Day 226|365

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I had a wonderful dinner with the college girls tonight, and a trip to Mackies 19.2 to try out their waffles before we leave Aberdeen! Mmm mm mmmm, that was a good waffle! I had chocolate orange ice cream, with banana, strawberries and chocolate sauce. So really it was a healthy dessert.

Day 167|365

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Ice cream once in a weekend just isn’t enough, so today Matthew and I headed to Mackies 19.2 in Marischal Square for two scoops and a coffee. So delicious! I was hoping to finally try out the waffles I’ve heard such good things about, but having spent the day watching the World Cup we didn’t get out to Mackies until almost dinner time, so I restrained myself and just went for a scoop of Strawberry Swirl and Rocky Road. Mmm mm mmm!

When Mum and I were there in January I had plans to go back and do a full blog post on this delicious new ice cream parlour, but then I got pregnant and the nausea kicked in and my sweet tooth disappeared so I just didn’t get round to it. Now that my sweet tooth is finally returning I’m hoping to push it higher up my to do list!

Day 147|365

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I’ve been craving ice-cream all week, but I have restrained myself every time I’ve gone to the shop, telling myself I don’t need it. Tonight, however, Matthew bought it, so I don’t feel bad about spending our pennies on it, and I thoroughly enjoyed tucking in to it. Yum!

Day 95|365

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Matthew and I had another trip to Aberdeen Maternity Hospital this morning, for our second attempt at a dating scan, to find out how far along Baby Macleod is. Our first scan, last Friday, was incredibly emotional; seeing Mini Mercleod moving around for the first time, but the little nugget was very stubborn and settled in to quite the snuggly position, making it difficult for the Sonographer to get proper measurements.

Firstly, my bladder was TOO FULL, so I had to go pee (calm down, everybody pees!). Then she asked me to jump up and down, to try get them moving, but that didn’t work, so she then sent us off to the cafe to have something sweet, but then, of course, my bladder was empty and that meant my bowels were in the way of the ultrasound (you’re welcome!).

So we were given an appointment for this morning to try again, and thankfully Matthew was able to get the morning off work. I drank some water and ate a Freddo bar before heading to the hospital (lucky baby!), but the little squid was still too keen for snuggles! This time the Sonographer got my to plant my feet on the bed, raise my hips and wiggle side to side. I didn’t realise ultrasounds included a morning workout each time! That didn’t do the trick (we have one snuggly baby, just like it’s Mama!) so next I tried lying on my side and it was quite funny seeing the little munchkin shift position, as if it had just rolled out of bed, ready to start the day! But then it just kicked back in it’s recliner, one hand in the mouth and the other behind their head. I hope it’s this chilled in 6 months time!

We got a much better selection of scan images this time round, and it was wonderful to see their little heart beating away again…now we just have to wait 8 weeks until next time!

But, enough about that! After our scan Matthew headed off to work and I headed down to Stonehaven for another wonderful afternoon with the beautiful blonde in the photo, and her family. It was such a lovely, warm, day! Perfect for a trip to the beach and a cheeky wee ice-cream. The oldies sat in the sunshine as the kids and the doggos ran free on the beach, throwing sticks and stones, and complaining about wet sandy feet. Classic beach trip! Jasper’s beautiful freshly groomed coat no longer smelt fresh and wonderful and instead smelt like smelly fish water. Haha, okay, it didn’t actually, thankfully. It’s a big relief to have his hair short again, making our upcoming trip to Lewis and all the beautiful beaches a lot more bearable with a dog!

Day 42|365

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Gloves are an essential part of constructing the best ice cream cone, did you know? Haha. I brought the kiddos gloves that Granny had bought them and Elsie didn’t take hers off the whole afternoon. This girl really loves pink! Turns out it’s difficult to roll a dice when you’ve got gloves on. It’s also difficult to put together an ice cream cone…sorry, I was lying at the start, she definitely needed help from Mummy.

I love that we’re half way through February and I’ve already seen these guys three times this year, I hope we continue to see them this often!

Day 12 | 365

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I had a lovely lunch date with my Mama today, at the new Mackie’s Ice Cream Parlour in Marischal Square. We were incredibly tempted to be like our lovely Granny Stewart in her final years of life and just skip straight to desert, but we shared a yummy baguette before getting on to the really good stuff. There was almost too many delicious things to choose from so I’m hoping this becomes a regular thing, so we can try them all!