Long Nights, Short Weeks

Apologies for the blogging hiatus of late. It was inevitable really given the seismic shift that has taken place in my world recently but seeing as it’s Mother’s Day I thought it fitting to rekindle the blogging embers before they fizzle out altogether and I find I’m nothing more than a babbling, bottom-cleaning, boob-baring shell of a woman incapable of stringing a coherent sentence together.

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Pregnancy: Week 38

38 weeks pregnant

A few weeks back I got to that point in pregnancy when people started asking if I felt uncomfortable. Frankly, I didn’t really understand what they were talking about. While my hormones had begun upping the anti emotionally, physically I still felt very mobile and to be honest, I often forgot my bump was there as it didn’t really get in the way of anything. Then, week 36 rolled around

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Child Modelling: Advice from an Insider

Photographer: Emma Tunbridge

Child modelling is a controversial matter and I understand why. Despite the glossy coating of the fashion and advertising worlds, the reality is that a child model is a child being put to work, sometimes from the age of just a few weeks, and getting paid for it. It would be easy to argue that it’s a form of child labour, that it encourages ego and vanity and is comparable with America’s beauty pageantry but personally, I think that if approached properly then child modelling has the potential to greatly enhance your child’s life experiences.

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10 Pregnancy Instagram Accounts to Follow

10 Pregnancy Instagram Accounts to Follow

*For some more bump and baby Instagram accounts to follow see my update on this post here*

I have become a bit of a stalker of late. Virtual stalking though so it’s perfectly above board, given that everyone’s at it. The whole point of social media is to make oneself stalkable, right? It would be rude not to indulge the good folk of the online world who put their lives out there for everyone to peruse. Being a big image-lover, Instagram is my current favourite and with baby bumps being my main preoccupation I started delving into the accounts of prolific bump snappers and now I’m slightly addicted. In case you’re in the same boat and are looking for some visual bumpspiration, here are my favourites.

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My Maternity Photoshoot with Liam Bergin

Copyright Liam Bergin

You’ve probably noticed by now that I’m not shy about documenting my bump. Perhaps it won’t be the same with subsequent pregnancies but I have found the day-to-day changes in my body and the baby’s development completely mesmerising throughout this pregnancy and taking photos along the way has helped me to fully appreciate the gravity of the task. Now, at week 36, when I look back at the pictures I took at week 18 when I thought I looked ‘properly pregnant’ I realise that I really just looked like I’d had a hearty lunch.

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Coping When Pregnancy Goes Wrong

It was a year ago today that we first found out I was pregnant. The frantic week before Christmas was spent running around trying to tie up loose ends before heading out of town to see family but underlying it all I was constantly aware that my period was due and with every no show day I was getting more excited. When we finally did a pregnancy test we were stunned when it came out positive. 

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Pregnancy Yoga: Crying Myself Calm

Pregnancy Yoga

I walked through my front door last Thursday night and fell to pieces on the shoulder of MrE. I’d just been to my pregnancy yoga class and managed to hold it together in the car on the way home in the hope that MrE would be back from work to mop up the tears that I knew were about to brim over. Alarmed, he asked if I’d had a terrible class but through the sobs and gasps for air I tried to tell him that actually, it was quite the opposite, it had been another excellent session. Three minutes later I felt completely serene and spent the rest of the evening feeling better than I’d felt all week. 

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Pregnancy: Week 31

31 Weeks Pregnant

Forgive me if this post comes out all gobbledigook. I’ve made it to week 31 but in the process seem to have lost a significant proportion of my brain cells and am having trouble stringing a sentence together. I am a walking trimester textbook – after a glowy, synapse-alert, energy-filled second trimester, the third trimester has brought with it a lethargy on par with trimester one and a bump that is beginning to feel a bit heavy to carry around. I think it’s nature’s way of telling me to conserve some energy before due day but with the countdown on, the excitement mounting and to-do lists coming out my ears that’s easier said than done.

Big! Around 41-45cm long and 1.5kg

The baby’s eyelids are open and responding to light and he/she is getting more chubby and brainy by the day. Body, legs and arms are finally in proportion with his/her head.

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