A What if bag?

After my baby was taken into Hospital last week with Bronchiolitis, He and I spent several hours waiting before being admitted to a ward, After it got me thinking that as parents we should have a bag ready to go and packed with a few essential items should we suddenly need to stay away, be it at a Hospital at a relatives or even getting stuck at work when the roads are un safe to drive due to snow ( this has also happened to me )

So in the just in case bag I have now packed

Clothing – Something warm ( big cardigan ) believe it or not the Hospital was freezing as under a air conditioning vent . I’ve also put a pair of leggings and a T-shirt just to freshen up.

Jumper

Clean Knickers, Socks, Bra,Slippers plus a nightie or pjyama’s- Simple but so necessary

Socks

A vanity bag – Mini Shampoo, Conditioner, Showergel, Tooth brush and Toothpaste plus deodorant,sanitary products, face wipes and moisturizer. (Pretty much the bare minimum to feel vaguely clean, I have major OCD and have to shower every morning without fail and wash my hair ) annoyingly I cannot break this habit.

Vanity case sample size toiletries

Spare change and a snack  ( although a bit tricky because it could go off )

Mobile phone charger or charge pack. I’ve seen these for really reasonable prices recently.

This is just for the main parent/ carer, Then I would tell someone where it is in case you need it. ( To my Husband it is the black bag on top of my wardrobe )

Do you have a bag like this packed? Would love to hear what you pack?

Xx

Maternity Leave

For me a few months after the initial birth, recovery, sleep deprivation  starts to lift I find myself wondering what I will do when my maternity leave is up, whilst I am not wishing the time away quite the opposite in fact, It does make me think am I doing what’s best for my children and our family. How will we cope with x3 drop off’s and pick up’s in different places? for example.

Questions like should I not return to work, instead of paying extortionate amounts of money in childcare or should I find a more local job closer to home? These are all thoughts currently going round in my head. That I need to make sense of,  Financially I still need to work and I love the satisfaction and sense of pride that comes with my job that I am currently on maternity leave from.

I know that I will definitely not being having any more children ( 3 for us is a great number and slightly scary! ) And the last pregnancy was truly difficult, with gestational diabetes ( insulin controlled ) Horrendous morning sickness and several other issues without wanting to bore anyone reading this!

I’m hoping that as time passes I’ll feel more comfortable with what my future holds work wise and so aware that they are only little for the tiniest amount of time so want to make the most of it whilst still bringing in an income.  I know this is known as ‘Mum guilt’  and it really is.

At the end of my last maternity leave with my second daughter I volunteered on the maternity ward where I would end up having all of my children, It was a great experience. I was able to help support new mothers with nappy changes, making up bottles, attending to call bells and just general company if they were alone. Towards the end of the 3 months I was trusted to do several tasks which I really enjoyed and getting to know patients who had been in a little longer. This is a field I’m really passionate about since becoming a Mother and wonder if this is somewhere my future lies. The other question for me is juggling what would be shift work with my husbands day and occasional evening work.  Sadly I had to give up the volunteering after 3 months because it was tricky juggling it with going back to work and my husbands work.

At this point, three months post the birth of my third baby, I am just going to enjoy him and my girls.

Coping with Gestational Diabetes

Insulin

Gestational diabetes was something I’d heard of but didn’t know much about. I was diagnosed at around 32 weeks in my second pregnancy in 2015 and initially found it tricky monitoring my blood sugar I didn’t need to go onto insulin until the last couple of weeks but seemed to be ok on the metformin tablets they gave.

Third time round I had an early glucose tolerance test ( which involves having a blood test, drinking a high sugar drink then another blood test  to see how your body tolerates sugar ) at 14 weeks pregnant which came back as normal then another at 24 weeks which frustratingly didn’t. I was then referred to the diabetic team at the Hospital who have pretty much handled my care since.

Initially my diabetes was diet controlled then a couple of weeks later my glucose levels started to creep up, then it was decided I’d try metformin just one a day but had an awful reaction to it in the form of agonising pains and an upset stomach.

So at that point it was decided to start insulin which I’ve had the levels gradually increased thereafter.

Insulin injections take a little getting used to but the needle is fine so doesn’t hurt just a sharp scratch as long as you remember to rotate the injection point and use a fresh needle each time.

Also it’s remembering to monitor blood sugar for me four times a day plus the 4 insulin injections which are done either at the top of the thigh or lower stomach.

The only benefit I guess is more scans at least every month, more frequent checks of my pregnancy levels and getting to listen to the heart beat, I am extremely luckily as feel my antenatal care has been excellent and now feeling more positive than I did when I initially found out I had the gestational diabetes.