Push Box

Just before our new baby was born, a friend of mine gave me the perfect Push Box.  If you’re unfamiliar with what this is, its a gift box filled with all the goodies you should need to get you through the birth and first couple of weeks.  They are obviously tailored to each specific person and the contents of mine are below.. 

Thank you friend for this amazingly thoughtful gift! xxx

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40 Weeks (and counting).

Don’t let my smile fool you, I am one grumpy mother.  

The ‘due date’ is a double edged sword – yes it is in fact just a guideline, but it is also the light at the end of the tunnel for the person in question.  And when that date comes and goes, any mum will tell you that the days to follow are some of the longest of your life. You get increasingly uncomfortable, sleeping is pretty hit or miss (I was awake from 1am – 3am last night, for no apparent reason) and the ‘Any news?’ messages/calls keep rolling in.  

And then you have people saying, enjoy the peace, get some rest, pamper yourself!  Yes that would be amazing, but I have a two year old, I can’t reach my toes anymore, and when its a nursery day its hard to book anything in because of the slim chance that I might be in labour.  

Also, EVERYONE lets you know what you can do to bring on labour, like you haven’t been studying the book for months already, (and trying out the most popular since week 37).  I’ve also completely forgotten whats in my hospital bag now as its been sitting by the door for over a month – reminds me, I’d better go through it to double check everything. 

….Big thanks to my close friends and family who have had to bear the brunt of my constant grumpiness, I will make it up to you by letting you come over and play with a brand new baby, (just bring food with you please)! 

Below is a comparison pic, 40 weeks pregnant with Ethan on the left, and 40 weeks pregnant this time around on the right. 

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6 Weeks to go

Second time around I’m much more blasé about the whole recording the pregnancy thing that we all do first time around.  I have’t written down my emotions and craving in a baby book, I haven’t taken weekly photos of my bump while holding up a “16 weeks'” sign and I haven’t recorded my weight.  Its not that I can’t be bothered, its more that I haven’t had as much time with running around after the toddler and I’ve felt sick most of the time so just could’t be arsed. 

However, I found a couple of photos from my first pregnancy and decided to do a comparison.  

Here I’m 30 weeks in both photos, I can’t believe the difference in the two pregnancies! In the photo on the left I look like I’ve just eaten Christmas lunch, and in the second I look ready to pop. 

IMG_7839Here I am with just six weeks to go.  I thought I was much bigger this time (and I definitely was in the above photo), but at 34 weeks, I’m pretty similar to how I was first time around; just far more uncomfortable as the baby is sitting awkwardly – probably a little preview into what its character is set to be! Fun. 

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Next comparison will be my due date!