Getting Mum Fit – Exercising after Pregnancy

Noah is 7 weeks old now, so I’m starting to think about getting back to training and getting fit again. Suffering from SPD has meant that I hardly did any exercise at all for the last 5 months of pregnancy, not even walking the dog. So it’s safe to say that I’m feeling sluggish and really unfit now. And although I’m not usually focussed on “losing weight” I have put on a fair few pounds from pregnancy. I don’t know how many as I don’t weigh myself, but I’ve gone from a size 8 to a size 14 in clothes. So I would love to be able to get back into some of the clothes I bought (and felt really good in thanks to all the training) before I fell pregnant.

After struggling with so much pain during Noah’s pregnancy it’s been lovely to be able to walk again since having him and I feel ready to get back to working out. In fact, I’m really looking forward to it. BUT I also feel a bit daunted about where to even start. Luckily, I’ve got Matt to help me on my way and so I asked him for some hints and tips for getting fit after pregnancy and as always he agreed to share them with you all. So here is his wisdom for starting to exercise after pregnancy. Continue reading

Cooking Up Chaos – Noah’s Birth Story

When I first started this Cooking Up Chaos series I never really allowed myself to believe that the little baby nestled away in my tummy would ever really become a reality. I think it was probably to protect myself a little after our miscarriage last year, I didn’t want to let myself get too attached just in case something went wrong. I worried about every little thing the whole way through and really found it hard to enjoy it or connect with the baby like I did when I was pregnant with Luca.

But I need not have worried. At 40+4, that baby wiggling around in my belly decided to grace us with his presence and make all the anxiety and delightful pregnancy symptoms I experienced worth it.

I’d like to introduce to you all, our little boy, Noah. Noah was born at home, a few weeks before Christmas weighing in at 8lb 11oz after a 6-hour labour.

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Cooking Up Chaos – Week 40

Well, I made it to 40 weeks which means I’ve been pregnant for 2 weeks longer than I was with Luca. As I write this I’m actually 40+1 so “overdue” and I’m honestly quite surprised we have made it this far, for some reason I was really expecting him to come early. Not sure why but I just did.

I’m not bothered he hasn’t though, he will come when he’s ready and as of yet I don’t feel in much of a rush to evict him. Although I would like him to come sooner rather than later so we have as big a gap between his birthday and Christmas as possible. Also because I really want to be able to go to Luca’s Christmas concert as I’m gonna feel ALL the mum guilt if I can’t make it.

It is nice to know though that whenever he comes now will mean Ant can be home with us for the whole run up to Christmas, not having to go back to work until after Boxing Day or longer depending on how long baby boy stays put. Continue reading

Cooking Up Chaos – Week 35

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve written any bump updates.  In fact, it’s been a while since I wrote anything.  Whenever I have a spare 5 minutes it’s usually taken over by nesting or just resting (which I’m not very good at) and I’ve been overloaded with stuff that needs doing that the blog has had to take a back seat, because as much as I’d love to be able to do it all I can’t.

Anyway, I think my last update was at about 18 weeks, and then our gender reveal after that.  So it really has been a while, hasn’t it?  Bump is a very big bump now and I’ve got a lovely waddle going on too thanks to the SPD that cropped up just before the summer holidays.

Since I last posted I have had my antenatal care taken over by the Leeds HomeBirth Team, which is very exciting and we have done a hypnobirthing course with the ever so lovely Hannah from Reframing Birth.  The course was fascinating and has made me feel really confident going into whichever birth we end up having, although I have everything crossed it is my dream of a home birth.  I’m going to post all about the hypnobirthing course later on but it’s been worth every penny so if you’re pregnant and thinking about hypnobirthing I highly recommend checking out Hannah.

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Moonlight Drive-In Cinema

I love finding unusual things to do as a family and when I found out that there was a drive-in cinema locally to us I knew I wanted to go.  Moonlight Drive-In Cinema is located at Diggerland in Castleford but they also have a site in Kent as well.

I’m a 50’s girl at heart, I love everything about the 1950’s, the cars, the fashion, the hairstyles.  So much so that we had a 50’s/rockabilly style wedding and danced (or should I say jived) all night to rock n roll.  It was my absolute dream.  And so the idea of a drive-in cinema really appealed to me.

We found out that they were showing The Incredibles 2 towards the end of the summer holidays and so as a last treat we took Luca to watch it from the comfort of our car.

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Getting Mum Fit – Exercising Whilst Pregnant

So as you may have noticed from my recent posts, I’m pregnant with our second son.  I was determined from the start of my pregnancy that I was going to stay fit and healthy throughout and keep going with my personal training sessions with Matt.  Now to be totally transparent, that hasn’t been quite how the plan has gone.  Instead, I developed SPD about a month and a half ago and so I’ve had to stop my PT sessions which I’m honestly really upset about.  I never ever thought I’d be that person who would feel sad that they couldn’t be tortured every week but turns out once I’ve got going with this whole exercise thing, I’m actually loving it.

Anyway, before the SPD kicked in I asked Matt to write me a little post all about exercising during pregnancy as I know when I found out I was pregnant again I was really worried about harming the baby.  As usual, he has written a fab little post for you all explaining the do’s and don’t of pre-natal exercise.   Here it is…

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Dressing the Bump in BooHoo Maternity

So you may remember that I posted about how pregnancy really makes me lose myself.  I lose lots of confidence when pregnant and think it’s really important to practice self-care and take the time to dress in a way you still feel like you.

Well, thanks to the lovely folks over at BooHoo, these past two weeks I’ve been dressing in clothes that really make me feel myself again and it really has helped me step out of the door feeling much happier and more confident.

When they offered to send me some bits from their maternity range I spent ages deliberating over what to choose.  I think with maternity wear it makes sense to get stuff that will last the whole way through your pregnancy.  Things that will transition through seasons and also that can be worn in a number of different ways.   The few bits that I decided on are quite simple but it’s the staples that really count I think.  Having wardrobe staples that are flexible and can be worn in many ways means you always have something to throw on, no matter what you are doing or the weather. Continue reading

Sunflower Picking at Farmer Copley’s

One of my favourite parts of the year is our trip to Farmer Copley’s for some pumpkin picking.  Well this year, they have opened up a new part of the farm for some PYO fun, this time sunflowers!!!!  And I think it’s also gonna be an annual trip for us.

I went along with my friend Sam to grab some lunch and then go find the sunflowers. We were really surprised to find it so quiet and the whole time we were there we were alone in the field.

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Losing Yourself When Pregnant

I don’t think I’m alone in finding pregnancy a really difficult time. For a number of reasons but mostly for me with my first pregnancy I really felt like I lost who I was as a person. Even before becoming a mum, which then made me lose myself even more but that’s a whole other post.

Once I started to get bigger and my clothes stopped fitting me I really lost my sense of style. Maternity wear can be so expensive and because most of the time I needed clothes quite quickly I bought things spur of the moment or because I needed them, not because I liked them. It wasn’t long before none of my clothes were really me and therefore I felt a bit lost and uncomfortable in what I was wearing.

Then as the bump got even bigger I no longer recognised my body. Add that to the lack of confidence in my clothes and you can see how easy it is to quickly lose who you are. It may sound vain but your sense of style is a big part of who you are. Or at least I think it is. And I think even if you’re having a day with little confidence if you stick on your favourite pair of jeans it does a lot to help. So not having those clothes to help boost yourself up can leave you feeling pretty deflated. Continue reading

Luca is 6!

At the start of July, this little poop face turned 6.  I mean, bloody six, that means we are creeping closer to double figures now.  I’m not sure I can deal with this.  I want him to stay my gorgeous, loving, cuddly little boy forever.  Not turn into a grotty teenager.

This last year, in all honesty, has been a tough one.  He went through a phase of really not listening to what was being asked of him and both myself and Ant have shouted a lot more than we would like to at him.  He also started to backchat, developed a HUGE attitude and a temper to match it.  But over the past few months, this seems to have slowly sorted itself out and as I type this we are back to affectionate, funny, cheeky Luca.  The best version of him. Continue reading