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Good morning!
  It's six in the morning, I have (keeping with my new tradition of waking up super early when I have a day of) been awake for about an hour and a half already. Christmas is finally here!

I love Christmas, but because of work and a hectic December I feel I have missed the build up to it. I haven't even watched Love Actually, and that's just plain wrong. I am, however getting into the festive spirit, and I'm really looking forward to today. I'm spending it with Marcus'  family, and we have a pretty full day ahead of us. Photos to come later hopefully.

By the way, next week I'm working my last two days before going on maternity leave! It's getting close, the baby will be here really soon ! I can't waaait

This is a short one but hopefully I'll blog some more in the upcoming days!

Merry Christmas ♡♡

Ellie

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Life, Baby

Good morning!

it is Sunday and the data woke me up early, so now I'm blogging in bed while Marcus is sleeping.

I'm also blogging from my tablet and the autocorrect is vicious ... I'm gonna do my best to make sure this all makes sense haha

it's been a few weeks, but that's ok. I literally feel as if the past weeks has been wake up, work, do 2000 things then crashland in bed, sleep and repeat. Don't get me wrong, there has been a bunch of fun stuff too, but let's say I'm looking forward to Christmas. I need a break.

So, what's new? We're preparing to move soon, and have started packing. I've had some anxiety over our basement storage,  it now that we've been through that and thrown so much unnecessary junk away, It feels so much better! (wasn't that a thrilling insight into my life haha) The rest of the apartment should be easier to get through, and hopefully we'll have everything packed by early January. or New year's if we are very good. The plan is for us to live with Marcus' parents in January, just to be sure that we're not in the middle of moving if the baby decides to arrive earlier than expected. I'm sort of counting on the whole "you always go past your due date with your first baby" myth, but you never know ... the ladies in my mum group on Facebook has started having their babies now, so I'm mentally preparing about the fact that that's going to be us soon.

You know what's weird? since we're moving I can't really do that whole nesting thing I've heard so much about. I can't set up a crib, and I can't prepare a space for the baby. I didn't think that bothered me really, but then I got a bit crazy about washing baby  clothes. I talked about it for weeks,and then when we finally washed and folded all the clothes a calm settled over me. I felt prepared and ready for anything. Which is slightly absurd but I'm not going to question it.

In other baby news, she has grown so big now! I can feel all her moving around in there and it is so strange and wonderful. She has, however
, lodged her butt firmly in my right ribs, and let's say that is less than comfortable. I've also started experiencing the breathlessness and dizziness that comes when the baby grows and starts resting on one of the major blod vessels in your body, in combination with your lungs having less space so you can't take as deep breaths. I do feel lucky though, I'm still mostly round around my stomach so I don't feel too heavy, and my hips doesn't hurt so bad unless I strain myself. I'm also going to start my maternity leave soon, and I can't wait. I'm gonna sleep, you guys! so much daytime sleeping. Also I've started experiencing stronger practice contractions, and that is easier to handle when you are not at work. Believe me.

We have a fun day ahead of us today! Elinne is coming over and we're borrowing the photostudio at Marcus' job to take a few maternity  photos! I'm not super confident in front of the camera, especially now when the focus is going to be very much directed at me, but hopefully it will be all right since it is only my sister and Marcus who'll be there with  me. And I do feel very pretty actually, I've never felt so confident with my body as I do now, oddly enough. I love my big round belly!

Ok, Marcus is waking up and I need to eat something before I starve!
bye for now!

love
Ellie

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Life

Hi!!
Yesterday Marcus and I met up with dad, Emille and Elinne, and, which was a nice surprise,  our Aunt Jessica. As usual, it was not enough time to talk about everything but everyone got to cuddle with the belly and I drank hot cocoa ❤ hot cocoa is my new thing it seems, I've always loved it but now I drink it several times a week. It's so delicious! 

Elinne came with us home and spent the night here! And she was kind enough to cute my hair! Spontaneously I decided to have it a bit shorter,  mainly because it was in such terrible shape that I felt a lot of it needed to go. I am very happy with how it looks, but I am not used to "short" hair. (short as in, it is still below my shoulders... so shorter)
We had a slow breakfast this morning (thank God for flexible hours)  so we got to hang out some more before I had to go to work.

Where,  as you can see, I worked hard today. Christmas decorated the office for most of the morning and then I realised how much statistics I needed to log before I went home... It's been a good day though.

At the moment I am home alone,  Marcus is out driving and possibly doing some black Friday shopping,  and later tonight Bea gets here from Stockholm!  I haven't seen her in forever!! 

Now I need to give this apartment a quick clean and then I might play some video games until M comes home with food! 
byyyye! 
// Ellie

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Life

Have I ever been this tired?
probably not.

I keep reaching new levels of tiredness, and today at around 2 pm I just wanted to crawl under my desk and go to sleep. I have no shame,  I could easily fall asleep on a floor. I persevered however,  no thanks to the Excel document with marketing statistics I was putting together...
Somehow I didn't collapse from tiredness at work,  and now I'm on my way into town to meet Emma and have dinner. I't might be a short trip to town today because,  as I have mentioned ten times now,  I am dead tired. But I am also hungry so dinner I don't have to cook myself and excellent company are quite the motivators! 

bye for now! fingers crossed I won't fall asleep on the tram...
//Ellie

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Hi!

Do you want to know what's the coolest thing?
Hearing your baby's heartbeat.

We went to the hospital for a check up today, and everything seems fine. I'm healthy and I'm gaining weight at the appropriate scale. Actually I've gained exactly the recommend amount for the week I'm in and my body type. I'm nor sure what I've done to deserve that as my hot cocoa intake has increased exponentially as we're moving closer to Christmas, and exercise is still very hard when I'm so tired and my hips hurt! Jokes aside though, I am actually trying to stay healthy, cutting back on sugar and exchanging it for a lot of fruit. A LOT of fruit. (note that cutting back does not mean not eating it at all, since it is my firm belief that cookies improve your life)
I've never enjoyed talking about weight before, but now it's very interesting. Mainly because it is so different from woman to woman. Someone could have had exactly the same experience as me, and eating exactly the same and either gained too little or to much, through no fault of their own. Pregnancy is weird...

Okay, sidetrack about weight over, back to the main point.

We got to hear our baby's heartbeat,  for the second time!  We had no idea we would get to hear it again today!  You could really tell she has grown since last time, it was much louder and steadier than last time. She didn't wriggle around as much today either so it was easier to hear. Having a little human growing inside you is surreal. There is a little person in my belly? How WEIRD is that? I can't wait until she's out and we get to meet her for real.

I've started reading a book about childbirth and it keeps telling me not to be scared, and the thing is I don't really feel scared, so I'm like "ok". Maybe I'm not looking forward to the process per se, but I kinda view it as a passing thing. It's going to hurt, but it's a hurt that will affect me for a limited time, and even if it is really hard (which it might be) I'll have Marcus and a midwife and nurses there to help.
So far though the book has mainly touched upon what most women are scared of when it comes to childbirth,  which has made me look forward to the next chapter (coping with your fear) even more. There where things on that list that I hadn't even considered as something to dwell on, and now they are in my head.
I think the fact that I've meditated quite a lot I my life is going to help me too. I'm glad at listening to my body, and breathing through "problems".

A stream of consciousness about all things baby today Haha! 

talk soon
love
Ellie

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Life, Baby

Hi!

How was your weekend?

Betty came and visited us on Friday and stayed over ‘til Saturday. It was great seeing her and just spending time chatting about everything and nothing. Since we’re both busy people (although I can’t claim to be doing as much as she is, she is superwoman) we don’t get to see each other that often, so it’s always great when we can find some time where we are both free.

The rest of Saturday was spent between drawing, napping and playing the Sims. I also went a little crazy with online shopping for new clothes. I’ve been going through a period where I haven’t been that happy with how I look, my hair is a mess, my skin is covered in pimples because of the hormones, and, of course, my belly is growing, which I love, but that means nothing in my closet fit me anymore, except big sweaters and mum jeans. I’m not a particularly fashion-conscious person, but I do care about what I wear. So, after I sat on the bed and cried for a little bit because “I don’t feel cute anymore” (where Marcus just looked bewildered and told me I was gorgeous, which helped) I shopped around for some new clothes! Retail therapy is sometimes all you need. I am also going to book an appointment with my hairdresser and get this unruly mane sorted out.

The first one is from Jollyroom and the rest are from Zalando. I hope they get here soon!

Today has been really cosy! First of all, it was snowing! The first snow of the season, which made me all happy and excited about Christmas! Marcus and I decided to ignore the fact that it is still November and put up our Christmas decorations! We won't have a tree this year as we are moving shortly after Christmas, but we figured we'd still do the rest of the decorations because it is too cosy. So most of the morning was spent ironing curtains and looking through boxes after.

After the big Christmas-y morning we made lunch, played some video-games and then sat down and tried to start properly planning our wedding. We still want to get married next year, so there are a lot of things to discuss! I'm not sure how far we got, but now we've started at the very least.

Now I'm going to go cuddle up in the couch and drink some tea... or hot chocolate! It is definitely a hot chocolate kind of day today!

Bye for now

<3

Ellie


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Hi!

How are you this fine day?

I’m happy, the sun is shining and I’m not feeling dead tired today! Huge improvement. My weekend was lovely. Emma came over and we played the Sims and hung out.

This week has been fun so far! We got to go see out new apartment on Monday. It was much bigger than I thought it was going to be! I still think it is funny we signed the contract and decided to move in without seeing the place first, but when you’ve been looking for as long as we have, then you just need to go for it when you have the chance. Luckily for us, it was a great place, and it will be so nice to have another room. It won’t be the baby’s room, but a workplace for Marcus and me. With all the computers, paints and sharp objects laying around a separate room with a door is necessary when the baby starts crawling, walking and wreaking havoc later.

Yesterday we had lunch with Erik and Cj, a first since uni! We’re all working in the same area at the moment, so we decided to take advantage of that. I can’t say Mölndal’s restaurant scene is particularly exciting, but there is an O’Leary’s, and they have excellent burgers. What else do you need?

Today I’m hoping that I’ll have time to paint a bit when I get home, I have an illustration that I’ve been working on and I want to start applying watercolours today, or it’ll have to wait until the weekend!

That’s all for today!

Hugs and kisses

//Ellie

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Hi!

It's Saturday and I am sooooo relaxed right now. The Sims 4 cats & dogs was released yesterday and I have been playing... A lot!

Yesterday after work I got home and we cooked a delicious dinner, salmon with a fetacheese cream and potatoes, and then we both played computer games until waaay to late! It is seriously the best expansion for the Sims 4 so far. The pets are so funny, and act surprisingly much like real pets. (including the fact that my cat has been sick 4 times already, much like my real kitty...)

Today we slept in, ate a slow breakfast and then we made Cinnamon buns! I don't think I've ever actually baked gluten-free cinnamon buns before, so it was really fun!  They turned out super tasty,  I'm trying not to eat any more until Emma gets here later...

Update from my super chill Saturday! 
bye for now

Ellie

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What a day!

Our important meeting in Alingsås was a success,  and now we've signed the contract meaning WE FINALLY HAVE AN APARTMENT!!  Finally! we've been looking for an apartment or house in Alingsås for two years,  and we've been close a few times, and now we can finally move.

We move in in February,  and since my due date is February 9th that is a bit of a gamble, but I'm sure it will be fine. Luckily for us we have a very helpful group of family and friends ❤ Actually the first reaction I get when I tell people we're moving is "Do you need help with the move"  If I said yes to everyone who has offered I think they could all take one box each and then we'd be done. We have amazing friends!

I'm about to fall asleep in Marcus' parents couch,  so bye for now! 

//Ellie

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Baby, Life

Good morning! 

I have a fun day ahead of me!! 
First I have work, of course it is only Wednesday, but I leave early today to go to Alingsås!

Marcus and I have an important meeting in town, (I'll tell you more about that later) and then we have a packed schedule for the rest of the afternoon. One must make the most of a day in our cozy little hometown. We're meeting my mum for coffee first,  and then most likely staying at the café and meeting a friend. And the dinner with Marcus' parents.

I'm trying a new thing were I've downloaded the nouw app to my phone. I've realised I haven't had the time to sit by the computer and write for ages and it bothers me. Perhaps on the go blogs are the answer,  we'll see!

Autumn is marching on, and I love this season! We're heading closer to Christmas and I can't wait. I have such a Christmasy mood this year. I've literally been talking about Christmas since June... 

Baby bump update - It is growing RAPIDLY. the rest of me looks pretty much the same  but the belly is BIG now. I actually love it. and I've become one of those pregnant ladies that want to talk about the baby All The Time. I try to rein myself in, but I am only semi-successful...  hey, at least I am honest

Time for breakfast and some tea!

Ellie

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