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Day 262

Settings – ISO 500, 35mm, f3.2, 1/200sec

D’you like my beautiful handmade doggy bag?? I’ve photographed it at a distance for a reason…I won’t be opening an Etsy shop any time soon, that’s for sure. This is not what my wee project was the other day, this was today’s random project as the material wasn’t suitable for my other wee project…

This was supposed to be an easy, 20 minute tote bag…but I did the straps differently, and my sewing machine kept freaking out, so pretty sure it took at least an hour! If you look too closely you’d think a 5 year old had made it…in fact, that’s probably an insult to all 5 year olds.

*Note to self – contrast stitching is only cool if you can actually sew in a straight line*


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Day 261

Settings – ISO 160, 70mm, f2.8, 1/200sec

Today’s craving came in the form of Microwave Salted Caramel Fudge…I saw the recipe, I can’t even remember where, and couldn’t get it out of my head, so I popped to Tesco for the ingredients. Perhaps it was that it only takes 8 minutes in the microwave that attracted me to it so much!

I’ve only ever made tablet and the process for making that is long and precise (and can result in fudge if not done correctly), so the idea of fudgey goodness in 10 minutes was highly appealing to my sweet tooth! I’m sometimes a bit hesitant when salt is a main flavour in a sweet recipe, but I knew Matthew and his Dad would enjoy it, being more inclined to savoury foods than sweet, and I don’t always enjoy things cooked in a microwave! However, I am pleased to say it was a great success and it’s absolutely delicious!

I’ve lost track of how many pieces I’ve had…I better stop if this baby is to have any chance of having less fillings than me when it grows up!

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Day 260

Settings – ISO 100, 50mm, f2.8, 1/200sec

I took my sewing machine in from the garage today to start a wee project, thankfully it was easy to get to in amongst all our junk from moving!

This isn’t the actual fabric I was using, this is a staged photo, as I’m keeping my wee project a secret for now. Emphasis on “wee”, don’t get too excited. Part one was highly successful (after a slight mishap and one hour of unstitching…) and may be my favourite sewing piece yet. Wondering what else I can make as the fabric is so beautiful!

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Day 259

Settings – ISO 1000, 35mm, f2.8, 1/200sec

Say hello to Matthew’s old crib and Baby Mac’s future home for sleepy sleeps *heart eyes* We were going to wait until things have quieted down in Fasgadh before taking this down from the loft, but we were on a roll with washing all of Baby Mac’s clothes and getting ready that Maggie decided to take it down this morning. Yay!

There’s still a few guests booked in over the next couple weeks so we’ll be nesting in Matthew’s room until we’re able to move in to one of the bigger rooms in October. Still no progress with selling our flat in Aberdeen, so this is going to be Baby Mac’s home for the first couple months, at least!

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Day 258

Settings – ISO 640, 35mm, f3.5, 1/250sec

Matts and I went along to the Vintage Kilo Sale at the Ironworks this afternoon. He was a bit sceptical about what it was going to be like, but as I suspected, he left with more clothes than me!

I got a couple of dresses (one which doesn’t fit my bump right now, and another which is too big…harf. It’ll need to be taken in a bit, but I’m hoping it can be turned in to a nursing friendly dress for some of the weddings we have coming up!) and two wee scarves, he got 4 shirts and a flannel fleece!

I was surprised at how busy it was! There was definitely a lot more men’s clothes than women’s, but if we’d got tickets for the early bird entry that might have been different. It was definitely good fun, and if these dresses work out then we’ll definitely be checking it out again next time.

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Day 257

Settings – ISO 100, 50mm, f3.5, 1/250sec

Sarah and I popped to the shops this afternoon to get some final bits n bobs for when Baby Mac arrives. Yay! Feeling like we’re well stocked now for the early days, so he/she can come whenever they want! Sooner rather than later, preferably…I feel like they’re coming early, but perhaps that is just wishful thinking!

There’s still a lot going on in the Macleod household between now and the start of October, so it’s probably best they stay in until then…it’s crazy not knowing when they’re going to make their arrival!

Don’t freak out because I’m saying “they”, it is just one, that’s just how I’ve been referring to Baby Mac recently, rather than saying “he”, “she” or “it”.

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Day 256

Settings – ISO 640, 50mm, f2.8, 1/320sec

Well, today didn’t go quite to plan! I was supposed to have my first midwife appointment first thing, then two coffee dates with some girlies at lunch time and later in the afternoon…I made it to my midwife appointment (slightly flustered because Jasper escaped as I was leaving and wouldn’t go back inside, and then I wasn’t quite sure where to go for my my midwife appointment…of course the midwife office is in the dentist!), but all plans after that were cancelled.

Firstly the midwife had the joy of discovering I’m 36 weeks pregnant and we’ve just moved from Aberdeen, where maternity notes are done digitally, so we have to fill in my maternity book for the system up here! Once she gave all that to me we moved on to checking the size of my bump, the position of baby and listening to their heart rate…the moment she put the doppler on my bump Baby Mac starting wriggling like crazy, and their heart rate spiked to 190, and stayed between 180 and 190 for a few minutes and wouldn’t settle *face palm*, so she called the hospital and had me booked in for a CTG, sharing with them the great news that I’ve just moved from Aberdeen and I’m not on the system yet!

So after being reassured that everything was probably fine, it was just because they were really active (and I had been a bit flustered before arriving), and by the time I got to the hospital it would probably have settled, I headed back home and laid down for a bit before going to pick up Matthew from work and heading to the hospital. Thankfully Matthew works right next door and was able to duck out during his lunch break!

We had an absolute nightmare getting parked and in the end I just had to jump out the car and leave Matthew to find a space, then I couldn’t rememeber exactly where the midwife had said to go and walked back and forth between a couple departments before being sent to the right one. Then, of course, they had to deal with the fact that I’m not on the system yet, so we had to wait a wee while until they got that sorted, then they hooked me up to the CTG and I lay back for half an hour, listening to the dulcet tones of our baby’s heart beat, pushing the button whenever I felt movement.

What do you know, their heart rate was totally normal, with only the occasional spike when they moved, but not as high as 190. So they took me off, said everything looked fine but to go back to the waiting area in the corridor while they waited for the Doctor to look over the chart…50 minutes later the midwife appeared saying they were sending us for scan…Huh?? So then minor panic set in, but when we got to the Ultrasound department we discovered it was just so they could check the location of the placenta, as that wasn’t in any of my notes from Aberdeen! Panic changed to excitement at getting to see Baby Mac, yay! We mentioned we didn’t know the gender, so the Sonographer knew to steer clear and not give the game away. Everything looked great! Placenta is not in the way at all, and Baby Mac has an adorable chubby face, which it still loves to smoosh up against whatever it can find!

So, six hours after leaving my midwife appointment, 3 and a half hours after picking Matthew up, we left the hospital feeling slightly frazzled but incredibly relieved that all is well! I took Matthew back to work in time to collect his bag and head home…thankfully his work are very understanding and say Baby Mac comes first!

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Settings – ISO 640, 50mm, f2.8, 1/320sec

I bought bath bombs and this bath creamer on Saturday and today I had one of the longest baths I’ve ever had, it was wonderful! It probably took me just as long to figure out how to turn the hot water on and wait for the water to heat up beforehand…so I had to make the most of it once I was in! I watched an episode of Downton Abbey, which I’m re-watching right now, and then I listened to some Hypnobirthing music, topping up the warm water as time went on. I would’ve stayed in there all evening too if I wasn’t a shrivelled prune.

I hope this little Bubba loves baths as much as it’s Mumma!

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Day 254

Settings – ISO 100, 50mm, f2.8, 1/200sec

The Bake Off contestants made tear and share Chelsea Buns tonight, and I made Mary Berry’s tear and share Garlic and Cheese Scones to accompany our risotto at dinner!

Matthew’s folks are away for the night so we took the opportunity to pretend we owned the place and had Sarah, Dave and the kiddos round for the evening, along with Darcy (have I mentioned we’re currently dog sitting for a friend for two weeks so there are now three dogs in the house? No? Well, it’s a barrel of laughs! Tilly is actually very chilled out and loveable, but she stares at you with the most powerful eyes whenever you’re preparing or eating food and it’s really quite off putting! Haha). It was a bit of a mad house with dogs running riot, barking at non-existent things, or gerbils, trailing grass cuttings in to the house…I’m gonna need to get the Hoover out later…and Elsie following me around with her Doctor’s kit wanting to help me have the baby (#CUTE). But it was really lovely feeling like we had our own place and could be hosts, without stepping on Calum and Maggie’s toes!

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Settings – ISO 400, 50mm, f3.2, 1/200sec

We’ve had a bunch of overripe bananas stinking out the pantry, sorry, food cupboard, for a week now and today I finally turned them in to scrumptious banana loaves! Yum! With a few visitors popping in this afternoon (and me being a greedy pregnant woman who had three slices) the little one didn’t last long, and the big one doesn’t have much left.

Usually I cream the sugar and eggs together before adding in the rest of the ingredients, but I had a bit of a blonde moment and put the flour in with the eggs, so everything got bunged in together and whazzed up all at once. Guess what…it made absolutely no difference whatsoever! Ha. So in future I think I’ll just do it that way, no matter how mesmerizing it is watching the sugar and eggs become light and creamy.