18 August 2017

10 BABY NAMES I LOVE BUT WON'T BE USING...MAYBE


Now I'm not completely crossing these baby names off forever and ever because I actually really loved the name Lily but said I wouldn't use it because it was so popular but then after watching an episode of Doctor Who I fell in love with it and that was that. Her middle name is Rose but that's after her Great Nan though, not Rose Tyler! Haha.

I chose Eloise because it was pretty unique but then it seemed like about 453 people called their girls Eloise. Haha! A lot of names I love are ridiculously popular but I feel like I can't use them because there would be about 5 other kids in the same class with that name and it'd get so confusing! Eloise is the only Eloise in her school and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that no one else with kids starting there in a few years called their daughter Lily. It's a super tiny school so there is hope I reckon. Maybe.

Anyway, narrowing this down to just 10 was bloody impossible because I am probably the most indecisive person on the planet so there are a few bonus ones in there.

Emilia

Basically Amelia with an E. I like Amelia too but I preferred how Emilia looked and it was the less popular choice which is a silly reason really because Lily is the second most popular name I think? I bloody loved this name for years and it was my favourite when I was pregnant with my angel and I just sort of associated it with that pregnancy if that makes sense? I don't know if that's weird...? We were going to call Lily, Emilia but it just didn't feel right. I still very much love it though.

Clara

Another Doctor Who derived name but Ben hates it so this one is definitely crossed off the list. I do really like it though, I don't know many people named Clara and I like quite unique names (says someone who called her daughter Lily).

Delilah

I really liked this but I can't get the song out of my head and I fear I would have it involuntarily playing in my mind every single time I told her to put her shoes on (and we all know that's a hell of a lot of times). I also love names to have lots of nick name possibilities and I just couldn't think of one for Delilah.

Flora

I love this and it's a name I've considered for both Eloise and Lily and it's still on my list but I think another flower name would be weird? I don't know if I'm reading too far into it but I feel like if I used another flower name then Eloise would be on the side lines kind of thing. That's probably just me reading into it far too much.

Grace

I love this name so much and I actually considered it for Lily but my Grandparents had a dog called Gracie so I thought it'd be a bit weird? Would that be weird?

Primrose

Another name I've always loved but Ben didn't like it and I think having a Lily Rose and a Primrose would be too many roses.

Amber Rain

We had pretty much decided on this for Lily but then we were told she was a porn star and that made it several shades of weird. We still really like Amber though.

James

I love this name for a boy but my sister went and named her cat James and after that I think it'd just be weird. Is it weird?

Tobias/Toby

This is my all time favourite boys name, stolen from The Labyrinth. I imagined my little boy wearing a stripy red sleep suit and everything. I still think I want to use this one to be honest.

Grayson

I love the idea of this being shortened to Gray and I just feel like it accommodates for all ages. I find with some names I think they sound really lovely when they're little but aren't so lovely when they're older which has put me off quite a few boys names.

Castiel

Stolen from Supernatural and we both actually love this name so much but I feel like this sounds really odd with Bayliss - too many s's. We both really love this name though.

Nemo

We both liked this, not after the fish but after Mr Nobody (it has Jared Leto in it and Jared Leto is basically the epitome of awesome) but we figured everyone would associate Nemo with the fish so we decided against it.

I filmed a Youtube video for this post too, so if you fancy watching me ramble about names head on over. I had a good hair day thanks to this bloody amazing hair mask from last months Pink Parcel, so didn't want to waste it haha!






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17 August 2017

STEROID INJECTIONS IN PREGNANCY



Being told you need steroid injections during pregnancy is bound to terrify you ever so slightly, it certainly scared me. After being diagnosed with IUGR in my pregnancy with Lily I had weekly scans and bi weekly CTGs. I remember sitting in the consultants room at 31 weeks pregnant after having a particularly rubbish growth scan that found my fluid levels to be low and my baby so small she was off the charts. It was decided that the risk of my baby being born prematurely was high enough for me to need steroid injections to mature my baby's lungs and I was booked in to have them as soon as possible.

I was absolutely petrified. More so of the injections themselves at the time, I had read so many horror stories about how painful and absolutely awful they were which sent my anxiety even higher through the roof. To top it off, Ben had broken his hand and was unable to drive and Eloise had managed to pick up a stomach bug which made me even more anxious but hopefully after reading this, you won't be so anxious.


So, what happens?

Steroid injections are given over the course of two days. This is very important because in order for the injections to give your baby the best chance the full dosage needs to be administered 24 hours apart between the weeks 25-33 and are most effective two-seven days after administration. Depending on your circumstances this can be done while you are an inpatient or an outpatient. I was lucky enough to be able to have mine done as an outpatient.

If you are an outpatient then your injections are likely be administered in the antenatal assessment unit which you will more than likely already be familiar with. It will be injected in your thigh/bum area so the needle will look pretty big although not the size of your forearm like I read somewhere. I was bricking it and bracing myself for literal agony but I hardly felt it. It stung a little obviously but comprehend to what I was expecting a stinging nettle is more hardcore. I was asked to stay for 10 minutes which is pretty standard after any injection.

The next day I had the injection in the other leg and stood up this time, bent over the bed. Honestly, this made it hurt even less than the first time so I totally recommend standing up if you can. I didn't have to wait the 10 minutes this time because I was fine the day before apart from panicking.

I always worry a lot about side effects, my anxiety sky rockets at the thought of them and I always freak out about the worst case scenarios which for me is normally anaphylaxis or another serious allergic reaction but Betamethasone (which is the steroid they use to mature babies lungs) is actually sometimes used to treat severe allergic reactions which put my mind at ease a lot.


What side effects did I have?

BLOOD SUGAR CHANGES - I suffer with hypoglycemia so I was quite worried about my blood sugar levels because corticosteroids can make them harder to control. I did notice an increase in my blood sugar both fasting and after meals for a good few days; I normally sit at 4mmol fasting but I was sitting in the 5s for a bit after. So if high blood sugar is more your problem they you may have a week where your levels are harder to keep down. I also worried a bit about how my body would cope with the drop after the injection ha worn off and I did have a hypo so definitely keep a close eye on your levels for at least a week.


SLEEP DISTURBANCES - Could I sleep? Could I f*ck! I found myself awake at all hours for a good few days and I found it really difficult to drop off.

NIGHT SWEATS - I also experienced night sweats which kept me up too, I would wake up absolutely boiling hot, dripping with sweat. Bearing in mind I had them December time so it was freezing outside.

FACIAL FLUSHING - This one is a pretty common side effect, I had more hot flushes than someone going through the menopause. I looked like a bloody tomato.

INCREASED FOETAL MOVEMENT - This was another one I was told to expect, Lily did move rather a bit more for a few days which worried me a bit. If you notice a change that you're worrying about, even if they warned you about it, just go and get checked.

FEELING OVERLY HYPED UP - I actually felt bloody amazing after had the injections, I felt awake for the first time in ages and I was near enough buzzing. Kinda like I had drank a load of energy drinks on top of the entire contents of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory without the sugar crash. I felt fantastic in a slightly weird, not sure if I was totally in control of myself kind of way.

These side effects went by the time a week was up and Lily managed to stay put until she was full term and despite being the size of a doll, she was perfect. You can read her birth story and watch our birth vlog here.

My view in the AAU. I spent most of my pregnancy here in those bloody God awful chairs!




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15 August 2017

WHAT MY TODDLER ATE TUESDAY [15/08/2017]



BREAKFAST


// Sugar Waffle w/ Coconut Yogurt and Berries

Massive hit with everyone except Eloise who picked the fruit off and left the rest because for some reason she thought I had put it on a bloody potato waffle....
Coconut yogurt is my new favourite thing and Lily ate 80% of this so massive winner! The fruit and yogurt totally cancel out the sugar in the waffle right? Cool.



LUNCH


//Cheese Sandwiches
//Ella's Kitchen Cheese + Tomato Melty Hoops
//Fromage Frais
//Fruit Bowl Mango Flakes

Lily loves these little Melty Hoops and they have been a favourite for a while now. She also loves the mango flakes, they're 1 of your 5 a day so she tends to have them as a snack or a pudding quite a lot.


DINNER


// Sweet Potato & Spinach Patties 
// Homemade Garlic and Herb Wedges

These patties were a doddle to make and Lily loved them! Absolutely perfect for weaning too, definitely a recipe I'm going to keep for future babies too! She also had some garlic and herb wedges but I forgot to take a photo of them somehow. 

To make the patties all you need to do is:

  1.  Cook the sweet potatoes and spinach
  2. Mash the potatoes and mix with the spinach
  3. Take a spoonful or so of the mixture and make into a patty shape
  4. Fry the patties until they are beginning to go golden (I used a drop of coconut oil spray to fry mine in but if you have a good pan you may not need to)
  5. Leave them to cool slightly before serving and voila!

The recipe for the patties was kindly given to me by Little Olive Wonders over on Instagram! She posts beautiful photographs of her daughters meals and she has some absolutely brilliant ideas so head over for some top class weaning inspiration!

Find last weeks W.M.T.A.T here.




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14 August 2017

MEAT FREE MONDAY // SPINACH & FETA PUFF PASTRY TART



This Spinach and Feta Puff Pasty Tart has been a firm favourite in my family for years. I think my Grandma was the first to make it as part of a Christmas dinner and it quickly became a favourite and highly requested childhood family meal (which is also super easy so huge bonus there).








// Puff Pastry (I used to ready rolled boxes you find in supermarkets)
// Spinach (fresh or frozen work just as well)
// Feta Cheese
// Grated Cheddar or Gruyere Cheese










  1. Take the pastry out of the fridge and un roll onto a baking sheet
  2. Cook and spinach and turn the oven on to pre heat at 180 degrees
  3. Prick the pastry with a fork and drain the spinach.
  4. Spread the spinach evenly onto the pastry 
  5. Crumble the Feta on on top of the spinach and top with the grated cheese
  6. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until pastry is golden and cooked through

Kid friendly, even Eloise who is a fussy eater x1000, likes it and Lily had it as soon as she was weaning although I didn't give her too much of the feta as it's a little salty. I normally serve with boiled or roast potatoes or go all out and chuck on some stuffing, mash, roast parsnips, basically all the trimmings and then a shit load of gravy.




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