Monday, 10 November 2014

This is 40 (weeks)

And so our due date has been and gone. And despite the warnings to not expect anything from the day I couldn't help but feel a little deflated as the day came and went. I've spent the past eight months eagerly counting down (or should that be up?) to the 40th week of pregnancy. My life has been marked by it's corresponding pregnancy week. At each yoga class we introduce ourselves and tell everyone how many weeks along we are. Each Sunday is greeted by an e-mail from some baby website I signed up to yonks ago - "Congratulations, you're in your x week! This week the baby is the size of a...insert appropriate vegetable here". And I religiously read what changes are happening to me and the babs each week in my baby book, 'What to expect when you're expecting'. So it's little wonder that with 9th November firmly stamped in my head as the big day it would be somewhat of an anticlimax if nothing happened. I think I read somewhere that only 5% of women actually give birth on their due's more like a two week window either side. And so i'm now officially 'late' or 'overdue' like a forgotten library book and living in a weird sort of limbo. Feeling frustrated and trying to enjoy these last days of freedom but just wanting the next phase to start already! My poor mother had to wait two weeks for me to arrive. Let's hope it's not that long.

We took these pics in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, one of our favourite spots just 1 1/2 hours outside DC. We just missed the peak fall colours but it was lovely to get out of the city and soak up some crisp fall country air.

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 it my turn yet?

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Maternity style ::: 36 weeks


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