Thankfully, the sun seems finally to be reappearing. Just as well, as we have been struck by bugs again this week. First it was the cats over the weekend - suffice to say they spent a long time in their little cat loos, we got through rather a lot of room scent, and had lovely Diptyque candles burning almost constantly!
|Misha and Yuri having a cuddle & feeling sorry for themselves|
Then this morning, Lara woke feeling dreadful, clutching her little tummy and boiling hot. She threw up a couple of times, and was really not herself. I tucked her up on the sofa and let the fever take its course. Miraculously, she is almost back to normal this afternoon, thank goodness, and has even eaten and drunk a little.
Some of our favourite friends visited yesterday, and we had a lovely day by the sea, which was a relief after the morning's sad news. I also acted as a go-between, passing some maternity clothes on from one friend to another, and started pondering on the eternal mystery that is maternity clothing.
I must admit to being pretty hopeless in the style stakes when I was pregnant second time round, just opting for whatever was comfortable and practical. But when I was pregnant with Lara I was still working, so had to make a bit more of an effort, but isn't it difficult?
I'm not sure why most manufacturers seem to think you are either going to spend your whole 9 months in leggings (see pregnancy 2 above), or you're going to wear fancy dresses every day of the week!
The thing I found most tricky though was swimwear. I did buy one maternity swimsuit for trips to the pool, but it was awful, really old fashioned-looking and got all horrible and baggy when wet. Not my greatest sartorial moment!
The pre-birth babymoon seems to have become very fashionable lately. I think a lovely last couple's holiday must be fabulous, a chance to reconnect and prepare for the enormous life change about to come.
|Cute honeymoon pic :o)|
Our honeymoon was during the fourth month of my pregnancy with Lara, and it was lovely, apart from the ongoing morning sickness! Although there was a teeny bump, I could still wear all my normal summer clothes. I can't even begin to imagine how I would have fared in the fashion stakes had I been on holiday later on in my pregnancy.
I was very interested then to hear from my pregnant friends this week about the fab new maternity range at Next. Now, before friends and family think hang on a minute... No, I'm not pregnant - yet! But I reckon it doesn't hurt to have some potential clothing ideas in mind.
Next have produced a really lovely spring-summer maternity collection, but I was particularly impressed by the range of supportive yet flattering swimwear. It's in really up-to-date designs too, far superior to my ill-fated number!
What do you think? Which design would you choose to flatter your bump in style?
|Black & cream stripe, £24|
|Pink tropical print, £26|
|Pink floral tankini, £30|