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Baby “Flipper” has safely arrived!!

Finally, after 9 months of sickness due to Hyperemisis Gravidarum, Multiple hospital admissions and 3 days of hard labour… The Husband, Toddler “Blip” and I proudly present, Baby “Flipper”.

daddy, Noah and Joshii

He arrived on 12 August 2017 weighing 6.9lb… Which was huge compared to Brother “Blip” who was only 5lb when born.

noah new born

I was induced at 40 weeks due to all the complications and the risk of having a stillborn being too great with my history of miscarriages. I had hoped that by waiting to full term I would naturally go into labour, but that did not happen. Hence, my dream of having a waterbirth never happened. However, the most important thing is that I had a healthy baby boy.

I was induced on the 10 August 2017 and Baby “Flipper” arrived to this world on the 12 August 2017.  

Baby “Flipper” was born at 11:20 with the umbilical cord was around his neck and when he finally came out he didn’t breathe, and they rushed him off to the neonatal unit. It was the scariest thing ever. Luckily, a few hours later I was reunited with my perfect little baby boy, who I adore.

When finally, Toddler “Blip” saw his brother, he turned around to me and said, this is my baby…. You make another for you and daddy… my response. NO WAY JOSE!!.. 😊 but I do love that Toddler “Blip” is so sweet and loving towards his little brother.

joshii noah

Sorry, for the long wait for a blog from me, but as you can imagine, I have been rather busy these 3 weeks with a new baby and a toddler. Hopefully, soon I will be posting my recipes again.

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Thank you! The Versatile Blogger Award!

I’m so overwhelmed, its been a very hard 9 months here, going through a pregnancy with Hyperemisis Gravidarum. However, It has now ended with the birth of Baby “Flipper” on 12 August 2017, who weighed a massive 6.9lb compared to big brothers 5lb. However, there will be another post about this amazing event!!

Just before I had my amazing son, I was nominated for a Vesatile Blogger Award (which I never ever would have dreamed of)  by heidihoshi at Heidihoshi’s Adventures an amazing blogger, who blogs about Craft, Origami, and cooking and in general Awww moments. 🙂 Having done Origami in the past I absolutely love the posts and seeing the cards she creates.

versatile blogger award, heidihoshiIt’s an honour to be nominated, though in this case, every nominee is a winner

According to the Versatile Blogger Award Rules, I need to do five things to preserve the spirit of this award:

#1 Nominees should know that if you are nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award, you have already won

All done!

#2 Display the Versatile Blogger Award logo on my post

🙂 Also done!

#3 Write and publish a blog post thanking and linking back to the person who nominated me

Done! after I found out how to add a link to the blog!

#4 List seven random facts about myself

  1. I got a phobia of snakes!!
  2. I love reading books, all kind of books and I’m a bit of a book hoarder (drives my husband mad!)
  3. As a kid I was the fussiest eater on the planet! Now I eat anything.
  4. My biggest dream would be to take my family to Lapland and stay in the Ice Hotel and hopefully we would see the Northern Light.
  5. I do not recognise peoples faces, I once could not recognise my toddler when picking him up at the nursery and walked right passed my husband!
  6. I love painting, it’s another passion of mine.
  7. I’m the biggest chatterbox on the planet!!

#5 Nominate up to 15 other blogs that you follow and believe deserve recognition for their hard work

  1. Vero and Canito in the kitchen from withcoloursandcanitointhekitchen, a new mum who blogs about life with her baby and posts some lovely recipes both for her baby and also for adults. I love the blog and the inspirational recipes from all over the world.
  2. Empty Nest – Full Tum for posting amazing inspirational recipes. It always makes me hungry and makes me want to try the food. If you are into food definitely check out this blog!!
  3. How To Hygge The British Way an amazing blog about how to create hygge, which is a Danish expression for cosiness but the British way. The posts makes you smile and reminds me of Denmark. It is inspirational, because of the everyday stories, that make such a difference to the life and creates hygge.
  4. 3 Sisters Abroad this blog is an amazing travel blog, about 3 sisters who travels to Europe and about their experiences. I really have enjoyed this blog as its lovely to hear about the journeys they experience

Thank you all for writing your lovely blogs, I so enjoy reading them. xx

Hyperemesis Gravidarum

What is Hyperemesis Gravidarum? Hyperemesis Gravidarum means Excessive nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.

I thought I would add a blog post, that is totally unrelated to my normal food posts. Why, you may ask? because, I have mentioned more than once that in this pregnancy I have suffered from Hyperemesis Gravidarum.  It’s a pregnancy complication that is very underestimated and not very well known.

If you read this post and think you are suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum and are not getting the help you need, please contact PSS the Pregnancy Sickness Support in UK. They are amazing and will help you get the treatment needed! https://www.pregnancysicknesssupport.org.uk/

Morning_sickness_or_Hyperemesis

Now most of you have probably heard about morning sickness or pregnancy sickness, which is a better term for it (as it does not only happen in the morning). It is well known that 7 out of 10 women will experience some level of Nausea during pregnancy. This is expected and for most people it will settle by week 12. Also, the nausea or pregnancy sickness is not overwhelming and the woman can continue their lives more or less as normal.

But then you got woman who suffer from the rarer form of pregnancy sickness, also known as Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG). Approximately 1 out of 100 pregnant woman suffers from this during their pregnancy and it is extreme. Imagine having an extreme hangover, where you can’t sit up, even the smell of coffee, food, your partner makes you feel horrible. Sitting up in bed you feel like throwing up the room spins and you can’t even have anything to drink as it makes you throw it straight up. With the hangover, you know that within a few hours or if really bad, at least by the next day you will feel better.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum is like a hangover from hell, but instead of it disappearing within a few hours days, it continues for ever. For me it lasted from week 6 to 32 in a really bad way, then from week 32 I have been slightly better and feeling at least a bit better. I have actually been able to cook for the last few weeks, but still being sick up to 10 times in a day. If lucky, only 3 times a day… those days have been a blessing.

 

What is even worse than suffering from HG is that professional people like doctors and midwifes often does not now a lot about this sickness complication and therefore doesn’t take it seriously.

In my first pregnancy, with Toddler “Blip” I had never heard about HG, and when I went to the doctors and told them that I had been sick more than 20 times in the day and hadn’t been able to eat/or drink for almost 3 days, all I was told was that it was normal to be sick and to try and drink more water and eat small meals. I was informed that some women had more problems to accept they are pregnant and therefore psychologically they couldn’t manage as well and morning sickness felt worse than it was.

It took doctors 8 attempts to take blood and get me drip due to being dehydrated. Every time my veins collapsed. It was so painful!

When I went back from that doctor appointment I felt so bad, I felt that it was me that was wrong and couldn’t cope. The following day I was so bad that I lay down with a pillow in the bathroom so I didn’t have to move when I had to throw up. When my husband came home he took me straight to A&E who admitted me straight away to get medication and fluids. First at this point did I learn about Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Even then, it wasn’t treated proper at doctors etc. More than once I was made to feel bad that I had to take medication for the sickness… But first pregnancy was the easy one. I had one hospital admission…

Second pregnancy, was a total different ball game. I have been admitted 6 times… at week 38 I’m still on 3 types of medication, and still throwing up multiple times a day. Last night, I was up at 1am throwing up, 2:37, 3:16 and a further 3 times… But at least I was able to request medication and treatment from the beginning of the pregnancy… I still ended up in A&E twice due to my doctor surgery refusing to give me medication.

What NOT to tell a woman suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum

       Have you tried, Ginger, sea bands, Lemonade, herbal supplements, thinking about something else, small meals etc….

I can tell you that when someone has thrown up every day for weeks and months then they have tried everything… believe nobody would ever want to have their heads down in a toilet for 9 months!!!


       You should just eat small meals

No, you just don’t get it… I can’t eat anything, small or big… everything is horrible!

       It’s just mind over matter

This is probably the worst you can suggest to someone with HG, because it indicates that there is something wrong with the person who is suffering, and HG isn’t real. Believe me it is very real… You wouldn’t tell a person with a broken arm to just ignore it, so why would you tell someone with HG that it is not real?


       Just remember that if you are sick your baby is healthy…

This is not true, with extreme sickness HG both mummy and baby are at risk of losing their lives. Especially when not correctly treated.

       You should not take medication whilst pregnant it is dangerous for the baby.

When a woman is pregnant she would always want to do the best for her baby, and believe me there is more than enough guilt associated with not being able to eat and being so sick. I can tell you, had it not been for the medication, neither, Toddler “Blip”, Baby “Flipper” and I would not be alive…

       Oh, I had that, but I had to go to work…

Well in that case, you definitely did not suffer the same form of HG as me, I couldn’t even get out of bed!

       Have you tried Ginger… Just stop


       You are so lucky to not gain weight
No I’m not.

       Just be grateful you are pregnant; many women can’t become pregnant.

 

If you think you suffer from Hyperemesis Gravidarum and you are in the UK then please contact PSS. https://www.pregnancysicknesssupport.org.uk/ They are amazing and will support you to get the right treatment!!

 

The pictures are borrowed from PSS with permission. 

Please do not suffer in silence, and raise awareness where possible x

New Mobil App and a weird Dinner

When your mind is all muddled up, you can end up with a weird dinner.Baby brain or should that be toddler brain? I’m not sure, but I do know that my brain didn’t work proper yesterday.

I wanted to make a salad for dinner in the evening using up some of the leftovers in our fridge and really fancied a salad a bit like a Tuna Nicose. However, we didn’t have Tuna and I had a few other pieces to use up. I also think I may actually have been thinking of another Salad all together so Not Tuna Nicose at all.

I purchased salad leaves from Sainsbury’s but didn’t actually end up using them as it really didnt fit in the dish I ended up making.

What I had at home that needed using was 4 Radishes, 4 eggs lots of New Potatoes. 4 pieces of Bacon, 3 Spring onions, a handfull of aspargous and green beans. The dressing was tatare sauce with a glugg ofmMilk to thin it down to a dressing consistency.

Really the salad turned out quite nice, if unusual and not one I would do again.

I didn’t actually need all the eggs for the salad, ¾ was for mr Blip, I did offer him the whole one but he left a bit.

2 where for the salad and 1 were for lunch the next day. The husband came home very late and didn’t have his food, so he had his egg for breakfast.


Now tonight I will be making something much more interesting

Japanese inspired, kind of Ramen style soup. I will post the picture and recipe for this. I’m trying to slowly empty out the freezer.

Oh I’m using an interesting app at the moment called Spend today, it allows you to put in the budget you have for the week, then you record EVERYTHING you spend which comes from that budget. It seems to be working for me and I’m having a much better grasp of what I’m actually spending.

 Have a lovely day!!

The beauty of not being home

well, yesterday me and baby Blip had the leftover Pizza and corn fritters for lunch. The corn fritters didn’t turn out right!! But never mind I’ll try again and post recipe when I have perfected it.. Blip seemed to love the soggy consistency. 

We didn’t take anything out for dinner as we were going to London. 

On our way to London (the husband was driving) we stopped for McD. Only because we were stock in traffic for ages! And we were starving, luckily I had ready made milk with me for Blip and one of the Ella squishy bags!! 

Now for the next two days I’m treated to other people’s food and don’t need to be cooking. It’s nice for a change! 

Lol not being at home also meant no duties so whilst Blip slept this morning I had a long nice bath!! How lovely, normally I run around like a mad woman trying to do house duties!  

  

 

Today was the last day in London. We went to Greenwich and just relaxed whilst daddy was working.

Baby Blip had a grand day!!  

 Now what are we gonna have for dinner tomorrow? Perhaps homemade empanadas. Let’s wait and see! 

About the Purpose of the Blog also a bit about Me and My Family

I thought it was time to update the about me section as it has been almost 3 years since I wrote it, and lots have changed since I initially started it.

I’m a 33 year old Mum with one child + a new baby on its way, ohhh.. and the husband with a demanding job.

Purpose of the Blog

When I moved over in 2005 I barely could cook pasta. When I started to write this blog 3 years ago, I mainly wanted to show recipes and what I cooked.  But now my main aim of this Blog is to write down the recipes I make, try and cost them and to focus on food waste and budgeting in our household.

Over the last 3 years I have also become slightly obsessed with food waste. I think it is down to different programmes I have watched such as BBCs programme Hugh’s War on Waste and other tv programmes and newspaper articles that focussed on this.

“Statistics from the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) show household food waste in the UK increased 4.4 per cent between 2012 and 2015, …… That brings the amount of food sent to landfill in 2015 to 7.3 million tonnes, costing UK families £700 per year”. source  – http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/how-the-uks-household-food-waste-problem-is-getting-worse-a7520171.html

How can we in a developed society like the UK allow to throw out so much food, when still we got families that barely can afford to feed their kids…

Also, there are so many ways we can avoid waste if we are just a bit creative in the kitchen!

The family

 

The Wife (Me) -So as mentioned in the beginning of this post, I’m 33 and a busy mum. I came over from Denmark back in 2005 with the goal of changing my life and wow it has changed. I’m dyslexic, so I do aske you guys to bare with me, as at times this will show in my writing.

I normally work full time at Transport for London, this is when I’m not busy being a mum and wife.

I love cooking, I love cookbooks and I hate waste and being in debt, which, luckily, I have now managed to get out off!

 

Baby “Blip”  was born June 2014, he will now be known as Toddler “Blip” on my blog! He is a happy 3 year old boy/toddler.. not too keen on trying new foods though, but I believe this is mainly due to me having struggled with Hyperemisis Gravidarum for the last 6 months…A pregnancy complication that means I have been very sick, throwing up constantly and loads of hospital admissions.. Hence, Toddler “Blip” has been allowed to eat a lot of whatever you want, food when I have been at my worst… I’m hoping that when the new addition arrives in August, we can change this!


Baby “Flipper” –  The new addition to the family, will be known as Baby “Flipper”. He is due in August and we can’t wait.

The Husband – He has since we had Toddler “Blip” in 2014 got a much more demanding job. Which has positive and negative side effects on the family life.. Especially, as he works long hours and travels a lot, sometimes on very short notice. This, can make things like budgeting and meal planning almost impossible!. On top of that he has been doing a low carb diet for the last few months. However, we try and do compromises, making low carb meals, where I can easily add carbs for me, Toddler “Blip” and the Baby I’m growing.