Wednesday, April 23, 2014

OOTD: Workin' Bump

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Mu. Mu. Maternity Top, Cotton On Black Singlet, Target Maternity Pants,
Pop Basic Necklace, Trenery Flats

Only 2 more weeks left of work - Woohoo! I cannot wait to be outta there and on maternity leave! It's not really a holiday though, I'll just be switching to a new job... as mummy! 

This is a typical maternity work outfit for me, comfort definitely comes first (so no high heels!). I tend to wear these black pants a lot so that I can wear my SRC maternity compression shorts underneath. They help with posture, back pain and pelvic pain. I picked them up on ebay for less than half the retail price and would recommend them to other pregnant ladies out there. I can definitely tell the difference when I stop wearing them for a few days (hello back pain!). 

I also got the recovery shorts to wear after birth. They claim to help you regain your pre-baby body shape faster and increase mobility and pelvic muscle function. I'll have to let you know if they work! I tried them on the other day and oh my god they are TIGHT! haha hopefully I'll be able to squeeze into them after bub arrives.

So glad this week is a short one as every work day seems to be getting longer and harder. Oh well not long to go now.

I hope you've all got amazing plans for this Anzac long weekend!

xx

Monday, April 21, 2014

Nursery Tour (Part 2)

Okay.. onto Part 2 of the Nursery Tour! If you haven't checked out Part 1 you can do so here. Now I know I said I would break the nursery tour into two parts.. but now it looks like it might have to be three (there's just so much to go through!)

As I mentioned earlier, this post (and the next) will focus on the storage and organisational aspect of the nursery. So let's start with the closet storage boxes...

 To make things as easy as possible, we organised the closet using Ikea Skubb Boxes (3pk for $30) and labelled each box accordingly (inspired by Allison at Utterly Organised). 

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On the bottom-right shelf, we have nappies and 'bits & bobs'. As you can see we have a combination of both cloth and disposable nappies. We plan to use cloth at home and disposables when we're out... but we'll see how we go! In the 'bits & bobs' box we've got aromatherapy oils for the humidifier, dummies + dummy chain and a health care kit for babies from Kmart ($18) which includes a thermometer, medicine spoon, nasal aspirator & nail clippers.

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On the middle-right shelf, we have 'toys & teds' and bath time. Toys and teds is pretty self explanatory; we've got all bub's toys in there including rattles and pram accessories. The bath time box holds all bub's bathing needs including shampoo, conditioner, lotions, creams, washers and cotton buds. We also got a bath thermometer from Kmart (which isn't a necessity but for only $8 we thought why not!).

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On the top-right shelf, we have 'feeding' and bibs. The 'feeding' box has things I'll need right away like breast pads (I'm hoping I can breastfeed - fingers crossed!) and things I can use later on when bub moves onto solids. Most of this was given to us as gifts - although we did pick up the Ikea rainbow tableware for $6. At the moment we've only got 4 bibs, but I'm sure we'll have a lot more down the track.

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On the top 2 shelves, we've got Hooded Towels, Blankets, Cot Sheets & Clothes that don't yet fit (size 1+). The clothes are just stored in a clear container from Big-W.

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I hope you guys have found this somewhat helpful. I know that when I first started thinking about the nursery, I had no idea where to start and what I needed to get. I certainly didn't pull all this together overnight and the majority of these boxes remained empty until recently. 

If you're still interested and I haven't bored you to death already, keep an eye out for Part 3 of the Nursery Tour which I promise will be the last installment, where i'll go over what else is in the closet and how I've organised the chest of drawers.

xx

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
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