Monday, November 19, 2012

Week 2 Postpartum Update

 





The difference of 1 week

I found week 2 to be more about letting the buzz of having a new family member settle just a little allowing us all just to let out a sigh and enjoy each others company. Week 1 was all about getting acquainted with lots of nappy changes, feedings and broken sleep (pregnancy prepped me for random sleep times though.) Week 2 we were a little more adjusted and are starting to get a handle on things that little bit more.


What's different:
  • Jett is getting himself into the routine of waking up every 2.5-3 hours for a milk meal, whereas in the early days I would have to give him a gentle wake up to make sure he was eating at least every 4 hours. 
  • Our little family of 4 have been fighting the sniffles and sneezes, we're doing everything in our power to try and tame the germs (Lily has been dealt the worst hand of it) especially since Jett is only 2 weeks old, but inevitably we have been feeling a little flat and sneezy, and with broken sleep, my immune system is fighting a good fight not to fall down ill.
What improved:
  • We are more aware of Jett's wants and needs. Little queues from him such as a noise or suckle let us know if he's hungry, needs a nappy change or has some wind. It changes almost daily but we are more aware of what he wants or needs as the days go by.
  • We have a little system with his feeding now. At the start its all guess work really but Luke and I are now aware when he may need feeding and do prep work such as getting a clean nappy and spit rag ready, which makes all the difference when he's awake and ready for his milk meal.
What isn't so great:
  • The only thing I can note that isn't great at this point is my hormones! I honestly haven't cried so much in a week...ever, and I can be a crier! Lily, Luke and I were watching the Disney movie 'Brave' which I have seen before, and unbeknown to Luke and Lily, I balled my eyes out at the sad parts (very quietly) I was like a Ninja crier...I can't wait until my hormones settle down and I feel that teeny tiny bit normal again. I also cried while watching the Lion King (the first one) with Lily, which I've seen MANY times before, when Mufasa is killed by his horrid brother Scar.
What I've learnt this week:
  • I am very good at crying at Disney movies that I've seen before.
  • Pre- pregnancy jeans are still that 'bit' too small (they must have shrunk while they were in my closet all those months)
  • To not stress! I keep stressing about all the things I need to do, appointments I need to go to or people I have to call. I just need to stop stressing, get things done and wa-la!
It's crazy to think today marks the start of Week 3 of Jett's life (outside my belly anyway). After my week 4 postpartum update, I will most likely switch to doing monthly updates as after that point I think it'd just be easier and a little more interesting.

Until Next Time,




Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Week 1 Postpartum Update




Technically as of today I am 1 week and 3 days postpartum but I thought I might be forgiven since it was only 1 week and 3 days ago that we were welcoming our son Jett into the big bright world :)
This has been my week in a nutshell, this is the good/ the bad and the 'oh my' of week 1 postpartum.


What hurt:
  • During breast feeding, my uterine contractions hurt beyond what I expected as I didn't nurse for very long with Lily I had no idea what to expect. I managed them with Neurofen before every feed time and this helped considerably!
  • My boobs felt like huge boulders of stone :( and leaked ....a lot! Cold wipes and massaging was the only cure I found helpful.
What improved:
  • My uterine contractions subsided after 4 days
  • My uterus is returning back to it's normal size quite well (I put it down to breastfeeding)
  • My energy levels (minus, working on little sleep) is slowly returning
What isn't so great:
  • Wearing pads just about everywhere. I feel like a leaky pipe system some days
  • Feeling colder during the day thanks to the weight loss of baby and placenta
  • Sore and achy boobs
  • The panic! Having a little tiny Newborn again is amazing in so many ways, but it also brings with it the over worrying trait in me as a parent. The random noises newborns make or even a sneeze will have me wondering if he's okay.
  • I put immense pressure on myself to be able to breastfeed. It made the experience more stressful then it had to be.
What I've learnt this week:
  • I will cry when my hormones suddenly drop back to normal, and it's normal to not have anything to cry about in particular
  • Toasted chicken and cheese sandwiches are perfectly fine for dinner when you have a newborn
  • To not expect too much of yourself with maintaining housework. Especially in the first few weeks, it's alright to be a little more relaxed and not stress about everything
The only exercise I have done so far is walking up our 3 sets of stairs everyday, apart from that I am not in a rush to see a 6 pack on this tummy (although if I woke up with a suddenly toned abdomen, I wouldn't hate it...) I have been upping my water intake and trying to limit the amount of sugar I have as the last thing I want to contend with is a sugar low and limited sleep. 

The thought of having 10 Red Bulls has crossed my mind but ...apart from the health risk though, I would probably just spend that amount of energy cooing (quite scarily after that much caffeine) over Jett and Lily anyway.

Well that's been my Week 1 Postpartum update! If I've left something out that you'd love to know, just write it in the comments below :)

Until Next Time,



Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Family of 4: Meet Jett Lucas!

Introducing Jett Lucas Robertson!

Jett was born on the 4th November at 3:18 am, weighing a healthy 7lbs 15 oz and I have to say, he's such a little heart melter :)


I will be posting my 1 week postpartum update tomorrow (which technically will be three days late as it was a week on Sunday 11th.) It's strange to think I am a mummy to two little ones now! Lily has adjusted extremely well to having her little brother around, we really couldn't have wanted a better outcome for how she is doing.

I will be starting a new segment from next Monday called 'Mummy Mondays' which will cover topics like; baby updates, postpartum updates and everything in between. For now though I thought I would catch you all up to date on how everything went, after all, if you've been following my pregnancy updates you may be curious as to whether I had my baby or not ;)


Jett is such a great baby, just like Lily was at his age. He's very placid and lets us know when he's hungry or has a soiled nappy then he's back off to sleep or having a gaze around him. He was born with what looked like dark brown hair, but as the days go on it's starting to change to a rich strawberry Blonde colour, I've also been told he looks exactly like I did as a baby. It's truly wonderful watching them in the first few days transform into their own little being.

 In a milk coma ;)

Through my experience with having Jett, I got to meet amazing midwives and our experience at the hospital was amazing. All the staff were genuine and kind and made me feel nothing short of comfortable and relaxed, I honestly couldn't have asked for a more positive experience. 

I became especially attached to the midwife who conducted the home visits afterwards, honestly I am not sure if it was pregnancy hormones or not but I felt like crying (and came really close to doing so) when I was discharged from the hospitals care which meant I no longer would see my midwife. When you meet caring people at such an important and special time in your life, I don't think you can help but form a strong bond.



We were beyond lucky to have Lily and Jett's nannies travel down and stay for a few days after Jett's birth. They were both truly amazing in helping us all adjust and gave Luke and I some precious time together that we honestly didn't expect we'd get for many weeks - months. It also honestly made my life 100 times easier getting things done during the day, and gave me a chance to catch up on things that would otherwise have been added to my to-do or wish list (Luke and I were able to catch up on all our washing and organizing and I even managed to wash and dry my hair...ah, a great feeling!)

Adjusting to being a family of 4 for us, means taking it all in our stride one day at a time. I know if I tried to tackle everything (especially since Luke is now back at work) I would just go completely bonkers! Right now it's all about appreciating these first few years (and the fact our new house has a dishwasher!) so I can cuddle my babies and not feel guilty about what else should be getting done.

Honestly this last week has gone so fast (too fast!) Once Mr. Jett is in more of a routine and we have established a basic routine for ourselves I will update you all on what I have found works for us. For now though, it's rolling with the hours and trying to catch some sleep when Jett does.

Speaking of which, I better go catch up on some zzzzz's!

Until Next Time,








Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Day to Night Makeup Look

This post is revisiting my 5 minute makeup post, which you can check out by clicking here. Being a mumma to a 3 year old and a newborn can leave me with limited time for things like my hair or makeup right now (honestly though, a pony tail and fresh face works fine for me!)

The two words that describe me and my relationship with makeup would be: Time Efficient

Following my 5 minute makeup look I thought it'd be fun to show you how quick (and super easy!) it is to turn day makeup into night, without spending heaps of time or effort doing so :)

This look works great if you're strapped for time, whether you're a busy mum, student, or late for work..or all of those things! You don't have to have big name products or 20 makeup brushes to achieve this look either, this is all about simplicity and working with what you already have :)

 

I always start off the same:
  • Skincare Regime  1 minute
  • Foundation Application: I use my fingertips because I'm too classy to have a proper brush yet ;) 2 minutes
  • Contouring  30 seconds
  • Blusher Application (my new go-to choice is BYS Coral) 10 seconds
  • Fill in my brows (keep them looking all natural) 20 seconds
  • Mascara; to make them lashes all purdy ;) 1 minute

Day to Night

  • I don't like to 'layer' my mascara over existing coats, it's just makes my eyes feel heavy and yuck. To avoid this I carefully take the existing mascara off with a remover pad, it also makes my eyes look a little more 'refreshed' by doing so. 
  • I pay a little extra care when applying mascara to my lower lashes, I've poked my eye one too many times not to be patient now
  • Black eyeliner onto the outer bottom corners of my eyes to emphasize my eye shape, this also helps make my hazel eyes 'pop' a little more. No matter what colour your eyes though, a little liner can emphasize your peepers in no time.
  • Lipstick Loving! I apply some foundation onto my lips to act as a base (I find it helps my lipstick 'hold' onto my lips for longer) then I choose a shade of lippy that's going to compliment my outfit. Tip: Experiment with colour, especially if you're keeping the rest of your makeup simple.
  • You'll figure out what colours compliment you, and you might even be surprised that the hot pink hue you fear makes you look and feel gorgeous.
  • Whether it's a nude shade or a full out Ruby Red, I like to line the outer area of my lips with a nude lip liner (or one that closely matches my lipstick) so I don't look like the Joker with smears of lippy all over. This little amount of time will help!

Honestly I don't tend to wear makeup everyday, I'm quite content with just my hair feeling fresh and some moisturiser on my face. This look however, allows me to have the chance to wear makeup should I want to.

Do you have a go-to makeup look? Let me know :)

Until Next Time,





Monday, November 5, 2012

Budget Beauty Buys: Hit & Misses

This list will be constantly updated to allow you insight into my most and least favorite; 
Budget Beauty Buys, here's a wrap up on some of them so far


My $7.58 (on clearance) Target Makeup Organizer!

Budget Foundation:


Miss: Starlet: Natural Coverage Cream Makeup                                                             $4.00 Kmart


It's not very easy to find foundation that is truly an Ivory shade as I soon discovered. I've ranged my search from high cost brands to more affordable types such as this particular one. Costing me under $4 at Kmart, I wasn't really sure what to expect from a $4 foundation but here's what I found:

- It's hard to blend into my skin tone, it sat on top of my skin and looked quite 'cakey.'
- I purchased it in natural ivory but the shade on my face looked quite 'sandy' or beige, unless I applied it all the way down my neck I just looked like I had a sandy face and a super pale neck.
- It felt oily upon applying and unless I applied pressed powder, it gave my face a shiny oil appearance..which wasn't what I was going for


Hit: Covergirl Trublend with blendable minerals                   (On special from $19.82) $15.82 Target


This was a recommendation from a friend who also shares my fair skin tone and I have to say, it's a hit! Here's why:

- The colour is a perfect match to my paler-than-rest-of-body face. If it was any lighter though, it would look like Geisha makeup so it's that perfect colour for those of us who have a pale complexion.
- It didn't take very much product at all to cover my entire face, usually I like to apply foundation only to the red areas of my face (nose, chin and cheeks area) but using the same amount I would to do this, I actually got full face coverage. Cost effective :)
- It's affordable :) even at $20 it's a good price for the quality of the product

Budget Concealer:

Miss: Starlet Concealer: Neutral  
$3.00 Kmart


I find this to be quite thick and cakey. It matched my skin tone surprisingly well, but it left my skin feeling like it was being smothered by a thick paste. It'd be great for if you are going out on the town and want some pretty heavy coverage, but otherwise I wouldn't recommend using too much during the day.

- Thick upon application, leaves skin feeling smothered
- Doesn't seem to want to spread easily


Budget Pressed Powder:


Miss: Covergirl Clean Pressed Powder  in 105 Ivory                                     
$15.00 Coles (Supermarket)



This wasn't at all a terrible product (as you can see I have used it A LOT!) but there are cheaper alternatives that work just as well.

- The pad it comes with applies the powder quite poorly to the skin, I found I was caking a little more than I'd like to on and defeating the purpose of a light application, this was a simple correction by opting to use a powder brush instead.
- It's quite a light shade which suits me perfectly, but I feel I need a large amount of it to make it effectively 'hold' my makeup. It can also seem a little flaky once applied.


Hit: Starlet Pressed Powder Clean Pressed Powder in Natural Ivory
$4.00 Kmart


This powder I find to be lightweight with decent coverage (for its price) and although it is quite 'powdery' upon application, it definitely isn't the worst powder of its range. 

- It can feel a little chalky if you rubbed it onto your fingers, but with a brush application you don't feel like you need a lot to 'lock' in your foundation.
- It's definitely one of the better products I have come across in the Starlet range, I haven't found that I look oily or flaky with this on
- A great price and you can rely on it to take away the glossy look of most foundations. Winner!



That's all for now folks :) The only products that I will be putting onto this post are ones that I have personally tried myself, and as always I will only give my honest opinion on all of them for you.

If there's anything you would like me to try or would recommend for a budget friendly purchase to others, feel free to comment :)

Until Next Time,


Friday, November 2, 2012

Week 39 Pregnancy Update

I was really hoping to be introducing you all to my lovely son this week, however he doesn't seem ready for the big world just yet, so instead here is a round up of Week 39. 

 

 
(I didn't realise my mirror needed a wipe until this photo ha ha)




Beautiful day at the bay near our house :)


Weeks: From the 26th October - 1st November was Week 39 of this Pregnancy. This week has not only been one of the most mentally but also physically draining weeks I have ever experienced (pregnant or not!) Everyday and night of this week, I have thought would be THE time I'd go into labor and meet our son, and everyday and night has passed with me only becoming more anxious and disappointed that it hasn't happened. 

Here are some high and low lights of what happened this week: 

25th Oct: Jess (my childhood friend) arrived to help with Lily if I was to go into labor. I felt an immense amount of relief the moment she arrived as I was stressing I may have to be in the delivery room alone whilst Luke looked after Lily.
Also had a doctors appointment that morning and my GP was just making sure I knew that 10 days after my due date, inducing would be a real possibility. Feeling quite deflated as I thought baby would be here by now, I leave hoping that he comes that day...he of course doesn't

28th Oct: Had a 'date day' with Luke while Lily was babysat, we walked around some shops and the whole time I experienced 'cervix pain' something chronic. Nothing escalated though and the pain soon enough disappeared making me feel extremely disappointed.

29th Oct: Tried EPO (Evening Primrose Oil) at night just before bed, experienced pelvic pressure and once again sharp cervix pain shortly after but nothing intensified. Felt quite deflated waking up the next morning with no sign of labor or a 'show.' I then started to imagine being pregnant for the rest of my life. 

30th Oct: Experienced pretty nasty backache while cooking dinner, along with having experienced menstrual-like cramps all week I thought surely I would go into labor. I went to bed at 9 pm and experienced a sudden burst of energy at 10:30 pm, it wasn't so much a nesting energy but more I couldn't lay still and felt like dancing or doing squats. 

31st Oct: Discovered what seemed like a 'show' and after being disappointed many times prior, I was hesitant to ring the midwives and just ask what this meant. I was informed to wait for my waters to break or contractions to start *sigh* since I didn't experience either with Lily until I was at the hospital I decide to just try and block out the possibility of labor today and go about my day normally to avoid any more deflation. 

1st Nov: Spent the day with Jess out shopping. It was great to put all the anxiety of baby not coming yet behind me and focus on some retail therapy. I experienced some nasty menstrual-like cramps for the most part of the day but didn't focus my energy on it, as I have felt these on and off for most of this week. Sure enough, they didn't intensify and disappeared upon arriving home.

Bump:  I have felt even more of a drop this week, though it's quite difficult to capture just how low it looks until your standing right in front of me. Accompanying the bump drop was pelvic pressure and cervix pain, which I am welcoming IF it means I only have a day (or better still) hours until labor.

Movement: Still feeling a healthy amount of movement. Luke at times is convinced that he can feel a little hand but I still just feel jabs in my ribs at most. I will just be happy to hold those little hands and feet OUTSIDE of my uterus.  

Stretch Marks:  Still only the 3 that I've already noted on each side of my hip. I've been applying the same cream, the same amount of times. I don't remember at this point quite what my hips or thighs look like without my massive baby bump.

Symptoms: All the symptoms this week have been labor related (just not actual labor)

- Braxton Hicks (a little more intense but still false contractions)
- Backache; very niggly pain that subsides after 30 minutes
- Cervix Pain; very sharp pains in the lady region
- Pelvic Pressure; this insane feeling that I will either pee myself or have a baby at any second after standing up
- Menstrual-like cramps; very unflattering pains in my lower stomach and side area. Not consistent however, but I am definitely aware when they occur. 
- Loss of mucus plug (hey, it's a pregnancy update)

Baby Buys: We bought Bassinet bedding this week from target, along with a Baby Record book to take to the hospital with us (again from Target.) That was the last 2 things in my head that I really wanted to have purchased prior to baby's arrival so now he just needs to get a move on.


Cravings: I have fallen in love with orange flavored (very watery) all natural cordial. I can't remember the brand but it comes in 3 sachets from Coles and it's delicious! I don't so much 'crave' it but I've been drinking so much more water because of it. It's been especially welcomed since I have been going on walks every day to try and help move baby along.

Mood: Honestly..tired of being pregnant at this point. I have tried so many 'natural' labor inducing wives tales that I really don't want to see or hear about another one. I've tried:
- Long Walks
- Bumpy Car Rides
- Pineapple
- Dancing
- Squats
- EPO
- Spicy Foods
- Relaxing
- Hip swaying
- Telling the baby to get out (was the least effective method)

After 4 days of trying to help him move, I have decided he's a very stubborn little guy and while I appreciate the 'he will come when he is ready' my doctor won't let me go past 10 days of my due date so I'd much rather help him out with dancing then their forceps ;)


Highlight of the week: Definitely being able to spend the week with Jess and have some girl time has been fantastic. Although we lived near each other last year, we didn't get much opportunity to have quality time so it's been great having someone to chat with during the days and it gave us both a great excuse to do some shopping. 


A little crab we discovered on one of our daily walks to try and help baby along, I was paranoid he'd jump at me...but he didn't. Phew!

Also the opportunity to have a date day with Luke before baby arrives is beyond words incredible! We don't live near family or friends so it's not often we'd ever be able to just have some quality time out and about without our Lilster, although we spent a good part of our date day talking about Lily and her stubborn little brother.

So although this week didn't bring us our long awaited son, it has given me the opportunity to spend quality time with everyone (here at least) and I have really appreciated some retail therapy (even if most of it was window shopping) before baby arrives. I'm well aware of how much a newborn baby doesn't like to co-operate straight away.

So what does week 40 entail? Will I make it to being 10 days over and having to be induced? I suppose we will very soon find out.

Until Next Time,







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