10 weeks to go: seeeeds maaan

It would appear I have a bit of insomnia. I have a 23 month old who sleeps soundly through the night and in her new bed but it is I who is up! Not fair. However it is a 4 day week, tomorrow is already Thursday and it would seem the weather is on the turn, a high of 19 degrees C. Spring hath cometh! So I might be tired tomorrow but at least it will be lovely.

The benefits of insomnia of course are being able to sit on the internet undisturbed, shopping for stuff I do not need and searching for information! For example I had some chia seeds in a yoghurt the other day and really liked it. But as I’ve learnt from my pharmacist friend, just because it is natural doesn’t mean its always good for you, let alone for the baby, so I thought it worth checking what the deal was with chia seeds

Superfoodblog (a raw and healthy lifestyle) had this to say about chia and other good, raw foods around pregnancy:

According to the NHS, vitamins C & D, folic acid, iron and calcium are all crucial for pregnant women.

  • Omega-3 (CHIA!): Omega-3 fatty acids can help prevent premature birth, lower the risk of pre-eclampsia, increase the birth weight of your baby and even reduce the risk of post natal depression… Omega-3 can be found in: fish, fish oil, CHIA SEEDS, hemp seeds and walnuts. Coconut oil is known to actively stimulate the absorption of omega-3, so switching to this fragrant oil for cooking during pregnancy and beyond can prove extremely beneficial.
  • Spirulina Powder: Spirulina powder provides powerful protection against iron-deficiency anaemia as well as much needed protein during pregnancy. In addition to iron and protein, spirulina powder also contains vitamin E, vitamin B complex, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and beta carotene, a natural source of vitamin A*, which is important for your baby’s embryonic growth and helps with infection resistance and fat metabolism.
  • Baobab powderBaobab powder is made from the fruit of the baobab, which is rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium and iron and contains up to 10 times more vitamin C than oranges. Tastes like a combination of grapefruit, vanilla and pear apparently!
  • Dried apricots: Extremely high in folic acid and provide expectant mums with a reliable source of iron, magnesium and dietary fibre. And… there’s the other thing dried apricots do.
  • Dried banana chips: Packed with potassium, it helps to reduce fluid retention and maintain a healthy fluid balance during pregnancy. They also contain large quantities of vitamin B6, which is required for formation of red blood cells, antibodies and neurotransmitters and for the development of baby’s brain and central nervous system.
  • Sunflower seeds: contain more folic acid than spinach or Brussels sprouts and are brimming with vitamin E, magnesium, selenium and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

 

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1 year 11 months: things I can’t live without

This is a very simple list. a few things I’m too lazy to do myself and would prefer to spend money on.
1) Cleaner
2) Grated cheese. yep. I’m that lazy.

It’s just two things. But I can’t be arsed to hoover or change my sheets, happy to do everything else. and then grated cheese! well it’s a complete luxury but who can really be bothered?

I’d include: pomegranate seeds, de-shelled pistachios, pineapple and mango chunks, buying socks instead of darning, cliff notes and a car wash but sadly they do not feature enough in my life. 

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1 year, 11 months: man up kid

Yep. Seriously. ‘Stop whining’. It’s like Arnie said. ‘Get to the chopper!’ No. Wait.

Point being is we’re getting into the terrible twos. Funny part is we thought we’d started early at 18 months. Nope, it’s kicking off in earnest it would seem. Lots going on. The transition from cot to bed. Going ok actually. Potty training. We’re doing well. It’s now us who get frustrated when she constantly needs to go sit on the potty with the ensuing battle to get the nappy back on. I caught myself yesterday…. straight after the bath she asked for potty. I really can’t be bothered to take you. Oh, that’s counter-productive is it? FINE! Lol.
But then there the whining…. about everything. Oddly enough sometimes she’s fine being told no. I hear it’s all about consistency, patience, love etc. I think I can do love. As she’s growing and testing our boundaries she’s also developing other personal traits, like being cute. I think we’ll keep her. But it’s a time of character building let’s call it. Even daddy’s starting to get strict. Enough’s enough! Man up kid!

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1 year, 2 months: Pippin’

Not masses to report but do you remember I was training her to eat cherries at Christmas? The idea was she got a whole one, chewed and then removed the pip herself? Well we’ve not been trying it w cherries of late but this week she did have a particularly pippy tangerine. Well, she surprised us all by… removing the pips. I know it’s a small thing. Much like the fact she pooped in the potty last night and peed in the potty this evening (as well as peed on the floor – that’s another story). But I do love the little signs, the leaps in intelligence.

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27weeks to the day: all change

This is the oddest thing but today I’m 27weeks gone out of 40. I’m now officially in my 3rd trimester and it’s like a switch has been flipped. Tired. Hungry. My lower back is starting to kill when I walk. My hips are all creeky, it takes me a while to warm up into normal walking. Need to pee all the time. Baby is starting to get heavy. And smells are turning my stomach. .. in fairness the guy who sat next to me on the dlr just had a really odd mouldy smell… might have nothing to do with me. I think I’ve forgotten what else to expect. Lol. On the countdown!

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The summer wardrobe is coming! Next

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3 dresses, £30. V exciting.

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The female – mother metamorphosis

I’ve been thinking about writing this for years. Literally years. I’m sure I’ll wind-up offending someone, but I gotta write it – so here goes.

We as the human race can all endure challenges and life changing events. Yet child birth is only available to women, and it creates a different being at the end. Caterpillars and butterflies come to mind automatically. One little being that goes away and comes back as something else. Its such a visual change that it’s hugely noticeable. It’s more subtle in women although if you look hard enough you can also see it.

I feel I’ve changed since I’ve become a mother. I think I’ve grown- up. You have to don’t you? You go from selfish to self-less. I don’t mean it negatively, you just have no option. When you have no kids you have time, you do what you want or fancy, you think about your contentment and prioritise yourself with your life, why wouldn’t you? With a kid you have no option. They’re there 24-7, never really leaving you. Despite how great some fathers are, the responsibility more often than not is still with the women to cut down her hours, to change her job, to pick up from nursery, to make sure home life is functioning well etc. As my mother-in-law once said to me, once you’ve had a kid you’re never really alone again. And I’d have to agree with her. But the changes come far earlier than that.

As a mum / mum-to-be, you have to make the decision whether or not you want to start a family. Once the male has done his job, whether you wanted him to or not – you then have to decide on what happens next. For some it’s abortion, for others it’s labour. Woohoo – our options are grrrreat. If you go ahead you have to come to terms with the fact that your body and your life are about to change. I remember having a freak-out at 11 weeks when I was preggers w Lo-Lo. CHILDBIRTH! In this modern day and age – did I really have to go through something so pre-historic and frankly, degrading? The process itself is not degrading but everyone feeling they have the right to have a look, a poke, a prod, legs a kimbo, is. There’s nothing nice about it. It happens so often of course that everyone becomes blasé about it. Even we as women become quite removed from it – it’s only a day or so, once in a blue moon, right? Once in a life time… or not at all, not really worth deliberating over. Yet no one talks about the miscarriages or the still births or the pressure of being able to reproduce, the pain of birth, the physical changes, not being able to do start jumps again, the emotional struggles, the guilt. No. It’s just ‘all such a wonderful amazing thing’ (incorporate perma-grin). Women have been doing it for years – you should be grateful!

No – you be grateful.

Our NCT lady said quite rightly – ‘its called labour for a reason’. If it were anything else other ‘natural’ and the ‘order of things’ it would be classed as massive bodily trauma. Women die in labour. Think about it this way, we have a lot of c-sections in this country. We don’t think about it as it is just one of our options when we give birth. But have a think about what it really means. If these women couldn’t have c-sections, if they also couldn’t give birth vaginally – what would be the alternative? There wouldn’t be one. Every mother who’s had a c-section is, in my eyes a mum or baby we came close to losing. My point? Childbirth is a massive thing that we have become desensitized over. And it’s exactly for these reasons that I think all mums are heros. It is through this massive milestone in their life that they really become something else. They go through their own unspoken wars and come out the other side. For me, despite all of this we still chose to continue the human race – that’s the amazing part. This is the metamorphosis of women. Happy impending Mothers Day to all. x

 

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