Getting used to maternity leave

I’m now just over a week into my maternity leave – and am just beginning to get used to the completely radical change in lifestyle!  It was quite an adjustment.  I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have hundreds of outstanding emails and work to always potter with in the evenings and weekends.  But, in a series of rather lengthy days in the office, I managed to get my inbox down to zero and all my work handed over – so I could set my out of office message to April 2011 and bid my team farewell.

After a couple of days when I admit I felt a bit lost and bored, I’ve started to enjoy this quiet time.  I’ve been enjoying lunch with NCT friends, reading, taking baths in the middle of the day, napping, writing letters, cooking and generally relaxing.  As long as I have one thing in my diary to structure my day, it’s been fab.  Long may it continue!!

But time is ticking, and we hit 38 weeks this week.  Today’s excitment was my midwife appointment – happy to find baby is still doing really well.  Great position and strong, healthy heart beat.  So we’re all on track for an arrival in the next few weeks!

Picture of the day – our nearly packed hospital bag.  He could arrive any day now, so we should probably finish pulling what we need together this weekend!  What you can’t see in this picture is the collection of sneaky snacks we’ve packed and I’m trying not to eat during the day – the bags of wine gums remain intact as of 5pm today…!

The hospital bag

No more DIY

After some serious DIY last weekend, and a lot of laundry this week, the house is pretty much ready for baby Agar to arrive.  Have promised Mum and Dad some photos of the completed rooms, so here they are:

The nursery

The nursery

Pamela's side of the nursery!

The cot - although baby Agar won't sleep here for a while

Pamela and her "compact" bump

Baby Agar’s moses basket – just missing a baby…

Moses basket ready for baby

And finally, for those of you planning to visit – our downstairs guest room/study:

New cupboards and bed

Bit messier - but our smaller desk and new drawers

36 weeks today

Just back from the midwife after my 36 week check up – can’t quite believe that in just 7 days, I’m considered “full term” and the baby could be born without problems any day! Really hoping he doesn’t make an early appearance – I’m looking forward to maternity leave.

Trip to the midwife all went well – had the usual comment about how “compact and tidy” I am – strange way to describe the bump.  But all is fine – he’s in the right position which is a relief.  He seemed to get a bit of a fright when the midwife prodded him and his heart started racing – but he soon calmed down!  Next trip in 2 weeks.

In other news – got a very exciting parcel from my colleague Beth in the USA.  She is a bit of a fan of funky hats – and thought Bob needed a couple to start of his collection.  Check these out – how cute!!  Thanks Beth!

Beautiful hats from Beth

Builders are finished – we have a nursery!

In an unexpected burst of efficiency, both the carpenters and decorators finished their jobs in record time! I think being pregnant really helped – they both seemed to feel bad at turning the house into a tip, and so worked faster than normal for me 🙂

The decorators worked for 10 hours on Saturday to finish the nursery and downstairs bedroom – and as soon as they put up the Mamas and Papas freeze, and we added the lampshade and curtains, we suddenly had a baby room. Here are some snaps of it finished before we filled it with clutter!

And then this morning, we started filling up the space with all the baby things we’ve bought over the past few weeks – that cupboard is going to come in really handy! The cot, drawers and a comfy chair arrive on Thursday – and then we’ll be pretty much organised. Good timing – Baby Bob’s due to arrive a month today! Here are some photos of the nursery when full of our purchases!

Progress in the house

Well – the carpenters have been in for a couple of days and are making great progress. 

The downstairs bedroom now has a door that will actually shut (!) and a much smaller built in cupboard to hide the gas meter. 

The cupboard under the stairs swings and shuts (rather than having to be lifted into place).

We have new, much more modern glass panels above the doors upstairs and at last, the cupboard in the nursery is shelved and can actually be used!

I think they’ll be done on Tuesday, at which point the decorator moves in to make things look pretty!

Belongings stacked up in our bedroom


We have shelves!

Getting the house ready

With Rome out of the way, and no more house guests booked in – we had no more excuses! It’s time to get the house ready for Bob. Cue more builders…

We gave away our old spare room furniture ready for the upstairs bedroom to become a proper nursery. New furniture is on order, but first we’ve got carpenters in sorting out cupboards, shelves and doors and then a decorator to freshen things up a bit. And downstairs, we’re re-doing the study to become a proper guest bedroom.

So once more, our house is a bombsite with our belongings stacked up in every spare corner! Plus, we’re gradually gathering nappies, baby stuff, pram etc, so we’re rapidly running out of space. Hopefully it’ll all be over in a couple of weeks – but here are a couple of pictures of the nursery before the builders got to work and the beginnings of our stash of baby stuff…


Babymoon in Rome

So we decided to take a couple of days off and escape on our final holiday as a couple before Bob arrives. We picked Rome – somewhere we’ve always wanted to go. We could perhaps have chosen better given it was July and Rome was experiencing a bit of a heatwave. 40 degrees wasn’t ideal when 7 months pregnant!

But we stuck in there, and managed to have a great time, fitting in lots of Roman ruins, the Vatican, some aquaducts, plenty of ice cream and pasta – and a fair bit of relaxing in our air conditioned room!

Wonder where our next holiday will be! Somewhere a little closer to home I expect!