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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

WELCOME TO THE WORLD: LUCAS

We welcomed our little boy, Lucas, into the world on Thursday 5th May, at 7:06 pm. He was delivered by emergency c-section and weighed a whopping 10b 10oz. 







I will write my birth story before it starts to become hazy but this stage goes so quickly and I just want to be here with my family and enjoy this time. 

This little boy has filled a hole that I didn’t even know was there. He has allowed my heart to grow, expand and love once more. It’s amazing how it has the capacity to do that. 

He has completed our family. And he has captured all our hearts.

Thank you for following and supporting me on my journey so far - here's to the next chapter, life as a family of four! 
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Saturday, 23 April 2016

Dear Sophia: Becoming a Big Sister

Dear Phia,

Your brother is due to enter the world today and I must apologise because ever since finding out I was pregnant, I’ve been meaning to write this letter to you but I knew there would be more and more I wanted to say as his arrival became imminent.

I am about to become a Mama to somebody else soon. And I'm really excited to meet your brother. I know you are too. But I'm also really nervous and I get teary eyed simply thinking of being in the hospital, away from you for a couple days, not being able to tuck you in at night or see your beautiful face first thing in the morning.

I love you so much little girl. My words could never ever do my feelings for you justice. I'm so grateful you chose me as your mother. Watching you grow into the funny, kind and independent little person you are has been, by far, the most incredible journey of our lives.

I think about all the one on one time you and I have had, especially recently whilst I've been on maternity leave. Sleeping in with no interruption. 
Playing, snuggling and laughing. Every moment belongs to you. In some ways I feel like I’m taking that from you. And it’s special because as much as I know I will love your little brother, he and I will never have the alone time you and I have had for over 3 years. He will never be the only baby I love in the whole wide world, like you have been for so long.

You asked for breakfast in bed on Wednesday morning (as you often do) and asked me to have it with you as I was 'special and pregnant' and you've certainly made me feel special over the past nine months.

I want to thank you for holding my hand at each antenatal appointment, for wanting to look after me and helping to when I've been poorly and being patient and understanding when I haven't been able to do all the things I normally can with you (like jumping on that bouncy castle at the weekend - I'll make that up to you though, promise).

And I apologise in advance for the next few weeks, when Mama might be tired or snappy or less able to show you how much I love you even though I'm desperate to. I hate to think of you feeling put out. 

Daddy and I have been working hard to prepare you for what lies ahead (though we hardly know ourselves) and I really hope you don't feel like your little world has been rocked too much.

You will never be less loved. Less special. Or less important. You're our daughter and we are so proud of you.

You've called yourself a big sister from the moment we told you about the baby in my tummy. You talk with such pride about your baby brother to anyone that will listen, especially at nursery, I've heard so many stories from your teachers and direct from you about the plans you have for you both once he's arrived. And it makes my heart melt. 


The truth is, I'm not having a baby - we're all having a baby. He's ours. Our new little family member. He will have things that you didn't have. He will be welcomed by 6 loving arms instead of just 4. He will benefit from parents who are a little less paranoid and a little more experienced than yours were. He will undoubtedly have the best big sister anyone could ask for.

And I promise, as a big sister, who knows all to well the magic that a sibling can bring, that you will love him more than you thought possible. He will drive you mad. He will steal your toys. He will get you into trouble. But you will love him so much. And one day, when I'm not here, you will have him, and he will have you.

There will come a time when you likely won’t remember your life before your brother. Which is so strange to me since I feel like the past three years are such a huge part of my life and I'm sad for this time we've had together as 'a three' to end. But I know there is lots of fun and adventure ahead waiting for us as 'a four' and I'm looking forward to it. 

You have proven your incredible ability to adapt to just about anything thrown your way and I know that this transition into big sisterhood will be no different. You never cease to amaze us.

I love you so much. To the moon and back.

Mama.



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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

What's In My Hospital Bag: For Mum

Last week I wrote about what I am taking in my hospital bag for our baby boy. I've also got everything out and ready to be packed for myself too, which probably won't finished getting packed until I'm hospital bound as there is a few bits (mainly toiletries) that I'm using currently. I'm quite pleased that I have it out and sorted though, so I'm ready for labour when he does decide to make his appearance! 

In terms of my birth plan this time round, I'm hoping for a water birth. I'd like to try just using water and hypnobirthing techniques to manage the pain but as long as he arrives safely if I need it, I'll take it. 

As I mentioned previously I'm hoping to get discharged quite quickly (all being well) so I'm travelling quite light but I think I have all the essentials I need. 

Again I've done a full list along with any links I've managed to find...

Labour: 
  • Maternity Notes
  • Lace trim nursing bra / Bikini top - I'm not sure which, if either, I'll feel more comfortable in. 
  • Long strappy top



Post Birth:
  • Wash Bag - Mini Shampoo, Mini Conditioner, Mini Dry Shampoo, Mini Shower Gel, Mini Deodorant, Toothbrush, Mini Toothpaste, Facial wipes, Face Moisturiser, Body Moisturiser, Lip Balm, Tangle Teezer, Hair Ties and Grips, Canesfresh Wipes, Perfume and Hand Sanitiser. 
  • Towel - Dark ones are the best! 
  • Flip Flops
  • Big Big Black Pants - I've gone a size up and packed four pairs!
  • Maternity Pyjamas/Nightie - I'm taking both pyjamas and a nightie in case I end up having a c-section when I think I'll be more comfortable in something that isn't likely to rub on any possible scar. 
  • Dressing Gown
  • Slippers
  • Maternity Towels
  • Breast Pads
  • Makeup - Tinted Moisturiser, Concealer, Mascara, Eyebrow Pencil, Blusher
  • Belly Bandit
  • Going Home Outfit - Leggings and I haven't decided which top yet!  


Extras: 
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • Camera and Charger
  • Phone and Charger
  • Headphones
And that's it. Now just four days from due date we are on the final countdown and we wait and pray for the safe arrival of our baby boy! 
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Thursday, 14 April 2016

What's In My Hospital Bag: For Baby


I'm just approaching 39 weeks and whilst physically I'm ready for this baby boy to arrive, I've been very unorganised when it comes to getting our hospital bags together. I have finally (I think!) done it now though and should he decide to make an appearance I'm feeling much more prepared. 

I'm taking two bags, for ease of locating whatever we may need at the time.

I've done a full list with some pictures, along with any links I can find below...


I'm packing his things in his changing bag which is the Skip Hop Dash Deluxe Chevron. I love the print and colour of this changing bag, I seem to have a bit of a grey obsession at the moment! It's been a long long time since we've had to take a changing bag out with us and I forgot just how much stuff newborns need! 

Blanket

Babymoov Lovenest - We used a Sleepcurve mattress with Sophia in her moses basket for the first six months to prevent against plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome). This lovenest is the same in principle but completely portable which means we'll be able to use it straight away and whether we are at home or out and about.

Car Seat - Maxi Cosi Pebble

Cuddly Toy - Sophia will most likely bring this with her when she comes to meet him for the first time as she has been 'looking after it' for him.  



Baby Essentials: 
  • Nappies - I'm a Pampers fan, especially for newborn bottoms. I have ten in the bag and I'll probably take some extras in the car just in case, but I'm hoping to get discharged from hospital quite quickly. 
  • WaterWipes/Cotton Wool - I personally prefer and find a wipe easier and at 99.9% water they are perfectly suitable for newborns but I'm taking cotton wool too just in case we nominate my Mum for cleaning that first poop like we did with Sophia (she'll only do it with cotton wool apparently!)
  • Everyday Metanium and Bepanthen samples - the free ones you get from the Emma's diary packs, just in case! 
  • Muslin Cloths and Swaddle Blankets - I've lusted after the Aden + Anais Jungle Jam collection for a long time and my lovely Auntie and her family bought the complete set for me at my baby shower a few weeks ago - which was just the best surprise.
  • Cellular Blanket



Baby Clothes: 

When Sophia was born she was only 8lbs 11oz but very long (unsurprisingly with a 6ft 2" tall Daddy) and she didn't actually fit, length ways into anything that was newborn sized.  With this little boy most likely growing the same way according to his growth scans, I am taking up to 1 month or 0-3 sizes.
  • Four Vests 
  • Four Sleepsuits - This Gap one. One from this Next set. This set from M&S (one of which will be his going home outfit) 
  • Cotton Hats - mostly with bear ears because I seem to be unable to resist any baby item that has bear ears on! 
And that's it! If there is anything you think I may have forgotten please let me know in the comments below. I'm only a week away from our due date but it still seems surreal that  this will all be bundled into the car one day very soon! 
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