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November Lovelies

Oh how my monthly favourites have changed now I have a newborn. Be warned we have moved on from favourite nail polish and lipstick to some “interesting” products that have helped me these past 19 days since Nathanael has been in the world. My husband thinks I am oversharing but this is a realistic blog plus I have a few friends who are expecting their first babies and they need to be warned …ehem I mean informed.

1. Shopping Trip – Before Nathanael was born I had a final shopping trip to Meadowhall with my Step Mum quite a unique experience being 9 months pregnant with step mum in tow in Victoria Secret needless to say we stuck to the cosmetics.

2. Medela Swing Breast Pump – Nathanael had a few issues on the feeding front at first. Ok major issues he dropped over 10% of his birth weight. We were put on a 2hr feeding regime including topping up with expressed milk. If I wasn’t breastfeeding I was pumping I did think at times I would start to moo like a dairy cow. Even with all this we had to top up with formula as well – there’s only so much one person can do! We have fortunately passed this stage and Nathanael is 100% breastfed now and has put all his weight back on plus more whoop whoop! My midwife, health visitor and breastfeeding support all have said if it wasn’t for me pumping at 3.30am in the morning we wouldn’t have been as successful. It was emotional and hard work but 7lbs of baby was not going to defeat me!

3. Changing Table – The changing table is now in use and I couldn’t be happier with Lukes creation. Its definitely larger than the ones we have seen in stores which I think is a good thing. It has tons of storage space and when Nate gets bigger we can still put it to good use. Especially after my C-Section this was a definite must. You can read all about Lukes building project here

4. Lansinoh Lanolin – I told you my lovelies was interesting. With all the feeding and pumping I have been coating myself in this stuff.

5. My obvious favourite – Nathanael. Is that face not adorbs? I am extremely biased I know.

6. Belly Bandit – Ok this is for vanity but to me its a necessity. I am not doing any crazy diet or stressing to lose weight because this isn’t good for breastfeeding and I have put too much effort into that to mess it up now. However no one wants a pouch (my number 1 concern with having a C-section) or to look 6 months pregnant. Enter the belly bandit it helps to shrink the uterus back, create good posture for breast feeding and also after a C-section it helps to stop the feeling that your stomach is about to drop out!

7. Wallaboo Footmuff – This was bought on recommendation from our next door neighbour this footmuff can go in a carrycot or car seat and is shearling lined meaning I can put Nathanael straight into his car seat without a pram suit on. The joy! plus when going into houses with central heating on I just undo the top cover and can leave him in the carseat without waking him up!

8. Food – For 2 weeks Luke and I haven’t had to cook this has been blissful. Our friends have been amazing and brought us over dinner including desert :o) The last thing you think about is cooking when your trying to get your head around a newborn so to have everything brought to us has been amazing!

9. My final and most important favourite – My husband! if it wasn’t for Luke over these past 19 days of having Nathanael with us I would have been formula feeding, in tear

s of frustration and generally in a bad mood. Luke has done all bar 2 of the nappy changes, has carried everything for me, has sat up at night with Nathanael so I can try and get some sleep. He has injected me for 7 days with anti blood clot drugs (he was quite proficient) has dressed me in my gorgeous white stockings because I couldn’t bend over to pull them up. Has seen WAY TOO MUCH!! even if he is my husband (don’t ask) He is the best father ever and certainly the best husband too! x x

 

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Nathanael James Birth Story

With Nathanael asleep in his Moses Basket (huge success there btw) I thought I would make the attempt at writing his birth story for you! This could be a long one!
When writing Mini Smith updates there was some things about him that I didn’t disclose purely because we didn’t want to worry anyone or make a huge issue out of it.
From Weeks 35 to Week 39 we have been back and forth from the hospital one moment consultant led care and the next back to the Midwife. This was originally due to a Family Medical History which was known prior and we just had to keep pushing this onto the system so to speak, we are so fortunate to have done this, without being over dramatic this could have saved Nathanaels life.
At Week 36 we had our usually Midwife Appointment and my lovely midwife Tracey believed that he was head down but not 100% sure so we were sent for a presentation scan, before the scan the midwife also thought the same but low and behold he nearly had them fooled and was actually breech!

At the end of the week as I turned 37 weeks pregnant Mini Smith and I were booked in for a C- Section with the possibility that it could not be needed as he could turn! I have to say I was quite hopeful for the turning and spent many a night visualising baby turning around in there!

At 39 +3 off we went to the hospital. I won’t regale you with the suffering of not eating, or for the first time in 12 weeks I was up showered and dressed at 6am! A Mini Miracle in itself!
We got to the hospital and were shown into our room, and were met with the anaesthetist who was very adamant due to underlying medical history that I went first that morning. The consultant however was equally as adamant that I was going in second. The battle began and the anaesthetist won, not before the double checked that Nathanael was still head up.

I wore an extremely stylish one piece with a backless feature and for accessories I had a dazzling pair of white tights. The first time to see my off spring one has to make sure they are looking their best! Luke looked as dashing as I did with scrubs far too big for him and lovely matching head gear!
I have to say I was very brave and the drip in my hand nor the local anaesthetic in my back didn’t faze me at all, however trying to push a part of your back to where a consultant is telling you to when your 39 weeks pregnant, lying on your side and have a head under your rib was quite tricky!

It was quite a surreal experience giving birth to our son this way, the room was lovely and relaxed the consultant knew we went to church so I got to speak to her about that which took my mind off what was going on. Within 10 minutes of me having my whole lower body numbed and feeling pressure being applied to the top half of my chest that was uncomfortable our darling Nathanael James was born weighing 7lb 1oz which also happens to be the same weight that I was at birth – who knew!

I was so happy when he let out a big squeal and to be honest he has been squealing ever since not to worry though, as he is as vain as his parents he had to be breech so that he could have lovely photos at birth with un-squished face! He is worth all the pain and trouble that got him here especially with his quivering lip just before he cries and his mounds of dark hair!

I am sure I will post updates on how he is getting on in the world but for now I will leave you with some pictures of our little man.

 

 

We chose the name Nathanael in Hebrew it means a gift from God. James comes from the Hebrew Jacob which means supplanter and trickster and he is defiantly living up to both his names. Nathanael James was a bit tricky in getting here but he is the most perfect gift from God.

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Pregnancy Update Week 39

How far along? 39 weeks on Friday 8th

Baby is the size of a …  A watermelon  – my favourite of all melon varieties

Best moment this week? Was fun hanging out with the ex/never ex step mother (long story) Nana Tam. Have the most amazing nursing pillow now for when Mini Smith arrives (never thought I would say that in a sentence!)

Miss anything? Still miss sleeping on my stomach!

Movement? Still a big YES! but more nudges and turns rather than huge kicks

Sleep? I have been getting some more rest than usual, however Luke has been sick this week and there is nothing more romantic than your hubby coughing and spluttering in bed. In sickness and in health eh?

Food cravings? Still no cravings! I bought some more oranges this week and would say that’s been the closest thing to a craving I have had. Luke has been saved from midnight dash to a store to get something.

What makes you queasy/sick? Nope

Morning sickness? nope

Gender? I still think Mini Smith is a boy and Luke is still non committal.

Looking forward to ..  1 Week to go!!! whoop whoop ok 1ish weeks to go whoop whoop!!

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When Mini Smith arrives you wont see this …

I read a great post from Ryan on Loved and Lovely blog (go check her out I love her blog!)When she was nearing the end of her pregnancy she did this post on what you wouldn’t see her doing once her daughter was born. As Mini Smith could arrive at anytime I have claimed her post as inspiration here are some of the things you won’t see me doing.

1. You will not see me taking pictures of Mini Smith having food all over their face and posting it on any social media. Its gross people, the baby can’t help themselves that is why you are there to help them! I don’t find it cute to see what your baby attempted to have for dinner all over their face I would rather see a nice cute photo of them sleeping or playing or smiling but eating no thanks!

2. You will not see me posing while breastfeeding! I am pro breastfeeding it is after all the natural way to feed your baby. However it’s not natural to take a photo of yourself while breastfeeding. This links in with my first point, I don’t take photos of myself eating things so why would I do that with my baby.

3. Nose debris – I am sorry I am bringing this up, it almost turns my stomach writing about it but coupled with food on face photos my number one HATRED is seeing “bats in caves” photos posted online. If you live in my deluded world where you think no one would post such a photo believe you me I have seen them and promptly blocked the image!

4. You will not see me taking photos of what is in Mini Smith’s nappy or nappy explosions – I think I will spare anyone from seeing my child’s bowel movements. Again it’s simply not needed.

I am sure it’s very easy for me to say these things now and some of you may be reading thinking “just you wait and see” it’s probably true that all these will happen. However in my deluded world right now these things are not going to happen so smile at my naivety.