Dear Guinevere {1 Year}

Dear Guinevere,

A year ago today (at 16:51) my life changed forever. That single moment in time when you came into the world is ingrained into my memory. It will always bring tears to my eyes. You were 6lb 6oz of beautiful and perfect loveliness. Nothing prepares you for that moment. No matter how much you think you have bonded during pregnancy and the feelings you think you will have – it’s a million times more. I was filled with love.

Guinevere 12 months

Those first 2 weeks at home – just the three of us was perfect. Spending time getting to know you and you getting to know us. There were a lot of things we had to learn… and fast! I read all the baby books, googled everything and then at some point you realise you just need to relax. We spent the days cuddling and watching you with awe.

The first day your Daddy went back to work was so scary. I was supposed to look after you all on my own! I hadn’t trained for this. But we found our way and got ourselves into a routine. Each day has something new and now you are 1 there are so many fun things we do together.

We had some challenges breastfeeding. To be honest it broke my heart. I mourned the fact that I couldn’t breastfeed you properly. We did manage 6 months of breast milk with me pumping. That was hard work. Constantly connected to a breast pump. We did it though and I’m so glad I did it.

How different you are now from a year ago. You no longer spend your days sleeping but you are so busy rushing around, discovering new things, playing with Betty and chasing after me. No more tiny baby sounds but full on laughs and shouts. You are not far off walking either. I can’t wait!

I fantasise about the things we will do over the years. I saw the below image on from A Mom’s Life Uncut and it totally sums up how I feel. I’m excited for all the things we will do when you grow up but at the same time I don’t want you to stop being my baby girl.

Mom Quote

We have both grown so much this past year. You have been learning new skills and developing into a little person. I have been learning to be a Mama. Some days I do great and some days I don’t. It’s a constant learning curve. As soon as I think I have it figured out – something else changes. I’m not the perfect Mummy but I will always protect you, teach you and love you more than anyone could ever love something.

I can’t really think of our life before you. It seems like it isn’t real. That you have always been here with me. You made us complete. Seeing you with your Daddy makes my heart burst. I love the way he loves you and the way you love him. Your face lights up when he comes home.

You are the most smiley and happy girl I know. You light up a room. I can’t wait to see what wonderful things you do with your life. Always follow your dreams. Surround yourself with lovely people and always be kind and compassionate. They are the most important things.

So we made it through our first year. A wonderful year. I can’t wait for the next and the next…

Because of you, my heart sings with joy.

Because of you, my life is complete.

Because of you, I have grown so much as a person.

Because of you, I really know what unconditional love is.

Thank you for the lessons, the love and the laughter.

Happy 1st Birthday my gorgeous girl.

I love you more than anything.

Here is a montage of your 1st Year

Mummy

xxx

First birthday cake smash

Newborn Must Haves and My First Mother’s Day

Yesterday I celebrated my first ever Mother’s Day. Being a mummy to my beautiful Guinevere is the most precious gift I can ever receive. Everyday she takes my breath away with how amazing she is. Phil made it really special by bringing me breakfast in bed and wonderful gifts and card. My heart is filled with love.

 


 

When you are pregnant you go crazy buying lots of different items but not really knowing which you will use and those you wont. So I wanted to do a video showing some of the items that have been fantastic in these early weeks. So here are my newborn must haves.

Here is the full list of items with links:

Ewan the Sleep Sheep  £29.99
Snuzpod £172
Gro Egg £13.49
Gro Light £14.38
MAM Bottles £17.10
Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm £11.95
Water Wipes £8.99 pack of 4
Baroo Breastfeeding Pillow £19.99
Muslins
Baby Sleeping Bag – can also buy from various shops
Fisher Price Rainforest Rocker Chair £59.94
Bambeano Beanbag £44.99

Labour & Delivery | 6 Week Baby Update

So I had a baby! Guinevere Grace Winstone was born on the 14th January 2015 at 16:51. She is the most amazing and precious thing in my life. We are so blessed.

Guinevere-104

Rather than write a long update I have done a labour and delivery video along with a 6 week baby update.

 

I’m busy enjoying being a new mummy but I’m getting back into doing more videos and blogs. Sorry it’s been so long!

Until next time…

Jess xx

 

❤ 33 – 36 Week Pregnancy Vlog | Turn Baby Turn ❤

 

❤ 29 – 32 Week Pregnancy Vlog | Babymoon and Nesting ❤

Here is my 29-32 week pregnancy vlog. I’m 33 weeks pregnant today. I can’t believe I’m so close to meeting our little one!

I’ve been busy getting through my list of things to do before baby arrives. We’ve done pretty well. I just want to get the nursery finished! Even though little nugget will be sleeping with us for the first few months.

So my birth plan – as I said in the vlog I came across so many different templates and none of them really suited us. So I took inspiration from a couple and came up with the below. Feel free to pass it on or use it yourself 🙂 As I put the text into PicMonkey to turn it into a JPEG the bullets and formatting are missing. Here is the Google Doc where you can make a copy and save your own version.

Birth Plan

I mentioned Rosie our new bunny in the vlog. Here is a picture of her – she is such a darling and I’m glad Trigger has a little friend. He has been so lonely since Poppy passed away.

Rosie the Rabbit

 

Christmas is almost here!!! I’ve been busy planning food over the festive period so watch out for some new recipes coming up on the blog. I apologies it’s only really been pregnancy updates for a while.

Lots of Love

Jess xx

❤ 20-24 Week Pregnancy Vlog ❤

Here is my 20-24 week pregnancy vlog.

Weeks 15 – 19 Pregnancy Vlog | Marshmallows, Marmite & Meditation

Time for another pregnancy vlog update.

So today I am 20 weeks pregnant! I can’t believe I am already half way through!

Pregnant Funny

Things are chaos here as we are moving out of this house in 2 days. Due to our house not being ready until October we are having to put our stuff into storage and live with my parents for a while. So essentially moving twice!

So I’ve been a bit slow off the mark with getting this pregnancy vlog update out (sorry).

I’m looking forward to spending some time with my parents. Although it’s making feel like a teenager again! I’m going to miss my little fur babies as they can’t stay with us at Mum & Dad’s. Just have to keep reminding myself it will all be worth it when we are in a new lovely house.

Next week is our 20 week scan and I cant wait! If you don’t want to miss any updates then make sure you subscribe to my channel on YouTube

Jess xx

13-15 Week Pregnancy Vlog

Hello my gorgeous readers. Here is my weeks 13-15 pregnancy vlog.

Feeling really good so far in the 2nd Trimester and getting more and more excited about the baby.

We have found a lovely house for us to move into to raise our little family. We can move in on the 1st Oct and I can’t wait. Here is a little pic:

Our little cottage

 

I’m in full organisation mode now. My energy has come back with a vengeance! House moving list, baby wish list, Christmas lists, freezer meal ideas for after the birth etc. Pinterest has seen a lot of action these past few weeks! Click Here to follow me 🙂

So here is the vlog. I hope you enjoy watching. Please let me know if you have any questions/comments 🙂

 

Jess

12 Week Pregnancy Vlog

Cake…. that’s all I can think about. I want cake!!!

In this 12 week pregnancy vlog things are much better, sickness has gone and energy is creeping back in (hooray).

 

If you want to follow my journey then make sure you subscribe to my channel on YouTube

A Bun in the Oven

So what am I busy baking at the moment? A baby! Yes me and Phil are expecting our first baby and we are super excited.

We had our 12 week scan this week and seeing our little nugget for the first time is something I will never forget.

12 week Baby Scan

 

I’ve decided that I’ll use this blog to document my pregnancy and my journey into motherhood. It’s a totally new and exciting time for us so I hope you will follow our journey.

We announced the pregnancy to everyone on Facebook yesterday and here is the picture we used for our announcement.

Pregnancy Announcement Jessica Bakes and Makes

Here is my first pregnancy vlog that I recorded. This was done a while back (4 weeks ago) but I didn’t want to upload it until after our scan. I will be recording my 12 week vlog this weekend and will post that up as soon as possible!

 

Lots of Love

Jess xx