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Living Arrows // 50/52

Monday, 11 December 2017


“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”
Kahlil Gibran


Every week I'll be sharing a capture of my littles - either individually or together. To capture how they grow and change week by week.

Can you believe it's only two weeks until Christmas? It seems most of the country enjoyed snow over the weekend, but down here in Kent all we got was rain! I don't think it bothered the littles too much though.. they just about managed this frosty trip to the park.



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34 Weeks Pregnant {Baby Number Three}

Friday, 8 December 2017

34 weeks pregnant, and I've definitely hit a wall. I'm just so. bloody. tired. I have zero motivation either (not helped by the colder weather), so I feel as if these last few weeks are going to draaaag even more. Ah!

HOW FAR ALONG?
34 weeks & 4 days

DUE DATE?
14th January 2018

GENDER?
Girl!

HOW’S BABY DOING?
I use the Baby Centre App to check on baby's progress - baby girl is roughly the size of a cantaloupe melon this week, weighing around 2.1kg and measuring 45cm long. She's still laying on those layers of fat, which will help her to regulate her body temperature once she is born. Going by the size of my bump, she's definitely filling out now!

I saw my midwife at 33 weeks, which was a rather exciting appointment. All checks were good, and baby girl was head down still. Even more exciting was the fact she was 2/5ths engaged already (something I could definitely feel). I'm pretty sure she's still bouncing in and out now, going by the lighting pains.. but it's a positive step!


WEIGHT CHANGE?
I'm pretty sure I'm half baby and half hot chocolate and marshmallows these days... I reckon that small weight gain is going to be rising pretty rapidly over the Christmas period.

SYMPTOMS?
I feel incredibly sorry for whoever has to spend time with me at the moment. The pregnancy hormones are real! I am just so heavy, tired and uncomfortable now, that the littlest thing will set me off... whoops.

Braxton hicks are pretty constant, and actually becoming pretty painful at times too. Oh and the lightning crotch I mentioned above too.. ouch! I feel as if my bump is so low now, so at least that's a little relief on my ribs.

SLEEP?
Oh how I miss sleeping well. If I'm not waking for a wee, I'm just awake in the middle of the night tossing and turning. I reaaaaally hope it doesn't turn into pregnancy insomnia, because I know how torturous that is.

CRAVINGS?
I'm not sure the hot chocolate thing is a craving, but I'm liiiiving for them right now. Just typing this I want to pop to Costa and grab a festive version.

HOW I’M FEELING?
I absolutely love pregnancy, but these last few weeks are oh so hard. I just feel like I want to hibernate and sleep all day now. But that's just impossible with two little ones and a house to keep running. I'm still loving all the baby wriggles though.. there's nothing like those!


MISS ANYTHING?
Sleep. Having energy. Being able to do things without it being a huuuuge effort... Can you tell I'm feeling pretty done now?

FAVOURITE RECENT OUTFIT?
How have I gone this long without maternity leggings? I finally caved and bought myself some, and they are AMAZING. I do still love my maternity jeans though - you can read about how I've been loving my Mothercare jeans here.

BEST MOMENT THIS FORTNIGHT?
Washing baby clothes! I forgot how amazing the smell of baby washing was, and just how lovely it is to have teeny tiny clothes hanging out to dry. Now I've just got to sort them all out again, and pop them away until she's born.

LOOKING FORWARD TO?
Jack's parents have offered to have the littles next weekend, so we can get all the last its sorted for baby girl. So that means building the co-sleeper, packing the home birth box and finding homes for everything. I'm so excited!

You can see how this pregnancy compares to Parker's (my second) here.

Linking to the Bumps & Babies Linky with Let's Talk Mummy

Indiana's Unicorn Themed Fourth Birthday

Thursday, 7 December 2017


With soo much going on with Christmas, preparing for baby and two little ones to look after, I'm so late sharing this post. But as this blog all started because of Indiana, I thought it was better late than never!

Our biggest girl celebrated her fourth birthday on the 26th November, in a full on pink and girly celebration. She was absolutely adamant she wanted a unicorn birthday this year, so that's exactly what we gave her! Her birthday tee this year was from Rocket and Rose, and I found her adorable unicorn horn on Etsy, from a seller called Little Lapins. Complete with her pink sparkly tutu, she made the perfect unicorn princess.

We started the day with snuggles in bed, and then it was downstairs for presents and balloons. After searching far and wide, Indie got her wish of a Fingerling (you can see her other gifts here), and I think she was over the moon. We headed to Frankie and Bennys for birthday pancakes, and then to Scotney Castle to search for princesses.


The rest of the day was lovely and relaxed, as we spent time at home so she could play with all of her gifts. Family then joined us in the afternoon for birthday cake (unicorn shaped of course), and more gifts. Her absolute favourite one by far being her unicorn pillow pet - she's carried it around with her every day ever since!

At the end of the day, it was so lovely to hear Indie tell us how much she loved her birthday. Birthdays have always been special, but this one just seemed even more so as she was so excited by the whole thing. She was even kind enough to let Parker help her with her presents, which was an unexpected surprise!



I am so excited to enjoy this next year with Indie, and to experience the wonders that a four year old brings. I just cannot believe my biggest baby if four... where have those years gone?!

 

Third Trimester Maternity Style with Mothercare Denim

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

At over 34 weeks pregnant with my third baby, I am well and truly living in a full maternity wardrobe now. Although if I'm honest, even some of those bits have started to become a little on the smaller side! I've been in maternity wear (especially bottoms) from very early on this time. Which has just given me more reason to embrace proper maternity clothing.

An absolute staple for myself, and most pregnant women I think, has to be a decent pair of maternity jeans. They're easy to pair with tops or jumpers whatever the season, and give you so many more outfit options compared to a dress or leggings. And recently I've been testing out a few different pairs from Mothercare's new Autumn / Winter collection.


I've always thought Mothercare's maternity range was aimed at the older mum. With very basic and rather 'unstylish' items, that really weren't my style at all. But honestly, I've been really impressed! The denim collection has soo many different styles, that I think would impress even the most style conscious mama.

The first pair I picked were these washed black over the bump maternity biker jeans. What I love about these jeans is how soft and stretchy they are. I don't feel squeezed into them, and I can move and sit comfortably without them falling down too. I lovee that the over the bump band is seam-free, as it means it's not visible under thinner tees. It really does give that extra support that I've needed too - especially during these last few weeks of pregnancy.



Not only are they comfortable, but they're stylish too! They have added details such as the stitch detail at the knees and zips at the ankles; making them look so much more like 'normal' jeans. They also have a button fastening, which although doesn't actually keep the jeans up, adds to the overall look of them too.

Mothercare jeans are fab as you can order a size as well as a length - an essential for me as I'm so short! I found that these jeans are definitely true to size, and the length is perfect for me.



The second pair from the Autumn / Winter collection that I selected were these frayed ripped knee over the bump skinny jeans, in the darker denim colour. These jeans are most definitely my style, with the ripped knees and blue denim. They have been given a faded and distressed look to make them more stylish too, which is something I really like about them.

Again, these feature the seam-free bump band, which makes them so comfortable to wear. I prefer to wear them over my bump to add that extra support (and it's a little bonus layer on colder days!). However you can also wear the band under your bump if you prefer.



I'm personally not a fan of the frayed hem detail on these jeans, as I don't think they look as good with certain shoes. However as you can see in these photos, they're super easy to roll and change if this is something you agree with.

These jeans also feature a functioning button and belt loops, which creates the illusion of a low rise design. I love this extra detail, however I do think that as my bump gets bigger this will make them harder to wear. I did also find that these jeans came up small, even though I ordered all three pairs in the same size - so this may be to do with the low rise detail. It's such a shame, as I think these are my favourite style!


The third and final pair of maternity jeans I have been testing, are these blue super stretch over the bump jeans. This pair are the most basic jeans I picked, but I wanted some that would go with everything else in my increasingly limited wardrobe. And I think these would be perfect for so many different occasions, either dressed down how I've style them, or dressed up for a special occasion!

They are soft and stretchy, meaning they are really comfortable to wear. And the fact that they don't have any fancy details, has probably made them the comfiest pair out of the three I tried. Although they do also have the frayed hem which I'm not really a fan of.



Just like the previous two pairs, these jeans have the button detail and seam-free bump band. However for some reason, despite being the same size as the other pairs, these ones actually feel slightly on the bigger size. I do find myself having to pull them up throughout the day, and they just feel generally looser.


Overall I've been really impressed with the Mothercare Denim range. The jeans are stylish, super soft and comfortable to wear, and they just feel like they're going to last. With each pair priced around the £35 mark, they do appear expensive. But as they're designed to grow with you (with the help of the bump bands), they really are a great investment... and I know I'm going to be wearing mine once baby is born too!

You can find out more about the Mothercare Denim range here.

We received these items in exchange for our honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Living Arrows // 49/52

Monday, 4 December 2017


“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”
Kahlil Gibran


Every week I'll be sharing a capture of my littles - either individually or together. To capture how they grow and change week by week.

This week's pictures were taken on an early morning trip to Bewl Water. Although it wasn't as chilly this weekend, we were the only ones around, so we got the whole park to ourselves! Indie and Parker ran back and forth across this wobbly bridge for a good 15 minutes, giggling away the whole time. I love how you can see the happiness shining through Parker's little concentration face in this picture.


Autumn may be over, but there were still plenty of crunchy leaves to play in (and you're never too old to play in them are you?). Indie was collecting the biiiiggest piles of leaves and launching them into the air. Which quickly turned into a game, with her and Parker chasing Jack and I with them. It was great fun!


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Me and Mine Project | November 2017

Friday, 1 December 2017


It's crazy to think that I've been joining in with the Me and Mine project for two years now. I absolutely love having a picture each month to look back on, and it's such a special way to see how our family has grown and changed each month. Just like the last two years pictures, November's picture was taken on Indiana's birthday - her fourth this year!

This month has been a bit of a mixed bag. We've been incredibly busy; visiting schools for Indie, plenty of family days out, birthday preparations and of course counting down the days until Christmas. Amongst all the fun days, we've had a lot of tough ones too though.

Indie is at a rather testing age now, and combined with quite a few days without naps she's been rather difficult at times. I sometimes worry that she's feeling a little left out. Parker takes so much of the attention, and of course bump does at the minute too. We're trying to give her as much one-on-one time as possible, but I think it's just a stage we're going to have fight through!



I cannot believe we have just one more picture to take before the end of the year. And also just one more as a family of four. Next year is going to be a massive change, but one we're all so excited about. But first... Christmas!

The Me + Mine Project - Dear Beautiful