Sunday, 31 July 2016

Our Birth Story.

I'm currently lying in the dark with my little munchkin sleeping beside me in her cot. So what better time to attempt to write up our birth story and Violet's very dramatic entrance to the world.

On Monday 18th July, I'd had a pretty average day, headed to a physio appointment then popped to the Trafford Centre on the way to pick my hubby up from work. Nothing really unusual other than then 45 minutes at the Trafford Centre were pretty much spent sat on a bench from pure exhaustion. We headed home and went to bed around 9pm. At 10:30pm I got up to nip to the loo, and discovered I couldn't stop weeing. After a few attempts to leave the bathroom, it dawned on me that perhaps this was my waters breaking. At 35+5 weeks pregnant, you can imagine this was quite a shock. I headed downstairs and gave triage a call, who swiftly told me to come in asap. Little did I know, I wouldn't be returning back home until the Friday night. 

We headed into triage, I was examined and waters confirmed. I was then transferred to the antenatal ward for observations. As i was pre-term I wasn't allowed to go back home and was told if I wasn't in "established labour" by the Wednesday morning I would be induced. 

My contractions started around 3am Tuesday morning and would come and go throughout the following 30 hours. They hadn't become regular enough to be considered "established" so I was to go ahead with the induction. As my waters breaking was an infection risk, I was unable to be examined until right before the induction. They only then examined me on Wednesday morning to see if I was dialating or not, to decide the correct induction process. During the examination the midwife confirmed I was dialating, however instead of feeling firm head, she instead felt my baby's bottom, unfortunately meaning she was in the breech position. 

The next hour was a whirlwind. Within 15
 minutes of discovering she was breech, a consultant was on the ward scanning me to confirm the position and handing me a consent form to sign. I was then whisked off to theatre for an emergency c-section. 

This wasn't quite the chilled, Hypnobirthing experience I had hoped for and coming to terms with having a c-section was pretty rubbish for the first few days. It did mean we missed out things that were really important to me, like immediate skin to skin and delayed cord clamping. But the main thing is, Violet and I are here and are happy and healthy. Violet was born at 14:41pm on Wednesday 20th July at 36 weeks. 

I won't bore you with the following few days in hospital, which consisted of lots of antibiotics, phototherapy and general examinations. However I will say, the aftercare was incredible but that didn't mean we were absolute ready to go home on Friday night!

So there it is, a whistle stop tour of Violet's arrival into the world!

Katie xx

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Welcome to the World.

If you follow me on social media, you'll know why I've been a little quiet around here. My little girly arrived in a quite dramatic manner on 20/06/16 at 14:42pm. So please bare with me while I get used to motherhood and we settle back into life at home. Of course I will get up a birth story soonish but if you want more photos/updates follow me on Twitter/Instagram (@Golddust_Katie). 

But for now..

Welcome to the world Violet Grace, I already love you more than I even thought I could. 

Katie xx

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Korean Beauty: Bubble Clay Mask.

A few weeks back I embarked on a crazy Amazon order, on a desperate hunt to find some Korean beauty products. I've heard about Bubble Clay face masks from a few people and I was dying to see what the hype was. So I popped this mask from a brand called Milky Piggy into my basket. 

The mask was £10 for 50mls, which I thought as pretty reasonable considering how difficult it is to get Korean beauty products in the UK. Plus a little of this super thick mask, goes a long, long way. 

The consistency initially is gooey and really lovely to apply. It's a lot thicker than most masks I've tried and comes with a little spreader in the lid. Within a minute or so the mask begins to expand and creates a really strange bubble effect on the skin (as you can see from the scary photos!). I must say the bubbling can be a little distracting and tickles your face, but it all adds to the fun of the mask. 

The instructions for the mask are in Korean so I've just gone with what I've seen other people doing. I let the mask do its thing for around ten minutes, then pat it down into the skin before washing it off. 

The mask leaves my skin incredibly soft, smooth and bright. I love that it doesn't have the same drying effect that I get with some clay masks and it doesn't leave my skin with that horrible right feeling. 

If you're looking for a fun and exciting beauty product that actually works, I would definitely recommend trying out this mask. It's certainly inspired me to try some more Korean beauty products! 

If you can recommend any more Korea beauty products I need to try or any websites to buy them, please let me know!

Katie xx

Monday, 11 July 2016

35 Week Pregnancy Update.

I can't quite believe I'm writing this, but as I'm only 5 weeks from my due date, I thought I should do a 2nd/3rd trimester round up. 

So where to start?! I think the main thing to say is I've loved being pregnant. There is something so comforting about having a bump and a little peanut wiggling about inside of you. I'm a little anxious about missing my bump, but I will have a gorgeous little girl to replace it. I really can't wait to wear "normal" clothes again though, maternity wear is rubbish. 

The 2nd trimester was lovely. I got a "second wind" and my energy levels peaked. Plus the nausea and metallic taste definitely died down, however both do still creep up on me now and again. Feeling bumps first movements was pretty magical. I felt her around 16/17 weeks, which I think is pretty early, but it was without a doubt Peanut moving. Since then the movements have become regular and stronger and now I can pretty much feel her getting comfy all of the time. 

I've had issues with pelvic groin pain, which is very common in first pregnancies. This did mean I was getting very little sleep for a few weeks, until I'd been to see the physio a few times. Thankfully the physio is working and making me much more comfortable. Plus I've started aquanatal, which seems to be really easing the discomfort. 

A few things I didn't expect so early on, was leaky boobs! I think I've been leaking colostrum since around 21 weeks, which is quite the surprise to wake up to. But it's a positive sign my body is doing what it should be and getting ready for our new arrival. 

Craving wise I've not been craving anything too exciting. Mainly anything sugar-based and bad for me! I went through a small strawberry craze, but for the last few weeks I've just been craving ice cubes. I'm not sure if it's the cold or the crunch of ice cubes, but I just can't get enough. Bump doesn't seem too pleased when I eat cup fulls only ice, but mama wants what mama wants...

We recently went for a 4D scan too. I was sure I didn't want a 3D or 4D scan when I first fell pregnant, but when we went for our gender scan they showed us the 3D and I just loved it. So we waited until I was 30 weeks and went ahead and booked a 4D scan. The photo is so clear and it was amazing seeing her little face again. The sonographer said she has lots of hair too, which makes me so excited. I know I was born with a full head of jet black hair and my hubby was blonde, so I can't wait to see what she looks like. At 30 weeks she was weighing around 3.5lbs, so she's growing really well. 

Appointments with the midwife are now two-weekly and mainly consist of a quick catch up, blood pressure monitoring, a listen to baby's heartbeat and measuring my bump. It's always interesting to see how much my bump has grown since the last appointment! She's currently following the highest line on the percentile chart, so midwife is very happy. 

I've been to NCT antenatal classes and Hypnobirthing, both have meant I've made some mummy friends! I already have plans with both sets to go for lunch and a catch up before all of our babies arrive. I would 100% recommend NCT if you want a more intimate antenatal class, compared to the ones offered by the hospitals. The class had a total of 9 couples, all due within a month of each other so we were all in the same boat, and full of questions. 

Lastly, the most exciting thing happened last week - baby turned to be head down! She's been breech or transverse for my entire pregnancy and I was getting very twitchy about the prospect of a planned c-section. However bump did a huge turn last Tuesday (and boy, did it stretch me!) and she now firmly down into my pelvic area. Fingers crossed she will stay in that position for the next few weeks. 

So I think you're pretty much up to date. I I'll leave a cheeky bump picture, this is from 32 weeks so I'm slightly bigger and lower down now, but I thought it would still be nice to share!

Are you a mummy blogger? I'm dying to get to know more parenting and pregnant bloggers!

Katie xx

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Perfect Summer Nails.

Now I'm on maternity leave, I can finally have nice nails! After working in health care for the past 4 years, nail varnish is a huge no-no so I absolutely taking advantage of the next ten months and painting my nails on a regular basis. So these polishes from Soigné couldn't have come at a better time.

I was kindly sent these three polishes from Soigné* which are just the perfect colours for the summer months. My favourite of the three colours is the blue shade, this is a true royal blue and looks super sophisticated. I love dark polish and wear black quite a lot, I love that this blue is slightly lighter but still super cool looking. 

The mustard shade is unlike any other polish shade I've seen. I've tried bright yellow in the past, but this is much more subtle. The actual swatch was only one coat for a full coverage on the nail which is pretty impressive. It's such a pretty shade for summer going into autumn. 

Finally the pink shade is gorgeous and the perfect shade for beach nails. I could see this working perfectly on my toes and I bet it would look incredible with a gorgeous tan. 

The finish of these polishes is amazing. I didn't apply a top coat to the swatches but they are still super shiny. The application was really smooth and all the shades only needed a maximum of two coats for a good opaque finish. 

The best part of the Soigné range is that the ingredients are 85% plant sourced and don't contain carcinogenic ingredients. Plus they are all suitable for vegans and don't test on animals! 

All the shades are available here and are priced at a competitive £11 each. 

Katie xx


Sunday, 3 July 2016

Baby Girl Haul.

My bump seriously has a better wardrobe than me. If you have children or know anyone that's pregnant, you'll know baby clothes are irresistible. I currently have to physically distract myself away from the baby clothes in any shop. I'm a woman possessed. 

I did a little Twitter poll and asked if anyone would like to see some of the bits I've picked up for baby A. Lots of people said yes so I've got together a few of the items I've bought recently, but this is no where near the amount of clothes she has. 

I'm a bit in love with all of the Mamas and Papas clothes in store at the moment. The Liberty range is my absolute fave and I managed to grab this gorgeous body warmer in the sale last week. This will just look incredibly cute with a long sleeved suit and some tiny leggings. 

As you can see the rest of her clothes are white/cream/salmon pink/mint green. I adore the gorgeous mint green cardigan from Boots (so much so, I accidentally bought it twice). I also picked up a mint green romper and a striped pink/cream romper in a two pack from H&M. The H&M baby stuff is super cute and really affordable too! 

My favourite purchases so far are the pretty Peter Rabbit body suit/sleep suits. If you've followed my blog for a long time, you'll know my obsession with rabbits and Beatrix Potter has a special place in my heart. These suits were in the sale in Mothercare and they are just perfect. I can't wait to dress her up in these pretty pieces.

If you're currently buying baby clothes, I'd really recommend the plain white  body/sleep suits from M&S. They feel super soft and they're cheaper than most of the packs I've spotted in other shops. We've just washed all of bump's clothes and everything seems to have washed well, but the real test will start when they're covered in baby poop!

Hope you enjoyed this little haul, someone seriously needs to stop me buying more clothes!

Katie xx
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