Wednesday, 6 March 2013

7 days


park days with daddy//sunny blue skies// working hard //Rosie's 1st bus trip // beautiful brides

Monday - a boring work day where nothing much happened at all, seemed to be pretty busy so the time past quick. I finished at half 2 and then headed home for a few hours of cleaning, organising and reading before my parents dropped Rosie off.

Tuesday - It was such a lovely day that we decided to go to the local park rather than swimming for a change. Rosie had great fun, her favourite has to be the slide by a mile. Although she did enjoy the digger they have there - maybe not as much as her dad by the looks of things. After the park we went to the local cafe and filled up with soup and sandwiches followed by a huge ice cream! When we got back we were all so stuffed that we ended up having a big family nap before Tom went to work.

Wednesday - Another work day for me but a 12pm finish! After work I stopped by Tesco's and picked up some ingredients to make cakes with Rosie. We made Banana and Nut Muffins and Mars Bar Crispy Cake. It was the first time I have tried baking with Rosie and she really enjoyed mixing in the crispies to the melted chocolate. I found it to be a great recipe for toddlers. We might try biscuits next time as I think she would enjoy using cookie cutters. Once Rosie went to bed I had an exciting night of doing business accounts and replying to a million business emails.

Thursday - Nothing at all really happened today at all! I worked till 2.30 and then we dropped Tom's car off for its MOT :( We did pop to my parents for a lovely Chinese take away. My absolute favourite take away. Only problem was I stuffed my face so much, and Chinese makes me so bloated on a good day - mix this up with pregnancy and it was a disaster. I was so uncomfortable :( Doesn't put me off though!!

Friday - Today was another lovely day up here, which was handy as me and Rosie were to embark on Rosie's 1st ever bus trip, as I had then dentist and Tom was using my car. I had explained the night before that we were going on the bus which she seemed excited about, her favourite Peppa Pig episode is the bus trip one. On the walk to the stop we talked about all things bus related, normally she is a bit of a nightmare to walk with as she wants picked up all the time but she walked no problem although it did take us double the time! She really enjoyed getting her ticket off the bus driver and even sang the wheels on the bus! Much to the other passengers amusement. My mum kindly met us at the dentist so she could watch Rosie, we then went for a quick coffee before heading back to mums for the afternoon.

Saturday - We had one of those mornings where me and Tom seemed to constantly ask each other "what do you want to do today?" but neither of us could actually think of anything. I hate indecisive days! Finally we decided on a trip to Nando followed by Rosie's 2nd cinema trip to see Wreck It Ralph. I had my usual Nando's treat - Chicken Breast Pitta (Medium) with a side of fries and Halloumi ( my favourite bit). We then went to the cinema to be nearly knocked off our feet when the total price for 2 and a half tickets came to £30!! OH MY GOD - when did the cinema become so expensive! Granted we had to go and see the 3D viewing which we wouldn't have normally gone for but Tom didn't realise when he was looking up times. The film was really good and very funny - Rosie did so well considering she has a 5 minute attention span. There was a couple of times when she got fed up and wanted out her seat which was a bit of a handful and she would not wear the glasses (not surprising really) but didn't seem to be bothered by the fuzzy screen! I don't really rate 3D films very much, I though UP was pretty cool and went to see Avatar at the Imax but the others I have experienced just haven't blown me away. Whats your thoughts? I would say Wreak it Ralph would be just as enjoyable not in 3D and it really isn't work the extra £5 or whatever it was!

Sunday was the worst day weather wise which was a shame as it was the wedding day of one of my lovely clients (pictured above) Laura went for a classic vintage look of flawless skin, a softly contoured eye and luscious red lips. It really suited her style and personality. Laura had the most amazing cathedral veil that seemed to go on forever yet was so light which is really handing for putting in and taking out. I cant wait to see her pictures. After the wedding I headed home to Tom and Rosie where we spent the afternoon yet again packing and organising the house. I actually just cant wait move out now!!

Hope you all had a good week, next up will be my 24 week bump update!!!

Sophie xox


Thursday, 28 February 2013

7 Days - The tantrum

Mini egg nails//new hair//photoshoot//Rosie decided to apply make up//photoshoot


I have been a terrible blogger of late and my only excuse is that I have been quite busy with work and also have developed a terrible addiction - to Candy Crush. If you don't know what that is then never find out as it will take over your life!

Last week was really quite uneventful in our household, Monday to Thursday involved the usual activities such as work, nursery, swimming and such like. Friday we had a bit of a situation; we had gone into town to do some odds and ends which began with a visit to the Post Office as I had about 14 parcels to send and Tom had to update his driving license photograph. The queue is always massive at this Post Office and they are so slow at serving - unusually so, but as we walked in I noticed they had a new touch screen pay and go parcel machine. Thinking this would make my life much easier I told Tom that I would just use that whilst he was waiting in the queue for the fancy DVLA photo booth. Rosie was sort of dotting between us which was fine until Tom got further away and the place started to get busier. I asked her to come over and help me, which she did for about 3 seconds before deciding she wanted to go back to daddy. I explained to her that she had to stay with me and as she tried to escape I grabbed her hand. We then experienced the mother of all Meltdowns. She was screaming and kicking and lying on the floor. All with me trying to hold on to her hand whilst weighing and scanning parcels through this machine. If I could of I would have stopped what I was doing but there was a man waiting behind me so I just tried to do it all as quickly as I could. At one point I glanced up and all I could see was these faces just staring at me as if to say "Look at that terrible child, the mother can control her" etc etc. As soon as I could I took Rosie over to the side and sat her on the seats. A lovely kind lady came across and asked if I needed any help or if there was anything she could do for me. She also tried to talk to Rosie to tell her that she had to help mummy. A minute or so later Tom came across and I actually just burst into tears I was that mortified. My heart was racing and I could feel my blood pumping, also in the process I had managed to hurt my back. Tom managed to calm us all down and we finally got the parcels posted. I never want to experience a situation like that again and will definitely make sure Rosie is always in a pram! Goodness knows what it will be like with two!!

After the trauma of the Post Office we did actually go to a nice little tea room for some lunch but I was still so flustered by it all that I didn't really think to take any pics - it was delicious though. Rosie was unfortunately still playing up. She has been so naughty lately!

On Saturday I had a Bridal trial in the morning which was great fun as my clients has decide she wants to go for a Cara Delvingne look which shakes it up a bit from the usual requests. After the trial I went and got my hair chopped off. I think about 6 or 7 inches must have came off it and it is now it a lovely long bob style which is so much easier to maintain that my long, thick, main was and it feels so much healthier. Here is a before and after pic:


Sunday, Rosie and Tom went off to Tom's parents for my nephews 3rd birthday party whilst I worked on a photo shoot. It was a hard day and we worked from 12 till 7 but got some brilliant shots and had such a laugh. When I came home I was ready to collapse in my bed but not after a few rounds of Candy Crush!!


Love Sophie




Tuesday, 19 February 2013

7 days


Bump watch // drying clothes outside! // immense Valentines dessert// The aftermath of a yummy dinner // braids // gardening fun


A boring work day so nothing much happened at all, in fact all I did when I finished was go for an epic nap. I was in such a deep sleep that I woke up in a puddle of drool! Sexy. Thats when you know you have had a good sleep though! Mum and dad dropped Rosie off, so I caught up with them over a cuppa and heard about Rosie's antics that day.



This week Tom came with us on our weekly swimming trip. Rosie really loved having both mummy and daddy there. It also meant that she could go on the big slide with out any drama, thought she only wanted to go down twice. One thing I love about our local pool is the indoor pool joins on to an out door pool which is open all year round. This meant that we could go for an outside swim - it was so refreshing as the air was so cold and crisp yet we were surrounded by the warmth of the water. After swimming we headed home for lunch and then to be honest we didnt do that much. I spent the afternoon taking pictures and putting things on ebay, I find it such a tedious task! I did however manage to eat a whole packet of chocolate digestives through out the day!



Another work day for me but luckily I finish at 12, I came home and we decided to get on with some packing. Todays room of choice was Rosie's. It was quite nice being able to go through all her wee trinkets and what not, and looking at photos of her as a teeny baby. It seems like yesterday she was a little bundle in my arms. We also woke up to a blanket of snow today, probably a couple of inches which we were delighted with as even though we live a stones throw away from the beginning of the Scottish highlands we have had literally no snow this winter. I think every where in the UK has been covered in the stuff and all we get is slush rain! It was so nice just to sit on the sofa with a cuppa and watch the snow fall out the window.



We never really do anything to celebrate valentines day but this year I decided to stop off at Tesco's on the way home and pick up some bits and bobs for a special dinner. I decided to go for steak and chips, a classic. Obviously because I am pregnant, I am not drinking alcohol at the moment so I picked up a bottle of Appletize for a substitue. My dessert consitised of a crepe filled with banana, nutella and chocolate ice cream and topped with whipped double cream (pictured above) which nearly tipped me over the edge, I was so full and in repayment for my greed I was given a lovely case of heart burn. It was horrendous, I had actually forgotten how painful it was.



The morning was spent doing a few household chores and looking for inspiration for out meal plan as it was grocery shopping day. I hate thinking what to have for dinner - I feel like we just have a handful of choices that are on constant rotation, so if you have any yummy recipes or dinner ideas please feel free to share. We headed out for a bite of lunch and then took Rosie to the park for a run around before hitting the shops. If you are interested in what we bought then take a look at my groceries post.

It was such a lovely day that I actually managed to get my washing outside for the first in what feels like forever. I always find that your washing feels and smells so much better when its been dried outside. Because of the lovely weather we decided we should make the most of it and tackle our garden, in particular the bit round the front. I really wish I had taken a before picture because it was unreal. This particular patch has been the center of dispute with us as I am not really sure its our responsibily but the people who service the rest of the area dont want anything to do with it either so it has gone for nearly 3 years pretty much neglected. As we are moving out soon and knew the landlord would have perspective new tennents having a look round we though we best tackle it. Iknow absolutely nothing about gardening, not a bloody clue, what I did know is that I wasnt going near it without a pair of gardening gloves - luckily Aldi had some cute flower print ones for £1.99

I went out expecting to do an hour or so of weeding and ended up out there until it was dark, I have to say I got pretty in to it, especially when our neighbour let us borrow his hedge cutter things. As soon as I had those in my hands I was away - like a small child with a fringe - just cutting anything in sight. The picture above is Tom standing next to the massive pile of bushes that we had chopped back. Tom is 6ft 4! I was supposed to be taking in easy but of course over did myself and had to have a good long soak in the bath to help those poor muscles. Needles to say I went out like a light that night.


Today was my first wedding of the year so I was up at dawn's cracking getting everything together before heading out to the brides house. I cannot express how much I love my job - its amazing doing something you really enjoy, getting to meet lots of new people and getting paid for it. The icing on the cake is that I have an actual genuine reason for buying shit loads of make up (added bonus is the Pro Discount!). The bridal party were lovely and the bride decided to go for a smokey eyed Kim Kardashian look which I really enjoyed doing, she looked a million dollars and after looking in the mirror said it was exactly the look she had picture in her head, that always puts a smile on my face. The adorable Mother of the Bride had even gone to the trouble of knitting a wee cardi, hat, mits and booties for the bump. I nearly cried at her kindness!

After "work" I headed home, had some lunch and then we went back out to the garden again. Tom also did a 3 skip runs and the pile looked like it hadnt been touched. His mum, dad, sister and our nephew came down in the afternoon which Rosie was thrilled about as she could run wild causing chaos with her cousin. It also meant that she was worn out, by tea time she could hardly keep her eyes open and to be honest me and Tom were feeling the same so we decided on a cheeky chippy tea which was delicious before an early night.



I woke up on Sunday and the sun was literally blazing through the window so I hopped (scrambled) out of bed chucked some clothes on and went out in the garden with Rosie. We did the final lot of gardening which took us about 3 hours before heading in for some lunch. It was so warm that I was able to take my jumper off and be quite warm in a vest top. Its amazing how much the weather can change your spirits. It made me even more excited for the summer months. I have been quite stressed out of late but I just found that it cleared my head and made me feel really happy and full of life. A feeling that was quickly stolen by the afternoons task of business admin and worse still - sorting out my accounts. The one downside to running your own business. If I was a better person I would be much more organised and stay on top of things but lets face it - I am not. I can think of a million better things to do with my time. In fact I am suppose to be finishing off my accounts right at this moment. Tom very kindly got the dinner ready whilst I was surround by various screens, notepads, invoices, calculators, shouting obscenities and such like. After dinner, we got Rosie to bed and then did some TV watching/ Blog reading before heading to bed. Wild.


Love Sophie xox



Sunday, 17 February 2013

Groceries #3



Honey Nut Cornflakes

Maple and Pecan Crunch

Large punnet of mushrooms

Soured cream

Mixed peppers

Pink Lady apples

onions x 3





squeezy fromage frais pouches

washing up liquid


long grain rice

Steak Cut chips

frozen garden peas

chicken breast slices

fish fingers

mature cheddar cheese

fig rolls

tuna chunks x 3

chopped tomatoes

hot dog rolls

chicken breast

washing up liquid

bin bags

kidney beans

crunch corner style yoghurts x 2

Total: £38




Pull up pants


baby wipes



chicken burgers

cherry tomatoes

500g mince

Total: £15

So I managed to remember and take pictures this week which is a bonus! We did a big Aldi shop and then got a few other bits and bobs from Tesco that we couldn't find in Aldi. The Aldi shop was £38 and the Tesco's £15, so £53 all together. Not Bad!


Love Sophie xox


Tuesday, 12 February 2013

7 Days

Pancakes//my face//20 week scan//cute toddler Toms//meal planning//a delicious dinner (thanks Charlotte & Rosie)//baby top knots//cake face//k2

So the other week I did a list of what's been good or bad in my life but I have decided to change that and instead do a weekly round up post. Purely because that's what I enjoy reading and as I want this blog to be an online journal of my life I think it fits in better. I am hoping to post these every Monday but it true "me" style I am already a day late with that!



It is the start of wedding season for my business which unknown to many isn't May to September but actually more like February to November so really the only two months I have off is Dec and Jan. Through out those months I have been chomping at the bit to get back to the swing of things so was very happy when I had an appointment booked in for a trial on Sunday morning. Off I went to meet my lovely client and work out some wedding day looks for her. She was so sweet and had the cutest little boy! I love clients that you can have a right good laugh or chat with. After her trial I went and did a quick food shop before coming home to do some admin work. Tom and Rosie were staying with his mum and dad so I had the house to myself to get on with those bitty jobs that you never get round to doing. When they got back I gave R such a big squeeze and the we had some fun playing whilst Tom cooked a delicious tea of sweet and sour chicken, then it was bath, story and bed for R and then some blog time for me!



As well as working freelance I also work 15 hours as a medical secretary at our local hospital. Monday is a day that I work there and always begin with a totally mad dash of getting up, ready, getting Rosie ready, packing bags and dropping R off before heading to work. It is always such a crazy rush and I am always at least 5 mins late for work. I just never have enough time! I finished work at 2.30 and then headed home where I had a few ours to myself to tidy the house and more importantly catch up on blogs! My mum has R till around 7pm so when she gets home it's just a case of putting her to bed and having a catch up with my lovely mum.



Tuesday is swimming day, well it has been since last week. I just wanted to spend some more quality time with R, especially before K2 comes along so decided we would go once a week. She was so good and I think only had 2 tantrums, one brought on by the little accident we had... They have a wee toddler pool bit with a cracking slide that has been there since I was about 4, to get up to the top there is two narrow sort of enclosed stair cases either side. I was hoping that for some stupid reason R wouldn't notice the slide (it's pretty much the focal point of the pool) as normally there is me and Tom there. One to help her up the steps and the other at the bottom to catch her. Of course she spotted the slide and was desperate to have a go so I reluctantly allowed her, telling her to be very careful. Are two year olds ever careful? No. So of course she wasn't paying attention going up the stairs and of course she ended up falling down half of them, backwards! I was horrified, I rushed out to see she was ok - which she was, after a few moments of tears and kisses better. But she wanted to embarrass me more and when I told her that she couldn't go up again cause it was to dangerous she had a melt down. This was worse that the fall. A kind man asked if she was ok and suggested that his son could take her up the stairs, so off she went and finally had her shot on the slide. As soon as she hit the bottom, I caught her, thanked the man and rushed off totally mortified. Swimming totally wears R out so when we got back we had lunch and then she went for a 3 hr nap whilst I sorted through some stuff to pack as we are moving in the next few weeks.



Today was another work day but only till 12pm so after work I decided to grab some ingredients and have a go at making a chocolate cake with the help (or hindrance) of R. After that it was time to cook tea before story bath and bed. I was totally shattered after R went to bed as Tom works late Monday - Wednesday so it's constant go go go.



Another work day till 2.30 - it seemed to be hectic at work yet time passed so so slow. I hate days like that. I had taken some chocolate cake in for my colleagues which was very much appreciated, try it for yourself here. It's funny how I work with a team of Dietitians yet there is always some sort of cake/treat in the kitchen! After work I nipped to B&Q to get a starter switch for our light. Does anyone else feel totally out of their depth in there? I must always have a look of sheer confusion, or they have very good customer service and someone always asked if they can help! Thank goodness as otherwise I would have been there for 3 hours instead of 5 mins! I got the switch and headed home with the intention of fixing (or rather watching Tom fix) our stupid kitchen light that has been on the blink for weeks, I was totally over cooking in the dark! I proudly presented the vital part, however it turned out that wasn't the problem, the bulb had gone too! I was livid. What a fail.



Friday was our 20 week scan day which you can read about here.



We were supposed to be heading to a 2nd birthday party but both Rosie and Tom were suffering from colds and were a bit under the weather so we decided not to go and instead had a cosy day in, where I sorted through bags and bags of Rosie's old clothes. I actually cannot believe how much stuff she had, most of which was given from kind friends who's babies had outgrown them. Sorting through the clothes actually took around 4 hours! It was a bit of a non eventful day really!



Tom was working all day today so again me and Rosie just hung out, watched about a thousand episodes of "Jake and the Neverland Pirates" and "Doctor McStuffins", made puzzles, coloured in and just made a mess. I decided that I was going to have a go at Rosie from Cider with Rosie Bee's Chicken and leek pie recipe and what better to go with it than Charlotte's Roasties recipe. Oh my - it was delicious! Seriously the best meal I have cooked for a while. You need to try it now! Also a bonus is that it's really pretty simple. I have added it to my list of favourite meals. After stuffing my face to the point where I needed to lie on a cold floor, I helped Tom put Rosie to bed and then chilled out with some blogs.

Love Sophie XoX



Our 20 week scan

Pregnancy scans are like double edged swords; before them you feel excited that you will get to see your baby but at the same time the days leading up to them you find your head filled with all sorts of questions and worries.

We had our 20 week scan on Friday afternoon and to be honest I think I was a bit more relaxed that the first time round but still the week before I found myself getting butterflies whenever my thoughts wondered on to the subject. I was so excited about finding out the sex of the baby but more importantly I was worried about everything being ok.

At the 12 week scan I was terrified, I was actually shaking and nearly threw up. This was mostly due to the fact we were left waiting for around 40 mins and waiting rooms fill me with nerves even if its not me that's being seen. A bit like how seeing a policeman always make you think you have done something wrong...

I was dreading the wait at the 20 week scan and made sure we arrived exactly on time and no earlier. Friday morning was filled with cleaning and washing and doing anything I could to take my mind off it. When we arrived we checked into reception and were given a sheet of information and told to go and sit in the waiting room. I tried to read the information but the writing just blurred together. Amazingly we only had to wait about 3 minutes after our appointment time!

We were called into the ultra sound room and I jumped up on the couch where the nurse kindly yanked down my leggings and wrapped some tissue around. They always pull you trousers right down passed your knicker line and I found myself thinking," shit, why didn't I tidy up down there", yet again. But at the end of the day this was an appointment to see your baby not feel guilty about your unruly pubes!

The sonographer then got my details up on the computer before asking if we had any questions and placing the Doppler on my belly. Within seconds our wee baba was on the screen and I felt a sense of calm. The 20 week scan takes a little longer that the 12 as they carry out quite thorough checks . Our sonographer began by checking the baby's brain and announcing "good, it's defiantly got one", she then went on to check the baby's heart and its four chambers, before moving on to the spine. At this point I didn't have a clue what we should or shouldn't be seeing but I was so mesmerised with looking at the baby moving around that it did take my mind off things slightly.

She then checked the babies face which was a bit scary to be honest as all we could see was this skeletal face looking right at us! They also have a look to see all the vital organs are there and looking as they should before measuring the femur, waist circumference and a foot!

Seeing the wee foot was amazing, we never got to see that with Rosie! In fact I think we were given much more lengthy, in depth scans with this baby and found the sonographers spent a lot of time explaining what each part was etc.

The final check was of my placenta which really just looks like a big black mass. After everything was checked and ok'd she had a look between the babies legs and announced that although they cannot be 100% the three lines that she could see indicated that it was another girl!!

Once the scan was over she let us choose the picture we wanted - I must point out that we are charged at £1 per picture and that in some hospitals it can be £5, so please be aware of this. We were caught out the first time but luckily the sonographer sneaked us a couple of pictures! This time we totally forgot even though I had said to myself a million times to remember change! Again the sonographer let us away (it was a different one to the first) and she actually gave us four picture instead of just the two we choose.

She told us that everything seemed normal and the baby was developing as should. The only concern is that my placenta is growing where my c-section scar is and sometimes they can grow into the scar (blurgh) so I have to have another scan at 34 weeks. I can't wait to see how big the baby is then!

It was such a great experience and we left with massive grins on our faces and a huge sense of relief. It all seems a bit more real now especially since I am experiencing big kicks now, Tom actually felt it the other day! We them went home to tell Rosie that is is going to have a sister.

Here are some pictures of the scan, the sonographer even included the foot picture!!!!

Love Sophie XoX


Monday, 11 February 2013

Groceries #2

Something rare happened this week - Tom unpacked the shopping!!!! Whilst this was a lovely rare occurrence unfortunately he manage to do it before I had realised that I hadn't had chance to take a picture. I am really not doing well at the picture thing this week! I promise to try better next week. If you would like to see more of my photos then feel free to follow me on Instagram. I normally post at least one picture a day there!

I was going to type out the list but with the above picture it's not really necessary as its pretty obvious what the items are. FYI " easy fit pants" are R's nappies!

Again it was a pretty cheap week, so along with Tom's discount and the coupons we had it was about £35!

Here is an idea of our meal plan this week:

Bacon & leek pasta

Home made Nandos

Chicken & leek pie with veg and roasties

Roasted red pepper pasta

It's just me for meals on Monday night and only me an Rosie on Tues, Wed so we normally have left overs on those nights or cheeky freezer meals such as fish fingers!

Love Sophie XoX