Day 295|365

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Settings – ISO 125, 50mm, f2.8, 1/125sec

Seeing as all my walking last week didn’t help to budge Baby Mac, and we’re now in the run up to my induction date, I’m going for a much more relaxed vibe this week! Mum and I headed to Dobbies for lunch, then went back to my sister’s to eat chocolate and watch a movie. Bliss!

Day 289|365

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Settings – ISO 500, 35mm, f2.8, 1/200sec

I had an appointment this morning for a “Sweep” (feel free to ask for more details if you want, but I’ll save you from them unless you ask!) and Mum came along to keep me company while I waited. She brought her crochet along, not knowing how long we’d be there, and I’m glad she did as she had to wait about half an hour on her own and then we were out of there! There was no need to wait around for doctors opinions or ultrasounds this time so I feel bad that she was dragged out of bed for it, but I’m glad she had something to do while she waited, and passers by were all very interested to see what she was making!

The midwife was very positive about where I’m at at this stage, no signs that it’s done anything to help kick off labour, but I’ll continue to wait patiently! Hoping that things happen before my induction booking next Wednesday.

Day 283|365

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Settings – ISO 8000, 35mm, f2.8, 1/125sec

Matts and I went out on a wee date tonight, to enjoy some time alone together before our world changes forever. We had two for one vouchers for the cinema, and for our meal, we were home by 9:45 and we watched The Apprentice in bed. We are wild! It was so nice to be out, just the two of us, for an evening of chat and laughter at the new Johnny English film. Which had some seriously predictable cringey moments, but also some genuine laugh out loud moments. Sadly not enough to break my waters.

This was my napkin at the restaurant and I thought it was the perfect photo for today’s blog post. Matthew is most definitely going to be one of those Dad’s that constantly tells bad jokes. He can’t wait. And I can’t wait to see him holding our little snuggle bug in his arms.

Day 281|365

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Settings – ISO 400, 55mm, f4.5, 1/125sec

I had typed out a wee post about how I am currently too large and hot for any of my Autumn boots, coats, etc. but it sounded like I was complaining! The transition from Summer to Autumn is a favourite of mine, but this season that Matthew and I are coming in to is my favourite one yet. I cannot believe we’ll be welcoming our little squisher in to our lives in a matter of days/weeks, and if I have to waddle quickly from the car to the door with no protective clothing from the rain it’s really not a big deal!

Soon I’ll fit in to my waterproof jacket again, and Baby Mac and I can go on lots of walks wrapped up in our Autumn/Winter woolies!

Day 264|365

Day 264
Settings – ISO 5000, 24mm, f2.8, 1/160sec

Today was eventful! I woke at 2:30am and started getting pains and tightenings at 3:30, so played Bubble Witch for an hour…good times, then I must have dosed on and off with more of what felt like contractions to me! When Matthew’s alarm went off at 6:50am I couldn’t believe it, and wasn’t sure whether to tell him what had been happening. I did, and of course he then got ready for work very disheartedly and wanted regular updates as to how I was feeling.

I had a shower then went back to bed to watch Downton Abbey, and hide away from the Airbnb guests while they had their breakfast. The pains continued to come and go throughout the day, easing off early afternoon, but returning late afternoon. I had TWO naps, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. I had no clue what was going on! My waters hadn’t broken, but that didn’t mean I wasn’t in labour!

We were meant to be heading to my sister’s for a Catan Double Date night, so off we went, and both her and Matthew were incredibly excited at the prospect of me being in the early stages of labour. We weren’t really able to focus on our game of Catan…much like the last time we played, when I announced I was pregnant!

Best friend “Midwife Martin” was on hand throughout the day to tell me to just chill out and see how things progressed, and when I mentioned baby’s movements had reduced in the evening she recommended calling the hospital and going down for a check up. I didn’t realise it was 10:30pm at this point, but off we went to the hospital (via Matthew’s folks house cause I hadn’t remembered to take my maternity notes with us when we went out) where they quickly hooked us up to the CTG again, and low and behold baby started to dance inside me. All was well!

They offered me an examination, to see if things were getting started and I quickly accepted that offer, only to be hugely disappointed to hear that there was no progress down there! Sob. So off we went, home to bed, hoping that my waters would break through the night because we got so excited thinking baby Mac was in it’s way!

Sadly not quite yet.

Day 259|365

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!

Day 148|365

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Settings – ISO 200, 50mm, f3.2, 1/320sec

Today was our 20 week scan! I cannot believe it’s been two months since our 12 week scan…time is moving very quickly! But I’m okay with that because I’m excited to meet this little squisher. Just look at that precious profile!

For the past few weeks I’ve been wondering if I’m feeling baby move, and in the last few days I know for certain I am feeling it! Each day the flickers get stronger, and having seen how much it was stretching out to the sides of its little cocoon yesterday with its long legs I’m surprised I’m not feeling it more! I can’t wait till Matthew can feel it too.

Nights are becoming more uncomfortable, but it’s totally worth it! Nights when I sleep all the way through are already few and far between, but when they do happen they feel even more wonderful.

Day 140|365

Day 140
Settings – ISO 100, 50mm, f2.2, 1/6400sec

When I was booking our flights I had the genius idea of booking the earliest flight over and the latest flight home, to make the most of our days there! This was genius, until our flight was delayed by three hours and we had to drive back from Edinburgh, not getting in to bed until 1:40am and Matthew having to get up for work the next day…oops.

Before all that fun happened though we took a wee drive down to Praia de Castelo, my favourite beach so far! There’s a post there which you’re supposed to use to take a photo of the cliffs each time you visit and see if there’s been any corrosion, which Matthew does, but I like to use it to take photos of me and my beau!

This bump is really starting to take shape and I look more and more pregnant each day, instead of just looking like I ate all the cake. It still doesn’t feel real yet…our 20 week scan is next Monday and I am super excited! God willing we’ll see a healthy little squisher, full of energy so the sonographer can get a good look!

Day 92|365

Day 92
Settings – ISO 1250, 50mm (believe it or not I used my 24-70mm and just happened to end up on 50mm focal length…CreyC), 1/100sec

This is me…unwashed hair, no make up, stripey clothes, tired eyes (and the real fun hasn’t even begun!), puffy face, 12 weeks pregnant! I’ve finally started taking “bump” pictures. Sure, most of this is food, but my belly is definitely getting firmer, and I aint doing any ab exercises!