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New Year Observations 

9 Jan

Hi folks,

First of all… I’d like to start with saying a massive Happy New Year to you all. We have had such an amazing Christmas. Seth’s first Christmas has been truly magical. He was well & truly spoilt.


Over the festive period I pretty much snaffled any food & treats I fancied… I drank sparkles… & basically just over indulged. But I have some observations from my 2 weeks of sheer indulgence… My skin is appalling! I’m pretty lucky in that I don’t really suffer from the dreaded spot. But… over Christmas I have had some major outbreaks! I’ve also suffered with some pretty harsh headaches too. When I was at my largest size – I suffered so bad with headaches. I totally 100% believe that my over indulgent diet has caused the spots & headaches. I’ve gone back to my usual healthy diet & my spots have gone, the redness in my skin has died down & my headaches have lifted. How bad is that… that eating over salty, fatty & stodgy foods has done that. I’ve also gained 5lbs!


For the last week I’ve gone back to my healthy home cooking & limited my processed food intake. Healthy clean food is back on the menu. Don’t forget that I have a diet journey page where I post recipes etc…


I mean, over Christmas & New Year… I have had far too many cheese boards, baked Camembert & waaaaaaay too much bread. It’s yummy at the time – but the bloating just really lowers your mood & self confidence. When I revert back to my healthy lifestyle – I don’t remove all treats from my diet, I just live by the golden rule of: Everything in Moderation. So, I’ll not be eating pudding in the house – but I may have one now & then if I’m out for a meal. I do have a drink, but not in the week. I’ll have a drink on a Saturday evening when Seth is in bed. Either some sparkles, a gin & slimline tonic or wine. I don’t drink on Fridays as I usually have a driving lesson on a Saturday morning. If I fancy some chocolate – I’ll have some. I just won’t gorge on a full bar. I just try to keep myself in check. I’m currently a size 14/16 & I just can’t wait until I’m back to a size 12. I don’t go in for body shaming etc… I was once over 19 stone… I’m nowhere near that anymore… therefore I am proud.

Who read my article in New Magazine last week? Eeeeck… that was so exciting. It was so weird seeing myself in print. It feels right though to get my story out there. When you hit rock bottom… the only way is up! I’m forever the optimist these days & I intend to stay that way. Having 6 major surgeries over 5 years, was pretty tough. But I didn’t let it break me… It actually made me stronger. Cheesy… but true.

So… what’s coming up? Well… I have some lovely reviews coming up for you all. I’ve had some rather exciting emails this year so far… So I’m hoping this is going to be one sparkly, fantastical year! And… let’s not forget Seth’s first birthday too!

Well, I shall leave this post here as I’m super sleepy from a very full on busy day! Oh, before I go though – don’t forget about my website! I actually need to add more recipes… I must get that done soon.

Thanks so much as always for reading!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

 

“To Vlog or Not to Vlog… that is the Question!” 

10 Oct

Hi folks,

My life just seems to be getting busier & busier… But I love it. Just to make things even busier, I’ve decided to start vlogging. So many of you have contacted me over the years about setting up a YouTube channel… Now is the time I think. I want my videos to be pretty much like this blog really… I want to review, chat, bargain hunt, cook, do make up, discuss weightloss & just life in general. So please stay tuned for the big reveal! It’ll be me in my very noisy, busy & sparkly home just generally being me.

Oh… I have a review coming up soon actually. I’ve been testing & trying some of the Make Up Revolution Palettes which I have a new found love for. Such pretty pigmented shadows.

So… What have I been up to? Driving lessons are going really well & I’m still really enjoying it. So much so that I’m already looking at cars lol. Although I have a sneaking suspicion that I’ll end up with our Hyundai & the hubster will get a new car. I’ve been continuing with my healthy eating & I’ve managed to lose a further 10lbs in the last 4 weeks! I feel like a bit of a fraud though really coz in that time I’ve had a MacDonalds, Dominoes & a Chinese Take Out. Not to mention Sparkles & Wine! Talking of sparkles… Ocado are doing a fab offer at the moment on Gift Boxed Black Label Lanson – 2 bottles for £40! Perfect for stocking up for Christmas. I bought a bottle of Vintage Moet for £30 from them a few week back… that shall be our Christmas Dinner Sparkles. I’ve got a right little stockpile of Christmas goodies going on in our pantry lol. Thing is though, Christmas is such an expensive time of the year that you need to plan well in advance to spread out the cost.

I’ve been super busy with work, so much so that I’m neglecting my blogging again. But I’ve had loads of exciting emails with regard to it & that’s what is giving me the push to branch out into vlogging. Plus it’ll give you all a chance to find out a bit more about me & who I am etc… Well for those of you who don’t know me in person that is. Normally the first thing that people tend to say is; “Wow… your accent is so broad… you sound like Sarah Millican” lol. I’ve also got an event coming up too which will involve a trip down to London. I can’t wait to cover that. Maybe I could do a Facebook Live video?

Seth is getting so big now. He will be 7 month on the 15th of this month!!! Where is the time going!? He has 2 teeth… He can crawl… He’s sitting up on his own… He’s also now trying to stand up on his own by pulling himself up on the furniture!!! He’s such a little tinker… but so utterly scrumptious. He’s just the cutest. I’ve just bought him 10 books from The Works for £10. They’ve got some right online bargains at the moment. They have such a large selection of Christmas books. I’m going to do the whole Christmas story everyday day over the month of December thing. I know Seth can’t read yet, but he loves being read too & he just loves looking at books. Oh I can’t wait to introduce him to Christmas… I’m just far too excited. Well you all know what I’m like… I’m already feeling Christmassy.

Halloween… Now there’s something I can throw myself into to try & calm me down about Christmas. Me & the hubster have bought a few spooky decorations to hang outside. Last year we only did pumpkins really… so we’ve decided to up our game a bit this year. We’ve not gone totally crazy though… we’ve only bought some spooky bunting & a full sized floating ghost lady thingy that shreaks & glows. I’ve actually already put together my treat bags for the Trick O Treaters. I do like to be organised. Oh & of course Seth has a few new outfits for it.

Well I’m gonna leave this post right here. But, if there’s anything you’d like me to cover in my vlogs… Just let me know! Stay tuned for them coming soon.

Thanks for reading!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

 

 

September… already? What? It’s almost October!? 

28 Sep

Hi folks ✨

Sorry it’s been a while since my last blog post… but time is literally running away from me. I just seem to be so busy these days & there’s simply not enough time to fit everything in lol. But you know what!? I thrive on being busy & having lots to do. I’m such a ‘doer’. I hate having nothing to do. 

Seth is getting so big. He had his half year birthday 15th September… can you believe that!? So… what’s happened since my last post? I’ve managed to lose another 9lbs! Woo hoo! I’ve sent out Seth’s Christening invitations for his Christmas Christening back up in County Durham. The hubster has started his new job teaching in a private university. I’ve started my new job. Oh &… I’ve started driving lessons!!! Check me out. I’ve literally hadn’t had any lessons before… I did the whole education thing… you know he one… poor student life with my only pennies being spent on ready brek… alcohol & handbags. Then, when I started to work full time I lived so close to work I didn’t need to drive nor want to really. We’ve always lived close to my work. Then, I had like a million operations blah blah blah… so I just kept putting it off. But, now I have Seth… I need to be able to drive. I mean the hubster can take me places when he’s not at work, but I need a car of my own. Especially for if/when we have baby number two! So… I had my first lesson on Sunday. I was so petrified… but I loved it! I have an amazing instructor & I think I did pretty well. So, every weekend I shall be on the roads learning. People of South Yorkshire… you have been warned! 🙂

I’ve become a professional juggler of life I think… balancing work, mammy-ing, running a house & having a life too… multi tasking at its finest! In a way, I think I’ve become even more organised if that’s at all possible. Like… I’ve already got my Halloween Sweetie bags ready for out ‘Trick O Treaters!’ As if! Lol. Hey I may just have to get those Christmas Cards written out! Yep that’s right… I have all my Christmas cards already. Along with everyone’s Christmas gifts up in my loft ready to wrap! I know I know… I so super sad. But seriously… it’s so much cheaper to get ahead. It means that comes December all of our pennies can be spent on sparkles & partyine. Well… when I say partying… I don’t mean anything mad… to be fair we’re generally asleep by 9pm these days lol. 

Seth’s now crawling & he has his first tooth! I just can’t believe how much he’s grown. He’s just an utter joy… we’re so blessed to have such a scrumptious little pudding 💙

So… the plan for the next few months is to really knuckle down & lose the rest of this weight. I’m so determined to be the healthiest I can be for my little family. You can follow my progress on my diet page here

Right… well I’d best crack on with being busy 🙂 

Thanks so much for reading! 

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Living ‘Sparkly’ the IxxyPoco Way

9 Aug

Hi folks ✨


Well… It’s no secret that I like fancy things. I love to live life sparkly & being surrounded by nice things & designer labels. I like eating nice food & drinking sparkly yumminess. But, I like all of these things at the best bargain price. 

I’m the Queen of coupons & the Princess of bargain shopping. There’s no shame in bargain hunting. The cost of living has become so high that quite often treats are forgotten. Well, life is for living & I love a treat. 

I’m such a handbag & purse pervert… I’m always scouring glossy magazines for the latest stunning arm candy. Once I have my heart set on a new bag – I’ll stop at nothing until it’s mine. Generally I’ll head to my current bags that I own & I’ll either have a cull & sell anything I’ve not used in the last 12months & put the money toward my new purchase. Or… I’ll get down to some good old saving. Even if it’s just £5 a month… I’ll save until I have the pennies to buy it. I’ve just sold 5 handbags & with the money I’ve managed to buy myself a new Kate Spade Purse & a Vivienne Westwood Tote. It’s a great way of freeing up some room as well as buying something new. And, your old bags go to a new home. It’s kind of like recycling really. I really need to start organising ‘swishing’ parties. A Swishing Party is basically where everyone brings something they no longer want, then you swap with someone else. So you could bring clothes, shoes, bags, scarves… Anything really! Such a good idea & a money saver! Plus, it’s a good excuse to get the girlies over to sip some sparkles. Talking of sparkles…

Sparkles ✨ Now, we all know I love a glass of sparkles. Whether it be a good bottle of Champagne or a cheap Cava. The whole reason I call it sparkles is so it’s very ambiguous as what’s in my glass. It’s always bubbly, it’s always dry… But is it always Champagne? Heck no! I’d love to be sipping Moet every weekend, but that’s become rather pricey! So, my wine rack consists of Cava that I’ve bought at £4 on offer, Prosecco when it’s 5 for £25 & Champagne when there’s money off. Even Moet, Lanson & Veuve go on offer sometimes. When they do I tend to buy a bottle to keep for a special occasion. Places like Aldi & Asda are great for picking up a bottle of Champagne for £10… Sometimes cheaper if you’re lucky. 

Food… Now I LOVE food! I cook from scratch & I make my own sauces. Meat etc… Can be a bit pricey at times. But it’s all about where you shop & quantities. If you follow my diet page you’ll know I use my Crock Pot a lot. I buy my meat pre-frozen from Asda which saves a lot. I tend to buy whole fresh chickens as it’s cheaper to buy a whole chicken sometimes & then it’s lasts a good few days. There’s so many different things you can make with chicken. I buy rice & pasta in bulk. I’m lucky & have a big walk in pantry which is great for storage. I tend to buy giant sacks of pasta & rice which is so much cheaper. I also buy tinned items in bulk too whenever I see an offer. If I see a vegetable offer in a local market I’ll buy it in bulk then blanch & freeze them. We eat well… We have gorgeous food… But at a good price. 

Make up… I couldn’t live without the stuff. Again I buy when there’s an offer. I buy most of my make from Debenhams & Boots. Both places have excellent points cards. It’s the best way to buy. Make sure you use the offers & coupons to boost your points. That way you build up a good balance to spend at a later date. I can get up to £200 worth of boots points on my card within 6 month. It just makes your pennies go that little bit further. I also have some amazing acrylic storage which I bought from Muji. It’s so much cheaper than a Kardashian Acrylic Cube. 

Somethings in life I won’t scrimp on like SKY TV (sad I know lol) Eating Out & things for Seth. But that’s fine because I try to get everything else at a bargain price lol. 

So there you have it… This is my sparkly way of living life ‘fancy’ & Sparkly ✨ 

Thanks for reading & have a great day 💕

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Weaning, Decluttering and Wildlife

3 Aug

Hi folks ✨


I really need to get my blogger head back on & get blogging more regularly again. I just seem to be mega busy lately… But it’s all good… Lots of exciting things in the pipeline! 

So… My hubster has a new job!!! I’m so incredibly proud & excited for him! He works so hard & really deserves this ✨ That’s the first bit of good news for the Summer. The next lot shall follow shortly… Hopefully!

As I mentioned in a previous post – I’ve started to wean Seth. He’s now 20wks old… Can you believe that!? 20wks into my pregnancy & I felt like I’d been pregnant a year! 20wks since he was born & it’s literally flown by. He’s loving his food. I’ve started him with puréed vegetables. The only things he’s tried that he didn’t like was banana & then cauliflower. Although, on Monday I made up a batch of sweet potato & cauliflower… Sneaky! He seems to be loving all the new flavours. He’s also really not struggled with eating from a spoon at all. In fact, when I put him in his high chair he gets so excited. Well… Apart from when he’s yawning like in the pic above lol. 

Each morning he has a little porridge then each teatime he has some puréed veggies. To start with, I tried some Ella’s Kitchen veg pouches, just to gauge what he liked & so I could get an idea of what kind of consistency to make. If you’re not already signed up, then you need to sign up with Bounty & Cow & Gate. Both provide a r ally great FREE weaning pack. Full of advice, tips, recipes, coupons & freebies! My top tips for weaning:

  • Oilcloth Bib
  • Hand blender
  • Small freezer pots
  • Take your time 

Seth has taken to food so well. I only hope when the consistency becomes more chunky he’s as accepting as he was with the purée. Has it helped with his sleeping? Well, Seth has been sleeping right through the night since he was 8wks old. He’ll sleep anything from 7 to 10hrs per night. So it’s hard to tell really. He has moved into his cot in his own room though. I was so gutted. But he’s outgrown his SnüzPod. I cried for the first 2 nights, but he’s taken to it so well. I’d say that has improved his sleep a little. In his SnüzPodhed shuffle around a bit if he heard me or Graham moving around. Whereas now he has no interruptions.

I’ve been on a huge declutter this week. I’m a very tidy organised person… But sometimes I can become a bit lazy & start shoving things in cupboards instead of tidying properly. I opened my handbag wardrobe the other day & was almost flattened by a ton of bags! (Slight exaggeration) So… I decided to be brutal… Any bag that hasn’t been used in the last 12 month is for the chop. So far, I’ve sold 5 bags. I have another on eBay, along with a purse too. What am I planning to do with the money!? Well of course I’ll be buying another handbag lol. I tend to buy designer handbags, then when I stop using them I sell them. Then buy a new one. To me it’s like recycling. Although I do have bags that I’ll never part with… Bags that will forever be a classic. So I’ve whittled my collection down to 7 hand bags, 4 clutch bags & 3 purses. I simply love a declutter! So, watch this space for my next hand bag purchase lol. I was thinking Mulberry, but then as a good friend pointed out – there are a lot around at the moment along with a huge amount of fakes. Which is true… So I’m thinking a nice Vivienne Westwood Tote or another Gucci. I’m such a handbag pervert lol. 

As a family, we’ve been so busy lately. Every weekend seems to have been filled with engagements. This weekend though… We have a free weekend! We’ve decided to have a little family outing to The Yorkshire Wildlife Park. It’s one of those places that we’ve always wanted to visit, but never quite gotten around to. I’m so excited. I’ve even been planning what to pack in our picnic lol. I just love a list & an excuse to organise. I love an outing. I can’t wait to show Seth all of the cute furry animals 💙
That in a wee nutshell is what I’ve been up too. I know I say it all of the time – but I am going to make a massive effort with my blogging from now on to make it more regular again! I’ve also got a blog post in the pipeline all about York & the best places to drink sparkles ✨

Once again… Thanks so much for reading & for all of the lovely messages I receive 💙

 Don’t forget to check my website out 💕

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Learning On the Job

23 Jun

Hi folks ✨

We had such a fun day yesterday… Not only was the sunshine shining (it’s so sad that I get excited for a hot sunny day as it means I can get my washing out lol) but we had our first class at Music Bugs. It was so cute. Seth adored it. I think it may have been sensory overload for Seth though as he fell asleep 10mins before the end. But, he is by far the youngest in the class. I would totally recommend this class to anyone with bambino’s. Here’s a link to their website if you’re interested in finding out a little more info.

We’ve got our name down for a few more other classes that will be starting  in September. Mammy/Baby meet ups are fun & lovely, but with Music Bugs I feel like Seth is learning too. He already loves his books, we’ve got some lovely touch & feel board books. He loves the textures & the colours. So a few other classes to go with Music Bugs will be lovely. 

Mammy-ing can be such a minefield. The patenting arena can be so competitive… Do you breast feed? Does your baby sleep all night? Do you use soothers/dummies? Cloth or disposable diapers? Dress like a baby or a mini adult? Allow your pets to interact with your baby? Wean at 4 or 6 month?  Honestly… Does it matter? Whatever happened to Mother knows best? All of our bambino’s are different & we nurture according to their individual needs. 

Seth has been a tummy sleeper since he was 3 weeks. A lot of people disagree with tummy sleeping… But it’s the only way Seth likes to sleep. He can push himself up & he can move his head side to side. It also eased his colic 100%. Seth also has a soother. He doesn’t sleep with it, but he has his soother whenever he wants it through the day. Seth will not settle in a GroBag at night. So he has a blanket…. Again – something I was told NOT to do. Seth was breast fed for 9 days, but when my milk disappeared I switched exclusively to formula. I use Pampers or Aldi Mamia disposable diapers. I plan on weaning him from 4 month. Seth has slept all night from 8 weeks. All I can say is that I have a happy content baby… I don’t do things by the book… I’m learning on the job. I do what I feel is right for Seth. 

When you share with the world that you’re expecting a gorgeous bundle of joy, everyone suddenly becomes an expert. I think I listened too much to everyone else’s opinions. After a while it makes you feel really crap. Those people may be experts with their own babies… But the only expert for your baby is you. I’m very relaxed with my nurturing/parenting methods. I feed on demand – he has as much or as little as he likes. I get him dressed each morning then Pjs on an evening so he becomes accustomed to daytime & nightime. I let him nap when he wants to nap, etc…. The result is a happy contented Seth. 

Through the day I try to make things as exciting as possible for him. I do this around blogging & running our little business… Hopefully big business one day lol & still while trying to prepare & cook healthy meals. We sing songs… Have tummy time… Go for walks… Have baby meet ups… Sit in the garden… Play on his baby gym or just play on a blanket with soft toys & interactive toys. Seth just loves being talked too & sang too. They’re like his ultimate fave things. These things work for us… But not for everyone. 

The best advice I can give anyone who is about to embark on their journey of parenthood is:

  1. Don’t have expectations… Go with the flow
  2. Enjoy it all… Even those sleepless nights  at the start… They don’t last long
  3. Buy lots of muslin cloths!!! 

Mammy hood is the best job I’ve ever had. There’s no induction pack or probation period… You’re thrown in head first… But it’s AMAZING!!! I simply cannot wait to give Seth a  baby brother or sister. That won’t be for at least 18month, but it’s definitely on the cards 💙💕

Thanks for reading folks… I’ve noticed more countries & readers popping up on my stats… I really appreciate it ✨

Love & Huggles,

Hayley & Seth xxx

Body Magic 

3 Jun

Hi folks ✨

It’s Fri’Yay!!! Woo hoo! I started today with 2.5 mile of body magic. I’m no way a gym bunny… & a keep fit class scares me that I may not be able to keep up with my nerve damaged leg. So… Me & the bambino have been going on lovely walks around our beautiful village. I can go at my own pace & there’s no pressure… Perfect! I’m loving the FitBit Alta too! I was scared it wouldn’t be accurate with me pushing a pram whilst walking, but it seems to be working fine. I was so hungry after our walk though… So I needed a decent helping of fat free yogurt to keep me going until lunch time.

Last night I made some breadless garlic bread as an accompaniment to our tea. I used blitzed up cauliflower, egg & low fat cheese to make the base. It was surprisingly yummy! If you want the recipe, give my Facebook page a like: http://www.facebook.com/IxxyPoco 

It was such a busy day here yesterday. Lots of work was had… All whilst watching Cinderella & snuggling the bambino. At one point he was sat in his bouncer gurgling to me bless him 💙 I think in his own little way he was helping me. I’ve always been a passionate driven person… But now Seth is here I feel more determined than ever to make new ventures work & succeed. I want to be a Mammy he can be proud of, whilst being there 24/7 for him & be able to contribute financially all at the same time. I’m good at multitasking… So hopefully this will all work out with plenty of hard work ✨ Watch this space ✨

I’m so hoping that our lovely weather returns this weekend. This week has been simply awful! It’s been so cold & dark… I’ve had the heating on! I want the summer weather to return so we can have days out to the beach, BBQs in the garden & lovely sunny walks ☀️ I’m sure I jinxed us by getting my sunglasses out! As soon as they see the light of day… The sunny heat disappears! 

I’ve been updating my website: www.hayleythorne.co.uk

I need to get lots more of my recipes on there. As soon as I do – I shall let you all know!!! 

Well I’d best go as I have guests arriving shortly! 

Thanks again for reading ✨

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Getting Back On It

23 May

Hi folks ✨

Well, I’m focused & I’m back on the weightloss/healthy lifestyle bandwagon. The morning Seth was born I was 16st 1lb. Today I’m 13st 6lbs & Seth will be 9wks old tomorrow. I’m aiming for a weight of 11st 4lbs. I want to be as healthy as I can be for our gorgeous little boy &… If we try for baby Thorne number 2, then I want to be über healthy to get me through the pregnancy. 

So… I’m back to planning meals & I’ve started going on epic power walks with Seth. I’m lucky to have very pretty surroundings where I live. So going on walks isn’t a chore at all. Now that Seth is over a stone in weight, it’s an extra work out pushing his pram. All I need now is something to count my steps & calories burnt so I keep track of my activity. I have to be a little bit careful with the nerve damage in my right leg, but as long as I don’t go too mad with the exercise I’m fine. Walking is definitely a manageable activity for me. Plus, it’s getting Seth lots of lovely fresh air. 

If anyone  wants to join me on my weightloss journey, I have a page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/IxxyPoco

I don’t go in for any of these faddy diets or meal replacements… I cook things from scratch & eat in moderation. Eating this way helped me to lose over 6st. So it can be done. It’s just not a quick fix solution… It’s a healthier way of life. I lost weight in the first place to get pregnant & so that when I had children I’d have my weight under control & I wouldn’t pass on any of my unhealthy food obsessions. 

Anyway, I have a million & one things to do today so I’m gonna have to leave this post short & sweet. 

Thanks so much for reading ✨

Oh & don’t forget to check out my Instagram & website 💙

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Baby, Breasts & Too Much Pressure 

22 Mar

Hi folks ✨

Well I’d like to announce the arrival of my beautiful little boy: Seth Kevin Joseph Thorne, born Tuesday 15th March via Caesarean Section at 09:56am & weighing 8lb 💙

 He’s utterly perfect & I’m so in love with him. This week has been so emotional… In good ways & bad. My C-Section went very smoothly really. I arrived at the hospital for 7:30am. To my utter elation – I was first on the list that day for my planned c-section. So… 9am… We headed down for surgery. I can’t explain how nervous I was. I think it was a case of being scared of the operation & just worried for my little baby bear. It was so amazing to be able to have my hubby down there with him. When he came into the theater I was being horrendously sick as my blood pressure plummeted. I was so panicky… But as soon as he arrived & began stroking my head – I just immediately calmed down. He’s my best friend, lover & husband. I can get through anything in life as long as I have him by my side 💙 

 Not long after he arrived… We heard that little cry. He was here!!! I can’t describe the feeling of instand relief I felt… Followed by this overwhelming love 💙 

While I was being stitched up etc… The hubster got to snuggle & hold him. Once I was in recovery – it was my turn. Lots of skin to skin cuddles & snuggles 💙 Truly magically 💙

4 hours after surgery, I was up & out of bed walking around & catheter free. I didn’t feel too bad actually. The pain was more of a ‘raw sore’ kind of feeling. Although, when I cough or sneeze, I do get the feeling my insides are gonna pop out lol. 

The care on the maternity ward was utterly amazing. I was given a private room too which was so lovely. It was a lot more relaxed to just have time with my little Prince away from all the other new Mammy’s & crying babies. Although, it is difficult caring for a newborn on your own after a c-section. Bending & stretching to get him out of his crib was really difficult. So painful. You can always call for help from a midwife… But on a busy ward you don’t like to be a pest. I’ve since found out that I have a haematoma under my scar caused from over stretching & straining… It’s so painful. 

I was discharged the next day at 9pm… It was so nice get home. Seth was breast feeding well & latching on perfectly. No pain at all which was lovely as I’d been told so many horror stories of bleeding nipples & bits dropping off. As breast feeding was going so well, I was devastated to be told on Friday 18th at Seth’s first weigh in that he’d lost 14% of his body weight… I felt like such a failure as a Mother. I felt like I’d been starving my baby. We were immediately admitted to the Children’s Observation Ward. I was in bits. I just couldn’t stop crying. 

Within minutes of arriving we were led to a private family room with en-suite facilities so the 3 of us could all stay together. Seth was immediately put onto close observations. It turns out that my body isn’t producing enough milk due to a delay because of my c-section. Again I was devastated. I’m not opposed to formula feeding at all, but I think from day one of becoming pregnant, you’re almost emotionally blackmailed into breast feeding. Not once did a medical professional tell me during my pregnancy that this kind of thing is very common. That breast fed babies quite often lose too much weight to begin with so topping up with formula is a good option. Within seconds of meeting our paedetrician I was told the problem & how to fix it. To breast feed, express & top up with formula. I was given so much support it was unreal. But why did it have to get this point to receive this advice? 

Unfortunately my milk still seems to be delayed. I’m trying so hard & persevering. I’ve bought a brand new electric breast pump so I can express as much as I can & be able to see the actual quantities I’m feeding him. I’m pleased to say that he’s now gaining weight. But I still can’t shake that awful feeling of failure that I felt in that moment of his weigh in. Breast feeding support needs to be given way before day 3… Way before the birth even. It needs to be given through your pregnancy. 

When you’re pregnant you’re invited to birthing classes… But I wasn’t given any as I needed a planned setion. There needs to be a support group for Mammy’s who know they need a section. I would’ve found that so helpful & comforting for the duration of my pregnancy. So, if any of you out there know you’re having a section or in the future you’ll need a one – please do not hesitate to contact me to ask advice or just a friendly chat. I wish I’d had more information. It would’ve made things so much more relaxed. 

Putting aside our little hiccup – this has been a magical week. I can’t believe our little man is here. He’s so gorgeous 💙 We seem to have adapted to family life so happily 💙 We were all made for one another 💙

I received more beautiful items for review last week – so I shall get those up on here very soon! 

Today’s plan is getting our little Bear registered ✨

So… Thank you for all of the well wishes… It’s very much appreciated! 

Thanks so much for reading once again!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley & Seth xxx 

 

The Date… We Finally Have It!

4 Mar

Hi folks ✨

Since my last blog post we’ve gotten our date! The date that our little boy will enter our lives. I’m just ridiculously excited & happy… I so cannot wait to meet him!!! As you all already know – I’ve got my bag & his bag packed… his nursery is totally completed & everything is set in place for his much anticipated arrival. I tell him everyday how I can’t wait to snuggle him 💙 

 Just like our scan pictures… we’ve decided to keep the date a closely guarded secret. Why? well… With our scan pictures we just thought it was very personal to us & we wanted to keep them special & private. With regard to the date, I was going to let everyone know, but over the last few weeks I’ve been really stressed out & crying a lot with worry about the c-section & with staying in hospital. I really can’t can’t cope with the horror stories people are telling me & I really didn’t want people contacting me the night before to try & frighten me further. So… we made the decision to keep it under wraps. However… You will find out the fantastical sparkly news once he’s arrived. Probably when I get home though… I just don’t want to run the risk of receiving negative messages whilst I’m in hospital. I’m just a very happy positive person & I intend to make my birth experience exactly that. Well how could it not be… I’m meeting the most perfect little in the world 💙

I had some tests & a scan on Tuesday… It was so amazing to see our little poppet again. Eeeeck… the anticipation is killing me. After having my scan & talking with my consultant about my concerns & worries, receiving my c-section date & now with making the decision to keep it secret – I actually feel so much lighter & less stressed. My Midwife has also assured me that my hospital stay will be as perfect as it can be. She’s so lovely.

Another thing making me rather giddy… is the fact that it’s currently snowing here in South Yorkshire!!! I just adore the snow so much. Well… when you grow up in County Durham, you don’t really have a choice. It’s literally been snowing since 6am!

This week has consisted of having lunch with friends, a spot of bargain shopping & coffee mornings with croissants. Next week shall consist of lunch with friends with a visit to the dentist. I’m trying my best to overcome my dentist phobia as I really don’t want to pass that on to my Baby Bear. I’m thinking tomorrow will be our usual Saturday of lunch out somewhere & a little waddle around the shops lol. Sunday shall be a lovely family day since it’s Mother’s Day. I’ve actually already received some flowers off baby Bear & Coco… how cute is that!? I have such a clever baby bump & chihuahua. I’ve also spied a bottle of perfume… Eeeeeck. At the moment I’m also trying to resist the temptation of using my non ‘push’ present! I’ve got a beautiful handbag upstairs but I’m not allowed it until Baby Bear has arrived. Well I guess it’s only right really.

 I don’t think I have anything else to tell you… I’ve been pretty boring this week really.So, once again – thank you to you lovely lot for reading ✨

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx