7 Reasons We All Need Sudocrem 

Lifestyle, motherhood

I’m pretty sure every mum in the UK..and maybe elsewhere as well, has a tub of Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream at home to use in case of baby rash. What I didn’t know and you may have not know however is that this cream is useful for so many other things. 

I bought the cream as you do when I gave birth and used it a couple of times when it seemed as though the little lady had a nappy rash but other than that it’s pretty much been sitting untouched amongst the baby stuff. It wasn’t until a few days ago that someone suggested that I use it on my daughter’s eczema rash around her neck that I finally came to appreciate its healing powers. I’ve mentioned in past posts that my girl has very dry skin and as of late she’s developed what the doctors describe as eczema on her neck which is the worst place to have a rash or anything for that matter because the area is often wet and now that she’s started teething, it’s usually covered in saliva. 

Less than a week ago, I started using the cream around her neck after her bath and I can honestly say the rash/eczema is gone. To think I wasted money on expensive creams….

Sudocream is said to be good for the skin because it has anhydrous hypoallergenic lanolin which is an emollient that helps to not only soothe the skin but also soften it. The Benzyl alcohol formula in the cream gives it its antiseptic properties. 

Here are just some of the benefits of using this healing cream: 

1. Nappy Rash – as I previously said most people know this cream for its effectiveness in healing nappy rash. It works as an emollient and is clinically proven to soothe and heal babies’ delicate skin. It also soothes sore and inflamed skin. 

2. Anaesthetic- not only are the ingredients recognised for their healing properties, the cream also has a mild local anaesthetic which helps to ease pain and soothe any discomfort. 

3. Cuts & Minor Burns – Sudocrem is known to provide effective relief from everyday cuts and grazes as well as minor burns. It reduces the risk of infection by forming a protective layer over the wound.

4. Acne & Other Skin Conditions – the inexpensive cream can also be used as a mask to treat skin conditions such as acne. I have to say that it’s very thick and can feel heavy on the face but it’s worth it. Your face will feel soft and smooth as a baby’s bottom (pun intended)! 

5. Eczema – funnily enough, it does say on the tub that it can be used for eczema but I somehow missed that until now. Because this conditions can cause cracked and sore skin that can be painful and difficult to keep hydrated, Sudocrem can be used to calm, soothe and heal the eczema. 

6. Cracked Heels – summer is upon us (well…almost) and that means less Boots and more sandals. For softer heels,apply thecream, put socks on, and allow to seep in overnight. 

7. Primer – this is a beauty hack I wasn’t aware of before but applying a tad bit of Sudocrem as a primer before applying makeup will provide the skin with a thin barrier so that the foundation can be applied without sinking into pores. It’s rather thick so only a small amount is necessary for a matte finish.
This just goes to show that it’s not always about fancy, pricey products to get the job done. Sometimes it’s the very thing sitting in your cabinet you’ve been ignoring. 

Love,

Lilia 

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Weaning: Introducing Solids

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Recently we have gone through a major milestone that is weaning our little lady to solids. Although experts recommend that you wait until your baby’s six months old before offering them solid food, at five and a bit months I knew that baby girl was ready because I could no longer eat in peace without her wanting to take a dive into my food….literally!

I’m no experts at babies, necessarily nor the weaning process but I have read a fair deal on the subject and seeing as I’m currently going through the process, I thought it’d be helpful to to provide some insight and tips on introducing solid food. 

Introductory Foods: 

Like me, you may find that when your baby, starts weaning, it’s easier to start with puréed food. In the beginning, she would only take a spoonful or two of the food I offered her and although I can’t say that we’ve completely settled in the solid eating process, we’ve definitely made progress in the amount of food she’s eating now and the frequency compared to before. To start, I offered puréed vegetables such as carrot and sweet potatoes (separately at first) which I steam and blend myself as well as puréed fruit like bananas, etc. 

For breakfast, we’ve settled on good old porridge which she really loves. This is the one constant meal she now has every morning. I initially started with baby porridge but through research I found that some of them are actually really high in salt, as well as being super pricey. I’m now using Ready Brek which I mix with her formula and not only does she love it, it’s also cheap as heck! I’ve found some mums use god ol’ oats as well. I’d wait until baby was 6 months though because of the gluten. 

One thing I’d say to mummies is that just like with anything else, it may take a while for babies to get used to all the new flavours so don’t feel discouraged or give up if they spit the food out at first. The more you try, the more they’ll get used to it. At this point their main food is still breast milk and/or formula milk anyway so don’t expect them to get the hang of it immediately. It could take a month or so of constant trying before they start having three proper meals a day.

I also found out that there was such a thing as baby-led weaning. This is where parents (I don’t intentionally leave fathers out…sorry) choose not to spoon feed their babies purée and let the babies feed themselves. I’d say we’re currently doing both because my little girl isn’t always keen on mashed food but will always want to eat when we’re eating – straight from our plates. I love baby-led weaning because it gives her more freedom and independence to pick up the foods and perfect her grip as well as hand-mouth coordination. Of course be weary when it comes to the food pieces as there could be choking. Broccoli and chip-shaped foods are recommended to overcome this. 

Food Selection

Fortunately for me my baby is not at all a fussy or picky eater. She will at least try anything she is offered. She likes some more than others but we’ve not yet found a food she despises. 

When trying to come up with food ideas, I’d suggest carrots, parsnip, sweet potatoes and cauliflower which can easily be steamed and mashed. Fruits that can also easily be mashed or puréed include mangoes, pears, bananas and so many more. I personally love avocado so I have introduced this to her diet and again she eats it with little issues. 
To season her food, I use the Boots baby stock which come in tgeee different flavours: beef, chicken and vegetables. They add a little flavour to the food so it’s not bland and smell great too!

Because baby girl likes eating from our plates, we’ve also introduced her to meat, chicken, eggs and fish,  but I get that not all parents may want to go ahead with this immediately in which case I’d say do what works for you. This might be gross to some but when she eats of my plate, I semi chew these foods first then give them to her so she doesn’t choke. Its my baby so mind your business ( lol joking….not!). I any case what I’m trying to highlight is that introducing a range of foods and tastes can work in your favour by reducing the chances of your baby becoming a fussy eater later on. My siblings were all fussy eaters so I knew I didn’t want to sweat from just feeding a child. 
Food allergies are real and it’s important to try and detect them when introducing solids. What many people do and I’ve adopted this as well is to try each food individually for 2-3 days to see if bubba has any allergic reaction to it. It’s slightly harder when your baby is trying to feed themselves or eating off of your plate as it may be harder to know what food they are allergic to if they happen to be allergic to something  buthaving said that, I believe there are creative ways around this.

I hope this post will be useful to whoever reads it. I’m all about research and trial and error so please do not take everything at face value and do not hold me to every written word as I’m not a professional nutritionist or paediatrician. I love speaking to mothers and parents in general to learn tips , experiences and practices and  I the make up my own decision on what I want to keep and trash. 

I’d love to hear back from parents on their experiences and additional information and tips as well so please share what works for you. 

Love,

Lilia 

Induced Labour: My Birth Story 

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I have been meaning to write this post pretty much since I gave birth six months ago but for some reason or other, I always just end up writing about a different topic. As my little baby is now 6 months (bittersweet as usual) I wondered whether there was even any point in writing about this anymore and I came to the conclusion that there is! I personally love reading about and watching other mothers talk about their birth stories and I wanna be that mum too, dammit!!

I’ve previously spoken about my crappy preganny experience, more specifically suffering from gestational diabetes which I wrote about in one of my posts. Because the insulin causes the baby to grow bigger than what is deemed ‘normal’, almost all women with this condition are induced as it is not recommended they they go on to 40/42 weeks or more commonly known as ‘full-term’.
When I first found out about my GD and told I’d probably be induced, I was upset because I wanted my baby to come out when she was ready and not forced to leave her home (get it?!). This feeling only lasted until about 32 weeks when I started getting super uncomfortable just being alive and literally spent most of my time in the toilet. I later found out that I’d be induced at 38 weeks and 5 days. A pregnancy is considered full term from 37 weeks so I wasn’t worried about my baby would being premature at this point. Also, I was so fed up with life, bored of pricking myself with a needle numerous times a day to test my sugar levels and just wanting to meet my baby at that point that I started seeing the silver lining.

I was booked in on a Monday and told to call the labour ward at around 8am on the day so they could let me know when to come in and they told me to come in at 10am sharp. The night before, hubby and I went to dinner and then to the cinema for the very last time as just us because we’re soppy like that! I think I spent that evening having to go to the toilet so much that I don’t even remember the movie. 

I wasn’t at all nervous though. I was Just excited. I remember leaving my flat that morning thinking that the next time I’m home , I’ll be a mother (eeeek)! So, we get to the hospital and typically, I’m told to wait, and wait and wait ( they really need to sort out the staff shortages, damn!)!

Eventually, I’m taken to a room, strapped down in machines to monitor bubba’s heartbeat and left to it. All the while I’m hearing women screaming and crying like it’s the end of the world but because I didn’t feel the pain yet, I just laughed ( of course I found out soon enough karma is a b****) A midwife comes in around 2pm to do a cervical sweep on me to bring about labour. I think the procedure is a basic sweep of their finger around your cervix but when I tell you this woman literally had her whole hand up inside of me. The pain I felt let me know ‘ish’ was getting real!
A pessary was then inserted up in me to trigger contractions and get the show on the road as far as labour. I was told that the pessary takes around 24 hours to work and so I shouldn’t expect anything for a while. WRONG. I don’t know if it was the hand violation or whatever else but almost immediately after putting it in, I started feeling very uncomfortable (moderate pain) and started getting contractions. Though manageable, they were coming on literally every minute from the get go so I was in constant pain with very little time to rest in between.

The contractions carried on and got stronger as the hours went by and eventually the doctor in charge instructed that the pessary be removed as I was overreacting to it (common with some women). At this point I was extremely tired and my moans started turning into groans. I had read somewhere that a bath helps with the pain so with the midwives permission, hubby ran me a bath. I cant say the bath helped but whatever! Nothing is really much of a help when you feel like bones are crushing, is it!

Around 11pm, I was checked and informed that I was only 2cm dilated. What the bloody heck?! From 2pm to almost midnight and I’m only 2cm dilated! Eventually my waters brok but the midwife said not to expect anything until Wednesday as I was still 2cm dilated. To help with the pain she gave me gas and air. It helped initially but then I started vomiting green stuff (tmi) and my life started flashing before my eyes. I was actually told that induced labours are usually more painful than natural labour and though I don’t have anything to compare it with, I can say I believe that! 

I had said in my birth plan that I wanted epidural on standby because although I was going to try my womanly best give birth without one, if push came to shove I wasn’t gonna try and be a hero and prove a point either. I mean I’m the one feeling the pain! Things got very blurry very quickly but around maybe 2am I was checked again and I had dilated 4cm. This meant that I was ready for the delivery room, Yay!

In the delivery room, I literally started crying because the pain became unbearable. As I said, I can only describe it as someone crushing all my bones- all 206 of them at the same damn time with tremendous force. At that point I was begging for epidural because I seriously thought I’d die. I also remember asking to die because all of a sudden death became very appealing. My family and hubby didn’t want me taking epidural because of the alleged back pain it causes but I can honestly say at that point, I didn’t care about back pains. I wished all I had at that point was back bloody pain! 

The anaesthetist was busy administering someone else (just my luck) so I had to wait for what felt like an additional nine months, I kid not. My speech was incoherent, my vision was blurred, I forgot every mantra I had recited to myself earlier. I REGRETTED being pregnant. Yes, I remember wishing I’d never gotten pregnant because labour sucks. Of course I didn’t mean it…well I didn’t then but you get my point. 

Twelve years later (slight exaggeration) , the guy came in for my epidural but then spent another five years getting himself ready ( I exaggerate not). The guy was slower than a snail….a newborn snail at that. He finally did it and it was the best thing ever because I could actually rest. Though I wasn’t at all numb from the feet down like most women, I still felt relieved. The epidural didn’t really work well for me because I could still feel my contractions but it was so much better than before and I was grateful. 

Around 5am I was checked again and the doctor couldn’t believe that I was fully dilated. So much for expect nothing until Wednesday!! She was wrong and I didn’t have to wait until bloody Wednesday – thank God. I was told I’d be ready to push in about an hour or so. 

Two hours later and it was time to push so I pushed, and pushed, and pushed some more. A total of TWO hours to be exact and nothing. To say I was exhausted is an understatement but let’s just say I was exhausted! The doctors then decided to give me a hand and used a ventouse to get the baby’s head out. Now, let me tell you that I loved the epidural until then. Unfortunately, the labour gods wouldn’t let me be great and I felt what I can only describe as a ring of fire around my lady bits as the baby’s head was crowning. The film the Exorcist comes to mind when I think of the way I was screaming and the way my body was doing acrobatics. 

Another contractions and I officially became a mum on 8th November 2016, at 8:57am. I believe in God but if I had any doubt that He existed before, I now know that it can only take a God to create something as beautiful as childbirth. One minute I was just me and the next I had this amazing miracle in my hand. 

I cried,  no longer because I was in pain but now because I was experiencing the most overwhelming feeling I’ve ever experienced in my life. I suddenly knew my purpose in life. Everything suddenly made sense. I was a mum and I knew then that this is what I was created for and I loved and still love every aspect of that it!

PS:

Pessary – an elastic or rigid device that is inserted into the vagina to support the uterus and trigger contractions/labour. 

Cervical Sweep – Before inducing labour, women offered a “membrane sweep”, also known as a “cervical sweep”, to bring on labour. The midwife or doctor sweeps their finger around your cervix. This action should separate the membranes of the amniotic sac surrounding your baby from your cervix.

Ventouse – also known as vacuum-assisted vaginal delivery or vacuum extraction (VE), is a method to assist delivery of a baby using a vacuum device.
Love,

Lilia 

How I’m Being More Organised

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When I first started blogging, I made a deal with myself to write and post at least twice a week and I was keeping to this deal until recently when everything started happening at once and I’ve been left overwhelmed. 
Baby girl recently had a virus which lasted about two weeks and on top of this I have gone back to school to complete my second degree (why do I do this to myself right?) and with everyday life being super mum, super partner,etc. I’m literally left wishing there were more hours to the day than simply 24 hours. Of course that won’t happen so I while I can’t do anything about that, I have found a way to be more organised and stay afloat. 

1. Batch Write – now that I think about it, I’m sure most bloggers already do this but hey ho. I usually just write a pice and post it and do the same again when I feel inspired/in the mood to write. This does mean that my posts are never scheduled which I think they should now be. I’ve therefore decided to start writing 2-3 post in one sitting so that when everything gets on top of me, I can just post what I already have at my disposal. Smart, right!

2. Schedule EVERYTHING – batch writing won’t happen if I don’t actually have a clear schedule of when it should be happening. This is the case for everything in my life right now so I have decided to have certain days to do certain things, for example Mondays are for laundry and Saturdays are food shopping and so on and so forth. 

3. Buy a planner – I’d like to think I have a very good memory. I mean I remember dates like a computer and I hardly forget things that need to be done BUT ever since I’ve become a mum I’ve realised that I can’t always rely on my memory because things happen so often and so quickly that I’m now forgetting some of the things that need doing, like making sure I don’t miss a GP’s appointment or remembering to make an important call. 

4. Stop Procrastinating – as much as I know this is a terrible habit I have to admit that I sometimes procrastinate…..A LOT. This is not so much on small things that take little time to do but on big things that I know I need to do like folding and ironing the never ending mountain of laundry, blogging and doing my university work. I need Jesus to help me at this point, really!!!

5. Make the most of baby’s down time – my baby’s been napping like a G these days. I don’t want to jinx it but she’s having like hour and a half hour naps during the day and of course she goes down at around 8pm at night. As much as I’d like to consider this to be my ‘me’ time, I understand that I can’t spend it all watching Real Housewives of Atlanta (unfortunately). I’ve now started dedicating an hour or two at night to doing some school work and preparing for assignments in advance so I’m not doing everything last minute. 

6. Make time for family – the other day I was telling the hubby about all the things I need to do and plan to do and he replied by asking where he and the baby fit in all this and I can’t lie, it made me feel really guilty. Plus I’ve found out that his love language is quality time (just my luck). I now need to make sure that I acknowledge his love language and schedule quality, uninterrupted time like going for walks, having a picnic, making sure we all eat together as a family, etc. On top of that  I’ve decided that Sundays are for uninterrupted family time just to put the cherry on top!

I’d love to hear tips from other mums about being more organised as parents, wives, businesswomen, etc because I’m trying to be this woman who slays at every aspect of her life so holla at your girl.

Love,

Lilia