Not a baby shower but a ‘soon you can drink GTs again’ party

Seriosuly, i have THE BEST colleagues ever. I love my teams. Thats part of the reson why ive enjoyed my time here so much and no matter how the french can bring me down, the team is always awesome.

And yesterday they were better than ever. We started off with a leaving lunch for Natalia and me. The restaurant gave us Christmas crackers and it was probably the first time the wole CRM team went out together.

Yes, thats a happy ‘lets eat three courses lunch’ face.

The bffs. What is Sita going to do now that Natalia is leaving for real?

And then they surprised me with a ‘soon you can drink GTs again’ party. I mean, i blew the surprise but it still made me all teary eyed. So amazing and just what i dreamed of. No blue baby boy stuff but all glitter and pink and unicorns and alcoholfree GTs. It made me feel very loved and to me truly the best badge to my team as manager that my team wanted to do this for me.

Look at this room of perfection.

God im going to miss these guys.

I just walked around holding my belly being all emotional and didnt even know how to handle it.

Too much emotions!

Unicorn horn because of course…

Totally agree, best fucking day ever!

They even got me a pinata. Too bad i clearly suck at open it. But eventually it rained candy all over the floor.

Alcholfree booze. They sure do know me.

Yes, thats a smile from ear to ear.

And they got me gifts. Coordinated with George. So we got our travel bed, some super cute gruffalo clothes, a sophie giraffe and an activity pillow.

Yes, this baby boy is going to have the best time ever.

Im still a bit shocked and extremely moved. Plus my manager acknowledged to the whole team that after presenting to the board yesterday they were very happy and positive to all the work we’ve done last year and even our CEO said our CRM is in a very good place. So not only do i get to leave filled with love but also on a good proffesional note setting the team up for success.

Our flat is now perfect. Christmas tree and unicorn balloons. Thats what im talking about.

Making extra money without really doing anything

Its all about the last stretch now. We are doing three birth classes this week and i went to the midwife yesterday. All looks good and the baby is growing healthily and so am i. He has dropped down a bit and is head down so getting ready to come meet us. Ive landed in aiming for natural birth now and that comes with its on set of worries. Trying to focus on being a Viking woman!!

I must admit the last 6 weeks feel a bit daunting. Im tired. And cranky. Mostly because everything is heavy and putting socks on is a chore. But hey, nothing worse than that so shouldnt really complain.

Heh, Georges ‘its only 6 weeks to go’ face. He needs to start working on those nappy skills.

My belly button looks like a little westie. Makes me laugh every time.

Other things to keep my mind off the end bit of this is making money from different reward apps/sites.

Yes, you heard me right. Its like a game to me now. How much can i earn from doing nothing. Loving it. My top tips are below

Quidco – cashback site that gives you cashback on most top brands here in UK. Ive  made around £70 in 2 months just on my standard shopping. Easy peasy. You just go through their site or app before shopping.

Tesco/Nectar – your standard points on shopping. I convert my tesco points to Avios

Avios – I both have the Amex card and convert points from some brands. It gives  money off on BA flights. Last year i would say i saved around £250 in total on flights and car hire

Sweatcoin – this one basically pays you for walking. The more you walk the more points. And then you can buy special offers on the site through these points. I have so far bought a scale, a breacelet for George and a necklace for me all totally free. Its not amazing but if you wait around you can find some cool stuff.

Airtime Rewards – Here you connect your card to the app and when you shop in their connected stores you get cash back. That cashback can be used toward your phone bill. I have around £6 waiting to be converted and taken off my bill.

Jobspotter – This is the newest in my collection. You take pictures of hiring signs around town and if you are the first to spot it you get points that can be converted to Amazon vouchers. Seems to be a bit crowded in London since most of my submissions get rejected after someone has alreday submitted it but my plan is to go big when im out and about with the pram.

So overall my ‘money gaming’ has probably earned me around £400 extra plus some free goodies in a year so far and thats not nothing. Its time consuming so works perfectly when you dont do much else. I get rich on this when the baby comes…

Santa came early

Ive already showed you my lovely, but sad, friday evening saying goodbye to Katta. I had a lot of plans for the rest of the weekend, some i did, some i didnt. My main issue right now is not sleeping through the night so i nap instead. Killer for the productivity. But hey, a girl is brewing a human so at least she is getting something done.

Saturdays plan was to meet Lollo and some of her girls for brunch. Which i did! I ate, i drank tea and i gossiped. Mission accomplished.

Before that however i got woken from my sweet nap by a delivery. All the way from Australia. George crazy, but lovely, family had sent us not one, but two amazing Christmas gifts.

They were huge!!

I mean, look at these bad boys. We decided, for the sake of space, that we would open them straight away. Its a bit of puzzle at home right now so everything needs to find a place.

George was happy but a teeny bit apprehensive. Its getting very real when you no longer get gifts for yourself from your parents 🙂

An amazing playmat and a bouncer. Thank you soooo much. Baby Munstev is going to be so spoilt.

Hell to the yes we are happy about all of these amazing things.

Then i put on nice clothes and pretended to be not pregnant by hiding the belly and having all the waiters at the brunch offering me alcohol.

On Sunday it was the second of advent. Lit the candles, ate some dough and made George help me clear the flat for the last set of things coming on tuesday. With the bed and the pram finally arriving we need to make even more space.

But we did it and now we are ready for not only the baby things but the swedish invasion which is my sisters family. It will be epic.

Ha, wanted to take some nice belly pictures but you know, its me so its ends up like this instead. Looks like im holding a ball.

Here it just looks absolutely massive. But i promise, its actually bang on the curve. 11.5kg up and the fundal height is around 34cm so nothing too crazy going on in there.

Midwife tomorrow and then lots of NTC courses this week. Plus only like 15 days left at work. Its becoming real people.

Bye Katta

These early mornings… I’m not even waking up because I’m hungry or anything, I just can’t sleep. My body I like ‘hey, only 6 more weeks to go to like NO SLEEP EVER so let’s get you prepared’

Thanks.

It’s 6 am and I’m wide awake. I’ve slept 5h and body is like ‘mmm, that’s enough’. Oh well, it’s just sleep and I’m fairly (let’s see how I feel after another 6 months of this) ok on less sleep.

Yesterday Katta came over and we watched this is us. Me eating cinnamon bun in sweatpants. But, it was her last night so got all flamed up and ready.

George was like ‘can’t even see you are preggers’

Me ‘baam, belly!!!’

We went to dishoom that has opened on high street ken.

My happiest moment was when I found an actual alcohol free espresso martini, not just ice coffee. Mmmm.

We ate and drank and rather rolled than strolled down memory lane. It’s been a pretty amazing 4 years with this lady by my side.

I mean, it’s not the last we see of each other but for now it’s goodbye.

(Silently crying in a corner)

Hello there

It’s so unbelievably cosy in our house right now. I love it. Start my mornings with smelly candles, tea and puzzles and just enjoy the silence. Since I wake up around 6-7 it’s just me while George and W is sleeping.

Going for a foot massage and pedicure today. Spoiling myself. I also got myself a cute, free necklace via my sweatcoins. Love when it pays to just walk around. A little L on a silver chain. Yes, jumping the gun but no matter what happens I’ll always love my little baby Luke kicking around in there.

Took some selfies yesterday trying to get the belly in.

And the Christmas tree. Two favourite things.

It’s pretty impressive now. And since the fluid in there is at its lowest I can really feel him move around.

Even if I’m tired from lack of sleep and brewing a baby I’m lucky enough to be able to take it pretty easy at this point so can’t say I’m suffering.

Yeah, here we are baby and me. Still going strong at work but taking the occasional day working from home.

All i want for Christmas is you

I wasnt going to do a Christmas post since no one but George is really giving me any gifts this year byt hey, its fun to dream away isnt it.

The one thing is really, really want is for Lukas to not come before NYE but before the 21. Can we do that? I believe in us…

Zara

Otherwise i wouldnt say no to this dress. Feels like it can hide a post baby belly very well.

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Or these boots… Imagine them and the dress together. I would be the coolest mum about.

Or any of these two dresses from Silkfred. (Yes, im dreaming of dresses but its because my body feels all weird and big at the moment.)

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This blue is a dream isnt it

I also wouldnt say no to any kind of massage, manicure, spa treatment or self love.

Honestly though, its all about the baby at the moment. What we are wishing for from family is baby stuff. Playmat, baby bouncer, travel bed, mobile cot to the bed. Things that will make our life a bit easier but isnt necessary.

Plus the move next year means that any things for the house is a bit silly to wish for.

The nightmare before Christmas

Got my first Christmas gift from George yesterday. It was one he booked alreday last year and we’ve both been looking forward to for a whole damn year. We went to see Nightmare before Christmas in concert with original cast singing. As in Danny Elfman among others!!

A completely full wembley arena and it was just as amazing as we hoped. Even if the chairs were killing me there was no way i was leaving. George is building up a seriously strong Christmas game. I waddled around feeling happy and was wearing the most sparkly skirt i could find trailing glitter after me like a fairy.

December being as social as it is i have to plan my time. So im sending George on some things and agreeing to some with the caveat that i might not be able to make it. When about 6 weeks to go the tube is a nightmare not meant to be braved. Ive cancelled work dinner tonight but tomorrow its Kattas last dinner i London dinner and on Saturday brunch with Lollo. Plus im sneaking in a pedicure in my busy schedule…

Our home is just so cozy right now.

I made everyone get in the Christmas spirit at work. Natalia made this Christmas tree with our faces as baubles. Im going to miss these guys.

Light installations all over Wembley. Felt like a kid.

Super, duper mega excited.

For this!

First there was some music and beautiful illustrations.

Then they showed the whole movie while singing along with the songs. We had great seats and im so happy for this lovely, thoughtful and perfect when 8 months preggers christmas gift.

Came home and tried to take a selfie with the belly. Mostly me in a sea of glitter but nothing wrong with that.

All my pictures are so silly but i dont think im made for serene, pretty maternity shots. Maggie asked me if im getting some proffessional done and its just not me. Sorry baby but all you are going to have is pictures of your mum making stupid faces.

The calm before the storm

Went to the movies to see Last Christmas with Katta yesterday. Jesus i cried. Waterworks unstoppable. Blaming the pregnancy. And that im a soft hearted little crab. Loved it though. Plus so much London love in that movie. Dont want to leave now…

Before that i met my old manager. He wanted to discuss some future job opportunites. Its flattering when you are in month 8 to have someone trying to poach you already. It was lovely to see him as well. Im so bad at networking, thats my skill ill work on for next year.

Im so calm at the moment. Not at all like me. Have no energy or time for worrying. I think its lil baby giving me his positive energy. Things are falling into place and mostly i just walk around humming to myself and eating carbs. Why dont we always live like this? I mean, kale and stressing around versus chill out and carbs? Who convinced us to buy into the green fraud?

George is a little bit more stressed about work and life and everything so the focus is on him. Balance. I love when you can help each other and me, baby and Lukas try and surround him with calm love.

Making mini Christmas at work. Its really slowed down now so i come in late and leave early. With only a month to go im giving myself that right.

Katta and me filled with thai and candy. Best way to be. She leaves for good this Saturday. Sadness. But we are hanging out friday and eventually we’ll all be happy in Sweden.

Me and the belly

33 weeks. 7 weeks to go. Thats like tomorrow. I packed my hospital bag yesterday. Nappies and clothes and comfy underwear and baby wipes. The essentials. Lets just say G has no idea whats needed so this makes it easy. He can just grab the bag and go when its time. And in a week the crib and the pram arrives. Then we will be all set to go. Nothing can go wrong…hah!!

We had the landlord over yesterday to sign a new contract to the 16th of May. Its flexible if we change our minds but we are getting ready for the big move. Eeek! It will just have to work out, i cant worry about if my job decides to mess me around or not.

2020 – baby, new country and new jobs. We dont do things in halves my man and me.

Otherwise all is good. Baby is around 45cm and 2.5kg now. Its getting tight in there. Getting a couple of well aimed kicks to the ribs to remind me im alive. I remember sleep fondly. On the other hand, had time for my puzzle and breakfast this morning before walking W and then getting to work.

Hello there belly. There is no denying you now. Thats a happy 11.5kg extra im carrying around.

So far the cankles are not too bad and i havent started retaining fluid anywhere else. Pretty sure im not out of the woods yet though. My hips being good ol viking hips are widening to let that monster through.

But to be honest, i dont have it too bad. The breathlessness is the killer but i still manage to walk W for an hour without issues. And naps is my life blood at the moment.

George made the biggest bolognesi ever yesterday. That’ll feed us for the week.

And heres a picture form our bookclub on friday. Kattas last one :(. She and Jini celebrated with all the drinks.

Very telling. Shots and books. Classic. We all loved the book and the strong portraits of women in there. Can highly recommend.

But to be honest, this is more my life. My awesome puzzle calendar. One every two days. They are so cute and just perfectly sized to get done in an hour.

George and me spent the morning laying todays together. How the times have changed…

It’s Christmas

It’s early morning and I can’t sleep. The baby is kicking and George is snoring. So W and me are on the sofa in the wee hours of the morning.

Could be worse, we put our Christmas tree up yesterday and I’m bathed in golden light. Plus the flat smells of pine.

It’s a 2.5m monster this year. We asked for a smaller one but hey, last Christmas in London, let’s do this. And since I love my baubles I actually have enough for this huge tree taking up half our living room.

Katta came over to help us yesterday. She brought saffron buns and we lit the advent light. You can trust me to bring the Christmas spirit.

Of course her hairy godson should have some saffron bun as well.

But, the biggest hero was George dragging that thing home. I held like a branch.

Proud ladies making Christmas magic.

And done. Our tree is filled with meaning and memories since I buy baubles wherever I go and this means the most. The green one I bought last year as my hope of being pregnant this year and the little penguin family is us. Waiting for Lukas.

And Woolly of course.

Even the grinch got into the Christmas feeling.

Maybe because he got to start his day with his very own bespoke advent calendar.

Jellybean socks!! What else.

My own favourite is my puzzle calendar. So nice sitting by myself in the morning laying a puzzle when the rest of the family slept.

So yeah, my morning ain’t too bad. Who needs sleep anyway?