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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As the cleaners were working in our house for 6 hours, I decided it would be best for me and Jasmine to go out somewhere, to get out of their way. I thought it would be fun to take Jasmine to the cinema for the first time (if you don’t count the Big Scream showings I took her to when she was a baby). I was a little nervous as although I know she is able to sit and watch a whole film at home, I’m wasn’t sure how she’d behave at the cinema. Especially as she seems to have developed a fear of the dark. I booked tickets to a Junior showing of Ice Age: Collision Course which only cost £3.60 for the both of us (bargain!) so I figured if she played up or wasn’t keen on being there – we’d just go to the park instead and there was no real loss.

I needn’t have been so worried because she was as good as gold – sat through the entire film perfectly. She’d occasionally get excited and shout something like “Look mummy, a hotcano! Look everybody, a hotcano!” (That’s a volcano to you and me.) She munched her way through a big bag of popcorn whilst I spent most of the film watching her watch the film. I couldn’t stop from smiling. I also felt a little sad that our days alone together are numbered. Having another baby is so bittersweet. On the one hand, I cannot wait for Jasmine to meet her sibling and become a big sister but on the other, I will miss our time together, just the two of us.

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We had our annual visit to Undley Pumpkin Patch at the weekend (we’ve gone there every year for the last 3 years). It’s only when I look back at our photos of our visits that I realise just how much Jasmine has grown and changed. This will probably be our last ever visit to this particular pumpkin patch as we are relocating back to the South West early next year. I’m sure we’ll be able to find somewhere just as awesome to pick our pumpkins!


I’m not sure how much Jasmine understands about the ‘baby in mummy’s tummy’. We try to talk to her about the baby but it’s a lot to take in for a 2.5 year-old. Hell, sometimes I can barely get my head around it. To think that I’m growing a brand new human inside of me – it boggles the mind. I do think Jasmine understands more than I give her credit for though – the other night she pointed at my tummy and said “baby”, completely unprompted. When asked “Do you want a brother or a sister?” which tends to be something that family, neighbours and strangers ask her a lot. She’ll either reply “no” (oh.), or more often than not, “a baby brother”. No pressure then.

She’s also become quite protective over me, shouting “my mummy” at strangers in the supermarket. As if she suspects the lady buying milk and baked beans is going to pick me up and carry me away. To be fair, she reacts the same way with the toy cars at playgroup. (“My cars!”) But at least there, the threat is real. You’re gonna have to learn to share real soon, baby girl!


I should probably touch upon my mental health, seeing as I’ve written about it a fair amount on blog over the last few months. I’m still taking my anti-depressants and I feel like I’m currently in a good place. Yes, I feel quite anxious at times but at 36 weeks pregnant, I think that’s perfectly normal. On the whole, I am excited about meeting our newest addition and whilst I know it’s going to be a big adjustment. I feel I will be able to cope – and if I can’t, I won’t be afraid to ask for help.

I ordered our last few baby essentials last night. I’ve packed our ‘just in case’ hospital bags. Put a box together for my homebirth. Bought biscuits for the midwives! Written a birth plan.  And so I’m feeling as ready as I’ll ever be.

There are a few things I’d like to do before baby arrives such as have a dental check-up (joy!), get my bump Henna’d and treat myself to a haircut and some reflexology. Time is of the essence so I need to get a move on!

Any advice for a soon-to-be mummy of two?!

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  1. Avatar October 25, 2016 / 4:38 pm

    You don’t know what you are having do you? I totally think that is a boy bump right there! So lovely to have a little catch up, cannot believe there is less than a month to go now! xxx

    • Jenna October 25, 2016 / 9:22 pm

      No we don’t know the gender. A lot of people seem to think it’s a boy bump. Maybe Jasmine will get her baby brother after all. ;) xx

  2. Avatar November 1, 2016 / 6:55 am

    Great post, I’m currently 21 wks with my first so I love reading about what it’s like being further down the line. I totally get the bittersweet aspect. I feel the same way about it not just being me and the hubby anymore. Excited to meet our little one, but sad that chapter of our lives is over. Hope the last few weeks go well!

  3. Avatar November 2, 2016 / 5:24 pm

    I would just say that it is no where near as crazy as it was with your first. You are up and doing things as you have a toddler – a new baby just slots in nicely. good luck, you look fab

  4. Avatar November 2, 2016 / 6:49 pm

    Oh lovely, I loved reading this. And I am thrilled to see that you are in a good place. You look absolutely stunning and all those photos are gorgeous. I love the idea of having your bump henna’d. I am sure that will look beautiful. You are right that it is bittersweet having more than one child. I can’t remember what it was like when it was just Little Miss H and I and that makes me a little sad. But life now is so much more fun and glorious. I really hope that you get your home birth. And I can’t wait to read more about the last few weeks. Hugs Lucy xxxx

  5. Avatar November 3, 2016 / 9:40 am

    Awwww what an exciting time for you all – I think Jasmine’s wish for a baby brother may well come true because that totally looks like a boy bump to me. I love the photos of your annual trip to Undley Pumpkin Patch, it must be great to have them to look back on every year and see how much Jasmine has grown. xx

  6. Avatar November 4, 2016 / 5:47 pm

    What a lovely post and gorgeous photos! Very exciting times ahead, I can’t wait to hear the news of your new arrival! x

  7. Avatar November 7, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    Oh not long to go, it is so exciting waiting for a little person to arrive. You look fantastic and I can’t wait to see your henna’d bump, it will look so pretty.

  8. Avatar November 7, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    What a lovely post and so exciting! I’m secretly thinking this might be a boy! I’ve only got the one so not much help on how to prep for two!

  9. Avatar November 8, 2016 / 10:09 am

    Oh, you look so so beautiful!!

    We love taking the girls to the cinema and we loved the new ice age too!

  10. Avatar November 9, 2016 / 10:57 pm

    My eldest was 2 1/2 when his sister came into this world. We did talk about a second baby to him and all but at that age I don’t think he fully understood. One day they met then and he was in shock. Overtime he noticed that this other person won’t go away. They are the best of friends now. I wouldn’t stress too much.

  11. Avatar November 10, 2016 / 10:05 am

    Lovely post! Dying to see your Henna, I always wanted one but never found the time. Enjoy it!!

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