Day 297|365

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Today was Induction Day! Or so we thought. At 9pm, instead of sitting down to watch the next episode of The Apprentice, we were arriving at Ward 9A to begin the process of bringing our little girl (which we didn’t know at the time, but I’m writing this a week later) in to the world.

I was hooked up to the CTG, to check how Baby Mac was doing, and then I was examined to see if I was dilated enough to have my waters broken or if I’d need a prostin tablet inserted to dilate me further. We were delighted to hear I was at the stage where I could have my waters broken, but sadly the Labour Ward was too busy and we needed to wait until morning to go up. So, Matthew headed home at midnight, to get some sleep but have his phone on high alert on the off chance my waters broke naturally, and I nestled in for the night, waiting to hear the Labour Ward was ready to take me…

Come back tomorrow to find out what happened next!

Day 271|365

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Mum and I headed out to Beauly for a delicious lunch at Corner on the Square. I loved that they had a sign up saying “No, we don’t have WIFI, talk to each other”. We need a bit more of that these days! It was great to catch up with Mumsy, and weird to think that the next time we do that, God willing, there will be a squishy little baby in the pram beside us, or snuggled in our arms.

We popped in to a couple of shops after lunch. This photo was taken in the Old School Beauly, it’s like Aladdin’s cave; lots of different rooms filled with beautiful things. Once I start earning some pennies again, I look forward to spending some of them there!

Day 254|365

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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!

Day 253|365

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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.

Day 245|365

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This is what bedtime might look like if you’re pregnant and have a snuggly pooch…

Today was a lovely day, we went out for lunch after church in the morning, and I didn’t have my camera with me…then we hung out with friends after church in the evening, and I didn’t have my camera with me! So instead you’re getting a snapshot of what my nights look like these days.

Matthew bought me a Dreamgenii pillow for my birthday back in June and it’s been my faithful companion ever since. Jasper is quite fond of it also…I regularly find him snuggling in to it!

The aim of the pillow is to support your bump, and legs, but also to stop you from rolling on to your back through the night, as this can disrupt the blood flow to baby, and once baby is here it can be used for breastfeeding. A very thoughtful and practical birthday present!

Day 244|365

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Calum and Maggie are away for the weekend, and Matthew headed off to Edinburgh today for his first Youth Conference Committee meeting, so Bindi had the pleasure of spending the day with Jasper and me!

We headed round to the Morrison’s in the afternoon and took a road trip up to Falls of Shin to see the salmon jumping, and have a scrumptious piece of cake and a coffee in their cafe. Elsie was super excited that Bindi was coming along for the adventure! She loves her, probably because she’s so calm and fluffy and is like a little Ewok Princess dog. Bindi may look a bit grumpy, but she was having a great time, I assure you…Perhaps not when she was stuck in the boot with the top Canine Wrestlers of the world, Darcy and Jasper, but she enjoyed her walk and snuggles, and we made sure the other two saved their wrestling match for the back garden.

Day 243|365

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Yay, Matts is home from his first week of work and the doggos are very excited! It’s crazy that he’s finished week one already, and I’m very thankful to say he’s enjoyed it. He spent the week doing training, but he’s enjoyed learning new things, and is looking forward to the work that he’ll be doing with all his new knowledge!

It still feels like we’re just on holiday here, because we’re staying with Matthew’s folks. There’s still the thought of “Oh, when do we need to drive back to Aberdeen?”, but that’s no longer the case. Well, I’m heading down there on Wednesday to do some bits n bobs, but that’s just for the day! In the evening I’ll be heading home to Inverness again. This move happened so fast we still can’t believe it’s actually happened!

We’ve had one viewing on the flat in two and a half weeks…to be honest I’m really surprised we haven’t had loads more interest! I was really expecting people wanting to view it instantly and getting a quick sale, because it’s in such a great location and it’s so bright and spacious. But, it’s all in the Lord’s hands, and he has a reason for the waiting, so we’ll trust in Him and take things as they come.

Day 242|365

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I stocked up on this cream early in my pregnancy, applying it to my belly as I noticed it begin to grow. I’m pretty lazy when it comes to…skin care and make up, all that sort of thing. I have a face wash which I use in the shower, and a face cream I put on if my face is feeling dry, and I go through phases of putting on a bit of make up, but I can’t be bothered spending lots of time applying various creams and toners and exfoliants and what not every day. I guess it’s because I’ve got pretty good skin, maybe I’d be different if I got spots regularly…but anyway! I got a bit lazy/silly and eased off the regular application of my stretch mark cream, because I wasn’t seeing any stretch marks *face palm* Which of course resulted in a small area of marks to the right of my belly button! But I’m amazed at how much better they look as I continue to apply the cream. It actually works!

What I wasn’t expecting, naively, was stretch marks on my upper thighs, just below my hip bones. It makes sense now, of course, as my hips are broadening in preparation for popping this baby out (*side note* I also discovered the other day that I can no longer zip up my winter boots because my calves are too wide…I hadn’t noticed them getting bigger! I don’t know if I’ve been eating too much or it’s just water retention…or perhaps it’s muscle…ha!). It took me a while to notice I had stretch marks there because I can’t see that area unless I look in a mirror! So those ones are worse than my stomach marks, but again the cream helps!

I’m really not bothered by these marks, as they are just another part of this beautiful miracle! Like a natural tattoo to remind me of the incredible thing my body is doing right now. Again, like my lack of spots, perhaps I’d feel differently if my stomach looked like a tiger shark, who knows! But I like to hope that I’d still view it as a happy price to pay to bring Baby Mac in to the world.

Day 240|365

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I had planned on using Matthew as a tripod, while I modelled our lovely new pram, but he came out and set straight to modelling so perfectly I decided I had to use one of these images! Doesn’t he make a good-looking Dada?

Today was very exciting as our Baby Box arrived, and we unboxed our pram which has been waiting in Matthew’s parents garage for a couple of weeks, waiting for our arrival. I patiently waited (napped for two hours) for Matthew to get home, instead of opening it all myself! Then we had lots of “Aww” moments, lifting out the various sizes of baby clothes and books, and assembling our cute Cosatto pram. It’s definitely all feeling real now!

I’ve been rather emotional this week, whenever I look at Matthew. This has been a big year for us! Deciding to try for a baby, and getting pregnant much sooner than we expected (much to our delight!), Matthew coming round to the idea of moving to Inverness so looking for jobs up here, to then be approached by an agency saying they have a job they think would be suitable for him in Inverness (and basically being offered the job without an actual Interview!), putting our flat on the market, saying “see you later!” to friends and family in Aberdeen and moving in with Matthew’s parents here in Inverness, finishing his old job and starting his new job in the space of a weekend! There’s been a lot going on, and he has taken everything in his stride! He has worked so hard and has transitioned to our new life in Inverness so smoothly; heading off to his new job on Monday morning as if he’d already been doing it for months! I’m incredibly proud of him for providing for our growing family, and it just makes me rather emotional thinking about how wonderful he is! He was a brave guy, asking me out five and a half years ago, not having a clue this was where his life would lead.

I do feel bad that I’ve only had the occasional job this year, and it’s all been on him to bring home the pennies. I miss working! But I am very excited for my new job to start in around six weeks time! Be prepared for many newborn photos to be flooding my Instagram feed…