Friday, May 30, 2014

NOTD: Essie Where's My Chauffeur? & Beyond Cozy

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One of my fave nailpolish combos at the moment is Essie's Where's My Chauffeur? accented with Beyond Cozy from the Essie 2012 Winter Collection. 

Where's My Chauffeur? is a light blue turquoise which I absolutely love.. I do think this colour is more of a spring-time colour though.

Beyond Cozy is a finely milled gold and silver glitter (I'd say more silver than gold). The glitter is insanely sparkly and the formula is great, I only needed 2 coats for full opacity!

I always think it's fun to accent my ring finger with a different colour. It confuses some people when they see it haha.

What about you? Do you like to paint one nail a different colour?

xx

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

2 Week Postpartum Update!

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Recovery
I'm feeling good! My scar is healing well and I'm can feel my ab muscles starting to come back together. I still get stomach pains every now and then, but for the most part I feel normal. I can even get myself up from out of bed now without any pain (woohoo!).

Body 
I gained a little bit of weight this week (0.4kg / 0.8lbs) which is nothing considering how badly I've been eating.. I just can't seem to get enough croissants! haha. I have 3.5kg (7.7lbs) to lose until I'm back to my pre-pregnancy weight.. although I'd like to lose more like 8kg (17.6lbs) as I stacked on the weight before getting pregnant. 

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My stretch marks look like they are slowly starting to fade. Right now I'm using a combination of Bio-Oil, Vitamin E Oil and Palmers Stretch Mark Cream.. along with drinking at least 2L of water a day. 

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Height/Weight
We didn't get a height measurement at his doctor's appointment but he has gained weight! He now weighs 3.4kg (7.5lbs) - Yay! I'm so happy that he's now above his birth weight. He's been feeding like a champ lately, so I'm confident that the weight will start piling on. 

Routine
It hasn't changed much since last week.. he's been really good with the routine, only needing a few feeds on demand.  I've started pumping a little this week too which has been really good and has allowed me to get some sleep (6-7 hours).

7am
Wakeup, Feed (>35 mins), Change Nappy, Eye-time with James, Have Breakfast
8.30am
James Naps, Laundry, Have a Shower and Get Ready
10am
Feed (>25 mins), Change Nappy, Housework, Blog/Relax
11am
Feed (>15 mins), Express (70ml), Change Nappy, James Naps, Laundry, Have Lunch
2pm
Feed (>35 mins), Change Nappy, Play with James (including tummy time)
3.30pm
Go for a walk with James, Laundry
5pm
Feed James (>25 mins), Change Nappy, Bathtime and Massage for James
6pm
Feed James (>20 mins), Change Nappy, Read or Play music to James
7pm
James Naps, Have Dinner, Blog/Relax, Housework
8.30pm
Go to Bed
10.30pm
Rob Feeds James (up to 140ml), Change Nappy, James Sleeps
When James wakes (approx 3am)
Feed James (>35 mins), Express (70ml), Change Nappy, James Sleeps

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Sleeping
Lately James has only really been waking up once a night to feed.. which is fantastic! He usually sleeps until 3am and then again until 6.30-7am. I think this is due to the big bottle feed we give him at 10.30pm. 

Eating/Feeding
This week we took James to the doctor's to get his tongue looked at (a nurse suggested he might have tongue tie - which basically means the frenulum is too short/tight causing restricted tongue movements which can lead to speech problems later on). It turns out he had tongue tie pretty badly and so we had to get his frenulum cut :( It only hurt him for a second (I think it was harder for me than it was for him!) and now he's able to stick out his tongue allowing him to feed better and for longer than before. I'm also pumping enough milk for 1 bottle feed at night.

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Sizes
James has started to outgrow size 00000 (Tiny Baby) and is needing to wear more size 0000 (Newborn) clothes. He's wearing a combination of modern cloth and disposable nappies, as we need to buy more modern cloth nappies in size small (i'll most likely buy these used from Ebay). 

Milestones
Lots of smiles! He's also started making more sounds that aren't just crying.. like little gurgles :) He's definitely become a lot more awake and aware of his surroundings! He loves looking around and has started reacting more when we talk to him. 

xx

Friday, May 23, 2014

Green Smoothie Recipe - Sweet Pear

My go-to green smoothie at the moment is this sweet pear smoothie. It's packed with fiber, folic acid, vitamin A and C which keeps you fuller for longer, helps your body heal quicker (yes please!) and provide extra support for your hair, skin and nails.

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What you'll need
1x Pear (I love the green nashi pears!)
1x cup of Almond Milk (unsweetened)
1x cup of Spinach Leaves
1x Banana
1x tsp Ground Cinnamon

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It's so sweet and yummy - I can't get enough! I can really tell a difference with my skin too after having one of these in the morning.

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Are you into green smoothies? If so what's your fave recipe?

xx

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

1 Week Postpartum Update!

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Welcome to my 1 week postpartum update! I will be making weekly postpartum updates for the first month, followed by monthly ones for the first year. So if you're interested in that kind of thing, stay tuned!

Recovery
I'm actually really shocked at how well I'm recovering from my c-section. I've been making an effort to move around as much as possible which I think has been helping a lot. I also think that the SRC recovery shorts have really contributed to my recovery as they hold everything in and provide my stomach and back with support (I started using these from day 3 onwards). I still need help getting up from bed/chairs and have stomach pains throughout the day but other than that I feel pretty much back to normal.

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Body 
Overall I gained a total of 12kg (26.5lbs) during my pregnancy. At one week postpartum I have lost  8.9kg (19.6lbs) which I'm really happy about. I didn't think it would come off so quickly! I still have a belly but it seems to go down a little bit every day. Breastfeeding is definitely the main reason why the weight has been melting off, as I've been eating ALL the time! I'm hungrier now than when I was pregnant!

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In terms of scaring, everything is healing really well, every day the scar looks better and better (as do my stretch marks). I've been putting Vitamin E Oil on every morning and Bio Oil on every night. I've also been using what's left of my Palmers Stretch Mark Cream. I've been making sure I drink lots of water (I keep a bottle in the nursery to drink while breastfeeding) as I know it helps skin elasticity, plus breastfeeding is super dehydrating.

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Height/Weight
I'm not sure of James's exact weight at 1 week old but he last weighed in at 3.0kg (6.6lbs), which is less than what I'd like him to be but is still considered within a healthy range. I'm hoping all the feeding I've been doing this week has brought him back up to his birth weight (fingers-crossed). His height is currently 49cms (19.3 inches).

Routine
So I think we're starting to establish a bit of a routine with him. A typical day for us has been...

7am
Wakeup, Feed (>35 mins), Change Nappy, Eye-time with James, Have Breakfast
8am
James Naps, Laundry, Have a Shower and Get Ready
10am
Feed (>25 mins), Change Nappy, Housework, Blog/Relax
11am
Feed (>15 mins), Change Nappy, James Naps, Laundry, Have Lunch
1pm
Feed (>35 mins), Change Nappy, Play with James (including tummy time)
3pm
Go for a walk with James, Laundry
5pm
Feed James (>25 mins), Change Nappy, Bathtime and Massage for James
6pm
Feed James (>20 mins), Change Nappy, Read or Play music to James, James Naps,
Have Dinner, Blog/Relax, Housework
10pm
Feed James (>25 mins), Change Nappy, Feed again (>20 mins), James Sleeps
When James wakes (approx 1am)
Feed James (>35 mins), Change Nappy, James Sleeps
When James wakes (approx 5am)
Feed James (>10 mins), Change Nappy, James Sleeps

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Sleeping
James is waking up about twice a night to feed, which I can't complain about at all! For the first 4-5 days I was getting about 4 hours sleep (total) and now it's more like 6 which is great. During the day I try to have at least one nap with him, where he falls asleep on my chest. It's such a special time for us.

Eating/Feeding
I'm exclusively breastfeeding at the moment. In the beginning, James was only feeding for about 5 minutes at a time and more frequently. He's now feeding for about 20-25 minutes, which I'm trying to extend out to 25-30 minutes.

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Sizes
James is wearing size 00000 (Tiny Baby) for now, but I'm sure he'll grow out of these really quickly. We're using newborn modern cloth nappies with him, and he loves them.

Milestones
Smiling! Even though it's usually in his sleep or when he has gas! haha

I think that's about all I have to report for week one! I hope I covered everything :) Let me know if you have any questions.

xx

Sunday, May 18, 2014

It's a BOY!!!

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Introducing James Anthony, born Monday the 12th of May at 7.12pm (via a scheduled c-section). He weighs 7.2lbs (3.2kg) which is a hell of a lot less than we were expecting! 

I'll do a more detailed post later about his delivery, but in a nutshell..  I couldn't be happier about how everything went.

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We are so in-love with him! He's absolutely perfect in every way and we feel like the luckiest parents in the world! I honestly love being a mum.. it's given my life so much purpose and I feel like this is what I was meant to do (sounds corny but it's true!). It's like my life is complete now that he's here :)

Here are a few pics of my little man, during his first week of life!

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I still can't believe I'm a mummy now! It's the best feeling ever.

xx

Sunday, May 11, 2014

New Hair!

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One of the first things that I wanted to do on maternity leave was to have my hair done. I didn't get anything drastic done.. just a "freshen up" as I'm trying to grow my hair long again.

Here's the before picture...

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As you can see, my hair was getting really dry and frizzy at the ends and my re-growth was making my hair look a bit blah.

I was a bit worried they'd take too much off the ends (don't you hate when that happens)... but I'm really happy with how it's turned out. They always straighten my hair too which I love because it makes it so soft and smooth! If only I had the patience to straighten it at home.

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You'll have to let me know what you think! :) 

xx

Friday, May 9, 2014

Week 38 Bump Update!

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Weeks: 38 weeks
Symptoms: Braxton Hicks (constant and getting worse!), swelling of hands and feet, breakouts, nausea (occasionally), numb belly (everything is just so tight!). On the plus side - I seem to have more energy!
Weight gain: I put on 1.1kg this week (2.4lbs). Total weight gain is 11.1kg (24.7lbs). 
Movement: Hardly any movement, I think he/she is running out of room in there!
Stretch Marks: No more since last week (woohoo!)
Linea Negra: Nope and I don't think I'll get it
Belly button in or out: In
Rings on or off: Off! Thank god too with the amount of times my hands have swollen up over the last few days (they looked like fat sausages haha)
Cravings: Lamingtons! (always sweets.. do you think that means I'm having a girl?)
Aversions: Fish and Chicken (neither sound very appealing to me)
Moods: Happy, anxious, scared and excited
Gender: I'm back to thinking it's a girl! What do you guys think I'm having?
Highlight of the week: Going on Maternity Leave (yaaaay!)
Looking forward to: Having this baby asap! I'm not sure how much more braxton hicks I can take! 

xx

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Winter Fashion & Makeup Picks

With winter fast approaching... I thought it would be fun to share with you my fashion & makeup picks for the upcoming season!

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Dorothy Perkins Red Fluffy Snood (AU$24 - On Sale Now for AU$14), Kmart Boots,
Steve Madden Bdarby Studded Satchel (AU$176), Parliament Beanie

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(AU$99.95)

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Sportsgirl Burgundy Cable Knit

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(AU$75 - On Sale Now for AU$61)

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(AU37 - On Sale Now for AU$20)

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(AU$166 - On Sale Now for AU$50)

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Lipstick Queen Jean Queen Lipstick (AU $21), MAC Capricious Lipstick (AU $36), Revlon Raspberry Bite, MAC Gingerly Blush ($41), Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze & Tough as Taupe,  OPI Save Me, Alpine Snow & Wocka Wocka, Essie Carry On

As you can tell I'm obsessed with Dorothy Perkins at the moment and a bit of a bargain hunter!

I hope you enjoyed my picks... my faves are the cat jumper and the red snood (so soft and cuddly!)

I'd love to know what your favourites are!

xx

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

OOTD: Lazy Sunday

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Jeans West Maternity Jeans, Glamorous UK Flannel Shirt,
Trenery Flats, Parliament Beanie

I had such a great weekend catching up with family and friends... each time saying to them "ooh this might be the last time you see me before I have a baby!!!" How crazy is that!? :O 

I've got just over 2 weeks to go and I can't wait! I'm getting so huge and uncomfortable... bub is taking up every inch of space in my belly and it does not feel good! haha. I just can't wait to meet him/her and cuddle the hell out of them!!

So this was my lazy sunday outfit that I wore to brunch with the girls. I ordered this shirt online from Glamorous UK and I have to say I'm pretty impressed! It's the first time I've bought anything from there and the quality is better than what I was expecting for a shirt that cost me $20! I love that it's not maternity too but is still big enough to fit over my bump. I think I wasted too much money on maternity clothes when all you really need to do it buy looser clothing (apart from my maternity jeans which I can't live without!)

What do you think of maternity clothes? Worth it or waste of money?

xx


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Autumn Makeup Look

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Today I thought I'd share with you guys one of my fave Autumn makeup looks. In Autumn, I usually go for neutral warm tones, gold/brown eyes and a cherry lip.

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FACE & BROWS
1. Foundation - Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream in Medium
2. Under Eye Concealer - Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in Fair
3. Spot Concealer - Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
4. Powder - BareMinerals Matte Foundation in Fair -
applied with Real Techniques Stippling Brush
5. Blush - MAC Gingerly Sheertone Blush - 
applied with Makeup Geek Contour Brush
6. Brows - MAC Lingering Eyebrow Pencil + MAC Brow Gel 
 - using Clinique Eyebrow Brush
7. Lip Base - Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain in Honey 
(I always use a lip stain as part of my foundation routine as it gives it time to sink in and helps to make my lipstick last longer) 

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EYES
8. Base and Inner Corner - Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded
9. Lids - MAC Tweet Me Mega Metal Shadow
10. Crease - Buck from Urban Decay Naked Palette -
applied with Makeup Geek Pointed Crease Brush
11. Lower Lashline - Buck from Urban Decay Naked Palette -
applied with Makeup Geek Mini Concealer Brush
12. Top Lashline - Face of Australia Liquid Eyeliner in Black

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MASCARA & LIPS
13. First Coat - Revlon Lash Potion Mascara in Blackest Black
14. Second Coat - Covergirl Lash Blast in Black Brown
15. Lips - Lipstick Queen in Jean Queen

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And that's it! Pretty simple really.

Let me know in the comments what you guys think, and what your go-to autumn look is!

xx

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Week 37 Bump Update!

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Weeks: 37 weeks
Symptoms: Exhaustion, braxton hicks (tonnes!), backpain, pain/stiffness in hands, breakouts, feeling super heavy (I'm finding it hard to just get up and walk around). On the plus side - my nausea is nowhere near as bad now (I finally got some meds that work!)...also my leg hair doesn't seem to be growing (woohoo!)
Weight gain: I put on 0.5kg this week (1.1lbs). Total weight gain is 10kg (22lbs). I feel like that 0.5kg has gone straight to my face... hellllllo double chin!
Movement: Movement has slowed down, although I still get kicked in the ribs daily!
Stretch Marks: Sadly yes. I have little ones on my love handles (sexy!) 
Linea Negra: Nope
Belly button in or out: In
Rings on or off: Off! They were starting to get stuck so they had to go :( 
Cravings: Coffee Icecream
Aversions: Spicy Food
Moods: Up and Down 
Gender: I'm convinced it's a boy! We found out that he/she already weighs 3.2kg (7lbs)!! 
Highlight of the week: Getting a 3D ultrasound and being able to see our little one's face for the first time. 
Looking forward to: Catching up with my brother and my bestie who both just got back from their honeymoons!

xx
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