Thursday, 11 July 2013

Outfit of the Day.

Dressing for work lately has been a but of a nightmare. We have a relaxed dress code but I like to be smartish. On Friday, I was interviewing for my maternity cover so wanted to look professional - easier said than done when you are almost 26 weeks and it's so sunny out!

I opted for a nice stretchy dress for extra comfort and Next shoes which I can always rely on!

This dress shows off my bump big time! I don't mind at all though - it's nice that people see I'm pregnant and ask me about it. Although not so nice when the person you are interviewing for 6 months cover says he'd rather it be permanent so if I don't want to go back just let him know there and then! Erm... it's my job thank you!

The Courteeners.

On Saturday, I surprised Kieran with tickets to the Courteeners at Castlefield Bowl in Manchester. It was one of the hottest days and I was driving 100 miles to watch a band outdoors at 26 weeks pregnant!

Flat shoes were a must and I knew I needed to stay cool. No waistbands either! I wore this stripy dress from ASOS and some Fred Perry pumps.

Once we had driven up, lunch was on the agenda so we popped into TGIs for food and some cocktails - well, mocktails!

I did have a little sip of Kieran's Apple Passion and was very jealous! But I made do with my Berry Blitz!

We finished lunch and had a lovely walk in the sunshine. We happened to wander straight past a Thorntons and couldn't resist an ice cream! Had to make the most of the sun!

When we arrived at the venue, it was not what I was expecting at all. Outdoor venues are usually grass but Castlefield was like a giant car park. However, there were some big concrete steps that made the perfect seat (for about 15 mins until my bum was numb!) we found a good spot and settled down for the first 3 support bands.

Kieran disappeared after the second band to get some water. He came back with a navy tshirt. I moaned as I wanted the white one! He opened it up only to reveal it was a tiny baby vest with the Courteeners on it! Every girl around us was almost in tears and confirmed I do have the sweetest ever husband!

By the time the Courteeners started, our safe sitting zone was raucous! We expected to stand but did not expect so many people to be getting into fights around us. Luckily, there were plenty of decent people who kept me out of the way and gave me warning when something was kicking off! 

I don't regret it one bit as it was an amazing night! The band were on top form and the atmosphere was unreal.

I was exhausted after starting the day at 8am and getting into bed at 2am but it was worth it. They're a really special band to us, we have their lyrics engraved on our wedding rings and one of their songs as our first dance at the wedding. In fact, after our wedding, about 10 guests went and bought their album, including the videographer who edited our highlights to their songs!

I'm not sure how many more gigs I'll make it to in the next 3 months but I'm so glad I did this one!

Wednesday, 3 July 2013


Buying the pram is one of the main purchases when expecting a new baby - along with the cot it's probably one of the most expensive too. There are so many practical and design features to consider too:

Weight (think of lifting it into the boot)
Boot size
Basket space
Handle height
Existing children
Compatibility with car seat
Ease of folding
Does it convert as the child gets older?
How sturdy is it/suspension/wheel thickness? Will you be pushing over pavements or cobbles or fields?!
And of course, the price!

There's probably loads more to think about too!


Before I knew we were expecting a baby boy (and when I was certain we were having a girl) I had my heart set on the Cosatto Giggle in the GoLightly design.

Obviously, the most striking thing here is the unusual design. I didn't want a plain black pram and so this really caught my eye. It also had the carry cot to use from birth but easily converted to a pushchair for later on. I saw it as something that would last until baby was walking so we didn't need to buy another. It was a reasonable price and lots of websites offered deals for the whole set - including the car seat and changing bag.

I read loads of reviews and they were mixed. Some loved it but a few found it wasn't strong enough. It's also good to check out reviews on YouTube as they often include demonstrations.

I went to a shop and tried it out and found it handled well - smooth cornering and lightweight feel. It was also really simply to change from forward facing to parent facing or from carry cot to pushchair and the car seat could be attached too. I was sold!

However, a few weeks later we were told it was a boy and I just had to accept this wasn't a boy design! They do offer several other designs but I just wasn't as keen so I started looking elsewhere.


I had heard a lot about ICandy but they were quite hard to research online. They don't sell online - only in shops and so don't publish prices. Probably a good job too as when we got to the shops we realised you were looking at a minimum £800 for brand new.

I really liked the iCandy Peach (they all have fruity names) in grey:

A lot of the reason I liked it was for the same as the Cosatto. It was easy to use and adjust, had pram and pushchair features and I liked the design. However, Kieran wasn't keen as he felt they were trying to be a bit too trendy and the high price tag wasn't justified.

Silver Cross

We then looked at two from Silver Cross; the surf and the wayfarer. I liked the idea of Silver Cross as to me, it's a classic pushchair brand and just seems reliable.

There wasn't much between the two prams - the surf was slightly more expensive (but nowhere near iCandy level) coming in at around £575 (there's an offer on to order with a free car seat at the minute). I loved it in aubergine:

Again, it was a travel system and seemed really sturdy in the video demonstrations on the website.

We also looked at the Wayfarer in blue:

Again, this met our travel system requirements and the RRP was slightly cheaper than the surf at £495.

We went to a shop and tried both out. Going back to our original checklist this is how they matched up:

  Surf Wayfarer
Weight (think of lifting it into the boot) Lightweight but maybe slightly heavier than Wayfarer Lightweight 
Boot size Easily fit in Ford Focus boot Easily fit in Ford Focus boot
Steering Easy to manoeuvre Easy to manoeuvre - very lightweight
Basket space Couldn't really access as carry cot sat right on top Good space and easy access
Handle height Adjustable Adjustable
Design Good colour options but plastic finish Good colour options and metal looking finish
Existing children n/a n/a
Compatibility with car seat Silver cross simplicity car seat fits on Silver cross simplicity car seat fits on
Ease of folding Very easy Very easy
Does it convert as the child gets older? Yes Yes
How sturdy is it/suspension/wheel thickness? Good suspension - advertised as all terrain Not much suspension - more city use
And of course, the price! RRP 575 RRP 495

After weighing up the options we decided on the Wayfarer for a couple of reasons.

1. We felt the finish with the metal frame looked better than the plastic frame of the Surf
2. The basket on the surf seemed pointless since it was impossible to access
3. The price!
4. We figured we would mainly be using it to pop to the shops so robust suspension wasn't a big need and the wayfarer was sufficient. It was also slightly easier to push and steer.

We bought ours from a local store and were able to pay £425 so it's definitely worth asking for a discount!

Another point to mention with the Wayfarer - and possible the Surf but I'm not sure - is that you buy the frame, carry cot and pushchair and then the covers separately. Although this was all included in the price what it means it the foot muff and hood are actually separate and can be purchased for around £100-£150 in other colours. This means you can update the pushchair for the seasons or if we have a girl next we can just buy new covers in a different colour!

The only word of warning with the Wayfarer so far (I've not actually used it with a baby in it!!) is the hood is difficult to adjust to fit on the pram. Once it's on, there's no problem but you have to hold it between open and closed to move the clips to attach it which is not in the instructions!!

We are really pleased with our purchase - especially Kieran who couldn't believe I actually liked the cheapest option best!! He can't wait to push the baby in it so maybe he will have to write the next review!

Outfit of the day.

This outfit features my new dress by Fearne Cotton at Very. It's not maternity but it is a shift shape so no waist to worry about!

I love the meadow print! The weather was hit and miss so I played it safe with leggings and since I've had some back ache, I was in ballet flats! Hoping to return to heels soon - this can't be it for 15 more weeks!

I like buying clothes that I know I'll be able to wear once baby has arrived so would rather opt for a 'normal' dress that has some stretch or extra room. However, I'm not sure how much longer it's going to be an option!

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Nursery artwork.

I fully intend to do a full nursery post at some point but we still have a few finishing touches to put in place so I thought I'd just share some artwork I made to brighten the walls up - not that they needed it being bright orange!

We wanted to create a real little boy room and not have it too babyish so it lasted for a while. We decided on a car and guitar theme in the end - I think Kieran is expecting a little rock musician to come along!

I found some really nice prints on etsy but they were around £40 each!

The Etsy prints:

I figured that I could at least attempt to make them myself so off I went to hobbycraft to buy some coloured card and some £6 frames. 

I decided to do the background stripes in colours and the guitars in black. I used white A3 card for the background and then stuck on coloured stripes in a deliberately wonky way!

I got some guitar silhouettes on google images and copied them on to the black card. You could print the silhouettes bigger and trace but since I have no printer I persevered with free hand!

Kieran insisted on 3 different types of guitar - the more symmetrical the more difficult they were!

All together they cost about £25 for the three and that was mainly the frames. 

I've found some Toy Story silhouettes on google images too so am going to attempt a Woody and Buzz combo for my nephew!

Outfit of the day - 24 weeks.

I realise that my outfit posts are now out of order but wanted to share this post from 24 weeks. Getting to 24 weeks pregnant is a bit of a milestone. It's the point at which babies have a positive chance of survival if they were to be born this early and is known medically as viability day. 

Kieran and I spent the day shopping in Bicester - where my chance of survival amongst the bargain hunting crowd seemed less than positive! The weather was really in between being warm and wanting to rain so deciding what to wear was a nightmare all round!

I decided to play up the accessories for two reasons; one, the always fit and two, they can be good if you want to draw attention away from the bump.

I wore a favourite old pinafore dress, tights, wedge shoe boots (yes, wedges again!) and a hat from Topshop.

From the front, I don't think you can notice the bump at all!

Slightly more obvious side on! The bag is a Mulberry Mitsy and is pretty big. Big bags always make you look smaller which is why a lot of celebs opt for an oversized clutch or huge shopper!

And here's one with Kieran too!

Outfit of the day - 25 weeks.

This weekend I reached 25 weeks exactly! Still feels like ages to go though! 

Kieran and I went out for a nice dinner just the two of us and this is the outfit I wore...

I put on my trusty Topshop jeggings, a mint green shirt from ASOS that probably only has a few more weeks left before it won't go over the bump and wedges. Wedges are a great way to do comfy heels - they were before I was pregnant and so far they still are!

It was really nice to do my hair and make up and have a meal out. We were so tempted to just get a takeaway but I'm glad I made the effort.