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Home Decor and Nesting for new mums

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I clearly remember when I was pregnant that the closer to the due date I was, the more frustrated I got because of our flat. I felt nothing was ready and I felt I need to finish things, change them, improve and welcome baby Liam to a stunning new clean home. Then I found out it is an actual thing called Nesting. Not all women have to go through that but there are loads that experience this urge to improve their homes.

Well, no wonder. Firstly your life will change massively and you will probably spend more time home than ever and secondly your priorities will change and there is a new addition to your family. That means more things from clothes to toys and also you will have more and more visitors. The entire life as you knew it will be different and even if you want it or not you have to adjust things in your home.

I am huge fan of decor and especially when it is chic and practical at the same time. If you are a new mum or mum to be you have to think about practicality as well as design and they can go hand in hand. And if you live in a smaller flat like me you have to think about furniture and decor even more. So I thought about what would I advice any new or mum to be to get for their homes. We all have different views but I would go for these 5 items.

Top 5 picks to make life of a mum comfortable, easy and keep the touch luxury

  1. Comfortable bed with storage and bonus points for stunning design – You will spend lot of time in bed at least first few weeks so make sure your choice is the best. You will also lack sleep for the few months so the right choice of bed is crucial to make those few hours of sleep very comfortable.
  2. Day bed for your spare room or nursery – That is one of the first things I got for my house and there are so many reasons for that. Firstly you and your partner may need to sleep in separate rooms (not all men want to end up tired at work every day). Secondly you may use it for yourself when you are starting to teach baby to sleep in their own room. Thirdly you can use it for guests that come to your place. And if you chose a day bed with storage you can use it for bedding, toys, clothes or anything really. And I know few of my friends then ended up using it for kids when they grew up as their bed for the bedroom. What a great investment.
  3. Foot Stool ideally with storage – Imagine that you have to nurse every two to three hours in average. Who would not like a bit of comfort whilst doing it and what better way to do it than with your feet up.
  4. Comfortable chair for nursing and bonus points if it looks great – I have been looking for a nice feature chair that I could use as a nursing chair for a long time. We all have different tastes but I tend to find the actual nursing chairs not that great. So why not to go for a lovely design and comfortable chair and it is another excuse how to bring a lovely piece to your family home.
  5. Dining table and ideally extendable – With a new arrival you will probably have to shift your life a bit. It can mean that you will host dinners instead of going out or you have visitors and family over for lunch. So a lovely dining table where you can fit few people is a key for me. And if it is extendable you do not need to worry if you have have few more guests.

Whatever your priorities are we all want to make sure we make family life happy, comfortable and easy. So make sure that your next home purchase is the right one for you.

Pamatuju si, ze kdyz jsem byla tehotna, ze cim vice se blizil termin porodu tak tim vice jsem stresovala ohledne naseho bytu. Manzel si vzdy chce delat vse sam a dopada to tak, ze ziju permanentne v prachu a obklopena naradim ( a to si nedelam srandu). A o to vic jsem snila o tom, ze privedu Liama domu do krasneho, utulneho cisteho bytu. Chtela jsem vse menit a upravovat. S uklidem mi pomohla maminka, ale doted si preju si poridit par novych kousku domu, ktere by se mi hodily vice nez drive. A ono je to vlastne i normalni ukaz u zen v ocekavani tzv. Nesting, ze maji potrebu upravovat svuj dum, uklizet, vylepsovat apod. 

Nektere veci jsem si jiz splnila a nektere jsou stale na mem wish listu. Clovek si az pozdeji uvedomi, ze zivot se mu trosku zmeni. Neni to nic strasneho, ale jsou to veci jako potreba vice ulozneho prostoru, chcete pohodli a zaroven i hezke veci, protoze doma travite s ditetem jako matka vice casu. Neni nad to si poridit hezke a prakticke veci a ktere kousky jsou teda podle mne dobre? Vetsina z toho vychazi hlavne z faktu, ze ziju v mensim byte, ktery ma dve loznice, obyvaci pokoj a kuchyn, takze o nakupuju nabytku musim premyslet dvounasob. 

  1. Dobra a hezka postel idealne s uloznym prostorem. Prvnich par dni jsem stravila v posteli. Za prve po porodu vas vse boli, zvykate si a take hodne kojite a tak je skvele mit hezkou a pohodlnou postel a kdyz ma ulozny prostor tak je to nejlepsi varianta. 
  2. Rozkladaci denni postel tzv. day bed idealne s uloznym prostorem. To byla jedna z veci, kterou jsem poridila do vedlejsiho pokoje jeste pred narozenim Liama. Za prve ji muzu pouzivat ja az si bude zvykat na svuj pokojik, nebo tam muzeme spat i ted (kdyz se potrebuje manzel vyspat) a v neposledni rade slouzi jako postel pro hosty. Vybrala jsem rozkladaci s uloznym prostorem a pocitam s tim, ze v budoucnu muze slouzit i jako postel pro deti. 
  3. Stolicka/Lenoska pod nohy – V prumeru vas ceka kojeni kazde dve az tri hodiny a proc si u toho neudelat pohodli. Ja uz svou mam a ta ma ulozny prostor, ale pokud doma zadnou nemate, urcite je to dobra investice. 
  4. Hezke a pohodlne kreslo na kojeni – Tohle jsem hledala pekne dlouho a konecne nasla. Opravdova kojici kresla se mi designove nelibi a tak jsem chtela takove, ktere bude pohodlne a hezke a bude hezky zapadat do naseho interieru. 
  5. Velky jidelni stul idealne rozkladaci – S prichodem miminka se mozna zmeni i vas spolecensky zivot a je skvele napriklad poradat vecere u vas. Muzete pozvat pratele uz kdyz je miminko male. A take musite pocitat s tim, ze vas ceka hodne navstev, alespon z pocatku. 

At uz mate priority stejne ci odlisne, je treba o investicich do vaseho domova hodne premyslet, aby vam nove veci proste vyhovovaly. 

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My first 3 months with baby Liam

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This post is another quick turn from fashion world to my baby. It is 4 am and I just finished feeding and was like ok why not to use this time to write. Liam had his second round of vaccination yesterday and he just does not react that well. I spent the whole afternoon trying to calm him down, sooth him and make him as comfortable as I can. And as I stayed in I missed another event where he was mean to go with me and do you know what. I don’t mind. I did not understand when people used to say that their baby is everything but I do now.

Liam is three months and I can hardly believe it. When he was born and I was going through baby blues I remember how much I wanted him to be bigger and things easier and I am looking at him and thinking stop growing I want to enjoy you whilst you so small.

In the past I would never believe I would feel like that. I had zero maternity instincts but now I feel every day the love is bigger, stronger and love that is one of a kind. I also turned to one of those people who says to the husband several times a day how amazing, clever and beautiful her baby is. I am just enjoying being a mum now. Thanks to my husband I get to do my blog, can pop out to shoot, can go to hairdresser or gym. Ok, I cannot do it whenever or as often as I would like but it is still great.

One of my fears at the start was that I would not be able to do things. I still haven’t been out out as most of the time my husband would baby sit is actually “work” stuff but luckily I enjoy it very much. And the blog is better and better which is a paradox right? I should be struggling and have no time but that is not the case. And I have some great collaborations lined up. Practically I am not maternity leave as I have never stopped working. Maybe for a week but my social media were still updated and articles published as I wrote some in advance before I gave birth.

All this does not mean he does not cry yes he does. He suffers mainly  cos of winds or when he is tired and wants to sleep. That happened to me the other day on a train during the worst rush hour when I was heading to meet Tom Ford PR. Firstly, I could barely got on the train and then when I did on the next stop the pram was surrounded by people literally leaning on it. You could not move an inch and then he started. He was dying to get some movement. Screaming that he was so red and people probably hated me. Oh well, what could I do. I had to be somewhere too.

However, I think the nice moments beat moments like this big time. I love our morning cuddles, when he smiles or just love watching him sleep. Well, I am going to be that annoying mum and say Liam is just amazing.

Tohle bude po delsi dobe dalsi post u ktereho si odskocim od mody ke svemu diteti. Jsou ctyri rano a ja jsem prave dokojila a rekla jsem, ze vyuziju klidu na psani. Vcera mel Liam dalsi kolo vakcin a chudacek na to hrozne blbe reaguje. Zazila jsem si hodinu kriku jenom tak a nic ho neutisilo, coz u nej neznam. Je hodne miminko. No ale je to za nama a odpoledne kdy se ho clovek pomalu nemuze ani chytnout je uz minulosti. Diky tomu jsem dosla o dalsi akci, kde mel se mnou jit a vite co. Nakonec mi to vubec nevadi. Dneska uz chapu, ze deti jsou proste to nej a je mi to fuk. A navic jsem konecne docetla knizku Matky Matkam, kterou napsaly holky ze Sexy Mamas a moje kamaradky. Je to prvni knizka o materstvi, kterou jsem cetla, protoze jsem se proste rozhodla, ze proste takove knihy cist nebudu. A vite co knizka je to super (nejen protoze je tam nekolik zminek o mne…LOL). 

Liam ma uz tri mesice a nemuzu tomu ani verit. Utika to jako voda. Kdyz se narodil a prochazela jsem si pocatecni depkou, hrozne jsem chtela, aby uz byl vetsi a veci jednodussi, ale dneska na nej koukam a rikam mu, at uz neroste, ze si chci uzivat toho jak je krasny a malicky. No a to je dalsi vec. Stala se ze me matka, ktera rika tisickrat denne, jak je jeji dite krasne, chytre a nejlepsi. Uff, ja si proste nemuzu pomoct.

A uplne si to s nim uzivam. Ano vstavam v noci na krmeni, nemuzu si odejit kdy chci a kam chci, ale s trochou planovani zvladam vse jen v mensi mire. Mam stale cas na blog a to je pro me dulezite a paradoxne se blog rozjel jako nikdy. Nestiham odpovidat na emaily tak rychle jak bych chtela a cekaji me spoluprace se super firmama. Kdyz vse dobre naplanuju tak stiham fotit, psat, kadernika, fitko a to je co ja potrebuju. Vetsina volna, kterou jsem si u manzela vybrala (na hlidani) je vlastne na praci a pracovni akce. Nebyla jsem jeste vecer za zabavou. Jedna se vetsinou o foceni, schuzky apod. Nedavno jsem moderovala svou prvni akci, ktera koncila asi v deset vecer a domu jsem se dostala po jedenacte. To je asi nejdyl, co jsem byla pryc. Ale mam to stesti, ze tuto praci zkratka miluju. Ja vlastne nejsem ani na materske. Volno jako takove jsem mela mozna tyden a to i tak jsem publikovala alespon na socialnich medii.

Ale tohle vse neznamena, ze nemam momenty, kdy bych se nejradsi zahrabala pod zem. Pred par dny jsem s nim jela na ranni schuzku s Tom Ford PR a chytla jsem bohuzel v metru dopravni spicku. Liamovi se chtelo spat a nejak mu to neslo, chtel pohyb v kocarku. A na dalsi zastavce nastoupilo tolik lidi, ze uplne obklopilo kocar (se divim, ze se tim natlakem kocar nerozletel) a maly spustil. Byl cely rudy a nemohla jsem nic delat. Nemohla jsem ho vytahnout nebo s nim jezdit alespon na kousku. Byly to ty nejdelsi ctyri zastavky na svete. A Liam jel jako by ho rezali. Bohuzel i takove situace obcas nastanou. No a pak celou moji schuzku prospal a kdyz se vzbudil tak se na nas smal. Typicke ze? 

Kazdopadne si ted rikam, ze to je jedno, protoze ty krasne momenty jako mazleni, usmevy a nase rana tyhle silene momenty proste predci. 

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Liam’s Sleeping Routine with Cocoonababy

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Thinking about my first night at home with Liam and it is not the best memory. I remember how tired I was after birth and because my milk did not come that time  and the poor baby screamed of hunger. I was so terrified that it will be like that every day. Well, lot of things have changed since.

The routine got better and easier. Of course I still have to feed at night and Liam wakes up because of his sore tummy but in general we are very blessed. I though regret one thing. I should have got this wonderful product much sooner. My friend Christina told me about it when I was expecting but at the time I did not pay much attention. I was hoping that my baby will be one of those that will sleep like an angel for hours (how naive I was back then). And plus with all the things we had to buy I saw this as an extra cost. However, Cocoonababy is worth every penny. It is worth to buy it no matter how much expenses you already have as nobody gives you that extra hour or two of sleep.

Cocoonababy is something I started to look into when Liam was waking up at night because of winds. We know lot of babies suffer however he was up so many times a night and I heard stories from people around me how their babies sleep 5-6 hours straight. Oh, what a dream!

It is design in a way to help the baby transition from womb to this world. Thanks to the curved posture and ergonomic design it reminds them being in the womb and gives them security and comfort. And it helps a lot when babies have bad reflux. I really wish I had this from the start but still in general things have improved. We have now more nights when Liam sleeps 5-6 hours straight and he is 2 months and those hours are such a blessing.

I am so happy we are using this now as it really improved the whole routine and I sleep longer and better. I am happily joining all those people that gave this product positive reviews and want to tell you that there is no need to see this as an extra expense. Nobody will give you extra sleep so this really is worth it.

Kdyz tak vzpominam na prvni noc doma, kdyz jsem prisla z porodnice tak to nejsou moc prijemne vzpominky. V Britanii jdete na druhy den po porodu domu a nikdo mi nic moc nerekl. Prvni noc byla krusna, nenastoupilo mi jeste mleko a Liam kricel hlady celou noc. Byla jsem jeste tak vycerpana po porodu, ze jsem se desila po teto noci vubec vstoupit do loznice. Prislo mi, ze se loznice zmenila v mucirnu. Nastesti se od te doby hodne zmenilo.

Jedne veci ale opravdu lituju a to ze jsem si neporidila Cocoonababy hned od zacatku. Moje kamaradka Christina o tom skladala basne, ale uz tak ma clovek tolik vydaju, kdyz ceka miminko a tak jsem to vydela jako dalsi utracene penize. A to byla chyba, protoze je to uzasny produkt. A dobry spanek navic vam jako nove mamince nikdo neda. Liam spi docela dobre, ale budil se mozna vice nez jsem slysela od druhych maminek a hlavne ho trapily prdiky. A tak jsem zacala vyhledavat na internetu, co by nam mohlo v noci pomoci, abych taky mohla jednou rict, ze nas prcek spal pet ci sest hodin v kuse. A recenze na tento produkt byly jenom pozitivni. 

Je to opravdu skoda, ze jsem to nepouzivala od zacatku. Design je zkratka udelany tak, ze miminku pripomina pozici v deloze a navic pomaha miminkum, ktery maji spatny reflux. Liam ma ted dva a pul mesice a Cocoonababy pouzivam asi dva tydny a od te doby mam mnohem vice tech noci, kdy spi az 6 hodin v kuse a opravdu se budi mene. Dokonce se budi mene i na jidlo. Prijde mi, ze se vzdy zklidni kdyz ho do Coocoonaby polozim. 

Opravdu dobry spanek vam nikdy nezaplati a proto se nebojte trosku investovat, protoze u nas Cocoonababy skutecne zabral.

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My breastfeeding story

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Have you heard stories that breastfeeding is hard (at least at the start?). Well, I have and I can add now another story to all those out there. Nobody prepared me for this. You hear that it hurts at the start and it can be very exhausting to be a “milk factory” every three hours (as it may also be every one hour right). However nobody out there tells you everything and mainly say that everybody is different.

Well, I learnt the most in my NCT class however our breastfeeding class was interesting one on its own. The teacher was one of those who claimed everybody can breastfeed and there is no way that there are women that do not start to produce milk. I already knew back then that was rubbish as I was not breastfed from those reasons. She also said that you can eat whatever you want without having an impact on your baby and their behaviour. Now, I had to learn the hard way that it is rubbish piece of information after I ate too much cheese one day.

I cannot even describe how stressful were the first few days. I was pulled to different directions by my friends, family, internet and all. And everybody was saying different things that “will definitely work”. I had quite major baby blues and so much confusing information coming at me from all possible angles. Breastfeeding was all I talked about. I tried so many things from hot towels, hot showers, nursing teas, massaging, stimulation with breast pump, feeding less, feeding too often and it was bloody hard. It was painful, time consuming and frustrating. I wish I could sit here and say (like some women out there) how beautiful breastfeeding is and how they felt the bond with the baby. As I did not. And I do not think it makes me a bad mother. Actually, I am proud of myself that although I struggled so much I lasted and I did it and I am still doing it. It makes me a brilliant mother as I kept going although I wanted to stop every second and was tempted to go straight on formula full time.

I remember how tired I was with all the work, new baby and feeding. Even if I knew breastfeeding was not my favourite thing I sat there and after each feed I tried to stimulate the production by using a breast pump. That was one thing that at least made it easier because I cannot imagine to all this I would have to do this manually. I chose an electric pump that is widely used at hospitals here in UK and has got best reviews ever. Medela swing pump was the pump of my choice and I can just add another positive review to all those out there. It is very easy to use and will save you lot of time and stress. The buttons set up is pretty self explanatory and it really is simple to use it. You have got bottle that comes with it and also a strap that makes your expressing sessions more comfortable.

I knew full time feeding with formula would suit my lifestyle so much more. I am the type of person that is not designed to sit at home. I am running this blog, go to events, meetings with PR and I have so many other activities and social life so I need people to be able to mind my baby and if you breastfeed you are pretty much chained to your little ones. And again that does not make me cruel. You need to adapt things to your lifestyle and needs. And even after this I kept going. I was drinking my teas, using the pump, massaging and everything possible to make it happen.

Another thing was breastfeeding in public. I am not a huge fan to be honest however I got now to the point where I fed Liam on a bus, on a platform, in Starbucks, different restaurants, Tate gallery and everywhere possible. I still have got issue to feed in certain places that seem less breastfeeding friendly but it got so much better.

My point is that lot of women do not say things openly and they should. I am not ashamed to say I really had to work hard to get to this point and I am still not loving breastfeeding. There is so much pressure on women to make this work but nobody should feel like this. There are also lot of judgmental people out there including some of my friends. My message to them would be you do what you feel is right and I do what feels right for me. Everything you do should make you happy as you know what they say happy mummy means happy baby.

Uz jste asi slyseli pribehy o tom, ze kojeni je pekne narocne (alespon na zacatku). Ja se k temto pribehum s radosti pridam a podelim se o vlastni zkusenost. A budu asi pekne uprimna, protoze nedokazu tady presentovat neco co vlastne neni. Nikdo me totiz nepripravil na kojeni, tak jak jsem si myslela a ano ty informace, ktere nam vsichni davaji jako ze kojeni ze zacatku boli a take je velmi vycerpavajici jsou pravdive. Proste vase telo je “mlekarna” kazde tri hodiny (a vlastne kdyby ty tri).

Nejvice jsem se o kojeni asi naucila v nasich NCT hodinach, coz je kurz, ktery je organizovany tady v Britanii pro budouci rodice, kde se ucite o porodu, jak se starat o miminko a jak kojit. Nebudu vam lhat. Nase lektorka na kojeni byla trosku jako prisna ucitelka s pravitkem a presne ten typ, ktery tvrdi, ze kazdy muze kojit a ze muzete jist uplne vse aniz by to melo dopad na dite a jeho chovani. Oboji je bohuzel jedna pekna lez. Za prve ja jsem nikdy kojena nebyla, protoze moji mamce nikdy mleko nenastoupilo a za druhe jsem se bohuzel musela jednoho dne pekne zakusit, kdyz maly plakal, protoze jsem den pred tim snedla hodne syru.

Nejak ani nedokazu popsat prvnich par dnu a zacatky, protoze to bylo silene. Opravdu nic pro me a to, ze vam to sdelim uprimne neznamena, ze jsem spatna matka, ale kojeni neni vubec muj salek caje. Rada bych tady sedela a napsala, ze jsem citila spojeni s miminkem a jak krasny pocit to je, ale to bych vam lhala. Na zacatku jsem prozivala docela silne “baby blues” a do toho se snazila, aby mi nastoupilo mleko. Ze vsech stran se valily jine informace a ja masirovala, davala teple obklady, pila kojici caje, kojila casto a pak zase kazde tri hodiny, mazala bolava prsa, sprchovala teplou vodou a hlavne jsem nedokazala mluvit o nicem jinem. A prave proto si myslim, ze jsem dobra matka. Dokazala jsem se pres tento sileny zacatek prenest a vydrzela to a kojim doposud. 

Jako odsavacku jsem si vybrala tuhle Medela Swing, protoze jsem slysela, ze je nejlepsi. V Britanii je to odsavacka, ktera se ve velkem pouziva v nemocnicich a vubec ma nejlepsi recenze. Ja k tomu muzu dodat, ze jsem ji opravdu pouzila jenom zpocatku na stimulaci, aby mi nastoupilo mleko. Po kojeni jsem ji pouzila na dalsich 10-15 minut. A uz to samo bylo narocne. Kazdopadne je hrozne jednoducha na pouzivani, takze pokud chcete usetrit trochu prace a nechcete pouzivat tu manualni, jdete do Medely. Nedovedu si predstavit, ze do toho vseho bych se tady jeste trapila s manualni odsavackou na mleko. 

Bohuzel clovek je obklopeny lidma, kteri neustale soudi. Soudi vas sestry, lekari, kamaradi a vsichni. Pritom kazdy by si mel delat co chce. Ano kojeni je dobre pro dite, ale k cemu to je, kdyz to matku frustruje a pak stres prenasi na dite. Ja stale kojim, ale na zacatku jsem kazdy den chtela nasadit umelou vyzivu. A pro ty co kojily mesice ci roky tohle bude znit asi divne, ale ja jsem pysna, ze jsem to vydrzela doposud. Nejsem ten clovek, ktery citil pri kojeni nejake spojeni s miminkem a byla to opravdu drina a presto jsem to vydrzela. 

Dalsi veci se kterou bojuji (ted uz snad mene) je kojeni na verejnosti. To je jeden z duvodu, kdy vim, ze umela vyziva by pro me byla jednodussi. Muj zivotni styl je uspechany a diky blogu vlastne nejsem ani na materske. Mam porad spoustu prace, schuzek, akci a fakt, ze jsem pripoutana k miminku to jenom stezuje. Jsem porad v terenu. A tak ho beru sebou kam se da. Kojeni na verejnosti mi ale neni dvakrat prijemne. Pomalu se to zlepsuje a uz jsem krmila na zastavce, v autobuse, v galerii Tate modern, Starbucksu, restauracich a vsude mozne. 

V Londyne jsou ale stale mista, kde mam pocit, ze kojeni neni moc vitane a nebo pro me nejsou ani moc pohodlna. Ale snad prekonam i to a nakonec mi to nebude vadit. 

Moje rada vsem budoucim maminkam je takova, ze nemusi delat neco, co nechteji. Nikoho neposlouchete a ridte se vlastnim instinktem. Ono je to na zacatku tezke, protoze vam vsichni a take hormony opravdu zatemni mozek, ale udelejte to. Spokojena maminka totiz znamena spokojene miminko. 

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