Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Moving photos - before & after!

It's been two months since we moved to Maryland. Two months! Sometimes it seems like we've been here for longer and sometimes it still feels like yesterday. I'm settling slowly. I still don't really know many people but we're in more of a routine and that really helps. I'm trying to get out and about while I still can - only six weeks until my 'due date' and I'm starting to slow down...

I think I can relax a bit now the nursery is done. All Thomas's old clothes are washed, cloth nappies are clean, Ergobaby is fixed and ready, birth kit is prepared. Bring it on!

So, here is a small insight into some of the things we've managed to do in the last couple of months.

The house was hidden by the trees, it was so dark inside and looked so sad from the outside.

The family room - I still call it a lounge! It's so nice to have a space that isn't shared with Thomas's toys (well, sometimes anyway...).

The guest bedroom - luckily only one wall was papered!

Guest bedroom 2 - it feels so grown up to have a guest room!

The master bedroom - complete for now but looking a little bare! I want a chaise longue so if you see a turquoise one on offer anywhere, let me know!

The formal dining room became Thomas's playroom! It's just off the kitchen so really close to the family 'hub'.

The front living room - check out the darkness from the tree! This has become the room where the oddments of furniture go. We'll figure out what to do with it one day...

Thomas's room. It's so nice for him to have his own room for the first time!

The baby room. We never had one of these before either! We're planning on co-sleeping so it wasn't essential to do but now I feel I can hibernate a bit...

There you have it! Our beautiful house! It's a bit of a change from the two bedroom tenement flat we had in Glasgow. It's easier to keep tidy but harder to furnish as you need so many more things! It really feels like home though and that has helped me settle, and I'm sure it has helped Thomas too.

Possibly the BEST thing about it? No more alcoholic @rsehole upstairs neighbour!!! :D

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Baltimore (+ the marathon)

Baltimore was the first city I ever visited in the US. Ten years ago, only months into my first 'proper' job as a forensic DNA researcher, I got the opportunity to go to a conference there. It was my first trip abroad on my own and I stayed for a few days, taking the MARC train to Washington DC and doing the tourist trail. Little did I know at the time that ten years later I would be walking down the same streets with my husband, son and growing bump - a resident of the US!

This weekend we went on a trip to Baltimore, our closest city, for David to take part in the marathon. That is a whole other post which he should write for himself, but he did it, and I was very proud. I will blame the baby hormones for the immense pride and large number of tears I shed :)

And you know something freaky? I can't wait to start running again...

Here are some photos from our trip!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


When I was pregnant with Thomas, I had a 'womb' song for him. It was Rule the World by Take That (anyone surprised?!). What I discovered soon after he was born was that he hated it. Even now, if I start to sing it, I'm most often met with "No Mummy, stop. Stop singing".

Whoops. So all that cute foetal kicking was actually unborn Thomas telling me he hated the sound of my warbling tones. And there was me thinking I was quite good...

Now daddy. Daddy is a different matter altogether. When daddy sings it is HILARIOUS. Mind you, he was singing the theme song to the Beverley Hillbillies at the time...

It's safe to say that Baby Welch II hasn't been subjected to a womb song. Although Take That "The Flood" features quite often in my sing-out-loud car journeys. I fear I'm imprinting on my kids to hate Take That before they're even born...
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