A weekend in my City. Taking a back seat and spending precious time with loved ones.

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It is hard to believe that I have reached the stage of 32 weeks pregnant. How? Where has the time gone?!  Am I actually pregnant?! Sometimes I think I have just made this whole scenario up in my imagination. This can’t be for real. Surely? I can confirm however, I am not imagining this. I am 32 weeks pregnant and onto the stage of counting down, waiting patiently for my baby to arrive. They have a little more growing to do yet, I’m not sure my poor body can take much more stretching but I don’t think it can be prevented. So long as my baby is healthy, I will cope.

I have been beginning to slow down a lot lately, with this I have had to change the dates that I had arranged with work for my maternity leave begins. I now finish up on the 4th of August, a week earlier than planned. I figure that I will need this time to be alone and to prepare for my baby’s arrival. To fully get into the nesting stage, clean as much as I can, nap daily and take time to pamper myself. God knows this body needs some TLC. I have a hair appointment to get all freshend up and a beauty appointment at a spa for a day of total pampering. Lush. I can’t wait to just sit back and relax a little. Pregnancy does take its toll. It’s quite nice to know I can get that out if office sign up and wave goodbye to a full time career (temporarily). Refreshing almost. I’m onto bigger and better things. A new adventure is waiting. One that I can’t wait to get stuck into. Motherhood.

I am going to share some experiences from this weekend as it has been my favourite weekend for a while. I feel happy and content right now. I am thoroughly enjoying this stage of my pregnancy and the time I get to spend with my boyfriend, family and friends. Good company really is the key to happiness and well being. I feel grateful to those whom I hold close and provide support to me when needed.

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On Friday,the 7th of July 2017,Euan and I both had planned to have the day off work to enjoy together. Perhaps one of our last days off alone. Starting the day with a trip to Costa for some morning coffee. It’s nice to sit back and watch the world go by in the morning. Take the moment in together. Whether in deep conversation or comfortable with the utter silence. Letting our minds wander. Coffee trips are one of my favourite ways to pass the time. After exploring the shops and finishing up a busy day of appointments, we decided to grab some lunch at Wagamamas. I haven’t been there for so long and it was great to get back. Euan absolutely spoiled me, we shared duck pancakes and for a main I favored the duck donbrui whist Euan had his signature dish: yaki soba. We don’t often eat out as it can become quite expensive and we lack the free time. Each day is full on, especially right now with so much running around to be doing.

To have the day off together and do some of the things that we love, perhaps for one of the last times as a couple was great. You definitely need to take time out together once in a while, and when the opportunity arises you appreciate it, a lot. I certainly do anyway. I feel like we really needed that break. A bit of an escape from reality. In the evening, a trip to the cinema called. Transformers was pick of the day not to mention a scoop of ice cream and large popcorn. I’m pregnant, what of it? The day was finished up by a quick dog walk around the area at midnight, I’m surprised that I managed to make it up so long. Usually 8pm hits and I’m off to bed these days…can’t handle the pace.

Today, Saturday the 8th of July, I was invited out by friends to join them for an afternoon tea. Not just any old afternoon tea,today was rather special. An important day, as this was a surprise tea for a friend who is due to have a baby any day now. For this occasion I had chosen to wear a dress I got back in Vegas at the beginning of the year. A shimmery, satin little number with a delicate floral print. Perfect. I teamed this with a Vivienne Westwood cross body bag and a faux fur shawl. It has been really lovely. To see my friend have such a nice day and celebrate together was quite something . Taking time out to spend with loved ones and relax is very important to me. It’s not every day your friend has a baby, especially not just a few weeks ahead of yourself.

Afternoon tea was a lovely way to spend time, chatting and celebrating the pending birth of her first born. A very special day, one that can be remembered. What an exciting time all round. It has been great to have gone through pregnancy with a friend and share our experiences and thoughts. To be there for one another day or night, it’s nice to be going through such an important stage in life with someone who you care deeply for. You become each other’s support mechanisms. 2017 has definitely been an exciting year all round and brought nothing but the good. Long may that continue.

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Perhaps creating life is what it takes to be truly happy and to appreciate life as it is. I’m not sure and I can’t speak for everyone but I feel in myself that since becoming pregnant my outlook is more positive. Sure I have bad days and bad thoughts, I still have worries and fears but the good always outweighs any negativity. I am becoming optimistic and more open to happiness. I feel that I have my baby to thank for this. I have a purpose.

Baby gifts were exchanged and plenty tea and cake was consumed. What more could you want from a day with friends? I think my little baba enjoyed the sugar fix, they have been bouncing around inside ever since. Even as I lay here in bed before I head off to sleep they are squirming around. I think I have an acrobat on my hands. Uh oh.

To some, this may seem a pointless post, with no sort of meaning or reasoning behind this. For myself, I wanted to mark this occasion and write it down for the memories. So that I can look back and smile. Remember this weekend and all of the happiness it has brought. Even the little moments as insignificant as they may seem to others. To me, they mean the world. This is such a big stage of my life, it is only right to document as much of it as I can. Live in each moment. There is a lot going on, a lot of change and each day is full of hustle and bustle. For this one weekend, it has been nice to stop and take a breath. To relax and to celebrate life and all that it brings. I lay here in bed and I smile. I am at this moment eternally happy and grateful for all that I have in my life. My boyfriend, family, friends and the roof that I is over my head. Not to mention my unborn child and the joy which they bring. I can’t believe I am at this stage in my life and baby read. y, I didn’t ever think this would happen to someone like me. That I would have the people in my life that I do and to be in such a loving and strong relationship with my partner, as difficult as times can get. I know that I always have my man by my side and my friends at the other end of the telephone. A luxury that some people don’t have.

Sometimes life gets a little too much and your mind goes slightly crazy, gets a little lost or caught up with bad thoughts and negative views. It happens to us all and a break can be all that is needed to soothe the soul. At this time, I hope I have passed all the negative thoughts that I had been having and can be open to the good. I am trying to be optimistic and positive for the future. Ready for what life has to bring. Ready to share my experiences both good and bad. I am happy, I am content and I feel confident that life will bring so much good.  There will be bad days, weeks, years even, but with the love and support of family and friends and positive thoughts, everything will always work out just as it should. I never have to feel alone or should have to worry. Of course you can’t escape worries or anxieties. Bad times strike us all and at different times, you never know what is around the corner or the challenges that you will face.

but for now, I am happy.

 

 

 

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