Friday, 12 February 2016

What's In My C-Section Hospital Bag?

Whats in my hospital bag c section

It's not long now until I head back to hospital to deliver my third child via scheduled c-section.

C-section births are something I'm pretty used to now after my first two children were delivered in the same way, so I'm pretty well-versed in what exactly I need to take with me for the duration of the hospital stay!

When I went into hospital with my firstborn I took everything but the kitchen sink and ended up coming home with most of it unused - for my second baby I hadn't really learned my lesson much and still way overpacked!

I think I have it a little more under control this time, as the memory of all the unnecessary things I didn't use last time are still in my mind - I have definitely still packed too many of certain items but I prefer to have too many than not enough!

I am hoping to stay in for the full two nights this time to give me maximum recovery time without a 2 year and 11 month old jumping all over me, and to give me some quiet time to hopefully establish breastfeeding - so I've planned enough of everything to last me for two full days and two full nights.

So...what do I have in my hospital bag this time?!

If you'd prefer to watch my Hospital Bag sneak peak in video form please take a look below, if you prefer photos...scroll down!

The bag I am using is the Bystroom Bea changing bag which I reviewed a while ago, it's really big so fits all of babies things in easily - I'm also taking a small suitcase for my own items.

For Mum

I have packed:

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

38 Week (possibly final?) Bump Update + COMPETITION!

 This could well be my very last bump update - who knows!!

We don't really know when it's going to happen!

We were given a date originally - which was at some point around the 39 week mark (I don't like to share the date as I like the surprise element!) - but due to my ever declining health with extreme pain from my previous scar, extreme SPD leaving me unable to walk, and extreme mental and physical exhaustion from the pain leaving me unable to sleep - the hospital have suggested we bring the date forward.

The only problem is - they don't know when!

Instead I've been given a few different dates to simply turn up at the hospital ready to go into theatre if they're able to slot me in - so I could still end up going all the way to 39 weeks-ish and merely spending a few mornings at the hospital between now and then, or I could end up being admitted and having the baby sooner! It's genuinely anybody's guess at this point!

How many weeks am I? 37 weeks + 6 days

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Netflix Lately: Making A Murderer - My Thoughts!

Like the vast majority of the Netflix subscribing public, my partner & I have been utterly hooked on Making A Murderer for the past few weeks.

It was easily something I could have binge watched, but with a toddler who's trying to set some kind of world-record for longest amount of time spent not sleeping that sadly wasn't possible - but we finally got around to watching the final installment this week and now I'm just bursting to debate the topic!

For those unfamiliar with the documentary, it's filmed over a 10 year period and follows the story of Wisconsin man Steven Avery who was falsely imprisoned for 18 years for the rape and attempted murder of a local woman before being cleared by DNA evidence with updated technology not available at the time of his original trial. The new evidence cleared Avery of the crime beyond any doubt, and identified the actual rapist who was by then already in prison for another crime.

Upon his release, Avery launched a $36 million lawsuit against Manitowoc County and county officials associated with his arrest.

Whilst the lawsuit was going through, local 25 year old photographer Theresa Halbach went missing - she was reportedly last seen at Avery's home having carried out a work assignment there before disappearing.

Avery was then arrested for Halbach's murder, along with his 16 year old nephew Brendan Dassey who confessed to Theresa's violent rape and murder.

When you read about the case, it sounds almost cut and dried - but what went on in this case is like nothing I've ever heard before.

After watching the series, I couldn't help myself - I spent hours and hours googling the story and reading every scrap of evidence I could find - The Manitowoc County Sheriffs Department have stated that the documentary is one sided and doesn't give a rounded view of events or all of the evidence, so I wanted to see for myself exactly what had been missed and to see if I could make up my own mind.

I've read hours of interrogation transcripts, sat through hours of police interview footage online, and read up on anything I can...and although yes, some parts were omitted from the documentary, I haven't seen a single thing to suggest that these two men are guilty BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT of this crime.

Yet they're both currently serving out life prison sentences for it.

I'll be writing this piece on the assumption that you've watched the series, so here are my biggest problems with the evidence:

My Dream Blogging Space

office space

One addition to our home that I have been desperate for lately is a dedicated, personalised blogging space!

I used to blog solely from my laptop but these days I find it so much harder to concentrate when I do that and I'm lucky in that I do have a desktop computer and my own little corner with a desk where I can keep my spreadsheets open, keep my notebooks and have everything altogether for work days - but as it stands, my desk is full of clutter and rubbish and is shoved in a corner of the very busy and usually untidy playroom!

How my partner stopped smoking....

You know how it is when you meet a new partner...

You're all love struck, you think they're perfect...but sometimes there'll be that one niggly thing that is a bit of a turn off...

Something that you would change if you could, even though it's not nice to admit it.

For me, when I met Jon, that thing was....he was a smoker.

Smoking is something that I've always found pretty repugnant so for me it was a big turn off - I certainly wouldn't be comfortable living with someone who smoked at home or around any future children.

He smoked about 10 a day, so not an extreme habit but the smell lingers so badly that it would really irritate the associated health risks were obviously a concern.

Jon had been a smoker for around 14 years when I met him...he'd tried to give up on a few occasions but missed the social interaction with other smokers and the hand-to-mouth habit....many smokers complain that they just don't know what to do with their hands when they're not smoking anymore, it may sound silly to a non smoker but these sorts of habits are hat make it difficult to quit smoking.

Those....and of course the addition to nicotine.

My dad used to be a smoker...he managed to wean himself off cigarettes by switching to cigars, and then eventually coming off he doesn't smoke at all and hasn't for over 30 years.

The weaning method seems to work well....but I wasn't keen on suggesting cigars to Jon! In my opinion they smell even worse than cigarettes!

Once we started trying for a baby I was even more concerned about the effects of smoking on his health and fertility, as well as any implications for a child.

I started to spend some time looking into the effects of smoking on fertility and what I found was quite shocking...but my Google searching also led me to a possible solution to my problems.

I came across some forums where ladies in similar predicaments to me where discussing how they had encouraged their partners to quite smoking by encouraging them to switch to electronic vaping cigarettes. I spent some time looking into these, convinced that if I could just find the right e cigarette starter kit for Jon that he would be able to make the jump and switch.

I took the plunge, placed my order and a few days later the kit arrived. I presented it to Jon and although he was a little dismissive at first he agreed to try them.He was  immediately surprised by how satisfying they were and how well they simulated the experience of smoking.

I was impressed that they didn't smell at all!

Now, I'm so happy to say that 3 years on, he hasn't looked back.

He hasn't touched a real cigarette since, and there was no real effort in trying to quit....he simply switched to e-cigarettes and never looked back. There was genuinely nothing difficult about it.

He still had the hand to mouth action, he still enjoyed the social side by popping out with his e-cigarette to join smokers at work, he stills gets his nicotine without any of the added nasties you find in cigarettes.

He's gradually reducing the nicotine month by month, which is great.

I can't recommend switching to e-cigarettes highly enough if you're trying to quit smoking or even just be healthier ....

I can't think of a better change to make!

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