Thursday, 30 October 2014

Maternity style ::: 38 weeks (and the nursery nook)


Yup, still pregnant. It's a tiring and tiresome waiting game. We did make it out to a fancy dress party last week however and it was sooo nice to be out out on a Saturday night. Note to self people will think the bump is part of your costume (I was a 1940s housewife). I also discovered that it's actually illegal to serve alcohol to a pregnant lady in DC. Say what? But it's A OK to serve them junk food. Good standards there, America.




























In other more fun news the nursery nook is pretty much done. Yipee! We live in a small one-bed condo so Bot was forced kindly gave up his side of the bed to make room for a little nook for the baba. Amongst the DIYs i've been working on recently (blackout curtain, chest of drawers, bunting) the 'Eat, Poop, Sleep, Repeat' banner is by far my fave (see how-to here). I found the stick on a recent walk round our neighborhood and love that wherever we end up a little piece of baba's first home will be with us.






Friday, 24 October 2014

Maternity style ::: 37 weeks




























Put a fork in me, i'm done

37 weeks and babs is officially "cooked". And i'm officially done. The first of my "mom" group had her baby this week and suddenly our imminent reality felt very real. So i'm rushing to finish up a few last projects and buy the last of the gear. And with every twinge I can't help but wonder...is it my turn yet?

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Maternity style ::: 36 weeks

"Congratulations!"

I've talked ranted before about the some of the downsides of being pregnant but recently i've been overwhelmed by the loveliness of people all around. Pretty much every time I head out of the apartment someone will wish me "congratulations". It's such a lovely compliment and I really do feel very blessed that I have this little baba growing away inside of me. 

This weekend we headed out to Homestead Farm, about an hour outside DC for a spot of apple picking, my first stab at Pick Your Own. Bot, a seasoned PYO-er, showed me the ropes (sampling is key) and we selected a nice bunch that are heading right for a scrumptious apple crumble later on today. Yummy.

Tootles x









The breakdown
Jacket: Barbour
Top: New Look maternity
Jeans: Jessica Simpson maternity
Trainers: Converse

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

35 weeks



Valley Girl: "Oh My Gawd, are you like in labor right now?"
Me: "Errr nope, just pregnant"
VG: "Thank Gawd! I totally would have no clue what to do"

Gotta love the bimbo valley girls who live in our apartment block. Good to know that if I do go into labor and Bot isn't around i'll be in good hands.

So, the final countdown is on. Four and a half weeks to go. Cray cray! We bought most of the big ticket items this weekend and i'm on a DIY mission: painting a dresser; making blackout curtains, a pouf cover and some bunting, and various other last minute bits for little BB's arrival. I'm like totally in nesting mode. x

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Maternity style ::: 34 weeks


...enough is enough, is enough! 

Some days i'm just so over being preggers.

I would like my energy levels to return to normal.
I would like to be able to lace up my shoes.
I would like to sleep without the need to pee every five minutes.
I would love to know immediately if i've put my knickers on inside out.
And i'd like to feel like me again.

So in a fit of denial I raided my wardrobe determined to find an outfit that made me feel like me. Rather than 'almost eight months pregnant waddling extraordinaire' me. I pulled on my favourite jeans and an old black top and stood in front of the mirror figuring out if it was fine to leave the house with my jeans undone with a top that just about covered my pants but could potentially lead to some embarrassing situations along the way. And then I remembered this article from yonks ago, Make your own belly band! 30 mins later and i'd whipped up this little lifesaver and forgot about being pregnant for the day*. Plus it's totally liberating to not have to do your jeans up all day.





The breakdown
Jeans: M&S
Tops: ASOS
Belly Band tutorial: A Beautiful Mess

*Disclaimer...I can confirm that it is impossible to pretend you're not pregnant at eight months. But wearing your fave pair of jeans if only for a few hours before you switch into your leggings will make you feel like you again.