I quite enjoyed documenting my first week of maternity leave on Instagram so, I thought I’d try to keep it up until Little Pea’s arrival. Admittedly it might get less interesting – the nearer I get to the big day I’m slightly worried my waters are going to break in some terribly public place so becoming increasingly on lock-down, dammit.
But, I was let out last weekend to enjoy a belated shopping trip with best bud Rachel T – wangled a complimentary hand and arm massage at the beautiful Jo Malone store in the Victoria Quarter, stocked up on loads of ‘essentials’ from Liz Earle, Boots and the White Company as well as the obligatory coffee stop at La Bottega Milanese and lunch at Anthony’s Patisserie.
I’ve also been ‘forced’ to relax with lots of baths filled to the brim with Kiehls lavender, sea salts and aloe bath foam as well as beautiful meals at Mum and Dad’s and a few cheeky (but non-alcoholic fuelled) trips to our beautiful local pub, The Old Bridge Inn in Ripponden.
I’ve also been using our spare time for final Pea preparations including midwife appointments, birth plan writing, crib making and ticking off all the final purchases and washing.
Even the loft is moving on apace. The builders arrive every morning with a look of terror on their faces that I’m going to pop before they finish construction but, they’re doing an amazing job. Roof steels, joists, insulation and windows in and the building inspector is happy so, they’re moving on apace with the staircase and plastering now.
Turning my attentions to this week’s plan of action – how to keep boredom at bay in the final week or two (or three!) and finalising plans for the nursery – blog posts for both coming soon!
Little Pea Green