Announcing our Baby Lentil

A barmaid approaches Gary handing him an envelope without his name on it.  Gary refuses, indicating the envelope does not belong to him.  The barmaid presses on addressing the situation that it fell out of his pocket.  He hesitantly opens the envelope and reveals a baby scan.  A bit confused, he reads the message and then has to put his glasses on to double check.  He turns to Martin and I, shockingly and happily.  This was our fun way of telling Gary, Martins dad he is going to be a grandpa.  He shared the news with his partner, Heather.  I have never seen Gary skip with joyful side kick!

A Skype Video call is about to occur with Pauline, Martins mum.  The first thing she will see is the baby scan pushed against the phone.  A tear trickles out from Pauline’s eyes.  She is ecstatic about the breaking news.  Martin then explains everything we have gone through, and what stage we are at.  A relief brushes across me, knowing that both families welcome the news.

Quite early on, I tell my boss – and being in an uncontrollable state, I cry.  Crazy hormones!  The rest of work finds out later when I was ready to put the Baby on Board badge.  Some didn’t notice, and even with a little noticeable bump, some realised much later.  They just thought I was getting a bit fat and didn’t want to offend me if I was pregnant.  Haha.

The easiest way of sharing the news with our friends, was Martin posting a comment on facebook which made me giggle.

Announcing on Facebook

Announcing on Facebook

It’ll be lovely to hear from you on how you told others?

my little home box

My Little Home Box – My Little Box

The February box has arrived early than usual. I was expecting the theme to be based on amour due to Valentines Day, however surprisingly it was based on home. Quite rightly suits what I have been doing lately, as I have been nesting the last month or so.

Kanako this time rounds sticks to a cool colouring system, of greys, blues and peach. The box itself has one of her typical drawings, with a female relaxing on a chair reading a magazine. The magazine publishes about interior design, top deco pics, deco e-shop made, and a diy hanging plant holder.

my little home box

Digging into the box like a little child, I find a sky blue A5 picture frame, with Kanako’s artwork. Totally chuffed about this as it would suit the nursery Martin and I are decorating.

my little home box

Accompanying the home theme is a reversible cushion cover, which I was so excited about. I attempted to put a cushion filling in but, the cover was a little too small. I’m sure I will post a picture later once I got the right size, where it will sit nicely in the nursery room.

my little home box

The little bag has repetitive prints of lipstick. I always end up using these bags for sorting out toiletries or carrying money. They always come to good use! Inside them contains 3 beauty products which I am introduced to. The noxidoxi mask & peel scrub – can’t wait to use this just to feel refreshed and pretty once I get some me time! My Little Beauty features Easy Morning, a skin perfecting cream, a moisturiser that nourishes, brightens and evens out complexions. Inspired by the countryside is a shea butter body cream, Mitchell and Peach’s English Leaf. Smells divine!

my little home box

Happy with this box again, as I know I’ll use everything in the box!

For more information visit My Little Box website

loveuk handmade

Support and Follow Love UK Handmade

loveuk handmadeA gem I found online is the feed Love UK Handmade via Instagram that started a week ago. The concept is to support UK designers and small businesses by publishing their work, easily accessible to anyone.  Love UK Handmade started due to the dreams of an individual who understood the needs for businesses to have a presence in social media.  The collection of artists is handpicked of those that have products of high quality and uniqueness, some even being located in Harrods and notonthehighstreet.com.

The fresh use of colour and cool designs are distinctive features of Love UK Handmade feeds, all with an artistic photo displaying the crafts.  The personal touch added to this page, is the themed days; such as Doodle Day and Friends Friday, an absolutely great method to select items for the day.

In the next 3 months I have a minimum of 10 birthday presents I need to consider, not forgetting the finishing touches of the nursery being designed for Bump Lentil due in April.  Oh, and the fact that I just want to spoil Bump Lentil. As Love UK Handmade rightly says “It’s a tease on the purse seeing all the things I see”.

So let’s create my shopping list excitedly:

  • I could not resist something for myself as our one is currently plain and boring.  The Jones Family personalised doormat, designed and engraved in Nottinghamshire by     @lasermadedesigns
@lasermadedesigns personalised door mat

@lasermadedesigns personalised door mat

 

  • This birthday chick dreams a lot, so a perfect little item for her.  The garnet gemstone bracelet threaded by hand and knotted onto natural burgundy coloured hemp string by @rosealeencarter
@rosaleencarter garnet gemstone

@rosaleencarter garnet gemstone

  • For the sexy lady who has style and a lot of earrings.  Earring lollipops to store those studs by @suzyqdesigns
@suzyqdesigns lollipops to store earrings

@suzyqdesigns lollipops to store earrings

  • Missy who needs more bags because she actually does not have a lot of choice. Clutch bag from upcycled deckchairs and bouncy castles by @wyattandjack
@wyattandjack clutch bag

@wyattandjack clutch bag

  • To use for bump photoshoot, when bump is out, and nursery.  Chalkboard Cloth Bunting by @millyandpip
@millyandpip monochrome bunting

@millyandpip monochrome bunting

  • T-shirt for Bump for a Friday.  If you’re happy and you know it Friday tee by @lennieandco
@lennieandco if you're happy tee

@lennieandco if you’re happy tee

Oh my – I could really go crazy and want more. The ease of finding gifts for the people I love was made easy with this page. I admire each item selected as each one is made with simplicity, love, fun and a story.  I feel that Love UK Handmade has a great idea to promote the creativeness of individuals and small businesses and we should all support it!

Help spread the word @loveukhandmade

Help spread the word @loveukhandmade

Visit, Follow and Support Love UK Handmade on Instagram

20 Week Scan

The 7th December arrived, 3 days before my birthday and it’s our 3rd scan.  Just like the 12 week scan, my thoughts wander and over think everything. Have we done everything we can so far to provide a healthy baby?  Is all OK with Bump Lentil? Are they going to see a deformity ? My head feels like a roller coaster, as it’s just filling up with too many questions.  At the same time, I’ve drunken so much water, in aid for the images to be clear on the scan.  We weren’t taken to the same area in the maternity ward  but to the X-Ray department.  Nervously, I start seeing other mums to be with their pregnancy notes and bumps.  I just know some are as edgy as  me and others are quite content.

We are called in, and follow the normal procedure of lying on the bed, with jeans lowered and top up.  On the screen is our Bump Lentil, much bigger than last time.  The same anatomy is checked but the nurse can only check a few bits because bump was not in the right position.  We are advised to have a 10 minute walk so that bump can move around to get the other areas scanned and checked.  She announced to us all appears to be healthy and that Lil’ Lentil was very active.  I am immersed with the good news.  I ponder to the nurse if she can tell distinguish the sex.  Martin and I are revelled in the announcement that we are having a baby boy 🙂 What a wonderful birthday gift from Bump Lentil.

20 week scan pregnancy

20 week scan

 

 

Surviving the Symptoms 2

I wonder why pregnant woman don’t talk about the further annoying pregnancy signs that occur.  Why do most pretend its an amazing 9 months?!

Sneezing

Hearing my loud expulsion bursts flies my body forward hurting my back.  The only thing I can do here or advise you is have some soft tissues nearby.  It’s uncontrollable and have no idea when it wants to play with me.

Belly Button

We obviously know the belly expands, but so does my belly button.  I fear it will protrude into an outie.  It looks like an ever growing crater from a volcano or as Martin likes to say a cat’s bottom.  Tell me if there anything that can be done here?

 

Crying

Telling someone I’m pregnant, being heated in an argumentative moment, getting frustrated over not being able to do things, silly moments in movies, and absolutely nothing has all made me cry! Just be weary, anything can make me tip over!

Diarrhoea

Yep, this has visited as if it was a room a mate.  Precipitously, there are moments when I need to drop what I was doing and sit in the loo for ages. Damn, it’s been a lot of frequent stools, however water does disperse it.

Sneezing during pregnancy

Surviving the Symptoms Part 1

After reading a lot of help guides online, most conclude that the 1st trimester is full of symptoms, 2nd trimester is free of these and the 3rd trimester is just uncomfortable.  What a load of bullocks.  Everyone is interestingly different and so will either have a mixture of them along with uncommon ones.  Not forgetting that we handle them oh so inversely. There is always something!

Vomiting

The reflex of your muscles leading you astray to heave – Just let it all out. Your body will feel so good once it’s vanished from inside.  This lasted to end of my 5th month in pregnancy.  It has annoyingly returned with a vengeance (if it could smile it would) in my 7th month of pregnancy. There’s nothing in particular that soothed or lessened the feeling, but I just nibbled on ginger biscuits and soothers. Hopefully it did some good.

Hot Flush

When your body just can’t adjust to the heat that you are producing or cool down – lie down on the cold floor with just your bra and knickers.  I did this a few times in the toilet whilst at work.  Feeling like a kettle this was going to be the quickest way to reduce my warmth. Otherwise make sure you have layers of clothing that can be easily removed.  Somehow control the temperature of the room – if you are at work, take the lead and demand the temperature to be what is most suited for you.

Headaches

Drink loads of water to reduce that brain pumping too hard against your head.  Gosh some of the headaches would not go away!

Sleepy time

I have never been a good sleeper but now just want to sleep all the time. If you have the chance to nap do it.  On the train journey, on your lunch break, when you get home, take that snooze.  It will only help you function more!

Runny nose

The amount of snot that dribbles down my nose is immense.  I did not realise how much liquid is possible to produce in day.  Keep loads of handkerchiefs/packet tissues and when blowing your nose, do one nostril at a time.

There’s more but will mention that another time….

pain

 

Dreams during pregnancy

Dreams become intense and peculiar, well at least my ones, during pregnancy. My first dream was being in labour but rather than experiencing it the natural way, I felt something being squeezed out of my arse. What appears is an orange and while foil wrapper covering an egg shaped chocolate.  The chocolate was a solid state and when cracked, there appeared the yellow casing with a toy!  A Kinder egg! There were several of these Kinder eggs that I had to go through.  Just why oh why am I dreaming about laying Kinder eggs!

Another dream was a bundle of my family and friends together at a gathering.  Whilst chatting, Louella all of a sudden, as if someone else invaded her body said calmly “5 people to die”.  With shock, we halted.  Louella did not recall what she had said.  Across from the large room, others started dying or whilst other were in the core of screaming with excruciating pain.  We were being conquered by some sort of extra-terrestrial.  I knew a hide-out and carefully led those that were with me to an abandoned factory.  It was probably an assassin’s heaven – all types of weapons lined up, stacked, and organised.  I told everyone to pack what they could urgently of which they did.  Magically, comfortable clothes dressed us, so we could move easily.  I wasn’t sure where we were going but didn’t want anyone killed or taken.  As we are roaming the streets, we find that those who have turned still look human – they were being controlled, but could turn into murdering machines when evoked.  One of them grabbed hold of me, where my body felt it was absorbing some sort of energy.  I didn’t want to turn into them.  Whilst fighting, I shouted “Get out of me” which is what Martin said I screamed in my sleep!

So I believed this one to be real, to the point I was googling the news but couldn’t see anything once I woke up – Kim Jong-um of North Korea made peace with South Korea.

My brain decided to conjure another labour dream.  However this time as soon as my baby came out, he said the words “Hello Mama”.

Recently I don’t remember much, except that the common theme is I am yelling at someone I know, which wakes Martin up during his sleep.    It’s been a different person and reason but can never remember why.

I do wonder the next one will be! Can anyone tell me what they mean?

Wheelhouse Pottery Class

The jukebox is playing Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers.  My masterpiece of a pot is then ruined by Martin as he sits behind me, shirtless.  We interlace our hands, making a new one where he then starts kissing me.  I’m feeling a bit tingly whilst the hot romance blossoms in the room.  Oh hold up – that did not happen during this class L .  There was no performance of Ghost with Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze – damn it.

A birthday surprise in December 2015, Martin took me to the pottery class at the WheelHouse, Abbey Mills.  I was so excited when we arrived, as we have religiously been watching The Great Pottery Throw Down. Can I use any of the skills seen on the show?  Um, no!  I was totally crap.  I could not get the hang of anything.  We were meant to throw large bowls but most of mine kept looking like mini dipping bowls.   On the other hand Martin had a knack for this creative skill.  His first one was like he was a pro.  This is why no Ghost scene disappointingly, would not occur as Martin was obsessed with each bowl being right.  Even Stephen Llewellyn the teacher was amazed.  They had the same resemblance in history both being engineers and then naturally having the ability to create pottery.

During the class, you have plenty of opportunity to throw on the wheel.  If you get any wrong they are returned to be reused later.  There is more than enough clay to use.  It is a small intimate class with only for 4 attendees and the teacher but it just meant that Stephen would help those struggling and improve the person’s techniques. Stephens work can be purchased at the wheelhouse and online.  His work with the dragon fly image is simple as he states it was the easiest image to create on the pottery.  Simple but beautiful.

At the end of the session, you get to pick any bowls you want to keep at £4.00 a bowl.  With this, you decide on the available glazes of which he’ll put in the kiln.  A few weeks later you can pick them up!  I was so happy with mine – they were even smaller that I left them, but that’s because they shrink in the kiln.  Martin and I are planning to go again and just maybe I can beat Martin or at least get a little bit of the Ghost Scene.

My Little Wish Box – My Little Box

my little wish box

I fell in love with the My Little Box subscription over a year ago, which is full of beauty and lifestyle surprises through the post every month. I adore unknown packages and letters that do not involve bills in this case the January 2016 My Little Box.  With anticipation I open it up greeted with the sticker Happy New Dreams and Happy New Year.  The box theme is My Little Wish Box, fittingly suited to the New Year.

Kanako, the artist was busy designing a dandelion being blown with the words My Little Wish Box.  The edge of the box is a message from the team at My Little Box for what they wish upon 2016 for all their subscribers.  Well thought out!

I have my fingers crossed that they stuck to the glossy magazine rather than the fold out paper poster magazine.  A smile appears – its back to original form of glossiness.  Skimming through, it’s all about the reader’s wishes Instagram hashtags.  An excerpt from Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert I found inspiring was “I wanted to meet people, and to hear their stories.  Writers are told to write what they know and all I knew was that I didn’t know very much”.  A printed card with the quotation from Walt Disney “All our dreams can come true, if you have the courage to pursue them”.  I love these cards and have been saving them all.  Not sure yet what I’ll do with them.  Any ideas?

Going with the mint theme is a mint A5 diary which I will definitely use.  In the drawstring bag (I have collected these as they are so handy) is 3 necessary items.  Melted Fuchsia lipstick in a tube – liquefied long wear lipstick.  I will let you know how many hours this last.  A My Little Beauty (their own brand) of lip balm in the shape of lip stick.  Ren clean skincare presents a kind to skin formula of cleansing water to cleanse, remove makeup and tone.  These are all small hand size items which is always convenient for me in case I need to bring them anywhere.

The final gift was a range of message bracelets in the form of a ribbon.  You can tear off the cards and give to anyone!  I gave one to Louella and she loved it.

I love this box and it’ll be added to my organised boxes!

12 Week Scan

It’s arrived – the ultrasound of our Bump Lentil, 15th October 2015.  The nerves are quivering, and I’m so compelled to scream.  Will Bump Lentil be healthy?  Is Bump Lentil surrounded by a nutritional environment?  The amount of times I was questioning myself was as often as Doris from Finding Nemo forgets. Timidly, I wait for the picture to appear on the screen in the dark room.  Martin has a calm exterior about himself.  Why does he effortlessly look cool and not troubled?  He is always so positive and takes things easy, which is always reassuring.   I shudder when the sounds of the horses galloping appear again.  What a hell of a relief! Tears detonate all over my face.  Bump Lentil appears on the screen so visible than before, with a big head, cute legs sort of bended at the knee and non-stop active. This was worth the gallon of water drinking, and holding the urge to pee, whilst my stomach is being pressed to produce these images.

The anatomy is checked, that being the skull, brain, arms, legs, heart, bowel, stomach, etc along with any indication of Down’s syndrome.  We were given the all clear which was so soothing to hear from the lovely doctor.  By the way, she was so friendly and gave us more than the maximum of photos allowed.

It does not matter that I am not showing Bump Lentil yet. I have proof that I am pregnant, that I am carrying life within me.  That all the pregnancy symptoms I am facing, is not for a nonentity.  This will always be a milestone.

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A lovely card given by Monica, Jimvee and Elvis.