Hello all- both of us here! We wanted to give you all an update about what we have both been up too, which explains the slight (!) decrease in posts for the last few weeks.
Hannah here: I moved house a few weeks ago and am generally struggling under a moving house related, drowning in boxes fug. The house to do list is enormous, confounded by the fact that I have to get rid of so much stuff due to downsizing. I am also juggling a ton of work and attempting to vaguely maintain relationships with my kid, husband and friends. Cooking has mostly gone out the window in the middle of all of this (hummus and pitta for dinner again?) never mind cursory personal hygiene or house cleaning. Ugh. I’m not going to lie, I am not exactly skipping through life right now. I am also rather sad that I haven’t been able to fling myself into my favourite season, a season I usually spend celebrating with friends and crafting. But when you don’t have curtains or paint on the walls, and when you have bills to set up and parking permits to organise, making leaf garlands and organising bonfire night parties fall to the bottom of the to do list. Real life sucks sometimes.But we're getting there. We have done loads to our new house which I shall share with you all in due course. We have, however, been greatly enjoying Autumn; stepping out the house and breathing in that crisp morning air, long days in the woods, leaf collecting, and bowls of conkers adorning the kitchen table. We are seriously digging soup season too. So there is a definite autumnal, coppery-tinged, silver lining to all of this. (Not pictured: rooms still full of boxes, bare plaster walls, wires dangling out of walls, enormous pile of washing up in sink.)
Davina here: I am writing this whilst having period like cramps that I (really really really) hope might be a sign that my body is preparing for labour. I am 39.4 weeks today and anxious to go into labour soon as I am trying for a VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section) and I am not allowed to be induced due to risk of rupture of c-section scar. At the same time I am feeling completely unready for the birth because my house is upside down with building work! (this is making me concerned that labour won't happen soon as my subconscious mind is not ready).
Nick and I made the crazy decision to get the bathroom and kitchen renovated just before the baby was due and of course the work has gone on longer than anticipated and we are literarily living in our living room and have been for 5 weeks! Because I am at home on maternity leave I am project managing the build, which is taking up so much more time and energy than I ever imagined - so many conversations to be had with the builders, so many decisions to be made and research to be done. Today for example I spent the whole day at Ikea returning kitchen handles and struggling to find new ones that I actually like and fit our kitchen doors and then getting home late afternoon to go over loads of other details with builders before rushing off to acupuncture to try to encourage labour to kick in (and being told that I seem stressed and need to relax by acupuncturist) and then running back to Brockley to collect Elfie from childcare and trying to give her what energy I have left before making dinner and tidying the house.
To be honest I just want to be at home relaxing and preparing myself for the birth and making things for our little baby girl but there seems little time for that this time round and little time to do any blogging either. I have made a few things, which I will post soon but for the time being I have to prioritise just getting through the build and trying to rest when I can to ensure I will have the strength to give birth. So the next update from me is likely to be announcing our little baby girl’s birth!
We’re bringing in some lovely blogging friends to help us over the next few months as Davina births her newest offspring then begins her baby-moon. So please bear with us in this busy/stressful/exciting time!
Thank you so much for sticking with us.
Hannah + Davina