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

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.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Maternity style ::: 33 weeks

...and it's a birthday bump this week

Woah there, 32, WTF? How? When? Meh, such is life! Spent a lovely weekend munching with friends who were over from London and sailing on the Chesapeake Bay aboard the beautiful Lady Patty, built in 1935.

Bon weekends y'all x

The breakdown
Dress: Thrifted and adjusted
Bag: Everlane
Shoes: a little shop in Argentina

Friday, 12 September 2014

Maternity style ::: 31 weeks

 ...sleepy sleep sleeps

I seem to have entered another super sleepy phase of the pregnancy. Partly because I wake up so many times in the night to pee, but mostly because I just don't seem to be sleeping. Rarrrr! Everyone keeps telling us to "bank those lie-ins" and "make the most of sleep while you can!". C'est la vie. The dog days of summer have finally passed and temps have dropped to a breezy 24C here in DC. Hallelujuh!

Have lovely weekends all. We're off to Christening in New Jersey this weekend with our adopted American family. More baby cuddles! Ciao x

The breakdown
Skirt: Old Navy
Top: Forever 21
Bag: Everlane
Shoes: John Lewis

Friday, 5 September 2014

Maternity style ::: 30 weeks

Ok, 29 weeks turned into a little rant. And whilst you do grow (and grow, and grow) when you're pregnant you're also embraced into this wonderful community of mothers. From random women on the street who want to share their personal stories, to reconnecting with old friends who are also on this crazy journey, to making entirely new friends all because of this little person inside you, I am loving this wonderfully supportive community and feel very privileged to be a part of it. Happy weekends all x

The breakdown
Vest: Gap maternity
Skirt: Dorothy Perkins
Shoes: John Lewis

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Maternity style ::: 29 weeks

 ..."You're sure you're not having twins?" / "Wow, you're big for 6/7 months"

I'm starting to feel like society has some seriously unrealistic expectations for what a full-term pregnant woman looks like. Maybe it's celebs? Happy to show of their "cute" little bumps but when the end is in site they go into hiding. And who can blame em? At a time when you're feeling just a tad insecure that you've ballooned to size of a small village it seems like everyone has the right to comment on your size. "Ooo, coming any day?"  I suddenly feel like applausing Demi Moore for boldly gracing the cover of Vanity Fair naked at seven months pregnant and proudly showing off her bump (although i'll be frank, i'm really not a massive fan of naked pregnant bellies, I much prefer them under some clothing. But you get my point). With just over two months to go I was starting to wonder that come 9 months I would resemble one of the contestants from The World's Strongest Man, hauling one of those Atlas balls around with me. But then I had my latest docs appointment where I was told i'm measuring right on track for 29 weeks. And with that I happily scoffed a whole giant bar of Cadburys milk chocolate with Dime and stuck two fingers up to the rest of the world.

Ah the ramblings of a hormonal, emotional pregnant lady. At least you don't have to live me :-)

Happy weekends y'all x

 The breakdown
Dress: thrifted and adjusted by me
Shoes: New Look
Bag: vintage

Friday, 29 August 2014

My top 5 pregnancy essentials

These little beauties have been my saviors throughout this pregnancy. I confess, I went a bit "earth mother, only good things will enter my body, blah blah" at the beginning but really, you want to avoid as many unnatural and chemical-loaded products as you can. Luckily it's super easy to find natural, affordable products that contain only one ingredient. Oh, and they actually work too. And the bra extender just makes sense. x 

Monday, 25 August 2014

Maternity style ::: weeks 26, 27 & 28

...and big is beautiful. I repeat, BIG IS BEAUTIFUL!

Back from a lovely break in the UK catching up with friends and family. Twas so nice to be home...London in the sunshine is the best. My belly seems to be doubling in size on a weekly basis which is kinda weird to experience. I really love being pregnant but sometimes it's hard seeing yourself just get bigger, and bigger, and bigger. But when you see the little munchkin on the ultrasound...ahhh tis so worth it.

Labor Day is fast approaching and summer seems to be slipping away...not sure exactly where is disappeared to this year! We're hoping to get away this weekend, probably down to the Eastern Shore, to explore some new little towns and get a little RnR. Tootles x

Day trip to Brighton with mum

The breakdown
Blue dress: vintage
Grey dress: made by me
Black dress: Nordstrom (non-mat)
Lace top: Forever21 (non-mat)