Go with the glow

36 weeks pregnant

When someone tells you during pregnancy that you're glowing, I know you should really take that compliment gracefully and gratefully. Whenever someone said that to me, I proceeded to tell them I was 'pure roastin' (v.warm in Scottish terms) and that it was probably sweat! Especially when I was staying down in London before Christmas - carting around with a massive belly on the tube was definitely not an easy task. I do agree though that the pregnancy glow is definitely a real thing, mostly thanks to hormones and an increased blood flow to the skin making it appear brighter (oh, and plumper!) Someone on instagram accused me of having lip fillers while pregnant, lols. Maybe this time last year, but nothing since - the sweaty glow and plump features were all thanks to Baby Roo! Eventually I learned to accept these new features, and hell I even embraced it and attempted to accentuate it. I took these pictures a few days before my baby shower and had planned one last blog post, but thanks to Reubens early arrival this is me just getting round to sharing them now. Here's some extra bits and pieces I was using to totally go with the glow.

A mindfulness retreat at The Restoration Yard

The Restoration Yard

The first time I was introduced to the concept of mindfulness was around 11 years ago now, during my first term at uni where our design tutor ran sessions on personal development as an integral part of our three year degree. He absolutely swore by a book called The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle, which is essentially a guide on how to live a healthier and happier life by living in the present moment. I never quite understood at the tender age of 18, studying a technical theatre degree, how this sort of mindset went hand in hand with my education and preparing me for the rest of my career, but I took it all on board at the time and ironically this was also the same tutor who also encouraged us to start a blog. Fast forward to today and I realise I have a lot to thank him for! 11 years later, I feel like mindfulness, wellbeing and self care is EVERYWHERE. Which is totally cool with me as I am a massive advocate of all of the above. A couple of months ago (at peak pregnancy stress) I was invited along to The Restoration Yard for a mindfulness day retreat. I've dabbled in various books and podcasts, and I was keen to see how an 'in person' approach to learning about mindfulness would pan out.

And then there were three

Newborn photoshoot

On the 15th of February at 2.48pm, we welcomed our beautiful baby boy, Reuben Alexander Duthie into the world. If you follow me on other social media channels, there's no doubt you'll know this already as I have been sharing lots of pictures and videos of this little guy (can ya really blame me though?!) I didn't expect my last blog post to be the very last one I would write before his arrival, but he caught us rather off guard and was born three weeks early. This was just a few days after my baby shower (good timing huh!) So one month and one day later, we are settling into a sort of routine and I actually feel like I have the brain capacity and time while he sleeps, to share some pictures and his birth story.

What's in my hospital bag?

36 weeks pregnant

Oh my days, how is it February already? My first post of 2018 definitely comes a little later than planned. I'll be honest I have absolutely no idea where January disappeared to. It was a month of navigating work while trying to negotiate with a body which no longer feels like my own. Heavy, tired, sore - I ended up finishing my last job a week earlier than planned due to tearing a muscle in my back. Turns out that turning your body and coughing at the same time can do such a thing! Anyways, moaning aside, it's now only 3 weeks until we get to meet our little fella, and I actually can't believe it. I gave myself a hard time having to admit defeat and leave work early, but I think it was maybe a blessing in disguise. Now the REAL nesting and final baby prep can begin. So, here's a little post sharing where I'm at so far.