

Alex and Santa

'Santa's little helper' top and joggers from Tesco F&F, Mustache dummy was a gift.





Top is from F&F, pants from Primark and booties from Dunnes (Playmat from Smyths)

Sleepsuit from F&F (gift)

Santa hat and booties from Carters, Pants from M&S, top was a gift from Mothercare

Christmas jumper from Primark, hat and booties from Carters, pants from M&S, Harry the Donkey was a gift

Alex's robin pjs from The Childrens Place

Cuddles with Grandad

Personalised blanket gift from Horizon Designs from Alex's Aunty Bethany

Safari toy box from Home Store and More
Around 11am we went to Daniel's parents house, so Alex's paternal Grandparents house for breakfast and so they could spend some time with their grandson on Christmas day. We swapped pressies and spent time relaxing.

Then we hit the road at 1pm to Cork to Alex's maternal grandparents for Christmas dinner. We waited for my sister and her boyfriend to arrive and we all sat down to eat! Dinner was delicious! We had the same as we do every year, turkey and ham, mash potato, roast potato, croquettes, veggies and desert normally consists of jelly, custard, ice cream and some sort of cake/pudding! When dinner was ready Alex woke for a feed so right when I was about to tuck in! I had to feed him first and then have my dinner when every one else was nearly done :( Sad times! Lol.

After dinner we watched movies and some lame TV. Daniel headed back to Limerick on Stephen's Day as he had a primary school reunion that night and I was heading out with friends. We had a good, relaxing first Christmas but it can be stressful with such a young baby! Christmas 2015 will be so different!

New Years Eve

New Years with a newborn is strange! No one really asked us out because they presumed we'd want to be together, which was true but it was strange not being around others too! Daniel and Alex slept and I was window shopping on New Years Eve! At 30 seconds to midnight Dan woke to say Happy New Year and drifted back to sleep again, exciting huh ;) lol.

Lots of Love
xoxo


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Healthier Life - beginning 2015

Friday 9th January my little boy was 6 weeks old! This is crazy but the time isn't flying by like everyone says it does, well not yet anyway!

So this is like my 6 weeks postpartum update... I didn't take photo's of my body right after I had my baby or anytime until now, because I didn't want to and mostly because I didn't think to. Before I got pregnant I was never confident about my body and having grown another person inside me and the change my body went through I'm not totally loving myself but I feel a bit better about how I look now having had a tummy after having my baby until all the extra fluid and bump went down! 

I want to better my appearance, lose weight, eat healthier and exercise more for my health and for the sake of my baby! He deserves a mom who has more energy and is more happy than I am at the moment! He deserves someone who can play with him and be a role model with a healthier lifestyle. It'll be better for all three of us if I make this change and I feel I have the time and motivation to do it! I can't afford a gym membership at the moment due to being unemployed but once I have my finances regulated I will be joining a gym and hopefully getting into some gym classes! I took part in project weightloss, a program in Ireland to help overweight men and women lose weight through diet and exercise. I loved the program and miss going but it's only available just over an hour down the road away from me and it's not exactly the best for me to leave my son for like 3 hours or more just to go to the gym :( 

I will go for walks during the week and try to exercise at home when Alex is sleeping but as he's so young still I'm struggling to get out and about like for walks with him! He is an amazing baby though and he loves fresh air and sunny spells so it's perfect to take him out :) 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Baby Clothing Haul

Hey dolls,

So I went shopping on Sunday for my little man because some of his clothes have shrunk in the wash and he's getting very long for his 0-3 month clothing! And I also now know how much clothes I need to keep the little guy going because I won't get away with keeping him in sleepsuits some days ;)

I have F&F, Penneys and Dunnes Stores below. When I was shopping I noticed in F&F, they have almost equal amounts of boys vs. girls clothing (basically you wouldn't notice the difference). In Penneys I was very shocked to see most of the clothing for newborn upward was along a wall and 85% of that was was all girls clothing and the boys was bunched in down the end! To be fair if I had a girl I'd probably be delighted but it was hard to look through clothes when they have some on top of others to save on space! Dunnes Stores I find had equal amounts too but that could be the bigger sizes more so than little baby's clothing!

Tesco F&F (Sale clothing)
Dark grey joggers - was €6.50, bought for €4.55
Grey long sleeved top - was €5, bought for €2.50 in 50% Sale
Primark/Penneys
Stone pants, €6
Grey and navy blue 2 pack of joggers, €6
Mickey Mouse long sleeved top, €4
Navy zipped hoody fleece with stars, €5
Joggers and top set, €7
(I cannot figure out how to rotate these pics on the post (they are right way up on my laptop :())
Striped long sleeve top with yellow jeans, €10
Green and navy long sleeved tops (2 pack), €6


Dunnes Stores
These joggers are so soft and lightweight that they'll be light on his legs so he can kick about and the material is cosy too!
Light grey and dark grey jogger 2 pack, €8
Light blue and darker blue jogger 2 pack, €8
Most of the clothes purchased are 3-6 months so he won't be wearing them for a little while but why not stock up while the sales are on and while there are lovely little bits in the shops! I have to say Primark have some very very nice girls clothing for 0-12 months too, so if you have or are having a girl it would be worth a look :)

I do need to stock up on clothes for myself, staple pieces for my wardrobe I can wear on a regular basis rather than statement pieces! A lot of my clothes I wouldn't wear again, or are stretched from my pregnancy, or just don't fit right anymore!

Lots of Love
xoxo

Monday, January 5, 2015

My 2015 New Year Resolutions

Hey Dolls,
Another year is upon us! I can't believe how quickly 2014 flew by - I was pregnant for most of 2014 so that also made the year a little uneventful in terms of blog posts, updates etc. but very eventful because I had a baby so I'm starting the new year as a mommy!

Looking back at past New Year Resolution posts, there are a lot of similarities in terms of weight loss, drinking more water (basically better my health). This year I've never had a better reason. I also have some weddings coming up that I will want to try to look my best for and obviously get my body back as soon as possible!

My resolutions are:
Getting my body back to normal, if not better!
After having a baby my body has obviously changed! I didn't gain as much weight throughout my pregnancy as I would have expected so that is a good thing! In the early days of motherhood I wasn't eating properly or even staying hydrated so I lost weight quick, but now after Christmas with all the food and families looking after the small man and having that extra time to munch away I'm sure I gained weight again!
Be less uptight/controlling
I'm so controlling and uptight when it comes to organizing the house and almost everything to do with my baby! I need to relax and let others, especially his dad, learn to do things there own way!
Stop talking about the future!
I mentioned this in a previous resolutions post - at Christmas/New Years time of year I get really down because of all the engagements that pop up, I would love to take that next step with my boyfriend and even more so now that we have a little baby together! I would've preferred to be engaged before having Alex but things happen for a reason! Now that the Christmas season is over so is my constant talking about that topic, it will happen when it happens but I do want to take that step so we can plan our big day and the rest of our lives together!
Drink more water and less fizzy drinks
I want to drink more water because I need to be more hydrated and water will help me on my track to be healthier! Giving up fizzy drinks may also help me to be healthier and I need to be a good role model for my son and it will also help Daniel with his stopping drinking coke too, because I don't make it easy ;)
Try to eat cleaner
Eating clean has been a big want for so long, but I'm not the best cook! Also I never really had the time or energy to cook dinner's other than frozen dishes! I plan to cook a lot of meals from scratch and when Alex is weaning all his food will be much healthier than what we were eating in the past! I want to change our diet to give him a chance to eat healthy.
Keep the house tidy and organised
I want to keep the house tidy because we do have a lot of visitors and a lot more family stopping by now that we have a baby, I want them to be able to sit down and not move loads of junk off the seats! Also, it'll be a lot easier to upkeep if it's organised, where everything has a place! It's just about showing Daniel where stuff goes because he has a habit of hiding things in random cabinets!
Make memories
Now that we are in 2015, looking back over the last year we didn't do a lot! Every new years eve I reflect on the past year and apart from having my son, I feel like I haven't achieved much! I'm also a photo hound, and looking back over the last year I didn't take a lot of photographs so I want to do more so I can remember more!
Go for a walk up to 3 times a week
I want to get out of the house and do stuff, even more so now that I'm not working! I want Alex to get fresh air and of course myself! It will also give me the chance to exercise while I can't go to the gym! We have a wedding in May and our son's Christening in April so I want to lose at least 2 dress sizes by then to look and feel better about myself!
Be the best mom I can be
I think I'm a good mom to Alex, but sometimes hormones and depression get the better of me and I start to put myself down thinking I'm a bad mom :( Which I'm not, but feeling down and hopeless sometimes it's tough!
Plan our extension
My 5 year plan includes extending the house to the way I picture it in my head and now that there is 3 of us this cottage is getting smaller! It's very cramped with all the stuff that comes with a baby!! I hope we have a 'playroom' in the extension along with more room for our baby to grow and develop! We don't have room for some baby stuff I'd love like a large play mat or walker but at the moment there's nothing I can do about it yet!
Save/Budget money
I am the worst with money! I splurge and spend which is very bad especially since my income is half it used to be and we have a baby to look after! In 2015 I have Daniel's 30th, I plan to send him to Manchester for a match and to see the stadium! We also plan to have a party. We have a christening to plan and pay for! We also have a wedding we were invited to, and also may be going to Birmingham in the summer for a relatives 10 year anniversary of her passing!
Do a major house clear out!
This house is very small, I want to do a clear out of clothes and stuff we don't use or rarely use! As Alex grows we will need more space, even putting up the Christmas tree this year was a struggle! We need more space, hense the extension but we won't be able to afford one for a while!
Use my products more regularly!
I have a lot of Soap and Glory products, skincare products and hair stuff I need to get through! I know the products will start to go off so I need to start using them and pampering myself, I was the worst for making time for myself in the past and with a baby it'll be worse but I'll give it a go!
Be more active 
I'm very lazy so I want to be more active, if I stick to my resolutions of keeping the house clean and walking then I'll definitely be more active! I want to be healthy and energetic as my son grows so I can be there for him in a better way and be able to play and run around with him!

To see my past few new years resolutions, you can check them out here:

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Santa called! - Christmas Haul

Hey Dolls,

This Christmas was a very special Christmas as it was my first one as a Mommy and it was obviously then my baby boy Alex's first Christmas too. We had a lovely day, which I will have a post on following this one soon! I treated myself to some of the products below and then my boyfriend, I mean Santa, got the rest! Here's what I got for Christmas from Santa/my boyfriend:

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Blush Palette - €43 in Debenhams (link)

Ralph Lauren Big Pony Female Pink Eau De Toilette Gift Set - €49 in Debenhams (link)

Urban Decay Naked On the Run - €44 in Debenhams (link)

Frozen DVD

Coca Cola pyjama set from Primark (Penneys)

Coca Cola Napkin Holder

Coca Cola Straw Holder

McBusted Album
Mug
 Stocking Fillers:
Energizer iPhone 5 lightening cable (1.5m) - €15 in Boots

E5 Universal Car Charger - Approx. €7 in Tesco

Dairy Milk chocolate bar
I also got an OPIA Candy Cane Swirl scented candle (smells amazing) and a makeup set in a black travel case. How was your Christmas? I will have a post shortly on my first Christmas as a mom!

I got some lovely gifts including a No.7 skincare set from my sister, a star shaped trinket box and 'family' photo frame from my boyfriend's sister, a 'mommy's little helper sleepsuit' and baby clothes from my boyfriend's other sister, a nivea gift set and petrol gift voucher from my parent, 'A Mother's Story' book and a gift voucher for Mes Amis from my boyfriend's parents. (A post to follow with photo's on some of these :))

Lots of Love
xoxo