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Moving Home… 4 Weeks In.

So a month ago on the 8th I moved back home to my parents house, along with Arran, in preparation for when baby comes (Still no sign of him! he’s now 4 days late!!!)
The last 4 weeks seem to have flown by, maybe because we have been keeping ourselves busy or maybe just cause of our imminent arrival, I’m not really sure, either way I can’t believe it has been a month already!

Living back at home hasn’t been too bad and I feel like Arran has adjusted to it pretty well also, I was worried that it would be awful, losing that freedom of having your own house and doing whatever we want whenever we want, but it has felt more or less the same, granted we don’t have as much space to ourselves here and have to live in a way that is considerate towards my parents but on the whole things have been a lot easier than I thought they were going to be.

The main reason for the move was so that once baby is here we would have the support of all my family, seeing as all of my family live within close proximity of each other it makes being able to drop on someone for help a lot easier than had we still been living in Burton, where we had no family or friends, I also didn’t want to be alone with a newborn once Arran went back to work.

We will also save quite a bit of money by moving back into my parents house which means we can hopefully save up for a nicer house in a nicer area, I will hopefully be able to go back to work even if its only part time a lot sooner than if we had been on our own which means we will have even more money saved up and of course another big thing is we will be able to have time to ourselves without having to always be mom and dad cause there will usually be someone on hand to help look after baby, which will be nice cause there are quite a few movies coming out in the next few weeks that I would love to go see!

So yeah, on a whole moving back home hasn’t been too bad, a lot easier than I thought it would be, but it is definitely not a permanent solution and once baby is here and we’ve had a month or two to adjust we will probably start re-assessing our options and maybe look at getting our own place somewhere close by, that way we have the best of both worlds, our own house and family support close by!

Fingers crossed!

Sunflowers!!

So it’s been less than a month I think since I planted my sunflowers, they are now biggish and we (me and my mom) finally got around to planting them in the garden last Sunday (23.04.17) I planted 75 seeds in trays and roughly half of them germinated, we then planted the 12 best ones in our garden, 6 red and 6 yellow! We still have some good looking ones left over which I will be giving to family, this is usually what I do when I plant a ton of seeds, cause who doesn’t love to be gifted Sunflowers!! 🌻🌻

Some got eaten by snails though as I’ve been keeping them outside in their pots so they can get the most of the nice sun we have been having!

Anyway, here are some pics of how they looked before we planted them in the ground!

And here are some pics of the ones we planted in the garden!

Sadly none of my dwarf red ones grew, not sure why, I did the same with them as with my others, I guess they were just dud seeds, was quite looking forward to seeing what those ones looked like as well, but nevermind, try again next year!

These giant ones though are supposed to grow up to 14ft… will be interesting to see how big they do grow and I will definitely post updates on them here too!

Enjoy 🌻🌻🌻

The Mummy Diaries: 39 Week Update!!

I’m still here, still waiting, still no baby!!

So 39 weeks, not a lot has happened this week really, he’s still pretty high up, making it super uncomfortable to sleep most nights and when he’s really in my ribs it makes even sitting painful, but hey only a few more weeks to go at most!

This week was Arran’s week of holiday, sadly though he has to go back to work today cause baby hasn’t shown up yet, however his paternity starts as soon as he is born, which is awesome cause it means he will get the full two weeks with him and not just a few days like I had feared, so now it’s just a case of waiting for him! Was hoping he would be a May 4th Star Wars baby but we well and truly missed that deadline!

I did have a nice little trip out with my friend this week, went to Lichfield for a few hours and got some lunch and had a little look around the shops, was nice to get out of the house for a bit and see her, I don’t plan on going out again now though til he is born, walking is getting painful and tiring so just plan on spending my time til he is here relaxing!

People keep asking if I’m fed up, or frustrated, I mean it would be nice if he had come early or if he came soon, but I’m not stressing about it, I don’t see the point, some people get really impatient and frustrated but it won’t help, might as well just relax and enjoy the last few days/weeks of feeling him move around inside me cause soon enough he will be here and probably screaming his head off!!
Same goes for labour, everyone keeps asking me if I’m scared or nervous but I’m not, the way I see it, loads of women have done it before me and loads will do it after me, it’s no big deal, I mean sure it is probably going to hurt and be tiring but that’s what pain meds are for and midwives, everything is there to help make it easier and more comfortable, so I’m just going to just take it as it comes and not stress out about it too much, I just really don’t see the point or how it will help me, calm is the way forwards!

On the name front we are a little closer to picking one I think, we have a few that we like but I think mostly we are just going to wait til he gets here and then decide, hopefully that way it will be easier… maybe… that or he’ll have no name for a few weeks!

Today is my due date! Happy Due Date to me, sadly though baby doesn’t appear to have gotten the invite, but nevermind he will be here soon!

The Mummy Diaries: The Nursery Is Finished!

It is finally finished, clothes are all washed, pictures are hung, Moses basket is here and the room is tidy! 

It’s not a very big room but it will do, baby will mostly be in my bedroom for the first few months anyway so it’s not like he will need a ton of space. We did it fairly neutral although I have sort of gone with a bit of an animal theme, I like animals and baby’s like animals so why not, also that way I get to add colours to the room subtly without making the room look smaller by using bright colours on the walls!

Here are some pics!

His cot is mine from when I was a baby and has just been repainted and had a new mattress bought for it, the pictures on the wall my mom made for us and the colourful door knobs I painted myself, so a lot of effort and love has gone into it and I think it looks pretty damn good!!

Anyone else decorated their nursery with mostly handmade/hand me down items?

The Mummy Diaries: 38 Week Update!!

38 Weeks! I honestly never envisioned going past 37 but here we are and with no signs of him showing his face anytime soon either, I guess he’s all warm and cosy in there!

I had a midwife appointment on the 25th, it was just your usual run of the mill appointment, nothing eventful happened, she took my blood pressure, checked my pee sample, felt for baby and listened to his heartbeat, everything is perfect so all is good on that front, he is also now 3/5ths engaged, which really doesn’t mean all that much cause he was the same 4 weeks ago and then decided to move out of my pelvis, which is annoying but ah well, the braxton hicks contractions have now all but stopped too so I am pretty positive this is going to be a long wait!

He is just as wriggly as ever which is wonderful, I really am going to miss feeling his little kicks inside of me when he’s finally here, but, I am so excited to meet him!
According to Ovia this week he is the same size as a Ukulele, weighs roughly 7lbs and is about 19 and a half inches long! lets hope he doesn’t get too much bigger than that! also apparently if he has hair it has a colour by now and his eye colour is also coming in! although I am thinking he will have lovely blue eyes because both me and Arran have blue eyes, I do hope he has lots of dark hair though, but thats not something you see very often, dark hair and blue eyes, but who knows we shall see, I’m sure he will look utterly adorable whatever he looks like!

Arran starts his paternity leave this week! I can’t wait, its going to be so nice to have him around for a whole 3 weeks, we just gotta hope that baby decides to show up in good time so that Arran gets to spend as much time with him as possible!

Here we go into 39 weeks! I might start taking bets on when he will arrive, feel free to leave your guess in the comments!

P.s. my appetite is out of control… please tell me this is a sign!

The Mummy Diaries: Choosing A Name…

We still haven’t picked a name… Infact our shortlist is not even short and keeps changing!

How? How do people pick names? It is such a huge decision and so hard knowing we have to pick something good and that it will be with him for the rest of his life!!

What if he doesn’t like it? what then!

I do know we don’t want to give him one of these trendy names that will date and sound silly when he’s 60 or when he’s working in a professional setting, we are definitely going to give him something traditional, but also not too old fashioned, though we do like some of the old fashioned names like Arthur, but we aren’t naming him Arthur.

We have at most 3 weeks til we meet him, I just hope that when we finally have him here with us we will be able to look at him and say he looks like a “insert name here” and all will be good!

Hopefully also people will stop asking us what we are going to name him soon, cause
1. we don’t know
2. even if we did we aren’t telling anyone because everyone has an opinion on every name and no doubt someones opinion would taint it for us!

Fingers crossed we think of something soon!!

Ironjawz Army! 

So I have been meaning to do this post since December last year… I’m terrible I know, but anyway, I got a new Warhammer army for Christmas!

Let me introduce you to the Ironjawz! An awesome, badass army of Orruks,!

Ironjawz

They are currently built and sprayed in my parents conservatory and I started painting them on Sunday, I’m doing the classic yellow armour with bits of red thrown in on some of the little details, Arran has done the spraying for me, I decided on white as the undercoat as I think it will help bring out the yellow much better than if we sprayed them in black, so far its working!

Here is a pic of them all sprayed and ready to paint!

Ironjawz1

We have also already had a few battles with them, against Skaven and Dwarves, so far they have kicked ass and won all but one fight, it’s great! I’m not used to winning this much, however Arran has now bought a new army, the Kharadron Overlords, heres hoping that the Ironjawz can still hold their own against them!

These guys are also so much different to my Dark Elf army, I’m loving them, I have so much more motivation to paint them, I think it’s because they are so different and much more colourful, don’t get me wrong I still love my Dark Elves, I just needed a bit of a break from them as I was lacking the motivation to paint them!

So yes! watch this space, these Ironjawz are going to look awesome when they are finished and lets hope they can keep up their winning streak and destroy their new opponents!!

The Mummy Diaries: 37 Week Update!!

So we finally made it, 37 weeks! I am officially classed as full term now and baby could come any day! Super excited doesn’t even come close to how I feel right now!

Last week I had my 36 week midwife appointment, everything is looking good, however, he had decided to move up out of my pelvis a bit instead of going further in, which was a little disappointing but ah well such is life right, can’t rush these things, he will come when he is good and ready! My next appointment will be tomorrow at 38 weeks, so fingers crossed for a bit of downward movement!!

According to my app Ovia, baby is the size of a tackle box at 37 weeks, weighs just over 6lbs and is about 19 inches tall! All of his organs are fully formed and he is totally ready to come into this world and meet us, hurry up dude!

I finally finished his bedroom this week and his new moses basket arrived as well, I will do a separate post with some pics of the nursery and his moses basket all set up, we also finished washing all of his clothes… he has so many clothes it is insane! ooh and I also finished packing his hospital bag and made a start on packing my own, though most of the stuff going into my bag is stuff that I am still using so will have to all be put in last minute!

Definitely starting to feel a lot more tired now, sleep hasn’t been easy, I tend to wake up loads of times in the night and then once I wake up it takes about an hour or so to get back to sleep, but it will all be worth it, I am definitely looking forward to being able to sleep somewhat normally again once he is here, the things you don’t appreciate like sleeping on your back instead of your side all the time are the things you miss the most I think, so I am really looking forward to being able to do that again and just generally have my body back!

Ooh, I almost forgot, we had a breastfeeding class on the 13th, it was pretty interesting, though the jury is still out on whether I will breast feed or formula, I think I will give it a try for sure for at least a week but my heart is not set on it being the only way I feed him, if I end up bottle feeding I won’t be disappointed, fed is best after all and as long as he is happy it doesn’t matter.

So yeah, I think that is all I have for this weeks update, I am thinking of doing weekly updates now until he arrives, so I guess my next one will be next Sunday/Monday for 38 weeks!

P.s. we still haven’t picked out a name!!!

Happy Easter! 🐣

Just a quick post today and its a day late at that! but,

HAPPY EASTER!! 

Hope you all had a great Easter yesterday, me and Arran spent time with both our families, it was a great weekend and a nice break from unpacking from our recent house move!

We got quite a bit of chocolate, i reckon it’ll last us probably two/three weeks! also this is our last Easter as just the two of us! how exciting, next year we will hopefully be in Cyprus celebrating with our little dude for his first Easter!

Here is a pic of all the chocolate that we got, I think we did pretty well!


Did you guys get much chocolate? 

The Mummy Diaries: 35 Week Update!

So I am a week later than intended with this update but nevermind, things have been super busy recently, me and Arran moved home and have had a ton of packing and unpacking to do but we’re almost done, thankfully… I hate moving house, it’s so stressful but needs must right!

Anyway, my last update was at 32 weeks, things have been pretty boring really, not much has changed, braxton hicks have ramped up a little and are starting to get more painful, baby is now engaged which is exciting! but also painful sometimes, pretty sure he is using his head as a drill and trying to grind his way out of my pelvis…. not nice!!

We did have a birth class last Thursday, it was quite informative, they went through all the possible scenarios that could happen during labour/delivery, we did a few quizzes and they taught the dads some massage techniques, which was really nice!
I also learnt why I am in so much pain all the time when I’m walking etc. turns out my pelvis has separated a little too much and apparently that is super painful, the best way to deal with it according to my midwife is to tie something tightly around my hips because then it will push it all back together! so yeah it’s all good times over here, but, I’m still enjoying feeling my little dude moving around, even if he is hurting me a little!

The closer we get to his due date now though the more excited I am, I’m like wishing it along faster, I want to know how much hair he will have, what colour his hair will be, what his little face will look like! ah man I’m just super excited for him to be here!

I have another midwife appointment today which will be my 36 week appointment, I wasn’t supposed to have another now til 37 weeks but unfortunately today was the only day my midwife was available, I have also changed midwives, which is a little sad I really liked my midwife in Burton she was lovely, oh yes I almost forgot to mention at my last appointment with her I almost fainted… I have no idea why, I am going to blame it being super warm that day, but she did also take some of my blood too and I am not good with that sort of thing so it could have also been that… but anyway, I am sure my new midwife will be just as lovely!

So according to the app on my phone baby is now the size of a kids backpack this week(35), he weighs between 5 & 6lb and is roughly 19inches long! he is focusing on putting on lots of baby fat ready for when he is born because now all of his major development is complete and he is most definitely running out of space in there!

I wonder how much longer I have left?!