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Week 31 - Pineapple

Garmisch P A. Riley

Image courtesy of Cute Fruit

Image courtesy of Cute Fruit

Our little baby’s now the size of a pineapple. This week we learnt about stage three of labour and got to poke a fresh placenta (it was cold and squishy), the human body is so fascinating! 

I also have a few more labour positions up my sleeves and even managed to do a couple during a relaxation in my antenatal exercise class. 

Lastly, being unemployed and almost study free gives me plenty of time to find illustrations for our birth plan, research fun stuff, sign up for more free classes, eat continuously and take advantage of impromptu nap times. Being a pregnant mama to be has so many perks :)

Week 30 - Cabbage

Garmisch P A. Riley

Image courtesy of Cute Fruit

Image courtesy of Cute Fruit

Our little baby’s now the size of a cabbage. This week we learnt about active birth, labouring positions and the first two stages of labour. The visual aids and home birth videos were fascinating. 

On another note, I discovered that I can no longer zip up all but one jumper/jacket. So after resisting for 7.5 months I caved and Tim convinced me to go shopping for clothes. Shopping is so not my forte (I'd rather spend money on food) but we came home with a bunch of comfy stretchy clothes (I'm too small for maternity clothes) and an exercise ball. Yay for sales and bright non closeable cardigans ;) I can now stop stretching my current minimalist closet. 

And finally, the baby has decided that all hours of the day and night are good times to dance, jiggle, be a teeny hulk and generally popcorn away.

Week 29 - Butternut Squash

Garmisch P A. Riley

Image courtesy of Cute Fruit

Image courtesy of Cute Fruit

Our little baby’s now the size of a butternut squash. All I do now is graze and nap, I really must be in my third trimester. 

This week we learned about bubs, boobs and poop. I discovered I now walk like my 85 year old grandmother. I scored extra stretches for my antenatal exercise toolkit. And I can start my multiple mini projects in the lead up to Popcorn being born. 

Week 28 - Eggplant

Garmisch P A. Riley

Image courtesy of Cute Fruit

Image courtesy of Cute Fruit

Our little baby’s now the size of an eggplant. 

This week we met our lovely student midwife which means we get to learn even more about my pregnancy and totally geeking it up. Today we got to feel Popcorn's shoulder, bottom and foot, so cool!

The baby is going well, being super active and despite my compact little belly, there is still plenty of room to do somersaults!

My giddyness will hopefully melt my migraine away. But man, I do love feeling our little baby dance and hear their doof doof doof heart beat. Nothing else matters. #proudmama

10 Life Lessons to Excel in Your 30s

Garmisch P A. Riley

Mark Manson's article 10 life lessons to excel in your 30's made me smile and the funny thing is I've been following these not so little lessons since I was 24. My favourite are number 6 and 10.

I always thought I had to explain my decisions, why I left a secure job at 24, chose to volunteer and live overseas instead of settling down, travelled (almost) around the world to read, write, volunteer and Instagram, why I decided to simplify then become a minimalist and why I rejected an extension to a contract job to study full time in a totally different field. At the end of the day, I did and do these things because it feels right for me in the moment.

So now I do and share instead of trying to explain. And as a result I'm finding myself being surrounded by like minded people, I'm happier, have more time to just be and life is pretty awesome. Of course it's not always daises, but I'm glad I'm making my own path and steps. Best decision ever.

Have you read 10 life lessons to excel in your 30's by Mark Manson yet?

Hello Ruby

Garmisch P A. Riley

Only 27 hours to go! You still have time to support Linda Liukas' amazing kickstarter project.

Teaching kids how to program through gorgeous illustrations and adventures? I backed it in the first few days and you should too :)

I can't wait to get my hands on the hardcover book, workbook and poster, the first piece artwork we have for our baby's room!

Hello Ruby is a children’s book that teaches programming fundamentals through stories and kid-friendly activities.
— Linda Liukas

Start backing from as little as $5 and you can learn about Ruby, her friends and of course programming. What are you waiting for?

Our baby

Garmisch P A. Riley

The simple delight of our baby

The simple delight of our baby

If you love someone, the greatest gift you can give them is your presence
— Thích Nhất Hạnh

At ten weeks we heard our baby's heart beat. It was beyond amazing. When we arrived for the routine check up with my GP, we had no idea we were going to hear our baby. My doctor said it was quite uncommon to be able to hear them, but thought she'd give it a go. So there I was, lying on my back, the little mic on my belly, Tim standing proudly, grinning from ear to ear as we listened attentively to our little baby. I could feel the tears coming and my cheeks started to ache from smiling. The baby wanted to say hi and at that moment, they totally had me.

Two weeks later, we saw our baby for the first time, their gorgeous little body in the perfect position for the ultrasound. They floated still as the scans were taken, their little fingers, legs, belly all visible and they didn't cause a fuss at all. They just laid there, chilling, very calm and at peace. 

Our little baby has taught me a lot already and I know there's more to come. They keep me in the moment, move me to tears and I love them so much that I feel my heart won't stop making room as our little baby grows.

306 Days - London

Garmisch P A. Riley

Although London wasn't on our original itinerary, we were happy to have an excuse to pop by for a visit. We got really lucky and had a clear blue sky, the perfect summer's day for a walking tour of the sites and enjoying endless chats with close friends. Of course, we couldn't leave without having a pot of tea!

Destination: London, England
Leg: 8 of 10
Duration: 2 Days
From: 31 August to 2 September 2013

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Our minimalist home - the inspiration

Garmisch P A. Riley

On our round the world tour of awesomeness last year we stayed in a lot of Airbnb places. I became addicted to studio apartments, and as a result, simple living. Our temporary homes sparked something in my head and as the trip progressed, all I wanted to do was look at and stay in homes that oozed simplicity.

Here are a few of the places that inspired our own soon-to-be minimalist home.

Helsinki, Finland

This apartment was one of my favourites and as soon as we walked in I was convinced this was the kind of home I wanted. Despite everything being in the same room (dining/living, bedroom and kitchen), it still felt very spacious. I love the birch against the white walls, the ikea stools won me over and the kitchen storage (and crockery) just blew my mind.

Tokyo, Japan

This was our first stop and the only accommodation we booked before the trip began. It was a very comfortable studio apartment with a bed, two desks (and swivel chairs) as well as a couch, all in the same room. The linen was white, the place was clean and it had we everything we needed and then some.

Berlin, Germany

The crisp white walls and floor to ceiling windows gave this apartment natural light. I also liked the simple furnishing scattered throughout the rooms, especially this little plant dancing in the corner.

Madrid, Spain

This studio apartment was very cute and so comfortable. Here, we relaxed, cooked, read, did laundry and I even managed to have a Skype video job interview (which I got). It was just what we needed.

Staying in these places has taught me that we really don't need a lot of space. If we ever needed "me-time," it was as simple as putting on headphones, reading in another part of the apartment or even going for a walk for coffee.