I hinted at it a little in my post looking back at 2016, and some of you have already managed to guess (you clever things!), but this year our biggest project is not going to be the kitchen, but in fact, having a baby! Yes, I’m pregnant! I am 22 weeks along now, and our pipsqueak is due in early July. We couldn’t be more excited!
I have been wanting to shout it from the rooftops ever since we found out, but of course, there is the natural caution about announcing during the first trimester, and then I wanted to tell all my family and friends in person before they read it on the blog, and then I needed to discuss maternity leave etc with my boss, and then we thought we might as well wait until after the 20 week scan, but finally, there are no more obstacles to us sharing our joy with you all!
These stunning photos were taken at the weekend by the lovely Kim Lawler of Finest Imaginary, a blogger friend and all round nice person (she has two golden retrievers and sells excellent pin badges – all you need to know really), at Castle Hill, a local Huddersfield landmark and also the place where Ste proposed to me what seems like a very long time ago now, but was only actually 16 months! Thank you Kim for capturing our happiness so perfectly.
Now that we are married, having a family together is our next big adventure and we can’t wait. Ste is as excited as I am, but also as nervous. I’ve always known I wanted to have a baby, but until you actually are pregnant, you don’t tend to think about the details much! Now that I can think of little else, I am just hoping that we manage to muddle along okay. I guess nobody is really very prepared for parenthood, no matter how many baby books they read, and people seem to cope so I am sure we will!
Our urgency to get the kitchen done probably now either makes a lot more sense, or a lot less! Most people might think we are crazy to try and do this before baby arrives whilst I am heavily pregnant, but those who have done major building work in old houses and lived through the unbelievable amounts of evil black lime mortar dust will understand why I don’t want that happening while I have a baby or small child in the house, we need to get it done before pipsqueak arrives.
We announced our happy news on Facebook and Instagram yesterday and have been overwhelmed by the comments and messages from our friends, so thank you all! We have been asked many times whether the baby boots are a hint that our little one is a boy….well, we have decided not to find out pipsqueak’s gender until the birth, so no they are not! I just wanted some cute little boots that look a little like the hiking boots that Mummy and Daddy spend so much of their time wearing wandering the Yorkshire countryside with the dogs!
While this blog is mainly about my DIYs, recipes and the house renovations, it is also very much a diary of my life, and so although I don’t intend to turn this into a full-on parenting blog, inevitably pregnancy posts and eventually motherhood posts will creep in, because this IS my life, and little pipsqueak is going to be a major part of it now! But don’t worry, there will be some nursery DIYs and a room reveal in due course, it won’t all be bump updates.
As we’re very nervous that we know nothing at all about parenting, all advice, recommended products, things you couldn’t live without or top tips for us will all be very gratefully received! Please – impart your wisdom in the comments below.