Two Weeks Lazy Home Holiday Ahoy & Preggo Week 5!
More on the above later but for now I have one major thing to say - I don't go back to work until 30th July!!! That has to be no1 favourite! And today Caspar finishes school until 7th September - hurrah! I am looking forward to being almost totally unscheduled. I will not be multi-tasking, or 'cramming things in.' This may sound sad but one of the things I am most looking forward to is cleaning and organise the hours - you may laugh but it gives me such a sense of peace, and as a busy working Mum I rarely get the time to spend on the house that I'd like to, or time to cook from scratch, or organise, or plan.
While the garden died long ago - the lawn sounds like 'toast' when you walk on it (according to Caspar) and it a horrible white straw colour. The vegetable bed, despite spending a fortune watering it is a mixture of wilted to the degree is inedible, coated with slug and snail dried slime (goodbye lettuce) or ravished beyond all recognition by a caterpillar invasion of biblical proportions. The broad bean plant yielded about 6 pods and is now slowly dying and I still water it as I cant bear to watch it die - which I should resign myself to as it certainly won't be producing more food. As you might remember, at the start of the gardening season I adopted a ruthless survival of the fittest policy regarding the vegetable plot. There have, fortunately, been some survivors - herbs and plants of the Mediterranean variety - tomatoes, peppers, oregano, lavender. This will be all I plant next year. Lessons learned. So not a favourite - but a side note!
To detract from my garden of doom, I have been buying my favourite summer flowers - stocks (fave no2) - do you have these in the States? They smell sensational.
The white flowers (perennials, not idea what they are - planted them in the garden years ago), are incredibly hardy survivors - I have no idea how, but they are blooming in the garden despite it not having rained for what seems like months.
I have made the most of all I have in the garden - buddleia (a lot of people see it as a weed but again, it survives in any condition and attracts bees and butterflies so I love it), lavender and the hardy nameless white flowers.
No 3 has to be Poldark Season 3 - it is the best so far! It genuinely is a DRAMA with lots of baddies, emotional rollercoastering (new verb) and hide behind your cushion moments. I am not sure if there is any way you can watch it in the US but if you can, and you loved period dramas you MUST!
No 4 favourite is Coconut in all forms - I have tried to cut back on my soya milk consumption so I am drinking more coconut, almond and brown rice milk. This Co-Yo coconut yoghurt only has vegan cultures and tapioca starch added and is 99% coconut - it makes a delicious summer snack - I love it over apple and pumpkin seeds. So far I've managed to stay really healthy with my pregnancy eating - and I've tried to eat a huge variety of foods, especially a ton of leafy greens. I have totally gone off any type of sugary food (coconut kind of ticks that box).
No5 is ridiculously premature nesting - I spent nearly an hour and a half today cleaning out the fridge, covering food and throwing all food away. I don't know if you are a cautious eater but prior to this I really wasn't - I kind of disregarded sell by dates, picked mould of bread and ate it anyway, didn't wash fruit and beg (unless it wasn't organic) and pushed the boat on any 'old food' in the fridge. I am now really trying to break this habit. Having an extra-heighted sense of smell can help with that haha! This could be ridiculously boring showing the contents of my fridge but I've got to be honest about what is floating my boat this week, hahah!
Can I add in as a sub favourite 'decanting'? I.e. pretty much everything I buy food wise gets decanted into a pottery or glass jar or dish - I like to free stuff from plastic haha! I've spotted some Jersey Royal potatoes that need liberating later on - I don't even like the look of food still in it's original packaging (unless it is beautiful). I know that may sound weird!!
No 7 - heroes who make you realise the human heart can know no bounds:
The selfless heroes who risked their own lives and dived through the caves in Thailand to save the group of young boys. I don't think I need to add further commentary.
No 8 Instastory confessionals - I think I may have taken this too seriously with too much detail haha! Thanks for tagging me Lynn! I found it quite fun - the more I wracked my brain for Uni based confessions, the more I thought of. I was thinking of doing a post next week on University Life (using some pics from Lancaster, St Andrews, Texas A&M and Maastricht, The Netherlands, where I studied) - would this be of interest to anyone?
|I really can't figure out a lot of the features on Instagram - hence I am still finding it fun using the basic ones!|
No 9 is the realisation that I am really pregnant. Those of you not interested in this part I've added it at the bottom so it can be skipped. I know some people don't like detailed updates but this is a huge part of my life right now - it is kind of affecting everything and I'd like to share it with my readers. It is often the silly things that you forget as well as pregnancy progresses and I'd like to see this as a bit of an online diary (if that's ok!).
Sunday night I started trying on clothes for work, knowing I was starting to struggle getting into things. I had to relegate eight pairs of trousers, leaving just two with elasticated waists - expandable baggy pants are my new best friend. ALL by bras bar one were put away and half my workout gear:
I cannot tell you my relief when I went into Marks and Spencers on my lunch break on Tuesday and got fitted for a 'comfy t-shirt bra' (from the 'sensible' section I usually avoid haha!). I also bought 'big knickers' and a top in the next sized up. Some friends, family and colleagues are looking at my tummy and asking me ' are you sure you are not further along?' or 'are you sure you are not having twins?' Not a clue, but I have my first midwife appointment a week on Tuesday!
The midwife called me and the appointment is not at the doctor's surgery but a chemist (maybe because there was MRSA at the Doctors).
Haven't suffered from sickness (yet), but certain smells continue to make me bork - like one of my husband's aftershaves (Cuban Cedar), or when I was trying to fix a loo at work (oh small business life), the smell of the bleach got me. Have definitely hit a 'pooped' point mid afternoon though, not every day but yesterday I got into bed for 1 and a half hours mid afternoon! Then felt great and carried on as normal! You probably know I am a big fan of the nap.
I know a lot of people don't like a lot of pregnancy detail but hey ho - did any of you who have been pregnant before struggle to sleep early on? I think getting used to only sleeping on the left side will take a bit of time - and a lot of pillows!
N0 10 - my Bloom pregnancy planner arrived - and I cannot wait on my first full day off tomorrow to start filling it out and making lists. We are off to Manchester's Trafford Centre on Sunday (I hope to goodness I don't want to be sick the whole way!!), and I need to make a list of some key maternity clothing essentials. It is probably too soon at 6 weeks to buy baby stuff.
Until then though we are clearing out Caspar's room to make way for a desk (he is getting a custom built gaming PC, no comment) - so the baby stuff we've kept is moving into what will be the nursery, as slowly bit by bit I am taking apart what is currently a dressing room and will as the months go buy, introduce new nursery furniture. I will have so much fun planning it out, I can't wait!
These are the core items we've kept in Caspar's room that are now in the fledgling nursery in a gap where we have already got rid of some furniture. Some of these are things from my childhood - are any of you the same? Have you kept your own baby things for future children? I've got here a handmade teddy of mine called Griff, my little baby chair and some books - 1980 (ish) Disney, Paddington, my Peter Rabbit, Enid Blyton and so on.
Finally No 9 - I have a beetroot obsession. I must eat about 2-3 beets a day with salad and then have it in smoothies too. It is not a craving, I just love it (I find it really refreshing), and it is full of iron! I guess it is a an obscure vegetable to be so in love with - does anyone else love it?
|Can't get enough of my raw smoothies|
Please ignore the gross nails. That is tomorrow's project!
Biggest hugs - Joanne x
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