• Express delivery – Florence’s birth story

    October 29, 2014

    “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…

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  • Hey, baby

    October 14, 2014

    Say hi to Florence, who made a pretty speedy entrance to the world just after 4am this morning. She’s amazing and I can’t put her down…x

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  • 37 weeks pregnant – full term and false alarms

    September 25, 2014

    Here’s my latest pregnancy update at 37 weeks pregnant (full term!) “How will I know?” boomed a certain 90’s songstress some time in the last century. “How will I knooooow if HE really loves me?” Of course, she was singing about relationships and love, and I’m talking about another big L here – the one…

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  • The early baby days

    May 29, 2014

    How did you feel in the first few days of new babydom? Blissfully content, wafting round full of love and all the good hormones, gazing in wonder at your baby? Or slightly confused, clueless, tired, tearful, tired?

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  • Pregnancy week 15: inbetweeners

    April 24, 2014

    Pregnancy week 15…I’m comfortably wedged in that liminal space of pregnancy where nothing much is happening. It’s just between the ‘there’s actually a baby in there!’ excitement of the 12 week scan and then the major events after about 20 weeks leading up to the countdown (big movements, proper bump, giant flowery smocks and so…

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  • 19 pieces of advice to my formerly pregnant self, on the eve of giving birth

    September 26, 2013

    What would you go back and tell yourself on the night before you gave birth, armed with what you know now? I was watching the BBC2 Midwives programme – responsible for a recent attack of the broods – and started thinking about both Eliza’s birth story and how the actual birth process is such a big focus…

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  • Transfer deadline day

    January 31, 2013

    Today is the football transfer deadline day. What’s that you say, football? Really? Yes! It’s a day I’ll now always remember as a year ago today it was also Eliza’s due date, which was coincidentally fitting for a baby with a sports-obsessed father, grandfather and uncles.

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