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Dear Zoo Baby Clothes

I love getting surprise items through the post; there’s something so simple about a envelope or box with your name and address on and not having a clue what might be inside. Yesterday was one of those rare days when this happened.

I was having a bit of a moody day (hormones) so I almost walked straight past this little gem, but even in “baby rage” I recognised Val’s handwriting, so of corse I had to see who she’d written to. Initially when I saw my name I was worried that I had left a pair of dirty knickers at their home the last time I visited, and she was posting them back with a card retelling how a friend had found them under the pillow. (Is it just me that plays out these sort of scenarios in my head?) Thankfully that wasn’t the case, what was actually in the envelope was two TEENIE TINY baby vests!

 

They are 100% cotton & have 3 poppers in the crotch area to make it easier for changing nappies. They’re gender-neutral which is absolutely perfect as we chose not to find out the gender until birth, but my favourite part is that they are “dear zoo” print. I used to have Dear Zoo read to me when I was a baby & although I can’t remember the gist of the story I can absolutely recognise the print for what it is.

The vests were a set of two from Sainsbury’s Tu collection, I haven’t personally seen any in our local supermarket & I can’t find them online, but I do know that they were initially released to mark the 30th anniversary of Rod Campbell’s book. I cannot wait to see little-one wearing these & I cannot express how thankful I am to Val & Grey for sending us them. I also received a similar package from them a few weeks back with the matching baby grow & hat which is equally as precious & is finished to the same high standard as the vests.

I am absolutely overwhelmed with gratitude for the amount of love and support we have received from family and friends & I feel very privileged to be surrounded by so many amazing people. I will continue to post blogs surrounding items that we buy & receive, and will always give my honest opinion on the quality of the items. I’m sorry I couldn’t find an online link to these – I think they would be absolutely perfect for any new born & would make ideal gifts to give at a baby shower. Hopefully if you like them you will have luck in finding them when out shopping. 

Maternity Jeans

So, I caved: I bought a pair of maternity jeans. I knew I would have to give in eventually and invest in something stretchy, but I still still felt so guilty while paying for them that I nearly ran out of the shop. We haven’t finished (well, started really) shopping for little one, and we still need to get some essentials (fridge/freezer, washer/dryer etc) for the house, so in comparison my leg comfort seemed pretty low on the priority list. But barely anything fits anymore, so I had to pull on my belly friendly dress & tights and ‘haul-ass’ to the mall.

The jeans that I bought are the MAMA jeans from H&M (http://tinyurl.com/bghblmh). They are a stretch denim in a “low cut” style with a jersey ribbing that sits over the bump & will stretch with you. Because of the low cut style they’re very flattering and you never have to worry about your knickers hanging over the waist line because you’ve got the jersey material coming up a lot higher which I almost wish was a feature in all jeans (no more builders bums EVER.) I paid £29.99 and although that’s super cheap in the world of jeans I still wasn’t sure if I should be buying them. But OH MY GOSH am I glad I did. Wearing them is like being hugged ALL the time, in the best way possible. 

I’m still super glad that I didn’t cave and buy any maternity wear until now, but all traces of buyers guilt have completely disappeared. I don’t think I need more than one pair at the moment but I am likely to be living in these until I pop & if I do feel that another pair would make my life easier I would happily part with my cash for a second pair & I would recommend them to anyone. 

Pregnancy questions & bump (28 weeks)

This week has been a bit of a blur & I don’t feel like I’ve done anything outstanding, but I do feel really very pregnant. I feel: uncomfortable, heavy, clumsy, and utterly exhausted. Usually if I felt just one of those things I’d be complaining, a lot, but I’m perfectly happy and content: It’s almost as if all of the niggles make the pregnancy more real.
Yesterday was the first day of my third trimester which is both exciting and terrifying – we’re going to start buying the majority of the items we’ll need for ‘little one’ in the next few weeks, so I will be posting blogs showing you what we’ve got. I love that I can share our journey with you & wether it’s just curiosity, bringing back memories, or comparing your own pregnancy that makes you decide to read : I hope that you find these posts interesting & I’d love to hear your stories.
How far along? 28 weeks 1 day
Waist measurement: 35.5 inches (same as last week)
Measurement at belly button: 38 inches (same as last week)
Maternity clothes: Nope, but I’m going bra shopping tomorrow (thank goodness) and I may cave in and buy some maternity jeans while I’m at it.
Stretch marks? None, which may be down to the lack of inch gain. But I’m now in my third trimester which means things go pretty crazy from here on out.
Sleep: What’s that?
Best moment this week: We received our contract through for our house. Somehow that made it all so much more real.
Miss anything? Tummy sleeping. I miss  it so much, side sleeping is not for me.
Movement: Little & often, mostly in the evenings. Baby kicks me in the ribs now, mum says it’s karma for how often I used to do it to her.  
Food cravings: I craved mellon. Sort of. It wasn’t an overwhelming need, but i did enjoy it all the same.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Not unless you count George’s curry farts. ha.
Gender: Either a boy or girl I hope… (running out of new answers here)
Labour signs: Nada.
Symptoms: The worlds worst RIB PAIN. On my right side, it is becoming unbearable & apparently will not subside until birth. No sleep for me then.
Belly button in or out? It’s still a funny in-between, I have decided that I will only count it as an outie when I can see it through my t-shirt.
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy, but exhausted.
Looking forward to: Being able to “nest” properly. This won’t be for a while, but I can’t help but look forward to it anyway. It’s been odd having nesting instincts but no place to nest.

2013 – Getting Organised.

Happy New Year Everyone!!! I hope you all had an amazing night welcoming in the new year & I hope you all have fond memories of 2012 that you’ll carry with you forever. 

I make a new years resolution every year: I can barely ever remember what they were by the end of the year and I’m sure I’ve never kept one, but I love thinking ahead and choosing something that I believe will challenge me, or shape me into a better person. Usually I have no trouble thinking of something, so come midnight I will have my optimistic and naive resolution ready to write somewhere and promise to keep. This year my mind was utterly blank.

As I’ve mentioned in my past posts there are so many special things happening this year. I feel excited by everything that is going to happen & yet I don’t remember a past year ever having such high expectations put on it before it has even began. I am utterly terrified by the prospect that this may be “the biggest year of my life” to date & because of that I couldn’t think of any one thing that would be fitting for my resolution. So instead I decided to take some time to make a list of things that I hope I will be able to do in 2013 that go beyond my usual “no stupid haircuts this year”.

In 2013 I will:

Buy a house. This one might seem like a bit of a cheat because it’s already on the cards, but I feel that it’s important to include because if I don’t put in the time & effort that it takes to organise everything it cannot happen. There are so many things that can go wrong when buying a house & it’s become almost a part time job over seeing all the different stages.

Continue to post on my blog. This is super important to me, I’m really enjoying taking time out to write about things that I love & things that I’m doing or going through. I feel so lucky to have some spare time on my hands at the moment & posting on my blog has really quickly become something I look forward to doing. It’s almost become an online diary, I don’t know where it might lead but for now I’m enjoying rambling for rambling’s sake.

Be a good mum. I nearly didn’t include this one because it”s such a broad subject & no one can be a “good” parent in everyone’s eyes. But it’s something I want more that anything, so rather than not including it I’ve decided that I will probably write a separate post on it at some point this week.

Appreciate the little things. I always love the days where me and George just sit in front of the TV or go for a walk, & I love nights at the pub with friends, & spending Sundays with my family. I sometimes forget how special those days are.

Get Organised. This is a running theme throughout my life right now & something I had never previously put that highly on the list of things I find important. Now, I understand that without being organised the things that I want to do will probably not happen. This is my main resolution & without it I don’t think any of my others would be possible. I will probably write a separate post about this too, because I have so much to say, and lots of great tips that I have learnt, and if I write them all down I may find them easier to do.

And that’s it: 5 things that I hope to be able to do in 2013. It all seems so simple now that it’s written down, but I know that it’s going to be easier said than done & I can’t use the excuse I’ve forgotten what I said I wanted to do, because it’s right here for the world to see. Do you have a new years resolution? Do you ever manage to stick to them?

I hope you have an amazing 2013 & let me know what your resolutions are in the comments bellow & maybe we can encourage each other to keep them. Good luck & Happy New Year again. 

Pregnancy Questions & Bump (27 Weeks)

I posted this not long after I woke up this morning & the bump shots are literally JUST after I rolled out of bed, so apologies in advance for bed hair, bed face, sleepy typing mistakes. The maternity top is from Debenhams as part of their “Red Herring Maternity” collection, I don’t think they’re selling it at the moment so I couldn’t include a direct link, but here’s a link to their full range: http://tinyurl.com/bd9ujwh
How far along? 27 weeks exactly
Waist measurement: 35.5 inches
Measurement at belly button: 38 inches
Maternity clothes: I got my first maternity T-shirt for Christmas from my lovely Aunt & Uncle. It’s lovely & I’ve worn it a few times already, but I still haven’t bought anything for myself. 
Stretch marks? No, but the skin on my tummy is a little itchy which can sometimes precede stretch marks – so I’m being a bit more liberal with adding moisture.
Sleep: Waking up about 3 times a night at the moment & my hips are really hurting from side sleeping which is not cool. But hey-ho.
Best moment this week: Baby FINALLY kicked my dad (that seems like such a funny thing to be excited by) & of corse the entirety of Christmas was amazing, had such a lovely time.
Miss anything? My gums have been a bit “bleedy” & I don’t like that at all, I do miss that not happening & I’m looking forward to it subsiding.
Movement: Lots again & I’m not even a little bit bored of it. 🙂
Food cravings: No. I’m so boring. 
Anything making you queasy or sick? No smells or tastes, but I really truly HATE the sound of people eating & lip smacking & the cat cleaning. They all make me heave (stupid acute sense of hearing)
Gender: Well this week both George and I were saying that we think that it’s going to be a boy. I wasn’t sure if I should post that in case baby is a girl, but we change what we think all the time & that’s half the fun of not knowing. 
Labour signs: Nope, but I do keep dreaming about giving birth.
Symptoms: Tiredness due to not sleeping well & “bleedy” gums.
Belly button in or out? In, most of the time – it’s sort of inline with my tummy as I’m typing this..
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy, very happy this week. Christmas ensured that.
Looking forward to: Car seat shopping – a little bit lame BUT I haven’t been shopping for donkeys years, so I’ll take car seat shopping over nothing. Oh and I suppose seeing in the New Years might be a little bit exciting too.
 

Pregnancy Questions (26 Weeks)

I’m aiming to do one of these with a bump shot every Sunday, as that’s when it’s “week” + zero days, but as I posted one as my first blog a few days back & there really hasn’t been any change in bump size what so ever I’m not going to include a bump shot with this one. However there is a snap of baby’s first bear, which I think is much cooler..
 
How far along? 26 Weeks exactly
Maternity clothes: Nope, still none, but my favourite item of clothing is my H&M skater dress, which unfortunately they don’t sell at the moment, but is very similar to Top Shop’s Flippy Maternity Dresses. It’s the perfect shape for a growing bump & I would absolutely buy it if I didn’t already have my H&M one in a few colours. http://tinyurl.com/chma5ej
Stretch marks? Nothing new to report on this either.
Sleep: Has been pretty hit and miss this week. It took me a good few hours to get comfortable last night & I woke up a few times thanks to the wind outside & my overly sensitive hearing (it’s not proven to be a blessing just yet.)
Best moment this week: Mum bought baby it’s first bear while on a shopping trip, it’s adorable. I’m planning on taking a photo with it sitting on bump at some point, I thought that might be a nice image for the books. The Bear is a “Pudge Dangle Bear” from Air Puppy. http://tinyurl.com/ccfe4ph
Miss anything? I would like to be able to dye my hair. I can’t say that’s it’s something I miss, but I am finding it inconvenient that I can’t because it’s looking very brassy & I would prefer to have nice locks for the Christmas photos… never mind hey?
Movement: Still lots, but my dad is yet to feel any. Every time I call him over when baby’s having a moment it stops, the same thing happened with mum initially. It’s an odd one.
Food cravings: No pregnancy cravings, but I am really looking forward to all the Christmas food YAY.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Mince, but that’s been the case for the past few years.
Gender: Still no clue, I wonder if I have to include this question every week. Surely there’s never been a pregnancy where it changes that often…
Labour signs: No, thank goodness. 
Symptoms: Dry eyes, I hear this is quite common, especially as I wear contact lenses. It’s not unbearable but it has meant that I’ve been wearing my glasses more often that usual.
Belly button in or out? In, though it popped out after my curry the other night. too much korma.
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy, I’ve had one or two tiny freak outs, but I’d actually put that down to Christmas nerves & not hormones.
Looking forward to: Christmas!!! Everything starts today with the festivities, I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR.

End of the world OOTD

So last nights meal was a curry, and I know that I had a fish & chips Wednesday evening, but George’s boss kindly offered to take us out as a very spontaneous (he asked at 6pm, we ate at 9pm) Christmas meal and I’m not one to turn my nose up at free food. Aside from knowing I would be starving by the time our meal was ready, I was also stressing ALOT about what to wear. I also hadn’t any time to do much with my hair or makeup so I wanted something comfortable but cute, so I wouldn’t give myself any more reason to worry about my appearance. 

As I mentioned in my first blog post: I own zero maternity clothes. That usually doesn’t matter because my more stretchy clothes (ie leggings and an oversized jumper) are just fine for around the house, or shopping, or a trip to the cinema etc. However, I don’t fit into the clothes that I would usually reserve for a meal, so I felt rather stuck. After rummaging through my pile of clothes I found a pair of low slung jeans, a long pink vest and a cute lace top that if truth be told I’m not sure I’ve ever worn. The outfit itself wasn’t really one that I would usually wear, it’s a little bit on the girly side, but I was so excited to find something that fit over my bump that I didn’t mind. 

 My point (yes I have one) is that although searching for an outfit in such short notice was a real nightmare, I’m still glad that I have spent my money on Christmas presents and not on clothes that I can only wear for a short period of time. I’m sure that in the next 3 months I will HAVE to give in and go shopping, but I feel really pleased that I’ve made do so far and would recommend anyone going through pregnancy to do the same. With the exception of a good bra… you will HAVE to get a few of those.

Jeans: (hidden – sorry) Levi

Vest: H & M. http://tinyurl.com/d5fyygg

Lace Top: Vintage

Cardigan: Tophshop. http://tinyurl.com/ctoerst

Scarf: unbranded pashmina

Foundation: MAC face & body in C1. http://tinyurl.com/cb4rbwl

Mascara: L’oreal Volume Million Lashes. http://tinyurl.com/7p5bvef

Perfume: Dior, Pure Poison. http://tinyurl.com/csadxkg