Home Improvements

23 February 2017

I'm constantly trying to find ways to update and improve my house. Whether it's small things like photos on walls, or big things like re-decorating, I'm always conscious of making my house, my home. Fortunately, Dan is usually pretty happy with whatever suggestions I come up with, which made decorating our home a really simple process.


My weakness for simple home improvements is bedding. I find that different bed sheets can make a whole bedroom look completely different, and I love having a variety of linen for our duvet. As per usual, my favourite type of bed linen is stripes (along with everything else in my life!) and I currently like to switch between our grey and white striped, or navy and white striped sheets, with a fleece blanket at the end of the bed for little Max to lie on. There's something about nice bedsheets that make me enjoy getting into bed (despite never getting a good nights sleep any more..thank you pregnancy!).


When it comes to technology, Dan is the one who's always looking for new ideas! Currently, he's thinking about surround sounds for the living room, as even though the one we have is good, it's pretty simple. When we got engaged, we were gifted some gift cards for John Lewis and similar places, so we've been keeping our eyes peeled for a deal in there. We've also considered new TVs, such as the Panasonic 4K TV, as we've heard it's brilliant for crystal clear pictures.


We've been trying to get the nursery ready (it's almost complete!) and whilst we've been doing that, it's hard not to buy things for the rest of the house. Recently, we've been investing in lots of new frames for the living room and bedroom. In the future, I'd love a gallery wall and am constantly pinning ideas ready for when we make that a reality. There's something really cosy about seeing photo frames in no particular order, of all different styles, showing off prints and family snaps.

I think a home is always a bit of a work in progress really, but it's something I will continue to love doing. Do you have any tips for improving your home?

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A Walk at West Mersea

19 February 2017

I'm now officially 37 weeks pregnant, and this means that if I was to give birth from now, little Peanut's lungs would most likely be developed enough to work fully on their own without any assistance from breathing machines or neonatal units. It's quite a pivotal week for pregnant women, and I woke up yesterday almost disappointed that my waters hadn't broken! With under 3 weeks until my due date, I'm now doing all I can to get this baby prepared for delivery. One of the best ways to do this is to walk - simple as that! With that in mind, Dan and I decided to venture further out for our normal dog walk.


Mersea Island is a little coastal island around 9 miles south of Colchester in Essex, and only a 40 minute drive away from us. It's historically known for its oysters (try the West Mersea Oyster Bar..it's incredible!) and Mersea oysters are transported all around the world to lots of famous faces because they are that good.


However, no oysters for us today. Just a nice walk along the beach to keep my legs going and keep baby facing head down. Max loves a beach walk, but is a little scared of the sea. I've never been sure why but I think it's actually the sound of the waves that bothers him. However, he did well on this occasion and very nearly went in for a paddle. Dan did threaten to throw him in, but Max was quick to realise his game and ran away rather quickly!


We walked the length of the beach to a pub called The Victory at Mersea where we shared some chips and onion rings in the sun. It's hard to believe that we sat outside in a beer garden in mid-February, but the weather was gorgeous and it was the perfect pit stop for all three of us.


There's only one road onto Mersea Island, and at high tide, this can get flooded, so we walked back swiftly to save being cut off from the rest of Essex. We went home with tired legs and paws, and snuggled up on the sofa to watch a film in a sleepy state.

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Baby Bumpdate - 36 weeks pregnant

17 February 2017

Little bit of a different bump photo this week, but it's an angle I love looking at so thought I would share it. So tomorrow, I am officially at term. 37 weeks. How on earth did that date arrive here so quickly? If I was to give birth tomorrow, it means that Peanut would have less of a chance of problems which is very reassuring. My 36th week of pregnancy has been a hard one though, to say the least. I had a bit of a meltdown on the phone to Dan yesterday, and I rung him and just sobbed at how tired I am and how uncomfortable I am. People say that the final few weeks are the hardest, and they're definitely right. I'm just looking forward to meeting Peanut now - the final 3 weeks can roll on!



How far along? 36+6 weeks (I tend to post these updates at the end of the week so I'm nearly a week ahead from 36 weeks now!)

How big is baby? Apparently, baby is now the size of a romaine lettuce!

Gender: Unknown - I really cannot wait to meet our little one and find out whether we're Team Pink or Team Blue now!

Bump: Still as high as ever - no change there then! My bump is also still pretty lopsided at times which makes me laugh, especially when I'm in the bath!

Movement: Active as ever - this baby likes to give me a real pummelling, which at times can be quite uncomfortable now baby is relatively big. However, it will always be the most reassuring feeling so Peanut can carry on kicking away at me!

Weight gain: Not a clue! All I know is that I'm still able to wear pretty much all of my normal clothes and haven't gone up sizes.

Maternity clothes: I've only bought 3 pairs of jeans and 2 dresses so far in maternity clothes. I also finally invested in some maternity tights for work and my GOSH what a dream they are. The comfort is real. Definitely one of the best things I've spent my money on in regards to being pregnant.

Sleep: Utterly awful. I'm feeling more tired than ever and don't seem to sleep at all anymore. It's just too uncomfortable and along with getting up at least 4 times in the night to go to the loo, I'm pretty much a zombie all the time. Not good but something I'm definitely used to now.

Best moment this week: Setting up the Moses basket. Our families are superstitious and believe you shouldn't have the Moses basket or the pram in the house until babies arrival. However, now I'm pretty much 37 weeks and I've been suffering with pre-term labour pains, we thought it would be a good time to air the basket out and wash the bedding.

Worst moment this week: Pre-term labour pains. I haven't been howling out in pain at all which I'm pleased about (my hypnotherapy training has done wonders with being able to breath through the pain) but I have sobbed my way through some of them. Last Sunday, after yet another nights sleep, I lay on my side sobbing because baths, paracetamol and hot water bottles were doing nothing to help the pain. Dan is good at giving me massages as well which does sometimes help. It's obviously a sign of things to come so it's good practise!

Cravings: Still cloudy apple juice and coco pops.

Belly button: Very much still an innie! I'm starting to wonder if it will ever pop out like most people's do?

Engagement ring on/off: Sometimes on and sometimes off - it depends on what I've been doing that day.

Mood: Tired. For the first time in this pregnancy, I actually said 'I'm too tired to be pregnant anymore' but I need to focus on the fact that I'm on the home stretch now!

Missing anything: Sleeping on my tummy - I never appreciated it as much as I do now I'm pregnant!

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Valentine's Day

15 February 2017

Ahh February 14th - a day that splits the nation almost as much as Brexit does.


Personally, I don't really understand the amount of hate that Valentine's Day gets. Yes, you should show someone you love and appreciate them every day, and yes it's a brilliant way for card shops and florists to make a total bounty, but if there's an excuse to be a little bit soppy with your loved one, isn't that only a good thing? Dan is the first person that I've ever celebrated Valentine's Day with so I'm more than happy to partake, even in the smallest of ways.

Valentine's Day is actually quite an important day for Dan and I in our relationship. We were still in the first few months of our relationship and I was still living in Bournemouth and he was at home in Essex. He drove down to see me with a big bunch of flowers, we took the dog for a long walk, went for a steak and chips dinner where we chatted for about 4 hours, drank lots of beer and gin & tonics and nearly forgot to order our food, and finished the day off with Oreo milkshakes from Sprinkles. It was one of those days that I will always look back on and think 'good things come to those who wait.'


We decided that the steak and chips dinner would become our Valentine's Day tradition, so that's exactly what we did last night. With me being heavily pregnant, we opted to dine in and watch a film. Of course, alcohol was off the cards this year (Dan is also not drinking now in case I go into labour!) but we made sure the night was cosy and comfortable. I whipped up some homemade chips (Dan's favourite) and Dan came in from work with a huge bouquet of flowers for me. We opened our cards together - something I always look forward to since being engaged - I will never tire of buying cards for my 'fiancee!'


Definitely throwing the calorie counting out of the window for the remainder of the evening, we feasted on a chocolate dessert pizza whilst watching a film, snuggled up with the dog.


It was our last Valentine's Day as a family of two, because next year, we will have a little 11 month old to contend with and I should imagine we will be putting the baby to bed before even considering eating dinner and changing nappies in the middle of the film - what fun we have to come!

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Baby Bumpdate - 35 weeks pregnant

10 February 2017

Who can spot the lurker in this week's bump photo? Yes there he is, little Max making an appearance. He seems to have no idea what's going on or that I have a little baby inside of me, but wants in on the bump photos. Cheeky moo. It's crazy that 10 weeks ago, I didn't have a bump, and now look at me! There is no mistaking that I'm pregnant! Although sometimes, I still feel like I just have a massive food baby. Everyone's bumps are different and unique, and mine has been very small and neat with no definitive point so to speak. I'm already wondering if I'll ever get used to not having a bump once Peanut is here, but I know I will. I'm just trying to enjoy the last few weeks the best that I can, even though they are dragging massively!


How far along? 35+6 weeks (I tend to post these updates at the end of the week so I'm nearly a week ahead from 35 weeks now!)

How big is baby? Apparently, baby is now the size of a honeydew melon!

Gender: Unknown - I really cannot wait to meet our little one and find out whether we're Team Pink or Team Blue now!

Bump: Guess what...STILL no sign of dropping! I'm starting to wonder whether Peanut is going to stay high up forever! Ok, we know that isn't going to happen but it certainly feels like it at the moment! Peanut is also lying completely on my left hand side, so my bump is actually starting to look really lopsided. It's so bizarre to look at!

Movement: Active, active, active! I'm very lucky that I haven't had any scares with reduced movement at all, and Peanut continues to dance around inside me as normal. My ribs are still getting a good kicking and Dan has been getting punched in the back when we're lying in bed. Such a funny sensation!

Weight gain: Not a clue! All I know is that I'm still able to wear pretty much all of my normal clothes and haven't gone up sizes.

Maternity clothes: I've only bought 3 pairs of jeans and 2 dresses so far in maternity clothes. I also finally invested in some maternity tights for work and my GOSH what a dream they are. The comfort is real. Definitely one of the best things I've spent my money on in regards to being pregnant.

Sleep: I'm working from home now, so the fact that I can sleep in that little bit later than normal is finally doing some good for my sleep pattern. Dan gets up for work at 04:30am, so once he's gone, I can usually get at least 2 more hours decent sleep which is massively helping. I'm still up at least 4 times in the night to go to the loo though - nothing I can do to stop it when baby is pressing like crazy against my bladder!

Best moment this week: My baby shower! It was an absolutely amazing day and I felt so lucky to have so many of my closest friends and family all in one room with me, celebrating the imminent arrival of Peanut. If you missed that post, you can read about it here.

Worst moment this week: The pain you feel when your ligaments are stretching. It honestly feels like my skin is super tight and it's being stretched to its maximum. This is just where Peanut is starting to manoeuvre lower into my pelvis but MAN it hurts! Every time I get up from sitting down it's like wowwww that feels delightful. Naaat.

Cravings: Still cloudy apple juice and coco pops.

Belly button: Very much still an innie! I'm starting to wonder if it will ever pop out like most people's do?

Engagement ring on/off: For the first time this pregnancy, my rings are now off and it's actually pretty heartbreaking. I can still get the rings on and off, but my fingers were swelling earlier this week and I didn't want to run the risk of having them cut off like a lot of women have to. I've done quite well though - lots of women can't wear their rings past 20 weeks!

Mood: Just excited really! I just kinda want to get the show on the road and meet this little Peanut now!

Missing anything: Sleeping on my tummy - I never appreciated it as much as I do now I'm pregnant!

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My Baby Shower

5 February 2017


When I got pregnant, I never really thought about having a baby shower. It did seem like a very 'American' thing to do, and people had already been so generous to Dan and I with baby paraphernalia over the last 8 months. However, I was soon being asked by family and friends if I would be having some form of party to celebrate the last few weeks of my pregnancy. After some thought, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to have loads of my favourite people in one place at the same time for what would probably be the last time before Peanut makes an entrance to the world.

My Mum and I quickly got planning with the help of the girls above and we managed to put together a blue and pink soiree at my Mum's house full of cake, tea and prosecco (well, I couldn't be included in that part!). A family friend made the incredible Disney cake, we had about 20 helium balloons in total as organised by my best friend Rosie and my brother's girlfriend Jess, and I'd sorted some popcorn favours for the guests to take home. Because we don't know what we're having, everyone guessed whether they were part of Team Blue or Team Pink, and on a calendar signed their name on the date they thought Peanut will be born. People also wrote down their 'words of wisdom' for Dan and I, their predictions of the babies weight and time of birth, and wrote messages on nappies so that we can have a chuckle at 3am when we're up changing the baby. Messages included 'Hope this stays in the nappy!' and 'This one's for you Dan!' 

I was overwhelmed by everyone's love and generosity, and once Dan had arrived back from watching the football all day, we went home with a lot of presents and a LOT of balloons! We just can't wait to meet our little bubba now, and I feel like the richest person in the world to have had so many wonderful people to share the afternoon with.

Also, a little snippet of the nursery below! More to come on that soon!


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Baby Bumpdate - 34 weeks pregnant

3 February 2017

We really are reaching the last hurdle now, but it's true what they say about the final few weeks - they do absolutely drag like hell! Weeks 20-30 flew like crazy, but anything after 30 weeks has massively slowed down. Dan and I are both getting a little bit impatient now actually. We're so ready to meet our Peanut and finally put a face to the name! (I think lots of people will actually continue calling our baby Peanut once he or she is born at this rate!) I have a number of friends who are pregnant and I'm one of the last ones due, so it's been amazing hearing the news of their births. I'm now just excited for it to be my turn!



How far along? 34+6 weeks (I tend to post these updates at the end of the week so I'm nearly a week ahead from 34 weeks now!)

How big is baby? Apparently, baby is now the size of a cantaloupe melon!

Gender: Unknown - I really cannot wait to meet our little one and find out whether we're Team Pink or Team Blue now!

Bump: Still no sign of dropping! I saw the midwife on Wednesday of this week, and she said that she could really understand why I was in so much discomfort, because baby is still so high. She also said that baby continues to be head down (thank goodness - I'd been worrying baby could have been breech or transverse!) and the likelihood of moving from head down is very slim. Massively puts my mind at ease! Peanut's back is also pressing mainly towards my left side, so I often have a big bulge that sticks out of one side - so bizarre!

Movement: More active than ever. I'm so used to having something dancing around inside of me that I wonder if I'll ever get used to not having a baby growing inside of me after I give birth! At night, Peanut particularly likes to kick Dan in the back too!

Weight gain: Not a clue! All I know is that I'm still able to wear pretty much all of my normal clothes and haven't gone up sizes.

Maternity clothes: I've only bought 3 pairs of jeans and 2 dresses so far in maternity clothes. I also finally invested in some maternity tights for work and my GOSH what a dream they are. The comfort is real. Definitely one of the best things I've spent my money on in regards to being pregnant.

Sleep: No change really - it's still pretty sparse! It's the usual drill of being up 5-6 times in the night, and rarely sleeping past 4am. I just keep focusing on the fact that my body is obviously conditioning me for having little sleep in the future, which has got to be a good thing because I'll be more prepared in the long run. It is hard watching Dan sleep like a baby though when I'm shattered, I will admit.

Best moment this week: The midwife telling me that she thinks I've had an excellent pregnancy and that I will (fingers crossed) hopefully have a decent birth too. Obviously, you can't plan for labour whatsoever as you don't know how it will go, but I would like a natural birth with mainly gas and air (if possible) but I'm not naive to the possibility that intervention can happen if needed. However, it was very reassuring hearing that she thinks everything is looking good for a positive labour.

Worst moment this week: I had some very interesting pains at the weekend, and it had me out of bed doubled over. The pains were coming in waves (very much like contractions) but I had no other signs of labour, so was advised to just monitor them. They subsided on Tuesday and all seems to be normal. A sign of things to come? Maybe!

Cravings: I'm craving a lot at the moment actually - all the usual things though: cloudy apple juice, cereal, tangerines, and chocolate biscuits (which I never, ever eat as I don't like biscuits!)

Belly button: Very much still an innie! I'm starting to wonder if it will ever pop out like most people's do?

Engagement ring on/off: I'm really pleased as it's still on. I haven't had any trouble with swollen hands or feet...yet!

Mood: Still happy and positive. I'm just mainly excited for labour now (I bet you I won't be saying that when it happens!)

Missing anything: Sleeping on my tummy - I never appreciated it as much as I do now I'm pregnant!

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