Albert

Albert

Just over two weeks ago, Wayne and I welcomed our baby boy into the world. After 12-and-a-half hours of labour, a traumatic birth and several days in hospital, our little family is finding its feet.

This is just a quick post to introduce our little man, Albert Henry, who was born on September 30 at 38 weeks. He’s doing really well and Wayne and I are gradually getting into the swing of life with a small bald character who is an impossibly cute milk-eating machine.

I don’t think anyone can ever really prepare you for the total change and new levels of tiredness but I just can’t stop cuddling him and looking at him. I’m biased but I think he’s the cutest!

Alberts-cards---Beak-up-crafts

We have been so spoilt with gifts from family and friends. Albert already has more clothes than I do and he’s less than a month old.

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It’s kind of weird him finally being here after all of the anticipation and it’s also weird knowing he’s part of our lives forever.

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I mean, look at that little face and hands!

So, there’s our new addition. Things might be a bit quieter on my blog for a while with Albert around so I hope you understand. Hopefully I will still be able to squeeze in some time for crochet soon!

Lots of baby love,

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Slowing Down

Kate-Beak-Up-Crafts - pregnant by Buttercrumble

Illustration by Buttercrumble. See bottom of post for more details

I think pregnancy is one of those weird and wonderful things that is slightly different for everyone and just when you think you’ve got it sussed it throws you another curveball.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still loving it and I’m continually amazed that my body is growing a whole new person while I go about my day to day business. But it’s not like I thought it was going to be and even when I think I’ve got all of the signs and symptoms down, a new one pops up which makes me question just WHAT IS GOING ON IN THERE?

The nausea and exhaustion from my first trimester are a fading memory as I head into the final few weeks before my due date (with the little voice in my head reminding me that baby could actually come at any time now). I thought I’d escaped the cankles (nope) and that my boobs would grow (soz but no). The second trimester was awesome and kind of lulled me into a false sense of security about how pregnancy can be a dream. Everything went swimmingly at the scans and midwife appointments and I had no nasty side effects or conditions to report.

Fast forward a few months and I feel like I’m a body double for Sigourney Weaver in Alien and that at any given moment a Chestburster is going to fire its way out of my belly. Baby seems to spend most of his time tucked up in my ribs (on the right, mostly) which makes breathing seem like a chore and I’ve even woken myself up by being sick in my own mouth a few times during the night. Did I tell you how sexy I’m feeling right now?!

I also get a few random aches and pains down there and sciatica is SUCH a joy. If you pop round my house in the morning I’ll also do a pretty accurate turtle stuck on its back and trying to get up impression for you as I get out of bed. I love making people laugh so this nugget has slipped effortlessly into my repertoire.

I’m sorry if I sound like I’m moaning, I’m really not. OK maybe a bit about the not being able to breathe thing, although it means I get to avoid hills for a good reason now and no-one looks at me funny if I get the lift at work!

But all of this means that I’m finding that I have to slow down a lot in my everyday life. It’s weird when you realise your body just can’t/flat out won’t do the things that it used to do without a second thought because it’s far too busy with something way more important than keeping your dinner down at 3am. But I think that’s also kind of clever, even if it’s sole focus seems to be trying to make you get up to go for a wee five times a night.

I’ve not got long left at work now, just a handful more shifts, and then that’s me done for the best part of a year. This whole new part of my life is both exciting and scary because it’s the total unknown (not least thinking about the labour bit) but I’m looking forward to it so much. Even if I have to take it all a bit slower.

Do you have any top tips to make the last few weeks of pregnancy that bit more comfortable? If so I would love to hear them please!

Lots of nearly-there love,

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For more on the lovely Chloe and Abigail at Buttercrumble, who created the illustration to go with this post, please check out their social media links:

Chloe and Abigail are a design collective based in Leeds, West Yorkshire (but originally from Scarborough). They are inspired by mid-century design, the seaside and anything and everything cute! Chloe and Abigail are twin sisters which means they really love working together as it means they can combine ideas and offer suggestions for each piece they produce. The sisters are currently studying and are soon to complete their degree in Graphic Design and Communication. Chloe and Abigail – collectively known as Buttercrumble – use illustration and design to help develop brands, communicate a story or to bring smiles to people’s faces.

Mamas & Papas’ New Collaboration with Liberty London

Liberty Musical Cot Toy and cushions -- Mamas and Papas - Beak Up Crafts

I was invited to an event in London this week for the launch of Mamas & Papas‘ new designer collaboration with Liberty London. That’s right – mega children’s brand meets stunning Liberty prints to create beautiful interiors collection AND a range of very covetable prams and strollers. Yes please.

Sadly due to work I wasn’t able to attend but I thought I would share some details of the collaboration if, like me, you’re very much interested in crafts, Liberty, decor and baby things.

Liberty Cushions - Mamas and Papas - Beak Up Crafts

There are six different Liberty prints used in the new range and one of my favourite things are these star cushions (above), which cost £30. I love how these are so classic but feel modern at the same time and would really suit a contemporary nursery.

I’m also a big fan of this slightly more expensive rocking horse:

Liberty Rocking Horse - Mamas and Papas - Beak Up Crafts

 

We’ve already bought our pram, but if you’re currently pregnant, haven’t picked out your baby’s first set of wheels and fancy a bit of a heritage twist, then check out the pretty Liberty prints on these bad boys:

Liberty Caesar Urbo2 Range - Mamas and Papas - Beak Up Crafts Armadillo Flip XT Carrycot Liberty Caesar - Mamas and Papas - Beak Up Crafts

Pretty nice, right? This little musical cot toy is cute as well (and I think reasonably priced at £15) if you fancy a bit of Liberty love but without the heftier price tag of some of the items:

Liberty Musical Cot Toy - Mamas & Papas - Beak Up Crafts

So what do you think? Are you a fan of this collaboration? If you are, the collection launches exclusively with Liberty and Mamas & Papas on September 7th.

Our nursery is pretty much finished now (and I feel this collection is more geared to girls if I’m honest – we’re having a boy) so I’m going to resist making any purchases, but here’s some more price info if you’re keen to indulge:

  • Liberty Musical Cot Toy, £14.95
  • Cushions, £30
  • Doll, £30
  • Cot bed Quilt, £99
  • Cot bed Bumper, £69
  • Liberty Musical Cot Toy £15
  • Liberty Rocking Horse £130
  • Liberty Doll £29.95
  • Liberty Cushions £30

Lots of Liberty love,

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