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First month with our new baby

You know the saying time flies?! It definitely applies when it comes to children. It only feels like yesterday I was rolling around London with a 9 month belly and was heading to hospital for c-section and just like that our baby is 1 month old.

If you follow my other social media you probably know we did not know the gender before birth and wanted a surprise and also that our baby was breech. I was trying everything I could to turn the baby but after having chat with my best friend I agreed c-section is not so bad. I now fully believe children choose the way they come to this world. So our Nessa born just in time for me to heal a bit for Christmas decided this is the way she wants to enter into our lives. I would never imagine I would have to have c-section. I was preparing for hypno-birth but this was the way.

We were also in shock that it was a girl as I always saw myself as boys mum and so did my husband. I will not lie that towards the end of pregnancy something was telling me it is a girl and she was always appearing in my meditations but I kept it for myself. Well, now I am lucky to have a boy and girl and it feels wonderful. My husband can enjoy daddy’s girl now as Liam is typical mummy’s boy :)

When it comes to recovery I find it hard. I am a very active person that is keen to jump in straight back in. I am always creating content, seeing people doing things so timing around Christmas was good. At least there was not much going on but there is not much flexibility. It is a major surgery and it comes with pain and needed rest. I am slowly getting there but the fact I cannot jump to high intensity workouts after 6 weeks is not the best news for me. I was running around with Liam pretty much 2 weeks after giving birth and was barely at home with him. Hopefully at around 6-8 weeks I can feel much better and get a sign off from doctor but most women report discomfort or pain even a year later so I guess it takes time.

When it comes to baby clothes and other needed stuff I was lucky to have a lot after Liam so I am using his old Cybex priam but we got few new items which we adore. I must say one of the best things for C-section was the Halo Bassinet. It is tall, sturdy and you can move it closer to bed so I could easily reach Nessa in the first days when I was stuck in bed. It has several modes like white noises sounds and vibrations and also lights to create a feel of being in the womb. It has been so far absolutely brilliant. We also wanted something for downstairs and opted for stunning and foldable cot instead of moses basket. This one is in collaboration with Rachel Riley and Clair de Lune. The design is adorable, it is light so I can move it around the house and I was thinking that it is a brilliant item to bring to staycation when going away. I would choose this over any travel cot. And the last but not least Nessa loves her Baby Bjorn bouncer. These are so popular I know and it has been a wonder for multitasking. As my mum said you can put her in and bounce whilst watching a movie (LOL). And it is absolutely true.

We are slowly adjusting to life with two kids and I am lucky to have so much help from mum. She is staying for another week and then off we go. I have to manage myself. However, us women we are strong creatures and we always somehow manage anything so I am sure once I have my routine I will be just fine.

Eva

Vite jak se rika, cas leti?! V pripade deti to plati nekolikanasobne. Prijde mi, ze je to nedavno, co jsem se valila po Londyne s velkym brichem a nas maly prirustek uz ma mesic.

Jestli me sledujete na socialnich platformach, tak asi vite, ze jsem nechtela vedet pred porodem pohlavi. A take ze miminko se neobratilo a prestoze jsem zkusila vsechny alternativni i nealternativni metody, tak jsem nakonec musela rodit cisarskym rezem, coz by me v zivote nenapadlo, ze me ceka. Ja jsem se pripravovala na hypno-porod bez zasahu a nakonec me cekal porod s tim nejvetsim zasahem. Ale po konverzaci s moji kamaradkou, jsem to zkratka prijala a zacala verit, ze deti si vybiraji, jak na tento svet prijdou. A alespon uz jsem se na Vanoce citila trosku lepe. Vsechno bylo tak jak to melo byt.

Dost nas prekvapilo, ze se narodila holcicka, protoze jsem se vzdy videla jako mama kluku a to same muj muz. Az ke konci tehotetnstvi mi trosku podvedomi naseptavalo, ze by to mohla byt holcicka, protoze se mi ukazovala v mych meditacich, ale i tak to bylo obrovske prekvapeni. Jsem rada, ze jsem si pohlavi nedala rict, v dnesni dobe nema clovek tolik tech opravdovych prekvapenich. A ted si muj manzel muze uzit holciciky, protoze Liam je opravdu typicky mamanek.

Hojeni po cisari mi prijde to nejnarocnejsi. Jsem hrozne aktivni clovek a to ze jsem nemohla pomalu vstat z postele bylo opravdu narocne. Prvni tyden jsem stravila v posteli, brala leky na bolest, ale na Vanoce uz to bylo lepsi. Jak rikam nebylo to spatne nacasovane. Zena se musi setrit a to bylo hrozne narocne, protoze bych nejradsi skocila ven, zacala cvicit a uzivala si Londynskeho zivota. Jenze v tomto pripade to nebude tak rychle jako v pripade meho prvniho ditete. I kdyz mi da lekar zelenou, ze muzu cvicit, zvedat veci, vim, ze nemuzu hned tak zacit intenzivni cviceni. Nektere zeny dokonce tvrdi, ze citily problemy i po roce. Jak rika kazda, ktera si tim prosla, chce to cas.

Co se tyce veci pro miminka, schovala jsem si hodne po Liamkovi. Pouzivam jeho stary Cybex Priam a spoustu dalsich veci jako Cocoonababy apod. Par novych produktu ale mame a jsem ze vsech nadsena. Halo Bassinet je opravdu fantasticky a hlavne u cisare. Je dost vysoky a da se manipulovat tak, ze se da pritahnout k posteli, coz bylo u cisare vyborne. Mohla jsem si uz snad treti den podavat Nessu sama. V Britanii vas poslou domu 24 hodin po cisari, takze je to dost narocne. Navic je to postylka, ktera vibruje a ma take white noise zvuky. Je navrhnuta tak, aby co nejvice pripominala zivot v deloze matky.

Do obyvaciho pokoje jsem chtela neco jednoducheho a vybrala si tuhle postylku od Rachel Riley. Libil se mi moc design, ktery je v kolaboraci se znackou Clair de Luna a navic je to lehka postylka, ktera se da slozit. Napadlo me, ze je to vyborna vec misto cestovni postylky, pokud treba jedete nekam jenom autem. Urcite mnohem lepsi nez vetsina cestovnich postylek. A v neposledni rade nesmim zapomenout na Baby Bjorn bouncer, ktery vim, ze je velmi oblibeny. A nam vyhovuje opravdu moc. Jak rekla moje mama, muzes ji houpat nohou a divat se u toho treba na film (LOL). A je to pravda.

A tak se pomalu prizpusobujeme zivotu s dvema ratolestma. Ted mam zatim pomoc a jsem za to moc rada, ale verim, ze az mi odjede mama, ze to zase zvladneme. Je to o tom si najit rutinu a nezblaznit se z toho. Zeny jsou silne a proste my to vzdy nejak ustojime.

Eva

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Those final weeks….

Picture by: Eva Espresso

I am getting closer to my due date and the game is on. I must say the start of pregnancy and the end are always the hardest. I need the baby to stay in just two more weeks to make sure it is not pre-term labour but then I am more than happy to pop. The waiting part is hard. Actually, today I read in my hypno-birthing book that due date is very rough estimate and if you are having your first child you should ad 15 extra days and with second around 10 days. Not what any pregnant lady wants to hear. I feel towards the end a day can feel like a week :)

I can tell you that the symptoms towards the end are very uncomfortable. Let’s talk heartburn, not enjoying food as there is never enough space in my tummy, constipation, pregnancy insomnia and finding it hard to function. The baby is pulling you down and you feel heavy. I will not lie but even on my 10-12 minute walk to school I need to take breaks at this point. Oh, well it was much easier first time round. I remember I was doing full photo shoot on my due date in a super hot London and then went shopping to Selfridges after with my mum LOL. I guess that was 5 years ago and age plays a big part too.

I am trying to rest a lot and take a nap most days if I can but it is so hard now when things are fun especially before Christmas. However, I am trying to pick events where I know there is a car service and it is really worth the effort. There is so much going on but I simply cannot make two plus events in one day. It is hard for me such an active person to turn it down especially I will be back to “can I bring my baby” to this event soon? But it has to be done. I love this time of the year and last year we lost so much fun due to Covid but it has to be done as this little miracle is worth it.

Well, let’s just hope for safe and positive delivery and for both of us to be healthy and happy.

Eva

Tak uz se mi to blizi a musim vam priznat, ze zacatek a konec tehotenstvi je vzdy nejtezsi a urcite nejsem sama, kdo to tak vnima. Ja si preju at miminko pekne jeste dva tydny vydrzi v brisku, aby nebyl predcasny porod, ale pak jsem pripravena. Ale kdo z nas neni v techto poslednich tydnech? Sotva lezu, zadychana na prvnim schodku, nemuzu si uzit jidlo, protoze se do me moc nevleze, pali me zaha, problemy se zacpou a same delikatesy. V me knizce o hypnoporodu jsem dnes cetla, ze termin porodu se povede jen 5 % zenam a pokud cekate prvni dite, mate si radsi pridat 15 dni a druhe dite 10. Takze predikce asi neni idealni :).

A mezi dalsi veci ke konci patri take tiha miminka, mam pocit, ze uz je hrozne tezke a musim si delat prestavky za chuze, dlouhodobe sezeni taky neni idealni a nejlip je mi v pozici na boku. Snazim se odpocivat, ale prijde mi, ze je porad tolik prace. Navic pozvanky i spoluprace se hrnou ze vsech stran.

Bohuzel musim hodne odmitat, protoze treba dve akce za den uz je na me opravdu strasne moc a vybiram si podle znacky, vztahu jakem mam s danou znackou a jaka je to akce a samozrejme kyvnu na ty akce, kde je soucasti odvoz na misto a pak zpatky domu. To cloveku hodne ulehci. Musim si zkratka rict, ze si tu Vanocni party sezonu uziju pristi rok, sice Covid nam loni zadnou nedopral a letos jsem v pokrocilem stadiu tehotenstvi, ale ten maly zazrak za to stoji.

Ted si preju jen pozitivni porod a zdravi jak pro me tak miminko. To je ted nejdulezitesti.

Eva

Third Trimester Update

Dress: Tiffany Rose Maternity, Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

I am officially in single digits when it comes to weeks until my due date and I better hurry up preparing things for the arrival of the little one. I finally ordered several things for my hospital bag which you can watch in this video and wrote down a list what else needs to be done. Third trimester slows us down a bit so really do not want to leave until the last week before I give birth. And with Christmas ahead I want to be ready for both so I am planning to sort even Christmas shopping in the next few weeks.

I am feeling well but as you may have experienced yourself things start to get harder. The weight gain is the biggest in the last weeks of pregnancy and I feel it. Sleeping becomes harder and I am no exception, walking becomes slower, breath becomes shorter. I have also experienced that being active really takes a lot out of me. My job involves lot of social/work events and there has been so many. To be honest I have to turn a lot down as I simply do not manage that volume. And now when Liam had to stay home from school as he was not well I feel so much more energetic as I am simply home more. So it is a lot about how much you do.

I have got busy weekend ahead with Liam who feels better so will take rest of this week easy and just focus on content creation. I am pretty sure with balance I can easily manage to get through. We are heading to pumpkin patch as well as Gruffalo trail in Kew Gardens. Sadly we missed the Ascot races last weekend due to him feeling poorly but there will be plenty of opportunities again.

As for the preparation for birth I have finally started my pelvic floor exercises, started to read my hypnobirthing book I had from first birth and also starting hypnobirthing meditations as often as possible. I have also received amazing labour kit from the Organic Pharmacy https://www.theorganicpharmacy.com/that includes some pre-birth homeopatics but I believe you take those around a week before due date.

So fingers crossed the last few weeks go well, I can enjoy a bit of work and social life and be ready for the big arrival.

Eva

Jsem oficialne par tydnu do terminu porodu a rikam si, abych si pohnula a konecne poradne pripravila vse, co je treba. Minuly tyden jsem si konecne objednala par veci, ktere budu potrebovat do tasky do nemocnice a na to se muzete podivat v tomto videu. A take jsem si sepsala seznam veci, ktere mi jeste chybi. Posledni trimester je takovy pomalejsi, tak nechci nechavat veci na posledni chvili. A nesmim opomenout, ze mame pred sebou Vanoce a pripravy darku k tomu, to neni zadna sranda.

Citim se celkove dobre, ale co si budeme nalhavat. V poslednim trimesteru je nejvyssi narust vahy a tim padem je clovek pomalejsi, hur se mu spi a take lapa po dechu pri kazdem mensim vystupu do kopce. Mam pocit, ze pokud nejsem extra aktivni a jsem spise doma, vse je v poradku. Jakmile ale zacnu nabirat pracovni prilezitosti, chodit na akce, cestovat po Londyne, tak se to okamzite projevi unavou. Jenze ono je tezke, kdyz se ted po dlouhe dobe roztrhl pytel s pozvankami na akce, schuzky a porad se neco deje. Ale uz jsem si nacitila, ze opravdu je treba balanc a neprehanet to. Ted jsem byla par dni doma s nemocnym Liamkem a je mi skvele. Jde opravdu citit, ze kdyz clovek vypusti tyto hekticke plany, energie je dostatek.

Ceka me nabity vikend s Liamkem, chystame se na dynovou farmu a take do Kew Garden na Gruffala, ktereho ma moc rad. Minuly vikend nam unikly dostihy v Ascots, protoze mu nebylo moc dobre, ale takovych prilezitosti jeste bude.

Co se tyce pripravy na porod, jsem spise clovek, ktery se snazi nechat vecem volny prubeh. Zacala jsem konecne procvicovat panevni dno, vytahla moji starsi knizku o hypnoporodu a dnes zacinam meditace. V Organic Pharmacy jsem take dostala skvely Labour Kit, ktery obsahuje homeopatika, ktere mate jist pred porodem, ale ty se pouzivaji zhruba tyden pred terminem.

Snad mi bude doprano a poslednich par tydnu i porod probehnou v poradku a snad si do te doby uziju co nejvice spolecenskych a pracovnich akci a budu plne pripravena na nas novy prirustek.

Eva

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Unconditional Love with Pandora

It would be hard to count how many times I have heard the phrase ” You don’t know what love is until you have a child. Pure and unconditional love forever”. And until last August I did not know what people were talking about, however when my son Liam was born it finally clicked. I felt the type of love that is hard to describe with words.

I must admit, Motherhood is one of the hardest jobs I have ever done and I say it to all mums out there! We deserve a medal for being mums, we should be put on a pedestal and be worshiped. I know I have only been doing this “job” for few months and I still have a lot of years ahead of me but am now experiencing all the first moments with Liam.

It seems we have done so much together already – first Christmas, first snow, first flight, first fashion week and so much more. I took him to our first fashion event when he was only 12 days old and that will always be remembered. There is one special day approaching fast though and that is Mother’s day.

This year it will be myself who sees their child coming with a bunch of flowers, presents and big smile on their face. Obviously for the next few years Liam will need my husband’s help. I remember when I was little our dad would help us with buying presents for mum (or in other words paid for things we pointed fingers at). And as my husbands has learnt over the years he knows I love to pick my own presents (I know not very romantic but it saves time and no need for exchanging things afterword’s).

I also remember so clearly way before I got pregnant that I used to say to my other half ‘do not ever let me to stop being who I am when I have a child’. I was scared of the image of being a tired mum that forgot she loved fashion, heels and great lipsticks. Sometimes it can be hard but I am so happy I am managing to juggle everything. Honestly, when you think about it women do so much. That’s why I was so pleased when PANDORA approached me to be part of their #Do campaign, which is all about celebrating female empowerment. This got me thinking about all the things I still do as a mum: I still love running my blog, still wearing fabulous clothes and even when I feel very tired I try to put on at least a bit of lipstick. It makes me feel good when I am pushing the pram and have had more than a few sleepless nights. Women are strong creatures and I know we can do it all, even when at times it feels really hard.

My first Mother’s Day is really special this year, so I have chosen some special pieces from PANDORA to remember it by. There is nothing nicer than to look at gifts you received and have them connected to a special memory. I want to be able to wear these things forever and what better to choose than an iconic PANDORA Essence bangle with some gorgeous charms. I can sometimes be very classic and traditional when it comes to jewellery, so to compliment this I went with the Essence generosity and Essence love charm. I love to mix different tones of jewellery, so combined the rose bracelet together with silver which went perfectly. I am also a huge fan of cute necklaces and discovered the stunning and symbolic Family Tree necklace – a great piece to be gifted on this special day. I just know I will be able to wear all these items with anything- from my work white shirt to distressed jeans and simple t-shirt and that is what I am all about when it comes to style- timeless elegant and versatile!

Myslim, ze by pro me bylo tezke zpocitat kolikrat jsem slysela pred tim nez jsem se stala mamou tuhle vetu: ” Nevis, co je skutecna laska do te doby nez mas sve vlastni deti”. A do te doby jsem to nejak nechapala. Dnes uz tomu rozumim a zcela s tim souhlasim. Je to bezvyhradna laska, ktera se tezce da popsat slovy. 

Materstvi je ale zaroven nejtezsi prace, kterou jsem kdy delala a kazda mama si zaslouzi obrovskou medajli. A myslim, ze ani tatinci to nepochopi. Jenom mamy. I kdyz mam za sebou pouze sest mesicu, teto tezke “prace” tak mam pocit, ze toho mame za sebou tolik. Prvni Vanoce, prvni snih, prvni modni udalost a Fashion week. Liamka jsem si vzala na prvni modni akci, kdyz mu bylo dvanact dnu. A na to nikdy nezapomenu. Byla jsem pekne na nervy, hormony se mnou cloumaly, ale nakonec jsem si to uzila a mam na to krasnou vzpominku. 

Zive si tak vzpominam, ze dlouho predtim nez jsem otehotnela jsem manzelovi rikala, at mi nikdy nedovoli, aby me materstvi zmenilo. Myslim v tom slova smyslu, ze se nebudu o sebe starat a ze zmaminovatim. To byla moje nocni mura, ze bych se mela vzdat mody, krasnych botu a oblibenych rtenek. Je to narocne, ale jsem rada, ze se snazim, abych zvladla vsechno. Kazda takova vec mi totiz udela radost. Kdyz mam za sebou neprospanych noci a tlacim kocar, tak dat si na rty novou rtenku me zase povzbudi. Zkratka to jde. 

A tentokrat nas ceka nase dalsi prvni udalost a to den Matek. Tento rok a i ty dalsi jsem konecne ja ta druha, opevovana a obdarovana a Liamek ten, kdo mi s usmevem na rtu prinese darek ci kyticku. No vzpominam si na detstvi, ze obdarovaval (jinymi slovy platil) spis tatinek a ja a sestra jsme tak mozna ukazaly prstem, co si pro mamku predstavujeme, ale to nevadi. Muj muz vi, ze stejne se me musi vzdy zeptat, co presne chci. Ja radsi neco co opravdu chci, nez spatne prekvapeni. LOL A tento rok je poslu pro darek do Pandory

Mam rada, kdyz se po case na veci podivam a mam je spojene s prilezitosti a vzpominkou a to si preju prave letos ke svatku matek. A taky je krasne, kdyz je za darky i symbolika. Napriklad tento privesek rodinny strom je krasna symbolika a k teto prilezitosti jako delany. A jelikoz mam rada klasiku, tak nesmim zapomenout na ikonicky naramek a tyhle dva koralky – Essence generosity a Essence love. Skromnost mi moc nejde co? Kazdopadne se tyhle kousky budou hodit k tolika vecem, at uz treba k vice formalni bile kosily nebo kozene bunde a roztrhanym dzinum. Mam rada veci, ktere se daji dobre kombinovat a neomezuji me. 

At uz si prejete jakykoli darek, snad bude Den Matek a i ty dalsi svatky nezapomenutelne. 

Love Glamazon xoxo 

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