Because I feel like writing, but I don't know what and this one's doing the rounds on various blogs at the moment...
8 Things I am Looking Forward to
Finishing off two freelance jobs over the next week and having all of... ooo... a week off before the new arrival
Swimming tomorrow morning
Being able to a) kick the Gaviscon habit, b) poo and c) turn over in bed once Mini Mini Meep arrives (that was going to say 'sleep all night without waking for a wee/worry at 5am', but ha, ha, ha...)
Lots of beach picnics over the lovely sunny summer we're going to have
Transforming my garden from wild jungle to somewhere we can play, relax, eat, entertain and grow our own food
My new red Converse boots
Having Mr Meep's just-baked home-made bread for breakfast tomorrow morning (toasted, with marmite on one and peanut butter on the other, of course)
Oh, obviously, my lovely new daughter arriving in the next couple of weeks 8 Things I did Yesterday This Weekend
Bounced on a trampoline outside on a sunny Sunday morning (I so want one)
Had a lovely picnic at the beach and frolicked about in the waves in the sunshine all afternoon with a nakey Gwen, Mr Meep (clothed) and Blod - at one point declaring it was one of the happiest times I'd ever had. Ah!
Made a yummy thai curry
Had felafel and Welsh cakes and apple juice at the Farmers' Market
Had a cry outside the garden centre because I hadn't made a list of what I needed and got overwhelmed by the compost selection (hormones, anyone?)
Fell asleep while hypnobirthing - twice
Attempted to shave my bikini line with huge bump in the way - ladies, NEVER attempt this
Sat in the park with a (miniscule) cup of Leffe Blonde, like a gourmet pregnant trampette
8 Things I Wish I Could do
Run and run and run without getting tired
Escape capitalism (ooo, deep) and live in a caravan made of sustainable organic mung beans
Speak another language
Add an extra day onto each week just for reading/baking/photography/walking
Turn over in bed
8 4 Programmes I Watch Don't do telly dahling, but a bit partial to:
Adam and Joe on 6Music
My daily dose of Jeremy Vine
Endless DVDs of Charlie and Lola
The same episode of Fireman Sam on You Tube over and over and over NB - the last two not necessarily out of choice.
Dear Snail, You turned two years old on Tuesday. Happy birthday, my beautiful baby girl. I wish you could stay two forever, because you are just so perfectly amazing - but, of course, you just get more amazing every day.
Every day is an adventure for you, and you're such a happy little soul, finding joy in so many little everyday things. You like singing, dancing, the seaside, nic-nics (picnics), diggers and cranes, horses (from a distance), swings, apple juice, stickers, poo, ice cream, hunting for snails, cooking, all kinds of shoes, little babies, painting, books, swimming... in fact, the only things you don't really like are bees and mangoes.
You talk incessantly, which I just love (and secretly always hoped that you would) - and we can even have little conversations about what you've been up to during the day.
Happy birthday Miss S Naily. Thanks for being such a lovely, lovely little girl.
Number of: Gigantic bottles of Gaviscon consumed: 3 (will probably buy a fourth this week) Baby names shortlisted: Just the 1, although feeling twitchy about it and starting to introduce some more into the mix, just to confuse us Nightly twilight trips to the toilet: 2 Daily gasps out loud in public as large lump tries to actually leap out through my stomach (Gwen was never this violent): 3 Times pelvis has actually CRACKED while turning over in bed: 4 (ouch) Practical preparations taken care of, like car seat and small hats etc: 0 Scary stuff like big pants and breast pads bought: 0
Have started listening to my hypnobirthing CD, got the raspberry leaf tea in and all sorted for my home birth (provided she stays cooking in there for at least another two weeks). I can't wait for the birth and I'm so excited about wearing a little squishy newborn next to me in a sling again.
I can't wait to meet you, Little Miss Mini Mini Meep.
Number of people in party: 3 Number of people in party who caught horrible cold during holiday: 3 Number of pasties consumed by the party: 4 (2 x mixed veg, 1 x cheese and mushroom, 1 x spicy veg) Number of cream teas consumed by party: 1 (between 3 of us - poor performance) Number of sunny days: 6 (out of seven - amazing) Number of blissful solo evening swims enjoyed by heavily pregnant woman: 4
And, no, I had absolutely no influence on the snail's choice of bucket. Nope, absolutely none whatsoever.