Saturday, 18 January 2014

2014 - a little late

Happy New Year all!

Christmas and New Year for my house was brought in with a lot of vomit and snot.

Unfortunately my lovely Mr T had to work over Christmas (perils of his usually quite cushy job) so me and Mini T spent it at a friends house - which was nice but not really the Christmas that I had hoped would be my little boys first.

New Years Eve again was very uneventful - unfortunately in the gap between Christmas and New Year all three of us were struck down with gastric flu - it was the longest 72 hours of my life!! So 2014 was brought in with Mr T and I shivering on the couch drinking sports drinks desperately trying to rehydrate ourselves and not fall asleep before the ball drop.  Luckily we made it to midnight and saw the spectacular fireworks on the Palm before literally crashing into bed.

The upcoming weeks are set to be a bit of a stress fest as we are leaving our trendy apartment in Dubai Marina and moving to a house in the 'burbs.  It will be strange leaving our little flat, which was pretty much our first home as a married couple, however the little monster now comes first and a more child friendly environment is calling! 

Here's to an exciting 2014 and hopefully some more frequent blogging!!

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Outfit of the day

Last week I went to Maya at Le Royal Meridian hotel in Dubai Marina with my darling husband for a very rare and long overdue date night  The restaurant is in an amazing setting on the beach and we enjoyed an AMAZING Mexican feast and to make the evening even more fantastic it was ladies night - free margaritas for mummy!!

Shirt - Forever 21 (on sale at the moment)
Trousers - H&M (bought to replace the pair that I refused to stop wearing whilst I was pregnant and eventually burst out of them - a low point indeed!!)
Necklace - Zara
Bags and dark circles underneath eyes - courtesy of my darling little boy who has been waking hourly at night - joy!

Friday, 22 November 2013

A love letter to my little boy at 6 months

My beautiful boy.  You are now 6 months old and you have completely turned my world upside down.  These last 6 months have been the hardest of my life so far, but oh so worth it when I walk into your room each morning and see you beaming back at me.  You are such a happy and smily boy - everyone comments on this.  You are becoming more and more like your Dad each day but I think my height and lazy streak are also starting to show in you now too!  Your favourite past times at the moment include going crazy in your Jumperoo, reading books with me, watching Baby Einstein on the television - and whilst I find him a little creepy - you adore Baby Lamb, you love the mobile in your cot that plays Humpty Dumpty, you like going for long walks and seem to love nothing better than rolling around on the big bed in your room and having your back tickled before bed time.  You my boy are the love of my life and although you can make me grumpy when you don't sleep at night, I would not change you for the world.  Happy 6 month birthday my handsome little boy - I cannot wait to see what you will be like in another 6 months time!

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Update - Battle of the Body Oils

I previously blogged about the various body oils that I used throughout my pregnancy in order to try and evade the dreaded stretch marks.

Although, compared to some I have been very lucky.  I ended up with some marks on my bum and some very faint ones of the tops of my thighs.

I am very happy to report that these have almost faded now and if I am totally honest I haven't really been using anything in particular to help them on their way since having baby ET.

Full body moisturising is definitely not on my list of priorities at the moment -  I am lucky if I get chance to brush my hair most days!

I have popped on a bit of Bio Oil when I have had the time and also some Soap and Glory body butter so perhaps this tiny bit of care has helped my stretch marks on their way.

Overall,  I would say the oils probably did help to prevent stretch marks.  I did not get any marks on my tummy, which is where I used the oils the most, however I ended up with them on the areas where I naively didn't think I would get them so did not really bother applying the oils all that frequently!

So if you are pregnant and want to try and keep your skin in good condition I would recommend taking action early and using some sort of moisturiser.  I am not sure I would recommend any product in particular, I remember having a conversation with a lady who worked for Origins who advised me that any type of moisturiser would do the trick as the key to avoiding stretch marks is to keep the skin hydrated to help improve elasticity.

Bye for now!

Sunday, 14 July 2013

The old labour and delivery story

After a long, LONG break from this I feel I am ready to get back into the saddle by telling the gory tale that is my birth story for baby ET.

I previously discussed that I was toying with the idea of being induced in order to fit the little one's birth in with Mr T's leave.

3 days prior to ET's birth I was told by my doctor that I was 3 cm dilated and that ET's arrival was imminent. So much so that he advised me to have a friend on standby just in case I went into labour that evening whilst hubby was on a long flight.

However in the event that I managed to keep baby T at bay until my due date, my doctor assured me that I would only need to have my waters broken and I would not need the oxytocin drip to induce my labour as I was progressing nicely on my own.

So 3 days later, Mr T and I trundled off to hospital at 8am with the knowledge that we would be meeting our baby boy at some point that day.

My waters were broken at around 10am and I spent the next couple of hours walking around the hospital in a very fetching gown wearing what could only be described as a giant nappy - lovely!

My doctor arrived and we discussed pain relief options, it was at this point I was told that I was going to be given the drip to start my labour.  Now if I had my time again, I would have spoken up and refused this, however, as I was pretty new to this childbirth lark I went along with what the midwives and doctors advised me to do.

As I was being induced I decided I would need the epidural as I had been told by many people that labour is much more painful and intense when induced.

Well what a mistake to make! I suffer from scoliosis (albeit only very slightly), however the point at which my spine is curved is at the exact point where the needle needs to be inserted for the epidural.  The anaesthetist assured me that whilst making the procedure a little more tricky it shouldn't pose any major problems.  After several attempts at inserted the needle she finally got it in. OUCH!! She had mis-hit touched a nerve in my spine.  The pain I experienced from this was by far worse than any of the labour pain that was to come.  Shortly after, my entire head went numb and I started experiencing quite a severe headache.

The anaesthetist, said this was a normal side effect, however wanted to monitor me for an hour, in this time they started the oxytocin drip.

By the time she came back, I had started to feel really spacey and pretty petrified that I was never going to be able to feel my head again.  It was at this point where I put my foot down and decided I didn't want any further intervention, and they removed the needle or whatever it was in my back and it was down to me and my breathing and the imaginary mountain I was walking up (good old yoga) to get me through.

I got to around 8 cm dilated before I had to reach for the gas and air, the techniques I picked up in yoga certainly saved the day.  Mr T, my doctor and midwife all commented on how in control I was despite my initial setback.

The whole pushing part, was not all that bad.  As soon at the little ones head was out of me I felt the most enormous sense of relief and then a couple of pushes later he was with here.  At 17.16 to be precise, baby ET made grand arrival.

He was handed to me for our 'skin-to-skin' which turned out to be towel-to-skin as I forgot to remove the towel from him (doh!).

I still can't quite believe that I made this lovely little boy - he has certainly turned my world upside down!!

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

The new arrival

So I have been very, VERY absent from my blog for quite some time.  The main reason being (I'm sure you can all guess anyway) is because my little poo monster arrived.  Baby ET was born at 17.16 on the 15th May and weighed 2.9 kg.

He is keeping me very busy and depriving me of more sleep than I ever thought could be imaginable!!

My blog posts may be a little sporadic over the next few months as I get to grips with motherhood but I will try and get back into it.

I am desperately trying to form some sort of routine - doing this without family around and not being able to go outside is harder than I imagined - we are all muddling through though and hopefully it will get better soon - a baby is certainly a lot harder than a puppy!

Here is a little sneak preview of the little man - he is so tinsy!!

Bye for now!

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Beauty - Bobbi Brown purchases

As always seems to be the case with me, all of my major go to makeup products ran out at exactly the same time - so annoying!

For the past year or so I have been using the foundation Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua - which has served me very well.  In fact I do have a tiny bit left so I will most probably continue to reach for this every now and again.

After trawling the Internet and reading various reviews of the best foundations on the market, I decided to mix it up and plumped for Bobbi Brown's Skin Foundation for a change.  It is described as 'a lightweight, water-based foundation (which) instantly hydrates and freshens'.

I purchased shade 3.5 warm beige which is a good colour on me.  During the day I tend to use the Bobbi Brown tinted moisturiser in light tint which I absolutely adore.  I am not a huge fan of a thick foundation base as I find it quite uncomfortable, even more so since moving to a hot country.  This foundation is supposed to be one step up in terms of coverage to the tinted moisturiser. 

It has a very similar and light consistency to the Chanel, but I think this offers slightly more coverage.  With baby T's arrival very imminent, 
a little more coverage will be definitely something I need in my life!  

I also purchased a new bronzer.  For years I have used the Clinique pressed powder in Sunkissed and absolutely love the colour.  I have always been a bit of a fan of bronzer and wear it all year round - perhaps it is something to do with me hailing from Merseyside, who knows?!  My big gripe with the product is the packaging - it is TERRIBLE!! I have broken pretty much every single one of the compacts I have ever owned.  There is a massive fault with the hinge on the compact which breaks no matter how careful you are.  The only solution I have found it to keep the compact in its original box, however after 6-9 months of use, the box does start to look a little bit disgusting.

I have contacted Clinique in the past about the problem and they very kindly replaced the broken compact for me, however have done nothing to improve the design of the product.  So, with a heavy heart I decided to switch allegiance to Bobbi Brown and give their Bronzing Powder a try.

I purchased the shade Golden Light, which seemed to be the best match for my skin.  I do have a bit of a tan at the moment, but didn't really want to go any darker as I do use bronzer all year around.  

The product does seem pretty similar to the Clinique bronzer.  It is very matt which no glittery particles in it which I like as glitter and a corporate office job don't really go hand in hand!

So far I love this product, it is not too dark but also not so light that you can't even tell you are wearing bronzer. It works well in the day and does seem to last which is impressive in this heat!

Finally for my impulse buy - blusher.  I religiously use, Benefits Posy Tint or Cha Cha tint as I love the staying power as it does not budge all day.  Sometimes though I do like to reach for a powder blush every now and again.  

The girl in Bobbi Brown recommended the shade Nectar for me, one of their top sellers.  It does look a little scary upon first glance, however when blended, it really complements the bronzy kind of makeup look that I tend to go for.  

I am now on the hunt for an industrial strength concealer, I am tom between the Mac studio... and YSL touche eclat (which I haven't used for years but used to adore).  I currently use Bobbi Brown's concealer, however don't really like the powder attached to it which seems like a bit of a waste of time.  Any recommendations would be much appreciated, as I think concealer is going to become my new best friend over the next few years!!