Category Archives: Bump Watch

Jun
26
2016

Our little bean finally arrived – Introducing Elian

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Newborn birth announcement - Introducing ElianJust in case you don’t follow us on Twitter, Insta or Facebook (and you really should! The links are over on the right!) we just thought we should let you all know that our little bean finally made an appearance at 2:17am on the 19th of June, weighing 8lbs 6oz, just in time for Fathers Day! So this is to introduce you all to the newest member of the Two Hearts (I suppose we should call us Three Hearts now!) household…this is Elian!

I’ll write up his birth story at a later date when I have had time to process it all, but I will say my home water birth didn’t exactly go to plan and after a rather difficult 27 hours our little man made his entrance by emergency c-section instead. He is now a week old and we are both happily settling in at home and doing great. So while I rest, recover and spend some real quality time with our little dude I have some awesome guest bloggers taking over the blog for a week or 2 but I will be back to regular posting soon with lots of great baby/parenting related posts as well as our usual lifestyle posts.

Thank you to everyone who has sent messages and congratulations, and for the gifts we have received from brands and fellow bloggers, we truly appreciate everything!

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Jun
10
2016

Maternity Wear Outfit Post with JD Williams

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Maternity wear Well I am nearing the end of my pregnancy now (39 weeks!) so am at my biggest and having trouble fitting some of the clothing I bought at the start of my pregnancy. But I am not the kind of person to wear leggings, tracksuit bottoms or baggy T-shirts as you all know, so I am still trying my best to wear more interesting and stylish clothes, even ones that are not actually intended as Maternity Wear, like the dress in todays post.  Continue reading

Jun
7
2016

Maternity Shoot with Victoria Tyrrell Photography

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Maternity ShootHopefully most of you will have seen our amazing Gender Reveal Photoshoot (if not go check it out!!) so know that we are expecting a little boy any day now. During that post I did mention that the balloon photos weren’t the only maternity shoot ones we had taken on the day with our best friend and super talented photographer Victoria Tyrrell, me and Jon also had some other beautiful maternity images taken. First she captured me and Jon together, then I decided to be a little brave and changed into a full length lace gown and floral crown (which Vikki made for my shoot!) for a few special pregnancy photos of just me. Luckily the location we had chosen was very hidden and secluded so I didn’t feel self conscious about being in just the dress and underwear. Vikki made me feel so beautiful in these images and I truly love my bump and will treasure these photos for every (it’ll be a challenge to top these if we try for a second at some point!)

Having a maternity shoot was something I knew I wanted to have done once my bump was big enough. Photography is obviously so important to me and Jon and we have captured a few maternity shoots ourselves so we knew we wanted our own beautiful images to remember this very special time in our lives, and although Jon could have shot me himself we really wanted photos of the two of us and knew that Vikki would be the perfect person to capture them.

The photos all turned out amazingly and Vikki captured so many that I’ve had a really tough time choosing just a few to show you guys today and which to print for our Project Life Journal and photowall in the house. So I apologise for the majorly image heavy post but I simply loved every photo she took. Continue reading

May
21
2016

My Afternoon Tea Baby Shower

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Afternoon Tea Baby Shower Well as the secret of beans gender is finally out of the bag (check out our gender reveal photoshoot here) I thought it was also about time you got to see a few pictures from my Afternoon Tea baby shower at Quay 3 in Swansea Bay. Huge thanks goes to my little sister, Briony, for organising it all and a big thank you to all the lovely ladies who came to celebrate my with me. We had a really fun time and me and bean were very spoilt! Continue reading

May
16
2016

36 Weeks Pregnant – About time we did a gender reveal!

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Gender revealOk ladies and gents, here it is. We are now 36 weeks pregnant so thought it was about time we did a gender reveal for you all. With the awesome talents of our best friend and fellow photographer Vikki Tyrrell and an awesome balloon from local company Balloon Avenue we had a brilliant maternity photoshoot this week. Here are the photos from the gender reveal part of the shoot (more maternity photos to come at a later date!) so you all know our secret now! Continue reading

Apr
8
2016

Bump Watch – End of the Second Trimester Update

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bump watch - second trimester updateGosh where have the passed few weeks disappeared to! It can feel like time is dragging when you are pregnant and just very excited to meet your little bean, then suddenly you look back and realise your whole second trimester is over (and you haven’t posted a bump update in over a month!) So this is technically a 23-29 week pregnancy update for you all, and its been a fairly eventful few weeks.

Plus I have some nice new maternity friendly clothes to show off, first being my new Mamaway Skinny Black Jeans in the picture above and below. Skinny Jeans aren’t really my thing, and I can’t say I’m really a convert now either, but I was sent these to style and review for Mamaway and I actually loved wearing them layered under my longer tunics and tops. Black jeans in general are something my wardrobe needs as I don’t own a pair and haven’t in many many years, so this was a nice change for me. These aren’t quite over bump jeans as the jersey doesn’t come right up over my bump like my other jeans do but the jersey top on them is super comfy and has a drawstring under the bump so you can tighten them if they don’t quite fit for a while till your bump gets bigger. 

Outfit: Top – F+F (not maternity section) / Jeans – Mamaway (excuse my slippers!) Continue reading

Mar
1
2016

Bump Watch – 22 Week Pregnancy Update and a Mini Half-Way There Maternity Shoot

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22 weeks pregnant Morning all! This isn’t really a proper pregnancy/bump update, I just thought I would share a few of my half-way there maternity photos with you all. As we are professional photographers by day we really wanted to make sure we captured my pregnancy properly with a little maternity shoot (we are very guilty of never taking photos of ourselves…always behind the camera, never in front!). We have done a few proper maternity photoshoots for clients, and we will be having some taken ourselves later in the pregnancy but we thought the half way point was a good opportunity to get a few lasting memories of me and my growing bump. Continue reading

Feb
27
2016

Bump Watch – 20 – 21 Week Pregnancy Update

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Bump and pregnancy updateAfternoon everyone, sorry for lack of posts and being mega behind with the bump and pregnancy update, we are actually about to hit week 25, so think I’ll have to roll a few into one just to catch up, and I promise you there is a gender reveal coming soon, we are just waiting on something special to arrive before we can film it for you all.

We have been super busy over on Cross-Jones Photography recently with lots of adorable newborns coming into the studio and it being the start of wedding season (finally!! We both miss shooting weddings during the quiet months). Continue reading

Feb
2
2016

Bump Watch – 18-19 Week Pregnancy Update

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Bump Watch - pregnancy updateSorry that this pregnancy update is a little late (we’re 21 weeks now!) but its been a super busy few weeks for us work wise, lots of gorgeous little newborns to photograph and wedding consultations to organise. But I am still feeling pretty healthy and good all round which is great. No interesting additions to the maternity outfits this week sorry, Ive pretty much lived in the same items with the change to a dark pair of Jojo Maman Bebe Jeans instead of the light blue! But I promise the next update will bring something new as I have ordered a few more pieces! Continue reading

Jan
9
2016

Bump Watch – 16-17 Week Pregnancy Update and Maternity Outfit

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maternity clothesOk so weirdly I look bigger in the first picture than in the second even though the first is my 16 weeks and the second is my 17 weeks! Hmm! Well anyway this is our first proper pregnancy post (don’t worry all those readers who aren’t interested in pregnancy I promise not to become a pregnancy blogger, just an occasional update…honest!) Continue reading