Wednesday, 9 July 2014

1 Year Old!!!

Happy Birthday to my incredibly wonderful little baby toddler. Oh my days, how has this happened? How on earth has it been a year old ready? It has, without a doubt, been the best year of my life. She has filled every day with happiness. She is such a good natured, loving little girl. Rob and I are so lucky!

So here's where we're at on this lovely lady's birthday

Height/Weight: Cleo's lost a little bit of weight this month. I think that's because she's much more active and only has a small milk feed at night. She weighs 8.6kg (19 pounds). It puts her just under 50th percentile so I'm not too worried. She eats a ridiculous amount. I don't know about her height this month, she would not let me check it ha!

Routine: Cleo is now down to one nap a day (most days). A good day will be a long nap in the afternoon from about 12-2. She sometimes has a wee catnap again at 5 before dinner if she's grumpy but most days she doesn't want to - she thinks life is too fun for sleep. She's kind of went off her bath recently but we're still keeping her bedtime routine the same: dinner, bath, feed, story, bed. It works well for her even if she does get all angsty in the bath.

Size: She's still 9-12 month clothing and size 4 nappies but we've got lots of gorgeous 12-18 month clothing that I'm desperate for her to wear because it's sooo cute! She's also a size 2 and a half F in shoe which is annoying because they don't do hard soles for smaller than a 3!

Milestones: This has been a crazy month for learning for Cleo! She's so smart sometimes!

  • Walking! She took her first wobbly steps in the middle of the month. She can walk around 4 steps before she falls/sits down. She's like a drunk old man! 
  • Stacking blocks. She can put 3 on top of each other. I'm so proud of her for this because according to my paeds book the average age of that is 18 months.
  • Putting shapes into the right shape on her shape sorter (I said shape a lot there...)
  • Getting off the couch/bed safely. She no longer tries to be a lemming.
  • Eating from a plate with her spoon successfully. This does not mean there is no mess on the floor though because she still likes to throw it away once she's full. 
  • Her words are coming along well too! Although I can't quite work out what she's saying except 'Bap' means bath I think. We have lots of Mamas, Dadas and Hiyas. She likes the sound of saying 'Vah' too and will go 'vahvahvah' for ages haha!
  • Not really a milestone but it's adorable so I thought I'd share - she started copying Rob doing a 'red indian' hand to mouth thing. What is that even called? She will go woooooo whilst doing it. 
12 months post partum: I haven't updated a post partum me for a while so I thought I'd round it off here. Since Christmas I hadn't had any post natal anxiety and I thought I was in the clear. However, last month I had another episode. It last 4 days which is shorter than before and I've had none since. I had stopped taking anti-anxieties back before I went to Malta but that repeat episode scared me so much that I started again. I know it won't be long term but I think I need to just not stress about it and just accept that unfortunately that's the way it is just now. It's just a teeny tiny dose and probably just more placebo than anything but it helps me put the fear to the back of my head and get on with things. It was also when I reduced my feeds to once a day and started to get cramping. I've yet to have a period (TMI anyone?) but I think it was hormonal. The obstetrician said I was super sensitive to hormones which is why I was so sick at the start so maybe I'm going to be stuck with a monthly mood swing. I hope not, but at least I can kind of mentally plan for that. 
As for everything else, My weight is currently 60kg (9 stone 6) and I wear a size 10/12 clothes. I've been slacking slightly with the pilates but have noticed such a difference when I have been doing it!
I officially have a tear in my hip joint from pregnancy and might need an operation to fix it. I'm putting it off though because who can afford to take 6-8 weeks off work? 
I'm still working full time on Orthopaedics but move on to vascular surgery soon. Ugh. 

And that's about it... So here's some photos of Cleo last month! I was not very good at using my camera unfortunately, but got a few nice snaps!







This wasn't even set up. Adorable. 


Who doesn't love a drool-covered baby?



This little monkey has been her favourite toy ever. Babies are so funny.


I love her so much it hurts. She is just so beautiful and funny. Can someone say biased? Ha!

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Best Coffee Shops in Glasgow

So Rob and I have been in Glasgow for a year now. We've done our fair share of eating/drinking/sightseeing so I thought I'd start this little series of Top 5s. People always under estimate Glasgow as a city. They think that it's full of 'neds' and sectarianism and rain (ok well it does rain a lot). But it has a lot of hidden gems that I'd like for the world to see.

One of our favourite things to do is drink coffee. It is my drug of choice. Literally, nothing beats a Saturday morning in a really good coffee shop with good quality coffee and a cake (obviously). So I thought I'd start there. I would say Rob is fussier than I am with coffee. But I think I'm more knowledgeable (he would probably disagree but 6 years of working as a Barista in 3 different coffee chains will teach you a thing or two about a decent roast). So this list has a combination of our influence.

5. Artisan Roast 15-17 Gibson Street
If this was a 'Best Brioche in Glasgow' list, Artisan Roast would win hands down. They would also maybe win the 'best sourdough pizza' list, but I think Rob would be offended (his is pretty good). I have had a mocha each time I've been here so I can't personally comment on the quality of coffee because my coffee was just chocolatey goodness (although their mochas get my thumbs up) but Rob was impressed. They also have some really cool decor and the whole place has a really old wooden medieval feel to it. Plus there are board games and I like board games.

4. Riverhill Coffee Gordon Street
Unfortunately for Glasgow city centre, there are not many coffee shops that aren't a Starbucks or a Costa so finding somewhere good can be tricky. But you don't need to look any further because Riverhill is the best in the whole of city centre. It's a traditional espresso bar so more for take-out than sit in, although there are seats but these are limited. But it's perfect for a busy day shopping with a much needed caffeine fix. I think it would be higher on my list if there was more seating because the coffee is so good. And the cakes - oh my days Rob, Carla and I shared a brownie and still had a full brownie portion each. So so good.

3. Kember & Jones 134 Byres Road
K&J do lots of things well: Bread, cakes, coffee and macaroons. And breakfast. Boy do they do a good breakfast. This is my 'end of nightshifts' breakfast number 1. Waffles with blueberries and strawberries and all of the good things in life with a yummy Americano and all the stress of the nights melt away. They're bread baskets with home made dips are so good (fig and fennel bread - yes please), and they're macaroons are Lauduree standards. This place is a joy to go to.

2. Tchai-ovna 42 Otago Lane
Although technically a tea shop, it does sell coffee and it would be a terrible disservice to everyone reading if I did not include this adorable little place. Situated in between Hillhead and Great Western Road and tucked down a little lane, this is the place to go if you want to chill out. It has a really cool atmosphere with an outside seating area for warmer days and inside is cosy and comfy and smells INCREDIBLE. Their tea-pots are bottomless and the food is entirely home-made and lovely. We're taking Rob's sister here on Sunday and I'm already dreaming of how warm and happy my belly will be.

1. McCune Smith 3-5 Duke Street, 
This coffee shop is my idea of perfect. The coffee is top knotch - flat whites have the perfect creamy milk with lovely latte art and espressos are never burnt. The food is incredible and all the sandwiches are named after the Scottish Enlightenment so you feel like you're learning as you eat. And it's named after a Doctor - so that's cool.
It's technically in the East End of Glasgow, though just a 5 minute walk down from Buchanan Street. I cannot rave about this place enough. They are also very baby friendly and always give Cleo something nice as a treat.
If I have friends visiting, this is where I take them. And you should go too.

This list was so hard to cut down to just 5. There are so many good places and so many I've still to go to. I am more than happy for recommendations! Please send them my way.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

What I Wore Wednesday #12



This outfit is super simple. I love that skirt and it's actually my sister's which I borrowed. I'm not actually sure where it's from but I think it's Warehouse last year? My top is a simple camisole from Next and my necklace is gifted. Shoes are Topshop, as is my little bag.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

What I Wore Wednesday #11


Do you have a go to outfit? You know, one which you fling on when you're running late, or can't think, or can't be bothered? Yep, I do! And this is my ultimate go to. You don't need to think about anything. A denim dress, some trainers and boom, done. You look like you made an effort and your comfy and stress-free at the same time. Happy Happy.


Dress is Topshop, Trainers are converse and necklace was a gift way back when I was just 18. No idea what shop it's from but I recently just found it back at my mum's house and I'm loving it again.


I don't know what that last photo is. I think I'm being a super hero if I remember correctly.


Wednesday, 11 June 2014

What I Wore Wednesday #10



I haven't featured Cleo in WIWW for a while now. So here she is in a gorgeous little summer dress from Primark. My mum bought her this and I think for a Primark dress it's great! The quality is really good, and the colours are fab. I love Primark for children's clothes because they grow out of them so fast that I really grudge paying anything more than £10 unless it's really special haha!

I don't know what's going on with Rob. I know you can't see it but he's wearing a cool t-shirt from some cool t-shirt place where he gets all his t-shirts. This one is like a little red riding hood but she's wearing the wolf as a hat.




This little outfit came together by accident. I picked up the wrong top to pack. It's actually a top I got last year when I was pregnant so it's super big for me. I had to tie the straps to make sure I didn't flash any boob. The skirt featured a couple of weeks ago and is from Primark, as are my shoes. My hat is from accessorise, also a good couple of years ago. But I just washed this and now it's ruined so I'm quite upset haha.


Monday, 9 June 2014

A Year of Pilates

So on my birthday (3rd June, last Tuesday!) I made a vow to do pilates every day this year. I've been suffering a lot of hip issues which I'm currently getting investigated, but also a lot of anxiety recently. Pilates incorporates body strengthening and mind relaxation, so I figured this would be perfect for where I am in my life now.

Before starting work I was exercising 4-5 times every week. It was high intensity cardio, with 1 session of conditioning. Since starting work though, exercise has taken a back seat. I have no time, and not enough money to afford a gym membership that I might not get much use out of. But I have started to feel the toll of missing out on exercise. My job is an active job, it's not about calorie burning at all because I get that between running after Cleo, running about the hospital, and running to work. For me, its about toning and feeling in control of my body.

I already have a yoga mat, so I figured pilates would be the exercise for me! There are lots of great youtube videos ranging from beginners to advanced (I'm definitely beginner!) and it doesn't require any equipment. All I have to do is set aside 30 minutes a day to do some sort of pilates. I've done a couple of full body work outs, some back and arm focused ones and some abs and gluts strengthening (what I need most for my hips!) and I've really been enjoying it. I admit I sometimes need told to do it by Rob at 10 to 12 at night, but that's ok. So far I've managed every day this week and I'm already feeling the benefits! My abs have been achy because they've not so much as been tickled by exercise for 6 months, but my limp is much improved! One of the registrars even commented how good it was to see me walking in less pain!

I'm not expecting miracles, but if I can do it for every day this year, then I can do it for the rest of my life.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

11 months old!

Height/Weight: Cleo weighs 8.85kg, which is 50th percentile for weight and she's 70cm tall, which is between 9th-25th percentile. She's so dinky.

Routine: Cleo's routine is pretty much the same. Up at 7 for breakfast and go to nursery. She naps around 12 for an hour, then lunch. Rob picks her up at 4.30 and she naps from around 5-6. She then has dinner with us and goes to bed for 8 and sleeps through the night. She has 2 feeds from me, one in the morning, one in the evening. I'm going on to nights tomorrow so we'll probably cut down her morning one and see how she goes. I'm so ready to wean her!

Size: She's in 9-12 month clothing and still wearing size 4 nappies.

Milestones:

  • She's completely mastered clapping along to songs. She claps along to 'happy and you know it' and will clap for attention.
  • Putting cups together in order of size. She puts the smaller ones in the bigger cups. 
  • Pointing at things when you ask her to. This depends on her mood but she will point at the red cup, or her toothpaste, or her mummy haha!
  • Standing up for a few seconds without holding on before she realises what she's doing and then falls down! 
  • A total of 7 teeth!
We're not walking yet, and I'm not sure if she will before her first birthday. I was sure she'd be an early walker because she's been crawling and cruising for so long, but I think she's worked out that she's fastest this way so isn't quite as motivated to do it. She will go walks holding only one hand though. Baby steps as they say.

And some photos from this month!