Welcome to Notes from the Backpack, the monthly roundup post from Luxury Backpack. Want to know about my current adventures, what I’ve been reading, and my plans for the upcoming month? You are in the right place!
I am writing August’s monthly roundup not from the Florida Keys, but from sunny Suffolk in Eastern England. I’ve been really quiet on the blog this month, and this is down to the fact that we moved house, and not only that but I actually moved from Florida back to the UK.
Meanwhile, Uriel is still working in Florida, so we are back to the long distance relationship that we are more than used to but that we had thought we had seen the back of. It isn’t as hard for us now as it has been in the past, despite living in each others pockets when we are together and going from one extreme to another. This is mainly because we are both so busy we don’t have much time to procrastinate. To be honest though, we have always made sure we put effort in to our relationship when we are apart, and make time for each other, even if it is just a quick phone call. When you stay wrapped up in each others lives, it is harder to lose touch and for the relationship to fall apart.
This month’s highlights
Our maternity shoot
The day before we left, our friend Meredith took some snaps for us down at the beach. You will see them throughout this post. I am so happy with how they turned out!
A weekend away in Miami’s hip art district, Wynwood
Uriel and I took the chance to have a second ‘babymoon’ when I left the keys to head to the UK by spending a few nights in Miami. I had always wanted to spend some more time getting to know the art district Wynwood, which is Miami’s answer to Brixton. A once no-go part of the city that is now a hip and happening area which draws the crowds due to the amazing graffiti that covers every inch of the area. We basically ate all weekend, drank cocktails (non-alco for me) and relaxed in our incredible boho Air Bnb apartment.
Hitting 24 weeks (and now we are at 28 weeks!)
At the beginning of the month, we hit the big 24-weeks. This seems to be a milestone for a lot of people due to the fact that if the baby is born premature from this point onwards, their chances of survival are pretty good. I don’t know if it is just me, but I worry constantly about the little baby growing in my belly, and I always find comfort in every small milestone like this.
Visiting my family in Cheshire for the first time in a year and a half
Going home to my family’s farm in Northern England was something I was looking forward to for so long, especially since my family hasn’t seen me since I’ve been pregnant. I was struck with how green everything in the UK looked! I had been so used to looking out at the blue for so long, I had forgotten just how lush the countryside in England is. It was amazing to see the doggies and and spend time relaxing with the family after all this time.
Two weeks on the British coast in Suffolk
I am currently enjoying two weeks by the seaside in Suffolk, and have been enjoying walks on the pebble beaches, bacon sandwiches and tea in the mornings, and early nights spend watching british cooking shows and reading. Sounds peaceful? Well that is apart from the fact I am also in the company of my 12 week old niece who is giving me a crash course in childcare. I am loving the cuddles, but not so much the endless crying!
This month’s struggles
Flying long haul at 25 weeks pregnant
This was a real worry for me, naturally, and I tried to prepare as best I could for the 8 hour flight from Miami to Manchester. I learnt so much, and actually had a really smooth and easy flight. I was initially discouraged by the lack of information I found online, and so post-flight I put together a guide for anyone flying long haul when pregnant to help other mothers to be.
Saying goodbye for now to the Florida Keys
Packing up and leaving the keys was tough. I had so much to look forward to in the UK that it wasn’t as teary as I thought it would be, and in some ways it didn’t feel like I was leaving for good as Uriel stayed there. But saying goodbye to the endless blue, and to all my amazing friends out there was really hard. I know that next time I am there I will have a baby, which is very surreal!
August’s Favourite Maternity Buys
- I’m a little bit obsessed with Topshop’s maternity line. I was so happy to discover that my favourite skinny black ‘Jamie’ jeans are available in maternity too! They are so comfy and I’ve been wearing them practically everyday. I also LOVE this denim pinafore dress, and think it looks really cute with a striped t-shirt and a blooming baby bump!
- Since being in the third trimester I have noticed feeling the strain of my bump when walking. I really loved the idea of the bump support tank from Blanqi, but also found this cheaper version from JoJo Maman Bebe which is great.
- I have finally started reading pregnancy books (see below for my review of the latest one I read). The Bump Class is the prettiest guide I have come across and is full of practical information.
What I’ve Been Reading This Month
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Unlike a lot of literature students, I never read this book at University or school. It has always been on my reading list, and so I picked a copy up from the library. I was surprised by how quickly I got into it, and actually couldn’t put it down after just a few chapters. It is a book that makes you think about many issues, whilst managing to shock at the same time. Would I recommend it? Definitely.
Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine
This book is around 800 pages long and would be sufficient as a doorstopper if it doesn’t take your fancy. It had quite a cult following back when it was published in 1986. I picked it up in the spare room at my parent’s house when looking for a bedtime reading fix. Despite it’s length I was instantly hooked, and am breezing through this tale interweaving real events from history and a modern tale of hypnotism. I still have a long way to go, but so far if you asked me: Would I recommend it? The answer would be, YES!
The Best Friend’s Guide To Pregnancy by Vicki Iovine
The first baby book I read from cover to cover. My sister gave me this, and I actually really enjoyed it. It is a no-frills guide to pregnancy, and will really tell you the honest truth about everything. I loved Vicki’s writing style, and it made me laugh a lot. Would I recommend it? Yes.
Thanks for reading See you next month x
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