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13 Things no one ever told you about having a baby.

C: so you are super preggo and everyone in the world wants to tell you horror stories about how horrendous childbirth is (it isn’t, I can happily write you a nice post all about it if you fancy) but what about all the other things that no one thinks to tell you? Trust me, theres plenty.

1.Goodbye Dignity.
I used to be quite private, you know lady garden viewings for boyfriend in the dark only and all. After 11 hours of labour I literally couldn’t give a shit. I had a midwife in there, a trainee midwife and a trainee doctor all having a cheeky look. If you are worried you will care? You won’t. All you want is the baby out.

2. That initial baby bond?

This is possibly going to be a controversial one. Don’t bother spamming me with hate comments, I am putting this in incase anyone else felt the same and felt guilty about it. So I gave birth and they put a baby on me. I remember staring at her like DID THAT JUST COME OUT OF MY BODY?! Then she pooed on me and I went to surgery for two hours without her (possibly the reason behind the delayed bonding experience) and I thought, yeah nice baby. Liked her about as much as I would if a family member had a baby, then by about three weeks later I would have pushed L in front of a bus if it meant she was okay… and L used to be my fav (don’t tell him he’s not now, he gets funny about it). I have done some research (well, asked people who also had babies) and this seems to be quite common. So if this is you don’t feel guilty about it, give it time and talk to your midwife about it

3. Breastfeeding sucks.

Literally. For something that is meant to be natural it is quite possibly the hardest thing I have ever tried to do. After 3 days I had to give up and bottle feed as my milk didn’t come in and baba was jaundiced and dehydrated. It took 3 weeks for the scabs to disappear.

4. The first night at home will be the worst night of your life.

You are super excited to leave hospital (the food really is bad, I recommend taking ketchup to disguise all food) and you think life will be perfect at home with your new family… THEN YOUR BABY TURNS INTO THE DEVIL. She is no longer tired from the labour, all noises are different from the hospital and she screams the whole night and makes you think you will be a terrible parent and you should probably return her to someone who knows what they are doing. I told my midwife and she laughed and said “first nights at home should come with a health warning” so here you have your warning. Expect the worst and then the next morning you will have your perfect beautiful baba back.

5. Everyone in the world comes to visit and you hate them.

Literally everyone and their wife wants to come visit, squeeze your baby, drink your tea and eat your biscuits that you stole from the hospital. You go from loving everyone telling you how pretty your baby is to wanting to stab them in the face until they leave. Perfectly normal but try and refrain from the stabbing, babies aren’t allowed in prisons.

6. You will cry all the live long day.

You will cry cos your baby’s daddy is being nice to you, at the sad dog advert on the telly, or cos someone offered you a crisp (they were even my own crisps but ya know, such a nice gesture). You will even start crying about how much you have been crying. Don’t worry it all stops after a couple of weeks and you can go back to your normal sassy self.

7. You learn who your real friends are.

The shit ones are the ones that are super excited at the start, want you to text them when you are in labour, come visit all the time the first few weeks (when you don’t actually want visitors) and then send you weird messages about how they miss you and you never get to see them anymore. Not that you are busy with a baby or anything. Ditch the bitches and stick with the ones that bring you food and lol at your weird baby photos and come make your hair look nice for you.

8. Google becomes your best friend and your worst enemy.

You find yourself googling things like “will my baby die from not burping” and endlessly searching for photos of “normal” baby poo. As useful as the internet can be when you actually need to know something, calm down the googling. No babies ever died of not burping.

9. Baby poo will take over your life.

You will become obsessed. Why hasn’t my baby pooed? Is she pooing too much? Is that shit I can smell? I must stop wearing this jumper, its the same colour as baby poo. I will never eat a korma again, all things like that. You will also spend a large amount of your life sniffing your babies bum, don’t worry though, babies only poo when you are ready to go out so you might as well just check then.

10. Labour pains? What about aftershock pains?

Maybe its inappropriate to compare labour to an earthquake, maybe it isn’t. What I do know is that no one warned me about the pains you have afterwards. Literally feels like being beaten up with a cricket bat. Not that I’ve ever played cricket or been hit with a bat but you know, thats how I imagine it feels like. Take lots of baths whilst your partner is off work, have paracetamol and make people do the washing up and stuff for you so you can rest with baba. Don’t try and take the dog for a walk cos thats just stupid and makes it worse.

11. Having a baby is pretty lonely.

Everyone wants to come and visit you the first few weeks, then slowly it stops and your partner goes back to work. Suddenly you are left at home on your own with your beautiful baby and when you finally would like visitors they aren’t interested. Go out. Go visit friends who have children, go annoy your parents/parents in law. Don’t sit at home drinking too much coffee and thinking about how you still look preggo and maybe theres actually another baby in there (there isn’t, it will go by about 10/12 weeks).

12. Health Visitors come and see you and ask weird questions.

“do you think you are depressed?” “Would you say you cry more than 7 times a day?” “Does your partner beat you up” “any history of drug or alcohol abuse?”… don’t answer that one with “I think she’s a bit young for that, she’s only 4 weeks old” Cos they don’t find it funny. In my experience health visitors ask their weird questions and then answer yours with strange things about how every baby is different and give no real advice. Answer them without the jokes (I am probably on some weird bad mother alert list now) and then ask your mother or doctor if your health visitors are useless.

13. Enjoy your tiny baba whilst they are teeny.

I had a baby three months ago and I’m already jealous of other peoples tiny babies. Seriously, suddenly she is massive and I cried and told L she might as well just be 18 and move out now. Maybe dramatic, maybe not. But in all seriousness enjoy those tiny baby cuddles and don’t wish them away cos by the time they are 3 months old they hate being cuddled and just ignore you whilst you try and play with them because they want to watch tv and eat their own feet.

so there we have it, 13 things no one ever tells you about having a baby! Has anyone else had similar experiences? Or do you have something you want to add to the list?! Let me know! #twolittleowls

Chloe’s November Empties 2015

C: another monthly empties post for you guys this month and with a grand total of 13 products used up (most of which are full sized!) this is quite possibly my most successful empties post yet! Clearly having a baby and not being able to go shopping for new things all the time is super useful in using up your stash! I have split the photos up into the types of products I am going to talk about so it is a little easier to follow, so hope you enjoy my mini reviews!

Stretchmark/Baby Related Skincare

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Neals Yard Mothers Massage Oil – I received this in a gift set at my baby shower and was really excited about trying things from a brand I hadn’t really used before but unfortunately this product just wasn’t for me. I don’t like oils! They are too oily… which I know is the point I just personally don’t like them. Plus I managed to drop half of this on the floor as it came out the bottle too quick. It did smell nice though and was nice and moisturising, couldn’t comment on its stretch mark reduction though as this only lasted me about a week.

Repurchase? No.

Shea Mooti Mama’s Everything Body Balm – I received this in my Sassybloom subscription box, but unfortunately this was another product that I didn’t really enjoy using. When you massaged it in it turned to an oil and it smelt horrid. I don’t even know how to describe the smell but for such an expensive product I was pretty disappointed!

Repurchase? No.

Neals Yard Mothers Balm – I did actually quite like this! Although it turned to an oil when warmed up it sunk in nicely and didn’t leave me feeling all sticky and horrid. It was also super moisturising and although I don’t know whether it reduced stretch marks it certainly got rid of that horrid itchy skin you get when your skin is stretching/shrinking!

Repurchase? No, as I no longer need such products but I would consider it again if ever pregnant again.

Skincare

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Plush Therapy Mild Dermabrasion Face & Body Scrub – I received this sample in a Birchbox, and although I am suspicious of multi use products I decided to give it a go/use it up out the way. As usual my suspicions were correct and this seemed a pretty pointless product to me! It wasn’t scrubby enough to be in anyway exfoliating for my face, and the pot was too tiny to really test my body with it more than once! It also didn’t really make my skin feel clean or nice or anything…

Repurchase? Nope.

Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Cleanser – one of my favourite face products that I have reviewed here and features in many of my empties posts!

Repurchase? Yes! Its true love!

B. Pure Micellar Water – I am really proud of myself for finishing this up as I hated it! It stings my eyes/makes them water loads and makes my skin feel all sticky and horrid after using it! This lived in my work bag for emergencies for ages, and then I have finally finished the last little bit up as I ran out of my Garner Micellar water before I could get another!

Repurchase? No!

Body Stuff

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Soap & Glory Butter Yourself Body Cream – dunno if you can tell from this post… but I might just be a massive S&G fan! I received this little beauty for Christmas and have finally got round to using it! It smells amazing and is super moisturising. S&G body butters are my fav moisturisers so I go through them quickly!

Repurchase? If I didn’t already have some more to use up then yes definitely!

Dove Silky Nourishing Body Cream – another moisturiser I got for Christmas and have finally finished up! I wasn’t expecting much from this really, but I actually enjoyed using it. It smelt nice and was a lovely light moisturiser to use daily.

Repurchase? Probably not as I love others more, but I would happily use this again if I received it!

Soap & Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream – another item that I have reviewed here. Made my boyfriend give me lots of foot massages both pre and post baby, mainly because I couldn’t reach my own feet to moisturise them so this came in handy!

Repurchase? I would do, but I have a couple of little versions of this to use up first!

Beauticology Hot Chocolate Shower Creme – once again another Christmas gift! Definitely got enough bath/body stuff to last me all year apparently! I wasn’t keen on this though, the scent got a bit sickly after a while so I couldn’t use it every day, and I didn’t find that that formula lathered up very well either.

Repurchase? No.

Make-Up/Perfume

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Elf High Definition Powder – I bought this ages ago and it has lasted absolutely ages! I loved it when I first got it, but after a while it got a little bit clumpy/I got bored of making a mess every time I opened it. Loose powder isn’t the best product for us clumsy people!

Repurchase? No as Elf don’t deliver to the UK anymore *sad face*

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray Primer – I received this in a Birchbox and it has lasted me about 6 months! I just used a tiny bit when I wanted my eye make up to last that little bit longer, and this does a perfect job of keeping it there without your make up creasing/sweating down your face. Love it.

Repurchase? I have another little sample that I have started, but once that gets used up I will definitely be investing!

My Burberry Perfume – I have now finally almost got through my life time supply of mini perfume samples! I liked this actually and would happily own it again! It was very sophisticated and grown up!

Repurchase? I definitely would consider it!

So there we have the longest empties post in twolittleowls history! Hope you managed to stay till the end/enjoyed my mini reviews! We shall see if I can beat 13 empties next month, although I very much doubt it! Let me know if you have tried any of these beauties/if you agree with my repurchase choices! #twolittleowls

Baby Diaries: The Ultimate Baby Shower Gift!

C: Now I am still not entirely convinced about baby showers… it is definitely a very American thing to me (although when it comes to Halloween and Christmas they have got the art of celebrating down!) and I didn’t really want one! However, the sister in law can only minority be tamed, so I had a baby shower/afternoon tea on my birthday and it was actually lovely! I didn’t want people to feel like they had to bring a gift, so I made sure that was specified on the invites, but one of the gifts I received I thought deserved a special mention on the blog – the Neals Yard Mother and Baby Organic Collection which is £45 and available here.

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First of all the packaging is absolutely beautiful, and I loved that it is a gift for mums to be as well as babies – its nice to get some pampering in before baby arrives as apparently I won’t have much time for that once my bundle of joy (poo and nappies) is here!

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Obviously I haven’t tried any of the baby products yet, but I shall make sure to update this post once baba has given her verdict on them (She’s still too young to be trying them)! However, the Mothers Bath Oil is by far my favourite product! It smells so lovely and relaxing, and really helps to calm down both me and my troublesome skin! Im not particularly keen on the Massage Oil just because I personally don’t like using oils/I keep dropping it and making a mess and L moans about the slippery bathroom! But the flannel is lovely quality and I enjoyed using the Mothers Balm on those pesky stretch mark areas – it stopped my skin getting itchy and kept it supple and moisturised!

This is literally the perfect gift for any mum to be! It is beautiful and functional, and the bonus is that it is all organic too where possible! I know a lot of pregnant ladies are super concerned about only using organic products on their body as obviously what your body absorbs is potentially finding its way to the little one, so this is perfect! Personally I have still been using what works for me as my skin is too sensitive to be swapping products around, but this is still perfect when you are unsure on what to buy someone for their baby shower – everyone buys baby clothes etc so its lovely to get something different!

What do you guys think of this from Neals Yard? I haven’t tried many of their products before, but I shall definitely be popping in to my local store to see what goodies they have! #twolittleowls

A Big Announcement…

A: Firstly, apologies for being a little quiet and not quite so organised with blog posts recently, but things have been a little manic at two little owls hq.

Chloe has been rather busy to say the least; she is now the very proud mother to her beautiful baby daughter! Baby arrived last week and I can honestly say she is one of the cutest little ones I’ve ever seen. They are both doing super well and it’s lovely to see their little family start to grow. I’m sure you will be seeing some updates as the weeks go by, but for now here is a sneaky photo of baby’s (not so little but VERY cute) tootsies.

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Love from Annie (and Chloe) x

A Pregnancy Update: What to Expect in Your Third Trimester

C: hey lovelies… welcome to my final trimester update (you can see my posts about the 1st and 2nd Trimesters here and here if you are interested)! I literally cannot believe I am basically full term now… its crazy/apparently I am going to have a baby soon. Who knew being pregnant meant you had a baby at the end? I sure as hell forgot, cooking babies takes WAY too long. So anyway, lets get on with my third trimester experiences.

1. you thought your belly had got big in the second trimester? Seriously, somehow it just keeps on growing and growing and growing and growing… and you get the idea. Its massive and by the time you get to about 35 weeks you have forgotten what having a flat stomach ever felt like.

2. Talking of an ever expanding stomach? The stretch marks you have bragged about avoiding? They are coming for you. With a vengeance! The creams all lied and so did the idiots who said if your mum didn’t get any then you wouldn’t – I wrote a whole post about it here if you fancy.

3. You will forget how to sleep. Everyone tells you to rest whilst you can, but in between trying to get comfy, the need to wee every half an hour and the leg cramps? Its near on impossible. Naps are the answer and your new best friend.

4. Baby kicks felt lovely before (they didn’t for me, they still freak me out a bit even though I love them at the same time)? Well they won’t anymore! Baby runs out of room and you will feel like your insides are a punch bag/your skin might break if they move one more time.

5. Then they don’t move for a whole ten minutes and you assume the worst, drink all the cold drinks etc just so they move and hurt again. Excellent.

6. MATERNITY LEAVE! WAHOOOOO! The first couple of weeks are excellent. You clean, you make babies room look nice, you cook fun stuff…

7. and then you get bored. And stroppy that you don’t have a baby yet and its taking too long.

8. Suddenly everyone in the world has given birth to beautiful babies and posted their photos all over Facebook to tease/taunt you that you haven’t had one yet.

9. Everywhere you go people either give you pitying looks or stare at you like you are a bomb about to go off. Especially if you have Braxton Hicks in the supermarket… that really scares them.

10. Talking of Braxton Hicks… they aren’t very nice either. Even before labour you get some nice practice contractions to hint at the pain/delights that are to come. I would personally prefer to be blissfully unaware, but apparently this is your bodies way of practicing. Fabulous.

11. The thought of giving birth gets a little bit more scary/real and yet you are so desperate to see your baby and not be pregnant that you are also looking forward to it at the same time.

12. You know the old wives tales (yes we are talking long walks, all the sexy time, pineapple, curry… you get the idea) are probably a load of rubbish, but you decide that giving them all a go anyway(apart from the sex ones obvs, thats what got you into this mess in the first place), even though you know they aren’t going to work. No point risking it eh?

13. You watch One Born Every Minute religiously as “revision” whilst pointing out to the boyfriend (who you have also made watch it) what male behaviour you are witnessing is acceptable and which definitely is not.

14. You have a baby shower and then suddenly you realise that you completely over bought on clothes and your unborn child has more clothes to wear in their first 0-3 months than you have in your entire wardrobe.

15. And then apparently… you have a baby? Who knew? (Although I’m deffo still waiting impatiently for mine/probably will be pregnant forever) 

So has anyone else had similar third trimester experiences? I shall post up a birth post if anyone is interested? I don’t want to scare you all, and won’t share unnecessary gory details, but am happy to write a post on it if anyone is interested? Let me know! #twolittleowls

Baby Diaries: Do Stretch Mark Oils/Creams Really Work?

C: stretch marks… not pretty but probably one of those pregnancy things that everyone worries about at least a little bit? Pregnancy is a beautiful thing (in theory/for outsiders who don’t have to deal with the nasty little side effects our beautiful babies cause our poor bodies) but no one wants a body of stretch marks that last forever – even if they do fade eventually. The difficult thing is the number of products on the market, some of which are quite frankly extortionate in price. So the real question is… do they work? In my experience, I am afraid the answer is nope! And after a little research this seems to be the case for most people.

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I have tried several creams/oils that are widely available, and have been using them twice daily since the start of the second trimester, so since like week 12. And I am afraid to say, despite the major “lubing up” as the boyfriend delightfully calls this lengthy twice daily process I still have stretch marks. Now admittedly, I have watched one born every minute and spoken to my midwife about it, and my stretch marks are no where near as bad as other peoples. They are all very thin lines, and are mostly just on my hips rather than all the way across my new beer belly which I am super pleased about. But they are still there.

Would they have been worse if I havent used these creams? Who knows. I am afraid I can’t comment on that, I was far too scared of the dreaded stretch marks to risk not using them! After a little research I found that apparently stretch marks are hereditary…. which also seems to be a lie as my mother informed me she didn’t get any (and my father butted in, informing me his actual beer belly is still beautifully clear of stretch marks – inserted lolling emojis here). In fact, my midwife has told me that 90% of ladies get stretch marks. NINETY PERCENT. That is basically everyone.

So my recommendation? Both of these creams made my skin more supple and moisturised, meaning I haven’t had an itchy tummy whilst it has stretched, and if nothing more it is a way of pre-bonding with your beautiful baby via a little massage. As far as the bio-oil goes, I shall report back on how quickly my marks fade after they have finished stretching, but so far they haven’t gone bright red and look like old ones already, so I am feeling positive! But to cut a long story short? If you are gonna get them…. It’s going to happen no matter what! So my advice is to be prepared and not worry about it, your life isn’t over and they will fade eventually! 

Any preggo bloggers out there found the same thing? #twolittleowls

Baby Diaries: What’s in my Hospital Bag!

C: packing your hospital bag is one of those things that need doing… but seem like a horrible job. No one likes going into hospital, even if its planned and you get a baby at the end of it! So I thought I would show you all what I have packed so anyone who still needs to do theres can find an easy list of what to pack without having to stress. Now really, credit for this list needs to go to my lovely (ex) preggo friend Danielle who told me what to pack! But lets get cracking with the list!

Toiletries: shampoo and conditioner, hair brush, toothbrush (for you and birthday partner!), toothpaste, shower gel, moisturiser, dry shampoo, face wipes! To make this slightly more fun I went shopping and got some nice miniatures so I didn’t need to worry too much about remembering to bring everything home!

A nighty to give birth in – I got a black one in just a couple of sizes bigger than I would normally wear rather than spending loads of money on a maternity one! Or just take an old one you don’t mind throwing away after!

Comfy pyjamas and knickers for afterwards

Towels (old ones or dark ones again I would suggest!) and your maternity swimming costume if you want to go in the birthing pool.

Maternity pads and breast pads – not attractive or nice to think about but essentials none the less!

Clothes for baby! I am packing a couple of sleep suits, a few vests, hats, socks and coming home outfit, as hopefully we won’t be in for long… your birthing partner can always go and pick up more if you end up having to stay longer!

Nappies, cotton wool pads, baby wipes and nappy cream for babba!

Snacks and drinks to keep you and your birthing partner going – I would recommend the non-fizzy lucozade after doing research. You need the sugar but anything fizzy might make you feel a bit sick!

So there are my hospital bag essentials! I haven’t gone crazy and packed books/music as I don’t think I will want them, but obviously that all depends on your birth plan/personal preferences! However I have heard a lot of people say that they didn’t actually get time to use them, so just ended up lugging pointless things around, which you definitely don’t want to do! And as a side note… it isn’t in your hospital bag, but make sure that car seat is fitted in advance! Let me know if you think I have forgotten anything! #twolittleowls