When you first find out that your pregnant your full of excitement but there is also a little bit of nervousness until you see your little bean on the screen at your first scan. Then you have all the excitement of telling people and then the growing bump. This was one of my favourite things about pregnancy and I was so proud of my bump - not so much all the water retention that came with it though!
This is the only full body photos I have when
pregnant with Finley - I look nothing like me!
Between the 12 weeks scan and the 20 week scan you start to plan what you are going to buy and if you are going to find out if your having a girl or boy. Then after this there's all the buying of baby equipment and decorating of the nursery.
We found out the sex and as soon as we knew we were having a boy it was onto planning his nursery. I couldn't wait to start decorating and filling it with baby things as this made it all so real! It was their own little space, even if they weren't going to be sleeping in it for a few months.
We started to think of themes. For a boy I think it was a little harder as if we were to be having a girl I would have gone for the whole pink with butterflies theme. I did so much research for different boy themes and also for different stickers. Neither me nor my husband are very good at art so we decided to go for stickers rather than trying to paint things. As I researched I found and fell in love with the Fisher Price Rainforest collection. And in the collection were some wall stickers. They were quite pricey at around £70 so I continued to search for other zoo/rainforest wall stickers but I kept coming back to the Fisher Price ones. I had fallen in love with them and I really wanted them for our little bundle. So I twisted Mark's (my now husband) arm until he gave in!
They arrived and they were so worth the money. I think more so now as our youngest is now in that room with still the same décor and stickers 4 years on.
We then started to think about how to paint the walls. I just thought to do half blue (the sky) and half green (the grass) and put the stickers over. We picked the paint and one weekend I went out for the day with my Mum so Mark could start the painting. The room is very small and I think I would have just got in the way.
What I came back to was AMAZING! He hadn't done the simple half and half but he had created rolling hills all the way around the room.
I cried of course.
The hormones didn't help but I was so happy and so proud. He had created a room fit for our little monkey! When the paint had dried properly, we put up the cot so we would know where to put the stickers. Then a few days later we popped on the stickers. They were so easy to put up. And they were even better on the wall.
We were now all ready for the arrival of the bump who was to become Finley!