Showing posts from May, 2021

Preceptorship Rotation Thoughts: Labour Suite

I can't quite believe it's been 5 months since I finished university and qualified as a midwife. I was reading through my post when I finished my last shift as a student midwife and I realised I never shared the promised student midwife journey but maybe one day I will finally get around to writing that story. Right now, I'm concentrating on life as a newly qualified midwife. Going into the role, starting my first ever job and beginning life working as a midwife was daunting to say the least. I wrote my thoughts before starting and shared my excitement but also my worries. I also shared how I felt it was going 1 month into my first rotation on labour suite. I love looking back on these because I can truly see how far I have come, but also it showcases the reality of being a midwife. Next time I'll be back in the hospital, I'll be in the new uniform of scrubs!  I can honestly say the first month was the hardest and it's slowly got so much better. I finally sta

Newmillerdam Lunch, Paulos Circus and Friend Dates!

My first week of annual leave since Christmas, and I finally got to spend time with friends and family now we're in step three of the lockdown roadmap.  Click here to watch the vlog or see below.  I started my week of annual leave following 5 night shifts (with a one day split), so I woke up pretty late despite originally wanting to set up much earlier. Luke ended up coming over with KFC takeaway and then we went out for a little canal walk which was lovely.  Newmillerdam has become one of my new favourite places to go with the yummy food and beautiful lake, plus easy access and parking which is a must. I had a relaxing pyjama day for the first day, then the next day, mum and I headed out for a cute late lunch date. We walked around the lake before having lunch.  The Boathouse is a relatively new little cafe that's opened up around Newmillerdam and the food is just incredible. It's one of the best cheese and ham toasties I've had in a while, and each day they have a uni

May Round Up!

Eek! Can you believe we're almost half way through the year. This year is flying by again.  Book: No book again this month but I hope I'll get a bit more time next month! Film:  This month has been a good month for films! I loved "Love and Monsters". I also watched "Stowaway" expecting to love it but found it so sad and depressing. Do not watch it as an easy going film for sure! TV Show: I love easy going shows, ideally 20 minutes and "Family Reunion" has been a firm favourite. Of course, I also started watching the new series' of Grey's Anatomy and Station 19, and both are amazing. Plus, I watched Motherland and Great News, which are both funny sitcoms.  Podcast: I've not listened to any new podcasts this month, but I think I might start listening to ‎Sh**ged Married Annoyed by Rosie and Chris Ramsey.  Blogger: After a collaboration earlier in the month, I'm going to stay my favourite this month is Happity.  YouTuber:  Who have I b

Paulos Circus: Isabelle's Tour (Review)

It's been a while since I last went to the circus, and last time I went in Skegness , I absolutely loved it. This year, I was invited to attend another by the incredible Paulos Circus  and they very graciously gifted me 6 tickets, with reserved seating ring side which was amazing. You can watch the vlog of the event here .  First and foremost, the entire event felt very safe and Covid friendly. Seating capacity was restricted and seats were removed, which made for a much better experience as there was ample leg room between the rows in the audience. There are also temporary screens between the different parties around the ringside seats. These did impact slightly on viewing the show, but only a small amount when the acts were at the periphery. Staff members took individuals to be seated and socially distanced the group appropriately. The policy was that masks were required when queuing, entering and leaving the tent. This included standing up part way through the show to go to the

5 What I Wish I Knew...Student Midwife Edition!

I can't believe I've never done a "What I Wish I Knew". I honestly am so excited to do a newly qualified midwife version, so I thought before I forgot everything from being a student midwife , I would share some of the things I'd wish I'd known, as I know a lot of university offers are now coming through and people are thinking about what to plan for in advance!  There's so many different aspects that I wish I'd known before starting my university course, but I thought I'd share my top 5 so that the post doesn't get too long!  Be prepared for cohort variety.  I think this was one of the things I was most unprepared for. The cohort is so varied in terms of age, life experience and education experience. There will be some people you don't get on with, some people who won't get on with you and some people who just gel together. There will be groups of friends, there will be quiet people and loud people. It's interesting and to be hones

Unedited Fast Unboxing: Papergang, Artful, Influenster, Personalised Co, Home and Wedding Bits!

If you're seeing this post, it means I haven't had time to edit this week's vlog, so instead here's a little unedited recording, fast-paced unboxing of my latest purchases!  Click here to watch the vlog or see below! First up, some little additions to the house. Both of these are from ASDA George and I love them. The inspirational quote frames are for my bedroom and go perfectly with my colour scheme, next to my Stackers jewellery box.  I also got some wedding bits, with a dress for my cousin's wedding, but didn't take pictures. I had already bought it but there was an issue with the zip so I'm hoping this one is perfect. Then a couple of silk facemasks in the colour scheme, a handbag (not shown), a card and some champagne flutes. The latter from Next Home!  Subscription box wise, I got my May boxes for: Papergang: a stationary box; get a £4 discount on your first order  here . Artful: arts and crafts;  get a £5 discount on your first order  here .  Personal