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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Sewing room no more!

Good bye sewing room! I will miss you! Even if I didn't use you to your full potential most of the time!

It feels like we left the nursery until quite late but lets be honest, shes not going to be sleeping in it for months yet is she?! Packing my hospital bags gave me the incentive to get on with it as more than anything, things felt so unorganised, I didn't know where to find anything!

The decorating itself wasn't too bad as the room has stayed the same colour so it just needed a fresh coat of paint to tidy it up. We also built more of a cupboard over the box in the corner and have put a clothes rail in and more usable storage. As it's quite a small room, rather than putting on full wardrobe doors, I made a roman blind to cover the space. I also made a roman blind for the window and matching curtains. We didn't want to spend a fortune on furniture so we went to Ikea and are really happy with what we got. We brought a changing table with nice big drawers which we intend to use as a chest of drawers later on. We got some simple storage for the box cupboard which just happened to be a perfect size and works really well. Our best buy was the cot itself though. We didn't get the one that I thought I wanted by looking on the website but actually seeing them, this one was much nicer... It just so happened that the Bristol store had £50 off if you signed up for their Ikea card. At the time they didn't have it in stock but we decided that it was the one we wanted even if we couldn't get the money off. Luckily a bit later on in the week they came back in stock so went back in and got it cheap!

Although we know were having a girl. I really didn't want a all pink nursery, particularly as if we do have more kids in this house, I don't really want to do all the sewing again. Mainly because I'm no longer going to have a big space to sew where I can just leave stuff out. I also still really love that colour so had no incentive to choose another one.

I think it's lovely!

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Spa Day!


Scott's off work this week and although I haven't been much use, the days have generally been filled with decorating (Scott doing it and me overseeing, getting frustrated I can't help much). Therefore it was nice to both have a midweek break. The spa voucher I got from my lovely friends at my baby shower was just for me but I thought it would be nice to treat Scott also. He has never done anything like the spa before or had a professional massage. He was in Germany a few weeks ago, went mountain biking and fell off and has had a very sore/stiff shoulder since so I thought it would do him good. And although we spent a lot of time together, it's pretty rare that we would spend a whole day doing something like this so It seemed like a great idea. 

We went to the Combe Grove Hotel and Spa in Bath which was really nice. The spa itself was a little tired looking but the facilities were really good. Scott used the gym and I lounged by the pool, reading, then we both went for a swim. Lunch was included so we went over to the main hotel for that. The food was incredible! It really was! The place is a typical Bath establishment and the members definitely had money and oozed it. They were very pleasant though and we had a very nice conversation with a couple over lunch. After that, we went back and relaxed by the pool until our treatments. 

I didn't really know what to expect treatment wise as often these spa places are quite funny about touching pregnant people but I was very surprised... I had a full hour pregnancy massage! I am generally very achy most of the time so it was lovely! I was so jealous of Scott having a full massage so was so glad to have one too! I expected some sort of body exfoliation which would have been nice but I had a massage!!! Ok, sorry, I'm over it now I've said a million times!

What a lovely day chilling with my favourite person in the world. Thanks girls!

Look at how fat my hands are!!

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Hospital bags packed!


At my last midwife appointment they encouraged me to start getting my hospital bags packed. This was something I had not even thought about yet as D-Day still seemed so far away! I didn't know where to start really either! After a lot of googling and then deciding to make my own list of stuff, I started putting some bits and pieces together and then hit the shops to tops me up with the essentials I didn't have. Up until now I haven't even brought any nappies or other essentials like that! The sewing room has been dismantled ready to become the nursery but it's still just a dumping ground so all the baby bits we have got aren't exactly organised so that's why everything else is so disorganised. 

When I went shopping with mum last week we went into Cath Kidston for a mooch and I fell in love with their peter pan bags, so mum brought one for me for the babies bag. Its a fold away one which comes with a tote to store it in but then the tote poppers to the inside to make a pocket, really good! As we often travel at the weekends we do have weekend bags so I didn't need a second one for me but I liked it so much, I made Scott buy me another bag in the sale so my hospital bags coordinate! 

Scott's got next week off work to try and get as much decorating done as possible so hopefully there will be some nursery updates to come!

Thursday, 9 November 2017

34 week update


In my last post I was all excited writing about my baby shower, I didn't give much of an update on how pregnancy life was going. Not that there is an awful lot to say but here goes...
Up until about 3 weeks ago, I was doing an awful lot of hand sewing. Months ago I started a hexagon quilt to go in the babies cot. The plan is for it to be big enough to be more of a bottom sheet than a bed quilt. The hexagons are made from fabric refashioned from the wedding bunting and from my scrap drawer. I can't remember the exact amount but I made roughly 850 1 inch hexagons which took forever, I then spent 2 days laying them out into my desired pattern and then another week or more sewing them together in lines.

The more hand sewing I did, slowly the more pain I was getting in my right hand. I also started strapping my fingers as my skin was getting all roughed up from the needle and cotton. I got to the stage where I just started to sew the lines together to make the actual quilt a quilt when the pain got too bad. 
Comparing my left and right wrist
To begin with it was a gangloin cyst and a bit of pins and needles whenever I tried to knit or sew. Within a week I had full carpal tunnel in my wright hand/wrist. I am now unable to do anything crafty. Actually just holding cutlery to eat was painful. 

I tried a carpal tunnel support but actually found it worse with it on. Pregnancy has made both my hands quite swollen and I have had to take my engagement and wedding ring off so I think that might be why the support didn't help. I am awaiting a physio appointment but pregnancy referrals take forever on the NHS round here. 

Filling my days has become more interesting now I can't craft but at least baby is happy!

And in the last few weeks I've even been swimming again!

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Surprise Baby Shower!


well, pretty much a surprise anyway! My lovely friend Clare took it upon herself to organise a baby shower for me. Months ago she messaged one of my other best friends, Jayne, who I went to uni with (who is in contact with most of my main friendship group) to see their interest/start organising, and rather than Jayne starting a new group, she copied and pasted Clare's message into an old group that I was a part of! WOOPS! So much for it being a complete secret hahaha!

Anyway, they set up a separate group and continued to plan and I forgot all about it. The only time I became a little suspicious was when my mum messaged me and asked about going on a shopping trip. Usually that wouldn't raise suspicion but this was on a Tuesday, she works Monday to Friday, 9-5. Her excuse was that she had extra holiday to take and that her car was having new brakes the day before so just thought she'd take a few days off to get some Christmas shopping done. Hence why coming to Bristol to shop made sense. Then thought no more of it!

On the day I was a moody cow! I had spent the previous day doing a lot of decorating then hadn't slept too well so would have been more than happy with a lazy day in front of the telly. Mum turned up mid morning and we didn't get into town until nearly 1pm so went straight for food. it was gone 2pm before we even started looking around that shops. I assumed that mum had some sort of agenda as she wanted to Christmas shop, however, we ended up just wandering around, mum leaving it up to me which shops we go in etc which irritated me as I wasn't fussed about shopping at all! After pottering around for a while I was then keen to go home as I really didn't want to get caught in Bristol traffic. But mum kept dragging her feet! In the end she managed to keep me occupied in Next for a bit but after that I just wanted to go home. She fancied going to TKMaxx so we compromised and went to the new one in Yate so at least we could get home before the traffic got too bad. 

By the time we got home I was exhausted and my hips felt like they were breaking in half so the fleeting thought of a baby shower has completely slipped my mind! 

All my favourites were there including Libby who had traveled all the way from Woking for the day! I was very surprised to see her, and that my friends has thought to invite her! There were decorations everywhere and loads of food. I really wish I hadn't eaten so much at lunch time! 

Myself and baby Ware have been very spoiled! My main present was a voucher for a spa day with an hour 'mum to be' treatment! OMG I cannot wait for that! We got lots of other pressies too and everyone brought a childrens book which reminded them of their childhood. That was really lovely as many of them I also grew up with. Mum even brought some of the original books I had as a child! 

We played some really good games too. Everyone brought baby photo's and we had to guess which baby was who. I was really awful at this and funnily enough, Libby who didn't know anyone got the most right! Lucky guesses! 

The other game we played was the porn or labour game!! Basically we had a set of photo's of women's faces and we had to guess which was a labour face and which was a porn face. For a bunch of midwives you would have thought this an easy game but that really wasn't the case!!

The very talented Angie made the cake. Isn't it beautiful?! We didn't get chance to cut it on the night which was a shame for everyone else but that just meant more cake for me! We were eating it for over a week!

It was such a lovely evening but was over all too soon and I really regret not getting a group photo of all of us together. Clare did such a fantastic job, particularly as she has been up to her eyeballs in morning sickness for weeks now (YES!! And I can announce as although this post is dated November, I'm writing it on the 12 Dec and she announced to the world yesterday so its no longer a secret!). I was a mess in the first trimester and I never puked so hats off to her for all the effort she put in! Give it a few months and I'll be returning the favour, I'm sure. Though having said that, she's got loads more friends than me so there will probably be fighting over who's doing it!