Our 1st Wedding Anniversary

Have to admit, when I pictured our first wedding anniversary, it wasn’t quite like this.

Our wedding was amazing, if I do say so myself. We had a really small daytime ceremony, with only our close family there, in our local park.

It had been the end result of lots of hard work from the venue, suppliers and my family. Days of work, but it was amazing.

I woke up at 6am or something ridiculous and it was raining; I was horrified. 15th August and raining?! Husbeast was exceptionally comforting, of course and so I toddled off to have my hair set (mostly) ok about the rainy weather.

I arrived back at home about 20 minutes before the car arrived to pick us up, we had a light green V8 Daimler to take us to the ceremony venue.


The ceremony venue is the old, converted lodge house of the park. It’s a stunning mock Tudor building with a new, partially underground, extension that has glass all along one wall. Wonderfully light and airy. We walked down the aisle to “Darling I do”, from Shrek. Yeah, love that film. My nephew gave the rings to us, there’s a set of photos I love where I’m trying to give him a hug and kiss and he’s doing a wiggle to escape. We had the rings tied around the neck of a duck from DCUK, and on the day I had to ask hubs to untie the string holding it in place, my hands just wouldn’t do it for me!


I was giggling throughout the ceremony, not sure if it was nerves or because I was happy, or a combination of both, but our photographer just managed to capture so many smiles and happy faces. I love looking at the photos because there was just so much joy that day. It felt really relaxed and natural, which I’m really not when it comes to being centre of attention!

The park just looks so good, as did my bouquet.

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We then drove in the wedding car to our reception venue, which was; a boat! This is where my family’s handiwork really came into play. We’d spent ages preparing the flowers, mixed purple wildflowers in jam jars wrapped with twine and ribbon. Believe me, it took ages, but they looked so good and I am really sad I didn’t get more photos! The cake was made to our design by a local supplier, and just fit so perfectly. Yes, the ducks made a reappearance on the cake.


We also had a sweet bar, because I wanted one! I sourced the bags from amazon to match our theme.

Honestly I can’t compliment the venue enough. They arranged everything for us, and it looked beautiful, we had our own playlist, they let my nephew run riot (and he loved every minute) and they went out of their way to accommodate all the dietary needs (and there were a few!).  We had champagne, and a three course meal whilst having a lovely sail along the canal. By this point the sun had broken out and it was a stunning summer day. We were even invaded at one point by, what my Grandad calls, an Eddy-feeder (that would be dragon fly to me and you).

Then it was time for a quick drink in the pub nearby and we headed out on our honeymoon.

We’d intended to celebrate our first wedding anniversary by going back and having a meal in the same place, whilst I was wearing my wedding dress. I love that dress and I haven’t worn it since then. Unfortunately at 36 weeks pregnant I think either the dress or me might explode.

Not to mention on our actual anniversary we’ll be travelling for a family holiday, so we had to improvise.


Flowers: Felicity Farm Flowers

Hair and Nails: The Hair and Beauty Co.

Cake: Kate’s Cakes

Reception Venue: Canal Boat Cruises of Riley Green

Photography: Happy Photography

Dress: Vivien of Holloway


A deviation from the normal routine

I’ve disappeared again recently, this pregnancy lark has been harder than I imagined it could be and, frankly, I imaged it being pretty hard!

So, last weekend we took another little trip to the hospital, as I said, which turned out fine, and Little Pippin appeared to be happy and healthy, and the unexpected bleed was just that, an unexpected bleed. Pip was measuring a little big, but not anymore than throughout the rest of the pregnancy and the only issue was that my consultant couldn’t tell if Pip was breech or not, because baby’s legs appeared to be curled up underneath. With me only being 33 weeks they weren’t too fussed and off we went home. Sunday was spent lazing around and sleeping, because hospitals are tiring.

Wednesday I had my next growth scan – we ended up seeing a consultant because they were concerned at the rate Pippin had grown in the space of two weeks, especially since my midwife had recorded Pip as following the curve perfectly on the previous Friday! My blood sugar had been normal, and they couldn’t explain why there was such a massive jump.

The reason they were so concerned about the massive jump was because, if correct, it means that little Pip isn’t so little, and we’re looking at a birth weight of 11lbs +. They don’t think that giant Pip will manage to come down the birth canal in the way little Pip might have. I can’t say I disagree with them there. So, after my growth scan next week I’ll know whether I’m to be induced early, at somewhere between 37 and 38 weeks, or to have an elective cesarean section at 39 weeks.

So things over at Pip and Blossom HQ have become a little hectic, its all hands on deck to make sure that we’re ready for Pippin’s arrival, which may be three weeks sooner than we were expecting. I’m washing cloth nappies and cleaning like there’s no tomorrow, and hubs has been busy finishing all the little jobs that needed doing, plus we’ve drafted in both sets of parents to help clean/paint/take things to the tip.

I feel we should have expected this, as a couple we can’t just do things in the standard way. I’m a bit scared to be honest, this isn’t the birth I planned for, and I just want Pippin to be ok and not to have problems because of the diabetes. I’ll know more in a weeks time.

Did anyone else have to prepare for the birth of a giant baby? Any tips for a slightly scare first timer?

Emma’s Diary 34 week Pack

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So I got the 34 week Emma’s Diary pack from my midwife on Friday. Spoiler, I was actually only 33 weeks – don’t tell Emma.


When I first started getting these I was looking everywhere to find out what I might get. This one had bigger samples than the last.


There’s a small sample of Fairy non-bio pods, and the safety information leaflet about not letting children get anywhere near them (of course!). This pack also comes with a sample pack of four size one Pamper’s nappies. We’re planning on using cloth, but I’ve been putting any samples of disposables in my hospital bag, thinking that would probably be easier than carrying home dirty reusables!

There’s also a sample packet of Dettol Wipes, as well as £8 worth of vouchers off Dettol products. Unfortunately I don’t really use Dettol, but I’m sure I’ll use up the wipes and I think a lot of people would find the vouchers really useful. There’s even one for money off a Dettol No Touch Handwash System, and I’ve seen those for anywhere between £10 and £12, so it is quite a good saving.

The biggest sample in the pack is a full-sized tube of Bepanthen Ointment, in the 30g tube, which is around £3 in Tesco. I’m not sure if I can actually use this with reusable nappies, some brands say not, but it’ll go in the nappy drawer just the same.

There’s also a guide to Labour & Birth included. Which, admittedly, I haven’t actually read yet. But I probably will!