Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Sickness in pregnancy

So i'm now 17 weeks and 6 days and my previous happiness about no sickness have gone. 
I have been sick every single day for the last couple of weeks, no nausea like morning sickness just the sudden urge to throw up there and then and i'm then left exhausted.  Its driving me mad at the moment and i think the hot weather has been making it worse as i need to keep up my fluids. 
Its not like morning sickness so i'm not sure where it could have come from, maybe linked with heartburn?

Tomorrow Seb has a hospital appointment which involves an hour long bus journey to get there and then another hour back, please don't let me be sick!

Friday, 25 May 2012

Foodie Friday: Cheesy potato bake

A nice cheap midweek meal. 
This is based on a recipe i found on the BBC good food site although i have changed it a bit, you could also make a smaller amount of it and serve it as a side.
  •  Around 1kg of potatos peeled and chopped into bitesize bits
  • knob of butter
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 200g smoked bacon,cut into smallish pieces
  • 150ml double cream
  • Around 200g of grated cheese(i used vintage chedder and red leicester)
  • 1/2 tsp of smoked paprika
Boil the potatos in a pan for around 10 minutes then drain. While they are boiling fry the onion and bacon in the butter then mix with the drained potatoes. Stir in in the cream, the paprika and most of the cheese and put into a buttered baking dish. Sprinkle over the rest of the cheese, cover with foil and bake in the oven on 200C for 25 minutes. Remove the foil, sprinkle over a little more paprika and put back into the oven uncovered for another 20 minutes.

All 3 of us enjoyed this. You can of course add more or less cheese depending on your tastes.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Everyone loves the sunshine

I hope everyone has been lucky enough to be out enjoying the beautfiul weather over the last couple of days. I seem to have developed morning sickness(is that even possible at 16/17 weeks?), every day since Thursday i have been sick before lunchtime, despite feeling generally ok, no nausea just the sudden need to be sick. 

Any way we have had a busy couple of days, yesterday we went swimming and then in the afternoon played with the water table outside and then today we did more water play followed by a trip to the park. Its been lovely getting Sebs summer bits out to wear.

 Striped tee-H&M, Denim shorts-H&M, Jelly shoes-Matalan
Run DMC tee- Amplified, Orange shorts-H&M, Fishermans hat-H&M, Jelly shoes-Matalan
 I've even been getting in on the act by baring my legs and feet for the first time this year. 

What have you been upto in the sunshine?

Tuesday, 22 May 2012


I posted back in Febraury that Seb had taken his first steps. Well after that he decided walking wasn't all its cracked up to be and went back to crawling or using his walker. I wasn't too worried as i was a late walker and i knew he'd get there in the end but its frustrating for both me and him as he has been missing out on things not being able to walk plus he is really bloody heavy to carry about all the time. 

Anyway on Saturday afternoon he randomly walked to Phil, after lots of clapping and cheering from us(his favourite thing at the moment) he decided he'd walk over to me, and then back to Phil and back to me, he did it about 20 times. Then on Sunday he did more walking, over to his toys and to Phil. 

So i think i may finally have a walker!!

Also over the last couple of weeks he has decided feeding himself with a fork and spoon actually is quite fun and he doesn't need out help anymore.

Where is my baby going?

Monday, 21 May 2012

Maternity fashion: Topshop

I love Topshop, its probably one of my favourite places to shop. However i do find the instore maternity sections a bit rubbishy even in the bigger stores. Online they have a much better range and i can find lots that i like. I got quite a bit from there last time which i'll drag out come summer.

At the moment, i'm coveting this tee shirt, its not my normal style but i think it would be comfy and look good with leggings and will also be able to be born once baby arrives. At £22 its not too bad price wise either.
If i was braver i would wear it with these wet look leggings which look amazing on others but sadly not so hot on me!
I've mentioned before that i don't wear jeans/trousers, but i'm kind of in love with these acid wash Leigh jeans, they would look amazing in the summer. I know alot of people love Topshop jeans and they have some fab maternity styles in.
They also have some fab basics, these curve hem tees are great and i'm going to be investing in some of their maternity vests. Both come in loads of colours.

Topshop maternity clothes also sell pretty well on ebay so although they aren't the cheapest place to buy things you can get some money back for them afterwards.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

16 week appointment

Last week i had my 16 week appointment with the midwife.
I forgot how quick the actual appointment would be! I was in and out again in less then 10 minutes, happily my bloods are all fine and she seemed happy enough that i had my scan and consultant appointments through. Then i got to listen to baby's heartbeat, my favourite part about appointments. She found it really easily and she confirmed that i was right with my guess of babys position(i've been feeling tiny kicks on my right hand side this week).

I've had my first stranger ask when i am due, last weekend, she was a little surprised when i said November!!

No midwife appointments until 28 weeks now!

Friday, 18 May 2012

Foodie Friday: Chocolate Honeycomb fridge cake

Phil asked me to make this after we saw it on Baking Mad with Eric Landlard. Disgustingly unhealthy, its very sweet but very nice!
I didn't follow the exact recipe as i felt it would be too sickly for me but for those with a stronger stomach you can see the original recipe here.

  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 200g milk chocolate
  • 3tbsp golden syrup
  • 200g digestives, crushed
  • 200g malteasers, chopped

Line a tin with greaseproof paper. 
Melt the chocolate, butter and syrup together in a pan(you don't need to use a bain marie), once melted add the crushed digestives and malteasers. Stir together and pur into the lined tin. 
Leave to set(i left mine overnight). 
I found it better to get a couple of bits from the fridge about 20-30 minutes before eating so it softened a little.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012


Pre baby i was a bit clueless about babywearing, i never really noticed others doing it and never really thought about it. 
Once i was pregnant though i found myself drawn towards to the idea, i still didn't know much about carriers and slings but i liked the idea of baby being close to me(or Phil) and with that in mind i ordered a carrier(well actually i won one on ebay) and thought i would give it a go. 
When Seb was born it was in the middle of the worst snow in history so for the first couple of weeks we didn't venture out too much and definately not with him in the carrier as i was wary of slipping. As i had a c-section it was probably a good thing anyway. When we did start using it Seb loved it, he settled well and i found it easy to use, it meant i could get the bus without waiting for a new one that we could get the pushchair on or one without pushchairs already on or go for a walk without having the lug the travel system outside and assemble first. We found it most useful when going swimming, our pool has nowhere that you can store a pushchair and we don't have a car, so we would walk down with him in the sling instead. However Seb put on weight very quickly(he was 20lb at around 6 months) and he has always been long so that meant it wasn't too long before i wasn't able to carry him and that was the end of our babywearing journey.
Since then i have educated myself a bit more on babywearing, and this time i am going to go for a sling instead of using the carrier again. Slings are better for a babys spine and hips as they are being held in a more natural position. 
I have heard nothing but good reviews for Victoria the Slinglady, i first heard about her on a parenting website and i have since looked at her facebook page(search Victoria the Slinglady), website and ebay shop(victoria-slinglady). I think i will be ordering a Smith-Firm wrap from her which can be used from birth to 3 years and see how we get on with it. 

Did you or do you babywear?

Monday, 14 May 2012

Maternity Fashion- Matalan

So today i'm looking at Matalan and their maternity offerings. I am a big Matalan fan and have been lucky enough to work with them in the past on my other blog, so i wanted to check out what they have to offer a mum to be. I took a look at their website and they have a small range dedicated to maternity.

Mainly they concentrate on the basics leggings, longline vests and linen trousers also feature heavily, all items that will come in handy.
The item that stood out for me was this super pretty floral blouse, at just £12, i love this print its so feminine i can see it paired with jeans or leggings and a cardi and pumps.

 I also love this striped swimming costume. As we take Seb swimming i will be needing a new cossie so i will check this out instore to see if i can fit my boobs in! This also comes in red too.
These nursing tops also caught my eye, they come in black or white and are £8, a great price for a new mum who wants to give breastfeeding a go but is worried about feeding in public. 
So its definately worth checking out Matalan for stocking up on basics and the odd pretty gem.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Review: The Bettacare Comfy Sleep Pregnancy Cushion

Over the last few weeks as i've started to get bigger i've found it more difficult to get comfortable in bed.

I was lucky enough to be sent The Bettercare Comfy Sleep Pregnancy Cushion to review by the lovely people at Hello Baby. Its a small wedge pillow designed to take the weight off your bump, i was actually surprised to see that it retails at £9.99 as thats much less then similar items that i've seen. 
I've been using it in bed all week and it really has helped to make me comfy, i've been using it as the lady in the picture is and its been helping to get me into a comfortable sleep position, i like that its fairly compact, it means that it can come in the bed and Phil can still have plenty of space too. I also like that the cover comes off and be chucked in the washing machine meaning the cushion can be kept clean and fresh. I can see this becoming a staple item over the next few months.

The cushion can also be used as a back support in the car at home or even at work and once baby is born you can use it to elevate the baby's head if they are suffering with a cold or colic, so its a bit of a multitasker!

The Bettercare Comfy Sleep Pregnancy Cushion-Vanilla is available from Hello Baby. Hello Baby also sells a wide range of other baby and nursery stuff including baby toys, nursery furniture, baby travel and baby safety products.

***This item was sent to me for review, the views in this review are entirely mine***

Friday, 11 May 2012

Philadelphia Mac and Cheese

I am sure that you have all seen the current TV advert for Philadelphia mac and cheese, where the woman makes macaroni cheese using the famous soft cheese for her three fussy boys and they wolf it down.

With us being a cheese loving family(and having three hungry boys myself) i decided to have a go at making it myself. I love making macaroni cheese the traditional way but it always fun to try a family favourite another way and it required fewer pans! I am always a fan of less washing up! 
I adapted the recipe slightly to suit our tastes subbing the sweetcorn for spring onion. You could add any veg really, I bet red onion would be lovely or broccoli. I also think it would be nice with the ham swapped for bacon or roast chicken. Another option would be to use one of the flavoured Philadelphia's which are now available.

Philadelphia mac and cheese

Philadelphia macaroni cheese

Philadelphia macaroni cheese, Mac and cheese

300g macaroni pasta
120g Philadelphia
150ml semi skimmed milk
75g cheddar cheese, grated
75g  ham, cut into cubes
Spring onions, finely sliced

Preheat the oven to 190 C. Cook the pasta. Once it is cooked drain and pop back into the pan, add the milk, Philadelphia and half of the cheese into the pan and stir together until the soft cheese has melted then add the ham, spring onions and stir in.

Pop into a ovenproof dish, top with the remaining cheese and bake in the oven for around 15 minutes. Serve!

You can find the original Philadelphia mac and cheese recipe on the Philadelphia website here.

Originally posted in May 2012, images updated August 2015. 

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Maternity fashion- New Look

Anyone who is or has been pregnant knows that the offerings on our high street for pregnant women can be quite frankly dire. I don't wear jeans, so that instantly takes out 60% of the clothes that are available and i don't want to spend a fortune on things that frankly i know i'll be sick to death of wearing by the time baby arrives.
I have quite a bump already(i think Seb destroyed my stomach muscles) so have been on the lookout for a few nice bits recently as well as working out what thats already in my wardrobe will be suitable for my growing stomach. I thought that while i am on the hunt i will do a series of posts of high street shops who are doing some lovely bits.

I noticed that New Look have a whole section on their website dedicated to their maternity range and we also have a fairly new New Look store nearby(at Trinity Walk if you know it) and it has a fairly decent range in store if you prefer to shop that way. 

I love this purple maxi dress,and at £19.99 its a bargain, sadly its to long and would drown me as i'm 5ft! It comes in other colours too but i love this one. 

 If i was still working, i would be buying this Heavenly Bump navy dress, its really pretty and will be nice in summer and in winter with tights.
This Mama-licious is pricey for New Look at £37.99 but i'm a sucker for lace and ts a lovely summery colour.
 This pink sundress is another bargain at £12.99, i actually own this for when we start having warm days as i remember being uncomfortbale in heat with Seb so a nice cotton dress should help keep me cool, it comes in several other colours too.

These are all available online now. 

Even with the dedicated section online its still worth checking instore as i got this navy polka dot dress with belt and i've never seen it online!

Happy shopping :)

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Mark making

 I've been trying to get Seb interested in using crayons for a while now and he has finally got it!
 I've been keen to get him involved as mark making is the first step to writing, it might just look like dots and lines to us but these skills evolve into letters and words.

His first creation is now stuck firmly to our fridge :)

 What mark marking activities do you do?

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Those magical first movements

Tomorrow i will be 14 weeks pregnant, which is amazing, time has flown by so far. 
I feel fab, i missed morning sickness this time and my tiredness has eased off for now so i'm looking forward to being more fun for Seb. I've had some heartburn on and off, so Gaviscon is a must have now.

Apparantly moomin(which is what have taken to calling the bump) is around 8cm long now and is starting to get eyebrows and hair on their head. So strange!

For a few days now i've felt little movements when i'm sat still or lying in bed. It feels like a mixture of flutters and that feeling when you go up and down a hill really fast. I was so amazed by this as last time i had an anterior placenta and i didn't feel any movements until much later on and even then they were quite dull and Phil couldn't really feel Seb move either so this time will hopefully be different.

I came home last week to find 2 letters, one with our 20 week scan date in June and the other for a consultant appointment in July. I have a lovely long list of questions ready to ask the consultant so she will probably hate me! I really can't wait to find out the sex, we found out with Seb but i don't remember being as eager as i am now, once we know we can start talking about names properly and either get all of Sebs old bits out to keep or start buying some pretty girly things. 

We're also deliberating if we should go for a crib or cot, Seb went straight into his cot and we also co-slept at times so i  imagine we will again. Cribs are lovely and would take up less space for a while but i'm not sure. No moses basket for us as i have a weird dislike of them, and also it wouldn't last any time at all if this one is as tall as Seb was. 

I have decided not to go for a double pushchair, Seb will be nearly 2 by the time baby arrives, so depending on where we go, i will be babywearing with Seb in his pushchair or Seb will be walking with baby in the travel system. So at least thats one decision made!

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Sea Life Centre, Scarborough

When we went to Haven we weren't able to check in until 4pm so we went to the Sea Life Centre in Scarborough. I've been before years ago but it was much more fun with Seb in tow, he adored the penguins and the seals whereas i loved the rays and the turtles. 

So weird with their faces!


 The seals were such show offs posing for pictures!
  I am a little freaked out by the Octopus!
We were there for about 2 hours and Seb did get bored at the end but all in all it was a good afternoon.
The only bug bear i had with this was the cost, it was £15 for anyone over 15, and i think £11ish for those ages 3-15 which i feel makes it an expensive afternoon out as you couldn't really spend all day there. However you can often find 2 for 1 vouchers, but as we only decided to go at the last minute we didn't have any.
They did have a reasonably priced gift shop and also a large cafe inside(though we chose to eat at a nearby pub instead).

Have you been to the Sea Life Centre? What did your little one think?

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