The Good, the Bad and the Sleepless Nights

Every parent will tell you that with all the joy a baby brings it is not without it’s hiccups.

Let me elaborate…………

I would say I was quite blessed with Snoop. He is a very happy baby. His list of favorite things to do, along with feeding, pooping and sleeping would include smiling, laughing and generally being the life and soul of any baby group/party.

He is fast approaching 5 months, I can hardly believe how fast time has flown. He is tying to sit up now and gets frustrated when he can’t reach his toys. It  is amazing to watch how he learns new things.

Anyways as he develops through the day we seem to have started to hiccup at night.

I don’t mean literally!

Previously we were in a pattern of waking for one night feed and then sleeping till 6.30-7am. Everything was going smoothly till one fateful day at the doctors, where they administered his final injection (for now). It was the big one. 3 separate injections, which hurt me just as much as Snoop.

As we have had injections before now I was use to the drill. Calpol when we reach home and loads of cuddles on the sofa.

The day didn’t seems to go too badly. I love having cuddles with him. I settled him for bed as usual oblivious to what lay ahead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My contented little boy woke me at around 3am No problem I fed him and tied to settle him with no luck. Ok I thought its the injections so trying not to disturb Adrian we went on the sofa.

Thing was no matter how had I tied or what I did he wouldn’t go back to sleep.  Even milk didn’t settle him. Oh well I thought I can catch up on my sleep later when he naps…………….

……………..Uh oh no naps as baby decided he didn’t want to sleep.

Tuesday night and woken even earlier….2.30am and again my contented baby didn’t want to sleep and to top it started to fuss on the beast when I tried to feed him………..not a good sign!

By Wednesday afternoon, having failed to settle Snoop for his naps again I felt exhausted. He wasn’t sleeping and he wasn’t feeding well. I felt drained and emotional and decided it must be me!

Was my milk drying up (I know it doesn’t wok like that but I wasn’t thinking straight)

By Thursday tears were on the menu and not Snoops, they were mine. I must have had maybe 10 hours sleep since Sunday night. My head hurt my eye were stinging and yep I was an emotional ball of tears.

My mind wandered straight to thoughts of my Mum and how different it would be if I had her to help me. Oh dear I had just made it worse, so I cried a bit more. I think Snoop was wondering what was wrong as he kept looking up at me confused as to why Mummy was crying.

I had to snap out of it was called my Aunty Mary. She is awesome I love her to bits. Having breast fed both her babies I knew she could help.

I explained my situation……………………..Her advice was simple. “Sally you have given him 19 weeks of breast milk if you need to use some formula it is ok” I needed to hear that. As soon as she told me it was ok I felt so relieved.

She explained that being in a cycle of feeding lots during the night can have a knock on effect on milk supply. Tiredness and stress are other key factors.

Feeling 100 times better after that I looked into formula and referred to my Gina Ford book to see what she had to say………..low and behold her advice was very similar. She has included in her book Contented Little Baby a plan to increase milk supply. Along with lots of rest and sleep she advises times to express during the day, after day 4-5 milk should be increased and then cut out the extra expressing.

I have just finished following her plan and yes it does work!!!! Along with loads of sleep I have been able to catch up on by getting Adrian to do some of the night feeding with formula or expressed milk. I feel alive again, my boobs are fuller with milk and even better Snoop is sleeping at last!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think the moral of this story is not to over-stress or over-think. I mean relax and allow others to help. You have to look after yourself if you want to have a happy little baby and this wont happen if you are over tired.

Thanks Aunty Mary and Gina.


Sally Dixey is a Crossfit London Coach

Bending the rules a little………….

For anyone following my paleo journey will remember an earlier post where I was struggling with nuts.

In a nutshell I can’t stand them. I did try to prove to myself whether it was just a childhood fear or a true hatred and unlike with avocados (another pet hate -but we will cover avo’s on my next post) my gag reflex was well and truly worked out!

This has meant I have had to find alternatives to eat. Not an easy task as I don’t want to be one of those guys who eats their weight in meat!!!

If nuts aren’t going to be part of my diet, what can I use to bump up my daily intake???????????

The thing I miss the most during the challenge was cheese and yogurt. I love the stuff. Pre-pregnancy it was a regualr part of my diet but aware its very high fat content I used it in moderation. I love how it adds a little something to dishes.

Anyways enough of my cheese ramblings back to my point.

Now I am have completed my 30 days I can fully understand the principal of eliminating wheat and gluten, my issues are with dairy.

I have no science behind why I want to reintroduce it into my diet, quiet simply I love a bit of cheese from time to time.

And with a dislike of nuts this is the plan.

(I plan to use the least processed forms I can find and like before use it in moderation.)

This brings me nicely to my dinner last night.

Obviously not for the strict paleo’s out there but this was ‘well tasty’.

Stuffed Peppers and Dressed Marrow.

For the peppers I made up some mince (grass fed beef) and mixed in………

1tbs oregano

1-2tbs olive oil

Either spinach or greens chopped finely (a good handful)

Salt and pepper and garlic to taste.

Just cook this in a pan till almost done.

I left this to the side while I prepared the marrow.

A med-large marrow sliced in thick slices and de-seeded.

I put this aside and in a bowl added 12-15 cherry tomatoes chopped into quarters.

I added some died oregano and salt and pepper.

I finally chopped a chilli (de-seeded) and gave it a stir.

I took a sheet of grease proof paper and placed it on the oven tray. I then placed the marrow and filled them with the tomato mix.

I dizzles a little olive oil and place a dash of butter to the marrow.

I cooked this at 200 degrees for about 40 minutes.

To finish I crumbled some goats cheese on each slice of marrow and cooked for another 5-10 minutes.

To serve this you kind of need to scope out the marrow.

This was accompanied with my stuffed peppers.

Red peppers hallowed and lined with spinach.

Inside I filled with the mince and topped with spinach and using tooth picks secured the lids back on the peppers.

As the mince is almost cooked these take around 10-15 minutes to finish off.




Sally Dixey is a Crossfit London Coach

30 Day Results……….

My Paleo challenge is up. I actually did 4 weeks of strict Paleo, which works out at a little more then 30 days.

So what can I say about my experience………….

I think the first thing that springs to mind is that I found the challenge relatively easy. I had built up an idea in my head of what it would be like, all fussy, boring and tedious.

I couldn’t have been further from the truth.

Instead of spending hours cooking rice, pasta and white potato dishes. Cooking time was far quicker and way more colourful!

It stretched my imagination to create delicious dishes to keep Adrian on side. Although not every dish was a winner I could prob say 90% were tasty and the rest I will put down to experience!!!!

As a new mother I found that cutting out wheat, dairy and gluten had a huge impact on fatigue!!

I wouldn’t have said I was struggling before but I would say it is a lot easier to get through the long days and nights now my diet isn’t so wild.

It was a bit like a a Yo Yo. Up and down a lot, using coffee or sugar to pump me up when I was getting tired or low.

Now although I am still tired it feels more manageable because I don’t have the massive highs making the tiredness that much worse.

My only regret as I have already posted before is that I didn’t start Paleo sooner.

As far as inches lost are concerned I have lost since the 9th January to now……

3.5 inches form my hips and 2.5 inches from my waist.

When I talked about this loss to Sham (my pal who introduced me to all things Paleo) I tried to explain that inches lost seemed a great jump then actual Kilos on a scale. Weird I know but over the course of the 30 days it feels like and looks like my body has done a bit of a Texas shuffle and re distributed fats to give me a much more streamline and slim silhouette.

Sham explained that the best is yet to come……….although I wanted to have regular training in place  during my 30 days, with a baby all best laid plans tend to go to sh*t.

I did a few runs but on a hole my inch loss is purely through diet and pottering around the house with the baby.

With a little bit of training Sham is sure I will be back to my strong crossfit self in no time.

I have yet to see how Paleo will effect my training performance…..I can see a title for a future post in that sentence.

I must omit though I did have a few cheats. Eg wine on 2 or 3 occasions and some dark chocolate so maybe I would have lost more, who knows.

The main thing is that Paleo is here to stay in the Buliga household.

I have already got a couple of my girlfriends hot on my trail after they saw what a change it made in me.

Who would have thought brunch with Sham would have had such a profound effect on my life. Thanks Dude.

With the 30 days over I have had a little blow out in the shape of my fave pizza and have had the odd cappuccino, I am sorry Robb but I love the frothy lovely-ness especially when it’s so cold.

On a whole we will follow a 80-20 rule.

80% Paleo – 20% Naughty

I never said I was perfect folks!!!!!!!!!

So give it a go see how you find the 30 day challenge. If you don’t instantly love it I will eat my shorts!

PS When Adrian is back from work I will dig out my gym kit and post the before and after pictures.

If anyone reading this has any amazing recipes they have up their sleeve you can drop me and email or add the details to the comments.


Sally Dixey is a Crossfit London Coach