Being a Mummy: Week 3

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Several people have messaged me and said.. "Enjoy this time as it flies by". 
At first I thought "What the heck are they on about..." now though with a little one who's already 3 weeks old I understand exactly what they are saying... How is little Lewis 3 Weeks Old already?! 


(Baby Lewis in his funky outfit of the day)

I've had a few Facebook messages asking where Lewis' funky trousers are from... they're from a UK company called "Blade & Rose"  I absolutely LOVE THEM as they're bright and colourful, they also have a cool pictured on the bum... (this pair have a picture of a whale on them.) Also they are really stretchy and easy to get on which makes life a lot easier when your little one decides he wants to wriggle all over the place... PLUS they are nice and loose which is great as Lewis has been suffering with a little bit of wind! (I got my Blade & Rose trousers from BabyShop here in Dubai.)
Lewis is also wearing in this picture some Fisher Price shoes (from Babyshop) and a little suit from Mothercare.

This weeks been another good week... 
Lewis is a little love... however he has been suffering from trapped wind this week and earlier on in the week it seemed no matter how many times I winded him it made no difference to him at all as he still lay there squirming about crying. This is very frustrating as a parent... not because of the crying but because he was uncomfortable and I couldn't make it better. 
We were advised to get Infacol which is based around Simeticone. This helps to make the air bubbles bigger and easier to pass... We tried this out and to be honest I'm not sure if it actually made things any better... also after reading all the ingredients I decided not to use it anymore as it contains Saccharin Sodium, flavouring and two E numbers!!!! 

Good news though I seem to have figured out a way to deal with the trapped wind... 
I had a Boppy pillow brought for us by a friend. You can read about them here > BOPPY 
Now after every feed I sit him in the pillow for a few minutes so he's nicely upright and comfortable and then wind him gently after that. Giving him this extra bit of time after feeding seems to have really helped and he seems a lot more comfortable and chilled. 
YAY for that!


(Retro Feasts at The Beach Dubai)


This week we decided to take Little Lewis for a walk round "The Beach" here in Dubai... 
We actually had our maternity photo shoot at "The Beach" in Magnolia Bakery... so it was really nice to take Lewis in there now he's here.


(Maternity Photo shoot at Magnolia Bakery by Chloe Lodge)

Lots of peeps have been asking about our Vlogs... can I just say it's nice to know that you've been enjoying them... The Vlogs will be back and they'll be plenty of videos coming up on my YouTube channel soon... however this week we thought we would do a quirky, fun little introducing Lewis video... so click here and watch that now... 

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Sparkly Sunday

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Hi there lovelies,

I know Sparkly Sunday is much loved and I would like to apologize for being a little bit flaky over the last few weeks and not posting... The last few weeks of pregnancy were so busy and then of course Lewis arrived in the world, so even busier. But right now whilst little Lewis is sleeping I'm getting chance to catch up on Sparkly Posts so here you have the first Sparkly Sunday of 2015!


1. "Goodbye" - Martin Eriksson ft: Clare Elise (REMIXES)




So "Goodbye" was released late on in 2014. We had loads of success with the original track with worldwide support. Because of this we decided along with Southside Recordings to release a remix package. This originally was exclusive to BEATPORT however now you can get your copy off of ITUNES.  Please download and support.

2. Kikki K
(Quote card picture thanks to Kikki,K)
Since discovering this store online via the wonderful world of INSTAGRAM ... (you can follow me HERE) I have to say I've become a little obsessed and my wish list is growing every day! 
I LOVE STATIONARY. It's a little bit of a passion of mine. 
This little online store ticks all boxes as regards cute, quirky stationary... so if you're looking to brightening up the office this New Year then grab yourself some goodies from here. I particularly like these cute quote cards.

3. Irregular Choice - Mr & Mrs Shoes


(Photo thanks to Irregular Choice)


On our wedding day I wore the sparkliest of shoes (as you would imagine) however If these had been around on our wedding day I have to say these would have been my perfect pair of shoes.... sparkly and with funky heels! AMAZING... as you can see they are out in February and priced at 139 GBP.

4. Bluebird Tea Company

(photo thanks to Bluebird Tea Co)


You may remember me mentioning this fab tea company from Brighton in the UK a little while back here on the sparkly blog as they did a fab pumpkin spice tea late last year. However I thought I would pop them on the blog again because in the New Year I know that we all look for healthier options as we try to shape up after eating lots over the festive period and when I did #VLOGFIT I found fruit and flavoured teas helped to satisfy my sweet cravings without the all the calories. For instance check out this cool tea that I've posted above "Strawberry Lemonade".


5. Clare Elise Sparkles YouTube Channel

Finally just a little favour... Please click on the link above and head on over to my Sparkly YouTube Channel and click subscribe once you're there. On my channel I post beauty video and vlogs...... Thank you xx 
(Clare Elise)

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Being a mummy: Week 2

Thursday, 22 January 2015


Firstly can I say a "HUGE THANK YOU" for all the lovely messages we've received and all the likes on Facebook. Thanks so much for all the love and best wishes, it really means lots to know you care.

As you know throughout pregnancy I've done weekly updates and vlogs and since having Lewis I've had a lot of messages asking if we are going to continue the update and vlogs now Lewis is here. The answer is yes... 
Each week I'll do a little written update here on the sparkly blog and also very soon they'll be videos on the Sparkly YouTube channel so make sure you click subscribe now... 
Oh and you can also follow this blog on BLOGLOVIN


So Week 2 of being a mum...

I'm genuinely loving it. Yes it can be a little tiring feeding every 2 / 3 hours and if Lewis has a grumpy moment and cries at me it can be a little frustrating trying to figure out his needs, however any stresses or tired moments slip away from me a soon as I see his cute little face and my heart melts each time he looks into my eyes.
It sounds soppy right! But genuinely this whole being a mum thing really is awesome and I'm loving it!

(Photo by Chloe Lodge photography - Baby Lewis)

If you've followed me for a while you may have seen that I set off on a fitness journey in January 2014 and called it #VLOGFIT if this is something of interest to you, you can watch my journey by clicking here > #VLOGFIT

During #VLOGFIT I actually got diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) this was something that I had suspected that I had, had for years but never actually got diagnosed with until January 2014. 
That appointment with the gynecologist really wasn't a fun one. She did a scan, confirmed I had PCOS and that I had plenty of cysts on my ovaries and then continued to tell me that I might never have a baby as fertility can be an issue. I actually cried right then and there in front of her as she was so negative. But after a cup of coffee, a chat with my mum and of course a lengthy chat with my hubbie I decided that I was gonna battle this and lose weight healthily (because after reading lots of books I found that weight played a big part). 
It's exactly a year since that appointment and I'm sitting here with a healthy little baby boy and a smile on my face and I've proved that PCOS doesn't have to control you. You can take control of it... This is quite personal topic but I wanted to share so that anyone else who might be reading this and suffering with PCOS can see that it doesn't have to leave you feeling down and lost you can find ways to help control it... 
Here's a video that I did last year with some helpful bits of information..





So back to Week 2 with Baby Lewis... 

(Baby Lewis 2 Weeks Old)


He's doing great! I'm managing to breastfeed him which I'm really happy with as I wasn't sure whether I'd be able to do it. However he latched on really well from day one and now is feeding brilliantly... in fact we weighed him this week and he is now 8lbs! Gold star for me... hee, hee, hee :) 

It's been a little tiring this week as he seems to be suffering from wind (as all babies do) so those night feeds have sometimes been a little long... but a good cup of Ringtons Tea seems to do the trick in the morning to wake me up, so happy days! 

We been out and about again most days which has been good for Lewis as it gets him a little bit of fresh air and some sunshine... although this last week we actually had really bad rain and the roads got flooded!

Chris is an amazing Dad.. he's a master at changing nappies super quick, he fetches me a glass of water when I'm breastfeeding (its thirsty work) and he's fab at getting rid of baby hiccups it would seem. What can I say... I'm very lucky! 

(Chris & Clare and Baby Lewis - photos by Chloe Lodge)



As you can see we've had some professional photo's taken. These were done by Chloe Lodge Photography. You may remember that Chloe was the lady who did our maternity photo shoot which you can see HERE

I've just got the photo's back as we actually had the photo shoot when Lewis was 1 Week Old... I'll share these on the Sparkly Blog soon so watch this space... 



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My First Week As A Mum...

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Hi there lovelies,

As you may have noticed all has been very peaceful on the sparkly blog for the last week...
If you read my previous post and watched the YouTube video on there you'll have seen that in the early hours of the 7th January 2015 I was admitted to hospital and gave birth to our wonderful little boy... LEWIS...


(Clare Elise & Chris Birks Baby Lewis) 

I will look at sharing my birth story with you and do a little introduction video on YouTube shortly for baby Lewis... However can I just say right now a HUGE THANK YOU to the team of midwives that helped me through a natural birth with just gas and air on the 7th January, and a special THANK YOU to Joyce who was the midwife who supported me every step of the way in my labor room. I feel really blessed that I had such a wonderful lady supporting both Chris and I through such a big thing and will be forever thankful for her kind words and wonderful care throughout.
Also I must mention my consultant here to, who was just amazing! Thank you all.


Our first week with Baby Lewis has been incredible. Everyone keeps messaging us asking "How are you getting on?", " Is he a good little boy?", "Are you getting any sleep?", "How are you feeling in yourself?" .... 
(Proud Daddy Chris Birks)

We are all doing amazing! Baby Lewis is such a calm little thing and I truly believe this is down to me getting on with life as normal during pregnancy and staying calm. My blood pressure was always low throughout my pregnancy and as you will have seen from my Pregnancy Vlogs and Baby Bump Updates I've been really healthy as well... expect of course for the gall bladder thing on Week 34 but other than that all good! 
Baby Lewis is sleeping pretty good also (infact he is lay here next to me in his Chicco Next2Me Co-Sleeper right now as I type!)
We've got quite a nice sleep routine going on already and he's settling pretty easily and sleeping through maybe 2 or 3 hours at a time between feeds. 

Regards our life... we've been out and about most days over this last week, whether that's been for coffee after a follow up hospital appointment or for an early evening meal somewhere. Something that I was set on after birth was that as soon as I felt well enough after having little Lewis that we got ourselves out and about. I didn't want to stuck in the house 24/7. 
(Our first family trip out for sushi on Saturday Evening)

My mum was here in Dubai for the birth of Lewis. It was great to have her here by my side throughout the last couple of weeks of pregnancy and the actual birth. The only sad thing was that mum only had a few days with little 'un before she had to fly home because Lewis was 7 days late... However it's all good as I've already booked Grandma a flight over in a few months time... so already we are looking forward to that ... 

(Grandma, Clare Elise and Baby Lewis)
You may have noticed that we kept baby bumps name a secret until now... 
There's a reason for this...

Lewis is named after my Grandad Lew....
(The last picture taken of Clare Elise and her Grandad Lewis - Christmas 2003) 
Grandad Lew was one of the closest people to me when I was growing up. I have many a happy memory of Christmas time with him and Grandma and of all the happy times we spent together as a family when I was growing up. Grandad was such a character... he always had something to say! I remember when I first had my hair cut short and dyed red. I walked into his living room and his first words were "Well that's definitely different and it looks like it's been cut with a knife and fork!" Whilst saying this though he had a little smile going on, so I knew he actually liked the new hair do! 
My Grandad passed away in 2004, I'll never forget that day because it broke my heart. However now I can smile everyday when I see baby Lewis and know that he was named after a lovely man.

So how am I doing one week on after pregnancy...

I'm actually doing really good. I'm feeling fab! 
I feel blessed as I had a really good pregnancy, a great birth and baby Lewis is a really calm baby. 
Yeah I feel very, very lucky! 
(Clare Elise 40 Weeks Pregnant / 1 Week after birth)

As you can see from the above picture I'm doing pretty good at getting back to shape already! This is down to breastfeeding Lewis. When I was pregnant I wasn't sure whether I'd be able to breastfeed and although I knew it was important I decided to just go with the flow and see what happened. Pretty much straight after birth Lewis latched on really well and from then on I knew that breastfeeding was the thing to do. 


So here we are then at the start of our journey... 
Watch this space as I'll be doing more updates very soon on the Sparkly Blog and on my YouTube Channel... 

ALSO... Chris has now started a blog called "THE DAD DIARY" have a little read and subscribe.... 



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