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Pregnancy Update | 38 Weeks

Friday, 14 October 2016
So this could be my last pregnancy update before Oliver makes an appearance. If I'm honest though, I think I might have another couple of weeks ahead of me. My due date is the 26th of October and I've had a feeling all along that he'll show up between then and the 31st. If he's a Halloween baby then I'll be extra excited - think of the halloween themed birthday parties of the future!

My last update was at 33 weeks and all of the symptoms I mentioned in that post are still here. I'm still suffering with heartburn and acid reflux every night - I don't know how my throat hasn't completely melted actually. The good news though, is that my pelvic pain has subsided a lot. Given how I felt at 28/29 weeks, I expected to be on crutches by now. Don't get me wrong, it's still agony at times especially during the night but it's nowhere near as bad as it was. The main problem when I'm walking now is the shooting pains when Oliver rolls his little head over my bladder. For a split second, it honestly feels like my bladder is about to pop!

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After smothering myself in bio oil and stretch mark cream for the last 9 months, I noticed some little faint lines next to my belly button at 34 weeks. Yep, stretch marks happened. It's a tiny area at the moment and barely noticeable but if I push my skin together, I can see there will be a few marks once I've deflated! I'm not as distraught as I thought I would be to be honest - I'm well aware it could be so much worse and I think I've gotten off quite lightly. 

I was told last week that I had anemia and prescribed iron tablets. No big deal - or so I thought. It turns out iron tablets are the worst thing ever invented and make me feel horrendous. I'm going back to the doctors to try and get an alternative, and have been making smoothies with kale and eating lots of red meat to try and up my intake that way too. 

In the last few weeks, we crossed our final items off the list: 

I've been shopping and picked up some little outfits for when he's here and also got some lovely outfits from my team in work. It's so difficult to shop before he's here - I've no idea what size he's going to be! My midwife thinks, judging by the size of my bump, he'll be around 7.5-8.5 pounds, but that's just a guess and could be way out. I've bought mostly first size and 0-3 months for now. 

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So from 37 weeks onwards, the baby is considered 'term' and ready to be born whenever he decides. From now on, he's just getting fatter every week - just like his mum. He could come any time now - but I've not had any real signs of anything starting. I just need to keep bouncing on my birthing ball, eating pineapple and going for extra long walks and hopefully he'll start packing his bags pretty soon! I can't wait to finally meet him!

Are any of you expecting soon? 

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Maternity Styling tips

Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Considering I've spent most of my pregnancy stressing out at having nothing to wear (and actually meaning it this time), I would have thought I'd be the last person writing a post like this. How can I give maternity styling tips when I failed so miserably at dressing my bump? Well, the way I see it, you can learn from my mistakes. I'd say it's taken me until now, the last two months of pregnancy, to finally get the hang of this whole maternity clothes thing and if I have another baby in future, I think I'll do a lot better in terms of what to buy (and what not to buy) and how to do it in the most affordable way. 

So if you've just found out you're pregnant or you're far along and having the same morning meltdown situations that I was, hopefully this post will help...

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1. Buy the maternity basics
It's not until you have to shop there, that you realise how bad most maternity sections are. Most shops have one messy little rail, which has a definite aura of 'the stuff that no one wanted from the sale'. The sizes are minimal, and most of it's last season .. or the season before that. Unfortunately, it's pretty hard to completely avoid maternity clothes. The bump won't fit into normal jeans or trousers forever. My tip is to just buy the basics from maternity - two/three pairs of jeans that you can dress up or down, white/grey basic tees and if you can, some plain dresses that you can style for different occasions. The best places for maternity jeans is H&M, ASOS and New Look although I'd strongly recommend ordering on line and avoiding the shop (and the disappointment) altogether.

2. Shop in the regular shops for everything else 
Once you have the basics sorted, you can still get away with shopping in the regular stores. Look out for cardigans or gilets that you can layer with, shirts that you can wear open over a t-shirt or a dress (these are perfect for when your bump takes a big growth spurt at the end) and jumpers that you can size up in and wear with skinny jeans. Look out for nice jackets, coats, shoes and accessories to pull your outfits together especially if you can find bold prints or colours to add something special to an outfit. You'll still be able to keep up with fashion trends and it means you can continue to wear them after you've had the baby too. 

Everyone knows that boobs get bigger in pregnancy but what I didn't realise, is that my back size would continue to grow with my bump. So although you'll go up a cup size or two in the first few months, your bra will feel tighter and tighter around the back as time goes on. I bought new bras at 15 weeks and then started using the bra extenders at about 20 weeks. You can buy them in either two or three hooks, so they'll fit most bras and will save you a fortune over your pregnancy.

Do you have any tips for maternity styling?

Pregnancy Update | 33 weeks

Wednesday, 7 September 2016
When I wrote my last pregnancy update, 33 weeks seemed so far away. I can't believe that I'm already here, and that we're into a single figure countdown until my due date! A lot has changed since my last post and I have a whole new list of exciting changes and horrible symptoms to share today. So let's start with the most obvious sign - the bump.

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This photo was taken at 33 weeks exactly. My belly button hasn't totally popped out yet, but it's got a little ski-slope thing going on which you can see. I've no stretch marks so far, but those could still appear in the last few weeks. My belly piercing from years ago looks super weird, it's now a few inches above my belly button so I dread to think what that'll look like post-pregnancy!

I'm still experiencing a lot of the same symptoms as I was in my last update - extreme fatigue (a 9:30 bedtime is a regular occurrence) and heartburn and indigestion. I'd never really suffered from heartburn before pregnancy, but I get it every night now as soon as I lie down to go to sleep. You'll find me most nights sitting with a huge glass of milk before bed and a bottle of Gaviscon!

The biggest symptom in the third trimester has been SPD pelvic pain. It's basically pain due to the combination of hormones softening the pelvic bones and the weight of the baby. I started getting pelvic pain at 26 weeks which coincided with the baby turning head down. I started to notice a lot of pressure on my bones down there, almost as if they were bruised and like I'd pulled the muscles in my inner thighs too. It got bad quite quickly and after a few days, I could barely walk because as soon as I put any weight on my feet I would get this horrible pain. This affects everything - walking, sleeping, getting dressed, getting into the bath/shower. I'll never take these things for granted again!

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Navy/white stripe pyjamas: Next
Now onto the positive stuff! 

We've decided on a name! We went through so many different names throughout the first few months but in the end we went back to the one that we loved before I even got pregnant. Our little boy will be called Oliver. We both love it and I feel like since it's the name we liked throughout, it's definitely the right one! We haven't totally decided on a middle name yet, but I do plan on having one.

Oliver's movements in my belly are now super strong. When I lie in bed at night, I can watch my belly in the mirror and see it moving around. He's head down with his little bum at the top of my belly and his hands at the side, and I can always feel his little hands moving around at night time - unbelievably cute! Sometimes I feel his feet right up in my ribs too. He also gets hiccups a lot, which feels like little twinges really low down. I could actually cry at how cute it is to think of him having hiccups! Then again, I cry at everything these days!

The baby room project is under way too - we've set up the furniture and everything and picked a few things. I plan on spending some time on it when I'm on maternity leave, since he won't be going into his own room for a good few months any way. I have so many ideas for it and I can't wait!

We've picked a little coming home outfit for him from Zara - hopefully it'll fit him! How sweet is this?

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I could probably write twice as much as this but I've tried to keep this post to a reasonable size. I haven't been blogging as regularly these days (blame the 9.30 bed time for that!) but I definitely plan on doing at least one more post before my due date with a final bump pic! If any of you are pregnant, let me know how you're feeling and if you've had any of the same symptoms too. Speak soon!

Life | DIY Mum-to-be Pamper Hamper

Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Recently, I was invited to try out the new St Enoch Centre Rewards scheme. It's a pretty simple concept - you earn points every time you shop in the centre and as your points grow, you earn rewards and access to exclusive offers. You can either use the reward card and keep it in your purse, or you can download the 'St Enoch Rewards' app for your phone and scan it at the till. Easy!

I was set the challenge of creating a mum-to-be pampering kit with a £100 gift card for the centre, while using the rewards card to build up my points as I go. At 32 weeks pregnant, I'm so in need of a good pamper and the offer couldn't have come at a better time.

It only took a few minutes to set up my new card and app, and then off I went to shops ready to spend some time on my favourite retail therapy for the first time in ages. Almost all of my shopping in the last few months has been for the baby and it's been a long time since I've actually shopped for myself. When you're exhausted, can't see your feet and have a to-do list the size of your arm it's easy to forget to make time for yourself when really, this is the time when I should be doing that the most.

St Enoch Centre Rewards Scheme

The brief for a pregnancy pamper kit is very different to a normal pamper kit, I think. We don't need foot files and body scrubs cos we're probably struggling to reach a lot of areas. Fake tan is best avoided, since we're applying bio oil twenty times a day and hair masks and treatments require energy that I've not had for months. Simplicity and relaxation are the most important factors.

DIY Baby Shower Gift Idea Pamper Kit

When I think of a relaxing setting, candles are always involved so the first place I went to was Yankee Scotland. In this transitional weather, I didn't want to go too 'summer' or too 'autumn' so I wanted something neutral. I love the sweet, baking smell of Pain Au Raisin and the clean, fresh smell of Olive & Thyme and luckily, these were in the blue dot sale and just £13 for the large jars.  

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Pregnancy makes everything smell stronger and that doesn't always have to be a bad thing, it means that my favourite scents smell even better than normal. I've always loved the Origins Ginger range and if it's possible, I actually think the smell of it has been one of my cravings! I made a quick visit to Debenhams and picked up the ginger bath soap and the ginger body lotion from the range. This bath bar has quickly become my favourite bath products - if you leave this in the bath while it's running, it creates the creamy, gingery bath water that makes you never want to get out. The body lotion is equally good - super moisturing and keeps the clean ginger scent on your skin for hours.

origins ginger body balm bath bar soap

Next I went to the Body Shop - one of my favourite shops and an obvious place to visit for pamper products. Their skincare ranges have always impressed me so I picked up the Mineral & Ginger clay face mask - it warms when applied to the skin and I can't wait to try this out.  I was also on the lookout for something else to compliment the ginger scents so I picked up the shea butter shower cream and the coconut shower cream on the two for £4 offer. 

At the till, I spotted one of my favourite Autumn/Winter perfumes and had to get it. A new perfume is an instant pick me up, I think. Smoky Rose is a deep musky, rosy evening scent and unlike any other scent I own. The 60ml bottle is the perfect handbag size too! 

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Using the St Enoch Centre rewards card was super easy, and my app updated every time I swiped to tell me if I'd unlocked any new offers. There's some really good deals on there already including offers on food and drinks, special rates on travel money and discounts on clothes and jewellery. I'd definitely recommend picking one up next time you're in the centre - you've nothing to lose! Click here for all the info you need. 

Hope you liked this post and got some ideas if you're thinking of creating a pamper hamper for a mum-to-be. If you're not pampering yourself, I think this would be a good DIY idea for a baby shower gift too. Anyway, I better go ...  my ginger bath awaits me!

Lifestyle | Paesano Pizza Review

Sunday, 28 August 2016
I'm definitely a creature of habit and if I'm going out for dinner or lunch, I always tend to go to the same places. It's something I keep saying that I need to snap out of - I want to try new places and I know there's so many amazing restaurants in Glasgow that I'm missing out on. So I was super excited when CitizenMag asked me and Andy to try out Paesano Pizza in Mitchell Street, Glasgow.

Paesano is hidden down a little lane off Ingram street. The location makes it perfect for lunch after shopping in Buchannan Street or for dinner before heading out for a night in town. The restaurant has a cool, rustic vibe from the outside and it's actually surprisingly big inside. When we walked in and saw how busy it was on a Tuesday night, we knew it was going to be a winner. 

Paesano Pizza Glasgow

Paesano makes authentic, traditional 'Napoletana' pizza in wood-fired ovens and is very different to your every day pizza place. The menu is simple, with just 8 pizzas to chose from and a few sides if you want to add some extras. Normally, I'd go for lots of toppings on my pizza but this time, I went for for tomato sugo with mozzarella, fresh basil and olive oil while Andy ordered spicy salami. 

Citizen Mag Review Lifestyle Blogger Glasgow

Anyone who thinks pizza is a boring option - you need to try this place. The dough was super soft and so tasty. The toppings weren't greasy or stodgy like you'd expect in some of the big restaurant chains and you could really tell that it was proper, italian food. It was the best pizza I've had in a long, long time. The restuarant has a lovely chilled atmosphere, the service was excellent and it was just so good to find somewhere to add to my list of favourites. 

Best pizza restaurants in glasgow

I'd definitely recommend trying this place out if you're in Glasgow. It's super reasonable for prices as well - for two drinks and two pizzas, we paid just £17. You can check out their menu at and read this CitizenMag review here for more info too.

Have you tried Paesano before? What restuarants would you recommend in Glasgow? 

Fashion | The Sunday Wishlist

Sunday, 31 July 2016
It's been the longest time since I've put together a fashion wishlist. The main reason is that I'm shopping all things baby related at the moment (think I might do a baby haul soon!). The other reason is that shopping for myself just isn't as enjoyable as it used to be when nothing. bloody. fits. I know I've said it before, but maternity clothes suck and unfortunately when it comes to jeans and tops, I have no other option than to buy them. Recently though, I've started trying to shop in the normal sections where possible so I can add some style to my plain outfits. This means sticking to coats, jackets, bags, shoes and accessories.

So here's all the bump-friendly things on my wishlist just now. The neutral grey/rosy theme was actually unplanned, but I'm clearly leaning towards those colours at the moment!  

Fashion Blogger Wishlist

A few of these are what I'd class as investment purchases - they're a bit more on the expensive side, but the colour and style mean they'd last for years. This white sleeveless coat and pink duster jacket (from the work wear collection in Coast) are beautiful pieces and could dress up the most basic of outfits. I love the rosy tone of this pink topshop coat too - it's a colour than I'd still class as neutral because it goes with (mostly) everything. How cute are these rosy pink shoes from Zara too?

I spotted these cut out heeled shoes while shopping last week and really regretted not picking them up - these would be perfect with a pair of jeans, a basic top and a nice jacket. Uh oh - I can feel an on line purchase coming on! This Olivia Burton watch has been in my sights for a long time - I just love all of the watches from this brand and if I could, I'd have one in every colour... *daydreams*

Anyway, it's time for me to get back to baby-shopping. I'm going to do a few baby-related posts next I think - a pregnancy update and possibly a baby haul, so look out for that if you're interested. In the mean time, you can catch me over on my instagram! :) 

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