31/07/2012

pregnancy at 31 weeks



31 weeks pregnant feels large.

There you go, should just end this blog post now because that is all I have to say on the matter.  I am large, I feel large, I look large.

Mr P thinks it's quite amusing because from the back I don't look terribly big but as I turn round it becomes eye-wateringly evident that I am with child.  Ha, with child is my fave preggers expression of all, makes me feel like I'm a character in a Jane Austen novel.  You should also note that up the duff makes me smirk a bit too!

Everything is going swimmingly.  I still feel good albeit a little uncomfortable, I keep misjudging the size of my belly and knocking into door frames and it hurts, done it twice now so must make a note to myself "belly is huge, watch out"!   Still out and about though, walking Tilly and lunching with pals, quite glad I'm not working though, don't think I could cope with doing a full day's actual, real-life work!

I am however working on the last essay I need to write to complete my degree (jut an exam to go and then I'm done) and also hooking like a mad thing to finish the baby blanket in plenty of time so there's not too much slacking in the Bloom household.


 
I had my iron levels checked mid-month and they came back okay which was a bit of surprise.  I thought that being vegetarian might make them a bit low but I've been taking an iron supplement (which tastes hideous!) so that must be working.

The other good news is that I can still fit into some of my normal clothes, I was particularly pleased to be able to fit (just) into this French Connection maxi dress!



I think it fits because it's empire line and the underboob tie kind of makes it look like it actually is a maternity dress (seperating the boob from the belly is always a good move in my humble opinion).    I was pleased as punch wearing it though, I swished about like I was again in that Jane Austen novel (oh Mr Darcy), sensing a theme, maybe it's something to do with my name!

I also got to wear my favourite summer sandals.  Sandal wearing and getting one's toes out in the fresh air has been a bit of a rarity this summer so I jumped at the chance to get these bad boys of bling on my feet.  I love them, I love them....Yahoo!



Right I have to get going and take Tilly out before the Olympic gymastics starts.  I love it although it makes me all emotional but then everything makes me all emotional at the moment, I have cried listening to the radio, adverts on the telly, the opening ceremony and virtually every Olympic event that I've watched.

Have a great week (pregnant, weepy or otherwise).

x





treasury tuesday - the embroidery edit


Do you love embroidery as much as I do.  I am in heaven with this treasury list.  I want it ALL!

Bee's World Crewel Embro...
Vintage Linen Hand Embroider...
Vintage Pillow Crewel Embroi...
full circle - embroidery sam...
Vintage Pillow Cover Mod Cre...
Embroidery Hoop Art - Tree, ...
Metal frame purse, coin purs...
Vintage Kitchen Towel, Flour...
Embroidered Flower Garden in...
30% SALE - Navajo necklace- ...
Vintage 1970s India boho hip...
Embroidered Initial Pendant....
Lolita mexican embroidered ...
Summer Popsicles. Hand Embro...
Modern BLOOMS -- An Original...
Embroidered Hoop Art

26/07/2012

how to be a pregnant bride


You got a giant baby bump?

Check.

You got a big fat ass?

Check.

Your boobs have taken on a life of their own?

Check, check, check.

Then combine all these things with you going to the chapel registry office to get married and you qualify to be a pregnant bride or to put it another way (and my particular favourite way), you've got yourself a shotgun wedding...huzzah for you.

Your prize?  Well, um. There isn't really a prize (apart from that dish you get to marry) but you have to kinda make the best of it and know that everyone, I mean EVERYONE, will stare at you.  Once you get your head round that, it's easy peasy, especially if you run off and do it in secret like we did, this strategy properly limits the number of people who can stare at you and it worked for me.


I tried not to panic.  Even when the registry office said they couldn't fit us in until mid-July and I had phoned in April thinking I'd get a date sometime in May or June or in other words sometime when my bump wasn't too giant.  But 18th July....that would put me at 30 weeks pregnant and oh my gosh I was worried about looking like pregnant Jessica Simpson (ie. massive!) and doing that sort of waddle thing down the Kings Road.....classy!

The dress I got was from a brilliant online maternity shop called Tiffany Rose and yes I found it by googling "maternity wedding dress" and yes that did make me chuckle and momentarily wonder if I ever thought I would be googling that particular phrase ever in my life (the answer was a resounding NO).


They have the prettiest maternity wedding dresses, and I know it's a bit stable door, horse bolted to wear white (or cream or indeed ivory as I believe my dress is), when you have a giant baby belly sticking out the front of you but I wanted to look bridey and they had lots to choose from... so many that it was actually quite hard to choose the 'one'.

I knew I wanted a short dress and I knew I wanted a low neckline so I didn't look like two boobs and a bump on a stick (obviously I still did but my mind is glossing over that particular fact), so that narrowed things down a bit and I eventually chose the one I'm wearing which is called the Flutter Dress.

All their dresses are sized as dual sizes so if you feel a bit inbetweeny and are not sure what size to go for you feel safe..well I did anyway given that I bought the dress ages ago and wasn't sure what size I would be on the day.

As it happened though, the dress is made from the stretchiest fabric known to man and I reckon I could have fitted two baby bumps in it.  It was super comfortable and made me feel like a million dollars, I especially like the white ribbon as a finishing touch, like wrapping your big belly up and presenting it on a plate....ta-da...here I am! (note: this will only work if there is actually a baby in there)!!


I added a beautiful gold filigree brooch that belonged to Mr P's beloved Mum and as she is no longer with us we felt that it added something extra special to the day, it made both of us a bit teary when we put it on the dress anyway.

What else can I tell you?  I'm not going to say wear comfy flat shoes because that would just be wrong, what bride wants to wear comfy flats??

But I will say this, wear whatever makes you feel good because frankly you'll look lovely anyway because you are blooming.  Don't overdo it (no frou-frous, muu-muus, kaftans or ballgowns), keep it simple and smile.

24/07/2012

springtime throw update



Betcha thought I'd given up on this one..huh? Yeah. Me too.

I'd decided ages ago that I wasn't going to go full size with it (which I think is 432 squares...odd number and completely massive!), because once I found out I was up the duff, it seemed to be perfect baby blanket material.  Plus the Rooster Almerino yarn used is so pretty, soft and lovely, it seemed a shame not to use it for the baby...although I do doubt it will be puke, poo or pee proof!!

So about a month and a half ago I laid them all out and there just wasn't enough, I think I had 240 squares at that point and I couldn't get them to look right.  My calculations for a perfect size ended up meaning I needed to be 15 squares wide by 20 squares long...which meant (and this deflated me somewhat) I needed to do another 60 squares. Waaaaaaaa! Why me! It's not fair!!


Tantrum over I got to work on the remaining 60 squares and have really been putting in the work on them, completely ignoring other (more interesting) projects and doing my best to focus, focus, focus.

And then I got there.  Finished on Sunday afternoon whilst watching the Grand Prix, a whole box of pretty crochet squares.  I felt quite elated and a bit dizzy especially when we worked out that each square required six ends to be sewn in so for 300 squares that's 1,800 ends hand sewn in by moi.  Cor blummin blimey guvnor flippin heckers like!!

So now the task of joining is before me.  I started last night, took ages laying them all out in the order I fancied.  Started off all careful and proper; first red, then yellow, then green etc etc.... and by the end was just whamming them down in any old order and not caring if two of the same colours were next to each other.   The patience of a saint, always been one of my better qualities :o)


Once the laying out was done I started to crochet the first two rows together.  It isn't the easiest of things to do, a bit fiddly and I'm convinced I'm doing it wrong.  But...but...but....the end is in sight and it will all be worth it to see the finished blanket, especially when you consider that I started it in December!!

Stay tuned, the big reveal is surely not too far away now.

ps. the builders ripped the kitchen out yesterday! I'm trying to be nonchalant about it, got my not bothered face on and everything but inside I am screaming!!!


treasury tuesday - the wedding edit


In honour of my own rather alternative wedding last week, I went in search of unusual wedding treasure on Etsy.

I personally think we should actually be Mr and Mrs Bloom rather than Mr and Mrs P but for some reason Mr P rejected the idea?!?!?  Well. I said. We can't have this lovely print then?? Hmph.

Made for Each Other - 8x10&q...
wedding dress deep V neck cl...
Wedding Band Set - Cast fr...
wedding signs shabby chic ca...
Wedding cake topper...Love b...
Ribbon Wedding Personalized ...
Bridal Hair Comb - Beach Wed...
Vintage Wedding Belt. Handma...
Bridal Shower Tags Wishing T...
Black Faux Fur Dog Bow Tie -...
Upcycled Mason Jars/ Wedding...
Bridal Wedding Butterfly Bib...
Romantic flower crown in ivo...
Wedding Bunting Mr & Mrs Fla...
Antoinette Clutch : Ivory on...
Autumn Wedding Bouquet - Han...

20/07/2012

the one where we got married


So this week we became Mr and Mrs P (big smiley face, blush, blush, swoon)!

We didn't tell anybody (except for our super duper top secret squirrel witnesses Annie and Katrina), we just scooted up to Kensington and Chelsea Registry Office on Wednesday and did it.

Naughty but incredibly liberating and the absolute best day of my life. 



Mr P has made me the happiest girl in the world and I am proper proud to be his wife.

Happy Days.