Sunday, 26 February 2017

What the flip happened? 2016 the best year ever.

Aghh, I have a feeling the next few months worth of posts might be slightly sentimental, pregnancy related and just generally me harping on about how I'm feeling all the time.
I promise I have no plans on turning into a Mummy blog and all my products will not be aimed at 'bebes' and 'smalls' from now on.

Last week my sister reminded me it's my birthday soon, how crazy is that! I hadn't even realised as the only thing I'm tracking is little Logan these days (we're 16+1, FOUR months, the second trimester).

So in Church this morning it came as quite a shock when I noticed in the newsletter that it's Ash Wednesday this coming week (same day as my birthday!) Now, this time last year I had already started my Lenten journey (there's that word again) which got me to thinking;

What the flip happened to the last 12 months?!

Oh yeah, THIS. ☺

I got baptised.
Probably the most intense and rewarding thing I'd done in my life up until that point. At the time, some of it was pretty scary and unknown but I always trusted that everything would be just fantastic.
We got married.
The next most intense and rewarding thing after my Baptism. Wow, what can I say about marriage? Well, we love it and that's all I have to say about that.

We made a baby.
I doubt that even if I lived a thousand years, I could find anything in this world that can compare to this one. It turns the whole world upside down, mixes it up and puts it back together in the right order.
Our tot isn't even born yet but I am so in love with him it makes me almost combust with tears and happiness. These little sandals are a gift my husband bought me for Christmas, it'll be a while before they get any use but I can imagine some little tootsies popping out, awww, I've gone again.

A lot of people said 2016 was the worst year ever, but I strongly disagree. What was your best year?

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

First Valentine's as a married couple, plus some cute gift ideas.

Aww, this was our first Valentine's Day as a married couple. And aww, this was the Valentine's Day that I was pregnant and all I was good for was lounging around feeling sorry for myself. And awwww, this was the day that The Walking Dead came back from the Christmas break.

Now, it's up to you to decide on which was really the most exciting thing for me about Valentine's Day 2017 but another thing that made it even more special was that this year, I actually managed to get Pete a card.
It's a pretty sad state of affairs that I can't even remember the last time I got the chance to buy him a card or really even acknowledge the day. I'm usually so busy making sure I get all my customer's V-Day orders out in time that everything else goes by the wayside. This year however, being pregnant and (I don't like to use the word) miserable, I cut back a LOT and made sure I had some proper chill time.

Valentine's cards

I try not to follow other card sellers but this lady came up on my FB feed one day and I just couldn't resist taking a look at her website and OMG, lol, this woman is talking directly to me. I don't know how she is doing it but some of her cards kinda freaked me out at how accurate they are! The tagline on the little postcard that came with my order is 'printing what you're thinking'. Brilliant ☺
So go check out Love Layla. You won't be disappointed.
I got the Love Hearts at the PO.

If you've been reading my blog for a while then you'll know the phrase 'we are an effective team' is peppered about in one way or another and I just love it. I first heard it in that Tom Cruise film, Oblivion, which I loved, but a lot of people slammed (turds).

So yeah, a lovely lady appeared on my Instagram feed, I don't know how or when but she was there lol, I find this a lot. Her name is Kelly and she runs the fantastic KellDoodles so go and check her out now! Kelly has an amazing talent for illustration and has various prints in her store plus many different custom portrait options too. I couldn't resist ordering as soon as I saw that she offered this service and yes, naturally, the tagline had to be that!
My husband was absolutely made up with our portrait and yes, of course I cried with joy when I was opening the package. 100% satisfaction from us.

1st trimester gift

As I mentioned earlier I was having a few woe is me weeks, pregnancy-wise (I'll have to write a whole other post on that) so I also treated myself to this 'Positive Pants' pin badge and I absolutely adore it, also from Kelly. See, what a talent!

So yeah, that was Valentine's 2017 and I'm soooo happy that this year not only did I get to give my husband the gifts he deserves, but I also got to help some fellow small businesses too.

cat themed gifts, gift for cat lady

OMG we're pregnant (Well, I am)

(this post was originally written on 12/12/16)

So, I'm just gonna come right out and say it!
pregnancy announcement

 As I write now, it's waaaay before the time we can officially announce it to anyone. So this is a sort of therapeutic rambling for me. So far, only the lady at the Doctors and the lady who books the appointments for my physio know, plus obviously me, my husband and the cats.
Tomorrow I will be four weeks. The baby, which I have assumed for my own sanity is a boy (girls are just mean, right?) is the size of a poppy seed and so far he is knocking out some hormones that are having some interesting effects on my body.
I'm cautious to admit that yeah, we made a miracle happen in what seems such an easy and quick manner after we were married. With so many people much further ahead than us, and still no joy, I feel an added sense of thanks (and guilt).

Our baby has been a decade in the making. But this year I have been willing him into existence in many different ways. He is in my prayers every night and on Sundays in Church I light him a candle from time to time.
I tell people I'll be 'pregnant and barefoot by Christmas', I have no idea now where I heard this phrase but always found it so comforting. I ask God for him every chance I get and I always make sure any wishes I get, involve him (you know, like when you walk over two grids, see a couple of magpies, a rainbow, that sort of thing). We've been taking our vitamins, making sure we are both eating healthily and cutting out/down on the naughty things.

Most of all though, there has never been a doubt in my mind that things could go any other way.

poas addict

With that being said, I developed a small POAS (yeah that's a term, look it up) addiction over the 11 days it took from when I first got the feeling I was living a real life invasion of the body snatchers to the day we got those unmistakable crosses on the Clearblue Easys. The day after that I went out and got a digital and a further few others just to fifty-thousand-check and satisfy my now daily need to test my own piss!
These tests here are from the days leading up to and after our big fat positive, I'll be honest, that's probably not even half of the strips I used, but for some reason I just stopped throwing them away and kept lining them all up on my shelf like some sort of macabre experiment.

So yeah, FINALLY, we are pregnant!