Thursday, 30 March 2017

What's In My Newborns Hospital Bag

Hey guys, welcome back to my blog. Today I wanted to share with you all the things I have packed for my newborns hospital bag.

I've had my bags packed for almost eight weeks! I'm so excited that I couldn't wait. Also, babies sometimes, can just suddenly decide to come without any notice. I'm actually two days overdue as I type this out, and I thought this sort of post may help someone who doesn't know what to pack. I can tell you



What's In My Newborns Hospital Bag

I didn't have to look far for a hospital bag. My husband brought me a Cath Kidston weekend away bag a couple of years ago and I've hardly used it. It's perfect. Not too big and not tiny either. I also think, it's gender neutral, since I'm having a surprise. 




What's in the bag?

4 sleepsuits - All in ones so it's easy to put on and change. Also, one of them will be its going home outfit.

4 vests - I've added these just incase of any major 'accidents' also I don't know how warm the hospital will be.

1 Cardigan - I absolutley adore this Winnie The Pooh cardigan. This is part of the going home outfit. 

2 Muslin sheets - I intend to exclusively breastfeed and these would be perfect for a cover up, or to wipe away any vomit or spillages. 



2 baby hats - One to wear in hospital and one to leave in

1 Cellular Blanket - this is perfect for regulating baby's temperature. Plus the hospital blankets aren't as soft as this one. 

1 swaddle blanket - Baby will be swaddled in this once born to keep them feeling safe and content. 

1 snuggle blanket - This blanket is tiny and is more of a comforting blanket. I brought this to announce my pregnancy to my husband, so it's special. 

1 Soother - I hope I don't have to use these. But, I brought one just incase. Helps to calm and soothe baby

20 Nappies - I have no idea how long I will be in hospital for. But I do know that I will be there for at least 1 night.

Barrier Cream - Just in case.

Carseat - which is installed and ready to go!



I really had to hold myself back from adding a ton of other things. I plan to be in hospital for a maximum of one night. But who knows? Also, I literally live five minutes away. So, if I do need more things for baby then I can send my husband home for it. 

I hope this has helped anyone who is stuck on what to pack for their newborns hospital bag. I will be doing a post  for what's in my hospital bag, I hope to get that up in a couple of days.

Thanks so much for reading. See you soon

Love Jenni x 
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Friday, 24 March 2017

Pregnancy Update - The Final Countdown

It's the final countdown! I can't believe my first pregnancy will be over soon (fingers crossed). It makes me quite emotional as I have loved being pregnant, and I will miss my bump and feeling baby move. Equally, i'm excited to meet them and finally know the gender.

This is the last pregnancy update, so I hope you enjoy it. I am now 39 weeks and 3 days. Bump is due on Tuesday 28th March! Which is only days away now. I hope they don't keep us waiting too long.

So, how has the last couple of months been? I last updated in January and to be honest, apart from my growing bump nothing has changed much. I began my maternity leave last month and by the end of the first week, I noticed my skin had becomes extremely itchy and blotchy. I headed over to my GP, and they told me it was a skin condition called PUPPP which occurs during pregnancy and goes away after baby is born. At this moment I thought, great I have six weeks left and by the time baby comes I will probably have no skin left. My GP told me to take allergy tablets and prescribed me the smallest tube of cream (30g) which should last seven days and to use twice a day. Well, my itchiness was all over my body so that lasted fours days. Thankfully, he said Aloe Vera Gel works and so I  decided to give that a go. Low and behold it cleared my red, blotchy skin and soothed and got rid of my itchiness. Now my skin is back to normal yay!

Another thing I noticed is the distance I can walk. I am a big walker, I love it and I walk everywhere! Until about four weeks ago. Nothing hurts when I walk, but the weight I am carrying makes it harder to walk for miles. I can only do a mile before I have to stop and rest. This has been quite frustrating for me as I love walking so much and to only do a short distance at the moment is upsetting.

Other than those two factors, everything has been good. My midwife is happy with my weight (thank goodness), as I haven't been the most healthiest during the past 9 months, I haven't even put on a stone (I'm not sure how I haven't).

Right now baby is the size of a watermelon and is almost 20inches from crown to heel. Room inside my womb is limiting now, and I can feel every movement the baby is making. I'm also experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions every now and again, which feels just like period pains but  doesn't hurt.

Best moment this week? Meeting up with my antenatal class mums, who I haven't seen since November. Also, hubby surprised me by taking me to see Beauty and the Beast last Friday.

Worst Moment This Week? The boiler stopped working and we thought we would have to buy a new one. Considering out Fridge/freezer packed up a few weeks ago and we had to buy a new one. Luckily, it's ok and it was only the gas meter that packed up.

Food Cravings? None. All of the cravings I've been having in the past have gone.

Miss Anything? Being able to walk more than a mile without stopping.

Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope

Gender: I still don't know.

Symptoms: Occasional Braxton Hicks.

Happy or moody most of the time? Happy!!



Well, that's it guys. I just want to thank you for reading my pregnancy updates and also for your sweet comments and tweets to see how I'm doing. I greatly appreciate it. Now the next update will be when baby is here!
If you have any questions about pregnancy then don't hesitate to ask. Either in the comment below. Tweet or DM me.

Love Jenni x
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Monday, 20 March 2017

My Maternity Morning Routine

I am one of those weird people who love mornings. Yes you read that right, I like getting up early and starting my day. So, it's never a problem for me to get out of bed. Especially now, that I am 35 weeks pregnant and my baby technically keeps kicking me until I get out of the comfort of my duvet. 

My typical morning...

6:30 - This is when my alarm will go off. I will hit the snooze button once, to wake up and actually act like a tortoise on it's shell as I try and roll myself out of bed and head to the bathroom. 

6:40 - I generally don't spend very long in the shower. All I do is wash my hair, this month i'm using Aussie. I've ran out of conditioner which will go onto my shopping list for today. Next, I wash my body. I always use as it lathers up easily and smells gorgeous. Some days I exfoliate my face using   and this stuff seriously makes my face feel smooth and fresh.

6:55 - Next I smother my face in Good Things Daily moisturiser, this is featured in my February monthly favourites. Then I moisturise my body with Aloe Vera. This stuff really makes yours skin feel soft and stops me itching my skin. Doing all this moisturising takes up about 10 - 15 minutes as I have a lot of body at the moment.

7:10 - While the moisturiser is drying I dry my hair. I generally leave it down, but at the moment I'm wearing it up a lot as it's really long and needs a bloody good cut!

7:20 - Next up I do my make up. This usually take me 20 minutes max as I like to keep it simple and minimal.



7:40 - After all that, I will get dressed. I don't tend to plan my outfits the night before, I just think about what i'm going to wear while doing my make up. Usually it's jeans or dungarees with a top and jumper or cardigan over the top. I have to keep comfy while i'm pregnant. 

8:00 - Now that I'm ready, I head downstairs and make me some breakfast.




That generally sums up my typical morning routine. Somedays I will do pregnancy yoga or aerobics first thing, when I wake up.

What's your morning routine like?


Love Jenni x

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Monday, 6 March 2017

February Favourites





It's March! What? How? It doesn't seem like five minutes have past since we were celebrating the New Year and getting over Christmas. Nevertheless, here is my first monthly favourites of 2017.

Beauty

Younique Liquid Foundation Brush
This brush is different to what I have used to apply my foundation. Normally I just use my beauty blender and be done with it. I have seen most of my friends rave about this brush, so I decided to bite the bullet and try it.

It is the best brush I have ever used for foundation ( I have used a lot of brushes in the past ). The bristles are soft, yet sturdy which helps blend the foundation really well. You don't get the appearance of brush strokes over your face when finished. I absolutely love applying my foundation with this.

Good Things Manuka Honey Daily Moisturiser
Last Month my skin became really dry and irritated. Which is unusual for me as I have oily skin and only use mattifying moisturiser, I guess the pregnancy and it being winter has changed that for me.

This product jumped out at me when I first went to see which moisturiser to get. The bright yellow and orange text made me pick it up. I was intrigued to learn that, as well as it providing deep skin hydration (which was a seller for me), that it has intense moisturising properties of royal jelly and beeswax. From this point, I have never used royal jelly or beeswax products on my face and I thought I would give it ago.

I was so surprised and pleased with this moisturiser. It sorted my poorly skin out in less than a week. The soreness around my nose, lips and eyes vanished within a few days and the less tightness feeling of my skin soon disappeared a couple of days later. It feels so creamy and cooling when I apply it. Plus, my skin looks so much better. I wish I took a before and after picture.

I use it both at night after I cleanse my face and in the morning before makeup. I love it and have added it to my maternity hospital bag.

Burt's Bees Lip Balm 'Ultra Conditioning'
Following on with the beeswax theme. I picked this up at the same time as the Good Things Moisturiser. I have used Burt's Bees products before and I know the lip balm is fantastic at getting rid of dry, chapped lips. I used it last year and it made my lips look and feel great. 

Pregnancy

Bennetts Nipple Cream
Warning TMI!  Since Christmas my nipples have become so itchy and to a point where I am scratching the hell out of them and the rest of my breasts. Unfortunately, Burt's Bees nourishing oil wasn't keeping it at bay long enough in the day. So, when I was food shopping at my local supermarket I spotted an offer on this brand of nipple cream. 

I haven't tried any other nipple cream before, but omg! For £2.71 (at the time), this works a treat. As soon as I applied it when I got home, the itchiness stopped instantly! I was impressed. Now, I am the type of person that when I scratch my skin, I will not stop until the itchiness stops and that it usually when I have cut myself by accident. So, I had a couple of grazes and 'healing' cuts on my breasts. After a week of using this cream, my scratches had healed and gone away. Not bad for £3.49! 

I use this daily or whenever I feel itchiness. It's so good and you don't need to use alot. It's fragrance and colour free and you don't have to wipe it off prior to breastfeeding.

Aloe Vera Gel
In the past couple of weeks, I've developed a skin condition called PUPPP. Doctors don't really know what it is, or what causes your skin to develop something that looks like hives and is incrediablly itchy. My doctor prescribe me some allergy tablets and cream. He also mentioned to use Aloe Vera as it's safe to use during Pregancy.

I brought 100% Aloe Vera Gel from Holland and Barrett. It's amazing! I keep it in the fridge as it chills my skin and stops me from scratching. I've also got a little bit of dry skin on my face and I tend to put this on at night. I can't recommend this stuff enough. It's a little pricey but totally worth it for what I need it for. 

Blogs

This past month I have been loving...

This Mama Life - Parenting, Fashion, Lifestyle

Brogan Tate - Beauty, lifestyle, travel and Disney

The Elle Next Door - Fashion/Personal Style, Beauty, Lifestyle, Travel and Food

Youtube

I have been watching these fab people...

Emily Norris - Pregnancy, Parenting, Day in the life vlogs, Lifestyle

This Mama Life - Pregnancy, Parenting, Fashion, Beauty

Just Jodes - Daily Vlogs, Beauty, Lifestyle

Brogan Tate - (Always be my fave) - Weekly Vlogs, Beauty, Disney, Travel

Pop Rocks Mama - Pregnancy, Parenting, Lifestyle and more


And that rounds up this months favourites! I hope you enjoyed reading what I have been loving.

Which blogs/Youtube channels have you been loving?

Love Jenni x


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