I love this print by Mini Heroes; it would look so awesome in Baby B’s nursery (when we actually get around to getting one sorted for him… he’s still in with us!)
Johnson’s Extra Sensitive wipes are now even cheaper when you buy them on Amazon; just £7 for 12 packs. Well worth stocking up at this price!
To celebrate the welcome return of the Great British Bake Off, I thought I’d take a look back at the previous winners. What are they up to now??
Series 1 winner: Edd Kimber (@TheBoyWhoBakes)
After winning the first series of GBBO, Edd now writes for several magazines and newspapers including BBC Good Food, Delicious and Waitrose Kitchen. He also made regular appearances on TV including on Sunday Brunch and as resident baker on The Alan Titchmarsh Show.
Edd currently has 3 books out – The Boy Who Bakes, Say It With Cake and Patisserie Made Simple: From Macaron to Millefeuille and More
Series 2 winner: Joanne Wheatley (@JoanneWheatley)
Lovely Jo now runs a successful cookery school, and has released 2 books; Home Baking and A Passion for Baking. She has written articles for The Sun and The Mirror, showcasing her homely and delicious food.
A very popular winner because of her warm and friendly demeanour, Jo now appears at baking events throughout the country. Also she spends a lot of time at home with her family.
Series 3 winner: John Whaite (@JohnWhaiteBakes)
Now a regular chef on ITV1’s Lorraine, John is now bringing his cheery Northern personality to our breakfast TV screens.
He also has 2 books out: John Whaite Bakes: Recipes for Every Day and Every Mood
and John Whaite Bakes At Home.
He plans to open John Whaite’s Kitchen Cookery School in Autumn 2015
Series 4 winner: Frances Quinn (@frances_quinn)
Frances was regularly “baking outside of the box” and it was this creativity (remember her Giant Chilli Chocolate and Ginger Matchsticks??) that led to her being crowned the winner of series 4. A regular on the baking events scene, she continues to amaze with her wonderful creations.
She too has released a book: Quinntessential Baking
Series 5 winner: Nancy Birtwhistle (@nancybbakes)
Nancy was a consistent contender from start to finish, and was a well-deserved winner on series 5.
She has great website packed with recipes and baking tips, and appears at Country Shows and food festivals throughout the country; that certainly keeps her busy!
Baby B has just had his second round of injections. He was a lot happier going in than he was for the first lot; he screamed the place down then! I had sure he wasn’t due a feed this time around, so that probably helped! Haha.
There were a few tears… from both of us! I don’t think anything really prepares you for seeing your child in pain! It was over pretty quickly, and he was happy after that. Lots of cuddles in the evening were just what was needed (for both of us, I think. It had actually been a while since he’d fallen asleep on me… he used to all the time when he was really little… so that was nice.
Just another 4 weeks until his next lot is due!
Around 6 weeks ago, I felt a lump on my right breast. It was just when I was in the shower; I was doing my usual checks (click here to see how to do it yourself) and I felt a 10p sized lump. My first instinct was cancer. Well, that’s what you think, don’t you?
So I did a bit of googling (“lump in breast after pregnancy”) and saw that it might be a blocked milk duct (as I’m no longer breastfeeding, that can happen), so I took to doing some massaging techniques to try and get rid of it. After a couple of weeks, there was still no change, so I booked an appointment with my GP. He examined me, and said that he thought it was a Fibroadenoma however would refer me to the breast clinic at my local hospital for an ultrasound. He reassured me that breasts can change a lot throughout pregnancy, postpartum, and beyond, and that it’s unlikely to be anything to worry about (it didn’t feel like anything sinister to him)
10 days later, I headed at the hospital for my appointment. After an initial consultation with the doctor (who remarked on how lumpy my boobs were anyway!), he didn’t seem concerned. I was sent up to my ultrasound, where I was checked again by a different doctor. She wasn’t concerned either and – whilst doing the ultrasound – told me that it was “just a cyst” and would I like it to be removed now? Yes please! She then went through the process of removing it; she cleaned the area, put a needle in, which she wriggled around a bit to get it into the cyst. Once she was happy that it was in the right place, the nurse used the syringe to suction it out. The whole process was surprisingly painless. There was a fair amount of liquid that came out (TMI??). A small plaster later, and I was sent on my way… relieved, and with slightly less lumpy boobs.
I can’t fault the care I was given throughout; from my initial GP visit, to the doctor at the hospital, to the doctor who did my ultrasound (and cyst removal!). As everyone else around me kept calm, it made me keep calm too. Obviously it was always on my mind… but I try not to worry about things unless there’s actually something to worry about. How I was looked after was a real credit to the NHS… even though at every stage (GP, breast clinic and ultrasound department) every waiting room was jam packed with patients. As long as you’re prepared to wait around (and I was – I actually got to read a non-baby-related magazine for the first time since Baby B was born!).
I encourage everyone to check their boobs; if you notice any changes, go and see your GP. Even if you’re embarrassed; you can ask for a female doctor, or a female nurse to be present. Even if you think “it’s probably nothing” or “it’s probably just a cyst”… yes, it probably is. But go and get it checked out anyway. I’m so pleased that I did.