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September has been a mixed month that’s for sure! On the down side we found out about Finley’s heart condition and had more stays in hospital with his jaundice, but of course on the upside we’ve loved getting to know our amazingly adorable little boy!
At the start of the month I felt quite overwhelmed and was definitely dealing with moments of feeling extremely low and depressed. But as the month has ended I’m feeling a million times better. A lot of the worries we had at the start of the month have been sorted, Fin is feeding really well from me and as scary as it is, we know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to his heart and his operation. I also feel I did well with my September pledge of prioritising. My entire outlook and approach to being productive has changed for the better and I’m a lot more laid back about that side of things which has led to less stress.
In myself I’m feeling better too. I’ve loved shopping for a few new clothes and have a plan of action for getting back in shape. I’ve also loved cooking and being creative in the kitchen again!
Here on the blog I shared recipes for:
- Great Food Falafel with Courgette Spaghetti and Superfood Pesto
- Salted Almond Butter Fudge
- Quinoa Veg Pots with Chilli Ginger Coconut Sauce
My fave posts from this month include:
- My interview with Natasha Corrett of Honestly Healthy
- My interview with Sadie MacLeod of Hip and Healthy
- My interview with Nicky Royle of Proteinlogy
- Being a mama: The first month
- Mind and Body after Birth
To be honest it’s very hard to think of anything other than Finley right now, especially when there’s a small chance his op could happen towards the end of the month. We were working on a time frame of him being 3 months before it would be scheduled, but if the cardiac nurse feels he’s ready, that op could happen sooner. In the mean time we just need to get on with life as normally as possible and most certainly live in the moment! I’ve come to realise that worrying about things outside of your control is a waste of energy that could otherwise be better spent. This month I just want to enjoy the now and live in the moment soaking up everything I am so blessed to have in my life.
As well as enjoying Finley and watching him grow, albeit slowly, there’s lots of other great things about October. I love the autumn! I’m planning on lots of walks, eating my weight in squash and pumpkin and snuggling up in jumpers and warm socks. I’d also like to continue cooking and experimenting in the kitchen, eating well to work on that baby weight and starting some form of exercise.
This week I’ve started some light yoga to go with my walking and now that I’m almost 6 weeks postpartum I’d like to become a bit more structured with workouts again, although what I’m thinking is that I’ll be fitting in smaller, shorter workouts spaced throughout the day. I’d also like to be more structured with food and start meal planning more robustly, although with breastfeeding sometimes Fin decides he needs to cluster feed and therefore tie me to the sofa often at dinner time so plans can go out of the window!
Other great things happening in October include the first Happy Health Chat:
And I’m also super excited to be Rebel Kitchen Blogger of the month!
Watch out for a few recipes featuring Rebel Kitchen’s amazing range of coconut based drinks!
How was September for you? Do you have any goals, aims or pledges for October?
Congratulations on being blogger of the month! I hope the three of you are doing well, poor little man x
Thanks Christina, he is ok bless him, you can’t really tell there’s anything wrong with him at the moment thankfully :-)
Awesome pledge Laura and something we could all benefit from doing! I hope and pray Fin’s op all goes smoothly xx
Thanks Lauren, it’s definitely one of those things that is worth reminding ourselves of from time to time :-)
I think that is a great pledge for October. Sometimes you just have to trust that everything is going to be okay.
Yep, it’s easier said than done but ultimately that’s just the way you need to approach things sometimes x
My fingers and toes are crossed for little Finley. I’m still desperate to make your salted almond butter fudge, when I do I’ll pst about it on my blog and let you know, it sounds heavenly.
And also, can’t wait to read your Rebel Kitchen posts, I keep meaning to pick up a pack or two of the Chocolate Mylk when I’m in Waitrose, I think they only do that flavour and the banana one, could be wrong…
I had a massive shopping splurge yesterday and the parcels should all arrive this week full of Autumnal clothes, despite being a sunshine lover I do enjoy the cosiness of Autumn, and of course eating tonnes of Squash! I’ve seen little Kabocha Squahses (that you introduced to em last year) are making their way into the shops….
Thanks Lucy! Yes do let me know if you post about the fudge. Love the sound of your shopping spree too :-)
I am looking forward to October, in order to travel further on my fitness journey and to blog blog blog! I have to try those Rebel Kitchen drinks I think.
Thinking of you and Fin, what a beautiful boy :-)
You should definitely try the drinks, they are fab! Thanks for your kind words x
Congrats on blogger of the month and having a fab although stressful September x
Thanks Tamzin! Hope you have a great October!
I am so pleased that you are feeling more like yourself and that baby Finley is doing well. I wish you all the best for his operation!!
Wishing you a happy, healthy October!
Thanks so much Melissa! Hope you have a wonderful October too :-)
Love that quote – so good ! My plan is to rest a bit more and go slow, breathe and get my hair cut!
That sounds like a lovely plan. My hair is desperate, might have to add that to my list if I get the chance!
Ahhh lovely :-) Enjoy and savour this time as everyone says it flies by!
October for me is relaxed running! No goals or stress. Just get back in love with running again.
Hope you enjoy your runs, that sounds like a lovely approach after your Marathon!
Glad things are going ok for you. I love the rebel kitchen mylks, can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Oooh congratulations on the Rebel Kitchen blogger of the month thing, those drinks are so delicious I could bath in them! And drink the bath water. Too much? Haha!
Finley is just lovely Laura, I have my fingers firmly crossed that his operation will be a big success.
Looking forward to seeing all your fabulousness in October – with the podcast, recent blog content (loving recipes and interviews) etc it is looking to be a brilliant one!
Mmmm love the rebel kitchen drinks- congratulations!
Hopefully October is a bit more settled for you now.
I am looking forward to wearing scarves and boots and things, and at some point baking with pumpkin :)