We introduced Wriggler to the idea of becoming a big brother by taking him to our 12-week ultrasound. We had an ultrasound at eight weeks and were confident that things were ok, nonetheless we did get the sonographer to check me over before letting the new big brother in to see what on earth was … Continue reading How to talk about pregnancy with siblings
Each pregnancy is different, but I definitely had some similarities between mine. I always knew, like *knew* that that month was different…and I had signs before I even got my positive…boobs on fire and crazy heartburn that didn’t stop ‘til the moment I gave birth. This time however I had zero symptoms and it was … Continue reading Pregnant and no symptoms
Half of my pregnancies (so far) have ended in miscarriage. Wow, written like that it is a scary fact. So, the night before my 12-week scan for my fifth pregnancy I worried…a lot. Was this one going to be the one that tipped the balance? Would this be the first time we decided to try … Continue reading 5th pregnancy…are the odds in my favour?
So, we at LHOW have taken the crazy plunge to go from been evenly matched with two children, to being forever outnumbered with three. I have always wanted a big family, but three is the compromise The Mr agreed to. And (despite what some people think) having a third is most definitely a joint and … Continue reading Going from 2…to 3 (part 2)
Being a women, being a pregnant woman, being a pregnant mother are all areas of life that are fraught with judgement, difficulties and a fight for our rights. The right to have the same education opportunities as the boys. The right to be able to go to university. The right to vote. The right to … Continue reading Women’s rights
I was working at a senior level when I was pregnant with Wriggler. The pregnancy was actually straight forward and uncomplicated (bar a chorionic hematoma at eight weeks), but due to our earlier loss I was anxious while I carried Wriggler. The commute to the office wasn't great (those baby on board badges mean nothing … Continue reading Returning to work after maternity
I'm not talking about three children here - I just mean making that first decision to have try for a baby. When you make a commitment as a couple you will have had some conversations about children and what your future holds around that and hopefully you are on the same page, because then the … Continue reading Going from two to three…
A friend of mine recently confessed that they had a miscarriage earlier this year and it really hit them hard. Not just because it was unexpected (the miscarriage), but because she already has a baby so knows her body can do it. How could it let her down and betray her so? Another friend of … Continue reading Rainbow Babies
I've had a rough few nights lately, perhaps the worst in my parenting history. Wriggler and Fidget have both got the seal-like-bark-cough. They have been poorly before, but never in a coordinated attack. So thank god for calpol otherwise we would not have made it...but my supplies were running low this morning and I braved a … Continue reading I’m grumpy and tired so I’ll keep it short – but leave parent/child parking for those with kids!
So, a couple of friends of mine have recently given birth and having just had Wriggler's fourth birthday, I got to thinking - what do you actually need when you give birth...and on those 'amazing' lists given by the baby bibles, what did they miss or what were they wrong about? Well, firstly, don't pack … Continue reading What do you actually need when you go into labour?