Happy Sunday everyone! I can’t tell you how nice it is to be writing another Eat, Move, Wear, Love, Link post after 3 weeks, it kind of signals that things are returning to some kind of normality this week. It hasn’t been all straightforward though, we had another night in hospital with Fin to try and sort out his jaundice as his levels had gone a little high. Luckily his levels fell very quickly and we were back home again :-)
On Tuesday we took Fin into James office where he was thoroughly spoiled rotten, then we went to Starbucks so I could get my Pumpkin Spice Latte fix! While in Starbucks I also chatted to a group of new mums that meet there every Tuesday morning, so I’m hoping to join them for a cuppa and chat each week.
After the stress of the last few weeks my appetite finally returned. I was also getting concerned that my lack of food would damage my breast milk supply so I’ve been eating whenever I am hungry. I’ve just started to feel the need to snack in the middle of the night too which I see as a good sign!
Ompf high protein muesli with apple and almond milk
Creamy porridge with berries, almond butter and cinnamon and a green tea on the side
Corn cakes with nut butters and apple
Chickpea, beet and avocado salad with tahini lemon dressing
Roast veggie salad with avocado and balsamic dressing
Ilumi lentil dahl and broccoli
Snacks have been protein bars, chocolate cherry green smoothies, nuts and dried fruit and spoonfuls of coconut oil straight up. The Ilumi meals have been a godsend, I’ll be blogging more about the things that have helped us stay healthy with a new born soon.
Not a lot of movement to be honest! We’ve been out for 30 minute walks with the pram, but naturally hospital stays have impacted on that. I’ve been continuing to do my pelvic floor exercises (luckily everything feels good down there if you know what I mean!) and some simple core exercises from a leaflet they gave me when I left hospital. Can’t wait for my 6 week check so I can start getting back into working out!
This week I decided to put all of my maternity clothes away. I felt sad, especially as I should still really be pregnant right now, but also happy to be moving on and getting to know my new body (again, more on that in a coming blog post). I managed to pop to the shops mid week and grabbed some new skinny jeans and that lovely statement necklace from Wallis. I’ve also ordered a few stripy breast feeding tops as well.
So cute right!? After everything we’ve been through with Finley these last three weeks, it finally feels like we are getting settled. Of course his surgery plays on my mind, but I have a choice in how I choose to deal with it. I don’t want my memories of this precious time to be tainted with worry any more than they have been already. We know that Fin is going to be ok and he’s in the best hands after all. I’ve also been hearing more and more positive stories about babies in far worse situations that him, more reminders how lucky we are really. Also…
Autumn in the air // the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack // my first Love Lula beauty box // a new smaller slow cooker // lots of time with my family and friends // Fin gaining weight // the pleasure of breastfeeding (during the day, perhaps not so much at night!) // hot showers // Rebel kitchen chocolate milk
- Great Food Falafel Meatballs with courgette spaghetti and superfood pesto recipe
- My interview with Sadie from Hip and Healthy
- Healthy Lunch Box Swaps with Holland and Barratt
- Three ways to make a pumpkin spice latte
- Create your perfect personal affirmation via Pinterest
- Doing business with a baby from Lucky Bitch
- Life doesn’t wait for you to get thin via Rock n Roll Bride – reminded me of my how to stop putting life on hold post
- Story of a little girl that had 6 heart operations at the same hospital that Fin is going to be treated at.
Do you like the Pumpkin Spice Lattes? Does it feel like autumn for you yet?
Hi Laura! Congratulations on Fin! He’s absolutely beautiful. I hope he continues to grow from strength to strength and you are very lucky (unfortunately) to be near one of the best children’s units in the country. Fin will get some of the best treatment and care he could get on these islands when the time comes for his operation. Glad to hear the three of you are settling into your new groove – Fin is lucky to have you both as parents.
P.S Just a small anecdote: I was so jaundice I had to sit under one of those treatment lamps for a week after being born (my baby teeth were stained as a young child as well from it) but I was absolutely fine thereafter!
Thanks Jessica! Glad that you are ok after having jaundice too x
That’s a very pro-looking shot of the adorable baby Fin – who took that one?
I can relate to the pleasure of daytime nursing & the not so much fun ‘all nighters’ only too well(hard core for sure), just remember, Laura it will & does pass(we’ve reached a 30 month nursing milestone today. My son was a small baby at 39 weeks not that much bigger then wee Fin at birth and yet continues to grow & thrive, mm helps- try to get hold of ‘ The Drinks Are On Me’ by Veronika Robinson it’s excellent :).
I’ve yet to try a pumpkin latte(not cheap are they) but does sound delicious thought, maybe I’ll recreate my own with almond milk & spices!
Thanks, I just took that pic with my iPhone! I will definitely check out that book and lovely to hear your boy is thriving!
Try to sleep when the baby does(not an easy think to do when you can’t get enough of the new-born cuteness I know:)! X
Ack! What a cutie! I can’t even handle it… :D Glad to hear that things are going well for you, Laura, and that you’re settling in with your new little man <3
Thanks Amanda, he is a little cutie that’s for sure!
He’s so gorgeous Laura, no wonder he was getting lots of attention at the office!
Your food looks lovely and colourful as usual :-)
Oh that picture makes me so clucky!! He is gorgeous! I would love to try a pumpkin spiced latte but they don’t do them in NZ! I suppose it is spring and all but still ;-)
Thanks Bron! Can’t believe they don’t do them in NZ, not even in autumn? Hope you are enjoying the spring right now though!
What an adorable picture of Fin!
Glad you are starting to feel more settled- it is bound to take some time.
I had a chai latte with the pumpkin syrup yesterday, but it was too sweet and I think what I should have asked for was a steamer with the pumpkin syrup. Next time I will know! I love how they cover them in cinnamon so much too, perfect for the cooler days.
Thanks Maria :-) I’ll have to try the steamer version, I had a decaf one but thinking that would suit me better!
I seriously cannot get over how cute (and tiny) your little man is, and how beautifully suited you look in your role as a mummy! x
Thanks so much Lucie!
The salads look absolutely amazing!!
He is so adorable Laura!
I can’t wait to have my first pumpkin spiced latte this year. Maybe tomorrow :)
Thanks Dannii, hope you enjoy it!
I’ve never been a fan of pumpkin things unless it’s actual pumpkin or squash…weird I know. So many people love them that I think it’s me rather than the flavour though.
It does feel like autumn to me, although it’s still on the warm side. I like it when it’s about ten degrees, and most people are complaining that it’s too chilly!
I’m really happy that Fin is back home again! I loved the pic of the two of you on FB with him in his wrap. You don’t realise how tiny he is until you have something else like that for perspective. All of your meals look fantastic and uber-healthy too :)
It’s definitely autumnal today isn’t it! Haha I know, it always hits me when I see my Dad holding him!
Awhh he is such a cutie! So adorable :) I’m glad you’re all getting settled in and you’re back home again.
Your eats look as healthy and Laura style as ever :) and so good to hear your appetite is back after all that stress. I’ve only ever had a pumpkin spice coffee once in New York! Must get another one soon :)
Thanks Nicky, it’s so nice to have Laura food after all the hospital crap! I bet it tasted amazing in NYC, will probably be a disappointment here!
I’m glad things are returning to some sort of normality for you Laura. And some lovely eats posted up there. Never mind if they take place in the middle of the night! :P
Such a lovely photo of Fin…you can see why James’ workmates were keen to spoil him!
Thanks Mary :-) He is a cutie!
Yay – so cute! so glad that your appetite is getting back to normal – I am so impressed with you amazing healthy eats – just goest o show when you make health a lifestyle it just comes naturally! Cant wait to chat soon:)
Thanks Kezia! Looking forward to catching up very soon!
So pleased to hear things are settling down and that you and your babe are back home! Now you can start getting into a routine and de-stresssing. Glad you’re managing to look after yourself and eat some yummy, healthy food too :) Those salads look so delicious.
Thanks Emma! Definitely in need of a de stress now :-)
Good to hear it’s all going OK for you guys. Sounds like you are on top of things and really settling into the mummy role perfectly :)
That necklace is beautiful! So colourful and lovely.
I’m not really a bit pumpkin spice latte kinda drinker. I do like the pumpkin stuff but I don’t go crazy. I like a good roast pumpkin soup though, sooo comforting.
Thanks Anna:-) Ooh that soup sounds really good, especially today! I like a roast butternut squash soup as well :-)
Aw he’s so cute! Lots of yummy looking snacks and meals here. Glad things are going ok :)