My biggest DIY* to date

I’ve been long awaiting to share some exciting news with you guys here on my blog. It’s also an explanation for why I’ve been so MIA lately. The reason I’ve been quiet around these parts since January is because I’ve taken on my biggest DIY* project to date; I’m in the process of making a tiny human. It’s pretty crazy and we’re both still getting our heads around it, but we’re going to be someone’s parents. 

I know my body pretty well so I knew early on that something was up. Right around this time in February I also noticed I lost interest in everything; blogging being one of the biggest. I love blogging! I love creating stuff, thinking up new projects, coming up with solutions to problems, taking pictures and pretending to be a fancy adult, but I cannot explain how unappealing that all became to me. I turned into a zombie. A zombie that didn’t mind if Sky News was still on for the 26th hour in a row. My brain was soup for about 2 months. I tortured myself as part of me still wanted to write, but I started to cut myself some slack. I decided to write when I was genuinely into it. Even if that meant not writing for ages. So I did. Or, didn’t, in this case. 

I’m feeling a lot more like a human this past week now that I’m into my second trimester [just saying that makes me feel like WOAH, WTF!] and I’m excited to feel like me again. I don’t need to nap like a toddler and I can eat normal food once again [food aversion is an actual form of torture. Sometimes all I wanted was ie – a tomato, but by the time I finished chopping up said tomato, the thoughts of eating one made me want to hurl. Pregnancy is a crazy thing, and I hear it’s going to get crazier].

It’s still strange for me to understand because I’m not showing. Yet. I’m a visual person so the fact that I can’t see a baby or a difference in myself is why my mind is still catching up. We had a scan a couple of weeks ago and that’s what really brought it home for me. For both of us actually! Seeing our tiny baby stretch and wriggle around blew both of our minds. Even though it’s still teeny tiny, I can already feel our baby fluttering away like a tiny butterfly [or moth!] inside of me. It’s been a crazy ride these past months and will be the next couple of months and years and I’m so happy and lucky to have Robert by my side. He’s been so patient and attentive.

Next week is the 10 year anniversary of Robert and mine’s first date. Now that I have energy again, we’ll running away together to celebrate / go on a mini babymoon to Rome. Don’t worry, we’ll be bringing the baby too. It’s been just us for 10 years so we’re both excited / still getting our heads around the idea of adding one more to our wolf pack. It’s exciting and scary and exciting and exciting. Neither of us feel adult enough to be parents, but I hear everyone feels like that. In the mean time, we’re just over here dying over all the adorable Star Wars and kitty onesies there are for tiny babies. 

I shall end on that note. Happy Friday friends, and sorry for the rambling. I hope whatever you do this weekend, I hope you have a good one xx

p.s. I’m due on our 4 year wedding anniversary in October – how insane is that?!

*I know, ‘DIY’ is not the best word to be using in reference to this situation as there was no immaculate conception. But let’s face it; Robert got the easy and fun end of the deal. Am I right or am I right ladies? I’m left doing the rest [and let’s face it, the worst] of the work, so I’ma say this is a DIY 😉

p.p.s. Mad props to Pat for the DIY announcement idea. I safely stored that one in the memory bank.

Stuff + brains

For a moment let’s pretend those roses are peonies and I’m capable of styling a killer bouquet. 

At long last Friday you absolute beast, you’re within reach! I took a mini break from here this past while as work has been the most ultimate level of insane [good insane!] over these past two weeks. There was a flurry of launches, late nights and by-the-skin-of-your-teeth deadlines, which were exciting but kind of left me in a heap of zero cares when I got home. So instead of putting my usual and completely unnecessary level of pressure on myself to blog, I cut myself some slack and chilled. I don’t know why but I have it in my mind that if I don’t blog 3 times a week, I’m a complete failure. While the work madness [good madness!] was happening, Robert was away for training in Atlanta, Georgia and as it was the longest we’ve been apart, it was probably for the best that I didn’t blog as I was a hot mess of emotion. In my loneliness, Juniper and Toshi experienced an entirely new and exciting level of Stockholm syndrome. 

I’m going to try and mentally cut myself some slack and see how it works. Why in the fresh hell do we put ourselves under so much pressure for things that don’t even register on other people’s radar? Brains are crazy things. I’m hoping to work on a few small projects this weekend + see my BFF so it’ll be some long overdue chillaxing. So whatever you do this weekend, and in general, I hope you’re good to your brain. 

#MyBlogLife in Stellar magazine

Around this time last month the lovely Genevieve from Stellar asked if they could feature me as part of their #MyBlogLife series. I was excited and pretty humbled that they’d even ask, so I answered all the questions as best as I could, submitted my answers and a few photos. Everything was submitted before the Christmas holidays, so I kinda forgot about the feature [not entirely though – I’m not that bad! I was expecting it would be out next week]. So first thing this morning when I got into work my excited co-worker told me all about spying me in the current issue. Monday morning made! o/
I shared my thoughts on decluttering, hygge, upcycling, DIY and design in general. You can check meowt on the last page of the February issue of Stellar magazine, on shelves in all main news agents now! And thank you again Genevieve for thinking of featuring me x