Birth story – the short version!

Day before with spent with my pregnant friend who was having contractions and using TENS machine. I feel heavy and walking is hard… Nice massage and early bed… 11am – message hubby to say he’s probably got today but not tomorrow. Settle down with wire work craft project and episode of Shield. Bouncing on ball……

Baby is here – A guide to visiting a new family

Having a baby is such a magical and emotional time… you’ve spent 9 months with little one rolling around inside you, glimpsed them on the scan pictures, done all sorts of preparation classes and the countdown is on for you to meet your baby… But one thing is starting to worry you, possibly even stress…

Milestone: putting the side sleeper away!

Today we reached a big milestone. Little one is now far too wiggly to continue using the side sleeper. She’s starting to crawl and pulling up on everything in a bid to stand up. It was a big moment for mummy me to undo those buckles and admit that one brief era was over. I’ve…

The agony of having a baby

Agony!!! Now I don’t mean child birth… Or pregnancy… I mean actually physical agony of having, holding, feeding, carrying, hugging and caring for a baby! Eh… what on earth do I mean… surely that’s the nice bit?? Well after you’ve spent 9 months getting bigger, heavier and generally less fit (don’t even mention relaxin to…

Crisis of confidence – playing with baby

Little one is 12 weeks old today and I’m starting to doubt myself. It got a lot worse yesterday after a trial baby sensory class… I’m full term Mum at the moment and I’ve been confident in saying that I want to take care of little full time (with a bit of part-time work on…

Counting our rainbow blessings

Today marks one year from losing our first pregnancy to a miscarriage. While the sadness remains, today has mostly been about counting our blessings and being very thankful for the small warm snuggly bundle of love curled up asleep on my lap. The devastation we felt that fateful day last Easter could have broken us….

Holding the new baby

So when your little bundle of joy has finally arrived and you are just getting to grips with everything… you have a parade of visitors wanting to hold baby… This should be a nice thing right… sadly that’s not what I felt. Sure, I was proud to show her to┬ámost some people but actually having…

Pregnancy Diaries – Month 9

This last month has been so diverse… the first half was full of work related finishing tasks and generally higher energy riding a wave of completed tasks… the second half… not so much! Heartburn has been a constant discomfort with a whole bottle of gaviscon not lasting a week! Without it I’ve not been able…

EcoBaby – Second hand sales

Between facebook marketplace and Pagham Children & Baby Table Top Sales I’ve done really well at finding a whole host of pre-loved goodies. I’ve found that the Table Top Sales are so well organised with parents taking time to clean and sort out their items that it’s a real pleasure to attend. Great for the…

Pregnancy Diaries – Month 8

The biggest development of the month has been getting a new midwife! I’m so glad I spoke up as it was really stressing me out to feel like I couldn’t ask any questions. I’ve now got a super lovely midwife who just really puts me at ease and assured me that there are no stupid…

Pregnancy Diaries – Month 7

In the mayhem of preparing for the festive season this month has absolute flown by! I can’t believe we could be meeting our baby in possibly just 6 weeks! This month we’ve been enjoying our evening hypnobirthing classes. Four weekly sessions with seven other couples. I’ve written a blog post about each session and both…

Hypnobirthing – Part 4

Today was the last session of the four part course and one we’ve been really looking forward because we had a tour of the birthing suites and delivery rooms. It’s been something that has been playing on my mind… I like to know where I’m going and what sort of environment I’ll be in. Not…