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Welcome to The Mama’s Meal Series!

Budget friendly meal inspo

As a current pregnant lady, its very tasking to put the effort into cooking healthy, nutritious meals for yourself and baby to enjoy when all you really want to do when you return from work is plop onto the couch and sleep. More pressure is put on our shoulders too when we are trying to save money for our Maternity leave. I didn’t truly realise how expensive it is to continuously buy fruits and vegetables to help with providing the right kind of vitamins and nutrients until I found out I was pregnant. Not to mention, sometimes we have to give into those unhealthy cravings to ensure we don’t go crazy. 

To achieve the ultimate budget friendly meal inspo and general yumminess, I am beginning a Mama’s Meals series which will be updated every Wednesday.

I shop exclusively at Aldi for my groceries meaning that I can save lots of money when buying in ingredients compared to that of Tesco (I used to be a Tesco loyalist) or Morrisons. Budget friendly grocery stores are our friends.

As a heads up, I am absolutely NOT a chef, nor do I even own more than 1 sharp knife (the one knife I do own however is pretty universal and amazing though) and I don’t have a huge amount of equipment on hand. So, join me in my successes and failures, laugh along with me over my creations and drool over them too. 

Breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks (oh all the snacks) will be part of this series and I will share the approximate cost per meal/snack to help you mamas!

 

10 Ways for you to be Pampering your Pregnant partner

Pampering your Pregnant Partner

I think we can all agree that pregnancy can be a bit of a tough time for a woman. A lot of energy is consumed by our body preparing itself as an optimum habitat for our lovely bambinos. While the changes might happen invisibly for some time, it can definitely be telling in our attitudes and appearances. I can’t even begin trying to pick up the dark bags (that are so not Prada bags) under my eyes, or walking any type of distance with the sciatic pain that I am experiencing every day. The sleepless nights caused by my hatred of side-sleeping (being a flat chested non-pregnant lady, I traditionally sleep on my front without an ounce of discomfort because of my well… flat chest) cause me never-ending exhaustion.

When I say its “telling”, what I mean is that the people who are closest to us can easily see the toll that this special time takes on our bodies, mentality and faces. People like our partners.

Tama has been wonderful throughout my so far 32 weeks of pregnancy and it has certainly made my experience that much more special. I think what is even nicer about being treated like a Goddess during this time is that I know its not going to be forever… not saying that my wonderful boyfriend won’t treat me nicely after having had our little darling, but that after the birth, focus and concentration will be zoomed in on our little bambino and not so much on me.

Having a partner or friend pay so much attention to you so much can be a lovely feeling, and here are 10 ways for you to be pampering your Pregnant Partner

Pampering your pregnant partner with: 

Massages

Now, I don’t know about you lovely ladies, but this clueless Mama is blessed with seriously swollen feet and fingers after a full day of work all topped nicely with back, pelvic and hip aches that can make getting up from the sofa a tad difficult. Once I’m home from work, I tend to plonk myself down on the sofa to watch some Gilmore Girls, blog away, pinterest away and relax my aches and pains away. But when it comes to getting up to make some dinner, I struggle. Tama usually gets home from work quite late (he is a chef), but he will tend to come home, pick up my feet and rub away. Its. The. Best. 

Having my feet rubbed and massaged is quite frankly life-saving for me- I can’t even begin to explain the relief it offers not only just my feet, but my entire body. Seriously, even if your partner isn’t there, if you grab some moisturiser and rub the soles of your feet or if you are too big in the bump department at the moment, place a tennis ball on the floor and roll it under your feet; you will feel so much more relaxed and comfortable.

Painting her nails

I know, we might not be able to trust our partners to do a great job of painting nails… but with practise comes perfect and this can be proven in how Tama paints my nails. In my opinion, there is nothing worse than unpainted toe nails (on myself, so no judgement here for others), but with my ever increasing bump, I am finding it that little bit harder to reach my tootsies and it does feel like I put the brush down to where I think my feet are and just go ham. This results in painted ankles rather than toe nails and its not the greatest look in the world. 

So Tama took my nail polish and began painting my toe nails with grace and such a delicate hand. He had mastered the art of painting my toe nails and I was never going to complain about it. Just having one less worry for when you are heading out with your comfy sandals on and your toes out, makes the world a brighter place- especially in the hot summer months. 

Give in to her cravings

Lord knows, they might not always be the healthiest option on the nutrition cards. I would have struggled so much in my pregnancy if I didn’t get a chance to give in to my unhealthy cravings every now and then. Having a partner who didn’t judge the weird food combinations made it a wee bit easier to get some enjoyment out of it. Just keep in mind that she is eating for two and needs to get some fun out of it! So why not pick up a bar of that chocolate that she has been swearing off of for weeks? Or her favourite type of cereal? Its the little things that go a looooong way in pregnancy- I can attest to that!

Help out with chores

Nothing worse than coming home from a long day of work with swollen legs, a killer headache and an apetite that would Shrek would envy, and then seeing that there are dishes piled up high in the sink, or that the freshly washed laundry was sitting in a pile waiting to be hung up to dry. Make her life a wee bit easier by spending an additional 10 minutes a day on chores. I’m not saying you have to do everything around the house, but just by helping out with things like dishes means that she can come home from work and go about her business without having to stall to clean up. It makes a difference. 

Get her some comfy maternity wear

Pampering your Pregnant PartnerTama was actually the reason I decided to buy some maternity clothes so early on. I was happy with making do with my pre-natal jeans and trousers until they couldn’t fit anymore, but he could see that my belly was struggling with strangulation of waist bands and in order to protect the baby (how cute is he!?) he kept hinting to me to go shopping for some maternity trousers. I eventually gave into his demands and purchased the comfiest maternity joggers I have ever come across (I know I mention these joggers in practically every single post, but if you had them, you would understand, ok?). 

It was the sweetest thing too when he came back from a day of shopping himself and confessed that he was looking for maternity dungarees for me as he thought I would look “cute” in them. Fella’s and ladies, I am not saying go out and spend a tonne of money on maternity clothes (lord knows they are expensive), but even if you are out and see something that you think looks comfy in the maternity section, perhaps purchase it and bring it home. It shows her you were thinking of her and her comfort.

Don’t judge her for the endless southern winds

We all do it, pregnant or not… everybody farts. Don’t like the word? Then everybody toots/panty whispers/ pumps etc. It is biologically necessary for us to release our southern winds throughout life and pregnancy is DEFINITELY NO EXCEPTION. pregnancy brings with it, the many delights of excess wind. I can’t even begin to explain my embarrassment but secret gloating when I was stuck in a train full of people who refused to give up their seat to a pregnant woman and a toot came from nowhere (well, it came from me, and I think EVERYBODY knew it). That’s what they all got for not offering their chairs to me. 

My point here is that the pregnancy wind is something that is sometimes involuntary, and not only catches you as a spectator as surprised, but the mother-to-be too. Accept it and move on, some women can be mortified when it happens- if that’s the case, don’t make a big deal out of it. Others (like myself) tend to giggle away at them, and if that’s the case then laugh along too- they are pretty funny afterall. Just don’t judge/turn your nose up/ look disgusted- ain’t nobody got time for that. 

Have some Frequent Date Nights

Sure, she might complain about feeling like a whale… and a bloated one at that, sometimes. She might not want to do anything but sit with her feet up, or maybe she just wants to eat some snacks and watch a movie. Lord knows we don’t need a lot, but knowing that you are thinking of us when we are feeling down-trodden is a lovely feeling. Especially if you are going to the effort of organising a date night. Take her to her favourite restaurant… if she isn’t up for leaving the house then order her favourite take away! Buy some candles and run her a bath- it doesn’t have to be fancy.

Plump up her Pillows

Pampering your Pregnant PartnerNO, I am not talking euphemistically here. I literally mean her bed/couch pillows. You need your woman to be comfortable before she plonks herself onto the bed at night for her much needed rest for two. Help her out, just plump them up once in a while to give her that extra bit of support!

Spend some time in the bathtub/shower together

Pampering your Pregnant PartnerMy aim here is to suggest that it will be more difficult than ever when the baby gets here, for one of you to take a bath or shower let alone having one to share. Enjoy it while you can before it gets interrupted by the soon to be screaming cries of your baby. Run a nice warm bath, pop in a Lush bath bomb or bubble bath, light some candles and dim the lighting, find some fluffy towels and help her into the bath of dreams. Either pop yourself in there next to her and enjoy massaging each other and washing each other, or you can wash her hair for her while not getting into the tub/shower- she might be taking up most of the room and there is nothing worse than being cramped up in a bath. Its romantic, its sensual and its relaxing. These are all things that your pregnant lady will be wanting (well, these are things that THIS pregnant lady is wanting, so hint, hint Tama!)

Make the dinner one night

It doesn’t have to be anything fancy… make her some pasta or her favourite home cooked meal! Or better yet, bake some dessert and surprise her with your chef skills. I am very much lucky as Tama is a chef and knows what he is doing! If your pregnant partner is anything like me, she probably cant be bothered coming home from a long day of work and getting to cooking the dinner straight away, even though she may be famished. A little effort goes a long way my friends, and its important to remember that!

You don’t have to move mountains for a pregnant lady to enjoy herself with you; just make the small efforts and she will definitely be feeling pampered. The above tips are just simply tips that I believe would help me feel pampered, but if you have your own idea, comment them below- I would love to read them!

The Most Gorgeous, Delicious, Magical parts of pregnancy *no sarcasm intended*

Positives of pregnancy

With pregnancy comes the trials and tribulations of an expecting Mother. The body changes so drastically and quickly and there isn’t much time for bounce-back for most new Mothers, but the time that we have with our beautiful little babies living and surviving within us is so fleeting, its so important to really take a moment to appreciate this exciting time!

Here are the top ten most gorgeous, delicious and magical parts of pregnancy (for me anyway!):

Watching your body grow

what is the first trimester really like in pregnancy?Maternity comfort

Your body is your temple… and when you are pregnant, it becomes a temple for your baby too. Its actually awe-inspiring what a female body is capable of doing, and how amazing it can be to watch the visible changes taking place during your pregnancy. Sure, you may be experiencing aches, pains, swelling extremities, but looking at the bigger picture, enjoy your belly. Enjoy your bump and your chubby ankles because once the baby is here, your body will be working overtime to get back to somewhere familiar and it might be a time where you are less than enthused about everything too. 

For me, watching my belly expand as the weeks go on has been nothing shy of magical. It allows me to know that my baby is growing inside of me, getting the nutrients and life support needed for her to grow and to me, that is frigging awesome because it is confirmation that I am enough. 

Feeling and seeing your baby kick for the first time… 

I made another blog post all about what it feels like for when the baby first kicks and you can read this here. Feeling your baby kick is evidence that you are growing a healthy little baby within yourself. How amazing is that? Its even more amazing when you can begin to see her cast ripples across your belly with her movements, or see in your peripheral vision miniature explosion-like bumps in your stomach. I frequently have to stop what I am doing just to pull my shirt up and watch her dance sequence- it makes me giggle and I can’t help but feel that much more connected with her.

The attention

FOMO

Its no surprise that everyone loves a pregnant woman. My partner has been nothing shy of  amazing throughout my pregnancy; my friends have been even more amazing than usual and my family are so attentive and caring. I am definitely not saying that they are not usually like that, but its even more appreciated when going through a time such as pregnancy. When hormones are flying off the handles; the body is changing drastically and fear and anxiety could be playing a huge role in your everyday life, its nice to know that you aren’t alone and that your support group are there for you. Also, I can’t count how many times I have caught an older woman observing my stretched out bump in a grocery store and smiles lovingly at me- without her even knowing me. Its just nice to be admired for something so natural.

The Excitement

Positives of pregnancy

Its so easy to get excited for when the baby is brewing away within. What is she going to look like? What will be our favourite thing to do? What will be her favourite season? There are so many questions that are riddling my brain when it comes to my baby girl, and its not only about how the heck I am going to be squeezing out a baby from my very own little vagina in just 10ish weeks. I am so excited about that first moment when she exits my body and is placed into my arms. I am so excited for bringing her home and introducing her to our Obie. I am so excited to get to know her and her little quirks and I am so so so beyond excited that Tama and I are going to be doing this together. It really is true when they say that a baby brings people together- we haven’t felt closer before than we have since finding out about our little surprise. My point is, is that even though there is lots to be nervous for (and I am under no illusion that there is LOTS), I am basking in the excitement too.

Stretchy. Pants.

Positives of Pregnancy

Need I elaborate on this one? Need I elaborate on the fact that I have not only purchased  pairs of maternity joggers for the means of being pregnant, but for the means of something to wear after feasting out on Christmas dinner, or for a really REALLY good lazy day? No. I do not need to elaborate- I am sure you understand, but if not then you MUST purchase a pair of maternity joggers right now from H&M. 

People wanting to look after you

Positives of pregnancy

Yes, I picture this as a scene of me lounging about on a gorgeous sleigh-style chaise-longue, draped with Egyptian silks and linens suggestively with winged eye liner flicking up my temples and my hair cascading shiningly down as I prop myself up on one elbow being  fed grapes and fanned by palm tree leaves.  Some relaxing music going on in the background wouldn’t go amiss either. Being pregnant encourages the people around you to be nicer than usual and to want to do things for you to make your life easier. I’m talking offering much needed foot rubs, shoulder rubs, hip rubs; hair washing; dinner cooking; dog walking; cleaning; pillow fluffing… you name it, people tend to offer. Its a very lovely side order with pregnancy and I am so so grateful to all who have helped make this experience that much easier for me by being so lovely and helpful!

The no-shaming naps

positives of pregnancy

You are building a human, which is thirsty, hungering and tiring work. You are entitled to your mid day naps. I know a few ladies who take naps during their lunch break at work. From being pregnant over the Christmas holidays, I had 2 solid weeks of being able to fit in an afternoon nap, but going back to work made me soooo tired. I think now, when I get home from work, I slide on the jammies, make some dinner, turn on Gilmore Girls to watch an episode or two and then promptly fall asleep on the couch until my other half gets home from work. I then go to bed about an hour later. The greatest thing about being able to freely take naps is that NOBODY JUDGES, making you feel less guilty about wasting away some of the day. You need the rest, girl… so take it when you can. Lord knows, it will be almost impossible when the baby arrives!

The trippy dreams

I have woken up feeling hyped for the day all because of the pregnancy dreams I am having, and I have woken up feeling great. Trust me when I say that you will never quite understand how trippy dreams can be until you begin building a human within your body. Dem pregnancy dreams be trippy.

NO PERIOD PARADE

Sure, with pregnancy comes its trials and tribulations too, but gals… NO PERIODS. Again, this is another fab feature of being with child. No stomach cramps from hell, no bleeding through to your trousers… NO MORE PERIODS.

Never Alone

Positives of pregnancy

The most beautiful thing about pregnancy for me is that no matter how low I may feel, or how much I might be experiencing FOMO when pregnant, I can never forget that I am truly never alone. I am with my child always, she is with me and that’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.

 

What are the Pregnancy Blues and how can you Overcome them?

Over the past few weeks, I have been a bit ashamed to admit it out loud, when I know I shouldn’t be. the pregnancy blues are a perfectly normal thing to experience, but I just feel slight failure and disappointment.

You see, being pregnant is a marvellous experience for the most part, and there are so many wonderful women around the world who don’t even get the chance to experience it. So what right does a 28 week long pregnant woman have to complain about her situation of emotion? Well, to be honest, she gets every right.

I have experienced the odd  occasion of feeling a bit bluesy, maybe even a little depressed and down beaten.  It won’t be that I feel sad necessarily, but there is a sort of sad atmosphere going on inside of my head that I just cannot shake. I go through these periods of time frequently throughout my life, but the past 5 months have been nothing short of perfect and blissful. 

So why is it that nowadays, 6 months pregnant, I find myself standing in the shower in the morning with no song to sing and just staring blankly at the corner of the tiles on the wall opposite me without a thought, or shred of emotion on my face? Is it normal to feel slightly… numb inside? Is the feeling multiplied by my intense hormonal mood swings? Perhaps! That could explain why I have those days where every little thing makes me blubber like a baby when I don’t even feel a tickle of sadness or upset, or anything really. Is it normal to feel slightly… numb inside?

The answer is yes. I would put it down to antenatal depression, but the thing is, this feeling is not a stranger to me. I have experienced this exact sense of “ennui” before, many times. But its nothing to worry about because everytime I experience it, it goes away overtime and I realise that it is only temporary. 

Still, though, I feel slightly guilty over the fact that I feel this way when I am carrying a miracle within me. I am filled up with 2 hearts beating away contently and sharing these beautiful “bump and me” moments. I am truly so so happy but I am just going through a bit of a rut, and that’s perfectly normal! I think adding the pressure of remaining positive and happy for everyone can be a bit too much and I think this makes the situation worse.

Overcoming the Pregnancy Blues by…

Eating Healthier

It seems like one of those things that everyone tells people to do, and it can make us question if it really has any weight of truth, but it does. Eating healthier, cleaner and greener meals and snacks can actually help our mentality! I found that by cutting out some of the crappier foods I was consuming from cravings, I regained a sense of control and felt better with less guilt.  It also helps me to think that I am giving my baby the best start to life with much needed proteins and legumes!

Pregnancy Blues

Exercising Gently

I know, I know… Exercising while you are pregnant is a bit of a difficult one. In my opinion and in my experience, its not sensible to do anything too intense, ie jogging as it takes too long to recover for me. I decided recently that I am getting back into swimming. Apparently swimming is a great, gentle way of exercising aching muscles and your weightlessness in the water can actually help to alleviate some of the pains. We got to stay fit and healthy some way! Exercising releases those endorphins that swim around your body. I always refer to endorphins as little dolphins of hope as I can just imagine them swimming about, flipping and spinning happily within your body and it automatically makes me feel happier. By doing some gentle exercise for about 30 minutes 3 times a week, you will be doing yourself a kindness!

Stop putting pressure on yourself

Its all too easy for pregnant ladies to feel guilty for complaining about our qualms. Over the past few weeks I have really noticed this being the reality for me, but it hit me that I shouldn’t! Growing a baby is hard work, and I think its a miracle that we can get through it, especially when aches and pains can get a bit too overbearing sometimes. We have earned the right to have a little whine every now and then. Read my thoughts on this matter by clicking here. By adding additional pressure to yourself, you are making things worse mentally. You are bottling up the weird unexplainable emotions that you are experiencing and that really is no way to feel better. Accept the fact that you are feeling low, but don’t let it become you! 

Pregnancy Blues

Know that it will all be worth it- write down your worries about the baby coming

Some nights when I was growing up, I would remain awake in bed for hours upon hours worrying about things that were outwith my control… school… friends… family… just the usual things that everyone worries about. For some reason these worries would remain at the front of my mind for hours upon hours and I would get no relief whatsoever until I got them down on paper. I know that not all people work the same way, but for me, writing my woes down helps me to express them, which relieves some of the frustration pent up in my mind.

With pregnancy, comes worry, comes anxiety and panic sometimes. We just have to find a way to deal with it so it doesn’t ride its way throughout the 9 months. What are your fears or worries about having your baby? The room available? The fact that your life going to change drastically? Being able to afford life? Note down your worries. Sometimes just getting them out on paper can help you realise that these issues are fixable if you give it some logical thought. Writing them down turns the tidal waves of worry into small, manageable and hoppable waves that you can overcome.

Speak to someone

If your thoughts are overburdening your mind to the point you can notice yourself getting quieter and quieter with those you love, maybe you can’t smile as much as you did during the first trimester, or you might find yourself becoming less excited for the little bundle of joy to join you in your journey through life. These are all perfectly normal feelings that pregnant women experience and its extremely okay to talk about without feeling judged. Avoid those who may judge you about these things and talk it over with your midwife, your partner, your parents, your siblings, your friends, heck… talk to me about them if you need an ear! Sometimes you just need to hear someone saying out loud that you aren’t going crazy, that the thoughts you are having are perfectly normal. Without sounding ridiculously corny, a problem shared is a problem halved and once I speak about the issues I experience, with my wonderful partner or family, I always feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. Other parents will know exactly how you feel usually and might even be able to offer a bit of hope for you with their advice- afterall, they have been through it all before. 

Pregnancy Blues

Take care of yourself

This tip is one of the most important in my book. How are you ever going to start feeling happier if you are abandoning yourself? When the baby comes, you are not going to get much time to yourself, so enjoy it while you can. Enjoy the last few months that you will have before your baby arrive and take yourself out for a hair cut, or get your nails done… even better, spring out some cash and get a foot massage! If you are on a budget, treat yourself to a facial, a hot bubble bath, or purchase a lush bath bomb or massage bar and luxuriate yourself. This time is wonderful and its yours. Do with it what you want and enjoy it. You will feel better, more positive and happier soon. I promise!

Pregnancy Blues

Pregnant Lady FOMO- a Taste of what’s to come…

FOMO

Ah, FOMO.

The dictionary defines FOMO as “anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on social media”, or its the “Fear of Missing Out”. You can read all about FOMO in Stella Hudgen’s recent blog post, which I encountered over Instagram and its what inspired me to write about the subject from a pregnant woman’s point of view. 
I have had FOMO, my friends have had FOMO, your Granny’s Granny probably had FOMO at some point in her life. Babies get it too! You tend to see that they won’t sleep when there is lots going on around them. My nephew was adorably guilty of this when he was just a few weeks old; we would head over to their house, hang out for the day and as soon as Riley was put to his crib, he would cry for fear of being left out. 
My point is that everybody experiences FOMO at some point in their life (unless you are a person who is involved in EVERYTHING you could possibly ever want to be involved in, and in that case then you might have FOMO of the concept of FOMO, so technically, you might still get FOMO) and its perfectly normal! 

Even though its normal, FOMO can suck!

FOMO only becomes a real problem when it is recurring for a person. Of course, people can combat it by making themselves more available for friends and social invitations, or by saving up enough money to buy those concert tickets that they know they would miss out on otherwise. But what if a person has less of a chance to combat it though?
I’m thinking about Mums, Dads and expecting Mums and Dads.

Pregnant Lady FOMO

FOMO

I was watching “The Let Down” on Netflix recently (a Netflix original show), which is pretty hilarious but it also induced a whole set of nerves, fear and realism to me as a pregnant woman of what to expect when my gorgeous wee Squish is born. The show follows Audrey, a Mother of 1 new-born baby, Stevie, who is going through the adjustment period of having just given birth to getting used to being responsible for a new human being, struggling with the support available from her friends, family and her work-obsessed boyfriend. She joins a group of new Mothers in an AA-like meeting each week and shares her battles with them all. Its a pretty good show and worth a shout!
I think I have been under a false illusion of what maternity leave will be like because this show has suggested to me the realities of a being a brand new Mum, even with a partner present. I can’t decide if I should recommend this show to the pregnant ladies that I know, for fear of freaking them out, but I also don’t want them to be blind sided with how strenuous and emotionally turbulent the experience seems to be with being a brand new parent.  I definitely feel like its a good suggestion to a new Mum to prove that the struggles she might be experiencing are not out of the norm and that no matter how bad it can get, she is truly never alone.
ANYWAYS, the show sort of highlighted my growing suspicions of FOMO being a bit of a problem when a baby is born.
I don’t enjoy the feeling of missing out on things, but being an introvert, I have come to terms with the fact that FOMO might be a common theme in my life throughout. What worries me is that it WILL become more prevalent when friends are celebrating their life accomplishments and don’t have as much time to spend with the new Mum of the group. Or not being able to go to as many concerts or seeing couples heading out for a last minute holiday that they booked. 
I find that it has always been a bit of a burden on expecting Mothers of not being able to complain about anything like this because outsiders tend to make them feel bad about it by saying things like “Well, you are the one that got pregnant”, or that “their needs come after the baby’s”. I feel that expecting Mothers are made to feel a gut wrenching guilt if they share their complaints out loud and I have to say that its complete nonsense. 
Its natural to feel like independence, freedom, self-identity is sailing away during pregnancy, because when the baby is here, that’s it. The baby comes first and foremost all the time, and for some Mothers I think this must be really difficult to deal with. I think that all Mothers (expecting included) should be given the chance to have a whine every now and then about how things are going without being made to feel the guilt that is imparted on them as soon as something negative exits their lips. Stifling these feelings up can not be healthy and could even lead to eventual resentment towards to the situation.

FOMO for pregnant ladies

FOMO might occur for pregnant ladies when her friends are going out to celebrate birthdays at clubs. They might not want to join in because they feel judged of being in a drinking atmosphere when heavily pregnant, even if no alcohol was consumed by the pregnant lady. 
FOMO might occur for pregnant ladies when her partner is taking part in an activity that she would love to do but can’t because she is keeping the foetus safe. 
FOMO might occur for pregnant ladies when she is prohibited to leaving the house because of round ligament pain or exhaustion.

The Flip-side of FOMO when pregnant

FOMO

BUT…. “missing out” doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
Staying in while pregnant can allow pregnant ladies to bond with their bump. It can allow them the chance to prepare by shopping online for the nursery décor. It could allow them to feel better for the weekend coming so that she can leave the house at some point. She can organise nights in with her friends with snacks and movies and have a right good old catch up! She can convince her partner to stay at home with her and create psychic predictions of what their baby will look like or what they will do when they are older, or come up with plans about how to make the incoming life the best thing possible. 
My point is that FOMO, while it can suck at the time, is not the end of the world. The great thing about FOMO is that it might not last long at all; just the length of the activity that the person is missing out on, and then,  life goes on. 
Remembering that everybody gets the fear of missing out and that soon enough you will be having FOMO relating to the baby about missing first smiles or first steps… not so much the importance of keeping up appearances at nights out etc, makes FOMO slightly more easy to deal with. Babies make everything worth it; not just the labour and the stretch marks, but even the emotional turbulence that you experience as a mother (expecting included).
Do you get FOMO as a pregnant woman or Mother? What are some ways that you combatted the feeling?
 
 
 
 

Hints and Tips for Maternity shoots

There is something to be said about the endless possibilities of maternity photos. They allow your 9 months of miracle-baking to last a lifetime and will help you to remember the true, raw and natural beauty of your body for ever. Our bodies will never stop changing throughout our lives, but the idea of capturing such a powerful period of time is truly something else.

I self-run my own maternity photoshoots as I would find it difficult to be as comfortable with a photographer as I do myself. This is such a personal time, and I like to imagine it as an activity that me and squish are able to do together since we are both working the camera.

Trust me when I say that taking maternity photos is a fun experience, but also trust me when I say that if you are doing it yourself, you will have a giggle a few times at the awkward poses you make trying to make the bump look more flattering. I noticed this at my earliest “shoots” where I was not used to the bump in any way whatsoever and it was very evident in the pictures I took… just look….

20 weeks

I mean, hello… dear caught in headlights much?

So what are some tips on posture and body positioning for a maternity self-run photoshoot?

The “Thigh Swivel”

I find that sometimes when taking a picture of myself front facing can lead to a slightly chubby façade. I obviously do not like this, but one thing I found that combats this for me, is the “Thigh Swivel”, which is basically what you do to make yourself appear slightly slimmer but doesn’t denounce your gorgeous bump- it actually shows it off more, which is what we really want in our maternity photos.

Notice how in these pictures that one side of the thigh is being shown more than the other? It oddly draws your bottom half in which can give the illusion of a slightly larger bump but a leaner stance. Also, excuse the camel toe in the middle picture, I am aware of this but I love the way my body looks so not caring over here!

“The Bump Cradler”

We have seen (and drooled over) Khloe Kardashian’s gorgeous maternity bumps where she cradles her delightful baby girl (and oddly enough, she felt she had to defend her poses and explain why she felt the need to cradle the baby… I mean really? Can’t we just let a mama-to-be decide her own photograph poses please?), and there have been countless other gorgeous maternity photos where the mama-to-be holds onto her stomach which can project her Mother Bear instincts in protection, her love for her soon-to-be child, and the excitement of the fact that she just can’t wait to hold her baby in her arms for the first time. 

I know that I cradle my bump in practically all of the pictures I take of myself. I find it to be comforting and a lovely touch, as well as the fact that it can highlight the true size of my bump. 

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I just love to feel that she is within and its such a special moment. You can cradle your bump in whatever way you wish, but I would always suggest having a hand touching the diagonal side of your bump to give it dimension and the other hand over the top of your bump and across your diaphragm. I think this allows anyone to see the true size of your belly and you are also showing your nurturing angle. 

“Tilt-a-head”

You will notice in the pictures on my Maternity Shoot Inpo page that my head is always tilted one way or another. I find that keeping your head dead straight is never an option if you want a flattering picture. The main reason I do this in any pictures, let alone Maternity pictures is because I am extremely lucky in that whenever I gain any type of weight, it goes straight to under my jaw. Yupp, I’m talking 5 chin Emma over here. 

Its not an option for me to keep my head in a naturally straight position for photos, unless I want to show off my extra chins. 

So what I do is observe in the mirror before taking any pictures, which angle works best for me to show a more profound jawline- and its always by tilting. It will feel natural when taking the pictures! But the reason I suggested this is because, I know that many mamas-to-be are suffering from increased water retention and it can make our faces appear slightly more puffy. And while its not a problem to capture the rawness of pregnancy in our maternity photos, it might not be one of those side affects that we want to capture for a lifetime. 

You should try to tilt your head in different angles during your self-run maternity photoshoot. You are bound to find an angle that works for you!

Looking down can symbolise your protective gaze of your baby-to-be, looking up might show a more “holy-esque” angle. 

Dressing for the occasion

I know that there are thousands and millions of mamas who have taken the most stunning maternity photos, drenched in silks, laces and gorgeous floor length gowns, but there are also mamas like me who likes to keep things simple. Don’t get me wrong, I will be taking these stunning pictures too in mountainous areas but only when I am a bit further along and the bump is more pronounced. In the meantime, I am using the smaller bump as a means to prepare and get ready for the bigger and more production-y photoshoots to come when I am 30+ weeks pregnant. 

For the period of about 15 weeks to now (24 weeks), I have been keeping it simple and fresh by wearing very little but trying to maintain a classic vibe. For the shoot that I did at 20 weeks, I used some coral coloured crepe fabric and fashioned a bandeau (which I tied into my bra) and skirt (which was tucked into my undies) and exposed my belly. The colour complimented my skin tone and with the warm overlay I edited the pictures with, It really made the colours pop in my opinion. 

In my most recent shoot, I decided to keep it simple again with a black crop top and undies, but added a little pattern by tying a gorgeous head scarf around my noggin. It added the extra something that this photo otherwise lacked against the dark background.

Is that all?

Well I would say that this post will be updated as I continue throughout my pregnancy as there will be many more shoots to come and that I would love to share with you. Hoping to ensure the grandeur improves as well as my camera skills- lord knows I am no photographer. But for now, these are the main tips I would suggest for your maternity photos and I hope you enjoy them!

Good luck, and be sure to share the results with me!

 

Moving Home While Pregnant

Is it sensible to move home while pregnant?

Heck no! But Heck Yes! It might not be the easiest time in your life when moving homes what with all the cleaning, packing and transporting of things, but, it might be necessary for when you are growing a brand new human.

Moving home while pregnant

Is it Stressful to move home while pregnant?

Heck yes! Can you believe that it has been said that moving homes can be more stressful than a divorce?! I certainly can! It all depends on how prepared you are, but throwing a house move spanner into the pregnancy works can be even worse. Depending on how far along you are, you might have your job cut out for you and its important to ask for help where possible. Trust me when I say, that my partner has basically done the moving for us and I have just been cleaning and unpacking where I can and even then I am exhausted, stressed and worn out!

Please don’t hold yourself under any illusion, no matter how prepared you might think you are, there is always room for stress when moving and being pregnant, you have to look out for it. 

Why move home when pregnant, then?

There could be a multitude of reasons behind moving home while pregnant, such as not there not being enough room in the house you currently live in for a baby, maybe you have some annoyingly loud neighbours, or perhaps you want garden space for your child to play in when they get older. Etc. etc., the list is endless!

For me, moving home while pregnant was the only option because I was living in a maisonette 2 storey house which has been built on top of another house, and the stairs were tricky with just a dog to walk down let alone a dog and a pram. I won’t even go into detail about how much I struggled with the stairs during my pregnancy with sciatic pain making it almost impossible to move my left leg, and when the snow and ice came, the stairs became treacherous mountains of white!

I loved my home; its a sanctuary for me, my landlord is wonderful, the locale is ideal, transport is perfect (we don’t drive), and there are parks dotted around the place in every angle that are perfect for dog walks! It was the first home that my Romanian Rescue dog ever had, it was where we celebrated my graduation from Uni (and its home to my blood, sweat and tears being shed during the final year at Uni). It was the place that I lost my Airbnb Hosting virginity to and loved it. We have a balcony that overlooks a communal garden area which is a complete suntrap and the neighbourhood constantly smelt loosely of the delicious food shops across the road.

The flat that we moved to in March 2018 is more open plan, on the ground floor (hallelujah!) and dog friendly! We got our keys at the beginning of March and have been moving in over the month very slowly and I think that this is what has made the moving journey a bit easier on us (and me being pregnant). Thankfully, boyfriend has been doing all the extreme lifting and helping delivery guys to deliver our furniture and has been assembling furniture too (he is my hero).  I have been focusing my time on cleaning our home and cleaning the new flat to a nice standard, while packing things and transporting suitcases each day by train and a short walk. 

Tips on Moving Home While Pregnant

Moving Home while pregnant

Ask for help and support where you can

  • I asked my parents to help me move things and they very kindly offered to drive our things to our new flat over a weekend. It took them about 4 drives in total but they were happy to help! You will find that your family and friends will naturally be concerned about you, so they will most likely be able to support you when you need it.

Pack your things…

  • As early as you can and as tidy as you can
  • Remain organised! Easier said than done, but if you have this notion in your head each day you wake up, you will automatically get your thinking cap on. I would advise writing down your plans because lord knows pregnancy brain will come in and mess things up!
  • Label your boxes. DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT fling things into bags and boxes willy nilly because you will end up with an overwhelming flummox when opening boxes and finding a pair of kitchen scissors and also your best lingerie. Try to keep the boxes filled with items from the same place so that you are focusing on that one location when you are moving.

Move out of your old home

  • Set your move-out date as late as you can and set out an action plan for cleaning, packing and booking vans etc. Let me know if you want my template for action plans- they are perfect!
  • Move over your things gradually if this is possible.
  • Clean! Nowadays there are actually cleaning companies that are there to provide tenancy clear out services. You can usually find these services easily by doing a search for them in Google including the local area that you are needing the services to be run. This means less back ache for you and less chance for you to inhale any harmful cleaning chemicals. 
  • If you go forward with cleaning the home yourself, consider purchasing a mask from Amazon, such as this one to prevent you from breathing in the harmful cleaning chemicals, such as bleach! Its too easy to forget that bleach is extremely harmful to our lungs and skin, especially when we use it often for basic cleaning jobs. Ensure you have the windows open and the room ventilated.
  • Take pictures of any damage to the property and share these with your landlord if you have been renting so that your mind can be rested when you have moved out and are waiting on your security deposit to be returned to you. Also take pictures of just about everything so that if the landlord says that you have broken something that you know you left in a good condition, you have proof! You don’t want the worry of potentially not seeing your security deposit being put into your account in the back of your mind, so cover all bases.Moving Home While Pregnant

Moving Vans and Transport

  • As I said before, my parents very kindly offered to help us move most of our things to our new flat by driving their car for us (we both can’t drive at the moment). So I would always ALWAYS suggest asking for help from a friend or family member first before forking out lots of money for a Moving Truck hire. 
  • Organise any moving van hire as far in advance as possible. Ensure you have your new keys when you are doing the move.
  • Have some money set aside for unexpected costs! My Delivery drivers ended up taking the absolute P*ss when they ended up going the incorrect journey to add an additional hour onto the hiring time that I booked and they had the audacity to ask for a further £20! I couldn’t quite believe it, but seeing as I was at work and my boyfriend was dealing with it, we paid them.  Unwillingly. My point was that if we had just budgeted in what our estimations were without any buffer amounts, then we would have been seriously up Sh*t Creek without a paddle. Even setting yourself an additional £100 can help.
  • Ensure you ask your delivery drivers (if you are hiring them too), that they can do the heavy lifting. Not trying to set us back by hundreds of years here ladies, but in all honesty, we cannot afford to be lifting sofas and fridges when we are carrying precious cargo! I won’t stand for it, so please enlist the help of a professional who can manage it. Afterall you don’t want to be out of the game for the next week when you need to unpack everything around you because you did your back in by lifting a bed. 

 

Moving into your new home and unpacking your life

  • Get your bed set up as a matter of priority. Trust me, ladies (pregnant ladies especially), you are going to want to ensure you have a place of comfort ready for you to jump into (or depending on how pregnant you are, wiggle into ever so carefully). Once you have spent the day trying to unpack your things, you will definitely just want to snuggle up into your nice comfy bed and the familiar bedsheets can make it automatically feel like a place called home. 
  • If you did a bit of a clearance before you packed, I would advise you should still go through your boxed belongings while unpacking and being as tough as nails in deciding whether or not to keep some of the contents. Nothing feels better than starting fresh than feeling like you have space. This is especially important if you are downsizing your home and you are wanting to have enough room for a baby to take over the place. 
  • Keep your back straight and bend with the knees when possible. You are pregnant, you are going to be feeling pressure and tiredness in all areas of your body and that’s without the process of moving being thrown in. 

You got this Mama…

Moving home while pregnant

You are probably going to be emotional. This time of life is difficult- leaving your old home where you created memories and stories, of which you will be telling your growing child throughout their life. You have to remember that its okay to be emotional! Blame it entirely on your hormones if that makes you feel better, but don’t hide it. This will only add to your stress levels. Cry it out, take lots of pictures of your last home, and get ready to make lots of new amazing memories in your new home with your new baby and growing family. I made a gorgeous photo album that will be getting sent away to Photobox soon to have our memories printed out on a photobook which we can keep forever. This is a nice way to remember everything that went on in that little home of ours. 

Gals, there are plenty of moving home tips but I would really suggest that you take heed of what I have suggested! Having done the move, and having made my own mistakes due to pregnancy, I have been there and done that… some may even say I have got the t-shirt too. I am still unpacking and nothing in my body makes me want to unpack anything further, but its got to be done!

The great thing about unpacking is that there is no rush. You don’t have to have a strict date to have everything settled and out and about! You have time, so please don’t stress once you have handed back your keys of your old place. You got this Mamas, I believe in you!

Maternity clothes you need at 20+ weeks to keep Comfortable!

Maternity Comfort

I am 23 weeks pregnant. 23. I am not yet as heavily pregnant as I know I am going to be (duh), but I am growing at a solid pace and I. Need.  Maternity Comfort. Maternity comfort

My jeans aren’t cutting it anymore, my work trousers are strangling my uterus and my tops just make me look like a reject from the 90s with a beer belly. Its not working and I need maternity clothes and comfort. I thought that I could get away with using my clothes for a bit longer but alas, this is not the case. 

I know there are some gorgeous clothes out there for pregnant women, but what I find is that most of them are only available online and that they tend to be ridiculously expensive. Who wants to pay £90 for a pair of dungarees that I can only wear for a tiny amount of time? Not me (the bargain queen)!

So, on a search that seemed to be for my soul, I set out in Glasgow to uncover the maternity sections of the shops around the city. I didn’t realise before I was pregnant that there was such an extreme limitation in maternity clothes in Glasgow city shops, but I am sure as heck realising it now. There is such a gap in the market (in my opinion) and if I could design and sew clothes together, you could be sure that I would be releasing a maternity line that looks great and doesn’t break the bank!

I nipped into the New Look in Glasgow and searched around unsuccessfully before asking a lovely shop assistant who said that there was no maternity section within the store and that the maternity clothes were only available online or in other stores. I was a bit gutted as my sister who has been pregnant twice before me, has said that the New Look maternity leggings were her godsend and lord knows that those were all I was wanting. Sure, I could go for the online shopping experience but I set out just for this purpose.

Maternity Comfort and clothes

Next moving onto H&M and I have to say that I had much better luck here and came away with 2 purchases that I just LOVE and have dreams about on a daily basis. The first being my brand new maternity joggers. 3 words for you… HO.LEE.CRAP. These are the best, most comfiest and cosiest, softest and most delightful pairs of trousers that I have ever had the pleasure of owning and I cannot wait to go back and get several more pairs.

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At £17.99, these were my answered prayers for when I am at home, or when I am running errands. The best part? The over the bump waist band. Ah I feel like I can die happy when in these trousers- like nothing bad could ever happen. And I can move about freely, which is a great feature as best believe I was doing a happy dance or a few when I tried them on. Please excuse the camel toe.

I also bought a gorgeous skirt from H&M which was on sale for only £12! A black and white polka dot covered, floaty and comfortable number that is now mine. It was the only one left in stock and I had to have it. 

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Look at how floaty and dreamy this skirt is. I can dress it up with a nice blouse or relax the look with a big baggy jumper. This is what I call maternity comfort.

My problem was that there wasn’t enough options in Glasgow city centre for pregnant women. I know that pregnancy is a fleeting time for each individual woman, but lets be honest, with one born every minute in Britain, there will be no shortage of pregnant women who waddle in and out of a maternity wear store at every point of the year. So let this be my wish… Please can some awesome designer create a line and sell these clothes in one store at a good price? That’s all I ask! I want more options, more styles and less boring creations available to me and the other maternal ladies out there! Why is that so hard?

Not necessarily maternity wear, but I also purchased a pair of footlet slippers that speak to my soul. I picked these up from Primark for £2.50, can you believe it?

Maternity comfort

Maternity is a time that women need comfort and relaxation, and if we can get a bit of that in our clothing choices then that’s fantastic! If you know of a maternity line, please let me know- I need to stock up on workwear!

 

Feeling your baby for the first time… What does it really feel like?

This is my first pregnancy, I am currently 22 weeks pregnant and I have felt my baby kick since about week 19. When I was waiting for the kicking to start, I was impatient! I couldn’t wait until I was able to feel the life of my baby moving around and exploring the untouched areas of my uterus. So, what is it really like to be feeling your baby for the first time??  

What does the Internet say about how it feels when the baby starts to kick?

Feeling your baby for the first time

I was researching when it is most likely that you can feel your baby move for the first time and I found out that it was supposed to be around week 18 and onwards usually.  

I was researching what it was supposed to feel like when feeling your baby for the first time and found that it was supposed to feel like butterflies, or a flutter  of little bubbles within your lower abdomen. 

I was researching how long it took until the baby kicks could be felt on the outside and be seen- and while I still don’t necessarily have a definitive answer for this yet as I haven’t yet experienced it, I read that it can occur within week 21 onwards so here is hoping! Update: I am now 22 weeks pregnant and I saw the beauty that is my baby moving about within me! Such an amazing feeling and feels so adorable as she tries to make herself more comfortable in there. While there are no feet or hands pushing out in an extra terrestrial fashion just yet, I can see little ripples and teeny tiny bumps when I can feel them now. Its awesome!

I am just so excited to feel every stage of my pregnancy, it is the most incredible journey that a body can go through and I am so beyond proud and happy to be experiencing it.

While I did a tonne of research, I felt like nothing that I read really indicated exactly what it would feel like the first time I felt the baby. Sure its true that in first time pregnancies, women can’t always feel the movements because they don’t know what to be on the look out for, but I was passionately convincing myself that any amount of “bubbly” sensations or fluttering was the baby kicking. 

My experience of feeling baby for the first time…

SO let me explain exactly what it feels like to me, and maybe this will help you to understand if what you are feeling is the baby moving (trust me, you will know when its your baby… you will just know). Remember, this is coming from a first time around Mama to be so if you are in the same boat, it may be a similar experience for you.

Diving on in

So at about 18 weeks, I began feeling a bubbly sensation in my lower tummy, but it admittedly felt a bit like a build of wind- you know the swirling and churning feeling in your stomach that you get right when you are about to release a toot? But the trouble was that no toots ever actually materialised. What I realise now, was that this was serious trapped wind which caused me a week of ultimate discomfort and my craving for sparkling water was not helping matters. Generally speaking, if you feel like you are bubbling away in your stomach, and it turns out to be a panty whisper, or a build up of them, you are probably not feeling the baby kicking.

Asking my Mum

The wonderful thing about having such a wonderful mum is that I can ask her anything and everything, with no shame whatsoever… I can only hope that I have the same relationship with my daughter! So I asked my Mum. Afterall she has been through this 3 times before so theoretically she should know a thing or two about what it feels like and she gave me the most helpful advice ever “You will absolutely know when its your baby moving within you. Don’t quite know how else to explain it, but you will know when it happens”. Honestly? At first, I thought that this was not helpful at all- just a generic response. Seriously though, this woman is onto something. 

You will genuinely just know when you are feeling your baby for the first time- there is no mistaking it

Feeling your baby for the first time

As the old saying goes, Mother knows best. 

When I felt my baby move for the first time, it felt so unusual but nice at the same time. It was an odd sensation that felt a little bit like something within me was jumping about… but I don’t mean that to sound as gross or creepy as it probably did. I felt life within me, and not just my life, but hers. I felt like I was able to connect with her in such a way that was just too beautiful for words and it was like our own little secret since nobody else can feel her on the outside. Without a doubt I felt the baby move and I knew it right then and there. 

It is not a feeling that I have experienced before, but it didn’t feel extremely unfamiliar either because it is somewhat similar to the feeling of wind building up, without a pop.

Once it has started, it will not tend to stop, but it might lessen. I worried instantly 5 days after I initially felt lots of kicks and movement, as I felt a severe decrease in the baby moving, and I began to get round ligament pain which just made every single movement agonizing. I feared the worst so immediately got onto the phone to my midwife who explained that I should not worry about reduced movement until about 23-25 weeks  as long as it doesn’t stop entirely.  This is because at 18 weeks to 23 weeks, the movements can be erratic- the baby is still pretty tiny afterall.

To be honest, it feels a bit like you are developing tiny amounts of wind in your stomach, but it never leads to anything, just a smile upon your face as you realise that yes, you have just felt your first baby movement and you should dance about with her to celebrate!

What did you think it felt like for the first time you felt the baby move? Help other Mums to be to understand!

Feeling your baby for the first time

Unique Gender Reveal Party idea that You Will Remember Forever…

Well, I am now passed the 20 week mark, in fact today, I am officially 21 weeks! 19 weeks (roughly) to go till we get to meet our little baby! My guess is that if you have come from Pinterest, you are also at the stage where you are going to find out the gender of your soon-to-be human, and I am sure, like me, you are literally bouncing in your seat in anticipation for when the big moment comes. I wanted to share the surprise with my friends and family, so a gender reveal was on the cards… but it had to be a unique gender reveal idea and something that I hadn’t seen before.

Unique Gender Reveal Idea

Thinking of a unique gender reveal idea was bloody hard work… some people have been extremely creative in theirs overtime… best believe I did lots of YouTube searching to see what crazy ideas came my way and they ranged from the good old fashioned Balloon popping to a plane releasing coloured ping pong balls all over the party from way up high.

I wasn’t going to quite measure up to the plane idea, but I had an idea that involved paint, hands and a box and it was going to work. Gosh darnit, it was going to have to work.

My Unique Gender Reveal Idea

I had my 20 week anomaly scan on Friday 16th March and everything looked to be good. 3 words for ya, What. A. Relief! Is it normal to feel so nervous before a scan that you almost throw up? Its maybe just my pessimism that is playing a main role in my life when going for scans, but I always feel like they can show you the best news or the worst news. Thankfully, the worst news was not the case and we enjoyed the foreign feeling tour of my uterus, peering into the world of our delightful little baby.

The radiographer told my wonderful man the sex while I looked away from the tell tale screen. Tam is definitely one for holding secrets and maintaining a very mysterious aura, so he was absolutely in his element while arranging the gender reveal in secret. I was stuck between the fact that I was really wanting to press him for information but at the same time I only had to wait a day until myself and my family and friends found out so it wasn’t so bad- and I really wanted to make the gender reveal party that much better by being genuinely surprised!

I was toying with the idea of a gender reveal party for ages, humming and hawing as to whether I should do it or not. I didn’t know anyone of my old peers to do anything like it, so I wasn’t sure if it was normality in Scotland. I loved watching the genuinely surprised reactions of the parents to be and the “woohoo!” of the supportive families and friends within the viral YouTube videos, but I didn’t want to do the “normal” type of reveal so the thinking cap went on.

The Unique Gender Reveal Idea underway

I came up with the idea of getting a box, decorating it with my theme colours (pink and blue), buying 2 colours of acrylic paint (pink and blue), a long portrait canvas, and a scarf to blindfold myself. 

It took about 8 explanations for Tama to fully understand what was required of him in this reveal,  but by Jove he got it. He basically was the only person who knew what the gender was before the reveal (which was a fact that he loved to remind me of by the way). The idea that I had was basically that he had to pour the colour of the gender (ie pink for girl, blue for boy (sorry for being so unoriginal)) into the base of the box, I was to be blindfolded and he was to place my hands into the box, ensure they were fully coated in the coloured paint and then he would lead my hands to the canvas where he held them down so that my prints were made. I would then lift up my hands, remove the blindfold (or rather, get Tama to do it as my hands were a bit painted at the time), and to my surprise I found… MY HAND PRINTS IN THE COLOUR OF MY DREAMS…. Tama would then pick up the canvas and turn it round to the patiently waiting spectators and shared the reaction of happiness, glee and downright euphoria. 

The Best bit?

What is especially awesome about this idea is the fact that we have now got this canvas for a lifetime. My plan was to ensure my prints were pretty centred and to leave enough of a space so that when the baby came along, we could get their prints in the middle and Tama’s on the outside, and hang this up in the nursery as a momento of the greatest day ever. 

Sure you can use the good old balloons with coloured confetti, or the coloured cake sponge etc (I am not belittling any of these ideas, they just weren’t particularly for me!), or you could give it a good amount of thought to come up with something that will allow you a physical memory for the rest of your lives. I would highly recommend the canvas idea, I have a video just below of our gender reveal party 

Can you guess what we are having? All will be revealed…

Our Beautiful Gender Reveal party

Its a baby GIRL!!!

Now to think of names and buy a crap tonne of baby clothes. We are so delighted in this news and cannot wait to welcome our little honey bun to our wonderful little world.