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W E E K   T H R E E  !

We’re getting bigger over here!

Ottilie’s gained half a pound in the three weeks since she was born, and I’m pretty proud to think that my body made those 8 ounces! I was never sure if I’d get on with breast feeding or be able to manage it, but it’s going so well and I’m just loving it. Ottie’s milk drunk face is my favourite thing in the whole world <3

What else is new? Well, we managed our second week without Jason around! I was very glad though that Jason’s family all happened to be nearby to help me out a couple of afternoons, because flying solo is no joke!

Ottilie and I have been getting out of the house at least once every day, and she’s getting pretty regular with the times she takes naps which is helping me plan our outings. We’ve managed errands, shopping trips (for Jason’s birthday next weekend!), trips to visit friends from our NCT group, and, as is obligatory when you’re a Mama, many a coffee shop visit too ;)

Oh, and Ottilie went to Grandma’s house for the first time this Sunday! It was so special seeing her in the house where I have so many amazing memories, so we decided to snap a few photos to remember the occasion.

I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend! Is anyone else super pumped that the weather’s turning? I’m so ready for Autumn!

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World, let me introduce you to our daughter- Ottilie Dorothy Chappel! <3

We welcomed our baby girl at 4.40am on the 9th of September, and it was the most magical and overwhelming and beautiful moment of our lives. Jason and I are head over heels in love with Miss Ottilie, and can’t quite believe she’s ours!

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It’s taken me a good couple of weeks to finally get round to posting here about Ottilie’s arrival, because as any new parent learns pretty sharpish, the first few days are a whirlwind adjustment period!

I’ve also been laying low and spending some time recovering after my labour and delivery, which was not at all the experience I’d hoped for or expected! We found out the week I went into labour that Ottilie was laying ‘back to back’ inside me, which meant it took me days and days of prolonged, hideously painful contractions to make almost no progress at all! After three full days of labouring and getting to only 4cm dilated (my body did *not* want to let this baby go!) I wound up needing some strong pain relief, which was a blessed relief I can tell you!

Delivering Ottilie was the most incredible experience of my life, and my goodness, I’d have a hundred babies for that single moment of having a warm little body placed up on my chest, and the overwhelming joy and relief and bliss that washed over me as I looked between her and Jason. It was better than I ever could have imagined, and even though the labour had been so intense and long, I remember thinking to myself just minutes after she was born ‘I’d do that all over again!’

I was a bit unlucky and suffered a compressed nerve during my labour which has left me with a temporary paralysis in my left ankle and foot, so I left hospital on crutches! I’m slowly slowly getting better and more steady on my feet though, and have managed a fair few trips out just me and Ottilie this week which feels amazing!

Now that I’m getting up and about again I’m hoping I’ll be able to get back to blogging a touch more frequently! I’ve missed updating here so much, but I hope you’ve not minded there being a little break whilst I’ve recovered and adjusted to the amazing whirlwind that is life with a new baby!

Big kisses to you all, from me and Ottilie Dot! <3


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How far along: 36 weeks! I’m officially in my ninth and final month of pregnancy, which is so surreal. Baby is apparently around the size of a papaya this week…though I’m guessing my app means one of those giant papayas you see in fruit markets and greengrocers, not those teeny mango-sized ones you can pick up in the supermarket…

Days until due date: 28!

The bump: Allllll out front these days! I keep forgetting how much bigger I am compared to my normal self, and am forever bashing my bump into the corners of tables, my car door, cupboard handles etc. etc. I’ve even managed to bruise it a couple of times, which isn’t very comfortable!

Weight changes: No idea!

Stretch marks? None, thank goodness. I’ve been very lucky so far- hoping the luck holds out over these final couple of weeks!

Cravings: I’ve definitely got more of a sweet tooth than normal, but I’ve not been craving anything much really. Oh, though I did get a major hankering for flapjack on Friday, and ended up making a batch on a whim! They were pretty tasty. My favourite snack at the moment though is frozen raspberries- so refreshing and tasty!

Sleep: What with my constant trips to the loo, the need to sleep on my left side (which I HATE!), and just my general restlessness, it’s fair to say neither Jason or I are sleeping all that well these days! I guess it’s all good practise though, and I’m amazed at how well I’m functioning on such broken sleep. I keep waiting for the third trimester exhaustion to hit me, but apart from the odd tired day, I’m not really feeling it at all.

Symptoms: A slight touch of occasional heartburn (having to order a mild curry when Jason and I treated ourselves to an Indian the weekend before last was SO rubbish!!), and a definite loosening up of my joints. But nothing I could complain about, really!

Best moment this week: Finishing up our beautiful nursery with a lovely armchair from HomeSense! It was a total steal, and I’m thrilled with it. Oh, and packing mine and baby’s hospital bag, which makes everything feel so very real!

Worst moment this week: Probably the super stressy, hormonal couple of days I had the weekend before last (so technically not exactly this week, but still…)! I’ve been fairly chilled this whole pregnancy, and since I usually suffer so badly with my hormones once a month, it’s been both a surprise and a joy! But I wasn’t myself at ALL the weekend before last, and I think Jason was glad to go back to work on Monday, ha! But I’m back to normal now, thank goodness! Thank goodness for us both…;)

Miss anything? Oh, just cheese. I’ve been thinking longingly about all the mouldy, stinky cheeses I’ll be able to eat once baby is here, and will be totally gutted if our first meal home post-birth isn’t a cheeseboard with lots of fresh apples, grapes, and crusty bread. Oh man, I can’t wait!

Movement: Lots, though I think baby is running out of space now since the movements aren’t quite so expansive as they were a few weeks ago. Instead I’m feeling tiny knees, feet, and elbows pressed up against the sides of my belly, and a little baby bottom right underneath my ribs!

Gender: A surprise!

Belly button in/out: Out! Especially when the baby is pushing right out against the front of my stomach.

Wedding Rings on/off: On!

Mood: Pretty fab! I’m both insanely impatient for what’s to come, and also nervous about how much our lives are about to change in just a few short weeks. We’re so, SO excited to be parents though, and think we’re as ready as we’ll ever be for the chaos!

Looking forward to: Being considered officially ‘full term’ from this coming Monday onwards!


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 A   G R E Y   +   P A S T E L   B A B Y   N U R S E R Y .

I’m so excited to finally be sharing photos of our finished nursery today! I’ve been working on this room for months now, and it’s been so much fun.

Okay, the first part, where we had to clear out several years worth of clutter and dismantle a huge IKEA daybed and take endless bags of rubbish to the dump, THAT part wasn’t so fun. But getting to design this space from scratch, and give the room a proper purpose rather than it just being a place to put the laundry airers, and hide all the junk we were too lazy to deal with? It’s been the best!

We wanted to create quite a classic and timeless feel in the room, one that we can easily adapt as the baby gets older. And since we don’t know whether I’ve got a baby boy or baby girl cooking right now, we’ve kept things totally neutral, too!

So, below are photos, links, and details of our nursery. I hope you love it as much as we do!

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D R E S S I N G   T H E   W I N D O W S

Since the space we have to work with isn’t huge, we decided to go for lightweight curtains in a neutral colour- ones that wouldn’t sit too bold and heavily within the room.

One of my favourite things about this room has always been how much lovely natural light it gets (and that creeping wisteria!) so it felt a shame to hang anything really heavy! We plan on getting some blackout blinds for when the baby is sleeping in the nursery on a nightly basis.

The little box above in the photo above has a few of the toys we’ve been kindly been given for this lucky baby, and the other end of the window ledge holds the start of baby’s library. A few of my favourite childhood stories, gifts from my Mum and sister!

That far corner of the nursery also right now holds the lovely charcoal grey Stokke bouncer* we’re so excited to use! It’s ingenious in that it sits either free on the floor or clips onto the top of the Stokke Steps chair*, which we’ll have in our kitchen as a place for baby to sit or snooze (we hope!!!) whilst I’m in there cooking.

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T H E   P E G   S H E L F

The amount of love I have for this sweet little shelf is kind of ridiculous!

Right now I’m using it more for decoration, as a place to hold some of the sweet books we’ve bought and been given for the baby, but it’s also a useful place to hang some of the larger items we’ve got (the snowsuit, and lovely hooded towel) that are a bit bulky for folding into drawers.

I think it’ll come in handy too as a place for hanging winter coats and jackets as baby gets bigger, and for storage of the mountains of little toys I know we’re set to accumulate over the coming years! It’s from a little shop on Etsy called Furneco, and we’ve been thrilled with the quality.

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T H E   D R E S S E R   +   S T O R A G E

One of the main things we desperately needed for the nursery was a big dresser, since the only storage space in the room (a big mirror-fronted cupboard) is already absolutely full with mine and Jason’s coats, all our accounts and paperwork, toiletries, and piles of bedlinen and towels!

We ended up choosing this white three drawer dresser from Boori*, which acts both as storage and a changing table too. It’s such a beautiful piece of furniture (and matches our cot, which I’ll show you next up!) and the storage space it offers is amazing.

Now, I can’t lie to you- organising all the baby’s sweet clothes and things into those lovely big drawers has been so much fun! Since the drawers are so deep, I bought a couple of inserts from IKEA to keep all the little sleep suits, vests, and socks organised.

Right now, the top drawer holds newborn and up to 1 month clothing plus a basket for nappies and wipes (I’ve taken quite a few sleep suits, vests, and nappies out and packed them into our hospital bag, which is why it’s looking a little depleted!), the second drawer holds clothes aged 0-3 months plus muslins, swaddles, blankets, and bed linen, and the third drawer holds towels and a few of the odds and ends we haven’t got use for right now, like the baby monitor!


V I N T A G E – S T Y L E    A R T W O R K

One of the things I was most excited about when it came to putting together the nursery was finding some beautiful prints to pull the whole room together! I knew I didn’t want anything that would look too ‘babyish’ and would need replacing in a year or so’s time, but I also wanted some prints that had a retro childhood kind of feel to them.

These three Ladybird prints (Apple, Balloon, & Cake*) matched my criteria exactly, and the colours happened to be exactly what I was after for the room too. Pastel shades, but still bright and fun!

We decided to have quite big prints up on the wall above the cot to provide a big splash of colour, since the rest of the room is so soft toned and neutral. I’m thrilled with how they look!

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T H E   C O T B E D

The cotbed we’ve chosen for our nursery is the beautiful Eton convertible*, which matches the dresser and changing table unit.

I love the very simple, classic style of the cot, AND the fact that not only does it convert to a cotbed that’ll last until baby is around four years old, but it also can be converted into a full double bed too!

We decided to keep the cot free from any bumpers, and have just popped a few of baby’s little toys in the corner and a soft blanket or two in there for now.


And that’s the nursery! We’re so thrilled with how it’s turned out- I kind of want to spend all my time in there now!

A few of the items in this post were kindly gifted to us by brands, and so for clarity, I’ve marked those items with an asterisk.

Thanks for reading!

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