Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Bump aka George


Well I am almost approaching the 30 week mark in my pregnancy, I can't believe how fast it has come around and that I haven't even blogged about it yet. Living in Tom Price is making things a little different to last time, mainly for appointments with shared caring etc as I will be having bubba no 2 back in Perth due to needing a c section, after a lovely school prank left me with a shattered coccyx bone....ouch!!
Emily and I will be heading down at the 36 week mark to stay with my parents until George arrives.
Now we don't even know if we are having a boy or girl as we wanted some sort of element of surprise since we know what day he or she will be arriving. So back to "George" it was originally one of our boys names (we like old fashioned names) and on a road trip somewhere we were talking about names and decided to ask Emily her choice, well she decided on George, at first it was BIG George, but now it's just George. Everyday she says hello to George and gives my belly big kisses and cuddles and tells George she loves him. In her little world she is having a brother, I really hope for her bub turns out to be a George and not a Georgie. I have no inclination with this one, with Emily I just knew right from the start it was a little girl, as long as they are healthy and LOVE to sleep I will be happy,  Hubby's odds are on a girl. A girl would be easy as we have everything you could possibly want in Pink and more.....

9 weeks, 2 days and counting till we become 4.

Maybe I should run a competition on here sex and weight??? What do you think??


Friday, 30 December 2011

Road trip




Morning, well today we are getting ready for a little road trip to go and visit Hubby's family for New Years. Not sure if I am looking forward to the car trip I can see very swollen feet by the end of it. But can't wait to get there and spend some time with them. We will be having some relaxing times by the pool, with some yummy food and a few beverages (although non alcoholic for me) I'm thinking some yummy ice tea to bring in the new year for me.
How will you be bringing in 2012? Do you have any new years resolutions you are planning, kicking bad habits or perhaps trying something new?
I haven't really put much thought into it........ mmmm maybe something to ponder on the drive and I will get back to you.

Deb x

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Presents...

Well I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas with family and friends and didn't over indulge too much!
So I promised you a peak at some of the handmade goodies that found there way under our tree for Emily this year. Also pop over and check out this website Sweet Creations where I found quite a few gorgeous things that also made there way under the tree. Emily loves her little kitchen.


Teaspoon bookmark from Me2 for my Nanna


Dress from Sweet Poppie Lane  I also purchased the cutest pink tutu for my little ballerina


This gorgeous reversable hat from Winnie & Clem  I just want one for me now....


Always need some pretty clips ZaraMadisonDesigns


and this clever little game which fits perfectly in my hand bag from the super talented mollydagmade


All images are from suppliers websites

Deb x

Friday, 23 December 2011

Merry Christmas and all the best for 2012 xx

Well you may have noticed a lack of blogging lately on my behalf. It was not a decision that I made intentionally, some how my days are filled from morning to night and I think to myself, before climbing into bed I really must blog tomorrow. My head is filled with so many thoughts and inspirations that I have wanted to share with you all. I just simply haven't put the time aside for myself to self indulge on the computer.
Instead I have been trying to settle little Miss 2 into our new town and to be honest I have been enjoying every minute of it. I love not knowing what the day will bring when I wake up in the morning and here Miss 2 yelling from her bedroom "I'm awake now mummy" or the mornings she has snuck into bed with me, after her daddy has left for work and she rolls over with a big cuddle and a kiss for both me and the baby(still in my tummy). These are some of the most precious moments, just being able to share each day with her. I feel so blessed that I don't have to go out to work each day. Instead I can stay home and listen to her chatter, sing and watch her dance like a ballerina, bake cookies with her, go to the park, teach her to swim..... the list goes on and on. It is something I definately don't take for granted.

So it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas....
Our tree has been up for well over a month and all the pressies are wrapped and waiting. There are some gorgeous handmade goodies under the tree from some very talented ladies. I promise I will share them with you in the new year. This week Miss 2 and I have been busy doing lot's of Christmas baking... fingers crossed there is still some left by Sunday. My little fridge is barely coping with the turkey and ham sat in there waiting to be cooked and eaten. We will be staying in town and it will be the three of us, I am sad we will not be with extended family but am excited about making it a special Christmas just for us. 
And as we say goodbye to 2011 my thoughts are with all those families who have had to say goodbye to a much loved one this year. Brodie and Amanda you are always in our thoughts, two beautiful little girls taken from us far too young.
On a brighter note, I am looking forward to the new year and everything it will bring. We will be having a massive new year sale so keep your eyes peeled for that. I am also working on a few new ideas to bring to you as well. I also plan on BLOGGING a lot more!!!  Plus we will be welcoming baby number 2 into the family around mid March.

Wishing you and your families all a fantastic Christmas and a safe and happy holiday season and I look forward to sharing with you all in the new year.

Deb xx

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Getting your pre-baby body back

A little while ago we had a guest blogger Andrew, who is a personal trainer and friend of mine who did a fantastic piece on staying fit and healthy during pregnancy, which I must add I am currently using to stay in shape for baby number 2. Andrew is based in Sydney and you can find   him at www.healthjigsaw.com - "helping you fit all the healthy lifestyle pieces together

Anyway Andrew is back with another great read for all us mummy's with;

Getting your pre-baby body back

I’m sure many of you have read about Miranda Kerr and other celebrities getting back to their “perfect” bodies in no time after giving birth.  There is no fixed time to begin exercising after pregnancy.  However, you should listen to your body and don’t feel pressured to exercise before you are ready.  Childbirth places considerable strain on your body, even if there were no complications throughout the pregnancy and the labour and delivery were relatively straightforward.
Once the baby is born, you’re thrown into a 24-hour cycle of feeding and caring for the baby while attempting to recover from childbirth.  Resting and bonding with your baby are more important than looking like a celebrity.  
If you were exercising regularly during your pregnancy, you may be able to return to exercise quicker.  Regular exercise after childbirth can help you return to your pre-pregnancy shape and gives you more energy to cope with the demands of new motherhood.  It is important that you check with your doctor before you start any post-natal exercise programme.  You may need more time than you think to heal especially if you had a caesarean section.  However, you should be able to start pelvic floor and gentle abdominal exercises as soon as you feel ready.

Pelvic Floor Exercises
The pelvic floor muscles support your bladder and bowel and can be weakened by childbirth.  The effect of a weakened pelvic floor is that you tend to leak urine especially when you jump, cough or sneeze.  However, for most people regular pelvic floor exercises can cure the problem.  These muscles may feel weak when you start the exercises but the more you do, the stronger the muscles will get.  It also has the added advantage of improving your love life later on.
·         To locate the pelvic floor muscles imagine you are busting to go to the loo and there is not a toilet in sight.  Or you are on a crowded train and you feel you are going to break wind.  These are the muscles you tighten to stop yourself leaking or breaking wind.
·         To practice pelvic floor exercises imagine that you need to stop yourself from going to the toilet, pull the muscles up and in.  Hold the position for between 5 and 10 seconds, then slowly release back.  Repeat 10 times and aim for 5 or 6 sets each day.
·         These exercises can be performed lying down, sitting or standing.  Try to breathe normally throughout the exercises.

Gentle Tummy Exercise
To accommodate for the growing baby, pregnancy can split or separate your abdominal muscles down the middle.  It is important to make sure your muscles have healed properly before you do any vigorous abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups.  In the meantime, you can tone and strengthen the deeper abdominal muscles (transversus abdominus). 
·         You can perform these exercises lying down, sitting, standing, or on your hands and knees.
·         Breathe out, and draw your belly button back towards your spine.  Your lower back shouldn’t flex or move.
·         Hold this position and breathe lightly.  Count to 10.
·         Relax, and repeat up to 10 times per set.
·         Do 10 sets, as many times per day as you can.

As your ligaments and joints will be loose for around three months following the birth, high impact exercises, vigorous stretching or sports that require rapid direction changes should be avoided.  Walking is probably one of the easiest and best form of exercise you can do to start with.
Unless your baby sleeps all day, you will probably find it hard to find both the time and energy for regular exercise.  Try accumulating the exercises throughout the day instead of doing an hour session straight.  So when you need to duck up to the local shops for milk or bread, walk your baby in the pram instead of using the car. 

Breastfeeding and Exercising
If you are breastfeeding, feeding your baby just before exercise is usually encouraged for a number of reasons:
·         Your breasts are full and heavy before a feed.
·         There are various anecdotal stories of babies refusing milk immediately after a workout.
·         It allows sufficient time for the quality of the breast milk to recover following the exercise.
·         Following the feed, the breasts may be more engorged and can be uncomfortable (or even painful) during a workout.

Be guided by your doctor as to what you can do and can’t do.  Start any exercise programme gradually, allowing yourself time to build up over a number of weeks.  Remember to wear an appropriate bra that offers good support and slow down or stop exercising if you feel breathless or light-headed.  Don’t expect too much too soon – give yourself a reasonable length of time, such as 9-12 months, to get back into pre-pregnancy shape.

Many thanks Andrew and I love how you have explained everything it is so easy to understand. If any of our lovely readers would like to read more from Andrew why not pop over to his Blog at www.healthjigsaw.com/blog

Deb x

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Pure Naughtiness

As I am sitting down to eat one of my super scrummy Chocolate chip cookies, that Miss EJ and I made yesterday afternoon. I can't help but share the naughtiness with you. These are no ordinary choc chip cookies and they definately don't last long in this house.

WARNING: just one is never enough !!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

115g butter softened
115g brown sugar
1 egg
100g porridge oats
1tbsp milk
1tsp vanilla essence
125g plain flour
1tbsp cocoa powder
1/2tsp baking powder
175g milk chocolate broken into pieces (I use cadbury family block)
175g white chocolate broken into pieces (also the white cadbury family block)

Preheat the oven to 180'c. Line 2 trays with baking paper. Place the butter and sugar together in a bowl and beat together with a wooden spoon until light and fluffy. (now because I am lazy and like to make things easier when I have an almost 2 year old helping, we do the whole thing in my electric mixer)

Beat in the egg, then add the oats, milk and vanilla essence. Beat together until well blended. Sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder into the mixture and stir. Stir in the chocolate pieces.

Place dessert spoonfuls of the mixture on the prepared trays and flatten slightly with a fork. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until slightly risen and firm. Remove from the oven, cool on the trays for 2 minutes then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Be sure to let me know how you go and I bet you won't be able to wait until they have cooled completely before you have to take a bight. xx

Monday, 3 October 2011

I'm BACK

Well it has been a couple of months since I have sat down and said hello, the first month after moving was kind of crazy and I had no connection to the outside world. We were stuck in transit, which had it's ups and downs. Then we finally moved into our new home and after a few days Miss EJ and I were back off to Perth and then our stay was extended.... Anyway we are finally back and settling in nicely so I thought (actually my husband thought) it was about time I put some love back into my blog. At least I know I have one loyal reader!

I also have some exciting news to share with you, I am currently 15 weeks pregnant - mental note to self, never pack up your house (on your own) and then move to a new town, get stuck in transit and then unpack while you are in early stages of pregnancy with morning sickness!!! Apart from that I am feeling fantastic and feel so lucky to be blessed with having another little person growing inside of me.

We are loving Tom Price, I think it was the best decision we could have made in regards to our family. Just to see how Miss EJ has changed since we moved here and to see her making new friends is fantastic. PS She loves the PARK..

Anyway just a quick update to let you know I am BACK. Now I had better get back to organising our facebook sale for this week. Which will be on Friday 7th October. Plus don't forget this week, we should be receiving a new consignment of maternity wear which will be added to our e boutique. In fact why not pop over now and take a look at our latest additions. http://www.from1mum2another.com/