Mini Chia Puddings

Mini Chia Puddings

Im loving anything coconut these days! So mini chia puddings are my go to for a healthy dessert, day time snack or breakfast!

You will need;

  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 5 tbls organic chia seeds
  • 1 tbls agave
  • 1 ts organic vanilla extract
  • 1 mango ( or your chosen topping)
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl
  2. Leave for 5 mins and then mix again and seperate into 3-4 mini bowls or 1 big one if you choose!
  3. You can either add in your mango now to set within your pudding or once it has set you can add fresh on-top.
  4. I put in the fridge overnight or you can make in the morning and enjoy at dinner time

Note: I use 1 mango for 3-4 mini bowls and I also add in coconut flakes on top, however you can add any toppings you like! Some of my favourites are;

  • Dried blueberries and apricots
  • Dates and coconut
  • Mixed berries
  • Strawberries

Enjoy!!

A note on why Chia is amazing for you!

Chia seeds are a superfood! They are high in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, protein, dietary fibre and Omega 3 ALA. The 9 things that Chia can help you with is:

  1. Skin and aging
  2. Digestive health
  3. Heart health
  4. Dental health
  5. Boosts energy and metabolism
  6. Helps fight diabetes
  7. Helps build muscle and lose weight
  8. Helps build stronger bones
  9. Helps fight breast and cervical cancer

Just 9 reasons to enjoy this yummy desert even more!

12 hours to Motherhood

12 hours to Motherhood

So here it is! My birth story. To be honest I don’t really know why it took me so long to get it down! Although it could be the fact that I have a newborn! haha

I view my birth as a positive, enlightening experience that I am tremendously proud of. There were a few things that I was trying to avoid during my birthing process (Interventions) but it turns out it was all necessary to deliver Little Boo safety and soundly into my arms. I did a lot of work around birthing without fear and I’m so glad I did, as I was able to enjoy most of the experience and now look back fondly.

So I planned to have a calm, natural hypnobirth. I only really decided this in the third trimester when I discovered hypnobirthing! I did attend the classes a tad late, but nevertheless I had 4 weeks after I had finished the classes to try and master the tools. In hindsight I would recommend if this style of birthing interests you – do attend classes as early you can so you can really tune in and develop/practice the skills.

I also had a detailed birth plan, however I am a big believer in going with the flow, as labour can take many turns (and it did!)! But it was my choice if it did go to plan, I did get the experience I would like.

I chose to birth in a private hospital and I always knew that I was unable to go over the 41 week mark (my OBs rule) and to be fair I was happy with 41 weeks of carrying Little Boo!  There was also the fact that Little Boo was posterior and showed no signs of moving into the preferred birthing position.

Generally they say that babies that are posterior make for a harder more painful birth – but I didn’t buy into that! I trusted my baby, I trusted my body and I focused on being calm and positive and then the rest,  I left up to my OB.

So from 39/40 weeks I started to do all the things I could to bring in labour. Eating pineapple, raspberry leaf tea, evening primrose oil, exercise, sex, squats, hypnosis, meditation, eating dates, massage, pressure points etc. I also did everything I could to try and move Little Boo from being posterior. 40 weeks rolls around and still no sign of him coming out so my OB booked me in on Tuesday 15th August for an induction, that I really didn’t want. The reason being is, at that stage I was scared of the induction due to the fact I wanted to use my hypnobirthing techniques without pain relief to see me through my labour and I was concerned that the surges (contractions) would come on too quickly.

I woke up that day with a horrible migraine and I tried to cancel the induction by calling the hospital but we were told to come in. By the time we got there I was very emotional and in pain. My OB at first was not too happy about moving it but agreed due to the intense migraine I was suffering. The induction was moved to Thursday 17th August. He sent me home with some strong painkillers and I was told to rest.

So I did just that, I went home and slept off my migraine and relaxed at home. That evening I rechecked my hospital bag, his room, and made sure I had everything ready to go for Thursday. Hubby had to work so I ordered takeaway and watched netflix.

Little did I know that at 8.30pm Little Boo started to initiate labour! I thought I had eaten too much so I ignored the tummy cramping and went to sleep, every hour or so I woke up and went to the toilet and there was no show or waters broken so I went back to rest. Then I realised the tummy cramping was not going away but instead becoming more intense. I was so excited I jumped out of bed, put my music on, got my exercise ball and starting using my relaxation and rocking techniques to breathe through the surges. I was also timing them on my phone to keep track. At 1pm I rang hubby who was on his way home and he said “Are you in Labour” and I and “YES”. We rang the hospital to advise them and then I told him to go to bed to get some sleep, as I knew I was a fair way off.

3.30am at I was in and out of a hot shower and I knew it was time to go to the hospital. I woke up hubby and told him that it was go time. I was still very much in my zone of relaxation and feeling positive, although the surges were now getting stronger I was thinking how on earth would I be able to sit in the car!

We made it to the hospital and checked in, I had asked for a room with a bath and requested midwives that support hypnobirthing. It was now 4.30am.

Now I had opted for no vaginal examinations and no talking so I could remain in my “zone” so that it could help me breathe through the surges without pain relief. However it all went a bit haywire!

The midwife checked me and said I was only 4cm dilated after 8 hours of breathing through surges, which were now very intense. I felt disappointed. At that moment I felt doubtful that I could keep going with my plan. She offered to run me a bath, which I agreed, however it was not hot enough and it was not helping me relax. So next was a hot shower. At this stage she told me I would have another 6 hours to go, and it was at that moment I was thrown out of my mindset and “doubt” had taken over. There was no way I could handle the intensity for another 6 hours! The surges were coming every 3 minutes and literally taking my breath away, and it was taking all my energy and focus to get through them. So I did what I didn’t want to do and asked for an epidural. She told me that the anaesthetist was 45 minutes away.

By the time he got there it was an hour and I was still in the shower. The hot water was my pain relief and I had my hypnosis/relaxation tracks which were on repeat. Hubby was in and out being an amazing support person and doing everything he could to help me.

Then the anaesthetist arrived and the process was started. Little did I know that it takes a good half hour for that! By this time it was 6.30am.

I did not feel the epidural go in at all! Then something interesting happened. The surges were as intense as ever and were showing no signs of easing. So I asked him when it would work? He said it could take 15-20 mins. By that time my OB had arrived and came in to break my water. He also bought with him another midwife and bright lights! Luckily I already had a flannel over my eyes to keep myself somewhat in the dark and relaxed. I had my eyes closed pretty much from when I arrived at the hospital until the very end! That was one thing in my control. It really helped me to remain calm and go with the flow.

Half hour passed by and the surges were becoming more intense. I asked if he had put any drugs in and he said it should be working! So guess what? It wasn’t! All of that for nothing! “Brilliant” I thought to myself and then I just focused on breathing and being in the present moment. It was 7.30am and I was 8/9 cm dilated and my body decided it was time to push.

This part was amazing! The body is incredible. Little Boo was working so hard on the inside and I was doing my best to help him. I did the second thing I didn’t want to do and that was birth on my back. But it was 11 hours of labour and I was one tired Mumma-to-be. So I went with the flow and listened to the voices instruct me on the outside (my OB and midwives) even though I couldn’t see them. There was one midwife that was in my ear and helping me to “breathe” through the surges and helping me ride them up and down. She was a godsend.

My body was pushing in waves automatically and I was verbalising the surges without me even trying and every inch of my body was pushed to the limit as I did my best to help Little Boo come earth side. 45 mins into active pushing and my OB needed to intervene. “Great” I thought – “what now”? The third thing I didn’t want to happen – an episiotomy. Much to my surprise – I didn’t feel a thing! Then Little Boo was still having trouble so out came the suction. I found out later that he was still posterior and he had a short cord! Those two things were working against us, so no amount of pushing or breathing would have helped without the suction or episiotomy. I said do whatever you need to do to deliver my baby safely.

It was then it all moved quickly.

I gave birth to my Little Boo at 8.34am after a 12-hour labour. I hypnobirthed through a majority of it and up until the last minute I had my eyes closed and was as focused as I would ever be. I was so focused I didn’t want to take of the flannel from my eyes until he was in my arms but I heard everyone yelling me to “Look” “Look your baby is here”. I will never forget watching him meet the world and being plonked onto my chest. I think I was in shock. I just remember feeling so proud, so relived and I was so in awe of him and of what I had just done.

He latched right away and stayed there on me for 90 minutes so I could bond with him. During that time I was stitched up (again that didn’t hurt either) and I birthed the placenta and it was a few hours before I was able to have a shower and get into my room.

By the time we got to our room, the enormity of what had happened dawned on me. I was a Mumma, I had carried, nurtured and birthed this little human. I would never be the same again and I knew then, that I was reborn also. I was so overwhelmed by love and affection I could not stop staring at him all night and every night since then.

And that was the day my whole world changed.

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The First Six Weeks

The First Six Weeks

Six weeks has passed already! It’s amazing how quick the time goes! I wanted to share some of my learnings so far.

Postpartum healing

The first 2 weeks for me were the most difficult with healing. I was very impatient with pain and I had a natural delivery that also involved an episiotomy. What helped me was the perineum spray and padsticles that I made myself. I also used ice and painkillers that were safe while breastfeeding. I had a donut to sit on to help with pressure and I used the perineum spray after going to the toilet. By day 15 the pain was 90% better and by 3 weeks I would say I had no pain.

Support

I have my mother in law staying with us to help me and I cannot stress enough how much she has helped me. It’s imperative to have a support network for those first few weeks especially! You are healing, you will be sore, bruised, emotional and may be in pain. Then you have a new little human you are trying to look after. You are also trying to figure out feeding, sleep deprivation and adapting to your new life! If you can and if it’s an option, organize as much help as you can for as long as you can. Washing, chores, eating, showering and looking after yourself becomes a little bit of a luxury. You are able to do all these things if you have help.

Breastfeeding

I chose to breastfeed and thankfully my baby and I were able to make it work well for us. Although the first few days resulted in really sore nipples, blisters and I was in pain. I asked for a shield to help me initially and you do have access to a women’s physio that can give you laser therapy on your nipples! It doesn’t hurt and I got 3 sessions at the hospital – a few days later I had no pain and my nipples were healed! I thoroughly enjoy breastfeeding now. You can seek any women’s health physio for this service. I also use the shield every now and then when my baby cluster feeds.

Sleep Deprivation

You will be okay and you will sleep again. You still get to sleep it just may be broken up. Your body helps you by producing hormones to assist your ability to adapt. Some nights baby will sleep more and others less. It will pass and you will feel rested again.

The app “The Winder Weeks” is amazing. It’s great to know when your baby is experiencing developmental leaps and what to expect and what you can do to help your baby.

Postpartum Body

Your body will look different, you will still have a belly after birthing your bub but it will shrink slowly. I chose to use a belly support from Mamaway Your boobs will become bigger once your milk comes in ( usually takes 3-5 days) and you can feel hot and engorged. It may also feel like your getting the flu. When you breastfeed you may feel tummy pain! This is your uterus shrinking back into place. It will pass. Going to the toilet is not as scary as you may think. Just be patient and take your time. A cooling perineum spray or spritz bath will be soothing afterwards.

Baby Clothes

I used lots of zippy wonder suits those first few weeks! Buy ones with built in mittens and socks – even easier! I also loved separate tops and bottoms for sleep time. That way if baby needs a diaper charge during the night you don’t have to fully undress them. I also loved the Love to Dream sleep suits for sleep time and I used the Cocoonababy to help baby sleep and it’s easily portable to move around!

Let me know in comments if you wanted me to cover any other topics!

Xx

Stretch Marks

Stretch Marks

If you have been following me for a while, you will know I tend to be very organized and plan well ahead!

Preventing stretch marks was definitely on my list of things to try and avoid. My mum had stretch marks and many forums will tell you it is probably hereditary! I disagree.

Now, I already had stretch marks on my hips from when I was a teenager and I had gone through a growth spurt. They are white now and barely visible. So I was thinking there would be a good chance of me getting them during my pregnancy!

So here’s what I did!

  1. I used Dove Triple Moisturizing Body Wash every shower
  2. Applied Mio Tummy Rub Butter and Oil morning and night from end of trimester one
  3. Applied The Stretch Serum in the last 8 weeks of trimester three
  4. Drank 2.5lt of water daily during my pregnancy
  5. Exercised

The result was I had no stretch marks at all during my pregnancy! However after bub was born I noticed I had four small marks on my belly ( hardly noticeable) which I’m okay with!

I had no stretch marks on my boobs until after my milk came in! They have come up around my nipples and underneath but I have heard from a lot of woman, they tend to go away after breastfeeding. However if not, I’m fine with that too.

I’m continuing with my creams now on my tummy and boobs and will for the next 4 months or so.

If I’m concerned about stretch marks at a later date I will get them lasered. Until then a spray tan covers them!

So all in all, even though I was very proactive with prevention and I’m happy with the outcome, I still have some stretch marks.

However, every woman and every body is different. Some women get them and some don’t, but there are lots of things you can do to prevent them or minimize them.

I look at my body and my marks now and I embrace them because I was able to create, nourish and bring a little human into the world and when you see their little faces, nothing else matters.

Much love xx

Nursery Drawer Organisation

Nursery Drawer Organisation

There is so many ways you can organise drawers! For me personally I spent quite a bit of time deliberating the best way to do so. If you know me by now, you would know I do go through quite a process before I execute!

This was no different. I planned out what was going where and how the flow looked and felt to me and if it was going to bring ease into my life ( which is the most important factor).

My way may no suit everyone but I hope it gives you some inspiration or ideas if you don’t know where to start!

I decided to purchase my drawers separately, for a few reasons. First being they will be stored in my walk in robe and not on display in the nursery. Second the drawers that matched my cot and change table were nearly 10 times the price! So I went with IKEA and put them together myself ( If you managed to watch my insta story at the time it was a frustrating but empowering exercise).

What I used:

x 2 MALM Chest of Drawers IKEA

x 6 SKUBB Drawer Dividers  IKEA

x 1 Pack Clear Mailing Labels ( If you want to label your drawers and/or Dividers ) Officeworks

x 4 Large Storage Baskets ( Use to store Nappies/Large size clothing/Bits and Pieces) Kmart

Chest of Drawers No.1 :

  1. Sleep/Dream Suits and bibs
  2. Socks, mittens and hats
  3. Newborn
  4. Wonder suits/All in ones
  5. Tops/Sets/Shoes
  6. Pants/Shorts

The first set of drawers are all clothing items. I decided to do a Newborn drawer to help make the first month easier – so I literally only use one drawer. Inside I have used the dividers to seperate by type of clothing. Singlets/basics/wonder-suits/sets.

With the other drawers I have gone by type of clothing, then into size and used the drawer dividers to label them for ease.

The dividers are great and you can change out the sizes easily and the labels are easily pulled off and transferred.

When little boo is out of his newborn clothes I will use that drawer for Sets ( for example) and go by size, like I have for the other drawers. Of course the clothing selection will get bigger so eventually it may be one drawer per type and you can opt out of using the dividers. They easily unzip and lay flat when not in use.

Chest of Drawers No.2 :

  1. Towels
  2. Face washers/ Burp cloths
  3. Blankets
  4. Linen ( For Cot/ Bassinet and Change table)
  5. Baby Carriers
  6. Storage

These ones are pretty self explanatory. I used the drawer dividers for the linen drawer so I can easily identify the differences. The last 2 drawers I have used for things like instructions/warranties/gifts that can’t be used as yet etc..

Hope this helps you! All in all think about how it works to make it easy for you and have FUN!

 

xx

 

 

 

 

Hospital Bag Essentials

Hospital Bag Essentials

After adding and subtracting things for weeks I have finally packed my hospital bag!

To be honest Im taking a suitcase…..let me explain. I literally can’t sleep anywhere without my pillow! So that takes up one side already! I was always travelling for work and even if it was 2-3 nights stopover I would take my suitcase.

So its coming with me to the hospital! Now I tend to be a tad over organised and there may be some things that I may not use, however I am a believer in better to have and not use it, than to miss it.

The other thing to take in account is, Im not sure what path my birth may take, so I have enough to last me for 5 nights ( just in case).

That being said, if you want to go light – there will always be friends and family that can bring you things to the hospital.

I’ll link below some of the chosen items that I bought, that I will also be using postpartum.

I will also be taking in a small bag for the birthing suite, this is made up of some of the below, but mainly a change of clothes ( For after birth and shower), oils and flameless candle for birthing, snacks, laptop for hypnosis tracks, phone and charger ( will be on flight mode).

For Me:

x 10 Underwear Kmart

x 3 Maternity Bras B Free Australia

x 2 Sleep Bras

x 2 Wooly socks

x 3 Tights/comfy pants

x 1 Breast-feeding singlet Kmart

x 2 Comfy tops

x 2 Robe/Wraps from Bras and Things and Francis and Henry

x 1 Support Belly Band Mamaway

x 1 Button down sleep shirt Peter Alexander

x 1 PJ set Peter Alexander

For Baby:

x 4 Zippy Rompers Best and Less and Bonds

x 1 Swaddle Up Love to Dream

x 5 Singlets

x 1 Beanie and mittens

x 2 Socks

x 1 Muslin Wrap Aden and Anais

x 1 Blanket Anarkid

Other:

Pillow

Towel

Extra soft toilet paper and wet wipes

Travel Hair Dryer

Toiletries

x 2 Packs Maternity Pads

x 10 Breast Pads

Homemade Perineum spray and Essential Oil sprays for Labor

Laptop and changer

Snacks and Aquamamma

 

 

 

DIY Perineum Healing Spray and Padsicles

DIY Perineum Healing Spray and Padsicles

Being 38 weeks pregnant, my “nesting” and organization phase is well and truly underway!

So I also decided to make my own Perineum healing spray to help my postpartum.

The best thing about this spray is apart from being homemade, all natural and made with pure essential oils you can also use this to make “padsicles” which I will also post below.

This spray is designed to help with swelling, pain, toning and healing.

What you will need:

Glass Spray Bottle 100ml – I used Oils of Australia

Witch Hazel – I bought mine from Coles ( Acts as a toner and can be used on swollen body parts)

1 tbsp Aloe vera – I bought mine from Coles ( Used to cool/heal inflamed skin and relives swelling)

5-10 drops Lavender Essential Oil ( Aids in healing, relives inflammation and is antibacterial)

5-10 drops Frankincense Essential Oil ( Heals broken skin, irritation and tears)

5-10 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil ( Relieves pain, cramping and re-tone area)

What to do:

  1. Fill up your bottle half way with Witch Hazel
  2. Add in your Essential Oils
  3. Add in Aloe Vera ( Optional – but this is great for an added cooling effect)
  4. Shake
  5. Top up with Witch Hazel
  6. Keep in the fridge for added cooling effect

You can use this spray anytime to aid in discomfort and especially after going to the toilet. You can even spray on your sanitary pads when changing for an added cooling/healing effect.

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How to Make Padsicles:

So now we have made the perineum cooling spray we can also use the same mixture to make padsicles, with a slight variation.

What you will need:

Perineum healing spray mixture ( as above)

Maternity Pads

1-2 tbsp Aloe Vera ( Per Pad)

Large plastic sandwich bags ( For freezer storage)

What to do:

  1. Open up maternity pads and apply the Aloe Vera
  2. Spray the pad with 12-15 sprays of the healing mixture
  3. Fold the pad back up with the wings in last
  4. Put the pad back into the original wrapper
  5. Place in plastic bag
  6. Place bag in freezer

Now you have some cooling, healing padsicles to use postpartum!

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