I’ve been meaning to check in here on the blog for a little while, but what can I say, life has gotten completely away with me, what with Christmas, birthdays, New Year, oh, and a little baby that is due pretty much any time now.
Not that I’ve been busy, but mainly because I’ve hit the really really sleepy stage of pregnancy (39 weeks!), where any task other than lying on the sofa with a mince pie in hand, or having a sofa nap, is a massive chore. I’m on the sofa right now, and I’m just sharing my Instagram photos in this post because it’s the easiest option right now! Promise I’ll pick up my proper camera soon!
I’ve had a bit of a marathon with this pregnancy, between constant nausea that lasted for 4.5 months, tummy bugs, and anaemia and its associated exhaustion. I’ve also been working two jobs, looking after my daughter and writing the blog. It goes without saying that the blog has had to take a bit of a back seat for a large part of this year while I rested and put my feet up where I could.
It will of course take a bit of a back seat when the little one arrives, but I hope once we settle down to some kind of new normal that I can get back to a bit more regular blogging. I love blogging, I really do. I do it as a hobby and is often how I unwind of an evening. So I’m looking forward to getting back into it with hopefully a bit more vigour!
So as it’s been a while I thought I’d run through some of the things I’ve been up to. First and foremost, needless to say, we got our Christmas on. There’s a bit of a trend on Instagram to decorate using only natural materials. In fact, I saw one user saying they were shunning gaudy baubles in favour of dried foliage.
I have to say I love my gaudy baubles. Some of mine are favourites from my childhood. Others I’ve found in charity shops, others remind me of Christmases past that my partner and I have shared. And others my daughter has chosen since she was just one year old. It’s a bit of a tradition of ours that every year we travel into Edinburgh where she gets to pick a new bauble for the tree. I’ve also got others my daughter has made. So it’s safe to say we fully embraced the gaudiness of the season!
Keeping with the festive theme, we made our annual visit to see Santa in Edinburgh’s Princes St Gardens. I did it fairly early in the month because I knew I’d be exhausted come Christmas. I’m so glad we took the time out to go out (even in the rain!) – my daughter found it so magical.
Our actual Christmas and New Year was a rather quiet affair, just the three of us at home. Lots of roast dinners, nice food, hot chocolate, long lies, movies by the fire, walks when the weather cooperated, reading Christmas books, and playing with new toys. The only hectic point was Christmas Eve when my then 3 year old (now 4-year-old) got a little bit too excited. There was some very excited dancing whilst watching The Muppet’s Christmas Carol!
Finding some balance with some winter walks:
I finished up my two works at the start of December. This was a relief as commuting for any length of time when 35 weeks pregnant isn’t much fun. I received this beautiful bunch of flowers, chocolates, and a voucher for a massage, and felt incredibly spoiled indeed.
We also celebrated our daughter’s birthday a little early, with some of her very best friends, to make sure she definitely got a birthday. Good planning on our part means that our daughter’s birthday and the due date of the new little one are a week apart… Hosting a house full of four-year-olds at 36 weeks pregnant wasn’t my finest idea (I needed all the sleep afterward). However, it was so much fun, and the smile on my daughter’s face as she played party games with her friends, and blew the candles out on her cake, made it all so worthwhile. As it happened my daughter did indeed get her actual birthday which I was incredibly relieved about!
And that’s pretty much been life lately! I will drop in again soon, but before I go I just want to wish you all the best for 2016! Thanks so much for reading Moral Fibres in 2015 – I really appreciate all of you! xx