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Friday, 30 October 2015

Hey...I'm pregnant!

Well now, it has been a long while eh? I made a decision to update the blog and get on top of it 8 and a bit months ago... and then...well, I got pregnant!
I figure I better tell you now before I just appear with a baby.

We are delighted, of course, especially after quite a long time of trying and one miscarriage. We know it is a girl and the pregnancy has gone very well. As well pregnancies go that is... with morning sickness, not sleeping (what is that about?), sore hips and endless peeing.

At Three + months in an old sample twizzle dress, rocket original shoes, Henry the cat
One neat thing about being pregnant is that some of your friends who are a bit behind you, find you safe to confide in to speak about their early pregnancy concerns, or sadly, their fertility problems. It is a dear privilege to be the one they feel they can chat to. I've been pretty open about our struggles, so that helps others to open up too. So, first off, I'm sending very big hugs to all those struggling with family issues. It's tough. You'll be ok no matter what.

I've also fielded quite a few questions about vintage maternity wear. What a minefield! I hope to give you a bit of a mini series of how I have managed my wardrobe.

There are very few real bits of maternity about. It would have simply been worn out lots, over many pregnancies then handed on and worn out more, until someone was so sick of the sight of it she cut out a babies outfit from the fabric!

You have even less choice if you already have a big bust like me or have even moderately sized biceps. Maternity patterns aren't much better and mostly come in pee-wee sizes. People married younger, got cracking with a family straight off and so were smaller perhaps. I soon realised that I could waste a lot of time fruitlessly looking for vintage, and frankly, there were too many other things taking up my energy.

At Hep Cats Holiday July around five + months, still in a Fleur dress
Instead I did quite well in the first 6 months with clothes that were just a bit more spacious, and with items from Heyday - the stretch Twizzle dress and the wrap Fleur, both in a larger size than normal.

The Judy dress was also surprisingly good in a larger size. because it doesn't have a zip, it is a bit more forgiving at the waist so you can get in it, then you can snitch it in as needed with the belt. I could have gone longer in the Judy dress but in the end I was popping out of it at the bustline more than the bumpline! The boobs kept pace with the bump until about 7 months so I really felt like I just looked fatter and fatter rather than pregnant!

Hep Cats Holiday July.  Five + months
I would really advise mums-to-be to not get too hung up on being 100% vintage. People will forgive you if you adopt other clothing and in fact, you might as well have fun with it. I danced the night away in this number for a Hawaiian theme. The bodice is all elasticated and I'd normally reserve it for summer holidays. What is great about it, is that the shirring elastic brings it in just under the bust. This is essential for making your maternity wear more shapely as your ribs become your smallest part. But warning - this is NOT very vintage! I just felt happier in something with more shape.

You can also browse high street shops for empire line dresses that flare out at the bump line. They don't have to be maternity, as it is in fashion anyway. These dresses don't suit me when I'm un-pregnant, so in a way it was fun to shop for something different, and even browse the high street for a change!

Monsoon Dress - Modern, Seven months
Hide your bump by standing front on!
These last photos were taken with many demands by Mr Heyday saying "chin down" "chin out" and so forth. He's learnt what I don't like! So here is one final gurning pic of me deliberately over-doing it. Ha ha!

I'll be back shortly with more real vintage maternity wear - just gotta find the pics!



  1. Aw, huge congratulations to you both, that's incredibly exciting news!! I am glad you've been managing to find enough materntiy wear, even if you're branching out into the high street - you're looking great! x

  2. Congratulations! Lovely news! And you look super fabulous and still vintage to me :)

  3. That is beyond fantastic! My happiest congrats to you both and your families. Thank you for sharing your sensationally great news with us!

    Big hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

  4. Well I was having that kind of a Monday and now I've seen your post and have a big smile, so thank you for cheering me up with your lovely news and congratulations to you both.

  5. Reading your post I know the in the meantime little Baby van Beers has been delivered. Great pictures, you're so radiant! I wish I looked so lovely during my pregnancies.

    Wishing you and your family all the best!

  6. Congratulations! Your maternity wear looks splendid, who cares how old it is? I hope the bump is doing well.

    (Maybe there's a design idea in there for you when you're off your maternity leave...)

  7. It's pleasure to see that you still have your sense of humor dispite of pregnancy inconveniences and you are still vintage enough :)

  8. If you want to buy maternity tops, then Mummy Honey is one of the best choices you have.


  9. شركة تنظيف بالباحة التنظيف من الأشياء المهمة التي يجب الاهتمام بها فهناك العديد من الشركات التي تقوم بعمل التنظيف بشكل ممتاز كما تعمل بدقة كبيرة وكفاءة عالية.
    فيتم التنظيف بعدة طرق مختلفة ولكن تحتاج الى ايدي عاملة مثل شركة تنظيف بالباحة

    حتى يتم العمل على أفضل وجه فيجب القيام بالتنظيف باستخدام مواد التنظيف التي تتناسب مع كل ما تقوم بتنظيفه سواء كان سجاد او أثاث أو ستائر أو أرضيات أو غيرها من الاشياء الاخرى والاماكن الاخرى.
    فتحتاج عند القيام بالتنظيف إلى أدوات تعمل على التنظيف بشكل جيد وبطريقة جيدة تنظف بعمق ولكنها لاتتلف الاشياء الخاصة بالمنزل.
    كما يجب أيضا الاهتمام بالتعقيم للحمامات والمطابخ والتنظيف بدقة لأن تلك الاماكن أكثر تعرضا في بيتك او منزلك للاتساخات بشكل كبير شركة تنظيف بالباحة
    وتحتاج إلي التنظيف بشكل مستمر .
    كما أن هناك أيضا العديد من الاشخاص الذين يعانون من الاتساخات الموجودة بالاثاث والكنب بمختلف أنواعه فلكل نوع من أنواع الكنب طريقة مختلفة عن الاخري في التنظيف سواء كان من الجلد أو قماش أو مغطى بالخشب فيجب تحديد نوع المنظف الذي تقوم باستخدامه في التنظيف قبل الاستخدام حتى لا يتسبب في أي ضرر للكنب أو للاثاث.
    لا تقتصر عمليات التنظيف علي مكان محدد دون الآخر بل إنها من الأمور الهامه لجميع الأماكن سواء كانت منازل أو فلل أو شقق وايضا جميع أنواع الاثاث وخاصه السجاد والانتريهات الذي تتراكم فيه الاوساخ والأتربة والروائح الكريهه.
    كما يجب أن تتم عملية التنظيف للخزان أيضا والذي يعتبر من أهم الأغراض في كل منزل، ومن أهم أساليب النظافة أن يتم مراعاه التنظيف الجيد لمواسير الصرف والمجاري التي تعتبر من أكثر الأماكن التي تتعرض للانسداد وتراكم الحشرات بها وتتسبب في الأمراض.
    كما يجب أن تتضمن عملية التنظيف أيضا التخلص من القاذورات بشكل مستمر وعدم تراكمها في المنزل فهي من أهم أسباب انتشار الحشرات والروائح الكريهه والتي هي مصدر للأمراض المختلفه.
    النظافة من الأمور الضرورية والتي يحثنا عليها الدين الإسلامي وتتطلب تنفيذ دقيق واتباع الخطوات التي توفر اعلي نسب حمايه ممكنه والتخلص من مشاكل المنازل التي تنتج عن انتشار هذه الاوساخ المزعجه.
    شركة عزل أسطح
    من المعروف ان عزل الأسطح من المهام التي من الممكن ان تقوم بيه شركة عزل أسطح فهي من المهام التي من الممكن ان تساهم بشكل كبير في حماية الأسطح شركة عزل اسطح بالباحة
    وهذا من الكثير من العوامل الضارة والتي من الممكن ان تؤثر على الأسطح


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