#2567 My beachside celebration

So when I said a while back that shit’s getting real, well now shit is really getting REAL.

So, apart from our little ‘babymoon’ now over…

Apart from my half-packed hospital bag…

Apart from the one adjustment the baby room needs (happening Friday)…

Today, I finished work.


Another big thing, DONE!

It just keeps going on. Tick, tick, tick. Things are happening, finishing, progressing, completing, and it’s all bringing me closer to meeting baby. 🥰🥰

I like to use the beach as celebration, and just as I took baby girl on her last day of school in December, so too did we go again this afternoon as my little celebration.

My fave thing to do at the moment? Because it’s a bay beach and there are plenty of shallow waters, I like to sit in the shallow water and just relax, with the belly I have, lounging around like a beached whale because that is most comfortable to me right now. 🤣

The countdown is most definitely on! If only I knew what number to start at… 😬🤔

#2551 Happy 2023

If every day could be filled with this much





and most importantly, family

then it would be a Happy New Year indeed.

Just as well we brought it in, in style. 😁😊

Remember, it doesn’t have to happen on January 1st.

No pressure. The conversion of time into days and dates is a modern convention (not my quote, but I love it). 🙏

You can start again, and make it a happy new year at any time.

So happy days.

And Happy 2023. 🎊❤🎉🥰

#2543 Christmas prep

Night two of Christmas prep and tonight it was baking gingerbread.

The Christmas songs are rife… both from the radio, and the stereo courtesy of our Christmas CDs.

All presents have been bought! Well, except for two things, which really I don’t need to get, one is for me, I’m trying to find a special non-alcoholic wine that I heard about…

Of course, being the person I am, if I find there is a spare moment in the day, my mind immediately creates A JOB to fill the void and have me dashing around like a mad woman. 🙄

But, all else is good. I know my January work roster now, and so far I am working only 5 shifts… and then I am on leave! For a while!


So the Christmas festive vibes are here, celebrations are nigh, and all I have to look forward to are really good things.

Feeling blessed. 🎄🙏

#2538 More than a Sprinkle

Love and gratitude are wonderful feelings. More so when they have filled your weekend, and then you enter the week ahead with a full well of 🥰😍💖💗

Today was about Mums and Daughters, Sisters and Nieces, and upcoming Babies. Or should I say, Baby, singular in my case!

I’ve had a lot of growth happen in my life over the past year, important lessons I’ve learned. There is growth I expected to happen, and then there is the growth I have recently found myself becoming acquainted with.

I’ve found myself growing, not just physically from my belly, but my way of thinking, my morals, my outlooks on life.

My whole mindset has shifted in ways I never thought possible. I question if it’s the pregnancy, happy hormones, is it baby? Is it timing? Is it having had enough of the same old, realising it didn’t serve me and deciding I would prefer peace, love, light in my life?

All of the above perhaps?

Nonetheless, today was precious. It was all about celebration, us, baby, the future. I am happy in this new space, new place. I am making room for this now. I am grateful that I allowed myself the possibility to be wrong.

Always allow yourself the possibility to be wrong. So much growth happens in that space. I promise you. 🙏🪄💫🌟

#2523 Hectic days

These are hectic days.

All December days usually are, ESPECIALLY weekends.

We already have Christmas get-togethers and Christmas parties in this most festive of months (for me last night at the work Christmas party).

Then there are the people born in December who wanna celebrate their birthday (baby girl’s friend, today at a rock climbing centre).

There are also people who just decide to throw a function at this time of year, because it isn’t busy enough (Hubbie’s work mate who had an engagement tonight).

And then there’s ME, who’s also decided to do a little catch-up tomorrow, because life isn’t busy enough. 🤦‍♀️😆

But, I remind myself, they are all good things. Sure I can’t catch my breath, but all these festivities are about celebrating, and isn’t that what life is about? Getting together, spending time with loved ones and making beautiful memories.

Yes, that’s what it’s all about. 🙏💖

#2505 Exciting times ahead!

You know what’s exciting?

Having your loved ones be excited for you about baby and celebrating baby’s arrival!


And you know what? My sister sent me a message today, saying that baby arrives in 3 months!



And then I counted, and realised… according to the due date, baby is actually 1 day shy (less) than 3 months!

If baby is anything like big sister, I need to get ready a fair bit sooner, we may just be 2 and a half months away!


Nonetheless, exciting times ahead! 💖💖💖💖🥰🥰🥰🥰🤰🤰🤰🤰😍😍😍😍

(Today’s post sponsored by ’emoji city’ 🤣🤣)

#2494 Baby balance

Question: How many times can I put ‘baby’ in a post title from now until February?

Answer: Many, many times. 😁😁

I am a certain kind of person. (Aren’t we all?) I like to have fun, and celebrate, and make a fuss out of momentous things like the best of them.

But just as I like to make a fuss, I am also fussy. I like to do things a particular way. I like to do them different, my way.

In fact, when everyone is doing one thing, I often like to go, no, that just doesn’t suit me.

I don’t want to do the regular thing. And it’s not out of rebelling against the system or anything… often, going with what everyone else does, is actually not me. It doesn’t feel real. It doesn’t feel right.

I have very deliberately NOT put up an official social media post announcing our pregnancy. Those that are dear to us have found out personally from us, and now that I have some pregnant photos floating around online, sure, people are finding out more and more…

But there was no hoo ha about it. I did it my way.

There is lot about this pregnancy journey I want to share with people. I will also write about it extensively in time, that I am sure…

But just because I write about it openly, it doesn’t mean that I am willing to talk about it openly with just anyone.

There is a very strong difference here.

Because those that get me telling them face to face, get my personal unedited tongue guiding them through the raw stuff.

Those who read my words get my carefully articulated and chosen expressions that will just as thoroughly share my story.

I am very, very particular about this.

Also, people like to throw baby showers. I don’t like that term.

Of course. 🤦‍♀️

200 people have asked, “are you having a gender reveal?”

(There was no such thing when I was pregnant with baby girl.)

No we are not having a gender reveal.

300 people have asked, “are you finding out what it is?”

No we are not finding out what it is.

And so on and on it goes.

A large part of me wants to scream and shout from the rooftops about how happy I am.

The other part wants to keep it low-key and cas, because the neighbours don’t need to know my thoughts.

I want hype, fan-fare, excitement and lots and lots of yelling!

But then I also want like, yeah ok, chill out there. Just relax.

I don’t want to do and buy all the baby things, just because everyone on TikTok is buying it, doing it, showing it off…

But then tonight, as I was researching baby related things… OH MY HEART.

I want all the things!

I said to Hubbie, “this is killing me with cuteness.”

And baby girl responded correctly, “EVERYTHING is killing you with cuteness.”

So I’m just a complicated, pregnant woman (redundant statement I know, all pregnant women are complicated 🤣) trying to find some kind of middle ground between laying low and staying cool, and doing and buying and celebrating all the things that means a new baby is on the way.

I am just trying to work out, my way.

#2485 Birthday boy

Today was Hubbie’s birthday!

So great, that it fell on his day off… Wednesday.

We brunched. We beach walked. Then this evening we headed out to a fave restaurant we haven’t been to for ages for dinner. It’s across from the beach, and quite frankly has a stunning view. 😍

I love birthdays. I love my birthday, my family’s birthdays, anyone I love, I love their birthday too.

You get to celebrate them, have fun, reflect on their amazing contribution to your life…

And to think, today was only the beginning. Further celebrations are a-coming!😁💖

#2309 13 can be a lucky number

It was a fairly regular day, in that we all either worked or went to school, but we came together at the end of it to head out to dinner and celebrate 13 years of marriage. 🥰

Dinner was actually amazing. The gnocchi were as soft as pillows, and the sauce was nom nom nom. The wine was a bit too good for a school night, but that’s fine, I’ll survive and be able to get up tomorrow. 😆

We came home, I got into my PJs so I was nice and cosy, and we put on our wedding video, the ‘highlights’ version.

We got sooo sucked into it. There is nothing like watching back a precious day where you were so happy, and becoming happy all over again. We knew we had it good on that day, but looking back now and seeing our loved ones by our sides, we realise even more how magical it was. 💫

It was the perfect way to spend the night. 💞