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The arrival of Miss Charlotte Ruth {birth story}

Well both of my children are napping so I figured I should do something on my blog! Our gorgeous girl is 8 weeks today and it’s high time to get her birth story done and dusted.
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{My sons birth story is here}

A bit of background – We had been living with my parents since returning from living in London – our house was not quite ready and Christmas and my due date (the 26th) were rapidly approaching.  I’d been emailing a midwife (in New Zealand you get to choose your midwife and all the care is free – amazing right?!) who I found online who sounded just perfect – very pro homebirth and not into intervening without good cause.

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Look what we made

So it’s been a long time between posts! what’s been going on? Well… we travelled through Europe, USA and Fiji, landed home in New Zealand – where my parents sorted out an amazing house for us, helped them do some major renovations on it both inside and out, moved in, did some serious furniture and whiteware shopping, got our boxes from London, got our boxes that we had in storage from 3 years ago, semi unpacked the boxes, did midwife appointments, set up sky and insurance and stuff like that, caught up with friends and family, job hunted, and oh yeah had a home birth.

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This is our gorgeous baby girl, long awaited and already giving us so much joy – Charlotte. So yes I’ve been busy but thanks to my awesome husband’s Christmas present (galaxy note 2!) And lots and lots of feeding time I forsee more time online! Xx

29 weeks pregnant

I made it to the 29 week mark today and we arrived at an amazing hotel in Barcelona after a few days in (a not so amazing hotel!) Paris. Travelling is definitely harder than I thought it would be while pregnant but still very enjoyable! I’m certainly getting my waddle on though.

Very bumpy and teeth still very black 😉

(Outfit entirely from eBay – topshop leigh maternity jeans & mamas and papas maternity parka with accessories from TK Maxx)

Paris was cool although if I’m honest not as amazing as everyone had made out! My sense of smell is in overdrive and everyone and their dog smokes like a chimney there… after a few days I was over it haha. The Eiffel tower at night was probably the high point, Reuben got a bit scared at the top with all the wind and I got a bit scared in the creaky lift going up!

Belly button’s still in – although I do not ever remember seeing it this “shallow” last time, so scared it will disappear or worse pop out haha.  And some cute and very cheap purchases from the mall right next door to our hotel in Barcelona – the shop was called Auchan which from reading the label appears to be French! Haha. Never saw it in our travels in France! Might have to do some reading up on where to get maternity stuff here, everything is so cheap!

**My bad.. turns out my hubby reads my blog and the shop was actually called Alcampo.. like a gigantic amazing store of everything cheap haha. **

xx

Seraphine Maternity

So a few weeks ago I recieved a lovely package in the post from the founder of  Seraphine Maternity Cecile Reinaud, with a letter congratulating me on my pregnancy and gifting me this beautiful Breton style dress!

seraphine maternity dress

As you can see from my previous maternity posts I’ve got a bit of a thing for Breton stripes or stripes of any kind really.. And today I finally had a chance to give packing a rest and rock my new dress around Westfield on a final London shopping trip.

It is super comfortable, and flattering although I think I need to invest in some kind of belt that works a bit better than the one I was wearing with it. I think maybe a long long thin tan one wrapped twice would look amazing!

As you can see I’m exposing my bare pasty legs so I’m off on a mission tomorrow to get some amazing maternity stockings so I can wear this dress in NY in a months time as it will be pretty chilly! I picked up some gorgeous leather flats and new sunnies to go with my outfit from TK Maxx today too… oh TK Maxx how I will miss you so!

I’d never heard of Seraphine before they contacted but I’ve been browsing their website and loving heaps of the stuff. The catalogue they sent me is just gorgeous too, and they have 20% off heaps of their best sellers this week. Here’s my favourites from Seraphine at the moment… I’m very tempted by the breast feeding tops!!

Seraphine Maternity

 

1. Breastfeeding Jumper Black, £52 / 2. Knot Front Short Sleeve Maternity Dress – Navy, £46 / 3. Nautical Stripe Maternity Dress – Navy & Grey, £55 / 4.Nursing Vest Top – Black, £20
You can order a catalogue on their website – I would highly reccomend it – it’s a stunning read, it’s like a magazine and I think showcases their products so much nicer than on the website too. xx

Pumpkin Cheesecake

The baby made me do it?! I’ve been clearing out our cupboards and came across my canned pumpkin stash. I LOVE canned pumpkin. When I was 8 or 9 my mum took me to her colleagues house for a thanksgiving meal (thanksgiving isn’t normally celebrated in New Zealand) and I had some delicious pumpkin pie, and we came home with a can of pumpkin. The can sat in the cupboard for a couple of years until I think we made something from it (worst memory ever!). Either that or it got old and my mum threw it out haha.

Anyway I’ve loved pumpkin pie ever since then and made it a couple of times with normal pumpkins – until I arrived in London and discovered our local Waitrose often stocks canned pumpkin!

This is a whole lot more delicious than pumpkin pie if you love cheesecake like I do! Excuse the cracked top, I made this in a serious hurry and messed up with opening the oven a bunch of times and forgetting our oven is realllly hot.

Pumpkin Pie adapted from [Paula Deen]

Crust:

  • 150g biscuits
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 stick melted salted butter

Filling:

  • 3 (8-ounce) / 640g packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 (15-ounce) / 425g can pureed pumpkin
  • 3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/180 degrees C

For crust:

In food processor, combine biscuits and cinnamon. Add melted butter. Press down flat into a 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.

For filling:

Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add pumpkin puree, eggs, egg yolk, sour cream, sugar and the spices. Add flour and vanilla. Beat together until well combined.

Pour into crust. Spread out evenly and place in oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let sit for 15 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Maternity Breton Style

Breton stripes seem to be forever on trend – here’s my pick of the best of a very limited range of maternity tops! Special mention to number three which is actually a double layered feeding number by Jojo Maman Bebe! There is tons of normal Breton tops out there that you could probably make work but my advice is don’t wear them too oversized unless you want to look fat instead of pregnant xx

Maternity Breton Style

 

Asos maternity
£30 – asos.com

Asos maternity
£20 asos.com

Isabella oliver maternity
£29.50 – isabellaoliver.com

Asos maternity
£12.50 SALE! asos.com

H&M Mama Maternity Wear

Second pregnancies are in lots of ways easier – you already know what you are going through and most relevant to this post – have some idea of what kind of clothing works for you. I’m gonna skim over all the negatives of second pregnancies haha! For me, last time I should have invested more in maternity clothes. I thought I was doing an expert job of wearing normal (non-maternity) clothing in bigger sizes or just figured out the styles that worked, however looking back I was pretty uncomfortable and looked pretty awful in photos!

Finding good maternity clothes is a revelation, they can be flattering, stylish and most importantly – SO COMFORTABLE! The huge downside of maternity gear is that it has a tendency to be so hideous, and SO expensive! Obviously maternity gear isn’t a huge focus of clothing designers as it is such a niche market but hey ho – living in London has some benefits and here’s my review of H&M Maternity or H&M Mama as it is called.

For some unknown reason H&M in Westfield Stratford has their maternity lingerie in the main section, completely unmarked which must confuse a lot of people looking for normal bras and as anyone that’s ever been there knows its actually on a completely different floor! Bad move H&M!

Anyway, H&M do an amazing 2-pack of feeding singlets which are long enough for I’d guess all but the last stage of pregnancy and SO comfortable.
Nice and thick, the white is completely modest. Definitely a recommended purchase, you can turn your normal PJ’s into maternity/breastfeeding PJs, wear them under sheer blouses and get away without wearing a bra, and even wear them alone with jeans or whatever. £14.99 for the two pack which I think is super reasonable compared to the prices they go for elsewhere.

 

I found a few breastfeeding nighties mixed in with all the normal pyjamas which I’m so stoked about  as I’ve been looking for one for freaking ages and all the decent cotton ones (who wants to sleep in polyester?!) are expensive. Found this for £12.99 and they aren’t on the website, there was only smalls there but they are quite generous smalls and still quite a few left. Just this colour/design.

H&M Feeding Nightie

This t-shirt both the short and long sleeved version are pretty good. All over ruching is flattering in pregnancy, you need to embrace it. The ties at the bottom do annoy me though, always getting untied and I’m always sitting on them with my ever expanding ass. £9.99 on sale at the moment.

 

That’s pretty much all I rate from H&M Maternity! They have tons of jeans and pants in different styles for very reasonable prices, both under and over bump – worth a look if you need pants.

21 weeks you tasty pumpkin

So I’m over 21 weeks now! Feeling absolutely great but man the bump is big alrighty. Much bigger than first time round with Reuben but I guess that’s to be expected. Definitely exhausting my maternity gear in the warm weather too. Baby girl is already so different to Reubs, moving all the time and waking me up at night already. I feel so much pressure low down when walking around and the need to wee all the time just has not stopped! My heartburn has taken a vacation for the last few weeks too which has been so good!

It’s been all about the roast butternut squash for the past few weeks, loaded with salt, pepper, garlic and whatever fresh herbs we have on hand (this was thyme) and roasted in plenty of butter! YUM. Oh and sprinkled with cheese? Hello carby goodness. They reckon 21 weeks is when the baby starts picking up tastes for things through swallowing the amniotic fluid so we’ll see if this little lady turns out to love pumpkin!

I’m still so amazed and enthralled with the fact there is a PERSON growing inside of me. It is such an amazing amazing wondrous miracle.. there have been babies born at 21 weeks that have survived as well (obviously far far too early, please stay safe inside little one!)

Also oddly I’ve been a bit into tidying and nesting things, which is completely pointless as we are about to pack everything up and relocate to New Zealand! I need to be channelling this energy into packing boxes and selling stuff on eBay!

xxx

20 weeks!

20 weeks and my bump has become HUGE! Loving the squishy firmness of it and of course the squiggly baby girl inside.

This last week eating has been all kinds of disastrous for a few reasons but I’m still making an effort to eat clean and eat protein, but feeling so bloated from way overdoing it on the carbs. My water allergy has come back with a VENGEANCE and I’m now fearing the shower again :( Am going to brave a cold shower tomorrow morning and see if it helps any.

Short post sorry as I need to sleep! Super stoked that my parent’s in law are coming tomorrow along with some of the family and I’m so excited to see everyone! Night all xx

P.S – I did buy the Bugaboo! I stumbled across one brand new black and off white on eBay and got a bit carried away………. ahhh it is lovely. Assembled it in Reuben’s room and then attempted to put it back in the box and make it fit – epic fail! The quality is so much higher than our iCandy, they really are worlds apart. And it feels so light in comparison too! Although it is way, way more complicated to assemble but hey. x

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