This Weeks' Faves and Pregnancy Week 3-4
Hello Friday! Belated Happy Independence Day America - everyone looked like they had fun, fireworks and lots of red, white and blue of everything! I've never been in the US during 4th of July celebrations and I would love to experience it some day. We did have some big third of July celebrations though! This is my first favourite of the week - my Mum's birthday - she turned 67! I got to wear my new Boden dress. It was excellently expandable to provide room for the steak and ale pie, chips and vegetables that I ate at the pub (our local - see below) last night. I think if you have read my blog for a while you will know we like to eat out at our local village pub and eat pie a lot.
|The interior of our local pub|
Back to Tuesday - we dined super early (5:30) so we could get home in time to watch the England vs Colombia World Cup game. We watched it with my parents and when it got to the penalty shoot out I could barely watch - it was so nerve wracking. We were over the moon that England won (favourite no2!) and I felt justice was served because the Colombian team played really dirty. EVERYONE was talking about that the next day - even some old ladies that came into the hotel on Wednesday morning for coffee. I am glad we kept our stiff upper lip and did not let them rile us - I was proud of our team, especially Harry Kane. I was messaging with Britt again back and forth via Instagram as she watched the game with her family in Tennessee - that girl is a proper football pro and should be a sports commentator. We play Sweden on Saturday and Andy will be at work - poor him! I love Sweden (I have lots of connections with the country) and I am kind of sad we are playing them - at least if we lose I can still be somewhat happy that they go through.
|Well done boys - you did us proud!!!|
Fourth favourite is the first episode of season 3 of Bachelor in Paradise. I hate that we are so behind the real time episodes in the US but this series is still a ton of fun. Caspar actually watched the recording before I did. We both agree that Chad has some issues but other people don't help - it is like watching a hormonal hungry bear being poked with a stick. He needs friends and a girlfriend who can neutralise him and cool him down - I feel kind of sorry for him, it was like he was getting drunk to cope with the crazy attentions of Lace who seemed to get off scot-free in it all. Plus everyone was soooo unforgiving of his indiscretions and drunkenness - I know they didn't go there to be around that but they all seemed so condemning and judgemental. Anyhoo - I don't have any favourites so far. I find Nick very smarmy although he seems a nice guy, just not my type. I am not super interested in the other characters. I am looking forward to when all the alpha male sparring starts over Caila, that should make good TV. Josh looked so different on the preview and he came across quite aggressive - so there you go, good TV.
Fifth favourite - the weather is FINALLY cooling down, we have a couple of whispy clouds and a breeze. It is now very pleasant and the pollen count is dropping - YAAAAY! The last couple of days I have been walking out onto the sands with Humph and walking into the sea ( we have to walk quite a way out, across a path that only the locals know to get through the seagrass). On Wednesday I worse shorts and waded out for about 20 minutes in water that was like a warm bath - it was gorgeous and great exercise walking in the water for that long!
I told H and G yesterday about this and asked if next time they came over they wanted to do the same but they were both a bit nervous about walking out on the sands as notoriously dangerous. I think it only when you get to know the tides and the sands that you can confidently go out. Even today though I noticed the tide was turning and had to head quite quickly to shore (tide is very slow this time of year but at certain times people have been caught in it and died). Seeing these guys in the water speeded my exit too hahah!:
I then realised I hadn't taken a straight route from the shoreline and lost my shoes. I was really happy to find our footprints form earlier and trace them back to my shoes!
Since finding out I was pregnant on Sunday I have stopped wearing fake tan. I did put some of this Divine Legs by Caudalie (sixth favourite) on though on Wednesday evening when I went out in a dress for a drink with the girls. It is a natural product, doesn't enhance sun spots like a fake tan does and kind of has a nice skin tone improvement element to is as well. The colour looks terrifying but it really doesn't come out that way! I am thinking of trying more Caudalie products - especially the sun care - the French are so good at high quality cosmetics and when it comes to natural suncare I don't want to mess about. Some of the mineral based SPFs I have tried from natural brands come out and stay so white on the skin they look ridiculous, so I definitely need a new brand to try.
Since overcoming caffeine withdrawal symptoms on Monday I have felt a lot better. Aside from filling the car with petrol on Wednesday morning and the smell of the petrol fumes making me bork (dry heave in case I am using an English colloquialism here!) as I was filling up, I have only had very very minor waves of momentary nausea first thing. I have felt a little tired, especially after giving up caffeine, but I am coping with this via power napping when I have a mind afternoon dip (favourite no 8!)- anything between 15 minutes and 30 minutes ( I set my alarm), and it has really helped! Plus I have been eating quite regularly and as healthy as possible - things like:
Breakfast - brown sour-dough with tofu sausage or pumpkin rye-bread with almond butter
Mid Morning - a green smoothie with lots of leafy greens
Lunch - chicken, tuna or wild salmon salad (organic)
Mid-Afternoon - Dark, raw chocolate, then soya - coconut yoghurt with seeds, nuts and fruit
Dinner - More of a splurge - so then pie, chips etc (as a treat, not a regular thing), or something at home with carbs like brown spelt pasta, tofu with basil and garden herbs and an organic tomato sauce.
I went for an appt with my GP - it took about 5 minutes and was a bit of an anti-climax. He asked the usual questions about - are you on any meds? - no. Have you had any miscarriages - no. Do you have a family history of spina bifida - no. Are you taking folic acid? Yes - I've been taking a supplement and pregnancy complex for a month prior to conception. But he started with - why are you here? I told him I was pregnant. Instead of saying congratulations he asked if it was planned. I guess he doesn't know what people's motives are when they turn up (eek). I asked him if I was still ok to take my omega 9-7 -6-3 supplement and pro-biotic and he said better not to as he couldn't say what the effects would be whereas he had a book he consult about pharmaceuticals. Initially I thought I'd take his advice but I am going to carry on taking the pro-biotic. I had done my own research and there seem to be more benefits from taking it - and I couldn't see anything about side effects or risks? Does anyone know anything about this or has anyone taken a pro-biotic in pregnancy before?
I've also been trying to get to grips with what I shouldn't be eating - and to find out, I've had to do a lot of google searches! So my Maca Powder, Spirulina and Chlorella have to be shelved. More worryingly I had made a breakfast of a smoothie containing goji berries plus a porridge that had a mix of flax and linseeds with ground goji berries, thought I'd google if it was ok to eat and found out goji berries contain a compound called betaine that could cause miscarriage - eeek! I literally spat my porridge out and binned it.
At week 3-4 I kind of feel like a non-pregnant pregnant person. I just want to know everything is ok. I am obviously nervous because of my age. I am so happy but trying not to get carried away until I can somewhat relax at 12 weeks. I am enjoying looking at pregnancy planners - this was the best one on amazon.co.uk (also available on US Amazon) and it starts from week 1:
This one was my favourite more but I would have to get it shipped from the States:
Linking up with Erika and Narci:
Plus a Cup of Tea blog: