Monday, 24 August 2015

What motherhood taught me. Part 1

Topshop maternity is your friend. Like your BFF.

Childbirth hurts but I wouldn't have had 3 if it was unbearable. Gas and air, epidurals, pethidine, whatever drug of your choosing its your choosing. Oh and i have had all the above mentioned and natural, it still hurt BUT was bearable. 

Looking down and seeing babies head is pretty uhm eyeopening. It totally freaked me out and I only did that once. But hey I did it and I won't forget that, ever.

Consultant care..... I saw him once, had a sweep and labour kicked off.  We were on the registrars pile every other time. Oh and the husband fell asleep on every 2hr wait we had! That makes you angry. Especially when you need food.

You do waddle, huff, puff and feel like your cervix is falling out by 35 weeks. The final stage comments, are as annoying as you can imagine. 

SPD is real. As is waking the sleeping man next to you, to roll you. 

Those maternity pads are that size for a reason. Oh and afterpains are a thing, after the 2nd and 3rd these get pretty brave. Get painkillers.

That first kick really does feel like butterflies. Popping butterflies. 

The sickness does end. Although it feels like it never will. Ever. You will also very soon hear the end of peoples remedies for the sickness, that never work for someone like yourself.

You become scarily used to someone saying open wide and we all know that we don't mean the dentist.

Eventually you will sit with ease and not need to carry a cushion or inflatable ring in some cases.

Yes everything really does cost that much! Muslins have to be the most used, value for money, versatile item you'll buy. Ever.

You will become mushy and emotional, standard. (PND is different. I will come back to that another day)

Sleep deprivation will ease. You will one day wake at a normal hour again and when that happens you will appreciate it and then wonder where the years went.

You get boobs. For any smaller busted women like me, you will be amazed. You also leak and at some point you will be unfazed by this as it becomes normal.

Bottle feeding-breast feeding. It's YOUR choice.

Stretch marks are part of the deal in most cases and one day you will be ok with these. You will be body confident once again.

You will feel trendy and you again one day. Honest.

Unfortunately that beautiful bundle of joy will one day quite frankly make you really freaking mad. But then you get over it. You will look at how your hormonal pre-teen sleeps and wonder how her hand got SO big. You'll swallow a lump and smile.

Kids eat A LOT. Growth spurts don't stop at toddlerdom! They eat your treats.

Childcare costs A LOT. But that job pays for pretty good times. You can do it. #bossmum

Embrace the days when a babygrow will do. Kids riverisland, football kits and Nike will soon take over. It's not as cheap as a babygrow and as I say they grow a lot. Demanding little darlings. Oh and you'll be broke for at least half the month.

You will shout. Then hate yourself.

You will get frustrated. Then hate yourself. 

You will say no. Lots. Then hate yourself-even when you know its lesson learning stuff.

I still struggle to remember the date of births straight away. Your own date of birth becomes insignificant.

You will be amazed at the bravado and the attitude and then you will be all the more amazed that you are staring at quite simply a mini you. How much more amazing can that be. Even if that makes you feel one big ball of contradiction

You can love more than one. Even when they are all bickering at once. 

You will be amazed at the amount of crap  I mean useful stuff that you accumulate.

You will be asked the most mortifying questions on the spot, with an audience, by your child.

Bedtime will be bliss.

Car journeys won't ever be the same. 

You will doubt yourself. You're doing great.

More importantly you will continue to second guess, make on the spot decisions, worry, cry and wish for hindsight plenty of times. However motherhood will be the most amazing, challenging, enriching and life changing things that you will experience. For all the hard times, you have a huge amount of good. 

You will look at those sleeping babies and despite how bad a day can be you will be proud.

Oh and they take your tablet, run it dead and leave gems like this....

Friday, 21 August 2015

Holiday Blues

It's amazing how quickly a holiday can go, especially so when it felt like you had been counting down for forever!

Back to the real world with a bump, a leak, two and a half more weeks to survive the school holidays as a full time working mum and I am broke. I'm not sure what I am upset about the most. Probably being broke seeing as my ELLE 20% off at ASOS card is staring me out- I blinked first, to wipe away the tears.

Naturally I have a million photo's ready to share on my DSLR, but I am patiently waiting to show family first. You know like the good old days, when we sent off a reel to develop. Only this time around I have pre approved what is acceptable and there are no random red-eye, half talking, dopey eye, white knickers on show, I am not ready yet shots. I deleted those.

On the plus side my body is tanned and looking healthy, even if the larger amounts of Mateus wine (Couldn't find NZ Sav for love nor money) would perhaps suggest otherwise. The children enjoyed their first trip on a plane and we didn't have any fall outs. My husband and I are loved up in one another all the more, perhaps because we look pretty good with our new found glows.

One thing that I have come away feeling pretty great about is me. That's right myself. Maybe it's because I relaxed and have developed a "I don't care anymore" attitude in my 30's, I don' know. What I do know is that I have never felt so at ease with my body post children. I've accepted it. Stretch marks are real, just as real as these three kids that grew inside my body. It blows my mind.

So here is to acceptance. That and a bit more of that Mateus stuff....

Friday, 7 August 2015

It's been a while

I know I know.

I suck at blogging these days. I am all good on insta as that's super quick and easy, I can do that blindfolded in a nano second (Filter dependent obviously).

The reason being would be keeping family ticking and the career kicking, oh and yeah it's the holidays.

All I ever wanted was three children, never did I think logistics through, only the romance of my beautiful three. Fast forward a good few years and I do indeed have my beautiful three and all the chaos that comes with it. When I was a stay at home mum, I craved to have my time, what I didn't fully appreciate was just how crazy it would be working full time and doing everything else too.

My secret to getting through it? Friends and family. I would be most utterly lost right now had it not been for some special people in my life.

Would I change anything? No. Life may well be upside down most of the time, but we are the better for it.

One thing that I really need to tackle? A cleaner. I am too house proud to just things be. I am too knackered to not just let things be. My daily twice over hoover has been put on the back burner in favour of the extra precious moments to be spent on my eyeliner and brows. It's about priorities.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Those Striped Palazzo Trousers.....

Remember the blog post of me pining for some? If not the link is HERE!

Well I finally got my mitts on some! Thankyou River Island! Be prepared for me to be wearing these all over my instagram with every top and shoe going!

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Lace up shoes!

Whilst this post make look like I am being endorsed by Next, I can assure you I'm not! It's just ordering quickly with them, when I'm in need of a wardrobe pick me up is pretty easy.

I needed shoes, I live in and love my ankle boots but for all day they're beginning to become a bit hot and hey I'm not going to complain on the rise of temperature!

I came across these awesome shoes and oh my "G" they're so comfy. I want them in grey too. I have had so many compliments on them, that I had to share here! Forty squids and you can wear them with like....everything!

Go forth and buy! LINK HERE :)

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Mothers Day with Next

It's amazing how fast time will fly. Before you know it, weeks have passed before you last saw your loved ones. Life becomes crazy. Unbelievably for myself this very thing has happened to me and I have not seen my Mum since before I was in New Zealand. Life quite literally has gotten crazy and I am almost done with playing catch up.

Just before I went away England celebrated Mothers Day and Next contacted me with the most amazing treat. A beautiful bunch of flowers for my Mum, a beautiful hamper for me and a Afternoon Treat for us both with thanks to the Red Letter Day vouchers that they feature- something I had no idea they did and will be sure to remember for the future when I have zero time to plan a pressy! I booked something a bit different to the usual and found La Suite West, a vegan offering in Bayswater.

My beautiful mother received her beautiful flowers, I received my amazing hamper and we got Afternoon Tea booked. Fast forward a few weeks to today and ironically it's Mothers Day in the USA and therefore was the perfect day to have our belated day together.

With the weather finally picking up, West London was in fine form today and we had such a lovely, much needed catch up. For me my mother is my best friend, my inspiration and I always say "if I am half the woman that she is, I will be a happy girl" so I can't think of  a better person to have shared today with.

Thankyou Next for our fantastic treat and thankyou Mum for the brilliant company. My jumpsuit can be found HERE, bag HERE and necklace HERE. Ironically my mother wore a Next jumpsuit of her own accord without her knowing I was wearing mine, hers can be found HERE. She looks pretty damn hot if I say so myself!

You can find the gift experience with Next HERE

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Busy Mama

I've completely slacked on the blogging front and the truth be told, it's because I've been crazy busy.

I've not long been back from New Zealand. Yup that's right-the other side of the world. Why? Work.

I know right, its crazy. But yet I'm feeling pretty proud of myself right now, so much opportunity that I'm snapping up.

Whilst these past few weeks have been crazy-I've managed to get some super family time in. Brighton and Framlingham Castle included!

Now that Spring and Summer are showing their faces, the English Heritage membership is coming into it's own. I can't wait to dive into more photography in the fresh air.

Life has certainly picked up pace for us all and sometimes it's stressful. But you know what, most of the time it's not. I'm the world's worst for not chilling the hell out when I need to ie; right now the girls are still not asleep and shouting downstairs about nonsense. Or when I've asked for school shoes to be put on for the 5th time.

However I'm trying to remember that they're just kids and I'm not perfect either. I shout when I'm frustrated too. On the plus side, I enjoy what I do and I can't wait to see this next year unfold.

In the meantime if anyone has any tips on dealing with a "tween" I'm all ears.