Slowing Down

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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

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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.

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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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My Favourite Baby Buys

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Raa T-Shirt: Marks and Spencer

Aside from the brilliant and comforting feeling of our baby Riverdancing in my belly while I try to drop off to sleep (pretty much every night!), the thing I’ve been enjoying the most about his upcoming arrival is all of the cute bits and pieces we’ve been picking up for him.

I have been really excited seeing his nursery coming together but it’s the cute outfits that really get me giddy. Soon our baby will be wearing these things and everything is SO CUTE in miniature.

Therefore I wanted to share some of my favourite clothes that we’ve bought/been bought for baby. Some of the clothes are in bigger than newborn sizes as we snapped them up in the sale for next summer but I’m sticking with the line that it’s saving us money down the line. Plus we couldn’t resist!

We’ve bought a lot of white vests and sleep suits for the early days but here’s some of my favourite fun outfits:

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Lion all-in-one: Tesco

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Stripey romper: ASDA

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Hippo and stars: Tesco

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Trainers: Nike Outlet

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Penguin romper: H&M; Stars vest: Tesco

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Mr Men tops: ALDI (via eBay)

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Jungle animals sleep suit: ASDA

We’ve got about two-and-a-half months until baby’s official due date and from now until then we just need to get a few practical things. It’s all starting to feel very real!

If you’ve got any top tips of things you found invaluable when you had a baby I would love to hear about them please, so feel free to drop me a line in the comments as I’m sure there will be some things we’ve missed or not thought about!

Lots of baby love,

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Life Lately

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Things have been pretty busy lately so I thought I would share a bit of an update about what’s been going on and what we’ve been up to in the last few weeks.

At the start of the month Wayne and I went to a wedding at Grays Court in York, which despite the heavy storms the night before, took place in blistering hot sunshine. My shade-hopping tactics paid off, though, and I somehow managed not to get burnt! The garden at the venue was lovely. We went to a wedding of two friends there last year too which you can read about here (and check out just how lovely the garden is!). Here’s a picture of me, Wayne and bump from the day.

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We also finished off building our nursery furniture and all we need to do is put a couple of shelves up and add in a few decorative bits and pieces. I’m hoping to share a post on our finished nursery soon so watch this space.

Wayne and I also had a trip to Scarborough for the first of the summer’s cricket festivals in the seaside town. We watched the opening two days of Yorkshire’s County Championship match against Worcestershire and generally relaxed and filled our faces. It was really nice to get away for a couple of days.

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In good news, Wayne got a well-deserved promotion at work and treated himself to a new car. Well, I say himself but I’m sure I’ll be driving it a bit when baby comes! I also sold my house in Leeds which is a real weight off my mind and not only allows us to consolidate and do some home improvements but it will make things much easier when I’m on maternity leave. It’s been a bit stressful but all worth it now!

Oh and if you missed it I finished my new baby blanket too. You can read more about that, get the pattern and the colour chart here.

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All in all it’s been a bit of a busy month! I hope you’ve had a good one too. Here’s to a hopefully sunny and productive August!

Lots of summer love,

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Styling the Seasons ~ July

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So far July has been a month of organisation and getting things ready and I’ve decided to reflect that in my Styling the Seasons post.

It’s now three months (give or take a few days) until our baby’s due date and Wayne and I have moved into planning and getting ready mode. I’ve always been one for making sure I get things done ahead of time and leaving things until closer (or even, *sharp intake of breath*, to chance) has always brought me out in a cold sweat.

Wayne is much more spontaneous by nature but I’m really glad that he’s indulged my crazy and we have both got stuck into getting the nursery ready for our little one’s arrival. Getting everything sorted helps me to become calm if that doesn’t sound too weird? Yeah, I admit I am a control freak but I’ve always felt that knowledge is power and organisation makes everything that bit easier. I’m really making myself sound like a total laugh right now aren’t I?

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Anyway, we’ve now bought most of the things we need for when our baby boy decides to put in an appearance and his nursery is close to being finished. I’m really pleased that we’ve done it together and we’ve been able to get most of it done before I hit the third trimester and get massive and possibly very cranky like a T-Rex that goes around hormonally smashing things.*

*I have no idea if this is what happens, but I’m having a guess what it must be like to be heavily pregnant.

So why the notepad, pens and stamps for this month’s post? Well, a couple of reasons really. After a panicked day where I hadn’t really felt baby’s movements I’ve decided to keep notes on when I feel him kicking or moving so I don’t forget and I can see if something is a bit off.

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There’s also a few other things to do, things to buy and lists to make – like what to pack in my hospital bag. I’m also hoping to jot down maybe how I’m feeling about things in the latter stages. As someone who is addicted to pretty stationery I wanted to do this in a fun way, hence the stamps and coloured pens! That’s why this month’s Styling the Seasons post has taken this slant, as this is what’s on my desk at the moment!

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Any excuse to buy another pretty notebook, eh?!

What have you been up to this month and what does July mean to you?

Lots of planning love,

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How to Design your own Baby Clothes

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Wayne and I are now full steam ahead in getting things ready for our little one’s arrival. Apart from a a few cross words while building some IKEA flat pack furniture (this must be the cause of so many rows across the world!) we’re doing well on getting together everything we need. Baby’s nursery is coming on well too and I’m looking forward to sharing more on that soon.

Say the words ‘craft’ and ‘baby’ to me at the moment and it’s guaranteed that my ears will prick up. I guess it was only a matter of time before I tried getting some of my squiggles and drawings on some baby clothes, but to be honest I didn’t have a clue where to start and how to do it in a baby-safe way. No nasty dyes that might irritate the little one allowed (not that I really know what they are).

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Therefore, when I was contacted by Zazzle to see if I would like to check out their range of baby gifts and I spotted there was an option to customise (or effectively design your own) baby gros, I jumped at the chance.

I thought it would be good to share how I did this in case you’re a mum to be with a creative streak or are keen to have some clothes for your little one that are totally unique. I think these would also make great new baby gifts, although if you’ve been hit by artistic block or don’t fancy your chances drawing something then there are plenty of ready made designs which you can easily add baby’s name to as well for that personalised touch. Here’s a basketball-themed babygro we also ordered at the same time:

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How I Did It

1. Create your design

There might well be better ways to do this (and I’m no professional graphic designer so I’m not sure!) but I found a really easy way to create a design then upload it to make cute baby clothes was by drawing it in Adobe Ideas/Adobe Illustrator Draw.

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I love both of these as drawing apps, firstly because they are free and secondly because they are so easy to use. I’ve got a version on my iPad and iPhone (although it’s much easier on my iPad purely because there’s more screen space to go at).

You can either draw a picture using your finger or if you want more control you can use a stylus.

I doodled this dog with my finger on my phone. I’m not quite sure why I decided to make him blue and turquoise but there you go!

Top Tips:

  • Keep your design simple
  • Use one or two main colours to make it bold and striking
  • If you’re not that confident at drawing, you can always use a pre-configured design or just play around by making a few shapes then adding a name/text in the next step

2. Upload your design

Find the baby gro/t-shirt you want to upload your design to on the Zazzle website. I chose this short sleeved one in a six months size.

Using the options on the right you can easily upload your design, move it around and make it bigger or smaller using drag and drop functionality. Adobe Ideas saves things in PDF format, and this uploaded perfectly when I tried it, so a thumbs up for me as no messing around with different file types.

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You can also change the colour of the clothing itself, add a background colour or some text. This last one is great if you want to personalise it with a name, but as we’re keeping the name we’ve picked under wraps til baby is born, I skipped this step.

3. Check and confirm

Give your design and placement the once over and once you’re happy, press the add to basket option. That’s it! Your design will now be made up and shipped to you.


So What Did I Think?

I did my doodle, uploaded it to the site and placed my order on a Sunday afternoon. There’s free delivery (which I thought was a real bonus) and I received the babygro a week and a half later along with a pre-done design. A blanket I ordered got lost in the post which was a bit frustrating (and it means I didn’t receive it in time to include it in this post) but a new one was sent out to me with no quibbles, which was great.

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Positives

  • Simple step-by-step process to upload your design
  • Free delivery
  • As you can see from the finished customised baby gro, the design came out in the right proportions and how I had drawn it which was good. I wondered if there would be room for error but it turned out not to be the case.
  • The quality and size of the babygro seems to be good, but obviously I won’t be able to test drive this for a good few months yet until baby arrives.

Negatives

  • I was a bit disappointed about the colours on the babygro when compared with my original drawing as they aren’t quite as vibrant.
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  • The babygro isn’t quite as soft as other ones I have bought, but I haven’t washed it yet as this could make all the difference.
  • At £14.95 per customised babygro, it’s quite expensive compared with high street prices for ready made designs, but for a one-off or a new baby gift that you can make your own I think that it’s OK.

I hope you enjoyed this post and review. Have you ever had a go at making or designing your own baby or children’s clothes? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Lots of babygro love,

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Disclaimer: This post is written in collaboration with Zazzle. I received a gift voucher to purchase the items featured in this post but all opinions are my own.

20 Things No one Tells You about Being Pregnant

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Last week was pretty exciting as Wayne and I found out that we are expecting a baby boy. We had our 20 week scan which was great as we got to see our baby again (and find out that he is OK), although we have to go back to the hospital again this Friday as the sonographer couldn’t get the views of his heart that she needed. Yeah, baby was way too comfy laying on his belly and no matter what we did he refused to turn over – already stubborn!

I’m now at the halfway point of my pregnancy, give or take a few days, and I’ve been thinking about how things have been changing and stuff I’ve found out as my bump starts to grow.

Maybe I was just a bit clueless as a first time mum-in-the-making but quite a few things have happened to me and my body which I never imagined. Some of which have been a bit gross. Plus I went a bit crazy for a while, but more on that in a bit.

Therefore, if anyone else is expecting their first baby I would love to hear if you’ve felt the same things, or if you’re an experienced mum and have any advice on what’s to come I would really appreciate that too.

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Don’t get me wrong, this post isn’t about moaning as I love being pregnant and knowing I’m growing our baby in my belly. When I think about how all that is happening by itself it amazes me. How does my body just know what to do?

But here’s 20 things I’ve discovered about myself and my pregnant body in the last few months, which I had kind of wish I had known before. I hope you find them helpful/funny/useful in some way!

  1. I became a psycho-crazy symptom-spotting nutjob
    Yeah. I’m not proud of this but even before I got a positive on a pregnancy test I was stalking symptoms on the internet like a wacko. If you had seen my Google search history at that point you would have thought I had lost it. But that continued until my good friend Kate lent me the What to Expect When You’re Expecting book just before our 12 week scan, which I’ve got to say has been a revelation. Now if I’ve got any questions I can find out the right answers easily. Maybe I’ve just got used to things being a bit different too – after a frantic few weeks now I just tend to take each new symptom with a pinch of salt, provided it’s not mega painful or involves bleeding down there, which touch wood hasn’t happened.
  2. Internet forums don’t always tell the real story
    Sure, they have a lot of information from a lot of ladies who have been through the pregnancy mill before, but if you want to freak yourself out like I did then they’re the best place to start. I had almost convinced myself something had gone wrong with our baby ahead of our 12-week scan (which was actually at 13 weeks five days and three weeks after our last scan at the EPU). Maybe it’s because getting pregnant had been a bit tricky for us, but the words ‘missed miscarriage’ haunted me for weeks. I think the problem here is, people are more likely to write about the bad things that happen to them and not the good, meaning there are more horror stories out there when in actual fact the chances of something like that happening remain very small.
  3. Poo can be a real problem
    Apologies if you’re tucking into your Shreddies (and you might want to skip this one if you’re easily offended) but what the hell is going on with the number two situation? Sometimes earlier in my pregnancy I couldn’t go for days, then at other times I might have well just taken up permanent residence on the pot. It’s those hormones isn’t it? And don’t talk to me about the colour either. Let’s just say I could write the script for a new film, 50 Shades of Shit.
  4. Morning sickness isn’t all about hugging the toilet
    I guess I’m lucky as I haven’t been sick once during my pregnancy but instead I had what felt like a three-month stomach bug. Funnily enough eating is the only thing that seemed to get rid of it – I read that it’s a combo of hormones and low blood sugar – but I always thought that morning sickness was just that, having a nice casual vom every morning. Guess I was wrong!
  5. I look fat rather than pregnant
    I follow a few ladies on Instagram who are pregnant and have lovely bumps. And they have them when I look at their pictures from when they were the same point along as me. Except I don’t have a bump yet, really. I’ve got a bit of one but I’ve always had a belly, so instead I just look like I’ve been mainlining the chocolate eclairs. Which is annoying. Hopefully my bump will pop out soon.
  6. Exhaustion really is a thing
    Before I got pregnant I never really believed that it could be so tiring in the early stages. I mean, essentially you’re not hauling round a massive stomach and for all intents and purposes you can’t see anything going on. How wrong I was. The first three months of nausea and growing a baby totally wiped me out. It also made doing things I love seem like a chore too but I guess my body’s priority was growing a mini person and not finishing off that crochet blanket.
  7. Feeling hot, hot, hot
    And not in a sexy way. If I didn’t know any better I would have put the random hot flushes down to an early menopause. Hormones can be so FUN, right?
  8. My underwear has become a nightmare
    Yeah, another one that’s a bit ick. Some of my bras have been relegated to the back of the drawer for fear they will cut me in half, while down at the other end I’m mostly sticking to dull cotton pants due to one thing – d-i-s-c-h-a-r-g-e. It’s a horrible thing to talk about but apparently it’s all normal, so hey, whatevs.
  9. Battle of the bloat
    I got really excited at about the eight week mark as I thought I had the beginnings of a baby bump. Then I would do an almighty fart and it would all be gone. Also see having no belly at the start of the day and a massive one by the end, all thanks to my not so best friend: trapped wind. So fit.
  10. I developed an unhealthy obsession for potato waffles
    Or anything potato based. And I went with it for the early months because that was about the only food group that seemed to make my nausea sod off. Although it wasn’t the most balanced of diets, which leads me to…
  11. Watching the scales has become a morning ritual
    One thing I’m concious about is making sure I put on a healthy amount of weight both for baby and me during my pregnancy. After piling on 5lbs in the first 12 weeks (the top end of the advised amount after only being able to stomach carbs) I’ve been taking care to eat a lot more healthily now I don’t feel sick anymore, so lots of fruit and veg, yoghurt and nutritious stuff. But I am stepping on the scales everyday (especially if I have the occasional pizza) and I know I need to scale back on this as weight isn’t the most important thing.
  12. H&M maternity leggings are my friend
    They are SO comfortable. Sure, wearing them makes me look like Simon Cowell after he’s been given a wedgie as they come up so high, but so what? No one can see what’s going on under my t-shirt.
  13. Accidentally touch my boobs and I will punch you in the face
    Yeah, they hurt. Well not so much my boobs, more my nipples. Give me a hug that bit too hard? I will whelp like you’ve just stood on a puppy. Open the door into me then barge into my chest? You will get a swift knee to the nuts, as that will hurt what I estimate would be a similar amount.
  14. Speaking of boobs, why haven’t they grown?
    I’m still an A cup and waiting for the growth spurt everyone else seems to talk about, which is a bit of a bummer.
  15. I’ve started crying at ridiculous things
    I kind of had an inkling I might be pregnant when Wayne and I were coming back from Tenerife in February as I started crying when I saw a smiley old lady that reminded me of my Grandma getting on the plane. I was about a week pregnant then. Since that time I’ve got emotional at TV ads and just randomly at work, which is a bit embarassing.
  16. I now totally understand why pregnant women rub their bellies all of the time
    I’ve got to say I didn’t get why they did this before I became pregnant, and even though my bump is still small I find myself rubbing it a lot. Why? Because it aches/feels a bit sore quite a lot of the time with all the stretching that’s going on down there, and I find a warm hand really helps.
  17. Tell me I can’t have something and it’s all I can think about
    Runny eggs, lots of caffeine and McDonald’s McFlurries. All things I can’t have and all things I really want all of the time now so thanks and that.
  18. Sleep? Who needs that anyway?
    I’m guessing it must be my raging hormones again but on average I wake up two or three times in the night then ping awake bright and early at 6.30am. Every morning. Maybe it’s just my body’s way of getting me used to having a baby and being up in the night. If so, very clever.
  19. Turns out I have the worst posture in the world
    So my yoga teacher tells me. That’s probably why my back’s been giving me some problems as my centre of gravity starts to shift and my shoulders feel like rocks after a day at my desk. But hey, still got a baby in there so no biggy.
  20. My appetite is about as predictable as the British summer.
    12:31pm
    Wayne: Kate, are you hungry?
    Me: Nah, not at all. It’s only been a few hours since breakfast.
    Wayne: OK, I might have my dinner in a bit.
    Me: OK.
    12:32pm
    Me: Oh-my-god-I’m-starving-I-need-my sandwich-now.
    That.

So there you go. As I say, I’m not complaining as becoming a mum is so exciting and Wayne and I can’t wait to be parents. It’s just odd what goes on with your body when you’re pregnant and stuff I didn’t think I would be doing/feeling are everyday occurrences now.

If you’re a mum or are expecting can you add anything to this list? I know every pregnancy is different but I’d love to hear what yours have been like.

Lots of baby bump love,

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Crochet for Baby

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I’m going to tell you a bit of a secret. Last year when I was preparing for my first ever crochet workshop I bought a load of wool for myself, then did nothing with it for more than six months. As someone who has been known to be a craft supplies hoarder in the past I guess this might not be a surprise, but there was a reason for the wool remaining untouched. It’s because I knew I wanted to make a baby blanket with it, but as Wayne and I were struggling to get pregnant, I only wanted to start once we had been lucky enough to see the two pink lines on a pregnancy test.

Roll forward to today and I’m nearly at the halfway stage of growing a small human in my belly (which somehow still isn’t as big as I thought it would be by this point) and the blanket is coming on well. Here it is:

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I had a brief delay when I ran out of wool and one of the colours I needed was out of stock EVERYWHERE but it’s back on track again now.

Next week Wayne and I will find out if we’re having a boy or a girl, and once that happens my crocheting will be heading into overdrive.

You see, after three months of feeling like I had a lingering bout of the norovirus, I’m feeling grrrreat right now. I get up earlier than ever, have bags of energy and just want to make things.

So when we find out if it’s a boy or girl in there I’m going to make another baby blanket, this time a pram-sized one and not an accidentally-way-too-big-for-that-but-it-will-be-OK-for-a-cot-size. (Like the ripple one. Which is why I ran out of wool.)

I’ve got a Pinterest board dedicated to baby blankets (a few of which are above) but the one I’m going to have a go at making – with a few colour changes if there’s a mini-Wayne in there – is this beauty:

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It’s called the Fantasy Blanket and is by Anna Contreras. You can get the pattern for free on Ravelry here. Isn’t it gorgeous?

I think the thing I like about it the most is that there are lots of different types of stitches, so it will be a bit of a challenge and will stop me from becoming bored, as I don’t know about you, but doing the same stitch x 1,000,000,000 in a blanket can get a bit repetitive.

Why Stop at a Blanket?

Once the blanket(s) are done, I think I’m going to have a go at making these too. What do you think?

baby teether

Goldfish teether

baby rattle

Rattle

Have you any other ideas for toys and things your baby/children enjoyed playing with please? I would love to hear them and might add them to my to-do list if they were a hit!

Lots of crochet-crazy baby love,

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A Change in Focus

Planning - a Beautiful Mess planner and stationery

One of the things I love about blogging is that you can write about anything and everything you want, whenever you want.

One of the things I don’t love about blogging is that sometimes having a schedule of three posts a week on a few key themes can feel a bit restrictive. Like you have to treat blogging as a second job to make sure you get your content created and up to scratch. Which can be a bit of a pain.

If you read my blog regularly (hello and thank you!) or stop by to see my snaps on Instagram then you’ll know already that I’m expecting my first baby which is due in October. It’s a really exciting (if a bit nerve-wracking) time and I’m not so unrealistic as to think that I’m going to be able to continue my blogging seamlessly at times during my pregnancy and when bubs finally arrives.

I started this blog as I wanted a creative outlet and I wanted to share both my ideas and things I had made to try and help and inspire other people. Crafting and making things in my adult years has reignited the creative side that I used to love when I was little and has had a really positive impact on my life and helped me through some tough times.

What I don’t want to happen over the next few months is the slow and then sudden realisation that I’ve started to hate this blog as I feel too restricted by thinking up, creating, writing, photographing and editing a DIY post each week and sticking to a three posts a week schedule. Plus I might want to write about some different things too which I’ve never written about before, like becoming a mum and the new stage of my life.

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So what I’m saying is things might slowly start to change around here a bit and I hope you, my lovely readers, will understand. There might not be as many DIY posts (although I will still be making things and sharing them when I’m feeling A-OK) and I might sometimes talk about just how massive my belly is and my frustrations at not being able to see my feet anymore.

It’s still really important to me to help to promote indie businesses and small companies that make handmade goods so there will still be plenty of that.

But as things are changing I’ve decided not to put as much pressure on myself. My blogging schedule might slow down to one or two posts a week. I’ve had a think and decided I’m not going to Blogtacular this year, which I was really looking forward to, but now I don’t think I will be able to do any justice to all of the amazing advice and ideas I know I will get there due to things that are coming up. That does make me a bit sad as I’m not going to be able to meet lots of lovely bloggers I’ve talked to over email and social media but, well, money’s going to be a bit tighter and we will be able to buy things we really need for the baby with the cost of the ticket.

If there’s anything you would love to see me writing about please though, do let me know, or if there’s any DIYs you would like me to try/share. I guess while things are changing it’s as good a time as any to see if there’s anything you would like to see on these pink and grey pages! So don’t be shy, either drop me a comment below, tweet me @beakupcrafts, say hi on Instagram or you can send me an email at [email protected].

Anyway, I think I’ve blathered on for long enough now so I’ll let you get back to your cup of tea and biscuits.

Thanks for reading and lots of new adventures love,

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