Due date: 27/10/2018

Birth date: 29/10/2018

Weight: 7lb 11.5oz

Length of labour (if you can remember): 30 minutes

Baby number: 3

How did you feel during pregnancy?

This was my third pregnancy and much like the others, suffered from extreme nausea and fatigue in the first trimester. I sailed through the second and most of the third trimester but by week 36, stopped work and felt ready to drop.

What were you most looking forward to?

At the time I had a 2 year old and recently turned 5 year old, I was just so excited to introduce the boys to their baby sister and had a lovely feeling that our family would finally be complete. I had also found out the sex as early as the 12 week scan, so I was pretty excited to be having a baby girl and dressing her in all things pink!

What did you do to prepare for the birth of your baby?

Not a lot to be truthful. We were under construction so there was no nursery and no cute toys. I didn’t even have any furniture for her clothes so I felt very unprepared. I had a few key items left over from the boys, such as the car seat, pram and cot, and I invested in a Next 2 Me bedside crib.

Your labour story:

My previous children had been 4 days early, so I felt pretty confident this little one would be early too. I finished work 4 weeks before my due date, adamant baby would arrive perhaps 2 weeks later. In actual fact, I was 2 days over due and the wait killed me. Both previous labours had been what they call, precipitate labours, they were fast, so I knew this one was likely to be as well. This meant I really could not go anywhere on my own, or be too far from home in the lead up to d day. I was pretty much house bound. On the day I gave birth, I was shopping in the morning until 12.30pm and by 2.30pm I was holding my newborn baby. I had got to the hospital for a routine check with the midwife about 1.30pm, shortly after my waters broke and within 30 minutes my baby girl had been born. I had been keen for a third water birth, but there just hadn’t been time to fill the bath!

How did you feel at the first sight of your baby? Immediate love and pride. Nothing quite prepares you for the miracle of child birth. The moment you hold your baby in your arms is just breathtaking. Pregnancy and birth is definitely not easy and for many of us we are left tired, exhausted and physically wounded. For some of us this lasts for days, for some of us this lasts for years. That said, most women, no matter how hard pregnancy, birth and caring for your newborn has been, would tell you they’d do it all over again…. the power of love!

What 3 pieces of advice would you give your pregnant self now?

Rest, rest and rest! Oh and take photos of that growing bump

How was that first week for you?

…interesting. We came back from the hospital to a construction site, the five of us condensed into two bedrooms. Dust, dirt, noise and workmen in the house every morning at 8am…. just as we were feeding kids and getting them ready for school and feeding the baby.