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Monday, 21 August 2017

OUR STAY AT HOME BABY SHOWER


So if you follow me on any of my social platforms you might have noticed yesterday we had our Baby Shower and Gender Reveal! (It's a boy BTW, you can read all about him on this post). We had such a lovely day and I just wanted to share our photographs and hopefully give you some inspiration and tips if you're planning your own baby shower/gender reveal. I took many photos on my Fuji XT1, firstly I would always recommend a good camera if you're wanting to photograph your own event like this, using a camera phone just doesn't seem to give the same great detail, although I have added some iPhone photographs into this post that some of my guests have taken.

Since it's the middle of August, we planned a BBQ hoping for some good weather, we managed to get a decent amount of sun and warmth into the garden though, you can never predict the weather here in England. You may think 22 weeks pregnant is a little early on in pregnancy for a baby shower, but obviously we didn't want to wait months to reveal the gender (was hard enough keeping our mouths zipped for 2 weeks!), we wanted to throw a BBQ and who would really want to come to a December BBQ? And we certainly didn't want to throw two separate parties, one for the gender and one for a shower, so we just shoved them together for this gender reveal/baby shower!

I and my MIL had been buying and picking up bits for the shower over the past couple of months. We were basically keeping in the theme of pink and blue, literally, almost everything was from either a Poundland/Home bargains or we managed to swoop things up from car-boots (including a candy floss machine she managed to find the morning of the party...! SCORE!). Lots of things like party cutlery, banners, and balloons we had just been purchasing and storing away since we announced the pregnancy back in April.

For the reveal itself, I purchased a pre-filled confetti large black balloon from Etsy to pop in front of all our guests! It was such a lovely way to show everyone the babies sex. I'm sure there are many versions of video of the reveal as it felt like every single guest had a camera on us whilst we were counting down before we *popped* the balloon to reveal the blue confetti.

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Sunday, 20 August 2017

IT'S A BOY | GENDER REVEAL

That's right... Our little baby Zealand is a boy! We've known for a couple of weeks now and earlier on this morning we announced this to our family and close friends. We both can't wait to have our big baby boy earth-side, so we can cover him in kisses and sniff in all that new baby smell.


In fact, the sonographer didn't even have to tell us the sex. He was wide, open and proud right there on the screen, and might I say... pretty large. I said to the sonographer "please tell me that's a penis and not a third leg?" to which she laughed and answered, "yes, he's not shy is he!"

The doctors and midwives have told us to expect a very large baby. We are tracking little one's growth rate now, to make sure he doesn't become so big that he becomes a danger to himself and myself during delivery. We've been told this might mean being induced and delivering some weeks earlier than our planned due date. But for now, we are just tracking his growth as he might slow down and level out. I'm honestly hoping that I can carry full-term, I know that even if we do deliver early it doesn't necessarily mean he's done 'cooking'. I'm a little worried that if we go for the earlier date his insides/bodily organs might be undeveloped. For now we are just crossing our fingers hoping that this little hunk will slow down for his own safety and mine.
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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

SIGHTINGS FROM JULY // iPHONEOGRAPHY

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