I naively thought my second pregnancy and labour would mirror that of my first, how wrong was I! Ruby was born at just over 37 weeks, my waters went first, contractions started a few hours later in the early hours and she was born at 10.37am that morning. I went through my second pregnancy gleefully expecting the same to happen, however it did not. From 36 weeks my midwife told me I was fully engaged and that she too expected the baby to come at a similar time to my first. Well 37 weeks came and went, 38 weeks passed us by and by 39 weeks I was so disappointed she wasn’t here yet and I was still not even full term. The one silver lining was starting maternity leave and getting extra weeks to spend with Ruby, one-on-one before the new arrival. This summer was one of the hottest I can remember and although it was uncomfortable being pregnant, I was glad the baby decided to stay put until it got slightly cooler.
Center Parcs is our go to place for a short break. Since having Ruby, we have been to both Elveden and Longleat and stayed in a variety of different accommodation types. We are lucky enough to be able to go outside of school holidays – I did have a look for a long weekend in the summer holidays but I could not believe the difference in price. I’m certainly not looking forward to the day we have to pay those prices!
I have always loved flying. There is just something about airports that I find fascinating; there are hundreds of people in one place making their way to destinations over the world. I used to pack my bag the night before, get to the airport and breeze through check in, hit the shops and have a bite to eat then board the plane without thinking twice about anything.
Not anymore! For the majority of the time, I now have a small two legged creature who travels with me too and my love for airports is slightly less than it was before.
Probably the hardest thing I have had to do so far. My maternity leave is coming to the end and I now need to find a replacement me for 3 days a week.
These days there are so many gadgets available on the market and when you have not done this before, it is hard to know what you actually need and what you can do without.
I have complied my top ten baby must haves, they will not all apply to everyone however I thought it would be useful to share what we found worked best for us.
I have no idea where the last week has gone, it is all a bit of a blur! I think I have had around 12 hours sleep but I would not change it for the world.
So my birthing story…
Our beautiful baby girl was born this morning two weeks and one day early at 10.37am weighing in at 7lb. She came for Christmas! We are very much in love and I will post my birthing story shortly.