Life has been moving at a million miles an hour lately with almost everything being baby related in some way, shape or form. As it’s been a while since my last little instagram update, I thought I’d share with you what else has been going on in life (with just a little baby touch!). Baking this British/Polish flag cake for my Grampy’s 70th Birthday party (recipe here). Picking up these amazing sandals from H&M which are perfect for swelling pregnancy feet. Stormy views of the Isle of White from Pregnancy Yoga in Southbourne. Champagne Afternoon Tea at The Captains Club for Rachel’s 30th Birthday. The latest addition to the baby’s nursery, these perfect Ikea picture ledges. A very well deserved meal at my new favourite restaurant, The Jetty. This is the Sunrise mocktail which I am completely hooked on! Cooling off! Meeting Mum’s new 6 week old black labrador puppy, Bonnie! Pregnancy cravings – sausages and mash! Happy 37 weeks! We picked the baby’s first outfit this week, put our beautiful cotsheets on his cot and got out a few of my favourite teddies all ready for his arrival! Somebody told me to stock up on all my “essentials” before the babies born so you don’t have anything other than the obvious to be stressing out about. So off I went to Boots and picked up a few things I’ve been longing for, a new hairbrush, the Real Techniques face brush, a brow brush (ohhhh bad brows, bad brows!), some cuticle oil and my favourite summer time BB cream which is nearly empty! And finally, spending Saturday afternoons lounging in one of my favourite places.
I can’t quite believe it has been 6 weeks since my last pregnancy update! The time is literally flying by, before I know it another week has crept up on us and as we entered June earlier in the week, reality hit that I will be having a baby NEXT MONTH! It has been an eventful 6 weeks so I thought I’d share what’s been going in our crazy baby world!
We started the nursery project a few months ago after using the spare room as a dumping ground for all of our junk (literally) after we moved in to the house in December. First things first, we had to completely clear the room, relocate all the rubbish, knock out some gross and ancient built in wardrobes, make some cosmetic repairs to holes in the ceiling, and finally we had a shell we could work with. A few weeks of plastering work and painting later, the carpet was finally installed last week and I am absolutely in love with the room so far. We were able to put all of the baby “stuff” back into his room (I couldn’t even get into bed with it in our room!) and I have unpacked all of the nursery decor bits and bobs I’ve been picking up over the last few months.
We still have a long way to go with the room but it is slowly starting to take shape. Watch out for a nursery tour soon but for now, here’s some sneak peaks of what I’ve picked up!
H&M Polka Dot Storage Basket // Primark London Toiletry Bag // Primark Booties // Paperchase Postcards and IKEA Frames
I didn’t do a huge amount of research into the huge selection of prams on offer to be totally honest. I had my heart set on the Bugaboo Cameleon from day one and managed to pick up a great second hand one on Gumtree, albeit in pink, for £200 (they usually retail at £800+). I flogged the pink fabric set and bought brand new fabric sets in Royal Blue. For those who might be in the process of choosing their pram, I would strongly consider the Bugaboo’s for two main reasons:
1. This buggy will last you if you plan to have more than one baby. For a few hundred pounds, you can completely change the look of your buggy from the gorgeous range of boys colours they have available, to something much more girl appropriate.
2. You need one frame and one seat frame bar for the life of the pushchair (should suit up to 2-3 years). No need to store the large and awkward bassinet when you’re using the seat like with other Prams, you simply take the bassinet fabric off the frame, and pop on the seat one instead. Easy storage, and very, very simple. Bravo Bugaboo.
Our pram is being kept at my Dads house until the baby arrives, so every time I go round there, I’m always dying to have a play with it!
Yes, it was inevitable, but I can confirm it has happened. The arrival of 33 weeks meant that I could no longer reach down to my feet and tie the laces up on my trainers. Luckily GAP came to the rescue with these adorable slip on pumps and I literally do not want to take them off!
As 34 weeks approached, it was clear that I needed more variety in my very limited maternity wardrobe. Luckily Primark has some great offerings that are bump covering and well fitted. I did a little haul in the week and feel much more content that I have some more dresses to wear as the weather gets hotter and that will be wearable post-pregnancy.
// Primark Summer Dress //
// Primark Red Stripe Summer Dress //
So even though my appetite has certainly suppressed from the huge amount of food I was eating just 6 weeks ago, I have been eating much more chocolate and sugar based foods. Maybe it’s for energy, or maybe it’s because the baby likes chocolate (hey, thats the one I’m going with), I literally cannot stop myself!
// Idah’s Bakery in Bournemouth //
I havent sufered with swelling at all (yet), however all this heat has meant that I cannot comfortably fit into my engagement ring any longer. We’re off shopping this weekend for a larger replacement!
I have been extremely fortunate throughout my pregnancy with the midwife care that I have received. Having a mum as a midwife has meant that I have only been to hospital for the 2x scans I have needed. All my care has been given at home, often over a coffee and slice of cake. At around 30 weeks I decided I wanted a home birth, so I’ve spent the last few weeks researching and reading up on the huge benefits of labouring at home and I would even go as far as saying…I’m pretty excited about the whole experience.
Stretch Marks, Hormones and Movement
As for all other pregnancy related symptoms, things have really got crazy in this big tum of mine! Kicks and of karate force, and little feet often kick at my ribs during the day. I am aware of his sleeping patterns, his position and according to midwife Mummy’s check up yesterday, he is lying head down and 1/5th engaged (meaning she could no longer move his head around with her fingers on my tum). I’m sticking to my religious moisturising routine every morning and so far, I haven’t seen one stretch mark.
As for the hormones, the last few weeks have been very calm and enjoyable. At around 31 weeks, I had a tough time with lots of tears and anxiety, but nothing lots of cuddles and chocolates couldn’t fix.
So there is my little 34 week update! I’m off to Pregnancy Yoga this morning for a little R&R. I’ll try and keep you updated as the final weeks approach!
It’s a pretty daunting thought when you find out that you’re pregnant that there will soon be a day where 80% of your wardrobe just will not fit. Fortunately, I got to 23 weeks wearing everything and anything I did before. At 23 weeks, I bought my first pair of maternity jeans and at 32 weeks, I am finding it harder and harder by the day to stretch tops over my ever growing bump.
I haven’t invested too much in Maternity clothes (mainly because they’re boring and huge) but I have invested in one pair of lightly coloured maternity jeans, one pair of black maternity jeans (smart enough that I can wear for work), one pair of maternity leggings and one maternity blouse. Thankfully, I have a few tops and dresses which I am still squeezing in to, so I thought I’d share a few outfits from my very colourful 30 week pregnancy wardrobe so far!
This little cream lace jacket from H&M is the most versitile jacket I have ever bought. Dress up or dress down, it fits perfectly with my changing shape, is the perfect length to show a bit of bump and goes with pretty much anything.
31 weeks – Top from Zara // H&M Maternity Jeans
I’m so obsessed with stripes and although this top is now much too short to wear on its own, it doesn’t look as odd as you’d imagine (or at least I hope), with a vest underneath.
31 weeks – Dress from Primark (many, many years ago), worn as a top // H&M Maternity Jeans
On Tuesday, we went for a date night meal at Tiien. The sun was shining and I wanted to get a little more dressed up than my usual jeans and t-shirt attire. Thankfully I found this stretchy Primark dress in my wardrobe which fits perfectly now as a top!
My favourite colour combo, orange and pink, for a dinner date with the girls.
I don’t think being pregnant should take away from your everyday style. Of course, you can’t rock a pair of mini shorts like you could before, and staggering around the office in heels is definitely not something I could conquer, but I’ve still tried to keep true to my usual style and so far, I think I’m just about doing it!