ZENNITH's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ZENNITH ZENNITH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Chocolate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444925 So far I have lost 11.25lbs from my highest weight. I am very pleased and it is still coming off nicely while I eat 1750 calories a day, a pretty good amount considering my bmi is 23.4. The foods I have eaten are pretty good and I have kept my protein intake quite high because it stops me feeling good hungry as much. But everyday I have a small piece of chocolate and over Xmas I have allowed quite a bit more of favourite treat food in to my allowance and still lost weight. I have a blood sug... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 06:51:32 EST Husbands comments ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6439258 The weight is beginning to come off now i have stopped breastfeeding. I'm really pleased to feel like I'm getting back to my old self so I jokingly asked my husband "will you fancy me more when I've lost weight? " I expected a joking yes, but I got a very serious yes along with an explanation 😕 it's left me feeling a bit odd. Bizarrely since I had my first daughter 5 years ago I have had a much better relationship with my body, I have never been overweight according to bmi but I always stru... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:30:37 EST Getting "me" back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6436302 For the last 24 months I've either been breastfeeding or pregnant and both gave me an uncontrollable appetite (not an excuse just an observation 😂) last week I dropped the last breastfeed and it's gone as smooth as I could hope, my daughter has adjusted well too. I have fed for 15 months so including pregnancy that's 24 months of my body being for someone else. I'm glad to have it back but I need to polish it up a bit now. I started back to martial arts about a month ago but only once a wee... Fri, 1 Dec 2017 01:58:59 EST Little by little http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315236 So I didn't do quite what I had planned over the last week but I did make some major progress. 1: I'm 3lbs down 2: I ran twice with the stroller and once on my own at least 30 mins each time 3: I did 2 core strength training sessions, only 10 mins but need to ease into this part 4: I avoided dairy and found this helped enormously with cravings All in all a very good week and I'm optimistic that I can keep making progress now I've taken the first steps. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 05:18:44 EST Progress is progressing no matter how slow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311853 I am quite proud of myself today, despite challenge after challenge, I still managed a (very) small amount of excercise but that means I am getting back into the habit. I tracked my food up until late afternoon, I had cake at that point and that's OK. I did realise that I need to put more effort into planning my meals for the next day. I do enjoy my evening meal and since my second daughter was born 6 months ago I am lucky to get an evening meal let alone a well planned tasty meal. I am also ... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 15:59:31 EST Time to shed the baby weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307345 My littlest one is nearly 6 month's and I'm getting more chance to do a few things for myself. I am breastfeeding so things were pretty intense at first and I appear to have a very hungry baby. I managed a few runs but last week brought sniffles to our house and I never run with a cold because it always seems to make it ten times worse. That and we drove 4 hours and stayed a couple of nights to see my newborn nephew ☺ the place we stayed was quite nice but it was right on a main road with no ... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 15:43:45 EST A Healthy Pregnancy?... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058611 I'm currently 9 weeks pregnant, I've been meaning to start blogging again for a while but it's difficult from my phone. Santa was good to me and I've got a lovely new laptop so I've decided to put it to good use by blogging again. I know sparkpeople has a sister site, babyfit but I prefer to stick with what I know and today I have decided to track my food for a while to be sure this little bean is getting some good nutrition. All of my favorites are saved here on Spark so moving to babyfit fo... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 05:54:25 EST mixing it up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880895 So I have lost 2lbs without tracking and I've maintained that loss over winter, a big achievement for me with the winter blues hitting harder each year. But now I'm ready to lose and to kick start things I'm tracking for a while. Things have changed a lot and I now work three days a week and I'm hoping that tracking will help me find my new rhythm. I tracked for part of the days yesterday and Saturday and today in aiming for 100% tracking. It's not seeming like the pain in the rear that it us... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 03:16:51 EST Going Against the Grain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854433 I haven't blogged nearly often enough for a long while now. I'd really like to blog more but I have so little time to do anything at the moment so I make sure I login to Spark on my phone and track my exercises, water and fruit & veg. I haven't tracked my food for 6 months and I have steadily lost 18 lb. I made the decision to avoid tracking on the grounds that I don't want to be logging my food intake for the rest of my life on Spark. I want to be active on Spark for as long as Spark is her... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:35:29 EST I really need to eat that much?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725467 I've been tracking my food on and off for a while again now, but a pattern has emerged. Monday and Tuesday I stay within a good range (or what I thought was good) Wednesday I do a good impression of Pacman in my kitchen. Seriously I am ravenous. At first I was kicking myself for binging, but slowly it dawned on me that I do a significant amount of exercise on Monday and Tuesday and maybe I needed to eat a little bit more. Well, I was right and wrong! After tracking my exercise for a week I re... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:59:29 EST Triggers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661381 I exercise quite a lot and after a horrible dull winter (I think I have SAD but that's another story) a lot of colds and illnesses I am back to exercising a reasonable amount for me. I still have a way to go to get back up to my previous level of activity but last week I managed four Pilates sessions at home, one yoga (15 mins but it's an achievement for me to take on something slow paced!) three runs and three martial arts classes. The runs are still short and slower than I am happy with but... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 03:46:55 EST Maing Time For Me Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636688 It's been ages since I last blogged. Family time has taken a priority and I've neglected a few tings so it's time to sort it all out. I'm making a few changes, some gradual, some I'm just going for it. Here's why. <BR> A couple of weeks ago I was at a martial arts sparring seminar and we finished off a hard training session by doing as many squats as we could in three minutes. One person sat on the floor to count while he other sis the squats and then we swapped. I went second and my partner ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 08:25:37 EST I had it all backwards! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381084 I had a penny drop moment in my martial arts training on Sunday, it's only now I'm realizing how big it actually was. I've been forgetting things in class a lot, thing I have done since I was white belt. I realized it is my concentration that is my problem not my memory and had worked on that outside class. Then on Sunday I suddenly realized I have it all backwards, I was trying to clear my mind so I could concentrate but I needed to concentrate on something to clear my mind. I punched and ki... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 06:36:41 EST Where do I start? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371101 I have been absent from Spark for far too long. I miss my spark friends and I apologize to you all for my not even popping in to read blogs. Here's what has happened since I was properly active on Spark. <BR> <BR> Around November a few things happened, I no longer qualified for a benefit which was helping us keep our heads above the water financially speaking (they called us high earners, I really don't know how, but won't rant because I can't change it anyway) I'm a hard worker and I've al... Wed, 29 May 2013 05:58:15 EST My emotional Journey over the last few years http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293253 Just as a background to all of this, before I met Matt I was living with another bloke, he was a selfish person and spent all his time in a separate room playing Xbox or guitar. Even though we lived together for four years I would say only the first year was a reasonably happy one. During the last three years my relationship with food changed and I began to struggle with binging and laxatives or over exercising. <BR> <BR> Fast forwarding to when I eventually plucked up the courage to leave h... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 06:13:50 EST Spring is on its way :-D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290686 I have really struggled over the winter months, I've felt low and food has not been a priority for me. I tried to track or find some way out but I always fell back. I know I can do this and summer is going to help me. I love fresh salad, veg and fruits and I love to grow them in the garden. Last year gardening was out of the question with a newborn to take care of. <BR> <BR> Amelia's first birthday is in a few weeks and I am working hard on getting the garden ready for her to play in. Her A... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 07:34:06 EST Chocolate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5265566 I can handle my diet without tracking and maintain a good weight but after realizing that one little bite led to another until I eat way too much I have realized eating chocolate is a major problem for me. Numerous times I have said I can just have a little bit and during that period I have felt great and looked my best but it always ends the same way. Smoking came up as a topic of conversation the other day and I realized that I have many of those addictive behaviors where chocolate is conce... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 06:37:22 EST The good the bad and the ugly... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244781 The Good: <BR> <BR> I am waiting delivery of my jogging stroller, I managed to get it for £100 ($140 aprox) I just hope it's good enough quality. I think Amelia will love it because she loves it when I zoom the pram around, I usually gets lots of giggles too. <BR> <BR> Amelia had her first baby swimming lesson last week and she loved it, she was smiling the whole time (she's not a giggly baby, giggles usually take a lot of work!) she kept clapping when the instructor clapped to say well don... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 08:19:33 EST Stopping Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189761 I have blogged before about wanting to eat well without tracking and I have just had an epiphany. I know what I need to do before I stop tracking :-D I have to improve my relationship with chocolate and indulgent foods to the point where I can keep this relationship the same when I am feeling down. Things have definitely improved in this area but I can see now that they need more work before I make an attempt at not tracking again. <BR> <BR> All I can do for now is allow this thought to mul... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 09:57:03 EST Confessions of a Comfort Eater http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5187481 So the last couple of months have for various reasons left me really feeling down. I have always had periods in my life where I feel down, usually for around a couple of months, not at the same time of year or anything. They usually follow success or achievement and I guess I just feel the anti-climax more than most people. I have always been a big goal setter, that's why I Sparkpeople was love at first sight (or should I say site?) As I said, the last couple of months have been not so good, ... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 05:00:15 EST With the right attitude comes success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149094 Ok Success may be a bit too strong a word for it but sitting around feeling sorry for myself won't get me anywhere so I took action with my financial situation. I really needed to do this for my weight management too, I've been struggling on so many levels, motivation to eat good food has waned but an effort to keep the grocery bill lower has left me with the choice of slightly less healthy foods or foods higher in calories (I still buy basic ingredients so much of it is in my control) I'm fi... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 05:03:14 EST Tough Times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134934 It's been one thing after another lately and I haven't dealt with the stress well. I didn't track (on spark or in my brain) at all for over a week and quite frankly I just didn't care. I'm not using this blog to have a moan, just to clarify a few things in my head and work out a plan of action <BR> <BR> Firstly Matt has been behaving pretty odd, we've ended up bickering a little, that has NEVER happened in the 5 years we've been together. I have mentioned before about his obsession (I'm not ... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 09:09:52 EST Hurdles along the way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119842 A few weeks ago I started implementing some rules, the idea of which is to help me stay on track without using the nutrition tracker every day. I will always go back to tracking for a couple of days every now and then, just to prevent creep with portions etc. This week things have gone bad, I really think that there are a number of causes, but the main thing is too much too soon. I approached the whole thing knowing I can do it – and I still know that, but I know it’s not going to happen as q... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 06:07:28 EST Maintaining without tracking - First 3 steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113216 I have already posted a blog about maintaining without tracking where I had found two important steps for me before I move away from tracking. These are: <BR> *Avoid Sweet Treats 5 x per week (set as a goal on 'other goals' page) <BR> *Create and use a category called Allowances - foods I eat every day so I only have to track lunch, dinner and snacks <BR> <BR> Progress so far is good and I feel more ready to steer away from the food tracker. I will continue to use the fruit and veg tracker a... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 04:32:03 EST Half Marathon Race Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5101015 Last Sunday was the Cardiff Half Marathon, living in Wales means rain and lots of it but we had a beautiful sunny day for the race, however it was the coldest day of the year so far and the first time we've had to de-ice the car in the morning. Luckily I had plenty of layers and the only thing that caused me a problem was my cold hands, they really hurt when they get cold! <BR> <BR> My running partner missed the entry to the race, but a couple of weeks ago she managed to buy someone else's e... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 08:59:46 EST How to maintain without tracking: Step 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094898 Yes I know it's dangerous territory, but I know I can do it. I maintained my weight well before without tracking, maybe occasionally I would track to reign in a couple of extra pounds but that's it. I put some the weight on after I got hit off my push bike, I struggled with exercise for a while mainly because of depression, but I got out of that horrible place in my mind while I was pregnant so obviously I had to gain a bit more weight. Other than that my weight has always been pretty stable,... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 07:35:39 EST Nerves... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093518 The nerves are about a few things, firstly the half marathon on this Sunday. I know I can run it but I haven't had a good run in nearly two weeks. By good run I mean one of those where you feel like you can run forever and smile all the way! But my last run was unbelievably difficult, only 3.4 miles which normally takes me 31-32 minutes, yesterday I took my longest ever at 34 mins 49! On the plus side I kept going so I'm proud of myself for that, but if I have a day like that on Sunday I'm be... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 04:00:28 EST Maintenance Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086413 I'm not quite in maintenance yet but I'm not waiting til I get there only to find out I have no clue what my plan of action is! Ideally I'd like to taper off the weight loss and ease in to maintaining. I know most people scream when those last few lbs come off super slowly but that's what I actually want. I think I look good where I am, the last few lbs is to find out what weight I feel best at in terms of how I look and how my training goes. So This is a list of what I plan to do as I ease i... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 10:35:53 EST The Yin and the Yang... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5081728 So today I became the team leader for Runners Cafe, a small team but I'm hoping to get it a bit busier over time. I'm learning new things about Spark and how to run a team along with discovering things about myself. I love running and all things fitness so this is a great team for me to lead. I'm looking forward to seeing what I can do here! If you're interested in running then here's a link to the team, come and join us. <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/group<BR>s_individual.asp <BR>... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 08:14:08 EST Focusing on the positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5077948 My last blog really helped me get a few things off my mind and the supportive comments really helped me to take a step back and think things through - Thank you everyone for the comments. I've had a couple of good thing happens yesterday and today so I thought I will take from those and begin to focus on the positives and hopefully I will begin to see some real improvement in the feelings that have been rattling around in my head. <BR> <BR> So the first postive that came out of this was my r... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 04:49:20 EST Some help and Advice please? Feeling down. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5075260 So some other things happened on the day of the race and the lead up and it's only this morning that I am really thinking them through. <BR> <BR> First a bit of background information, a couple of years ago I was hit off my pushbike by a car, his speed was estimated at 40-50mph and my they thought my cheek bone and eye socket was broken and would need surgery. Thankfully it didn't. I also injured my neck hip, knee, wrist and elbow. I am in the process of claiming against the driver and my so... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 04:45:53 EST 10k Race Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072378 So yesterday was the 10k run in Swansea Bay (For those who know Wales) It's a lovely run, 5k out and 5k back across the seafront. Well it's usually a lovely run, the weather was awful, rain, wind and sea spray. The wind blew into my right ear for a few km and left me with a ear ache but at least I didn't lose my hat! <BR> <BR> Despite the weather I really enjoyed it, I would normally run in bad weather, it's always bad weather in Wales, We're known for it! I was really pleased to be able to ... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 04:58:51 EST Back from our weekend break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5067441 We had a lovely weekend in Devon, I didn't track and had a few days being more relaxed about food. I made sure I ate my 5 a day and I got early morning runs in both Saturday and Sunday, Monday i couldn't run because we had to check out by 10am, which was difficult enough without me holding things up running. <BR> <BR> Now if you don't know Devon (South West of England) it is famous for clotted cream with jam (jelly) on scones. Yes I had couple, but this is the first time since being pregnan... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 08:09:20 EST Back from our weekend break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5067439 We had a lovely weekend in Devon, I didn't track and had a few days being more relaxed about food. I made sure I ate my 5 a day and I got early morning runs in both Saturday and Sunday, Monday i couldn't run because we had to check out by 10am, which was difficult enough without me holding things up running. <BR> <BR> Now if you don't know Devon (South West of England) it is famous for clotted cream with jam (jelly) on scones. Yes I had couple, but this is the first time since being pregnan... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 08:07:22 EST A big decision... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5045874 So I made a big decision today, I am going to eat maintenance calories for a while. I have adjusted my exercise goals to 10 minutes a day even though I intend to do much more. I'm currently doing 400-720 per week depending on how the weather is for walking with Amelia. I read a blog here on Spark a few days ago (by POOKASLUAGH) and she said she is exercising the weight off not limiting calories. Well I have been feeling constantly hungry over the last month, I feel like I am fighting myself t... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 16:57:46 EST I found 'Me'!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5022783 So it's been quite a while since I blogged. My husband was taken into hospital a week or two ago (time takes on a whole new meaning when someone you love is ill) he had a colitis flare up. He's been getting better slowly and the last couple of days I can see the old Matt appearing (not that I'm calling him old :-P) He has joined Spark (GENOSWORD) so he can track his food and get a healthier more balanced diet and also keep note of anything he eats before a flare that could be triggering it. I... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 06:11:06 EST Where would I be without Spark? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4992549 If I go back to my teenage years when I was by no means overweight, in fact I was underweight because I constantly restricted what I ate. Although my parents tried to encourage me to eat healthy the teenage rebel in me did what I wanted which was to lose weight. I probably hovered for years on the edge of anorexia and as I ended my teenage years I probably hovered on the edge of bulimia, binging and then exercising or taking pills to purge myself of the excess calories. When I finally decided... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 04:31:12 EST Breakthrough - I don't care what people think! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4966602 My attitude to my weight has changed recently, I always wanted to lose weight so other people didn't think I had let myself go or say things like "she used to be thin" I would get frustrated to the point of tears on a regular basis, hating (actually hate isn't a strong enough word) my body and everything about it apart from my physical abilities. The only thing I used to like about my body was my strength and endurance, don't get me wrong I still have that but I have something else now. I act... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 04:27:04 EST July already? Achievements so far... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4953309 Half way through the year already! Where has the time gone? I'm proud of what I've achieved in terms of my health and fitness, and also in the changes that becoming a mum has made on my/our life. I'm down 20lbs since Amelia was 1 week old, and still aiming to see more. I've kept my motivation pretty well and my diet has improved little by little so I am now eating a healthier diet than I think I ever have. I have increased my exercise to the level it was at before I got pregnant. I'm doing OK... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 10:05:30 EST Calories in V calories out - Is it really that simple? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4937152 So I read yesterday that nutrition labels can vary as much as 20% from what is recorded on the food label. I always knew that there was a deviation from what is written on the pack so nothing new there and even though I am a conspiracy theorist according to friends and family I had always assumed that these variations were across the board and due to the methods of measurement. But the article I read yesterday claimed that junk food and processed food are more likely to underestimate their ca... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 04:26:31 EST Progress Update - with pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4920205 I have lost a total of 15lbs since Amelia was 1 week old. It sounds better if I say how much I've lost since the day before I had her but as 7 lbs of that would be her I's say that was cheating a bit :-p <BR> Last Saturday I weighed (a fortnight since the last weigh in) and I'd lost 1lb. Not great but I felt the need to ease off a little. I needed to reduce the amount I did on the exercise bike so I could get the intensity and duration up with the running and martial arts training. I'm copin... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 13:59:01 EST Eating For Enjoyment... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4891184 Yesterday we had Sunday Lunch at my parents house which is a regular thing. There's always lots of fresh veggies to help yourself too and my mum cooks low sodium and low fat so I can relax and enjoy my dinner. Desert is usually a choice of fruit of something indulgent. Of course I usually choose fruit and I did that yesterday. But after dinner we always have coffee and yesterday there was a box of chocolates that I took a fancy to, so I had two chocs (120cals total) not too bad but later that... Mon, 21 May 2012 11:44:32 EST Life is beginning to get back to normal :-) (with pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4885489 Last night I went back to Tang Soo Do (martial arts) I felt really nervous before class because I knew I had forgotten some techniques and physically I'm a little rusty. On the way into the class I felt a little tearful about being away from Amelia, it's the first time I've had more than 20 mins on my own since she was born. Once I got into class and was concentrating on my techniques I was ok. I thoroughly enjoyed the class and it wasn't too physically demanding. I'm really pleased with myse... Thu, 17 May 2012 10:22:25 EST Hello Fitness :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4870664 It's been 4 and 1/2 weeks since Amelia was born and so far I have managed to walk for 90mins at a time, I used the stationary bike for 40 mins yesterday and I have managed to do at least 10 mins of exercise everyday for a week. I have also managed to work up to 20 leg raises, 10 situps and 10 crunches. I need to do these because I am going back to martial arts training next week. I am really proud of how quickly my fitness is coming back and I'm looking forward to setting myself some fitness ... Mon, 7 May 2012 13:56:55 EST Time to Sort This Once and For All http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4866126 First, and update about life with a baby. We've got on really well and it feels like Amelia has always been with us. It's really quite enjoyable, she's starting to react and try to respond when you talk to her or play with her. We can get her to smile in response to certain noises, a high pitched ooooh works best. I can't wait til she smiles in response to our smiles. Today I met a friend for a coffee, it's the first time I've taken Amelia out in the car on my own, I felt nervous about having... Fri, 4 May 2012 10:40:13 EST Time Flies When Your having Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4845429 I can believe Amelia is 16 days old already. It's been a blur but a good one, AShe is so beautiful I can't take my eyes off her and watching her eyes start to focus on things is fascinating! Amelia goes 3 to 4 and 1/2 hours between feeds in the night so we get a reasonable stretch of sleep. We have managed to get out for a few walks and I can already feel myself getting stronger, I feel more like the old me (before I got pregnant) each day. Matt is off work and extra few days, he has been off... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 13:39:21 EST Amelia's Birth story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4833142 Wednesday was our first day at home with baby Amelia. She was born on 5th April at 03:59 weighing 7lb 10oz. I really didn't want to stay in hospital at all but one thing after another kept us in for 5 nights not including the night I had her. <BR> <BR> I went to the hospital at 6pm for a check, they're only a 5 min drive away so my plan was to check how far along I was and probably go back home if I knew I had hours to go. The main reason I went was my contractions, although managable were 4... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 09:45:44 EST 40 weeks today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4808828 So I had my 40 week appointment today, it was with the midwives I'm not that keen on. The baby is still 3/5 engaged and they told me she is unlikely to engage further until I start having contractions, I though she would go to 5/5 before labour with a first baby. No glucose in my urine, thankfully, but I don't really understand why other than the fact that I only ate salad for dinner. They have booked me for a home visit next Wednesday when they will do a membrane sweep, I tried to persuade t... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 11:17:55 EST 39 Weeks!... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4799178 I never thought I'd get to this point in pregnancy. I don't mean I thought I would have had he baby by now, but 39 weeks felt so far away! No midwife appointment this week, my next one is on my due date. <BR> <BR> I've had lots of braxton hicks lately after they completely stopped for a fortnight. For some reason I seem to get the uncomfortable ones at 4am and they'll keep me awake for an hour or so. Last night it felt different though, my back would start aching, then a period pain that ech... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 05:02:39 EST 38 weeks appointment, midwife ignored my concerns! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4787188 So I've just got back from my appointment, the good news is the baby is now 3/5 engaged. However I had glucose in my urine, the midwife asked me what I've been eating and sounded shocked when she saw the reading. I later learned it was +1 whatever that means. I had eaten rice and quiche for dinner but I don't think she believed me. They questioned me about my diet and my breakfast cereal choices, I told her I have weetabix or ready brek (oats) and she kept saying that ready brek has a lot of ... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 11:40:31 EST