Baby: The First 3 Months

It's hard to believe that my little baby girl is 3 months old already. I wish I'd written these posts monthly as the first few weeks are such a blur and everything changes so quickly! But I'm going to try it.

The first few days with Florence felt like a bit of a honeymoon period as she slept for most of the day (nights were a different story of course!). The first night home, Chris and I sat at the table with a homemade courgette risotto and a sleeping baby in the moses basket next to us. We were pretty smug and thought we had this parenthood thing nailed (ha, the tricks that babies play!). The first few weeks were basically spent with her sleeping, feeding and pooping (so many nappy changes!) and being in a little bubble. Chris would do all of the housework and I would just focus on breastfeeding which was pretty intense. Having family nearby - my Mum especially, was a godsend as she would look after Florence whilst I napped. This helped so much and made everything so much easier - just an hour of quality sleep goes a long way. I really appreciate how lucky I am to have that support. 

Chris is very lucky and had 4 weeks paternity which he split so he had two weeks off, two weeks at work and then two weeks off again. It was such a good idea as when she reached a month old she did become more alert and started to become less settled so it was lovely to have him around. However, at 6 weeks we had two weeks where he was away in San Francisco and in London which meant that I was solo parenting - I'm not going to lie we had some tough nights but it did me good as we got into our own little routines, and I think made me way more confident with her. Was very glad to have him home though, and again I was lucky to have family support and would stay with them quite a bit so that I had company as it can be a lonely business, especially when the baby is teeny and doesn't interact much!

At 6 weeks we started getting smiles which is the best thing ever and makes your heart want to burst. You can have the most terrible night and then you get a cheeky smile and the night is (mostly!) forgotten! At this point I also started going to some baby classes and this has made a huge difference - getting out and about has made me feel great and I've met some lovely women, and baby friends for Florence. It's given my week some structure which works well for me. I find I go a bit stir crazy if I have no plans for a day. 

Around the 8-10 week mark she became more unsettled generally - she had two colds and also her jabs (heartbreaking but obviously essential!) which meant that we had lots of crying and also needed lots of help with getting her to sleep. The game changer was reading that babies can't go longer than 2 hours without napping and if you get them to sleep before this point it's a whole lot easier and they aren't being overstimulated - this has proven so true for us and if she naps well, she's a much happier baby. Also, getting a swing to help get her to sleep (rather than breaking my back with the rocking) has helped tonnes - even though I was insistent I wouldn't get one! 

Conscious that this is a bit of a rambly post so I'll finish on how things are now. As I write this, she's  three months old so no longer my teeny newborn. Everything feels easier as we have got into a good napping routine (trying for three a day) and have started putting her to bed for 8 so we get a bit of evening to ourselves, although sleep after that is very hit and miss - a good night is a 5 hour stint and then one more wake-up, a bad night she might wake every 2 hours. The day feels more predictable (for now at least!) which is nice! I'm enjoying have a routine to my week with classes on Monday and Friday, and then a local baby group on a Tuesday which is usually followed by tea at someone's house. 

Florence is the best. I know I'm biased but she's just amazing. She's a bit of a diva, very stubborn and knows what she wants (unsurprising with two headstrong, stubborn parents!!). She is a chatterbox and super strong - her head control is great and she's so strong on her legs already. Her favourite toy is a Lamaze bird who we have named Eddie, and she loves to suck her hand/thumb/blanket when she's tired and trying to get to sleep. She has chubby cheeks, super blue eyes and is a very bald baby at the moment but is probably going to be quite blonde. We are besotted with her.

Daisy x

Pregnancy: My labour hospital bag - what I found most useful

I thought it would be helpful to write a post about what I found useful, and not so useful in my hospital bag during and after labour. I did lots of research about what to put in my hospital bag, reading blogposts and watching videos on YouTube so there wasn't much that I didn't use. I've also added a section about Florence's bag and some thoughts around this.

My hospital bag - I used a hand luggage suitcase
  • A handheld fan* - I had this on me through labour as I got so hot. Chris or my Mum would hold it in my face and it was amazing.
  • Cold face spray/cold flannel - I took a flannel which we drenched in cold water and that felt so nice on my head when I was really hot.
  • A mixture of snacks and drinks - I found that I wasn't hungry at all but it's so important to try and keep your energy level ups. It's hard to pack as you have no idea what you will fancy. I packed lots of sweets but didn't want them at all! My Mum had bought some grapes for her to snack on and that's what I ended up having as Chris could easily feed me them and they were easy to digest. So I'd bring a mix of food so there is likely to be something you can eat. Drinks wise I had a Lucozade sports drink but that was horrid (even though it's great for energy) so just stuck to water.
  • A water bottle which is easy to drink from - I used my Love Island one and it was great. It's also handy for if you breastfeed as you get ridiculously thirsty and it doesn't spill as you just suck it from the straw. 
  • A tangle teezer* (or any brush really) - especially if you go in the pool. My hair was like a birds nest afterwards!
  • Nice toiletries for the first shower/bath after birth - that first shower was so good and it was lovely to have special toiletries to use.
  • Flip flops - I took these rather than slippers for the ward and just used the £1 ones from Primark
  • Lip balm - your lips get super dry in labour, especially if you use gas & air so this is a must.
  • Nipple cream - Lansinoh* is amazing and an essential for breastfeeding
  • Tena lady pants - I bought these instead of maternity pads (which I did use a few days) as they were so easy. You don't have to faff with big pants and a massive maternity pad - it's basically just a big nappy. Oh the glamour!
  • Spritz for bits - does what it says on the tin and works like a charm!
  • Tens machine - I hired one from Boots and it got me to 4cm. It really helped.

What I packed and didn't use

  • Dressing gown - luckily I'd only packed a thin one which didn't take up much space but the ward was far too hot to need it
  • Fluffy socks - same reason as above
  • Front opening nightie - I ended up sleeping in leggings and a maternity vest which I found easy for breastfeeding.
  • Make-up - I bought a few basics with me but didn't touch it, I couldn't have cared less!  

Baby's bag - I packed everything into her changing bag

Most baby stuff is covered in all of the lists you can find online so my extra thoughts are below. 
  • Nappies - take lots of nappies! We used the number 1 sizes from Aldi and Pampers when she was a newborn.
  • Nappy bags - I didn't think to take these but it was fine as the hospital had them, and have lots of stuff if you do forget something
  • Water wipes or cotton wool - I took both but ended up just using the water wipes as they were more convenient and great for the early meconium poos (which look like black tar!)
  • A tiny hat - we bought a 0-3month size hat which was massive for her teeny little head so my sister had to buy a tiny baby one from H&M which was perfect
  • Sleepsuits in different sizes - again you don't know how big the baby will be so bring some up to 1 month/tiny baby, and also some 0-3 months. And bring quite a few in case of poo explosions and if you're in hospital for longer than planned.
  • Cellular blankets to wrap them in and to cover them when they're sleeping - these are best as they don't overheat the baby and also cool them down if it's hot. My favourites are the ones from Asda as they are cheap and super soft.
So that rounds up my thoughts! I hope you found this helpful and please do add anything you found useful that I may have missed.

*This post includes affiliate links

Daisy x

Baby: My positive birth story

From l-r: the last bump shot at 38 weeks pregnant; where I spent most of my labour - loved the birthing pool; first family photo

Birth story time- and it's a long one! When I was pregnant I loved reading birth stories and wanted to make sure I had shared mine, and also had it written down for myself. My birth was really positive, and I did the Positive Birth Company hypnobirthing digital pack which I feel contributed massively towards how my labour went. I can't recommend it enough and am going to do a whole post on it soon.

So, here we go. I'd had no early labour signs like braxton hicks and so was fully expecting to be late- on Tuesday that week I'd been out with my family to a garden centre and was feeling fit as a fiddle;  well, as fit as a fiddle as you can be when you're 39 weeks pregnant! However, on Thursday 17th August, 3 days before my due date I woke up at 11.30pm with period like pains. I thought it was stomach ache at first but soon realised that the cramps were coming regularly and that this was probably early labour. I was excited but knew how important getting rest was so tried to sleep as much as I could, and didn’t tell Chris until the early morning. 

The whole of the following day was spent in early labour. I took it easy and pottered around the house, doing up breathing (basically breathing in for 4, and out for 8), bouncing on my exercise ball and also using the tens machine. Chris was working from home and so was able to tie up everything and do a proper handover before going on paternity. My Mum came over too and kept me company. I had a tuna pitta for lunch and this was my last proper meal as I hardly ate throughout labour.

At around 5pm the contractions were coming very regularly so we decided to head to my Mum’s house as she was my other birth partner and was driving us to hospital. Typically as we got to her house, my contractions became a lot less regular and so we stayed there for the night. They ramped up overnight and at 4am we were told to come in to hospital.

The journey in was tough- I was knelt down over the back seat, doing my up breathing. I was so glad that it was the middle of the night as the roads were clear, and no-one was around to see me crouching on the floor outside the car! Poor Chris had to try and push me in a wheelchair, whilst also wangling my suitcase, the baby bag and my exercise ball - I think I even laughed at the time as it was so funny. 

A couple of hours after arriving I was examined and was 4cm- I found the examinations really hard as couldn’t bear to be laid on my back. At this point I could have gas and air and I was so thankful - I felt the effect straight away, it was like being really really drunk! The next day my jaw ached from clamping down on it so hard! The pool was also filled - I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go in as hadn’t enjoyed a bath in early labour but the midwife was amazing and said they’d get it ready but no problem at all if I didn’t want to go in, or if I went in and came straight out. Anyway, I went in and the relief as I hit the water was amazing! It relaxed me so much and I stayed in there for almost the rest of my labour. I was using my up breathing throughout with Chris counting me through it - he basically counted me through my whole labour!

The midwives were amazing and read my birth preferences thoroughly- it saved them having to ask me questions as everything was on there too. They had aromatherapy in the hospital and so put a diffuser in the room, and also oils in the pool, as could see I was into hypnobirthing and it being as relaxed as possible. 

At this point it’s a bit blurry as I just went into my own world and all I could do was focus on breathing (with the gas and air). Chris kept force feeding me grapes (a brilliant labour snack as easy to be fed and not hard to digest) and water, knowing I needed to keep my energy up, and my Mum was on hand with the gas and air and cold flannels. They were a dream team! 

After my last examination at 6cm (I didn’t have another as they could tell my body was ready to push) things seem to calm down and then suddenly speed up and I had a big wobble - this was definitely transition. I said that I had had enough, couldn’t do it and wanted an epidural! Shortly after my body started to push. My breathing went a bit out of the window at this point but Chris was great at reminding me to breathe during pushes - all learnt from the course we did.

I pushed for an hour and a half in the pool, but right at the end her heart rate dropped a little so I had to get out and walk to another room as they wanted to monitor me - the walk was an experience! Walking, and gravity did the trick though as as soon as I was on the bed on all fours, I started pushing and the head was out and then she was here! No monitoring needed! She was born at 2.35pm on Saturday 18th August and weighed 6lb12 (exactly what I weighed when I was born). My labour was technically 8 hours long (as they count it from when you're 4cm dilated) but was 36 hours from the first contraction.

I can’t describe the feeling of seeing her for the first time and finding out that we had a girl! It was such a rush of love and emotion, and everything in our world changed in a split second. We had delayed cord clamping, Chris then cut the cord and I had a managed third stage but it was all fine and I was so pleased to be told I didn’t need any stitches and hadn’t torn at all. The worst bit was having a catheter put in as we couldn't work out when I'd last been to the toilet. It was uncomfortable but super quick luckily.

The hospital were fab (have so so much respect for midwives, they are superheroes) and we were left for over an hour (and could have had longer) to have skin to skin and to recover. I ended up staying in hospital for two nights as the midwives wanted to see me breastfeeding from my left boob (she couldn't latch on to it for some reason!) and I also had the results back from a private Strep B test I'd had done (please do one if your NHS trust doesn't offer them!) and it was positive so they wanted to monitor Florence for 12 hours to check she was ok. Thankfully she was fine and we could go home on Monday 20th August to start navigating our new life!

Daisy x

Life: I'm back!

Hi guys!'s been a while. The last time I posted I was 33 weeks pregnant and now our little girl has arrived and has been in the world for almost three months!

Introducing our beautiful daughter, Florence Olivia who was born on the 18th August 2018 (such a great birthday); two days before her due date. I always thought she'd be really late so it was quite a surprise. This photo was taken when she was a week old - she's grown just a little bit since then! 

A lot has happened since my last post.  I finished work (walking out of the office was so strange!) and the next day, we moved up to Lincoln so the following few weeks were spent getting the new house ready and settling in. It felt like home very quickly as we'd had it mostly painted before moving in and had new carpets, wardrobes and flooring put in - so felt like we'd put our stamp on it. I really enjoyed my month of maternity leave before Florence arrived - it was spent doing lots of house shopping with my Mum, painting, sitting in the garden (although not for long as the heatwave was in full swing!), watching lots of Love Island Australia and enjoying getting the house, and nursery all homely. Nesting was in full swing! 

Since Florence has arrived we have been adjusting to our new life and spending 90% of our time just staring at this tiny little being that we created. It's the best thing ever! Yes, it's tiring and life is very different, but it's also made everything so much more fun. Moving up here and having family nearby has also been invaluable and has helped make it a whole lot easier- it was definitely the right decision and Florence has been showered in love since being born.

Now that life has settled down, I feel like I'm brimming with words and want to share lots of posts about this crazy new world I'm in - from my birth story and hospital bag contents, to the best newborn buys. It's going to be very baby focused as that's my life at the moment but hopefully it will be useful for anyone pregnant, or with children.

Let's do this!

Daisy x

Pregnancy: 33 week update

From left to right: 29 weeks, 31 weeks and 33 weeks

Tomorrow I turn 34 weeks so decided that a pregnancy update was well overdue, now that I'm well into the third trimester. I can't quite believe it, although when I think back to when I found out in December it does feel like a long time ago.

The bump is well and truly a proper bump now, with strangers often commenting on it and being offered seats without having to wear a baby on board badge. Baby seems to be having a lovely time in there too - at around 30 weeks I noticed the movements change from kicks and punches, to more stretching and rolling around. You can now feel little limbs (although can't tell what limb it is!) and see my whole belly moving. My friends got to witness this when we were in Germany recently for a wedding, and they couldn't believe it. I think it freaked one of the boys out!

At my 31 week midwife appointment my bump was measuring a bit small, so I had a growth scan on Friday ahead of my 34 week appointment next week. I wasn't too worried as know how common they are and my midwife said she didn't expect me to have a big baby, but was lovely to hear that everything was OK and they're perfectly happy with the size. The scan was so much less clear now it's bigger (almost 5lb!) but we could see the little one sticking it's tongue out and yawning which was so cute. I can't wait to meet him/her.

I'm still feeling pretty well but life is definitely getting more uncomfortable, especially with the heatwave we're having and having to commute to work. I was struggling yesterday as just couldn't get cool - the best place for me is being sat in the car! The bump just feels heavy and it's so much more of an effort to roll over in bed, or to put shoes on. I have hardly any clothes that fit but have bought a few maternity maxi and t-shirt dresses which I am living in at the moment. 

I need to wee what feels like every 5 minutes, and the baby loves to press it's head against my bladder, it's particularly annoying at night as our bathroom is quite far from our bedroom. Another thing that started in the third trimester was night leg cramps - they are hideous! It's only happened a handful of times but is the most awful pain and makes me scream. Luckily Chris is a pro now at quickly stretching them out. Apart from that though, I feel like I've been pretty lucky with my pregnancy - so far at least!

I'm feeling quite positive about the labour as have now completed the Positive Birth Company hynobirthing online course- I can't recommend it highly enough and it's a bargain at £35. Obviously I've not been through labour yet but it's been worth the money solely for how calm it's made me feel about it, and how much knowledge I feel I have now about how the body works. I know that the birth may not be straightforward but I feel like I've got the tools to cope with it, and that's a great feeling.

I've bought most of what we need now and there are just a few bits and pieces left to buy which I'll get when I go on maternity leave in 2 weeks. Can't quite believe there are only 9 days left at work for me! After being at my company for almost 7 years it's a weird feeling as they are really like a second family, but I feel ready for a break from it and to focus on a little person for a year.

Daisy x

Life: The Pig Near Bath - Hotel Review

As you know, last August we got married and Chris and I received some vouchers for The Pig hotel from some friends- they could be used towards a hotel stay, food, or a spa treatment. We decided to put them towards a two night stay at the Pig Hotel near Bath so on Sunday we made our way to the south of England for a little staycation. We were so lucky as the weather was scorching and we felt like we were abroad as we wandered around the centre of Bath and enjoyed drinks in the gardens. I love reading hotel reviews so wanted to share my thoughts.


The Pig near Bath is one of 5 hotels in the chain and they are rapidly expanding with three more opening in 2019. It's in a really idyllic location with a sweeping drive and feels instantly relaxing as you get out of the car. The hotel is about a 15/20 minute drive from Bath so you're not in the city centre - something you might miss! We drove down so it was easy to pop into the city centre and to nearby pubs but would be more tricky without a car - although you could easily get taxis to and from it. 

Hotel and grounds

As you can see from my photos, it's a beautiful hotel and really feels like a country retreat. Hunter wellies line the entrance hall and there's a really homely feel, despite there being 29 bedrooms. We checked in with the lovely reception girls and were given a tour of the hotel before being led to our room. There are plenty of rooms and spaces for just chilling out with plush sofas and open fires (would be so cosy if you're visiting in the winter) and there is a outdoor terrace and huge garden which was perfect for us to enjoy the weather. We loved sitting outside with a drink and reading our books in the sunshine. 

The hotel grounds are also worth exploring. You can walk through their impressive kitchen garden (where most of the food comes from) and go and visit the pigs! You can also find their Potting Shed here which is where the spa treatments take place. We didn't try one but my friend said it was the best massage she's ever had. 

If you just want a relaxing stay you could easily stay within the hotel grounds and just enjoy them.

The room

We stayed in a Snug Room which is located in the main house. These rooms are slightly smaller than the more expensive ones, and feature a shower rather than a bath and shower. Usually I'm all about the bath but the monsoon shower in the room was amazing and I didn't want to get out of it! The room is beautifully decorated in the hotel's signature style and gave me a lot of decor inspo.

There are lots of nice touches too - you get mini size Bramley toiletries (my favourite!), a larder stocked with snacks (tea & coffee is free), a small selection of magazines and a Roberts radio. My only complaint would be that if you wanted biscuits with your tea you had to pay for them and I think these should be included - but a minor niggle!

The bed was super comfy and I am going to email them to ask where their bedding is from as it was so luxurious. I love hotel bedding!

Food and drink

The Pig describes itself as a 'restaurant with rooms'. A type of hotel that seem to be popping up more and more. They pride themselves on a 25 mile menu where everything is sourced locally and the menu changes regularly. They have a beautiful greenhouse restaurant where we had dinner on our first night. If I'm honest we were slightly disappointed with the food - it wasn't cheap and I think we expected a little more.  Don't get me wrong - it was beautifully presented and really tasty but we weren't blown away. I think our recent trip to South Africa has spoilt us slightly! 

Breakfast isn't included in the room rate and again, isn't cheap at £11 for the continental spread and £17 for both the continental and a hot breakfast. We had breakfast there on one day and both went for the continental. It's a really great spread with a lovely selection of pastries, juices, granola stations, fruit, toasts and spreads - all labelled with where they've come from. There was honey from their beehive and eggs from their hens (I very much enjoyed the boiled egg station!). It's also lovely to sit in the greenhouse restaurant and to enjoy the peacefulness of your surroundings there.

Drinks-wise, they have an amazing selection and their cocktails are amazing! Obviously I'm not drinking but their mocktails were delicious and most include Seedlip gin (the first non-alcoholic spirit) which is my new favourite thing! I also tried kombucha for the first time. The staff really know their stuff and was great to chat to them about the different drink offerings. 

My thoughts

We loved our stay at The Pig and would love to return, and to try out their other locations. It was everything we wanted from a hotel - beautiful location and decor, really friendly staff with amazing service, good food and comfy rooms. The only slight disappointment for us was the evening meal, and having to pay extra for the breakfast but it wouldn't stop us from going again. We will definitely be back!

Daisy x

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. 


  • 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)

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

Life: 12 things that got me through the First Trimester

Photo by David Mao on Unsplash

Ah, the first trimester of pregnancy. I used to think it was only 12 weeks but it's actually 14 weeks - 14 weeks where your body is going through so many changes and growing your tiny little human from the size of a poppy seed at week 4 to the size of a lemon at week 14. There's no wonder this is seen as the most difficult part of pregnancy as every part of your baby is forming so your body is doing all sorts of crazy things, and you also can't tell anyone about it. 

Here are the 12 things that got me through the first trimester. 

1. Snacks - all of the snacks! I have been fortunate not too suffer too much from nausea with this pregnancy (so far anyway!) but in the very early days I found that if I wasn't constantly eating, I started feeling a little queasy. I made sure I took lots of snacks with me to work- favourites were yogurts, Dr Karg crackerbreads, apples and bananas and I also found bringing a smoothie to work was great for getting me through the morning. 

2. Being very anti-social. Finding out you're pregnant is very hard during the Christmas season as there are so many social activities! I avoided as much as could by making up other plans- mostly because I didn't want people to guess and also because I wanted to go home and sleep! Luckily January was a lot easier. I've been keeping week night activities to a minimum and having quiet weekends so there's no pressure to get up and about. 

3. Telling close family and a few friends. This is such a personal decision but for me I loved having a few people who I could talk to about how I was feeling. We told our parents and siblings and a few close friends and it was the right decision for us. 

4. Naps and going to bed early. I don't think I've ever been in my bed so much, and I love my bed! Bed time has been 9pm and ill sometimes have a nap when I get in from work, and definitely at the weekends! I think I've been so tired at the weekends as I power through a busy week work and then crash on the Saturday 

5. Planning meals. When I get in from work I am so hungry and need to either having a snack or getting cooking straightaway. We're generally quite good at planning meals but this has been essential over the past few weeks as I know we'll have everything ready to cook. Hello Fresh has also been really helpful!

6. Google and asking friends questions. My Google history is probably ridiculous right now! I have googled everything and take a lot of reassurance from finding out that it's just another pregnancy symptom. Having others pregnant friends to ask has been brilliant too. 

7. Planning. Planning activities for when I'm in my second trimester and hopefully having more energy. We go on holiday to Cape Town in March and have some fun weekend plans in the works. Thinking about these makes me so happy. 

8. Maternity clothes! Buying a maternity sleep bra was a game changer- sore boobs are not fun but it helps a lot! I bought this pack of two. Also bought some maternity jeans as was getting annoyed at not being able to do up my top button. They are comfiest piece of clothing I've ever owned!

9. Being busy at work. It's a really busy time for me at work at the moment and I'm actually doing two jobs so it's no wonder I have no time to get tired whilst racing through my emails! Luckily I have a desk job and am not on my feet all day as that would be a lot harder.

10. Lactulose. A really not glamorous number 10 but my gosh, pregnancy changes your 'movements'! Think it's down to the iron in the pregnancy multivitamins. On the plus side it seems to have helped my IBS which gave me the other extreme. On a recommendation I bought some lactulose to sort me out and it worked like a charm- top tip- you need to take it with lots of water!

11. Water. I have a mini bottle of Evian which I fill up every day and keep in my bag. It's not too heavy to carry around and just knowing it's there is so reassuring. You get far more thirsty when pregnant so I often find myself gasping for a drink! Also good for if you're feeling hot on public transport.

12. Baby on Board Badge. These are so popular now and they are such a brilliant idea. I've been lucky as tend to get a seat on my morning and evening trains so haven't worn it that much in the first trimester (also didn't want to bump into someone I knew!) but kept it in my bag just incase. I keep it on my coat lapel now and it's such a lifesaver when getting on busy trains or tubes - people have been so lovely at offering me a seat. You feel a bit guilty when you don't have a bump but in the early weeks it's generally when you're feeling the worst and need to sit down! When I have to stand up for too long I feel really sick and faint so a seat is much appreciated. You can order a badge here.

Daisy x

Travel: Our Honeymoon - Heritage Le Telfair in Mauritius

I've finally gotten around to writing up about our incredible honeymoon to Mauritius! We got married last August and went on a minimoon straight after, and then booked our honeymoon for November. I'm really glad we did this as it was so nice to have it to look forward to after the wedding excitement had died down.

We originally booked the Maldives for our honeymoon, however once we started researching the zika virus we realised that it wasn't the best idea with us wanting to start a family soon after (my Maldives dream still lives on!). Luckily we were able to re-book at the beautiful recently renovated Heritage Le Telfair, which is located in the south of Mauritius and we were all set to go for 9 days in paradise!

A must-have for Chris (the husband) was flying direct so we went direct with British Airways. The flight is about 12 hours (night flights both there and back) so was my longest flight to date. Amazingly on the way there we had a spare seat next to us so I could actually lie down to sleep - hoorah! The flights were actually fine and I ended up sleeping for the majority of it, both ways. I didn't watch any films which is very unlike me. Have to say - Virgin are so much better in my opinion and we were on quite an old plane which wasn't the best, but overall it was fine and flying direct was ace.

As Mauritius is a tropical island it comes with a tropical climate and so when we arrived they had had two weeks of rain! Luckily it rained on our first day and then cleared up for the rest of the honeymoon - the weather was beautiful. Hot and sunny but with a much-needed breeze.

We arrived in the early morning and got a taxi straight to our hotel in the south of the island. It was raining at this point so wasn't the beautiful sunny arrival we'd imagined but oh my gosh, it was still breathtaking. We were warmly greeted, our bags whisked away and told to relax on the sofas in their lobby - we were given a cold drink and flannels which were so gratefully received! We were then told about a little blip with our room as the one we wanted was overbooked, but it was all handled really well and worked out nicely in the end as we got to try two different rooms, and also got lots of freebies throughout our stay!

The hotel is absolutely gorgeous - we felt so spoilt the whole time. It has a beautiful spa and we had a wonderful couple's massage whilst we were there. The surroundings are colonial-style and so well kept with lots of greenery and space. It never felt crowded, but there was always a lovely relaxed vibe with lots of friendly faces. They have a private beach and there was never any stress or rush to get a beach lounger. For the first 3 nights we were in a junior suite, however we then moved to our sea view junior suite which was incredible - you can see from the photos that you could walk out and were straight on the beach! I can't describe how blissful this was. We also had an outdoor shower and a four poster bed so it was just dreamy all round.

The beach was stunning, as you'd expect from a tropical paradise. The sea was clear blue and easy to get into (I always struggle getting into the sea!) and the sand was white. Each morning we'd go on a quiet beach walk before breakfast, and then most of our day was spent our beach loungers. There were always waiters walking by who would get you drinks and food, and fresh fruit was readily handed out. We also loved the Coco Shack with swings as seats and which provided fresh coconuts - I don't like coconut water but these were amazing!

We went for their Gourmet Bliss package which meant that all food was included, with a few supplements for more expensive dishes like lobster, or certain wines. Breakfast is at their buffet restaurant, Annabella's and there are fresh juices, and lots of gorgeous food to choose from. For lunch and dinner, we could eat in any of the 12 restaurants on the Domaine de Bel Ombre (there are two hotels, and you can also eat at the Chateau which is a gorgeous manor house) and we really took advantage! We ate so much food over our 9 days. It was all delicious. Our favourite was Gin'Ja - a pan-asian fusion restaurant right on the beach, and for lunch we loved Le Palmier which again, is right on the beach. We also loved the Cavendish Bar and would regularly go after dinner for a cocktail, or a whisky for Chris.

I'll be honest, we didn't leave the area of our resort and enjoyed 9 days of total relaxation, with one day where we ventured out quad biking! There was plenty to do in the resort if you wanted to with lots of water sports. We went on the glass bottomed boat, tried out a pedalo (slightly stressful with a strong current!) and played pool and table tennis but most of our time was spent eating, reading and relaxing.

We had the most amazing honeymoon and were so impressed by the staff, and how spoilt we felt. I realised that I hadn't felt irritated or annoyed for the whole time (unusual for me, haha!). It was absolute bliss and I'd go back in a heartbeat!

Daisy x

Pregnancy: The First Trimester

As you may have seen in my earlier post, we are having a baby! Eeep! I've been writing about how I've been feeling since I found out so thought I'd share my 'diary entries' here - be prepared for a very long post! When I was found out I was pregnant I loved watching videos and reading blogposts about the early weeks.

4 weeks pregnant

The first I noticed arrived when I was only 1 week pregnant (obvs didn't know it then) and it was sore boobs. Really sore boobs. I also found that I was needing the bathroom more often (although this wasn't a big sign as I am always going for a wee!) and last week I suddenly came over very nauseous at work and ended up being off the next day because I felt so sick and tired. Since then I've felt ever so slightly nauseous and am not sure what food I fancy. My appetite has definitely got smaller but if I don't eat for a while I start feeling sick so I plan to stock up on lots of healthy snacks. Weirdly, I am slightly off chocolate which is very unlike me but also a relief as I want to try and eat as healthy as possible whilst I feel ok and am not craving all the bad food.

It's a weird feeling in early pregnancy. It's such an exciting time and I love looking at my app to see what's happening with it's development, but it's also quite nerve-wracking. Every time I go to the toilet I worry about finding blood and keep worrying about things going wrong. However, I think if something bad happened I'd feel just as upset so I may as well be excited and enjoy it as much as possible. It's also been quite hard trying to hide being pregnant - especially as finding out coincided with Christmas parties. I've had to disguise lemonade as vodka and lemonade but suspect all of my workmates guess that I am expecting- not much gets past my team! I've also come down with a mega cold and am having to get through without day nurse which isn't fun.

At the moment I just can't wait to have a 12 week scan, make sure everything is ok and start telling people! Every time I think about it I get a buzz of excitement because it's just so lovely to know you are growing a little person.

6 weeks pregnant

At the moment it's 5pm and I'm snuggled on the sofa, still in my PJs. It's New Year's Eve and it's the first quiet one we've had in a few years - mostly because our friends have plans and also because I don't feel up for being the only sober one and just want to hibernate.

I am now 6 weeks pregnant and it's been an amazing Christmas because we told our close family our news. Telling my parents was the most lovely time and I will remember it always. It was Christmas Eve and we went to Wagamama with my parents - we gave them a Christmas card (we'd already sent them one but said we'd found a more special one!) and it was signed off from Chris, Daisy and the baby. Watching them read it and seeing the penny drop was so funny - they were so happily surprised and there were tears, mostly from me! Telling people has been just amazing and I can't wait to get to 12 weeks and be able to tell everyone.

In terms of how I've been feeling, I've not been feeling very nauseous but definitely don't feel right. I have been super tired over Christmas, but can't tell if that's the pregnancy or if it's just relaxing after a busy few months - probably a mix of both. The past few days I've felt quite exhausted and am dreading going back to work on Tuesday. Will definitely be keeping my evenings free so I can come home and crash!

I'm constantly hungry, but craving healthy foods - especially fruit and veg. Weirdly I'm off chocolate and have hardly had any over Christmas which is so unlike me. I am missing alcohol though which is surprising as I'm not a big drinker.

My boobs are still really sore and I'm finding it uncomfortable sleeping at night. I feel this will continue throughout the next 9 months!

9 weeks pregnant

I'm now 9 weeks pregnant so thought I'd do an update on the last few weeks. The overwhelming feeling has been tiredness - I've been finding work OK (thankfully) as I'm so busy that I don't have time to focus on feeling tired, and it helps that I have a desk job. I've been coming home and getting into bed at 8 or 9pm. Despite this, I still wake up at 7.30 feeling knackered! I've also been going to the toilet multiple times during the night and am still suffering with sore boobs. I did buy a maternity sleep bra from Jojo Maman Bebe which is really comfortable and has helped a lot! I'm still hungry all of the time and my love for chocolate is back in full force!

We did have a scare last weekend. I went to the toilet and there was some blood. My heart stopped when I saw it and my immediate thought was that I was losing the baby. I didn't carry on bleeding though so felt a little bit more reassured but went to my GP the next day who referred me for an early scan and the Early Pregnancy Unit. We had to wait for hours to be seen (as it's a drop in type clinic) but finally met the sonographer who did an internal scan. The internal scan was a lot better than I thought- I thought it would hurt but it was just uncomfortable.

Seeing the baby was the most amazing feeling. You do wonder if there will be anything in there, but you could clearly see our tiny little bub. It stayed in the same position for ages (sleeping obviously, it's my child!) until the sonographer made it move. All was looking good and it was so reassuring to see the heart beating. It made us both so happy.

13 weeks pregnant

So, this is where we are now! I'm very ready for the first trimester to be over and to hopefully get my energy back soon. I'm still so tired and having to go to bed early most nights, and my weekends are mostly spent on the sofa (and also in bed!). Luckily I can't complain at all about sickness as have gotten away with only a small bit of nausea in the very early weeks.

I've been needing to go to the toilet 3 or 4 times a night and having broken sleep is something I'm not used to (feel like it's preparing me for 6 months time!). I have also had some funny aches and twinges in my lower stomach, which can really hurt when I sneeze - think it's called round ligament pain.

In terms of food and cravings, I had a random craving for pickles a couple of weekends ago. I just had to eat some (and I don't usually like them!). We went to our local market and bought a tub of them, and they were like drops of pickle heaven. The next day I had one and didn't like it all! So strange. I am also loving sweets at the moment - fruit pastilles and haribo strawbs make my mouth water. To be honest, I just have a whole new appreciation for food- I think because I am constantly hungry I'm enjoying every bite of food so much!

I have bought a couple of pairs of maternity jeans from H&M and have started wearing them - they are the most comfortable jeans in the world. I don't think I'll ever go back to normal ones! 

Sorry for the long post but I wanted to remember how I've been feeling over this pregnancy, and will carry on doing diary posts for the next 6 months.

Daisy x

Life: We're having a baby!

In August this year, we will be celebrating our one year anniversary and also....surprise! - the imminent arrival of our little baby! I've been pretty quiet on social media because it's been a tiring few months whilst our tiny one has grown (and sucked all of my energy!)- there will be a post coming up with how I've been feeling in the first trimester which is almost over as I'll be 14 weeks on Monday.

Probably worth adding that my pregnancy posts will likely be quite TMI so if you don't want to hear about all of that 'fun' then maybe give these posts a skip.

So how did we find out? Well, we had a weekend at our friend's house and my period was due that Saturday. It didn't arrive but on Sunday I had some light spotting which continued over the next few days. I was waiting for it to get heavier but it never did. I had some cheap tests from Sainsbury's (far left on the photo below) which a workmate had given me so decided to use one on Monday night. To my shock there was a faint line - I couldn't believe it and then started doubting the test. The next day I took a Boots test (in my work toilets!), and a fancy ClearBlue one. Both were positive and there was no doubt that I was carrying a little baby and it was the most wonderful, indescribable feeling. I wrapped up a test and gave it to Chris as an early Christmas present - his face was a picture. We were both so shocked as we knew we wanted a baby soon but didn't expect it this soon! Our little keen bean.

We had our scan last Tuesday and everything is looking good for the little one. We could see the heart beating and we had a trainee sonographer helping out which meant that we had more time to see the baby wriggling around. It was amazing to see how it reacted to being nudged with the wand and seeing their little legs. Chris is convinced that they have his cyclist legs!

We are over the moon and although it's quite scary too, we're so excited about this new adventure and I'm looking forward to posting about my pregnancy journey on my blog.

Daisy x