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38 weeks pregnant

Oct
26th
2018

26 Oct, 2018

I can’t believe we’re nearly through October, and I’m 38 weeks pregnant?! Honestly, where did the summer go?

I say, “where did the summer go?”, but I can tell you it was used up organising our village fete (which nearly killed me and took a week to recover from), days later we started a huge renovation project (which is ongoing), looking after kids in the school holiday, oh and being pregnant.

I’ve also started a new business, Box Happy!, with a pal of mine – who incidentally I first met through this blog and now our kids go to school together! It’s a happiness Subscription Box full of proven techniques to help improve your mood and mind!

Maybe not the best time but when Emily had the idea it was TOTALLY up my street (I love reading about happiness and mental health) so baby or not, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be involved. Come say hi on Facebook!

38 weeks pregnant

Last time around I blogged my whole way through the pregnancy but I seem to have very few photos of my bump this time around. I have this one, which I sent to my brother in Japan to show that I was ‘showing’ at about 25 weeks. So I’ve replicated it today to show me at 38 weeks pregnant.

38 weeks pregnant

25 weeks verses 38 weeks pregnant

The summer was amazing and we had so much fun in the garden. People would ask me how I was coping in the heat but in all honesty, I loved it. Tube dresses and mama Spanx (which I shall elaborate on in my next blog post) got me through the hot weather.

I’d say overall the pregnancy has been a good one. I’ve felt much more tired this time around and I’ve put on a fair old amount of weight but I’m trying not to stress too much about that now. Fingers crossed this is the last time I’ll be pregnant, so I want to enjoy it!

The House

The ‘6-week’ house project started in the first week of July. They started in the attic room and slowly took the whole place apart to the point where we only had the kitchen and some bedrooms, like distant islands in the dust, to live in.

Going to the toilet multiple times in the night has made me feel like Indiana Jones, avoiding the booby traps on my mission to find the holy grail.

We have just got the first room back – fully decorated – which Mike and I are going to be staying in for the foreseeable future. It’s a spare bedroom at the top of the house away from the dust and near a toilet! We’ve had it fully insulated, a window put back in and a cupboard created to box in the boiler. It looks sweet as a nut and I will be mostly nesting in there over the coming weeks.

38 weeks pregnant

Our master bedroom is also coming along nicely, but it’s a lot closer to all the action (read: dust) and there’s quite a bit of plumbing work still to do in the ensuite so we probably won’t be in there for a month or two.

But remember this picture from the post, Master Bedroom, I did back in June? Check out how it developed, it’s been quite the transformation…

38 weeks pregnant

It’s now looking more like this…

38 weeks pregnant

 

Family time

Despite having all the building work going on and not going on holiday, the long, lazy summer was a good one. We enjoyed making dens in the garden, picking all the amazing fruit the garden has to offer (I found a plum tree and must have eaten 200 over the course of a week), seeing friends and taking day trips.

38 weeks pregnant

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Reuben turned 6 and Gabby turned 12…check out my balloon skillz (this was the week we moved everything into the kitchen).

38 weeks pregnant

And, Reuben broke his arm. I was 100% convinced, after 2 hours at the hospital with him virtually doing handstands on it, that nothing was wrong but there you go. It was broken. Kids’ bones are weird and it was healed within 3 weeks!!

38 weeks pregnant

Most recently (last week) we had a little break in a yurt. Bloody freezing and ‘wild’ doesn’t cover it, but it was absolutely gorgeous.

38 weeks pregnant - wild northumberland yurt

Here was our compost loo (a LOT nicer than a porter loo but not totally convenient in the middle of the night!).

38 weeks pregnant - wild northumberland yurt

So, that’s been the last few months in a nut shell.

It’s crazy to think how much our lives are going to change in the next few weeks. At 38 weeks pregnant, with every niggle and Braxton Hicks I’m very aware that it could be sooner rather than later. And, while things aren’t perfect at home, the show must go on and this baby will be loved regardless of the chaos around it!

38 weeks pregnant

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Master Bedroom

Jun
25th
2018

Ideas and inspiration

25 Jun, 2018

I’ve mentioned that we’re about to start doing the house up, so I’ve been sharing our ideas and inspiration, room by room. It’s as much about working out what we want to do (at the 11th hour) as it is sharing with you guys what we’re up to these days. So today I’m onto the master bedroom…

Master Bedroom inspiration

I’ve also blogged our ideas for the Entrance, and the Living Room and Study.

Before I get to our ideas, we now have an actual start date for the building work… 10th July!

Crap, better get ordering things. Stat. (more…)

Entrance

Jun
07th
2018

Ideas and Inspiration

07 Jun, 2018

To follow on from last week’s post about our plans for the Living Room and Study, I thought I’d share what we’re planning on doing with the Entrance.

Entrance Ideas

Weirdly, I’ve found this area to be one of the most challenging and the area I’ve spent the most time looking for inspiration for. Hell, I’ve even created sections within my Pinterest Board for the different aspects.

I guess because it’s grand, it’s a bit intimidating – I can feel it telling me ‘you’d best get it right, girl, I am fancy.’

From the huge Georgian Window and original Brass Doorknob, to the panels of ‘historical significance’ (according to the house’s grade 2* listing) this is an area that demands respect.

At present, it doesn’t have much respect. It has a piano that’s too big and crammed next to a sofa that’s been discoloured due to animals sneaking on it when we’re not looking.

Entrance Ideas

It has extra random furniture that hasn’t yet found a home, sad looking floor boards and stair woodwork, hideous wall lights and peeling wallpaper.

Entrance Ideas

I can just feel the Entrance’s disgust at its mistreatment! I also think it doesn’t respect me because I’m trying too hard. Tough crowd.

Entrance Ideas

So the plan is…move everything that is current there out – for example, the piano is moving to the living room – and make it fancy.

entrance inspiration

Clockwise from top:

Image 1: Restore the window and make it clean and fresh. Return all the walls to an off white or light grey.

Image 2: Restore the wooden floorboards and stairs, and put a grey stair runner up the stairs.

Image 3: Simple furniture to keep the area uncluttered. Respect yo. I also like the paneling although I’d probably only do a half wall rather than the full wall as shown.

Image 4: Some sort of statement pendant, with subtle wall lights to replace the current monstrosities.

There you have it!

Living Room and Study

Jun
01st
2018

Ideas and Inspiration

01 Jun, 2018

This week I’ve been looking at what I’d like to do in the Living Room and Study as we prepare to have our whole house done up.

We are in the almost stages now where the builder, in true builder style, could literally show up at any time!

It has been a LONG time coming. I can remember Mike breathing down my neck 2 years ago to come up with ideas for the ‘new’ house! I would do some pinning on Pinterest to keep him happy but in all honesty, my heart wasn’t fully in it. I have to have a real deadline to properly get into something.

Finally, after 2 years of working with an architect, getting planning permission and listed building permission (the house is Grade 2*),  here we are on the cusp of starting building work. Things are starting to get real, so my ideas are too.

Living room and study ideas (more…)

Meet our Garden

May
11th
2018

gorgeous and daunting

11 May, 2018

I’ve been wanting to introduce the garden for a while now but for some reason something has been holding me back. I guess it’s because I don’t want to sound like a moany cow! I’m well aware of just how gorgeous the garden is and feel incredibly lucky but something can be gorgeous and daunting.

our garden

That’s perfectly ok to say.

Reuben for example, is also incredibly gorgeous but at times he’s daunting too. That’s the yin and yan of life.

There is order in chaos and chaos in order. (more…)

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