Okay so we’re not off to a good start with such a big contradiction in the title of this post but bear with me and we’ll get to the c-section part eventually. My biggest piece of advice for anyone at any stage of pregnancy or early motherhood is to just relax, go with the flow – don’t stress or over-analyse. Be prepared, sure, but don’t go mad with the books and classes and all that stuff. You really don’t need so much noise. In my opinion it will make you more stressed and overwhelmed in the long run. That being…

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As I’m now 38 weeks into this pregnancy thought I had better get a wiggle on and update you on the last few weeks. I have a sneaky suspicion this may be my last update! yikes. (edit: I was right!)   A few things have changed since my last update. Sadly Matt has missed the deadline to qualify for Shared Parental Leave by 2 days. Part of the criteria to qualify states that you have to have been with your current employer for a certain length of time prior to the birth. This does seem grossly unfair to those who…

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With only a few weeks left until our lives are turned upside down we’re almost ready, in a practical sense anyway. Just have a few more ‘bits’ to buy and a lot of rearranging to do. For anyone who’s interested here’s a visual of all the shite baby gear we’ve accumulated for the lovely new arrival. We also have… too many clothes, nappies, wipes, miscellaneous linen, toiletries, shoes (?!) a chicco baby carrier, changing bag, teddies, books, changing mat, kitchen sink. The infant has really taken over! If you’d like to know anything about the stuff pictured above, just shout.…

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As you might know from reading my pregnancy updates I am very lucky in that stretch marks haven’t reared their head. Yet. I have a few little silvery marks you can see under a very bright light but I’m not fussed about that at all! In all honesty I’d like to think I wouldn’t care if they were a lot worse but that’s easy for me to say, right? I’m honestly quite surprised as I have pretty pale and sensitive skin. I bruise easily and almost all the little cuts and grazes I get become scars or imperfections. When I…

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I’ve made it to 35 weeks pregnant but I must admit it’s starting to feel like 350 weeks! As you know, I’ve been generally well and had no major complaints but I’m just getting a little bored now. We’ve read the books, had the meltdowns, bought the gear – now we just need to have the baby! I’m trying to be mindful of my posture and getting up and down more carefully so I don’t strain my back or stomach but it’s easier said than done. I think I might need to relocate myself to the other side of the…

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