I've loved the @babycentre website for longer than would be cool for me to admit. During TTC and every stage of pregnancy I've found it the most useful of all the online resources out there. So when I was asked if I'd like to write for them and do a couple of brand videos I was EXTREMELY THRILLED. Like, omg someone might google something in a pregnancy panic like I spend half my life doing and actually land on one of my posts! HOW EXCITING! And the first post and video has just gone live. It's a newborn essentials @asda shopping haul and as part of it I got to buy these properly cute vests (they were part of a seven for £7.50 multipack) and a whole bunch of other stuff. I've just tweeted the link or you can find it on the BabyCentre blog page or on their YouTube 👍🏼Maaaaan I wish it was easier to link to things on Instagram 🙄 (p.s I wasn't hashtag spon to tell you I was writing for them but am very happy to shout about it because I am very pleased) #twinpregnancy #maternity #pregnancy #realpregnancy #growingtwins #mummyblogger #pregnancyblogger #babycentre #shoppinghaul
Someone has a new video! It's me. I have a new video. It's not massively coherent but I guess it kind of captures where I'm at with everything at the moment?! Direct link in bio or search PoppyD on YouTube 🙌🏼
Look what I found at the corner shop 😎 Been looking for one of these for A FULL YEAR and today I stumbled across one. 70p, mind. *still expects chocolate to be 35p MAX*
Boy am I gladioli it's the weekend 💜
I know you're bored T1 but you've gotta wait a bit longer I'm afraid 👽👽
This isn't smug baby caressing, this is I had a warm blueberry pie with an entire jug of Chantilly cream for lunch tummy rubbing. And it was very nice indeed. (Yesterday, I should point out. I'm still stuck in bed wondering if I can Deliveroo ribena and a bagel before I have to see the midwife this afternoon).
Just been for another scan and these little rascals are still insistent on their transverse positions (scroll across to see my extremely professional drawing) which goes some way to explain why I am ROCK HARD and also why the bump is so uncomfy. They'd have more room if they moved but hey, I guess kids like bunk beds. (I still quite like bunk beds tbf). Was so lovely to see them again though and they were their usual manic selves 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼 Today's theme for #mymindfulseptember is memories and this top I'm wearing always reminds me of happy WIWT times. It's from the Christopher Kane x Topshop collab of 2009 and I bought it off @amyrycroft at the WIWT Humble Sale. I like giving my bump sharp teeth. It somehow seems appropriate.
After seeing @mother_henny_ post about it, I've decided to join in with @mamas_scrapbook's #mymindfulseptember Insta challenge. I've never done an Insta challenge before but I liked the look of the daily themes and as I've been doing sweet FA for as long as I care to remember now, I thought it would be nice to have a little focus. Today's theme is happy place and it could not be better timed, as this morning I got back in my old pool and remembered just how happy the water makes me. I've re-joined my old club for the month of September, with the idea being that even if I just stand in the water every day I'll be doing my SPD a favour. Without wanting to be a moany old ratbag, I can't really explain how pathetic my pelvis and core have become whilst I carry these babies. I'm pretty much in pain 24/7. But today really was a breakthrough, using a pull buoy float to keep my legs rested and stable I swum 250m (lol at this feeling like a mammoth achievement) and I spent a full ten minutes feeling like my body *actually worked*. It was GLORIOUS. I had the entire spa pool to myself and it made me feel flippin' fantastic. So happy. I didn't take my phone to poolside to take a snap of the pool itself so you'll have to forgive me for using the Slim Aarons shot to illustrate, but the water is definitely 100% my happy place. Blame being a Pisces....or the fact that my mum conditioned me from a young age that going to swimming club meant I could stop off at the chip shop on the way home 👍🏼
I presume it's normal to want to cry every time you clap eyes on the impossible cuteness that is your first cot waiting for your first babies?! I'd blame hormones but I think it's just me becoming a complete sap in general....that or I'm just really exhausted from the SPD and bladder weakness now 👌🏼 Anyway, I've spent the vast majority of this pregnancy stressing about sleep arrangements for the twins and I feel like I've finally got a loose plan together now. Thankfully! I've blogged about our set-up over on PoppyD.com (link in bio, natch) and I'll report back as to whether it was any sort of success some time in the future. Crumbs, I can't believe they will ACTUALLY BE IN THERE soon! #twinpregnancy #pregnancy #realpregnancy #growingtwins #thirdtrimester #mummyblogger #pregnancyblogger #stokke #sleepi #sleepyhead #nurserydecor #cosleeping #nurseryinspo #twinmum
Been a bit quiet on here as I have been feeling hella rubbish BUT I have now filmed and uploaded a what's in the twins' hospital bag vid and a bit of a general update. Thank you so so much for the c-section bag and breastfeeding comments btw, I have been comically useless at replying but they were seriously helpful! I'm going to try and blog about my current plans for sleep arrangements (errrr how gorgeous are the cots?! And they don't even have the drape rods on yet!) and soon the nursery will be finished but I haven't put any of the decorative bits up yet because it will make it very obvious what we're expecting! We're also settled on names!!!! (I KNOW). The video link is in my bio or just search PoppyD on YouTube 💕💕
So many burgers. So many babies. Happy birthday (errr, for tomorrow) and thank you for a lovely BBQ little red!!! 🍔🌭🥗🍦
A new video has just gone up where I say the word blood a slightly worrying amount so maybe don't watch it with breakfast but yes, it's a look around my hospital bag! 🎉🎉🎉 Direct vid link in bio or just search PoppyD on YouTube.
Why aren't slow-cooked eggs more of a thing here? They're bloody perfect. Lovely to catch up with @therealjonnya over minty avocado, Aussie-approved coffee and tax chat 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼
Fancy creams can't compete with twins, genetics and plain ol' luck but I find if you match your stretch marks to your lipstick and find a jazzy scarf in a similar shade then you learn to love them. After all, they're there for a reason. 28 week scan today and both bubs are still big and growing really well. And fighting. Constantly. *Please let them be kinder to one another on the outside*. #wiwt #twinbump #loveyourbody #twinpregnancy #stylethebump #maternityfashion #maternity #bumpstyle #realpregnancy #ootd #mummyblogger #pregnancyblogger #growingtwins #stretchmarks
When you're slap bang in the middle of what feels like the loooooongest week you need homemade double chocolate brownies. And when it's raining as hard as it has been all day here, you need said homemade double chocolate brownies to be *made by someone else* and DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR. Man alive, brownie delivery is a revelation to me. @NutkinsBakery has just been launched by @harrymumford (scroll to the second pic to see her gorgeous logo, I'm a bit in love with all the branding) and I can confirm that her wares are delicious. Congrats Harriet on getting out of corporate-ville and into the world of brownie domination! If you want to try a box you can use POPPYCHOC15 for 15% off til the end of the month, there's a whole bunch of flavours and they can be posted anywhere in the UK I believe 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 YUM YUM YUM #nutkinsbakery #supportsmallbiz #notanad #justlovebrownies #eatingforthree #womeninbusiness #supportsmallbusiness
The belated birthday cake I made for Mother dearest. Rich chocolate sponge (not sweet, sweet chocolate sponges are a disgrace), vanilla caramel, strawberries and ALL THE FRESH CREAM. We can have some now for breakfast, right?
Why am I scared to blog about breastfeeding?! Gah. I am ridiculous. ANYWAY, I *have* blogged about my hopes and fears for breastfeeding twins today as I thought I'd jump on the #nationalbreastfeedingweek bandwagon and it's something I've been meaning to post about. I hopefully don't come across too bonkers and uptight in the post, I've just tried to be as honest as possible about where I'm at and how I'm feeling. Link is in bio or head to PoppyD.com to read 🍈🍈
July Food Faves is live 👌🏼 It's a bit of a sugar-fest. Ahem. I am eating vegetables too. I promise. (Direct link in bio or search PoppyD on YouTube 🍫🍫🍫)
We picked up the pram at the weekend and I can confirm I got it through all ten doors from the car to the nursery by myself. BOOM! I am so tempted to do a trial run on the bus without the stress of the babies being here but I'm aware that if anyone peeked in it would be very very VERY weird. Clip a muslin over it so people don't realise it's actually empty?! Somehow also hide my massive bump?! Maybe I'll do a covert 3am nightbus mission instead. Stick a couple of stray cats and pot noodles in there, act natural.
Oh hi, autumn weather. At least you bring autumn clothes. (Also, not gonna lie...I quite like the evenings getting darker and getting excited about X Factor). Swipe left for comedy side profile 👌🏼