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20 Weeks Pregnant, join me by saying #ThankYouMidwife!

Yep I did the deed, took a test, said it out loud and it’s happening. I’m 20 Weeks pregnant and still in a bit of shock if I’m completely honest. I’ve had a few appointments and I can safely say that some doctors can be pretty bloody unpleasant – not all of them obviously but my particular Obstetric Consultant wasn’t exactly a bundle of fun. After being told that I had a high BMI, I was then told that despite the numerous birth option out there I am limited to but a few due to my significant mass. Being a nurse I am perfectly aware of my BMI as well as the risks that go alongside having a high BMI, on top of the lack of evidence to support a lot of the decisions made purely on height and weight measurements – this is something however that was not even considered and I was treated like a child who needed to be spoken at rather than in open conversation. Just FYI here guys my BMI is not tipping the scales hence the upset. THEN the midwife saved the day. At this current moment in time all of the midwifes here are superheroes to me.

If you don’t know already (i’m sure you do!) there is the ongoing campaign to say Thank You to all Midwives in the UK and from the perspective of a nurse and expectant mother this is something that is important to me. Pampers originally launched the campaign over the Christmas period and publicised that they would donate £1 per social media post with the hashtag #ThankYouMidwife – this campaign has however continued and that is just wonderful.

The aim of the campaign is to donate a pound for each social media post to the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Benevolent Fund – we are sharing much deserved appreciation for a group of people who give it their all 100% of the time, no less but plenty more. It’s not always smiles and tears of joy they experience at times it’s tears of sadness and a feeling of being bereft whilst not knowing what to say to a mother in her time of need. This is our chance to be there for them.

So… getting back to my lovely midwife saving the day, from a nurse and mother to be #ThankYouMidwife you are bloody awesome – her name is Emily (I don’t want to put her full name as I don’t have permission) and she works at St George’s Hospital in Tooting – Thank You Emily you are amazing and I am lucky to have you as part of my team of midwives. To anyone reading this that have had the privilege of being cared for by a midwife or knows someone that has been or even is a midwife please share a message on social media with the tag #ThankYouMidwife and tag @PampersUKIre on Facebook, #Pampersworld on Instagram or @Pampers_UK on Twitter to give something back that will cost you nothing but a couple of seconds away from the regular time we all know that we love to spend on social media!

Moving on . . .

I am 20 Weeks pregnant and as far as I know things seem to be going well. I have my 2nd scan on Monday 2nd July (20 Week anomaly scan – things are done a little different to the US!) and even though things have progressed I am still very nervous. Apparently in the second trimester you start to feel a bit like your ‘old (pre-pregnancy) self’ and I can see that in me right now – personally I have never felt less pregnant and actually called the midwife for a heartbeat check – once again #ThankYouMidwife. 

There is plenty more to be said about how amazingly overwhelming the experience has been from start to where I currently am. The problem I have however is that for the first time in my life I just don’t have the words. On that note, ill leave it there and get back to you sooner rather than later I hope!

Are you pregnant?

Let me know, would be great to chat!

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It’s International Women’s Day 2018 beautiful ones.

It is a day to share the love, discuss our thoughts and plan for the future and not only for ourselves but for the generations that follow. International Women’s Day shouldn’t only be thought of as a day for women but for what the female sex represents.

Feminism has been somewhat fashionable recently however there are a lot of people that don’t actually know what it means and actually embrace the reality of it. The dictionary definition of Feminism is ‘a doctrine or movement that advocates equal rights for women’. I would love to paint it high and bright and call myself a feminist but if I am going to be brutally honest I have all of the thoughts of a feminist but none of the gumption.

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That being said I honestly believe that we all have a deep dark feminist streak in us, the other thing I am pretty sure about is that a lot of us just don’t know how to unleash it. I am undoubtedly grateful for the many years of suffrage that I thankfully missed (oh what a millennial things to say!) and now have many luxuries in life owed to that period. I will sign petitions, I will join a march (or two!), I will campaign online but that at the moment this is my limit not only physically but emotionally and mentally right. Of course things change but for now I am firmly in my corner fighting the good fight on paper, screen and foot.

Everyone has an idol, someone that they look up to and see as a role model. There are so many inspiring women out there but a few of the ones that really inspire me are the likes of Coretta Scott King, Maya Angelou, Meryl Streep and in a very odd way Margaret Thatcher. They might all sound a bit wanky to say but you know what it really is a personal thing and they are all very different but the same in a weird way.

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Who are the wonderful women that inspire you?

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221b Baker Street – what does that mean to you?! If it doesn’t then that is absolutely fine but if you like myself are a lover of all things Sherlock Holmes (Since Robert Downey Jr & Benedict Cumberbatch OF COURSE!) then that address will mean more to you than your average quotation mark or less than 140 character Twitter status!

Sherlock Holmes is the well known sociopathic detective with an uncanny imagination, brilliant mind and quite far on-spectrum personality. His work takes him across the length and breadth of my beautiful city London with his sidekick and friend Dr Watson. Together they seek out the illustrious Professor Moriarty their arch enemy.

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So now we have a little background… Just imagine how I felt when I was invited on a Mega Mystery Bus Tour by the lovelies at Megabus. Literally I jumped for joy and replied as soon as my hands stopped shaking from excitement. Sadly Catherine (Vintage Frills) was unable to make it but I was very lucky to be in the presence of some absolutely awesome blogger babes.

My team was Team 1 and consisted of the following babes:

Fran – @frannymac_

Diana – @grungekittyphotogeek

Angie – @chocolateandlipstick

Alessia – @theblondpond

Charli – @charlinice

Eboni – @eboniivoryblog

We all arrived to the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel London and were welcomed with drinks and lots of tasty nibbles (I mean a mini burger = YUM!!). We were then hushed to a halt by two very suspicious looking policemen who informed us that we were needed to assist the one and only Mr Holmes in solving a series of crimes occurring across our lovely city of London with the hashtag #MegaMysteryBus.

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Once sorted into groups we headed to the bus where each group was given an iPad (a very large one that thankfully had a rugged case and handle!) in a bag of cards full of clues and handy hints to gain points and get to the bottom of a series of clues that would lead to the secret code for the team to open the beautifully marbled Cryptex that was in the bottom of each bag. I felt like it was a crossover of the Da Vinci code which would be EPIC by the way – just FYI guys!

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For the next couple of hours we tore around the streets of London taking pictures, chasing ‘criminals’ and finding clues that would get us to the end of a very tiring but enjoyable adventure. On the bus back were told that there would be a special guest awaiting our arrival and it was not Sherlock! It was of course the Megabus man (does he have a name?! If so let me know!). When we got back into the warm the winners were announced – we came SECOND!!!!!!! Yay!!!

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Would I do it again – TOTALLY! But next time I would make sure that I was in comfy clothes and not post work clothes (preferably gym gear!).

A massive thank you to the lovely people at Megabus & Search Laboratory (Jennie – @lifestyledbyj) for hosting me and to Matt for snapping lots of lovely pics for us whilst we were on the run – I had an absolute blast.

All photographs used in this post were taken by Matt Chappell for Search Laboratory who kindly gave me permission to use them.

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Let’s celebrate Women’s History Month together shall we…?!

Throughout the month of March it is officially Women’s History Month, now you may have noticed that there is an awareness day/week/month for almost everything now but you know what I honestly LOVE it. If we all show a little more awareness about the little things in life then it can really make a big difference.

You may or may not know that this year is the 100th year anniversary since women were legally allowed to vote – that is a HUGE milestone and being an independent women with the right to legally share my views and be counted as part of the general population without feeling like a second class citizen is a very good feeling. Of course for this I am extremely thankful to those that fought the good fight all of those years ago to actually make it all happen. There is still a large gap with regards to equality but it is one that is closing day by day.

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On Thursday 8th March it is International Women’s Day and there are a whole host of events happening across the city. This year will be even more significant than those before it strongly owing to the #MeToo movement.

Penguin recently announced a pop-up bookstore called Like A Woman Bookshop – The book shop will be selling the works of only female authors which will be organised by theme – it will be open from 5th to 9th March in the Shoreditch area. There are a couple of events at the shop itself that are still available on the Penguin web page for the Like A Woman Bookshop. There are also a whole host of other delightful events over on the International Women’s Day website.

From this little corner of the blogosphere I just wanted to give a huge shout out to three people that I consider amazing women. Of course the first one is my mother and although at times she can test my patience I love her unconditionally and that will never stop. She is ½ of the reason why and how I am who I am today and I will forever be thankful for that. The second person is Catherine from Vintage Frills, we have been friends from the age of 13 and no matter what even through petty and some long term arguments we have always been there for each other. We get on each others nerves but we also ‘GET’ each other. She may not be my sister by blood but is my sister from the heart and that will never change. And last but not least is one particular individual that I feel strangely protective over which annoys her all the time but she loves it too. We work together and although we fall out we have been friends for 4 years now and I’m sure there will be many more to come – if she behaves herself! Oh dear Sash!

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What can I say, the Madre has good taste!

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This one was nabbed from her beautiful insta feed!

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Nabbed off her Facebook page as she would kill me if I posted one of my pics! If it’s good enough for the princess’ FB page!!

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So… who are the women in your life that you like, love and respect?!

Please remember sharing is caring!

There will be more posts throughout the month so keep checking back.

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Today is definitely feeling like ‘one of THOSE days!’ – you know the sort of days where it seems that absolutely nothing can go write but it really isn’t that bad in the long run?!

Today (Monday) from the start was an absolute disaster story and it actually quite surprised me as usually I’m not usually an ‘I HATE MONDAY’ kinda girl, much more of a ‘get on and grind!”. Today however beat me, it really did. From the moment I woke up it was doomed I tell you – my phone is FUCKED and I mean completely unusable. From what I had been told the Samsung S8+ was shatterproof. Well, to save your hearts from breaking if you have one and in the hope that you will get an even stronger case than the one I chose from Spigen (I absolutely LOVE their phone accessories) – it is most definitely NOT. The sick joke of the situation is it feel from about 10cm away from the floor which is NOT a great height guys! Really isn’t all about size is it. Like I said up top – ‘one of THOSE days!’.

So, as you can see with my day slightly in tatters I had to get up and just get on. Thankfully NatWest Bank Advantage Gold Insurance covers my phone and hopefully by tomorrow or the day after (today or Wednesday!) I will have a brand spankin’ new handset (THANK YOU NATWEST – You have made me one very happy girl!).

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After the main catastrophe of the day I headed to the gym with Catherine and we did a little buddy workout before I had to rush off to work for a couple of hours after my post shower melt down of not packing any clean underwear (yep that happened and thank christ I only had to be at work for a couple hours literally *rolling my eyes HARD*). Finally after a few more little manic episodes (which were at work so we won’t be talking about those!) I was able to grab a coffee and some food and head over to Catherine’s house for a quick catch up, cup of tea (her selection is INSANE!) before heading home to chill.

It may sound like it has been a chill day but I haven’t felt this manic in a long time and actually ended up with either a spot or cold sore on my bottom lip (my skin doesn’t seem to be able to make up it’s mind which one it wants on there!) which is bloody painful. So, as things were uber shit I decided that it was time for a mega self care session. Which I will detail in my next post as this particular rant has gone on LONG ENOUGH don’t you think!

Have a great Tuesday – hopefully it is not ‘One of THOSE days!’

I would LOVE to hear your #TuesdayThoughts