A very strange case of the blogging-blah’s (technical term) has descended. Obviously, I’m heavily pregnant. Obviously, this takes up a lot of brain space, in both myself as a blogger and you as a blog reader. Do I just blog continuously about my heavily pregnant state? Continue as if nothing at all is any different, despite the fairly apparent major change about to happen? I never wanted She Sows Seeds to become a purely parenting/mummy blog – I still wanted my ramblings on recipes, gardening, craftiness, country life…but that life is currently revolving around all things baby. I’m walking the line between baby-overload, over-sharing and yet keeping it real. So, I’ve taken a leaf out of the books of fellow bloggers (like Kate) and am ‘taking stock’…
Making : decisions on baby names – we have at last come to a baby girl or a baby boy name for our little one…that is until we meet the child and change our minds completely. The ‘completeness’ of having the decision fairly cemented though does wonders for the mindset of a 39+5 week pregnant woman
Cooking : oven baked chorizo risotto, chicken and corn chowder, banana and walnut muffins and stewing up some pears to have on my porridge
Drinking : orange juice, my pregnancy ‘thing’, and those peach almond date smoothies
Reading : ‘Kidwrangling’ – just the early baby chapters, the very last on my enormous pile of baby/birth/parenting/breastfeeding books beside my bed for the past 9 months
Wanting : to add ‘Baby Love’ to the pile
Looking : at parcels of land that we would one day… maybe… possibly… hopefully be able to call our own, wondering how on Earth it would work, just dipping our toes in, peeking our heads out, then running away both scared and depressed
Playing : around with some new hat styles for Little Miss Emma in a rainbow of colours and experimenting with different flower styles
Wasting : a lot of time and imaginary money adding all sorts of delicious fabric and crafty supplies to my Etsy cart, looking lovingly at it and then promptly closing the laptop and walking away, anyone else do that?
Sewing : a few bits and pieces for Little Miss Emma – fur vests for Winter, baby bibs, minky blankets, harem pants and boys overalls
Wishing : that Spotlight sold minky dot in grey
Enjoying : being pregnant still. Honestly. I apologise to those who found their pregnancies uncomfortable, awkward or just downright painful in the end, but I am already mourning the ‘loss’ of my pregnant state. True.
Waiting : for the obvious, for a twinge that is a little different to other twinges or niggles, for game day, go time, all of the above…
Liking : the fabric collection ‘Emmy Grace’ by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics
Wondering : if this baby o’ ours will have my family’s dark hair or Matt’s family’s blonde locks, my pasty ‘convict’ eczema and blotch-prone skin or Matt’s gorgeously perfect smooth olive skin
Loving : the maternity photos Lou took of me at 37 weeks in Melbourne-town of a drizzly morning, and the accompanying little chat we had for Wholehearted Journal
Hoping : my feet go back to their usual size 9’s and I can get some amazing brown boots on sale at the end of Winter
Marvelling : at the gorgeous floral creation Matt arrived home with in the wee hours of the morning last week from a dinner in Melbourne – cabbages, kale, mint, orchids, baby’s breath and tortured willow
Needing : to buy some bare rooted roses during Winter, probably a selection from here
Smelling : the rotting fish on my back porch which arrived care of Bella, the fisher-dog?!
Wearing : ugg boots, elastic waisted anything, cardigans, layers, beanies and scarves
Following : @georgeeats on Instagram for some delicious inspiration when I can’t think what I want to eat, but know I’m ravenously hungry
Noticing : my poor little broccoli has been absolutely decimated by rabbits, I fear the spinach is next
Knowing : the spinach is most definitely next
Thinking : my chooks better lift their game and start producing some more eggs, come on ladies!
Feeling : organised and ready…yet also feeling that this baby is not coming into the world anytime soon. Patience, grasshopper…
Bookmarking : newborn photography ideas and baby announcement designs
Opening : the nursery door every now and then and peeking in, just because
Giggling : at Bella trying to climb trees at dusk to catch possums she has just discovered live in our trees of an evening, those rascally possums!
Love the prompts. And who said your blog had to be something in particular?! It should be where you are and what you’re at.
The first one… There’s nothing quite like that unknowness and nervousness and excitement….
I love that you’re ” taking stock”! Some of my most favourite bloggers do this & they are almost always the best posts 🙂
Enjoy the last few days, the excitement, the anticipation. It’s such a great time xx
Oh wow, there’s no time ever like that which is waiting for the birth of your first baby.
So much exciting and overwhelming and unknown.
No need to question it, just go with it.
Looking forward to hearing the big news. xx
Even if you didn’t plan to make this a mommy-blog but it turns out to be that way because it’s where your heart is right now, let it be! I love to read things that come right from the heart and I think it’s logic that your heart and mind are with your growing family now. I recently discovered that until Little Boy had turned one, I have only made three pictures that don’t involve him in some way 🙂 Just go with how you feel and we’ll follow, because we’ll love it, I promise!
Jane@Shady Baker says
Oh I remember a lot of glimpsing into that fresh, neat nursery before my 1st arrived, such a lovely memory. Good luck Emma, sending you happy birth vibes! x
I love every bit of your blog & feel so honored to have shared in your pregnancy journey, thank you. So nice to hear of you enjoying your pregnancy, I did too & I remember those first few showers I had once Henry was born & feeling a bit lonely without my bubba in my tummy but how lucky was I to hop out & be able to snuggle my bubba. Relax & enjoy, as they say, anytime now!! All the best xx
Lou did such a great job with the photos in Melbourne, you should be very pleased with how they turned out. I had a photo of my pregnant belly the day I was actually due (which was taken by my now ex husband…my hair was blown from the wind and looked terrible). I had James a week later by c-section as he didn’t want to come out. I wish back then I was able to get some lovely photos like the Mummy’s these days but that bird has flown the next so I can just live through your stunning first baby bump photos. When you see your little baby it’s such an emotional time….even though you know you are having a baby it’s only when you are holding this tiny bundle that you created that the miracle of it all is so surreal. Tears of joy and amazement. All the best. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane
Anne@Grit and Giggles says
Nearly there and it is so good to hear you are still enjoying pregnancy. I love your maternity shoot and ‘interview’ as well. I can tell how excited both you and Matt are for your little one to arrive. I think (not that is matters what any of us think really) that you should share what you want to share. I dare say everyone who reads this does so because they love reading about snippets of your life along with drooling over yummy food and seeing your creations and photography. Part of your life is the little one you are waiting to arrive so why not mesh that in there as well. Maybe I am just a bit of a baby stalker as well and love to hear or see anything related. I think what you are doing now works but that is entirely up to you. You seem to have a balance going, sharing bits and pieces but not too much. Love reading your post as always.
Alli @ Ducks on the Dam says
Oh love Baby Love! Great book. I found it very helpful throughout the “first bit”.
Enjoy this next bit. Make the most of those last few hours / days / weeks of being a preggie one. Enjoy the labour! Yes, I did say that. Regardless of how it all goes, make the most of it as you don’t get to do it very often. It is a pretty exciting time and a huge whirlwind.
Soak up the new parents glow and excitement. Take your time as you wallow in the love and wonder as you become a mama and a papa. Looking forward to hearing your news xx
I have enjoyed reading your blog and all the things you have shared about your pregnancy journey and although that was long ago for me I really like seeing all those sweet things you have been making, it certainly has been lovely. And thank you for sharing your journey with us, I can’t wait to see you new little boy or girl:) xx
What an exciting, frustrating and nerve-racking time for you, Em! I loved reading this and getting a teeny tiny glimpse into what you must be feeling at the moment. I am so excited to hear when your little human enters the world, a truly beautiful, beautiful thing. I am so glad you are enjoying being pregnant still 🙂 xo