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Pregnancy: 23 week update


I thought it was about time I post a pregnancy update as I've been very quiet around here! I'm now 23 weeks pregnant and will be 24 weeks on Monday. It's funny as the first trimester felt like it went so slowly but the weeks seem to be flying by now. 

The rumours were true about second trimester - at about 14 weeks I felt far more 'normal' and wasn't needing to go to bed early every night. I am still feeling tired but it's so much better than it was and I've actually had motivation to do things in the evenings and my social life has resumed somewhat! My body does keep reminding me to take it easy though. We spent two weeks in Cape Town at the beginning of April and after a couple of days of non-stop holiday fun I woke up feeling awful and had a few days where I had to miss out on some activities and just rest in bed. Luckily it passed but it's so important to remember that you although you can feel relatively normal, you're still growing a human!

Speaking of the little human, he or she is doing really well. We had our 20 week scan the morning we came back from holiday and it was amazing. Everything is looking good and we were told that we have a very active one on our hands. We are keeping the sex a surprise and I keep changing my mind about whether it's a girl or a boy! 

I have started properly feeling the baby now too. I had a few weeks of just feeling flutters, and funny little movements but now they are real kicks and you can see my stomach moving as they kick and move around. It's so surreal but so lovely - and quite distracting when you're in meetings at work! My bump definitely popped around the 20 week mark and my goodness, my boobs have grown. It's strange getting used to your changing body and I am just living in maternity jeans at the moment.

Now that we've had the 20 week scan, I've felt like I can start buying a few bits and pieces. My Mum kindly bought us a Snuzpod and we will be using the cot I had as a baby which has been lovingly passed around the family! I've been obsessed with watching newborn essential videos and making lists of must-have items but am going to try and hold back from buying loads until the baby is here and I'll know what I really need! 

Daisy x


Beauty: Spacemasks (aka the best thing ever)


Today I wanted to introduce you to Spacemasks although you have probably already heard of them as they are being raved about - for good reason. These are little foil pouches of amazing-ness!

Spacemasks are the most magical eye masks. They are very simple really, but have such an instant relaxing effect. You simply take them out of the pouch and as soon as you do, they start to heat up. Simply pop it over your eyes (there are handy ear loops to hold it in place) and relax. They are jasmine-scented too so it's just an all round dreamy experience.

I was suffering with a horrid headache this week so went to bed and put one of these on - within 2 minutes I was fast asleep! It really helped and they are especially good if you suffer with tension headaches or just carry a lot of tension around your eyes. Will definitely be taking them with me for the flights to and from Cape Town at the end of the month!

I buy my Space Masks from Beauty Bay (I love Beauty Bay- their delivery is so speedy!) and usually buy the pack of 5 for £15. You can buy one for £3.50 if you just want to give it a try too.

Daisy x



Food: The best chocolate chip cookie recipe!


I have really gotten into baking recently - I don't know if it's the pregnancy or just having lots of free time at the weekend. These cookies were inspired by Danni's Instagram story as she had made them and was raving about how delicious they were. 

The recipe can be found on the BBC Good Food website here but I've also included it below with my comments. They are based on Millie's Cookies (which is when I knew I had to make them!) and they are crispy on the outside and really gooey on the inside- the perfect cookie! 

The recipe makes 12-14 large cookies, but you could make them smaller and probably get 20 out of the mix. They are SO GOOD warm, so if I made them again I would probably cover and put half of the mixture in the fridge and then bake them when I wanted a new batch of warm ones. 

Ingredients

  • 125g softened butter
  • 100g light brown soft sugar
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten (I forgot to beat it but don't think it made any difference)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 225g self raising flour
  • Half tsp of salt
  • 200g chocolate chips (I used a big bar of Dairy Milk and roughly chopped it, but kept 12 chunks aside for the middle of the cookie)
Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees

2. Cream the butter and sugar, and then combine in the egg and vanilla extract

3. Sift in the flour and salt, and then stir in the chocolate chunks

4. Roll into walnut size balls - I actually used an ice cream scoop to measure out the cookies

5. Place on ungreased baking paper. I didn't have any greaseproof paper, so used foil instead and just lined it with a little bit of butter - they didn't stick at all which was good. The recipe then says to bake for 7 minutes but I found that 10 minutes was the best time (at 7 minutes they just seemed not baked!) and they were still gooey and gorgeous

6. Take out of the oven and leave for a minute to harden, before transferring to a wire rack


Daisy x