Sunday, 29 November 2015

Twenty Three Weeks Pregnant

At twenty three weeks pregnant baby is around 500g about the same as a large mango. He will be hearing the outside world along with my heartbeat and stomach noises. His lungs are also developing and getting ready for breathing.

Twenty three weeks pregnant

I definitely feel smaller this time compared to with Alex, i also look pregnant from the front which i never did in my last two pregnancies, I am still not wearing maternity clothes apart from leggings and tights. I have ordered a couple of dresses this week though. My appetite is coming back, late night snacks have started this week. I could not stop thinking about flapjack a few days ago so I had to make some at 10pm, it was so worth it though. I can feel that baby has moved up now, my movements are higher and I am feeling lots of rolls as well as kicks and of course watching him move around too. I have plenty of energy though I did feel a bit sore in my pelvis after a trip into Leeds with the boys, we walked absolutely loads and I think that caused it because I was okay after a good rest.
I saw my midwife this week, I finally met my actual midwife! All is fine, i heard the heartbeat pounding away. I have to go back in a couple of weeks to keep an eye on my blood pressure, though it is fine at the moment. I explained that I was opting not to have the flu jab but that I would be having the whooping cough vaccine.
Although i wasn’t planning on buying anything now until the new year, i caved and took advantage of a couple of Amazon offers, I ordered a Tommee Tippee manual breast pump and some bottles. I know the pump has mixed reviews but I have used it before and it worked for me and I will upgrade later on if I need too.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Cranberry Oat Muffins

This week I picked up a huge punnet of fresh cranberries in Aldi for the bargain price of £1.29. There were absolutely loads in there so after having some on our breakfasts and freezing some for a bit nearer to Christmas I decided to use the rest to make Cranberry Oat Muffins this morning.
Cranberry oat muffins

Cranberry oat muffins

I always find when i am making muffins that to get them to rise nicely and to have that muffin look on top I have to start them off at a high temperature before turning down the oven down slightly about halfway through cooking time to stop them burning on top. This recipe made six large muffins.

1 egg, beaten
60ml vegetable oil
125ml milk
100g caster sugar(plus extra to sprinkle on top)
200g self raising flour
3tbsp porridge oats
Handful Cranberries
Preheat your oven to 200°C, and prepare your muffin tin.  In a large mixing bowl, measure our your flour, sugar and oats, make a well in the centre and add your wet ingredients and your cranberries. Stir together until the ingredients are just combined. Add the muffin batter into your muffin tin, fill them until about 3/4 full, sprinkle over the other oats and sugar, and pop into the oven. Bake for 10 minutes before turning the temperature down to around 180°C for a further 10 minutes until golden on top and cooked through.
Why not try adding a handful of chocolate chips into the batter or some grated orange zest?

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Slow Cooked Nutella Swirl Cake

With the horrid windy weather dragging on and the threat of snow in the air up here in Yorkshire it is the perfect time to make some lovely warming puddings. I made this Slow Cooked Nutella Swirl Cake this afternoon and it left the house smelling delicious while I cleaned.

Slow cooked Nutella swirl cake

I love nutella, and while I usually stick to having  it on toast or in a croissant, it is a fab cooking ingredient too, I made this fab slow cooked banana and nutella cake a while back and I also keep meaning to try these three ingredient Nutella brownies too. I used the all in one method for this cake purely for ease and speed plus less mess. I find slow cooker cakes to be ideal for smothering in custard and eating as a pudding and that is just what we did this evening, the leftovers are making up part of Phils lunch tomorrow.

200g sugar
200g soft margarine
3 large eggs
200g self raising flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
Jar of nutella
Mix the flour, sugar, margarine, eggs and vanilla together in a bowl. Make sure the ingredients are combined well. Pour into the slow cooker, I use giant cake cases in mine (from Poundworld) but you can use greaseproof paper too. Add spoons of Nutella on top of the cake batter and swirl through using a fork. Pop a tea towel under the lid of the slow cooker*. Cook on high, mine took 2 hours to be cooked through but it will vary so check from around 1.5 hours using a knife or skewer, once it comes out clean it is cooked.
*While many slow cooker users use a tea towel under the lid of their slow cooker without issue, I only do it if I am going to be close by. Make sure the tea towel is secured so no ends are hanging down and touching the sides of the slow cooker. I find a hair elastic works well. But is worth being aware of the risks of this.

If you like this recipe why not try my other slow cooker recipes. 

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

The Nonsense Show by Eric Carle

Eric Carle the man behind classic children's book The Very Hungry Caterpillar has recently released a brand new book. The Nonsense Show by Eric Carle is the third book in which he introduces children to styles of art in a fun appealing way.

"-Following on the heels of The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse (an homage to the artist Franz Marc and expressionism) and Friends, with its semi-abstract artwork, The Nonsense Show forms a trilogy of sorts, dedicated to introducing young readers to different styles of artwork without ever overlooking the need to, first and foremost, appeal to children and their love of play."
Each page shows an amusing, silly or frankly surreal image, for example a.... along with rhyming text. The illustrations are typical of Carle's usual style, bright, bold and eye catching absolutely perfect to engage young children(and adults too).
We really enjoyed this book, it may be full of nonsense but it really made us laugh and Sebastian was questioning the images while Alex being a bit younger was happy to accept them. A fun introduction for children to the bizarre world of surrealism, I think we will be using this book as a base to look at some surreal art and make some art of our own.
The Nonsense Show by Eric Carle is out now, available at all good bookshops and online..
**We received this book for the purpose of this post but all opinions expressed are our own**

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Twenty One Weeks Pregnant

Twenty one weeks pregnant, bump shot

We can now see baby’s movements really clearly from the outside, it is so funny to see your bump moving around and it is really lovely too although it does feel early on and like this baby is in a hurry to do everything! I feel pretty good, the tiredness seems to have eased despite me having a lack of sleep, I haven’t been sick this week and I am generally feeling okay and pretty relaxed(apart from the odd hormonal moment).
I had my consultant appointment on Wednesday, the consultant told me this baby would be another c section but I have said no, that if my pregnancy carries on healthily I want to try for a vba2c. So although it isn’t “routine” I have made my wishes clear and if I go into spontaneous labour I will be supported though they will not induce me. I have to go back at 36 weeks to see the consultant again so fingers crossed pregnancy carries on smoothly!
People keep asking about names and coming up with suggestions but we haven’t really spent lots of time talking about it. I feel like we have ages to go and frankly naming a third boy is going to be pretty difficult, it was hard enough last time around!
Check out my other pregnancy posts !

Friday, 6 November 2015

Twenty weeks pregnant

This week has been pretty exciting, Phil felt the baby move for the first time, it honestly feels far too early for that but this boy is so strong and is so active throughout the day and night. It was lovely for Phil to feel and I don’t think that special feeling ever goes away no matter how many babies you have. When I was getting changed at the weekend I could see where the baby had moved to my left hand side, there was a big bulge there, again it seems far too early for that, I remember these things being much later with Alex.

I had my anomaly scan, which was fun, baby would not stop moving around and kicking me the whole time and making it hard to get the measurements the sonographer needed so I had to lie in all sorts of positions and eventually to for a walk up and down some stairs and finally the measurements were taken. All looks fine and the measurements are pretty much bang on the 50th centile, yay!
Health wise I am feeling good, I was sick on the morning of my scan but I think that was more due to nerves than anything else. I feel fine and and enjoying seeing my body change, it really is amazing growing a new human.
I have my first consultant appointment next week, when I had Alex they told me that any future children I had would be born by c section but I really want to try for a vba2c with minimal intervention so I am expecting a bit of a fight for it.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Twenty Four weeks pregnant

At twenty four weeks pregnant baby is around the length of an ear of sweetcorn and weighs approximately 600g. His lungs are developing and his brain is growing rapidly. Twenty four weeks also means baby is now considered viable so it is a lovely milestone to reach.
I finally got myself a couple of maternity dresses this weekend and I am really pleased with them. New Look sells some lovely affordable maternity pieces. I seem to have taken on the typical stance of a pregnant lady in this weeks photo.

Baby has seemingly changed position this week so my movements have changed, and while I can still feel him wriggling away the big pounding kicks feel softer. You can still see him through my clothes though! He seems to be most active early morning, mid afternoon and late evening, basically the times when I am most likely to be sat down and pay attention to him. I have felt good, a bit tired but then I struggle to get to sleep at night so I can’t win on that one. I am still loving cheese and also peppers at the moment, also omlettes which is good as they are so easy to make and the eggs are full of protein.
I have a midwife appointment at the end of the week to keep an eye on my blood pressure, so hopefully all will be well with that.

Why not take a look at my other pregnancy posts? 

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