Monday, 15 January 2018

Becoming Dad: An Interview with Jordan.

For most men, becoming a dad for the first
time can be a daunting and confusing time. Their partner is going through so much and forming a special bond with their unborn child whilst dad stands in the corner, hands in pocket, unsure how he can be of any assistance. After conception, it's all pretty much mum until baby is born and then dad is handed a wrinkly pink bundle that's screaming at him. It understandable that it can be daunting for men to become dads for the first time so since it's been nearly a month since our son Flynn was born, I asked my fiancé Jordan about his experiences with becoming a (blood) dad for the first time.



How did you feel when you heard the news that you were going to be a dad?

Absolutely scared and panicking about what was going to happen and how we were going to cope. That was after the initial shock and wave of happiness to find out I was going to be a dad. It was really a mix of emotions. Financially we were not in the best of places so finding out your girlfriend (now fiancée) was pregnant when you didn't expect it to happen for many months is kind of a big shocker.

How did you cope with the pregnancy?

It goes without question that the pregnancy had its ups and downs for the both of us. Of course I was never going to go through what Alli was going through so I had it easy in that regard. It was difficult seeing her in pain and not really being able to do much about it, As the pregnancy went on and she could do less and less it was on me to take over most of the jobs around the house as well as keeping up with the day job.

Don't know how normal people do it but for me it was a huge transition regarding being relied upon. In the middle of all of this it did kick start me to finding a new job (One which I can, thankfully, say I'm still at) which is a 50 minute drive one way. Attempting to balance that all did become quite stressful and, admittedly, I don't think I was the best at coping overall. We, however, made it through these stresses and now we have a healthy baby boy. In my eyes all of this has been worth it.

How did you feel seeing your partner go through pregnancy?

It wasn't the best of feelings. I tried to do what I can in order to make it a more comfortable experience for her but ultimately there wasn't a whole lot I could have done with the problems that developed later on towards the end of the pregnancy. I wish I did do some things differently but as they say the past is the past.

9 time out of 10 if she asked for something I would get it in order to make her feel better but this was also pretty draining. I can safely say that I've done the 3 o'clock in the morning trip to McDonalds in order to get her something that she was craving (In this case it was chicken). Seeing the change in emotion from one minute to the next was pretty difficult at times and it was pretty tough seeing her cry for no reason. Also the odd time where she'd be angry at me it was hard to not take that personally.

Pro Tip: Saying "Everything is going to be OK" doesn't help things. Trust me,

What did you fear most about becoming a dad

How, financially, we were going to cope with a new arrival in the house.

Did that fear come true?

It's early days yet but with Flynn breastfeeding that certainly takes a load off. We're going through nappies like it's a closing down sale at Woolworth's so seeing that stock dwindle down is pretty daunting. Luckily throughout the pregnancy my parents have been helping us buy the baby essentials such as nappies, Nappy bags as well as the bigger purchases like the pram and the cot.

If it wasn't for them I think i'd have lost most of my hair by now or at least gone gray. 

What was labour/child birth like for you?

For me personally the birth was a surreal experience. As Alli opted to go for an elective C Section due to all the problems that were occurring she didn't go through actual labour. When we were in the operating theatre they allowed me to sit besides her head and within 15-20 minutes Flynn was crying his lungs out letting us all know that he had arrived.

Hearing your child cry for the first time is definitely a sudden wave of happiness. I'm not ashamed to say I was crying with tears of joy as a result.

What do you love most about being a dad?

Definitely the cuddles. Coming home from a long work day and picking up my son (If he's not sleeping of course) and just laying on the bed with him on my chest. Think every time I've done it so far I've fallen asleep with him. It's a funny thing really but Alli has plenty of incriminating evidence of this occurring to embarrass our son with later in life.

What do you dislike about being a dad?

You know, I don't think I really dislike any aspect of it. Even the nappy changing is somewhat of a good experience because I do feel useful doing it. He has yet to really get me with his stream yet but I know the day will come. He has tried at least 5 times already so I don't think we've got a quitter.

Can't really mention lack of sleep either because, for the most part, I'm actually getting enough of that (Which Alli absolutely detests). I suppose getting him to actually settle in the first place is actually pretty difficult as he REALLY doesn't like being put down in his cot. We've found a little trick which seems to work 80% of the time involving white noise but I'm sure that trick will stop working before we know it.

I can see this becoming a back and forth from now until he most likely becomes a man child.

How has becoming a dad changed your life?

It's definitely been added responsibility and worries. Worrying about every little thing that may potentially be wrong is actually me feeling what Alli felt when she was pregnant with him. As Alli already had a child from her previous relationship living with us I think I was already eased somewhat in the role of being a dad.

In a sense, this is just me living the first 2 years of a person's life from scratch. I've got a lot of learning to do but I'm ready for the journey ahead.

Do you have any favourite memories so far?

There are quite a few memories that have been made already. One favourite memory of mine was when we were showing Flynn off to my old work colleagues. They were pretty much like a second family to me so showing them just filled me with so much joy.

Pretty close to this was the time where we dressed him up in an Elf outfit and put him in a box. What's that? Babies don't belong in boxes? Well he is practically a gift considering the time he was born so why not put him in a box for 10 seconds to forever immortalise that memory in our minds.

My favourite memory though was looking at him and hearing him for the first time. That very moment nothing else mattered to me, all of life's problems just disappeared and it was just an overwhelming sense of happiness and joy. Looking down at him on the table and being offered to cut the cord (Which I initially thought would be incredibly gross. Turns out that it literally is like cutting through a sausage.They even tell you where to cut) is a memory that will forever be with me. Along with the overwhelming sense of love every time I look at him of course.

If you could go back in time and give yourself some fatherly advice, what would it be?

"Step up your game you idiot. You're going to be a father now so it's time to get serious."

Admittedly I did go through half the pregnancy not really ready for the gravity of the responsibility that was going to be bestowed upon me. Up until that time I really had just been going with the flow of life. Whatever happens happens kind of deal. Having that kind of attitude meant that things needed to happen pretty quickly.

If I had gotten serious at the very start it may have been a smoother ride all over.

Anything else you'd like to add for first time expectant fathers?

"Life, er, finds a way". Don't get too bogged down with the details. You're going to be a dad! It's a real moment of change for any man's life but being stuck with your head in the short term won't really help you or your partner. The end result is worth it. You can deal with the money side of things when that comes. Of course I'm not saying to not worry about those kind of things. You are most likely going to be the one providing for the family in that regard but if you get too bogged down in those details you won't be able to enjoy what is a most wonderful period of creation.

Have fun with it!

I would like to thank Jordan for collaborating on this post with me. You can follow him on Twitter: @dante556 or on Twitch!



Until next time,
Alli and Jordan xo.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Friday, 12 January 2018

5 Things you might not know before you breastfeed

There comes a point during pregnancy that
all women decide how they're going to keep their offspring alive after they've exited the womb. Some choose to breastfeed exclusively, some express and some formula feed. There's huge debate over which is the best way to feed your new baby but truth be told, as long as your baby gets fed, that's all the truly matters. Everyone has their own reasons for choosing their feeding method and no mother should ever be belittled or bullied for her choices. Just do what is best for you and your baby and remember that you're doing a great job. I personally chose to breastfeed for the health benefits to my children and also for the bonding experience. I breastfed my daughter for the first year of her life and plan to do the same with my son. I thought I was prepared for breastfeeding but turns out there were some things I didn't know and weren't prepared for. So if you choose to breastfeed your baby, here are 5 things you might not know about breastfeeding.

1. Your baby probably won't latch straight away.

Might be obvious to some but a lot of mothers begin to panic when their baby doesn't latch on and start feeding straight away. They worry that their baby will starve and immediately jump to the conclusion they've failed and are already a terrible mother. Relax. It's perfectly normal for a baby not to latch first try. It can take several attempts for them to get a proper latch and even when they do, they may not stay on for very long. They will get it with practice though. Also don't worry about them not feeding much straight away. Straight after birth a babies stomach is only the size of a marble so it will fill very quickly. If baby isn't latching a midwife will be on hand to help you express some colostrum and will syringe feed it to your baby. This process may leave you feeling like a milked cow but it will help ease some concerns that your baby hasn't had anything to eat. 

2. Your breast milk won't come in for a couple of days.

You might expect your breasts to balloon up as soon as baby is born but don't be surprised when they don't. For the first couple of days after baby is born, your body produces colostrum. Colostrum is a form of milk produced during pregnancy. It is very rich in antibodies that help to protect your newborn against disease. Even if you choose to formula feed, a midwife may still suggest expressing colostrum on the first day to give your baby those important anti-bodies. After about day 2 you'll notice your breasts getting heavier and fuller, this is your breast milk coming in. If you have been expressing you'll also notice a change in colour of your breast milk as well. 

3. The first few feeds will drain all your energy.

This is something I really wish someone
had warned me about when I first started breastfeeding my daughter. The sensation is almost indescribable. It's like your baby is literally sucking the life energy out of your body. I felt weaker and more exhausted by the minute. It was a fight to stay conscious. A fight I actually lost the first time it happened. Thankfully I had Vala's dad by my side to ensure I didn't drop her in my weakened state. If you find yourself alone and your energy fading fast, buzz a midwife and explain the situation. She should stay close by and monitor you and baby to make sure nothing bad happens. Don't worry though, The sudden fatigue when feeding only last for the first couple of feeds so usually by day 2 you're not effected by it anymore.

4. It will hurt! For a little while.

See this one throws people off because you get told it's going to hurt but the pain doesn't come in straight away. It lulls you into a false sense of security. You might be lucky enough to go a good couple of days with no pain at all but then suddenly it comes outta nowhere. It'll start as a dull pressure at first and gradually get more and more painful to the point you may cry out, clench your entire body and scrunch your face up. It is a lot more painful than you may expect. Good news is it doesn't last. It will last a week, tops. And just as it gradually gets worse, over the week it'll gradually get better. Eventually you'll return to how it felt the first time you fed your baby; pretty much painless. Your baby will be able to latch on with you barely even noticing. 

5. It will get messy. Very messy!

Another fact that lulls you into a false sense of security at first. The reason for this is because as stated above, your breast milk doesn't come in for the first couple of days. Your colostrum won't cause your breasts to fill up to bursting point. Once your breast milk comes in, expect to find it everywhere! At first your body will produce enough milk to feed twins so unless you're actually having twins (or more), you'll find you have a lot more than your baby needs. Not to worry, once your baby establishes a proper feeding routine, your body will only produce the amount needed for your tiny human. This may take some time though. A month, maybe even two. So stock up on those breast pads! Though don't be surprised how often you have to change them. In the beginning you could be changing them every 30 minutes. I wear 3 in each bra cup and I still wake up drenched in my own breast milk. And it's not just wetness you wake up to, it's stickiness too. They say breast milk tastes just like cantaloupe juice, well it feels like it too. Think back to the last time you ate any melon with your fingers, that stickiness is what you will wake up feeling, so get used it. 

Just remember, there is no right or wrong way to feed your baby. Yes there are benefits to breastfeeding but breastfeeding isn't for everyone. Don't give a woman a hard time if you see her bottle feeding instead because you don't know her situation. Some women can't produce milk. Some babies can't latch on. The women you see bottle feeding may have tried breast feeding and been unsuccessful. A fact that could be quite upsetting to her. So keep your opinions and thoughts to yourself. None of the "breast is best" nonsense. Unless you know her and her situation, it's better to just keep your thoughts to yourself. Just remember she is doing what is best for her baby just as you are doing for yours. Just keep doing what you're doing mum, because you're doing great!

Until next time,
Alli xo.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

How Gestational Diabetes saved my health.

It's something you never want to hear
you've got when you're pregnant; Gestational Diabetes. But for many pregnant women, it's something they must deal with. I was one of those women in my last pregnancy. I successfully passed my first Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) at 16 weeks but unfortunately luck abandoned me during my 28 week GTT. I left the hospital feeling so positive that I'd pass with flying colours and then hours later I received the dreaded phone call; I'd failed.

What is a Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT)? 

Well it's 2 blood tests completed at separate times to determine the glucose levels in your blood stream. First you must fast for 12 hours before the first bloods are taken. You'll then be given a glucose based drink to consume within 10 minutes. You must then sit and wait for 2 hours before your second blood test. You're not allowed to eat or drink anything during this time. In order to pass the GTT the glucose levels from the first blood test has to be 5.5 or less and 7.8 or less from the second blood test. Mine were 5.7 and 10.5! Way over.

Naturally I was angry and disappointed in myself. I felt like I had failed my unborn son because the gestational diabetes would effect him more than me.


How does Gestational Diabetes (GD) effect your unborn baby?

GD is when your body stop producing
enough insulin to regulate your blood sugar levels, leaving you with high blood sugar. The extra sugar passes through the umbilical cord to baby who then uses their own insulin to regulate sugar levels. Whilst this is handy for you, it does mean that baby ends up growing bigger and bigger depending on how much sugar passes through to them. Very large babies -for example, weighing over 9lbs are more at risk of sustaining injuries during birth, becoming stuck in the birth canal or needing a c-section. High blood sugar levels in the mother can also result in early labour, potentially birthing baby before his/her lungs have fully matured. Babies may also be born with low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia). Severe hypoglycemia can cause seizures in the baby. Flynn was born with hypoglycemia but quick feedings and extra feedings of formula from a cup ensured his sugar levels normalised within 24 hours. If babies blood sugar levels don't normalise after regular feedings, they may end up on the neo-natal unit for treatment.

So how did Gestational Diabetes save your health?

Well to be honest, at first I thought it had ruined my life. Until I got accustomed to it. See there are 3 ways to treat GD. First is with a strict diet that cuts out sugar. Second is with medication and third is with insulin injections in the stomach. Everyone with GD starts on the diet and only moves onto medication or injections if they cannot maintain their sugar levels through diet alone. Thankfully I could. The first couple of weeks were horrible. I have a serious sweet tooth so I really struggled to adjust. I wasn't allowed sugary cereals (which is most of them). I couldn't have white bread. I had to use sweeteners in my tea instead of sugar. And no chocolate! That was by far the worst of them. Chocolate is my one vice. It's my go to when I'm feeling emotional and when you're pregnant, you're emotional A LOT. The diet isn't only about severely cutting down on the sugar, it's also about increasing your consumption of vegetables as well proteins and good carbohydrates. 

So for 10 weeks I mostly lived off chicken, potato, vegetables and wholemeal bread. A typical day looked like this:

Breakfast: 2 slices of low sugar, high protein peanut butter on wholemeal toast.
Snack: Piece of fruit.
Lunch: 1 egg, scrambled on wholemeal toast
Snack: Handful of cashew nuts
Dinner: Chicken, mash sweet potato, vegetables
Snack: Cheese and crackers

It wasn't the most exciting of diets, I'll be honest but it kept my blood sugar levels down and kept me from needing medication or insulin injections. Now that I've had Flynn, my GD has gone and my body is producing the right amount of insulin. So I've started consuming sugar again. Hello chocolate! But I did learn from the experience. I was so determined to eat right to keep my unborn son healthy and safe that the chances to my diet have stuck. Some things admittedly have come back, like the chocolate, cereals (I love crunchy nut cornflakes) and glasses of fruit juice with toast but the changes I made have mostly stayed. I lost the desire to eat white bread and actually want to continue with wholemeal bread instead. Peanut butter on wholemeal toast or vegemite on wholemeal toast has become my regular, go to breakfast now. I eat a lot more fruit and vegetables than I used to and actually find myself craving fruit more often. I don't see the point in adding sugar to my tea or coffee anymore as the sweeteners work just as well. If it made financial sense, I'd even still be drinking lactose free milk. But at £1.40 for a 1L carton and 3 people drinking it, it ends up being very expensive.

Before the gestational diabetes, these simple little changes seemed horrible to me. I liked to eat my junk foods and loved sugar! Yes, I do still love sugar but I don't feel controlled by it anymore. Having GD forced me to eat clean and healthy and because I had to keep to my strict diet for almost 11 weeks, it became a habit. A habit I wasn't able to form in the past. For the first time in years, I finally feel as though I'm eating properly again. Once 6 weeks have passed from my c-section, I'll be back exercising too and hopefully the combination of the diet change and the exercise (along with the breastfeeding) will result in the weight slowly falling off me. Lowering my weight/bmi will dramatically reduce my risk of developing type 2 diabetes later on in life. Something I really want to avoid! 

So whilst it seemed like the end of the
world at the time, I'm actually really grateful I went through it. I think it was the best thing to happen to my health. Not whilst I was pregnant obviously but now. It gave me that kick, that determination, that discipline to make better choices and helped me to stick to them. I feel incredibly optimistic about the future and I believe the GD helped with that. 

So to all pregnant women out there who may be suffering with Gestational Diabetes, I know first hand how horrible it can seem at the time but believe me, it can make you a healthier person. Good things can come from it so just hang in there. If you are experiencing GD currently or have had it in the past, drop a comment below with how you managed it and what impact it had on your life after baby was born. I'd love to read other people's experiences.

Until next time,
Alli xo

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Writers block

Last year I set myself a new years resolution to write a novel. I thought if I could write at least one page a day, I'd easily have a complete first draft by the end of the year. Needless to say I was insanely ambitious. With the pregnancy and raising Vala, I found myself struggling to stay motivated and my novel would be neglected for weeks, sometimes months at a time. By the end of the year I'd not even managed to finish my third chapter. Something I'm still currently working on. The major problem is finding the motivation to sit down and actually write but when I do sit down to write, I find that the words don't want to come out of me. I know writers block is a very common occurrence for any writer but this is the worst I've ever had it and honestly, part of me doubts I will ever get this novel finished.

Sunday night, after Vala had gone to bed and Flynn was sleeping with a full belly and a dry nappy, I decided to get cracking on finishing that third chapter. But of course writers block happened. I sat staring at my screen for hours, maybe writing a sentence or two every half hour. The ideas were all there in my head and I knew exactly where I wanted the story to go. The trouble was everything I wrote sounded completely terrible. I couldn't get into the zone and just write because I was constantly editing and rewriting every sentence in my head. I took my netbook to bed with me and read over the page and a half I'd spent the entire night writing and suddenly the creative juices started flowing and before I knew it, it was 4am and I was having the internal struggle of whether to keep going whilst the words were there or to get some rest before Flynn woke for his morning feed and Vala wouldnt be far behind him. I forced myself to close my netbook and get some rest but doing so caused me to lose momentum. Upon opening my netbook later in the day, my brain didn't want to comprehend where the story was going. Writers block had returned and it's stuck around.

I've spent the past hour reading over the last couple of pages and trying to get into the zone again but to no avail. Instead all I could think about was getting my frustrations written out in blog form and now here I am. I just don't know what to do, the writers block is really defeating me at the moment. The ideas are there, I can see the story in my head so clearly it's like watching a movie but yet I can't get that image into words that sounds remotely decent. So I'm putting feelers out to any fellow writers out there... how do you overcome writers block? Any tips or pearls of wisdom you have to share? Drop a comment below and together we'll see if I can push passed this mental barrier and actually manage to complete chapter three!


Until next time,
Alli xo

Monday, 8 January 2018

100 Blogger Truths

Just for fun I thought I would take part in the "100 Blogger Truths" created by Debbie from My Random Musings. I wasn't tagged by another blogger but I wanted to participate still.  I also won't be tagging any other bloggers in to participate (mainly as I'm only just meeting new bloggers) but instead I'm leaving it open for everyone to participate in. And if you do participate, feel free to send me a link to your blog post and I will add it to this post.

The basics
1 What’s your name? Alison 
2 Any nicknames or aliases? Alli & Netirial
3 Your gender? Female
4 Your star sign? Scorpio
5 How old are you? 27
6 Your relationship status? Engaged
7 Any children? 2
8 Any pets? 2 cats
9 Any tattoos or piercings? Ears pierced.
10 What do you like about yourself? Not a whole lot
11 What do you dislike about yourself? Pretty much everything
12 Righty or lefty? Righty

Lasts

13 The last thing you drank: Cranberry & Raspberry Juice
14 The last thing you ate: Cheddar Crackers
15 Your last phone call: From my fiancè
16 Your last text message: Happy New Year to my best friend
17 Your last email: To my daughter to read when she's 18
18 The last song you listened to: Imagine Dragons - Whatever It Takes
19 The last book you read: Scarecrow & The Army of Thieves - Matthew Reilly
20 The last time you cried: 2 nights ago.
22 The last person you spoke to: My daughter
23 The last place you visited: Fiancès old work; Wilkos, to introduce our son to his old colleagues. 
24 Your last holiday abroad: Technically never had a holiday abroad.

Have you ever?

25 Have you ever gotten back with an ex? Never. Came close though.
26 Have you ever been cheated on? Sadly yes
27 Have you ever cheated on someone? Never! I know how much it hurts.
28 Have you ever lost someone special to you? Multiple people
29 Have you ever been so drunk you threw up? Too many times to count
30 Have you ever fallen out of love with someone? Multiple times.
31 Have you ever met someone who changed you? Definitely! And not for the better either :(
32 Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are? Again, sadly yes
33 Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn’t have? Yep! Instant regret. I was drunk & he was desperately trying to get out the friendzone. It gave false hope.
34 Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back? Happens more than it should
35 Have you ever broken someone’s heart? More than once.
36 Have you ever kissed a stranger? No.
37 Have you ever had your own heart broken? Badly, yes.
38 Have you ever had sex on the first date? No.
39 Have you ever been arrested? No.
40 Have you ever been attracted to someone that isn’t the gender you usually find attractive? No.
41 Have you ever done something you regret? Of course. 
42 Have you ever had a threesome? No.
43 Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public? Do it all the time.
44 Have you ever misjudged someone? Yes but it's a rare occurrence. I am usually a very good judge of character. 

Your beliefs and opinions

45 Do you believe in God? Yes and no. I'm Agnostic.
46 Do you believe in yourself? Not as much as i should
47 Do you believe in Santa Claus? Not since I was a kid
48 Do you believe in ghosts? Have actually seen one. Scared me so much I vomited and made me cower under a sofa.
49 Do you believe in aliens? I don't believe were alone in this universe but I prefer not to use the term "Aliens". They're other life forms to me.
50 Do you believe in miracles? Yes though I do think they're extremely rare.
51 Do you believe in the power of positive thinking? Sometimes
52 Do you believe in love at first sight? I didn't until I met my fiancè in person.
53 Can money make you happy? Not happy but it takes away stress and worry which can result in you feeling happier.
54 Would you describe yourself as a feminist? Somewhat, yes.
55 Are you pro-life or pro-choice? Pro-choice.
56 Do you have strong political beliefs? Not really
57 Do you have strong religious beliefs? No.
58 What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is? Love.

Right now

59 Are you eating anything right now? No
60 Are you drinking anything right now? Vanilla Coke
61 What are you listening to right now? My friend JonOfAllGames streaming on Twitch 
62 What are you thinking about right now? Not being sick anymore (im full of cold).
63 What are you waiting for right now? My fiancè to come home with stuff to cook dinner.
64 What are you most excited about right now? My children.
65 What’s your pet hate right now? My ex husband messaging me every single day since my son was born.
66 What’s your favourite thing right now? Definitely my children.
67 If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now? Resting in bed watching JonOfAllGames Twitch Stream.

Firsts

68 Your first best friend: Girl called Stephanie
69 Your first kiss: Honestly don't remember. I was kissing boys as a child haha.
70 Your first celebrity crush: Joseph Gordan-Levitt when he was in 3rd Rock from the sun.
71 Your first holiday: Queensland, Australia (I think)
72 Your first pet: A rabbit called Mikelopolis
73 Your first regret: Honestly cannot remember.
74 Your first job: Wendy's Supa Sundaes. I served people ice cream, milkshakes and hot dogs
75: Your first childhood memory: Watching a family friend participating in Dragon Boat racing when I was 2 years old

Which would you choose?

76 Love or money? LOVE
77 Twitter or Facebook? Both
78 Hook up or relationship? Always a relationship
79 Dogs or cats? Dogs
80 Coffee or tea? Coffee (just)
81 Beer or wine? Beer
82 Sweet or savoury? Sweet
83 Introvert or extrovert? Extrovert
84 Vampires or werewolves? Vampires
85 Seaside or countryside? Seaside
86 Summer or winter? Winter
87 Books or movies? Movies
88 Horror or comedy? Comedy

A few random questions to finish on

89 Do you wish you could change your past? No. If I did, I wouldn't have my family now.
90 What’s your dream job? An author.
91 What’s your guilty pleasure? All things unicorn! And I also really love My Little Pony.
92 What are you afraid of? Losing my family.
93 What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up? A mum. Seriously.
94 If you could have any super power, what would it be? I'd like to be able to make things appear out of thin air. Like "im craving chocolate" boom chocolate appears. 
95 If you could change anything about your life what would it be? I'd be thinner and healthier so I could keep up with my daughter and play with her more.
96 Would you want immortality? Only if my family had it too. If they didn't then hell no. I couldn't live without them.
97 If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would you choose? My favourite author; Matthew Reilly
98 Would you say you are happy? Happiest I've ever been in my life, so yes. I'm definitely happy.
99 What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen? Never stop believing in yourself. Someone will come along and try to squeeze all self-confidence out of you and crush your self-esteem. Dont let him! Keep believing in yourself!
100 Where would you like to be in five years’ time? Married to my amazing fiancè, with one more child so we have 3 in total. Living in a house we own and I'll have finally finished my first fantasy novel, published it and be working on my second!


There you have it 100 Blogger Truths about me. Remember, if you participate, post a link to your blog post in the comments below and I'll add it to this post. Grab the questions below if you would like to take part.

Until next time,

Alli xo

The basics

1 What’s your name?
2 Any nicknames or aliases?
3 Your gender?
4 Your star sign?
5 How old are you?
6 Your relationship status?
7 Any children?
8 Any pets?
9 Any tattoos or piercings?
10 What do you like about yourself?
11 What do you dislike about yourself?
12 Righty or lefty?

Lasts

13 The last thing you drank:
14 The last thing you ate:
15 Your last phone call:
16 Your last text message:
17 Your last email:
18 The last song you listened to:
19 The last book you read:
20 The last time you cried:
21 The last blog you read:
22 The last person you spoke to:
23 The last place you visited:
24 Your last holiday abroad:

Have you ever?

25 Have you ever gotten back with an ex?
26 Have you ever been cheated on?
27 Have you ever cheated on someone?
28 Have you ever lost someone special to you?
29 Have you ever been so drunk you threw up?
30 Have you ever fallen out of love with someone?
31 Have you ever met someone who changed you?
32 Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are?
33 Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn’t have?
34 Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back?
35 Have you ever broken someone’s heart?
36 Have you ever kissed a stranger?
37 Have you ever had your own heart broken?
38 Have you ever had sex on the first date?
39 Have you ever been arrested?
40 Have you ever been attracted to someone that isn’t the gender you usually find attractive?
41 Have you ever done something you regret?
42 Have you ever had a threesome?
43 Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public?
44 Have you ever misjudged someone?

Your beliefs and opinions

45 Do you believe in God?
46 Do you believe in yourself?
47 Do you believe in Santa Claus?
48 Do you believe in ghosts?
49 Do you believe in aliens?
50 Do you believe in miracles?
51 Do you believe in the power of positive thinking?
52 Do you believe in love at first sight?
53 Can money make you happy?
54 Would you describe yourself as a feminist?
55 Are you pro-life or pro-choice?
56 Do you have strong political beliefs?
57 Do you have strong religious beliefs?
58 What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is?

Right now

59 Are you eating anything right now?
60 Are you drinking anything right now?
61 What are you listening to right now?
62 What are you thinking about right now?
63 What are you waiting for right now?
64 What are you most excited about right now?
65 What’s your pet hate right now?
66 What’s your favourite thing right now?
67 If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now?

Firsts

68 Your first best friend:
69 Your first kiss:
70 Your first celebrity crush:
71 Your first holiday:
72 Your first pet:
73 Your first regret:
74 Your first job:
75: Your first childhood memory:

Which would you choose?

76 Love or money?
77 Twitter or Facebook?
78 Hook up or relationship?
79 Dogs or cats?
80 Coffee or tea?
81 Beer or wine?
82 Sweet or savoury?
83 Introvert or extrovert?
84 Vampires or werewolves?
85 Seaside or countryside?
86 Summer or winter?
87 Books or movies
88 Horror or comedy

A few random questions to finish on

89 Do you wish you could change your past?
90 What’s your dream job?
91 What’s your guilty pleasure?
92 What are you afraid of?
93 What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?
94 If you could have any super power, what would it be?
95 If you could change anything about your life what would it be?
96 Would you want immortality?
97 If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would you choose?
98 Would you say you are happy?
99 What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen?
100 Where would you like to be in five years’ time?
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