Katy Colins Bestselling author & travel blogger 📚 #Lonelyheartstravelclub Dream big. Say YES! Eat the cake 🙌 @notwedordead
🤞So far so good 🤞
I’m waiting for the crash from the happy hormones that usually hits between day 3-5. But instead of feeling overwhelmed and teary I just feel so bloody lucky to have two wonderful healthy children. I don’t take any of this for granted.
Today is also my dad’s birthday. So I’m being extra kind to myself with even more baby cuddles. Although they will never get to meet, Auben shares the same star-sign as his grandad.
I miss him desperately.
I know how proud he would be with his first grandson & can only begin to imagine the love that would radiate from him if he could hold him in his arms.
Physically, I’m recovering well but I’m not wanting to rush back too soon. I’m enjoying taking things slow, not feeling like I need to prove anything (like I did with Everleigh - Wanting to show to myself & others, I guess, that I could totally still be the same Katy who just came with a tiny person now). This time I’m going to soak up any offer of support, cups of tea and opportunities for naps for as long as I can. I don’t need to prove anything but I do need to look after number 1. I’ve got two mini people depending on me now.
Second time round and I feel a lot calmer and confident with a newborn. It’s just a lovely feeling that I’m going to enjoy ... whilst my hormones will let me!
Thank you for your lovely messages and well wishes. It has been so wonderful hearing from so many of you! Xx 😘 xx
9782111 February, 2019
💙 HELLO WORLD 💙 After keeping us waiting this cutie shot into the world in quite a dramatic way - so quick that John missed the actual birth! I’ll share the full story once I’ve processed it but we are both doing fab and I’m so happy! I’m thrilled to introduce our son - Auben John Colin. Born 7/2/19. Weight 9lb 02oz. He is just perfect and I feel like the luckiest lady alive 🥰
2,154939 February, 2019
‘Baby will come when baby is ready’ 🙄 My patience is being tested with this one. I would feel so much happier if I could sit & stuff my face with chocolate as I wait for any slight ‘sign’ that something might be happening 😩🍫Trying to stay positive as surely there can’t be much longer to go..... 🤞 #gestationaldiabetes#overdue#evictionnotice
728314 February, 2019
Things have taken a slight turn in this pregnancy, which is why I’ve been quiet on here as I’ve been trying to get my head around it all. .
A few weeks ago I was tested positive for #GestationalDiabetes as my bump (and baby) we’re measuring BIG! 😬 This meant a dramatic change in my diet -aka- cutting out all sugars, monitoring my blood sugars four times a day and waving goodbye to my planned home birth. It meant more hospital monitoring, scans and serious talks with consultants to make sure baby is doing ok on this final stretch of pregnancy. .
It’s not the end of the world but as everything has been so seamless up to now and I hate medical intervention (hospitals freak me out!) it’s been a blow, especially when you add a dollop of hormones into the mix. Plus, I have the biggest sweet tooth of anyone I know so going cold turkey on sugar has been ... challenging. .
BUT it has given me a new found respect for those who do this daily. Diabetes is not something to mess with. It has also opened my eyes to the secret sugars that’s hidden in so much of what we eat. Yes, I’m now a careful label checker. .
So, I’m currently stuck in this end of pregnancy limbo land not sure if every day could be the day. And if every slight twinge could mean something. And if I’ve done enough to manage my blood sugars so we are both ok during the birth and afterwards. All the time dreaming of cake that will just have to wait 🍰 👶 🚨 #gestationaldiabetes
68132020 January, 2019
This is it...
Standing in a muddy field with our unimpressed looking toddler - who will hate us for that hat one day. It’s rare we manage to get photos of us together anymore that’s not a blurry selfie. Both sporting more wrinkles, worry lines and accepting our slightly sleep deprived state. All bundled up in coats, wellies and glasses, just days (🤞) away from welcoming our second baby into the world. .
Marriage isn’t an Instaworthy photoshoot. It’s an adventure. One that’s only going to get more full on as our family grows. Who wants boring? .
We’ve gone through so much since standing at the altar saying ‘I Do’ two years ago today. I wouldn’t want anyone else on my side and by my side. .
Happy anniversary Mr S❤️ 👰🏻 🎩 👶 👶
7811014 January, 2019
This is the year we go from a family of 3 to a family of 4! Eeek! Baby number two has just a few weeks left until eviction but before that there’s nesting to be done. The Xmas decs are down (after a mandatory bump shot), the house is back to normal, and even the oven has been cleaned - by a professional, there’s no way I’m scrubbing in my condition 😂 Anyone else packed up the festive gear and ready to start 2019?? #36weekspregnant#bringon2019
44392 January, 2019
Feeling BIG 🐳 🤰🏻 I’m at that stage where everything is getting tougher, slower & bigger. It’s such a magical time... 🙄
If something drops on the floor now then it stays there - forever. Getting comfy in bed is like a drunk seal doing the worm.
I’ve had horrific acid reflux/heartburn for the past few days. Thankfully the doc prescribed me some meds harder than Gaviscon, which (touch wood) has helped let me grab some much needed sleep. Thanks so much to everyone who got in touch via my insta stories with their advice. Turns out cold milk, bananas & almonds helped a lot of people out!
You fear moaning about the later stage of pregnancy as you’re very aware of how lucky you are getting closer to your due date. How everyday is a miracle. Yes, I’m blessed but it’s also bloody hard! And sometimes a good moan makes it feel slightly easier and that you’re less alone when your body has become taken over by this wriggling life form.
Second time round the goddess-like shine has faded and you’re expected to just get on with it. This time your older, saggier body is doing it all over again but with an energetic toddler by your side (seemingly determined to drop every toy in your path as a death wish). You’re not a pregnant woman but a pregnant mother. A very big difference to both your sanity and energy levels!
To all those in the same boat, you’re doing a sterling effort. Building, growing then birthing a human means you should be adored like the goddess you are. It’s such a magical time after all 😂🤰🏻 #blessed
7254217 December, 2018
The words ‘luxury’ & ‘toddler’ don’t usually go together but I’ve found a hidden gem of a hotel where big & little kids are treated like royalty. The full experience of our baby moon (with an 18 month old too!) is on the blog right now - link in bio. Cheers! 🥂🍼
288614 December, 2018
The VERY serious business of picking the perfect Christmas tree. It’s a tough job. Thankfully we had a decisive toddler to make our choice for us... yep, we ended up with a huge 7ft handsome beast. Now to get it in the house & decorate! How are your Xmas plans coming along? Feeling festive yet? 🎄🎅🏻❤️ #christmastreefarm
305211 December, 2018
Solo parenting a toddler whilst 7months pregnant this weekend has been ... ahem ... testing. I’m in awe of all those single parents who do this every day. It’s a tough gig. I’m getting to that waddling-swollen ankles-little energy stage (oh so glam) which means nothing to a whirlwind 18month old! 😂 -
Thankfully coffee, advent calendar chocolate & walks to see the Christmas lights has kept us going. Hurry home @jrsiddle! We miss you! 🙏
P.s- How cute is this knitted Xmas pudding hat I picked up from a charity shop?! 😍 #motherhoodunplugged
17342 December, 2018
**NEW BOOK KLAXON 🚨 **
Grace Salmon is too busy dealing with death that she's forgotten how to live.
This is #HowToSayGoodbye - my new novel that I can't wait for you to read. It is a novel that means the world to me for many different reasons. It is a novel that took a lot of courage to write after the death of my dad last year 😢
For anyone who has loved and lost - How To Say Goodbye- is a life-affirming story about death, grief and moving forward. It is uplifting and heartwarming but also asks: "How do you tell someone you love them when they won't hear it?" 💛
Now it has a title and a front cover it is all starting to feel very real! I CANNOT wait for you to get your hands on a copy. All the pre order links AND the full story of exactly why this little book means the world to me is on the blog (link in bio) #nevergiveup
4857227 November, 2018
I’ve deleted an entire novel... Yup, all 80,000 words of it. I share exactly why this happened on the blog (link in bio) 🙈 BUT stick with me as I’m hoping there’s a silver lining in all of this madness - which I will reveal tomorrow! #teaser