Wednesday, 2 April 2014

A good old honest pregnancy blog post

I am now 32 weeks pregnant. 32 weeks!!! Where has the time gone?

I'm going to be honest, as much as I have loved being pregnant, I can't wait for it to be over now. It's been physically one of the worst things to ever happen to my poor broken body.
I am now well and truly into my final trimester (or the third stage of pregnancy) and it's given me a chance to reflect on how everything has gone so far.

First trimester
This was undoubtedly the worst of the three. Apart from having to keep my mouth shut about the fact I was pregnant, which I was rubbish at because I can't keep good news to myself, I was incredibly ill. I had to be signed off work for like 4-6 weeks with what was basically intense morning sickness, exhaustion and dehydration. If I wasn't asleep, I was being sick. I couldn't keep anything down apart from tiny mouse sized gulps of water. I spent more time with my head inside the toilet than I did with JS or R-dogg and our relationships suffered as we didn't want to tell R-dogg too early in case something went wrong. To top this all off, I had a pretty intense kidney infection, which was loads of fun. Going back to work and trying to do normal shifts and work until 2/3am was almost impossible but somehow I dragged my sorry bum through it and finally reached the...

Second trimester
This one was loads of fun. I was actually looking pregnant, we got to find out who was in there, my morning sickness dissipated and I was gifted with a whole bunch of energy. Not to mention my skin cleared up, my hair got thicker and I started to feel those awesome first movements. I was in love with my new, rounder shape and we could actually celebrate the upcoming arrival with our friends and family. It wasn't without it's downsides. I developed sciatica and pelvic girdle, which has made standing for long periods of time, rolling over in the night and generally being putting any pressure on my lower back/hips so terribly painful. My appetite went into overdrive and the cravings for chocolate kicked in big style. I was sending JS out to the shops for emergency cream eggs every night.

Third trimester
Everything is going well so far. My energy is slowly disappearing, but I think that's more to do with how much effort it is to actually move my huge frame around now. I'm getting more and more panicky about the actual giving birth and I'm adamant I do not want to be in a hospital. All going well I should be able to pop him out either at home or in our local birth centre, which has water birth facilities and is more of a home away from home. Trying to not have a melt down about the fact that the baby doesn't have a decorated room yet and keep having dreams about my waters breaking in work. BUT MATERNITY LEAVE STARTS IN 8 DAYS!!!! So I'm super looking forward to being able to nap throughout the day. Hooray for time off!
I'm also finding it harder to find clothes which are actually comfortable in this trimester, my maternity jeans are getting a little too tight as they are "over the bump" ones and they squeeze me a little too much now, so stretchy pencil skirts have been the way forward.
Shout out to my amazing sister for "lending" me the one I currently have on today. You're the best Em <3

Monday, 3 March 2014

it's not easy being green - 27 weeks

I'm getting more and more round and I LOVE IT!
The bigger my belly gets, the happier I get which as someone who has worked hard their entire adult life to be "thin" I can't believe this has happened.
The past few weeks seem to have flown by and I can't believe there's only 5 weeks left until I go on maternity leave from work. (woohoo)

Here's today's outfit:

Cropped jumper // motel
Snakeskin vinyl skirt // Topshop

I feel like the world is really trying to be in Springtime but it's still so chilly so the tights have stayed on and the fluffy, snuggly goodness that is this jumper made yet another appearance.
I don't know what the etiquette is for wearing cropped tops/jumpers when you're as whale-ish as I am but I've done it anyway and I love the contrast in texture between the jumper and the skirt.

I'm also a bit of a green head at the moment as I have done a wash of Alpine Green dye through my hair to give it a green shine. Forever wishing I was a comic book villain obviously.

As always, much love

Friday, 7 February 2014

A Valentines trio! 24 weeks

First off I'd like to apologise for the complete lack of blogging over the last couple of weeks. Things have been manic over here at Costa Del Sav with our lodgers moving out and me working 6 days a week and trying to re decorate two bedrooms. As a result of this, I am on bed rest today (and possibly tomorrow) under orders from the doctor as I am massively run down and have broken out in hives. Yeeeey!

ANYWAY, onto nicer topics. Valentines day! It's literally a week away and even tho we don't really celebrate it here (me and JS are loved up enough the rest of the year) I did see a cute idea making its way around the blogs which I thought I would try out yesterday..
My challenge, if I chose to accept it, was to create 3 looks for valentines day occasions;
  • Dinner Date
  • Meeting the parents
  • Casual coffee Date

So here is my offering:

Dinner Date

Iridescent lace Dress//Primark
Heels//Nasty Gal

I know what you're thinking. Where is the red? The pink? The love hearts? Well you won't find any of that nonsense here unfortunately. I may be many things but colourful I am not. I love this dress so much and if I was being taken out for dinner this valentines day, this is exactly what I would wear. I love the iridescent shine the lace has and the scalloped edge on the bottom of the dress gives the whole thing a lovely finish. Plus, with it's cut out back, you can flash some flesh without flashing too much. I teamed them with my Nasty Gal heels, which I definitely shouldn't be wearing yet as one tumble in these bad boys and it's game over.
What I really like about this outfit is that it's understated and sexy and leaves lots of room for playing with make up/hair/accessories. As I was dashing about yesterday, I didn't have too much time to do extravagant make up so this is really the basic's of this choice.

Meeting the parents

White lace collar blouse//Vintage
Polka dot tshirt//Vintage
Leather studded skirt//H&M

I have a confession. This skirt does not zip up, like, at all. My 24 week pregnant baby bump just is having none of it so I had to disguise the open zip with some clever folding and tucking et voilĂ ! I thought this was a fun and flirty but not too over the top sexy outfit for meeting parentals. It's been a long time since I've had to do any of that stuff (meet/impress parents) but this would be my choice. I layered the two vintage tops to create a more formal but girly look and the leather studded skirt adds a bit of an edge. 

Casual Coffee Date

Black eyelash jumper//H&M

This is my favourite outfit of the three. Mostly because it took me all of about 5 minutes to put together. I think that's the best type of outfit tho, don't you? One where you don't over think it too much and just go with your instinct. I would literally wear these dungarees all day every day if I could. I spent hours and hours trawling the internet for a pair that weren't denim/boring and Ark finally answered my prayers. With the freezing temperatures/rain we've been having, my beanie has been my go to headwear and would help to keep you looking and feeling hot. I'm actually wearing this right now because it makes me feel so good, even when I'm a poorly girl.

24 week update
So as you can see from the above pictures, my baby bump has EXPLODED outwards. JS keeps looking at me and going "you're so pregnant." He's definitely not wrong.Heartburn has started coming back with a vengeance and the sleepless nights have begun. It's so hard to be comfortable when you have another person karate chopping you in the bladder every few hours. Hence the awful bags under my eyes.
I am in love with my new body shape however. This is honestly the most confident I have felt about my body ever and I'm pretty sad that in a matter of 16 weeks, I'll probably go back to trying to hide my belly instead of wanting to show it off.

tummy: 100cm /39"
waist: 84cm /33"

No sign of stretch marks either. HOORAY!

What is everyone else wearing for valentines? Have you taken the 3 outfit challenge? Post in the comments below :)

Friday, 17 January 2014

Motel Daisy jumper review

It arrived!
To be honest I was shocked when I answered the door to the postman this morning in my lion pyjamas and he handed me a bundle of packages.
Seeing as I only ordered this jumper on Wednesday, I am literally over the moon with how fast the delivery was!

Anyway, onto the jumper.
It is literally the softest thing I have ever felt. As soon as I took it out of the packaging, all I wanted to do was bury my face in there and I immediately threw off said lion pyjamas and threw on the jumper.
It fits just like a dream, although I'm glad I went for the medium rather than the small as I feel it would have been too short (even for a cropped jumper.) The neck, although it is a high turtleneck style isn't too tight and makes me feel like I'm having a soft furry cuddle. The quality of this jumper is superb as to be expected from Motel.
I'm so so over the moon with it and I know I will be able to carry this right through even until after my pregnancy. Bravo Motel, bravo.

This is what I styled it with:

Mysterious beanie that appeared in my house//Motel Daisy Jumper//Zara sheer maxi skirt//Grey Plaid shirt (stolen from Will at work - I will give it back one day!)

I also received a gorgeous faux fur stole which I purchased from ebay what feels like a million years ago, which unfortunately, didn't survive the school run today and must have been unknowingly ripped from my shoulders as I collected R-dogg.
Anyone who's ever stepped foot in a primary school at collection time knows just how much of a circus it is, so even though I am absolutely gutted it's gone, I'm not totally surprised either.

Speaking of ebay, I am selling a few bits and bobs that either don't fit anymore or I just can't wear now that I am expanding at the speed of light.
If you're interested, go and have a gander HERE, and maybe pick up a bargain!

Peace and love

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

20 week scan, the big reveal!

Two blog posts in one day (aren't I spoiling you)

The big day finally arrived!
After much waiting and bitten nails and trips to and from the hospital, we finally got to see our new baby for the second time. We had been saying from the beginning that we didn't want to know the sex of the baby but pretty much as soon as the midwife asked, we agreed to find out.
So I am very happy to reveal that:

I can't begin to explain how happy I am. It's such a nice feeling to know who's in there wiggling away every day. He didn't stay still for the scan and the midwife struggled to take all of his measurements. Looks like he's got his fathers aptitude for kicking/punching. (JS trains MMA)
There were many smiles, lots of tears and lots of phonecalls to relevant grandparents.
Now the fun can begin, I can start shopping for tiny boy clothes and decorations for the nursery as well as drawing up a list of names!
R-dogg suggested "River" as his favourite baby name so far and we really like it too. I think we will stick with the "R" theme we have going for our growing man cubs. It's so nice to be able to call him a "he" instead of an "it." It makes it much more real.

Off to trawl ebay for cute boy stuff!

Motel Madness

The absolute babes over at Motel have been super kind and extended their sale until SUNDAY with upto 70% off some items!

Here's my top sale picks:

Whenever I'm wanting to add something fresh and new to my wardrobe I always head over to Motel as I feel they have something for every occasion that fits with my personal style. Plus, there's always something from Motel in my wishlists.

Being the sale snooper that I am, I bought the daisy cropped jumper. Although I seem to have a plethora of fluffy black jumpers, I kind of feel that when you live in the UK, there's no such things as "too much" when it comes to knitwear. I can't wait for it to arrive! 

 Don't forget you can get 20% off as well by using the code "lvcat" at the checkout.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Monday wishlist

To help combat that "Monday feeling"  I've made a list of things I'm lusting after this week:

1.Faux leather asymmetric t-shirt - Romwe - £28.70
2. Dreamy Ring - Cheap Monday - £5
3.Polley shoe - Dr Martens - £90
4. Flared Dress - Zara - £22.99
5.PVC Skater midi skirt - Missguided - £19.99
6. Minnie Dress - Monki - £35
7. PVC and fur backpack - MotelRocks - £40

I've become slightly obsessed with PVC and faux fur/leather recently. I think it's because pre-pregnancy I would have avoided them for fear of accidentally showing off lumps and bumps whereas now that's exactly what I do what to show off! Also, they're kind of tacky and I LOVE IT. I've seen some people style the PVC midi skirt really well over the last couple of weeks and that's also made me want one of my own. I think it will be next payday/Thursday's purchase :) The two dresses I have picked are just divine! The first has all the simple elegance I've come to expect from Zara and I think it would see me through till summer as it is perfect for layering over my mesh top, a turtle neck or a plain white t-shirt while its cold and then when the warmer weather hits, it can fly solo with some chunky platform sandals and cute socks. The Minnie dress from Monki also reminds me of this great crochet dress I had from American Apparel last year which I wore to death during the summer except it has a handy slip underneath! I love the sportswear feel it has and everyone needs a t-shirt dress in their wardrobe. Simple, fast and easy!

So I was also meant to have my 20 week scan today at the hospital. For those of you who are completely baby un-aware, as I was, the 20 week scan is when you find out if you're having a boy or a girl.
So me and JS trotted up to the hospital on his lunch break to go get scanned and see our little bean again just to find out that due to my horrific pregnancy brain (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it) I had got the dates wrong and we were originally booked in to go on the 9th. Thus resulting in tears and me apologising profusely to JS and being mad at myself ect ect.
There is a happy ending however!  The amazing nurse managed to re-book me to go get my scan on Wednesday, so we only have to wait two more days. Which, will give me two more days to try and convince JS to let us find out who exactly is in there.

20 week update:
My tummy measures: 92.5 cm / 36.5"
My waist is: 83 cm / 32.5"
Craving chocolate and trying not to give in. Heartburn has been a devil this week. Only a few headaches. Back to work tomorrow!