A week ago today it was Josh's birthday! So I decided to take him to London for the day and I had booked us a surprise lunch at Babylon Restaurant at The Roof Gardens in Kensington. I just thought how lovely it would be to enjoy lunch with views of London's rooftops/skyline and pretty greenery (how romantic of me!) followed by a bit of shopping and just enjoying the change of scenery!
We were pretty tired to start off the day, both of us ended up sleeping on the train going to London because we had had our Baby Brunch the day before (click here to read about our Baby Brunch). First stop in London, was coffee and a toilet for me! Then I took Josh to the Nike shop to buy some trainers as one of his presents! Josh is also a personal trainer so he goes through a lot of trainers!! After that we made our way down to the Kensington/Chelsea area from Oxford Street ready for lunch!
It wasn't the sunniest of days.. but the weather was on our side as despite being scheduled to rain alllllllll day it didn't! - phew! I was so worried when I saw the forecast as continual rain that it would ruin the day, knowing I'd booked for us to be on a roof garden! The food was gorgeous, the service was fast and every member of staff were polite and friendly. The views were amazing! You almost didn't feel like you were in London! Oh and the mocktails were reallyyyyy good, so despite being pregnant I didn't feel like I missed out having a nice celebratory drink! If anyone is thinking of somewhere different and special to go in London, I would highly recommend it!
Now with full satisfied tummy's, we thought we'd head up to Harrods to do a bit of shopping. We decided to walk as the weather was holding out and we thought it would be a nice way to let the food go down... (bad idea!) Looking at google maps, it seemed like an easy straight forward walk, which is was, but what we assumed it would be around a 20 minute walk, was more like 45 minutes! I know this doesn't sound like a horrifically long walk, but when 9 months pregnant and needing the loo every hour.. the long straight road to Harrods seemed never ending! I should have known better having lived in London (I'm blaming my pregnancy brain!) By the time we got there my feet felt so hot and swollen in my shoes, I hadn't suffered with swollen feet up till then so I had completely underestimated what it would feel like! We both were desperate for a drink, so we headed straight to Laduree for iced coffees and a little sweet macaroon treat! Feeling recovered we did get a little bit of retail therapy done, but it wasn't long till we thought we'd rather skip the chaos that is London 'rush hour' and head on home.
Looking back, I think I may have not planned such a long day or walked quite as much if I'd have known what it feels like to be heavily pregnant!! I hadn't considered when I booked it 2 months ago, how swollen my feet would get, or how tired I would get! On the train home, I put my legs up over Josh's lap to try and drain some of the blood and swelling, I must of looked like a hot pregnant mess haha!! Think it's safe to say.. I found my limit and I have accepted I won't be going on another outing to London till I've had my baby girl! But I am pleased I was able to take Josh out for a lovely day trip and treat him for his birthday.
It's always that question of when to start slowing down in pregnancy... when should I just calm down and rest? When to stop working? When to scale back on how much you do in one day, and what is TOO much to be doing when 36 weeks pregnant?! But you don't want to stop too early, otherwise you get bored!! It's one of those things that I think we know deep down when enough is enough, as we know our own bodies and how much activity and busyness we can cope with!! I get pretty fed up of people telling me to 'take it easy' or 'look after myself', of course I'm going to look after myself, of course I'm going to listen to my body and of course my baby comes first! I never fully realised till being pregnant myself, how much judgement there is in pregnancy, people always feel the need to comment! Guess it's just one of those things that is different for every women and we all have our limits.. and I now know I've reached mine (in terms of how long to be on my feet for in one day anyway!)
I'd love to hear your thoughts/feelings on when you knew to 'calm down' in your pregnancy and get some before the little ones arrive! Comment below or contact me via the social page!
Yesterday morning Josh and I made the most of a rare lie in as it was bank holiday Monday! We were sat in bed reminiscing the beginning of our relationship, which consisted of a lot of spontaneous dinner dates, drinks, day outings and adventures! Obviously very soon when the baby arrives, its going to take a bit more planning to go off on trips and outings – correct me if I'm wrong mums! I guess I'll know for sure when baby gets here! Not only that, but the realisation that money which would've gone on treats, is going to be needed for nappies! (Which may I add are more expensive than I first realised!) So we sat and expressed how we really want to make the most of the last few weeks we have together before two become three!
I know it sounds silly saying making the most of “time for two” because we live together, work together, and are pretty much glued together. You'd think that we have plenty of time together! But when it's spontaneous and different from your usual routine, it does feel special, now matter how fancy or far away it may be. Obviously we are slightly limited in what we can do, with me being pretty heavily pregnant now! I can't travel too far without needing the loo, I get tired really easily, and I think I'm starting to nest.. as I just love my home and own bed right now!! But the odd dinner out, or brunch (as we are big fans of brunch!) or a day trip to a city nearby for some shopping, is just the right amount that I can physically cope with, and to feel like we've had some good quality time together.
Despite being very busy in these last 6 weeks leading up to our due date, we are really trying to make the most of being “us”. I think more than the fancy holidays or dinners out with not a care in the world as to what time we get home.. it's the little things we'll miss. For example, Josh and I always end up sitting in bed chatting about anything and everything for a good 30 minutes before actually falling asleep, which we won't be able to do with a baby sleeping in a crib next to us! Maybe we could whisper? Who am I kidding, we'll probably be up all night anyway so will be able to talk every two hours when she wakes! (Oh god...!)
Having quality couple time together, when we're not working, or discussing and planning baby stuff, just focusing on each other, is something we both feel very strongly about. Not only now, but we also hope we can continue when the baby arrives.. although it may be a while till we figure out when or how to do that! Will have to keep you all posted on expectations vs reality! Don't get me wrong.. we couldn't be more excited and over the moon about having a baby (this was planned after-all!) But it is scary knowing that your whole routine and relationship that you have always known is going to change, as there's another little person to consider and who takes priority! I'm sure no matter what, we'll always find a way of making time for each other. We are best friends as well as partners, how could we not!
Any tips from parents about how you make time for yourselves I'd love to hear! Feel free to comment in the box below, or contact me via the social page!