BABY

My baby girl is one!

My beautiful little pecan pie Lalita turned one last month. That day was literally like every childhood Christmas rolled into one. for me. I had butterflies in the morning, couldn’t sleep the night before and couldn’t stop talking to my hubby – practically a volcano of excitement. We’d been a family for a year! We’ve managed to raise this beautiful, spirited, loving, cheeky, CBEEBIES adoring, cuddly little person for a whole 12 months! In that time we’ve gone from rookie parents to old hands (OK, maybe not old – middle aged hands?). We no longer jump with fright at every sneeze, cough or splutter. We’re so excited by the fact that Lalita wants to explore the world, crawling inquisitively all over the house, squeezing her lunch in her fists and trying to drink her bath water!

Lalita on her first birthday!

Lalita on her first birthday!

She’s amazing, she’s our little girl and we couldn’t be prouder.

We threw a pretty big-ish shindig for her special day…more on that in the next post.

The Imperfect Supermum!

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Tiny Tea Detox – It WORKS!

A couple of posts ago I mentioned that I was undertaking a tea detox enlisting the mighty powers of Tiny Tea to help beat the post baby bulge. Made by Your Tea and the hot beverage testifies on the following on yourtea.com, “My intricately balanced herbal blend will nourish and cleanse your digestive system, providing it the support it needs to replenish and restore back to its natural state. This cleanse will assist with reducing weight, easing bloating, increasing digestion functionality, improving skin clarity, increasing energy levels and alleviate issues associated with food intolerances.”

I solemnly swear that this thing actually works! I managed to lose 5lbs in total whilst drinking it, my skin cleared up and I felt a little more zesty in general. You’re encouraged to eat well and exercise whilst using it. I’ll admit that I didn’t (oopsy) but I still managed to end up looking leaner and with clearer skin.

For the tea to work you need to drink it 30 mins before every meal. Now in principle this sounds simple but you know what it’s like when you have a little one – you plan to eat at a certain time and find three hours later that you’re belly is rumbling because you needed to handle two super poops, three rounds of row-row-row-your boat and 30 minutes of peek-a-boo! So, I ended up not always eating within the allotted time-slot. However, even with my slightly kamikaze approach to the Teatox methodology – IT WORKED!!

Pic on the right before and pic on left after Teatox

The before and after results!

Post pregnancy, once you’ve finished breastfeeding, I would 100% recommend using this tea for an added weight loss boost!

The Scary Blue Line

Pregnancy is scary. Point blank period. Regardless of whether you’ve been planning it, getting out the ovulation kits and popping folic acid like a folate fiend or find yourself unexpectedly up the duff , when you discover that you are with child one of your initial feelings will undoubtedly be fear.

This is because you know that your world is about to change irrevocably. Forever. You will become responsible for the life, well-being and happiness of another human being. Another human being who is also 50% you. YIKES!

Needless to say I was bloody scared when I found out I was pregnant. My partner and I had been together for just over a year when his super swimmers did the business. We’d enjoyed a year of happy heady times, filled with great memories, great holidays, great sex and everything else that happens when you fall  head over heels in love with somebody. We had ended 2012 (our annus love-abilis) in spectacular style celebrating the New Year in Croatia and had begun to plan in earnest a round the world trip when.  BOOM. I  started to feel decidedly OUT OF SORTS.

Responsible future parents?!

Responsible future parents?!

The Clues *in case you think you might be pregnant, ladies look out for these signs*

The sudden blue cheese aversion – I love cheese. But suddenly it didn’t love me.

After a glass of wine you don’t feel fine – I love wine. I can sink a whole bottle of moscato (I’m not proud of this) over the course of an evening and feel no pain. But suddenly one drink was making my head pound like it’d been squeezed in a vice. “I have a really bad hangover and I didn’t even drink that much.” I whined to a friend after a night out who sagely told me, “Darling we’re 30 now – we can’t recover like we used to.” I believed her. She turned out to be wrong.

Moon face dawns – My face became very round, very moon like. “Babe, your face is getting a little puffy.” The Boy said (I hit him, he shut up).

You cannot do more than 2 minutes of an Insanity workout – Without feeling like your chest is going to leap through your mouth, smack you round the face and scream, “stop the madness,” because only a couple of minutes into your bootleg download of the fabled work out, you are gasping for breath on all fours so delirious that you wonder if the instructor will pop through the screen and force you to do 50 extra jack knives because you’ve stopped.

The biggest clue is the late period. Obviously…

When my period was a day late (the day of the Boy’s birthday) I decided to take a pregnancy test. ClearBlue Digital.

 

Actual test!

Actual test!

Cue tears, fears and a slew of we’ll be fine dears from the Boy.  And after a sleepless night, I was all smiles and patting my (suddenly huge to me) belly – I was gonna be a mama!!!