I’m always looking for new ideas for blog posts and last week I was inspired by Amanda aka The Online Stylist who regularly documents her week via Instagram.
I’ve been slightly sceptical doing a trial as my life is no-where near as glamorous as Amanda’s seems (afternoon teas, champagne, fashion launches, shopping sprees etc etc). But, it was a pretty momentous week for me and I thought it might be nice to look back when Little Pea is a little older and show her what I was up to a few weeks before she arrived!
Sunday saw a surprise lunch trip organised by Mr G with Mum and Dad, my little sis and friends Rick and Rachel. I had a sneaky glass of wine with our three course lunch which included an Eton Mess that was to die for. Hop, skip and jump to my last week at work before maternity leave and, my birthday! Again, food was a key feature with my homemade rice crispie crunch for everyone at work, a trip to Pizza Express at lunch where my friend Jacquie presented me with the most amazing nappy cake you’ve ever seen (you can read more on my how-to blog post) and, a fabulous birthday dinner with the family.
Monday also saw the start of our much anticipated loft conversion. And yes, we know we’re cutting it a little fine. It’s a competition to see who is most efficient in project planning – me with Pea’s arrival or the builder and his completion date! Thankfully I still had a whole week at work to escape the construction noise and the lovely team pulled together an amazing surprise party with a ridiculous amount of cake, balloons and presents to send me off in style on Friday.
And, now I’ve officially started my maternity leave it’s onto the serious stuff. We ventured into the unknown world of the NHS ante-natal class on Saturday but Sue, the amazing midwife who delivered the 3 hours course, made everything much more fun than it actually is (bless her) whilst still retaining that damn reality check – “I’m not going to lie, it’s going to hurt and anyone that tells you otherwise is deluded”. Thankfully she’s spurred me on to start packing my hospital bag, finish buying bits and pieces for the nursery and washing Little Pea’s extraordinary amount of clothes (I think we’ve all got a little carried away!).
As you can see, the bump is pretty impressive now. Scary, and exciting, that after all this time we’re only 2.5 weeks away from the most extraordinary experience of our lives!
Little Pea Green