my birth story

:: by Lizzie

It was Monday 5th March 2018 and mum and I were off out for a particularly special ‘girls day’ in the West End. Our plans were Nopi for breakfast followed by a pedicure for me and manicure for mum at DryBy. We’d then mooch around the shops and make our way to The Dorchester for, in my opinion, the best afternoon tea in London.

 

I was pretty much 8 months pregnant and was starting to feel a little limited mobility-wise. Dan and I had spent the previous day at our friends Sam and Katie’s. Katie had very recently given birth to their third little girl, Daisy. Of course, they totally had everything under control and were focussing on looking after us while seamlessly tending to their three beautiful girls. Normally we’d hope to be making a fuss of our ‘new parent’ friends by helping with food or at least washing up but Sam and Katie are now dab-hands and were hosting and parenting the shit out of life. I had been experiencing quite a lot of pain in my back that day and had done for the few days previous too, so ended up asleep on their sofa (a spot and habit usually reserved for Daniel).

 

But back to the next day in the West End with mum. After a yummy breakfast at Nopi (side note – in my experience, brunches and breakfasts when you’re 8 months pregnant can be slightly frustrating as you can’t eat as much as you’d like, due to the tiny person taking up all of the spare room in your tum) my back was getting worse. It was a low thudding pain at the base of my spine which was moving into the middle of my back. But that wasn’t going to stop me from getting my luxurious pedicure. So off to DryBy we went for our treatments and more mother daughter catch up time. It was lovely. I’d highly recommend DryBy for a special mani or pedi treatment. I had a shellac pedicure which is, as well as being a real treat, very practical in the winter I find as you can pop your shoes straight back on. No flip flops in sight. The only problem was, that lifting my legs and feet up, even from a soft and squidy armchair, had done no favours to my back. Upon leaving I was in even more pain than earlier and started to worry about how we were going to make our visit to The Dorchester for afternoon tea work. (Side note – afternoon tea at The Dorchester with my mum is my absolute favourite treat of all time, so you can imagine how much pain I was in by this point to be considering abandoning our plan).

 

As we were so close to my hospital I thought I’d better just pop in and get checked out. We might even still make it to The Dorchester I thought. We did not. We waited and waited and I became more and more uncomfortable (uncomfortable being a huge understatement). I ended up doubled over in ‘discomfort’, experiencing waves of extreme pain. I was aware that I looked like someone in the early stages of labour and become increasingly frustrated that the nurses and doctors didn’t seem particularly interested in tending to me. We watched as pregnant lady after pregnant lady went off to their check ups (many giving the ‘shouldn’t you see her before me’ eyes). I waited and waited. At this point I decided that we needed to call Daniel and get him to leave work and come to join us. I waited for a moment that the pain wasn’t so bad and texted him to come asap.

 

Once I was eventually seen and was able to describe the extreme pain in my back, I was simply asked to lie on my back for a speculum (a vaginal exam). I explained that I would find lying on my back absolute agony and asked if they couldn’t focus on finding out what was causing me such pain in my back instead. My first priority was for them to check that the baby was okay (they’d normally do this with a scan not a speculum) but this was clearly a back/kidney problem not a foof problem and it was very frustrating that after a long time in the waiting room and with now very intense pain, that they were not listening to what I was saying to them and just wanted to look at my fanny! I was told I’d have to wait longer to see a doctor about my back and we were essentially back to square one. I learnt the hard way that being a pregnant person with anything wrong with you that wasn’t seemingly baby related sucked. They had no idea what to do with me.

 

The evening was drawing in, Danny arrived and I found myself in a wheelchair being taken up to a ward and given a bed. I was to be given a course of antibiotics that would be safe for a pregnant woman but that needed to be administered in a hospital. We’ll manage your pain they told me. Still no suggestion of what was wrong. They had by this point at least checked that the baby was okay which was a relief but still no review of what was causing my pain or happening in my body. All they could think of to do (or maybe were qualified to do) was a speculum. Many of you will think it odd that I refused this I’m sure. However, I had had to have one earlier in my pregnancy and it had caused me a huge amount of pain (side note – I’m told I do actually have a very high pain threshold) so 1. I wasn’t up for undergoing a procedure I’d find very unplesant and painful, knowing the baby was well and 2. I was pretty pissed off that they had no idea what to do other than look at my vagina and were making no efforts at all to examine any other part of me or listen properly to my symptoms. All that was offered was pain relief and I was put on oramorph (sort of like liquid morphine) and expected to hanker down for the night. Danny in the armchair beside me. Mum went home to get some sleep and was back the next day.

 

I had another full 24 hours after waking up that morning of pain killers but no specialists. I was seen by two junior doctors in that following day I think (I was pretty out of it and had my eyes closed the whole time so it’s a little hazy). Danny was having to almost carry me to the loo any time I needed to go. Otherwise I slept or just lay there and tried to get through the waves of extreme pain. It felt like a never ending cycle of broken sleep, pain, queasiness, more pain. They kept saying that what they could do for now was manage my pain. Whatever they were doing, it wasn’t working. I was hooked up to a machine that monitored the waves of pain to be sure I wasn’t in labour. I was not. It was decided that it was kidney related and I was told I would see a specialist. I never did. By this point I was experiencing a new symptom, the waves of pain were now in my bottom! TMI I know but I’m afraid birth stories are a bit like that. I had a cannula fitted in my left hand by a nurse who admitted to being not very good at them when I had explained that the thought of it made me queasy so I’d close my eyes and please could she do it as quickly as possible. She failed to do so and kept making new holes in my hand and saying things like ‘oh, can’t get the vain, oh, lots of blood’ and other such things that certainly did made me feel very queasy. It was actually so bad that it was sort of funny by this point. My mum ended up pressing to get someone else to come and help who fitted it in an instant thankfully.

 

It was almost like the horror/humour of this helped me find a bit of strength to come out of the drug and pain induced haze and pull myself up to my full strength. I managed to talk to Dan and mum about trying to find a way forward. I had not had the strength to talk much at all since being admitted and it must have been pretty scary and to be honest a bit annoying for Daniel and mum that I hadn’t really been able to communicate with them much. I’m pleased they had each other. But somehow at this point I did find the strength to say that enough was enough and that we needed to insist on seeing someone to talk about a plan. Were they expecting to keep me on these meds for a month until the baby came? Were they expecting me to have a C section? There was no way I could give birth in this condition. I asked mum to try to get hold of the female junior doctor who had seen me briefly earlier that day. Or was it the day before? The hours and days for me all blurred into one. I had remembered liking her though. I had felt that in her voice (I hadn’t seen her face as my eyes had been closed) that she seemed more sensible and able and had tried to hear what I was attempting to communicate more so than anyone else. She was essentially the only one who wasn’t doing this treating a pregnant person by numbers thing that the rest of the hospital felt limited to. I was not getting proper or helpful care and she had acknowledged that.

 

When she was at last found hours later I explained my concerns and she agreed that the suggested ‘manage my pain’ line wasn’t working and had no tangible outcome. She said she would push harder for me to see a kidney specialist, explained that she was not one but that her guess was that the baby was pushing down on and kicking my kidneys which was inflaming them to the point that I was experiencing something akin to kidney stones. I talked to her about the ‘bum pain’ and she explained that the oramorph was likely to have made me very constipated and she suggested my attempting to take less so I could try to be up and about to get the baby to move off of my kidneys. The catch twenty two was that without the pain medication I could barely move so couldn’t walk around to get him moving but with it I was groggy and confused and again, not able to move around to get him off of my kidneys. It was going to be unpleasant and it might not even work but at least we had a plan. I would stop taking the pain medication and try my absolute hardest to be up and out of my bed and walking with Danny’s support through the pain whenever they would let me be disconnected from the monitor that was checking that I wasn’t in labour. She gave me a suppository to help with the constipation.

 

A bit more TMI I’m afraid but after a while of the suppository doing its job I decided I’d try to go to the loo. Danny helped me up and to the disabled loo, through the door and literally held me on the loo. I started experiencing much more extreme and severe waves of pain and ended up shouting out in agony. It was the worst pain I’d experienced. I hadn’t had any oramorph for some time and was feeling the full effects of my symptoms. I sent Danny to tell mum I was okay and not to worry and that I just needed to focus on going to the loo. While Danny was gone a gush of liquid left my body, landing in the loo. I knew deep down at this point that my waters had broken but said nothing of it on his return. I was still super weak, out of it and confused which is my excuse for not alerting him to this information but I also knew that after 24 hrs of a woman’s waters breaking she would now be induced which I wanted to avoid at all costs. I was in a hospital, I knew I was safe and I knew what I wanted – to be left alone by everyone (but Danny) to do a poo! After what I’m now told was 2 hours of wailing on the loo and no poo to speak of I returned to my bed.

 

Nurses arrived keen again to do a speculum and I again refused. I was twisting in pain and practically kicked away any staff who came close bandying that word around. I needed more time. More time to try to get rid of this feeling of the most enormous poo pushing down on my lower back and bowls. My mum stepped in when the nagging nurses continued pressing me. “Look, she’s not saying never, she’s saying not now. You have her hooked up to the monitor, you say the baby is fine. Give her a moment. She’ll let you know when she’s ready”. My mum is a super hero and a double hard bastard. She read my mind, made my case and got me that extra bit of time that I needed to prepare myself. They continued to check on me at regular intervals and soon announced that they thought I was in labour and better go downstairs into the labour ward. I didn’t want to be moved but as soon as there was any mention of the baby being in any discomfort I of course agreed. And we were off! My bed being wheeled through the corridors, down in the lift and into the delivery room.

 

The team of midwives, doctors and nurses that looked after me in this room were awesome! Such a far cry from the care I’d had in the same hospital up until this point. They finally knew what to do with me. The baby was on the way and it was time to get cracking. I did of course at this point allow a speculum and was told I was at ten centimetres. The baby had been making his way down the birth canal over that last couple  of hours it had seemed and was back to back which was causing the huge pressure on my rectum! But once he was in position for me to push, all of the back and bottom pain disappeared. He was off of my kidneys! The pain medication had completely worn off by this point. It was over 12 hours since I’d taken anything but I was no longer in pain. It was time to push. And I pushed! Having had over two days in agony, weak and unable to speak let alone walk, I was able to push. I don’t know where the energy came from. Hormones are amazing and God is good. My mum prayed for me, as she had been my whole stay in hospital, but now with a new intensity. The baby was coming! I held on to Danny, listening to an mp3 from our Hypnobirthing coach on repeat and holding his hands so very tight. The midwives guided and cheerleaded for me and I pushed. In the gaps I smiled. I did not experience pain. Just a powerful strength and the excitement of knowing I would soon meet my little boy.

 

Because he was back-to-back, had his hand up by his face and due to the fact that they were a little worried about both of us after my already longish hospital stay and the fact that he was a month premature, they gave me a episiotomy (I did have an injection of anaesthetic for that) and used forceps to get him out that last little bit. He was plonked on my chest, funnily shaped peanut head and all and I held our son. It wasn’t long before he was whisked away into special care because of being a whole month early. I was sewn up (which takes longer than you might think) and eventually we were taken to a new ward and given a bed. After a while we were able to visit our new baby in his special care unit, glowing blue from his billy blanket (he was jaundiced) and with a little tube up his nose (he had to be fed with formula straight into his tummy) and his own cannula in his tiny hand. We took it in turns to hold him. It was wonderful.

 

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I actually fainted later that night on the ward. From exhaustion I guess. I hadn’t eaten anything since arriving in hospital days earlier. It was sad not to have him with us when we went to bed but we knew it was the right thing for him and I was able to sleep for several hours in a row. We still had 6 more days in hospital before us, although we didn’t know it at the time. We had breast feeding to learn, he had jaundice to overcome and there was much more to happen for us as a family on that hospital ward, but those stories are for different blog posts. He had arrived. We were parents. And it was the beginning of our new and even more love-filled life as a family.

 

 

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baby’s first holiday | ad

:: by Lizzie

 

Well hello there! Firstly I want to say a big thank you for coming along with me through my pregnancy and the birth of my baby boy. (Birth story coming very soon on my YouTube channel). I’m so grateful to those of you who have been such a huge insta support through pram choices, colic, the Chelsea Flower Show debacle and everything else along the way. It’s a beautiful community we have built here and I thought it was about time I give you a little update on how Constantin is doing. We very recently went away for our first holiday with Stan and so I’ve lots to share about how travelling with a baby for the first time was. I want to cover sleep as well as what the journey was like, what we packed for him, what we used most and what I wouldn’t bother taking again. I also want to tell you about our new pram of dreams! The Baby Jogger City Tour LUX with Carrycot. It’s a whole travel system don’t you know and it’s the absolute perfect pram for us. Both for our day-to-day city life but also to keep things super comfy for Stan and really easy for us when off on our adventures.

 

Baby Jogger got in touch to suggest working together at exactly the right moment; just before our holiday when we were trying to figure how on earth we 1. get everything to the airport and on the plane and 2. actually get Stan around on our hols knowing we’d need to be lugging stuff around he might need on a full day out but also that we’d be going over old bridges, cobbled streets and a generally more adventurous terrain with even higher temperatures than we were used to in London.

 

I can tell you now, it was a breeze and we still can’t quite believe how well it worked out for us and what a difference this pram made. I don’t know if you remember me mentioning that I couldn’t quite get my head around being someone with a pram. The baby bit I was totally on board with but being a pram user kinda freaked me out. This pram, as well as being ridiculously well designed in terms of practicality and sturdiness, is also well designed aesthetically which I guess you will have worked out by now, if you’re regular round here, is very important to me. We have the Slate colour-way which is gorgeous and the whole shape and form of the Carrycot, the handle, the wheels, even the way the break works, makes me happy. It’s the little details always with good design isn’t it, that make a big difference. The fact that you can collapse the whole thing with one hand is pretty awesome!

 

 

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So to fill you in a little on the deats of our holiday – we flew to the south of France from Gatwick. First job was getting to the airport. We got a cab to St pancras and the train to Gatwick and although we had a huge suitcase, a carry on suitcase, a car seat, Constantin’s nappy bag (which is a rucksack), Stan in a sling and the pram – it totally worked. A big part of the reason for this not being a complete nightmare and actually ending up totally doable is that the pram folds up into a bag which you can wear on your back. Genius!

 

When we got to the airport we checked in our big suitcase and deposited the car seat and City Tour LUX (with the Carrycot attached) as oversized luggage and we were away! SO doable. We were lucky enough to have my parents collect us at the other end but I reckon we would have been fine on the coach and bus if needs be. We had worried that having a baby would limit us in how we travelled based on the amount of ‘stuff’ he would need but what could have been a stressful journey was actually completely fine and for us that was all about 1. having the right pram and 2. taking the time to plan in advance what we should pack for Stan and for ourselves. If you’d like to hear more about what we packed (our capsule holiday wardrobes and Stan’s, as well as the baby necessities) then do let me know as I’m up for recording a video on that if it would be helpful/interesting.

 

 

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One of the things that Stan loves about the City Tour LUX is how comfy and safe the Carrycot feels. So much so that the design doesn’t even need to include straps. It’s like a lightweight but plush bassinet that, as you can see from above, he feels really happy in. Because Stan was a month premature he’s always preferred to be carried than to be in a pram so we were really pleased to find that he felt super safe and happy when in his Carrycot. We found the suspension of the pram itself really good on old cobbled streets and Stan even slept in it which we weren’t expecting and isn’t the norm for him. The storage underneath is a really good size for such a compact pram and there’s even a zip-up compartment which was really nifty when out for a long day.

 

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Because the Carrycot detaches (although you don’t need to take it off to fold the whole thing down which is pretty great) it worked really well for us as an option to have him up by the pool in. The fabric is UV 50+ protection which is a winner too.

 

You may already know that I’ve been back working here and there since quite early on after having Stan and that Dan, my mum and I have been juggling taking care of him. We thought this holiday would be a good time to teach Stan to nap on his own in a basket or carrycot and that we could transfer that skill to his co-sleeping pod when we got home.

 

As mentioned above, because of being premature Constantin has wanted to be held a lot, particularly for naps. Before the holiday he’d only nap on us (either lying on the sofa at home or in our bed) or in the sling safely against one of our chests but always with us walking – we could never stop walking! This was very sweet but after a while quite impractical and we could see that it was something that would need proper work to help him to learn to sleep on his own. And, very excitingly, on this holiday we cracked it. He’d sleep in our room in his basket or carrycot and even up by the pool with us. If you’d like to hear more about how we got him napping then keep your eyes open for a blog post and video coming soon on that (I have a book recommendation too). There’s so much to fill you in on that I can’t easily do that here. All that’s left to say really is a huge thank you to Baby Jogger for approaching me. The City Tour LUX has been a complete game changer for our family and couldn’t have come at a better time for us. We’re really looking forward to seeing Stan grow out of the Carrycot accessory and into the main seat of the pram – which can face both towards us and out to the street. It’s a wonderful pram that we can see will grow beautifully as Stan does. Thank you.

 

 

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If you’d like to continue to stay up-to-date with Constantin’s development as well as my developing parenting skills! then do follow along on YouTube and Instagram. I’ve got plans for lots of videos coming soon (including a more detailed video on how the City Tour LUX folds and its features in my July Favourites) as well as videos on all of the things I wanted to know more about when I was pregnant and/or just starting out on the mum journey. Thanks for reading and speak soon. Lizzie x

 

 

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3rd trimester favourites

:: by Lizzie
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Okay, so I’m back with my 3rd trimester favourites! :) Sorry for the big gap. The baby came a whole month early which meant I didn’t manage to record the video for you before we were off to the hospital. After some time there, we arrived back home and have been focussing on learning how to be new parents. The good news though (as well as the fact that the baby is happy, healthy and here), is that this video is finally here too and that I’m back recording weekly videos. Have a watch below and keep your eyes open for next week’s video which is my birth story.

 

Thanks so much as always for reading and watching. I’d love it if you gave the video a thumbs up and/or subscribed to be sure you have next week’s video and all future videos, land in your YouTube feed. Hope you’re all really well and that you find this video and the links below helpful and/or interesting. It’s so nice to be back!

 

 

F A V O U R I T E S :

What I’m wearing – Miro Top

Asos dungarees – www.asos.com

Asos skinny jeans – www.asos.com

Toast trousers – www.toa.st

ABCDEFEMME Tee – No longer available

New Look Maternity – www.newlook.com

Asos harem joggers (similar) – www.asos.com

Asos maternity tights – www.asos.com

COS dresses – www.cosstores.com

Mamas and Papas pregnancy and nursing pillow – www.mamasandpapas.com

The Life Centre – www.thelifecentre.com

Katrina Berry Hypnobirthing – www.katrinaberry.co.uk

 

SMUG website – www.ifeelsmug.com

Lizzie for SMUG website – www.lizzieforsmug.com

Blog – www.the-smuggler.com

Podcast – How To Curate Your Life – www.lizzieforsmug.com/podcast

Instagram link – @ifeelsmug

 

Pregnancy YouTube Playlist – www.youtube.com

Portrait by Fiona Murray for Mollie Makes Magazine

 

baby boy clothes haul

:: by Lizzie
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One of the absolute best bits about preparing for a baby is shopping for baby clothes! We have absolutely loved choosing clothes for our little boy and have found some absolute gems along the way, so I thought it was about time I shared some of them with you. As well as watching the YouTube video (of course), you can find links below for the items I show you so you can take a closer look at them and maybe even make a purchase, if you feel that way inclined. Do let me know of any baby clothes brands I should know about – we’ve still got room in the drawers for more baby clothes! Thanks as always for reading and watching. Hope you enjoy this Baby Boy Clothes Haul. Lizzie x

 

 

SMUG website – www.ifeelsmug.com

Lizzie for SMUG website – www.lizzieforsmug.com

Blog – www.the-smuggler.com

Podcast – How To Curate Your Life – www.lizzieforsmug.com/podcast

Instagram link – @ifeelsmug

 

Pregnancy Updates YouTube Playlist – www.youtube.com

 

F A V O U R I T E S :

Next Baby Navy Animal Sleepsuits 3 Pack – www.next.co.uk

Jojo Maman Bebe Duckling Baby Sleepsuit – www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk

Jojo Maman Bebe Farmyard Baby Sleepsuit – www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk

Jojo Maman Bebe Safari Baby Romper – www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk

Mori Baby Front Opening Sleepsuit 4pack – babymori.com

Mori Baby Bodysuit Long-Sleeved – babymori.com

Mori Baby Everyday T-Shirt – babymori.com

Baby Gap Bodysuit – www.gap.co.uk

Baby Gap Trousers – www.gap.co.uk

Zara Mini White T-Shirt – www.zara.com

Zara Mini Trousers and Leggings (similar) – www.zara.com

Zara Mini Striped Jersey – www.zara.com

H&M Baby Beat Set (similar) – www2.hm.com

John Lewis Embroidered Animal Sleepsuit – www.johnlewis.com

 

baby gear haul

:: by Lizzie

Hello! I hope you’ve been enjoying my foray into YouTube :) This week’s instalment is all about baby gear. The bigger bits like the cot, pram etc etc that we’ve researched and chosen for baby Evans Gleadall. I’ve linked everything I talk about below so you can check bits out you might be interested in. Do leave comments either here or on the video itself if you have any advice or reviews of similar items so we can share the knowledge and the love and hopefully help a few peeps out! Thank you. Have lovely weeks and see you next Monday.

 

SMUG website – www.ifeelsmug.com

Lizzie for SMUG website – www.lizzieforsmug.com

Blog – www.the-smuggler.com

Podcast – How To Curate Your Life – www.lizzieforsmug.com/podcast

Instagram link – @ifeelsmug

Pregnancy Updates YouTube Playlist – www.youtube.com

 

F A V O U R I T E S :

Bosie Baby Moses Basket – bosiebaby.com

Land Nappy Bag – www.ebay.co.uk

Liewood Storage Basket – www.liewood.com (sold out in Navy)

Molly Meg – www.mollymeg.com

Mamas and Papas Mia Vista Cot Bed – www.mamasandpapas.com (Mia Vista discontinued)

Alphabet Changing Mat – www.mamasandpapas.com

Sleepyhead Deluxe+ – www.johnlewis.com

Sunflower Yellow Cot Sheet – www.mollymeg.com

Polarn O. Pyret Blanket – www.polarnopyret.co.uk

Liewood Indiana Bedding – www.liewood.com

Mori Blanket – babymori.com

Yoyo BabyZen – www.mamasandpapas.com and www.mamasandpapas.com

 

2nd trimester update and favourites

:: by Lizzie

It’s time for my 2nd trimester update! :) Thank you so much to those of you who have gotten in touch about the 1st trimester video and for those of you giving the video a thumbs up and for subscribing. It feels a bit like the community that started building around the podcast all over again. So nice to hear from other design loving pregnant ladies and mamas as well as those who just love babies and enjoy hearing about the planning involved in getting ready for a little one.

 

Below you’ll see the link for video no. 2! Next weeks is going to be taking you through some of our bigger baby purchases such as the cot, pram, moses basket etc etc. So keep your eyes open for that. And please do feel free to comment below, on the YouTube video itself or message me through Instagram. It’s so nice to share with each other advice and top tips and generally support each other through the excitement and

 

 

SMUG website – www.ifeelsmug.com

Lizzie for SMUG website – www.lizzieforsmug.com

Blog – www.the-smuggler.com

Podcast – How To Curate Your Life – www.lizzieforsmug.com/podcast

Instagram link – @ifeelsmug

 

1st Trimester YouTube Video – www.youtube.com

 

F A V O U R I T E S :

Mamas and papas pregnancy and nursing pillow – www.mamasandpapas.com

Argos Humidifier – www.argos.co.uk

Vicks VapoRub – www.vicks.co.uk

The White Company Cashmere Bed Socks – www.thewhitecompany.com

Halls Soothers Peach and Raspberry – www.boots.com

YouTube chilled music playlist – www.youtube.com

IKEA Orb Lamp – www.ikea.com

Why Hypnobirthing Book – www.amazon.co.uk

The Positive Birth Book – www.amazon.co.uk

Rituals app – www.rituals.com

Health app on your iPhone – support.apple.com

The Life Centre – www.thelifecentre.com

Reflexology – www.cordeliasreflexology.co.uk

Pregnancy Massage at Angel Therapy Rooms – www.angeltherapyrooms.com

Ron Marx Acupuncture and Osteopathy – www.ronmarxosteopath.co.uk

Asos dungarees – www.asos.com

Asos skinny jeans – www.asos.com

Nursing bra – www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk

Toast Trousers – www.toa.st/uk

Jojo Maman Bebe Farmyard Sleepsuit – www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk

Zara Mini – www.zara.com

Mori Long Sleeved Vest – babymori.com

 

1st trimester update and favourites

:: by Lizzie

 

Hi gang! Hope all’s good with you!? I don’t know if you know but we’re having a baby! Exciting news :) At first I had no plans to share pregnancy or baby related content but I’ve been enjoying other new mum’s videos on YouTube so much that I’ve actually decided to get in on the action.

 

Don’t worry though – my instagram, websites and podcast aren’t about to get all baby-centric. So, if you currently check in with me every now and again for design led content and couldn’t give too hoots about the baby stuff, it’s all cool. The usual design led content will all still be coming. This is why I’ve decided to use YouTube to share this new kind of prego/baby content from me.

 

On the other hand, if you’re pregnant too, LOVE babies, or are just interested to hear about how I’m finding pregnancy, what I’ve been finding helpful to keep me going, what we’ve been buying to get ready for the baby and my plans as to how I’m going to juggle my ‘portfolio career’ when the baby turns up – then welcome! You can head over to my YouTube channel and subscribe for weekly/fortnightly videos.

 

 I’m really looking forward to sharing it all with you. Do leave a comment here or on the video if you’re pregnant or have kids and have any advice. I’m hoping this can become a bit of a space for design loving, creative parents. Thanks so much for ready/watching!

Lizzie x

 

SMUG website – www.ifeelsmug.com

Lizzie for SMUG website – www.lizzieforsmug.com

Blog – www.the-smuggler.com

Podcast – How To Curate Your Life – www.lizzieforsmug.com/podcast

Instagram link – @ifeelsmug

 

F A V O U R I T E S :

Pregnacare Original – www.hollandandbarrett.com

Pregnacare Plus – www.hollandandbarrett.com

Pregnacare Max – www.hollandandbarrett.com

Jacobs Cream Crackers – www.ocado.com

Bio Oil – www.superdrug.com

Aesop Rind Concentrate Body Balm – www.aesop.com

Bioderma Lip Balm – www.feelunique.com

Baby on Board Badge – tfl.gov.uk

Colab Dry Shampoo – www.superdrug.com

Bumble & Bumble Prêt-à-Powder – www.feelunique.com

SANO HAIR – www.sanohair.com

GAP baby grow – www.gap.co.uk

Ovia Pregnancy app – www.ovuline.com

The Bump app – itunes.apple.com

Pea in the Podcast – www.peainthepodcast.com

Fear Free Childbirth – www.fearfreechildbirth.com