Cooking Up Chaos – Week 35

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve written any bump updates.  In fact, it’s been a while since I wrote anything.  Whenever I have a spare 5 minutes it’s usually taken over by nesting or just resting (which I’m not very good at) and I’ve been overloaded with stuff that needs doing that the blog has had to take a back seat, because as much as I’d love to be able to do it all I can’t.

Anyway, I think my last update was at about 18 weeks, and then our gender reveal after that.  So it really has been a while, hasn’t it?  Bump is a very big bump now and I’ve got a lovely waddle going on too thanks to the SPD that cropped up just before the summer holidays.

Since I last posted I have had my antenatal care taken over by the Leeds HomeBirth Team, which is very exciting and we have done a hypnobirthing course with the ever so lovely Hannah from Reframing Birth.  The course was fascinating and has made me feel really confident going into whichever birth we end up having, although I have everything crossed it is my dream of a home birth.  I’m going to post all about the hypnobirthing course later on but it’s been worth every penny so if you’re pregnant and thinking about hypnobirthing I highly recommend checking out Hannah.

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Moonlight Drive-In Cinema

I love finding unusual things to do as a family and when I found out that there was a drive-in cinema locally to us I knew I wanted to go.  Moonlight Drive-In Cinema is located at Diggerland in Castleford but they also have a site in Kent as well.

I’m a 50’s girl at heart, I love everything about the 1950’s, the cars, the fashion, the hairstyles.  So much so that we had a 50’s/rockabilly style wedding and danced (or should I say jived) all night to rock n roll.  It was my absolute dream.  And so the idea of a drive-in cinema really appealed to me.

We found out that they were showing The Incredibles 2 towards the end of the summer holidays and so as a last treat we took Luca to watch it from the comfort of our car.

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Getting Mum Fit – Exercising Whilst Pregnant

So as you may have noticed from my recent posts, I’m pregnant with our second son.  I was determined from the start of my pregnancy that I was going to stay fit and healthy throughout and keep going with my personal training sessions with Matt.  Now to be totally transparent, that hasn’t been quite how the plan has gone.  Instead, I developed SPD about a month and a half ago and so I’ve had to stop my PT sessions which I’m honestly really upset about.  I never ever thought I’d be that person who would feel sad that they couldn’t be tortured every week but turns out once I’ve got going with this whole exercise thing, I’m actually loving it.

Anyway, before the SPD kicked in I asked Matt to write me a little post all about exercising during pregnancy as I know when I found out I was pregnant again I was really worried about harming the baby.  As usual, he has written a fab little post for you all explaining the do’s and don’t of pre-natal exercise.   Here it is…

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Dressing the Bump in BooHoo Maternity

So you may remember that I posted about how pregnancy really makes me lose myself.  I lose lots of confidence when pregnant and think it’s really important to practice self-care and take the time to dress in a way you still feel like you.

Well, thanks to the lovely folks over at BooHoo, these past two weeks I’ve been dressing in clothes that really make me feel myself again and it really has helped me step out of the door feeling much happier and more confident.

When they offered to send me some bits from their maternity range I spent ages deliberating over what to choose.  I think with maternity wear it makes sense to get stuff that will last the whole way through your pregnancy.  Things that will transition through seasons and also that can be worn in a number of different ways.   The few bits that I decided on are quite simple but it’s the staples that really count I think.  Having wardrobe staples that are flexible and can be worn in many ways means you always have something to throw on, no matter what you are doing or the weather. Continue reading

Sunflower Picking at Farmer Copley’s

One of my favourite parts of the year is our trip to Farmer Copley’s for some pumpkin picking.  Well this year, they have opened up a new part of the farm for some PYO fun, this time sunflowers!!!!  And I think it’s also gonna be an annual trip for us.

I went along with my friend Sam to grab some lunch and then go find the sunflowers. We were really surprised to find it so quiet and the whole time we were there we were alone in the field.

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Losing Yourself When Pregnant

I don’t think I’m alone in finding pregnancy a really difficult time. For a number of reasons but mostly for me with my first pregnancy I really felt like I lost who I was as a person. Even before becoming a mum, which then made me lose myself even more but that’s a whole other post.

Once I started to get bigger and my clothes stopped fitting me I really lost my sense of style. Maternity wear can be so expensive and because most of the time I needed clothes quite quickly I bought things spur of the moment or because I needed them, not because I liked them. It wasn’t long before none of my clothes were really me and therefore I felt a bit lost and uncomfortable in what I was wearing.

Then as the bump got even bigger I no longer recognised my body. Add that to the lack of confidence in my clothes and you can see how easy it is to quickly lose who you are. It may sound vain but your sense of style is a big part of who you are. Or at least I think it is. And I think even if you’re having a day with little confidence if you stick on your favourite pair of jeans it does a lot to help. So not having those clothes to help boost yourself up can leave you feeling pretty deflated. Continue reading

Luca is 6!

At the start of July, this little poop face turned 6.  I mean, bloody six, that means we are creeping closer to double figures now.  I’m not sure I can deal with this.  I want him to stay my gorgeous, loving, cuddly little boy forever.  Not turn into a grotty teenager.

This last year, in all honesty, has been a tough one.  He went through a phase of really not listening to what was being asked of him and both myself and Ant have shouted a lot more than we would like to at him.  He also started to backchat, developed a HUGE attitude and a temper to match it.  But over the past few months, this seems to have slowly sorted itself out and as I type this we are back to affectionate, funny, cheeky Luca.  The best version of him. Continue reading

folly! at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

I haven’t been to Fountains Abbey since I was a teenager on a school trip, and it’s been on our list of places to visit for a while.  In fact, I even stuck it in my post of places I wanted to visit this summer.  So when we were invited along to a bloggers picnic at the end of July I was very excited.

The picnic was held at the Studley Royal Water Gardens side of the beautiful World Heritage Site. When we arrived we were greeted by the immediate beauty of the grounds as we drove through the deer park.  We then made our way up to the Banqueting House where the picnic was being held.  Sat in front of the intricately designed banqueting house, surrounded by a wildflower garden and all the trees was just the perfect setting for any picnic.   Continue reading

There’s a party in the woods.

Luca turned six at the start of July and for months beforehand we spent hours searching for birthday party ideas.

I hate soft play and we go to enough soft play parties that I knew I didn’t want to add our own into the mix.  Some of the other ideas we had turned out to be ridiculously expensive for what you got and so we got a bit stuck.  Being pregnant I didn’t really want to host a party at our house this year either.

Then a friend of a friend suggested Greenman Learning.

Greenman Learning is a forest school local to us who hold all sorts of classes for both children and adults, and holiday schemes, but they also host parties too. It sounded perfect as we love being outdoors and for a summer party where better to be than in the woods?

We invited 15 of Luca’s friends to come and join us on the Sunday before his birthday and the weather was absolutely glorious for it. Continue reading

Me & Mine – July 2018

July has been such a busy month. Starting with Luca’s birthday and party in the woods, lots of days spent in my parents pool to make the most of the glorious weather we’ve been having, a doggy play date with Charli from Candidly Rhubarb, a gender scan, mini maternity shoot, school breaking up and then a trip to Stockeld Park and Fountains Abbey and finishing with a day sunflower picking.

It’s been a really truly fab month for us all and I’m hoping all the fun and frolicks continue throughout August too.  I’m really trying to spend lots of time with Luca before he has to start to share me, and I’m lapping up every second of him.  Plus he’s been absolutely lovely since school finished. Continue reading