Agh! Here's another post that I wrote two weeks ago and then had to wait until this morning for the combination of good weather and Mr G being available to take photos (before he rushed off to work). So you'll have to forgive the squinting (sun very bright) and my shove-it-in-a-scrunchie-coz-I'm-feeding-the-baby hairdo.
Every morning for the past 5 months, I've woken up and thought to myself " today I really need to start doing sit ups". And have I managed it? Have I, heck!
Ok, well, I did about 12 once, but that was it.
Then a few weeks ago I started running again, which was part fantastic and part hell. I love running once I'm fit and practiced enough to be able to keep going for 30 minutes or so, but it's the getting there that's the hard part. A week of run 2 minutes/walk 42 minutes four times, then a week of run 3 minutes/walk 3 minutes four times, blah blah blah until I can run for 30 minutes non-stop. Not fun.
And then we went to Germany (with my running gear) and the luggage got lost (with my running gear) and Baby Stash needed extra cuddles because he didn't like the heat, and my running mojo evaporated.
So, what with all this failed running (I really need to get going again but getting up at 6.30am to do it doesn't exactly act as an encouragement) and distinct prominance of post-baby belly, I have been rediscovering all last year's Spring Tops (blogged here, here, here, here and probaby some place else too). Empire line tops are a godsend when you look 5 months pregnant but are actually 5 months post-pregnant!
And digging around in my box of summer clothes this afternoon a couple of weeks ago, I found this...
A Spring Top dress, which I can't seem to find any posts about at all. It's based on my fourth Danielle top which I think was Spring Top 3 but without the band between bodice and skirt. It was made (as usual) in Ikea's Bomull cotton and dyed with my favourite Denim Blue Dylon dye.
The ridiculous thing is, I really wanted to make a plain blue dress to take to Germany but never had the time, and there was one sitting in my cupboard all along. Doh!
There is no zip or anything, it's just a pull-it-over-your-head dress, and while that is really easy and comfy, it does make it look a bit on the baggy side. We tried taking photos of it baggy and with the back held tight (with a clothes peg) which makes it look somewhat more sophisticated, but rather annoyingly they came out looking exactly the same.
So next time, and I think there will be a next time because I've been pretty much wearing this dress non-stop since I found it, I will make it more close fitting in the bodice, and also raise the armholes a good inch and a half (because there's far too much bra side showing). I was going to take a photo of my armpit to illustrate the problem but I thought I'd spare you.
And in other news... Baby Stash goes for a trial couple of hours with a childminder this afternoon, so fingers crossed he has a good time. If that works out, he'll go for a couple of mornings a week and I'll be able to job hunt, house hunt (found a really nice one this morning but they wouldn't rent it unfurnished), finish the distance learning course I started last year, and sew. Sew! Hurrah!
Update! I felt so rubbish about not doing any situps after I wrote this post that I started them the very next morning, and even though I have never felt so unfit in my entire life, I think I'm actually making progess. So hurrah for that too.