Birth Story Number 2 – A Planned C-Section

This time around my birth experience was going to be better. Planned. Calmer. Better for all of us. You can catch up here with my first birth story with baby girl.

Planning the birth started nearly 5 months previously. I saw a consultant who went through all the risks of a VBAC with me and we both came up with a plan much safer for baby and myself. This was to have a planned c section. My blood loss the first time around was much too high of a risk to try a VBAC and then if it happened to turn into another emergency c section was not worth it.

There and then back at the start of December I got my date through for the planned c section. I knew the date of my baby’s birthday! April seemed so far away at that point.

birth story - a planned c-section

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Explaining to a two year old they are getting a sibling and how to prepare

Before the baby arrived we decided that we were going to get her some presents from her baby sister. She’s not a girly girl so not into dolls, but loves music so we got her a toy keyboard to play on. I wondered at the start how hard it was going to be explaining to a two year old they are getting a sibling.
We have been telling her for months that she’s going to be a big sister as a new baby is arriving from mummy’s tummy. She doesn’t quite grasp the idea but goes around saying “baby” quite often.
I suppose for me the hardest part was leaving her to go into hospital. I’ve never spent a night away from her. Plus being at home with her all the time when I started maternity leave leading up to the birth made her very clingy to me.
Explaining to a 2 year old they are getting a sibling

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New Mum Stories: Adventures With J

Welcome back to another installment of New Mum Stories. This time Laura from Adventures With J shares with us her story on becoming a mum and the struggles with breastfeeding.

New Mum Stories - Adventures with J

Over to you Laura….

When I first became pregnant I found the idea of breastfeeding very uncomfortable. It wasn’t something I had really thought about before but my initial considerations were to bottle feed. However, within only a few weeks of being pregnant I was bonding with my baby. I had a strong instinct very early that my baby was a girl and I had a name for her very quickly. Breastfeeding started to feel like a great way to connect with her once she was born. Sadly, my baby’s heart stopped beating and I never had that opportunity.

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The Sunday Pregnancy Diaries #6

Welcome back to The Sunday Pregnancy Diaries #6 – I know it’s been a while since I’ve done one of my Sunday Pregnancy Diaries entries but life has just been so busy. You can catch up here with entry #5

I’m all finished work now and start my maternity leave from today ( I’ve been using up my annual leave up until this point when I finished work on the 4th)

So what’s been happening with this pregnancy so far?

The Sunday Pregnancy Diaries #6

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The Sunday Pregnancy Diaries: #5

Hello, here I am again with another Sunday pregnancy diary entry. Last week’s was all about organising my maternity leave through work. This week I had the pleasure of going to have a Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) done as I’m at the 26 weeks mark.

I had one a couple of years ago with baby girl and the results were all fine with that one. As I’m writing this I still have yet to get the results back.

The Sunday Pregnancy Diaries #5 - GTT

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The Sunday Pregnancy Diaries #4

Welcome back to my next installment of The Sunday Pregnancy Diaries #4. You can catch up with last weeks here. This week sees me at 25 weeks so only 15 weeks until my due date. To be honest because I’m having the baby at 39 weeks as planned the due date doesn’t mean much to me at the moment. Anyway as I’m at the 15 weeks point before my due date this week work needs to know what I plan to do.

he Sunday Pregnancy Diaries #4

With baby girl I left pretty early at 32 weeks. Partly because it was December and working in retail is hell at this time of year. Secondly I still had nearly 5 weeks of holiday to take which I took before my maternity leave started. Then of course baby girl decided not to come and arrived at 42 weeks. That time before she came I kept myself busy with blogging, reading and preparing for a new baby.

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