UK Parenting, Lifestyle & Beauty Blog. Mum to Darcy

Monday, 23 November 2015

Baby 6-12 Months Gift Guide

With Christmas coming up I've found it quite hard to shop for a 6 month old and lets face it she isn't going to know what is going on, but I will and I want this to be a special first Christmas as does I'm sure every mummy does. Having a special Christmas doesn't mean I need to go out and buy the shop, it's about family and being able to spend a day surrounded by love. This being said I'd love for her to have something to open. As I said I found it quite difficult to find suitable to toys for a 6 month old that she'll actually like so I decided to create a gift guide.


ELC Sensory Discovery Balls £10.00

I got these for Darcy as she enjoys it when I roll the balls to her and I help her roll it back, as well as this, these stimulate her senses and have different textures.

ELC Lights & Sounds Drum £15.00

Darcy likes anything that makes a noise at the moment as I'm sure most babies do, so as much I'll regret this, I think I might buy it.

Lamaze Octotunes £26.99

Darcy has played with this before at some one else's house and loved the noises it made, it's a fun little toy, it states on the website that it is suitable from birth - 24 months however a young baby wouldn't be able to be so hands on with it as its a fairly heavy toy. even now she is 5 months and has to be shown it rather than given it. I think this is better for a 9 month old onwards.

Peter Rabbit Stacking Blocks £15.00

These are perfect for this age group as they're not only fun but also educational and what child doesn't like stacking blocks, oh and they are Peter Rabbit. Something I absolutely loved as a child! Which I hope a little bit Darcy does too. hehe.

Personalised Wooden Stacking Toy £25.00

This slightly similar to the above toy but this is slightly more sentimental and special and you can have what ever message you want on it, also something for your little one to keep forever. I think I'd like to get this for Darcy. Not on the high street does some lovely gifts.

Personalised Wooden Name Train £5.00

This would probably be perfect for a boy but no way am I gender stereotyping. I really like this one because the name is Incorporated in to the toy a bit more, again it is personalised and is lovely and special. A great price too!

Dear Santa Book £5.99 

This is obviously great because of the time of the year, a great little book to entertain a little one, and short enough to keep there short attention span. Darcy does love a book, so this will be great for her.

Thank you for reading my gift guide, I hope this has given you some ideas if you were slightly stuck like I was, have you got any more ideas?



Thursday, 29 October 2015

The Budget Moisturiser You Need

Picture taken courtesy of my partner Paul (check his pictures out over on
So this is a moisturiser I have sworn by for well over a year now, in fact I've used it so long I can't really remember what I used before this. I remember purchasing this when I was trying to establish a good skincare routine without having to part with too many pennies.

I absolutely love everything about this moisturiser, from the way it makes my skin feel when I wake up in the morning to the gorgeous smell. It is advertised as an intensive moisturiser to be specifically used on flights however I ignored this and I simply use it every night as a night cream. It's the most hydrating moisturiser I have ever used so excellent for very dry skin like myself. I wouldn't recommend using this in the morning because I have made this mistake and it doesn't sink in fast at all hence why it is a night cream. I put my make-up over it and I felt as though my make-up just slipped off my skin as there was a layer in between.

What I really like about this cream is that in the morning I wake up with not only hydrated skin but I feel like my skin has had a slight boost and look a lot more 'glowy' this would be because it has 'night blooming cactus flower' which apparently gives luminousity.

Let's move on to the scent. It has rosehip and sweet almond oils aswell as peach and gojuice giving you the luscious smell. These are what makes it rich in antioxidants and gives you vitamins A & C. Bonus!

All in all this is just a great moisturiser if I haven't already made that clear haha. I love it. I really don't have anything bad to say about it. It works for me!

Thank you for reading

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Darcy | 4 Month Update

Before I start the post I'd just like to say I'm sorry for the lack of posts recently, I've been so caught up in watching Darcy grow I've realised that the only posts I've been writing are her updates.

As I always say, I cannot believe we're in month four. Where has my tiny baby gone. She's a super wriggler now and just wants to be on the move. She's growing in to a cute little personality and I count my lucky stars each day.

This month a few things have changed so here are the details...

  • She was sleeping through the night up until now but I guess she is going through another growth spurt, she is waking at around 4am for a bottle, although I don't mind as I see it as our special time together. However I feel even more tired now as we had gotten past the newborn stage. 
  • I haven't yet had Darcy weighed but she is definitely putting on weight, she's a big girl now the little chunk :D my guess is she is 16lbs 
  • She is at this moment in time 17 weeks old so i decided to begin weaning her, we began trying a little bit of baby rice which she didn't like so I thought she wasn't ready because she completely refused it. I left it a few days and tried mashed banana and she LOVED it. Not sure what we'll try next but I'm excited for this milestone.
  • She is giving us tons of smiles now and even a couple of giggles have come along, she is the sweetest thing. *proud mum moment*
  • She has become the biggest dribbler this month and I think it's because she is beginning to get some teethy pains.
  • She hasn't yet rolled over but I can tell she really wants to, she gets very frustrated when she is put on her tummy 
  • She started doing this funny thing this month where when I change her nappy she lifts her legs up and bends them which I like to think she is doing to help me, hehe.
  • I feel like we're beginning to get into somewhat more of a routine, she takes 3 naps during the day and I begin to start getting her ready for bed at around 7.30 so she'll be asleep by around 8. I think with this she knows it's bedtime.
  • As for clothes and nappies she is still in size 3 nappies and think she will be for a little while longer, she is quickly growing out of 3-6 months size clothing, bottoms she is pretty month in 6-9 months & tops she will stay in 3-6 months a couple more weeks. 

So there we go, I think that is mostly what has happened this month, as for me not much has changed I think I've gotten in to the mum role now. I'm really enjoying it. Next month we're off to Holland for a few days to see some family. I think I will do a whole post based on that though.

Thanks for reading

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Darcy | 3 Month Update

The months keep passing and my baby girl keeps getting bigger *sad face*.
This month has been one with the biggest milestones and probably the best one yet. I've really enjoyed watching her grow and everyday she seems to learn some thing new, I also love watching her play with her toys. She's a smiley little girl and has been since she knew how to smile. I think I even heard a giggle the other day!
Here are the details..
  • She's a lot more interactive with her toys, she grips hold of her rattle and sometimes tries to eat it. One of her toys is a small cuddly ball that makes noise when you move it and I think she's learnt that that's how it works and its just lovely to watch.
  • She now weighs 12lb 6oz and is on gaining weight on track.
  • She's in size 3 nappies and in size 3-6 month clothing however some things are slightly baggy.
  • She's sleeping like a dream! I bath her at around 8pm and give her a bottle straight after and she will sleep through until 6-7am which is absolutely beautiful. (She sometimes goes back to sleep for a couple of hours so I get a lie-in, yay)
  • She's quite drooly and I'm pretty sure she's early teething, I really hate seeing her in pain but I need to get used to it because these teethy pains are gonna be around for a little bit longer.
  • She likes watching the telly,  I don't want her to get in the habit of being a square eyes, so try not to have it on too often.
  • Her naps are generally about 11am, 2pm & 5pm and then she's good until bedtime. They last around 45 minutes.
Despite some of these changes, this month has been some what more challenging as Darcy has required a lot more attention, I mean she did anyway but she likes me to play with her and doesn't really enjoy entertaining herself, which is difficult when I need 15 minutes to whizz around and tidy up. She also seems to be going through a phase where she doesn't want to be away from me, in the evenings when I am in the kitchen tidying up and her Daddy is watching her she cries for me which a part of me absolutely melts but its proven to be quite challenging. I wouldn't change any of this for the world because at the end of the day this is the beautiful little girl she is growing to be. I must admit I don't think I'm lacking in the sleep department because like I said earlier she's sleeping great and I don't function well on zero sleep, happy mummy - happy baby & all that.
Did any of your babies start teething early? What worked best for getting through it?
As always, thank you for reading.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

What They Don't Tell You About Postpartum

Beware... I'm going to be honest, if you just want to experience this in your own way then don't read on. These are just a few points I wish I had known and what I'd learnt through my experience.

In the months leading up to giving birth I did a lot of research on the whole giving birth thing, I just wanted to know what to expect without completely scaring myself, however what I seemed to bypass or forget to do was research a little in the part after, even though I didn't do a lot of digging around I didn't find much when I typed in 'what to expect when giving birth?' So here is a few things I wish I knew:

Pooing is going to be painful. 

TMI, well all of these are going to a bit TMI. Your first few bowel movements are going to be painful, I was absolutely petrified the first time and my tip would be to try not to worry about it. My midwife told me if I hadn't passed a bowel movement within the first week I'd need to take laxatives and this straight away concerned me. Luckily it was okay in the end but just try not to get too worked up about it as it's only going to make it worse. It will be painful but you have this beautiful bundle of joy so it's all worth it.

You'll need a lot of underwear (that you don't mind getting ruined)

This is one that I actually did prepare for but didn't realise quite how important it actually is. There will be A LOT of blood just bare that in mind. Pick up some primarni comfy seamless pants.

For the first couple of days after giving birth you'll probably walk like you've pooed yourself

A watermelon has just been pushed through your vagina (okay, a baby, but same size.) of course you're going to walk a little funny. If like me you had an episiotomy it could be worse and you'll end up walking like an elephant.

Start stocking up on maternity towels

You're going to need these for the first few weeks after giving birth, and perhaps for your first period too. You haven't had a period in 9 months. I never realised how much blood was in my body! ha.

You'll probably cry a lot

If like me you're an emotional wreck at the best of time, this will be a whole other story. It only took three days for the flood gates to open, I was crying at nothing and realising I had this amazing beautiful girl and then I'd cry about crying.. I didn't know this but a lot of hormones are in your placenta and releasing these are going to give you the dreaded 'baby blues'.

Breastfeeding is the hardest thing ever

For me breastfeeding was something I wasn't expecting to be as difficult as it was, I was told it was natural so why wasn't it easy? I didn't even realise your milk doesn't come in until day 3, and by day 3 Darcy was so hungry she became dehydrated and back to hospital we had to go. I persevered for three weeks and after crying in pain every time she wanted feeding I unfortunately gave up, I began having feelings of not bonding with Darcy and if I had carried on I think I would been going down the road of post-natal depression. 

Everything aches like you've run a marathon

I remember the first few days feeling not just like I'd had a session down the gym but like I'd done about three marathons and been on boot camp for a month, I was ACHING ALL OVER. no more words needed.

As a couple it is the most stressful change

I dont think Paul and I knew what we were in for, we don't function well with sleep deprivation so looking after a baby was very hard for us, along with the breastfeeding drama. We have definitely gotten used to it now and the change in us is amazing. We try to make sure we still make time for each other and I think this is very important for any couple to do.

Don't look at your crotch

I didn't personally do this one because I was far too frightened but I'd advise any other fellow vaginal deliverers to not look at your crotch it won't look the same...

Your hair might break

This was another one I wasn't expecting, all along the front of my hairline my hair broke off and I have little baby hairs there now,  I know it is worse for a lot of people so I'd consider myself quite lucky. 

Your breasts will be heavy

If your breastfeeding you'll know that as soon as your milk comes in your boobs will feel heavy and hard, and then when you stop breastfeeding it's even worse and they become engorged and then you have leaky bosoms. 

They stitch you up right away

So you've had the baby and you think it's over.. it's not. Your then stitched up if you needed to which I thought was worse than giving birth in my opinion. I know others thought differently.

They'll make you get in the shower straight after giving birth

Not even two hours after I'm told to go and have a shower or bath I chose shower although at the time I wanted to do neither, all I wanted to do was lie there in all my achiness & not have to get up and walk around, I just had a baby!

On a beauty side of things, your skin might change

Last but definitely not least, I thought we would end this on a beauty note, for me my skin changed and went quite dry this is the least of my problems and I just adapted my skincare routine for it. When I could initiate a routine around a baby.

These have all sounded pretty negative but there was one big positive that pushes all of these negatives out of the way, you have the most amazing beautiful little creation and bundle of joy in your life now and these points don't matter one bit.


Wednesday, 2 September 2015

5 Things I've Learnt Since Moving Out.

This year has been a fairly crazy one for me, not only have I had a baby but in March this year I also moved out of my parents for the first time. I was extremely nervous about this and it took a lot of getting used to along with a huge amount of anxiety. Something I hadn't experienced much of until then.
However putting that aside there were a few things I definately learnt along the way.

1. You'll have to go to the Supermarket. This being the most important and obvious one, food doesn't actually buy itself and you have to actually go out and buy these things? Food doesn't just appear in your fridge? Who'd of known! And no you can't buy a load of junk, unless you want to get fat. You need to learn to cook. Oh and also don't forget things like toilet roll. Someone actually bought that, borrrrinng!

2. Money doesn't actually go very far. There are a lot of bills that come with moving out. Electricity, Water, Gas, Council Tax & like above food shopping! As soon as your bills are paid, you'll wonder where it's all gone.

3. Cats are bloody annoying for someone who doesn't have any. I know this is a bit of a random one. Let me just clear this one up, I love cats and always have done, but my neighbour has 6!! I've seen everyone of them use my garden as a litter tray and it winds me up.. why should I clear up after some one elses pet. Oh and the other day one of them came in my house and took a walk around my front room. It made me so mad as I have such a young baby. How am I to know it doesn't carry any diseases!

4. You have to clear up after yourself. There is a lot of cleaning to be done if you don't want to live in a pit, hoovering, dusting (important one with a baba) washing up, washing itself. Cleaning the toilet!

5. Washing sucks. This one sort of carries on from the above but washing really is the worse job of them all especially with a baby. Oh and when the weather is poor you'll have to hang things on driers if you don't have a tumble dryer like us. If you don't have the heating on it will probably take like a week to dry too. Don't even get me started on the ironing.

Anything you learnt after moving out? I've missed a lot here and I could go on forever. It's been a learning curve for somebody like me.


Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Darcy | 2 Month Update

Time is absolutely flying by at the moment & I think I said something
fairly similar in Darcys 1 month update but seriously she's 2 months old now! 8 weeks, it's crazy.

A lot has changed since Darcy was 1 month old, she has turned in to such a happy smiley and content baby and she is just simply such a pleasure to be around. She obviously has gotten bigger and the only time it really hits me and I realise it is when I look at photos of when she was a newborn. 

So one of the biggest changes with Darcy is me trying to implement a routine, nothing has been established as such during the day, I am always reading her ques and can definitely tell the difference between her feed me cries, hold me cries and her i want to sleep cries. We have however got bedtime down to a tee. It goes a little something like this

  • 9pm I'll take her up for a bath
  • 9.30pm she'll have her last bottle and settle down
  • 10pm she'll hopefully be asleep (most of the time she's pretty easy to settle.
  • 3-4am she'll wake up for her night time feed and settle back down
  • 9am she'll wake for the majority of the day apart from nap times.

I know some people won't agree with the routine I've implemented there in particular the waking at 9am part as it gets them in a bad habit but to be honest it works for us! She sleeps in our room still in her moses basket and I plan on continuing that until she is at least 4-5 months old. She is getting slightly long for her moses basket now though and I did consider getting a longer crib but I guess she'd curl up wouldn't she..

Darcy is still in 0-3 month clothes however she is getting long for her sleep suits so I might have to put her in 3-6 month for those (wowzers) she is tall like mummy, she is still in size 2 nappies and I will finish off those but next time we buy more I will get her size 3 as  size 2 are getting a bit snug.

She is playing with her toys more now and really focusing on them, she has a bright spider that hangs from the ceiling your can pull it and it will bounce around and she absolutely loves that! It is so lovely to see & I really enjoy playing with her. 
She has become very vocal and chatty so we have little chats which she also always ends up smiling at, adorable (though I would say that, wouldn't I?)
I don't know how much she weighs at this stage but 2 weeks ago today at 6 weeks old she weighed 9lb 12oz so i imagine she weighs around the 10 lb mark. I do get her weighed at 12 weeks so I'll be sure to add that in her 3 month update. She is on the 50th centile line though which is good and I'm happy about.
We did cave in and give her a dummy because we found her difficult to settle, although she doesn't really take to it, so i'm not sure it will stay around. I really didn't want to give her one purely because I know they're difficult to take away again. 
That's probably the main changes with Darcy this month.

Do you have any tips on implementing routines?

Thank you for reading


Friday, 14 August 2015

My Thoughts On Co-Sleeping


Before I had Darcy co-sleeping was something I would always say i'd never do, I just always felt like it was a terrible habit to get yourself in to and I also thought it was slightly on the dangerous side.. i mean what if I was to roll on to her or crush a little arm or something..

However fast forward to Darcy who is now nearly 8 weeks old, co-sleeping is something I am completely open too. The night she was born and I was in hospital there was no way she was going to sleep in the little crib they supply you with there..she has just come out of my tummy after spending 9 months there and you expect her to sleep on her own? It just wasn't going to happen & I was understandably exhausted. The only way I would get any shut eye was if she was going to sleep whilst either I cuddled her or if she was lying next to me. So it all went from there really. All my opinions on it went straight out the window.
When we arrived home she did sleep in her moses basket fairly easily, but when she'd wake up in the night & all she wanted was to be cuddled I didn't really hesitate to bring her in our bed, i need to sleep too! I did do some research on co-sleeping & it was 50/50 opinions. Most health professionals would tell you not to do it, I didn't even bother telling my health visitor that I was doing it some nights, it was bad enough telling her I'd stopped breastfeeding. I feel like this is my little way of bonding with my baby & it is working for us. I must add i've just read through what I've written & i've made it sound like she exclusively sleeps in our bed, if she'll go off in her moses basket then we definately leave her to it, but having now had a baby it has changed my opinion completely & I now understand why mothers do it. As far as health issues go, from my research I found that to co-sleep safely you should never:

1. Co-sleep whilst drunk
2. Co-sleep when extremely tired
3. Co-sleep if you smoke

I would never do it if I was drunk & I don't smoke anyway but I am a very light sleeper so even if I was tired which I usually am I would wake up straight away anyway.I think when you know your baby is the bed with you, your maternal instinct is makes you even more of a lighter sleeper.

So there you have it, a confession from someone who thought she would never co-sleep.


Saturday, 1 August 2015

Baby Products Not Worth Buying

When I was pregnant I was forever searching what I actually needed. I ended up making sure I had pretty much everything because without having a baby before how was I supposed to know what I needed? I had people telling me what I didn't need but I feel as though now the things they were telling me not to purchase eg. a nappy bin actually turned out to be pretty useful. However here is what I've found in my experience I didn't find useful.

Steriliser & Bottle Warmer 
This is probably the strangest one that I wasn't expecting. I bought this as thought it was essential, however It turns out I found it a bit irritating and I find using a big bowl filled with kettle water & a plate on top far easier. As for the bottle warmer I didn't even use this once, again I used a jug filled with kettle water and popped the bottle in that, far quicker. 

Baby Mobile
 I just couldn't find one I really liked, so my mum found in a craft magazine a diy mobile with elephants tutorial so you can make your own. Darcy stares at it with awe making it so worth it. I bought the kit off Amazon so it plays the tune 'you are my sunshine' I am so pleased with it, I will do a tutorial soon. It was definitely worth making.

 They are not essential items! Especially in the early days anyway. The amount of places I've found Dummy's being on the essential lists for having a baby, this is just something I haven't needed.

Baby Bathing Products
 These are essential you're right but not something you need straight away. I bought pretty much the whole Johnson's range for baby's and haven't used it yet! In at least the first month all they need is water to wash in & some products can be slightly harsh on newborn skin. I've now purchased the Johnson newborn kind to skin all in one wash & I have just began washing Darcy with that. 

Baby Toys 
I always remember saying before I had Darcy 'oooh I've got everything but the only the thing I haven't got is toys' people just laughed. I was so worried I wouldn't be able to entertain her. At five weeks I've only just got her a baby play mat gym & to be honest I don't even know if she likes it, especially as when ever I put her down she cries anyway. I am finding more ways to entertain her but at the moment she just seems to like me talking to her.

Scratch Mits
I deemed these as essential however I've just kept making sure Darcy's nails are kept short so she doesn't scratch herself and this seems to be enough. She doesn't have any scratches on her face. I will keep them though because even though I haven't used them with Darcy this might not be the case if I were to have another baby.

Clothes Not Suitable For The Weather 
This is a funny one, before Darcy was born I bought a coat in the size 'up to 1 month'. I don't have a clue what I was thinking! In July! This has been the same with quite a few clothes I had bought. I think I'd think better in the future, silly mummy.

So there we have it, a few things I haven't found useful (in the first month at least). Please tell me below what you have and haven't find useful. I have a list ready to write up soon about what  I have found essential.

Thank you for reading



Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Beauty Wishlist

Collage: made by Amelia Salmon Picture source:

As I recently had my baby girl, I haven't managed to take myself off for some retail therapy however my bank balance has probably appreciated this. I've come across a fair few items recently i'm definitely missing from my life.

Bobbi Brown Eyebrow Pencil

I actually saw this being used on This Morning (a british day time television programme for anyone reading from a different country) and I loved the way they were using strokes with it to create what looked like fine hairs, i'm all about the natural look however it gives you the option to use the pointed end to create a bold more defined look. According to the website it lasts 16 hours and is sweat and humidity resistant which is another plus for me. It retails at 29.50 so id like to think you get what you pay for. There is also a big selection of colours so you're bound to find your match.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream

This is a product i've been lusting over for a long time but the hefty price tag of £70.00 has slightly put me off, this hasn't stopped me from adding it to my wish list. Charlotte has developed this over 20 years of her career, it has special ingredients in it that fight dehydration (something I suffer with) re-plumps your skin and cheats your skin into having the appearance of eight hours sleep, definitely need my hands on it.

Foreo Luna

Again this is a product I've wanted for a while, it's a skincare device which has a soft silicone brush which is non abrasive and hygienic. it not only cleanses your skin but at the same time exfoliates it. It is quite expensive at £145.00 but I reckon it is worth it. Its hygienic so you wouldn't have to change it all the time. I love the idea of it.

Mac Studio Finish Concealer

From what I've read and heard about this concealer it is all good things, it's lightweight and creamy but provides good coverage, it also has a fairly high spf which is good. I currently use collection lasting perfection concealer which does a great job but I've used it for so long that i'd really like to try something else. 

Paco Rabanne - Olympea

I squirted this the other day and I fell in love with it straight away, it's exactly what I love in a scent. It has notes of Jasmine, Vanilla & Sandalwood and it smells super feminine. It will definitely be on my christmas list as perfumes are something i try not to buy myself.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Darcy | One Month Update

It feels like only yesterday I was handed Darcy on to me and now looking down on her in my arms she is a one month old! I can see now when people say "enjoy every moment, they grow up so quick" what they mean. I feel quite lucky really because she very rarely makes a fuss unless she is hungry or uncomfortable. She sleeps quite well and wakes up around 2 times a night, generally I'll be getting a block of 3 hours sleep at a time. 

This month.. 
  • Darcy is beginning to out grow newborn clothing, although she is not quite in 0-3 months, she fits perfect in 'up to 1 month'
  • She stares at peoples faces more now and I feel like she recognizes me and her dad.
  • She loves being put on her side or stomach although I must add I don't put her to bed in either of these positions!
  • She loves her little bean bag.
  • Her neck is strengthening very well.
  • I think she recognizes the difference between day and night & will be more alert during the day.
  • Will sleep 3-4 hours at night.
  • She looks more and more like her Dad every day and less and less like me.
I am so proud of all her achievements already, I'm looking forward to what I will be writing about next month, she is changing more and more every day.


Thursday, 23 July 2015

Darcy Arrives | My Labour & Birth Story

Hello there, sorry I've been absent for some time, it's because I had my gorgeous baby girl. 
Darcy Cherry Roberts arrived on the 22nd June 2015 at 19.34
She is absolutely perfect in every single way, and we are completely in love with her. 
As I currently have a small amount of time spare I decided to write my labour and birth story, this is a post I knew I wanted to write when I was pregnant as I really enjoyed reading these to know what to expect (well you never really know what to expect!) 
Darcy is currently sleeping on my stomach so I don't know whether I'll be able to finish this in one sitting but we'll give it a go.

My pregnancy was pretty straight forward I suffered from nasty morning sickness which lasted until I was around 24 weeks but everything was completely normal. I sailed right through it until 38 weeks when I went for my routine midwife appointment. She measured my tummy as per usual however I was measuring 36 weeks although my midwife wasn't really worried as Darcy's head had moved down in to the pelvis and she thought that would be why. I was also 1cm dilated with a soft cervix, she did still need to send me off to my local hospital for me to be measured properly, every thing was absolutely fine and I went home happy having seen my baby's ultra scan again. I returned for routine midwife appointment at 40 weeks and baby was still measuring 36 weeks which whilst I wasn't concerned as my last ultra scan everything returned back as fine I was still slightly anxious and worried having got this far and everything be fine it would be just my luck for something to go wrong. 
On Saturday 20th June 2015 I went for my growth scan at 09.20 to check everything was again ok, only this time Darcy's stomach had static growth and the age was 38 weeks. Everything other than that was fine. As her stomach hadn't grown for 2 weeks the sonographer had to send me off to a ward in the hospital ground which monitors ladies during they pregnancy regarding any problems. I went along not knowing what was about to happen next. I sat in the waiting room until the consultant came to speak to me. He told me that they would need to keep me in the hospital and induce me. I burst into tears, this was not how I wanted my baby to be delivered but I knew they needed to get her out quick. As the midwives on the ward needed to get a bed ready for me they allowed me to go home to collect my bag. When I got home I just dithered around as I was so petrified of what was going to happen, to be honest I didn't do much research on induction which was stupid on my part. I tried to stomach a sausage sandwich because I didn't know when I would next eat. Paul, my partner ran around frantic trying to make sure we had everything (I think he was really excited, bless him) whilst at the same time trying to reassure me that everything was going to be fine. An hour later off I went to the hospital. I called my mum as I really wanted her there and to be a part of it. 

The Induction Process

At around 12pm a midwife told me what would happen for what could be up to 48 hours, however I was ended up being in hospital for well over 72 hours. They attached me to a monitor for half an hour just to see what baby was doing, how regular her movements are, heartbeat.. that sort of thing. After 30 minutes they inserted a pessary (a bit like a tampon, only it goes behind baby's head to soften the cervix) in to my down below region, (I am going to talk like I have some kind of dignity, however after giving birth you lose some of that.) I was a bit scared about this, but it ended up being ok, the only way I'd describe it is I found the membrane sweep more uncomfortable than this, they again put me back on the monitor to make sure baby was ok with having her head poked, she was absolutely fine, which is funny because she seems to have such a content personality even now. After an hour put back on the monitor I was taken off and allowed to do what I wanted for six hours, I was free to go out and about in the hospital grounds. We all decided to get a coffee and a bite to eat. Six hours had passed and I was attached back to the monitor. Everything again was perfect. The following morning I was feeling fine considering the sleepless night i d had, Paul stayed in with me and slept on the chair next to me, bless him. I wasn't really in any discomfort or anything which was good but at the same time I was thinking well nothing seems to be happening so how much longer will this go on for. At 12pm Sunday 21st July which also happened to be fathers day here in the UK (I was hoping Darcy would come on this day, as a present to Paul) my pessary was taken out, I was attached back to the monitor to check baby was ok. I was 3cm dilated, which was something I was happy to hear. Everything on the monitor appeared fine again. As nothing had happened as such I had to have a propess tablet inserted again behind baby's head, this is where things began to progress, well I felt as though they were. I was told at 6pm if I was dilated enough to be taken down to labour ward and have my waters broken then I would be taken. However at 6pm when I was checked I was dilated enough although there was no room on labour ward for me so I was staying exactly where I was for the time being, that evening I was feeling a lot of pressure on my pelvis and feeling very very uncomfortable, it began to be very difficult for me to go to the toilet. I knew something was beginning then! I was hoping to be able to go down to labour ward that night but no could do, I was so tired, the ward was super noisy as well as them all being short staffed. At 19.30 I really needed to go toilet however as like I said, the midwives on this ward were short staffed and no one was available to take me off the monitor, I literally thought I was going to have to pee myself, I waited a whole 90 minutes before anyone came, I was pretty pissed off about this and also being very anxious about labour and giving birth this was not my favourite memory of the whole experience. Sunday 21st June following into Monday 22nd June was a really tough night, I didn't sleep a wink and was in A LOT of pain, I waited to be seen and monitored again and the same doctor/consultant that told me I'd be induced on the Saturday walked past my bed, he was stunned to see me on the ward still and was like you shouldn't still be here, we'll get you up to labour ward as soon as possible. That he did. Monday lunchtime a midwife came to get me and take me up to the ward, she was really lovely and I felt at ease straight away. She monitored me for a bit and then with what looked like a crochet hook popped my waters. That was a weird feeling. This began at around 13.30. From then on it was all go, by 14.30 I was getting more and more intense pains which felt very regular. Apparently this was established labour, I did try the gas & air but it made me feel very sick, and actually be sick... 3 times! I didn't have anything else, by 18.30 I was at the pushing stage, however I wasn't great at this, in fact I hated this part. It was the most painful part for me, and Darcy's heartbeat was dipping so they thought they needed to help me out, the doctor came in and said to me "If this baby isn't out by 19.15 then I will have to give you a hand" which meant I'm going to stick this pair of forceps up your vagina and pull her out. There was no way this was happening and it was the kick I needed. At this point a student midwife came in to help out and learn a bit, little did I know she'd be the girl that would deliver my baby. She was the nicest girl ever and will make a great midwife. More and more midwifes were coming in because well they had nothing to do. I was the only lady on the ward! My partner told me at one point there were 9 of them in the room, talk about over crowding! Anyway, back to the story. 19.15 was coming faster and faster and she still wasn't out. In the end he was about to go ahead and get her out, although the student midwife suggested an episiotomy this was nasty, but I'd have that any day rather than the vacuum and forceps. I pushed and pushed and pushed and at 19.32 Darcy's head was out, at 19.34 all of her was out. YAY! I was over the moon and nothing prepares you for that feeling, especially when she was put on me and her big eyes looked at me. I couldn't believe this miracle had come out of me. She was cleaned up and measured. A healthy 7lb 2oz. Beautiful. 

So there we have it my long birth story, i hope you enjoyed reading this and it has helped you prepare for what to expect in some way, and if you got reading this far then well done to you, this took longer to write than I thought, 
See you in my next post.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Pregnancy Update

So the last time I blogged was back in January and to be honest I don't know what happened from there, I think throughout my pregnancy there have been a lot of changes, obvious ones but also emotional changes of which I wasn't really expecting. I think I lost a bit of motivation for some things and blogging being one of them. The last few weeks I've been wanting to get back on here and I think there is no better time than the present!

Anyway, I'm back now and I'm officially on maternity leave and with only 1 week (hopefully) to go until I meet my little one. The last time I posted a pregnancy update was when I was 17 weeks so I have obviously had my 20 week scan since then and can reveal we are having a girl! So exciting. We have also chosen a name but are keeping that quiet until she is here.

I've been very lucky in my pregnancy in that I've not really had any problems apart from morning sickness at the start which I wrote about and the to be expected aches and pains. Now I'm at the 'full term point', i am getting pretty uncomfortable and am finding I can't really do things any more. Everything feels like a bit of a chore which I don't particularly like because I am the kind of person who likes to be doing things.

My feelings at the moment are very mixed I feel emotional, extremely excited, anxious and a bit scared. I am also getting very nervous about labour which is normal I know. I am sleeping ok, although finding it difficult to switch off at night because this is the time the baby likes to be most active most likely because I'm relaxed...always the way! 

My body has under gone a lot of changes and I think its amazing how it all works. I have well and truly got myself an outie now, which I find quite funny. I am feeling so lucky because I've managed to avoid stretch marks, bio-oil does wonders! I feel absolutely huge now and feel like no matter how I'm sat, stood ect I cannot relax.

I've had a couple of cravings during my pregnancy but particually recently it has been crushed ice, I cannot get enough of the stuff. It's also been sweets such as tangtastics.

So there we have it, my Pregnancy Update!
I'll be back with another post very soon


Saturday, 17 January 2015

Pinterest Baby Nursery/Bedroom

Recently I've been on pinterest pinning all kinds of baby things, but one thing I'm most excited for is he or she's bedroom/nursery. I'm only 18 weeks so we haven't found out whether little one is a boy or girl so I've been gathering inspiration for both. I really want to be creative and have some part in making bits and bobs where I can. Not only would this save money it's also a nice thing to do. One of my favourite pictures here is the little den (bottom second from the left) I've been trying to think of things I wanted when I was little and put these thoughts in.

You can follow my pinterest here where I regularly pin baby bits.

How would you want your babies nursery to be?



Thursday, 15 January 2015

Week 17 Pregnancy Update

How far along? 17 weeks.

What happened this week? This week is probably the first week I actually felt back to myself, don't get me wrong I had the odd couple of days where I felt sick....(still!) but other than that this week has been great.

Maternity clothes? Still no maternity clothes due to the fact I haven't felt like I needed to buy them however I do have my eye on a pair of Topshop jeans which will probably be purchased in the next couple of weeks.

Stretch marks? Nope! ...phew!

Sleep: Sleep has been fine, i've not really woken up at all this week like I have in the past few weeks. I've been using my pregnancy pillow lots. I shall do a review on that soon!

Best moment this week: I've felt very happy, and felt plenty of flutters. Patiently awaiting his or hers first kick!

Miss anything? Not really still the smell of cooking but nothing new.

Movement: Flutters again!

Food cravings: I have had cravings for ice pops! The ones they sell at room temperature & then you take them home to freeze. I love them, not sure they're the healthiest thing though!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing new.

Gender: Not sure yet!  

Labor signs: No.

Symptoms: No major symptoms, slight bit of nausea.  

Belly button in or out? In! 

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy this week.


Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Week 16 Pregnancy Update

How far along? 16 weeks.

What happened this week? This week wasn't a brilliant week for me, I've had a water infection which I know is quite common during pregnancy so I've been on antibiotics. My morning sickness I experienced a lot in the first trimester has striked 3 days this week so it hasn't completely said goodbye but I cannot wait until it does!

Maternity clothes? Nope not yet, bought some non-wired bras a couple of weeks ago, but it won't be long until needing a bigger size.

Stretch marks? No stretch marks as of yet although I have been applying Bio-oil so hopefully this helps.

Sleep: Sleep has been on & off this week, getting to sleep isn't the problem however waking up during the night is and has happened three times most nights.

Best moment this week: Getting the most of sleeping lots now, also I have felt tiny-little-barely-feel-them-flutters which excites me a lot and makes the bad parts all worth while.

Miss anything? I do miss salmon & cream cheese sandwiches!

Movement: As I said in my best moment of the week I felt tiny flutters but nothing big.

Food cravings: Not really.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Just generally the smell of food cooking.

Gender: We don't know for sure until 20 weeks but I have a tiny inkling that It might be a girl but obviously I have no idea, Paul also thinks its a girl.  

Labor signs: No.

Symptoms: Breasts are pretty tender, feeling like I have a lot more energy now! Which is really good. Like I already added above I've been feeling sick still & I've felt quite constripated (TMI, sorry!)

Belly button in or out? In! 

Happy or moody most of the time: This week has been a bit of both, I've been quite hormonal.

Looking forward to: My 20 week scan! Can't wait to find out the gender! 
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