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When I heard that Antonia Chitty (Family Friendly Working) & Helen Lindop (Business Plus Baby)
Both writers have set up successful businesses independently while continuing to support their families and so write from personal experience as well as from a professional point of view.

The book itself covers 129 family friendly businesses but rather than “just” a list of ideas, it explores in detail, looking at everything from direct sales, to virtual assistants, offering advice on starting up, where to find more information on many aspects of setting up and running a business, from building a website to things to consider such as who your competitors are and how you will finance your business, and again how this affects your profits.
It really does encompass everything you need to know and more, and no review I can do, unless I do a page by page review, could give you an adequate list of the wealth of info and advice offered!
I was very pleased to see a section on you, the potential business owner! It helps you explore WHY you want to run your own business, what skills, interests and experience you have that you can draw on and so much more. With there being so many flexible options out there nowadays it is so important to choose the right one, and it has to be an individual choice, something you can enjoy, be excited about and care enough about to nurture through the early months and years.
Having been in the situation myself where I found myself as a new Mum, suddenly hit with the realisation that my previously hard-earned career place was now not at all what I wanted or my family needed, I have been faced with the “What now?!” panic and not knowing what to do or what options were available to me. What should have been a somewhat liberating and exciting experience was quite daunting. Where on earth was this book then!?! It would have been a godsend!
I can’t recommend this highly enough!!

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Well that wasn’t quite what I had planned!

What a bloody week!
Last week I had to go into the hospital for a check-up – during which they found glucose in my urine. Due to the levels I was asked to come in the next day for a Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT). I had this test years ago when I was diagnosed with pcos, which apart from fertility issues, also can have the  downside of insulin resistance. Then I was clear. This time I wasn’t. I have gestational diabetes.

First off all – homebirth is an absolute no go. Anyone who read my blogs Homebirth – Do I/Don’t I? Or Homebirth #2– the decision will know how much time went into deciding what I really wanted birth-choice-wise and how much I was looking forward to it so this was not good news for me.
I had the GTT test, results and contact from the diabetic centre all within 12hrs which was quite impressive. The diabetic nurse rang me to arrange for me to pick up a blood sugar tester and instructions from my local health centre and testing commenced. Today I was back at the hospital – first to the maternity unit. I have had a scan, bloods, have seen the consultant….twice…more bloods… yup a really busy day. THEN over to the diabetic clinic to see my liaison there, the dietician and arrange for a diabetic consult to review my result.

How things stand now:
I was told that they are dating me now as 32wks (not 30+6!) and that bubs is not over big and looks fine so far.
If my blood sugar levels cannot be stabilised and controlled by diet alone, I will need Metformin (a tablet) but possibly also insulin. If I need Met or Insulin I will be induced at 38wks, if I can be stabilised with diet alone…. I will be induced at 40wks.

Guess What?!
My blood sugar levels are much higher than expected/ than they are happy with, the dietician is happy that my diet is a sensible one and that no alterations made now will have a big enough effect so Metformin it is (hopefully this will help enough to avoid insulin!) so induction at 38weeks is the way to go.
This means that our due date of 8th Dec is now 16th Nov, at the latest. Bloody hell!

It has been a tough few days going from being fine, and planning a homebirth, to being diagnosed as having gestational diabetes, looking at treatment, induction at 38th and a heavily monitored birth.

Not ideal by any means but what can a girl do. Am I disappointed by the no-go homebirth, YES, am I more concerned about the risk to bubs and myself, and the risk that the GD will not simply go away after but that they will signal the beginning of pcos-related insulin/diabetic problems – YES.
Most of all am I just so glad that the hospital are being on the ball and that so far *touch wood* both bubs and myself are doing just fine.

It’s been a little bit of a full of week to say the least but the Cawood Clan are keeping in good spirits and hey- as long as bubs remains fine, the bright side is that we get to meet him sooner and start being a family of four 🙂