Wednesday, 31 August 2016

H&M Maternity Clothing

I'm 24 weeks today, officially viable and my baby bump is really starting to take shape. I have been trying to put off buying maternity clothes for as long as possible. I just could not justify spending money on myself when I still have so much to buy for baby. The turning point came when bending down to pick something up my leggings ripped! I finally realised that maternity wear is a necessity. 

 Patterned Scarf £7.99 - MAMA Straight Jeans £29.99 - MAMA Fine Knit Jumper £19.99

MAMA White Jersey Top £7.99 - MAMA Black Jersey Top £7.99 - MAMA Short Sleeved Blouse £12.99 

I decided to look in H&M for maternity wear after hearing that they had a pretty decent range. I was pleasantly surprised at the prices! I usually do most of my clothes shopping in Primark so I was a little nervous of splashing out on maternity wear. Since becoming pregnant I feel really guilty buying anything for myself when I have baby bits to buy. I need not of worried as the prices were really reasonable and the quality feels really good. 

I tired the jeans on in store just to make sure they were the perfect fit. I normally wear skinny jeans but went for straight leg. My body shape is starting to change to accommodate baby and I now have a bum which was not there before, lets just say the skinny jeans were a no no! The straight leg still gave that skinny jean look but offered room to move. I love the pregnancy band which is built into the jeans. It gives so much support without feeling like bump is being squashed. The material is thick which will be really nice once the weather cools down as I will be at my biggest during Winter. 

I also bought I really nice jumper, the colour is perfect for Autumn and has some subtle gold shimmer. I also spotted two jersey tops and a blouse. I was a little nervous of the stripes on the blouse making my bump look even bigger but surprisingly it actually looks flattering. I have a soft spot for scarfs during the Autumn/Winter months and on the way to the checkout I spotted a lovely patterned scarf full of lovely Autumn colours that would go really well with the knitted jumper. 

Expect some Autumn/Winter inspired maternity looks coming soon! 

Claire Louise Xx 


Thursday, 25 August 2016

Nursery Wish List

The time has come to finally start planning nursery! Now we know that our bundle of joy is going to be a girl it has been it so much easier to narrow down the decor ideas. Pinterest has been my saving grace providing so much inspiration!

Dorma Duck Egg Regency Wallpaper - £19.99
Montana Duck Egg Lined Eyelet Curtains - £9.99 to £29.99
White Fabric and Beads Chandelier - £15.19
STUVA Wardrobe - £120
STUVA Cot - £150
STUVA Changing Table - £130
ASDA George Home Duck Egg Knitted Foot Pouffe - £39
Retro Flying Swallows Wall Art - £12.45
Cord Fabric Wing Back Chair - £154.99

Although I am having a girl I really did not want to go for a pink nursery, I'm just really not that overly fond of the colour! Even though I am happy to be having a girl I am certainly not looking forward to the every must be pink stage! When I have been baby clothes shopping I have cooed over the little pink dresses but could not see my nursery being pink.

I have searched for a wide for some wall paper that could be perfect for a little girls nursery! No Joke! I spent two hours in B&Q and then another hour in Homebase, Ian looked like he was on the verge of killing me if I did not make a decision soon! I found it really difficult to decide, all the nursery wallpaper I had seen just did not match with the shabby chic idea I had in my head for the nursery. We finally had one last attempt in our local Dunelm store and I found a lovely vintage style, duck egg blue wallpaper. Whilst I have been off work for the summer my mum came around and we have decorated the nursery. I have used the wallpaper on a feature wall and it looks lovely! Not pink, but nice and girl!

As well as the wallpaper I have also purchased my nursery furniture from IKEA. Finding what we needed in our local IKEA was so simple and quick. It all arrived quickly and my brother set to work putting it all together. I have gone from two of the wardrobes, the changing table and cot. The quality of the furniture is really good and I was surprised at how little it all cost. Searching in other stores the nursery sets we had wanted had been close to £1000 or more!

All I have to buy now is a nursing chair, light shade, the cute little duck egg pouffe, curtains and some decorations. The nursery is coming together really well and I can't wait to do a nursery tour once it is all done!

Claire Louise Xx


Friday, 19 August 2016

Gender Reveal Party

Saturday was a very exciting day for Ian and I, the day we finally found out the gender of our baby and could reveal our chosen name! I had a private scan at 16 weeks and had the sonographer write down the gender on a slip of paper for my mum. She was the only person to know the gender of our baby for almost five weeks!  My mum set to work creating a gender reveal cake which we would cut open at a party so all our family and friends could find out the gender at the same time. Having such a large family Ian and I thought this would be a great way to share the surprise! 

So, in true blogging fashion I thought I would share with you some of the snaps from the day including a video, which I have uploaded to my YouTube channel,  showing the special moment we found out the gender! 

I had so much fun getting everything ready for the party! We created a small photo booth using a chalkboard and photo props. We also had a prediction station where guests could predict the gender of our baby along with choosing a name from the girl and boy chalkboards to win a bottle of wine. We wrote down all our name ideas, including the names we had chosen for a boy or girl. Ian thought it would be a great idea to include some weird and wonderful names in there too! I was a busy bee on the computer an created prediction and words of wisdom cards for all the guest to fill out, I plan to then stick these in my baby scrapbook.

As well as a time to share a special moment with our family and friends the party was also an opportunity to raise some money for charity. Instead of receiving gifts we asked for donations towards a charity. The Grace Project was set up by our local hospital to raise money for a baby memorial garden. The garden will provide somewhere to go for those who have experienced miscarriage, still birth and neonatal death. During our journey to becoming parents Ian and I had recurrent miscarriages, somewhere like this garden would of been a huge support and part of our healing. We managed to raise £110! I feel so grateful and proud of all my family and friends for supporting us in raising money!

It's a Girl! Baby Ave Mae!

Cutting the cake and being able to see and hear everyones reactions was so emotional, I'm pretty sure there were a few happy tears. We were able to capture this amazing photo as well which I think I will treasure forever. The name we had chosen for a baby girl is Ava Mae and I can't wait to meet her in December!

Don't forget to check out the YouTube video of the cake cutting! I'm hoping to start uploading more videos to my channel so please subscribe!

Claire Louise Xx

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