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14 Nov, 2018

It’s 4:30am and I’m 41 weeks pregnant. Reuben came at 40+3 so I honestly thought this one would be quicker. I thought due date or sooner as I was feeling ready around then…but as the week’s gone on I’ve been feeling less pregnant.

How is that even possible?! I’m able to walk father and less awkwardly, and the twinges and Braxton Hicks I was feeling a few weeks ago seem to have stopped. I’m also sleeping much better (this morning excused). What is going on?! (more…)

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and 6 other things I've loved this pregnancy

02 Nov, 2018

I had my 39 week check up with the midwife yesterday and sh*t is getting real!! She was saying things like, I probably won’t see you next week…but then also mentioning booking in for inductions. Gah! I really don’t want an induction. SO this week I’m really going to focus in on getting the old Oxytocin levels up and hopefully coxing this baby out naturally. Plenty of pregnancy yoga too to get babe in the right position…

In the meantime, I thought I’d share a bit about how this pregnancy, my second, has been since I’ve done exactly zero blogging about it!

Here are 7 things I’ve loved this time around.

1. Pregnancy Yoga

I’ve been taking Forrest Yoga classes with my friend Natalie for quite some time before getting pregnant and once I was pregnant she helped me to come up with a shortish routine that I could do as my bump expanded.

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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.

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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.

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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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What I read last month...

01 Jul, 2018

At the beginning of June I had about 8 different books on the go and I wasn’t finishing any of them. Then in a flurry, I finished 3 books in a week. That was a good week, I love the feeling of accomplishment you get when you finish a book!

June reading

Up until recently I’d been starting books but not necessarily ever finishing them. But I think that’s the nature of what I often read…books more along the self-help line and if they aren’t fully appealing to me, I’ll put them down and not finish them.

In June I switched this up a bit and to make sure I’m reading different types of books at the same time:

  • books about self-help and/or writing (such as The Miracle Morning and Show Your Work);
  • books for research (I’m working on a kids’ book which I think will be aimed at the 8-12 age bracket);
  • books with Reuben (we’ve just had an overhaul and you can see his reading list here); and,
  • books for fun (I haven’t read anything like this for months).

June Reading List

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How and why to plot your story first

27 Jun, 2018

Up until a few weeks ago, my opinion of plotting was a snobby one. I’d read Stephen King’s fantastic book, On Writing, a few years ago (you can see my favourite quotes from On Writing in this post I did for Live Love Blog) and Stephen King doesn’t plot. So, despite never having finished a story (and barely even starting one for that matter), I didn’t plot either.

Up until I hit a wall with the story I’m writing (Frog Boy – working title!). For over a year, ideas had come to me while out walking, during chats at the pub, from books I’d read and random things that fell out of my husband’s mouth.

I’d written about 4 chapters by the seat of my pants, totalling around 5000 words, and writing what came into my head. Then I realised:

a) It was taking me ages; and

b) I was getting lost.

I knew there was an idea in there but I had no clue how it was all going to piece together nor what the point of it was going to be.

And the not knowing made me not want to write.

I realised I needed to know how to plot a story…

How to plot a story

I’ve been reading about plotting for a few weeks now but hadn’t put it into practise.

Finally, for this week’s creative writing class, it’s my homework! I’m now forced to come up with a plot for a new story. Hurrah!

And in doing so, I can use the process to plot Frog Boy. Which I had a go at yesterday…

How to plot a story

I’ve collected together some tips from a chapter on plotting from the book How to Write a Children’s Book, and have added in tips from my Creative Writing tutor. (more…)

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