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Baby, Baby Button Nose, Breastfeeding, Elowen's Updates, Motherhood, Parenting

The Newborn Diaries: Elowen’s Second Week

After keeping a diary of Elowen’s first week earthside, I have decided to carry on keeping daily notes for the next few weeks. The days all seem to roll into one at the moment (sleep deprivation will do that) and I know these early weeks will become such a blur all too soon. I want to be able to look back on them and remember as much as I can – the good days and the rough days.

You can read about Elowen’s first week here.

Elowen’s second week:

Monday – Day 8:

Felt like I saw every hour last night. Stephen took Jasmine to playgroup. I rested in bed for a while and tried to nap and E slept all morning. I had a shower and put make up on for first time in ages.

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Baby, Baby Button Nose, Elowen's Updates, Motherhood, Parenting

Elowen’s First Week Earthside

Just as I thought it would, Elowen’s first week ‘earthside’ has passed us by in a blur. I kept a few notes about each day on my phone so I could remember the little things that I would probably otherwise forget.

Elowen’s first week:

Sunday – Elowen was born at 7.55pm – she was so alert and awake for several hours before finally falling asleep for the night. I breastfed her soon after the birth as per my birth plan and she latched on and fed well. Stephen and I ate crisps and watched I’m a Celeb whilst cuddling our newest member of the family. Homebirths rock!

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Baby, Baby Button Nose, Family, Homebirth, Pregnancy

Introducing Our Rainbow Baby: Elowen Faye

I’m very pleased to announce the safe arrival of our beautiful Rainbow Baby, Elowen. She arrived on Sunday 20th November (the day before her due date) at 7.55pm, weighing 8lbs 4oz. She was born at home (as planned) on the living room floor. Myself, Stephen and big sister Jasmine are absolutely smitten.

I cannot wait to share Elowen’s Birth Story with you all. In the meantime, I’ll be adjusting to life as mum of two little people (I still cannot believe I have another daughter) and getting to know my newest little lady!

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Homebirth, Pregnancy

7 reasons to have an upright birth!

With the impending birth of my second baby (my due date is in a matter of days – eek!), I’ve been giving a lot of thought to my previous labour experience with Jasmine. You can read her birth story here. However, the short version is that I did most of my labouring at home, stood up at the bottom of the stairs, swaying my hips gently side to side. Being active and upright, I believe, is the reason that my first stage of my labour took a relatively short time (given that it was also my first baby).

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Baby Button Nose, Pregnancy

Growing a rainbow baby: 37 & 38 weeks pregnant

How big is Baby Button-Nose this week?

At 38 weeks, Baby Button-Nose is now about as long as a leek, weighs just over 3kg. (Length: 49.8cm, head to heel.)

Mood: 

I’ve now passed the stage of pregnancy that Jasmine was born (38+2) so it would be fair to say that my anxiousness about giving birth again have ramped up a little. I’m nervous but excited and feeling ready to meet my baby now. Come on, Button-Nose!

Symptoms: 

Pain under my ribs – particularly on my right side (I think this is where Button-Nose likes to park his/her feet!)

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Baby Button Nose, Homebirth, Motherhood, Pregnancy

My Birth Plan {Preparing for a Homebirth}

I never wrote a birth plan when I was pregnant with Jasmine. It felt a bit pointless writing a ‘plan’ for something that, let’s face it, can’t really be planned. Jasmine’s birth ended up being quite dramatic, I arrived at the hospital 10cms dilated and my body already pushing her out by itself. The midwife who looked after me upon arrival at the Birthing Unit didn’t have time to read the front cover of my maternity notes to see my name, let alone read a birth plan!

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Baby Button Nose, Pregnancy

Growing a rainbow baby: 35 & 36 weeks pregnant

Well today I have made it to 37 weeks (full-term – yay!) and I’m a little late with my update of the last two weeks so here we go…

How big is Baby Button-Nose this week?

At 36 weeks, Baby Button-Nose is over 2.6kg and still piling on the weight at a rate of about 30g a day, is close to the size of a romaine lettuce. (Length: 47.4cm, head to heel.)

Mood: 

Mostly OK although I am finding that I’m becoming more grouchy and short tempered as the days go on. The tiredness, hormones and being generally uncomfortable is taking it’s toll on my mood.

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Baby, Baby Button Nose, Family, Motherhood, Pregnancy, Toddler

Life Lately: The Calm Before the Storm

With less than one month to go until Baby Button-Nose’s due date, I thought it would be nice to sit down and just write. Not about anything in particular but whatever springs to my mind in a period that I’m currently calling the ‘calm before the storm’. Before our lives change again. Before we become a family of four.

Yesterday we had our house deep cleaned in preparation for a homebirth and regardless of whether or not that’s the kind of birth I end up having, I’m glad we’ve had it done. It’s just another one of those things that make me feel a little more ‘ready’. I’m a bit of a clean freak at the best of times so you can only imagine what I’m like when I get into nesting mode. However, I’ve realised that I need to start taking it easy – this pregnancy has been so much harder on my body. Some days, walking up the stairs is a real struggle due to hip and back pain so scrubbing walls and floors myself isn’t an option. I have been going crazy with my label maker though – now that’s my kinda nesting!

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Baby, Home, Lifestyle

My ‘Stars & Clouds’ Nursery Wishlist

I’ll be honest with you all, Baby No.2’s nursery is merely a figment of my imagination, at least for now anyway. We are planning to move house and relocate back to Bristol early next year (yay!) so for the time being Baby Button-Nose will not have a room of their own. (Ahh, poor second born!) But hey, it’s all good because he/she will be rooming with the ‘rents (Stephen and I) until they’re at least 6 months old.

When I was pregnant with Jasmine, I spent a lot of time creating her ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ inspired nursery. It was one of the more enjoyable aspects of my pregnancy and I’m still really proud of how her room turned out. This time around I’m thinking of creating a little ‘nursery corner’ in our bedroom – a small but beautiful space for our baba.

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Antenatal depression, Motherhood, Parenting, Pregnancy

Antidepressants and pregnancy: My experience so far…

When it became apparent to me that I was suffering with antenatal depression, I spent a lot of time reading blog posts about others who had been in a similar situation. Reading those posts was what gave me the courage to walk into my midwife appointment and tell her everything I had been feeling. However, what I found frustrating was that nobody really talked about what happened AFTER they’d been to see their midwife/GP. Did they take medication? Did it help? Did they opt for some kind of talk therapy? Did that help?

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