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What I wore: the New maternity coat

maternity coat
17 weeks
maternity coat
17 weeks
maternity coat
17 weeks
maternity coat

This is the new maternity coat I was talking about last week. I hadn’t planned to get anything new for this pregnancy, but none of the coats on gumtree spoke to me, and then Dave found this one from ASOS and it was in the supersale, and I’ve always wanted a duffle coat, so yeah, I got it.

The dress I’m wearing is another non-maternity thing that should do me for a while, hopefully. Although the way this is going, who knows. I’m 17 weeks here, and 18 weeks as I’m writing this and I’ve just discovered that my last remaining pair of non-maternity trousers is now too small.

Outfit stats:
* dress – people tree * top under – can’t remember, some high street shop * jeans – h&m maternity * boots – sainsburies * coat – asos maternity * hat – I made it *

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Project 52: 4/52

4/52

We’ve had a difficult time this week. Milo’s been ill with a cold since Monday and we kept him out of nursery on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. He’s not got the fever any more but he’s still got no energy, and really just wants to sit on the sofa with us. I hope he get’s better soon!

A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2015

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Lisbon recommendations, anyone?

lisbon-city

If you follow me on instagram, you might have seen we were trying to decide where to go on holiday, for our last holiday before picobee, which needed to be in March, partly because I don’t want to be too big and uncomfortable, and partly because I thought you weren’t allowed to fly after 28 weeks, although that is not actually true, it’s 35 weeks. So a lot of the more northerly destinations were out. Anyway, when I found easyjet flies to Lisbon from Edinburgh, I immediately got excited, as I’ve been wanting to go there for ages, in fact I already owned a travel guide, but back when I bought it there was no direct flights. But then people were commenting about the cobbles and the steep street and we thought it might be a bit too difficult with Milo, who can’t realistically cope completely without a buggy yet.

But then we decided to throw caution to the wind and have booked it. I figure people do have children there, so it can’t be that hard to get round, and Milo’s getting better at walking longer distances every day. And it just sounded to good not to go! We are staying in this airbnb, managed to find one with a kids room, but there was so many beautiful places and the prices are great. I really recommend airbnb, if you haven’t tried it yet! (and if you aren’t a member yet, I can refer you for £16 off your first booking, just let me know in the comments or send me an email).

But anyway, I wondered if anyone had any recommendations for things to do? We will be there for 7 days in the middle of March, so we’ve got plenty of times to explore, so anything fun to do, or places to eat at all!

Picture from here.

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What I wore: Layered volume

layered volume
layered volume
layered volume

Just a random outfit. There’s not anything special about this, it’s all high street bought, except the scarf, and it’s not exactly flattering. But I like it! The top is new, I had these next vouchers I needed to use, so I got some boring maternity tops, and this. It’s a nursing top, so I can use it in the summer after picobee is here, and it’s bloody massive! So much fabric. Speaking of bloody massive, I’m 17 weeks here.

Outfit stats: top – next * cardie h&m * skirt – jojo maman bebe * scarf – gift

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Upcycled denim beanbag

Upcycled denim beanbag
Upcycled denim beanbag
Upcycled denim beanbag
Upcycled denim beanbag
Upcycled denim beanbag

Dave made this bean bag last year, out of several pair of jeans, which he had stashed away from when he used to make bags out of them. He used this tutorial for the beanbag pattern. We bought two giant bags of beans, and stuffed it as full as we could, leaving some of the second bag left over but by the time the pictures were taken it’s gone down in size quite a lot, so I wish we’d kept the leftover beans to top it up. Oh well, it’s still awesome!

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Vogue 8615
Vogue 8615
Vogue 8615
Vogue 8615

I made this dress! It is by far the fanciest and most well finished thing I’ve sewn! I made it in a class at red thread studio, where I made my bright orange maxi dress in the spring. Amazingly, Lauren has moved the studio from its original Causewayside location further out of town onto West Mayfield, just five minutes from my house. The new studio looks amazing, same number of spaces but so much more space the spread out on now!

I’d booked myself into the class after the spring one finished because I knew I was going to have finished the economics degree by then so would deserve a treat. I realised immediately after I booked it that there was a good chance I would be pregnant by this point, but then there was always a chance I wasn’t going to be and so I didn’t ask for a refund. In the end, I found out I was pregnant in the first week of the class and couldn’t very well not mention my expanding boobs and bump, so I actually announced the pregnancy to the girls in the class at just six weeks. Which obviously isn’t ideal but thankfully turned out ok. It also meant that the class coincided with the worst of the morning sickness, unfortunately. So I didn’t get the full benefit of Lauren’s amazing cakes, because I was totally off craving sugar. I was also feeling completely exhausted and the only was I could make it to 9pm was by having a nap before I went to out at 7. Just as well the place is just round the corner from me! (And Dave was amazing, being landed with all the Milo watching and housework during those weeks).

Anyway, enough nausea chat, I’d rather forget about that! So, the dress: it’s Vogue 8615. The fabric is a quilting cotton with paper cranes on I spent far too much on in Paris. I really should have taken a close up picture, shouldn’t I? The pattern is for a lined dress, but Lauren changed it to have facings instead so we could manage it during the 6 week course, so quilting cotton was perfect.

The waist is high in this dress, which means the bump is hidden in the skirt, which makes this more forgiving than you might think of a fifties style. I was very surprised when I tried it on during the last class and it fit, and even more surprised when it still fit my five weeks later. I’ve worn it three times so far, once randomly at the weekend, once to my work Christmas night out and once to go to the Witchery on pre-Hogmanay (totally a thing), shown here. By which point I was 15 weeks. I’ve packed it away now though.

There were a few adjustments, not all of which I can remember. Definitely shortened the bodice at the shoulders. The fit is pretty good despite the changing body (I guess we’ll have to see what it’ll be like after the picobee), although the bust darts are not quite in the right place, and it doesn’t quite sit stable on the shoulders. I think that’s more boat necks in general though than a fit issue, they are supposed to sit across the shoulders aren’t they. I did make some mistakes as well: although I thought I’d paid attention when I cut the pieces, one half of the dress (both the bodice and skirt are in four pieces) has the paper cranes upside down. Since the pattern is quite small, it’s not massively noticeable, but still, it’s a silly mistake and doubley annoying since I had plenty of fabric to play with.

Couple of extra shots:

1. With jacket, while this does not go at all, this is the last photo of this jacket as it’s now too tight to wear and I’ve moved on to a maternity one, which I will show you soon

Vogue 8615

2. On the dress’s first outing, before the bump was quite so bumpy, one month before, so week 11. The phototaking was curtailed before we could get any better ones because the neighbours were milling around in their front porch and Dave refused to take any more.

Vogue 8615

Outfit stats:
* dress – me-made * shoes – clarks * jacket – c/o. Joules * bag – scaramanga*

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Project 52: 3/52

3/52

We took Milo’s bobby car out into the street today. He loved whizzing down the drive! He hasn’t quite got the hang of steering with the steering wheel yet, so it was a bit out of control, but then it’s only a tiny drive

A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2015

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Butterfly world!

diadem
Sulphur on the coocoons
tree nymph
gecko
the owl
common mormon
bench
common mormon
baby tree nymphs
low's swallowtail
peering over the edge
diadem on my bag
snake
tree nymph
Milo
Nireus swallowtail
central lake
Clipper
cocoon
turtle
tailed jay

Today I want to show you some pictures from an outing we had towards the end of the holidays (I told you nothing is very current!) to the butterfly park at the Dobbies on the way to Roslin (I’ve been informed it’s not on the way to Roslin. Ikea is on the way to Roslin. My Edinburgh surround geography is very accurate clearly. I always get those confused. It’s somewhere on the edge of Edinburgh. ANYWAY. Butterfly World).

It’s not as fancy as the butterfly park we went to in Luxembourg, it could defo do with a scrub and a lick of paint, but they do have other animals like turtles, fish snakes, geckos and spiders as well, plus Milo is at a much better age for it. In September he really wasn’t that fussed by the butterflies, but this time he definitely took note. Though still the thing he was most excited about was the waterfall!

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Black and white for Christmas

christmas day
christmas day
christmas day

This is what I wore on Christmas Day. It amuses me that I’m showing you this halfway through January when I’ve seen other bloggers talk about how late they were in posting their Christmas outfit on like the 28th. Oh well, I never said I was going for currentness!

Anyway, the interesting thing about this outfit is the neckpiece. I call it that, cos it’s not a necklace, though it has a chain at the back, and it’s not a scarf, though it does keep your neck warm a little. I haven’t worn it much, because it is so random, and also being white, not the most functional thing in the world. I do love it though, and it was perfect for sprucing up my basic jersey outfit. It’s by Leicester based independent designer SMWalker, I bought it off her three years ago at this pop up shop, which has now turned into a permanent one (I first wrote about it here). Here’s a close up from instagram:

Neck piece thingy

I bump watch news, this is week 14 (I think).

Outfit stats:
* top – h&m maternity * skirt – jojo maman bebe * shoes – clarks * neckpiece – SMWalker *

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