Sunday, April 20, 2014

Surprise Backyard Wedding!

Wow what a massive day yesterday turned out to be! My brother and his fiance had decided about 5 months ago that they were going to elope in Fiji.. and although we would have loved to have been there, we were supportive of their decision. 

 So we all got together yesterday to wish them well before their departure to Fiji. What we didn't know and soon found out is that they had no intention of eloping and had been planning a surprise backyard wedding the whole time. The result was a flawless, emotional and magical day.

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My brother announcing the surprise and everyone's reaction!
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The beautiful bride and my brother's face when he first saw her.

It was the most beautiful ceremony, their vows to each other were so heart-felt and personal. It couldn't have been more perfect and I'm so happy that we were there to share it with them. 

Here are a few more happy snaps from the day...

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We had such a great time and are so happy for those two lovebirds.

xx

Friday, April 18, 2014

Week 35 Bump Update!

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Weeks: 35 weeks
Symptoms: Braxton hicks, nausea (getting worse throughout the day), mild heartburn, greasy hair (I'm going to have to start washing it every day!), leg cramps, backpain (especially when sitting for long periods of time, but nothing too severe). On the plus side, I'm getting a little more sleep now - yay!
Weight gain: I put on 1kg this week (2.2lbs) - yikes! Total weight gain is 8.8kg (19.6lbs)
Movement: So many body rolls! I have people in meetings at work just staring at my belly and he/she jiggles around
Stretch Marks: I found another teeny tiny one so 2 for now
Linea Negra: Nope!
Belly button in or out: In 
Rings on or off: On but getting harder to get off
Cravings: Rice bubbles, smoked salmon and poached eggs
Aversions: Boiled eggs (as always) and the smell of coffee
Moods: Happy!
Gender: This week I still feel like it’s a girl
Highlight of the week: My 2 year wedding anniversary! It was such an amazing and romantic day. I didn't get the results I was hoping for after the 34 week scan - my placenta has moved up but not enough.. so we need to continue monitoring it. Bah! I just want to know what sort of birth to plan for. Hopefully I'll know more next week.
Looking forward to: Going to my brother's pre-elopement party and celebrating with them. Also spending time with my cousin and her hubby who are staying with us for the weekend.

xx

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Our 2 Year Wedding Anniversary!

2 years ago, I was lucky enough to marry the love of my life.. 8 years together and he still gives me butterflies and makes me laugh like no-one else.

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At our wedding, we asked guests (immediate family & partners) to bring letters addressed to us instead of gifts. These letters (including ones Rob and I had written to each other) were placed in a box during the ceremony and the celebrant explained that we would open one letter every anniversary. I'm really glad we did this, as it adds another exciting element to our anniversary each year. 

We also included in the box, memorabilia from the wedding day (photos, music, small gifts) and a bottle of red wine to open on our 10 year wedding anniversary.

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This year, Rob surprised me by delivering a bunch of beautiful red roses to my work (he's so sweet). We then went out to dinner at Flint in the Vines and opened one of our letters.

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It turned out to be a letter from my mum's partner, Ian, who had written us a really beautiful and thoughtful letter. It was so lovely to read. Dinner itself was amazing too. I had the lamb backstrap and Rob had the braised honey pork loin.

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After dinner, we came home and watched a little clip I made with pictures and video from our first 2 years of marriage (with sappy love music of course!). It's kind of a tradition I've started. It makes me feel so loved-up watching it, especially the part where we read our vows to each other - makes me teary every time!

Our world is going to change between now and our next anniversary. It won't just be us two anymore.. we'll be a family and I can't wait!

xx

Monday, April 14, 2014

Nursery Tour (Part 1)

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I've decided to break-up this post up into two parts, as there's a lot to go through! I should also mention now that I am one of those annoyingly organised people (you'll see what I mean in part 2).

So before this room was a nursery, it was our spare room. To see pics of what it used to look like click here. We decided not to re-paint the room, as we still liked yellow for bub. Using yellow as one of the main colours, I decided that the colour scheme would be yellow, white, grey and turquoise. Turquoise is slightly more boyish, but I still think it can work for a girl. As for a theme.. I picked up a classic winnie the pooh book set at the markets in my first trimester and decided then and there that I wanted a classic winnie the pooh theme. I didn't want it to be over the top, just a few hints of it here and there.

Now that the colour scheme and theme were sorted, it was time for us to get the big ticket items (cot, mattress, chair, lamp etc). We wanted to build the nursery on a budget, so where better to go than Ikea! We don't have an Ikea in Canberra (yet!) so Rob and I made the trip out to Sydney and after 4 hours of shopping we successfully left with...

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The Poang Chair ($249) which was one of the most expensive items we got but well worth it in my opinion, it is sooo comfy and I figure if I'm going to be feeding every 2 hours... I need a good chair! I also wanted to get a stool that was small enough to fit next to the chair so I picked up the Frosta Stool ($15) and we also got a floor lamp (Januari Base $40 + Umfors Shade $25).

The Gulliver Cot ($199) was another purchase from Ikea, as was the Vyssa Skont mattress ($89). Attached is a Tomy Winnie the Pooh Lightshow Mobile which we couldn't resist getting on Ebay ($34). It's the cutest thing when lit up and will come in handy over the next few years.

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Given our nursery is quite small, we wanted to get an all-in-one change table/chest of drawers.  That way, down the track we can remove the change top and use it as a regular chest of drawers. I fell in love with this one from Ebay ($279) because of the open shelves. I also splurged on Etsy, buying a Chevron Nappy Caddy ($52) so we'd have all the essential at our fingertips (nappies, wipes, powder etc) and a Classic Winnie the Pooh Wall Sticker ($37) to add some character to the room. 

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We also got a few other bits and bobs like this Cool Mist Humidifier from Ebay ($45) which doubles as a night-light. This sits next to the cot (behind the chair). I've been using aromatherapy oils (such as lavender, chamomile and orange) in it to make the room smell nice. This will come in handy at bedtime and after nappy changes. We also got a few baby monitors which we haven't yet set up. The first is the Babysense II Respiratory Monitor (which sounds an alarm if baby stops breathing) and the other is a standard Tomy Walkabout Baby Monitor (purchased used, both for $55 on Gumtree).

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Once bub's born and we know the gender, we'll be adding more personalised pieces to the room. I can't wait for that! For now though, I'm pretty happy with how it's come together.

Keep an eye out for Part 2 of the Nursery Tour, which will focus more on storage (aka what's in the closet and drawers!).

xx
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