Red Tulips & a Cold

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Red tulips

I should never have said that I haven’t been ill since the beginning of September in my last post – I should’ve known better…Now I’m not only uncomfortably close to popping, but I have a nice little cold as well! So I’ve spent a fair bit of time resting at home taking photos of flowers, trying out new recipes and doing jigsaws.

After just staying in for two days I decided that I was well enough to go for lunch with Matthew’s brother and parents yesterday. I wanted to walk there and back as I felt like I needed a bit of exercise (plus the baby will never come if I just sit around doing nothing)…Afterwards we walked to Nordic Affär to pick up some Finnish mustard, chewing gum, semolina porridge, a children’s book for Matthew etc. Although I was having constant contractions at that point we still decided to go to the National Portrait Gallery on the way home. This all resulted in me having some slightly painful contractions last night and pretty much all day today (unfortunately nowhere near the real thing though) as well as my cold getting worse. Yay. Just hope I would get better before going into labour! (I’m 39 weeks today btw)

groupphoto

We had some friends over for dinner last week who brought the red tulips in the photo (it’s funny how only last week I was still feeling mobile and well enough to invite people around – this week I don’t think I would have the energy to do it, with or without a cold…)

tulips

Wish we could have fresh flowers at home every day – they’re just so beautiful to look at!

panzanella

I’ve tried some new recipes, for example this simple Italian Panzanella salad that turned out really well (I didn’t add anchovy fillets nor capers). My attempt at a zucchini cake wasn’t as successful – it was probably the most dense and sweet cake I’ve ever tried! Needless to say, most of it ended up in the bin.

playmat

I’m quite confident that we now have pretty much everything a baby could need, which makes me feel prepared and calm if nothing else. Here Matthew’s trying out the activity mat his sister gave us – he better let the baby use it as well.

jigsawpuzzle

During maternity leave I’ve reinvigorated my passion for jigsaws – it’s the perfect past time for a heavily pregnant whale like me 🙂 I just seem to have gotten so good at it that I finish them too quickly…

I just washed my hair just in case I go into labour today – which basically means that I won’t. Most first babies usually arrive a few days late, so not getting my hopes up just yet! I’ll probably have time to finish a few more jigsaws…

x Nina x