We go away in a few weeks to Majorca so I'm currently looking for holidays clothes. Here's a few things I've been lusting over this month!

My favourite item above is definitely the Dior split sunglasses, how nice is the metallic gold & pink?! 

What things are you lusting over at the moment? 

With Love Jemma x


Earlier this year I read a heart breaking story about a little girl called Faye, aged two, who had died on Valentine's day after fighting the Meningitis B infection for 11 days.

I cannot even start to imagine the pain the family must have endured in the days that followed after being told their baby had Meningitis. The family are now campaigning for the vaccine to be available to all children, you can sign the petition here.

In September 2015 a vaccine to protect against Meningitis B became available on the NHS to babies born on or after the 1st July 2015 as part of the routine immunisation schedule but parents who want to have older children vaccinated must pay privately at a cost of around £400!

After reading what this family had been through we decided to vaccinate Isabelle and Sofia against this terrible disease. I contacted http://www.meningitis.org/ to get numbers of local private clinics and it soon became apparent that there was a national shortage due to the surge in demand. So my mother in law contacted a friend in Majorca and we booked weekend break to go to a clinic in Palma, where the vaccine is readily available.
The system is very different to how it works in the UK as you buy the vaccine over the counter at the pharmacy and then take it to the clinic for the doctor to administer.
We arrived in Palma on the Friday and we contacted the clinic to order the vaccine for the Saturday morning. On Saturday morning we bought the vaccine over the counter from the pharmacy (I was glad to see the vaccine packaging was in english so I knew we were definitely giving them the correct vaccine). We then went to the clinic where the doctor explained that Isabelle (age 4) would need to have two vaccines two months apart and that Sofia would need to have two vaccines two months apart plus a booster in 12 months as she is under two. I was also worried about giving Sofia the vaccine as she is allergic to milk, eggs, nuts and sensitive to wheat and soya but the doctor advised it would be ok and she has been fine.

We went in prepared with the children's medical log books and lollies to distract them after the injection. We decided it would be best for Isabelle to go first then Sofia, Isabelle had her injection in her arm and Sofia had her injection in her leg.

Over the next few hours the area where they had the injection was very sore; Isabelle was holding her arm crying with pain and Sofia couldn't walk on her leg for the rest of the day. The pain was much worse than any previous injections. I gave them both calpol and they both fell asleep around tea time and slept through the night only waking up for Calpol. The next day Sofia could walk fine although the area was still quite tender and Isabelle's arm was very sore for about 7 days.
I'm so relieved the girls have had the first stage of the vaccine. We're going on holiday to Majorca in May and this is when they will have the second dose of the vaccine.

Are you planning to pay for your child to have the Meningitis B vaccine?

I have listed a few helpful websites where you can get some advice and book to have the vaccine.
Dr Arun Ghosh
Pall Mall Medical
Childrens Cromwell Hospital
Unidad Pediatrica Palma, Mallorca

With Love, Jemma xxx

2016 Bucket List

I can't believe it is February already, where did January go?? I thought I would kick start the year with a bucket list of things I want to achieve in 2016. So here it goes...

1) Be more organised - I plan to buy an organiser to help plan my days, so that I feel like I have been productive at the end of each day!
2) Drink more water so that my skin stays hydrated.
3) Go to zip world in Snowdonia - I really want to go zip lining and trampolining in the underground caves.
4) Flyboarding - I plan to do this when we're on holiday in Majorca
5) Go surfing - Ok, so I don't mean proper surfing but I plan on going to the wave house in Majorca.
6) Visit cuevas del drach - Lake Martel is hidden within the caves, its considered to be one of the largest subterranean lakes in the world!
7) Go on more days out with the family - walks, Chester Zoo, Cbeebies land at alton towers, Mattel play Liverpool
8) Learn to speak Spanish (I feel this one won't be achievable but i'd be happy if I could learn a few phrases)
9) Bake more with the girls
10) Start exercise routine - I plan on joining my local hotel gym

Have you got a bucket list or new years resolution? Let me know what yours are in the comments.

Wish me luck!



At long last, I would like to share my birth story with you.

Tuesday 26th August 2014
2am - Started having a few niggly contractions, I lay in bed timing them, they were coming every 10 minutes lasting for about 30 seconds. I fell asleep about 4am and when I woke up at 6am they had stopped. During the day contractions continued to stop and start coming every 30 minutes but they didn't progress and by the evening they had stopped. 

Wednesday 27th August 2014
3am - My contractions started again, this time coming every 5/7 minutes and lasting about 60 seconds. They didn't feel anywhere near as strong as when I was having Isabelle.

5am - I called the hospital maternity ward for advice on when to come in. They advised to make our way to the hospital when the contractions were 3 minutes apart. Like the day before I fell asleep at 6am and when I woke up at 7:30am the contractions had stopped. 

3:30pm - Throughout the day my contractions were regular and as the day went on they became stronger. It was a hot, sunny day and at about 4pm I took Isabelle to the park and vividly remember how painful the contractions were starting to become, There were other people on the park and the contractions were making me stop in my tracks, there was one point where I remember having to kneel down and pretend to get something out of my bag as they were so painful!

4pm - I called John and told him to make his way home as my contractions were getting stronger and they were coming every 5 minutes. When he got home we decided Mr W would take Isabelle to his mum and dads for the night as I knew it wouldn't be long until she arrived (As my lucky number is 27 I was sure she was going to make an appearance before midnight).

8:30pm - Had an early night but couldn't sleep. Contractions were still 5 minutes apart and too strong to sleep through.

Thursday 28th August 2014
12:30am - Ran a hot bath and by 1am my contractions were coming every 3/4 minutes and were quite painful, I dried my hair put a bit of makeup on (of course!) then woke Mr W to tell him it was time to go to the hospital.

2:30am - We arrived at the hospital and my contractions were coming every 3 minutes. The midwife took us in to an examination room and a student midwife examined me and advised I was already 7 cm's dilated (I was so surprised!). The midwife advised the birth pool was free and it was always my plan to have a waterbirth if it was possible.

4:30am - We made our way to the birth pool. The midwife advised Mr W could choose some backing music and he came back with R.Kelly's album!! We have very different taste in music and I didn't want 'I believe I can fly' going round in my head, so I sent him back to choose a meditation cd which was much more relaxing!
5am - In birth pool, contractions every 2/3 minutes. Contractions were getting stronger and I started to panic and wanted to get out of the water but the midwife's helped me find a comfier position. No pain relief so far!

6:30am - Contractions getting much stronger, started to have gas and air.

7:15am - Started pushing

Having a water birth was an amazing experience and the trainee and senior midwife that delivered Sofia were fantastic! I can't believe how much easier it was compared to my first birth. The placenta was delivered quickly and I breastfed Sofia straight away. We were then left in the the suite for a few hours which enabled me to get a shower and for Mr W and I to have lots of cuddles before being moved on to the ward. Later that day Mr W brought Isabelle to meet her baby sister, she was so excited to meet her!

I stayed in overnight to ensure breastfeeding was established and was discharged the following afternoon.


The Bump: 40 Weeks, 3 days...still...pregnant!

So the due date we had circled on the calendar has been and gone and guess what...we're STILL PREGNANT! It's frustrating but I guess she's too comfy and will come when she's ready!

This past week I've noticed she hasn't been moving so much and at 41 weeks and 1 day I contacted the midwife and went for a non-stress test. This is where they attach two belts around your stomach to monitor the baby's heart rate, I had to press a button when the baby moved so that the heart rate could be seen in relation to the movement. It was just typical that as soon as I got hooked up to the machine she livened up and was very active! I was monitored for an hour before they were happy for me to go home.

The best moment of my week has been watching Isabelle kiss and give my belly hugs. She can't wait to meet her little sister.

This past weekend was POSSIBLY our last weekend as a family of three! We took Isabelle to Liverpool on Saturday to look for school shoes (I can't believe she will be starting nursery in a couple of weeks!) and we went out for lunch with family on Sunday. We have now done everything on our 'to do list', the car seat is in the car, bags are packed and the house has been cleaned from top to bottom.

Last night I had mild contractions (similar to period like pain) for nearly 3 hours followed by a 'bloody show'. They were lasting about 60 seconds and were 10 minutes apart then they suddenly stopped and I fell back asleep! I had my appointment with the midwife today at 12:30pm for a 'sweep' and she said I was 2/3 cm's dilated and was in early labour, the baby's head is 3/5th's engaged. After, the sweep I started to have some more mild contractions but with no pattern, maybe tonight will be the night?!! I will try and keep you posted via instagram.

Come on little girl, were ready when you are!!

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