Our little girl is already 5 weeks old. Where does the time go??? It feels like yesterday, our new family of 4 (it still gives me an utter thrill saying this! We are finally a family of 4), was bundled up together in the car on our way back from the hospital. But let me start at the beginning.

I had a feeling that she would arrive a little earlier than her calculated due date of 15th January. Our oldest daughter was born at 37.5 weeks. The midwives kept telling us that every child is different and that our previous birth would be no indication of how this one would go. Call it mother’s instinct, but I just somehow knew, I wouldn’t make it to the full 40 weeks with this preganancy either. And I was not wrong.

I started to feel a few contractions in the evening of New Year’s Eve, but they were by no means regular or particulary strong. Just a few here and there. Overnight everything had quietened down and I felt absolutely fine by the next morning. Throughout the whole day, there was no further indidcation that baby would arrive soon.

The next day we had planned a meet-up with some friends at our local zoo – but we never made it. My waters broke at 9am just after we had finished breakfast (we had a little lie-in on that day).

Although we were pretty much prepared for Baby to arrive earlier than her due date, it still took us by surprise. We phoned our friends who would take care of our oldest daughter for us and set off to our local midwifery unit. There, it was confirmed that my waters had indeed gone and that I was officially in labour. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t keep us there as our oldest daughter had a low birth weight and we would have to go to hospital after all. We were a bit aprehensive about this as we were previously told the low birth weight would not be a problem as this pregnancy measurements were always on point.

Oh well, off we went. By this point contractions were coming in thick and fast, but slowed down as soon as I got in the car. Our town no longer has a maternity unit (therefore, the midwifery unit was our preferred choice) and the nearest hospital with a maternity unit is approximately 30 minutes away from where we live. I phoned ahead, but was told that we should stop at home and wait for contractions to pick up again. Which they promptly did as soon as I got out of the car. We stayed at home for about 45 mimutes before we set off for the hospital, In the meantime, I had walked around a lot and even cleaned the house a little :-). I knew I had contractions, but to be fair, they were never that painful so I thought I still had plenty of time. However, they became pretty regular and were not far apart from another. Back in the car, things slowed down a little. My husband and I were hoping that the hospital wouldn’t turn us away, we were afraid that my labour might have not been established enough and that they would send us back home – but we couldn’t have been any more wrong…

As soon as we parked up (luckily the 2nd January was a bank holiday and there were not many cars in the car park – parking at the hospital can be a bit of a challenge sometimes) and got out of the car, I was in quite a lot of pain. We made it upstairs to the labour ward and were told to take a seat for a little bit and that a midwife would be with us soon. All I remember is thinking, the baby is coming NOW! I voiced my concern, and was immediately put on a hospital bed to be examined. The midwife’s face told me everything I needed to know – I was in fact 10cm dilated and ready to push this baby out. I was quickly wheeled into a labour room (they were afraid that if I did any more walking, this baby would be born in the corridor). It only took a few more minutes until we got to hold our beautiful baby girl.

I still cannot believe that this labour was so quick and uncomplicated. I know I am definitely one of the lucky ones. We managed without any pain medication (well, there wasn’t any time) and I didn’t get to go in the pool. I really wanted a water birth this time around (but again, there was no time to even run the bath). I always wanted to take some bump pictures in the hospital before she was born (but again, you’ll get the point by now, there was no time). I had no idea that I was 10cm by the time we reached the hospital. If I had known, we would have definitley panicked in the car, but as it was we actually had quite a nice car journey :-). The contractions leading up to this point were really not that painful at all. The “pushing part” completely made up for that though – I had very much forgotten just how painful this bit is!!

We were able to leave the hospital 6 hours after our baby’s birth which was so nice. Spending the first few hours as a foursome is a memory I will treasure forever! Since then, we have nicely settled into some sort of a routine (apart from sleeping). My husband I couldn’t be any happier and grateful for our 2 gorgeous girls. Being parents to these two is just the best thing ever!!

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Here we are. I am nearly 36 weeks pregnant. This pregnancy has just raced by. I really want to savour these last few weeks (hopefully) as we know that this will be our last baby. We always wanted two children and having two girls is an absolute bonus! Our daughter is so excited at becoming a big sister and she has already formed quite a strong bond with the bump. A bond, that sometimes brings a tear to my eye! As soon as she wakes up in the morning she wants to kiss and stroke the bump. The other day she kept some of her chocolates back saying it’s for her little sister… Too cute!

Apart from the recurrent colds and my sinus problems, I have no pregnancy related aches or pains (which I am super grateful for). Sleeping is the only thing that isn’t really happening right now. However, I can still remember that this was just the same with our daughter during the last weeks of pregnancy.

I fall asleep quite easily in the evenings, but am woken up by frequent toilet visits (oh the joy of baby pressing on the bladder!). I don’t always fall asleep straight after, but strangely I don’t mind. I quite like being awake when my surroundings are completely quiet (apart from the gentle snoring from my husband and believe it or not from our cat who usually sleeps under our bed…). This is usually my time to think. To think about what’s to come. That in only a few short weeks we will be welcoming the final puzzle piece to our family. This thought just fills me with so much love and joy. I can feel baby kick when I am lying in bed awake and this is honestly just the best feeling in the world!

Our daughter was born at 37 weeks and I know that this doesn’t necessarily mean that this baby will be early too, but I do have a feeling she might be. But maybe she will surprise us all and doesn’t make an appearance before her due date. Who knows? Either way we are so incredibly excited and cannot wait to hold this baby in our arms.

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Well, hello there, 3rd trimester. I cannot believe how fast this pregnancy is flying by. Only a few more months until we get to welcome our new precious baby girl.

Our little girl is so excited to meet her sister. I love the bond she has built with our unborn baby already. There is not one morning that goes by without her cuddling the bump and saying “Good morning” to her sister. She is also very careful around me – in case she hurts the baby…

She has started to sort through her old toys as she wants her baby sister to have these – I just hope she is still this enthusiastic when Baby arrives!

I really love that I can feel all the kicks, wriggles and hiccups now – there really is no better feeling! Of course, there are still also a few fears and anxieties at the back of my mind (it’s hard not to think about my previous miscarriages), but I want to forget about all these fears and enjoy the rest of this pregnancy as best as I can. It will most likely be our last, we always wanted two children to complete our family.

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I feel like a bad blogger as this post is so long overdue. As I am typing this, I am already a little over 25 weeks  pregnant. We found out the sex of our baby a few weeks back, but I just didn’t find the time to write up this post. How is it that the first 12 weeks go at snail speed and as soon as the first scan is over and done with, you feel so much more relaxed and re-assured that baby is fine, time speeds up so much?

We were so excited to find out the sex of our baby. I take my hat off to the people who don’t find out the sex before the birth, but I am such an impatient person and would have not been able to wait that long. Our little girl was probably the most excited of us all. She kept on saying that she wanted a sister, someone she could share her toys and her room with. Will she get her wish?

I found the 20 week scan quite nerve-wrecking. For my husband and I, the most important thing was obviously the reassurance that baby was healthy, whether it was a boy or girl was secondary. A girl would be fantastic as we really want the children to share a room, but I also liked the idea of a boy.

Our sonographer was brilliant. She spent so much time looking at multiple angles of the baby and explained her findings to us in great detail. Just before she finished, we found out what we will be having…

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We are over the moon to be able to make this announcement:

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We always knew that we wanted a brother or sister for our little girl. Seeing her excited face when we told her that she will be a big sister was priceless.

I am now just over 17 weeks pregnant. The last few weeks have flown by, but I will not lie, the first few were not easy. Before this pregnancy, we sadly had a missed miscarriage which had quite an impact on me. Although I tried very hard to stay positive during the first few weeks of this pregnancy, at the back of my mind I found it difficult to forget about the previous miscarriages. There were times I was convinced I would miscarry again.

Since then, we have had several scans and so far, everything looks great. I am now a lot more relaxed and we are very much looking forward to welcoming another addition to our family in January.

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