The Journey So far

Before I get into anything that may be a little TMI, just a disclaimer, this may be a little TMI, but I think it’s important to be open and honest about my experience with pregnancy. It is such an individual experience that no two people will be in the same boat, but everyone who is or has been pregnant can probably relate to some aspect in your own story. 

I must say that regardless of my experience I intend to stay optimistic and feel positive with how my body is and will handle this crazy experience. That is one thing I have learnt from becoming pregnant. Mindset is everything. You may read this and think that it’s looking at pregnancy with rose colored glasses but let me assure you that I am aware that experiencing these things can be awful and it is not all a walk in the park, but I appreciate that my body is doing an incredible thing and I want to appreciate its ability to do so. 

I also feel as though there is a lot of focus on the negative and not by the people experiencing them but by others inquiring about your well being. I’ve found that a lot of the time people are expecting a negative answer and are a little shocked when you say ‘feeling great! Have some morning sickness but what can you do’. Again this is a personal thing. To my closest family and friends I will say that I’m feeling exhausted and king of crummy but to anyone not in that little circle I want to be as positive as possible! 

Finding out

So we found out pretty early on. We were actively trying to get pregnant so I was able to track my period and see where I was in terms of if it was almost ‘that time of the month’. With that being said, I tried to wait until after the date my period was due before taking a test just to avoid disappointment. I am a highly emotional and sensitive person and definitely feel things quickly and intensely. 

This month however, I did not wait, I was too eager and ended up taking a test at 6:30 in the morning a day before my period was due to begin. I told myself it would be negative to try and ease my reaction a little. I was not expecting that second little line to appear and was in shock when it did. Not as much shock as my husband waking up to me walking into our bedroom saying ‘Um.. I think I’m pregnant’. This obviously prompted a trip to the supermarket to get a couple more tests. It is safe to say that I was cautiously optimistic the rest of the day. 

First Trimester

After finding out I booked in with my GP and began the first trimester blood tests and the search for an OB/GYN. After quickly getting my bloods done we discovered that my Iron and vitamin D were both much lower than Ideal and I began taking supplements to make sure that bub would get everything they need to grow. 

About 6 weeks in the morning sickness hit. When they tell you it’s not just in the morning they are not lying. This wasn’t the most fun experience, I was constantly rushing to the toilet at work and struggled to eat much at all. But I am so grateful I was able to eat something each day and know that i definitely had it easy considering the experience some people have with it. 

If you are someone that is experiencing morning sickness that is making you feel blah I can only recommend listening to your GP. For me that meant for me was eating small meals and snack throughout the day, drinking plenty of water, keeping it as bland as possible – I ate a lot of dry white toast- and avoiding anything that triggered the nausea,

Aside from the morning sickness my experience was limited to headaches, which a suffered from prior to pregnancy crazy levels of fatigue – meaning i Feel asleep at like 6pm every night- and my boobs got HUGE (well for me) 

We then hit 8 weeks and were about to finally get an ultrasound to see our little nugget. It was honestly the most exhilarating day. I definitely over filled my bladder taking the instructions to have a full bladder maybe a little too far. It was a little overwhelming seeing that little jelly bean chilling in there. 

With bubs discovery they also found a little bleed in my uterus. It sounds really scary when your GP sits you down and tells you that you have some extra unwanted blood in your uterus and tells you you need to ‘take it easy’. I genuinely googled the meaning of ‘taking it easy’ . I am not a person who likes to stop. But for the health of my uterus I tried my best. I had my husband lift everything and he did a lot of the housework. I was already going crazy! 

Overall I was blessed to experience a more low key first trimester and am so grateful for it.

Second Trimester

I definitely felt a lot of relief when I hit the second trimester. It was amazing to get to share our news with our family and friends. My first trimester symptoms dissipated slowly and I was still feeling some morning sickness until about 15/16 weeks. I definitely had a lot more pep in my step though with my energy slowly returning in about the same time frame. 

Now we sit at the end of the second trimester a few weeks away from the home stretch. I have had an Iron infusion already this year because apparently this baby is Iron Man and is absorbing any iron that I try to put in my body. I’ve also got a weird thing with eggs where I always get sick then I eat them so I don’t think bub is a fan at all. 

Overall I feel great. I am so grateful for the experience of getting to carry bub and start our family and I am looking forward with a lot of excitement and nerves for what the third trimester brings and meeting our tiny little human. 

Greece Travel Diary #1 , Mainland: Tour (Day 1)

So as you may or may not know (if you are following my Instagram, then you will definitely know) I was lucky enough to go to Greece over the June/July school holidays this year.
When I was planning my trip I was scouring the internet for photos and information to create the perfect itinerary for my fiancee and I. I thought I would help any travellers looking into a trip to Greece by adding my 2 cents to the interwebs.
So this series is going to be broken into 8 posts – Mainland Tour, Crete, Santorini & Athens – to make it easier if you just want to read/look at pictures from one part of Greece.

After we arrived in Greece, we spent one night in Athens before heading on a four day tour that was pretty much ‘the highlights’ of classical Greece. Now I was pumped for this. I find Greek history fascinating as well as their mythology so I was 100% down for the tour.

We were picked up at around 8:30am by our bus driver. They will pick you up and drop you back (after the 4 days) to certain hotels, I would definitely recommend booking at one of those as its SOOO much easier with luggage to hop on and off in one place and not have to worry about getting to your hotel.

Our bus driver was amazing! his name was George (Georgios in Greek, but I can’t say it) he didn’t speak much english, which was fine because George (my finance) can speak greek but also because he tried speaking english and I tried A LITTLE bit of greek. He was so friendly and helpful and an AMAZING bus driver.

corinthWe then picked up the other people on our tour -around 15 people- and our tour guide, Dimitra who was AMAZINGLY knowledgeable. We left from Athens and our first stop was Corinth Canal where we had a short stop to take some photos of the Canal and grab a coffee if we wanted one.

 

We then drove to Mycenae where we completed a walking tour with Dimitra, she was fantastic with the amount of information and was able to point out key aspects to the Mycenae era including the cyclonic walls – in the myths these walls around Mycenae were built by Cyclops (which I’m all about) – as well as burial domes.

 

We then drove (about an hour from memory) to Epidaurus one of the most well preserved outdoor amphitheatre’s in Greece that still has performances to this day. It was incredible to see how just building ‘seats’ into a cliff side in a semi circle can create a amazing about of sound projection from the stage. Honestly I was blown away! (I also cannot wait until next year when we head back to Greece and hopefully get to see a performance!) There is also a spectacular museum which has some amazing statues of Greek gods like Apollo!

Before heading to our first Amalia Hotel we drove to Napflio a gorgeous sea side town, where we were left to explore for a hour before we continued out drive. Napflio is stunning, there are buildings that are incredible colours and you are right on the ocean. It was so spectacular! It was also a great place to get to visit as my fiancee’s mum’s side of the family is from there! Honestly the photos don’t even do it justice!

 

after our timer wandering the beautiful streets of Nafplio we got back on the bus and were taken to our first hotel for the night, which was part of the Amalia chain of hotels which we stayed at each night. They were a great chain with rooms bigger than I expected. At each hotel we had a buffet dinner and breakfast.

Even after this first day we were honestly so zonked that we went to bed at 8:30pm!

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Nafplio
Mycenae
Epidaurus
Corinth Canal

 

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Review: ‘Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold’ By Stephen Fry

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Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold
By Stephen Fry

Publisher: Penguin Random House UK
Publish Date: 2017
Pages: 410
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre: History Mythology
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

Synopsis

The Greek myths are the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney.

They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. In Stephen Fry’s hands the stories of the titans and gods become a brilliantly entertaining account of ribaldry and revelry, warfare and worship, debauchery, love affairs and life lessons, slayings and suicides, triumphs and tragedies.

You’ll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia’s revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis.

Thoroughly spellbinding, informative and moving, Stephen Fry’s Mythos perfectly captures these stories for the modern age – in all their rich and deeply human relevance.

My Thoughts

I feel as though I am biased towards this book. Not only do I LOVE Greek Mythology an insane amount, but I also love Stephen Fry, so I pretty much knew I was going to love ‘Mythos’. I was not wrong.

Not only are the myths fantastically re-written with additional dialogue and great character building – I don’t even know if that’s actually possible, but still – and amazing depth of information.

I started reading my physical copy of the book, however as soon as I saw that Stephen Fry was narrating his book on Audible I knew that I needed to listen to it. I decided to save to for my travels in Greece, just to get more of a feel of the book – completely unnecessary, but also totally worth it – which was an amazing choice. I listened as we drove all over the mainland on a tour of ancient sites, many of which are mentioned throughout the myths and it was amazing to see these places as I was experiencing the story.

Fry adds great depth and detail, as well as opinions to his retelling to really give the gods and their stories incredible depth and dimension.

This is a book I will be revisiting again and again, listening to the stories of the Classical period in Greece’s history. (When I’m not devouring the Rick Riordan series that is)

My Rating

Plot: 9/10
Ease of reading: 5/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Stars:  5/5

 

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First Experience: Reading a Faerie Novel

I am a newbie when It comes to the Fae world and Faerie based novels. I know, I must of been living under a rock!

I can definitely say its been a great experience. Maybe it was the series I started with or maybe the Faerie world is one that really engages me. Either way, I’m here and all I want is more!

I really went into the whole thing blind. Mostly due to the fact that everyone had already read and reviewed ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ (which is the series I started with), so it wasn’t prevalent in my YouTube Subscriptions or on any book blogs that I was following. I read people mention the series in passing, adding it into a favourite book video or book shelf tours etc.

I finally decided to listen to all the raving and pick up the series. I knew small things about Faerie worlds – all of which I’ve learnt in the end of 2017/start of 2018. I discovered that there was magic involved, they can be unpleasant to humans; they are beautiful (usually); they can be vicious. So it was pretty much the bare minimum.

I jumped into ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ and I was hooked. I have genuinely not been so deeply engaged and eager to learn about a

I’m still working my way though ‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’ which is just as incredible as the previous books and that has given me even more understanding of Fae. From this series, as soon as I heard that ‘The Cruel Prince’ was going to take place in a Faerie world, I knew I needed it. I’m not a buy-new-releases-asap kind of person usually. but oh. my. gosh. I needed it. world since I discovered Harry Potter. I can chalk some of that up to the amazing writing of Sarah J. Mass. The detail and depth in the world has left me desperate to complete the books and to learn as much as I can.

I cannot wait to continue to read books in this Fantasy genre. My only problem… I don’t know of any other books that are based in a faerie world. If anyone has any recommendations I’d love to hear them!