Alice In Pregnancyland #32weeks-38weeks

Pregnancy Emotions. Pregnancy Eating. Pregnancy Exercise. Pregnancy Style.

I actually cannot believe I am typing the last blog of the Alice In Pregnancyland series. (for now haha) I remember chatting To Tahlia about collaborating with me for the #bumpstyle shoots and now here we are at 37 nearly 38 weeks finishing off the bump series. I have really loved building a friendship with Tahlia from @wyldefolkstudio_ while we did the photoshoots she is such a kind hearted person. I now have a friendship for life with her. Not to mention how blessed I was to collaborate with so many gorgeous labels and maternity brands. throughout the 9 months. A huge thank you to everyone that followed the series and continued to send through such beautiful feedback. Big Love to you all.


Pregnancy Emotions

The last few weeks I have been on a emotional roller coaster. I have been so excited to meet the little one, I have had mum guilt with my one on one time with Cruzie, I have cried happy tears and I have cried god knows what tears. To me having a good cry really does help me just let it all out, breathe and then let it go. All these new emotions feel like it’s my heart is expanding and I am ready to meet our new little one now.

I finished up work at 36 weeks. Best decision as I was going to work to 37 weeks, the heaviness of nursing and being on my feet got to me a little. So I am so glad to be on maternity leave. It feels so different not having to go to work again. 

I have been making the most of my time with Cruzie too. I have been taking him to singing and reading at the library, reading and extra snuggles at night time, park hangs and babycino dates. I am loving being off work with him again. 

Everyone has been asking how Cruzie has been? Does he know? I think he knows a change is coming. He won’t let anyone rub my belly but David, he pushes their hand away or pulls my top down. We brought him a little dolly and he has been kissing it, changing its nappy, pushing it around in a pram. It’s so cute to watch. I think he will be a great big brother. 

I keep telling myself that I need to slow down as my body is tired, but its true “nesting” is a real thing. I keep thinking of new things to do and clean. I forget to rest and I am on the go all day. Then I have the worse braxton hicks and back ache in the evening. So I should listen to all the advice and just put my feet up. Haha easier said than done though. Plus entertaining my little man. He sleeps well in the afternoon so I should just lay down then and watch some Offspring on tv. Maybe tomorrow? haha.

I went and seen my midwife for a 36 week scan and check up. The cheeky bubbas legs are sitting frog legged but the head is right down there. I keep thinking in my head that the baby will be here early because Cruz came early but I shouldn’t get my hopes up. I discussed my birth plan and what I wanted. My birth plan is to have a natural birth, hopefully not be on the monitor like last time, have a bath or hot shower, use essential oils and just have David in there. David is my rock and he really did help me through the breathing techniques last time. I do still feel anxious about the birth experience and labour but I am just trying not to think about it, what will be will be.

Pregnancy Eating.

With eating I have been a bit all over the place.

I wake up so hungry and have to eat before I go for a walk. For breakfast I normally have smoothies or protein pancakes. Thats its the I just swap it up between the two.

Then for snacks I have almonds, nuts, apple or a bliss ball. Sipping on so much raspberry leaf tea to ha.

Lunch is lots of greens and a source of protein or a chia sourdough with cheese, figs and cucumber sandwich or the same combo on rice cakes.

I am obsessed with Bolognese at the moment with zoodles (zucchini pasta), I am addicted love it. I also love white fish or salmon with greens for dinner, I have gone off all brown rice and sweet potato probably because my belly already fills so fall at night.

Cravings – organic milk chocolate from Flannerys Health Shop … YUM!!!!

Pregnancy Exercise

Walking 30-45minutes around the block (filled with hills) but very slowly as I get pelvic pressure. I put my podcast on and enjoy the metime I love it. Makes me feel better. I love doing about 20-40 push ups daily on the kitchen bench and 20 squats on the shower too. About 3 times a week I use my little 2kg weights and do a little arm workout too. If I have having an exhausting day I just don’t exercise at all. Maybe just do a stretch. The last week I have really slowed down, but thats okay, my body needs the rest.

Pregnancy Style

So besides loose boho styles and a few tight comfortable maternity dresses I have been living in maternity leggings and a jumper. Argh so comfy. I do love dressing up the bump, but I feel my wardrobe has become very limited and don’t really want to add to it till the baby is here. 

For this #bumpstye shoot I wore a dress I purchased for a hens day a few months back. Its called the FAWN WRAP DRESS and I brought it from the @theselfstyler online. Guess what they just restocked it too. You can buy it HERE. Its perfect to take you through your pregnancy journey and will be great for breastfeeding too. Its not actually a maternity dress but it should be its so comfortable.

Tahlia and I decided for the last bump photoshoot we would find a beautiful spot with long grass (secret location) and invite David and Cruz to come along for some family photos. We had a lovely afternoon watching the sunset and Tahlia came with her family too, so nice. I hope you all enjoy the photos.



Thank you again for reading. 

Big Love,

Alice (in healthyland) xoxo

#aliceinpregnancyland – Week 28-32

Pregnancy Emotions. Pregnancy Exercise. Pregnancy Eating. Pregnancy Style. 

Pregnancy Emotions

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.

UPPAbaby VISTA

Pregnancy Exercise

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.

POP Maternity – Active Wear – Galaxy Capri Tight + Blue Pop Singlet


Pregnancy Eating

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.

Pregnancy Tea from @avalolaorganics

Breakfast – Smoothie or Eggs and Spinach or Protein Pancake (more so on weekends).

Snacks – Apple or Coconut Yogurt and Blueberries or a Rice Cake with Peanut Butter or Rumbles Paleo, Pete Evans Chindii Cookies.

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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.

Pregnancy Style

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.

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Matchy Matchy with Cruzie . Mamma Belle – Monochrome Mamma Grid Print Dress 
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Mamma Belle – I am Fierce’ Animal Print Dress 
Cruz loving the camera!

Mama The Label – Wrap Dress

The Blushing Fox – Isabel Empire Shirred Dress Jet Black

Packing my hospital & baby bag for the labour & birth of my second child. 

Photoshoot photographed and styled by Tahlia @wyldefolkstudio_

Sponsored by Baby Luno & Storksak 

Storksak Noa Baby Bag. Available from Baby Luno.


Packing my hospital bag for my first pregnancy was very exciting. I Pinterested all these hospital bag lists and I was so excited with what I packed into my suitcase, ready for my babies arrival. When the time came, my husband grabbed the bags and brought them to hospital with us. I thought I was so organised, but boy was I wrong. I had really over packed! I had so much stuff that I actually couldn’t find what I needed, when I needed it. I had to much of the stuff I didn’t need and not enough of what I actually really needed. I was so overwhelmed. So I made a promise to myself that next time I would pack a little lighter and bring more of the essentials rather than all the extras.

I have put together a list of what I need and wished I had put in the first time, for both my hospital bag and my babies nappy bag.

Continue reading “Packing my hospital & baby bag for the labour & birth of my second child. “

Alice In Pregnancyland – #week16-20

Pregnancy Emotions. Pregnancy Style. Pregnancy Exercise. Pregnancy Eating.

Pregnancy Emotions

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.

Pregnancy Exercise

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).

Pregnancy Yoga – Strength & Stability

This routine is great when I’m feeling like a workout, I get my heart rate up, but there are plenty of prompts to breathe and rest in between each exercise.

Pregnancy Yoga – Energising Flow

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.

Yoga wear by @krewactive available online.

Pregnancy Eating

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!

Pregnancy Style

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.

This month for my #bumpstyle collaboration shoot with the gorgeous Tahlia @wyldefolkstudio_ we have decided to work with @yummy_mummy_lingerie 

online boutique, @blossomandglow.com.au pregnancy, breastfeeding & beyond online store and pieces from our own wardrobe. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as had fun shooting them.

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Always wanted to rock print on print. Loving this @spell_byronbay mix match print.

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@spell_byronbay two piece

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Drinking@mamabodytea

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Little tickles for Cruz’s pretend baby!

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Baby Bump

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Kisses

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@blossomandglow.com.au everyday slip dress

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@yummy_mummy_lingerie Cantaloop maternity knickers and nursing bra

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Tahlia’s Spell Kimino

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Love this photos of my two loves

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Cruz bloomers by @little.sea.luxe

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@yummy_mummy_lingerie pyjamas and Cotton On Dressing Gown

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Pillow Fight

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Thank you all for reading the post, if you have any feedback or thoughts on the blog, please don’t hesitate to comment or message me on my Instagram page @aliceinhealthyland

Big Love xoxo

Alice In Pregnancyland #week8to12

Pregnancy Emotions. Pregnancy Style. Pregnancy Exercise. Pregnancy Eating.

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.

Pregnancy Announcement

 

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

Banana Nice Cream

Banana and Strawberry Smoothie
Tofu Vietnamese Salad Bowl

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.

Blossom and Glow Lucy Tee Dress

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Blossom and Glow Tshirt

Trying to get a photo for the announcement hahaha

 

Thank you so much for reading.

Alice xoxo

Roshini McCartin AKA @rosh_tulaliving #showtherealyou

img_5098-1Roshini AKA @rosh_tulaliving is a new mumma to the handsome little man Louis, but its not the only thing that defines this amazing woman. She is a yoga mentor and a teacher, a wife, an ocean lover, a writer and so so much more. This superwoman is constantly sharing ( I am learning so much from her) about how she honestly deals with balance in her every day busy lifestyle. I came across Rosh, when I accidentally stubbled on a blog article she wrote on Choosing to see the beauty within. It was like she was writing this post to me. It was exactly what I needed to read on a day I was feeling like shit. I urge you all to check it out its an amazing self loving article. Her writing is so powerful that she draws you in to want to read more. Since having our bubbas, we have both connected online and built a virtual friendship. Hopefully that changes to an in to  face to face catch up soon. 
So ladies its that time of the night again to put you feet up with your wine or your cuppa and enjoy 5 minutes with Roshini…

Tell us a little more about your Instagram? Why did you start it?
My Instagram is @rosh_tulalliving. Tula Living is my blog, website and brand name (eventually). Tula means balance in Sanskrit. The reason I started my Instagram was initially to be honest because everyone else was, I used to try and mimic and copy others because I actually had no idea what I was doing or what I wanted this account for. Now it’s a whole different ball game, I keep my Instagram as fun, light-hearted, real and inspiring as possible. There are so many FAKE highlight reels on any social media platforms that I think it’s really important to stay real. I love to share openly about life, yoga and motherhood. I want to inspire others but also not sugar coat anything especially to do with motherhood stuff, because as you know Alice it’s a constant roller coaster ride navigating highs, lows, good days and some friggin incredibly challenging days and nights.
You are a new mum. Your little man is just so adorable. Can you please tell us a little about your current #mumlife status?
So my little boy is 7.5 months (can’t believe I am actually writing that). Wow, where has the time gone? I actually LOVE being a mum I had no idea how much more love and joy enters your life once becoming a parent. It is seriously such a gift (as challenging as it can be). I feel I have been offered an opportunity to dive deeper into knowing myself, I feel I have been offered an opportunity to rebirth and see the world with fresh eyes. Things that used to drive me crazy or I’d worry about are much less relevant now.
I”m a working mum, I teach yoga about 7-8 classes a week and am very fortunate that Tim my fiancé has flexible hours through his massage clinic so he can mind Louis whilst I get to go and do what I love.
This, of course, has its hurdles and battles, but so far it’s working pretty good and I LOVE that Tim gets to see our side of it and I love that he gets precious bonding time with Louis and I also get filled up and get to offer and share in a whole other realm. I also get to interact with adults which are not mums as well which is so refreshing and nice. (ha ha).
My little Cruz is struggling to sleep through the night.  Does your little one sleep well? Do you have a sleep routine?
I have to say sleep is something I have focused on since day 1, and really trying to set familiar patterns each day, so Louis can start to learn what is coming next. He is in a semi-routine which of course as all you mums reading know changes with whatever they might offer you and be going through on the day (little dictators ha ha). He is pretty good, he still stirs once a night for a resettle then again for a feed, so this magic sleeping through the night you hear of has not happened YET. I’ll be shouting out to the world when it does and how I got 7-8 hours solid sleep, ( I can’t even remember that feeling)
Do you ever have time for a date night? If so what do you get up too? 
Date nights are a bit hard for us for 2 reasons, we have no family support in Sydney and secondly the one night we did go out I was soooooo tired I asked for the bill at 8.30pm (oh dear).
So now a friend of mine hopefully monthly take Louis for his morning walk and we go our for breakfast and get to chat awake and alert and suits us both much better. I’m sure the night dates will come back again one day, but for now, this suits us perfectly.
Tell us more about your passion for yoga? How long have you been practising? 
Oh, my passion for yoga has been an on-off love affair for well over 10 years now. I fell madly in love with it in Ireland when I was living there as it was so bloody cold I needed to move my body in some way to get some heat into it and so I got addicted to Bikram. The more I practised the better I start to feel on so many levels and now seriously it’s like my drug my medicine. My days of long practices at home or studios are not quite as frequent since becoming a Mum, but the opportunity to practice it and integrate it off the mat is. Which is truly such a gift and huge passion and drive of mine. I’m really learning so much more about myself and the beautiful benefits of this gorgeous practice this way. Which brings me to answer your question below..
Favourite quote? 
Ohhh this is hard as I have quite a few favourite quotes. But in relation to yoga, I LOVE these 2 quotes
“don’t practice yoga to get better at yoga, practice yoga to get better at living”
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“Yoga is an internal practice the rest is just circus”
What inspires you? 
LIFE itself. How precious and short it is and the opportunity each that we have a clean slate to learn to grow, to have fun, to laugh, to share, to make mistakes, to love and to right now be the best version of myself and the best fiancé and mum I can be.
 Favourite active wear?
lululemon hands down. The quality of the product is amazing and you can seriously wear their products for years, its defiantly worth the investment. My other 2 brands I LOVE for yoga tights are liquido and dharma bums 
What’s your favourite go-to healthy recipe?
Hmm one of my faves is sweet potato chips cooked in coconut oil and dusted with coconut flour and a new one more sweet wise is chocolate/banana muffins from Jessica Sepel’s blog.

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The Corporate Mummy #showtherealyou


I am super excited to share with you the gorgeous Andrea from The Corporate Mummy for this weeks #showtherealyou feature. 

Andrea is a lawyer juggling #mumlife with work life. She openly shares her successes and tough stories with both sides of her lifestyle. Her gorgeous daughter would defiantly make you clucky and ovaries hurt with her adorable cheeky smile on her adventures. 

Andrea recently shared her own brave story of her pregnancy loss, I cried for her as I know it’s something that so many women we know and love go through. My heart broke for her.  It was amazing to see the support of so many strangers and loved ones reaching out to Andrea on social media Shows there is stil love in the world. Andrea decided to speak about this topic with her followers to spread awareness and to let others know that they are not alone. Wow what a woman right?

Take some time out this week to get to know the beautiful Andrea, the woman behind The Corporate Mummy a little more. I know you will love her and will instantly be able to relate to her like I do. 

Can you tell me a little more about your blog and Instagram name “The Corporate Mummy” how did it come about? 



I started The Corporate Mummy late last year after I returned to work from Maternity Leave. I wanted to share my own experiences as a first time mum and also share my journey of returning to work as a Lawyer. When it came to picking a Blog & Instagram name, I wasn’t very creative….. I work full time as a Lawyer so I mixed my two jobs together and came up with the Corporate Mummy. 

I love the way you connect with your followers? Is that why you started your page? 

When I started the Corporate Mummy I did it so that I could connect with others – to share my own experiences of motherhood and to learn from others’ experiences too. What I love about Instagram is that there is this wealth of knowledge available. There are so many mums that I love following that inspire me. What I like the most is their honesty. Down to earth accounts of what motherhood is really like. The truth is that it isn’t always cuddles and smiles. Some days are tough. Even when you think you have the whole mum thing down pat they manage to throw a curveball at you, which throws you out. I love sharing the good and the bad days with my followers. 
Over the last 8 months I have learnt just how incredibly supportive the insta community is. I have loved connecting with other parents and building friendships with so many people. Just recently, we lost our second baby when I was just under 2 months pregnant. It was heartbreaking. I shared our story on the blog and the support that we have received was overwhelming. I received so many beautiful emails from followers, some sharing their own experiences of losing a baby. Having this support was such a big help. We didn’t feel so alone and we will be forever grateful for the support that we have received.

 
Who inspires you to keep going? 



My daughter. She has shown me a love I had never experienced before and she has made me realise that there is more to life than work. My family is my everything. I am so incredibly fortunate to have a loving and supportive hubby too. There is nothing better than watching the two of them play together, she is a massive daddy’s girl and I love it.  
Your little girl is just gorgeous! What’s one of your most proudest #mumlife moments? 



Where do I start. Just like every other mum I’m proud of everything she does so this question is a hard one. If I had to choose something recent though, it would have to be having her tell me “I need poo” (such a clever girl) and then picking her nappy up after I changed her, walking it to the bin and putting it in herself. 
What is your biggest #mumlife “oh no” moments? 



This is easy. My biggest #mumlife “oh no” moment happened when our daughter was only a few months old. I made the rookie error of taking her to the shops without a change of clothes and she managed to have a poo explosion all over herself (and all over my white top!). Any new mum will know just how hard it is timing a trip to the shops with a newborn in between the 3 hourly feeds, sleeps and short wake times so there was zero chance of me turning the car around and going home to clean her up. If walking around Coles covered in poo wasn’t bad enough, when we got home our neighbour’s elderly mum wanted to cuddle the cute newborn and managed to put her hand in poo before I had the chance to tell her it wasn’t a good time! 

Do you have time to workout? If so what do you do and how often? 



In between full time work and being a mum I struggle to find the time to exercise every day. Exercise helps keep me happy. It clears my head. I know on the days that I exercise I feel better so I try and squeeze in a walk as many nights during the week as possible. Some days I might walk 15 minutes, others I might walk an hour. I don’t put too much pressure on myself though. If I don’t get out walking for a few days I don’t give myself a hard time about it. I just make up for it later in the week by doing a long walk where I can.
Favourite active wear? 



This answer is easy – Lorna Jane. I am obsessed with their leggings which seem to suck everything in and flatter all the lumps and bumps. I love their leggings so much that I spend the majority of my time in them (when I’m not stuck in a suit) and may have even worn them a few times to casual dress fridays at work…. 
Do you still get a chance to go on a date night with your man now you have a little girl? If so where is your favourite place? 



With both my hubby and I being so busy, we don’t get the chance to go on a date night as often as we would like to. We try and have one meal out a week and this is usually with our third wheel who is now at the age where she won’t sit still for longer than a few minutes and manages to get more food on the floor than in her mouth…. But, it makes these dinners all the more fun.  
When we do get the chance to go on a date night now we go big. They are few and far between so we make the most of them when we get the chance. We either go for a day trip down to the Yarra Valley where we usually taste our way around the vineyards or choose a fancy restaurant that we have wanted to try. My hubby loves his food and we figure that as we don’t get out all that much, when we do, we can spoil ourselves and go somewhere fancy. We recently went to Dinner by Heston for date night and it was incredible. Such a beautiful view overlooking the city and the wine and food was delicious.
If you had a hour of “you time” what would you get up too? 

When I don’t have my daughter attached to my hip I love sneaking off for a vino (or two) with friends or going out for something to eat. I am a sucker for a nice hot long bath so I try and squeeze in as many of these as possible during the week (normally when our daughter is asleep and my hubby is either cooking dinner or on the couch).