Happy happy baby news

I’m so happy to be sharing that we are expecting another baby!  I’ve been really quiet on the blogging front recently – mainly due to the fact that my life has been somewhat all consumed with the dark cloud that is infertility. Every time I would go to write all I could drum up would be posts on miscarriage and how much of a depression I was struggling with and I decided I didn’t really feel I could quite express the way I was feeling appropriately, nor was I sure that I wanted my deepest thoughts and sadness out there for everyone to see forever.

I suppose because I’ve felt/been really infertile for over a year now that getting this far in the pregnancy feels just to good to be true. I also seem to be one of those lucky women who get absolutely no morning sickness or anything like that so there’s nothing to reassure me on a daily basis that there’s actually a baby inside of me. I have to admit to peeing on yet another pregnacy test as soon as we got back from France, so reassuring to see that mega dark test line appear in seconds!

Don’t get me wrong I’m beyond happy but the disbelief and nervousness that something will go wrong a bit does spoil the fun. I am totally relaxed about it and very good at not being stressed out

So that’s my news! All going well the baby will be born at my parents house in NZ. The “due date” is 27th of December, I’ll be happy if it decides to come not on Christmas day though! I still have to sort out my midwife care here in the UK as I’ve just been under the local early pregnancy unit due to my previous losses. I’ve already found a fab midwife and confirmed she can take me on for the birth in New Zealand and I can’t wait. I’m so looking forward to giving birth!

Tuesday oractuallywednesday in Pictures

Snuggley cuddley curious george watching
Beautiful park in Grenoble
Reuben doing housework on vacation
20 mins drive from park in picture 2
Handsome men
More extreme handsomeness
Elana … Reuben’s best rabbit friend
Favourite activity

Cast Iron Casserole – Check!

Yes! Result! For ages I’ve been trying to score a cast iron casserole pot on the cheap – basically I’m a miser (is this the right word? I hate spending money and try and get everything as cheap as possible haha). Anyway today I was in one of my all time favourite shops in London, TK Maxx and I spotted this beautiful Cuisinart chefs casserole. I’ve been hoping and hoping that after buying a hundred Le Crueset petit casseroles that a huge one would miraculously appear at 80% off but I think I was dreaming just a tad.

I’m stoked and can’t wait to deal to some lamb shanks haha.

3L Chef's Classic Cuisinart

I freaking LOVE TK Maxx. And no, they didn’t pay me to write this haha I just genuinely think it is a fab fab store. I picked up some delicious looking Easter chocolate for a gift for £1 and a Nine West polka dot dress for £25. Happy Easter everyone! We are off to visit some family in the south of France! Woohoo!!

Tuesday in Pictures

We have had amazing weather in London recently but today hail, thunder and a hearty dose of being cooped up inside (except for a short stint at crèche/yoga) were on the agenda.

what we did today

Admiring my new clock for the photo wall
A bit of DIY action to make a postcard holder
Beautiful tulips on their last legs brightening this dreary day
Brocolli and bacon go together so well.. especially when cooked in garlic butter…. mmmm…
The potty has seen a surprising amount of action today! Go Reuben :)
Cards from Nanna for chicken pox man
Pile of parcels to be sent to the best country ever
My naked kitchen helper

So thankful for my stay at home mummy life!! xx

Note to myself

Well done for sticking with your goal for this week. Mental note – it feels good to take care of yourself. Please try to do it all the time. I know those carbs look delicious but they make you feel like crap. And bloaty. And fat.

Note for this week: Yes, dates are a much better alternitive than white bread or refined sugar. However they are still sugar, and you are a date eating machine. One date leads to VERYMANYDATES. Especially in the form of chocolate covered date and pecan balls. Om nom nom. Nom nom.

Anyone else setting themselves goals for this week? x

Green Power!

Spring has finally arrived in London, and it’s so lovely to feel the warmth of the sun on my skin again! I’m so looking forward to long summer days in the sun… just as soon as we get rid of Reuben’s chicken pox!!!

I’ve been on a bit of a health kick recently, my sister in law stayed with us for a few weeks and her self discipline with food really motivated me to get my eating habits back into what I consider ‘healthy’. Obviously healthy means different things to different people, but what works for me is a variant of paleo or basically low carb with minimal processed foods.

Ever since Reuben was born breakfast has been a real struggle, but I’m happy to say it’s been a week and a half now and I feel like we are winning! Neither of us has had any cereal, instead opting for this delicious smoothie. I call it a green smoothie, Reuben calls it ‘cah coh’ (chocolate) or just makes his usual hamster noise.

What we blend:

Scoop or two of whey or hemp protein isolate
1/2 a frozen banana and maybe a handful of frozen blueberries
about 3 cups of spinach (we just fill the blender to the top)
Few spoonfuls of full fat greek yoghurt (how much gets in depends on how much is eaten by Reuben in the process)

That smoothie must not have had any cocoa powder in it as it turns it brown (duh).

It’s so easy, quick, and the only way I have ever found to get spinach or kale into Reuben. Don’t tell anyone but sometimes we have this for lunch or afternoon tea too……..

In other news, I’m a bit upset that my husband snapped away rare pics of me and little R snuggling and playing all day today and… the card was not in the camera. Damn you ‘shoot without CF card’ setting! Damn you to hell.

Wedding Ring rash

My must have jewellery is my wedding ring, it’s pretty much the only jewellery of mine that I wear everyday all day, and one of the few bits I have that I’m not allergic to!

Anyway this evening I got a mad burning sensation under my ring and it was so red, scaly and itchy (GROSS). I did some googling and it seems I’ve either got a fungus infection (niiiiiiiiiiiiice) or become allergic to something in the metal. The only way I’m finding out is by leaving it off to heal up and then seeing what happens. Bye bye wedding ring. Time for all the playground mummies to judge me for being unwed ;)

Paleo* Pumpkin Choc Chip Brownies

Cut into squares

1 Cup Almond Butter
3/4 Cup Pumpkin Puree (homemade or canned)
2 eggs
1/3 Cup Honey
1 tsp baking soda
50g of 90% cocoa dark chocolate

Beat Almond butter and eggs together. Add remaining ingredients and beat until everything is mixed in.
Bake in a 180 degree celcius oven for 10-15 minutes until puffed and a knife comes out clean.

Lick the bowl.

*Yeah, honey is disputably not paleo. And these certainly wont be paleo if you add cream cheese, more like delicious.

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