Jennifer Horner is an amazingly talented photographer from Brisbane. She shoots maternity, newborn, family & children and motherhood sessions. Jennifer is an incredibly gifted woman and I am so thankful that she was able to capture such a treasured moment in my life.
From the first email of contact, to the first moment I met Jennifer, she was extremely professional but so friendly to chat with. I found her very easy to connect with, (which is great when you are standing there just in your underwear in front of just her and the camera haha) and she made me feel welcome and relaxed in her studio.
After connecting with Jennifer via email, she sent out a questionnaire and information pack about the the maternity shoot for me to complete and send back. Asking a little bit about myself, how many children I had, my husband, the colours I loved and what I had in mind for the photoshoot and what she could offer. She was very happy to answer any questions or queries I had in the lead up to the shoot and was prompt with her replies. I thought this was a great way for Jennifer to get to know me before she meet me.
The morning of the photoshoot I had my hair and make up done by Suzie, owner of An Eye For Style and then headed straight to the studio for the shoot. When I arrived, Jennifer had the studio set up ready to go (it was beautiful, filled with lots hanging blooms from the ceiling and a great playlist of tunes in the background). She had all the gowns & kimonos colour coded and ready for me to start trying them on straight way. She also had other options not far to offer if need be as well. I felt extremely comfortable and had lots of laughs with Jen, as she prompted me into different positions as she would snapped away with her camera. Jen would quickly change the backdrop or scene while I slipped into the next outfit too. All very well organised. She would show some of the images on her camera to me throughout the shoot to which I loved.
My experience with Jen was exceptional, I would highly recommend her to my friends and family. She is not only creative and talented, but so welcoming and always making sure I was happy and comfortable throughout the whole experience.
So thank you Jen for capturing this precious memory of my bump. I look forward to one day gifting these images and sharing stories of my pregnancy with my children.
As bump and I moved into the third trimester my anxiety thinking about the birth started to increase. I know I totally got this, but when I laid there at night sometimes and start to think about the pain I was in during my labour with Cruzie. I spoke to my midwife about my concern and she said it’s very normal in the build up of a second birth to feel like this. Cruz was posterior so his spine on my spine so it was a lot of back pain and due to being on a monitor the whole labour I couldn’t travel far to walk it off. I stood next to the bed exhausted with the pain of contractions I was experiencing. However this is just a small part of my memory of the birth I was thinking about. My midwife told me that when these thoughts popped into my head to just think instantly of the moment of the relief I felt when they put my baby on my chest and told me I had a son. So that’s what I have been doing. I think it’s helped a lot.
I also voiced my concern with @themidwifemumma and we both decided that it was great to have her answer not only my questions about pregnancy and labour but my followers too. So last week @themidwifemumma took over my Instagram Story and spoke for an hour about some of our concerns. I wanted to say a huge thank you as she totally put my mind at ease. Feeling very blessed for that experience.
I would say my moods have been a little all over the place again. Feeling very excited about our new arrival but also been a little grumpy towards David at times too due to being tired. I also think that it’s because I’m pregnant and he isn’t haha. No seriously I do love the feeling of carrying out child and feeling those sweet baby kicks. David has been amazing too. So supportive and helpful at home. Overall I would say I have been mostly happy during these weeks. I feel very blessed to have a healthy toddler and a healthy Bub in my bump.
During this time I had my 30th and I turned 30 weeks on the same day. David, Cruz, Bump and I went to Sydney for a holiday, it was so nice to have a little family time together. I really enjoyed exploring and just hanging out with my boys.
I have still been thinking about the one on one time with Cruz too. How it will be limited. But I have been reassured by friends that as a family with more children you all just hang out together and your first child will adapt.
I am super excited to see Cruz as a big brother as he just loves other babies. He gives his new baby cousin lots of kisses and cuddles, it melts my heart.
Last week I received my new pram, I will soon be able to push my two babes around the streets. I am feeling very blessed to be a brand ambassador for the UPPABABY VISTA Double Pram. I am so in love with all its features and Cruz was so excited to hop in his new ride on our daily walks.
Due to my varicose veins I haven’t been doing to much high intensity exercise. I have been walking for 30-45 minutes most days. That’s a workout in it’s self with the pram up and down the hills.
I do 20-40 push ups on the kitchen bench about 5 days a week and some light dumb bell workouts.
To be honest I have been a little slack with the yoga too, only doing it once a week. Just not feeling it as much at the moment. I enjoy walking a little more than yoga and have been getting the same relaxation feels from just that.
I have been enjoying lots stretching. I find the legs in the air yoga pose helps with my achey back, legs and sore feet from veins. Hot magnesium baths have also help too.
I am now at the stage of pregnancy where I feel so hungry for my meal, but then I eat and I get the feeling of fullness after like 4-5 bites… WHY? I want to eat all the food haha! I have just been lots of eating light meals. Sipping on lots and lots of pregnancy tea as well. I love @mamabodytea.
Breakfast – Smoothie or Eggs and Spinach or Protein Pancake (more so on weekends).
Lunch – Some sort of protein (mostly tuna) with vegetables or salad, with sauerkraut on a quinoa wrap.
Dinner – Salmon or Fish with green vegetables.
I have also been making my healthy chocolate a bit a night, to to have a piece right before I go to bed. The recipe is on my Instagram here.
I have been wearing a lot of the same things over and over but I actually don’t mind. I don’t really want to buy anything else Maternity at I don’t have long left. I’m lucky that most of my purchases have been pregnancy and breastfeeding friendly. Still loving my $10 Kmart Tube Skirts with $7 T-shirts knotted, Maternity Tights with Jumper Dresses , Maternity Leggings and Boho Style Dresses. Oh and I live in my CONNIES! Ultimate comfort!
This months #bumpstyle shoot with my gorgeous friend Tahlia from @wyldefolkstudio was fun. We collaborated with my own wardrobe and Mamma Belle Maternity. I have also featured The Blushing Fox and Mama The Label. We need went out for a lovely morning tea with our babes. So nice having someone to collaborate with that I can call a good friend. Thank Tahlia for always being there.
My emotions in the past 4 weeks have recently been pretty stable. David and I have been really good and although I am feeling really tired, my body is just getting on with it and handling it. There is one thing that is pulling on my heart strings a little though, is that I am going to have to share my time between Cruzie and this new Bub. I hope I don’t hurt his feelings to much, when I have a screaming baby and I can’t put him to bed like I normally do. I am truly treasuring those cuddles to sleep in his room every night at the moment. Sometimes laying there a little longer to just enjoy my one on one time with him. I also get emotional thinking about having to leave Cruz at home while I go and stay in hospital to have the Bub as well. My heart does feel completely full thinking about the first time Cruz gets to meet his baby brother or sister though. He is so sweet with his baby cousin Arliah, always blowing her kisses and patting her gently and smiling. Makes me smile so much.
So the last 4 weeks I have just been walking for 30-45minutes everyday. I feel it’s getting harder and harder to push the pram up and down the hills with a growing bump.
I have been doing yoga a little but not as much. Maybe once or twice a week. I do love the feeling after yoga, it’s just the motivation to get the mat out and do it at home while Cruzie sleeps.
I have also been doing some lite weights from the @grace_powerfit POWERFIT E BOOK. I am currently using the MY POWERFUL PREGNANCY PROGRAM ebook to help guide me, depending on my strength and energy everyday I tailor it to suit me. My veins in my leg and pelvis can feel more heavier on some days than others, so I just take each day as it comes with my workouts.
I love doing squats, so I make sure I do 20-25 a day in the shower and I do 20 push ups on the kitchen bench too.
@xothreeactive for more details on the maternity and breastfeeding active wear pictured above.
@fitandstyle_ for the motivational #fitnessbracelets Pregnancy Eating.
Okay, so eating. Well I think I am doing okay! I haven’t been eating as much as I usually do as I get that full feeling super fast with my bump growing. I have been having my Bulletproof coffee smoothie (filled with lots of good fats and frozen banana) every morning with my @ponoprobiotics in them. The recipe is on my Instagram if you would like it.
For snacks I usually just eat rice cakes and peanut butter or just a apple or a quest protein bar (maybe once a week), or rumbles paleo bars are good too.
Lunch is either a organic salad + tuna quinoa wrap OR tuna + sweet potato + broccoli OR EGGS + sauerkraut + sourdough + spinach.
Dinner has either been salmon or white fish with steam veggies or homemade sweet potato chips. I have also been digging homemade spaghetti bowl.
We just finished Easter so I totally smashed an Easter bunny over Easter too. I normally eat my raw chocolate most nights, but on Easter Saturday and Sunday I totally ate Easter choccie. #noregrets
I had all of my glucose tolerance tests finally competed and all came back negative so I am completely over the moon with that too.
So my style during these four weeks is all about maternity clothing and Kmart stretching skirts with a t shirt knotted on top. The pre pregnancy wardrobe is getting used less and less. I have been loving the simplicity of my wardrobe as I have to think less about it as I wear the same clothes often now. Unless I have an event or something on.
With my work uniform I have been using the mini bump belt to add a bit of stretch to my work pants. It’s by Fertile Mind. It is amazing, stops the restrictiveness across your belly. I love it. They have different sizes for different stages of your pregnancy! #lifesaver
I had my gorgeous friends hens during this thing so I brought a nice boho flowing dress from The Self Styler for that occasion which I felt great in.
For this #bumpstyle photoshoot with the talented Tahlia @wyldefolkstudio we thought we would do something a little different. All I was wearing was white lace.
We collaborated with @littlebairn a business that provides organic and all natural skin products for mother & baby, to bring you a milk bath maternity photoshoot. Boy did I love doing this. One and a half hours of pampering bliss. Although for Tahlia is was more challenging, watching our little babes and climbing the bath all the while shooting me in the bath.
A special thank you to Amy from Daisy & Co Flowers for providing the stunning flower crown.
Thank you again for tuning in to this weeks blog. I truly appreciate you reading and commenting on all the pieces. Plus you have all been so supportive and provided great advice during this pregnancy and my journey through motherhood.
So I made it to the 20 week mark, which means Morphology Scan Date! I always get so anxious, excited when I have hospital appointments and scans. I do about 3 nervous poos before and countless wees because I just want to know that Bub is healthy. I hadn’t really felt the baby move to much yet, just a few little fish bubbles randomly. So I was keen to see our little Bubbaroo.
The scan went well, it was about an hour and a half as the cheeky Bub kept on hiding their face. I cried again see the little one on screen, argh instant love. The Morphologist was surprised we wasn’t finding out the gender. It honestly does not bother me what we have, because as soon as I seen a dancing Bub on the screen I knew they looked healthy to me and i felt blessed. For David (my husband) it was a little harder. When the Morphologist told us to shut out eyes because she was going to scan the cheeky bits, David whispered to me “argh this is so hard I just want to peek’ hahaha! We both stayed strong though. It was also confirmed that I had an anterior placenta, hence why I hadn’t felt much movement. This all changed over the next four weeks though, I feel the baby doing jump flips and see their little feet kicking my ribs. Cheeky bubba. I think my bump looks very similar to my pregnancy with Cruz, maybe a little more wider.
I also met my Obstetrician at week 21. He was fantastic. We are going public, everyone has been amazing and so informative so far. He confirmed the scan all went well which was reassuring. I have really bad varicose veins in my legs and down below, so its compression stockings and sexy high knickers for me… Wootwooo isn’t pregnancy glam hahaha. I just have to monitor for DVTs as a few of my veins have erupted in my legs. I hope it doesn’t erupt down below because, hey that will not be pretty. He also stated it was time for me to stop training at HIIT Australia because of the force on my girly bits with the veins. I was pretty sad about this as I love the feeling of hitting the gym and the me time, but safety first always for the Bub.
I am super excited that I have a student midwife too. I had one with Cruzie and I just loved seeing the same familiar face at appointments and at the birth. So pleased.
During these weeks, was when I started to think about my labour, will it be the same as Cruz? Can I do this again? I knew what I was in for this time? I started to work myself up a little bit with fear. So I have been doing some meditation, to help ease those normal thoughts that most woman go through. The meditation has helped lot to keep my labour anxiety at bay and prepare my body for change. I have been using the Mind The Bump App which ideal for pregnancy. Plus I get to met my little bub at the end of the labour so its a huge positive.
We had lots of sleep troubles with our Cruzie, so there was a week there where I felt emotionally drained from the lack of sleep, I cried a lot, but I think even if I was not pregnant I would still of been upset, maybe just not as much.
The mind/body issues have died down a lot, in fact I have found a new love for my bod. I feel good with this bump on show. I have been really practicing my self love skills, I have so much respect for my ever changing body. I am enjoying when people point out the bump too as I find this is a gentle reminder to my self, that I am pregnant. I get so busy looking after Cruzie that I forget that I am pregnant sometimes. The time is flying by so fast. Crazy to think I am well over half way now. Having the scan though has made me more emotionally aware that I have a little Bubba coming. I feel more emotionally connected to the little one now I have seen Bub. Especially when it reminds me that its in there with all those jump flips and sweet baby kicks.
I feel that I am building that emotional connection with David again, it makes me smile watching him with Cruz, hearing them both giggle while they play and hang out. I am so grateful that soon I will get to hear another little voice in the house that I can listen out for and smile about. David has been truly so helpful and supportive with all the hormontionals that have come with this pregnancy, I feel very lucky, my heart is full.
So I have my full appetite back. My cravings have been sauerkraut (by the jar), organic eggs, spinach leaves and white fish. David and I have been studying a lot about “gut health” so as for meals, we have all been eating the same in this house. Lots of veggies, good fats, white fish, salmon, fermented veggies, sweet potato and organic eggs. Due to my varicose veins I have also been taking Vitamin C Powder (lots of it) and drinking so much water. I haven’t really craved sugary things at all, since the first trimester so I guess thats a positive.
Well as I stated earlier, I had to stop training at HIIT Australia. My back has been sore and so have my feet from my veins. I have been walking for 30-60minutes daily. I have one day off a week from that. I really love walking, I find that the walking really helps to kick start my day and its great for the circulation in my legs too.
I am continuing my prenatal yoga about 4 times a week which I LOVE. I am still loving the Energising Flow with Tammy on youtube. I wear my maternity yoga pants from Krew Active every time to feel like a right YOGI haha. The light workout really stretches out my achy body and I feel like it keeps some tone to my body with the holding of the stretches.
I also love to do push ups fro extra support on the bench, I try do this every night. I also do 10 squats in the shower morning and night. I do my pelvic exercises right before ved at night (I do forget these alot though ekkk).
Well if I am not in my yoga pants or my underwear at home (because its so hot, QLD please cool down), I am loving Boho flowly dresses and I am also loving rocking a firmer dress/tube skirt to show off the bump. I have found some great maternity/breastfeeding styles for daily wear from Mamma Belle Maternity, The Self Styler, Amor + Grace, and also just fromTarget, Kmart. I love that you can buy styles now that can be worn post birth too.
This months #bumpstyle shoot with Tahlia from @wyldefolkstudio_ was such a laugh. Thank you again Tahlia for the collaboration every month, I am so grateful for your talent. If you would like to collaborate with Tahlia in the future, you can contact her on her email found in her bio on her Instagram page here.
We had such a fun time, styling this big ever growing bump of mine. We found a great location outside by the water, to do the shoot. I hope you enjoy the bump style photos. Will tag the labels I wore in the comments.
Thank you so much for tuning in and reading. I am forever grateful for your love, comments, support. Thanks a million to all involved in making this blog happen, I am truly enjoying sharing this journey with you.
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Week 16, wow this was where a lot of things changed for me. I had just learnt the news of some friends that were going through the pain of having a still born. She was nearly in her third trimester. Three days later I read that a Insta mum and her family I follow was going through the same heart ache. I was heartbroken too truly grieved for both of them and then for all the other mums that go through this everyday. Being a nurse I had looked after a few mummas that had gone through this too in the past and remembering their heart ache too. So after hearing this news, so many things went through my head that week. I almost had this feeling of guilt that my baby was healthy and they had lost their little angels to heaven. It was a huge turn around for me. I practised gratefulness everyday for not just my baby but for my ever changing body and respected its changes its has to go through physically and mentally. Yes I still have times looking in the mirror where I think … geeze my but is flattening and widening, and negative talk starts to crepe in, but I do try and take a breathe and remember how lucky I am to have this pregnancy and that I have a healthy little toddler too.
To help keep my mindset at peace I have had beautiful friend that is also pregnant (yay I can now announce to the world) Lauren, to share this pregnancy journey with. Lauren from @hunterandrose_lifestyle also has a little boy around the same age as Cruz, Jack and is just 4 weeks behind me. So we can relate. I am also blessed to have my beautiful friend Tania @narurally_nourished87, she has been so supportive with this pregnancy and has been so great at helping my body feel good with the right supplementation and nutritional advice.I have learnt so much from her. I am grateful to have these girls and all my friends and family in my life. I love to surround myself with people that help support and lift you higher and hopefully give that back to them too.
I have been practising yoga for some for mindfulness and I have just added meditation to my daily routine instead of just breathing exercises. Wow this has opened up a whole new world for me. I’m loving it. I have been using Headspace The App and Mind The Bump The App to guide me. Thank you to all my Instagram followers for suggesting these apps, I have been loving them. I feel I am a much happier person during this crazy hormontional journey we call preganacy and I am handling my wild emotions much better.
My sex drive is back in full swing (yay for David) (sorry to my family who are reading this hahaha) so I feel closer to Dave again and not so distant like in first few weeks of pregnancy.He reminds me all the time we are on this journey together. I guess all this sex makes up for my grumpiness in the first trimester right babe?
Also little Cruzie makes me smile every single day and I feel thankful (maybe not in the at midnight wake ups) that I am having another little brother or sister for him to play with.
If you are going through emotional times in your pregnancy, talk to someone and then try breathe and let it go. You are not alone and others go through it to just some more that others. If you can’t just let it go try and speak to your midwife or gp for other support options.
Walking, walking and more walking I love my walking. I have had lots of energy so I have been training weights at HIIT Australia 2-3 times a week. I am loving my PT with the gorgeous Miss Hannah Dales too, she is helping me keep that booty is the best shape it can be hahaha ( its still going down south but hey we are doing our best). Yoga has been my absolute love and go to though. I will share the youtube at home pregnancy yoga practices I have been doing with you because I LOVE them. They are around 30-40minutes and I fit them in when Cruz sleeps at night or nap time (or he ends up on my mat trying to copy me, it is cute though).
This is my absolute favourite practice so far. I do this one 2-3 times a week. I truly feel so energised after it and I try and do my meditation just after it. Highly recommend. It also made me get some relief for my varicose vein pain in my legs as this practice does lots of leg stretching and movements to enhance circulation.
Yes well the Nutella cravings have completely gone thank god! Its all about the peanut butter and the sauerkraut now. I always love peanut butter though so maybe this is nothing new for me. My appetite has defiantly come back though! Loving lots of brown rice, sweet potato chips, greens, sauerkraut and white fish for lunch. For breakie is just a mixture of oats, protein pancakes or eggs on rye with sauerkraut. Believe me though I am hunnnnnngry all the time hahaha #allthefood. I was tested for a early gestational diabetes as my fasting blood sugar was slightly higher than normal but it all came back clear so I had to watch the carbs a little! Yippeeee now I can have all the carbs in the world haha! I do have to have one more test though when I am 28 weeks to make sure though!
Styling this bump over these few weeks has been a little challenging as its growing at a much faster rate. My non maternity clothes are super tight and uncomfortable especially in the heat here in QLD. My pre pregnancy pyjamas are not even going to fit my leg and my underwear is riding up my bum. So its comfy maternity clothing and Boho smock styles from now on.
These four weeks I have seen my mood pick up dramatically. My energy has returned, and the tears have died down. David is a little relieved about that hahaha. I’m happy for cuddles again from Dave and the”don’t touch me” feelings have subsided for now.
I do however still get slightly offended with the “wow you’re so massive” comments. I mean come on people!! Could you maybe re word your terminology? Do you think that I don’t already know that my bump and ass is growing on the daily… I do look in the mirror! It’s silly that I take offence to it sometimes, but I think it’s due to all these new body changes that I am dealing with the underneath my clothes. I am not self conscious all the time it’s just when people make petty little comments like that. I am very grateful that I get to experience this as a woman and at the end of this journey I get to meet our tribes newest member.
This pregnancy feels like it is going so fast the second time round, working in emergency and recovery, running round after Cruz and running my blog. Life is crazy! I am loving this journey so much but sometimes I have to stop and take a breath and remember I am pregnant and think about my new little one on the way.
I feel like I have a better handle on my emotions than I did 4 weeks ago and just letting it go has been alot easier. Thank you hormones for calming the eff down a littke so I can enjoy the ride or wait I am the ride for the baby really?
I have been using the Basik Organics pregnancy range to help relieve some pregnancy symptoms I have been having. Loving the bath soak to help relax my achey muscles and the essential oil blend to enhance my mood and nausea.
My varicose veins have been out on show and have even been asked a few times why the bruising is so bad on my legs. NOT BRUISES they are veins! I actually think that I have one “down below” because the pelvic pressure has started from 13 weeks not 27 weeks this time. I am trying my best to do pelvic exercises to help strengthen and relive the pressure. Yep I am doing them as I type haha. Are you?
Okay so my cravings are plain corn chips and cashew cheese, to keep it healthier I buy the organic chips with only 4 ingredients in them as I still want to try my best to feed this bub the goods.
For breakfast I am still loving cold fruity smoothies. I add spinach to them too. Lunch I am addicted to tuna, brown rice and vegetables ohhh and peanut butter. I love salad rolls too. Snacks I am still loving the Franjos Kitchen Pregnancy Charcoal Crackers or Rice Cakes.. ooohh and apples I LOVE apples, especially red ones. Dinners I have been having Fish. Love it. I hated it when I was pregnant with Cruzie Poozie. Hmmm could this be a girl?
I do have one confession though… NUTELLA seriously I cannot stop craving it at 2am! WHHHHHHYYYY? Haha my mother in law brought David and I a jar with our name on for Christmas. I do wish I could throw it out but David would kick my but if I did. I need it out the house! I only want it at 2am too.. Anyone else experience sugar cravings for midnight snacks?
Exercise, this is important to me as I feel so dayyyyam good after it. Plus I need to work off that dam Nutella too! I have been doing about 4 30minute walks a week. 2 Hiit Australia strength classes and still loving my youtube at home pregnancy yoga. I have also started to have a personal trainer once a week Miss Hannah Dales that is making sure I use correct technique when lifting weights too. Her sessions her a killer but I love them.
A funny thing happened the other day, I put on my maternity nursing work uniform and walked out of the room. David burst out laughing, I burst out laughing and then Cruz starting laughing. Why are my maternity work uniforms so old fashioned and unflattering? I wish I could style my own. I look like a great big balloon hiding under a large pair of pants and a smook dress that is meant to be a shirt, its hilarious! Lucky I only have to wear it a few days a week. haha! That is probably why the patients are commenting on how big I am?
I have been loving styling my bump this month, I have found some great maternity styles, ones that you can wear post pregnancy and breastfeeding too. Tahlia from @wyldefolkstudio_ and I shoot some gorgeous pieces in this months bump style shoot. Thank you Tahlia, I am blessed to have these memories captured and my little man Cruz decided to join in too. The two labels we have shot this month are Maive & Bo and Cabo Gypsy. Both brands have stunning boho or basic easy to wear pieces that are comfortable, feminine and so on trend right now.
I love that I can still be myself in this photoshoot and wear clothing that I love.
Thank you to the gorgeous Emma from @c_ba_hair for styling my hair for the feminine photoshoot. I love it. Wish you could live with me and do my hair on the daily!
Thank you again for reading this blog piece I am truly blessed to have you all supporting me on this journey. Let me know if there is anything I can I can add or answer for you on future blogs!
Big love, Alice x
Lets get the emotional side of the blog over with first then on to the positives hahaha! These weeks were very emotional again for me. The thing I struggled with the most is the tiredness and again the vomiting which then led me to feeling overwhelmed. The vomiting wasn’t as bad as I had found a few things to help ease it. I was very overwhelmed though because I still had to adult and take care of a toddler and be pregnant. I wanted to do everything that I could do just 4 weeks ago. I wanted to train like a machine everyday to release the emotions but my body so so wrecked I just wanted to sleep. I wanted to be the best mummy I could be, but I felt I couldn’t because I felt I couldn’t even look after me. Okay poor me right? hahaha thats exactly what I thought at the time. But we got through it. With the help of Dave we did get through it as a family. You have too. I had to adult as I was a mother and I was also someone’s nurse when I was at work. Thank god week 11 came by and these cray cray emotions eased. I found it very helpful having the support from loved ones and friends. Someone I am close to is also pregnant and it helped having her to vent with and talk about pregnancy with. I also found it great to hang out with my gorgeous friends that didn’t have children as I could talk everything but pregnancy. Which was a lovely change.
Sleep was also my saviour. I found that even just 10minutes would help rejuvenate me and make me feel alive again. I had to remember there is always someone worse off and it was just a phase of the pregnancy. David though sex would help (typical male hahahahhaha) but I was like stay the hell away from me I don’t wanna be touched hahaha, until week 11 then I was like huggggggg me, cuddle me Dave hahaha! Poor Dave can’t keep up with me.
I also found reflexology very relaxing and would help me wine down. I mean what pregnant woman doesn’t love a foot rub right?
Even though I haven’t been myself the last 8 weeks, seeing bub on the screen at week 12 was an absoulte wonderful experience. It made me so grateful that we get to add a new addition to our little tribe that I already love so much. So many smiles between david and I.
Exercise, to be honest it was the last thing I felt like doing feeling run down, but after it, it was like whoah!!!! Why didn’t I do it sooner? (maybe thats what Dave was on about with the sex thing tooo… haha we won’t tell him he is right to much). I continued to do at 30 minutes of walking about 5 -6 days a week with Evie and Cruz in the pram. I went to weights and Mauy Thai classes at HIIT AUSTRALIA about 2-3 times a week and felt AMAZING after, wish I could get to more. Continued to do at least 2 yoga and stretching home workout by Katie Appleton on youtube in my lounge room. I also found a great little pilates workout I would randomly use from youtube as well, it was by BodyFit Amy.
With workout wear I am still able to wear most of my Lorna Jane activewear, loving my @mummactiv nursing tank that also grows with my bump too.
Food well most of you thought I went vegan. Giving my posts it was all plant based foods as I could not stand meat, eggs, or dairy. I was also craving carbs all the time so I used Loni Jane – Feel the Lean book for inpso so I kept my body nourished
Bump Style – I have been loving wearing basics for everyday wear, I found some great basics from Blossom and Glow. Great to pair with shorts, leggings, overalls and they are so comfy.
Thank you all for tuning into my second blog of my series “alice in pregnancyland” your support and love has been seriously overwhelming.
Like I said in my previous blog post, little did David know that falling pregnant was just the beginning of my crazy, hormonal emotional rollacoster that he was about to jump on with me. Over these weeks I remember crying a lot! Crying because there were tears of happiness, crying because I was bloated, crying because I couldn’t stop throwing up or feeling like I was on a boat sea sick, crying because Dave didn’t put the garbage out (no joke) and crying because Cruz did something ultimately adorable! Who the efff am I? I started the NO SEX drout too. I didn’t want to be touched not even cuddled. I was on a total high at times too as I am so pleased that Cruzie Poozie is going to have a brother or sister.
Exercise, hmmm well honestly it dropped from 4 HIIT classes a week to just one or two. I felt like every opportunity I got to lay down and rest I did as I was so ill and nauseated. I did still push through the sickness and walk every day even if it was just 30minutes. I did this first thing in the morning as my nausea was the worst at night. I also did a floor pregnancy “booty and thigh’s” workout on youtube twice a week and I did Katy Appleton’s Pregnancy Yoga three times a week, which I just get off you tube and play through my Apple TV or laptop. I found the pregnancy yoga a huge help and the breathing really helped with the nausea and helped me to relax.
With eating I didn’t like ANYTHING I normally like to eat so I had to find alternatives to make sure I was nourishing my body. I liked tuna and fish to begin with but then about week 7 I started to hate eating meat, eggs and fish. So I looked to vegan options for nourishment. I purchased some Franjos Kitchen Pregnancy Cookies and Crackers to give me something to munch on. I actually have become addicted to the crackers, they are made from charcoal and organic ingredients, I have these a lot for lunch with a little salad. I did LOVE salad and fresh juices that was made by others. Loved sweet potato chips. So I pretty much turned into a Sweet Potato.
I spoke to my good friend Tania from Naturally Nourished who is a naturopath and she put me on some Zinc and Activated B6 vitamins that really helped with the nausea and that cut it back to just the evening. Gave me more energy too. I loved to sip on Mama Body Tea too. The Mama Body Tea has a Soothing Tea which is great for bloating after eating and they also have a Morning Wellness Tea which is made especially for Pregnant Mamas to help ease the symptoms of Pregnancy.
BUMP STYLE -Well firstly I went and brought myself some overalls as my belly was super bloated so I hated wearing shorts. The overalls in the shoot are just from Kmart for $15 and the blouse is a Spell & The Collective I love Spell as you can wear their clothing not pregnant and pregnant as they just hang so beautifully. I had a wedding to and I also wore a Spell two piece.
Thank you to the gorgeous Tahlia from wyldefolkstudio and thefiedlerfolk for taking these beautiful images of my 4 to 8 week bump ( well mostly just a bloated belly hahaha ) we will be collaborating together a lot to share with you some stunning pieces you can wear to rock your bump during the 9 months of pregnancy.
David and I decided it was time to expand our little tribe. For the first time in like my whole entire life my period was like a textbook one. I had a 28 day cycle and I knew thanks to an ovulation app when I was ovulating.
It took David and I ages to fall pregnant with Cruz as I had irregular or no periods at all. So to make baby Cruz it took a lot of sex, a lot of pregnancy tests, a lot of tears and cuddles.
So we thought hey lets just start trying and maybe it wont happen to the new year. so at the beginning of my period (October 4th) I marked the date in my ovulation app and sure enough when it prompted us we did the cheeky thing for a few days and hoped for the best.
How I found out?
Well I went to work one morning was feeling really dizzy. The nurse I was working with said I looked flushed and exhausted. I told her i didn’t feel good. She took my blood pressure and it was really low. She asked it I could be pregnant and told me to take a test. I had spent the past week looking at failed pregnancy test and feeling gloom about it. But i thought what the heck. So I anxiously went to the bathroom and peed on the test. waiting those two minutes felt like hours!! It was horrible. I closed my eyes and when I looked at it it was POSITIVE!! Oh shit! Is this really happening? I seriously couldn’t believe my eyes. I sat on the floor in the patient toilet crying my eyes out.
I told Dave by giving Cruz the test to give to him when he came home from work ( hoping the pee had all dried up and praying he wouldn’t put it in his mouth).
Dave smiled and said he secretly new because I had been so emotional and acting like a crazy lady the past week. hahaha poor Dave. Little did he know it was just the beginning of me being an emotional and hormonal wreck. But I’ll leave that story for another day hahaha.
This is the start of my pregnancy blog – Alice In Pregnancyland. I look forward to sharing with you all the exciting stuff but also the so so pretty stuff that comes with sharing my body with a human I am yet to meet.
When Cruz was 6 months I decided I would do a little #selflovephotoshoot when I was 10months postpartum. So now Cruz is 10 months, here they are. During the last 4 months I have been working on a little self love project with myself. To teach myself to be proud of my body and its achievements. I no longer want to waste my breath on self hate chat in the mirror. Instead I will preach love. The rules of the photoshoot was to no make up, just a little lipstick, just a home camera job (nothing fancy), no photoshop or filters. I have nourished my body with good foods, moved my body in some way everyday since the birth and rest when I need too. So hey why not be super proud of my body and my son.
I contacted Robyn from @yummy_mummy_lingerie to be apart of the shoot as I absolutely love her underwear she sells. It’s comfortable, its fits my new mum shape and I feel good in it. She has been wonderful and so supportive of my mum journey. I think its only fair that I share some love in return and tell you all about the woman behind Yummy Mummy Lingerie?
Why did you decide to start Yummy Mummy Lingerie?
Hubby and I decided to become foster carers in 2013 so I gave up my career in health to become a full time mum, but knew I’d need to find a family friendly business to work in as well. We had tried for many years to have a family and had only been blessed with one son, who is the light of our lives. We decided that we would like to grow our family and we knew that there were so many little ones needing a loving home so we decided to embark on the fostering journey.
It was a serious commitment to make, as caring for a baby would mean that one of us would need to give up our current career and be home to care for bub and allow for the vital bonding to occur. However, once bub settled in with our family and I had time to think about work again, I starting looking for opportunities. The first day I looked for an online businesses to buy I found what I was looking for in Yummy Mummy Lingerie.
It was meant to be! I just loved the idea of offering beautiful and practical maternity lingerie to new mums and mums-to-be in a super convenient way and helping make their pregnancy and breastfeeding experience as comfortable as possible. We were lucky enough to be able to purchase the business and now I happily work from home doing something I love, whilst being able to be there for my boys.
Best selling product on the website?
My best selling range at the moment would definitely be the Cadenshae Maternity Activewear range. The best selling style in this range for Yummy Mummy Lingerie is the Ultimate Nursing Bra which is designed for larger busted mamas. They have literally been running out the door J
The other range that sells really well is Cantaloop. They are really great quality and super comfortable as they are seamless. They are also well priced which makes them in reach for the many mums who hesitate or are unable to spend too much money on themselves.
What is the most common question you get asked by women when buying underwear?
It’s more of a statement than a question but the most common thing I hear from my customers is– “I am not sure what size I am”. This is not surprising is it as our bodies are undergoing the most amazing transformation J So don’t be worried if you don’t know – you are not alone J My response is to ask a few simple questions so that we can work out together what size would be best for them now and some styles that would suit that particular mums needs.