Thursday, February 4, 2016

Pregnancy Tips

So as you all probably know by now, I had a baby in late December. So I spent most of 2015 pregnant and I spent a lot of time researching facts, opinions and wives tales that you come across in the pregnancy journey. You read A LOT during those 9-10 months and a lot of it is good but there is also a lot that isn't relevant.

Here are a few things I found out from my time being pregnant.....

○○ You don't need maternity bras

Yes you may need them once baby comes but don't go out and get them before then. First you wont know what size you will be and second, you just don't need them during the actual pregnancy! Crop tops work fine and were super comfortable and my normal bras fit till the end anyway. 

○○You don't need a lot of maternity clothes

I bought maternity jeans and leggings only. I lived in long stretchy tank tops and knee length tight dresses; all from stores like Kmart.

○○Don't Google

I spent a good chunk of my pregnancy freaking out over little things that could 'potentially' harm my unborn baby..... seriously DONT GOOGLE ANYTHING!! I got told by midwives, doctors, friends and family to stay away from Google and just listen to the professionals. Of course I didn't listen, as most of us would do, and I drove myself crazy worrying about everything and anything.  Your doctor and midwives will tell you what to avoid and if you have questions just ask them. Google will give you reasons to stay away from everything with no actual evidence, so ignore and speak to the health care professionals.

○○ Food/products

This is extending on the above point. You will find lists online of what you can and can't eat or use while you are pregnant. A lot of it is rubbish but it can be hard to weed it out. I spent a lot of time worrying about what I was eating and drinking that I restricted myself on some silly things. A lot of mums told me to relax and it wasn't until I spoke to my doctor and midwife that I too realized how pedantic I was being. Same goes with the skin care and beauty products. Your doctor will know what's true/untrue and that's the person you should listen to. Not Dr Google.  

○○You don't need need a body pillow. 

I was told by every online source to get a body pillow to help me sleep. Mmm nope. I tried a body pillow and it was just too big and it got in the way. I just used a regular sized pillow that I has spare to hugged and put my legs around, and sometimes I had another that I put behind my back. Save your money! 

I hope this helps anyone who has just found out they are pregnant. Congratulations and enjoy your journey and remember that women have been having babies for thousands of years and we didn't need all the fancy things to do it then, so you will be fine now :)

Monday, February 1, 2016

Summer Trend: Swimwear 2016

Being that it is right in the middle of summer in Australia, it makes sense to dedicate a post to swimwear. Being an Aussie, and more specially a Queenslander, swimwear is unapologetically our state uniform.

This year I have noticed that swimwear has taken a more modest direction; with high wasited bottoms, high neck tops and one pieces in general, being the top picks for the season.

The high waisted bottoms are amazing for us mums who want to hide the post bub paunch but still look sexy in a two piece. The high neck top is keeping in line with the post that I recently put up on this summers big trend, that translates into other items in your wardrobe as well as your swimwear items. My tips would be to pick whether you want to go high on your waist line or neckline and focus on that and keep the other part of your bikini quite basic and muted.

If bikinis aren't your thing, then one pieces are still making a splash. Again high necks are popular as well as geometric cut outs.

Emphasised and colour blocked boning was a big trend in bikinis in 2015 and it looks like it is sticking around, and I have seen it pop up on one pieces as well.

Finally I had to include my favourite style of bikini, the bandeau and I'm a sucker for a gorgeous feminine floral print like the bikini below

bikini

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Fashion Icon: Blake Lively

One of my favourite celebrities of all time would have to be Blake Lively. I was a big fan of her first big film, The Sisterhood of the Travellers Pants and I watched her every week in Gossip Girl.

Blake is a family woman, having married heart throb Ryan Reynolds in 2012, and recently welcomed a little girl into their clan.  She is absolutely stunning, appears to be quite down to earth and seems to have a great sense of humor on top, proving why I just love this stylish lady.

Below are some of my top picks from her extensive fashion repertoire.


Blake lively 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Late Pregnancy & Delivery Story

On the 29th December I finally got to meet my gorgeous daughter Ava. If you haven't already read my pregnancy recap then you can go here to read that before continuing on with this post.
My recap above was posted around the 35 week mark, so I was almost there but still had a bit to go.


The last 5 weeks of my pregnancy is a blur now of feeling tired, frustrated, nervous and excited. They say that the last 5 weeks drag on and while your in it, it certainly does. I was so ready to just meet her and to have some normalcy with my body again. I felt so stretched beyond belief and so uncomfortable.

Due to the fact that I had gestational diabetes, there was a chance that I may of needed to get induced earlier than my due date to prevent Ava from growing too big. By the end, I had no idea on what plan my obstetricians wanted to take; again very frustrating as every appointment it would always be a case of "oh we will see how you go at your next visit but everything looks OK for now".

Finally at my 39 week appointment, a decision was made to book me in for an induction the following week. I was super nervous and excited. I still had to get through Christmas though which thankfully made the time fly by in the meantime.

Monday 28th December rolled around and I checked into the maternity ward at around 5pm. I was hooked up to the monitor in anticipation to have Prostaglandin Gel. After 3 hours of waiting for Ava's heart rate to even out, I received the gel and was sent to my private room to wait out for 6 hours to see if anything started. 2am rolled around and I got a second lot of gel, which thankfully kicked off some mild contractions for me 2 hours later. By the time 6 hours had lapsed since the 2nd lot of gel, at 8am,  they decided I was far enough dilated to break my waters.

At this point I was moved to my birthing suite room and I took up residence in the shower. I lasted about an hour in the shower before I needed some pain relief....gas! They also now hooked me up to the Syntocinon drip to get my labour moving along.

I found the gas to really take the edge off my contractions and found that laying on my back with the bed back raised to be the most comfortable position. I used the gas for around about 4-5 hours but I got to a point where the pain became too much and I was feeling too dizzy and groggy from the gas. I was only 2cm dilated and moving along really slowly because they couldn't up my doses of Syntocinon due to it making Ava's heart rate spike. This is when I opted for an epidural.

The epidural was great! I went numb from the waist down (could move and use legs but couldnt feel pain or temperature) and whilst you receive a constant dose of the drug at a average level, I was able to top up my dose with an extra bit every 15 minutes if I felt the need. By now it was 4pm and I hadn't slept properly since 2 nights before and I took the time to get rest. I also kept topping up my epidural and funnily enough rendered by legs useless...so had to ease off the button a little haha.

By 9pm (17hours since I first got contractions) I was only at 3.5cm dilated and they were unable to up my dosage any higher for fear of distressing Ava. So they decided they needed to do a Cesarean Section. So I got prepped and my husband put on his scrubs and met me in the operating theater.  I was given local anesthetic, so was awake for the procedure. You can still feel pressure and pulling but no pain or temperature. However, it is not a comfortable experience. The tugging is so cringe worthy that I spent the whole time with a scrunched look on my face as they dug and pulled Ava out of me.

I cried as soon as they showed her to me. It is the most surreal feeling meeting your baby for the first time. You cannot prepare for the emotions of it. They tried to put her on my chest for skin-to-skin bonding and whilst i was able to calm her down immediately with my voice, I very quickly got nauseous and had to have her taken off me. Jeremy took over and held and calmed her down while they tended to me.

At this point they were manually contracting my uterus back down before stitching me back up and unfortunately they were working in an upper area of my torso which wasn't numbed and I could feel it all. They noticed I was crying and when they knew, they stepped away and upped my anesthetic before continuing on. This was a little scary to experience but thankfully was rectified pretty quickly.

I was then wheeled to recovery and planned to hold and feed Ava but developed a pretty severe case of shivering/clenching as the drugs wore off. I couldn't hold her as my whole upper body would convulse with shaking and clenching (jaw and hands) every minute for about an hour post theater. They managed to get her latched on me for her first feed and by the time she finished feeding I was passed the shaking, and able to cuddle her.

My labour and delivery was long, but bearable due to the drugs and I would certainly do it all again. The cesaean section was completely unexpected and the procedure and recovery was not something I had researched. I ended up in hospital for a total of 4 nights and very thoroughly enjoyed the experience and care of the hospital.

Right now, I am 3 weeks postpartum and that day feels like a lifetime ago. I will do a post on on the first month postpartum and the cesarean recovery process in the next couple of weeks and plan to do monthly updated over the next 12 months of her life.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Peoples Choice Awards 2016

This past couple weeks have been an absolute blur for me.

With Christmas and family visiting, and then the birth of my daughter; it's been super hectic and my usual viewing of the awards red carpet have taken a little bit of a back seat.

However I didn't want to just the award shows go by without scoping out the red carpet and picking out my best dressed celebrities.
This year, for the Peoples Choice Awards, the best dressed for me conveniently were the cast of Pretty Little Liars.

Ashley looked super sexy in her figure hugging black dress by Philipp Plein. Troian looked elegant in her printed long gown by Caterina Gatta. Shay also stood out in a black gown with a thigh high slit by Haney. And my absolute favourite from the evening was the gorgeous black lacy Self-Portrait dress worn by Lucy.


people's choice 2016

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Trend: High Neck

I'm really loving a current trend that the moment. Be it that I'm over cleavage baring things, or whatever, but high neck tops, dresses and swimming ensembles are huge right now and I couldn't be happier. Bring on a little more modesty I say. I love trends that are a little more demure.

Don't get me wrong though. We aren't talking Little House on the Prairie here. You can still be super edgy and daring with your pieces by changing up your colour,  print and/or material of choice.

Think tank/singlet style with a higher neck line. Its a little sport luxe which is also a massive trend again.

Here are some of my favorite picks for the high beck trend.


high neck

Friday, January 8, 2016

Introducing Ava

Almost 2 weeks ago now, I finally got to meet my gorgeous little girl.

Her name is Ava, and she is everything!


Needless to say I have been absolutely focused on my little girl and sorting myself out with feeding her and just general baby things. I anticipate that time will be quite limited now with blogging but I do intend on continuing on with my posts each week.

I was very fortunate to have a couple of weeks before Ava was born to set myself with pre organized posts but I have now run out of those, so I am working out a realistic schedule!

I expect to get 1 to 2 posts up a week, so please continue on this amazing journey with me, and stay tuned to a end of pregnancy/birth post :)