PREGNANCY: THE THIRD TRIMESTER

In just a few days {!} or weeks I will have our baby son or daughter cuddled in my arms. So exciting!

The control freak in me is hating the fact we have no idea when – but equally I am really enjoying having some time off to relax and unwind before everything happens. It helps that the weather has been AMAZING...and just saying, maternity leave is thebestthingever in terms of peaceful time to do whatever you want*

PREGNANCY: THE SECOND TRIMESTER

A very good friend of mine text me last week and asked me if now I was almost 30 weeks, was I was excited about meeting our baby soon??

Obviously I am super aware of how far along I am, but I hadn't quite appreciated that 30 weeks was actually quite close to the end and whoa, that's two thirds of this whole pregnancy party over already...

So apparently the second trimester is all a bit of a revelation after the early sickness stages – so said everyone and all my books – bouncing back to a version of your pre-pregnancy self, feeling all energised, glowing and awesome as well as not really feeling sick. 

HOUSE PROJECT: MARCH UPDATE

I completely understand why my really sensible and clear-headed friends went to live with their parents for six months before they moved into their {finished} house. Sure, they were doing some more serious building work than us, but WOW I am so fed up of DIY mess now and please can I go and live in a hotel.

CONFESSIONS OF A LIST ADDICT

I have a problem. I own dozens of notebooks that are filled with lists for varying purposes {house, garden, wishlist, gifts to buy} and a burgeoning Evernote account. I have long skinny list pads hanging around on my desk at work, in the kitchen at home, in the study and in the lounge. I have a bunch of sticky list notelets entitled "Long list" "Short list" and "Things to remember".

PREGNANCY: THE FIRST TRIMESTER

So whoa, we're having a baby, that still feels weird to type TBH – feeling very lucky and excited for the journey ahead of course, but also mindful that I need to remember and soak it all up as I'm told it will zoom past.

I've been keeping a little pregnancy diary over the last few months to stop me forgetting everything, also so that I have something to go back and reflect on when it all feels like a blur and I'm surrounded by toys and dribble. 

SOME EXCITING NEWS.

Firstly thank you so much for all the lovely comments on Instagram this week, it was such a relief to finally be able to share the news – that's right, I've not just got a bit lardy over Christmas...we are expecting a baby!

Although I am now almost 23 weeks it has taken some time for us to get round to telling everyone in the family, our friends and of course at work. It's such a relief to finally be able to talk about it because a lot of our time and focus has now turned to baby prep. So exciting!

HOUSE PROJECT: THE STORY SO FAR

We moved into our house a year ago last month. Crazy! 

After reluctantly letting go of half a dozen or so beautiful Victorian townhouses and character cottages stored up and fawned over in my RightMove favourites, this hulk of a 70's house came along like a thunderbolt of inspiration.

A LITTLE SUMMER TRIP TO DUBLIN

2017 has officially been my least holidayed year for a long while, what with surrendering TWO whole weeks of precious annual leave to house renovations. Mr L and I have repeatedly discussed how insane this was...I did however make a plan with a very good friend of mine {let's call her Chloe, cos that's her name} waaay back in February to squirrel ourselves off to a new and undiscovered city.

IN THE BEGINNING.

Almost a whole year ago I sat down with my mentor at work and told him I was going to start  writing a blog in 2017. 

It's taken me all year to get to this point, mainly because I've faffed about with the idea for too long instead of just getting on with it. 

What shall I write about? What do I want to focus on? Should I be specific, or should I just freestyle it?

What shall I call my blog? Shall I go for some quirky description or just my name? Shall I get all branded up or keep things simple?