What’s in my hospital bag for baby number 2?

This past week I’ve been busy packing my hospital bag. You can catch up here with what I packed first time around.

Second time around I’ve learnt a few things. Don’t just pack sleepsuits for 0-3 months otherwise your baby will look like she’s wearing a sack! In fact last time I didn’t even buy new baby clothes they were all 0-3 months. She did grow into them though. I’ve invested in sleepsuits from Next which have the turn over cuffs for baby hands. Much better than having separate little scratch mitts which I kept losing.

What's in my hospital bag for baby number 2?

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New Mum Stories: Savings 4 Savvy Mums

Hello and welcome back to New Mum Stories, this week we hear from Eleanor over at Savings 4 Savvy Mums. Eleanor shares with us her story of becoming a mum which I have to say sounds a little like mine – overdue, induction, epidural…

New Mum Stories - Savings 4 Savvy Mums

Over to you Eleanor…

The long awaited arrival arrived – with a bit of help!

After two and half years and a miscarriage I had made it to 38 weeks. I was just on maternity leave and full of excitement. Looking forward to a week or two at home before giving birth. I cleaned the house, cooked extra meals for when baby arrived, packed and unpacked my hospital bag and of course rested. Then I started to get bored. 39 weeks passed – nothing, 40 weeks passed – nothing, 41 weeks passed – nothing.

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New Mum Stories: What if it’s Not?

Welcome back to another installment of New Mum Stories. This week’s story is from a lovely lady called Helen. Helen contacted me asking if she could write a piece for my blog sharing her story with you all. Her new mum story is rather different from most due to her daughter having additional needs from complications as a newborn.

Over to you Helen

I have to lay my cards on the table from the outset:  I’m a pessimist.  I always have been.   A  glass half empty kind of girl.  However, when I was approaching motherhood I was torn  between my natural instinct to expect the negative and the regular daydreams of cradling  and singing to a fuzzy headed newborn, walking hand in hand with a cherub faced toddler  with ice cream running down their chubby fingers or hearing about the exploits of the school  day with a little one talking at 100mph.

What if it's not?

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New Mum Stories: 3 Girls Mummy

Hello and welcome back to another instalment of New Mum Stories. This week I’m featuring Ashleigh from 3 Girls Mummy. Who tells us about her very quick birth of her younger Irish twin.

 

Over to you Ashleigh

3-girls-birds

I had my youngest of 3 girls just over 7 weeks ago so I have many stories I could tell throughout the years but I’ll not forget the day after I had my youngest.

Smallest (R) was born 13th July 2016. I went into hospital at 8.30am and she was here by 9.50am! Middle (L) was born 14th July 2015. This makes them Irish Twins. There’s one day less than a year between them.

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April: C-Section Awareness Month

April is c-section awareness month. Before I had my c-section in February I really didn’t know or give a thought about c-section awareness month.

What is it all about?

When we found out we were expecting last May, a c-section did not even enter the conversation. My mum gave birth naturally to four of us, my little sister also with my nephew, so I thought that I would be the same. So I really didn’t need to know about c-sections.
April: C-Section Awareness Month

Even when we were 12 days past our due date and went in to hospital to be induced, we didn’t think about having a c-section. It was only when labour never progressed all weekend and we got to late Monday Morning, when the word C-Section was mentioned by the doctors. At that point all I was concerned about was getting baby girl out safely. My husband and I were both tired and we just wanted her in my arms.

My husband had gone to get something to eat when the doctors came in with the c-section consent form. It was quite funny because I was high on gas and air when they were explaining it to me so I would have agreed to anything at that point. I do remember them saying something to me about blood loss and a hysterectomy but my brain wasn’t functioning correctly. Afterwards I realised that I actually had a quite serious operation, and a c-section is not the easy way out. It wasn’t in my birth plan and not what I wanted. I wrote about my Birth Story in  previous post.

The recovery is hard. I found it hard to walk without tearing open my stitches, found it hard to lift baby girl out of her crib in the middle of the night, and found it hard not being able to drive for 6 weeks….

That is not including the allergic reaction to the chemical wash I had all over my stomach, it was like a burn. Bags of frozen peas were my friends for a while!

So back to Cesarean Awareness Month, What is it all about? Well it aims to raise awareness of cesareans and educate people, all around the world. The campaign supports the need to reduce cesareans in women who do not need them and who will not benefit from a cesarean over a vaginal birth. The campaign also supports mothers who have a vaginal birth after a cesarean (VBAC).

The campaign also raises the the fact that there is a lack of awareness of the complications of a cesarean.

The risks include:

  • Increased risk of Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Intense longer lasting pain therefore more hospital visits
  • Higher blood loss therefore greater risk of having to have a hysterectomy
I wish I knew of these risks before I had my c-section. But at the end of the day my c-section was a category 4 emergency as baby girl was not going to come out any other way. So I had no choice in the matter. Mother’s who elect to have a c-section do.
 

 

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Cornwall Baby Show 10/04/2016

On Sunday we drove up to Fraddon to Kingsley Village where the Cornwall Baby Show was being held. On our arrival we got out of the car and the wind was so strong it practically took our breath away! As we were walking across the car park with baby girl in her Cosatto pram it took both my husband and I to hold tight of the pram. I had visions of baby girl being thrown across the car park, this was my first scary moment as a mummy.
We arrived early so we went for a coffee and a green tea for me into Starbucks to pass a few minutes away. 
When the show opened at 10:30 we were some of the first people in there and I’m glad we went early because by the time we left it was extremely busy. Last week before the show I registered through Facebook for a goody bag. You had to do this before the show as there wasn’t enough for everyone. 
Cornwall Baby Show

We picked up our goody bag at the door and went in for a look around. It wasn’t quite as I expected. I think I expected more exhibits. In the space it was in, there could have been lots more. I didn’t see many baby clothes, and toys. There was an excellent display from Usbourne books. 
The pram and travel system displays were very good. Lots of brands to look at. 
selection of prams
My favourite of course being Cosatto. The British design is bright, colourful funky and just so cool! We won a Cosatto giggle 2 3 in 1 travel system  back in 2014 when we were eagerly awaiting our babies arrival. It was a further 2 years before we got to use it. Never mind that’s a story for a different day.
We had some lovely people come up and comment on our stunning New Wave Cosatto pram that baby girl was in. It made me feel proud that our baby girl is a little trend setter! 
The Cosatto design below is called Firebird which was on display at the show. 
Cosatto Firebird
The egg pram is at the top of the price range . 
Egg pram
My husband is a big guy at 6 ft 4 and we have been searching for baby carriers that will fit him, so we stopped by this display. The lovely lady there said he could try on one of the carriers to check the fitting. We were waiting ages for her to get to us as she was dealing with another customer, and unfortunately we never got round to trying one on. It was really busy at this point. 
baby carriers
We ended up leaving after an hour as it was getting  virtually impossible to get to chat to the everyone. I believe we got what we wanted out of the Cornwall Baby Show. The best part for me was chatting to the lovely lady at Baby Sensory with which has ended with us coming back home and signing up for classes with baby girl. There is a waiting list for the 0-6 month classes so fingers crossed we won’t have to wait too long! 
Baby Sensory

When we got home we took a look at the goody bag. It was not quite what I expected. It was full of leaflets which we could have picked up form the individual displays. My husband did like the mini packet of Haribo sweets! I would have liked a pen! 
Don’t they always give away pens at these things?
 Me being a stationery addict was slightly disappointed not to have got a pen! 
Cornwall Baby Show
There was a baby on board car sign included which will come in useful.
Leaflets from the Cornwall Baby Show

I loved the Happy Birth Project display by the midwives from the Princess Alexandra Maternity Unit at Treliske Hospital, which is where baby girl was born. The Happy Birth Project is there to raise money to help the midwives decorate the unit and make it a more of a happy, homely and relaxing place to give birth. They are having some building work starting in the Summer to build water birthing pools which they don’t currently have.
They have a lots of local grannies who knit hats and booties for them to sell to raise money for the project. We could not resist this gorgeous little white hat with a pink flower, and gladly paid £3 for it for the charity. 
The Happy Birth Project
I hope you all had a good weekend!

The Secret Diary of Agent Spitback