Wednesday, 26 November 2014

No time for anything

I have a full time job, it's actually 24 hours a day job... But it is a joy!

We are learning many things, grabbing and holding small things, smile and blow bubbles. Also my Milky Boy almost learn to giggle too.

he is much bigger now. 


What is amazing that I started to remember to eat, well not much but it gets better. And the lack of sleep doesn't bother me much. He sleeps much better, but we still up about 3 times a night.

Actually we have some more dramatic news, we are moving back to Wales. Woohooo

But it's super hard to pack with 3 month old....

Also my Egg is a lady magnet. We are attending two baby clubs in Bearwood, and in both he got kisses from older ladies. They were like 12 months old!



Friday, 31 October 2014

Choices. Beauty boxes

So I have a dilemma... Birchbox or My Little Box. Let me elaborate on that...

I have singed up for Birchbox a while back, when I was still waddling back and forth from work and the idea was that I would be getting a treat monthly. And so far so good. But some things I really do not want or use. Don't get me wrong- great idea and product. Really loved some of the products and actually just treated my self to some luxury Caudalie products.



And I though "oh there are other boxes too... shall I see what they are?" wish I did not do that.
Well I did some digging between the night feeds on my phone and really was not impressed with other options. Until I somehow found this French thing. It has arrived yesterday, and it made me feel very happy and special.

Pro of birchbox that if you review products and such you get points, points are money off. But then again I do not tend to buy much anyway, but it was nice to get £10 off my order... 

Loved the art in My Little Box, scarf and the broach along with products. Lovely L'Occitane hand cream, MLB own makeup remover and Hairspray... 



So Birchbox is more for beauty and makes you feel girlie. My Little Box is also very special but more of the lifestyle thing and very French in that way:) And I haven't made a decision, will be getting both in November.... and maybe December since it's my birthday. But will make a decision eventually.... 

Friday, 17 October 2014

Cinema I love you!

As you are probably already aware I am a big fan of my local Cineworld, especially that I am also an owner of their great unlimited card.

After having a baby it became a bit tricky finding time and such. I do have an amazing hubby who was looking after Edgar and I got to go to the cinema twice last week.

I went to see Lucy and Dracula Untold.

I missed the cinema, but I will have to only watch films that I really want to watch. However I am not sure what was my motivation to see Lucy. But I do not regret that one, it was short and sweet. Ms Johansson is very cool and messed up. Luc Besson can make a strange film and I love him for this.


Now with Dracula Untold I knew why I was going to see that. Mancandy! Oh I love me a sexy Welshman, hell I married one. It was...well it was ok. Interesting take on Vlad the Impaler as a caring father and husband. But really as a plot it was a bit not grabbing and bit boring, but visually it was good. 


So having a baby means I do not have free time or a time to blog, or energy for anything.... since I have started this post I also been to see What we did on our holidays. Now that was truly great film. I would definitely be getting it on DVD and making everyone watch it. It has gorgeous Scottish actors, David Tennant and Billy Connolly, brilliant child actors, they were so much fun and an amazing funeral. 


Also I have started listening to Mayo and Kermod podcast about movies, so much fun. Now I just wish Milky Boy was old enough to appreciate cartoons and go to the cinema with me.


Thursday, 9 October 2014

new thing

Nothing can prepare you for this... No matter how prepared you think you are. Hey I was supposed to have a nice water birth...

I thought I was terrible at this to start with. I couldn't calm him down, he wouldn't feed properly I was so stressed out and worried. So my baby blue kicked in. I have never been depressed in my life, down at times, but never like that. Scary. 

I am all better now. Happy, provided Sir Poops-a-Lot is not grouchy or even if he is grouchy. He is my amazing baby!



It is still very strange to refer to him as "my son" or think of my self as mum. I am trying not to over think about this too much... and the fact that somehow I feel older. Maybe because my only grey hair made an appearance again.

Egg is being more active every day. He stopped hating his bouncy chair and we have been to baby massage classes. Got a cute certificate. And have been looking for a baby club/play group to join, more for me I think than for Edgar. So I won't go bananas. All we do is eat, sleep and go the park... Now we sing, dance (Egg's in the sling) and sleep next to other babies play.

It is super nice to see that other people freak out about the babies too, also nice to see what is soon to come. Little 11 month old Leela was very interested in Egg's sleepy foot. All the singing put him right to sleep...

Well it has been a roller-coaster of emotions. I would never change it. But one thing it would be nice to have a tincy bit of free time.... I miss gym and cinema.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

One Month

On the 15th August my waters broke... Then on the 17th I heard my Milky Boy scream... 


We had a really bad bad labour and a very long one, ended up with failed attempt with forceps and then a c section. So much for never being in hospital... 

Milky Boy is a big boy, he was 9 pounds 4 ounces, 4kg 200gr for my metric friend... And he eats loads! 



Considering how awful the labour has been, having my baby here is amazing! I still feel funny about being a mother, I'd rather not think about this as a life changing thing or as a new role. I take it every day as it comes and one problem at the time... that includes being peed on!

So far I had a bit of baby blues... amazing it did not turn into full on depression! 
Just holding him makes me so happy. We also discovered the joys of formula milk, that baby of ours eats soo much, so we have to top him up. And joys of dummy. Last one is very recent and saved me from being used as a dummy and now I can actually wear clothes and leave the house!! Also in the end, poo is just poo.


Everyone has been so great, cards, presents and all warm wishes. We feel very special and thank you all! 

So far, I know that babies are hard work. But oh so wonderful!! 

Happy 1st month Edgar, I love you so very much xx


Monday, 11 August 2014

Feel the Bump Love!

It's a nice feeling actually... you feel like the centre of the earth sometimes, but sometime I just want to say that "just chill I'm not dying I'm just pregnant".... But it is nice to have a party thrown in the honour of your roundness and be this centre of everything. 
So my amazing in laws, and Martin (brother in law) especially,  organised me a baby shower!


I was feeling a bit down and such, waddling around just waiting for stuff to happen and being by my self most of the time, so it was a welcome change to go back to Wales, see everyone and have people fuss over me...

Feel really grateful and loved! Thank you all so much!!




And big thank you for amazing gifts! This baby will look amazing straight after birth... and much needed perks for me:) 

We have sampled the baby foods... as per some strange baby shower tradition... Well this made me want to make my own. Don't know how long I will last with that but the idea is in my head. These things were wile!!!


I actually had an early baby shower present a while back from Marzena. And my dear I did look at some messages on the nappies, I almost weed my self they were so funny.

And yes we all are wearing sperm as name tags:) 

Friday, 8 August 2014

Just a quick note...

Baby is still in the belly so we are still in anticipation of the big day!


yeah, that's one big bump:)
Lots of love it's time for my daily nap:)

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Moisterise me!!!!

As you know everything has been changing... I actually have started to waddle. Me and my friend Marzena have decided that we either like ducks or penguins. Bring on the penguin outfits, they are slimming she said!! So if you see a penguin outfit get us a couple!!



But what I actually wanted to write about if the stuff I have been using to keep these strech marks at bay and generally some of the awesome products I loved. I never wrote anything like this before, it's seems rather commercial but hey I love these things, why won't I tell you about them! 
I guess everyone is super concerned about the change your body goes throw when you are expecting. As you know I was freaking out and it was hard for me not to do things I normally would do. But I can proudly say that at 9 months of pregnancy I can still reach my toes and did not ask anyone to paint my toe nails! And to keep changed at bay, and not to have any stretch marks (so far, touch wood!!) I have been moisturising like crazy. 
Here are the products I use... Not all at the same time of course... 



I figured any moisturiser will do, as long as it is on in a thickish layer. I used up some body lotion from Body Shop I had, now I'm Garnier body all over. I love their firming lotion too, but bit scared to use it now when I'm expanding:) Keep bits soft and not itchy (yeah you grow you itch) I have showers with Lush's Rub Rub Rub shower scrub on my shower puff instead of shower gel. It lathers, smells beautifully, and leaves you squeaky clean! Speaking of Lush I had some Christmas gifts left overs with Ro's Argan Body Conditioner. Don't know if it is a limited edition for Christmas or something but this stuff is magic. Thick rich cream with this argan oil smell... Don't really need perfume after or I would wear my favourite Skin by Trussardi. I also been given the Almond Shower Oil.... Now this one is a bit tricky, but if I have to rush I won't have time for moisturiser after the shower this is a must, you are lathered in oil while showering. However a bit tricky to use if you never used it before. Just cover you wet skin in it and add bit more water for more bubbles.
For the face I have been using botanic for couple of years now, and couldn't be happier really. No lines for me thank you! 
With pregnancy your sense of smell heightens too... I have been a big fun of smelly shower gels and such. Body Shop has a great sale on at the moment got 2 bottles of shower gel, papaya and passion fruit for only £6! 
In the beginning I was concerned that my hair was not growing like it used to... Oh panic! It does grow but some what slower I think, so I was nourishing the locks with cheapest coconut and almond hair mask. I mean do you have time or patience to keep if for three minutes while you are in the shower? So what difference does this make if you wash off the super expensive hair mask down the drain or the cheap one with same ingredients?!
 This stuff is good, hair feels softer and not as dry all the indoor heating and pollution). 
I also used the traditional preggo products such as Bio Oil and Palmer's Stretch mark massage cream. Bio Oil is lovely but takes forever to dry and I really do not like the way it smells. I still use it for extra perks for my big belly but Palmer's cream I love it, on the second tube now.

Oh I also singed up for a Birch Box. It's a monthly box with samples in it. Cute, inexpensive and feels like a real treat. I was well impressed when my 1st box arrived with Opi nail vanish and Caudalie face fluid thing-y. It is like my beauty treats because frankly I would not be getting Opi or Caudalie my self any time soon.... It makes me feel like real girl again! and not a live human incubator... (even if I enjoy my pregnancy sometimes it makes you feel... well fat!)

Now I feel I need to really concentrate on the skin care, sleepless nights and such. I do not want to look my age still... Just because I will be a mother in few weeks doesn't mean I will dress like a mother or start looking older, or even my actual age:) 





Sunday, 13 July 2014

My favourite pasta dish! Ever!!

I just love Putanessca.... and it's so easy to make. Takes just few mins of your time, and if I can do it, you can do it!! 


So first of all fun fact, Putanessca means prostitute in Italian. So we will be learning a prostitute pasta. The ingredients can be found in average Italian fridge and they cheap and cooking legend has it that ladies of the night used to have it before going out because it is rather nutritious. 

So here is what you will need for the sauce

Anchovies (I normally put 2 little filets in, or more if you want more flavour)
Black olives (take the stone out, or get pitted, chopped) Apparently however the ones with stones in are more flavoursome, but hey I get like a medium size jar for only 59p.. don't judge me.
Garlic (I love garlic, so I used two cloves just for me) minced
Capers (brine-y goodness)
Tomatoes (cherry, plum, or whatever, it's rustic, and besides we don't know what that prostitute has in her fridge)
Chilli Flakes (gives that heat to the dish)

Now while your pasta is boiling away, heat the oil in the pad, add some chilli. Then chuck the garlic and anchovies, stir stir and stir. When the anchovies started to dissolve add the rest of the ingredients. Hand full really depending on what you want to it to be. I personally love it with more capers and more tomatoes. It is all sizzling and merging together making a dry-ish pasta sauce, add a bit of liquid from your boiling pasta into the pan, but no too much. Drain the pasta, al dente if you can. It supposed to be better for digestion, another fun fact! Toss it throw the sauce.... Add some cheese... and ....


Enjoy!!! 


Here I used left over pasta shapes.... And this is my comfort food that you can make in minutes. 

Saturday, 5 July 2014

stupidty or motivation

This year due to this big bump I was not as active as I would like to be... No waking up early shouting "RACE DAY" and clearing more space for medals... My body finds is a bit tricky to adjust to the whole baby thing. I'm literally just bump on legs.


It is really good, that I do not feel like a giant, well that is if I don't look at my feet:) and I will have less to lose after he is here (Can't wait!! So excited!!) 

My work fundraisers this year for Birmingham Children's Hospital... We did few fun things, like bike ride GM (who actually cycled from Slough to Bham) vs Staff on stationary bike in the lobby. Sure guests saw some sights that day. They also want some of staff to get together and do the half marathon, Bupa Great Birmingham run... You remember I did it last year

So stupid thing I did before I left on my maternity earlier this week.... I have emailed out GM to say "Pencil me in for the Half... provided everything goes well with the baby"... So I do not know am I stupid and insane or just super motivated?! 

Rope two other people to do it with me... Or shall I say potentially with me. Harry who has started running in order to improve himself, he even eats better but still won't touch veg. And Yuki who used to cycle everywhere till that day her bike got stolen from under our noses. 

I realise that I will not have much time to train and will not make a history or a PB but I'm in it for fun. But who knows.... maybe baby will enjoy going for a jog with me in a pram! 
But at the moment I'm just bump on legs!!


Monday, 30 June 2014

Angelina love or Maleficient

We all knew that Maleficent will be good... it was long time in production and advertised to no end. And we all were aware that it is about the evil in Sleeping Beauty. Oh but was it?



I really did not know what to expect... I though a dull Disney film. But I was wrong and very pleasantly surprised.

The horrid evil act... Loss of wings... All men are evil said the film! and oh we believed that.

But truly Angelina was a real star of this film. She was magnificent! I would really recommend it to everyone... Beautifully made, beautiful actors, dark and Gothic as we all know I'm a fan of that!

Also I want these horns... and wings!! 


Oh and loved how they have reinvented the true loves kiss, very much like frozen too the act of the pure heart the same way! Very cute and not traditional at all.



Friday, 27 June 2014

Last day at work done!

I was actually looking forward to it for a very very long time... Last day at work!! WOOO kind of like day before holidays when you were at school, this super excitement.

I am very much looking forward not to deal with idiots, people who ask you obvious and same questions over and over again... Oh wait! I will have a baby, but then these guys do not actually know. But asking about car park charges and why are they so high... You damn ass it is city centre it s actually very reasonable!! And no just because it says check in time 2pm you do not have to arrive by 2pm or else we give away your room... Honestly!! See why sometimes I get grumpy at home because it seems rude to tell people "Just use your brain mate!" and you also cannot be patronising.... Even if you actually know better!
My work colleagues made me feel very special! I had a home baked cake. Which was insanely delishious... I mean you really cannot go wrong with chocolate brownie cake in white icing! And look how pretty and fun it is....



Kelly actually made the baby out of cake too and swaddle him in icing.... More icing and more cake!!!



I got some beautiful flowers, cards with sweet wishes and advice not to ask our GM to baby sit since he almost drowned his nephew... well the kid fell into the river while cycling with him.

Also got lots of hugs and wishes. Love hugs:) Some super soft socks for the mini me and gift voucher to spend in Mamas and Papas. We still have few things to get... Think like this might be never ending.



I felt very cared for and loved yesterday, big thank you to all you lovely people at work. And some amazing regular guests who also gave me presents for little one... That's like extra sweet!!



But now I feel strange...  I have been working for a while now and I realise "What on Earth I am going to do?" time off... with no holidays to fill in, no deadlines... It is scary.... Our lives are about to change. And there is nothing to do but prepare and wait for the baby to arrive... One very scary notion.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Stephen's happy place

I came home from work one day, it was just gone 11pm to find my other half still pottering around in the garden! Madness right?

I work out to unwind, gosh how I miss running! and Steve he gardens. 


Our current garden is more manageable and has more sun, which is amazing for me, since I adore the sun and the warms but not so great for his pale Welsh complexion. We have some sun screen stashed in the shed!:)


From the garden to the stove... In his awesome garden hat:)
He works tirelessly on his garden, yeah, it's his garden.... We have flowers, some grown from bulbs, "shake'n'rake" boxes and some ready bought. I couldn't really help out  much since every time I crouch down to dig or plant I would be tilting forward since my belly is so big now.

We also have a veg patch... 



I never grew anything before neither did he, so it is more and more impressive that we have tons of veggies sprouting. He even put up a cold frame, green house essentially. And we already had some homegrown radishes. By the way if you decide to grow these delicious root veggies, beware that they grow quickly and like weeds:)


Also the pride and joy of every men with a loan mower is .... drum roll... the lawn! It is not finished yet, but I'm finally allowed to walk on it.... However I just want to roll around in it, bump is in a way. Apparently the patches need to be seeded and the rest of the lawn need to be fixed. Not to be a pessimist or anything, but I do not think we will have this lawn finished before the baby comes:) Or hint hint get it going, Steve!!

Friday, 13 June 2014

belly

Belly is big. I mean my preggers trousers are like super tight on the bump which is not ideal....

So few other interesting things I have discovered about being pregnant, I can probably write a book about this awesome and terrifying experience. 

Even if anyone tells you that pregnancy clothes are cute now.. well they are...they will cost you a fortune so I was determined to stay on low budget as possible. It doesn't however help that everything is tight, and actual clothes that still fit... well some one always who will tell you "oh you know her, well her clothes stretched and she couldn't wear them after the baby".... And then there is of course your loved ones tell you "oh get maternity clothes coz you are so uncomfortable"... And... Yet nothing fits! I'm too short for conventional maternity clothes....


This is a top... A very very ugly top. I mean what on earth are they expecting that short women will not have babies? So I m sticking to in what I can fit... And maternity trousers, jeans and shorts. 


Tip for you shorties and preggers, stretchy cheap clothes. You probably won't wear them again after baby, but al least you will be comfy. 
Other fun thing... 
Strange pain in the pelvic bones... Yes, you body is preparing it self to give birth. Yeah well tell me this to my hips and butt that hurt like hell if I walk a bit too long... I have to sleep with pillow between my legs and with anther under my belly and mostly on the left side. It is super tricky. 

This amazing feeling when you feel the baby move for the very first time... It's magical because lot of lucky of us can make life. It's a wonderful feeling. But then the more in this 39-40 weeks you are in the moves become more and more noticeable. Gosh my belly moves like there is an alien is about to come out. It's fun to watch... but then sometimes it is real painful. Oh also I am pretty sure I felt my baby boys foot. It felt like a big foot. .... 
So size... 
I have been sent to hospital to do the blood test and glucose test. They wanted to rule out few things, such as I might have too much water, or I might be diabetic, or other things. So I am not diabetic, I do not have to much water... I have a big baby. I have another two months to go. I am scared about giving birth... I think I might have to have a c section.... 
So this is things I can tell you about my belly and being pregnant so far. Stay tunes for more updates on this front!:)


Wednesday, 4 June 2014

gigs

So I met a lady the other day she was in her 40s and was heading to her 1st gig ever... She was going to see New Kids on the Block in B'ham NIA. Well more like Old Dudes on the Block really...

That made me smile! A lot!!!

I finally been to the massive venue to see the gig. I got hubby tickets for Nine Inch Nails in Cardiff... So I though we will have fun, drinks and such. Well I didn't know I would be 7 months pregnant... 

But we had fun! I really do not know much of NIN but it was really fun and very different.

A lot of cool looking people, saw some great and rather strange tattoos. Dude with a penguin tattoo on his calf was rather cool!

And the gig it self...





A massive downside of a big venue and short height I cannot see much. 
But after looking a "spot" we found one.
Also being preggers and going to the gigs equals a lot of pee breaks!

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Mum came to visit!!!

It is hard some times to live away from your family... You do not see each other very often, frankly I do not know what we did before skype and smart phones!? But then I guess I saw them every winter for Christmas and New Year.
I haven't seen my mother in the flesh since last October when we all went to Ukraine for my cousin's wedding, but it was literally for 2 days



And I had so much planned... She never been to Birmingham before, so I thought we can see the Jewellry Quater museum, Botanical Gardens, Art Gallery, do a canal walk.... 


But between getting lost in town, drinking Guiness and unpacking our house... we didn't do much of the planned things:( I feel really guilty about this... But I have been told not to be silly do not over do it and brush my hair. Last thing never happened!

She also helped us to plant things....


Lots of things.... But garden post is still to come;)





Think the botanical gardens was a success... Think she took pictures of everything, with hope that she can show them in her landscaping club and tell them "look what I have grown in my garden" Cheek!



Mum also helped me to get more or less organised for the baby to come. Baby clothes and muslins were washed and ironed... 
We also got the essentials, pram, baby carrier, breast pump and some bottles.


Despite mainly doing all the hard work she seem to enjoy her time here. She said that she never gets to do things for me anyway so it was a nice change.... And "please pour me some wine"... 


Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Trip to Grey Capital...

Perks of working for a large hotel chain is that you can stay somewhere nice for cheap!:) Yay!

We stayed in lovely 4* in Kensington area of London. 


Shame about the weather really, our event we went to was in Kensington Roof Gardens

One amazing location.... Really really stunning, but rain and cold and wind really interfere with the party.... 

But first things first... I went to V&A. I like taking bump into museums, makes me feel all super mummy worried about eduction of my mini me from the very start... or, some of you might think I'm just crazy!



 One of few things I miss about living in London is the museums!! 

Main reason to go to V&A was to see The Glamour Of Italian Fashion exhibit.... Many reasons to see that, Elizabeth Taylor jewels from Bvlgari, Gucci vintage, Italian Glamour.... My friend Olga who is currently lives in Milano says that Italians are just so pro fashion and so much glamour in them. Unlike when we shared a flat in East London, I dressed like... well I still dress a bit like a "rock chick" with some crazy thrown in. I prefer laid back cool of UK so I was nice to see something more rich more sophisticated... 

Shame you were not allowed to take pictures... Oh! Everything was so divine, original Pucci designs with their signature swirls, Vespa bikes, some exquisite tailoring, vintage Gucci (now that made me wonder about my vintage Gucci handbag), Liz Taylor's Emerald set was just so... shiny! Fun Prada outfits... I tell you that it was totally worth paying for a ticket to see that. 

I had a lot of time to my self and it seemed like such a shame not to see the rest....




Last sculpture is actually by Rodin. Saw some other of his work, and actually am amazed on how un-proportional some of it is. 



Amazing Dior peice! How stunning is that collar!


And some floating bras!!:) Oh I do like vintage and antique fashion. Just makes me so happy.... and yet sad about the fact that no one wears hats and gloves any more. I want us to be more glam in a way I guess... 

So back to the Roof Gardens... How amazing are these flamingos in Central London?!


Unfortunately  think these guys might have their wings clipped but they seem happy. And truly hope that they are. I guess it is not a bad life, they have all these beautiful gardens and ponds to themselves....




I also was very pleased to see Emma and Eric from Bath site. They were so much fun. Emma seemed to be a big fan of my bump:) And yes hubby looks rather tipsy... Well he was:) 
Everyone seem to have fun, but I guess I overdid it again... As Stephen says I should really chill down a bit and stop doing as much as I used to... Big bump is taking a lot of energy out of me...
But fun been had and next day we were on our way home to Midlands.


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