Express delivery – Florence’s birth story



“Wake up, I’m having contractions.” I whispered into the darkness at my husband. He sat straight up “So this is it?” “Yes!” I paused “I think…”

I’d woken at 12am from a vivid dream with a burning sensation in my stomach. I was four days overdue at that point and had been impatiently waiting for something, anything to happen. But if it was contractions they didn’t seem very regular. Could it be a false alarm?

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10 unavoidable truths about life with a newborn

10 truths about life with a newborn

We’re currently nearly two weeks in to life with our brand sparkly new baby, and it’s still going pretty well at the moment. It is lots easier second time round – albeit with different challenges – and everything really does come flooding back. Thankfully!

However, going through the baby days again has shown that even with different children, certain things remain eternal about life with a newborn…so here are my ten unavoidable truths. Continue reading

Win: £50 of mum and baby skincare products from Bepanthen

Bepanthen pregnancy and baby skincare products

Are you pregnant, have a small baby, or know someone who does? I’m giving away a selection of mum and baby skincare products – and a cuddly toy – from Bepanthen, worth £50.

The prize includes the brilliant Bepanthen stretchmark cream I reviewed in my pregnancy skincare round-up, worth £25. The cream contains:

  • Tropical plant extract, Centella Asiatica, which is known to stimulate collagen production – a lack of which is the root cause of stretch marks
  • Provitamin B5 and glycerine which are proven to nourish and moisturise the skin to make it soft, supple and elastic
  • Pure olive oil and skin lipids to support the natural skin barrier against external influences
  • No nasties. Bepanthen’s gentle formula is dermatologically tested, free from preservatives and colours

As well as the Bepanthen Stretch Mark Cream (worth £25) – containing Centella Asiatica, known to stimulate collagen production, the prize also contains Bepanthen Nappy Rash Cream, Bepanthen Baby Moisturiser, a Bepanthen Baby Bib, a Bepanthen Cuddly Toy and Bepanthen Baby Sun Cream.

To enter:

Answer the question: What is the ingredient in Bepanthen Stretch Mark Cream which is known to stimulate collagen production?

Leave a comment answering the question via the Rafflecopter widget below. For additional entries, like A Baby on Board on Facebook or follow @gill_crawshaw on Twitter.

The prize draw will open on 12am on 27th October and close at 12am on 4th November. Good luck!

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Nesting, nesting, 1-2-3


It’s hard to pick apart what’s been nesting over the past nine months, and what’s just been our house renovation. We’ve done all the major work now and have stopped anything else till it all settles down with the baby (as much fun as it was painting skirting boards hugely pregnant, it’s quite nice to have a break now). So we’re at the cosy-making and prettifying stage at the moment. Continue reading

A (new) baby on board



Looking back to when I was pregnant, way back in the swirly mists of time, I wrote a post on things I’d completely forgotten about newborns, about, well, that really. I was worried that I couldn’t and wouldn’t remember anything about tiny babies, used as I was to brilliant mini-giant toddlers who eat the food off your plate, sleep all night and actually have an opinion (“Topsy and Tim please! No, that one”)

Well the new baby has been here a few days, and we’ve been holed up at home in the really cosy baby bubble that seems to consist of feeds, changing babygro after babygro and eating cake. And the good news (apart from all that)?

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Slightly alternative ways to induce labour


Throughout this pregnancy, I’ve mentioned several times that I was in no hurry for the baby to arrive. Me? I’d never be one of those impatient people complaining about a non-arrival for weeks and weeks. I would be calm and patient and serene, and waft around in floaty kaftans, meditating and chatting introspectively to my navel. ‘Baby will come when baby is ready’ intoned the woman on my hypnobirthing MP3, and I’d nod sagely.

So what now, now that I’m late?

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39 weeks pregnant: on time


An awful lot of pregnancy is spent marking time, isn’t it? There’s being late, the date on the digital test, the week + days count up and count down, the 12 and 20 week scan, the 24 week viability milestone, full term, due dates, going so many days overdue. It can, at times, feel like a constant tick tock against a giant invisible biological clock.

I was nearly two weeks overdue when I was born, and in real life I am almost always late. But despite being the most impatient person in the world normally, I’ve felt in no rush for this pregnancy to end. I’m relishing the time spent with Eliza, and our last days as a three. And, of course, the luxury of couple of days to myself.
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