Using my maternity leave wisely

Maternity Leave however long you have off, is pretty much spent up by feeding, changing, comforting or running after the baby. But very occasionally you may get some time to yourself and try not to waste it. I plan ahead and will do one of several things.

Have a pamper

I absolutely love a facemask and painting my nails but this is definitely a once every so often thing nowadays. Whenever I know I have some free time or if Freya is unexpectedly still asleep, I treat myself to a quick pamper to perk myself up a little from the day-to-day routine.

Blog

This might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I’ve been writing my blog for 3 years now and it’s definitely flown. I love writing up my thoughts or sharing products with you that I’ve tried out and this is something I continue to do even with a 10 week old baby. It’s hard sometimes but very rewarding and I’ve had some amazing experiences from it.

Play Online Games

I’ve spoken before about online gaming and betting and recently I discovered Boomtown Bingo. It’s important to know your limits with anything like this and set yourself a maximum spend if you are going to take part in online slots or games. If this is your cup of tea then it’s a nice relaxing pastime as long as you don’t get overly obsessed.

Read

I absolutely love reading and started reading more as soon as my maternity leave started. Freya decided to arrive 2 weeks early so I didn’t get as much done as I would have liked but I’m determined to get back into it after Christmas.

Exercise

I have a huge love/hate relationship with this one. I always thought that a few weeks after giving birth, I’d be able to get back into my skinny jeans again. The reality is that I still don’t fit them, and probably won’t again. My hips are wider and my stomach is still a little wobbly but every day, I try to walk at least 10’000-12’500 steps and do some toning exercises as well. I feel healthier and hopefully after Christmas, will see results.

These are just a few of my maternity leave ideas so if you manage to get some quiet time, then take full advantage.

Laura x

*This has been a collaborative post*

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Motivating yourself after having a baby

Having a baby is a complete shock to the system. Not only are you sleep deprived and struggling to get both baby and yourself ready before 12pm each day, but your body has gone through one hell of a ride.

I think before having Freya, I had it in my head that it would be straight forward and I would slip back into my pre-pregnancy jeans within a matter of weeks. The reality is that almost 9 weeks postpartum, I am still not quite squeezing back into my jeans. A couple of weeks ago, I found this really hard to digest and was pretty frustrated that I hadn’t just lost the last of my baby weight. The truth is getting motivated is quite hard with a new baby and planning time to work out is easier said than done.

I’ve finally got my mojo back and have a deadline to work towards now that I feel is giving me a much-needed kick up the butt. I’ve definitely been complacent and just thought the weight would drop off easily if I give it a little longer, but without doing some toning exercises at least, I won’t see a difference. Bob gave me his Fitbit to monitor my daily activity so I’ve been aiming to do 10’000 steps a day and at least 40 minutes of activity. In the last week I’ve managed to smash my targets every day and can start to feel my muscles aching a little which is a wonderful feeling after so long of not doing much physical activity at all.

I got this amazing outfit from lovethesales.com for a family wedding we are attending in February so the countdown is on now to lose an inch on my waist to fit the skirt comfortably as I won’t lie, it’s on the snug side right now.

My plan is to up my steps target to 12’500 a day, at least 40 minutes of HIIT style activity to tone and increase my cardio and continue to eat/snack healthily. I now have my amazing Origins Bike to start using which should help with cardio and I’ve asked for a Nutribullet for Christmas to help make nutritional smoothies/shakes which should stop me skipping lunch which is something I am guilty of doing when running about like a mad woman.

I’ll be sharing my journey on my Instagram page so please give me a follow if you’d like to see my postpartum progress first hand.

Laura x

*post contains PR samples*
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Life with a Newborn

It’s taken a while to actually write this post up and unsurprisingly it’s all in the title of this post.

Life with a newborn baby is like nothing you can ever imagine. Even when you’re pregnant, I don’t think the reality of what it will be like with a baby is ever in your mind. So here’s the lowdown on our life with a newborn up to now as we mark her 8th week in the world.

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